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Library Adventures- Golf in the Library????

December 10th, 2010 by bsmith | No Comments | Filed in Library Adventures

Bridget at Golf Fore the Library, Carlsbad, Ca

Last month our family had the opportunity to do something completely out of the ordinary.  We played golf in the library!  Once a year the Dove Library in Carlsbad California is transformed into a minature golf course.  What is particularly clever about this transformation is every “hole” reflects local businesses and landmarks.  The fun setting, a challenging course including a  windmill, a spiral hole, and a hole that continues all the way down the steep library stairs makes this a unique mini-golf experience.  There is even a bonus hole, that for an additional donation could win you season passes to nearby Legoland.

Ken putts as a Carlsbad Public Library Volunteer Looks On

The event is a fundraiser for the Carlsbad Library Foundation and funds a the wide range of great kids and adult programs presented throughout the year.  It is staffed by a large group of kind and enthusiastic volunteers who keep patrons safe from flying balls and try not to laugh when your  ball shoots past the hole.

Jared Tackles the Spiral Hole, Carlsbad Public Library

The best part of the event is that it epitomizes family fun.  The boys, Ken and I participated together (Destiny was at a birthday party that day).  While Ken and eleven year old Justin engaged in serious competition,  five year old Jared and I were just happy to get the ball in the hole.  Jared wrapped up his library visit by heading out to the children’s garden where for an additional fee kids could get their faces painted, do crafts and get a personalized balloon animal.

Justin Putts Among the Stacks, Carlsbad Public Library

The price of this event is pretty affordable for a fundraiser.  Adults play for $10, kids for $5.  The children’s area, food, and LEGOLAND bonus hole are extra.  I would like to thank the Carlsbad Public library for hosting my family at this great fundraiser and give all the dedicated volunteers who made this event possible our special thanks.  Public Libraries and the programs they provide are a gift to all communities, but in Carlsbad we are especially lucky.  My kids are blessed to have the kind children’s library staff to help them discover the perfect book or patiently listen to their stories. (My son told the librarian that his mom is the best blogger ever, and she didn’t blink an eye ;) ).  The educational programs provide an affordable and educational way for families to spend time together.

If you live in Carlsbad be sure to check out what the library has to offer.  The Carlsbad Public  library has some great events coming up from exciting teen movies, to a visit from author Victor Villasenor, to a whale of a Science Saturday.  Be sure to stop by and tell them that Bridget sent you.

Happy Trails,

Bridget

P.S. Family Adventure Guidebooks is proud to participate in Delicious Baby’s Photo Friday Blog Roundup.  Stop by to find out about other bloggers travel adventures.

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Library Adventures: Family Open Studios, Dove Library (Animal Adventures)

October 17th, 2010 by bsmith | No Comments | Filed in At Home Adventures, Library Adventures, San Diego Adventures

Destiny and Jared, Snake Charmers, Carlsbad Public Library

 Carlsbad, California is a a community that takes the arts and libraries very seriously.  I’m proud to live in Carlsbad and try to take advantage of their free kids educational activities whenever I can.  Frankly, there are so many that that would be impossible for our busy family. (Especially thanks to the giant homework load assigned K-12 by the Carlsbad City Schools, thanks so much y’all). 

World of Adonna Khare Exhibit, William D. Cannon Gallery, Carlsbad California

Once a month the Carlsbad Cultural Arts Office puts on a Family Art Day in association with an exhibit presented at the William D Cannon Art Gallery.  Twice a year they do a “plus” Family Art Day which is even more spectacular than their usual events.  This month the gallery is hosting a very kid friendly exhibit  The World of Adonna Khare: Beasts, Backpacks and Curious Creatures filled with whimsical pictures of wild animals.

Destiny consults with Adonna Khare

Being a kid with roots in liberal Santa Cruz , Destiny was fascinated by the Lion’s nose ring and had to consult with Adonna Khare herself about the source of her inspiration.  The ability to talk with a real artist had a big impression on Destiny as she sees herself as an artist as well.

Jared at Work, Family Open Studios Dove Library Carlsbad, California

The highlight of Jared’s visit was the chance to create a beautiful hummingbird using water colors and oil pastels.  It was amazing to see how Jared’s skills  have evolved from scribbles to representational art within just a few months.  I love how the Family Open Studios program helps kids to see themselves as serious artists.  All the volunteers are so patient and respectful.  They really bring out the best in their young visitors.

Pacific Animal Productions Keeper Karla Majewski shares a Wallaby

The other amazing part of our visit was the Pacific Animal Productions animal show.  If you are planning a birthday party in Southern California and have money to spend (an only child perhaps?) consider this company.  Their show was amazing!  Destiny and Jared even got to assist with displaying a giant python.  Keeper Karla was unfazed by toddlers trying to rush the stage and my little guys concerns about the python.  They also provided an awesome petting zoo for the even that included a pig as well as soft bunnies and guinea pigs.  My kids were entranced!

If you live in the San Diego Area do yourself a favor and visit the kids events section of the Carlsbad Public Library website frequently.  Last week author James Guerney of Dinotopia fame visited the library.  I try to post these wonderful events when I can, but when I get swamped you miss out.  

Happy Trails,

Bridget

P.S.  Family Adventure Guidebooks Participates in Trekaroo’s Spotlight Thursdays.  Stop by the Talking Trekaroo Blog  to see what other families have been up to.

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Photo Friday: Library Adventures

May 1st, 2009 by bsmith | 8 Comments | Filed in San Diego Day Trips, Smith Family Misadventures
Jared's Favorite Painting @ Canon Art Gallery, Carlsbad California

Jared's Favorite Painting @ Canon Art Gallery, Carlsbad California

Lately I have had several library adventures with and without preschoolers.  At first, this may not seem like an unlikely subject for family travel.  Usually travelers with children don’t head to the library when the reach their destination, but perhaps they should.

I became one of the most voracious readers the world  has ever seen because a kind librarian in Hawaii.  When my family spent a summer sabbatical in Hawaii the year after I finished second grade, she took the time to  find interesting books at my reading level.   I don’t rember too much about snorkeling or sandy beaches from my Hawaiian getaway.  What I do remember  are cracking coconuts with my Dad and the books about Blaze the valiant horse and his young owner that I read on my own summer.

Here in Carlsbad we are blessed with two great libraries.  Year round they offer puppet shows and story times.  The Dove Library also houses a small art gallery.  In the summer there are fun special events including an overnight campout in the library , magic shows, and a visit from lots of crazy critters.  Now that the kids are old enough to enjoy it all, I plan to spend the summer playing tourist in my own town and attending some of these events.

Last week I made three very different library visits.  One day , I was able to sneak away to the library by myself.  I took the opportunity  to pop into the art gallery and take some photos .  Later that week, I joined my two preschoolers for a preschool fieldtrip which included a  guided tour of the Cole library located just east of downtown Carlsbad.  Yesterday in a moment of foolishness, I attempted to take Destiny age 5 and Jared age 4 to the Cannon Art Gallery at the Dove Library.

Considering we arrived with 20 kids, the preschool library fieldtrip was somewhat successful.  We arrived early, but the Cole library has a beautiful grassy area  that invites running around as well as picnic benches and a little garden.  Here are some fun photos of Destiny and Jared getting their energy out before settling down for the tour.

destiny-in-motionjared-in-motion

The tour was a bit challenging with that many kids, but they did surprisingly well.  One of the highlights was the Carlsbad History Room . The librarian shared a letter written by Santa at the turn of the century.  Seems at that time he delivered presents by motor car…hmm. 

Cole Librarian Reads a Vintage Letter from Santa, Carlsbad California

Cole Librarian Reads a Vintage Letter from Santa, Carlsbad California

 Emboldened by the success of the Library fieldtrip, I decided to stop by the Cannon Art Gallery with Destiny and Jared later in the week.  I have always been a big fan of Chicana Artist Carmen Lomas Garza.  The kids have her children’s book Family Pictures .  I knew that my preschoolers would enjoy the bright colors of  Cardinal Points:Puntos Cardinales, the exhibit of Mexican and Chicano art on display at the Dove Library until May 8th.  Well they did enjoy it…way too much!  They loved the paintings so much that they wanted to touch them, much to my chagrin and that of the gallery employee who shadowed us throughout our visit.  They  were so enthralled by each work of art that they rushed from painting to painting.    With one child I might have made it work.  With two wiggly preschoolers, I gave up after a short visit.  I have read that other  travel bloggers prep their kids by role playing art gallery at home.  We may give that a try before our next museum outing.

Off to Seattle on business next week, so you may not hear from me for a while, dear readers.  Until then enjoy a few more beautiful works of art and be sure to check out Delicious Baby’s Photo Friday http://tinyurl.com/dxmpjo when you have a chance.

The Carmen Lomas Garza Work That Inspired Our Visit

The Carmen Lomas Garza Work That Inspired Our Visit

The Kids Loved the Whimsical Shapes and Colors of the Houses and Trees

The Kids Loved the Whimsical Shapes and Colors of the Houses and Trees

As you enjoy your summer, make sure you make some time for your own library adventures.

Happy Trails,

Bridget

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