Why Every Southern California Kid Should Go Whale Watching

Why EverySouthern California Kid Should

Dana Wharf Whale Watching invited my family on a whale watching trip at the end of February. Every time we go whale watching with Dana Wharf is a different experience. The boat is always sturdy and the captain and crew are always accomodating -- but we never see the same thing twice.  March is time for the Dana Point Festival of Whales and a special opportunity to catch the … [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...]

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...]

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

shop-local-and-play

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...]