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March 11, 2018

Children Living in Concord Are All Smiles

Little ones living in Concord laugh all day at Pixieland Amusement Park. Designed just for the youngest of residents, this place of play has pint sized rides, open spaces for running around and places to relax and grab a bite to eat.

It’s all about the Pixieland Express. Kids love to ride the rails and this fun train chugs all about the grounds. Hear the whistle blow and get ready to board. This is the little engine that could! Adventurous spirits float to the skies with Red Baron Airplanes. The wind takes them up and down and around their course causing them to gleefully cry out for more. Windy Grove cars travel the roads of a make believe city. Two steering wheels per car allow for everyone to have a turn taking the wheel. Those seeking a bit of action head over to the Dragon Roller Coaster. Twisting and turning and moving fast this ride is exhilarating and fulfills the need for speed. Around the corner brightly colored tea cups spin round and round. Nearby the old fashioned carousel also turns in circles. Kids find their favorite horse and saddle up. Parents of riders not quite tall enough can stand alongside their tiny cowboys and cowgirls.

Birthdays Are a Blast on Concord Property

The merriment may stop when hunger strikes but there’s no cause for worry. The Kids Cafe has a family friendly menu designed to create smiles. Tummies will be satisfied with hamburgers, chicken strips, corn dogs, nachos, chili cheese fries and more. Sweet treats are just right and include cotton candy, snow cones, funnel cakes and candy.

Birthday boys and girls living in Concord have wishes come true at Pixieland. Party packages make planning a breeze for moms and dads. A variety of packages suit all budgets and include private spaces to eat and open presents. Friendly staff members are on hand. Seasonal events are extra special on this Concord property. Easter egg hunts, trick or treat candy grabs and other holiday fun are popular with visitors. Hours to the park are seasonal and can be found on the calendar.


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March 11, 2018

Trace John Muir’s Footsteps on Martinez Property

Legendary outdoorsman John Muir left more than just footprints on Martinez property, he left a legacy. The John Muir National Historic Site pays tribute to the amazing feats of this incredible man, his accomplishments and contributions to California’s wildlife. From touring his Martinez home to wandering about the grounds there is plenty to do to last a full day.

Easily found at 4202 Alhambra Avenue, the home of John Muir stands proud. Guests are welcomed in to the visitors center with open arms. Here an introductory film focusing Muir’s conservation success. Called the Muir/Strentzel House, visitors can take their own self guided tour, or engage a docent for guided tours of the dwelling. Built in 1882, this 17 room mansion showcases period pieces taking folks back into the Victorian Age. Once finished exploring the home, many meander about the grounds. Marked posts are strategically placed along the pathways and guests can call on their cell phones to learn about the significance of each stop.

Families Living in Martinez Homes Explore Mount Wanda

Hundreds of acres make up the landscape on this picturesque Martinez property. Named for John Muir’s daughter, the land called Mount Wanda is a great area for play. Families often gather during sunshine filled afternoons. While the youngsters frolic about picnic baskets are unpacked under shady trees and lunch enjoyed. 

Regular and seasonal programs on the calendar at the John Muir Historical Site keep his wandering spirit alive. Kids can develop a love for nature and wildlife by becoming junior rangers. Evening ranger guided walks take place under full moons and around campfires. Birdwatchers can also benefit from the experts. Day time excursions point out flora and fauna as well find elusive feathered friends.

Take some time to explore the John Muir Historical Site and learn about the man who loved nature. Mount Wanda is open from dawn to dusk and the Muir/Strentzel House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.


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March 9, 2018

Cruise through the Past On Danville Real Estate

Plan a visit to the Blackhawk Museum on Danville real estate. This eye opening place will intrigue and delight all visitors. An interesting mix of permanent exhibits and displays plus rotating exhibits appeal to all different tastes. Conveniently located at 3700 Blackhawk Plaza circle, the building is easy enough to find and well worth the drive.

Classic car enthusiasts are definitely in heaven when walking about the Automotive Gallery. An ever changing collection of classic vehicles outline the evolution of the automotive industry. Car buffs drool over shiny models in pristine condition including a 1928 Alfa Romeo. Nearby, journey back into the dusty days of frontier times on Danville real estate. A balanced tale is told in the Spirit of the Old West exhibit. Learn about the culture of Native Americans and the trials faced by American pioneers. Fascinating pieces in the collection brilliantly illustrate the American story of the Old West. The Art of Africa Gallery represents the vibrant culture and diversity of a whole continent. From ceremonial masks to everyday tools used to survive the depiction here should not be missed.

Get Extra Insight with a Tour of Dynamic Danville Property

Guided tours are available for groups, individuals and students. Docent led tours offer extra insight into the wonders of the exhibits on the grounds. Knowing their way around, these guides impart bits of trivia and background information while leading the way. Groups of ten and more people can make a reservation by calling 925.736.2280. Individuals searching for the same experience will find they are in luck on specific days. Complimentary Auto Gallery tours are scheduled each first Friday of the month, and Saturdays and Sundays. Wranglers living on Danville property can swagger in on the second Saturday of the month for an in depth glimpse of the Spirit of the Old West. Dedicated to preserving the path of history for tomorrow’s leaders, the Blackhawk Museum welcomes Oakland area school children. A transportation fund allows for bussing reimbursements offering trips to school districts without financial burden.

The Blackhawk Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission is $15 per person with discounts applied for children, students, seniors and veterans. Active military personnel, children under the age of six and members of the museum are admitted free of charge.


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July 31, 2017

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