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As the school year draws to an end, it’s time to be thinking about how to keep the kids entertained during the summer months. To help you out, we have a number of ideas from businesses located in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street Business District:
2014 Family Summer Movie Series
Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2317 Central Ave
(510) 769-3456, www.alamedatheatres.com
The Alameda Theatre & Cineplex starts its Family Summer Movie Series on June 17. One kid movie favorite will be shown each week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00am in the historic theatre. This year’s Family Summer Movie Series features Despicable Me 2, Turbo, The Nut Job, The Lego Movie, and 5 other popular G-rated films.
You can purchase the whole series of 9 family movie tickets for $9 per person. Single tickets are available on the day of the show for $2 per person at the Theatre Box Office. This is not only super fun for kids but it’s also a fundraiser for local schools and youth organizations.
For a complete list of movies and the organizations that are selling summer series tickets, go to: www.shopparkstreet.com/theatre
Retro Video Games
High Scores Interactive Arcade Museum, 1414 Park Street
(609) 468-3083, www.highscoresarcade.com
High Scores Arcade is the newest entertainment center on Park Street. The video arcade offers classic games of the 1980’s and 1990’s – all set to unlimited play! The arcade currently features 45 cabinets with over 400 playable classic games such as Tron, Star Wars, Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede, and more.
Cost is $5 for one hour or $10 for all day admission. What a terrific way to share a favorite pastime with the kids!
Drop-In Fused Glass Studio
Artistic Home Studio & Boutique, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza)
(510) 263-0337, www.artistichomestudio.com
Take the budding artist (age 10 and older) to Artistic Home Studio & Boutique to make AMAZING fused glass art — jewelry, suncatchers, nightlights, plates, bowls, and more! The studio provides the stained glass, tools, and kiln firing. They’ll even teach first-timers how to use the glass cutting tools and simple fusing techniques.
Drop-in times are Tuesday through Sunday, Noon-5:00pm. There’s no studio use fee, you just pay by the piece.
Artistic Home Studio & Boutique also offers summer camps for painting, mosaics, and glass art.
Indoor Miniature 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 with all your favorite Bay Area landmarks, from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Winchester Mystery House. The holes vary in difficulty from those that first-time golfers can find success on, to those that will challenge the older kids. Golf fees start at $5 for kids and $7 for adults on weekdays.
In addition to mini golf, Subpar has air hockey, pool tables, and a mini arcade with pinball machines, skeeball, and modern video games. Have the need for speed? Then head over to the new slot car area and take some thrilling trips around the giant race track!
During the summer, Subpar Miniature Golf opens at 11:00am on weekdays and 10:00am on weekends.
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 other strategy games in a friendly, fun, and comfortable environment. Two-Headed Giants is a GREAT way for parents and kids to play Magic as a team – the parent gets to play without needing to worry about “doing it wrong” and the kid gets to be the smart one for a change.
D20 also has a great selection of quality board games for sale. They even do game rentals so that your kids can try it before you buy it.
More Slot Car Racing
Homeroom Racing Cafe, 1307 Park Street
For the little ones that might be too intimidated by the larger race track, Homeroom Racing Cafe still has a shorter track for family and friends to challenge each other.
You can find plenty of classes and summer camps in the Park Street Business District to keep the young ones entertained this summer… ballet, martial arts, home arts, music, sewing, and more. There are also numerous summer tutoring programs offered by the same folks who provide after-school programs.
For a list of organizations that offer youth programs, go to: www.shopparkstreet.com/schools
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The Historic Park Street Shopping District offers great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit our website: www.ShopParkStreet.com/news. You can also find the “Park Street Business Association” on Facebook, Twitter , and Google+.