20 Things to Do in Rockridge With Kids - 510 Families

20 Things to Do in Rockridge With Kids

We are pleased to publish this amazing list of things to do with kids in Oakland, specifically Rockridge, in collaboration with Emily Goldenberg who owns GoldenBug Shoes on College Avenue. Emily’s tour offers enough activities to fill multiple days, with meals, shopping, and side trips. Thanks for joining us on a few days of fun in Rockridge!


GoldenBug Shoes storefront on College Ave
GoldenBug Shoes on College Ave

The first stop on my tour of kid-friendly Rockridge is a lovely cafe, La Boulangerie, which has a fantastic umbrella-covered patio. I love to nibble their little sandwiches which are a perfect snack for an adult or a perfect meal for a child, and enjoy the breeze on a sunny day.

college ave oakland boulangerie
La Boulangerie de San Francisco, 5500 College Avenue, Oakland

Next, check out the live crabs and lobsters in the tank during crab season at Hapuku Fish Shop, inside Market Hall.

Hapuku Fish Shop, inside Market Hall Oakland
Watching the creatures in the tank at Hapuku Fish Shop, inside Market Hall

Stop by the floral department at Safeway and pick up a balloon to tie around your little one’s wrist. ($1.49!) Then head down to the Rockridge Branch Library and borrow a copy of Emily’s Balloon by Komako Sakai. Take a moment to remember the pure joy of balloons through the eyes of children.

Balloons are a great deal at Rockridge Safeway Oakland
Balloons are a great deal at Rockridge Safeway
The Rockridge branch of the Oakland Public Library has many children's activities
The Rockridge branch of the Oakland Public Library has many children’s activities and storytimes

Pop into Bella Vita for a look at a great selection of adorable children’s clothes, toys, and accessories. (And great women’s clothes too!)

Rockridge shopping in Oakland
Bella Vita is a lovely place to browse or shop, 5511 College Ave.

Spend a few hours at the FROG park with a picnic lunch. In the hottest weather, the shallow stream will be “swimming” with bare-footed kids, cooling off under the shade of the trees. I recommend wearing a pair of water shoes or flip-flops in the stream to protect sensitive feet from the rocks at the bottom. Stash an extra towel in the car in case you get wetter than expected! (P.S. GoldenBug carries all kinds of water shoes, naturally)

Pegasus Books in Oakland
Pegasus Books on College Ave has a sweet children’s section (5560 College Ave.)

Pay a visit to Pegasus Books and pick up a copy of Cars and Trucks and Things that Go by Richard Scarry. Read it on a BART ride from the Rockridge station to SF’s Powell Street Station. Then jump on a cable car! (PRO TIP: do this on a weekday to avoid the crowds on the cable cars)

One of my all-time favorite farmer’s markets is in the DMV parking lot on Sundays. Be sure to visit Tomatero Farm for amazing deals on organic bunched greens in the cooler weather and her fantastic strawberries in the summer. There is almost always live music as well. Sit down with the kids to enjoy it while you munch on your fresh goodies.

Dinner at the Ramen Shop (5812 College Ave.) is a favorite for us. PRO TIP: We get there when they open at 5pm to be seated quickly. We love their kids’ ramen bowls and also their fried rice and rice bowls. The food always comes out quickly which is perfect for our “window of patience” when dining with the kiddos.

Thanks for the tour, Emily! This sounds like the best day ever!

Visit Emily at her shop GoldenBug Shoes, located at 5509 College Avenue, Oakland, CA. GoldenBug Shoes is a sponsor of 510Families.com.

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[All photos by Whitney Moss; all rights reserved]

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1 thought on “20 Things to Do in Rockridge With Kids”

  1. Local Food Adventures also provides an actual guided tour of some of the great ice cream treats found along College Avenue on our Rockridge Ice Cream & Gelato Tour. This one-hour, three stop tour is a lot of fun for kids of all ages!!! Weekend tours available June through October. Private Tours great for birthday celebrations, summer camps and Girl/Boy Scout troop field trips available all year upon request. Book your tour at http://www.localfoodadventures.com

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