31 Things to Do With Kids in January

31 Things to Do With Kids in January

Wondering what to do with East Bay kids in the month of January? Wonder no more! Here’s a day-by-day guide of some family-friendly activities with an emphasis on what’s free and cheap.

things to do with kids in oakland and berkeley in january

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New Year’s Weekend

1/1 free Kick off the New Year with a nature walk at SF Botanical Garden for free.
1/2 free Enjoy the Afro-futurism exhibit at OMCA First Sundays (free!).

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The new play structure at Bay Area Discovery Museum is a beautiful structure for kids 5+ | Photo: Julie Herson

Week of Monday, January 3

1/3 freePhotograph the King Tides! Learn more >
1/4 free Storytime at Grove Street Park followed by some time on the baby swings.
1/5 free Visit the Bay Area Discovery Day for a free day.
1/6 Dip warm cookies in milk just because.
1/7 free 
It looks like First Friday everywhere. Take your pick!
1/8 free Look through the giant telescope tonight. Attend a 3 Kings Day event.
1/9 free Seek out little salamanders — here’s how to do it safely!

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Do you have a favorite nature walking trail? | Photo: Kat Choi

Week of Monday, January 10

1/10 free Feed animals at Tilden’s Little Farm.
1/11 free The Entwined lights at Golden Gate Park are out to enjoy until the end of the month.
1/12 Ride BART to Powell Street for a full day of fun on public transit.
1/13 free Go on a nature walk with your kiddo.
Stop by MOCHA’s open studio to make art together.
1/15 Take a twirl on Berkeley’s Five Palms Rink or Alameda’s Little Ice Rink (closing soon).
1/16 Carry out something tasty during Alameda Restaurant Week.

West Oakland Farm Park Veg
See how things grow: vegetables, herbs, and more at West Oakland Farm Park! | Photo: Maureen Burke

Week of Monday, January 17

1/17 free Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by giving back to the community.
1/18 Ride a ferry into San Francisco. It’s a thrill for both kids and adults.
1/19 free Take a sweet little hike to look for tiny fairies in Pt. Richmond.
1/20 free Visit Oakland’s Shoreline Park where you can see the big container ships.
1/21 Sing & play at Round1 Bowling & Entertainment.
1/22 Visit Fairyland and walk along the lake.
1/23 Geek out at Contra Costa Con Comic Fest.

Finding Fairies in Point Richmond | Photo: Julie Herson

Week of Monday, January 24

1/24 free Play at San Pablo Park before grabbing dinner supplies from Berkeley Bowl
1/25 free Visit the West Oakland Farm Park for a little play and learning.
1/26 Check out the Art of the Brick LEGO Art Show near Union Square.
1/27 New Year’s resolution still going strong? Workout with your baby.
Take a day trip to a kid-friendly art museum in wine country (really!).
1/29 free Take a snow day!
1/30 free Play at Peggy Thomsen Park before picking up moon cakes at 99 Ranch Market.
1/31 Reserve a spot with Discover & Go to visit a museum in February.

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