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7 Fun Things to Do with Kids in Castro Valley

Home to Lake Chabot and twenty awesome smaller parks, Castro Valley offers tons of nature and fun, making it a great destination for kids and adults to explore together. Check out our list of fun activities and places to visit in Castro Valley with the family:

Cull Canyon Lagoon
Cooling off at Cull Canyon Lagoon in Castro Valley | Photo: Liz Headley

Awesome Places to Go with Kids in Castro Valley

Have a blast at Golden Tee GolfLand

Miniature golf is the main attraction at GolfLand. The courses have all the classic, nostalgic features like windmills, bridges, and ponds. And of course, there is an arcade to earn prizes through ticket-dispensing game machines. Mini golf makes a great birthday party for the kiddos as well >>
2533 Castro Valley Blvd, Castro Valley, CA
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Indulge in some Knudsen’s Ice Creamery

This retro family restaurant (think Fentons) serves burgers, sandwiches, and salads– or just cut straight to the ice cream menu: shakes, sundaes, mud pies, and more! Treat yourself and the whole family. 
3323 Castro Valley Blvd, Castro Valley, CA
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Kid painting at Aran's Art studio in Castro Valley
Crafting at Aran’s Art Studio in Castro Valley | Photo: Kartika A. on Yelp

Get creative at Aran’s Art Studio

Summer camps, Kids’ Nights Out, and drop-in paint-your-own pottery are on the menu at Aran’s Art Studio. Wait, what’s that about a drop-off kid night? That’s right. For $40, the staff will provide your child with a painting project, pizza, and supervision from 5.30 pm to 9 pm, so you can have a date. If your kids are into art, check out our list of some awesome drop-in art studios for families in the East Bay >>
3313 Village Drive, Castro Valley, CA
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Swim, play, and relax at Cull Canyon Lagoon

On a warmer day, you can’t miss a trip to Cull Canyon in Castro Valley. This unique swimming spot has a sandy beach entry to a lagoon that has been tamed into the shape of a swimming pool. Visitors pay a small entrance fee and the swimmers are watched over by lifeguards. We also took a trip to Cull Canyon, read about it here >>
18627 Cull Canyon Rd, Castro Valley, CA
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When the water is a bit cold, playing on the beach offers hours of entertainment | Photo: Julie Herson

Get your play on at Mel’s Play Place

Tucked away in Castro Valley is this adorable little indoor playground for kids. Pay for admission and get access to soft play mats and shapes to climb on for toddlers, and LEGO tables and basketball hoops for older kids. Check out our review of Mel’s Play Place >
20994 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA
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Make a splash at Castro Valley Park Splash Pad

During the summer, a water feature at Castro Valley Community Park turns into a free splash pad, perfect for hot days and energetic preschoolers. We reviewed Castro Valley Park’s splash park here, as well as a bunch of other summer splash pads here if you’re looking for something closer to home!
18988 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley, CA
More details & hours on Hayward Parks Website >>

Castro Valley Park Splash Pad with child
Castro Valley Park Splash Pad is perfect for summer days | Photo: Terri Kasweka

Did we miss your favorite? Let us know in the comments about your favorite spots to visit, eat at, and explore with kids and families in Castro Valley! We always love to hear from you. 

Related: Where to go fishing with kids in the East Bay as reported by a kid, and Camping in Chabot Park in Castro Valley

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