O’Neill Regional Park: Go Wild Outside

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O'Neill Regional Park in Trabuco Canyon has a distinctly wilderness feel with options for hiking and camping. I camped there when I was a college student long ago. Rancho Santa Margarita sure cozied up next to it, huh? It's nestled back up in the foothills at the intersection of Live Oak and Trabuco Canyon roads. This is a beautiful time of year to go with the green hills and … [Read more...]

Cheat Sheet to Park and Beach Passes for OC Families

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Which park passes should you buy if you are a family living in Orange County, CA? It's a question that plagues parents who wants to play outside more, but don't have the time to research every possible outing or admission price. I will try to make it easy for you. Your choices range from: Spend $0 - see FREE PLAY. Spend $55/year - OCParks.com County Regional and … [Read more...]

Back Bay Science Center Community Days in Newport Beach

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Back Bay Science Center is open on Sundays for Community Days from 10am to 2pm -- making it the perfect destination for a bike ride along Back Bay Drive (Mountains to Sea Trail & Bikeway) from Vista Point.  It’s an open house style event with tanks to see and volunteers to help guide you through the Center’s exhibits. Directions to Back Bay Science Center: When … [Read more...]

Central Park in Huntington Beach for Kids and Families

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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

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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...]