Ice Cream, You Scream, We All Scream… OC’s Summer Secrets
As we teeter-totter spring and summer, the inevitable climb in temperature and desire to be outdoors is beginning to overcome our urges to cuddle up to a Netflix series. To celebrate the transition from leggings to shorts and cappuccinos to fruity iced teas, this is our gift to you — a flip-through guide that lays out all the fun, unique, delicious, fascinating, relaxing, and entertaining items and events under the Orange County sun.
Since the days are increasingly longer, summertime is the best time to explore. Take the road less traveled on lesser-known hikes packed with flowers and wildlife, or discover the many new summer attractions at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Legoland. The warm evenings invite you and your family or friends to pack a picnic and head out to one of the many OC parks or beaches to watch a family film under the stars or dance to a live band.
And for those young kids and teens who want to continue to learn and create during their time off from school, we compiled a list of local tech camps that offer one-on-one mentoring and strengthening in areas such as STEM, coding, robotics, and more.
For families yearning to escape for a weekend, check out the getaways list that provides ideas within driving distance to have a mini vacation that is outside of the usual beach house or resort. There are plenty of spots within the OC that will also give you the perfect mental break — including luxurious day spas that literally only takes an hour or two to refresh your whole world. These are great for all of those much-deserving mommies for Mother’s Day — but let’s be honest, any day is a good day for a massage. So we made sure to add a local listing of those too.
And last, but certainly not least, we have composed a list of a different type of retreat — a sweet escape, if you will. A list of the tastiest and most unique treats you can chill out with this summer to soothe those sugary cravings. See the bright and upbeat ice cream our cover twins Ian and Evan are demolishing from their waffle cones? That’s from Afters Ice Cream in Tustin (there are a few other OC locations too!). We also have churros, sweet drinks, macaroons, cookies, etc. etc. etc.
Our goal was to compile an issue that you and your family will hold onto as a guide to achieving one of the most fulfilled and happiest summers. I hope we did it. As always, please send your comments, suggestions, or stories you feel like sharing with me any time.
See you in June!