Community Events to Kick Start Early Learning

Explore the many wonderful opportunities to meet other caregivers in your community and enjoy the many resources our community has to offer.

Alameda County offers a variety of free or low-cost family friendly events and community resources for families and caregivers on a budget.

Alameda County public libraries provide more than books— they also offer free play centers, workshops, and playgroups to help parents and caregivers kickstart early learning and social experiences for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Discover the many wonderful ways that play inspires learning. Playgroups are free weekly meetings for children who are cared for by grandparents, family, friends and neighbors. Each week you and your child will pretend, play, celebrate music, create art, and meet other young children while gaining new parenting tools and learning about early childhood development.

Out & About – Free & No Cost Resources
Explore the many free or low-cost community events and activities for children and their families in the Bay Area. Many of these listings are updated each month and provide new experiences and exploration for families.

Berkeley Libraries
Join other families and young children at a variety of activities available at various Berkeley Library locations.

Oakland Libraries
Explore the many upcoming events and activities for families with infants, babies, and toddlers at various Oakland Library locations.

Alameda Public Libraries
Enjoy the gift of reading a book to a young child with Alameda Public library’s book clubs and special events.

Alameda County Public Library Events Calendar
There are infinite possibilities for fun at the Alameda County libraries. Check out all the fun and enjoy Family Storytime, Yoga, and new languages.

4Cs of Alameda County
4Cs serves providers in Hayward, Fremont, and San Leandro with fun and interactive playgroups for families with young children ages birth to 5.

Playing is learning is the theme for BANANAS’ playgroups held in Oakland and Berkeley public libraries and at their office in Oakland.

Child Care Links
Child Care Links is located in Pleasanton and holds playgroups throughout the year for grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, and family caring for children birth to 5.

NOTE: Playgroup schedules are subject to change. For an up-to-date schedule of the above playgroups, visit each website.

Adventure Playground
Adventure Playground is one of the Marina Experience programs and has been written up as a top 10 playground in National Geographic.

BANANAS Boutique
BANANAS gives away free clothing, equipment, toys, and diapers for infants and children of low-income families through our BANANAS Boutique. These items are donated by parents and supporters, and families can simply take what they need.

Bay Area Discovery Museum (1st Wed/each month free)
A one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor children’s museum at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. 7.5 acres of fun for children 0-10 years featuring seasonal camps and classes.

Bay Area Kid Fest (0-2 yrs, seniors free)
Bay Area KidFest is an annual 3-day holiday weekend of quality live entertainment, activities and sports for children to stimulate learning and exploration while presenting parents with new ideas and opportunities from arts & crafts and other exhibitors.

Bay Area Parent
Bay Area Parent features a monthly guide to activities and events for Bay Area parents and children.

Car Seat Assistance Program
Contact Child Care Links to learn about how you can receive a FREE car seat, or booster seat, to replace your outgrown, damaged, or recalled seat. Free car seats are also available to low income families, families experiencing challenging situations, or are in need.

Children’s Fairyland (0-1 yrs free)
Opened in 1948, Fairyland is a landmark children’s entertainment attraction in Oakland’s Lake Merritt.

Diaper Pantry
The Child Care Links Diaper Pantry provides low-income families with a one month supply of disposable diapers, a children’s book and recommended activities to support talking, reading and singing during diaper time. This is available for Tri-Valley families only.

Exploratorium (EBT, 0-3 yrs, CA Public Teachers free)
The Exploratorium is an ongoing exploration of science, art and human perception with a vast collection of changing experiences that feed curiosity in children and adults.

An annual free, family-friendly, inclusive, participatory arts event held in multiple cities and drawing tens of thousands of participants each year.

Fun Cheap SF – Kids & Families
A monthly listing of low or no cost kid and family events in the Bay Area.

Oakland City Center Events
Free seasonal public events for the whole family. Once a year Oakland City Center hosts it’s free Carnival Celebration with crafts, carnival games, popcorn, cotton candy, churros, funhouse mirrors and a balloon artists!

Oakland Museum of California (0-18 yrs free)
Enjoy free after-hours museum access Friday nights from 5pm to 10pm at The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA).

Red Tricycle
A monthly calendar listing of free/paid events for children and families in the Bay Area. Treasure hunts, mini art fairs, carnivals and more.

Tilden Regional Park
From a carousel ride and a picnic to a swim at Lake Anza and a stroll through the Botanic Garden, Tilden has variety to delight everyone.