A Wide Variety of Indoor Fun is Available in Concord!

Take a break from the cold, rainy weather and enjoy one of Concord's many choices for indoor fun!

Show off your bowling skills

A great way to entertain the entire family or for an impromptu date night, bowling is perfect for any indoor gathering. And it's budget friendly!

Round 1 located in Sunvalley Shopping Center, is a multi-entertainment activity complex with bowling, arcade games, billiards, darts, ping pong, and even karaoke!

bowling alley

Clayton Valley Bowl offers Glow Bowling with party lights, music videos and unlimited bowling. There's also Kids Glow Bowling with mom approved music videos on Friday evenings. On the first and third Saturdays get in on Clayton Valley Bowl's Monte Carlo Bowl and you could even win some $$$.

Another local favorite is Diablo Valley Bowl. They've got something planned for you Monday through Friday including Ladies Night (Mondays), $2 Tuesdays, Unlimited Bowling (Wednesdays and Fridays) and College Day(Thursdays). Saturday and Sunday you can bowl all day and into the wee hours of the morning. Also ask about their Youth Paint and Bowl Parties!

Food, beer and more is available for purchase at each of these locations!

Take in a Movie

There’s something about the smell of popcorn, a big comfy seat and taking in something new on the big screen!

Veranda Luxe Cinema & IMAX: Electric recliners, 53’ wide by 3 story tall screens and the utmost immersive sound with Dolby Atmos, what's not to love?! And talk about convenience, you can book and reserve your seats ahead of time online! But that’s not all, they also have the full IMAX experience on a screen 80’ wide and 4 stories tall.

Veranda Luxe Cinema features a full bar and outside dining to take in before or after your movie. Or enjoy in-theater dining during the movie!

fountain outside of movie theater

And of course you can sneak in a shopping visit or dine at one of The Veranda’s many restaurants too!

Brenden Theaters: How about 14 screens with luxury reclining seats, JB-X with Dolby ATMOS 360 degree surround sound and a 60ft wall-to-wall screen? Sounds like pure movie escapism.

And Brenden Theaters offers 3 restaurant choices serving local craft beer and wine with delicious food including hand-tossed pizzas, hand cut fries, garlic fries, tater tot nachos, burgers, chicken sandwiches and more!

West Wind Drive-In: Nostalgia meets modern technology at the West Wind Drive-In where you can keep cozy with family, friends or a significant other while watching a crystal-clear digital image on screens larger than some walk-in theater! Audio is sent through your car stereo offering much better sound quality than ever before! It is also 1 of 17 operating drive-ins in California!

family sitting by car at drive-in

Here you’ll find a concession stand packed full of premium movie fare including Nathan’s Hot Dogs, Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Popcorn and even Peet’s coffee.

Shopping Indoors!

There’s nothing that takes care of winter blues like retail therapy.

Sunvalley Shopping Center: With over 160 stores and more than a dozen restaurants, Sunvalley is a great escape for a day of indoor shopping and dining. Shop at Macy’s, M.A.C., Forever 21, Disney, Champs and so many others. Start your day at Starbucks or Cinnabon, then afterwards enjoy many different options at B.J.'s, BBQ at Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que or something sweet from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

atrium sitting area in shopping mall

Indoor for the Super Active

Q-ZAR Laser Tag: Suit up and take on your competitors in a fun and frenzied game of laser tag inside a maze-filled with high-energy music, lights and mist. Walk in games are available on a first come, first serve basis. Join in a public game or reserve a private game for 2-36. Q-ZAR also has an arcade filled with your favorites as well as classic pinball and air hockey. In between games you can indulge in a snack bar that any gamer would love.

kids playing arcade games

Diablo Rock Gym: In a one-hour class, you can learn the basic skills you need to start rope climbing. After your class, use your newfound skills to climb in the gym’s 11,000 feet of terrain. Or explore how to become a better boulderer, sport climber or prepare for outdoor climbing. Diablo Rock Gym is a great place for families with climbing routes for all ages. (Kids under 14 must be supervised.)

girl climbing indoors

Sky High Sports Trampoline Park: All ages are invited to defy gravity on Sky High’s enormous Freestyle court where you can get your bounce on over and over. If you’re looking for a competitive challenge, join in a pick-up game of Dodgeball on a trampoline court especially designed for the game. Sky High also offers a Kid’s Court just for the littlest of children (no big kids allowed) and a Super Size Foam Pit. Accessing the pit starts with bouncing a trampoline, then swinging on a rope and landing in a sea of soft, cushy foam. Save time by completing waivers, reading guidelines and reserving your space online prior to your visit.

And For The Deliciously Creative

Rachel Dunn Chocolates: Have you ever wanted to make beautiful chocolates inside a real chocolate factory? Here’s your golden ticket! Experience a hands-on chocolate workshop where you’ll make your very own delicious American and French chocolates with acclaimed Chocolatier Rachel Dunn.

lady making candy

Show off your creativity

aRt Cottage is the coolest little art gallery just off the square in downtown Concord. This intimate venue provides a comfortable environment for artists and art aficionados to enjoy our monthly shows. Check their website for monthly show that include local artists from all over the Bay Area!

Want to get your hands dirty?! Sign up for one of their classes for individuals or groups including:

Ceramics, Watercolor, Oil, Acrylics, Drawing, Mixed Media, Children’s after school programs, Beginning Sewing and Figure Drawing!

Touch up on your Concord History

Take a visit to the historic Galindo Home, restored by the Concord Historical Society. This home was built in 1856 for Don Francisco Galindo and his wife, Maria Dolores Manuela (Pacheco) Galindo, Don Salvio’s second daughter. At that time, it was one of the few Victorian ranch houses in the county. As their oldest son, Juan “John” Galindo and his bride Marina “Sarah” (Amador) Galindo took up residence between 1875 and 1880, the original six-room house was expanded to ten rooms. After Juan and Marina’s eldest child Frederick, and Catherine (Hittman) Galindo were married in 1907, title was transferred to this next generation. Following Mrs. Catherine Galindo’s death in 1966, the home was maintained by her children. After the death of Ms. Ruth Galindo in 1999, the home became the property of the City of Concord. In 2010 ownership was transferred to the Concord Historical Society.

The Galindo home now serves as the Society’s museum. Tours are available on most Sundays from 1 PM to 4 PM (closed on holiday weekends), and by appointment (contact them).

Admission charge: $5.00 (children under 12, free)



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