Ghosts materialize in trees.
Jack-o-lanterns line up on lawns.
And enormous spider webs…
Appear over windows.
This entrance is kid sized. Adults have to stoop to go through. (At Kidspace.)
A green leafy hiding place at Kidspace.
Looking out from inside.
The stuck cars in the Kidspace amphitheater are fascinating.
Kidspace has several places for kids to splash in the water.
My favorite spot is up the hill in the very back.
There are two ponds, connected by a stream.
At the top, there’s a water wheel.
Every few minutes, water pours off the corrugated metal roof and turns the wheel.
There’s a pond with fish and plants right behind the water wheel. It’s just for looking at.
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.
I was careful not to take pictures of any kids, but it was hard! Even on slow Tuesday afternoon.
Kelp forest at the California Science Center.
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.
We spent as much time as we could outside.
The air smelled good.
Granite was everywhere.
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.