Kids Save the Beach- Family Cleanup Day

Are you looking for something  to do with the kids tomorrow that is not only fun but good for the environment and community? Look no further!”Kid’s Save The Beach” . It is a family beach clean-up morning made possible by Kim of in cooperation with one of my favorite gals and websites,  Kelly & Colleen of Just Spotted – The Orange County Family Guide & Carrie of This is Me – A Kid’s First Keepsake Journal”. The beach clean up will take place from 10am to noon.

No need to bring anything unless you want to stay at the beach after the cleanup.  They will be providing  all day parking passes ($10 value), garbage bags, protective gloves and community service certificates. All kids 12 & under will receive a coupon for a free meal at Ruby’s in Seal Beach. All kids over 12 will receive a coupon for a free slice of pizza at ZPizza and adults will receive coupon for a free dinner at Finbars with purchase of a dinner ($10 value), free shake coupon at Ruby’s in Seal Beach and Free coffee or $1 off any beverage at Bogart’s Coffee House.

They will also have a raffle. One prize is  a free ticket to Aquarium of the Pacific.

To learn more about the event head over to Just Spotted or here

Kids Save The Beach Family Clean up
Wed November 25th
10am to noon

* approximate times


The Santa Ana Zoo

My kiddos love animals and we are lucky enough to live in Southern California and be surrounded by fantastic zoos and botanical gardens. Have you been to the Santa Ana Zoo? We love this little zoo and had been members for a couple of years. Last year I did not renew my membership and boy did we miss this great place. I decided to take the kiddos over yesterday afternoon and we had a wonderful time.

I like heading to the zoo in the afternoon when there are not many people around. We arrived at 1pm and by the time we left at 3pm, it seemed that we were the only ones left.

There are many reasons why we love this little zoo. First off because parking is convenient and FREE. You cant’ beat FREE! We also love the zoo because membership and admission is extremely reasonable. A family membership for two adults and up to four children is $55 and includes member appreciation days, discounts and my favorite part- they participate in a reciprocal admission program with over 150 zoos and gardens throughout the country. That means that you could get into the Santa Barabara Zoo for free and also receive 50%off admission at the Los Angeles Zoo.

Our family also loves the playground area. It is shaded and there is plenty of seating for parents to watch and have their kids play to their hearts desire. My kiddos love this area and could stay for hours. There is so much to love, from their aviary to the monkey exhibits and farm area, this is the place to have a nice and relaxing time with your kiddos.

For additional info head over here.
Santa Ana Zoo

1801 East Chestnut Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92701
The zoo is open every day except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Family Holiday Hike

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and that means delicious food and plenty of seconds and thirds. To help with the feeling the day after your Thanksgiving feast, the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center  in the Newport Back Bay are holding a fun family hike. After a day of feasting and  shopping, you can take the kiddos for a fun, scenic and family friendly hike along the bay. Discover the unique attributes of the wetland and create a holiday keepsake to take home! Trails are narrow and steep. Dress accordingly for an exciting outdoor experience. Strollers may not be suitable for the walk – baby carriers  are highly recommended. This hike is for all ages and the best part is that it is absolutely FREE! 
Pre-Registration is required. You can  Call (949) 923-2275 or For all programs space is limited and confirmation number may be required.

For additional info and to learn more about the Interpretive Center head here.