It seems that every family waits in anticipation for summer. Exciting outdoor activities, pool parties, and beach days make for wonderful family memories in beautiful Orange County. I can’t help, but notice the number of families that find the need to get creative around this time of the summer to keep their busy kiddos occupied with meaningful, safe, and inexpensive activities. Below are some of my favorite summer pastimes:
Concerts in the Park – I have always been impressed with Orange County cities and their emphasis on community building activities. One of my favorites is “Concert in the Park”. On Sunday afternoons, we can be found packing up the stroller with a picnic blanket, beach chairs, and enough snacks to feed a small army. Next, we head to Aliso Viejo’s Grand Park for a relaxing concert and picnic dinner. Activities for the kids include face painting and various games in the large grass area at the top of the amphitheater. Nothing says summer time like good music, fun, and laughter!
Camping – Another favorite summer activity is camping. Whether you are looking for the real camping experience or are better suited as a GLAMper, Orange County offers it all. From beach to wilderness, all you need for camping is a warm sleeping bag, tent, and an organized family member who can plan out the meals.
Outdoor Mall Entertainment – With our beautiful Orange County weather, it is sometimes hard to stay inside. Why not hit up the outdoor malls in the area. The Spectrum, Fashion Island, and Kaleidoscope, all offer restaurants, air conditioned shopping, and of course, water features! Specifically, “Kaleido Kids” offers free activities for children at the Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo from July 24th– August 26th. Don’t forget about the OC Fair! There is something for every member of the family.
There are countless opportunities for families to get involved in fun summer events. It is no wonder Orange County is valued as one of the best places to raise a family. What are your favorite summer pastimes?