Thanks to Kids Gym Berkeley for sponsoring our guide to places to take kids in Emeryville. These include where to play, shop, eat, and be outside with kids of all ages.
Emeryville is a tiny spot of the East Bay big on fun things to do with kids. Whether your trip to Emeryville is inspired by your little gymnast or a need for inexpensive Swedish furniture, there are a several other not-to-miss attractions.
Here are 25 terrific things to do with kids in Emeryville
Where to play with kids in Emeryville
- Kids Gym Berkeley — Just north of Emeryville, Kids Gym Berkeley is an impressive, all-inclusive indoor play space loaded with climbing equipment, make-believe areas, trampolines, puzzles, and air hockey! With 10,000 square feet to explore, kids will be tuckered out before they run out of activities. Best for children of all abilities, ages one to eleven.
- Christie Park — Tucked behind the Public Market, you'll find an inventive play structure for your kids to explore. Christie Park is super cute and well designed in a nautical theme but not fenced in. Sigh…
- Golden Gate branch library — Technically in Oakland, this library has loads of family activities including toddler time, baby bounce, and teen crafting.
- ECCL vertical playground — Supposedly open during evenings and weekends, this entirely vertical climbing equipment is as cool as it looks!
- Head Over Heels — We love this gymnastics studio for its classes, camps, Parents Nights Out, and birthday parties.
- Athletic Playground — We love this small parkour gym for additional ways our kids can bounce off the walls and learn how to do so safely. My child had a fab parkour birthday party at Athletic Playground. Also open play time, camps, and classes for adults.
- Temescal Creek Park — An awesome little neighborhood park and playground at 47th and Adeline, Barbara and Grant (the mom and chief kid from Kids Gym Berkeley) love how small and modern it is. Enjoy the play equipment, small basketball court, and many butterflies on your visit.
- Doyle Hollis Park — With a modern climbing structure, tube slide, and spinny things, this playground is wonderful. Too bad Doyle Hollis Park isn't fenced in though, my kids are runners! Across Hollis Street from the park is Ruby's Cafe where you can get coffee and great sandwiches (not open on Sundays though).
- Michael's craft projects — For $2 each on Saturdays, kids can drop in and enjoy a hands-on project like painting many rocks or building a custom picture frame.
- Home Depot workshops — Monthly kids' workshops teach construction skills with basic tools and parent involvement. They supply the kits, you bring the patience.
Where to wander with kids in Emeryville
- Bike to Treasure Island — Jump on the bike path across the Bay Bridge to Treasure Island near IKEA if you can handle the wind and incline. It is easy enough to stop part way and turn around. Spectacular views.
- Emeryville Greenway — Pedal on the multi-use path from Kids Gym Berkeley on the Emeryville Greenway through to Doyle-Hollis Playground with your novice bikers
- Waterfront path — Scooter along the marina path near Shorebird Park and be on the lookout for public art characters.
- Public Art Walking Tour — You may have noticed the public expressions of art without even realizing it! That big chair outside IKEA? All the painted utility boxes? Push your sidekick in a stroller and enjoy the artworks in Emeryville along the way.
- Emery Go-Round — Ride this bus FOR FREE around Emeryville and parts of S. Berkeley and N. Oakland. Check maps and schedules >>
Where to shop with kids in Emeryville
- Bay Street Emeryville — Get a cookie, see a movie, eat dinner, or find some new clothes. Bay Street is a one-stop shop for fun and my favorite place to go to the movies when it is raining. They often host stories, crafts, and other events, too! Grant’s favorite places to eat at Bay Street are Fuddruckers and PF Chang’s; he loves hanging out at Barne's and Noble for his love of reading [Pro tip: Save on movies on Tuesday]
- IKEA — Do you know about the childcare while you shop or the schedule of kid activities? The family-friendly amenities almost makes it worthwhile to go on a weekend!
- Target — Our friends love Target for everything from alone time (sorry, kids!); affordable basics; the dollar bin; on-site immunizations; and an in-house Starbucks. The parking lot is a little chaotic, so you might need a cupcake afterward (keep reading!)
Where to eat with kids in Emeryville
- Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe — On my list as one of the best places for breakfast any time of day, stocked with kid-friendly decor every place you look. Too hungry to wait for a meal? The waitstaff will bring you a coloring sheet and a bowl of Cheerios to tide you over.
- Emeryville Public Market — This upscale food court experience has many different dinner and lunch options for different palates. Big kids can make their own food choices with a fistful of dollars. Little ones can eat a tiny taco, bowl of rice, or slice of pizza. Keep an ear open for music performances, too. We like Friday Night Market Beats.
- Miyozen offers sushi with a playroom — this large restaurant has a nook furnished with small stools, blocks, toys, and a TV.
- Lanesplitters Pizza — My kids' favorite pizza comes with a chalk board for writing, TVs with sports on all the time, and a decent deal of a kids' meal.
- Sweet Treat Stop — Who doesn't love a cupcake truck? Look for this adorable pink bakery on wheels in the large parking lot between Target and Home Depot (in front of the old Babies R Us) most days between 2:30 pm and 5 pm. Follow along on twitter for more precise times and locations.
More great family destinations in Emeryville
- Train Station — the Emeryville train station is well-positioned for visiting, trainspotting, and launching an adventure trip to Martinez, Sacramento, or points beyond. Even the footbridge over the track is exciting.
- Hotel with a pool — Both Sheraton Four Points and Hyatt House have swimming pools and are walking distance from Bay Street and Public Market, great for visiting grandparents or a clever tween birthday party.
- Emeryville Swim Center — this lovely pool has swim lessons for all ages starting at infancy with parent participation.
Bonus points: Find LeapFrog labs — Your baby or tot can be the scientist that helps the toy builders figure out what's working. [Join the LeapFrog/VTech testing team]
Upcoming events for Emeryville kids
Thanks to Kids Gym Berkeley for sponsoring 510Families.com — and for being such a great place for East Bay families to have fun together.
Kids Gym Berkeley is home to:
• Swings • Indoor zip line • Sensory-based toys • Crash mats and pillows • Trampoline • Arts and crafts area with a chalkboard • Conference and classroom space • Toys for fine motor skills • Life skills imaginary room • Infant-crawler area • Kids library • Private therapy rooms- Fee based • Dance studio • Quiet Room • Tunnels • Air Hockey • Foosball • Ping Pong • Rock climbing wall • Premium Co-Work with onsite childcare