My family loves to “staycation” for Spring Break. Sleep in our own beds and enjoy the stuff that makes the Bay Area magic? Yes please! We like to build our day around mini adventures when school is out. Are you sticking around for spring break this year? How many of these day trips and adventures for grade school-age children can you squeeze into one week of your Bay Area staycation? And where will you see me and my boys?!
- Hit Alcatraz. Go where the tourists go. My kids rated this adventure as “better than expected” because it included a cool ferry trip, running on an island, and exploring real-life prison cells. Take your kids to Alcatraz. (Book now!)
- Skydive indoors. We tried indoor skydiving with kindergartners through grandparents and we all had a blast. This memorable activity is prime staycation splurge material.
- Sugar high when you tour the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield. All you can eat sugar! Still have money and energy? Head over to Scandia for more laughs.
- Discover & go. Plan ahead to nab the free passes to Cal Academy or Exploratorium.
- A very low-budget shopping trip to spend one's “own money” at the East Bay Depot for Creative Re-use. Pro tip: Used 3-ring binders and empty photo albums seem to keep my kids busy for hours.
- Monterey Aquarium: Visiting the giant aquarium always feels special; do it as a day trip or single overnight getaway. [Some tips to save $$]
- Get a family portrait taken: Here's a list of favorite Bay Area family photographers. Reward kiddos with ice cream after.
- Visit with animals at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum. Run off your ya-yas at Heather Farms.
- Afternoon baseball game: Check the A's or Giants' schedules to see who's got a game before bedtime.
- Venture out to Safari West for a special look at wild animals. (Call today for a reservation.)
- Did the sun come out? Try this hidden beach.
- Use our events calendar to find activities for any specific day
Local Deals for East Bay Families
Save on these local excursions and activities!
John's Incredible Pizza Company (Newark)
$25 for Unlimited Buffet, Drinks, Rides, and Video Games at John's Incredible Pizza ($74.98 Value). Get the deal >
Paradise Skate Roller Rink (Antioch)
Admission for Two or Four at Paradise Skate Roller Rink (Up to 48% Off). Get the deal >
Rockin' Jump Trampoline Park (Fremont)
60-Minute Passes for Two, Four, or Six at Rockin' Jump – Fremont (Up to 32% Off). Get the deal >
Oakland Aviation Museum
Get a one-year family membership for $28. Get the deal >
Pacific Pinball Museum (Alameda)
Single admission (25% Off). Get the deal >
Adventure Kinderland Indoor Playspace in Richmond
Admission for 1 or 2 at 38% off. Get the deal >
Rec Room in Berkeley
Save 30% on 5 play passes. Get the deal >
Deals on Events
Blue & Gold Fleet's "Escape From the Rock" Cruise is an exciting 90-minute excursion that takes you around the perimeter of Alcatraz to view the island from every angle. As the ship sails, passengers ... Read more
Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and along the San Francisco Bay's historic waterfront on Blue & Gold Fleet's Bay Cruise Adventure. This fully narrated one-hour tour features information and history ... Read more
"Family-friendly improv comedy" is almost an oxymoron, but Made Up Theatre captures wholesome lightning in a bottle. The show features a series of improvised games based on audience suggestions, like ... Read more
Visit Aquarium of the Bay for your chance to experience the Bay's fascinating aquatic wildlife up close. Located along San Francisco's walkable waterfront, Aquarium of the Bay is home to more than 20,... Read more
Don’t miss the fun as the world’s most popular fairy tale gets retooled and re-fur-bished in this all-singing, all-dancing, all-barking musical extravaganza…featuring an all-dog cast! Follow Cin... Read more
Don’t miss the fun as the world’s most popular fairy tale gets retooled and re-fur-bished in this all-singing, all-dancing, all-barking musical extravaganza...featuring an all-dog cast! Follow Cin... Read more
Don’t miss the fun as the world’s most popular fairy tale gets retooled and re-fur-bished in this all-singing, all-dancing, all-barking musical extravaganza … featuring an all-dog cast! Follow C... Read more
At some point during this show, make sure you take a minute to observe your young ones, unnoticed. Watch their expressions of joy as they sing, dance and laugh along with "Baby Shark Live!" — and th... Read more
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From ventriloquists to jugglers and even a bubble lady, the town of Danville knows how to keep preschoolers laughing and screaming for more. Grab the little ones for a set of amusing acts that'll ente... Read more