LandPaths is offering a free “No Child Left Inside” program this summer to give kids an opportunity for healthy, old-fashioned outdoor fun with other children.

Every Wednesday morning from July 1 to Aug. 12 kids accompanied by a parent or adult guardian, can hang out at either Bayer Farm in Roseland or Rancho Mark West off Calistoga Road.

Trained educators with LandPaths, stewards for many outdoor areas in Sonoma County, will lead preschoolers ranging from infants to age 5, in a varieties of activities. Older siblings may also come and participate.

At Bayer Farm, which LandPaths manages for the city of Santa Rosa, kids will garden, pick crops, cook, keep nature journals, play nature games, make crafts and engage in water play.

Kids can bring a sack lunch or stay after the program for a free lunch provided in partnership with The Redwood Empire Food Bank. Free lunches are offered at Bayer Farm daily to kids of all ages up to 18. Activities for youth also are scheduled daily after lunch. Bayer Farm is at 1550 West Ave. in Santa Rosa, across from Sheppard School.

At Rancho Mark West, a 124-acre “outdoor classroom,” owned by LandPaths, kids from 9 a.m. to noon will hike, play games, explore the redwoods, search for critters on Santa Rosa Creek and go canoeing. Kids should bring a picnic lunch. The ranch is at 7125 St. Helena Road off Calistoga Road.

Hours for the “No Child Left Inside” summer series are 9 a.m. to noon.

You can reach Staff Writer Meg McConahey at or 521-5204. On Twitter @megmcconahey.

Humor tips for health

Paul Osincup, president-elect of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, suggests that everyone should incorporate more humor into their lives. He suggests taking a break from the news and creating a five-minute funny every day. Here are a few ideas:

Make a list: At the end of the day, write down three funny things that happened to you. Research says it can increase happiness for up to six months

Video playlist: Create a play list of funny videos for yourself with weblinks that you an watch at the end of the day.

Podcast passion: Listen to funny podcasts to try to boost your mood on your way to work or on weekends.

Spread the laughter: Think about funny anecdotes and stories that have happened to you, tell them to people and see which ones make people laugh.

Go out and laugh: Check out a comedy club or a funny movie that you haven’t seen yet.

New stuff: Try to do something fun or novel. If you’re having friends over, think about playing a game. Something funny will happen when you’re in a new situation, and you are 30 times more likely to laugh in groups than by yourself

Laughter Yoga: This type of yoga incorporates intentional laughter. You body does not differentiate between forced laughter and the real thing, and laughter can increase blood flow, reduce inflammation and increase pain tolerance. It also takes your mind of your problems.


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