Does summer strike fear in your heart? It's like looking at an empty page for a writer; an empty canvas for an artist. Summer seems like a blank slate to fill. The thing to remember is that summer is fleeting, just like childhood. So here are 5 Reasons Why You Should Relish (Rather Than Dread) Summer With Your Kids: Reason #1 - Slowing Down for Long Lazy Days More … [Read more...]
Beaches in OC
Find the best beaches for nature walks, whale viewing, sunsets, and family outings. I also give lessons on how to spot dolphins from shore and share tidepooling tips. Playgrounds near the beach are also included in this category. Just keep clicking the "Next Page" link at the bottom of the page. You'll even find out how to pack a bag for the beach and where to see trains while you play by the shore.
I'm not a fan of hot playgrounds. Make that heat, in general. I'd rather bundle up on a chilly day than sweat like a maniac in 100 degree weather. We lived in the desert when my oldest was born through about age 2 and a half. I know the pain of slogging to playgrounds and playgroups in the summertime. However, I do have some tips to make it bearable and maybe you can chime … [Read more...]
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...]
I never realized how many OC beach playgrounds we actually have for playing right in the sand! But, then again, why am I surprised with so many Orange County beaches suited for families? Years ago, I wrote up a similar list for the family travel website Trekaroo.com. You should check them out if you're planning family trips this summer. I know many of the prolific travelers and … [Read more...]
Orange County beach and ocean sunsets are the perfect ending to our days playing outdoors. We've lived away from the beach - up in the mountains of Colorado or in the Piedmont of North Carolina - so I especially appreciate the opportunity to see the waves crashing as the sun sets behind Catalina Island. We see an ocean sunset at least once a week and strive for more. My son's … [Read more...]