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Harry Potter Universal Studios Hollywood Tips for Wizards, Witches & Muggles

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has remained the most spellbinding place in California since it opened in 2016. Whether you’ve just received your acceptance letter to Hogwarts or you’re already a Quidditch champion, these Harry Potter Universal Studios Hollywood tips will help you get the most out of this magical place. Be sure to […]

Fun Things to Do In and Near San Juan Capistrano with Kids

With a sweet downtown sliced by train tracks, San Juan Capistrano is a fun destination for kids who will delight in witnessing the crossing guard’s flashing lights and dinging bells all day long. This laid-back Southern California town is easily reached by car or train from San Diego, Los Angeles and beyond, making it a […]

Fabulous Fun in Solana Beach & Del Mar, California

Solana Beach and its neighbor, Del Mar, gracefully balance the casual feel of seaside, sand-in-your-suit living with upscale offerings. If you like a blend of the finer, and the grittier, things in life – you’ll love a visit to these pretty beach towns just north of San Diego. Here’s what to do, see, eat and where to […]

My Family Is Moving to Arizona!

My family is moving to Arizona in a few days. We had planned to go for months. And then we couldn’t go. Now, suddenly we are packing our bags. I’ve been suffering from migraine headaches and what I assume are near panic attacks due to all of the stress of preparing for the move and my […]

Ojai Babymoon – One Last Southern California Hurrah Before Baby

Expectant parents looking for one last hurrah before the baby arrives will love Ojai. Just a short 2-hour south drive from LAX, this small Southern California town provides couples with the chance to get away and reconnect over good food, relaxing spa treatments, and a wide choice of activities. Here’s how to make the most of […]

Why to Visit Aquatica – SeaWorld San Diego’s Water Park

Did you know that San Diego has a new water park? Neither did I…until SeaWorld San Diego‘s Aquatica asked me to come take a peek at their splashy offerings. Previously named Knott’s Soak City, the water park was purchased from Knott’s last fall and it reopened as Aquatica San Diego in June of  2013. Located in […]

Whale Watching & Dolphin Watching with Kids in Southern California

Dolphin watching and whale watching excursions are magical experiences. Zoos, animal parks and theme parks like SeaWorld are all great places for families to learn about the animal kingdom. But there’s something special about seeing an animal in its natural habitat. Southern California’s diverse coastline is a picturesque backdrop for a family day trip out on the ocean to see […]

Garden of Lights at San Diego Botanic Garden

Nature and simple pleasures are the focus of Garden of Lights, as are all things at the San Diego Botanic Garden. I was expecting twinkling lights, holiday treats, live music, and maybe a craft project or two…which is exactly what I found. But somehow, it exceeded my expectations. Over 100,000 lights make San Diego Botanic Garden […]