8 Ideas for Spring Break Family Activities Away From The Crowds

Spring Break Away from the Crowds

Sometimes families face challenges planning their spring break family activities. If you have school-age kids, they're home. If you don't then you're fighting crowds to do the things you normally do without competing with the droves of school kids. I have a particularly vivid memory of driving the kids to Legoland during spring break -- only to wait an HOUR to get into the … [Read more...]

Places to Go in OC with Green Hills

places to go in oc with green hills

Having lived in places where this season is marked by the color brown, I just love California's green winters. But the weather is heating up for spring and we'll be losing our green hills to the brown of summer. So I wanted to put together a little list of places to go in OC with green hills for family hikes. The disclaimer is that this list is only good after the rain has come … [Read more...]

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...]