Posts by Michele Whiteaker

Dana Crest Park: Simply a Dream for Multiple Kids

Dana Crest Park

Dana Crest Park in Dana Point is in a quiet neighborhood with plenty of areas to wander. My sister easily brought four kids under the age of 5 to this park and had no trouble watching them all.  The kids seem to the love the little make-believe houses most of all. A reader calls this the "other dinosaur park" in deference to the big dinosaur park in Laguna … [Read more...]

Sea Canyon Park in Dana Point

Sea Canyon Park Dana Point

Sea Canyon Park in Dana Point is an awesome park for climbers. I love that the big kid equipment is safely enclosed so even little kids can wander around. Directions to Sea Canyon Park: From Golden Lantern, turn onto Acapulco near Dana Hills High School. Make a right on Elisa, left on Santiago. Address: 33093 Santiago Drive, Dana Point, CA. MAP to Sea Canyon Park in Dana … [Read more...]

O’Neill Regional Park: Go Wild Outside

o'neill regional

O'Neill Regional Park in Trabuco Canyon has a distinctly wilderness feel with options for hiking and camping. I camped there when I was a college student long ago. Rancho Santa Margarita sure cozied up next to it, huh? It's nestled back up in the foothills at the intersection of Live Oak and Trabuco Canyon roads. This is a beautiful time of year to go with the green hills and … [Read more...]

Cheat Sheet to Park and Beach Passes for OC Families

cheat sheet park passes

Which park passes should you buy if you are a family living in Orange County, CA? It's a question that plagues parents who wants to play outside more, but don't have the time to research every possible outing or admission price. I will try to make it easy for you. Your choices range from: Spend $0 - see FREE PLAY. Spend $55/year - OCParks.com County Regional and … [Read more...]