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Kids Splash and Play Park at the Renaissance Club Sport Aliso Viejo

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Activities, Holiday, Summer | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of RCSAV A few weekends ago we were invited to come and check out the all new Kids Splash and Play Park at the Renaissance Club Sport in Aliso Viejo.  The Splash and Play Park has a water jungle gym, kids only pool and a kids safe temperature jacuzzi.  From the second you walk into the area, you are greeted by a lifeguard who sits right directly in front of the kids pool.  The park has vibrate colors and plenty of exciting water  features for your child to play with. The play structure boasts a side by side slide, 2 covered slides, a giant dumping water bucket, playful water rings your little one can run through and  water guns!  The “kid temp” jacuzzi and pool is something I have not experienced with water parks.  My daughter...

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Family Guide to the all-new Discovery Cube Orange County

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Activities, Featured, Gardening, LegoLand, Theme Parks | 3 comments

We visited as a guest of DSC It’s an all-new discovery Cube OC as today the center opened their highly-anticipated new wing, restaurant and more. The center has expanded to become a 44,000 square-foot venue with permanent exhibits, interactive programs, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning spaces. It is the perfect place for families to keep their children learning throughout the summer. Discovery Cube Orange County will also feature a new 10,000 square-foot Julianne Argyros Showcase Theater and Exhibition Hall. It will provide the ability to transform an exhibition space into a 500-seat theater for greater flexibility in giving the families of Orange County an ever-changing destination for entertainment and education. New Exhibits: Sherlock Holmes – The first exhibit on display in the Julianne Argyros Showcase Theater and Exhibition Hall will be The International Exhibit of Sherlock...

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The Berry Best SoCal U-Pick Strawberry Farms

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Activities, Family | 0 comments

It’s that time of year when California’s luscious, sweet fruit makes its debut in markets and fruit stands. I’m referring to our family’s favorite fruit: strawberries! Southern California produces a large supply of this berry delicious fruit, so take advantage of the many berry picking farms that are just a car-ride away. Tips for berry picking: Avoid sandals and open-toed shoes; bring hand sanitizer or wipes, sunscreen and water. Call ahead to ensure harvest supplies are ample. Tanaka Farms 5380 University Drive Irvine, CA 92612 949-653-2100 Tanaka farms offers guided tours until mid-June that leave every half hour between 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., and last about 45-75 minutes. Weekday tours require reservations. Cost is $18 per person (kids under two are free). The tour concludes with picking, and eating your own strawberries, and filling up a one-pound to-go basket. McGrath Family...

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Celebrate Earth Day Every Day at The Ecology Center

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Activities, Earth Day, Events, Featured, Holiday, Hot Topics | 0 comments

Children across the nation will celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22nd. The one-day event will focus on living sustainable lifestyles in order to treasure our precious natural resources. While we encourage everyone to celebrate with their children on April 22nd, families are invited to continue educating their children at the Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano. In anticipation of Earth Day, our family attended their special Earth Day celebration earlier this month. Hundreds of local parents and children came together to learn about sustainability and easy, beneficial ways that children can make an impact on our Earth. Children participated in Earth Day crafts, learned about water conservation and ate delicious food from Chipotle. Chipotle has sponsored a learning station at The Ecology Center where children can learn about the importance of knowing where their food is coming from...

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55 Fun Rainy Day Activities

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Activities, Family, Featured, Parenting | 1 comment

Rain is in the forecast. Wondering how to keep your kids entertained without putting them in front of a video game or television show? These are 55 fun rainy day activities to keep your kids entertained while creating unforgettable memories together. 1. Make playdough! Bring the kids into the kitchen and make a batch of homemade playdough together. Once you’re done making playdough, spend hours together building, sculpting and creating fun things together. 2. Toilet paper fun! Remember those old high school days of toilet papering the house of a boy you liked? Put those skilled to work getting creative with your kids making toilet paper mummies and more! While it might make a huge mess in your house…it is guaranteed to be a moment that your kids will cherish forever. 3. Popcorn..Popcorn!! Do you have a traditional popcorn...

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Discovery Cube Comes to Los Angeles

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Activities, Events, Museums, Staycation, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Discovery Cube For more than 25 years the Discovery foundation has been impacting the lives of children in Orange County and now they will start with Los Angeles with the opening of the Discovery Cube Los Angeles. On November 13, 2014, families and school’s will be able to visit the Discovery Cube Los Angeles in the Hanson Dam Recreational Area in Lake View Terrace neighborhood which is the first major museum in the San Fernando Valley. Guests will be delighted to see some updated versions of the popular exhibits that are at the Discovery Cube Orange County, but they will also see some amazing new attractions. They like to say DCLA is not Your Grandmother’s Science Center, it is technologically more advanced. There are more than 71,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits for...

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Whale Watching with Dana Wharf

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Activities, Events, Featured | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Dana Wharf Our family had the opportunity to go on a whale watching adventure with Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching, located out of Dana Point Harbor. With the beautiful sights and knowledgable crew it was a fun and educational experience for our whole family. Our family of four (almost five) checked in with the Dana Wharf team about a half an hour before our departure time of 10am.  We were given our tickets and lingered around the harbor for a few minutes waiting for our boat to board.  If you haven’t been, Dana Point Harbor is a wonderful place to spend a morning, or evening, or any time, really.  It’s small enough to walk – although if you toured the entire thing, you’d get a decent workout – and has lovely, quaint shops and...

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Guide to Visiting The Natural History Museum in Los Angeles

Posted by on Aug 30, 2014 in Activities, Featured, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

Prior to moving to California in the early 80’s, I lived in London.  Our flat was a 5 minute walk from the Natural History Museum and a quick train ride to the National Gallery, Tate and British museum.  My mother was very much into exposing me to the arts and history.  We would go to the theater and see shows regularly; actually I think I saw a play before I saw a movie.  It was such an everyday experience that when we moved to Orange County I went through a bit of a culture shock. How could there possibly be no theaters, or museums or galleries.  It was a bit of a disappointment and I longed for my summers back in London, not only to be with my family, but also to be exposed to culture.  Yes I know...

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Exploring Space at the Griffith Observatory

Posted by on Aug 24, 2014 in Activities, Featured, Museums, Staycation | 0 comments

My family loves our Funday Sundays.  It’s a day that we spend together doing something new.  For our most recent adventure we decide to head up to Los Angeles and visit the Griffith Observatory. Built after Colonel Griffith J. Griffith’s, the Griffith Observatory was constructed for the public and donated to the City of Los Angeles in order to help broaden human perspective. Opened in 1935, over 12 million people have admiring our solar system through the telescopes at the observatory. These amazing telescopes offer astounding views of the sun, stars and planets which cannot be seen by naked eye.  The architecture is incredible and definitely memorable. Fun Fact: Griffith Observatory was used to help train the first astronauts for the Apollo missions to the moon in the 1960s. Now many of you think that an observatory is something to...

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Not Your Parents Bowling Alley: Tavern + Bowl in Costa Mesa

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Activities, Dining, Events, Featured | 6 comments

This isn’t the kind of bowling alley I grew up going to. Newfangled monitors, cushioned seats and an elevated menu make this not-your-average place to score a turkey. Based in San Diego county, Tavern + Bowl’s first OC locale is easy to navigate to. Hop on the 55 south until it ends, and cruise into The Triangle. Valet is steps away from their main entrance, if you so choose. 

A 14,000 square foot facility, lanes are rented by the game during daytime hours, but hourly for the after work set. Velcro shoe rental sizes run large, so double check that pair before you head over to select a ball. Videos actually matching the music they’re blaring rock your game, and there’s always a monitor airing that sporting event you’re otherwise missing. If you recall the longtime Anaheim institution Mr....

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We Play Loud in Lake Forest

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Activities, Featured, Museums | 1 comment

Sponsored Just in time for the super-hot summer days, a brand-new indoor play facility just opened up in Lake Forest! It’s aptly named “We Play Loud” and is located just off the 5 Fwy at the El Toro exit (in the same mall as Slater’s 50/50). The 12,000 square foot facility has lots of things to keep your kids (infant-9yo; 51” and under) entertained.The main play structure has a 4-person slide, foam ball area, obstacles, bridges, climbing, and so much more. In addition to that, there’s a separate bounce house, a balloon loft, and a ball pit. There are 4 “moving” rides – a big airplane and a boat in the front, and a spinning octopus and a palm-tree further inside. Everything is covered or made from soft materials, so it’s very safe. There’s also a big baby/toddler area,...

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Tanaka Farms Strawberry Tour

Posted by on Jun 29, 2014 in Activities, Family | 0 comments

Tanaka Farms is a 30-acre working family farm located in the heart of Irvine.  One of the unique things about Tanaka Farms is their educational tours offered throughout the seasons in which kids and adults are able to experience the workings of a real farm, and, best of all, taste a variety of their delicious, organic produce.   Tanaka Farms offers four different tours throughout the year: Strawberry Tours (March-June) Watermelon Tours (July-August) Harvest Tours (March – August) U-Pick Pumpkin Patch (October) In December, the farm offers a Christmas tree lot. Reservations are generally required for tours, and can be made by calling call (949) 653-2100 ext.204. When you arrive for your tour wear comfortable clothes, close-toed shoes, and bring a hat and plenty of sunscreen in the warm months.  From the moment you arrive, and park – on their dirt lot – you...

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Summer Fun Activity: Homemade Slime

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Activities, Crafts, Family, Featured, Summer | 0 comments

It’s the first week of summer around here and my girls’ very first request was to “make a craft!” I love to craft, so I guess the fruit doesn’t fall too far from the tree, although I likely wouldn’t have chosen what they settled on: SLIME!  Glittery slime at that! This is a sweetly surprisingly simple activity; one we settled on because we happened to have all two ingredients on hand!  Score! Well, truly it’s three ingredients, but who counts water!? Ya’ll should have that on hand. Ingredients: Glue Borax Water Method: Empty 1 bottle of glue into a large bowl.  We used a plastic bowl so little hands could be in charge and nothing would go crash.  We also used colored glitter glue, which yielded bright, glittery results!  This allowed us to skip coloring the slime. If you use a bottle of...

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Five Tips for Planning an Ultimate Backyard Campout

Posted by on May 31, 2014 in Activities, Camp, Family, Featured, Summer | 0 comments

One of our favorite summer activities is to have backyard campout with the kids. They are always so much easier than traditional camping, and the kids are always asking to do it again. Want to plan a backyard campout with your kids? Don’t know where to start? These are a few fun tips to help get you started with planning a campout in your backyard this summer. First you are going to need a tent. Don’t have a tent? Don’t worry! Before we purchased a tent, we would create our own backyard tent. Head over to the Home Depot or Costco, and load up the car with cardboard boxes. Spend the afternoon building your own backyard tent out of the cardboard boxes. Once it is done being created, cover all the cracks with towels and blankets for insulation. Make...

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U-Pick Strawberries at South Coast Farms

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in Activities, Family, Featured, Health | 2 comments

Nothing, absolutely nothing, says Spring is here like red ripe strawberries.  Every year when I see those little portable stands start popping up around March I get so excited.  But, there is no strawberry that compares to a ruby red one just plucked from the ground. And it just so happens that our family got to do just that recently at South Coast Farms, in San Juan Capistrano, which grows, many locals would argue, the hands down best strawberries on the planet! South Coast Farms did their first U-pick event of the season, and let me tell you, it was a hit with my kids, along with all those who I saw running around in the rows and rows of fresh strawberries (most with traces of strawberry juice dripping off their chins). We arrived around 11am on a Sunday,...

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Pacific Marine Mammal Center

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in Activities, Education, Family, Featured, Laguna Beach | 0 comments

Growing up just steps from the sand in Laguna Beach, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center has always been a favorite place for me to visit. I will never forget the time when my mom discovered an injured pelican on the beach. She wrapped the pelican in a towel and drove her cherry red Volvo down Laguna Canyon with the bird sitting on her lap to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. I have no memory of if they were able to help the bird, but I will never forget the love that my mom gave to that animal. My love and passion for animals came from my mother, and I love getting to share that love with my children when visiting places like the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. The Pacific Marine Mammal Center has been in Laguna Canyon for my...

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Big Air Trampoline Park in Laguna Hills is a Big Hit

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Activities, Events | 0 comments

As a family with two boys with autism, finding motivational and fun things to do can be somewhat of a challenge.  Their abilities are limited, their social skills need work, and the amount of sensory stimulation they can handle could be the straw the breaks the camels back on their best day.  Well I know in our house, our swing set, play structure and mini trampoline are always go to fun things.  So last week when I read there was a trampoline park opening just a few miles from our house, I did a cartwheel of joy down my hallway (not really, more of a happy dance). Big Air OC opened this weekend and the space is amazing.  Not quite complete but for my kids needs the place was a hit and absolutely perfect.  Plenty of room to jump,...

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Kidnap Bowling with Your Kids

Posted by on Dec 27, 2012 in Activities, Family | 2 comments

Just when the kids think they are about to to fall asleep…mom and dad come in and kidnap them for a wild night on the town. That my friends is called. Kidnap bowling! My husband first started doing kidnap bowling with the kids during his time as Nation Chief with the YMCA Indian Guides. The kids loved having their parents sneak them out of bed for a fun night at the bowling alley. Our kids had been restless from being stuck inside due to the cold weather, so we decided to surprise them with a fun night on the town this at the Forest Lanes Bowling Alley. “What happens during kidnap bowling…stays at Kidnap bowling” that is our motto. This is the kids one and only change to indulge on soda, nachos and cheese sticks. That is right – all you...

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