The Christmas Train at Irvine Park Railroad celebrated its 21st year when it opened December 1st. Christmas train tickets are ALREADY sold out for the 2016 season. BUT - you can still enjoy Santa's Village! On Lisa's visit (Volunteer Park Reporter) this area of the park really wasn't very busy, and it was easy for her kids to experience all of the activities that they were … [Read more...]
Central Orange County Playgrounds
Central OC playgrounds are in the cities of: Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach/Corona Del Mar, Orange, Santa Ana, and Tustin.
Balboa Pier and Peninsula Park in Newport Beach make me think of the good 'ole days at the beach. There are always families wandering around the shops and restaurants, kids riding bikes, and tourists visiting from out of town. On the summer day we visited, Junior Lifeguards were there, in force. Location: There are two piers on the Newport Peninsula: the Newport Pier … [Read more...]
Crystal Cove State Park's waters are a designated underwater park--which may be why the tidepooling was so amazing on our visit. December and January are notorious for the highest of high and lowest of low tides. I'm sure you'll find something different on every visit throughout the year. There is so much more to Crystal Cove than this one post. If you want to visit more … [Read more...]
Bill Barber Memorial Park's true name is Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park. Colonel William E. Barber died in April 2002 not far from the park which bears his name. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery having served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Colonel Barber received the Medal of Honor from President Truman for his bravery in Korea when he led "his troops … [Read more...]
Eisenhower Park sits at the base of Seal Beach Pier. The intersection of Main Street and Ocean Avenue is a great spot to start your exploration of Seal Beach. For those who may be wondering, piers are for strolling. You're at the beach! Take it slow and enjoy the scenery. Your kids will spot everything from surfers, to swimmers, to starfish and shellfish on the pier … [Read more...]