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.
Plan ahead for these activities
- Buy a Bay Area Play Pass to check out five indoor playspaces for $50.
- Buy tickets to performances that bring children’s favorite books and movies to life including Llama Llama Red Pajama LIVE and Disney Moana Jr.! More shows to know about >
- Book a space at Kid’s Night Out so YOU can enjoy a child-free date night.
- Pick out a day to visit Walnut Creek for Arts Around August.
Week of Monday, August 1
8/1: Experience the magic of baby storytime.
8/2: 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: Live outdoor music, free entry to Bedford Gallery, and family-friendly activities on Music Day.
Week of Monday, August 8
8/8: Climb the nature-based structures at Tunnel Tops playground in San Francisco.
8/9: 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: Be dazzled by a free concert and light show at San Leandro Marina.
8/12: Look at stars or meteors during drop-in telescope viewing.
8/13: 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.
Week of Monday, August 15
8/15: 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: 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: Bring a blanket and see a movie as the sun sets at Blankets & Blockbusters.
8/21: Turn up the heat with extra fun at a Summertime Block Party in San Ramon.
Week of Monday, August 22
8/22: 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: Choose from four outdoor movies happening tonight!
8/27: Roast marshmallows for s’mores at a family campfire event.
8/28: Plan a day trip down to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
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: Count fish and other aquatic creatures on a trip to Crab Cove Visitor Center.
What are your plans for the final month of summer? Tell us in the comments section.