Posts Tagged ‘Bay Area outdoors activities’

Saturday May 26th

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space Preserve is hosting a bug and butterfly walk at Picchetti Ranch, 10am-1pm. Find hike details here.

Does your kid like elephants? If so, they might enjoy elephant day at Oakland Zoo. See here for the flyer.

Visit FarmFest–an event celebrating the region’s organic agricultural industry– in Pescadero, from noon-5pm. It promises to be educational and fun for families. Find the flyer here.

All Weekend

Civil War Re-enactments at Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton. Not sure how family-friendly this event is, but it might interest some older children. Event details are here.

Memorial Day

Entry to Ardenwood Historic Park is free for the day.

Tuesday May 29th

It’s time for the pigs at Ardenwood Historic Park’s Tuesday Toddler Time, 11-11.30am.


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Some suggestions (although I’d check before you head out if the weather is bad – there may be cancellations):-

March 17th

Family Day at Elkus Ranch. See here for details. Registration required.

Wingding Family Fest at Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, 10am-3pm. It’s a bird themed celebration of spring.  Find the flyer here.  CANCELLED.

Enjoy a tour of Deer Hollow Farm in the Rancho San Antonio County Park, 10am-1pm, admission $5. The flyer is here.

Family Bird Walk at the Don Edwards Bay Wildlife Refuge, 2.30-4.30pm. Recommended for kids aged 5-10, reservations required.

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I’d never heard of this little gem up in the Santa Cruz mountains near Felton until this weekend, but it sounded so intriguing that we had to check it out.  Quail Hollow Ranch is a 300 acre historic horse ranch and nature preserve boasting a plethora of rare Californian plants and animals and no less than 15 natural habitats.  According to the on site museum, it’s also where the owners of Sunset magazine enjoyed the robust, outdoorsy life that kept them young at heart.

No preserve is complete without a dirt pile

After visiting today, I’d say it’s also a great destination for little boys. It has everything they need: large animals (horses), ducks, woodpeckers, eagles, logs to climb on, mud to squelch near the pond, and a flat but varied trail system to run along and explore.  There was also a man in the car park wearing a snake (I think he’s there the first sunday afternoon of every month).

Quail Hollow's airy trails

Quail Hollow Ranch has a couple of trails but they’re all fairly short and easy for little ones to hike.  We, or rather The Monkey, selected the Discovery Trail for our hike. It was actually a useful introduction to the preserve as it took us around the ranch, a little way up the hill, through the valley and round to the duck pond and picnic area.   There are a couple of other trails we plan to check out on future visits.  The preserve also has a cute little museum with some interesting natural history exhibits.  As usual, we didn’t meet any other families when we were there, which was a shame as this is a great spot to take toddlers to let them roam free (no traffic, no glaring natural dangers etc). And it’s free.

neat trees.

Not sure it’s worth a day trip from Silicon Valley, but if you’re heading out that way it’s a great spot to check out.

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