Archive for July 26th, 2012
Last weekend we spent some time in Laguna Beach. We hit the beach, the festivals and what has now become our favorite park, Bluebird Park. This wonderland for kids is located off Bluebird Canyon Road and is sure to be huge hit with your kiddos. The play areas are fantastic and the park is gated. You can relax a bit and be assured that your kiddos are having the time of their lives without having to worry too much.
You will find that children of all ages will enjoy this park. There is a play area for every playgroup. You will also find slides for the little ones and ones that older kids and adults would enjoy.
There are tunnels to discover, swings to swing on, rocket ships to let the imagination soar and so much more. I wish I would have had time to take more pictures, but I was busy chasing down kiddos that were having the time of their lives.
The park is also home to a summer concert series. Here is the upcoming schedule
- 7/29 Upstream – Reggae and Ska
- 8/5 Hollywood U2
- 8/12 Tom Nolan Band
- 8/19 Stone Soul
- 8/26 Knyght Ryder
Shows beging at 5pm and you can begin setting up your blankets and chairs as early as 3pm. We watched many families bring a picnic basket, set up their chairs for the concerts and then let the kiddos have the time of their lives playing their hearts out.
Parking can be a little tricky but we were able to find one a short walk away. The park is found on the intersection of Bluebird Canyon Rd and Cress Ave.
798 Blue Bird Canyon Drive
I hope you can make your way there at least once this summer! I promise your kiddos will have a blast!
Living and growing up in Southern California, sunglasses are a staple for me. I don’t leave home without them and I always have an extra pair in my car. I think for most of us they are almost a necessity with driving and living an outdoor lifestyle. I am always diligent about making sure to use my sunglasses but I have to admit that have not been very diligent about making sure my children wear their sunglasses. In a recent survey of 10,000 U.S. adults, 73 percent of parents wear sunglasses to protect their eyes from ultraviolet radiation, while only 58 percent have their children wear sunglasses. I admit, I am one of the 42 percent that has been a little careless about establishing good vision habits.
I recently had an opportunity to participate in a great discussion about the importance of vision health and eye safety, especially when it comes to the little ones. Did you know that children receive three times the annual sun exposure of adults, and they have an immature lens, which makes them especially susceptible to UV-related damage. UV exposure at any age can cause both short and long term vision problems – many of which can’t be reversed. I have to be honest that before the discussion I had not given much thought to the dangers of UV rays exposure does to the little eyes.
One important thing we can do to help protect our kiddos is buying UV-protective sunglasses from a reputable retailer, and of course making sure we use them! To determine if your sunglasses are reliable, look for a little sticker or tag on the lens that shows compliance with criteria set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The label “UV 380″ covers all UVA and UVB rays.
We are going sunglass shopping for my son this weekend. My daughter has a great pair of glasses that she wears whenever she’s out. She loves the look of sunglasses since she is such a girly girl, but with my son it always hasn’t been easy. So this weekend I set up a time to head over to the mall and find a great pair of sunglasses that he will like and wear. I figure the best way to make sure to do that is by allowing him to pick his own pair out. We can also be great examples by making sure we always wear our own pair.
To learn more about sunglasses and finding the perfect pair head here.
This past weekend we took the family to the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach. The kiddos had a great time and as I shared earlier in the month the festivals has some fantastic free classes that the entire family will enjoy. My daughter and son both took the free pottery class and they can’t wait to take another one.
To learn more about the festival head and the classes head here.
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