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Spring Bucket List: Take a Nature Walk!

Nature Walks in Orange County

This is now week four of seven on my spring bucket list; see these other posts on having a picnic, flying a kite, and playing in the rain.

Today I’ll share a little about my experience, and other nature walks in Orange County.

Casper’s Wilderness Park had their annual  “Adventure Day” last week that included guided hikes through the nature trail, so when I heard about it, I knew we had to go!

The event itself was so amazing (you can read about that here on my personal blog), and the nature walk was just what we needed as a family!

On our walk, we were able to see towering oak trees, even huge ones fallen in a shady meadow, we saw bunnies and birds, and my four year old was digging all the rocks. California is so beautiful, and it’s so neat to see how it looks relatively untouched.

Even though they were kind of grumpy since it was close to their nap time, and there wasn’t a single TV in sight (can you imagine?!), we tried to make them appreciate it. We kept saying “We’re on an adventure! You are like little explorers!” We also made sure they had some snacks which helped to keep them happy.

One of the best things about these easy nature walks are that they require little equipment!

Supplies:

A hiking backpack for the little ones would be ideal, as a stroller can be quite cumbersome, but my brave husband pushed our double stroller the whole 40 minute walk! Over rocks, etc. Sorry, sweet husband, I forgot the Ergo for our toddler!

Water

Snacks

Good shoes

Sunscreen

Extra Clothing (if it looks like it might rain)

Camera (Optional)

I checked out some library books with some hikes in Orange County, and plan on doing some more because it was so enjoyable. Here are some easy, short hikes that would be ideal for you and your tiny oranges!

Nature Walks in Orange County:

The Coast:

Bolsa Chica Slough Trail (Huntington Beach)

Valido Trail (Laguna Niguel)

Dilley Preserve Canyon – Mariposa Loop (Laguna Beach)

The Foothills:

Santiago Creek Trail Loop (Orange)

Peters Canyon Lake Loop (Orange)

Riley Wilderness Park Loop (Coto de Caza)

The Mountains:

El Cariso Nature Trail (Corona)

San Juan Loop Trail (Corona)

Holy Jim Trail (Corona)

Thanks to Best Easy Day Hikes Orange County (affiliate link) by Randy Vogel for this great resource of a book!

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Join me next week for some spring cleaning, then flower picking, and lastly I’m hoping to see a rainbow this spring (proving to be harder than I thought!).

Also, you can follow me on Instagram (@lisarimke) to see how I’m squeezing the most out of spring! I’ve been loving lemon everything, the wildflowers that have recently bloomed, and swimming during the heat waves! Also follow Tiny Orange’s (@tinyorangesoc) Insta-feed too!

Do you have any favorite nature walks in Orange County you would like to share?

Spring Bucket List: Go Fly a Kite!

Go Fly a Kite This Spring

With spring comes the rush of swirling winds; there are even infamous ones here in OC like the Santa Ana’s, but right now we have nice cool ones, rolling off the ocean and right into your life! When I made up my spring bucket list ”fly a kite” had to be included because I have a very sweet memory (at the bottom of this post), and really wanted to do it again. I hope this post inspires you to go fly a kite this spring!

First off, pick a kite:

I picked up mine at Target just during my normal grocery trip, and with boys it was a hard choice between Yoda or Optimus Prime. We went with the Transformer. They can be super cheap too; ours was less than $5!

There are also two specialty kite shops if you want to check them out:

The Kite Connection: 1 Huntington Bch Pier, Huntington Beach, CA 92646

Up Up and Away: 139 1/2 Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740

Then, pick a windy day:

Kites fly best in 5-25 miles per hour winds, so check the forecast, or even easier, check outdoors. When the trees and bushes are moving, it’s a good sign!

Last, pick a good location:

Stay away from roads, airports, and power lines! Try a beach, park or any open field.

Two days before I had my second son, I took my two year old out and we flew a kite together for the first time, and maybe because we were a few miles from the ocean, up a hill, on March 28 (early spring), that kite took off.

Straight up, higher, and higher and that Pooh Bear smiling face kite against the blue sky, held on only by a thin string, is engraved in my memory. A special memory of just me and my only kid, taking a minute to slow down, take it easy and enjoy spring at the end of a kite line.

Follow me on Instagram!

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@lisarimke is my username and I’m sharing how I’m squeezing the fun out of the season. You can join me, with #tinyorangesspring; post your fun adventures, recreation or feel-good spring favorites with other local moms for inspiration, too!

Last week @paleorungal shared her family playing tennis in the sun, and our very own Jen @tinyorangesoc gave us an insight into a farmers’ market and pirate cove weekend! The possibilities are endless.

Spring Bucket List – Go on a Picnic!

Picnic Spots in Orange County

Hey guys! We are now on the second week of my spring bucket list for kids, and this one is about taking the family on a picnic this spring! There are so many great picnic spots in Orange County, and I love that a picnic is such an easy, cost-friendly activity that still feels really special.

You don’t need to bring much, and the menu can be simple…

Picnic Necessities:

Waterproof Blanket

Cooler with food

Toys for Kids

Family Picnic Menu:

Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

PB&J’s

Chips

Tangerines

Capri Suns

Favorite Sweet for Dessert

Picnic Spots in Orange County 

We went to my favorite park in Ladera Ranch for our family picnic.  Here are some other great picnic spots in Orange County:

Settlers Park Irvine

Bluebird Park Laguna Beach

Dinosaur Park Laguna Hills

Castle Park Irvine

Balboa Pier Playground

Orange County Great Park Irvine

Citrus Ranch Park Tustin

Flo Jo Park Mission Viejo

Coastal Peak Park Newport Coast 

TeWinkle Park Costa Mesa

Livingston Park Long Beach 

Oso Viejo Park Mission Viejo 

Creekside Park Dana Point

Irvine Terrace Park Corona del Mar

Please also share yours in the comments below!

After lunch, it was so nice to be able to run around with my family. The boys played on the playground and rode their bikes, our dog played fetch, and I was able to relax and not have any distractions, like chores or work.

It felt so good to spend some fun quality time with them, and as a bonus, we properly tired them out for their naps when we got home.

It was my four year old who requested having a picnic in the first place. He loves dining alfresco, and even more so with his Dad on a weekend.

I encourage you to pack a super simple lunch, grab a few necessities, and head outside to a special spot to enjoy a family spring picnic in Orange County!

Join our Spring Journey on Instagram

Please join us on Instagram this spring to share ideas of what OC spring activities for kids you are doing with the #tinyorangesspring hashtag.

Follow me at @lisarimke and @tinyorangesOC to see what we’re doing! And, again, here are the things on our Spring Bucket List. Have you had a chance to check any off?

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Bubblefest 2014 [+ Giveaway!]

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Bubblefest 2014 is back at Discovery Science Center this month with shows running through April 20th, 2014 and believe me when I say, it truly is, a must-see event for kids. I have 4 tickets to give away today which include general admission plus the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show! ENTER BELOW!!! Seriously. Your kids will love it.

Every year around Spring Break time Bubblefest returns to The Cube for a day of hands-on family fun.

The Mega Bubblefest Laser Show is a separate ticket event featuring Bubble Scientist Deni Yang as he works his magic and does things with bubbles you would not think were possible unless you saw them with your own eyes!

There are bubbles, bubbles, and more bubbles! Spinning bubbles, kids in bubbles, bouncing bubbles, bubbles within bubbles, even smoking bubbles!

I had the opportunity to experience the show this week with my four and seven year old. Both of which were in awe during the entire experience.  As if the show weren’t spectacular enough on it’s own (it is), Discovery Science Center has an entire Bubblefest XVIII exhibit outside the main attraction tent, which is included with general admission.

There were multiple bounce houses, bubble exhibits for the kids to make their own giant bubbles, learning centers about the science behind bubbles, even a Bubble Sphere Activity where the kids could be IN a bubble on water. Haven’t seen smiles that big on my girls in awhile!

We spent a few hours in this area alone.

Bubblefest 2014 Information

Bubblefest Ticket Prices:

Adult Admission w/Laser Bubble show: $22.95pp
Child Admission (ages 3 – 14)  w/ Laser Bubble Show: $19.95
Senior Admission (ages 62+) w/ Laser Bubble Show: $19.95

The Mega Bubblefest Laser Show Times run day at 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm and 3:30pm.

Click here to buy tickets.

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OC Spring Bucket List for Kids

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[This cute idea comes from one of my new writers, Lisa, who you will be hearing more from in the future!  - Jen]

OC Spring Activities for Kids

Spring has sprung; the season of sunshine and showers, rainbows and flowers, so wanted to write a post on my favorite OC spring activities for kids.

This is the time to be outside, relishing in the beautiful blossoms, splashing in puddles, exploring the green hills and indoors,  a time of renewing;  out with old, organizing and setting a bit of a fresh start as well.

 It is a beautiful time to be in Orange County, and to experience it anew with your children.

Join Me for a Seven-Week Series

For the next seven weeks I’ll be encouraging you to squeeze the most of our beautiful location.  With local hints and information, purveyed for the family! Get inspired, and not overwhelmed with simple, fun ideas, tailored for our region.

Through a children’s eye small things are big things, little, special moments turn into the memories we carry with us through a lifetime.  I know I remember sweet days taking the trolley in the rain with my dad in San Diego, or a foggy morning breakfast, these days can be SO special. Let’s make the most of the season!

Join our Spring Journey on Instagram

Please join us Instagram this spring and share ideas of what OC spring activities for kids you and your kiddos are doing with the #tinyorangesspring hashtag.

Follow me at @lisarimke and @tinyorangesOC to see what we’re doing!