The Palace of Fine Arts just reopened after a $12M renovation. Janene, Harper Sue, Ira, Rob, and I all headed out to explore this beautiful park next to the Exploratorium.
There where more bird species than Harper has ever seen in one place including swans, mallard ducks, seagulls, and crows. Lot’s of other toddlers where cruising around the pond and palace and the weather was gorgeous.
Janene came up for a wonderful visit this weekend. She’s the art teacher at a Montessori school in Santa Cruz and knows all the cool places for kids in San Francisco too.
On route to the Cal Academy of Science Janene proposed a detour to the Randall Museum just up the hill from us in Corona Heights. The museum is significantly smaller than Cal Academy but included ALL of Harper Sue’s hot interests:
- Trains- continued interest from Pop Pop’s Christmas train set
- Owls- there’s a store window full of different size/shape owls on route to her regular playground
- Climbing- there are hiking trails that lead from the museum to the top of Corona Heights with some amazing 360º views of the city
Randall Museum is such a gem and I’m looking forward to showing Pop Pop the HUGE trainscape (made up word) in the basement.