Photograph a scar, yours or someone elses, and write a paragraph about it. (Creative assignment thanks to: Learning to Love You More, the now-completed participatory art project conceived by Miranda July).
This outing is best done with kids, but even without, it’s a winner. Get in the car, drive east on the 10 into the glorious wilds of the San Gabriel Valley. While on the road, phone in a take-out order to 101 Noodle Express. Get the beef roll and at least one order of the pumpkin dumplings. Trust us. Look for the bowling alley on Valley Boulevard – 101 is right next door. Skip the line outside, pick up your food and drive a few blocks away to the altogether enchanting Vincent Lugo Park. Designed and built in the 1960s by artist Benjamin Dominguez, this is the Watts Towers of playgrounds, where the slides and rides are built into concrete creatures. Careen down the neck to the purple serpent. Marvel at the octopus. Gobble down that beef roll. All is well.
Another great outing for you and the little wiggleworms. Pack a picnic, strap on your hiking shoes and head up into the Oakland Hills and take a ride on the Tilden Park steam locomotive, then wander over to the carousel and farm. All three are a short drive away and each offers its own particular brand of fun. Be sure to feed the cows. We love giving them stalks of celery and watching them chomp ‘em down.