5 Best Places to Bird Watch in the Bay Area

Thank you to guest writer, Ernie Allison, for sharing this article! *** Even though summer isn’t the peak season to witness a heavy migration, the bay area is still full of spots for birders to see some beautiful wild bird species. Whether you’re a local looking to quench your bird watching craving before the migration season, or a visitor looking to see what kind of … Continue reading 5 Best Places to Bird Watch in the Bay Area

San Francisco: The Exploratorium

“The Exploratorium is a twenty-first-century learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker. For more than forty years, we’ve built creative, thought-provoking exhibits, tools, programs, and experiences that ignite curiosity, encourage exploration, and lead to profound learning.” – From the Exploratorium website (www.exploratorium.edu) The Exploratorium is the ultimate playground for the mind, a must-visit for anyone who’s into building and creating with … Continue reading San Francisco: The Exploratorium

Halloween Fun: Spooky Night Hike

Saturday evening, we went on a fun “spooky night hike” at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont.  My son was looking forward to this event more than to trick-or-treating on Halloween night! Before sundown, we met with our hike leader (a naturalist / pirate), who gave the kids some safety tips before heading out.  Then he led the families up into the hills. Along the … Continue reading Halloween Fun: Spooky Night Hike

Instagram: Steinhart Aquarium, San Francisco

I’m beginning to play a bit with Instagram. I’m testing out how the photos embed within a WordPress post. So, this is a test! Hope it works…. *** Here’s a photo I took of my son earlier this week at the Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco… View this post on Instagram Steinhart Aquarium, San Francisco #kids #SanFrancisco A post shared by Linda Bernardi (@suburban_nature_mom) on … Continue reading Instagram: Steinhart Aquarium, San Francisco

Yoda Statue: Lucasfilm Headquarters, San Francisco

For my young Padawan, we made the pilgrimage to the Lucasfilm Headquarters in the Presidio to see the life-sized Yoda statue…. Photos taken June 20th, 2013 *** Interested in going?  You’ll find the Yoda fountain in front of the Lucasfilm Headquarters, located in the Presidio, at 1 Letterman Drive, San Francisco.  There is a security guard in the parking lot.  Simply tell them you’re there … Continue reading Yoda Statue: Lucasfilm Headquarters, San Francisco

Camping: San Mateo Memorial Park

OK, I have to admit, I absolutely love camping and hiking in the redwoods.  There’s something about those trees… so huge, ancient, beautiful, peaceful.  I already have a few favorite campgrounds located in the coastal redwoods, but now I have a new one to add to my list… San Mateo Memorial Park, located in the mountains above Pescadero, between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz.  … Continue reading Camping: San Mateo Memorial Park

Bay Area Train Rides: Niles Canyon Railway

Love trains?  Check out this railway with beautiful views located in the San Francisco East Bay…. the Niles Canyon Railway.  You have the option to board in Sunol or Niles for a round trip (out and back) trip.  We rode on the “Education Train”, which is popular with school groups, but other excursions that look fun include the Spring Wildflower Trains and Livermore Valley Wine … Continue reading Bay Area Train Rides: Niles Canyon Railway

Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration: Rock Towers

Photos of the evolving outdoor sculpture gallery, from the Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration, 2013, at Stinson Beach, California… For more information about the celebration, visit the official website… 9th Annual Free Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration.  All photos taken April 20th, 2013. Continue reading Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration: Rock Towers

Sausalito: San Francisco Bay-Delta Model

Apparently, back in the 1950’s, engineers were considering building two dams in the San Francisco Bay to create fresh water reservoirs, right in the bay.  Luckily, the US Army Corps of Engineers decided it would be a good idea to study the potential impacts that such a huge undertaking might have, both environmentally and economically, on the surrounding communities.  So, in 1957, they built the … Continue reading Sausalito: San Francisco Bay-Delta Model

The Living Roof: California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

We love to visit The Living Roof whenever we visit the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.  This paragraph from the Academy webpage states it best… “An open-air observation terrace enables visitors to get a close-up look at the roof’s lush canopy of plants. The view encompasses the densest concentration of native wildflowers in San Francisco. The expansive vista is also an ideal location … Continue reading The Living Roof: California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

Crissy Field, San Francisco

On Monday morning, my husband and I went for a run out at Crissy Field in San Francisco (while our so rode his bike).  This is my absolute favorite spot to run in the Bay Area.  Luckily, it’s also an awesome trail for kids to ride bikes!  I took a couple photos from the East Beach parking lot before heading out on our run… The … Continue reading Crissy Field, San Francisco

Silent Saturday: LaRiviere Marsh Trail, Don Edwards S.F. Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Photos from a hike I took this morning with my son at Don Edwards S.F. Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Newark, California .  We walked the the short 0.7 mile walk around the LaRiviere Marsh Trail, beginning at the Visitor Center. Continue reading Silent Saturday: LaRiviere Marsh Trail, Don Edwards S.F. Bay National Wildlife Refuge

This Weekend! Harvest Festival, Ardenwood Historic Farm

Another of our favorite festivals is coming up this weekend… the Harvest Festival at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont. This is such a fun festival for kids! The highlight of this event for us is the corn picking.  How often do kids get to head into the fields and hand-pick corn??  My son (then four) ran into the corn fields over and over again last … Continue reading This Weekend! Harvest Festival, Ardenwood Historic Farm