Today marks the last day of the regular school year in Alameda. It’s time to be thinking about how to entertain the kids during the next few months. Here are a few family-friendly ideas from businesses located in Alameda’s downtown Park Street Business District:
2013 Family Summer Movie Series
Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2317 Central Ave
(510) 769-3456, www.alamedatheatres.com
The Alameda Theatre & Cineplex will soon begin its 2013 Family Summer Movie Series for kids and families. Starting on June 18, the Alameda Theatre will present one kid movie favorite per week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00am in the historic theatre. The series will be fun for kids and is a fundraiser for local schools and youth organizations. The Family Summer Movie Series includes The Lorax, Ice Age 4, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3, The Pirates: Band of Misfits, plus 5 other popular G-rated films.
This is an excellent deal for families! Individual tickets are available for $2 each at the Theatre Box Office on the day of the show, or purchase a series pass for only $5 per person to see all nine movies. (Reminder: These special movie showings are for families and children… Adults must be accompanied by children.)
A Kid’s Snack Pack Special will be offered at the snack bar for only $4 and will include child popcorn, child drink and child candy. The special snack price is valid until 10:45am day of show.
For a complete list of movies and organizations that are selling series tickets, go to: www.shopparkstreet.com/theatre
Indoor Mini Golf
Subpar Miniature Golf, 1511 Park Street
(510) 521-GOLF, www.subparminigolf.com
Subpar Miniature Golf offers a one-of-a-kind indoor 18-hole mini golf experience. Take a virtual tour around the San Francisco Bay and play through all your favorite landmarks. The holes vary in difficulty from those that first time golfers can find success on, to those that will challenge the adults.
Summer hours are now in effect with openings at 11:00am on weekdays and 10:00am on weekends. Prices range from $5 for kids to $9 for adults. On Magic Mondays, family members and friends can play for just $3/round starting at 3:00pm.
Subpar is also great for children’s birthday parties. In addition to golf, they have Ping Pong tables, Air Hockey, and an arcade with video games, skeeball, and pinball machines.
Good Fun and Fair Play
D20 Games, 2311 Santa Clara Ave
(510) 522-2109, www.d20alameda.com
D20 Games is a place dedicated to face-to-face play (not face-to-screen). They feature regular events for players of Magic the Gathering, Pokemon, and board games in a friendly, fun, and comfortable environment. D20 can even help you organize a “Learn to Play” birthday party for child and friends.
More Summer Youth Programs
You can find plenty of youth classes and summer camps in the Park Street Business District to keep the young ones entertained this summer… ballet, martial arts, tumbling and gymnastics, home arts, music, and sewing. There are also numerous summer tutoring programs offered by the same folks that offer after-school programs.
For a list of schools and other businesses offering youth programs, go to: www.shopparkstreet.com/schools
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