If you’re looking for your next great family adventure, or someplace different to take the kids, we have you covered. Spending a day out with the kids is a great way to recapture your own childlike curiosity and love of play, so we’ve included plenty of options that will make the adults as happy as the kids. Below are some of the best, most unique, and most beloved things to do with your kids in Oakland.
Covering 10 acres along Lake Merritt, this themed amusement park is a children’s paradise. It is a Fairyland with colorful play sets that look like mini-castles, giant shoes, and large mushrooms. You may even run into Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. The Fairyland also features a playing card maze modeled after Alice in Wonderland, a petting zoo, and small rides. This is a great place to take the youngest kids if you’re looking for something to do outside that will encourage their imagination and curiosity.
Oakland Aviation Museum
The perfect place to take the kid who dreams of being a pilot (or any kid, really). At Oakland Aviation Museum you can learn about nearly every part of aviation history and see incredible aircraft on display. You can book a tour or go through the museum at your own pace. On “Open Cockpit Days”, the Oakland Aviation Museum becomes an even more incredible place to take the kids. They have live music, flying boat tours, flight simulators, and more during Open Cockpit Days.
A trip to the zoo is always a family favorite. Travel through the African Savanna, Tropical Rainforest, or Flamingo Plaza and you’ll see amazing animals from all over the world. Kids will especially love the Children’s Zoo with a wide variety of animals, a petting yard, and a playground. You can choose to wander the zoo yourselves, marvel at all the animals, or try to time your visit with one of the animals’ feeding times (listed on Oakland Zoo’s website), or even register to take part in an animal encounter. But no matter which adventure you choose, the kids are sure to have fun while learning about the world around them.
Union Point Park
The perfect place to allow the kids to let out their inner pirate. Located along the Alameda Harbor is this large green space with one of the best playgrounds in Oakland. It is nautical-themed with sails, slides that are the equivalent of “walking the plank”, and plenty of lookout points to scan for enemy ships in the distance. A visit to Union Point Park’s playground is a simple, but fun thing to do with the kids.
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