Local Summer Fun for Kids!

Courtesy photo Youngsters can get waist deep in some natural exploration at Crab Cove. Here a park ranger helps an explorer net specimens in San Francisco Bay.

 

Friday, July 15

  • 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Express Yourself!: Share the arts, music, poetry or just observe. Suggested donation: $10 with some of the proceeds going to charity. Bring a snack to share. Home of Truth, 1300 Grand St. (Info: Cathy Dana, 523-7853)

Saturday, July 16

  • 2 p.m. Drop-in Art: Free for all ages; children 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7705)
  • 2 to 3 p.m. Family Nature Fun Hour: “National Ice Cream Day Seaweed Science.” Learn about this crazy ingredient in ice cream, then learn what’s new in the Visitors Center. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 3 to 3:30 p.m. Fish Feeding Time: Five aquariums with more than 20 bay species will be fed while you learn who is eating what and how aquarium environments are kept healthy. Free for all ages. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 5 to 7 p.m. Summer Beats: Summer family concert series featuring the California Beach Boys. Face painting, henna tattoos. Family activities, bounce house. Free to the public. Center Court, Alameda South Shore Center, Park Street and Otis Drive. (Info: 521-1515 or www.alamedasouthshore center.com)

Sunday, July 17

  • 2 to 3 p.m. Family Nature Fun Hour: “National Ice Cream Day Seaweed Science.” Learn about this crazy ingredient in ice cream, then learn what’s new in the Visitors Center. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 3 to 3:30 p.m. Fish Feeding Time: Five aquariums with more than 20 bay species will be fed while you learn who is eating what and how aquarium environments are kept healthy. Free for all ages. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 5:30 p.m. “Don’t Be Afraid of Your Bike”: Learn about bicycle basics; bring your bike. All ages welcome. Alameda Bicycle, 1522 Park St. (Info: 522-0070) 

Monday, July 18

  • 11 a.m. Teddy Bear Picnic: Bring your lunch, a blanket and your Teddy and listen to stories while you eat. Presented by the Alameda Free Library. Littlejohn Park, 1401 Pacific Ave. (Info: 747-7705)

Tuesday, July 19

  • 2 to 4 p.m. “Cake Decorating”: Workshop led by Jamie Paek. Space is limited; sign-up required. West End Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 788 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, sign-up: 747-7767) 
  • 6:30 p.m. “STEAM-Powered Pinball”: Michael Schiess and Melissa Harmon of the Pacific Pinball Museum will talk about teaching science, technology, engineering, art and math through pinball play. Free to the public. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713) 

Wednesday, July 20

  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. “Emperors’ Treasures”: Lecture on Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei. Free to the public. Regina K. Stafford Room, Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7777) 

Thursday, July 21

  • 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Build Day: Join with other volunteers in building a play structure at Alameda Head Start/Early Head Start. Wear sturdy shoes and a hat; no training or tools needed. Additional volunteers needed July 19 and 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. College of Alameda Child Care Center, 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway. (Info: Thelma Garvey, 629-6334)
  • 3:30 p.m. Playdough Play: Open to children 4 to 8 and their caregivers. West End Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 788 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7767) 

Friday, July 22

  • 6:30 p.m. Starlight-Movie-in-the-Park Aladdin: Picnicking, followed by pre-show activities. Movie begins at around 8:15. Snacks and food available for purchase. Free to the public. Alameda Point Multi-purpose Field, 1101 West Red Line Ave. (Reservations suggested; info: 747-7529)