Family Fun at the Downtown Easter Hunt

Thank you to all who joined us for this fun family event in Downtown Alameda. Were you there? Post your photos on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DowntownAlameda

Downtown Alameda Easter HuntThe Downtown Alameda Business Association, in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Alameda, is hosting a Downtown Easter Hunt on Saturday, April 15 from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Kids and their families are invited to take part in the fun.

Over 25 shops and restaurants will be providing free treats, as well as a variety of other family activities. Children ages 12 and under are welcome with an adult… some businesses will even have special treats for parents.

The event is free. So grab a basket (and the kids) and come out to enjoy the search for prizes and treats in Downtown Alameda!

How It Works:

1) Bring Your Own Basket

The event is for children ages 12 and under. Bring your own basket to collect treats from participating businesses, or decorate a bag before you start the hunt (see details below).

2) Pick Up a Passport

We’re providing adult chaperones with a “passport” list of clues so you can help in the hunt. Get your passport stamped by 15 or more businesses for a chance to win family prizes. Pick up your passport at Phoenix — a new event space located near the Main Library at 2315 Lincoln Ave.

3) Look for Window Banners

Look for special Downtown Easter Egg Hunt banners in the windows — this is your clue that a treat for kids is waiting inside.

4) Receive a Treat

Kids receive a treat inside participating businesses. Adults, don’t forget to get your passport stamped at each stop you visit! You’ll need to visit 15 or more businesses to be eligible for the prize drawings.

5) Enter to Win Family Prizes

After you have collected at least 15 stamps, return your completed passport to be entered in the free drawings. Winners will be drawn at 2:15pm — no need to be present.

Don’t miss these other Family Activities:  Read the rest of this entry »

Find Back-to-School Shopping Ideas in Downtown Alameda

Back To School_Walgreens AlamedaBack-to-school shopping can be daunting. Whether you’re shopping for an elementary student, middle-schooler, high-schooler, or college student, back-to-school shopping means stocking up on school supplies. Instead of going back to the mall or driving to the big box stores, take a relaxing stroll through Downtown Alameda where you are sure to find everything you need to make this the best school year yet!

Basic School Supplies – The essential school supplies include paper, pencils, pens, rulers, markers, notebooks, lunch boxes, and bags. You’ll find all of these items and more at neighborhood convenience stores and pharmacies in Downtown Alameda.

Walgreens – “Everything your child needs to make the grade.

CVS Pharmacy – Name brand school and office supplies.

Clothing and ShoesTo make sure your child starts the school year in style, drop into one of Downtown Alameda’s clothing shops where you will find the latest apparel for fashion-conscious kids — everything from trendy shoes to socially aware t-shirts. On a budget? You can also find gently worn fashions at the re-use boutiques.

Doumitt ShoesBack to School_Doumitts Shoes Alameda – Trendy, fashion shoes for the entire family.

District Footwear & Apparel – The latest in metro-hip sneakers and apparel.

Lauren’s Closet – Clothes, accessories, and more for children and juniors.

All Good Living – Lifestyle clothing that is earth-friendly and made in the USA.

Computers & Electronics – Whether it’s new phones to stay connected with the kids, new computers to help with completing homework assignments, and or calculators for fun and learning, you’ll find a number of retail shops in Downtown Alameda that offer the right gadgets to help students get through the school year successfully.

Quick Communications – Verizon Wireless Authorized Exclusive Retailer.

Grand Communications – MetroPCS Authorized Dealer.

ABM Computers – Vast array of hardware and software solutions.

Music & Art Supplies – New supplies for music and art classes will help students master those extracurricular activities. There are a number of shops in Downtown Alameda worth checking out — whether it’s painting and drawing supplies, sewing supplies, or musical instruments and sheet music. (By the way, now is a good time to start making reservations for school holiday camps.)  Read the rest of this entry »

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Shop Local – Finding Children’s Gifts in Downtown Alameda

Toy Safari_posterDowntown Alameda has a terrific collection of shops and restaurants. Did you know that by shopping or dining at a small business in Alameda, you’re not only showing your support for local businesses but you’re also investing in this island community, helping to preserve Alameda’s unique charm. When shopping local, a greater share of every dollar spent is recirculated into the local economy. Be an Alameda Island Shopper!

This week’s featured local businesses: Children’s Retail Stores

Lauren’s Closet (1420 Park Street)
This is your local one-stop-shop for children’s clothes, accessories, and toys. They carry a great selection of both new and used items to meet every budget.

Monkey Bars (1339 Park Street)
This specialty store features everything that earth-concious parents need to go green with their new baby or toddler: feeding accessories, clothing, diapering solutions, toys, and much more!

Tot Tank_cowTot Tank (1413 Park Street)
Tot Tank is your neighborhood infant gear and juvenile products store. In addition to parent “must-have’s,” they have a full inventory of toys and activities including brands such as Alex, Melisaa & Doug, Green Toys, Fisher Price, and more.

Toy Safari (1410 Park Street)
Toy Safari strives to create a magical atmosphere that engages the imagination. They carry toys that light up the eyes of kids of all ages. You’ll find an enormous inventory of new, used, and collectible toys at this popular toy store.

More gift ideas for children:  Read the rest of this entry »

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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, www.alamedatheatres.com

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, www.twirlalameda.com

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)  Read the rest of this entry »

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Join the Easter Bunny on an Easter Egg Hunt in Downtown Alameda

Grab a basket (and the kids) and come out to enjoy the search for prizes and treats in Downtown Alameda!

Downtown Alameda Easter Egg HuntShops and restaurants in the Historic Park Street Business District invite families to join in on a special Downtown Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 11:00am to 2:00pm. All ages are welcome… some businesses will even have special treats for parents.

The event is free, but bring your own basket.

Follow the Bunny Trail…

Start the egg-hunt by searching for colorful “Bunny Banners” posted in the windows of participating businesses. Find a Bunny in the window and that’s your clue there is a special treat waiting inside.

With more than 20 local businesses participating, kids will have an opportunity to gather a basketful of treats.

Meet the Easter Bunny on Park Street…

A visit with the Easter Bunny will make this family egg-hunt even more special. For a memorable holiday photo opportunity, plan to make a stop at Daisy’s (1347 Park Street) where the kids can meet the Easter Bunny in person.

“It’s always a pleasure to work with other merchants on events that bring families to Park Street. It’s especially fun to see the huge smiles as youngsters go door-to-door looking for treats,” says Barbara Mooney, this year’s event organizer.

To find the special treats, hop on down to Downtown Alameda on April 4 and look for Bunny Banners in the windows of these participating businesses:  Read the rest of this entry »

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Customer Appreciation Day in Downtown Alameda: We Love Our Customers!

Customer Appreciation Day 2014, Park Street, Downtown AlamedaThe merchants in Alameda’s Park Street Business District appreciate your support and would like to honor you, our valued customer.

As a special thank you, we are celebrating “Customer Appreciation Day” on Saturday, September 13. Over 50 businesses will be offering special discounts, deals, and giveaways from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

We invite you to stroll through Alameda’s historic and vibrant downtown district to visit your favorite shops, restaurants, and services. Take a self-guided tour of the new Power Box Art and maybe even discover some new places along the way.

Enter for a chance to win prizes valued over $250 from the local businesses 

Stop by the Park Street Business Association‘s information table at the corner of Park Street & Central Ave between 11:00am and 4:00pm to enter a FREE DRAWING. This is your chance to win a variety of gift cards and prizes valued over $250 from the local businesses. In addition, many of the merchants will be holding free drawings inside their businesses.

Look for the colorful balloons that will be posted in front of participating businesses. More than 50 merchants are taking part in this year’s Customer Appreciation Day.

Again, thank you for supporting local businesses! We look forward to seeing you!  Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Activities For Kids in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District

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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:

Descipable Me 2 at Alameda Theatre

Family Summer Movie Series at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex

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

High Scores Video Arcade, Alameda

High Scores Video Arcade Museum

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!

Artistic Home Studio & Boutique, Alameda

Artistic Home Studio & Boutique workshops

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.

Subpar Mini Golf and Slot Cars

Subpar Mini Golf and Slot Cars

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_kids-playing

D20 Games kids play

Tabletop Gaming
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
(510) 865-1575

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.

NASA Ames visit, Child Unique Montessori School

Summer Camp at Child Unique Montessori and other locations

Summer Camps

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 FacebookTwitter , and Google+.

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Alameda’s Park Street Spring Festival is a Mother’s Day Treat for Everyone

Alameda's Park Street Spring Festival 2014Spring has finally sprung! Get ready for the 14th annual Park Street Spring Festival — a Mother’s Day weekend tradition in Alameda and the San Francisco Bay Area. The ever popular street fair takes place in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District on Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11 from 10:00am to 6:00pm both days.

The Park Street Spring Festival has something for everyone… over 150 art and craft vendors, live music on two stages, plenty of food vendors, some beer & wine sales, and a special kids’ area. Plus, take a stroll through Alameda’s destination shopping district to discover its unique variety of charming shops, antique stores, and top-rated eateries.

The Park Street Spring Festival just might be the perfect place to find a gift for Mom. Or maybe you would like to treat Mom to a mimosa and lunch at one of the district’s local restaurants.

The Park Street Spring Festival is fun for the entire family. Don’t miss it!

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