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This month we mined the archives to bring you member recommendations for local parks with water features and farms that offer berry picking.

 

 

I know Mitchell Park has a great area with water fountains for kids to play in, but I was wondering if anyone else has any favorite parks in the area with water play features. Ideally the fountains would be smaller to accommodate crawling babies and younger toddlers.  

SUMMARY: Parks with water features

CAMPBELL

Jack Fisher:

http://www.ci.campbell.ca.us/recreation/parks/parkinfoFischer.htm 

CUPERTINO

Cupertino Civic Center Community Hall and Library: “amazing water plumes”

http://www.cupertino.org/index.aspx?recordid=104&page=410

http://www.cupertino.org/index.aspx?page=642 

LOS ALTOS

Shoup: “… a creek. If water is still there, it is a lot of fun.”

http://www.losaltoschamber.org/parks_recreation.html

http://www.yelp.com/biz/shoup-park-los-altos

Marymeade: “Small park with a rock water feature that wets sand.”

http://www.losaltoschamber.org/parks_recreation.html 

http://www.yelp.com/biz/marymeade-park-los-altos

PALO ALTO

Cornelis Bol Park: “Has a stream which the kids can wade in and float paper boats on, very shallow. Also shady, cool.”

http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/depts/csd/news/details.asp?NewsID=98&TargetID=14

http://www.yelp.com/biz/cornelis-bol-park-palo-alto

Mitchell:

http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/depts/csd/news/details.asp?NewsID=114&TargetID=14

http://www.yelp.com/biz/mitchell-park-palo-alto

Rinconada Pool:

http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/depts/csd/activities_and_recreation/aquatics/default.asp   

REDWOOD CITY

Stafford: “Wonderful and has a water play area just for toddlers in addition to a large fountain water play area for mostly bigger kids.” “Open play area; water comes out of the ground.”

http://www.redwoodcity.org/parks/parksandpools/parks/parks_stafford.html

http://www.yelp.com/biz/stafford-park-redwood-city

Stulsaft: “Big crayons that are fountains.” “Attracts smaller children than Stafford and is perfect for the under 5 set.” “Really cute, but it gets so crowded. The water features are only on for certain hours of the day and are packed and not really safe for crawling babies. (I have 14-month-old twins and do not take them.) My 6-year-old enjoys them when they are not too crowded.” “Fountains on timers.” “Water starts at 11:00.” “Water off 12–1p and 3–4p.” “Not crowded during week.”

http://www.redwoodcity.org/parks/parksandpools/parks/parks_stulsaft.html

http://www.yelp.com/biz/stulsaft-park-redwood-city

Maddux: “Very small sprayer and river in sand area”

http://www.redwoodcity.org/parks/parksandpools/parks/parks_maddux.html

http://www.yelp.com/biz/maddux-park-redwood-city

Andrew Spinas

http://www.redwoodcity.org/parks/parksandpools/parks/parks_spinas.html

http://www.yelp.com/biz/andrew-spinas-park-redwood-city 

SAN MATEO

Ryder Court: “Next to Seal Point at the Bay. It has a great area with water spraying right out of the ground without the pool.”

http://www.cityofsanmateo.org/exploreourparks/Parks/RYDER/ryder.html

http://www.yelp.com/biz/ryder-court-park-san-mateo 

SUNNYVALE

Serra: (Note: This park is currently under construction.)

http://sunnyvale.ca.gov/Departments/CommunityServices/Parks/SerraPark.aspx

Ortega: “Similar to Mitchell Park”

http://sunnyvale.ca.gov/Departments/CommunityServices/Parks/OrtegaPark.aspx

http://www.yelp.com/biz/ortega-park-sunnyvale

Las Palmas:

http://sunnyvale.ca.gov/Departments/CommunityServices/Parks/LasPalmasPark.aspx

http://www.yelp.com/biz/las-palmas-park-sunnyvale

Washington: “Has water in the little tots play area. …the whole area is sand so the water is also in an area with sand … gets pretty muddy dirty.”

http://sunnyvale.ca.gov/Departments/CommunityServices/Parks/WashingtonPark.aspx

http://www.yelp.com/biz/washington-city-park-sunnyvale

Lakewood:

http://sunnyvale.ca.gov/Departments/CommunityServices/Parks/LakewoodPark.aspx

http://www.yelp.com/biz/lakewood-park-sunnyvale 

 

I am looking into taking my daughter to a berry-picking farm. I searched the web and  did find some choices. But I wanted to check with all of you and see if there is any place you recommend.

-Webb Ranch in Portola Valley. You pay a fee to cover “tasting” in the field and then per pound for whatever you take home. The good ones required a little hunting, but you can definitely find them, especially as you get a little farther from the entrance. They also have a little picnic area with a playhouse. My only advice: Go right when they open if the day is going to get hot because there is basically zero shade.

http://www.webbranchriding.com/farmers_upick_straw.htm

-Phipps Country Store in Pescadero.

http://www.phippscountry.com/berries.htm

- It’s worth the drive to Swanton Berry Farm near Santa Cruz. The berries are organic, harvested by union labor, and delicious! There is a farm stand with amazing berry treats. The field is right across Hwy 1, so you can see the ocean while you pick strawberries. This place is fantastic!

http://www.swantonberryfarm.com/pages/u_picks.html

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