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Free and Cheap Activities Scheduled This Month

We’ve got a ton of free and cheap activities for your family this month. Some of the best things in life are FREE, right? Now go do them with your kids in the East Bay already. Put your wallet away. Clicking the red title will take you right to our calendar entry with lots more info.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Trial Soccer Class for Ages 2-4


Location: Future Star Baseball Fields – 12000 Campus Drive Oakland
Register for a trial KickStart soccer class from One Village sports. Tuesdays, Jan 18 or 25 for a free trial (the Winter season continues through…
Time:
9:40 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: Free (new players only; one per player)

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Virtual Family Storytime


Location: *Online* – Your House Your House
Join for stories, songs, fingerplays and more during virtual family storytime hosted by Berkeley Public Library on Facebook Live! Ages 0-5.
Time:
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Cost: Free

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MOCHA Art Workshop in the Library (Spanish Bilingual): César E. Chávez Branch


Location: Cesar Chavez Branch | Oakland Public Library – 3301 E. 12th Street, Suite 271 Oakland
Join artists from the Museum of Children's Art MOCHA as they lead art workshops for children. Each week the artist will present art related to a…
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cost: Free

Friday, January 28, 2022

Trial Soccer Class for Ages 3-4


Location: Future Star Baseball Fields – 12000 Campus Drive Oakland
Register for a trial KickStart soccer class from One Village sports. Fridays, Jan 21 or 28 for a free trial (the Winter season continues through…
Time:
9:40 am - 11:30 am
Cost: Free (new players only; one per player)

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Storytime and Fish Viewing


Location: Crab Cove Visitor Center – 1231 McKay Ave Alameda
Come meet story characters like the Lorax, hermit crabs, and “Swimmy the Fish,” then meet a real animal, do a craft or scavenger hunt! No…
Time:
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cost: Free

Free Telescope Viewings


Location: Chabot Space & Science Center – 10000 Skyline Blvd Oakland
Join Chabot astronomers on the Observatory Deck for a free telescope viewing! Weather permitting, this is a chance to explore stars, planets and more through…
Time:
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cost: Free

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Drop-In Family Art Making


Location: de Young Museum – 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. San Francisco
The Family Art Making table offers a drop-in art project activity led by professional teaching artists on select Saturdays from 11 am–3 pm. Artists of…
Time:
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: Free, advance registration required

Music, Dance, and Storytelling in the Garden


Location: Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) – 1000 Oak Street Oakland
Welcome back to campus for OMCA's new free program series “Lunchtime Sessions: Music, Dance, and Storytelling in the Garden.” Grab your favorite picnic blanket, bring…
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cost: Free

Lunar New Year Celebration


Location: Jack London Square – 70 Washington Street Oakland
Jack London Square will be celebrating the “Year of the Tiger” with a fun-filled Lunar New Year event in the plaza by Plank. During the…
Time:
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cost: Free

Oakland Little Saigon Lunar New Year Celebration


Location: Clinton Square Park – 1230 6th Ave. Oakland
Join a Lunar New Year Celebration, known as Tết in Vietnamese culture, hosted by Oakland Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce. The outdoor event will include music, fashion,…
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cost: Free

Free Telescope Viewings


Location: Chabot Space & Science Center – 10000 Skyline Blvd Oakland
Join Chabot astronomers on the Observatory Deck for a free telescope viewing! Weather permitting, this is a chance to explore stars, planets and more through…
Time:
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cost: Free

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Temescal Farmer’s Market


Location: Temescal Farmer’s Market – 5300 Claremont Ave Oakland
Shop for produce, flowers, packaged goods, and more at the Temescal Farmer’s Market, located in the parking lot of the North Oakland DMV (5300 Claremont…
Time:
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cost: Free entry

SelfCare Sunday Family Bike Rides


Location: Unity Park on the Richmond Greenway – 16th and Ohio Ave Richmond
Come ride with Rich City Rides on Sundays. The family-friendly bike rides take place on the beautiful paths of Richmond. Everybody rides, all riders, all…
Time:
10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Cost: Free

Lunar New Year Virtual Storytelling


Location: *Online* – Your House Your House
San Francisco's Asian Art Museum welcomes the Year of the Tiger with this fun virtual Lunar New Year storytelling program for the whole family. Why…
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: Free, registration required

Drop-In Art Project: Valentine’s Day Mason Jar Vase


Location: Michaels, Alameda – 2650 S 5th St, Ste 10 Alameda
Come in store to make a Valentine’s Day Vase using a mason jar! There will also be a kids take & make craft kit available.
Time:
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cost: Free

Monday, January 31, 2022

Free Hour at Japanese Tea Garden


Location: Japanese Tea Garden – 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive San Francisco
Enjoy the beautiful setting of the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Enter between 9-10 am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for…
Time:
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Cost: Free before 10am

Visit the Little Farm


Location: Tilden Little Farm – 600 Canon Dr Berkeley
Bring celery or lettuce to feed the animals—cows, chickens, pigs, and sheep—at Tilden Park's Little Farm. Free fun for all! Learn more >
Time:
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Cost: Free

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Free Admission Hours


Location: San Francisco Botanical Garden – 1199 9th Avenue San Francisco
Enter the San Francisco Botanical Gardens between 7:30 - 9 am for free admission. Explore the grounds, including the Children's Garden. Dig, water, pick, build,…
Time:
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Cost: Free before 9am

Free Admission Day


Location: de Young Museum – 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. San Francisco
General admission is free the first Tuesday of every month. This offer applies only to the permanent collection galleries. Full-priced admission to special exhibitions still…
Time:
9:30 am - 5:15 pm
Cost: Free

Free First Tuesday


Location: Conservatory of Flowers – Golden Gate Park, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive San Francisco
Explore flowers in one of the oldest buildings in the Golden Gate Park on the first Tuesday of the month - the Conservatory of Flowers.…
Time:
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Cost: FREE

Hikes for Tykes


Location: Lake Chabot Regional Park – 17936 Lake Chabot Rd Castro Valley
Discover what animals and plants live in and near the lake! Take a hike and tire-out the tykes by exploring in nature before naptime! Join…
Time:
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Cost: Free

Story Time at Grove Street Park


Location: Grove Park – 1730 Oregon Street Berkeley
Join BPL's librarians for books, rhymes and songs geared for toddlers and babies. Gather in front of the recreation building near the toddler play area.…
Time:
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Cost: Free

MOCHA Art Workshop in the Library: Main Branch


Location: Main Library | Oakland Public Library – 125 14th St Oakland
Join artists from the Museum of Children's Art MOCHA as they lead art workshops for children. Each week the artist will present art related to a…
Time:
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Cost: Free

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

MOCHA Art Workshop in the Library (Spanish Bilingual): César E. Chávez Branch


Location: Cesar Chavez Branch | Oakland Public Library – 3301 E. 12th Street, Suite 271 Oakland
Join artists from the Museum of Children's Art MOCHA as they lead art workshops for children. Each week the artist will present art related to a…
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cost: Free

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Musical Storytime in the Park


Location: George Florence Park – 2121 Tenth Street Berkeley
Please join Berkeley librarians for a weekly outdoor storytime fun at George Florence Park. For children ages 2-5, but older and younger children are welcome as…
Time:
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Cost: Free

Friday, February 4, 2022

Storytime and Fish Viewing


Location: Crab Cove Visitor Center – 1231 McKay Ave Alameda
Come meet story characters like the Lorax, hermit crabs, and “Swimmy the Fish,” then meet a real animal, do a craft or scavenger hunt! No…
Time:
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cost: Free

Teen Game Nights


Location: Asian Branch | Oakland Public Library – 388 9th Street, Suite 190 Oakland
Asian Branch Library invites teens to join on Fridays after school for Game Nights. Get ready to have some fun and meet other teens! Ages…
Time:
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Cost: Free

Oakland First Fridays: Family-friendly Street Party


Location: Telegraph Ave & W Grand Ave – Telegraph Ave & W Grand Ave Oakland
From 5 pm to 9 pm, there'll be food, music, community, and art along Telegraph St between West Grand and 27th Streets. To keep this…
Time:
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost: Free to attend, food and shopping costs

Free Telescope Viewings


Location: Chabot Space & Science Center – 10000 Skyline Blvd Oakland
Join Chabot astronomers on the Observatory Deck for a free telescope viewing! Weather permitting, this is a chance to explore stars, planets and more through…
Time:
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cost: Free

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Lunar New Year Celebration


Location: Central Library | Berkeley Public Library – 2090 Kittredge Berkeley
Celebrate the Year of the Tiger with Berkeley Public Library and Downtown Berkeley Association. Join for a storytime, crafts and Leung's White Crane Lion Dancers.…
Time:
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cost: Free

Community Day: Lunar New Year


Location: San Jose Museum of Art – 110 S Market St San Jose
Join San Jose Museum of Art in welcoming the year of the Tiger online and onsite, with virtual artmaking activities, cultural demonstrations, and live performances.…
Time:
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: Free

Free Telescope Viewings


Location: Chabot Space & Science Center – 10000 Skyline Blvd Oakland
Join Chabot astronomers on the Observatory Deck for a free telescope viewing! Weather permitting, this is a chance to explore stars, planets and more through…
Time:
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cost: Free

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Temescal Farmer’s Market


Location: Temescal Farmer’s Market – 5300 Claremont Ave Oakland
Shop for produce, flowers, packaged goods, and more at the Temescal Farmer’s Market, located in the parking lot of the North Oakland DMV (5300 Claremont…
Time:
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cost: Free entry

Abalone and Pine Nut Bead Making


Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park – 8000 Patterson Ranch Road Fremont
Ohlone Peoples knowledge and connection to the land enabled them to thrive as the First Peoples of this land and who are still here today.…
Time:
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Cost: Free

Akoma Outdoor Market


Location: Liberation Park – 7101 Foothill Blvd Oakland
Join the East Oakland Black Cultural Zone at the Akoma Outdoor Market on the 1st Sunday of the month (weather permitting). Support Black & Brown…
Time:
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: Free entry

First Sundays at OMCA


Location: Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) – 1000 Oak Street Oakland
Spend your weekend at First Sundays at OMCA! Grab a custom to-go picnic box from OMCA's café and enjoy the updated sculpture and outdoor spaces,…
Time:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cost: Free, suggested donation of $5 per person

SelfCare Sunday Family Bike Rides


Location: Unity Park on the Richmond Greenway – 16th and Ohio Ave Richmond
Come ride with Rich City Rides on Sundays. The family-friendly bike rides take place on the beautiful paths of Richmond. Everybody rides, all riders, all…
Time:
10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Cost: Free

Nature Storytime


Location: Del Valle Regional Park – 7000 Del Valle Rd Livermore
Join us for some nature and a good book on the first and third Saturday. We'll read aloud to your family and friends, discuss what…
Time:
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Cost: Free; $6 parking fees

OACC 2022 Lunar New Year Celebration


Location: Oakland Asian Cultural Center – 388 9th St (Suite 290) Oakland
In recognition of the diversity of new year’s festivities across the Asian Pacific region, OACC presents a hybrid celebration of Asian Pacific New Year traditions…
Time:
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: Free

Monday, February 7, 2022

Free Hour at Japanese Tea Garden


Location: Japanese Tea Garden – 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive San Francisco
Enjoy the beautiful setting of the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Enter between 9-10 am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for…
Time:
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Cost: Free before 10am

Visit the Little Farm


Location: Tilden Little Farm – 600 Canon Dr Berkeley
Bring celery or lettuce to feed the animals—cows, chickens, pigs, and sheep—at Tilden Park's Little Farm. Free fun for all! Learn more >
Time:
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Cost: Free

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Free Admission Day


Location: San Francisco Botanical Garden – 1199 9th Avenue San Francisco
On the second Tuesday of the month, gain free admission to the San Francisco Botanical Garden.
Time:
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: Free

Free Admission Hours


Location: San Francisco Botanical Garden – 1199 9th Avenue San Francisco
Enter the San Francisco Botanical Gardens between 7:30 - 9 am for free admission. Explore the grounds, including the Children's Garden. Dig, water, pick, build,…
Time:
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Cost: Free before 9am

Little Learners Virtual Storytime


Location: *Online* – Your House Your House
Join this virtual storytime as children learn through stories, songs, and movement activities. Toddlers, preschoolers and families are welcome. Little Learners Storytime is held on…
Time:
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Cost: Free

Story Time at Grove Street Park


Location: Grove Park – 1730 Oregon Street Berkeley
Join BPL's librarians for books, rhymes and songs geared for toddlers and babies. Gather in front of the recreation building near the toddler play area.…
Time:
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Cost: Free

MOCHA Art Workshop in the Library: Main Branch


Location: Main Library | Oakland Public Library – 125 14th St Oakland
Join artists from the Museum of Children's Art MOCHA as they lead art workshops for children. Each week the artist will present art related to a…
Time:
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Cost: Free

Teen Tidbits: Citrus Fruits


Location: Central Library | Berkeley Public Library – 2090 Kittredge Berkeley
Hey teens!  Stop by the Library after school to taste test a variety of winter citrus fruits.  The Library starts tastings at 3:30 PM and…
Time:
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Cost: Free

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

MOCHA Art Workshop in the Library (Spanish Bilingual): César E. Chávez Branch


Location: Cesar Chavez Branch | Oakland Public Library – 3301 E. 12th Street, Suite 271 Oakland
Join artists from the Museum of Children's Art MOCHA as they lead art workshops for children. Each week the artist will present art related to a…
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cost: Free

All About Owls: Virtual Presentation


Location: *Online* – Your House Your House
Whooo isn’t fascinated by owls? Learn all about these curious creatures in this live Zoom presentation with 3 ambassador owls from the Ojai Raptor Center,…
Time:
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Cost: Free

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Musical Storytime in the Park


Location: George Florence Park – 2121 Tenth Street Berkeley
Please join Berkeley librarians for a weekly outdoor storytime fun at George Florence Park. For children ages 2-5, but older and younger children are welcome as…
Time:
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Cost: Free

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