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...]

Adventure Play Park at Sendero Field in Rancho Mission Viejo

sendero field adventure play park

Adventure Play Park at Sendero Field in Rancho Mission Viejo is right outside San Juan Capistrano off Ortega Highway. It pains me to see this intersection of Ortega Highway and Antonio Parkway/La Pata change so much from the wild space it used to be. For me, it was a gateway to Caspers Wilderness Park and a place for getting away from it all. The grading and housing now goes on … [Read more...]

Ultimate Guide to City Recreation Programs and Calendars in OC

ultimate guide city rec

Welcome to the ultimate guide to city recreation programs and calendars in OC with links to each city's community calendar or recreation classes and activities guides. If you live in Orange County, chances are you get a recreation guide mailed to you on a seasonal basis or at least a community newsletter. But we are all accustomed to traveling between many different OC cities … [Read more...]

Why Every Southern California Kid Should Go Whale Watching

Why EverySouthern California Kid Should

Dana Wharf Whale Watching invited my family on a whale watching trip at the end of February. Every time we go whale watching with Dana Wharf is a different experience. The boat is always sturdy and the captain and crew are always accomodating -- but we never see the same thing twice.  March is time for the Dana Point Festival of Whales and a special opportunity to catch the … [Read more...]

Oso Viejo Community Park in Mission Viejo

Oso Viejo Community Park Mission Viejo

Oso Viejo Community Park is part of the Norman P. Murray Community Senior Center in Mission Viejo. The Senior Center is gorgeous with a fantastic patio garden and nice walkable trail. It's an all-around great outdoor experience. Location: From the 5 Freeway, take the La Paz exit and head east past Marguerite Parkway. Make a left on Veterans Way. (Address: 24932 Veterans … [Read more...]