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

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...]