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About Me & My Family

My husband and I have 4 kids... 3 boys and then our girl. We homeschool them all and travel when possible. We just started letterboxing and are finding ourselves a little obsessed with it.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, structured, relaxed, simple, independent, spontaneous, easy_going
We Just Got Back From
White Stallion Guest Ranch in Arizona
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Camping in Kings Canyon or Yosemite
A Place We'd Love To Visit
The Redwoods in Northern California
Favorite Vacation Memory
Walking the meadows of Yosemite with my family. The quiet, the sparkling water, the rustling grasses, and a dip in the river made for an amazing day.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Anytime throw up is involved. Especially when one kid triggers another. And when we are in the car. And when they choose to use the box that is holding all their library books and toys.
Websites I Like:
www.atlasquest.com

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March 21 2015
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Farm + Food Lab - The Great Park | kids travel, kids activities
Farm + Food Lab - The Great Park
Orange County Great Park,
Irvine,
California
"Great garden to explore"
My kids and I loved exploring this free garden where just about everything is grown - but mostly things to eat. We saw raised beds that held a "pizza and spaghetti garden," "fruit salad garden," and "tools and implements garden." Each one held vegetables and fruit that were growing and healthy and were used for food or tools. There were little magnifying glasses and "I spy" boards to encourage the kids to interact with what they were seeing. On the "tools" garden we saw cotton plants with heads of cotton, yucca, flax, and other things - which was great to teach my kids about where their clothes came from!

There were many interactive elements for kids from picture stations to a worm box (vermiculture.) A large shade structure was set up for classes and exhibits that are offered many times on the weekends.

We met up with a few "master gardeners" who were happy to answer my questions and help me with my own growing concerns. They even have an email hotline where master gardeners will answer questions. I've used it in the past and loved it!

Clean restrooms are nearby as well as a green grassy field for kids and dogs, a park, carousel, and the great balloon.
 
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March 21 2015
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Lollicup Coffee & Tea | kids travel, kids activities
Lollicup Coffee & Tea
2700 Alton Pkwy, A-119,
Irvine,
California
"Great boba tea"
This was a fun place to take my kids who had never had boba tea. Actually - I had never had it either! This Lolicup is in the Diamond Jamboree center which has multi-ethnic and cultural eateries and shops. We enjoyed some sweets at 85C Bakery right next door and then got some tea with boba.

My kids didn't quite know what to expect when their straw sucked up the boba pellets and they chewed them. But they were sweet and honey flavored and not much can go wrong with that! They enjoyed the strawberry tea which was sweetly flavored and delicious. We will be back!
 
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March 21 2015
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Phoenix Bakery | kids travel, kids activities
Phoenix Bakery
969 N Broadway,
Los Angeles,
California
"Yummy"
We stopped here after a visit to Chinatown as it is less than a block from Old Chinatown and the plaza we went to. Despite being known for their fresh strawberry whipped cream cakes - we didn't have any. They are having a short supply of strawberries due to the drought.

We instead enjoyed crumb cake, chocolate cookies, and a lotus blossom cake. Pretty yummy. My kids had a Pineapple Jarittos in a glass bottle - which is a Mexican soda - in a Chinese bakery - but oh well. They were thirsty and it was delicious. This was a great place to stop on our afternoon in Chinatown.
 
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March 21 2015
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Los Angeles Chinatown | kids travel, kids activities
Los Angeles Chinatown
North Broadway and North Hill Streets and Cesar Chavez Avenue,
Los Angeles,
California
"Short visit with shops"
We took a quick trip to Chinatown and saw and experienced what we wanted in about 1 hour. We went to the "Old Chinatown" plaza area between N. Hill St. and Broadway St. south of Bamboo Ln. It was a quiet courtyard on a weekday afternoon and we noticed all the great architecture, hanging lanterns, and a few statues. We even saw the statue of Bruce Lee.

The only real activity we found was shopping. There were quite a few souvenir shops with hopefully genuine Chinese trinkets. Clothes, silks, cheap shoes, jewelry, coins, chopsticks, incense, tea cups, and so much more. My kids loved looking at everything, but I had to tell them a million times not to touch everything. There were breakable things plus paper fans that the shopowners did not want us to open (understandable.) We purchased a few things and enjoyed the experience. There was a 100 year old cash register in one of the shops which I thought was cool!

There are lots of restaurants and other shops all up and down the nearby streets, but we didn't want to walk lots of blocks - the plaza had enough shopping for us. Next time we will have to find the markets and enjoy some dim sum. We did finish our visit by stopping at the Phoenix Bakery which sells yummy treats.
 
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March 21 2015
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85ºC Bakery Café | kids travel, kids activities
85ºC Bakery Café
2700 Alton Pkwy, A-123,
Irvine,
California
"Yummy"
There were rows of plastic boxes filled with fresh baked desserts - and this place is popular! We picked up a tray and tongs and checked out all the selections. Many rolls and breads were filled with creamy sweets (red bean, chocolate, etc.) and were about the size of a very large cookie. The prices were very reasonable about 1-3 dollars per goodie. Most of the boxes had signs as to what the bread was plus the prices, but some did not - and it was all new to me. That was a bit of a bummer.

After making our selection, we stood in a quick line and made our purchase. There were coffees and teas, as well as lots of decedant sweets behind glass. Despite never having tried these goodies before - and some were new tastes to my kids - we all enjoyed it. There was a nice outdoor eating area which fronted many other popular eateries like Lolicup and Meet Fresh.
 
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