FatherSon Ventures

Building a Relationship through Adventure

Sand Dune Park

Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach.   A father and son climbing up and running down a hill of sand.  There’s a nice park at the bottom with a merry go-round.    

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Sky Zone

D is a sensory-seeker whose body is neurologically wired to move, and Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline park in a large warehouse, so I wasn’t exactly surprised by how much he loved this place. Nonstop movement is almost a biological necessity for him. Everywhere we go, every sidewalk we encounter, he’s looking for sensory […]

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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 therapy routine. I am concerned D is missing out on being a kid by doing 20 to 25 hours of ABA […]

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Putting Edge: A Review

  Putting Edge isn’t the miniature golf course I grew up playing. There’s no castles or wishing wells. No split-second timing to avoid a windmill’s spinning blades, spitting your ball back to the beginning of the green. This 18-hole course has black-lighted, fluorescent paintings of super freaky creatures on the walls, and you play in the semi-dark […]

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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”

  After strolling through Christmas decorations of candy canes, snowmen and gingerbread houses, and taking in the ambience of holiday music, my son and I made a bee-line towards to the ice-tubing ramp at the Queen Mary’s “Chill.” It happened this way: we each grabbed an over-sized tube, carried it up the ramp, and careened one hundred foot […]

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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 the Wife, hoping to extend the 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 […]

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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 a 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

I’d heard about the Noah’s Ark Exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Art Center from a few parents at local parks, and my initial thought was that an art museum and young kids seemed like a incongruous pairing. Like broussel sprouts on a pizza. However, the Noah’s Ark Exhibit is like falling into the Land of […]

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