So you’ve found yourself a little further east than you’re used to.  What to explore now?  Nestled in the valley’s rolling hills is the East Bay suburb of San Ramon, and right in the heart of it is an awesome, ready-to-explore park.  With over 40 acres of recreation, San Ramon Central Park is equipped to handle any activity for your family’s play-worthy afternoon.

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The Playground
A tree-lined walkway invites families in—just before the kiddos start sprinting toward the playground.  It’s a sprawling colorful structure with rows of monkey bars and ladders, a huge spider web for climbing, and a kid-friendly rock wall.  It’s separated into two areas—one for younger kids and the other for more expert players; so the little ones can explore without adults needing to hover.

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The Water Feature
In warmer weather they’ll love the giant water-spouting mushroom, which leads into a miniature water maze, which leads to a small bridge for climbing over and crawling under (and getting wet in).

Insider tip:  there’s enough water to get them fully doused, so you may want to bring rash guards and swim suits or else a change of clothing.

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Did We Mention
Multiple fields of grass (bring balls!), basketball and tennis courts (bring more balls!), and kid-easy trails throughout the park (quick, get the bikes!). There’s a huge running track and a massive skateboard park where on weekends, priority usage is saved for skaters 11 and under.  The Iron Horse Regional Trail—a new 20 foot wide path connecting 12 cities—borders one end of the park for walking, biking, and stroller pushing.

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Sweets and Eats
For a more quaint town feel, head to neighboring Danville with its charming and walkable historic downtown.  Sideboard serves up organic fare and their 2 most popular items are also the most kid-friendly: mac and cheese and (get ready) Brussels sprouts!  (Trust us.)  Or stop into locally-owned Sweet Street for virtually every candy imaginable (and free fudge samples).  Download Danville’s historic walking map here:  discoverdanvilleca.com

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Bonus!
Each May (this year it’s Memorial Day weekend, May 26 & 27) the park hosts the Art and Wind Festival full of carnival rides, vendors (eats, kites—you name it), and all the blue sky, sunshine, and wide open grass you need for one completely blissed-out day.

Where do you like to go when you find yourself in the far East Bay?

–Mae Respicio

Photo credits: Mae Respicio.

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