Up on the roof.
Fast forward a couple decades and although I didn't allow my boys to full access to our roof, there was a slope over the garage accessible from the front porch. Stargazing was permitted and even encouraged. I have fond memoirs of of the three of us huddled together on our perch. Sometimes we'd snuggle in a blanket at night and other times we'd eat ice cream and survey the 'hood. The quiet of the night was often the perfect setting for 1-on-1 mother/son talks. I cherish that time. Yes, the neighbors would double take. To which we'd laugh and wave.
So it's no wonder why I adore a roof top deck. Here's a few from my Pinterest page.
For photo credit and more rooftop decks, go to http://pinterest.com/sipofspokane/up-on-the-roof/