Christmas Train at Irvine Park Railroad


The Christmas Train at Irvine Park Railroad celebrates its 20th year when it opens the day after Thanksgiving. So why am I writing about it NOW? Because tickets are ALREADY on sale and some dates are ALREADY sold out.  I don't want you to miss out on the fun. Mapping Out the Festivities Every year, it seems they add more lights and the location becomes more … [Read more...]

Santiago Oaks: My New Favorite Regional Park for Families

santiago oaks

Santiago Oaks Regional Park feels very accessible to those who might be hesitant to explore the greater wilds of Orange County with kids.  I would feel comfortable taking a toddler here, because the hikes are short and the pay-offs are big. Directions to Santiago Oaks Regional Park: Drive up Jamboree like you are heading to Irvine Regional Park, but turn LEFT onto … [Read more...]

Playful Sponsor Feature: Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park


Many thanks to Wheel Fun Rentals for their sponsorship. Their generous support over the years helps ensure I can keep bringing play to Orange County. Remember when volunteer North County Parks Reporter, Lisa, took a spin on a Wheel Fun Rentals® surrey bike at Irvine Regional Park? Wheel Fun Rentals® at Irvine Regional Park offers bike and paddle boat rentals. Their fleet of … [Read more...]

Coastkeeper Natural Play Garden

Coastkeeper Nature Playground

The Coastkeeper Natural Play Garden is (what I believe to be) the first public nature playground in Orange County.  I cannot tell you how excited I am to share this magical place with you and your kids. All I did as a child was play outdoors and rarely on manufactured playgrounds, unless I was at school. This play space inside the Coastkeeper Garden will allow your kids to … [Read more...]

Steve Ambriz Memorial Park in Orange

Steven Ambriz

Steve Ambriz Memorial Park in Orange features a large area dedicated to play with a little something for everyone. With two standard play structures and a large, abstract climb-on structure in the center, this place keeps my kids happily running from place to place for a very long time. There are ride-ons and plenty of swings to boot! Directions to Steve Ambriz Memorial … [Read more...]