Every year for as long as I can remember I’ve gone with my Grandma to visit the Japanese Friendship Garden at Kelley Park in San Jose (CA). Its something I have always looked forward to and now, many years later, it is something my children look forward to when we are in the area visiting their Great Grandma.
The Japanese Friendship Garden is a beautiful area filled with greenery as far as you can see and several ponds that are all interconnected and filled with large koi fish and hungry ducks. The koi fish and ducks are actually the main attraction for most guests. For a quarter you can feed them a handful of food, so we always make sure to have a few dollars worth of coins on hand. This time around we probably spent about $15 in quarters so Isabella could throw handfuls of food at the fish and the ducks. It was worth every quarter (or should I say dollar? lol) because she really just had the time of her life out there.
Can you see the excitement on Isabella’s face in the picture above? She literally kicked and screamed when it was time to leave – she wanted to stay there for the rest of the day!
It makes me so happy to be able keep this old tradition alive with my Grandma and my kids. Even at my age, its still such a fun little trip to make and enjoyable for everyone.
If you have any family traditions that you have hung on to with your kids I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below!