Saturday, April 12, 2014

Fun Places to take the Kids on Spring Break

Many kids are out of school starting today for Spring Break.  It has been the longest trimester and many times the kids as well as the parents are tired.  It is the final push to get to summer vacation.  Why not get out of the house this week, have some fun and take a few field trips.

Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park - Enjoy Knott's Berry Farm's Spring Bloom where the great people at Knott's decorate the park with loads of spring flowers, Easter eggs and playtime fun.  Enjoy Knott's new Boardwalk rides and all of the fantastic roller coasters, shows and classic rides like the Log Ride and the Calico Mine Ride.
Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana - Continue to teach your children on Spring Break without them knowing at the Discovery Science Center.  Enjoy the science of Bubblefest and Grossology where you and your children will learn fascinating facts about making gigantic bubbles and icky and gross topics the kids are sure to love.  Then go and enjoy learning more about recycling, rockets, and smart shopping and dinosaurs
Aquarium of the Pacific - Enjoy fish from around the world at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.  Touch Mantas and baby sharks in the touch pools and watch amazing 10+ foot sharks swimming in the Shark Lagoon.  This is an excellent place to take the kids to learn more about marine biology.
The OC Great Park - Looking for a simple place to go with very little commitment, go to the OC Great Park.  Plenty of running and outdoor sports play area.  Take a Frisbee, baseball or softball gear or a soccer ball and enjoy playing in the sun.  Sundays from 10 - 2, the park hosts a farmers market with plenty of local vendors selling their fruits and vegetables and other wares.  Take the kids over to the farm and learn about composting, growing fruits and vegetables as well visit the chickens.  The kids will enjoy learning more about creating their own backyard garden.


Santa Ana and Los Angeles Zoo - Enjoy a variety of animals at the Santa Ana and Los Angeles Zoo's. Take the kids on an adventure of learning zoology.  Witness bears, birds and reptiles along with many other fantastic animals.  The kids will be thrilled to get up close with these animals. Pack a picnic lunch and bring water. Remember to wear comfortable shoes.
Heritage Park - Located in Lake Forest, take a trip into South Orange County's history at Heritage Hill Historical Society.  Learn about life in the 1800's and early 1900's.  The park displays many olden day artifacts for the kids to see and experience. Guided tours are offered contact the park for more information. Open Wednesday through Sunday 9-5 PM.
Irvine Spectrum Play Area - Sit and relax as the kids run, jump and play at the open air play area at the Irvine Spectrum.  Located near Target, this is a great alternative to the park that allows the kids to get the wiggles out.  Bring their swim suits and let them run through the walk way fountains that squirt, splash and create laughter for all ages.
OC Library - Take a relaxing moment to enjoy some down time by picking up a great book to read.  The Orange County library system has a large array of books to sit and enjoy or to check out and bring home for reading at your leisure.  Just because the kids are on Spring Break doesn't mean they can't take 30 minutes a day to expand their reading and vocabulary skills.  Make Spring Break a video game free week and substitute a great book.  Have them read in the car to your field trip to help pass the time away and prevent sibling bickering.


Irvine Park Railroad - Irvine Park Railroad has an amazing train that travels over a large portion of the park.  Have the kids jump on a pony for a trot around the walking stable.  For more fun, rent a bicycle, or 4 wheel bike carts for the whole family to ride around the park.  Jump on the water bikes and take a spin around the pond.  Hiking, walking, running and jumping are this parks theme.  Enjoy large trees that are over 100 years old, history of the park can felt as you play.  Why not pack the cooler and enjoy a great family BBQ at the parks numerous picnic areas. Tip: Make sure you arrive early and bring cash to pay for parking. The local grocery store is Albertson's a block over.
Beach at Corona Del Mar - Take a trip to the local beaches and relax with the sounds of the waves.  Let the kids explore sea creatures in the tide pools where they will find crabs, sea urchins and other marine animals.  Bring the towels and body boards and make it a fun trip of splashing and riding in the waves.
Zoomars - Located in San Juan Capistrano, enjoy a day at Zoomar's petting zoo.  Let the kids buy carrots and fresh veggies to feed large rabbits and guinea pigs.  These fluffy and cuddly creatures will let the kids pick them up to pet and snuggle with.  The kids will love spending time with the animals. This is a place that you will need to pack a picnic lunch and bring your own water. There is picnic tables for you to sit and enjoy the day. Wear comfortable shoes because this activity is outside on soil. Wear comfortable shoes. Tip: Arrive early in the day. The animals are on their best behavior with gentle hands.
San Juan Capistrano Mission - Enjoy the history of California by taking the family to one of the local 21 missions.  San Juan Capistrano Mission is the closest to Orange County.  Let the kids further learn about the history of California as the mission explains how the Spanish, Europeans and Native Americans explored and lived in the new world.  A number of fascinating artifacts from the early 1800's are on display. The mission shows how religion and cultures collide as development of early settlers began in California.
Sky High Sports - JUMP AROUND, JUMP AROUND, JUMP UP AND UP AND GET DOWN! Kids and Adults alike will have a blast at with the Indoor Trampoline Park.  It's a huge indoor park with large connected trampolines  that allow your kids to jump and flip for hours.  Birthday parties available with great party areas for food and presents.  Play dodge ball and jump away to slam dunk a basketball.  An amazing workout for adults who want an alternative to the gym scene...take your kids and jump into your exercise routine. This is a place wear you will need to drink lots of water. Be prepared to have tired kids after this adventure.  Tip: Wear comfort clothing and bring socks.
Legoland - Located in Carlsbad, LEGOLAND has an amazing display of Lego engineering with displays of towns and city scenes as well as Star Wars characters and a full size X Wing Fighter.  Roller coasters for all ages and rides themed for kids allow for a great way to enjoy a theme park, family style.  Stay next door at the LEGOLAND Hotel where you will rest your head in a Lego themed room and enjoy amazing eats at the kid friend buffet restaurant.  Counter heights are both kid sized as well as adult sized so everyone feels important.

The Flower Fields in Carlsbad -  This is a great place to just enjoy the day with your family. It is located only a few miles from beautiful beaches and next door you have the LEGOLAND California. The garden is almost fifty acres full of colorful flowers. It is a breath taking view of nature that only happens once a year. The season ends in May. Tip: Costco is nearby. This Costco offer different products that might not be found in other areas. Great place to grab a lunch after your flower field trip.
Spring break is here...get your family out and enjoy a few great field trips!  Happy Field Tripping!