Outback Express Adventure Train: Oakland Zoo

For those of you with little ones in the train stage, this is a fun one!  The Outback Express Adventure Train at the Oakland Zoo takes passengers on a tour of wild Australia, where you may see emus and wallaroos.  Enjoy! Interested in going?  You’ll find the train station within the rides area, out front of the Oakland Zoo.  You do not need to enter … Continue reading Outback Express Adventure Train: Oakland Zoo

Sibley: A Volcano, A Labyrinth, & Gorgeous Views

Did you know there’s a volcano right here in the San Francisco East Bay?  Yep, Round Top, a volcano so long extinct that it’s now lying on its side, is located in Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve in the Berkeley Hills.  On Sunday, I enjoyed a fun Mother’s Day hike around the Round Top Loop Trail with my husband and son.  For being such a short … Continue reading Sibley: A Volcano, A Labyrinth, & Gorgeous Views

Llamas: Redwood Regional Park

Ever wanted to learn how to groom, feed, lead, and interact with llamas??  You can take a class through East Bay Regional Parks and take a walk through the redwoods. During our bike ride earlier this week (Kid Bike Ride:  Redwood Regional Park), the kids stopped to watch this, a line of people walking with llamas.  The children were enchanted. Interested in taking a hike … Continue reading Llamas: Redwood Regional Park

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

This Weekend in Oakland– Art in Nature: The Nature of Art Festival

This looks so much fun!  In one of the most beautiful parks in the San Francisco East Bay, this festival will feature music, dance, sculpture, painting, poetry, theater, kids crafts, and so many other art forms. The Art in Nature:  The Nature of Art Festival is being held this Sunday, September 23rd, along the Stream Trail in Redwood Regional Park in the Oakland Hills.  More … Continue reading This Weekend in Oakland– Art in Nature: The Nature of Art Festival

Kids ‘n Carousels

What is it with kids and carousels?  I’ve given up trying to figure out what children love about them.  I only know they do. Does your child have a favorite?  Do you have a favorite memory of one from childhood?  Please share! *** Links to carousels in the San Francisco Bay Area Creativity Carousel, San Francisco Golden Gate Park Carousel, San Francisco Eugene Friend Carousel, … Continue reading Kids ‘n Carousels

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

Celebrating the Summer Solstice, Part 2, Riding Bikes at Redwood Regional Park

After spending the morning at the beach (Celebrating the Summer Solstice, Part 1, Shorebird Park, Berkeley ), we headed into the Oakland Hills for an afternoon bike ride at Redwood Regional Park.  One of my favorite ways to escape the heat on a hot summer day is to escape into the redwoods!  The paved trail here is perfect for kids on bikes, as it’s only … Continue reading Celebrating the Summer Solstice, Part 2, Riding Bikes at Redwood Regional Park

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

Fun! Children’s Fairyland, Oakland

Children’s Fairyland is a storybook park that’s been around longer than Disneyland.  In fact, it inspired Walt Disney to create his Magic Kingdom.  Fortunately, Fairyland has maintained it’s small size and original charm since it opened in 1950.  I have fond memories of visiting the park when I was a child, during visits to see my grandma, who lived in Oakland.  If you have a … Continue reading Fun! Children’s Fairyland, 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

Amazing Animals Scavenger Hunt, Oakland Zoo

We’ve had a membership to the Oakland Zoo for over three years now.  We visit frequently, as it is a beautiful place to run around, with a great Children’s Zoo for the kids.  And what better way for a child to see, in relatively close and safe proximity, wild animals from around the world.  Usually when we visit the zoo, I ask my son what … Continue reading Amazing Animals Scavenger Hunt, Oakland Zoo

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