Family Adventure – San Francisco Zoo

This past weekend we were able to take a trip up to the city to the San Francisco Zoo and although it wasn’t the best weather it turned out to be a pretty nice way to spend the day..

Since you never really know how the weather is going to go in SF ? I highly suggest to put some layers on so that way if it does get warmer you can always de layer if need be. Once we got inside the Zoo it started to warm up and we didn’t have to wear our jackets anymore till the end of our adventure.

We got their about 1:30pm and the parking lot was full so we parked on the street next to the Zoo which had available parking at no cost *which was nice*.

The park is located right next to the beach and you can even walk across the street and have some snacks or lunch their before you head into the park. Unfortunately the weather was pretty windy and I’m not one for cold wind so we decided to side track that idea and go straight into the Zoo.

We first headed to see the Hippo’s habitat and luckily they were up  taking baths.

Hippo taking a bath

The Hippo was up and very active.

Hippo copy

 Next it was time to play with the Hippo sculptures.

Akayla having a moment with the Hippo

The little kids were Loving using the Hippo as a slide.

Akayla lauging with the Hippos copy

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Family Adventure – Villa Montalvo in Saratoga Ca

We were on our way to the Blossom Festival in Saratoga on Saturday and for some reason it was no where to be found ? So we ended up taking the scenic route and we came across The Villa Montalvo luckily. I remembered seeing it online when I was researching gardens in the Bay Area to take the kids to. So we decided to take a detour and take some greenery in at this beautiful place in the Saratoga hills.

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I’ll race you to the top Dad.Akayla Racing DadAllmost there !

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Family Adventure at The Children’s Creativity Museum

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If you have llittle one’s that like to create using all kinds of mediums this is the place for you to have a great family adventure with hands on activities for everyone to enjoy. I found this museum through sfkids.org a great resourceful site for kid friendly places and activities in San Francisco. So when I showed our 8 year old and our 1 1/2 year old where we were going on our next family adventure they were thrilled ! the Children’s Creativity Museum integrates creative technology with hands on innovation, design, art and music activities to get your kids thinking. We are a pretty Tech friendly family and we use our devices as creative learning resources with the kids so we were all pretty excited to head out to the Children’s Creativity Museum on Sunday and see what the museum had in store for us. Trust me you won’t be disappointed one bit ! Guaranteed.

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DIY Yo Gabba Gabba Magnet Play Center

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My Daughter absolutely Loves Yo Gabba Gabba and she’s at that toddler age where she wants to interact with everything especially magnets. So I was checking out Gabbafriends.com and the Nick Jr. Yo Gabba printables section and I found these really great printables. I thought all together they would make a really fun Yo Gabba Gabba magnet play center for a toddler.

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DIY Advent Activities- with interactive QR code

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This year I made a Lego star wars Advent calendar this year for my Family that I found on one of my favorite sites Pinterest. It was made by Living Locurto She has a lot of great printables and crafts for the holidays.

My little family are Big Star Wars and Lego fans so the one we chose to make was perfect for our countdown. Thank You Living Locurto for your creativity *Big Hugs*.

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I also got inspired by another creative Mom –Miracle Momma – when she made some golden tickets for her kids as a surprise to hop in the Mini Van and look at all the different creative Christmas lights. Unfortunately we don’t have a Minivan so I know my Son would be highly questionable about the ticket *LOL*. So after I read that story I found a great light show close by us that was in Los Gatos that could be a great advent holiday activity. After I make those first 4 tickets I thought “Why stop here?” So I collected some advent activities via Pinterest and put them on my Christmas board and also made my some of my own activities for our Calendar. Since I have an interactive 8 year old boy who lives and Loves Legos along with his Tablet I decided to make it interactive for him and let him see visual what we were going to do each day. I think it’s going to be more fun for him each day when he gets to open each tab. So let’s get started and get our “Creative Flow” going.

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Dylan’s DIY juice carton bird house

My son Dylan has been a great little helper in our patio garden ever since we first started it last spring. So when he suggested we should add a bird house to it I was was definitely on board with his project. My suggestion was to make it out of something we could recycle and to use a juice carton as the base and to try and make it look like a traditional wood bird house. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures on the step by step process but I’m going to explain it as best as possible.

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Pedal Fest 2012 Oakland

My Family and I got invited by our friend Will to go to Pedalfest in Oakland this year and at the last minute we decide to make our way out to explore what it was all about. Pedalfest is a free celebration of bikes, cycling, food, family and fun! We decided to take our son who is very much into skateboarding, biking and strolling around on his razor scooter. So we weren’t too surprised that this was by far  one of his most favorite festivals that he’s been to in the Bay Area. He gave it a five star rating so coming from a 9 year old I know this is a definite favorite destination for the kiddos.

Our first stop was at the Whiskeydrome which had a 30 foot bowl like shaped drome you could ride around in. Way cool and scary at the same time but these guys knew what they were doing and it was like chewing gum and walking at the same time for them.

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Keep on Growing

Dylan has officially grown his first successful carrot this season. I am so proud that he has taken such an interest in growing his own food and has joined me in this journey of figuring out how to start our own patio garden. Since day one he has been helping me figure out what we should try to grow first for spring sowing along and also with the upkeep of watering and fertilizing our plants. It has definitely been a learning experience for the both of us and we’ve had some not so successful plants die on us along the way *tears*. I am so Happy though! because we finally got the essentials together this year. We had been talking about starting a garden for a while but didn’t really take any steps towards actually making it a physical reality until we moved.

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