Yesterday we got talking about pushing kids too hard into things like conformity, structured learning, and abstract concepts like algebra. On the adult end of things, I wonder if we’re pushed a little too hard in the workplace, particularly when trying to balance home, social, and cultural commitments.
Hoorah for kid time unstructured time to fill however, with few rules or requirements, and no standardized assessment, letter grade, or other judgment in other to rate or categorize people.
I’ve planned some kid time for myself this weekend, with a dear friend from my childhood days. We’ll do the equivalent of what my mom meant when she said “go outside and play,” growing up. No schedule (beyond the mealtime schedule). No limits beyond the sky. No expectations or rules, other than to stay safe and be within earshot of people who can help if you end up in trouble.
If you’d like to experience some kid time, yourself, then come out for a Wild Zone-sponsored event this or next Saturday at Ulistac Natural Area, a romp or three at the farm, some down time with ducks, or a bike ride (see below for details). Alternatively, make your way outside for an experience in your neighborhood, a local park or preserve, or a new place you’ve never been to before. Remember that Stroller Hikes is always a resource for finding a new location, getting advice about how to try out activities with your infant or toddler, and finding others to get outside with. Be sure to use our poll to indicate if you plan on coming to any of this week’s events.
Here are this week’s events:
Saturday, April 10th from 1 to 4 pm come out to Ulistac Natural Area in Santa Clara for a Family Play Day sponsored by Wild Zones. Bring a change of clothes, wipes, and a towel, as the mud is sure to be gooey and there will be plenty of stick play. Ulistac is a wonderful place to explore nature and creative play away from the glossy trademarked plastic toys that seem to dominate these days. For some pictures of old nature play events, see the Wild Zones Website (http://www.wild-zone.net/morenew.html). For directions and information about Ulistac, see The Ulistac Webpage (http://www.strollerhikes.com/Hikes/Ulistac/Ulistac.html).
Tuesday, April 13th at 1:30 pm join Amy and her wee ones for a visit to Ardenwood Farm in Fremont, just over the Dumbarton Bridge, at 34600 Ardenwood Blvd. The farm has historic displays, live animals, and a horse-drawn railroad! Bring some money for admission (two dollars for adults, 1 dollar for children over the age of four). This will not be a strenuous hike, but will be suitable for toddlers or older children. We’ll visit all the park has to offer, following the roads and trails in the park to the three fields, orchard, gardens, barn and farmyard, and of course the train! We’ll try to watch a blacksmith work, feed the animals, and get an ear of corn to pop in the microwave. For more information and directions, see the Ardenwood Webpage (http://www.strollerhikes.com/Hikes/Ardenwood/Ardenwood.html). If you’re running late, call Amy at 408-368-7161.
Tuesday, April 13th at 4 pm join Pippa and her wee one for a visit to the Palo Alto Baylands Duck Pond, for a slow-paced hike and a chance to visit with the bird life here. Go right to the end of Embarcadero Road, over the 101, past the golf course and airport. At the t-junction turn left. The duck pond is on the left with a sign-posted parking lot. Ignore this car park and continue along Embarcadero Road to the second car park. Meet by the pond next to this parking lot. For information about the pond and Palo Alto Baylands Park, as well as further directions on how to get there, see the Palo Alto Baylands Webpage (http://www.strollerhikes.com/Hikes/PABaylands/PABaylands.html) . If you’re running late, give Pippa a call at 510-621-7471.
Thursday, April 15th no Toddler Trek this week.
Friday, April 16th at 9:45 am Jenn W. and little Scott will lead at Rancho San Antonio in Cupertino/Los Altos Hills off of Cristo Rey Drive, Cupertino. Meet at the main lower parking lot at the water fountain in front of the bathrooms(just past the entrance, turn right, then follow the road until it ends). For more information or directions, see the Rancho San Antonio Page (http://www.strollerhikes.com/Hikes/RanchoSanAntonio/ranchoSanAntonio.html). Sorry, dogs not allowed. The hike will be to the farm and back – about 2 miles, with a stop at the farm for a break. This hike is at least half shaded. If you’re running late, give Jenn a call at 210-859-8721.
On the Saturday, April 17th at 10:30 am join Bike Buddies for a Family Friendly Bike Ride through downtown San Carlos. The ride will last up to an hour. For more information, see SanCarlosGreen.org’s Website (http://www.sancarlosgreen.org/home/bikebuddies.html).
Saturday, April 17th from 1 to 4 pm come out to Ulistac Natural Area in Santa Clara for a Family Play Day sponsored by Wild Zones. Bring a change of clothes, wipes, and a towel, as the mud is sure to be gooey and there will be plenty of stick play. Ulistac is a wonderful place to explore nature and creative play away from the glossy trademarked plastic toys that seem to dominate these days. For some pictures of old nature play events, see the Wild Zones Website (http://www.wild-zone.net/morenew.html). For directions and information about Ulistac, see The Ulistac Webpage (http://www.strollerhikes.com/Hikes/Ulistac/Ulistac.html).
Sunday, April 18th from 10 am to 2 pm join Stroller Hikes and other local family-friendly, eco-conscious organizations for fun, food, and education at Full Circle Farm’s annual Earth Day Celebration. Have sme hands-on fun, take a break in Stroller Hikes’ mothering tent, and bring a little money to buy some to-order snacks. There are plenty of activities for kids (maze, arts and crafts, farm animals, puppet theatre) and adults (cheese making, beekeeping, backyard gardening, composting, cooking demonstrations)! Free admission. The farm is located at 1055 Dunford Way in Sunnyvale. For more information, visit Full Circle Farm’s Website (http://www.fullcirclesunnyvale.org/).
Go outside and play!
– Debbie and little Max
PhilippaApr 13, 2010Hello all
I am very sorry to cancel our first Toddler Trek with such short notice, but Ruth had a fever all weekend and has now come up in a rash. Our doctor has advised going into see them, so unfortunately we are going to spend this beautiful sunny afternoon at PAMF.
We will reschedule for next week. If you were planning to go – please don’t let our absence stop you – the duck pond is a great place to visit and there is an easy 3/4 mile loop around it.
Pippa & RuthShow More
PippaApr 27, 2010Hello all – I think we will have to take a rain check today.
Hope to see you next Tuesday afternoon at the Duck Pond instead,
Pippa & Ruth
PippaMessage 4 of 4 , May 18, 2010Hello all
Apologies, but I have to cancel the trek this afternoon. My daughter is resisting her nap most strongly – she has been in her cot for over an hour now – hopefully she will fall asleep soon, but I think it is best for us to not try and do the trek.
Also please note that we are back in the UK for the first two weeks in June so we won’t be doing treks on the 1st & 8th June.