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Photos with Santa through Dec 24th at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

It’s that time of year again as Santa returns to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, this time right near Sephora, where you can get your photo with Santa.

From the Broadway Plaza Santa photos page:

Santa will be available for photos and visits at his winter home, located near Sephora and Crate&Barrel.

Reservations available, but not required!


November 17 – December 23:
MON-SAT: 10am-7pm (Break: 2pm-3pm)
SUN: 11am-6pm (Break: 2pm-3pm)
* November 23 (Thanksgiving): Closed

December 24
SAT: 9am – 6pm (Break: 2pm-3pm)

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Baking and Brushes Studio Opens in Danville Livery

Danville Livery

A new children’s baking and art studio from the owners of Tal’s Patisserie and Pinot’s Palett recently opened in the Danville Livery on Sycamore Valley Rd. To find out more about their summer camp click here.

From their website:

Baking and Brushes is a creative Baking and Art studio, offering classes, camps and parties, for children and teens.
Baking and Brushes is a one of kind studio, founded by the owners of “Tal’s Patisserie” and “Pinot’s Palette”, with the goal of providing a safe and creative environment in which kids and teens can relax, learn baking and art skills and express their creativity.

The studio offers-
Birthday parties
Holiday events
Classes and camps
Parent and me classes and parties
Girl scouts activities
Homeschooling programs

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GamedayVR Virtual Reality Arcade Opens in Downtown Walnut Creek

1373 Locust St, Walnut Creek

The virtual reality arcade GamedayVR opened in downtown Walnut Creek over the weekend. I had a chance to try some of the “experiences” out (10 minutes for $10) and it was crazy cool! They have off the shelf HTC Vive VR headsets where you can choose from several “experiences” such as Space Pirate Trainer, Tilt Brush, Raw Data, Job Simulator and more, including their own in-house made Derek Carr football VR game. Check out the full list and book online on their website here.

Although 10 minutes may seem short it can get pretty intense. I observed one guy who finished playing and was actually sweating. Literally sweating! While waiting it’s also possible to try out the Oculus Rift or Playstation VR systems sitting down for free. Each VR space has a monitor to show others what the player is seeing inside the enclosed virtual space. An assistant helps put on the VR headset and provides a controller for each hand. In between uses each headset is disinfected. In a few weeks they also plan on introducing a more advanced StarVR system where one can actually throw a football!

If you’ve never tried VR out before I would definitely recommend checking this place out to see what it’s all about. I’ll be back for sure! They’re also opening in Emeryville soon and in San Mateo next spring.

More photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading

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Bring on the Zamboni! Walnut Creek on Ice at Civic Park Nov 10th – Jan 15th

Walnut Creek on Ice at Civic Park is back for another winter season beginning November 10th through January 15th. Check out the various ice skating academy classes here. Pricing is either $12 or $15 depending on the day/time. There is no kid pricing but glider rentals are available for $5 per half hour. More details on their website here.

From the Facebook Ice Winter Festival event page:

November 11, Saturday at 11 AM – 1 PM Come celebrate the opening of Walnut Creek on Ice’s 13th season! Free admission/skates for the first 250 guests; $5 admission until 5pm. Entertainment includes skating performances, face painting, balloon artist & more!

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Board & Brush Grand Opening Nov 2nd in Downtown Walnut Creek

1389 N. Main St, Walnut Creek

A grand opening party is going to be held at the DIY wood sign workshop studio Board & Brush in downtown Walnut Creek on November 2nd 5 – 9pm. Classes will start the following day. Check out their class schedule here. They just got their liquor license so will be serving alcohol. This will be downtown Walnut Creek’s second art and sip studio after Canvas and Cabernet.

From the event page:

Please come check us out at our GRAND OPENING PARTY!   We’ll have free appetizers & drinks, lots of giveaways, and a fun evening as we celebrate the Grand Opening of Board & Brush Walnut Creek! We are a creative studio that will be offering workshops for you to make your very own customized signs and wooden projects! You will get the first chance to browse our studio and view many of the projects you can choose to create… Invite your friends and family and swing by our NEW Board & Brush Creative Studio! We can’t wait to see everyone there! 

The first 50 guests will receive a gift of Board and Brush swag, and EVERYONE will receive a $10 off coupon for your first workshop!

15 raffle prizes, all with free tickets to enter:

5 Gift Bags will include a 25% Off Coupon and a B&b T-shirt — $30 value!
5 Gift Bags will include a 25% Off Coupon and a B&b hat — $50 value!
5 Gift Bags will vouchers for a FREE workshop — $65 value!

To be entered in the drawings, join us at the Grand Opening and take a picture by our favorite sign in the studio, post it on Facebook and Tag our Board & Brush Walnut Creek page in your photo!


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Gameday VR Opening Very Soon in Downtown Walnut Creek

1373 Locust St, Walnut Creek

Gameday VR, a new virtual reality arcade we learned last month would be coming to downtown Walnut Creek is set to open very soon where Kitchen Table used to be. Check out their game selection here, including their exclusive Derek Carr’s 2 Minute Drill football game.

From their website:

At GamedayVR, we have over 6 kiosks with hardware ranging from the Starbreeze StarVR to the HTC Vive. In addition, we offer a number of GamedayVR hardware exclusives including:

  • StarVR paired with HP Z VR backpacks and PhaseSpace room scale positional tracking for a completely untethered VR experience.
  • HTC Vives with both TP Casts and integrated headphones for an untethered VR experience.
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Round 1 Bowling & Amusement Opens in Sunvalley Shopping Center in Concord

Sunvalley Shopping Center, Concord

Earlier this year we learned that the entertainment center Round 1 Bowling & Amusement would be opening in the Sunvalley Shopping Center in Concord and they have now opened. (Thanks to a reader for pointing this out). In addition to arcade, bowling and karaoke rooms, they also offer billiards, a couple of ping pong tables, darts, a food and drink section and more, including purikura machines. It’s huge! I noticed quite a few Japanese imported arcade games. The amount of games on the floor is overwhelming. I kept looking around finding something I wanted to try. Anyone check this place out? What are your favorite games?


Plenty of photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading

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Walnut Creek International Short Film Festival Opening Night Thoughts


I had a chance to check out the best of the opening night selections at the Walnut Creek International Short Film Festival which took place over the weekend at the Century Theater in downtown Walnut Creek and enjoyed the selections. Being a fan of comedies I quite enjoyed the Australian short film First Date. Check it out here. Warning Labels, directed by actress Jennifer Morrison, was enjoyable as well.

Although I’m not big on horror/thriller movies I have to admit there was an excellent, surreal short film about a girl and a beetle… Does anyone know the name of this film? For those that went, what was your favorite short film?

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The Ultimate Fieldhouse Recreation Center Opens in Walnut Creek Shadelands

2675 Mitchell Dr, Walnut Creek

A huge recreation center featuring four full-sized basketball courts plus a separate training court with basketball machines as well as another training area opened recently in the Walnut Creek Shadelands area. I dropped by recently while and it was jam-packed full of kids of various ages playing regulation games. I’ve never seen so many hoops in my life. If you like basketball this looks like the perfect place to go and play. Check out all the features of this new center here. For performance training information click here.

From their website:

The Ultimate Fieldhouse has four regulation, state of the art full length basketball courts, a separate training court featuring five baskets, and shooting machines to provide practice repetitions for players.  There are a total of 32 baskets in the facility!  There are also four volleyball courts along with a number of  other additional opportunities for other youth activities, to share in this wonderful, first class facility.