The new Veranda shopping center in Concord has a few spots that parents might find entertaining and useful — Toys R Us, a 365 store by Whole Foods, and an IMAX movie theater — but none will be as exciting as the play structure they've installed, the Veranda Climber.
Situated on the theater end of the mall, an encircled area with a bark-covered ground is home to a modern jungle gym, evocative of lily pads suspended in space. The climber offers a unique playground experience with 33 platforms children can move between.
A net encloses the climbing area with three openings for entering and exiting.
As of this writing, an outdoor ice rink is directly adjacent to this play area, but it looks like that might change seasonally.
The whole mall has an elegant, upscale style, and many of the businesses are “opening soon.” Already open are the aforementioned 365 store, MOD Pizza, Cost Plus World Market, Peet's Coffee, and the movie theater.
The movie theater includes a 4-story tall IMAX screen, electric recliners, and full-service in-theater dining. This is the answer to how to squeeze in dinner and a movie without paying a babysitter eighty bajillion dollars. You'll eat dinner during the movie.