Play! Blake Garden

Blake Garden in Kensington may be the best botanic garden in the Bay Area for nature play.  A favorite feature for my son is the Create-with-Nature Zone, which is stocked with sticks, rocks, flowers, and other nature items for kids to play and build with.  The second best feature here is the bamboo tunnel sculpture.  Next, fun at any garden or nature area… running around … Continue reading Play! Blake Garden

Building Forts! Adventure Playground, Berkeley

The Adventure Playground in Berkeley… the only place I know in the San Francisco Bay Area where kids are encouraged to get creative with saws, hammers & nails, and paints to build forts.  And play on their creations!  Photos from our school field trip to the playground yesterday… For more information, check out this post from our August visit… Wow!  Adventure Playground, Berkeley Continue reading Building Forts! Adventure Playground, Berkeley

Jewel Lake Trail, Tilden Nature Area, Berkeley

The Jewel Lake Trail in Tilden Regional Park is a great hike to do with little kids.  The loop is about a mile, is mostly flat, and has a fun variety of things to see and do.  I like to take my son on this walk whenever we’re in the Tilden Nature Area, usually to feed the animals at the Little Farm.  Be sure to … Continue reading Jewel Lake Trail, Tilden Nature Area, Berkeley

Feed the Animals! Tilden Little Farm, Berkeley

The Tilden Little Farm, located within Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley, is a favorite destination for just about every little kid I know.  For over a week now, my five-year-old has been begging me to take him there to feed the animals, so we headed over today. Here’s a little history of the Farm, from the park brochure… “The red barn was constructed in 1955 … Continue reading Feed the Animals! Tilden Little Farm, Berkeley

Climbing the DNA Structure, Lawrence Hall of Science

No visit to the Lawrence Hall of Science  in Berkeley is complete without reserving some time to climb on the DNA sculpture out front.  We love museums, but after all that indoor time, it’s fun for kids to get outside and move their bodies.  This one is a favorite! Have you been to the Tony Hawk Rad Science exhibit yet?  It closes September 3rd.  Check … Continue reading Climbing the DNA Structure, Lawrence Hall of Science

Wow! Adventure Playground, Berkeley

Bored of the usual playground facilities?  Then check this one out! The Adventure Playground in Berkeley is a special place, unlike any other park we’ve experienced.  The structures are all built by children (with parental and staff supervision), using provided tools (hammers, nails, saws, and paint).  This place encourages serious creativity!  It’s best for kids seven and older, but for younger children who aren’t ready … Continue reading Wow! Adventure Playground, Berkeley

Create With Nature Zone, Blake Garden, Kensington

Take a child out into nature, and what are they naturally drawn to play with?  It’s pretty universal… sticks and rocks.  So this is the perfect playground for a child… an area filled with sticks and rocks, inviting the child to stack, build, and create.  Imaginations went wild this day.  In additional to the simple joys of stacking and weaving, a few of the items … Continue reading Create With Nature Zone, Blake Garden, Kensington

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

Celebrating the Summer Solstice, Part 1, Shorebird Park, Berkeley

We celebrated the Summer Solstice yesterday with two awesome nature outings. The first? Beach play with friends at Shorebird Park in Berkeley. I’ve been wanting to visit this park for a while now, as this is where the famous Adventure Playground (considered by National Geographic to be one of the top ten playgrounds in the U.S.) is located. We didn’t make it to that playground … Continue reading Celebrating the Summer Solstice, Part 1, Shorebird Park, Berkeley

Tony Hawk Event, Rad Science Exhibit, Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley

Yesterday we had the opportunity to see Tony Hawk and other professional skateboarders perform, as part of the opening festivities of the new Tony Hawk Rad Science exhibit at the Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS). All I can say is… it was awesome.  Here’s the event description from the LHS website… “Watch Tony Hawk, along with other professional skateboarders, perform an exciting demonstration on a … Continue reading Tony Hawk Event, Rad Science Exhibit, Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley

“Awesome”… “Wow!”…

Quotes from my son while viewing the solar eclipse last evening at the Lawrence Hall of Science in the Berkeley hills… I figure he’ll be seventeen for the next solar eclipse… have to experience these moments while we can!! Related articles 40 Awesome Photos Of The Solar Eclipse (buzzfeed.com) Trans-Pacific ‘ring of fire’ eclipse wows sky-gazers – AsiaOne (asiaone.com) ‘Ring of Fire’ Eclipse Wows (newser.com) Continue reading “Awesome”… “Wow!”…

Rainy Day at the Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley

Any trip we take to the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley also includes a visit to the Lawrence Hall of Science. My four-year-old loves this science museum, and we can’t even think about visiting the area without stopping in for an hour or two.  If you saw my post from yesterday, you know our plan to visit the gardens at UC Berkeley were foiled, but … Continue reading Rainy Day at the Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley

Explore the Botanic Garden at Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley

Our planned visit today to the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley wasn’t meant to be.  Today was free day, and, as a result, there was absolutely no parking.  We waited and waited for a spot to open up, but no-one was coming out of the gardens to leave, even though it was raining pretty heavily at this point.  My son was becoming more and more … Continue reading Explore the Botanic Garden at Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley