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...]

Crown Valley Park: Seeing the Forest for the Splash Pad

Crown Valley

Crown Valley Park in Laguna Niguel sports a new forest theme and splash pad thanks to a total renovation in Winter/Spring 2015 which now includes an amphitheater, restroom building, splash pad and new forest-themed play equipment. The City of Laguna Niguel calls it a "sprayground." Directions to Crown Valley Community Park Splash Pad: From the Interstate 5, take the … [Read more...]