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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Easter Fun at the Zoo

We took Jack to the San Francisco Zoo last weekend for some Easter fun, his first Easter Egg Hunt, and a little zoo action.

The Easter Egg Hunt was indeed a "zoo" with even the 2-And-Under section filled to the brim with two camera toting parents per pre-walker. By the time we got onto the lawn, we found one egg and got another from a roaming Easter Bunny who was handing out eggs to us less fortunate hunters whose basket was nearly empty. In the end, Jack really only needs two eggs to have fun anyway - one in each hand to bang together.

There were jumpy houses, puppet shows, crafts, face painting, picture opps, organic treats, bubbles, and lots of sunshine.

After the Easter fun, we headed over to the Petting Zoo where Jack brushed some goats and gawked at the ducks and roosters.

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Jack has started to take his first steps. He can Frankenstein along while holding your fingers in one hand and can take four or five steps independently and unassisted now.

At next year's Easter Hunt, he will inevitably be running off by himself to hunt his own eggs and off to chase the goats!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Jackson Playground

There's a playground in the Portrero Hill district of San Francisco called Jackson Playground (Arkansas Street, between Mariposa and 17th St.). We had to check it out!

The playground is laid out in separate play areas -- one for toddlers, the other for kids 5 and up -- and separated by a low, gracefully curving wall that's just tall enough for Jack to walk along.

The wall is embedded with tiles along the top and side. A neighborhood artist who was chosen by the San Francisco Art Commission to conduct a tile-decorating workshop for kids, taught over a 100 young artists how to paint and glaze tiles. Their 150 hand-painted creations are installed on the top of the wall and the artist did the colorful mosaics along its sides.

Jack isn't yet walking but loves to swing, watch the older kids, is fascinated by the sand, and likes to slowly climb and crawl around.

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