What is Kiddie Koncierge?
Kiddie Koncierge is the SF Bay
Area's premier resource for fun,
interesting, unique, and
creative kids activities.
We provide recommendations,
reviews, and resources on all
sorts of fun things to do in San
San Jose, Marin, and beyond!
Kiddie Koncierge: What We Like
What We Like
- Through February - Monarch Butterfly
Migration, Various Locations These delicate
creatures know how to live their short lives: They
winter in Mexico with stops in Northern California and a
few other choice spots on their way home. Here are a
few local spots worth checking out between October
and February. A lot of places are home to rest stops for
the Monarchs, but only a few have significant
concentrations of butterflies. With this chilly weather,
you are likely to see these little orange and black guys
huddled together for warmth. Not sure how that works
given that they are cold blooded, but I digress. For a
good guide on butterflies, their life cycle, and migratory
habits, download this 12 page document: www.
- Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz This is
the only State Monarch Preserve in California.
There are all sorts of displays at the visitors
center with eggs, caterpillars, and chrysalides.
Make sure to check out the natural rock bridges,
tidal pools, and migrating whales. For more
information, visit www.parks.ca.gov/?
- Ardenwood, Fremont In addition to the historical
farm, there is a full-fledged Monarch rest stop.
- Pacific Grove, Monterey Peninsula This is one of
the classic overwintering locations in the area.
Visit http://www.pgmuseum.org/ for more details
(click on Monarchs)
- Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Carmel Visit
for more details
- San Leandro Golf Course, Alameda Call to find
out when you can see their eucalyptus trees
draped in butterflies. For directions, visit www.
- Bolinas Terrace, Bolinas, Marin In the town of
Bolinas, just off of Park at the intersection of
Terrace and Mann are a good concentration of
butterflies. Muir Beach also has a smaller
concentration of butterflies.
- Check out the Bay Bridge bike path. It is fun ride with
great views. You can pick up the trail across from Ikea
in Emeryville (right at the stoplight on Shellmound). You
can probably park in the Ikea garage if you are
somewhat discrete. We parked near the Target and
rode to the trailhead. There is another trailhead at
Maritime and Burma in Oakland which hooks up to the
same path. The path runs about 3.5-4 miles from
stoplight to the tower (where the path ends for now)
under the Maze before it emerges alongside the toll
plaza. It is a gentle grade up and a nice coast down with
a few spots along the way to sit on a bench and have a
drink of water (bring your own). It is a little eerie riding
past the old span and seeing the lower deck where we
used to drive. You are well separated from the traffic
and the railings are pretty high so safety wise, you have
nothing to worry about.
- Check out first rate Street Performers daily at Pier 39.
We have seen many of these guys before and they are
fun and FREE. Here is a full schedule. www.pier39.
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