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9/11 Memorial in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Featured, Laguna Beach, Parks | 0 comments

Hundreds of families walk past this beautiful sculpture on their way to the popular picnic beach or divers cove, but what many people don’t realize is that the beautiful piece of art is a 9/11 Monument. The 9/11 memorial “Semper Memento” or “Always Remember” was created by local Laguna Beach artist, Jorg Dubin in 2011. “Yes, the steel beams are from the World Trade Center ruins. I wanted the beams to look like they had been found in that position. When the beams arrived from New York, they were draped in an American Flag, and that flag is entombed in the cement base. The base is in the shape of the Pentagon, which has an obvious meaning. The center grass area represents the field in Shanksville, PA, and the soil is from there too. I wanted all three sites...

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Aliso Creek Beach Playground in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Beaches, Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, Parks | 0 comments

It has been a longtime favorite for residents to bring their kids down to the Aliso Creek Beach playground in Laguna Beach throughout the warm summer months. It is a favorite birthday party destination, place for families to enjoy a picnic lunch or just play with beautiful ocean views. Although the park backs the popular PCH, it is nicely protected by trees and large shrubs to help keep the kids safe while playing. Our favorite part of visiting this park is that parking is made easy with their large parking lot (families must pay a fee to park). The park is located right at the corner of Aliso Creek Beach, with a GPS address of 31131 S Pacific Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach. Planning a birthday party? There are two picnic benches for birthday parties (first come/first serve) and families...

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Frederick Lang Park in Laguna Beach

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Laguna Beach, Parks | 0 comments

Goff Cove Beach has been one of our favorite beaches for many years. While we have walked past Frederick lang Park many of times on our way down to Goff (free parking to Goff Cove is off of Wesley/PCH), we have never stopped to play until a recent “overcast” beach visit. What we found was one of the best parks we have discovered in Laguna Beach. Our #1 favorite part of this park is that it is fully fenced (perfect for kids who might tend to run away). There are multiple picnic benches, a large grass area, beautiful art, two play structures, basketball and tennis courts – that’s right – this park has it all. While I had planned for a beach day with the kids, we ended up creating amazing memories together running on the grass, playing on...

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Laguna Koi Ponds

Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Family, Featured, Laguna Beach | 2 comments

When I was a kid, my parents had a beautiful koi pond in their backyard. The fish were majestic, but also required a lot of care. Once a month, my mom and I would go to the Laguna Koi Ponds to get all the supplies for our fish, and I would run around admiring all the beautiful koi in the ponds. Today, the Laguna Koi Ponds is one of my favorite places to visit with my children. They love to spend time looking at all the different kinds of fish and explore the lush property located in the heart of Laguna Canyon. Families are invited to come to this hidden gem of Orange County to visit the fish and learn all about them. The staff at Laguna Koi Ponds is always thrilled to have children visit their store and...

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Moulton Meadows Park in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in Featured, Laguna Beach, Parks | 0 comments

Take your kids high above the clouds to the Moulton Meadows Park in Laguna Beach where they can get close to nature, play and bask in the beautiful ocean views. Moulton Meadows is one of our favorite hidden gems in Laguna Beach nestled in the middle of a small community at the highest point of the Laguna Beach hills. Your family will get a thrill out of driving up the windy steep hills to get to this park. Upon arriving at the park, there is always plenty of parking along the street in front of the park. The park has one of the biggest “Spider Man” style play structures. Giant webs surround the play structure for your children to climb, hang and even relax. There are swings, a smaller play structure for toddlers and fun rock structures. Neighboring the...

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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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Family Hiking at Laurel Canyon Trail in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Nov 16, 2013 in Hiking Trails, Laguna Beach, Parks | 4 comments

My family loves to be active. We cannot sit inside for too long without craving some adventure in the great outdoors. Last weekend, we took a short drive to explore the trails along Laurel Canyon Trail in Laguna Beach. With the weather cooling down in Orange County, this is the *perfect* time of the year to enjoy hiking with your family. Laurel Canyon Trail is a very family-friendly trail. It is located just a few short feet from the corner of Laguna Canyon Road and El Toro Road. If you are coming down the 133 (Laguna Canyon Road) toward the beach from the 405 or 5 freeway, it will be just a few short feet away on the right after passing the El Toro Road signal. Parking can be tricky when visiting the trails along Laguna Canyon Road. It...

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South Laguna Village Green Park in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Featured, Laguna Beach, Parks | 0 comments

South Laguna Village Green Park in Laguna Beach is a great thing to do in Orange County with your kids this Fall. It is like a fairy wonderland as children play at this park that is rich in nature. One of our favorite features of this park is that it is completely gated for the safety of the children. My kids spent hours running around the grassy hill and climbing on the play structures. Village Green Park is located in South Laguna at the corner of Monterey and California street. There is almost always parking available surrounding the beautiful park. There are two play structures, and one swing set. The two play structures are separated by different levels, and children can ride down the hidden slide that separates the two parks. There is also the swing set that allows...

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Guide to Bluebird Park in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Jul 27, 2013 in Featured, Laguna Beach, Parks | 1 comment

One of my favorite parks as a kid was Bluebird Park in Laguna Beach. What I love the most about this park is that the same play equipment that I played on as a child is still at this park. They have added more play structures, but the giant space ship play structure is the same as it was in the early 80’s. Where is this located? Bluebird Park is located at the corner of Cress Street and Bluebird Canyon Drive in Laguna Beach. Parking is a bit tricky, and you have to be extra careful getting the kids out of the car if parking on Bluebird Canyon Drive. There is a small parking lot at the Laguna Beach YMCA that can only be used on the weekends. The YMCA is right off of Cress Street. What makes this...

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Guide to The Laguna Beach Dog Park

Posted by on Jul 20, 2013 in Featured, Laguna Beach, Parks | 0 comments

We officially have more animals than humans that live in our home. We are all animal lovers, and our children are the biggest animal lovers of all of us. We have the sweetest dog named Daisy “dog” who is a golden retriever..yes we did get her because the kids loved the Disney “buddies” movie series so much. So what does a young OC family with an oversized dog do on Saturday morning? We visit the Laguna Beach Dog Park – of course! Our dog requires so much exercise that the dog park is the best way for her to not only socialize with other dogs, but get all her energy out for the weekend. We learned shortly after getting Daisy that the dog park would not only tire out our energetic puppy – but also our energetic young kiddos...

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Guide to Ruby Street Park in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Featured, Laguna Beach, Parks | 1 comment

We love visiting new parks, and a park with an ocean front view is one that I cannot resist. Nestled between Moss Point Beach and Woods Cove Beach is the most intimate park for your family to enjoy – Ruby Street Park in Laguna Beach. This park is a true gem, and not like most traditional parks. It is a park for relaxation, reflection and intimate quality time with your children. Tell me about the park The park is no bigger than a house on the cliffs of Laguna Beach, but it is rich in charm. The park has lush landscaping, beautiful panoramic ocean views, and tables for playing chess or checkers. We usually visit this park for our picnic lunch (to enjoy sand-free) when visiting Moss Point Beach or Woods Cove Beach. The park is less than a...

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Family Guide to the Beach Park in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Jun 30, 2013 in Beaches, Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, Parks | 0 comments

There are a couple of beach parks located in Orange County, but this park has always been my favorite. The beach park in Laguna Beach has just undergone a full renovation with more fun for your children to enjoy. I have been bringing my kids to this park since they were just babies, and we have created many memorable memories on this playground. Nestled right in downtown Laguna Beach on Main Beach is this playground where children can play right along side the beautiful crashing ocean waves. I often find myself mesmerized by the beauty while watching my children play at this beach park. I have found that this park is truly calming for my children and myself. Tips for visiting this beach: Do not bring along your purse. There are often homeless people walking around this part of...

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Barbara’s Lake: Orange County’s Only Natural Lake

Posted by on Jan 12, 2013 in Hiking Trails, Laguna Beach, Nature Centers, Parks | 2 comments

Fun and Unique thing to do with children in Laguna Beach It is hard to believe that Orange County only has one natural lake left in the whole County, but it does. Barbara’s Lake is located in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park just a short walk from the NIX Nature Center. Last weekend, our family visited the NIX Nature Center. Then we enjoyed walking along Mary’s Trail, before continuing the trail towards Barbara’s Lake. While walking towards the lake, my children got a unique opportunity to witness a thriving wildlife community. There was so much beauty for the kids to absorb along the secluded path. How do you get to Barbara’s Lake? Park in the NIX Nature Center Parking lot ($3 parking). Begin you adventure walking along Mary’s Trail. Then continue on the path as it becomes Little Sycamore...

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Mary’s Trail at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in Hiking Trails, Laguna Beach, Nature Centers, Parks | 3 comments

Yesterday, we shared details about our visit to the NIX Nature Center in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. After my kids were done learning all about the history of the land where they are growing up, we went right outside the doors for a short walk on Mary’s Trail. This trail is dedicated to Mary Fegraus, the founding executive director of Laguna Canyon Foundation. This trail is the best trail I have found so far for young children. It’s flat and smooth all the way around the trail. It is even level and wide enough for parents to bring along a stroller or wagon!! Before starting on the trail, the OC Park rangers gave the children a scavenger hunt to use while on the trail. Throughout the trail there were beautiful educational markers for children to learn about the...

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James and Rosemary Nix Nature Center

Posted by on Jan 7, 2013 in Featured, Hiking Trails, Laguna Beach, Nature Centers, Parks | 0 comments

Rain? What rain? It might have been raining yesterday, but that didn’t let that stop us from keeping our kids active yesterday. When we spotted the first break in the clouds, we headed to the James and Rosemary Nix Nature Center in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. We thought this was a good place to visit because it offers indoor/outdoor educational fun for the kids. When we first arrived at the nature center, our children were greeted by some of the most energetic park rangers I have ever seen. They came right out from behind the desk and started talking with our children. They asked them many questions about the wildlife and plants that surround the modern nature center. The kids were able to do some bird watching from the on-site telescopes that are perfectly situated in the nature...

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