Things to do in OAKLAND with kids

To those new to Oakland, it may seem at first that this Californian city is more geared towards adults than kids. To those who know Oakland, they know that there is a plethora of kids fun just waiting to be explored. You just have to know what the locals know! (That’s where we come in!)

Oakland and fairies? We wouldn’t expect anything less! Fairyland is a staple for Oakland families. Fun packed rides in a storybook setting - a truly magical place for kids!

What kid doesn’t love a good zoo! Oakland Zoo won’t disappoint, and hasn’t for the many families that have visited over the years.  (Your family can even spend a night there!)

Think you need to be in New York for the arts? Nope! Did you know Oakland has it’s own Museum of Children’s Art? But here, they can actually MAKE the art too!

Think you need to be in Florida for space fun? Of course not! Oakland has the Chabot Space and Science Center for all those kids fascinated by astronomy.

Need a break from the city? Head to Redwood Regional Park for some respite only a stones throw away!

You will leave Oakland realizing there is often more to a city than meets the eye!

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  • Museum of Childrens Art

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    Oakland

    A fun, creative and interactive space in Oakland, California where kids can get creative, and not only learn about art, but MAKE it!

  • Oakland Museum of California

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    (1 miles) Oakland

    A fascinating Californian cultural experience where families can explore various art exhibitions, as well as delve into Californian history and natural sciences.

  • Childrens Fairyland

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    (1 miles) Oakland

    This is a 10-acre outdoor park in Oakland's Lakeside Park at Lake Merritt that features beautiful displays, rides, and entertainment inspired by children's literature. One of the many fun family ...

  • Crab Cove Visitor Center

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    (2 miles) Alameda

    Crab Cove Visitor Center at Crown Memorial State Beach in Alameda features all new exhibits opened in April 2004. You can see bay creatures in the 800-gallon aquarium system, use interactive stations ...

  • Habitot Childrens Discovery Museum

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    (4 miles) Berkeley

    Series of engaging physical, role-play, imagination and learning settings ideal for families of kids 1 to 5 years.

  • Chabot Space and Science Center

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    (5 miles) Oakland

    Chabot Space & Science Center inspires and educates students of all ages about our Planet Earth and the Universe. Its observatory, planetarium, exhibits, and natural park setting are a place where ...

  • Oakland Aviation Museum

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    (6 miles) Oakland

    West Coast aviation history comes to life at this fascinating museum in Oakland with actual aircraft on display, as well as simulators and and interactive play area!

  • San Francisco Railway Museum

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    (7 miles) San Francisco

    The San Francisco Railway Museum celebrates the history of rail transit in San Francisco and explores its significant impact on the quality of urban life in this great city throughout its storied ...

  • Redwood Regional Park

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    (7 miles) Oakland

    Kids can experience the magic of this hidden redwood forest whose 1,830 acres are ready to be explored - an amazing natural wonder in California for the family to enjoy.

  • The Rooftop at Yerba Buena Gardens

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    (7 miles) San Francisco

    Features up here include ice skating and bowling facilities, children's carousel and a child sized labrynth. They offer 2 adventure play areas, one with interactive water features the other with 25ft ...

  • The Cartoon Museum

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    (7 miles) San Francisco

    .The Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the western United States dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of cartoon art in all its forms. This unique institution houses approximately ...

  • Childrens Creativity Museum

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    (7 miles) San Francisco

    San Francisco's arts and technology museum for kids of all ages with hands on fun learning exhibits.

  • Aquarium Of The Bay

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    (8 miles) San Francisco

    Discover what lies beneath the waves of San Francisco Bay at this family friendly aquarium, with 20,000 aquatic animals including sharks, rays and sea stars!

  • RocketBoat San Francisco

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    (8 miles) San Francisco

    A thrilling high-speed rocket boat adventure across San Francisco Bay!

  • Pier 39

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    (8 miles) San Francisco

    Visit one of San Francisco's Premier Bay Attractions - a festival marketplace with more than 110 stores, 12 restaurants, and a variety of fun-filled attractions for all ages!

  • Blue and Gold Fleet Boat Tours

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    (8 miles) San Francisco

    Blue & Gold Fleet, the Bay Area's premier provider of Bay Cruise, Ferry Service and Motorcoach Tours, is located at PIER 39 in San Francisco. The famous one-hour Bay Cruise sails along the City's ...

  • 7D Experience

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    (8 miles) San Francisco

    ffers a combination of 3D visuals, wind machines, strobe lights, rapid motions seats and everyone gets a personal high tech laser blaster and you yourselves take on the enemies in the show, as you ...

  • San Francisco Cable Car

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    (8 miles) San Francisco

    Explore the city using it's iconic Cable Cars and Street Line, complete with the traditional poles on the outside that braver passengers can ride hanging on to!

  • San Francisco Cable Car Museum

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    (8 miles) San Francisco

    Overlooking the cable car workings themselves, the museum features three 1870s cars plus a wealth of memorabilia.

  • Oakland Zoo

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    (8 miles) Oakland

    The Oakland Zoo is a non-profit zoo home to over 660 native and exotic animals! Kids can experience feedings, and events, and learn lots of new things across the day!

  • Bike And Roll

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    (8 miles) San Francisco

    The perfect way to explore San Francisco is on a bicycle, and Bike and Roll offers guided and self-guided tours for all ages so great for those active little ones in the family!

  • Madame Tussauds San Francisco

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    (8 miles) San Francisco

    Spend the day with all your favorite stars in the new San Francisco wax museum!

  • The San Francisco Dungeon

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    (8 miles) San Francisco

    Live actor shows, 200 years of history, 360 degree sets and a boat ride give kids the ultimate storytelling experience!

  • Ripley's Believe It or not Museum

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    (8 miles) San Francisco

    The weird and the wonderful comes together over 10,000 sq ft filled with the strange, the unusual, and the unbelievable!

  • Musee Mecanique

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    (8 miles) San Francisco

    A stunning collection of coin-operated mechanical musical instruments and antique arcade machines, all in working order! Great fun in San Francisco!

  • USS Pampanito Submarine

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    (8 miles) San Francisco

    A fun, educational and historic look into a real life WWII submarine!

  • Red and White Fleet Cruises

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    (8 miles) San Francisco

    Offering a series of local tours and cruises with a variety of destinations and durations to select from to suit. Multi lingual audio tour provided and wildlife spotting on board has included ...

  • SS Jeremiah OBrien

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    (8 miles) San Francisco

    Explore this historic vessel in it's entirety, book a cruise trip if you can or visit on a Steaming Weekend to see the engines at work.

  • Bay Quackers Duck Tours

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    (8 miles) San Francisco

    San Francisco Duck Tours - Experience San Francisco's newest attraction and a better way to see San Francisco, on board one of DUKW's, (we call 'em Ducks!) an original, refurbished World War II ...

  • San Francisco Fire Engine Tours

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    (8 miles) San Francisco

    An exciting day out for kids, and those kids at heart where you get to travel through the beautiful sights of San Francisco in a 1955 Mack Fire Engine! How cool is that!?

  • Playland not at the beach

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    (8 miles) El Cerrito

    Playland-Not-at-the-Beach is a temperature-controlled 9000-square foot building chock-full of amazing things to see and do.

  • Oyster Bay

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    (8 miles) San Leandro

    An astonishing diversity of wildlife can be seen at this shoreline park under development just south of Oakland International Airport. Marsh hawks, black-shouldered kites, red-tailed hawks, and ...

  • City Clues Family Adventure

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    (8 miles) San Francisco

    It's family treasure hunt time in San Francisco! Scour the city to find clues and complete your adventure, using tours designed especially for families.

  • Segway San Francisco Electric Tour

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    (8 miles) San Francisco

    Glide With the Original San Francisco Segway Tour Company- Since 2004 More fun than walking, more eco-friendly than driving -- the Segway is the best way to see San Francisco's Waterfront or ...

  • Mission Cliffs

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    (8 miles) San Francisco

    A welcoming and supportive environment for all levels of climber from absolute beginner upwards to give it a go. Offers after school and summer rock climbing programs for kids, plus teen climbing ...