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Local Love: Spring Break in the OC

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Spring Break in Orange County

With Spring Break right around the corner, this post is dedicated to enjoying Spring Break in Orange County…and how fun a “staycation” can be!  Here’s my list of fun things to do, and I would love to hear from you – please comment below, and let me know about your favorite things to do with your kids around town!

Tiny Oranges’ Recommendations

Let’s kick things off with some of Tiny Oranges’ recommendations and favorite things to do with kids in Orange County!

– I wrote a blog all about fun activities to do in warm weather – and how to keep cool!

– Jen wrote a blog about her favorite OC outing ides for kids – check it out!

– Read Jen’s blog about this fabulous Plan a Day Out website – a site ALL OC moms should know about it!  Check it out here – “Whatcha Going to do Today?” This is a great tool to use over Spring Break!

– Interested in being outside in the fresh air?  Read Lisa’s blog all about where to take some beautiful OC nature walks.

– Want to just “keep it simple” this break?  Read my blog about fun, easy activities to do with your littles – “Keeping it Simple with Kid Activities.”

“Beach Therapy”

People come from all over the country to vacation at our beautiful beaches…and they are just a hop, skip and a jump away from us here in OC!  Here are some of my favorite beaches to take the kids to…and I’d love to hear about yours.

Baby Beach (Dana Point)

Aliso Creek Beach (Laguna Beach, has a playground!)

Corona Del Mar Beach (Corona Del Mar)

Balboa Pier Beach (Newport Beach, has a playground!)

Jen also wrote a blog about her best kid beaches in the OC – check it out!

Bouncy Play

Let them bounce out their energy!  I love taking my kids to any place they can be in a safe, enclosed (air conditioned!) kid’s bounce house.  Here are some Orange County bouncing options:

Jump ‘N Jammin (Mission Viejo)

Pump it Up (Lake Forest, Irvine)

Scooter’s Jungle (Aliso Viejo)

Big Air Trampoline Park (Laguna Hills)

Frogg’s Bounce House (Fountain Valley)

Jump Sky High (Costa Mesa)

Museums, Zoos and Parks

Oh my gosh, Orange County has TONS of super fun places to take your little ones!  Here are some of my favorites:

Balboa Fun Zone

Pretend City Children’s Museum

Discovery Science Center 

Irvine Park and Orange County Zoo

Santa Ana Zoo

Mission San Juan Capistrano

The Queen Mary

Zoomars

Bowling Fun

Take your kids bowling!  Mine have never been, and I think they would have a blast!  Look up the bowling alley closest to you, and watch for fun theme days or kid-specific hours.

Irvine Lanes

Saddleback Lanes

Tustin Lanes

Theme Parks

This is a no-brainer – we are a mecca of theme parks here in So Cal!  So if you want to take your kiddos for a special treat, take them to one of these awesome theme parks in our area.  Just make sure to do your online research to check out any possible ticket discount and hours of operation.

Disneyland

Disney California Adventure

Legoland

Knotts Berry Farm

Six Flags

Sea World

Universal Studios

Movie Time

With our recent heat wave, a nice cool, air conditioned movie theater sounds amazing!  Look up your local movie times and take your kiddos for a theater treat.  Keep an eye out for those dollar movie theaters, too!

Check out the OC Weekly for a great list of Orange County movie theater options.

And if you have little ones, I also encourage you to read my blog on “Tips for Taking Little Kids to the Movie Theater” – hope they help!

Day Camps

Another idea is to check out local Spring Break day camps – think about your local gymnastics gyms, martial arts studios, swim places, YMCAs, community centers, etc. – many times these organizations will offer half day or full day camps during Spring Break.  It’s worth looking into!

A Pajama Day at Home

Sometimes my kids just want to stay in their jammies, play Legos, and zone out to Disney Junior.  And that’s totally okay with me!  I try to plan at least one day out of their Spring Break vacation to have a pajama day – planned down-time, if you will.  Our schedules are so crazy during the school year, sometimes we all just need a breather.

I let them build good old fashioned “forts” with blankets, have a picnic in the backyard, watch movies with popcorn, and just veg out.  They love it, and so do I!

 

Okay mamas, let’s keep this list going!  Where are your favorite places to go?  Favorite things to do with your kiddos?

All of us at Tiny Oranges wishes you a fabulous, fun Spring Break!!

Photo credit: FlickrCopyright All rights reserved by Talo66

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Local Love: Riley Wilderness Park

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One of the things I love about the New Year is it gives my husband and I the chance to talk about things we want to do with the kids in the upcoming year, and one of the things we decided on was taking more family hikes or nature walks together. I started looking for great orange county hikes for kids and we came found a gem of a hike in Riley Wilderness Park.

orange county hikes for kids

Riley Wilderness Park 

I went online and started searching for Orange County hikes for kids and came across this great list of top 5 family friendly hikes in Orange County, which is where we found this hike.

Riley Wilderness Park can be found at the end of Oso Parkway is in the foothills adjacent to the Coto de Caza gates.

When you near the end of Oso before you can turn left or right to go into Coto, keep your eyes out for an entrance to the park on the right hand side.

Parking is $3 where you pay by machine (bills, coins or Visa/MC).

From there you can find 5 miles of different trails to take with your family. This map will show you the mileage and difficulty of each one.

riley wilderness park

My girls are 5 and 8 and did great even on the trails with elevation, I would say even the ones marked moderate are fine for kids.

Along the trails we saw beautiful oak trees, birds, huge nests, lots of animal tracks and the hit of the hike, THREE deer grazing along the Horned Toad Loop!

riley wilderness park deer

With our recent rains, the hills were green and absolutely beautiful. It was an amazing hike for families. I highly recommend checking it out.

Stay tuned for more Orange County hiking adventures in this New Year!

For more information, visit www.ocparks.com/parks/thomas.

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