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Las Arenas Park in Newport Beach

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in Newport Beach, Parks | 0 comments

I have many fond memories of playing at Las Arenas Park after leaving school from Newport Elementary on the Peninsula in Newport Beach. Although the park has become quite run down, it is still a favorite park for many locals on the Peninsula. What makes this park special is that it is just steps away from the beach. We will often bring our kids to play at this park after getting a dessert from the local Sambazon Cafe or make a stop when biking riding around the Peninsula. The park has a huge sand area (once a volleyball court), neighboring tennis courts, two play structures and swings. There is also a perfectly shaded bench for parents to enjoy watching their children play. I have to be honest that it is sad to see a lot of graffiti on the...

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Holy Jim Trail in Trabuco Canyon

Posted by on Jan 19, 2014 in Featured, Hiking Trails, Parks | 0 comments

Is your family ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Then the Holy Jim Trail in Trabuco Canyon is just what you were looking for. Located in the hidden hills of the canyon is a trail that your family will create unforgettable memories together while hiking along the lush green path. The best part of this trail is that there is a beautiful waterfall waiting for your family at the end of the trail! Where is it located? This can be a bit tricky. I’ll admit that even though we have been here multiple times that we still often drive right past it. Here are the directions provided by the State of California: Head east on Chapman Ave towards the foothills. This turns into Santiago Canyon Rd (S18). Turn left at Live Oak Canyon Rd. At Trabuco Canyon turn...

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Guide to Fishing at Laguna Niguel Lake

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Events, Featured, Fishing, Laguna Niguel, Parks | 2 comments

Have your kids ever dreaming of fishing? It is officially trout season, and the Laguna Niguel Lake is filled to the rim with big bountiful trout for your kids to try catching. I have tried fishing once with the kids by myself without any luck, so this time we planned an afternoon for the boys to bond with their grandpa while fishing. We are so lucky to have so many great fishing destinations right here in Orange County, and the Laguna Niguel Lake is one of my favorite places for families to spend the day fishing together. What we didn’t expect was that the boys would come home with one of their biggest catches ever totaling 11 trout! Where is it located? The Laguna Niguel Lake is located right inside of the Laguna Niguel Regional Park. There is a...

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Glenbrook Park in Aliso Viejo

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Aliso Viejo, Parks | 0 comments

Glenbrook Park is just a short walk away from Argonaut Park, and is a beautiful park to relax or have a family picnic. There is no play equipment at this park, just beautiful rolling green hills and a paved path that winds throughout the park. Amenities There are multiple benches located throughout this park. There is a nice paved path with portions that have hills for children to ride their bikes, scooters or roller blades. There are also drinking fountains, but no bathrooms. Parking There is street parking along Cedarbrook or in the Cedarbrook Community Center parking lot. Location The park is located on Cedarbrook in Aliso Viejo right behind the Cedarbrook Community Center. If you were not looking for this park, then you might accidentally drive right past it. When you see the private community pool along Cedarbrook,...

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Argonaut Park in Aliso Viejo

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Aliso Viejo, Parks | 0 comments

Argonaut Park is located in the middle of an Aliso Viejo community that is surrounded by plenty of large open spaces. There is a paved trail that winds around the park, a giant play structure and basketball courts. This is another great park in Aliso Viejo where families can visit without crowds. Play Equipment This park has nice and clean play equipment. There are three different structures including a separate structure for swings. It is all inside of a sand playground complete with a mini metal bulldozer. This play structure has everything that your children could ever dream of including big slides, games, monkey bars and more. Amenities The park has a drinking fountain, benches and picnic benches. There is also a nice basketball court right next to the play structure. The park has a large grass area without...

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Laguna Hills Skatepark

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Laguna Hills, Parks, Skateparks | 0 comments

There are many pros and cons to the Laguna Hills Skatepark. We listed everything your family can expect before bringing your children to this local skatepark. We don’t sugar coat anything with this skatepark review so that families can clearly make a decision that is best for their kids before coming. Pros There is no fee to get in Parking is free Scooters, bikes, and pretty much anything with wheels is allowed Located right next to the dinosaur park for playground play after skating Bathrooms Drinking fountains Cons Older kids swearing and smoking Older kids not wearing protective gear while doing crazy stunts Not very clean Clearly, the city really needs to clean-up this skatepark. It is a good skatepark for parents who don’t want to spend $5-10 a kid to get into a skatepark (this can add up...

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Iglesia Park in Aliso Viejo

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Aliso Viejo, Parks | 1 comment

Iglesia Park is a hidden gem of Aliso Viejo. The park is tucked away in a community that offers fun to last throughout the entire day for your family. There is play equipment, bike paths, baseball fields, volleyball courts, handball courts, and more! Since this park is hidden inside of a local community, it is hardly ever crowded. This is one of the first parks built in Aliso Viejo, so the landscaping is very mature. There are a lot of trees and benches to sit and relax with your children at this park. There is also an abundance of barbecues and picnic tables for birthday parties. Play Equipment The play equipment is quite large and has recently been refurbished. There is a large play structure for the older children, and a smaller one for the younger children. Benches surround...

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Etnies Skatepark in Lake Forest

Posted by on Jan 3, 2014 in Featured, Lake Forest, Parks, Skateparks | 0 comments

Did your kids get a new skateboard or rollerblades for Christmas? Mine sure did, and that has meant that they did not want to waste a second before trying out their new gear at the local skatepark. Over the holiday break, we have been exploring the different skateparks in South Orange County, and the Etnies Skatepark in Lake Forest is our #1 favorite! It is fully gated, and safety measures are enforced. All parents are required to fill-out a liability form before any child will be allowed to skate at the park. There is a cost of $5 per child to enter the facilities that help to keep it a very clean skatepark. Parents with older children can drop-off their children after paying the fee and turning in the liability form. There is very limited parking at the skatepark,...

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Foothill Ranch Community Park

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Lake Forest, Parks | 0 comments

After dropping off my older son for some lessons at the Lake Forest Skate Park, I took my two younger children to explore the Foothill Ranch Community Park in Lake Forest. What we found was one of the coolest parks that we have played at in a long time! Sports! This park is all about keeping kids active through sports. Throughout the park, there are tennis courts, volleyball courts and even roller hockey courts. There is a baseball field and soccer field that are utilized on weekends by local leagues. Bring your sports gear along with you for the ultimate sporting day at the park – or have a “sports themed” birthday party here for your kids! Playground Equipment! This park has an extensive play structure. There is a massive play structure for the older children, and a good-sized one...

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Grand Park in Aliso Viejo

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Aliso Viejo, Parks | 0 comments

Grand Park in Aliso Viejo is one of the most calming parks for my children, and I to spend our afternoon. This park has the best panoramic city views of any park in Aliso Viejo. The best part about this park is that it is fully gated making it a perfect park for parents with young children who are in that “running off” phase.   We love to get a frozen yogurt or ice cream from the Town Center, and then walk up to this park to play. The park has a large amount of benches for families to sit and enjoy finishing their ice cream before climbing, and sliding all around Grand Park. While the park is just a short walk up the hill from the Town Center, there is limited parking right in front of the park....

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Ridgecrest Park in Aliso Viejo

Posted by on Dec 29, 2013 in Aliso Viejo, Featured, Parks | 0 comments

One of our favorite parks to spend a weekend afternoon is at Ridgecrest Park in Aliso Viejo. This park has something for everyone in your family including tennis courts, a basketball court, exercise trail, bike path, and more. This is also one of the most sought after parks for birthday parties because of its large covered patio with picnic benches and a barbecue! We recommend making reservations early with the city to reserve the tables for a birthday party. The park is located right at the corner of Aliso Creek Road and Ridgecrest in Aliso Viejo. There is a large parking lot that can fill-up quickly on the weekends, but there is also additional parking along Ridgecrest street. The park has a huge playground complete with a larger play structure for the older children, and a smaller structure for...

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Mile Square Park Unveils a Redesigned Archery Range

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in Events, Featured, Fountain Valley, Parks | 1 comment

OC Parks is inviting the public to the grand reopening of the redesigned archery range at Mile Square Park on Saturday, November 23rd. The event will kick off with comments by Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen, First District, and OC Parks Director Stacy Blackwood. Supervisor Nguyen will take the opening arrow shot and high-level archers will perform trick shots. Children will provide a shooting demonstration with assistance from OC Parks Rangers, and there will be open shooting on the range after the presentation. Refreshments will be served before and after the program. Mile Square Regional Park has been home to the only archery range at an Orange County park since the early 1970s. The former archery range included 12 targets in an open field with a small safety berm behind the targets. The 6.71-acre redesigned range features 24 in-line...

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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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Flintride Park in Ladera Ranch

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in Featured, Ladera Ranch, Parks | 0 comments

While my son was at his first Junior High pool party in Ladera Ranch a couple of weeks ago, my younger son and I spent the afternoon playing at Flintridge Park in Ladera Ranch. Ladera Ranch is home to so many parks, but Flintridge ended up being one of his favorite parks in the community. He spent the afternoon climbing on the monkey bars, speeding down the slide, and digging in the sand. Flintridge Park is located at the corner of Chardonnay Drive and Sauvignon Drive in Ladera Ranch. It is located right behind the Flintridge Community pool, and parking is available in the parking lot or on any of the surrounding streets. The park is at the top of a steep grassy hill and has two play structures; one for bigger kids, and one for toddlers. There is...

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Guide to Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Events, Featured, Halloween, Holiday, Parks | 2 comments

The Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch is a favorite for many families to enjoy during the Halloween season. It is the best place for Fall pictures, getting the perfect Halloween pumpkin, and a place to create unforgettable memories with your children. The Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch is open daily at 10am through the entire month of October. When preparing your visit to the pumpkin patch, we recommend bringing your kids dressed in their Halloween costumes. Everywhere you turn will be another fantastic place to take adorable pictures of your kids. When first arriving at the pumpkin patch, purchase tickets at the ticket window to take with your family throughout the park. Tickets are $5 each, or a book of 15 tickets is $60 ($15 savings). Family can save even more by printing the coupons off the Irvine Park...

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Acorn Park in Aliso Viejo

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Aliso Viejo, Featured, Parks | 0 comments

When we first moved to Aliso Viejo, we loved Acorn Park for its “in the hill” tunnel slides. Once the tunnels were removed, we found ourselves coming to this park less often. We recently returned to the park to find that it is better than ever with its beautiful new playground equipment. This park is right next to a local elementary school, so it is often busy during the weekdays, but hardly ever used on the weekends. Again, since it is right next to a public school, parking is always a challenge on a weekday. Our favorite thing about this park is the large amount of nature that surrounds this park. There are large bushes, lots of grass and small pathways for kids to explore. My kids love running through the giant tunnels that connect the three different sand...

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Los Rios Park in San Juan Capistrano

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Featured, Parks, San Juan Capistrano | 1 comment

After spending the afternoon at Zoomar’s Petting Zoo, the kids and I ventured over to Los Rios Park in San Juan Capistrano. It is another one of those fun things to do in Orange County that everyone has been talking about, but we had never been until now. Los Rios Park ended up being a kids park paradise! The park was decked out in a full western theme, and the kids did not want to leave. They climbed on the large play structure, pretended they were in the wild west on the horses, and climbed for hours on the large rock formations. The park has swings, and in the summertime, there is a large water feature for the kids to have water play! The park is set in far enough away from the main road that parents can just...

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Chaparral Park in Ladera Ranch

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in Featured, Ladera Ranch, Parks | 0 comments

Last week, after spending the day at Founders Park in Ladera Ranch, we decided to make a quick stop at Chaparral Park in Ladera Ranch. This park is a fun thing to do with kids in Orange County this Fall by taking a ride down the slide or flying high on the swings. Chaparral Park is a small but mighty park offering something for every age of the child. There is a super fun play structure with multiple slides, and climbers. There are plenty of swings, picnic tables, benches and places to enjoy quiet time under a tree in the shade with your children. The park is located right next to a school, so there is a lot of parking available for families to visit this park. There is also a small walkway located next to the park for...

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Founders Park in Ladera Ranch

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in Featured, Ladera Ranch, Parks | 0 comments

Around every corner is another fun orange county park in Ladera Ranch. Last week, we went to visit Founders Park in Ladera Ranch, and it was a great park to spend the afternoon. There was lots of green grass, for my son to kick the ball, benches for us to eat a snack, and plenty of shade. Where is it located? The park is located at 28275 Avendale Boulevard, right off of Antonio. There is a large amount of parking, and lots of covered picnic tables with barbecues. One of my favorite features of this park is the nice (and clean) public bathroom. The park features a medium size climbing structure with a swing set. There are some small rockers for the kids to play on, and lots of sand for sand toy play. What my son loved the...

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Begonia Park in Corona del Mar

Posted by on Oct 3, 2013 in Corona del Mar, Featured, Parks, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Begonia Park, in Corona del Mar, is one of the few Orange County parks that have an ocean view for parents to enjoy while their children play. Not only does this park have a lovely ocean view, but also has one of the largest grass play areas of any Corona del Mar park. Begonia Park is a two level park that is all connect via the grass play area. It is on a busy street, so if you have little ones who like to run off, I would not recommend playing at this park yet. There are plenty of picnic tables that families can rent in advance from the city for birthday parties, and a lot of benches. The park is located at the corner of Bayside Drive and Carnation Avenue in Corona del Mar. There is plenty of parking...

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Sigler Park in Westminster

Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in Featured, Parks, Westminster | 0 comments

During the Summer, we had a blast exploring all of the beaches in Orange County. We not only had an epic summer at the beach, but we also found some cool splash pads around the OC. One of my favorite splash pads was at Sigler Park, and my kids told me that the playground was one of their favorites of the summer. They played more at the Sigler Park playground than they did inside of the splash pad. Since the playground was such a hit with my kids, I guarantee that your kids will love it too! Sigler Park is located right in the heart of Westminster at the corner of Plaza and Chestnut. The park has a large grass area that is perfect for birthday parties with covered picnic tables. The park has great basketball courts, and a...

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Guide to Visiting Newport Elementary Beach Playground

Posted by on Sep 21, 2013 in Beaches, Featured, Newport Beach, Newport Beach, Parks | 0 comments

There is nothing better than to load up the back of the car with the family bikes and head to the Balboa Peninsula to bike ride along the boardwalk. There are so many delicious beachside restaurants, parks to enjoy and of course – the ever famous fun zone. Every time that my family goes down to the Balboa Peninsula for a family bike ride, the kids always love making a stop at the Newport Elementary Beach Playground for some fun after an ice cream cone at the Stuft Surfer Cafe. During the weekdays this playground is used for the kids who attend Newport Elementary School, but during the weekends, families are encouraged to enjoy the premiere playground equipment right on the beach. There are two large playground structures, swings, basketball courts, and lots of small climbers. My kids love...

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Guide to Central Park in Rancho Santa Margarita

Posted by on Sep 17, 2013 in Parks, Rancho Santa Margarita | 0 comments

Rancho Santa Margarita is a great little city filled with a lot of secret magic.  I call it secret because it feels like not everyone has discovered how great RSM is.  From great restaurants to parks and trails, Rancho Santa Margarita is filled with fun for everyone.  The parks are lush and beautifully maintained making it a favorite area for our family; here is your guide to Central Park in Rancho Santa Margarita. Central Park is located at 30824 La Miranda in Rancho Santa Margarita California. The park itself is very large with fields for games and general open areas as well as the play area.  Central Park is filled with lush green spaces that catch your eye from the moment you arrive. Central Park in Rancho Santa Margarita is one of our favorite parks because it is well shaded.  There...

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Splash La Mirada Water Park

Posted by on Aug 23, 2013 in Featured, Giveaways, La Mirada, Parks, Theme Parks | 29 comments

When speaking at the OCPRSA panel this past Spring, I received some vouchers to bring the kids to visit the Splash La Mirada Water Park. When I stumbled across the vouchers earlier this week, I could not believe that we had almost gone through the entire Summer without making a visit to check it out. We had no idea what to expect before coming to the water park. It is not located, in Orange County but is right on the LA/Orange County border in La Mirada. I’m not going to lie – it was quite to trek to drive from South Orange County to La Mirada, and we were soon to learn that it was worth every mile in the car to bring the kids for a day of fun at this water park. When we first walked into...

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Guide to Peninsula Park Balboa in Newport Beach at The Pier

Posted by on Aug 18, 2013 in Featured, Newport Beach, Parks | 0 comments

After spending the day bike riding along the Balboa boardwalk, the kids took a break at the Peninsula Park located at the base of the pier at Balboa in Newport Beach. This intimate beach park offers fun for kids of all ages. The highlight of Peninsula Park is the giant “Spiderman” climbing structure that is similar to the one at Springdale Park in Aliso Viejo. This park is located right on the sand backing up to a large grass area that is perfect for weekend barbecues or picnics. There is plenty of parking in the public parking lot on the opposite side of the pier opening, and nice large bathrooms right next to the park. Where is it located? The park is located right at the base of the Balboa Pier at 100 Main Street in Newport Beach. The park...

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Guide to Spyglass Hill Park in Newport Beach

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in Featured, Newport Beach, Parks | 3 comments

I lived just a couple of blocks from this part throughout my High School years, and it is *never* used. If you are looking for your own private park for a play date or birthday party – then this is your park. Spyglass Hill Park in Newport Beach has a small intimate playground with a huge grass area (mostly gated for safety). There are lots of benches and places to reflect on your day while the children enjoy playing on the playground equipment. Parking is never a problem at this park. There is plenty of parking along the streets. This park is at the top of a very steep hill, but if you are able to brave the challenge – there are multiple bike racks. The park is on the corner of a busy intersection, and most of it...

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Guide to San Miguel Park in Newport Beach

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Newport Beach, Parks | 0 comments

San Miguel Park in Newport Beach can be a little deceiving. From the street is looks like just a small tot lot, but once stepping foot on the park, families learn that it is one of the largest parks for families in Newport Beach. The park has something for everyone, and offers families an intimate park birthday party experience. The park has a huge basketball court for families to play a game. If you come early in the morning, there are usually “dad’s” playing on the courts, but come the afternoon they are pretty much vacant all day. Bring a racquetball, tennis ball or dodge ball for the dodgeball courts. This is one of my kids favorite features in this park. Be prepared for your kids to get nice and tired. There is a large grassy area located between...

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Guide to Sigler Water Park Splash Pad

Posted by on Aug 7, 2013 in Featured, Parks, Westminster | 5 comments

Ultimate summer fun is awaiting your kids at the Sigler Park Water Park Splash Pad in Westminster. Today, we brought our kids to explore the park, and we were overwhelmed with how much fun this park was. It provides kids with endless hours of summer fun while jumping through the water features with all their friends. There are a ton of unique water features that are continuously spraying water on the kids. We recommend bringing your kid in water shoes so that they don’t slip on the wet surfaces. Where is it located? It is right off the 405 freeway at the Goldenwest Street exit. It is at the corner of Plaza Street and Olive Street in Westminster. The GPS address is 7200 Plaza Street, Westminster, CA 92683. How much does it cost? Ready for the best part? It...

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Guide to Bonita Canyon Sports Park in Newport Beach

Posted by on Aug 7, 2013 in Featured, Newport Beach, Parks | 0 comments

Do you have a family who loves sports? Then you are going to love spending the day at the Bonita Canyon Sports Park in Newport Beach. Not only does this park have some of the most beautiful sports fields, but also has a lovely park for children to play. This park has become one of our favorite’s to visit in Newport Beach. The park has a larger playground, and this adorable interactive smaller tot lot. Kids can play, explore and learn on this tot lot. Then there are my kids favorites..the swings! The park has the swings located in-between the two playgrounds. The park has really nice upgraded water fountains. Forgot water? Not a problem! Oh..did I mention they have *nice* bathrooms too? Another plus!! One of the features that caught my attention were the interactive games modeled in...

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Guide to Newport Dunes Waterpark

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in Beaches, Newport Beach, Newport Beach, Parks | 0 comments

Newport Dunes has grown so much since I was a kid with the expansion of their water park. While the kids were at camp, they got a chance to experience the Newport Dunes water park, and could not wait to stay after camp one day to show me how much they loved it. Where is it located? Inside of Newport Dunes. Newport Dunes is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive in Newport Beach. Parking. You will need to enter Newport Dunes through the gates. Parking can get a little pricey, so plan on staying for the whole day. The first 1/2 hour is free, 30min. to 1 hour is $5, 1-3 hours $10, 3-5 hours $12, 5-7 hours $14, and 7-24 hours is $16. When first entering the gates, park in the parking lot to your first right hand turn....

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Guide to The Fashion Island Koi Ponds in Newport Beach

Posted by on Aug 3, 2013 in Featured, Newport Beach, Parks, Shopping | 0 comments

I remember running around the Fashion Island Koi Ponds in Newport Beach as a young girl, and now I get to see myself through the eyes of my children running around the same pond. Growing up, our home was just a few blocks from Fashion Island, and my parents would sit and enjoy time with their friends while I watched the beautiful fish swim by. Koi is such a beautiful fish that can be so relaxing to sit and watch. My children could spend hours watching the Koi swim around the lily pads that float on the water in the majestic pond. The Koi pond is located right outside of Atrium Court in the center of Fashion Island. There are plenty of benches, tables and chairs for parents to relax and reflect while their children frolic and play. When...

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OC Fair 5th Annual Fun Run

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in Events, Parks | 0 comments

It is time to start running off some of those fried fair fare at the OC Fair 5th Annual Fun Run on August 4th. Guests attending the run/walk will get an opportunity to experience the OC Fair before it opens to the public with a fun looping course. The course will bring runners through the Main Mall, Action Sports Arena, the La Grande Wheel and Centennial Farm while runners are encouraged to make a detour to enjoy some rides along the way. OC The 5k Run/Walk begins at 8am on August 4th. Registration is available on the day of the event from 6am to 7:45am. All participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt, a bib, a finisher’s medal and a complimentary ticket to the OC Fair. Children 5 and younger can participate for free. Online registration ends August 1. Registration...

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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 Arroyo Park in Newport Beach

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Featured, Newport Beach, Parks | 0 comments

We have driven past Arroyo Park in Newport Beach hundreds of times, but never taken the time to check it out – and boy were we missing a killer park. Located right off the 73 toll road is one of the coolest hidden parks in Newport Beach! Arroyo Park has a fun playground, a plethora of picnic tables, barbecues, and a large baseball field. Even a Highway Patrol Officer was caught enjoying his lunch at the park when we visited. So where is this killer park you ask? Right off the 73 freeway and Bison. The address on Google Maps is 1411 Bayswater, Newport Beach. (Right across from the Islands Restaurant) What is so cool about this park? There is plenty of parking – perfect for birthday parties! There is a nice playground, awesome bathrooms (I promise), and a...

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Guide to Canyon View Park in Aliso Viejo

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Aliso Viejo, Featured, Parks | 0 comments

Canyon View Park in Aliso Viejo has been one of my kids favorites since they were just little babies. It is one of our favorite parks to enjoy a family picnic together because there are so many intimate places that offer plenty of shade. Where is it located? It is located at the corner of Canyon Vistas and Silkwood in Aliso Viejo. Tell me more about the park.. The park has a huge amount of grass area for children to run and play ball. There is also a large bike path that circles around the park for riding bikes. There are volleyball courts, picnic tables and a large playground area. (There is a portable bathroom located at the entrance of the park) Insider Tips. Many mountain bikers use this as an access to the Aliso Woods Canyon trails, so...

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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 Costeau Park in Laguna Hills

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Featured, Laguna Hills, Parks | 0 comments

Costeau Park in Laguna Hills has been a hidden gem in Orange County for years. Tucked away off of Alicia Parkway is this park that offers family fun for children and adults of all ages. The park recently underwent a renovation with newer playground equipment all in a fun animal adventure theme. The park has a large grass area for families to picnic, play ball or just run around. When visiting with our family over the weekend, we brought a picnic lunch to enjoy under the shade of a large trees. This park has plenty of shade where families can enjoy an intimate picnic like we did over the weekend. Costeau Park is located right at the corner of Alicia Parkway and Costeau Street. It is easily visible from Alicia Parkway. There are two playground structures at the park....

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Planning a Summer Park Playdate #TakeitToThePark (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Featured, Giveaways, Parks | 0 comments

We were provided with park playdate supplies by SheSpeaks. It was the first weekend of summer, and what did we do? We headed to the park. With temperatures this weekend breaking the triple digits, we planned an early morning playdate at the park. We love spending time at one of our beautiful parks in Orange County on the weekends. These are our tips for planning a summer park playdate.. We are giving away a Coca-Cola Prize Pack to one OC Mom Blog family. Enter to win by posting a picture of your family at the park on our Facebook Page or email it to [email protected] We will be selected a family via random drawing on July 15th at 11am PST.   We packed up some balls, jump ropes, paper airplanes and went to our favorite park. The kids loved spending time...

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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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Guide to Springdale Park (aka Spiderman Park)

Posted by on Jun 8, 2013 in Aliso Viejo, Featured, Parks | 0 comments

Spiderman Park is one of my kids favorite parks in Aliso Viejo. Why Spiderman Park? Because of the huge gigantic climbing web at the opening of the park. My children could spend days playing at this park and never get board. There is plenty of open space, activities for the whole family that we share in our guide to Springdale Park. Where is it located? Located at the end of a cul-de-sac at the corner of Springdale and Summerfield in Aliso Viejo. The park is just a short walk from the Aliso Viejo Town Center. Play structures. There is one large play structure, a smaller structure for younger children, swings, and a giant web for climbing. There is plenty of places for children to explore throughout this playground. Shade. There are large trees surrounding the park for children to...

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Atlantis Play Center!

Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Featured, Garden Grove, Parks, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Hidden in Garden Grove is a special place called Atlantis Play Center! My friends and I have enjoyed this gem for many years.  The park is full of surprises and delights at every turn, including a new splash pad! Admission to Atlantis Play Center is only $2 for everyone 3 and up and free for kids 2 and under! Atlantis Play Center is open Tuesdays – Fridays 10am – 2pm, Saturdays 10am – 4pm, and Sundays 12pm – 4pm. One of the favorites for all the kids is the pirate ship! They spend hours climbing in and out and all around pretending all sorts of games! The park has an ocean theme and is full of sea creatures to climb on and slide down! The park is great for a big range of ages from little scooters to big...

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Goathill Junction Railroad

Posted by on Jan 20, 2013 in Cool Places, Costa Mesa, Parks | 0 comments

Tucked away in the beautiful terrain just behind the Costa Mesa golf course lies one of Orange County’s best kept secrets: Goathill Junction Railroad. These model trains run on 5 miles of track and wind through the scenic park. The trains are small and represent 1 1/2″, 2 1/2″ and 3 1/2″ scale equipment. The seats are carpeted and you simply straddle the train like you’re sitting on a horse. There are no seat belts, so hold on to your child although the trains do not go very fast. Not only are these mini trains fun to ride on but they are FREE! They are are operated by Orange County Model Engineers Inc. so although they are free, donations are welcome and they help keep the trains running. Public rides are conducted on the third Saturday and following Sunday...

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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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New Park in Aliso Viejo: Golf Park

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in Aliso Viejo, Parks | 0 comments

It has been here in Aliso Viejo for almost a year, and already winning the hearts of most local kids. The park doesn’t have an official name. My kids call it the “blue park,” and Melodi’s kids call it the “Golf Park.” Located right next to the Aliso Viejo Golf Course in the new home development, this fun park that offers hours of fun for young tots. This park is managed by the Glenwood Maintenace Association, and open for all children to enjoy. What makes this park so special? It has something for everyone. It offers one of the largest climbing structures at any Aliso Viejo park, a structure for the younger tots, a beautiful covered picnic area and a large grass area for ball play. Location: The park is located right in the new Shea homes community in...

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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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