25 Things to Do With Kids in Alameda - 510 Families

25 Things to Do With Kids in Alameda

Thanks to the folks at Color Me Mine in Alameda for helping us put together this superfun list of things to do with kids in Alameda.

Child painting pottery at Color Me Mine Alameda

Here are 25 terrific things to do with kids in Alameda

Where to play with kids in Alameda

  1. Paint ceramics with your family at Color Me Mine, naturally. It’s in the Alameda South Shore Center.
  2. Climb the rock wall at The Bladium, a sports club for families with tons of fun activities for kids.
  3. Swing from the monkey bars at Lincoln Park Playground and use all the equipment to burn off energy before nap.

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    Lincoln Park Alameda monkey bars | Photo: Megan Small
  4. Climb and jump or chill with costumes and puzzles at the new Swings and Wings sensory-based playspace.
  5. Become a Pinball Wizard at Pacific Pinball Museum or High Scores Arcade.
  6. Swim in a clean, heated pool at AquaTech during drop-in times, for kids as young as eight weeks old!
  7. Drop the kids off at Kids Night Out at Color Me Mine, held one Saturday per month.
  8. Drop in for playtime at Twirl, where kids can make art and engage in imaginative play.

    Twirl Alameda by Shannon from Fig and Peach
    Twirl Alameda play space in action | Photo by Shannon from Fig and Peach
  9. Check out the Bay creatures in the 800-­gallon aquarium system at the Crab Cove Visitor Center. Play at the spacious playground and fields of Washington Park before or after.
  10. The City of Alameda offers all sorts of cool classes & camps always happening through the Recreation and Park Department.
  11. Knock down the pins at Bowlero Alameda on Park Street. Check the website for weekly specials.
  12. Play, play, play at Franklin Park. Some parents call it paradise.
  13. Jump, roll, and tumble all you like at Ruby’s Tumbling with regular classes in tumbling and gymnastics.
  14. Enjoy a movie at the beautiful Alameda Theater. The Cinema Grill makes this theater the perfect spot for pizza and a movie…

    The iconic Alameda Theatre has many family-friendly showings
    The iconic Alameda Theatre has many family-friendly and discounted showings | Photo: Wikipedia

Where to explore with kids in Alameda

  1. Bike your way along the path on Shore Line Drive. Find more paved and gravel cycling paths here.
  2. Wander the sprawling outdoor Alameda South Shore Center in search of a meal or a deal. There are all sorts of treat shops and fun stops to entertain the kids.
  3. Enjoy the massive expanse of shallow water and great views at Crown Beach. Older kids might try stand-up paddle boarding (SUP!)
Crown Beach Alameda
Crown Beach in Alameda | Photo: Whitney Moss
  1. Check out the Farmers’ Market on Tuesday and Saturday on Webster & Haight [Schedule].
  2. Test drive your newest trike or bike on the many walking paths along the bay or lagoons on Bay Farm Island.
  3. Walk aboard nautical history. Visit the USS Hornet aircraft carrier that served in World War II and Apollo recovery which is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, special overnight adventures available.
  4. Explore the largest Antique Faire/Flea Market in Northern California at Alameda Point on the first Sundays of each month. Collectibles are all more than 20 years old, including furniture, clothes, sporting equipment, Matchbox cars, apparel, dolls, and vintage toys. (This is more fun as a babywearing outing and less fun as a bored-five-year-old-pulling-your-arm outing.)
  5. Save one December night to stroll down Alameda’s legendary Christmas Tree Lane and enjoy the community vibe.
  6. Sweeney Open Space is a wide open play area with paths and room to run or scooter. Right nearby, visit the inclusive playground at Littlejohn Park.
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The logs and rocks around Jean Sweeney Park offer little kids the chance to practice their balancing skills | Photo: Julie Herson

Where to eat with kids in Alameda

  1. Gobble up the fresh pizza at Tomatina on Park St. The casual setting is super family-friendly and the menu has something for everyone. And the best part? Kids eat for FREE on Thursdays after 4 pm!
  2. Choose between gelato, custard, or Italian Ice. You can’t go wrong at Rita’s Italian Ice at South Shore.

[Look for restaurants to eat outside in Alameda]

Parent child painting together at Color Me Mine Alameda
Parent and child painting a plate together | Photo: Color Me Mine Alameda

Upcoming Events for Alameda Kids

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Time Event
10:00 am - 11:00 am Mommy and Me Tot Group
Washington Park, Alameda
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Fish Feeding Viewing
Crab Cove Visitor Center, Alameda

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Time Event
10:30 am - 11:00 am Toddler Storytime
West End Branch | Alameda Free Library, Alameda
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm Jolly Tuesday Santa Photos with little gift
South Shore Center, Center Court, Alameda

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Time Event
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Fish Feeding Viewing
Crab Cove Visitor Center, Alameda
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm School-Age Kids' Storytime
Main Library | Alameda Free Library, Alameda

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Time Event
10:30 am - 11:00 am Preschool Storytime
Main Library | Alameda Free Library, Alameda
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Photo: South Shore Center
Hand painted watermelon bowls from Color Me Mine Alameda
Hand-painted watermelon bowls from Color Me Mine Alameda

Thanks again for all these great ideas for things to do with kids in Alameda, Color Me Mine! See you around the island!

Color Me Mine is located at 2205 South Shore Center Alameda, CA. Call with questions about dropping in, birthday parties, and parent’s nights out: 510.521.8893

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