Kidsguide Fall/Winter Issue 2022-23

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PRESCHOOL TEENYOUTH Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine Fall/Winter Classes For Preschool, Youth and Teens ART, SPORTS, MUSIC, COOKING, DANCE, ENRICHMENT CLASSES AND MORE WILL BE OFFERED IN LONG BEACH PARKS THIS FALL AND WINTER. VISIT WWW.LBPARKS.ORG FOR CLASS DESCRIPTIONS, LOCATIONS, DATES, TIMES, FEES AND REGISTRATION Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine 2760 N. Studebaker Road · 562.570.3100 · Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter PRESCHOOL Preschool Classes Preschool Cake Design Preschool Cooking Thyme! Bamboleo Bebe Bamboleo Amiguitos Bamboleo Amigos Parent & Me Pre-K Readiness Reading, Math & More Preschool Readwrite En Español PreK-Kinder Little Music Makers F-Up Tiny Ballers Biddy Soccer League Biddy Tee Ball League Multi Sport TinyTykes Youth Soccer Parent & Me soccer Tot Soccer PreSoccer YOUTH All About Dough Basic Cooking For Kids Cake Design Mexican Folklorico-Beg-Adv. Levels Reading Development K-1and 2-6 Readwrite En Español 1st-2nd Grade Math Development 2-6 Exploring Instruments Keyboard Kids Rockin’ Guitar D’up Ballers Jujitsu Karate-Shotokan Shotokan Karate Soccer 1-Techniques & Teamwork Soccer 2-Skillz & Scrimmages Traditional Karate-Beg.-Int. TEEN Online Drivers Education A+ Beg. - Adv. Gymnastics A+ Tumbling For Gymnastics & Cheer Ceramics Workshop Drawing Fundamentals Oil Painting Fast Quilt Retreat Belly Dance Dog Behavior Training 101-201 Positive Reinforcement 40-30-20 Interval Training B.L.A.S.T. Total Body Fitness Dance With Carmen Yoga With Lacey Jujitsu Karate-Shotokan
Give yourson the best Transform his life meaningfully… creating an intelligent, self-reliant, disciplined, and spiritually centered young man…ready to lead. Learn more at or call 714-772-1363 x154


Parenting doesn’t come with a manual, but it does come with a guide – Kidsguide that is!

while we don’t have all the secrets to parenting, we’ve rounded up some tricks of the trade to help make your family life easier, better, and a lot more fun!

We’ve dug deep into learning about your favor ite kid-friendly attractions, scoured the corners of the web, and chatted with parents who’ve been there, done that, to bring you an issue full of insider tips.

Look for the red “KG TIP” icon sprinkled throughout the pages for helpful tidbits like: upcoming events you can’t miss, free admis sion days, asking the front desk for scavenger hunts, fun things to do nearby, and other hidden gems to make an unforgettable family outing.

Not only are we revealing these magical tips, but (abracadabra!) we’re revealing the secrets to simple magic your kids can do, too! Get ready for mind-boggling mind tricks, money madness, and even the recipe for invisible ink (like the one George Washington used!).

The fun doesn’t stop there… flip to page 32 and use your razzle dazzle device to scan the code and (voilá!), you’ll be teleported to enter our giveaway. We’re giving one lucky family a membership to Aquarium of the Pacific, plus sending every kid a little magic surprise!





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• Applied Music Studio

10900 Los Alamitos Blvd., Ste. 203 (562) 596-1287,

MUSIC - Enhance your child’s (3+) education by try ing a free lesson at Applied Music Studio! They of fer instruction in strings, voice, piano, guitar, drums, brass, woodwinds and theory, as well as Rock Band, Jazz Band and Keyboard for Kids program. Virtual and in-person classes available. Applied Music Stu dio also offers lessons for jazz, orchestra and choir preparation. All instructors have been Live Scan fin gerprinted and cleared through DOJ/FBI. They also have new and used instruments for sale, and schoolapproved 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 page 5 with coupon.

• Blue Submarine (562) 494-0242,

STEM - 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 tide pool 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 9.

• Burgess Cotillion

The Grand - Catalina Room

4101 E. Willow St., Long Beach (323) 874-7393,

SOCIAL DANCING - Bobby Burgess, original Walt Disney Mouseketeer, ballroom dancer on the Law rence Welk Show, and instructor with the Legend ary Call's Cotillion, leads each Burgess Cotillion class. Kids (8-18) learn social dancing and man ners in eight monthly Monday classes, 90-minutes each. Foxtrot, waltz, swing, tango, rumba, cha cha, line dancing—you name it, Burgess Cotillion teaches it! Every class also includes refreshments, games, prizes, and manners every kid needs to know. Parents are always welcome, especially for the Mother/Son, Father/Daughter dances in April. Please contact for dates and tuition. Email:

• Chef Tech Cooking School 3842 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach (5620 989-2467,

COOKING - Chef Tech Kids Monthly Cook and Bake Series are the perfect match for your child with a flair for food! Classes meet for 1.5 hours, once a week throughout the month. Children will learn a variety of cooking and baking skills. They offer a Sunday after noon session or a Thursday evening session to meet your schedule, and also have a Thursday early after noon session for home-schooled students. Find the class that’s right for you and your child and register today! See ad on this page.

• Kelly Summer Vocal Studio Long Beach (562) 833-6444,

MUSIC - 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

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Hands-On Cooking Classes for Kids! Monthly Cook & Bake Series Summer Camps Workshops Birthday Parties Homeschool *We accept charter funds from a select group of charter/homeschools. 3842 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach (562) 989-CHOP (2467)

singer and voice teacher with a Masters Degree in vocal performance from USC and over 20 years experience in the music business. Her specializa tion is in contemporary jazz, rock and hip hop/R&B. Students learn vocal technique, repertoire, audition/ performance skills and musicianship—all in a pri vate studio setting. Virtual music lessons available!

SPECIAL NEEDS: Music therapy for children is of fered 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, im prove communication, improve gross/fine motor skills, express feelings, and improve emotional and affective development. See ad on page 5.

• Merage Jewish Community Center of OC 1 Federation Way, Irvine (949) 435-3400,

AFTER-SCHOOL CARE - When the school day is done, Club J begins! Their after-school program is designed for families that need the support and convenience of a daily high-quality schedule for their children. Club J offers quality after-school care for children in Kin dergarten through fifth grade. They also offer a sixth through eighth grade Leader in Training (LIT) program and Winter Camp (see page 10). Club J’s monthly tu ition includes transportation, snack, and two enrich ment classes per day (no enrichment classes on Fri day/Shabbat). For information, please call Hilary Duran at the number listed. See ad on page 5.

• EduCare


4300 Bellflower Blvd., Lakewood (562) 377-1300

PRESCHOOL - EduCare Preschool of Lakewood is a private preschool, located in the Methodist Church, and accepts children ages 24 months through Kindergarten. The school, licensed for 70 children, leases space in the church, that is 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 and affordable pricing––potty training, too! See ad on this page.

Montessori Children’s House

5550 Atherton St., Long Beach (562) 431-8880 5454 Atherton St., Long Beach (562) 494-3777

PRESCHOOL & ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - Year-round program for children (2-12) in preschool and Kin dergarten through grade 6. Students are in a multiage group environment working individually and independently. Without a traditional grading sys tem, classes help students to progress at their own pace. Curriculum emphasizes reading phonetically and early exposure to mathematics. Art, music, ge ography and social science are also included. Con veniently located with large play areas. Montessori Children’s House has been serving the community for more than 45 years. See ad on this page.

• Oakwood Academy Schools

PRESCHOOL & ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - Oakwood Academy Schools offer an accelerated academic pro gram with a hands-on approach to learning. Students learn computer skills and go on educational field trips. Enrichment activities such as karate, swimming, pia no, dance and gymnastics are offered. See ad on page 6; discount coupon on page 30.

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.

Oak Tree Preschool & Kindergarte (562) 597-8611

1710 Redondo Ave., Long Beach. Age 2 through Kindergarten. Lic. 191601050.

• St. Catherine's Academy

215 N. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim 92805 (714) 772-1363,

GRADES TK-8 - St. Catherine's Academy (SCA) is an all boys' Catholic school with a military tradition serving students in transitional Kindergarten to 8th grade. Founded in 1889 by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, SCA offers both day and board ing opportunities. SCAs military tradition provides a structured environment that helps boys grow into re sponsible, self-motivated young men. Give your son the best. Visit, or call (714) 772-1363. See ad on page 1.

• Westerly School of Long Beach 2950 E. 29th St., Long Beach (562) 981-3151,

GRADES K-8 - Westerly School is the only indepen dent, co-educational elementary/middle school in the Long Beach area, serving students in Kindergarten to 8th grade. They develop the whole child through a challenging and stimulating program in an inclusive and diverse community. Westerly ignites within each child a lifelong love of learning by encouraging them to discover their full and unique potential every single day. Students develop a true sense of self through meaningful opportunities for self-expression, service, and character development. Westerly graduates are leaders, helpers, and creators today and in the fu ture. Learn more, schedule a campus tour and apply at See ad on page 3.

• YMCA of Greater Long Beach Preschools (562) 279-1624,

PRESCHOOLS - Did you know that 90% of a hu man's brain develops in the first five years of life? What many parents don't realize is that a strong in vestment in our children at this critical time will pay off for the rest of their lives. Simply participating in preschool, even remotely, is the most impactful way to give your children the skills they need to succeed in life. With six locations in Greater Long Beach, the YMCA provides state subsidized, year-round childcare for qualifying families. Their preschools reflect the communities that they serve and they work with families to tailor opportunities for chil dren to learn, grow and thrive. NOTE: Through the duration of COVID-19 safety modifications remain in place, including face coverings and additional safety measures.

Preschool locations: YMCA Mayne Preschool, 9630 Mayne St., Bellflower, (562) 804-1976. YMCA 70th Street Preschool, 700 70th St., Long Beach, (562) 634-4924. YMCA First Friendships Preschool, 6650 Orange Ave., Long Beach, (562) 984-2358. YMCA Play & Learn Preschool, 2179 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, (562) 218-4693. YMCA Creative Be ginnings Preschool, 5600 Linden Ave., Long Beach, (562) 422-2616. YMCA Downtown Preschool, 820 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, (562) 283-3454. See ad on page 6.

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“The Best in Education & Care for Your Child” FULL PRESCHOOL CURRICULUM PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 4300 Bellflower Blvd., Lakewood, 90713 Located in Methodist Church Lakewood (562) 377-1300 • Lic#198006164 Ages 2-6 7am-6pm Mon-Fri POTTY TRAINING SOUTH ST. DEL AMO BLVD. HARVEY WAY CARSON ST. WOODRUFF AVE. BELLFLOWER BLVD. FREEWAY91 FREEWAY 605 ELEMENTARY PROGRAM Grades K-5 • Full-Day Kindergarten Various Learning Methods Expanded Curriculum LONG BEACH LOCATIONS: 5550 Atherton St. (562) 431-8880 5454 Atherton St. (562) 494-3777
kidsguide fall/winter 2022-2023 5KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization. Voice Lessons for People Who Want to Sing! Kelly Summer, M.A. Studio Music & Jazz Certified Neurologic Music Therapist • Rock, Jazz, Blues, Contemporary • Learn technique, stage presence, audition skills • Vendor for multiple homeschool charters Music Therapy for Kids with Special Needs • Help kids reach educational and IEP goals • Improve communication skills • Help with emotional and affective development Virtual Music Lessons Available! Music for Everyone (562) 833-6444 Find more helpful parenting tips at

How to Ace the School Tour

• Is there an entrance assessment?

• Are meals and snacks provided? What’s on the menu?

• What does parent involvement look like? (volunteering, fundraising, etc.)

• What methods of communication are used between parent/teachers/leaders?

• Do you offer before and after-school care and/or vacation-break programs?

• How long have the staff been working here?

Academics & Curriculum

• What curriculum does your school implement?

• How does the curriculum compare to other schools (public and private)?

• Does the school have a particular learning philosophy? (Play-based? Group learning?)

• How much homework do students have?

the campus look clean, safe, and inviting?

• Do classrooms look welcoming? Is student work displayed, and does it seem appropri ate for the grade level?

• Do teachers seem enthusiastic and knowledgeable?

• Do students seem engaged and interested?

• How do the students interact with their peers?

Questions to Ask

• What’s the overall culture of the school?

• How many children attend the school? Student-teacher ratio?

• What does the typical school day schedule look like?

• What does tuition include?

• How diverse are the students and staff?

• How is technology implemented in the classroom?

• How does the school and teacher differentiate learning needs and styles?

• What is the grading system? (Letter grades, number system, pass/fail, etc.)

• Do you offer extra-curricular classes?

• Does the school offer tutoring or other support?

• How much outdoor/recess time do students get each day?

Safety & Behavior

• How does the school handle behavioral issues? What’s the discipline policy?

• Does the school offer counseling?

• How does the school handle medical/health needs? (Allergies, dietary restrictions, medication, emergency situations, etc.)

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6 kidsguide fall/winter 2022-2023 KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization. OAKWOOD ACADEMY SCHOOLS • Reading • Phonics • Computer • Math • Science • Music • Piano & Keyboard • Foreign Languages • Gymnastics • Dance • Karate • Field Trips • Hot Lunches • Summer Programs: Academics • Field Trips & Swimming OAK TREE Age 2 thru Kindergarten 1710 Redondo Ave., Long Beach • 597-8611 CREATIVE DAY ACADEMY Age 2 thru 1st Grade 8740 Ramona Ave., Bellflower • 634-7527 OAKWOOD ACADEMY Age 2 thru 5th Grade 3850 Long Beach Bl., Long Beach • 426-6264
Things to Look For & Questions to Ask When Visiting a New School Before Your Visit • Do your homework. Visit the school’s website, social media channels, and do a quick Google search. You could get a sense of the school culture before visiting. • Take notes. You know your child best. Jot down your child’s specific needs and be prepared to ask how the school will help meet those needs. • Consider setting up the tour during rush hour. You’ll get a feel for the commute/traffic, plus you’ll have a better chance of seeing class transitions or what student drop-off/pick-up is like. Things to Look For • Does
General Questions

Health Providers

• 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 em phasis 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 Chang and Christine Chung use only proven techniques and technology and tailor treat ment for each patient’s specific needs and con cerns. See ad on page 8.

• Garlington Orthodontics for Children & Adults

5479 E. Abbeyfield, Ste. #1, Long Beach (562) 439-4553,

At Garlington Orthodontics, you are always greet ed with a smile and a warm welcome when you set foot in their office. They take pride in provid

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 with discount coupon on this page.

• Pediatric Medical Center 2921 Redondo Ave., Long Beach (562) 426-5551

PMC provides comprehensive medical care for patients from birth through college with special ex pertise 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 stu dents. This allows them to offer a unique combina

tion of skills for the care of your child based on both academic and community pediatric medical experi ence. Their informative website offers a wide range of articles on parenting and health issues. See ad on page 8.

Parent Support

• Children’s Home Society of California

Greater Long Beach (562) 256-7490 Orange County (714) 543-2273

Children’s Home Society of California (CHS) can help families find child care and help income-eli gible families pay for child care. CHS also serves as a central coordinating link for child care and child development services. Parents can obtain free information on child-care options that meet their needs. Listings are maintained on licensed childcare centers, family child-care homes, before and after-school programs, public and private schools, and child-care assistance programs. Additional services include resources for assessing the qual ity of child care services, workshops, and a lending

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5479 E Abbeyfield, Ste #1, Long Beach (Bellflower Blvd., between Stearns & Atherton) 562-439-4553 • TRADITIONAL BRACES No more impressions! iTero scanner, 3D printed models, and indirect bonding techniques DIAMOND+ TOP 1% INVISALIGN PROVIDER Adult, Invisalign® First for Children,  and Invisalign® Teen Provider YOUR LONG BEACH LEADER IN DIGITAL ORTHODONTICS The latest digital technology and devices to accelerate treatment, plus in-house 3D printing lab to create models and retainer. CONVENIENT APPOINTMENTS & PAYMENT PLANS Before and after school appointments available, PPO insurance, no interest payment options. Voted # 1 Orthodontist! Long Beach Press-Telegram 2021 (714) 300-3163 • CONNIE WAX, LCSW Counselor for the Gifted and Talented LCSW# 27430 Are You Feeling? Is Your Child Feeling? INDIVIDUAL • MARRIAGE • FAMILY & CHILDREN

library that offers age-appropriate activities, toys and parenting resources. 4900 Airport Plaza, Ste. 100, Long Beach; 333 South Anita Drive, Ste. 350, Orange. See ad on pages 16 and 17.

• Connie Wax, LCSW #27430

Individual, Couple, Family and Child Counselor 5182 Katella, Ste. 206, Los Alamitos (714) 300-3163

Counselor specializing in therapy for gifted and talented children, adults and their families. Con nie came to appreciate the unique needs of this group while raising her own gifted children. Her personal experience blossomed into a passion for helping families of the gifted to 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 rear ing. 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

Doulas and Postpartum Support

Support through pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, sleep training, and child education. Labor of Love: Birth and Postpartum, www.laboroflovebirthservices. com. Doulas of OC, www.doulasoforangecounty. com. Dream Team Doulas, www.dreamteamdoulas. com. Dona International,

LGBTQ+ Support

Support for LGBTQ+ youth and families: Long Beach, (562) 434-4455,; Los Angeles, seven locations and a youth center, (323) 993-7400,; and Orange County, (714) 9535428,

Mom / Parent Clubs

FIT4MOM - Fitness classes and wellness programs. Classes include Stroller Strides, Stroller Barre, Run Club Meet Up, and more.

MOMS Club - Playgroups, babysitting coops, moms' night outs, and holiday parties. Find a chapter near you, or learn how to start one of your own.

MOPS - Faith-based Mothers of Preschoolers support groups for those expecting, or with in fants, toddlers/preschoolers or school-age chil dren.

MOMCODE - Playgroups, service activities, work shops, resources, and more.

New Parent Support

Boot Camp for New Dads and New MomsWorkshops for rookie dads to talk to veteran dads, and rookie moms to veteran moms. Find groups at and

Breastfeeding Clinics at Columbia Pediatric - For first-time parents or experienced parents with new questions. Weekly clinics are led by a lactation con sultant. Call ahead to confirm. (562) 595-5479.

MOMS Orange County - In-home program, class es in childbirth, prenatal health, breastfeeding, and workshop for new dads. Scholarships avail able.

New Mom School - Postnatal education (newborn12 mos) and support. Located in Costa Mesa. www.

Parents of Multiples

Orange Coast Mothers of Multiples, www.ocmom. org; Multiples of America, www.multiplesofamerica. org; and Lakewood/Long Beach Mothers of Twins,

OC Department of Child Support Services

Services include the establishment and enforce ment of child support orders, legal paternity through genetic testing, and account maintenance. (866) 901-321.

Parents Without Partners Support program for single parents and their chil dren.

Illness and Bereavement Groups

Art and Creativity for Healing - Support and emotional healing through art and creative expression for those living with pain, grief, fear or stress. (949) 367-1902.

New Hope Grief Support Community - Comprehensive support team that provides support for adults, fam ily camps, school-based programs and holiday work shops to help those dealing with grief navigate their new lives. (562) 429-0075.

Pathways Volunteer Hospice - Non-profit volunteer or ganization dedicated to providing compassionate care to families living with illness and loss. (562) 531-3031.

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Infant, Children, and Adolescent Medicine Comprehensive General Practice Pediatric Care School Underachievement John Samson, M.D., F.A.A.P. • L. Philippe Theriot, 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. • Erica A. Veeh, M.D., F.A.A.P. (562) 426-5551 • Fax: (562) 426-9977 2921 Redondo Ave., Long Beach, 90806 • Now Offering Telemedicine Appointments!

• 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 whim sical 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. Party for 12 includes park admission with unlimited ride pass and ac cess to Thomas and Friends play area and the petting farm, two pizzas and drinks, T-shirt for the birthday child and special birthday train ride, plus a party hostess––all for only $34.95 per person (prices subject to change without notice). See ad on page 15.

• Best Parties By Erin & Co.

LA, OC and Ventura Counties

(562) 901-0111,

With more than 20 years experience, party spe cialist Erin and her team of talented performers can give your child the best birthday in town. They customize every party and event accord ing to theme, age group and number of children, so you can sit back and relax, while they run the show. Face painting, balloons, characters and magicians, relays, obstacle courses, games and specialty-themed parties. No child is too young or too old and no event is too large or too small for these party experts! Have an idea or theme of your own? Give them a call and let them create the perfect entertainment for you. Zoom parties and virtual meet and greets available. Also see Acting Out in Camps. See ad on page 23.

• Blue Submarine (562) 494-0242,

The Blue Submarine offers fun, educational ad ventures 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 pro grams also available. Call today to book your party or special event! See ad on this page.

• Brettso the Great Los Angeles & Orange County Magician (714) 392-2270,

Brettso the Great is a professional magician spe cializing in entertaining children and family audi ences! If you're hosting your kids' birthday and need someone to keep your guests entertained, not only can he help you do that, but he can also make your kids birthday the most fun and

unforgettable event ever! Brettso performs over 100 magic shows a year for children's birthday parties, preschools, daycare facilities and other family-friendly events in the Orange County and Los Angeles area. To get started, please go to his website and click on "Birthday Party Packages and Pricing" and find the right birthday party package for your child's party. You can also book online too. See ad on this page.

• East West Ice Palace

11446 Artesia Blvd., Artesia (562) 809-6200,

Fun party package includes public skating admis sion, private party room, pizza, cake, soft drinks, par ty decor, plus skate time. Skating lessons available upon request. Also offers public skating and skating classes for kids (3+) and adults. See Skating Rinks on page 30; ad on page 19.

• Golf N' Stuff Family Fun Park

10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk (562) 868-9956,

Have your child's next birthday party, team par ty or scouting event at Golf N' Stuff Family Fun Park! Pizza Party packages can include easy or challenging miniature golf and exciting rides, in cluding go-karts, bumper boats, and kiddie train. While there, guests also enjoy the latest in arcade games, great prizes, snack bar and indoor and

outdoor party facilities. Where the 5 and 605 free ways meet. See party deals on page 11, and ad with coupons on page 25.

• 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-of-a-kind birthday party. Guests can ride ramps and get skateboarding tips from an ex perienced instructor. Also see Winter Camps and Sports on page 10. See ad on page 31.

More Parties

Birthday party opportunities are listed throughout the OutingsGuide on pages 12-32. You will find party venues, from farms and family fun centers to aquariums, trampoline parks and trains.

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562-494-0242 Adventures in Marine Biology Educational & Fun Live Tidepool Animals Camps • Field Trips • Birthday Parties Special Events English/Spanish Bilingual Programs We Come To You!

City Recreation

• Lakewood Recreation and Community Services

5050 Clark Ave., Lakewood (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408

Programs include: Academics (math, reading, Span ish, Pre-K Readiness, drivers education), Art for Fun, baseball/softball, basketball, Family Camps (April and October), dance (ballet, tap, Polynesian, hip-hop, musical theatre), football, gymnastics, horseback rid ing, martial arts, music (drums, piano, ukulele, par ent/me), multi-sports, ice skating, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. Plus, adaptive recreation programming for people with special needs. Visit their website for events and classes. See ad on page 19.

• Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine 2760 Studebaker Road, Long Beach (562) 570-3100,

Classes and programs for preschoolers, youth and teens include: art, cooking, dance, music (rock guitar, keyboard, exploring instruments, parent/ me), enrichment (Spanish language for preschool ers, pre-K readiness, Math and More Preschool,

reading and math development), no-cost afterschool programs, Winter Fun Days during school break, and sports, (aquatics, archery, basketball, golf, gymnastics, martial arts, skateboarding, soc cer, tennis and more). Visit the website for events and classes. See ad on front inside cover.


• First Field Farm, Inc. 18299 Dumont Ave., Cerritos (562) 924-2217,

First Field Farm offers instruction in English horse back riding and jumping for beginning through advanced students. They are a recognized Riding Academy by the USHJA, and have a trainer that is a USHJA Certified. Beginner lessons include care of the horse as well as the basics of position and control. Private lessons are 30 minutes; group les sons, 45-60 minutes. Horses are provided. See ad on page 29.

• My Gym Children's Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns

Try unlimited classes and unlimited Practice and Plays for two weeks for just $29! Offer ends soon. From first steps to Ninja courses, kids thrive at My Gym through active play, socialization with their peers, and fun-filled games and activities. For maximum fun and safety, class sizes are ex clusively limited. Proof of vaccination or negative test result is required for everyone age 14 and up. Visit their website to see more on their health and safety rules at Start today and create “moments that matter!” Camps are also offered, see below. See ad on page 21.

• Skatedogs (714) 313-8787, After-school and weekend classes in skateboard ing, one of the world's fastest growing sports. Offered in conjunction with the recreation depart ments of Aliso Viejo, 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 of fer 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 page 9) and camps during school breaks (see below). See ad on page 31.

Winter Camps

• Acting Out Winter-Break Camps Long Beach (562) 901-0111,

Winter Acting Workshops offer improv, theater games, costume play, props, and more. Bring your special talents and comedy chops for a great two days of fast-paced acting! Winter Workshop #1New Year’s Eve Variety Show, December 28-29. This two-day workshop will include variety acts, sketch comedy, and commercials with a special Acting Out flare! The workshop will be filmed and you’ll receive the completed project to watch. Winter Work shop #2 - Seen and Be Seen, January 4-5. Mono logues, scenes, and short plays, plus improv, theater games, costume play, and props. Both workshops run 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. See ad on page 23.

• Merage Jewish Community Center of OC Winter Camp

1 Federation Way, Irvine (949) 435-3400,

Two weeks of camp will be held December 26-30 and January 3-6, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Your child will be baking, crafting, singing, learning, dancing and playing during these JCamp days. Choose just a few days or all of them! Pre- and post-care is offered for an additional fee. See ad on page 5.

• My Gym Children’s Fitness Center

Long Beach - Fall & Winter Camps 3287 Industry Drive, Long Beach Text: (562) 986-0066,

One of the best camp programs in town! At My Gym Long Beach’s Camp, they activate the fun every single day. Children participate in energizing games, exciting relays, arts and crafts, music and so much more. Each camp program is uniquely designed to keep your children moving and active. My Gym Long Beach makes it easy for parents with a dropoff program, pay-by-the-day options, and multi-day

discounts. They are continuing their health and safety precautions to ensure everyone’s safety. Visit their website to see more on their health and safety rules, Camp spaces are lim ited, book your spot today! Fall and winter dates: No vember 22 and 23; December 28, 29 and 30; and January 3, 4, 5 and 6. See ad on page 21.

• Skatedogs (714) 313-8787,

Kids make new friends, advance their skateboard ing skills, and most importantly, have fun at Skat edogs’ school-break skateboarding camps offered in conjunction with the recreation departments of Aliso Viejo, Arcadia, Beverly Hills, Brea, Cerri tos, Cypress, Glendora, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Manhattan Beach, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Redondo Beach, Seal Beach and Tus tin. They also offer after-school and weekend classes, private lessons and birthday parties. See ad on page 31.

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Animal Encounters & Zoos

America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College

7075 Campus Road, Moorpark (805) 378-1441,

A five-acre living classroom for the students of the Exotic Animal Training and Management Program at Moorpark College. The zoo is open to the public for live animal presentations, training demos, spe cial events, and more. Birthday party packages are available.

Look out for special events like Wild Lights & Jungle Nights during the holiday season.

Children’s Nature Retreat 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine (619) 320-4942,

This 20-acre farm, animal sanctuary, and nature reserve has 200+ domesticated livestock and ex otic animals from around the world. Single-day pass includes animal interaction from outside the enclo sures. Guided tours, Keeper-for-the-Day, Behindthe-Scenes Tour, and birthday parties available.

• Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary 8545 Buttemere Road, Phelan (760) 868-2755,

Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary is dedicated to preserving the lives of abused, neglected and aban doned exotic animals through rescue, rehabilitation and education. By partnering with the community, they can change animals lives and inspire future generations. Come on by Forever Wild and visit their animal family. They offer group events, guided tours, barn and deer feedings, and Feasts with the Beasts! From school field trips to fun and festive events like “A Very Wild Christmas” and “Spooktacular Hallow een,” there is always something lively happening at the sanctuary! See ad on page 15 for a free admis sion coupon.

Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary

2132 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar (858) 481-3148,

A unique exotic bird sanctuary where you can walk among the birds and offer them food. See color ful cockatoos, macaws, conures, and enjoy the koi pond. Birthday parties, scout programs, camps, junior docent program, and memberships are avail able. Open by reservation only.

Goods & Goat Market

29458 Trabuco Creek Road, San Juan Capistrano (949) 212-4357,

Family goat farm that specializes in events for kids and grown-ups. Kids and Kids Playtime lets children play with baby goats, plus dig in the worm garden, watch and feed chickens, play in the sand box, ride an old-fashioned seesaw, and even soar on a zipline. Goat walks are also available for kids ages 3 and up. Jr. Farmers, Kids Farm Party, and field trips available.

JAB Canid Education & Conservation Center

Santa Ysabel (760) 224-9392,

Home to foxes, primitive dogs, wolf-dogs, and coy otes. Animal encounters include the Fox Experience for all ages where visitors feed, pet, and watch the foxes play. Foxes and other animal ambassadors are also available to travel to parties and special events.

Lions Tigers and Bears 24402 Martin Way, Alpine (619) 659-8078,

A 90-acre big cat and bear sanctuary home to 60+ rescued animals including lions, tigers, bears, bob cats, leopards, serval, plus farm animals and more. All visits are by reservation only. Enjoy special events like overnight campover, Turkey Bash, and Christmas with the Animals.

Living Coast Discovery Center 1000 Gunpowder Point Drive, Chula Vista (619) 409-5900,

A small aquarium and zoo located along the coast of San Diego. Encounter local wildlife, including sea turtles, sharks, rays, raptors, reptiles, and marine animals. Enjoy daily animal presentations, safari hikes, workshops, bird walks, and wildlife guided tours. The center also hosts camps, special events, birthday party packages, private tours, and scout programs.

The center is surrounded by easy walking trails. Bring binoculars to see wild birds and get a great view of Coronado Bridge.

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles (323) 644-4200,

Home to more than 2,100 mammals, birds, amphib ians, and reptiles. Popular exhibits include Rainforest of the Americas, Elephants of Asia, and The Lair of amphibians and reptiles. See lots of unique animals like the Tomistoma, Bornean Orangutan, Harpy Eagle, and the highly venomous Gaboon Viper. The zoo of

fers special experiences throughout the year, camps, classes, and guided tours for members.

Los Angeles Public Library cardholders can go to the Discover & Go website ( to reserve a pass good for free L.A. Zoo admission for up to four people. Restrictions apply.

Oasis Camel Dairy 26757 Highway 78, Ramona (760) 787-0983,

Unique family camel farm that offers public tours on Open Farm Days or private tours by reservation. The farm also features cockatoos, mini sheep, and goldfish. Tours include treats to feed the camels and sheep, plus camel rides can be added.

Orange County Zoo

Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange (714) 973-6840, Small, local zoo featuring a variety of animals, includ ing mountain lions, bears, panther, bald eagle, and lots more. Preschool programs and classes are of fered every week. An audio tour is available on your phone. Zoo admission is only $2, entry fee for the park is $3 on weekdays and $5 on weekends.

Bring quarters to buy food to feed the sheep and goats! Irvine Regional Park also offers many more things for families to enjoy, including bike rent als, paddle boat rentals, pony rides, and train ride.

OstrichLand USA 610 E. Highway 246, Solvang (805) 686-9696,

Unique ranch and landmark with 100+ ostriches and emus. Feed and interact with the large birds and browse the gift shop full of unique gifts and fresh os trich eggs. Ostrich feed is available for $1 per bowl. See ostrich chicks during the summer months and emu chicks in late-winter and early-spring.

OstrichLand is a great first stop when you’re headed to the Danish-themed town of Solvang.

Pony Time

11369 Carson St., Lakewood (562) 916-7669,

Enjoy pony rides, trail walks, and feed animals in the petting zoo. Visit their Facebook page to stay up dated on special events like festivals, mommy and me classes, holiday events, and more. Located inside Lakewood Equestrian Center.

San Diego Zoo 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego (619) 231-1515,

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Discover 12,000+ animals and explore the zoo’s newest interactive area, Wildlife Explorers Basecamp, where kids can climb, scramble, and jump in immer sive nature play areas. Upgrade your visit with special experiences like the Inside Look tour, Early Morning Cheetah Experience, or the Exclusive VIP Experience.

The zoo’s holiday celebration, Jungle Bells, runs from December 9 - January 1 with roaming en tertainers, decorations, and special treats.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido (760) 747-8702,

Home to 3,600+ animals and known for their ex pansive savanna habitat and tram tour. The Walk about Australia habitat lets guests walk among the grasslands with kangaroos and wallabies. Plus, meet the only two platypuses currently residing outside of Australia. Kids will love the park’s play areas, includ ing the Mawazo Jungle Gym and the Savanna Cool Zone, a water play area. Enhance your visit with spe cial safari experiences: zipline across the park, go behind the scenes, or spend the night in a special tent-camping experience.

Wild Holidays runs November 25 - January 1 and features seasonal decorations and a festive atmosphere.

Santa Ana Zoo 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana (714) 836-4000,

Small, local zoo featuring 350+ animals. Explore their

newest, multi-species exhibit, Tierra de las Pampas, to see anteaters, guanacos, and rheas. Walk through the Colors of the Amazon Aviary, play on the Safari Playground, and feed goats and sheep at the Crean Family Farm. Ticketed attractions, including the Zoo fari Express Train Ride, Conservation Carousel, and 50 Monkey Ferris Wheel, are open Friday - Sunday. Memberships and picnic area rentals are available.

The zoo also puts on Zoo ECO (Empowering Communities Outside) Park Pop-Ups, visiting various parks in the community, bringing fun activities and an animal friend to highlight a special theme. Visit their Facebook page to see the pop-up schedule.

Free Admission: Santa Ana residents can visit for free on the third Sunday of each month.

STAR Eco Station 10101 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City (310) 842-8060, Environmental science museum and rescue facility that offers guided tours to see 200+ rescued exotic wildlife from tropical fish to tortoises, parrots to py thons. Each tour features fun animal facts, hands-on animal encounters, rescue stories, environmental ex hibits, and more. Eco Station is only open to the pub lic on weekends. Tours start every hour on the hour.

Private group tours, annual events, seasonal camps, memberships, and party packages are also offered.

The Reptile Zoo 18818 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley (714) 500-0591,

Discover 100+ exotic species of reptiles, amphib ians, and arachnids. See venomous snakes, crocodil ians and fish, pythons and boas, monitors and tegus, and visit DARTHgator at the Gator Island Exhibit. Upgrade your visit with animal encounters, photo opportunities, hands-on presentations, and feeding experiences. Jr. Zookeeper for a Day, Jr. Zookeeper camps, and educational parties are also available.

Wallis Annenberg Petspace

12005 Bluff Creek Dr., Playa Vista (424) 384-1801,

Community space for pet adoptions and pet educa tion. Interactive activities include a life-sized hamster wheel, slide, and more. Kid-friendly programs include Paws and Pages, featuring a pet-themed book read ing, opportunity to meet an adoptable pet or critter, and a fun craft. Pet Encounters are held to help pets and people socialize. Families can also visit Critter Corner to see different animals that would make great pets. Birthday parties, camps, and scout pro grams are also available.

Wild Wonders

5712 Vía Montellano, Bonsall (760) 630-9230,

Connect with 120+ animal ambassadors through interactive animal experiences and tours, includ ing After-School Behind-the-Scenes Tour, All About Cats, Winged Wonders, Meet and Greet a Cheetah, Meet and Feed a Bearcat, plus lots more. Family Zoo Camp is available year-round, where the whole family gets to perform various animal husbandry duties, learn about conservation efforts, and get a

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private tour of the facility. Birthday parties and sea sonal events are also offered.

Wildlife Learning Center

16027 Yarnell St., Sylmar (818) 362-8711,

Small, local wildlife center to see animals like foxes, sloths, bald eagles, monkeys, and more. Individual animal experiences can be added. Private tours, birthday parties and camps are also offered.

Zoomars at River Street Ranch

31791 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano (949) 831-6550,

Visitors can pet and feed guinea pigs, goats, sheep, and see other farm animals. Kids can also play on a western-themed playground, ride ponies, pan for gemstones, ride the train, drive a mini tractor, or jump on an electric mini excavator to scoop, dig, and pile up sand. Party packages and memberships available.

Mission San Juan Capistrano is just a sevenminute walk away!

Aquariums & Marine Centers

Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach (562) 590-3100,

Southern California’s largest aquarium and home to more than 12,000 animals of the Pacific Ocean.

Touch sharks and rays, feed lorikeets, visit their state-of-the-art theater, and interact with more than 100 other exhibits. Throughout the year, the aquari um features art exhibits, performing arts shows, and cultural and community festivals, plus camps, class es, and scout programs. Online reservations required on weekends, recommended on weekdays. Mem berships for families and grandparents available.

Enjoy the lighthouse, walk around Shoreline Village, or hop on the AquaLink to round out your trip in Downtown Long Beach. See page 32 to win a free family membership!

Birch Aquarium

2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla

(858) 534-3474,

Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Birch Aquarium features 60+ habitats that show case the research discoveries of oceanography sci entists at UC San Diego. Touch animals at the Tide Pool Plaza, meet La Jolla’s leopard sharks, get im mersed in a two-story kelp forest, visit seadragons and seahorses, and check out their newest habitat featuring little blue penguins, the smallest penguins in the world! Behind-the-scenes tours, camps, pier walks with naturalists, tidepooling adventures, and seasonal events are also offered throughout the year.

Visit their Discounts and Offers page for cur rent admission deals. The Tide Pool Plaza located outdoors has some of the most amazing ocean views in San Diego.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro (310) 548-7562,

Thirty-five saltwater tanks and touch tanks, plus discovery labs and an Aquatic Nursery with baby sea animals. Kids can crawl into an aquarium, walk through a squishy mud tunnel, identify animals using microscopes, view a working laboratory, create art work, and more. After-school programs, workshops, camps, family programs, annual events, tide-pool walks, and grunion runs are offered throughout the year. Suggested admission donation: $7 for adults and $3 for children and seniors.

It’s a small aquarium, but perfect for an in teresting and educational outing without the crowds. Make it a full day of ocean fun by going to the beach across the parking lot or visiting seals and sea lions at Marine Mammal Care Center just five minutes away.

Heal the Bay Aquarium

1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica (310) 393-6149,

Located under the Santa Monica Pier, the aquarium features 100+ species of marine animals and plants found locally in the Santa Monica Bay. Hands-on ac tivities include touch tanks, educational programs, and feeding demonstrations. Camps, special events, and beach cleanups are held throughout the year. Party packages with private access to the aquarium and various add-on activities are also offered.

It may be a little hard to find! The aquarium is located on the beach level, directly beneath the carousel building, underneath the bridge.

Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles 3601 S. Gaffey St., #8, San Pedro (310) 548-5677,

A hospital for seals and sea lions that become stranded along the LA County coast. The center is open to the public on weekends for 15-minute, docent-led tours. Visitors can see seals and sea lion patients from a safe distance. Reservations are en couraged and tours are free ($5 donation per person appreciated).

Round out your ocean-themed day with a trip to Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, just five minutes away!

Ocean Institute 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point (949) 496-2274,

Education center that offers marine science and mari time history programs. Family activities include week end tours, tide-pool hikes, and kayak harbor tours. Special programs for children under 4 are also offered. Whale and marine life tours, plus bioluminescence night cruises are scheduled throughout the year. Birth day parties, camps, volunteer and internship opportu nities for teens, and special events are also offered.

Ask about memberships that include admis sion and birthday party discounts.

Pacific Marine Mammal Center 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach

(949) 494-3050,

PMMC rescues, rehabilitates and releases ma rine mammals. The visitor yard features interactive displays, marine mammal artifacts, and gift shop. Camps, after-school programs, memberships, and scout programs available. The center is open daily for docent-led tours. Admission is free, donations are appreciated.

Call ahead to find out when feeding times are, it’s fun to watch!

Roundhouse Aquarium

Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach (310) 379-8117,

The Roundhouse Aquarium is located at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier and cares for more than 100 marine animals, mostly native to the Santa Mon ica Bay. Enjoy 12+ exhibits showcased within four aquarium galleries. Birthday parties, camp, school outreach programs, and volunteer opportunities available. Admission is free, donations appreciated.

The aquarium and the pier are lit up beautifully during the holidays, perfect for a sunset walk.

Sea Life Aquarium at Legoland

One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad

Discover more than 6,000 animals and enjoy inter active touch pools, dive shows, and feeding demon strations. Highlights include a walk-through shark tunnel to see sharks and rays up close, and seeing various LEGO models throughout the aquarium and inside tanks.

Get your money’s worth with a multi-park ticket that includes admission to the aquarium and Legoland.

Boats & Ships

Aqua Link - Long Beach (562) 591-2301,

Affordable water taxi service that transports custom ers to and from Alamitos Bay and Rainbow Harbor at Aquarium Dock 4 for $5 each way. Check the web site for schedule of departure times.

Bikes are allowed on board AquaLink, so bring your bikes for a family ride along the coast of Long Beach!

Boats to Catalina

Visit Catalina Island with one of these ferry compa nies that offer passenger service. Catalina Express: Departs from Dana Point, Long Beach and San Pe dro, (800) 613-1212, Catalina Flyer: Departs from Newport Bay Harbor, (949) 673-5245,

Harbor Breeze Cruises

100 Aquarium Way, Dock # 2, Long Beach (562) 432-4900,

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Go on whale, dolphin and sea life sightseeing tours, as well as 45-minute daily cruises around the Long Beach Harbor. Special event cruises are available for holidays.

Ocean Institute

24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point (949) 496-2274,

Go aboard Ocean Institute’s research vessel for whale and marine life tours around Dana Point Harbor. Search for whales, dolphins, sunfish, seals, sea lions, sort through mud samples, and trawl for plankton. Bioluminescence Night Cruises and tallship sails also offered throughout the year.

SS Lane Victory

2400 Miner St., San Pedro

(310) 519-9188,

Self-guided tours are offered on the museum ship that was once used in World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War. Visitors get complete access to the ship to see how Merchant Marines lived and worked. Spe cial events are available for hosting.

USS Iowa

250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro (877) 446-9261,

Battleship USS Iowa served our country proudly in WWII, Korea, and the Cold War. General access pass lets visitors explore exhibits on Surface Navy He roes, Gunnery Hazards, HUP-2 Helicopter, and more. Private guided tours are offered. Parties and other events also available.

Kids and parents can participate in searching for Vicky the Victory Dog in a free online app and/or a scavenger hunt card.

USS Midway

910 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego (619) 544-9600,

Navy aircraft carrier featuring more than 30 restored aircraft and nearly 10 acres of exhibits. Climb aboard real cockpits, tour the bridge and captain’s cabins, walk through spaces where the crew lived, and ex plore the hangar and flight deck. Special events and overnight adventures are offered throughout the year. Visit the information booth to participate in the Junior Pilot Program, where kids complete activity sheets, then earn their wings in a little ceremony. Freedom Pass membership available.

Don't miss Family Overnight Snooze Crewz, a unique opportunity to spend the night aboard the legendary USS Midway. Dates sell out fast!

Whale Watching Cruises

Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari, (949) 415-5954, Dana Wharf Whale Watching, (888) 224-0603, www. Davey’s Locker, (949) 415-5954, kids (ages 0-12) are free, www.daveyslocker. com. Harbor Breeze Cruise, (562) 432-4900, LA Waterfront Cruises, (310) 547-9916, Marina Del Rey Sportfishing, (310) 822-3625, Newport Landing Whale Watch ing, (949) 675-0551, Ocean Institute, (949) 496-2274, some member ships offer complimentary whale watching tickets,

Children’s Museums

Admission for LA County residents is a payas-you-wish donation. Ticket reservations are still encouraged.

Children’s Museum at La Habra

301 S. Euclid St., La Habra (562) 383-4236,

Cayton Children’s Museum

395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica (424) 416-8320,

Explore discovery-based exhibits from a real-life he licopter to a miniature marketplace to reactive VR.

There’s also art studios, a state-of-the-art theatre, and community spaces. The museum also offers lots of arts and cultural activities, including free drop-in activities, camps, classes, and community programs. Party packages and memberships available.

Explore seven galleries and dozens of hands-on exhibits, plus an outdoor dinosaur garden and his toric 1942 caboose. Go on a nature walk to visit “real” wild animals, build structures and engineer tubes, play with miniature trains, take a ride on a hand-carved Dentzel Carousel, uncover fossils, dress up as community heroes, explore the farm scene, and create art masterpieces. Visit their newest changing exhibit, Rainforest Rangers, where kids become rangers, get equipped with survival vests and clipboard, and save the forest.

ships are available. Special events are scheduled

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Ask about weekly events such as Nature Walk Story Time, Music and Movement, and Sensory Friendly Tuesdays.

Kidspace Children’s Museum

480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena (626) 449-9144,

Explore this 3.5-acre outdoor campus with more than 40 hands-on exhibits, a live animal collection, and variety of creative play spaces and water fea tures designed for ages 1-10. Featured exhibits let children build with cardboard, splash and dance in water fountains, cross rope bridges, play in a water stream, ride trikes, and explore physics in a forest of levers and pulleys. Inside indoor galleries, children can peek into an active beehive, explore a giant ant tunnel, and climb towers. The museum’s newest outdoor exhibit, Muddy Boot Farm, invites children to “dig in” to the farm-to-table movement. Kids can pick crops, then prepare, sort, weigh, and sell their harvest at the farm stand. Explore a chicken coop, learn about plant growth cycle, and decomposers.

Exhibit is included with admission and runs through December 31. Camps, classes, scout programs, and memberships are available. Special events are scheduled throughout the year.

Bring a change of clothes, kids will get wet! Plus, don’t forget to visit for free the first Friday of each month.

Pennypickle’s Workshop

Temecula Children’s Museum

42081 Main St., Temecula (951) 308-6367,

Explore the home of Professor Phineas T. Pennypick le, cluttered with hands-on inventions, wacky and

wonderful gadgets, and electrifying experiments. Vis it the Time Machine, go through the secret passage in the fireplace, become a human kaleidoscope with the Illusionator, play many instruments at the same time, check out the Electrolight-o-later chandelier, and try out the peanut butter and jelly sandwichmaking machine. Drop-off Kids Only Club and spe cial events are scheduled throughout the year. Twohour visiting sessions help with crowds. Check their Busy-ness Schedule to see which days will be busy. Party packages, field trips, and special programs are available.

Ask about scavenger hunt papers for all ages to make your visit even more engaging. There are over 20 different scavenger hunts, each one more difficult than the last.

• Pretend City

29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900,

Pretend City Museum provides children with ac cess to a city that’s all their own! Through handson experiences, children learn foundational con cepts while pursuing curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, and teamwork. It’s here that they can run a UPS store and deliver packages, grocery shop at Trader Joes, play as a dentist and doctor in the medical center, fish and race boats in the marina, change spark plugs on a race car, run a restau rant, work on a farm, rescue a house on fire, and build structures of all shapes and sizes—all while being exposed to cultures, religions, and lifestyles different from their own. Additional programs in clude: Family Autism Night, Free Developmental Screenings, and birthday party packages. Visit their newest learning spaces celebrating discov ering diversity, Modern Mexican Pretend Cafe and Pretend Home, featuring a real Orange County Tongan family. Visit the calendar on their website for upcoming special events and classes. See ad on page 13.

Southern California Children’s Museum 459 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 657-0357,

Explore exhibits including Wild California (inspired by the Huntington Beach Pier) where kids can “surf” and “fish” off the pier. Kids can also interact with a fire engine, play in the construction zone, or experience what it’s like to perform at the Hol lywood Bowl. Daily programming includes stories, crafts, language development, sing-alongs, sensory awareness and more. Private and semi-private par ty packages also available.

SCCM also has a collaborative workspace with desks, tables, coffee, printing, and other professional amenities. Parents can work while kids play. Monthly memberships or hourly drop-in rates are available.

The New Children’s Museum 200 W. Island Ave., San Diego (619) 233-8792, Arts-based museum featuring unique, room-sized art installations, a variety of art studios and mak erspace, plus interactive play spaces and sensory rooms. Camps, community programs, birthday par ties, and memberships are available. Workshops and special events are scheduled daily.

Family Fun Centers

• 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 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, birth day party or team party! The price is right, too. All-day unlimited rides: adults or children, $26.95; seniors (55 and over), $21.95 (prices subject to change without notice). AAA discount available for up to six regular-price admissions per card. Free parking. See ad on page 15.

Balboa Fun Zone

600 East Bay Ave., Newport Beach

Stroll and rent bicycles around the bayside board walk to enjoy a ride on the Ferris Wheel and play games in the arcade and game room. Narrated har bor and whale watching cruises are offered, in addi tion to plenty of shops and restaurants.

While you’re there, don’t miss a ride on the nearby Balboa Ferry (going strong since 1919).


3405 Michelson Drive, Irvine (949) 559-8341, Offers miniature golf, bumper boats, Thunder Road Go Karts, Lil’ Thunder Rookie Go Karts, Lazer Tag, Flame Thrower thrill ride, rock wall, King Arthur’s Carnival, batting cages, Sidewinder ride, restaurant, and an arcade. Party and group packages available, along with all-day passes.

Bowling Centers

Bowlero, various locations, Cal Bowl, Lakewood, (562) 421-8448, www.calbowl. com. Concourse Bowling, Anaheim, (714) 666-8448, CSULB Games Center, Long Beach, (562) 985-5201, CSULBBowl; Gardena Bowl, Gardena, (310) 3241244, Fountain Valley Bowl, Fountain Valley, (714) 963-2897, Ir vine Lanes, Irvine, (949) 786-9625, www.irvinelanes. com. Keystone Lanes, Norwalk, (562) 868-3261, Linbrook Bowling, Anaheim, (714) 774-2253, Off the Wall, Huntington Beach, (714) 316-0775, www.otwusa. com/huntington-beach. Round 1, various locations, Splitsville, Downtown Disney, (657) 276-2440, West minster Lanes, Westminster, (714) 893-5005, www.

Camelot Golfland

3200 E. Carpenter Ave., Anaheim (714) 630-3340,

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Miniature golf, waterslides, Fastcar Raceway, bum per boats and cars, arcade, laser tag, and a pizza parlor. Birthday party and group packages available. Memberships are also offered.

Chuck E. Cheese

Wide selection of arcade games, animatronic shows, plus pizza. Sensory Sensitive Sundays for children with autism and special needs. Party packages and group rates also available. Visit their website to find a location near you.

Visit their Activities & Downloads page to print awards and charts for kids to earn free play points!

Dave & Buster’s

Arcade games, billiards, bowling, virtual reality, and a full restaurant. Kids parties available. Locations in Long Beach (now open), Irvine, Los Angeles, Orange, and Torrance.

Go Kart World

21830 Recreation Road, Carson (310) 834-3700,

Popular outdoor track with party rooms, snack bar, and arcade. Includes a kiddy track, a bumper track, mini indy, a slick track, a turbo track, and a super track. Children’s party packages and teen packages offered. Visit their website for special discounts.

• 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 indoor and outdoor party facilities for birthday or team parties (see page 9). Where the 5 and 605 freeways meet. See ad with coupons on page 25 and party deals on page 11.

Ask about their free school and doctors' of fice incentive programs.

John’s Incredible Pizza

Arcade games, rides, laser maze, a bowling alley, kiddie land, bumper cars, and more. There are differ ent themed dining areas for families to enjoy. Birth day party and group packages are available. Loca tions in Buena Park, Carson, Riverside, Westminster and more.

With their Accolades for Good Grades pro gram, kids can bring in their report card and receive 10 free Fun World Credits with the purchase of a regular price admission.

K1 Speed

Indoor go-kart racing open daily. Compete for the fastest lap against friends, family and other racers. No reservations required. Party and group packages available. Locations in Anaheim, Burbank, Irvine, Torrance and more. Visit their website for hours and special promotions.

Laser Land (833) 312-3123,

Laser arena with laser tag, laser maze, virtual reality games, and interactive trampolines. Birthday parties and group event packages available. Locations in Mission Viejo and West Covina.

Lucky Art Crayonology

5135 Holt Blvd., Montclair (909) 447-1113,

Children can discover the exclusive formula of mak ing crayons and markers. Find out the secrets of the automatic production machines, create your own markers, and press and shape multicolored crayons. Birthday parties also available.

Wear clothes that are easy to put costumes over for their Superstar Runway and Costume Zone.

Medieval Times

7662 Beach Blvd., Buena Park (714) 523-1100, Go back in time during the 11th century and watch a two-hour jousting tournament inside a castle. Dine on a four-course feast and witness sword fighting and games of skill, and watch stallions perform the art of dressage. Also offers birthday parties and other group packages.

Neon Retro Arcade 28 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena (626) 568-2924, An old-school arcade with your favorite retro games

from back in the day. All games are set to “free play” with paid admission.

Off the Wall Social

7227 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach (714) 316-0775,

Bowling, bocce ball, corn hole, arcade games, ping pong, bumper pool, laser tag, and virtual reality. Kids parties also available.

Pacific Park

380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica (310) 260-8744,

Admission-free amusement park with rides, board walk-style midway games, specialty food, and sea side shopping. Rides and attractions are priced in dividually.

Heal the Bay Aquarium is under the pier!

Paintball & Airsoft Parks

Hollywood Sports Park 9030 Somerset Blvd., Bellflower (562) 867-9600,

Outdoor facility offers PaintballSOFT (ages 7 and up), GellyAttack (ages 10 and up), and Spongeball (ages 5 and up), plus other activities such as rock climb ing, tactical dodgeball, soccer, and bubble ball. Party packages available.

Tac City Airsoft 2430 Artesia Ave., Fullerton

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(657) 888-6111,

Indoor airsoft play for ages 10 and up, plus private groups for Nerf Wars (ages 5 and up) and Gel Blaster. Bootcamp for Kids (ages 10-16) on select days that includes rentals, pizza, drinks, training, and guest ap pearances.

SC Village Paintball & Airsoft Park

8900 McCarty Road, Chino (949) 489-9000,

Fields themed after various places around the globe. Paintball and airsoft players must be ages 10 and up. PaintballSOFT, GellyAttack, and Spongeball par ties available.

Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

7600 Beach Blvd., Buena Park (714) 690-1497,

Cheer on your favorite pirates as they put on a swashbuckling show set aboard an 18th century Spanish galleon in a 250,000-gallon lagoon. Enjoy special effects, aerial artistry, swordplay and dynam ic duels. Dinner show includes a three-course meal. Group tickets for parties available.

Look for special offers on their website, includ ing complimentary birthday admission.

Round1 Bowling and Amusement

An indoor center with arcade games, bowling, bil liards, karaoke, ping pong, darts, food and drinks. Spo-cha Indoor Sports Complex available at City of Industry location. Party packages available. Loca tions in Lakewood, Santa Ana, and more.

Thrill It Fun Center

Outlets at Orange, 20 City Blvd. West, Orange (714) 363-3858,

Indoor center that offers Ballocity, a multi-level play structure, plus high-rope challenges, rock climbing, laser tag, arcade games and cranes, and a mechani cal bull. Party packages available.

Tom’s Farms

23900 Temescal Canyon Road, Temescal Valley (971) 277-4422,

A variety of attractions, restaurants and shops for families. Enjoy your time at the farmer’s market, candy shop, craft fair, and more. Attractions include live entertainment, pony rides and petting zoo, magic show, peacock farm, and scavenging for fossils and minerals at Tom’s Mining Company. Kids can go on different rides, such as a Ferris wheel, carousel, drop tower, bounce house, and a steam-propelled train.

Wonder of Dinosaurs

South Bay Galleria

1815 Hawthorne Blvd., Redondo Beach (424) 404-0845,

The largest prehistoric display on the West Coast with over 100 dinosaurs. See static and robotic ex hibits with scientific information. Activities include panning for stones, dino bouncers, maze, mini-golf, rides (including Ride-a-T-Rex and Triassic Train) and more. Party packages are offered.

Farms & Barns

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Gilchrist Farm

30116 Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita (661) 645-2517,

Open year round for weekend farm visits, includ ing pony and horse rides, wagon and train rides, archery and axe throwing, farm crafts, slide, maze, animal visits and more. Holiday camps and events, goat yoga, plus a variety of kids’ classes are also offered. Birthday parties and private events, too.

Visit during Holidays at the Farm, the first three weekends in December. There will be Santa visits, daily parade, goat milking demonstrations, baby cow bottle feeding, pig races, live music and even Break fast with Santa (reserve early).

Sand N’ Straw Community Farm 629 Mar Vista Drive, Vista (760) 575-4758,

Book a farm tour and explore the six-acre farm; animal visits and feeding can be added to your tour. Young Pioneers program is also offered, where chil dren are immersed in outdoor experiential learning, as they explore ponds, gardens, and trails. CSA Farm Box subscriptions available.

Kids Day on the Farm is held on Thursdays, featuring a special story time and animal feeding. Book your visit in advance.

Tanaka Farms

5380-3/4 University Drive, Irvine (949) 653-2100,

Go on guided tours and u-pick wagon rides through their 30-acre farm all year long. Visit the barn to see animals and participate in special events and story times. Check out their Chicks and Sprouts Workshop, where kids (ages 4-10) learn about baby chicks, plant their own sunflower, harvest veggies, and visit the animals. Seasonal harvest festivals, pumpkin patch, farm-to-table cookouts, CSA pro gram (farm produce boxes), group tours, and pri vate parties also available.

Amy’s Farm

7698 Eucalyptus Ave., Ontario (844) 426-9732,

Tours are approximately 60 minutes in length, led by an informative tour guide, and include a garden walk, harvesting fresh produce to feed the animals, visiting the petting zoo and horses, and milking a cow. Reservations are required for fami lies and groups.

Centennial Farm

88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa (714) 708-1619,

A three-acre working farm at OC Fair and Event Cen ter created to educate youth about agriculture and its importance to daily life. Centennial Farm is home to fruit and vegetable gardens, livestock (including chickens, rabbits, goats, sheep, pigs and cattle), and the Millennium Barn. Group tours are available as well as year-round daily hours so the public can visit the farm. Admission is free.

Their website offers a live Pig Cam (oink

Don’t miss Hikari - A Festival of Lights, No vember 25 - December 30. Cozy wagon rides around the festively lit farm, plus Santa, barnyard animals, crafts, games and more.

The Ecology Center

32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano (949) 443-4223,

A variety of programs are offered for all ages: Rad Traditions after-school program for ages 5-14; Microgreens, a parent-child gathering with games, music, and activities for little ones; and Eco-Tots Playspace, where ages 1-5 (and parents) help care for the gardens, enjoy a taste from the farm, build shelters and fairy houses, and make arts and crafts. Summer camp, film series, work shops, book club, field trips, and harvest boxes also available.

The Gentle Barn

15825 Sierra Hwy., Santa Clarita (661) 252-2440,

A sanctuary for rescued animals. Hug cows, give

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tummy rubs to pigs, hold chickens, pet goats, and cuddle turkeys. Open to the public on Sundays; tickets must be reserved in advance. Private tours, field trips, party packages, and cow hug therapy also offered.

You’re invited to A Gentle Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving Day to cuddle turkeys, feed them treats, eat pie, and play games to celebrate life, love, and liberty with their majestic turkeys. (This is a premeal event only.) Reserve tickets early! Check their calendar for other unique events, too.

Underwood Family Farms

3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark 5696 E. Los Angeles Ave., Somis (805) 529-3690, Both locations offer farm markets, animal care centers and pick-your-own fruits or vegetables. Animal Centers are open for viewing, feeding and petting farm animals, such as sheep, alpacas, chickens, and goats. Moorpark location also offers farm tours, wagon rides, play equipment, weekend animal shows, birthday party packages and sea sonal events, plus ride-on trains and gem/fossil mining.

Christmas on the Farm in Moorpark, No vember 25 - December 24, includes all the usual fun, plus reindeer, visits with Santa on select dates, holiday crafts, sleigh rides, elf training, special animal shows and lots more. You can even buy your Christmas tree at the farm!

Flight Museums

Blackbird Airpark

2503 E. Avenue P, Palmdale

See the world’s only display of a Lockheed SR71A together with its predecessor A-12, along with the once ultra-secret D-21 drone and the only remaining U-2 “D” model in the world. Admis sion and parking are free. Adjacent to Joe Davies Heritage Airpark.

Flight Path Museum

6661 W. Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles (424) 646-7284,

Located on the airfield at Los Angeles Airport (LAX), Flight Path Museum features exhibits that honor Southern’s California aviation history. See an exten sive collection of airline artifacts, flight crew uniforms from around the world, learn about space exploration history, Flying Tigers airline, and a fire fighting vehicle used at LAX.

Visit the Flight Path “Walk of Fame” on Sepul veda Blvd. in Westchester to find plaques dedicated to pioneers of aviation and space, including Sally Ride, Amelia Earhart, Wright Brothers, and more.

Joe Davies Heritage Airpark

2001 E. Avenue P, Palmdale (661) 267-5611,

Explore a collection of aircraft from the United States Air Force Plant 42. The airpark features 21 retired military aircraft on display. Check their website for guided tour availability. Admission to the park is free.

The park also has picnic tables, some even under the wings of a plane! The airpark is right next to Blackbird Airpark.

Lyon Air Museum

19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana (714) 210-4585,

Located on the west side of John Wayne Airport. Ex hibits feature authentic aircraft, rare vehicles and re lated memorabilia from the World War II era. Special exhibits and events, such as Open Cockpit Day, are held throughout the year. Memberships, group tours, and facility rental available.

Kids will love climbing into interactive exhib its and watching planes take off from the airport.

March Field Air Museum

22550 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside (951) 902-5949,

See over 80 historic aircraft and more than 30,000 artifacts on display spanning almost 100 years of aviation history. The collection includes historic biplanes, sleek jet fighters, rugged helicopters, and futuristic unmanned aerial drones. The museum

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also features a children’s activity area where kids can dress up in aviation clothing and climb into a cockpit. Find printable activities and worksheets on their website. Memberships, tram tours, group tours, and facility rental available.

Don't miss Family Days and the Air and Space Expo scheduled for April 22-23, 2023.

Museum of Flying 3100 Airport Ave., Santa Monica (310) 398-2500,

Located by the Santa Monica airport, the museum exhibits over 50 vintage aircraft. See the California Aviation Hall of Fame, which displays images and artifacts of aviation visionaries.

Planes of Fame Air Museum

14998 Cal Aero Drive, Chino (909) 597-3722,

Explore a collection of aircraft, military vehicles, and artifacts spanning the earliest days of aviation, in cluding the First World War, the 1920s and 1930s, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam War. Live demon stration flights are scheduled throughout the year, plus the annual Planes of Fame Air Show. Guided tours, memberships, and facility rentals available.

San Diego Air & Space Museum

Balboa Park, 2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego (619) 234-8291,

A world premier air and space-themed center and museum with more than 120 aircraft and space vehicles and two million artifacts on display. Latest special exhibits include Galileo: Space Visionary, American Women of Flight, and SPACE: Our Greatest Adventure. Interactive areas include the Max Flight simulator ride, Aerial Combat simulator, and the 3D/4D Zable Theater that plays immersive films for all ages with unique special effects. Workshops, pre school programs, Little Engineers program, and Pilot Ground School are offered. Birthday party packages and memberships also available.

The museum is located inside Balboa Park. Spend the whole day exploring gardens, visiting the San Diego Zoo, going on a mini train ride, or enjoying a variety of events.

Western Museum of Flight Zamperini Field, 3315 Airport Drive, Torrance (310) 326-9544,

See an extensive collection of numerous Warbirds, aircraft and target drones, piston and jet aircraft en gines, aircraft components, aircraft ejection seats, World War II instruments, aircrew accessories, and a model aircraft collection.

Yanks Air Museum 15121 Stearman Drive, Chino (909) 597-1735,

The museum hosts one of the world’s largest aircraft collections ranging from early aviation to modern jets, plus drones, helicopters, missiles, uniforms, and aircraft in the boneyard currently being restored. Special events are held throughout the year, includ ing open cockpits to explore, aircrafts to jump out of, food, fun and flights. Guided tours, annual passes, and facility rental available.

Look for Connie, the resident “house” cat! She is named after the largest airplane at Yanks, the Lockheed EC-121T Super Constellation and over sees everything at the museum.

Historical Sites

Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum

18127 South Alameda St., Rancho Dominguez (310) 603-0088,

Learn about early California history, as it relates to the Dominguez family, homestead adobe, and the Rancho San Pedro, the first Spanish land grant in California. Enjoy guided tours of the Adobe muse um, and 17 acres of lush gardens and green space. Special events are held throughout the year. Admis sion is donation based. Reservations are required to visit the museum and must be booked three days in advance.

Combine your visit with a special event, such as La Pastorela: A Christmas Tradition on December 3.

Drum Barracks Civil War Museum

1052 N. Banning Blvd., Wilmington (310) 548-7509,

The museum teaches the history of the Civil War, with an emphasis on California’s role in the conflict. It’s the last remaining wooden building of Drum Barracks and served as the main staging, training, and supply base for the Union Army and military operation. Visitors can tour the courtyard, parlor, armory, barracks room and more. Public tours are offered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Weekend tours are offered on the 2nd and 4th Saturday only. You must have a reservation to visit the museum, no walk-ins.

Civil War Christmas is offered in December. The event features self-guided tours, Civil War Brass Band, Victorian singers, children’s crafts, plus horse drawn trolley rides.

Heritage Hill Historical Park

25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest (949) 923-2230,

The park’s 4.1 acres includes four fully-restored and furnished historic buildings that span the early his tory of the Saddleback Valley and El Toro area: Ser rano Adobe, El Toro Grammar School, St. George’s Episcopal Mission and Harvey Bennett Ranch House. The buildings are open for public access only dur ing a tour. Four free “walk-in” tours are offered weekly for individuals and groups of seven or less on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Call or visit the website for tour availability.

Heritage Museum of Orange County 3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana (714) 540-0404, A cultural and natural history center and home to the H. Clay Kellogg House and John Maag Farmhouse. The centerpiece of the museum is a historic plaza featuring several buildings from the 1890s set amid extensive floral gardens and citrus groves. They

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are open to the public on certain days each month. Check their website for field trips and special events.

A fun museum-themed Kids Activities page is found on their website (under Public Events and Info).

Heritage Square Museum

3800 Homer St., Los Angeles

A living history museum that explores the settlement and development of Southern California from the Civ il War to early 20th century. On weekends, tours take visitors on an exploration of the history, architecture and culture of the eight historic structures on site, in cluding Victorian Era homes, plus a mansion, church, carriage barn, and drugstore. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy the grounds.

Visit during one of their annual events, such as the Vintage Fashion Show and Tea, Movie Nights, Spooky Swap Meet, Museums of the Arroyo Day or Yuletide Cinemaland.

Homestead Museum

15415 E. Don Julian Road, City of Industry (626) 968-8492,

Located in the heart of a former Mexican rancho, the site features two historic houses, cemetery, and gardens. The museum is open for guided tours of the historic houses, Friday - Sunday at 12, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Admission is free, except for the fourth weekend of the month. Youth and school programs are offered, as well as special events, including holiday activities in December.

Lincoln Memorial Shrine

125 W. Vine St., Redlands (909) 798-7636,

A museum and research facility dedicated to Abra ham Lincoln and the Civil War. The memorial com memorates the life of our 16th president with artwork and exhibits. Special events are hosted throughout the year. Weekend tours are available for groups of 12 or more. Admission is free.

Mission San Juan Capistrano

26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano (949) 234-1300,

Known as the birthplace of Orange County, the mis sion was founded more than two hundred years ago as the 7th of 21 missions in California. Guided and audio tours are available. Walk through ten acres of museum rooms, exhibits, gardens, fountains, and more. Check out their online calendar for special events such as Capistrano Lights in December. Pur chase tickets online.

To enhance your visit, go to For All Ages un der the Learn and Explore tab on their website. They offer a list of fun things for kids to do at the Mission. A special 4th Grader Package is available and in cludes youth/student admission, passport explorer, and mission resource book for $15.47.

Pio Pico Historic Park Adobe 6003 Pioneer Blvd., Whittier (562) 695-1217,

The five-acre park features historic gardens and the restored adobe home of Pio Pico, the governor of Cali fornia in 1832, and again in 1846. His adobe home

has been completely restored to how it appeared in the 1880s letting visitors experience his life and times. Visitors can enjoy the park, the fifteen-room adobe with interpretive displays, a horno (bread oven), and a dovecote. Guided tours of the adobe are offered by appointment only, Thursday - Sunday. Tours for K-12 school groups may also be arranged.

Junior Ranger/Junior Rancher programs are available for ages 5-12 .

Point Fermin Lighthouse

807 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro (310) 241-0684,

Built in 1874, the Point Fermin Lighthouse was the first navigational light into the San Pedro Bay. After Pearl Harbor in 1941, the coast was blacked out for fear of being a beacon to enemy ships and planes and the light was never to be lit again. Volunteers serve as tour guides to keep the lighthouse open to the public for guided tours. Visitors must call ahead for a tour reservation. General admission is free, do nations are welcome.

Rancho Los Alamitos

6400 E. Bixby Hill Rd., Long Beach (562) 431-3541,

The 7.5-acre site includes a ranch house, four acres of lush historic gardens, interpretive center, and a restored barnyard with livestock, including horses, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, and rabbits. Tours of the Rancho House are available Tuesday - Sunday at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m ; call or email to make a reser vation, Free admission and parking.

Don't miss their Winter Festival on December 10, with music, crafts, photo ops, performances and more. Visit the website for tickets. A free Holiday Open House will also be held December 8 and 9.

Rancho Los Cerritos

4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach (562) 206-2040,

The five-acre Rancho contains preserved gardens, a circa 1844 adobe home, visitor center, rotating ex hibits, and research library. The Rancho offers house and garden decent-led tours, self-paced tours, scavenger hunts, exhibits, and family activities that include weekly story times. Educational programs also offered for elementary school grades. Special events are held throughout the year. Admission and parking are free during public hours.

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda (714) 993-5075,

Tour Richard Nixon’s original birthplace and boyhood home, Marine One, the presidential helicopter that flew four Presidents, an exact replica of the White House East Room and President Nixon’s Oval Of fice, Pat Nixon Gardens, the final resting places of President and Mrs. Nixon and more. Special Exhibits: Cold War: Soviets, Spies and Secrets; The President and The Planet: Nixon’s Environmental Legacy, an outdoor exhibition; and Evening the Odds: Women Leading the Way, highlighting triumphs of Nixon-era women in politics, athletics and business. Visit their website for public and educational programs.

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Ronald Reagan

Presidential Library and Museum

40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley (805) 522-2977,

Walk through and explore the actual Air Force One that flew seven presidents, see a full-size replica of President Reagan’s Oval Office, the Berlin Wall, and the F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter and F-14 Tomcat, Marine One Helicopter, M-1 Abrams Tank, and more. Learn about the Secret Service in a special exhibit. Scholar ships and Student Leadership programs are available.

November 11 - January 8, An American Christmas Story, a brand new 5,000-square-foot ex hibit will feature holiday traditions from all 50 states, 60 themed trees, artifacts from around the world, plus photo ops and Santa.

The Banning Museum

401 East M St., Wilmington (310) 548-7777,

A 23-room house built in 1864, with surrounding 20 acres of parkland. The residence is now a Na tional Historic Landmark and engages visitors in a living-history experience, showing how the family lived, worked, and entertained in the 19th century. Introductory tours of the residence, Stagecoach Barn and Improbable Gateway Exhibition are avail able; advance reservations are required and must be made by phone five days in advance.

Victorian Christmas will be held on December 3. Visitors can walk through the museum, ride in a horse-drawn carriage, visit with Santa and enjoy food vendors; free of charge.

Indoor Play Spaces


1701 Marine Ave., Manhattan Beach (310) 546-7708,

Attractions include a five-level play structure, Toddler Town, sports court, reading corner, garden, multipur pose room and beach house, plus outdoor rock wall, and ropes course. A variety of classes are offered, plus seasonal camps and events, and birthday party packages.

Ask about Weekend AdventureCamp, where kids can get dropped off to play on Sundays.

American Ninja Warrior Adventure Park

MainPlace Mall, 2800 N. Main St., #608, Santa Ana (714) 760-4374

Inspired by the popular TV show, this adventure park experience includes truss obstacles, including the famous Warped Wall and a 10,000-square-foot in flatable obstacle course. Dedicated session times for kids ages 5 and under are offered. Party packages also available.

Billy Beez

25,000-square-foot indoor play park for kids of all ages, offering a variety of features and activities, from slides to sports courts, tunnels to towers, ball blasters to bouncy trampolines, plus designated ar eas for the little ones. Party packages available. Lo cations in Anaheim and Valencia.


428-A W. Katella Ave., Orange (714) 744-5867, Indoor playground with bounce houses, inflatable slides and obstacle courses. Check their website for open bounce hours, preschool play dates, camps, Par ents’ Night Out events, and birthday party packages.


2475 Park Ave., Tustin (949) 529-8078,

A whole new bubble experience for all ages. Interac tive bubble stations include bubble power, creating a bubble tower, getting inside a bubble, mad bubble party, and dry ice bubbles. Birthday party packages and in-store private events are available. Coming soon to Mission Viejo.

Ask about off-site event packages that bring the bubble party to you.


(714) 852-3337, Indoor play space featuring Little Land for toddlers; and for older kids, ninja courses, slides, mini zipline, tunnels, swings, towers and jumpers. Birthday party packages, snack shop, and parent lounge with WiFi, too. Grip socks are mandatory. Bring a pair or pur chase in-store. Locations in MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana and Stonewood Center in Downey.

Dig It

Del Amo Fashion Center

3525 W. Carson St., #173, Torrance

Construction-themed play space where kids play to learn. Activities include mini tractors, build-yourown cars, brick chutes, mega building blocks, brick conveyors, driving track, soft play, and more. Toddler playtime, workshops, party packages, and member ships also offered.

Jump N’ Jammin

Children’s entertainment center with ball pits and ball blasters, slides, climbing structures, obstacle courses, toddler area, and more. Party packages and drop-off care (ages 3-12) available. Locations in Arcadia, Mission Viejo, Moreno Valley, Oxnard, and West Covina.

Ask about Multi-Pass Cards that never expire!

Kidz Town Indoor Playground

5925 E Carson St., Lakewood (562) 420-7529,

Unique indoor obstacles with slides, ball pits, toddler areas, mini scooters, three rock climbing walls, and interactive activities for cognitive development. Party packages available.

Little World Indoor Playground

9691 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove (714) 591-5446,

Over 18,000 square feet of play space with a variety of slides, small and big kids areas, swings, mirror house, ninja warrior course and cannonball house, art area, arcade games and more. Party packages available. This indoor playground offers a variety of rooms, including an arcade room, a ceramic painting area, restaurant, and more.

Ask about Unlimited Monthly Play which in cludes two free adult admission tickets!

PlayPie Kids Indoor Playground

6924 Beach Blvd., K-131, Buena Park (714) 660-8280,

With over 15,000 square feet of fun, PlayPie offers a library, a sand-molding area, slides, ballpits, a min iature playground, and their “dark room” for drawing activities. Party packages available.

Pump it Up

Indoor inflatable playground with slides, bounce houses and obstacle courses. Party packages, open jump time, and special events are listed on their website. Locations in Anaheim Hills, Chino Hills, Lake Forest, and more.

Ask about their special glow-in-the-dark birth day party feature!

Scooter’s Jungle

Inflatable slides, sports court, obstacle course and zipline. Birthday party packages and open play events are offered. Check the website for Toddler Time, fam ily fun events, and school-break camps. Locations in El Segundo, Placentia and Valencia.

Seascape Kids Fun

4771 E. Hunter Ave., Anaheim (714) 970-7100, Designed to fit all parties and open play for all ages. With three stories of fun, this play arena features slides, inflatables, 13 foam ball shooting air guns, and much more. Party packages available for all types of events from birthdays and sports teams to field trips.

Ultimate Ninjas

5462 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim

Opening November 2022. Obstacle and agil ity courses include a four-level warped wall, double salmon ladder, flywheels, flying squirrel, jumping spider, quintuple steps, and more. Classes, birthday parties, camps, open gym, and special events are of fered. An “Elite Team” is also available for kids who are dedicated to competing year-round.

We Play Loud

Two-level indoor play structure with wave slide, foam ball fountain, two foam ball dumping baskets, rain bow bridges, pyramid obstacles, web net bridges, fireman climb, spinning plates, play panels, two au tomatic foam ball loading machines, tube slide, and more. Toddlers can play in a special gated section

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with soft play rides specifically designed for them. Party packages available. Locations in Huntington Beach and

Rock Climbing

Hapik Climbing Center

8712 Garfield Ave, South Gate (562) 268-2100,

Unique climbing center geared for kids (and adults) ages 4 and up. Fun climbing walls with three levels of difficulty (including a first-timer wall), ropes course, and vertical challenges. Snack bar onsite. Birthday party packages and group events are available.

Long Beach Rising

205 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach (562) 612-3008,

Youth climbing clubs for ages 10 and under, and 11 and up. Birthday party packages available.

Rockreation Climbing Center

Climbing options include top roping, bouldering, lead climbing, and traversing. During Kids Climb sessions, an experienced belayer to belay and supervise kids is provided. Youth climbing team, climb camp, and sessions for groups also offered. Party packages also available. Locations in Costa Mesa and Los Angeles.

Sender One Climbing

Youth programs introduce kids ages 7-14 to the foundations of climbing. Spider Man, Trembling Tow ers, and Mineshaft for climbing in the dark are some of the climbing themes! Party packages available. Locations in Santa Ana, Los Angeles, and Playa Vista. Coming soon to Lakewood and Huntington Beach.

Trampoline Parks

Big Air Trampoline Park

Trampoline, dodgeball courts, slam dunk courts, ninja courses, launch pads, foam pits, freestyle court, climb ing wall and more. Party packages are offered, plus Toddler Time and Cosmic Nights. Memberships only offered at Buena Park and Laguna Hills locations.

DEFY Extreme Air Sports 25222 El Paseo Road, Mission Viejo

Trampoline park with attractions that include extreme basketball and dodgeball, foam pits, trapeze and aerial silks, parkour, zip line, air track, stunt fall, ninja obstacle course, and more. Birthday party packages, group events and memberships available.

GetAir Trampoline Park

Wall-to-wall trampolines, foam pits, dodgeball, slam ball, ninja activities, and party packages. Kiddie Court area is available for younger kids, along with Tod dler Time and sessions for those with special needs.

Birthday party packages available. Locations in Hun tington Beach, Ponoma, Temecula and more. Check website for weekly events and discounts.

Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park 1411 S. Village Way, Santa Ana (714) 249-7676

Offers an open jump arena, dodgeball, climbing wall and more. Also provides special programs, including Rockin’ Tots, Neon Jump Nights and party packages. Check website for additional locations.

Sky Zone Trampoline Parks

An indoor wall-to-wall trampoline park with a variety of attractions for all ages. Attractions include Toddler Zone, Freeclimb, Warped Wall, Ninja Warrior Course, Drop Zone, and more. Special programs for are also available that include Little Leapers, Glow, Jumpa palooza, sensory hours, Sky Camp, and party pack ages. Attractions and programs may vary by location. Locations in Anaheim, Cerritos, Covina, Torrance, Van Nuys and Westminster.


Getty Center & Getty Villa Museum Los Angeles

(310) 440-7300,

Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles Getty Villa Museum, 17985 PCH, Pacific Palisades

Getty Center showcases art from the Middle Ages to today and offers birds-eye views of Los Ange les. Families can enjoy the tram rides, gardens and outdoor spaces, and art galleries. Pick up Art De tective Cards in the Museum Entrance Hall to hunt for clues and uncover answers to trivia questions while exploring the center.

Getty Villa Museum displays ancient Greek and Roman art in a recreated Roman house. Pick up Art Detective Cards in the Entry Pavilion to make your visit more engaging. Listen to the immer sive audio tour, The Demigods, inspired by the popular Percy Jackson book series. Guided tours, family-friendly events and courses are scheduled throughout the year.

Admission is free to both Getty campuses, but a timed-entry reservation is required. Visit both sites on the same day and only pay for park ing once. Visit the Museum Information Desk and ask for a coupon for same-day parking at the other site.

International Printing Museum

315 W. Torrance Blvd., Carson (310) 515-7166,

See the largest working collection of antique printing machines in the world. Visitors can experience the history of the printed word and letterpress through guided tours, demonstrations, and family-friendly

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events throughout the year. Scout badge and patch days are offered throughout the year.

Enjoy a creative day of printing and crafts for the whole family at the annual Holiday Krafts Day for Kids on December 17. Activities include letterpress printing cards, bookmarks, keepsakes, screen print ing T-shirts, bookbinding, paper marbling, and more.

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (213) 763-3499,

The La Brea Tar Pits is the world’s only consistentlyactive, urban Ice Age excavation site. Visitors can watch excavators unearth remains right outside the park then watch fossils be prepared, researched, and put on display. See the Ice Age come to life in the live stage show, Ice Age Encounters, a dynamic show featuring a life-size adult saber-toothed cat puppet, live performance, and film projections.

LA County residents receive free museum ad mission 3-5 p.m. on weekdays. Tickets are available onsite only.

Los Angeles County Fire Museum

16400 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower (562) 925-0234, See 40+ antique fire engines, steamers, and arti

facts dating back to the 1800s. Their large collection of rigs include apparatus from the hand drawn, horse drawn, and early 20th century to the modern era.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 857-6000,

LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States. See the iconic Urban Light dis play, a forest of city street lights. The lights are switched on from dusk until 10 p.m. Kids can participate in drop-in painting workshops at the Boone Children’s Gallery. See their calendar to sign up for workshops, kids classes, and in-person Andell Family Sundays, where families can create artwork led by artists.

Sign your kids up for NexGenLA, a free mem bership for LA County kids and teens (under 17). Members can visit for free anytime and bring in one guest for free too!

Free Days: Admission is free for all LA County resi dents on weekdays after 3 p.m. Admission is free to anyone on the second Tuesday of each month.

Los Angeles Fire Department Museum

1355 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood 639 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro

See firefighting equipment dating back to the early 1900s and artifacts from some of the most fa mous fires in the area. Admission is free to both museums.

Museum of Latin American Art 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach (562) 437-1689,

Dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino art exhibits, the Museum of Latin American Art offers self-guided tours and special events for all generations. Docent-led tours are offered on weekends and family art workshops are scheduled throughout the year. Plus, don’t miss annual family-friendly cultural festivals.

Admission is free during MOLAA Free Sundays.

Museum of Making Music

5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad (760) 438-5996,

Kids can explore musical instruments, listen to famil iar tunes, pick up and play a variety of instruments, and learn how instruments are made. Group tours and special events are offered.

Museum of Tolerance

9786 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles (310) 553-8403,

A multimedia museum designed to examine rac ism and prejudice around the world with a strong focus on the history of the Holocaust. See artifacts from Auschwitz, hear stories from survivors, and experience an immersive exhibit on the life and legacy of Anne Frank. Other exhibits include Para Todos Los Niños, where visitors can learn about the struggles of Latino families during times of segregation in rural Orange County. The Holocaust Exhibit and Social Lab is recommended for ages 12 and up.

Natural History Museum

Exposition Park, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles (213) 763-3466,

Explore the Dinosaur Hall featuring more than 300 fossils and 20 skeletons on display. It’s the only place in the world where you can see a baby, ju venile, and sub-adult T-Rex at the same time. Don’t miss out on Dinosaur Encounters, a live perfor mance with life-size dinosaur puppets, ThursdaysSundays (additional fee). Other ongoing exhibitions include Age of Mammals, Nature Gardens, Hall of Birds, African and North American Diorama Halls, Gem and Mineral Hall, Nature Lab, Dino Lab, and Visible Vault. Guided tours, nature walks, camps, and special family-friendly festivals and fairs are offered throughout the year.

Don’t miss their annual Spider Pavilion in the fall (through November 27, 2022) and Butterfly Pa vilion in the spring.

Free Days: Admission is free for LA County residents on weekdays after 3 p.m.

Petersen Automotive Museum

6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 964-6331,

Rated as “the world’s greatest automotive museum” with a collection of over 400 vehicles. Visit the Cars Mechanical Institute (inspired by the animated film), where kids can design virtual cars, race toy cars around a racetrack, build LEGO creations, and even race against Lightning McQueen by using a Carspad to build a virtual car with help from all of the friends in Radiator Springs. Workshops and labs for kids are scheduled throughout the year. Workshops are in cluded with museum admission, sign up online.

Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology

1175 W. Baseline Road, Claremont (909) 624-2798,

Learn about fossils in a functioning fossil prepara tion lab, meet and talk with real paleontologists, and visit exhibits that showcase Earth’s 4.6 billion year old history.

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles (310) 440-4500,

The center is guided by the Jewish tradition of wel coming the stranger. People of all communities and generations are welcome to participate in cultural experiences and exhibitions. On permanent display, is Noah’s Ark, a floor-to-ceiling wooden ark, filled to the rafters with whimsical animals handcrafted from recycled materials. Children are encouraged to play, climb, and explore the 8,000-square-foot wooden ark. Family-friendly activities include art making, archaeol ogy digs, story time in the amphitheater, and more.

Admission is free every Thursday.

Tankland American Military Museum

1918 Rosemead Blvd., South El Monte (626) 442-1776,

An outdoor museum, home to the largest collection of American and foreign military exhibits. See over 170 military vehicles and equipment on display. Mu seum is closed on rainy days.

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The Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum

610 Lairport St., El Segundo

(310) 909-0950,

See a collection of 130+ vintage, antique, and mus cle cars. Kids can participate in a scavenger hunt, following clues to discover hidden surprises and interesting facts throughout the museum. The Kids Area features cars and tracks, dress-up, and a me chanic tent. Drop by their 1950s-themed Ice Cream Parlor for a scoop, shake or float. Family-friendly events are scheduled throughout the year, including classic car rides every Sunday.

World of Illusions

6751 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles (800) 593-2902,

An interactive museum filled with eye-popping illu sions in four unique areas. Experience 3D artworks and exhibitions in 3D Illusions, walk on walls in the Upside Down House, see the world in a big way in the Giant’s House, and blow off some steam in Smash It!

Nature & Gardens

16 museums, various gardens, and the San Diego Zoo. The park also features multiple performing arts venues, trails, and many other creative and recre ational attractions. Kid-friendly locations at the park include the San Diego Model Railroad Museum, Jap anese Friendship Garden, San Diego Air and Space Museum, puppet theater, carousel, miniature train, and more. Visit their "Recommendations" page to get an idea on where to take your kids.

Admittance to the park grounds is free, but museums and attractions have their own admission and pricing.

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach (714) 846-1114,

At 1,449 acres, the reserve is one of the largest salt water marshes in California. Approximately five miles of trails can be explored from sunrise to sunset. The Interpretive Center features salt water aquariums, herpetology exhibits with live reptiles, taxidermy displays, and more. School and scout visits are of fered, plus a Junior Wetlands Explorer Program in the summer.

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge (818) 949-4200,

the historical Boddy House, and see exhibits at the Sturt Haaga Gallery. Family events and workshops are scheduled throughout the year, plus school tours and memberships are offered.

Don’t miss their seasonal nighttime experi ence, Enchanted Forest of Light, happening No vember 20 - January 8, 2023. The event features a one-mile walk through unique lighting effects and art installations.

Free Day: Admission is free every third Tuesday of each month. Advanced tickets are required and re leased on the first day of each month.

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach (562) 985-8885,

A 1.3-acre Japanese garden on the campus of Cali fornia State University, Long Beach. Feed koi fishes, stroll winding pathways, view the Tea House, or re flect at the Zen Garden. Family-friendly events are scheduled throughout the year, follow their social media to stay updated. Admission is free, but reser vations are required. Parking rates apply.

El Dorado Nature Center

7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach (562) 570-1745,

Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego

(619) 239-0512,

This 1,200-acre historic urban cultural park offers

A 150-acre urban retreat features nine different garden areas, including a five-acre Rose Garden, Japanese Garden with koi-filled stream, an Ancient Forest with plants from the days of dinosaurs, and more. Take a ride on the Enchanted Railroad, explore

Located inside El Dorado Regional Park, the Na ture Center covers 105 acres with two miles of dirt trails and a 1/4-mile paved trail that winds around two lakes, a stream and forested areas. Cross the

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taining educational displays, art gallery and a small gift shop offering environmentally-themed books and gifts. Special events, workshops, and educational programs offered throughout the year. Admission to the Nature Center is free, but a parking fee is re quired to enter the park.

The park also features the El Dorado Frontier theme park, plus bike rentals, archery range and classes, fishing lakes, model aircraft flying area, model sailboat area, and more.

ENC Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary

29322 Modjeska Canyon Road, Silverado

ENC Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is a 12-acre sanctu ary with a natural history museum, trails, and a bird observation deck. School and scout programs are available. Open to the public on weekends.

Environmental Nature Center

1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach (949) 645-8489,

The center features walking trails that showcase plants from 15 of California’s plant communities including a desert oasis, mixed evergreen forest, redwood forest trail, waterfall, and ponds. The center also has play areas, butterfly house, nature museum,

plus a state-of-the-art Nature Preschool. Community programs include Tiny Naturalists (parent and me style class), Mini Naturalists (ages 1-3) and Little Naturalists (ages 3-5). School field trips, after-school and vacation-break camps, scout programs, and “bearthday parties” are also offered.

Register early for classes and camps—they fill up fast! The ENC also operates Tucker Wildlife Sanc tuary in Silverado.

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road, Fullerton (657) 278-3407,

A 26-acre botanical garden located on the campus of California State University, Fullerton. The arboretum features plants from around the world, as well as a waterfall, streams, a lake and a pond, plus a Chil dren’s Garden. A $5 minimum donation is suggested.

Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Road, San Marino (626) 405-2100,

The 207-acre grounds has a library of rare books, an art museum, and a 130-acre botanical garden with more than a dozen themed gardens, including a Chinese garden, Japanese garden, and a unique Children’s Garden with interactive sculptures. Youth and family programs include classes and workshops, family events, tours and more.

Free Day is held on the first Thursday of every month with advance tickets. Due to high demand, tickets are usually gone fast. Visit their website to find out exactly what day/time tickets are released.

Los Angeles County Arboretum

301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia (626) 821-3222,

A 127-acre botanical garden and historical site fea turing natural landscapes, wildlife, and historic build ings. Kids and family programs include the Nature Club school-year program, Acorns and Oaks parent/ child program, and monthly Family Adventure Night Hikes. School-break nature camps, scout programs, and memberships are also offered. Visit their website for tram tour and docent-led tour availability.

Don’t miss Lightscape, the arboretum’s inter nationally-acclaimed holiday tradition, scheduled for November 11 - January 8, 2023.

Free Day: Admission is free every third Tuesday of the month, with advance reservation tickets.

Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center

3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance (310) 782-3989,

A 43-acre seasonal wetland that is home or migra tion stops for hundreds of species. The Nature Center houses live animal exhibits and engaging displays. Ongoing programs include Tyke Hike (ages 0-6), Nature Story Time (ages 3-5), and Friday Fun (ages 3-6). Admission is free.

Niguel Botanical Preserve

29751 Crown Valley Pkwy., Laguna Niguel

An 18-acre botanical garden situated above the am

phitheater within Crown Valley Community Park, it features 12 garden areas, 2,000 plant species, and four miles of walking trails. Admission is free.

Oak Canyon Nature Center

6700 E. Walnut Canyon Road, Anaheim (714) 998-8380,

A 58-acre natural park consisting of three adjoining canyons, year-round stream and four miles of hiking trails. There’s also a small museum with live animal and regional natural history exhibits. Families can enjoy the Discover Nature Family Program, an hourlong, naturalist-led hike held on Saturday mornings. Tales and Trails, a parent-and-me program for ages 2-5, is offered on Thursdays. Monthly Night Hikes are also offered the third Saturday of the month. Register for programs online. Birthday parties, that include a naturalist-led hike and live animal encounter, plus camps are also available. Admission is free, dona tions are appreciated.

San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

5 Riparian View, Irvine

The sanctuary is a 300-acre freshwater wetland with 12 miles of trails. Educational programs include free Nature Walks on the first Saturday for the whole family, Bat Walks in the summer, private community tours, and Junior Naturalists program for teens.

Sherman Library & Gardens

2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar (949) 673-2261,

This two-acre botanical garden features 20 garden and interactive areas, including the Tropical Con servatory with koi fish and turtles, historical Adobe house, Fern Grotto, and more. Bring the family for Little Seedlings Story Time, family classes and workshops, and special events scheduled through out the year. Memberships, group tours, scout vis its, camps, and Junior Gardeners After-School Club is also offered.

Don’t miss their holiday light display, Nights of 1000 Lights, scheduled for select nights December 9-22. Buy tickets early, this event usually sells out every year.

Shipley Nature Center

17851 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach (714) 842-4772,

This 18-acre nature preserve features native plants and animals and nearly a mile of self-guided walking trails. An Interpretive Center is on site with a diorama of animals and exhibits. Special events, docent-led tours, and memberships are also offered. Suggested $3 per person donation.

• South Coast Botanic Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula (424) 452-0920,

This 87-acre Botanic Garden has more than 2,500 different species of plants. Popular features include the Bohannon Rose Garden, Living Wall, Desert Gar den, Japanese Garden and koi pond, 10 meadows, and more. Kids will enjoy the Children’s Garden that is developed around nursery rhymes with a variety of plants to match the stories.

Bring a POP of color to your life with Nature POP!,

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the garden’s newest exhibition from artist Sean Ken ney featuring more than 40 sculptures made from LEGO pieces. The sculptures, which will be sprinkled throughout the garden, explore the beauty of nature through contemporary, stylized and colorful displays that stand in striking contrast with their surround ings. Each is an Instagram-worthy photo op in their own right, but when you add the garden’s natural beauty as their backdrop, they are must-sees! In cluded with general admission. See ad on page 27.

The garden is also hosting Astra Lumina, an enchanted night walk experience happening De cember 8 - January 15, 2023. Visit the website to learn more,

Free Day: Admission is free every third Tuesday of the month.

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad (760) 431-0352,

Reopening March 1 - May 14, 2023. See one of the most spectacular and coordinated displays of blooms anywhere in the world. The nearly fifty acres of ra nunculus flowers are in bloom from March - May. Special events and days are scheduled throughout the season. The fields also offers picnic areas, wagon rides, sweet pea maze, and other garden areas.

Turtle Rock Nature Center

1 Sunnyhill Drive, Irvine (949) 724-6738,

A five-acre nature preserve where visitors can ex

plore at their leisure, take a self-guided trail tour, en joy native plants, and walk the labyrinth. Group tours and badge programs for scouts are available.

Upper Newport Bay Preserve 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach (949) 923-2290,

The preserve totals approximately 135 acres and includes a 10,000 square-foot interpretive center with exhibits and interactive displays. The Nature Preserve is part of coastal wetlands that are home to many rare or endangered species and plant life. Fun programs are offered including stargazing, canoe and kayak tours, sunset strolls, storytelling, crafts, and much more.

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Science & Space Centers

California Science Center

700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles (323) 724-3623,

Explore the wonders of science through interac tive exhibitions, live demonstrations, innovative programs, and awe-inspiring films. Space Shuttle Endeavor is on display for guests to see up close. Explore permanent exhibitions, learn about fire sci

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ence and safety, discover how life begins, investigate eight ecosystem zones, and see a unique collection of air and space artifacts. Admission is free to the center to see all permanent exhibits (excludes IMAX and special ticketed exhibitions).

• Columbia Memorial Space Center

12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200,

Hands-on, 20,000-square-foot, learning center that is dedicated to bringing the wonder and ex citement 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. Special events are scheduled throughout the year, such as the lighting of the Apollo Capsule on Saturday, December 10th. The Space Center also offers facility rentals, memberships and other fun educational programming. Visit their website for more information. See ad on page 29.

Free admission for Downey students!

• Discovery Cube Orange County & Los Angeles Orange County - 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana Los Angeles - 1800 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar

Discovery Cube is Southern California’s #1 children’s science museum. With locations in Los Angeles and Orange County, the Discovery Cube is filled with handson science exhibits and interactive STEM activities in themed areas, such as the Boeing Rocket Lab, Science of Hockey, Eco Challenge, Inspector Training Course, Healthy Kitchen, Aerial Helicopter Tours and lots more. Educational programs are offered throughout the year, such as virtual and in-person camps, onsite field trips, early childhood education and so much more. Visit the events page on their website for upcoming activities. Birthday Parties are offered (exception: December). See ad on the back outside cover.

Check out their seasonal events and exhibits! The OC location offers Science of Gingerbread, No vember and December; Winter Lights, the STEM Musi cal, December and January; and Bubblefest in March. LA location offers Paw Patrol, January - May.

Griffith Observatory

2800 E. Observatory Road, Los Angeles (213) 473-0800,

A unique hybrid of public observatory, planetarium, and exhibition space. Visitors can look through telescopes, explore exhibits, see live shows, and enjoy views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign. Telescopes are free to the public every day and night the building is open, and the sky is clear. Now playing: Signs of Life, an astronomical detec

tive story that propels visitors on an investigation to discover what it takes to put life in the universe. Admission to the building and grounds is free.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena (818) 354-1234,

Visitor Day Tours are offered for individuals and fami lies of 10 people or fewer. Tours include a multimedia presentation about the laboratory’s activities and ac complishments. Guests will also get to see the Visi tor Center, Space Flight Operations Facility, and the Spacecraft Assembly Facility. Visit their website to see when tour dates and reservations are released.

Mount Wilson Observatory

Mount Wilson Road, Mount Wilson (626) 440-9016,

Mount Wilson Observatory is home to two of the world’s largest telescopes available for public use. Public tours are available on weekends where visi tors are able to enter the area directly beneath the 100-inch telescope and entrance into the 60-inch dome. On most tours, the 150-foot solar tower tele scope will be open too, providing an opportunity for visitors to safely observe the sun. Special events like Concerts in the Dome and Public Ticket Nights are scheduled throughout the year.

Mt. SAC - Randall Planetarium

1100 N. Grand Ave., Walnut (909) 274-5795,

A variety of planetarium shows are scheduled throughout the year geared for families, including One World, One Sky, Big Bird’s Adventure, Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, Larry Cat in Space, and holiday-themed shows like Halloween Happenings, Season of Light, and more. Public telescope nights are offered periodically on clear nights. See their cal endar for a schedule of events and shows. Packages are offered for field trips, scouts, and birthday parties.

Orange Coast College Planetarium

2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa (714) 714-7430

The exhibit hall has several permanent and rotating exhibits that are free, such as the Foucault Pendulum (a device that demonstrates the rotation of the Earth) and a collection of meteorites. Laser light shows in the Lazerdome featuring the music of favorite rock bands are scheduled throughout the year. Planetari um shows are presented every Saturday and Public Telescope Nights are hosted once a month.

Don't miss the Magic Tree House: Space Mis sion show based on the popular book series. Join brother-sister duo Jack and Annie as they uncover mysteries of the universe.

UCLA Planetarium and Telescope Shows

UCLA Mathematical Sciences Building

Public shows are hosted on Wednesday evenings. Shows are free and are given by current astronomy graduate students. On clear nights, visitors are in vited to look through telescopes after the show.

San Diego Air & Space Museum

Balboa Park, 2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego (619) 234-8291, See listing in Flight Museums section.

Skating Rinks

• 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 gal lery. Fitness center is open to the public. Check website for details on ice schedule and events. See ad on page 19.

More Skating Rinks

The following rinks offer roller or ice skating with public and specialty skating sessions. Classes, clin ics, camps, hockey and broomball, and party pack ages are usually offered.

Aliso Viejo Ice Palace - Ice only. 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) 997-5283.

The Rinks - Ice rinks in Anaheim, Lakewood, Irvine, Westminster, Yorba Linda, and more. Inline rinks in Huntington Beach and Irvine. Visit for locations.

Lake Forest Ice Palace - Ice only. 25821 At lantic Ocean Drive, Lake Forest. (949) 305-9658.

LA Kings Ice at the Promenade - Ice only. 550 Deep Valley Drive, #107, Rolling Hills Estates. (424) 903-0300.

LA Kings Iceland - Ice only. 8041 Jackson St., Par amount. (562) 633-1171.

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Pigeons Roller Rink - Roller only. 6400 E Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach.

The Skating Edge - Ice only. 23770 S. West ern Ave., Harbor City. (310) 325-4474. www.

Seasonal Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks - Visit www. for a list of holiday pop-up skating venues.


Amtrak - 50% Off for Kids

(800) 872-7245, Ext. (USA-RAIL)

Take short day-trips to Los Angeles, San Diego, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Barbara, and other cities from local stations throughout Southern California. One child (ages 2-12) is eligible to receive a 50% discount on the lowest available adult rail fare on most Amtrak trains with each fare-paying adult (age 18+). Infants under age 2 ride free. Restrictions apply.

Go to the Children’s Activity Center on their website for a variety of fun activities and games:

Angels Flight Railway

351 South Hill St., Los Angeles (213) 626-1901.

Originally opened in 1901, Angels Flight is the world’s shortest railway. The 121-year-old funicular takes passengers between Hill Street and Grand Av enue on Bunker Hill. Open daily, $1 each way.

Balboa Park Miniature Train

1800 Zoo Place, San Diego (619) 239-4748

Operated by the San Diego Zoo, the train is a model G16––now a rare antique with as few as fifty currently remaining. The train ride, located outside the Zoo’s exit, is a three-minute, half-mile loop through four acres of Balboa Park. Open daily. Tickets are $3 for all ages.

El Dorado Frontier

7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach

(562) 249-8330,

Located inside El Dorado Park, the El Dorado Express is a mile-and-a-half train ride on a vintage locomo tive. The ride involves a narrated story about the his tory of the Gold Rush. The mini theme park also fea tures carnival games, gold panning, hand-cranked mining buggy, and carousel. Open weekends. Gen eral admission includes unlimited train and carousel rides for the day. Birthday party packages are avail able, plus special events throughout the year.

Check website for their annual Christmas Spe cial during the holiday season.

Fullerton Train Museum

200 East Santa Fe Ave., Fullerton

(714) 278-0648,

Three historically significant preserved cabooses, representing the three transcontinental railroads that served Southern California, from the 1920s through 1989, two 1940s Union Pacific lounge cars, and a 1951 fully restored Santa Fe streamlined sleeping car. The museum is open the first and third Satur days of each month, 9 a.m. - noon. Admission is free. Guided tours are available.

Griffith Park & Southern Railroad

4400 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles (818) 881-2586,

Travel over one mile of track, across a bridge, through a forest and the Old Western Town. Eight different trains are operating. You can also try a T-6 simulator ride! After riding the miniature train, explore dozens of old-time railroad locomotives and cars.

Visit November 22 - January 6 for the Holiday Light Festival Train Ride. The evening ride includes magical scenes and tens of thousands of lights that set the mood for a wonderful holiday season. Visit the website for details.

Heritage Park Railroad Exhibit 12100 Mora Drive, Santa Fe Springs (562) 946-6476,

The exhibit tells the story of the city’s railroad his tory through the restoration of the Santa Fe Railway depot, tracks, and signals. The center of the exhibit has a restored steam locomotive as well as its tender, a refrigerated boxcar, and caboose. Small birthday parties can be held in the train caboose. Heritage

Park also features a historic Carriage Barn, windmill, and plant conservatory. Picnic area and a rose gar den are onsite.

Irvine Park Railroad at Irvine Regional Park

1 Irvine Park Road, Orange (714) 997-3968,

The 1/3-scale train is located in the foothills of Or ange and is open daily (weather permitting, exclud ing certain holidays). Special events and educational programs are held throughout the year. Party pack ages available. Sign up to receive coupons on their website. The park also includes bike and paddle boat rentals, OC Zoo, horse rentals, and pony rides.

Annual Christmas Train is offered November 25 - December 23. The train takes riders to the North Pole where they can share their wish list with Santa.

Lomita Railroad Museum

2137 W. 250th St., Lomita (310) 326-6255,

Dedicated to the era of the steam engine, the Lomita Railroad Museum offers a 1902 steam locomotive, 1910 and 1949 caboose, Southern Pacific Tender, 1923 Oil Tank Car, 1913 Boxcar, 1881 Velocipede (hand car) and more. Group tours available by reser vation. Free admission and parking.

Santa at the Museum will be held on Sunday, December 11, 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. $35 per family (up to 6 people) includes visit with Santa, cookies and hot cocoa, balloon animals, crafts, kids’ games and more. Details on their website.

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Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum

5202 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles (323) 661-8958,

Located in Griffith Park, the museum displays rail road history and shows live steam, gas-mechanical and electric railroad technology in actual operation. Rides, on their 7” gauge model trains, are offered on Sundays, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (weather permitting). $4 per person. They also have many historic exhibits, in cluding full-size vintage train cars, a stationary steam plant, and Walt Disney’s Carolwood Barn.

Metrolink - Kids Ride Free on Weekends (800) 371-5465

The promotion offers free train rides for children (ages 17 and under) on Saturdays and Sundays when ac companied by a fare-paying adult. Each fare-paying adult can be accompanied by up to three children at no additional charge. Additionally, on weekends, each adult pays just $10 for a Weekend Day Pass.

Visit the “Explore” tab on their website for a list of over 200 destination ideas for family outings!

Orange County Model Engineers

2480 Placentia Ave, Costa Mesa (949) 548-7246,

Free public rides on scale trains through the park every third Saturday and following Sunday of each month. Five miles of track wind through Fairview Park. The ride takes about 12 minutes and covers two loops of the park. Birthday parties are available.

Open 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on the free public ride days (weather permitting); donations are welcome. Children must be able to walk and be at least 31" tall.

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

1649 El Prado, San Diego (619) 696-0199,

Learn about American railroading through education al programs, displays, toy trains, and scale models of California railroads and communities, spanning over 27,000 square feet of trains, trestles, and tracks. Newest exhibit: All Aboard! Passenger Cars. See how people sat, ate, and slept in eight types of passenger cars from various decades. The museum also offers school and scout programs, and summer camps. Visit Educational Resources on their website for con tent and activities for kids.

Southern California Live Steamers 2290 Washington Ave., Torrance

Free trains rides on miniature 7.5” gauge trains on the first Sunday and the third Saturday of each month. Also offers birthday and group trains. Visit their website or Facebook page for information about special events and holiday trains.

Ride the festive Holiday Light Night Train, De cember 16 and 17, 5-8 p.m., $7 per ride.

Southern California Railway Museum 2201 South A St., Perris (951) 943-3020,

Weekend train and trolly rides. Ride streetcars, inter urban electric cars, and trains on the Museum rail way on their 100-acre campus. Pack a family picnic to enjoy in Holstrom Park. Visit the Museum’s collec tion of more than 200 streetcars and railway vehicles to experience the early days of electric, steam, and diesel railway transportation. Tours available.

Don't miss: Day out with Thomas on select dates November 5-13; The Polar Express, select dates, November 20 - December 28; and Dino Train, March 18 and 19. Plus, check out their Run One program where ages 5 and up (with parent) can ac tually take the throttle on one of their five trains. It’s pricey, but your little engineer actually gets to be a real engineer for an hour!

Travel Town Museum and Railroad 5200 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, Los Angeles (818) 881-2586,

Located in Griffith Park, Travel Town is an outdoor museum with over 40 historic railroad locomotives and cars. Visitors can ride the 16” gauge miniature train at Griffith Park Train Rides to travel around the museum and explore dozens of old-time railroad lo comotives and cars. There is no admission fee, the museum is free every day; donations are encour aged. There is a fee to ride the train. Group tours, and special playdays for members available.

Have your little engineer's next birthday party in a actual refurbished train car at Travel Town. The basic rate is $150 for a three hour party.

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