Kidsguide Fall/Winter 2018-19

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KIDSGUIDE Making Family Life Better in OC & Long Beach Metro | | Fall/Winter 2018/19 | Hey, It’s Free!

Fun Family Outings That Are (Shhh!) Secretly Educational

Galaxy of Resources + Game Page






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We know you’re always looking for activities to do with your family—play time. We also know that you want the best possible education for your kids—learning time. What if we mashed these together into family outings that are seriously fun and secretly educational?

Calendar ����������������������������� 40-42 Camps ����������������������������������� 9-10 Emergency Resources ���������������� 43 Enrichment ��������������������������� 10-14 41 Etiquette 10 STEM 12 Tutoring & Academics 13 Youth & Family Programs Family Resources ����������������� 14-18 14 15 16 16 18

Child Care & Baby Sitting Health Services Play Groups Special Needs Support Groups & Parent Ed

Game Page ������������������������������ 44 Outings ������������������������������ 19-28 19 Attractions 22 Museums 42 Playgrounds 25 Trains 26 Zoos & Animal Care Centers Parties ������������������������������� 28-30 Schools ������������������������������� 30-32 Sports �������������������������������� 32-39 32 Aquatics & Water Polo 33 Archery 34 Baseball & Softball 34 Basketball 34 Bowling 34 Fencing 34 Fishing & Boating 35 Football & Cheerleading 35 Gymnastics 36 Horseback Riding 36 Miscellaneous Sports 38 Skateboarding 38 Skating & Hockey 39 Soccer 39 Volleyball 2 kidsguide fall/winter 2018/19

This issue of Kidsguide is devoted to field trips (in better words: awesome day trips) that make learning come alive in kid-friendly ways. These are outings where your kids can actually experience their curriculum, grade by grade, IRL! And, lucky for us, Kidsguide has tons of places to do that. The editorial on pages 3-4 features destinations that tie in with what your kids are learning in school––People in the Community, US History, Native Americans, California Missions. Each offers a unique opportunity to expand book learning by talking to experts, and getting hands-on with panning for gold, observing the stars, shooting a rocket (yikes!). Total side bonus: you will be spending time as a family, laughing, creating memories, and having some fun, quality non-screen time! Beyond the editorial, lots more educational destinations can be found in Kidsguide’s Attractions, Calendar, Museums, STEM, Trains and Zoos sections. We’ve even created our own play/learning time on page 44, Kidsguide’s Game Page. You can go on a Solar System Scavenger Hunt, make your way through the Space Race Maze, find words in the Satellite Scramble, color The Buzzz, and finally have that chat about Pluto—planet, not a planet? Per usual, prizes are involved. Look for big news in the coming months regarding our website and some really lovable monsters (besides the KG staff :-).



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That Are (Shhh!) Secretly Educational A GRADE-BY-GRADE GUIDE KINDERGARTEN Centennial Farm OC Fair and Event Center

88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa (714) 708-1500 Centennial Farm, a three-acre working farm, is home to fruit and vegetable gardens, plus pigs, chicken, oxen and more. There are also workers on hand to teach kids about the importance of agriculture and answer a curious little one’s five million questions about the animals. Not only is it always just fun to see pigs—whee!—but it fits nicely in with the kinder life science lesson, “What do animals need to survive?”

Pretend City

29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900 Those cute little K kids are also learning about what people do for work in their community. What better way to do that than to play in an actual kidsized city? Kids can get their dramatic play on in 17 interactive exhibits including a junior post office, home, store, farm, bank and construction site—so much fun, but with a serious education basis. “Through this purposeful play, students not only learn about how the world works, but they strengthen their communication, collaboration, problem-solving, and creativity skills,” says Linda Hunter, MA, MFT, an early education expert at Pretend City. Admission: $12.50.

GRADE 1 If I Lived in a Castle Children’s Museum at LaHabra

301 S. Euclid St., La Habra (562) 383-4236 First graders are learning about their place in time and comparing and contrasting everyday life in different places and times. And if they’re going to try out a different life, they may as well go royal! Kids can live the castle life by trying on royal costumes, testing out a rope bed and practicing archery and swordmanship. They can also hit the apothecary for some healing herbs, the castle forge for armor repair and the Medieval lots more fun at

Kitchen to prepare some (ack!) eel pie. Admission: $10.

Spider Pavilion The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles (213) 763-DINO Second graders are learning about why plants and animals look the way they do, and spiders are a great example of a critter with very specific characteristics. Get up close and personal with lots and lots of spiders in the Spider Pavilion, the only one in the U.S. Hang out and observe arachnids, including orb weavers, tarantulas, jumping spiders and more in this open-air (and safe) space. Up the creepy factor by planning a trip around Halloween. If you miss the show dates (September 16 November 25, 2018) or someone in your party is icked out by spiders, there is plenty your 1st grader will love, especially the huge, all-new Dinosaur Hall including interactive exhibits like a fossil dig and the T-Rex growth series with a baby, juvenile and sub-adult T-Rex (he goes by Thomas). Admission: $12-20.

GRADE 2 Excavator Tour La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (213) 763-3499 Second graders are working on the question “What shapes can we observe in Earth’s natural landscape?” A cool example of that is the bubbly, black tarry landscape at the La Brea Tar Pits. The Excavation Tour, included with admission, is led by a guide and takes kids though the Fossil Lab to see scientists in action, into the Observation Pit to see what a tar

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pit dig looks like and an active dig site to see what they’re digging up that day. If you’re not feeling flush with cash, it’s still fun to walk around the grounds (free!) and see geology happening IRL. Admission: $7-15.

Lindo Mexico Exhibit Children’s Museum at La Habra

301 S. Euclid St., La Habra (562) 383-4236 Kids can cover two curricular bases, “distinguish between things that happened long ago and things that happened yesterday” and “basic economic skills” at the Lindo Mexico exhibit, celebrating our neighbors to the South. Play Mexican-style carnival games like “Loteria” and step back in time at the Aztec open air market where you can pretend buy fish, mangos and iguanas and then grind corn on a metate on the porch of your Aztec house. At Vamos a Bailar, kids can dress up in Folklorico costumes and learn dance steps from an instructor. Admission: $10.

GRADE 3 Human Nature at Autry Museum of the American West

4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles (323) 667-2000 Expand upon your third graders’ Native Americanfocused curriculum with Human Nature, an indoor/ outdoor exhibit on how traditional ecological wisdom can help us understand and care for the environment. Step outside into the 7,000-square-foot ethnobotanical garden, with 60 native plants and info about how they were used by Native Americans, plus a wetlands cove, pond, basalt columns and cool waterfall. Before you go, be sure to print out the Plant Detective Scavenger Hunt on their website. Weekends, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., you can also pan for gold. Admission: $6-14, free on the second Tuesday of every month.

Galvin Physics Forest Kidspace Children’s Museum

480 N Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena (626) 449-9144 What affects the motion of an object? Your 3rd grader can find out for themselves at the Physics Forest, almost an acre of outdoor space with 12 hands-on activities including Giant Levers, a physics-based version of tug of war. They can also play, er, experiment with shooting bottle rockets, test out the tennis ball launcher and build a roller coaster. Admission: $14.

GRADE 4 Fourth graders delve into California history, meaning you will be making at least one late night run to Michaels for an integral piece for their mission model.

Legacy of Saint Serra Exhibit Mission San Juan Capistrano

26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano (949) 234-1300 Take your mission-obsessed 4th grader for a day trip down to Mission San Juan Capistrano for the Legacy of Saint Serra Exhibit. They can learn about Father Junipero Serra, founder of the first nine of the 21 California Missions, and see some real and reproduced artifacts from his life and times. But the best part is wandering around such an old space and peeking into some of the recreated rooms to 4 kidsguide fall/winter 2018/19

see how people lived back then. Check their website for special activities like adobe brick making, feeding the koi and Q & A sessions designed specifically for diligent 4th graders working on their mission project. Admission: $7-10.

that odd point in our history, then head across the street to a camel-themed park with giant sculpted camels and stuff to play on. Admission: $1-5 suggested donation. Limited hours, so call ahead of time. Through April 2019.

Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum


18127 S. Alameda Street, Rancho Dominguez (310) 603-0088 Learn about California life in the early 1800s at the first home in the South Bay. Check out the small eight room adobe home built in 1826 and discover how Manuel Dominguez, his wife Maria Ingracia Cota and their six daughters lived. On October 6 and 7, there is a Battle of Domiguez Hill Reenactment, plus activities for the pacifist kids like husk doll making, tortilla making, cattle roping, adobe brick making and gold panning. Admission: free. The museum is open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

GRADE 5 Centered in the Universe at Griffith Observatory

2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles (213) 473-0800 LATITUDE = 34° 07’ 6.0” north (or 34.11834° N) LONGITUDE = 118° 18’ 1.2” west (or 118.30034° W) ELEVATION = 1134 ft = 345.5 m MAGNETIC DEVIATION = 12° 7’ east Fifth graders are learning about the patterns in the sun, moon and stars, but you can really blow their minds with the ongoing planetarium show, Centered in the Universe. The show travels back to the big bang and through a universe filled with galaxies to find our cosmic origins and discover our true place in the cosmos. The show asks fundamental questions about our place in the Universe like: Who are we? Where did we come from? Why is the world the way it is? (Planetarium people talk about heady stuff like that on the regular.) It also points out the cosmos don’t revolve around us—which could be a timely message for certain hormonal teens. If you hit an evening show on a clear night, you can follow it with a free look through the telescopes with a knowledge demonstration on hand to tell you what you’re looking at. Admission: $3-7.

US Army Camel Experiment The Drum Barracks Civil War Museum

1052 N. Banning Blvd., Wilmington (310) 548-7509 Fifth graders go deep into U.S. History and the birth of our nation, but your fifth grader might be able to stump their U.S. history teacher with this one: Did you know the US Army used camels during the Civil War? In 1861, when a division of U.S. Army Dragoons were ordered to Los Angeles to help defend it from secessionist threat, they brought 36 camels with them. This “Camel Experiment” was initiated in the late 1850s because the Army thought camels would be useful in desert warfare. Check out artifacts from

Pacific Marine Exploration Cruise Ocean Institute

24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point |(949) 496-2274 This 2 ½-hour whale watching cruise lets the whole family be scientists for the day and offers real life examples of 6th-grade science topics like human impact on the environment, weather, water cycles and climate change. Search for whales, dolphins, and sea lions on the R/V Sea Explorer, then assist the Ocean Institute staff in collecting samples of sea floor mud and the smallest organisms on earth—phytoplankton and zooplankton. After, you can cruise the Ocean Institute campus for interactive activities including touch tanks. Admission: $15-35.

Pompeii: The Exhibition Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley (805) 522-2977 Anyone who is still traumatized by their own 6th grade experience learning about Pompeii can pass down the tradition to their own unsuspecting children at Pompeii: The Exhibit. (Back story, if you’re still innocent: Mount Vesuvius erupted suddenly mid-morning on August 24, 79 A.D. Within 24 hours, the Roman city of Pompeii was destroyed—and perfectly preserved—under 15 feet of ash and volcanic debris. The ash acted as a preservative and later explorers discovered a city frozen in time.) See actual artifacts on loan from Italy including really, really old Roman coins, jewelry and (ack!) full body casts of the volcano’s victims. Admission: $16-29. Opens October 6. lots more fun at

ARTS & CRAFTS Ceramics Studios Most studios offer ceramic painting; some offer pottery and polymer-clay sculpting, plus party packages. Clay on First, Long Beach, (562) 495-4362, www. Color Me Mine, Brea, Costa Mesa, Long Beach, Mission Viejo, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Tustin and Whittier, Hidden Talents Ceramic Studio, Huntington Beach, (714) 840-6833, Studio H Fine Art, Irvine, (949) 403-7020, www. Paint N’ Glaze, Long Beach, (562) 421-8000, Craft Instruction Build-A-Bear - Locations in Brea, Cerritos, Mission Viejo, Orange, Temecula, Torrance, and West Covina.

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Michaels - Kids club offered at all locations every Saturday, 10 a.m. - noon. Projects vary by age group. Younger kids (3-8), $2. Older kids (6+), $5. Register online or drop-in. Piecemakers Country Store - Kids’ sewing classes throughout the year. 1720 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa. (714) 641-3112. Creative Reuse Centers Creative reuse takes used or recycled materials and makes them into art. Child Creativity Lab - 1815 E. Wilshire Ave., Ste. 906, Santa Ana, (714) 352-4380, The Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse - 320 Elm Ave., Long Beach, (562) 437-9999, • Gymboree Play & Music Aliso Viejo (949) 680-7187 Anaheim Hills (714) 283-4386 Fullerton (714) 449-2000 Cypress (562) 429-4886 Inspire your child’s imagination and self-expression with a world of hands-on art activities. Through painting, sculpture, drawing, collage, dramatic play and more, their art classes for children (18 mos 5 years) encourage confidence and support artistic potential. See ad on page 13; coupon on page 42.

• Idyllwild Arts Academy & Summer Program 52500 Temecula Road, Idyllwild (951) 659-2171 Idyllwild Arts Academy is the country’s premier and internationally-acclaimed residential arts high school. In the visual arts department, they emphasize formal skills, personal vision, creative insight, and character development. Students can choose from a wide range of disciplines including: painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, computer graphics, art and technology, photography and art history. They can take classes in Fashion Design, which provides in-depth training in hand and machine sewing, pattern making, textiles, fashion illustration and design, and more. Their Film and Digital Media program offers pre-professional training in film, television and new media production. Courses in screenwriting, directing, cinematography, editing, documentary, production design, producing and film scoring form a solid foundation, while non-traditional media and the effective use of the Internet and social media are stressed. Also see listings in Dance, Music, Schools and Theater Arts. See ad on page 6. Makerspaces See listing in STEM on page 12. Museum Art Classes and Workshops Many museums offer art classes that may include drawing, painting, cartooning, sculpture, pastels, watercolor and other mixed media. See LACMA, Long Beach Museum of Art, and Norton Simon in Museums for details and contact information.

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Home Depot - Free workshops for kids (5-12) offered at all locations every first Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. - noon. Find type of project on their website. (800) 466-3337.

Huntington Beach Art Center - 538 Main St. (714) 374-1650.


Inspyr Arts - 3910 E. 4th St., Long Beach. (562) 3426172. Irvine Art and Music - 15315 Culver Drive, #150, Irvine. (949) 559-3069. Irvine Fine Arts Center - 1432 Yale Ave., Irvine. (949) 724-6880. Muckenthaler Cultural Center - 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton. (714) 738-6595. Palette Station - 540 E. 1st St., Tustin. (714) 7304979. Studio H Fine Art - (949) 403-7020. 2691 Richter Ave., Ste. 108, Irvine. The Art Studio - 6450 Westminster Blvd., Westminster. (714) 458-2800. Timree Paint Studio - 1651 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach. (949) 723-1300. Sewing and Knitting Instruction Angel Threads Sewing School, Newport Beach, (949) 548-6070, Fashion Camp, Tustin, (714) 259-0946, OC Sewing and Vacuum, Irvine, (800) 543-0434, Sew Vac Ltd., Long Beach, (562) 498-6684, Stitches in Time, Bellflower, (562) 804-9341, Studio Art Instruction Most offer painting, drawing, ceramics/sculpting and mixed media. Some offer camps and parties. Art Exchange Long Beach - 356 E. 3rd St., Long Beach. (562) 567-7278. Art House - 1380 S. Harbor Blvd., La Habra, (714) 870-7119.

24000 Alicia Pkwy., # 31, Mission Viejo, (949) 4549555; and 1525 Mesa Verde Drive E., #119, Costa Mesa, (714) 760-4042. Art Waves - 18910 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley. (714) 965-0669. Averyboo Arts - 3908 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach. (562) 912-4800. Chuck Jones Center for Creativity - Drop-in and Draw Saturday mornings, 10 a.m. - noon. 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa. (949) 274-4834. www. Color My World Art Studio - 11960 Artesia Blvd., #101, Artesia. (562) 219-4566.

ARTime Studio - 27001 La Paz Road, Ste. #390, Mission Viejo. (949) 981-4988.

Fibo Kids Art Academy - Locations in Anaheim Hills, Brea, Cypress, Fountain Valley and Tustin. (714) 5791929.

Art Steps - Drawing and painting in multi-media. 18212 Imperial Hwy., Yorba Linda, (714) 524-2248;

Fullerton Museum Center - 301 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton. (714) 738-6545. www.

Los Altos Dance Center Voted Best Dance Studio 2017 Press-Telegram Readers Choice Award

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

Afternoon, Evening & Saturday Classes One Free Dance Class

5531 Spring St., Long Beach • (562) 712-9798 • 6 kidsguide fall/winter 2018/19

The Drawing Board - 18032 E. Lemon Dr., Yorba Linda. (714) 693-7156.

DANCE Also see: Theater Arts on page 8 for related activities. • Burgess Cotillion The Grand, 4101 E. Willow St., Long Beach (323) 874-7393, Monthly dances (grades 3-12) with instruction in popular and ballroom styles, and etiquette. The three basic ballroom dances, waltz, foxtrot and swing, are taught every season, along with a Latin dance, such as the samba or tango, as well as other forms of dance, such as the Charleston or polka. Mother-son or father-daughter dances and waltz contests are also offered. Runs on monthly Mondays, September - April; contact for dates. Sign-up early, space is limited. Email: burgesscotillion@aol. com. Also see Etiquette. • Dance Company 4205 Montair Ave., Long Beach (562) 425-7231, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Pointe, Acro, Musical Theater and Lyrical (3+); beginner to advanced levels with an emphasis on technique. Two annual studio productions and children’s performing company are available, plus a complete adult program. The Dance Company is a complete performing arts studio. See ad on page 7. • Elevation Studios 1900 E. 27th St., #101, Signal Hill (562) 424-2711, Ages 3 through adult, beginning through profeslots more fun at

• Kick It Up 8125 and 8129 East Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 430-1812, Come dance, sing, act and perform at Kick It Up, a noncompetitive, friendly dance, visual arts, fitness and party studio. Classes are offered for all ages and ability levels; no one is turned away. Intro to Dance, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Hula, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Contemporary and Acrobatics are some of the many classes offered. In addition, Kick It Up also offers ukulele and voice lessons. As a parent, they offer many fitness and dance classes at the same time your children or teens are in class. All participants have the opportunity to perform in a family-oriented and affordable dance recital in June and December. Competition Teams, Performing Teams, Brownie/Girl Scout events, camps and birthday parties are offered throughout the year. Specialty classes, such as Twisty Tuesdays, specialneeds classes and classes for homeschool students are also offered. Kick It Up accepts charter funding as well for all regular classes and private lessons. Also see Parties. See ad on this page.

National Dance Alliance (877) 632-2946, National organization hosts championships, special events and camps throughout the area.




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• Applied Music Studio 10900 Los Alamitos Blvd., Ste. 203, Los Alamitos (562) 596-1287, Enhance your child’s (3+) education by trying a free lesson at Applied Music Studio! They offer instruction in viola, violin, voice, piano, guitar, drums, woodwinds and theory, as well as a Keyboard for Kids program, all taught by degreed professionals. Applied Music Studio also offers lessons for jazz, orchestra and choir preparation. They have new and used instruments for sale, and school-approved instruments for rent with an option to buy. Mention Kidsguide to book your free lesson today! Located at the corner of Florista and Pine. Email: appliedmusicstudio@gmail. com. See ad with coupon on page 9. • Gymboree Play & Music Aliso Viejo Anaheim Hills Fullerton Cypress

(949) 680-7187 (714) 283-4386 (714) 449-2000 (562) 429-4886

Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Acro, Lyrical, Hip-Hop & Musical Theater Preschool - Adult Programs Professional Faculty • Performing Company Large Dance Rooms

(562) 425-7231 4205 Montair Ave., Long Beach 90808 Enhance your child’s development and love of music through song, dance, movement games and instruments. The classes help children (6 mos - 5 years) explore rhythm, melody, tonality and beat while nurturing key physical, social and intellectual skills. See ad on page 13; coupon on page 42. • Idyllwild Arts Academy & Summer Program (951) 659-2171,

• Idyllwild Arts Academy & Summer Program (951) 659-2171, At Idyllwild Arts day and boarding school, intense training and teacher-passion will transform students into the best artist they can be, utilizing their multi-discipline program which includes ballet and cutting-edge modern and jazz. Also see listings in Arts and Schools. See ad on page 6. • Los Altos Dance Center 5531 Spring St., Long Beach (562) 712-9798, Los Altos Dance Center is a family-owned studio serving the Long Beach area since 1977. They offer classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop and lyrical for preschoolers, children, teens and adults. Their friendly teachers make classes fun and enjoyable while teaching proper dance technique. Los Altos Dance Center takes pride in their yearly dance recital where students and teachers perform beautifully-skilled and choreographed dance routines. Voted Best Dance Studio 2017 Press-Telegram Readers Choice Awards! See ad on page 6. • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach (562) 986-0066, Hip Hop is the perfect class for children (4-8) who want to dance, stay active, and learn how to freestyle! Musicality, rhythm, and creative movement are key components of this fun, urban/street-style dance class that teaches boys and girls alike to step, stomp, and shake it out! See ad on page 37. lots more fun at

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sional. Full recreational program as well as a highly competitive competition team. Owners and professional dancers, Alex and Robert Lee are extremely connected and involved in the dance world, which allows the studio to bring in master instructors from around the country. Robert and Alex’s credits include: Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Madonna, Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, and a BFA in dance. The innovation of this studio sets it apart from the rest, and the value of dance education they provide is priceless. Check out their website for more information and full details. See ad on page 5.

151 Kalmus Drive, G3, Costa Mesa. (714) 7287100.


Voice Lessons & Music Therapy

Kelly Summer, M.A. Studio Music & Jazz Certified Neurologic Music Therapist

Biola Youth Theater - Ages 6-18. 14540 San Cristobal Drive, La Mirada. (562) 906-4574.

Voice lessons for people who want to SING! • Rock, Jazz, Blues, Contemporary • Learn technique, stage presence, audition skills • Sky Mountain Charter School Vendor (voice only)

Broadway on Tour Children’s Theatre - Ages 8-20. 625 French St., Santa Ana. (714) 542-6939.

Music therapy for kids with special needs.

Buena Park Youth Theatre - Open auditions for main cast (9-18) and junior cast (5-8). 8150 Knott Ave., Buena Park. (714) 562-3860.

• Help kids reach educational/ IEP goals • Improve communication skills • Help with emotional/affective development

At Idyllwild Arts Academy, the size of the music department is ideal for a high school: big enough to give developing classical artists many chances to perform and yet small enough to guarantee plenty of individual attention and instruction. The curriculum includes private lessons with musicians who are not only gifted university teachers, but successful professionals with Southern California’s world-class symphonies and recording studios. Also see listings in Arts and Crafts, and Schools. See ad on page 6. • Jazz Angels (562) 981-8410, Level-specific jazz bands comprised of young musicians ages 9-17. Musicians learn to play (or improve how they play) this great American music through a unique method of music mentoring. Three ten-week sessions throughout the school year, plus a summer program. Email: • Kelly Summer Vocal Studio Long Beach (562) 833-6444, Voice lessons for kids and adults who want to improve their singing ability are offered by Kelly Summer Vocal Studio. Kelly Summer is a career singer and voice teacher with a Masters Degree in vocal performance from USC and over 20 years experience in the music business. Her specialization is in contemporary jazz, rock and hip hop/R&B. Students learn vocal technique, repertoire, audition/performance skills and musicianship—all in a private studio setting. Also see Special Needs under Family Resources. See ad on this page. Music Associations Music Teachers Association of California - Free referrals to qualified instructors in keyboard, winds, guitar, strings and vocals, Suzuki Association of the Americas - The method emphasizes teaching by sound and repetition before learning to read music. Free instructor referral, (888) 378-9854, www. • Music Together at the Beach (310) 850-5453 Celebrating 20 years of family music-making in Long Beach and Huntington Beach! Music Together is the internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for children from birth through 8 kidsguide fall/winter 2018/19

Music for everyone (562) 833-6444 age 5 and the grown-ups who love them. Weekly 45-minute classes incorporate a fun-filled, researchbased, developmentally appropriate music curriculum. Activities include songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play. Parent-child classes for children, newborn to age 5. For information about other Music Together locations, visit their website. See ad on page 9. Orchestras Find a list of regional youth orchestras at the Community Youth Orchestra of SoCal website, Youth Choirs International Peace Choir, www.internationalpeacechoir. com. Southern California Children’s Chorus, www. Long Beach Youth Chorus, www. Voices of Hope Children’s Choir,

THEATER ARTS Also see: Dance and Music for related activities. • Idyllwild Arts Academy & Summer Program (951) 659-2171, In the theatre department at Idyllwild Arts day and boarding school, students will master advanced techniques while they work side-by-side with gifted professional actors, dancers, singers, designers, and technicians in contemporary and classic dramas, comedies, and musicals. Courses in screenwriting, directing, cinematography and more are also offered through their Film and Digital Media program. See listings in Arts and Schools for more information. See ad on page 6.

Children’s Theatre of Long Beach - Ages 6-19. Also offers a drama club. 3759 Orange Ave., Long Beach. (562) 999-4691. Creative Kids Playhouse Children’s Theatre of Orange County - Ages 3-16. Mission Viejo area. (949) 2976257. GO-FAME - Ages 8-18. 3960 N. Studebaker Road, Unit 106, Long Beach. (714) 227-5115. International City Theatre - 67 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 495-4595, Ext. 10. Laguna Playhouse Youth Theater - Ages 7-18 and conservatory (10-18). 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. (949) 497-2787. Musical Theatre Academy of Orange County - Ages 4+. 3935 Birch St., Newport Beach. (949) 9553737. Musical Theatre West - Year-round classes. (7-18). 4350 E. 7th St., Long Beach. (562) 856-1999, Ext. 232. MYART (Musical Youth Artists Repertory Theatre) - All ages. Rehearsals in Cypress. (800) 400-2985. Mysterium Theater - Ages 6-17. 311 S. Euclid, La Habra. (562) 697-3311. Phantom Projects Theatre Group - 15517 Phoebe Ave., La Mirada. (714) 690-2900. South Coast Repertory - Grades 3-12. 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 708-5577. The Kids’ Theater Company - All ages. Locations in Long Beach. (562) 209-1894.

Youth Theater Production Programs Acting Academy for Kids - 29292 Crown Valley Pkwy., Laguna Niguel. (949) 427-0072.

• Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Offers a range of courses and master classes for young people. 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 746-4000.

Arts & Learning Conservatory - Acting, voice, dance, instrumental instruction and live theater productions.

YaYa’s Performance Academy - Kids’ theater arts program culminating in a performance. (562) 3552004. Long Beach.

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camps Fall, winter and spring activity and specialty camps. Many places listed throughout Kidsguide offer camps, be sure to inquire. KG Tip: Visit the CampGuide at for more options, it’s updated regularly! Anaheim Community Services (714) 765-5219 CampVenture Day Camp (6-13) - Daily activities include crafts, movies, nature, science, cooking, sports, weekly excursion and more. Themed-weekly sessions, November 19 - January 4. 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Extended hours, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Call for fees. Boys and Girls Club Day camps (5-18) are offered at most branches during vacation breaks and school holidays, usually Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. (hours vary). Most clubs also offer overnight and leadership camps (13-18). Find your nearest location at Camp Fire 7070 E. Carson St., Long Beach (562) 421-2725, Thanksgiving, winter, and spring camps offered. Check website for dates, times, and fees. Costa Mesa Parks and Community Services (714) 754-5300, Winter Camp Costa Mesa (grades K-6) - Excursions, games, skits, arts and crafts, and more. December 24 - January 4 and February 19-22, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (No camp December 25, January 1 and February 18.) $165 per week. Spring Camp Costa Mesa (grades K-6) - Excursions, games, skits, arts and crafts, and more. April 8-12, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. $205 per week. Cypress Recreation and Parks (714) 229-6780, Camp Cypress Spring Camp (grades 1-6): March 11-15, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $21 per day, plus cost of mini excursions. Downey Parks and Recreation (562) 904-7223, Camp Avalanche, December 26 - January 4, 7 a.m. 6 p.m. Includes a daily snack and a weekly excursion. A sack lunch must be sent daily. Call or visit their website for more information on themes and trips included in this winter’s camp planning. Fullerton Parks and Recreation (714) 738-6575 Hillcrest Fall and Winter Day Camps - Kids (5-12) lots more fun at

get active outdoors and explore, create and learn through various arts, crafts and enrichment projects. Spring camp also available. Call for dates and fees. Irvine Community Services (949) 724-6610, Fall, winter and spring camps available. Visit their website for details. • Gryphon Fencing and Fitness Studio 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia (714) 519-1343, Go from Zero to Zorro! Vacation-break camps will teach your child the sport of fencing. In the popular Go Medieval camp, kids learn archery, fencing and

build a working catapult. Camps offer the chance to have fun, meet new friends, learn new skills and build confidence. Email: See ad on page 35. • Kidnastics 10712 Reagan St., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102, Are you looking for a fun-filled exciting program for your children to get into? Well, look no further. Kidnastics Gymnastics offers exciting seasonal winter, spring, and summer day camps for children ages 4 years and up. With flexible day camp programs, either for the day-to-day camper or the full week, your child will enjoy instructional gymnastics along with

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arts, crafts, games and much more. Visit the website or call the number listed for more program information. See ad on page 11. Lake Forest Community Services 25550 Commercentre Drive, Lake Forest (949) 273-6960, Holiday Hoopla Rockin’ Winter Camp and Winter Adventure Camp - December 26-28 and January 2-4. Etnies Fall Skate Camp also offered. Call for details, ages, and fees. • Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine (562) 570-3100, Fall and Winter School-Break Programs - Park community centers will be open for extended hours for youth recreation programs, November 19-21 and December 24 - January 4. El Dorado Nature Center Winter-Break Workshops One-day workshops teach science principals to kids, ages 5-8. December 26-29 and January 2-5. Workshops run 9 a.m. - noon. Each class is $15. Call for daily themes. See ad on front inside cover. Los Alamitos Recreation (562) 430-1073 Fall camp (5-12): Games, arts and crafts, outdoor activities, movies and more. November 19-21. Winter camp (5-12): December 26 - January 4. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; extended hours, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. $25-28 per day, $40-43 per extended day. • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach (562) 986-0066, My Gym Children’s Fitness Center offers one of the best camp programs in town! Camps are offered during Thanksgiving week, winter and spring break, and summer vacation; Tuesday - Friday. Children of all ages can enjoy a day of camp with hands-on arts and crafts, music, dance, games, and overall emphasis on learning solid skills and fundamentals in sports and gymnastics. Themed days and activities add to the fun and atmosphere of the program. Sign up for one day or up to four days per week. See ad on page 37. Newport Beach Recreation (949) 644-3151, The City of Newport Beach offers a variety of winter camps, including a modified City Day Camp, a camp during President’s Week (February 19-22), and spring-break camp (April 8-12). Call or visit website for pricing and more information. • Sandie Mercer Ranch at Lakewood Equestrian Center 11369 Carson St., Lakewood (562) 425-1905 Summer and holiday weekly extended lesson program at Sandie Mercer Ranch for ages 7-17. Learn all about horses: leading, grooming, bathing, parts of saddle and bridle, breed types, colors and markings, plus horseback riding two times daily. Weekly sessions, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Enrollment is limited. See Horseback Riding under Sports for year-round lessons. Email: See ad on page 37. 10 kidsguide fall/winter 2018/19

Signal Hill Community Services (562) 989-7330, Winter camp (grades K-5) - January 2-4, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. $30-42 per week. Signal Hill Park. Spring camp also offered, call or visit website for details. • Skatedogs (714) 313-8787, Kids make new friends, advance their skateboarding skills, and most importantly, have fun at Skatedogs’ school-break skateboarding camps offered in conjunction with the recreation departments of 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 also offer after-school and weekend classes, private lessons and birthday parties; see Parties and Skateboarding under Sports. See ad on page 39. The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center 2 Irvine Park Road, Orange (714) 923-3191, Year-round camp opportunities include outdoor science camp, overnight, academic and recreational day-use. The Fall Harvest camp gives campers the opportunity to get their hands in the dirt, harvest their own food, learn about sustainable practices and farming. Plus, STEM day camps and Activity Days. Operated by the Orange County Boy Scouts.

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EARTH For STEM-related attractions, including aquariums, museums and zoos, see Outings. • Blue Submarine (888) 218-8085, The Blue Submarine is a marine biology outreach program offering classes and activities for students pre-K through 8th grade. Topics are presented in an interactive format and live 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 30.

YMCA Individual branches offer day camp (5-15) during traditional and year-round school vacations. Overnight camp (7-18) may be offered throughout the school year. Family Camp (all ages) is held Halloween and Thanksgiving weekends. Financial assistance is available. Find your nearest location at

• Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200, Hands-on learning center that is dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages. The 20,000-squarefoot visitor center hosts the only Challenger Learning Center in the greater Los Angeles area where you can: Return to the Moon, go on a Voyage to Mars, and experience the real-life excitement of working in Mission Control or in the Spacecraft; available for field trips, team-building exercises and parties of 16 or more. They also hold engaging classes and workshops. In their hands-on, public robotics lab, visitors can program a robot to run a mission to collect rock samples, just like the actual rovers that are currently running tests on Mars. Participants are taught the principles of robotic programming, engineering, failure analysis and mission management. Robotics badge/patch workshops for scouts are also offered. Also see Calendar and Parties. See ad on page 23.

Youth Center Camp SHARK at Rossmoor Park 10909 Oak St., Los Alamitos (562) 493-4043, Camp SHARK (5-12) includes arts and crafts, games, sports, field trips, cultural enrichment days and contests. Fees start at $27. Weekly or daily options with extended hours available. Teen Camp is also available for kids (12-16) with sports, outdoor activities and field trips. Available winter and spring.

• El Dorado Nature Center Workshops 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach (562) 570-1745, One-day Parent and Me Workshops - Join El Dorado Nature Center for fun and exploration this fall and winter. Bring your imagination as you and your child celebrate the seasons with a special morning of crafts, stories and outdoor exploration, for ages 18 months to 5 years. 10-11:30 a.m. $20. Pre-registration is required for all classes. Visit their website or come in to register. See schedule below.

• Vans Skatepark Holiday Skate Clinics 20 City Blvd., West, Orange (714) 769-3800, December 8 and 15: Vans Skatepark in Orange, a 40,000-square-foot facility, offers two Holiday Clinics on Saturday, December 8 and 15. Instruction is offered for beginner to advanced street skateboarders, ages 6-16. Pizza lunch is included. Clinic hours: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free clinics open to the public, see associate for details. Space is limited, so sign up today. See ad on page 27.

Spooky Spectacular - Create Halloween crafts, October 10. Amazing Autumn - Explore textures and color as you make decorations for fall, November 14. Call for additional workshops. lots more fun at


Winter-Break Workshops are also offered; see Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine under Camps for details.

Randall Planetarium at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) - 1100 N. Grand Ave., Walnut. (909) 274-5795.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena Various workshops, events, science projects and contests, plus science resources for kids.

Santa Monica College: The John Drescher Planetarium - 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 4343005.

Makerspaces & Robotics The following locations offer STEM classes, camps and workshops, plus robotics and maker activities. BrainStorm Studios Irvine. Build It Workspace - 4388 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos. (714) 947-0800. • Columbia Memorial Space Center - At LA’s only public robotics lab, program a robot to collect rocks samples, just like the actual rovers that are currently running tests on Mars. In this hands-on exhibit, learn the principles of programming, engineering, failure analysis and mission management. Robotics scout badge/ patch workshops are also offered. See Museums for complete listing. 12400 Columbia Way, Downey. (562) 231-1200. See ad on page 23. The Studio at Long Beach Main Library - 101 Pacific Ave., Long Beach. (562) 570-5756. www. Urban Workshop - 365-A Clinton St., Costa Mesa. (949) 296-2153. Makersville - Long Beach. (562) 225-9589. www. Moving Mindz - 4000 Long Beach Blvd., Ste. 205, Long Beach. (562) 318-9966. Shared Science - Long Beach. (562) 285-3942. Museums For science-focused destinations, see Attractions and Museums for locations and contact information. Observatories and Planetariums Griffith Observatory - Free monthly Star Parties. Closed Monday. Free; tickets required for some programs. 2800 E. Observatory Road, Los Angeles. (213) 473-0800. Mount Wilson Observatory - Self and guided (April November) tours. Closed December 1 - March 31. Red Box - Mount Wilson Road, Mount Wilson. (626) 4409016. Orange Coast College: The Planetarium - Opens fall 2018. 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa. (714) 4325072. Palomar Observatory - Self (daily) and guided tours (weekends, April - October) and special events. 35899 Canfield Road, Palomar Mountain. (760) 7422119. 12 kidsguide fall/winter 2018/19

Tessmann Planetarium at Santa Ana College - 1530 W. 17th, Building M, Santa Ana. (714) 564-6356. UCLA Planetarium - Free planetarium shows every Wednesday night followed by telescope viewing. UCLA, Mathematical Sciences Building, Room 8224. Plus, check out the UCLA Meteorite Collection in the geology building, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Odyssey of the Mind Groups purchase a membership and form small teams (grades K-college) to solve competitive problems. Teams work on solutions throughout the school year and present them in spring competitions. Southern California Rocketry Clubs Rocketry Organization of Southern California, www.; Southern California Rocket Association,; Tripoli-San Diego,; D.A.R.T. Rocketry, www.; and Friends of Amateur Rocketry,



Chess Programs for Kids Chess Palace - Weekly classes for grades K-12 and adults. Plus, tournaments and camps. 5246 Lampson Ave., Garden Grove. (310) 594-3475. Downey Chess Club - Monthly classes for grades K-8, plus tournaments and lectures. 9813 Paramount Blvd., Downey. (562) 209-6049. Libraries Many libraries offer homework help, including academic workshops and story times. To find library locations, visit www.kidsguidemagazine. com and search Libraries. • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach (562) 986-0066, My Gym offers Preschool Prep Early Learning Program. In their commitment to educate the whole child, the program focuses on imparting to children the skills needed to excel in preschool and beyond. This 2-3 hour, drop-off program for 23 months - 5

years focuses on making learning fun and exciting in the familiar and nurturing atmosphere of My Gym. Tuesday, 12-2:30 p.m., and Wednesday, 12:30-3 p.m. See ad on page 37. Recreation Departments, Boys and Girls Clubs, Community Colleges and YMCA Anaheim Community Services Department - Tiny Tots Academy provides an educational environment to foster a lifelong love of learning. 2- to 5-day classes available. (714) 765-5191. Boys and Girls Clubs - All branches provide homework tutoring. College Prep is offered at some locations. See Youth and Family Programs on page 13. Cerritos College, Community Education - Year-round after-school math tutoring (grades 7-12). (562) 4675050. Chapman University - Reading and writing tutoring (grades 1-5), at the Kathleen Muth Reading Center, taught by students earning their teaching credentials. (714) 997-6613. Cypress Recreation and Community Services - Tutoring Club (grades pre-K-12) arranged by individual appointment. $140 for four, one-hour sessions; continuous registration. (714) 229-6780. Fountain Valley Community Services - Preschool Trilingual Immersion Programs (3-5), Getting Ready For Preschool (2½-3½ ), Writing Enrichment (8-12), English and Math Enrichment (6-12), Trilingual Immersion (612), Speech and Debate (8-18), Teen Math Enrichment (12-18), Teen Writing Enrichment (12-18), Teen Trilingual Enrichment (12-18), Preschool Phonics, Painting and Play (2-4), and OC Tiny Tots Preschool Academy (3½-5). (714) 839-8611. Fullerton Parks and Recreation - Math and Reading Development (grades 2-6), and Reading Development Sound-Start (grades K-1). (714) 7386575. Irvine Community Services Department - A variety of academic courses are available, such as college prep, foreign language, math, public speaking, reading and STEM. Visit website for details. (949) 724-6610. • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Free after-school tutoring programs are available at some parks throughout the school year. Academic classes taught by Readwrite Educational Solutions: Math Development and Reading Development (4½-12), Sound-Start Reading (4½-7), Parent and Me Pre-K Readiness (2-3), and Readwrite Kinder Prep (4-5½). (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www. See ad on page 21. • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Parents and Me Pre-K Readiness (2-3), Readwrite Kinder Prep (4-5), Experiential Writing (8-12), Experiential Writing: Camp Survival (8-12), Math Development (6½-11), Reading Development (6½-11½) and Spanish Language Immersion (2-6). (562) 5703100. See ad on the front inside cover. lots more fun at

Mission Viejo Recreation - Homework Help (grades 2-6), Middle School Math Homework Lab (grades 6-8), Homework Assistance Lab, and college prep workshops for teens. (949) 470-3000. www. North Orange Continuing Education (NOCE) Anaheim, Cypress and Fullerton - Reading Tutorial: Reading and Writing Review (grades 1-2), Basic Reading Skills (ages 4-5), Creative Writing (grades 1-2 and 5-6), Common Core Reading and Writing Prep (grades 3-4 and 5-6), Common Core Reading Comprehension Skills (grades 1-2), and Reading and Comprehension (grades 3-4); $75-80. Math: PreAlgebra (grades 6+), Math Common Core (grades 1-6), Pre-Algebra Concepts (grades 6+), Algebra (grades 7+), PSAT/NMSQT Math Test Prep and SAT/ACT Prep-Math; $75-150. Public Speaking for Children (8-12), $75. Common Core: Preparation for Computer Keyboarding (grades 2-3 and 4-6), $75. (714) 808-4909. Orange Community Services - Warwar Academy Tutoring (8-17). (714) 417-8878. Stanton Recreation - Math tutoring offered by the Young Leaders of Orange County (grades 2-6). Free. Limited space available, pre-registration required by calling. (714) 379-0129. Tustin Community Services - Reading Readiness (3-6), Abacus Class (5-12), Reading and Math Development (6.5-11.5), Spanish for Kids (6-10), Reading and Writing (5-12), Speed Reading and Vocabulary Building (11-16), and Study Skills and Test Taking Techniques (11-16). (714) 573-3326. YMCAs - Youth and Government (10-12) and/or

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

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Boys and Girls Clubs Supervised activities (5-18) after school and during school vacations (see Camps), including crafts, field trips, homework help, career development, dance classes, sports, teen programs, leadership groups, clubs, community service, and before and after-school care. Some branches offer special-needs inclusion and/or preschool child development centers. Meals and/or snacks may be provided at some locations. Scholarships are available for qualifying families. Find your nearest location at

Big Brothers, Big Sisters Greater LA County (213) 213-2400 Orange County (714) 544-7773 Catholic Big Brothers (213) 251-9800 Jewish Big Brothers (323) 761-8675 Local branches match boys and girls with adult mentors who provide friendship and guidance. Catholic Big Brothers offer bilingual, deaf and hearing-challenged programs. Free.

Camp Fire Camp Fire Angeles (562) 421-2725 Inland and OC Council (909) 982-5400, Camp Fire Angeles - Programs include small club/ groups, camps, arts and service programs. Inland and OC Council - Kids and teens participate in

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Los Alamitos Recreation - Supersitters (11+), Kids Cooking Academy (5-12), Understanding UC Personal Insight Questions (15+), Experiential Writing Classes/Camps (8-12), Build It Workshops (5-13), and Los Alamitos Volunteer Program (11-17). (562) 430-1073.

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community service opportunities. After-school clubs and camps are available on some school sites; open enrollment may be offered. Cerritos College Community Education 11110 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk (562) 467-5050, Year-round classes in piano (6-14, 3 levels), guitar (8-13), Community Band and Community Orchestra (10+), plus math tutoring. City Recreation Departments Most city recreation departments offer youth and family programs. Contact nearby departments for information. Girl Scouts Greater Los Angeles (213) 213-0123 Orange County (800) 979-9444, Girls (5-17) participate in a collection of activities and experiences in arts, STEM, financial literacy, community involvement, healthy living, safety, the outdoors, leadership and career exploration. There are several ways to participate, including troops, independent Girl Scouts, camps, travel and events. Local adult volunteers are needed to form new troops. Girls Inc. of Orange County 1815 Anaheim Ave., Costa Mesa (714) 597-8600, Year-round programming for girls (grades K-12) focusing on academic achievement, life skills, and personal development. After-school and vacation camp programs available. Jewish Community Centers The following centers offer enrichment classes, preschools, family events, support groups, vacationbreak camps and teen-specific programming. Alpert Jewish Community Center (562) 426-7601 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach. Chabad Jewish Center (949) 721-9800 2240 University Drive, Newport Beach. Merage Jewish Center of OC (949) 435-3400 1 Federation Way, Irvine. • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services 5050 Clark Ave. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408 Programs include: baseball, basketball, cooking, dance (ballet, tap, hip-hop, hula, Polynesian, adaptive, Baby Doll and Cutie Pies), flag football, gymnastics, horseback riding, martial arts, music (drums, violin, piano, Pop/Rock Singers, musical theater, ukulele and Babies Love Music, Toddlers Love Music and Kids Love Music), skateboarding, softball, ice skating, ice hockey, soccer, swim instruction, tennis, track and field, tutoring (see Tutoring and Academics), and volleyball. Plus, adaptive recreation programming for those with special needs. Visit their website for events and classes. See ad on page 21. • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine 2760 Studebaker Road (562) 570-3100 14 kidsguide fall/winter 2018/19

Academics (see Tutoring and Academics), archery, baseball (T-ball), basketball (free coed leagues), boating and sailing classes, cooking, no-cost dropin after-school programs, dance (baby dance, preballet and ballet, tap, cultural, break dancing), fashion makeup, coed flag football, disc and foot golf, golf, gymnastics, horseback riding, martial arts, music (piano, guitar/bass, drums, exploring instruments, glee, parent/me, ukulele), musical theater, parties (see Leeway Sailing Center in Parties), skateboarding, ice skating, hockey, soccer (free coed, boys’ and girls’ leagues, and Pee Wee), swimming (recreational, lessons, parent/me), teen centers, tennis, and volleyball (free girls’ leagues), plus workshops at the El Dorado Nature Center (see STEM). Visit for events and classes. See ad on front inside cover. North Orange Continuing Education Locations in Anaheim, Cypress and Fullerton. A variety of arts and crafts, dance, music, theater, cooking, language, STEM, play groups, and sports classes are available. Enjoy classes such as Drawing and Sketching (5-7 and 8+), Cartoon Drawing (8+), Jazz Hip Hop (5-6 and 7+), Playing the Cello Beginner I and II (7+), Vocal for Kids (7-10 and 11+), You and Me Cooking Class (5-7), Fun with Baking (12+), Rock N’ Learn Spanish (5-7), Math Common Core (grades 1-6), PSAT and SAT Math Prep, Developmental Movement (1-4), Joyful Parenting: Creative Art, Music and Movement (1-5), Beginning Water Polo (9-14), Pee Wee Baseball (4-6 and 6+), Basketball Clinics (4-6, 7-9 and 10+), Tiny Tot Tumbling (18 mos - 3 years), Judo/Ju-jitsu (6-13), Pee Wee Soccer (4-8), Beginning and Advanced Tennis (6+), and Indoor Court Volleyball (13-17). Police Activities League (PAL) Year-round youth (5-17) program sponsored by police departments. Activities include arts and crafts, sports, computers, community service, homework help and field trips. Chapters in Anaheim, Santa Ana, and South Gate. Chapter contact information is found on their website under the “Membership” tab. Free. Power 4 Youth (562) 386-2428 Middle-school students are matched with a volunteer for one-on-one academic mentoring at supervised locations in Long Beach and surrounding areas. Field trips are offered, plus career guidance. $10 registration fee. YMCA Programs for the entire family include child-care, fitness, teen clubs, day and resident camps (see Camps), youth sports, aquatics and gymnastics. Parent/child programs (grades K+) are also offered to promote companionship between parents and their children (father/mother and son/daughter). The Trailblazer program is available for older children (9-17) and their parents. Many YMCAs also offer off-site programs at schools and recreation facilities, and accept third-party funding such as GAIN or CAL Works. Find your nearest location at

family resources • Photography - OC Studios by Lizette 4549 Cerritos Ave., Ste. A, Cypress (562) 355-2545, OC Studios by Lizette makes preserving the memories of your child’s early years stress-free. This studio specializes in maternity and newborn, through elementary-school age. They provide the digital images from the portrait session so that you can print and frame all of your favorites. First birthdays are perfect for their Cake Smash session. Their 1,000-square-foot studio has multiple set-ups at a time and their holiday sets are a favorite. Be sure to visit their website and sign up for the free newsletter to see the variety of services and specialty holiday sessions they offer. They also have monthly pop-up events—a great balance of boutique photography at an even more affordable price. Email: ocstudiosbylizette@gmail. com. See ad on page 41.

CHILD CARE & BABYSITTING Also see: Play Groups on page 16, and Youth and Family Programs on page 13. • Children’s Home Society of California Greater Long Beach (562) 256-7490 Orange County (714) 543-2273 A central coordinating link for child care and child development services. Parents can obtain free information on licensed child-care facilities that match their needs. Listings are maintained on licensed child-care centers, family child-care homes, before and after-school programs, public and private schools, and child-care assistance programs. 4900 Airport Plaza, Ste. 100, Long Beach; 333 South Anita Drive, Ste. 350, Orange. See ad on page 1. Hourly Baby Sitting The following websites provide a search for sitters in your area:,, www. and Information and Referrals The following organizations offer information about, and referrals to, child-care programs and providers.

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First 5 California - Resource line to locate child care in your area. (916) 263-1050. Greater Long Beach - Family Child Care Association provides free referrals to licensed family child care in the provider’s home (infants - school age). www. Care Association - A free referral service for parents seeking licensed, in-home child care. Includes referrals to providers for children with special needs. Sitter Training Training for boys and girls (10+) covering basic first aid, child behavior, safety skills and how to market their new services,; and American Red Cross, Classes are also offered through city recreation departments.

Infant, Children, and Adolescent Medicine Comprehensive General Practice Pediatric Care School Underachievement John Samson, M.D., F.A.A.P. • Michael L. Goodin, M.D., F.A.A.P. L. Philippe Theriot, M.D., F.A.A.P. • Peter W. Welty, M.D., F.A.A.P. Lori A. Livingston, M.D., F.A.A.P. • Brinda Singh, M.D., F.A.A.P Nicolas Ripp, M.D., F.A.A.P.

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Also see: Emergency Resources on page 43. • Chang Orthodontics 4608 Katella Ave., Ste. 201, Los Alamitos (562) 430-0541 Their goal is to provide patients with the right combination of advanced orthodontic technology and a personal human touch. By placing an emphasis on communication, they strive to ensure every patient understands what it takes to make a healthy, beautiful smile. They also want to provide you with the highest quality orthodontic care in a family-friendly, fun and cooperative environment. Drs. Russell Chang and Christine Chung use only proven techniques and technology and tailor treatment for each patient’s specific needs and concerns. See ad on page 16.

• Connie Wax, LCSW #27430 Individual, Couple, Family & Child Counselor 5182 Katella, Ste. 206, Los Alamitos (714) 300-3163 Specializing in therapy for gifted and talented children, adults and their families, Connie is committed to assisting parents in navigating the often rough waters of child rearing. See complete listing under Support Groups and Parent Education. See ad on page 17. • Mark A. Garlington D.D.S. Orthodontics for Children and Adults 5479 E. Abbeyfield, Ste. #1, Long Beach (562) 439-4553, At Garlington Orthodontics, you are always greeted with a smile and a warm welcome when you

set foot in their office. They take pride in providing the best care in both a friendly and comfortable environment. Some of the latest technological advances, such as digital imaging, advanced computer graphics and iTero (Digital Impression System) have allowed them to become experts in a variety of treatments. Dr. Garlington is a top 1% provider of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. They believe that every patient should be treated like family with the utmost attention and care. Whether you are a child, teen or adult, their knowledgeable doctor, and team are committed to helping you achieve your dream smile. See ad with discount coupon on this page. • Pediatric Medical Center 2921 Redondo Ave., Long Beach (562) 426-5551

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Children’s Dental Health Clinic (562) 933-3141 Dental services for economically disadvantaged children (infant-21).

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Member American Association of Orthodontics PMC provides comprehensive medical care for patients from birth through college with special expertise in: school underachievement and complex diagnostic and management problems. The team of physicians offer greater than 120 years of cumulative clinical pediatric experience and expertise. Each physician is active in the education and training of pediatric residents and medical students. This allows them to offer a unique combination of skills for the care of your child based on both academic and community pediatric medical experience. Their informative website offers a wide range of articles on parenting and health issues. See ad on page 15. Food Banks Long Beach Food Bank, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, www.lafoodbank. org. Orange County Food Bank, www.ocfoodbank. org/need-help. Second Harvest Food Bank, www. Low-Cost Health Services and Resources The following agencies provide low-cost medical/ dental referrals or services to families. Bilingual. Additional resources can be found by calling 211 health lines for LA and OC, or visiting www.211LA. org or Boys and Girls Club ARCHES (714) 532-7940 Variety of health and family services. The Children’s Clinic (844) 822-4646 Medical, dental/orthodontic, optometric/ophthalmic and behavioral/mental health services. Call center open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Seven locations in Long Beach and Bellflower.

CHOC Children’s Clinics (714) 509-8887 Medical services, including a variety of specialties. Five locations: Costa Mesa, Garden Grove, Newport Beach, Orange and Santa Ana. community-education Cypress Community College Dental Clinic (714) 484-7299 Low-cost teeth cleaning and oral disease exam performed by student hygienists. 9200 Valley View St., Cypress. Immunization Referrals Long Beach Orange County

(562) 570-SHOT (800) 564-8448

Los Angeles County 211 Locate free to low-cost immunizations for infants and kids. Smile Line OC (714) 537-0700 Referrals for low-cost pediatric dentistry in Orange County. Also offers Smile Clinic, which caters to children with physical and developmental special needs. University Eye Center at Ketchum Health (714) 463-7500 Low-cost exams. 5460 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim. For free and low-cost medical clinics in Orange County, visit; and for Los Angeles County, visit www.tinyurl. com/LAhealthservices.

PLAY GROUPS Classes and groups for young children with varying parent participation. • Gymboree Play & Music Aliso Viejo (949) 680-7187 Anaheim Hills (714) 283-4386 Fullerton (714) 449-2000 Cypress (562) 429-4886 Encourage development through play and learning with the Gymboree Play & Music program, designed to support your child’s growth at his own individual pace. From sensory stimulation to problem-solving games and storytelling, their play classes encourage children (newborn - 5 years) to stretch the body and mind with play-based activities. See ad on page 13; coupon on page 42. Parents Play Groups Meetup Play Groups - A web resource that offers

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links to local specialized play and parent groups, such as “OMG. I’m a Mom (Young Moms of OC),” “LA Dads Group” and “Kids’ Activities in Irvine.” My Village - Family play space for infants and children up to 6 years old. Play groups, workshops, support groups, and more. Find classes on their website, (657) 859-1719. 719 N. Poinsettia St., Santa Ana. Parent-participation play groups and preschools (33 mos-5 yrs) are run independently by parents with a certified director at each session. Levels of parent commitment vary. Visit the website for a list of local schools. Play-Group Gyms Gymboree Play and Music - Aliso Viejo, Anaheim Hills/Yorba Linda, Cypress, Fullerton, Irvine, and Torrance, My Gym - Buena Park, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Niguel, Long Beach (see ad on page 37), Rancho Santa Margarita, Redondo Beach, Tustin/Irvine, Torrance, and Yorba Linda, Oodles - Cerritos, The Little Gym - Lakewood, Torrance, and Tustin, We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym - Long Beach, Redondo Beach, Woodland Hills, Whittier, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Laguna Hills, and Agoura Hills,

SPECIAL NEEDS KG Tip: Also see programs listed throughout Kidsguide, they are often open to specialneeds families. AD/HD Support Group and Resources Resources for support groups and professional services. Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), (800) 233-4050, Autism Programs Autism Behavior Services, (855) 581-0100, www. Autism Learning Partners, Autism Society of America, (800) 328-8476, www. Autism Speaks, (888) 2884762, TACA, Talk About Curing Autism, (855) 726-7810, The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, (888) 962-5437, www.thecenter4autism. org. We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym, (818) 7080860, Arts Programs for Special Needs Down for Dance (949) 478-3224 A dance program for individuals with Down syndrome. Segerstrom Center for the Arts Dance School for Children with Disabilities (714) 556-2787 lots more fun at

Family Resources and Referrals Comprehensive directories and/or referrals are available for parents of children with special needs through the following agencies: Comfort Connection, (714) 796-5100, Family Support Network, (714) 447-3301, www. Harbor Regional Center, (310) 540-1711, Help Me Grow, (866) 476-9025, www.helpmegrowoc. org. Life Without Limits, (949) 333-6400, www. Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK), (866) 828-8275, • FEIG Law Firm - Special Needs Trusts, Wills, Probate & Family Law 780 Roosevelt, Ste. 220, Irvine (949) 689-9715, “Preparing Today Eases Tomorrow.” FEIG Law Firm specializes in providing legal counsel in a variety of practice areas for individuals and families, including Special Needs Trusts. Scott Feig, J.D., M.A., attorney-at-law, understands the myriad of family dynamics and how essential it is to develop estate plans to meet each client’s needs. See Support Groups & Parent Education for complete listing. See ad on this page. • Kelly Summer Music Therapy Studio Long Beach (562) 833-6444 Music therapy for children with developmental disabilities is offered with Kelly Summer Music Therapy Studio. Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic environment. Music therapy can help your child to reach educational/IEP goals, improve communication, improve gross/fine motor skills, express feelings, and improve emotional and affective development. Also see Music. See ad on page 8. Learning Disabilities Creative Solutions For Hope, (714) 881-0427, www. Dyslexia Foundation, (941) 8070499, International Dyslexia Association, (410) 296-0232, Learning Disabilities Association, (909) 621-1494, • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900 Special events are offered monthly for families with children on the autism spectrum or with physical disabilities. These events allow children and their parents/caretakers to play in a sensitivefriendly environment along with other families. Also see Attractions under Outings, Calendar and Parties. See ad on page 21.

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Expertise in working with gifted children and adults. (714) 300-3163 • Sports for Special Needs Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball - Offers Buddy Baseball for kids (5-20) with special needs. (800) 880-3142. HoopStars - Basketball for children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. Three leagues in Anaheim, Fullerton and Pomona Valley. Little League Baseball and Softball - Little League Challenger teams for boys and girls (422) with special needs. Register in August for fall/winter season and November for spring season. Use your zip code to find a local league on their website or find resources to start a league. Special Olympics - Sports training and competition for children (8+) with limited intellectual and physical abilities. Divisions based on age and performance; everyone may participate regardless of ability. Visit their website for locations. www.

Spirit League - A sports league for children and young adults with special needs. The program includes three sports per year: basketball (January - March), baseball (April - June) and soccer (September - November). (714) 417-9553. www. The Miracle League - Baseball for boys and girls with special needs. (770) 760-1933. www. • Top Flight Street Hockey & Ice Hockey Huntington Beach Inline (714) 901-2629 Lakewood ICE (562) 429-1805 The Rinks offer street hockey and ice hockey for participants with special needs, all ages and ability levels are welcome. Participants practice weekly, learn fundamentals and play games. No previous experience is required and gear can be provided. Top Flight Street Hockey is offered at The Rinks Huntington Beach Inline and Top Flight Ice Hockey is offered at The Rinks - Lakewood ICE.

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Dance and music school for children with disabilities, such as visual impairment, autism, cerebral palsy, and Down Syndrome, as well as children that are developmentally typical, to explore movement, music and creativity. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


SUPPORT GROUPS & PARENT EDUCATION Also see: Play Groups on page 16, and Emergency Resources on page 43. Breast-Feeding and Pregnancy Support Breast Feeding Clinic - Long Beach, (562) 5955479. Doulas of North America (bilingual) - (888) 788-3662, • Children’s Home Society of California (CHS) Resource and Referral Greater Long Beach (562) 256-7490 Orange County (714) 543-2273 Resource and Referral offers a variety of child care resources to the community, such as child care referrals, resources for assessing the quality of child care services, workshops, and a lending 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 page 1. • Connie Wax, LCSW #27430 Individual, Couple, Family and Child Counselor 5182 Katella, Ste. 206, Los Alamitos (714) 300-3163 Specializing in therapy for gifted and talented children, adults and their families. Connie came to appreciate the unique needs of this group while raising her own gifted children. Her personal experience blossomed into a passion for helping parents of the gifted guide and support their children towards a fulfilling and meaningful life. Connie is committed to assisting parents in navigating the often rough waters of child rearing. Her own personal experiences, along with 15 years of clinical expertise, make her a unique resource for the community. Connie is certified to facilitate SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) parent groups. In addition to working with the gifted, she treats all life issues. See ad on page 17. • FEIG Law Firm Trusts, Wills, Probate, Family Law 780 Roosevelt, Ste. 220, Irvine (949) 689-9715, “Preparing Today Eases Tomorrow.” FEIG Law Firm specializes in a variety of practice areas. They provide legal counsel for individuals and families seeking guidance with: Special Needs Trusts, Wills, Trusts, Probate, Trust Litigation and Family Law. Scott Feig, J.D., M.A., attorney-at-law, offers legal guidance to clients and also works as an adjunct law professor. Scott understands the myriad of family dynamics and how essential it is to develop

estate plans to meet each client’s needs. Overall, Scott’s problem-solving skills, along with his genuine concern for clients, are fundamentals that are essential to FEIG Law Firm. Trust that FEIG Law Firm will advocate strategically and vigorously for you and walk away feeling confident that your legal matters are good in hands. See ad on page 17. LGBT Support Support programs for gay fathers and lesbian mothers, as well as for LGBTQ youth and their families: Long Beach, 2017 E. 4th St., (562) 4344455,; Los Angeles, seven locations and a youth center, (323) 993-7400,; and Orange County, 1605 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana, (714) 953-5428, www. • Orange County Department of Child Support Services 1055 N. Main St., Santa Ana (866) 901-3212, The Orange County Department of Child Support Services provides professional, cost-effective services to parents or caretakers of minor children. They offer a Solutions for Parents program, including the establishment and enforcement of child support orders through exclusive enforcement tools, establishment of legal paternity through genetic testing, complete account maintenance, and exceptional customer service to assist customers every step of the way. For more information, call their office or visit them online. See ad on page 19. Parent and Baby Support Groups Doulas of Orange County - Various support groups including breastfeeding support and postpartum support. Plus, parenting workshops. 17985 Sky Park Circle, Ste. A, Irvine. (949) 791-7164. www. Hoag Hospital - Mom and baby support classes and hotline. (949) 764-BABY (2229). babylinehoag Memorial Medical Center - Support group for new mothers (18+); moms are encouraged to bring their baby. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - noon. Registration encouraged. (800) 636-6742. MOMS Orange County - Home visits and group classes for families; services are offered at no cost to Orange County residents who qualify for the program. 1128 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana. (800) 787-5858. The New Mom School - Postnatal education and support groups; ten-week sessions, $550. 200 Newport Center Drive, Ste. 306, Newport Beach. (949) 679-4872. Parenting Classes Through Community Agencies Children’s Learning Connection - Kids’ behavior classes, 18 kidsguide fall/winter 2018/19

plus special needs classes. Laguna Hills, Fountain Valley and Orange. Parenting Information and Classes at Hospitals Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), www.; MemorialCare Hospitals,; UC Irvine Healthcare, events; and Hoag Hospital, School District Parent Education Classes - Most districts offer adult schools that provide parent education and/or resource centers that offer classes, programs and materials for parents and families. Call your local district for referrals. For those in Orange County, also visit Families and Communities Together at • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900, Special monthly events provide parents with important resources to help them stay on track of their child’s healthy development. Parents with children (0-18 mos) are invited to Pretend City every second Monday for Baby Steps through the City. Way-to-Play Days on the second Friday of each month are also excellent opportunities for gathering information and resources. Good to Go parent workshops are offered the fourth Monday of each month. Also see Attractions, Calendar and Parties. See ad on page 21. Seriously Ill and Bereavement Support Groups Art and Creativity for Healing - (949) 367-1902, Kids Konnected - (949) 5825443, New Hope Grief Support Community - (562) 429-0075, New Hope Family Camp and parent workshops, 3443 San Anseline, Long Beach, Pathways Volunteer Hospice, (562) 531-3031, www. Support Groups for Parents Boot Camp for New Dads and Moms - Offered at five Orange County locations for dads, www. Offered in Anaheim, Irvine, and Laguna Hills for moms, www. Meetup Play Groups - Offers links to local parent support groups. Enter your zip code along with a search such as “Dad Support Group,” “Mom Support Group” or “Parent Support Group.” www. MOMS Club - Play groups, Moms’ Night Out, cooking clubs, community service and field trips. www. Mothers of Multiples - Information and resources, plus meet-up groups.,, Parents Without Partners - Provides single parents and their children with an environment for support, friendship and the exchange of parenting techniques.

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Also see: Museums, Trains and Zoos in this section, Bowling and Skating and Hockey under Sports, and the editorial on pages 3-4. • 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, birthday party or team party! The price is right, too. All-day unlimited rides: adults or children, $19.95; seniors (55 and

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over), $15.95. AAA discount available for up to six regular-price admissions per card. Free parking. See ad on page 19.


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Aquariums and Marine-Science Destinations Aquarium of the Pacific (562) 590-3100 More than 11,000 ocean animals are featured in three main galleries with 19 major habitats and 32 focus exhibits, including over 500 different species. Educational programs also available as well as annual events and camps. Admission: adults, $29.95; kids (3-11), $17.95; seniors (62+), $26.95. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. www. Birch Aquarium (858) 534-3474 Daily animal feedings as well as educational, handson visitor activities. Adults, $18.50; kids (3-17), $14. UC San Diego, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. www. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (310) 548-7562 Thirty-five saltwater tanks and touch tanks, plus discovery labs and an Aquatic Nursery with baby sea animals. Ongoing science programs include tours, workshops and classes, camps, youth docents, family programs, annual events, tidepool walks and grunion runs. Suggested admission donation: $1-5. 3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pedro. Legoland’s Sea Life Aquarium (760) 918-5346 Features play zones, touch pools, fun facts and quiz trails, as well as jellyfish, sea horses, stingrays and sharks. New this year: Sea at Night, an exhibit where you can walk a simulated coastline under the stars, and splash in waves projected on the ground, giving the effect of a crashing tide. $20-22. One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad. Ocean Institute (949) 496-2274 Interactive exhibits, marine life, touch tanks and ecology and whale-watching cruises, plus presentations and Sunday tours aboard the tallship Pilgrim. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point. Roundhouse Aquarium (310) 379-8117 Classes, camps and parties also offered. Donations: $2 per person; $5 per family. Manhattan Beach Pier. Santa Monica Pier Aquarium (310) 393-6149 Year-round field-trip programs, kids’ classes, party packages and special-themed event days. Adults, $5; and kids (12 and under), free. 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica. The SEA Lab (310) 318-7438 Free and low-cost programs, touch-tank tours, public fish feedings, field trips and parties. Admission: $5. 1021 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach.

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• Big Air Trampoline Park Laguna Hills (949) 305-9788 Buena Park (844) 550-JUMP Big Air Trampoline Parks are the area’s best indoor trampoline parks. Unique features include Battle Beam, The X Wall, Lil Air (for jumpers ages 7 and

younger), Open Main Court, Dodgeball Courts, Foam Pit, Slam Dunk Basketball and a brand new trampoline laser maze in Laguna Hills! Big Air is the perfect location for birthday and team parties, group trips, and corporate team building (see Parties). Seasonal park promotions and specials are listed at www. Reservations for groups of 15+ are required and made online or by calling Event Sales. See ad with discount coupon on page 28. Boat Cruises and Whale Watching Catalina - The following companies offer passenger service to Catalina Island: Catalina Express, from Dana Point, Long Beach and San Pedro ports, also offers a free ride on birthdays, must register on their website before booking ride, (800) 613-1212, www. Catalina Flyer, from Newport Bay Harbor, (949) 673-5245, Harbor Breeze Cruise and LA Waterfront Cruises 45-minute narrated tours of the harbor. Long Beach: (562) 432-4900, San Pedro: (310) 547-9916, Spirit Cruises - Long Beach and Los Angeles harbors, Whale Watching: Aquarium of the Pacific’s Gray Whale Watch, Long Beach, (562) 590-3100, www. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, through mid-April, San Pedro. (310) 548-7770, Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari, Dana Point, (949) 488-2828, Dana Wharf Whale Watching, Dana Point, (949) 4965794, Harbor Breeze Cruise and LA Waterfront Cruises, Long Beach, (562) 432-4900,, and San Pedro, (310) 547-9916, www.lawaterfrontcruises. com. Ocean Institute, see listing in this section. Newport Landing Whale Watching, 309 Palm St., Ste. A, Newport Beach, (949) 675-0551, www. • Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200, The 20,000-square-foot, hands-on learning center is dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to all ages. It is also the national memorial for the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia’s seven crew members. See Museums for complete listing. See ad on page 23. Family Fun Centers For a listing of family fun centers in Long Beach metro, and Los Angeles and Orange counties, search “Family Fun Centers” on www.kidsguidemagazine. com. Also see Golf N’ Stuff in this section. Family-Friendly Escape Rooms Most places offer birthday party packages. Check sites such as Goldstar or Groupon for discount tickets. Square Room Escape - Irvine, (949) 250-4161, Escape Room LA Kid-friendly rooms for children ages 8-13 (the entire room must be purchased, 10-12 tickets), Los Angeles, (213) 689-3229, www.escaperoomla. com/parties. Brainy Actz - Irvine, (949)-647lots more fun at


0184, Cross Roads Escape Games - Kid-friendly version of The Fun House for children under age 13, Anaheim, (714) 572-1004, • Fillmore & Western Railway 364 Main St., Fillmore (805) 524-2546, This legendary railroad is home to vintage passenger and dining cars that date back as far as 1914. It’s also home to a 1913 fully restored and operating #14 Baldwin Steam Engine. Fillmore and Western is known as the “Home of the Movie Trains” that have been used in many film productions. All year long they offer a variety of train tours (see Calendar). For complete listing and ad, see page 25. • Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk (562) 868-9956, Take a break and have fun at Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park! Offers challenging miniature golf and exciting rides, including go-karts, bumper boats and kiddie train. While you’re there, check out the latest in arcade games, great prizes, snack bar, and party facilities for birthday or team parties (see Parties). Ask about their free school and doctors’ office incentive programs. Where the 5 and 605 freeways meet. Also see Calendar and Parties. See ad with coupons on page 20. Local Ships For the tallship Pilgrim, see Ocean Institute under Aquariums and Marine-Science Destinations in this section. Queen Mary (877) 342-0738 Group, educational and themed tours and exhibits. Visit website for tickets and information. 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach. S.S. Lane Victory (310) 519-9545 Self-tours offered on the museum ship, that once was a cargo ship used in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War. Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission: $3-7. Berth 49, San Pedro. USS Iowa (877) 446-9261 Interactive tour offers an experience of living and serving on the ship. Kid’s scavenger hunt and youth overnight program are also offered. Adults, $19.95; kids (6-11), $11.95. 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro. USS Midway Museum (619) 544-9600 Audio tours, exhibits, and flight simulators aboard a historic Navy aircraft carrier that served from 19451992. Admission: $10-23. 910 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego. Observatories and Planetariums For details and contact information, see STEM under Enrichment. Playgrounds See Indoor Playgrounds on page 42. • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900 Pretend City Children’s Museum is an interconnectlots more fun at

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ed city designed for children (infant-8). The city is comprised of a grocery store, farm, doctor’s office, art studio, amphitheater, beach, marina, construction site and many other exhibits. At Pretend City, children learn through role play based on real-world experiences as they dress up as a police officer, deliver the mail, create art, compose music or put out a fire. Designed to align with the California State Standards and Preschool Learning Foundation, Pretend City’s educational programs engage children (pre-school - 3rd grade) through school field trips, where the museum is the classroom and learning comes to life! Also see Calendar, Parties and Special Needs. See ad on page 21. Theme Parks - What’s New This Season • Adventure City (714) 236-9300 $19.95 general admission with unlimited rides. Kids (under 12 mos) free with paid adult; seniors (ages 55 and over), $15.95. AAA discount available for up to six regular-price admissions per card. Free parking. 1238 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim. www.adventurecity. com. See ad on page 19. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure (714) 781-4565 The Halloween season, September 7 - October 31, offers Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday. Join trick-or-treaters at Mickey’s Halloween Party with The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow on select days (special ticketing required). During the Christmas holiday, November 9 - January 6, Christmas Fantasy Parade, It’s a Small World and Haunted Mansion Holiday, and at California Adventure Park, Disney Viva Navidad street party. 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim. Knott’s Berry Farm (714) 220-5200 Scary Farm (13+), select nights, September 20 October 31, features 14 haunted attractions and 1,000+ costumed monsters roaming the park. Spooky Farm runs September 29 - October 28 and October 31 for younger kids (3-11), where families can join in on the ghoulish fun by participating in safe, interactive adventures throughout the park, with shows, activities and trick or treating. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. Legoland (760) 918-5346 Seasonal events include Brick-or-Treat Festival, September 29 and October 6, 13, 20 and 27, and Holidays at Legoland, November 17 - January 1, plus a New Year’s Eve kids’ celebration. One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad. SeaWorld (619) 222-4SEA SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular includes nottoo-spooky shows and sea-inspired trick-or-treat stations, weekends, September 22 - October 28. SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, select dates, November 17 - January 5, brings holiday attractions including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a Christmas village and holiday-themed animal shows. Magic Mountain (661) 255-4111 Halloween-themed “Fright Fest” (13+), select days (mostly weekends), September 15 - October 28. During “Holidays in the Park,” November 17 December 30, the park is transformed into a winter 22 kidsguide fall/winter 2018/19

wonderland with lights, carolers and personalized meet-and-greets with Santa. 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia. Universal Studios Hollywood (800) UNIVERSAL Halloween Horror Nights (13+), September 14 November 3 (select nights). Celebrate the holidays with Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including regular snowfall from November 17 January 6, while Grinchmas takes over the park with daily performances and tree lighting, December 1-30 (select days).100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City.



Also see: Attractions on page 19, Trains on page 25, and the editorial on pages 3-4. • Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200, Hands-on learning center that is dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages. It also serves as the national memorial for the Space Shuttle Columbia’s seven crew members, lost in 2003. The 20,000-square-foot visitor center is equipped with not only amazing technology and visual teaching exhibits, it also holds engaging classes and workshops (see Calendar). The Space Center hosts the only Challenger Learning Center in the greater Los Angeles area, where you can: Return to the Moon, or go on a Voyage to Mars, and experience the real-life excitement of working in Mission Control or in the Spacecraft; available for field trips, team-building exercises and parties of 16 or more. Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Sundays and Mondays. $5 per person (4+). Also see Parties and STEM. See ad on page 23. Flight Museums Flight Path Learning Center and Museum (424) 646-7284 View the LAX tarmac. Closed Sunday and Monday. Free admission. 6661 W. Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles. Lyon Air Museum (714) 210-4585 View the John Wayne Airport tarmac. Admission: $6-12. 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana. March Field Air Museum (951) 902-5949 Interactive play area and tours offered. Closed Monday. Admission: $5-10. 22550 Van Buren, Riverside. Museum of Flying (310) 398-2500 Also features an interactive flight simulator (48” height restriction). Admission: $6-10, extra fee for flight simulator. 3100 Airport Ave., Santa Monica.

Planes of Fame Air Museum (909) 597-3722 Monthly living-history events, plus hands-on Aviation Discovery Center; open on Saturdays only. Admission: $4-11. 14998 Cal Aero Drive, Chino. www. Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum (310) 618-1155 Tuskegee Airmen Learning Center, Sky Lab Computer Center, plus after-school programs. 961 W. Alondra Blvd., Compton. Western Museum of Flight (310) 326-9544 Make-and-Take model days throughout the year. Closed Monday. Admission: free - $5. 3315 Airport Drive, Red Baron, #3, Torrance. Historical Sites Tours (guided and self-guided) and workshops, plus yearly family events and living history programs. School and scout tours are available. Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum (310) 603-0088 Tours every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday and on the first Thursday and Friday of the month. Free admission. 18127 S. Alameda St., Rancho Dominguez. Drum Barracks Civil War Museum (310) 548-7509 Guided tours only. Closed Monday and Friday. $5, suggested donation. 1052 Banning Blvd., Wilmington. Heritage Hill Historical Park (949) 923-2230 Historic interpretive center, Serrano Ranch Adobe, El Toro Grammar School from 1890 and St. George’s Mission. 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest. www. Heritage Museum of OC (714) 540-0404 Blacksmith shop, a rancho home, the Kellogg House and gardens. Closed Monday - Thursday. Admission: $5-7. 3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana. Homestead Museum (626) 968-8492 Guided tours only. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Free admission; donations welcome. 15415 E. Don Julian Road, City of Industry. Mission San Juan Capistrano (949) 234-1300 Admission: $7-10 and includes audio tour. Check website for events and programs. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano. Pio Pico Historic Park Adobe (562) 695-1217 Closed Monday - Friday. Free admission and parking. 6003 Pioneer Blvd., Whittier. piopicohistoricpark Point Fermin Lighthouse (310) 241-0684 Guided tours. Closed Mondays. Free admission; donations requested. 807 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro. Rancho Los Alamitos (562) 431-3541 Closed Monday and Tuesday. Free admission. 6400 E. Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach.

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The Banning Museum (310) 548-7777 1864 mansion and 20 acres of grounds. Closed Monday and Friday. Admission, $1-5. 401 East M St., Wilmington. Presidential Libraries Lincoln Memorial Shrine (909) 798-7632 Current exhibits include And the War Came and the Sultana Disaster. New this season: Reflections of the Face of Lincoln, an immersive presentation featuring special effects, multi-media elements, and animatronics in a moving portrait, open until December 29; tickets are $5. Closed Monday. Free admission. 125 W. Vine St., Redlands. www. The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum (714) 993 5075 Explore the First Lady’s Garden, President Nixon’s restored 1910’s birthplace, and the flower-ringed memorial sites of President and Mrs. Nixon. New exhibit this season: “Vote Like Your Whole World Depended on It: The Story of the 1968 Election.” Dig up a time capsule to peel back a veil on the presidential election that capped one of the most divisive, colorful, and consequential years. Special concerts, speakers and events throughout the year. Admission: $10-16. 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda.

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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (805) 522-2977 Visitors take a self-guided tour through the grounds, including Air Force One (inside too) and the Reagan Museum with interactive exhibits. New temporary exhibit: Pompeii: The Exhibition, October 6 - April 21, 2019, with over 150 artifacts including frescos, sculptures, jewelry, coins and full body casts of the volcano’s victims. Admission: $10-29. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. www. • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900 An interconnected city designed for children (infant-8). See Attractions for complete listing. See ad on page 21. More Museums Autry Museum of the American West (323) 667-2000 Guided tours, gold panning, dress-up stations, and family-friendly programs. Closed Mondays. Admission: Free - $14. Located in Griffith Park. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. Free admission day: second Tuesdays. Beall Center for Art and Technology (949) 824-6206 Revolving exhibits that explore relationships between art, science and engineering. Special family events are held throughout the year. Closed until October 5, then closed Sundays. Free admission.

712 Arts Plaza, University of California, Irvine. Bowers Museum and Kidseum (714) 480-1520 Kidseum offers hands-on exhibits and programs designed around art and culture that include afterschool programs, classes and workshops, birthday party packages, and family events. Upcoming exhibits include: Knights in Armor, September 22 - January 13; and Kings, Queens and Castles, September 29 February 18. Admission: $8-10 for everyone over age 2 (subject to change, please check website). 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana. Calif. African American Museum (213) 744-2084 Art, history, and culture of African Americans, with a focus on California and the West. New exhibit this season: The Notion of Family charts a trajectory of African American family and togetherness over generations. Open September 26 - March 3. Special events for children and family programs throughout the year. Closed Monday. Free admission; parking, $12-15. Exposition Park, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles. California Science Center (323) 724-3623 This year’s temporary exhibit includes King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, on display through January 2019. The new immersive exhibition will display more than 150 real artifacts from Tutankhamun’s tomb. Plus, prepare to be (a little) scared with the exhibit “Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear” that will give you a chance to experience fear through a fear challenge course, a fear

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Rancho Los Cerritos (562) 206-2040 Closed Monday and Tuesday. Free admission and tours. 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach.


lab, and more in a safe, enjoyable environment to see how you respond. Permanent exhibits include Space Shuttle Endeavour, Ecosystems, Air and Space Gallery, World of Life and Creative World. Separate reservations needed for Space Shuttle Endeavor. Free general admission to all permanent exhibits (excludes IMAX and special paid exhibits). Parking, $12 cash only. Avoid traffic and ride the Metro Expo Line, exit at the USC/Expo Park station. 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles. Chapman University Exhibits (714) 997-6815 Huell Howser Archive located in the basement level, Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free. Sala and Aron Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library located on the 4th floor, closed Saturday and Sunday. Free. One University Drive, Orange. The Hilbert Museum of California Art, Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free. 167 N. Atchison St., Orange, (714) 516-5880., holocaustmemoriallibrary, Child Creativity Lab (714) 352-4380 A specialty children’s museum that includes educational outreach programs to schools, libraries, community events, after-school programs and churches. Families can explore their own creativity at the lab on community makerspace days. Call ahead for dates and times. 1815 E. Wilshire Ave. #906, Santa Ana. Children’s Museum at La Habra (562) 383-4236 Hands-on exhibits, plus, enjoy themed family programming on the weekends throughout the year. New temporary exhibits for ages 3-8, include: Lindo Mexico, featuring a piñata decorated pueblo, then and now fiesta, and an Aztec open-air market, through December 31; and “If I Lived in a Castle,” an imaginative trip to the past where kids can practice archery, swordsmanship, dress up in the Queen’s Gallery and more, January 22 - August 25, 2019. Closed Mondays. Admission: $10. 301 S. Euclid St., La Habra. Discovery Cube Los Angeles Take in 71,000 square-feet of interactive fun. This season: Spooky Science, October 6-31 and Science of Gingerbread, November 23 - January 6. 11800 Foothill Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 686-2823. Discovery Cube Orange County (714) 542-2823 Interactive and hands-on exhibits in themed areas. This season, don’t miss: Spooky Science, October 6-31; Science of Gingerbread, November 23 - January 6; and The Lion Guard, the firstever museum exhibit based on Disney Junior’s hit series, September 22 - January 13. Field trips, birthdays, outreach, special events, sleepovers, and teacher workshops are also available. 2500 North Main St., Santa Ana. Getty Center and Villa (310) 440-7300 Getty Center: 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. Getty Villa: 7985 PCH, Pacific Palisades. Getty Center is closed Mondays. Getty Villa is closed Tuesdays. Admission, free; parking, $15 (the Pay Once, Park Twice program provides a flat $15 parking fee for a same-day visit to both locations). An advance timed 24 kidsguide fall/winter 2018/19

ticket is required for the Getty Villa; one ticket includes up to three kids (15 and under). Hammer Museum (310) 443-7000 Download a family or teen guide from their website for an interactive experience in this art museum and cultural center. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Closed Monday. Free admission daily. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens (626) 405-2100 Visit the interactive Children’s Garden (2-7) and the Conservatory for Botanical Science with hands-on science activities (8+). Closed Tuesday. Admission: $13-29. Free for children under 4. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Free admission: first Thursday, with reserved tickets. Japanese American National Museum (213) 625-0414 Closed Mondays. Admission: $6-12. 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles. Free admission: Thursdays, 5-8 p.m. and all-day on the third Thursday of the month. Kidspace Children’s Museum (626) 449-9144 Classes, camps, family nights, workshops and special events offered. Recommended for ages 1-10. Admission: $14. 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. Free admission on Family Night, first Tuesday, 4-8 p.m. La Brea Tar Pits and Museum (213) 763-3499 Visitors can watch fossil excavation and assembly in the Fossil Lab. Plus, Titans of the Ice Age 3D and Ice Age Encounters (separate tickets required). Admission: $5-19. Hancock Park, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Free admission: first Tuesdays. Laguna Art Museum (949) 494-8971 Docent-led tours at 11 a.m. every day (other than Wednesdays and holidays). Admission: $7. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach. Free admission: first Thursday of each month, 5-9 p.m. Long Beach Museum of Art (562) 439-2119 Free family art workshops 3rd Sunday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Closed Monday - Wednesday. Admission: $6-7. 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. Free admission days: Thursday night, 3-8 p.m.; and all day Friday. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (323) 857-6000 Kids can join NexGen, a free youth membership program that offers free admission for kids (17 and under) and one accompanying adult. Family activities include painting in the Boone Children’s Gallery, Family Days with tours and artmaking on Sundays. Family Guides for kids (6-12) are available at the ticket office. Also, pick up an Art Tote for familyfriendly activities. Closed Wednesdays. Admission: free - $20. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. www. Kids (17 and under), free daily. Free general admission day: second Tuesday of the month, select federal holidays and Monday - Friday, after 3 p.m. for Los Angeles County residents.

Museum of Latin American Art (562) 437-1689 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach. Free admission: fourth Friday of each month, from 5-9 p.m., plus every Sunday. Museum of Music Making (760) 438-5996 Explore and try out a large selection of instruments. Closed Monday. Admission: $7-10. 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad. Museum of Tolerance (310) 553-8403 The exhibit, “Anne,” explores the legacy of Anne Frank, separate paid ticket required. Closed Saturday. $11.50-15.50. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. Muzeo (714) 956-8936 Temporary and often changing exhibits on heritage, culture and arts. Annual Muzeo Express holiday model train exhibit, November - January; call for dates. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission: $6-10. 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim. www. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (213) 763-3466 Explore the natural world, past and present, with dinosaur specimen exhibitions, North American and African diorama halls, and gem and mineral collections. The Nature Gardens allow visitors to spot birds and butterflies and explore an edible garden. The Nature Lab features live animals, touchable specimens, citizen science projects and multi-media. Dino Lab allows visitors to watch the assemblage of real dinosaur fossils. Plus, enjoy seasonal exhibitions, such as the Spider Pavilion, September 16 - November 25; and Wildlife Photographer of the Year, through January 6. Admission: $7-15. Exposition Park, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. www. Free admission day: first Tuesdays. Norton Simon Museum (626) 449-6840 Free family programs focus on the permanent art collection and exhibits. Kids are free. Closed Tuesday. Admission: free - $15. 411 Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Free admission: first Fridays, 5-8 p.m. Pennypickle’s Workshop Temecula Children’s Museum (951) 308-6376 Hands-on inventions, gadgets and experiments. Workshops and special events offered. Closed most Mondays. Admission: $5 (price may differ for special events). 42081 Main St., Temecula. www. Petersen Automotive Museum (323) 930-2277 Collection includes Hollywood cars, race cars, and vintage cars. Admission: $8-16. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology (909) 624-2798 Discovery days select Saturdays throughout the year. Closed Sunday. Admission: adults, $9; kids (4 and under), free. 1175 W. Baseline Road, Claremont. Skirball Cultural Center (310) 440-4500 Exhibitions, music, theater, comedy, film, family and lots more fun at


literary programs, plus Noah’s Ark (advance tickets recommended). New temporary exhibit: Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, suited for grades 5-8, October 19 - March 10, 2019. Closed Monday. Admission: $7-12. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. Free admission day: Thursdays. Southern California Children’s Museum (626) 657-0357 Pretend and dramatic play areas, imagination and Tegu block areas, sensory stations, clay corner, and more. Admission: $8. “Twosdays” Special: 2-for-1 admission on Tuesdays after 2 p.m. 459 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Tankland American Military Museum (626) 442-1776 Download tour guide book online for more information on the military vehicles. Closed Monday - Thursday. Admission: $1-5. 1918 Rosemead Blvd., South El Monte. The Paley Center for Media (310) 786-1000 Public accessible archives of television, radio, and new media content, over 160,000 programs and advertisements spanning the history of media. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission: free, donations welcome. 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. Wells Fargo History Museum (213) 253-7166 Features interactive exhibits, an original Concord Coach, a historically re-created agent’s office, a working telegraph, and samples of gold. Closed Sunday and most Saturdays. Free admission and cellphone tour. Metered parking. 333 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles.

Bedtime Stories, Race to Witch Mountain, Tall Tail, Inception, Anger Management, Fear Factor, X-Files, Bones, Westworld, American Horror Story, Criminal Minds, CSI and many more. An amazing part of this railroad is the opportunity to ride the movie trains! All year long they offer train tours such as weekend scenic adventures, murder mystery comedy lunch

and dinner trains, holiday trains, special event trains, steam train rides, school trains and privately chartered group trains (see Calendar). See ad on this page. Metro-Railway (323) 466-3876

Zimmer Children’s Museum (323) 761-8984 The Zimmer Children’s Museum is moving to a new location at Santa Monica Place in November; call to confirm location. Closed Saturday. Admission: $7.50.



Amtrak One-Day Train Rides (800) 872-7245, Ext. (USA-RAIL) Short day-trips to Southern California destinations are available from local stations in Anaheim, Fullerton, Irvine and Santa Ana. Kids (2-12) ride half-price every day; two discounts per paying adult. Infants under 2 ride free on laps. • Fillmore & Western Railway 364 Main St., Fillmore (805) 524-2546, This legendary railroad is home to vintage passenger and dining cars that date back as far as 1914. It’s also home to a 1913 fully restored and operating #14 Baldwin Steam Engine. Fillmore & Western is known as the “Home of the Movie Trains” that have been used in film productions, such as Disney’s Lone Ranger, Water for Elephants, Sea Biscuit, Get Smart, lots more fun at

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The website features a trip planner to help plot routes to and from popular family destinations. • Orange Empire Railway Museum 2201 South A St., Perris (951) 943-3020, Explore the West’s largest collection of railway locomotives, passenger and freight cars, buildings and other artifacts dating from the 1870s. Ride streetcars, interurban electric cars, and trains on the Museum railway. Visit the Museum’s collection of more than 200 streetcars and railway vehicles to experience the early days of electric, steam, and diesel railway transportation in and around Los Angeles. Visit the Fred Harvey Museum and learn about the Harvey Girls, the women who helped to “civilize the American Southwest.” Railway trains operate every weekend—visit to experience a day of family fun exploring the large grounds and riding the trains and trolleys that helped create the Southern California we know today. Also, see Calendar for details on: Pumpkin Patch Express, weekends in October; Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine, weekends in November; and Santa’s Workshop Train, in December. See ad on page 25. Train Museums and Rides The following locations offer exhibits of working, model and replica locomotives, cabooses and trolleys, and/or rides and party packages. Angels Flight Railway - The shortest railway in the world. Connects 351 South Hill St. and 350 Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 626-1901. www. • Fillmore & Western Railway - See listing in this section; ad on page 25. Griffith Park - Travel Town Museum, (323) 662-5874, and Griffith Park and Southern Railroad, (800) 4381297, Heritage Park Train Exhibit - Santa Fe Springs. (562) 946-6476. Irvine Park Railroad at Irvine Regional Park - Orange. (714) 997-3968. Lomita Railroad Museum - (310) 326-6255. Orange County Model Engineers - Third weekends, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Rides are free, donations are welcome. Fairview Park, Costa Mesa. (949) 54-TRAIN. • Orange Empire Railway Museum - See listing in this section; ad on page 25. San Diego - San Diego Model Railroad Museum, model railroad display and train memorabilia, 1649 El Prado, (619) 696-0199, Balboa Park Miniature Railroad, a three-minute, half-mile trip on a model train, weekends and holidays only, 1800 Zoo Place, (619) 239-4748, balboaminitrain. Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park - Train is inside the zoo. (714) 836-4000. 26 kidsguide fall/winter 2018/19

Southern California Live Steamers - Public run days on the first Sunday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., and third Saturday, noon - 3 p.m., of each month. Rides are free, donations are welcome. Wilson Park, 2290 Washington Ave., Torrance. www.

ZOOS & ANIMAL CARE CENTERS Also see Aquariums and Marine Science Destinations in Attractions on page 19. Animal Care Centers and Exotic Rescue Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles - Outreach and educational programs. Open daily. Free, donations encouraged. 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro. (310) 548-5677. Pacific Marine Mammal Center - Outreach and educational programs. Open daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free, donations encouraged. 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. (949) 494-3050. www. Star Eco Station - Rescue facility offers hands-on ecology lessons and encounters with tropical birds, exotic reptiles, wildcats and ocean life. Annual events and school-break camps are also offered. Weekends, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., tours begin every hour (last tour at 3 p.m.). Visit their website for closures before going. Adults, $8; kids, $6. 10101 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City. (310) 842-8060.

for availability. Includes: milking cows, feeding farm animals, grooming horses and picking herbs. $810 per person. Educational workshops and classes also available. 7698 Eucalyptus Ave., Ontario. www. Centennial Farm (714) 708-1500 Visitors can view pigs, chickens, cattle, goats and more. Tours during general public hours. Monday Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission. The farm is closed on holidays and during property-wide events. OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. centennial-farm Children’s Nature Retreat (619) 320-4942 Visitors can view 120 domesticated livestock and exotic animals from around the world. Interactive encounters available to learn and foster an appreciation for animals, nature, sustainable farming and the ecosystem. $15-20. 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine. Oasis Camel Dairy (760) 787-0983 Camel rides, animal shows, and private tours. Open on one select weekend per month, check website for dates. $8-12. 26757 Old Julian Hwy., Ramona. Pony Time (562) 916-7669, (951) 201-3928 Goats, rabbits, chickens, sheep, an alpaca, and a cow. Admission is $1. Goat feeding for additional fee. Hand-led ponies around a trot track are also available, plus lessons and trail rides. 11369 Carson St., Lakewood. www.ponytimeatlakewood. Susie Q Ranch (951) 551-4585 Pony rides, petting zoo and trail rides. 28330 Mary Place, Murrieta.

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles (323) 644-4200, Children’s Zoo and camps also offered. Open daily. Admission: adults, $21; kids (2-12), $16.

Zoomars Petting Zoo (949) 831-6550 Parties, camps and special events are also offered. Plus, “Miner’s Gulch,” where kids pan for gems, fossils and gold. Adults, $10; kids, $8. 31791 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano.

Moorpark College Teaching Zoo 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark (805) 378-1441, Animal shows and demonstrations twice a day. Plus, behind-the-scenes tours and other up-close opportunities. Weekends, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Adults, $8; kids (3-12), $6.

San Diego Zoo 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego (619) 231-1515, Camps, sleepovers and family events offered. Kids (11 and under) are free with paid accompanying adult, October 1-31. Open daily. Adults, $54; kids (3-11), $44.

Orange County Zoo Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange (714) 973-6847, A petting area, story times, special events and classes. Plus, school tours and scout programs available. Open daily. General admission: $2; free for ages 3 and under. Parking, $3-10.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido (760) 747-8702, Safaris, camps, sleepovers, zip line and a Jungle Ropes course. Adults, $54; kids (3-11), $44.

Petting Zoos and Farms Amy’s Farm (844) 426-9732 Farm group tours of 10+, smaller groups (2+) can be added on to other tours as bookings allow. Call

Santa Ana Zoo Prentice Park, 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana (714) 836-4000, Offers a children’s farm, train and carousel rides. Family events throughout the year. Open daily. Call for pricing. The Reptile Zoo 18822 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley lots more fun at


time and other fun party favors! Reservations are required and may be made online or over the phone with Event Sales. Also see Attractions. See ad with discount coupon on this page. • Blue Submarine (888) 218-8085, The Blue Submarine offers fun, educational adventures in marine biology. They bring live tide pool animals to you, adding an unforgettable experience to your birthday party or special event. The Blue Submarine allows your guests to visit the tide pool without getting wet! English/Spanish bilingual programs also available. Call today to book your party or special event! See ad on page 30.

(714) 500-0591, Offers parties, educational events, and junior zookeeper camps. Open daily. Adults, $10; kids (4-12), $8.

parties KG Tip: Also see listings throughout Kidsguide as many offer party packages. • Adventure City 1238 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim (714) 236-9300, What a day of excitement! Play in Adventure City as long as you like; enjoy one-hour in the whimsical Party Station eating pizza and other treats served by your own party hostess; take a private train ride with your child as the engineer, and much more. Adventure City provides everything from invitations to wonderful memories. Parents can relax and enjoy the party. See Attractions for more information. See ad on page 19. • Big Air Trampoline Park Laguna Hills (949) 305-9788 Buena Park (844) 550-JUMP Big Air Trampoline Parks have quickly become our area’s premier birthday party locations, winning “Best Birthday Party Venue” multiple times. Party packages include at least one hour of jump time and 40 minutes of reserved table time with pizza and beverages. Party packages include a minimum of eleven jumpers, but can be catered to groups of any size! Other options include extended jump time, private rooms, as well as gift cards for jump

• Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200, Host your own out-of-this-world event at the Columbia Memorial Space Center. Use the entire 20,000-square-foot Space Center or select facilities for meetings, birthdays, reunions, weddings, banquets, and other special events. Birthday party packages are available. See Museums for complete listing. See ad on page 23. • East West Ice Palace 11446 Artesia Blvd., Artesia (562) 809-6200, Fun party package includes public skating admission, private party room, pizza, cake, soft drinks, party decor, plus skate time. Skating lessons available upon request. Also offers public skating and skating classes for kids (3+) and adults. See Skating and Hockey under Sports. See ad on page 39. • Emerald Events and The Bubble Rollers (714) 508-3690, Emerald Events, creator of The Original Bubble Rollers, offers the best attractions for any event such as children’s parties, corporate events, carnivals, fundraisers, team building or any special occasion. They also offer Bubble Bumpers Soccer, Land Zorb Bubble Rollers, Tube Rollers, Paddle Roller Boats, foam parties, synthetic mobile ice skating rink/curling (see Skating and Hockey), mobile bungee system, photo booth and huge inflatables, etc. The original Water Bubble Rollers allow you to run/walk/roll on water without getting wet! No pool? They can bring an inflatable pool, or have your party at a public pool or park, or a Bubble Rollers location. Approved by OC Parks, California PTA and Compliance Depot for schools, churches and public events. Don’t be fooled by imitators...they are the original and only Bubble Rollers. See ad on page 29. • Emerald Events Mobile Ice Skating Rink (714) 508-3690, If you’re looking for a unique experience for your corporate, church, or school event or home party, try Emerald Events’ synthetic mobile ice skating rink, offered year round. It can be set up on almost any flat surface and they even provide the skates. Want to try ice curling? Contact them for that, too! See ad on page 29. • Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk (562) 868-9956,

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Have your child’s next birthday party, team party or scouting event at Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park! Pizza Party packages can include easy or challenging miniature golf and exciting rides, including go-karts, bumper boats and kiddie train. While there, guests also enjoy the latest in arcade games, great prizes, snack bar and party facilities. Where the 5 and 605 freeways meet. Also see Attractions and Calendar. See ad with coupons on page 20. • Gryphon Fencing & Fitness Studio 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia (714) 519-1343 Knights, pirates, Jedi, Zorro or Robin Hood? Fencing and archery are fun activities for all ages. Gryphon offers fencing or archery-themed birthday parties for kids and adults. The birthday person and guests will play games, learn basic fencing moves and cap the event with a fencing match using Olympic-style electric scoring equipment. For archery-themed events, participants will learn safe shooting skills, play games and shoot balloons. The typical birthday party is two hours with 90 minutes for the fencing or archery activities and the last 30 minutes set aside for cake or refreshments. Call for rates and availability. Email: info@ See ad on page 35. • Gymboree Play & Music Aliso Viejo (949) 680-7187 Anaheim Hills (714) 283-4386 Fullerton (714) 449-2000 Cypress (562) 429-4886 Gymboree Play & Music will create a private, personalized party experience filled with kid-friendly activities that are guaranteed to be 100% fun—with zero clean up for the parents! They specialize in birthday parties for boys and girls (ages 1-5). See ad on page 13; coupon on page 42. • Kick It Up 8129 East Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 430-1812, A variety of parties and options are offered, including the Enchanted Princess Ballerinas’ Ball, Fairy Dream Dance, Pineapple Princess Hula Party, Pop Princess Hip Hop Party, Go...Fight...Win Cheer Party and the Dancing Princess Party! All birthday parties include exclusive use of their decorated studio, glitz and glam session, fun dancing and games, and a personalized cookie cake! Great for your daughter’s birthday, scout troop or soccer team. Customized parties are also available for tweens, teens and adults. Also see Dance under Arts. See ad on page 7. • Kidnastics 10712 Reagan St., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102, Kidnastics has always been the place to be for your child’s birthday party. With over 23,000 square feet of gymnastics equipment, your child and their friends can enjoy over several hours of active-play in a fun and safe environment. With exciting attractions like astro-jumps, tumbling trampoline, castle playhouse, interactive games and so much more, your child will enjoy their best birthday party yet! Come join them for a fun-filled and most memorable event of your child’s life. Their birthday party sessions are very popular so hurry and call to reserve your spot today! lots more fun at

Please visit the website or call the number listed for more program information. See ad on page 11.

• Let’s Have a Cart Party (310) 578-2278 (CART) Since 1969, Lets Have a Cart Party has been preparing fresh food at your party site in front of your guests. Kenny Baines, owner and head chef, handselects only the finest produce for your occasion. Meats are fresh and never frozen. Carts include: kosher hot dogs, gourmet pizza, chicken nuggets, french fries, baked potato bar, cotton candy, ice cream sundaes, fresh hot cookies, crepes, chocolate fountains and many more. Their antique-style carts add a unique character to any celebration. See ad on this page; coupon on page 42. • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns

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(310) 578-2278 (CART) (562) 986-0066, Easy, fun, all-in-one parties! Exclusive use of the entire gym. Convenient and easy for parents. Games, games, games...and so much more. With a birthday right around the corner, why not give your child the experience of a lifetime. Celebrate at My Gym with captivating games, relays, rides and unique activities customized for your child. The caring and energetic staff will handle everything. See ad on page 37. • Pretend City Children’s Museum Parties 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900 A birthday party at Pretend City Children’s Museum

Since 1969

• Kosher Hot Dogs • Hamburgers • Soft Chicken Tacos • Candy Apples • Salad Bar • Fresh, Hot Cookies • Crepes & Omelets • Chocolate Fountains • Glatt Kosher Menu • Gourmet Pizzas • Chicken Nuggets • French Fries • Cotton Candy • Ice Cream Sundae Bar • Hot & Ice Blended Cappuccinos • Plus Much, Much More!

will create lasting memories that your little ones will be talking about for years to come. Their variety of birthday party packages are sure to make a birthday wish come true! See Attractions for complete listing. See ad on page 21. • Skateboarding Parties with Skatedogs (714) 313-8787, Skatedogs comes to your home with portable ramps and rails to create a custom skatepark for a one-ofa-kind birthday party. Guests can ride ramps and get skateboarding tips from an experienced instructor. All parties include a T-shirt for the birthday boy or girl, with the option of including a T-shirt for all participants. Also see Camps and Skateboarding. See ad on page 39.

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• Leeway Sailing Center Birthday Party Packages 5437 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach (562) 570-1719, A unique fun celebration at the beach! The Leeway Sailing Center Birthday Party Package “A” includes one hour of beach games, one hour of barbecue and one hour of boating. Pricing ranges from $265500 based on size of party, package and amenities. Birthday Party Package “B” includes one hour of beach games or barbecue and one hour of boating. Pricing ranges from $200-465 based on size of party, package and amenities. Non-refundable deposit due at time of reservation: $50.




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888-218-8085 • Task Force Laser Tag and Airsoft Shooting Range Emerald Events (714) 508-3690, Get your next event blasting with Task Force Laser Tag or Mobile Airsoft Shooting Range! Great for both kids and adults, they offer the most realistic Laser Tag experience in Southern California. State-of-the-art equipment works both day and night, and paintball-style inflatable bunkers turn your playing field into a one-of-a-kind realistic battle zone. They can operate almost anywhere, including parks, schools, indoor halls, gyms, backyards and more. And, no one else in the Western U.S. offers their airsoft machine-gun style enclosed shooting range. Both are the ideal attractions for your one-of-a-kind birthday party, school or church carnival, corporate team building or fundraising event. For more information, see listing for Emerald Events in this section. See ad on page 29. • The Rinks Put your party plans on ice at The Rinks! They offer packages with cake, refreshments, balloons and party decorations in their private party rooms. Then take to the ice for the coolest fun, including an exclu-

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sive group skating lesson for you and your birthday party guests! For party package prices and information, visit them online or call. See listing in Skating and Hockey on page 39. See “Skating and Hockey” for a list of locations and contact information. See ad on page 38.

is a stable staff with very little turn-over. Parents and visitors at the school often comment on the relaxed atmosphere, and say that the children seem happy. EduCare has an open-door policy. Please feel free to just stop in, or you can call for information. See ad on this page.

• Vans Skatepark Birthday Parties 20 City Blvd. West, Orange (714) 763-3800 Vans Skatepark is a great place to have a birthday party. The skatepark has a few different party packages to choose from, some even include private lessons. There is plenty of room for parents to watch as well as a video game area. Please contact the park for details. See ad on page 27.

• Idyllwild Arts Academy & Summer Program 52500 Temecula Road, Idyllwild (951) 659-2171 Idyllwild Arts Academy, a premier and internationally-acclaimed residential arts high school, provides pre-professional training in the arts and a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum to a diverse student body of gifted young artists. The Academy’s 300 students hail from more than 30 countries and pursue artistic excellence in Music, Theatre, Dance, Visual Art, Creative Writing, Film and Digital Media, InterArts, and Fashion Design. Graduates of the Academy currently excel in every professional field of the arts, including Broadway theatre, primetime television, classical and jazz music, motion pictures, graphic design, photography and more. Also see listings in Arts, Dance, Music and Theater Arts. See ad on page 6.

schools Also see: Enrichment for Tutoring and Academics on page 12. • Educare 4300 Bellflower Blvd., Lakewood (562) 377-1300 5730 South St., Lakewood (562) 461-7311 EduCare Preschools of Lakewood are private preschools, and accept children ages 24 months through kindergarten. Each school is licensed for 70 children. Each facility leases space in a church, and both are attractive and well-maintained. There

• Montessori Children’s House Preschool and Elementary School 5550 Atherton St., Long Beach (562) 431-8880 5454 Atherton St., Long Beach (562) 494-3777 Year-round program for children (2-12) in preschool and kindergarten through grade 6. Students are in a multi-age group environment working individually and independently. Without a traditional grading system, classes help students to progress at their own pace. Curriculum emphasizes reading phonetically and early exposure to


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8740 Ramona Ave., Bellflower • 634-7527

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Music • Art • Science • Reading Readiness • Math Skills • Social Development • Dramatic Play • Hot Lunch Potty Training • Clean and Safe Environment • Caring, Loving Teachers • Pre-Kindergarten Co-op Ad lots more fun at

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Ages 2-6 • Year-Round Program Individualized Instruction • Open 7 am to 6 pm


Grades K-6 • Phonics, Art, Music, Geography Social Science • Year-Round Program

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5550 Atherton St., (562) 431-8880 5454 Atherton St., (562) 494-3777 mathematics. Art, music, geography and social science are also included. Conveniently located with large play areas. Montessori Children’s House has been serving the community for more than 45 years. See ad on this page. • Oakwood Academy Schools Oakwood Academy Schools offer an accelerated academic program with a hands-on approach to learning. Students learn computer skills and go on educational field trips. Enrichment activities such as karate, swimming, piano, dance and gymnastics are offered. See ad on page 30; discount coupon on page 41. Creative Day Academy (562) 634-7527 8740 Ramona Ave., Bellflower Age 2 through 1st grade. Lic. 191598510. Oakwood Preschool & Academy (562) 426-6264 3850 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Ages 2 through 5th grade. Lic. 198011608. Oaktree Preschool & Kindergarten (562) 597-8611 1710 Redondo Ave., Long Beach Age 2 through Kindergarten. Lic. 191601050.

Parent-Participation Play Groups/Preschools Play groups and preschools (33 mos - 5 yrs) are run independently by parents with a certified director at each session. Levels of parent commitment vary. Visit the website for a list of local schools. • Preschools - Long Beach and Orange County Belmont Shore (562) 439-3369 Cerritos (562) 865-0482 Cerritos/Artesia (562) 860-6302 Cypress, South (714) 828-9000 Cypress, North (714) 527-2744 Fullerton (714) 526-7855 Los Alamitos/Rossmoor (562) 431-6553 Westminster (714) 894-4036 Year-round preschools, for ages 2-5 years, offer an accelerated academic program that includes science, math and language development. Potty training, hot lunches and pre-kindergarten are available. Instruction is provided by skillful, creative teachers that offer partday and full-day classes. See ad on page 31. • Stratford School 24741 Chrisanta Drive, Mission Viejo (949) 458-1776 At Stratford, high expectations yield extraordinary results. They start early with an advanced and intentionally balanced curriculum that challenges students and accelerates achievement. Their everevolving, STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) curriculum and teaching methods ensure students develop the diverse set of problem-solving skills and creative talents they’ll need in today’s world. This carefully designed approach prepares students to excel at the next level and become tomorrow’s creative-problem solvers, innovators, and confident leaders. Additional locations in Altadena, Los Angeles Melrose, West Los Angeles, and Northern California. For more information, visit See ad on page 31.


Age Group: 5-14 years old Where: Golden West College & Los Alamitos HS Pool When: 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday

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sports AQUATICS & WATER POLO Also see: Fishing and Boating on page 34. American Red Cross Referrals to Red Cross-certified swim programs and instructors. Enter your zip code on their website to find a location near you. Classes (5+) including first aid and CPR also available. • Deep Blue Swim School Belmont Shore (562) 434-1644 Bixby Knolls (562) 988-SWIM Deep Blue Swim School offers free infant classes (3-5 months), private lessons, parent-and-me swim classes, pre-competitive swim team, snorkeling clinics, and scuba for kids year round in their 92-degree indoor and ozone-filtrated pools. Lessons are offered for all ages at their Belmont Shore and Bixby Knolls facilities and focus on fun and safety in and around the water. Deep Blue is passionate about the lifelong benefits that swimming lessons provide. Call to arrange a free trial lesson and start your child’s aquatic journey today! See ad on page 33. Diving Instruction McCormick Divers - 1910 Lemon Ave., Long Beach, (714) 846-5731, PDGA Sports Training Center - 15064 Shoemaker Ave., Santa Fe Springs, (562) 229-1927, USA Diving, resources for finding diving teams, coaches and events, (317) 237-5252, Southern California Swim Teams (800) 824-6206, Southern California Swimming (SCS) oversees city and community club teams. Swimmers (4+) are grouped according to age and ability for year-round, weekday workouts and weekend competitions, culminating in the Junior Olympic Championships. Monthly club dues apply. Visit the website for local team information. U.S. Synchronized Swimming Provides information on So Cal clubs (3+), plus additional resources. To find a program near you, download the Club Directory (under “Membership” on the website).

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• United Waterpolo Club (877) 426-7656, Take your kids’ swimming to the next level! Newbies can now join United Waterpolo Club (UPWC). Since it was founded in 2007, UWPC has garnered nine national championships. Dedicated to teaching and promoting water polo to youth throughout Southern California, the non-profit club offers competitive programs for boys and girls (5-14). UPWC is all about fundamentals. Game play is focused on improving each player’s skill and game knowledge, with the goal of building life-long players. For those younger or brand-new to water polo, UPWC also offers a Mini-Polo program. Jump in today! Monday - Thursday, 5:30 p.m. Golden West College Pool, 15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach and Los Alamitos High School Pool, 3591 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos. See ad for introductory discount offer on page 32. USA Water Polo Provides information on clubs, clinics, camps and tournaments for boys and girls (7+).



Archery Ranges The following private ranges offer instruction (5+), tournaments, league activities, target practice and private lessons. Camps may be offered. Party packages available. Hi-Tech Archery - 1912 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 449-9744, www. Orange County Archery - 25782 Obrero Drive, Mission Viejo, (949) 916-6855, www. • El Dorado Regional Park Archery Range 7500 E. Spring St., Long Beach Free instruction to improve skills and consistent shooting technique (8+). Must take safety class before taking beginning class; sign up begins at 9 a.m. Advanced, 9-10:20 a.m.; beginners, 10:30-11:50 a.m.; and safety class, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Equipment provided. Park entry fee, $5-8. • Gryphon Fencing & Fitness Studio 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia (714) 519-1343, Archery teaches focus, concentration and coordination. Gryphon Fencing and Fitness Studio offers beginning archery classes for kids 7 and older. Students will learn about the history and equipment in archery and safe shooting skills. During the course, students will try several styles of archery tournaments and play fun games. Email: See ad on page 35. U.S.A. Archery The national governing body for archery coordinates the Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program which offers youth (8-20) the opportunity to compete in competitions. Free referrals to clubs, lots more fun at

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tournaments and camps near you. Find Junior Olympic Archery Development link under the “Archers” tab on their website.

BASEBALL & SOFTBALL Batting Cages Most facilities offer training and lessons; some offer parties. Web search “batting cages” plus your city. League Baseball and Softball Bobby Sox Softball - Girls league (9-19) in age divisions, plus Mini Sox (4-8). No tryouts. Register in August for fall playing season; November January for spring season. (714) 522-1234. www. Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball - League for ages 4-18. They also offer Buddy Baseball for kids (520) with special needs. (800) 880-3142. www. Little League Baseball and Softball - Boys and girls baseball in age divisions (4-16), softball for girls (416) and Little League Challenger teams for boys and girls (4-22) with special needs. Register in August for fall/winter season and November for spring season. Use your zip code to find a local league on their website or find resources to start a league. www. Pony Baseball and Softball - Coed baseball leagues in age divisions (5-18), plus girls’ softball (4-23). Registration begins in November for March - June season. The website offers a partial listing of local teams, to find additional options, web search your city plus “Pony Baseball.”

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Softball Associations Referrals and information for local leagues and tournaments: American Fastpitch Association, www.; and Amateur Softball Association,

USA Fencing Website features resources for fencing clubs and membership.

BASKETBALL National Junior Basketball (888) 623-0124, Boys’ and girls’ leagues in four age divisions (grades 1-8). Registration begins in August for winter season. Various chapter locations.

FISHING & BOATING Also see: Boat Cruises and Whale Watching under Attractions on page 20.



Bowling Centers Many locations offer junior and parent/child leagues, bumper bowling, scholarships, tournaments and party packages. Web search “bowling” plus your city. Lawn Bowling Center Newport Beach Lawn Bowling (949) 640-1022 Year-round lessons for all ages. 1550 Crown Drive North, Corona Del Mar. United States Bowling Congress Youth Leagues Leagues, tournaments, scholarships and instruction. Visit their website for the current season and how to sign up.

FENCING • Gryphon Fencing & Fitness Studio 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia (714) 519-1343, Do your kids love to swordfight like a musketeer, Jedi or pirate? Then fencing is the sport for them! Fencing develops stamina, discipline and coordination. Gryphon Fencing Club has a beautiful facility with state-of-the-art electronic fencing equipment. They offer fun fencing classes for kids age 5 and older. They also offer youth, teen and adult fencing classes continuously during the year and vacation-break camps (see Camps). Fencing and archery-themed birthday parties (see Parties) and special events are also available. Gryphon Fencers compete locally and nationally. Learn fencing at Gryphon Fencing—fun, safe and affordable! Email: info@gryphonfencing. com. See ad on page 35. More Fencing Anaheim Hills Fencers Club - Anaheim Hills, (714) 996-8880, Golubitsky Fencing Center - Tustin, (714) 676-3758,

34 kidsguide fall/winter 2018/19 Laguna Fencing Center - Laguna Hills, (949) 215-4112, www.lagunafencing. com. Orange County Fencing Academy - Irvine, (949) 445-4321, South Coast Fencing Center - Santa Ana, (714) 549-2946,

Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating safety classes (4+). Nominal fee for materials; instruction is free. Visit their website for referrals to youth classes (8-18) offered by local flotillas. Dana Wharf Sportfishing Free Kids Fishing Day and Kids Club 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point (949) 496-5794, Free Kids’ Sportfishing Clinics (12 and under) are held on Sundays, noon - 12:30 p.m. After the clinic, join a fishing trip from 12:45-5:45 p.m.; kids 12 and under fish for free with the purchase of one adult ticket at $46 per free child. Kids’ Club offers a yearly membership that includes a half-day fishing trip for one child and one adult, two-hour whale watching trip, merchandise and discounts, $39 per year. Fishing Spots Some offer camping, parties and equipment rental. A fishing license may be required for ages 16 and up. Mt. Baldy Trout Pools - (909) 982-4246, www. Santa Ana River Lakes Anaheim, (714) 694-7210, Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area - Irwindale, (626) 334-1065, Troutdale Agoura, (818) 889-9993, Department of Fish and Game - Information includes maps to local lakes, events, stocking guides and regulations, plus publications geared for children. Find a fishing location near you, Pier fishing is available in Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Newport Beach, San Pedro and Seal Beach. Plus, most regional parks offer lake fishing. • Leeway Sailing Center Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine 5437 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach (562) 570-1719, Classes are offered year round for beginner to intermediate, including bay kayaking (10+) and sailing using Sabot (8+), Keelboat and Capri 14 boats (13+). Group, private or semi-private lessons are available. Visit website to register. lots more fun at

spring and fall seasons. Cheer program is also offered. Locations: Garden Grove,; Huntington Beach,; Los Alamitos/ Seal Beach,; and Newport-Mesa,

Long Beach Junior Crew - Competitive teams for boys and girls (14-18), junior high team for grades 7-8, September - May. Spring and winter camps also available. Marine Stadium, Long Beach. (562) 431-1644.,

Pop Warner Little Scholars - Flag and tackle football league (5-15). League registration begins as early as January for the fall season. Cheerleaders (5-15) perform at games and participate in cheerleading competitions. Registration starts in February for August - November season. Visit their website for your city’s contact information. www.

Newport Aquatic Center - Junior Rowing (high school), September - May; and Outrigger Paddling (11+), year round. 1 Whitecliffs Drive, Newport Beach. (949) 6467725. Newport Sea Base - Programs for boys and girls (7+) include sailing, canoeing, kayaking, rowing, fishing, motor-boat driving and stand-up paddle boarding (SUP). Ocean-themed field trips also offered. 1931 West Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. (949) 642-5031. OC Sailing and Events Center - Sailing, marine safety and kayaking/SUP classes. 34451 Ensenada Place, Dana Point Harbor. (949) 923-2215. OCC Junior Sailing - After-school sailing classes (713) are offered in spring and fall, plus parent and child lessons (6-13). 1801 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. (949) 645-9412. United States Sailing Center - Scholarships available. 5489 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 433-7939. Yacht Club Sailing Classes - Alamitos Bay Yacht Club - 7201 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, (562) 3438030, Balboa Yacht Club - 1801 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar, (949) 673-3515, Ext. 133, Seal Beach Yacht Club - 255 Marina Drive, Long Beach, (562) 594-6337, Shoreline Yacht Club - 386 Shoreline Drive South, Long Beach, (562) 435-4093,

NFL Youth Flag Football - Coed, boys and girls (517) teams. Join a league or start one in your area. NFL/PICK6 Youth Flag Football - Coed, boys and girls (grades PreK-8). Fall and spring seasons. • Rise-Up Athletics All-Star Cheerleading Program Kidnastics, 10712 Reagan St., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102, Rise-Up Athletics is their newly rebranded all-star cheer program formerly known as HSC which is under the direction of Cheryl Vuong, the head coach of the National and World Championship Los Alamitos Cheer teams since 1996. Rise-Up Athletics is a competitive cheerleading program for girls and boys (5+) which teaches all skill levels and even offers half-yearly teams along with competitive travel teams. R.U.A is a great training ground for any future high school cheerleaders or anyone interested in the ever-expanding sport of cheer. R.U.A is preparing for another successful season and would love to include your athlete in the fun! For enrollment information, email See ad on page 11.

Also see: Gymnastics for cheer-related activities. Football and Cheerleading at Games American Youth Football and Cheer - Tackle football (5-16) and cheerleading (5-18) at AYF games. www. Friday Night Lights - Flag football (grades K-8); lots more fun at

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


US Rowing Resources to find a rowing instruction class or a club or crew.


National Cheerleaders Association Hosts and promotes championships and camps (10+).

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

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

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On-The-Water-Instruction Boy Scouts of America - Programs for teens (1421) to learn boat handling under power and sail, piloting and navigation. (562) 344-1589. www.


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

party packages (see Parties). Visit the website or call the number listed for more program information. See ad on page 11. • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, Signal Hill Near Redondo and Stearns (562) 986-0066, My Gym has helped thousands of children, ages 6 weeks through 13 years, gain confidence and self-esteem in a loving and caring environment. The innovative, non-competitive tumbling and gymnastics program incorporates age-appropriate games, relays, fitness exercise, sports skills, group activities, and song and dance. Along with the constantly changing equipment setups, excellent student-to-teacher ratio, and the experienced and caring staff, My Gym is the best place for your children! Call to sign up for a free guest class today. See ad on page 37. USA Gymnastics (800) 345-4719, (317) 237-5050, Website provides information and resources for all areas of gymnastics, including artistic/rhythmic, acrobatic, trampoline and tumbling.

HORSEBACK RIDING • First Field Farm 18299 Dumont Ave., Cerritos (562) 924-2217, First Field Farm offers instruction in English horseback riding and jumping for beginning through advanced students. Beginner lessons include care of the horse as well as the basics of position and control. Private lessons are 30 minutes; group lessons, 45-50 minutes. Horses are provided. See ad on this page.

• Sandie Mercer Ranch at Lakewood Equestrian Center 11369 Carson St., Lakewood (562) 425-1905 Private and group instruction (6+) for Western, English and Jumping. Beginner through advanced lessons can be arranged to fit your schedule. Lessons are available six days a week on your horse or theirs. The new “Introduction to Horses” class, by scheduled appointment, includes safety and basic in-hand ground work and care, as well as basic riding. Camps also available (see Camps), plus programs for scout groups earning merit badges. Enjoy horses and horseback riding in a quiet country setting. Email: sandiejmercer@gmail. com. See ad on page 37. More Equestrian Centers The following locations offer English and/or Western riding instruction (5+). Monthly leases for students who do not own a horse may be available. Most locations also offer parties and school-break camps. For referrals to therapeutic riding programs, visit www. under the “Health Care” tab. Anaheim Equestrian Center Rancho del Rio Stable (714) 535-3510 1370 Sanderson Ave., Anaheim

U.S. Pony Club (859) 254-7669, English-riding instruction and competitions. Participants may lease a horse or use their own. US Polo Association (800) 232-8772, Resources for junior polo programs, clubs, competitions and clinics. Local club includes: Orange County Polo Club (10+). No riding experience is required. Kids compete in US Polo Association Interscholastic tournaments. 27271 Silverado Canyon Road, Silverado. (714) 791-8369.

MISCELLANEOUS SPORTS For additional sports such as boxing, cricket, field hockey, pickleball, track and field, and wrestling, visit and search the sport you’re interested in.

Country Trails and Riding School (714) 538-5860 Trail rides available. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange

Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) (800) 228-4872, Resource to find clubs/teams for a variety of sports, from traditional leagues for basketball and gymnastics to clubs for taekwondo, diving and feats of strength.

Huntington Beach Central Park Equestrian Center (714) 848-6565 Therapeutic riding, guided trail rides and horse-care clinics. 18381 Golden West St., Huntington Beach.

Badminton USA Badminton - Visit the website for local club contacts, Badminton Center Court - 3699 Industry Ave., Lakewood. (562) 4269299.

Orange County Fairgrounds (714) 708-1652 For lesson information, see trainer list online. 905 Arlington Ave., Gate #9, Costa Mesa.

Curling USA Curling - Referrals to leagues, plus a junior merit program, Local Orange County Curling Club in Westminster, www.

Rancho Rio Verde 1000 W. Carson St., Long Beach Serrano Creek Ranch Equestrian Center

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Trail Rides Country Trails, Orange, (714) 538-5860, www.ctriding. com. Huntington Beach Central Park Equestrian Center, (714) 848-6565, Sunset Ranch Hollywood Stables, under the Hollywood sign, (323) 469-5450, Susie Q Ranch, Murrieta, (951) 551-4585, Mommy/ Daddy and Me (3-5) rides also offered, plus pony rides and petting zoo, Western Trails Horseback Riding, Norco, (951) 403-1290, Will Rogers Trail Rides, Pacific Palisades, (310) 662-3707, www.

(310) 830-2060

(949) 768-5891

Disc Golf The following parks offer courses for disc golf. Most courses are open daily until sunset; some offer rentals. Cerritos, Liberty Park, 9-basket course, (562) 916-8565. Huntington Beach Central Park, 18-baslots more fun at

Lakewood Equestrian Center @ Sandie Mercer Ranch

Private & Group Instruction

FootGolf Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - FootGolf games may be reserved or by “walk up” after 12 noon. Little Rec Golf Shop, (562) 438-4012, Web search “footgolf” and your city to find additional locations.

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

Golf Associations and Leagues Long Beach Jr. Golf Association - Kids (7-17) learn techniques, rules, score keeping and course etiquette; Fridays, 3 p.m. $6, plus a $50 annual fee, Heartwell Golf Course, (562) 570-1272. Group instruction and vacation-break camps are also available at Recreation Park Nine, (562) 4945000.

Scout Groups Too! Summer Camps & Holiday Programs

Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) - Find golf courses that offer youth programs as well as opportunities for club outings and scholarships. (818) 980-3630. SCPGA Foundation Junior Golf Program - Competitive playing opportunities, instructional programs and vacation camps for youth SCPGA members (5-18) at various golf courses. (951) 845-4653. United States Golf Little League (USGLL) - Find a league or start a league. (562) 496-4653. www.

11369 Carson St., Lakewood

(562) 425-1905

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

Jump Rope USA Jump Rope - Find camps, workshops and clinics, Jumping Coyotes - Local national champion jump rope team (5-16) meets Tuesday, 6:15-8:15 p.m. in La Palma, (562) 4448413, Email: Lacrosse Beach Cities Youth Lacrosse - Girls and boys (7-18). Serves Cypress, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, and surrounding areas. US Lacrosse - Find local teams and leagues, plus information about the sport. (410) 235-6882. Martial Arts • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach With a Master Karate instructor on staff, students strive for different belt levels, while learning about goal setting and the discipline needed to reach them. Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 p.m. for ages 4-6, and 6:40-7:40 p.m. for ages 7-13. My Gym Ninja Training focuses on developing strength, stamina, and agility in relays, conditioning exercises, games, team-building, and obstacle courses that change every week! Wednesdays 4:15-5:15 p.m. for ages 5-10. (562) 986-0066, www. See ad on this page. Rock Climbing Indoor climbing facilities that offer classes, camps and parties. Boys and Girls Club - Buena Park, (714) 522-7259, Cal lots more fun at

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ket course, disc rental available, (949) 837-3618. Irvine’s Deerfield Park, 8-basket course, dawn to dusk, (949) 724-6725. Long Beach’s El Dorado Park West, 18-basket course, (562) 570-3225. La Mirada Regional Park,


State Fullerton’s Rockwall, (657) 278-7529, www. Hangar 18, Mission Viejo, (949) 454-8043; San Clemente, (949) 388-0480; and Signal Hill, (562) 981-3200, www. Rock City Climbing Center, Anaheim, (714) 777-4884, www.rockcityclimbing. com. Rockreation Sport Climbing Center, Costa Mesa, (714) 556-7625, Sender One Climbing and Sender City, Santa Ana, (714) 881-3456; and Los Angeles, (213) 2792000, Thrill It Fun Center, Orange, (714) 937-1600, Rugby Southern California Youth Rugby - Boys and girls (grades K-12) in LA and Orange counties. www. Table Tennis USA Table Tennis - USATT-affiliated table tennis clubs offer training, tournaments, camps and club information, Local club at OC Table Tennis Academy in Fountain Valley, www. Tennis Southern California Tennis Association - Programs for players (10-18), including teams, clinics and tournaments. Scholarships available. Visit their website to find youth tennis programs and leagues. (310) 208-3838.

SKATEBOARDING KG Tip: To find local skate parks, visit www. California Amateur Skateboard League Regional association promotes the sport of skateboarding while helping communities provide athletes with safe skateboarding environments and competitions. For pro-skate events, visit www.


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• Skatedogs (714) 313-8787, After-school and weekend classes in skateboarding, one of the world’s fastest growing sports. Offered in conjunction with the recreation departments of 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 offer classes for all ability levels. Kids (5-13) make new friends, advance their skateboarding skills, and most importantly, have fun—all in Skatedogs’ private skatepark. They also offer private lessons, birthday parties (see Parties) and camps during school breaks (see Camps). Also see Calendar. See ad on page 39. • Vans Skatepark 20 City Blvd. West, Orange (714) 769-3800

40,000-square-foot facility featuring a full skate and BMX course free for all skill levels, ages 6 and older. The location also houses a full Vans retail store and skate pro shop. Birthday party packages (see Parties), private lessons and skate camps (see Camps) are available. Open seven days a week, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (9 p.m. on Sundays). Vans also offers Off the Wall Skatepark and Vans Store at 7471 Center Ave., Huntington Beach. This free park, open seven days a week, features a large street plaza and transition area with clover bowl, backyard flow bowl, and palm tree planter with rock extension. BMX allowed all day Wednesdays. (714) 379-6666. See ad on page 27.

SKATING & HOCKEY • East West Ice Palace 11446 Artesia Blvd., Artesia (562) 809-6200 Ice rink offers public skating, skating classes for kids (3+) and adults, freestyle sessions, in-house hockey, hockey classes, youth travel hockey league, adult hockey league, stick time and broomball. Competitive synchronized skating teams and classes also available. A collection of Michelle Kwan memorabilia is available in the gallery. Fitness center is open to the public. Check website for details on ice schedule and events. Also see Parties. See ad on page 39. • Emerald Events Mobile Ice Skating Rink (714) 508-3690 Now you can ice skate year round! If you’re looking for a unique experience for your corporate, church, school event or home party, try Emerald Events’ synthetic mobile ice rink. It can be set up on almost any flat surface and they even provide the skates. Want to try ice curling? Contact them for that, too! Also see Parties. See ad on page 29. Hockey Associations Southern California Amateur Hockey Association Organization oversees an ice hockey league (6-18), September - March. Tryouts are usually in June; there are occasionally in-season openings, www. USA Hockey and USA Hockey Inline Offers referrals to local programs, (719) 576-8724, Roller Derby Los Angeles Junior Derby Dolls - For girls (7-17), Shark Bites Beach Cities Junior Derby - Mini Bites (8-10) and Shark Bites (11-17), Skating Associations USA Roller Skating Association - National association provides referrals to coaches and rinks, (317) 347-2626, USA Roller Sports Association - Provides information on competitions, including speed skating, hockey, figure skating, inline and roller derby, lots more fun at

• The Rinks Anaheim ICE (714) 535-RINK Huntington Beach Inline (714) 901-2629 Irvine Inline (949) 559-9949 Lakewood ICE (562) 429-1805 Westminster ICE (714) 248-9611 Yorba Linda ICE (714) 692-8776 Guests of all ages enjoy skating at The Rinks. With several daily public skating sessions, skate rentals and full-service snack bars, they offer the coolest fun! If you are new to skating, The Rinks offer a variety of Learn-to-Skate classes. For kids looking to try hockey, check out the Anaheim Ducks Learnto-Play Program, which is free to new participants, or the Little Ducks Hockey Program, a developmental hockey program that provides participants with a free set of hockey equipment, as well as on-ice instruction. No matter your age or ability, The Rinks has hockey programs and skating programs for you. For public skating session times and prices, and hockey and skating class information, visit them online or call. Locations: 300 W. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim; 5555 McFadden Ave., Huntington Beach; 3150 Barranca Pkwy., Irvine; 3975 Pixie Ave., Lakewood; 13071 Springdale, Westminster; and 23641 La Palma Ave., Yorba Linda. See ad with free Learn-to-Play Hockey on page 38. More Skating Rinks The following rinks offer roller or ice skating and hockey (3+), including classes, clinics, camps and leagues, plus public and specialty skating sessions. Pick-up play and party packages may be available. Check websites for discounts. Also see East West Ice Palace, and The Rinks in this section. Aliso Viejo Ice Palace - Ice only. Skating and hockey (2+). 9 Journey, Aliso Viejo. (949) 643-9648.

East West ICE PALACE Artesia & Ontario

• Public Session • Skating School • Party Packages • Figure Skating • Private Lessons • California Wave Youth Hockey • Adult Hockey League • Fitness Center • Broomball • Private Ice Rental

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VENUS Soccer Associations The following associations offer boys’ and girls’ leagues (4-19), camps and special-needs programs. American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), (800) 872-2976,; and California Youth Soccer Association, (714) 7782972, Soccer Parks Arena Soccer Parks - Garden Grove and Orange, (888) 273-6248, Deft Touch Soccer Center - Los Alamitos, (562) 3547592, LA Galaxy Soccer Center - Youth leagues (8-18), 540 Maple Ave., Torrance, (888) 576-2237, www.lagalaxysc. com, Momentous Sports Center - Irvine, (714) 389-7900, www.themmtsc. com. Outbreak Soccer Centers - Huntington Beach

and Signal Hill, US 5 Center - Norwalk, (844) 203-9841, www.

VOLLEYBALL Volleyball Associations and Leagues Calif. Beach Volleyball Association Boys’ and girls’ beach volleyball tournaments; five age divisions (10-18), all levels. Email: So. California Volleyball Assoc. (714) 917-3595 Club indoor volleyball teams for boys and girls (1018). US Youth Volleyball League (888) 988-7985 Instructional league for boys and girls (7-15). Visit their website to find a local league.

Fountain Valley Skating Center - Roller only. Family Night Saturday, 6-8:30 p.m, and Sunday, 5-7:30 p.m. 9105 Recreation Circle. (714) 847-0022. Holiday Skate Center - Roller skating only. 175 N. Wayfield St., Orange. (714) 997-5283. www. KHS Ice Arena - Ice only. 1000 E. Cerritos Ave., Anaheim. (714) 422-1236. Lake Forest Ice Palace - Ice only. Figure skating and hockey available. 25821 Atlantic Ocean Drive, Lake Forest. (949) 305-9658. Paramount Iceland - Ice only. Skating school, freestyle and hockey. 8041 Jackson St. (562) 633-1171. Promenade Ice Chalet - Ice only. Skating classes, figure skating, hockey and broomball. 550 Deep Valley Drive #107, Rolling Hills Estates. (310) 541-6630. lots more fun at

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Skating Paths For paved trails/paths in LA and OC, visit: bike.lacity. org,


• Big Air Trampoline Park Laguna Hills (949) 305-9788 23251 Avenida de la Carlota Buena Park (844) 550-JUMP 8320 On The Mall See ad on page 28. Tuesday and Wednesday: Special Needs Day - Join Big Air for Special Needs Day! Guests will have a blast exploring trampolines and other attractions. Parents, siblings, aides, family and friends are all welcome to join the fun! $8 per jumper for up to two hours with one caregiver/therapist for free. Additional family members also jump for $8. This is a blend-in during regular operating hours. Tuesday, 3 p.m. - close. Wednesday, 1 p.m. - close. Laguna Hills location. Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: Big Air Toddler Time - A special time just for little ones (7 and under, but gentle jumping siblings are invited) to jump around at their own pace without older kids. In addition to opening the attractions, extra balls and toys are provided for the kiddos. So whether your kids are bobbing around the dodgeball court or hopping into the foam pit, they will have a blast! Call for admission prices and times. Buena Park, Tuesday and Sunday. Laguna Hills, Wednesday and Thursday. Friday and Saturday: Big Air Cosmic Nights - The lights go down, the music is pumped up, and out come the lasers and glow lights. The full park is open to jump, climb, dance, and dodge after dark. Laguna Hills, 8:30-11 p.m., $19 per jumper; Buena Park, 8-11 p.m., $20 per jumper. Prices and hours subject to change without notice. • Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200, See ad on page 23. Every Saturday: Saturday Science. Visit for fun and educational science activities and demonstrations. Contact for details. $5 October 20: Spooky Science Night, in conjunction with International Observe the Moon Night. Come dressed in your Halloween best to this frightful event the whole family can enjoy. Activities (offered on a first-come, first-serve basis) include Spooky Robotics Labs; star gazing with a variety of telescopes; and creepy demonstrations and activities, including the Super Slime Station. Saturday, 5-9 p.m. $5 admission fee. Third Saturdays: All-Ages Astronomy Club. Aspiring astronomers are invited to the monthly meetings, which include a fascinating program about the night sky and a chance to talk about all things astronomy! Plus, use a telescope, build one and learn how to pick the proper telescope and identify different celestial objects. 7-9 p.m. $2 fee for all non-members. • Fillmore & Western Railway 364 Main St., Fillmore. (805) 524-2546. See ad and listing on page 25. Select Saturday and Sundays: Weekend Scenic Train

They offer challenging miniature golf, exciting rides including go-karts, bumper boats and kiddie train. Plus, be sure to utilize their discounted “North Pole Pack,” (visit website for details), offered throughout December.

CALENDAR Excursions. Enjoy a beautiful, family-friendly, threeor four-hour train trip adventure through the Heritage Valley. Ride on historic train cars used in several wellknown movies, TV shows and commercials. Each adventure includes two fun stops to explore along the route. Adults, $26; seniors (60+), $24; youth (4-12), $16; child (2-3), $12. Beer and wine available for purchase. Visit the website for details and schedule. More events: Haunted Hayride Dinner and Haunted House Train, October 19 and 26. PumpkinLiners, weekends, October 13-28. Zombie Hunter Paintball Train, September 29 - October 28. Northpole Express Train, select dates, November 24 - December 26. Murder Mystery Lunch Train - Viva Lost Vegas, November 10 and 17. North Pole Express Train, select dates, November 24 - December 26. Sugar Plum Express Holiday Village and Tree Train, weekends, November 24 - December 23. Free Shark Lagoon Nights Fridays, September 7 - December 28: Get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators during free Shark Lagoon Nights at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Guests can touch and learn about sharks and enjoy live music. Fridays, 6-9 p.m. Free. (Not offered on October 12 and 26.) 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. (562) 590-3100. • Golf N’ Stuff 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk (562) 868-9956, See ad on page 20. October 6, 13 and 20: Fall Festival Days. Kids (14 and under) will enjoy free face painting, free balloon art and a visit from King Putt®! Additional activities and food prices vary. Fall Fest hours, 2-6 p.m. (Saturday park hours, 10 a.m. - midnight.) October 27: Halloween Fair. Fun for all ages! Free candy bags for kids (12 and under; while supplies last). Free balloon art, face painting and karaoke, 2-6 p.m. Carved Pumpkin Contest (bring in your carved pumpkin to win prizes), 3 p.m. Costume contest (kids 12 and under), 4 p.m. Costume contest (all ages), 5:30 p.m. Additional activities and food prices vary. Halloween Fair, Saturday, 2-6 p.m. (Saturday park hours, 10 a.m. - midnight.) December 25: Start a Christmas Day Tradition. Bring family and friends for Christmas fun at Golf N’ Stuff.

Kids Night Out The following agencies and businesses provide an activity-filled, drop-off evening for kids: BounceU Huntington Beach and BounceU Orange, www. Cypress Parks and Recreation, www. La Habra Recreation, www.tinyurl. com/lahabrakno. Lil’ Chef School (Irvine), www. Los Alamitos Youth Center, www. My Gym (Buena Park, Huntington Beach, Laguna Niguel, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita, Tustin, Yorba Linda), www. Pennypickle’s Workshop (Temecula), YMCA OC, Movie Deals and Theater Child Care Find family-friendly bargains on favorite movies in theaters now or great deals on old classics. Cinema City Theatres, 5635 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, (714) 970-6700, Super Value Days, Sunday before 6 p.m. (3-D surcharge applies), Monday and Tuesday, $6. Four Stars Cinemas (new movies), 12111 Valley View St., Garden Grove, (714) 934-6377, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday (before 6 p.m.) Family Discount Days, $5 (3-D surcharge applies). Harkins Cerritos 16, 600 Los Cerritos Center, (562) 865-4140, offers in-lobby Child PlayCenter where kids (3-8) play games, read books, enjoy toys, and of course, watch movies, just steps from mom and dad’s auditorium. Walk-ups are welcome and reservations are recommended. Call for fee and times. Additional location in Chino Hills. play-center Norwalk 8, 13917 Pioneer Blvd., (562) 804-5615, $2-3 daily; Tuesdays, $1.50. San Juan Capistrano, 26762 Verdugo St., (949) 661-3456, Tuesday special, $6.50 all day (excludes 3-D films). South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701, classic film Wednesday and daily matinee, $8.50. Westminster 10, 6721 Westminster Blvd., (714) 893-4222, $6.50 all day Sunday (3-D surcharge applies). Pictures Show, 2800 Main St., Santa Ana Mall, (714) 953-8467, $6.75-9.75 daily; $3 extra for 3-D movies. • Lakewood Recreation & Community Services 5000 Clark Ave., Lakewood. (562) 866-9771. www. See ad on page 21. Fun-Tastic Family Nights - September 28, October 26, March 1, March 29, April 26 and June 7: Come to The Centre at Sycamore Plaza in Lakewood. Each event includes a light meal and fabulous entertainment for the entire family. Friday nights. $8 per person, $5 children 3 and under. Pre-registration required.

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• Orange Empire Railway Museum 2201 S. A St., Perris (951) 943-3020, Every weekend - Visit to experience a day of family fun exploring the large grounds and riding the trains and trolleys. Advance tickets are recommended for the special events listed below; check the website for departure times and tickets. See ad on page 25. October 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28: Pumpkin Patch Express. Take a train ride to the Pumpkin Patch; visit the petting zoo; enjoy performances including a Nick and Jan kids’ concert, as well as a ventriloquist; go on a hayride and jump on the trolley; explore the hay maze and experience the scavenger hunt; go trick or treating, and much more! November 4-5 and 10-12: Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine. Thomas, Percy, and Sir Topham Hatt are back and ready for big adventures, and even bigger memories with all their friends. Join them! November 29 - December 2, 6-9 and 13-16: Train to Santa’s Workshop. Embark on a magical train ride and visit with Santa Claus himself at his North Pole workshop. January 19-20: Behind-the-Scenes Day. At this annual all-day event, visitors get special access and tours of locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars, interurban electric cars and artifacts dating back to 1870. • My Gym in Long Beach Parents Night Out - Days vary (usually Fridays, a couple of times per month): Let your children have a blast with My Gym while you enjoy an evening out! Additional events include: Halloween Spooktacular Costume Party, October 26. Annual Cocoa with Santa Party, December 14. Noon Year’s Eve Party, December 30. Call for times and details. 3287 Industry Drive, Signal Hill. (562) 986-0066. www. See ad on page 37. • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900, Offers a variety of themed and holiday-related activities, crafts and story times throughout each month. Visit their online calendar for details on these and more events. See ad on page 21. October: Bugs invade Pretend City! From Mad Hatter Day on October 6 to Trick-Or-Treat Through the City on October 31, you’re invited to make bug, fall, and Halloween-themed creations of all kinds throughout Pretend City! Tip: All monthlong, donate your previously-used Halloween costumes to be put to good use during the year at Pretend City. November: Activities focus on gratitude and family and the importance of being thankful for the many blessings in our lives, from Dia de Los Muertos Cellots more fun at


More events: College Fair, October 9. Family Camp, October 13. Halloween Carnivals, October 31. The Haunted Jail, October 26. Holiday Tree Lighting, December 7. Lakewood Run, March 2. Earth Walk Lakewood, March 9. Mother and Son Mayhem, March 30. Daddy/Daughter Date Night, April 5.


Long Beach & Bellflower Locations (562) 426-6264 Limit 1 per student • Exp 4/1/19

$50 OFF Registration New Students Only

See our ad on page 30; listing on page 32. ebration (bring a photo of your loved one to add to the special altar) on November 2 to Giving Tuesday on November 27. December: Come home for the “holly days” and together give back to your community by collecting gifts for local families in need; with the return of Imagination Playground, December 2; Hooray for Hanukkah, December 2-10; Christmas Countdown, December 12-23; Sensitive Santa Visit and Photo Opp, December 17; Kwanzaa Celebration, December 26-30; and Annual Noon-Year’s Confetti Countdown, December 31. January: It’s getting cold in the Art Studio as children explore the different colors, textures, and temperature of winter. Build a snowman, design a pair of winter mittens, and color some ice; plus, enjoy lots of snowrrific activities during these winter themed weeks, from the Pajama Party, January 8 to Autism Night and Lego Day, January 28. February: Love is in the air at Pretend City. Heart health, love, and emotions are the focus, from Lunar New Year, February 5 to the STEAM Event on February 23.


• Burgess Cotillion The Grand - Catalina Room 4101 E. Willow St., Long Beach (323) 874-7393, With Burgess Cotillion, manners and etiquette are emphasized throughout their program. Students (grades 3-12) are taught how to: introduce themselves, go through a reception line, ask a lady to dance, and sit properly. A demonstration on table manners is also provided. They cover telephone, cell phone and computer manners. Kids are encouraged to make new

• Skate Park Tour with Skatedogs (714) 313-8787 Ongoing: Join Skatedogs for a half-day skate park tour! Kids (6+) visit three local skateparks with Skatedogs instructors and then all grab a bite at Subway and discuss tips and tricks. Kids should bring water, a snack, skateboard, helmet, knee and elbow pads. Skatedogs’ boards and safety gear are available to borrow upon request. Contact for dates. $100 (cash or check at drop-off), includes prizes, lessons and lunch. RSVP required; seats are limited. Email: See ad on page 39. • Stratford School 24741 Chrisanta Drive. (949) 458-1776. www. At Stratford, high expectations yield extraordinary results. Locations in Altadena, Los Angeles Melrose, and West Los Angeles. See ad on page 31. October 20, February 9, and March 23: Visit the Mission Viejo campus during any of their upcoming Open House events and tours to see first-hand how the carefully designed Stratford-approach prepares students to become tomorrow’s creative

friends while the program emphasizes fun in a structured environment. Also see Dance under Arts. Lil’ Chef School 15435 Jeffrey Road, #132, Irvine (949) 679-839 In addition to a variety of cooking classes for kids and teens, they also teach classes on how to set and clear a table, execute proper table manners, and introduce various cooking utensils and appliances and their use. kidsguide fall/winter 2018/19 41


problem-solvers, innovators, and confident leaders. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. January 14-18 and 24: Tour Week, all campuses. Plus, an evening Open House, Mission Viejo campus only. Thursday, January 24, 6-7:30 p.m.

Let’s Have A Cart Party! Gourmet Food Prepared Fresh in Front of Your Guests on Antique Style Food Carts. See our ad & listing on page 29.

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

INDOOR PLAYGROUNDS AdventurePlex (310) 546-7708 Manhattan Beach.

Forest and Torrance.

Billy Beez (657) 207-4841 Anaheim.

Pumper Jumpers (714) 265-7121 Fullerton.

BounceU Huntington Beach, (714) 892-4842. Orange, (714) 744-5867.

Scooter’s Jungle Aliso Viejo, Placentia and El Segundo.

Frogg’s Bounce House (714) 418-0442 Fountain Valley.

Seascape Kids Fun (714) 970-7100 Anaheim.

Jump N’ Jammin (949) 582-5890 Mission Viejo.

Silly Goose Playground (310) 539-2792 Lomita.

Jumping Fun Kids (714) 787-4994 Buena Park.

Twinkle Twinkle Kids Cafe (310) 530-4535 Lomita.

Jumper’s Jungle Gardena, Riverside, Santa Fe Spring and South Gate.

We Play Loud Lake Forest and Huntington Beach.

Kidz Town (562) 420-PLAY (7529) Lakewood.

Trampoline Parks Big Air - Locations in Laguna Hills and Buena Park, (see ad and listing on page 28). CircusTrix - Mission Viejo, www.circustrixoc. com. GetAir - Huntington Beach, (714) 9165815, Sky Zone - Locations in Anaheim, Torrance and Westminster, Rockin’ Jump - Santa Ana, (714) 249-7676,

Luv 2 Play (949) 916-0877 Lake Forest. Playland Cafe Irvine.

(949) 829-2789

Pump it Up Anaheim Hills, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Lake

• Vans Skatepark Holiday Skate Clinics December 8 and 15: Vans Skatepark in Orange, a 40,000-square-foot facility, offers two Holiday Clinics. Instruction is offered for beginner to advanced street skateboarders, ages 6-16. Pizza lunch is included. Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free clinics open to the public, see associate for details. Space is limited, so sign up today. 20 City Blvd., West, Orange. (714) 769-3800. See ad on page 27. • Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills (310) 746-4000. Visit website for performance times and ticket prices. See ad on back outside cover. November 3-4: Shadow Play. Follow the playful adventures of Flash and his exciting quest to reunite with his mischievous shadow in this multimedia performance for the youngest of audiences (2-5) and the young at heart. Second Sundays, November 11 - June 9: Dance Sundays with Debbie Allen and Friends. Dancers and families of all ages can enjoy the wildly popular dance lesson sessions with the three-time Emmy award-winner, outdoors on the Promenade Terrace. Open to the public, each session will focus on one style of dance. November 11, January 13 and February 10: Story Pirates. The kid-centric company is back for more free, outdoor musical sketch comedy based on stories written by children, geared especially for toddlers on these dates. Sundays, 11 a.m. December 8, March 9 and May 11: Story Pirates Live. The Story Pirates aren’t your typical swashbuckling sailors. They don’t steal gold—they’re searching for kids’ wildest, most imaginative stories. The Pirates then adapt these tales into a musical sketch comedy show (ages 5+). Visit The Wallis’ website to submit your child’s stories for their three themed shows this season! Saturdays, 2 p.m. March 2-17: The Old Man and the Old Moon. Who keeps the moon shining bright? The Old Man charged with that task embarks on an epic adventure of land, sea and sky in search of his missing wife. This swirling tale of love, for all ages, is accompanied by a live, indie-folk band. April 26 - May 5: Black Beauty. From the cozy horsebox they call home, Andy and Andy take the bit firmly between their teeth and tell the classic tale, blending storytelling, music and puppetry (recommended for ages 5+). Both morning and evening shows offered with this production.

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Also see: Health Services, and Support Groups and Parent Education under Family Resources.


CHOC’s Parent Advice Line (714) 509-8887

JADE (949) 303-9016, en Español (949) 303-9018 The Juvenile Alcohol and Drug Education and Decisions program.

Drug Use Is Life Abuse (714) 647-4593 Free referral program through the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

For The Child (562) 427-7671, (562) 422-8472

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

First 5 LA Connect (213) 482-5902 Resources for nutrition, school readiness and parenting tips for kids under age 5.

Department of Children and Family Services of LA County (800) 540-4000

Long Beach Child and Adolescent Program (LBCAP) (562) 599-9271

Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Center (562) 904-9590 Downey.

Magnolia Park Family Resource Ctr. (714) 530-7413

Emergency Numbers Childhelp USA (800) 422-4453 Poison Control Center (800) 222-1222 Safely Surrendered Baby (877) 222-9723 Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-8255 Suicide Hotlines (877) 727-4747, (800) 784-2433 Suicide Hotline for LGBTQ Teens (866) 488-7386 Child Abuse Children of the Night (800) 551-1300 Provides intervention for children who are sexually exploited and vulnerable to or involved in prostitution and pornography.

OC Child Abuse Prevention Center (714) 543-4333 Social Services Agency of OC (800) 207-4464 24-hour child abuse hotline. Counseling Alateen/Al-Anon (888) 4AL-ANON (425-2666) Support groups and referrals for families and children of alcoholics. Boys and Girls Club Arches (714) 532-7940 Counseling, family support, outreach and referrals. Casa Youth Shelter (714) 995-8601 (CASA) Bilingual. Los Alamitos. Community Family Guidance Center (562) 924-5526 Therapy for children (3-17). • Connie Wax, Individuals, Couples Family and Child Counselor (714) 300-3163 Families Anonymous (800) 736-9805 Free weekly meetings for families and friends of an addict or alcoholic. Help Line Youth Counseling (562) 273-0722 Youth/family counseling. Sliding scale. Hoag Community Benefit Mental Health Programs (949) 764-6542 Low-sliding scale. No is one turned away due to lack of funding. Interval House (562) 594-4555, (714) 891-8121 Counseling for youth victims of domestic violence. Programs include teen dating and domestic-violence education and legal assistance.

Domestic Violence Hotline (562) 437-4663 Referrals to counseling and legal aid for low-income individuals and families. Drug Rehab (844) 722-7196 A help line and online substance abuse guide for parents.

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


Baby Line (949) 764-2229 Questions answered by on-duty nurses at Hoag Hospital. Free. California Youth Crisis Line (800) 843-5200

LGBTQ Youth Talkline (800) 246-7743 (PRIDE) Telephone/internet peer counseling. Hotline of So. Cal. (562) 596-5548, (714) 894-4242 Mental Health America (800) 273-TALK (8255) National Alcohol and Drug Abuse Referral Line

(800) 454-8966

National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-7233 National Eating Disorders Assoc. (800) 931-2237 National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline (866) 331-9474 RAINN (800) 656-HOPE (4673) The Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network’s hotline connects to a local rape crisis center. Stand Up For Kids (800) 365-4KID (4543) Provides children in crisis with food and clothing. • Orange County Department of Child Support Services Professional, cost-effective services to parents or caretakers of minor children, including the establishment and enforcement of child support orders, establishment of legal paternity through genetic testing, and account maintenance. For more information, see Parent Education and Support Groups. 1055 N. Main St., Santa Ana. (866) 901-3212. See ad on page 19. Missing/Runaway Children Help, information, referrals and message-relay services for runaways, abducted children and/or their parents. Also visit California Missing Children Hotline, (800) 222-3463 (FIND), Find the Children, (888) 477-6721, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, (800) 8435678 (THE LOST), National Runaway Safeline, (800) 786-2929 (RUNAWAY), support and intervention,

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