Winter Break Activities

    Posted by Mike Continillo on Dec 24, 2016 2:22:44 PM

    Winter Break Activities Villa Properities San Ramon Realtors.jpgYour child's winter break will be a time of excitement for him or her in the light of all the fun things to do within a one to two-hour drive. With all of the activities available for kids within such a short distance of San Ramon, your child is certain to have a very fun-filled break.

    Winter Break Activities

    Excursions North of San Ramon 

    • Lawrence Hall of Science
      • Above the UC Berkeley Campus, this interactive museum is a great treasure in the East Bay. From now through January 1 visitors will enjoy a special holiday season of science fun including 3D showings of the Polar Express and a New Year’s Eve balloon drop for kids.
    • Charles M. Schultz Museum
      • The museum, dedicated to the life and work of the Peanuts creator, features both exhibits and a research center. There are both permanent and traveling exhibitions, with fun features for all ages that include: 
        • A Snoopy labyrinth
        • Presidential pets photo exhibit
        • A 50th anniversary exhibition for "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"
    • Sonoma Trains
      • Train Town is within a two hours' drive and features a scale railroad that offers a four-mile ride complete with bridges and tunnels. Kids will enjoy riding on this unique train and taking in sights that include:
        • Six different amusement rides
        • A petting zoo
        • Miniature town
    Excursions South of San Ramon
    • San Jose Tech Museum
      • This exciting museum within an hours' drive of San Ramon that appeals to all ages focuses on themed displays and exhibits that help make learning a lot more fun. These interactive exhibits are sponsored by some of the biggest names in the tech industry, including Google. Some of the museum's highlights include:
        • An IMAX theater
        • Innovation gallery with Silicon Valley tech
        • Social robots
    • Children's Museum
      • Another exciting attraction within an hours' drive is the Children's Museum in San Jose. The exhibits help kids bring about their creativity, and also make learning fun. There is a distinct hands-on nature to the exhibits that helps ensure kids will always get a lot out of the experience, with exhibit options that include:
        • A holiday-themed crystal exhibit
        • A mammoth-related attraction 
        • Art gallery
    • Gilroy Gardens
      • Gilroy Gardens, about 90 minutes away, is an exciting theme park kids will love. This beloved park combines the experience of a beautiful botanical garden with fun rides and attractions. You won't find this unique combination of things to do just anywhere:
        • The iconic gardens that park is named for 
        • Splash gardens
        • The famous Circus Trees
    • Ardenwood Historic Farms
      • Ardenwood Historic Farms is part of the East Bay Regional Park District and features a property owned since the 1850's. Kids and adults alike will enjoy being outdoors, and the scenery is among some of the most beautiful in the area. Fun features here include:
        • The Patterson House Museum
        • A number of bird species and Monarch butterflies
        • Produce stand with fruit grown on-site 
    • Roaring Camp Railroads
      • The railroads in Felton, a two-hour drive away, offer your choice of redwood forest and beach routes. In addition to the usual tours, there are holiday trips that include:
        • Holiday lights in Santa Cruz
        • A Hannukah train trip
        • A special holiday tree walk

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    Safety Tips for your Own Festival of Lights

    Posted by Mike Continillo on Dec 12, 2016 3:16:10 PM

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    Many families and singles alike love to head out exploring neighborhoods on holiday evenings throughout December. In fact, this tradition has become even more popular as local TV stations come up with lists of the best lit houses in the area.

    Vista San Ramon, a neighborhood in San Ramon has created their own Festival of Lights. There are a total of 171 houses in Vista San Ramon with the majority of houses participating.  A special Luminary night is planned for Saturday, December 17, 2016. There will be over 2,000 luminaries decorating the streets of the Woodview Circle neighborhood. Expect bumper to bumper traffic that night. If you plan to visit the neighborhood, they recommend parking across the street at the Iron Horse Middle School or along any of the side streets if you plan to walk.

    If you woud like to gather your neighbors and create your own festival of lights we have the following tips to keep in mind.

    Creating Your Own Festival of Lights

    If you are not already friends with your neighbors now is a great time to go and meet them. Get as many neighbors as possible to participate in lighting up their home.  Once you have enough houses to cause a splash, pick a charity to support. Every home that wishes can have a drop off box or donation box for the charity outside their home.

    Why not go green for your Festival of Lights? You can do this by using the newer energy efficient lights such as LEDs that you can buy at home improvement and department stores.  These lights are safer and energy efficient.

    Safety Tips When Hosting Your Own Festival of Lights

    Here are some safety tips to think about when holding a Festival of Lights in your neighborhood.

    • If you need to replace older lights or you are just starting your light collection, LED lights let off less heat and are much more durable. This reduces the risk of fire. 
    • You will also want to look for labels that state the product has undergone independent testing.
    • Use extension cords that are approved for outdoor use only.       Stringing more than three lights together in one continuous run is not advised. However, if your lights are newer and lower wattage, we found that you can string more than three together so long as you consider the wattage and maintain safety standards by the UL, Uniform Laboratories, Inc. Christmaslightsetc.com states that “…if using a 22 gauge wire, the number of strands linked together can vary so long as the wattage does not exceed 210. If using a 20 gauge wire, strings can be added on up until the wattage reaches 420. As long as the wattage is considered, many strings can be linked together while maintaining safety standards.”
    • If you have uneven sidewalks throughout your neighborhood, use reflective tape to help prevent injuries.
    • Using a connected timer can have a two-fold benefit. First, it will control when your lights turn on and off so that they are not on for extended periods of time. A timer may also deter would-be burglars who may be looking for homes that are dark and not well lit.
    • If you have big inflatable decorations displayed in your yard make sure these are secured correctly. You do not want them blowing away or becoming unstable.

    Stay safe and have fun with your neighbors creating your own Festival of Lights this holiday season.

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    Three San Ramon Valley Parks to Visit

    Posted by Mike Continillo on Dec 2, 2016 8:06:00 AM


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    Living in the Danville and San Ramon area gives you access to some excellent parks. When you have nearby parks, there's more of an incentive to get out and enjoy the outdoors more often. Learning more about the area's parks and their amenities will provide you with the incentive you need to enjoy everything.

    Some of the parks to keep at the top of your list include:

    • Sycamore Valley Park
    • Diablo Vista
    • Walt Disney Park

    Sycamore Valley Park

    One of the things that attracts visitors to Sycamore Valley Park is its convenient location at Camino Tassajara and Hollbrook Drive in Danville is its array of facilities that suit different ages.

    Options that kids will love include:

    • Play area with new climbers, swings, and slides
    • A recreational fountain
    • Baseball diamonds
    • Shaded bocce ball courts

    Other features attractive to all ages and especially adults include:

    • A picnic area for up to 65 people
    • A second picnic area with barbecue pits and eight tables
    • A jogging path through most of the park
    • Reflection pond with waterfall

    Diablo Vista

    Diablo Vista, at 1000 Tassajara Ranch Drive, is among one of the most popular parks for children with families in the area. It is divided into three distinct areas with swings, a climbing structure, and buildings. One of the most noteworthy features is a tile snake that winds down a hill, with some fountains for water play. Highlights include:

    • Sand play area
    • Bucket swings
    • Climbing structures perfect for toddlers
    • Two tennis courts
    • Sand volleyball court
    • Shaded picnic area

    Walt Disney Park

    Located on the grounds of Walt Disney Park Elementary at 3250 pine Valley Road in San Ramon, this park is every bit as full of fun as you would expect it to be. The play areas are well-shaded, and the sports fields are ideal spots for local Little League play.

    Playground features include:

    • A play structure
    • Swing set
    • Jungle gym
    • Playground area for toddlers
    • Hopscotch outlines

    Sports facilities offered include:

    • Soccer field
    • Baseball field
    • Dodgeball court
    • Handball wall
    • Basketball courts

    Other features of interest include:

    • A picnic area
    • Wizard of Oz mural
    • Painted United States map

    Parks and Your Property Values

    Buying property near a park or building near a park is a great way to assure yourself of higher property values. A house close to a park always has greater appeal than a property further away from one. Because parks require city funding to thrive, tax revenue from nearby properties plays a crucial role. 

    If your house is near a park, the benefits are certain to outweigh additional costs. Safe places for kids to play and adults to enjoy the outdoors are always an asset. Consider how you can benefit from a nearby park when you're buying a home. If you are planning to buy or sell a home in the San Ramon Valley area, contact Villa Properties at (925) 519-0794 for help in answering all of your questions.

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    Holiday Family Crafts

    Posted by Mike Continillo on Nov 23, 2016 10:00:00 AM

    VillaProperties San Ramon Holiday Crafts.jpgNow that the weather is starting to cool down and Thanksgiving is upon us our social, business and family lives all seem to become more hectic and busier than normal. What we like most about the holidays is that in the down times (however rare) the holidays are a great time for us to bond with our family and friends through crafts and other traditions.

    We found a few holiday crafts and traditions you might already be doing or wish to start this year.

    Popsicle Stick Tree Ornaments

    Kids love decorating Christmas trees, and you can create a new tradition by making some of your own ornaments. What better way is there to create unique ornaments than by using popsicle sticks and buttons? Turn on some holiday music, arrange a tray of healthy snacks and let your creativity sore.

    • Paint about a dozen of the popsicle sticks green
    • After they dry, cut them up so each stick has a longer length than the one before
    • Place them into a horizontal triangular shape, with a vertical stick for a trunk at the bottom
    • Glue on some twine to hang the ornaments with 
    • Add the colorful buttons of your choice to serve as ornaments
    • Tie the ends of the twine together to secure the loop

    DIY Wrapping Paper

    Wrap it your way! You can craft your own wrapping paper this season by using heavy white paper and rubber stamps with colorful or glittery ink. Spare scraps of wrapping paper? Arrange them together and tape them to make your own one of kind sheet of wrapping paper. You can also do this with spare scraps of fabric and fabric glue!

    Cardboard Menorah

    Lighting a menorah for Hannukah is always fun, but many parents are concerned about the youngest kids using candles. However, making a menorah out of cardboard is a good way to help kids get into the spirit of the holiday.

    • Create a cardboard cutout of a candle
    • Trace the image on pieces of cardboard
    • Make another cutout to serve as a flame, and trace it onto yellow paper or foam
    • Put everything together with a glue gun, and consider adding sequins or glitter

    Make indulgent treats like potato pancakes or even your own doughnuts in honor of the holiday. Involving kids in the kitchen is a good way to help them show interest in holiday meals.

    Baking

    The holidays traditionally mean an array of baked goods too! If you have little ones in the house, you can have them be your big helpers with traditional sugar cookie recipes. While supervising, help them measure and pour ingredients, cut out shapes and let them decorate them! You can even construct holiday trees as shown here.

    Giving Tree

    The holiday season also brings forth a season of thankfulness and giving. If you are looking to inspire feelings of thankfulness and generosity, build a simple giving tree out of construction paper, a wire ornament tree, or an old-school paper chain from colored construction paper. The tree should start empty and each ornament or the inside of a paper chain should have a piece of paper with a phrase, feeling, person or thing that you are grateful for. The challenge would be to provide the same thing to someone else whether it be a friend, stranger, family member or charitable organization. Once complete, you hang your ornament or paper ring on the tree. You’ll finish when the tree is full or your paper chain complete.

    Holidays in the San Ramon Valley are a festive time of year. There are plenty of activities to do with family and friends from the Town of Danville’s Lighting of the Old Oak Tree, San Ramon’s Festival of Lights to fun runs and outdoor activities. If you are planning to move to the San Ramon Valley area, contact Villa Properties at (925) 519-0794 for help in finding your perfect home.

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    Crow Canyon Gardens

    Posted by Mike Continillo on Nov 22, 2016 2:03:52 PM

    Villa Properties San Ramon CA Real Estate Crow Canyon Gardens.jpgGardening can be dated back to the ancient world when humans began to settle in one place. Egyptians planted fruit bearing trees, spices, and grapes. The Assyrians in 900 BC planted trees and crops irrigated by canals. Greeks and Romans also cultivated crops, vegetables, and flowers. 

    With the growth of mass-produced food and lower prices at supermarkets, the art of growing your own produce has declined heavily in recent years. 

    Crow Canyon Gardens: A Community Garden

    Community gardens have been around for many years. They are a piece of land cultivated by a group of people and can be privately owned or on public land. Not only do they allow local individuals to grow their own healthy, fresh, produce but they also foster a community spirit. 

    If you are considering building your own garden, Crow Canyon Community Gardens is a good way to get involved in gardening and learn about gardening. 

    History of Crow Canyon Gardens

    Crow Canyon Gardens is a 7.5-acre public park. It is owned by the city of San Ramon, CA. Crow Canyon Gardens was founded in 1978 by Virginia Mudd. She grew herbs, fruits, and vegetables and served them in her restaurant, Mudd's, which is located next to the gardens. Ms. Mudd created the garden to show the connection between growing and harvesting, and preparing and serving healthy meals. She wanted to promote the benefits of growing your own produce and serving fresh wholesome meals. 

    Crow Canyon Gardens offers tours, demonstrations, and classes. It serves the community by promoting ecological responsibility, land preservation, and self-sustainability. 

    Today, Crow Canyon Gardens consists of 54 plots. The plots are rented out annually to gardening hobbyists who grow year-round fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Growing your own produce is beneficial in so many ways. It is far cheaper than buying produce from a store. You know exactly what you are eating making it a healthier and safer option.

    For addtional information on renting a garden plot at Crow Canyon Gardens call the Alcosta Senior & Community Center at (925) 973-3250.

    If you don't want to wait to get a community garden plot or you live in an apartment or home with limited outdoor space a container garden might be the way to go. Container gardens, as the name suggests, are grown in containers. These are ideal for balconies, decks, and patios. They are mostly used to grow herbs and spices due to the limited amount of space but you could experiment and also try growing tomatoes, lettuce, etc.

    If you are planning to move to the San Ramon Valley area, our San Ramon real estate office can be reached at (925) 519-0794. We are ready to help you find your ideal home.

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    Safety Tips for a Happy Halloween

    Posted by Mike Continillo on Oct 19, 2016 1:11:10 PM


    Safety_Tips_for_a_Happy_Halloween.pngHalloween is coming, and the kids are getting excited about their costumes and candy. However, you want everyone to stay safe, too, so that Halloween is a time for fun instead of nursing an injury. Following common safety precautions will help your kids enjoy their time out.

    Safety Tips for Halloween

    Reflective tape and vests help your kids stay safe, especially on streets that have poor lighting. The good thing about using this type of protective gear is that you can get very creative with it. Tape and vests used for reflective purposes both come in different colors that are quite visible. 

    Your kids should also have flashlights, as well as lightsticks. The flashlight will help ensure your group sees everything ahead of them, while the lightsticks help make the kids more visible to drivers.

    Some suggestions include:

    • Using the reflective tape like bandaging as part of a mummy or zombie costume
    • Consider costumes where a vest wouldn't seem out of place, making a reflective vest fit in nicely
    • Give your kids lightsticks in fun colors, like neon green or purple

    Plan a Halloween route and Establish a meeting time

    If any of your kids are 12 or older, they might prefer to trick or treat with their friends. Traveling the neighborhood as a group of friends is fun for kids this age, and helps them learn further responsibility. To make everything easier, it is helpful to have some ground rules for everyone to follow:

    • Help them plot out a route to take so you have an idea of where everyone is
    • Set up a time where everyone needs to be at home
    • Try to have at least one of the kids carry a mobile phone
    • Consider giving everyone a whistle that is only to be used in a real emergency

    Follow pedestrian crosswalks and use sidewalks

    Both kids and adults can benefit from using some common sense while walking on Halloween. There is a lot of activity, and many drivers will be inattentive. A few helpful walking tips include:

    • Crossing at crosswalks is always advisable, as drivers are more likely to watch for pedestrians in a crosswalk
    • Discourage your kids from texting or playing with their phones while walking
    • If you park at a sidewalk to walk in an adjoining neighborhood, have the kids exit on the passenger side so they aren't exiting into traffic

    Safety Tips for Trick or Treating at homes

    There are a few precautions all kids should take at the houses where they trick or treat. These include:

    • Only going to houses that have a porch light on
    • Staying on the porch and declining invites into strangers' homes
    • Avoiding eating any candy that isn't in a wrapper

    These tips will help ensure that Halloween is a fun time for your kids and full of enjoyable memories.

    Lastly be sure to check out your Nextdoor.com neighborhood map to see which house have indicated they will be handing out candy.

    If you are planning to move to the San Ramon Valley area, our San Ramon real estate office can be reached at (925) 519-0794. We are ready to help you find your ideal home.

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    History of Mt. Diablo

    Posted by Mike Continillo on Sep 27, 2016 8:05:00 AM

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    Mount Diablo has a very long history that dates back to 2000 BC. While it has always been there, it wasn't actually named until 1850. Contra Costa County, where Mt. Diablo is located was originally going to be called Mt. Diablo as well. After some discussion, the name was changed to symbolize the county’s location opposite of San Francisco (or opposite coast); hence, Contra Costa.

    The Tower of the Sun Gives Rise to a Park System

    In 1916, a development company wanted to build a castle hotel on the summit of the mountain to be called Torre de Sol or The Tower of the Sun. In fact, Randolph Hearst promised to fund the project, however, after the start of World War I, Hearst lost interest. The development company eventually went bankrupt, and the hotel was never built.

    Five years later, 7 state parks were built on the mountain and in 1927, the California State park system was established.

    A 100 Mile Light

    In 1928, The Standard Oil of California built a 75-foot aviation beacon designed to guide commercial planes on Mt. Diablo. The beacon was visible for 100 miles. Years later, it was moved to the summit building. Today, it is only lit on December 7th of each year in honor of Pearl Harbor Day.

    Present Day Mount Diablo

    Today, there is a lot happening on Mount Diablo. The organizers of Save Mount Diablo hold annual fundraisers to preserve the mountain:

    • Moonlight on the Mountain: This is an annual event, that has been held for 45 years. The event includes auctions, live music, and an elegant dinner. The entire event is held under a full moon along Mount Diablo's China Wall.
    • The Mount Diablo Challenge: This is an 11.2-mile bike ride that climbs 3,249 feet to the summit of the mountain. A ceremony is held later at the Expo Area.
    • Save Mount Diablo Hikes: The foundation holds several hikes each year for all levels.

    Mt. Diablo is a popular attraction all year long. Families enjoy hiking trails, streams, waterfalls, and camping areas. A drive, bike ride or hike up to the visitor center rewards you with beautiful views of the San Ramon Valley.

    If you are planning to move to the San Ramon Valley area, our San Ramon real estate office can be reached at (925) 519-0794. We are ready to help you find your ideal home.

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    After School Activities for Kids

    Posted by Mike Continillo on Sep 21, 2016 3:45:25 PM

    Villa_Properties_After_School_Activities.jpgNow that the kids have gone back to school in San Ramon Valley, you no longer need to plan day trips to keep them busy. They will be in school all day. So what happens after school? There are several hours between the time that the kids get home from school and before they go to bed that needs to be filled. After you children have finished their homework, here are a few activities lined up to keep them busy. 

    After School Activities for Kids

    My Gym

    If you want to keep your kids off the couch away from their video games, you can take them to MY Gym on San Ramon Valley Blvd. My Gym offers a variety of classes for kids that are age-appropriate, safe, and build self-esteem.

    Athens Downs Park

    On a nice day, taking the kids to Athens Downs Park is a great way to spend their time after school. The family has scenic walkways and fun, playground structures. You can pack an after school snack, and have a picnic at the park. 

    Fuse Beads

    On a rainy day, outdoor activities are not possible. If you want to keep your kids away from their electronics and encourage them to be creative, fuse beads are a great option. Fuse beads come with different shaped plates. The kids can fill in the plates with the different colored beads to create a picture. When they are finished, you can iron their masterpiece and the beads will melt together, creating something they will have forever. Not only are fuse beads fun, they also help develop hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and they can help with shape recognition. If you want to get your kids into fuse beads, you can find them on Amazon.

    Create a Scavenger Hunt

    A scavenger hunt will be fun for kids to do inside or outside. Make a list of items for the kids to find. When the kids have found everything on the list, you can give them a prize. It will keep the busy, off the couch, and they will have fun doing it. Here are some fun ideas to inspire your next hunt.

    Cook Dinner Together

    Having your children cook dinner with you is fun for them, and you can get one of your own tasks completed. You can read recipes together, have the kids gather the ingredients, and let them measure things out. The skills that they learn when cooking with you will stay with them for a lifetime.

    Art Projects

    Kids love to do art projects. Most children can sit down for hours working on art projects. You can go to your local craft store and create a craft supply box containing the following:

    • Construction paper
    • Markers
    • Crayons
    • Glue
    • Felt
    • Beads
    • String
    • Glitter
    • Children's scissors

    With the kids back in school, creating fun things to do when they get home will help keep them entertained and engaged.  

    If you are considering a move to the area and would like more information about San Ramon or the surrounding area, please contact our real estate office in San Ramon today.

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    Spare the Air Days

    Posted by Mike Continillo on Aug 11, 2016 7:27:33 AM

    SparetheAirDays-VillaProperties.jpgCalifornia is a beautiful state, and there are numerous efforts to help preserve its natural environment. Part of the awareness of keeping the air clean for residents comes with knowledge that California is the country's most populous state. Initiatives that encourage carpooling, public transit, and biking are popular in the Bay Area.

    Good Reasons to Use Alternative Transit on Spare the Air Days

    Many people choose to walk, ride a bike, use public transportation, or carpool to get to work. There are many tools available to help you find the fastest possible routes to get anywhere you need to be, such as 511.org’s Rideshare, County Connection, AC Transit, BART, Amtrak, and Altamont Commuter Express (ACE).

    Some of the advantages that come with alternative commuting include:

    • Getting exercise you wouldn't otherwise get by biking or walking
    • Sorting through emails or reading a book while in a vehicle or on a bus
    • Catching up with co-workers about work happenings if carpooling

    What Are Spare the Air Alerts?

    Spare the Air alerts were started to combat smog in the Bay Area. From May through October, there are more smoggy days than at other times of the year. However, the alert system is designed to give area residents fair warning so that they can take steps to reduce air pollution.

    Some of the ways to stay alert include:

    • Following Spare the Air on Twitter or Facebook
    • Downloading the iPhone or Android app
    • Opting to get alerts via email
    • Calling one of two hotlines for updates
      • Call 1-877-4NO-BURN (1-877-466-2876) 
      • Call 1-800-HELP AIR (1-800-435-7247)

    Types of Transit Options

    There are several transportation options found throughout the San Francisco Bay area, including San Ramon. You'll have a lot of options to choose from, including BART and BART Express, Bike to Work East Bay (an annual event), as well as park and ride lots. Each option offers several ways to buy the tickets that you require.

    Some of the highlights of the public transit options include:

    • Centrally located transit stations with ample parking
    • Bike lockers or racks with flexible yearly or quarterly rentals
    • Park and ride locations throughout the Bay Area

    How Public Transit Has Shaped the Area

    Home buyers in the San Ramon area have found this area an excellent choice for easy commuting. When commuters have multiple options, they can make informed decisions about how to best get to and from work.

    If you are planning to move to the San Ramon Valley area, our San Ramon real estate office can be reached at (925) 519-0794. We are ready to help you find your ideal home.

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    Free Things to Do with Kids in the San Ramon Valley

    Posted by Mike Continillo on Jun 29, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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    School is out and the kids are home. Aside from camps and playdates, we’ve revamped our list of fun and affordable activities in the San Ramon Valley, that they will enjoy and may be a bit challenging. After the camps and other outdoor programs what else is there to do? Well, there are actually quite a few local options to help you round out the summer and keep minds busy and engaged.

    Alameda County Fair – Kids Free Fridays (July 1)


    Take the kids to the county fair in Pleasanton on Fridays! Kids 12 and under are free until 5pm. Hurry the fair is only in town for a short while.

    Outdoor Movies


    Is there anything better than sitting outside. In the dark. Under the stars watching a movie past your bedtime? The Town of Danville (Moonlight Movies for July and August 2014), The City of San Ramon (Outdoor Movie Nights in August 2014), Bishop Ranch and Dublin (Picnic Flix) offer outdoor movies to entertain the entire family.

    Night Hikes


    Explore nature at night with a twilight or moonlight hike with the family. The East Bay Regional Park District offers Tuesday Twilights hikes for the whole family. Las Trampas Regional Park is scheduled for August 12, 2014.

    If you are more inclined to day walks, check out these other programs Hikes for Tykes, Wednesday Walks, and Sunday/Saturday Strolls.  Also, the Mount Diablo Interpretative Association offers information for self guided hikes, as well as guided evening hikes (reservations required).

    If They Build IT, they will love it!


    Just in time to get the kids excited about school, you can have little Johnny or Jill build their own pencil box for free at The Home Depot in San Ramon. The classes fill up fast, so call ahead to see if you can attend as well as learn about future Home Depot Kids' workshops. Lowes also has their own program, called Build and Grow.

    Kids Challenge


    The East Bay Regional Parks is also running a Kids Challenge program at their many parks. The program is based on the California Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights. It is self-paced and includes up to 10 activities. The challenge is for kids to complete all of the activities. Some of the challenges may require adult participation and/or fees. Register to receive the free guide booklet. A commemorative  patch will be sent after completing the challenge (1 per child, while supplies last).

    Inspire Imagination


    Little hands become crafty hands when taking classes offered at Michaels, Joann’s, Beverly’s, Lake Shore Learning or the Lego Store.

    Discover & Go


    The Contra Costa Library has partnered up with many bay area museums to offer valid card holders free and discounted passes! Visit the San Jose Tech Museum, Lindsay Wildlife Museum, California Academy of Sciences, The Exploratorium and many more!

    Kids Bowl Free in Concord at Clayton Valley Bowl

    Register your kids at Kids Bowl Free and they will receive two free bowling games each day during the Summer. Registration is required.

    If you know anyone that is looking to buy a home in the San Ramon Valley, we are happy to help. We specialize in helping homeowners in purchasing or selling a home. Call us today at (925) 519-0794 so we can help you determine the worth of your current and potential new home!

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