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7 Things to Do With Kids in Castro Valley

Castro Valley offers nature and fun in close proximity to each other, making it a great destination for kids and adults to explore together. Read on for a list of fun things to do with children in Castro Valley, home to Lake Chabot and twenty smaller parks.

Cull Canyon Lagoon
Cull Canyon Lagoon in Castro Valley | Photo: Liz Headley

Places to go with kids in Castro Valley

Golden Tee GolfLand

Miniature golf on a grand scale 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.
2533 Castro Valley Blvd, Castro Valley, CA

Knudsen’s Ice Creamery


This retro-not-hipster family restaurant (think Fentons) serves burgers, sandwiches, and salads — or just cut straight to the ice cream menu: shakes, sundaes, mud pies, and more. Feel the vibe at the Knudsen’s website >>
3323 Castro Valley Blvd, Castro Valley, CA

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. More information at Aran’s Art Studio website >>
3313 Village Drive, Castro Valley, CA


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Cull Canyon Lagoon

This unique swimming spot (pictured above) 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. More details about Cull Canyon at the East Bay Regional Parks District website >>
18627 Cull Canyon Rd, Castro Valley, CA

Mel’s Play Place

Mels Play Space Toddler Area
Toddler play area at Mel’s Play Place | Photo: Anna Azimi

Parents love this indoor playground for little kids. Pay for admission and get access to soft play mats and shapes to climb on for toddlers, LEGO tables and basketball hoops for older kids. See our review of Mel’s Play Place here >>
20994 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA

Castro Valley Park Splash Pad

During the summer, a water feature at Castro Valley Community Park turns into a splash pad, perfect for hot days and energetic preschoolers. More details, including hours, on the Hayward Parks District website >>
18988 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley, CA

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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