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tableofcontents Aquatics & Water Polo��������������������������6 Archery������������������������������������������������10 Arts & Crafts���������������������������������������10 Attractions������������������������������������������14 Basketball�������������������������������������������18 Beauty & Etiquette������������������������������18 Biking��������������������������������������������������18 Bowling�����������������������������������������������20 Calendar��������������������������������������������105 Camps�������������������������������������������������22 Cheerleading���������������������������������������41 Child Care & Baby Sitting�������������������41 Clothing�����������������������������������������������43 Cooking�����������������������������������������������43 Dance��������������������������������������������������44 Dentists & Orthodontists��������������������87 Emergency & Family Services������������48 Fencing������������������������������������������������50 Fishing & Boating�������������������������������50 Football�����������������������������������������������54 Golf������������������������������������������������������54 Gymnastics�����������������������������������������55 Health Services�����������������������������������56 Horseback Riding�������������������������������59 Languages������������������������������������������61 Magic��������������������������������������������������62 Martial Arts�����������������������������������������62 Museums��������������������������������������������63 Music���������������������������������������������������66 Parent Education��������������������������������70 Parties�������������������������������������������������71 Photography����������������������������������������76 Playgrounds����������������������������������������76 Recreation Departments��������������������77 Recreation & Parks�����������������������������78 Safety��������������������������������������������������79 Schools�����������������������������������������������80 Science & Technology������������������������84 Skateboarding������������������������������������86 Skating & Hockey�������������������������������88 Soccer�������������������������������������������������90 Softball & Baseball�����������������������������90 Special Needs�������������������������������������92 Sports, Miscellaneous������������������������92 Support & Play Groups�����������������������93 Surfing & SUP�������������������������������������94 Teens���������������������������������������������������95 Tennis��������������������������������������������������96 Theater Arts����������������������������������������96 Toys�����������������������������������������������������98 Track & Field���������������������������������������99 Trains��������������������������������������������������99 Tutoring & Academics����������������������100 Volleyball�������������������������������������������102 Youth & Family Groups���������������������102 Zoos���������������������������������������������������104 4 • spring/summer 2014
What’s one of the greatest gifts you can give your kids? Hint 1: It’s found everywhere. It’s cheap. It allows you to expand your mind, be adventurous, relax when stressed, and sleep at night. Contrary to what you may be thinking, it does not involve a 12-step program. It’s reading, pure, simple, life altering. It’s what we want your kids to get hooked on. We’ve always been about expanding kids’ lives through outside experiences (just check out the whomping 108 pages included in this issue). Now, we’re going inside to encourage kids to curl up and get cozy with a Kindle, iPad or hopefully, they’re still old school––a book. Our “Raising Readers” editorial on pages 3-4 includes fun (and sneaky) ways to make books part of your family life. We’ve got strategies and resources to help reluctant readers, reading-focused outings, recommended lists to find the perfect book, and engaging activities that––your kids won’t realize––involve you know what. And to top it off, we’ve started a book club, Kidsguide’s Book Bunch. Bunchers get a snazzy bookmark and a free round of mini-golf just for signing up. After that, for every book our members read–– and tell us about––they’ll be entered to win all kinds of goodies (see page 108). Hint 2: Have your kids couple this with other summer reading programs, which we also list, and watch the loot roll in. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”––Dr. Seuss. No one said it better. Let’s help our kids go!
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Not to ruffle your feathers, Oprah, but Kidsguide is starting a book club. Gather your little ducklings—it’s time to crack open some fun! Whether your kid’s a jock, a ballerina, a tree hugger, an animal lover or a LEGO fiend, there’s a treasure trove of titles out there to love, and we’ll show you where (and why!) to find them. Sign up now for the Kidsguide Book Bunch by emailing your offspring’s name, age and address to email@example.com. Every new mem-
Babies who grow up with books are more likely to become better readers and writers as they reach school age, and it’s easy to set the scene. Make sure your house has plenty of books, magazines, letters, drawings and pamphlets lying around. Let your kids spot you reading and writing throughout the day. Point out signs, logos and plaques while you’re out on errands, and make regular stops at the library. Give your kids special books for birthdays and holidays. And don’t forget story time. Shut off the gadgets, grab a blanket and let your kids choose the
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Huntington Beach: Pick a book off the shelf, open it to any page, and have your reader hold up one finger for every word he doesn’t know. “Zero or one finger means the book is most likely too easy,” she says. “Four or five fingers means the book is too hard and should be read with a buddy. Two or three fingers means the book is just right.” And Allison Castellanos of Allison Tutoring recommends appealing to your kid’s learning style. Try sketches and picture books for visual kids, audio books and read-alouds for auditory learners, or plays and puppet shows for kids who like to get up and move. If he’s still struggling, check out our Special Needs (page 92) and Tutoring
RaisingReaders ber receives an official book mark and a free pass good for one round of mini golf at Golf N’ Stuff. After that, all your Book Buncher needs to do is report back to us on the titles they’ve perused. For every report they send in now through September 15, they’ll be entered to win spectacular prizes, including shiny new books, a Summer Reading Prize Pack from Scholastic and lots more. We’ll even post favorite books in the Buzzz and on Kidsguide’s Facebook page all summer long, so your reader will always have fresh ink.
“One of the most important things that parents can do to support their children’s success is helping them to develop a love of reading,” said Reynette Sanchez, director of Curriculum and Instructional Services for the Los Angeles County Office of Education. “Children who love to read, and who are proficient readers, have great advantages in school and in life. When families, schools and communities all work together and support literacy learning, our children benefit greatly. “ Reading adds oomph to your vocabulary, sparks your creativity, builds your empathy and sharpens your memory and thinking skills. Lose yourself in a book and you’ll forget the day’s worries. Your heart rate slows, your muscles unclench and you’ll even sleep better. Most important, reading is cheap, portable, pure entertainment. Where else can you pat a bunny, hop on pop or face off against stealthy tributes in a fight for your district? It’s a love you’ll want your kids to have for a lifetime.
Reading All Around
You can give your kids a taste of reading as soon as they can slobber, said Francisco Oaxaca of First 5 LA. “There is an overwhelming academic consensus that the earliest years of life, from birth to age five, is the time when a child’s brain is undergoing the most growth and development,” he said, “so learning to read should begin at infancy.” lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
books and turn the pages. “Make reading an activity that you and your child look forward to before settling in for the night,” recommends local storyteller Denise Dien. “Your child will associate reading with good times.” When they’re older, take turns reading chapters, and ask your teen about his latest faves. “Reading can be part of your everyday conversations,” Dien said.
(page 100) sections for a list of resources, or build his skills and confidence this summer with a reading class disguised as fun. Several city recreation departments and both Cerritos and Cypress colleges offer programs in phonics, poetry, creative writing and more. Look for even more academic camps on page 22.
No Books, No How
Once your reader starts rolling, you can keep his nose in a book by sniffing out his interests. Listen for topics he’s excited about at the dinner table. Choose books about a favorite hobby, sport, celebrity or vacation spot. Ask about good books he’s read at school, or the books his friends are reading. Bring home selections from tried-and-true series, like “Junie B. Jones,” “Amelia Bedelia,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and “Captain Underpants.” And don’t worry if you think his favorites are a
If no amount of coaxing will get your little one to look sideways at a book, start slow. First, find out if they’re a little too ambitious. “Reluctant readers may be trying to read too far ahead of themselves,” Dien said, “which would be a daunting task rather than a pleasurable experience.” Try the Five Finger Rule from Barbara Richardson, the senior librarian for Children’s Services in
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Think Outside the Book Reading with a buddy is always more fun. Here’s how to mix it up with fellow book lovers. Start a Book Club Have your reader pick out a favorite book. Set a date and time, announce your selection and invite his crew to your house to pick it apart. (You can find discussion prompts online.) Get fancy and plan an activity and snack related to the theme. (“Hunger Games”? Nerf archery and “poison” berries, of course.) Plan a Book Swap Round up your kid’s class, scout troop, church group or sports team and organize a book swap. Set a date and time and ask families to bring used books they’d like to trade, laying them out on blankets or tables. When you say “go,” shoppers can browse through the stacks and pick up new favorites. To be fair, ask each kid to leave with the same number of books he brought. Read with a Dog Sloppy kisses may be just the thing to get your kid reading. Kids (15 and up, or accompanied by an adult) can help socialize the cats and dogs at Long Beach animal shelter with cozy reading sessions (www.tinyurl.com/petliteracy). BARK (Beach Animals Reading with Kids) sends therapy dogs to local libraries to hear little ones practice their reading. Check their calendar at readingdogs.org. little too low brow. “Graphic novels and comic books count,” said Huntington Beach Children’s Librarian Janet Judson, “and so do illustrated editions of the classics.” “You want to hook them and then branch out,” agrees Alex Uhl, owner of Irvine’s Whale of a Tale Children’s Book Shoppe and mother of three grown readers. “(Do) whatever it takes to get them reading.” Pick up the recommended reading list for his grade level at your local library, and find more great-book lists online; see page 95 for ideas. And don’t overlook your friendly neighborhood librarian. “We take pride in finding just the right book for a particular reader,” Judson said, “and getting feedback that it was the best thing they had ever read.”
The Fun Factor Reading’s just the beginning. Books can be the perfect launching pad for all sorts of family adventures. Watch for story hours, movie screenings, LEGO building sessions, visits from LA Opera and more at your neighborhood library. And this summer, be 26 | •kidsguide spring/summer spring/summer 2014
first in line to sign up for their (free!) summer reading program. Your kids will earn prizes for plowing through books, and they’ll snag a spot on the guest list for free performances by magicians, bubble blowers, jugglers and more. Or spend an afternoon exploring someplace new. Huntington Beach Central Library has a (kids’ favorite) spiral ramp, indoor fountains, a busy story time theater and a popular Festival of Folktales each June. In Cerritos, you’ll find a 15,000-gallon saltwater aquarium, an indoor rainforest, a life-size Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton named Stan and a new Teen Studio. Head to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books April 12-13 (events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks) for music, food, book signings and more, and watch for the Orange County Children’s Book Festival (kidsbookfestival.com) on September 28.
Whale of a Tale has hosted book signings with favorite authors from Julie Andrews and JK Rowling to Lemony Snicket, but what owner Uhl loves most is introducing kids to up-and-comers. “It’s important for kids to see that they’re real people,” she said. “Authors inspire kids to be who they want to be.” Apostrophe Books in Long Beach frequently hosts children’s events, and at Barnes & Noble your little one can earn a free book through the company’s summer reading program. Pottery Barn Kids and many museums hold weekly story times, and at Gatsby Books in Long Beach, your kids can rub up against the resident cat, Ruby, while they scan the shelves. “Creating a lifelong reader is easy,” said Gatsby Books (and Ruby’s) owner Sean Moor. “Simply let children choose their own books and follow their imagination and interests to their heart’s content.” Consider your summer booked!
Sneak in Some Reading Get your kids reading without their even knowing it! • Keep a stash of Mad Libs at home, a family boredom buster since 1958. • Buy a box of brownies and have your little chef read the instructions and whip them up. • Check out a book of science experiments and let your wizards loose. • Ask Grandma to send a newsy letter with “write back soon!” at the end. • Record your kid reading her favorite book and let her listen to it when she wants to chill. • Tap into an unlimited supply of e-books with your library card, good for any PC, Kindle, Nook, iPad or smart phone. They “return” automatically, so no late fees! • Invent a new restaurant and have your kids make up the menu and take orders. • Check your library website to tap into interactive narrated TumbleBooks, puzzles and games. • Challenge your little one to write and illustrate a sequel to his favorite book.
• Find online reading games and personality quizzes at scholastic.com and many other sites. • Download kids’ reading apps like Tikatok StorySpark, Bookster and Tales2Go. • Find your kid an overseas friend with International Pen Pals (usa.ipfpenfriends.com) and then watch your mailbox. • Give your kid a blank journal before your next family vacation and help him make a photo book when you get home. • Start a magazine subscription. Try Cricket (cricketmag.com), National Geographic Kids (kids.nationalgeographic.com) or Discovery Girls (discoverygirls.com). • Stick a box of magnetic words on your fridge or a cookie sheet and see who can make the kookiest sentence. • Hang a chalk board in the kitchen and write a new word each day. One point for every time it’s used in conversation—keep score! • Share your newspaper. Many have a kids’ page with comics, mini biographies, puzzles and games.
Page Turners: Where to Donate Old Books
Long Beach Public Library. Click “Support the Library” at www.lbpl.org for details.
Since their very first edition of “Goodnight Moon,” your kids have likely collected a mountain of books. Turn over outgrown treasures by donating them to your local library. (It’s tax-deductible!) Long Beach Main Library at 101 Pacific Ave. happily accepts gently used books and magazines. Super-popular titles (Wimpy Kid, anyone?) may be added to their checkout collection, while the rest will be offered up for sale (for cheap!) by the Friends of the
Most Orange and Los Angeles County public libraries also accept used hardcover and paperback books, magazines, movies and music to be sold at library book shops, book sales and silent auctions. Check colapublib.org and ocpl.org. You can also box up your bonanza and ship it—for free!—to Better World Books, a nonprofit that’s recycled 165 million pounds of books and raised nearly $16 million for global literacy programs. Check betterworldbooks.com for a list of accepted items and a downloadable shipping label. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
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aquatics & water polo Swim instruction, teams, Junior Lifeguards, camps, recreational swimming and wading/ spray pools; plus water polo classes, clubs and camps. Also see: “Fishing and Boating,” “Camps” and “Surfing and SUP.” • Alpert JCC Swim Instruction and Water Polo 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Ext. 1035 www.alpertjcc.org Swim Instruction - Group and private lessons in a
Youth Water Polo with Coach Elsie Wenger - Enjoy the Junior Olympic pool while learning the basics of ball-handling and shooting. Improve swim skills, work on treading water and strokes specific for water polo. For ages 5-10; all levels welcome. See ad on page 23. American Red Cross Greater Long Beach (562) 595-6341 Orange County (714) 481-5300 www.redcross.org Classes (5+) include water and small craft safety, Junior Lifeguards, first aid and CPR, plus referrals to Red Cross-certified swim programs and instructors. Enter your zip code on their website to find a location near you. Boys and Girls Club Year-round recreational swimming is available at the Long Beach Wallace/Petrolane branch. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.
• Deep Blue Swim School 11-39th Place, Long Beach (562) 434-1644 www.deepbluelongbeach.com Deep Blue Swim School offers 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 pool. Lessons are offered to all ages and focus on fun and safety in and around the water. Deep Blue is passionate about the lifelong benefits that swimming lessons provide. Call to arrange a free trial lesson and start your aquatic journey today! See ad on this page. Diving Instruction • McCormick Divers - A year-round springboard diving program for all ages and levels. The coaches are currently looking for talented kids (5+), from learn-to-dive beginners, to high school divers, to elite national competitors. (714) 846-5731. www.McCormickDivers.com. See listing in “Camps”; ad on page 9.
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More Diving instruction: PDA Sports Training Center, 15064 Shoemaker Ave., Sante Fe Springs, (562) 2291927, www.pdausa.net; and USA Diving, provides resources for finding diving teams, coaches and events, (317) 237-5252, www.usadiving.org. • Golden West Swim Lessons 15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach (714) 895-8228 www.GWCswim.com Group and private swim lessons are offered June - August at Golden West College’s aquatic facility. Class offerings include: Parent and Me, Preschool (ages 3-5), Level 1-5 (6+) and Water Polo. All classes are 30 minutes in length. Online registration begins May 1st. See ad on page 9. • International Water Polo Club (949) 428-7576 www.internationalwaterppoloclub.com Both competitive and non-competitive programs, serving all communities, offered for kids as young as 3, and youth in the following age divisions: 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U, 20U, as well as adults. Kids get used to the water, strengthen their swimming skills, and are taught the basic fundamentals of water polo in a fun, safe setting. For older kids and teens, there are gender- and age-grouped programs, from the swimming novice to the experienced water polo player. Camps, clinics and swimming lessons are also offered. Their newest programs, Splashball (3-9) and Aquaball (1014) are offered Monday - Friday, 6:15-7:30 p.m., and are lots of fun for just $100 per month. They will soon offer free weekend waterball leagues. Discounts and payment plans may be available; check their website for specials. Olympic facility of USA Water Polo, Joint Forces Training Base Pool, 11200 Lexington Drive, Los Alamitos. Mention “Kidsguide” and your first try-out is free! Also see “Camps.” See ad on page 7. Junior Lifeguards The following cities offer summer Junior Lifeguard programs for boys and girls (9-17). Also see: Recreation Departments and Colleges and YMCA listings in this section. Crystal Cove State Park (949) 497-5049 Swim test held April 5 and 12 at Newport Mesa YMCA. Program, June 30 - August 8. www.crystalcovejg.com
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Huntington Beach (714) 374-1501 Swim tests in May. Visit their website or call for dates. www.juniorguard.com Long Beach (562) 570-8550 Swim tests held at the Belmont Plaza Outdoor Pool, March 29, April 5, 19 and May 10, 8-10 a.m.; and May 2, 6-8 p.m. Program runs June 23 - August 1. www.longbeach.gov/fire Newport Beach (949) 675-8420 Swim tests held at Corona Del Mar High School, March 30, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. www.newportlifeguard.org Seal Beach (562) 431-1531 Swim tests held June 10 and 12, 5-7 p.m. and June 14, 7-10 a.m. McGaugh Elementary School, 1698 Bolsa Ave. www.sealbeachca.gov Recreation Departments and Colleges Cerritos College - Summer swim lessons, Mommy and Me classes, diving and water polo (6 mos-17 yrs). (562) 467-5050. www.cerritoscommunityed.com CSULB - Swim instruction (3-12), summer only. (562) 985-4674. www.csulb.edu • Cypress College, Kids’ College - Swimming: Parent and Me Swimming (6 mos-4 yrs), beginner, intermediate and advanced swimmers, Pre-Competitive Swim and Beginning Board Diving at the Cypress College Pool. Water polo program for beginning and intermediate players, plus year-round water polo at the Fullerton center. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Swim instruction (4+), parent/child (6 mos-7 yrs) and recreational swimming. Pool rental available. (562) 8669771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org/recreation Long Beach City College - Red Cross-certified swim lessons (5+), two-week sessions, Monday - Thursday, $60. Infant/preschool aquatic program (6 mos-4 yrs), two-week sessions, Monday - Thursday, $45. Diving, boys and girls (8+), two-week sessions, $60. Boys and girls water polo (8+), two-week sessions, $60. (562) 938-4249. Email: email@example.com. • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Beginning to intermediate swim instruction (3+); year round. Specialty programs include: parent and child, (9 mos-3 yrs), diving (7-18), private/semi-private
lessons, recreational swimming and water exercise classes. Belmont Plaza Outdoor Pool, (562) 5701806; King Pool, (562) 570-1718; and Silverado Pool, (562) 570-1721. www.longbeach.gov/park Santa Ana College - Aquatics camp (7-12). (714) 564-6594. www.sac.edu/cms • RIO Sandpiper Swim School – Orange 1800 E. La Veta Ave., Orange (714) 633-7400, Ext. 276 www.rio-rehab.com Sandpiper provides quality swim lessons for individuals of all ages and abilities. They have a high-level of customer satisfaction in student progression. They use a progress report card for each student to keep track of what they have accomplished and/or areas that need work before they advance to the next level. Lessons are offered six days a week, year round in monthly sessions, 30 minutes in length. Groups: 3-18 years; Parent and Baby: 6 months - 3 years; and private lessons are offered for all ages. See ad on page 9. • Rocket Fish Swimming and Swim Lessons www.SWIMlongbeach.com Rocket Fish Swimming practices at the new Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach. Rocket Fish is a high-quality swim experience focusing on stroke development for swimmers ages 5-13. As the swimmers progress, speed swimming is balanced with sportsmanship, team concept and self-awareness. The swim teachers/coaches are educated and enthusiastic waterpeople who return each year, providing brilliance and continuity. Their in-water teaching approach engages beginning swimmers and maximizes safety, comfort and learning progressions in the four competitive swim strokes. Three practices per day (novice, intermediates and advanced). In spring and fall, Rocket Fish practices on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:15-7 p.m. Spring swim practices begin on April 1st. Sign up on their website and show up ready to swim! In summer, Rocket Fish is a morning swim team experience. Well-organized swim meets, beach days, and spirited social events makes Rocket Fish Summer an epic experience for the whole family. The summer session is from June 16th - August 7th. Want to prepare your child for the Jr. Lifeguard time trial? Swim with Rocket Fish this spring to improve freestyle stroke in order to pass the time trial. To register, visit the website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. See ad on page 7.
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• Rossmoor Swim School and Children’s Center 4161 Green Ave., Los Alamitos (562) 431-6553 www.RossmoorSwimSchool.com Specializing in children’s swimming lessons since 1965. Their goal is to have children enjoy their swimming experience. They use a gentle approach considering the emotional, psychological and physical wellbeing of the children. Youngsters ages 3-9 are taught in a heated outdoor pool (90 degrees), in groups of four, by Red Cross-certified instructors. Summer sessions begin every two weeks and run Monday through Thursday. Parents are welcome to observe lessons. Full and half-day preschool programs are also offered. See ad on page 7. Southern California Swim Teams (800) 682-0135 www.socalswim.org Southern California Swimming (SCS) oversees city and community club teams. Swimmers (4+) are grouped according to age and ability for year-round, weekday workouts and weekend competitions, culminating in the Junior Olympic Championships. Monthly club dues apply. Visit the website for local team information. • Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center & Buccaneer Bay Waterpark 13806 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada (562) 902-3191 www.splashlamirada.com The following programs are offered at Splash! in their heated 25-yard pool. Special rates are available for schools and camps. For more information or to register for a class, call Splash!, or check out their website. Also see “Attractions” and “Parties.” See ad on the back outside cover; coupon on page 91. Lessons - Swim lessons from Parent and Me through pre-competitive levels. Group or private instruction. Parents can get in shape while kids are taking their lesson by lap swimming in another lane.
Board Diving - The class is designed to teach kids (ages 6+) the basics of one-meter and three-meter spring board diving. Synchronized Swimming - Classes (ages 6+) cover basic skills culminating in a routine set to music. This class can prepare you to join the La Mirada Aquabelles Synchronized Swim Team (7-18), which is also held at Splash! Aquabelles (7-18) provide athletes with a fun and safe environment to learn the beauty of this growing sport. Adult masters program is also offered.
Wading and Spray Pools Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center - Splash pad and wading pool. $5-7; monthly and seasonal passes are available. 29 Santa Barbara Drive. (949) 425-2559. www. alisoviejoaquaticscenter.com Bellflower - Caruthers Park (wading pool). (562) 804-1424, Ext. 2261. www.bellflower.org Buena Park - Carl Brenner Park (wading) and Larwin Park (spray). (714) 236-3860. www.buenapark.com
La Mirada Armada Swim Team - Year-round team for beginning to advanced swimmers. Armada swimmers have competed in USA Olympic Trials and other national and state competitions. Whether you are a beginning or advanced swimmer, the Armada has a year-round program for you. www.armadaswim.com Water Polo at Splash! - Come join the fun and learn the basic skills and strategies of the game (ages 6-16). This class will help prepare you to play on an organized team or with your school. U.S. Synchronized Swimming (317) 237-5700 www.teamusa.org/USA-synchronized-swimming Provides resources and information on local clubs (3+). USA Water Polo (714) 500-5445 www.usawaterpolo.org Provides information on local clubs, clinics, camps and tournaments for boys and girls (7+).
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• El Dorado Regional Park Archery Range 7500 E. Spring St. , Long Beach (562) 570-3148 www.longbeach.gov/park Get pointers to improve skills and consistent shooting technique. Groups of five or more, call (562) 6889666. Equipment provided. Saturday classes include advanced, 9 a.m. and beginner, 10:30 a.m. Safety class required. Vehicle entry fees, Monday - Thursday, $5; Friday, $6; Saturday and Sunday, $7; and holidays, $8. • Gryphon Fitness Studio 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia (714) 519-1343 www.GryphonFitnessStudio.com Archery teaches focus, concentration and coordination. Gryphon Fitness offers beginning archery classes for kids 8 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: info@GryphonFencing.com. See ad on page 51.
Fullerton Parks - Lemon (spray), Valencia (wading) and Adlena parks (spray), and Downtown Plaza (spray pool). (714) 738-6575. www.ci.fullerton.ca.us Irvine - Heritage Park - Playground with a splash pad, 14301 Yale Ave., (949) 724-6750, www.cityofirvine. org/parks. Irvine Spectrum - Tortoises shooting water surrounded by a fountain by the food court and a smaller fountain by the Vitamin Shoppe. Plus, a Ferris Wheel and carousel (for a small fee). 71 Fortune Drive. (949) 753-5180. www.shopirvinespectrumcenter.com • Lakewood - Bloomfield, Boyar, Del Valle, Mayfair, Palms and San Martin parks (wading). Wading Pool Wednesdays offers evening sessions, June 16 - August 29, 5-7:30 p.m. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org/recreation Long Beach Towne Center - Spray pad and fountains in front of the movie theater. Long Beach Towne Center, 7575 Carson Blvd. (562) 420-5116. www. longbeachtownecenter.net Tustin - Tustin Pioneer Road Park - Pioneer-themed play equipment with water features, 10250 Pioneer Road, (714) 573-3327, www.tustinca.org. The District Shopping Center - Shooting water fountains outside the theater, 2437 Park Ave., Tustin, (714) 259-9015, www.thedistricttl.com. Westminster - Sigler Park Splash Pad (spray). 7200 Plaza St. (714) 895-2860. www.westminster-ca.gov. • Watersafe Swim School 1(855) WSS-SWIM www.watersafe.com Indoor pool heated to 92 degrees, open year-round offering certified, expert instruction for ages 2 months to adult. Emphasis is placed on self-reliance through the turn and back float survival method. Students progress easily into freestyle and other competitive strokes. Call for additional information on private and group lessons, and novice swim team. Cypress, 12 • spring/summer 2014
6021 Orange Ave.; Huntington Beach, 8141 Atlanta Ave.; Santa Ana, 11782 Simon Ranch Road (also serves Irvine and Tustin Hills); Seal Beach, 345 10th St.; and Yorba Linda, 16971 Imperial Highway. See ad on page 8. YMCA Bellflower, Downey, Fullerton, Lakewood, Long Beach (Los Altos and Fairfield), Mission Viejo, Newport-Mesa and Santa Ana branches offer year-round swim instruction (3 mos+). Additional programs include: Downey, Splashball (5-9) and swim team; Fullerton and Santa Ana, swim teams (5+); Long Beach - Los Altos and Fairfield, water polo, swim team and pool rental; Newport-Mesa, Splashball (5-13), swim team (4-16), junior guard (8-15) and stroke development (8-13); and Weingart-Lakewood, swim teams. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.
archery Clubs, lessons and ranges. Archery Ranges The following private ranges offer instruction (5+), tournaments, league activities, target practice and private lessons. Camps may be offered. Party packages available. Archery Outpost, 10714 Reagan St., Ste. B, Los Alamitos, (562) 598-3444, www.archeryoutpost.net. Hi-Tech Archery, 1912 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 4499744, www.htarchery.com. Orange County Archery, 18792 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, (714) 965-1125, www.orangecountyarchery.com.
U.S.A. Archery www.teamusa.org/USA-archery The national governing body for archery coordinates the Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program, which gives youth (8-18) the opportunity to compete in regional and national competitions. Free referrals to local archery clubs, tournaments and camps. Find Junior Olympic Archery Development link under the “Archers” tab on their website.
arts & crafts Arts and crafts instruction, workshops, classes and camps. Also see: “Museums.” • Alpert JCC Creative Arts Camps 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Ext. 1205 www.alpertjcc.org Alpert JCC Digital Filmmaking Camp - Hands-on, immersive experience in digital filmmaking. Students work in small groups to make a film, learning all aspects of production, including writing, planning, shooting, editing and scoring. Camp will culminate with a private film screening on Friday afternoon for family and friends. For grades 6 and up. Week of August 18th. See ad on page 23. • Art Steps 18212 Imperial Highway, Yorba Linda (714) 524-2248 24000 Alicia Pkwy., # 31, MV (949) 454-9555 www.artstepsclasses.com Art Steps teaches realistic, classical drawing and painting skills to kids ages (4+), teens and adults. Students receive hands-on, step-by-step guidance as they walk through lessons in a variety of subject matter and media, from crayons through oil paint, gaining confidence through learning to skillfully render what they see, one step at a time. Also see “Camps” and Parties.” lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
• Bowers Kidseum 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 480-1520 www.bowers.org/kidseum Kidseum: a place where children and their families can discover exciting cultures from around the world. Engage in hands-on exploration of authentic cultural masks and musical instruments. Discover your inner artist at the Drop In Art Lab (included with admission) with projects that change every two weeks. Most projects reflect the subject of current exhibitions. Framed: Step into Art™,an interactive bilingual exhibit, allows kids to step inside the framework of famous paintings and experience art like never before. See ad on page 27. Boys and Girls Club Crafts are offered at most branches (5-17). See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. Ceramics Studios Art Waves - 18910 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley. (714) 965-0669. Clay on First - 406 E. 1st St., Long Beach. (562) 4954362. www.clayonfirst.com Color Me Mine - Brea, (714) 671-2808; Costa Mesa, (714) 241-8072; Long Beach, (562) 433-4177; Mission Viejo, (949) 367-9757; Tustin, (714) 505-3975; and Whittier (562) 789-5600. www.colormemine.com Hidden Talents Ceramics Studio - 16917 Algonquin St., Ste. E, Huntington Beach. (714) 840-6833. www. hiddentalentsceramicstudio.com
• Color My World Art Studio 11960 Artesia Blvd., #101, Artesia (562) 219-4566, (562) 879-5972 www.ColorMyWorld.me Art classes, art parties and Open Canvas Art. Color My World Art Studio teaches proper techniques to use a variety of media such as charcoal, crayon, pastel, graphite, marker, pen, pencil, water color, acrylic, oil and mixed media. Their group and private art classes provide the opportunity to: stimulate creativity and imagination; strengthen critical thinking and problem solving skills; improve attention span, fine motor skills and handwriting dramatically; express personal thoughts/feelings and secure personal enjoyment/ satisfaction. Want to host a party with fun and lasting memories? Celebrate with the Paint Your Own Canvas Art Party (see “Parties”). Are you a beginner, or seasoned artist? There is no pressure for you to be Van Gogh, Monet or Pablo Picasso…you don’t need to have a group to create your own masterpiece and take home! Call for Open Canvas Art Sessions (ideal for up to 7 people). Email: ColorMyWorldArtStudio@gmail. com, info@ColorMyWorld.me. See ad on this page.
Lowe’s - Free Build and Grow kids’ (5-12) clinics offered second and fourth weekends. Parent participation required. Free. Visit www.lowesbuildandgrow.com for clinic locations, upcoming projects and online registration. (800) 44-LOWES.
Craft Instruction Build-A-Bear - Kids create an animal or doll, then add clothes and accessories. Anaheim, (714) 776-5980; Mission Viejo, (949) 347-6992; and Torrance, (310) 921-2327. www.buildabear.com
• Gymboree Play & Music – Long Beach 4148 N, Viking Way, Long Beach (562) 429-4886 www.gymboreeclasses.com 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, art classes at Gymboree Play & Music – Long Beach encourage confidence and support artistic potential. Their art classes are suitable for children (18 mos - 5 years),
Home Depot - Free workshops for kids (5-12) offered at all locations the first Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. - noon. Parent participation required. (800) 466-3337. www.workshops.homedepot.com
Michaels - Kids explore their creativity while parents shop. $2. Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m., sessions start every half hour. Available at all locations. www. michaels.com/kidsclub Piecemakers Country Store - Sewing, knitting, and fiber arts and crafts. 1720 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa. (714) 641-3112. www.piecemakers.com RideMakerz - Make a model car. Downtown Disney, 1540 S. Disneyland Drive, Ste. 103, Anaheim. (714) 776-0216. www.ridemakerz.com The Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse - Free meetup on Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., where kids make things from recycled items (8+). 320 Elm Ave., Long Beach. (562) 437-9999. www.thelongbeachdepot.org
Summer Art Class Schedule is Here!!! Let’s Get Creative!!! Classes Held 1-3pm (except where otherwise noted) $160, includes art supplies ($140, for July 4th holiday week) Mondays, June 30 - Aug 18: Cool Cartoons Tuesdays, July 1 - Aug 19: Sassy Scuptures Wednesdays, July 2 - Aug 20: Sci Art
Thursdays, July 3 - Aug 21: Art & Writing Fridays, July 11 - Aug 22: Art 101 Saturdays, July 12 - Aug 23, 10am - 12pm: Art 101
Especially for Teens! Tuesdays, July 1 - Aug 19, 4-6pm: Canvas Craze
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and the whole family. Near Carson St. and Bellflower Blvd. Also see “Music.” See ad on page 77. • IncrediFlix Summer Camps (949) 548-5424 www.incrediflix.com IncrediFlix brings a new element to summer camps. Their stop-motion or filmmaking camps use handson activities to expand campers’ imagination and creativity. Filmmakers learn story structure, storyboarding, and how to work as a team. Campers work as a film crew, act in the movie, and learn filmmaking techniques. See ad on page 30. • Jammin’ Music & Arts 4228 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach (562) 490-0222 www.jamminmusic-lb.com Long Beach’s only multi-art learning center is now offering visual arts training for students ages 7 and up. Students are exposed to a variety of art materials and methods (pencil, charcoal, chalk, oil pastels, watercolors and mixed media) as well as the great artists throughout history. All classes are taught by universitytrained professional artists. See ad on page 69. • Long Beach Museum of Art 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach (562) 439-2119 www.lbma.org LBMA offers art programs and workshops all year, focusing on the current exhibits of contemporary art. During the school year free workshops are offered every third Sunday of the month. During July and August, free workshops are held every Sunday. Summer Art Camps are offered the weeks of July 21-25 and July 28 - August 1; 9 a.m. - noon. The museum is open Thursday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; and Friday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission on Thursdays, 3-8 p.m., and all day Friday! See ad on page 10. • Model Boat Shop Colorado Lagoon, Long Beach (562) 570-1720 www.longbeach.gov/park Kids (7+) learn how to build model sailboats and race them in weekly regattas; June 17 - August 2, Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. A $60 participation fee will be charged for the eight-week program; material fees vary. For more information, call the summer phone number listed above beginning June 17. Program may cancel due to renovation of the lagoon. • Museum of Latin American Art 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach (562) 437-1689 www.molaa.org Target Free Sundays offer free admission to all visitors every Sunday. Free admission every fourth Friday evening (6-9 p.m.) of the month. Summer camp also offered; see “Camps.” See ad on page 30. • Pacific Conservatory, Music and Arts Education Costa Mesa and Orange (714) 545-1217 www.pacificconservatory.com KinderARTS is a two-hour integrated visual and
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performing arts program for 3-5 year olds. Children are introduced to music, art and drama through musical instruments, singing, dancing, fairytale theater with costumes and props, poetry, storytelling, art history, appreciation and the creation of projects using techniques of the Masters. Five-year curriculum covers all the major artistic periods. Drop-off program with Parent Share Days. Call today to schedule your complimentary class. See “Camps” listing for art classes during school vacations. Locations: 151 Kalmus, G-1, Costa Mesa, 92626; and 1311 E. Katella Ave., Orange, 92867. Formerly Pacific School of Music and the Arts. See ad on page 29. Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services Department - Parent and Me (2-4), Parent and Tot Art Time (3-5), Fun Acrylic Painting for Kids (6-12), Introduction to Drawing (8-14) and Young Rembrandts Art Classes (3½-12). (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect Cerritos College - Drawing and Painting (grades 1-6), Cartooning and Comic Book Art (grades 4-12), and Oil Painting (16+). (562) 467-5050. www.cerritoscommunityed.com • Cypress College, Kids’ College - Wonderful Arts and Crafts, Draw and Paint Animals, Cartoon Drawing, Drawing and Sketching (5+), Creating Small Sculptures (6+), Mosaic Masterpieces (8+), Drawing and Sketching, Pencils and Paintbrushes, Anime Drawing, Intro to Origami, Money Origami, Drawing and Watercolors, Fun with Clay, Photography (7+), Art Experiences for Children, Learning to Sew for Fun, Basic Clothing Construction (grades 8-12) and Fashion Illustration (12+). Centers in Anaheim, Cypress and Fullerton. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids Golden West College for Kids - Cartooning for Kids (8-14) and Pencil Drawing (8-15); summer only. 15744 Golden West St. (714) 895-0800. www. gwccommunityservices.com • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Creative Clay (5-12), Knitting, Crocheting and a variety of one- or two-day craft workshops, $12-48. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Holiday Arts, Crafts and Gifts (2-6), Little Picassos (4-6), Paint and Play Time (2-4), Pee Wee Art (2-3) and Beginning Art (6-9). Many Long Beach parks offer arts and crafts on a drop-in basis with supervised recreation programing during after-school hours. (562) 570-3100. www.longbeach.gov/park Santa Ana College - Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media (10+). (714) 564-6594. www.sac.edu/cms Sewing and Knitting Instruction All Brands Sewing Center - Beginner to advanced classes and clinics (8-16). Locations in Buena Park, Foothill Ranch, Garden Grove, Irvine and Mission Viejo. (714) 636-1322. www.ocsewing.com Angel Threads Sewing School - Sewing classes (7+) where students work independently on their own projects. Make-and-Take Workshops also
available. Newport Beach. (949) 548-6070. www. ocsewingclass.com Fashion Camp OC - Kids (7+) classes include Sewing 101, Accessories, Creating Fashion, Sketching Workshop and Styling. 2477 Park Ave., Tustin. (949) 478-0846. www.fashioncampoc.com Sewing Lab Los Alamitos - Classes for kids (5+). Spring break workshops and summer camp also offered. Sibling and military discounts are available. 3841 Catalina St., Ste. H, Los Alamitos. (646) 3615842. www.sewinglablosalamitos.com Sew Vac Ltd. - Classes and clubs for beginning to advanced sewers, plus summer camps. 1762 Clark Ave., Long Beach. (562) 498-6684. www.sewvacltd.com Stitches in Time - “Mom and Me” knitting and crocheting classes for all ages, Wednesdays, 2:30-4 p.m. and Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m.; and en Español, Fridays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. $5 per person, plus materials. 16525 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower. (562) 804-9341. www.stitchesintimeyarn.com • Sewing with Jane 6243 E. 5th St., Long Beach (562) 431-1943 Hand sewing for ages 6 and up. Machine sewing for ages 9 and up (machines provided). Small, projectbased group classes for beginning through intermediate sewers. Hand sewers complete craft-based projects. Machine sewers complete simple clothing or crafts. Weekly, 1½ hour classes are held in fiveweek sessions. Please call for a mailer on upcoming projects. Sewing camps are also available (see “Camps”). Email: email@example.com. Studio Art Instruction Art Exchange Long Beach - Kids classes, workshops and drop-in studios. 354 E. 3rd St., Long Beach. (562) 491-0278. www.artexchangelb.org Art House - Classes in drawing and painting (5-18). 1380 S. Harbor Blvd., La Habra, (714) 870-7119; and 34085 PCH, Ste. 104, Dana Point, (949) 3502285. www.thearthousefullerton.com Art Smart Studio - Monthly classes (5+) in painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, watercolors and mosaics. 3823 E. 7th St., Long Beach. (562) 439-4777. www.artsmartstudioforkids.com Art Waves - Weekly classes and occasional dropin studio. 18910 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley. (714) 965-0669. Averyboo Arts - Painting, drawing, mixed media, watercolor and open studio (2-12). 3908 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach. (562) 912-4800. www.averyboo.com California Arts Center at OCSA - Animation, painting, drawing and ceramics (grades 4-8). 1010 N. Main St., Santa Ana. (714) 560-0900, Ext. 5630. www.ocsarts.net/communityclasses Chuck Jones Center for Creativity - Drop-In and Draw Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa. (949) 660-7793. www.chuckjonescenter.org lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
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Huntington Beach Art Center - Classes and workshops (2+) in drawing, painting, dance and more; one-day to eight-week sessions. (714) 374-1650. 538 Main St., Huntington Beach. www.huntingtonbeachartcenter.org
teed to entertain young families with 16 exciting rides and attractions, including the “Drop Zone,” a 50-foot free fall tower. You’ll also find a live interactive children’s theater, a petting farm, a 25foot 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, $14.95; seniors (55 and over), $9.95. AAA discount available for up to six regular-price admissions per card. Free parking. See discount coupon on page on page 86.
Inspyr Arts - Fine arts drawing and painting studio (5+). School-break camps also offered. 3910 E. 4th St., Long Beach. (562) 342-6172. www.inspyrarts.com
Aquariums Also see “Science and Technology” for a listing of educational aquarium programs.
Irvine Art and Music - Young Artists Series (4-8) and Fine Art classes (8+). 15315 Culver Drive, #150, Irvine. (949) 559-3069. www.irvineartandmusic.com
• Aquarium of the Pacific (562) 590-3100 More than 11,000 ocean animals are featured in three main galleries with 19 major habitats and 32 focus exhibits including over 500 different species. Exhibits include Shark Lagoon, with sharks and ray touch tanks; the Lorikeet Forest aviary; the “Whales: Voices in the Sea,” kiosk; Ocean Science Center, featuring NOAA’s Science on a Sphere; the June Keyes Penguin Habitat; and the new Wonders of the Deep gallery and Ocean Exploration Hub. Educational programs also available (see “Science and Technology”) as well as annual events (see “Calendar”). Admission: adults, $28.95; kids (3-11), $14.95; seniors (62+), $25.95. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. www. aquariumofthepacific.org. See ad on page 15: coupon on page 85.
Fibo Kids Art Academy - Drawing and painting classes (grades pre-K-12). Locations in Brea, Tustin and Yorba Linda. (714) 579-1929. www.fiboart.com ®
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Fullerton Museum Center - Art programs and workshops, year round. Summer camps also offered. (714) 738-6545. 301 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton. www.cityoffullerton.com
Irvine Fine Arts Center - Classes and workshops (3½+) include drawing, painting, ceramics, culinary and mixed media. School-vacation camps are also offered. 1432 Yale Ave., Irvine. (949) 724-6880. www.irvinefinearts.org Muckenthaler Cultural Center - A variety of kids’ and family art classes and workshops are offered year round. 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton. (714) 7386595. www.TheMuck.org Museums - Many offer art classes for kids and teens that may include drawing, painting, cartooning, sculpture and other mixed media. See “Museums” for details and contact information. Pacific Studio of Art - Drawing and painting (8+). 1122 Lake St., Huntington Beach. (714) 960-2856. The Art Studio - Painting, drawing, cartooning, sculpting and mixed media. (7+). 6450 Westminster Blvd., Westminster. (714) 458-2800. www.theartstudio.us The Drawing Board - Drawing, painting and sculpting (2+), plus family workshops and ceramics. 4945-C Yorba Ranch Road, Yorba Linda. (714) 693-7156. www.thedrawingboard.info YMCA Laguna Niguel and Newport Mesa (3-15) offer classes. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.
attractions Attractions and theme parks for all ages throughout Southern California. Also see: “Museums,” “Science and Technology” and “Zoos.” • Adventure City 1238 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim (714) 236-9300 www.adventurecity.com Adventure City in North Orange County is guaran-
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (310) 548-7562 Thirty-five saltwater tanks and touch tanks, plus discovery labs and an Aquatic Nursery with baby sea animals. Family and kids’ classes, workshops, walks, grunion runs, youth docents and other educational programs are available. Suggested admission donation: $1-5. 3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pedro. www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org Sea Life Aquarium at Legoland (760) 918-5346 An interactive aquarium geared for kids (2-12) features play zones, hands-on touch pools, fun facts and quiz trails, as well as sea horses, stingrays and sharks. One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad. www.visitsealife.com Roundhouse Aquarium (310) 379-8117 Touch tanks, sea horses, shark and eel tanks, and kids activities. Classes, camps and parties also offered. $2 per person; $5 per family. Manhattan Beach Pier. www.roundhouseaquarium.org Santa Monica Pier Aquarium (310) 393-6149 Exhibits more than 100 species, featuring touch tanks with tide pool animals, plus 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. www.healthebay.org/smpa The SEA Lab (310) 318-7438 A hands-on coastal science education center that offers free and low-cost programs, touch-tank tours, public fish feeding, field trips and parties. Admislots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
sion: $2 per person or $4 per family. 1021 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach. www.lacorps.org/sealab.php Buena Park Exhibitions: Titanic and Bodies 7711 Beach Blvd., Buena Park www.bodiestheexhibition.com www.titanictheexperience.com Bodies explores the systems of the human body: skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, endocrine and circulatory. Titanic The Experience features over 250 authentic artifacts that have been recovered from the wreck site of the Titanic, plus recreations of famous rooms as well as actors dressed in period clothing portraying notable passengers and crew members. Family Fun Centers Arcades, airsoft, go-karts, laser tag, miniature golf, RC raceways and paintball parks. Most offer party and group packages. Check websites for coupons and discounts. Bay Arcade (949) 673-0324 Video and redemption games. 706 E. Bay Ave., Newport Beach. www.thebayarcade.com Boomers 3405 Michelson Drive, Irvine (949) 559-8336 16800 Magnolia St., FV (714) 842-1111 Arcade, batting cages, bumper boats, mini golf, rock wall, go karts, kiddie rides and laser tag (Irvine only). www.boomersparks.com Buena Park Raceway (714) 827-9979 Slot car racetrack. Rent a car or bring your own. 6161 Lincoln Ave., Buena Park. www.bpraceway.com Camelot Golfland (714) 630-3340 Arcade, miniature golf, miniature bowling, laser tag, go-karts and water slide. 3200 E. Carpenter Ave., Anaheim. www.golfland.com Dave and Buster’s of Orange (714) 769-1515 Arcade and restaurant. Nighttime tends to a mature crowd. The Outlets at Orange, 20 City Blvd. West, Orange. www.daveandbusters.com Go-Kart World (310) 834-3800 Six racing tracks, including tracks for younger kids (3+), bumper cars and arcade. 21830 Recreation Road, Carson. www.gokartworld.com • Golf N’ Stuff (562) 863-8338 See listing in this section; ad with discount coupons on page 14. Howie’s Game Shack Socially interactive PC and Xbox gaming centers. 8308 On the Mall, Buena Park, (714) 676-7455; and 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy., Mission Viejo, (949) 3670019. www.howies.com Irvine Lake RC Park (714) 649-9111, Ext. 305 Natural off-road track. All scales welcome. 4621 Santiago Canyon Road, Silverado. www.irvinelake.net John’s Incredible Pizza Company (714) 236-0000 Bowling, bumper cars, Twister ride, laser tag and over 100 video and redemption games. 8601 On The Mall, Buena Park. www.johnspizza.com lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
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K1 Speed Indoor Go Kart Racing Go-kart racing, league and party packages. Open to everyone, four-foot tall and above. Anaheim, 1000 N. Edward Court, (714) 632-6999; Irvine, 17221 Von Karman Ave., (949) 250-0242; and Torrance/ Gardena, 19038 S. Vermont Ave., (310) 532-2478. www.k1speed.com Kitchen Den Bar (562) 308-7529 Arcade, bowling and restaurant. Nighttime tends to a mature crowd. 10 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. www. kdblongbeach.com Laser Quest (714) 449-0555 Laser tag (5+). 229 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Fullerton. www.laserquest.com Nickel! Nickel! Five Cent Games (714) 847-2191 Video and redemption games. 7454 Edinger, Huntington Beach. www.nickelnickelhb.com OCRC Raceway (714) 892-6699 Rent a RC or bring your own. Practice and race times available. 15282 Jason Circle, Huntington Beach. www.ocrcraceway.com Pelican Pier Pavilion (562) 980-1415 Over 40 video and prize-redemption games. Shoreline Village, Long Beach. www.funfactorygames.com The Paintball Park (866) 985-4932 Splatmaster (8-12) and Paintball (13+). 1700 Vandegrift Blvd., Oceanside. www.thepaintballpark.com The Power House (562) 497-1197 Video games, laser tag and Bowlingo. 7589 Carson Blvd., Long Beach. www.powerhousegames.com SC Village (562) 867-9600 Paintball and airsoft (10+). 8900 McCarty Road, Corona. www.scvillage.com Hollywood Sports Park (562) 867-9600 Two-story arcade, laser tag, rockwall, BMX course, futsal and volleyball. Plus, paintball and airsoft (10+). 9030 Somerset Blvd., Bellflower. www.hollywoodsports.com Tac City (657) 888-6111 Airgun scrimmages (10+). 2430 Artesia Ave., Fullerton. www.taccityairsoft.com • Flightdeck 1650 S. Sinclair St., Anaheim (714) 937-1511 www.flightdeck.com Youth (11+) and adults can leave the civilian life behind and step into the world of the fighter pilot. Check in at the front desk, put on your flight suit and pay close attention in your 20-minute classroom briefing. After climbing into the cockpit, adjusting your aviation headset and responding with “copy that” to the radio check, you’ll be cleared for take off. Fly high, fly low, try everything to prevent an opponent from getting behind you. You’ll be wiping the beads of sweat from your brow and catching your breath before attempting your first of two airport landings. Once on terra firma, you’ll egress your cockpit and join the others and the instructor for your debrief. Hope you have something to brag about, because the other pilots most 18 • spring/summer 2014
certainly will. For 20% off, see ad on page 71. Also see “Parties.” • Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk (562) 868-9956 www.golfnstuff.com 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, bumper cars, Disk’O Thrill ride 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 doctor’s office incentive programs. Where the 5 and 605 freeways meet. See ad with coupons on page 14. Military Ships S.S. Lane Victory (310) 519-9545 Built in 1945, in Los Angeles, the victory-class cargo ship was used in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War. The ship was preserved in 1998 to serve as a museum ship. Friday Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; closed Thursday. Adults, $5; kids, $2. Berth 49, San Pedro. Daylong battle cruises available July 26, August 23 and September 20. www.lanevictory.org USS Iowa (877) 446-9261 Tour Battleship Iowa for a journey through World War II, the Korean War and the Cold War, including the 16” main guns, the Tomahawk missile decks, crew’s living quarters, and the captain’s cabin with the only battleship bathtub installed for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Plus, a kids’ scavenger hunt. A youth overnight program maybe offered in summer. 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro. www.pacificbattleship.com USS Midway Museum (619) 544-9600 Exhibits include crew’s sleeping quarters, galley, engine room, the ship’s jail, officer’s country, post office, machine shops, pilots’ ready rooms, primary flight control and the bridge high in the island over the flight deck. Plus, an aircraft gallery and flight simulators. Tours and special events also available. 910 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego. www.midway.org Orange County Great Park Balloon and Carousel Sand Canyon and Marine Way, Irvine (866) 829-3829 www.ocgp.org A tethered, 118-foot-high, helium-filled balloon allows passengers to soar 400 feet in the air for a bird’s-eye view of the Orange County Great Park and surrounding areas. The carousel offers rides approximately three minutes long (riders under 42˝ must be accompanied by an adult). The Great Park Balloon and carousel are both wheelchairaccessible. Fees apply. Check in is required at the Visitors Center Pavilion. Parks and Playgrounds For indoor and outdoor playgrounds, see “Playgrounds” and for arboretums, nature centers and parks, see “Recreation and Parks.”
• Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900 www.pretendcity.org Pretend City Children’s Museum is an interconnected city designed just 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 realworld experiences as they dress up as a police officer, deliver the mail, create art, compose music or put out a fire. See “Museums” for complete listing. See ad on page 63. • Queen Mary 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach (877) 342-0738 www.queenmary.com Transport yourself back in time aboard the legendary Queen Mary. Once the grandest ocean liner in the world, the Queen Mary is now a full-service hotel, historical landmark and entertainment venue. Current family-friendly exhibits and tours include Diana: Legacy of a Princess showcasing Princess Diana and the Royal Family; Ghosts and Legends; Her Finest Hour: a WWII Tour; Scorpion Tour, which includes a tour of the Scorpion submarine docked next door, giving the rare opportunity to get a first-hand glimpse of what life was like aboard a Russian submarine during the Cold War; a self-guided tour and more. Also see “Calendar.” See ad on page 5. Theme Parks • Adventure City (714) 236-9300 $14.95 general admission with unlimited rides. Kids (under 12 mos) free with paid adult; seniors (ages 55 and over), $9.95. AAA discount available for up to six regular-price admissions per card. Free parking. 1238 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim. www.adventurecity.com. See listing in this section; discount coupon on page 86. Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure (714) 781-4565 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim. www.disneyland.com Knott’s Berry Farm (714) 220-5200 Opening in summer, refurbished Calico Mines and Camp Snoopy. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. www.knotts.com Legoland (760) 918-5346 One Legoland Drive Carlsbad. www.legoland.com Six Flags Magic Mountain (661) 255-4111 New in Summer 2014: Speedy Gonzales Hot Rod Racers in the newly revitalized Bugs Bunny World. 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. www.sixflags.com SeaWorld (800) 257-4268 New this year: SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration kicks off March 21 and continues for 18 months. Guests enjoy interactive experiences, pathway performances, up-close animal encounters and the SeaWorld Surprise Squad treating visitors with prizes every day. Plus, a new arrival experience called Explorer’s Reef that features four touch pools with sharks, rays and other marine life. 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego. www.seaworldsandiego.com lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
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Universal Studios Hollywood (800) UNIVERSAL New this year: “Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem,” a 3D movie motion-simulator ride, and “Super Silly Fun Land,” an interactive play land. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. www.universalstudioshollywood.com Water Parks Party packages, season passes, tube and board rentals, picnic areas and lockers may be available. Boomers (949) 559-8341 Buccaneer Cove. 3405 Michelson Drive, Irvine. www. boomersparks.com Knott’s Berry Farm’s Soak City (714) 220-5200 Open daily, May 24 - September 1; weekends, May 17-18 and September 6-14. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. www.soakcityoc.com • Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark (562) 902-3191 Guaranteed to entertain everyone; choose to spend the day in the lazy river, dare to plunge down the two-story water slides or swim in the heated 25-yard pool. Adults can spend time with the little ones in the zero-depth play structures, spray pads and smaller slides. Free use of life jackets and tubes are always included with admission. Splash! is the best value, with free parking, picnic areas, all-day park access, lockers and tasty food. The 18-acre park is beautifully landscaped with palm trees, lush green grassy areas, lounge chairs and umbrellas. Season passes on sale now (at the pre-season price of just three payments of $18, now through May 31. After May 31, prices go up slightly). 13806 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada, 90638. (562) 902-3191. www.splashlamirada.com. See ad on the back outside cover; coupon on page 91. Legoland Water Park (760) 918-5346 Open daily, March 8 - April 28 and May 23 - September 1; Friday - Monday, May 1 - May 22; and weekends in September and October. One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad. www.legoland.com
Raging Waters (909) 802-2200 Weekends only, May 10-18 and September 6-28. Open daily, May 24 - September 1. 111 Raging Waters Drive, San Dimas. www.ragingwaters.com SeaWorld’s Aquatica (800) 257-4268 Daily, May 24 - September 1; and weekends, September 6-28. 2052 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista. www.aquaticasandiego.com
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The Cove Waterpark (951) 360-1974 Three water slides, body-boarding, splash playground for younger kids, continuous river and picnic areas. Concessions are available. 4310 Camino Real, Riverside. www.covewaterpark.com lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
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basketball Leagues, clinics and camps. Also see “Camps.” • Alpert JCC Pete Davis Legends Basketball Camp 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Ext. 1035 www.alpertjcc.org Two weeks of summer hoops at the J led by former Michigan State and NBA player Pete Davis. Players ages 6-14 learn basketball fundamentals and skills through individual and group instruction, scrimmages, lectures and coaching by former NBA pros, including Pete Davis and Mike “Crusher” Davis. Expect surprises, like past special guest coaches Joe “Jellybean” Bryant and Jeffery “Twirlee DeLite” Dollison, former Harlem Globetrotter. All levels welcome. Players will receive Pete Davis Legends’ jerseys. Weeks of July 8 and 15; choose one or both weeks! See ad on page 23. Boys and Girls Club Basketball pick-up play (5+) is available at most branches. Some locations offer league play. See “Youth and Family Groups” for locations. National Junior Basketball (714) 765-6567 www.njbl.org Boys’ and girls’ leagues in age divisions (grades 1-12). Registration begins in September for December to February season. Academy training is available year round (grades 3-12). Various locations. Professional Teams/Players Camps Michael Jordan Flight School - Overnight and day camps (8-18), August 1-5 (boys) and August 6-10 (boys and girls), $586-1,490. UC Santa Barbara. (503) 803-0208. www.michaeljordanbasketballcamp.com. Lakers Basketball Camp - Camps for boys and girls (9-18), June 30 - July 3 and July 7-10, $350. Next Level Sports Complex, 12821 Knott St., Garden Grove. (310) 426-6055. www.lakers.com Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services Department - Basketball Skillz and TriFytt Basketball Camp (3-12), (714) 765-5191. East Anaheim Gymnasium Youth Basketball Clinic (4-7) and Camp (4-10), June - August. Youth Basketball Clinic (4-7) begins in July. (714) 765-3960. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect Cerritos College - Summer basketball class (grades 2-12), two-week session. (562) 467-5050. www. cerritoscommunityed.com Chapman University - Summer camp, six sessions, June 16 - August 8, $185-310; lunch and extended care provided. (714) 532-6083. www. panthersbasketballcamp.webs.com
• Cypress College, Kids’ College - Basketball Clinics (4+) are offered year round in three age divisions; six-week sessions, $50. Summer Basketball Camp (9-11), one-week session, 9 a.m. - noon, $125. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Summer camps (7-13) are available. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org Long Beach City College Basketball Camps - Boys’ and girls’ (8+), one-week sessions, $60. Pee Wee camp for boys and girls (5-7), $45. Extended hours available. (562) 938-4249. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Santa Ana College - Youth Basketball Camp (10-15). (714) 564-6594. www.sac.edu/cms Many recreation departments offer basketball programs. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. YMCA Laguna Niguel offers classes (3-12) and leagues (6-16), plus Buddy Basketball (8-10). Fullerton, Mission Viejo (6-14) and Weingart-Lakewood (3-13) offer leagues. Newport-Mesa (3-9) and Santa Ana (3-14) offer classes. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.
beauty & etiquette Beauty and self-improvement classes, plus kids’ hair salons and pageant. • Burgess Cotillion Golden Sails Hotel, Long Beach (323) 874-7393 www.bobbyburgesscotillion.com With Burgess Cotillion, manners and etiquette are emphasized throughout their program. Students (grades 3-12) are taught how to introduce themselves, how to go through a reception line, how to ask a lady to dance, and how to sit properly. A demonstration on table manners is also provided. They cover telephone, cell phone and computer manners. Kids are encouraged to make new friends while the program emphasizes fun in a structured environment. Email: email@example.com. Also see “Dance.” Colleges and Recreation Departments • Anaheim Community Services Department - Runway and Print Modeling Camp (6-16). (714) 7655191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect • Cypress College, Kids’ College - Being the Leader (11-12), Clutter Buster (grades 3-12), Be Bigger than a Bully (8-12), Please Pass the Manners (5-7), How to Be a Best Friend (5-8), Dining and Party Etiquette (8-12), Positive Living Skills for Youth (8-11), Teen Ballroom Dancing (grades 7-12), Fashion Illustration (12+) and Teen Etiquette (13-17); $30-50. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids Santa Ana College - Teen Makeup and Skin Care (12+), Manners For Kids (8-12), and Modeling and Acting (12+). (714) 564-6594, www.sac.edu/cms
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Hair Salons The following salons cater to children, generally offering a selection of video games, toys and books, kid-size chairs and baby’s first haircut packages. Coco’s Fantasy Studio (562) 408-2733 8807 Alondra Blvd., Paramount. www.cocoscuts.com Cool Cuts 4 Kids Locations in Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Laguna Niguel and Mission Viejo. www. coolcuts4kids.com First Cut 2700 E. Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar (Newport Beach), (949) 640-0956; and 720 The Shops At Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo, (949) 364-7006. www. firstcut4kids.com Hair Bears Salon (714) 731-5057 14161 Newport Ave., Ste. G, Tustin Kiddy Kastle (714) 527-0527 4460 Lincoln Ave., Cypress. www.kiddykastle.com Rainbow Kids Hair Locations in Fullerton, (714) 441-1016, www. rainbowkidsfullerton.com; Irvine, (949) 5516691; Huntington Beach, (714) 842-4440, www. rainbowkidshairhb.com; and Yorba Linda, (714) 693-1520, www.rainbowkidsyorbalinda.com Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids (714) 665-4297 Tustin Courtyard, 635 E. First St., Tustin www.sharkeyscutsforkids.com • Mr. California and Miss Southern California Pageant (310) 720-1681 www.capageantproductions.com A community- and service-focused program that is devoted to helping kids (3+), teens, and young men and women develop character. The program culminates in a spring pageant, where participants compete to be named “Mr. California” and “Miss Southern California” in five age divisions: 3-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-17 or 18-25. Participants are taught skills in etiquette, grooming, communication and developing interview experience; they are heavily involved in community service and charitable events throughout the region, including Juvenile Diabetes, Special Olympics, CHOC, Relay for Life, OC Food Bank and more. See ad on page 19.
biking Biking paths, plus BMX courses and national associations. Also see: Skateparks under “Skateboarding” for parks that offer BMX sessions. American Bicycle Association (480) 961-1903 www.ababmx.com ABA hosts district, state and national races and cruises. Website offers information on the sport, including a rule book, plus referrals to local tracks and teams. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
Mr. California & Miss Southern California 2014 Pageant Sunday, May 25 Rose Center Theatre, 14140 All American Way, Westminster
Cash Prizes up to $1,000 Crown & Sash Winners and their courts represent their titles. Participants are involved with Special Olympics, Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, OC Food Bank and more. Whether new to the pageant world or a pageant pro, please attend the orientation:
May 7 • 6:30pm Ayres Hotel, Seal Beach 12850 Seal Beach Blvd.
310-720-1681 www.capageantproductions.com lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
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949-786-9625 www.IrvineLanes.com 3415 Michelson Drive, Irvine 40 Lanes • Full Arcade • Snack Bar • Private Party Rooms • Catered Special Events Bike Paths For paved trails and paths in Los Angeles and Orange counties, visit www.bikesandhikesla.com, www.labikepaths.com, www.biketrails.com/orange. html and www.mapmyride.com. BMX Tracks Bellflower BMX (562) 716-0487 Clinics are offered on Mondays and Saturdays. Hollywood Sports Park, 9030 Somerset Blvd., Bellflower. www.bellflowerbmx.com San Diego (619) 561-3824 Kearny Moto Park BMX Course, 3170 Armstrong St., San Diego, www.kearnybmx.com; and Cactus Park BMX, 10610 Ashwood St., Lakeside, www. cactusparkbmx.com. Orange Y BMX (714) 502-2269 2241 E. Palmyra, Orange. www.orangeybmx.com Whittier Narrows Park BMX (626) 692-6055 1601 N. Rosemead Blvd., South El Monte. www. whittiernarrowsbmx.com • Vans Skatepark 20 City Blvd. West, Orange (714) 769-3800 www.vans.com Large indoor/outdoor street courses, 80-foot-wide mini-ramp and beginners course. BMX sessions: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, 6-10 p.m. See ad on page 51. 22 • spring/summer 2014
AMF Summer Unplugged and they can bowl two free games every day until 8 p.m., based on lane availability, at your local AMF bowling center. No coupons or vouchers required! Buy an AMF Summer Pass for $34.95 and up to four adults can join in the fun.
bowling Leagues, classes, parties and recreational play, plus lawn bowling. • Bowlmor Bowlmor Orange County (714) 258-2695 Bowlmor Pasadena (626) 351-8858 Bowlmor Anaheim (714) 783-2810 www.bowlmor.com Family fun has a new home in Southern California: Bowlmor Lanes. Bowlmor’s innovative bowling lounges offer first-rate entertainment and state-ofthe-art bowling excitement in an environment that’s family-friendly and fun for all. Visit any one of their centers throughout the SoCal area and see why Bowlmor Lanes is family fun reimagined. Call today! 321 W. Anaheim Ave., Anaheim; Orange County, 2405 Park Ave., Tustin; 3545 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. See ad on page 21. Free Bowling at AMF Bowling Centers www.freebowling.amf.com May - September: Register your kids online for
• Irvine Lanes 3415 Michelson Drive, Irvine (949) 786-9625 www.irvinelanes.com Irvine Lanes is Southern California’s premiere bowling center, with 40 lanes, complete with automatic scoring system, full arcade and snack bar. The second floor introduces a unique concept in bowling centers featuring a number of quiet, private rooms for elegant meetings and catered special events. They offer fun, easy-to-plan, and affordable birthday parties for kids (see “Parties”). Kids Bowl Free (register at www.kidsbowlfree.com/Irvine) allows your child to play two free games of bowling for free per day, all summer long. Add the family pass, starting at $24.95, which includes two games per person per day for the adults in the family. Purchase an unlimited shoe pass for $10 when you buy before July 4, 2014 (normal shoe rental is $4 per visit). See ad on this page. Lawn Bowling Center Newport Beach Lawn Bowling (949) 640-1022 Year-round free lessons for all ages. 1550 Crown Drive North, Corona Del Mar. www.newportharborlbc.com Recreation Departments and Colleges • Cypress College, Kids’ College - Bowling for Teens, $75. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids Some city recreation departments offer bowling instruction for kids (4+) that may include bumper bowling. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. United States Bowling Congress Youth Leagues (800) 514-2695 www.bowl.com/youth Leagues, tournaments, scholarships and instruction. More Bowling Centers The following locations may offer junior and parent/ child leagues, bumper and recreational bowling, and party packages. Cal Bowl 2500 E. Carson St., Lakewood www.calbowl.com
Cerritos Lanes 18811 Carmenita Road, Cerritos www.amf.com/cerritoslanes
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Concourse Bowling Center 3364 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim www.concoursebowling.com
CSULB Student Union (562) 985-5201 On-campus games center offers bowling, billiards, game consoles, table tennis and foosball. Lanes are subject to closure for special events. Closed Sundays during the school year. 1212 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach. www.tiny.cc/CSULBGameCenter Del Rio Lanes 7502 E. Florence Ave., Downey www.delriolanes.com
Forest Lanes 22771 Centre Drive, Lake Forest www.forestlanes.com
Fountain Bowl (714) 963-7888 17110 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley www.fountainbowl.com Keystone Lanes (562) 868-3261 11459 E. Imperial Highway, Norwalk www.keystonelanes.com Linbrook Bowling Center (714) 774-2253 201 South Brookhurst St., Anaheim www.linbrookbowl.com Lucky Strike Lanes (714) 937-5263 Nighttime tends to a mature crowd. Outlets at Orange. 20 City Blvd. West, Orange. www.bowlluckystrike.com Round One (562) 408-2937 401 Lakewood Center Mall, Lakewood www.round1usa.com Saddleback Lanes (949) 586-5300 25402 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo www.saddlebacklanes.net Tavern+Bowl (949) 438-2320 1875 Newport Blvd., Ste. L1-111, Costa Mesa www.tavernbowl.com
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Titan Bowling (657) 278-2144 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton www.titanbowl.fullerton.edu Tustin Lanes 1091 Old Irvine Blvd., Tustin www.tustinlanesbowl.com
Valley View Lanes (714) 898-2507 12141 Valley View St., Garden Grove www.amf.com/valleyviewlanes Westminster Lanes (714) 893-5005 6471 Westminster Ave., Westminster
camps Sport, activity and specialty camps. Camps are also listed throughout Kidsguide; check your area of interest for additional listings. • 49er Camp at CSULB 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach (562) 985-4049 www.csulb.edu/summer-camps www.longbeachstate.com Celebrating their 50th year! All-sports camp for boys and girls ages 5-12, includes instruction in gymnastics, rhythms, archery, tennis, track, bowling, soccer, volleyball, softball, basketball, kickball, racquetball, elementary games and daily swim lessons. Each student will be assigned to one of four age groups. Assignment will be based upon the chronological age of each camper. Each activity will be selected for its contribution to the needs and abilities of the group. 2014 sessions: June 16 - July 11 and July 14 August 8, Monday - Friday, 12:30-5 p.m. Registration begins March 15. $490. Space is limited to the first 500 campers with a completed application and deposit. Morning programs are available for parents seeking all day activities. See ad on page 25.
• Academic Enrichment Camp 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach (562) 985-2570, (562) 985-2216 www.csulb.edu/summer-camps www.longbeachstate.com Various academic subjects covered. Kindergarten Preparedness Program and 1st through 5th gradelevel academic curriculum as well as art and computers. 6th-8th grade math, computers, language arts, writing and art. Children will be divided by grade level with a student/teacher ratio of approximately 15:1. Camp runs June 16 - July 11 with a second session, July 14 - August 8. Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - noon, $490. Morning supervision is available, 7:30-8:30 a.m. (additional fee). Free supervision is also provided during lunch for those children attending the 49er Sports Camp. Enrollment confirmed with a completed application and payment. Credit card payment available. See ad on page 25. • Acting Out (562) 901-0111 www.actingoutcamp.com Save your “drama” for camp! This weeklong, schoolbreak camp celebrates creativity through drama skills workshops, ensemble building and a whole lot of fun. Activities include improv, scene study, stage combat, costumes, props, movement, voice over, monologue and dance. Check website for dates. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also see “Theater Arts.” • Alley Kat Music Center 11642 Knott St., #19, Garden Grove (714) 229-8528 www.alleykatmusiccenter.com One-week summer session for piano students (grades 3-6) will include enrichment, games, prizes and a field trip to the Museum of Making Music. August 25-29. Also see “Music.” See ad on page 67. • Alpert JCC in Long Beach 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Ext. 1205 www.alpertjcc.org Youth and Teen Spring-Break Camps - Camp Komaroff Spring-Break Camp for grades K-5 and Camp J
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Summer camps held weekly, Monday - Friday, June 16 - August 22, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., $90; and 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., $110. O.A.K.S. Summer Day Camp (5-12) - Campers explore and discover nature. Each of the fun and challenging camp sessions will develop outdoor awareness, knowledge and skills. Weekly camps, June 16 - August 15, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., $110.
Crew Spring Break Camp for grades 6 and up. Each day has a different theme. Sign up for one day or register for all five days and save $5/day! See website for more information. April 21-25. JCC Camp Komaroff - Summer fun for kids, ages 6-12 in fall of 2014. Daily swimming, field trips, overnights, sports, arts and crafts, cooking, team building, Judaic/Israeli experiences, science and more. ACA accredited for over 20 years! Teen Camp J Crew - For teens entering grades 6 and up in fall 2014. Day trips, Tuesday - Friday, including theme parks, beaches, indoor skydiving, OC Fair, paintball and Universal Studios Hollywood. Mondays include swimming, sports, cooking, team building, Judaic experiences, tzedakah/community service, science and more. ACA accredited for over 20 years! Basketball, dance, cooking, martial arts, science, soccer, theater arts, and academic camps are also available. See those sections in Kidsguide for details. See ad on page 23. American Camp Association (800) 428-2267 www.acacamps.org, www.acasocal.org www.campparents.com Referrals and recommendations for accredited camps. The ACA also provides information on how to choose a camp and prepare a child for the camp experience. • Anaheim Community Services (714) 765-5219 www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect CampVenture Day Camp (6-13) - Daily activities include movies, nature, science, cooking, sports, songs/skits, a weekly excursion and more. Spring camps, March 31 - April 4, April 7-11 and April 1418, Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., $90. Extended hours of 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., $110. See ad on page 13.
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• Aquarium of the Pacific Summer Day Camp Adventures 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach (562) 590-1630 www.aquariumofthepacific.org Go behind the scenes at the Aquarium and prepare food for the animals, participate in games and crafts, and conduct marine biology experiments. The opportunities are endless during ten weeks of summer camp. Call today to learn about the fun activities available for children of all age levels, from toddlers through ninth graders. Summer camps begin June 16 and run through August 22. See ad on page 15: coupon on page 85. • Aquatics and Specialty Camps in Long Beach Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (562) 570-1888 www.longbeach.gov/park Belmont Junior Beach Camp (5-8, must have completed kindergarten): one-week sessions, June 16 August 29, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $155 per week; extended care for an additional fee. Beach fun, swimming lessons, arts and crafts, games, sports and excursions. Located on the beach-side patio at Belmont Pool. Bayshore Beach Camp (9-12, must have completed 3rd grade): one-week sessions, June 16 - August 29, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $155 per week; extended care for an additional fee. Aquatic sports and activities, excursions, arts and crafts, environmental activities, canoeing, sailing and kayaking. Located on Alamitos Bay at Bayshore Beach. Bay Club Teen Camp (13-17, must have completed 7th grade): one-week sessions, June 16 - August 22, noon - 5 p.m. $118 per week. Sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, sports, excursions and games. Counselor-in-Training (completed grade 8+): threeweek session, July 7-25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Teens learn team-building activities, child development and boating skills. Sailing, kayaking and canoeing also included. $310. Other specialty camps include, Pre-engineering (5-6), British Soccer Camp (7-16), Engineering Fundamentals (7-10), Top Chef Camp (6-12), Filmmaking (7-13), Harry Potter (6-12), Star Wars (6-12), Flag Football (6-12), and Mini Hawk - Multi Sport Camp (4-7); oneweek sessions, June - August. (562) 570-3100. • Arts and Learning Conservatory 1518 Brookhollow Drive, Ste. 15, Santa Ana (714) 728-7100 www.artsandlearning.com Join their critically acclaimed performing arts program that provides dynamic instruction in the exciting world of theater, voice, instrumental music, and/or dance during spring- and summer-break camps. Each camp offers
stimulating work and performance opportunities. This year’s spring break camp (6-12), Disney through the Decades, is offered April 7-11 or April 14-18. Summer camps (5-17) include Annie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Despicable Me, Les Miserables, Shrek, Spiderman and The Wizard of Oz and more. Experience is not required. Also see “Theater Arts.” See ad on page 35. • Art Steps 18212 Imperial Highway, Yorba Linda (714) 524-2248 24000 Alicia Pkwy., # 31, MV (949) 454-9555 www.artstepsclasses.com Fill your summer with art! Fine art day camps, offered in half-day and full-day options, with something for every young artist. Young children play in many media; growing artists love learning cartooning, clay, art history and beyond; while teens of all levels enjoy in-depth focus on figure drawing and portraiture, stilllife study, Anime fine points and much more. Their friendly teachers provide plenty of fun. Space is limited. 8:30-11:30 a.m., noon - 3 p.m., or 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Also see “Arts and Crafts” and “Parties.” • Beach Activities Lifestyle Fun Beach Camp www.SWIMlongbeach.com Beach, Activities, Lifestyle, Fun Summer Beach Camp is a dynamic, extremely fun junior waterman experience in Long Beach that includes SUP paddling, bodysurfing, body boarding, Big Red Bus trips, unique beach excursions and beach games based out of the Granada Street launch ramp. Led by accomplished waterman Hank Wise (Catalina Channel swimmer), students learn new skills in the ocean environment with excellent supervision and a qualified staff. Campers ages 6-10 can choose from the four two-week sessions or do all eight weeks of BALF activities that will leave your child with a love of the beach and ocean. This is an excellent lead-up program for all future junior lifeguards. Session begins June 16th - August 6th. To register, visit the website or contact beachcampLB@gmail.com for camp information. See ad on this page. Bellflower Recreation and Parks (562) 866-5684 www.bellflower.org Day Camps (7-15) - Spring camp, April 14-18, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon. Summer camp, eightweek sessions, June - August, Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - noon. • Billie Jean King and El Dorado Park Tennis Center’s School-Break Camps Billie Jean King Tennis Center (562) 266-8882 1040 Park Ave., Long Beach El Dorado Park Tennis Center (562) 425-0553 2800 Studebaker Road, Long Beach www.longbeachtennis.com Youth Tennis Camps (4-17) are offered in one-week sessions during spring, summer and winter vacations; daily drop-in rates are available. Instruction is provided by USPTA-certified teaching professionals in a large, fun group setting. Participants are arranged by ability. Beginners will be taught basic tennis skills and the fundamental strokes. The intermediate player will work on developing their footwork, ground strokes, serves and volleys. The advanced players will focus on developing their overall game and match strategy. All weekly camps promote good sportsmanship and a positive attitude is always encouraged. See ad on page 96. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
College Fun at California State University, Long Beach • 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach Morning Supervision
Academic Enrichment Camp Basic skills & activities in math, computers, language arts, writing and art • Student/teacher ratio of 15:1. • Children will be divided by grade level • Boys and girls entering grades K-8th • Apply online: www.csulb.edu/summer-camps
June 16 - July 11 July 14 - Aug 8 Mon - Fri 8:30 a.m. - noon $490 Credit Cards Accepted
YOUNG SCIENTISTS CAMP Amazing Animals in Action • Botany Bonanza • Life at the Edge of the Sea • Solving Environmental Challenges
Focus on Environmental/Life Sciences • Do science investigations in university science labs
For entering 2nd-8th graders • August 4-15, 2014
Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 12 noon, $300 ($25 sibling discount) Early Supervision (7:30-8:30 am) at an additional cost
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49er Camp The Premiere All-Sports Camp in Long Beach
Basketball • Track • Soccer • Gymnastics • Rhythms • Tennis • Archery Elementary Games • Racquetball • Volleyball • Bowling • Kickball • Softball • DAILY SWIM LESSONS
Boys and Girls ages 5-12 • Mon - Fri, 12:30-5 pm June 16 - July 11 • July 14 - August 8 • $490 Credit Cards Accepted Call (562) 985-4049 www.csulb.edu/summer-camps
Celebrating 50 Years
Choose one of our morning camps featured above then take advantage of our supervised lunch period and transportation to 49er camp in the afternoon.
LONG BEACH SOCCER ACADEMY
June 23-27 • July 7-11 • July 14-18
For Boys & Girls • All Levels Resident Camp: July 28-30 Staffed by Long Beach State Coaches & Players Learn fundamentals • Improve your game
Information, call 562-985-2528 www.longbeachstate.com
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Santa Fe Springs Christian School
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(562) 868-2263 • www.sfscs.org 11457 E. Florence Ave., Santa Fe Springs Bommer Canyon Cattle Camps (949) 724-6738 www.irvinecamps.org Eco-explorers Day Camp (5-12): camp themes include Power of Plants, Wildlife Detectives, Geology Rocks, Crazy Critters, Water World, Animal Adaptations, Creatures of the Deep; and Spectacular and Wacky Science; June 30 - August 22; $105 per week. • Bowers Kidseum 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 567-3694 www.bowers.org/kidseum Kidseum offers Summer Art Adventures and Archaeology Camps (ages 6-12) in weeklong sessions, June 23 - August 15. Delve into ancient history and visit exotic lands while creating “Art from the Past” in their super fun “Art Extravaganza.” Campers learn the history behind the art and geography of each region and where it comes from. Each week celebrates a different culture. Enrich and expand your knowledge on a visit to the appropriate galleries at the Bowers Museum once a week. Cook/bake ethnic dishes twice a week and discover the foods of each country. Excavate and examine “ancient artifacts” in simulated archaeological digs, while learning the rules governing excavation used by the Archaeological Institute of America. See ad on page 27. Boys and Girls Club Day camps (5-18) are offered at most branches during vacation breaks and school holidays, usually Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. (hours vary). Most clubs also offer overnight and leadership camps (13-18) during school breaks. See “Youth and Family Groups” for information on vacation drop-in programs and club locations. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pedro (310) 548-7562 www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org Summer Camps: Crab Shells and Native Tales (grades
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3-4), July 7-11 and August 18-22; Ichthyology and Other Slimy Words (grades 5-6), July 21-25 and August 11-15; Wet Tech (grades 7-9), August 4-8; and Marine Sci Hi (grades 9-12), July 14-18. $85. Camp Fire 7070 E. Carson St., Long Beach (562) 421-2725 www.campfirelb.org Spring Camp (5-13): This year’s theme is Abra-Campdabra, April 1-5, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., $125-160; extended camp available, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., additional $30. Summer Camps: Backyard Bunch - Ten-week summer camps for kids, June 17 - August 23. (entering grades K-8) includes archery, rock climbing/ropes course, cooking over the campfire, arts and crafts, sports, outdoor education and optional field trips. Beach Cruisers (entering grades 5-10) - Traveling day camp to Long Beach, Orange and Los Angeles counties. Shiwaka Day Camp and Wintaka Resident Camp is also offered during summer. • Camp Pegasus The Pegasus School 19692 Lexington Lane, Huntington Beach (714) 964-1224 www.thepegasusschool.org/camp Camp Pegasus is open to the public and offers unique and exciting summer enrichment classes for students entering pre-K through eighth grade. Innovate! Create! Have fun with the best and most experienced teachers in their fields in a safe, fun, dynamic environment. Everything from Super Hero Leaders to Adventures in Outer Space to Debate to Creative Writing, and more, is offered. Don’t miss this opportunity! Camps begin June 23. Online brochure and registration now available. See ad on page 36. Camp Pinniped at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach (949) 494-3050 www.pacificmmc.org Day camp (8-12): one-week sessions, June - August. Campers learn about marine biology and animal rehabilitation, create ocean art and make fish smoothies to feed the pups (there is no direct contact with animals). • Center for Living Peace 4139 Campus Drive, Irvine (949) 854-5500 www.goodhappens.org Center for Living Peace is a non-profit organization that offers camps for those with an interest in arts, culture, the environment and kids’ exercise. Center for Living Peace is a non-profit peace education center dedicated to empowering families to make “Good Happen” and be part of the solution in their local community. See “Parent Education” for complete listings. See ad on page 31. Costa Mesa Community Services (714) 754-5300, (714) 754-5083 www.ci.costa-mesa.ca.us Spring Camp (grades K-6): April 7-11. Summer day camp (entering grades 1-6): one-week sessions, June 23 - August 22. Spring and summer camps run Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., $169 per week; extended hours, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., $205 per week (additional $5
for non-residents). Camps include excursions (local and out of the county), sports, games and crafts, plus camp T-shirt and snacks (except for Wednesdays). Summer Teen Camp (entering grades 7-9): June 23 - August 15, Monday - Friday, $155 per week (additional $5 for non-residents), includes excursions, pool or beach, arts and crafts, movies, malls and more. In groups, teens independently explore, with planned check-in times with staff, which will help to develop a high degree of self direction and personal responsibility. • CSULB Young Writers Camp 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach 90840 (562) 985-1696 www.youngwriterscamp.com The Young Writers’ Camp teaches and supports writing in a fun, relaxed, non-threatening environment. With the slogan “Everyone Writes With Smiles,” the Writing Camp welcomes young writers (entering grades 1-12) to the college campus to shape their ideas and experiences into meaningful written communication. Often working next door to college students, budding writers have the opportunity to learn new strategies to discover ideas and ways to perfect their writing. Lessons and mini-lessons from the area’s very best K-12 and university teachers will cover all aspects of writing instruction––from developing and organizing ideas to editing and making the writing correct. The area’s most exceptional teachers, along with outstanding teacher candidates from the university, conduct classes of 20 students in fun, dynamic ways. It is a place that welcomes enthusiastic and accomplished writers as well as those who need to improve their skills to excel academically. All sections of the camp are modeled on the Writing Workshop approach with lots of small group and one-on-one instruction. Campers will publish at least one piece of their writing in the YWC anthologies of celebrated writing. Two three-week sessions are offered this summer: June 23 - July 11, 8:45 a.m. - noon; and July 14 - August 1, 9 a.m. - noon. Cost is $350 for the first student and $325 for each additional sibling. Note that the upper grades of The Young Writers’ Camp are designated as the South Basin Writing Academy at CSULB. See ad on page 34. • Cypress College - Kids’ College Anaheim, Cypress and Fullerton campuses (714) 808-4904 www.sce.edu Academics - Celebrate a Book A Day (grades K-3), Reading, Writing and Math Review Camp (grades 1-3), Intensive Writing Camp (grades 7+), Writers Camp (grades 1-6), Math Camp, Jammin’ Chemistry, Earth Science Exploration, Magnets and Electricity, Physics, and Kindergarten Readiness and Review. Arts - Theatre Camp (7-17), Anime Drawing (8+), Fashion Illustration (12+), Fun with Clay (7+), Painta-Rama (6+), Create Art from Around the World (8+), Directive Drawing of Animals for the Beginning Artist Camp (4-10), Musical Theatre (9+) and Discovering Science through Art. Computers/Digital Media - Powerpoint, Word, Excel (9+), Computer Keyboarding (8+), Web Design, Photoshop (grades 4+), Computer Animation and Games (grades 5-8), 3D Design (grades 5-8) and Incrediflix Claymation filmmaking (8+). lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
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Additional camps include: Fun with Baking (8+), Jr. Chef (8-12), Discovering Disney Magic Camp (grades 2-6), Foreign Language, Tennis, Gymnastics, Basketball, Skills and Drills Football, Indoor Court Volleyball and Outdoor Sand Volleyball. See ad on page 15. Cypress Recreation and Parks (714) 229-6780 www.cypressrec.com Spring Camps: Camp Cypress (grades 1-6), 9 a.m. 4 p.m. $21 per day, plus cost of mini excursions. DBA Basketball Camp (8-14),10 a.m. - 3 p.m., $150. Mad Science Crazy Chemworks Spring Camp (5-12), 9 a.m. - noon, $135. Camps run March 31 - April 4. Summer Camps: Camp Cypress (grades 1-6), oneweek sessions, June 16 - August 22, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $105 per week, plus cost of excursions. Extended hours available, $25 per week.
Join us this summer for an exciting, hands-on camp for ages 5-12! Dive into the fascinating world of sharks, explore the mysteries of the deep, journey with a gray whale as it travels 10,000 miles, spend a day in the life of an octopus and swim through the liquid jungles of the Pacific Ocean! This unique experience allows campers to explore Southern California’s amazing marine habitats, through projects, weekly field trips and expeditions aboard our research vessel. Call us about our Teen Programs!
Summer 2014 Camp Sessions: June 16 - August 15 Register Today!
Youth Sport Camps (8-12): Basketball, June 23-27 and July 14-18; and Baseball, July 7-11. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. $65 per session. Specialty Camps (5-12): One-week camps include: Lego, FX Film, Magic Camp, Fort Building, Top Chef Cooking, Harry Potter, Crazy Chemworks, Secret Agent Lab and Robots 101; 9 a.m. - noon. Call for fees. Summer Parks Program (5-12): Themed weeks, crafts, games, mini-excursions, special guests and more. Tuesday - Thursday, June 17 - August 21, 1-4 p.m. $20. Parks include Darrell Essex, Evergreen, Oak Knoll, Veterans and Willow. • Cub Scout Day Camp Orange County Boy Scouts 1-800-20-Scout http://daycamps.ocbsa.org Cub Scout Day Camp is the best week of a Cub Scout’s summer! Do not let your son miss all the fun and excitement that takes place at Day Camp with activities that include archery, crafts, sports, games and more. Each camp takes place at a different location so there will be a camp near you. If you are a registered Scout, the cost is $150. Scouts have the opportunity to receive $20 off if you register by May 10th. For more information on OCBSA Day Camps, please visit http://daycamps.ocbsa. org. To join Scouting, visit www.beascout.org or call 1-800-20-SCOUT. • Dance and Theatre Summer Spectacular Camp! Elevation Studios 1900 E. 27th St., #101, Signal Hill (562) 424-2711 www.elevationstudios.com This summer, Elevation Studios will offer four unique weeks of dance and theatre day camps. Beginning through intermediate levels, ages 5-12. Each week will be themed differently and will focus on, jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, conditioning, fitness, musical theater, character, singing and acting. Campers will design their own costumes, make props, star in a movie, have time for free play and crafts. Camp dates: July 7 - August 1, Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., with options for early drop-off and late pick-up. Come join them for a fantastically fun summer full of creativity, exploration and dance! See ad on page 49.
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• Discovery Science Center 2500 North Main St., Santa Ana (714) 913-5012 www.discoverycube.org Experience It. Learn It. Never Forget It. Have a curious young explorer, future veterinarian or aspiring zoologist who seeks out the wilder side of science? Discovery Science Center offers a variety of handson, highly interactive summer science camps at the San Joaquin Marsh and Santa Ana Zoo for ages 5-10. See ad on page 1. • Diving Camps with McCormick Divers Silverado Pool, 1540 W. 32nd St., Long Beach (714) 846-5731 www.McCormickDivers.com Day camps for the novice to the high school diver (5-18) are offered in one-week sessions, June 16 - August 22, at recently renovated Silverado Park Pool. This indoor, heated pool, maintained at a comfortable 85 degrees, is open year round. During Kiddie Diving Camp and Introduction to Diving Camp, 11 a.m. - noon, new divers are taught basic skills, safety and body awareness. McCormick Divers provides a safe environment with safety-certified coaches. Visit their website to download registration forms and reserve your space in advance. Year-round diving programs are also offered; see “Aquatics and Water Polo.” See ad on page 9. Downey Parks and Recreation (562) 904-7238 www.downeyca.org Summer day camps (6-14): one-week sessions, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., June - August. Extended hours available. Call for dates, themes and fees. • En Pointe Dance & Fitness 713 Termino Ave., Long Beach (562) 438-3262 www.enpointedanceandfitness.com En Pointe Dance & Fitness offers fun and exciting summer camps. They introduce your child (4-8) to various forms of dance during one-week camps, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Also, weeklong dance intensives will be offered (ages 9+) that include ballet, contemporary, hip hop and jazz, 12:30-4:30 p.m. In-class performances will take place at the end of each session. Please contact the studio for dates. Also see “Dance” and “Parties.” See coupon on page 103. • Fairmont Summer Programs 1575 W. Mable St., Anaheim (714) 451-2090 www.fairmontlearningadventure.com With locations throughout Orange County, Fairmont Summer Programs offer academic camp, school and enrichment workshops customizable to any family’s schedule. In summer school, students benefit from individualized instruction with teachers who love to make learning fun. In summer camp, campers enjoy a blend of academic adventure that will spark students’ love for learning and keep their mind engaged all summer long. Fairmont provides a balance of academic preparation for the upcoming grade level with the summertime fun kids love! Experience a summer to remember at Fairmont! See ad on page 27. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
Pacific Conservatory Music & Arts Education • Since 1990
Piano • Vocals • Guitar • Drums
Musical Theater • Spanish • French • Rock & Blues Bands
Classes & Camps • Ages 3 years to adult • Register online www.pacificconservatory.com Costa Mesa & Orange Locations: 714.545.1217 spring/summer 2014 • 31
Family Vacation Camps Family Vacation Center - A family camp on the UC Santa Barbara campus. Weekly sessions, June 21 - August 16. Adults, $985; kids, $435-890. Mini-week rates also available. (805) 893-3123. www.familyvacationcenter.com Idyllwild Arts - Family camp that combines the outdoors and art; June 21-27, $2,385-5,150 (2-6 persons). Kids camps also offered. 52500 Temecula Road, Idyllwild. (951) 659-2171, Ext. 2365. www. idyllwildarts.org Montecito-Sequoia Family Vacation Camp - Weeklong family camps, June 15 - August 16. Camps include lodging, meals and activities. (800) 227-9900. www.mslodge.com Skylake Yosemite Camp - Wishon, Bass Lake in the Sierra National Forest. Weekend family camps: adults, $255, kids (6-12), $175. One-week family camps, May - September: adults, $615, kids (6-12), $415, kids under 5 are free. Weekly kids-only summer camps are also offered, June 15 - August 9. (559) 642-3720. www.skylake.com
Trips • Cookouts • Learning Activities • Creative Crafts
50 Days of Summer with the Garden Grove Day Camp! June 23-August 29 • 7am-6pm $95 weekly fee with optional excursions
Register at City Hall, located at 11222 Acacia Pkwy or call (714) 741-5200.
Teamwork • Lasting Memories
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First Congregational Church 241 Cedar Ave., Long Beach (562) 436-2256 www.firstchurchlb.org Day camp (7-15): six-week summer program, June 30 - August 8, includes swimming, excursions, crafts and one hour of study per day. $5 per child; optional preregistration opens June 26. Fountain Valley Community Services (714) 839-8611 www.fountainvalley.org Spring-Break Basketball Camp (8-13), April 14-18, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon, $75. Summer day camps (5-12) include science, variety of Lego camps, robots, filmmaking, video game design, cooking, various sports camps and martial arts. Days, time and locations vary, June - August. $60-180. Fullerton Parks and Recreation 303 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton (714) 738-6575 www.ci.fullerton.ca.us Camp Hillcrest (5-12): Spring day camp, March 2428, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., $100; 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., $160. Summer day camp also offered. • Garden Grove Recreation (714) 741-5200 www.ggparksandrec.com Looking for a great place to send your child this summer? Check out The City of Garden Grove’s Summer Day Camp for kids (5-12). Camps include fun-filled games, creative crafts, field trips, cookouts, teamwork and lasting memories. Ten-week program, June 23 August 29, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. See ad on this page. • Grace First Presbyterian Church Summer Camps for Kids, Teens and Young Adults 3955 Studebaker Road, Long Beach (562) 420-3393 www.gracefirst.org Grace First Presbyterian Church has a full summer of camp offerings for children and youth. Summer
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Arts is a music, arts and drama camp designed for arts exploration (4 yrs - grade 5), July 7-11, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. VBS is Vacation Bible School (4 yrs - grade 5), July 21-25, 9 a.m. - noon. QUEST is an opportunity for middle schoolers (grades 6-9) to participate in a weeklong day camp filled with fellowship, games and outings, July 14-18, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. For senior high schoolers there is School of Rock, June 23-27, 1-4 p.m. Register online or in person. See ad on page 81. • Gryphon Fitness Studio 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia (714) 519-1343 www.GryphonFencing.com Go from Zero to Zorro! Vacation-break camps will teach your child the sport of fencing. They also offer a Variety Camp that teaches popular dance, martial arts, yoga and team work. Kids will have fun, meet new friends, learn new skills and build confidence. Email: info@GryphonFencing.com. See ad on page 51. Huntington Beach Recreation (714) 536-5486 www.huntingtonbeachca.gov Spring Camps: MAD Science (5-12), April 14-18, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon, $135; and Skateboarding and Scootering Camp (5-13), April 14-18, Monday - Friday, 8:30-11:30 a.m., $32 per day. Summer Day Camps (6-12) - One-week sessions, June August; call for dates, times, themes and fees. • iD Tech Camps & iD Tech Academies 1-888-709-TECH (8324) www.iDTech.com Take interests further and gain a competitive edge for school, college and future careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Ages 7-17 create apps, video games, C++/Java programs, mods with Minecraft, movies, robots and more. Weeklong, day and overnight summer programs are held at UC Irvine, Cal Poly Pomona, UCLA, UCSD, Stanford, Princeton and over 80 universities nationwide. Also, two-week, pre-college programs for ages 13-18 are held at select universities: iD Programming Academy (held at UCLA), iD Game Design & Development Academy and iD Film Academy. See ad on page 33. • IncrediFlix Summer Camps (949) 548-5424 www.incrediflix.com IncrediFlix brings new elements to summer camps. In stop-motion or filmmaking camps, imagination and creativity are expanded. Filmmakers learn story structure, storyboarding, and to work together as a crew, act in movies, and learn filmmaking techniques. Animation camps stimulate imagination by creating characters, background, film and voiceovers. See ad on page 30. Lego Flix - Children create incredible Lego worlds just like the recent Lego Movie. They provide the Legos; campers provide the imagination and fun! Students create a set with Lego characters for a movie they storyboard, write, shoot and record voice-overs. Animation Flix - A fast-paced camp where students create stop-motion animated flix. Every day brings new excitement with a different style of stop-motion action. It’s the ultimate arts and lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
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the skit into their own creations. The week ends with a personal, downloadable movie. • International Water Polo Club (949) 428-7576 www.internationalwaterppoloclub.com www.interwpc.com In their school-break camps, serving all communities, focus is on getting kids (4-14) used to the water in a non-competitive environment. In their youth program, kids strengthen swimming skills and are taught the basic fundamentals of water polo in a fun, safe setting. See listing in “Aquatics and Water Polo” for details. See ad on page 7.
crafts camp where campers create, direct and film movies. Filmmaking Flix - Campers are guided through the Hollywood process to create a movie from “action” to “that’s a wrap.” Students brainstorm, scout locations, bring in props and costumes, act and direct in a collaborative movie that will be fun for everyone. Green Screen Flix - In this live action movie making camp using “green screen” special effects, campers move through time, travel around the world and take on other personas. Students collaborate to write, act and direct in this special effects movie camp that can take place anywhere from outer space to under the sea! “Your Toy Story” Flix - “Toy Story” campers give life to a favorite toy in this stop-motion animation camp. Students work in groups to create the story, build sets, film, and do voice-overs and sound effects. Creature Flix - Campers use imagination to give “life” to their own creature in this stop-motion animation camp. Students design and create cardboard creatures, write the story, film movies, and add voiceovers and sound effects in this unique camp where creatures abound. Acting for Flix - Practice casting calls, play acting exercises and get tips for being “in front” of the camera in this intro camp. This is a fun way to try out acting. Digital Animation Flix - This are no limits to imagination camp. Kids walk away with the knowledge to make digitally animated cartoon movies! Campers create characters and a storyline, ending the week with their own downloadable digitally animated movie! Editing Flix - Learn how to tell a story through a unique style of editing. Start the week shooting a skit; then edit
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Irvine Recreation 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine (949) 724-6610 www.Irvinequickreg.org Spring intersession camps: March 31 - April 18, include arts, tennis and iCamp. Spring break camps: April 14-18, include chess, dance, skateboarding, sports, tennis, iCamp and teen. Summer camps: June 30 - August 29, include more than 100 themes such as arts, science, dance, sports and more. Call for fees, times and to register. • Jammin’ Music & Arts 4228 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach (562) 490-0222 www.jamminmusic-lb.com Long Beach’s only multi-art center has an array of summer camps to choose from in music, art, theater and academics. All camps are taught by universitytrained, professional artists and musicians who know how to make learning fun! Visit their website or call for full schedule. See ad on page 69. • Kick It Up 8129 East Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 430-1812 www.kickitup.com The following summer camps are offered. See ads on pages 33 and 47. Once Upon A Dream (ages 4-7) - All varieties of dance, acting and tumbling lessons, craft time and snacks. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in July and August, 9 a.m. - noon. Rise and Shine! - Let your little star shine in this weeklong camp that is all about the stage! This camp covers all the basic elements of musical theatre while encouraging self-expression and discovery. Your child will enjoy learning such skills as speaking in front of an audience, improvisation, performance technique, character development, musicality and movement. Also included in each day is the opportunity to create a theatrical themed craft as well as fun theatre and improvisational games. The week is concluded with a mini-musical performance for family and friends! Monday - Friday. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. for ages 3-7 and 12:30-4:30 p.m. for ages 8-13. Camps run in June, July and August. Jazz, Lyrical, Acro and Broadway Theatre Workshops, as well as other teen dance camps, are also offered throughout the summer. For more information, visit the website at www.kickitup.com. Come join Kick It Up this summer! (Interested in dance, music or parties? Check out listings in those sections.)
• Kidnastics 10712 Reagan St., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102 www.kidnastics.net Are you looking for a fun-filled exciting program for your children to get into this summer? Well, look no further. Kidnastics offers exciting summer day camp programs for children ages 4 years and up. With flexible day camps for either half day or full day your child will enjoy instructional gymnastics along with arts, crafts, games and much more. Please visit the website (www.kidnastics.net) or call the number listed above for more program information. See ad on page 55. Lake Forest Community Services 25550 Commercentre Drive, Lake Forest (949) 461-3450 www.lakeforestca.gov Spring Breakout Camp (7-11) and Spring Into Fun Teen Camp (12+), April 14-18, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Summer camps also offered, including Lake Forest Rocks and Etnies Skate camps; call for dates, times and fees. • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408 www.lakewoodcity.org MVP Summer Day Camp (6-12) and Summer Sports Camp (8-13) offered in weekly sessions, Monday Friday; extended care available. Call for dates, times, fees and details. Family Camp - Parents and kids (3-11) camp overnight at Monte Verde Park, June 7-8 and July 1920. Games and campfire. $17 per pair, $8 for third person. • LangoKids Irvine 9070 Irvine Center Drive, Ste. 135, Irvine (714) 864-4680 www.langokidsirvine.com Camp Lango is a Spanish immersion camp offered during summer and winter breaks, designed to give children (5-10) a unique experience. Kids get to spend time having fun, acquiring a second or third language, and taking pretend trips along with a passport to different destinations in Latin America or Europe. The best thing is they don’t have to fly! Without the hassle of lost luggage, they are able to visit these places and learn about their language, traditions, recreation and cuisine. Each week at Camp Lango is a new destination that ends with a celebration for parents, family and friends. Extended care in the morning and afternoon is available for free. See ad on page 61. • Lil’ Chef School 15435 Jeffery Road, #132, Irvine (949) 679-8390 www.lilchefschool.com Lil’ Chef School offers hands-on cooking fun and culinary adventures in their spring and summer camps. Cook up some spring dishes to celebrate the warm weather, April 14-18, 9 a.m. - noon. Menus include Chinese chicken lettuce wraps, strawberry scones, sweet BBQ chicken kabobs and more. Their summer camps run June 23 - August 29, with a different theme each week. From “Five Course Meals” and “Be a Food Network Star,” to “Baking Boot Camp,” and so many more, your lil’ lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
chef will learn how to cook everything from salty and spicy to good ol’ fashioned Southern comfort food! Visit their website for menus, and early birdand multiple week-discounts. Also see “Cooking” and “Parties.” See ad on page 44. • Long Beach Ballet Academy Children’s Dance Camp 2014 1122 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 426-4112 www.LongBeachBallet.org The Long Beach Ballet offers an exciting two-week summer dance camp for ages 5-11 (no previous dance training required). The experienced faculty offers classes in ballet, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, yoga/stretch, pre-pointe and crafts. The program runs Monday - Friday, July 28 - August 8, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., and concludes with a final performance on August 8th. Call the academy for more information. See “Dance” for the year-round program. See ad on page 45. Long Beach City College Sports Camps 4901 E. Carson St., Long Beach (562) 938-4249 www.lbcc.edu Long Beach City College offers summer sports camps including swimming, diving, water polo, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, golf, soccer, track and field, volleyball, and weight training. Extended supervision available. Email: email@example.com. • Long Beach Marine Institute Ocean Adventure Camp 2014 (562) 431-7156 www.longbeachmarine.org The following oceanography and marine biology camps offer exciting programs aimed at various age groups. Day camps run from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday - Friday, beginning June 16 and ending August 15. Extended care is available, plus volunteer opportunities for high school students. See ad on page 28. Ocean Adventure Camp - Ages 5-7, 8-9 and 1012. These weekly camps include activity-driven programs that will amaze your child, introducing them to marine life and the ocean with hands-on projects, crafts and field trips. Themes include: Squirmy, Slimy and Spineless, June 16-20 and July 21-25; Whale Tales and Mammal Friends, June 23-27 and July 28 - August 1; Mysteries of the Deep, June 30 - July 3 (closed July 4); Liquid Jungles of the Sea, July 7-11 and August 4-8; and Shark Days, July 14-18 and August 11-15. Register for a single week, or up to nine weeks $197/week or $748 for four weeks. Call for information about their Teen Volunteer and Counselor-in-Training programs. • Long Beach Museum of Art 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach (562) 439-2119 www.lbma.org LBMA offers Summer Art Camps the weeks of July 21-25 and July 28 - August 1; 9 a.m. - noon. For more information, see their listing on page 12; ad on page 10. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
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• Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (562) 570-1888 www.longbeach.gov/park The following camps are offered at various Long Beach parks. For additional camps, see Aquatics and Specialty Camps in this section and Nature Kids! Discovery Workshops at El Dorado Nature Center under “Science and Technology.” See ad on front inside cover. Summer General Day Camps (5-12) - Arts and crafts, sports, recreational activities and field trips. Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in one-week sessions, June - September, $105. Extended hours available, morning (7-9 a.m.) and afternoon (4-6 p.m.), $25 per session or $5 per hour on a day-today basis. Call the individual park for registration details. El Dorado Park West, (562) 570-3225; Silverado Park, (562) 570-1675; Stearns Champions Park, (562) 570-1685; and Veterans Park, (562) 570-1695. Summer Pee Wee Camp (5-8) - Arts and crafts, sports, recreational activities and field trips. $105 per week. Wardlow Park, 3457 Stanbridge. (562) 570-1705. Summer Music and Arts Day Camp (5-12) - Art, drama, music theory, vocal, theater, dance, fitness and games. Applications available in April. Preregistration in early May. $110 per week due at time of registration and $20 deposit on additional weeks. Whaley Park. (562) 570-1710. Summer Hi-Five Sports Camp (5-12) - Different sports each week, recreational swimming, excur-
sions and crafts. $105 per week. Pan American Park, 5157 Centralia. (562) 570-1660. • Long Beach Playhouse Summer Theatre Conservatory 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach (562) 494-1014, Ext. 503 www.longbeachplayhouse.org This unique three-week day camp invites each young actor, singer and dancer (ages 7-17) to develop his or her skills in daily classes. The camp balances instruction and performance preparation as campers travel from page to stage. July 14 - August 3, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. For details, see their listing and ad on page 97. • Long Beach State Soccer Academy (562) 985-2528 www.longbeachstate.com Long Beach State Women’s Soccer invites you to participate in the 2014 Long Beach State Soccer Academy, June 23-27, July 7-11, July 14-18, and July 28-30. See “Soccer” for details. See ad on page 25. • Long Beach State University Long Beach State offers a variety of summer camps listed in this section, including 49er Camp, Academic Enrichment, CSULB Young Writers Camp, Soccer, Volleyball and Young Scientists Camp. Los Alamitos Recreation (562) 430-1073 www.cityoflosalamitos.org Los Alamitos Summer Day Camp (5-12) - Games,
swimming, excursions and a trip to a major amusement park; one-week sessions, June 16 - August 22, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; optional extended care, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sibling discounts available. Los Alamitos Counselor in Training Summer Program (13-16), 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; optional extended care, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Call for fees. • Los Caballeros Racquet and Sports Club 17272 Newhope St., Fountain Valley 92708 (714) 546-8560, Ext. 200 www.loscab.com Los Cab Summer Camp is held on 17 acres of beautifully landscaped gated property in Fountain Valley. Your child, ages 4-13, will participate in a variety of sports, such as tennis, racquetball, volleyball, basketball and swimming. All sports are played in a non-competitive atmosphere. Two-week sessions, June 23 - August 29. Campers are placed in fully supervised groups according to age; half- and full-day programs available. All sessions include a last-day themed party. Enrollment options include extended care and catered lunch. See ad on page 22. • Lycée International de Los Angeles (LILA) Orange County Campus 2625 North Tustin Ave., Santa Ana (323) 665-4526, (626) 695-5159 ecoledusoleil.com Lycée International de Los Angeles (LILA) is proud to present “Ecole du Soleil,” French summer camp in Los Feliz and Orange County. Mornings focus on French language acquisition, and the afternoon is all about fun––sports, water play and weekly field trips. The
Young Writers’ Camp & High School Writing Academy for SUMMER 2014 on the beautiful campus of Cal State Long Beach Session 1
June 23 - July 11 8:45 am - Noon
July 14 - August 1 9:00 am - Noon
Fees: $350 1st Student / $325 each additional sibling “Writing with Smiles” has always been the motto of YWC activity. It is time for young writers to extend what they can already do in writing, and a time to risk, to create breakthroughs, and to become full fledged members of “The Literacy Club.”
For more information, or a brochure and application, please call 562-985-1696 or go to our website at www.youngwriterscamp.com.
About 75% of first time campers return for additional summers. See our listing on page 26.
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camp facility is licensed by the state as a daycare center. Previous exposure to French is not required. Part time and daily registration are also available. For more information, visit www.ecoledusoleil.com or contact them at (323) 665-4526. See ad on page 39. • LVCC Musical Theatre Workshop 4515 Sunfield Ave., Long Beach (562) 912-5675 www.lvccmtw.wix.com/arts An arts immersion experience for kids (preschool - 10th grade) involving all aspects of musical theatre, including acting, stagecraft, music, dance and leadership training. Students help to create their own costume, sets and scenes, and each of the three sessions is a new experience, built around a different theme. Each weekly camp culminates with a student performance showcase on Friday, 7 p.m., free for friends and family. Session 1, June 23-27; Session 2, July 21-25; Session 3, August 18-22. 1st-10th grades, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Preschool and kindergarten, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $75-125; early bird discounts, family plans and scholarships may be available. Meets at Lakewood Village Community Church in Long Beach. See ad on page 38. • Mad Science (714) 668-9174 www.westorangecounty.madscience.org No one does summer (and spring break) camps like Mad Science! From building bridges and digging dinosaurs to readying rockets and cracking codes, children in Mad Science camp participate in scientific explorations that are so much fun, they forget they’re learning! Join them this summer for: Galaxy Defend-
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ers, Crazy Chemworks, Secret Agent Lab, Robots 101, Science in Motion, NASA Jr. Astronauts and more. Call (714) 668-9174 to find a camp near you! Also see “Parties” and “Science.” See ad on page 32. Mission Viejo Recreation 200 Civic Center, Mission Viejo (949) 470-3000 www.cityofmissionviejo.org/recreation Summer Bridge Academy (entering grades 1-4): Reading, Writing and Math, June 23 - July 30, Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; $325. Culinary Kids (5-12): July 21-25 and August 4-8, Monday - Friday, 2:30-5:30; $115. American Doll Fashion Sewing Camp (8-14): July 28-30, Monday - Wednesday, 2-6 p.m., $175. Sew Cool Fashion (8-17): June 28-31, Monday - Thursday, 2-6 p.m., $225. • MOLAA’s Summer Art Camp 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach (562) 437-1689 www.molaa.org Series of bilingual art and culture camps for children and teens ages 6-15. Campers explore Latin American culture through art workshops, martial arts, dancing, cooking and more! Camp hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. for 6-12 year olds, Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. for 12-15 year olds. Sessions: Ages 6-12, July 7-11 July 14-18 and July 21-25. Ages 1316, July 28 - August 1. Cost: members, $100 per child per week; non-members, $150 per child per week. Partial and full need-based scholarships are available. Contact Gabriela Martínez at the number listed or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. See ad on page 30.
Muckenthaler Cultural Center Multi-Arts Summer Camp 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton (714) 738-6595 www.TheMuck.org Arts Camp includes a sampler of diverse mediums: from visual (clay, drawing, painting, photography and animation) to performing (dance, theater, clowning, ukulele, singing and puppetry), with an infusion of science. Weekly camps starting Mondays, June 2 - August 18, 9 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. $180 per student (includes materials). • Musical Theatre Academy of Orange County 3935 Birch St., Newport Beach (949) 955-3737 www.mtaoc.org Fast-paced intensive workshops for kids and teens (7-19). Learn choreography and vocals for Broadway-style revues that culminate in two performances. Each session is a different revue. Students will learn 30-40 Broadway songs! If you fit the age range, sign up for both sessions! Due to the fast pace, it is required that students attend all rehearsals for the full time and attend all performances. Class size is limited so register early. Two-week, full-day sessions. No experience necessary. Also see “Theater Arts.” See ad on page 97. • Musical Theatre West 4350 E. 7th St., Long Beach (562) 856-1999 www.musical.org Musical Theatre West is offering a two-week musical theatre conservatory for youth (8-18) taught by
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working theatre professionals. Students receive indepth training in singing, dancing and acting with an understanding and exposure to different genres of musical theatre and its history. The session ends with a performance showcase for parents and families. All musical theatre-loving kids and teens of various levels of experience are encouraged to apply. Enthusiasm and passion for theater is as important as experience in being considered for the Musical Theatre West Conservatory! See ad on page 99. • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, Signal Hill (562) 986-0066 www.mygym.com/longbeach My Gym Children’s Fitness Center offers one of the best camp programs in town. Children of all ages can enjoy a day of camp with hands-on arts and crafts, music, dance, games, and overall emphasis on learning solid skills and fundamentals in sports and gymnastics. Themed days and activities add to the fun and atmosphere of the program. Spring Camp: April 18-25, days and times vary. Call for summer dates. See ad on page 65. Newport Beach Recreation Services (949) 644-3151 www.newportbeachca.gov/recreation Spring Break Camps (3-14): April 7-18, include marine, sports, soccer, surf, golf, gymnastics, dance and chess, Monday - Friday, times vary per camp, $99-395.
Town & Country Day Camp 2 1/2 Acre Camp with Swimming Pool, Pony and Farm Animals Red Cross Swim Instruction and Field Trips included with Enrollment $175 Per Week, M-F, 6:30-6. Daily Rates Available, Ages 5-12 Daily Activities: Swimming Archery Horses & Ponies Sports Crafts Themed Camp Days Four field trips each week to the beach, museums, zoos, Chuck E. Cheese, bowling, rollerskating, mud park, aquarium, miniature golf & more! Preschool also available.
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Summer Camps (3-16): More than 600 weeklong camps, including surfing, sailing, skateboarding, BMX, beach camps, school preparation, soccer, basketball, football, lacrosse, golf, baseball, tennis, multi-sport, art, Zumba, cooking, volleyball, science, filmmaking, photography, beauty, marine, stand-up paddle board, engineering with Legos, a variety of dance camps, gymnastics, hula and chess. June 23 - August 29. Visit their website or call for fees and early bird discount deadline. Ocean Institute 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point (949) 496-2274 www.ocean-institute.org Day Camps: Ocean-themed weeklong camps include: Sea Squirts (5-6); Neptunes Nautiloids (6-7), using children’s literature to teach students about the ocean; Buccaneer Adventure (7-8); Ocean Discovery (8-9); Seafarer’s Odyssey (9-10), featuring helmsmanship and treasure hunts; Coastal Explorer (10-12); Ocean Investigator (12-14); and Marine Sciences Careers/Internship Academy (14-17), where successful graduates may qualify to become Ocean Institute interns. Overnight camps include Island Bound Camp (11-13). • Orange County Song and Dance Co. Performing Arts Camp 5860 Westminster Blvd., Westminster (714) 897-4475 www.orangecountysonganddance.com Ten full days of instruction with professionals from Hollywood and New York. Participants work with musical directors on audition songs and vocal techniques. TV, musical theatre and commercial workshops will be presented by agents, actors and directors. Students receive instruction in tap, hip hop, improv, jazz, ballet and current dance trends from leading choreoglots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
raphers. Beginning/advanced camp (6+), July 7-18; intermediate/advanced, August 4-15 (11+). • Pacific Conservatory, Music & Arts Education 151 Kalmus, G-1, Costa Mesa (714) 545-1217 www.pacificconservatory.com Your child (ages 3-12) will experience music, art and theater each fun-filled day at DiscoveryARTS Camps available during spring, summer, winter and ski-week vacations. These popular camps introduce children to the joys of artistic expression. Younger campers enjoy singing, dancing, related art projects and Fairytale Theatre with provided costumes. Older campers participate in music theater productions and art classes. Parent performances are held each Friday. Fast-track musicianship camps and Musical Madness Instrumental Introduction camps are also available. See ad on page 29. • PJ’s Place 5870 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 381-3011 www.PJsPlaceSummerCamp.com Get ready for three weeks of fun, friendship and awesome activities at one outstanding facility. From sports to performing arts, cooking to science and nature, there is something for everyone. Campers, led by a dynamic team of caring counselors and activity leaders, experience more activities in a week than most kids in a year. And it’s easy for parents, because you can find all this at one great camp, where the directors really get to know your kids. See ad on this page. • Prentice School Summer Program 18341 Lassen Drive, Santa Ana (714) 244-4600 www.prentice.org/summer The Prentice School offers a four-week K-12 summer program composed of multi-sensory, academic, enrichment programs, as well as a fun-filled afternoon Summer Camp. Its headlining course is the Slingerland© Approach to Language Arts, focusing on instruction in reading, writing, spelling, and oral and written language. Other enrichment programs include math, science, Spanish and mindfulness yoga. Also offered in conjunction with the summer program are “Fun with Language” sessions conducted by a speech and language pathologist designed to assist students with oral language, phonemic awareness, reading comprehension, and visualizing and verbalizing. Prentice is also excited to partner with Caustics Digital Academy to offer courses in Minecraft Game Design, Animation, Digital Arts, and Creative Photography. See website for detailed description of program and ad on page 81. • Rancho Rio Verde Horsemanship Camp 1000 W. Carson St., Long Beach (310) 830-2060 www.rrvridingclub.com Small group instruction in riding and vaulting (gymnastics on horseback). Each camper has a horse to care for during the week. Horsemanship skills are taught by qualified instructors. One-week sessions are offered during spring break and summer, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon. See ad on page 58. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
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Summer Tennis Camp All Levels. Weekly Classes! Rossmoor Park Summer Camp 10909 Oak St., Los Alamitos (562) 493-4043 www.theyouthcenter.org Summer day camp (5-12) includes arts and crafts, games, sports, field trips, cultural enrichment days and contests. Fees start at $25. Weekly or daily options with extended hours available. Teen camp (12+) includes sports, games and excursions to destinations based on choices kids make as a group. Limited enrollment. Extended hours available. • Sandie Mercer Ranch 11369 Carson St., Lakewood (562) 425-1905 Weekly extended lesson program at Shady Acres for ages 7-16. Learn all about horses; horseback riding two times daily. Weekly sessions, 9 a.m. 2:30 p.m. Enrollment is limited. See “Horseback Riding” for year-round lessons. See ad on page 60.
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• Sante Fe Springs Christian School Camp 11457 E. Florence Ave., Santa Fe Springs (562) 868-2263 www.sfscs.org Santa Fe Springs Christian School Summer Day Camp is jammed packed with weekly field trips, splasher pool twice a week, two free meals per week and daily arts and crafts! In addition, campers enjoy the computer lab and library throughout the summer. Each week, campers learn to play different organized games in their indoor gymnasium and participate in water activities to curb the summer heat! Also see “Schools.” See ad on page 26. Seal Beach Community Services (562) 431-2527, Ext. 1344 www.ci.seal-beach.ca.us A variety of summer camps (6-15), June - August, include sports, art, surfing, skateboarding, photography, animation, filmmaking, magic, dance, cooking, sand-castle building, robots and academics. • Segerstrom Center for the Arts Summer Camps 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa (714) 556-2122, Ext. 4333, Option 4 www.SCFTA.org/filmcamp www.SCFTA.org/summercamp Segerstrom Center for the Arts offer two great summer camps. Call or visit their websites for registration. See ad on page 39. Film Camp - Weeklong camp runs August 11-15. Guided by leading industry professionals, campers (917) will immerse themselves in all aspects of filmmaking. Working in small teams, and using state-of-the-art equipment used by today’s top movies and TV shows, the creativity and originality of these projects will be unveiled at a special screening at the end of the week. Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Six Days of Broadway Musical Theater Camp - Oneweek intensive musical theater camp. Campers work closely with Broadway actors to hone their craft and get the best training in musical performance, monologue interpretation, audition technique, scene work and dance. June 23-28 for ages 11-13 and June 30 - July 6 for ages 14-19. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day. • Sewing with Jane Summer Camp 6243 E. 5th St., Long Beach (562) 431-1943 Weekly summer camps are held Monday - Friday. Morning or afternoon sessions. Hand sewing, ages 6 and up, machine sewing for ages 9 and up. Machines are provided. Hand sewers complete craft projects. Machine sewers complete simple clothing or crafts. Please email for a summer schedule. Weekly classes are also available (see “Arts and Crafts”). Email: email@example.com. • Shared Science (562) 522-0595 www.sharedsciencefun.org Kids (grades K-9) engineer fun through inventive and playful constructor and robotics camps. “Crazy Constructors” combines LEGO Ed with simple machines and physical science concepts that captivate K-5 brains. “Construction and Contraptions” pursues the way things work and invention. “Radical Robotics” campers (grades 4-9) explore robot programming, animation, mission design and putting mathematics to work for fun. Greater
Long Beach locations. Also see “Parties” and “Science and Technology.” See ad on page 85. Signal Hill Community Services (562) 989-7330 www.cityofsignalhill.org Itty Bitty Day Camp (3-5): Weekly themed activities, four sessions, June 30 - July 25, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. • Skatedogs (562) 343-1095 www.skatedogs.com Kids will make new friends, advance their skateboarding or scootering skills, and most importantly, have fun at Skatedogs’ school-break skateboarding camps offered through city parks and recreation departments. They also offer after-school and weekend classes, private lessons and birthday parties; see “Parties” and “Skateboarding.” • South Coast Fencing Center Fencing Camps 3518 W. Lake Center Drive, Ste. C, Santa Ana (714) 549-2946 www.southcoastfencing.com The South Coast Fencing Center will be hosting fencing camps this summer for all levels. Learn and develop the skills necessary to attack and defend yourself. This fun camp will include conditioning, coordination activities, challenging games, footwork, handwork and plenty of time to suit up and fence with others! Advanced camps are also offered. See ad on page 50; discount coupon on page 84. • Southeast Japanese School’s Camp Hanabi 14615 S. Gridley Road, Norwalk (562) 863-5996 www.sejscc.org Camp Hanabi strives to expand awareness of Japanese American culture to new generations through language, art, music, dance, media, sports and fun! Campers (5-13), open to everyone, experience Japanese instruction and conversation, song, folk dance, food tasting, folktales, origami, ceramics, calligraphy, kendo, judo and more. July 7-11, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; registration ends June 20. Space is limited, and camp will sell out, so sign up today! $150 per camper. Also see “Languages” for schoolyear program. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. SPCAla’s Friends for Life Camp 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach (323) 730-5300, Ext. 320 www.spcaLA.com Spring Day Camp (9-12): Three sessions: April 7-11, 14-18 and 21-25. $325. Summer Day Camp (8-10): ten one-week sessions, June 16 - August 29; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. $325. Three age groups learn basic care and responsibility for pets, respect for animals and the beginnings of dog training. Camp Counselorin-Training (14-17) also available, $162. Early reservations recommended; registration starts April 14. Spring and Summer Break Camps at Newport Sea Base 1931 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach (949) 642-5031 www.newportseabase.org Spring Camps: Morning camps: Scrimshaw Art and Fish Dissection (7-10), and Ocean Engineering and Ocean Animation (11-17). Afternoon camps include kayaking, lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
canoeing, SUP, fishing and sailing (7-17). March 31 April 3, April 7-10 and April 14-17. Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., $140; and 12:45-4 p.m., $140. Summer Squids Camp (6-7) includes knot tying, boat anatomy, safety and travel. Junior Aquatics Camp (8-10) offers rowing, SUP and more. Teen Camp (11-17) and summer sailing classes (7-17) also offered. • Spring and Summer Spanish Culinary Camps for Kids™ by Academic Learning and Languages www.academicLandL.com Here are your Spanish Language and Hispanic Culture camps for scholars (6-11)! Youngsters will play, sing and cook their way into learning frequently used phrases, songs, verb conjugations, Hispanic-oriented art projects and yummy Latin-based recipes. Spring-break camps, April 21-25: Belmont Shore, 9 a.m. - noon or Belmont Heights, 1-4 p.m., includes light lunch. Summer camps in two locations: Lakewood, July 7-11, 9 a.m. - noon, and Belmont Heights, July 14-18, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. An interactive Spanish class for older kids (12-17) is also offered, August 25-29 (see “Teens”). Also see “Cooking” and “Tutoring and Academics.” • Summer Adventures at Rancho Los Cerritos 4600 N. Virginia Road, Long Beach (562) 570-1755 www.rancholoscerritos.org Campers (6-11) learn about life in Old California through games, crafts, chores, stories and hands-on activities like churning butter, dipping candles, punching tin, tooling leather, washing clothes and stomping adobe. There will also be a special guest each week, plus tons of good old-fashioned fun! Vaquero Adventures, July 14-18; Old Time Adventures, July 21-25; and Adobe Adventures, July 28 - August 1, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. $90 per week. Call for registration. See ad on page 28. • Summer at Westerly School 2950 E. 29th St., Long Beach (562) 981-3151 www.westerlyschool.org Westerly continues its approach of engaging students through rich instruction and application throughout the summer months. Summer with Westerly is uniquely customized to meet the needs of your family by offering a variety of opportunities for students of all ages with dates and times that allow a smooth and productive summer for all families. Join them for the full nine weeks or pick and choose the dates that work for you. They pride themselves on tailoring a program that works best for your family. Qualified teachers, experienced coaches and decorated artists go to great lengths to help enhance your child’s summer. See ad on page 29. • Summer Camps at Valley Christian Schools 10818 Artesia Blvd., Cerritos (562) 860-0556 www.vcschools.org A variety of summer camp opportunities are offered, including academics, fine arts and sports, for both Valley Christian students as well as other students interested in attending. Day Camp for students (grades K-8) includes field trips, fun on-campus days, and a Captain’s Academy to reinforce math and reading skills. Specialty camps may include athletic camps, like soccer, basketball and volleyball; photography, ceramics, science, robotics and jazz band. They have everyone covered, from Preschool Day Camp, to lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
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park, aquarium and arcades. Site directors have 25 years teaching experience; camp staff has been trained in child development. Camp hours: Monday Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. $175 per week. Swim lessons and field trips are included at no extra charge. See ad on page 36.
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2565 Pacific Ave., Long Beach • 622 E. Hill St., Long Beach • 769 W. 3rd St., San Pedro 2205 San Gabriel Ave., Long Beach • 909 W. “D” St., Wilmington • www.ccdlb.org drumline and band camps for high schoolers; from classes like, “I Need My ‘Space,’” to “Tasty Math,” there are fun, creative summer programs for everyone at VCS. Also see “Schools.” See ad on page 83. • Summer Dance Camp at VIP Dance Studio 3625 MacArthur Blvd., #307, Santa Ana (714) 966-9009 www.vipdancestudio.com Summer dance camp (ages 4-8) at VIP Dance Studio introduces your child to a variety of dance styles. Weekly sessions are available. They also offer a dance, acting and modeling workshop (7-13) where participants will learn audition techniques and important facts about the entertainment industry; contact for details. Also see “Camps,” “Dance” and “Parties.” See ad on page 46. • Team OC Gymnastics, Cheer, Dance and Trampoline 385-B Clinton St., Costa Mesa (714) 444-1144 www.teamocfun.com Full- or half-day camps for kids (4-13). Activities include gymnastics, trampoline, dance, cheer, inflatable obstacle courses, arts and crafts, and much more! Ask about their sibling and multiple camp discounts. See “Gymnastics” for complete listing. See ad on page 59. • Tem’s Amazing Tennis Presents Summer Camp at Lakewood Country Club 4212 Clubhouse Drive, Lakewood (562) 355-2545 www.TATacademy.com Check out summer tennis camp at Lakewood Tennis Center, hosted by Tem’s Amazing Tennis! This camp is for kids (6+), from the introductory level to advanced. Beginners of all ages are especially welcome. They offer flexible scheduling: sign your child up at any time throughout the summer, for any week of camp. June 23 - August 29, Mondays - Thursdays, 9 a.m. - noon. See ad on page 38. The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center 2 Irvine Park Road, Orange (714) 923-3191 www.outdooreducationcenter.org 42 • spring/summer 2014
Within the 210-acre center, kids explore, create, learn and discover life in the outdoors. Year-round camping opportunities include overnight and day use. Features include mining, ranch and astronomy camp as well as a nature center, archery and BB gun ranges, aquatic center and a challenge course with dual zip lines. Operated by the Orange County Boy Scouts of America. Titan Youth Sports Camp CSUF, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton (657) 278-5548 www.asi.fullerton.edu Day camp (grades K-8) - Skills and strategies in basketball, flag football, soccer, swimming, rock wall climbing and bowling. June 17 - August 9. Mornings only and full days available, $109-209. • Tom Hicks Baseball Camps, LLC P.O. Box 15963, Long Beach 90815-0963 (562) 425-2446 www.tomhicksbaseballcamps.com The 25th annual THBC prides itself on being the area’s best fundamental baseball camp. Camps, offered during Easter, Summer and Christmas vacations, focus on individual instruction and improvement. Camps are available in Long Beach and the South Bay. For more information, see their listing in “Softball and Baseball,” or visit their website. • Town and Country Day Camp 14203 Willow Lane, Westminster/Huntington Beach (714) 894-4036 www.TCDayCamp.com www.SummerCampOrangeCounty.com Town and Country Day Camp, celebrating over 60 years of summer fun! The facility covers two acres with its own campgrounds, swimming pool, pony and farm animals. Each week has been carefully planned for your grade school child (grades K-6). Daily activities include Red Cross-certified swim lessons, horses and ponies, archery, sports, crafts and themed camp days. Weekly field trips, four per week, are included to places such as the beach, miniature golf, museums, zoos, ice skating, bowling, roller skating, mud
• Vans Skatepark 20 City Blvd. West, Orange 92868 (714) 769-3800 www.vans.com Vans Skatepark in Orange offers skate camps and clinics yearly. Instruction is offered for beginner to advanced street skateboarders ages 6-16. Space is limited and preregistration is required. All participants must have a waiver signed on-site by a parent or legal guardian. Please call the park for camp schedules and details; private lessons also available. Also see “Skateboarding.” See ad on page 51. • Wagonwheel Ranch Horseback Rides 4057 Via Opata, Palos Verdes (310) 567-3582 www.pvhorses.net Camps, offered daily, are four hours long, and include two hours of Western trail ride time. It’s the perfect place for your child to experience country values and horsemanship, where real riding experience is emphasized—there’s no baby sitting at this camp! Campers will enjoy the many sights to see along the Palos Verdes Peninsula with their guided horseback rides, including hillside views, meadows of wildflowers and wildlife. Riders learn to tack the horse; hoof care and the proper way to bridle the horse is also demonstrated with hands-on experience. Their horses are gentle and suited for the beginner to experienced riders. Class sizes are kept small so that your child receives quality guidance. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Camp can be scheduled by the day or week, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 1:30-4:30 p.m. For more information, call anytime. Also see “Horseback Riding” and “Parties.” Westminster Community Services and Recreation (714) 895-2860 www.westminster-ca.gov Summer camps (6-14): June - August, one-week sessions, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon, $110-163. Camps include: Top Chef, Healthy Chef, Ooey Gooey Science, Ninajaneering Legos, Aerospace Legos, Hunger Games, Robots and Secret Agent Camp. YMCA www.ymcaoc.org, www.lbymca.org www.campoakes.org, www.camp.ymca.org Individual branches offer day camp (5-15) during school vacations. Overnight camp (7-18) may be offered throughout the school year. Family Camp (all ages) is held Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Halloween and Thanksgiving weekends. Financial assistance is available. Call individual branches for camp dates and details. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. Young Writers, Mathematicians and Scientist Camps UCI, 2003 Berkeley Place, Irvine (949) 824-5922 www.gse.uci.edu/uciwp Writers Camp (entering grades K-12) and Mathematicians/Scientists Camp (entering grades K-9): three-week lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
sessions, June 30 - August 14. Locations in Aliso Viejo, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Ladera Ranch and Tustin. • Young Scientists Camp California State University, Long Beach (562) 985-4801 www.youngscientistscamp.com Two exciting weeks of science investigations. Students (entering grades 2-8) do experiments and lab projects in college science laboratories. This year’s focus is on environmental/life sciences, with topics that include Amazing Animals in Action, Botany Bonanza, Life at the Edge of the Sea and Solving Environmental Challenges. The camp will be held August 4-15, weekday mornings, 8:30 a.m. - noon, $300 ($25 sibling discount, $25 CSULB faculty/staff discount). Early morning supervision (7:30-8:30 a.m.) is available at an additional cost. This is two weeks of engaging science investigations which will help kids learn to think scientifically, communicate more effectively, and improve their science process skills. Outstanding student-teacher ratio of less than 10:1. Call for more information or visit their website. See ad on page 25.
The mission of Children’s Home Society of California (CHS) is to reach out to children and families at risk with a range of services to ensure that every child has the opportunity to develop within a safe, healthy and secure environment.
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• Resource and Referral (R&R) – Provides a central coordinating link for child care and child development services. R&R offers a wide range of services to parents, existing and potential licensed child care providers and other community groups who are concerned with child care issues. • R&R Hotline – Parents can obtain information about available child care providers matched to their needs and preference. The general community can call the R&R Hotline to access child care resources. • Health and Safety Reimbursement – Reimburses child care providers for the cost of the Health and Safety training required by Community Care Licensing. • Educational Resource Lending Library – Toys, materials, as well as books and videos are available to the community.
cheerleading Classes, camps and squads. Also see: “Football,” “Dance” and “Gymnastics.” Boys and Girls Club Year-round cheerleading: Fountain Valley (6-11) and Fullerton (6-12) branches. See “Youth and Family Groups“ for contact information. Cheerleading at Football Games American Youth Football and Cheer - Cheerleading (515) at AYF games. www.americanyouthfootball.com Friday Night Lights - Cheerleaders perform at football games during the spring and fall seasons. Garden Grove, www.ggfnl.com; Huntington Beach, www.hbfnl.com; Los Alamitos/Seal Beach, www. losalfnl.com; and Newport Beach/Costa Mesa, www.newportmesafnl.com. King Conference Football - Girls (3-15) perform at King Conference football games, August - December, and participate in parades and competitions. Registration begins in July. Call for team locations. (323) 295-2944. Pop Warner Little Scholars - Flag and tackle football cheerleaders (5-15) perform at games and participate in cheerleading competitions. Registration starts in February for August - November season. Visit the website for your city’s contact information. www.popwarner.com • HSC All Stars Kidnastics, 10712 Reagan St., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102 www.kidnastics.net HSC All Stars made their all-star cheerleading debut in the season of 2007. As a competitive cheerleading program for girls and boys (2+), they have posted numerous local and national championships. Now with more than five competitive teams from various lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
• Child Care Assistance Program – CHS helps pay for child care services for eligible parents who need child care while they work, seek work, or attend school or job training programs. Families are enrolled in order of greatest need.
Greater Long Beach: 249 E. Ocean Blvd., Ste. 300, Long Beach • (562) 256-7490 Orange County: 333 South Anita Drive, Ste. 350, Orange • (714) 543-2273
ages and levels, they are preparing for another successful season. For enrollment information, please email: email@example.com. See ad on page 55. National Cheerleaders Association (800) 533-8022 www.varsity.com Hosts and promotes championships and camps (10+). Recreation Departments and Colleges • Cypress College, Kids’ College - Cheer classes (4+) offered year round in six-week sessions, includes pom-poms. $55. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kid • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Cheerleading (12-18). (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org Long Beach City College - Boys and girls (5+) cheerleading camp; one-week summer session, $45. Extended supervision available. (562) 938-4249. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Most city recreation departments offer cheerleading programs. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. • Team OC Gymnastics, Cheer, Dance and Trampoline 385-B Clinton St., Costa Mesa (714) 444-1144 www.teamocfun.com Classes for boys and girls (4+) include Intro to
Cheer, Cheer Fundamentals, Tumbling, Backhandspring Bootcamp and more. They also offer All Star Cheer teams with additional performing opportunities. See “Gymnastics” for complete listing. See ad on page 59. YMCA Laguna Niguel (6-12) offers classes. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.
childcare & babysitting Child care resources, plus referrals. Also see: “Schools,” “Youth and Family Groups,” and Tot Lots under “Support and Play Groups.” • Alpert JCC in Long Beach 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Ext. 1205 www.alpertjcc.org AJCC’s acclaimed Kids’ University for kids in grades K-8. Just like a real university, choose from an assortment of classes and activities, including music and art, aquatics, martial arts, cooking, dance, fitness, digital movie-making and sports, like basketball, flag football, soccer and more! Leave the driving to the AJCC; let spring/summer 2014 • 43
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562-627-5438 kidzhead2toe.com 5467 E. Carson St., Long Beach their buses pick your child up from Long Beach area schools and provide homework assistance and snack. Monday - Friday, till 6 p.m. Fees vary with number of days and transportation. Call Ext. 1205 or email email@example.com to reserve one of the limited slots for your child. See ad on page 81. Child Care, School Age Boys and Girls Clubs - All branches offer before and/ or after school care (5/6-18). Most branches offer full days with supervised activities during school breaks. Transportation is provided to and from select school sites. Scholarships are available for qualifying families. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Nocost, drop-in after-school programs are available at seven local elementary and middle schools. A.S.A.P. (After-School Activity Program) is available at 26 local parks. After-school programs run Monday - Friday, 3-6 p.m.; features games, crafts, homework help, movies and holiday celebrations included. (562) 570-3100. www.longbeach.gov/park Recreation Departments - Most city recreation departments offer before and/or after-school and school vacation programs at local parks or school campuses. Many programs are operated on a drop-in basis and are free of charge. Extended hours may be offered. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. YMCA - Before and after-school programs (grades K-6 or 12) are available at all branches and selected school sites. Hours and ages vary. Transportation may be available to and from schools at selected sites. Expanded program hours are offered during school vacations. Financial assistance is available for qualifying families. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. • Children’s Home Society of California Greater Long Beach (562) 256-7490 Orange County (714) 543-2273 www.chs-ca.org A central coordinating link for child care and child development services. Parents can obtain free information on licensed child-care facilities that match their needs. Listings are maintained on licensed child-care centers, family child-care homes, before and after-school programs, public and private schools, and child-care assistance programs. 249 E. Ocean Blvd., Ste. 300, Long Beach; 333 South Anita Drive, Ste. 350, Orange. See ad on page 41. 44 • spring/summer 2014
• Comprehensive Child Development (562) 427-8834 www.ccdlb.org Celebrating 29 years of service! CCD has provided child care and support services in Long Beach, San Pedro and Wilmington since 1984. Children ages six months to kindergarten are cared for and educated in centers, and four months and up in a network of licensed family child care homes. CCD also reimburses licensed providers for meals served to children in care. Five locations to serve you: 2565 Pacific Ave., Long Beach; 622 E. Hill St., Long Beach; 2205 San Gabriel Ave., Long Beach; 769 W. 3rd St., San Pedro; and 909 W. “D” St., Wilmington. All programs offer free and reduced cost to eligible families. See ad on page 40. Hourly Baby Sitting The following websites provide a search for sitters in your area: www.care.com, www.sittercity.com, www. socasittersunlimited.com and www.urbansitter.com. Information and Referrals The following organizations offer information about, and referrals to, various child-care programs (infants+) and providers. Child Care Connection - Resource line to locate child care in their area. (800) 543-7793. www.ccfc.ca.gov Greater Long Beach - Family Child Care Association provides free referrals to licensed family child care in the provider’s home (infants - school age), (562) 8047474, www.lblakewoodchildcare.org; and Long Beach Childcare Network, shares child-care experiences and education through training sessions and promoting community resources to families, (562) 428-0079. Orange County Child Care Association - A free referral service for parents seeking licensed in-home child care. Includes referrals to care providers for children with special needs. (714) 893-0390. www. orangecountychildcareassociation.org • Long Beach City College Child Development Centers Liberal Arts Campus (562) 938-4253/4251 Pacific Coast Campus (562) 938-3079/3082 childrencenter.lbcc.edu Child-care services are provided for a fee at PCC and
LAC (some subsidized funding is available). Highquality preschool education for children between 2-5 years of age is available for students, staff and community on either campus. The centers have semiflexible schedules and are open Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. For further information on rates, hours, registration and space availability, call either campus. Liberal Arts Campus, 4630 Clark Ave., Long Beach; Pacific Coast Campus, 1305 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach. See ad on page 40. • Long Beach Day Nursery 3965 Bellflower Blvd. (562) 421-1488 1548 Chestnut Ave. (562) 591-0509 www.lbdn.org Long Beach Day Nursery is dedicated to providing the finest programs and services for young children. Since 1912, LBDN has offered the highest quality early care and education with the most affordable rates possible, thanks to the support of many individuals and foundations in the community. The Nursery’s nationally accredited program combines elements of a well-trained staff, optimum teacher/child ratios, nutritious meals, parent education and spacious facilities to enrich the lives of the children enrolled and their families. See ad on page 83. Sitter Training Training for boys and girls (10+) is available through the following community and city agencies. Most classes offer instruction in basic first aid, child behavior and hazard awareness. American Red Cross - Greater Long Beach, (562) 595-6341 and Orange County, (714) 481-5300, www.redcross.org. Fullerton Parks and Recreation, (714) 738-6575. Irvine Recreation (11+), (949) 724-6600. Lake Forest Community Services , (949) 461-3450. Santa Ana College, (714) 564-6594, www.sac.edu/cms. • Anaheim Community Services Department - Oneday workshops offered year round. Participants receive a training binder with information about child care issues and creative ways to market their babysitting business. $49, plus $48 material fee. (714) 765-5191 www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect Safe Sitter offers a standard one-day course (11-13) at CHOC, Orange and Mission Viejo, $35. Summer only. (714) 532-8887. www.safesitter.org. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
clothing Children’s gently-used clothing and accessories that include books, toys and furniture, plus a philanthropic program that provides school clothes for those in need. • Belmont Kidz, Children’s Consignment Boutique 2734 E. Broadway, Long Beach (562) 433-9151 www.belmontkidz.com The premier source for upscale, gently-used children’s items. Belmont Kidz offers new and resale clothing, shoes, books, toys and baby equipment for infants, toddlers, girls and boys. By hand-selecting their entire inventory, choosing only the best products from parents and local designers, they provide families with high-quality, premium-brand children’s items at an affordable price. And, because they’re “recycling” gently-used products, they’re also helping the environment. For a consignment appointment, please call ahead. See ad on this page. • Hot Bows www.hotbows.com Hot Bows has added an incredible line of Headbands by Hot Bows for the tots to tweens set. Each Headband by Hot Bows is uniquely designed for maximum cuteness and total coolness. From butterflies to trendsetting mustaches, your fashionista will look awesome. Hot Bows clips, especially their “Doing Bigger Better” styles, continue to be best sellers for girls of all ages. Made in the USA. See ad on this page. • Kidz Head 2 Toe 5467 E. Carson St., Long Beach (562) 627-5438 www.kidzhead2toe.com Kidz Head 2 Toe is the largest children’s resale shop in Long Beach. They specialize in gentlyused name-brand fashions and accessories for boys and girls, infant through size 8. They also have a large selection of baby gear, transports, toys, books and handmade accessories. Contact them for more information about selling your gently used clothing, toys and baby equipment. See ad on page 42. • Oh Very Young 4378 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach (562) 492-6200 www.ohveryyoung.com Large selection of carefully curated, pre-loved clothing, shoes, toys, books, gear, handmade goods and much more is offered at this resale shop. All items are gently used and in very good condition. Contact them about their buying program; they open up a limited number of appointments every month and will purchase your gently used children’s items for cash or store credit! They also offer an exclusive shopping event for the whole family every other month; check their facebook page for upcoming events, and see “Calendar.” See ad on this page. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
Operation School Bell (818) 846-3777 www.assistanceleague.org Assistance League branches can help in-need children (K-12) get school uniforms or school clothes through the league’s national philanthropic programs.
cooking Instructional classes, camps and workshops. • Alpert JCC Fresh from the Garden Cooking Camp 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Ext. 1205 www.alpertjcc.org Young chefs prepare and taste healthy, delicious and easy-to-prepare meals, desserts and snacks. They’ll bring home a garden patch full of recipes at the end of the week! Ages 6-12. Week of July 14th.
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Boys and Girls Club Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley offer Cooking and Nutrition; Tustin and Whittier offer Healthy Habits; and Westminster offers Teen Cooking (13-18). See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.
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Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Tap, Pilates, Fit Ball & Preschool ClassesP Professional Faculty Performing Company Complete Adult Program Large Dance Rooms Annual Recitals: Summer - Karen Carpenter Theater Winter - Downey Theater
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• Lil’ Chef School 15435 Jeffrey Road, #132, Irvine (949) 679-8390 www.lilchefschool.com Weekly classes with a different menu each week. Jr. Chefs (5½-12) meet for 90 minutes of handson cooking full of learning and fun. Children learn cuisines of the world and enhance their experience with fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices while gaining confidence and experience in the kitchen that will last them a lifetime! Master Chefs (11+, or with instructor approval) have “mastered” the basics of cooking, kitchen etiquette and safety. They are ready to take their culinary skills to the next level. Lil Chef School’s program for teens allows for more independence in the kitchen with planning and organizing tasks and operating kitchen equipment/tools. They are encouraged to practice a creative approach while interpreting recipes. See ad on this page. • PJ’s Place 5870 E. Wardlow Rd., Long Beach (562) 381-3011 www.PJsPlaceSummerCamp.com At PJ’s Place, the kitchen is filled with the warmth of friendship, as budding chefs hone their kitchen skills, develop recipes, plan menus, experiment with kitchen chemistry, and compete in fun-filled culinary challenges. This program is spiced up with visits from international guest chefs. Also see “Camps.” See ad on page 37. Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services Department - Cooking for Kids (3-7) and Tea Party, one-day workshop (38). (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect Cerritos College - Summer classes include Jr. Chef (6-10), Introduction to Professional Cooking and Introduction to Professional Baking (12-17). (562) 467-5050. www.cerritoscommunityed.com • Cypress College, Kids’ College - Making Yummy Snacks (6-10), Mommy and Me Cooking Class (5-7), My First Cooking Class (6-8), Fun with Baking (8-11) and Junior Chef (8-12). Classes held in Cypress or Fullerton. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids Santa Ana College - Mini Chefs and Baking (8-13). (714) 564-6594. www.sac.edu/cms Many city recreation departments offer cooking classes and camps. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. Retail Store Classes The following retail stores offer themed cooking classes and workshops throughout the year. Camps are often available. Chef Tech, 3842 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, (562) 989-CHOP (2467), www.cheftechcookingschool. com. Prep Kitchen, 12207 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach, (562) 430-1217, www.prepkitchenessentials. com. Sur La Table, locations in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, (800) 243-0852. www.surlatable.com.
• Spring and Summer Spanish Culinary Camps for Kids™ by Academic Learning and Languages Lakewood and Long Beach (562) 833-3115 www.AcademicLandL.com Here are your Spanish Language and Hispanic Culture camps for scholars (6-11)! Youngsters will play, sing and cook their way into Spanish, learning frequently used phrases, songs, verb conjugations, Hispanic-oriented art projects and yummy Latin-based recipes. See “Camps” for details.
dance Classes and camps. Also see: “Cheerleading,” “Gymnastics” and “Theater Arts” for related activities. • Alpert JCC Presents Webby Beginning Hip Hop/Jazz Dance Camp 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Ext. 1205 www.alpertjcc.org Professional instructors teach dancers beginner hip hop and jazz techniques to age-appropriate music in this action-packed class. Kids will enjoy grooving to their favorite tunes! Ages 6-12. Week of August 11th. Boys and Girls Club Cypress and Fountain Valley offer classes (3-18). See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. • Burgess Cotillion Golden Sails Hotel, Long Beach (323) 874-7393 www.bobbyburgesscotillion.com Monthly dances (grades 3-12) with instruction in popular and ballroom styles and etiquette. The three basic ballroom dances, waltz, foxtrot and swing, are taught every season, along with a Latin dance, such as the samba or tango, as well as other forms of dance, such as the Charleston or polka. Mother-son or father-daughter dances and waltz contests are also offered. Runs monthly, Monday nights, September - April. Registration begins in May—sign-up early, space is limited. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also see “Beauty and Etiquette.” • Butler-Fearon-O’Connor School of Irish Dance Mission Viejo, Carlsbad and Riverside (949) 444-5014 www.BFOCirishdance.com The world renowned Butler-Fearon-O’Connor School of Irish Dance offers classes in Mission Viejo, Carlsbad and Riverside with certified top-quality instructors, and produces top-quality Irish dancers. Irish dance is a unique style that has swept the world by storm, one step at a time! BFOC dancers range from recreational dancers to competitive dancers that compete and win titles around the world. Both non-competitive and competitive dancers are welcome in their program. BFOC values team spirit and hard work, and also provides a fun and safe environment for all children. Adult classes are also available. Email: BFOCdance@gmail.com. See ad on page 47; coupon on page 103. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
• Center Stage Dance Academy 3418 N. Los Coyotes Diagonal, Long Beach (562) 497-1181 www.csdalb.com Annual student recital is held at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center at CSULB. Look for their Children’s Performing Company at Knott’s Berry Farm, national competitions, and local community events. Many current students have careers in the performing arts. Classes are continuously forming. The first class is free! See ad on page 46. • Dance Company 4205 Montair Ave., Long Beach (562) 425-7231 www.thedancecolongbeach.com Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Pointe, Theatre Dance, Lyrical, Fit Ball and Pilates (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 44. • Elevation Studios 1900 E. 27th St., #101, Signal Hill (562) 424-2711 www.elevationstudios.com Ages 3 through adult, beginning through professional. Full recreational program as well as a highly competitive competition team. Owners and professional dancers Alex and Robert Lee are extremely connected and involved in the dance world which allows the studio to bring in master instructors from hit shows like “So You Think.” Over 85 guest instructors and specialty classes were taught last year. Their credits include 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 commercial on their website! Summer camps are also offered, see “Camps.” See ad on page 49. • En Pointe Dance & Fitness 713 Termino Ave., Long Beach (562) 438-3262 www.enpointedanceandfitness.com En Pointe Dance & Fitness provides the surrounding community the opportunity to share in the art of dance, while maintaining a healthy lifestyle through fitness. They offer both children and adults: ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, pointe and tap. They also offer Burn at the Barre, Barre Fusion, Belly Dance Fusion, Pilates, Yoga and Zumba for adults. Childcare is provided for an additional fee during the adult classes, so parents can get their class time in, while the kids are entertained in the children’s room. En Pointe Dance & Fitness also hosts birthday parties, kid’s night out and offers an afterschool program for your children. They offer pickup from local elementary and middle schools. Children are then able to take a dance class and work on homework, all before being picked up. Also see “Camps” and “Parties.” See coupon on page 103. • Flamenco for Kids at Naranjita Flamenco 423 S. Brookhurst St., Ste. R, Anaheim (323) 687-4300 www.NaranjitaFlamenco.com Kids (4+) can learn flamenco! Introduce your children to musicality, coordination, language and culture with lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
Los Altos Dance Center Ballet, Jazz & Hip-Hop Pre-schoolers • Children • Teens • Adults
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bright costumes, singing, dancing and lots of fun. Classes for kids Tuesdays and Thursdays. Check their website for class schedules. See ad on page 47. • Kick It Up 8129 East Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 430-1812 www.kickitup.com Come dance, sing, act and perform at Kick It Up, a noncompetitive, friendly dance, music, fitness and party studio for all ages. Classes are offered for all ages and ability levels; no one is turned away. Intro to Dance, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Salsa, Bellydance, Cheerleading and Hula are some of the many dance classes offered. In addition, Kick It Up also offers music and voice lessons. As a parent, they offer many
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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. Performing Teams, Brownie/Girl Scout events, camps and birthday parties are offered throughout the year. Also see “Camps,” “Music” and “Parties.” See ads on pages 33 and 47. • Long Beach Ballet Academy 1122 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 426-4112 www.LongBeachBallet.org The Long Beach Ballet classical ballet academy offers year-round training for ages 4 to adult. Under the artistic direction of David Wilcox, the nationally recognized academy has graduated students into
many major companies around the world, including the San Francisco Ballet, the Hamburg Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada. The most advanced students make up the performing company, which is best known for Southern California’s most spectacular production of The Nutcracker at the Long Beach Terrace Theater. Last year they made their first international performing tour to mainland China. Visit www.LongBeachBallet.com for a complete schedule of events and performances, including this year’s 34th annual school performance, “Coppelia” on May 31 and June 1. Children’s Dance Camp 2014 is also available (see “Camps”). See ad on page 45. • Los Altos Dance Center 5531 Spring St., Long Beach (562) 429-7486 www.losaltosdance.com For the past 30 years, the studio has offered Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop classes for pre-schoolers, children, teens and adults. Afternoon and evening classes are available during the week and morning classes on Saturday. The studio emphasizes proper dance technique in a fun environment. See ad on page 45. • Melodie’s Dance Theatre 3381 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos (562) 431-8582 www.melodiesdance.com Performance opportunities are available for everyone at Melodie’s Dance Theatre. For over 37 years, the studio has offered dance classes for ages 2 to adult. Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Acrobatic, Contemporary and Combination are offered in a positive, friendly, family-oriented environment. Their studio offers award-winning choreography, plus reasonable rates including family and multiple class discount plans. Adult classes, such as Zumba, are also available. Don’t miss their Dance Show July 26-27 at Cypress College! Mention this ad and receive two months tuition for the price of one month (new students only, excludes Zumba). See ad on page 49. • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, Signal Hill (562) 986-0066 www.mygym.com/longbeach Dance Fitness (ages 4½-11) in a fun, explosive, high energy class where children learn the coolest moves set to today’s most popular music. In a safe, age-appropriate environment, students enhance endurance, agility and strength. Learn about dance, history and culture while having fun! See ad on page 65. National Dance Alliance (800) 533-8022 www.nda.varsity.com National organization hosts championships, special events and camps throughout Southern California. Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services Department - Parent and Me Dance (2-4), Princess Ballet (3-5), Ballet and Tap (3+), High Energy Tap and Jazz (5-7), Breakdancing (6+), and Hip-Hop Dance (5+). (714) 7655191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect
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Cerritos College - Jazz/Hip Hop (grades 1-4), summer only. (562) 467-5050. www.cerritoscommunityed.com lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
• Cypress College, Kids’ College - Introduction to Dance (3-4), Ballet (3+), Ballet and Tap (5+), MultiCultural Dance and Music (2-4), Musical Theater (7+), Jazz/Hip Hop (4+), Teen Ballroom Dancing and You Can Dance!; six-week sessions, year round, $55. Yoga (12+), $50. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kid • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Ballet (3-10), Ballet/Tap (2-6), Cutie Pie Dance (510), Polynesian Dance (5-13), Tot Hula (2), Baby Hula (3-4), Hip Hop (6+) and Baby Hip Hop (3-5); three to eight-week sessions, $24-48. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Baby Dance (1-8 mos), Baby Dance II (7-19 mos), Ballet and Tap (3-5), Ballet and Tap Combo (4-5), Beginning First Steps (3-5), Creative Movement (30 mos - 4 yrs), Dance for Fun (20 mos - 4 yrs), Intro to Ballet (4-7), Pre-Ballet and Character Class (3-6), Mexican Folk Dance (4-7), Mommy and Me Dance (18-36 mos), Pre-school Dance (30-66 mos), Ballet I (6-9 yrs), Ballet, Tap and Jazz (613), Hip Hop (9-14), Hip Hop and Bob for Kids (5-8), Hip Hop by Shiquita (10+), Mexican Folk Dance Advanced (12+), Mexican Folk Dance Intermediate (7-11), Rockstar Popstar (5-10) and Storybook Adventures Dance (4-6). Free weekly classes at the Homeland Cultural Center: Kids Break Dance with Iceman (5+), Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m., Cambodian Dance, Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon and African Drum and Dance, Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (562) 570-3111. www.longbeach.gov/park Santa Ana College - Dance For Kids (8–12). (714) 564-6594. www.sac.edu/cms
Aerial - Ruby Karen Project Aerial and Performing Arts offers circus training with aerial arts, acrobatics, contortion and apprentice program (6+). 2777-D Bristol St., Costa Mesa. (714) 330-7484. www.rubykaren.com. Ballroom - Allegro Ballroom of Orange County, 310 E Orangethorpe Ave., Ste. G, H, J, Placentia, (714) 524-7532, www.allegroballroomoc.com. Avant Garde Ballroom, 4220 Scott Place, Newport Beach, (949) 442-7600, www.avantgardeballroom.com. California Arts Center at OCSA, Santa Ana, (714) 560-0900, Ext. 5630, www.ocsarts.net/communityclasses. Also see Burgess Cotillion listed in this section. Break Dance - We Break Hip Hop Dance Co., 530 E.4th St., Long Beach, (562) 277-1385, www. webreakdance.com. Irish - Claddagh School of Irish Dance - Lake Forest and Signal Hill, (949) 457-6121, www.claddaghoc. com. North American Feis Commission - Provides resources on Irish dancing, referrals to local instruction and information on competitions, www. Orange County • Riverside • San Diego • Los Angeles
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Most city recreation departments offer dance classes that include ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and parent and me. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. • Team OC Gymnastics, Cheer, Dance, and Trampoline 385-B Clinton St., Costa Mesa (714) 444-1144 www.teamocfun.com OC Academy of Dance at Team OC offers classes for boys and girls (2+), including contemporary, jazz, ballet, tap, hip-hop and combination classes. They also offer a performance and competitive dance company for the committed and focused dancer. See “Gymnastics” for complete listing. See ad on page 59. • VIP Dance Studio 3625 MacArthur Blvd., #307, Santa Ana (714) 966-9009 www.vipdancestudio.com VIP Dance Studio offers jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, Latin, tumbling, Street Jazz, salsa, tango, Bollywood and Zumba. They offer dance classes for kids (2+), and all levels are welcome. Afternoon and evening classes are available during the week, and morning classes are offered on Saturday. Two annual showcases are put on per year. They host birthday parties (see “Parties”) as well as kids events, including: Princess Around the World, Diva Dress-Up Dance Party, Father-Daughter Dance and movie nights. Summer camps also offered (see “Camps”). Also see “Theater Arts.” See ad on page 46. Specialty Dance Also see dance listings in this section as they may also offer specialty dances. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
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562/485-3085 Providing child and family mental health services since 1946
Mental Health Services for Children and Families Case Management, Crisis Intervention, Intensive Mental Health Treatment, Individual, Group & Family Therapy, Field Capable Clinical Services, Full Service Partnership, School-Based Services, Psychological Testing & Psychiatric Medication • English/Spanish • Medi-Cal Accepted northamericanfeiscommission.org. Also see ButlerFearon-O’Connor School of Irish Dance in this section. Flamenco - Claudia de la Cruz Flamenco Institute, 125 N. Broadway, Lower Level, Santa Ana, (714) 3886353, www.tierra-flamenca.com. Also see Naranjita Flamenco listed in this section. YMCA Anaheim offers ballet (3+) and hip hop (7+); Downey offers ballet (3+), combo (9-12) and jazz (6+); Laguna Niguel offers ballet (8-12); Long Beach - Fairfield offers folklorico; and Mission Viejo offers hip hop, jazz (7-12) and ballet (4-6). See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.
emergency& family services Also see: “Health Services,” “Parent Education” and “Support and Play Groups.” Emergency Numbers Emergency, Fire, Police, Medical 911 Childhelp USA (800) 422-4453 Poison Control Center (800) 222-1222 Safely Surrendered Baby (877) BABYSAFE (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 Call for help or to report abuse or suspected abuse. Information and referrals are available. Bilingual. Also see Help Lines and Hot Lines in this section. Children of the Night (800) 551-1300 National, 24-hour hotline and shelter for youth (1117) affected by sexual abuse, exploitation, prostitution or pornography. www.childrenofthenight.org For The Child (562) 427-7671, (562) 422-8472 Prevention of and treatment for child abuse for victims and their families. www.forthechild.org Department of Children and Family Services of L.A. County (800) 540-4000 dcfs.co.la.ca.us
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OC Child Abuse Prevention Center (714) 543-4333 14 different programs designed for kids to live in violence-free homes. www.brightfutures4kids.org Social Services Agency of Orange County (800) 207-4464 24-hour child abuse hotline. www.ssa.ocgov.com Counseling Alateen/Al-Anon (888) 4AL-ANON (425-2666) Support groups and referrals for families and children of alcoholics. En español, (562) 948-2190. www.al-anon-alateen.org Aspiranet Programs include family counseling and behavioral health as well as adoption, foster care and transitional-age-youth programs. www.aspirawellness.com Boys and Girls Club Arches (714) 532-7940 Counseling, family support, outreach and referrals. www.bgcgg.org Community Family Guidance Center (562) 924-5526 Therapy for children (3-17). Healthy Families and Medi-Cal accepted. www.cfgcenter.com • Connie Wax, Individual, Couple Family and Child Counselor (714) 300-3163 www.CounselorForTheGiftedAndTalented.com. See listings on page 70 and 93; ad on page 93. Families Anonymous (800) 736-9805 Free weekly meetings for families and friends of an addict or alcoholic. www.familiesanonymous.org Help Line Youth Counseling (562) 864-3722 Youth and family counseling. Fees based on a sliding scale. www.hycinc.org Hoag Community Medicine Department Mental Health and Psychotherapy Programs (949) 764-6542 Individual, family and couples counseling; fees are based on a low-sliding scale. No one turned away due to lack of funding. www.hoag.org/communitybenefit Interval House (562) 594-4555, (714) 891-8121 Group and individual counseling for youth victims of domestic violence. Programs include teen dating violence education, legal assistance, and domestic violence education classes. www.intervalhouse.org JADE (949) 303-9016 The Juvenile Alcohol and Drug Education and Decisions program is offered by the Tustin Boys and Girls Club for Orange County residents to provide drugawareness counseling.
Jewish Federation and Family Services Long Beach (562) 427-7916 Orange County (949) 435-3460 Nonsectarian. Fees based on a sliding scale. www.jfcslongbeach.org, www.jewishorangecounty.org Magnolia Park Family Resource Center (714) 530-7413 Counseling, parenting classes and referrals. www. tinyurl.com/magnoliaparkfamily Straight Talk Clinic (714) 828-2000 Individual and peer counseling. Fees based on a sliding scale. www.straighttalkcounseling.org • The Guidance Center (562) 485-3085 In Long Beach since 1946, the agency provides English/Spanish mental health assessment and treatment, including individual, group, and family counseling and psychotherapy, medication, and psychological testing for children, teens and their families for a wide range of behavioral, social, emotional, family and school problems. Clinic locations in Long Beach, San Pedro, Compton and school-based services in Avalon. www.tgclb.org. See ad on this page. Women’s Shelter of Long Beach (562) 437-4663 Counseling for victims of domestic violence. www. womenshelterlb.org Emergency Preparedness Resources American Redcross offers checklists and classes. www.redcross.org Emergency Shelters Temporary shelter for children and families in crisis. Residential care, counseling, referrals and bilingual assistance available. 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 CSP Laguna Beach (949) 494-4311 Boys Town (800) 448-3000 Laurel House Teen Shelter (714) 832-0207 Family Shelters: 1736 Family Crisis Center (310) 379-3620 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 Crisis intervention, information, listening/counseling and referrals for any need. Most hot lines operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 211 L.A. and Orange Counties 211 Referrals to health and human services agencies. www.211la.org, www.211oc.org Baby Line (949) 764-2229 Baby care and breast-feeding questions answered by on-duty nurses at Hoag Hospital. Free. www. tinyurl.com/HoagBabyline lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
California Youth Crisis Line (800) 843-5200 www.youthcrisisline.org CHOC’s Parent Advice Line (714) 912-8927 Prerecorded information on health topics including sickness, nutrition and behavior. Find the list on their website under the “Community” tab. www.choc.org Domestic Violence Hotline (562) 437-4663 Referrals to counseling and legal aid for low-income individuals and families. www.womenshelterlb.org Drug Use Is Life Abuse (714) 647-4593 Free referral program through the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. www.duila.org First 5 LA Connect (888) FIRST5-LA (347-7855) Information and referrals for parents of kids under 5. A collaborative effort with 6,000 LA organizations to help families raise kids who are physically and emotionally healthy, safe and ready to learn. www.first5la.org GLBT Youth Talkline (800) 246-7743 Telephone/internet peer counseling. www.glnh.org Hotline of So. Cal. (562) 596-5548, (714) 894-4242 Help, intervention and referrals for any crisis. www.hotlineofsocal.org Mental Health America (800) 273-TALK (8255) www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org National Alcohol and Drug Abuse Referral Line (800) 252-6465, (800) 454-8966
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National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-7233 www.thehotline.org
Teen Lines (310) 855-4673, (800) 852-8336 Peer counseling for teens. Daily, 6-10 p.m.
National Eating Disorders Assoc. (800) 931-2237 www.nationaleatingdisorders.org
Missing/Runaway Children Help, information, referrals and message-relay services for runaways, abducted children and/or their parents. Also visit www.amberalert.gov.
National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline (866) 331-9474 www.loveisrespect.org RAINN (800) 656-HOPE (4673) The Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network’s hotline connects to a local rape crisis center. www.rainn.org Stand Up For Kids (800) 365-4KID (4543) Provides children in crisis with food and clothing. www.standupforkids.org
California Missing Children Hotline (800) 222-3463 www.chp.ca.gov/amber/index.html Child Quest International www.childquest.org Find the Children www.findthechildren.com
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Students learn how to move, attack and defend themselves with fencing gear. Emphasis is placed on developing balance, coordination, stamina and quick decision making. Classes are hands-on and highly interactive. The center is open to ages 7 and up; no previous experience is necessary, and all equipment will be provided by the club at no extra cost. See ad on this page; see discount coupon on page 84.
mals (spring and summer); and blue whales (June - August). Specialty cruises, such as the Catalina Snorkeling Cruise (August), are also offered. Reservations required. Dana Point. (949) 496-2274. www.ocean-institute.org
More Fencing Golubitsky Fencing Center, 1652 Edinger Ave., Tustin, (310) 880-6086, www.gfc-world.com. Laguna Fencing Center, 26062 Merit Circle, Ste. 103, Laguna Hills, (949) 215-4112, www.lagunafencing.com. M Team Fencing So Cal, 4372 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills, (714) 996-8880, www.mteamfencingsocal.com.
S.S. Lane Victory - See Military Ships in “Attractions.”
USA Fencing www.usfencing.org Website features resources for local clubs and membership opportunities. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (800) 843-5678 www.missingkids.com National Runaway Safeline (800) 786-2929 (RUNAWAY) Support and intervention. www.1800runaway.org Operation Lookout www.operationlookout.org
fencing Youth fencing instruction, competition, camps and parties. • Gryphon Fencing Club 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia 92870 (714) 519-1343 www.GryphonFencing.com 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 weeklong camps during the summer. Fencing- and archery-themed birthday 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 51. • South Coast Fencing Center 3518 Lake Center Drive, Ste. C, Santa Ana (714) 549-2946 www.southcoastfencing.com Learn the Olympic sport of fencing. A brief history of the sport is followed by an explanation of the rules.
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fishing & boating Sailing, rowing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing classes, watercraft rentals, whale watching, cruises and fishing excursions. Plus, local fishing lakes, fishing information and referrals. Also see: “Camps.” Boat Cruises and Whale Watching • Aquarium of the Pacific’s Whale and Sea Life Cruise - Adventurers will explore nearby seas aboard the specialized Harbor Breeze Cruises whale-watching boats to seek out whales, various dolphin species, sea lions, and a host of migratory seabirds. The ocean adventure will include educational interpretation by an Aquarium of the Pacific marine expert as well as a variety of bio-facts for all to explore. Two daily departures, noon and 3 p.m. Cost includes aquarium admission, $59.95 adult (12+), $39.95 child (3-11) and $55.95 senior (62+). Discounted prices available for members. Times and prices vary by season. RSVP: (562) 5903100 or www.aquariumofpacific.org. See ad on page 15: coupon on page 85. Catalina - The following companies offer passenger service to Catalina Island: Catalina Express, from Dana Point, Long Beach and San Pedro ports, (800) 995-4386, www.catalinaexpress.com; and Catalina Passenger Service, from Newport Bay Harbor, (800) 830-7744, www.catalinainfo.com. Long Beach - Long Beach Transit operates two water “buses” in the summer: Aqua Bus ($1) in Queensway Bay, which includes stops at the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Queen Mary; Aqua Link and Aqua Link Express ($5) which run from the Queen Mary and the Aquarium of the Pacific to Alamitos Bay Landing. (562) 591-2301. www.lbtransit.com Ocean Institute - Various cruises explore different aspects of marine life, including whales, dolphins and sea lions (year round); bioluminescent ocean plants and ani-
Spirit Cruises - Narrated one-hour harbor cruises year round, departing from Long Beach and Los Angeles harbors. (310) 548-8080. www.spiritmarine.com
Whale Watching - Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari - 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, (949) 488-2828, www.dolphinsafari.com. Dana Wharf Sportfishing - 24200 Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point, (949) 496-5794, www.danawharf.com. Newport Landing Whale Watching - 309 Palm St., Ste. A, Newport Beach, (949) 675-0551, www.newportwhales. com. Harbor Breeze Cruise - 100 Aquarium Way, Dock #2, Long Beach, (562) 432-4900, www.2seewhales. com. Ocean Institute - 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, (949) 496-2274, www.ocean-institute.org. Coast Guard Auxiliary www.cgaux.org 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. Fishing Charter Boats The following businesses offer fishing charters for half, three-quarter and full days. A fishing license, sold on site, is required (16+). Dana Wharf Sportfishing - Every Tuesday, ½- and ¾-day fishing trips are half-off the regular price. Free Kids’ Sportfishing Clinics (12 and under) are held on Sundays at noon. Kids Fishing Club, school-break camps and parties are also offered. Dana Wharf Sportfishing, 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point. (949) 496-5794. www.danawharf.com Davey’s Locker and Newport Landing Sportfishing - Full and half day deep sea fishing trips. Departs from Newport Beach. (949) 673-1435, (949) 675-0551. www. daveyslocker.com, www.newportlanding.com Pierpoint Landing - Kids Fish Free program (with paying adult) available weekdays in summer. 200 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. (562) 983-9300. www.pierpoint.net Fishing Organization Department of Fish and Game - Free information includes maps to local lakes, events, stocking guides and regulations, plus publications geared for children. (562) 342-7148. www.dfg.ca.gov, www.fishinginthecity.org Fishing Spots Camping and party packages are also available. A fishing license maybe required for ages 16 and up. Corona Lake - Admission: adults, $25; kids (4-13), $12. 12510 Temescal Road, Corona. (951) 2774489. www.fishinglakes.com Irvine Lake (Santiago Reservoir) - Lake, plus kids’ (12 and under) lagoon. Free kayak and float tube rental. Admission: adults, $24; kids (4-11), $11. Rod rental, $10. 4621 Santiago Canyon Road, Silverado. (714) 649-9111. www.irvinelake.net lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
Laguna Niguel Lake - Admission: Adults, $28; kids (3-11), $18; parking, $3-10. Boat and float tube rentals are also available. Check website for daily specials. 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel. (949) 362-9227. www.lagunaniguellake.com Mt. Baldy Trout Pools - Bring your own pole, $1; use their pole, $2; includes bait, cleaning and packaging on ice. Separate fee, $6-18, for caught fish. 6945 Mount Baldy Road, Mount Baldy. (909) 982-4246. www.mtbaldytroutpools.com Santa Ana River Lakes - Three stocked lakes. Admission: $25; kids (4-12), $12. Huckleberry Fish Pond just for kids, admission, $3; and rod rental, $6. Gemstone and fossil panning are also offered. 4060 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim. (714) 632-7830. www. fishinglakes.com Trout Dale - $7 per person (2+) includes bamboo fishing pole, corn bait and bucket. Separate fee, $611 for any fish caught. 2468 Troutdale Road, Agoura. (818) 889-9993. www.allyoucanfish.com Many regional parks also offer fishing. See “Recreation and Parks.”
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Pier fishing is available in Long Beach, Newport Beach, San Pedro and Seal Beach. • Leeway Sailing Center Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine 5437 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach (562) 570-1719 www.longbeach.gov/park Classes are offered year round for beginner to intermediate sailors, including canoeing (9+), bay kayaking (10+) and sailing using Sabot (8+), Keelboat and Capri 14’ boats (13+). Party packages, plus group, private or semi-private lessons are available. On-The-Water-Instruction Boy Scouts of America - Year-round swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, rowing, motor boating and fishing (6-21). Programs are also available for teens (14-21) to learn boat handling under power and sail, piloting and navigation, knot tying and splicing. Sea Scout Base and Aquatic Center, 5875 Appian Way, Long Beach. (562) 427-0911. www.longbeachbsa.org Fullerton Parks and Recreation - Kids Fishing Basics (6+) and Family Twilight Fishing (5+). (714) 7386575. www.ci.fullerton.ca.us Huntington Beach Sailing Foundation - Sailing camps for kids (6+), June 23 - July 31. 3821 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach. (562) 592-2186. www.sailhb.org Irvine Recreation Services - Family sailing (6+). Various Saturdays during spring and summer. (949) 642-5031. www.irvinequickreg.org Newport Aquatic Center - Junior Rowing (high school), September - May; and Outrigger Paddling (11+), year round. Summer camps include Paddle (8-12) and Rowing (13+). 1 Whitecliffs Drive, Newport Beach. (949) 646-7725. www.newportaquaticcenter.com Newport Beach Recreation Services - Sailing and boating classes for youth, teens and families (6+). (949) 644-3151. www.newportbeachca.gov Newport Beach Sea Base - Programs for boys and girls (7+) include sailing, canoeing, kayaking, rowing, fishing, motor-boat driving and stand-up paddle boarding. Additional land-based classes offered. 1931 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach. (949) 642-5031. www.newportseabase.org OC Sailing and Events Center - Sailing, SUP and kayaking classes (8+), year round. Sailing and rowing lessons and rentals are also available. 34451 Ensenada Place, Dana Point Harbor. (949) 9232215. www.ocsail.com OCC Junior Sailing - After-school sailing classes (7-12) are offered Wednesdays in spring and fall. Parent and child lessons (6-13) and spring and summer camps (7-14) are also offered. 1801 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. (949) 645-9412. www.occsailing.com United States Sailing Center - Weekly summer sailing camps (8-15). Scholarships available. 5489 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 433-7939. www.ussclb.org US Rowing - Resources to find rowing instruction or a club or crew. www.tinyurl.com/usrowingfindaclub 56 • spring/summer 2014
Yacht Club Classes - Alamitos Bay Yacht Club - 7201 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, (562) 434-9955, www. abycjrprogram.com. Balboa Yacht Club - 1801 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar. (949) 673-3515, www. balboayachtclub.com. Seal Beach Yacht Club - 255 Marina Drive, Long Beach, (626) 807-6500, www. sealbeachyc.org. Shoreline Yacht Club - 386 Shoreline Drive South, Long Beach, (562) 435-4093, www.shorelineyachtclub.com. Watercraft Rentals Most vendors are open daily during school vacations and weekends only during the school year. Also see Surfboard and SUP Rentals under “Surfing and SUP.” Long Beach - Alfredo’s Beach Club: kayaks and SUP boards (Belmont Shore), jet skis (Granada Launch Ramp), aqua cycles, bikes and surreys (Rainbow Lagoon and the Pike), (562) 434-1542, www.alfredosbeachclub.com. Long Beach Hydrobikes - half- and one-hour rentals. Sunset tours also offered. 110 North Marina Drive, Long Beach. (562) 546-2493. www.lbhydrobikes.com Orange - Irvine Regional Park: paddleboats, (714) 997-3636. www.irvineparkrailroad.com Newport Beach - Newport Dunes: kayaks, SUP boards, boats, (949) 729-3863, www.newportdunes. com. Newport Aquatic Center: kayaks and SUP boards (Upper Newport Bay), (949) 646-7725, www. newportaquaticcenter.com. Paddle Power: kayaks and SUP boards (Newport Harbor), (949) 675-1215, www.paddlepowerkayaks.com.
King Conference Football - Tackle football league (714) in four divisions. Sign ups begin in January. Season runs from August - December. (323) 295-2944. Pop Warner Little Scholars - Flag and tackle football league (5-15). League registration begins as early as January for the fall season. Visit their website for your city’s contact information. www.popwarner.com Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services Department - TriFytt Flag Football (4-12); eight-week session, $85, begins April 9. Six-week session, $69, begins July 16 (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect • Cypress College, Kids’ College - Football “Skills and Drills” summer camp (13-17). (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kid • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services August registration for fall league. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org Long Beach City College - Flag Football Day Camp for boys and girls (7-13); one-week sessions, $60. Extended hours available. (562) 938-4249. Email: email@example.com. Most recreation departments offer football programs. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. YMCA Orange offers Pee Wee flag football (2½-5). NewportMesa offers football classes and clinics (4-9). See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.
Sunset Beach/Huntington Harbor - Sunset Beach Yacht Sales: kayaks and SUP boards, (562) 592-5537.
football Flag and tackle football leagues, camps and clinics. Boys and Girls Club Coed flag football (6-17) at the following branches: Cypress, skill development and pick-up play. Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley, winter sign ups for spring. Long Beach and Fullerton (7-14), yearround pick-up play. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. Football Leagues American Youth Football and Cheer - Tackle football (5-15). www.americanyouthfootball.com Friday Night Lights - Flag football (grades K-8); spring and fall seasons. Cheer program also offered. Garden Grove, www.ggfnl.com; Huntington Beach, www.hbfnl. com; Los Alamitos/Seal Beach, www.losalfnl.com; and Newport-Mesa, www.newportmesafnl.com.
golf Junior golf classes, camps and referrals. For miniature golf, see Family Fun Centers under “Attractions.” For disc golf, see “Sports, Miscellaneous.” Long Beach Jr. Golf Association The following programs offer golf instruction at Heartwell Golf Course, 6700 E. Carson St., Long Beach. (562) 570-1272, (562) 421-8855. Long Beach Little Linksters - As a summer program, PGA and LPGA professionals introduce kids (8-12) to golf during a one-week program, July 7-11 and July 1418. Participants receive a set of starter golf clubs and shirt. $100, scholarships are available. To be eligible, players may not have played golf or own golf equipment and must submit a one-paragraph paper on why they would like to participate. Sign-ups begin April 1. Year-round Program - Kids (7-17) receive instruction in techniques, rules, score keeping and course etiquette; Fridays, 3-6 p.m. $5, plus a $50 annual fee. Group instruction and vacation camps are also available at El Dorado, (562) 430-5411; and Recreation Park Nine, (562) 494-5000. Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services Department - Golflots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
TriFytt. (6-12); eight-week session, $85, begins April 22. (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect
discounts available. Also see “Parties.” See ad on page 57.
• Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Golf instruction provided for all ability levels (4-17). (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org
Boys and Girls Club Fountain Valley branch offers beginning to intermediate gymnastics for girls and boys (3-18). See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.
Classes, camps, competitive teams and referrals. Also see: “Cheerleading” and “Dance.”
• Kidnastics Quality Gymnastics and Cheerleading Training Center 10712 Reagan St., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102 www.kidnastics.net Kidnastics has been pleased to offer quality gymnastics instruction for over 34 years. As a recreational gymnastics and cheerleading facility with over 23,000 square feet of full-line gymnastics equipment and various levels of spring floors, they offer nothing but the best instructional classes for your children. Here, children learn all levels of gymnastics and cheer. Known for their quality and effective instructional classes, they strive to provide a
Long Beach City College - Instruction in basic golf fundamentals and skills for boys and girls (8+); two-week sessions, Monday - Thursday, $40. Extended supervision available. (562) 938-4249. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Many city recreation departments offer golf programs. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. SCPGA Foundation Junior Golf Program (951) 845-4653 www.scpgajrtour.com Competitive playing opportunities, instructional programs and vacation camps for youth SCPGA members (5-18) at various golf courses.
• American Gymnastics Academy 1901 Obispo Ave., Signal Hill (562) 494-0087 www.american-gymnastics.com AGA offers gymnastics for boys and girls from the time they can walk to national team levels. Birthday parties, cheerleading, high school, trampoline and open gym time are also available. Enjoy a spacious viewing area for parents and siblings to relax and look out on over 23,000-square feet of fun. Continuous registration. Family and multiple class
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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 65.
areas of gymnastics, including artistic/rhythmic, acrobatic, trampoline and tumbling.
Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services Department - Parent and Me Tumble for Toddlers (1½-3), Girls Academy Gymnastics (7-16), Gymnastics and Acrobatics (3-5). (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect
More Gymnastics Centers Most centers offer tumbling, cheerleading, camps, parties and parents’ night out. Open gym may be available.
Cerritos College - Year-round gymnastics on Saturdays: Tootsie Rollers (1½-3), Tumble Stars (3½-5), and Jammin’ Gymnasts (6-8). (562) 467-5050. www.cerritoscommunityed.com
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(562) 473-4441 2700 N.First Bellflower Blvd., Visit Free Ste. 112 with this ad positive and fun experience by teaching the importance of staying fit and having fun with gymnastics and cheer. They offer a variety classes for children 12 months through the teen years. Programs include ToTnastics, their early motor development and coordination classes designed for children 1236 months, and gymnastics and tumbling classes for ages 3 years and up. In addition to their great gymnastics program, they also offer competitive cheer programs: HSC All Stars for ages 3 years and up, plus their seasonal day camps. Visit the website or call the number listed for more program information. Also see “Cheerleading,” “Camps,” and “Parties.” See ad on page 55. • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, Signal Hill (562) 986-0066 www.mygym.com/longbeach My Gym has helped thousands of children, ages 6 weeks through 13 years, gain confidence and selfesteem in a loving and caring environment. The
Azarian US Gymnastic Training Center - 1 Argonaut, Aliso Viejo. (949) 455-1020. www.azariangymnastics.com Kips Gymnastics - 4622 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim. (714) 779-1888. www.kipsgymnastics.com
• Cypress College, Kids’ College - Beginning to Intermediate Gymnastics (5+), Tiny Tots Tumbling (18 mos-3 yrs), and Moms, Pops and Tots Tumbling (35); year-round, six-week sessions, $55. (714) 8084909. www.sce.edu/kids
National Gymnastics Training Center - 4 Journey, Aliso Viejo. (949) 831-7300. www.ngtc.com
• Lakewood Recreation and Community Services More than 14 different gymnastics classes are offered for kids (12 mos-18 yrs), $34-100. (562) 8669771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org
PDA USA Academy - 15064 Shoemaker Ave., Santa Fe Springs. (562) 229-1927. www.pdausa.net
• Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Tiny Tumblers (25-48 mos and walkers-2 yrs), Jama’s Gymnastics Beginning I (4-10) and Beginning II Intermediate (6+). (562) 570-3100. www.longbeach.gov/park Most city recreation departments offer gymnastics. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. • Team OC Gymnastics, Cheer, Dance, and Trampoline 385-B Clinton St., Costa Mesa (714) 444-1144 www.teamocfun.com Their 45,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is filled with the latest and safest equipment for kids. Programs include parent/child classes, boys and girls recreational gymnastic classes, tumbling, cheer, dance and trampoline, as well as competitive gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling teams. Also see “Camps,” “Cheerleading,” “Dance” and “Parties.” See ad with coupon on page 59. USA Gymnastics (800) 345-4719, (317) 237-5050 www.usagym.org, www.usagymclub.com Website provides information and resources for all
PEDIATRIC MEDICAL CENTE R INFANT, CHILDREN, AND ADOLESCENT MEDICINE F COMPREHENSIVE GENERAL PRACTICE PEDIATRIC CARE F SCHOOL UNDERACHIEVEMENT F John Samson, M.D., F.A.A.P. • Michael L. Goodin, M.D., F.A.A.P. • L. Philippe Theriot, M.D., F.A.A.P. Peter W. Welty, M.D., F.A.A.P. • Lori A. Livingston, M.D., F.A.A.P. • Sandra Smith, Ph.D.
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YMCA Beginning to advanced gymnastics, tumbling and teams. Anaheim (18 mos+), Downey (no teams), Fullerton (3+), Lakewood YMCA Gymnastics Center (classes, teams and open gym) and Mission Viejo (3-6). See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.
New Hope Academy - 17270 Newhope, Fountain Valley, (714) 556-8050. www.newhopegymnastics.com
SCATS Gymnastics - 5742 McFadden Ave., Huntington Beach. (714) 895-2909. www.scatsgymnastics.com So. Coast Gymnastics Training Center - 17850 Sky Park Circle, Irvine. (949) 833-0077. www.scgtc.com The Little Gym - 15891 Goldenwest, Huntington Beach, (714) 373-0700; 17291 17th St., Tustin, (714) 505-5855; and 21203-A Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance, (310) 543-2333. www.thelittlegym.com Us Too Gymnastics - Classes for kids with developmental disabilities. 25 Spectrum Pointe Drive, #405, Lake Forest. (949) 716-1970. www.ustoogymnastics.org Wild Fire Gymnastics - (714) 832-1315. 14761 Bentley Circle, Tustin. www.wildfiregymnastics.com
healthservices Health service providers and referrals. Also see “Dentists and Orthodontists” on page 87. • Center for Living Peace 4139 Campus Drive, Irvine (949) 854-5500 www.goodhappens.org Center for Living Peace is a non-profit organization that offers classes and events in kids’ exercise. They believe that exercise is not just for the body, but also builds confidence and self-esteem for children. Their kids’ exercise classes have an emphasis on play, making it a fun and healthy experience for your child! See “Parent Education” for complete listing. See ad on page 31. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
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• Chang Orthodontics 4608 Katella Ave., Ste. 201, Los Alamitos (562) 598-0541 www.changorthodontics.com 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,
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fun and cooperative environment. Doctors Russell Chang and Christine Chung use only proven techniques and technology and tailors treatment for each patient’s specific needs and concerns. See ad on page 87. • Growing Healthy Together 2700 N. Bellflower Blvd., Ste. 112, Long Beach (562) 473-4441 www.ghtkids.com GHT provides integrative pediatric care offering natural, compassionate options for your child’s wellbeing. They understand that while traditional Western medicine often treats symptoms, it does not always address the root cause of the illness. They treat the whole child, allowing the body to help heal itself through natural integrative holistic medicine. Their dedicated team of nurse practitioners, under the guidance of dedicated physicians, offer a full range of affordable and competitively priced services from routine office visits and well checks to dietary consults and physical therapy. Visit their website for more information. See ad on page 56. • Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County 10602 Chapman Ave., Ste. 200, Garden Grove (714) 537-0700 www.healthysmilesoc.org Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County, one of the largest nonprofit dental health providers for children, is dedicated to improving the dental health of children through collaborative programs directed at prevention, outreach and education, access to treatment and advocacy. Healthy Smiles conducts screenings, provides sealants and fluoride treatments, comprehensive treatments, offers parent and caregiver education, and improves access to dental care and specialty services, with the goal to give every child in Orange County a healthy smile. See ad on page 17. Health Services The following agencies provide medical/dental referrals or services to low-income families. Bilingual. Boys and Girls Club Pediatric Vision Care (714) 532-7940 Children’s Clinic (562) 933-0400 Medical, dental/orthodontic, optometric/ophthalmic and behavioral/mental health services available. Call center open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Locations in Long Beach and Bellflower. www.thechildrensclinic.org CHOC’s Children’s Clinics (714) 509-4707 Medical services, including specialties. Locations in Costa Mesa, Garden Grove, Newport Beach, Orange and Santa Ana. www.choc.org/clinics Cypress Community College Dental Clinic (714) 484-7292 Low-cost teeth cleaning and oral disease exam performed by student hygienists. 9200 Valley View St., Cypress. www.tinyurl.com/cypresscollegedentalservices Healthy Families (800) 880-5305 Low-cost medical, dental and eye care insurance coverage for children. The program, subsidized by the federal and state governments, helps working families who do
not qualify for free Medi-Cal, but do not have employerpaid insurance. www.healthyfamilies.ca.gov Immunization Referrals Free to low-cost immunizations for infants and kids. Long Beach only, (562) 570-SHOT; Orange County, (800) 564-8448; Los Angeles County, (800) 427-8700. Orange County Dental Society www.ocds.org
So Cal College of Optometry (714) 449-7401 Low-cost exams. 2575 Yorba Linda Blvd., Fullerton. www.sccoeyecare.com Tooth Fairy (714) 634-8944, Ext. 22 A recording of the tooth fairy giving dental care tips, sponsored by the Orange County Dental Society. For free and low-cost clinics in Orange County, visit www.tinyurl.com/oclowcosthealth; and for Los Angeles County, visit www.tinyurl.com/LAlowcosthealth. • Mark A. Garlington D.D.S. Orthodontics for Children and Adults 5479 E. Abbeyfield, Ste. #1, Long Beach (562) 439-4553 www.drg4smiles.com 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. They believe that every patient should be treated like family with the utmost attention and care. Whether you are a child, teen or adult, their knowledgeable doctor, and team are committed to helping you achieve your dream smile. See ad on page 87. • Orange Kids Dental 245 N. Glassell St., Orange (714) 538-5582 www.OrangeKidsDental.com Eduardo Correa, DDS and associates specializes in the dental and orthodontic treatment of kids of all ages–– infants to adolescents. They also offer hospital dentistry services to children with special medical needs and those with extensive dental treatment needs. Services include braces for children and adults to align and straighten teeth and jaws. The environment is nurturing, safe, and fun for kids, teens and parents alike. Serving the cities of Orange, Villa Park, Anaheim, Tustin, Placentia, Fullerton, Santa Ana, Yorba Linda, Anaheim Hills, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Garden Grove and surrounding areas. See ad on page 87; discount coupon on page 93. • Pediatric Medical Center 2921 Redondo Ave., Long Beach (562) 426-5551 www.informedparent.com PMC provides comprehensive medical care for patients from birth through college with special expertise in: school underachievement and complex diagnostic and management problems. The team of physicians offer greater than one hundred twenty years of cumulative clinical pediatric experience and expertise. Each physician is active in the education and training of pediatric residents and medical students. This allows lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
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 wide range of articles on parenting and health issues. See ad on page 56.
Weight Watchers www.weightwatchers.com Offers weight-loss, nutrition program for kids 10-17.
• Stephen C. Kim, DDS, MSD, APC and Raymond M. Sugiyama, DDS MS 3551 Farquhar Ave., Ste. 202, Los Alamitos (562) 598-8543 www.drkimortho.com For over thirty years, their practice has successfully helped residents of Orange and Los Angeles Counties in achieving the smile of their dreams. Doctors Kim and Sugiyama, along with a friendly and caring staff, are committed to providing the highest quality orthodontic care in a professional and comfortable environment. Serving Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Long Beach, Cypress, Huntington Beach and surrounding areas, Dr. Stephen Kim and Dr. Ray Sugiyama are your orthodontic specialists providing complete orthodontic care for children, teens and adults. See ad on page 87.
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English and/or Western riding instruction, horse care, camps, parties, pony club and polo association, plus trail rides. Also see: “Camps.” • Ann’s Lakewood Pony Rides and Ponies for Parties (626) 350-3049 www.flickr.com/photos/poniesforparties Clean, decorated ponies are delivered to your home, school, fair or company picnic. Birthday parties are their specialty! Petting zoos, too! Stu-
dio rentals are also offered. Burbank party location available. Ann’s Lakewood Pony Rides was formerly located on Carson Street in Lakewood. See ad on page 72. Equestrian Centers and Trail Rides The following locations offer English and/or Western riding instruction (5+) and trail rides (7+). Monthly leases for students who do not own a horse may be offered. Most locations also offer parties and school-break camps. For referrals to therapeutic riding programs, visit www.socalequine.com under the “Health Care” tab. Country Trails and Riding School (714) 538-5860 Trail rides available. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. www.ctriding.com Huntington Beach Central Park Equestrian Center (714) 848-6565 Therapeutic riding, guided trail rides and horse-care clinics. 18381 Golden West St., Huntington Beach. www.hcpec.com
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• Rancho Rio Verde 1000 W. Carson St., Long Beach (310) 830-2060 www.rrvridingclub.com Group and private English and Western riding instruction (5+) includes basic horsemanship, jumping and ring time. Leases are available. Lessons are scheduled Tuesday through Sunday. Vaulting (gymnastics on horseback) and Horsemanship Camp (see “Camps”) available. Special programs and discounts for youth groups. Family-friendly atmosphere. See ad on page 58. Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services Department - Horse Fun for Kids (7-12); four-week sessions, $65, plus $20 material fee. (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim. net/ezrecconnect • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services - Instruction at Lakewood Equestrian Center. (562) 4251905. www.lakewoodcity.org • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Horse Fun (3-12). Classes held in Anaheim. (562) 5703100. www.longbeach.gov/park Santa Ana College - Horse Camp (8-12). (714) 5646594. www.sac.edu/cms
Peacock Hill Equestrian Center (714) 997-7720 Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. www.peacockhillequestrian.com
offers camps during school breaks and therapeutic riding. www.pvhorses.net. See complete listing in this section.
Orange County Fairgrounds (714) 708-1652 905 Arlington Ave., Costa Mesa. www.ocfairequestrian.com
• First Field Farm 18299 Dumont Ave., Cerritos (562) 924-2217 www.firstfieldfarm.com 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.
Serrano Creek Ranch Equestrian Center (949) 768-5891 Riding academy, lessons and boarding, plus an equine-therapy program. 25200 Trabuco Road, Lake Forest. www.serranocreekranch.com Sunset Ranch Hollywood Stables (323) 469-5450 Located under the Hollywood sign. Visit their website for coupons and specials. 3400 N. Beachwood Drive, Los Angeles. www.sunsetranchhollywood.com • Wagonwheel Ranch Horseback Rides (310) 567-3582 Guided trail rides along Palos Verdes Peninsula. Also
• Fun with Horses at Rancho del Rio Stable 1370 Sanderson Ave., Anaheim (949) 285-5286 www.havefunwithhorses.com A wide variety of programs for kids that love horses. Programs offered include private lessons, preschool
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Many city recreation departments offer classes and/ or camps. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. • Sandie Mercer Ranch 11369 Carson St., Lakewood (562) 425-1905 Private and group instruction (7+) for Western, English and jumping. Beginners through advanced lessons can be arranged to fit your schedule. Lessons are available seven days a week on your horse or theirs. The new Sunday “Introduction to Horses” class includes safety and basic in-hand care of the horse as well as riding––all in a quiet, country setting. See ad on this page. U.S. Pony Club (859) 254-7669 www.ponyclub.org Program offers English riding instruction and competitions. Participants may lease a horse or use their own. US Polo Association (800) 232-8772 www.uspolo.org Resources for junior polo programs, clubs and clinics. • Wagonwheel Ranch Horseback Rides 4057 Via Opata, Palos Verdes (310) 567-3582 www.pvhorses.net Offers one- and two-hour Western trail riding, party packages (see “Parties”) and year-round camps (see “Camps”). There are many sights to see along the Palos Verdes Peninsula with their lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
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guided horseback rides, including hillside views, meadows of wildflowers and wildlife. They help riders with tacking the horse; hoof care and the proper way to bridle the horse is also demonstrated with hands-on experience. Their horses are gentle and suited for the beginner to experienced riders, no matter the age, and special needs individuals as well. They are community-minded and donate to local fundraisers. Open 365 days a year. So, saddle up and enjoy a scenic trail ride! For more information, call anytime. • Windsong Farm at Huntington Beach Equestrian Center 18381 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach (714) 847-5093 English-style horseback riding lessons are offered at the beautiful Huntington Beach Equestrian Center. Tracy Burroughs, professional horse trainer and instructor, provides quality lessons for children, of all ages—adults too! One hour lessons are conveniently scheduled Tuesday through Sunday. Each lesson includes basic equitation skills for all levels, plus horse care, grooming and tack. Horses are provided and carefully selected for each student. Come and enjoy the fun and challenge of English riding in a country setting! Mention this ad and new students will receive $10 off their first lesson. See ad on page 58.
languages Instructional classes and schools. Also see: “Tutoring and Academics.” • Academic Learning and Languages Lakewood and Long Beach (562) 833-3115 www.AcademicLandL.com Here are your Spanish Language and Hispanic Culture camps for scholars (6-11)! Youngsters will play, sing and cook their way into learning frequently used phrases, songs, verb conjugations, Hispanic-oriented art projects and yummy Latin-based recipes (see “Camps”). An interactive Spanish class for older kids (12-17) is also offered, August 25-29 (see “Teens”). Also see “Camps,” “Cooking” and “Tutoring and Academics.” lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
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• French Immersion Program for Preschoolers and Classes for Mommy & Me/Children/Adults (562) 304-0121 www.firstfrenchtutoring.us Learning a second language can start at a young age. Studies have proved that bilingual children do better at school and are more successful in their professional life. Why wait for tomorrow? The right time is now––at 3 or 4 years old. In the French Immersion Program for Preschoolers, French is spoken all the time. Children have fun learning songs and playing games. Give your child the gift of a French bilingual education. Private classes are offered for older children and adults, including group conversation class and phonics, plus half- and full-day immersion programs. Mommy and Me class is also available on
Saturday and Wednesday mornings for parent and child to learn together; six-week class, Saturday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. • LangoKids Irvine 9070 Irvine Center Drive, Ste. 135, Irvine (714) 864-4680 www.langokidsirvine.com LangoKids Irvine offers dynamic, fun, and engaging Spanish and French Immersion classes (1-10) and camps for kids (5-10). With their native speaking instructors, your child will acquire another language in a small group setting, gain exposure to new cultures, and have a blast in the process. Their classes incorporate original music, dance, games, storytelling and more to keep kids immersed and engaged in
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Lessons also available in your home within a 10-mile radius of Huntington Beach the target language. Open up windows of opportunity to your children with LangoKids Irvine. New classes available every 10 weeks. Call to join them for a free demo class. See ad on page 61. • Lycée International de Los Angeles (LILA) Orange County Campus 2625 North Tustin Ave., Santa Ana (626) 695-5159 www.lilaschool.com An international, preschool through 6th school, providing a nurturing and intimate environment that encourages personal initiative, creativity and curiosity. Students are challenged to achieve excellence through the rigorous and well-balanced bilingual curriculum. See ad on page 39. • Pacific Conservatory, Music & Arts Education Costa Mesa and Orange (714) 545-1217 www.pacificconservatory.com In our fast-moving global society, speaking a foreign language is becoming essential. French and Spanish classes and private tutoring are adapted to students from age 3 to university level with individual, partner and group lessons available. A strong foundation (conversation, grammar, literature, phonics) will prepare students for college and career as well as opening their minds to discovering different cultures, foods, art and music. See ad on page 29. Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services Department – Introduction to Mandarin Chinese (5-14); six-week sessions, $75, next session begins April 9. (714) 7655191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect
Joychildrenmusic@gmail.com learn to communicate before baby can speak. (562) 570-3100. www.longbeach.gov/park Santa Ana College - Spanish (8-12). (714) 5646594. www.sac.edu/cms Many city recreation departments offer language instruction. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. • Southeast Japanese School 14615 S. Gridley Road, Norwalk (562) 863-5996 www.sejscc.org The school provides students (5-13) the opportunity to experience Japanese culture as they learn the language. The program provides a rich variety of activities including monthly events to enhance cultural experience and understanding. Fun curriculum includes all modalities of the language including listening, speaking, reading, writing and culture. September - July, Saturdays, 8:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Also see “Camps.” More Private Language Instruction In addition to the listings in this section, the following schools offer instruction for kids, plus cultural activities. A Little Dynasty - Chinese school and play village (15 mos - high school). 6829 Quail Hill Parkway and 9844 Research Drive, Irvine. (949) 509-0288. www.alittledynasty.com Berlitz Jr. - Multiple language classes and tutoring (4+). Costa Mesa and Torrance. (866) 423-7548. www.berlitz.us
magic Instruction, clubs, stores and magicians for hire. Also see: “Parties.” • Life of the Party (562) 860-7797, (714) 903-7689, (626) 333-8764 www.lifeofthepartyonline.com Owned and operated by magician Dave Skale, this company features a network of LA’s best magicians. Performers offer a variety of specialities, including birthday parties, educational school shows (anti-drug, nutrition, etc.), fairs and festivals, company picnics and events, and much more. Over 20 years of experience. Call for a free consultation on how to make your party great! See ad on page 72. Magic Clubs The following clubs offer activities and instruction (718). Monthly meetings and club offerings vary. Annual dues may apply. International Brotherhood of Magicians, (636) 724-2400, www.magician.org; Society of Young Magicians, www.magicsym.com; and The Magic Castle, auditions held twice a year for teens (13-19), www. magiccastle.com/juniors, (323) 851-3313. Magic Stores The following locations offer supplies and lessons for young magicians: Best Magic, Gags and Costume, 625 S. Magnolia Ave., Anaheim, (714) 8276442, www.bestmagic.com; Magic Galore and More, 6471 Westminster Ave. (inside Westminster Lanes), Westminster, (714) 891-6488, www. magicgaloreandmore.com; and Magicopolis, theater and party packages, 1418 Fourth St., Santa Monica, (310) 451-2241, www.magicopolis.com.
Cerritos College - Intro to Spanish and Spanish Intermediate (6-17), summer only. (562) 467-5050. www.cerritoscommunityed.com
Fondazione Italia - Italian classes (pre-K-12), including Mommy and Me, plus summer camps. (310) 739-9350. www.fondazione-italia.org
• Cypress College, Kids’ College - Rock ‘N’ Learn Spanish (5-7), A Touch of Spanish (8-12), Sing and Learn Chinese (infant-6 yrs), and English Rules (English as a Second Language, 8+); year-round, sixweek sessions. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids
German-American School Assoc. of So. Cal. - German Immersion Summer Camp also offered, June 29 - July 4. (562) 693-0223. www.germanschool4kids.org
Karate, judo, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling and self-defense classes. Also see “Fencing.”
• Lakewood Recreation and Community Services - Conversational Spanish (6-11), six-week sessions, (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org/ecatalog • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Baby Sign Language (1 mos - 2 yrs), parent and child can
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Language Door - Multiple languages. Summer camp available. 18103 Skypark Circle, Ste. D2, Irvine. (949) 833-0900. www.languagedoor.com Long Beach Japanese Language School - Classes (5+) year round, plus cultural summer program, July 12 - August 23. 1766 Seabright Ave., Long Beach. (562) 598-4539. www.lbjls.org
• Alpert JCC Martial Arts Camps with Sensei Mac 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Ext. 1205 www.alpertjcc.org Two weeks of martial arts instruction for ages 3-12, led by premiere area instructor Sensei Mac. During the week of July 28, the focus is on mixed martial arts and self defense; during the week of August 1, kids will learn Jiu Jitsu. Choose one or both weeks! All levels, including beginners, welcome. The AJCC also offers classes and private lessons with Sensei Mac throughout the year, for pre-schoolers through adults. See ad on page 23. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
Boxing for Kids Local Boxing Committee - Provides referrals to boxing programs for boys and girls (8+). (323) 9216139. www.lbc33.com
offer Karate. Yorba Linda offers Judo (5-12). See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.
Boys and Girls Club Fountain Valley offers Karate and Tae Kwon Do for kids and their parents (3+). Stanton offers the Young Olympians Saturday program. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.
• My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, Signal Hill (562) 986-0066 www.mygym.com/longbeach As students, ages 4-13, strive for different belt levels, they learn about setting goals and the discipline needed to reach them. Their successes give them the confidence to take on new challenges. Their improved levels of concentration and self-control help at home and school. With a Master Karate instructor on staff, students enjoy learning in a safe, caring and fun atmosphere. By learning the kicks, punches and blocks, karate classes improve your child’s strength, flexibility, stamina, balance and coordination. See ad on page 65. Recreation Department And College Classes • Anaheim Community Services Department Kung-Fu for Children (6-12), Parent/Child Karate (5+), MAI Little Karate Kids (4-5), Kids Jiu-Jitsu (10-14) and Kids Martial Arts (4-10). (714) 7655191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect Cerritos College - Year-round Kung Fu for Kids (5-12). (562) 467-5050. www.cerritoscommunityed.com • Cypress College, Kids’ College - Intro to Martial Arts/ Parent and Me (4-6), Kung Fu (7-17), Karate as Self Defense (7-17) and Judo/Ju-jitsu (6-18); year-round, six-week sessions. $50-60. Classes also in Anaheim and Fullerton. (714) 484-7038. www.sce.edu/kids • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Karate, beginning - intermediate (5-15), Karate Pee Wee Tiger (3-5) and Kenpo Karate (5+). (562) 8669771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Mixed Martial Arts/Chung Hap Musul I and II (3-5 and 4-12), DG Boxing for Kids (10-13), Jujitsu (7-12) and Karate Traditional (5-15). Homeland Cultural Center’s Ancient Khmer Martial Arts (Tae Kwon Do), Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7 p.m., free for all ages. (562) 570-1655. www.longbeach.gov/park Most city recreation departments offer martial arts classes ranging from karate to self-defense. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. Wrestling for Kids California USA Wrestling statewide governing body provides information about and links to local clubs, camps and competitions. www.ca-usaw.org YMCA Anaheim offers Kempo and Judo (6+). Long Beach (Downtown, Fairfield, Los Cerritos, 5+), NewportMesa (5-15) and Laguna Niguel (4-12) offer mixed martial arts. Mission Viejo (5-17) and Orange (8+) lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
Museums in Southern California featuring kidfriendly exhibits. Most museums offer group tours for schools and scouts. Visit the “Calendar” section (in print and online at www. kidsguidemagazine.com) for museum special events. Also see: “Attractions,” “Science and Technology,” “Surfing and SUP” and “Trains” for additional museums. • Bowers Kidseum 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 480-1520 www.bowers.org/kidseum A unique, hands-on cultural arts museum experience for young children and families with interactive exhibits and programs that include: Friday Morning Storytelling, Music and Art with new themes each week, merit badge sessions for girl and boy scout groups, school tours for pre-K - grade 2, art classes and workshops, birthday party packages, family events and camps (see “Camps”). For teachers and summer camp group leaders, school tours for pre-K - grade 2, Tuesday - Friday, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Students experience “We are One,” a hands-on tour designed specifically for early elementary students. Open Friday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed Monday - Thursday to accommodate scheduled school tours and art classes. To schedule your tour or art class, email email@example.com or call (714) 4801520. Admission: $6, children under 2, free. See ad on page 27. Historical Sites Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum (310) 603-0088 Tours, weekend activities and workshops, plus yearly family events and living history programs, including battle reenactments. School and scout tours are available. 18127 S. Alameda St., Rancho Dominguez. www.dominguezrancho.org Heritage Museum of OC (714) 540-0404 Visit a working blacksmith shop, a rancho home, the Kellogg House and gardens. Tours also offered. Adults, $5; kids, $4. 3101 West Harvard St., Santa Ana. www.heritagemuseumoc.org Homestead Museum (626) 968-8492 A six-acre look at Southern California’s history from the 1840s-1920s. Free guided tours. Family-friendly events throughout the year. 15415 E. Don Julian Road, City of Industry. www.homesteadmuseum.org Mission San Juan Capistrano (949) 234-1300 Tours, summer camps and ongoing family events. Adults, $9; kids, $6; includes audio tour. 26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano. www.missionsjc.com Pio Pico Historic Park Adobe (562) 695-1217 The El Ranchito adobe offers self-guided and rangerled tours, plus annual family-friendly events. Saturday
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and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Free admission and parking. 6003 Pioneer Blvd.,Whittier. www.piopico.org Point Fermin Lighthouse (310) 241-0684 Guided tours of the historic 1874 lighthouse, oldfashioned toys and dress-up clothes. Tuesday - Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Donations requested. 807 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro. www.pointferminlighthouse.org Rancho Los Alamitos (562) 431-3541 Yearly family events, workshops, and guided and self-guided tours. Free admission. 6400 E. Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach. www.rancholosalamitos.com • Rancho Los Cerritos (562) 570-1755 Built in 1844, the adobe and grounds echo with California’s Spanish, Mexican and American history. Family events are offered throughout the year, such as Mud Mania on August 16 as well as Summer Adventures (see “Camps” and ad on page 28). Open year-round, Wednesday - Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Guided tours, Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach. www.rancholoscerritos.org The Banning Museum (310) 548-7777 Tours of the 1864 mansion and 20 acres of grounds. Adults, $5; kids, $1. 401 East M St., Wilmington. www.thebanningmuseum.org • Long Beach Museum of Art 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach (562) 439-2119 www.lbma.org Free family art workshops every third Sunday. Free admission days: Thursdays, 3-8 p.m.; and Fridays, all day. Summer Art Camps available, see page 12; ad on page 10. • Museum of Latin American Art 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach (562) 437-1689 www.molaa.org MOLAA is the only museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art. On the fourth Friday of each month, they offer free admission from 6-9 p.m. Target Free Sundays are held every Sunday and offer free admission and gallery tours. Summer Art Camp is also available; see “Camps.” See ad on page 30. Presidential Libraries The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library (805) 410-8354 Visitors take a self-guided tour through the grounds, including Air Force One (inside too) and the Reagan Museum with interactive exhibits, such as acting in a movie with Mr. Reagan, delivering a speech on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, playing six economic-based games and riding a horse alongside the president. New exhibit opens in April: Baseball: Celebrating America’s Favorite Pastime. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. www.reaganlibrary.com The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum (714) 993 5075 Explore nine acres encompassing over 20 high-tech presidential museum galleries, movie and interactive
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video theaters, the First Lady’s Garden, President Nixon’s restored 1910’s birthplace, and the flower-ringed memorial sites of President and Mrs. Nixon. Special exhibits and events throughout the year include a Play Ball: Presidents and Baseball exhibit and the Meet The Presidents summer series for kids. 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda. www.nixonfoundation.org • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900 www.pretendcity.org Pretend City Children’s Museum is an interconnected city designed just 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 “Parent Education,” “Parties” and “Special Needs.” See ad on page 63. More Museums Autry National Center (323) 667-2000 Collections of the American West and Native Americans. Family activities include Family Days, gold panning, festivals and story telling. Located in Griffith Park. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. www. theAutry.org. Free admission day: second Tuesdays. Beall Center for Art and Technology (949) 824-6206 Revolving exhibits that explore relationships between art, science and engineering. Special family events throughout the year. 712 Arts Plaza, University of California, Irvine. www.beallcenter.uci.edu Calif. African American Museum (213) 744-7432 History and culture with a focus on the African American journey from the west coast of Africa to the Western United States. Special events and family days throughout the year. Free admission. Exposition Park, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles. www.caamuseum.org Children’s Museum at La Habra (562) 905-9693 Experience 10,000-square-feet of hands-on exhibits for the entire family. Plus, enjoy Target Free Sundays on the first Sunday of each month. New spring exhibit, April 1 - August 31: “Healthy You! Healthy Me!,” where kids learn about human bodies and who helps fix them and keep them healthy. Coming fall 2014: “Destination Space,” kids learn about space, stars and their planets, too. Mondays, closed; Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission: $8 per person for ages 3 and up. Closed August 25 - September 29 for annual renovations. Flight Path Learning Center and Museum (424) 646-7284 View the tarmac to watch planes take-off and land, plus model airplanes, including a full-size WWII-era DC-3. Closed Sunday and Monday. Free. 6661 West Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles. www.flightpath.us
Getty Center and Villa Getty Center offers seasonal family activities including Family Festivals, plus the Family Room is open daily to stimulate kids’ interest in art through projects. The Villa’s activities include the Family Forum and the TimeScape room. Both locations offer free GettyGuide family audio tours on iPod Touches and Family Art Detective Cards. Getty Center: 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. Getty Villa: 7985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. Admission is free; parking is $15. The “Pay Once, Park Twice” program provides a flat $15 parking fee for a same-day visit to both locations. An advance timed ticket is required for the Getty Villa; one ticket includes up to three kids (15 and under). (310) 440-7300. www.getty.edu Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens (626) 405-2100 Current exhibit includes Junipero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions, through January 6. Visit the interactive Children’s Garden (2-7) and the Conservatory for Botanical Science with handson science activities (8+). 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. www.huntington.org. Free admission: first Thursday, with reserved tickets. Japanese American National Museum (213) 625-0414 Japanese American culture and history. 100 North Central Ave., Los Angeles. www.janm.org. Free admission: Thursdays, 5-8 p.m. and all-day every third Thursday. Kidspace Children’s Museum (626) 449-9144 Interactive activities in the arts, sciences and humanities, including water features, plus family nights and special events. 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. www. kidspacemuseum.org Los Angeles County Museum of Art (323) 857-6000 Family Guides for kids (6-12) available at the box office. NexGen LACMA is a free youth membership program that offers free general admission for kids 17 and under as well as one accompanying adult, including access to permanent collection galleries and selected special exhibitions. Family Days and tours also available. Closed Wednesdays. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. www. lacma.org. Free admission day: Monday - Friday, after 3 p.m. to Los Angeles County residents. Lyon Air Museum (714) 210-4585 Airplanes, automobiles, military planes, vehicles and motorcycles on display. Floor to ceiling view of John Wayne Airport runway. 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana. www.lyonairmuseum.org March Field Air Museum (951) 902-5949 Home to more than 70 historic air crafts and displays with more than 2,000 artifacts. Family Day, with activities included with admission, every last Saturday. 22550 Van Buren, Riverside. www.marchfield.org Museum of Contemporary Art (213) 626-6222 Contemporary art from 1940 to the present. Three locations in Los Angeles. Free quarterly Family Sunday Studio. www.moca.org. Free admission day: Thursday evenings, 5-8 p.m. Museum of Flying (310) 398-2500 Features two dozen aircraft chronicling the beginning of flight, including a replica Wright Flyer, BD-5 micro lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
jet and the FedEx 727 nose section. Plus, an interactive flight simulator. Wednesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Adults, $10; kids (6-12), $6. 3100 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. www.museumofflying.com Museum of Music Making (760) 438-5996 Explore how and why instruments develop—who makes them, how we gain access to them, and what they sound like in the hands of masters, covering 1890s to today. New exhibit: The Banjo. Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Adults, $8; students, $5. 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad. www.museumofmakingmusic.org Museum of Tolerance (310) 553-8403 Interactive exhibits encourage visitors (recommended for 10+) to find solutions to social problems, learn about hate groups and experience the events leading up to the Holocaust and World War II. New exhibit: “Anne,” explores the legacy of Anne Frank, separate ticket required. 9786 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. www.museumoftolerance.com National Museum of Animals and Society (323) 928-2652 Rotating exhibits with family-friendly activities. 4302 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. www.museumofanimals.org Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (213) 763-3466 The Nature Gardens allow visitors to spot birds and butterflies and observe and track species. 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. Visit the seasonal Butterfly Pavilion, April 15 - September 1 and Spider Pavilion, September - November (separate ticket required). Exposition Park, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. www.nhm.org. Free admission day: first Tuesdays. Newport Sports Collection (949) 721-9333 More than 10,000 pieces of sports memorabilia, include baseball, basketball, hockey, the Olympics, surfing and skating. Free admission, donations accepted. 100 Newport Center Drive, Ste. 100, Newport Beach. www.newportsportsmuseum.org Norton Simon Museum (626) 449-6840 Free family programs focus on the permanent collection and exhibits. Kids are free. 411 Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. www.nortonsimon.org. Free admission: first Fridays, 6-9 p.m. Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits (323) 934-7243 Interactive displays of the Tar Pits and Southern California during the Ice Age. Visitors can watch fossil excavation and assembly. Hancock Park, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. www.tarpits.org. Free admission: first Tuesdays. Pennypickle’s Workshop Temecula Children’s Museum (951) 308-6376 7,500 square-feet cluttered with hands-on inventions, gadgets and experiments. Workshops, events and parties available. Closed Mondays. $5 per person. 42081 Main St., Temecula. www.pennypickles.org Petersen Automotive Museum (323) 930-2277 More than 300 vehicles, photographs, artwork and lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
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French horn, trumpet, voice, guitar and bass. All rentals are school-approved instruments and come with an option to buy. Receive a free accessory kit with rental! Also see “Camps.” See ad page 67. • Applied Music Studio 10900 Los Alamitos Blvd., Ste. 203, Los Alamitos (562) 596-1287 www.appliedmusicstudio.com 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, theory, as well as a “Keyboard for Kids” program, all taught by degreed professionals. Applied Music Studio has new and used instruments for sale, and schoolapproved instruments for rent with an option to buy. Mention Kidsguide to book your free lesson today! Located at the corner of Florista and Pine. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. See ad page 67.
Expires 9-15-14 the Hot Wheels Hall of Fame. Monthly kids’ Discovery Days and special events through the year. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. www.petersen.org Planes of Fame Air Museum (909) 597-3722 Museum dedicated to historical aircraft with annual air shows, tours and monthly living-history events. 7000 Merrill Ave., #17, Chino. www.planesoffame.org Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology (909) 624-2798 A diverse collection of dinosaur fossils, footprints and trackways. Family Day on second Saturdays, November - May. Closed Sundays. 1175 W. Baseline Road, Claremont. www.alfmuseum.org Skirball Cultural Center (310) 440-4500 Features a museum, changing exhibitions, music, theater, comedy, film, family and literary programs, Zeidler’s Café, and Audrey’s Museum Store, plus Noah’s Ark, where kids can play, climb and problemsolve. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. www. skirball.org. Free admission day: Thursdays. Tankland American Military Museum (626) 442-1776 Tanks and military vehicles on display. 1918 Rosemead Blvd., South El Monte. www.tankland.com Paley Center for Media (310) 786-100 New this year: U.S. Olympic 1960-2012 Archive that gives public access to the first comprehensive archive full of historic Olympic moments. Also see, “Television Out of the Box,” a 60-year retrospective of Warner Bros’ TV shows. Visitors can also see animation cels from cartoon classics, such as the Flintstones and Scooby-Doo, Lynda Carter’s original Wonder Woman costume, plus they can sing-along with the “TV Theme Song Theatre.” The center offers a radio listening room, a working radio station and computer terminals with more than 100 years of television, radio and new media programs. Wednesday - Sunday, 12-5 p.m. 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. www.paleycenter.org 68 • spring/summer 2014
Wells Fargo History Museum (213) 253-7166 Features an original Concord Coach, a historically recreated agent’s office, working telegraphs, Western artifacts and a 27-ounce gold nugget. Free admission and audio guide. 333 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles. www.wellsfargohistory.com Western Museum of Flight (310) 326-9544 Aircraft displays and exhibits. Family-friendly events throughout the year. Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Adults, $5; kids, free. 3315 Airport Drive, Red Baron #3, Torrance. www.wmof.com Zimmer Children’s Museum (323) 761-8984 Kids can be a star at the Mann Theater, pilot the Zimmer Plane, explore music at Rhythms of the World, make a splash at Water Ways and more. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 100, Los Angeles. www. zimmermuseum.org
music Instrument instruction, bands, orchestras, choirs, camps and music-appreciation classes. Also see: “Theater Arts” for more vocal instruction and “Calendar” for live performances. • Alley Kat Music Center 11642 Knott St., #19, Garden Grove (714) 229-8528 www.alleykatmusiccenter.com Private music lessons with experienced and highly recommended teachers including MTAC certification if so desired. Offered for ages 4 through adult. Areas of expertise include: piano, flute, sax, clarinet, oboe,
Bands and Orchestras Four Seasons Youth Orchestra - Three orchestras for kids (6-25). Rehearsals at Saddleback College; performances are held throughout Orange County, including the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Auditions for 2014-2015 season will be held in mid-September. Students are welcome to audition and try one rehearsal for free. Scholarships available. Still accepting auditions for 2013-2014 season by appointment. (714) 374-3766. www.facebook.com/fourseasonsyo Irvine Classical Players and Seraphim Symphony Based in Irvine, for musicians ages 9+, they have performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and in Europe. Call for audition information, (949) 7057539. www.irvineclassicalplayers.com Long Beach Junior Concert Band - Concert band for kids (12+) who play an instrument or are interested in pageantry (banners, shield bearers, flag drill and dancers). Drums, tuba and baritone instruments provided. Performances and competitions are scheduled throughout the year. 3221 Industry Drive, Signal Hill. (562) 4984300. Email: email@example.com. www.lbjcb.org Also see Cerritos College and Los Alamitos Youth Center listed in this section. For more regional youth orchestras, visit www.cyosc.org. • Bellagio Strings Youth Orchestra with Arts and Learning Conservatory (714) 728-7100 www.artsandlearning.org The Bellagio Strings Youth Orchestra (9-14) is dedicated to providing young musicians in Southern California the opportunity to develop orchestral and musical skills under the guidance of professional educators. Bellagio’s attention to the fundamentals of musicianship and its practice of playing music from a wide variety of periods prepares our young musicians for a higher-level of playing with a standard of excellence. Rehearsals are in South Orange County, Mondays 6-7:15 p.m., with performances held throughout Orange County, including Disneyland. $210 per semester, includes music, operations and professional clinicians. Students are welcomed to audition by appointment. Scholarships available. Also see “Theater Arts.” See ad on page 35. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
Boys and Girls Club Buena Park (6-18): keyboard (attached to computer). Fountain Valley: guitar (8+), piano (6+) and voice. Long Beach: guitar, drums, bass, keyboard and digital recording (6-18). Stanton: youth choir, school year only. Tustin: chorale group, guitar and music appreciation. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. • California Music Studios Jennifer Paterson, President (800) 227-6222 www.CaliforniaMusicStudios.com Did you know that music students have better math and science skills, score 61% higher on the SATs, and are 52% more likely to attend college than the average student? California Music Studios invites your family to enjoy all the benefits that learning music has to offer through private instruction in the comfort of your home or in one of over 300 locations. CMS offers lessons in all instruments and styles of music, and will find you the highly trained, university graduate teacher that best suits your needs. Their friendly staff is available to assist students seven days a week, and their teachers are happy to set a lesson schedule that is convenient for you. California Music Studios’ free recital program keeps students motivated, and with over 65 performances a year, students are able to perform regularly. Please call or visit their website today to see what makes them different. See ad on page 66. • Gymboree Play & Music - Long Beach 4148 N. Viking Way, Long Beach (562) 429-4886 www.gymboreeclasses.com Enhance your child’s development and love of music through song, dance, movement games and instruments. With an array of styles, Gymboree Play & Music—Long Beach’s music classes help children explore the power of rhythm, melody, tonality and beat while nurturing key physical, social and intellectual skills. Music classes are suitable for children (6 mos - 5 yrs) and the whole family. Near Carson St. and Bellflower Blvd. Also see “Art” and “Parties.” See ad on page 77. • Jammin’ Music & Arts 4228 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach (562) 490-0222 www.jamminmusic-lb.com Long Beach’s coolest music center has classes for all ages! From private lessons to group classes, students develop solid playing skills and technique in a fun, supportive atmosphere. Private lessons (piano, guitar, bass, drums, singing, cello, violin/viola, saxophone, clarinet, flute, ukulele) are tailored to your skill level, beginning to advanced. Group instruction includes guitar, keyboard, Rock School (10-adult, learn how to groove together in a band!), Glee Club (ends in a performance!) string ensembles, Melody Time (1-2), Little Music Makers (2.5 yrs) and Keyboard Kids (5-6 yrs). Summer camps are also offered, see “Camps.” See ad on page 69. • Jazz Angels (562) 981-8410 www.jazzangel.org Level-specific jazz bands comprised of young musicians ages 11-17. Musicians learn to play (or improve how they play) this great American music through a unique method of music mentoring. Endorsed by many school band directors in the Long Beach and Los Alamitos school districts. They oflots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
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fer four sessions per year; each session includes eight rehearsals and two performances. • Joy Children Music (714) 299-3769 Offers kids (5+) piano lessons in your home or at one of their studios in Huntington Beach or Garden Grove, for individuals and groups. They utilize a music-learning system that integrates keyboard, creative movement, rhythm, singing, ear training, sight reading, music theory and composition. Over 30 years experience and a Masters Degree in Music. See ad on page 62.
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• Kelly Summer Vocal Studio Long Beach (562) 833-6444 www.kellysummermusic.com 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.” See ad on page 67. • Kick It Up 8129 East Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 430-1812 www.kickitup.com Learn to play the piano, guitar, or sing at Kick It Up. Their noncompetitive environment allows students to achieve and excel in music. Beginning at age 5 and through adults, their students enjoy practicing, become involved in school orchestra and bands, participate in the OCSHA program and perform with the CSULB madrigal choir. Classes are affordable, family-priced based, offered seven days a week, and offer the opportunity to perform in a spring recital. Also see “Camps,” “Dance” and “Parties.” See ads on pages 33 and 47. • Long Beach Community Youth Choir (310) 850-5453 www.jazzangel.org Do you love to sing? The Long Beach Community Youth Choir offers an opportunity for young people to explore their love of music and singing in a group setting. They offer two groups based on age and grade level. Under the direction of Kendra Wayker Cogert, singers learn a variety of musical styles and perform with live bands. Your first rehearsal is free! Los Alamitos Youth Center 10909 Oak St., Los Alamitos (562) 493-4043 www.theyouthcenter.org School year program for kids (grades K-8) with classes and concerts. Instruments include violin, viola, cello, drums, trombone, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, tuba, piano, keyboard, guitar, electric bass and more; beginning to advanced. Auditions for Jazz Band and Learners Orchestra are ongoing. Financial assistance available for qualifying families.
• Lynne Graham, Suzuki Violin Teacher (562) 714-0631 More than fifty years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music, and called his method the mother-tongue approach. The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, constant repetition, etc., are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach. Lynne Graham incorporates all facets of the Suzuki method into her instruction of the violin. She is trained with the Suzuki Association through Book 8, and is experienced working with children as young as age 3. Email: lynne_c_graham@yahoo. com. See ad on this page. Music Associations Music Teachers’ Association of California - Free referrals to qualified instructors in keyboard, winds, guitar, strings and vocals. Contact Mary Inui at (562) 594-5806. www.mtaclb.com 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.suzukiassociation.org • Music Together at the Beach (310) 850-5453 www.MusicTogetherAtTheBeach.com Celebrating 15 years of family music-making in Long Beach and Huntington Beach. Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for children from birth through age 7—and the grownups who love them. Weekly 45-minute classes incorporate a funfilled, research-based, developmentally appropriate music curriculum based on the recognition that all children are musical. Activities include songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play. Parent-child classes for children newborn to age 5; Big Kids classes for children ages 5-7. For information about other Music Together locations, visit their website. See ad on page 69. • Pacific Conservatory, Music & Arts Education Costa Mesa and Orange (714) 545-1217 www.pacificconservatory.com Group and private instruction is available for piano, guitar, drums, flute, recorder, singing and musical theater. Piano classes (ages 3-12) and Instrumental classes (ages 3-16) feature reading, theory, ear training, technique and performing opportunities. Private lessons are available for all instruments. Classes and private lessons are available for beginning through advanced levels. Comprehensive Musicianship programs provide pre-professional training, skill enhancement, OCSA and Certificate of Excellence, Certificate of Merit. Call today to schedule a free introductory class! Locations: 151 Kalmus, G-1, Costa Mesa, 92626; and 1311 E. Katella Ave., Orange, 92867. See ad on page 29. Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services Department - Parent and Me classes, Kids Love Music, Bouncing Babies, Toddler Tunes and Family Music (3 mos - 16 yrs). lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
Other music classes are offered, such as singing, guitar, piano, drums and musical theater. (714) 7655191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect Cerritos College - Intro, beginning and intermediate piano (6-14), Community Band and Community Orchestra (10+). (562) 467-5050. www. cerritoscommunityed.com • Cypress College, Kids’ College - Bass Guitar for Kids (10+), Beginning Band Instruments (grades 5-8), Summer Band (grades 5-8), Jazz Improvisation (grades 5-8), Playing the Cello (7+), Keyboard-Piano, beginning to intermediate (7+), Guitar, beginning to advanced (6+), Violin (4+), Vocal for Kids (7+), Musical Theatre (7+), Sing What’s on Your IPod (13-17), and Songs of Guitar Hero (7+); six-week sessions. $60-75. Also offered at Anaheim and Fullerton Centers. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services - Babies Love Music (4-14 mos), Kids Love Music (3-7), Drums for Fun (6-12), Guitar (10+), Violin (7+) and Piano, beginning and intermediate (6-14). (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Little Music Makers (30 mos-5 yrs), Music and Movement (1½-4), Piano (4-5), Melody Time (1-2) and Keyboard Kids (5-6); (562) 570-3111. Homeland Cultural Center: Drums, Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m.; Guitar, Thursdays, 4-6 p.m.; Music Improvisation Jam, Saturdays, 4-6 p.m., free for all ages. (562) 570-1655. www.longbeach.gov/park Santa Ana College - Guitar (10-15). (714) 564-6594. www.sac.edu/cms Most city recreation departments offer music classes that may include drums, guitar, piano, parent and me, singing/voice/choir and music appreciation. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. • RockStars of Tomorrow 5465 E. Carson St., Long Beach (562) 429-7682 www.rockstarsoftomorrowlb.com RockStars of Tomorrow has combined an incredible music program within a creative and inspiring environment run by instructors who understand how important it is to connect with their student. The result is great musicians with high self esteem and confidence playing their favorite songs. When music is taught by the right people, there really is no limit to how far you can go. See ad with coupon on this page. • Sandra Barba, Piano Instruction (562) 627-0421 www.privatepiano.net Piano lessons for all ages is offered by instructor Sandra M. Barba. Sandra has over 40 years experience teaching piano in various methods. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano and Education, is California credentialed, and is a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers as well as the Music Teachers Association of California. Serving Long Beach and surrounding communities. See ad on page 68. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
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(310) 850-5453 The Next Musical Step for Your 5-, 6- or 7-Year Old! The Big Kids class blends elements of the beloved Music Together curriculum with new musical activities perfect for older children. Solfege • Instrumental Solos • Harmony-singing • Conducting Game Songs • Jam Sessions. Visit our website to learn more.
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• Southern California Children’s Chorus (949) 250-9114 www.sccchorus.org The SCCC is dedicated to meeting the musical education and performance needs of children. Currently 340 singers are enrolled, ranging from 5-20 years of age and encompassing seven levels of sequential vocal and choral instruction. Directed by a highly skilled staff of directors, the choristers are immersed in compositions in multiple languages from many cultures, with themes ranging from the classics to folk and contemporary music. Weekly rehearsals are held September to May. $400-850 per year. See ad on page 68. Youth Choirs Also see Long Beach Community Youth Choir and Southern California Children’s Chorus in this section. For more regional youth chorales, visit www. acdacal.org. International Children’s Choir - Dressed in costumes from around the world, members (5-18) delight audiences through song and dance, promoting peace and cultural unity. (562) 421-8776. www. members.tripod.com/icckids International Peace Choir - Peace Ambassadors (5-18) perform songs and dances from around the world in local, national and international per-
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Young Singers of Orange County - YSOC provides a choir experience for kids (grades K-10), performing concerts at schools, hospitals, elderly-care facilities and community events. Rehearsals in Costa Mesa. (949) 413-3914. www.youngsingersoc.org
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formances. Ongoing auditions. Summer Singers program also offered. (562) 420-6818. Rehearsals at Mad Haus, 624 Pacific Ave., Long Beach. www. internationalpeacechoir.org
Parenting classes and workshops, plus a resource library. Also see: “Emergency and Family Services” and “Support and Play Groups.” • Center for Living Peace 4139 Campus Drive, Irvine (949) 854-5500 www.goodhappens.org Center for Living Peace is a non-profit peace education center dedicated to empowering families to make “Good Happen” and be part of the solution in their local community. When your family takes a class with them, you aren’t just teaching your kids about the environment, art or yoga, you’re making “Good Happen” for someone else in your local community. This thread of service connects you to the local community and empowers you to be the change. So sign-up today, and make “Good Happen.” Also see “Camps,” “Health Services,” “Support and Play Groups” and “Calendar.” See ad on page 31. • Children’s Home Society of California (CHS) Resource and Referral (562) 256-7490, Greater Long Beach (714) 543-2273, Orange County www.chs-ca.org 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 videos. 249 E. Ocean Blvd., Ste. 300, Long Beach; 333 South Anita Drive, Ste. 350, Orange. See ad on page 41. • Connie Wax, LCSW #27430 Individual, Couple, Family & Child Counselor 3351 Florista St., Ste. 1-D, Los Alamitos (714) 300-3163 www.CounselorForTheGiftedAndTalented.com 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 13 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. Also see “Support and Play Groups.” See ad on page 93. Parenting Classes Through Community Agencies Boys and Girls Clubs - Fullerton and Garden Grove offer classes in parenting skills. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. Casa Youth Shelter - Classes for parents of teenagers. Bilingual. 10911 Reagan St., Los Alamitos. (714) 995-8601. CASA. www.casayouthshelter.org • Cypress College School of Continuing Education Joyful Parenting (parents and kids, 1½-5). Free. Offered at Anaheim, Cypress, Fullerton and Yorba Linda locations. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu Exchange Club Family Support Center - Three and nine-week parenting sessions. Bilingual. $40 per person; $50 per couple. 8320 Iowa St., Downey. (562) 904-9590. www.downeyfamilysupport.com • Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine - Parents and Preschoolers Learning Together (2-4), six-week sessions, $66 or 12-weeks, $132. (562) 570-3100. www.longbeach.gov Mariposa Women and Family Center - Bilingual. Adults only. Fee-based on a sliding scale. 812 W. Town and Country Road, Orange. (714) 547-6494. www.mariposacenter.org OC Child Abuse Prevention Center - Parent-toParent Program offers a network with other parents (in their own neighborhood) in ten-class sessions. Open to parents with children ages newborn through 12. Bilingual. Free; registration required. Child care at select locations, (855) 955-5900. School Readiness offers in-home child development assessments and helps kids achieve social and emotional health to prepare for school success. 500 S. Main St., Ste. 1100, Orange, (855) 955-5092. www.brightfutures4kids.org Parenting Classes at Hospitals - Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), (714) 509-8887, www. choc.org; MemorialCare Hospitals, (800) 636-6742, www.memorialcare.com; and UC Irvine Healthcare, (714) 456-7890, www.healthcare.uci.edu. 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 and/or visit Families and Communities Together at www. factoc.org. • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900 www.pretendcity.org 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 months) are invited to Pretend City every second Monday for Baby Steps through the lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
City. Way to Play Days on the second Friday of each month are also excellent opportunities for gathering information and resources. See “Museums” for complete listing. See ad on page 63.
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parties Party packages and entertainment at your home or party facility. Also see: your area of interest. Party packages are listed throughout Kidsguide. • Adventure City 1238 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim (714) 236-9300 www.adventurecity.com 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 discount coupon on page 86. • American Gymnastics Academy 1901 Obispo Ave., Signal Hill (562) 494-0087 www.american-gymnastics.com Party packages include two hours of safe, fun gymnastics instruction and party games at their 23,000-square-foot facility. You provide the food, cake and decorations, they provide the fun! Also see “Gymnastics.” See ad on page 57. • Anaheim Community Services Department (714) 765-5219 www.anaheim.net Party packages can take your party to the next level! Perfect for birthday parties, and can also be custom tailored for your special occasion. Each package is designed for children 5+. Packages accommodate up to 12 participants and may include crafts, face painting, goodie bags, balloons and pictures. Packages available Saturdays and Sundays, and must be in Anaheim. $95 per hour, with options to accommodate your party. Choose from “The Champions Party,” for the sports enthusiast; “Fit for a Knight, Pretty as a Princess,” a fairytale come true; or “Bubble, Bubble,” a fun-filled time with bubbles! Call to make a reservation.
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• Ann’s Lakewood Pony Rides and Ponies for Parties (626) 350-3049 www.flickr.com/photos/poniesforparties Clean, decorated ponies delivered to your home, school, fair or company picnic. Birthday parties are their specialty! Petting zoos, too. Studio rentals are also offered. Burbank party location available. Ann’s Lakewood Pony Rides was formerly located on Carson St. in Lakewood. Serving LA and Orange counties since 1976. See ad on page 72. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
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fun, mini art classes. Can include drawing, painting or multi-media. Contact for availability. Also see “Arts and Crafts” and “Camps.” • Blue Submarine (888) 218-8085 www.thebluesubmarine.com The Blue Submarine offers fun, educational adventures in marine biology. They bring live tidepool animals to you, adding an unforgettable experience to your birthday party or special event. The Blue Submarine allows your guests to visit the tidepool without getting wet! English/Spanish bilingual programs also available. Call today to book your party or special event! See ad on this page. • Bowers Kidseum 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 480-1520 www.kidseum.org Bowers Kidseum offers an exciting and unique hands-on cultural arts environment for children to interact with art and cultures from around the world (see “Museums”). You will have the best birthday party ever or a special festive celebration at Kidseum! Customize your party and hire storytellers and have unique art projects and face painting centered on your celebration theme! Throughout the celebration, enjoy Bowers Kidseum with its new, interactive exhibits as well as the permanent hands-on treasures, including international masks, musical instruments, dress-up exotic costumes and more! An unforgettable time will be had by all. See ad on page 27. • Bowlmor Bowlmor Orange County (714) 258-2695 Bowlmor Pasadena (626) 351-8858 Bowlmor Anaheim (714) 783-2810 www.bowlmor.com Birthdays at Bowlmor are always better—especially for kids! Treat your child to an epic birthday bash featuring glow-in-the-dark lanes, custommade cakes or cupcakes, and other kid-friendly food options. A Bowlmor Lanes Event Planner will help plan every aspect of your child’s big day, leaving you free to enjoy the party. Call today! 321 W. Anaheim Ave., Anaheim; Orange County, 2405 Park Ave., Tustin; 3545 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. See ad on page 21.
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• Color My World Art Studio 11960 Artesia Blvd., #101, Artesia (562) 219-4566, (562) 879-5972 www.ColorMyWorld.me Want to host a party with fun, excitement and lasting memories? Celebrate with the Paint Your Own Canvas Art Party! Each party guest creates their own unique masterpiece to take home and brag about! Inquire about art parties available for all occasions (8-25 people). Email: info@ColorMyWorld. me or ColorMyWorldArtStudio@gmail.com. Also see “Arts and Crafts.” See ad on page 11. • Dream Come True Party Room 3962 Studebaker Road, Ste. 204, Long Beach (562) 270-1400 www.DreamComeTruePartyRoom.com Step into a picture-perfect party at the brand-new Dream Come True Party Room. This is not your
typical party place—it’s a whimsical setting that both adults and children will love! They also offer storytelling sessions, play dates, Kids’ Happy Hour, weekly tea time, family music programs and special events (see “Calendar”). Choose from more than a dozen unique and magical themes, including Tower Princess, Woodland, Mermaids, Pretty in Pink, Pirates, Bollywood/Arabian Nights, Marie Antoinette and many more. Parties include use of the party room, magical decorations and props, tableware, dress-up outfits and face painting, plus crafts, storytelling, games and music. Food is provided. Add-ons can include colorful invitations, balloon art, glitter hair-dos, a crowning ceremony, party favors or fairytale character appearances. See ad on page 71. • East West Ice Palace 11446 Artesia Blvd., Artesia (562) 809-6200 www.eastwesticepalace.com Fun party package includes public skating admission, private party room, pizza, cake, soft drinks and 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.” See ad on page 89. • En Pointe Dance & Fitness 713 Termino Ave., Long Beach (562) 438-3262 www.enpointedanceandfitness.com Party packages include one hour of dance class and one hour in the party room. A party coordinator, decorations, pizza, drink and paper goods are provided. En Pointe Dance and Fitness water bottles and bracelets are presented to each guest, and a custom party CD can be purchased at an additional charge. Parties are offered on Saturdays and Sundays after 2 p.m. Call the studio today to book your party! Also see “Camps” and “Dance.” See coupon on page 103. • Flightdeck’s “Top Gun” Birthday Parties 1650 S. Sinclair St., Anaheim (714) 937-1511 www.flightdeck.com Looking for a really unique birthday party idea? Flightdeck’s “Top Gun” birthday parties are a perfect fit for all kids (7-14). Flightdeck replaces the “same old, same old” party with a completely unique pilot experience, dog-fighting each other in fighter jet flight simulators. Make this year’s birthday unforgettable with the thrill of air combat action and a solid focus on everyone having a great time together. You just book the party, invite the guests and Flightdeck will execute your birthday party mission with military precision! Packages include party room, mission briefing and 30 minutes of flight time for each pilot. Also see “Attractions.” For 20% off, see ad on page 71. • Frogg’s Bounce House 16121 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley (714) 418-0442 www.froggsbouncehouse.com Party guests will bounce, slide and leap at the newest 9,000-square-foot indoor inflatable play zone. They’ll also enjoy the playhouse, train table and disco karaoke tiki hut. There’s even a special toddler-only area lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
for younger guests. Have your next birthday party or special event in Frogg’s Bounce House’s large party room, complete with dance area. Comfortable seating and free WiFi for the grown-ups. Also see “Calendar” for Date Nights and “Playgrounds.” See ad with coupons on page 70. • Fun with Horses 1370 Sanderson Ave., Anaheim (949) 285-5286 www.havefunwithhorses.com Fun With Horses at Rancho del Rio Stable offers birthday parties and scouting badge programs. Also see “Horseback Riding.” See ad on page 60. • Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk (562) 868-9956 www.golfnstuff.com 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, bumper cars, Disk’O Thrill ride 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.” See ad on page 14. • Gryphon Fitness Studio 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia 92870 (714) 519-1343 www.GryphonFencing.com 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@GryphonFencing.com. See ad on page 51. • Gymboree Play & Music – Long Beach 4148 N. Viking Way, Long Beach (562) 429-4886 www.gymboreeclasses.com Gymboree Play & Music – Long Beach 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. Near Carson St. and Bellflower Blvd. Also see “Arts and Crafts,” “Music” and “Support and Play Groups.” See ad on page 77. • Holiday Skate Center 175 N. Wayfield Drive, Orange (714) 997-5515 www.holidayskate.com Have your next party at Holiday Skate Center, one of the premier family fun entertainment centers in the Orange County area. They pride themselves on providing a clean, safe, friendly and fun facility for your entire family. Skating for all ages is offered at their birthday parties, private parties and lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
LET’S HAVE A CART PARTY!
Gourmet Food Prepared Fresh in Front of Your Guests on Antique Style Food Carts
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(310) 578-2278 (CART) www.letshaveacartparty.com fundraiser options. Call today to book your event! See ad on page 88. • IncrediFlix Parties (949) 548-5424 www.incrediflix.com IncrediFlix forever changes the landscape of kids’ birthday parties. Become a singing sensation in a Music Video; bring Legos to life in Lego Animated Flix; be a star in your own Mini Movie. Come to the IncrediFlix studios or “on location.” They have professional sets, green screen, equipment and much more. Your kids (and you) will get a lifetime memory to share with family and friends. See ad on page 30. • Irvine Lanes 3415 Michaelson Ave., Irvine (949) 786-9625 www.irvinelanes.com Irvine Lanes bowling center offers fun, easy-toplan, and affordable birthday parties for kids of all ages. With 40 lanes of bowling, they can accommodate parties of any size. Their catering kitchen offers many items that can be added to your birthday party, including fruit and veggie platters. Also see “Bowling.” See ad on page 20. • Jammin’ Music 4228 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach (562) 490-0222 www.jamminmusic-lb.com At their facility or in your home, a musical birthday party is always a hit! Partygoers will be guided
• 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!
through a variety of creative musical games, simple instrument play, drum circle time and other activities sure to liven up the party, all led by a fun-loving professional musician! Call to discuss your needs. See ad on page 69. • Jessica Lake Photography 4549 Cerritos Ave., Ste. A, Cypress www.JessicaLakePhotography.com JLP makes enjoying—and preserving—your little one’s first birthday as easy as can be! Their “First Birthday Cake Smash” with a real cake is the perfect way to celebrate! Little one’s personalities shine and it’s a fun event all around. They also have the JLP Calendar Club that includes monthly sessions with various payment plans which is great for new moms. Be sure to visit their website to see the variety of services and specialty sessions they have available. Email: JessicsaLakePhoto@aol.com. Also see “Photography.” See ad on page 75. • Kick It Up 8129 East Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 430-1812 www.kickitup.com A variety of parties and options are offered, including the Enchanted Princess Ballerina’s 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
Mystical Vibrations Entertainment Add a twist to your child’s birthday party • Allow us to create & unfold a birthday memory • Be part of the “Coolest Two Interactive DJs” Plus We Will Rock You! The Kids DJ Show!
Kids Disc Jockeys
Let us “Roll Out the Show” with the birthday celebrant leading the role. Favorite songs, with interactive dances to include: The Hokey Pokey, Chicken Dance, Conga Line, Limbo and more. Add music and some wild and crazy props: hula hoops, special effects, sing alongs. We bring a foam machine and a bubble machine - and your party is set.
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Ask about our Summer Acting Camp! parties are also available for tweens, teens and adults. Also see “Camps,” “Dance” and “Music.” See ads on page 33 and 47. • Kidnastics 10712 Reagan St., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102 www.kidnastics.net Kidnastics has always been the place to be for your child’s birthday party. With over 20,000 square feet of gymnastics equipment, your child and their friends can enjoy over several hours of active-play in a fun and safe environment. With exciting attractions like astro-jumps, tumbling trampoline, castle playhouse, interactive games and so much more, your child will enjoy their best birthday party yet! Come join them for a fun-filled and most memorable event of your child’s life. Their birthday party sessions are very popular so hurry and call to reserve your spot today! Please visit the website or call the number listed above for more program information. See ad on page 55.
• Leeway Sailing Center 5437 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach (562) 570-1719 www.longbeach.gov/park Custom designed parties (7+) to fit your needs and desires. Choose between canoeing, kayaking, sailing, beach play and barbecuing, or do them all! Groups up to 30 may be accommodated. Perfect for youth groups, scout merit badges and adult groups too. Parties available January - May and September - December. • Let’s Have a Cart Party (310) 578-2278 (CART) www.letshaveacartparty.com Since 1969, Let’s Have a Cart Party has been preparing fresh food at your party site in front of your guests. Kenny Baines, owner and head chef, hand-selects 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. Entertainment is available upon request. See ad on page 73; coupon on page 92. • Life of the Party (562) 860-7797, (714) 903-7689, (626) 333-8764 www.lifeofthepartyonline.com “The best children’s entertainers in Southern California!” Their expert staff features top performers, including magicians, clowns, super heroes, princesses, and fairy tale and holiday characters. Plus, they offer karate parties, dress-up/glamour parties, karaoke sing-alongs, puppet shows, reptile shows, pony rides/petting zoos and much more. Over 20 years of experience. Call for a free consultation on how to make your party great! See ad on page 72. • Lil’ Chef School 15435 Jeffery Road, #132, Irvine (949) 679-8390 www.lilchefschool.com All-inclusive parties with Lil’ Chef School let parents relax and enjoy the show! For 12-24 children, packages include: custom invitations, two to three chef instructors, drinks, a birthday child apron, chef’s hat and recipe card for each guest, and paper products. For pricing and menu options, visit their website. Also see “Camps” and “Cooking.” See ad on page 44. • Mad Science (714) 668-9174 www.westorangecounty.madscience.org Mad Science Birthday Parties entertain children of all ages with electrifying, high energy shows that come to you. Their no-mess, hassle-free parties typically last one hour, and will leave your guests breathless! Extra value add-ons are available, such as cotton candymaking, bubbling potions, and rocket launches. Also see “Camps” and “Science.” See ad on page 32. • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, Signal Hill (562) 986-0066 www.mygym.com/longbeach 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
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experience of a lifetime. Celebrate at My Gym with captivating games, rides and unique activities customized for your child. The caring and energetic staff will handle everything. See ad on page 65. • Mystical Vibrations Entertainment Mobile Disc Jockeys Serving all Southern California (714) 470-2290 www.mysticalvibrations.com Allow Mystical Vibrations to set the mood, produce the magic, and come to you to enhance and unfold a unique afternoon of birthday fun including your child’s favorite songs, and having them lead group dances and games. They specialize in children’s birthday parties. Kids love the attention they get. Imagine your child leading the conga line, complete with maracas, dancing the hokey pokey, having fun with the chicken dance, or handling six hula-hoops at one time. Why play the traditional “Pin-the-Tail” when you can sit back and enjoy the show too, and let two interactive disc jockeys entertain your child’s guests. Children love the fog and bubble machines, which are both included. Mystical Vibrations contribute outstanding high morals and represent a clean-cut modern image. Call for more information. See ad on page 73. • Parties By Erin & Co. (562) 901-0111 www.bestpartiesbyerin.com With more than 15 years of experience, Parties By Erin and her team of talented performers can make your child’s dream a reality. What sets them apart from the rest? They custom-build every party according to your theme and age group, so they grow with your child each year. From face painting and magic with Cinderella to “combat training” and relays with a Super Hero, or dancing and sports with a cool party host, Parties by Erin and Co. will make sure your party is exactly what your child had hoped for, while relieving your partyplanning stress! There’s no character too unusual, no theme too extravagant! Send Parties by Erin and Co. your idea and let them create the party your child has always wanted. See ad on this page. • Pretend City Children’s Museum Parties Exciting and engaging parties for children (infant-8). With a variety of packages and customized offerings, your child’s party is sure to be memorable and unique. See “Museums” for complete listing; ad on page 63. • Shared Science (562) 522-0595 www.sharedsciencefun.org Shared Science will help you design a physical science or robotics workshop to suit your event needs. Shared Science provides kids (grades K-9) with unique engineering fun that includes LEGO construction, contraption builds, or even robotics. Workshop content can be tailored to group age, interests and take-away projects. Greater Long Beach locations. Also see “Camps” and “Science and Technology.” See ad on page 85. • Skateboarding and Scootering Parties with Skatedogs (562) 343-1095 www.skatedogs.com Skatedogs comes to your home with portable ramps and rails to create a custom skatepark for a one-oflots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
a-kind birthday party. Guests can ride ramps and get skateboarding and scootering 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.” • Social Scribbles Caricatures (562) 360-5499 www.socialscribblescaricatures.com Social Scribbles Caricatures serves the Orange and Los Angeles County area. Send your guests home with a memorable one-of-a-kind cartoon drawing of them. Your guests will also have a fun time watching others be drawn and will be amazed at how fast their artist works. They keep their caricatures kind and flattering. Book a talented caricature artist for your special event today. See ad on page 74; coupon on page 91. • Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark 13806 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada (562) 902-3191 www.splashlamirada.com Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark in La Mirada provides the best party packages for all ages. The allinclusive party package is the best value in town. Featuring all day admission, a pirates lunch, two hours in the party zone, party invitations and free admission for the birthday child. You can even bring in your own birthday cake! Additional options such as funnel cake, Hawaiian shaved ice and other yummy treats are available, or upgrade your party to a Deluxe Party Package featuring an all-day shade area for your group. Thinking bigger, Splash! offers all-day rentals, private rentals, company picnics and more. Splash! is guaran-
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teed to entertain everyone; choose to spend the day in the lazy river, dare to plunge down the two-story water slides or swim in the heated 25-yard pool. Adults can spend time with the little ones in the zero-depth play structures, spray pads and smaller slides. Free use of life jackets and tubes are always included with admission. Splash! is the best value, with free parking, picnic areas, all-day park access, lockers and tasty food. The 18-acre park is beautifully landscaped with palm trees, lush green grassy areas, lounge chairs and umbrellas. 13806 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada, 90638. (562) 902-3191. www.splashlamirada.com. See ad on the back outside cover; coupon on page 91. • Team OC Gymnastics, Cheer, Dance, and Trampoline 385-B Clinton St., Costa Mesa (714) 444-1144 www.teamocfun.com Have your child’s next birthday party at Team OC with an energized, fun party staff! Choose from Basic, Combo and Deluxe party options with choice of activities, including gymnastics, cheer, dance, pop star or rock wall. See “Gymnastics” for complete listing. See ad on page 59. • 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 www.The-Rinks.com Put your party plans on ice at The Rinks! They of-
fer packages with cake, refreshments, balloons and party decorations in their private party rooms. Then take to the ice for the coolest fun, including an exclusive group skating lesson for you and your birthday party guests! For party package prices and information, visit them online or call. See listing in “Skating and Hockey” for locations. See ad on page 89. • Vans Skatepark Birthday Parties 20 City Blvd. West, Orange (714) 763-3800 www.vans.com The 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 51. • VIP Dance Studio 3625 MacArthur Blvd., #307, Santa Ana (714) 966-9009 www.vipdancestudio.com Host your next event at VIP Dance Studio! They offer many packages to choose from, including Hollywood Glamour, Diva Dress-Up, Princess, Dance Party, and more. Their facility is over 4,000 square feet with high ceilings and comes equipped with central air and heat. There are two large dance floors and five small offices that can be utilized for your next party, event or gathering. Also see “Camps,” “Dance” and “Theater Arts.” See ad on page 46.
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• Wagonwheel Ranch Horseback Rides 4057 Via Opata, Palos Verdes (310) 567-3582 www.pvhorses.net Offers one- and two-hour Western trail riding as part of their party packages. Guests will enjoy the many sights to see along the Palos Verdes Peninsula with their guided horseback rides, including hillside views, meadows of wildflowers and wildlife. Their horses are gentle and suited for the beginner to experienced riders, no matter the age. Open 365 days a year. For more information, call anytime. See “Horseback Riding” for complete listing.
photography Photography studios specializing in children, families and maternity. • Jessica Lake Photography 4549 Cerritos Ave., Ste. A, Cypress www.JessicaLakePhotography.com JLP makes preserving the memories of your child’s early years stress-free. This studio specializes in maternity and newborn all the way through elementaryschool age. They provide the digital images from the portrait session so that you can print and frame all of your favorites. First birthdays are perfect for their “Cake Smash” session. Their 1,000-square-foot studio has multiple sets up at a time and their holiday sets are a favorite. Be sure to visit their website and sign up for the free newsletter to see the variety of services and specialty holiday sessions they have available. They also offer monthly sessions when you become a JLP Calendar Club member! Custom photography never got so affordable. Email: JessicaLakePhoto@aol.com. Also see “Parties.” See ad on page 75.
Mobile photographer specializing in family, maternity, children, and newborns.
Book Nook Your reader will be much more likely to open a book if he has a cozy hideaway all his own. Look for a tucked away spot, away from the family ruckus. (Try a loft, under the stairs or even the garage.) The essentials: a comfy chair, good lighting and a little storage. Get fancy with pillows, twinkle lights or a canopy. Check the Kidsguide Pinterest page for inspiration. 78 • spring/summer 2014
• Just a Heart Photography (562) 706-1452 www.JustAHeartPhotography.weebly.com In 2008, photography found Laura and they have been joined at the hip ever since. She especially loves photographing families, children and babies; she loves the naturalness that they allow her to capture. Exploring current photography techniques, she looks for new and interesting ideas to incorporate into her sessions. Youthful Laura takes immense pride in her photography, loves what she does, and wants to share the natural beauty and happiness that she captures through a lens with everyone. See ad on this page.
playgrounds Indoor and outdoor playgrounds with unique facilities. Also see “Recreation and Parks.” • Frogg’s Bounce House 16121 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley (714) 418-0442 www.froggsbouncehouse.com
Bounce, slide and leap at the newest 9,000-squarefoot indoor inflatable play zone. Kids can also enjoy the playhouse, train table, disco karaoke tiki hut, frog-themed books, bean bags and toys. They even have a special toddler-only area. Check out their party packages online, complete with a large party room and dance area (see “Parties”). Comfortable seating and free WiFi for the grown-ups. Walk-ins always welcome. See ad with discount coupon on page 70. Playgrounds - Indoor Indoor playgrounds offering play equipment with unique features. Parties, family sessions, scout/ group programs, open play, camps and parents’ night out may be offered. Check websites for discounts and special days. Also see Frogg’s Bounce House listed in this section. AdventurePlex - 1701 Marine Ave., Manhattan Beach, (310) 546-7708. www.adventureplex.org BounceU - Huntington Beach, 5445 Oceanus Drive, #115, Huntington Beach, (714) 892-4842, www. bounceu.com/huntingtonbeach. Orange, 428-A W. Katella, Orange, (714) 744-JUMP, www.bounceu.com. Fun City Bounce - 14545 Valley View Ave., Ste. F, Santa Fe Springs. (562) 926-7864. www.funcityparty.com Jump ‘N’ Jammin - 27741 Crown Valley Parkway, Mission Viejo. (949) 582-5890. www.jumpnjammin.com Kid Concepts U.S.A. - 22844 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance. (310) 465-0075. www.kidconceptsusa.com My Giggle Place - 160 E. Imperial Hwy., Fullerton. (714) 525-7529. www.mygiggleplace.com Oodles - 17420 Carmenita Road, Cerritos. (562) 888-1496. www.oodlescerritos.com Playland Cafe - 880 Roosevelt, Irvine. (949) 8292789. www.playlandcafe.com Pump it Up - Anaheim Hills, (714) 693-9663; Huntington Beach, (714) 847-9663; Irvine, (949) 2617867; and Lake Forest, (949) 951-9663. www. pumpitupparty.com Scooter’s Jungle - 921 Via Rodeo, Placentia, (714) 223-5730; 25 Journey, Aliso Viejo, (949) 349-9090; 606 Hawaii St., El Segundo, (888) 516-1983. www. scootersjungle.com Trampoline Parks - Jump on trampoline floors and walls. Big Air Trampoline Park, 23251 Avenida de la Carlota, Laguna Hills, (949) 305-9788, www. bigairoc.com. Sky High Sports, 2970 Airway Ave., Costa Mesa, (714) 437-5867, www.jumpskyhigh. com. Sky Zone, 1301 N. Kellogg Drive, Anaheim, (714) 441-8999, www.anaheim.skyzonesports.com. Playgrounds - Outdoor Bellflower Pirate Park - Pirate-themed playground features a fort and pirate-ship play equipment. Friendship Square, Bellflower Blvd. at Belmont St. (562) 804-1424, Ext. 2268. www.bellflower.org Cerritos Heritage Park - An island surrounded by a moat, with a kid-sized New England town. Plenty of lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
ducks, plus a large playground area. 18600 Bloomfield Ave. (562) 916-8570. www.cerritos.us
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Cerritos Liberty Park - A pirate ship playground featuring swings, slides, ladders, a small climbing wall and a water fountain. South St. and Studebaker Road. (562) 916-8565. www.cerritos.us Costa Mesa’s Angels Playground - Universally accessible playground created for kids with special needs. TeWinkle Park, 885 Junipero. (714) 754-5300. www. angelsplayground.org • Garden Grove Atlantis Play Center - A fully enclosed and gated 4½-acre playground themed after the lost city of Atlantis. Adults are not admitted without a child; the park is staffed during open hours. Splash pad is open mid-June to mid-September. Closed Mondays. Admission: $2 per person, ages 2 and up. 13630 Atlantis Way, Garden Grove. (714) 892-6015. www.ci.garden-grove.ca.us Huntington Beach Adventure Playground - Supervised playground features a pond with rafts and play structures, including a rope bridge, a mud slide and a fort-building area. Open mid-June to midAugust, Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $4 per child. Enter from the Central Library parking lot at 7111 Talbert Ave. (714) 842-7442; (714) 5365486. www.huntingtonbeachca.gov Huntington Beach Gibbs Park - Green fields, picnic tables, playground and a butterfly park that includes eucalyptus groves and a butterfly mural. 16641 Graham St., Huntington Beach. (714) 536-5480. www. huntingtonbeachca.gov La Habra Guadalupe Park - Universally accessible playground for children with special needs, as well as a hopscotch climber and climbing wall. 381 S. Walnut St. (562) 905-9700. www.lahabracity.com • Long Beach Marina Park - Waveless beach, known as “Mothers Beach,” plus a playground, grassy areas with shade trees and watercraft rentals. 5839 Appian Way. (562) 570-3111. www.longbeach.gov/park • Long Beach Bayshore Playground - Fenced playground on the sand near waveless beach, plus play equipment and roller hockey rink. 54th Place/Ocean Blvd. (562) 570-1715. www.longbeach.gov/park • Long Beach Colorado Lagoon - Waveless beach, playground and picnic area. 5119 E. Colorado St., Long Beach. (562) 570-3100. www.longbeach.gov/park Newport Beach Peninsula Park - Play equipment and swings on the sand, plus a spider-web climber. 100 Main St. at Oceanfront. (949) 644-3151. www. newportbeachca.gov The Coastkeeper Natural Garden - A children’s natural play area with an interactive trail in a 2.5 acre drought-tolerant demonstration garden. Open: Tuesday - Saturday, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Santiago Canyon College, Orange. www.coastkeeper. org/coastkeeper-garden Tustin Pioneer Road Park - Pioneer-themed play equipment, basketball, volleyball, walking trail and lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
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Buena Park Recreation 6688 Beach Blvd. www.buenapark.com
Costa Mesa Recreation Services 77 Fair Drive (714) 754-5300 www.ci.costa-mesa.ca.us Cypress Recreation and Parks 5700 Orange Ave. (714) 229-6780 www.cypressrec.com
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Anaheim Community Services 200 S. Anaheim Blvd., 4th Floor (714) 765-5191 www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect Bellflower Parks and Recreation 16600 Civic Center Drive (562) 804-1424, Ext. 2268 www.bellflower.org
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Irvine Community Services Department 1 Civic Center Plaza (949) 724-6600 www.cityofirvine.org
South Coast Botanic Garden (310) 544-1948 Adults, $8; kids (5-12), $3. 26300 Crenshaw, Palos Verdes Peninsula. www.southcoastbotanicgarden.org
Lake Forest Community Services 25550 Commercentre Drive (949) 461-3450 www.lakeforestca.gov
Cleveland National Forest Spans from Orange County to San Diego County (858) 673-6180 www.fs.usda.gov/cleveland Wilderness areas, water falls, observatory, camping, hiking, fishing, interpretive areas, ranger-led programs and scenic drives. Passes and permits are required; visit their website for more information.
• Lakewood Recreation and Community Services 5050 Clark Ave. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408 www.lakewoodcity.org/recreation • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine 2760 Studebaker Road (562) 570-3100 www.longbeach.gov/park Los Alamitos Recreation and Community Services 10911 Oak St. (562) 430-1073 www.cityoflosalamitos.org Mission Viejo Recreation 200 Civic Center (949) 470-3062 www.cityofmissionviejo.org/recreation Newport Beach Recreation Services 100 Civic Center Drive (949) 644-3151 www.newportbeachca.gov Saddleback Recreation 25171 Moor Ave. (949) 768-0981, Ext. 1 www.saddlebackrecreation.com Seal Beach Community Services 211 8th St. (562) 431-2527, Ext. 1344 www.ci.seal-beach.ca.us Signal Hill Community Services 2175 Cherry Ave. (562) 989-7330 www.cityofsignalhill.org Westminster Community Services and Recreation 8200 Westminster Blvd. (714) 895-2860 www.westminster-ca.gov
Nature Centers • El Dorado Nature Center (562) 570-1745 Family and kids’ workshops, art and science classes, evening campfires, museum, gift shop and bird-watching on a 102½-acre site, with more than two miles of trails, two lakes and a stream featuring California native plants. Vehicle entry fee, $5-8. 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach. www.longbeach.gov/naturecenter Environmental Nature Center (949) 645-8489 Workshops, classes and guided tours. Camps available during school vacations. 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. www.encenter.org Nix Nature Center (949) 923-2235 Workshops, family days and ranger-led hikes. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. www.tinyurl.com/NixNatureCenter Oak Canyon Nature Center (714) 998-8380 Hiking and walking trails are open daily. Family events, programs and tours throughout the year. 6700 E. Walnut Canyon Road, Anaheim Hills. www.anaheim.net/ocnc San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary (949) 261-7963 Guided walks, classes and special events. 5 Riparian View, Irvine. www.seaandsageaudubon.org Shipley Nature Center (714) 842-4772 Walking trails, wildlife exhibits and special events. 17851 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach. www. shipleynature.org
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Turtle Rock Nature Center (949) 724-6738 Self-guided trails, workshops, family programs, group tours and school-break camps. 1 Sunnyhill Drive, Irvine. www.irvineopenspace.org
Arboretums, parks and nature centers, plus ongoing activities for kids and families. Also see “Playgrounds.”
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve (949) 923-2290 Trails, workshops and guided tours. Plus, an interpretive center with wildlife exhibits. 2301 N. University Drive, Newport Beach. www.ocparks.com/parks/newport
Arboretums and Garden The following arboretums and garden offer walking and self-guided tours, workshops, family and kids programs, and special events. Fullerton Arboretum (657) 278-3407 $3 suggested donation for entry. 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton. www.fullertonarboretum.org Los Angeles County Arboretum (626) 821-3222 Adults, $9; kids (5-12), $4. 301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. www.arboretum.org
Parks in Long Beach Metro and Los Angeles • El Dorado Regional Park East (562) 570-1771 West (562) 570-3225 El Dorado East’s 870 acres include the El Dorado Park Express Railroad, a duck pond, trails for biking, skating and walking, an archery range, public library, fishing lakes, paddle boat rentals and two playgrounds. El Dorado West offers a community center, disc golf, ball fields, roller hockey, tennis center, a golf course and skatepark. Parking fees may apply. www.longbeach.gov/park Santa Fe Springs Heritage Park (562) 946-6476 A historic site with buildings and ranch from the late
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1800’s. Exhibits include the Tongva/Gabrieliño Indians, trains, an adobe home, and the Carriage Barn, which houses a museum. 12100 Mora Drive, Santa Fe Springs. www.santafesprings.org/library/heritage Los Angeles Griffith Park (323) 913-4688 An antique carousel, playgrounds, picnic areas, golf courses, including a kids’ course with driving range, tennis courts, pony rides, an equestrian center, hiking trails, a bird sanctuary, the Batman bat cave in Bronson Canyon and train rides. The park is also home to the historic locomotive museum Travel Town, the Western-themed Autry National Center, the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, and the Griffith Observatory. 4730 Crystal Springs Drive. www.laparks.org Whittier Narrows Recreation Area (626) 575-5526 Fishing lakes, playgrounds, BMX course, nature center, equestrian facility, trails, a military museum, sport fields and courts, and archery, skeet, pistol, rifle and trap ranges. Boats, surreys, bikes and picnic areas are also available. Vehicle entry, $6. 823 LexingtonGallatin Road, South El Monte. parks.lacounty.gov Parks in North Orange County Carbon Canyon Regional Park (714) 973-3160 Sport fields and courts, five playgrounds, bike and walking trails, horseshoe pits, picnic areas, a fouracre lake with two fishing piers, plus a ten-acre grove of Coastal Redwoods. 4442 Carbon Canyon Road, Brea. www.ocparks.com/parks/carbon Craig Regional Park (714) 973-3180 Three playgrounds, including a handicapped-accessible playground, sports fields and courts, hiking trails, horseshoe pits, stocked lakes for fishing and a lake for model sail boating (electrical only). 3300 North State College Blvd., Fullerton. www.ocparks.com/parks/ted Huntington Beach Central Park (714) 960-8847 Disc-golf course, fishing, equestrian center, playgrounds (including Adventure Playground, see “Playgrounds”), picnic tables and barbecues, trails, public library and the Shipley Nature Center. Golden West St. and Talbert Ave. www.huntingtonbeachca.gov Irvine Regional Park (714) 973-6835 Features the Orange County Zoo, train rides, equestrian center and pony rides, nature center, and paddle boat and tandem bike rentals. Parking rates vary. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. www.ocparks.com/irvinepark Mason Regional Park (949) 923-2220 Picnic areas, model sail boating, horseshoe pits, hiking and bicycling trails, sport field and courts, a physical fitness vita course, three tot-lot playgrounds, amphitheater and a nine-acre lake, plus a butterfly habitat. 18712 University Drive, Irvine. www.ocparks.com/parks/william Orange County Great Park (866) 829-3829 Great Park Balloon and carousel rides, art gallery and special events, such as kids’ programs, music events, movie nights and a farmers market. Visitors can also stroll the 2,600-foot Walkable Historical Timeline, play at Kids Rock Playground with tunnels and misters, and tour the Farm + Food Lab. Park entrance, Sand Canyon and Marine Way, Irvine. www.ocgp.org • Pearson Park (714) 765-5274 Cactus and water gardens, an amphitheater, sports lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
fields and courts, playgrounds, swimming pool, lagoons, barbecues and picnic areas. 400 N. Harbor Blvd. www.anaheim.net Ralph B. Clark Regional Park and Interpretive Center (714) 973-3170 Playgrounds, sport fields and courts, horseshoe pits, a stocked lake for fishing and a lake for model sail boating, plus a paleontology museum. Free Family Fossil Day features a three-hour journey through fossil history conducted by the park’s onsite paleontologist (held four times a year). 8800 Rosecrans Ave., Buena Park. www.ocparks.com/ parks/ralph Santiago Regional Park (714) 973-6620 Hiking and walking trails with views of surroundings, plus orange groves. 2145 N. Windes Drive, Orange. www.ocparks.com/parks/santiago Talbert Regional Park (949) 923-2250 North Talbert offers 91 acres and South Talbert, 88 acres. The park is divided into six separate plant groups, identified as “zones” and based upon the progression of plant groups and changing conditions found along the Santa Ana River. The trail system allows linkage to other parks up and down a stream along the Santa Ana River. 1298 Victoria Ave., Costa Mesa. www.ocparks.com/parks/talbert Tri-City Regional Park (714) 973-3180 Fishing, model sail boating (no motors), playground and trails. 2301 Kraemer Blvd., Placentia. www. ocparks.com/parks/tri_city_park
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Parks in South Orange County Aliso and Wood Canyons Park (949) 923-2200 Trails and ranger-led family programs. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel. www.ocparks.com/parks/aliso
center, hiking trails and ranger-led family-friendly programs and walks. Camping reservations are required. 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon. www.ocparks.com/parks/oneill
Caspers Wilderness Park (949) 923-2210 Camping, hiking, tot lot, showers and interpretive center. Plus, ranger-led family programs. 33401 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano. www.ocparks.com/parks/ronald
Riley Wilderness Park (949) 923-2265 Butterfly garden, interpretive center, hiking trails and guided walks. Parking, $3. 30952 Oso Parkway, Coto De Caza. www.ocparks.com/parks/thomas
Crystal Cove State Park (949) 494-3539 Hiking trails, plus tide pools, guided hikes and a wildlife gallery. Vehicle entry fee, $15 (annual pass $185). Camping is available at Moro and three miles inland, reservations required. Jr. Rangers and Jr. Lifeguards available in summer. 8471 Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach. www.crystalcovestatepark.com Heritage Hill Historical Park (949) 923-2230 Historic interpretive center, Serrano Ranch Adobe, El Toro Grammar School from 1890 and St. Georges Mission. Historical programs and annual events also offered. 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest. www. ocparks.com/historic/heritage Laguna Niguel Regional Park (949) 923-2240 Boating, fishing, hiking, horseshoe pits, playground, radio-controlled glider area, tennis and volleyball courts, plus guided walks and hikes. Boat rentals available. 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel. www.ocparks.com/parks/lagunan O’Neill Regional Park (949) 923-2260 Camping, horseshoe pits, playground, interpretive
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• Oakwood Preschool and Academy 3850 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach (562) 426-6264 www.OASchools.com Oakwood Preschool and Academy offers 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. Age 2 through 5th grade. Lic. 198011608. See ad on page 80; coupon on page 90. Parent-Participation Play Groups and Preschools www.ccppns.org 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. • Prentice School 18341 Lassen Drive, Santa Ana (714) 244-4600 www.prentice.org The Prentice School is a nonprofit, coeducational day school for students K-12 with learning differences, including dyslexia, ADHD, anxiety and mild autism. Its complete academic program develops strategies in reading, spelling, handwriting, and oral and written language through a research based, multisensory Slingerland Approach to Language Arts. Its small class sizes offer a safe, positive and nurturing environment for different learners. Additional services include: occupational therapy, psychological guidance, social skills training, speech and language sessions, and educational assistive technology. Prentice is WASC accredited and follows California State Standards. Summer program is also available, see “Camps.” See ad on page 81. • Preschools - Long Beach and Orange County Belmont Shore (562) 439-3369 www.BelmontShorePreschool.com Cerritos (562) 865-0482 www.CerritosLanePreschool.com Cerritos/Artesia (562) 860-6302 www.CerritosLearningTreePreschool.com Cypress, south (714) 828-9000 www.CypressChild.com Cypress, north (714) 527-2744 www.CypressLearningTree.com Fullerton (714) 526-7855 www.FullertonChild.com Los Alamitos/Rossmoor (562) 431-6553 www.RossmoorPreschool.com Westminster (714) 894-4036 www.WillowLanePreschool.com Year-round preschools, for ages 18 months - 5 years, offer an accelerated academic program that includes science, math and language development. Potty training, hot lunches, pre-kindergarten and summer camp program are available. Instruction is provided by skillful, creative teachers that offer partday and full-day classes. See ad on page 7. • Santa Fe Springs Christian School 11457 E. Florence Ave., Santa Fe Springs (562) 868-2263 www.sfscs.org What can you expect at Santa Fe Springs Christian lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
School? You can expect your child to be taught by qualified, competent, Christian teachers in a loving, nurturing, structured environment. As partners in this venture, you can expect clear, open, honest and timely communication from our teachers and staff, and a well-rounded program of strong academics, extra curricular sports programs, and the fine arts (choir, drama and art program). Santa Fe Springs Christian School’s goal is to nurture and equip students from a Christian world view, helping them to become academically strong, socially balanced, and spiritually mature. Also see “Camps.” See ad on page 26. • St. Catherine’s Academy 215 N. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim 92805 (714) 772-1363 www.stcatherinesacademy.org St. Catherine’s Academy, a Catholic resident/day school for boys with a military tradition, builds within young men a foundation for success through a formation program, which is rooted in the Dominican charism and emphasizes faith, leadership, academics and service. On the foundation of the Dominican pillars of prayer, study, community and ministry, they along with parents, the primary educators, strive to form well-rounded cadets who are aware of the importance of faith in all aspects of their lives. See ad on page 80. • The Hebrew Academy Preschool 14401 Willow Lane, Huntington Beach (714) 863-0757 www.hebrewacademypreschool.org The Hebrew Academy preschoolers are provided a rich program in academics and Jewish culture together with the skills and knowledge that they will use as a foundation for all future education. In the pre-K class the children are introduced to the “Reading Street” literacy program, as a gateway to kindergarten. The teachers are both professional and caring, so that your child will be happy and stimulated while in their care. Preschool hours are from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. or 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., with before and after care from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Please call for more information. See ad on page 82.
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SOUTH COAST FENCING CENTER $50 Off Introductory Class New Students Only. See our ad on page 50 • (714) 549-2946 3518 W. Lake Center, Suite C, Santa Ana. www.southcoastfencing.com • The Pegasus School 19692 Lexington Lane, Huntington Beach (714) 964-1224 www.thepegasusschool.org The Pegasus School, where bright minds soar, is an independent school for students in pre-K - grade eight. Pegasus is dedicated to academic excellence and to the development of lifelong learners who are confident, caring and courageous. The Pegasus School offers gifted educational programs, rich in opportunities, through which students develop their talents and passions. It is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and is a proud member of National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). See ad on page 36. • Valley Christian Schools Bellflower, Cerritos and Long Beach (562) 860-0556 www.vcschools.org Valley Christian Schools offers outstanding educational outcomes through a well-rounded approach to learning. From kindergarten, VC students are provided training in music, art, sports and technology. 97% of Valley Christian High School students go on to universities and colleges. 30% of the Class of 2013 was accepted at the nation’s Top 100 Colleges and Universities. The five campuses include two preschools (one that offers infant care), elementary, middle school (grades 7 and 8) and high school, and are located near the Los Angeles and Orange County border. Bus service is offered to Gardena, La Mirada, Downey, Naples and Westminster. The school-wide average student-to-faculty ratio is 14-to-1 and the student body and faculty are ethnically diverse. Also see “Camps.” See ad on page 83. • Westerly School of Long Beach 2950 E. 29th St., Long Beach (562) 981-3151 www.westerlyschool.org Why Westerly? Why do parents choose to send their children to Westerly School? Current families give these top seven reasons: 1) The Westerly School mission which is to develop each child’s full potential. 2) A balanced education that integrates the arts, foreign language, ethics, and real-world experience into the core academic curriculum. 3) Personalized classroom attention with an average class size of 15 students and a highly engaged faculty. 4) Future success in the area’s most competitive and highperforming high schools. 5) A safe and nurturing environment that encourages risk-taking and builds confidence. 6) A diverse community, both socio-economically and ethnically, that is committed to education. 7) Great value. Community visits are held on the first Tuesday of every month. Feel free to sign up on the website www.westerlyschool.org, or to schedule 86 • spring/summer 2014
a personal tour, please call (562) 981-3151. See ad on page 82.
science & technology Science and computer classes, camps and related destinations. Also see: “Attractions,” “Museums,” “Tutoring and Academics,” and “Zoos” for nature-related science camps and classes, see Nature Centers listed under “Recreation and Parks.” • Academic Enrichment Camp Camp runs June 16 - July 11 with a second session, July 14 - August 8. Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. noon, $490. Morning supervision is available, 7:308:30 a.m. (additional fee). See complete listing on page 22; ad on page 25. AIAA OC Rocketry www.tinyurl.com/aiaaocrocketry List of local organizations that sponsor launches in Southern California, some also offer clubs and workshops to educate students about rocketry. Plus, information about robotics and NASA education. • Alpert JCC Science Camps 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Ext. 1205 www.alpertjcc.org Ninjaneering with LEGOs® with Play-Well TEKnologies - Enter the world of Ninjago and become an apprentice Ninjaneer! Learn the way of Spinjitzu, build the Fire Temple, race Skull Trucks, and encounter the mighty Dragon! Imagine and build unique and fun projects with the guidance of an experienced PlayWell instructor while exploring the fantasy world of Ninjago. This is an ideal way to prepare young Ninjaneers for the challenge of Ninjaneering Masters with LEGO camp. Neither the Alpert JCC nor Play-Well TEKnologies is affiliated with the LEGO® Group. Ages 5-7. Week of June 16. Engineering FUNdamentals: Mine, Craft, Build Using Lego® With Play-Well Teknologies - Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO®! Build a motorized walking Creeper, a terrifying Ghast, and a motorized Minecart!
This project-based camp, designed by Play-Well instructors, combines the basic format of their core engineering-themed programs based on the world of Minecraft. Students will explore real-world concepts in physics, engineering and architecture while building their favorite Minecraft objects. Students will have a blast, even without any prior experience with Minecraft or LEGO. Ages 8-12, Week of June 16. Science Factory - This unique camp will offer an incredible collection of projects and experiments that will amuse and amaze your scientist! Scientists will engage in exciting hands-on activities, watch spectacular demonstrations, participate in inquiry-based discussions and take home things that they have made themselves. Ages 6-12. Week of June 23. • Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach (562) 590-3100 www.aquariumofthepacific.org The Aquarium offers numerous year-round programs: Aqua Tots (ages 2-3, with parent), $40; Saturday Family Fun (ages 4-6, with parent), $40; Junior Biologist (ages 7-12), $29; Job Shadow (grades 7-12), $39; Seals and Sea Lions/Sea Otter/Penguin Encounter (ages 10+), and Shark Encounter (ages 13+), $109. Whale watching (in season) and family sleepovers are also offered. Hour-long, behind-the-scenes tours (ages 7+) offer a look at running a world-class aquarium, $19 (plus admission). Pre-registration is required for all programs. Ocean exploration is available for school field trips, with hands-on, grade-specific programs. Member discounts are available. See “Attractions” for more information. See ad on page 15: coupon on page 85. • Blue Submarine (888) 218-8085 www.thebluesubmarine.com The Blue Submarine is a marine biology outreach program offering classes and activities for students pre-K through 8th grade. Topics are presented in an interactive format and live tidepool animals are available for certain classes. Let The Blue Submarine take your students on a field trip to the beach without leaving school! English/Spanish bilingual programs available. For more information, call the number listed above. See ad on page 72. Boys and Girls Club Buena Park offers Ultimate Journey (environmental education), gardening (agriculture) and Club Recycle. Tustin features environmental education that includes Weaver Birds, Osteology Club, Green Thumb, Enviro-club, Hiking Club, Nature Adventures, Circle of Life and a STEM program, including Ready-to-Learn. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro (310) 548-7562 www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org Ongoing science programs include tours, marine science workshops, ocean outreach classes and annual events. Programs also include youth docents (grades 7-12), Sea Rangers (grades 5+) and Sea Clubs (grades K-6). Summer camps also offered. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
California Science Center 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles (323) 724-3623 www.californiasciencecenter.org Permanent exhibits include Ecosystems, Air and Space, World of Life, Creative World and the Shuttle Endeavor (separate ticket needed). Free admission (excludes IMAX and special paid exhibits). Parking, $10. Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 321-1200 www.columbiaspacescience.org The center includes a robotics lab where kids can program their own Lego robots, an airplane and shuttle landing simulator, a paper airplane making station with launcher, a drop tower and a scale that gives kids their weight on all of the planets, plus an astronomy club. Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Sundays. $5 per person (3+). Computer Classes and Use • Anaheim Community Services - Summer camps include Stop Motion Animation and Animation (815). Camps begin June 23, $129. (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect Apple Computer Classes and Camps - Apple stores offer free computer workshops (5+) teaching the basics of Macs and their software. Classes fill quickly. Some stores also offer camps and field trips for schools and groups. Brea, (714) 255-5610; Cerritos, (562) 356-1555; Costa Mesa, (714) 424-6331; Newport Beach, (949) 729-4433; Irvine, (949) 2551500; and Mission Viejo, (949) 325-6426. www. apple.com/retail/storelist Boys and Girls Club - Computer instruction and use (5+) is available at most branches. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. Cerritos College - Summer classes include: Video Game Design (grades 3-10), Digital Filmmaking (grades 3-10), Computer Comic Book Creations (grades 3-10) and iMovie Maker Madness (grades 5-12); summer only. (562) 467-5050. www.cerritoscommunityed.com • Cypress College, Kids’ College - Computer Keyboarding (8+), Microsoft Word, Power Point and Excel (9+), Photoshop Magic (grades 4-8), Adventures in Web Page Creations (grades 4-6), Computer Game Design (grades 5-8), Digital Camera Magic (grades 4-9), and Intro to Computer Animation and Games (grades 5-8). (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids Golden West College - Guiding Kids on the Internet, Photoshop for Kids and Web Design for Kids, plus online computer workshops. (714) 895-0800. www. gwccommunityservices.com
fun! Guests can explore more than 100 interactive exhibits in themed areas, including Eco Challenge, Dino Quest, Boeing Rocket Lab, a climbing wall, hurricane simulator and much more. This spring, check out “Animal Grossology” and coming in the summer, “MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibit.” There’s always something new to explore at Discovery Science Center! Field trips, outreach, special events, scout programs, sleepovers, home-school days and teacher workshops are also available. See ad on page 1. ExplorOcean 600 East Bay Ave., Newport Beach (949) 675-8915 www.explorocean.org Enjoy hands-on activities from mapping the ocean floor to manning an ROV. Plus, visit the Ocean Literacy Center, Innovation Lab and Touch Tank. Griffith Observatory 2800 E. Observatory Road, Los Angeles (213) 473-0800 www.griffithobservatory.org The observatory offers astronomy exhibits, a planetarium, a theater featuring shows and news programs, plus a high-powered refracting telescope and three solar telescopes. Free monthly Star Parties are offered throughout the year. • iD Tech Camps & iD Tech Academies 1-888-709-TECH (8324) www.iDTech.com Take interests further and gain a competitive edge for school, college and future careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Ages 7-17 create apps, video games, C++/Java programs, mods with Minecraft, movies, robots and more. Weeklong, day and overnight summer programs held at UC Irvine and others (Cal Poly Pomona, UCLA, UCSD, Stanford, Princeton and over 80 universities nationwide). Also, two-week, pre-college programs for ages 13-18 are held at select universities: iD Programming Academy (held at UCLA), iD Game Design and Development Academy and iD Film Academy. See ad on page 33.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (818) 354-1260 www.jpl.nasa.gov/education Various science clubs, tours, programs and competitions, plus web activities and resources for kids. • Long Beach Marine Institute Ocean Adventure Camp 2014 (562) 431-7156 www.longbeachmarine.org A variety of summer programs that include Ocean Adventure Camp and Teen Volunteer Programs are offered to various age groups, June 16 - August 15. See “Camps” for complete listing; ad on page 28. • Mad Science (714) 668-9174 www.westorangecounty.madscience.org Mad Science is the world’s leading “fun” science provider, and they are on a mission to spark the imagination of children everywhere, with exciting, live, interactive programs that instill a clear understanding of what science is really all about. They are proud to offer a large selection of after-school, summer and preschool programs, as well as workshops, special events and birthday parties. All of their programs are led by highly qualified instructors using unique equipment, and are performed at the location of your choice. Also see “Camps” and “Parties.” See ad on page 32. • Nature Kids! Discovery Workshops and Classes at El Dorado Nature Center 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach (562) 570-1745 www.longbeach.gov/naturecenter Preregistration is required. Parent participation is required for all classes except Preschool Sessions and Youth Sessions. Preschool Sessions (3-5, must be potty trained): Sessions encourage social skills, increase creativity and foster group cooperation, while exercising minds and bodies on the trails. Sensational Science, June 16-20; Pirate Fairies, June 23-27; What Does the Fox Say?, July 7-11; It’s a Bugs World, July 21-25; Creature
Santa Ana College - Keyboarding, Computers, Photoshop, Digital Photography and Graphic Design, Web Design, Animation and Video Game Design (9+). (714) 564-6594. www.sac.edu/cms • Discovery Science Center 2500 North Main St., Santa Ana (714) 542-2823 www.discoverycube.org Orange County’s #1 destination for hands-on family lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
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Features, August 4-8; and Artists in Bloom, August 18-22. Monday - Friday, 9-11 a.m.; $65 per week. Youth Sessions (5-9, must have completed kindergarten): NSI - Nature Science Investigation, June 30 - July 3, (no class July 4); Creativity Crew, July 14-18; All About Flight, July 28 - August 1; Science Unlimited, August 11-15; and Nature-X Games, August 25-29. Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon; $75 (except June 30 - July 4, $65). Parent and Me Workshops - Make new friends and celebrate nature’s seasonal wonders through outdoor exploration, stories, art, music and movement (2½-5). Bunny Hop, April 16; Flower Frolic, April 30; and Dinosaur Dads Dig, June 11. Wednesday, 10-1:30 a.m.; $20 per adult and child pair, additional participants, $10. Tales and Trails - Parents and kids (18 mos-5yrs) explore the world of the Nature Center with puppets, songs and a parachute. Four-week sessions, March 28 - April 18 and May 2-23; 9:30-10:15 a.m. or 10:30-11:15 a.m. $40 for one adult and child pair. Bubble, Fizz, Boom - Parents and kids (2-5) explore and experiment with gooey, drippy fun with hands-on science play. Come dressed for a mess and ready for fun. Aprons available. Four-week sessions meet on Mondays, April 28 - May 19, 9:30-10:15 a.m. or 6:45-7:30 p.m. $40 for one adult and child pair; bring $15 cash material fee to first class. Ocean Institute 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point (949) 496-2274 www.ocean-institute.org Interactive exhibits, marine life, touch tanks and ecology cruises, plus presentations and Sunday tours aboard the tallship Pilgrim. Odyssey of the Mind (856) 256-2797 www.odysseyofthemind.com 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. Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services - Introduction to Robotics (7-13). Summer camps include: Creative Brain Scienceworkz and Spyworkz Science (8-15), $129. Call for dates. (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect
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Cerritos College - Summer classes include Kitchen Chemistry (5-10), Science You Can Do! (5-10), Little Hands Big Experiments (8-12), CSI (10-15). Rocketry (10-15), Adventures in Physics (10-15), and Is There a Doctor in the House? (11-15). (562) 467-5050. www.cerritoscommunityed.com • Cypress College, Kids’ College - Workshops include: Chemistry for Young Scientists (grades 1-3), Sea Animal Adventures (grades 1-2), Jammin’ Chemistry (grades 3-5), Designing with Science (grades 4-6), Science Explorers (grades 2-4), Toy Factory (grades 2-4), Fun with Magnets (grades 2-4), Popping, Colliding and Flashy Physics (grades 3-6), Awesome Air and Water Pressure (grades 3-6), Fun with Light and Optics (grades 4-6), Rocks and Minerals (grades 3-6), Sound Funtastic (grades 2-4), Shockingly Fun Electronics (grades 4-6), Hands-on Biology (grades 7-10), Funtastic Flowers! (grades 2-6) and Discovering Science Through Art Experiences (4-10). (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids Golden West College for Kids - Hooked on Science (8-11), summer only. (714) 895-0800. www.gwccommunityservices.com Santa Ana College - Forensic Science Camp and Robotic Engineering. (714) 564-6594. www.sac.edu/cms Many city recreation departments offer science classes, workshops and camps. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. Robotics Kids use robot kits and programming to study STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Also see Shared Science in this section. BrainStorm Studios - Minecraft and Lego workshops also offered. 31105 Rancho Viejo Road, Ste. C8, San Juan Capistrano. www.brainstormkidsstudios.com Mathobotix - 1000 Roosevelt, Ste. 200, Irvine, (949) 857-1419; and 10900 Los Alamitos Blvd., Ste. 111, Los Alamitos, (562) 594-5000. www.mathobotix.com Robotis Kidslab - Lessons, classes and walk-in workshops (6-12). 1 Technology Drive, Ste. F213, Irvine. (949) 336-8566. www.robotiskidslab.com • Shared Science (562) 522-0595 www.sharedsciencefun.org Kids engineer fun through inventive and playful classes, camps and competitive robotics. “Crazy Constructors” classes combine LEGO Ed with simple machines and physical science concepts that captivate K-5
brains. “Construction and Contraptions” workshops pursue the way things work and invention. For kids grades 4-9, they offer robot programming, animation and mission design, putting mathematics to work for fun. With “Radical Robotics” basics under their belt, kids can join one of their sponsored FIRST LEGO League robotics teams. Greater Long Beach locations. Also see “Camp” and “Parties.” See ad on page 85. T.E.A.M. Science Summer Camp Pioneer High School, Whittier (562) 458-3354 www.summersciencecamp.net Six-day learning adventure for students (K-12) with math, science and technology; July 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26. $210; scholarships available. • Young Scientists Camp at CSULB Environmental/life science camps for grades 2-8, August 4-15. Topics include Amazing Animals in Action, Botany Bonanza, Life at the Edge of the Sea and Solving Environmental Challenges. See full listing on page 41; ad on page 25. Youth Science Center Wedgeworth Elementary, Hacienda Heights (626) 854-9825 www.youthsciencecenter.org Summer science program (grades K-8) runs June 9 July 11. Registration begins in late April.
skateboarding Lessons, camps and party packages for skateboarding and scootering, plus skateparks. California Amateur Skateboard League (909) 883-2576 www.caslusf.com Regional association promotes skateboarding while helping communities provide skaters with safe skateboarding environments. Hosts ongoing competitions. Recreation Departments • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Skateboarding (6+), five-week sessions, $125. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Skateboarding and Scootering class (6-13) in four-week sessions; $125. Heartwell Park. (562) 570-3100. www.longbeach.gov/park Some city recreation departments offer skateboarding classes and camps. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. • Skatedogs (562) 343-1095 www.skatedogs.com After-school and weekend classes in skateboarding and scootering, two of the world’s fastest growing sports. Offered in conjunction with the recreation departments of Arcadia, Beverly Hills, Brea, Cerritos, Cypress, Glendora, Huntington Beach, Irvine, lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
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Cypress Veterans Park Skatepark (714) 229-6780 4554 Avenida Grenada. www.ci.cypress.ca.us Downey Independence Skatepark (562) 803-0402 12334 Bellflower Blvd., www.downeyca.org Fullerton’s Independence Park (714) 738-5365 801 West Valencia Drive. www.ci.fullerton.ca.us
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Huntington Beach - Oak View Skatepark, 17261 Oak Lane, (714) 536-5486; and Murdy Community Center, 7000 Norma Drive, (714) 960-8895. www. huntingtonbeachca.gov
Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Manhattan Beach, Newport Beach, Redondo Beach, Seal Beach and Tustin. They offer classes for all ability levels. Kids (6-13) will make new friends, advance their skateboarding or scootering 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”). Skateparks The following locations offer skateboarding, inline skating and/or scootering facilities, some offer BMX sessions. Most parks are open during daylight hours, free and unsupervised. Helmets, knee and elbow pads are required. For additional parks and park information, visit www.socalskateparks.com. • Anaheim - Downtown Skate Zone, 6,000 squarefeet of ramps, pipes and ledges. Broadway Ave., between Olive and Philadelphia streets, (714) 765-4501. Anaheim West (Brookhurst Park), 10,000 square-feet of street skating with planters and pool. 2271 W. Crescent Ave., (714) 765-4501. www.anaheim.net Bellflower Skatepark (562) 866-5684 Caruthers Park, 10500 E. Flora Vista. www.bellflower.org Brea Arovista Skatepark (714) 990-7100 Elm St. and Sievers Ave. www.ci.brea.ca.us Buena Park Peak Park (714) 236-3860 7225 El Dorado Drive. www.buenapark.com Carson’s Veterans Sports Complex (310) 830-9997 22400 Moneta Ave. www.ci.carson.ca.us Cerritos Skatepark (562) 916-8590 19900 Bloomfield Ave. www.cerritos.us Costa Mesa Volcom Skatepark (714) 754-5326 900 Arlington Drive. www.costamesaca.gov
Irvine Harvard Skatepark (949) 337-6577 14701 Harvard Ave. www.cityofirvine.org La Habra Skatepark (562) 905-9700 La Bonita Park, 1208 Fahringer Way. www.lahabraskatepark.com Laguna Hills Skatepark (949) 707-2600 25555 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills. www.ci.laguna-hills.ca.us Laguna Niguel Skatepark (949) 916-7755 Fees apply, $10-80. 27745 Alicia Pkwy. www.cityoflagunaniguel.org Lake Forest Etnies Skatepark (949) 916-5870 Skateboard lessons, classes, parties, band nights, year-round camps and an after-school skate club. $5 ID card to use park required. 20028 Lake Forest Drive. www.etniesskatepark.com • Long Beach - Bixby Park, 130 Cherry Ave., (562) 570-1601; Michael Green Skatepark,14th St. Playground, (562) 570-1600; Silverado Park Skate Plaza, 1545 W. Santa Fe Ave., (562) 570-1675; Drake Park Skate Plaza, 951 Maine Ave., (562) 570-1625; El Dorado Skatepark, 2800 Studebaker Road, (562) 570-3225; McBride Skatepark, 1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., (562) 570-1608; Houghton BMX Bike/ Skatepark, skate and BMX bike park with ramps, rails and other obstacles, 6301 Myrtle Ave.; and Orizaba Skatepark, Orizaba and Spaulding, (562) 570-1640. www.longbeach.gov/park Mission Viejo Skatepark (949) 470-3061 Beebe Park, 24190 Olympiad Road. www.cityofmissionviejo.org/recreation Norwalk Skatepark (562) 929-5566 13000 Clarkdale Ave. www.ci.norwalk.ca.us • Orange - Vans Skatepark (714) 769-3800 See listing in this section; see ad on page 51. Paramount Village Skatepark (562) 220-2121 7718 Somerset Blvd. www.paramountcity.com Santa Ana Skatepark (714) 571-4254 Centennial Regional Park, 3000 W. Edinger Ave. www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us Simi Valley Skate Lab (805) 578-0040 Air-conditioned, indoor skatepark. On-site skate
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school, skateboard museum and hall of fame. Summer camps offered. 4226 Valley Fair St. www. skatelab.com Westminster Liberty Park (714) 895-2860 13900 Monroe St. www.westminster-ca.gov Whittier Skatepark (562) 567-9430 7630 Washington Ave. www.cityofwhittier.org Start Your Own Skatepark KABOOM is an organization that will assist individuals in planning and building skateparks and playgrounds in “child-rich, playground-poor” neighborhoods. www.kaboom.org • Vans Skatepark 20 City Blvd. West, Orange (714) 769-3800 www.vans.com Vans Skatepark is a 40,000-square-foot facility featuring a full skate and BMX course for all skill levels, ages six 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. Vans Skatepark is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (9 p.m. on Sundays). Please go to vans.com/skateparks for more information. See ad on page 51.
skating & hockey Roller/ice skating and hockey classes, camps and leagues, plus skating rinks, skating paths and national referral agencies. Also see: “Skateboarding.” Boys and Girls Club Buena Park, floor hockey, July - November; Costa Mesa, spring hockey leagues (grades 1-8); and Fullerton, year-round, pick-up play street hockey. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. • East West Ice Palace 11446 Artesia Blvd., Artesia (562) 809-6200 www.eastwesticepalace.com Ice rink offers public skating, skating classes for kids (3+) and adults, freestyle sessions, in-house hockey, hockey classes, youth travel hockey league, adult hockey league, stick time and broomball. Competitive synchronized skating teams and classes also available. A collection of Michelle Kwan memorabilia is available in the gallery. Fitness center is open to the public and offers group exercise classes. Check website for details on ice schedule and events. Also see “Parties.” See ad on page 89. 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.scaha.com lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
USA Hockey and USA Hockey Inline (719) 576-8724 National governing body offers referrals to local programs. www.usahockey.com • Holiday Skate Center 175 N. Wayfield Drive, Orange (714) 997-5515 www.holidayskate.com Holiday Skate Center is one of the premier family fun entertainment centers in the Orange County area. They pride themselves on providing a clean, safe, friendly, and fun facility for your entire family. They offer skating for all ages, as well as birthday parties, private parties and fundraiser options (see “Parties”). Call today to book your event! See ad on page 88. Recreation Departments • Anaheim Community Services Department - Parent and Me Skating (3-5), ice-skating classes (3-16) and Ice Hockey Skating Skills (6-16). Classes held at Anaheim Ice. (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Ice Skating: Tot Beginning (4-6) and Beginning (714); four-week sessions, $41. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org/recreation • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Skating clinics and Pee Wee, Mommy and Me Skating (ice), and hockey (ice only). (562) 570-3100. www. longbeach.gov/park Most city recreation departments offer ice/roller skating classes, and hockey classes and leagues. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. Roller Derby Los Angeles Junior Derby Dolls - Classes and scrimmages for girls (7-17). Summer camp offered. 1910 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. (805) 218-9807. www. juniors.derbydolls.com. OC Roller Girls - Girls (8-18) practice and compete. (714) 847-9097. www.ocrollergirls.com.
• Public Session • Skating School • Party Packages • Figure Skating & Private Lessons • California Wave Youth Hockey • Adult Hockey League • Fitness Center • Group Exercise Classes • Broomball • Private Ice Rental
Skating Associations USA Roller Skating Association (317) 347-2626 National association provides referrals to coaches and rinks. www.rollerskating.org USA Roller Sports Association (402) 483-7551 Provides information on competitions, including speed skating, hockey, figure skating, inline and roller derby. www.usarollersports.org Skating Paths For paved trails/paths in Los Angeles and Orange counties, visit: www.labikepaths.com. • 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 www.The-Rinks.com 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 for you and your friends! Plus, The Rinks offer a variety of learn-to-skate and hockey programs for all ages and skill levels. For skating session times, prices and class information, visit them online or call. Locations: 300 W. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim; 5555 McFadden Ave., Huntington Beach; 3150 Barranca Parkway, Irvine; 3975 Pixie Ave., Lakewood; 13071 Springdale, Westminster; and 23641 La Palma Ave., Yorba Linda. See ad on this page. 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, Holiday Skate Center and The Rinks in this section. Aliso Viejo Ice Palace (949) 643-9648 Skating and hockey (2½+). 9 Journey, Aliso Viejo. www.avicepalace.com
Cerritos Skate Depot Roller only. 11113 E. 183rd St. www.cerritosskatedepot.com
Fountain Valley Skating Center (714) 847-0022 Roller only. Family Night Saturday, 6-8:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 5-7:30 p.m. 9105 Recreation Circle. www. fountainvalleyskatingcenter.com
EAST WEST ICE PALACE
11446 Artesia Blvd., Artesia (562) 809-6200 • www.eastwesticepalace.com Visit our ice rink in Ontario!
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Cannot applied2190 to the last St., twoOrange 13631 Deodara Dr., Gardenbe Grove N. Canal weeks of camp, single day or 1/2 (714) 890-0259 (714) 974-1993 days. KHS Ice Arena (714) 422-1236 Hockey clubs, plus free four-week, learn-to-play hockey clinics throughout the year. 1000 E. Cerritos Ave., Anaheim. www.khsice.com Lake Forest Ice Palace (949) 305-9658 Ice only. Figure skating and hockey available. 25821 Atlantic Ocean Drive, Lake Forest. www.lficepalace.com Paramount Iceland (562) 633-1171 Ice only. Skating school, freestyle, broomball and hockey. 8041 Jackson St. www.paramounticeland.com
soccer Indoor and outdoor soccer leagues, clinics, classes and camps. Also see: “Camps.” • Alpert JCC Presents Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp Stearns Park, 4529 23rd St., Long Beach 90815 (562) 426-7601, Ext. 1205 www.alpertjcc.org The Alpert JCC and Challenger Sports partner to offer an array of soccer camps for ages 3-16. In this unique cross-cultural experience, the British coaching staff helps kids experience soccer as never before, with an emphasis on individual skill development, a daily World Cup-style tournament, and much more. Call Ext. 1205 and find out how to register online to get a free Challenger Sports soccer jersey, a $40 value! Weeks of April 21, July 21 and August 18; choose one, two or all three weeks! • Arena Soccer Parks 13631 Deordara Drive, GG (714) 890-0259 2190 N. Canal St., Orange (714) 974-1993 (888) 273-6248 (ARENA-4-U) www.arenasoccerparks.org Arena soccer leagues and classes for kids (4-17) and
adults of all skill levels, plus Arena Soccer Stars program for little ones (18 mos-9 yrs). Rental times are also available for parties (see “Parties”) or practicing in their large and small arenas. Open seven days a week. See ad on this page. Boys and Girls Club Indoor soccer pick-up play (3-14) is available at most branches. Some locations offer leagues. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. • Long Beach State Soccer Academy (562) 985-2528 www.longbeachstate.com The Long Beach State Women’s Soccer coaching staff cordially invites you to participate in the 2014 Long Beach Soccer Academy during the summer months. You can choose from a variety of camps depending on your child’s age and ability level. The coed youth day academy is designed for the beginning or intermediate soccer player looking to develop a basic technical and tactical understanding of the game. In the residential academies, players who are already technically proficient will train in sessions that emphasize tactical awareness and decision making. Residential campers will live, eat and train on campus just like the Long Beach State Women’s soccer players do throughout the school year. Long Beach State coaches will direct the camps along with staff and players on the Long Beach State campus at George Allen Field. See you at The Beach! See ad on page 25. Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services Department - Introductory classes and leagues year round (2-7), held at various parks throughout Anaheim. (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect • Cypress College, Kids’ College - Pee Wee Soccer (4-8) offered year round; six-week sessions, $50. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Youth soccer leagues. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org
Long Beach & Bellflower Locations (562) 426-6264 Limit 1 per student • Exp 9/15/14
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• Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Indoor Soccer, Mommy and Me (2-3), Tot (3-4), Pre-Soccer (4-5) and Soccer 1,2,3 (5-11); eight-week sessions, $96. (562) 570-3100. www.longbeach.gov/park Most city recreation departments offer leagues/clinics. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. 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, www.ayso.org; and California Youth Soccer Association, (714) 778-2972, www.calsouth.com. Soccer Parks • Arena Soccer Parks - See listing and ad on this page. Deft Touch Soccer Center - 3842 Catalina St., Los Alamitos, (562) 354-7592; and 7680 Talbert Ave., Unit H, Huntington Beach, (714) 848-4625. www. defttouchsoccercenter.com Signal Hill Soccer Indoor Center (562) 209-8498 1138 E. Willow St., Signal Hill. www.shsoccer.com Surf City Futsal (714) 274-5120 16091 Gothard St., Huntington Beach. www.surfcityfutsal.com YMCA Anaheim (3-6) and Weingart-Lakewood offer indoor soccer teams. Fullerton (3-5), Yorba Linda (35) and Mission Viejo (3-7) offer leagues. Laguna Niguel (3-9) and Santa Ana (2-12) offer classes. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.
softball & baseball Leagues, camps and clinics, plus batting cages. Also see: “Camps.” Batting Cages All Star Park (562) 925-7787 17911 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower www.allstarpark.com Ruth R. Caruthers Park (562) 804-1424, Ext. 2261 10500 Flora Vista St., Bellflower. www.bellflower.org
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Long Beach City College Soccer Sports Camps - Coed day camps (7+); one-week summer sessions, $60. Pee Wee Camp (4-7), $45. Extended hours available. (562) 938-4249. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Boomers 16800 Magnolia, Fountain Valley (714) 842-1111 3405 Michelson Drive, Irvine (949) 559-8341 www.boomersparks.com Champion’s Quest (562) 598-2600 Reservations required. 10712 Reagan, Bldg. B, Los Alamitos. www.championsquest.com lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
with this ad Home Run Park 711 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim www.homerunpark.com
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Central Park Batting Cages (714) 375-3960 181000 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach www.huntingtonbeachca.gov
California Educational Centers
Lifeletics (714) 843-1989 16702 Burke Lane, Huntington Beach www.lifeletics.com
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Next Level Training Facility (562) 630-6300 16460 Paramount Blvd., Paramount www.riossports.com On Deck Batting Cages (562) 426-4487 2499 E. Willow St., Long Beach www.ondeckbattingcages.com Pitch N’ Hit Sports 23200 Del Lago, Laguna Hills www.pitchnhitsports.com
The Cage at Los Alamitos (562) 598-2243 10660 Humbolt St., Los Alamitos www.thecageatlosalamitos.com
website offers a partial listing of local teams, to find additional options, web search your city plus “Pony Baseball.” www.pony.org
The Hitting Zone (714) 773-4300 1020 S. Cypress St., Unit A, La Habra www.thehittingzone.net
The Miracle League (770) 760-1933 Baseball for boys and girls with special needs. www. miracleleague.com
Critical Baseball and Fitness (714) 461-8260 Reservation required. 614 W. Katella Ave., Orange. www.criticalbaseball.com
Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services Department - Fytt Pee Wee T-Ball League (3-8) begins in June. Visit their website for summer T-ball camps and classes. (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect
Power Alley 1430 E. Walnut Ave., Fullerton www.poweralley.net
Xcel Baseball and Softball (562) 795-9235 10714 Reagan St., Unit A, Los Alamitos www.xcel-baseball.com Boys and Girls Club Baseball: Cypress, Long Beach, Santa Ana, Tustin and Westminster. Softball: Long Beach and Stanton. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. League Baseball and Softball Bobby Sox Softball (714) 522-1234 Girls’ league (4-18) in age divisions. No tryouts. Register November to January for spring season; August for fall season. www.bobbysoxsoftball.org Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball (800) 880-3142 League for ages 4-18. Offers Buddy Baseball for kids (8-14) with special needs. www.baberuthleague.org
CSUF - Titan Baseball Academy Skills Camp: Elementary (6-12), three sessions, July 7-11, 14-18 and July 28 - August 1, $315 per session. Junior high (grades 7-8 and incoming freshmen), July 25-27, $290. High school (grades 10-12), August 2-3, $350. (657) 2783789. www.titanbaseballacademy.com Chapman University - Baseball camps, one-week sessions (6-12) at Hart Park in Orange: June 23-27, July 7-11, 14-18, 21-25 and July 28 - August 1, $190. Advanced camp (11+) offered weekly during summer. (714) 390-0899. www.panthersbaseballcamps.com CSULB - Dirtbag Youth Baseball camps for boys and girls. Kids’ Camp (6-12 and grades 6-8), June - August. Hitters Clinic may be offered. Discounts for siblings. (562) 985-4661. www.longbeachstate.com CSULB - Softball fundamentals camp for girls (714): July 14-17 and July 28-31, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.,
$185. One-day, showcase camps (high school girls), June 9 and August 3, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., $140. 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 985-1506. www. longbeachstate.com • Cypress College, Kids’ College - Pee Wee Baseball (4+) offered year round; six-week sessions, $50. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Baseball league and T-ball, summer only with registration in May. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www. lakewoodcity.org Long Beach City College Baseball Camp - Boys and girls (8+), one-week sessions, $60, Boys and girls T-Ball Camp (4-6), one-week, $45. Call for dates. Extended supervision available. (562) 938-4249. Email: email@example.com. • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - T-ball Skills (3-5); six-week sessions, $75. (562) 5703100. www.longbeach.gov/park Most city recreation departments offer baseball and softball. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. Softball Associations The following associations offer referrals and information for local leagues and tournaments: American Fastpitch Association, (714) 952-9311, www.afasoftball.com; and Amateur Softball Association, www.socal-asa.org.
Little League Baseball and Softball Boys’ and girls’ baseball in age divisions (4-18), softball for girls (4-18) and Little League Challenger teams for boys and girls (4-21) 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. www.littleleague.org Pony Baseball and Softball Coed leagues in age divisions (5-18). Registration begins in November for March - June season. The lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
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a vaulting program (gymnastics on horseback); Mondays, 2-7 p.m. No experience necessary. See ad on page 58. Recreation Departments Most cities offer special-needs programs. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information.
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Call for Free Evaluation • Tom Hicks Baseball Camps, LLC P.O. Box 15963, Long Beach 90815-0963 (562) 425-2446 www.tomhicksbaseballcamps.com The 25th annual THBC prides itself on being the area’s best fundamental baseball camp. Camps offered during Summer, Easter and Christmas break focus on individual instruction and improvement. For only $115, campers receive 30 hours of fundamental teaching, drills, daily games, individualized evaluation, photos, daily prizes and lots of fun activities. Early Bird Discounts are available, as well as a multiple-week discount package. Over 14,300 campers in 2006-2013 alone! A low student-to-teacher ratio guarantees a wonderful experience. Camps are available in Long Beach and the South Bay. Check their website for further information. YMCA Orange (2½-5) and Laguna Niguel (3-5) offer T-ball. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.
special needs Referral agencies, support groups and activities. Programs listed throughout Kidsguide are often open to those with special needs. Family Resources and Referrals Comprehensive directories and/or referrals are available for parents of children with special needs through the following agencies: Family Support Network, (714) 447-3301, www.familysupportnetworkca.org; Family Resource Center at Miller Children’s Hospital, (800) 636-6742; Harbor Regional Center, (310) 5401711, www.harborrc.org; Help Me Grow, (866) 4769025, www.helpmegrowoc.org; Regional Center of OC, (714) 796-5100, www.rcocdd.com; Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK), (866) 828-8275, www.taskca.org; and Life Without Limits, (949) 3336400, www.ucp-oc.org.
• Kelly Summer Music Therapy Studio Long Beach (562) 833-6444 www.kellysummermusic.com Music therapy for children with developmental disabilities is offered with Kelly Summer Music Therapy Studio. Music therapy is the clinical and evidencedbased 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 67. Learning Disabilities and Autism Programs Information and resource organizations for autism, dyslexia and ADD/ADHD. Autism Behavior Services, (855) 581-0100, www.autismbehaviorservices.com; Autism Society of America, (800) 328-8476, www. autism-society.org; Autism Speaks, (888) 288-4762, www.autismspeaks.org; Dyslexia Foundation, (941) 807-0499, www.yesread.org; Dyslexia Resources, www.areyoudyslexic.com; International Dyslexia Association, (410) 296-0232, www.interdys.org; Learning Disabilities Association, (909) 621-1494, www. ldaca.org; National Resource Center on ADHD, (800) 233-4050, www.help4adhd.org; and TACA, Talk About Curing Autism, (949) 640-4401, www.tacanow.com. • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900 www.pretendcity.org Special events are offered monthly for families with children whose developmental abilities fall on the Autism Spectrum. These events allow children and their parents/caretakers to play in an autism-friendly environment along with other families. See “Calendar” and “Museums” for complete listings. See ad on page 63. • Rancho Rio Verde 1000 W. Carson St., Long Beach (310) 830-2060 www.rrvridingclub.com Special-need students of all ages can participate in
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sports, miscellaneous Unique sports that do not fit into Kidsguide’s traditional categories. Disc Golf The following parks offer courses for disc golf. Most courses are open daily until sunset. Cerritos, Liberty Park, nine-basket course, (562) 916-8565; Huntington Beach, Central Park, 18-basket course, disc rental available, (714) 425-9931; Irvine, Deerfield Park, nine-basket course, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., free disk rental, (949) 724-6725; and Long Beach, 18-basket course, El Dorado Park West, (562) 570-3225. Lacrosse Beach Cities Youth Lacrosse - Girls and boys (grades 3-8). Serves Los Alamitos, Cypress, Seal Beach, Long Beach and surrounding areas. www. longbeachlax.d4sportsclub.com Rock Climbing Indoor climbing facilities that offer classes, camps and party packages. Boys and Girls Club Buena Park offers a rock wall climbing and instruction program (6-18). See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. Cal State Fullerton’s Rockwall (657) 278-7529 Family Climb on Saturdays, call for times. www.asi. fullerton.edu/src/rockwall.asp ClimbX Indoor Rock Climbing (714) 843-9919 Kids’ climbing club also offered. 18411 Gothard St. Unit 1, Huntington Beach. www.climbxhb.com Hangar 18 2599 E. Willow St., Signal Hill, (562) 981-3200; and 23812 Via Fabricante, Ste. A4, Mission Viejo, (949) 454-8043. www.climbhangar18.com Rockcity Climbing Center (714) 777-4884 Ropes course and zip line also available. 5100 E. La Palma St., Ste. 108, Anaheim. www.rockcityclimbing.com Rockreation Sport Climbing Center (714) 556-ROCK 1300 Logan Ave., Costa Mesa. www.rockreation.com Southern California Youth Rugby www.socalyouthrugby.org Youth rugby for boys and girls (grades K-12) in LA / Orange counties. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
USA Badminton www.usabadminton.org Visit the website for local club contacts. USA Cricket Association (561) 839-1888 www.usaca.org Referrals to regional coaches, youth leagues and teams. USA Curling www.tinyurl.com/usacurlingyouth Resources and referrals to camps and leagues, plus a junior merit program. Local OC Curling Club in Westminster, www.occurling.com. USA Field Hockey www.usfieldhockey.com Find local teams and leagues. USA Table Tennis www.usatt.org USATT-affiliated table tennis clubs offer training, tournaments and camps. Visit the website for local club contact information.
support & play groups Parent, caregiver and child support groups, plus classes and groups for young children with varying parent participation. Also see: “Emergency and Family Services” and “Parent Education.” AD/HD Support Group (800) 233-4050 www.chadd.org Children and adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) offers resources to find support groups and professional services. Boot Camp for New Dads (949) 754-9067 www.dadsadventure.com/OCbootcamp An interactive workshop for first-time dads-to-be and gives them a chance to get their questions answered and concerns addressed in an all-male setting. New dads and their babies provide their expertise and a coach leads the discussion. Offered at five Orange County locations.
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Is parenting becoming too much? Are you struggling with your child?
ARE YOU FEELING? • Confused • Alone • Resentful • Burned Out • Out of Control
IS YOUR CHILD FEELING? • Misunderstood • Lonely • Different/Odd • Discouraged • Alienated
Expertise in working with gifted children and adults. LCSW#27430
(714) 300-3163 • www.CounselorForTheGiftedAndTalented.com La Leche League - Free support and information for women who are or want to learn more about breastfeeding. Bilingual. (800) 525-3243. www.llli.org • Center for Living Peace 4139 Campus Drive, Irvine (949) 854-5500 www.goodhappens.org Center for Living Peace is a non-profit peace education center dedicated to empowering families to make “Good Happen” and be part of the solution in their local community. They offer weekly Baby and Me Yoga classes as well as many other classes geared toward families participating together. See “Parent Education” for complete listing. See ad on page 31. Child Support Services The following organizations offer assistance, information and referrals relating to child support and custody: Orange County Child Support Services, (866) 901-3212, www.css.ocgov.com; Los Angeles County Child Support Services, (866) 901-3212, www.cssd. lacounty.gov; and Single Parents United ‘N’ Kids (SPUNK), (562) 432-8802, www.spunklb.org. • Connie Wax, LCSW #27430 Individual, Couple, Family and Child Counselor 3351 Florista St., Ste. 1-D, Los Alamitos (714) 300-3163 www.CounselorForTheGiftedAndTalented.com Confused about parenting a gifted child? Certified SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) facilitator, Connie Wax helps parents gain skills and strategies for parenting a gifted child, through consultation, therapy and workshops for individuals and families. Her ten-week support groups allow parents to discuss the unique challenges that a gifted child brings to a family. Also see “Parent Education.” See ad on this page.
Doulas of North America (888) 788-3662, Ext. DONA www.dona.org Referrals to certified doulas, individuals providing support for women and their families during pregnancy, labor/delivery and post-partum. English and Spanish. • Gymboree Play & Music – Long Beach 4148 N. Viking Way, Long Beach (562) 429-4886 www.gymboreeclasses.com Encourage development through play and learning with Gymboree Play & Music – Long Beach’s seven-level 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. Near Carson St. and Bellflower Blvd. See ad on page 77. Helping Kids Cope (with Divorce) 500 S. Main St., Ste. 1100, Orange (714) 543-4333 www.brightfutures4kids.org A one-time workshop designed to teach parents how to minimize the negative effects of separation or divorce. Support group referrals are also available. LGBT Support Support programs for gay fathers and lesbian mothers as well as a support group for LGBTQ teens (1318). Long Beach, (562) 434-4455, 2017 E. 4th St., www.centerlb.org; Los Angeles, (323) 993-7400, 1625 N. Schrader Blvd., www.lagaycenter.org; and Orange County, (714) 953-5428, 1605 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana, www.thecenteroc.org. Mom and Baby Support Groups Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) - A va-
Breast-Feeding Support Breast Feeding Clinic - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.; preregistration required. 2840 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 427-3782. Granola Babies - Costa Mesa, Wednesdays, 1 p.m. and Fridays, 2 p.m.; and Long Beach, Fridays, 10 a.m. Free. 3315 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa; and 1224 E. Wardlow, Long Beach. (714) 445-4948. www.granolababies.com
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riety of mom and baby support classes. (714) 5098887, www.choc.org. Hoag Hospital - Mom and baby support classes and hotline. (949) 764-BABY. www.hoag.org La Palma Intercommunity Hospital - Maternity Tea (also offered in Spanish and Korean), and Mommy and Me and Prenatal Yoga. (714) 670-7400. www. lapalmaintercommunityhospital.com Memorial Medical Center - Ongoing, nurse-led support group for new mothers; moms are encouraged to bring their baby. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - noon. Free. (800) 636-6742. MIller’s Children Hospital, Long Beach. www.memorialcare.org MOMS Orange County - Provides access to prenatal care, health screenings, education and referral services to low-income pregnant women; 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. www.momsorangecounty.org OC Mommy and Me - Mom’s Circle support groups; eight-week sessions, $275. Working Mom’s Circle support groups; four-week sessions, $150. 200 Newport Center Drive, Ste. 308, Newport Beach. (949) 679-4872. www.ocmommyandme.com Mom and/or Dad (Parents) Play & Support Groups Meetup Play Groups - A web resource that offers links to local specialized play and parent groups, such as “Surf City Mommies,” “CBT Kinderlach” and “Gen X Moms of North OC.” www.playgroup.meetup.com The Mom-E Club - Meets once a month to network, support each other, share business and marketing tips, and learn from experts to grow their businesses and balance their lives. www.mom-eclub.com MOMS - Making Our Mothering Significant meets Thursday mornings at 9:30 a.m.; school year only. Coop, alternated child care provided. Bethany Church, Long Beach. (562) 597-2411. www.562moms.com MOMS Club - Moms Offering Moms Support is an international support group with more than 70 Southern California chapters. Activities include play groups, Mom’s Night Out, cooking clubs, community service and field trips. www.momsclub.org MOPS - Mothers of Preschoolers. Child care available during meetings. (800) 929-1287. www.mops.org Mothers and More - Also provides advocacy for fair parenting policies and practices in the workplace. www.mothersandmore.org Mothers of Multiples - Provides information and resources, plus meet-up groups for mothers of multiples. www.nomotc.org, www.ocmom.org, www.llbmotc.org • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, Signal Hill (562) 986-0066 www.mygym.com/longbeach Join in the fun and attend one of their wonderful My Gym classes or call to set up a play date for your play group. See ad on page 65. 96 • spring/summer 2014
Parent-Participation Play Groups and Preschools www.ccppns.org 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 - Parent participation with age-appropriate play, music and arts classes (newborn - 5 yrs). Party packages available. Locations in Aliso Viejo, Anaheim Hills/Yorba Linda, La Habra/Fullerton, Lakewood/Long Beach (see ad on page 77), Irvine/Tustin, San Juan Capistrano and Torrance. www.gymboreeclasses.com My Gym - Huntington Beach, 6030 Warner Ave., (714) 842-2486; Newport Beach, 2040 Quail St., (949) 261-5252; Long Beach (see listing in this section and ad on page 65); Torrance, 3511 Pacific Coast Hwy., (310) 530-7200; Tustin, 3061 Edinger Ave., (949) 552-5446; and Yorba Linda, 18510 Yorba Linda Blvd., (714) 695-0440. www. mygym.com The Little Gym - Parent and me classes and play groups. 15891 Goldenwest, Huntington Beach, (714) 373-0700; and 21203-A Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance, (310) 543-2333. www.thelittlegym.com Recreation Departments / Colleges Play Groups • Anaheim Community Services Department - Tiny Tots Academy Program for children (3-5) is a program designed to help children develop the skills needed for kindergarten and beyond. Stories, games, crafts, motor skill development, music and art are used to create an environment that fosters individual growth. Locations in West Anaheim and Anaheim Hills. Seven-week sessions, $210-525. Sessions begin in April, June and August. (714) 765-5191. www. anaheim.net/ezrecconnect • Cypress College - Kinder Gym (1-4½) and Joyful Parenting: Creative Art, Music and Movement (1½-5); ten-week sessions, year round. Free. Anaheim and Fullerton Centers. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Tiny Tot park programs (2 yrs 9 mos - 5 yrs) are available at Bayshore, Colorado Lagoon and Somerset parks; parent participation is required. Visit www.tinyurl.com/ LBTinyTot for information. Additional pre-school classes offered each quarter in art, dance, science, music and sports. Visit www.lbparks.org for current schedule. Many city recreation departments offer parent/child classes for infants, toddlers and preschoolers that may include music, movement and play. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. Seriously Ill and Bereavement Support Groups Support for children and families who have lost or are losing a loved one. Art and Creativity for Healing, (949) 367-1902, www.art4healing.org; Kids Connected, (949) 582-5443, www.kidskonnected.org; New Hope Grief Support Community, (888) 490-HOPE, (562)
429-0075, includes Kids Grief Support Groups (512), Teen Grief Support Groups (13+) and New Hope Family Camp, 3443 San Anseline, Long Beach, www. newhopegrief.org; and Pathways Volunteer Hospice, (562) 531-303, www.pathwayshospice.org. SHARE! Self-Help and Recovery Exchange (310) 846-5270 www.shareselfhelp.org Provides free referrals to more than 700 self-help support groups serving all needs. Weekdays, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Multilingual. Single Parenting Support Groups Parents Without Partners - Provides single parents and their children with an environment for support, friendship and the exchange of parenting techniques. www.parentswithoutpartners.org Single and Parenting Support Group - Weekly support group. Thursday, 7 p.m. First Baptist Lakewood, 5336 Arbor Road, Lakewood. www.tinyurl. com/singleparentsupport • The Hebrew Academy Mommy and Me 14401 Willow Lane, Huntington Beach (714) 898-0051, Ext. 204 www.hebrewacademypreschool.org Mommy and Me, a weekly group for moms with children age newborn to 3 years, is a great way to meet moms from Orange County and Long Beach. Classes take place every Thursday from 9:3011 a.m. Join them for Challah baking, Shabbat songs, stories and more. $10 per session.
surfing & sup Surfing and stand-up paddling instruction, camps, party packages and rentals, plus a surfing museum. Also see: “Aquatics and Water Polo” and “Fishing and Boating.” Beach Closure Hotline Up-to-date information on water quality and beach closures in Los Angeles County, (800) 525-5662; and Orange County, (714) 433-6400. For weekly and annual beach reports, visit www.healthebay.org/brc and www.surfline.com. Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum 411 Olive Ave., Huntington Beach (714) 960-3483 www.surfingmuseum.org Changing exhibits celebrate the history of surfing and surf culture. Tours by reservation. Summer concerts offered. $2 admission per person. Recreation Department Classes The following city recreation departments offer spring and summer surfing and SUP classes and camps: Huntington Beach, spring and summer classes and camps, (714) 536-5486, www.huntingtonbeachca.gov; Newport Beach, spring and summer instruction and summer camps, surfing and SUP, (949) 644-3151, www.newportbeachca.gov; and Seal Beach, spring lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
and summer classes as well as summer camp, (562) 431-2527, Ext. 344, www.sealbeachca.gov. Surfboard and SUP Rentals The following businesses offer surfboards, bodyboards, SUPs and wetsuit rentals: Huntington Surf and Sport - Surf and bodyboard only, no wetsuit rental. Four Huntington Beach stores: 300 Pacific Coast Highway, (714) 841-4000; 3801 Warner Ave., (714) 846-0181; 7777 Edinger Ave., #156, (714) 890-0800; and 126 Main St., (714) 374-6266. www.hsssurf.com • Stand up Rentals - Also offers lessons. 5411 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 434-0999. www. standuprentals.net Paddle Surf Warehouse Sales - SUP rentals in summer only; no wetsuits. 643 W. 17th St., Costa Mesa. (949) 574-5897. www.paddlesurfwarehouse.com The Frog House - Board and wetsuit rentals. 6908 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. (949) 642-5690. www.froghouse.com Zach’s Beach Food Fun - Two Huntington Beach locations on the beach walkway: PCH at Main St. and PCH at Beach Blvd. Also rents umbrellas, chairs, bicycles, tandems, rollerblades and volleyballs. Surf lessons available. (714) 536-0215. www.beachfoodfun.com Surfing America (949) 391-1010 www.surfingamerica.org Sponsors competitions and events for amateur surfers of all ages. The website features surfing resources including schools.
Boys and Girls Clubs Most branches offer teen centers and/or programs that typically include games, movies, field trips, community service activities and tutoring. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. Camp Fire 1505 E. Seventeenth St., Ste. 118, Santa Ana (714) 547-5200 www.campfireusaoc.org Sharing Healthy Adolescent and Parent Experiences (S.H.A.P.E.) classes are designed to educate preteens (9-12 and 13-16) and their parents about issues such as puberty, personal hygiene, self-esteem and peer pressure. Smart Choices is a life-skills program for middle schoolers that focuses on personal values, selfesteem, peer pressure, decision-making, goal setting, friendship, communication and healthy relationships. A Gift of Giving is a community-based service-learning program. Camp Money $mart is an education program which focuses on teaching teens the importance of financial responsibility. Classes are fee-based. • iD Tech Academies for Teens 1-888-709-TECH (8324) www.iDTech.com Gain a competitive edge and learn how programming, app development, video game design, 3D modeling, filmmaking, or photography can become a college degree and even a rewarding career. Twoweek, pre-college summer programs for ages 1318: iD Programming Academy (held at UCLA), iD Game Design & Development Academy, and iD Film Academy. Also weeklong tech camps for ages 7-17 at iD Tech Camps (see “Camps”). See ad on page 33. Recreation Departments and Colleges Cerritos College - Year-round SAT/PSAT Preparation weekend courses (grades 9-12). (562) 467-5050. www.cerritoscommunityed.com
Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UCI - Saturday academies for middle and high schoolers include dance, drama, digital filmmaking and sound design. (949) 8248976. outreach.arts.uci.edu/saturday-academies
Resources and activities geared specifically for teens. Also see your area of interest as teen activities are listed throughout Kidsguide.
• Cypress College, Kids’ College - Teen Ballroom Dancing, Clothing Construction (grades 7-12), Fashion Illustration (12+), Algebra and Geometry Tutoring (grades 7+), Pre-Calculus (grades 10+), Calculus (grades 10+), Improve Your Reading and Writing (grades 7-10), Intensive Writing Camp (grades 7+), Grammar for Successful Grades (grades 7+), Introduction to American Poetry (grades 7-12), Famous Short Stories (grades 7-12), Photoshop for Teens (grades 9-12), Teen Baking Camp (13+), Learn to Sew for Fun (grades 8-12), Dance Performance Camp (grades 9-12), Jazz Hip-Hop Dance, Intro to Design Arts (13-17), How to Get into College and Stay There! (13-17), Bowling for Teens (13-17), Sand Volleyball (13-17) and Football “Skills and Drills” (13-17). Yoga (12+), $50. Classes offered at Anaheim, Cypress and Fullerton Centers. (714) 8084909. www.sce.edu/kids
• Arts & Learning Conservatory 1518 Brookhollow Drive, Ste. 15, Santa Ana (714) 728-7100 www.artsandlearning.org Technical theater, comedy improv, theater, costuming, stage combat, voice, dance and more. Weekday evenings or Saturdays. Also see “Theater Arts.” See ad on page 35. • Academic Learning and Languages’ Spanish for Teens/Tweens Summer Intensive™ (562) 833-3115 www.AcademicLandL.com Designed to help refresh your tween and teen’s (12-17) language knowledge prior to returning to school. Interactive review includes conjugations, parts of speech, tenses beyond “el presente,” composition and more. August 25-29, 9 a.m. noon. Also see “Camps,” “Languages” and “Tutoring and Academics.” lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
• Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Teen Centers - The following parks offer teen centers featuring a variety of activities on a drop-in basis, free of charge. Centers are open weekdays, 3-7 p.m. Call parks for a schedule. California Recreation Center, (562) 570-1606; Chavez Park, (562) 570-8890;
Recommended Reading Lists Accelerated Reader Book Finder arbookfind.com American Library Association Awards & Notable Book Lists (including Newbery and Caldecott Medal winners) ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia Booklist Online booklistonline.com California Department of Education Recommended Literature List cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/rl California Young Reader Medal Awards californiayoungreadermedal.org Common Sense Media Best Books www.commonsensemedia.org/book-lists Lexile Framework for Reading lexile.com New York Public Library 100 Great Children’s Books www.nypl.org/childrens100 New York Times Best Seller Lists http://tinyurl.com/TimesforKids Oprah’s Reading List http://tinyurl.com/OprahKidsReadingList Publishers Weekly publishersweekly.com Scholastic Book Wizard scholastic.com/bookwizard Go Old School Unlike old sitcoms, children’s librarians aren’t just there to dust books and shush patrons. Your local pro likely has extensive training, a passion for reading, and encyclopedic knowledge of all the treasures tucked on the shelves. With just a few quick questions, she can probably size up your little reader and pull out the perfect pick to pique his interest. Just ask!
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Junior Tennis Academy & Summer Camps Camps: June 16 - August 29 • Ages 5-17 • Sign Up Daily or Weekly Billie Jean King Tennis Center
El Dorado Park Tennis Center
Directed by Valter Paiva, 8 year competitive player and 15 years in player development. Year-round Junior Academy & Camps. Have fun. Learn fundamentals. Improve your game.
SC Tennis Academy holds Developmental and High Performance tennis classes & camps all year. Directors Mitch Bridge and USC Coach Peter Smith, both 49er Alumni, focus on technical & competitive development.
1040 Park Ave. Long Beach (562) 266-8882 www.valtertennis.com Houghton Park, (562) 570-1640; and Silverado Park, (562) 570-1675. www.longbeach.gov/park Santa Ana College - Online Driver’s Education, College App Workshop, SAT Preparation (15+) and Awesome Sitters, including CPR and first aid (11+). (714) 564-6594. www.sac.edu/cms Most recreation departments offer teen classes, events and centers. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. Teen Volunteer The following organizations offer volunteer programs for teens: Assisteens (grades 7-12), www. assistanceleague.org; Casa Youth Shelter Youth Development Program, peer-support program, (800) 914-2272, www.casayouthshelter.org; and Rancho Los Cerritos, (562) 570-1755, www.rancholoscerritos.org. Toastmasters International Youth Leadership (949) 858-8255 www.toastmasters.org Chairmanship, public speaking, listening and vocabulary development for teens (11-18).
tennis Lessons, camps, leagues and teams. For table tennis, see “Sports, Miscellaneous.” • Billie Jean King and El Dorado Park Tennis Centers Junior Tennis Academy Billie Jean King Tennis Center (562) 266-8882 1040 Park Ave., Long Beach El Dorado Park Tennis Center (562) 425-0553 2800 Studebaker Road, Long Beach www.longbeachtennis.com The following centers offer junior tennis programs and camps (see “Camps”). See ad on this page. Billie Jean King - Directed by Valter Paiva, Head Tennis pro at Billie Jean King, over 15 years of experience in player development, including eight years overseas in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Year-round after-school program and camps for ages 5-18. Valter creates a fun environment for beginners to learn the fundamentals, intermediate 98 • spring/summer 2014
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players to work on developing ground strokes, serves and volleys, and advanced players to fine-tune their game. Additional phone: (562) 438-8509. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.valtertennis.com El Dorado Park - Academy Director Mitch Bridge and USC Men’s Head Coach Peter Smith, both LBSU alums, run the world-class SC Tennis Academy, complete with an elite-level junior academy! They offer a weekly high performance after-school program for the advanced tournament-level players (ages 11-22), and a developmental after-school program for the beginner - intermediate players (ages 5-16). www. facebook.com/ELDOLB, www.sctennisacademy.com Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services Department - Beginning and intermediate classes and summer camps (5-17). Anaheim Tennis Center, Anaheim Hill Racquet Club and Olive Hills Tennis Courts. (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect Cerritos College - Summer tennis classes for kids (617). (562) 467-5050. www.cerritoscommunityed.com • Cypress College, Kids’ College - Beginning to advanced tennis (6+) and Quick Start Tennis (5-8 and 9-12); six-week sessions, year round, $55. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Classes (4+); three to eight-week sessions, $44-115. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org Long Beach City College - Beginning to advanced summer instruction (5+); two-week sessions, Monday - Thursday, $45. Extended supervision available. (562) 938-4249. Email: email@example.com. • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Clinics and classes. (562) 570-3100. www.longbeach.gov/park Most recreation departments offer tennis programs. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. Southern California Tennis Association (310) 208-3838 www.scta.usta.com Programs for players (10-18), including teams,
clinics and tournaments. Scholarships available. Visit their website to find youth tennis programs and leagues. • Tem’s Amazing Tennis Presents Summer Camp at Lakewood Country Club 4212 Clubhouse Drive, Lakewood (562) 355-2545 www.TATacademy.com Check out summer tennis camp at Lakewood Tennis Center, hosted by Tem’s Amazing Tennis! This camp is for kids (6+), from the introductory level to advanced. Beginners of all ages are especially welcome. They offer flexible scheduling: sign your child up at any time throughout the summer, for any week of camp. June 23 - August 29, Mondays - Thursdays, 9 a.m. - noon. See ad on page 38.
theater arts Classes, camps and performing groups. Also see: “Calendar,” “Camps,” “Dance” and “Music” for related activities. • Acting Out (562) 901-0111 www.actingoutcamp.com Save your “drama” for camp! This weeklong, schoolbreak camp celebrates creativity through drama skills workshops, ensemble building and a whole lot of fun. Activities include improv, scene study, stage combat, costumes, props, movement, voice over, monologue and dance. Every child gets their chance to shine at the end of the week with a showcase in front of a live studio audience made up of family and friends. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. • Alpert JCC Musical Theater Camp, Teen Summer Stock & Improv Comedy 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Ext. 1205 www.alpertjcc.org Musical Theater Camp and Teen Summer Stock Local musical theater company MYART brings its acclaimed program to the J, offering two different opportunities for kids to explore their musical and theatrical sides. From June 23 - July 27, teens enterlots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
ing grades 6 and up can join the JCC’s Teen Summer Stock program in “Grease,” and from July 28 - August 8, kids ages 6-12 can strut their stuff in “How to Eat Like a Child.” Improv Comedy with Held2gether - Performers will use the art of theatrical improvisation as a fun and exciting means of tapping into and expanding their imaginations. In a playful environment, they will enhance listening and teamwork skills, as they create life-size stories on the spot. The class will culminate in a graduation performance for family and friends. Ages 6-12. Week of July 7. • Arts and Learning Conservatory 1518 Brookhollow Drive, Ste. 15, Santa Ana (714) 728-7100 www.artsandlearning.org The Arts & Learning Conservatory, located in the beautiful Brookhollow Business Park of Santa Ana, is a critically acclaimed performing arts program that provides youth (3+) and adults a unique learning experience on and off the stage. Dynamic one-on-one instruction in theater, voice, instrumental music, and dance is offered to participants regardless of race, age, level of experience, and/ or limitations. A&L seeks to keep a love of theatre, music, and the arts alive while instilling valuable life skills that promote teamwork, articulation, public speaking and refined social skills. A short list of current productions include Annie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Despicable Me, Les Miserables, Shrek, Spiderman and The Wizard of Oz. Also see “Calendar” and “Camps.” See ad on page 35. Celebrating their 10th Anniversary! Open auditions for their family-friendly productions (7-12; 13-adult). Classes year round at $48 a month in toddler theater, musical theater, acting, voice, dance, orchestra and piano. Technical theater classes include sewing, production crew, set design and script writing (9+). Boys and Girls Club Cypress offers TNT Drama Matters (grades 3+). Fullerton offers a Glee Club. Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach offer acting classes as well as ClubHouse Theatre (8-18). Tustin offers Drama Club. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. • IncrediFlix Summer Camps (949) 548-5424 www.incrediflix.com In this introduction to acting class, kids practice casting calls, play acting exercises and get tips for being “in front” of the camera. They’ll even make their own commercial! Whether they have an audition, or just want tips for acting in their own movies, this is a fun way to try acting. See ad on page 30. • Jammin’ Music & Arts 4228 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach (562) 490-0222 www.jamminmusic-lb.com Long Beach’s only multi-art learning center is now offering acting and musical theater classes for students ages 6 and up! University-trained, professional actors/singers provide training in monologues lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
and scene study, dramatic/comedic timing, building characters, improv, vocal technique, dramatic singing and more. Group and private options available. Summer camps are also offered, see “Camps.” See ad on page 69. • Long Beach Playhouse Summer Theatre Conservatory 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach (562) 494-1014, Ext. 503 www.longbeachplayhouse.org This unique three-week day camp invites each young actor, singer and dancer to develop his or her skills in daily classes. Every student will also make the journey through the rehearsal process, guided by a team of arts educators. In the end, they add the final theatrical element, the audience, and share their talents through public performances of scenes and songs. The camp balances instruction and performance preparation as campers travel from page to stage. These efforts are enriched by the dedicated theatre professionals at The Long Beach Playhouse, the oldest continually operating community theatre west of the Mississippi. July 14 - August 3, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Ages 7-17. See ad on this page. • LVCC Musical Theatre Workshop 4515 Sunfield Ave., Long Beach (562) 912-5675 www.lvccmtw.wix.com/arts The LVCC Musical Theatre Workshop is an arts immersion experience for kids (preschool - 10th grade) involving all aspects of musical theatre. Activities include acting, stagecraft, music, dance and leadership training. Students help to create their own costume, sets and scenes, and each of the three sessions is a new experience, built around a different theme. Each weekly camp culminates with a student performance showcase on Friday, 7 p.m., free for friends and family. See “Camps” for more details. Meets at Lakewood Village Community Church in Long Beach. See ad on page 38.
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• Musical Theatre Academy of Orange County 3935 Birch St., Newport Beach (949) 955-3737 www.mtaoc.org For over 25 years, Musical Theatre Academy of Orange County (MTA), a 501(c)3 nonprofit group, has been providing the youth of our community an innovative performing arts education program that not only nurtures their talents in music and theater but also develops their abilities to excel in school and life. As a result, more than 2,000 boys and girls (4-18) have benefited from their program. In offering youth a special opportunity to explore and enjoy the arts through live theatre performances, MTA is helping them to develop the imagination, confidence and important life skills they will need in order to better understand themselves and the world around them. Upcoming productions include Sweet Charity, Return of the Glass Slipper and Alice in Wonderland. See ad on this page.
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Tuition: $600 • Scholarships Available This unique three-week camp invites each young actor, singer and dancer to develop his or her skills in daily classes. Every student will also make the journey through the rehearsal process, guided by a team of arts educators. In the end, we add the final theatrical element, the audience, and share our talents through public performances of scenes and songs. The camp balances instruction and performance preparation as we travel from page to stage. These efforts are enriched by the dedicated theatre professionals at The Long Beach Playhouse, the oldest continually operating community theatre west of the Mississippi. spring/summer 2014 • 99
• Musical Theatre West 4350 E. 7th St., Long Beach (562) 856-1999, Ext. 232 www.musical.org Youth Cultural Enrichment Program is available for schools and groups to provide kids with the opportunity to attend a weekday performance followed by a Q-and-A. Also offers summer youth (8-18) conservatory that includes in-depth training in singing, dancing and acting. Also see “Camps.” See ad on page 99. • Pacific Conservatory, Music & Arts Education Costa Mesa and Orange (714) 545-1217 www.pacificconservatory.com Students in musical theater vocal and/or performance classes experience the thrill of performing scenes from Broadway musicals. Students focus on scripts, acting and stage directions in addition to vocal technique, stage presence and choreography. Classes are year round with three to four showcases per year. Call today to schedule your complimentary class. See “Camps” for theater classes during school vacations. See ad on page 29. • PJ’s Place 5870 E. Wardlow Rd., Long Beach (562) 381-3011 www.PJsPlaceSummerCamp.com At PJ’s Place, the spotlight burns bright for their “Showtime” campers who enjoy the camaraderie and thrill of creating live theater. From script writing to performance, set design and costuming, campers have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of show production. Also see “Camps.” See ad on page 37. Recreation Departments and Colleges • Cypress College, Kids’ College - Musical Theater (7+); year-round, six-week sessions, $50. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids Some city recreation departments offer theater arts programs. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. • Segerstrom Center for the Arts Summer Camps 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa (714) 556-2122, Ext. 4333, Option 4 www.SCFTA.org/filmcamp www.SCFTA.org/summercamp Two great summer camps are offered: Film Camp and Six Days of Broadway Musical Theater Camp. For details, see their listing on page 38; ad on page 39. • VIP Dance Studio 3625 MacArthur Blvd., #307, Santa Ana (714) 966-9009 www.vipdancestudio.com A dance, acting and modeling workshop (7-13) where participants learn audition techniques and important facts about the entertainment industry; contact for details. Also see “Camps,” “Dance” and “Parties.” See ad on page 46.
• Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills (310) 746-4000 www.TheWallis.org In late summer/early fall of 2014, The Wallis begins a year-round program of professional theater classes for young people (8-18), with classrooms located in what used to house a post office. Drawing from the rich talent of Los Angeles’ local entertainment industry, a faculty of professionals and theater educators serve as the directors and teachers of the program providing a diverse curriculum of the arts. The school will offer exciting, unique opportunities for students to study with guest artists appearing on the main stage, as well as at the Studio Theater, which is located in the original mail sorting room. Unique and engaging child-oriented performances occur throughout the year, ideal for a young person’s first theater experience (see “Calendar”). See ad on the back inside cover. • YaYa’s Performance Academy (562) 355-2004 www.yayasacademy.com YaYa’s Performance Academy is a youth- and family-based program that provides the community with the opportunity to actively participate in and explore the art of musical theatre in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. They strive to keep the performing arts alive at the local level by producing high-quality productions and by training participants in singing, acting and dancing. They welcome participants of all backgrounds, abilities and levels of experience, and believe theatre is a way to bond families and unite our diverse community through this collaborative art form. All who enroll and complete the training are guaranteed a role in the show. Upcoming performances include Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr., Peter Pan, and Legally Blonde the Musical (see “Calendar”). See ad on page 99. More Youth Theater Production Programs Also see additional theater arts programs listed in this section. Acting Academy for Kids - Classes in musical theater, acting, voice and dance (4+). Camino Real Playhouse, 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano. (714) 747-4915. www.actingacademyforkids.com
International City Theater - Summer conservatory, July 7 - August 7. 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 495-4595, Ext. 10. www.internationalcitytheatre.org Laguna Playhouse Youth Theater - Kids classes (617), Acting, Musical Theatre and Conservatory (10+). 606 Laguna Canyon Road. (949) 497-2787, Ext. 202. www.lagunaplayhouse.com Musical Theater Orange County (714) 637-0186 Open auditions for productions where kids are cast with seasoned actors. www.mtoc.org MYART (Musical Youth Artists Repertory Theatre) Classes culminating in productions. 4431 Corporate Center, Ste. 125, Los Alamitos. (800) 400-2985. www.myart.org Mysterium Theater - Youth programs including summer camp (7+). Plus, theater for young audiences. 19211 Dodge Ave., Santa Ana. (714) 5053454. www.mysteriumtheater.com Orange County Children’s Theatre - Auditions open to kids ages 5 and up. Rehearsal locations vary. (714) 502-2244. www.occt.org South Coast Repertory - Kids (grades 3-12) acting classes and Summer Acting Workshops, July 14-26 or July 28 - August 9. 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 708-5577. www.scr.org The Theatre Guild and Southeast Civic Light Opera Children’s repertory and classes (7-17). Open auditions, call for dates and times. (714) 827-9141. www. thebungalowplayers.com
Biola Youth Theater - Open auditions for all productions (6-18). 14540 San Cristobal Drive, La Mirada. (562) 906-4574. www.youth.biola.edu/theatre
Broadway on Tour Children’s Theatre - Open auditions for all productions. 625 French St., Santa Ana. (714) 542-6939. www.broadwayontour.org
Educational toys available through resale shops, a toy lending center and consignment sales.
Buena Park Youth Theatre - Productions for kids in grades 4-12 (limited programs for ages 5-8). 8150 Knott Ave., Buena Park. (714) 562-3860. www.bpyt.org
• Belmont Kidz, Children’s Consignment Boutique 2734 E. Broadway, Long Beach (562) 433-9151 www.belmontkidz.com As the premier source for upscale, gently-used children’s items, Belmont Kidz Boutique offers new and resale toys, clothing, shoes, books and baby equipment for infants, toddlers, girls and boys. And, because they’re “recycling” gently-used products, they’re also helping the environment. For a consignment appointment, please call ahead. See “Clothing” for details. See ad on page 43.
California Arts Center at OCSA - Broadway/Musical Review and Camera Acting (grades 4-9). 1010 N. Main St., Santa Ana. (714) 560-0900, Ext. 5630. www.ocsarts.net/communityclasses Creative Kids Playhouse Children’s Theatre of Orange County - Musical theater programs for kids (3-14). www.creativekidsplayhouse.com
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Fullerton Children’s Repertory Theater - Open auditions for kids (grades 5-8). Summer program, June 16 - July 19. 2500 East Nutwood Ave., Fullerton. (714) 671-1084. www.fcrtcompany.com GO-FAME - Acting, musical theater, show choir and stage craft (8-18). Family-friendly productions throughout the year. 3960 N. Studebaker Road, Unit 106, Long Beach. (562) 884-7077. www.GO-FAME.org
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• Children’s Home Society’s Educational Resource Lending Library Long Beach (562) 256-7490 Orange County (714) 543-2273 www.chs-ca.org Educational Resource Lending Library at Children’s Home Society of California offers a toy loan for all ages, where toys are loaned for up to four weeks. 249 E. Ocean Blvd., Ste. 300, Long Beach; 333 South Anita Drive, Ste. 350, Orange. See ad on page 41. • Kidz Head 2 Toe 5467 E. Carson St., Long Beach (562) 627-5438 www.kidzhead2toe.com Kidz Head 2 Toe is the largest children’s resale shop in Long Beach. They specialize in gently-used namebrand fashions and accessories for boys and girls, infant through size 8. They also have a large selection of baby gear, transports, toys, books and handmade accessories. Contact them for more information about selling your gently used clothing, toys and baby equipment. See ad on page 42. • Oh Very Young 4378 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach (562) 492-6200 www.ohveryyoung.com Large selection of carefully curated pre-loved toys, books, gear, handmade goods and more is offered at this resale shop. Items are gently used and in very good condition. Contact them about their buying program for cash or store credit! They also offer an exclusive shopping event for the whole family every other month. Also see “Clothing” and “Calendar.” See ad on page 43.
track & field Instructional clinics, clubs, meets and camps. Boys and Girls Clubs Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach offer running clubs (5+). See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. Recreation Department and College Classes CSULB - Track and field clinics (8+) throughout the year. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. (562) 618-1020. www.longbeachstate.com/sports • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Youth clinics (6-15). (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org Long Beach City College - One-week summer session, coed (10+), $45. Extended supervision available. (562) 938-4249. Email: email@example.com. Los Alamitos Recreation - Pee Wee Track and Field (5-7). (562) 430-1073. www.cityoflosalamitos.org Triathlon and Running Clubs Resources for kids’ fun runs, and running and trilots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
athlon clubs: Girls on the Run, www.girlsontherun. org; Road Runners Club of America, www.rrca.org; and Running in the USA, www.runningintheusa.com. For a calendar of fun runs go to www.raceplace.com. USA Track and Field Association (562) 941-2621 www.scausatf.org Referrals to local youth track and cross-country clubs and competitions.
trains Train rides and travel, plus train museums. Amtrak One-Day Train Rides (800) 872-7245 www.amtrak.com Short day-trips to Los Angeles, San Diego, San Juan Capistrano and other cities are available from local stations in Anaheim, Fullerton, Irvine and Santa Ana. Kids (2-15) ride half-price every day; two discounts per paying adult. Infants under 2 ride free on laps. Metro-Railway (323) 466-3876 www.metro.net Trains run daily and frequently, 4 a.m. - 1 a.m. The website features a trip planner to help plot routes to and from popular family destinations.
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Train Museums and Rides The following locations offer exhibits of working, model and replica locomotives, cabooses and trolleys, and/or rides and party packages.
Orange County Model Engineers - Conducted on the third weekend of each month, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Rides are free, donations are welcome. Fairview Park, 2480 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa. (949) 54-TRAIN. www.ocmetrains.org
Angels Flight Railway - The shortest railway in the world. Connects 351 South Hill St. and 350 Grand Ave. Open daily, 6:45 a.m. - 10 p.m. 50¢. (213) 6261901. www.angelsflight.com
Orange Empire Railway Museum - Demonstrations, tours and rides. 2201 South A St., Perris. (951) 9433020. www.oerm.org
El Dorado Park Express Railroad - El Dorado Regional Park, Long Beach. (562) 824-7725. www. caboosecorners.com Fillmore & Western Railway - Themed train rides including holiday rides and Mystery Murder Trains. 364 Main St., Fillmore. (805) 524-2546. www.fwry.com Griffith Park - Travel Town Museum, (800) 438-1297, Ext. 806, www.traveltown.org; and Griffith Park and Southern Railroad, (800) 438-1297, Ext. 805. www. griffithparkrailroad.com Irvine Park Railroad at Irvine Regional Park - 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. (714) 997-3968. www. irvineparkrailroad.com Lomita Railroad Museum - 2137 W. 250th St., Lomita. (310) 326-6255. www.lomita-rr.org Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum Griffith Park - 5202 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 6628030. www.lals.org spring/summer 2014 • 101
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562-425-2177 • clubztutoring.com Heritage Park Train Exhibit - Climbable engine, caboose and engineer equipment, plus a museum. 12100 Mora Drive, Santa Fe Springs. (562) 9466476. www.tinyurl.com/heritageparkrail Ports O’ Call Village - Waterfront Red Car 1½-mile vintage trolley line connecting the World Cruise Center with attractions along the San Pedro waterfront. Friday - Sunday, noon - 9 p.m., $1 (unlimited rides for the day). San Pedro. (310) 732-7678. www.portoflosangeles.org/recreation Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park - Train is inside the zoo. 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana. (714) 836-4000. www.santaanazoo.org San Diego - San Diego Model Railroad Museum, features a large model railroad display and train memorabilia, (619) 696-0199, www.sdmrm.org. Balboa Park Miniature Railroad, a three-minute, half-mile trip on a model train, (619) 239-4748, www.balboapark.org.
tutoring & academics Individual and group tutoring, including academic enrichment classes and workshops. Also see “Languages” and “Schools.” • Academic Enrichment Camp Camp runs June 16 - July 11 with a second session, July 14 - August 8. Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. noon, $490. Morning supervision is available, 7:308:30 a.m. (additional fee). See complete listing on page 22; ad on page 25.
• Academic Learning and Languages (562) 833-3115 www.academicLandL.com General subjects tutoring (K-12), foreign language tutoring and classes for children (2-12), collegebound teens and adults in Spanish, Mandarin, French, German and others. Specializes in AP test preparation. Also see “Camps” and “Languages.” • Allison Tutoring (562) 822-6488 www.allisontutoring.com What type of learner is your child? This is the most powerful knowledge you can have for your child’s ultimate learning experience from preschool through college! At Allison Tutoring, they take special care in evaluating each child and use this valuable knowledge to tailor-make each and every lesson based on these results before beginning their multi-sensory approach to tutoring. They also provide parents and teachers with this information, so that they may apply it at home or in the classroom. Did you know…Kinesthetic learners prefer to be active while studying. Auditory learners are typically good at absorbing information from spoken words. Visual learners benefit from seeing information on a board, map, chart or diagram. Logical learners are quick to recognize patterns and love to take things apart to see how they work. How does your child learn? Call today to set up a free evaluation to see what type of a learner your child is! See ad on page 101; coupon 92. • Alpert JCC Young Writers’ Workshop 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Ext. 1205 www.alpertjcc.org Discover the magic of the written word in this exciting camp focusing on prose and poetry, play writing and more. Explore, share and listen in a workshop setting, while learning techniques and style along the way. Ages 6-12. Week of July 21. Boys and Girls Club All branches provide homework tutoring. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. • California Educational Centers (CEC) 13047 Artesia Blvd., Ste. C-204, Cerritos (562) 860-7633, (562) 467-1686, Fax www.CECtutoring.com Since 1991, California Educational Centers’ (CEC) affordable tutoring and enrichment programs have helped thousands of students (grades K-12th) develop powerful study skills, raise grades, improve test scores (Whitney Test Prep/SAT Dream Prep), build confidence, and be accepted to their dream schools (College Goldmind). Experienced instructors teach with a role-model philosophy and flexible schedules. CEC’s mission is to help students reach their highest academic and social potential. See ad on page 101; coupon on page 91. Chess Palace 5246 Lampson Ave., Garden Grove (714) 899-3421 www.chesspalace.com Classes, tournaments and camps. • Club Z! In Home Tutoring Services (562) 425-2177 www.clubztutoring.com Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services, the world’s
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largest in-home tutoring program, helps your child reach his/her full potential. They tutor pre-K through adult in all subjects: LD/ADD, reading, writing skills, math, science, foreign languages, SAT/ ACT prep and study skills. All tutors are certified teachers or degreed professionals who will customize a program for your child using the school’s curriculum. Club Z! offers affordable rates. Call or visit their website. Serving Los Angeles and Orange Counties. See ad on this page. • CSULB Young Writers Camp 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach (562) 985-1696 www.youngwriterscamp.com Young Writers’ Camp teaches writing in a relaxed, non-threatening environment. Two, three-week sessions are offered for students entering grades 1-12. For detailed information, see listing in “Camps.” See ad on page 34. • French Immersion Program for Preschoolers and Classes for Mommy & Me/Children/Adults (562) 304-0121 www.firstfrenchtutoring.us French Immersion Program for Preschoolers, private classes for children and adults, plus a Mommy and Me program. For more information, see listing in “Languages.” • LAEF’s Summer Enrichment Institute (562) 277-6876 www.LAEF4kids.org The Los Alamitos Education Foundation (LAEF) provides academic and enrichment classes to students in grades K-12. Avoid summer learning loss by keeping your child engaged in rigorous and fun classes taught by highly-qualified instructors in classes with no more than 17 students. Get a jumpstart on learning for the upcoming school year in subjects including math, language arts, science, art, Spanish and more! Summer sports camps and for-credit high school classes are also available. See ad on page 107. Libraries Many libraries offer homework help, including academic workshops and story times. See “Libraries” under the Directory on www.kidsguidemagazine.com for contact information. Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services Department - Elementary School Academics and Middle School Academics includes math, reading, writing (611), and math workshops for Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry (7-16). (714) 765-5191. www. anaheim.net/ezrecconnect Cerritos College - Summer reading and writing classes include: Fun with Phonics (grades 1-2), Guided Reading (grades 1-3), Reading/Writing Roadtrip (grades 1-3), Strategies for Struggling Readers (grades 1-3), Create Your Own Storybook (grades 1-3), Write the Right Way! (grades 3-6), Sensational Sentences (grades 3-7), Grammar Gear-up! (grades 4-6), Reading Improvement Strategies (grades 4-10), Reading Comprehension (grades 4-6), Powerhouse Writing (grades 4-8 or 8-12) and SAT Writing/Vocab (grades 9-12). Summer math classes include: Math Basics (grades 2-5), Fractions, Decimals, Percents… lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
Oh My! (grades 3-6), Math Essentials (grades 4-6), Pre-Algebra (grades 4-12), Algebra I (grades 6-12), Word Problems Solved! (grades 7-12), Algebra II (grades 8-12), Geometry (grades 8-12), SAT Math (grades 9-12), Trigonometry (grades 9-12) and Intro to Calculus (grades 10-12). Tutoring classes includes: Natural “A’s” (grades 4-11) and SAT/PSAT Prep (grades 10-12). Math tutoring is offered every six weeks, September to June. (562) 467-5050. www.cerritoscommunityed.com Chapman University - Reading and writing tutoring (grades 1-6), taught by students earning their teaching credentials. (714) 997-6613. www.chapman.edu California State University Long Beach - Educational Psychology Clinic offers assessment and tutoring for school-age kids (6-17), plus developmental assessments (3-6). Scholarships available. (562) 9854991. www.ced.csulb.edu/edpac/clinic • Cypress College, Kids’ College - Reading and writing: Writing Better Reports, Research Techniques, Reading and Comprehension (9+), Phonics (5+), Spelling and Writing Enrichment (6+), Public Speaking (8-12), Career Exploration (9-12), Write Your Own Newspaper, Writing from A-Z (grades 4-6), Being the Leader (11-12), Improve Your Reading and Writing (grades 7-10), Intensive Writing Camp (grades 7+), Grammar for Successful Grades (grades 7+), Readiness for Kindergarten (4-5), Phonics and Printing, Basic Phonics (5-6), Fun with Phonics (grades 1-2), Basic Reading Skills (4-5), Creative Writing, Reading Comprehension Based on Common Core (grades 1-2), Grammar Rules! (grades 3-5), How to Study, Take Tests and Stay Organized (grades 3-6), Memory Power for Kids (grades 3-6), Intro to American Poetry (grades 7-12), and Reading and Writing: Famous Short Stories (grades 7-12). Math: Math Mania, Master Math (6+), Algebra and Geometry Tutoring, Algebra I and II (grades 7+), Pre-Calculus, Calculus (grades 10+), Comprehensive Mathematics, PreAlgebra (grades 6+), Math Blast (grades 1-6), and Trigonometry Tutorial (grades 8+). Also offered at Anaheim and Fullerton centers. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids 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. www.cypressrec.com lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
Fountain Valley Community Services - Reading and Math Development (6-11), Tiny Tots (3½-5), Chinese Bilingual Preschool (2½-6), Get Ready for Preschool (2½-3½), Spanish (3-13+) and Driver’s Education (14-18). (714) 839-8611. www.fountainvalley.org Fullerton Parks and Recreation - Math and Reading Development (grades 2-6), Reading Development Sound-Start (grades K-1), Tiny Tots Imagination Station (3-5), and Youth Leadership and Public Speaking (7-17). (714) 738-6575. www. ci.fullerton.ca.us Irvine Recreation Department - Abacus and Mental Math (5-11), English Writing, Leadership and Public Speaking (7-14), Math Club (8-14), Math Development (grades 1-6), Reading Development (grades 2-6), Sound Start Reading (4½-5½), Reading Readiness (3-6), Reading, Math and More Preschool (3-6), Robotis Kids Lab (7-11), Imaginary Learning (3-6), Lego Alpha (3-5), and Parent and Me Learning Chinese Together (2½-6). (949) 724-6610. www.irvinequickreg.org
• Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Free after-school tutoring programs are available at some parks throughout the school year. Academic classes taught by Readwrite, Inc. also offered. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Sound Start Reading (4½-7), Reading Development (6½-11) and Math Development (6½-11); three-week sessions, $59. (562) 570-3100. www.longbeach.gov/park Los Alamitos Youth Center - Free tutoring services (7-17) in math, science, reading and more. Monday - Friday, 12:30 - 6 p.m. Participants can print their projects and are provided with supplies necessary to complete their homework. (562) 493-4043. 10909 Oak St., Los Alamitos. www. theyouthcenter.org Mission Viejo Recreation - Chess Club with Academic Chess, Geometry and Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I and Algebra II (grades 6-8). (949) 470-3000. www.cityofmissionviejo.org
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Santa Ana College - Early Reader (6-7), Reading and Comprehension, Writing Academy, Speed Reading and Vocabulary, Study Skills, English Composition and Creative Writing, Math: Basic, Fractions, PreAlgebra, Algebra and Geometry (8-15). (714) 5646594. www.sac.edu/cms
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• Cypress College, Kids’ College - Indoor Court Volleyball and Sand Volleyball (13-17) summer camps. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids
• The Tutoring Center 4215 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach (562) 653-4380 www.tutoringcenter.com Are you happy with your child’s grades? Call The Tutoring Center today to schedule your Free Diagnostic Assessment. The Tutoring Center uses a unique system known as “The Rotational Approach to Learning.” Your child will receive intense one-to-one instruction in reading, math (all levels) or writing to rapidly increase academic skills while also improving concentration, focus and attention span. See ad with discount coupon on page 61.
• Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Summer camp. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www. lakewoodcity.org
Big Brothers, Big Sisters Local branches of the national organization match boys and girls with adult mentors who provide friendship and guidance. Volunteers are extensively screened. Catholic Big Brothers offers bilingual, deaf and hearing-challenged programs. Free.
YMCA - Youth and Government and Model United Nations Youth and Government (10-12) and/or Model United Nations (grades 6-9) are offered at Anaheim, Downey, Fullerton and Long Beach - Fairfield branches. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.
volleyball Instruction, indoor and outdoor leagues, camps and club teams. Boys and Girls Club Most locations offer pick-up play (6+). See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. • Long Beach State Girls’ Volleyball 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach (562) 299-3260 www.longbeachstate.com Long Beach State has asserted itself as one of the premiere volleyball programs in the country. With three National Championships, eight trips to the Final Four, and numerous coaching awards, Brian Gimmillaro is offering his 30th annual summer volleyball camps at “The Pyramid.” Camps include: Skills/ Team Camps, July 19-22 and July 25-28; Setters Camp, July 22-25; Kids Camp (ages 7-10), July 2225; and Sand Volleyball Camp, July 19-22 and 2528. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services Department - Volleyball programs at East Anaheim Gymnasium. Youth
Long Beach City College - Girls’ and coed (10+) summer camps; one-week sessions, $60. Plus, Pee Wee Camp for boys and girls (8-10). Extended care available. (562) 938-4249. Email: email@example.com. • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Volleyball: Skills classes (10-17). Visit www.lbparks.org for details. Many city recreation departments offer leagues/clinics. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. Volleyball Associations Calif. Beach Volleyball Association (800) 350-2282 Boys’ and girls’ (18 and under) beach volleyball tournaments; four age divisions, all levels. www.cbva.com So. California Volleyball Assoc. (714) 917-3595 Club indoor volleyball teams for boys and girls (1018). www.scvavolleyball.org US Youth Volleyball League (888) 988-7985 Instructional volleyball league for boys and girls (715). Visit their website to find a local league. www. USYVL.org YMCA Fullerton (9-14) and Laguna Niguel (8-16) offer clinics and leagues. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.
youth & family groups Groups offering activities, camps and/or child care. Also see: your area of interest, as youth group activities are listed throughout Kidsguide. 4-H Youth Development Program (626) 586-1971, (714) 708-1612 www.ca4h.org Los Angeles and Orange County programs (5-19) of-
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• Boy Scouts Long Beach Area Council (562) 427-0911 Orange County Council (714) 546-4990 www.longbeachbsa.org, www.ocbsa.org Cub Scouts (grades 1-5) and Boy Scouts (grades 6-12) participate in a variety of activities and earn badges. Cub Scouts tie knots, set up a tent, cook at a campfire, build a birdhouse, visit the fire station, build a pinewood derby car and more. Summer day camp is also offered; see listing on page 28. Boy Scouts provide leadership and citizenship training through outdoor activities such as kayaking, fishing, competitive events, hiking and more. Career-based exploring programs are offered for young men and women (1421), such as fire fighting, law enforcement and animal care services. Annual registration fees apply. Boys and Girls Club Supervised activities (5 or 6-18) 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 (see sections throughout Kidsguide for specific activities). Some branches offer meals and/or snacks. Continuous enrollment; scholarships are available for qualifying families. Anaheim C.V. Taormina (714) 491-3617 Paseo Village (714) 815-6779 Schweitzer Elementary (714) 527-3390 W. Anaheim Youth Center (714) 761-2422 Langhorst (714) 204-9309 www.theboysandgirlsclub.org Buena Park (714) 522-7259 www.boysgirlsclubbuenapark.org
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Capistrano Valley Aliso Viejo (949) 699-2552 San Juan Capistrano (949) 240-7898 Rancho Santa Margarita (949) 216-9700 www.bgccapo.com Costa Mesa West Side (949) 631-7724 Lou Yantorn (Upper Bay) (949) 642-8372 www.harborareabgc.org Cypress (714) 527-2697 www.boysandgirlsclubofcypress.com Fullerton Commonwealth School (714) 871-5428 Main (714) 525-8241 Richman (714) 992-2933 Valencia Park (714) 992-1912 www.boysgirlsfullerton.com Garden Grove ACRHES (714) 532-7940 Clinton Branch (714) 537-8833 School IMPACT (714) 530-5399 Edgar Branch (714) 898-5254 Family Campus Preschool (714) 741-0970 Family and Youth Outreach Program (714) 741-5895 Main Branch (714) 537-1465 Patton Branch (714) 893-0649 Stanford Branch (714) 539-8380 www.bgcgg.org Huntington Valley Huntington Beach (714) 374-2600 Fountain Valley (714) 531-2582 ClubHouse Academy (714) 593-0753 www.bgchv.com, www.clubhouseacademy.com Huntington Beach also offers two preschool child development centers: Robert Mayer Child Development Preschool at Goldenwest College, 15744 Goldenwest St., (714) 899-5900; and Learning Center Preschool, 17565 Los Alamos St., (714) 593-0753. Irvine www.harborareabgc.org
Long Beach Admin. Office (562) 595-5945 Cowan/Washington (562) 591-1133 Eastman/Fairfield (562) 428-9188 Wallace/Petrolane (562) 599-2916 Fairfield/Westside (562) 435-1621 www.bgclublb.org Newport Beach (949) 640-6650 www.harborareabgc.org Santa Ana www.boysandgirlsclub.com
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One Step at a Time! Westminster (714) 379-0097 www.bgcwestminster.org Whittier Main Clubhouse (562) 945-3787 www.bgcw.org Camp Fire 7070 E. Carson St., Long Beach (562) 421-2725 1505 E. 17th St., #118, Santa Ana (714) 547-5200 www.campfirelb.org, www.campfireusaoc.org Long Beach Area Council - Programs include small club/groups, camping, arts and service programs. Orange County Council - Kids and teens can participate in community service opportunities. After-school clubs and camps are available for participating school districts; some open enrollment may be offered. City Recreation Departments Most city recreation departments offer youth group activities and family programs. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. Girl Scouts Greater Los Angeles/Long Beach (888) 474-5248 Orange County (800) 979-9444 www.girlscoutsla.org, www.gscoc.org Girls (5-17) participate in projects in arts, science, community awareness, health, safety, nature study, leadership and career exploration. Choose from many flexible ways to participate, including troops, camps, travel and events. Continuous registration; $12 annual fee. Local adult volunteers are needed to form new troops. Girls Inc. of Orange County 1815 Anaheim Ave., Costa Mesa (949) 646-7181 www.girlsinc-oc.org Year-round programs for girls (4½-18). After-school, spring-break and summer camp programming includes educational enrichment, economic literacy, college prep, career and life planning, health and fitness, leadership and character development, personal safety, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and more.
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Jewish Community Centers The following centers offer enrichment classes, preschools, family events, support groups, vacationbreak camps and teen-specific programming. • Barbara and Ray Alpert Jewish Community Center (562) 426-760 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach. www.alpertjcc.org. See ads on pages 23 and 81. Chabad Jewish Center (949) 721-9800 2865 E. Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar. www.jewishnewport.com Merage Jewish Center of OC (949) 435-3400 1 Federation Way, Irvine. www.jccoc.org Police Activities League (PAL) www.calpal.org 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, Lakewood and Norwalk. Chapter contact information is found on their website under the “Membership” tab. Free. Power 4 Youth (562) 435-2352 www.power4youth.org Middle-school students are matched with a volunteer for one-on-one academic mentoring at supervised locations in Lakewood and Long Beach; year round. Regular field trips are offered, plus career guidance for teens. $10 registration fee. YMCA Programs for the entire family include child-care, fitness, teen clubs, day and resident camps, youth sports, aquatics and gymnastics; see sections throughout Kidsguide for specific activities. 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 chil-
Stanton (714) 891-0740 www.boysandgirlsclubofstanton.com Tustin (714) 838-5223 www.bgctustin.org Special needs inclusion, teen leadership and legal awareness programs are also available.
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dren (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. Anaheim 240 S. Euclid St. (714) 635-9622 2000 W. Ball Road (714) 393-7308 100 S. Atchison (714) 774-5437 Teen Center with ping-pong, book club and Wii. Also serves Buena Park, Cypress, La Palma and Stanton. www.anaheimymca.org Bellflower Los Cerritos: 15530 Woodruff Ave. (562) 925-1292 Also serves Paramount, Cerritos and Artesia. www.lbymca.org
Santa Ana Family YMCA 2100 W. Alton Ave. (714) 444-4004 www.ymcaoc.org/sa Yorba Linda Family YMCA 18333 Lemon Drive (714) 777-9622 Also serves Anaheim Hills, Placentia and Yorba Linda. www.ymcaoc.org
zoos Zoos, habitats, farms and animal care centers. Also see: “Attractions” and “Science and Technology.”
and classes. School tours and scout programs available. Open daily, weekdays, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m; weekends, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. General admission: $2; free for ages 3 and under. Parking, $3-10. Petting Zoos and Farms Amy’s Farm (909) 393-2936 Farm group tours of 10+, smaller groups (2+) can be added on to other tours. Call for availability. Includes: milking cows, feeding farm animals, grooming horses and picking fresh herbs. $8 per person. Families are welcome to tour the farm with a purchase from the farm stand. Educational workshops also available. 7698 Eucalyptus Ave., Ontario. www.amysfarm.com
Animal Care Centers and Exotic Rescue Marine Mammal Care Center - Outreach and educational programs. Open daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free, donations encouraged. 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro. (310) 548-5677. www.marinemammalcare.org
Centennial Farm (714) 708-1500 A three-acre working farm at the OC Fair and Event Center created to educate youth about agriculture and its importance to daily life. 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. The farm is closed on holidays and during property-wide events. OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. www.ocfair.com
Pacific Marine Mammal Center - Classes and presentations for groups, schools and scouts. Summer camps also offered. Open daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission, donations encouraged. 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. (949) 494-3050. www.pacificmmc.org
Zoomars Petting Zoo (949) 831-6550 Kids can ride a pony, hop on board the miniature train and bounce between petting pens. Parties, camps and special events are also offered. Open daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Adults, $8; kids, $7. 31791 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano. www.zoomars.com
Star Eco Station - An environmental science museum and exotic rescue facility. Hands-on ecology lessons and encounters with tropical birds, exotic reptiles, wildcats and ocean life in a tropical jungle setting. Annual events and school-break camps are also offered. Adults, $8; kids, $6. 10101 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City. (310) 842-8060. www.ecostation.org
San Diego Zoo 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego (619) 231-1515 www.sandiegozoo.org The zoo is home to more than 3,700 rare and endangered animals. Camps, sleepovers and family events are offered. Open daily.
Long Beach Camp Oakes (Big Bear) (909) 585-2020 Community Development: 525 E. 7th St. (562) 624-2376 Fairfield: 4949 Atlantic Ave. (562) 423-0491 Los Altos*: 1720 Bellflower Blvd. (562) 596-3394 Preschool - Early Education: 3605 Long Beach Blvd. (562) 279-1624 *Also serves Belmont Shore, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor and Seal Beach. www.lbymca.org and for camping services, www.campoakes.org.
Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Gardens 47-900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert (760) 346-5694 www.livingdesert.org 1,200 protected acres of desert environments representing North America and Africa. Encounter over 500 wild animals, live shows, a children’s discovery center, an animal carousel, tranquil gardens, hiking trails and a G-scale model train. Through May, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; summer hours, 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Adults, $17.25; kids (3-12), $8.75.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido (760) 747-8702 www.sdzsafaripark.org New this year: Tull Family Tiger Trail, opens in May, a new forested habitat for Sumatran tigers that highlights conservation efforts for the endangered species. Like a safari, guests can see herds of African animals, such as rhino, giraffe, antelope and gazelle. Camps, sleepovers, zip line and a ropes course are also offered. Open daily.
Mission Viejo Family YMCA 27341 Trabuco Circle (949) 859-9622 www.ymcaoc.org/mv
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles (323) 644-4200 www.lazoo.org Covering 133 acres, the Los Angeles Zoo is home to more than 1,100 animals from around the world. Picnicking is permitted. Family overnights and special events also offered. Open daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; last admission at 4 p.m. Admission: adults, $18; kids (2-12), $13.
Downey 11531 Downey Ave. (562) 862-4201 Also serves South Gate, Norwalk and Pico Rivera. www.ymcala.org Fullerton Family YMCA 2000 Youth Way (714) 879-9622 www.ymcaoc.org/fn Laguna Niguel Family YMCA 29831 Crown Valley Parkway (949) 495-9622 www.ymcaoc.org/ln Lakewood Weingart-Lakewood: 5835 E. Carson St. (562) 425-7431 Gymnastics Center: 4118 E. South St. (562) 272-4884 Offers a Kids’ Club (6 weeks+), parents must remain in the facility. Free for members, $2 per hour for non-members. Call for hours. www. lbymca.org/lakewood
Newport-Mesa Family YMCA 2300 University Drive www.ymcaoc.org/nm
Orange 146 N. Grand (714) 633-9622 Also serves Anaheim Hills and Villa Park. www.ymcaoforange.org
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Orange County Zoo Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange (714) 973-6847 www.ocparks.com/zoo A variety of animals and a petting area, plus an audio tour. Check website for story times, special events
Santa Ana Zoo Prentice Park, 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana (714) 836-4000 www.santaanazoo.org “Home of the 50 Monkeys” with over 150 animals (some endangered), plus a children’s farm, train and carousel. Family events throughout the year. Open daily. The Reptile Zoo 18818 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley (714) 500-0591 www.thereptilezoo.com More than 100 exotic species of reptiles, amphibians and arachnids, including a two-headed snake and Twinkie, the 340-pound reticulated python. Plus interactive hands-on opportunities. Monday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. $5 per person (3+) lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
events calendar ongoing • Alpert JCC’s A Taste of Camp April 10: Preview the 2014 summer camp programs where you’ll get the latest information about Camp Komaroff, Camp J Crew, Teen Summer Stock and their incredible line-up of specialty camps that cover every interest including LEGOs, cooking, theater, science, basketball, soccer, martial arts, dance and much more! It’s the final day to save with early-bird prices. Thursday, 5-7 p.m. 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601. www.alpertjcc.org. See ad on page 23. • Anaheim Community Services (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect. See ad on page 13. Concerts in the Park: Thursdays, July 10, 17, 24 and 31: Free games and activities for kids. Plus, gourmet food trucks on site. 6:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Park, 945 S. Weir Canyon Road, Anaheim. Nature Nights in Anaheim: Wednesdays, June 25 - August 13: Join a twilight walk led by staff naturalists, followed by a presentation. Walk at 7 p.m.; and presentation at 7:30 p.m. A $5 donation per family is suggested. Oak Canyon. www.anaheim.net/ocnc Pearson Park Amphitheater: June 20: The Buster Balloon Show. June 27: The Mad Scientist. July 11: Nonosina Polynesian Spectacular. July 18: The Happy Crowd. July 25: Anthony The Magic. August 1: Anaheim Ballet Stars of Tomorrow. August 8: Silk And Thunder. August 9: Team Millennia. August 15: The Lego Movie. August 22: Frozen (movie). September 13: The Fab Four. More events: May 1-4: Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. May 17: Anaheim Children’s Art Festival. July 4: 4th of July Festival and Fireworks. • Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. (562) 590-3100. www. aquariumofpacific.org. See ad on page 15; coupon 85.
ium’s short films are shown in the Honda Theater throughout the evening. Please note: the Lorikeet Forest aviary closes at 4:30 p.m. More Events: April 5-6: International Children’s Day. April 20: Easter Brunch. April 26-27: Earth Day Celebration. May 3-4: Urban Ocean Festival. May 11: Mother’s Day Brunch. June 7-8: Pacific Islander Festival. June 15: Father’s Day BBQ. July 4: July 4th BBQ. September 6: Aquarium of the Pacific 5K Run/Walk. September 20: California Coastal Clean-Up Day. September 20-21: Moompetam: Native American Festival. September 2728: Baja Splash Cultural Festival. • Arts and Learning Conservatory Summer productions include July 18: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. August 1, Shrek. August 16: Les Miserables. Friday or Saturday, 7 p.m. $8 per person. 1518 Brookhollow Drive, Ste. 15, Santa Ana. (714) 728-7100. www.artsandlearning.com. See ad on page 35. • Bower’s Kidseum 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana. (714) 480-1520. www. bowers.org/kidseum. See ad on page 27. Sunday Afternoon Family Time. Third Sunday of each month, theme changes. 1:30-3 p.m. Free with paid admission and for members. Target Free First Sundays: April 6: Japanese Cherry Blossom. May 4: May Day. June 1: Russian White Nights. July 2: Americana. August 3: Pacific Islands. September 7: Caribbean. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. • Center for Living Peace 4139 Campus Drive, Irvine. (949) 854-5500. www. goodhappens.org. See ad on page 31. May 17: 4th Anniversary Celebration: A day full of free classes and activities. Bring family and friends for a cupcake and enjoy free programming from: New Earth Drumming, Chef Jeff, Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, Love You 365, m.a.m.a. earth, Peace in Motion, Smiling Monkey Yoga, The Ecology Center and tons more! Visit their website for workshop schedule.
Free Shark Lagoon Nights: Fridays, through June 13 and starting again September 5: The public is invited to get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators. Guests have the opportunity to touch more than 150 sharks even the large sand tiger. Guests can touch and learn about sharks, shop, purchase drinks and snacks, and enjoy live music. Friday, 6-9 p.m. Free. Note: No Free Shark Lagoon Nights on April 11.
July 21-22: Peace in Motion Movie-Making Workshop: Join a video production workshop where participants (10-17) have the opportunity to create their own music video and learn the basics of movie making, shooting with a camera and editing a video sequence. On Sunday, family and friends are invited to join screenings of the videos. Early registration highly recommended; only 12 spots available. No previous film experience required. Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. $100 per person; discounts for siblings.
Summer Sundays Late Nights: Sundays, June 22 August 31: On Sundays, in the summer, the Aquarium offers its Late Nights where admission is just $14.95 for adults and children after 5 p.m., and the Aquarium remains open until 9 p.m. Plus, the Aquar-
• Color My World Art Studio Open Canvas Art: Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned artist, come, relax and have fun experimenting using different media on canvas or any other base of your choice at Color My World Art Studio.
Ideal for both kids and adults, for mommy and me, father and me, family time and more. Their art instructor will guide you initially if needed and then you may use your own creativity and imagination to create a unique masterpiece to take home and brag about! Tuesdays - Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 11960 Artesia Blvd., #101, Artesia. (562) 8795972. www.ColorMyWorld.me. See ad on page 11. • Dream Come True Party Room in Long Beach 3962 Studebaker Road, Ste. 204, Long Beach. (562) 270-1400. www.DreamComeTruePartyRoom.com. See ad on page 71. Happy Hour: Tuesdays - Fridays: Time to unwind from a long day. Stop by for happy hour for fun times by playing dress-up from the Castle Wardrobe, face painting, snacks and crafts. 3-4 p.m. $8. Storytelling: Tuesdays and Wednesdays: Listen to your favorite stories and some new favorites. 1-2 p.m. $5, per child; includes refreshments. Walk-ins; no reservation required. Weekly Tea Time: Wednesdays: Tea time includes dress-up play from the Castle Wardrobe, mini muffins, tea or juice in fancy teacups, etiquette and storytelling. 4-5 p.m. $12, per child; reservations required. • Date Night by Frogg’s Bounce House Fridays: Every Friday night is Date Night with Frogg’s Bounce House. Drop the kids off and enjoy a night out! 5-8 p.m. $10 per hour for first child, $8 per hour for additional children within same family; includes pizza dinner. 16121 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley. (714) 418-0442. www.froggsbouncehouse.com. See ad on page 70. • Discovery Science Center Events and exhibits: Through April 20: Animal Grossology and BubbleFest XVIII. May 10: Rocket Launch 2014. June 14 - September 7: Mythbusters The Explosive Exhibition. Summer: Clifford The Big Red Dog. Fall: The Pumpkin Launch. Winter: The Science of Gingerbread. 2500 North Main St., Santa Ana. (714) 913-5012. www.discoverycube.org. See ad with coupon on page 1. Free Admission Days at Southern California Museums Ongoing: Free admission is offered on varying days at the following museums. Daily: California African American Museum, Flight Path Learning Center and Museum, Getty Center and Villa, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, after 3 p.m., Newport Sports Collection, The Paley Center for Media and Wells Fargo History Museum. Third Sunday: Museum of Latin American Art. First Tuesday: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. Second Tuesday: Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Autry National Center. First Thursday: Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens with reserved tickets. Third Thursday: Japanese American National Museum, plus Thursday night, 5-8 p.m. and Skirball Cultural Cen-
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ter. Thursday nights: Long Beach Museum of Art, 3-8 p.m., and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), 5-8 p.m. First Friday: Norton Simon Museum. Friday: Long Beach Museum of Art. • Free Class Week at Kick It Up! August 4-10: Ever wonder what Zumba is? Do your kids want to try dance, like tap, hip hop, ballet or tap, but not ready to make the commitment to a class series? For one week, Kick It Up offers free classes! Kids can try any class, you too! Class times vary. 8129 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach. (562) 430-1812. www. kickitup.com. See ad on pages 33 and 47. • Garden Grove’s Annual Eggs-Cavation at Atlantis Play Center Park April 12: Kids enjoy an egg hunt, face painting, carnival games, a moonbounce, arts and crafts, and food available for purchase. Saturday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Kids (3-10), $7; spectators, $2. (714) 741-5200. www.ci.garden-grove.ca.us • Golf N’ Stuff in Norwalk 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk. (562) 868-9956. www.golfnstuff.com. See ad with coupons on page 14. Moms Golf for Free: May 11: Wish mom a Happy Mother’s Day with a free game of mini-golf for her (with one paid round) at Golf N’ Stuff. Sunday, all day. Saturdays in May: May 3, 10, 17 and 24: Enjoy even more fun on these fun days with a bounce house ($1 per entry), balloon artist (from $1 per balloon sculpture) and face painting (from $2 per design). Prices subject to change without notice. Saturdays, 2-6 p.m. • Holiday Skate Center 175 N. Wayfield Drive, Orange. (714) 997-5515. www.holidayskate.com. See ad on page 88. Family Nights: Saturdays and Sundays: A family up to five can skate, including skate rental, for this special deal. Saturdays, 7-9:30 p.m., $7 each; and Sundays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $5.50 each. Kids Skate: Saturdays: Kids can skate to kid’s music, and play games. Recommended for ages 10 years and under, with a parent. Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Admission, $6; skate rental, $3. • Japanese Cultural Festival in Norwalk July 28-29: The festival features cultural displays such as flower arranging and calligraphy; martial arts demonstrations including kendo, judo and karate; entertainment such as singing and dancing; and lots of food and games. Saturday, 3-10 p.m.; and Sunday, 2-8 p.m. Southeast Japanese School and Community Center. 14615 Gridley Road, Norwalk. (562) 863-5996. www.sejscc.org Kids Night Out The following city agencies and businesses provide an activity-filled, drop-off evening for kids: Buena Park Recreation, (714) 236-3860; En Pointe Dance & Fitness, Long Beach (562) 438-3262; Irvine Recreation, (949) 724-6600; La Mirada Parks and Recreation, (562) 902-3191; Little Gym, Huntington Beach,
(714) 373-0700; Los Alamitos Youth Center, (562) 493-4043; My Gym, Long Beach, (562) 986-0066; My Gym, Yorba Linda, (714) 695-0440; PDA USA Academy, Santa Fe Springs, (562) 229-1927; SCATS, Huntington Beach, (714) 895-2909; and Wild Fire Gymnastics, Tustin, (714) 832-1315. • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org. See ad on page 17. FUN-Tastic Family Nights: April 5, May 30, July 25 and August 22: Come to The Centre at Sycamore Plaza in Lakewood and join your neighbors and friends at FUNTastic Family Nights. Each event includes a light meal and fabulous entertainment for the entire family. Friday and Saturday nights. $8 per person, $5 for kids ages 3 and under. Pre-registration required. Wading Pool Wednesdays: June 18 - August 27: Cool off into the sunset with Wading Pool Wednesdays at Boyar, Del Valle, Mayfair and San Martin parks. Wednesday, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. • Lango’s Spring Open House and Demo Week April 7-12: Free Spanish and French classes for all are offered at Lango’s spring open house. New classes available every 10 weeks. LangoKids Irvine, Bachus Office Park, 9070 Irvine Center Drive, Ste. 135, Irvine. (714) 864-4680. www.langokidsirvine. com. See listing and ad on page 61. • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (562) 570-3100. www.longbeach.gov/park. See ad on front inside cover. Bike Saturdays: Ride your bike to participating local shops and eateries in Long Beach to receive a special discount or offer. Just stop by at any time on any Saturday and ask about their special “Bike Saturdays” deals. Check their website for details, bike workshops and events. www.bikelongbeach.org/bike-saturdays Family Night Walk: April 8 and May 13: What do the animals do at night? Find out on a naturalistled exploration of the darkened trails of the nature center. Fridays, 7-9 p.m. $5 per person. El Dorado Nature Center, Long Beach. (562) 570-1745. www.longbeach.gov/naturecenter Free Archery Instruction: Saturdays: Get pointers to improve skills, and consistent shooting technique. Equipment provided. Saturday classes include advanced at 9 a.m. and beginner at 10:30 a.m. Safety class required. Groups of five or more, call (562) 688-9666. Vehicle entry fees, Monday - Friday, $5; weekends, $7; and holiday, $8. El Dorado Park, 7500 E. Spring St., Long Beach. • Museum of Latin American Art 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, (562) 437-1689. www.molaa.org. See ad on page 30. Sunday: MOLAA’s Target Free Sundays offer visitors the opportunity to learn about Latin American culture through art workshops, live performances, food and gallery tours. Programs vary. Free.
More events: April 6: Children’s Day Festival. April 25: Hands-on Art Day. May 4: Cinco de Mayo Festival. September 14: Latino Heritage Festival. Movie Deals and Baby-Friendly Theater Daily: Movies at discounted prices. Charter Centre Cinemas, 7822 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 596-3456, $3 daily, $2 extra for 3-D movies; Wednesday night $10 special includes, two admissions, two popcorns and two sodas. www. regencymovies.com. Norwalk 8, 13917 Pioneer Blvd., (562) 804-5615, $2-3 daily; $2 extra for 3-D movies. www.regencymovies.com. Starplex Cinemas, 15296 Rosecrans Ave., La Mirada, (714) 739-1010 and 4626 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, (949) 733-0980, $2-4 daily. www.starplexcinemas. com. Four Stars Cinemas (showing new movies), 12111 Valley View St., Garden Grove, (714) 9346377, discount Tuesdays and Thursdays, all day and Sundays, before 6 p.m., $4, $2 extra for 3-D movies. www.4starcinemas.com. Pictures Show, 2800 Main St., Santa Ana Mall, (714) 836-7469, $2 daily; discount Tuesday, $1, $2 extra for 3D. www.pictureshowent.com. Ultra Star, 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, (714) 399-0300, baby-friendly movies, Thursdays, 7 p.m., 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, (714) 399-0300, Ext. 0305. www.ultrastarmovies.com • Mr. California and Miss Southern California Pageant May 7, 13 and 25: Kids (3+), teens and young men and women can compete in five age divisions in this pageant program which places a strong emphasis on community service. Learn what it takes to be named “Mr. California” or “Miss Southern California” at the May 7 orientation. At the May 13 workshop, delegates will be taught stage presence, interview skills, walking patterns and wardrobe; workshop fee, $45. Both the orientation and workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Ayres Hotel, 12850 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach. At the May 25 pageant, participants will compete for the crown and scholarship award. An after party with dancing and refreshments is open to ticket holders and contestants, held immediately following the pageant. Pageant will be held Sunday, 4 p.m., at the Rose Center Theater, 14140 All American Way, Westminster. (310) 720-1681. www. capageantproductions.com. See ad on page 19. • Musical Theatre Academy of Orange County Visit their website for ticket prices and show times. 14140 All American Way, Westminster. (949) 5514236. www.mtaoc.org. See ad on page 97. June 6-8 and 13-14: Sweet Charity, set in 1960s New York, is the story of Charity Hope Valentine, a dance-hall girl with a heart of gold who is looking for love. June 20-21:The Return of the Glass Slipper is a retelling of Cinderella with a twist. A journey to discover the magic and wonder of wishes come true in this fairytale favorite. June 27-29: Alice in Wonderland begins with Alice dreaming of a world of her own while her sister lectures until she falls asleep. Alice wakes to find a talking White Rabbit. Follow Alice and the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole and begin an adventure with the most unusual characters.
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• Musical Theatre West Presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast July 11-27: Our heroine, Belle, lives in a quiet village until her father, Maurice, is taken prisoner by a ferocious beast. Thank goodness Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, and Cogsworth are on hand to teach both Belle and Beast that you can’t judge a book by its cover. An enchanting show for kids (5+). Thursday - Sunday, check website for show times. $17-85. (562) 8561999. www.musical.org. See ad on page 99. • My Gym - Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns. (562) 986-0066. www.mygym.com/longbeach. See ad on page 65. Bunch-a-Lunch: Wednesdays: My Gym hosts Buncha-Lunch on Wednesdays, 1:45-4:15 p.m. Parents drop off their kids with a lunch. Kids eat first then play. $25. Open to all ages, but best suited for ages 2-6 years. Parents Night Out: Days vary: Kids play games and enjoy pizza, juice and snacks. Discounts for members and siblings. Dates and times vary, call for details. • Naranjita Flamenco Presents Flamenco for Kids Tuesdays and Thursdays: Kids (4-12) can learn flamenco! Introduce your children to musicality, coordination, language and culture with bright costumes, singing, dancing and lots of fun. Tuesdays, ages 4-6, 4-4:45 p.m.; ages 7-9, 5-6 p.m.; and ages 9-12, 6-7 p.m. Thursdays, ages 4-6; 4-4:45 p.m.; and ages 8-12, 5-6 p.m. 423 S. Brookhurst St., Ste. R, Anaheim. (323) 687-4300. www.NaranjitaFlamenco. com. See ad on page 47. • Oh Very Young’s Mommy Happy Hour Monthly: Mommy Happy Hour is offered every other month at Oh Very Young. The event is designed with mommies in mind, but everyone in the family is welcome. Free refreshments and appetizers are offered, there are raffle prizes, and guests can take advantage of discounts on items in the store. Contact for dates. 4378 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach. (562) 492-6200. www.ohveryyoung.com. See ad on page 43. • Pretend City 29 Hubble, Irvine. (949) 428-3900. www.pretendcity. org. See ad on page 63. Family Autism Play Days: Last Mondays: Spend a few hours enjoying family play, for families with children on the Autism Spectrum. Most last Mondays of the month, call for times. Free admission. RSVP required. Monthly themes: April: Art Studio. May: Rock the City! June: Build-A-Thon. July: Ride the Wave. August: When I Growup and Pretend City’s 5th Birthday Celebration. September: Storybook. • Queen Mary 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach. (877) 3420738. www.queenmary.com. See ad on page 5. Ongoing tours: WWII, The Glory Days, The Scorpion (Cold War submarine), Twilight Historical Tour, Ghost and Legends, and Haunted Encounters, plus a selfguided audio tour. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com
July 4: Explore the ship, listen to live music, enjoy family-friendly entertainment and get front and center to the giant fireworks extravaganza. Friday, noon - 11 p.m. Tickets include ship access, selfguided audio tour, best fireworks view in Long Beach and live entertainment. Food, refreshments and a few activities are additional. • Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach. (562) 570-1755. www.rancholoscerritos.org. See ad on page 28. Creation Station: Kids (6-10) drop in for an afternoon of good old-fashioned fun! Create unique seasonal crafts and participate in engaging Rancho-themed activities. May 3, “Sunny Yellow.” June 7, “Rainbow Surprise.” Summer Concerts: Pack a picnic dinner and head over to the Rancho with friends and family to enjoy live music in the historic gardens. Sunday, 5:30-7 p.m. June 22, July 27 and August 24. June 25: Teen Volunteer Open House: Rancho Los Cerritos is seeking enthusiastic and reliable high school volunteers to help with their summer camp (July 14 - August 1), curatorial projects and gardens. Teens looking for a great place to volunteer this summer must attend one session on June 25, 10-11:30 a.m. or 2:30-4 p.m. or call for an appointment. Reservations requested. August 17: Mud Mania. Squish a little history between your toes at this delightfully muddy festival where you’re not supposed to stay clean! Mud-tastic activities include adobe brick-making, mud relay races, plus clay sculpting, archaeology adventures and more! De-mudding stations available; bring old shoes (required), a change of clothes and a towel. Sunday, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Adults, $7; kids (4-12), $5. • Skatepark Tour with Skatedogs Ongoing: Join Skatedogs for a half-day skatepark tour! Kids (6+) visit three local skateparks with Skatedogs instructors and then everyone grabs a bite at Subway to discuss tips and tricks. Kids should bring water, a snack, skateboard or scooter, helmet, knee and elbow pads. Boards and safety gear are available to borrow upon request. Contact for dates. $100 (cash or check at dropoff), includes prizes, lessons and lunch. RSVP required; seats are limited. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. (714) 313-8787. www.skatedogs.com
• Splash! in La Mirada 13806 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. (562) 902-3191. www.splashlamirada.com. See ad on back outside cover; coupon on page 91. Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark Season Pass Sale: Through May 31: Get your Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark season passes at the pre-season price of just three payments of $18, now through May 31. After May 31, prices go up slightly. Season passes allow you to visit the Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark as much as you want during the 2014 season, May 18 - September 29. Pass holders receive a free bring-a-friend admission ticket, free food offers, and other discounts. Get your pass today! Family Friday Nights: Fridays, June 27 - August 22: Families can make a Splash! in Buccaneer Bay on Friday nights. 3-8 p.m. $13.95; season passholders are free. More events: “4 La Mirada Kids” Community Carnival, May 9-11. Mother and Daughter Tea, May 10. • Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 7464000. www.TheWallis.org. See ad on back inside cover. April 4-6: Baseball Swing with The All-Star Baseball Jazz Band: No other sport has been celebrated in music like baseball, our national pastime. Baseball Swing celebrates this unique love affair with a major league concert featuring the greatest tunes and more than 2,000 images and video from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 3 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. May 2-4: The Trumpet of the Swan: The Trumpet of the Swan concerns a youngster who must overcome a problem. In Louis’ case, he is a trumpeter swan born without a voice. Join an epic journey of challenge and discovery. Recommended for kids ages 7 and up. accompanied by an adult. Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 3 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. • YaYa’s Performance Academy Spring and summer performances: May 31 - June 1 and June 6-8: The Wizard of Oz (recommend for kids 4+). August 8-10: Legally Blonde the Musical (recommend for kids 14+). August 15-16: Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. (recommend for kids 4+). (562) 3552004. www.yayasacademy.com. See ad on page 99. spring/summer 2014 • 109
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FAMILY PROGRAMMING AT THE WALLIS JACK ELLIOTT FAMILY CONCERT
WITH THE ALL-STAR BASEBALL JAZZ BAND
APRIL 4 – 6, 2014 Produced in conjunction with Robert Thompson and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Featuring more than 2,000 images and video from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Baseball Swing is a hugely entertaining event that the whole family will remember. Celebrating the unique love affair between baseball and music, Baseball Swing is a major league concert featuring the greatest music about the greatest sport.
RECOMMENDED AGE 6+
A Major League Concert Celebrating the Great Songs of Baseball!
JACK ELLIOTT FAMILY CONCERT
THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN
A NOVEL SYMPHONY FOR ACTORS AND ORCHESTRA
MAY 2 – 4, 2014 Adapted by Marsha Norman from the novel by E.B. White. Music by Jason Robert Brown E.B. White’s classic novel is now a brilliant symphonic concert experience. The Trumpet of the Swan, like all of White’s novels, concerns a youngster who must overcome a problem. In Louis’s case, he is a trumpeter swan born without a voice. Originally produced at The Kennedy Center.
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