In passing I happened to stumble across the Antioch Water Park. We checked it out one Saturday and I was shocked by the cheap $9.00 a person price! Now, it’s no Raging Waters but it has all of the necessities. There are water slides, separate pool areas and snack bars. It’s a great place

 to reserve a picnic area for a birthday party of which they offer discounts. My husband and my daughter took on the slides while I relaxed and sunbathed on one of the many chaise lounges that were available on the grass. This is a great place to get away from the more crowded parks. You also will not find a lot of teenagers hanging around looking for trouble.

If you prefer more excitement, then Waterworld in Concord is a fun place to go. Beware, in the peak of summer this is a very crowded park and you will find yourself waiting in long lines for the popular water slides. You can rent out a cabana for $100.00 a pop for more privacy. They offer shade which work great for birthday parties and if you plan on hanging around there all day. They have a great wave pool that simulates the feel of actually being in the ocean. They have a lot of Lifeguards on hand but you’ll need to keep an extra eye on the little ones in this pool. They offer shopping, an arcade and a variety of food courts/stands. You’ll never be bored at Waterworld!

Boomers Sparks in Livermore is a fun change of pace. This is definitely a place for the whole family. They have bumper boats, go-karts, miniature golf, lazer tag, arcade and a cafe. On the weekends you can get an all day wrist-band for $27.99. Sounds pricey but it give you access to ALL of the attractions ALL day that you would normally have to pay extra for. This is a one stop shop for fun.
Please check out the web site for height and weight restrictions

In Brentwood there is a skate park for the young skaters out there. It has bowls, ledges, rails and boxes amongst others. Bring your helmets and your knee pads!

   If your looking for something more dramatic, check out Willows Theatre Company in Concord, CA. Take in a play or musical with your children or they can even enroll in classes. Their theatre season is in Concord and their Cabaret season is not far in Martinez.

These are just a few ideas of many that Contra Costa offers. Don’t forget the Oakland Zoo is only about a 30-45 minute drive away.

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