Our first trip to Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach turned out to be quite the summer adventure. The first day we went, there was a press conference in the interpretive center. There was no staff available to give us any direction on where to hike with kids. So I returned the next day with husband in tow. The interpretive center was closed when we arrived, but opened … [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.
Visiting Turtle Rock Nature Center and playground in Irvine turned into a very enjoyable afternoon for my kids and I. I recorded the visit in my Simple Nature Adventures post, but neglected to write up a full post about Turtle Rock Community Park or the nature center. So now you get to learn about both! Location of Turtle Rock Nature Center and Community Park in Irvine: … [Read more...]
Peter Green Park in Huntington Beach is a reader favorite with large whimsical play structures and easy view of the kids while they play. Location: Near the intersection of Garfield and Main. Take Beach Blvd and bear right on Main (from the 405) or take Main (from Pacific Coast Highway). Turn onto Promenade from Main, turn left onto Seagate. The parking lot is on the … [Read more...]
TeWinkle Park and Angel's Playground is adorned with names of generous individuals and philanthropic groups who helped create Angels Playground. According to the Angels Charity website, "the plan was the inspiration of Costa Mesa residents, Mr. and Mrs. Doug Hansen, whose daughter, Angel, is severely disabled." Groundbreaking for the park occurred in November, … [Read more...]
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...]