Fossils, Flowers, and Fun! Dublin Hills

I thought we’d head to a museum today, but my son asked if we could go hiking instead.  Great!  When I asked him where he wanted to go hiking, he said, “Dublin Hills!”  I liked that answer, as the official trail head (Donlon Point Staging Area) is only a few miles from our home.  Easy! For those of you who may not know, I have … Continue reading Fossils, Flowers, and Fun! Dublin Hills

Nature Play, Roberts Regional Park, Oakland

One of our favorite parks for play is Roberts Regional Park in the Oakland Hills.  This park, nestled in the redwoods, has something for everyone.  First, if you have a child, the play structure here is among the best in the Bay Area (and it’s barrier free / wheelchair accessible).  But other than that, the park has a variety of hiking trails, a baseball field, … Continue reading Nature Play, Roberts Regional Park, Oakland

Family Hike, Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, Oakland

After several days stuck home due to sickness, my husband, son, and I headed out today for a short hike through the Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve in the Oakland Hills.  The 1.7 mile Huckleberry Path seemed about the right distance, and I’ve heard from many sources that it’s a great hike to do with a kid.  Another bonus?  The trail is also mostly in the … Continue reading Family Hike, Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, Oakland

Book Recommendation: Best Hikes with Kids, San Francisco Bay Area

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area (or plan to visit) and you have kids and enjoy hiking, you should have Laure Latham‘s (aka Frog Mom) book, Best Hikes with Kids, San Francisco Bay Area, in your personal library.  When this book first came out last year, I checked it out from the library.  After only a few days, I realized I had … Continue reading Book Recommendation: Best Hikes with Kids, San Francisco Bay Area

Take a “Signs of Spring” Walk

The wildflowers are starting to bloom, new leaves are growing on the tips of branches, gardens are beginning to sprout…  this is the time to take the kids out for a walk to look for the signs of spring.  This can be a quick walk around the neighborhood or the park, an exploration of your backyard, an excursion into a local nature area, a trip … Continue reading Take a “Signs of Spring” Walk

Nature Walk, Redwood Regional Park, Oakland

My favorite spot in the San Francisco East Bay to take kids for a nature walk is Redwood Regional Park, but, for a variety of reasons, we haven’t visited the park for a few months.   We had a break in the rain late this week, so we headed to the park for a walk and some playtime with friends.  As has been happening lately, … Continue reading Nature Walk, Redwood Regional Park, Oakland

Stop, Look, Listen, Observe

This afternoon we attended a family nature walk, a free naturalist-led event held in the Tilden Nature Area in the Berkeley hills. I couldn’t resist the event description… “Natural beauty, strange creatures and curious plants reveal themselves to those who seek such wonders.” We walked for two hours, slowly ambling along, observing the little things along the way. Here’s a small list of what we … Continue reading Stop, Look, Listen, Observe

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Five Tips for Joyful Hiking with Little Kids

As someone who leads a lot of hiking outings with little kids, today I’m going to address a question I’m frequently asked by parents…. “How do I get my child to enjoy hiking?” Listed here are what I believe to be the five most important tips: Keep it short: The first thing you must do is give up the idea that you’ll be able to … Continue reading Five Tips for Joyful Hiking with Little Kids