The pictures don’t do it justice! Several blocks of lighted homes, almost every single house was decorated. Many, many people strolling around and police were on hand to steer traffic. Driving through this took us around 1.5 hours to cover each street and cul-de-sac. Highly recommended. To get there: http://www.yelp.com/biz/brea-christmas-light-neighborhood-brea
What a fun day for the kids at Irvine Regional Park! We traditionally go here every year and it’s quite popular with the locals but this year was especially crowded and more fun because of the many things they had to offer. Pumpkins everywhere, bounce houses, a couple of carnival games, a small maze, a small haunted house, face painting, driving of John Deere mini tractor cars, and panning for gold. It gets quite pricey though, they charged one – two tickets per kid for a few of the activities and one ticket costs $4. I highly recommend going earlier in the morning to find parking nearby and then spend the day there having fun in the pumpkin patch area , seeing the small zoo and getting into the paddle boats if you have time.
As much as I like WordPress, I find it a bit more flexible to post my photos to a photo album at my other web site, which is not a blogging web site. If you find any of the traveling and activities information helpful here, check out my http://www.notjustatechgirl.com website. The “California Sights” section contains albums of all the California locations I’ve been to and I’ve just started posted to it so there’s more to come. The “Travels” section contains photos of locations outside of California and also the U.S. Again, I’m continuously trying to add more photos and information to it.
(Sorry, the site no longer exists, not enough time to maintain it.)
I hesitate to share this information with the public because it might get way too crowded and ruin the fun for the kids, but the City of Westminster now has a splash park and it’s right next to the traditional parks so you get two-for-one. The kids had a good time here, the only down side is they got cold after a little bit of playing since the water is not heated. (It’s recycled, by the way, in case that bothers you). They would stop, dry off to warm up, then play again. We also let them play at the regular playground for a little while and then they would be hot again and want to go back into the splash park. The splash pad has spray areas where the water shoots up from the ground or comes down from palm trees. The pelican heads were cute, when the mouth filled up with water, it would tip and dump a lot of water down, sometimes drenching any kids standing under it. There are bathrooms there, and an area where you can rinse off. The regular playgrounds outside the splash pad had a toddler play area and an area for 5-12 years old. The splash pad is only open during the summer months (I think it closes after Labor Day), and the hours are noon-5pm. The best thing is, it’s FREE, and so is the street parking by the park! I hope it doesn’t get so crowded that they start to charge.
Sigler Park information page:
After reading about it on Yelp.com, I decided to take the kids there (a 3, 4, and 5 year old). Well, it’s not great for young kids as it can become a long hike depending on where you go and there’s hardly any shortcuts back. I’d have to say the three kids were such troopers, though, they did 2 hours of hiking and went almost full circle around the reserves. Along the way, we saw two rabbits, a small crab in the water, many birds (egrets, herons, small birds of various types) and on one of the bridges looking down, we could see large schools of fish under the murky water. As an adult, I thought it was pretty scenic. For the kids, the question “Are we there yet?” kept being asked and answered with “We are already here, this is it, but we have to keep going to get back to the car!”. The most fun part for them? Throwing stones into the water and chasing me or having me chase them when I wasn’t tired! Oh, I forgot to mention, the building for the reserves has a couple of small aquariums in it and there was a pretty interesting little octopus in one of them that the kids really loved watching. There were also quite a few sea stars in the aquarium, also.