School’s Out! Summer Activities for Bored Kids
This one goes out to all the parents. You know, the ones who just entertained their kids through a pandemic and might just be running out of ideas (and going a little crazy) until the gates of public school finally fling open this fall. We see you, Oakland shops see you, and just know, we got your back! In fact, we put together this list of awesome activities from the likes of Adventure Toys, Flax art & design, Children's Fairyland, Bella Vita, Nathan & Co., and Kids Play Zone to help keep the kids busy all. summer. long. You’re welcome, and be sure to check out our puzzles collection too!
What’s buttery smooth, stretchy, and changes color again and again? This Color Changing Butter Dough of course, and it’s not like any dough you’ve seen before. $6 at Adventure Toys
Erasable crayons?? Genius. There are no mistakes in art, but just in case your kiddo wants a re-do these crayons are the perfect thing. $14 at Nathan & Co.
Let your little excavator mine for gold and see what they find! Fun tools are included. $8 from Adventure Toys
Did someone say painting party? These chubby brushes sell like hotcakes and it’s no wonder – they’re designed for little hands. $1.99 at Flax art + design
Add a glistening sheen to your artwork with these modern metallics. Mix the colors for fun and interesting hues. $12 at Nathan & Co.
Teach your older kid how to block print! They can make designs that last for years to come on this starter kit for beginners to advanced. $28.75 at Flax art + design
Support your local game shop! This pre-release pack is pretty much what you're used to—6 boosters, 1 foil date-stamped card, a spindown die, and an insert. $32 at It's Your Move Games
These collectible, photo-filled coloring books are straight from the beloved Oakland institution. $10 at Children's Fairyland
Because what’s more hilarious than hearing grandma let one out? Your little prankster will have hours of fun with this good ol’ fashioned whoopee cushion. $3 at Adventure Toys
For the stealthy sleuth of the family. Write secret messages that can only be seen in the dark with the light of the pen’s cap. $11 at Adventure Toys
Kick off your shoes and take your brood to explore 2,000 sq. ft of pure fun at Kids Play Zone in West Oakland. $40 at Kids Play Zone
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall... Remove a brick, but don't let him fall! $30 at Bella Vita