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Amy’s Farm

Maruska —  June 13, 2017

Amy's Farm

Amy’s Farm in Ontario is well worth the drive! We were able to meet beautiful animals that you can pet and feed, take a fun guided tour of the farm, and even milk a cow.

The tour encourages children to taste and smell herbs from their garden and pet goats, horses, and even a giant grandma cow! There is a small playground with a seesaw, swings, and treehouse that children can play on. You can also purchase fresh produce from their small store that is based on the honor system…yes, the honor system!

The volunteer tour guides are cheerful and great at explaining the farm to children in a way that is both entertaining and educational. Make time to visit Amy’s Farm right away!

What to Expect:

Restrooms – They had 4 portable restrooms that were what you would expect. There is a hand washing station with soap for after restroom visits and animal petting. No paper towels, but they encourage shaking your hands dry the good ol’ fashioned way!

Tours – Amy’s Farm offers age appropriate tours for all visitors. Tour pricing is currently $8 per person and is about 1 ½ hours long. They accept cash, checks, and credit/debit cards. Worth taking the tour!

Lunch – There are shaded picnic tables for use as well as a grassy field the kids can play on. We ended up going out for lunch afterwards.

Park at Amy's Farm

What to Bring:

Baby wipes – Even with the hand washing station, you may want to have wipes handy for immediately after touching animals or if your kids are picky about clean hands.

Hats and sunglasses – It was a very sunny day when we visited, and hats and sunglasses were helpful to protect little faces from the sun.

Tissues – I had a little allergic reaction to the dust/dirt. Walking the paths, kids kick up some dirt at times, and I had some sneezes and runny noses to wipe.

Closed toe shoes

Amy's Farm Sign


Amy’s Farm
7698 Eucalyptus Ave.
Ontario, CA 91762


Monday- Friday: 9am-2pm
Saturday: 9am-5pm
Closed on Sundays

Photo Apr 15, 12 17 34 PM

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About the Author
Trisha is a homeschooling mom of 3 little ones. Trisha and her husband run Juice Box Media, a videography business that serves the LA/OC area. They both love exploring new places with their family and friends!

Parnell Storybook Zoo

Maruska —  March 21, 2017

pernell-storybook-zooParnell Storybook Zoo is a charming farm animal zoo just north of Orange County, in Whittier, CA. You can meet the friendliest pigs, cutest mini horses, goats, rabbits, and more, all for free. It is a very small zoo, so consider it a short visit. There are semi-shaded areas that you could bring a lunch to and picnic. Right behind the zoo you can find a playground, basketball court, and baseball diamonds. We went on a Saturday and parking was a breeze. This is the perfect laid back, hassle free stop for your next family outing.


Parnell Storybook Zoo
15390 Lambert Road
Whittier, CA 90604
(562) 567-9400
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Daily 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Free Admission.
Parking: Free, on premises

Heather Shadd
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About the Author

Heather and her husband Jessie have a very active 3-year-old son and sweet baby girl. Heather loves to check out new activities and places around Orange County that is not just kid friendly, but parent friendly as well. Anything that includes food and coffee she is there in a flash. She is constantly taking pictures of pretty food. It is sort of an addiction. She works hard throughout the week to play even harder during the weekends. She is very active in Moms groups and she and her husband are co-founders of a Geek Parents Group.

Snow Tubing at Alpine Slide

Maruska —  February 23, 2017

Alpine SlideIf you want to take the kids snow tubing this winter, head to the Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain, my favorite snow tubing park in the area. Alpine Slide offers exhilarating rides down one of their 5 snow-tubing lanes, a covered moving carpet for an easy ride to the top, several outdoor tables for family members that prefer to watch, indoor tables to eat a warm lunch on colder days, an arcade area, and easy free parking. Afterwards, make sure to try their bobsled experience which offers two quarter-mile long cement tracks that you can ride with a sled on wheels. Did I mention that kids under 7 ride for free? You can easily spend a full day at Alpine Slide having a blast with your kiddos.


Know Before You Go:

  • Children between the ages of 2 and 6 ride free with a paying adult and will ride with the adult
  • I recommend you wear snow boots, gloves and snow pants to stay warm and dry. However, many people, including my husband, wore jeans and tennis shoes and they were just fine.
  • The inner tubes are provided and are included in the price of admission
  • They only accept cash. They do have an ATM machine in case you forget to bring cash.
  • Day unlimited sessions are from 10 am to 4pm which means you have great flexibility. You can snow tube all day long, or you can snow tube in the morning, leave for lunch, and then come back for more in the afternoon.
  • They do offer evening sessions on Fridays and Saturdays. Evening sessions are from 5pm to 9pm and they are normally less crowded. You also save $5 per person.
  • Pack your own lunch, or purchase a meal from their cafe’. They sell hot/cold beverages, burgers, french fries, hot dogs and more.
  • We went on one of the busiest holiday weekends of the season, and yes there were a lot of people. We almost left when we saw the line to purchase tickets but I am happy we didn’t. The line moved very fast and once we got our passes we never waited more than 2 minutes to go down the hill.


Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain
800 Wildrose Lane
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315


Snow Play Unlimited Day Pass:

Day time sessions: daily, 10am-4pm
$30 per person
Children between the ages of 2 and 6 ride free with a paid adult

Evening Sessions: Friday and Saturday Nights only, 5pm-9pm
$25 per person
Children between the ages of 2 and 6 ride free with a paid adult

Bobsled Experience:

Single Ride: $6
5-ride book: $25
Children between the ages of 2 and 6 and under 48″ ride free with an adult.



Snow Play Day Time: open daily, November through Easter, 10am to 4pm

Snow Play Night Time: open Friday, Saturday and holidays, November through Easter,  5pm to 9pm

Bobsled Experience (Winter):
Monday-Friday: 11am-4pm
Saturday-Sundays: 10am to dusk


Close by Activities:

Big Bear Discovery Center offers fun and educational exhibits, weekly programs such as story time, eco-tours, and other special events. Free.


Big Bear Alpine Zoo: an amazing facility that rehabilitates injured animals. This fun zoo has lots of animals such as deer, coyotes, owls, foxes, mountain lions, a snow leopard, wolves, black bears, and even grizzly bears. Admission is $12 for adults and $9 for children ages 3-10. I believe it is free if you have a Santa Ana Zoo membership.