Kids Can Always Find Summer Fun in Downtown Alameda

Alameda Theatre 2016 Kids Movie SeriesSchool has officially come to an end and it’s time to start planning some summer fun for the kids. For your list of “Things To Do,” we’ve come up with a number of activities that can be found in Downtown Alameda:

Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2317 Central Ave
The 2016 Summer Family Movie Series is in full swing at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex. One kid-favorite movie is shown each week in the historic theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00am. Upcoming movies include Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip, Minions, The Peanuts Movie, Goosebumps, and three other popular G-rated films. You can still purchase series tickets for $10/person from fundraising organizations or you can purchase single tickets on the day of the show for $2/person.

The Sewing Room Alameda summer classesThe Sewing Room, 2434 Webb Ave
The Sewing Room still has openings in their Sewing Summer Camps that run each week this summer through August 26. During sewing camp, children have fun acquiring a deeper skill level because they get to spend a longer time sewing the projects of their choice. Upcoming classes include “Sewing for the American Girl Doll,” “Teen Fashion and Design,” and other flexible projects. Sewing patterns are also available for purchase in the shop for take-home projects.

Twirl Alameda summer campsTwirl, 1424 Park Street
“Camp Twirl” is in full effect and they have a few spots left. The weekly kids’ camps have six exciting “maker” themes from Whimsical Wonders to Tinkering Twirlers… plus special camps in their new Pottery/Mosaic Studio. Twirl is also a daily 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. Older kids can create things from pottery wheels, glass painting, playdough experiments, or papercutting activities. Drop-in admission for unlimited one-day play is $12/child. 

Artistic Home Studio, Alameda summer campsArtistic Home Studio, 1419 Park Street
The summer art camps are full but you can still take the budding artist (age 10 and older) to Artistic Home Studio & Boutique to make amazing fused-glass projects: jewelry, suncatchers, nightlights, plates, bowls, and more! The Drop-In Fused Glass sessions include supplies, instruction, and kiln firing — there’s no studio use fee; you just pay by the piece (prices start at $16). Drop-in times are Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00am-5:00pm.

High Scores Arcade MuseumHigh Scores Arcade, Alameda, 1414 Park Street
You can let the kids loose (with adult supervision, of course) at High Scores Arcade where they’ll find 48 game cabinets that offer over 500 playable classic arcade games. The arcade features video games from the 1980’s and 1990’s – all set to unlimited play! 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. High Scores Arcade is also a unique venue for birthday parties.

Slot Cars at Subpar Miniature Golf, AlamedaSubpar Miniature Golf, 1511 Park Street
Subpar Miniature Golf is your destination for family fun. Not only do they have a one-of-a-kind themed 18-hole indoor golf course, but they also have a lively arcade with a wide array of games: air hockey, skeeball, video games, pinball machines, and even a foosball table. Kids especially enjoy the challenge of racing a car on their six-lane slot car track. Golf play starts at $5 for kids and $7 for adults during the week. Weekend prices are slightly higher and include one slot car session.

For a list of downtown businesses that offer summer fun for kids of all ages, visit our website at: 

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You’ll always find great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do in Downtown Alameda! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit our new website:

Save the date… Downtown Alameda’s Art & Wine Faire is fun for all ages! Enjoy arts and crafts booths, food and beverage vendors, live music, as well as a special kids’ area. 

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