Posts by Michele Whiteaker

New Year’s in Nature

Where to Celebrate New Year's in Nature

It's not hard to celebrate a family-friendly New Year's in nature.  Keep an eye on the weather, because rain may cause the cancellation of some of these events. Our family tradition is to make sure we get out to see the last sunset of the year AND the first sunset of the year - which is sometimes problematic due to fog & rain (but we at least try). I'd much rather get … [Read more...]

Outdoor Play Activities for California “Cold” Weather

outdoor play for cold weather

Outdoor play activities can be challenging when it's chilly. California "cold" weather isn't really that cold. Still, it's tough to convince my friends with kids to get outside and play when rain threatens or there's a blustery wind.  I guess we're spoiled by great beach and park play day weather? Outdoor time is still important any time of year. Remember how good it feels to … [Read more...]

Lake Forest Sports Park Playgrounds and Recreation Center

Lake Forest Sports Park

The Lake Forest Sports Park playgrounds and Recreation Center is my new favorite place to hang out. I think this might be the most underestimated place for fun in South County! I finally had a lazy weekend morning to really explore this park enough to cover it for you. I spent over an hour wandering around and I didn't even come close to seeing everything! Even though I … [Read more...]

Marina Park in Newport Beach on the Balboa Peninsula

Marina Park in Newport Beach

Marina Park in the Newport Beach on the Balboa Peninsula is the first harbor-side playground on the Peninsula.  There is already Peninsula Park playground at the Balboa Pier and the smaller 38th Street Park and Newport Island Park, but I predict Marina Park will serve as a community hub for its location near the Balboa Fun Zone and upscale feel. Directions to Marina Park … [Read more...]