Got Bored Kids? Free Summer Activities to the Rescue!

We know everyone likes to save money, so each week we look for ways to keep the family budget in check. This week, learn about free summer activities for kids, plus a few notable local sales.

If the kids (and you) are getting a little antsy during summer vacation, check out these free summertime activities for kids that have recently kicked-off:

Camp Blackhawk with Radio Disney

When: Each Wed. through Aug. 17, from 10:30 a.m.-noon

Where: children’s play structure next to

Features family activities, entertainment, special guests and more.

  • July 13: California Puppets (puppet show)
  • July 20: Hoop Power (hula hoop dancing and tricks)
  • July 27: Fur, Scales and Tails (animal show)
  • August 3: Alan the Amazing (magic show)
  • August 10: Vai Hau Nui (Polynesian dance performance)
  • August 17: Surprise guest to be announced


Summer Storytimes at Rakestraw Books

When: Mon., Wed., and Fri. at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., July 13- August 31

summer storytimes are geared toward children ages 3-6 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Read. by G.R. Doodlebug Children’s Summer Fun Activities

When: Ongoing

  • Arts and Crafts Storytime (3 years and older): Tues., 11 a.m.
  • All Ages Storytime: Wed., 11 a.m.
  • Game Play and Instruction (6 years and older): Thurs., 4 p.m.


Danville Library Summer Storytime

When: Mon.-Wed., through Aug. 17

The summer storytime program features age- appropriate early literacy sessions, including stories, music and fingerplay that prepares kids for a love of reading.

Extra tip: Check out these free story podcast downloads, part of the library’s One World, Many Stories Kids’ Summer Reading Program, by clicking here.


San Ramon Libraries' Summer Storytimes

When: Mon., Tues., and Thurs., now through July 28.

  • Lapsit (6 mos.-2.5 years old): Mon. 10:15-10:45 a.m. at library; Tues. 11:15-11:45 a.m. at library.
  • Toddler Time (2.5-3.5 years old): Mon., 11:15-11:45 a.m. at Dougherty Station library; Tues. and Thurs., 10:15-10:45 a.m. at San Ramon Library.
  • Preschool Time (3.5-5 years old): Thurs. 1:15-1:45 p.m. at Dougherty Station library; Thurs., 11:15-11:45 a.m. at San Ramon library.
  • Family Storytime (all ages): Tues., 6:30-7:00 p.m. at Dougherty Station library; Aug. 6 and Sept. 3, at 11:15 at San Ramon library.
  • Extra Tip: Don’t miss the 20th Annual Storytime Festival, Mondays at 7 p.m. at the San Ramon library, now-Aug. 1. Click here for details.


Local Store Deals Not to be Missed:

  • : 10 percent off your entire purchase, or 25 percent off one item with coupons found in July issue of "Your Town Monthly." Click here to find the coupons on page 16.
  • Sweetie Face at Blackhawk Plaza: 30 percent off Summer Apparel. Check out their Facebook page here for the details.
  • Closing Sale: 50 percent off everything. Check out the dress-up, Golden Books, children’s books and more before the attic closes.


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