Out and about in Southern California

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Kidspace has several places for kids to splash in the water.

Water falling 3
My favorite spot is up the hill in the very back.

Water fallling 4
There are two ponds, connected by a stream.

Water wheel 1
At the top, there’s a water wheel.

Water wheel 2
Every few minutes, water pours off the corrugated metal roof and turns the wheel.

Fish pond
There’s a pond with fish and plants right behind the water wheel. It’s just for looking at.

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But everywhere else is a free-for-all of kids! They climb in and splash around and walk up and down the stream. The only rule is that you have to keep your shoes on, even under water.

Water 2
I was careful not to take pictures of any kids, but it was hard! Even on slow Tuesday afternoon.

Camp de Benneville Pines

Camp de Benneville stream 1

Camp de Benneville view 2
We went to Camp de Benneville Pines with Santa Monica’s Unitarian Universalist church. It’s up near Big Bear in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Camp de Benneville trees 1
We spent as much time as we could outside.

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Bear and moose 1

Looking up into the trees at Camp de Benneville Pines
The air smelled good.

Rocks at Camp de Benneville Pines
Granite was everywhere.

Half a pine cone at Camp de Benneville Pines
Pinecones, too.

Little trucks
We played with lots of dirt and gravel.

We made s’mores. We played in the stream. We ate and sang and took long naps and lots of pictures. We visited with friends and got to know acquaintances better.