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Last Days of Summer in Downtown Alameda

First day of school is nearly upon us but with the time left this summer you can still enjoy some summer fun on the island. Here’s a list of family activities that can be found in Downtown Alameda:

D20 Games Alameda Two Headed GiantTabletop Gaming
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. Cost is $20/person and includes game packs. D20 Games, 2311 Santa Clara Ave

Sewing Fun
Children have fun acquiring new skills. The Sewing Room hosts classes and workshops year-round. The “Machine Basics Sewing Class” 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. The Sewing Room, 2434 Webb Ave

Classic Video Gaming
Kids and their parents will have fun trying their hand at over 500 playable classic video arcade games from the 1980’s and 1990’s – all set to unlimited play! Some all-time favorites include Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Mario Bros., Paperboy, and Asteroids. Unlimited play is $5 for one hour or $10 for all-day admission. High Scores, 1414 Park Street

Art Lab and Play Gallery 
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 play-dough experiments, wood and glass painting, or paper cutting activities. Drop-in admission for unlimited one-day play is $12/child. Twirl also offers Kid Art Evenings on Friday nights. Twirl, 1424 Park Street 

Indoor Miniature Golf & Slot Cars 
Subpar Miniature Golf offers a one-of-a-kind themed 18-hole indoor golf course and a 100’ 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. Subpar Miniature Golf, 1511 Park Street

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

Button Making Workshop
One day only… Kids and adults can learn how to make pinback buttons at Julie’s on Monday, August 13, 1:00-4:00pm. Materials will be provided, just bring your imagination. The workshop is free to attend! Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street

Take a Class — Music, Dance, Fitness
You can find plenty of classes in the downtown district to keep the young ones entertained throughout the year… music, ballet, martial arts, yoga, home arts, and more. 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 summer time treats like pizza, burgers, hot dogs, smoothies, fro-yo, ice cream, and tea drinks.

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