FatherSon Ventures

Building a Relationship through Adventure

Sand Dune Park

Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach.   You climb up and run down a hill of sand. There’s a nice park at the bottom with a merry go-round. A great place for athletes to train and a father and son to hang out.    

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Sky Zone

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Kid Concepts, U.S.A.

One summer morning, when D is almost five years old, I suggest to D’s ABA therapist (which I pre-approved with his supervisor) that we go to an indoor playground to break up his normal daily therapy routine. I am concerned D is missing out on being a kid by doing 20 to 25 hours of […]

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Putting Edge: A Review

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Wilderness Park

 Wilderness Park is the place my son and I go when we need to de-stress.  Remember, the neighborhood from your childhood with the undeveloped land at the end of a street? That’s Wilderness Park. It is a place where you can walk leisurely, meditate, crunch leaves, see bugs, feed ducks, climb trees, see turtles, feed Koi […]

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Ice Tubing at the Queen Mary’s “Chill”

  We strolled through Christmas decorations of candy canes, snowmen and gingerbread houses, got a glimpse of old Saint Nick and listened to an ample amount of cheerful holiday music at Queen Mary’s “Chill.” D and I found our way to the ice-tubing ramp. We each grabbed an over-sized tube, carried it to the top of a […]

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Inflatable Jumpers are Fun!

D and I are going to an indoor playground named Scooter’s Jungle, and while packing yogurt and meat sticks into a lunch container, I inspect the date on the yogurt. It says, “09/11/12.” Normally, I am a half-glass full type of person, not prone to reading negative interpretations from dates on a yogurt carton. Yet, I briefly stop […]

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Into the Wild

A few days before the weekend, I enter into negotiation with L, hoping to extend het five-mile radius for our father-son adventures, suggesting a hike at a local nature preserve. The nature preserve is a few miles beyond my “unofficial” boundary, only five minutes from a park D and I visited a week ago, and a chance for […]

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Adventure Plex

D and I are sitting on the floor in a Yoga Room, me telling him to move closer to a golden Buddha statue and a stuffed penguin with earmuffs and a red, green, yellow-striped scarf. I take their picture, and D rushes over to see it on my phone, “That’s me, Buddha, and Rico,” he says. […]

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Inside Noah’s Ark

We’re exploring the Noah’s Ark Exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center when D resists his mom’s request to stop running in the museum. I think he deserves a second chance, but L decides this marks the end of our visit. What happened, I think, to Matthew 18:21, one of my favorite bible verses, where Jesus […]

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