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Climbing Fun at Sweet Shade Park in Irvine

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Irvine, Parks | 0 comments

  The weather is finally cooling down to be able to start bringing the kids back to the park. Our family has been spending a lot of time in Irvine this summer, and sweet shade park has become one of our favorite parks to visit for endless climbing fun. We have been to this park a couple of times this summer, and it is rarely busy. I’ve never seen more than one or two kids playing, so it’s time to spread the word. The park has a nice parking lot with plenty of parking for families. There are also bathrooms, drinking fountain, basketball courts, and plenty of grass for kids to run around. The part is the giant climber. My kids could spend the whole day climbing on the giant blue caterpillar shaped climber. It is clearly the highlight...

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University Community Park in Irvine

Posted by on Dec 28, 2015 in Irvine, Parks | 0 comments

  While on our way to visit Adventure Playground in Irvine, we first played at the University Community Park playground. The park is large, clean and offers fun for children of all ages. Surrounding the playground are plenty of picnic tables, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts and plenty of grass. The park features two different play structures. There is a larger structure for older children and a smaller structure for younger children. There is also a fun rock wall and a couple of fun features like spinning chairs, and our kids favorite – the triple slide. Overall, the park is a great place to bring your children to play. There is plenty of space surrounding the park making it ideal for birthday parties. Your kids can play with their balls without having to worry about them rolling into...

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Adventure Playground in Irvine

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in Featured, Irvine, Parks | 3 comments

  Adventure Playground has recently reopened in the city of Irvine and offers children an epic day of endless fun. From mud to water play, children will unleash their creativity at this fun Orange County park. Dress your kids in clothes that you don’t mind to get dirty, old shoes and get ready for some fun in the mud. Adventure Playground is located at the University Community Park at 1 Beech Tree Lane in Irvine. There is free parking, free admission, and we recommend bringing lunch because your kids are not going to want to leave. The Play Structure It is probably one of the best that we have seen in Orange County. There were a ton of kids at Adventure Playground when we were visiting, and our kids didn’t feel crowded at all. There are mesh tunnels, a...

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Fall Fun at Valley Oak Park in Irvine

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Featured, Irvine, Parks | 0 comments

  While on our way to the dentist last month, we stumbled upon the perfect park for a fall fun playdate – Valley Oak Park in Irvine. The park offers a plethora of shade with trees that boast a wide variety of beautiful fall colors. Parking The park has a decent size parking lot that can fit around 20-30 cars. Play Structures There are two play structures at this park. The larger play structure has a lot of shade from the trees while the toddler play structure is in full sun. The surface underneath the structures is foam and sand. There is a nice swing set that also sits under beautiful trees making it comfortable for toddlers to swing all afternoon. Other features of the park include a tennis court and basketball court. There is a large shade covering...

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Tree House Park at Beacon Park in Irvine

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Featured, Irvine, Parks | 4 comments

  We owe the discovery of this park located in the new home community of Beacon Park all to you – our awesome readers. One of our readers advised us of this cool new park opening, and we couldn’t wait to see what all the excitement was about! When we arrived, my son was in park heaven. We named it Tree House Park because the park is all about the giant tree house complete with twisty tube slide and fort. The Giant Tree House It is the best part of the park. There is a tree house built right into a real tree – just like the good old days of when we were kids. There is a bridge that leads to a “fort” area where a group of moms was sitting at the small tables having lunch together...

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Brywood Park in Irvine

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Featured, Irvine, Parks | 0 comments

  Brywood Park is one of my favorite parks in Irvine. While it is not known to many of those who live outside of the Irvine community, it has almost everything that parents look for when planning a family day at a local park. The park is right next to a local school, so it is frequented by families for after school playdates. But, during the weekends/summer afternoons…it is a ghost town – we were the only people at the park for the afternoon. The park has plenty of parking in the school parking lot (weekends only). It also has lots of shade for keeping kids cool on warm afternoons. The best feature is the covered party area. There are built-in barbecues and picnic tables under the covered gazebo. If you’re looking for a more private park party area,...

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Northwood Community Park “Castle Park” in Irvine

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Featured, Irvine, Parks | 0 comments

  Northwood Park aka. Castle Park in Irvine has been around since I was a kid, and it is still one of my all-time favorite parks to visit in Irvine. The park is massive, offering plenty of ultimate fun for every family who visits. They call it “Castle Park” because the design of the park looks just like a castle. Inside of the castle walls are multiple play structures for every age of child. My kids could spend forever playing at this park and never get board. There are slides, climbing walls, and swings galore. My favorite part are the clean bathrooms available inside of the community center, and the ample amount of parking. The park does have shade coverings and trees, however, it does get very hot, very fast. I recommend bringing your kids with extra sunscreen and...

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Valley View Park in Quail Hill Irvine

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Irvine, Parks | 2 comments

  While playing at Cascade Park in Quail Hill Irvine, my kiddos needed to find a bathroom – stat! I pulled out my phone and googled Valley View Park that was less than a five-minute walk (and had bathrooms). When we arrived at Valley View Park, we were in love! It has one of the nicest public basketball courts around, plenty of picnic tables (with barbecues) and the cutest play structure. It does feature a community pool (residents only) but guests at the park are welcome to use the bathrooms. We loved the park so much that we decided to stay for awhile and play. The park is not busy because it is tucked away inside of a small community. The park would be perfect..just perfect for a birthday party! If your kids love nature, then they will love...

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The Commons Park in Quail Park Irvine

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Irvine, Parks | 0 comments

  Before leaving the Quail Hill area of Irvine, we couldn’t resist checking out The Commons Park. The Commons Park is one of the cutest parks we have stumbled upon in Irvine and is a great place to bring your kids for some much-needed R&R or a family barbecue. The park has two play structures and a small area with teeter-totters. One of the play structures looks just like a tree house, and the other has a colorful, inviting look. The park is shaped like a square with multiple picnic tables/barbecues surrounding a large grassy area. There are bathrooms and a pool (residents only). Children can play lawn games in the grassy area while parents barbecue and serve dinner at one of the picnic tables. Where is it located? At the corner of Seasons and Vermillion in Quail Hill...

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Knollcrest Park in Quail Hill Irvine

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Featured, Irvine, Parks | 0 comments

  One of my new favorite grocery stores in South Orange County is the Albertson’s located in Quail Hill. They always have a great selection of food, decent prices and is never crowded. Every time that I drive to do my shopping I see Knollcrest Park. This morning, I surprised my daughter by stopping at the park for some playtime before picking up our groceries for the week. The park is one of the most beautiful parks in Orange County and is brand new! There is a community pool next to the park (residents only) plenty of grass to run and play and tennis courts. We were the first to arrive at the park for the morning and what stood out to me was that there was an employee raking (and cleaning) the sand before all the kids arrived....

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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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Bike Riding Along the San Diego Creek Trail

Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Biking Trails, Family, Featured, Irvine, Parks | 0 comments

  During a small family staycation at Hotel Irvine, my daughter, and I checked out some bikes from the Hotel and went on a Mother Daughter bike ride along the San Diego Creek Trail. I can’t remember the last time that I went on a bike ride other than around the neighborhood, and we had the best time creating memorable memories together while riding our bikes along this beautiful trail. The trail goes between Newport Beach and Irvine along a beautiful river bed full of plants and wildlife. It is an easy ride that even younger children could easily ride along without having to work too hard to make their way up any steep hills. We started at the corner of Main Street and Park Plaza in Irvine and rode our bikes just a couple of miles to the...

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Heritage Park in Irvine

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Featured, Irvine, Parks | 0 comments

  When my friend invited to me Heritage Park in Irvine, I had no idea what to expect. When we first arrived, we were extremely impressed. The park has a large parking lot with plenty of parking spaces for families to quickly start playing! The park is surrounded by a large amount of grass with a serene fountain in the center of the park. The kids spent time exploring the fountain in the center of the park looking at all the different fish and turtles. The park also features an epic play structure that is split into two different sections. There is plenty of places for kids to climb, jump and explore. In the center of the play structure is a small splash pad for kids to cool-down on a hot summer afternoon. Do you have kids who love...

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Family Guide to the 2014 Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Easter, Events, Featured, Giveaways, Irvine | 15 comments

  It’s that time of the year when the Easter Bunny comes hopping into Orange County for the 2014 Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza. The Irvine Park Railroad is our favorite place to bring our children to create unforgettable Spring memories together. The fun starts on Sunday, March 29th through Saturday, April 19th. Egg Hunt The egg hunts start daily at 10am, and families are encouraged to bring Easter baskets to participate in the event. Don’t worry if you forget – Irvine Park will have baskets available for purchase. We recommend purchasing your tickets and getting a wrist band when you first arrive at the park because some of the times will sell-out. Easter Bunny Children are invited to have an interactive one-on-one experience with the Easter Bunny. The Irvine Park Railroad staff will take a professional picture of...

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Orange County Butterfly Garden

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Irvine, Parks | 0 comments

  Do your children love Butterflies? Then the butterfly garden located at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine is the perfect place to take them to visit. After spending the afternoon enjoy the beautiful birds at the wildlife sanctuary, we walked over to the on-site butterfly garden. Now, this butterfly garden is not what many might expect to see. There is not a giant net or places to purchase food for the butterflies. This is a natural garden where children have a unique opportunity to learn about butterflies, and watch them in their natural environment. There is no cost to visit the butterfly garden and parking is complimentary. Inside of the Audubon house, children can rent binoculars to see the butterflies up close at no charge. The garden is not huge, but it will take your children some...

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Orange County Hidden Gem The San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Featured, Hiking Trails, Irvine, Parks | 0 comments

  Do your kids love animals? Do they enjoy spending time in the great outdoors? Then they are going to love visiting the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine. Last weekend, we visited the sanctuary for the first time with the kids, and it is now one of our favorite places to go visit. Where is it located? It is located at 5 Riparian View in Irvine. The GPS will try to have you access of Michelson, but you can now only access the entrance off of Campus Drive in Irvine. When you first arrive, you’ll find yourself driving down a small hidden road. At the end of the road are two large parking lots and some adorable buildings. After parking, enter the Audubon House where a volunteer will help show your family where to go. (They will even...

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