Sounds even better!
- Beach Trips – are a given! Mother’s Beach in Newport Beach is a great spot for those who don’t want huge waves crashing in but still want a beach experience. Free Street parking is available, and they also have a paid lot, but who doesn’t want free parking? For more information on this beach visit http://www.balboaisland.com/moms-love-mothers-beach/. If you opt for the beaches with waves, I always love Huntington Beach and their fire pits. Bring a dura flame or two and some firewood, some hot dogs and a handheld grill with a long handle to cook your hot dogs. I found mine at a 99 cents store. Make sure you bring a lot of quarters for the parking meters. They have both metered street parking, or day parking although with the meters you end up paying less. For more information on the fire pits visit http://www.huntingtonbeachevents.com/firepit.html.
- Visit a Tide Pool – Laguna Beach, Corona del Mar, and Dana Point have these hidden gems. With free tours and (some) free parking, this should definitely be on your calendar. For more information visit http://ocexplore.org/tidepools.
- Indoor Pools – Check with your local city to see if their Parks & Recreation program has a pool. Some cities, have pool movie nights so be sure to check your local city.
- Visit a Library – Libraries generally have Air Conditioning. Some cities run their own libraries and some are part of the Orange County Public Libraries network. As long as you live in the county you can obtain an Orange County Public Library card. For more information on Orange County Public Libraries visit http://www.ocpl.org. City Libraries have different rules on obtaining library cards but for the most part, you are able to participate in their events even if you don’t live in the city, you just can’t check out materials so be sure to check your local library. Many have story times, kids art activities, movie days, or you can just read a good book, or a bad one, it’s your choice! Just kidding there are no bad books. Just bad authors – okay I’ll stop now.
- Visit a Museum – Target gives grants to certain museums so that they are free during certain days of the month. The Children’s Museum in La Habra participates! Visit here for more information on the free Target days http://www.lhcm.org/933/Target-Free-Days. The Queen Mary in Long Beach offers free admission after 6 pm. For more information visit http://www.queenmary.com
- Visit Groupon.com – and check out some of their local deals. I was able to take advantage of a 2-hour Whale Watching tour. Tickets were about $9 and although I got mildly seasick, and we didn’t see any whales (bummer), we did have a nice experience, see a beautiful sunset and saw a family of sea lions up close. The tour company even gave us a discounted voucher to come back because the whales were shy. Not too shabby! Next on our list is an Electric Boat Rental!
Whatever you plan this summer to stay cool make sure to take tons of pictures. It’s always nice to look back and reminisce. As you’ve probably experienced for yourselves, the little ones grow up faster than we’d like. What other activities do you do to stay cool? Have you done any activities mentioned? I’d love to hear about your family outings.