Archive for May, 2012

Last week we enjoyed a lovely morning at Elizabeth F Gamble Gardens in Palo Alto.  I never really think of this spot as a good toddler hang-out–it’s an historic building and a couple of acres of formal and demonstration gardens for the serious horticulturist–but it actually makes a great destination for little ones.  As well as the amazing flowers there are hidden pathways to explore, sundials and magic fountains to discover, insects to examine, and shrub bunnies to uncover.

I would suggest using this plan to create a treasure hunt for your kids. Afterwards, you can picnic in the Grand Oak Area which has tables and a neat natural children’s playhouse to keep little ones occupied.

The Monkey admiring the spring flowers

You can find the gardens at 1431 Waverley Street, open every day during daylight hours.  Entrance is free for all.  Just make sure to keep your kids on the marked pathways and respect the time and effort that has gone into creating the beautiful displays.

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Saturday May 5th

10am – the Palo Alto May Fete Parade and Fair.  See the city’s website here.

Rinconada Pool opens for the summer. Hooray! Find the schedule here.

A day out at Blackberry Farm for Cupertino residents.  See here for details.

All Weekend

There are many events happening this weekend connected to the San Mateo ‘Streets Alive! Parks Alive’.  Here’s the central website.  I particularly like the look of the historic events at Woodside on Sunday 6th (I think my boys might like the logging), the play area at Redwood City (Sunday 6th), and the Menlo Park activities.

Future Events

June 9th is ‘Sheep to Shawl’ day at Elkus Ranch. Advance registration is required.

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Buttermilk wouldn't melt in my mouth

Our garden was bountiful this citrus season, and we now have a freezer packed with frozen lemon juice. With all this lovely warm weather we’ve been enjoying lately I’ve been inspired to use some of it to make popsicles for the garden.  During this process I came across a recipe that sounded a little odd, was (relatively) low sugar as these things go, but that I felt was worth a try. Well, it was DELICIOUS and the kids loved it – so I’m sharing it for your outdoors use.  Enjoy.

Add 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice to 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 cup of buttermilk. Stir thoroughly. Pour into popsicles moulds and freeze.  Easy. So easy, in fact, that it’s a perfect recipe for making with your preschooler (as long as they understand that freezing the popsicles takes several hours…)

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