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Why I am Teaching My Children to Make Friends with Fear

When you make friends with fear, it can’t rule you.
-Anne Lamott

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Ben and I had a wonderful time feeding the ducks at the park. When I looked down at my watch, it was 7:03pm.…

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Just Opened: South Park Playground in Hermosa Beach

Fabulous new parks are as elusive as the Easter Bunny. Well, look what just hopped, er, popped up this spring in Hermosa Beach! A gorgeous new ADA accessible park with a slide the whole family will flip for.

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Hidden Gem: Westmoreland Park Nature Play Area

Westmoreland Park Nature Play Area is all about serious playtime using natural structures and kids’ imaginations.

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Downtown’s Coolest Playground: Maggie Daley Park

With an ice skating “ribbon,” larger-than-life climbing structures and a play garden, this is worth the trip. Yep, even in the cold.

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Explore Echo Park Lake: LA’s Latest Renaissance

From lotus blossoms to pedal boats, playgrounds to tasty snacks, the 150 year old Echo Park Lake has it all. ($45 million still buys a little something in LA!) This neighborhood park brilliantly mixes history with modern life – and is lots of fun to boot.

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Say, Cheese! Scenic Locations to Snap a Picture Perfect Holiday Photo

The objective of a holiday picture card is to wish family and friends your best – while also looking your best (preferably even better). If a Christmas or New Year’s greeting is going to be hanging on someone’s refrigerator for the next twelve months as a representation of your family at its ideal (if rarely reached) peak, every detail must be perfect. Not just you, the spouse, the kids, the pets, and the clothes, but the background, as well. Fortunately, you’ve got the best background of all available at your camera-happy disposal – New York City!

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Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast at the West Point Inn

Several times a year, families trek up Mt. Tam to the West Point Inn for their legendary pancake breakfasts. They’re a total bargain with flapjacks, melon, coffee, OJ, and a mind-bending view of the Bay and its surrounding coastlines.
For…

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Get Out and Play Bay Area: November 5

Did you survive Halloween? Did the kids? Are they still bartering around their candies? Here are some events to get you out of the house (and sugar comas!). Having nightmares about sending your kids to public school? Questions about the…

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EXPLORE: Scavenger Hunt on the UC campus

Kids love a good old-fashioned scavenger hunt, though as any parent who’s put one together knows, they are a ton of work. But if you bring the clan to the U.C. Berkeley campus, they’ve done the work for you, and…

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