41 Fun Things To Do With Kids | June 2016


COVER 41 Fun Things to Do With Kids Looking for ways to occupy your brood for the summer and beyond? Orange County has bat walks, secret beach towers, flamenco classes, and oceanside playgrounds. Check out our picks, and read what local kids tell us about their favorite things.

Coming Home How the long and winding culinary quest of Taco Maria’s Carlos Salgado brought him back to his roots. by Patric Kuh

Inside Scoop Competition for Instagram-worthy ice cream treats creates an explosion of delicious O.C. options. by Mindy Benham and Ada Madigan, Photographs by Priscilla Iezzi

Blue Crush An O.C. surfwear legend and his wife refresh a midcentury George Bissell home in Laguna Niguel. by Barbara Thornburg


Insights, and What We Got Right in 1991 What did we say about the Children’s Museum at La Habra in 1979?

Person of Interest Meet a local coordinator for the World Adult Kickball Association.

Neighborhoods Explore a Mission Viejo neighborhood where you can grab dessert, libations, and a manicure.

The Perfect Getaway Discover wind-blown solitude on the Southern Oregon coast.

Culturephile Lauren Conrad and Kristin Cavallari face off with their recently published books.

Arts Jouvon Michael Kingsby, an artist who’s a “gateway drug to the art world.”

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O.C. Style Opener Zippered one-piece surf-skin by SlipIns, a Newport Beach company that combines beauty and function in activewear for the beach or gym.

Finds We run down cool casual looks for men.

Hot Shop Head to Newport Beach for Heirloom, a Hot Shop that offers vintage home decor that’s been given
new life.

Tastemaker Manna Kadar discusses her Irvine cosmetics company and her newest adventure, motherhood.


Opener/Main Course Dining critic Gretchen Kurz checks out North Italia, Irvine’s latest chain that feels like an indie.

How It’s Made We go behind the scenes to unveil the Unicorn Bagel.

The Global Diner We investigate Oaxacan-style pizza.

O.C.’s Best Start your day deliciously with our favorite pancakes in Orange County.

Behing the Counter We catch up with the Chapman film grad behind the “SOMM” documentaries.

Dining Guide The incubator concept plays well at Santa Ana’s 4th Street Market food hall – combining short-term leases and a low tenant buy-in. Newport Beach resident Huw Mainwaring left a job as a food innovation and product development expert to find himself drafted into British chef Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. And many of our 200-plus restaurant reviews are in this month’s Dining Guide.


Opener Surf culture adds a fresh feel to a midcentury George Bissell home in Laguna Niguel.

On The Market  Nature’s elements are the design focus of four featured homes in O.C.

Our Favorite Room A sunny Laguna Beach kitchen is the end result of a down-to-the-studs renovation.

Made in O.C. Discovering the inspiration for a Corona del Mar artist’s line of fine china.


My O.C. Pat and I hatched our lonely hearts’ club matchmaking scheme at the kitchen table, naming it Suzy Paris. The phone rang off the hook as more than a hundred solitary souls clamored for an appointment with Suzy, who was me. I was sophisticated, sexy, but most of all sympathetic. by Suzanne Hawley

Next Chapter Longtime Los Angeles Times sports editor and columnist Bill Dwyre hasn’t figured out how to retire. He has been busier this year than ever, taking his storytelling to different arenas. “It’s nice to be a brand!” one of his former colleagues marvels. by Alan Gibbons

Answer Man How did UC Irvine end up with an anteater mascot? What happened to the alligators of Buena Park? And what’s with the wild green parrots in O.C. neighborhoods? by Chris Jepsen


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