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...]

ReefCheck.org Volunteer Divers Monitor Underwater Parks

ReefCheck.org Volunteer Divers

The Resorts at Dana Point are founding partners in the Reef Check Foundation's Adopt-a-Reef program. Reef Check trains and supports a network of volunteer divers to monitor over 100 protected underwater parks in California - and many more internationally. (It's a lot more complicated than that with different protection designations for different areas, but we'll call them … [Read more...]

Explore Dana Point Public Library Kid Section for Beach Books

Dana Point Public Library

Dana Point Public Library has a modest kid section with new releases and separate area of picture books. Family-friendly? Kids Section? Small separate kids section with reading table for kids books and a table with 4 chairs inside the picture book section. Audio Books? One small section of shelving for audio books. Easy Labels? My daughter loves fairy tale books … [Read more...]

Get Your Workout On! Local Parks with Outdoor Fitness Equipment

Parks with Outdoor Fitness Equipment

An article appeared in Atlantic Cities called "The Latest Scourge Afflicting Our Parks: Outdoor Yoga Classes." It sets up a scenario where private business is using public park space and not paying rent or fees for a facility. A good point, because sometimes the use of the park for classes affects the usability of the parks for the rest of the public.  However, there are some … [Read more...]

Playful Sponsor Feature: Dana Point Marina Inn


Many thanks to the Dana Point Marina Inn for their sponsorship. Their generous support helps ensure I can keep bringing play to Orange County. Dana Point Marina Inn, nestled between coastal bluffs and world class boat marinas, has the distinction of being the only hotel in Dana Point Harbor. When my out-of-town friends and family come to Orange County, I always … [Read more...]