Posts by Michele Whiteaker

Oso Viejo Community Park in Mission Viejo

Oso Viejo Community Park Mission Viejo

Oso Viejo Community Park is part of the Norman P. Murray Community Senior Center in Mission Viejo. The Senior Center is gorgeous with a fantastic patio garden and nice walkable trail. It's an all-around great outdoor experience. Location: From the 5 Freeway, take the La Paz exit and head east past Marguerite Parkway. Make a left on Veterans Way. (Address: 24932 Veterans … [Read more...]

Huell Howser Exhibit at Chapman University

Huell Howser Exhibit Chapman University

My friend, Christie, texted me about the Huell Howser Exhibit at Chapman University when it first opened to the public in March 2014. The anniversary of Huell's passing (January 2013) reminded me to go this year. A Chapman University professor is responsible for creating a documentary called: A Golden State of Mind: The Storytelling Genius of Huell Howser. It aired on my local … [Read more...]

Are There Any Parks with Lights in South OC?

Parks with Lights South OC

Are there any parks with lights in south OC? A longtime reader asked me this question about Mission Viejo parks long ago and it just came up again in a FB group of moms.  So I finally did my research to put together a list. The simple answer is: NO parks in South County are designed with lights on the playgrounds for play at night. Parks in the cities of: Aliso Viejo, … [Read more...]

Calafia Beach at San Clemente State Beach: A Tidal Treasure

Calafia State Beach

The hardest thing about a trip to Calafia Beach is pronouncing it! It's part of San Clemente State Beach, except you'll pass the State Beach entrance on your left and continue to the parking lot at the end of Calafia. It's a skinny strand of beach, so you'll definitely need to watch the tides to time your visit. Location: Take Interstate 5 to San Clemente. If you are coming … [Read more...]

National Geographic Earth Explorers at Discovery Cube OC

NG Earth Explorers at Discovery Cube OC

Discovery Cube OC hosts the National Geographic Earth Explorers exhibit through May 3rd, 2015, along with LEGO Travel Adventure for the little ones. It usually takes us about 1 hour to wander through the entire Discovery Cube OC exhibits. For NG Earth Explorers, we visited for a 2 hour media preview and didn't want to leave! This is a "touring exhibit" so you need to get to … [Read more...]