There are so many activities for kids in San Ramon. From the educational to the pure fun that reminds us what childhood is all about: discovering and enjoying the moment. Start at the libraries, visit the museums or have a nice day at the many parks in the city. For parents, the options for things to do are numerous and the opportunities to educate and entertain their children are plentiful.
Dougherty Station Library is a spacious library with new technology and special programs for children of all ages. Its library collections are geared to fill the needs of children, teens, and community college students. There are special seating areas for young people and families, a community room for library programs, study rooms, computer lab, free Wi-Fi access, and 44 computers for library patrons to use.
Children will especially enjoy these programs:
ZooMobile—a mobile petting zoo with small animals and educational talks courtesy of the Oakland Zoo.
Lapsit & Baby Stay n' Play—this is story time for children ages 6 months to 2-1/2 years. There is no registration, but the library asks that a parent attend the program to ensure the stories and activities are age appropriate for his or her child.
Toddler Time—this story time is for older children ages 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 years. No registration is required, but the library asks that a parent attend the program to ensure the stories and activities are age appropriate for his or her child.
All Ears Reading—this program has children reading to animals. This helps reluctant readers improve their reading skills and they can help read aloud to a dog from ARF's therapy team. Pre-registration is required and is open two weeks prior to event. Children must be in grades 1-5.
Preschool Storytime—this story time is for children ages 3-1/2 to 5 years. No registration is required, but the library asks that a parent attend the program to ensure the stories and activities are age appropriate for his or her child.
The San Ramon Library is located in the Marketplace shopping center across from Central Park and the San Ramon Community Center. The library is a community hub with a large children's area consisting of a separate story room, teen area, public computers, and free Wi-Fi. Library collections are available in a variety of formats. The San Ramon Library hosts programs for children, teens, and adults.
Kid-focused activities at the San Ramon Library are:
San Ramon Library Toddler Time Storytime is for children ages 2 1/2- 3 1/2 years. Registration is not required, but please attend the program to ensure the stories and activities are appropriate for your child.
San Ramon Library Lapsit Storytime is ideal for children 6 months - 2 1/2 years of age. Registration is not required, but the library asks parents to attend the program to ensure the stories and activities are appropriate for their child.
San Ramon Library Preschool Storytime is for children ages 3 1/2- 5 years. Registration is not required, but the library asks parents to attend the program to ensure the stories and activities are appropriate for their child.
Family Film Night is for kids and their parents. The film chosen is appropriate for younger children. An example of a film shown is "The Land Before Time." Check the library to see which movie is being shown.
Dinosaurs Rock! This program showcases an amazing collection of dinosaur bones and fossils as old as 500 million years old. Kids can touch a T-Rex head, look at an 8-foot tall mammoth leg up close, and check out dino eggs, tracks, and much more.
Museums are a great place where kids can learn and have fun. As a bonus, the displays are often fascinating for adults, too.
The Museum of San Ramon gives kids an in-depth view of the history of the San Ramon Valley. Special exhibits on the Gold Rush, trains, Native American crafts and life, Christmas memorabilia, and local crafts such as quilting are scheduled throughout the year.
The Glass House Museum is a Victorian style home. The museum was built in 1877 by David Glass, who wanted to craft a home in the Italianate style of architecture which then very popular in the Bay Area. It has an imposing exterior design and has two floors. House tours and talks on the Victorian lifestyle are available for young children. There’s an eight-minute video that shows the history of the Glass Family.
Forest Home Farms Historic Park was previously the 16-acre Boone family farm bequeathed by Ruth Quayle Boone in 1997 to the city of San Ramon. Forest Home Farms Historic Park has educational programs and interpretive showcases to bring to life the era of the early pioneer families.
Family-friendly festivals and annual events are a wonderful place for children to explore. Most of the events have kid activities and other events appropriate for children.
The San Ramon Art & Wind Festival is scheduled over Memorial Day weekend in San Ramon’s Central Park. The Festival features cool activities such as professional kite flying demonstrations and two large kids’ activity areas for free play. Kids will also enjoy the variety entertainment by local schools and organizations, food booths featuring fair fare such as pretzels, funnel cakes, specialty sandwiches, and other favorites.
San Ramon has many parks within city limits. These community open spaces are ideal for little ones to run and enjoy a day in the park. Children’s play areas, slides, swings, and playgrounds are available in the larger parks. Some parks are tiny urban spaces, while others like Central Park are the sites for summer events and annual festivals. Most of the parks have picnic areas and sports fields.
Other great activities for kids and their parents are hiking and biking in the state parks around San Ramon. Las Trampas Regional Wilderness, Bishop Ranch Regional Preserve and Iron Horse Regional Trail have well developed trails that range from easy to moderately difficult. Please check our hiking page for more on the trails.