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Camping at Newport Dunes RV Park with Kids: Ultimate Guide

Camp the right way - Paddle boarding, Kayaking and swimming in Newport's Back Bay
Growing up in Southern California, I am a total beach-lover and the same goes for my kids! We never turn down the opportunity to be by the sea. Sandy toes and surf hair is a regular look for our family. Newport Beach draws thousands of visitors from all over, why not take advantage of living in a tourist
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Ultimate Guide: Balboa Fun Zone with Kids

A Ferris wheel and harbor side carnival atmosphere in gorgeous Newport Beach CA
There are lots of fun things to do in Newport Beach, but it is rather large and divided up into various neighborhoods. Each neighborhood has something different to offer, but for those traveling with kids it is all about Balboa Village. This neighborhood of Newport is loaded with exciting activities, and is
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Things To Do In Anaheim with Kids (Besides Disney)

As locals, we know all the secret fun spots in Anaheim to visit besides Disneyland
 Living in Anaheim, I've spent a lot of time exploring every nook and cranny of this popular city. My knowledge goes way beyond Disney, but if you are visiting Anaheim or looking to visit, chances are that you will be checking out a Disney Park or two while you are here. That's great. As a Disney mama and
List of Best Beaches near Disneyland in Anaheim Read Article

Best Beaches Near Anaheim

If you are at Disneyland but want to cool off in the Socal sun, visit one of these iconic beaches near Anaheim
As you may know, we are natives of Orange County CA, and have lived in Anaheim for at least 7 years. Given how often we like to do local OC getaways, or staycations on the weekends, it is safe to say we know some of the best hidden spots and fun activities in OC, including one of our favorite pastimes –
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Ultimate Guide To Visiting Mission San Juan Capistrano With Kids

The salty ocean breeze is a nice complement to the historic Mission in Capistrano
Founded in 1775, Mission San Juan Capistrano is steeped in history, culture and religion. As the intention of all the California Missions, San Juan Capistrano was established to expand the Spanish territory by teaching natives the ways of European life and converting them to Catholicism. Once baptized,
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Ultimate Guide To Laguna Beach with Kids

The beach made famous by reality TV has a vibrant art scene, boutique shops and restaurants
Laguna Beach is a little piece of paradise in Orange County, California. It has been the setting of such popular shows as Laguna Beach on MTV and Real Housewives of Orange County. It is no wonder, with its gorgeous coastal landscapes it is absolutely breathtaking. Many people think of Laguna Beach as this
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Things To Do At Old Towne Orange Circle With Kids

One of the oldest downtown districts in Orange County CA, and loads of family fun
Made official in 1875, Orange was once farming community bursting with orange groves. Although Orange is still thriving, the groves have since diminished. Visitors can still catch glimpses of the past where Alfred Chapman and Andrew Glassell established the first plaza center, an area locals refer to as
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Why You Should Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Newport Dunes

Newport Dunes is fun anytime, but especially during St Patty's Day. For obvious reasons!
St. Patrick’s Day has always been one of my favorite holidays (just below Halloween of course). I was raised with Irish pride from my father. As a child, I learned how to jig (performing without solicitation); I learned some Gaelic, became obsessed with River Dance and even faked an Irish accent for
Things to do with kids on Newport Coast OC Read Article

Fun Things to Do on the Newport Coast with Kids

From Iconic beaches to fine dining and shopping, Newport Coast in OC has it all
A mermaid at heart, it is no wonder why I love the sea. The beach is my happy place and Newport Beach is like home. The beach of my youth, I grew up playing on Newport’s sandy coast, day dreaming about all things childishly magical. It is where I first tried my favorite mint chocolate chip ice cream
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Ultimate Guide to Disney California Adventure with Kids

The prettier younger sister to Disneyland, we prefer to go here simply for the drinks!
Opening in February of 2001, Disney California Adventure stole the show (a least in my opinion). The theme park recently went through a complete remodel this year, whimsically representing California and highlighting the state’s diversity. Visitors can wander through Hollywood, stroll along the
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Ultimate Guide to The Queen Mary Scots Festival with Kids

The historic Queen Mary was built in Scotland and this festival is a fabulous ode to her Glaswegian roots
The Highland Games is the Scottish tradition of friendly rivalry between clans that goes back centuries. Bagpipes, drumming, dancing, kilts and heavy athletic events are all up for competition, making the events quite a celebration of Celtic culture. Although originally held solely in the actual Scottish
Disneyland with Kids Ultimate Guide Read Article

Ultimate Guide to Disneyland with Kids

As Anaheim natives and season pass holders, we know the ins-and-outs of Disneyland
The original Disneyland Park, located in Anaheim, California first opened June 17, 1955. Almost 70 years later Disney is as popular as ever attracting 17 million visitors a year. My Great Aunt Betty took my mom when she was a little girl the first week the park opened. I grew up going to Disneyland and
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Visiting The Queen Mary with Kids

Step back in time aboard the elegant and historic Titanic-era ship in Long Beach
Built during the Great Depression, Queen Mary departed on her maiden transatlantic voyage in 1936. This grand ocean liner set the bar in terms of luxury, hosting celebrity guests such as Clark Gable as well as British royalty. The Queen Mary’s days a luxury liner were short lived, because in 1939 she
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Ultimate Guide to Knott’s Berry Farm with Kids

Find out all the reasons that our family loves Knott's Berry Farm
Before Knott’ Berry Farm became the theme park it is today, it was once a literal berry farm owned by Walter and Cordelia Knott way back in 1920. Once a roadside stop selling berries, preserves, pies and fried chicken, they eventually added attractions such as the Ghost Town to entertain their visitors.
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President’s Day at the Nixon Presidential Library with Kids

A nice place to spend President's day with kids in Orange County CA
President’s Day is more than just a fun day off work and school. It is a day meant to honor the President’s of the United States. Originally, President’s Day was known as Washington’s Birthday, which was first celebrated in 1880 as a holiday in D.C.  Then five years later in 1885, Washington’s
Things to do in Buena Park with Kids Read Article

Things To Do In Buena Park with Kids

Buena Park is more than just the home to Knott's Berry Farm
Orange County, California is home to many popular cities. Newport Beach and Laguna Beach both have been the back drops to famous television shows and Anaheim has Disneyland, but what do you know about Buena Park? There are so many fun things to do in Orange County for families that it would take you multiple
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Guide for Visiting Pretend City Children’s Museum in Irvine CA

Your kids will have fun and learn a lot about life at Pretend City Museum
Community is a small word for a big concept. What is a community? What does community mean to you? What roles do people play in a community? These are tough questions, but today I witnessed almost 100 kindergartners have some pretty great answers. Kids are sponges and it is so important that we allow them
Develop a Global food palate for kids Read Article

Global Cuisine in the OC

Find out how you can travel the culinary world in Orange County
There has been some recent discussion about a Dutch girl, Zilla van den Born, who fooled her friends and family by faking a trip to Southeast Asia via social media. Some people got really heated, calling her stunt a scam. I however, I thought it was rather brilliant. Through manipulating photos on her social
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Downtown Disney

Everybody passes through on the way to Disneyland, but Downtown Disney is it's own attraction
By now, many of you know that we are quite the Disney family and have read my tips on both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Well, there is more. Between both parks, connecting the various Disney resorts is a magical little place called Downtown Disney. The first thing that makes this place one a
Anaheim Packing House with kids Read Article

Anaheim Packing House

Anaheim's newest hot spot
Originally built in 1919, the Anaheim Packing House played an important role during the Orange County agricultural years. This was where local citrus farmers would prepare and ship their goods. Restored to its former glory the Anaheim Packing House pays tribute to Orange County’s farming days by creating a

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