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Making Family Life Better in OC & Long Beach Metro | | Spring/Summer 2017 | Hey, It’s Free! ®

How to Survive

FAMILY TRAVEL By Land, Sea & Air

Tips, Deals Dos & Don’ts Staycations



+ TONS of Resources You’ll Need This Summer

Staffer Faves Q: What was your favorite family vacation?

Liz: Visiting Family in SF & Cape Cod Pam: Camping at the Kern River Rebecca: Grand Canyon Tiffany: Cabin at Lake Gregory Pauline: Catamaran Hotel in San Diego Audrey: San Francisco Dogs: Walking ... uh, anywhere!




TABLE OF CONTENTS Arts������������������������������������� 6-12 6 Arts & Crafts 9 Dance 10 Music 12 Theater Arts Calendar  � ���������������������������� 74-80 Camps� �������������������������������� 12-28 Emergency Resources���������������� 73 Enrichment� �������������������������� 28-34 77 Magic 28 STEM 31 Tutoring & Academics 33 Youth & Family Groups Family Resources����������������� 34-40 34 Child Care & Baby Sitting 47 Dentists & Orthodontists 35 Health Services 37 Indoor Play Groups 38 Safety 38 Special Needs 38 Support Groups & Parent Ed Outings ���������������������������� 40-51 40 Attractions 44 Museums 48 Parks & Nature Centers 48 Playgrounds 78 Trains 50 Zoos & Animal Care Centers Parties ������������������������������ 51-55 Schools����������������������������� 55-58 Sports ������������������������������� 59-71 59 Aquatics & Water Polo 62 Archery 62 Baseball & Softball 63 Basketball 63 Bowling 64 Fencing 64 Fishing & Boating 64 Football & Cheerleading 65 Gymnastics 65 Horseback Riding 66 Martial Arts 67 Miscellaneous Sports 68 Skateboarding 69 Skating & Hockey 70 Soccer 70 Surfing and SUP 70 Tennis 70 Volleyball Appendix���������������������������� 71-72

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I asked my kids what their favorite family vacation was and their answer surprised me. It wasn’t a glitzy attraction or fancy resort—it was being with family—simple as that.


That’s what vacations are about. Getting away from day-to-day stress and enjoying the company of those you love most. And with kids, the sad fact is, you only have a fixed number (probably less than 25) of opportunities to do that before school and jobs and “the real world” set in.




So go! Go now! Go often! Soak up every moment of that precious vacation time together! Wait! First consult our guide to surviving Family Travel (pages 3 and 4). It’s designed to help maximize these “Happiness Anchors” (love that term!), while minimizing the “don’tmake-me-turn-this-car-around” moments. The guide, broken into land, sea and air sections, offers practical tips on how to make the trip work, save cash (yay!) and, most importantly, preserve your sanity. In each section, we’ve also included options to “Staycation It”—in the area we live, we’ve got some pretty impressive destinations! And what’s a trip without travel games? We’ve got you covered there too. Assuming you’ve got Punch Buggy (with accompanying bruises) and 101 Bottles of Beer (I’m sure there’s a more PC version that does not include beer) in your repertoire, now you’ve got Kidsguide’s Travel Bingo. Go ahead and sing it—B-I-N-G-O! This game, on page 79, has prizes for participation that include tickets to the Aquarium, Pretend City, Santa Ana Zoo and more. Two other vacation tips: Sign up for the Buzzz on our website and pick up our Summer Calendar out in June. Both offer lots more memory-making outings for the family you love.

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auling my sisters and me to national parks every summer, my dad carefully recorded each day’s expenses, ground his teeth through backseat squabbles, nursed a boiling radiator in Barstow, forged through a Bryce Canyon downpour and, one morning, watched us melt our flip-flops over an old Grand Canyon fire pit. (We found replacements in the gift shop.)

ity and time frame. AAA reports that 69% of traveling families are choosing road trips this year, aimed at national parks (49%) and theme parks (42%). Another 26% are headed to international destinations, while 19% are shipping off on a cruise.

But guess what! We also watched elk meander through a meadow near the Grand Tetons, laughed with a ranger when he “switched on” Old Faithful, dined on cheese sandwiches overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, and learned that a certain kind of campground wasp loves Tuna Helper (see for yourself). Fond memories like these are why 35% of Americans are planning a family vacation this year, according to AAA, and why psychologists say it’s a great idea. Kids remember family adventures better than any childhood gadget or toy, and these sunny visions serve as “happiness anchors” that get us through tough times. Vacations give us a chance to de-stress and connect. And navigating new places helps boost kids’ brain power, social intelligence and “executive skills” they’ll need later in life.

As we know from any experience with kids (ahem, Kohls), you’ll hit your difficulties. But all of you will have much more fun by following these travel tenets: Slow down and stay flexible. Don’t jam your schedule with museums when your kids are most interested in the hotel pool, ice cream and staying up late. Let them help with planning, and give them a journal, camera or scrapbook to record your adventures. Build in private time for you and your sweetie with help from an obliging relative, the hotel babysitter or cruise ship Kids’ Club (do your research!). Keep kids comfy with lovies from home, favorite fast-food stops and familiar bedtime rituals. Head out early each day to avoid crowds, and dress in bright colors so you’re all easy to find. (Order WhoTats to reunite quickly with any lost sheep—see page 39.) Never pass up a potty and, most important, expect the unexpected. It’s all part of the fun!

But you don’t need a glitzy stay at the Ritz to reap the benefits—there’s a vacation out there that perfectly suits your family’s budget, personal-

Here’s your compass for traveling by land, air and sea – or if you’re short on time or cash, clever ways to keep it local.

You can swing it, too! Here’s how.

Make It Work

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By Land Road trips WHY THEY’RE GREAT: Go long or go short, the western states are covered with amazing destinations, and you can stop, turn around or change course whenever you please. (Is that a giant dinosaur?!) Best of all, road trips are totally affordable. SAVE CASH: One word: camping. You could sleep under the stars at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, for instance, for $25 a night. Check for specifics and a great Camping Guide. More the room service type? Save dough and earn perks by joining your favorite chain’s loyalty program. And before you take off, wrap your head around your gas budget with the calculator at (In my Honda CRV, it’s $200 round trip from here to Denver. Airfare for four? $900+.) SAVE YOUR SANITY: Getting stranded with kids is no picnic. Make sure your vehicle’s ship-shape, with air in the tires, plenty of oil, a recent tune-up, emergency gear and a paper map in case you lose Internet. (Try a TripTik from AAA.) Don’t back out of the driveway without the 10 Travel Essentials on page 76, and throw in a picnic blanket, extra water, car games and lyrics to old-timey sing-along songs. Download the Roadside America app to find quirky attractions along your route, snag a free 30day trial at for audio books, or start a Pandora station with (mostly) clean comedians, like Jim Gaffigan. Hit a Redbox machine on the way out of town and drop your DVDs in another one near your destination. And be sure to stop every two hours or so. It’s amazing what a potty break and a Fudgsicle can do for your disposition.

How to Survive Family Travel by

Land, Sea & Air

STAYCATION IT: Just down the freeway, there’s a hotel with amazing waterslides that will keep your kids in H20 heaven all weekend. Try the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, or Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove. Or check 24/7 for hundreds of local day trips.

Train Trips WHY THEY’RE GREAT: Someone else is, literally, in the driver’s seat, so you can hang out with kidsguide spring/summer 2017 3

your kids and watch the amber waves of grain whiz by� Amtrak goes local or all the way to Niagara Falls, with family bedrooms that sleep four, meals included�

Sign your kids up for frequent flyer programs, too— there’s no age limit� And watch out for baggage fees on all that gear; leave what you can at home!

SAVE CASH: Book at amtrak�com 14 days early for the best prices� Kids (2-12) can ride (with a paying adult) at half-price, and babies 2 and under are scot free� Students (13-25) can save 15%, and AAA members save another 10%� Find new 30% off deals every week, Tuesday through Friday, with Amtrak SmartFares, or sign up for Amtrak emails� Got a scout troop or youth group? Your crew (ages 5-18) and chaperones can ride the Pacific Surfliner or San Joaquin trains at deep discounts with Amtrak’s Kids ‘n’ Trains program (amtrak�com/kids-n-trains)�

SAVE YOUR SANITY: Keep a clutch on the 10 Travel Essentials on page 76� Choose a direct flight to avoid racing from gate to gate� Check your airport’s website to scout out kid-friendly features in case of delays� Chicago’s O’Hare has a “Kids on the Fly” play zone with a helicopter and air traffic control tower� Orlando has a 3,000-gallon aquarium near a bodacious food court� And San Francisco has a Wag Brigade of therapy dogs that sniff their way through the airport soothing cranky passengers� Ready to board? Pick up a few chocolate bars from the airport gift shop to bribe your seatmates, and then fly like a boss!�

SAVE YOUR SANITY: Start with the 10 Travel Essentials on page 76� You’re allowed two 50 lb� carryon bags each, and if you’re riding with a baby you can bring an additional stroller and diaper bag for free� (Amtrak “Red Cap” attendants can help you check the rest—even bikes and pets!) Get to the station about a half-hour early, and then track your train with the Amtrak app� Families with little ones can often board first, so take advantage� Once you’re all aboard, listen for the horn (fun!), and feel free to roam around—just keep your shoes on (for traction) and hold your little one’s hand� You’ll find a convenient potty in each car, and lots of family-friendly food options� Cheers! STAYCATION IT: Take Amtrak to San Juan Capistrano or Santa Barbara, or hop on a Metro train to explore Hollywood, Olvera Street, the museums at Exposition Park or dozens of other kid-friendly spots� Students (K-12) can get a 30-day pass with unlimited rides for $24� Visit metro�net for a Trip Planner and destination guides�

By Air WHY IT’S GREAT: There are very few things more impressive to a kid than propelling into the clouds and watching itty-bitty Big Bear Lake recede into the distance� Here we go! Whether you’re visiting Grandma in Ohio or jet-setting to Jamaica, the plane trip alone is gold�

STAYCATION IT: Head to your local airport with binoculars to watch the planes take off and land, check kidsguidemagazine�com for a long list of SoCal flight museums, or step into the flight simulator at Flight Deck in Anaheim to land your own Boeing 737 (see page 53)�

By Sea WHY THEY’RE GREAT: Cruise lines like Carnival, Disney and Royal Caribbean want your business, so they’re sailing to family-friendly destinations and decking out their ships with massive water parks, IMAX theaters, video arcades, Disney character meet-and-greets, 24-hour ice cream and fireworks at sea� “We know what it takes for

kids to have a great time on a cruise,” said Vance Gulliksen, spokesperson for Carnival, which carries 700,000 pint-sized passengers each year� You don’t have to lug suitcases from place to place, and forget about black-tie dress codes and assigned seating—not on these ships! Just relax and enjoy the ride� SAVE CASH: When you add it all up, family cruising can be pretty darned affordable� Think about it: your ticket includes transportation, lodging (four per cabin), entertainment and activities, waterpark admission, childcare, and all the food you can eat, whenever you want� “You’re not constantly reaching for your wallet,” Gulliksen noted� Hop on a ship out of Long Beach or Los Angeles, and you won’t need airline tickets, either—just hitch a ride to the port� All-inclusive resorts like Beaches (beaches�com) and Club Med (clubmed�us) offer similar all-in-one savings� SAVE YOUR SANITY: Dip your feet with a quick three- or four-day cruise� (Carnival sails to Baja Mexico, with stops in Catalina and Ensenada�) Check the cruise line website in advance so you don’t miss a single perk� Disney, for instance, offers free cribs, playpens, strollers, high chairs and bottle warmers —plus 24-hour complimentary room service� And be sure to take advantage of the supervised kids’ programs (included!), run by childcare pros� Squirts as young as two can visit Carnival’s Camp Ocean to play games, paint ocean murals and design their own aquariums� Tweens (12-14) can hang out with the perky camp counselors at Carnival’s Circle “C�” And Disney’s Vibe zone serves up smoothies, karaoke and the smell of independence to teens (14-17)� Meet up later for dinner and a show� STAYCATION IT: Hop on the Catalina Express (catalinaexpress�com) in Long Beach, San Pedro or Dana Point for an hour-long ride to Catalina Island� (It’s free on your birthday!) Or take a $5 Aqualink catamaran ride in Long Beach (lbtransit� com) and stay overnight on the legendary (and haunted?) Queen Mary (see page 1)� Ship or station wagon, Orient Express or Boeing 747, whatever you choose will tickle your kids and spark family stories you’ll be telling for years— wasps, melted flip-flops and all� And once you get home, you’ll agree with my dad: it was all totally worth it�

SAVE CASH: Shop around and set up a “fare watch” on sites like expedia�com and kayak�com (just watch for restrictions)� Check individual airline websites too, and sign up for email alerts for lastminute specials, including Scott’s Cheap Flights (scottscheapflights�com) for international fares� Book early, on a Tuesday, when most carriers launch new sales� Try to fly Tuesday through Thursday, or fill in the “my dates are flexible” option for bargain basement deals� 4 kidsguide spring/summer 2017

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arts Included in this section: Arts & Crafts, Dance, Music and Theater Arts. Local businesses offer classes, camps and workshops. More opportunities are found through recreation departments, community colleges, YMCAs and Boys and Girls Clubs, see Appendix for contact information.


ARTS & CRAFTS Crafts, ceramics, sewing/knitting and studio art, plus, creative-reuse centers and maker spaces. • Art Explorers Summer Art Camp Huntington Beach (714) 552-0782 Join Art Explorers for a summer of fun and creative art projects. There are different projects for each session; four sessions available for younger kids (5-10) and two sessions are available for older kids (11-14); see Camps for more details. Come dressed to get messy and ready to explore all different types of art and art mediums. Art Explorers offers parties and scout badge projects too. Visit for more information. See ad on page 21. • Art Steps 18212 Imperial Hwy., Yorba Linda (714) 524-2248 24000 Alicia Pkwy. # 31, MV (949) 454-9555 Art Steps teaches realistic, classical drawing and painting skills to kids (ages 4+), teens and adults. Students receive hands-on, step-by-step guidance as they walk through lessons in a variety of subject matter and media, from crayons through oil paint, gaining confidence through learning to skillfully render what they see, one step at a time. Contact them for details on their new location opening in Irvine! Also see Camps and Parties. See ad on page 7. • Bowers Kidseum 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 567-3694 Kidseum is a high-tech and interactive children’s museum with a focus on its mission, “Igniting imagination through exploration,” stressing the excitement of art, archaeology and world cultures. Check out the “Glow Cave” and Art Studio with its fun art-making activities, every day there are two art projects available and facepainting, included with admission. Open Saturdays and Sundays: 10 a.m. 6 kidsguide spring/summer 2017

4 p.m. Extended spring-break hours: April 4-14, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (closed Mondays). Extended summer hours: June 6 - August 25, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (closed Mondays and July 4th). Admission is $8 for everyone over age 2 (subject to change, please check website). See ad on page 13. • Build It Workspace 4388 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos (714) 947-0800 Build It Workspace, as an open workspace and skillbuilding center servicing Orange and Los Angeles counties, incorporates the “arts” in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). They are committed to creating a community of knowledge sharing and innovation by providing affordable access to traditional tools and digital manufacturing technologies, including 3D printers, 3D scanners, laser and electronic cutters, CNC Router, vacuum former, sewing machines and heat press. Classes and memberships are open to youth and adults. See ad on page 14. Ceramics Studios Art Waves, Fountain Valley, (714) 965-0669. Clay on First, Long Beach, (562) 495-4362, www.clayonfirst. com. Color Me Mine, Brea, Costa Mesa, Long Beach, Mission Viejo, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Tustin and Whittier, Hidden Talents Ceramics Studio, Huntington Beach, (714) 840-6833, Studio H Fine Art, Irvine, Paint N’ Glaze, Long Beach, (562) 421-8000, Craft Instruction Build-A-Bear - Locations in Anaheim, Cerritos, Mission Viejo, Temecula, and Torrance. Home Depot - Free workshops for kids (5-12) offered at all locations the first Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. noon. Find type of project on their website. (800) 4663337. Michaels - Kids craft club offered at all locations every Saturday, 10 a.m. - noon, $2. Register online or drop-in. Piecemakers Country Store - 1720 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa. (714) 641-3112. RideMakerz - Build Your Ride. Downtown Disney, 1540 S. Disneyland Drive, Ste. 103, Anaheim. (714) 776-0216. Creative-Reuse Centers Creative reuse takes used or recycled materials and makes them into art. Child Creativity Lab - 1815 E. Wilshire Ave., Ste. 906, Santa Ana, (714) 352-4380, The Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse - 320 Elm Ave., Long Beach, (562) 437-9999, • Fountain Valley Summer Enrichment Academy 9675 Warner Ave., Fountain Valley (714) 495-4102 The Fountain Valley Schools Foundation Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) is offering Fountain Valley and neighboring cities high-quality, STEAM-based lots more fun at

(the “A” is for Arts!) learning opportunities for students (K-8). See Camps for more information. See ad on page 16. Makerspaces Also see Build It Workspace and Shared Science in this section. Makersville - Offers workshops, events and camps. Locations include Long Beach Sea Base and more. The Studio at Long Beach Main Library - Programs for kids (grades 6+) include 3D printing and other Maker crafts and projects. Summer camps offered. 101 Pacific Ave., Long Beach. (562) 570-5756. Urban Workshop - Levels 1-4 (10-15) offer hands-on STEM classes, including instruction on a variety of tools and software. 365-A Clinton St., Costa Mesa, (949) 296-2153. • Model Boat Shop Colorado Lagoon, Long Beach (562) 570-1720 Kids (7+) can learn how to build and race model sailboats, and participate in a closing regatta as part of the city’s International Sea Festival; June 26 - August 11, Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $60 for the seven-week program, with an additional cost for boatbuilding supplies based on the size of the model. For more information, call the summer phone number listed beginning June 26. Museum Art Classes and Workshops Many museums offer art classes that may include drawing, painting, cartooning, sculpture, pastels, watercolor and other mixed media. See LACMA, Laguna Art Museum and Norton Simon in Museums for details and contact information. Sewing and Knitting Instruction Angel Threads Sewing School, Newport Beach, (949) 548-6070, Fashion Camp, Tustin, (714) 259-0946, OC Sewing and Vacuum, Irvine, (800) 543-0434, Sew Vac Ltd., Long Beach, (562) 498-6684, Stitches in Time, Bellflower, (562) 804-9341, • Sewing Lab Los Alamitos 4215 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos (657) 465-5499 Fun and friendly after-school and evening sewing classes, plus camps and parties, for kids in grades 2 and up. They provide top-of-the-line sewing machines, a very encouraging, safe and fun environment to learn a skill that will last a lifetime. Also see Camps and Parties. See ad on page 21.


Ballet • Tap • Jazz • Preschool Combo • Lyrical • Hip Hop • Vocal Family oriented, 6500 sq. ft. facility, air conditioned Over 145 classes each week, for ages 3-18

FIRST CLASS FREE Family and Multi-class Discounts

Nationally awarded choreographers and Grammy nominated vocal director Annual Student Recital at the Carpenter Center at CSULB

3418 N. Los Coyotes Diagonal, Long Beach

• Sewing with Jane 6243 E. 5th St., Long Beach (562) 260-5888 Hand sewing for ages 6 and up. Machine sewing for ages 9 and up (machines provided). Small, projected-based group classes for beginning through intermediate sewers. Hand sewers complete craft lots more fun at

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projects. Machine sewers create simple clothing or crafts. Weekly 1½-hour classes are held in fiveweek sessions. Sewing camps are also available (see Camps); email for summer schedule or Facebook: “Sewing with Jane Loper” for up-to-date flyers. Email: • Shared Science (562) 285-3942 Kids (grades K-9) can dabble in programming and art when they attend one- to two-hour workshops featuring Arduino Gemma and other tech activities. Also, pop-up maker spaces at Long Beach locations. See ad on page 29. Studio Art Instruction Most offer painting, drawing, ceramics/sculpting and mixed media. Some offer camps and parties. Art Exchange Long Beach - 356 E. 3rd St., Long Beach. (562) 567-7278. Art House - 1380 S. Harbor Blvd., La Habra. (714) 870-7119. Art Smart Studio - 3823 E. 7th St., Long Beach. (562) 439-4777. ARTime Studio - 27001 La Paz Road, Ste., #390, Mission Viejo. (949) 916-9565. Art Waves - 18910 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley. (714) 965-0669. Averyboo Arts - 3908 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach. (562) 912-4800. Chuck Jones Center for Creativity - Drop-In and Draw Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa. (949) 274-4834. www. Color My World Art Studio - 11960 Artesia Blvd., #101, Artesia. (562) 219-4566. Fibo Kids Art Academy - Locations in Anaheim Hills, Brea, Cypress, Fountain Valley and Tustin. (714) 5791929. Fullerton Museum Center - 301 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton. (714) 738-6545. Huntington Beach Art Center - 538 Main St. (714) 374-1650. Inspyr Arts - 3910 E. 4th St., Long Beach. (562) 3426172. Irvine Art and Music - 15315 Culver Drive, #150, Irvine. (949) 559-3069. Irvine Fine Arts Center - 1432 Yale Ave., Irvine. (949) 724-6880. Muckenthaler Cultural Center - A variety of kids’ and family art classes and workshops are offered year round, plus a Multi-Arts Summer Camp (see Camps). 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton. (714) 738-6595. 8 kidsguide spring/summer 2017

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Pacific Studio of Art - Drawing and painting (8+). 1122 Lake St., Huntington Beach. (714) 960-2856. Palette Station - 540 E. 1st St., Tustin. (714) 7304979. Studio H Fine Art - (949) 403-7020. 2691 Richter Ave., Ste. 108, Irvine. The Art Studio - 6450 Westminster Blvd., Westminster. (714) 458-2800. Timree Paint Studio - 365 Old Newport Blvd., Ste. A, Newport Beach. (949) 723-1300. The Drawing Board - 22349 La Palma, Ste. 112, Yorba Linda. (714) 693-7156.


DANCE Dance classes, from tap and ballet to hula and hip hop. Plus, a national organization to locate camps and competitions. Also see: Theater Arts in this section for related activities. • Burgess Cotillion Golden Sails Hotel, 6285 E. PCH, Long Beach (323) 874-7393 Monthly dances (grades 3-12) with instruction in popular and ballroom styles, and etiquette. The three basic ballroom dances, waltz, foxtrot and swing, are taught every season, along with a Latin dance, such as the samba or tango, as well as other forms of dance, such as the Charleston or polka. Mother-son or father-daughter dances and waltz contests are also offered. Runs monthly, Monday nights, September - April. Registration begins in May. Sign-up early, space is limited. Email: Also see Etiquette. • Center Stage Dance Academy 3418 N. Los Coyotes Diagonal, Long Beach (562) 497-1181 Annual student recital is held at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center at CSULB. Look for their Children’s Performing Company at Knott’s Berry Farm, national competitions, and local community events. Many current students have careers in the performing arts. Classes are continuously forming. The first class is free! See ad on page 7. • Dance Company 4205 Montair Ave., Long Beach (562) 425-7231 Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Pointe, Theatre Dance, Lyrical, and Fit Ball (3+); beginner to advanced levels with an emphasis on technique. Two annual studio productions and children’s performing company are available, plus a complete adult program. The Dance Company is a complete performing arts studio. A Mini-Dance Summer lots more fun at

Los Altos Dance Center Voted Best Dance Studio 2016 Press-Telegram Readers Choice Award

Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop & Lyrical Pre-schoolers • Children • Teens • Adults

Afternoon, Evening & Saturday Classes One Free Dance Class

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Camp is also offered for ages 5-10 (see Camps). See ad on this page. • Elevation Studios 1900 E. 27th St., #101, Signal Hill (562) 424-2711 Ages 3 through adult, beginning through professional. Full recreational program as well as a highly competitive competition team. Owners and professional dancers, Alex and Robert Lee are extremely connected and involved in the dance world, which allows the studio to bring in master instructors from around the country. Robert and Alex’s credits include: Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Madonna, Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, and a BFA in dance. The innovation of this studio sets it apart from the rest, and the value of dance education they provide is priceless. Check out their website for more information and full details. For information about their Summer Performance Camps, see Camps. See ad on page 8.



Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip-Hop Preschool - Adult Programs Professional Faculty • Performing Company Large Dance Rooms • Summer Camp

FREE CLASS New Students Only

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• Kick It Up 8125 and 8129 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 430-1812 Come dance, sing, act and perform at Kick It Up, a noncompetitive, friendly dance, visual arts, fitness and party studio. Classes are offered for all ages and ability levels; no one is turned away. Intro to Dance, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Hula, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Pop Rock, Contemporary and Acrobatics are some of the many dance classes offered. In addition, Kick It Up also offers theatre and voice lessons. As a parent, they offer many fitness and dance classes at the same time your children or teens are in class. All participants have the opportunity to perform in a family-oriented and affordable dance recital in June and December. Competition Teams, Performing Teams, Brownie/ Girl Scout events, camps and birthday parties are offered throughout the year. Specialty classes, such as Twisty Tuesdays, special-needs classes and classes for homeschool students are also offered. Also see Camps and Parties. See ads on pages 7 and 25. • Long Beach Ballet Academy 1122 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 426-4112 The Long Beach Ballet classical ballet academy offers year-round training for ages 4 to adult. Under the artistic direction of David Wilcox, the nationally-recognized academy has graduated students into many major companies around the world, including the San Francisco Ballet, the Hamburg Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada. The most advanced students make up the performing company, which is best known for Southern California’s most spectacular production of “The Nutcracker” at the Long Beach Terrace Theater. The Long Beach Ballet also takes many of their students to China and Germany each summer. Visit for a complete schedule of events and performances. Children’s Dance Camp 2017 is also available; see Camps. See ad on page 9.

• Los Altos Dance Center 5531 Spring St., Long Beach (562) 712-9798 Los Altos Dance Center is a family-owned studio serving the Long Beach area since 1977. They offer classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop and lyrical for preschoolers, children, teens and adults. Their friendly teachers make classes fun and enjoyable while teaching proper dance technique. Los Altos Dance Center takes pride in their yearly dance recital where students and teachers perform beautifully-skilled and choreographed dance routines. Voted Best Dance Studio 2015 Press-Telegram Readers Choice Awards! See ad on page 9. • Melodie’s Dance Theatre 3381 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos (562) 431-8582 Performance opportunities are available for everyone at Melodie’s Dance Theatre. For over 39 years, the studio has offered dance classes for ages 3 to adult. Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Acrobatic, Contemporary and Combination are offered in a positive, friendly, family-oriented environment. Their studio offers award-winning choreography, plus reasonable rates including family and multiple class discount plans. Adult classes are also available. Mention this ad and receive two months tuition for the price of one month (new students only). See ad on this page. • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns (562) 986-0066 Hip Hop is the perfect class for children (4-8) who want to dance, stay active, and learn how to freestyle! Musicality, rhythm, and creative movement are key components of this fun, urban/street-style dance class that teaches boys and girls alike to step, stomp, and shake it out! See ad on page 37. National Dance Alliance (877) 632-2946 National organization hosts championships, special events and camps throughout the area.


MUSIC Instrument instruction, bands, orchestras, choirs, camps and music-appreciation classes. Also see: Theater Arts in this section for related activities. • Applied Music Studio 10900 Los Alamitos Blvd., Ste. 203, Los Alamitos (562) 596-1287 Enhance your child’s (3+) education by trying a free lesson at Applied Music Studio! They offer instruction in viola, violin, voice, piano, guitar, drums, woodwinds and theory, as well as a Keyboard for Kids program, all taught by degreed professionals. Applied Music Studio also offers lessons for Jazz, Orchestra and Choir lots more fun at

Preparation. They have new and used instruments for sale, and school-approved instruments for rent with an option to buy. Mention Kidsguide to book your free lesson today! Located at the corner of Florista and Pine. Email: See ad on this page. • Grace First Presbyterian Church Music Camps 3955 Studebaker Road, Long Beach (562) 420-3393 See listing in Camps; ad on page 18. • Jazz Angels (310) 850-5453 Level specific jazz bands comprised of young musicians ages 9-17. Musicians learn to play (or improve how they play) this great American music through a unique method of music mentoring. Three, eight-week sessions throughout the school year. Email: • Kelly Summer Vocal Studio Long Beach (562) 833-6444 Voice lessons for kids and adults who want to improve their singing ability are offered by Kelly Summer Vocal Studio. Kelly Summer is a career singer and voice teacher with a Masters Degree in vocal performance from USC and over 20 years experience in the music business. Her specialization is in contemporary jazz, rock and hip hop/R&B. Students learn vocal technique, repertoire, audition/performance skills and musicianship—all in a private studio setting. Also see Special Needs under Family Resources. See ad on this page.

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Music Associations Music Teachers Association of California - Free referrals to qualified instructors in keyboard, winds, guitar, strings and vocals, Suzuki Association of the Americas - The method emphasizes teaching by sound and repetition before learning to read music. Free instructor referral, (888) 378-9854, • Music Together at the Beach (310) 850-5453 Celebrating 19 years of family music-making in Long Beach and Huntington Beach. Music Together is the internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for children from birth through age 5—and the grownups who love them. Weekly 45-minute classes incorporate a fun-filled, research-based, developmentally appropriate music curriculum. Activities include songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play. Parent-child classes for children newborn to age 5. For information about other Music Together locations, visit their website. See ad on this page.

Long Beach and Huntington Beach • (310) 850-5453

Orchestras Find a list of regional youth orchestras at the Community Youth Orchestra of SoCal website, Youth Choirs International Children’s Choir, International Peace Choir, www.internationalpeacechoir. com. Southern California Children’s Chorus, www. lots more fun at

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THEATER ARTS Classes, camps and performing groups. Also see: Dance and Music in this section for related activities, plus Camps. • Acting Out (562) 901-0111 Save your drama for camp! Their workshops and camps (ages 7-13) celebrate creativity through drama skills workshops, ensemble building and a whole lot of fun. Activities include improv, scene study, stage combat, costumes, props, movement, voice over, monologue and dance. Contact for class and camp schedules. Now enrolling for spring and summer! Email: Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills (310) 746-4000 Offers a range of courses and master classes in the performing arts for young people. A faculty of professional artists design and lead the courses. Family-friendly performances are offered throughout the year.

Long Beach Playhouse Summer Theatre Conservatory - (562) 494-1014. 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. Musical Theatre Academy of Orange County - Ages 4+. 3935 Birch St., Newport Beach. (949) 9553737. Musical Theatre West - Ages 7-18. Summer conservatory also offered. 4350 E. 7th St., Long Beach. (562) 856-1999, Ext. 232. MYART (Musical Youth Artists Repertory Theatre) All ages. Rehearsals in Cypress. (800) 400-2985. Polaris Performing Arts - 5531 Del Amo Blvd., Lakewood. (562) 316-5549. South Coast Repertory - Grades 3-12. Summer Acting Workshops also offered. 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 708-5577. The Kids’ Theater Company - All ages. Locations in Long Beach. (562) 209-1894.


Youth Theater Production Programs Acting Academy for Kids - Camino Real Playhouse, 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano. (949) 427-0072, Biola Youth Theater - Ages 6-18. 14540 San Cristobal Drive, La Mirada. (562) 906-4574. www. Broadway on Tour Children’s Theatre - Ages 8-20. 625 French St., Santa Ana. (714) 542-6939. Buena Park Youth Theatre - Open auditions for main cast (8-18) and junior cast (5-8). 8150 Knott Ave., Buena Park. (714) 449-3211. Children’s Theatre of Long Beach - Ages 6-19, also offers a drama club. 3759 Orange Ave., Long Beach. (562) 999-4691. Creative Kids Playhouse Children’s Theatre of Orange County - Ages 3-16. Mission Viejo area. (949) 2976257. GO-FAME - Ages 8-18. 3960 N. Studebaker Road, Unit 106, Long Beach. (562) 884-7077. International City Theatre - Summer Youth Conservatory, July 5 - 28. 110 Pine Ave., Ste. 820., Long Beach. (562) 495-4595, Ext. 10. Laguna Playhouse Youth Theater - Ages 8-17 and conservatory (10-18). 606 Laguna Canyon Road. (949) 497-2787. 12 kidsguide spring/summer 2017

Sport, activity and specialty camps held during spring break and summer. Camps are also listed throughout Kidsguide; check your area of interest for additional opportunities.

camps • 49er Youth Sports Camp at CSULB 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach (562) 985-4049 Celebrating their 54th year! All-sports camp for boys and girls ages 5-12, includes instruction in tumbling, archery, tennis, track, bowling, soccer, volleyball, softball, baseball, basketball, kickball, lacrosse, elementary games and daily swim lessons. Each student will be assigned to one of four age groups. Assignment will be based upon the chronological age of each camper. Each activity will be selected for its contribution to the needs and abilities of the group. 2017 sessions: June 19 - July 14 and July 17 - August 11, Monday - Friday, 12:30-5 p.m. Online registration began March 15th. $520. Space is limited and confirmed for the first 450 campers with a completed application and full payment. Morning

programs are available for parents seeking all-day activities. See ad on page 15. • Academic Enrichment Camp at CSULB 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach (562) 985-2570, (562) 985-2216 Various academic subjects covered. Kindergarten Preparedness Program and 1st through 5th gradelevel academic curriculum as well as art and computers. 6th-8th grade math, engineering/technology, language arts, writing and art. Children will be divided by grade level with a low student/teacher ratio. The 2017 sessions: June 19 - July 14 and July 17 August 11, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - noon, $520. Morning supervision is available, 7:15-8:30 a.m. (additional fee). Free supervision is also provided during lunch for those children attending the 49er Youth Sports Camp. Registration began March 15th. Enrollment is confirmed with a completed application and full payment. Online registration and credit card payment only. See ad on page 15. • Acting Out (562) 901-0111 Save your drama for camp! This weeklong, schoolbreak camp (7-13) celebrates creativity through drama skills workshops, ensemble building and a whole lot of fun. Activities include improv, scene study, stage combat, costumes, props, movement, voice over, monologue and dance. Every child gets their chance to shine at the end of the week with a showcase. Now enrolling for spring and summer! Visit website for class and camp schedule. Email: • Allison Tutoring 4102 South St., Lakewood (562) 822-6488 Studies have shown that kids can lose six months of knowledge over break! This summer join Allison Tutoring to make sure that doesn’t happen to your child. See how their dedicated team combines old-school with new schools of thought; where high-tech meets hands-on; and where all students’ learning styles are encompassed. Kids (preschool - 6th grade) will finally have fun while reviewing and learning California (Common Core) Standards in reading, writing and math (9 a.m. - noon) and then enjoy arts and crafts, movie time, yoga, games, etc. throughout the afternoon (noon - 3 p.m.). Starting at only $150/week! Email: Also see Tutoring and Academics under Enrichment. See ad on page 6. American Camp Association (800) 428-2267, Referrals and recommendations for accredited camps. The ACA also provides information on how to choose a camp and prepare a child for the camp experience. Anaheim Community Services (714) 765-5191 CampVenture Day Camp (6-13) - Daily activities include crafts, movies, nature, science, cooklots more fun at

messy and ready to explore all different types of art and art mediums. 9:30 a.m. - noon. Register before June 1 and save! Early-Bird registration by June 1, $130. Register after June 1, $150. They also offer parties and scout badge projects too. Visit www. for more information. See ad on page 21. • Art Steps 18212 Imperial Hwy., Yorba Linda (714) 524-2248 24000 Alicia Pkwy. # 31, MV (949) 454-9555 Fill your school breaks with art! Fine art day camps, offered in half-day and full-day options, with something for every young artist. Young children explore in many media; growing artists love learning cartooning, clay, art history and beyond; while teens of all levels enjoy in-depth focus on figure drawing and portraiture, still-life study, Anime fine points and much more. Friendly teachers at Art Steps provide plenty of fun. Space is limited. Contact them for details on their new location opening in Irvine! Also see Arts and Crafts and Parties. See ad on page 7.

ing, sports, weekly excursion and more. Themedweekly sessions, June - August. TeenVenture (1316) - Leadership training while leading campers in games, crafts and activities, plus teens will learn interview skills, basic first aid and CPR. Three-week sessions, June - August. Call for dates and fees. • Aquarium of the Pacific Summer Camp Adventures 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach (562) 590-1630 Children as young as three can dive into ocean science through camp adventures that include handson activities, experiments, animal interactions, crafts and educational tours of the Aquarium. Fish Fry (ages 3-4, with a parent) and Sea Squirt (ages 5-6) campers enjoy activities, games, tours and crafts. Ocean Adventure (ages 7-9) and Junior Biologists (ages 10-12) campers have opportunities to go behind the scenes and interact with Aquarium animals and animal-care staff. Teens (ages 13-15) spend the night at the Aquarium exploring the deep with the Teen Overnight program. With programs offered from June 12 - August 18, the Aquarium has the right camp for every young explorer. Member discounts available. See ad on page 41; coupon on page 75. • Aquatics and Specialty Camps in Long Beach Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (562) 570-1888 The following camps are offered at various Long Beach parks. For additional camps, see Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine in this section and Nature Kids! Discovery Workshops at El Dorado Nature Center under STEM. See ad on the front inside cover. Belmont Junior Beach Camp (5-8, must have completed kindergarten): one-week sessions, June 19 - August 25,

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $155 per week; extended care for an additional fee. Beach fun, swimming lessons, arts and crafts, games, sports and excursions. Bayshore Beach Camp (9-12, must have completed 3rd grade): one-week sessions, June 19 - August 25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $155 per week; extended care for an additional fee. Aquatic sports and activities, excursions, arts and crafts, environmental activities, canoeing, sailing and kayaking. Located on Alamitos Bay at Bayshore Beach. Bay Club Teen Camp (13-17, must have completed 7th grade): one-week sessions, June 19 - August 11, noon - 5 p.m. $120 per week. Sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, sports, excursions and games. Counselor-in-Training (completed grade 8+): threeweek session, June 26 - July 21, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Teens learn team-building activities, child development and boating skills. Sailing, kayaking and canoeing also included. $310. Other specialty camps include: Pre-engineering (5-6), British Soccer Camp (7-16), Engineering Fundamentals (7-10), Top Chef Camp (6-12), Filmmaking (7-13), Harry Potter (6-12), Star Wars (6-12), Flag Football (6-12), and Mini Hawk - Multi Sport Camp (4-7); oneweek sessions, June - August. (562) 570-3100. • Art Explorers Summer Art Camp Huntington Beach (714) 552-0782 Join Art Explorers for a summer of fun and creative art projects. There are different projects for each session; four sessions available for younger kids (5-10), June 16-30, July 10-14, 17-21 and July 24-28. Two sessions are available for tweens and teens (11-14) during their middle school camp, offered July 10-14 and 17-21. Come dressed to get

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• Beach Futbol Academy Summer Youth Camp (562) 985-2528 The Long Beach State Women’s Soccer coaching staff invites you to participate in the 2017 Beach Futbol Academy Summer Youth Camp. Open to all entrants ages 5-12. Two sessions: July 10-14 and July 17-21, 9 a.m. - noon. See complete listing on page 70; ad on page 15. Bellflower Recreation and Parks (562) 866-5684 Summer Programs (7-15), various drop-in summer activities, eight-week sessions, June - August, Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. • Bowers Kidseum 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 567-3694 Bowers Museum presents Camp Kidseum, offering new and unique opportunities for future explorers, archaeologists and artists in the making! An unforgettable summer with a lifetime of memories for ages 6-11. Weeklong sessions from June 19 - August 20, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily with extended-care options available, 7-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. Camp Kidseum offers nine customized weekly adventures focusing on different ancient cultures from around the world. Camp highlights include visits to the Bowers museum, archaeology digs, cultural art projects, special guests and more! “Stop-Motion Animation” camp will return and an incredible opportunity to explore behind the scenes of the Bowers with “Mysteries of the Museum” week. See ad on page 13. Boy Scouts of America Long Beach Area Council 5875 Appian Way, Long Beach (562) 427-0911 Spring and summer-break camps available. Early drop-off and/or late pick-up options. Find dates, fees and registration on their website. lots more fun at


California State University, Long Beach • 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach

Young Scientists Camp @ CSULB Come to CSULB and do science in university labs, meet scientists and tour facilities. It’s Not magic, It’s Science! • Toying Around with Science • Marine Biology The STEAM Maker Challenge (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics)

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education and optional field trips. 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; extended hours, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Shiwaka Day Camp and Wintaka Resident Camp are also offered during summer. • Camp Invention (800) 968-4332 This summer, launch your child’s imagination at Camp Invention. All-new modules mean all-new fun as children invent, build, question and discover. Children in kindergarten through 6th grade experience real-world problem solving and creative thinking as they transform the terrain and ecosystem of a distant exoplanet, take risks as future entrepreneurs, blast rockets and rubber chickens, and wire a circuit to create their own Spy Gadget Alarm Box! Local educators lead a week of hands-on activities that fuel children’s 21st century skills. Early registration discounts are available so don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity. Local locations include Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Ladera Ranch and more. Discounts are available and spaces are limited, so sign up today. See ad on page 25. Camp Pinniped at Pacific Marine Mammal Center 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach (949) 494-3050 Campers (8-13) learn how the animal care team rehabilitates seal and sea lion (pinniped) patients through a series of mock activities including weighing fish, preparing fish smoothies, cleaning pens and learning the art of marine mammal rescue. Different theme each day with games and crafts. Boys and Girls Club Day camps (5-18) are offered at most branches during vacation breaks and school holidays, usually Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. (hours vary). Most clubs also offer overnight and leadership camps (13-18) during school breaks. See Appendix for club locations and contact information. Brea Community Services Summer Camps 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea (714) 900-7100 Summer Day Camp: games, crafts, computers, sports and educational presentations, plus excursions. Call for dates, fees and ages. • Build It Workspace 4388 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos (714) 947-0800 www.buildit.summer-camps Unleash every child’s tech passion through the different creative spaces at Build It Workspace. From traditional woodworking and fiber art to computer coding and digital avatar creation, Build It Workspace makes the perfect blend for age-appropriate activities and challenges between the physical and digital worlds, from 3D printing through robotics. Weekly summer camps for ages 5-9 and 10+. Also see Arts and Crafts under Arts, Parties, and STEM under Enrichment. See ad on page 14.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pedro (310) 548-7562 Summer Camps: Galloping Snail and Other Fishy Tales (grades 1-2), July 10-14 and July 31 - August 4. Crab Shells and Native Tales (grades 3-4), June 26-30. Ichthyology and Other Slimy Words (grades 5-6), July 17-21 and August 14-18. Coastal Field Research (grades 7-9), July 31 August 4. $85. California State University Fullerton 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton (657) 278-5196 Titan Youth Sports Camp (grades K-10) - Skills and strategies in basketball, flag football, soccer, swimming, rock wall climbing and bowling. Counselor-inTraining (15-17) also offered. June 12 - August 4. Mornings only and full days available, $125-225. Camp Fire 7070 E. Carson St., Long Beach (562) 421-2725 Spring camps: April 17-21. Summer Camps: Backyard Bunch - Week-long summer camps for kids (entering grades K-9), June 19 - August 18. Includes archery, rock climbing/ropes course, cooking over the campfire, arts/crafts, sports, outdoor

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Cerritos College Community Education Summer Camps (562) 467-5050 Join a summer camp where kids, teens and parents build their schedule of classes. All summer classes run for two weeks, Monday - Friday. Four sessions available. Classes include swimming, art, sports, cooking, foreign languages, STEM and more. Chapman University Basketball Camp One University Drive, Orange (714) 532-6083 Camp for boys and girls (7-14) includes player development, including post play, point guards and overall guard play, forward/wing players and shooting for all positions, plus 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 games daily. Six sessions, June 19 - August 11, $175-275. Days vary, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; free extended hours, 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. • City of Irvine Camps 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine (949) 724-6610, Choose from more than 100 great camps offered at various locations in Irvine. Full- and half-day options are available for children ages 3-18. Camp choices include arts, dance, sports, aquatics, recreation, culinary, excursions, STEM, music, mini camps, teen camps and more. Plan and register for the entire summer from one convenient website lots more fun at

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ers! Champion, safety-certified coaches teach boys and girls (ages 6-18) the basics of springboard diving. Divers practice on dry land trampolines as well as on one- and three-meter boards at Martin Luther King Park Pool, a heated, indoor facility. Hour-long sessions offered two mornings or three evenings each week, June 19 - August 18. Visit for more information and registration forms. Year-round programs also offered, see Aquatics and Water Polo under Sports. See ad on page 61. using the new Camps-at-a-Glance format. Visit for more information. • City of La Mirada Day Camps (562) 943-7277 La Mirada offers two summer enrichment camps at Neff Park: Summer Day Camp for children ages 5-11, and Teen Camp for ages 11-14. Camp leaders are committed to offering every participant an enjoyable and enriching summer experience in a safe, fun-filled environment. Campers will have fun exploring nature, discovering new talents, trying new activities, gaining independence and making lasting friendships and memories. Summer camps begin June 5. Weekly registration includes one fun excursion and a camp T-shirt. Call to register, or for more information. • Columbia Memorial Space Center Space Camp 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200 Explore a variety of sciences with Space Camp. Camps include lots of fun hands-on activities for students going into grades 4-5 and 6-8. This summer’s camp themes include robotics, 3D printing, and engineering. $150 per week of camp or $135 for CMSC members. Monday - Friday, July 10 August 4, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Space is limited. See Museums for complete listing. See ad on page 19. • Concordia University Irvine - Entrepreneurship/ Business Start-Up Camp for Kids 1520 Concordia West, Irvine (949) 214-3198, Concordia University offers a Summer Business Day Camp for kids (grades 5-8), as well as a Teen Entrepreneur Academy, both at their Irvine campus. Your child will enjoy an interactive one-week business program of learning the principles of entrepreneurship and starting and running their own real-work business; July 24-28, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The teen component of the program is a one-week residential summer academy, July 2329, open to high school students interested in learning real-world business principles from successful entrepreneurs. This fun, activity-packed experience allows participants to work in small groups and write actual business plans—with the best one winning a $1,500 prize! Email: See ad on page 19. Costa Mesa Parks and Community Services (714) 754-5161 Spring camps (grades 1-6), four excursions, sports, games and arts, April 10-14, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. 5 p.m., $169. Call for summer camp information. 18 kidsguide spring/summer 2017

Crystal Cove State Park Summer Camps (949) 494-3539 Camps for kids (7-14) include nature and beachbased activities. Call for dates and fees. Cypress Recreation and Parks (714) 229-6780 Camp Cypress (grades 1-6), one-week sessions, June 5 - August 4, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $105 per week, plus cost of excursions. Extended hours available, $25 per week. Youth Sport Camps (8-12): Basketball, June 12-16, and June 26-30; Volleyball, June 5-9 and June 1923, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $65 per session. One-week specialty camps (5-12) include: Legos, STEM using Legos, Minecraft, Rockin’ Rockets, Star Wars: Claymation Galaxy, Nasa Jr. Astronauts, App and Game Development, and more; 9 a.m. - noon. Call for fees. Pee Wee Sports Camps (3-7): Soccer, June 12-16, June 19-23, and July 12 - August 16; Baseball, June 26-30; Basketball, July 10-14, and July 17-21. $35-$65. Summer Parks Program (5-12 years): Tuesday Thursday, June 6 - August 3, 1-4 p.m. $20. Cypress Parks: Evergreen, Oak Knoll, Veterans and Willow. • Dance Company Children’s Dance Camp 4205 Montair Ave., Long Beach (562) 425-7231 Come join the fun this summer! Mini-Dance Summer Camp, for ages 5-10, includes jazz, lyrical, musical theater and acro. Call the studio for details and registration. See ad on page 10. • Discovery Cube’s Camp Discovery 2500 North Main St., Santa Ana (714) 542-2823 Experience it. Learn it. Never forget it. Have a curious young explorer, future veterinarian or aspiring zoologist who seeks out the wilder side of science? Discovery Cube offers a variety of hands-on, highly interactive summer science camps at Discovery Cube, the San Joaquin Marsh and Santa Ana Zoo for ages 5-10. See ad on the back inside cover. • Diving Camp – McCormick Divers 1910 Lemon Ave., Long Beach (714) 846-5731 Spend your summer in the water with McCormick Div-

• Downey Parks and Recreation (562) 904-7223 Summer day camps are offered in one-week sessions, June 12 - August 4, targeting three different age groups and interests: Wilderness Camp, a traditional day camp for ages 6-10; Sports Camp, an active camp targeting fitness and fun for ages 10-14; and Performing Arts Camp, a theatre camp for ages 8-14, which culminates in a production of Peter Pan. Visit their website to register for classes and camps and to view their events. Camps, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., include a daily snack, weekly pool trip when the city pool is open, as well as a weekly excursion. A sack lunch must be sent daily. Call or visit their website for more information on dates, themes and trips included in this year’s camp planning. • Elevation Studios Summer Performance Camps! 1900 E. 27th St., #101, Signal Hill (562) 424-2711 This summer, Elevation Studios will offer two unique weeks of performance day camps. All levels, beginners welcome, ages 3-12. Each week will include classes in jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, conditioning, fitness, musical theater, character, singing, acting and more. Campers will design their own costumes, make props, star in a movie or musical theatre production and have time for free play and crafts. Camp dates: July 17-21: Dance, Act, Sing (Musical Theatre Production). July 31 - August 4: Lights, Camera, Action (Mini Movie), Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., with options for early drop-off and late pick-up (day rates available). Come join the Elevation family for a fantastically fun summer full of creativity, exploration and dance! See ad on page 8. • Elvenstar Summer Pony Camp Kids (6+) learn to horseback ride, August 19 - 25. See ad with discount coupon on page 67. • Fairmont Summer Programs Four Locations: Anaheim, Anaheim Hills and North Tustin (949) 359-4129 With locations throughout Orange County, Fairmont Summer Programs offer academic camp, school and enrichment workshops customizable to any family’s schedule. In summer school, students benefit from individualized instruction with teachers who love to make learning fun. In summer camp, campers enjoy a blend of academic adventure that will spark students love for learning and keep their mind engaged all summer long. Fairmont provides a balance of acalots more fun at

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demic preparation for the upcoming grade level with the summertime fun kids love! Experience a summer to remember at Fairmont! See ad on page 17. Family Vacation Camps Family Vacation Center - On UC Santa Barbara campus, (805) 893-3123, Idyllwild Arts - see listing in this section. MontecitoSequoia Family Vacation Camp - (800) 227-9900, Skylake Yosemite Camp - (559) 642-3720, • Fondazione Italia Italian Language Summer Camp! Orange and Los Angeles Counties Have fun, make friends, and learn Italian! Weeklong immersion Italian language summer camps for kids ages 4-10 offered in Orange County and Los Angeles. Italian classes are also offered throughout the year. Email: See ad on page 63. Fountain Valley Community Services Summer Park Camps (714) 839-8611 Summer day camps (3-12) include science, cooking, beauty, STEM, basketball, golf, fencing, skateboarding, soccer and more, plus traditional multiactivity Camp FV. Days, time, fees and locations vary, June - August. • Fountain Valley Summer Enrichment Academy 9675 Warner Ave., Fountain Valley (714) 495-4102 The Fountain Valley Schools Foundation Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) is offering Fountain Valley and neighboring cities high-quality, STEAM-based learning opportunities for students (K-8). This summer, the Enrichment Academy will offer two sessions, both held at Plaven Elementary: July 6-15 and July 18-29. Sign-up to receive regular updates, a first look at this year’s course offerings, and early access to registration: www. See ad on page 16. Fullerton Parks and Recreation (714) 738-6575 Hillcrest Spring and Summer Day Camps: Kids (512) get active outdoors and explore, create and

learn through various arts, crafts and enrichment projects. • Garden Grove Parks and Recreation (714) 741-5200 Looking for a great place to send your child this summer? Check out The City of Garden Grove’s Summer Day Camp for kids (5-12). Camps include fun-filled games, creative crafts, field trips, cookouts, teamwork and lasting memories. This year it is a 10-week program! June 26 - September 1, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. $95 per week, additional/optional excursions. See ad on page 21. • Girl Scout All-Girl Day and Overnight Summer Camps (213) 213-0123 Girls interested in an all-girl camp experience combining fun, learning and leadership are invited to enroll in the Girl Scout Summer Camp Program. Open to all girls in grades K-12 (including non-Girl Scout members). Day and overnight camp activities include archery, kayaking, hiking, nature exploration, arts and crafts, zip lining, rock wall climbing, theater and dance, cultural events and more. See ad on page 43. • Grace First Presbyterian Church Summer Camps for Kids and Teens 3955 Studebaker Road, Long Beach (562) 420-3393 Grace First Presbyterian Church has a full summer of camp offerings for children and youth. Summer Choir Camp is a new camp for singers of all ages, July 1721; K-5 Choir Camp is 9 a.m. to noon, and grades 6-12 Choir Camp is 1-4 p.m. VBS is Vacation Bible School (4 yrs - grade 5), July 24-28, 9 a.m. - noon. QUEST is an opportunity for middle schoolers (grades 6-9) to participate in a weeklong day camp filled with fellowship, games and outings, July 10-14, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. For senior high schoolers there is School of Rock, June 26-30, noon - 4 p.m. Register online or in person. See ad on page 18. • Gryphon Fencing and Fitness Studio 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia (714) 519-1343 Go from Zero to Zorro! Vacation-break camps will teach your child the sport of fencing. In the popular “Knights and Castles” Camp, kids learn archery, fencing and build a working catapult. Camps offer the

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chance to have fun, meet new friends, learn new skills and build confidence. Email: info@gryphonfencing. com. See ad on page 65. Huntington Beach Recreation (714) 536-5486 Spring Camps: Mad Science (5-12), April 17-21, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon, $155. Summer Day Camps (6-12) include cooking, dance, musical theater, science, gymnastics, film, arts, photography, sports (basketball, football, golf, multi-sports, soccer, tennis, surf, skate), zombie survival, and Camp HB (traditional camp). One-week sessions, July - August; call for dates, times and fees. • iD Tech Camps, Alexa Café, iD Tech Mini & iD Tech Academies (844) 788-1858 iD Tech offers the following summer tech programs for ages 6–18. See ad on page 17. iD Tech Camps - Students ages 7-17 learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, engineer robots, model 3D characters, build websites, print 3D models, and more. Campers meet new friends, learn awesome STEM skills, and gain self-confidence. These weeklong, day and overnight programs are held at UC Irvine, Caltech, Cal Poly Pomona, Loyola Marymount, Caltech, UCLA, UCSD, Stanford, Princeton, Yale and more. Alexa Café - Join a warm, inspiring environment where girls collaborate to better our world. At Alexa Café, girls ages 10-15 tap into the power of technology, exploring leadership, entrepreneurship and social activism along the way. Students bring big ideas to life around café tables and create a project they’re passionate about. Programs are held at Caltech, Stanford, and select campuses nationwide. iD Coding and Engineering Academy - At this twoweek, overnight academy, teens ages 13-18 explore advanced topics in programming, app development, engineering, and robotics. They learn from elite faculty, network with peers, and create a cutting-edge portfolio. Held at UCLA, Stanford, and select universities nationwide. iD Game Design and Development Academy - At this two-week, overnight academy, students ages 13-18 explore advanced topics in 3D modeling and printing, video game design, programming, and VR level design. Held at UC Irvine, Stanford, and select universities nationwide. iD Tech Mini - Designed specially for kids ages 6-9, iD Tech Mini offers fun courses in coding, video game design, Minecraft, robotics, and engineering. Led by energetic instructors, your child will build confidence with tech and discover new interests in a nurturing, exploratory environment. Held in Pasadena, Fountain Valley, La Jolla, and more. Idyllwild Arts Summer Program (951) 468-7265 The Idyllwild Arts Summer Program provides high caliber arts instruction and memorable arts imlots more fun at

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La Habra Active Day Camp 101 W. La Habra Blvd., La Habra (562) 383-4205 Active Day Camp (4-12), includes excursions, beach days, water days and movies, assemblies, guest speakers, art lessons, fun fitness, enrichment packets, games and more. June 5 - August 18, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., $180 per week; plus registration fee, $25.

mersion workshops. Nearly 2,000 children, youth, adults and families participate in the diverse summer program featuring workshops and intensive practical instruction in all the visual arts and performing arts—sculpture, painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, Native American arts, film and digital media, fashion design, dance, music, theatre and creative writing. • IncrediFlix Summer Camps (949) 548-5424 A variety of movie-making camps are offered throughout the summer, such as Lego Flix, Minecraft Flix, Star Wars Stop Motion Flix, Live Action Flix and Star Wars Live Action Flix. Visit website for details. • International Water Polo Club School-break camps focus on getting kids used to the water in a non-competitive environment. See complete listing on page 60; ad on page 75. • Jr. Waterman’s Camp: Beach Activities Lifestyle Fun Beach Camp Jr. Waterman’s Camp: Beach, Activities, Lifestyle, Fun Summer Beach Camp is a dynamic, extremely fun junior waterman experience in Long Beach that includes paddle-boarding, bodysurfing, body boarding, unique beach excursions and beach games based out of the Granada Street launch ramp. Build confidence and competence in the bay and ocean through learning the safety and skills necessary to thrive in the salt water. Led by accomplished waterman Hank Wise (Catalina Channel swimmer), students learn and practice new skills in the ocean environment with excellent supervision and a qualified staff. Campers, ages 6-10 can choose from the four two-week sessions or do all eight weeks of BALF activities that will leave your child with a love of the beach and ocean. This is an excellent lead-up program for all future junior lifeguards. The safety, exposure, and variety of ocean and beach activities makes this camp highly unique and memorable! Sessions begin on June 19 and finish August 11. To register, visit the website or contact for camp information. See ad on page 60.

• Kick It Up Dance Camps 8129 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 430-1812 Kick It Up this summer at two awesome dance camps. Each week of camp, dancers (ages 4-8) learn different forms of dance, choreography, make crafts, and have an in-house performance on the last day of camp. Cost: $130 per week ($115 if registered before May 15). See ad on pages 7 and 25. June 26-30 - Once Upon A Dream Princess Camp Dancers focus on ballet, lyrical and contemporary, and love learning to dance like their favorite fairytale princess. 8:30 a.m. - noon. July 10-14 - Super Dance Heroes Camp - Dancers focus on jazz, hip hop and acrobatics, and get moving to the beat as they find their own super dance powers. 8:30 a.m. - noon. • Kid Works Children’s Center Summer Camp 3621 E. Broadway, Long Beach (562) 438-4904 Spend a week learning a new skill, such as art, woodworking, cooking and mindfulness with yoga. Camps, for grades K-5, are offered July and August, 1-4 p.m. Call or email for details: See ad on page 56. • Kidnastics 10712 Reagan St., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102 Are you looking for a fun-filled exciting program for your children to get into? Well, look no further. Kidnastics Gymnastics offers exciting summer and winter day camp programs for children ages 4 years and up. With flexible day camp programs either for the day-to-day camper or the full week, your child will enjoy instructional gymnastics along with arts, crafts, games and much more. Visit the website or call the number listed for more program information. See ad on page 27.

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Lake Forest Community Services 25550 Commercentre Drive, Lake Forest (949) 273-6960 Spring Breakout Camp (6-10): Games, skits, crafts and competitions. April 10-14, Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. $129-134. Little Pioneers Summer Camp (3-6): Themed oneweek sessions include music, arts and crafts, games, circle time, and outside exploring, June 19 - August 11, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon. $80-85. Lake Forest Rocks Camp (7-10): One-week sessions include crafts, goodies, games, skits, one mini excursion and one big excursion, June 26 August 18, Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. $129-134. Lake Forest Unplugged Camp (11-14): One-week sessions include games, skits, team competitions, and two excursions. Includes excursion transportation, crafts, camp T-shirt and Friday BBQ or pizza parties. June 26 - August 18, Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Call for fees. Family Campout (4+): Dinner, dessert, games, campfire songs, and an early morning bagel and donut breakfast. Participants must bring their own tents, sleeping bags, and any personal items. Lake Forest Sports Park and Recreation Center. July 15-16, Saturday, 5:30 p.m. - Sunday, 10 a.m. $7 per person; registration required. • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408 MVP Summer Day Camp (6-12) and Summer Sports Camp (8-13) offered in weekly sessions, Monday Friday; extended care available. Call for dates, times, fees and details. See ad on page 8. Family Camp - Parents and kids (3-11) camp overnight at Monte Verde Park, May 20-21 and July 15-16. Games and campfire. $17 per pair, $8 for third person • Long Beach Ballet Academy Children’s Dance Camp 2017 1122 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 426-4112 The Long Beach Ballet offers an exciting two-week summer dance camp for ages 5-11 (no previous dance training required). The experienced faculty offers classes in ballet, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, hip hop, pre-pointe and crafts. The program runs June 19-30, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., and concludes with a final performance on June 30th. Call lots more fun at

the academy for more information. See Dance under Arts for their year-round program. See ad on page 9. Long Beach Little Linksters 6700 E. Carson St., Long Beach (562) 570-1272, (562) 421-8855 Summer program (8-12), PGA and LPGA professionals introduce kids to golf during a one-week program, July 10-14 and July 17-21. Participants receive a set of starter golf clubs and shirt. $100, scholarships are available. Eligible players may not have played golf or own golf equipment and must submit a one-paragraph paper on why they would like to participate. Sign-ups begin April 1. Heartwell Golf Course. • Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine (562) 570-1888 For additional camps, see Aquatics and Specialty Camps in Long Beach in this section and Nature Kids! Discovery Workshops at El Dorado Nature Center under STEM. See ad on the front inside cover. Summer General Day Camps (5-12) - Arts and crafts, sports, recreational activities and field trips. Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in one-week sessions, June 19 - August 25. $105 per week. Extended hours available, morning (7-9 a.m.) and afternoon (4-6 p.m.), $25 per session. Call the individual park for registration details. El Dorado Park West, (562) 570-3225; Silverado Park, (562) 570-1675; Stearns Champions Park, (562) 570-1685; and Veterans Park, (562) 570-1695. Summer Pee Wee Camp (5-8) - Arts and crafts, sports, recreational activities and field trips. $105 per week. Wardlow Park. (562) 570-1705. Summer Music and Arts Day Camp (5-12) - Art, drama, music theory, vocal, theater, dance, fitness and games. Registration begins April 8 at 8 a.m.. $110 per week due at time of registration and $20 deposit on additional weeks. Whaley Park. (562) 570-1710. Summer Hi-Five Sports Camp (5-12) - Different sports each week, recreational swimming, excursions and crafts. $105 per week. Pan American Park. (562) 570-1660. Long Beach State University 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach In addition to the camps listed, also see 49er Camp, Academic Enrichment, Beach Futbol Academy, and Young Scientists Camp in this section. Basketball Camps - Summer camps for boys and girls, June 26 - 29, July 31 - August 3 and August 7 - 10. (562) 985-1610. Girls Softball Camp - Fundamentals for girls (7-13): July 10-13 and July 24-27, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., $200. One-day, showcase camps (high school girls), June 19, July 28 and August 6, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., $150. (562) 9852100. Email: • Girls’ Volleyball Camps - Long Beach State has asserted itself as one of the premiere volleyball prolots more fun at

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grams in the country. Twelve-time Big West Conference Champions, Brian Gimmillaro is offering his 33rd annual summer volleyball camps at The Pyramid for ages 7-11 and 12-18. For dates and details, see Volleyball under Sports. (562) 985-7352. www. Tennis Camps - Weekly summer camps (5-15), June 19 - August 11. Los Alamitos Recreation (562) 430-1073 Spring camp (5-12): April 17-21. Summer Day Camp (5-12): Games, swimming, excursions and a trip to a major amusement park. One-week sessions, June 19 - August 25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; optional extended care, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. $25 per day/$40 per extended day; call for weekly camp rates and excursion fees. Counselor-in-Training (13-16): 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; optional extended care also available, call for fees. • Mindz One 4000 Long Beach Blvd., Ste. 205, Long Beach (562) 318-9966 Mindz One offers spring, summer, and winter camps to engage students in learning and exploring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Each of their camps are themed, with activities that address each theme through scientific discovery, engineering design, video game design, Minecraft engineering, robotics engineering, coding and filmmaking. Students will have the opportunity to explore each of these components while participating in a number of activities and challenges throughout each day. See ad on page 28. Mission Viejo Recreation (949) 470-3000 Summer camps include sewing, soccer, team sports, arts and crafts, group games and excursions. Muckenthaler Cultural Center Summer Camp 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton (714) 738-6595 Learn ceramics, drawing, painting, photography,

animation, dance, theater, clowning, music, puppetry and more! Grades K-8, May 30 - August 4 (no camp on July 4). Call or visit their website for pricing. Year-round family art classes and workshops are also offered. • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, Signal Hill (562) 986-0066 My Gym Children’s Fitness Center offers one of the best camp programs in town. Children of all ages can enjoy a day of camp with hands-on arts and crafts, music, dance, games, and overall emphasis on learning solid skills and fundamentals in sports and gymnastics. Themed days and activities add to the fun and atmosphere of the program. Sign up for one day or up to four days per week. April, June, July and August; call for dates. See ad on page 37. N. OC Community College District, School of Continuing Education Anaheim, Cypress and Fullerton Campuses (714) 808-4909 Weekly, themed STEM camps (grades 1-6), June 12 - August 11, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; complimentary extended hours include early drop-off at 7:30 a.m. and after hours until 5:30 p.m. Newport Beach Recreation (949) 644-3151 Summer Camps (3-16): Day camps for Pint-Sized Campers (3-5), July 10 - August 31, Monday Thursday, 9:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., $132. Day camps (6-12), themed-weeks, variety of activities and excursions, June 26 - September 1, Monday Friday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., $150 per week. Plus, more than 600 weeklong specialty camps, including sports (surfing, sailing, baseball, tennis, volleyball, soccer, multi sport), beach camps, school prep, art, theater and film, adventure, technology and enrichment. June - August. Monday - Friday, times vary per camp. Visit their website for details.

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• Ocean Institute Summer Camps 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point (949) 496-2274 Sign your child up for an adventure they will never forget! Campers can explore the local tidepools, kayak around Dana Point Harbor, search for whales off the coast, or set sail for adventure on their tallship, Spirit of Dana Point. Single day camps and family overnights are also available. Registration opens March 15; become a Sea Star Member of the Ocean Institute to receive special pricing and early registration. Adventures begin June 19. See ad on page 20. Orange Community Services (714) 744-7293 Summer camps, June 19 - August 18, (grades 1-6). • Rancho Rio Verde Horsemanship Camp 1000 W. Carson St., Long Beach (714) 624-5754, (310) 830-2060 Small group instruction in riding and vaulting (gymnastics on horseback). Each camper has a horse to care for during the week. Horsemanship skills are taught by qualified instructors. One-week sessions are offered during summer. Call to sign up today! See ad on page 66. • Sandie Mercer Ranch at Lakewood Equestrian Center 11369 Carson St., Lakewood (562) 425-1905 Summer and holiday weekly extended lesson program at Shady Acres for ages 7-17. Learn all about horses: leading, grooming, bathing, parts of saddle and bridle, breed types, colors and markings, plus horseback riding two times daily. Weekly sessions, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Enrollment is limited. See Horseback Riding under Sports for year-round lessons. Email: See ad on page 67. Santa Ana College Camps (714) 564-6594 Summer camps: Aquatics (5-14), Basketball (8-12), Science, Space and Forensics (8-12). Seal Beach Community Services (562) 431-2527, Ext. 1344 Summer camps (6-15) include art, surf, Lego, science, film, beach, sports, tennis, dance, gymnastics, Star Wars, cooking, fort building, survival, photography, theater arts and skateboarding. One-week sessions, June 19 - August 25. Call or visit their site for fees. • Sewing with Jane Summer Camp 6243 E. 5th St., Long Beach (562) 260-5888 Weekly summer camps are held Monday - Friday, morning or afternoon sessions. Hand sewing ages 6 and up, machine sewing for ages 9 and up (machines provided). Hand sewers complete craft projects. Machine sewers create simple clothing or crafts. Weekly classes also available (see Arts and Crafts). Email for summer schedule or visit Facebook: “Sewing with Jane Loper” for up-to-date flyers. Email: lots more fun at

• Sewing Lab Los Alamitos 4215 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos (657) 465 5499 Fun and friendly sewing camp for boys and girls (2nd grade and up). Never sewn before? No problem! They’ll start you off with basic machine safety and do some practice sewing together. All materials are included. Also see Arts and Crafts under Arts and Parties. See ad on page 21. • Shared Science (562) 285-3942 Kids (grades K-9) engineer fun through inventive and playful engineering and robotics camps. Crazy Constructor campers investigate the way things work, identifying simple machines with LEGO Ed and physical science concepts that captivate K-5 brains. Creative Coding kids use Scratch and other tools to learn computer programming. RadRobotics campers (grades 4-9) explore robotics programming, engineering and mission strategies. Greater Long Beach locations. Also see Parties and STEM under Enrichment. See ad on page 29. • Signal Hill Community Services (562) 989-7330, (562) 989-7239 Spring Camp (grades K-5) includes games and activities with optional offsite field trips, offered for an additional fee; April 3 - May 5, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $40-$50 per week. Itty Bitty Day Camp is summer camp for the littles (3-5); it includes weekly themed activities and is designed to provide young children with an opportunity to enjoy the fun and friendships of day camp; four sessions, June - July, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; $65-75 per week; Signal Hill Park. Also, summer camp is offered (grades K-5) at two locations: Discovery Well Park, June 19 - August 18, and Signal Hill Park, July 31 - August 18.; 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $40-$50 per week, plus field trip fees. See ad on page 77. • Skatedogs (714) 313-8787 Kids (5-13) make new friends, advance their skateboarding skills, and most importantly, have fun at Skatedogs’ school-break skateboarding camps offered in conjunction with the recreation departments of Arcadia, Beverly Hills, Brea, Cerritos, Cypress, Glendora, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Manhattan Beach, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Redondo Beach, Seal Beach and Tustin. They also offer after-school and weekend classes, private lessons and birthday parties; see Parties and Skateboarding under Sports. See ad on page 69. • Southern California Tennis Academy 2800 N. Studebaker Road, Long Beach (562) 704-2241 Weekly tennis camps (ages 5-16) are offered during spring, summer and winter vacation. Instruction is provided by USPTA-certified teaching professionals with college-playing experience. All kids are taught competitive technical and mental skills while training in a fun and challenging environment. For their year-round program, see Tennis under Sports. See ad on page 29. lots more fun at

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• spcaLA’s Friends for Life Camp PD Pitchford Animal Village and Education Center 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach (562) 570-4909 spcaLA’s Friends for Life Summer Camp is a week-long day camp for kids (8-13), June 19 August 25. Activities include: basic pet care, respect for animals, animal-related games and crafts, the beginnings of dog training, and much more! Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $350. The Counselorin-Training (CIT) program (14-17) is also available; $275. Early reservations are strongly recommended; registration begins 10 a.m., April 17 at Find more information at See ad on page 24. Spring and Summer Camps at Newport Sea Base 1931 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach (949) 642-5031 Spring-Break Camps (7-17): Sailing Camp, small-boat and big-boat sailing, paddling, team spirit, games and prizes (campers need to bring a lunch), April 3-7. Spring-Break STEM Camp, morning camps include Wacky Science (hands-on science exploration and experiments); afternoon camps feature kayaking, canoeing, SUP, fishing and sailing. April 10-14. $359; call for sibling discount. Summer Camps: Squids Camp (6-7) includes water and boating safety, knot tying, boat terminology, introduction to rowing, fishing and Harbor 20 sailing. Junior Aquatics Camp (8-10) offers rowing, canoeing, kayaking, SUP, touch tanks and more. Paddle Sport Aquatics Camp (11-17) includes rowing, canoeing, kayaking and SUP. $165 for half day; $330 for full day. • Summer Adventures at Rancho Los Cerritos 4600 N. Virginia Road, Long Beach (562) 206-2040 The following camps are offered. Online registration begins in March. See ad on page 22. Summer Adventures - Elementary-aged kids (6-10) learn about life in old California through games, crafts, stories and hands-on activities. Each week has a different theme. Vaquero Adventures (July 17-21) activities include leather tooling, making tortillas, and panning for gold; during Old Time Adventures (July 24-28) campers churn butter, try walking on stilts, and watch a Victorian magic show; Adobe Adventures (July 31 - August 4) has kids building miniature adobe houses, making pancakes with acorn flour, and creating their own rain sticks. Camp is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and costs $130 per week. UnPlugged: Middle School Adventure Camp Tweens (11-13) enjoy the challenges of this program, which tackles STEAM 19th-century style. They’ll build pin-hole cameras and develop the

photos in a darkroom; build a penny battery, compete in a Morse Code challenge; attempt the Pioneer obstacle course, learn to read a compass, and much more. August 7-11, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., and costs $160.

challenging programs with professional instruction for all levels (AAA to novice). The All-World Hockey Institute has set the standard in Southern California for the education and development of the complete hockey player.

• Summer at Westerly School 2950 E. 29th St., Long Beach (562) 981-3151 Westerly continues its approach of engaging students through rich instruction and application throughout the summer months. Summer with Westerly is uniquely customized to meet the needs of your family by offering a variety of opportunities for students of all ages with dates and times that allow a smooth and productive summer for all families. Join them for the six weeks or pick and choose the dates that work for you. They pride themselves on tailoring a program that works best for your family. Qualified teachers, experienced coaches and decorated artists go to great lengths to help enhance your child’s summer. Kinder through 8th grade programs available. See ad on page 19 and 55.

Anaheim Ducks Youth Hockey Camp - June 2629. Spend an unforgettable four days with professional coaches, learning all aspects of the game of ice hockey at The Rinks - Anaheim ICE (the official practice facility of the Anaheim Ducks). Both on and off the ice, staff will develop your youth hockey player using comprehensive instruction in a controlled and friendly environment, making learning fun. Each day will consist of on and off ice drills, scrimmages, fun and games. See ad on page 68.

• Sylvan Learning Centers Downey  (562) 622-9210 Huntington Beach  (714) 848-6072 Laguna Niguel (949) 349-1835 Long Beach  (562) 429-8320 At Sylvan, camp kids not only learn something new every day, they have a blast doing it! With full-day and half-day options, Sylvan is sure to have the perfect fit for your family’s summer schedule. Sylvan has options ranging from STEM camps, featuring Robotics with LEGO, Game Design, and more as well as engaging academic camps featuring writing, reading and math. Parents leave happy knowing their student prepped for the upcoming school year, and students leave happy knowing they had an awesome time! See ad on page 23 and 33. The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center 2 Irvine Park Road, Orange (714) 923-3191 Year-round camp opportunities include outdoor science, overnight, academic and recreational day-use. Features include mining, ranch and astronomy as well as archery and BB-gun ranges, an aquatic center with a water slide built into the hillside, a climbing wall, and dual zip-lines over an open canyon. Plus, STEM Day Camps and Activity Days. Operated by the Orange County Boy Scouts of America. • The Rinks Summer Camps Anaheim ICE (714) 535-RINK Lakewood ICE  (562) 429-1805 Summer Camp - June 19 - August 24. The AllWorld Hockey Institute is proud to announce the 22nd annual season of summer camps, featuring

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• Tom Hicks Baseball Camps, LLC P.O. Box 15963, Long Beach (562) 425-2446 The 28th annual THBC prides itself on being the area’s best fundamental baseball camp. Camps, offered during summer and Christmas vacations, focus on individual instruction and improvement. Camps are available in Long Beach and the surrounding areas. For more information, see their listing in Baseball and Softball under Sports, or visit their website. • Town and Country Day Camp 14203 Willow Lane, Westminster/Huntington Beach (714) 894-4036 Town and Country Day Camp, celebrating over 60 years of summer fun! The facility covers two acres with its own campgrounds, swimming pool, pony and farm animals. Each week has been carefully planned for your grade-school child. Activities include Red Cross-certified swim lessons, archery, sports, crafts and themed camp days. Weekly field trips, three per week, are included to places such as the beach, miniature golf, museums, zoos, ice skating, bowling, roller skating, mud park, aquarium and arcades. Site directors have 25 years teaching experience; camp staff has been trained in child development. Camp hours: Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. $195 per week. Swim lessons and field trips are included at no extra charge. See ad on page 21. Tustin Parks and Recreation Camps (714) 573-3326 One-week themed sessions. Little Folks Camp (3-5), June 19 - August 11, 9 a.m. - noon, $63-74. Camp Tustin (6-10), June 19 - August 18, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., $118-144 (extended day for additional $50). Tustin Teen Camp (11-14), June 19 - August 18, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., $126-154. Counselor-in-Training program also offered (14-17). UCI Sports Camps (949) 824-6120 UC Irvine Jr. Anteater All-Star Sports Camps for boys and girls (school-age and high school): baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, water polo, vollots more fun at

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Your 1st Session is Free! leyball, tennis, track and field, clinics and team camps. Visit their website for dates, fees and registration. • Valter Paiva Junior Tennis Camps 2017/18 Billie Jean King Tennis Center 1040 Park Ave., Long Beach (562) 266-8882 The Junior Tennis Camp program offers training sessions for beginners to college-level players (ages 5-18). All coaches are USPTA-certified! This is the opportunity for kids to have loads of fun while discovering and enjoying the game of tennis and learning valuable skills. Full-day and half-day camps! Early drop-off and late-pick available upon request. Upcoming sessions: Summer Camp, June 19 - August 25; Thanksgiving Camp, November 20-24; Winter Camp, December 26-29 and January 2-5. Sign-up now; weekly and daily drop-ins available! For their year-round tennis program, see Tennis listed under Sports. See ad on page 71. • Vans Skatepark Summer Skate Camps 20 City Blvd. West, Orange (714) 769-3800 Vans Skatepark in Orange offers summer skate camps with six weekly sessions starting July 10, Monday Friday, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Instruction for beginner to advanced street skateboarders, ages 6-16. $170 for members and $195 for non-members. Space is limited and preregistration is required. All participants must have a waiver signed on-site by a parent or legal guardian. Please call the park for camp schedules and details. Clinics and additional camps are offered during the year. See ad on page 5. Westminster Community Services and Recreation (714) 895-2860 After-school parks program spring-break schedule,

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April 17-21, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Bolsa Chica, Liberty, and Sigler parks. Call for details.

also available for kids (12-16) with sports, outdoor activities and field trips.

Summer camps (3-16): June - August, one-week sessions, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon and 1-4 p.m. $99-195. Camps include: YouTuber, Star Wars Camp, Top Junior Chef, Ultimate Survival, Beauty Spa, Electronics, STEM, Fort Team Building, Top Dessert Chef, Mad Science: Secret Agent Lab, Mad Science: Crazy Chemworks, Mad Science: Robots 101, and Mad Science: Little Scientist Preschool Lab.


YMCA,,, Individual branches offer day camp (5-15) during traditional and year-round school vacations. Overnight camp (7-18) may be offered throughout the school year. Family Camp (all ages) is held Mothers Day, Memorial Day, Halloween and Thanksgiving weekends. Financial assistance is available. See Appendix for contact information. • YMCA of Greater Long Beach Day Camps (562) 279-1700 YMCA of Greater Long Beach Day Camps provide participants the opportunity to grow and develop leadership, self-confidence and social skills through engaging team activities, sports, arts and field trips. Children and teens will explore new interests and abilities while developing positive values and behaviors that will help them realize their full potential. Serving the cities of Long Beach, Lakewood, Bellflower, Signal Hill, Hawaiian Gardens, Bellflower, Paramount, Cerritos, Artesia, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor and Seal Beach. Registration begins April 1. Call or visit their website for more information. See ad on page 23. • Young Scientists Camp California State University, Long Beach (562) 985-4801 Two exciting weeks of science investigations. Students (entering grades 2-8) do experiments and lab projects in college science laboratories. This year’s topics include: It’s Not magic, It’s Science!, Toying Around with Science, Marine Biology, and The STEAM Maker Challenge (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). The camp will be held July 24 - August 4, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - noon. $300 ($25 sibling discount, $25 CSULB faculty/staff discount). Early morning supervision (7:30-8:30 a.m.) is available at an additional cost. This is two weeks of engaging science investigations which will help kids learn to think scientifically, communicate more effectively, and improve their science process skills. Outstanding student-teacher ratio of less than 10:1. Call for more information or visit their website. See ad on page 15. Youth Center Camp at Rossmoor Park 10909 Oak St., Los Alamitos (562) 493-4043 Summer day camp (5-12) includes arts and crafts, games, sports, field trips, cultural enrichment days and contests. Fees start at $27. Weekly or daily options with extended hours available. Teen Camp is

Included in this section: STEM, Tutoring and Academics, and Youth and Family Groups. Enrichment activities are also listed throughout Kidsguide; check your area of interest for additional opportunities. Enrichment activities are also found through recreation departments, community colleges, YMCAs, and Boys and Girls Clubs, see Appendix for contact information.


STEM Science, technology, engineering and math classes, camps and related destinations. Also see Tutoring and Academics in this section, and Camps. For STEM-related attractions (including aquariums), museums and zoos, see Outings. • Academic Enrichment Camp 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach (562) 985-2570, (562) 985-2216 The 2017 sessions: June 19 - July 14 and July 17 August 11, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - noon. Morning supervision is available, 7:15-8:30 a.m. (additional fee). See complete listing on page 12; ad on page 15. • Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach (562) 590-3100 The Aquarium offers numerous year-round programs: Aqua Tots (ages 2-3, with parent), $49; Saturday Family Fun (ages 4-6, with parent), $49; Junior Biologist (ages 10-12), $29; Job Shadow (ages 13-17), $39; Seals and Sea Lions, Sea Otter/ Penguin Encounter (ages 10+), and Shark Encounter (ages 13+), $109 per person. Whale watching and family sleepovers are also offered. Hour-long, behind-the-scenes tours (ages 7+) offer a look at running a world-class aquarium, $19 (plus admission). Pre-registration is required for all programs. School groups are eligible for discounts on field trips, and hands-on, educator-led programs are available for pre-K through 12th grade. Member discounts are offered. See Attractions under Outings for more information. See ad on page 41; coupon on page 75. lots more fun at

• Blue Submarine (888) 218-8085 The Blue Submarine is a marine biology outreach program offering classes and activities for students pre-K through 8th grade. Topics are presented in an interactive format and live tidepool animals are available for certain classes. Let The Blue Submarine take your students on a field trip to the beach without leaving school! English/Spanish bilingual programs available. For more information, call the number listed. See ad on page 52. • Build It Workspace 4388 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos (714) 947-0800 Build It Workspace offers classes, camps, tutoring, and parties in the subjects of STEM and the Arts. New and experienced makers of all ages will discover the latest technologies by combining traditional design with modern making to create projects that excite their minds and foster innovation. Programs include: 3D Printing and Scanning, Laser and Electronic Cutting, Vacuum Forming, CAD (Computer Aided Design), Graphic Design, Programming and Game Design, Robotics and more! After-school and in-school programs are also available. See ad on page 14. • Camp Invention (800) 968-4332 This summer, launch your child’s imagination at Camp Invention. Kids (kindergarten - grade 6) experience real-world problem solving and creative

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thinking as they transform the terrain and ecosystem of a distant exoplanet, take risks as future entrepreneurs, blast rockets and rubber chickens, and wire a circuit to create their own Spy Gadget Alarm Box! Local educators lead a week of handson activities that fuel children’s 21st century skills. Locations include Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Ladera Ranch and more. See Camps for more details. See ad on page 25. • Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200 Hands-on learning center that is dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages. The 20,000-square-foot visitor center hosts the only Challenger Learning Center in the greater Los Angeles area where you can: Return to the Moon, go on a Voyage to Mars, and experience the real-life excitement of working in Mission Control or in the Spacecraft; available for field trips,

team-building exercises and parties of 16 or more. They also hold engaging classes and workshops (see Calendar). In their hands-on, public robotics lab, visitors can program a robot to run a mission to collect rock samples, just like the actual rovers that are currently running tests on Mars. Participants are taught the principles of robotic programming, engineering, failure analysis and mission management. Robotics badge/patch workshops for scouts are also offered. Also see Camps, Museums under Outings and Parties. See ad on page 19. • Discovery Cube Orange County and Los Angeles 2500 North Main St., Santa Ana (714) 542-2823 11800 Foothill Blvd., LA (818) 686-2823 Discovery Cube Orange County and Los Angeles are filled with interactive and hands-on exhibits in themed areas, including: Discovery Theater, Inspector Training Course, Boeing Rocket Lab, Eco Challenge, Science of Hockey, and more. See Museums under Outings for complete listing. See ad on the back inside cover.

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• Fountain Valley Summer Enrichment Academy 9675 Warner Ave., Fountain Valley (714) 495-4102 The Fountain Valley Schools Foundation Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) is offering Fountain Valley and neighboring cities high-quality, STEAM-based learning opportunities for students (K-8). See Camps for more information. See on page 16. • iD Tech Programs (844) 788-1858 Discover a passion for technology at the world’s #1 summer STEM program! Students ages 6-18 will code apps, develop video games, mod Minecraft, engineer robots, discover cyber security, design for virtual reality, print 3D models, and more. In each session, they meet new friends, create an impressive project, and build skills that last long after summer. Programs are held at 150+ prestigious campuses nationwide, including CSU Long Beach, UC Irvine, Caltech, UCLA, LMU, and others. See camp descriptions on page 20; ad on page 17. Jet Propulsion Laboratory 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena Various workshops, events, science projects and contests, plus science resources for kids. Makerspaces See Arts and Crafts under Arts. • Mindz One 4000 Long Beach Blvd., Ste. 205, Long Beach Mindz One specializes in making science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) come alive in fun and engaging ways that expand the mind of the learner! From building your own robot to designing your own video game, the beauty of STEM will encourage your child to embrace the future and emerge as a champion of innovation. See ad on page 28. Museums For science-focused destinations, see Attractions and Museums under Outings for locations and contact information. Nature Centers For nature-related science camps and classes, see Parks and Nature Centers listed under Outings. • Nature Kids! Discovery Camp at El Dorado Nature Center 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach (562) 570-1745 Preschool in Nature (3-5, must be potty trained) Sessions encourage social skills, increase creativity and foster group cooperation, while exercising minds and bodies on the trails. Budding Naturalists April 25 - May 18 (eight classes Tuesday/Thursday 10-11:30 a.m.), $100 per week. This is not a parent-participation class. Spring-Break Workshops (5-8) - $15 per class. April 17: Spring Eggstravaganza; April 18: Construction 30 kidsguide spring/summer 2017

Zone (building techniques); April 19: Got You Covered (fur, scales, skin); April 20: Party at the Pond; and April 21: Social Network (animal sounds). Preschool Sessions (3-5, must be potty trained) - Weeklong sessions, 9 a.m. - noon. $65 per week. Sensational Science, June 19-23; Artists in Bloom, June 26-30; Masked Crusaders, July 10-14; Rainbow Magic, July 24-28; Tale as Old As Time, July 31 - August 4; and The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Friends, August 21-25. Youth Sessions (5-8) - Week-long session, 9 a.m. noon, $75 per week. Life on the Edge, July 3-7) and Padawan Training, August 14-18. Jr. Naturalist Program (9-12) - Weekly sessions, 9 a.m. noon, $75 per week. July 17-21 and August 7-11. Observatories and Planetariums Astronomy exhibits, educational programs, telescope viewing and planetarium shows. Griffith Observatory - Daily Tesla Coil demos and free monthly Star Parties. Closed Monday. Admission is free; tickets required for some programs. 2800 E. Observatory Road, Los Angeles. (213) 473-0800. Mount Wilson Observatory - Self and guided (April November) tours. Closed December 1 - March 31. Red Box - Mount Wilson Road, Mount Wilson. (626) 440-9016. Palomar Observatory - Self (daily) and guided tours (weekends, April - October) and special events. 35899 Canfield Road, Palomar Mountain. (760) 7422119. Randall Planetarium at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) - Admission: $1-6. 1100 N. Grand Ave., Walnut. (909) 274-5795. Tessmann Planetarium at Santa Ana College - Admission, $3-7. 1530 W. 17th, Building M, Santa Ana. (714) 564-6356. UCLA Planetarium - Free planetarium shows every Wednesday night followed by telescope viewing (not offered during summer), plus special events and workshops. 8th floor of the math building, telescopes on 9th floor. UCLA, Mathematical Sciences Building, Room 8224. Odyssey of the Mind Groups purchase a membership and form small teams (grades K-college) to solve competitive problems. Teams work on solutions throughout the school year and present them in spring competitions. Robotics Also see Build It Workspace, Columbia Memorial Space Center and Shared Science in this section. BrainStorm Studios - San Juan Capistrano and Irvine, Digital Revolution,

Long Beach, www.the-digitalrevolution. Mathobotix, Irvine and Los Alamitos, • Shared Science (562) 285-3942 Kids engineer fun through inventive and playful classes, camps and competitive robotics. Crazy Constructors classes combine LEGO Ed with the engineering design process and physical science concepts to captivate K-5 brains. Creative Coding kids use Scratch and other tools to learn computer programming concepts, create animations, and build games. For older youth, they offer robotics programming and design, putting mathematics to work. Kids can join one of their sponsored First Lego League robotics teams. Greater Long Beach locations. Also see Parties. See ad on page 29. Southern California Rocketry Clubs Rocketry Organization of Southern California, www.; Southern California Rocket Association,; D.A.R.T. Rocketry,; and Friends of Amateur Rocketry, • Sylvan Learning Centers Downey  (562) 622-9210 Huntington Beach  (714) 848-6072 Laguna Niguel  (949) 349-1835 Long Beach  (562) 429-8320 Sylvan’s innovative STEM programs will light up your child’s mind and build a love for STEM. Check out their awesome classes like Robotics with LEGO, Coding or Game Design and even Engineering with LEGO. Or, help your child master math skills in a fun and hands-on way while improving their speed and accuracy with Math Edge. Call today for more details! See ad on pages 23 and 33. T.E.A.M. Science Summer Camp Covina High School, Covina (562) 458-3354 Six-day learning adventure for students (grades K-12) featuring hands-on math, science and technology activities led by industry professionals. July 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29. $215 per week. • Young Scientists Camp at CSULB California State University, Long Beach (562) 985-4801 Students (entering grades 2-8) do experiments and lab projects in college science laboratories. This year’s topics include: It’s Not magic, It’s Science!, Toying Around with Science, Marine Biology, and The STEAM Maker Challenge (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). The camp will be held July 24 - August 4, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - noon. Early morning supervision (7:30-8:30 a.m.) is available at an additional cost. See ad on page 15. Youth Science Center Bixby Elementary School 16446 Wedgeworth Drive, Hacienda Heights (626) 854-9825 lots more fun at

Hands-on summer science program (grades K-8), runs June 5 - July 7.


TUTORING & ACADEMICS Individual and group tutoring, including academic enrichment classes and workshops. Also see: Schools. • Academic Enrichment Camp at CSULB 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach (562) 985-2570, (562) 985-2216

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Various academic subjects are covered. Kindergarten Preparedness Program and 1st-5th grade-level academic curriculum as well as art and computers. 6th-8th grade math, engineering/technology, language arts, writing and art. June 19 - July 14 and July 17 - August 11. See complete listing on page 12; ad on page 15. • Allison Tutoring 4102 South St., Lakewood (562) 822-6488 Allison Tutoring offers services for all ages and all subjects. See how the dedicated team at Allison Tutoring combines old-school with new schools of thought; where high-tech meets hands-on; and where all students learning styles are embraced and utilized. Their award-winning private tutoring program incorporates individualized lessons tailor-made to fit your child’s learning style and academic needs. Contact today for information on school-year tutoring, summer tutoring or

summer camp options. Also see Camps. See ad on page 6. • Build It Workspace 4388 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos (714) 947-0800 Build It Workspace offers tutoring and enrichment classes in the STEAM subjects of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math for students (grades K-12). Their enthusiastic instructors use practices from engineering, programming, and the sciences to excite creativity in curious young learners. Private and group sessions are available (K-12). Chess Palace 5246 Lampson Ave., Garden Grove (310) 594-3475 Weekly classes for grades K-12 and adults. Plus, tournaments and camps.

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Fountain Valley Community Services - Storybook Art (2-5), Preschool Trilingual Immersion Programs (3-5), Writing Enrichment (7-12), English and Math Enrichment (6-12), and Trilingual Immersion (6-12). (714) 839-8611. Fullerton Parks and Recreation - Math and Reading Development (grades 2-6), and Reading Development Sound-Start (grades K-1). (714) 738-6575.

• Club Z! In Home Tutoring Services (562) 206-2501 Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services, the world’s largest in-home tutoring program, tutors all subjects and all ages. Offering one-on-one instruction in your home or preferred location and flexible scheduling for even the busiest students, their tutors enrich, maintain or remediate reading, writing, math and science skills, organization/study skills, foreign languages, SAT/ACT prep, college assistance, and kindergarten readiness. All tutors are certified teachers or degreed professionals who customize programs for your student using their school curriculum. Club Z! offers affordable rates, flexible scheduling, and tutoring in the convenience of your home! Call or visit their website. See ad on this page. • Concordia University Irvine - Entrepreneurship/ Business Start-Up Camp for Kids (949) 214-3198, Summer Business Day Camp for kids (grades 5-8) is an interactive one-week learning experience about entrepreneurship and starting and running their own real-work business. Teen Entrepreneur Academy is a one-week residential summer academy, open to high school students to learn real-world business principles from successful entrepreneurs. Also see Camps. See ad on page 19. Libraries Many libraries offer homework help, including academic workshops and story times. Plus, join the Summer Reading Program, June 1 - August 15. Young readers (kids and teens) at most Los Angeles and Orange county libraries will enjoy a “Build a Better World” theme. Various community agencies offer incentives and prizes for program participants. In addition, free weekly entertainment is available at local branches and includes music, puppets, magic and storytelling. To find library locations, hours and story times, visit www.kidsguidemagazine. com online Directory under “Libraries.” 32 kidsguide spring/summer 2017

• Mindz One 4000 Long Beach Blvd., Ste. 205, Long Beach Mindz One provides individual and group tutoring in mathematics and science for kindergarten - grade 12, including SAT/ACT Math, AP Calculus AB/BC and AP Physics. They accommodate to every learning style and customize each student’s experience to meet their academic goals. Whether your child needs some extra support with their homework or to prepare for an upcoming exam, Mindz One is here to help them succeed! See ad on page 28. Recreation Departments, Boys and Girls Clubs, Community Colleges and YMCAs Boys and Girls Clubs - All branches provide homework tutoring. College Prep is offered at some locations. See Appendix for contact information. California State University Long Beach - The Community Clinic for Counseling and Educational Services offers assessment and tutoring for school-age kids (6-17), plus transitional planning for disabled youth (16-22) and developmental assessments (36). Scholarships available. (562) 985-4991. www. Cerritos College, Community Education - Math Essentials Tutoring (grades 3-8), Multi-Level Math Tutoring in Algebra, Geometry, Trig or Calculus (grades 7-12), SAT/PSAT Prep (grades 10-12) and Robotics Level I or II (grades 6-9). (562) 4675050, Cypress Recreation and Community Services - Tutoring Club (grades pre-K-12) arranged by individual appointment. $140 for four, one-hour sessions; continuous registration. (714) 229-6780.

Irvine Community Services Department - Hey! Hebrew’s Fun (3-6), Parent and Me: Mandarin Together (2-5), Mandarin Story Time (2-5), ABCs with Toddlers (2-3), ABCs with Tiny Tots (3-5), Mornings with Miss Tammy Tots (2-4), Mornings with Miss Tammy (3-6), Afternoons with Miss Tammy (3-6), My Fun Time and Later Gators (3-5), Mandarin Immersion Preschool (3-5), OC First Chinese Preschool and Kinder Class (3-5), On Your Mark. Get Set. Grow! (3-6), Readings Readiness Program (3-6), Reading, Math and More Preschool (3½-5½), Readwrite Kinder Prep (3½-5½), Tiny Trekkers Play School (35), Bug Buddies (3-5), Dino Fun (3-5), Sound Start Reading (4½-6½, Reading and Math Development (grades 2-6), Youth Leadership and Public Speaking (7-14), 3-D Game Design (8-14), Angry Birdie with Lego (5-12), Computer Programming for Kids (711), Frozen Brick Explorer with Lego (5-12), Human Body: We are Super II (5-12), Lego Story Telling (5-6), Marine Animals: Amazing Waterworld (5-12), Minecraft University: Python Temple (8-14), Mix and Match Biology II (5-12), Plants: Know Your Greens (5-12), Robotics and Engineering with Lego - Gadgets and Gizmos (6-12), Science Bonanza (6-12), Weird Science (6-12), World of Minions with Lego (5-12), Young Einsteins: STEM Lab (6-8), Your Five Senses (6-12), and Jump Start Biology (8-15). (949) 7246610. • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Free after-school tutoring programs are available at some parks throughout the school year. Academic classes taught by Readwrite Educational Solutions: Math Development and Reading Development (612), $79 and Sound-Start Reading (4½-7), $79. • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Baby Sign Language (2 mos - I yrs, 6 mos), Tot Sign Language (1½-3) Intro to Preschool (2-3), Preschool Class (3-5), Reading, Math and More Preschool (3½-4½), Spanish Musical Parent and Me Playgroup (1-3), Analyze This Writing Response (8-18 and 11-14), Sound Start Reading (4-7), Project- Based Writing (8-15) and Reading and Math Development (6-11); three-week sessions, $79. (562) 570-3100. Los Alamitos Recreation - Project-Based Writing (815). (562) 430-1073. Los Alamitos Youth Center - Free tutoring services (7-17) and R.A.S.C.A.L.S, an afterschool club (4-11) in math, science, reading and more. Monday - Friday, 12:30-6 p.m. Plus a teen Leadership Academy. (562) 493-4043. 10909 Oak St., Los Alamitos. www. Mission Viejo Recreation - Middle School Math Homework Lab (grades 6-8) and Homework Assistance Lab. (949) 470-3000. lots more fun at

Orange Coast College - Robotics Building (10-16), Writing Academy I and II (7-11), Math Trix (9-15), Natural As (10-17) and Study Skills (9-15). (714) 432-5154. Orange Community Services - Programs include Reading Solutions (5-11), Math Development (511), and Tutoring Unlimited (8-17). (714) 8952860. Santa Ana College - Early Reader (6-7), Reading and Comprehension (8-12), Study Skills (12-17), Research Writing and English Composition (9-12), Writing Workshops (6-17), Math: Basics, Fractions, Pre-Algebra and Algebra (8-15). (714) 564-6594.

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• The Tutoring Center 4215 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach (562) 653-4380 Are you happy with your child’s grades? Call The Tutoring Center today to schedule your Free Diagnostic Assessment. The Tutoring Center uses a unique system known as “The Rotational Approach to Learning.” Your child will receive intense one-to-one instruction in reading, math (all levels) and/or writing to rapidly increase academic skills while also improving concentration, focus and attention span. See ad on this page.

Groups offering activities, camps and/or child care. Also see: your area of interest, as youth group activities are listed throughout Kidsguide. 4-H Youth Development Program (626) 586-1972, (949) 653-1803

Tustin Community Services - Abacus Class and Abacus Creative Writing (5-12). (714) 573-3326. www. Westminster Community Services and Recreation Academic classes include reading, writing, geometry and public speaking (grades 2-8), $110. (714) 8952860. • Stowell Learning Center 1150 Main St., Ste. C, Irvine (949) 477-4133 “Hope and Real Solutions for Learning and Attention Challenges.” These include: dyslexia, auditory processing disorders, learning disabilities, attention deficit, Executive Function, processing skills, Autism Spectrum Disorders, reading, writing, spelling and math. Locations in Irvine and Chino. See complete listing on page 38; and ad on page 31. • Sylvan Learning Centers Downey  (562) 622-9210 Huntington Beach  (714) 848-6072 Laguna Niguel  (949) 349-1835 Long Beach  (562) 429-8320 At Sylvan, results matter! Sylvan students typically see up to two to three times more growth in their math and reading scores than if they hadn’t come to Sylvan. With Sylvan, you’ll get a personalized tutoring program tailored to the needs of your child. Their proven approach blends amazing credentialed teachers with Sylvan Sync technology on the iPad. Programs are designed to fit your

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Los Angeles and Orange County programs (5-19) offer guidance in good citizenship, leadership and life skills through projects and community service. Big Brothers, Big Sisters Local branches match boys and girls with adult mentors who provide friendship and guidance. Volunteers are extensively screened. Catholic Big Brothers offer bilingual, deaf and hearing-challenged programs. Free. Greater LA County, (213) 213-2400, Orange County, (714) 544-7773, Catholic Big Brothers, (213) 251-9800, Jewish Big Brothers, (323) 761-8675, Boy Scouts of America Long Beach Area Council (562) 427-0911 Orange County Council  (714) 546-4990, Cub Scouts (grades 1-5) and Boy Scouts (grades 6-12) participate in a variety of activities and earn badges. Cub Scouts tie knots, set up a tent, cook at a campfire and more. Boy Scouts provide leadership and citizenship training through outdoor activities, such as kayaking, fishing, competitive events, hiking, community services and more. Career-based exploring programs are offered for young men and women (14-21), such as fire fighting, law enforcement and animal-care services. Annual registration fees apply. Boys and Girls Club Supervised activities (5-18) after school and during school vacations (see Camps), including crafts, field trips, homework help, career development, dance classes, sports, teen programs, leadership groups, clubs, community service, and before- and after-school care. Some branches offer special-needs inclusion. Meals and/or snacks may be provided at some locations. Scholarships are available for qualifying families. See Appendix for locations. Camp Fire Long Beach Council  (562) 421-2725 Inland and OC Council  (909) 982-5400, Long Beach Area Council - Programs include small club/groups, camps, arts and service programs. Inland and OC Council - Orange County kids and teens participate in community service opportunities. After-school clubs and camps are available on some school sites; open enrollment may be offered. City Recreation Departments Most city recreation departments offer youth group activities and family programs. See Appendix for contact information. • Girl Scouts - Greater Los Angeles (213) 213-0123 Girls (grades K-12) participate in a collection of activities and experiences in arts, STEM, financial literacy, community involvement, healthy living, safety, the outdoors, leadership, and career exploration. There are several ways to participate, including troops, independent Girl Scouts, camps, travel and events. Lo34 kidsguide spring/summer 2017

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Girls Inc. of Orange County 1815 Anaheim Ave., Costa Mesa (714) 597-8600 After-school and vacation camp programs for girls (4-18) include educational enrichment, economic literacy, college prep, career and life planning, health and fitness, leadership and character development, personal safety, STEM and more. Jewish Community Centers The following centers offer enrichment classes, preschools, family events, support groups, vacationbreak camps and teen-specific programming. Alpert Jewish Community Center  (562) 426-7601 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach. Chabad Jewish Center  (949) 721-9800 2240 University Drive, Newport Beach Merage Jewish Center of OC  (949) 435-3400 1 Federation Way, Irvine. Police Activities League (PAL) Year-round youth (5-17) program sponsored by police departments. Activities include arts and crafts, sports, computers, community service, homework help and field trips. Chapters in Anaheim, Santa Ana, South Gate and Temecula. Chapter contact information is found on their website under the “Membership” tab. Free. Power 4 Youth (562) 386-2428 Middle-school students are matched with a volunteer for one-on-one academic mentoring at supervised locations in Long Beach and surrounding areas. Field trips are offered, plus career guidance. $10 registration fee. YMCA Programs for the entire family include child-care, fitness, teen clubs, day and resident camps (see Camps), youth sports, aquatics and gymnastics. Parent/child programs (grades K+) are also offered to promote companionship between parents and their children (father/mother and son/daughter). The Trailblazer program is available for older children (9-17) and their parents. Many YMCAs also offer off-site programs at schools and recreation facilities, and accept third-party funding such as GAIN or CAL Works. See Appendix for contact information. • YMCA of Greater Long Beach YMCA of Greater Long Beach, through its seven branches, serves the cities of Long Beach, Signal Hill, Lakewood, Hawaiian Gardens, Bellflower, Paramount, Cerritos, Artesia, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor,

Seal Beach and Big Bear. The Y offers swim lessons, child care, after-school programs, camps (see Camps), group exercise, teen activities, sports, family programs and more. For contact information, see page 72. See ad on page 23.

Family Resources Included in this section: Child Care & Babysitting, Health Services, Play Groups, Safety, Special Needs, and Support Groups and Parent Education. Also see Emergency Resources on page 73.

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CHILD CARE & BABY SITTING Child care resources, plus referrals and sitter training. Also see: Play Groups in this section, and for Youth and Family Groups, see Enrichment. • Bowers Kidseum After-School Program 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 480-1520 Kidseum offers a free after-school program for Santa Ana children grades 2-8 (younger siblings K-1st will be considered). Each day Kidseum educators spend one hour assisting students with their homework. Children also participate in visual and performing arts activities that help boost children’s confidence, creativity and communication skills. Students visit the Bowers Museum’s exhibitions and are lead on tours by docents. In addition, each week a professional artist or guest visits the afterschool program to lead a unique activity. See ad on page 13. • Children’s Home Society of California Greater Long Beach  (562) 256-7490 Orange County  (714) 543-2273 A central coordinating link for child care and child development services. Parents can obtain free information on licensed child-care facilities that match their needs. Listings are maintained on licensed child-care centers, family child-care homes, before and after-school programs, public and private schools, and child-care assistance programs. 249 E. Ocean Blvd., Ste. 300, Long Beach; 333 South Anita Drive, Ste. 350, Orange. See ad on page 35. lots more fun at

Hourly Baby Sitting The following websites provide a search for sitters in your area:, www.sittercity. com, and www. Information and Referrals The following organizations offer information about, and referrals to, child-care programs and providers. First 5 California - Resource line to locate child care in your area. (916) 263-1050. Greater Long Beach - Family Child Care Association provides free referrals to licensed family child care in the provider’s home (infants - school age), (562) 804-7474, Orange County Child Care Association - A free referral service for parents seeking licensed in-home child care. Includes referrals to providers for children with special needs.

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• Kid Works Children’s Center 3621 E. Broadway, Long Beach (562) 438-4904 Spanish Dual-Immersion After-school Kindergarten for children ages 5-6 who are attending the local kindergartens in the area. Held in its own special area, children have lunch then are immersed in activities to bring to life what they have learned that day in math, science, language and fine motor skills through gardening, cooking, digging, singing, painting and lots more—all in Spanish. The program is held Monday - Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Space is limited. Pick up from Fremont morning kindergarten class is available. See ad on page 56. Sitter Training Training for boys and girls (10+) covering basic first aid, child behavior, safety skills and how to market their new services,; and American Red Cross, Classes are also offered through city recreation departments, see Appendix for contact information.

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HEALTH SERVICES Health service providers and resources for low-cost services. Also see: Emergency Resources on page 73. • Chang Orthodontics 4608 Katella Ave., Ste. 201, Los Alamitos (562) 430-0541 Their goal is to provide patients with the right combination of advanced orthodontic technology and a personal human touch. By placing an emphasis on communication, they strive to ensure every patient understands what it takes to make a healthy, beautiful smile. They also want to provide you with the highest quality orthodontic care in a family-friendly, fun and cooperative environment. Drs. Russell

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PEDIATRIC MEDICAL CENTE R INFANT, CHILDREN, AND ADOLESCENT MEDICINE F COMPREHENSIVE GENERAL PRACTICE PEDIATRIC CARE F SCHOOL UNDERACHIEVEMENT F John Samson, M.D., F.A.A.P. • Michael L. Goodin, M.D., F.A.A.P. • L. Philippe Theriot, M.D., F.A.A.P. , Peter W. Welty, M.D., F.A.A.P. Lori A. Livingston, M.D., F.A.A.P. • Brinda Singh, M.D., F.A.A.P. • Nicolas Ripp, M.D., F.A.A.P.

(562) 426-5551 • Fax: (562) 426-9977

2921 Redondo Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90806 • Chang and Christine Chung use only proven techniques and technology and tailor treatment for each patient’s specific needs and concerns. See ad on page 47. • Connie Wax, LCSW #27430 Individual, Couple, Family & Child Counselor 5182 Katella, Ste. 206, Los Alamitos (714) 300-3163 Specializing in therapy for gifted and talented children, adults and their families, Connie is committed to assisting parents in navigating the often rough waters of child rearing. See complete listing under Support Groups and Parent Education. See ad on page 39. • Lice Clinics of America 4012 Katella Ave., Ste. 104, Los Alamitos 2050 Artesia Blvd., Ste. 103, Torrance (800) 920-LICE (5423) Lice Clinics of America is the largest network of lice treatment centers in the world. The Los Alamitos and South Bay Clinics are the exclusive regional provider of the AirAllé, a revolutionary, FDA-cleared medical device that uses heated air to kill lice and their eggs in a single, one-hour treatment so powerful that they can guarantee the results for 30 days! No toxic chemicals, no pesticides, no follow-up appointments, no at-home combing, no hourly rates or extra charges. They offer a flat, per person rate, 100% licefree guarantee Email: Ihatelice@liceclinicslosalamitos. com, See ad on page 37. • Mark A. Garlington D.D.S. Orthodontics for Children and Adults 5479 E. Abbeyfield, Ste. #1, Long Beach (562) 439-4553 At Garlington Orthodontics, you are always greeted with a smile and a warm welcome when you set foot in their office. They take pride in providing the best care in both a friendly and comfortable environment. Some of the latest technological advances, such as digital imaging, advanced computer graphics and iTero (Digital Impression System) have allowed them to become experts in a variety of treatments. Dr. Garlington is a top 1% provider of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. They believe that every patient should be treated like family with the utmost attention and care. Whether you are a child, teen or adult, their knowledgeable doctor, and team, are committed to helping you achieve your dream smile. See ad on page 47. 36 kidsguide spring/summer 2017

• Pediatric Medical Center 2921 Redondo Ave., Long Beach (562) 426-5551 PMC provides comprehensive medical care for patients from birth through college with special expertise in: school underachievement and complex diagnostic and management problems. The team of physicians offer greater than one hundred twenty years of cumulative clinical pediatric experience and expertise. Each physician is active in the education and training of pediatric residents and medical students. This allows them to offer a unique combination of skills for the care of your child based on both academic and community pediatric medical experience. Their informative website offers a wide range of articles on parenting and health issues. See ad on this page. • Stephen C. Kim, DDS, MSD, APC and Raymond M. Sugiyama, DDS MS 3551 Farquhar Ave., Ste. 202, Los Alamitos (562) 598-8543, (714) 750-3302 For over thirty years, their practice has successfully helped residents of Orange and Los Angeles counties in achieving the smile of their dreams. Doctors Kim and Sugiyama, along with a friendly and caring staff, are committed to providing the highest quality orthodontic care in a professional and comfortable environment. Serving Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Long Beach, Cypress, Huntington Beach and surrounding areas, Dr. Stephen Kim and Dr. Ray Sugiyama are your orthodontic specialists providing complete orthodontic care for children, teens and adults. See ad on page 47. Food Banks Summer Food Programs - Children can receive free nutritious meals during school vacation and offtrack periods through the following programs. United States Department of Agriculture California Department of Education Long Beach Unified School District (562) 427-7923 Summer Harvest

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Los Angeles Unified School District Summer Food Services Program Lunch at the Library Program The library meal sites provide free summer lunches and engage families with library programs and services, including arts, literacy, and STEM programming for participating children and teens. www. Orange County Summer Meals for Children California Summer Meal Coalition Year-Round Food Banks - Long Beach Food Bank, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Orange County Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank, Low-Cost Health Services and Resources The following agencies provide low-cost medical/ dental referrals or services to families. Bilingual. Additional resources can be found by calling 211 health lines for LA and OC, or visiting or Boys and Girls Club ARCHES  (714) 532-7940 Variety of health and family services. The Children’s Clinic  (844) 822-4646 Medical, dental/orthodontic, optometric/ophthalmic and behavioral/mental health services. Call center open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Seven locations in Long Beach and Bellflower. Children’s Dental Health Clinic  (562) 933-3141 Dental services for economically disadvantaged children (infant-21). CHOC Children’s Clinics  (714) 509-8887 Medical services, including a variety of specialties. Five locations: Costa Mesa, Garden Grove, Newport Beach, Orange and Santa Ana. www. Cypress Community College Dental Clinic  (714) 484-7299 Low-cost teeth cleaning and oral disease exam performed by student hygienists. 9200 Valley View St., Cypress. Immunization Referrals Locate free to low-cost immunizations for infants and kids. Long Beach only, (562) 570-SHOT, www.; Orange County, (800) 5648448,; Los Angeles County, 211, Smile Line OC  (714) 638-7637 Referrals for low-cost pediatric dentistry in Orange lots more fun at

County. Also offers Smile Clinic, which caters to children with physical and developmental special needs. University Eye Center at Ketchum Health  (714) 463-7500 Low-cost exams. 5460 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim. For free and low-cost medical clinics in Orange County, visit; and for Los Angeles County, visit

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PLAY GROUPS Classes and groups for young children with varying parent participation. More opportunities are found through recreation departments, community colleges, Boys and Girls Clubs, and YMCAs, see Appendix for contact information. • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive Near Redondo and Stearns, Signal Hill (562) 986-0066 Join in the fun and attend one of their wonderful My Gym classes or call to set up a play date for your play group. My Gym also offers Preschool Prep Early Learning Program. In their commitment to educate the whole child, the program focuses on imparting to children the skills needed to excel in preschool and beyond. This 2½-3 hour, drop-off program for 23 months - 5 years focuses on making learning fun and exciting in the familiar and nurturing atmosphere of My Gym. Tuesday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., and Wednesday,12:30-3 p.m. See ad on this page. Parents’ Play Groups Meetup Play Groups - A web resource that offers links to local specialized play and parent groups, such

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as “Kids’ Activities in Irvine,” “LA Dads Group” and “Moms of Preemies.” Parent-Participation Play Groups and Preschools (33 mos-5 yrs) - Run independently by parents with a certified director at each session. Levels of parent commitment vary. Play-Group Gyms Gymboree Play and Music - Aliso Viejo, Anaheim

Hills/Yorba Linda, Fullerton/La Habra, Lakewood/ Long Beach, Irvine/Tustin, San Juan Capistrano and Torrance, My Gym - Buena Park, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Niguel, Long Beach (see listing in this section and ad on this page), Rancho Santa Margarita, Redondo Beach, Tustin/Irvine, Torrance and Yorba Linda, Oodles - Cerritos, The Little Gym - Lakewood, Torrance and Tustin,

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We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym, Long Beach, • The Hebrew Academy Mommy and Me 14401 Willow Lane, Huntington Beach (714) 898-0051, Ext. 204 Mommy and Me, a weekly group for moms with children, age newborn to 3 years, is a great way to meet moms from Orange County and Long Beach. Classes take place every Thursday from 9:30-11 a.m. Join them for Challah baking, Shabbat songs, stories and more. First class is complimentary, then only $10 per class. See ad on page 56.

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SAFETY Products and emergency preparedness. Also see Emergency Resources on page 73. Emergency Preparedness Resources American Redcross - Checklists and classes, www. CPR and First Aid University Training Center - Offers classes, Classes may also be found through your city recreation department or community college, see Appendix for contact information. Additional information and worksheets at and • WhoTats (310) 370-7850 WhoTats are temporary tattoos that keep your children safe whenever they’re out and about: at camp, the beach, amusement park, museum, zoo, play date, etc. Like a mini emergency card that keeps your kids connected to whoever is in charge. Personalize them with a phone number or specialneeds reminder for everyone’s peace of mind. WhoTats come in mom-friendly, kid-approved designs, and in several formats. They’re perfect for your active or special-needs child. See ad on page 39.

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SPECIAL NEEDS Referral agencies, support groups and activities. Also see programs listed throughout Kidsguide, they are often open to special-needs families. More opportunities are found through recreation departments, Boys and Girls Clubs, and YMCAs; see Appendix for contact information. AD/HD Support Group and Resources Resources for support groups and professional services. Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), (800) 233-4050, Autism Programs Autism Behavior Services, (855) 581-0100, Autism Learn38 kidsguide spring/summer 2017

ing Partners, Autism Society of America, (800) 328-8476, www. Autism Speaks, (888) 2884762, TACA, Talk About Curing Autism, (855) 726-7810, www.tacanow. org. The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, (949) 267-0400, www.thecenter4autism. org. We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym, (562) 8862495, Family Resources and Referrals Comprehensive directories and/or referrals are available for parents of children with special needs through the following agencies: Comfort Connection, (714) 796-5100, Family Support Network, (714) 447-3301, www.familysupportnetworkca. org. Harbor Regional Center, (310) 540-1711, www. Help Me Grow, (866) 476-9025, www. Life Without Limits, (949) 333-6400, Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK), (866) 828-8275, • Kelly Summer Music Therapy Studio Long Beach (562) 833-6444 Music therapy for children with developmental disabilities is offered with Kelly Summer Music Therapy Studio. Music therapy is the clinical and evidenced-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic environment. Music therapy can help your child to reach educational/IEP goals, improve communication, improve gross/fine motor skills, express feelings, and improve emotional and affective development. Also see Music. See ad on page 11. Learning Disabilities Creative Solutions For Hope, (714) 881-0427, www.; the Dyslexia Foundation, (941) 8070499,; International Dyslexia Association, (410) 296-0232,; and the Learning Disabilities Association, (909) 621-1494, • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900 Special events are offered monthly for families with children whose developmental abilities fall on the Autism Spectrum. These events allow children and their parents/caretakers to play in an autism-friendly environment along with other families. Also see Calendar, Parties and Museums under Outings. See ad on page 45. • Rancho Rio Verde 1000 W. Carson St., Long Beach (714) 624-5754, (310) 830-2060 Special-need students of all ages can participate in a vaulting program (gymnastics on horseback); Mondays, 2-7 p.m. No experience necessary. See ad on page 66. Special Olympics Sports training and competition for children (8+) with

limited intellectual and physical abilities. Competitive divisions based on age and performance; everyone may participate regardless of ability. Visit their website for locations. • Stowell Learning Center 1150 Main St., Ste. C, Irvine (949) 477-4133 “Hope and Real Solutions for Learning and Attention Challenges.” These include: dyslexia, auditory processing disorders, learning disabilities, attention deficit, Executive Function, processing skills, Autism Spectrum Disorders, reading, writing, spelling and math. They work one-to-one with children and adults to develop the underlying learning issues and processing skills that are keeping them from working to their potential, and to remediate reading, writing, spelling and math. They don’t provide a bandaid approach, or help students with homework; they help them develop the skills they need to do their homework on their own. Their goal is for students to become comfortable, independent learners. Their programs and strategies are cutting edge, research-based and among the most highly effective available. For information about how Stowell Learning Center can help you or your child, join them at one of their free Parent Nights. Locations in Irvine and Chino. See ad on page 31. • Top Flight Street Hockey & Ice Hockey Huntington Beach Inline  (714) 901-2629 Lakewood ICE (562) 429-1805 The Rinks offer street hockey and ice hockey for all ages and skill levels with special needs. Participants practice weekly, learn fundamentals and play games. No previous experience is required and gear can be provided. Top Flight Street Hockey is offered at The Rinks in Huntington Beach; and Top Flight Ice Hockey at The Rinks Lakewood ICE. See ad on page 68.

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SUPPORT GROUPS & PARENT EDUCATION Parenting classes and workshops, and a resource library, plus support groups for parents and caregivers. Also see: Play Groups in this section, and Emergency Resources on page 73. Breast-Feeding and Pregnancy Support La Leche League - (877) 452-5324, Breast Feeding Clinic - Long Beach, (562) 427-3782. Doulas of North America (bilingual) - (888) 788-3662, • Children’s Home Society of California (CHS) Resource and Referral Greater Long Beach (562) 256-7490 Orange County  (714) 543-2273 Resource and Referral offers a variety of child care resources to the community, such as child care referrals, resources for assessing the quality of child care lots more fun at

services, workshops, and a lending library that offers age-appropriate activities, toys and parenting videos. 249 E. Ocean Blvd., Ste. 300, Long Beach; 333 South Anita Drive, Ste. 350, Orange. See ad on page 35. • Connie Wax, LCSW #27430 Individual, Couple, Family and Child Counselor 5182 Katella, Ste. 206, Los Alamitos (714) 300-3163 Specializing in therapy for gifted and talented children, adults and their families. Connie came to appreciate the unique needs of this group while raising her own gifted children. Her personal experience blossomed into a passion for helping parents of the gifted guide and support their children towards a fulfilling and meaningful life. Connie is committed to assisting parents in navigating the often rough waters of child rearing. Her own personal experiences, along with 15 years of clinical expertise, make her a unique resource for the community. Connie is certified to facilitate SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) parent groups. In addition to working with the gifted, she treats all life issues. See ad on this page. LGBT Support Support programs for gay fathers and lesbian mothers, as well as for LGBTQ youth and their families: Long Beach, 2017 E. 4th St., (562) 434-4455, www.; Los Angeles, seven locations and a youth center, (323) 993-7400,; and Orange County, 1605 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana, (714) 953-5428,

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Parent and Baby Support Groups Hoag Hospital - Mom and baby support classes and hotline. (949) 764-BABY (2229). babylinehoag

The New Mom School - Postnatal education and support groups; ten-week sessions, $425. 200 Newport Center Drive, Ste. 306, Newport Beach. (949) 679-4872.

Memorial Medical Center - Support group for new mothers (18+); moms are encouraged to bring their baby. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - noon. $10; registration required. Long Beach, (800) 494-9388.

Parenting Classes Through Community Agencies Children’s Learning Connection - Kids’ behavior classes, plus special needs classes. Laguna Hills, Fountain Valley and Orange.

MOMS Orange County - Delivers home visits and group classes to at-risk families; services are offered at no cost to Orange County residents who qualify for the program. 1128 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana. (800) 787-5858.

Parenting Information and Classes at Hospitals - Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), www.choc. org/content/health-topics; MemorialCare Hospitals,; and UC Irvine Healthcare,

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outings Included in this section: Attractions, Museums, Parks & Nature Centers, Playgrounds and Zoos. Also see Calendar and Trains.


ATTRACTIONS For more information and directions, visit us at

1238 S Beach Blvd, Anaheim • School District Parent Education Classes - Most districts offer adult schools that provide parent education and/or resource centers that offer classes, programs and materials for parents and families. Call your local district for referrals. For those in Orange County, also visit Families and Communities Together at www. • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900 Special monthly events provide parents with important resources to help them stay on track of their child’s healthy development. Parents with children (0-18 mos) are invited to Pretend City every second Monday for Baby Steps through the City. Way-to-Play Days on the second Friday of each month are also excellent opportunities for gathering information and resources. Also see Museums. See ad on page 45. Seriously Ill and Bereavement Support Groups Art and Creativity for Healing - (949) 367-1902, Kids Konnected - (949) 5825443, New Hope Grief Support Community - (562) 429-0075, New Hope Family Camp and parent workshops, 3443 San Anseline, Long Beach, Path-


ways Volunteer Hospice, (562) 531-3031, www. Support Groups for Parents Boot Camp for New Dads and Moms - Offered at five Orange County locations for dads. www. Offered in Anaheim, Irvine, and Laguna Hills for moms. www. Meetup Play Groups - A web resource that offers links to local parent support groups. Enter your zip code along with a search such as “Dad Support Group,” “Mom Support Group” or “Parent Support Group.” MOMS Club - Play groups, Moms’ Night Out, cooking clubs, and field trips. Mothers of Multiples - Provides information and resources, plus meet-up groups for mothers of multiples.,, Parents Without Partners - Provides single parents and their children with an environment for support, friendship and the exchange of parenting techniques.

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Attractions and theme parks for all ages throughout Southern California, plus aquariums, boat cruises and family fun centers. Also see: Museums and Zoos in this section, Bowling and Skating Rinks under Sports, and Trains. • Adventure City 1238 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim (714) 236-9300 Adventure City in North Orange County is guaranteed to entertain young families, with 17 exciting rides and attractions, including the Drop Zone, a 50-foot free-fall tower and the all new Rewind Racers roller coaster. You’ll also find a live interactive children’s theater, a petting farm, a 25-foot climbing wall, an arcade, a Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends play area, great food and much more. What a great place to have a company picnic, birthday party or team party! The price is right, too. All-day unlimited rides: adults or children, $18.95; seniors (55 and over), $14.95. AAA discount available for up to six regular-price admissions per card. Free parking. See ad on this page. Aquariums and Marine-Science Destinations • Aquarium of the Pacific  (562) 590-3100 More than 11,000 ocean animals are featured in three main galleries with 19 major habitats and 32 focus exhibits, including over 500 different species. Exhibits include Shark Lagoon, with shark and ray touch pools; the Lorikeet Forest aviary; the “Whales: Voices in the Sea” kiosk; Ocean Science Center, featuring NOAA’s Science on a Sphere; the June Keyes Penguin Habitat; and the Southern California Steelhead Story exhibit. Educational programs also available (see STEM under Enrichment) as well as annual events (see Calendar) and camps (see Camps). Admission: adults, $29.95; kids (3-11), $17.95; seniors (62+), $26.95. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. See ad on page 41; coupon on page 75. Birch Aquarium  (858) 534-3474 Daily animal feedings as well as educational, hands-on visitor activities. Adults, $18.50; kids (317), $14. UC San Diego, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. lots more fun at

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium  (310) 548-7562 Thirty-five saltwater tanks and touch tanks, plus discovery labs and an Aquatic Nursery with baby sea animals. Ongoing science programs include tours, workshops and classes, camps, youth docents, family programs, annual events, tide pool walks and grunion runs. Suggested admission donation: $1-5. 3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pedro. Legoland’s Sea Life Aquarium  (760) 918-5346 An interactive aquarium geared for kids (2-12) features play zones, touch pools, fun facts and quiz trails, as well as jellyfish, sea horses, stingrays and sharks. $18-22. One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad.

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• Ocean Institute  (949) 496-2274 Interactive exhibits, marine life, touch tanks, tallship sails and whale watching cruises, plus presentations and Sunday tours aboard the tallship Pilgrim and summer camps (see Camps). 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point. See ad on page 20. Roundhouse Aquarium  (310) 379-8117 Touch tanks, sea horses, shark and eel tanks, and kids’ activities. Classes, camps and parties also offered. Donations: $2 per person; $5 per family. Manhattan Beach Pier. Santa Monica Pier Aquarium  (310) 393-6149 More than 100 species, featuring touch tanks with

tide-pool animals, plus year-round field-trip programs, kids’ classes, party packages and specialthemed event days. Adults, $5; and kids (12 and under), free. 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica. The SEA Lab  (310) 318-7438 Free and low-cost programs, touch-tank tours, public fish feeding, field trips and parties. Admission: $5. 1021 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach. Boat Cruises and Whale Watching • Aquarium of the Pacific’s Blue Whale Watch and Sea Life Cruise - The ocean adventure includes educational interpretation by an aquarium marine

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expert as well as a variety of bio-facts for all to explore. Two daily departures. Cost includes aquarium admission, $59.95 adult (12+), $42.95 child (3-11) and $56.95 senior (62+) for the Blue Whale cruise. Discounted prices available for members. Times and prices vary by season. (562) 590-3100. www. See ad on page 41; coupon on page 75. Catalina - The following companies offer passenger service to Catalina Island: Catalina Express, from Dana Point, Long Beach and San Pedro ports, also offers a free ride on birthdays, must register on their website before booking your ride, (800) 613-1212, www.; and Catalina Flyer, from Newport Bay Harbor, (949) 673-5245. Harbor Breeze Cruise and LA Waterfront Cruises 45-minute narrated tours of the harbor. Long Beach: (562) 432-4900, San Pedro: (310) 547-9916, Long Beach - Long Beach Transit operates two water buses in the summer: Aqua Bus ($1) in Queensway Bay, includes stops at the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Queen Mary, and Aqua Link ($5), running from the Queen Mary and the Aquarium of the Pacific to Alamitos Bay Landing. (562) 591-2301. • Ocean Institute - Whale watching cruises explore different aspects of marine life, including whales, dolphins and sea lions (year round); bioluminescent ocean plants and animals (spring and summer); and blue whales (June - August). Specialty cruises, such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and 4th of July Fireworks cruises are also offered. Reservations required. Dana Point. (949) 496-2274. See ad on page 20. Spirit Cruises - Long Beach and Los Angeles harbor tours, Whale Watching: Aquarium of the Pacific, see listing in this section. Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari, Dana Point, (949) 4882828, Dana Wharf Whale Watching, Dana Point, (949) 496-5794, www. Harbor Breeze Cruise and LA Waterfront Cruises, Long Beach, (562) 432-4900,, and San Pedro, (310) 547-9916, Ocean Institute, see listing in this section. Newport Landing Whale Watching, 309 Palm St., Ste. A, Newport Beach, (949) 675-0551, • Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200 The 20,000-square-foot, hands-on learning center is dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to all ages. It is also the national memorial for the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia’s seven crew members. See Museums for complete listing. See ad on page 19. Family Fun Centers Most centers offer party and group packages. Check websites for coupons and discounts. Also see Flightdeck and Golf N’ Stuff in this section. 42 kidsguide spring/summer 2017

Bay Arcade  (949) 673-0324 706 E. Bay Ave., Newport Beach. Boomers 3405 Michelson Drive, Irvine  (949) 559-8341 16800 Magnolia St., FV (714) 842-1111 Arcade, batting cages, bumper boats, mini golf, rock wall, go karts and kiddie rides, laser tag, Flame Thrower ride and Buccaneer Cove (Irvine only). Buena Park Raceway  (714) 827-9979 Slot car racetrack. 6161 Lincoln Ave., Buena Park. Camelot Golfland  (714) 630-3340 Mini golf, bumper boats, arcade, laser tag, raceway and slides. 3200 E. Carpenter Ave., Anaheim. www. Chuck E. Cheese - Visit their website for locations. Dave and Busters of Orange (714) 769-1515 Nighttime tends to a mature crowd. The Outlets at Orange, 20 City Blvd. West, Orange. Go-Kart World  (310) 834-3800 Includes tracks for younger kids (3+). 21830 Recreation Road, Carson. Hollywood Sports Park  (562) 867-9600 BMX course, paintball and airsoft. 9030 Somerset Blvd., Bellflower. Howie’s Game Shack Immersive VR, socially interactive PC and Xbox gaming centers. Buena Park, (714) 676-7325; and Mission Viejo, (949) 309-3424. Huntington Beach GlowZone (714) 316-0775 Bowling, mini golf, ninja course, bumper cars, paintless paintball, climbing, laser maze and maze for younger kids (7 and under). 7227 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach. John’s Incredible Pizza Company  (714) 236-0000 8601 On The Mall, Buena Park. K1 Speed Indoor Go Kart Racing Open to everyone, four-foot tall and above. Anaheim, (714) 632-6999; Irvine, (949) 250-0242; and Torrance/Gardena, (310) 532-2478.

Pacific Park  (310) 260-8744 Carnival-style games and rides. 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. Pelican Pier Pavilion  (562) 980-1415 Shoreline Village, 411 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach. The Paintball Park and Camp Pendleton Playland  (866) 985-4932 Paintball Lite (8+), Splatmaster (6-10), Paintball and Airsoft (10+). Features at the playland include bounce houses, 15-foot slide, Coconut Tree Climb, zipline, laser tag, Nerf wars, and a video game trailer. 1700 Vandegrift Blvd., Oceanside. www.thepaintballpark. com, SC Village  (562) 867-9600 Paintball and airsoft (10+). 8900 McCarty Road, Corona. Tac City  (657) 888-6111 Airgun scrimmages (10+). 2430 Artesia Ave., Fullerton. Thrill It Fun Center  (714) 937-1600 High-ropes challenge, rock climbing and mechanical bull. 20 City Blvd. West, #907-A, Orange. www. • Flightdeck 1650 S. Sinclair St., Anaheim (714) 937-1511 Youth (11+) and adults can leave the civilian life behind and step into the world of the fighter pilot. Check in at the front desk, put on your flight suit and pay close attention in your 20-minute classroom briefing. Climb into the cockpit, adjust your aviation headset and respond with “copy that” to the radio check; be cleared for take off. Fly high, fly low, try everything to prevent an opponent from getting behind you. Wipe the beads of sweat from your brow and catch your breath before attempting your airport landings. Once on terra firma, egress your cockpit and join the others and the instructor for your debrief. Hope you have something to brag about, because the other pilots most certainly will. Also see Parties. See ad with coupon on page 53.

Neon Retro Arcade  (626) 568-2924 Arcade with retro video and pinball games. Visit their website for current line up. 28 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena.

• Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk (562) 868-9956 Take a break and have fun at Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park! Offers challenging miniature golf and exciting rides, including go-karts, bumper boats and kiddie train. While you’re there, check out the latest in arcade games, great prizes, snack bar, and party facilities for birthday or team parties (see Parties). Ask about their free school and doctors’ office incentive programs. Where the 5 and 605 freeways meet. Also see Calendar and Parties. See ad on page 41.

OCRC Raceway  (714) 892-6699 15282 Jason Circle, Huntington Beach.

Local Ships For the tallship Pilgrim, see Ocean Institute under Aquariums and Marine-Science Destinations in this section.

Laser Quest Laser tag (5+). Fullerton, (714) 449-0555; and Mission Viejo, (949) 367-1421.

S.S. Lane Victory  (310) 519-9545 Self-tours offered on the museum ship, that once lots more fun at

was a cargo ship used in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War. Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission: $3-7. Berth 49, San Pedro. USS Iowa  (877) 446-9261 Interactive tour offers an experience of living and serving on the ship. Kid’s scavenger hunt and youth overnight program are also offered. Adults, $19.95; kids (6-11), $11.95. 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro. USS Midway Museum  (619) 544-9600 Tours and exhibits of the Naval aircraft carrier that served from 1945-1992. Plus, flight simulators. Admission: $8-20. 910 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego. Observatories and Planetariums For details and contact information, see STEM under Enrichment. Parks and Playgrounds For indoor playgrounds, see Playgrounds and for arboretums, nature centers and parks, see Recreation and Parks. • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900 Pretend City Children’s Museum is an interconnected city designed for children (infant-8). The city is comprised of a grocery store, farm, doctor’s office, art studio, amphitheater, beach, marina,

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construction site and many other exhibits. At Pretend City, children learn through role play based on real-world experiences as they dress up as a police officer, deliver the mail, create art, compose music or put out a fire. Designed to align with the California State Standards and Preschool Learning Foundation, Pretend City’s educational programs engage children (pre-school - 3rd grade) through school field trips, where the museum is the classroom and learning comes to life! See ad on page 45. • Queen Mary 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach (877) 342-0738 Transport yourself back in time aboard the legendary Queen Mary. Once the grandest ocean liner in the world, the Queen Mary is now a fullservice hotel, historical landmark and entertainment venue. Checkout the Model Gallery, with some of the finest ship models in the world, which tell the story of the evolution of trans-Atlantic passenger ship travel from 1840 to the present; The Shipyard, where visitors can view the Queen Mary scaled down into a LEGO masterpiece; and LEGO stations where children and LEGO-enthusiasts can create and build. Also enjoy their 4-D theater with sensory surprises built into the seats and theater environment as on-screen images are brought to life with coordinated 4-D effects such as bubbles, wind and scents; and a custom pre-show that runs with content featuring scenes from the many Hollywood films shot on and

around the Queen Mary. Current family-friendly exhibits and tours also include Diana: Legacy of a Princess; Glory Days Guided Tour; Haunted Encounter Guided Tour and more. Also see Calendar. See ad with discount code on page 1. Theme Parks - What’s New This Season • Adventure City  (714) 236-9300 $18.95 general admission with unlimited rides. Kids (under 12 mos) free with paid adult; seniors (ages 55 and over), $14.95. AAA discount available for up to six regular-price admissions per card. Free parking. 1238 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim. For complete listing and ad, see page 40. Castle Park - 3500 Polk St., Riverside. (951) 7853000. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure (714) 781-4565 New this year: Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: Breakout in May; Soaring Around the World (an update to Soarin’ Over California) at California Adventure; and Rivers of America and the show Fantasmic returns to Disneyland, plus the Main Street Electrical Parade for a limited time. 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim. Knott’s Berry Farm  (714) 220-5200 New this year: Sol Spin in Fiesta Village and a virtual reality experience, “VR Showdown in Ghost Town.” 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. www.

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Legoland  (760) 918-5346 New this year: Ninjago the Ride, The Lego Movie 4D: A new Adventure, and Star Wars Miniland. One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad. SeaWorld (619) 222-4SEA Seven Seas Food Festival, weekends in April. New this summer, Ocean Explorer and Orca Encounter. Electric Ocean Summer Spectacle, June 17 - September 4. 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego. www. Six Flags Magic Mountain (661) 255-4111 New this summer: Justice League: Battle for Metropolis. 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia. www. Universal Studios Hollywood (800) UNIVERSAL 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City Water Parks - What’s New and Seasonal Dates Party packages, season passes, tube and board rentals, picnic areas and lockers may be available. Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark (619) 222-4SEA Daily, May 26 - August 27; select dates August 31 October 8. 2052 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista. Boomers  (949) 559-8341 Buccaneer Cove. Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. 3405 Michelson Drive, Irvine. Castle Park - Buccaneer Cove includes five water slides, water tunnels, fun spray cannons and more. Open: daily, June 1 - August 11; weekends, August 12 - October 15. 3500 Polk St., Riverside. (951) 785-3000. Drop Zone Waterpark  (951) 210-1600 Attractions include slides, geysers, a FlowRider and more. Open May - September. Visit their website for admission and season passes. 2165 Trumble Road, Perris. Knott’s Soak City  (714) 220-5200 New this year: Shore Break, Aqua-Launch, and The Wedge. Open daily, May - September. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. Legoland Water Park and Chima Water Park  (760) 918-5346 New this year, Surfers’ Cove. Open daily, March 18 - April 23 and May 26 - September 4; and weekends, April 29 - May 21 and September 9 October 1. One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad. www. Newport Dunes Aquatic Fun Park (949) 729-1150 Calm waves and fun toys for younger kids; bigger kids can romp on water trampolines, a mountain with a slide and other water features. Open year round, weather permitting, visit their website for seasonal times and admission. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. Raging Waters  (909) 802-2200 Open daily, June 2 - August 28. Weekends only, May 44 kidsguide spring/summer 2017

20-29 and September 1-24. 111 Raging Waters Drive, San Dimas. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor (661) 255-4111 Open: May - September. 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia. • Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark (562) 902-3191 Guaranteed to entertain; choose to spend the day in the lazy river, dare to plunge down two-story water slides or swim in the heated 25-yard pool. Adults can spend time with the little ones in the zero-depth play areas, spray pads and smaller slides. Free use of life jackets and tubes are always included with admission. Splash! offers the best value, with free parking, picnic areas, all-day park access, lockers and tasty food. The 18-acre park is beautifully landscaped with palm trees, lush green grassy areas, lounge chairs and umbrellas. Season passes on sale now at the pre-season price of just three payments of $19.66, now through May 31. 13806 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Check the website for 2017 schedule: www. See ad on back outside cover; coupon on page 49. Splash Kingdom in Redlands  (909) 335-7275 May 20 - September. 1101 California St., Redlands. The Cove Waterpark  (951) 360-1974 Three water slides, body-boarding, splash playground for younger kids and continuous river. Also offers day camp. Concessions are available. Daily, May - September; weekends only, September 10-18. 4310 Camino Real, Riverside. Wading and Spray Pools For a list of parks and shopping centers with wading pools and spray features, see Wading and Spray Pools under Aquatics and Water Polo.


MUSEUMS Museums in Southern California featuring kidfriendly exhibits and programs. Most museums offer group tours for schools and scouts. Visit the Calendar section (in print and online at for museum special events. Also see: Attractions in this section and Trains. • Bowers Kidseum 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 480-1520 Kidseum is a high-tech and interactive children’s museum with a focus on its mission, “Igniting imagination through exploration,” stressing the excitement of art, archaeology and world cultures. Check out the “Glow Cave” with its fun artmaking activities, ride the magical Wells Fargo stagecoach through time in the “Green Screen

Time Machine,” and explore archaeology like never before in the Archaeology Lab. New smart tables, smart boards, and computers offer visual stimulation and engagement. Open Saturdays and Sundays: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Extended springbreak hours: April 4-14, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (closed Mondays). Extended summer hours: June 6 - August 25, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (closed Mondays and July 4th). Admission is $8 for everyone over age 2 (subject to change, please check website). See ad on page 13. • Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200 Hands-on learning center that is dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages. It also serves as the national memorial for the Space Shuttle Columbia’s seven crew members, lost in 2003. The 20,000-square-foot visitor center is equipped with not only amazing technology and visual teaching exhibits, it also holds engaging classes and workshops (see Calendar). The Space Center also hosts the only Challenger Learning Center in the greater Los Angeles area, where you can: Return to the Moon, or go on a Voyage to Mars, and experience the real-life excitement of working in Mission Control or in the Spacecraft; available for field trips, team-building exercises and parties of 16 or more. Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Sundays and Mondays. $5 per person (4+). Also see Camps, Parties, STEM and Calendar. See ad on page 19. • Discovery Cube Los Angeles 11800 Foothill Blvd., Los Angeles (818) 686-2823 Take in 71,000 square feet of interactive fun. Whether you want to take a simulated helicopter tour or experience their own Santa Ana winds, there’s something for everyone to explore. Cuttingedge exhibits and thrilling events will educate and entertain everyone from kids of all ages to the kid in all of us. This spring, don’t miss Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles followed by Dinosaurs Unearthed in the summer. There’s always something new to explore at the Cube! • Discovery Cube Orange County 2500 North Main St., Santa Ana (714) 542-2823 Discovery Cube Orange County is filled with interactive and hands-on exhibits in themed areas including: Discovery Theater, Inspector Training Course, Boeing Rocket Lab, Eco Challenge, Science of Hockey, and more. Visitors will explore science like never before with a virtual earthquake, hurricane simulator, a cloud maker and more! This spring, check out Very Eric Carle and in summer, visit Doc McStuffins - The Exhibit, and Above and Beyond. There’s always something new to explore at the Cube! Field trips, outreach, special events, scout programs, sleepovers, home-school days and teacher workshops are also available. See ad on the back inside cover. lots more fun at

Flight Museums Flight Path Learning Center and Museum  (424) 646-7284 View the LAX tarmac. Closed Sunday and Monday. Free admission. 6661 W. Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles. Lyon Air Museum  (714) 210-4585 View the John Wayne Airport tarmac. Admission: $6-12. 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana. www. March Field Air Museum (951) 902-5949 Interactive play area and tours offered. Closed Monday. Admission: $5-10. 22550 Van Buren, Riverside.

Homestead Museum  (626) 968-8492 Guided tours only. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Free admission; donations welcome. 15415 E. Don Julian Road, City of Industry. Mission San Juan Capistrano  (949) 234-1300 Admission: $6-9; includes audio tour. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano. Pio Pico Historic Park Adobe (562) 695-1217 Closed Monday - Friday. Free admission and parking. 6003 Pioneer Blvd., Whittier. piopicohistoricpark Point Fermin Lighthouse  (310) 241-0684 Guided tours of the historic 1874 lighthouse.

Closed Mondays. Free admission; donations requested. 807 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro. www. Rancho Los Alamitos  (562) 431-3541 Closed Monday and Tuesday. Free admission. The ranch house will be closed for seismic reinforcement, April - October, the gardens and barns will remain open. 6400 E. Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach. www. • Rancho Los Cerritos  (562) 206-2040 Family events and tours are offered throughout the year. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Free admission. Summer camps are also offered for ages 6-10 and 11-13 (see Camps). 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach.

Museum of Flying  (310) 398-2500 Also features an interactive flight simulator (48” height restriction). Admission: $6-10, extra fee for flight simulator. 3100 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. Planes of Fame Air Museum  (909) 597-3722 Annual air shows, tours and monthly living-history events, plus the Aviation Discovery Center, a fun hands-on experience using STEM; open on Saturdays only. Admission: $4-11. 7000 Merrill Ave., #17, Chino. Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum (310) 618-1155 Aircraft exhibits, Tuskegee Airmen Learning Center, and Sky Lab Computer Center, plus after-school programs. 961 W. Alondra Blvd., Compton. www. Western Museum of Flight  (310) 326-9544 Make-and-Take model days throughout the year. Closed Monday. Admission: free - $5. 3315 Airport Drive, Red Baron, #3, Torrance. Historical Sites Tours (guided and self guided) and workshops, plus yearly family events and living history programs. School and scout tours are available. Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum (310) 603-0088 Museum offers tours of the Adobe every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday and on the first Thursday and Friday of the month. Free admission. 18127 S. Alameda St., Rancho Dominguez. www. Drum Barracks Civil War Museum (310) 548-7509 Guided tours only. Closed Monday and Friday. $5, suggested donation. 1052 Banning Blvd., Wilmington. Heritage Hill Historical Park  (949) 923-2230 Historic interpretive center, Serrano Ranch Adobe, El Toro Grammar School from 1890 and St. George’s Mission. 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest. www. Heritage Museum of OC  (714) 540-0404 Visit a working blacksmith shop, a rancho home, the Kellogg House and gardens. Closed Monday - Thursday. Admission: $5-7. 3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana. lots more fun at

kidsguide spring/summer 2017 45 Connect via Facebook at, on Twitter @rancholosc or on Instagram @rancholoscerritos. See ad on page 22. The Banning Museum  (310) 548-7777 1864 mansion and 20 acres of grounds. Closed Monday and Friday. Admission, $1-5. 401 East M St., Wilmington. Presidential Libraries Lincoln Memorial Shrine (909) 798-7632 Current exhibits include “And the War Came” and the “Sultana Disaster.” Closed Monday. Free admission. 125 W. Vine St., Redlands. The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum (714) 993 5075 Explore the First Lady’s Garden, President Nixon’s restored 1910’s birthplace, and the flower-ringed memorial sites of President and Mrs. Nixon. Special concerts, speakers and events throughout the year. Admission: $6-16. 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (805) 522-2977 Visitors take a self-guided tour through the grounds, including Air Force One (inside too) and the Reagan Museum with interactive exhibits. Admission: $10-25. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900 Pretend City Children’s Museum is an interconnected city designed for children (infant-8), comprised of a grocery store, farm, doctor’s office, art studio, amphitheater, beach, marina, construction site and many other exhibits. See Attractions for complete listing. See ad on page 45. More Museums Autry National Center  (323) 667-2000 Art and history of the American West. Guided tours, gold panning, Autry Explorers, summer dance series, and an annual American Indian Arts Marketplace. Closed Mondays. Admission: Free - $14. Located in Griffith Park. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. Free admission day: second Tuesdays. Beall Center for Art and Technology  (949) 824-6206 Revolving exhibits that explore relationships between art, science and engineering. Special family events throughout the year. Closed Sunday and Monday. Free admission. 712 Arts Plaza, University of California, Irvine. Calif. African American Museum  (213) 744-7432 History and culture with a focus on the African American journey from the west coast of Africa to the Western United States. Special events and family days throughout the year. Closed Monday. Free admission; parking, $12-15. Exposition Park, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles. California Science Center (323) 724-3623 This year’s temporary exhibit includes Body Worlds: 46 kidsguide spring/summer 2017

Pulse. Permanent exhibits include Space Shuttle Endeavour, Ecosystems, Air and Space Gallery, World of Life and Creative World. Separate reservations needed for Space Shuttle Endeavor. Free general admission to all permanent exhibits (excludes IMAX and special paid exhibits). Parking, $12. Avoid traffic and ride the Metro Expo Line, exit at the USC/Expo Park station. 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles. Chapman University Exhibits  (714) 997-6815 Huell Howser Archive - Includes images, text and artifacts, which outline Howser’s career and legacy in California. Located in the basement level. Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free. Sala and Aron Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library - Includes permanent and rotating exhibits of those affected by the Holocaust. Located on the 4th floor. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Free. One University Drive, Orange. The Hilbert Museum of California Art - Exhibits California artists portraying California from the 1920s to present day. Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free. 167 N. Atchison St., Orange, (714) 516-5880.,, www. Children’s Museum at La Habra  (562) 383-4236 Hands-on exhibits, plus enjoy Target Free Sundays throughout the year. Spring and summer exhibit: Ocean Zone, features live creatures of the sea where kids learn about different forms of sea life and how they adapt to each of the ocean’s mysterious “zones.” Closed Mondays. Museum closed for renovation, August 28 - September 25. Admission: $8. 301 S. Euclid St., La Habra. Getty Center and Villa  (310) 440-7300 Getty Center offers seasonal family activities including Family Festivals. Plus, the Family Room is open daily to stimulate kids’ interest in art through projects. The Getty Center offers free GettyGuide family audio tours and Family Art Detective Cards. The Villa will have closures through 2018, check their website for details, Getty Center: 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. Getty Villa: 7985 PCH, Pacific Palisades. Getty Center is closed Mondays. Getty Villa is closed Tuesdays. Admission, free; parking, $15 (the Pay Once, Park Twice program provides a flat $15 parking fee for a same-day visit to both locations). An advance timed ticket is required for the Getty Villa; one ticket includes up to three kids (15 and under). Hammer Museum  (310) 443-7000 Family programs include Hammer Kids and art workshops, family days and family flicks. Plus, download a family or teen guide from their website for an interactive experience in the galleries. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Closed Monday. Free admission daily. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens  (626) 405-2100 Visit the interactive Children’s Garden (2-7) and the Conservatory for Botanical Science with hands-on

science activities (8+). Closed Tuesday. Admission: $10-25. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. www. Free admission: first Thursday, with reserved tickets. Japanese American National Museum  (213) 625-0414 Japanese American culture and history. Closed Mondays. Admission: $6-10. 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles. Free admission: Thursdays, 5-8 p.m. and all-day on the third Thursday of the month. Kidspace Children’s Museum  (626) 449-9144 Interactive activities in the arts, sciences and humanities, including water features, plus classes, camps, family nights, parenting workshops and special events. Recommended for ages 1-10. Admission: $13. 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. Free admission on Family Night, first Tuesday night, 4-8 p.m. La Brea Tar Pits and Museum (213) 763-3499 Interactive displays of the Tar Pits and Southern California during the Ice Age. Visitors can watch fossil excavation and assembly in the Fossil Lab. Plus, Titans of the Ice Age 3D and Ice Age Encounters (separate tickets required). Admission: $5-19. Hancock Park, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Free admission: first Tuesdays, except July and August. Laguna Art Museum (949) 494-8971 Kids’ Art Studio, a free, drop-in family art time, third Sundays, 2-4 p.m. Summer camps offered. Docentled tours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach. Long Beach Museum of Art  (562) 439-2119 Free family art workshops on the 3rd Sunday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Closed Monday - Wednesday. Admission: $6-7. 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. www. Free admission days: Thursday night, 3-8 p.m.; and all day Fridays. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (323) 857-6000 Kids can join NexGen, a free youth membership program that offers free admission for anyone 17 and under as well as free general admission for one accompanying adult. Family activities include painting in the Boone Children’s Gallery, Family Days with tours and art-making on Sundays. Family Guides for kids (6-12) are available at the ticket office. Also, pick up an Art Tote for family-friendly activities. Closed Wednesdays. Admission: free - $15. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Kids (17 and under), free daily. Free general admission day: second Tuesday of the month, select federal holidays and Monday - Friday, after 3 p.m. for Los Angeles County residents. Museum of Latin American Art  (562) 437-1689 Dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art. 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach. www.molaa. org. Free admission: fourth Friday of each month, from 6-9 p.m., plus every Sunday. Museum of Music Making  (760) 438-5996 Try out instruments and explore who makes them, and what they sound like in the hands of masters, covering 1890s to today. Closed Monday. Admislots more fun at

sion: $7-10. 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad. www. Museum of Tolerance  (310) 553-8403 Interactive exhibits encourage visitors (recommended for 10+) to find solutions to social problems, learn about hate groups and experience the events leading up to the Holocaust and World War II. The exhibit, “Anne,” explores the legacy of Anne Frank, separate paid ticket required. Closed Saturday. $11.50-15.50. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. Muzeo  (714) 956-8936 Temporary and often changing exhibits on heritage, culture and arts. Closed Mondays. Admission: $6-10. 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim.

Natural History Museum of LA County (213) 763-3466 The Nature Gardens allow visitors to spot birds and butterflies and explore an edible garden. The Nature Lab features live animals, touchable specimens, citizen science projects and multi-media. Dino Lab allows visitors to watch the assemblage of real dinosaur fossils. The Butterfly Exhibit is open through September 4. Admission: $5-12. Exposition Park, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. Free admission day: first Tuesdays (except in July and August and every Tuesday in September). Norton Simon Museum (626) 449-6840 Free family programs focus on the permanent collection and exhibits. Kids are free. Closed Tuesday. Admission: free - $12. 411 Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Free admission: first Fridays, 5-8 p.m.

Pennypickle’s Workshop Temecula Children’s Museum  (951) 308-6376 Hands-on inventions, gadgets and experiments. Workshops, kids’ night out and special events offered. Closed most Mondays. Admission: $5 (price may differ for special events). 42081 Main St., Temecula. Petersen Automotive Museum  (323) 930-2277 View Hollywood cars, race cars, vintage cars and more in their collection. Admission: $7-15. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology  (909) 624-2798 A diverse collection of dinosaur fossils, footprints and trackways. Closed Sunday. Admission: $6. 1175 W. Baseline Road, Claremont.

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Skirball Cultural Center  (310) 440-4500 Exhibitions, music, theater, comedy, film, family and literary programs, Zeidler’s Cafe, plus Noah’s Ark. Closed Monday. Admission: $7-12. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. Free admission day: Thursdays. Note: Advance tickets to Noah’s Ark are highly recommended on weekends and during school breaks; tickets for free Thursdays are first-come, first-served only (no advance tickets), subject to availability., www.bolsachicalandtrust. org,

Southern California Children’s Museum  (626) 657-0357 Early-childhood educational exhibits. Admission: $8. 459 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena.

Los Angeles County Arboretum  (626) 821-3222 Adults, $9; kids (5-12), $4. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia.

Tankland American Military Museum (626) 442-1776 Tanks and military vehicles on display. Closed Monday - Thursday. Admission: $1-5. 1918 Rosemead Blvd., South El Monte. The Paley Center for Media  (310) 786-1000 Public accessible archives of television, radio, and new media content, over 160,000 programs and advertisements spanning the history of media, including collections focused on LGBT, African-American, and Hispanic achievements in television. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission: free, donations welcome. 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. www. Wells Fargo History Museum  (213) 253-7166 Features interactive exhibits, an original Concord Coach, a historically re-created agent’s office, a working telegraph, and samples of gold, including a 27-ounce gold nugget. Closed Sunday and most Saturdays. Free admission and cell-phone tour. Metered parking. 333 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. www. Zimmer Children’s Museum  (323) 761-8984 Kids can be a star at the Mann Theater, pilot the Zimmer Plane, explore music at Rhythms of the World, make a splash at Water Ways and more. Closed Saturday. Admission: $7.50. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 100, Los Angeles.


PARKS & NATURE CENTERS Arboretums, parks and nature centers. Most parks feature paved trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, sports fields and courts, plus the unique features listed. Arboretums, Gardens and Wetlands The following locations offer self-guided tours, workshops, family and kids’ programs, and special events. Bolsa Chica Wetlands Guided tours and programs. Free; donations welcome. 3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach. www.

Descanso Gardens (818) 949-4290 Adults, $9; kids (5-12), $4. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge. Fullerton Arboretum  (657) 278-3407 $5 suggested donation for entry. 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton.

Sherman Library & Gardens  (949) 673-2261 Adults, $5; kids (12-18), $3. First Monday of the month, free admission. 2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona Del Mar. South Coast Botanic Garden  (310) 544-1948 Adults, $9; kids (5-12), $4. Free admission every third Tuesday. 26300 Crenshaw, Palos Verdes Peninsula. Nature Centers Guided and self-guided tours, workshops and classes, family-friendly events and interpretive centers. • El Dorado Nature Center (562) 570-1745 Family and kids’ workshops, art and science classes, family night walks (must pre-register, call (562) 5701745), museum, gift shop and bird-watching on a 102acre site, with more than two miles of trails, two lakes and a stream featuring California native plants. Closed Mondays. Vehicle entry fee, $5-8. 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach. See their Nature Kids! Discovery Camps in STEM. See ad on front inside cover. Environmental Nature Center  (949) 645-8489 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center  (310) 782-3989 3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance. Nix Nature Center  (949) 923-2235 Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Oak Canyon Nature Center  (714) 998-8380 Summer camps offered. 6700 E. Walnut Canyon Road, Anaheim Hills. San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary  (949) 261-7963 5 Riparian View, Irvine. Shipley Nature Center  (714) 842-4772 Parent and Me Time on Wednesdays, 11 a.m. $3 per parent. Donations welcome. Closed Sundays. 17851 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach. www. Turtle Rock Nature Center  (949) 724-6738 School-break camps also offered. 1 Sunnyhill Drive, Irvine. lots more fun at

Upper Newport Bay Preserve  (949) 923-2290 Toddler programs also offered. 2301 N. University Drive, Newport Beach. Parks in Long Beach Metro and Los Angeles Abalone Cove Shoreline Park  (310) 377-1222 Abalone Cove and Sacred Cove beaches, tidepools, trails and scenic views. 5970 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes. Don Knabe Community Regional Park  (562) 924-5144 Two fishing lakes, pool, gymnasium. 9800 Bloomfield Ave., Cerritos. • El Dorado Regional Park East  (562) 570-1771 West  (562) 570-3225 El Dorado East includes the El Dorado Park Express Railroad, a duck pond, an archery range, public library, fishing lakes, paddle boat rentals and two playgrounds. El Dorado West offers a community center, disc golf, roller hockey, tennis center, a golf course and skatepark. Parking fees may apply, $5-8. www.

PHOTOGRAPHY • Jessica Lake Photography 4549 Cerritos Ave., Ste. A, Cypress JLP makes preserving the memories of your child’s early years stress-free. This studio specializes in maternity and newborn, through elementary-school age. They provide the digital images from the portrait session so that you can print and frame all of

your favorites. First birthdays are perfect for their Cake Smash session. Their 1,000-square-foot studio has multiple sets up at a time and their holiday sets are a favorite. Be sure to visit their website and sign up for the free newsletter to see the variety of services and specialty holiday sessions they offer. They also have monthly JLP Pop-Up events—a great balance of boutique photography at an even more affordable price. Email: jessicalakephoto@ Also see Parties.

Grand Park LA  (213) 972-8080 Family-friendly events throughout the year, including music and dance performances, festivals, outdoor activities and holiday celebrations. 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Griffith Park  (323) 913-4688 An antique carousel, golf courses, including a kids’ course with driving range, pony rides, equestrian center, bird sanctuary, the Batman bat cave in Bronson Canyon and train rides. The park is also home to the historic locomotive museum Travel Town, the Westernthemed Autry National Center, the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Griffith Observatory, the Hollywood sign and remnants of the Old Zoo. 4730 Crystal Springs Drive. La Mirada Regional Park  (562) 902-5645 Frisbee golf courses, swimming pool and year-round fishing (fishing licenses required for 16+). 13707 Adelfa Ave., La Mirada. Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area  (626) 334-1065 Lake with year-round fishing and non-motorized watercraft, plus nature center. 15501 E. Arrow Hwy., Irwindale. Vehicle entry fee $10. Whittier Narrows Recreation Area (626) 575-5526 Fishing lakes, BMX course, nature center, equestrian facility, a military museum, and archery, skeet, pistol, rifle and trap ranges. Boat, surrey and bike rentals are also available. Vehicle entry, $6. 823 Lexington-Gallatin Road, South El Monte.

Parking: $3-5. 3300 North State College Blvd., Fullerton.

$3-5. 16801 Euclid St., Fountain Valley. www.

Huntington Beach Central Park  (714) 536-5486 Disc-golf course, fishing, equestrian center, public library and the Shipley Nature Center. Goldenwest St. and Talbert Ave.

Orange County Great Park (949) 724-6247 Great Park balloon and carousel rides, art gallery, special events, kids’ and family programs, movie nights, and a farmers market. Plus, a 2,600-foot Walkable Historical Timeline, Kids Rock Playground with tunnels and misters, reflecting ponds, and Farm + Food Lab. Park entrance, Sand Canyon and Marine Way, Irvine.

Irvine Regional Park  (714) 973-6835 Features the Orange County Zoo, train rides, equestrian center and pony rides, nature center, and paddle boat and tandem bike rentals. Parking: $3-5. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. www. Mason Regional Park  (949) 923-2220 Model sail boating, horseshoe pits, a physical fitness vita course, amphitheater and a nine-acre lake, plus a butterfly habitat. Parking: $3-5. 18712 University Drive, Irvine.

Ralph B. Clark Regional Park and Interpretive Center  (714) 973-3170 Horseshoe pits, a stocked lake for fishing and a lake for model sail boating, plus a paleontology museum. Free Family Fossil Day features a three-hour journey through fossil history conducted by the park’s on-site paleontologist. Parking: $3-5. 8800 Rosecrans Ave., Buena Park.

Mile Square Regional Park  (714) 973-6600 Archery range and two fishing lakes. Parking:

Santiago Regional Park  (714) 973-6620 Amphitheater, horseshoe pits and interpretive center

Parks in North Orange County Carbon Canyon Regional Park (714) 973-3160 Horseshoe pits, lake with two fishing piers, plus a ten-acre grove of Coastal Redwoods. Parking: $3-5. 4442 Carbon Canyon Road, Brea. www. Craig Regional Park  (714) 973-3180 Handicapped-accessible playground, horseshoe pits, and a lake for model sail boating (electrical only). lots more fun at

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plus orange groves. Parking: $3-5. 2145 N. Windes Drive, Orange. Talbert Regional Park  (949) 923-2250 The trail system allows linkage to other parks up and down a stream along the Santa Ana River. 1298 Victoria Ave., Costa Mesa. Tri-City Regional Park  (714) 973-3180 Fishing and model sail boating (no motors). Parking: $3. 2301 Kraemer Blvd., Placentia. www. Parks in South Orange County Aliso and Wood Canyons Park  (949) 923-2200 Ranger-led family programs. Parking: $3. 28373 Alicia Pkwy., Laguna Niguel. Caspers Wilderness Park  (949) 923-2210 Camping, showers and interpretive center, plus, ranger-led family programs. Parking: $3-5. Reservations and extra fee for camping. 33401 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano. Crystal Cove State Park  (949) 494-3539 Tide pools, guided hikes, nature programs and summer camps. Vehicle entry fee, $15 (annual pass $185). Camping is available at Moro and three miles inland, reservations required. 8471 PCH, Laguna Beach. Fossil Reef Park  (949) 707-2680 A preserved portion of fossil reef is 17 million years old and has 48 species of marine fossil vertebrates, including shark teeth and Desmostylus. 25555 Alicia Pkwy., Laguna Hills. Laguna Niguel Regional Park  (949) 923-2240 Horseshoe pits, pickleball courts, radio-controlled glider area, fishing lake and interpretive programs. 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel. Parking, $3-5. O’Neill Regional Park  (949) 923-2260 Camping, horseshoe pits, interpretive center, and ranger-led family-friendly programs and walks. Camping reservations are required. Parking: $35. 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon. Riley Wilderness Park  (949) 923-2265 Butterfly garden, interpretive center and guided walks. Parking: $3. 30952 Oso Pkwy., Coto De Caza.


ZOOS & ANIMAL CARE CENTERS Zoos, farms, animal-care centers and an exotic rescue. For aquariums with marine animals, see Attractions in this section. Animal Care Centers and Exotic Rescue Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles - Outreach and educational programs. Open daily. Free, donations encouraged. 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro. (310) 548-5677. Pacific Marine Mammal Center - Outreach and educational programs. Open daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free, donations encouraged. 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. (949) 494-3050. Star Eco Station - Rescue facility offers handson ecology lessons and encounters with tropical birds, exotic reptiles, wildcats and ocean life. Annual events and school-break camps are also offered. Weekends, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., tours begin every hour (last tour at 3 p.m.). Visit their website for closures before going. Adults, $8; kids, $6. 10101 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City. (310) 8428060. Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Gardens 47-900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert (760) 346-5694 Encounter over 450 wild animals, live shows, children’s discovery center, animal carousel, seasonal camel rides, twice daily giraffe feedings, a G-scale model train, and more. Open daily. Adults, $19.95; kids (3-12), $9.95. Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles (323) 644-4200 Home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered. Children’s Zoo and school-break camps also offered. Open daily. Admission: adults, $20; kids (2-12), $15. Moorpark College Teaching Zoo 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark (805) 378-1441 Animal shows and demonstrations twice a day. Plus, behind-the-scenes tours and other up-close opportunities. Weekends, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Adults, $8; kids (3-12), $6. Camps added daily! 50 kidsguide spring/summer 2017

Orange County Zoo Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange (714) 973-6847 A variety of animals and a petting area. Visit their website for story times, special events and classes.

School tours and scout programs available. Open daily. General admission: $2; free for ages 3 and under. Parking, $3-10. Petting Zoos and Farms Amy’s Farm  (844) 426-9732 Farm group tours of 10+, smaller groups (2+) can be added on to other tours as bookings allow. Call for availability. Includes: milking cows, feeding farm animals, grooming horses and picking herbs. $8-10 per person. Educational workshops and classes also available. 7698 Eucalyptus Ave., Ontario. Centennial Farm  (714) 708-1500 A three-acre working farm at the OC Fair and Event Center. Visitors can view pigs, chickens, cattle, goats and more. Tours during general public hours. Monday - Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission. The farm is closed on holidays and during property-wide events such as the OC Fair. OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. Pony Time  (562) 916-7669, (951) 201-3928 Goats, rabbits, chickens, sheep, an alpaca and a cow. Admission is $1. Goat feeding for additional fee. Hand-led ponies around a trot track are also available, plus lessons and trail rides. 11369 Carson St., Lakewood. Susie Q Ranch (951) 551-4585 Pony rides, petting zoo and trail rides. 28330 Mary Place, Murrieta. Zoomars Petting Zoo  (949) 831-6550 Kids can ride a pony, hop on board the miniature train and bounce between petting pens. Parties, camps and special events are also offered. Plus, “Miner’s Gulch,” where kids pan for gems, fossils and gold. Adults, $10; kids, $8. 31791 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano. San Diego Zoo 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego (619) 231-1515 Home to more than 3,700 rare and endangered animals. Plus, camps, sleepovers and family events. Open daily. Adults, $52; kids (3-11), $42. San Diego Zoo Safari Park 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido (760) 747-8702 Like a safari, guests can see herds of African animals, such as rhino, giraffe, antelope and gazelle. Plus, safaris, camps, sleepovers, Flightline zip line and a Jungle Ropes course. Adults, $52; kids (311), $42. Santa Ana Zoo Prentice Park, 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana (714) 836-4000 Home of the 50 monkeys with over 150 animals (some endangered), plus a children’s farm, train and carousel. Family events throughout the year. Open daily. Adults, $10-12; kids (3-12), $7-9. lots more fun at

The Reptile Zoo 18818 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley (714) 500-0591 More than 100 exotic species of reptiles, amphibians and arachnids. Plus interactive hands-on opportunities. Open daily. Adults, $10; kids (3-11), $5.

parties Party packages and entertainment at your home or party facility. Also see listings throughout Kidsguide as many offer party packages.

parties • A Karate School for Kids (714) 899-1000 The academy offers birthday parties, along with Girl and Boy Scout meetings. Rental space is available for groups, aerobics, kickboxing, yoga,

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etc. See Martial Arts on page 66 for more information. • Adventure City 1238 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim (714) 236-9300 What a day of excitement! Play in Adventure City as long as you like; enjoy one-hour in the whimsical Party Station eating pizza and other treats served by your own party hostess; take a private train ride with your child as the engineer, and much more. Adventure City provides everything from invitations to wonderful memories. Parents can relax and enjoy the party. See Attractions for more information. See ad on page 40. • Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach (562) 951-1630 Let the Aquarium supply all the ingredients for an unforgettable party! Birthday parties include a onehour classroom program featuring animal touch time, bio-fact discovery and a souvenir craft project. The party concludes with an additional half-hour in the classroom for the birthday celebration. Guests are welcome to bring their own cake; food items can be provided for an additional cost. All you need to do is call at least two weeks prior to reserve a date (subject to availability) and then invite your guests. For parties up to 25 people: $1,200. For parties of 26-45 people: $2,000. Members discount available. See ad on page 41; coupon on page 75.

• Art Explorers (714) 552-0782 Fun and creative art projects for birthday parties, Girl Scouts and Boy Scout badges. Kids (grades K-6), come dressed to get messy and ready to explore all different types of art and art mediums. Visit for more information. See ad on page 21. • Art Steps 18212 Imperial Hwy., Yorba Linda (714) 524-2248 24000 Alicia Pkwy. # 31, MV (949) 454-9555 Birthday parties or scout classes at Art Steps are fun, mini art classes. Each child proudly brings home a beautiful, finished drawing in crayon, marker or pastel, as a party favor or as work toward an art badge. Contact for details on their new location opening in Irvine! Also see Arts and Crafts under Arts and Camps. See ad on page 7. • Blue Submarine (888) 218-8085 The Blue Submarine offers fun, educational adventures in marine biology. They bring live tidepool animals to you, adding an unforgettable experience to your birthday party or special event. The Blue Submarine allows your guests to visit the tidepool without getting wet! English/Spanish bilingual programs also available. Call today to book your party or special event! See ad on page 52.

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• Bold Girlz Store and Party Place 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy., Ste. 305, Mission Viejo (949) 348-1300 Offers fashion camps, fashion-themed birthday parties, spa parties, rock star parties and more. Parties include exclusive use of their beautiful, private party room, stage and runway, hair and makeup, fashion crafts and more. • Bowers Kidseum 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 480-1520 Invite your friends to a fun-filled, unique birthday party experience! Customized packages may include a face painter, storyteller, and art projects. There’s something for everyone to enjoy at Kidseum. Party packages start as low as $285. See ad on page 13. • The Bubble Rollers Emerald Isle Entertainment Inc. (714) 508-3690 The original Bubble Rollers (the premier product-line from Emerald Isle Entertainment) allows you to run, walk or roll on water without getting wet! No pool? They can bring an inflatable pool, or have your party at a public pool or park, or a Bubble Rollers location; they are approved by OC Parks, California PTA and Compliance Depot for all schools, churches and public events. Be the first to offer a Bubble Bumper or Bubble Bumper Soccer event; or try their Land Zorb Bubble Rollers, Large Tube Rollers and Paddle Roller Boats. Perfect for children’s parties, corporate events, carnivals, fundraisers, team building or any special occasion. Their newest attractions include: foam parties, synthetic mobile ice skating rink and curling (see Skating and Hockey), Quad Mobile Bungee Trampoline system, photo booth and Huge Radical Run Obstacle Course. Don’t be fooled by imitators...they are the original and only Bubble Rollers. See ad on page 51. • Build It Workspace 4388 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos (714) 947-0800 Parties at Build It Workspace are an exciting and creative way to celebrate your child’s big day. Fun activities include robot races, sewing with electronics, soap/chocolate-mold making, 3D printing and laser cutting. Girls and boys learn something new and create a unique project to take home. Parties are two hours with exclusive use of the facility. Scouting events, meetings and fundraisers also available. Also see STEM. See ad on page 14. • Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200 Host your own out-of-this-world event at the Columbia Memorial Space Center. Use the entire 20,000-square-foot Space Center or select facilities for meetings, birthdays, reunions, weddings, banquets, and other special events. Birthday party packages are available. See Museums for complete listing. See ad on page 19.

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• Discovery Cube Orange County 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 542-2823 Have an unforgettable birthday full of discovery, learning and play at Discovery Cube! Your party guests will spend the day exploring two floors of interactive exhibits, watch a live science demonstration, and celebrate your special day with pizza and refreshments catered by Bean Sprouts in the Birthday Party Zone! To learn more or book a party, visit or call (714) 913-5030. See ad on the back inside cover. • East West Ice Palace 11446 Artesia Blvd., Artesia (562) 809-6200 Fun party package includes public skating admission, private party room, pizza, cake, soft drinks, party decor, plus skate time. Skating lessons available upon request. Also offers public skating and skating classes for kids (3+) and adults. See Skating and Hockey under Sports. See ad on page 69. • Emerald Isle Entertainment Inc. Mobile Ice Skating Rink (714) 508-3690 Emerald Isle Entertainment has added something new and exciting to their inventory. First it was walking on water, then it was Bubble Bumper Soccer, Laser Tag, Quad Bungee, huge obstacle courses and photo booths—and now you can ice skate year round! If you’re looking for a unique experience for your corporate, church, or school event or home party, try their synthetic mobile ice rink. It can be set up on almost any flat paved surface and they can even provide the skates. Want to try ice curling? Contact them for that, too! See ad on page 51. • Fire Pixie Entertainment (714) 831-1880 Fire Pixie Entertainment SoCal brings award-winning entertainment to parties throughout LA and Orange Counties. Your favorite characters, superheroes, fairies and pirates (even swimming mermaids!) are ready to surprise and delight your guests. They offer the best face painters and balloon twisters in the area, and also magic, storytelling, puppets, hula hooping, games, music and more! Perfect for birthday parties and corporate events, their entertainers and artists are sure to delight guests of all ages. They work with you to customize your experience and will make your event truly unforgettable. Check out their website, call or email to bring the magic to your next event! See ad on page 77. • Flightdeck’s “Top Gun” Birthday Parties 1650 S. Sinclair St., Anaheim (714) 937-1511 Looking for a unique birthday party idea? Flightdeck’s Top Gun birthday parties are a perfect fit for all kids (6-10). Flightdeck replaces the same old, same old party with a completely unique pilot experience, dog-fighting each other in fighter jet flight simulators. Make this year’s birthday unforgettable with the thrill of air combat action and a solid focus on everyone having a great time together. Book the party, invite lots more fun at

the guests and Flightdeck will execute your birthday party mission with military precision! Packages include party room, mission briefing and 30 minutes of flight time for each pilot. Also see Attractions under Outings. See ad with coupon on this page. • Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk (562) 868-9956 Have your child’s next birthday party, team party or scouting event at Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park! Pizza Party packages can include easy or challenging miniature golf and exciting rides, including go-karts, bumper boats and kiddie train. While there, guests also enjoy the latest in arcade games, great prizes, snack bar and party facilities. Where the 5 and 605 freeways meet. Also see Attractions and Calendar. See ad on page 41. • Gryphon Fencing & Fitness Studio 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia 92870 (714) 519-1343 Knights, pirates, Jedi, Zorro or Robin Hood? Fencing and archery are fun activities for all ages. Gryphon offers fencing or archery-themed birthday parties for kids and adults. The birthday person and guests will play games, learn basic fencing moves and cap the event with a fencing match using Olympic-style electric scoring equipment. For archery-themed events, participants will learn safe shooting skills, play games and shoot balloons. The typical birthday party is two hours with 90 minutes for the fencing or archery activities and the last 30 minutes set aside for cake or refreshments. Call for rates and availability. Email: See ad on page 65. • Irvine Lanes 3415 Michaelson Ave., Irvine (949) 786-9625 Irvine Lanes bowling center offers fun, easy-to-plan, and affordable birthday parties for kids of all ages. With 40 lanes of bowling, they can accommodate parties of any size. Their catering kitchen offers many items that can be added to your birthday party, including fruit and veggie platters. Also see Bowling. See ad on page 63. • Jessica Lake Photography 4549 Cerritos Ave., Ste. A, Cypress JLP makes enjoying and preserving your little one’s first birthday as easy as can be! Their First Birthday Cake Smash with a real cake is the perfect way to celebrate! Little ones’ personalities shine and it’s a fun event all around. They also have monthly JLP Pop-Up events—a great balance of boutique photography at an even more affordable price. Be sure to visit their website to see the variety of services and specialty sessions they offer. Email: jessicalakephoto@gmail. com. See ad on page 49.


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(310) 578-2278 (CART) Hip Hop Party, Go...Fight...Win Cheer Party and the Dancing Princess Party! All birthday parties include exclusive use of their decorated studio, glitz and glam session, fun dancing and games, and a personalized cookie cake! Great for your daughter’s birthday, scout troop or soccer team. Customized parties are also available for tweens, teens and adults. Also see Camps, and Dance under Arts. See ad on pages 7 and 25. • Kidnastics 10712 Reagan St., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102 Kidnastics has always been the place to be for your child’s birthday party. With over 23,000 square feet of gymnastics equipment, your child and their friends can enjoy over several hours of active-play in a fun and safe environment. With exciting attractions like astro-jumps, tumbling trampoline, castle playhouse, interactive games and so much more, your child will enjoy their best birthday party yet! Come join them for a fun-filled and most memorable event of your child’s life. Their birthday party sessions are very popular so hurry and call to reserve your spot today! Please visit the website or call the number listed for more program information. See ad on page 27. • Leeway Sailing Center Birthday Party Packages 5437 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach (562) 570-1719 A unique fun celebration at the beach! Birthday Party Package “A” includes one hour of beach games,

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one hour of barbecue and one hour of boating. Pricing ranges from $255-490 based on size of party, package and amenities. Birthday Party Package “B” includes one hour of beach games or barbecue and one hour of boating. Pricing ranges from $200-465 based on size of party, package and amenities. Nonrefundable deposit due at time of reservation: $50. • Let’s Have a Cart Party (310) 578-2278 (CART) Since 1969, Let’s Have a Cart Party has been preparing fresh food at your party site in front of your guests. Kenny Baines, owner and head chef, handselects only the finest produce for your occasion. Meats are fresh and never frozen. Carts include: kosher hot dogs, gourmet pizza, chicken nuggets, french fries, baked potato bar, cotton candy, ice cream sundaes, fresh hot cookies, crepes, chocolate fountains and many more. Their antique-style carts add a unique character to any celebration. See ad on this page; coupon on page 75. • Life of the Party (562) 860-7797, (714) 903-7689 The best children’s entertainers in Southern California! Their expert staff features top performers including magicians, clowns, super heroes, princesses, and fairy tale and holiday characters. Plus, they offer karate parties, dress-up/glamour parties, karaoke sing-alongs, puppet shows, reptile shows, pony rides/petting zoos and much more. Over 20 years of experience. Call for a free con-

• Kick It Up 8129 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 430-1812 A variety of parties and options are offered, including the Enchanted Princess Ballerinas’ Ball, Fairy Dream Dance, Pineapple Princess Hula Party, Pop Princess lots more fun at

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• My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns (562) 986-0066 Easy, fun, all-in-one parties! Exclusive use of the entire gym. Convenient and easy for parents. Games, games, games...and so much more. With a birthday right around the corner, why not give your child the experience of a lifetime. Celebrate at My Gym with captivating games, rides and unique activities customized for your child. The caring and energetic staff will handle everything. See ad on page 37. • Parties By Erin & Co. (562) 901-0111 With more than 15 years of experience, Parties By Erin and her team of talented performers can make your child’s dream a reality. What sets them apart from the rest? They custom-build every party according to your theme and age group, so they grow with your child each year. From face painting and magic with Cinderella for the younger set, to combat training and relays with a super hero, they relieve your party-planning stress. For older kids, they coordinate dance parties and sports, or experience their newest theme, “Who-Done-It” mystery parties, with a cool party host who makes sure the party is exactly what your child had hoped for! There’s no character too unusual, no theme too extravagant! Send Parties by Erin & Co. your idea and let them create the party your child has always wanted. See ad on page 52. • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900 Exciting and engaging parties for children (infant-8). With a variety of packages and customized offerings, your child’s party is sure to be memorable and unique. See Museums for complete listing. See ad on page 45.

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• Sewing Lab Los Alamitos 4215 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos (657) 465-5499 A fun three-hour sewing party! Party go-ers (grades 2+) will not only learn how to safely use a sewing machine, but also sew their own party favor—a reversible tote bag or a stuffed animal. A birthday party they’ll never forget! Also see Arts and Crafts and Camps. See ad on page 21. • Shared Science (562) 285-3942 Shared Science will help you design a physical science or robotics workshop to suit your event needs. Shared Science provides kids (grades K-9) with unique engineering fun that includes LEGO constructions, computer programming or even robotics. Workshop content can be tailored to group age, interests and take-away projects. Greater Long Beach locations. Also see Camps and STEM. See ad on page 29.

• Skateboarding Parties with Skatedogs (714) 313-8787 Skatedogs comes to your home with portable ramps and rails to create a custom skatepark for a one-ofa-kind birthday party. Guests can ride ramps and get skateboarding tips from an experienced instructor. All parties include a T-shirt for the birthday boy or girl, with the option of including a T-shirt for all participants. Also see Camps and Skateboarding. See ad on page 69. • Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark 13806 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada  90638 (562) 902-3191 Celebrate your birthday or any special event and have a splashing good time at La Mirada’s premiere fun destination, Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark. From end-ofschool-year celebrations, to company picnics, birthday parties and team events, celebrations are easy to plan and fun to attend. From an All-American Picnic, to upscale dining, their catering services can accommodate your needs. All-inclusive waterpark birthdays, full park rentals, and picnic areas are available. Splash! offers the best value, with free parking, picnic areas, all-day park access, lockers and tasty food. The 18-acre park is beautifully landscaped with palm trees, lush green grassy areas, lounge chairs and umbrellas. See ad on the back outside cover; coupon on page 49. • Task Force Laser Tag and Airsoft Shooting Range - Emerald Isle Entertainment Inc. (714) 508-3690 Get your next event blasting with Task Force Laser Tag or Mobile Airsoft Shooting Range! Great for both kids and adults, they offer the most realistic Laser Tag experience in Southern California. Their state-of-the-art equipment works both day and night, and their paintball-style inflatable bunkers turn your playing field into a one-of-a-kind realistic battle zone. They can operate almost anywhere, including parks, schools, indoor halls, gyms, backyards and more. And, no one else in the Western U.S. offers their airsoft machine-gun style enclosed shooting range. Both are the ideal attractions for your one-of-a-kind birthday party, school or church carnival, corporate team building or fundraising event. Approved by The California PTA and Compliance Depot. Also available are their foam parties, Quad Bungee Trampoline system, Huge Radical Run Obstacle Courses and mobile photo booths (see listing for “The Bubble Rollers” in this section). See ad on page 51. • The Rinks Anaheim ICE  (714) 535-RINK Huntington Beach Inline  (714) 901-2629 Irvine Inline (949) 559-9949 Lakewood ICE (562) 429-1805 Westminster ICE  (714) 248-9611 Yorba Linda ICE  (714) 692-8776 Put your party plans on ice at The Rinks! They offer packages with cake, refreshments, balloons and party decorations in their private party rooms. Then take to the ice for the coolest fun, including an exclusive group skating lesson for you and your birthday party guests! For party package prices and information, visit them online or call. See listing in Skating and Hockey for locations. See ad on page 68. lots more fun at

• Vans Skatepark Birthday Parties 20 City Blvd. West, Orange (714) 763-3800 Vans Skatepark is a great place to have a birthday party. The skatepark has a few different party packages to choose from—some even include private lessons. There is plenty of room for parents to watch as well as a video game area. Please contact the park for details. See ad on page 5.

schools Also see: Child Care and Baby Sitting under Family Resources, and Enrichment for Tutoring and Academics.

schools • Educare 4300 Bellflower Blvd., Lakewood  (562) 377-1300 5730 South St., Lakewood  (562) 461-7311 EduCare Preschools of Lakewood are private, non-

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Preschool Belmont Shore Children’s Center 30 W. Termino Ave., Long Beach (562) 439-3369

Early Learning Preschool 4539 Cerritos Ave., Cypress (714) 828-9000

Cerritos Learning Tree Preschool 19023 Norwalk Blvd., Artesia (562) 860-6302

Cypress Learning Tree 5417 Bishop St., Cypress (714) 527-2744

Rossmoor Children’s Center 4161 Green Ave., Los Alamitos (562) 431-6553

Cerritos Lane Preschool 20223 Cabrillo Lane, Cerritos  (562) 865-0482

Acacia Tree Preschool 1701 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton (714) 526-7855

Town & County Preschool 14203 Willow Ln., Westminster (714) 894-4036

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• Arts • Academics • Social Development • Hot Lunch • Potty Training • Clean/Safe Environment • Caring, Loving Teachers • Toddlers • Pre-K

Summer Swim School at Rossmoor! Rossmoor Children’s Center & Swim School

• Pool Heated to 90˚• Gentle Approach • Red Cross Certified Instructors • Ages 3+ • 4 Children Per Class • Splash and Play: Children enrolled in our preschool play in our wading pool all summer long for FREE! • 562.431.6553

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PRESCHOOL Ages 2-5 Highest Rated on Star Quality Program!

Weekly group for moms with newborns to 3 years Great way to meet moms! Thursday, 9:30-11 a.m. Challah baking, Shabbat songs, stories & more.

Newborns to 2 Years Full & Part Time

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Spanish Dual Immersion Afterschool Program

3621 E. Broadway, Long Beach • 562.438.4904 •

CHILDREN’S CENTER Pre-K Programs 7am-5:55pm or 8:00-Noon After School Kindergarten Program: 11:30 am-5:30 pm


PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN “The Best in Education & Care For Your Child”

Ages 2-6 7am-6pm Mon-Fri POTTY TRAINING 2 LOCATIONS

4300 Bellflower Blvd., Lakewood, 90713 Lic#198006164 • Methodist Church Lkwd.

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profit preschools, and accept children ages 24 months through kindergarten. Each school is licensed for 70 children. Each facility leases space in a church, and both are attractive and well-maintained. There is a stable staff with very little turn-over. Parents and visitors at the school often comment on the relaxed atmosphere, and say that the children seem happy. EduCare has an open-door policy. Please feel free to just stop in, or you can call for information. See ad on this page. • Fairmont Private Schools Four OC Locations: Anaheim, Anaheim Hills & North Tustin (714) 765-6300 Since 1953, Fairmont Private Schools has partnered with parents who seek the best opportunities for their children. With four OC campus locations, Fairmont is the oldest, largest, nonsectarian private school in Orange County. Known for exceptional academic student outcomes, Fairmont serves preschool through high school students and provides an individualized educational experience for each student to help them reach their full potential. Their students benefit from passionate educators, an accelerated curriculum, competitive sports, award-winning arts programs, and character development training. Fairmont also offers extended day care, academic assistance, transportation and summer programs (see Camps). See ad on page 17. • Friendship Academy 4120 185th St., Torrance (310) 707-1423 Community Development Center’s Friendship Academy is a non-profit organization funded by the California Department of Education. It offers child care and early education services to eligible families with children ages 2-5 years. Hours: Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., with full and part-day options. Potty training is not required. Low teacher/child ratio of 1 to 8. Call to register or to visit. After-school and summer programs for ages 5-12 years are also offered. Email: or acampuzano@cdcfa. org. See ad on page 54. • Grace First Presbyterian Church and Preschool 3955 Studebaker Road, Long Beach (562) 425-0080 Grace First Presbyterian Church Preschool was established in 1957 as an outreach to serve the children (2-5) and families of the community. They provide developmentally appropriate curriculum by providing a balance of activities that meets the cognitive, social, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of children. At Grace First Preschool, they recognize each child as a unique gift, and emphasize the development of the whole child. Their curriculum provides the opportunity to discover, explore and to express their curiosity through a balance of child discovery and teacher-guided activities; children make discoveries that build knowledge, awareness and self-confidence. Flexible schedules available, in both full and half-day programs; Monday - Friday, Monday/Wednesday/ Friday or Tuesday/Thursday; open year round. Stop by for a visit and join in the fun! Also see Camps. See ad on page 18. lots more fun at

• Hebrew Academy Preschool & Little Gan Infant Center 14401 Willow Lane, Huntington Beach (714) 863-0757 Preschoolers experience a rich program in a loving Judaic environment where developmentally appropriate academics are taught together with the skills and knowledge that will become their foundation for all future education. They are the #1 Jewish preschool in Long Beach and Orange County rated as “A High Quality Preschool” by the Orange County Department of Education and accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Their teachers are experienced and caring professionals, who provide a happy and stimulating program in a safe

and secure setting. Freeway close and conveniently located. Core preschool hours are from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. with a choice of half day or partial week and extended care from 7 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. Please call for more information. See ad on page 56. • Kid Works Children’s Center 3621 E. Broadway, Long Beach (562) 438-4904 Kid Works offers preschool, pre-k, pre-k enrichment and after-school “Spanish Dual Immersion” kindergarten programs. Curriculum and environment are designed to stimulate, challenge, and allow children time and space to work. Kid Works’ definition of the child’s day of work is “Play with a Purpose.” Every-

thing they do or offer children has a purpose, which is key to the child’s development. Children learn through hands-on experiences, whether gardening, cooking or painting. The staff is dedicated to the idea that children develop and learn best in an atmosphere that is warm, safe, encouraging, understanding, motivating and fun! Visit their website for detailed information, including daily activity schedules. Summer camp is also available, see Camps. Email: See ad on page 56. • Lakewood Christian Schools 5336 Arbor Road, Long Beach (562) 425-3358 With over 35 years of excellence in Christian educa-


• Reading • Phonics • Computer • Math • Science • Music • Piano & Keyboard • Foreign Languages

• Gymnastics • Dance • Karate • Field Trips • Hot Lunches • Summer Programs: Academics • Field Trips & Swimming




1710 Redondo Ave., Long Beach • 597-8611

8740 Ramona Ave., Bellflower • 634-7527

3850 Long Beach Bl., Long Beach • 426-6264

Age 2 thru Kindergarten lots more fun at

Age 2 thru 1st Grade

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Lakewood Christian School Is Waiting For You! K-8 Open House May 23 @ 7pm

Personal Tours

by appointment

We offer a loving environment that nurtures academic, social and spiritual growth. Call or email today for a personal tour! 5336 Arbor Rd., Long Beach (562) 425-3358 • tion, Lakewood Christian Schools uniquely lights the path to excellence in academics, faith and service for preschoolers through eighth graders. In a nurturing and loving environment, they assist parents in the maturing of their students spiritually, socially and academically. Lakewood Christian Schools is accredited by ASCI and WASC. Quality instruction is led by their credentialed teachers who focus on challenging students to reach their highest potential. Finding and expanding each student’s God-given talents is realized through their award-winning fine arts, athletic and elective programs. Contact LCS to schedule a personal tour of the campus at (562) 425-3358. See ad on this page. • Montessori Children’s House Preschool & Elementary School 5550 Atherton St., Long Beach  (562) 431-8880 5454 Atherton St., Long Beach  (562) 494-3777 Year-round program for children (2-12) in preschool and kindergarten through grade 6. Students are in a multi-age group environment working individually and independently. Without a traditional grading system, classes help students to progress at their own pace. Curriculum emphasizes reading phonetically and early exposure to mathematics. Art, music, geography and social science are also included. Conveniently located with large play areas. Montessori Children’s House has been serving the community for more than 45 years. See ad on page 54. • Oakwood Academy Schools Oakwood Academy Schools offer an accelerated academic program with a hands-on approach to learning. Students learn computer skills and go on educa-

tional field trips. Enrichment activities such as karate, swimming, piano, dance and gymnastics are offered. See ad on page 57; discount coupon on page 71. Creative Day Academy  (562) 634-7527 8740 Ramona Ave., Bellflower Age 2 through 1st grade. Lic. 191598510. Oakwood Preschool & Academy  (562) 426-6264 3850 Long Beach Blvd. , Long Beach Ages 2 through 5th grade. Lic. 198011608. Oaktree Preschool & Kindergarten  (562) 597-8611 1710 Redondo Ave., Long Beach Age 2 through Kindergarten. Lic. 191601050. • Open School 681 N. Rancho Santiago Blvd., Orange (949) 373-5440 The Open School is Orange County’s first and only democratic free school. Instead of curriculum and classes, students learn through life and democracy. Instead of teachers, they learn from everyone. Open School students grow in independence, responsibility, and compassion by practicing them daily and authentically. The school offers restorative justice, age mixing, life learning, world schooling, and no homework. Stop testing. Start growing. Email: See ad on page 54. Parent-Participation Play Groups/Preschools Play groups and preschools (33 mos-5 yrs) are run independently by parents with a certified director at each session. Levels of parent commitment vary. Visit the website for a list of local schools.

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• Preschools - Long Beach and Orange County Belmont Shore  (562) 439-3369 Cerritos  (562) 865-0482 Cerritos/Artesia  (562) 860-6302 Cypress, south  (714) 828-9000 Cypress, north  (714) 527-2744 Fullerton  (714) 526-7855 Los Alamitos/Rossmoor  (562) 431-6553 Westminster  (714) 894-4036 Year-round preschools, for ages 2-5 years, offer an accelerated academic program that includes science, math and language development. Potty training, hot lunches and pre-kindergarten are available. Instruction is provided by skillful, creative teachers that offer partday and full-day classes. See ad on page 55. • Valley Christian Schools Cerritos area (562) 860-0556 At Valley Christian you’ll find an inescapable link between excellence in education and a Biblical Worldview. Students enjoy outstanding training in fine arts, sports, honors and AP courses (with unparalleled pass rates), and STEM, including award-winning robotics. All courses are taught by highly-engaged Christian teachers who consider their profession a calling. They guide students to academic excellence, artistic accomplishment and athletic distinction. Preschool through 12th grade operates on four separate campuses, and offers a wide variety of experience-based and progressive learning opportunities, including multi-age classes at the elementary campus. 97% of VCHS graduates go on to colleges and universities. About 30% each year are accepted at the nation’s top 100 colleges and universities. You’re welcomed to come and see any of the Valley Christian campuses. Your first visit will include an Educational Success Consultation with one of the principals, followed by a tour. Contact Dianne Grasmeyer to schedule your visit, (562) 860-0556. See ad on page 57. • Westerly School of Long Beach 2950 E. 29th St., Long Beach (562) 981-3151 Westerly School is the only independent, non-sectarian school serving kindergarten through grade eight in Long Beach. Westerly’s mission is to develop each child’s full potential intellectually, emotionally, morally, and physically through a balanced curriculum connecting the core academic courses to the arts, foreign language, and physical education. The school engages students and illuminates the joy of learning through project-based instruction that focuses on hands-on experiences and real world connections, while cultivating self-esteem, self-awareness, respect, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking skills. Westerly is committed to nurturing students’ creativity, developing problem solvers and idea-makers prepared to make a difference today and in the future. Summer at Westerly program also offered; see page 19. See ad on page 55. lots more fun at


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Included in this section: traditional sports, ranging from aquatics and baseball to skateboarding and volleyball, plus a variety of miscellaneous sports, such as badminton and jump roping. More opportunities are found through recreation departments, community colleges, YMCAs, and Boys and Girls Clubs, see Appendix for contact information.


AQUATICS & WATER POLO Swim and diving instruction, swim teams, camps, junior lifeguards and synchronized swimming; plus water-polo classes, clubs and camps. American Red Cross Classes (5+) include first aid and CPR, plus referrals to Red Cross-certified swim programs and instructors. Enter your zip code on their website to find a location near you. • Deep Blue Swim School Belmont Shore: 11-39th Place., Long Beach  (562) 434-1644 Bixby Knolls: 3640 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach (562) 988-SWIM Deep Blue Swim School offers free infant classes (3-5 months), private lessons, parent and me swim classes, pre-competitive swim team, snorkeling clinics, and scuba for kids year round in their 92 degree indoor and ozone-filtrated pools. Lessons are offered to all ages at their Belmont Shore and Bixby Knolls facilities and focus on fun and safety in and around the water. Deep Blue is passionate about the lifelong benefits that swimming lessons provide. Call to arrange a free trial lesson and start your aquatic journey today! See ad on this page. Diving Instruction Also see McCormick Divers and Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center listings in this section. PDGA Sports Training Center, 15064 Shoemaker Ave., Sante Fe Springs, (562) 229-1927, www. USA Diving, resources for finding diving teams, coaches and events, (317) 237-5252, lots more fun at

Free Infant Classes Parent & Me Classes Private Swim Lessons Adult Swim Lessons Snorkeling Clinics Swim Team

Belmont Shore (562) 434-1644 Bixby Knolls (565) 988-SWIM

Lessons for

3 Months and Up

Indoor 92 Degree Pool

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Newport Beach - Swim tests held in March. (949) 644-3170. Seal Beach - Swim tests held at McGaugh Elementary School, April 29 and May 6, 7-9 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.; and May 3 and 10, 5-7 p.m. (562) 431- 2527, Ext. 1206. • McCormick Divers 1910 Lemon Ave., Long Beach (714) 846-5731 Learn to dive with champion, safety-certified coaches! Boys and girls (ages 6-18) practice on dry land trampolines as well as on one- and three-meter boards at Martin Luther King Park Pool, a heated, indoor facility. Training offered for beginners, novice and Junior Olympic competitors, high school divers, and elite national divers. Visit for more information and registration forms. See ad on page 61.

• City Recreation Departments Downey Parks and Recreation - Open Swim and Lap Swim, June 12 - July 28, Monday - Friday. (562) 904-7238. Lakewood Recreation and Community Services - Swim instruction (3+), parent/child (6 mos-3 yrs) and recreational swimming. Pool rental available. (562) 8669771, Ext. 2408. Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine - Beginning to intermediate swim instruction (3+); year-round. Parent and child, (9 mos-3 yrs), recreational swimming and classes. Belmont Plaza Pool, (562) 5701806; King Pool, (562) 570-1718; and Silverado Pool, (562) 570-1721. • Golden West Swim Lessons 15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach (714) 895-8228 Group and private swim lessons are offered June August at Golden West College’s Aquatic Facility. Class offerings include: Parent and Me, Preschool (ages 3-5), Level 1-5 (ages 6+) and Water Polo. All classes are 30 minutes in length. Online registration begins May 1st. See ad on page 62. • International Water Polo Club (949) 533-5216 Both competitive and non-competitive programs, serving all communities, for kids as young as 2, and youth in a variety of age divisions, as well as adults/ 60 kidsguide spring/summer 2017

masters. Kids get used to the water, strengthen their swimming skills, and are taught the basic fundamentals of water polo in a fun, safe setting. For older kids and teens, there are gender- and age-grouped programs, from the swimming novice to the experienced water polo player. Camps, clinics and swimming lessons are also offered. Their newest program, Splashball (2-9), is offered Monday - Friday, 6:15-7:30 p.m., and is lots of fun for just $100 per month. They will soon offer free weekend waterball leagues. Discounts and payment plans may be available; check their website for specials. Olympic facility of USA Water Polo, Joint Forces Training Base Pool, 11200 Lexington Drive, Los Alamitos. Mention Kidsguide and your first try-out is free! See ad on page 75. Junior Lifeguards Summer programs for boys and girls (7-17). Crystal Cove State Park - Swim dates in April. Program (7-15), June 26 - August 17. Huntington Beach - Swim tests held at Cabana Club, April 8, 29, and May 21, 8 a.m. - noon; May 10 and June 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (714) 374-1501. Long Beach - Swim tests: Belmont Pool, April 28, 4-7 p.m. and April 13, 8 a.m. - noon; Silverado Pool, April 29, 8 a.m. - noon. (562) 536-7807.

• Rocket Fish Swimming, Jr. Lifeguard Prep & Swim Lessons Rocket Fish Swimming practices at the new Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach. Rocket Fish is a high-quality swim experience with an emphasis on two main goals: 1) character development and 2) stroke development for swimmers ages 5-14. As the swimmers progress, speed swimming is balanced with sportsmanship, team concept and self-awareness. The swim teachers/coaches are educated and enthusiastic water-people who return each year, providing brilliance and continuity. Their in-water teaching approach engages beginning swimmers and maximizes safety, comfort and learning progressions in the four competitive swim strokes. There are three practice levels per day (novice, intermediate and advanced). In spring and fall, Rocket Fish practices Monday - Friday afternoons, 4:15-7 p.m. Spring practices, which started in March, prepare swimmers for safety, swim meets and summer Jr. Lifeguards. Register on their website and show up ready to swim! In summer, Rocket Fish is a fresh energy, day-starting, morning swim team experience. Well-organized summer league swim meets, beach days, and spirited social events make Rocket Fish Summer an epic experience for the whole family. The summer session is from June 19 - August 11. Give your child the lifelong love of swimming while building confidence and competence in the water. Rocket Fish is a safe and positive character building environment in which to learn and love the sport of swimming! To register, visit the website or contact See ad on this page. • Rossmoor Swim School and Children’s Center 4161 Green Ave., Los Alamitos (562) 431-6553 Specializing in children’s swimming lessons since 1965. Their goal is to have children enjoy their swimming experience. They use a gentle approach considering the emotional, psychological and physical well being of the children. Youngsters ages 3-9 are taught in a heated outdoor pool (90 degrees), in groups of four, by Red Cross-certified instructors. Summer sessions begin every two weeks and run lots more fun at

Monday through Thursday. Parents are welcome to observe lessons. Full and half-day preschool programs are also offered. See ad on page 55. Southern California Swim Teams (800) 824-6206 Southern California Swimming (SCS) oversees city and community club teams. Swimmers (4+) are grouped according to age and ability for year-round, weekday workouts and weekend competitions, culminating in the Junior Olympic Championships. Monthly club dues apply. Visit the website for local team information • Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center & Buccaneer Bay Waterpark 13806 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada (562) 902-3191 The following programs are offered at Splash! in their heated 25-yard pool. Special rates are available for schools and camps. For more information or to register for a class, call Splash!, or check out their website. Also see Parties. See ad on the back outside cover; coupon on page 49. Lessons - Swim lessons from Parent and Me through pre-competitive levels. Group or private instruction. Parents can get in shape while kids are taking their lesson by lap swimming in another lane. Board Diving - The class is designed to teach kids (ages 6+) the basics of one-meter and three-meter spring-board diving. Synchronized Swimming - Classes (ages 6+) cover basic skills culminating in a routine set to music. This class can prepare you to join the La Mirada Aquabelles Synchronized Swim Team (7-18), which is also held at Splash! Aquabelles (7-18) provide athletes with a fun and safe environment to learn the beauty of this growing sport. Adult master’s program is also offered. La Mirada Armada Swim Team - Year-round team for beginning to advanced swimmers. Armada swimmers have competed in USA Olympic Trials and other national and state competitions. Whether you are a beginning or advanced swimmer, the Armada has a year-round program for you. Water Polo at Splash! - Come join the fun and learn the basic skills and strategies of the game (ages 6-16). This class will help prepare you to play on an organized team or with your school. U.S. Synchronized Swimming Provides information on So Cal clubs (3+), plus additional resources. To find a program near you, download the Club Directory (under “Membership” on the website). • United Waterpolo Club 15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach (877) 426-7656, (877) H20-POLO Take your kids’ swimming to the next level! Newbies can now join United Waterpolo Club (UPWC). Since it was founded in 2007, UWPC has garnered eight nalots more fun at

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Grand Park - Splash pad and fountains. 200 N. Grand Ave., LA. (213) 972-8080. Irvine - Heritage Park - Playground with a splash pad. 14301 Yale Ave. (949) 724-6750. www. Irvine Spectrum - Tortoise fountain and a fountain by the Vitamin Shoppe. 670 Spectrum Center Drive. (949) 753-5180. • Lakewood - Bloomfield, Boyar, Del Valle, Mayfair, Palms and San Martin parks (wading). Wading Pool Wednesdays, June - August, 5-7:30 p.m. (562) 8669771, Ext. 2408. Long Beach Towne Center - Spray pad and fountain in front of the movie theater. Long Beach Towne Center, 7575 Carson Blvd. (562) 938-1722. www. Stanton - Harry Dotson Park - Playground with spray features. (714) 379-9222, Ext. 270. tional championships. Dedicated to teaching and promoting water polo to youth throughout Southern California, the non-profit club offers competitive programs for boys and girls (5-14). UPWC is all about fundamentals. Game play is focused on improving each player’s skill and game knowledge, with the goal of building life-long players. For those younger or brand-new to water polo, UPWC also offers a Mini-Polo program. Jump in today! Monday - Thursday, 5:30 p.m. Golden West College Pool. See ad on page 61. USA Water Polo Provides information on clubs, clinics, camps and tournaments for boys and girls (7+). Wading and Spray Pools Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center - Splash pad and wading pool. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. $3-7. 29 Santa Barbara Drive. (949) 425-2559. www. Bellflower - Ruth R. Caruthers Park (wading pool). (562) 804-1424, Ext. 2261. Buena Park - Carl Brenner Park (wading) and Larwin Park (spray). (714) 236-3860. Crown Valley Community Park - Splash pad with pelican and dragon sprayers. Open daily, May 27 September 4; weekends through November 1. (949) 425-5100. Fullerton Parks - Lemon (spray), Valencia (wading) and Adlena parks (spray), and Downtown Plaza (spray pool). (714) 738-6575. Garden Grove Atlantis Play Center - The Splash Pad is open mid-June to mid-September. Adults are not admitted without a child and the park is staffed during open hours. Closed Mondays. Admission: $2 per person, ages 2 and up. 13630 Atlantis Way, Garden Grove. (714) 892-6015.

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Tustin District Shopping Center - Shooting water fountains outside the theater. 2437 Park Ave. (714) 259-9090. Tustin Pioneer Road Park - Pioneer-themed play equipment with water features. 10250 Pioneer Road. (714) 573-3326. Westminster - Sigler Park Splash Pad water features include ten-foot-tall pelicans. 7200 Plaza St. (714) 895-2860.



nation. Gryphon Fencing and Fitness Studio offers beginning archery classes for kids ages 7 and older. Students will learn about the history and equipment in archery and safe-shooting skills. During the course, students will try several styles of archery tournaments and play fun games. Email: See ad on page 65. U.S.A. Archery The national governing body for archery coordinates the Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program which offers youth (8-18) the opportunity to compete. Free referrals to clubs, tournaments and camps near you. Find the Junior Olympic Archery Development link under the “Archers” tab on their website.


BASEBALL & SOFTBALL Leagues, camps and clinics. Also see Camps. Batting Cages Most facilities offer training and lessons; some offer parties. Web search “batting cages” plus your city. League Baseball and Softball Bobby Sox Softball  (714) 522-1234 Girls league (9-19) in age divisions, plus Mini Sox (4-8). No tryouts. Register November to January for spring season; August for fall season. www.

Clubs, lessons and ranges.

Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball  (800) 880-3142 League for ages 4-18. Offers Buddy Baseball for kids (5-20) with special needs.

Archery Ranges The following private ranges offer instruction (5+), tournaments, league activities, target practice and private lessons. Camps may be offered. Party packages available. Hi-Tech Archery, 1912 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 449-9744, Orange County Archery, 25782 Obrero Drive, Mission Viejo, (949) 916-6855,

Little League Baseball and Softball Boys and girls baseball in age divisions (4-18), softball for girls (4-18) and Little League Challenger teams for boys and girls (4-22) with special needs. Register in August for fall/winter season and November for spring season. Use your zip code to find a local league on their website or find resources to start a league.

• El Dorado Regional Park Archery Range 7500 E. Spring St., Long Beach (657) 222-0269 Free instruction to improve skills and consistent shooting technique (8+). Must take safety class before taking beginning class; sign up begins at 9 a.m. Advanced, 9-10:20 a.m.; beginners, 10:30-11:50 a.m.; and safety class, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Equipment provided. Park entry fee, $5-8.

Pony Baseball and Softball Coed baseball leagues in age divisions (5-18), plus girls softball (4-23). Registration begins in November for March - June season. The website offers a partial listing of local teams, to find additional options, web search your city plus “Pony Baseball.”

• Gryphon Fencing & Fitness Studio 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia (714) 519-1343 Archery teaches focus, concentration and coordi-

Softball Associations Referrals and information for local leagues and tournaments: American Fastpitch Association, (714) 952-9311, Amateur Softball Association,

The Miracle League  (770) 760-1933 Baseball for boys and girls with special needs.

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• Tom Hicks Baseball Camps, LLC P.O. Box 15963, Long Beach (562) 425-2446 The 28th annual THBC prides itself on being the area’s best fundamental baseball camp. Camps offered during summer and Christmas break focus on individual instruction and improvement. For only $120, campers receive 30 hours of fundamental teaching, drills, daily games, individualized evaluation, photos, daily prizes and lots of fun activities. Early-Bird Discounts are available, as well as a multiple-week discount package. Over 14,300 campers in 2009-2016 alone! A low studentto-teacher ratio guarantees a wonderful experience. Camps are available in Long Beach and the surrounding areas. Check their website for further information.

Languages • Fondazione Italia Italian Language Classes for Kids! Orange and Los Angeles Counties (310) 739-935, Kids of all ages learn Italian while having fun

and making friends! Fondazione Italia offers immersion-style Italian language classes throughout the year at Orange County and Los Angeles locations. $20 off tuition with discount code ITALKG17. Check out their additional programs: adult and Parent and Me classes, plus summer camp! Email:



$20 OFF Use Code ITALKG17

Leagues, clinics and camps. Also see Camps. College Basketball Camps Chapman University - Boys and girls (7-14). (714) 532-6083. www.panthersbasketballcamp.webs. com. Long Beach State University - Boys and girls, June 26 - 29, July 31 - August 3 and August 7 10. (562) 985-1610. www.beachbasketballcamps. com. See Camps for complete listings. National Junior Basketball (888) 623-0124 Boys’ and girls’ leagues in three age divisions (grades 1-12). Registration begins in August for winter season. Various chapter locations. Professional Teams/Players Camps Clippers - Summer camps, June 12 - August 11, $395, locations vary, Lakers Basketball Camp - Boys and girls (9-17), June 2630 and July 3-7, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., $400. Next Level Sports Complex, 12821 Knott St., Garden Grove. (310) 426-6055. Michael Jordan Flight School - Overnight and day camps (8-18), July 28 - August 1 (boys) and August 2-6 (boys and girls), $695-1,755. UC Santa Barbara. (503) 8030208.

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BOWLING Leagues, classes, parties and recreational play, plus lawn bowling. Bowling Centers Locations may offer junior and parent/child leagues, bumper bowling, scholarships, tournaments and party packages. Web search “bowling” plus your city. Free Summer Bowling Kids whose age does not exceed a limit by participating bowling centers are eligible to register for two free games a day. Visit their website to sign-up at your local participating center. Each bowling center posts their dates and times on their registration page of the “Kids Bowl Free” website. Most programs run Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.

• Irvine Lanes 3415 Michelson Drive, Irvine (949) 786-9625 Irvine Lanes is one of Southern California’s premiere bowling centers, with 40 lanes, complete with automatic scoring system, full arcade and snack bar. The second floor introduces a unique concept in bowling centers featuring a number of quiet, private rooms for elegant meetings and catered special events. They offer fun, easy-to-plan, and affordable birthday parties for kids (see Parties). Kids Bowl Free (register at allows your child to play two free games of bowling for free per day, all summer long. Add the family pass, starting at $26.95, which includes two games per person per day for the adults in the family. Add on an unlimited shoe pass for just $12 (normal shoe rental is $4 per visit). See ad on this page. Lawn Bowling Center Newport Beach Lawn Bowling  (949) 640-1022 Year-round lessons for all ages. 1550 Crown Drive North, Corona Del Mar.

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FOOTBALL & CHEERLEADING Flag and tackle football leagues and clinics, plus cheer classes, camps and squads. Also see: Gymnastics in this section, and Dance under Arts for cheer-related activities. Football and Cheerleading at Games American Youth Football and Cheer - Tackle football (5-16) and cheerleading (5-18) at AYF games. Friday Night Lights - Flag football (grades K-8); spring and fall seasons. Cheer program also offered. Garden Grove, www.ggfnl. com; Huntington Beach,; Los Alamitos/Seal Beach,; and Newport-Mesa, Pop Warner Little Scholars - Flag and tackle football league (5-15). League registration begins as early as January for the fall season. Cheerleaders (5-15) perform at games and participate in cheerleading competitions. Registration starts in February for August - November season. Visit their website for your city’s contact information. NFL Youth Flag Football - Coed, boys and girls (5-17) teams. Join a league or start one in your area. • HSC All Stars Cheerleading Program Kidnastics, 10712 Reagan St., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102 HSC All Stars made their all-star cheerleading debut in the season of 2007. Since then, they have won numerous regional and national championships. HSC All Stars is run and directed by Cheryl Vuong, coach for the nationally and world-ranked Los Alamitos Cheer program. As a competitive cheerleading program for girls and boys (4+), HSC All Stars teaches all levels of cheer from their prep teams to senior-level advanced teams. Now with more than five competitive teams from various ages and levels, they are preparing for another successful season. For enrollment information, email: info@hscallstars. com. See ad on page 27. National Cheerleaders Association Hosts and championships and camps (10+).

United States Bowling Congress Youth Leagues Leagues, tournaments, scholarships and instruction. Visit their website for the current season and how to sign up.


FENCING Youth fencing instruction, competition, camps and parties. • Gryphon Fencing & Fitness Studio 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia 92870 (714) 519-1343 Do your kids love to swordfight like a musketeer, Jedi or pirate? Then fencing is the sport for them! Fencing develops stamina, discipline and coordination. Gryphon Fencing Club has a beautiful facility with state-of-the-art electronic fencing equipment. They offer fun fencing classes for kids ages 5 and older. They also offer youth, teen and adult fencing classes continuously during the year and vacation-break camps (see Camps). Fencing- and archery-themed birthday parties (see Parties) and special events are also available. Gryphon Fencers compete locally and nationally. Learn fencing at Gryphon. Fun, safe and affordable! Email: See ad on page 65. More Fencing Anaheim Hills Fencers, Anaheim Hills, (714) 996-8880, Golubitsky Fencing Center, Tustin, (714) 676-3758, Laguna Fencing Center, Laguna Hills, (949) 215-4112, Orange County Fencing Academy, Irvine, (949) 445-4321, South Coast Fencing Center, Santa Ana, (714) 5492946, USA Fencing Website features resources for clubs and membership.


FISHING & BOATING Sailing, rowing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing classes. Plus, local fishing lakes, fishing information and referrals. Also see: Boat Cruises and Whale Watching under Attractions. Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating safety classes (4+). Nominal fee for materials; instruction is free. Visit their website for referrals to youth classes (8-18) offered by local flotillas.

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Dana Wharf Sportfishing Free Kids Fishing Day and Kids Club 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point (949) 496-5794 For kids (12 and under), clinics are held on Sundays, noon - 12:30 p.m. Join a fishing trip from 12:455:45 p.m.; one child (12 and under) can fish for free with the purchase of one adult ticket. Kids’ Club offers a yearly membership that includes a half-day fishing trip for one child and one adult, two-hour whale watching trip, merchandise and discounts, $39 per year. Fishing Spots Some offer camping, parties and equipment rental. A fishing license may be required for ages 16 and up. Mt. Baldy Trout Pools - (909) 982-4246, www. Santa Ana River Lakes Anaheim, (714) 632-7830, Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area - Irwindale, (626) 334-1065, Troutdale Agoura, (818) 889-9993, Department of Fish and Game - Information includes maps to local lakes, events, plus publications geared for kids. Free fishing days are July 1 and September 2. Find a fishing location near you, Pier fishing is available in Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Newport Beach, San Pedro and Seal Beach. Plus, most regional parks offer lake fishing. See Parks and Nature Centers. • Leeway Sailing Center Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine 5437 E. Ocean Blvd. (562) 570-1719 Classes are offered year round for beginner to intermediate sailors, including bay kayaking (10+) and sailing using Sabot (8+), Keelboat and Capri 14 boats (13+). Group, private or semi-private lessons are available. On-The-Water Instruction Boy Scouts of America - Programs for teens (1421) to learn boat handling under power and sail, piloting and navigation. (562) 344-1589. www. Huntington Beach Sailing Foundation - Sailing camps for kids (6+), June 26 - August 3. 3821 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach. (562) 592-2186. Newport Aquatic Center - Junior Rowing (high school), September - May; and Outrigger Paddling (11+), year round. Summer camps (8-12) also offered. 1 Whitecliffs Drive, Newport Beach. (949) 6467725. Newport Sea Base - Programs for boys and girls (7+) include sailing, canoeing, kayaking, rowing, fishing, motor-boat driving and stand-up paddle boarding (SUP). Ocean-themed field trips also offered. 1931 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. (949) 642-5031. OC Sailing and Events Center - Sailing, marine safety and kayaking/SUP classes, plus summer camps lots more fun at

(8+). 34451 Ensenada Place, Dana Point Harbor. (949) 923-2215.


OCC Junior Sailing - After-school sailing classes (713) are offered in spring and fall, plus spring and summer camps. Parent and child lessons (6-13). 1801 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. (949) 6459412. United States Sailing Center - Weekly summer sailing camps (8-14). Scholarships available. 5489 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 4337939. Yacht Club Classes: Alamitos Bay Yacht Club - 7201 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, (562) 343-8030, www. Balboa Yacht Club - 1801 Bayside Drive, Corona Del Mar, (949) 673-3515, Ext. 133, Seal Beach Yacht Club - 255 Marina Drive, Long Beach, (562) 5946337, Shoreline Yacht Club - 386 Shoreline Drive South, Long Beach, (562) 435-4093, US Rowing Resources to find a rowing instruction class or a club or crew.


GYMNASTICS Classes, camps, competitive teams and referrals. Also see: Football and Cheerleading and Dance under Arts for related activities. • Kidnastics Gymnastics and HSC All Star Cheerleading 10712 Reagan St., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102 Kidnastics has been pleased to offer quality gymnastics instruction for over 40 years. As a recreational gymnastics and competitive cheerleading facility with over 23,000 square feet of full-line gymnastics equipment and two full-size gymnastics floors, they offer nothing but the best instructional classes for your children. Here, children learn all levels of gymnastics and cheerleading. Known for their quality and effective instructional classes and the lowest student-to-teacher ratio, students learn to train and stay fit in a safe and fun environment. The staff here strive to provide a positive experience by teaching the importance of staying fit and having fun. They offer a variety of classes for children 12 months through the teen years. Programs include Totnastics, their early motor development and coordination classes designed for children 12-36 months, and gymnastics and tumbling classes for ages 3 years and up. In addition to their great gymnastics program, they also offer competitive cheer programs: HSC All Stars for ages 4 years and up (see Football and Cheerleading), plus their seasonal summer day camps (see Camps) and party packages (see Parties). Visit the website or call the number listed for more program information. See ad on page 27. lots more fun at

Fun, safe and affordable classes for youths, teens and adults. Camps for youths & teens. Birthday parties available too!

FIRST CLASS FREE! For class information, visit or call (714) 519-1343

Gryphon Fitness Studio

971 Via Rodeo Placentia, CA 92870

Where the 55 and 91 Freeways meet in Orange County

• My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns (562) 986-0066 My Gym has helped thousands of children, ages 6 weeks through 13 years, gain confidence and self-esteem in a loving and caring environment. The innovative, non-competitive tumbling and gymnastics program incorporates age-appropriate games, relays, fitness exercise, sports skills, group activities, and song and dance. Along with the constantly changing equipment setups, excellent student-to-teacher ratio, and the experienced and caring staff, My Gym is the best place for your children! Call to sign up for a free guest class today. See ad on page 37. USA Gymnastics (800) 345-4719, (317) 237-5050, Websites provide information and resources for all areas of gymnastics, including artistic/rhythmic, acrobatic, trampoline and tumbling. Plus, find resources to local clubs.


HORSEBACK RIDING English and/or Western riding instruction, horse care, camps, parties, and pony and polo clubs, plus trail rides. Also see: Camps. • Elvenstar Orange County Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center 18381 Goldenwest St. (714) 842-5555 Kids (6+) learn to horseback ride in a safe and fun environment. Through the Elvenstar Riding Academy, designed for riders of all levels, lessons and specialty programs are designed to teach all aspects of horsemanship from riding skills to horse care. They offer day camps, party packages and

H orseback r iding

at F irst F ield F arm English Riding & Jumping Instruction Beginning through Advanced • Horses Provided

• 18299 dumont ave., cerritos • 562-924-2217

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Lessons Camps Sales Leases Vaulting Discounts Since 1981

rancho rio verde riding club

All Ages • All Levels Beginner - Advanced Sales & Leases Special Needs Vaulting Program Discounts for Youth Groups

Summer Camps

June - August 50% Riding + 50% Horsemanship = 100% FUN “I’ve been to camps all over the world and this is by far the best I have sent my daughter to.”

714/624-5754 • 310/830-2060

1000 W. Carson (East of Santa Fe), Long Beach scout programs too. Also see Camps. See ad on page 67. Equestrian Centers The following locations offer English and/or Western riding instruction (5+). Monthly leases for students who do not own a horse may be available. Most locations also offer parties and school-break camps. For referrals to therapeutic riding programs, visit www. under the “Health Care” tab. Anaheim Equestrian Center Rancho del Rio Stable  (714) 535-3510 1370 Sanderson Ave., Anaheim Country Trails and Riding School (714) 538-5860 Trail rides available. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange Huntington Beach Central Park Equestrian Center (714) 848-6565 Therapeutic riding, guided trail rides and horse-care clinics. 18381 Golden West St., Huntington Beach. Orange County Fairgrounds  905 Arlington Ave., Costa Mesa

(714) 708-1652

Serrano Creek Ranch Equestrian Center  (949) 768-5891 Also offers an equine-therapy program. 25200 Trabuco Road, Lake Forest.

• First Field Farm 18299 Dumont Ave., Cerritos (562) 924-2217 First Field Farm offers instruction in English horseback riding and jumping for beginning through advanced students. Beginner lessons include care of the horse as well as the basics of position and control. Private lessons are 30 minutes; group lessons, 45-50 minutes. Horses are provided. See ad on page 65. • Rancho Rio Verde 1000 W. Carson St., Long Beach (714) 624-5754, (310) 830-2060 Group and private English and Western riding instruction (5+) includes basic horsemanship, jumping and ring time. Leases are available. Lessons are scheduled Tuesday through Sunday. Vaulting (gymnastics on horseback) and Horsemanship Camp (see Camps) available. Special programs and discounts for youth groups. Family-friendly atmosphere. See ad on this page. • Sandie Mercer Ranch at Lakewood Equestrian Center 11369 Carson St., Lakewood (562) 425-1905 Private and group instruction (6+) for Western, English and Jumping. Beginner through advanced lessons can be arranged to fit your schedule. Lessons are available six days a week on your horse or theirs. The new “Introduction to Horses” class, by scheduled appointment, includes safety and basic

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in-hand ground work and care, as well as basic riding. Summer camps also available (see Camps), plus programs for scout groups earning merit badges. Enjoy horses and horseback riding in a quiet country setting. Email: See ad on page 67. Trail Rides Country Trails, Orange, (714) 538-5860, www. Huntington Beach Central Park Equestrian Center, (714) 848-6565 Sunset Ranch Hollywood Stables, under the Hollywood sign, (323) 469-5450, www.sunsetranchhollywood. com. Susie Q Ranch, Murrieta, (951) 551-4585, Mommy/Daddy and Me (3-5) rides also offered, plus pony rides and petting zoo, Western Trails Horseback Riding, Norco, (951) 4031290, breakfast rides also offered, www.ridenorco. com. Will Rogers Trail Rides, Pacific Palisades, (310) 662-3707, U.S. Pony Club (859) 254-7669 English-riding instruction and competitions; riders may lease a horse or use their own. Find a location near you. US Polo Association (800) 232-8772 Resources for junior polo programs, clubs, competitions and clinics. Local club includes: Orange County Polo Club - Kids (10+) learn polo skills to eventually compete as polo players. No riding experience is required. Kids compete in US Polo Association interscholastic tournaments. 23401 Via Pajaro, Coto de Caza. (714) 791-8369.


MARTIAL ARTS Karate, judo and self-defense classes. Also see Fencing and Miscellaneous Sports in this section for related activities. • A Karate School for Kids 5555 McFadden Ave., Huntington Beach (714) 899-1000 Classes for adults and children; group or private instruction—home-school classes too! Children’s program begins at age 4. Classes are held Tuesday through Saturday. While learning self-defense and coordination, participants also learn life skills such as respect, self-esteem, discipline and self-confidence. Call today for an appointment! • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, Signal Hill (562) 986-0066 As students, ages 4-13, strive for different belt levels, they learn about setting goals and the discipline needed to reach them. Their successes give them the confidence to take on new challenges. Their improved levels of concentration lots more fun at

and self-control help at home and school. With a Master Karate instructor on staff, students enjoy learning in a safe, caring and fun atmosphere. By learning the kicks, punches and blocks, karate classes improve your child’s strength, flexibility, stamina, balance and coordination. See ad on page 37.

Lakewood Equestrian Center @ Sandie Mercer Ranch

Summer Camps & Holiday Programs


Ages 7-17 Learn about horses & their care, plus horseback riding two times daily. Weekly sessions 9am - 2pm.

MISCELLANEOUS SPORTS Unusual sports for kids, from curling and cricket to jump rope and rugby. Also see individual sports listed in this section. Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) (800) 228-4872 Resource to find clubs/teams for a variety of sports, from traditional leagues for basketball and gymnastics to clubs for taekwondo, diving and feats of strength. Badminton USA Badminton - Visit the website for local club contacts, Badminton Center Court - 3699 Industry Ave., Lakewood. (562) 4269299. Boxing for Kids Local boxing committee provides referrals to boxing programs for boys and girls (8+). (323) 921-6139. Cricket USA Cricket Association - Referrals to regional coaches, youth leagues and teams. (561) 839-1888.

Private & Group Instruction

11369 Carson St., Lakewood

(562) 425-1905 Shop, (562) 438-4012, Web search “footgolf” and your city to find additional locations. Golf Associations and League Long Beach Jr. Golf Association - Kids (7-17) learn techniques, rules, score keeping and course eti-

Field Hockey USA Field Hockey - Find local teams and leagues. FootGolf Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - FootGolf games may be reserved or by “walk up” after 12 noon through September 2. Little Rec Golf lots more fun at

Scout Groups Too! quette; Fridays, $6 each week, plus a $50 annual fee. Heartwell Golf Course, (562) 570-1272, www. Also see Long Beach Little Linksters in Camps. Southern California Golf Association (SCGA ) - Find golf courses that offer youth programs as well as op-

Summer Pony Camp

Curling USA Curling - Referrals to leagues, plus a junior merit program, Local Orange County Curling Club, Disc Golf The following parks offer courses for disc golf. Most courses are open daily until sunset; some offer rentals. Cerritos, Liberty Park, 9-basket course, (562) 916-8565. Huntington Beach Central Park, 18-basket course, disc rental available, (949) 8373618. Irvine’s Deerfield Park, 8-basket course, (949) 724-6725. Long Beach, 18-basket course, El Dorado Park, (562) 570-3225; La Mirada Regional Park,

Beginners - Advanced Ages 6+ English • Western • Jumping Horsemanship & Fundamentals Open 6 Days

Ages 6+ Learn to Horseback Ride in a Safe & Fun Environment

Weeklong Camps June 19 - August 25 Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 1 pm Sign up for a week, a day, or all summer long! Bring a friend to camp & take $50 OFF for each of you!

2x Daily Riding Lessons Horse Care Instruction Horse-themed Crafts Paint-Your-Pony-Day Jumping Demonstration by Pro-Level Rider Demonstration Day for Families Elvenstar OC @ Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center 18381 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach

(714) 842-5555 •

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portunities for club outings and scholarships. (818) 980-3630. SCPGA Foundation Junior Golf Program - Competitive playing opportunities, instructional programs and camps for youth SCPGA members (5-18) at various golf courses. (951) 845-4653. United States Golf Little League (USSGLL) - Find a league or start a league, (562) 496-4653, Jump Rope USA Jump Rope - Find camps, workshops and clinics, Jumping Coyotes - Local national champion jump rope team (7-16) meets Tuesday, 6:15-7:15 p.m. in La Palma, (562) 4448413, Jumping Coyotes classes are available through Buena Park, Fountain Valley and La Palma city recreation departments, see Appendix for contact information. Lacrosse Beach Cities Youth Lacrosse - Girls and boys (7-18). Serves Los Alamitos, Cypress, Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, Lakewood, Long Beach and surrounding areas. US Lacrosse - Local teams and leagues, plus information. (410) 235-6882. Pickleball USA Pickleball Association - Find clubs, pickleball courts, tournaments, rules and resources. Rock Climbing Indoor climbing facilities that offer classes, camps and parties. Boys and Girls Club - Buena Park, (714) 522-7259, Cal State Fullerton’s Rockwall, (657) 278-7529, www.tinyurl. com/fullertonrockwall. Hangar 18, Signal Hill, (562) 981-3200; Mission Viejo, (949) 454-8043; and San Clemente, (949) 388-0480, www.climbhangar18. com. Rockcity Climbing Center, Anaheim, (714) 7774884, Rockreation Sport Climbing Center, Costa Mesa, (714) 556-7625, Sender City, Santa Ana, (714) 881-3456, Thrill It Fun Center, Orange, (714) 937-1600, Rugby Southern California Youth Rugby - Boys and girls (grades K-12).

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Table Tennis USA Table Tennis - USATT-affiliated table tennis clubs offer training, tournaments, camps and club information, Local club at OC Table Tennis Academy in Fountain Valley, Track and Field USA Track and Field Association - Referrals to youth track clubs and competitions. (562) 924-0382. Wrestling California USA Wrestling statewide governing body provides information about and links to local clubs, camps and competitions,


SKATEBOARDING Lessons, camps and party packages for skateboarding and scootering. Find local skate parks at There are more than 36 skateparks in Kidsguide’s coverage area alone! California Amateur Skateboard League Regional association promotes the sport of skateboarding while helping communities provide athletes with safe skateboarding environments and competitions. For pro-skate events, visit www. • Skatedogs (714) 313-8787 After-school and weekend classes in skateboarding, one of the world’s fastest growing sports. Offered in conjunction with the recreation departments of Arcadia, Beverly Hills, Brea, Cerritos, Cypress, Glendora, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Manhattan Beach, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Redondo Beach, Seal Beach and Tustin. They offer classes for all ability levels. Kids (5-13) make new friends, advance their skateboarding skills, and most importantly, have fun—all in Skatedogs’ private skatepark. They also offer private lessons, birthday parties (see Parties) and camps during school breaks (see Camps). Also see Calendar. See ad on page 69. • Vans Skatepark 20 City Blvd. West, Orange (714) 769-3800 40,000-square-foot facility featuring a full skate and BMX course for all skill levels, ages 6 and older. The location also houses a full Vans retail store and skate pro shop. Birthday party packages (see Parties), private lessons and skate camps (see Camps) are available. Open seven days a week, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (9 p.m. on Sundays). Vans also offers Off the Wall Skatepark & Vans Store at 7471 Center Ave., Huntington Beach. This free park, open seven days a week, features a large street plaza and transition area with clover bowl, backyard flow bowl, and palm tree planter with rock extension. BMX allowed all day Wednesdays. (714) 379-6666. See ad on page 5. lots more fun at


SKATING & HOCKEY Roller/ice skating and hockey classes, camps, leagues, skating rinks and paths, plus national referral agencies. Also see: Skateboarding in this section. • East West Ice Palace 11446 Artesia Blvd., Artesia (562) 809-6200 Ice rink offers public skating, skating classes for kids (3+) and adults, freestyle sessions, in-house hockey, hockey classes, youth travel hockey league, adult hockey league, stick time and broomball. Competitive synchronized skating teams and classes also available. A collection of Michelle Kwan memorabilia is available in the gallery. Fitness center is open to the public and offers group exercise classes. Check website for details on ice schedule and events. Also see Parties. See ad on this page. • Emerald Isle Entertainment Inc. Mobile Ice Skating Rink (714) 508-3690 Emerald Isle Entertainment has added something new and exciting to their inventory. First it was walking on water, then it was Bubble Bumper Soccer, Laser Tag, Quad Bungee, huge obstacle courses and photo booths—and now you can ice skate year round! If you’re looking for a unique experience for your corporate, church, or school event or home party, try their synthetic mobile ice rink. It can be set up on almost any flat paved surface and they can even provide the skates. Want to try ice curling? Contact them for that, too! Also see Parties. See ad on page 51. Hockey Associations Southern California Amateur Hockey Association - Organization oversees an ice hockey league (6-18), Sep-

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tember - March. Tryouts are usually in June; there are occasionally in-season openings, USA Hockey and USA Hockey Inline, offers referrals to local programs, (719) 576-8724, Roller Derby Los Angeles Junior Derby Dolls - For girls (7-17), Shark Bites Beach Cities Junior Derby - Mini Bites (8-10) and Shark Bites (11-17), Skating Associations USA Roller Skating Association - National association provides referrals to coaches and rinks, (317) 347-2626, USA Roller Sports Association - Provides information on competitions, including speed skating, hockey, figure skating, inline and roller derby,

Skating Paths For paved trails/paths in LA and OC, visit and • The Rinks Anaheim ICE  (714) 535-RINK Huntington Beach Inline  (714) 901-2629 Irvine Inline  (949) 559-9949 Lakewood ICE  (562) 429-1805 Westminster ICE (714) 248-9611 Yorba Linda ICE (714) 692-8776 Guests of all ages enjoy skating at The Rinks. With several daily public skating sessions, skate rentals and full-service snack bars, they offer the coolest fun! If you are new to skating, The Rinks offer a variety of Learnto-Skate classes. For kids looking to try hockey, check out the Anaheim Ducks Learn-to-Play Program, which is free to new participants, or the Little Ducks Hockey Ini-

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tiation, a developmental hockey program that provides participants with a free set of hockey equipment, as well as on-ice instruction. No matter your age or ability, The Rinks has hockey programs and skating programs for you. For public skating session times and prices and hockey and skating class information, visit them online or call. Locations: 300 W. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim; 5555 McFadden Ave., Huntington Beach; 3150 Barranca Pkwy., Irvine; 3975 Pixie Ave., Lakewood; 13071 Springdale, Westminster; and 23641 La Palma Ave., Yorba Linda. See ad on page 68. More Skating Rinks The following rinks offer roller or ice skating and hockey (3+), including classes, clinics, camps and leagues, plus public and specialty skating sessions. Pick-up play and party packages may be available. Check websites for discounts. Also see East West Ice Palace, and The Rinks in this section. Aliso Viejo Ice Palace - Ice only. Hockey. 9 Journey, Aliso Viejo. (949) 643-9648. Fountain Valley Skating Center - Roller only. 9105 Recreation Circle. (714) 847-0022. Holiday Skate Center - Roller only. 175 N. Wayfield St., Orange. (714) 997-5515. KHS Ice Arena -Ice only. 1000 E. Cerritos Ave., Anaheim. (714) 422-1236. Lake Forest Ice Palace - Ice only. Figure skating and hockey. 25821 Atlantic Ocean Drive, Lake Forest. (949) 305-9658. Paramount Iceland - Ice only. Skating school, freestyle and hockey. 8041 Jackson St. (562) 633-1171.


SOCCER Indoor and outdoor soccer, associations, parks, clinics, classes and camps. Also see: Camps. • Beach Futbol Academy Summer Youth Camp (562) 985-2528 The Long Beach State Women’s Soccer coaching staff cordially invites you to participate in the 2017 Beach Futbol Academy Summer Youth Camp! Open to all entrants ages 5-12. This coed youth day academy is designed for the beginning or intermediate soccer player looking to develop a basic technical and tactical understanding of the game. Two separate day camp sessions: July 10-14 and July 17-21, both from 9 a.m. - noon. Long Beach State coaches will direct the camps along with staff and players on the Long Beach State campus at George Allen Field. See you at The Beach! Email: See ad on page 15. Soccer Associations The following associations offer boys’ and girls’ leagues (4-19), camps and special-needs programs. 70 kidsguide spring/summer 2017

American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), (800) 872-2976,; and California Youth Soccer Association, (714) 778-2972, Soccer Parks Arena Soccer Parks - Garden Grove and Orange, (888) 273-6248 (ARENA-4-U), Deft Touch Soccer Center - Los Alamitos, (562) 354-7592, LA Galaxy Soccer Center - Youth leagues (8-18), Torrance, (888) 576-2237, Momentous Sports Center (MMTSC) - Irvine, (714) 389-7900, Outbreak Soccer Centers - Huntington Beach and Signal Hill, www. US 5 Center - Norwalk, (844) 203-9841,


SURFING & SUP Surfing and stand-up paddling instruction and camps, plus a surfing museum. Beach Closure Hotline Water quality and beach closures in Los Angeles County, (800) 525-5662; and Orange County, (714) 433-6400. Also, visit • Corky Carroll’s Surf & Beach Adventure Camps Huntington Beach and Crystal Cove 714-969-3959 Surf Camps - Learn ocean safety, team building and fundamentals; weekly camps, June 19 - September 1. Beach Adventure Camps - Surfing, ocean safety, and fun beach games (4-12); weekly camps, July 3 - September 1. Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum 411 Olive Ave., Huntington Beach (714) 300-8836 Exhibits offer the history of surfing and surf culture. Closed Monday. $2 admission per person. Surfing America (949) 391-1010 Competitions and events for amateur surfers. The website features surfing resources including schools.


TENNIS Lessons, camps, leagues and teams. For table tennis, see Miscellaneous Sports in this section. • Southern California Tennis Academy 2800 N. Studebaker Road, Long Beach (562) 704-2241 Academy director and coach Mitch Bridge and USC

men’s head coach Peter Smith, both LBSU alums, run the world-class SC Tennis Academy, complete with an elite-level junior academy! They offer a weekly high performance after-school program for the advanced tournament-level players (ages 1122), and a developmental after-school program for the beginner to intermediate players (ages 5-16). Youth Tennis Camps (4-17) are offered in one-week sessions spring, summer and winter vacations (see Camps); daily drop-in rates are available. Instruction is provided by USPTA-certified teaching professionals in a fun group setting where good sportsmanship and positive attitudes are encouraged. Participants, beginner to advanced, are arranged by ability. See ad on page 29. Southern California Tennis Association (310) 208-3838 Programs for players (10-18), including teams, clinics and tournaments. Scholarships available. Visit their website to find youth tennis programs and leagues. • Valter Paiva’s Junior Tennis Programs and Camps 1040 Park Ave., Long Beach (562) 266-8882 Year-round tennis for adults and juniors of all levels. Programs include: After-School Lessons, School Vacation Camps, full and half days (see Camps), private lessons, fast-action adult clinics, doubles round robin, 10 and Under Tennis Program and Junior Team Tennis––all under the direction of USPTA Pro-of-theYear, two-times US and two-times Brazilian National Tennis Champion, Valter Paiva. See ad on page 71.


VOLLEYBALL Instruction, indoor and outdoor leagues, and club teams. • Long Beach State Girls’ Volleyball Camps 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach (562) 985-7352 Long Beach State has asserted itself as one of the premiere volleyball programs in the country. Twelve-time Big West Conference Champions, Brian Gimmillaro is offering his 33rd annual summer volleyball camps at The Pyramid. 2017 Camps include: Skills/Team Camps: July 15-18, July 1821 and July 21-24. Setters Camp: July 18-21. Kids Camp: July 18-21. Beach Skills Camp: July 6-8. Beach Skills Clinics: July 25-28. Camps are open to anyone interested in attending. Indoor/Beach Skills and Team/Setters Camps are open to ages 12-18. Kids Camp is open to ages 7-11. Register at www. For questions, email: or call the number listed. Volleyball Associations and Leagues Calif. Beach Volleyball Association  (310) 457-8451 lots more fun at

Boys’ and girls’ (18 and under) beach volleyball tournaments; four age divisions, all levels.

Affordable, Professional and Fun!

So. California Volleyball Assoc. (714) 917-3595 Club indoor volleyball teams for boys and girls (1018). US Youth Volleyball League  (888) 988-7985 Instructional volleyball league for boys and girls (7-15). Visit their website to find a local league.

After-School Programs • Full & Half-Day Summer Camps • 10 & UNDER TENNIS - Monday - Friday, 4-5 p.m. - Gets Kids Moving in a Safe, Friendly & Supportive Environment - Enhances Social & Behavioral Skills. • ESSENTIAL PROGRAM - Monday - Friday, 5-6:30 p.m. - Introduction to High School Tennis and Tournament Preparatory in a Friendly Environment.


• ELITE PROGRAM - Monday - Friday, 4-6:30 p.m. Daily Match Play - High School & College Tournament Preparatory.


Spring Break & Summer Camps See page 26 for dates & details.

Billie Jean King Tennis Center, 1040 Park Ave., Long Beach • 562.266.8882

Anaheim Community Services 200 S. Anaheim Blvd., 4th Floor (714) 765-5191

under four-foot, six-inches tall, must be accompanied by an adult. Summer day camps are offered in one-week sessions, June 12 - August 4, targeting three different age groups and interests: Wilderness Camp, a traditional day camp (6-10); Sports Camp, an active camp targeting fitness and fun (10-14); and Performing Arts Camp, a theatre camp (8-14). Visit their website to register for classes and camps and to view their events.

Bellflower Parks and Recreation 16600 Civic Center Drive (562) 804-1424, Ext. 2268

Fountain Valley Community Services 16400 Brookhurst St. (714) 839-8611

Brea Community Services 1 Civic Center Circle

(714) 900-7100

Fullerton Parks and Recreation 303 W. Commonwealth Ave. (714) 738-6575

Buena Park Recreation 6688 Beach Blvd.

(714) 562-3860

Garden Grove Community Services 11222 Acacia Pkwy. (714) 741-5200

Aliso Viejo Parks and Recreation 12 Journey, Ste. 100 (949) 425-2500

Cerritos College Community Education 11110 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk (562) 467-5050 Costa Mesa Parks and Community Services 77 Fair Drive (714) 754-5300 Cypress Recreation and Parks 5700 Orange Ave. (714) 229-6780 • Downey Parks and Recreation 7850 Quill Drive (562) 904-7238 Toddler, youth and teen classes include Tumbling, Fun n’ Messy Lil’ Rollers, Kids Love Music, Fashion Sketching and much more. Open Swim and Lap Swim is available June 12 - July 28, Monday - Friday; kids ages 9 and under as well as non-swimmers lots more fun at

All levels • Ages 5-18

Golden West Community College 15744 Golden West St., Huntington Beach (714) 895-0800 Huntington Beach Community Services 2000 Main St., 5th Floor (714) 536-5486

Irvine Community Services Department 1 Civic Center Plaza (949) 724-6600 La Habra Recreation 201 E. La Habra Blvd.

(562) 383-4200

Lake Forest Community Services 25550 Commercentre Drive (949) 461-3450 • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services 5050 Clark Ave. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408 Programs include: basketball, clay/ceramics, camps (see Camps), dance (ballet, tap, hip-hop, hula, Polynesian), flag football, golf, gymnastics, horseback riding, martial arts, music (drums, violin, piano and parent/me), skateboarding, ice skating, ice hockey, soccer, swim instruction, tennis, tutoring (see Tutoring and Academics under Enrichment), and track and field. Visit their website for events and classes. See ad on page 8. • Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine 2760 Studebaker Road (562) 570-3100 Academics, archery, arts, baseball (T-ball), basketball (free coed leagues), boating and sailing camps (see Camps), cooking, no-cost drop-in after-school


Long Beach & Bellflower Locations (562) 426-6264 Limit 1 per student • Exp 9/15/17

$50 OFF Registration New Students Only

See our ad & listings on pages 57 and 58. kidsguide spring/summer 2017 71

programs, dance (ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, cultural, ballroom, parent/me), gymnastics, horseback riding, martial arts, music (piano, guitar, drums, glee, parent/me), parties (see Parties), skateboarding, ice skating, hockey, soccer, swimming (recreational, lessons, parent/me, diving), teen centers, tennis, and theater arts, plus programs at the Nature Center (see STEM under Enrichment). Visit for events and classes. See ad on the front inside cover. Los Alamitos Recreation and Community Services 10911 Oak St. (562) 430-1073 Mission Viejo Recreation 200 Civic Center (949) 470-3061 Newport Beach Recreation Services 100 Civic Center Drive (949) 644-3151


BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS Anaheim Manzanita Park (714) 491-3617 J Mac Extension (teen center)  (714) 290-6705 W. Anaheim Youth Center  (714) 761-2422 Buena Park

(714) 522-7259

Capistrano Valley Aliso Viejo (949) 699-2552 Rancho Santa Margarita (949) 216-9700, Ext. 1280 San Juan Capistrano  (949) 240-7898, Ext. 19

North OC Community College District School of Continuing Education (714) 808-4909 Anaheim, Cypress and Fullerton.

Central Orange Coast Eastside Costa Mesa  Irvine Newport Beach  Santa Ana

Norwalk Recreation Cultural Arts Center 13200 Clarkdale Ave. (562) 929-5521

Cypress  (714) 527-2697

Orange Coast College Community Education 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa (714) 432-5880 Orange Community Services 230 E. Chapman Ave.

(714) 744-7274

Placentia Community Services 401 E. Chapman Ave. (714) 993-8232 Santa Ana College Community Services Program 1530 W. 17 St., #S-203

(714) 564-6594

Seal Beach Community Services 211 8th St. (562) 431-2527, Ext. 1344 Signal Hill Community Services 2175 Cherry Ave. (562) 989-7330 Stanton Recreation 7800 Katella Ave.

(714) 379-0129

Tustin Parks and Recreation 300 Centennial Way

(714) 573-3326

Westminster Community Services and Recreation 8200 Westminster Blvd. (714) 895-2860 72 kidsguide spring/summer 2017

(949) 642-8372 (949) 551-8214 (949) 640-6650 (714) 543-7212

Mann Elementary  (562) 439-6897 McKinley Elementary  (562) 630-6200, Ext. 235 Nelson Academy  (562) 591-6041 Wallace/Petrolane (562) 599-2916 Stanton (714) 891-0740 Tustin (714) 838-5223 Westminster (714) 379-0097 Whittier Main Clubhouse (562) 698-8630


YMCA Anaheim

(714) 635-9622

Bellflower-Los Cerritos Aquatics

(562) 925-1292 (562) 925-1331

Fullerton Main Club  (714) 871-1391 Commonwealth School (714) 871-5428 Richman Park (714) 992-2933 Valencia Park  (714) 888-5604


(562) 862-4201

Garden Grove Garden Grove ARCHES (714) 532-7940 Clinton Branch  (714) 537-8833 School IMPACT  (714) 530-5399 Edgar Branch  (714) 898-5254 Family Campus Preschool  (714) 530-0430. Ext. 1 Family and Youth Outreach Program (714) 741-5895 Main Branch  (714) 537-1465

• YMCA of Greater Long Beach Camp Oakes (Big Bear) (909) 585-2020 Community Development  (562) 624-5474 Fairfield  (562) 423-0491 Los Altos  (562) 596-3394 Preschool - Early Education (562) 279-1624 For camps, classes and after-school programs, see Camp listing on page 28; Youth and Family Groups on page 34; and ad on page 23.

Huntington Valley Huntington Beach  (714) 374-2600 Fountain Valley  (714) 531-2582 ClubHouse Academy  (714) 593-0753, Huntington Beach also offers two preschool child development centers: Robert Mayer Child Development Preschool at Goldenwest College, 15744 Goldenwest St., (714) 899-5900; and Learning Center Preschool, 17565 Los Alamos St., (714) 593-0753. Long Beach Admin. Office  (562) 595-5945 Barton Elementary  (562) 428-0555, Ext. 238 Cowan/Washington (562) 591-2434 Eastman/Fairfield (562) 428-9188 Fairfield/Westside (562) 435-1621 Harte Elementary  (562) 428-0333 Holmes Elementary  (562) 633-4427 Jackie Robinson Academy (562) 492-6003

Lakewood (Weingart-Lakewood) (562) 425-7431 Gymnastics Center  (562) 272-4884

Orange Various school locations.

(714) 633-9622

• YMCA of Orange County Fullerton 2000 Youth Way  (714) 879-9622 Huntington Beach 8875 Adams Ave. (714) 378-4784 Laguna Niguel 29831 Crown Valley Pkwy. (949) 495-9622 Mission Viejo 27341 Trabuco Circle  (949) 859-9622 Newport-Mesa 2300 University Drive (949) 642-9990 Santa Ana Sports/Swim 2100 W. Alton Ave.  (714) 444-4004 Yorba Linda/ Placentia 4672 Plumosa Drive (714) 701-0604 lots more fun at


Hoag Mental Health Programs  (949) 764-6542

California Youth Crisis Line  (800) 843-5200

Interval House  (562) 594-4555, (714) 891-8121 Counseling for youth victims of domestic violence. including dating- and domestic violence education and legal assistance.

CHOC’s Parent Advice Line  (714) 509-8887 Information on health topics, including sickness, nutrition and behavior.

JADE (949) 303-9016, en Español (949) 303-9018 The Juvenile Alcohol and Drug Education and Decisions program. Also see: Health Services, Support Groups and Parent Education under Family Resources. AA-Emergency Numbers Childhelp USA  (800) 422-4453 Poison Control Center  (800) 222-1222 Safely Surrendered Baby (877) 222-9723 Suicide Prevention Lifeline  (800) 273-8255 Suicide Hotlines (877) 727-4747, (800) 784-2433 Suicide Hotline for LGBTQ Teens  (866) 488-7386 Child Abuse Children of the Night  (800) 551-1300 National, 24-hour hotline and shelter for youth (1117). For The Child  (562) 427-7671, (562) 422-8472 Department of Children and Family Services of LA County (800) 540-4000 OC Child Abuse Prevention Center (714) 543-4333 Social Services Agency of OC (800) 207-4464 24-hour child abuse hotline. Counseling Alateen/Al-Anon  (888) 4AL-ANON (425-2666) Support groups and referrals for families and children of alcoholics. Boys and Girls Club Arches  (714) 532-7940 Counseling, family support, outreach and referrals. Garden Grove. Casa Youth Shelter (714) 995-8601 (CASA) Bilingual. Los Alamitos. Community Family Guidance Center (562) 924-5526 Therapy for children (3-17). • Connie Wax, Individual, Couple Family and Child Counselor  (714) 300-3163 See complete listing and ad on page 39. Exchange Club Family Support Center (562) 904-9590 Three and nine-week parenting sessions. Bilingual. Downey. Families Anonymous  (800) 736-9805 Free weekly meetings for families and friends of an addict or alcoholic. Help Line Youth Counseling (562) 273-0722 Youth/family counseling. Sliding scale.

Jewish Federation and Family Services Long Beach  (562) 427-7916 Orange County  (949) 435-3484, Long Beach Child and Adolescent Program (LBCAP)

(562) 599-9271

Magnolia Park Family Resource Ctr. (714) 530-7413 Mariposa Women and Family Center Counseling Orange, (714) 547-6494; and San Juan Capistrano, (949) 429-6888. OC Child Abuse Prevention Center  (714) 543-4333 2390 E. Orangewood, Ste. 300, Anaheim. www. Straight Talk Clinic  (714) 828-2000 Individual and peer counseling. Fees based on a sliding scale. The Guidance Center (562) 595-1159 Bilingual mental health assessment and treatment for low-income families on Medi-Cal. Women’s Shelter of Long Beach (562) 437-4663 Counseling. Emergency Shelters Temporary shelter for children and families in crisis. Residential care, counseling, referrals and bilingual. Youth Shelters: Casa Youth Shelter  (800) 914-CASA (2272) Children of the Night  (800) 551-1300 Community Service Programs  (949) 250-0488 CSP Huntington Beach  (714) 842-6600 Laurel House Teen Shelter  (714) 832-0207 Family Shelters: 1736 Family Crisis Center  (562) 388-7652 Gilchrist House  (949) 492-8477 Human Options  (877) 854-3594 Interval House (562) 594-4555, (714) 891-8121 Laura’s House  (866) 498-1511 Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter  (949) 631-7213 Women’s Shelter of Long Beach  (562) 437-4663 Help Lines and Hot Lines 211 LA and Orange Counties,


Baby Line  (949) 764-2229 Questions answered by on-duty nurses at Hoag Hospital. Free.

Domestic Violence Hotline  (562) 437-4663 Referrals to counseling and legal aid for low-income individuals and families. Drug Use Is Life Abuse  (714) 647-4593 Free referral program through the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. First 5 LA Connect  (213) 482-5902 Resources for nutrition, school readiness and parenting tips for kids under age 5. LGBTQ Youth Talkline  (800) 246-7743 (PRIDE) Telephone/internet peer counseling. Hotline of So. Cal.(562) 596-5548, (714) 894-4242 Mental Health America (800) 273-TALK (8255) National Alcohol and Drug Abuse Referral Line 

(800) 454-8966

National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-7233 National Eating Disorders Assoc.  (800) 931-2237 National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline (866) 331-9474 RAINN  (800) 656-HOPE (4673) The Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network’s hotline connects to a local rape crisis center. Stand Up For Kids  (800) 365-4KID (4543) Provides children in crisis with food and clothing. Missing/Runaway Children Help, information, referrals and message-relay services for runaways, abducted children and/or their parents. Also visit California Missing Children Hotline, (800) 222-3463 (FIND), www. Find the Children, (888) 477-6721, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, (800) 843-5678 (THE LOST), National Runaway Safeline, (800) 786-2929 (RUNAWAY), support and intervention, Food Banks For a list of providers, see Health Services on page 36.


for First Responders; September 13-14, Homeschool Days; September 16, California Coastal Clean-Up; September 16-17, Moompetam: Native American Festival; September 23-24, Baja Splash Cultural Festival; and September 30, Southeast Asia Day . • Bowers Kidseum Children’s Museum 2002 Main St., Santa Ana. (714) 567-3694. www. See ad on page 13.

• Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. (562) 590-3100. See ad on page 41; coupon on page 75. Fridays, through June 9 and September 8 - December 29: Free Shark Lagoon Nights. Get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators. Touch bonnethead, bamboo and epaulette sharks. Guests can touch and learn about sharks, shop, purchase drinks and snacks, and enjoy live music. Fridays, 6-9 p.m. Free. (Not available on April 7 and June 2). Sundays, June 25 - September 3: Summer Sunday Late Nights. Enjoy the Aquarium of the Pacific after hours while taking advantage of special savings. Journey through the Pacific Ocean to meet over 11,000 animals, including more than 150 sharks you can touch. The Aquarium’s short films will be shown in the Honda Theater throughout the evening. Please note: the Lorikeet Forest aviary closes at 4:30 p.m. 5-8 p.m. $14.95 per person; free for kids ages 3 and under and Aquarium members. May 26 - March 31, 2018: Frogs Dazzling and Disappearing Exhibit. Discover the diversity of frogs and their amphibian relatives. Explore more than two dozen animals, educational graphics, and interactive booths. Trace the history, life cycles, environments, and their uncertain future. Daily. Adults, $29.95; kids (3-11), $17.95; seniors, $26.95. More events: April 16, Easter Breakfast; April 2223, Earth Day; April 23, Abilities Night; April 2930, Urban Ocean Festival; May 14, Mother’s Day Brunch; June 3-4, Pacific Islander Festival; June 8, World Ocean Day; June 18, Father’s Day BBQ; July 4, July 4th Late Night; August 2, Summer Teen Overnight; September 11, Free Admission

ETIQUETTE • Burgess Cotillion Golden Sails Hotel, 6285 E. PCH, Long Beach (323) 874-7393 With Burgess Cotillion, manners and etiquette are 74 kidsguide spring/summer 2017

First Friday: Creative Kids/Parents Night out at Kidseum gives parents the opportunity to take a well-deserved night out without the kids. Friday, 6-9 p.m. Find themes and registration on their website. More events: April 22, Marionette Show; April 29, Cultural Adventure Show with Explorer Jan Reynolds; May 7, May Day Festival; May 14, Moms Free All Day; May 20, The Wild Things Children’s Theatre Troupe; May 28, Juggling and Storytelling with Izzi; June 4, Festival of the Sun; July 2, Americana 4th of July Festival; August 6, Festival of Cuban Music and Dance; and September 3, International Festival of Masks. Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Saturday: Drop in and Draw Saturdays is a great place for kids to express themselves creatively; all ages (must be accompanied by an adult). Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Free; suggested donation to cover the costs of materials. 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa. (949) 660-7793. • Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey. (562) 231-1200. See ad on page 19. Through April 30: City of STEM. All monthlong, learn and play with your family and discover the exciting world of science, technology, engineering and math, through special activities, presentations, food trucks and entertainment. Culminating on Saturday, April 22, where the entire community is invited to celebrate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) with activities, presentations, rocket launches, food trucks and live music. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free. Every Saturday: Visit the CMSC during Saturday Science for fun and educational science activities and demonstrations. Contact for details. $5.

emphasized throughout their program. Students (grades 3-12) are taught how to: introduce themselves, go through a reception line, ask a lady to dance, and sit properly. A demonstration on table manners is also provided. They cover telephone, cell phone and computer manners. Kids are encouraged to make new friends while the program emphasizes fun in a structured environment. Also see Dance under Arts.

First Saturdays: Young Explorers Academy (3-5) to explore the world around us. With fun hands-on activities. Guardian participation is required. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $12 per enrollment or $7 for CMSC members. Includes all day admission. Third Saturdays: Junior Explorers (6-8) cover different science topics and explore and experiment through hands-on activities. Guardian participation is required. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $12 per enrollment or $7 for CMSC members. Includes all day admission. Third Saturdays: All Ages Astronomy Club. Aspiring astronomers of all ages are invited to a fascinating program about the night sky and a chance to talk about all things astronomy! Plus, use a telescope, build one and learn how to pick the proper telescope and identify different celestial objects. 7-9 p.m. $2 fee required for all nonmembers. August 19: Rocket Fever! LA’s first and only urban rocket festival returns! Come fly your own rocket, build your own rocket and learn about rockets. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Discovery Cube Los Angeles Through April 23: Experience the first-ever museum exhibit featuring the four heroic ninjas-in-training— Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Leap to the rescue and learn teamwork, collaboration, and problem-solving as you work your way through puzzles, mazes and obstacles. Daily. 11800 Foothill Blvd. (818) 686-2823. • Discovery Cube Orange County 2500 North Main St., Santa Ana. (714) 542-2823. See ad on back inside cover. Through April 16: Bubblefest XXI. Watch the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show and witness art in motion as bubble scientist Deni Yang performs tricks and stunts with smoking bubbles, spinning bubbles, bouncing bubbles, and a laser light show. Then, learn the science behind the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show with hands-on activities like blowing giant bubbles, playing in water spheres, and more! Bubblefest admission tickets and Discovery Cube general admission tickets are both required for entry. Through May 14: Very Eric Carle Exhibit. Early learners can tumble in grass, weave a web, find new friends, and even become a butterfly as Eric Carle’s “Very” series comes to life. Very Eric Carle is a testament to Carle’s love of nature, his respect for the emotional lives of children, and his recurring themes of friendship, creativity, and the power of imagination. Activities include create a butterfly using light and color through shadow play, test dexterity, strength and flexibility by stepping through a giant, web-like structure, compose a night symphony, spin a web on a large weaving wall, test balance by rummaging across a pile of pebbles and more! lots more fun at

May 27 - September 4: Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit. For the first time ever, Disney Junior has partnered with a museum to create an exhibit based on one of its most beloved characters! Based on the famous television series, Doc McStuffins, the exhibit lets doctors-in-training visit the McStuffins Toy Hospital E.R., Pet Vet, and Nursery to learn the daily duties of a doc and about healthy habits, empathy and nurturing care. Daily. Included with admission. More events: May 13, Rocket Launch 2017.

Let’s Have A Cart Party!

• Downey Parks and Recreation (562) 904-7238. May 7: Downey Ride and Stride Open Streets. Explore Downey with over five miles of streets completely closed to vehicular traffic. Along the route there will be numerous stops bustling with music, games, vendors, food, and much more. Sunday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. All forms of non-motorized transit are welcome; this includes pedestrians, scooters, bicycles, wheelchairs, skateboards, wagons, strollers, rollerblades, and more. More events: June 20, Go Skate Day at Perkins Skate Park; June 21 - July 19, Concerts in the Park; August 1, National Night Out; August 5, Summer Music and Movie; and September 16, International Food Festival. Free Admission Days at Southern California Museums Ongoing: Free admission is offered on varying days

Gourmet Food Prepared Fresh in Front of Your Guests on Antique Style Food Carts. See our ad & listing on page 53.

Order 2 Carts and Get the 3rd Cart FREE. Call (310) 578-2278 (CART)

at the following museums. See Museums for contact information and museum details. Daily: Hammer Museum. California Science Center. Monday - Friday: Chapman University Permanent Exhibits, Wells Fargo History Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, for Los Angeles residents after 3 p.m.

Tuesday - Saturday: Chapman University Exhibits, Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, Flight Path Learning Center and Museum. Tuesday - Sunday: California African American Museum and Getty Center. Wednesday - Monday: Getty Villa. Wednesday - Sunday: Homestead Museum, Rancho

Year-Round Aquatics Fun with International Water Polo Club! Boys & Girls • All Skills • Ages 2 & Up • Programs for Elementary, Middle, High School, College & Adult Athletes

Benefits of Water Polo

• Children have fun in the water. • Kids of all abilities, areas and backgrounds play. • Encourages safety in and around water. • Promotes fitness, teamwork and confidence. • Provides a positive atmosphere that encourages learning and fun.

Camps, Clinics & Teams

New! Fun!

Free Intro Class for Groups Great for schools, scouts, youth groups & more. Call to schedule your event today!

Age Groups: 10&U, 12&U, 14&U, 16&U, 18&U, Adult/Masters

• Groups are divided by gender and age. • Program for beginners and intermediates to learn the basics. • Club & Travel Teams for the committed athlete. • Fun, friendly, competitive games & tournaments. • Mention “Kidsguide” and your first class is free!

Great for Beginners! SPLASHBALL Ages 2-8 M-F, 6:15-7:30pm • $100 per mo

Olympic Facility of USA Water Polo, Joint Forces Training Base Pool, 11200 Lexington Dr., Los Alamitos • • Call or Text: (949) 533-5216 lots more fun at

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Los Alamitos, Rancho Los Cerritos, the Paley Center for Media.

10 Travel Essentials No matter where you’re going— or how!— you’ll want these kid-necessities in a backpack close by 1. FOOD Favorite snacks – emphasis on favorite. Tired and hungry kids are prone to screeching. 2. DRINK A go-to sippy cup or bottle – leave it empty to make it through airport security. They’ll fill it for you on the plane. 3. ENTERTAINMENT Gadgets, chargers and ear buds – upload important games, movies and apps ahead of time so you’re not futzing on the road. 4. MORE ENTERTAINMENT Tiny toys and activity books – preferably in cheery gift wrap and doled out once an hour. (Thank you, Dollar Tree.) You can also get portable, fold-up lap desks at major retailers.

Thursday - Tuesday: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (kids ages 17 and under are always free). Sundays: Museum of Latin American Art. First Tuesday: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and La Brea Tar Pits. Kidspace, first Tuesday night from 4-8 p.m. Second Tuesday: Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Autry National Center. Thursdays: Skirball Cultural Center. First Thursday: Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens with reserved tickets. Third Thursday: Japanese American National Museum. Thursday nights: Long Beach Museum of Art, 3-8 p.m.; Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), 5-8 p.m. and Japanese American National Museum from 5-8 p.m. First Friday: Norton Simon Museum, 5-8 p.m. Friday: Long Beach Museum of Art. Fire Station Tours Saturdays: Old Fire Station 36 in San Pedro. 638 Beacon St. Old Fire Station 27 in Hollywood. 1355 N. Caheunga Blvd. (323) 464-2727.

5. TREATS Gum and lollipops – to prevent earaches during airplane takeoffs and landings, or to pop into any cranky little cranium.

Second Saturdays and Wednesdays: Long Beach Firefighters’ Museum Open House. Pumping demonstrations and displays. Wednesdays, 8 a.m. - noon; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free. 1445 Peterson Ave. (562) 599-3985.

6. WOOBY A favorite blankie – the touch and aroma may lull your little one to La La Land.

• Golf N’ Stuff 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk. (562) 868-9956. See ad with coupons on page 41.

7. BAGS Zip-loc gallon bags – for car-sick kids, dirty diapers, messy shirts, the phone that fell in the rest-stop potty…

May 6, 13, 20 and 27: May Daze. Enjoy even more fun at Golf N’ Stuff on these fun days with free bounce house, a balloon artist, and free face painting. Golf N’ Stuff attractions are an additional cost. Saturday, 2-6 p.m.

8. EMERGENCY KIT Basic first aid – pain reliever, itch cream, BandAids, Benadryl. 9. GERM PHOBIA KIT Baby wipes, tissues and hand sanitizer – um, because kids. 10. COSTUME CHANGE A change of clothes – to avoid traveling with a sopping wet companion, or one dressed in a trash bag suit from the airplane’s galley.

July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29: Take advantage of an incredible wristband deal as well as free Saturday entertainment starting at 5 p.m. For just $21 per person (regularly $30) buy a two-hour Ultimate Wristband, which includes two-hour use of gokarts, bumper boats, kiddie train and one game of miniature golf! Plus, offers free face painting and balloon art, 5-7 p.m. and listen to The Hat Factory perform Americana music, 7-9 p.m. More events: May 14, Moms Golf Free; and June 18, Dads Golf Free (with a purchase of a paid round). • Gryphon Fencing and Fitness Studio Celebrates the Spirit of the Olympics June 25: This free event features demonstrations of the Olympic sports of archery and fencing. Guests learn about these fun and challenging sports and have

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an opportunity to try archery and fencing under the guidance of the Gryphon coaches. Fun for the entire family! Sunday, 3-5 p.m. Free. 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia. (714) 519-1343. See ad on page 65. Kids Night Out / Parents Night Out / Date Night The following city agencies and businesses provide an activity-filled, drop-off evening for kids: BounceU Huntington Beach and BounceU Orange, Brainstorm STEM Education (Irvine), Buena Park Recreation, Cypress Parks and Recreation, Frogg’s Bounce House (Fountain Valley), www.froggsbouncehouse. com. Irvine Recreation, Lake Forest Recreation, La Habra Recreation, Lil’ Chef School (Irvine), www.lilchefschool. com. Little Gym (Lakewood, Torrance and Tustin) Los Alamitos Youth Center, My Gym (Buena Park, Huntington Beach, Laguna Niguel, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita, Tustin, Yorba Linda), Pennypickle’s Workshop (Temecula), SCATS (Huntington Beach), www.scatsgymnastics. com. Wild Fire Gymnastics (Lake Forest and Tustin), YMCA OC, www. • Lakewood Christian Schools May 23: Join Lakewood Christian Schools this evening for their K-8th Prospective Families Preview, followed by Open House. This will be one of the best times to see what makes Lakewood Christian Schools so unique. Meet their credentialed teachers, take a private tour of the campus and check out what their students have learned. Tuesday, 7 p.m. 5336 E. Arbor Road, Long Beach. (562) 425-3358, www. See ad on page 58. • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. recreation. See ad on page 8. Wednesdays, June - August: Wading Pool Wednesdays. Lakewood - Bloomfield, Boyar, Del Valle, Mayfair, Palms and San Martin parks (wading). Offers evening sessions, 5-7:30 p.m. April 28, July 21, August 18 and September 15: FUN-tastic Family Night. Go to The Centre at Sycamore Plaza in Lakewood and join your neighbors and friends at FUN-Tastic Family Nights. Each event includes a light meal and fabulous entertainment for the entire family. Friday, call for times. $8 per person, $5 children 3 and under. Pre-registration required. More events: May 7, Mother and Daughter Tea; May 11-14, Pan-American Fiesta at Mayfair Park; May 20-21, Family Camp; June 17, Public Safety Expo; June 24, Civic Center Block Party; July 7, Lakewood’s Summer Fair; July 14, Shakespeare by the Sea; July 15-16, Family Camp; and September 11, Patriot Day Concert. • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (562) 570-3100. See on inside front cover. lots more fun at

Saturdays: Free Archery Instruction. Get pointers to improve skills, and consistent shooting technique. Equipment provided. Saturday classes include, advanced, 9 a.m. and beginner 10:30 a.m. Safety class required. Vehicle entry fees, $7-8. 7500 E. Spring St. Saturdays: Bike Saturdays. Ride your bike to participating local shops and eateries in Long Beach to receive a special discount or offer. Stop by at any time and ask about their “special Bike Saturdays deals,” as part of the largest citywide discount program for cyclists in the nation. Check the website for details, bike workshops and events. May - August: May 26, Summer Kick-Off Concert; June 27 - August 5, free Long Beach Municipal Band Summer Concert Series at 6:30 p.m.; and June 19 - August 23, Movies in the Parks, Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday at dusk. Visit their website for titles. More events: April 17-21, Workshops at El Dorado Nature Center; July 9, Dance Fest 2017; July 2930, Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival; September 16, California Coastal Clean-up Day. Mission San Juan Capistrano 26801 Ortega Hwy. (949) 234-1322. Saturday and Sunday: Pan For Gold Make an Adobe Brick and Arrowhead Necklaces. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. $110, plus admission. Tuesday and Thursday: Curiosity Carts. Offer learning through items such as branding irons, spurs, candles, and more. 10 a.m. - noon. Included with admission. Movie Deals and Theater Child Care Find family-friendly bargains on favorite movies in theaters now or great deals on old classics from Norwalk to San Juan Capistrano. Norwalk 8, 13917 Pioneer Blvd., (562) 8045615, $2-3 daily; $2 extra for 3-D movies. San Juan Capistrano, 26762 Verdugo St., (949) 6613456, Tuesday special, $6 all day (excludes 3-D films). South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701, classic film

Magic • Life of the Party (562) 860-7797, (714) 903-7689 Owned and operated by magician Dave Skale, this company features a network of LA’s best magicians. Performers offer a variety of specialities, including birthday parties, educational school shows lots more fun at

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Wednesday and daily matinee, $8. Westminster 10, 6721 Westminster Blvd., (714) 893-4222, $6 all day Sunday (3-D surcharge applies). www. Four Stars Cinemas (new movies), 12111 Valley View St., Garden Grove, (714) 934-6377, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday (before 6 p.m.) Family Discount Days, $5 ($2 extra for 3-D movies). Pictures Show, 2800 Main St., Santa Ana Mall, (714) 836-7469, $2-3 daily; $4 for 3-D movies. In-Lobby Child PlayCenter at Harkin Cerritos 16 - Offers in-lobby Child PlayCenter where Kids (3-8) play games, read books, enjoy toys, and of course, watch movies, just steps from Mom and Dad’s auditorium. Walk-ups are welcome and reservations are recommended. Call for fees and times. 239 Los Cerritos Center, (562) 865-4140. Additional location in Chino Hills. • My Gym Long Beach - Parents Night Out Days vary: Let your children have a blast with My Gym while you enjoy an evening out! Games, relays, activities, rides, toy time, free play, and more! Pizza, snacks and juice are provided. This is a four-hour drop-off program. Discounts for members and siblings. Call for dates and times. 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns. (562) 986-0066. www. See ad on page 37. Nature Walks Bolsa Chica Wetlands. Guided tour on first Saturdays, 9-10:30 a.m. Wildlife guided tour, third Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon. Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Huntington Beach.

(anti-drug, nutrition, anti-bully, financial literacy, and environmental-magic), fairs, festivals, company picnics and events, and much more. Over 20 years of experience. Call for a free consultation on how to make your party great! See ad on page 52. Magic Stores The following locations offer supplies and lessons for young magicians: Best Magic, Gags and Costume, 625 S. Magnolia Ave., Anaheim, (714) 827-6442, Magic Galore and More, 6471 Westminster Ave. (inside Westminster Lanes), Westminster, (714) 891-6488, www.magicgaloreandmore.

Fullerton Arboretum. Free nature tour on second and fourth Saturday. 10-11 a.m. Free. 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton. (657) 278-3407. www. O’Neill Regional Park. Every Saturday, walk with a naturalist and learn about the animals and nature of Trabuco Canyon. 9-10:30 a.m. 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon. (949) 923-2260. www. Tide pool Walks at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. Attend an informative slide show in the John M. Olguin Auditorium, then go along on the naturalist-led ramble on the rocks to see animals in their natural habitat.

com. Magicopolis, 1418 Fourth St., Santa Monica, (310) 451-2241, Magic Clubs The following clubs offer activities and instruction for kids and teens (7-18). Monthly meetings and club offerings vary. Annual dues may apply. International Brotherhood of Magicians, (636) 724-2400, www. The Magic Castle, membership to the Junior Magicians Group (13-20) is by audition only,, (323) 851-3313. Society of Young Magicians,

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TRAINS Amtrak One-Day Train Rides (800) 872-7245, Ext. (USA-RAIL) Short day-trips to Los Angeles, San Diego, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Barbara and other cities are available from local stations in Anaheim, Fullerton, Irvine and Santa Ana. Kids (2-12) ride halfprice every day; two discounts per paying adult. Infants under 2 ride free on laps. Metro-Railway (323) 466-3876, Trains run daily and frequently. The website features a trip planner to help plot routes to and from popular family destinations. Train Museums and Rides The following locations offer exhibits of working, model and replica locomotives, cabooses and trolleys, and/or rides and party packages. Fillmore & Western Railway - Themed train rides. Fillmore. (805) 524-2546. Griffith Park - Travel Town Museum, (323) 6625874; and Griffith Park and Southern Railroad, (800) 438-1297, Heritage Park Train Exhibit - Santa Fe Springs. (562) 946-6476. Irvine Park Railroad at Irvine Regional Park - Orange. (714) 997-3968. Lomita Railroad Museum - Lomita. (310) 3266255. Orange County Model Engineers - Third weekends: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Rides are free, donations are welcome. Fairview Park, Costa Mesa. (949) 54-TRAIN. Orange Empire Railway Museum - Perris. (951) 943-3020. San Diego - San Diego Model Railroad Museum, (619) 696-0199, Balboa Park Miniature Railroad, (619) 239-4748, www. Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park - Santa Ana. (714) 836-4000. Southern California Live Steamers - Public run days on the first Sunday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and third Saturday, noon - 3 p.m. of each month. Rides are free, donations are welcome. Wilson Park, 2290 Washington Ave., Torrance. www.

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Transport yourself back in time aboard the legendary Queen Mary. Once the grandest ocean liner in the world, the Queen Mary is now a full-service hotel, historical landmark and entertainment venue.

Tuesdays, July 11- August 15: Tiny Tots Parent and Me Program Sea Star Adventure Series. Join this six-week parent and child (2-3) adventure exploring shapes, colors, textures, and more with everyone’s favorite tidepool animal, the sea star! Each Tuesday session includes exploration, an animal encounter, and an activity. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Call to register.

April 8: FANTASEA: Where Magic Lives. Award-winning illusionists come together for one spellbinding day aboard the historic Queen Mary! Experience expert sleight-of-hand and mesmerizing illusions, and learn a trick or two from expert performers. Saturday, noon - 6 p.m. On Sunday, April 9, return for more spellbinding magic at the Abracadabra Brunch, with added twists of magic!

June 22, July 20, and August 17: Family Science Nights. Spend a summer evening in our Samueli Conference Center getting “up close and personal” with local scientists. Your entire family is invited to survey the stars, explore the seas, and dive into the surf zone. Each experience will include a presentation by a guest speaker with alternate activities for kids, followed by a lab program to introduce your whole family to the fascinating world of science. A different topic will be covered each week. Thursday, 6-8 p.m. $10 per person; $30 family four-pack. More events: April 22, Earth Day; May 14, Mother’s Day Whale Watching Cruises; June 18, Father’s Day Adventure at Sea; July 4, 4th of July Cruise; and July 22-23, Family Sea Over. • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine. (949) 428-3900. www.pretendcity. org. See ad on page 45. Last Mondays: Family Autism Play Days. Spend a few hours enjoying family play, for families with children on the Autism Spectrum. Call for times. Free admission. RSVP required. Third Fridays: Home School Days. Pretend City offers home school students a special day on the third Friday of every month. A field trip to Pretend City offers students a learning experience through handson educational play. These activities surround your students with challenging problems and absorbing questions. June - July: Kids, join Pretend City for a Block Party all summer long! Don’t miss all the action-packed activities, performances, appearances and extraordinary events! More events: From Passover to Earth Day, Cinco de Mayo to Mother’s Day, Pretend City is the place for families to bring the meaning of holidays to life; check their online Calendar for details. Other special celebrations include: May 12, Jedi Training Academy; June 1, International Children’s Day; June 8, Best Friends Day; July 10, Teddy Bear Picnic; July 24, Harry Potter Birthday Party; August 10, When I Grow Up Day; August 28, Stress Management for Parents; and Celebrate Pretend City’s 8th Birthday with them in August. • Queen Mary 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach. (877) 3420738. See ad on page 1. Use

April 16: The Queen’s Easter Brunch. Families can indulge in the Easter Sunday Champagne Brunch, spend the afternoon hunting for Easter eggs full of treasure (11 a.m. - 3 p.m.), enjoy the Easter petting zoo, face painting, photos with the Easter Bunny and more. Reservations highly recommended. May 13: West Coast BBQ Classic. Let your taste buds rage over which barbecue style is king. Stay for live music, backyard games, a kid’s country, merchant market and the awards ceremony for top pit masters. Visit the website for discounted pre-sale tickets! May 14: Mother’s Day Brunch and June 18: Father’s Day. Families can enjoy the Queen Mary Champagne Sunday Brunch that features over 50 unique dishes from around the globe, plus live entertainment. Reservations strongly recommended. 4th of July Celebration: Celebrate Independence Day in style, come early and spend the day exploring the ship; listen to live music, enjoy family-friendly entertainment and get front and center to the giant fireworks extravaganza. Also, carnival games, marching bands, country and line dancing, and more. Cabana and private booth/table rentals available. • Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach. (562) 206-2040. See ad on page 22. Creation Station: Kids (6-10) drop in for an afternoon nature-themed family crafts. April 1, “Cool Blues;” May 6, “Sunny Yellow;” and June 3, “Rainbow Surprise.” Saturday, 1-4 p.m., drop-in. Free. June 25, July 23, and August 27; Summer Concerts. Pack a picnic dinner and head over to the Rancho with friends and family to enjoy live music in the historic gardens. Sunday, 5:30-7 p.m. June 27: Teen Volunteer Info Session: Rancho Los Cerritos is seeking enthusiastic and reliable high school volunteers to help with their summer camps (July 18 - August 5), curatorial projects and gardens. Teens looking for a great place to volunteer this summer must attend one session on Tuesday, June 27, 10-11:30 a.m. or 2-3:30 p.m. or call for an appointment. RSVP online at July 9: Mud Mania: Celebration of Adobe. Squish a little history between your toes at this delightfully muddy festival! Mud-tastic activities include adobe lots more fun at

brick-making, mud relay races, plus clay sculpting, archaeology adventures and more! De-mudding stations available; bring old shoes, a change of clothes and a towel. Sunday, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Adults, $7; children (4-12), $5. Tickets on sale starting May 1 at Sawdust Art Festival June 30 - September 3: Kids take a spin at the potter’s wheel, see a glass-blowing demonstration, or take a seat in the Children’s Art Spot (4+) or Studio One (7+) to try painting, printmaking, collages and other types of art. Live entertainment includes music, roving acts and more. Daily, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Adults, $9; kids (6-12), $4. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. (949) 494-3030. • Shared Science September 17: Join Shared Science’s “Meet Us, Meet You” event. Bring the family for fun activities and light refreshments and check out the 2017 FLL Robotics teams, find out how to join their Jr. FLL teams, help build a crazy Lego model and learn about what Shared Science has to offer. Sunday, 2-4 p.m. For more information, contact Michelle: (562) 285-3942 or 4545 E. 4th St., Long Beach. (562) 285-3942. See ad on page 29. • Skatedogs Skate Park Tour Ongoing: Join Skatedogs for a half-day skate park tour! Kids (6+) visit three local skateparks with Skatedogs instructors and then all grab a bite at Subway and discuss tips and tricks. Kids should bring water, a snack, skateboard, helmet, knee and elbow pads. Skatedogs’ boards and safety gear are available to borrow upon request. Contact for dates. $100 (cash or check at drop-off), includes prizes, lessons and lunch. RSVP required; seats are limited. Email: adam@skatedogs. com. (714) 313-8787. See ad on page 69. • Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark 13806 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. (562) 902-3191. See ad on back outside cover; coupon on page 49. Through May 31: Purchase a Buccaneer Bay season pass at the Special Pre-Season price of $59 or three payments of $19.66. Season passes come with exclusive bonuses such as food deals, friend discounts, and gifts from local merchants. Season Passes are available at Splash!, the Resource Center, or online at

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Boone Children’s Gallery Story times at LACMA. Monday and Friday: Join Los Angeles Museum of Art in The Boone Children’s Gallery, located in the Hammer Building. LACMA staff reads folk tales and ageappropriate books on art and culture. 2 p.m. Free. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6010. lots more fun at

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Stories at the Norton Simon Museum. First and last Sundays: Introduce young children (4-8) to the museum, this program brings together story time and art making in the galleries. 2-3 p.m. Free. 411 Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-6840. Story times at Once Upon a Storybook. Chapter story time (8-12), second Saturday, 2 p.m. Preschool story time (3-5), Tuesday and Friday, 11 a.m. Itty Bitty Baby (0-2), Monday, 10, 10:30, and 11 a.m. Enderle Cen-

ter, 17300 E. 17th St., #C, Tustin. (714) 669-4377. Saturday at Children’s Book World. Storytellers, readings, performers and more. Find line up at their website. 10:30 a.m. Free. 10580½ W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 559-2665. For more story times, check out your local library.

Warner Brothers Studio Tour Most days: A two-hour guided portion and self-guided visit to Stage 48: Script-to-Screen (approximately three hours). Explore iconic backlots, soundstages, The Archive and The Picture Car Vault. With actual filming happening all around you, no two tours are alike. Daily, unless a lot closure, times vary. Tours include Studio Tour, Deluxe Tour, Spanish Tour and Group Tour. $52-295. 3400 W.Riverside Drive, Burbank. (877) 492-8687.

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Find tons of summer fun for kids of all ages and interests in our online CampGuide! Updated daily with new camps, you can search by category, location or keyword to find just the right fit for your family. Or peruse the awesome 16-page section you’re holding in your hands right now–– pages 12-28.

• 1,000+ Fun Things to Do • Concerts in the Park • Outdoor Movies • 4th of July Festivities • Water Play • Performances • Tons of Freebies • Library Fun & Lots More Hitting the streets in early June, the calendar is your day-by-day guide to summer vacation. Find out where you can pick up your own copy; email your zip code to: Or check our website in early June to view an online copy.

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