Kids Activities in Fairfax

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

(19)

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

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

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

(33)

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 45% Off Bowling for Two

Albany Bowl

Albany

$30 $16.50

(194)

36 gleaming lanes invite duos to bowl strikes then strike poses in rented shoes

Up to 51% Off Family Pool Passes

El Cerrito Swim Center

El Cerrito

$20 $10

(33)

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

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

Up to 46% Off Museum Memberships

Museum of the African Diaspora

Yerba Buena

$65 $35

(63)

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

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

Contemporary Jewish Museum – Up to 42% Off

Contemporary Jewish Museum

SoMa

$24 $14

(172)

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

The Beat Museum – Up to 61% Off Admission

The Beat Museum

North Beach

$31 $12

(57)

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

"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

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 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

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

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

44% Off Pottery Painting

Diy Ceramics

Redeem from Home

$36 $20

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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

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

"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

Up to 40% Off Armory Tour for Two

SF Armory

Mission

$50 $30

(238)

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

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

$10 for Batting-Cage Practice at San Ramon Sports

San Ramon Sports

San Ramon

$20 $10

(26)

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

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.

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

38% Off Jungle-Gym Open Play at Safari Run

Safari Run

Shoreview

$40 $25

(85)

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 52% Off Visits to The GLBT History

The GLBT History Museum

Castro

$10 $5

(19)

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

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 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

(11)

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

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

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

GoKart Racer – 20% Off

GoKart Racer

Multiple Locations

$50 $40

(336)

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

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 57% Off Piano or Guitar Lessons

Exploring Music

Multiple Locations

$70 $32

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

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

Bay Area Discovery Museum – Up to 55% Off Visit

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Sausalito

$22 $10

(271)

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

45% Off Music Lessons

Lewis Violin Studio

San Francisco

$300 $165

Learn how to play classical, fiddle, or jazz violin

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

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

Up to 39% Admission to Filoli

Filoli

Woodside

$36 $22

(301)

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

Up to 44% Off Water Park Outing with Lunch

Aqua Adventure Water Park

Irvington

$55.54 $31

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

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.

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 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

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

Up to 52% Off at Boomers!

Palace Entertainment

Livermore

$24.99 $12

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

$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

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

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

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

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

$5 for Amusements at Scandia Family Center

Scandia Family Center

Fairfield

$10 $5

(100)

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

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 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

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

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

Up to 68% Off Sports Play at MED-X Sports & Fitness Center

MED-X Sports & Fitness Center

Campbell

$30 $12

Children aged 5 to 12 increase activity levels as they choose from sports and wellness fun aimed at building balance and agility

The Tech Museum of Innovation – Up to 53% Off

The Tech Museum of Innovation

Downtown San Jose

$40 $19

(469)

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

57% Off Bowling for Six

Stars Recreation Center

Vacaville

$70 $30

(53)

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

50% Off Quarryhill Botanical Garden Visit

Quarryhill Botanical Garden

Sonoma

$20 $10

(27)

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

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 58% Off Kids’ Indoor Play at Pump It Up

Pump it Up

Cotati

$42 $20

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

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

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 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 82% Off Lawn-Bowling Club Membership

Santa Cruz Bowls Club

Santa Cruz

$74 $19

Members get three or six months of unlimited practice rolling unbalanced bowls toward a target ball with precision

Up to 68% Off Outdoor Laser Tag at Laser Recon

Laser Recon

Morgan Hill

$80 $29

Players scramble across outdoor field and strive to complete challenging and fun missions

45% Off Wildlife Watching

Shark Camp

Multiple Locations

$100 $55

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From the spectacular and grandiose—such as far-reaching telescopes that penetrate the cosmos and bring back crystal-clear views of the stars—to the most curious minutiae—think "space toilets" like those used by astronauts on the International Space Station—Chabot Space & Science Center captures the science, mystery, and grandeur of outer space in an interactive and educational setting.

The big picture comes courtesy of the observatory's three high-powered telescopes, which grant Chabot with its domed silhouette and provide visitors a privileged view of the stars during daytime and evening viewings. Things narrow in scope once you enter the museum, where interactive exhibits zero in on the smaller curiosities of space and Earth's relationship to it. The aforementioned space toilet is a part of the Beyond Blastoff exhibit, where spacesuits, space gear, and space food paint a picture of an astronaut's day-to-day life. One Giant Leap: A Moon Odyssey gives visitors another taste of space exploration, this time by putting them behind the controls of the original Mercury space capsule, then puts them face to face with a 3.3-billion-year-old moon rock collected during the Apollo 15 mission. Weather becomes more than something to curse at for canceling the ball game or flooding a meteorologist's basement once visitors enter Bill Nye's Climate Lab. There, kids tasked with saving the Earth from storms and melting ice sheets are too busy developing top-secret energy-saving devices to realize they might be learning something.

Chabot Space & Science Center also features shows such as LaserMania, a classic-rock-fueled spectacle where light and sound—a 360-degree cocoon of cutting-edge laser lights set to music by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and U2, specifically—team up for an explosive sensory experience.

10000 Skyline Blvd.
Oakland,
CA
US

Pump It Up's indoor inflatable arenas launch socked striplings into the air with a plethora of kid-friendly bounce pads. Staffers supervise fun-filled visits, during which adult counterparts leap around with their kids through gargantuan bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an inflated obstacle course.

The colorful venue also hosts custom birthday parties and private team parties, each themed to please the partygoers in question. These soirees immerse children in a schedule of interactive activities befitting a pirate or a superhero while melting off youthful energy faster than ice cubes thrown into a running DVD player. The birthday boy or girl even gets to blow out the candles on their cake seated in their blow-up throne. Occasionally, the staffers switch off the lights, arming the roomful of players with glow sticks and bracelets as they navigate the air-cushioned obstaclescape. Relying on the staffers' vigilant, watchful eyes, guardians can rest assured that their charges will stay safe, and each piece of the inflatable playground is held to the floor and ceiling by a complex series of anchors installed according to strict safety standards.

2500 Embarcadero
Oakland,
CA
US

While idly discussing the prospect of creating a miniature-golf course festooned with elaborate art installations, Michael Taft realized that he couldn’t think of a single putt-putt course in the Bay Area. Fast-forwarding to his retirement plan of owning a small business, Taft snapped up an abandoned video store and enlisted artistic friends and local craftspeople to make his dream a reality. Subpar Miniature Golf’s map of handcrafted holes has players putting their way through Bay Area landmarks, including an Altamont Pass windmill and the Golden Gate Bridge, tricked out with loop-the-loops. A sprawling, hand-drawn mural wraps its way around the room, depicting scenes of NoCal life and tricking gullible coyotes into trying to sprint through the walls.

Subpar Miniature Golf’s ever-growing arcade area keeps button-smashers busy with vintage pinball machines and a pair of air-hockey tables, contributing to Taft's dream of turning the space into a family institution and community fixture. As he told the San Francisco Chronicle, "Every once in a while, you'll hear a giant cheer in the back by a group that sunk a (great) putt. It makes me feel really good, like 'We did that. That's us.'"

1511 Park St
Alameda,
CA
US

A morning photo cruise powered by gentle sunlight and mellow breezes. A spirited afternoon jaunt toward the Golden Gate Bridge. A late-spring sunset trip over waters reflecting the city's skyline and the warm hues of the horizon. No matter the time of day, the waving sails of Afterguard Sailing Academy's vessels ferry passengers on adventures around the sun-kissed waters and iconic landmarks of San Francisco Bay.

Thanks to the academy's team of seasoned captains, tours are only one way to experience sailing's thrills. Their instructors also teach comprehensive American Sailing Association certification courses, which aim to transition ordinary passengers to crew members and skippers for more independent sailing adventures of all types. As students progress, instructors teach more advanced lessons, such as bay basics and ocean sailing. Aside from these lessons, the captains also run a nonprofit sailing academy for youth.

1853 Embarcadero
Oakland,
CA
US

From the cabernet-hued curlicues on the carpets to the gilded columns and soaring ceilings, the Alameda Theatre is steeped in history. During the Second World War, soldiers crowded in to watch films in the auditorium, which also has spent stints as a practice area for rock bands and as a skating rink. The theater was recently brought out of dormancy with an extensive renovation project that restored the glow to its art-deco façades and towering neon sign. Gold leaf, some still intact from the building’s construction in 1932, leads eyes up to a screen 50 feet in width.

A packed schedule of first-run films flickers to life on the big screen, with showings in 3-D letting audiences see explosions leap from the flat surface or watch pieces of the Hulk’s hard-to-program VCR fly past. The historic theater also showcases classic films such as The Graduate or The Wild One every week, and hosts a talent show every Friday and Saturday evening.

2315 Central Ave
Alameda,
CA
US

Sacred Cross Horse Services founder Ashley Mason has transformed her extensive background in horseback riding and show jumping into a unique training program. At stables tucked away in redwood forests, students attend English-style riding lessons that focus on basic fundamentals such as grooming, tacking, and learning how to bond with horses. The lessons cater to students' individual needs and skill levels while simultaneously prioritizing their education and enjoyment. Sacred Cross also leads horse camps for children, as well as lessons designed to impart a sense of responsibility, teach empathy, and stop them from trying to lead the dog into a canter. Students are required to wear long pants and heeled shoes while riding.

6525 Redwood Road
Oakland,
CA
US