San Leandro families have easy access to the Oakland Zoo (just a block outside the city limits) and the Oakland Airport, but did you know there’s a lot more fun things for kids in San Leandro than that? The San Leandro Improvement Association helped us put together this list of family activities in San Leandro.
Whether you are looking for an outdoor adventure or a simple day in the city, here are the top eight places in San Leandro that are fun for kids and parents too!
Top Kid-Friendly Things to Do in San Leandro
Happening every fourth Thursday of the month during summer, “Truth Thursdays” surrounds the 55-foot tall Truth is Beauty statue at the San Leandro Tech Campus in Downtown San Leandro. The summer food truck series features live entertainment and recreational games like corn hole and bocce ball for the whole family to gather and enjoy the outdoors in the summer months. Events go through August.
Downtown San Leandro Farmers’ Market
Families can enjoy an evening filled with fun at the Downtown San Leandro Farmers’ Market. Not only does this farmers’ market offer delicious, locally-grown fruits and vegetables all summer long, it also goes until October and is perfect for the whole family to partake in!
San Leandro’s photogenic Spanish-style villa invites you to explore with your family. The historic landmark offers a great picnic area—bring a blanket and some snacks. The San Leandro Improvement Association has also added multiple table-and-chair sets with umbrellas that make the perfect place to rest and enjoy a lunch with the family as kids run around through the beautiful grounds.
San Leandro Marina Park
This waterfront park is great for walking, biking, scootering, and pushing a stroller. Toddlers will love spotting numerous planes flying overhead as they approach the Oakland Airport. It has two nice playgrounds, public bathrooms and wide-open grassy fields for a game of soccer, football, Wiffle ball or frisbee.
DC Dance Center –This dance studio welcomes dancers of all ages to participate in Zumba, hip-hop, ballet, combo classes and more! Every summer the studio also offers fun summer camps for children including a Unicorns & Ballerinas Dance Camp!
Joaquin Plaza – The Exploratorium’s musical activation at Joaquin Plaza is a kid and parents approved spot to check out! The musical exhibit has seating that will create an educational and auditory experience for visitors and residents to enjoy. The exhibit features eight points of interaction, where users can use a rocking, glider-chair mechanism to trigger individually pitched chimes for a soothingly ambient, pentatonic musical experience.
The Libraries – The San Leandro Libraries have children’s programming that includes free movie nights during the summer.
Washington Manor Park and Pool – This large city park has picnic areas and playgrounds, but don’t miss the swimming pool as it boasts a couple of kid-friendly waterslides for an extra splash!
Oyster Bay – Bring new riders to this shoreline park which has a paved path and a cool sculpture, perfect for bike-riding, scootering, and jogging.
Where to eat in San Leandro with kids
Drake’s Brewing Company –This brewery will make it feel like date night as the kids will be occupied by the goldfish crackers at every table just for kids!
Sabino’s Coffeehouse – A local favorite, this indie coffee shop boasts a back patio and fancy hot chocolates for the kids. Show up at 3 pm on Wednesdays, and you just might meet a storyteller named George.
Loard’s Ice Cream – What’s better for kids than a delicious ice cream shop with old school arcade games, a ping-pong table, and tasty ice cream flavors? Loard’s Ice Cream is the perfect spot to take kids on a hot summer day.
Sons of Liberty Ale House – This tavern offers a menu selection for children under 10! Parents can enjoy a drink or two at the Sons of Liberty Ale House while the little ones enjoy mac n’ cheese bowls, fish & chips or grilled cheese & fries. Puppies are also invited!
Porkys Pizza – For parents who just want their kid to eat their food, Porky’s offers an easy environment and a simple, winning combination: pizza and beer!
Zocalo Coffee – Magic! It’s a coffeehouse and a small play space: everything a toddler’s parent needs at 7 am on a Sunday morning. (Bonus! They open at 6 am on weekdays!)
Things to do with kids *close* to San Leandro
Oakland Zoo – Yep, you can walk to San Leandro from the Zoo, no problem.
Cull Canyon Recreation Area – This East Bay regional park is home to a fantastic swimming lagoon
Ardenwood Farms – Seasonally changing activities and events make Ardenwood Farms in Fremont a fun day trip.
Sulphur Creek Nature Center – Animal education and drop-in toddler activities are programmed into this Hayward destinations year-round fun.
Recurring activities for kids in San Leandro
Three big box stores are hosts to weekly drop-in activities for children.
Home Depot offers hands-on kids’ workshops the first Saturday of the month and they are free! More details about Home Depot kids activities >
Michael’s charges $2 for regularly scheduled year-round classes in the store and offers even more activities during the summer. We tried it!
Lakeshore Learning invites kids to sit down and make something to take home every Saturday between 11 am and 3 pm, and it’s free. See their schedule >
LEGO Brickshow: A special event in San Leandro
As of this writing, a LEGO brick exhibit is on display through Sunday, August 26 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only. Hours are from 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: Bay Area Family Church, 2305 Washington Ave. San Leandro, CA 94577, 2nd floor. Free Parking.
Cost: $5 per person (under 2 is free)