Summer Fun (For Kids) in Downtown Alameda

As the school year comes to an end, you may be wondering how you’re going to keep the kids entertained on summer days in Alameda. If you’re putting together a list of things to do this summer, we have a number of ideas from local Downtown Alameda businesses:

2015_Family_Movie_Series at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex2015 Summer Family Movie Series
Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2317 Central Ave
(510) 769-3456,

The Alameda Theatre & Cineplex starts its Summer Family Movie Series on June 16. One kid movie favorite will be shown each week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00am in the historic theatre. This year’s Summer Family Movie Series features How To Train Your Dragon, Rio 2, The Box Trolls, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and six other popular G-rated films.

You can purchase the whole series of 10 family movie tickets for $10 per person. Otherwise, single tickets will be available on the day of the show for $2 per person. This is not only a super fun outing for the kids but it’s also a fundraiser for local schools and youth organizations.

Art Lab and Play Gallery
Twirl, 1424 Park Street
(510) 473-0812,

Twirl play space in AlamedaTwirl is Alameda’s newest design lab and play gallery for kids. Younger children can take a ride on the tike track, climb through the tree house, build a fort in the construction zone, or snuggle up and read in the book nook. The studio is open for all ages with things like pottery wheels, glass painting, playdough experiments, and papercutting workshops. Different activities are available each week.

Drop-in admission for unlimited play is $12 per child. Special classes are also offered on a sign-up basis.

Drop-In Fused Glass Studio
Artistic Home Studio & Boutique, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza) 
(510) 263-0337,

Artistic Home Studio, Alameda_glass samplesTake the budding artist (age 10 and older) to Artistic Home Studio & Boutique to make amazing fused glass jewelry, suncatchers, nightlights, plates, bowls, and more! The studio provides the supplies and the kiln firing. They’ll even teach first-timers how to use the glass cutting tools and some 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. Prices start at $16.

Indoor Miniature Golf & Slot Cars
Subpar Miniature Golf, 1511 Park Street
(510) 521-GOLF,

Slot Cars at Subpar Miniature Golf, AlamedaSubpar Miniature Golf offers a one-of-a-kind indoor golf experience. Take a virtual tour around the San Francisco Bay and play through 18 holes of favorite Bay Area landmarks, from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Winchester Mystery House. The holes vary in difficulty so that first-time golfers can have just as much fun as the more advanced golfer. Game play starts at $5 for kids and $7 for adults on weekdays.

You’ll find that Subpar is your above-average entertainment center. You can challenge the kids to a slot car race ($5 per person for 15 minutes) or have a try at the wide selection of pinball machines, skeeball, air hockey, pool tables, and modern video games.

Classic Video Arcade
High Scores Arcade, 1414 Park Street
(609) 468-3083,

High Scores Arcade, AlamedaYou can also go head-to-head with the kids at High Scores Arcade where you’ll find classic arcade gaming in a nostalgic retro atmosphere. The video arcade features games from the 1980’s and 1990’s – all set to unlimited play! The arcade features a rotating display of 45 cabinets that have over 400 playable classic games. Some all-time favorites include Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede, Defender, Double Dragon, and Street Fighter.

Unlimited play is $5 for one hour or $10 for all-day admission.

DIY Summer Art Camps
Redux Studios & Gallery, 2315 Lincoln Ave
(510) 205-0253,

Summer Art Camp with JoAnne YadaThere’s lots of stuff in this world, so why not wipe it off, turn it upside-down, and glue it to something else to make wonderful pieces of art?! DIY Summer Art Camps are offered through the Alameda Recreation & Parks Department and are taught by Jo Anne Yada at Redux Studios. Projects are made from reclaimed items and feature weekly themes such as super heroes, monsters, and space travel.

For a list of other organizations that offer summer youth programs in Downtown Alameda, go to:

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