I could just as easily title this Sidewalk Hiking post: "Sidewalk Skipping" or "Urban Walks." The point is that walking around your neighborhood counts as a hike. No matter what anyone else says! It counts. This is part of my Hummingbird Parenting blog series. When I introduced Hummingbird Parenting, I talked about a playground parenting style that might remind … [Read more...]
Find the best nature hikes to take with families in Orange County. Many are more like nature walks and designed more for connecting your family to the outdoors. Families can relax together!
Which park passes should you buy if you are a family living in Orange County, CA? It's a question that plagues parents who wants to play outside more, but don't have the time to research every possible outing or admission price. I will try to make it easy for you. Your choices range from: Spend $0 - see FREE PLAY. Spend $55/year - OCParks.com County Regional and … [Read more...]
Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Orange 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. [NOTE: There are quite a few trail closures due to the October 2017 Canyon Fire 2 which heavily impacted this park. So make sure … [Read more...]
Understanding the vastness of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks is key. It's hard to believe that it's 50,000 acres! The area was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 2006 by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the first California National Landmark in 2008. Its rare biological and geological features and extraordinary natural resources earned the land nationwide … [Read more...]
Family-friendly walks near Dana Point Harbor definitions depend a little on your family's ability level and patience for long walks. These 5 walks are a mixture of streets, walking trails and urban hiking in the area, but it's hard to get these maps across in words. So this post is an experiment in maps. Each map gives approximate routes for walking near Dana Point Harbor. … [Read more...]