We were going to head to the ocean today but the cold, windy weather threw a kink in that plan. We only had one adventure day left in this long weekend so I had to think quick and recalibrate towards warmer climates. Eastward bound it was.
In some early morning research, I had found a kite festival in San Ramon which I plotted as the first point in today’s adventure. I then searched for additional kid spots in the area and found an awesome looking aquatics center. I checked the temp and it was supposed to be 75 degrees in San Ramon which seemed within the acceptable swimming range. Done and done, we headed out.
San Ramon Art & Wind Festival
The San Ramon Art & Wind Festival was so-so for us. The festival itself had lots of booths which is nice for some but Jack bluntly called it “boring” and I had to agree. I expected to see some really cool kites in the air but it was mostly competition kites which don’t look anything like a 50ft Octopus flying in the sky. Watching a kite flying competition is a little like watching the movie Best in Show, complete with satire inspiring commentary. “That’s a little bit of magic in the air right there.”
The kids did hit up the kite making workshop which was fun. They decorated their own kites and we flew them for a few minutes before the raindrops started.
The best part of this leg of our journey was the park itself, San Ramon Central Park. It had a skate park where we ate our picnic lunch while watching mostly scooters (?) roll around the bowls. Not sure where all the pimply, smoking, skaters were.
The park also had an awesome play structure complete with water features and a cool climbing ball that Elise loved.
San Ramon Aquatic Park
Turns out it got nowhere near 75 but we still hit the pool in hopes it wouldn’t matter. That kinda worked for Jack but the rest of us were freezing. We lasted an hour which didn’t matter since it’s only $4 per person to use this facility. FOUR DOLLARS. A serious bargain for how spacious, clean, and well equipped this place is. We will return on a nicer day. Though the Lifeguard told us they get 1,000 people through there on hot days!
Swimming makes you hungry, even if it’s for, like, 10 mins of actual active pool time. We wanted pizza so I searched Yelp and found ZPizza, a So Cal chain that’s made its way north. We got a bunch of slices and a salad. It hit the spot and everyone was warmed up, fed, and happy. Elise chose a chocolate chip cookie for dessert because she absolutely, 100% did NOT want frozen yogurt. Uh-uh, positively a chocolate chip cookie.
I have never had Pinkberry but am aware of it’s popularity so I thought I’d see what all the hype was about. That and it was in the same strip mall as ZPizza. You know… it’s really pretty good. I had coconut which was tart and, well, coconutty with some fresh strawberries and milk chocolate shavings. Jack chose pomegranate with mochi, gummy bears, and fresh raspberries. Elise and Mike just ate all of ours, conveniently forgetting they had chosen cookies as their dessert.