Lovely: Japanese Garden, Hayward

I consider the Japanese Garden in Hayward to be a bit of a hidden gem, as so few people seem to know about it.  Whenever I mention it, the response is usually, “There’s a Japanese garden in Hayward?!?”  Yes, there is, and a lovely one at that. Interested in going?  The garden is free, open daily 8:30am-4:00pm.  It’s located in Hayward at 22373 North Third … Continue reading Lovely: Japanese Garden, Hayward

Neighborhood Wildlife: Young Buck

My son excitedly informed me yesterday afternoon that there was a boy deer on the hill behind our home.   The buck was in no hurry to leave, giving me plenty of time to snap some photos.  My son is sick (again), so he stayed home from school yesterday and today.  Luckily, the neighborhood wildlife has been giving us plenty to watch out our windows! Photo … Continue reading Neighborhood Wildlife: Young Buck

Paleontology Play: Dinosaur Skeleton Excavation Kit – Velociraptor

My son has played with a few of these kits in the past, and he absolutely LOVES them.  This one, Dinosaur Skeleton Excavation Kit:  Velociraptor,  is made by 4M Kidz Labs, and it was exactly what my son was hoping it would be…. a plastic dinosaur skeleton hidden in a block of plaster.  The kit came with a plastic digging tool and a brush.  In … Continue reading Paleontology Play: Dinosaur Skeleton Excavation Kit – Velociraptor

Fun for Little Astronauts: Chabot Space Center

I’m surprised I haven’t written about the Chabot Space Center before, as we’ve been members for two years and visit frequently.  I’m frequently asked the question, “Is the museum OK for 3-year-olds?”  Yes!  My son has always loved our visits here.  The museum is filled with hands-on exhibits, which children enjoy. In the Beyond Blastoff  and the One Giant Leap:  A Moon Odyssey exhibits, a … Continue reading Fun for Little Astronauts: Chabot Space Center

Mamatography 2013: Week 4

January 25th Home sick again, coloring… January 26th I took some much-needed me-time and went on a hike with friends… See more photos:  Hike:  Calaveras Ridge Trail, Dublin Hills January 27th The family went on a hike to look for ladybugs… See more photos here:  Ladybug Clusters:  Redwood Regional Park January 28th I was sick (still am..), taking photos not on my mind… January 29th … Continue reading Mamatography 2013: Week 4