Kid - Friendly Activities in Berkeley, California
Berkeley is filled with fun, "out of the box" kids activities to have fun and engage. The city's "college town" climate infuses everything with a spirit of fun and a sense of wonder, from landmark attractions like the Lawrence Hall of Science to free things to do like the Cesar Chavez Park kite-flying expanse.
There's a lot of great things about living with kids in Berkeley. People never run out of a lot of fun places to go and things to do. Here are some great places to take your little ones to Berkeley, inspired by the staff and visitors of the Habitot Children's Museum, who are used to keeping a finger on the pulse of East Bay parents.
Aquatic Park offers plenty of opportunities for bird watching, boating, hiking and biking trails around the lake. Frisbee Golf is in the meadows. There is also a fitness training course, "Dream Land for Kids," a playground featuring extensive wooden castles, walkways and other structures, as well as a bird and aquatic habitat. There is limited parking on the east side of the park. Accessible to the disabled / wheelchair.
The Lawrence Hall of Science
Visit the Hall to combine awe-inspiring views of San Francisco Bay with practical indoor and outdoor science exhibits. Kids and families can build bridges and buildings, interact with animals, climb giant structures, and watch a planetary or 3-D movie.
Habitot Children's Museum
Habitot Children's Museum is a children's play paradise, 0-5. Habitot's brand-new, hands-on exhibition is Rocket ship and Mission Control. STEM involvement activities are embedded across the board to inspire future astronauts and space engineers. Also new are the Fire Engine and Animal Hospital exhibits, plus old favorites such as the Waterworks indoor water table and river ramps, and the creative Art Studio. Free Jamaroo music classes weekly; Puppet shows every month; Family Fun Nights, 2nd Friday 5:30-7:30 p.m.; and Parents' Night Out, 4th Friday 5:30-9:30 p.m. Summer, spring break and winter camps for 3-5 year old and birthday parties all year round.
With a lift to ride — with giant kick buttons! — And the great children's section of the Downtown Berkeley Library is the best free destination in the city. New STEM Baby and Toddler Story Time takes place every Wednesday.
Tilden Nature & Little Farm Area
Learn more about Tilden 's surprising variety of plants and animals through the Little Farm and Environmental Education Center (ECC) nature programs in the Tilden Nature Area, both accessible to people with disabilities. Dogs are not allowed in the Tilden Nature Area.
Nature Center of the Shorebird Park
The Shorebird Park Nature Center is the first municipal straw bale building in the United States. It has a solar hot water radiant system to provide heating throughout the year in the cool marina climate, and a solar photovoltaic electrical system to power aquariums, computers, lighting and other equipment. Our new Straw Bale building is now the Nature / Visitors Center and Office. Here you will find a 50 gallon salt tank, a 30 gallon fresh water tank and a display of marine mammals and birds.
Tilden Park's Merry Go Round
Visit the world removed from the hustle and bustle of modern life. A place where incredible artistic and glamorous music combines fun with family fun. The Tilden Park Merry Go Round has been part of the Berkeley and Bay Area family for more than 60 years. It has four rows of hand-carved horses, carts, cats, dogs, lions , tigers, toads, giraffes, sea monsters and more.