Posts by Michele Whiteaker

How to Spend Your Last Days of Summer Vacation in OC

Last Days of Summer Vacation in OC

I'm counting down the end of summer vacation in OC -- not because I want school to start -- only because school is starting for us after Labor Day.  I remember being the mom without school-age kids who couldn't wait for the "big kids" to get back to school and out of my parks so we could get back to our quiet play routines. Okay, exaggerating a little, but it doesn't take much … [Read more...]

Southern California Aquarium Trips & Touch Tanks

Southern California Aquarium Touch Tanks

Southern California aquarium trips and touch tidepools are almost rites of passage for California kids. Most feature local sea life, and some include tropical highlights from Mexico or the South Pacific. Southern California Aquariums Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla My very favorite and more manageable with small children. Outdoor views of La Jolla Cove with touch … [Read more...]

Birch Aquarium at Scripps for Seahorses and Leopard Sharks

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla, in my opinion, is the best Southern California aquarium for families.  If you've been following my blog for any length of time, you know I'm rather crowd-averse. The bigger aquariums just make me nervous because there are usually large field trips and it's easy to lose sight of the kids in the darkened exhibit halls. This hasn't happened … [Read more...]

2 Kid-Friendly San Diego Beaches with Playgrounds

2 Kid-Friendly San Diego Beaches with Playgrounds

Reader Question: I’m going to Northern San Diego for Saturday and Sunday this weekend.  It’ll be mostly with my 3 year old and myself so I’m thinking about spending most of Saturday at a beach.  This means either Oceanside, Carlsbad, or possibly Encinitas.  I want an easy access to the beach with some quick-bite choices in the vicinity. I'll suggest these two kid-friendly … [Read more...]