Central Park in Huntington Beach for Kids and Families

Huntington Beach Central Park

Central Park Huntington Beach is so massive that it has an east and west side. It's a beautiful oasis of nature right in the thick of Huntington Beach. Location: The best way to visit the WEST side of the park is off Edwards. Talbert changes into Varsity at Edwards - so don't get tricked and turn the wrong way. Turn onto Talbert from Edwards.  If you don't live in … [Read more...]

Santiago Oaks: My New Favorite Regional Park for Families


Santiago Oaks Regional Park feels very accessible to those who might be hesitant to explore the greater wilds of Orange County with kids.  I would feel comfortable taking a toddler here, because the hikes are short and the pay-offs are big. Directions to Santiago Oaks Regional Park: Drive up Jamboree like you are heading to Irvine Regional Park, but turn LEFT onto … [Read more...]

Visit the Ocean Institute in Dana Point for Learning About Local Nautical History and Marine Animals

Ocean Institute

I'm a total ocean and beach kid, so I feel a true connection to Ocean Institute in Dana Point.  Even more so, since the creation of The Maddie James Foundation and their involvement in the Seaside Learning Center. My ocean-loving, blond daughter's birthday is only a month after Maddie's. They were born in the same year. Even though I don't know Maddie's parents, our families … [Read more...]

What to Do in Orange County?

What to Do

I wanted to spotlight websites and blogs designed to answer the "What to do in Orange County?" question. Just as each writer and blogger has a different style of presenting information, each reader has a different preference for how to receive and process the information. Readers come to me for free or low cost outdoor activities, such as: Parks Beaches Museums and … [Read more...]