Let’s Count Stars!

I’m always on the lookout for citizen science projects that would be fun to do with my son.  I believe it’s a great way to teach science and get kids involved in a real-life project.  Of course, this isn’t just for kids!  Participating in citizen science projects is a wonderful way for people of all…

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Going on a Bug Hunt

While my husband was warming up for his bike race on Saturday (see post here… Cyclo-Cross, Monterey Style), my son recommended we follow one of the nearby trails and go bug hunting.  Excellent idea!  We keep exploration tools (bug viewer, magnifying glass) with us at all times, so we’re ready to go whenever inspiration strikes.…

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Cyclo-Cross, Monterey Style

I haven’t written much about my husband so far.  Much of the time, while I’m out and about with our son, my husband is out riding his bike.  At this time of year (September – January), this is how he spends his weekends… racing cyclo-cross.  Yesterday, he raced at Fort Ord in Monterey (CCCX series),…

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Scrambling: Fun on the Rocks

I wish more city parks had rock structures like these for kids to scramble on.  The following photos were taken earlier this week at Emerald Glen Park in Dublin, California.  The boulders challenge kids in a way the regular play structures don’t.  In order to climb these rocks, children have to use their minds to…

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First Signs of Fall

Yesterday, I wrote about taking your child out on walk to look for signs of Autumn (Take a “Signs of Fall” Walk).  I didn’t feel the seasons changing yet as I wrote the post, but decided to head out for a walk around our neighborhood with my 5-year-old after I wrote the article.  Here’s what…

The Hungry Owl Project

I have to preface this post by stating that we live on the edge of our city, on the border where the houses meet the open grasslands and oak forests beyond.  We love living here because of the views and the wildlife that visit us.  However, we’re not fond of one visitor… the rats.  No…

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My Love, the Dark-eyed Junco

I have to admit,  I’m in love with the Dark-eyed Junco.  Not only are these little birds gorgeous, but they do an incredible job of cleaning up all that birdseed the finches drop from the feeder. You may also enjoy… Finch Fun

Won’t Back Down… Simple, Anti-Union Propaganda

Tuesday night, my husband and I did something we haven’t done in a long time…. went to a movie!  I was offered the opportunity to attend a movie preview, and I couldn’t refuse. Movie:  Won’t Back Down Starring:  Maggie Gyllenhaall and Viola Davis Opening:  September 28, 2012 The Story: Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis play…

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Go Climb a Tree

We’re lucky to have a couple parks nearby that have great trees for climbing.  The kids are drawn as much to playing on these trees as to the man-made play structures in the parks.  This one is in Kolb Park in Dublin.  Our other favorite climbing tree is in Shannon Park, also in Dublin. Do…

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Finch Fun

Yesterday morning, my son was quietly building with his Lincoln Logs when he happily exclaimed, “Look, Mommy, a goldfinch!  There’s a goldfinch at the feeder!”  Now I had to run to the window to check it out, because I honestly can’t remember ever having any yellow birds in our backyard.  My son was correct.  Two…

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Climbing the Wall…

An awesome way to burn some kid energy is to head out for some  rock climbing… park style. For a list of our favorite parks in the San Francisco East Bay with fun rock wall features, see my post… Outdoor Climbing Walls. Photos taken at Val Vista Park, Pleasanton.

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Water Play! Val Vista Park, Pleasanton

It was HOT earlier this week! Tuesday was a perfect afternoon to spend at one of our local parks with great water features… Val Vista Park in Pleasanton, California. For more parks in the San Francisco East Bay that have great water play areas, check out… Ten Fun East Bay Parks with Free Water Features

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Want to be more social? How to find your tribe!

Five years ago, about six months after my son was born, I became desperate to find people to hang out with during the day. Being at home all day with a baby and having little other social contact was beginning to wear me down. My solution was to do what I normally do… search the…

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The Sky Ride, Oakland Zoo

On a busy day at the Oakland Zoo, it’s nice to escape the crowds with a trip on the Sky Ride.  The ride take about twenty minutes, with beautiful views of the San Francisco Bay.  Some animals can only be seen from here… the herds of elk and bison.  They roam the hills behind the…