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...]

Dana Point Tide Pools: Marine Protected Area (MPA) – State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA)

Dana Point Ocean Institute

Dana Point tide pools are a designated Marine Protected Area (MPA) - State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA) - accessible from the beaches and trails surrounding the Ocean Institute. Tide pools are the most amazing little universes to me. I have fond memories tidepooling as a child and I think that's why I'm so conscious about protecting and conserving them. Location:  I … [Read more...]

Visit the Ocean Institute in Dana Point for Learning About Local Nautical History and Marine Animals

Ocean Institute

I'm a total ocean and beach kid, so I feel a true connection to Ocean Institute in Dana Point.  Even more so, since the creation of The Maddie James Foundation and their involvement in the Seaside Learning Center. My ocean-loving, blond daughter's birthday is only a month after Maddie's. They were born in the same year. Even though I don't know Maddie's parents, our families … [Read more...]