Earlier this month T and I met up with his former preschool on a field trip to the Earl Burns Miller (EBM) Japanese Garden at Cal State-Long Beach (CSULB). Located just about a half-mile from the CSULB campus, the preschool takes a walking trip to the garden once a summer (or has the last three that we’ve been affiliated with the school), and I thought ahead and found out when they’d be going this season so that if T wanted he could have a mini-reunion with his former school mates. Since concluding his two-year stint in preschool at the end of June, T had just asked about some of his school buddies recently, so this was a perfectly timed opportunity to go and see them but without the confusion of returning to the school’s campus – and we got to visit one of Long Beach’s most picturesque locations in all the city as a beautiful bonus!
I am glad we made time in our schedule to pop in and say hello to T’s friends and teachers. Not only did T have a great time seeing everyone and feeding the fish, but we also got to see the gorgeous green gardens on this very clear and not terribly hot summer day. It really was a lovely 45 minutes spent between our regular routine of the gym and lunchtime/ mid-day break. Our visit also reminded me that this is a place that we used to go at least once or twice per year, and it definitely had been longer than this since we’d been last; note to self that it’s time to put the EBM Japanese Garden back into our family’s “what are we going to do today?!” outing rotation!
Located on the CSULB campus, EBM Japanese Garden is open to the public five days a week (closed Mondays and Saturdays and for private special events; check the calendar of events and this page for other general visitor information). Admission is always FREE, and parking is a modest cost at one of the half-dozen or so dedicated one-hour meters across from the entrance (still on campus), so just remember to bring a few quarters along in your pocket. You’ll also want to remember your change so you can get some fish food inside the garden for the koi, too (bring your own container to hold the fish pellets also).
One more tip, RMT’ers: CSULB returns for Fall 2012 session on Monday August 20 (one week from today!), so this week would be a great time to stroll through the garden before the secret’s out and the garden (and its parking meters and the campus in general) becomes busier with new and returning students.