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Family Sailing in Dana Point Harbor

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Best of OC, Dana Point, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited a guest of the venue One of my favorite things to do as a child growing up in Orange County was to sail my sabot. Growing up just steps away from the water in Newport Beach, my parents got me sailing lessons at a very young age. Once I learned how to sail, my parents couldn’t keep me off the water. I spent every warm day out on the water sailing my hot pink sabot around Newport Harbor. I always thought that when I grew up and had children of my own that I would teach them all to sail, but life happens, and I never got around to teaching any of my children how to sail. I have taken them out sailing a couple of times when in the Turks and Caicos and Jamaica, but none...

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The Best Places in Orange County for Mother’s Day Brunch

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Best of OC, Dining, Family, Featured, Mother's Day | 0 comments

  Pamper Mom this year by bringing the family together to enjoy a celebratory meal on Mother’s Day. We have compiled a listing of the best places to take Mom for Mother’s Day Brunch in Orange County. Three-Course Mother’s Day Brunch at Three Seventy Common Kitchen+Drink 370 Glenneyre Laguna Beach, CA 92651 Phone: 949.494.8686 370common.com Sunday, May 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Chef Ryan Adams’ team will please mothers and their families with a Three-Course Brunch. First Course selections include Tomato Soup with spring vegetable grilled cheese, Salmon BLT Salad and Avocado Toast with crab, radish, pancetta and cheddar. Second Course choices are Asparagus Ramp Frittata, Spring Scramble with chicken confit, cheese, vegetables and herbs, Crab Cake Benedict and more. And, For the Table: bacon, sausage and skillet potatoes. For Dessert: Toasted Honey Cake with citrus frosting,...

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The Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Best of OC, Museums, Staycation | 0 comments

  “Oh, the places you’ll go.” That is one of my favorite quotes from Dr. Seuss, and so true about sharing the world with our children. One of my favorite things to do with my children is to go exploring, and when you explore, you find hidden gems just like we did while on a recent staycation in Laguna Beach. During our staycation, the weather wasn’t as sunny as we had wished, so we made the best of our little getaway and went exploring the different art museums in Laguna Beach. That was when we discovered an amazing hidden gem – The Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery. The gallery didn’t have any signage to show us exactly what is was, but a piece of Dr. Seuss artwork that was in the window caught the eye of my younger son...

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Best Places to See Wildflowers in Orange County

Posted by on Mar 18, 2017 in Best of OC, Featured, Hiking Trails, Parks | 8 comments

  I love wildflowers more than anything. When there was that big super bloom in Death Valley, I drove the family all they way to Death Valley just to look at wildflowers. Searching for wildflowers is a fun family activity that brings families together in nature. Last week, I had an opportunity to go searching for wildflowers in Limestone Canyon – one of the most beautiful nature hikes in Orange County and got a chance to see some beautiful flowers. Do you want to take your children to see wildflowers? These are some of the best places to go searching for wildflowers in Orange County. Limestone Canyon This hiking trail is only open on public access days, and when it is open, it’s a must to see. Not only will you have an opportunity to see wildlife, wildflowers and...

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Romance on the Water with Hornblower Cruises

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Best of OC, Dining, Valentine's Day | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue The best gift that parents can give their children is the gift of having parents with a healthy marriage. The one thing that I have found to be key in keeping the spark alive in my marriage of almost 20 years is to spend as much time together alone as possible. We go on date nights at least a couple of times a month and try our best to have romantic getaways whenever we can. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, our children’s busy schedule has us booked driving them around town on Valentine’s Day, so we celebrated earlier this year by having a romantic morning enjoying brunch on the water while on a Hornblower Cruise. We had always wanted to do a dinner or brunch Hornblower Cruise, and this year seemed...

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Five Orange County Rainy Day Activities

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Best of OC, Featured | 1 comment

  I love sitting by the fire sipping on a cup of tea while playing a board game with my children on a rainy day, but with so many rainy days in our forecast, it’s important to get the kids out and staying active. If you want to get your kids out of the house on a rainy day, here are five fun things to do with your children on a rainy day in Orange County. Take them to an indoor play place Let your kiddos jump away their energy at an indoor play place. From trampolines to giant slides, each play place is different and a great venue to explore on a rainy day. Visit a Museum We are all so lucky to have so many great museums in Orange County. Children can learn about science at Discovery...

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Five Best Places for SUP in Orange County

Posted by on Jun 19, 2016 in Best of OC, Featured, Summer | 1 comment

  What’s SUP? The hot weather is what’s up. Wondering what is the best way to cool down and still keep your kids active in Orange County? Stand up paddleboarding (SUP). There are many places to rent equipment and take your kids out on the water, however, these are the best places for SUP in Orange County. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort 1131 Back Bay Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660 The dunes is a perfect place to introduce your kids to SUP. They have a variety of water sports available including kayaks, hydro bikes, canoes, and SUP. The rates for SUP at Newport Dunes is $20 an hour or $60 for four hours. The water is as smooth as glass which is perfect for young kids first trying the sport. Newport Aquatic Center newportaquaticcenter.com/kayak-sups/ 1 Whitecliffs Dr Newport Beach, CA...

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Avanti Dance Company Summer Camps

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Best of OC, Camp, Family, Fitness | 0 comments

 Sponsored Looking for a unique and fun summer camp? Do you kids love to act or dance? Avanti Dance Company is a premier dance studio in Costa Mesa where children can unleash their creativity and expand on their talents. They are offering some unique and fun summer camps that your children will love. Hurry, space is limited! CIRQUE KIDZ SUMMER CAMP AERIAL ARTS, TUMBLING & MORE! Cirque Kidz Camp provides a single day or week long session in a fun “cirque style” camp for ages 6-12 years old. Parents can be assured Cirque Kidz Summer Camp will be an unforgettable adventure! Camp is for all skill levels, no previous experience necessary. Don’t wait to sign-up! Space is very limited! Camp Activities Include: Fun Warm Up, Tumbling and Acrobatics (all levels), Flexibility & Stretching, Learn Aerial Silks Basics and Choreography &...

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Best Easter Brunch in Orange County

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Best of OC, Dining, Easter, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

  Celebrate Easter Brunch at one of these Orange County restaurants who are offering specialty menus with a large array of scrumptious and delectable dishes. Create and unforgettable experience at any of these fantastic restaurants with your family this Easter. Las Brisas 360 Cliff Dr. Laguna Beach, CA 92651 The prefix Easter menu includes Cucumber Gazpacho or Strawberry Rhubarb Salad to start and your choice of an entrée: Surf and Turf, Steak and Eggs, Shrimp and Chorizo Omelet, Serrano Ham Eggs Benedict, Halibut, Stuffed Airline Chicken Breast, Lobster and Grits and Honey Ham. The Seafood Tower consists of Raw Oysters, Cocktail Shrimp, King Crab and Jonah Crab. Pistachio cake for dessert. Brunch is served from 8am-4pm. Sunday, March 27th, 2016 Reservations for Brunch: 949-497-5434 Park Ave 11200 Beach Blvd Stanton, CA 90680 714.901.4400 Easter Sunday brunch will be served at Park...

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U-Pick Oranges at La Verne Heritage Foundation

Posted by on Jan 30, 2016 in Best of OC, Cool Places, Featured, Health | 0 comments

  It’s Orange Season!! Since we love Orange County, we couldn’t miss taking the kids orange picking this weekend in La Verne. It is just about an hour drive out of Orange County, and worth every moment creating memories in the u-pick oranges grove preserved by the La Verne Heritage Foundation. The u-pick orange grove is open to the public on Saturdays (during the season) from 9 am to 3 pm. The cost is just $5 a bag, and my two kids spent hours frolicking around the groves while trying to find the perfect oranges to bring home. Before we got started, we were able to enjoy a complimentary tour of the famous Weber House. The tours are available on Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm. The Weber House is one of the oldest houses in La Verne...

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Hidden Dana Point Waterfall

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Best of OC, Dana Point, Featured | 1 comment

  One of my favorite hidden gems of Orange County is the secret Dana Point waterfall. Ever since I was a teenager, I would always jump into the car on a rainy day to admire the splendor of this natural beauty. Now that I have kids, our favorite thing to do on a rainy day is going to see the Dana Point waterfall. After we are done watching the waterfall in the rain, we warm-up with a cup of hot cocoa and breakfast at The Harbor House Cafe. Runoff from the city of Dana Point is the cause of the waterfall – so do not go near the water. While it is not the kind of waterfall that you can swim in on the islands of Hawaii ~ it is just as beautiful to admire. What to know… You...

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Best Indoor Play Places in Orange County

Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in Best of OC | 0 comments

  Got the gloomy weather blues? Got kids going stir crazy inside? Don’t worry. There are a lot of great indoor play places in Orange County for kids to run, play and have fun during a gloomy OC day. Scooters Jungle scootersjungle.com 25 Journey Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 921 South Via Rodeo Placentia, CA 92870 Your little monkey can climb, jump, and slide in the jungle themed Scooters Jungle. There are two OC locations that offer specific dates/times that they are open to the public. Check their website for their weekly free play times and prices. If your kids like it ~ they are also a great place for birthday parties. Big Air Trampoline Park www.bigairusa.com 23251 Avenida De La Carlota Laguna Hills, CA 92653 8320 On the Mall u240 Buena Park, CA 90620 Big Air is a highly...

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Nutcracker Performances in Orange County

Posted by on Dec 5, 2015 in Best of OC, Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

 Affiliate links featured One of our favorite holiday traditions is to take our children to see one of the magical Nutcracker performances in Orange County. Ever year, there are more and more performances happening at local theatres for families to enjoy. Hurry..and get your tickets today. American Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Segerstrom Hall 600 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626 www.scfta.org www.abt.org The Nutcracker choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, set to a score by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, performed live by Pacific Symphony. December 10 – 20, 2015 Tuesday – Friday at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available online. (714) 556-2787 Nutcracker for Kids Segerstrom Center for the Arts Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall 600 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626...

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Five Best Halloween Haunted Houses in Orange County for 2015

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Best of OC, Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Looking for the perfect Halloween date night idea? Do you have a teenager in search of cool haunted houses to visit with their friends? We have the low-down on the five best haunted houses in Orange County to visit during Halloween weekend. Are you ready to get scared? Hurry..tickets are limited and selling out fast for these popular scare destinations. The Cemetery of Lost Souls 4965 Yorba Ranch Road Yorba Linda, CA 92887 Fri. 10/30 Family Friendly 5:00p – 6:00p Scream Time 6:00p – 10:00p Family Friendly Hour – Free tour Scream Time One Time Entry – $10 Scream Time Speed Pass – $20 Higgins Manor 23761 Singapore St Mission Viejo, CA 92691 Oct. 30 from 7pm until 10:30pm Oct. 31 from 7pm until 11pm Cost: FREE. Charitable donation are welcome to benefit the Greendog Foundation. The 17th...

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Discount Movie Theaters in Orange County

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Best of OC, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

  The temperatures keep rising in Orange County, and parents are looking for places to take their kids to keep cool. Movie theaters are a great place to take the kids on a hot day, but not all families have a budget that allows for the high cost of a movie theater tickets. We are here to help by listing the discount movie theaters in Orange County. Have fun and stay cool! Irvine Woodbridge Movies 5 4626 Barranca Parkway Irvine, CA, 92604 Movieline: 949-733-0980 Starplex Cinemas Discount Theaters offer the best for less! Enjoy premium cinema at an affordable price, along with our delicious and refreshing concessions! Pricing: $2 Matinee before 6pm, $3 General Admission after 6pm and 3D films are $4 all day. Amenities: Real D 3D, $1 Hot Dogs, Party Packages Available Charter Centre Cinemas 7822 Warner...

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Best Places for Apple Picking in Southern California

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Best of OC, Events, Featured | 0 comments

  Labor Day weekend marks the official start of apple picking season in Southern California. This year, local farms have trees that are full of apples for your family to come and pick to bring home. It’s not just about picking apples, but about creating memories that will last a lifetime. Riley’s Apple Farm rileysapplefarm.com 12201 S. Oak Glen Road Oak Glen/Yucaipa, CA 92399 10am to 4pm Archery, Tomahawk, & Knife Throw cost $1 each. Hayrides are $3 per adult & $2 per child. Cider Press is $15 per gallon. Cider Press shuts down early (3pm or sooner) so you’ll want to check in early to do that. Willowbrook Apple Farm willowbrookapplefarm.com 12099 S. Oak Glen Rd. Yucaipa, CA 92399 Open weekends 10 AM – 4 PM Bring your family to pick apples from this family owned farm with...

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Dana Point Sea Caves

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Beaches, Best of OC, Dana Point | 0 comments

  This summer is all about discovering the many sea caves along our beautiful coastline, and today we discovered the Dana Point Sea Caves. I have heard of these sea caves and had always wondered where they were located. Since I knew, they were somewhere around The Ocean Institute, the kids and I set out for the day to find out their exact location. Things we learned! The sea caves are only accessible during low tide (check surfline.com). There is a “small” path to the sea caves, but you’ll want to make sure your kids are wearing water shoes or tennis shoes. My kids were in flip flops, and we had a lot of stubbed toes during our adventure. There is also not a lot of shade along the walk so bring a hat and apply plenty of sunscreen....

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Best Picnic Spot in OC: Cascade Park in Quail Hill Irvine

Posted by on May 17, 2015 in Best of OC, Featured, Irvine, Parks | 0 comments

  We discovered one of the best-kept secrets with Cascade Park in Quail Hill Irvine. Our favorite features of this park is the covered picnic table that sits on the top of a hill with sweeping panoramic views of Orange County. The best part is that it is just steps away from a secluded park with lots of winding trails for bike riding and walking. Families can have dinner at the picnic table while the kids run back and forth in-between the play structure and picnic table – a must for sunset time! Finding the park is a little tricky because it is not marked. You’ll find it at the corner of Pine Needles and Serpentine Drive in Quail Hill (Irvine). There is plenty of parking along Pine Needs but no parking lot. I recommend bringing lunch/dinner, bikes, and...

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10 Best Places for Swimming Lessons in Orange County

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Best of OC, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

 For most families, summer can bring beautiful weather, sandy beaches and endless days at the pool. However, one aspect of summer can often be overlooked: drowning. This last April, Orange County Fire Authority statistics show drownings begin to escalate from now through summer. In 2015 alone, there have already been four near-drownings and six deaths. Last year, there was an average of a drowning every nine days. So, to help prevent drownings, especially amongst children, below are a few favorite swim school parent picks that focus on water safety. Aqua Wave Swim School 27025 Burbank Road Foothill Ranch, CA 92610 949-455 2535 www.aquawaveonline.com Found in 1997, Aqua Wave Swim School offers two OC indoor pool locations and teaches adults and children over six months of age. Private, semi-private, and group swim lessons are taught by CPR certified instructors who use...

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5 Best Frozen Yogurt Spots in Orange County

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Best of OC, Dining, Family, Featured | 0 comments

 This smooth, ice cold, tasty treat can be enjoyed all year long. I’m referring to frozen yogurt (aka: froyo), which seems to have taken a front seat to ice cream as a more healthy dessert alternative over the years. And it’s no wonder when considering it is a thriving $8 billion industry in the United States. The froyo industry is projected to continuing growing with 90 percent of all U.S. households regularly consuming frozen desserts. Here are a few top Orange County froyo spots* that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. Yogurtland This is a favorite of my family and lots of our friends. Yogurtland is an international franchise chain of frozen yogurt stores based in Irvine. They offer self-serve soft-serve frozen yogurt with active cultures. There are a variety of tasty selections and toppings. The new Laguna...

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