Veranda: A new mall in Concord with a way-cool play structure - 510 Families

Veranda: A new mall in Concord with a way-cool play structure

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.

The Veranda Climber is designed to be a safe, interactive, three-dimensional vertical maze that encourages physical activity, and offers the sort of imaginative play experience that is important for intellectual development in children. Photo: Whitney Moss

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.

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As of this writing, an outdoor ice rink is directly adjacent to this play area and will stay open through mid-February.

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.

365 Store by Whole Foods (open already)

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.

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3 thoughts on “Veranda: A new mall in Concord with a way-cool play structure”

  1. If you’re already in the area, there is a tot lot to watch the planes at Buchanan Field in Concord, less than 5 minutes away from the Veranda!. Wish I’d known about that when my kids were toddlers!

  2. Hope it does not go the way of the huge Vallejo outdoor strip mall (down hill). As for the kids play structure remember when McDonalds and Burger King had bigger and better ones at their stores…..

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