Posts by Michele Whiteaker

IlluminOcean at Dana Point Harbor


IlluminOcean in Dana Point Harbor is a new ocean-themed holiday light display. Their tagline is "40 Nights of Holiday Lights" - so the event opened on November 26th and ends on January 4th. I happened to be having dinner in harbor on a Wednesday and so only got a quick peek of the IlluminOcean light displays. However, I returned on Friday for the Boat Parade with my whole … [Read more...]

7 Places to Help OC Non-Profits (& Play!) While You Shop Local


Did you know you can help OC non-profits as you "shop local" for gifts.  I wanted to talk about my favorite places to actually GO and get gifts where you can give to a local non-profit while finding something really special for your friend or loved one.  The other bonus for you - or the kids if you bring them - is that each of these places make a great outing and serves as an … [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...]