Concerned about dwindling numbers of urban bees? Are you harvesting fewer fruits and vegetables because of a lack of pollination? Can’t think of any new child-friendly, educational outings? Check out the UC Davis Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven (free admission, details at Here you can stroll a half-acre bee-friendly demonstration garden full of practical tips on how to turn your yard into an apian paradise. You and the kids might show solidarity with the bees by donning black and yellow striped rugby shirts and strapping toilet plungers to your respective booties (this will also help with social distancing, as other garden visitors will steer clear as if you were killer bees). And if you are already in the valley, and you really want to get into it, consider driving a few miles further east, to Sacramento Beekeeping Supplies ( An excellent resource for supplies.