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Family-friendly Activities in Danville

The Danville area’s perpetually pleasant climate and abundance of kid-oriented attractions make it one of the best places in California for family activities. The area offers a number of entertaining parks, rides, and cultural institutions. Make the most of your upcoming weekend by visiting these fun destinations.

It’s always summer in Danville! The town enjoys year-round sunshine and warm temperatures. That’s why there are so many parks in the area geared towards family activities. Sycamore Valley Park (2101 Holbrook Drive) is an adventurer’s dream. It features a waterfall and secret areas to explore. Like its name suggests, Hap Magee Ranch Park (1025 La Gonda Way) used to be a ranch for longhorn steer. The steer are gone, but an old barn façade remains at the park’s entrance. Your family will find a water fountain sculpture, walking trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, and a dog park after walking though. Fire Truck Park is a just short drive away in San Ramon (2070 Arlington Way, San Ramon). Your kids will go crazy climbing on the fire engine-shaped play structure.

Active families with a need for speed should make a dash for Umigo Indoor Kart Racing in nearby Livermore (6538 Patterson Pass Road, Livermore). Their indoor track offers the fastest go-kart racing experience in the Bay Area! The Niles Canyon Railway (6 Kilkare Road, Sunol) also offers vehicular thrills, but at a more relaxed pace. The historical preservation organization that maintains the railway keeps a fleet of old-fashioned steam- and diesel-powered locomotives running. You and your family can book a long train ride down one of California’s oldest and most scenic railway lines.

Would you like to educate your family this weekend? Why not bring them to one of Danville’s cultural institutions? Nobel Prize winning poet Eugene O’Neil lived in Danville from 1937 to 1944. O’Neil’s passion for live performance still lives on at the Village Theatre. This neighborhood playhouse is the hub of the local performing arts scene. You can see everything from plays to choral performances on its stage. If you’re lucky, you might be able to see a performance of one of O’Neil’s plays. Seeing the master’s work performed in his hometown is a truly meaningful experience. The Blackhawk Automotive Museum (3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle) was built to expose the public to the art, technology, culture and history of the car. The museum’s curators put together a collection of historically significant and artistically inspired automobiles that represent breakthroughs in styling, engineering, and performance. Collectors regard some of these cars as works of art on four wheels.

Or maybe your family would like to knock down some pins. The recently renovated Danville Bowl (200 Boone Court) is now a top-of-the-line bowling facility you can spend the entire day in. Once the family has finished bowling, it can grab a bite to eat at the coffee shop. (Mom and Dad can watch the big game at the alley’s sports bar.)

Danville is the perfect place for a family outing! Visit today and create memories they will treasure forever.

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