This ocean-facing outdoor outlet and dining destination is a 500,000-square-foot combination of 70 retailers, a series of outdoor courtyards and promenades (where even family dogs on leashes are welcome) and kid-favorites like Panera Bread and Ruby’s Diner. Don’t worry, mom, Starbucks, too! Additional stores and more than a dozen dining options, including four with scenic ocean views will open throughout 2016.
San Clemente | www.outletsatsanclemente.com
Grace and Zen
Grace and Zen offers yoga, ballet, and combo classes for infants through teens, including many parent participation classes. Specialty classes include infant massage, prenatal yoga, and special needs yoga. Each class finishes with a healthy snack to educate children about healthy living choices. The studio also offers family friendly workshops, kids nights out, and themed yoga and ballet birthday parties.
San Juan Capistrano | www.graceandzenoc.com
This retail experience where children can create and publish their own storybooks offers another fun activity at the Irvine Spectrum. Ranging from a 20 minute to one-hour visit, children can use kid-friendly tech to design a storybook character, work one-on-one with a staff “muse” in the Writing Studio, publish their book to take home or if short on time, design their very own poster.
Irvine | www.storymakery.com