Slow Down for Family Time at the Whitewater Preserve

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The Wildlands Conservancy lands have officially moved to the top of my list of favorite wild spaces.  After taking our annual family fall hike through the Oak Glen Preserve -- which is also part of the Conservancy -- the ranger talked us into heading to Whitewater Preserve. Wow!  I'm so glad we extended our adventure to check out this beautiful place.  The weather was … [Read more...]

Boomers Buccaneer Cove is the New Splash in Town

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I bet you already know about Boomers Buccaneer Cove in Irvine. You've probably watched the construction since the beginning of Summer 2013. I have to say up front that Boomers is usually my husband's area of expertise. He takes the kids there - without me - once every couple of years.  I keep the place in my "Vegas for Kids" file along with venues like Chuck E. Cheese.  I much … [Read more...]

3 Best Toddler Beaches with No Waves

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You want to know the best toddler beaches with no waves in OC?  And I'm going to provide you with my Top 3, but they come with a note of precaution.  Still water beaches, meaning no waves or surf, have a general propensity for water quality issues and they can also be good stingray habitat - at least along the warm sandy edges. Check Heal the Bay Beach Report Card for water … [Read more...]

San Clemente Aquatics Center and Vista Hermosa Sports Park

San Clemente Aquatics Center and Vista Hermosa Sports Park

The San Clemente Aquatics Center and Vista Hermosa Sports Park helped us beat the heat.  I thought the sports park was going to be near Interstate 5, but it's actually off the freeway and up the hill towards the Talega development. You know the translation for Vista Hermosa, right? Beautiful view. Directions to Vista Hermosa Sports Park and Aquatics Center: Take … [Read more...]