I put together 6 summer activities for your family play calendar. (If you aren't able to be home with our kids over summer, click over to my post on OC Summer Camps with Outdoor Themes or just plan your summer activities on the weekends.) I'm a big proponent of free play and just hanging out. I don't want you to overschedule your kids over the summer - but routines and … [Read more...]
Find the best nature hikes to take with families in Orange County. Many are more like nature walks and designed more for connecting your family to the outdoors. Families can relax together!
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...]
We ventured out on an Aliso Wood Canyons wildflower hike not really expecting to see this incredible variety of blooms. Most people think of wildflowers in Southern California as fields of golden poppies or yellow mustard plants (non-native invasive species). True wildflower spotting takes a little patience and looking VERY closely at your surroundings. I've hiked this route … [Read more...]
When I think of Newport Beach, I think of sailing and the ocean. Even their city seal sports sails, fish, and the ocean. So that's why it makes sense that the architecture of the Newport Beach Civic Center and Park (NBCC) should match that vision. The roofline looks like waves and when I walk into the park the paths wind and turn in a natural rolling motion. I can see … [Read more...]
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...]