Have fun doing this season’s family-friendly Spring Scavenger Hunt in Downtown Alameda. Colorful spring decals have been “hidden” throughout the shopping district in a number of window displays. Stroll the downtown sidewalks May 1-15 to find the items needed to create a colorful Spring basket.
Do the scavenger hunt in one day or take your time while visiting the fabulous businesses in Alameda’s downtown shopping district.
Kids can have extra fun doing the scavenger hunt. Get them started by printing this Coloring Page. Each of the items to be found in the windows is pictured on the page.
Prizes! Find all 8 items for a chance to win your very own Spring Grow Kit. Submit your completed entry form no later than 1pm on Sunday, May 15.
Get all the details here: www.DowntownAlameda.com/SpringStroll
Special Offers! A number of businesses are extending the fun by offering treats and discounts on the last day of the Spring Scavenger Hunt. Step into shops and restaurants for springtime specials:
Lola’s Chicken Shack – Free cookie with purchase of $20 or more when you mention the scavenger hunt.
Magpie & Thorn – Free lollipops for kids.
Mommy’s Trading Post – Surprise treat with purchase of $25 or more when you mention the scavenger hunt.
Park Street Plaza – Stop in and say “Hello.” The 6 businesses inside will be offering various welcome treats.
Poke Koma – Surprise gift with purchase of $50 or more when you mention the scavenger hunt.
The Massage Clinic – Gifted 30 minute “targeted massage” with purchase of a package.
Toy Safari – Join us for a Play Day to celebrate becoming a Flagship Store for HABA Toys. There will be prizes and games for all ages!
Check out photos on our FB page. Thanks to everyone who celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show with us!
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Celebrate the silver anniversary of the Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show presented by General Auto Parts / NAPA on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Over 400 classic vehicles of all types will be lined up along Park Street, from Encinal Ave to Buena Vista Ave — roadsters, coupes, hot rods, muscle cars, antique trucks, and more. The free one-day event runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm and offers fun for the entire family.
Most cars on display come from the iconic decades of the ’50s and ’60s. There will also be antique roadsters from the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s, plus lots of American muscle cars from the ’70s and ‘80s. Car enthusiasts will be able to get a close look at makes and models of all types.
Bring your camera and take a minute to get to know the owners — they love to talk about their cars. Some of them even have some local history:
One of the cars on display will be a rare 1929 Durant Model 60 Deluxe Sport Roadster made in the Oakland factory once located on International Blvd & Durant Ave. (The former factory location is now called Durant Square. Before creating the Durant Motor Company in 1921, Billy Durant created both GM and Chevrolet as separate independent car companies.) Also in the show is a 1939 GMC Stake Bed truck that was featured in the 1939 World’s Fair on Treasure Island and a 1967 Pontiac GTO that was built in the GM plant in Fremont which is now the Tesla factory.
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 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
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
Studio 23 invites you to see over 30 local Alameda and Bay Area artists creating unique artwork during the Alameda Summer Art Fair & Maker Market in the downtown district. Enjoy live music, open studios, art cars, kids creative area, and other festivities all afternoon. The free outdoor art festival is in collaboration with the Downtown Alameda Business Association and takes place Sunday, July 1, 10:00am-7:00pm in front of Studio 23 Gallery at 2309 Encinal Ave.
As part of the festivities, Studio 23 is hosting an all ages coloring contest. Pick from 6 awesome images to color and bring it with you to the art fair.
Coloring Contest Rules:
* One entry per person. Ages 1-5, Ages 6-10, Ages 11-16, Ages 16+ (4 winners total).
* Hang your entry on the official Studio 23 Coloring Contest Wall no later than 2:00pm.
* Winners must be present to receive their prize.
Visit the website for more details: www.alamedaartfair.com/coloring-contest/
About the graphic: The artwork was created by Wesley E. Warren, co-owner of Studio 23. The real life robot was created with recycled metal and mechanical parts sourced from local scrap yards. “Lord Zondar” now sits perched over coffee drinkers at The Local coffee shop (1333 Park Street).
Kids and their families are invited to take part in a Downtown Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Bring a basket and hunt for colorful paper eggs in the windows and doors of local businesses— that’s your sign a treat is waiting inside.
With more than 30 downtown businesses participating, kids will have an opportunity to gather a basketful of treats.
Adults can join in the hunt too. By visiting 10 or more participating businesses, chaperones can enter for a chance to win prizes from downtown businesses.
Here’s how the Downtown Easter Egg Hunt works…
Start at Phoenix
The event officially starts at Phoenix (2315 Lincoln Ave) where adults can pick up a map of clues to help in the hunt.
No basket? Not a problem… supplies will be available for kids to decorate a goody bag before going out on the hunt.
While at Phoenix, families can gather treats from Common Networks and Farm Fresh To You. Resilience, the Recycling Environmental Superhero, will be making a special appearance too.
Treats & Prizes
Use your map of clues to look for the hidden bunny in the windows and doors of downtown businesses — this is your sign that a sweet treat is waiting inside for the kids.
For a chance to win an assortment of gift cards and other prizes from local businesses, get your map signed by 10 or more businesses. Bring your completed entry form back to Phoenix or leave it with any participating business. Winners will be drawn at 2:30pm — no need to be present.