There'€™s so much to see and do in Southern California, and with Orange County in the center of it all, places like San Diego are just a short trip down the coast.

Located just 90 miles south of Anaheim, San Diego has many day-trip-worthy activities that are fun for kids of all ages, and especially for those who are still a kid at heart. If you're considering a trip south to visit Orange County's coastal city neighbor," here are a few ideas" to get you started.

Tired of the same date night every week? Going out for a quick dinner, and then driving to your local movie theater? What if you could have the ultimate dinner and movie all in one place? Well, we found it for you right in the Anaheim Gardenwalk at the UltraLuxe Cinemas.

When you think of Orange County, camping probably isn'€™t the first thing that comes to mind. However, OC has some of the most amazing sites in California to park your RV or set up your tent and escape the chaos of everyday life." 

I love camping. I love being outdoors, the fresh smell of trees and campfire, and the sense of adventure that it brings. I could do without the bugs and the dirt, but I was a good Girl Scout and have mastered the art of tent camping without the need for an RV." 

Summer is the perfect time to start exploring the arts. Orange County is home to one of the largest art communities in the U.S., bringing a cultural experience to travelers and locals alike." Laguna Beach is more than sandy beaches, and art lovers will be at home in this quaint creative village." Every summer, Laguna Beach comes alive with wonderful art festivals- here's your guide to them!" 

When you'€™re lying on a blanket at one of Orange County'€™s stunning parks or beaches, gazing out over the ocean, the soggy sandwiches and lukewarm macaroni salad that have long been hauled along on picnics just won'€™t do!"  This time, you need a unique and tasty spread that matches the spectacular setting and provides you with an even more special experience.

Do you enjoy little-known facts and trivia about Disney history? " History is being made this week with the opening of Cars Land, so we think it's a great time to reflect on past Disney milestones. Here are a some fun facts about Disneyland and how it all began!" 

"What do I get dad on Father's Day?" is a question as old as "what do I get Mom on Mother's Day?"" Before anyone mentions the typical tie or new grill - not that there's anything wrong with those ideas - this might be the year to think a bit outside of the box and get good ol' dad the unexpected.

Tucked away inside of the Irvine Regional Park is a little zoo with a big heart. The zoo recently adopted two orphaned mountain lions, that the public voted to name Modjeska and Santiago. The lions were named after two local canyons that are home to many wild mountain lions. The zoo has a mission of educating the community on local animals and plants that are native to Orange County.

Everyone knows that Orange County is home to beautiful beaches & amazing amusement parks. But that's not all!" You might be surprised to know that Orange County is also home to several children's museums. That's right - we have not one, but FOUR children's museums.

Ready to spend a great day at the museum?

Mother's Day is almost here, and several of the OC's favorite restaurants are offering extended menus, champagne brunches, and live entertainment. Check out our list of some of the best brunches happening for 2012 in Orange County, and make your reservations soon (they are filling up already!)." 

The Hacienda '€“ Santa Ana
Sunday, May 13, 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Call for reservations: 714-558-1304