Posts by Michele Whiteaker

2014 Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train & Tree Ranch


The 19th Annual Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train & Tree Ranch are opening on November 28th. Read about our trip to the 2013 Christmas Train and see photos of the lights from last year. (Remember, you can visit the Irvine Park Railroad with your family by paying your OCParks entrance of $3 or $5 -- and enjoy the lights and festive setting for free. There is no charge … [Read more...]

Discovery Cube Los Angeles Science Museum for Kids


For my Orange County readers, the Discovery Cube OC science museum off the I-5 in Santa Ana is a familiar sight. Well, there's a NEW cube in LA! Discovery Cube Los Angeles science museum for kids, adults, teachers and the whole Southern California community opens to the public on Thursday, November 13th, 2014.  My family got a first look at the new museum during a Family Media … [Read more...]

Montane Botanic Garden and Children’s Outdoor Discovery Center

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The Southern California Montane Botanic Garden and Children's Outdoor Discovery Center is known in our family as our "Annual Oak Glen Hike." Apple picking is optional! The main reason we go is to get out onto the family-friendly trails in fall. Why don't you come along with us? This is such a great interpretive hike for the kids and when you come back every year - and … [Read more...] Volunteer Divers Monitor Underwater Parks Volunteer Divers

The Resorts at Dana Point are founding partners in the Reef Check Foundation's Adopt-a-Reef program. Reef Check trains and supports a network of volunteer divers to monitor over 100 protected underwater parks in California - and many more internationally. (It's a lot more complicated than that with different protection designations for different areas, but we'll call them … [Read more...]