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      School’s Out! Summer Activities for Bored Kids

      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!


      Color Changing Butter Dough

      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

      I Heart Art Erasable Crayons

      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.


      Chip Away Gold

      Let your little excavator mine for gold and see what they find! Fun tools are included. $8 from Adventure Toys


      Kids Chubby Brushes

      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

      Modern Metallic Pencils

      Add a glistening sheen to your artwork with these modern metallics. Mix the colors for fun and interesting hues. $12 at Nathan & Co.


      Block Printing Kit

      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


      Modern Horizons II Prerelease Pack

      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


      Fairyland History Book & Coloring Book

      These collectible, photo-filled coloring books are straight from the beloved Oakland institution. $10 at Children's Fairyland

      Whoopee Cushion

      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


      Invisible Writer 2 in 1 Pen

      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


      5 Pass Play Pass  

      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


      Don’t Dump Dumpty Game

      Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall... Remove a brick, but don't let him fall! $30 at Bella Vita


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