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If you are looking for something fun to do with the kids on Wednesdays, I have something for you. This outing was a great combination of activities: beach, tide pooling, crafts, painting, board games, and a visit to a couple of historic cottages including cottage 22, the park and marine research facility.

Activities:

  • The Education Commons at the Crystal Cove State Park’s Historic District comes to life every Wednesday with free art classes, historical games, sea glass wrapping, dance classes, a water coloring station, board games and more!
  • Activities vary each Wednesday but it seems that the sea glass wrapping (see picture), which is my favorite activity, is held every week.
  • Make sure to visit Marine Research Facility. They have binoculars for the kids to look for marine mammals, microscopes to examine plankton, stations to learn about Abalone, and more. 
  • There is also a great tide pool area on the left side of the beach for everyone to explore.
  • We probably spent one hour and a half enjoying the activities and tide pooling.
  • All the activities are free.
  • By the way, Ruby’s Shake Shack is walking distance from the beach. You just need to walk up the stairs close to the Beachcomber

For more information about the activities at the Education Commons activities, click here.

Hours:

  • Most activities are held between 10am and 4pm on Wednesdays during the summer months.
  • The Marine Research Facility is only open between 11:30am and 2:30pm.

Beach:

  • I have been told that the other beaches in Crystal Cove are more secluded but I picked this beach so that we could enjoy activities other than sunbathing and swimming.
  • The Historic District is also one of the beaches with the best body surfing and the best swimming area.
  • The Beachcomber café is at this beach as well, but make sure to make reservations if you want to eat there.
  • I opted for their Beachcomber Express that offers snacks, hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches, and more! No reservations needed here.
  • So overall this beach gets a big thumbs up from me.

Cost:

Activities are free. Parking is $15 and it is the only parking option you have.  If you purchase food at the beach for a value of $15 or more they comp the parking for three hours. Each additional hour after the 3 hours will cost $5.00 per hour up to a maximum of $15.00 per day.

Parking:

  • Park at the Los Trancos parking lot located on the east side of PCH. Park as close as you can to the “Beach Access” sign.
  • To get to the beach you can take a shuttle for $1.50 (12 and under are free).
  • You can also easily walk to the beach. The path to the beach is all paved (no steps) and downhill and it takes you less than 5 minutes to get there. Coming back is a different story because the kids are tired and now it is all uphill. So I left the kids with my friend, took the shuttle, got the car, and then picked the kids up right next to the beach at their drop off area. You can obviously use the drop off area when you get there as well.

Location:

The address is 8471 Pacific Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA, 92651. To help you locate the Los Trancos Lot, click here.

We Rock The Spectrum Kid's Gym

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We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym is a sensory gym in Orange County that is amazing for all kids! Kids can climb, balance, jump, and swing using unique equipment which was developed to assist all children in their neurological growth and development. Fun and healthy play for everyone!

Also, I love that parents don’t have to pay! You only pay for the kids and you get to play with them for free.

You should also know that they offer a We Rock Care program, so you can leave the premises and run some errands…or go home and watch TV. Lana, the owner, is amazing with the kids. She doesn’t just keep an eye on them, she interacts with them and engages with them to explore new activities. My kids, who are normally wary of new people, started playing with her almost immediately…which was awesome for me so that I could just relax and take a break from my mommy duties for a bit.

What to expect:

  • Suspended equipment with swings – for balance and vestibular treatment
  • Crash mats and crash pillows – for fun, motor planning, and strength
  • Zip line – for stress release and joint and body relaxation
  • Trampoline – for building leg and core strength
  • Indoor play structure – for climbing and increasing playground skills
  • Sensory-based toys – for improved auditory processing and fine motor skills
  • Fine Motor and Arts and Crafts Area – for improved hand-eye coordination

Open Play:

$12 per child for unlimited play time.
Siblings will be discounted to $10.
Kids under 12 months are $8 or free with a paying older sibling.

Membership cards: 5 visits for $50 or 12 visits for $100.

We Rock Care /Drop off:

Offered on Saturdays only.
$12 per child per hour.
One hour minimum, 3 hour maximum.
Kid’s Age: 2+ only and potty trained.
It might be best if you call first to make sure they have availability.

Hours:

Monday – Sunday: 9am – 6pm.
During weekends please call ahead to see if they are booked for special events.

Age range:

Mainly for toddlers and preschoolers. However my 8 year old had so much fun that he asked me to go back many times .

Address:

We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym
23572 Moulton Parkway unit 102-014
Laguna Hills, CA 92637

werockthespectrumlagunahills.com/

Giveaway Details:

10 lucky families will win 1 open play pass to We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s gym in Laguna Hills. Adults are admitted for free so they don’t need passes! For a chance to visit leave a comment here on our Facebook page under the post about this giveaway. 

Join Pretend City Children’s Museum for their annual When I Grow Up Day on Thursday, August 10th at 10am. Professionals from all over the community are coming together to share their professional careers with all their little friends! A real firetruck, SWAT vehicle, trash truck along with multiple other professional vehicles will be open for exploring! This is a great opportunity for families to explore what their little ones want to be when they grow up!

“I remember getting asked what I wanted to be when I grew up multiple times, and, frankly, I had no clue until I reached college. When I Grow Up Day gives kids a chance to find their answers and set big goals and dreams for themselves. It gives them a chance to build their future and shape their development, while still being creative and fun,” said Pretend City’s Director of Education Shannon Huston.

Firefighters, police officers, librarians, zookeepers, and so much more from all over, will be at Pretend City from 10am-2pm to answer every question about their professional career. A firetruck, two buses, a police car, a trash truck, a CHP vehicle, a motorcycle, and a unique banana car will be open to the public in the free outdoor exhibit. Entrance into the museum to meet the professionals is priced at regular admission costs.

Click here for more information.