Have you ever been to Indian Rock? It is a fun, free, super local climb that is tucked away just a few minutes walk above Zachary's on Solano. Located in the North Berkeley Hills, this park can be different things to different ages of kids. For tiny ones, like my 3 and 5 year old, simply walking up the rock stairs is a thrill. For tweens, it could be a space to find a little independence. There are loads of nooks and crannies to explore.
Wear athletic shoes and bring a camera because Indian Rock will make you want to scale it and start snapping pictures immediately. I was quite nervous when we first headed to the peak of the rock. My older child can be quite a space cadet and a mis-step here could be traumatic. Kids who are known flight risks might raise their parent's heart rates beyond a level of comfort.
[All photos by Whitney Moss]