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Scooters at the Skate Park (Val Vista, Pleasanton)

Simple park play… ride scooters at the skate park! We like to go when the park is quiet, when the big kid skateboarders aren’t there.  And safety always comes first.. notice my son has on a helmet and both elbow and knee pads. Photos from our outing yesterday to Val Vista Community Park in Pleasanton,…

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Fun! Children’s Fairyland, Oakland

Children’s Fairyland is a storybook park that’s been around longer than Disneyland.  In fact, it inspired Walt Disney to create his Magic Kingdom.  Fortunately, Fairyland has maintained it’s small size and original charm since it opened in 1950.  I have fond memories of visiting the park when I was a child, during visits to see…

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Turkey on the Fence

At this time of year (Spring), the turkeys are all over around here.  We hear them when we go on hikes, we see them when we’re driving around, and we hear them from our home.  We have one, though, who visits us each day.  She jumps (can we call it flying?) up onto our backyard…

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Visit Report: Lindsay Wildlife Museum

For those kids (and adults) who love animals, the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek is a must-visit. The facility is beautiful, but what they do here is even more incredible. The wildlife hospital and rehabilitation center within the museum is the oldest in the United States. The veterinarians, staff, and volunteers treat more than…

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Take a Trash Collecting Walk

To celebrate Earth Day today, my son asked if we could walk around our neighborhood and collect trash. He’s been totally into this activity since last summer, when he earned his Junior Ranger badge on one of our visits to Yosemite. The ranger made a big point about continuing to be a ranger after we…

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Earth Day 2012

How do you plan to celebrate Earth Day this weekend? Assuming my son is feeling better (he has a horrible sore throat today), on Saturday we will head to Crissy Field in San Francisco for Earth Stroll 2012.  Sounds fun… “Adventurous activities and games, hosted by some of the Bay Area’s leading environmental organizations, will…

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Simple Outdoor Play: Go to the Park

Need a bit of healthy, energy-expending outdoor time for your child(ren), but not sure what to do? Keep it simple. Go to the park. Any park. Just let them run around. Bring a bike or a scooter, and let them ride. Bring some balls, and kick them around. Climb on the play structures. Swing on…

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Tartan Day Scottish Fair, Ardenwood Historic Farm

Sunshine and warmth… much appreciated after a week of storms! And a beautiful day to celebrate our Scottish heritage. We attended the Tartan Day Scottish Fair, held today at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont. The bagpipes, the fiddlers, the people walking around in traditional dress, the highland games, and historic reenactments were all interesting, but…

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Outdoor Art: String Painting

We did this art activity at the Chabot Space Center‘s Tyke Explorer class last week.  When I asked my son if he’d like to do this again at home, he said, “yes, but we’ll have to do it outside.”  I asked him why, and he said, “it would be WAY to messy to do in…

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Solo Time

As much as I love my family and friends, sometimes I need to get out into nature for a little alone time.  Today my husband suggested he take our son to a friend’s sixth birthday party, so that I could go out for a hike.  Hm… birthday party with ten or more kids, spun out…