Bored No More: Activities for Kids!
School’s ooooouuuut! Lest the sound of your kid’s excited hooting and hollering dampen your enthusiasm for a week of no school, channel your inner zen and gather your resources – and by that we mean, things to keep aforesaid child busy. After all, there’s such a thing as too much downtime (as we’ve all learned – ahem) and your pals here at Keep Oakland Alive are no stranger to parenting during pandemic times. Of course your local shops are on the ball, so it didn’t take much to find creative activities for kids of all kinds from Adventure Toys, Flax art & design, Kids Play Zone, and more. Have a look and just. keep. breathing.
Fridge Rover, $7
Wind it up and watch the Fridge Rover go! This gravity defying vehicle will travel over any magnetic surface. $7 at Adventure Toys
Girl Power! Magnetic Dress-up, $17
Your littles will love dressing up these amazing women from history with this award-winning magnetic tin, illustrated by Mara Penny who lives in Oakland.
$17 at Bella Vita
Crystal Growing Golden Gate Bridge, $15
Grow this bridge on top of your fridge. Make Karl the Fog roll in under the iconic landmark. $15 at Adventure Toys
Fairyland History Book and Coloring Book combo, $31.95
These collectible, photo-filled Fairyland books are straight from the legendary Lake Merritt institution: includes "Creating Fairyland: 60 Years of Magic at Children's Fairyland USA" and "Oswald's Guide through Fairyland: A Coloring and Activity Book." $31.95 at Children's Fairyland
Volcano Making Kit, $15
It doesn't get much better than erupting your very own volcano! This hand on science project comes with loads of awesomeness – just add vinegar and baking soda. $15 at Adventure Toys
Snazaroo Face Painting Stick Set, $5.99
Face painting can be easy (seriously)! These hypo-allergenic sticks draw like crayons and can be applied directly onto skin. $5.99 at FLAX art & design
Solar Dough, $6
Pull, twist, wrap, and stretch – this creative play dough changes color as it's exposed to UV light. $6 at Adventure Toys
Pretend-to-Spend Wallet, $10
Teach 'em young about the art of spending with this 45-piece pretend play wallet – it comes in handy for those make-believe shopping sprees! $10 at Kids Play Zone
Dino Crystal Terrarium, $22
This colorful DIY STEM kit will help your kiddo apply geology, chemistry, and paleontology to create a dinosaur terrarium filled with colorful crystals kids grow themselves. $22 at Adventure Toys
Fashion Headbands Kit, $21.95
For your little fashionista. This kit comes with ten satin headbands and a sparkling butterfly, flowers, ribbons, feathers, rhinestones, felt, and more. $21.95 at FLAX art & design
Natural Play: Play, Draw, Create Reusable Drawing & Magnet Kit - Ocean, $16.99
There are oceans of fun to be had with this take-along activity kit with 42 magnets, a dry erase board, and more. $16.99 at Kids Play Zone
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