With the long weekend stretched out before us and picture-perfect weather forecast, why not get out of the house and have some fun! Want to bypass holiday traffic jams and save money on gas? Look no farther than your own zip code.
Season Re-opening of San Leandro Family Aquatics Center
Where/When: This weekend through Labor Day weekend at 14900 Zelma Street, San Leandro. Open for recreational swimming from 1 to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Monday through Friday it opens at 12 p.m. Check its website for more specific details. Call (510) 577-7966.
Why Go: This center has a little something for everyone including a 17-foot tall water slide, a water play structure, an activity pool, multiple 25 yard lap lanes and a "spray-ground". They also offer swim lessons. There are rules about age limits and supervision of children, so read and abide by them when you go. And don't forget your sunscreen!
Price: $5 admission for anyone entering the facility (whether you plan to swim or not). Children under age 2 enter free of charge.
Memorial Day Picnic (Do-it-yourself-style) at San Leandro Parks:
Where/When: This weekend all day.. Any one of San Leandro's over 20 public parks.
Why Go: Location, location, location. San Leandro is fortunate to have many parks and recreational areas open for public use. While some of the most popular parks, such as the San Leandro Marina, are often packed on holiday weekends there are other hidden treasures you may not yet have discovered. Here is a link to all of the San Leandro Recreation Department parks in town. You can even reserve picnic space at some of them. Grab your picnic basket, blanket and lawn chairs and stake out your spot.
Vocal performance and classical Indian music concert
Where/When: Saturday, May 26 at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Badarikashrama located at 15602 Maubert Avenue, San Leandro
Why Go: Acclaimed recording artist and performer Rita Sahai sings modern and traditional Indian classical music. A luncheon follows the event which is open to the public. Call for more information at 510-278-2444. On June 2 and 3 at this same location a 28th anniversary celebration will take place with other scheduled performances. You can read more about those here.
Puppy and kitten adoption
Where/When: Saturday, May 26 from 12 to 5 p.m. at 15555 E. 14th St. (near ).
Why Go: Whether you are thinking about adopting a puppy or kitten or perhaps an older cat or dog, this may be a good weekend for you to stop by Petsmart and meet adoptable animals face to face. Representatives from the Hayward Animal Shelter will also be on hand with dogs from their facility and can answer your questions about pet adoptions too.
Price: Free to look. Adoption fees vary. The love of a rescue animal? Priceless.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast Performed
Where/When: Saturday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 27 at 2:30 p.m. at , 1150 Bancroft Avenue, San Leandro.
Why Go: Performances staged by the Bancroft Musical Theatre are not your average middle-school plays by a long shot. This is a talented theatre company which consistently brings high caliber entertainment to San Leandro audiences season after season. Because their shows appeal to all ages, they make ideal family excursions.
Price: $10 general admission and $8 student/senior admission.
Volleyball at Marina Park
Where/When: Sunday, May 27 from 12 noon until it gets dark at, 13801 Monarch Bay Drive, San Leandro.
Why Go: The Marina Park Volleyball Meet-Up Group is an active group of beginning to advanced volleyball enthusiasts who play each Sunday (rain or shine) at the Marina Park and invite the public to join them. This weekend they are putting on a pot-luck lunch and barbecue dinner at a reserved picnic site at the Marina. If you have ever wanted to watch some exciting volleyball being played or wanted to try your hand at it, stop by and check it out. If you want to be part of the meet-up group or participate in the potluck lunch or dinner, contact them here.
Memorial Day at Bayfair Center
Where/When: Monday, May 28 Memorial Day hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at , 15555 E. 14th St. San Leandro.
Why Go: Memorial Day sales abound at stores in the center (and all around San Leandro, for that matter). for instance, will be offering what it calls an extra 10 percent off promotion. Glen Morgan will play his Hammer Dulcimer at the center for shopper's entertainment and enjoyment.
Price: Free parking at the center