Kidsguide Spring/Summer 2019

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Making Family Life Better in OC & Long Beach Metro | | Spring/Summer 2019 | Hey, It’s Free!

WHERE TO Find Summer Camps Shine on Stage Get STEM-ulated Meet Wild Animals Toot Your Horn See the Stars Make a Splash


Where Can We Take You?


See why on Page 56!


Liz Davis




Where To: Get crafty, sew and knit, dance, play music, sing, star in a play, and find an art camp.





Where To: Find the perfect camp. There are over 300––day-long, week-long––there’s something for every age, toddlers to teens.



Every 10 years––or more in our case––you have to reinvent yourself. Shake everything out, reevaluate, rearrange, and put it all back together in a far more awesome way.


Where To: Find schools, get academic help, and participate in STEM programs and classes.



Where To: Find child care, sitter training, parent education and support, health providers, youth groups, and special-needs services. Also see page 54 for a list of Emergency Resources.



Where To: Find the best attractions, water parks, free museum days, specialty museums (historical, kids-only, car, flight), planetariums, indoor playgrounds, zoos, farms, and train rides.

PARTYGUIDE 44-46 Where To: Party! Over 25 original ideas from archery and fencing parties to creating your own music video in a studio.



Where To: Play and learn any sport: archery, baseball/softball, basketball, fencing, boating, football, cheer, gymnastics, horseback riding, skateboarding, skating, hockey, soccer, volleyball water sports and lots more.

Alina Na


Meet Kidsguide 2.0—your ultimate guides (plural)––to Arts, Camps, Education, Outings… you name it. If it’s for kids and families, we’ve got a guide for it. This issue is organized by our “Guides.” Each one contains conversations––Q&As––about things that you as parents may be looking for. (KG Factoid: this was the inspiration for Kidsguide 34 years ago––parents asking parents, “where can I find …”). The contents of each section are a reminder of how lucky we are to be surrounded by an amazing array of opportunities to enrich and expand the lives of our kids (the other big inspiration for KG). The biggest news about all of this is that the information in this issue is completely blown up on our new website. Oh. Em. Gee. Yes, I said new website. It has far more in-depth information on each topic with lots of bells and whistles to help you connect to these services faster and easier. And holy cow, wait till you see our online events calendar. We know it’s what you love most. It’s new, improved, and can do just about everything but cook your dinner (Kidsguide 3.0). To help you and your kids get acquainted with the new site, play our interactive game on page 56. Prizes are involved and they are good ones! Disclaimer: We do know change is a process and we want to continually improve this process and its contents. And for that, we need you! Please pipe up, complain, even compliment. We take great pride in what we do and we want it to be everything you need to make your family life better, easier, more fun. It’s our job. Please email me:

If you would like information on advertising in Kidsguide, give us a call at (562) 799-0140. We would be happy to send you our rates. The deadline to advertise in the Summer Calendar is May 1; deadline for fall/winter, August 15. Online advertising is ongoing.




“Kidsguide® Copyright 2019. Liz Davis. All rights reserved. No portion of this magazine may be used for a derivative work, reproduced or copied—mechanically, electronically, or by any other means, including photocopying—distributed, or displayed without prior written permission of the publisher. The materials herein are provided on an “as is” basis and the publisher of this magazine, KIDSGUIDE, Inc., expressly disclaims all warranties, including without limitation the warranties of currentness, correctness, completeness, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, noninfringement of intellectual property, and freedom from errors. KIDSGUIDE, Inc. assumes no liability or responsibility for any loss or injury arising out of errors, omissions, uses, or participation as a result of publication of all magazine editions to the fullest extent permitted by law. KIDSGUIDE, Inc. is not in any way recommending or endorsing any program, business, activity, or advertiser listed within this magazine. Names, addresses, fees, descriptions, and services listed in KIDSGUIDE are subject to change. We sincerely request that any errors be brought to the publisher’s attention so that they may be corrected in future editions.”

Questions or Comments? Phone (562) 799-0140 • Email 10313 Los Alamitos Blvd., Los Alamitos, CA 90720



Plus Ceramics, Painting, Jewelry Making & More! 714-738-6595

Muckenthaler Cultural Center 1201 West Malvern Ave., Fullerton


Verde Drive E., #119, Costa Mesa; 18212 Imperial Hwy., Yorba Linda; and 24000 Alicia Pkwy., # 31, Mission Viejo. Also see Camps (page 10) and Parties (page 44), and their ad on page 5 for a free introductory class!

ARTSGUIDE Art, dance, music and theater. Also see Camps and Museums for additional art classes and programs. • Art Steps Costa Mesa (714) 760-4042 Yorba Linda (714) 524-2248 Mission Viejo (949) 454-9555 Students work step-by-step on a wide variety of subject matter, using a range of media such as pastel, color pencils, marker, graphite, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, oil and more. Classes are relaxed and respectful, where students enjoy focusing on the quiet activity of learning to see, while inspirational teachers challenge each student to work toward his or her individual, artistic potential. Classes and workshops include Anime and Cartooning, Cartoon Clay, Faces and Figures, and more! 1525 Mesa

Summer Art Camp

2 Projects in Every Camp • Flexible Schedule Book by May 15th for Additional Discounts Get Art Skills in Just One Summer! (714) 795-1331

Located Near South Coast Plaza

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School of Art provides art lessons for all ages, from beginner to advanced using mediums like pastel, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, oils and more. At their inviting studio space, your child will learn to draw and paint like you never thought possible, learning techniques used by the early masters and contemporary artists. Each student is taught individually with a process that will increase skill, confidence and creativity—bringing home works of art to proudly display. Get started today with a free Introductory lesson when you mention Kidsguide. Located in South Coast Metro, near South Coast Plaza. Also see Camps (page 20), Parties (page 46), and ad on this page.

• Color My World Art Studio 11960 Artesia Blvd., #101, Artesia (562) 219-4566, Color My World is the most fun art studio in town, where each child’s creativity and imagination expands to their highest potential. Art classes for ages 5 and up in Drawing, Sketching, Painting and Mixed Media. Private art sessions are also offered. Art party packages are customized for kids and adults, from 10-20 painters. Everyone goes home with a masterpiece! “At Color My World, art is not a subject, it’s a journey!” • CSArts Academy Summer Program 1010 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 560-0900, CSArts Academy was created to give students (8-15) the chance to experience Orange County School of the Arts’ (OCSA) robust arts curriculum in a fun, creative, and nurturing environment. Summer classes include five-week Arts Camps and one-week Arts Intensives. Enjoy fun and rewarding classes within the School of Fine and Media Arts, including animation, ceramics, creative writing, digital illustration, drawing and painting, production and design, and design animation. For more of their offerings, see listings in Camps (page 12) and Schools (page 24). See ad on page 5. • Muckenthaler Cultural Center 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton (714) 738-6595, The Muckenthaler Cultural Center prides itself on offering a wide variety of art forms to reach everyone’s interests. The Art Education Department’s talents range from dance to drawing, acrylic and watercolor painting, children’s ceramics, indigenous and traditional ceramics classes, photography, jewelry, mosaics, sewing for fun and function, dramatic storytelling, animation and the digital arts, creative and song writing, musical and dramatic theater, plus many more! Also see Camps, and ad on this page. • School of Art 3746 S. Bristol St., Santa Ana (714) 795-1331,


Get Crafty Get Crafty With Clay Clay on First, Long Beach, (562) 495-4362, www. Color Me Mine, Long Beach, Torrance, Whittier, Redondo Beach, Brea, Pasadena, Tustin, Mission Viejo, Costa Mesa and more, www. Hidden Talents Ceramic Studio, Huntington Beach, (714) 840-6833, Paint N’ Glaze, Long Beach, (562) 421-8000, Get Crafty with Recycled Materials Child Creativity Lab’s Depot for Creative Reuse, Santa Ana, (714) 352-4380, reDiscover Center, Los Angeles, (310) 393-3636, The Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse, Long Beach, (562) 437-9999, Get Crafty with a Retailer Home Depot, first Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. noon, projects on their website, workshopforkids. Michaels, Kids Club every Saturday from 10 a.m. - noon,


Art Camps

Also see Art Steps, CSArts, and School of Art listed in this section for additional art camps. ARTime Studio 27001 La Paz Rd., Ste. #390, Mission Viejo (949) 981-4988, Artology Studio 15455 Jeffrey Road, Ste. 318, Irvine (949) 932-0996, lots more fun at

Summer Classes for Aspiring Artists Save 10% with Promo Code: KidsGuide10



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

Little Planet Art Lab 17395 17th St., Ste. D, Tustin (657) 321-6776,

Sounds of Color Studio 2407 N. Tustin Ave., Santa Ana (714) 624-1221,

Inspyr Arts 2535 E. Broadway, Long Beach (562) 342-6172,

• Muckenthaler Youth Summer Arts Camps See listing on page 19; ad on page 4.

Studio H Fine Art 2691 Richter Ave., Ste. 108, Irvine (949) 430-7020,

• Museum of Latin American Art Summer Art and Culture Camp See listing on page 20; ad on page 10.

Irvine Art and Music 15315 Culver Drive, #150, Irvine (949) 559-3069,

The Art House 1380 S. Harbor Blvd., La Habra (714) 870-7119,

Palette Station 540 E. 1st St., Tustin (714) 730-4979,

Irvine Fine Arts Center 1432 Yale Ave., Irvine (949) 724-6880,

The Art Studio 6450 Westminster Blvd., Westminster (714) 458-2800,

One-on-one, INDIVIDUALIZED instruction


Focus & fun for ALL artists, ages 4-17 Art Camps include Anime & Cartooning, Perspective, Faces & Figures, Storybook, Art History, and our popular clay workshops!

Introductory Class Summer Art Camps!








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Ages 8-15


The Drawing Board 18032 E. Lemon Dr., Yorba Linda (714) 423-1693, Timree Paint Studio 1651 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach (949) 723-1300,


Sew & Knit Angel Threads Sewing School in Newport Beach Sewing workshops and classes with projects such as dresses, PJ bottoms, tote bags and cozy blankets. Fashion Design classes, too. (949) 5486070, Fashion Camp in Tustin Beginning and advanced sewing classes and one-day workshops (8+). Unisex sewing projects, targeted towards boys, include PJ bottoms, sports pillows and drawstring bags. Scout workshops and in-store or mobile birthday parties are available. (714) 2590946. • Sewing Lab Los Alamitos 4215 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos (657) 465-5499, Sewing classes and camps for kids, grades 2 and up. Beginners start off with the basics and advanced students move on to more challenging projects. Also offers one-day workshops for Girl Scouts, vacation-break camps, and birthday party packages. Also see Camps (page 20), Parties (page 46), and ad on page 30.

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

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

Afternoon, Evening & Saturday Classes One Free Dance Class

• Sewing with Jane 6243 E. 5th St., Long Beach (562) 260-5888 Hand sewing for ages 6 and up. Machine sewing for ages 9 and up (machines provided). Small, projected-based group classes for beginning through intermediate sewers. Hand sewers complete craft projects. Machine sewers create simple clothing or crafts. Weekly 1.5-hour classes are held in five-week sessions. Sewing camps are also available (see page 21); email for summer schedule or Facebook: “Sewing with Jane Loper” for up-todate flyers. Email: Sew Vac Ltd. in Long Beach Sewing classes (9-12). Create unique projects while learning how to work a sewing machine. (562) 4986684. Stitches in Time in Bellflower Work on a project together, such as a scarf or a hat or sit back and watch your child create something on their own. Mommy and Me classes are also available; $6 a class, the first class is $25 and includes materials. (562) 804-9341. www.

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Bust a Move • Burgess Cotillion The Grand - Catalina Room, Long Beach (323) 874-7393, Bobby Burgess—original Walt Disney Mouseketeer, ballroom dancer on the Lawrence Welk Show, and instructor with the Legendary Call’s Cotillion— leads each Burgess Cotillion class. Kids (8-18) learn social dancing and manners in eight monthly Monday classes, 90 minutes each. Foxtrot, waltz, swing, tango, rumba, cha cha, line dancing—you name it, Burgess Cotillion teaches it! Every class also includes refreshments, games, prizes, and manners every kid needs to know. Parents are always welcome, especially for the Mother/Son, Father/Daughter dances in April. Please contact for dates and tuition. Email: • Dance Company 4205 Montair Ave., Long Beach (562) 425-7231, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Pointe, Acro, Musical Theater and Lyrical (3+); beginner to advanced levels with an emphasis on technique. Two annual studio productions and children’s performing

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Southern California’s Premier

PERFORMING ARTS CAMP Train to Be a True Triple Threat! 10 full days (60 hours) of intensive training by top industry professionals.

Includes Four Daily Workshops: Two dance classes, one vocal/theater class, one drama/commercial class. Limited class size & individual instruction. 9am - 3pm. $495.

Session I: June 24 - July 5

Ages 6-19 - Beginning - Advanced

Session Il: July 22 - Aug 2

Ages 6+ - Intermed & Advanced

For more information & to register: (714) 897-4475 • company are available, plus a complete adult program. The Dance Company is a complete performing arts studio. A Mini-Dance Summer Camp is also offered, July 22-26, for ages 5-10 (see Camps, page 14). See ad on this page.

novation of this studio sets it apart from the rest, and the value of dance education they provide is priceless. Check out their website for more information and full details. Also see their summer camp on page 14; ad on page 7.

• Elevation Studios 1900 E. 27th St., #101, Signal Hill (562) 424-2711, Ages 3 through adult, beginning through professional. Full recreational program as well as a highly competitive competition team. Owners and professional dancers, Alex and Robert Lee are extremely connected and involved in the dance world, which allows the studio to bring in master instructors from around the country. Robert and Alex’s credits include: Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Madonna, Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, and a BFA in dance. The in-

• Kick It Up 8125 and 8129 East Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 430-1812, Come dance, sing, act and perform at Kick It Up, a noncompetitive, friendly dance, visual arts, fitness and party studio. Classes are offered for all ages and ability levels; no one is turned away. Intro to Dance, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Hula, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Contemporary and Acrobatics are some of the many classes offered. In addition, Kick It Up also offers ukulele and voice lessons. As a parent, they offer many fitness and dance classes at the same time your children or teens are in class. All participants have the opportunity to perform in a family-oriented and affordable dance recital in June and December. Competition Teams, Performing Teams, Brownie/Girl Scout events, camps and birthday parties are offered throughout the year. Specialty classes, such as Twisty Tuesdays, special-needs classes, and classes for homeschool students are also offered. Also see Parties (page 46). See ad on page 7.


562.425.7231 (562) 425-7231 4205 MONTAIR AVEBeach 90808 4205 Montair Ave., Long LONG BEACH, CA 90808 WWW.THEDANCECOLONGBEACH.COM

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

FREE CLASS New Students Only

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• Long Beach Ballet Academy 1122 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 426-4112, The Long Beach Ballet classical ballet academy offers year-round training for ages 4 to adult. Under the artistic direction of David Wilcox, the nationally-recognized academy has graduated students into many major companies around the world, including the San Francisco Ballet, the Hamburg Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada. The most advanced students make up the performing company, which is best known for Southern California’s most spectacular production of “The Nutcracker” at the Long Beach Terrace Theater. The Long Beach Ballet also takes many of their students to

China each summer. Visit for a complete schedule of events and performances. Children’s Dance Camp 2019 is also available; see Camps (page 18). See ad on page 6. • Los Altos Dance Center 5531 Spring St., Long Beach (562) 712-9798, Los Altos Dance Center is a family-owned studio serving the Long Beach area since 1977. They offer classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop and lyrical for preschoolers, children, teens and adults. Their friendly teachers make classes fun and enjoyable while teaching proper dance technique. Los Altos Dance Center takes pride in their yearly dance recital where students and teachers perform beautifully-skilled and choreographed dance routines. Voted Best Dance Studio 2017 Press-Telegram Readers Choice Awards! See ad on page 6. • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns (562) 986-0066, Hip Hop is the perfect class for children (4-8) who want to dance, stay active, and learn how to freestyle! Musicality, rhythm, and creative movement are key components of this fun, urban/street-style dance class that teaches boys and girls alike to step, stomp, and shake it out! See ad on page 39. • Orange County Song and Dance Co. 5301 Oceanus Drive, Huntington Beach (714) 897-4475 Students have the opportunity to perform while studying to become well-rounded singers, dancers and actors. They have trained hundreds of children to work in professional and community theater productions, the music industry doing both voice overs and vocal recording, in videos, as amusement park entertainment, or to be outstanding members of their schools’ show choirs, drama departments, and song and cheer squads. Classes include: Vocal, Drama / Musical Theater, Preschool Dance, Boys on the Move and Master Classes. Stop in and enjoy a tour of our 6,000-squarefoot studio. First lesson is free! See page 20 for their Performing Arts Camp. See ad on this page.


Toot Your Own Horn • Applied Music 10900 Los Alamitos Blvd., Ste. 203, Los Alamitos (562) 596-1287, Enhance your child’s (3+) education by trying a free lesson at Applied Music Studio! They offer instruction in viola, violin, voice, piano, guitar, drums, woodwinds and theory, as well as a Keyboard for Kids program, all taught by degreed professionals. Applied Music Studio also offers lessons for jazz, orchestra and choir preparation. They have new and used instruments for sale, and school-approved instruments for rent with an option to buy. Mention Kidsguide to book your free lesson today! Located at the corner of lots more fun at

Florista and Pine. Email: appliedmusicstudio@gmail. com. See ad on this page.


Music Teacher Referrals Free referral sites that connect you with qualified instructors in piano, guitar, strings, vocals and more. Music Teachers Association of California, (800) 834-3340, Suzuki Association of the Americas, (888) 378-9854, www. • Jazz Angels (562) 981-8410, Level-specific jazz bands comprised of young musicians ages 9-17. Musicians learn to play (or improve how they play) this great American music through a unique method of music mentoring. Three, ten-week sessions throughout the school year, plus a summer program. Email: • Music Together at the Beach (562) 264-5543 Celebrating 20 years of family music-making in Long Beach and Huntington Beach! Music Together is the internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for children from birth through age 5 and the grown-ups who love them. Weekly 45-minute classes incorporate a fun-filled, researchbased, developmentally appropriate music curriculum. Activities include songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play. Parent-child classes for children, newborn to age 5. For information about other Music Together locations, visit their website. See ad on this page. Community Youth Orchestra of SoCal Four different ensembles that are appropriate for all ages and skill levels.


Up Your Karaoke Skills International Peace Choir (562) 500-9106, Ages 5-17 proudly represent their diverse heritages and cultural backgrounds through music, song, and dance. Rehearsals are held in Long Beach. • Kelly Summer Vocal Studio Long Beach (562) 833-6444, Voice lessons for kids and adults who want to improve their singing ability are offered by Kelly Summer Vocal Studio. Kelly Summer is a career singer and voice teacher with a Masters Degree in vocal performance from USC and over 20 years experience in the music business. Her specialization is in contemporary jazz, rock and hip hop/R&B. Students learn vocal technique, repertoire, audition/performance skills and musicianship—all in a private studio setting. Also see Special Needs (page 32), and ad on this page for a free first lesson offer. lots more fun at

Long Beach • Signal Hill • Huntington Beach • 562-264-5543

Kelly Summer, M.A. Studio Music & Jazz Certified Neurologic Music Therapist Voice Lessons for People Who Want to Sing! • Rock, Jazz, Blues, Contemporary • Learn technique, stage presence, audition skills • Vendor for multiple homeschool charters

Music Therapy for Kids with Special Needs • Help kids reach educational and IEP goals • Improve communication skills • Help with emotional and affective development

First Lesson Free w/ One Month Registration!

Music for Everyone (562) 833-6444

Applied Music Studio Violin • Voice • Guitar Piano • Drums • Woodwinds “Rock Band for Kids” • Private, Semi-private & Group Lessons • School Approved Instrument Rentals • Rent with an Option to Buy • New & Used Instrument Sales • Music Professionals with Degrees • Jazz, Orchestra, and Choir Preparation

FREE MUSIC LESSON (562) 596-1287

New students only. Not valid with other coupons.

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Broadway on Tour Children’s Theatre - Ages 8-20. 625 French St., Santa Ana. (714) 542-6939. Buena Park Youth Theatre - Ages 8-18. 6888 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. (714) 449-3211. www. Children’s Theatre of Long Beach - (562) 9994691. Creative Kids Playhouse Children’s Theatre of OC - Ages 3 - grade 12. Camps offered. Mission Viejo. (949) 297-6257. • CSArts Academy Summer Program - A creative and nurturing environment for students (8-15) to pursue the arts. Beginner and advanced level student artists can attend summer classes including: acting, acting for the camera (film or TV), musical theatre, and production and design. Also see Arts (page 4), Camps (page 12), and ad on page 5. 1010 N. Main St., Santa Ana. (714) 560-0900. Long Beach Youth Chorus (562) 420-3393, Open to all skill levels in grades 6-12. Southern California Children’s Chorus (949) 336-7115, Six choral levels for ages 5-20. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday afternoons at their Irvine location. Voices of Hope Children’s Choir 4445 Alton Pkwy., Irvine (714) 971-4001 This program is made up of 100 talented children, ages 5-18, and welcomes all skill levels to audition.


Shine on Stage The following organizations offer youth theater programs that offer classes, workshops and productions. Acting Academy for Kids - Summer camps offered. Venues in Laguna Niguel, Irvine, and San Clemente. (949) 427-0072, Arts & Learning - Grades K+. Camps offered. 151 Kalmus Drive, G3, Costa Mesa. (714) 728-7100. www. Biola Youth Theatre - Ages 6-18; emphasis on spiritual principles. 14540 San Cristobal Drive, La Mirada. (562) 906-4574.

GO-FAME Youth Theatre Company - Ages 8-18. Long Beach. (657) 845-0414. International City Theatre - Youth Conservatory (715), July 8 - August 1. 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach. (562) 495-4595. Laguna Playhouse - Ages 9-18. Summer camps offered. 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. (949) 497-2787. Long Beach Playhouse - Summer Youth Conservatory. 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. (562) 4941014. Musical Theatre Academy of OC - Ages 4-18. 3935 Birch St., Newport Beach. (949) 955-3737. Musical Theatre West - Summer youth conservatory (7-18). 4350 E. 7th St., Long Beach. (562) 8561999, Ext. 232. MYART - Summer camps offered. Cypress. (562) 216-3305. Mysterium Theater - Ages 6-17. 311 S. Euclid, La Habra. (562) 697-3311. Orange County Children’s Theatre (OCCT) Ages 5-19. (714) 502-2244. Phantom Projects Theatre Group - First class is free. La Mirada. (714) 690-2900. South Coast Repertory - Kids and teens acting classes for grades 3-12. 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 708-5510. The Kids Theatre Company - Summer camps too. Long Beach. (562) 209-1894. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts - 9390 N Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 246-3800.

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YaYa’s Performance Academy - Ages 3-18. 4144 N. Viking Way, Long Beach. (562) 355-2004. www.

CAMPGUIDE • 49er Youth Sports Camp at CSULB 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach (562) 985-4049, Celebrating their 55th year! All-sports camp for boys and girls ages 5-12, includes instruction in tumbling, archery, tennis, track, bowling, soccer, volleyball, softball, baseball, basketball, kickball, lacrosse, elementary games and daily swim lessons. Each student will be assigned to one of four age groups. Assignment will be based upon the chronological age of each camper. Each activity will be selected for its contribution to the needs and abilities of the group. 2019 sessions: June 17 - July 12 and July 15 - August 9, Monday - Friday, 12:30-5 p.m. $560. Space is limited and confirmed for the first 450 campers with a completed application and full payment. Online registration and credit card payment only. Morning programs are available for parents seeking all-day activities. See ad on page 11. • Academic Enrichment Camp at CSULB 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach (562) 985-2570, (562) 985-7351 Various academic subjects covered. Kindergarten Preparedness Program, and 1st through 5th grade-level academic curriculum, as well as art and computers. 6th-8th grade math, technology, language arts, writing and art. Children will be divided by grade level with a low student/teacher ratio. 2019 sessions: June 17 July 12 and July 15 - August 9, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - noon, $560. Morning supervision is available, 7:15-8:30 a.m. (additional fee). Free supervision is provided during lunch for those children attending 49er Camp. Enrollment is confirmed with a completed application and full payment. Online registration and credit card payment only. See ad on page 11. Aliso Viejo Parks and Recreation (949) 425-2500, Summer camps (3-17): Arts, dance, STEM, sports, fashion, cooking, chess and much more. June 10 August 16. Visit website for details. Anaheim Community Services (714) 765-5219, CampVenture Day Camp (6-13) - Daily activities include crafts, movies, nature, science, cooking, sports, weekly excursion and more. Themed-weekly sessions, June 17 - August 23. 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., extended hours, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Additional camps in nature, art, cooking, sports, and STEM also available. • Art Steps Costa Mesa

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

JUNE 17 - JULY 12 JULY 15 - AUGUST 9

Young Scientists Camp @ CSULB Come to CSULB and do science in university labs, meet scientists and tour facilities. THIS YEAR’S TOPICS: It’s Not Magic –– It’s Science, Star Scientists, Marine Biology The STEM Maker Challenge (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) & a High School Girls Physics Program Lunch supervision &

For entering grades 2-8 • July 15-26 Monday - Friday, 8:30 am -12:10 pm $315 ($30 sibling discount) • Visit us on Facebook!

transportation to afternoon CSULB camps available.

Call: 562-985-4801 Visit:

JUNE 17 - JULY 12 JULY 15 - AUGUST 9


Yorba Linda (714) 524-2248 Mission Viejo (949) 454-9555 Fill your school breaks with art! Fine art day camps, offered in half-day and full-day options, with something for every young artist. At Art Steps, young children explore in many media, such as cartooning, clay, 3D perspective and beyond; while teens of all levels enjoy in-depth focus on figure drawing and portraiture, painting, anime fine points and much more. Their friendly teachers provide plenty of fun. 1525 Mesa Verde Drive E., #119, Costa Mesa; 18212 Imperial Hwy., Yorba Linda; and 24000 Alicia Pkwy., # 31, Mission Viejo. Also see Arts (page 4) and Parties (page 44), and ad on page 5. Bellflower Recreation and Parks (562) 866-5684, Ext. 2268 Summer camps (7-15) offer daily summer activities during an eight-week session. June - August, Monday Friday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Boys and Girls Club Day camps (5-18) are offered at many branches during vacation breaks, usually Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. (hours vary). Visit the website to find a club near you and inquire about camp availability. Brea Community Services Summer Camps 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea (714) 990-7100, A variety of camps are available; call or visit the website for details. Buena Park Recreation 6931 Orangethorpe Ave., Buena Park (714) 562-3860, Camp (7-14) includes kickball, basketball, dodgeball, swimming, and more! One week sessions, Monday Friday begin in June. Full days, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., $74; half days (morning or afternoon), $37. Each week there will be an optional field trip for an additional $13. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pedro (310) 548-7562, Summer Camps: Galloping Snail and Other Fishy Tales (grades 1-2), June 24-28 and July 29 - August 2. Crab Shells and Native Tales (grades 3-4), July 8-12 and August 5-9. Ichthyology and Other Slimy Words (grades 5-6), July 15-19 and August 12-16. Coastal Field Research (grades 7-9), July 30 - August 3. $85. California State University Fullerton 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton (657) 278-5583 Titan Youth Sports Camp - Day camp (ages 4-12), June 11 - August 10. Activities rotated daily, include bowling, rock climbing, field sports, martial arts, Zumba, hockey, and more. $145-245. Counselor-inTraining (13-18) also offered, $75. Full and half days available, extended care is offered at an additional fee. • Camp Discovery at Discovery Cube 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana 11800 Foothill Blvd., Los Angeles 12 kidsguide spring/summer 2019 June 17 - July 29. Exciting coding challenges, wild animal discoveries and science wonders await your kids this summer at Discovery Cube’s hands-on camps! They offer several different programs that give kids of all ages the chance to investigate science through fun, one-of-a-kind experiences. Visit the website for camp and registration details. See ad on back inside cover. Camp Fire 7070 E. Carson St., Long Beach (562) 421-2725, Summer Camps: Backyard Bunch (entering grades K-7th), June 17 - August 16. Traditional and Adventure Camp options in three or five-day sessions. Both include archery, rock climbing, ropes course, cooking over the campfire, arts/crafts, sports, outdoor education and optional field trips (Adventure Camp only). 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; extended hours available at additional fee. $175-215. Beach Cruisers camp (grades 5-10), Shiwaka Day Camp (for members only), and Wintaka Resident Camp are also offered. • Camp Komaroff at the Alpert JCC 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, At Camp Komaroff, they provide a wide range of wellplanned activities both on and off campus, facilitated by a highly trained, energetic staff. They offer just about everything “under the sun!”—from arts and crafts, cooking, swim time, weekly field trips, sports and much more! Everyone is invited to be silly, laugh, have fun, make new friends, in a safe, nurturing environment while developing new skills, and becoming more independent! Camp is open to students going into grades 1-9. Campers going into grades 1 and 2 have a three day/week option. Extended care is available, 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. Dates: Spring Break - April 19 and 22-26. Spring Into Summer Camp - June 3-14. Summer of Fun Camp - June 17 - August 16. See ad on page 19. Camp Pinniped at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach (949) 494-3050, One-week sessions, June 10 - August 12. Campers (8-13) learn how the animal care team rehabilitates seal and sea lion patients. Different theme each day with games, science labs, and crafts. Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Extended care available for additional fee. $350. City of La Mirada Day Camps (562) 943-7277, Summer Day Camp for ages 5-11, and Teen Camp for ages 11-14, June 10 - August 9 (no camp on July 4). Games, activities, crafts, water play, cooking activities, sports, and more. Weekly registration includes one excursion and a camp T-shirt, $102-130. Extended care available, $18. Camp hours, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Columbia Memorial Space Center Space Camp 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200, Explore a variety of sciences with Space Camp at the Columbia Memorial Space Center. Camps include lots

of fun, hands-on activities for ages 9-11 and 12-14. This year’s summer camp themes are Robotics and Apollo Makerspace. Monday - Friday, June 24 - July 26 (no camp week of July 4th). $175 per week of camp or $150 for CMSC members. Registration opens April 16. Also see Outings (page 34) and ad on page 39. • Concordia University Irvine Entrepreneurship/Business Start-Up Camp 1530 Concordia West, Irvine 92612 (949) 214-3198,, Kids (grades 5-8) enjoy a fun, interactive one-week business program to learn the principles of entrepreneurship and starting and running their own realwork business, and take part in a business plan competition for a $350 prize; July 22-26; 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The teen program is a one-week residential summer academy, July 21-27, for high school students interested in learning real-world business principles from successful entrepreneurs. This fun, activity-packed experience allows participants to work in small groups and write actual business plans, with the best one winning a $1,500 prize! Email: Stephen. See ad on page 21. Costa Mesa Parks and Community Services (714) 754-5175, Camp Mini Explorers, June 24 - August 2, ages 3-4, Tuesdays/Thursdays, $187. Ages 4-5, Mondays/ Wednesdays/Fridays, $303. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Drop-in recreation program, Summer R.O.C.K.S, is also available, June 24 - August 23, at several locations. Crystal Cove State Park Summer Camps (949) 494-3539, Camp Coastal Wild, June 24-28, for kids ages 8-11. Activities include hikes, bird walks, tide-pool explorations, volleyball, boogie boards, and kayaking. Camp hours, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. $165. • CSArts Academy Summer Program 1010 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 560-0900 Unleash your inner artist at CSArts Academy! A program of Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), CSArts Academy was created to give students ages 8-15 the chance to experience OCSA’s robust arts curriculum in a fun, creative, and nurturing environment. Under the guidance of renowned educators, young artists have the opportunity to develop important fundamental skills and pursue advanced training in their specific art form. Summer classes feature Five-Week Arts Camps, One-Week Arts Intensives, and Academic Enrichment Workshops, and take place Monday - Friday, June 24 - July 26. Beginning and advanced classes include acting, animation, creative writing, culinary arts, dance, digital media, fashion, filmmaking, guitar, instrumental music, musical theatre, production and design, study skills, visual arts and more! See ad on page 5. Cypress Recreation and Parks 5700 Orange Ave., Cypress (714) 229-6780, Camp Cypress (grades 1-6) - One-week sessions, June 4 - August 3, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., $105 per week, plus cost of excursions. Extended hours available, $25 per week. Youth Sports Camps (8-14) - Basketball, June 10-14, and June 24-28; Volleyball, June 3-7 lots more fun at


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and June 17-21. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. $65 per session. Specialty Camps (5-12) - Nasa Jr. Astronauts, Jedi Engineering Using LEGOs, Top Chef Healthy Kitchen, Robotics, Harry Potter, and more. 9 a.m. - noon. Pee Wee Sports Camps (3-7) - Soccer, June 11 - July 23; Baseball, June 10 - July 22; Basketball, June 13 - July 25. $35-65. Summer Parks Program (5-12) - Themed weeks, crafts, games, and more. Tuesday - Thursday, June 4 - August 1, 1-4 p.m. $20. Evergreen, Oak Knoll, Veterans, and Mackay parks. • Dance Company Children’s Dance Camp 4205 Montair Ave., Long Beach (562) 425-7231, Come join the fun this summer! Mini-Dance Summer Camp, for ages 5-10, includes jazz, lyrical, musical theater and acro. Camp dates: July 22-26. Call the studio for details and registration. See ad on page 8. • Elevation Studios Summer Performance Camps! 1900 E. 27th St., #101, Signal Hill (562) 424-2711, This summer, Elevation Studios will offer two unique weeks of performance day camps. All levels, beginners welcome, ages 3-12. Each week will include classes in jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, conditioning, fitness, musical theater, character, singing, acting and more. Campers will become triple threats in no time! Guests are invited to watch a fantastic performance at the end of the camp on Friday. Dance, Act, Sing Camp dates: June 17-21 and July 15-19, Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., with options for early drop-off and late pick-up (day rates available). Come join the Elevation family for a fun summer full of creativity, exploration and dance! See ad on page 7. Family Vacation Camps Idyllwild Arts - (951) 468-7265, Montecito-Sequoia Family Vacation Camp - (800) 2279900, Skylake Yosemite Camp (559) 642-3720, UC Santa Barbara - (805) 893-3123,

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• Fairmont Summer Programs Four OC Locations: Anaheim, Anaheim Hills and North Tustin (714) 765-6300 Does your child transform into a video game zombie during the summer? Fairmont Private Schools has the cure! Attend one of Fairmont’s Summer Programs for preschool through 8th grade and *high school. Programs start in June 2019. At Fairmont, they offer customizable fun for students. The theme this year is “Welcome to the Big Top,” and campers will have a blast stretching their imagination and meeting new friends. Summer programs include enough academic enrichment to keep young minds engaged while blending fun dress up days, field trips, and theme-related activities. Come for a week or stay all summer. Enroll now at or (714) 234-2757. *High school program is traditional academic summer school. See ad on page 13. • Fantastical Adventures Dungeons & Dragons Summer Camps (949) 355-1655, Introductory camp provides the opportunity to experience and play through a complete Dungeons and Dragons adventure. Campers begin with creating a lots more fun at




Fountain Valley Community Services (714) 839-8611, Summer day camps (3-13), June - August, include chemistry, robots, STEM, beauty, cooking, baking, survival skills and more. Camps for teens (12-18) too. Fullerton Parks and Recreation (714) 738-6575, Hillcrest Summer Day Camps: Kids (5-12) explore, create and learn through various arts, crafts and enrichment projects. Call for dates and fees. • Garden Grove Parks and Recreation (714) 741-5200, Looking for a great place to send your child this summer? Check out The City of Garden Grove’s Summer Day Camp for kids (5-12). Camps include fun-filled games, creative crafts, field trips, cookouts, teamwork and lasting memories. Ten-week program, June 17 August 23, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Early-Bird Discount: $100 per week when you register before April 30! ($105 weekly fee after April 30.) Also, ask about their Counselor-In-Training program for teens, ages 13-17. See ad on page 16. • Gryphon Fencing and Fitness Studio 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia (714) 519-1343, Go from Zero to Zorro! Vacation-break camps will teach your child the sport of fencing. In the popular Go Medieval camp, kids learn archery, fencing and build a working catapult. Camps offer the chance to have fun, meet new friends, learn new skills and build confidence. Email: See ad on page 49. Huntington Beach Recreation (714) 536-5486, Summer Day Camps (ages 6-12) include cooking, dance, musical theater, science, film, arts, sports (basketball, football, golf, multi-sports, soccer, tennis, and surfing), and the excursion-filled Camp HB. One-week sessions, July - August.

June 17 - August 16 Ocean Institute ACA Accredited Summer Camps are immersive educational journeys that take place in our unique coastal setting. Register by emailing or call (949) 496-2275

• iD Tech Camps, Alexa Café, and iD Tech Academies (844) 788-1858, iD Tech, the world’s #1 STEM educator, offers the following programs for ages 7-19. See ad on page 13. iD Tech Camps (ages 7-17) - Welcome to the original tech camp, built around you. Code a mobile app. Develop your own video game. Design Fortnite-inspired levels. Produce a viral video. Or, dive into the world of AI. Their flagship program blends world-class inlots more fun at

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character for their adventure. They are divided into adventuring parties (with similarly aged campers) and run through a complete adventure over the course of the week led by an expert level Dungeon Master. Team-building activities, social skills practice and collaborative problem-solving scenarios are emphasized. No previous experience is necessary in the introductory camp but experienced D&D players are also welcome. Campers can request to be grouped with their friends at the time of registration, but all kids in the group tend to bond quickly through the game. $395. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Huntington Beach, June 24-28. Laguna Hills, July 8-12. “Growing Imagination, Critical Thinking, and Social Skills.”



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7:00 am - 6:00 pm Monday - Friday $105 per week Designed for kids ages 5-12 Early registration is April 1 - April 30

$5 off the weekly fee for each week paid for during this period

Action Movie Flix - The favorite from 2018 is back! Students use a green screen, camera tricks and special effects to create their own live-action action adventure movie. Irvine Community Services (949) 724-6610, Camps run June - August, and include arts, sports, culinary, and more. Visit their website or call for details. • Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center 2 Irvine Park Road, Orange (714) 923-3191 Located on the hills overlooking Irvine Regional Park, the IROEC offers summer camp, STEM camp, and recreational activities for individuals, schools, youth organizations and families. Activities include zip line, shooting sports, challenge courses, climbing wall, hiking and swimming. ACA accredited. • Kick It Up Dance Camps 8129 East Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 430-1812, Kick It Up this summer at two awesome dance camps. Each week of camp, dancers (ages 4-8) learn different forms of dance, choreography, make crafts, and have an in-house performance on the last day of camp. Cost: $130 per week ($115 if registered before May 15). See ad on page 7. June 24-28 - Prince and Princess Party - Dancers focus on ballet, lyrical and contemporary, and love learning to dance like their favorite fairytale princess. 8:30 a.m. - noon.

struction with fun camp activities. In each weeklong session, you’ll explore an inspiring campus, make new friends, and build skills for a world with millions of open STEM jobs. Day and overnight programs are held at UC Irvine, Cal Poly Pomona, Loyola Marymount, Caltech, UCLA, UCSD, Stanford, NYU, and more. Alexa Café (all-girls, ages 10-15) - Inspired by iD Tech co-founder Alexa Ingram-Cauchi, the all-girls experience blends tech, entrepreneurship, and social impact in a fresh, café-like setting. Big ideas come to life amidst moon chairs and stylish decor. Whether you want to code an app for charity, 3D model and print essential tools, or discover the possibilities of AI with Cozmo, you’ll collaborate with new friends and create a project you’re passionate about. iD Coding and AI Academy (ages 13-18) - This immersive, pre-collegiate program is ideal for teens with a passion for coding, engineering, and AI. Experience the thrill of software development culture with courses like machine learning and deep neural networks, cryptography, game programming with C++, robotics engineering, and more. You’ll interface with industry pros, collaborate with peers, and leave with an impressive project for your portfolio. Two-week, overnight sessions are held at UCLA, Stanford, and select universities nationwide. iD Game Dev Academy (ages 13-18) - Take on the role of a 3D modeler, gameplay programmer, or level designer in this collaborative studio experience. Or, experiment with eSports and data science! You’ll network with peers, interface with industry pros, and create an impressive project for your portfolio. It’s the 16 kidsguide spring/summer 2019

perfect way to turn a love of gaming into a lucrative career. Two-week, overnight sessions are held at UC Irvine, Stanford, and select universities nationwide. • IncrediFlix Summer Camps (949) 548-5424, IncrediFlix offers the following fun, creative filmmaking camps. All flix downloadable within a month after camp ends. Check website for dates and locations. Green Screen Lego Flix - Students design and build movie sets out of Legos, and transport them anywhere using green screen technology. Students storyboard, shoot, and voice-over in age appropriate groups. Minecraft Movie Flix - New for 2019, more set design features like flowing lava-rivers and flickering torches! Using stop-motion animation, students will bring Steve, Alex, the creepers and more to life in a movie. Animation Flix - New animations for 2019! Students will create up to four stop-motion movies. Action Stop Motion Flix - Use stop motion tricks to create fires, explosions, and floods in this action-packed stop-motion class featuring Roblox characters. Go Pro Flix - Students work in groups to experiment with this amazing filmmaking tool and learn the techniques and tricks behind creating GoPro movies!

July 8-12 - Super Hero Spectacular - Dancers focus on jazz, hip hop and acrobatics, and get moving to the beat as they find their own super dance powers. 8:30 a.m. - noon. La Habra Active Day Camp 209 N. Orange St., La Habra (562) 383-4205, Active Day Camp (4-12), June 3 - August 16, offers breakfast, lunch, and two snacks. Activities include movie days, water play, academic enrichment, arts and crafts, fitness, cooking, nutrition and health classes, pool days, excursions and more. Weekdays, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Registration fee, $30. Weekly fee, $180. Resident and sibling discounts. Lake Forest Community Services 25550 Commercentre Drive, Lake Forest (949) 273-6960, Camps are held in one-week sessions, Monday Friday: Little Pioneers Summer Camp (3-6) - Music, arts and crafts, games, circle time, and outside exploring, themed sessions, 9 a.m. - noon, $85-90. Lake Forest Sports Academy (3-7) - Soccer, baseball, basketball and flag-football. Lake Forest Rocks Camp (7-10) - Crafts, goodies, games, skits, one mini excursion and one big excursion, 7:30 a.m. 6 p.m., $140-145. Lake Forest Unplugged Camp (11-14) - Games, skits, team competitions, and two excursions. Includes excursion transportation, crafts, camp T-shirt, and Friday BBQ or pizza parties, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., $140-145. lots more fun at


Teens learn team-building activities, child development and boating skills. Sailing, kayaking and canoeing also included. $310. 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 - August. $105 per week. Extended hours available, morning (7-9 a.m.) and afternoon (4-6 p.m.), $25 per session. Call the individual park for registration details. El Dorado Park West, (562) 570-3225; Silverado Park, (562) 570-1675; Stearns Champions Park, (562) 570-1685; and Veterans Park, (562) 570-1695. Summer Pee Wee Camp (5-8) - Arts and crafts, sports, recreational activities and field trips. $105 per week. Wardlow Park. (562) 570-1705. Summer Music and Arts Day Camp (5-12) - Art, drama, music theory, vocal, theater, dance, fitness and games. Register early April. $110 per week due at time of registration and $20 deposit on additional weeks. Whaley Park. (562) 570-1710.

• Lakewood Recreation and Community Services 5050 Clark Ave., Lakewood (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408 Family Camps - Parents and kids (3-11) camp overnight at Monte Verde Park. Games and campfire. $10 per person and a $10 per person materials fee due at camp. Dates: May 18-19 and July 13-14. MVP Summer Day Camp (6-12) - Weekly sessions, Monday - Friday; extended care available. Call for dates, times, fees and details. See ad on page 15. • Long Beach Ballet Academy Children’s Dance Camp 2019 1122 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 426-4112, The Long Beach Ballet offers an exciting two-week summer dance camp for ages 5-11 (no previous dance training required). The experienced faculty offers classes in ballet, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, hip hop, pre-pointe and crafts. The program runs Monday - Friday, July 29 - August 9, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., and concludes with a final performance on August 9. Call the academy for more information. See page 8 for their year-round program. See ad on page 6. Long Beach Little Linksters 6700 E. Carson St., Long Beach (562) 570-1272 As a summer program (8-12), PGA and LPGA professionals introduce kids to golf during one-week programs, July 8-12 and July 15-19. Participants receive a set of starter golf clubs and shirt. $125, 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.

• Long Beach Marine Institute Ocean Adventure Camp 2019 6475 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., #281, Long Beach (562) 431-7156, Weekly sessions introduce campers, ages 5-7, 8-9 and 10-12, to marine life and the ocean with handson projects, crafts and field trips. Themes include: Squirmy, Slimy and Spineless; Whale Tales and Mammal Friends; Mysteries of the Deep; Liquid Jungles of the Sea; and Shark Days. June 17 - August 16, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., extended care available. Teen Volunteer and Counselor-in-Training, too. • Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine (562) 570-3100, The following camps are offered at various Long Beach sites. Also see El Dorado Nature Center on page 27. See ad on the front inside cover. Belmont Junior Beach Camp (5-8, must have completed kindergarten): one-week sessions, June 19 August 25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $155 per week; extended care for an additional fee. Beach fun, swimming lessons, arts and crafts, games, sports and excursions. Bayshore Beach Camp (9-12, must have completed 3rd grade): one-week sessions, June 19 - August 25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $155 per week; extended care for an additional fee. Aquatic sports and activities, excursions, arts and crafts, environmental activities, canoeing, sailing and kayaking. Located on Alamitos Bay at Bayshore Beach. Bay Club Teen Camp (13-17, must have completed 7th grade): one-week sessions, June 19 - August 11, noon - 5 p.m. $120 per week. Sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, sports, excursions and games. Counselor-in-Training (completed grade 8+): threeweek session, June 26 - July 21, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Summer Hi-Five Sports Camp (5-12) - Different sports each week, recreational swimming, excursions and crafts. $105 per week. Pan American Park. (562) 570-1660. • Long Beach State Basketball Camp 2019 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach (562) 985-1610 Three exciting camps this year; Youth Basketball Camp (grades 1-8), June 24-27; Father-Son Camp, July 26 and 27 (Friday, 4-10 p.m and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.); and Youth Basketball Week 2, August 5-8. Camps will be staffed by Long Beach State basketball coaches, staff, and enthusiastic players from the current team. Camp highlights include instruction in fundamentals, guest speakers, plus fun games and tournaments. For more information and to register, contact Jerry Woods at the number listed or email, See ad on page 14. Long Beach State University 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach In addition to the camps listed below, also see 49er Camp, Academic Enrichment, Long Beach State Basketball Camp and Young Scientists Camp listed in this section. Softball Camp - Fundamentals camp for girls (7-13): July 10-13 and July 24-27, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., $200. Oneday, showcase camps (high school girls), June 19, July 28 and August 6, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., $150. (562) 985-2100. Email: • Volleyball Camp - Long Beach State has asserted itself as one of the premier volleyball programs in the country. Three-time NCAA Champions and 13time Big West Champs, Joy McKienzie Fuerbringer is offering her annual summer volleyball camps at The Pyramid for ages 7-11 and 12-18. Camps are held July 14 - September 1. For session dates and details, see page 52. (562) 985-7352. Tennis Camp - Weekly summer camps (5-15), June 19 - August 11. (562) 985-4336.

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Mission Viejo Recreation (949) 470-3000 Summer camps include cooking, STEM, sewing, soccer, skateboarding, tennis, arts and crafts, group games and excursions. June 10 - August 16. • Muckenthaler Youth Summer Art Camps 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton (714) 738-6595, Experience the most creative combination of courses all taught by enthusiastic and entertaining teaching artists. See ad on page 4. Multi-Arts Summer Camp - Learn ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, animation, dance, theater, clowning, music, puppetry, and more! Grades K-8, June 3 August 9 (no camp on July 4). 9 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. Call or visit their website for pricing. Summer Movement and Art (SMART) Camp - A multi-arts experience designed for ages 8-12 who are mild-moderately on the Autism Spectrum. Scholarship based. June 10-14.

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Town & Country Day Camp 2-Acre Camp with Swimming Pool, Pony and Farm Animals Red Cross Swim Instruction and Field Trips included with Enrollment $195 Per Week, M-F, 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. • Daily Rates Available • Ages 5-12

Activities Include:

• Swimming • Archery • Sports • Crafts • Themed Camp Days • Pony & Farm Animals • Field trips include trips to the

beach, museums, zoos, Chuck E. Cheese, bowling, roller skating, mud park, aquarium, miniature golf & more! Preschool also available

14203 Willow Lane Westminster / Huntington Beach Off 405 Fwy near Springdale & Westminster Blvd.


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Los Alamitos Recreation (562) 430-1073 Day Camp (5-12) includes games, swimming, excursions and a trip to a major amusement park. Oneweek sessions, June 3 - August 6, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m, extended care available, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Daily, $2540. Counselor in Training (13-16) is also offered.


City of Signal Hill

Itty Bitty Day Camp

is designed to provide young children ages 3-6 with an opportunity to enjoy the fun and friendships of day camp. June 17 – July 12 Mon – Fri • 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Resident: $65 per week Non-Resident: $85 per week Call 562-989-7329 for more infomation.

Muck @ Highland Springs Ranch - Annual camp, for ages 6-10 and 11-13, includes ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, animation, dance, theater, clowning, music, puppetry, and the art of science. Held in the Inland Empire to allow for a new audience to get to experience their enriching arts camp! July 8 - August 2. • Museum of Latin American Art Summer Art Camp 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach (562) 437-1689, MOLAA’s 2019 Summer Art and Culture Camp explores collaboration, experimentation and visual communication! The bilingual camp is appropriate for campers ages 6-12 and highlights cultural traditions, including capoeria and gastronomy! Campers participate in printmaking, fiber arts, collage, installation art, and other processes. Activities will be inspired by the current exhibitions, Gráfica América, and Chiachio and Giannone: Celebrating Diversity. Monday, July 8 - Friday, July 26. Contact or (562) 4371689 for more information. See ad on page 10. • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, Signal Hill (562) 986-0066, My Gym Children’s Fitness Center offers one of the best camp programs in town! Camps are offered during spring, summer and winter vacations, plus Thanksgiving week; Tuesday - Friday. Children of all ages can enjoy a day of camp with hands-on arts and crafts, music, dance, games, and overall emphasis on learning solid skills and fundamentals in sports and gymnastics. Themed days and activities add to the fun and atmosphere of the program. Sign up for one day or up to four days per week. See ad on page 39. • Newport Beach Recreation (949) 644-3151 Over 500 camps to choose from! Your little techie

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can expand their skills in a Brainstorm camp or explore life under the sea in an Ocean Adventure Program. They can discover their creative side in an art camp or refine their talents in a theater camp. Additional camps include: culinary, special needs, sailing, surfing, and a long list of sports, dance and fitness camps, such as BMX, skateboarding, fencing and soccer. For more information and to register, visit Sign up by May 6 and receive a 10% or more discount! • Ocean Institute Summer Camps 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point (949) 496-2274, The Ocean Institute’s summer camps, June 17 - August 16, include immersive, week-long day camps and overnight adventures for students, ages 5-17. Camps offer hands-on science and history education in a fun environment. From late June through mid-August, camps in the scenic Dana Point Harbor give participants the chance to be scientists, time travelers, explorers, and adventurers while creating memories that will last a lifetime. Activities include whale watching and research cruises, kayaking, tallship sailing, underwater remote-operated vehicle challenges, beach time, crafts, games and much more! See ad on page 15. • Open Gym Premier - Summer Camps (562) 338-5423, Youth summer camps for boys and girls (grades 2-8) are offered at Open Gym Premier. The program includes fundamental development, performance training, free-throw and shooting contests, 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 games, awards and prizes, and report cards. Full-day camp is just $295 per week; before and after-camp extended hours available for a nominal fee. Mention code KGO25 for $25 off. Open Gym Premier Training Facility at American Sports Center, 1500 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim. See ad on page 21. Orange Community Services (714) 744-7293, Day camp for kids entering grades 1-6, June 16 August 16, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Weekly themed-activities, such as sing-alongs, sports, games, crafts, site events, optional excursions, and much more. $85-105. One day excursions every Thursday, $42. • Orange County Song and Dance Co. Performing Arts Camp 2019 5301 Oceanus Drive, Huntington Beach (714) 897-4475 Southern California’s premiere performing arts camp featuring 10 full days (60 hours) of intensive training staffed by the industry’s top professionals. Students work in small supportive groups receiving individual attention, instruction, and feedback in dance, voice, and acting. Participants work for 60 hours in a positive, professional environment with agents, musical directors, and actors on audition songs, vocal techniques, musical theater, as well as commercial and television workshops. Camp 2019 is the venue for both aspiring performers and the dedicated young professional who wants to learn and grow while being seen by working directors and choreographers. Truly an experience of learning, growing and networking for today’s student of the arts. Camp dates:

June 24 - July 5; and July 22 - August 2. See their year-round program and ad on page 8. • Portal Languages: Summer Immersion Language Camp Pretend City, 29 Hubble, Irvine (714) 662-5696 A unique opportunity for children (5-10) to enjoy a full language immersion summer camp in the dream location of Pretend City Children’s Museum! Language learning comes alive through playing at the various stations and exhibits throughout the museum, from the supermarket and bank to farm and fire station. July 8 - August 26, full and half days. Sibling discounts available. To register and for information about their year-round language instruction, visit Email: • Rise Up Athletics Day Camps 10712 Reagan St., Ste. A., Los Alamitos (562) 280-2441, Are you looking for a fun-filled exciting program for your children to get into? Well, look no further, Rise Up Athletics offers exciting seasonal in-house day camps for children ages 4 years and up. With flexible options either for the day-to-day camper or the full week, your child will enjoy instructional gymnastics along with arts, crafts, games and much more. For enrollment information, visit them online, call or email, office@ See ad on page 17. • Sandie Mercer Ranch at Lakewood Equestrian Center 11369 Carson St., Lakewood (562) 425-1905 Summer and holiday weekly extended lesson program at Sandie Mercer Ranch for ages 7-17. Learn all about horses: leading, grooming, bathing, parts of saddle and bridle, breed types, colors and markings, plus horseback riding two times daily. Weekly sessions, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Enrollment is limited. See Horseback Riding for year-round lessons. Email: sandiejmercer@ See ad on page 51. • School of Art 3746 S. Bristol St., Santa Ana (714) 795-1331, Kids can spend their summer at School of Art, which provides art lessons for all ages! From beginner to advanced, participants will be exposed to mediums such as pastels, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, oils and more. At their inviting studio space, your child will learn to draw and paint like you never thought possible, learning techniques used by the early masters and contemporary artists. Each student is taught with a process that will increase skill, confidence and creativity—bringing home works of art to proudly display. Located in South Coast Metro, near South Coast Plaza. Also see Arts (page 4), Parties (page 46), and ad on page 4. • Sewing Lab Los Alamitos 4215 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos (657) 465-5499, Fun and friendly sewing camp for boys and girls (2nd grade and up). Never sewn before? No problem! They’ll start you off with basic machine safety and do some practice sewing together. All materials are inlots more fun at

cluded. Also see Arts (page 6) and Parties (page 46). See ad on page 30.

Seal Beach Community Services (562) 431-2527, Ext. 1344, Camps (6-15) include art, surf, Lego, science, sports, tennis, dance, gymnastics, Star Wars, cooking, theater arts and skateboarding. June 3 September 1. Visit website for specific camp dates and fees. • Signal Hill - Itty Bitty Day Camp (562) 989-7329, Itty Bitty Day Camp is for the littles, ages 3-6, and includes weekly themed activities. It is designed to provide young children with an opportunity to enjoy the fun and friendships of day camp. Four sessions, June 17 - July 12, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - noon. $65-85 per week. Discovery Well Park. Also see page 34 for additional programs, and ad on page 20. • Skatedogs (714) 313-8787, Kids make new friends, advance their skateboarding skills, and most importantly, have fun at Skatedogs’ school-break skateboarding camps offered in conjunction with the recreation departments of Aliso Viejo, Arcadia, Beverly Hills, Brea, Cerritos, Cypress, Glendora, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Manhattan Beach, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Redondo Beach, Seal Beach and Tustin. They also offer after-school and weekend classes, private lessons and birthday parties; see Parties (page 46) and Skateboarding (page 51). See ad on page 18. spcaLA’s Friends for Life Camp 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach (562) 570-7722, Ext. 320,

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• St. Catherine’s Summer Program 215 N. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim (714) 772-1363 Summer Enrichment Program - Open to boys entering transitional kindergarten - 8th grade. The program includes academics, elective courses, recreational activities, leadership learning, and field trips. Day and boarding options. Summer Leadership Camp - Open to boys and girls (10-16) is held at the San Luis Obispo National Guard Base where students participate in high ropes courses, rock repelling, and leadership discussions. Summer Camps at Newport Sea Base 1931 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach (949) 642-5031, Summer Camps (M-F): Squids Camp (6-7) includes water and boating safety, knot tying, introduction to rowing, fishing, and Harbor 20 sailing. Junior Aquatics Camp (8-10) offers rowing, canoeing, kayaking, SUP, touch tanks and more. Paddle Sport Aquatics Camp (11-17) includes rowing, canoeing, kayaking, SUP and surfing. $199 for half day; $398 for full day. Sailing Camp: (7-17) Beginning (one week for half day, $199); Intermediate (two weeks for half day, $299). • Summer@Stratford 24741 Chrisanta Drive, Mission Viejo (949) 458-1776 Stratford infuses its STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) curriculum into an innovative and enriching summer camp experience. Younger campers learn, explore, and engage in hands-on learning projects, while elementary-age students collaborate to tackle real-world problems by utilizing academic principles and concepts in a fun and engaging way. At the middle-school level, individual subject-based enrichment classes are offered and tailored at each grade level. Visit their website to learn more. Also see Schools (page 24) and STEM (page 28). See ad on page 25.


• Sewing with Jane Summer Camp 6243 E. 5th St., Long Beach (562) 260-5888 Weekly summer camps are held Monday - Friday, morning or afternoon sessions. Hand sewing ages 6 and up, machine sewing for ages 9 and up (machines provided). Hand sewers complete craft projects. Machine sewers create simple clothing or crafts. Weekly classes also available (see page 6). Email for summer schedule or Facebook: “Sewing with Jane Loper” for up-to-date flyers. Email:

Day Camp (8-13): eight one-week sessions, June 17 August 23; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. $360. Kids learn basic care and responsibility for pets, respect for animals and the beginnings of dog training. Counselor-in-Training (1417) also available, $250. Early reservations recommended; registration starts April 15.

Summer Day Camp

July 22-26 • Grades 5-8 Fun, hands-on learning of business principles and entrepreneurship. Best business plan wins $350!


July 21-27 • High School Hands-on, real-world training on how to start a real business. Win $1500 for the best business plan!


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• The Rinks Summer Camps Anaheim ICE (714) 535-RINK Lakewood ICE (562) 429-1805 Westminster ICE (714) 248-9611 Yorba Linda ICE (714) 692-8776 Great Park ICE & FivePoint Arena (949) 774-1600 Summer Camps - June 19 - August 24. All-World Hockey Institute is proud to announce the 24th annual season of summer hockey camps, featuring challenging programs with professional instruction for all ages and ability levels (beginner - advanced specialty camps). Anaheim Ducks Youth Hockey Camp - Spend an unforgettable four days with professional coaches, learning all aspects of the game at The Rinks - Anaheim ICE (official practice facility of the Anaheim Ducks). Both on and off the ice, staff will develop your youth hockey player using comprehensive instruction in a controlled and friendly environment, making learning fun. Each day will consist of on and off ice drills, scrimmages, fun and games. See ad on page 53. • Town and Country Day Camp 14203 Willow Lane, Westminster/Huntington Beach (714) 894-4036, Town and Country Day Camp, celebrating over 60 years of summer fun! The facility covers two acres with its own campgrounds, swimming pool, pony and farm animals. Each week has been carefully planned for your grade-school child. Activities include Red Cross-certified swim lessons, archery, sports, crafts and themed camp days. Weekly field trips, three per week, are included to places such as the beach, miniature golf, museums, zoos, bowling, roller skating, mud park, aquarium and arcades. Site directors have 25 years teaching experience; camp staff has been trained in child development. Camp hours: Monday Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. $195 per week. Swim lessons and field trips are included at no extra charge. See ad on page 19. Tustin Parks and Recreation (714) 573-3326, One-week themed sessions. Little Folks Camp (3-5) June 3 - August 5, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., $63-74. Camp Tustin (6-10) - June 3 - August 5, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., $118-144. Tustin Teen Camp (11-14) - June 3 - August 5, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., $126-154. Extended day is available for additional fee. Counselor-in-Training program also offered for teens (14-17). UCI Sports Camps 4004 Mesa Road, Irvine (949) 824-6120, UC Irvine Jr. Anteater All-Star Sports Camps for boys and girls (school-age and high school): baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, water polo, volleyball, tennis, track and field, clinics and team camps. Visit their website for dates, fees and registration. Summer camp hours, Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. • UCode Is your child coded for success? At UCode, your child not only learns to be proficient in coding, but also builds skills in computational thinking, as well as develops a deeper understanding of traditional school subjects, such as science and math. UCode’s nationally recognized curriculum has been developed with faculty from 22 kidsguide spring/summer 2019

Cornell University Engineering and focuses students on solving real-world problems using robots as a teaching platform. UCode students learn Python, HTML/CSS and JavaScript, three of the core technologies that power our economy. After-school classes and schoolbreak camps for ages 6-16 are offered at their locations in Tustin, Torrance, Manhattan Beach, La Canada Flintridge and more. How best to prepare your student for a future so different from today? “Code them for Success at UCode.” See ad on page 27. • Vans Skatepark Get On Board Girls Skate Clinics 20 City Blvd. West, Orange (714) 769-3800, April 13 and May 11: Vans Skatepark in Orange, a 40,000-square-foot facility, offers three different Girls’ Clinics on Saturday, April 13 and May 11. Instruction is offered for beginner to advanced street skateboarders, ages 6-16. Clinic hours: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Space is limited so sign up today. See ad on page 43. Westminster Community Services and Recreation (714) 895-2860, Summer camps (9-12): One-week sessions. $140170. Camps include Science in Action, Robots 101, Crazy Chemworks, NASA Jr. Astronauts, YouTuber, Beauty Spa, Top Junior Chef, Beginning Coding and Video Game Design. YMCA Individual branches offer day camp (5-15) during traditional and year-round school vacations. Overnight camp (7-18) may be offered throughout the school year. Family Camp (all ages) is held Mothers Day and Memorial Day weekends. Find locations on their website. • YMCA of OC The YMCA offers of variety of camps to meet your family’s need. If your child is ready for an overnight adventure, week-long sleep-away camps are perfect. Sleepaway camps are offered all summer long starting June 16 at Camp E.L.K. in Wrightwood and Camp Oakes in Big Bear. Looking for sports, recreation, or STEM activities to fill part of the day, then try one of their summer day camps! Day Camps are available this summer at over 50 YMCA sites across Orange County. For more information, visit! See ad on page 3. • Young Scientists Camp California State University, Long Beach (562) 985-4801, Spend two exciting weeks doing hands-on science investigations. Students (entering grades 2-8 and HS girls) do experiments and projects in college science laboratories. This year’s topics include: It’s Not Magic, It’s Science!, Star Scientists, Marine Biology, The STEM Maker Challenge (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and a high school girls physics program. The camp will be held July 1526, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 12:10. $315 ($30 sibling discount, $30 CSULB faculty/staff discount). 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 10:1. Call for more information or visit their website. See ad on page 11.

Youth Center Camp SHARK at Rossmoor Park 10909 Oak St., Los Alamitos (562) 493-4043, Camp SHARK (5-12), June 3 - August 2, includes arts and crafts, games, sports, field trips, water days, science and art projects, and more. Daily rates start at $26, weekly rates, $104. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., extended hours, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m, $129. Teen Camp (12-16) is also offered with sports and field trips. Youth Science Center Camp 16446 Wedgeworth Drive, Hacienda Heights (626) 588-7818 Summer science program (grades K-8) runs June 4 - July 6. Call the program director for information.

EDUCATIONGUIDE Schools, tutoring, academic enrichment, and STEM. For academic-oriented summer camps, see Camps.


Good Schools California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools Preschools where each family shares in operating the school. Parents participate on a rotating basis, serving as assistants to a professional teacher and staff. Visit website for list of local schools. • Downey Unified School District Office 11627 Brookshire Ave., Downey 90241 (562) 469-6518 Downey Unified School District believes in engaging all students to excel and become self-motivated learners. Using exciting 21st Century techniques and an academically rigorous curriculum, DUSD is committed to preparing students to be globally competitive and graduate college and career ready. The 97% graduation rate is a representation of DUSD’s dedicated staff, the importance placed on character education, and the exciting opportunities offered to students through extensive visual and performing arts, accelerated programs, 12 career pathways, and 14 CIF sports. DUSD is currently accepting applications. Schedule a tour today! #chooseDUSD. See ad on page 23. • Early Childhood Education at the Alpert JCC 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601,

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

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At the Alpert JCC, they are dedicated to creating future leaders and building a love of learning and community that lasts a lifetime. From the youngest toddlers (2 years old) to the oldest Pre-K students (4 years old), they encourage independent thinking and decision-making that prepares graduates to be responsible leaders when they leave the doors. If you’re looking for a collaborative partner in your family’s early childhood educational journey, come and join them in creating the future. See ad on page 19. • EduCare 4300 Bellflower Blvd., Lakewood (562) 377-1300 5730 South St., Lakewood (562) 461-7311 EduCare Preschools of Lakewood are private pre-

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schools, and accept children ages 24 months through kindergarten. Each school is licensed for 70 children. Each facility leases space in a church, and both are attractive and well-maintained. There is a stable staff with very little turn-over. Parents and visitors at the school often comment on the relaxed atmosphere, and say that the children seem happy. EduCare has an open-door policy. Please feel free to just stop in, or you can call for information. See ad on page 26. • Fairmont Private Schools Four OC Locations: Anaheim, Anaheim Hills & North Tustin (714) 765-6300

Age 2 thru 5th Grade

Since 1953, Fairmont Private Schools has been motivating students to discover what inspires them to learn. Students, preschool through 12th grade, receive the individualized attention they require to thrive in all areas of academics and extracurricular activities. At Fairmont, their goal is simple; provide a nurturing learning environment where educators are committed to assisting your child in paving their path to success. Visit or call (714) 2342771 to schedule a personal tour. See ad on page 13. • Montessori Children’s House Preschool & Elementary School 5550 Atherton St., Long Beach (562) 431-8880 5454 Atherton St., Long Beach (562) 494-3777

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learning. Students learn computer skills and go on educational field trips. Enrichment activities such as karate, swimming, piano, dance and gymnastics are offered. See ad on page 23; coupon on page 52.

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5550 Atherton St., (562) 431-8880 5454 Atherton St., (562) 494-3777 Year-round program for children (2-12) in preschool and kindergarten through grade 6. Students are in a multi-age group environment working individually and independently. Without a traditional grading system, classes help students to progress at their own pace. Curriculum emphasizes reading phonetically and early exposure to mathematics. Art, music, geography and social science are also included. Conveniently located with large play areas. Montessori Children’s House has been serving the community for more than 45 years. See ad on this page. • Long Beach City College Child Development Centers See ad and listing on page 28. • Oakwood Academy Schools Oakwood Academy Schools offer an accelerated academic program with a hands-on approach to Los Alamitos, Ca • (562) 296-9060 24 kidsguide spring/summer 2019

Creative Day Academy (562) 634-7527 8740 Ramona Ave., Bellflower Age 2 through 1st grade. Lic. 191598510. Oakwood Preschool & Academy (562) 426-6264 3850 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Ages 2 through 5th grade. Lic. 198011608. Oaktree Preschool & Kindergarten (562) 597-8611 1710 Redondo Ave., Long Beach Age 2 through Kindergarten. Lic. 191601050. • Orange County School of the Arts 1010 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 560-0900, Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) embraces and encourages artistic creativity and academic excellence. This innovative public charter school provides a uniquely challenging and nurturing environment focused on individual growth, opportunity and diversity. The U.S. Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Arts have recognized OCSA as a model arts education program. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). OCSA is a tuition-free, donation-dependent public charter school; no student is admitted or denied based on financial capacity. For information about OCSA’s CSArts Academy, a program for both OCSA and non-OCSA students, see the listings in Arts (page 4) and Camps (page 12), and ad on page 5. • Preschools - Long Beach and Orange County Belmont Shore (562) 439-3369 Cerritos (562) 865-0482 Cerritos/Artesia (562) 860-6302 Cypress, south (714) 828-9000 Cypress, north (714) 527-2744 Fullerton (714) 526-7855 Los Alamitos/Rossmoor (562) 431-6553 Westminster (714) 894-4036 Year-round preschools, for ages 2-5 years, offer an accelerated academic program that includes science, math and language development. Potty training, hot lunches and pre-kindergarten are available. Instruction is provided by skillful, creative teachers that offer partday and full-day classes. See ad on page 25. • St. Catherine’s Academy 215 N. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim (714) 772-1363, SCA is an all boys’ Catholic school with a military tradition serving students in transitional kindergarten to 8th grade. Founded in 1889 by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, SCA offers both day and boarding opportunities. SCAs military tradition provides a structured environment that helps boys grow into responsible, self-motivated young men.

• St. Hedwig 3591 Orangewood Ave., Los Alamitos (562) 296-9060, Serving students from TK-8th grade, St. Hedwig School strives to develop the whole child, one who is academically competitive and who demonstrates good character grounded in Catholic values. They aim to provide an exceptional educational experience and to empower students to face the challenges of 21st-century learning and make a difference in their world. Open enrollment is year-round! Call today to schedule a private tour. See ad on this page. • Stratford School 24741 Chrisanta Drive, Mission Viejo (949) 458-1776 At Stratford, high expectations yield extraordinary results. They start early with an advanced and intentionally balanced curriculum that challenges students and accelerates achievement. Their ever-evolving, STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) curriculum and teaching methods ensure students develop the diverse set of problem-solving skills and creative talents they’ll need in today’s world. This carefully designed approach prepares students to excel at the next level and become tomorrow’s creative-problem solvers, imaginative innovators, and insightful, confident leaders. Additional locations in Altadena, Los Angeles Melrose, West Los Angeles, and Northern California. Also see Camps (page 21) and STEM (page 28). See ad on page 25.


Academic Help • Academic Enrichment Camp at CSULB 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach (562) 985-2570, (562) 985-7351 Various academic subjects are covered. Kindergarten Preparedness Program and 1st-5th grade-level academic curriculum as well as art and computers. 6th-8th grade math, technology, language arts, writing and art. 2019 sessions: June 17 - July 12 and July 15 - August 9. See complete listing in Camps; ad on page 11. • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns (562) 986-0066, My Gym offers Preschool PREP Early Learning Program. In their commitment to educate the whole child, the program focuses on imparting to children the skills needed to excel in preschool and beyond. This 2.5 hour, drop-off program for 24 months - 5 years focuses on making learning fun and exciting in the familiar and nurturing atmosphere of My Gym. Tuesday, 12-2:30 p.m., and Wednesday, 12:30-3 p.m. See ad on page 39. • The Tutoring Center Long Beach 4215 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach (562) 653-4380, Are you happy with your child’s grades? Call The lots more fun at




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Early Learning Preschool 4539 Cerritos Ave., Cypress (714) 828-9000 30 W. Termino Ave., Long Beach (562) 439-3369

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

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

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

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

Acacia Tree Preschool 1701 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton (714) 526-7855 20223 Cabrillo Lane, Cerritos (562) 865-0482

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

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

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Tutoring Center Long Beach today to schedule your Free Diagnostic Assessment. The Tutoring Center uses a unique system known as “The Rotational Approach to Learning.” Your child will receive intense one-to-one instruction in reading, math (all levels) and/or writing to rapidly increase academic skills while also improving concentration, focus and attention span. See ad with discount coupon on page 27. Recreation Department, College and Youth Group Academic Classes and Tutoring Aliso Viejo Parks and Recreation - Enrichment, STEM, and language classes. Anaheim Community Services Department - Tiny Tots Academy, 2-5 day per week classes. (714) 765-4980. California State University Long Beach - The Community Clinic for Counseling and Educational Services offers assessment and tutoring for school-age kids (6-17) and developmental assessments (3-6). Scholarships available; bilingual. 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 985-4991.

Ages 2-6 7am-6pm Mon-Fri POTTY TRAINING 2 LOCATIONS 5730 South St., Lakewood, 90713 Lic#198008598 • Trinity Church

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• Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Free after-school tutoring programs are available at some parks throughout the school year. Academic classes taught by Readwrite Educational Solutions: Math Development and Reading Development (6-12), and Sound-Start Reading (4½-7), $79, KinderPrep (4-5½), $215, Parent and Me Pre-K Readiness (2½-4½), $149. (562) 866-9771. www. • Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine - Math Development (6-11), Reading Development (4-11), Parent and Me Pre-K Readiness (2-3), Reading, Math and More Preschool (3-5), Readwrite Kinder Prep (3-5), Speed Reading and Vocabulary Building (6-11), Study Skills and Test Taking Techniques (11-16), Harry Potter and Hogwarts Camp (8-13), Harry Potter Wizardry and Magic (6-12), and Secret Agent Lab (5-12). (562) 5703100. Los Alamitos Recreation - Learn and Grow Playgroup (1-3), Shaping it Up with ABC’s (2-5), Art Innovators (5-11), and Persuasive Voices (8-12). (562) 430-1073.

Cerritos College, Community Education - Year-round multi-level math tutoring (grades 5-12). Summer classes include SAT Math Prep, as well as specific classes for every level of math, grades 1-12. (562) 467-5050, Ext. 252.

Los Alamitos Youth Center - Tutoring services (5-17) and R.A.S.C.A.L.S, an after-school club (4-11) in math, science, reading and more. Plus a Teen Leadership Academy. (562) 493-4043. 10909 Oak St., Los Alamitos.

Chapman University - Reading and writing tutoring (grades 1-5), taught by students earning their teaching credentials. Open to middle and high school students in the summer. (714) 997-6613.

North Orange Continuing Education (NOCE) Anaheim, Cypress and Fullerton - Reading Tutorial: Reading and Writing Review (grades 1-2), Basic Reading Skills (ages 4-5), Creative Writing (grades 1-2 and 5-6), Common Core Reading and Writing Prep (grades 3-4 and 5-6), Common Core Reading Comprehension Skills (grades 1-2), and Reading and Comprehension (grades 3-4); $75-80. Math: Pre-Algebra (grades 6+), Math Common Core (grades 1-6), Pre-Algebra Concepts (grades 6+), Algebra (grades 7+), PSAT/NMSQT Math Test Prep and SAT/ACT Prep-Math; $75-150. Public Speaking for Children (8-12), $75. Common Core: Preparation for Computer Keyboarding (grades 2-3 and 4-6), $75. (714) 808-4909.

Cypress Recreation and Community Services - Tutoring Club (grades pre-K-12) arranged by individual appointment. $140 for four, one-hour sessions; continuous registration. (714) 229-6780. Fountain Valley Community Services - Preschool Trilingual Immersion Programs (3-5), Getting Ready For Preschool (2½-3½), Writing Enrichment (8-12 and 1218), English and Math Enrichment (6-12), Trilingual Immersion (6-12), Speech and Debate (8-18), Teen Math Enrichment (12-18), and Teen Trilingual Enrichment (12-18). (714) 839-8611. Fullerton Parks and Recreation - Math and Reading Development (grades 2-6), and Reading Development Sound-Start (grades K-1). (714) 738-6575. Irvine Community Services - Variety of academic classes are offered in STEM, math, reading, writing, languages, chess and more. (949) 724-6610. 26 kidsguide spring/summer 2019

Santa Ana College - Early Reader (6-7), Reading and Comprehension (8-12), Research Writing and English Composition (9-12), Writing Workshops (6-17), Study Skills (12-17), Math: Basics, Fractions, Pre-Algebra, and Algebra (8-15), Spanish (8-12), SAT Preparation (15+), Awesome Sitters (11+), Typing (8-12), Digital Photography and Graphic Design (9-12), Web Design (12+), Animation, Film Making and Video Game Design (13+),

Science, Space and Forensics Camps (8-12), Robotics, Engineering and Coding (8-12), and more. (714) 5646594. Tustin Community Services - Reading Readiness (3-6), Reading/Writing (5-12), Spanish for Kids (6-10), and Teen Communication Skills (14-18). (714) 573-3326. Westminster Community Services and Recreation Academic classes include algebra, reading, writing, SAT prep, geometry and public speaking (grades 2-12), $110. (714) 895-2860.


Get STEM-ulated The following locations offer STEM classes and programs that may include robotics, coding, game development, 3D printing, Minecraft and rocketry and more. Many offer summer camps. Also see Camps. • Blue Submarine (888) 218-8085, The Blue Submarine offers fun, educational adventures in marine biology. They bring live tidepool animals to you, adding an unforgettable experience to your birthday party or special event. The Blue Submarine allows your guests to visit the tidepool without getting wet! English/Spanish bilingual programs also available. Call today to book your party or special event! See ad on page 44. BrainStorm 5430 Trabuco Road, Ste. 150, Irvine (949) 607-8676, Build It Workspace 4388 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos (714) 947-0800, • Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200, Hands-on learning center that is dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages. The 20,000-square-foot visitor center hosts the only Challenger Learning Center in the greater Los Angeles area where you can: Return to the Moon, go on a Voyage to Mars, and experience the real-life excitement of working in Mission Control or in the Spacecraft; available for field trips, teambuilding exercises and parties of 16 or more. They also hold engaging classes and workshops. In their hands-on, public robotics lab, visitors can program a robot to run a mission to collect rock samples, just like the actual rovers that are currently running tests on Mars. Participants are taught the principles of robotic programming, engineering, failure analysis and mission management. Robotics badge/patch workshops for scouts are also offered. Also see Camps (page 12) and Parties (page 45). See ad on page 39. lots more fun at


• El Dorado Nature Center Summer Workshops 7550 E Spring St., Long Beach (562) 570-1745, Join the Nature Center for fun and exploration this summer! Children will experience nature through investigation, hands-on activities, games and crafts. A simple snack will be provided. Pre-registration is required for all classes; register online. See ad on front inside cover. Preschool Sessions - Ages 3-5 years old (must be potty trained). 9-11 a.m. This is not a parent participation class. $100 per week. Sessions include: Science is Everywhere, June 17-21; Worms Eat My Garbage, July 8-12; Creature Power!, July 29 - August 2; and Pond Friends, August 12-16. Youth Sessions - Ages 5-8 years old (children must have completed kindergarten). 9 a.m. - noon. $120 per week. Sessions include: Movin’ and Groovin’, June 24-28; Pass the Energy Please, July 22-26; Creatures of the Night, August 5-9; and Animal Transformers, August 19-23. Jr. Naturalist Program - Ages 9-12 years old. July 1519, 9 a.m. - noon. $120 per week. • iD Tech (844) 788-1858, Kids and teens, ages 7-19, learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, build laptops, learn about cyber security, and more! Held at UC Irvine, Cal Poly Pomona, Loyola Marymount, Caltech, UCLA, UCSD, Stanford, NYU, and 150+ other universities worldwide. This summer, your child can explore a prestigious campus, make new friends as they master tech skills, and join a community of 400,000 alumni. See listing of camps on page 15; ad on page 13. Makersville (562) 225-9589, Moving Mindz 4000 Long Beach Blvd., Ste. 205, Long Beach (562) 318-9966, Rocketry Clubs in Southern California Rocketry Organization of Southern California, https://; Southern California Rocket Association,; and Friends of Amateur Rocketry,

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Shared Science Greater Long Beach Locations (562) 285-3942, Kids engineer fun through inventive and playful classes, camps and competitive robotics. • Summer@Stratford Camp Experience 24741 Chrisanta Drive, Mission Viejo (949) 458-1776 Stratford infuses its STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) curriculum into an innovative and enriching summer camp experience. Younger campers learn, explore, and engage in hands-on learning projects, while elementary-age students collaborate to tackle real-world problems by utilizing academic principles and concepts in a fun and engaging way. At the middle-school level, individual subject-based enrichment classes are offered and tailored at each grade level. Find out more at www. Also see Camps (page 21), Schools (page 24) and ad on page 25. Studio Learning Lab @ Michelle Obama Library 5870 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach (562) 570-1047, (562) 570-5756 Long Beach libraries also offer a new Mobile Studio, makerspace on wheels. Contact for schedule. • UCode Is your child coded for success? At UCode, your child not only learns to be proficient in coding, but also builds skills in computational thinking, as well as develops a deeper understanding of traditional school subjects, such as science and math. After-school classes and school-break camps for ages 6-16 are offered at their locations in Tustin, Torrance, Manhattan Beach, La Canada Flintridge and more. See their complete listing on page 22; ad on page 27. Urban Workshop 365-A Clinton St., Costa Mesa (949) 296-2153, • Young Scientists Camp at CSULB California State University, Long Beach (562) 985-4801, Students (entering grades 2-8 and HS girls) do experiments and projects in college science laboratories. This year’s topics include: It’s Not Magic, It’s Science!, Star Scientists, Marine Biology, The STEM Maker Challenge (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and a high school girls physics program. The camp will be held July 15-26, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. See complete listing in Camps (page 22); ad on page 11. 28 kidsguide spring/summer 2019

FAMILYGUIDE Child care, health providers, family support and special needs services, plus youth groups.


Sitter Training The following organizations provide sitter training for boys and girls (10+) that includes basic first aid, safety, and child behavior: American Red Cross, also offers online courses, Safe Sitter, also offers baby-sitting tips on their website, (317) 596-5001, Classes are often available through local recreation departments, too.


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• Children’s Home Society of California Greater Long Beach (562) 256-7490 Orange County (714) 543-2273 A central coordinating link for child care and child development services. Parents can obtain free information on licensed child-care facilities that match their needs. Listings are maintained on licensed child-care centers, family child-care homes, before and after-school programs, public and private schools, and child-care assistance programs. 4900 Airport Plaza, Ste. 100, Long Beach; 333 South Anita Drive, Ste. 350, Orange. See ad on page 29. • Long Beach City College Child Development Centers Liberal Arts Campus (562) 938-4253 Pacific Coast Campus (562) 938-3079/3082 Child-care services are provided for a fee at PCC and

Parenting Support Boot Camp for New Dads and New Moms New moms and dads hear insight, advice and share experiences from veteran parents. Visit the websites to find groups near you. www.bootcampfornewdads. org, Breastfeeding Clinics in Long Beach Lactation consultant assists with breatstfeeding and challenges that you may be facing. Clinics are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. (562) 595-5479. 3833 Worsham Ave., Ste. 301, Long Beach. • Children’s Home Society of California (CHS) Resource and Referral Greater Long Beach (562) 256-7490 Orange County (714) 543-2273 Resource and Referral offers a variety of child care resources to the community, such as child care referrals, resources for assessing the quality of child care services, workshops, and a lending library that offers ageappropriate activities, toys and parenting resources. 4900 Airport Plaza, Ste. 100, Long Beach; 333 South Anita Drive, Ste. 350, Orange. See ad on page 29. • Connie Wax, LCSW #27430 Individual, Couple, Family and Child Counselor 5182 Katella, Ste. 206, Los Alamitos (714) 300-3163 Specializing in therapy for gifted and talented children, adults and their families. Connie came to appreciate the unique needs of this group while raising her own gifted children. Her personal experience blossomed into a passion for helping parents of the gifted guide and support their children towards a fulfilling and meaningful life. Connie is committed to assisting parents in navigating the often rough waters of child rearing. Her own personal experiences, along with 15 years of clinical expertise, make her a unique resource for the community. Connie is certified to facilitate SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) parent groups. In addition to working with the gifted, she treats all life issues. See ad on page 31. Doulas Doulas help women through pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum issues, and baby/child educa-

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tion. Find doulas in your area at or • FEIG Law Firm 780 Roosevelt, Ste. 220, Irvine (949) 689-9715, “Preparing Today Eases Tomorrow.” FEIG Law Firm specializes in a variety of practice areas. The law firm provides legal counsel for individuals and families seeking guidance with the following: Special Needs Trusts, Wills, Trusts, Probate, Trust Litigation, and Family Law. Scott Feig, J.D., M.A., attorney-at-law, offers legal guidance to clients and also works as an adjunct law professor. Scott understands the myriad of family dynamics and how essential it is to develop estate plans to meet each client’s needs. Overall, Scott’s problem-solving skills, along with his genuine concern for clients, are fundamentals that are essential to FEIG Law Firm. Trust that FEIG Law Firm will advocate strategically and vigorously for you and walk away feeling confident that your legal matters are good in hands! See ad on this page. LGBT Support Support programs for gay fathers and lesbian mothers, as well as for LGBTQ youth and their families: Long Beach, 2017 E. 4th St., (562) 434-4455, www.; Los Angeles, seven locations and a youth center, (323) 993-7400,; and Orange County, 1605 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana, (714) 953-5428, Meetup Play Groups A web resource that offers links to local parent support groups. Enter your zip code along with a search such as “Dad Support Group,” “Mom Support Group” or “Parent Support Group.” MOMS Club Play groups, Moms’ Night Out, cooking clubs, community service and field trips. Find a chapter near you at MOMS Orange County Home visits and group classes that result in healthier mothers and babies. Services are offered at no cost to OC residents who qualify for the program. (800) 787-5858. MOPS Mothers of Preschoolers support groups for those expecting, or with infants, toddlers and preschoolers. School-age groups also available. (888) 910-6677. Mothers of Multiples Provides information and resources, plus meet-up groups for mothers of multiples.,, New Mom School Postnatal education and support groups are organized by your baby’s birth month so you can meet other moms in the same exact phase. Visit www. for class schedule and pricing. Newport Beach, (949) 679-4872. • Orange County Department of Child Support Services 1055 N. Main St., Santa Ana 30 kidsguide spring/summer 2019

(866) 901-3212, The Orange County Department of Child Support Services provides professional, cost-effective services to parents or caretakers of minor children. They offer a Solutions for Parents program, including the establishment and enforcement of child support orders through exclusive enforcement tools, establishment of legal paternity through genetic testing, complete account maintenance, and exceptional customer service to assist customers every step of the way. For more information, call their office or visit them online. See ad on page 31. Parents Without Partners Provides single parents and their children with an environment for support, friendship and the exchange of parenting techniques. • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900, Special monthly events provide parents with important resources to help them stay on track of their child’s healthy development. Parents with children (0-18 mos) are invited to Pretend City every second Monday for Baby Steps through the City. Way-to-Play Days on the second Friday of each month are also excellent opportunities for gathering information and resources. Good to Go parent workshops are offered the fourth Monday of each month. Also see Outings (page 36) and Parties (page 46). See ad on page 41. Seriously Ill and Bereavement Support Groups Art and Creativity for Healing - (949) 367-1902, Kids Konnected - (949) 4849092, New Hope Grief Support Community, Family Camp and Parent Workshops - (562) 429-0075, www.newhopegrief. org. Pathways Volunteer Hospice - (562) 531-3031,


Special Needs Services AD/HD Support Group and Resources (800) 233-4050, Resources for support and professional services. Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), (800) 233-4050, Autism Programs Autism Behavior Services, (855) 581-0100, www. Autism Society of America, (800) 328-8476, www.autism-society. org. Autism Learning Partners, (855) 295-3276, Autism Speaks, (888) 288-4762, TACA, Talk About Curing Autism, (855) 726-7810, www. The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, (888) 962-5437, www. Family Resources and Support Family resources and support are available for parlots more fun at

• FEIG Law Firm - Special Needs Trusts, Wills, Trusts, Probate, Trust Litigation FEIG Law Firm specializes in providing legal counsel in a variety of practice areas for individuals and families, including Special Needs Trusts. Scott Feig, J.D., M.A., attorney-at-law, understands the myriad of family dynamics and how essential it is to develop estate plans to meet each client’s needs. For contact information, see complete listing and ad on page 30. Learning Disabilities Creative Solutions For Hope, (714) 881-0427, Dyslexia Foundation, (941) 807-0499, International Dyslexia Association, (410) 296-0232, www. Learning Disabilities Association, • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900, Special events are offered monthly for families with children on the autism spectrum or with physical disabilities. These events allow children and their parents/

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ents of children with special needs through the following agencies: Regional Center of OC, (714) 7965100, Family Support Network, (714) 447-3301, Harbor Regional Center, (310) 540-1711, Help Me Grow, (866) 476-9025, www.helpmegrowoc. org. Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK), (714) 533-8275, UCP of Orange County, also offers a recreation program,

caretakers to play in a sensitive-friendly environment along with other families. Also see Outings (page 36) and Parties (page 46). See ad on page 41.


Down for Dance (818) 281-3723 Empowering individuals with Down syndrome to build a stronger sense of self through dance. Long Beach and Orange County classes. www.

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Friendship Circle (949) 721-9800 Basketball and soccer leagues pair volunteer teens with special needs kids and adults. Chabad Center, Newport Beach.

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

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are welcome. Participants practice weekly, learn fundamentals and play games. No previous experience required and gear can be provided. Top Flight is offered at The Rinks - Huntington Beach Inline and at The Rinks - Lakewood ICE. See ad on page 53.

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• Kelly Summer Music Therapy Studio (562) 833-6444 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 listing and ad on page 9 for a free first lesson offer. Long Beach. Little League Baseball and Softball Little League Challenger teams for boys and girls (422) with special needs. Segerstrom Center for the Arts Dance and Music School (714) 556-2787 Open to children with disabilities as well as those that are developmentally typical. Special Olympics Sports for children (8+) with limited intellectual and physical abilities. Spirit League (714) 417-9553 Three sports per year: basketball, baseball and soccer for ages 6-22 with special needs. The Miracle League (770) 760-1933 Baseball for boys and girls with special needs. Los Angeles, (213) 283-7047, www.miracleleaguela. org; and Orange County, (714) 713-2512, www. • Top Flight Street Hockey & Ice Hockey Huntington Beach Inline (714) 901-2629 Lakewood ICE (562) 429-1805 The Rinks offer street hockey and ice hockey for participants with special needs, all ages and ability levels

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• Chang Orthodontics 4608 Katella Ave., Ste. 201, Los Alamitos (562) 430-0541, Their goal is to provide patients with the right combination of advanced orthodontic technology and a personal human touch. By placing an emphasis on communication, they strive to ensure every patient understands what it takes to make a healthy, beautiful smile. They also want to provide you with the highest quality orthodontic care in a family-friendly, fun and cooperative environment. Drs. Russell Chang and Christine Chung use only proven techniques and technology and tailor treatment for each patient’s specific needs and concerns. See ad on this page. • Connie Wax, LCSW #27430 Individual, Couple, Family and Child Counselor 5182 Katella, Ste. 206, Los Alamitos (714) 300-3163 Specializing in therapy for gifted and talented children, adults and their families, Connie is committed to assisting parents in navigating the often rough waters of child rearing. See full listing on page 28; ad on page 31. • Mark A. Garlington D.D.S., Orthodontics for Children and Adults 5479 E. Abbeyfield, Ste. #1, Long Beach (562) 439-4553, At Garlington Orthodontics, you are always greeted with a smile and a warm welcome when you set foot in their office. They take pride in providing the best care in both a friendly and comfortable environment. Some of the latest technological advances, such as digital imaging, advanced computer graphics and iTero (Digital Impression System) have allowed them to become experts in a variety of treatments. Dr. Garlington is a top 1% provider of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. They believe that every patient should be treated like family with the utmost attention and care. Whether you are a child, teen or adult, their knowledgeable doctor, and team are committed to helping you achieve your dream smile. See ad on page 33. • MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital www.millerchildrens/org MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach provides specialized pediatric care for children and young adults, with conditions ranging from common to complex—all under one roof. Many

children’s illnesses are rarely seen in adults or affect kids differently. That’s why children need access to Miller Children’s & Women’s, a hospital dedicated exclusively to the quality and compassionate care of kids. More than 600 board-certified pediatric physicians cover 40 specialties to provide specialized care…just for kids. See ad on the back cover. • Pediatric Medical Center 2921 Redondo Ave., Long Beach (562) 426-5551, PMC provides comprehensive medical care for patients from birth through college with special expertise in: school underachievement and complex diagnostic and management problems. The team of physicians offer greater than one hundred twenty years of cumulative clinical pediatric experience and expertise. Each physician is active in the education and training of pediatric residents and medical students. This allows them to offer a unique combination of skills for the care of your child based on both academic and community pediatric medical experience. Their informative website offers wide range of articles on parenting and health issues. See ad on page 33.


Youth Groups 4-H Youth Development Program (530) 750-1334, (949) 653-1803 Programs and camps for ages 5-18 offer guidance in good citizenship, leadership and life skills through projects and community service. Big Brothers, Big Sisters Branches match adult mentors (volunteers) with boys and girls to provide friendship and guidance. Greater LA County, (213) 213-2400, www.bbbsla. org. Orange County, (714) 544-7773, www.ocbigs. org . Catholic Big Brothers, (213) 251-9800. www. Jewish Big Brothers, (323) 761-8675, Boy Scouts of America Scouting BSA is open to boys and girls and includes: Cub Scouts (grades K-5) and Boy Scouts (grades 6-12). Each offers a variety of outdoor and badgerelated activities. Additional programs for teens and young adults include: Venturing (ages 14-21) Sea Scouts (14-21), and career-based Exploring programs (10-20). Summer camps are also offered. Long Beach Area Council, (562) 427-0911, www.longbeachbsa. org. Orange County Council, see listing below. • Boy Scouts of America - OC Council 1211 East Dyer Road, Santa Ana (800) 20-SCOUT, Your kids grow up fast, but Scouting help parents make the most of the time you have together. Family fun and adventure await with camping, hiking, learning, leadership and so much more. Start your adventure today at lots more fun at

Camp Fire Camp Fire Angeles (562) 421-2725 Inland and OC Council (909) 982-5400, Camp Fire Angeles - Traditional camp and club programs. Specialized programs available for atrisk youth, children with special needs, and families who need financial assistance. Summer camps are offered. Inland and OC Council - After-school programs that may include drama, sports, music, dance, and community service programs. • Garden Grove Parks and Recreation (714) 892-6015, Offers Atlantis Play Center, a fully enclosed and gated four-acre playground; and Splash Pad, open mid-June to mid-September; $2 per person; 13630 Atlantis Way. Ten-week Summer Day Camp for kids (5-12) with extended hours; $100-105 per week; Counselor-In-Training program for teens (13-17). New, free archery program for youth (1217); Garden Grove Sports and Recreation Center, 13641 Deodara Drive; equipment will be provided and no prior experience required. Summer Concerts are select Thursday evenings in July and August at Eastgate Park. See on page 16. Girl Scouts Greater Los Angeles (213) 213-0123 Orange County (949) 461-8800 , Girls (5-17) participate in a collection of activities and experiences in arts, STEM, financial literacy, community involvement, healthy living, safety, the outdoors, leadership and career exploration. Summer camps are offered.


Boys and Girls Club Activities (ages 5-18) are offered after school and during school vacations which include crafts, field trips, homework help, career development, dance classes, sports, teen programs, clubs, community service, and before and after-school care. Some branches offer special-needs inclusion and/or preschool child development centers. Scholarships available for qualifying families. Visit their website to find the nearest location.

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Girls Inc. of Orange County 1815 Anaheim Ave., Costa Mesa (714) 597-8600, After-school and vacation camp programs for girls (grades K-12) focusing on academic achievement, life skills, and personal development. Jewish Community Centers The following centers offer enrichment classes, preschools, vacation camps, sports and more. • Alpert Jewish Community Center (562) 426-7601 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach. www.alpertjcc. org. See ad on page 19. Merage Jewish Center of OC (949) 435-3400 1 Federation Way, Irvine.

• Lakewood Recreation and Community Services 5050 Clark Ave. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408 Programs include: basketball, camps (see Camps), dance (ballet, tap, hip-hop, hula, Polynesian), flag football, golf, gymnastics, horseback riding, martial arts, music (drums, ukulele, piano and parent/me), skateboarding, ice skating, hockey, soccer, tennis, tutoring and academic classes (see page 26), and track and field. Visit their website for events and classes. See ad on page 15. • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine 2760 Studebaker Road, Long Beach (562) 570-3100, Academics, archery, arts, baseball (T-ball), bas-

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• Signal Hill Recreation Services (562) 989-7329, Programs include: ARC after-school program, tween after-school program, youth sports (basketball, volleyball, football and indoor soccer), specialty day summer camp, Itty Bitty day camp (see Camps), Tween day camp, and Signal Hill day camp. Visit website for more information regarding all programs. See ad on page 20. YMCA Programs for the entire family include childcare, fitness, teen clubs, food programs, day and resident camps (see Camps and page 3), youth sports, STEM programs, aquatics and gymnastics. Parent/child programs (grades K+) are also offered to promote companionship between parents and their children. Many YMCAs also offer off-site programs at schools and recreation facilities, and accept third-party funding such as GAIN or CAL Works. Visit the website to find a location near you.

OUTINGSGUIDE • Adventure City 1238 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim (714) 236-9300, Adventure City in North Orange County is guaranteed to entertain young families, with 17 exciting rides and attractions, including the Drop Zone, a 50-foot free-fall tower and the all new Rewind Racers roller coaster. You’ll also find a petting farm, a 25-foot climbing wall, an arcade, a Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends play area, great food and much more. What a great place to have a company picnic, birthday party or team party! The price is right, too. All-day unlimited rides: adults or children, $19.95; seniors (55 and over), $15.95. AAA discount available for up to six regular-price admissions per card. Free parking. See ad on page 37.

• Circus Vargas Comes to Southern California Celebrate Circus Vargas’ 50th anniversary extravaganza bringing acrobats, daredevils and a flying trapeze for two unforgettable hours of nonstop action and adventure. A magnificent, mega-hit production guaranteed to thrill and enchant children of all ages. Arrive 30 minutes early for an exciting, interactive pre-show where children can create their own magic. Coming soon: April 11-22, Chino Hills; April 25 - May 13, Woodland Hills; May 31 - June 9, Laguna Hills; July 19-28, Torrance. Days and times vary, visit their website for tickets and details. See ad with discount code “20AD” for $20% off tickets on page 37. • Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200, Hands-on learning center that is dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages. It also serves as the national memorial for the Space Shuttle Columbia’s seven crew members, lost in 2003. The 20,000-squarefoot visitor center is equipped with not only amazing technology and visual teaching exhibits, it also holds engaging classes and workshops. The Space Center hosts the only Challenger Learning Center in the greater Los Angeles area, where groups can: Return to the Moon, or go on a Voyage to Mars, and experience the real-life excitement of working in Mission Control or in the Spacecraft. Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Sundays and Mondays. $5 per person (4+). Also see Camps (page 12), Parties (page 45) and STEM (page 26). See ad on page 39. • Discovery Cube Los Angeles 11800 Foothill Blvd., Los Angeles Take in 71,000 square feet of interactive and handson exhibits. Whether you want to take a simulated helicopter tour or experience the Santa Ana winds, there’s something for everyone to explore. Cuttingedge exhibits and thrilling events will educate and entertain everyone from kids of all ages to the kid in all of us. Don’t miss the Hot Wheels: Race to Win exhibit through April 28, followed by the Wild Kratts: Creature Power! Exhibit, and summer early learners exhibit, Science+YOU beginning May 25. There’s always something new to explore at the Cube! Field trips, birthdays, summer camps (see Camps), outreach, special events, sleepovers, and teacher workshops are also available. See ad on page 1 and back inside cover. • Discovery Cube Orange County 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana Discovery Cube Orange County is filled with interactive and hands-on exhibits in themed areas including: Discovery Theater, Inspector Training Course, Boeing Rocket Lab, Discovery Market, Science of Hockey, and more. This spring is the return of OC’s most popular spring-break event, Bubblefest through April 21! Then, it’s DC Superheroes: Discover Your Superpowers, beginning May 25. There’s always something new to explore at the Cube! Field trips, birthdays, summer camps (see Camps), outreach, special events, sleepovers, and teacher workshops are also available. See ad on page 1 and back inside cover. lots more fun at





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Transport yourself back in time aboard the legendary Queen Mary. Once the grandest ocean liner in the world, now a fullservice hotel, historical landmark and entertainment venue. Get an up close and personal look with one of our guided tours or explore the ship’s many exhibits and attractions. The Queen Mary’s history is full of action, adventure, romance and paranormal activity offering a full service hotel, award-winning dining and unique attractions.



• Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk (562) 868-9956, Take a break and have fun at Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park! Offers challenging miniature golf and exciting rides, including go-karts, bumper boats, 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 on page 45). Ask about their free school and doctors’ office incentive programs. Where the 5 and 605 freeways meet. See ad with coupons on page 34. • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900, Pretend City Children’s Museum is an interconnected city designed for children (infant-8). The city is comprised of a grocery store, farm, doctor’s office, art studio, amphitheater, beach, marina, 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 Parties (page 46) and Special Needs (page 31). See ad on page 41. • Queen Mary 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach (877) 342-0738, Go back in time aboard the legendary Queen Mary. Once the grandest ocean liner ever built, now a fullservice hotel and historical landmark with tours and exhibitions. Explore the ship from bow to stern on your own, or take guided tours to places you’ve only read about. No one tells a story better than the official tour guides with knowledge and insight that is second to none. The Queen Mary’s history is full of action, adventure, romance and paranormal activity, including her duty as a troopship during World War II. Learn about Winston Churchill’s relationship with the Queen Mary when visiting “Their Finest Hours” exhibition, and see original set pieces from the award-winning film, ”Darkest Hours.” The Queen Mary has something for everyone with tours departing daily! See ad on page 35 for 25% off with code “KIDSGUIDE19!”


Nemo & Friends Aquariums, mammal care centers & whale watching. Aquarium of the Pacific More than 11,000 ocean animals, including penguins, sea otters and shark touch pools. Educational programs, birthday parties, and camps are offered. Pacific Visions, the Aquarium’s first major expansion, will open in late May and feature a state-of-the-art theater, new exhibition space, art gallery and animals. Adults, $29.95; kids (3-11), $17.95; seniors (62+), $26.95. 36 kidsguide spring/summer 2019

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Birch Aquarium Get hands-on with sea stars, hermit crabs and sea cucumbers in their living tide-pool exhibit. Watch a shark feeding or witness divers descend into a two-story Giant Kelp Forest. Adults, $19; kids (3-17), $15; seniors (60+), $16.50. UCSD, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. (858) 534-3473.

Whale Watching Excursions Aquarium of the Pacific, (562) 590-3100. www. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, excursions aboard boats from Long Beach, Marina Del Rey and Redondo Beach, (310) 548-7562, Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari, Dana Point, (949) 488-2828, Dana Wharf Whale Watching, Dana Point, (949) 4965794, Harbor Breeze Cruise and LA Waterfront Cruises, Long Beach, (562) 4324900,, and San Pedro, (310) 547-9916, Ocean Institute, see listing below. Newport Landing Whale Watching, 309 Palm St., Ste. A, Newport Beach, (949) 675-0551,

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Thirty-five saltwater tanks and touch tanks. Tours, workshops and classes, camps, youth docents, family programs, tide-pool walks and grunion runs. Suggested admission donation: $1-5. 3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pedro. (310) 548-7562. Legoland’s Sea Life Aquarium The aquarium offers 16 interactive zones to explore, touch pools, and the exhibit Sea at Night, where you’ll experience bioluminescent tides as you walk a simulated coastline under the stars. Dive shows and feedings daily. One Legoland Dr., Carlsbad. (760) 918-5346. Marine Mammal Care Centers Marine Mammal Care Center - Visitors can see seal and sea lion patients from a safe distance. Group tours and volunteer opportunities offered. Open daily; animal viewing is free. 3601 S. Gaffey St., #8, San Pedro. (310) 548-5677. Pacific Marine Mammal Center - Summer camps, after-school and Girl Scouts programs available. Open daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free, donations encouraged. 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. (949) 494-3050. • Ocean Institute Interactive exhibits, marine life, touch tanks and ecology cruises, plus presentations and Sunday tours aboard the tallship Pilgrim. Summer camps are also offered, see Camps. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point. (949) 496-2274. www. See ad on page 15. Roundhouse Aquarium Viewing and touch tanks each displaying a selection of marine fish and invertebrates. Summer camp and birthday packages available. Suggested donations: $2 per person, $5 per family. Manhattan Beach Pier. (310) 379-8117. Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Touch tanks with tide-pool animals, plus field-trip programs, kids’ classes, party packages and special event days. Adults and kids 13+, $5; kids 12 and under, free. 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica. (310) 393-6149. The SEA Lab Free and low-cost programs, touch-tank tours, public fish feeding, field trips, parties and summer camps. Admission: $5; free for children 14 and under. 1021


Float Your Boat Boat rides and cruises, plus historical ships. Also see boating (rowing and sailing) instruction on page 49. Aqua Bus and Aqua Link (562) 591-2301 Long Beach Transit operates two water buses daily in summer and weekends year-round: Aqua Bus ($1) and Aqua Link ($5). Boat rides between the Aquarium, Queen Mary and Alamitos Bay Landing. Schedule is on their website. • Ocean Institute (949) 496-2274 Join marine educators in exploring the ocean from top to bottom, while searching for some of the world’s largest and smallest creatures during a 2.5-hour whale-watching program. Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. Various specialty cruises are offered during the year, such as Bioluminescence Night Cruises, 4th of July Cruise, Mother’s/Father’s Day adventures, plus tours of the Tallship Brig Pilgrim on weekends. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point. www. See ad on page 15. • Queen Mary (877) 342-0739 See listing on this page; ad on page 35. S.S. Lane Victory (310) 519-9188 Self-tours on the museum ship, that once was a cargo ship used in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War. Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 3600 Minor St., Berth 49, San Pedro. USS Iowa (877) 446-9261 Interactive tours, kid’s self-guided scavenger hunt, overnight program, and family events. 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro. USS Midway Museum (619) 544-9600 Audio tours, exhibits, and flight simulators aboard this historic Navy aircraft carrier that served from 19451992. Family overnight adventure is offered on July, 13. 910 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego. lots more fun at



Make A Splash Water Parks, wading pools and splash pads. Party packages, season passes, and tube, board and cabana rentals are available at most locations. Aquatica - SeaWorld’s Waterpark Open May 25 - September 29. New Flamingo Encounter allows families to mingle with the animals. 2052 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista. (619) 222-4732. Buccaneer Cove at Boomers Open Memorial Day - Labor Day. 3405 Michelson Drive, Irvine. (949) 559-8341. Drop Zone Waterpark Open May 25 - September 2. Night Swim is available select Mondays and Wednesdays. 2165 Trumble Road, Perris. (951) 366-0525. Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags Open May 19 - October 6. Dive-In movies on Friday nights. 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia. (661) 255-4111. Knott’s Soak City Open daily, May 18 - September 8. New Aqua-Launch

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chamber, a three-story Beach house, and over 200 water guns. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. (714) 220-5200. Legoland Waterpark Open March 16 - November 10. One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad. (760) 918-5346. Newport Dunes Waterpark Open Memorial Day - Labor Day. Kayak, SUP and pedal boat rentals too. 1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach. (949) 729-1150. Raging Waters Open May 18 - September 22. Lots of thrill rides, plus attractions for younger kids. 111 Raging Waters Drive, San Dimas, (909) 802-2200. Splash Kingdom Open May - September. Trampoline park on site. 1101 California St., Redlands. (909) 335-7275. Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark Open weekends, May 25 - September 29, and daily, June 3 - August 9.13806 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. (562) 902-3191. Summer Inflatable Waterpark in Alamitos Bay Free inflatable waterpark near the sailing center. 5415 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 5701360. The Cove Waterpark Open May 25 - September 2. Night swim on select Tuesdays and Thursdays. 4310 Camino Real, Riverside. (951) 360-1974. Wading and Spray Pools Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center - Splash pad and wading pool; year-round, $3-7. 29 Santa Barbara Drive. (949) 425-2559. Bellflower - Ruth R. Caruthers Park (wading pool). 10500 E. Flora Vista St., Bellflower. (562) 804-1424, Ext. 2261. Buena Park - Brenner Park Wading Pool open May 28 - August 10, Monday - Friday, 1-4 p.m. Admission is free for ages 6 and under. 7373 San Rafael Drive. (714) 562-3860.




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Fullerton - Lemon (spray), Adlena parks (spray), and Downtown Plaza (spray and pool). (714) 738-6575. Irvine - Heritage Community Park features a playground with splash pad. 14301 Yale Ave. (949) 7246750. • Lakewood - Bloomfield, Boyar, Del Valle, Mayfair, Palms and San Martin parks (wading). Wading Pool Wednesdays offer evening sessions, June - August, 5-7:30 p.m. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www. Tustin - Pioneer Road Park features play equipment with water features. Open Memorial Day to September. 10250 Pioneer Road. (714) 573-3326.

Westminster - Sigler Park Splash Pad water features include ten-foot-tall pelicans, palm trees and sea horses. 7200 Plaza St. (714) 895-2860. www.


Free Museum Days Autry Museum of the American West Free admission on second Tuesdays, and if you are a Bank of America cardholder, during the first full weekend of each month. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. (323) 667-2000. California African American Museum Free admission. Parking, $12-15 cash only. Exposition Park, 600 State Dr., Los Angeles. (213) 7447432. California Science Center Free admission to all permanent exhibits, excluding IMAX and special paid exhibits. Parking, $12 cash only. 700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles. (323) 724-3623. Getty Center and Villa Free admission, parking is $15 (Villa requires a timeentry ticket). Center: 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. Villa: 7985 PCH, Pacific Palisades. (310) 440-7300. Hammer Museum Free admission. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 443-7000. Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University Free admission. 167 N. Atchison St., Orange. (714) 997-6815. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens Free admission on the first Thursday of the month with reserved ticket. 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. (626) 405-2100. Japanese American National Museum Free admission every Thursday, 5-8 p.m., and all day every third Thursday of the month. 100 North Central Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 625-0414. Kidspace Children’s Museum Free admission on Family Night, first Tuesday, 4-8 p.m. 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 4499144. La Brea Tar Pits and Museum Free admission on first Tuesday (except July and August) and free every Tuesday in September. Reserve tickets in advance as they experience high attendance on these days. 5801 Wilshire Blvd. (213) 763-3499. Laguna Art Museum Free general admission on the first Thursday of the lots more fun at

month from 5-9 p.m. 307 Cliff Dr., Laguna Beach. (949) 494-8971.


Long Beach Museum of Art Free admission after 3 p.m. on Thursday, and halfprice all day Friday. 2300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 439-2119. Los Angeles County Museum of Art Free admission on second Tuesday of the month, select federal holidays, and Monday - Friday, after 3 p.m. to LA County residents. Kids can join NexGen, a free youth membership program that offers free admission for anyone 17 and under as well as free general admission for one accompanying adult. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000. • Museum of Latin American Art Dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American and Latin art exhibits, The Museum of Latin American Art offers a three-week summer camp (see page 20) and special events for all generations. Guided tours can be booked online. Free admission every Sunday and also on the fourth Thursday of every month, 5-9 p.m. 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach. (562) 437-1689. www.molaa. org. See ad on page 10. Museum of Tolerance Free admission every third Thursday of the month (does not include special exhibits). 9786 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 553-8403. www.

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Natural History Museum Free admission day first Tuesday of the month. Exposition Park, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 763-3466, Ext. DINO. Norton Simon Museum Free admission on first Fridays, 5-8 p.m. 411 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles. (626) 449-6840. www. Skirball Cultural Center Free admission on Thursdays. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. The Paley Center for Media Admission is free, donations welcome. 465 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills. (310) 786-1000. Wells Fargo History Museum Free admission. 333 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 253-7166. museums/los-angeles


Historical Museums Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum Tours every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and on the first Thursday and Friday of the month. Free admission. 18127 South Alameda St., Rancho Dominguez. (310) 603-0088. Drum Barracks Civil War Museum Guided tours only. Closed Monday and Friday. $5, suggested donation. 1052 Banning Blvd., Wilmington. (310) 548-7509. Heritage Hill Historical Park Guided tours, Wednesday - Sunday. No fees for entrance or public tours for groups of seven or less. 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest. (949) 923-2230. Heritage Museum of OC Visit or tour a working blacksmith shop, a rancho home, gardens, and the Kellogg House. Open Friday Sunday. $5-7 admission. 3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana. (714) 540-0404. Homestead Museum Free-guided tours of two historic houses, Wednesday to Sunday. 15415 E. Don Julian Road, City of Industry. (626) 968-8492. Mission San Juan Capistrano Guided tours, audio tours, and special tours just for 4th graders. On weekends, kids can pan for gold, make adobe bricks, and arrowhead necklaces. Visit the “Teachers and Kids” tab on their site for fun things to do while you’re there. Admission: $7-10. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano. (949) 234-1300.

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Pio Pico Historic Park Adobe Open weekends. 6003 Pioneer Blvd., Whittier. (562) 695-1217. Point Fermin Lighthouse Guided tours every hour at 1, 2 and 3 p.m., Tuesday - Sunday. Free admission, donation requested. 807 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro. (310) 2410684. Presidential Libraries & Memorials Exhibits and artifacts from past presidents, plus traveling exhibits on aspects of US history. Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum - 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, (714) 993-5075, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum - 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, (805) 522-2977, The Lincoln Memorial Shrine - 125 W. Vine St., Redlands, Rancho Los Alamitos Tour the ranch house, the lush gardens, and visit the farm animals (horses, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and rabbits) housed in the barns area. Open Wednesday - Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Guided tours start every 30 minutes. Free. 6400 E. Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach. (562) 431-3541. Rancho Los Cerritos Guided tours, plus a special tour just for families, Rancho Adventures ($5 per person). Summer day camps, story time and Creation Station events are offered. Open Wednesday - Sunday; 1-5 p.m. Free admission. 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach. (562) 206-2040. The Banning Museum Guided tours of the historic home and barn, Tuesday - Thursday and weekends. Free; suggested donation, $1-5. 401 East M St., Wilmington. (310) 548-7777.


Kids-Only Museums Children’s Museum at La Habra 301 S. Euclid St., La Habra (562) 383-4236, Play in the STEAM lab, ride a carousel, uncover fossils, learn about environment conservation, and perform on a stage. New exhibit: “If I Lived in a Castle,” through August 25. Admission: $9-10. Closed Mondays. Kidspace Children’s Museum 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena (626) 449-9144, Hands-on exhibits, indoor and outdoor, plus classes, camps, family nights, workshops and special events. Admission: $14. Free on the first Tuesday, 4-8 p.m.

Pennypickle’s Workshop Temecula Children’s Museum 42081 Main St., Temecula (951) 308-6367, Hands-on inventions, gadgets and experiments that encourage children to discover science through play. Workshops, events, and party packages. Admission: $5 (except for special events). • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900, See listing on page 36; ad on page 41. Southern California Children’s Museum 459 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 657-0357, Pretend and dramatic play area, and weekly events, including bilingual story time, clay corner, Fun Foodie Friday, and open mic Mondays. A collaborative workspace for parents offering child care is available. Admission: $8; 2-for-1 admission on Tuesdays after 2 p.m. Discounted play passes also offered.


See the Stars Griffith Observatory 2800 E. Observatory Road, Los Angeles (213) 473-0800, Admission is free to the grounds and building; planetarium shows, $3-7. One Saturday a month, the Observatory hosts a public star party, and a sunset hike. Jet Propulsion Laboratory 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena (818) 354-1234, Public tours are offered free of charge for groups and individuals on an advance reservation basis. Mount Wilson Observatory (626) 440-9016, Weekend public tours led by docents, March 30 - December 1. Self-guided and private tour, too. Mt. SAC - Randall Planetarium 1100 N. Grand Ave., Walnut (909) 274-5795, Family-friendly events and seasonal shows. Free telescope observing is available one night a month. Orange Coast College Planetarium 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, New $23-million-dollar facility. Public shows offered weekends in the state-of-the-art dome theater. Tickets can be purchased at Palomar Observatory 35899 Canfield Road, Palomar Mountain (760) 742-2119, Guided or self-guided tour, April - October. Visit their website for a virtual tour. lots more fun at

5867; La Habra, (562) 270-4179; Santa Fe Springs, (562) 758-0828; and South Gate, (562) 641-5867.

The John Drescher Planetarium Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica (310) 434-4000, This computerized planetarium theater is open every Friday night for family-friendly shows.

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

UCLA Planetarium and Telescope Shows Planetarium shows are free, suitable for all ages, and are given by current astronomy graduate students.

Playland Cafe - 800 Roosevelt, Irvine. (949) 8292789.

Jumping Fun Kids - 7501 Commonwealth Ave., Buena Park. (714) 787-4994.

Luv 2 Play - 13722 Jamboree Road, Irvine. (949) 203-2611. www.

Pump it Up - Special glow jump sessions and Parents’ Night Out on select Fridays. Locations in Anaheim Hills, (714) 408-2585; Huntington Beach, (714) 847-9663; Irvine, (949) 261-7867; Lake Forest, (949) 951-9663; and Torrance, (310) 533-9377. Pumper Jumpers - After-School Drop-off Program available. 160 E Imperial Hwy., Fullerton. (714) 2657121. Scooter’s Jungle - Locations in Placentia, (714) 223-5730; El Segundo, (310) 848-1380; Simi Valley, (805) 203-9200; and Valencia, (661) 877-4400.


Play Indoors Indoor Activity Centers The following locations offer structured play indoors through a variety of classes for ages six weeks and up. Find locations near you on their websites. Gymboree Play and Music - www.gymboreeclasses. com. My Gym - Oodles - (562) 888-1496, The Little Gym Indoor Playgrounds All locations offer party packages. Many offer separate areas or play times for younger kids. AdventurePlex - Special drop-off program with additional fee. 1701 Marine Ave., Manhattan Beach. (310) 546-7708.





Billy Beez - 400 West Disney Way, Anaheim. (657) 207-4841.



BounceU - Parents’ night out offered twice a month with separate fee. Huntington Beach, (714) 892-4842; and Orange, (714) 744-5867.



BubblePop - Bubble stations set up for interactive play. Classes and story times, too. 2475 Park Ave., Tustin. (949) 529.8078. Frogg’s Bounce House - 16121 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley. (714) 418-0442. GIGIL - Drop-in play, plus enrichment classes and a Collaborative Workspace allowing parents to get work done while they supervise your kids. 1150 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach. (562) 980-0008. Jump N’ Jammin - Parents drop-off program available. 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy., Mission Viejo. (949) 582-5890.

You can create in the art studio, rescue citizens in the emergency services, shop in the grocery store, and so much more! It’s the city where little pretenders have the biggest dreams. Visit today!

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Tessmann Planetarium at Santa Ana College 1530 W. 17th, Building M, Santa Ana (714) 564-6356 Saturday evening shows are followed with Night Sky Live, a guided orientation of the celestial objects.


Seascape Kids Fun - 4771 E. Hunter Ave, Anaheim. (714) 970-7100. Silly Goose Playground - 25449 Narbonne Ave., Lomita. (310) 539-2792 Twinkle Twinkle Kids Cafe - 2065 Palos Verdes Drive, Lomita. (310) 530-4535. We Play Loud - Locations in Lake Forest, (949) 328-9616; and Huntington Beach, (949) 328-9616. Trampoline Parks Big Air - Cosmic nights every Friday and Saturday night, plus Toddler Time on select days. Buena Park, (714) 831-1092; and Laguna Hills, (949) 305-9788. CircusTrix Extreme Air Sports - Locations in Mission Viejo, (949) 445-1340; and Thousand Oaks, (805) 410-4690. Rockin’ Jump - Parents’ Night Out, Rockin’ Tots, and Neon Jump Nights. 1411 S. Village Way, Santa Ana. (714) 249-7676. GetAir - 5142 Argosy Ave., Huntington Beach. (714) 916-5815. Sky Zone - Locations in Anaheim, (657) 205-1100; Torrance , (310) 323-4500; and Westminster, (714) 415-5867.


Wild Animals Exotic Animal Encounters Animal Tracks (805) 341-2515 Get hands-on with reptiles, ferrets, an armadillo, wolf hybrids, and more. The monkey experience allows visitors to interact with capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkeys, and baboon. Open weekends by reservation. Agua Dulce. Oasis Camel Dairy (760) 787-0983 Camel rides, animal shows, and private tours. Open one weekend a month. 26757 Hwy. 78, Ramona. OstrichLand USA (805) 686-9696 A zoo of 50 ostriches and emus. Guests are invited to feed and interact with these large birds. Admission: $2-5. Ostrich feed, $1 per bowl. 610 E. Hwy. 246, Solvang. STAR Eco Station (310) 842-8060 Science museum and exotic wildlife rescue offers hands-on encounters with exotic birds, reptiles, mammals and ocean life in a tropical jungle setting. Open weekends, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., tours every hour. Admission: $6-8. 10101 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City. 42 kidsguide spring/summer 2019

The Reptile Zoo (714) 500-0591 Over 100 exotic species of reptiles, amphibians, and arachnids. Interactive hands-on opportunities and animal feedings, plus Gator Island and Jr. Zookeeper camps. Admission: $8-12. 18818 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley. Wild Wonders (760) 630-9230 Interactive experiences include Behind the Scenes, Meet and Feed a Bearcat, Wallaby Walkout, Fennec Foxes and Friends, and Meet and Greet a Cheetah. Brunch with the Beasts, Zoo Camp, and a Zookeeper Mentoring Program too. Bonsall. Petting Zoos and Farms Amy’s Farm (844) 426-9732 Guided farm tour includes garden walk, milking cows, petting farm animals, feeding pigs, grooming horses and more. Tours, $8-10. Closed Sundays. 7698 Eucalyptus Ave., Ontario. Centennial Farm (714) 708-1500 Visitors can view pigs, chickens, oxen, goats and more. Visit on Discovery Days where children pet a chick, plant and take home a radish, see a cow milking demonstration and more. Open daily. Free. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. Children’s Nature Retreat (619) 320-4942 Farm, animal sanctuary and nature reserve with over 120 domesticated livestock and exotic animals from around the world. Guided tours and up-close animal encounters. Closed Monday - Wednesday. Admission: $15-25. 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine. Pony Time (562) 916-7669 Petting zoo with goats, rabbits, chickens, sheep, an alpaca, llamas, and a cow. Hand-led ponies around a trot track are also available, plus classes and trail rides. Admission: $2. Pony rides: $6-9. 11369 Carson St., Lakewood. Zoomars Petting Zoo (949) 831-6550 Pet animals, ride a horse, hop on the Kiddy Train, and jump in the corn box! Plus, visit the Miner’s Gulch, where kids can mine for gold, gemstones, fossils and ancient relics. Open daily (unless it rains). Admission: $12-15. 31791 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano. Zoos - Regular Old Zoos Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens (323) 644-4200 Special activities and tours (additional fees apply) include Flamingo Mingle, Giraffe Feedings, Behindthe-Scenes Tour, and Keys to the Zoo Tour. Schoolbreak camps, and Family Nature Club are also offered. Open daily. Admission: $16-21. 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles. Orange County Zoo (714) 973-6847 The zoo also features a barnyard, toddler activities, scout group program, story times, special events, and guided and audio tours. Open daily. Admission: $2, free for ages 2 and under. Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park (760) 747-8702 Zipline across the safari park, navigate a treetop trail using a harness, cables and ropes, or go on a special overnight camping adventure, plus other safari add-ons that will get you up-close to the animals and behind the scenes. Admission: $46-56. 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido. San Diego Zoo (619) 231-1515 Upgrade your visit with special experiences like walking the grounds before the zoo opens, get your own personal tour guide, spend the morning with pandas, be keeper for a day, go on an overnight camping adventure. Open daily. Admission: $46-56. 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego. Santa Ana Zoo (714) 836-4000 Visit the family farm to feed goats and sheep, hop on the Zoofari Express train, walk through the Amazon Aviary, ride the carousel and more. Admission: $912. Prentice Park, 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana.


Planes, Trains & Cars Flight Museums Flight Path Museum and Learning Center (424) 646-7284 View the LAX tarmac. Closed Sunday and Monday. Free admission. 6661 W. Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles. Lyon Air Museum (714) 210-4585 View the John Wayne Airport tarmac. Open daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission: $6-12. 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana. March Field Air Museum (951) 902-5949 Closed Mondays. Admission: $5-10. 22550 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside. Museum of Flying (310) 398-2500 Also features a full-motion flight simulator (additional rates apply). Open Friday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission: $6-10. 3100 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. Planes of Fame Air Museum (909) 597-3722 Aviation Discovery Center (open Saturdays) provides aviation-themed activities. Living-history events, air shows and tours. Admission: $6-15. 14998 Cal Aero Drive, Chino. Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum (310) 618-1155 Features Sky Lab Computer Center, flight simulators, Tuskegee Airmen Learning Center and afterschool programs. 961 W. Alondra Blvd., Compton. Western Museum of Flight (310) 326-9544 Educational programs allow children to see and touch airplanes. Closed Monday and major holidays. Admislots more fun at



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(310) 578-2278 (CART) sion, $5; children (12 and under), free. 3315 Airport Drive, Red Baron #3, Torrance. Petersen Automotive Museum 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 930-2277, Youth workshops, craft activities (every weekend), and presentations. Plus, Teen Auto Workshop in the summer. Open daily, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission: $8-16. Train Museums and Rides Angels Flight Railway - One block ride up and down Bunker Hill in downtown LA. 351 South Hill St., Los Angeles. (213) 626-1901. El Dorado Frontier in Long Beach - The train operates weekends, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 7550 East Spring St. (562) 249-8330. Fullerton Train Museum - Three cabooses and two Union Pacific lounge cars. Guided tours available. 200 East Santa Fe Ave., Fullerton. (714) 278-0648. • Fillmore & Western Railway - This legendary railroad is home to vintage passenger and dining cars that date back as far as 1914. It’s also home to a 1913 fully restored and operating #14 Baldwin

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• 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!

Steam Engine. Fillmore & Western is known as the “Home of the Movie Trains” that have been used in film productions, such as Disney’s Lone Ranger, Water for Elephants, Sea Biscuit, Get Smart, Bedtime Stories, Race to Witch Mountain, Tall Tail, Inception, Anger Management, Fear Factor, X-Files, Bones, Westworld, American Horror Story, Criminal Minds, CSI and many more. An amazing part of this railroad is the opportunity to ride the movie trains! All year long they offer train tours such as weekend scenic adventures, murder mystery comedy lunch and dinner trains, holiday trains, special event trains, steam train rides, school trains and privately chartered group trains 364 Main St., Fillmore. (805) 5242546. See ad on page 38. Griffith Park Southern Railroad - Travel over one mile of track, across a bridge, through a forest and the Old Western Town. 4400 Crystal Springs Drive, LA. (800) 438-1297. Heritage Park Railroad Exhibit - Restored steam locomotive as well as its tender, a refrigerated boxcar, and caboose. 12100 Mora Drive, Santa Fe Springs. (562) 946-6476. Irvine Park Railroad at Irvine Regional Park - Ride the 1/3-scale train. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, (714) 997-3968, Kids Ride Amtrak for 50% Off - Take day-trips to LA, San Diego, and San Juan Capistrano, from local stations in Anaheim, Fullerton, Irvine and Santa Ana. (800) 872-7245, Ext. (USA-RAIL).

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Lomita Railroad Museum - Locomotives, cabooses, oil tenders, and box cars on display. 2137 W. 250th St., Lomita. (310) 326-6255. Orange County Model Engineers at Fairview Park Free rides through the park every third Saturday and following Sunday of each month. 2480 Placentia Ave, Costa Mesa. (949) 548-7246. Orange Empire Railway Museum - Visitors can ride streetcars, electric cars, and trains on the museum railway. Special events throughout the year. 2201 South A St., Perris. (951) 943-3020. San Diego - Balboa Park Miniature Railroad - Halfmile trip through the park. 1800 Zoo Place, San Diego, (619) 239-4748, San

Diego Model Railroad Museum - 1649 El Prado, San Diego, (619) 696-0199, Southern California Live Steamers in Torrance - Free rides the first Sunday and the third Saturday of each month. 2290 Washington Ave., Torrance. (310) 3280236. Travel Town Museum and Railroad - Outdoor museum with a large collection of locomotives, plus ridable miniature train. 5200 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles. (800) 438-1297. Zoofari Express at the Santa Ana Zoo - Travel for a 6½-minute ride. 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 836-4000.

PARTYGUIDE • Adventure City 1238 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim (714) 236-9300, What a day of excitement! Play in Adventure City as long as you like; enjoy one-hour in the whimsical Party Station eating pizza and other treats served by your own party hostess; take a private train ride with your child as the engineer, and much more. Adventure City provides everything from invitations to wonderful memories. Parents can relax and enjoy the party. See Outings on page 34 for more information. See ad on page 37. • Art Steps Costa Mesa (714) 760-4042 Yorba Linda (714) 524-2248 Mission Viejo (949) 454-9555 Art Steps teaches realistic classical drawing and painting skills for ages four to adult. Get hands on guidance in their Costa Mesa, Yorba Linda or Mission Viejo art studios. Birthday parties or scout classes at Art Steps are fun, mini art classes. Each child proudly brings home a beautiful, finished drawing in crayon, marker or pastel, as a party favor or as work toward an art badge. 1525 Mesa Verde Drive E., #119, Costa Mesa; 18212 Imperial Hwy., Yorba Linda; and 24000 Alicia Pkwy., # 31, Mission Viejo. Also see Arts (page 4), Camps (page 10), and ad on page 5. • Blue Submarine (888) 218-8085, The Blue Submarine offers fun, educational adventures in marine biology. They bring live tidepool animals to you, adding an unforgettable experience to your birthday party or special event. The Blue Submarine allows your guests to visit the tidepool without getting wet! English/Spanish bilingual programs also available. Call today to book your party or special event! See ad on this page. • Color My World Art Studio 11960 Artesia Blvd., #101, Artesia lots more fun at

• Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200, Host your own out-of-this-world event at the Columbia Memorial Space Center. Use the entire 20,000-square-foot Space Center or select facilities for meetings, birthdays, reunions, weddings, banquets, and other special events. Birthday party packages are available. See page 34 for complete listing. See ad on page 39. • East West Ice Palace 11446 Artesia Blvd., Artesia (562) 809-6200, Fun party package includes public skating admission, private party room, pizza, cake, soft drinks, party decor, plus skate time. Skating lessons available upon request. Also offers public skating and skating classes for kids (3+) and adults. See Skating and Hockey on page 52; ad on page 50. • Emerald Events and The Bubble Rollers (714) 508-3690 Emerald Events, creator of The Original Bubble Rollers, offers the best attractions for any event such as children’s parties, corporate events, carnivals, fundraisers, team building or any special occasion. They also offer Bubble Bumpers/Soccer, Land Zorb Bubble Rollers, Tube Rollers, Paddle Roller Boats, foam parties, synthetic mobile ice skating rink/curling (see Skating and Hockey), Mobile Bungee system, photo booth and huge inflatables, etc. The original Water Bubble Rollers allow you to run/walk/roll on water without getting wet! No pool? They can bring an inflatable pool, or have your party at a public pool or park, or a Bubble Rollers location. Approved by OC Parks, California PTA and Compliance Depot for schools, churches and public events. Don’t be fooled by imitators...they are the original and only Bubble Rollers. See ad on this page. • Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk (562) 868-9956, Have your child’s next birthday party, team party or scouting event at Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park! Pizza Party packages can include easy or challenging miniature golf and exciting rides, including go-karts, bumper boats, 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 Outings (page 36), and ad with coupons on page 34.

• Gryphon Fencing & Archery Parties 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia (714) 519-1343, Knights, pirates, Jedi, Zorro or Robin Hood? Fencing and archery are fun activities for all ages. Gryphon offers fencing or archery-themed birthday parties for kids and adults. The birthday person and guests will play games, learn basic fencing moves and cap the event with a fencing match using Olympic-style electric scoring equipment. For archery-themed events, participants will learn safe shooting skills, play games and shoot balloons. The typical birthday party is two hours with 90 minutes for the fencing or archery activities and the last 30 minutes set aside for cake or refreshments. Call for rates and availability. Email: info@ See ad on page 49. • IncrediFlix Parties (949) 548-5424, With IncrediFlix, your child will be center stage as the star of one of their unique parties. Choose the type of party (Music Video, Mini Movie, Minecraft or Lego) and decide if you want the party at their studio or bring the film crew to you. Walking into their state-ofthe-art studio, party-goers feel like they’re in a Hollywood production. They will rock out on stage and be transported anywhere on a giant green screen. If you’d rather host the party elsewhere, IncrediFlix will shoot “on location.” Either way, the top-notch crew will direct your party from “action” to “cut” to create an unforgettable celebration. Guests will get their own copy of the production.


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(562) 219-4566, Color My World is the most fun art studio in town, where each child’s creativity and imagination expands to their highest potential. Art party packages are customized for kids and adults, from 10-20 painters. Everyone goes home with a masterpiece! “At Color My World, art is not a subject, it’s a journey!”


• Kick It Up 8129 East Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 430-1812, A variety of parties and options are offered, including the Enchanted Princess Ballerinas’ Ball, Fairy Dream Dance, Pineapple Princess Hula Party, Pop Princess Hip Hop Party, Go...Fight...Win Cheer Party and the Dancing Princess Party! All birthday parties include exclusive use of their decorated studio, glitz and glam session, fun dancing and games, and a personalized cookie cake! Great for your daughter’s birthday, scout troop or soccer team. Customized parties are also available for tweens, teens and adults. Also see Dance (page 8). See ad on page 9. • Let’s Have a Cart Party (310) 578-2278 (CART) Since 1969, Lets Have a Cart Party has been preparing fresh food at your party site in front of your guests. Kenny Baines, owner and head chef, handselects only the finest produce for your occasion. Meats are fresh and never frozen. Carts include: kosher hot dogs, gourmet pizza, chicken nuggets, french fries, baked potato bar, cotton candy, ice cream sundaes, fresh hot cookies, crepes, chocolate fountains and many more. Their antique-style carts add a unique character to any celebration. See ad on page 44; coupon on page 50. • Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine (562) 570-3100, A unique fun celebration at the beach! Birthday Party Package “A” includes one hour of beach games, one hour of barbecue and one hour of boating. Pricing ranges from $255-490 based on size of party, package and amenities. Birthday Party Package “B” includes one hour of beach games or barbecue and one hour of boating. Pricing ranges from $200-465 based on size of party, package and amenities. Nonrefundable deposit due at time of reservation: $50. • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns (562) 986-0066 Easy, fun, all-in-one parties! Exclusive use of the entire gym. Convenient and easy for parents. Games, games, games...and so much more. With a birthday right around the corner, why not give your child the experience of a lifetime. Celebrate at My Gym with captivating games, rides and unique activities customized for your child. The caring and energetic staff will handle everything. See ad on page 39. • Pool and Playground Rental at the Alpert JCC! 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Want to have a pool party but you don’t have a pool? You can rent the pool at the Alpert JCC! Young guests can enjoy the waddle pool while confident swimmers can take a dip in the Jr. Olympic pool. Looking to stay dry and want a playground area for kids to run around? The Early Childhood Education Playground is the perfect place to host a large kids’ party! With lots of space and a built-in jungle gym, it’s every parent’s dream! For more information, contact Irene Velasquez at *Pool and playground rentals are only available for members. Just one of the perks of being a member! 46 kidsguide spring/summer 2019

• Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900, A birthday party at Pretend City Children’s Museum will create lasting memories that your little ones will be talking about for years to come. Their variety of birthday party packages are sure to make a birthday wish come true! See complete listing on page 36; ad on page 41. • Rise Up Athletics 10712 Reagan St., Ste. A., Los Alamitos (562) 280-2441, Rise Up Athletics is the best place for your child’s next birthday party. With over 20K square feet of gymnastics equipment, and a private party room for refreshments and celebrations, 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/obstacle courses and so much more, your child will enjoy their best birthday party yet! Their birthday party sessions are very popular, so hurry and call to reserve your spot today! For information, visit them online, call or email See ad on page 17. • School of Art 3746 S. Bristol St., Santa Ana (714) 795-1331, School of Art offers fun birthday parties for kids, teens and adults. Girl Scout merit badge work is also offered. See ad and listings on page 4 and 20 . • Sewing Lab Los Alamitos 4215 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos (657) 465-5499, A fun, three-hour sewing party, where party go-ers (grades 2+) will learn how to safely use a sewing machine, and sew their own party favor—a reversible tote bag or a stuffed animal. Also see Arts (page 6) and Camps (page 20). See ad on page 30. • Skateboarding Parties with Skatedogs (714) 313-8787, Skatedogs comes to your home with portable ramps and rails to create a custom skatepark for a one-ofa-kind birthday party. Guests can ride ramps and get skateboarding tips from an experienced instructor. All parties include a T-shirt for the birthday boy or girl, with the option of including a T-shirt for all participants. Also see Camps (page 21) and Skateboarding (page 51). See ad on page 18. • Task Force Laser Tag and Airsoft Shooting Range - Emerald Events (714) 508-3690 Get your next event blasting with Task Force Laser Tag or Mobile Airsoft Shooting Range! Great for both kids and adults, they offer the most realistic Laser Tag experience in Southern California. State-of-the-art equipment works both day and night, and paintballstyle inflatable bunkers turn your playing field into a one-of-a-kind realistic battle zone. They can operate almost anywhere, including parks, schools, indoor halls, gyms, backyards and more. And, no one else in the Western U.S. offers their airsoft machine-gun style enclosed shooting range. Both are the ideal at-

tractions for your one-of-a-kind birthday party, school or church carnival, corporate team building or fundraising event. For more information, see listing for Emerald Events in this section. See ad on page 45. • 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 Great Park ICE & FivePoint Arena (949) 774-1600 Put your party plans on ice at The Rinks! They offer packages with cake, refreshments, balloons and party decorations in their private party rooms. Then take to the ice for the coolest fun, including an exclusive group skating lesson for you and your birthday party guests! For party package prices and information, visit them online or call. See listing in Skating and Hockey on page 52; ad on page 53. • Vans Skatepark Birthday Parties 20 City Blvd. West, Orange (714) 763-3800, Vans Skatepark is a great place to have a birthday party. The skatepark has a few different party packages to choose from, some even include private lessons. There is plenty of room for parents to watch as well as a video game area. Please contact the park for details. See ad on page 43.

SPORTSGUIDE Leagues, camps, instructional classes, and competition in a variety of sports.


Water Sports American Red Cross Referrals to Red Cross-certified swim programs and instructors. Enter your zip code on their website to find a location near you, Classes (5+) including first aid and CPR also available. • Deep Blue Swim School Belmont Shore (562) 434-1644 Bixby Knolls (562) 988-SWIM Deep Blue Swim School offers free infant classes (3-5 months), private swim lessons, parent-and-me

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group classes, pre-competitive swim team, stroke clinics, and scuba for kids year round in their 92-degree indoor and ozone-filtrated pools. Lessons are offered for all ages at their Belmont Shore and Bixby Knolls facilities and focus on fun and safety in and around the water. Deep Blue is passionate about the lifelong benefits that learning to swim offers. Call to arrange a free trial lesson and start your child’s aquatic journey today! See ad on this page. Diving Instruction McCormick Diver - Two Long Beach facilities, (562) 570-1718, PDGA Sports Training Center - 15064 Shoemaker Ave., Sante Fe Springs, (562) 229-1927, www. USA Diving - Resources for finding diving teams, coaches and events, (317) 2375252, • Golden West Swim Lessons 15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach (714) 895-8228, Group and private swim lessons are offered June 17 - August 1 at Golden West College’s Aquatic Facility. Class offerings include: Parent and Me, Transitional Parent and Me, Preschool (ages 3-5), Level 1-5 (ages 6+) and Water Polo. All classes are 30 minutes in length in one or two-week sessions. Online registration begins May 1st. See ad on page 48. Junior Lifeguards The following cities and state park offer summer Junior Lifeguard programs for boys and girls. Crystal Cove State Park - Tryouts April and May. Program (7-15): June 24 - August 15, morning and afternoon sessions, extended care available. Springbreak camps, pre- and post Junior Guard camps, and spring and fall after-school camps are also offered. Huntington Beach - Tryouts April and May. Program (9-17): June 24 - August 15, morning, afternoon and full-day sessions. New Junior Lifeguard Sand Crabs for ages 6-8. (714) 374-1501. Long Beach - Tryouts through early May. Program (9-17): June 24 - August 2, morning and afternoon sessions. (562) 536-7807. Newport Beach - Swim test in March. Program (9-15): June 25 - August 8, Monday - Thursday, with occasional Friday competitions. Morning and afternoon sessions. (949) 644-3170. Seal Beach - Swim tests in April. Program (9-17): June 17 - August 2, 9 a.m. - noon. Prep class is also offered. (562) 431-2527, Ext. 1206. www. Southern California Swim Teams (800) 824-6206, Southern California Swimming (SCS) oversees city and community club teams. Swimmers (4+) are grouped according to age and ability for yearround, weekday workouts and weekend competitions, culminating in the Junior Olympic Championships. Monthly club dues apply. Visit the website for local team information. lots more fun at

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Golden West College Pool, 15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach, and Los Alamitos High School Pool, 3591 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos. See ad for introductory discount offer on page 49.

based on age (4-18) and skill level. They also offer Buddy Baseball for kids (5-20) with special needs. To find a local league, contact the commissioner in your area at

USA Water Polo Provides information on clubs, clinics, camps and tournaments for boys and girls (7+).

Little League Baseball and Softball Boys and girls baseball in age divisions (4-16), softball for girls (4-16) and Little League Challenger teams for boys and girls (4-22) with special needs. Find local league information on their website.


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• Swim For Life Aquatics Center at the Alpert JCC 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, At the AJCC’s Swim For Life Aquatics Center, trained and certified American Red Cross water safety instructors teach each student to swim with confidence, using a nine-step swim program created by the American Red Cross. Whether you are looking for a group environment or private lessons, swimmers will attain skills they need to keep them safe in and around the water. Want to be part of a year-round prep swim team? Join the BlueFin Swim Team! For kids ages 6-12, this year-round program is a perfect stepping stone to the more advanced competitive youth swim team. For more information, please contact Ignacio Berumen at See ad on page 19. U.S. Synchronized Swimming Provides information on SoCal clubs, plus additional resources. To find a club near you, click on the “Membership” tab on their website. • United Waterpolo Club (877) 426-7656 Take your kids’ swimming to the next level! Newbies can now join United Waterpolo Club (UWPC). Since it was founded in 2007, UWPC has garnered nine national championships. Dedicated to teaching and promoting water polo to youth throughout Southern California, the non-profit club offers competitive programs for boys and girls (5-14). UWPC is all about fundamentals. Game play is focused on improving each player’s skill and game knowledge, with the goal of building life-long players. For those younger or brand-new to water polo, UWPC also offers a Mini-Polo program. Jump in today! Monday - Thursday, 5:30 p.m.

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Archery Ranges The following private ranges offer instruction (equipment provided), tournaments, target practice, scout and party packages. Hi-Tech Archery - 1912 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 449-9744, Orange County Archery 25782 Obrero Dr., Mission Viejo, (949) 916-6855, • El Dorado Regional Park Archery Range 7500 E. Spring St., Long Beach Free instruction on Saturdays to improve skills and consistent shooting technique (8+). Must take safety class before taking beginning class; sign up begins at 9 a.m. Advanced, 9-10:20 a.m.; beginners, 10:30-11:50 a.m.; and safety class, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Equipment provided. Park entry fee, $5-8. • Gryphon Fencing & Fitness Studio 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia (714) 519-1343, Archery teaches focus, concentration and coordination. Gryphon Fencing and Fitness Studio offers beginning archery classes for kids 7 and older. Students will learn about the history and equipment in archery and safe shooting skills. During the course, students will try several styles of archery tournaments and play fun games. Email: See ad on page 49. U.S.A. Archery Governing body coordinates the Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program which offers youth (8-20) the opportunity to compete. Free referrals to clubs, tournaments and camps near you. Referrals for adaptive programs, too.


Baseball & Softball Babe Ruth - Cal Ripken Baseball and Softball League (800) 880-3142, Baseball and softball leagues in different divisions

Pony Baseball and Softball Coed baseball leagues in age divisions (5-18), plus girls’ softball (4-23). Champions League is available for those with special needs. Find a league in your area at www. Softball Associations Referrals and information for local leagues and tournaments: American Fastpitch Association, www. USA Softball of Southern California,, includes the Junior Olympic Program, The Miracle League See Special Needs (page 32) for information.


Shoot Hoops Professional Team Camps LA Clippers - Youth Basketball Summer Camps for kids (6-14), held in weekly sessions, June 3 - August 16, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. LA and OC locations. $395. (213) 204-2819. Lakers Basketball - Day camp for boys and girls (815). July 8- 12 and July 15-19, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $475, lunch provided. Camps are held at the Map Sports Facility in Garden Grove. (310) 341-1086. com/lakers/community/camp-lakers-2019 • Long Beach State Basketball Camp 2019 (562) 985-1610 Three exciting camps this year; Youth Basketball Camp (grades 1-8), June 24-27; Father-Son Camp, July 26 and 27 (Friday, 4-10 p.m and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.); and Youth Basketball Week 2, August 5-8. For complete listing, see page 14; see ad on page 18. National Junior Basketball (888) 623-0124, Boys’ and girls’ leagues in age divisions (grades 1-8); spring and winter leagues. Find local teams on their website. Running Panthers Camp at Chapman Girls and boys (7-14). Five weeklong sessions, June 17 - August 9. 1 University Dr., Orange. (714) 8561687. lots more fun at

Learn Fencing • Gryphon Fencing & Fitness Studio 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia (714) 519-1343, Do your kids love to swordfight like a musketeer, Jedi or pirate? Then fencing is the sport for them! Fencing develops stamina, discipline and coordination. Gryphon Fencing Club has a beautiful facility with stateof-the-art electronic fencing equipment. They offer fun fencing classes for kids age 5 and older. They also offer youth, teen and adult fencing classes continuously during the year and vacation-break camps (see page 15). Fencing- and archery-themed birthday parties (see page 45) and special events are also available. Gryphon Fencers compete locally and nationally. Learn fencing at Gryphon Fencing—fun, safe and affordable! Email: See ad on this page. More Fencing Clubs Group and private lessons are available at these fencing centers. Camps and family discounts may be offered. Anaheim Hills Fencers Club - 4372 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills, (714) 996-8880, Golubitsky Fencing Center - 1652 Edinger Ave., Tustin, (714) 6763758, Laguna Fencing Center - 26062 Merit Circle, Ste. 103, Laguna Hills, (949) 215-4112, Orange County Fencing Academy - 14522 Myford Road, Irvine, (949) 445-4321, South Coast Fencing - 3518 W. Lake Center Dr., Ste. C, Santa Ana, (714) 549-2946, USA Fencing (719) 866-4511, Resources for clubs, membership and events.


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

877-H2O-POLO (877- 426-7656)

Long Beach Junior Crew Coed rowing, teams, and camps. (562)-431-1644. Newport Aquatic Center Junior rowing and teams for middle and high schoolers. Paddle Camp, Learn-to-Row Camp, Advanced Jr. Rowing and more. Kayak and SUP rentals too. 1 Whitecliffs Drive, Newport Beach. (949) 646-7725 • Newport Sea Base Ready, set, sail! Fun classes, expert instruction. Kids ages 6-18 can canoe, sail, kayak or simply experience the wonders of the ocean. This is a place where sunshine, sailboats, and sea lions are a part of the everyday adventure. ACA accredited. 1931 West Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. (949) 642-5031. OC Sailing and Events Center Sailing lessons, camps, and outrigger canoe clubs, plus kayaking and SUP. 34451 Ensenada Place, Dana Point Harbor. (949) 923-2215.

Rowing & Sailing

Huntington Beach Sailing Foundation Sailing camps for kids (6+) and teens in a variety of boats, June 24 - August 1. 3821 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach. (562) 592-2186. • Leeway Sailing Center Classes are offered year round for beginner to intermediate sailors, including bay kayaking (10+) and sailing using Sabot (8+), Keelboat and Capri 14 boats (13+). Group, private or semi-private lessons are available. 5437 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 570-1719. lots more fun at

United States Sailing Center Weekly summer sailing camps (8-14). Scholarships available. 5489 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 433-7939. US Rowing Resources to find rowing instruction, club or crew. Visit Yacht Club Sailing Classes Alamitos Bay Yacht Club - 7201 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, (562) 343-8030, Balboa Yacht Club - 1801 Bayside Dr., Corona del Mar (949) 673-3515, Seal Beach Yacht Club - 255 Marina Drive, Long Beach, (562) 594-6337, Shoreline Yacht Club - 386 Shoreline Drive South, Long Beach. (562) 435-4093.



Boy Scouts of America - Long Beach Sea Base Sailing and paddle craft (canoeing, rowing, kayaking) instruction, plus camps (for members). (562) 3441589.

OCC Junior Sailing After-school sailing classes (7-13), parent and child sailing (6-13) and sailing camps, plus powerboat training and safety for teens. 1801 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. (949) 645-9412.

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

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

Gryphon Fitness Studio

971 Via Rodeo Placentia, CA 92870

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classes (under their NINja star program), private birthday parties (see Parties), All-Star competitive cheerleading (see Football and Cheer), and seasonal camps (see Camps) to name a few. The RUA staff strives to provide a positive experience by teaching the importance of staying fit while having fun in a safe and pressure-free environment. For enrollment information, visit them online, call or email, office@ See ad on page 17.

Locations in Artesia & Ontario

Public Sessions Figure Skating Skating School Private Lessons Fitness Center

Youth Hockey Adult Hockey Broomball Private Ice Rental Party Packages

USA Gymnastics (800) 345-4719, Website provides information on finding gymnastics centers in your area.

(562) 809-6200



Football & Cheer Pop Warner Flag and tackle football league (5-16); fall season. Cheer and dance programs also offered where members perform at games and participate in competitions. Challenger division is available for those with special needs. Pop Warner requires its participants to maintain academic standards in order to participate. Find local leagues on their website. Friday Night Lights Flag football (grades K-8); fall and spring seasons. Cheer program also offered. Garden Grove, www.; Huntington Beach,; Los Alamitos/Seal Beach,; and Newport-Mesa, NFL Youth Flag Football Coed, boys and girls (5-17) teams. Join a league or start one in your area. • Rise Up Athletics All Star Cheerleading 10712 Reagan St., Ste. A., Los Alamitos (562) 280-2441, Rise Up Athletics All-Star cheer is a non-school affiliated program that competes locally and out-ofstate in the sport of competitive cheerleading. They offer semi and annual programs under the direction of Cheryl Vuong, coach for the nationally and worldranked Los Alamitos High School Cheer program. As a competitive cheerleading program for girls and boys (4+), RUA All Stars teaches all levels of cheer from their prep teams to senior-level advanced

teams. They are preparing for another successful season as sign-ups begin mid-May. For enrollment information, See ad on page 17.


Flip & Tumble • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns (562) 986-0066, My Gym has helped thousands of children, ages 6 weeks - 13 years, gain confidence and self-esteem in a loving and caring environment. The innovative, non-competitive tumbling and gymnastics program incorporates age-appropriate games, relays, fitness exercise, sports skills, group activities, and song and dance. Along with the constantly changing equipment setups, excellent student-to-teacher ratio, and the experienced and caring staff, My Gym is the best place for your children! Call/text/email to sign up for a free guest class today. See ad on page 39. • Rise Up Athletics 10712 Reagan St., Ste. A., Los Alamitos (562) 280-2441, Rise Up Athletics, formerly known as Kidnastics Gymnastics, has been pleased to offer quality fitness programs for children ages 1-18 for over the last 42 years. They offer a variety of programs for all levels, from parent and me classes, gymnastics classes for boys and girls, recreational/cheer tumbling coed classes, gymnastics/acrobatics coed

Let’s Have A Cart Party! Gourmet Food Prepared Fresh in Front of Your Guests on Antique Style Food Carts. See our ad on page 44 & listing on page 46.

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

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Horse Around • First Field Farm 18299 Dumont Ave., Cerritos (562) 924-2217, First Field Farm offers instruction in English horseback riding and jumping for beginning through advanced students. Beginner lessons include care of the horse as well as the basics of position and control. Private lessons are 30 minutes; group lessons, 45-60 minutes. Horses are provided. See ad on page 51. • Sandie Mercer Ranch at Lakewood Equestrian Center 11369 Carson St., Lakewood (562) 425-1905 Private and group instruction (6+) for Western, English and Jumping. Beginner through advanced lessons can be arranged to fit your schedule. Lessons are available six days a week on your horse or theirs. The new “Introduction to Horses” class, by scheduled appointment, includes safety and basic inhand ground work and care, as well as basic riding. Summer camps also available (see Camps), plus programs for scout groups earning merit badges. Enjoy horses and horseback riding in a quiet country setting. Email: See ad on page 51. More Equestrian Centers The following locations offer English and/or Western riding instruction. Monthly leases for students who do not own a horse may be available. Most locations offer parties and school-break camps. Anaheim Equestrian Center (714) 535-3510 Therapeutic riding and scout programs also offered. 1370 Sanderson Ave., Anaheim. Country Trails (714) 538-5860 Trail rides and summer programs. 1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange. Huntington Beach Central Park Equestrian Center (714) 848-6565 Therapeutic riding and guided trail rides. 18381 Golden West St., Huntington Beach. lots more fun at

Rancho Rio Verde (310) 830-2060 1000 W. Carson St., Long Beach.

Lakewood Equestrian Center @ Sandie Mercer Ranch

Summer Camps & Holiday Programs

Serrano Creek Ranch Equine-therapy program also offered. 25200 Trabuco Road, Lake Forest. (949) 768-5891. www.

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

Trail Rides Country Trails, Orange, (714) 538-5860, www. Huntington Beach Central Park Equestrian Center, (714) 848-6565, www.hcpec. com. Susie Q Ranch, Mommy/Daddy and Me (35) rides, plus pony rides and petting zoo, Murrieta, (951) 551-4585, Sunset Ranch Hollywood Stables, under the Hollywood sign, (323) 469-5450, Western Trails Horseback Riding, breakfast rides also offered, Norco, (951) 403-1290, Will Rogers Trail Rides, Pacific Palisades, (310) 662-3707, US Polo Association 27271 Silverado Canyon Road, Silverado (800) 232-8772, Resources for junior programs, clubs, competitions and clinics. Local club: Orange County Polo Club No riding experience required. Kids compete in Interscholastic tournaments. 27271 Silverado Canyon Road, Silverado. (714) 791-8369. U.S. Pony Club (859) 254-7669, English-riding instruction and competitions. Participants may lease a horse or use their own. Find a Pony Club near you on their website.


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California Amateur Skateboard League Regional association promotes the sport of skateboarding while helping communities provide athletes with safe skateboarding environments and competitions. Website lists local skate events and contests.

Private & Group Instruction

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

11369 Carson St., Lakewood

(562) 425-1905

Scout Groups Too! Beach, Los Alamitos, Manhattan Beach, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Redondo Beach, Seal Beach and Tustin. They offer classes for all ability levels. Kids (5-13) make new friends, advance their skateboarding skills, and most importantly, have fun—all in Skatedogs’ private skatepark. They also offer private lessons, birthday parties (page 46) and camps during school breaks (page 21). See ad on page 18. • Vans Skatepark 20 City Blvd. West, Orange (714) 769-3800, 40,000-square-foot facility featuring a full skate

and BMX course for all skill levels, ages 6 and older. The location also houses a full Vans retail store and skate pro shop. Birthday party packages (see Parties), private lessons and skate camps (see Camps) are available. Open seven days a week, 10 a.m. 10 p.m. (9 p.m. on Sundays). Vans also offers Off the Wall Skatepark and Vans Store at 7471 Center Ave., Huntington Beach. This free park, open seven days a week, features a large street plaza and transition area with clover bowl, backyard flow bowl, and palm tree planter with rock extension. BMX allowed all day Wednesdays. (714) 379-6666. See ad page 43.

List of Skateparks in Southern California Comprehensive list for LA and OC includes descriptions, contact information and ratings. • Skatedogs (714) 313-8787, After-school and weekend classes in skateboarding, one of the world’s fastest growing sports. Offered in conjunction with the recreation departments of Aliso Viejo, Arcadia, Beverly Hills, Brea, Cerritos, Cypress, Glendora, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Lakewood, Long lots more fun at

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OC Fairgrounds Equestrian Center (714) 708-1652 905 Arlington Ave., Gate #9, Costa Mesa. www.



Long Beach & Bellflower Locations (562) 426-6264 Limit 1 per student • Exp 9/30/19

$50 OFF Registration New Students Only

See our ad on page 23; listing on page 24.


Skate & Play Hockey • East West Ice Palace 11446 Artesia Blvd., Artesia (562) 809-6200, Ice rink offers public skating, skating classes for kids (3+) and adults, freestyle sessions, in-house hockey, hockey classes, youth travel hockey league, adult hockey league, stick time and broomball. Competitive synchronized skating teams and classes also available. A collection of Michelle Kwan memorabilia is available in the gallery. Fitness center is open to the public. Check website for details on ice schedule and events. Also see Parties (page 45). See ad on page 50. • Emerald Events - Mobile Ice Skating Rink (714) 508-3690, Now you can ice skate year round! If you’re looking for a unique experience for your corporate, church, school event or home party, try Emerald Events’ synthetic mobile ice rink. It can be set up on almost any flat surface and they even provide the skates. Want to try ice curling? Contact them for that, too! Also see Parties and ad on page 45. Hockey Associations Southern California Amateur Hockey Association Organization oversees an ice hockey league (6-18), September - March. Tryouts are usually in June; there are occasionally in-season openings, www. USA Hockey and USA Hockey Inline, offer referrals to local programs, (719) 576-8724, www. Junior Roller Derby Los Angeles Junior Derby Dolls - For girls (7-17), first class is free, all skill levels welcome, www.derbydolls. com/junior-derby-dolls. Shark Bites Beach Cities Junior Derby - Mini Bites (8-10) and Shark Bites (11-17), • The Rinks Anaheim ICE Huntington Beach Inline Irvine Inline Lakewood ICE Westminster ICE Yorba Linda ICE Great Park ICE & FivePoint Arena 52 kidsguide spring/summer 2019

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Guests of all ages enjoy skating at The Rinks. With several daily public skating sessions, skate rentals and full-service snack bars, they offer the coolest fun! If you are new to skating, The Rinks offer a variety of Learn-to-Skate classes. For kids looking to try hockey, check out the Anaheim Ducks Learn-toPlay Program, which is free to new participants, or the Little Ducks Hockey Program, a developmental hockey program that provides participants with a free set of hockey equipment, as well as on-ice instruction. No matter your age or ability, The Rinks has hockey programs and skating programs for you. For public skating session times and prices, and hockey and skating class information, visit them online or call. Locations: 300 W. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim; 5555 McFadden Ave., Huntington Beach; 3150 Barranca Pkwy., Irvine; 3975 Pixie Ave., Lakewood; 13071 Springdale, Westminster; 23641 La Palma Ave., Yorba Linda; and 888 Ridge Valley, Irvine. See ad (with free Learn-to-Play Hockey) on page 53. More Skating Rinks The following rinks offer roller or ice skating and hockey, including classes, competitive programs, camps, and leagues, plus public and specialty skating sessions. Broomball and party packages are usually available. Check websites for discounts. Also see East West Ice Palace, and The Rinks in this section. Aliso Viejo Ice Palace (949) 643-9648 Ice only. 9 Journey, Aliso Viejo. Fountain Valley Skating Center (714) 847-0022 Roller skating only. 9105 Recreation Circle, Fountain Valley. Holiday Skate Center (714) 997-5283 Roller skating only. 175 N. Wayfield, Orange. KHS Ice Arena (714) 422-1236 Ice only. 1000 E. Cerritos Ave., Anaheim. Lake Forest Ice Palace (949) 305-9658 Ice only. 25821 Atlantic Ocean Dr., Lake Forest. Paramount Iceland (562) 633-1171 Ice only. 8041 Jackson St.

Promenade Ice Chalet (310) 541-6630 550 Deep Valley Drive #107, Rolling Hills Estates.



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, California Youth Soccer Association - (714) 778-2972, Soccer Parks Youth leagues and instructional classes. Birthday parties and school-break camps are often offered. Arena Soccer - 13631 Deodara St., Garden Grove; and 2190 North Canal St., Orange. (888) 2736248. Momentous Sports - 14522 Myford Road, Irvine. (714) 389-7900. LA Galaxy Soccer - 540 Maple Ave., Torrance. (888) 576-2237. Outbreak - 5555 McFadden Ave. (657) 227-7624. Huntington Beach. www. US 5 Center - 12000 Firestone Blvd., Norwalk. (844) 203-9841. www. Deft Touch - 3842 Catalina, Los Alamitos. (562) 354-7592.



California Beach Volleyball Association Open to boys and girls (10-18) and offers beach volleyball leagues and tournaments. Email: info@cbva. com. • Long Beach State Girls’ Volleyball Camps 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach (562) 985-7352 Three-time NCAA Champions and 13-time Big West Champs, Joy McKienzie Fuerbringer is offering her annual summer volleyball camps at The Pyramid for ages 7-11 and 12-18. 2019 camps include: All Skills and Team Camp, July 14-16; Setters Camp, July 16-17; Hitters Camp, July 19; Passing/Defense Camp, July 18 and 20; Kids Camp, July 15-19; Beach Skills Camp, July 8 and July 22-23; Beach Skills Camp, August 17-18 and August 31 - September 1. For indoor camp information, visit www. tinyurl. com/2019BeachVolleyballCamps. Beach camp information, Email: Southern California Volleyball Association Indoor volleyball club teams for boys and girls (10lots more fun at

18). Visit their website to find a club in your area. (714) 917-3595,


Mish Mosh of Sports Badminton Badminton Center Court - 3699 Industry Ave., Lakewood, (562) 426-9299, www.badmintoncentercourt. com. Orange County Badminton Club - 1432 N Main St., Orange, (714) 639-6222, www.ocbadmintonclub. com. For additional clubs in Southern California, visit Badminton Connect, Bowling - Free Summer Bowling Select bowling centers participate in the Kids Bowl Free program. Sign up for two free games of bowling daily, all summer long. Curling USA Curling - Referrals to leagues, plus a junior merit program. Local curling club in Westminster, Orange County Curling Club, Dana Wharf Kids Fishing Kids Club, after-school program, summer camp, party packages, free instruction and trips. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, (949)496-5794. www. Lacrosse Beach Cities Youth Lacrosse - Boys and girls (7-18) club serving Long Beach, Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, Rossmoor, Los Alamitos, Cypress and surrounding areas. Find additional teams and leagues, plus information about the sport at US Lacrosse: (410) 235-6882. Disc Golf The following parks offer courses for disc golf. Most courses are open daily until sunset; some offer rentals. Cerritos, Liberty Park, 9-basket course, (562) 916-8565. Huntington Beach Central Park, 18-basket course, disc rental available, (949) 837-3618. Irvine’s Deerfield Park, 8-basket course, dawn to dusk, Irvine, (949) 724-6725. El Dorado Park West, 18-basket course, (562) 570-3225. La Mirada Regional Park, Golf Associations and Leagues Long Beach Jr. Golf Association - Kids (7-17) meet at Heartwell Park on Friday afternoons for social and competitive play. (562) 570-1272. PGA Jr. League - Seasonal matches, March - July. Open to boys and girls, 13 and under, of all abilities. Find local teams at SCPGA Foundation Junior Golf Program - Competilots more fun at


US Youth Volleyball League Instructional volleyball league for boys and girls (715). Visit their website to find a local league. (888) 988-7985.

tive playing opportunities, instructional programs and vacation camps for SCPGA members (5-18). Call (951) 845-4653 or check for a location near you. Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) – Find golf courses that offer youth programs as well as club outings and scholarships. (818) 980-3630. • Martial Arts at My Gym Children’s Fitness Center 3287 Industry Drive, Signal Hill (562) 986-0066, With a Master Karate instructor on staff, students ages 4-13 strive for different belt levels, they learn about goal setting and the discipline needed to reach them. Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 p.m., ages 4-6 years and 6:40-7:40 p.m., ages 7-13 years. My Gym Ninja Training (ages 5-10) focuses on developing strength, stamina, and agility in relays, conditioning exercises, games, team-building and, obstacle courses that change every week! Wednesdays 4:15-5:15 p.m. See ad on page 39. • Martial Arts with Sensei Mac 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Sensei Mac offers a variety of martial arts programs for kids (2+) that focus on building confidence and self-esteem while learning self-defense, discipline, respect and stranger awareness. Classes offered: Martial Arts, Jiu Jitsu, Sparing, and Private Martial Arts. Prices vary per month based on the number of weeks in the session. Join a session at any time! Rock Climbing Indoor climbing facilities that offer classes, camps and parties. Cal State Fullerton’s Rockwall, (657) 278-7529, Hangar 18, Mission Viejo, (949) 454-8043; San Clemente, (949) 388-0480; and Signal Hill, (562) 981-3200, Rockcity Climbing Center, Anaheim, (714) 777-4884, www. Rockreation Sport Climbing Center, Costa Mesa, (714) 556-7625, www. Sender One Climbing and Sender City, Santa Ana, (714) 881-3456; and Los Angeles, (213) 279-2000, Thrill It Fun Center, Orange, (714) 937-1600, Rugby Southern California Youth Rugby - Boys and girls (grades K-12) in LA and Orange counties. www. Table Tennis Orange County Table Tennis Academy - After-school programs, summer camps, group lessons. 16035 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley. (818) 468-9201, Find additional programs and clubs for juniors at USA Table Tennis, Tennis Southern California Tennis Association - Programs for players (10-18), including teams, clinics and tournaments. Scholarships available. Visit their website to find youth tennis programs and leagues, (310) 208-3838.


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EMERGENCY RESOURCES For more resources, see the FamilyGuide on pages 28-34. Emergency Numbers Childhelp USA Poison Control Center Safely Surrendered Baby Suicide Prevention Lifeline Suicide Hotlines Suicide Hotline for LGBTQ Teens

(800) 422-4453 (800) 222-1222 (877) 222-9723 (800) 273-8255 (800) 784-2433 (866) 488-7386

Help Line Youth Counseling (562) 273-0722 Youth/family counseling. Sliding scale.

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

Hoag Community Benefit Mental Health Programs (949) 764-6542 Low-sliding scale. No is one turned away due to lack of funding.

Domestic Violence Hotline (562) 437-4663 Referrals to counseling and legal aid for low-income individuals and families.

Interval House (562) 594-4555, (714) 891-8121 Counseling for youth victims of domestic violence. Programs include domestic-violence education classes and legal assistance. JADE (949) 303-9016, en Español (949) 303-9018 Juvenile Alcohol and Drug Education and Decisions program. Jewish Federation and Family Services Long Beach (562) 427-7916 Orange County (949) 435-3484, Magnolia Park Family Resource Ctr. (714) 530-7413

Child Abuse Children of the Night (800) 551-1300 24-hour hotline and shelter for youth (11-17) affected by sexual abuse, exploitation, prostitution or pornography.

Mariposa Women and Family Center Counseling Orange, (714) 547-6494; and San Juan Capistrano, (949) 429-6888.

For The Child (562) 422-8472 Prevention of and treatment for child abuse victims and their families.

Straight Talk Clinic (714) 828-2000 Counseling for individuals and families. Fees based on a sliding scale.

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

The Guidance Center (562) 595-1159 Bilingual mental health assessment and treatment for low-income families on Medi-Cal.

OC Child Abuse Prevention Center (714) 543-4333

Women’s Shelter of Long Beach (562) 437-4663 Free supportive services to children and youth victims of domestic violence.

Social Services Agency of OC (800) 207-4464 24-hour child abuse hotline. Counseling Alateen/Al-Anon (888) 425-2666 Support groups and referrals for families and children of alcoholics. Boys and Girls Club Arches (714) 532-7940 Counseling, family support, health services, outreach and referrals. Casa Youth Shelter (800) 914-2272 Emergency-temporary shelter for youth (12-17). Classes for parents of teens and counseling too. Bilingual. Los Alamitos. Community Family Guidance Center (562) 924-5526 Therapy for children (3-17). • Connie Wax, Individuals, Couples Family and Child Counselor (714) 300-3163 See ad on page 31. Families Anonymous (800) 736-9805 Free weekly meetings for families and friends of an addict or alcoholic.

Emergency Shelters Youth Shelters: Casa Youth Shelter (800) 914-CASA (2272) Children of the Night (800) 551-1300 Community Service Programs (949) 250-0488 Waymakers (714) 842-6600 Laurel House Teen Shelter (714) 832-0207 Family Shelters: 1736 Family Crisis Center (562) 388-7652 Gilchrist House (949) 492-8477 Human Options (877) 854-3594 Interval House (562) 594-4555, (714) 891-8121 Laura’s House (866) 498-1511 Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter (949) 631-7213 Women’s Shelter of Long Beach (562) 437-4663 Help Lines and Hot Lines 211 LA and Orange Counties 211, Referrals to health and human-service agencies. Baby Line (949) 764-2229 Questions answered by on-duty nurses at Hoag Hospital. Free. California Youth Crisis Line (800) 843-5200

Drug Use Is Life Abuse (714) 647-4593 Free referral program through the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. First 5 LA Connect (213) 482-5902 Resources for nutrition, school readiness and parenting tips for kids under age 5. LGBTQ Youth Talkline (800) 246-7743 (PRIDE) Telephone/internet peer counseling. Mental Health America (800) 273-TALK (8255) National Alcohol and Drug Abuse Referral Line

(800) 454-8966

National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-7233 National Eating Disorders Assoc. (800) 931-2237 National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline (866) 331-9474 RAINN (800) 656-HOPE (4673) The Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network’s hotline connects to a local rape crisis center. Stand Up For Kids (800) 365-4KID (4543) Provides children in crisis with food and clothing. • Orange County Department of Child Support Services Professional, cost-effective services to parents or caretakers of minor children, including the establishment and enforcement of child support orders, establishment of legal paternity through genetic testing, and account maintenance. For more information, see their listing on page 30. 1055 N. Main St., Santa Ana. (866) 901-3212. www.css.ocgov. com. See ad on page 31. Missing/Runaway Children Help, information, referrals and message-relay services for runaways, abducted children and/or their parents. Also visit California Missing Children Hotline (800) 222-3463 Find the Children

(888) 477-6721

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (800) 843-5678 (THE LOST). National Runaway Safeline (800) 786-2929 Support and intervention.



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