Celebrate Local Art: 2nd Friday and Other Events in Downtown Alameda

Happening this month in Downtown Alameda: 2nd Friday Art Walk, Rhythmix 10th Anniversary Celebration, and Summer Art & Maker Fair

Summer Art and Maker Fair AlamedaSummer Art & Maker Fair

Enjoy the work of 65 Alameda and Bay Area artists at this free outdoor art festival, along with music, live demos, open studios, and other activities. See live painting, sketching, sculpting, and illustration as artists create unique artwork during the fair. From comic book art to clothing and jewelry to metal sculpture, the Summer Art & Maker Fair will have something for everyone.

The outdoor art festival takes place Sunday, June 25 from 1:00pm to 7:00pm just off Park Street in thelot of Studio 23 Gallery at 2309 Encinal Ave. Look for friendly Lord Zondar, the giant metal robot, to be perched on the roof overlooking the festivities. All ages are welcome; there will be a kids creative corner where children can participate in fun art projects.

This event is sponsored in part by the Downtown Alameda Business Association.

More details are available at www.studio23gallery.com.

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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.  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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30th Annual Park Street Art & Wine Faire in Alameda — Fun for Everyone!

Park Street Art & Wine Faire 2014The Park Street Business Association is proud to bring the 30th Annual Park Street Art & Wine Faire to Alameda on July 26 & 27. Enjoy the summer sun at one of Alameda’s biggest and best events of the year! And, of course, this year promises to be even bigger and better.

Voted “Best Event in Alameda” each year, festival-goers can stroll along Alameda’s vibrant and historic downtown district and enjoy arts, crafts, and food vendors; local wines and regional beers; live music on two stages; and a special kids’ play area. Event hours run from 10:00am to 6:00pm both days.

Plan to attend the Park Street Art & Wine Faire!
It has something for everyone!

Arts & Crafts… Stroll among the 250 arts and craft booths located between Encinal Ave and Buena Vista Ave. Vendors will be offering items ranging from ceramics and metal art to paintings, photography, wood crafts, toys, handbags, clothing, jewelry, and more.  Read the rest of this entry »

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

This week’s happenings in the Park Street Business District: View Calendar

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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Exciting Summer Programs offered by The Child Unique Montessori School

The Child Unique Montessori School & Montessori Elementary School of Alameda (MESA) presents: 
“The Dawning of the Summer of the Creative Child”

The Child Unique, AlamedaThe Child Unique Montessori School celebrates three decades of excellent, community-oriented, student-driven education. Their unique summer program harnesses the excitement of education with their renowned thematic camps: SPACE! (including a visit from representatives of NASA), Kyoto Camp (experience Japan), Culinary Academy, Photography/Art Camp, and much, much more!

If you are looking for a fun and unique summer program for your child, look no further. The following is a list of this year’s exciting themed summer camps…

Lights! Camera! Action! (June 17 – July 5) Young actors learn the basics of character development, improvisation, group work, and script analysis. Children also create costumes, props, and sets for their performance.

NASA Ames visitSpace Camp (July 8 – July 19) The Child Unique Montessori School’s signature camp is back and it’s an out-of-this-world experience! Campers aged 2-7 will enjoy a visit from a NASA Ames Research Center representative at the school. Campers will learn exactly how the NASA astronauts get ready for their mission and flight to the international space station and their return home — they will have an opportunity to try on a real space suit, play with objects from the space station and shuttle orbiters, munch on tasty space food, and conduct far-out space experiments. Campers will also be provided with numerous opportunities to explore the solar system and beyond by creating planets, constellations, spaceships, and other astronomical phenomena.

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Summer Fun in Alameda’s Park Street Business District

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

2013 Summer Family Movie SeriesThe 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

Fun at Subpar Mini GolfSubpar 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
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