Summer Fun for All Ages in Downtown Alameda

First day of school is nearly here, but with the time left this summer families can still enjoy some summer fun on the Island. A number of family activities can be found right here in Downtown Alameda.

Family Summer Movies
Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2317 Central Ave. ( Kids love going to the movies. Kid-friendly movies showing at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex this week include Christopher Robin and Teen Titans Go! To The Movies.

Tabletop Gaming
D20 Games, 2311 Santa Clara Ave. 
( D20 Games is a dad-run place for tabletop gaming. The shop features regular kid-friendly events for players of Magic the Gathering, Pokemon and other strategy games. Two-Headed Giants is a great way for parents and kids to play Magic as a team. The next game day is set for this Saturday, Aug. 11, from 4 to 8:30 p.m.; cost is $20 per person and includes game packs.

Retro Video Gaming
High Scores, 1414 Park St. (highscores Kids will have fun trying their hand at more than 500 playable classic video arcade games from the 1980s and ’90s all set to unlimited play! Some all-time favorites include Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Mario Bros., Paperboy (where a young man on a bicycle has to deliver the Daily Sun to paid subscribers) and Asteroids. Unlimited play is $5 for one hour or $10 for all-day admission. 

Button-Making Workshop
Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, 1223 Park St. ( For one day only, kids and adults can learn how to make pinback buttons at Julie’s on Monday, Aug. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. Materials will be provided, just bring imagination. The workshop is free to attend!

Indoor Miniature Golf & Slot Cars
Subpar Miniature Golf, 1511 Park St. (subpar Subpar Miniature Golf offers a one-of-a-kind themed 18-hole indoor golf course and a 100-foot slot car track. Kids will especially enjoy the thrill of playing Glow Golf on Friday and Saturday nights. Golf play prices range from $6.50 to $10.

Sewing Fun
The Sewing Room, 2434 Webb Ave. 
( Children have fun acquiring new skills. The Sewing Room hosts classes and workshops year-round. The “Machine Basics Sewing Class” to be held on Sunday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon is perfect for those who have never used a machine ($50 fee). Sewing patterns and kits are also available for purchase in the shop for take-home projects.

Art Lab and Play Gallery
Twirl, 1424 Park St. ( Twirl is a daily play gallery for kids. Younger children can take a ride on the tike track, climb through the treehouse or build a fort in the construction zone. 

Older kids can create things with playdough experiments, wood and glass painting or try paper cutting activities. Drop-in admission for unlimited one-day play is $12 per child. Twirl also offers Kid Art Evenings on Friday nights.

Take a Class -- Music, Dance, Fitness, More
There are plenty of classes in the downtown district to keep the young ones entertained throughout the year. Kids can learn music, ballet, martial arts, yoga, home arts and more all in Downtown Alameda. There are also a number of after-school tutoring programs that are worth a look. 

Let’s Eat Out
Every family has their favorite spots in town to eat or have a special treat. Take time to treat the kids to “last days of the summertime” treats like pizza, burgers, hot dogs, smoothies, fro-yo, ice cream and tea drinks. 

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