Pine cones and water pumps

An easy drive down the 110 takes you to the Audubon Center at Debs Park. As a hiker and a mom, I’m a huge fan of this park and its hiking trails and fabulous children’s garden. On a recent visit, the garden looked like it had been spiffed up and expanded. There’s a water pump, a lily pond, a cave and (marquee item) a playhouse with kid-size brooms and tables, plus a big box of plastic gardening tools. Both boys jumped right into playing and it was easy to keep an eye on both of them.

If you want to take a hike, you can borrow a jogging stroller or a back carrier at the nature center, or just do the easy Butterfly Loop off the kids’ garden. We made a morning of it by picking up seriously good pastries at Antigua Bread at 5703 N. Figueroa Ave. (a five minute drive), Highland Park, and eating at the picnic tables under the canopy.

I cannot say enough good things about this park. It is a needed and beautiful community hub.

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