P L A Y T I N E R A R I E S : Bay Area

Best playgrounds in the Bay Area

The list and comments have some favorites (Adventure Playground, Yerba Buena Gardens, Children’s Park) and new finds we’ll try in future itineraries:

Missing favorites:

And of course the best playground is always in the neighborhood park 🙂

2011 California Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

W H A T :    2011 California Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest
W H E N :    March 25 (judging 10am – 5 pm), March 26 (celebration)
W H E R E : CornerStone Gardens, Sonoma

This event is free to the public.

M O R E : Free Spring Nature Festival

Expert judges to announce State of California’s “best of show” Federal Junior Duck Stamp on Friday afternoon approx. 3:00-4:00PM. Four student age groups (K-12) will be judged all day Friday. The public is welcomed to observe. Nearly 2,000 CA. entries are expected. The United States winners will be announced on April 15th in Washington DC. A free Spring Nature Festival with live raptors, the 2010 & 2011 student JDS winners, optics, decoy carvers, pollinator pals, beavers, burrowing owls and the California’s National Wildlife Refuges is slated for Saturday 3/26 in Sonoma. “Connecting Kids with Nature” is the 2011 event theme sponsored by – the U.S. Dept. of Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. – The celebration is hosted by Sonoma Birding & Cornerstone Gardens located at 23570 Arnold Drive in Sonoma. Directions. Phone 707-939-8007 for information. The current Federal & Junior Duck Stamps can be purchased at the event and through the U.S.Post Office.

HOLIDAY ITINERARY : Thanksgiving in Napa – Festivals of Lights in Sonoma


W H A T : Yountville’s 21st Annual Festival of Lights
W H E N : November 27th from 2 p.m. to 6 . Santa arrives at 2:00 p.m.
W H E R E : Yountville

M O R E :
Carolers, elves, horse-drawn carriage rides, ice carving and a visit from the big guy in red. Admission is free; Tasting tickets for food and wine are $1 each. Local wineries and the region’s top tables (Bouchon Bakery, étoile, Redd, Brix, Bistro Jeanty, Hurley’s Restaurant & Bar, Bouchon, Pacific Blues, Mustards and Napa Valley Grille) serve up tastes along Washington Street while galleries, boutiques and restaurants open their doors for late night shopping and dining.

T H A N K S G I V I N G   M E N U :

E V E N   M O R E :
November 25: Turkey Trot Day for Kids at the Stables
November 25: Napa Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 28: Napa Downtown Christmas Parade

November 28:
Lighting of the Snowmen