family fun

  • Catching hollowed-pumpkin lights

    For a couple of years now, I’ve been carving pumpkins for Halloween, just for the fun of it; for the art that it is. So for this week’s Catching Light, ‘that’ is what I have — pictures of some carved and lit pumpkin lanterns. I just learnt that it...
  • A redwood route for a hike with a tyke

    When you’re a parent, especially of children five and under, hiking is an activity you push aside thinking of the ¬†hassles and the dangers that may come your way. Add to that the burden of those mom bags (crammed with snacks, diapers and extra set of clothes among other...
  • Oakland’s Once-upon-a-time land

    Once upon a time in the United States of America, a carousel ride was the ultimate thrill ride for kids. Then in the late 1940s, a group of people in Oakland, California are said to have worked on a local businessman’s vision of creating what is today known as...
  • Pictures from a Pumpkin Patch

    PS: The above pictures are from ABC Tree Farms’ Sunnyvale Patch. You may also like -- A place to ‘live it up’ this Fall Lick, through my lens Exotic animals at Happy Hollow In pics: That suspension bridge Fair fun and Fair food at 100th Alameda County Fair...
  • Fair fun and Fair food at 100th Alameda County Fair

    Summer in the United States means, family vacations, camping, beach-going  and COUNTY FAIRS. If you have plans to visit in the summer and you want to try out some typical American Fair Food this is your chance. Look up fairs around where you are visiting and go have a...
  • Family fun at Tilden Park

    Tilden Park: This place in Berkeley promises to provide you with activities for a whole day; and keeps its promise too. If you have kids and are in the San Francisco Bay Area, this place is perfect for a summer’s day. Steam Trains ¬†at Tilden Park In this 2000...
  • Happy Halloween at ‘Happy Hollow’

    In an earlier post about Happy Hollow Park and Zoo I had sworn that the name was appropriate for this place; with all its reds, yellows, oranges and greens, and lots of children, HHPZ really is a `happy’ place. Last Sunday, the park was a little more happier, celebrating...
  • San Jose’s Happy Land

    Happy Hollow Park and Zoo in San Jose has opened its gates again and it is a riot of colours: there’s orange and yellow and green and red all over. From the metal sculptures at the entrance to the carousal, from the colourful buildings to the rides and the...
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