Post written by me for Go RVing and Thousand Trails. All opinions are my own. Right now my kids are enjoying their camping adventures. They think it’s really fun to stay in a tent, go fishing, play in the streams with other children, make bonfire s’mores and walk around with flashlights. We’ve only tried tent camping, and I have heard once you go RV’ing, you might not go back to tent camping. This year for Father’s Day Week we visited Yosemite National Park and had an opportunity to stay in one of the park model RVs at YOSEMITE LAKES RV RESORT which is a Thousand Trails destination. (Park model RVs … READ MORE
Meal Planning was a big part of our experience at Yosemite National Park. You might have seen some of the fun things we served across our social feeds. When you’re going with a large group, prior planning is necessary so that you are not only sharing the cost, but you’re feeding everyone in a timely manner and you’re not wasting food either. You can get as creative as you’d like and most everyone (since they are hungry) will try it. I couldn’t ask for a better group to do this with, and it all came out so good. When everyone do their part, it comes out beautifully. Meal Planning Group … READ MORE
The 2018 OC Parks Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema Film Series schedule has been released! Enjoy summer nights at the parks with free concerts and movie screenings with family and friends. All events will include free parking with food and drink available for purchase. You’ll want to pack things like your own beach chairs that recline or a picnic blanket to sit on. There are (10) free outdoor concerts Thursday evenings, June 21 – August 23 from 5 – 8 pm, and (14) free movie screenings June 16 – September 14. You can view the schedule below to start saving the dates! “We are thrilled to bring so much entertainment to the community this … READ MORE
Have you taken the kids fishing? Not sure if they will love it? Well, take the family and try it for FREE at the annual Kids’ Fishing Derby at Mile Square Regional Park on Saturday, March 17th! We went a few years ago and had a great time. Register for the free event from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and enjoy the derby from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. It gets really packed really fast so you’ll want to come early to claim a good spot. The North Lake will be stocked with catfish or trout just for the derby (more than 1,000 lbs)! Thanks to OC Parks, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Angler … READ MORE
Come learn about monarch butterflies in their natural habitat at OC Park’s ninth annual Monarch Butterfly Day! On Saturday, February 3rd (10 am to 2pm) at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley, this free event invites families or anyone that wants to learn to get a close-up look inside a netted butterfly enclosure, and you’ll also learn about the plants that attract them. Butterfly experts will be on-site to answer questions. Additional activities include interpretive programs, children’s crafts, face painting and a balloon artist. This event is recommended for outdoor enthusiasts and children ages 4 to 12. Annual Monarch Butterfly Day February 3, 2018 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mile Square Regional Park … READ MORE
Returning for their fourth year, the L.A. ZOO LIGHTS are back for the holidays lighting up the nights at the Los Angeles Zoo with thousands of LED lights, a disco ball forest, glittering twinkle tunnel, 3D animated projections and more! It won USA Today‘s “10 Best Zoo Lights” honors in 2015 and 2016 – and was nominated again for 2017. New this year is a dynamic, musical holiday tree experience, a re-imagined water show, a glittering “North Pole” setting for Santa photos (available on select nights), glowing “Northern Lights” featuring animal constellations that come to life, and an all-new “Wild Wonderland” finale spotlighting endangered and vulnerable species. “L.A. … READ MORE
Here’s a fun holiday tradition that you can enjoy with your family and friends – Go see a holiday boat parade in Orange County! We try to do this every year. Since we are within close proximity to the beaches and harbors, we can select from several viewing spots along Dana Point Harbor, Huntington Harbor, or Newport Harbor. The parade can be enjoyed by land or by boat. We have done both, and they’re both great! Parade routes can be downloaded so you can plan your day accordingly. Some include minute-to-minute stops. As you can imagine some of the spots are busier than others. I personally like the quieter spots … READ MORE
Halloween is one of our most favorite time of year! It is a month long celebration for us. We love to visit pumpkin patches and themed attractions, coordinate costumes, attend parties, and last year we added painting pumpkins. I really can’t wait to do it all over again this year. Pumpkin Patches are the perfect backdrop to get some wonderful seasonal photos to share with family and friends. I love how the fall colors just pop in the background. We tell all new families to take their children to pumpkin patches for photos and take advantage of the natural lighting. They’re also a great place to find the perfect pumpkins. They are very popular and tend to get busy later in season so if you have small children, you might want to plan ahead like go early, avoid weekends if possible o go right when it opens, and pack a change of clothes because it’s still hot through the end of October. Here are six locations in Orange County! Please check their websites for the most information.