The best places in Piedmont, CA to go with kids - 510 Families
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The best places in Piedmont, CA to go with kids

{510} Families is your guide to the best things to do with kids in the East Bay, with a focus on Berkeley, Oakland, and surrounding areas.

Piedmont, CA is its own city with a school district, but it’s entirely surrounded by Oakland. When we talk about Piedmont in this post, we’re really covering an area larger than the city limits because the main commercial street nearby, Piedmont Avenue, packed with appealing shops and restaurants, is technically in Oakland.

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Onward to your tour of Piedmont and Piedmont Avenue with kids!

Piedmont with a baby

Because the sidewalks are tree-lined and many of the homes are notably large, Piedmont is a lovely destination in which to take a walk with a stroller or while wearing a baby.


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Three places to walk with a baby in Piedmont:

  • Piedmont Park has multiple paths to explore with a baby carrier. Park on Magnolia Avenue and leave your stroller behind so you don’t get waylaid by stairs.
  • Piedmont Avenue has cafes, nooks with benches, and flower stands that will provide a sensory tour for parent and baby.
  • Mountain View Cemetery (not creepy, and very popular for mom’s group meet-ups) offers a paved, winding path that reveals a hilltop view of the area that is easy for strollers.
Mountain View Cemetery at the end of Piedmont Ave
Mountain View Cemetery | photo by Tim B.

Piedmont activities for babies:

  • Kindermusik “Cuddle and Bounce” in the building at 801 Magnolia is for babies up to 18 months.
  • Parent and child swimming at the Piedmont Community Pool is offered in weekly sessions.
  • “Baby Cafe” is a weekly drop-in playdate at the Piedmont Branch of the Oakland Public Library.
  • Two blocks off of Piedmont Avenue, Kaiser Hospital offers drop-in weekly new parent support groups aka “Mom’s Groups”
  • Baby swings are installed at Dracena Park, Linda Park, and Piedmont Park.

Related: Where to meet new moms in Oakland


Piedmont with a toddler

For those who want to touch everything and hop in and out of the stroller every ten feet, there is plenty of fun to be had in Piedmont.


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Start at Linda Park, watch the dogs play in their dog park area, and enjoy the little playground. Then walk a couple blocks toward Piedmont Avenue, where you can have a pastry at Timeless Cafe (vegan!), order a pint (for Mom!) at Cato’s, or choose a treat at Fentons.

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Fentons on Piedmont Avenue | Photo courtesy Fentons

Valentine’s is a highly curated children’s shop with new and used clothes (all stylish!) and a small play area to keep kids busy while you shop.

Dracena Quarry Park is another favorite destination. Even the bathrooms are recommended! And if it’s a hot summer day, the baby pool at Piedmont Community Pool might be just the thing.

Take advantage of programming from the Parks and Rec department with Kindermusik classes, swimming, a preschool program, and tons of sports classes for preschoolers.

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Pizza at Cato’s Ale House | photo: Anna Azimi

Related: See our guide to sports and dance classes for toddlers


Piedmont with kids of all ages

For big kids, you’ll find great burgers and fries at Barney’s on Piedmont Avenue and a movie theater, Piedmont Theatre, at the far end (since it’s an artsy theater chain, they don’t often have kid-centric movies showing).

Ba Bites is a casual middle eastern eatery on Piedmont Avenue recommended in our Facebook group for 510 parents.

We love Crepevine and if you’re feeling fancier than Fentons, Lush Gelato is next door to it. Baja is fresh Mexican food with a tiny patio and kid-friendly booths.

The complex created by Piedmont Park and the adjacent high school and middle school is fun for big kids to explore with numerous sports fields to run through!

For tweens, there are a couple of novelty stores, Greetings and Surprise, which both sell gift items, Oakland-themed tshirts, funny mugs and other things they might enjoy browsing. Dr. Comics and Mr. Games is perfect for sci-fi fans, comic book collectors, and role-playing game types.

Blue Door Beads is a fantastic bead store that hosts unique birthday parties on weekdays after 3 pm.

Related: Places to have a kid’s birthday party near Oakland


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Special events in Piedmont

Piedmont hosts special events throughout the year, from a sweet, old-fashioned 4th of July parade to outdoor movies in Piedmont Park to a beautiful holiday light display in the cemetery.
Upcoming family events in Piedmont, open to the public

Monday, October 25, 2021

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10:00 am - 4:00 pm Halloween Treasure Hunt Begins
Piedmont Community Hall, Piedmont

Saturday, October 30, 2021

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11:00 am - 2:00 pm Piedmont Avenue Halloween Parade
Piedmont Key Route Plaza, Piedmont

Sunday, October 31, 2021

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Tot Costume Parade
Piedmont Community Hall, Piedmont

Friday, November 12, 2021

Time Event
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Reopening Weekend Celebration
Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Time Event
10:00 am - 10:00 pm Reopening Weekend Celebration
Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Time Event
10:00 am - 5:00 pm Reopening Weekend Celebration
Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Time Event
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Piedmont Tree Lighting Ceremony
Piedmont Community Hall, Piedmont

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