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Five Places to Play with Kids in Oakland

The East Bay has numerous place for kids to play. Take advantage of them this Spring Break!
April 11, 2012
Watch out, the kids are out of school. It’s Spring Break season in Oakland and the East Bay. This week can be long for kids and parents if there’s not a few planned activities to get out of the house to play. Here are five of our favorite places to play in Oakland:
 
The beautiful redwood forest just beyond downtown Oakland, Redwood Regional Park is a great place to visit. Take a hike along the easier three mile trail to explore the terrain and views. Or bring a picnic and enjoy a meal near one of the play spaces.
 
Nearby Redwood Regional Park, you can find the Chabot Space & Science Center. Kids enjoy the many interactive exhibits and observatories. Check their schedule for special Spring Break events this week. Take a peak into the life of an astronaut, learn in Bill Nye’s Climate Lab, or discover the the Maya Skies in the planetarium show and exhibit.
 
The 82-acres of Roberts Regional Recreation Area is great for picnics and play. Bring a ball and enjoy some sand volleyball. Explore the redwood grove at the entrance. Find the historic “landmark trees” referenced in an 1826 captain’s log. Bring your swimsuits and enjoy a dip in the Roberts Pool. Or take a walk on the trails.
 
Have you been to the Oakland Museum of California? Conveniently located in downtown Oakland, the museum offers art, history and natural science exhibits all in one place. Collections tell the unique story of California. A special family guide on their website shares great exhibits to explore on each floor, including art, a koi pond, gardens and more.
 
And there’s Children’s Fairyland in Lake Merritt. You can visit the 40 storybook sets where Humpty Dumpy, Pinochhio, and more come to life. Ride the trolly, ferris wheel or carousel. Watch a puppet show or pet one of the 25 domestic animals. Or just enjoy the gardens specially designed to enhance the storybook scenes. 
 
Bonus: head to Berkeley to play at the Adventure Playground. One of US’s last of such playgrounds, it is a place where kids not only play, but design their play with paint, hammers and nails. Adventure playgrounds were once common in post-WWII Europe. The Adventure Playground at the Berkeley Marina is a fun and unique place for children seven and older to explore and learn.
 
Where are you favorite places to play in Oakland?