Fun Kid Hike: Kule Loklo Trail, Point Reyes

One of our goals this summer was to take our son to see a lighthouse.  There are a few in the Bay Area, but my favorite has always been the Point Reyes Lighthouse (see my post from yesterday:  “Point Reyes Lighthouse“).   My husband and I wanted to slip in a short hike during the outing to expend some energy after the long (to our … Continue reading Fun Kid Hike: Kule Loklo Trail, Point Reyes

Point Reyes Lighthouse

A highlight of any visit to Point Reyes National Seashore, on the California coast, thirty miles north of San Francisco, is the Point Reyes Lighthouse.  Growing up, my family would visit here every January to watch the migrating gray whales.  Assuming a clear day, the views from here are incredible!  The lighthouse is located on the tip of the Point Reyes Peninsula, which extends ten … Continue reading Point Reyes Lighthouse

Butterfly Walk, Botanical Garden at UC Berkeley

I couldn’t resist this!  Butterfly walks are offered by Sally Levinson, aka Caterpillar Lady,  the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Botanical Garden at UC Berkeley, March through October.  The website said children were welcome, so we decided to check it out this month with friends from my Nature Time! playgroup. This was a fun walk.  We started with a visit with a walk … Continue reading Butterfly Walk, Botanical Garden at UC Berkeley

Craft: Egg Carton Rock Collection

A couple weeks ago, Let’s Go Chipper posted instructions about how to create a box for storing a rock collection from a recycled egg carton.  Perfect!  My son collects rocks everywhere we go.  So we made the storage container this week… Interested in doing this with your child?  You’ll find the instructions here…  Chipper Recycle Crafts:  Egg Carton Rock Collection Have fun! Continue reading Craft: Egg Carton Rock Collection

Simple Summer Fun: Swim!

I associate summer with water. My childhood summer days were spent mostly in the pool, splashing around with friends, jumping repeatedly from the diving board, or doing laps during swim team practice. Later, as an adult, my vision of summertime has continued to revolve around water, changing form depending upon where I was living at the time.  As an older teenager in Sacramento, days off … Continue reading Simple Summer Fun: Swim!

Plantosaurus Rex Exhibit, Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

A visit to the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco has been on our to-do list for a couple months, ever since the Plantosaurus Rex:  Prehistoric Plants exhibit opened a couple months ago.  Our five-year-old son is still loving anything dinosaur-related, so a visit here was a must-do.  We were warned that the roaring of the dinosaurs in the exhibit room could be a bit … Continue reading Plantosaurus Rex Exhibit, Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

What an incredible selection from the tropics.  Beautiful gardens, worth a visit! Interested in going?  The Conservatory of Flowers is located in Golden Gate Park, near other popular museums and destinations (California Academy of Sciences, de Young Museum).  For current admission fee and hours, visit the website… http://www.conservatoryofflowers.org/visit/hours.  This is an indoor museum, and, need I point out,  it’s hot and humid!  I highly suggest … Continue reading Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

Create-With-Nature Pathway

While visiting Redwood Regional Park in Oakland yesterday morning, I made a fun discovery. We were meeting friends for some nature playtime, and they were running a half hour late.  While waiting, my son was having fun riding his bike up and down the paved path while I was strolling along behind him, enjoying this lovely park. That’s when I noticed this sign at the … Continue reading Create-With-Nature Pathway

Too hot? Too rainy? Head to the Rock Gym!

Looking for nature-oriented indoor fun to do on a too-hot or a rainy day?  Try the local rock climbing gym!  We started taking our son when he was four.    It’s a great way to burn some energy, strengthen that upper body, and let the kids go crazy climbing in a safe environment.  My son loves the bouldering walls! At Valley Rock Climbing Gym, Livermore Continue reading Too hot? Too rainy? Head to the Rock Gym!

Connect with Nature: Find Your Sit Spot

I’m currently reading the book, What the Robin Knows:  How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World, by Jon Young, which is about awakening our awareness of the behavior of birds in order to deepen our connection with all the wildlife surrounding us.  Ultimately, the author is helping us to reconnect with our own animal senses, teaching us to be one with wildlife instead … Continue reading Connect with Nature: Find Your Sit Spot

Urbia Adventure #2: The Rocky Mountain Behind the Randall Museum

Yesterday, I wrote about our visit to the Randall Museum (see post here… “The Randall Museum, San Francisco”).  Whenever I visit a museum, I also like to schedule some outdoor play or exploration.  The Randall Museum is an excellent spot for indoor and outdoor nature fun, but we enhanced the experience by taking an Urbia Adventure.  Urbia creates self-guided treasure-hunting hiking adventures throughout San Francisco … Continue reading Urbia Adventure #2: The Rocky Mountain Behind the Randall Museum

Last Request for a Vote! Top 25 Photographer Moms 2012

The competition for the “Top 25 Photographer Moms – 2012” contest is almost over.  Voting closes July 10th at 4:00pm PST.  My blog is currently in 9th place out of 71 blog entries, and I’d love to stay in the top ten. Please take a moment to vote.. it will truly only take a few seconds of your time!  No log-in or writing of anything … Continue reading Last Request for a Vote! Top 25 Photographer Moms 2012

The Randall Museum, San Francisco

The Randall Museum in San Francisco was created to be a place where children can handle, see, and learn about animals and other living things through hands-on experiences, as well as be exposed to different kinds of arts and crafts.  The museum has no entry fee, though memberships are offered to provide a discount on the many classes offered. Creative Play This is a fun … Continue reading The Randall Museum, San Francisco