After “springing forward” an hour for Daylight Savings Time and as we head into the Spring and Summer weather, we will all be again enjoying the warm, California sunshine. Families can head to local parks, participate in neighborhood activities, and enjoy the multitude of indoor and outdoor activities our community has to offer. Check out the links to parks and recreation departments and other community website resources below.
Santa Clara County Parks - https://www.sccgov.org/sites/parks/
San Jose Public Library - https://www.sjpl.org/
San Jose Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services - http://www.sanjoseca.gov/prns
Los Gatos-Saratoga Recreation - http://www.lgsrecreation.org/
Guadalupe River Park Conservancy - http://www.grpg.org/
Visit San Jose Website - http://www.sanjose.org/activities/kids-family/
With children outside a little longer in the day, now is also a great time to have a discussion with your family about safety. No community is completely immune from safety concerns, and parents can take any opportunity to help children understand safety rules and what to do in an emergency. There are a multitude of tips and resources to help parents begin and continue talking to their children about being safe.
Make sure your children are familiar with your neighborhood, whether or not they walk to or from school. Children should know which areas or roads are unsafe, as well as safe places they can go in an emergency (e.g. the library, police station, or trusted neighbor the child knows.) Communicate and set a practice with your children to check in with you often when they are not at home. Teach children to always be aware of their surroundings and help them understand what to do if anything makes them feel suspicious or uneasy.
Having these conversations and taking the time to go outside and practice safety directions with your children, will give them confidence when out in the community. There are also a multitude of community resources to support and inform our families. Some are listed below:
San Jose Police Department - http://www.sjpd.org/BFO/Community/
Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department - https://www.losgatosca.gov/43/Police-Services
California Megan's Law Website - http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/
National Crime Prevention Council - http://www.ncpc.org/
We hope that you enjoy the beautiful weather and wonderful activities our community and indeed our city has to offer.