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...]

Dinosaur Park in Laguna Hills: Dive Into Undersea Fossils

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Dinosaur Park in Laguna Hills is the most common name I've heard for this amazing fossil-themed park behind the Laguna Hills Community Center at the corner of Alicia and Paseo De Valencia. I've also heard it called: Dino Park and Prehistoric Park. It's a great run-around park with 2 different levels and all sorts of play equipment. Location: Exit Interstate 5 at Alicia … [Read more...]

El Toro Park in Lake Forest: Tidepools Without the Tide

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El Toro Park got press from the Orange County Register a day after its grand opening in September, where reporter Erika Ritchie gives a great run-down of Lake Forest plans.  We went to visit pretty soon after reading the article and found the playground surrounded by orange fencing and blocked off for play. It took a few weeks, but the playground is definitely ready for … [Read more...]

Los Rios Park in San Juan Capistrano: Saddle Up for Fun

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Los Rios Park in San Juan Capistrano is a playground addition to the very historic Los Rios neighborhood. If you've ever taken the train to the San Juan Capistrano Amtrak Station, you'll be able to find this playground. It sits directly behind Zoomars Petting Zoo. The moms at Just Spotted did a great write-up of their trip to Zoomars back before the playground opened. Jennifer … [Read more...]

Splashy Play at Irvine Spectrum

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Now that the weather is heating up, I've received lots of requests for water play areas at local parks. As always, I'm starting with what I know. And although I don't know Irvine shopping - I'm pretty good at playing at the Spectrum. Last week, I took my 3 year old out to see what fun we could stir up. Location: The Spectrum is the Irvine shopping center visible from where … [Read more...]