Mad Hatter- Fitness Card Game

Hey Mad Hatters! How are your hats & crowns coming along? Here is our second activity for Virtual Wonderland week! Need a body break? Check out this fun game!

How many players?

You can play this with 2 or more.

Materials Needed:

  • Deck of cards
  • Piece of paper
  • red and black markers

How to Play:

One by one, players draw a card and everyone does the chosen exercise together.

Example- If I draw a 5 of hearts. We all do 5 Jumping Jacks together.

Your family can decide what fitness exercises to include for each of the four card suits, or you can use our example.

Here are some exercise ideas:

  • Jumping Jacks
  • Toe Touches
  • Arm Circles
  • Hopping on one foot
  • Push Ups
  • Sit Ups
  • Burpees
  • Squats

And that’s it! Be mindful of using good form, and have fun!

Did you come up with a fun workout? Take a photo and share it with us! #RWCMadHatter

Make sure to look for our craft tomorrow!

Mad Hatter Virtual Wonderland

Hear ye, Hear ye, families! We are so sad that we are unable to host our Mad Hatter Spring Party on April 25, so we are bringing our wonderland to the world wide web!

Your family is cordially invited to create your very own Wonderland celebrations at your home and at your leisure! Below are a few fun activities you can easily do with your family with limited supplies!

Here is a recommended schedule for you to play along!

  • Wednesday, 4/22 Make it! Craft- Spring Hats
  • Thursday 4/23 Move it! Mad Hatter Fitness Card Game
  • Friday 4/24 Make It! Foil Hearts – Create & Display
  • Saturday 4/25 Find It! Family Hats & Foil Hearts Walk

We will start posting project tutorials and game instructions tomorrow!

The event will close with a walk on Saturday, April 25 at any time of the day, where we encourage you to take a family walk in your neighborhood. See if you find any hearts on your walk around your block. Be festive and wear your Mad Hatter hats!

Please practice physical and social distancing at all times and abide by all current San Mateo County Health Department orders.

Be sure to share your photos with us on our social media channels!

Tag us at #RWCMadHatter 

No Tricks, Just Treats! Join us for some scary-good Halloween fun!

Halloween is creeping up and we are HUGE fans of this festive day because it provides so many fun and creative opportunities for kids and adults alike! Not to mention, our department loves to dress up, decorate for the season, plus it doesn’t hurt that we’re big fans of orange and black – GO GIANTS, and we’ve never met a candy corn we didn’t like!

Check out all of the fun activities to help you and your family get into the holiday spirit!!!
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Halloween Spooktakular

Suggested Age- Newborn to 10 years
Saturday, October 19, 2019
12-3pm
Red Morton Community Center- 1120 Roosevelt Ave, Redwood City 94061

Kids will thrill to carnival games, proudly show off their Halloween attire in a Costume Parade at 1:30 pm, explore their way through the mysterious Monster Maze, create festive fall crafts, enjoy lots of other fun activities, and win prizes! Redwood City’s Halloween Spooktakular is suitable for kids up to age ten – admission is just $8 per child.

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Chills and Thrills Night! Kids Night Out!

Grades K-5
Friday, October 25, 2019
6-9pm
Red Morton Community Center- 1120 Roosevelt Ave, Redwood City 94061

Come and enjoy this spooky night filled with Halloween fun! We will make creepy crafts, enjoy a frightful dessert and play ghoulish games! Kids are welcome to come dressed in costumes. Pizza dinner and drinks are included.
Register Now

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Saturday Kids Night Out at Ingenium- Halloween Fun

Age 5-11
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019
6-10pm
Ingenium Enrichment- 2149 Roosevelt Ave, Redwood City at Roosevelt Plaza

Kids will create, design, play, eat dinner, and watch a movie with friends from across the community! Dinner and Dessert included!

Register Now

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Spooky Costume Party at the Youth Center

Age 10-17 – no membership required
Thursday, October 31, 2019
2:30-5pm
Red Morton Community Center-  map

Head to the Red Morton Youth Center on Halloween for a spooky Halloween costume party! All 10-17-year-olds are welcome to party- no membership necessary! We’ll have fun games, food, music, video games & more! FREE! For more info contact Erik Betancourt

And lastly, don’t forget to share your ghosts and ghouls’ photos with us on social media! Maybe you’ll end up in one of our posts! Mwah-ah-ah-ah!

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2019 Stafford Park Concerts. Gentle Reminders…

Updated for 2019

Music in the Park kicks off another exciting ten concert line-up this week from 6:00-8:00 pm at the beautiful Stafford Park! Folks can enjoy a family-friendly event, visiting with neighbors and friends, listening to great live music, eating a picnic dinner, and relaxing in the lovely atmosphere of one of Redwood City’s most popular Parks. What could be better?

Here are some gentle reminders to help make Music in the Park enjoyable for our entire community:

  • ride your bikeParking. Please remember that this concert takes place in a neighborhood park. Please drive slowly, pay close attention to pedestrians – especially the little ones, and take great care not to block driveways when parking your car. Better yet? Try riding your bikes, scooters or walking to the event!
  • Picnic Areas. The park is mostly lawn with a few picnic benches scattered about. Picnic Areas are first come first served. There are some BBQs permanently affixed to some of the sites and are NOT PERMITTED for use during the concert.  In addition, you MAY NOT bring portable grills for use in the park.
  • Seating. Some folks like to get to the park early to set up their area well before the show starts. We ask that you please take into account the height of your picnic chairs and try to not impede the line of sight for the majority of folks who will be sitting in low chairs or on picnic blankets. We ask that higher seating stays to the perimeter of the crowd or towards the back of the park. Please, no umbrellas.
  • Pets Many people ask if Dogs are allowed. Leashed dogs are always welcome, but we would like for you to consider a few things before bringing your pet. Concerts can become crowded and many dogs are likely to become agitated and scared by the enormity of the crowd and the volume of the music. Your beloved pet might be happier at home, but you know your pet best. Dogs must be on-leash at all times.
  • Food. There will be a concession tent selling hamburgers, hot dogs, potato chips, and drinks, graciously operated and donated by the Optimist Club of Redwood City. All proceeds benefit the Save the Music program in Redwood City Schools. Again, we would like to remind you that portable grills are not allowed.
  • Alcohol. Beer and Wine are okay to bring during this event in the park. Please drink responsibly.
  • Trees & Plants. Our landscape staff works very hard to maintain the beautiful plants and trees in our parks. Please be aware that we have some smaller trees that are just not strong enough to support children climbing them, primarily the magnolias. Please help us to keep these delicate small trees healthy, and please stay out of the landscaped areas.

Lastly, we have plenty of trash and recycling receptacles around the park. Please do your part to help us keep our park clean.

stafford-park-concert_kids_800xMusic in the Park runs June 12-August 14, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Stafford Park, located at the corner of King St. and Hopkins Ave. in Redwood City (Map). The concerts couldn’t happen without the support of our generous sponsors: The Port of Redwood City, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Stanford University, Kaiser Permanente, WAVE Broadband, County Consumer Plumbing, Joyce & Tatum for Dwell Realtors, Duo- Karen Fryling & Rebecca Johnson, Redwood City Arts Commission, and Redwood City Parks, Recreation, and Community Services.

To keep up with all of the wonderful FREE events happening in Redwood City, subscribe to our weekly event news, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Coming to Music on the Square? Here are the FAQS

updated for 2019

Summer in Redwood City brings a wealth of excitement and there is no shortage of fun! With so many events happening downtown, we understand you may have questions! Here are the answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions that will help you plan your visit downtown and optimize your experience!

What is your seating policy? When can I set up?

Attendees for Music on the Square may not set up tables/chairs prior to 3:00PM. Music on the Square has become a favorite event on the Peninsula. It takes quite a bit of time for our staff to set-up for each concert, early arrivals only add to the time it takes to set-up as not all walkways, seating areas, and other necessary items needed for the production of a safe and successful concert are in place.

What sort of public transportation is available?

There are several bus lines and Caltrain that stop within blocks of Courthouse Square. Links to those websites can be found here.

Where is the best place to park?

Click here for more information on parking.

Is there anything to do downtown after concerts end at 8:00PM?

Yes! Yes! Yes! There are a number of great bars and restaurants, music venues, movie theaters, as well as hotels & inns within the city limits of Redwood City. Please visit the City of Redwood City website for more info.

Are there restrooms?

Restrooms with hand-washing facilities are available on the Hamilton Side of the Courthouse.

Are there trash and recycling bins?

Portable recycling & trash receptacles are provided surrounding the Square for your convenience. However, in an effort to minimize the burden on the Parks Department clean-up crew, it is highly recommended that you carry away any waste you produce and deposit it in your home recycling containers.

Is there a fee for the events?

Most of our events are FREE! Anyone can come and watch the music, movies and attend most festivals for free. The only fee-based events are the Zoppe Italian Family Circus and Oktoberfest.

Can I smoke on the Square?

Sorry. There is no smoking allowed at Courthouse Square. (ordinance 33A.39.I)

Can I bring alcohol to the Square? (No Glass)

Beer and Wine are okay to bring during most City Run Events on the Square. Please make sure that all beverages are in plastic cups or cans. Glass bottled beverages are NOT allowed at events. This policy will be enforced. 

Can I bring food and/or drinks to Courthouse Square? (No Glass)

Yes, food and drink are allowed. In addition, there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance for you to enjoy a great meal before or after a show, or get take-out from during the events. Click here for the Downtown Dining Guide.

Are dogs allowed at the concerts?

Pets are not recommended. We would like for you to think twice about bringing your pet to our Summer Concert Series. It is very crowded and most dogs are likely to become agitated and scared by the enormity of the crowd and the volume of the music. Your beloved pet might be happier at home.

What items are prohibited?

The following are prohibited by the City of Redwood City: Tents, umbrellas, grills, portable generators, items that disrupt the concert. Tape or any other material, or hanging or posting anything on trees, plants or light posts.

Can I bring an Umbrella?

Please no umbrellas, they block the view of others.
We appreciate your compliance with our rules. To view them online, visit our event site here. Have more questions? Let us know in the comments!

About Music on the Square

Music on the Square runs May 31-August 30, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 pm on Courthouse Square, located at 2200 Broadway in Downtown Redwood City (Map). The concerts couldn’t happen without the support of our generous sponsors.

To keep up with all of the wonderful FREE events happening in Redwood City, visit our websitesubscribe to our weekly event news, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! #rwcevents

Stafford Park Concerts Start Tonight! Gentle Reminders…

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Updated for 2016

It really starts to feel like Summer when Music in the Park begins! That magical day has come! Tonight, from 6:00-8:00 pm, folks can enjoy a family-friendly event, visiting with neighbors and friends, listening to great live music, eating a picnic dinner, and relaxing in the beautiful atmosphere of one of Redwood City’s most popular Parks. What could be better?
Here are some gentle reminders to help make Music in the Park enjoyable for the entire community:

  • ride your bikeParking. Please remember that this concert takes place in a neighborhood park. Please drive slowly, pay close attention to pedestrians – especially the little ones, and take great care to not block driveways when parking your car. Better yet? Try riding your bikes, scooters or walking to the event!
  • Picnic Areas. The park is mostly lawn with a few picnic benches scattered about. Picnic Areas are first come first serve. There are some BBQs permanently affixed to some of the sites and are NOT PERMITTED for use during the concert.  In addition, you MAY NOT bring portable grills for use in the park.
  • Seating. Some folks like to get to the park early to set up their area well before the show starts. We ask that you please take into account the height of your picnic chairs and try to not impede the line of site for the majority of folks who will be sitting in low chairs or on picnic blankets. We ask that higher seating stay to the perimeter of the crowd or towards the back of the park. Please, no umbrellas.
  • Pets Many people ask if Dogs are allowed. Leashed dogs are always welcome, but we would like for you to consider a few things before bringing your pet. Concerts can become crowded and many dogs are likely to become agitated and scared by the enormity of the crowd and the volume of the music. Your beloved pet might be happier at home, but you know your pet best. Dogs must be on leash at all times.
  • Food. There will be a concession tent selling hamburgers, hot dogs, potato chips and drinks, graciously operated and donated by the Optimist Club of Redwood City. All proceeds benefit the Save the Music program in Redwood City Schools. Again, we would like to remind you that portable grills are not allowed.
  • Alcohol. Beer and Wine are okay to bring during this event in the park. Please drink responsibly.
  • Trees & Plants. Our landscape staff works very hard to maintain the beautiful plants and trees in our parks. Please be aware that we have some smaller trees that are just not strong enough to support children climbing them, primarily the magnolias. Please help us to keep these delicate small trees healthy.

Lastly, we have plenty of trash and recycling receptacles around the park. Please do your part to help us keep our park clean.

stafford-park-concert_kids_800xMusic in the Park runs June 15-August 17, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Stafford Park, located at the corner of King St. and Hopkins Ave. in Redwood City (Map). The concerts couldn’t happen without the support of our generous sponsors: The Port of Redwood City, The Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, Indigo Urban Luxury Living, Kaiser Permanente, Brian Ayer – Realtor, County Consumer Plumbing and Redwood City Parks, Recreation, and Community Services.

To keep up with all of the wonderful FREE events happening in Redwood City, subscribe to our weekly event news, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Places to Chill – It’s HOT Outside!

Stafford Park water feature

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It. Is. HOT. It’s not even summer yet and we are scrambling for ways to beat the heat!  Herkner Pool won’t be open until June 17th- when our Summer staff is hired, trained, and of course, out of school, but in the meantime, we have plenty of other places to go and “chill.”

Stafford Park Snail

1. Stafford Park

King St./Hopkins Ave. (map)

Water feature operates May – October from 11am-7pm.

It turns off from 12-1pm & 3-4pm.

Amenities: Playground, Tot lot, Picnic Area, Grass Play Area, BBQs and Restrooms

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2. Andrew Spinas Park

2nd Ave./Bay Road (map)

Water feature operates May – October from 11am-7pm.
It turns off from 12-1pm & 3-4pm.

Amenities: Playground, Picnic Area, Play Area, Basketball Court, Lit Tennis Court and Restrooms

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Fleishman Park Water Feature

3. Fleishman Park

Locust St. / McEvoy St. (map)

Water feature operates May – October from 11am-7pm.
It turns off from 12-1pm & 3-4pm.

Amenities: Playground, Picnic Area, Play Area, BBQs and Restrooms

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Maddux Park Frogs

4. Maddux Park

Maddux Dr./Kensington Rd. (map)

Water feature operates May – October from 11am-7pm.
It turns off from 12-1pm & 3-4pm.

Amenities: Playground, Tot Lot, Picnic Area, Restrooms & nice, Grass Play Area.

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Stulsaft Water Play

5. Stulsaft Park

3737 Farm Hill Blvd. (map)

Water feature operates May – October from 11am-7pm.
It turns off from 12-1pm & 3-4pm.

Amenities: Hiking Trails & Creek, Playground, Tot Lot, Picnic Area, BBQ pits, Soccer Field & Restrooms

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Camp FairAlso, don’t miss our Parks Alive! Camp Fair! (click for info) tomorrow (5/4) at Red Morton Community Center from 1:00-4:00pm!

Meet our camp providers, ask as many questions as you desire, and let your kids play in our inflatable play area or get acquainted with the staff by experiencing some of the hands-on activities available for them to try.

Meet Camp Directors from: Camp Kaboom, Camp Whatchamacalit, Camp Polliwog, Junior & Mighty Mountaineers, Explorers, High-5. In addition, these camp vendors will also be available to answer your questions: Mad Science, Skyhawks Sports Camps, Celebrate Art!, Play-well Teknologies, Freshi Media, San Carlos Children’s Theater, Bayshore Elite Gymnastics.

Why did I include this in our cooling off post? Well, we have air-conditioning!

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Visit our website for more information about Summer Swim at  Herkner Pool, located at 1315 Madison Avenue in Red Morton Park,  Click here for information about our 2013 Aquatics program!


Tick Tock! Time is Running Out to Enter Our T-Shirt Contest!

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Do you like to draw? Do you LOVE Downtown Redwood City? Do you need $250?

The clock is ticking! Our Downtown Events T-Shirt Design Contest is well underway. You can proudly walk around town and tell that person with your design on their shirt, “Hey! I made that!”

We are looking for the artist who creates the image that best captures the excitement and fun of our downtown “on the Square” events, including ART on the Square, Movies on the Square and the wildly popular Music on the Square.

Images may be used on T-shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts, as well as on the web, and for Advertising/PR purposes by the City of Redwood City. The winner will receive $250, courtesy of the Redwood City Parks & Arts Foundation and be acknowledged via email, social media platforms, and by the City.

DEADLINE IS APRIL 22, 2013!  Click here for more info!

 

Music in the Parks = SUMMER’S HERE!

Before we had the Community Living Room – a.k.a Courthouse Square, we had our Parks. The Stafford Park Concert Series always signified the beginning of Summer to me and many of our supportive Mt. Carmel neighbors. What’s better than sitting outside and listening to music, a picnic dinner, meeting your neighbors, having a safe place for your kids to play, all while soaking up some of the best weather in the world? NOT MUCH! And yes, I said it…THE WORLD!

Music in the ParkThis fantastic community event, now known as Music in the Park, begins tonight (6/20) from 6:00-8:00pm at Stafford Park. We’ll open the series with Sinister Dexter, a “ten-piece soul machine that brings the unique sound of the great funk horn bands!” So bring your family, a picnic dinner – or cash for the Optimist Hot Dog & Hamburger Cart (proceeds support Music in the Schools!), a blanket or low lawn chair and whatever attitude you are wearing…because you will leave happy. Promise!

Sounds of the ShoresIn addition to Music in the Park, Sounds of the Shores – our Marlin Park series starts this coming Sunday, June 24th! Local rock band Stealing 3rd, will open our series and get the crowd going on our new day and time! Shows are now on Sundays from 5:00-7:00pm so you can bring the whole family to enjoy this wonderful event!  We’ve not only made the day and time more accessible, but we have your picnic dinner taken care of too. This year, we’ve added FOOD TRUCKS to our event. Capelo’s Hill Country Barbeque will be out there with BBQ sliders, sandwiches, hot dogs, ribs, vegetarian sides and more!! We are looking forward to an AWESOME Sunday in the Shores!

For more info about our bazillion events in Redwood City, the Peninsula’s Entertainment Capital, visit www.redwoodcityevents.com!

Happy Summer y’all!

ChatterBlock Shines a Spotlight on Redwood City!


Several months ago or so, I had a meeting with an excited group of Canadians who were looking to launch their new social media website on the Peninsula, geared towards parents. They started in Victoria, British Columbia and then decided that this would be the next great place to spawn their next locale. If you haven’t heard of ChatterBlock yet, check it out! It is looking to become a great resource for Parents in our region to access Activities and Events for Children on the Peninsula. I could spend a ton of time telling you about it, but it’s probably easier for you to just visit and check it out yourself!

They recently asked if they could shine a spotlight on our Department, and in 2.2 seconds I responded with an enthusiastic YES! Thank you ChatterBlock for becoming a new partner of ours. We LOVE the extra promotion and resources you are providing us and our neighboring Communities!

Read their Blog Post HERE!