30 Things to Do With East Bay Kids in September - 510 Families

30 Things to Do With East Bay Kids in September

Hooray, it is September! We’re heading into the season of apples, harvest festivals, community events, and outdoor fun. Here’s a day-by-day breakdown of amazing East Bay activities for the kids in our lives.

30 things to do with kids in september

Special thanks to this month’s sponsor Save The Bay, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the San Francisco Bay. Bay Day is a month-long region-wide event beginning September 2—it’s free, family fun!

Child bikes along Bay Trail
All the trails along the San Francisco Bay Trail are multi-use, watch for pedestrians and bikes! | Source: Bay Day

Plan ahead for these activities

ardenwood train on its track
Ride the rails at Ardenwood Farm’s Rail Fest | Photo: East Bay Regional Park District

Week of Thursday, September 1

9/1: 🆓 Jam with the Berkeley Library’s Story Time Band at musical storytime.
9/2: 🆓 Bay Day officially begins! Register to participate in the Bay Day Challenge as a family.
9/3: Bring the family to the Scottish Games. Cheer for the Golden Bears football team.
9/4: Go crazy for trains at Ardenwood’s Rail Fest. It’s Oakland Pride Parade and Festival.

Father and child walk along SF Bay waterfront trail
Hike the Bay Trail, which spans 350 miles throughout all nine Bay Area counties. | Source: Bay Day

Week of Monday, September 5

9/5: 🆓 Ride a bike along a Bay-front trail at Brickyard Cove at McLaughlin Eastshore State Park.
9/6: 🆓 Try out a new sport in a supportive, fun environment.
9/7: 🆓 Meet animal ambassadors from 5 continents during an entertaining wildlife show.
9/8: 🆓 Little ones will love the music, finger play, and book-centered fun at storytime in El Cerrito.
9/9: Visit OMCA—pretend in the nature playspace or be inspired by the Hella Feminist exhibit.
9/10: 🆓 Eat, dance, and play your way through Splatter, a multicultural community festival.
9/11: 🆓 Enjoy a mile worth of free entertainment for families at Solano Avenue Stroll.

Child climbs rock wall at playground in El Cerrito, CA
So many climbing and sliding opportunities at Tassajara Park in El Cerrito. | Photo: Maureen Burke

Week of Monday, September 12

9/12: Introduce your child to tree pose and downward dog at Preschool Yoga.
9/13: 🆓 Walk through a garden wonderland; admission is free to the SF Botanical Garden.
9/14: 🆓 Play at Tassajara Playground—it’s like a real-life version of Chutes and Ladders.
9/15: 🆓 Kick off Latinx Heritage Month by playing a game of lotería for families.
9/16: See the rescued tigers, Mia and Lola, that now call the Oakland Zoo home.
9/17: 🆓 Take care of the Bay and coasts; volunteer at a Community Coastal Cleanup.
9/18: 🆓 Go to Piedmont Harvest Fest for old-fashioned fun!

child and fairy door
Finding the letter “O” fairy door on Bay Farm Island | Photo: Julia Gidwani

Week of Monday, September 19

9/19: 🆓 Search for tiny fairy doors on Alameda’s Bay Farm Island, hidden along the Bay Trail.
9/20: Register for a morning about creepy crawlers at Lindsay Wildlife Experience.
9/21: 🆓 Surprise your plane-loving kiddo with a visit to a prime airplane-spotting destination.
9/22: Cross the bridge to explore one of these SF playgrounds that are worth the trip.
9/23: Reserve a slot to go apple picking at a local orchard. Be awed by the Oakland A’s post-game fireworks show.
9/24: 🆓 Sip on wine while kids jump in the bounce house at Moraga Pear and Wine Festival.
9/25: 🆓 Ring in the new year at a Rosh Hashanah celebration for tots. See our High Holidays Guide>

Child watching plane while visiting waterfront park
Trek down one of the Bayfront paths in Marina Park while watching planes land at OAK | Photo: Maureen Burke

Week of Monday, September 26

9/26: 🆓 Feed lettuce and celery to cows, pigs, sheep, and chickens at Tilden Little Farm.
9/27: 🆓 Spend the day at a delightful park by the Bay. Our top pick is Marina Park in San Leandro.
9/28: Drop into a sing-along-style music class in Albany.
9/29: 🆓 Bring the popcorn & push back bedtime for the movie in the park. More outdoor movies >
9/30: 🆓 Dance along to a live musical performance at City Center in San Ramon.

Remember to register in advance

Friends picnicking and enjoying the views of the Bay
Pack a lunch for a picnic with a view. | Source: Bay Day

Thanks again to our sponsor Save The Bay. Register your family for Bay Day, which runs throughout the entire month. Walk, run, bike, wheel, or paddle 30 miles along the San Francisco Bay Trail as part of the Bay Day Trail Challenge, or complete ten activities of your choice as part of the Bay Activity Challenge – on the trail, or even in your own neighborhood. Spend time on the Bay and rediscover how amazing this natural resource truly is!

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Find more activities on our East Bay Families Events Calendar every day of the month. 

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