15 Things to Do With Kids in Emeryville - 510 Families

15 Things to Do With Kids in Emeryville

Thanks to Kids Gym Berkeley for sponsoring our guide to places to take kids in Emeryville. These include where to play, 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 several other not-to-miss attractions.

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Here are 15 Terrific Things to Do with Kids in Emeryville

Where to Play with Kids in Emeryville

  1. 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. Currently, Kids Gym Berkeley is focused on academic support for distance learning and day camp rather than open gym play.
  2. Head Over Heels — We usually love this gymnastics studio for its classes, camps, Parents Nights Out, and birthday parties. During the Covid-19 slowdown, they’re offering a different mix of physical programs. Website >
  3. Emeryville Swim Center — This lovely pool has swim lessons for all ages starting at infancy with parent participation. Will be reopening in early September with guidance from the County.
  4. 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. Right now, they’re running cool programs online and in the parking lot.
  5. Coming Soon: Trivium Games Escape Room — We can’t vouch for it, yet, but we have our eyes on this escape room. Wear a mask and have a blast. Website >
Climbing a wall
Kids can feel safe climbing up a wall | Photo: Celia Catalino Photography

Where to Wander & Roll with Kids in Emeryville

  1. 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. Bay Bridge Trail >
  2. Emeryville Greenway — Pedal or scooter on the multi-use path from Berkeley on the Emeryville Greenway through to Doyle-Hollis park with your novice bikers. Find your way on the Emeryville Greenway >
  3. Waterfront path along the Bay Trail — Scooter along the marina path near Shorebird Park and be on the lookout for public art characters. Find your way on the Bay Trail >
  4. 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.
  5. Emeryville Train Station — the Emeryville train station at 5885 Horton Street 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.
Public art along Emeryville waterfront paths
Public art along Emeryville waterfront paths | Photo: City of Emeryville

Where to Eat with Kids in Emeryville

Whether you grab a meal on a patio, pick up carry-out for lunch in the park, or bring dinner home, some of our favorite family-friendly eateries call Emeryville home.

  1. Paradita Eatery (Peruvian) is now open for outdoor patio dining, delivery, and pickup at Emeryville’s Public Market. They have the best empanadas that kids and adults will love. Website >
  2. Arizmendi Emeryville Bakery & Pizza is open Wednesday through Sunday for bread, pastries, and a special daily pizza. Grab and go. Website >
  3. Lanesplitter Pizza & Pubs — My family’s hands-down favorite spot for pizza pickup is Lanesplitter. We order 3 large pizzas for the 5 of us to have a little extra for the next day. Website >
  4. Public Market Emeryville — This upscale food court experience has many different dinner and lunch options for different palates for outdoor patio dining, delivery, and pickup. 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. Grab your food and eat al fresco outside on the patio or bring it home. Heads up: you may struggle to keep your kids off the cool play structure. Website >
  5. Wally’s Cafe Emeryville specializes in Mediterranean and Lebanese food open for take-out and delivery these days. Try the Shawarma, Falafel, Hummus, or Tabbouleh. On Yelp >
  6. Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe — Outdoor, socially distanced dining or carry-out, Rudy’s is 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. Website >
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Heading to Super Duper Burgers with the fam for fries, shakes, and burgers! | Photo: Public Market Emeryville

Where to Shop for Kids in Emeryville

With Shelter in Place and social distancing in Emeryville and the rest of the East Bay, it’s not the best time to take your kids out for errands. Sigh… During “normal times” we love to stock up on supplies at Target; see movies and get school clothes at Bay Street (remember school?!); take woodworking classes at Home Depot; pick up just one more cubby set at Ikea; get sports gear at Decathlon; and drop into craft activities at Michaels.

kid climbing at play space
Climbing and laughing at Kids Gym Berkeley | Photo: Celia Catalino Photography

Thanks to Kids Gym Berkeley for sponsoring 510Families.com — and for being such a great place for East Bay families to have fun together.


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