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CHABOT SPACE AND SCIENCE CENTER
10000 SKYLINE BOULEVARD, OAKLAND
Remember when you were a kid and the world was full of boundaries? Bring your family to a place where they can challenge those limits and expand their universe. Chabot Space & Science Center offers fun, interactive hands-on exhibits and activities. Enjoy the digital, full-dome planetarium, IMAX theater shows and telescope viewing through our spectacular telescopes all year long. We offer summer camps, classes, facility rentals and much more. Chabot Space & Science Center, a Smithsonian affiliate, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit interactive science center. Its mission – to inspire and educate students of all ages about Planet Earth and the Universe.
699 BELLEVUE AVENUE; LAKESIDE PARK, OAKLAND
Children’s Fairyland, the park that inspired Walt Disney to create Disneyland, is an historic ten-acre outdoor park and educational facility where children’s literature is brought to life through fairy tale exhibits, daily puppet shows, animals, rides, live performances and talking storybooks. Join us all year for special events, including our “more delightful than frightful” Halloween Jamboree, and our holiday-themed Fairy Winterland. “It is a miracle to find a theme park in the middle of a great urban area that is so natural, so original, so enduring, so educational, and so uncommercial. Happy hours are rationed in this world, so I’m grateful to the people who provide them,” says Fairyland fan Art Gray.
9777 GOLF LINKS ROAD, OAKLAND
(510) 632-9525 EXT. 100
The Oakland Zoo is a non-profit organization, managed by the East Bay Zoological Society. Founded in 1922 by Henry Snow, the Zoo has been located in its current Knowland Park location off Highway 580 since 1936. The Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals.
PERALTA HACIENDA HISTORICAL PARK
2465 34TH AVENUE, OAKLAND
Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, located in Oakland’s Fruitvale District, is a newly established six-acre community park. The focal point is the Peralta House, an 1870 Italianate Victorian farmhouse listed as a city and state landmark; it is also named in the National Register. We host public youth educational and arts programs, performances, exhibits, and community events and celebrations. Our mission is to preserve and share the history of Peralta Hacienda Historical Park. We serve the diverse and ever-changing culture of today’s Fruitvale District, and engage its residents in the stewardship of this nationally significant site. We develop and maintain the facility as an interpretive park, gather community stories, offer arts and educational activities, and create exhibits for visitors to enjoy, learn from, and shape with their own contributions.
WOODMINSTER SUMMER MUSICALS PRODUCERS ASSOCIATES
3300 JOAQUIN MILLER ROAD, OAKLAND
(510) 531-9597 OR (510) 531-0671
CONTACT: Harriet Schlader
Woodminster Summer Musicals are a long-standing Oakland tradition. Every production is affordable and family-friendly. The ‘Kids Come Free’ program offers free attendance for children and teens, 16 and younger, when accompanied by paying adults. Woodminster Summer Musicals are co-sponsored by Producers Associates and the City of Oakland Office of Parks and Recreation. The Woodminster Amphitheater is a classic, open-air performance facility inside Joaquin Miller Park.
FRIENDS OF OAKLAND PARKS & RECREATION
We are an advocate for Oakland’s parks and recreation services and facilities. Friends offers financial support to groups, programs or projects that develop and expand the recreational, horticultural, educational and cultural opportunities for the people of Oakland.
GOLDEN STATE BONSAI FEDERATION – COLLECTION NORTH
LAKESIDE PARK, OAKLAND; (510) 763-8409
Visit Northern California’s only public bonsai collection in the Demonstration Garden at Oakland’s Lakeside Park which includes precious trees, sculptures and landscape features created by outstanding masters and collectors. The garden and bonsai Collection North is a joint project of the Golden State Bonsai Federation and the City of Oakland. It was built and is staffed and maintained by volunteers.
RECREATION ADVISORY COUNCILS
Recreation Advisory Councils (RACs) are volunteer service organizations sanctioned by Oakland Parks and Recreation (OPR). They support and advise on the management of community recreation centers and the parks around them, as well as programs and services offered by OPR. Organized groupa of community members volunteer their time and energy and share a common interest in promoting and improving the recreation center and its programs. RAC’s help ensure that recreation programs at each center are meaningful and responsive to neighborhood needs. Residents have opportunities to participate in park planning, management, and service delivery. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit a Recreation Center near you and talk to the Center Director, or call 510-238-PARK.
OAKLAND PARKS COALITION
The Oakland Parks Coalition (OPC), a volunteer organization, is a city-wide association of community members, nonprofit organizations, and agencies working to implement new standards of excellence for the maintenance of Oakland’s parks. Become a Park Steward and monitor city park resources to ensure that the city responds in a timely and effective manner when a problem arises. Please call us for more information. We recognize the importance of public parks to the health and well-being of urban dwellers. Since 2001, we have been helping youth build physical, intellectual, emotional, and social strengths; encouraging residents to improve their health by providing a place to enjoy fresh air and exercise; building community through working together and playing together, and lowering crime by engaging youth in after school recreation programs throughout the city.
FRIENDS OF THE GARDENS AT LAKE MERRITT
P.O. BOX 13267, OAKLAND, CA 94661
666 BELLEVUE DRIVE, OAKLAND
CONTACT: BRUCE COBBLEDICK
The Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt is a volunteer group that oversees the strategic development of a visionary, broad-scale garden plan and fosters hands-in-the dirt community involvement. Our immediate objectives are increasing awareness of this rare jewel, raising funds and developing a volunteer force. The seven-acre collection of themed gardens is a hidden jewel in the City and located in the heart of Oakland at Lakeside Park. Established a half century ago, the Gardens once served as a source of great regional pride, a cultural and educational center and a place to enjoy tranquility in an urban setting.
OPR BOARD OF ASSOCIATES
The Board of Associates, a team of committed volunteer community advocates, support the Agency Director in the delivery of programs and services that fulfill the mission and purpose of the Oakland Parks and Recreation. The Associates provide invaluable service in ideas formation and ensure that programs and projects initiated by the Director are received by the intended community. For more information, please call (510) 238-7532.
OAKLAND MUNICIPAL BAND
Since 1912 the Oakland Municipal Band has been performing free concerts in Lakeside Park at the historic Edoff Memorial Bandstand. Come and bring your lawn chair and picnic starting on July 4th and continuing on Sundays, in July. Concerts run from from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. The band consists of 35 professional musicians and all concerts offer an array of jazz, pop, big band, international, classical, marches and showtunes. For information call (510) 339-2818.