31 Bay Area Things to Do With East Bay Kids in August - 510 Families
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31 Bay Area Things to Do With East Bay Kids in August

Summer is moving at lightning speed; never fear, there’s still plenty of fun to be had! Soak up the last moments of summertime bliss and squeeze in a few more family memories before school begins. Here’s a day-by-day breakdown of amazing East Bay fun activities for the kids in our lives.

31 kid-friendly things to do in the East Bay in August, 2016 from 510families

Plan ahead for these activities

Week of Monday, August 1

8/1: free Experience the magic of baby storytime.
8/2: free Venture through redwoods on a toddler-friendly, guided hike. It’s National Night Out.
8/3: Meet a rabbit, snake, and guinea pig in a wonderful animal show in Lafayette.
8/4: Head north to Muir Woods. Admission is free today, but parking/shuttle reservations are required.
8/5: Roll up to Off the Grid with Family Friday & the Try It Truck.
8/6: Search for sculptures in the Ruth Bancroft Garden.
8/7: free Live outdoor music, free entry to Bedford Gallery, and family-friendly activities on Music Day.

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The playground and views are top-notch at Tunnel Tops | Photo: Whitney Moss

Week of Monday, August 8

8/8: free Climb the nature-based structures at Tunnel Tops playground in San Francisco.
8/9: free Enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories just for toddlers at this outdoor storytime.
8/10: Experience the simple joy of the Tilden Park merry-go-round.
8/11: free Be dazzled by a free concert and light show at San Leandro Marina.
8/12: free Look at stars or meteors during drop-in telescope viewing.
8/13: free Chocolate and chalk art unite to make a super fun festival in Berkeley.
8/14: Hike to a sweet destination: a mountain top pancake breakfast.

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Don’t miss the outside aviary at Lindsay Wildlife Experience, where you’ll find the cutest little owl | Photo: Julie Herson

Week of Monday, August 15

8/15: free Sing Old Macdonald while feeding cows, pigs, and sheep at Tilden Little Farm.
8/16: Ride the ferry across the bay for a day in San Francisco.
8/17: free Push the button to jump-start an afternoon of spray park play.
8/18: Feathered friends are on view at Lindsay Wildlife Experience.
8/19: Watch the Athletics play ball, then enjoy a postgame fireworks show.
8/20: free Bring a blanket and see a movie as the sun sets at Blankets & Blockbusters.
8/21: free Turn up the heat with extra fun at a Summertime Block Party in San Ramon.

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Climb all over the animal sculpture area just beyond the SF Zoo playground | Photo Credit: Julie Herson

Week of Monday, August 22

8/22: free Watch your little one glide on swings at Piedmont Park.
8/23: Catch a glimpse of the baby animals at the San Francisco Zoo.
8/24: Break up the week with a discount bowling game.
8/25: Go on a child-led discovery through The Lawrence Outdoor Nature Lab.
8/26: free Choose from four outdoor movies happening tonight!
8/27: free Roast marshmallows for s’mores at a family campfire event.
8/28: Plan a day trip down to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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Observing tiny fishes, crabs, and other bay creatures at Crab Cove Visitor Center | Photo: Kat Choi

Week of Monday, August 29

8/29: Twirl or climb in the amphitheater during a visit to UC Botanical Garden.
8/30: Pretend to be a bug during a visit to the new exhibit at Cal Academy of Sciences.
8/31: free Count fish and other aquatic creatures on a trip to Crab Cove Visitor Center.

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Pick up a free junior ranger book to complete on your hike through Muir Woods | Photo: Maureen Burke

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What are your plans for the final month of summer? Tell us in the comments section.

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1 thought on “31 Bay Area Things to Do With East Bay Kids in August”

  1. Don’t forget that the Tilden Park Steam Train is operating Monday through Friday from 11 am to 5 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm – through the Labor Day holiday!

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