8 Fun Rainy Day Activities in the East Bay

Raindrops keep falling on your head? Wildfire smoke got your down? If you’ve visiting the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay area, or you’re a local looking for something to do on a rainy day, the East Bay has tons of great indoor and rainy day options.

Here are some fun ideas to consider for activities to do in the East Bay on a rainy day.

Visit the Oakland Museum of California

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is a museum located in Oakland, California that focuses on the art, history, and culture of California. The museum’s collection includes over 1.9 million objects, including paintings, photographs, sculptures, and historical artifacts.

This museum features exhibits that explore California’s art, history, and culture.

Check out the Chabot Space & Science Center

This science center offers hands-on exhibits, a planetarium, and interactive activities that are perfect for all ages. It’s a great indoor activity, although it can have a lot of school groups visiting during the week.

Still, it’s a super fun place for kids, and something that space nerds of all ages will enjoy. There’s a new section downstairs on space exploration that’s excellent.

Take a cooking class

There are many cooking schools in the East Bay that offer classes for all levels. Learn a new recipe or cooking technique while staying dry inside.

Cozymeal lists some excellent options, especially for Southeast Asian cuisine. I’ve personally tried Kitchen on Fire in Berkeley and they offer fun classes.

Go to the movies

The East Bay has many cinemas that offer the latest blockbusters and indie films. You can also check out the New Parkway Theater in Oakland, which serves food and drinks during the movie.

You can also check out the beautiful art deco Orinda theatre in Lamorinda, or drive down to San Ramon to see a movie at the LOT at City Center Bishop Ranch, which is one of the fanciest theaters in the Bay Area.

Visit a brewery or winery

There are many breweries and wineries in the East Bay that offer tastings, tours, and events. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while staying out of the rain.

Livermore wineries like Wente have indoor tasting rooms and wines that are better (and cheaper) than many offerings in the Napa Valley.

Play board games

Head to a board game café like Victory Point Café in Berkeley, where you can enjoy coffee and snacks while playing your favorite board games.

This is a great one to do with older kids. Your two year old might not want to spend hours playing Settlers of Catan with you!

Visit an indoor trampoline park

Take your friends or family to a trampoline park like Rockin Jump in Concord or Dublin. These trampoline parks have extensive play areas for kids, and also an arcade area and food to keep them occupied even once they finish bouncing.

It’s a super fun way to spend a rainy morning, and also a great way to get some energy out!

Visit an escape room

Challenge yourself to an escape room game at Diablo Escapes or Zscape in San Ramon, down in the Tri Valley.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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