Life can be so hectic when you have kids. The calendar fills up at breakneck speed with organized activities and then when we have a break, we always have chores and errands and things we "should" do; we should wash the windows, we should plant a garden, we should clean our closets! My plea to you is put the should's aside when your kids are young and explore your neighborhood with them.
I know you have heard it before. Children grow up so fast. That's why now is the time to enjoy exploring with them. Encourage their curiosity. Broaden their horizons. Take the time now, because before you know it...the calendar will not be as full, they will be on to their own adventures and their curious spirit and community awareness will be a credit to you.