Behind the Orange Curtain

Last Sunday I drove up to LA for a bridal shower honoring a dear friend.  Driving those familiar freeways, the same thing happened that always does when that gorgeous Los Angeles skyline comes into view.  My heart does that thing where it practically skips a beat.  There is just something about that city.  Los Angeles will always have a special place in my heart – some of my fondest memories are from the years I lived there.

I love its diversity, art, food, architecture, culture, and people.  As averse as I was to moving to Orange County after I got married, I now realize there is no shortage of those very same attributes behind the Orange Curtain.

And the truth is, I really adore living here.  I never thought I could grow to love it so much!  It is certainly beautiful and scenic.  And if it’s one thing we have, it’s culinary masterpieces. It seems everywhere you look, a new restaurant is popping up by a renowned chef.

It’s true, it does feel suburban in many ways compared to LA, but it certainly does not lack things to do.  Orange County is a great place to raise children.

In perfect timing, OC Family magazine just published 101 Things to Do This Summer.  You can get your hard copy at a local retailer or restaurant or bookmark the online version.  Even if you aren’t a Southern California resident, you’re sure to come away with some great ideas.

Of course, the list includes the obvious ones:  Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Adventure City, etc.  But some of the lesser known parks are also mentioned:  Newport Dunes Aquatic Park’s obstacle course, riding the hot air balloon at Irvine’s Great Park, Goat Hill Junction Railroad in Costa Mesa, movies on the beach, and Adventure Playground in Huntington Beach (which looks to be a kid’s dream, complete with mud slides, rafting and rope bridges).

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{photo courtesy of Sandy Toes and Popsicles – click here for more great pictures}

There’s also Sky High Sports in Costa Mesa, go-kart racing at K1 Speed, and strawberry and watermelon picking at Tanaka Farms in Irvine – yum!

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{photo courtesy of Tanaka Farms}

Be sure to check out the complete list for an adventure-packed summer with your kiddos.

So there you have it – things aren’t so bad behind the Orange Curtain!  Although, City of Angels, you will always have a piece of my heart.

2 thoughts on “Behind the Orange Curtain

  1. Adventure Playground sounds like so much fun!!! Ever spot any Real Housewives of Orange County when you’re out and about?

    1. Doesn’t it?! I haven’t – that I know of. When I lived in LA, I was so bad at spotting celebs. Friends would point them out and I would have never known. They look like normal people and totally blend in lol!

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