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Apart from some exquisite art galleries, Uptown part of Oakland also houses the remarkable Oakland Ice Center. Owned and run by Sharks Sports & Entertainment, the center has two spacious indoor ice rinks. From amateur ice skaters to professionals of all age groups, you will see everyone happily glide on the rink. The venue hosts ice hockey tournaments for adult as well as youth leagues, along with figure skating, dances, curling etc. Enjoy some treats and coffee from the food counters around the rinks. Put on your ice skates on and pirouette away in Oakland.
Oakland Museum of California is an architectural work of art and is filled with a variety of educational exhibits, both permanent and temporary, that chronicles many aspects of California history. The permanent displays include a gallery of California art, a simulated journey through California's diverse ecosystems, and exhibits on the history of the state's multicultural populations. Many people visit the museum just to stroll through its amazing sculpture garden. With artworks and historical heritage of the past, the museum wants to motivate visitors to create an equally brilliant cultural heritage for the future. This museum is a must-visit especially for those who love exploring historical developments peculiar to an area.
Located within Children's Fairyland is one of the best entertainment venues for the kids in the city, the Aesop's Playhouse. Not only does the Aesop’s Playhouse encourages children and teenagers to get a taste of theater by putting up shows exclusively by them year after year, but workshops and classes are also held from time to time. Children perform in the main theater, set in the style of a Greek amphitheater and boasting of 200 seats. The Wizard of Oz, The Panchatantra and Brer Rabbit are just some of the productions that have been staged here in the past. If you want to see performances by some talented children, then certainly head to Aesop’s Playhouse for a good time.
This is a 10-acre (40,468 square meter) outdoor park in Oakland's Lakeside Park at Lake Merritt that features larger-than-life displays, rides, and entertainment inspired by children's literature. Since five decades Bay Area families have turned here for wholesome family fun, and Walt Disney even got the idea for Disneyland from Fairyland. Enjoy a restored old-fashioned carousel, puppet shows, the Johnny Appleseed Cafe, and all your favorite childhood literary characters from Alice In Wonderland to the Swiss Family Robinson. It is highly recommended that you buy the "magic key" that activates the narration of most displays. Please keep in mind visitors are not allowed entry without a child accompanying them.
Splash Pad Park is located in the Grand Lake area and is a popular space for enjoying Oakland's beautiful weather and community. The park is the home of the Grand Lake Farmer's Market every Saturday throughout the year, will dozens of stalls full of farm fresh produce, flowers, artisanal food products and food trucks. When this highly popular event isn't happening, the park is a popular place for people to gather or people watch on the grassy knoll across the street from the historic Grand Lake Theater. The clean, pet-friendly park also has a fountain that is popular for a little splashing on hot days.
This grand old movie house, located just a block from Oakland's Lake Merritt, has four screens for your viewing pleasure. Before select Friday and Saturday evening shows, guests are treated to the bombastic sounds of the theater's famous "Mighty Wurlitzer Organ." For a most enjoyable experience, sit back and relax with popcorn and a soda from the refreshment stand. Make sure to check the marquee for some of the owners now famous political commentary on the issues of the day.
The Morcom Rose Garden is a beautiful space of over seven acres located near Grand Avenue. Among the roses are interesting features like the amphitheater, which is frequently used for weddings, and sparkling fountains. Kids will love running through the rows among the colors and fragrances of the garden. Sunday mornings are popular with families at the rose garden who often bring breakfast or brunch picnics with them to enjoy in the garden.
Dr. Comics & Mr. Games has been delighting kids and adults since 1988. Fans of comic books delight in the huge, organized selection of comics, ranging from classics to new and everything in between. The manga section gets particular rave reviews. In addition to the comics, they also have a selection of puzzles and games.
Pinball machines, although they look like cheery little things, have a troubled past. From their rise to fame during the depression to their ban in 1940s, they've seen a few ups and downs. The Pacific Pinball Museum, established in 2004 by Michael Schiess, commemorates their story. Featuring some 400 pinball machines, some of them dating back to 1879, this museum traces their history quite interestingly. If you are the regular pinball enthusiast, this place should fill you with wonder.
If you are searching for the perfect items to fill your baby's closet with, look no further than Ruby's Garden in Oakland. The boutique children's clothing shop sells gently used high end children's clothing at great prices. Best of all, the store is a delight to browse through; friendly employees know all about the clothes they're selling, and the cheery atmosphere will brighten your day.
The hotel's spacious suites are like staying in your own apartment, making these rooms the perfect spot for families and business travelers alike. Guests can relax in the a living room space, finish preparing for a meeting in the work area, prepare a meal in the kitchenette then finally fall asleep in the bedroom. After a day exploring the city or sitting through conferences, you can relax by the outdoor patio fire pit or swim a few laps in the swimming pool.