Kids Activities in Albany

Up to 51% Off Family Pool Passes

El Cerrito Swim Center

El Cerrito

$20 $10

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Single-day or summer pass to heated, outdoor pools with lap lanes, play areas, and a water slide; grounds offer picnic tables and bbq area

Up to 55% Off Private Violin Lessons

Vernon Music Studio

Richmond

$120 $55

A violinist who customizes lessons to students' needs, helping them to learn violin quickly and thoroughly

Golden State Model Railroad Museum – Up to 51% Off

Golden State Model Railroad Museum

Richmond

$45 $22

Passes grant free admission to shows in 10,000 sq. ft. museum of operational model trains & recreated Northern California terrain.

Chabot Space & Science Center — Up to 54% Off LaserMania

Chabot Space & Science Center

Oakland Park

$28 $14

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Enjoy a fusion of art and science with a 360-degree laser-light show set to the music of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, or U2

62% Off Guitar Lessons at American Guitar Academy

American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

Up to 46% Off Open-Play Times at Pump It Up of Oakland

Pump It Up of Oakland

Oakland Waterfront

$45 $29

Kids' imaginations run wild as they explore, bounce, and burn energy at vibrantly colored bounce houses, slides, and inflatables

Half Off Admission to Oakland Aviation Museum

Oakland Aviation Museum

Oakland

$20 $10

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Located on historic North Field, the museum features an array of aircraft, flight simulators, and the flying boat from Indiana Jones

The Museum of Children's Arts – Up to 36% Off Studio or Party

The Museum of Children's Arts (MOCHA)

The Museum of Children's Arts (MOCHA)

$14 $9

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Children experiment with mixed media during open studio or create a themed project during parties; 1,000-sq.-ft. space for memorable events

68% Off Motor-Skills Classes for Kids

Pediatric Motor Playground

Multiple Locations

$157 $50

Educational-fitness instructors develop motor skills, social skills, and handwriting with activities designed by occupational therapists

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

Urban Dare

Eastside West Restaurance

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

Up to 60% Off Urban-Race Entry

CitySolve Urban Race

San Francisco

$50 $20

Teams race on foot past city landmarks, solving clues and tackling obstacles for a chance at cash and other prizes

Aquarium of the Bay – Up to 47% Off Membership

Aquarium of the Bay

Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach/Telegraph Hill

$110 $59

(600)

Membership to 20,000-animal aquarium includes one year of free admission and discounted gift-shop purchases

Contemporary Jewish Museum – Up to 42% Off

Contemporary Jewish Museum

SoMa

$24 $14

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Explore the history, culture, and ideas of the Jewish community through constantly rotating exhibitions of art and design

Madame Tussauds – Up to 40% Off

Madame Tussauds

Fisherman's Wharf

$52 $31

Interact with lifelike wax figures including Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Zuckerberg & President Obama at a brand new waterfront wax attraction

Up to Half Off a Historic Angel Island Tram Tour

Angel Island Company

Angel Island Café

$90 $45

(200)

One-hour tours travel across a picturesque state park with views of the Bay Area and stop at the historic US Immigration Station

The Beat Museum – Up to 61% Off Admission

The Beat Museum

North Beach

$31 $12

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Artifacts and stories from Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and other Beat Generation figures populate museum

40% Off Membership at Cartoon Art Museum

Cartoon Art Museum

Yerba Buena

$45 $27

A year of admission and other perks at a museum that celebrates all cartoons, from anime and video games to TV shows and Sunday funnies

Jeremiah O'Brien Liberty Ship – Up to 60% Off

Jeremiah O'Brien Liberty Ship

San Francisco

$24 $12

Historically accurate and still operational, the SS Jeremiah O'Brien is a National Historic Landmark that is open to the public year round

45% Off Music Lessons

Lewis Violin Studio

San Francisco

$300 $165

Learn how to play classical, fiddle, or jazz violin

Up to 54% Off Private Music Lessons

Guitar Cities

Downtown

$70 $33

Dexterous instrumentalists train aspiring players of all ages during low-key one-on-one lessons tailored to skill level or song choice

Up to 57% Off Piano or Guitar Lessons

Exploring Music

Inner Richmond

$70 $32

Talented instructors tailor lesson plans to each student's tastes and skill level during private or group music lessons

7D Experience - Up to 56% Off Laser-Shooting Experience

7D Experience

Fisherman's Wharf

$30 $15

Experience the illusion of a roller coaster ride while zapping on-screen opponents on the DarkRide; Dodge laser beams during LaZer Challenge

Up to 40% Off Armory Tour for Two

SF Armory

Mission

$50 $30

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Employees lead 90-minute tours for guests aged 18 & older through five floors of historic armory & elaborate adult-film sets

Up to 46% Off Museum Memberships

Museum of the African Diaspora

Yerba Buena

$65 $35

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Museum with permanent and rotating interactive exhibits on the history of the African diaspora and the artistic reactions it has inspired

Up to 66% Off Batting-Cage Sessions

The ClubHouse Training Schools

San Francisco

$80 $29

Indoor batting cages at a 17,000-square-foot facility staffed by professional coaches and professional baseball scouts

44% Off Pottery Painting

Diy Ceramics

Redeem from Home

$36 $20

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

83% Off Online Guitar Lessons

iPerform3D Online Guitar Lessons

Online Deal

$168.85 $29

Online lessons use 3D tech with video, tabs and backing tracks to let users follow along from any angle and create customizable lesson plans

51% Off In-Home Private Guitar Lessons

University of Rock

Redeem from Home

$120 $59

Trained instructors tailor in-home guitar lessons so students build knowledge and improve their skills; RockStarter kit with music book

Up to 52% Off Visits to The GLBT History

The GLBT History Museum

Castro

$10 $5

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Encompassing 100 years of the city's GLBT history, the museum includes sections on drag culture, radical activists, and the AIDS epidemic

51% Off Animal Education Show

Animals Galore & More

On Location

$295 $145

Wildlife experts help foster feelings of goodwill towards nature in kids with up-close lessons with piglets, parrots, turtles, and rabbits

"I Hate Children Children's Show" – Up to 50% Off

I Hate Children Children's Show

Hotel Rex

$22 $11

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Unscripted magic show featured at the Edinburgh Festival astonishes and cracks up families while inviting kids ages 8+ onstage

"Champions of Magic Live!"– Up to 50% Off Show

"Champions of Magic Live!"

Victoria Theater

$80 $40

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Five internationally acclaimed magicians combine their talents for a show featuring comedy, illusion, and escape artistry

Bay Area Discovery Museum – Up to 55% Off Visit

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Sausalito

$22 $10

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Kids create art and explore interactive exhibits while learning about scientific concepts and local landmarks

Up to 97% Off Adventures Passes

Adventures Pass

Multiple Locations

$1,500 $59

Passes give holders discounts on activities such as fly fishing, clay shooting, paragliding, horseback riding, wakeboarding, and paintball

Half Off Group Surf Lesson

Tamalpais Surf Club

Bolinas

$70 $35

Slip into a sleek wetsuit and grab a surfboard for lessons with CPR- and First Aid-certified instructors

51% Off Standup-Paddleboard Lesson in San Rafael

Demo Sport

San Rafael

$100 $49

After 2-hour lesson covering paddleboarding basics, students hang on to their board, paddle, and leash for a morning of exploring the bay.

Up to 57% Off at Marinwood Pool

Marinwood Pool

Lucas Valley-Marinwood

$30 $15

A double-flume waterslide sends kids cascading into the 25-yard-long pool located near a scenic green park and playground

Up to 64% Off Guitar or Voice Lessons

Jones Guitar and Vocal Instruction

Concord

$130 $50

Seasoned instructor Ranjani Jones teaches basic theory, sight-reading, and technique for guitar, beginner piano, and voice

Up to 80% Off Adult or Teen Parkour Classes

APEX Movement NorCal

Concord

$145 $29

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Parkour and free-running gym houses a modular set of obstacles including jungle gyms, moveable bars, walls of many heights, and a foam pit

$10 for Batting-Cage Practice at San Ramon Sports

San Ramon Sports

San Ramon

$20 $10

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Batting cages lob softballs or hurl baseballs at 35–80 mph

GoKart Racer – 20% Off

GoKart Racer

Multiple Locations

$50 $40

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Sodi RX 7 go-karts burn rubber during 10-minute races around indoor road courses

Up to 51% Off Private Piano Lessons at Aria Music Studio

Aria Music Studio

Burlingame

$70 $35

Lifelong pianist Wendy Liu teaches students of various skill levels to play everything from basic scales to solo sonatas

38% Off Jungle-Gym Open Play at Safari Run

Safari Run

Shoreview

$40 $25

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Animal-themed jungle gym packed with slides, bridges, tunnels, and ladders combines fitness and play for kids aged 3–10 on Monday–Friday

Up to 53% Off Drum Lessons

Tom Metropoulos at San Mateo Piano

San Mateo

$80 $39

Seasoned drum instructor teaches fundamentals in styles including pop, rock, jazz and fusion

Up to 66% Off Bowling

Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl

Dublin

$70 $24

Bowlers compete on one of 40 championship lanes equipped with automatic scoring

Up to 39% Admission to Filoli

Filoli

Woodside

$36 $22

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654-acre estate encompasses manicured gardens, nature preserve, and stately house filled with antiques and paintings

Up to 53% Off Musical-Instrument Lessons

New World Music Academy

Pleasanton

$170 $85

Professional performers teach students to play guitar, flute, or string instruments; piano classes take place in a group setting

San Mateo County History Museum – Up to 60% Off Visits

San Mateo County History Museum

San Mateo County History Museum

$20 $11

Underneath the stately dome of Old County Courthouse, visitors and scholars pore over archives and engage with hands-on exhibits

54% Off Standup Paddleboard Tour for Two with Wine

Napa Valley Paddle

River East

$238 $109

After an on-shore lesson, paddleboarders explore the Napa River with their guides on tours that include a bottle of wine

Jump Highway – Up to 49% Off Trampoline Pass or Birthday Party

Jump Highway

Fairfield

$48 $26

10,000 sq. ft. of trampolines and foam pits welcome jumpers of all ages; party package with pizza

$5 for Amusements at Scandia Family Center

Scandia Family Center

Fairfield

$10 $5

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Nine-acre park with two mini-golf courses, bumper boats, and arcade with more than 200 games

Up to 44% Off Water Park Outing with Lunch

Aqua Adventure

Irvington

$55.54 $31

This family-friendly water park features all-ages water slides, pools for tots and adults, and other watery attractions

50% Off Quarryhill Botanical Garden Visit

Quarryhill Botanical Garden

Sonoma

$20 $10

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Glen Ellen hillside gardens stretch for 25 acres, blossoming with a vast collection of Asian flowers, trees, and rare plants

26% Off Whale-Watching Tour

Huli Cat Sportfishing & Charter Boat

El Granada

$200 $149

From the deck of the Huli Cat, whale-watchers keep their lids peeled for the towering plumes of spray erupting from majestic humpbacks

49% Off Design Camp from Young Outliers

Young Outliers

Palo Alto

$400 $205

Kids attend one of four design-centered summer camps that explore everything from archaeology to music to molecular science

Up to 47% Off Go-Karting and Games at Boomers!

Boomers!

Livermore

$29.99 $16.99

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Family-entertainment center amuses visitors with access to miniature golf, go-karts, and more

Up to 60% Off Kids' Indoor Play Sessions

PartiPalooza

Livermore

$50 $25

(22)

Indoor play arena feeds all appetites for activity with a climbing wall, inflatable obstacle course, bowling alley, and karaoke stage

57% Off Bowling for Six

Stars Recreation Center

Vacaville

$70 $30

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This 24/7 entertainment complex boasts a bowling center with 40 modern equipped lanes

81% Off Splat Master Paintball Party

Midway Paintball

Hartley

$189 $35

Kids aged 8–12 dodge paintballs across six outdoor fields with buildings, inflatable cover, and natural terrain during Splat Master parties

Up to 52% Off Computer History Museum Visit

Computer History Museum

Mountain View

$30 $15

History museum showcases the evolution of computing from ancient artifacts to contemporary mobile devices with interactive exhibits

$5 Buys You a Coupon for 40% Off the First Month of Kids Music Lessons

Early Music Minds

Mountain View

$50 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 40% off the first month of music lessons for babies, toddlers, and kids up ages 2–5

Up to 48% Off Trampoline Birthday Party

Great Jump Sports

Milpitas

$250 $129

(55)

Party package invites up to 10 youngsters to work up an appetite during trampoline time, and then slay it with pizza and pop

Up to 58% Off Kids’ Indoor Play or Party

Pump It Up

Cotati

$42 $19

(11)

Kids jump, play, and socialize aboard colorful inflatable slides and bounce houses or amid obstacle courses during play sessions or parties

49% Off Mini-Golf and Arcade Outing for Two

Scandia Family Fun Center

Rohnert Park

$33.55 $17

(44)

Visitors test their coordination with 18-hole courses of mini-golf, decorated with ponds, fountains, and fun obstacles

Up to 48% Off at Q-ZAR Laser Tag for Two, Four, or Six People

Q-ZAR Laser Tag

Rohnert Park

$42 $25

Players battle each other in 15-minute space-themed laser-tag games

38% Off Jungle-Gym Play Sessions at Safari Run

Safari Run Sunnyvale

Sunnyvale

$40 $25

(45)

Animal-themed jungle gym packed with slides, bridges, tunnels, and ladders combines fitness and play for kids aged 3–10 on Monday–Friday

56% Off Kids' Martial-Arts Summer Camp

FTX Martial Arts & Fitness

Sunnyvale

$179 $79

Kids learn discipline and martial-arts skills as they exercise bodies and minds through interactive activities such as obstacle courses

The Tech Museum of Innovation – Up to 53% Off

The Tech Museum of Innovation

Downtown San Jose

$40 $19

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Ride in a jet-pack chair, design and dress robots, and marvel at other inventions in a museum devoted to problem-solving

57% Off Arcade Visits and Prizes in San Jose

Nickel City

Branham - Kirk

$28 $12

More than 100 video and redemption games cost a nickel; more than 30 free arcade classics

Up to 56% Off Laser Tag

Laser Tag Tickets

Multiple Locations

$48 $24

(27)

Tromp through a two-level 6,200-sq.-ft. arena, or zap opponents with long-range lasers on an outdoor field

50% Off at Wikiup Tennis & Swim Club

Wikiup Tennis & Swim Club

Santa Rosa

$50 $25

Pass includes access to all of the club's facilities, including three pools, six tennis courts, a picnic area, and the clubhouse

Pump It Up – Up to 50% Off

Pump it Up

Santa Rosa

$42 $22

(13)

Kids can bounce, slide, and play on four different inflatable playgrounds

Up to 50% Off Kid's Summer Camp

KidSportzUSA

Campbell

$198 $99

Kids spend the summer building balance & agility through sports & wellness activities with a focus on fun; can choose from many activities

50% Off Music Lessons

Ryan Acosta Music

Campbell

$140 $70

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 74% Off Bowling

West Valley Bowl

Tracy

$29 $9

(7)

Bowling center outfits feet with lane-approved kicks before challenging groups of two or four to trio of pin-punishing bouts

Up to 62% Kids' Active Play Sessions

Fuze Fit For a Kid

Los Gatos

$76 $29

(25)

Under the guidance of coaches, kids engage in old-school games of rock-wall climbing and obstacle courses while interacting with technology

55% Off Musical Instrument Course

Tavan Music Academy

Los Gatos

$40 $18

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

58% Off Private Guitar Lessons

Chris Bryant Guitar School

Los Gatos

$225 $95

Musician bases his curriculum on simple chords and chord progressions, teaching students in whatever genre of music most interests them

Up to 63% Off Pilates at Los Gatos JCC

Los Gatos JCC

Los Gatos

$160 $69

Students build strength using a Reformer apparatus in group and private Reformer classes; mat classes help sculpt bodies

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A group of teachers and parents founded Habitot Children's Museum in 1998 with one specific mission in mind: to foster children up to 6 years old by encouraging their creativity and natural curiosity. Today, the 4,000-square-foot museum backs up this mission with research—gleaned from studies by scientists, psychologists, and educators—positing that healthy play spurs social skills, creative thinking, and problem solving, laying the foundation for kids to succeed later in life and imprison boogeymen in their booby-trapped closet tomorrow.

At Habitot, kids find such opportunities at small-scale exhibits and themed play areas throughout the museum. Aspiring firefighters steer a small-scale truck, race through a pretend burning building, and maneuver the hose and nozzle from a fire hydrant, all while donning coats, boots, and helmets. Young explorers press buttons, turn dials, and issue commands for pretend space launches inside a 13-foot model rocket ship or navigate a vertical floor-to-ceiling maze designed to mimic worm tunnels. At the waterworks table and pumping station, young engineers manipulate water using buckets, funnels, waterwheels, and pitchers to help them understand H2O’s unique properties, such as how it keeps boats afloat on the arms of a thousand mermen. (At different times throughout the year, the staff transforms this area with a different theme; at times it’s been a car wash, a marine-science lab, or the racing grounds for a rubber-ducky regatta.) Visitors can tap into their inner Van Goghs at the art studio, where they play with soft clays and go nuts on a paintable wall. Habitot also hosts year-round children's camps with themes such as beaches, transportation, space, castles, and science.

2065 Kittredge St.
Berkeley,
CA
US

As the father of a 2-year old, Tim Alley found himself running around to playdates scattered throughout the Bay Area, scooting to toddler-friendly lessons in art, gymnastics, and dance. While he loved the programming, he wished that he and his daughter weren't confined to such a tight schedule. So, he turned to his brother-in-law, Tom Limbert, head teacher at a local preschool, and they began to work on their own children's studio at Studio Grow—a supplementary preschool atmosphere with a focus on unstructured learning where children can play throughout the day. True to its name, Studio Grow now welcomes tots at three area studios. Though programs and amenities vary by location, kids might frolic through a color-splashed dance room, construct crafty masterpieces from watercolors, play-doh, and crayons in an art room, or plunge into ball pits. At all three locations, kids can tinker in a room filled with puzzles, toy trucks, dress-up clothes, and lego building sets. in a slide-filled run room. Instructors stay on hand throughout each romp, ready to lead Berkeley guests through sing-alongs or immerse Concord’s small listeners in story time. Teachers may also balloon a giant primary-colored parachute over the playroom for kids to scurry under and use to shield themselves from sudden broccoli storms. Though staffers emphasize unstructured play, they also lead summer camps for children up to aged 6 with guided romps through the studio; as well as Friday-night babysitting sessions, where kids of all ages can play sans parents until 10 p.m.

1235 10th St
Berkeley,
CA
US

Established in 1968 in honor of Ernest Orlando Lawrence, UC-Berkeley's first Nobel laureate, The Lawrence Hall of Science aims to inspire the scientists and innovators of the future. Their hands-on exhibits allow children and adults to see and touch a fascinating variety of displays and projects. The animated, interactive Science On a Sphere globe, for example, uses actual scientific data to depict the expanding wave patterns of tsunamis and the massive storms triggered by thoughtless butterflies. To learn more about seismic activity, guests head to the Forces That Shape the Bay outdoor park to ride an earthquake simulator. Kids can climb atop a life-size model whale or through the double helix of a huge DNA sculpture, or work with students from the Berkeley Engineers and Mentors program to design and build a prototype in the Ingenuity Lab.

The museum also sparks imaginations with an interactive planetarium and 3-D theater. Its affiliation with the university makes it an ideal spot for educational camps and classes, as well as community events, including robotics competitions.

1 Centennial Dr
Berkeley,
CA
US

The Pacific Film Archive is the Berkeley Art Museum’s venue for all things filmic, cinematic, and animatic, offering screenings, collections, and events and seminars that explore the rich world of motion pictures. An individual membership to the archive comes with a reel's worth of celluloidal benefits, including free admission to the PFA gallery, discounts on tickets to film screenings, and free artist discussions and lectures. With reciprocal membership privileges at more than 30 university art museums, you can become a fixture in the film world, which, unlike the spontaneous-rock-hurling world, is a vibrant, supportive community.

2625 Durant Ave
Berkeley,
CA
US

Playland-Not-at-the-Beach is a 9000-square foot building chock-full of amazing things to see and do. There are 30+ pinball machines set on Free Play, arcade games, videogames, carnival games of skills where you can win prizes, penny arcades full of antique amusement devices, live magic shows. We are truly The Museum of Fun!

10979 San Pablo Ave
El Cerrito,
CA
US

The Golden State Model Railroad Museum brings the nation’s bygone steam-powered days back to life in miniature form, recreating the trails run by the Southern Pacific and Santa Fe Railroads. Trains snake through three huge model layouts, which depict the varied terrain of Northern and Central California lovingly recreated and operated by the East Bay Model Engineers Society. Sundays in April–December from noon to 5 p.m., some of the 70 behind-the-scenes conductors imbue the tracks with energy, transforming the 10,000-square-foot facility into a locomotive wonderland alight with the sounds of bells and whistles not heard since the days when phone numbers only had three digits. The museum is also open on Wednesdays and Saturdays for viewings or on select days for themed events such as Amtrak Day or Steam/Transition Era Day.

900 Dornan Dr
Richmond,
CA
US