Pages Navigation Menu

Things to do in Orange County for OC Moms

Categories Navigation Menu

Doheny Beach Butterfly Garden & Nature Center

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Dana Point, Nature Centers | 6 comments

We stayed as a guest of the resort I have spent many summer days with my children at Doheny Beach, and I never realized that they have a beautiful butterfly garden until a recent family staycation at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Doheny Beach. When I checked into the resort for the weekend, the front desk was so helpful with making some recommendations of things to do in the area, and when she mentioned the butterfly garden, I knew that I wanted to bring the kids to see it. Our family woke up on Saturday morning, had a relaxing breakfast in bed, and then walked across the street to Doheny Beach. At first, we had a little bit of trouble finding the butterfly garden, but a nice lady walking working at the State Beach advised us that it...

Read More

The Wildlands Conservancy at the Oak Glen Preserve

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Featured, Hiking Trails, Nature Centers, Parks | 0 comments

The one thing that I was not expecting to do when apple picking with my kids in Oak Glen was to find one of the best nature preserves in Southern California. The Wildlands Conservancy at the Oak Glen Preserve is located right on the Los Rios Ranchos property, and our family could have spent the entire day exploring the vast amount of trails. We noticed the preserve while picking apples at Riley’s Los Rios Rancho, and walked over to see what it was all about before leaving for lunch. There was a docent at the opening of the preserve who talked to us about their mission, gave our kids a learning guide, and helped us to pick a trail that would fit into our schedule for the day. As we started to walk along the trail, there was a...

Read More

Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Dana Point, Hiking Trails, Nature Centers, Parks | 0 comments

I love visiting nature center with my kids, and the Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center is one of our favorites. We will often visit here during the peak of whale watching season seeing the whales from our binoculars from the Dana Point cliffs. The nature center is located at 34558 Scenic Drive in Dana Point. The center is FREE to visit with your family, and I would allow at least a couple of hours to spend at this center. When your family first arrives, there is plenty of parking in the parking lot or on the neighboring streets. Inside of the nature center are docents that love *love* children! They will spend hours talking to your children about the wildlife and plants if your family has the time. There are interactive exhibits, books and dioramas throughout the center that...

Read More

Tips for Helping Your Kids Connect with Nature

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Family, Hiking Trails, Nature Centers, Parenting | 0 comments

JFIF;CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), quality = 82 C    !'"#%%%),($+!$%$C   $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$<<" }!1AQa"q2#BR$3br %&'()*456789:CDEFGHIJSTUVWXYZcdefghijstuvwxyz w!1AQaq"2B #3Rbr $4%&'()*56789:CDEFGHIJSTUVWXYZcdefghijstuvwxyz ?TĹ*{c-Be*>T^{ nj?^c#$"շ]hVa#'+'xjY/%y%]Cr+kU.6@=0k5F]\4B9 1(v@rh}|Ep ݛtZ`4[[K x/U>?& 隅$(h)4)w))JtU 3ĚnnF|^ՈɓG,O&ψh ?5LY\mvQ0zֱ5k1e'`$qӦ1}U%րt@d2~185SL1jY*ryS~EdIݧ7pB!LኧyhE@Q5`߻MnA+?Z񮟭jIbVVNJ(>gv K?h))$kiAb9+܂L{m*FK/]n?J,=Z$]̉ǘwGl^#gioJFODaP_ 4*.'‹Nk{{7.X=3R7W7s^7i-e9'^?Z:/(O+K*Mqo)uax@&%Ǖ4K#d ZT?#W~`ۗ n9h#+meoӭZ¾&Y-nWz,ShNe] paWQr#ATV]s%0om,Gv :W<1a3lӬ+r&,]eZ6+xŢFW+#zl:0IvP?ڤ*.FOؐ1gGY;h 3 švoz)}Q07sϩYO7 E.n:8 Read More

Exploring our own backyard and Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Featured, Hiking Trails, Modjeska Canyon, Nature Centers, Parks | 1 comment

JFIF;CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), quality = 82 C    !'"#%%%),($+!$%$C   $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$<<" }!1AQa"q2#BR$3br %&'()*456789:CDEFGHIJSTUVWXYZcdefghijstuvwxyz w!1AQaq"2B #3Rbr $4%&'()*56789:CDEFGHIJSTUVWXYZcdefghijstuvwxyz ?=Kut4X6Iً1d!S[xlV 腖X(vG$O\Wு?| xz]/,|q1]k+B1& \5/nfuFYx8ҼiʘmT8좸t[Pm &V!;[2zِ[ D z^5"Xmd`6 mFJM:熌h<neԬhrYrEl[XĜ5p'QzèO5}[L}8:U?/?. ^s&?@1Tsc_+V6#iR*(xŚǂ:]\iH]؀ON5w:]4<) }zNz;c]lNc qz8xzWon ֹ1m dcy)ɷd/ou{ݼ?iy[f<#⹿huy,6Ofy:m=o4i(S$ǥAJiĉC$N{ ޵R:]k&{dmK#2ms PPJ ]ww/N..FC$NOf'~kx,o2PdZ71]\ cmK#Z"KxP$L\חxk[GYۤЫS[Qs#jWhKOҰ[ٯGG]Ĝ 94dT~6]Lgmq=qZ5Mumiq-HʏE 9?Z_P}ۻKcdA'[q}5[w#:=۪9dg5^3;ʒVh+>kK3m[vG^@ǥrqXĢ(sz ^Z GltZ-ҹ/i6~dZEğb M!޽zRTdJoutuY㰷H8鏭r^ е޴\q{O>%nOpڮ0$H6Qq^?NVd#=FIXuF.ta2]'fb|+HDzd*dL2w5љqH/?ַoɧAq.BpdcצyĚ5˳K33^)5O2-Z<Na bt}cK3| N]f{=Z7Q6qlnppPg^]akvGX8

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

Posted by on Jan 12, 2013 in Hiking Trails, Laguna Beach, Nature Centers, Parks | 1 comment

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More