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10 Things to Do for $20 or Less


One of our readers suggested that we post a list of 20 things to do under $20. We love getting those emails that tell us what you want to see on our website. So, here's our attempt at starting that list. Some of the things in here you may have already seen in our other articles, and some might be outside of Brentwood, but we hope you can at least discover a few new ones. And here's an open call to help us further expand this list to 20!


Swim and Slide at the
Brentwood Family Aquatic Complex

While the Brentwood Aquatic Park at 195 Griffith Lane is reasonably priced all the time anyway, it is more so after 4 p.m. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, it only costs $2 to get in and get some relief from the summer heat! Come at 4 p.m. to take advantage since the Aquatic Complex closes at 6 p.m. - that will give you a couple hours to peruse your $2 fee. To check their hours or to get more information, you can call the Parks and Recreation Department - Brentwood Family Aquatic Complex at (925) 516-5430.


Bowl a Strike at the
Harvest Park Bowl

Bowling at the Harvest Park Bowl is likewise a great deal all the time, but Tuesday and Wednesday nights are even better. For a limited time, they are running a $2 special ($2 per game and $2 shoe rental) on Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 9-11 pm. Harvest Park Bowl is located at 5000 Balfour Road in Brentwood. Check out their website for their hours, pricing, and other specials.


Summer movies for free or for cheap -
Rave Motion Pictures

Rave Motion Pictures at the Streets of Brentwood is again previewing family movies for free, two mornings a week during the summer months. While these aren't new release movies, they are nevertheless a fun and inexpensive activity with your kids while they are on summer break. Check out their website for a list of movies and schedule of screening this summer.


Speaking of movies, the
Delta Theater
is always inexpensive

For first run movies, the Delta Theater in downtown Brentwood charges $4.50 before 6 p.m. and $7.00 starting at 6 p.m. (Kids 3-12 and seniors 55+ are always $4.50). During the summer months, they also have a similar deal as Rave's but for $1 admission fee. Check out their movies this summer here.


Enjoy a picnic at the
Blue Goose Park
and other Brentwood parks

One of our favorite newer parks for kids is the Blue Goose Park along Anderson Street in Brentwood. It has a water squirt feature, a large playground, picnic benches, a small rock climbing hill, and a large grassy area. Go ahead and bring your beach umbrella, picnic baskets and lie around. There are 57 other parks in Brentwood alone, check them out here.


Check out the man made beach at the
Contra Loma Regional Park

One of the nicest parks in the area is the Contra Loma Regional Park in Antioch. It is a beautiful 780-acres regional park that has pretty much everything - a lake where you can go fishing, a swim lagoon that kids love, picnic areas and hiking paths. There is a $5 charge per vehicle to enter the park. Swimming in the swim lagoon costs $3 for an adult, and $2 for a kid. Check out this website for the location, hours, and any updated information.


Explore the hidden beauty of
Vasco Caves Regional Preserve

While it may be a little more expensive, the Vasco Caves Regional Preserve (we heard) is worth the price (and the hike). The area provides some magnificent scenery for hikers, geologists, hobby photographers, and anyone who appreciates nature. In order to protect its unique resources, the Preserve is not open to general public access but there are Naturalist-led tour groups that are available for $30 per person, which includes the shuttle bus from Round Valley Regional Preserve or Brushy Peak Regional Preserve. Tours are usually not available during the summer months and is only for those aged 8 and up. For more information, including contact details, check out their website at


If you're
55 or better,
take advantage!

Brentwood offers a wealth of services and activities for active adult residents of Brentwood, Bethel Island, Byron, Knightsen, Oakley, and Discovery Bay. Being a member of the Brentwood Senior Citizens Club (only $15 per calendar year) makes it even better with discounted or free activities. Check out some of their activities here or contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (925) 516-5444 for more information.


Downtown Thursdays
- a great place to kick-off the weekend!

Downtown Thursdays is back on at the Historic Brentwood Downtown. On Thursdays from July 7 thru October 6, 2011, First Street is closed between Oak and Chestnut from 5pm-8pm as the street turns into a place for family fun and entertainment. Check out what's on schedule at Most, if not all of these events offers free admission, but while there, check out our Downtown and support the local businesses!


Hanging out at the
Streets of Brentwood
and Friday concerts

And on Fridays, hang out at the Streets of Brentwood where they have a summer concert series on five Fridays in July and August (July 15, 22, 29, August 5, and 12) from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. You can check out the Streets of Brentwood events page for information about the performers. These concerts are free to the public, so grab a to-go box and find a nice place to sit and enjoy the music.



This page was posted in July 2011 so some information may be outdated after some time.