Posts by Michele Whiteaker

Melinda Park in Mission Viejo

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Melinda Park in Mission Viejo sits right along Rancho Santa Margarita Parkway on the border of Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita. It has great views of Saddleback Mountain. Directions to Melinda Park: Sits at the corner of Melinda and Rancho Santa Margarita Parkway. Melinda is between Alicia Parkway and Marguerite Parkway. It's also reachable by taking Olympiad … [Read more...]

Moms Who Make Outdoors Happen: Desiree’s Story


Welcome to a new series on my blog where I invite Moms Who Make Outdoors Happen to share their stories. I always say that YOU know what I’m talking about on this blog better than me! YOU are the experts out there from the playgrounds to the campgrounds, from your backyard tales to hiking the trails. Desiree is a long-time reader who I just finally met in person this … [Read more...]

Best Outdoor Fall Family Traditions in OC

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October is my favorite month for families in Orange County!  I made my picks of the best outdoor fall family traditions in OC based on the family outdoor experience and if it's low or no-cost. Wait! Almost forgot. Before you read any further, think about your fall. Think about how you want to spend your time. If you want to snuggle at home with a cup of soup and a good book, … [Read more...]

Reata Park in San Juan Capistrano

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Reata Park in San Juan Capistrano features native gardens and an arboretum with mighty oaks and shady sycamores. It's nice to have some protected open space in the middle of all the development around Ortega Highway and Antonio Parkway. Directions to Reata Park and Event Center: Take Ortega Highway east from Interstate 405. Reata Park will be on your right just before … [Read more...]

7 New Reasons to Visit Discovery Cube OC


The Discovery Cube OC expansion opened in June 2015. We've written a review of what you can expect including 7 New Reasons to Visit Discovery Cube OC. I got to experience the new exhibits at a media preview right before the expansion was completed, then our volunteer park reporter (Lisa) brought her boys to see the completed version. Although, I'm sharing what's new AT … [Read more...]