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...]

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...]

Reata Park in San Juan Capistrano

reata park and event center

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...]

Mile Square Park Nature Area


Mile Square Regional Park’s Nature Area is a special 15 acre natural park area with native plants tucked away in the upper half of Mile Square Regional Park, nestled between the golf course and the regular park area.  You wouldn't even know it's there if you're passing by on Euclid or Edinger. Location: The nature area entrance is in Parking Lot “F” which is closest to … [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...]