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How to Plan Your Monthly Play Calendar

How to Plan Your Monthly Play Calendar

Here are my tips about how to plan your OC play calendar for all the amazing outdoor events happening in Orange County.  At least, this is how I do it.

Below are links to calendars on other sites and usually highlight special events and activities.  However, every family has different interests and kids at different ages – so putting out a one size fits all calendar doesn’t make sense.  What does make sense?  Sit down at your computer once a month (or once a quarter) and plan out your play. I know how it is. If you don’t write it down, it’s not going to happen.

#1 – Open up your existing family calendar (whether it’s on your phone or online). You can also print a blank calendar in Google if you have a Gmail account or find a calendar template site. I’ve gone back to my old-fashioned paper calendar and I absolutely LOVE it!

#2 – Start linking to the following calendars and look for events that fit your schedule, your family, and your ability levels.

I always start with and Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, because their calendars are huge.  Even if the events are free, reservations or registration may be required to hold  your spot. Click through for details! Remember, all outdoor events are subject to weather cancellations.


#3 – Then go to your city’s website and consult it for their community programs (like Concerts in the Park or special festivals).  Check neighboring cities, too.

#4 – While you’re at it, schedule in time for FREE PLAY. I’m serious. Write it on your calendar. Do you have a blank box left on your calendar? A free day?  How about keeping it free – no matter what.  One day here or there just for play.  Heck! Even one hour every day.

#5 – Subscribe to my Thursday emails with play trips, park tips and family nature outings. (Sign up in the sidebar).


Thursday 3rd of July 2014

I love your website! Thank you so much.

Mercie Pappas

Sunday 22nd of June 2014

I love your website! I use it all the time. Thanks for all your hard work.

Kathy J.

Monday 2nd of January 2012

Sorry many great resources in one spot! Love it! Thanks Michelle!


Tuesday 7th of June 2011

Will keep this for summer for sure!


Friday 3rd of June 2011

#4 is so important! It seems funny to schedule play time but it is one of my most favorite things to see on my calendar. Thanks for all the fabulous links!

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