Crown Valley Park: Seeing the Forest for the Splash Pad

Crown Valley

Crown Valley Park in Laguna Niguel sports a new forest theme and splash pad thanks to a total renovation in Winter/Spring 2015 which now includes an amphitheater, restroom building, splash pad and new forest-themed play equipment. The City of Laguna Niguel calls it a "sprayground." Directions to Crown Valley Community Park Splash Pad: From the Interstate 5, take the … [Read more...]

Visit Lake Gregory for Weekend Water Play

Lake Gregory

I never knew about Lake Gregory until my friend, Noel of Bosh Images and mom to a 9 year old and toddler, shared her amazing experience there. Now I wanna go! Here's her write-up for you . . .  A short drive up the mountains, before you get to Lake Arrowhead there is a small lake with large sized fun packed in it. Lake Gregory has no shortage of things to do, from … [Read more...]

2 Kid-Friendly San Diego Beaches with Playgrounds

2 Kid-Friendly San Diego Beaches with Playgrounds

Reader Question: I’m going to Northern San Diego for Saturday and Sunday this weekend.  It’ll be mostly with my 3 year old and myself so I’m thinking about spending most of Saturday at a beach.  This means either Oceanside, Carlsbad, or possibly Encinitas.  I want an easy access to the beach with some quick-bite choices in the vicinity. I'll suggest these two kid-friendly … [Read more...]

9 Tips for the Kindergarten and Under Crew at Legoland California


In between holiday weekends in January and February (or right after Labor Day) is a less-busy time to visit Legoland California with the Kindergarten and under crew. Here are my 9 tips for getting the most enjoyment out of your Legoland trip with young children. 1. Go Left. Start your day by heading to the left from the main entrance – the bulk of the rides for younger kids … [Read more...]

Slow Down for Family Time at the Whitewater Preserve


The Wildlands Conservancy lands have officially moved to the top of my list of favorite wild spaces.  After taking our annual family fall hike through the Oak Glen Preserve -- which is also part of the Conservancy -- the ranger talked us into heading to Whitewater Preserve. Wow!  I'm so glad we extended our adventure to check out this beautiful place.  The weather was … [Read more...]