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Koret Children’s Quarter in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

By at March 18, 2014 | 3:19 pm | 0 Comment

Koret Children's Quarter in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco (19)

An amazing secret treasure is hidden in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, and we discovered it almost by accident. The park is huge, 1,017 acres filled with wonderful attractions like museums and botanical gardens. A playground might be hard to stumble across. But for young children, Koret Children's Quarter is a must-do: whole day's play for free. It's just a short

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Glorious Pacifica State Beach, Pacifica

By at August 21, 2013 | 2:21 pm | 0 Comment

Pacifica State Beach, Pacifica (18)

We've found our favorite day trip beach!  Pacifica State Beach (also known as Linda Mar Beach) is right on Highway 1 a few miles south of San Francisco. It's got perfect sand and it's long enough to entertain hundreds of visitors. Surfers and families alike  seem to love it. The surrounding view is gorgeous too. Even the Taco Bell that is adjacent to the beach is

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Bats at Twilight under the Yolo Causeway

By at August 7, 2013 | 4:47 pm | 0 Comment

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In the summer, hundreds of Mexican free-tailed bats live under the 3-mile expanse of the Yolo Causeway between West Sacramento and Davis. This are the same species as the bats that congregate under Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas. We missed our opportunity to go to one of the many Bat Walk and Talks that the Yolo Basin Foundation offers every summer. They were

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Noyo Beach, Fort Bragg, California

By at July 30, 2013 | 11:40 am | 0 Comment

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On May 18-20, our little family visited Fort Bragg, in honor of my husband Vlady’s 40th birthday. This is the fifth in a series of posts about the places we visited on our trip. Noyo Beach is so off the beaten path that I accidentally came across it on this sixth or seventh visit to Fort Bragg. I talked my husband into checking out Noyo Harbor. This quiet little

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Glass Beach #2, Fort Bragg, California

By at July 25, 2013 | 3:53 pm | 1 Comments

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On May 18-20, our little family visited Fort Bragg, in honor of my husband Vlady’s 40th birthday. This is the sixth in a series of posts about the places we visited on our trip. Glass Beach #1 is a cinch to reach. Park and walk a ways, there's your beach. Glass Beach #2 takes a little more foreknowledge and bravado. When you get to where the fence on the left of

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MacKerricher State Park, Fort Bragg, California

By at June 8, 2013 | 3:48 pm | 3 Comments

MacKerricher State Park, Fort Bragg, California (10)

On May 18-20, our little family visited Fort Bragg, in honor of my husband Vlady’s 40th birthday. This is the fourth in a series of posts about the places we visited on our trip. If you like tide pools, you won't be disappointed at MacKerricher State Park in Fort Bragg, CA. MacKerricher has a lovely stretch of rocky tide pools at its Main Beach, alongside a stretch

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The Amazing White Rock Splash Park in Rancho Cordova

By at June 2, 2013 | 7:53 pm | 0 Comment

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Of all the free splash parks/spraygrounds we've been to in the Sacramento, this is the most incredible. The White Rock Splash Park in Rancho Cordova is huge, and packed full of water-dousing fun for all ages. This is just a quick post to urge you to please take your kids to this splash park. Bring your own shade if you have it, although there is some shelter and three

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River Walk Music Festival in West Sacramento

By at June 1, 2013 | 5:05 pm | 0 Comment

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Today and tomorrow, the Parks Department of the City of West Sacramento (my home town) is throwing a FREE music festival party on the river. As a West Sac Parks Commissioner, I am duty-bound to check it out, no? Not really, but we were looking for fun and we found it. In spite of the heat we found cool air and shade alongside the Sacramento River, enjoyed some live

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The Skunk Train, Fort Bragg, California

By at May 28, 2013 | 4:16 pm | 0 Comment

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On May 18-20, our little family visited Fort Bragg, in honor of my husband Vlady’s 40th birthday. This is the third in a series of posts about the places we visited on our trip. The Skunk Train, otherwise known as California Western Railroad, is internationally famous. Or that's what I gather from the woman who told the engineer—prior to our trip—that she had

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Glass Beach #1, Fort Bragg, California

By at May 26, 2013 | 12:11 pm | 0 Comment

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On May 18-20, our little family visited Fort Bragg, in honor of my husband Vlady’s 40th birthday. This is the second in a series of posts about the places we visited on our trip. "Glass Beach" in Fort Bragg is actually a collection of three beaches which served as trash dumps in the 20th century. From 1906 to 1967, household refuse of all kinds was dropped off of the

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International Kids Festival and WPA Rock Garden, William Land Park

By at May 25, 2013 | 5:26 pm | 0 Comment

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Today marked the 9th year for the International Kids Festival hosted by Russian American Media. It was also sponsored by dozens of companies both local and national, to provide a free event for all ages in William Land Park. We didn't know what to expect, and ended up having a wonderful time at this robust gathering. Make sure to mark your calendar next year on Memorial

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Clear Lake, Lucerne, California

By at May 22, 2013 | 4:52 pm | 0 Comment

Clear Lake, Lucerne, California (7)

On May 18-20, our little family visited Fort Bragg, in honor of my husband Vlady's 40th birthday. This is the first in a series of posts about the places we visited on our trip. Clear Lake in on Highway 20 on the way from Sacramento to Fort Bragg. It's the largest freshwater lake in California. Highway 20 runs up the northeast side of the lake. We had trouble finding a

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Exploratorium on Pier 15 in San Francisco

By at May 7, 2013 | 8:11 pm | 0 Comment

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Exploratorium has moved to a gorgeous new, larger location on Pier 15 in San Francisco. I posted about Exploratorium last year, but the brand new facility deserves its own showcase. So here we go! Costs were a bit steeper this time around. General admission has jumped from $18 to $25 (Theo was free as he is under age 6.) We never had to pay for parking before, two

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Crawl All Over a Real Fire Engine at Children’s Museum of Stockton

By at April 30, 2013 | 5:03 pm | 0 Comment

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Sacramento has a very nice children's museum. But I was excited to learn from one of my students that Children's Museum of Stockton is perhaps four times as large and worth the drive. What really sold me is that they have a full-size fire engine and many other exciting vehicles for kids to climb into. We were not disappointed on our recent trip with our 34-month-old

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Chillin’ with the Critters at the San Francisco Zoo

By at April 29, 2013 | 4:59 pm | 0 Comment

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My husband Vlady and I have been visiting the San Francisco Zoo together at least once a year since we met. I guess you could say it's become a family favorite. We've been bringing Theo here since he was 3 months old, and now at nearly 3 years old, he recognizes and names many of the animals. While Theo likes looking at some of the animal exhibits, he's at an age where

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Slithering Down to the Serpentarium Living Reptile Museum in Lodi

By at April 22, 2013 | 1:37 pm | 0 Comment

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I love animals. I hope that with lots of early exposure to all kinds of live animals, Theo will learn to love and value them as well. We got a one-of-a-kind animal experience at the Serpentarium in Lodi yesterday. The Serpentarium has two locations, one in Elk Grove, and one in Lodi. Both sell reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates such as tarantulas and scorpions, as

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Riding an Old-Timey Train in Old Sacramento

By at April 11, 2013 | 1:26 pm | 0 Comment

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Old Sacramento has so many great attractions for families, and one of the best reopened for the 2013 season last weekend: the Sacramento Southern Excursion Train. It's a 40-minute round trip from Front Street in Old Sacramento, south along the Sacramento River for 3 miles, and then back again. While it has one car which is enclosed, 1920's-restored, and

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Celebrating Spring in Old Sacramento

By at April 9, 2013 | 2:51 pm | 0 Comment

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Spring is glorious in Sacramento. We start seeing our first blossoms in February here, and all the leafless trees are leafing out by April 1st. It was wrapped in spring spirit that we skipped over into Old Sacramento on the day before Easter. I wanted to check out the Easter Bonnet Promenade. But really, we need very little excuse to fork over a few bucks for parking

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Rock Painting at Funderland’s Easter Bash

By at March 31, 2013 | 6:04 pm | 0 Comment

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Funderland had their 3-day Easter Bash on the weekend prior to Easter. It was an opportunity for kids to meet the Easter Bunny and have egg hunts. It was also an opportunity for local vendors to come out and set up a booth. I took this opportunity to get the word out about Kids Busy Book. In addition to handing out postcards and free crayons, I hosted a craft: painting

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Aeronautical Adventures at the Aerospace Museum

By at March 27, 2013 | 12:09 pm | 0 Comment

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Sacramento has a truly world-class aerospace museum. It may not be the size of Kennedy Space Center in Florida, but it makes up for that by having a large collection of vintage planes  and helicopters you can hop right on board. You can even sit in the cockpits and try out the controls. We first took Theo to the Aerospace Museum of California a little over a year ago,

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