Here are some ways to beat the heat – Orange County Register


Summer is here.

The days are getting longer and Orange County is starting to reopen as vaccinations spread. With temperatures approaching triple digits in some of our communities and still very hot in others, you may be looking for ways to beat the heat.

Here are a few ideas, and certainly consult your local city recreation guide for more options near you:

Splash

Splash guards have opened for the season around Orange County.

Among them, the new aquatic playgrounds of La Habra. Since the end of May, hundreds of children have taken advantage of the water fountains, sprinklers and mini slides that have been built in two of the city’s parks.

The paddling pools, which are closed, operate with a capacity of 30 people. If there is a wait, visitors are limited to a half-hour game session.

If you don’t want to worry about time limits, you can make consecutive reservations at any of the Brio or Oeste Park locations on the city’s website. You can also enter.

  • With summer temperatures reaching the 90s, kids play in the cool water at Splash Pad Oeste Park on Saturday July 3, 2021 in La Habra. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register / SCNG)

  • Water flows from above as children push a pole from below at the Splash Pad in Oeste Park on Saturday July 3, 2021 in La Habra. With summer temperatures reaching the 90s, children play in the park’s various aquatic devices under the watchful eyes of their parents. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register / SCNG)

  • One-and-a-half-year-old Olive Raimondo slides down a small water slide at the Oeste Park Splash Pad on Saturday July 3, 2021 in La Habra. With summer temperatures reaching the 90s, children play in the park’s various aquatic devices under the watchful eyes of their parents. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register / SCNG)

  • One-and-a-half-year-old Tanner Stimson from La Habra laughs as he walks through a fountain at the Oeste Park Splash Pad on Saturday, July 3, 2021 in La Habra. With summer temperatures reaching the 90s, children play in the park’s various aquatic devices under the watchful eyes of their parents. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register / SCNG)

  • With summer temperatures reaching the 90s, children, under the watchful eyes of their parents, play in the cool water of Splash Pad Oeste Park on Saturday July 3, 2021 in La Habra. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register / SCNG)

  • Tanner Stimson, right, a year and a half, from La Habra, smiles while playing in a fountain at the Oeste Park Splash Pad on Saturday July 3, 2021 in La Habra. With summer temperatures reaching the 90s, children play in the park’s various aquatic devices under the watchful eyes of their parents. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register / SCNG)

For those farther south, Heritage Park in Irvine has a 2,000-square-foot shaded wading pool, with seating for parents and a separate play area for toddlers.

And the Laguna Niguel Sprayground is also currently open for those who have booked. From July 19, anyone can pass.

Hit the pool

Many cities offer free or low-cost recreational swimming sessions at community pools, as well as a plethora of swimming lessons.

Whether you enjoy swimming or lounging by the pool, the Sierra de Mission Viejo Fitness and Recreation Center is a popular spot. Admission is $ 5 per person regardless of age, and public swimming sessions are held Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Eric Hansen cheerfully serves his 12-year-old son Calvin as a springboard as they cool off in the pool at Sierra Recreation Center in Mission Viejo on Saturday, July 10, 2021. The pool recently reopened for sessions family swimming. . (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register / SCNG)

  • 12-year-old Calvin Hansen is having fun and keeping cool in the pool at Sierra Recreation Center in Mission Viejo on Saturday, July 10, 2021. The pool recently reopened for walk-in family swimming sessions. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register / SCNG)

  • Eric Hansen kicks his son Henrik, 9, into the pool at Sierra Recreation Center in Mission Viejo on Saturday, July 10, 2021. The pool recently reopened for walk-in family swimming sessions. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register / SCNG)

  • Zachary Chaffee, 4, plays with his father Chris in the pool at Sierra Recreation Center in Mission Viejo on Saturday, July 10, 2021. The pool recently reopened for family walk-in swim sessions. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register / SCNG)

  • Zachary Chaffee, 4, holds his breath as he prepares to jump into the pool at Sierra Recreation Center in Mission Viejo on Saturday, July 10, 2021. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register / SCNG)

The Ole Hanson Beach Club is another South County favorite, with reduced prices for San Clemente residents – $ 4 for adults and $ 2 for children. Non-resident adults can enter for $ 8 and their children for $ 6. Monthly, seasonal and annual passes are also available for frequent visitors.

The Pearson Park Pool at the YMCA Anaheim also hosts free public swimming sessions throughout the summer. Reservations are required and swimmers can choose from several weekend afternoon sessions.

Cool off inside

If you don’t have air conditioning at home, you can spend time at one of the county’s 95 cooling centers. Use the 211oc.org online directory to find one near you.

While each center’s hours vary, they are free and in public places such as community centers, libraries, and indoor sections of city parks where you will often find activities to keep you entertained while you wait for the heat. Some locations also offer free bottled water.

Put on your skate

Who said ice skating was just a winter activity? With indoor temperatures low enough to keep the ice solid, this is the perfect way to escape heat waves.

The Aliso Viejo Ice Palace offers various skating sessions from Monday to Saturday. Admission is $ 16 weekdays and $ 20 weekends, and skates are included. Children five and under can skate for $ 10 when accompanied by an adult.

Locals who previously enjoyed skating at one of The Rinks’ many Orange County venues – Anaheim, Westminster, Yorba Linda and Orange County Grand Park – will have to wait a few more weeks to get on the ice – the centers should open. for public sessions at the end of July and the beginning of August. Check out each location’s phased reopening plan on The Rinks website.

In the meantime, if you don’t mind driving a bit, the East West Ice Palace in Artesia – located just northwest of Orange County – is open for public skating. Although the hours change weekly, you can plan ahead by checking the centre’s website. Admission is $ 14 for adults and $ 13 for children under 10. Skate rental is an additional $ 3.

To take a walk

Fancy some adventure? Orange County has some amazing trails and parks to visit. If you’re worried about the heat inland, stop by Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach, which offers miles of scenic beachside trails. After your hike, you can spend some time on the sand or grab a bite to eat nearby.

Most of the 23 trails that crisscross Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in Trabuco Canyon are shaded by trees – they are shared between hikers, bikers, and horse riders.

Seas by day

If you haven’t thought of going to the beach yet, are you really from Orange County? From San Clemente to Seal Beach, there are 42 miles of coastline for you to enjoy.

You can play volleyball on the sand or splash around in the waves for free. If you’re up to splurge, kayak in Huntington Harbor or Dana Point.

If you’re not much of a paddler but still want to get out on the water, you can rent a pontoon in Newport Beach and cruise with your friends and family.


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