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Hula Dancers in Cayucos
4th of July Parade 2010
Mike Baird, ickr.bairdphotos.com
We’re deep into summer.School-age kids have long sincebegun zoning out, perhaps evenmuttering that age-old refrain,“There’s nothing to do aroundhere.” Here’s a chance to showyour kids just how smart youare. You can explore the CentralCoast’s rich, family-friendlyoptions with a staycation that justmay become the best vacationyou’ve ever had.A day out doesn’t have to be
dicult, extensive, or expensive.
There are hundreds of free venuesand free events throughout SanLuis Obispo County and SantaBarbara County. Anyone with thedesire and energy can do it. Justbe prepared, start small, and be
exible with your plans.
Getting out with a baby can be thebiggest challenge. New parentsare still learning the ropes of dailyliving, and outings add another layer to the challenge. Bring older siblings into the game by solicitingtheir help. Let them help to planoutings, chose activities, packlunch. Then they get just whatthey want, and may even be ableto carry the baby.In the earliest months, putthe baby in a front carrier thatsupports her head, or use astroller if the path is paved or well groomed. Walk around your block or neighborhood, and thentry a picnic in your local park.
The key to this rst picnic is to
practice walking to the park witheverything you think you’ll need.If you forget something, youcan go right back home withouta hassle. If you take too much,narrow your load down for thenext outing.Once you’ve gotten into walkingshape, research trails close tohome. Some great local spotsfor strollers include the wooden
boardwalk loop through Eln
Forest Natural Reserve near
Los Osos, and the new blu-top
boardwalk at Moonstone Beachnorth of Cambria. Poly Canyon,Nojoqui Falls south of Buellton,
and the blu-top trails at Montana
de Oro provide fairly safe optionsfor those in front-carrier mode.
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