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...]

Boomers Buccaneer Cove is the New Splash in Town


I bet you already know about Boomers Buccaneer Cove in Irvine. You've probably watched the construction since the beginning of Summer 2013. I have to say up front that Boomers is usually my husband's area of expertise. He takes the kids there - without me - once every couple of years.  I keep the place in my "Vegas for Kids" file along with venues like Chuck E. Cheese.  I much … [Read more...]

Dinosaur Park in Laguna Hills: Dive Into Undersea Fossils

dinosaur park in laguna hills

Dinosaur Park in Laguna Hills is the most common name I've heard for this amazing fossil-themed park behind the Laguna Hills Community Center at the corner of Alicia and Paseo De Valencia. I've also heard it called: Dino Park and Prehistoric Park. It's a great run-around park with 2 different levels and all sorts of play equipment. Location: Exit Interstate 5 at Alicia … [Read more...]

El Toro Park in Lake Forest: Tidepools Without the Tide


El Toro Park or El Toro Community Park got press from the Orange County Register a day after its grand opening in September 2010, where reporter Erika Ritchie gave a great run-down of Lake Forest plans.  I have only visited this park twice, to get a better feel for what it's like on a daily basis - read the comments section. Location: The playground is located very near the … [Read more...]

Splashy Play at Irvine Spectrum


Now that the weather is heating up, I've received lots of requests for water play areas at local parks. As always, I'm starting with what I know. And although I don't know Irvine shopping - I'm pretty good at playing at the Spectrum. Location: The Spectrum is the Irvine shopping center visible from where Interstate 405 and 5 meet. Irvine Center Drive is the exit to take from … [Read more...]