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PUBLISHER LIZ DAVIS

The best things in life are free: the love of your children, spending time with your family, watching the smiles on the faces of your kids when they’re having fun. Hang on, Kidguide-ers, “free” just got awesome-sized to the tune of 475+! That’s how many free activities, services, events, outings and swag we’ve included in this “keeper” issue of Kidsguide (which BTW, dismisses the cliché, and does include a free lunch). In fact, we found so many freebies, we’ve organized them in an A to Z list found on pages 3 and 4. You’ll find archery instruction, bowling, art workshops, historical tours, animal encounters, tickets to Catalina, admission to the aquarium, train rides, star parties and—because you can’t live without one—a sun-powered hot dog cooker. Beyond pages 3 and 4, you’ll find another 400+ free-for-all opportunities that will fill your spring and summer with more fun that you can wave this amazingly free magazine at. Being the over-achievers we are, we know that is not enough. That’s why we’ve included a free-wheeling game on page 103. It promises to entertain your kids. Plus, everyone who enters gets a free surprise in the mail and a chance to win one of our grand prizes. Saving the best for last––page 104. The Summer Calendar, The Blog, The Buzzz and kidsguidemagazine.com. That’s who we are—free is our middle name. Now tuck those savings away for college. (Who loves you, baby!)

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Free. No charge. Gratis. Comp’d. On the house. Get ready to scoop up more swag than Taylor Swift at a Grammy party! Here at Kidsguide Central, we’re well aware that raising kids is pretty darn expensive, what with the shoes, the braces, saving for Harvard, and all those snacks. (The snacks!) But you don’t have to be a music industry darling to deserve a break. So for this very special issue, we’ve scanned our entire top-secret Kidsguide database for a goldmine of A to Z goodies that will make you and your kids feel like a million bucks— without costing a dime. Anyone who tries to tell you there’s no such thing as a free lunch hasn’t seen this issue of Kidsguide. (Or hit the IKEA bistro on a Tuesday. Wink.) Get ready for your new freewheeling lifestyle, with all the Swedish meatballs your kids can eat!

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ARCHERY. King Edward III knew what he was doing in 1363 when he commanded his subjects to practice archery on Sundays and holidays. If you’re looking for a sport that builds concentration, patience and strength, archery hits the mark. Kids (8+) can try it free Saturday mornings at El Dorado Park in Long Beach. (Sign up for a free safety class

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first at eldoradoarchers.com.) Or learn the basics Wednesday nights with free kids’ classes (ages 6-14) at Bass Pro Shop in Rancho Cucamonga. Call (909) 922-5500.

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BOWLING. You’ll have plenty of cash to spare for snack bar nachos thanks to the Kids Bowl Free (kidsbowlfree.com). Register online and your little bowlers get free (air-conditioned!) games every day through Labor Day at participating lanes. No need to sit on the sidelines: buy a Family Pass that gives up to four adult relatives two free games a day, too!

the Ford Amphitheatre’s free summer Big! World! Fun! concerts and JAM Sessions (fordtheaters.org). Shake your booties at Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena (levittpavilionpasadena.org). And don’t miss the big Kidsguide Summer Concert Guide coming in June (kidsguidemagazine.com), listing 100+ free outdoor concerts all summer long.

CRAFTS. Add to your curated collection of kid

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concoctions with free crafting classes at some of your favorite stores. Watch the Kidsguide’s online calendar (kidsguidemagazine.com) for free sessions at American Girl, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Michaels and Lakeshore. You supply the kid, they’ll supply the glue, glitter and googly eyes. Or stop by the Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse (thelongbeachdepot.org) any Saturday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. to find artistic new uses for recycled stuff (ages 8+).

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Head down 16th Street in Newport Beach and you’ll find a leafy haven where you can slow down, jump puddles, hunt for hummingbirds or inspect roly polys (encenter.org). With family hikes, full moon walks, drum circles and community campfires, our area offers lots of local nature centers that prove the best things in life really are free. Explore the full list on page 73.

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DANCING. The Cat Daddy. The Bernie. The Jus-

tin Bieber Kick Step. Brush up on your moves (try howcast.com) and take your little dance partner to a free outdoor concert. The Music Center in LA (musiccenter.org) offers free monthly World City sessions under the skyscrapers. Keep an ear out for

FAMILY ART. What’s the biggest trend in France right now? Grown-up coloring books! Experts say doodling, sketching and painting are huge stress busters at any age. So make like Monet and have a go at free family art workshops, offered regularly, at Orange County Museum of Art, Laguna Art Museum, Long Beach Museum of Art, Norton Simon Museum, American Museum of Ceramic Art, LACMA, and the Getty Center. Or Drop in and Draw any Saturday afternoon at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity (chuckjonescenter.org) in Costa Mesa.

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GRUB. There’s a way to treat your crew to a night on the town without breaking the bank: zero in on restaurants where kids eat free. (IKEA’s just one of them!) Find “Kids-Eat-Free Deals,” from Acapulco to TGI Friday’s, on page 72. Or head to your neighborhood farmer’s market (localharvest.org) and let your kids graze their way through aisles of juicy samples. HISTORY HUNTS. Did you know you can climb a bluff-top lighthouse, tiptoe through the oldest house in Los Angeles or pet Preston the horse at Rancho Los Alamitos, all for free? (Donations welcome, of course.) Historical spots throughout the Southland welcome visitors with free admissions, family festivals, junior ranger programs, crafting sessions and more. We’ve got a full list on page 58. You can also check out laconservancy.org for free self-guided family history tours around LA.

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weekly story times, doggie reading sessions, homework help centers, family shows and kid classes covering everything from opera to anime. All gratis! And this summer, sign up for free reading programs at your library, Barnes & Noble (barnesandnoble.com) or the OC Fair (ocfair.com) to win prizes for all those pages.

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JAPANESE GARDEN. Walk past the Lion Dogs guarding the gate at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at Cal State Long Beach and you’ll find yourselves inside an oasis you’d never imagine along Bellflower Boulevard. Follow the path through camellias and bonsai trees, cross Zig-Zag Bridge past a waterfall, look for Turtle Island, and be sure to buy kibble (sorry, not free) at the cart near the entrance to feed the koi fish. Check the hours before you go: web.csulb.edu/~jgarden/

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LIVE ANIMALS. Kids have an affinity

for four-legged friends. Meet up with pigs, chickens, cows, goats and other country-style critters at the three-acre Centennial Farm at the OC Fair grounds (ocfair.com), with free public hours daily. Check the web for their cow-milking schedule, recently born babies (aaawwww!) and free kids’ activity sheets.

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MARINE MAMMALS. Lend a little TLC to

the rescued seals and sea lions on the mend at the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro (marinemammalcare.org) and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center (pacificmmc.org) in Laguna Beach. Both have free public visiting hours (and both gratefully accept tax-deductible donations).

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NUGGETS. Let your little 49er pan for gleam-

ing globs of gold weekends at The Autry National Center in Griffith Park (theautry.org). It’s free with admission. Or walk in free weekdays to the Wells Fargo History Museum (wellsfargohistory.com) in Downtown LA to behold the 27-ounce Challenge Nugget, an original stage coach and other Gold Rush artifacts.

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THE OCEAN. Nothing makes for a free-andeasy weekend like sun, salt and sand. Peer into the tidepools at Cabrillo Beach, Crystal Cove or Little Corona del Mar. Dig up lost coins with grandpa’s metal detector. Fly a fierce kite. Sculpt a sky-high sandcastle. Stake out a spot for a hotdog dinner at a (free!) beach bonfire pit at Bolsa Chica, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach or San Clemente (beachcalifornia.com). Or hit the high seas by registering for a free trip to Catalina on your birthday (catalinaexpress.com).

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PEN PALS. Help your little one strike up old-

fashioned friendships with comrades across the globe with the million-member PenPal World (penpalworld.com). You’ll love that they’re practicing writing, and they’ll love exchanging jokes, sharing

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stories and learning about life beyond California. You can find pals by country, age and gender (and the site offers plenty of protections for kids).

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QUIRKY. Sidestep all of the Southland tourist

zones and find an off-beat adventure of your own. Track down Batman’s Bat Cave or the Old Zoo ruins at Griffith Park. Find the World’s Skinniest House in Long Beach. Drive to the end of Route 66 in Santa Monica. Or watch the dachshund races at Old World Village in Huntington Beach. Sites like

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RICHES. Get to know your UPS man with

freethingsforkids.com. Your little entrepreneur can send away for free books, craft kits, posters, even a sun-powered hot-dog cooker. While you’re at it, sign up for emails from your favorite shops and restaurants and your kids can collect free birthday loot, including admission to Medieval Times, ice cream from Baskin-Robbins and Farrell’s, bowling at AMF, and a gift and phone call from Geoffrey Giraffe of Toys ‘R’ Us fame (rewardsrus.toysrus.com). And don’t miss page 103 for details on winning fabulous (free!) prizes from Kidsguide just for joining our free-for-all.

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SHARKS. The best deal in town? Skip the ticket window and get up close and personal with sand tigers, rays, bamboo sharks and more during the Aquarium of the Pacific’s free Shark Lagoon Nights most Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. Live bands and hot cocoa add to the party (aquariumofpacific.org). TRAINS, PLANES & SHIPS. Ditch the car and climb aboard vintage locomotives, cabooses and trolleys at the 63-year-old Travel Town Museum at Griffith Park (traveltown.org), or take a free train ride through Costa Mesa’s Fairview Park every third weekend, courtesy of the Orange County Model Engineers (ocmetrains.org). Tour the deck, learn sea shanties and help hoist the sails of the tall ship Pilgrim, Sundays in Dana Point (ocean-institute.org). Watch planes take off, check

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out aviation displays and see a full-size DC-3 up close at the Flight Path Learning Center and Museum at LAX (flightpathmuseum.com). Check out classic aircraft every second Sunday at Fullerton Airport (cityoffullerton.com), or head out into the wild blue yonder with free kids’ flights (ages 8-17) from the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles program (eaa.org).

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URANUS. (You know, we can totally see it.)

Head to the top of Mount Hollywood and you’re sure to get an eyeful at free monthly star parties at the always-free Griffith Observatory (griffithobservatory.org). Docents will be on-hand to tell you what’s what. Watch for star-studded after-dark events at Columbia Memorial Space Center (columbiaspacescience.org) or Caspers Wilderness Park (ocparks.com/parks/ ronald), or download free apps, like Star Chart or Planets, and do a little gazing any time you want.

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VANS SKATE PARK. Yes, VANS,

a leader in SoCal skate culture, now offers a skate park in Huntington Beach. It’s absolutely free for skateboarders ages 6 and up, seven days a week (vans. com/skateparks-hb.html). Find 30+ more (free!) skateparks on page 81.

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WADING POOLS. Slather on the sunscreen

and pretend you’re in Punta Cana at one of the free wading pools, splash pads and fountains meticulously maintained by your local parks and recreation department. Your kids will be in H20 Heaven. Find our list of favorite spots on page 8.

X MARKS THE SPOT. Shhhhhh! There’s a tiny box over there in the bougainvillea with a secret inside that will amaze your kids. Welcome to geocaching and letterboxing, two totally free hobbies that are all about tracking down treasures planted by strangers. Old-fashioned letterboxing involves clues and rubber stamps, while geocaching uses satellites and your smartphone. Either way, the hunt is equally thrilling for hiders and seekers. Get started at geocaching.com or letterboxing.org.

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Get schooled in American history at a Civil War reenactment, complete with cannon battles, soldier encampments and ladies in bonnets cooking openfire stew. Find the lineup at civilwaralliance.com. Or check out the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum in Wilmington and tour the remains of a 60-acre military post that once housed 7,000 Union soldiers (drumbarracks.org). Who knew?

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ZIP. ZILCH. ZERO. That’s exactly what you’ll pay for the bonus list of freebies on page 102 (which we decided to throw in for free!). Clip them out, put the slips in a jar, along with your own ideas, and pull out a (free!) adventure whenever you and your kids find a little free time. Let free-dom ring! lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


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Water Polo - Enjoy the JCC’s Junior Olympic pool while learning the basics of ball-handling and shooting. Improve swim skills, work on treading water and strokes specific for water polo. For ages 5-8 and 9-12; all levels welcome. Call or visit their website for more information. See ad on page 25.

and me swim classes, pre-competitive swim team, snorkeling clinics, and scuba for kids year round in their 92 degree indoor and ozone-filtrated pool. Lessons are offered to all ages and focus on fun and safety in and around the water. Deep Blue is passionate about the lifelong benefits that swimming lessons provide. Call to arrange a free trial lesson and start your aquatic journey today! See ad on this page; coupon on page 89.

Swim instruction, teams, Junior Lifeguards, camps, recreational swimming and wading/ spray pools; plus water polo classes, clubs and camps. Also see: “Camps,” “Fishing and Boating” and “Surfing and SUP.”

American Red Cross www.redcross.org Classes (5+) include water and small craft safety, Junior Lifeguards, first aid and CPR, plus referrals to Red Crosscertified swim programs and instructors. Enter your zip code on their website to find a location near you.

Diving Instruction • McCormick Divers - A year-round springboard diving program for all ages and levels. The coaches are currently looking for talented kids (6+), from learn-to-dive beginners, to high school divers, to elite national competitors. (714) 846-5731. www. McCormickDivers.com. See ad on page 8.

• Alpert JCC Swim Instruction and Water Polo 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Ext. 1020 www.alpertjcc.org Swim Instruction - Group and private lessons in a

• Deep Blue Swim School 11-39th Place, Long Beach (562) 434-1644 www.deepbluelongbeach.com Deep Blue Swim School offers private lessons, parent

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

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www.RossmoorSwimSchool.com • 562.431.6553 • Golden West Swim Lessons 15744 Golden West St., Huntington Beach (714) 895-8228 www.GWCswim.com Group and private swim lessons are offered June August at Golden West College’s Aquatic Facility. Class offerings include: Parent and Me, Preschool (ages 3-5), Level 1-5 (ages 6+) and Water Polo. All classes are 30 minutes in length. Online registration begins May 1st. See ad on this page. • International Water Polo Club (949) 428-7576 www.internationalwaterpoloclub.com www.interwpc.com Both competitive and non-competitive programs, serving all communities, offered for kids as young as 3, and youth in the following age divisions: 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U, 20U, as well as adults. Kids get used to the water, strengthen their swimming skills, and are taught the basic fundamentals of water polo in a fun, safe setting. For older kids and teens, there are gender- and age-grouped programs, from the swimming novice to the experienced water polo player. Camps, clinics and swimming lessons are also offered. Their newest programs, Splashball (3-9) and Aquaball (1014) are offered Monday - Friday, 6:15-7:30 p.m., and are lots of fun for just $100 per month. They will soon offer free weekend waterball leagues. Discounts and payment plans may be available; check their website for specials. Olympic facility of USA Water Polo, Joint Forces Training Base Pool, 11200 Lexington Drive, Los Alamitos. Mention Kidsguide and your first try-out is free! Also see “Camps;” and ad on page 9.

Junior Lifeguards The following cities and state park offer summer Junior Lifeguard programs for boys and girls (9-17). Crystal Cove State Park  (949) 497-5049 Swim test held at Corona Del Mar High School, April 11 and 18. Program, June 29 - August 7. www. crystalcovejg.com Huntington Beach  (714) 374-1501 Swim tests held at Cabana Club, April 18, May 2, 9 and 17, 8 a.m. - noon; May 6 and June 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m. www.juniorguard.com Long Beach  (562) 570-8550 Swim tests held at the Belmont Plaza Outdoor Pool, April 18, 25, May 9 and 16, 8-10 a.m.; and May 8, 6-8 p.m. Program runs June 29 - August 7. www. longbeach.gov/fire Newport Beach  (949) 675-8420 Swim tests held in March. www.newportlifeguard.org Seal Beach (562) 431- 2527, Ext. 1206 Swim tests held at McGaugh Elementary School, May 5 and 7, 5-7 p.m.; and May 9, 7-9 a.m. www. tinyurl.com/sbjrlg Recreation Departments and Colleges Cerritos College - Summer swim lessons, Mommy and Me classes, diving and water polo (6 mos-18 yrs). Classes offered daily for two-week sessions or on weekends. (562) 467-5050. www.cerritoscommunityed.com • Cypress College, Kids College - Swimming: Parent and Me Swimming (6 mos-4 yrs), beginner, intermediate and advanced swimmers, Pre-Competitive Swim and Beginning Board Diving at the Cypress College Pool. Water polo program for beginning and intermediate players, plus year-round water polo at the Fullerton center. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Swim instruction (4+), parent/child (6 mos-7 yrs) and recreational swimming. Pool rental available. (562) 8669771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org/recreation

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Santa Ana College - Aquatics camp (7-12). (714) 564-6594. www.sac.edu/cms • Rocket Fish Swimming, Jr. Lifeguard Prep & Swim Lessons www.SWIMlongbeach.com Rocket Fish Swimming practices at the new Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach. Rocket Fish is a highquality swim experience with an emphasis on two main goals: 1) Character development and 2) Stroke development for swimmers ages 5-13. As the swimmers progress, speed swimming is balanced with sportsmanship, team concept and self-awareness. The swim teachers/coaches are educated and enthusiastic water-people who return each year, providing brilliance and continuity. Their in-water teaching approach engages beginning swimmers and maximizes safety, comfort and learning progressions in the four competitive swim strokes. There are three practice levels per day (novice, intermediates and advanced). In spring and fall, Rocket Fish practices on Monday - Thursday afternoons from 4:15-7 p.m. Spring swim practices (including a Jr. Lifeguard Prep class) begin after spring break on April 13th. Sign up on their website and show up ready to swim! In summer, Rocket Fish is a morning swim team experience. Well-organized swim meets, beach days, and spirited social events make Rocket Fish Summer an epic experience for the whole family. The summer session is from June 22 - August 14. Want to prepare your child for the Jr. Lifeguard time trial? Swim with Rocket Fish this spring to improve freestyle stroke in order to pass the time trial. To register, visit the website or contact rocketfish@swimlongbeach.com. See ad on page 9. • Rossmoor Swim School and Children’s Center 4161 Green Ave., Los Alamitos (562) 431-6553 www.RossmoorSwimSchool.com Specializing in children’s swimming lessons since 1965. Their goal is to have children enjoy their swimming experience. They use a gentle approach considering the emotional, psychological and physical well being of the children. Youngsters ages 3-9 are taught in a heated outdoor pool (90 degrees), in groups of four, by Red Crosscertified instructors. Summer sessions begin every two weeks and run Monday through Thursday. Parents are welcome to observe lessons. Full and half-day preschool programs are also offered. See ad on this page.

Long Beach City College - Swim lessons (5+), infant/preschool aquatic program (6 mos-4 yrs), diving (8+), and water polo (8+). Two-week sessions, $4560. (562) 938-4249. Email: summerrec@lbcc.edu

Southern California Swim Teams (800) 824-6206 www.socalswim.org Southern California Swimming (SCS) oversees city and community club teams. Swimmers (4+) are grouped according to age and ability for year-round, weekday workouts and weekend competitions, culminating in the Junior Olympic Championships. Monthly club dues apply. Visit the website for local team information.

• Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Beginning to intermediate swim instruction (3+); yearround. Specialty programs include: parent and child, (9 mos-3 yrs), diving (7-18), private/semi-private lessons, recreational swimming and water exercise classes. Belmont Plaza Outdoor Pool, (562) 570-

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(714) 846-5731 heated 25-yard pool. Special rates are available for schools and camps. For more information or to register for a class, call Splash!, or check out their website. Also see “Parties.” See ad on the back outside cover; coupon on page 73. Lessons - Swim lessons from Parent and Me through pre-competitive levels. Group or private instruction. Parents can get in shape while kids are taking their lesson by lap swimming in another lane. Board Diving - The class is designed to teach kids (ages 6+) the basics of one-meter and three-meter spring-board diving. Synchronized Swimming - Classes (ages 6+) cover basic skills culminating in a routine set to music. This class can prepare you to join the La Mirada Aquabelles Synchronized Swim Team (7-18), which is also held at Splash! Aquabelles (7-18) provide athletes with a fun and safe environment to learn the beauty of this growing sport. Adult masters program is also offered. La Mirada Armada Swim Team - Year-round team for beginning to advanced swimmers. Armada swimmers have competed in USA Olympic Trials and other national and state competitions. Whether you are a beginning or advanced swimmer, the Armada has a year-round program for you. www.armadaswim.com Water Polo at Splash! - Come join the fun and learn the basic skills and strategies of the game (ages 6-16). This class will help prepare you to play on an organized team or with your school. U.S. Synchronized Swimming www.teamusa.org/usa-synchronized-swimming Provides information on SoCal clubs (3+), plus additional resources. To find a club near you, download the Club Directory (under “Membership” on the website). USA Water Polo www.usawaterpolo.org Provides information on clubs, clinics, camps and 8 • spring/summer 2015

tournaments for boys and girls (7+). Visit the website to find a team near you. Wading and Spray Pools Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center - Splash pad and wading pool. Open May - September. $5-7. 29 Santa Barbara Drive. (949) 425-2559. www.alisoviejoaquaticscenter.com Bellflower - Ruth R. Caruthers Park (wading pool). (562) 804-1424, Ext. 2261. www.bellflower.org Buena Park - Carl Brenner Park (wading) and Larwin Park (spray). (714) 236-3860. www.buenapark.com Fullerton Parks - Lemon (spray), Valencia (wading) and Adlena parks (spray), and Downtown Plaza (spray pool). (714) 738-6575. www.ci.fullerton.ca.us • Garden Grove Atlantis Play Center - An enclosed and gated four-acre playground themed after the lost city of Atlantis with Splash Pad that is open mid-June to mid-September. Adults are not admitted without a child; the park is staffed during open hours. Closed Mondays. Admission: $2 per person, ages 2 and up. 13630 Atlantis Way, Garden Grove. (714) 892-6015. www.ci.garden-grove.ca.us. See ad on page 24. Grand Park - Splash pad and fountains. 200 North Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-8080. www. grandparkla.org Irvine Heritage Park - Playground with a splash pad. 14301 Yale Ave. (949) 724-6750. www. cityofirvine.org/parks. Irvine Spectrum - Tortoises shooting water surrounded by a fountain by the food court and a smaller fountain by the Vitamin Shoppe. Plus, a Ferris wheel and carousel (for a small fee). 71 Fortune Drive. (949) 753-5180. www.shopirvinespectrumcenter.com • Lakewood - Bloomfield, Boyar, Del Valle, Mayfair, Palms and San Martin parks (wading). Wading Pool

Wednesdays offers evening sessions, June - August, 5-7:30 p.m. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org/recreation Long Beach Towne Center - Spray pad and fountain in front of the movie theater. Long Beach Towne Center, 7575 Carson Blvd. (562) 420-5116. www. longbeachtownecenter.net Tustin District Shopping Center - Shooting water fountains outside the theater. 2437 Park Ave. (714) 259-9015. www.thedistricttl.com Tustin Pioneer Road Park - Pioneer-themed play equipment with water features. 10250 Pioneer Road. (714) 573-3327. www.tustinca.org Westminster - Sigler Park Splash Pad water features include ten-foot-tall pelicans, palm trees and sea horses. 7200 Plaza St. (714) 895-2860. www.westminster-ca.gov • Watersafe Swim School - Los Alamitos Additional locations in Huntington Beach, Santa Ana and Seal Beach 1-(855)-WSS-SWIM www.watersafe.com The new Los Alamitos location offers two heated pools (indoor and outdoor), open year-round, offering certified, expert instruction for ages 2 months to adult. Emphasis is placed on self-reliance through the turn and back float survival method. Students progress easily into freestyle and other competitive strokes. Call for additional information on private and group lessons, swim team, birthday parties (see “Parties”) and special events, beginner water polo and synchronized swimming. Los Alamitos, 3686 Cerritos Ave.; Huntington Beach, 8141 Atlanta Ave.; Santa Ana, 11782 Simon Ranch Road (also serves Irvine and Tustin Hills); Seal Beach, 345 10th St.; and Yorba Linda, 16971 Imperial Highway. See ad on page 7. YMCA Bellflower, Downey, Fullerton, Long Beach (Los Altos, Los Cerritos and Fairfield), Santa Ana and Yorba Linda branches offer year-round swim instruction (3 mos+). lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


Additional programs include: Downey, Splashball (5-9) and swim team; and Fullerton, Long Beach (Los Altos and Fairfield) and Santa Ana, swim teams (5+). See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.

archery Clubs, lessons and ranges. Archery Ranges The following private ranges offer instruction (5+), tournaments, league activities, target practice and private lessons. Camps may be offered. Party packages available. Archery Outpost, 12148 South St., Artesia, (562) 860-9292, www.archeryoutpost.net. Hi-Tech Archery, 1912 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 449-9744, www.htarchery.com. HSS Sports Academy, 610 Roosevelt, Irvine, (949) 5528486, www.hsssportsacademy.com. Orange County Archery, 18792 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, (714) 965-1125; and 2112 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, (949) 548-0500, www.orangecountyarchery.com. • El Dorado Regional Park Archery Range 7500 E. Spring St., Long Beach (657) 222-0269 www.eldoradoarchers.com/contact.html Free instruction to improve skills and consistent shooting technique. Equipment provided. Saturday classes include, advanced, 9 a.m.; intermediate, 10

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arts & crafts Arts and crafts instruction, workshops, classes and camps. Also see: “Museums.” • Alpert JCC Digital Filmmaking Camp 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Ext. 1047 www.alpertjcc.org Hands-on, immersive experience in digital filmmaking. Students work in small groups to make a film, learning all aspects of production, including writing, planning, shooting, editing and scoring. Camp will culminate with a private film screening on Friday afternoon for family and friends. For grades 7 and up. Week of August 17. Call or visit their website for more information. See ads on page 25 and 78. • Art Steps 18212 Imperial Hwy., Yorba Linda (714) 524-2248 24000 Alicia Pkwy., # 31, Mission Viejo (949) 454-9555 www.artstepsclasses.com Art Steps teaches realistic, classical drawing and painting skills to kids (ages 4+), teens and adults. Students receive hands-on, step-by-step guidance as they walk through lessons in a variety of subject matter and media, from crayons through oil paint, gaining confidence through learning to skillfully render what they see, one step at a time. Also see “Camps” and “Parties.” See ad on page 11. a.m.; and beginner, 11 a.m. Safety class required. Vehicle entry fees, Monday - Thursday, $5; Friday, $6; Saturday and Sunday, $7; and holidays, $8. • Gryphon Fencing & Fitness Studio 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia (714) 519-1343 www.GryphonFitnessStudio.com 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: info@GryphonFencing.com. See ad on page 47. Recreation Departments • Anaheim Community Services Department - Youth Archery (7+). (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net/ ezrecconnect U.S.A. Archery www.teamusa.org/USA-Archery The national governing body for archery coordinates the Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program, which gives youth (8-18) the opportunity to compete in regional and national competitions. Free referrals to archery clubs, tournaments and camps near you. Find Junior Olympic Archery Development link under the “Archers” tab on their website.

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• Bowers Kidseum 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 567-3694 www.bowers.org/kidseum The newly renovated Kidseum is high-tech and interactive with a focus on its new mission, “Igniting imagination through exploration,” stressing the excitement of art and archaeology. Be sure to check out the new “Glow Cave” with its fun art-making activities, ride the magical Wells Fargo stagecoach through time in the “Green Screen Time Machine,” and explore archaeology like never before in the new “Archaeology Lab.” There is a lot of visual stimulation and engaging education with new smart tables, smart boards and art projects in the Art Studio. See ad on page 23. Boys and Girls Club Arts and crafts are offered at most branches (5-17). Capistrano Valley offers Digital Arts and Image Makers. Tustin offers Image Makers and Clay Tech. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. • Build It Workspace 4478 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos (714) 947-0800 www.buildit.ws At Build It Workspace, they incorporate the “Arts” in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM). Their classes and camps guide participants through various approaches using traditional and advanced tools to create exciting projects like interactive monsters, hand-made light up cards, and

animated wooden toys. Spring and summer camps for ages 8+ are available. For details about their classes and camps where kids (8+) learn basic sewing techniques as they incorporate electronics and technology into their projects, see listing in “Sewing and Knitting Instruction” in this section. Also see “Camps,” “Parties” and “STEM.” See ad on page 87. Ceramics Studios Art Waves - 18910 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley. (714) 965-0669. Clay on First - 406 E. 1st St., Long Beach. (562) 4954362. www.clayonfirst.com Color Me Mine - Weekly specials at most stores. Brea, (714) 671-2808; Costa Mesa, (714) 2418072; Long Beach, (562) 433-4177; Mission Viejo, (949) 367-9757; Tustin, (714) 505-3975; and Whittier, (562) 789-5600. www.colormemine.com Hidden Talents Ceramics Studio - Summer camp offered. 16917 Algonquin St., Ste. E, Huntington Beach. (714) 840-6833. www.hiddentalentsceramicstudio.com Paint N’ Glaze - 3960 Studebaker Road, Ste. 102, Long Beach. (562) 421-8000. www.paintnglaze.com • Color My World Art Studio 11960 Artesia Blvd., #101, Artesia (562) 219-4566, (562) 879-5972 www.ColorMyWorld.me Art classes, art parties and Open Canvas Art. Color My World Art Studio teaches proper techniques to use a variety of media, such as charcoal, crayon, pastel, graphite, marker, pen, pencil, water color, acrylic, oil and mixed media. Their group and private art classes provide the opportunity to: stimulate creativity and imagination; strengthen critical thinking and problem solving skills; improve attention span, fine motor skills and handwriting dramatically; express personal thoughts/feelings and secure personal enjoyment/ satisfaction. Want to host a party with fun and lasting memories? Celebrate with the Paint Your Own Canvas Art Party (see “Parties”). Are you a beginner, or seasoned artist? There is no pressure for you to be Van Gogh, Monet or Pablo Picasso. You don’t need to have a group to create your own masterpiece and take home! Call for Open Canvas Art Sessions (ideal for up to 7 people). See ad on page 11; coupon on page 101. Craft Instruction Build-A-Bear - Kids create an animal or doll, then add clothes and accessories. Anaheim, (714) 7765980; Mission Viejo, (949) 347-6992; and Torrance, (310) 921-2327. www.buildabear.com Home Depot - Free workshops for kids (5-12) offered at all locations the first Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. - noon. Parent participation required. (800) 466-3337. www.tinyurl.com/homedepotworkshops Lowes - Free Build and Grow kids (5-12) clinics offered select Saturdays. Parent participation required. Visit www.lowesbuildandgrow.com for clinic locations, upcoming projects and online registration. (800) 44-LOWES. Michaels - Kids explore their creativity while parents shop. $2. Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m., sessions lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


start every half hour. Available at all locations. www. michaels.com/kidsclub Piecemakers Country Store - Sewing, knitting, and fiber arts and crafts. 1720 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa. (714) 641-3112. www.piecemakers.com RideMakerz - Make a model car. Downtown Disney, 1540 S. Disneyland Drive, Ste. 103, Anaheim. (714) 776-0216. www.ridemakerz.com The Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse - Free meetup on Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., where kids make things from recycled items (8+). 320 Elm Ave., Long Beach. (562) 437-9999. www.thelongbeachdepot.org • IncrediFlix Summer Camps IncrediFlix brings an exciting element to summer camps; see “Camps” for details. See ad on page 26. • LAEF Summer Enrichment Institute (562) 277-6876 www.laef4kids.org Los Alamitos Education Foundation (LAEF) offers art classes for students entering pre-kindergarten through 8th grade that include painting, drawing, crafts, photography, sewing and more, throughout the year. See “Camps” and “Tutoring and Academics” for complete listings; see ad on page 24.

Kids Art Studio at Laguna Art Museum is a free hands-on art-making program offered on a dropin basis when kids and their families create a piece of art from start to finish, inspired by one of the exhibitions on view in the museum. Art projects are designed for all ages. All materials are provided. Offered the third Sunday of every month, 2-4 p.m. At their half-day Elements of Art summer camps, kids (5-12) experience engaging opportunities to explore art by creating their unique works, while being inspired by the art on display in the museum (see “Camps”). See ad on this page. • Model Boat Shop Colorado Lagoon, Long Beach (562) 570-1720 www.longbeach.gov/park Kids (7+) learn how to build model sailboats and race them in weekly regattas; June - August, Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. A $60 participation fee will be charged for the eight-week program; material fees

• Laguna Art Museum 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach (949) 494-8971, Ext. 221 www.lagunaartmuseum.org

Summer Art Class Schedule is Here! Let’s Get Creative!!! Mondays, June 29 - Aug 10, 1-3pm: Advanced Sketching

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Wednesdays, July 1 - Aug 12, 4-6pm: Advanced Canvas Craze Saturdays, July 11 - Aug 15, 10am-noon: Cartoons & Comic Book Writing

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vary. For more information, call the summer phone number listed beginning June 17. Program may cancel due to renovation of the lagoon. • Museum of Latin American Art 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach (562) 437-1689 www.molaa.org Target Free Sundays offer free admission to all visitors every Sunday. Free admission every fourth Friday evening (6-9 p.m.) of the month. See ad on page 22; coupon on page 101. • OCSA’s Foundation Arts Enrichment Program 1010 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 560-0900, Ext. 5630 or 3259 www.ocsarts.net/communityclasses Best arts enrichment program in Orange County for kids (grades 4 and up)! Summer Arts and Academic Enrichment Programs in drawing/painting, ceramics, animation and graphic design begin June 29. Saturday program offers two twelve-week sessions (grades 4 and up) during the school year in various areas, including painting and drawing and many other fun classes. Also see listing in “Camps” for full program description. See ad on page 10. • Pacific Conservatory, Music and Arts Education Costa Mesa and Orange (714) 545-1217 www.pacificconservatory.com KinderARTS is a two-hour integrated visual and performing arts program for 3-5 year olds. Children are introduced to music, art and drama through musical instruments, singing, dancing, fairytale theater with costumes and props, poetry, storytelling, art history, appreciation and the creation of projects using techniques of the Masters. Five-year curriculum covers all the major artistic periods. Drop-off program with Parent Share Days. Call today to schedule your complimentary class. See “Camps” listing for art classes during school vacations. Locations: 151 Kalmus, G-1, Costa Mesa, 92626; and 1311 E. Katella Ave., Orange, 92867. Formerly Pacific School of Music and the Arts. See ad on page 40. Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services Department - Parent and Me (2-4), Parent and Tot Art Time (3-5), Parent and Tot Clay Time (3-5), Elements of Painting (8-15), 3D Art (5-12), Illustration (7 and up), Fun Acrylic Painting for Kids (6-12), Introduction to Drawing (8-14), Intro to Anime Drawing (8-15), Watercolor Techniques (8-15), Art Explorations (6-12), Fine Arts (5-12) and Clay Adventures (6-12). (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect

• Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Creative Clay (5-12), Knitting, Crocheting and a variety of one- or two-day craft workshops, $12-48. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Holiday Arts, Crafts and Gifts (2-6), Little Picassos (4-6), Paint and Play Time (2-4), Pee Wee Art (2-3) and Beginning Art (6-9). Many Long Beach parks offer arts and crafts on a drop-in basis with supervised recreation programing during after-school hours. (562) 570-3100. www.longbeach.gov/park Many city recreation departments offer a variety of art classes, programs and camps. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. Sewing and Knitting Instruction Angel Threads Sewing School - Sewing classes (7+) where students work independently on their own projects. Make-and-Take Workshops also available. Newport Beach. (949) 548-6070. www.ocsewingclass.com All Brands Sewing Center - Beginner to advanced classes and clinics (8-16). Locations in Buena Park, Garden Grove, Irvine and Mission Viejo. (714) 6361322. www.ocsewing.com • Build It Workspace - Wearable Tech classes and camps now enrolling. Kids (8+) learn basic sewing techniques as they incorporate electronics and technology into their projects. 4478 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos. (714) 947-0800. www.buildit.ws. See ad on page 87. • Cypress College, Kids College - Learning to Sew for Fun, Basic Clothing Construction (grades 8-12). (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids Fashion Camp - Create. Design. Sew. Kids, tweens and teens (7+) classes include Sewing, Design and Sketching. 2477 Park Ave, Tustin. (714) 259-0946. www.createdesignsew.com • LAEF Summer Enrichment Institute - See listing in this section; ad on page 24. Sewing Lab Los Alamitos - Sewing classes for kids (8+). Camps and workshops. 3831 Catalina St., Ste. B, Los Alamitos. (562) 296 8021. www. sewinglablosalamitos.com Sew Vac Ltd. - Classes and clubs for beginning to advanced sewers, plus summer camps. 1762 Clark Ave., Long Beach. (562) 498-6684. www.sewvacltd.com

Cerritos College - Year-round classes include: Drawing and Painting (grades 1-6), and Oil Painting (16+). Summer classes include Drawing and Painting (6-10 and 10-14), Cartooning and Comic Book Art (10-18). (562) 467-5050. www.cerritoscommunityed.com

Stitches in Time - Mom and Me knitting and crocheting classes for all ages, Wednesdays, 2:30-4 p.m. and Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m. $5 per person, plus materials. 16525 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower. (562) 804-9341. www.stitchesintimeyarn.com

• Cypress College, Kids College - Wonderful Arts and Crafts, Draw and Paint Animals, Cartoon Drawing, Drawing and Sketching (5+), Creating Small Sculptures (6+), Pencils and Paintbrushes, Anime Drawing, Intro to Origami, Money Origami, Drawing and Watercolors, Fun with Clay, Photography (7+), Art Experiences for Children and Fashion Illustration (12+). Centers in Anaheim, Cypress and Fullerton. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids

• 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, project-

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based group classes for beginning through intermediate sewers. Hand sewers complete craft-based projects. Machine sewers complete simple clothing or crafts. Weekly, one-hour classes are held in fiveweek sessions. Please call for a mailer on upcoming projects. Sewing camps are also available (see “Camps”). Email: jane.loper@verizon.net. Studio Art Instruction Also see Art Steps and Color My World in this section. Art Exchange Long Beach - Kids classes, workshops and drop-in studios. Also offers Summer Art Experience (6-12) - Painting, drawing, print making and ceramics with final exhibition. Two sessions: July 20-30 and August 3-14, Monday Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. $325-340. Scholarships available. 356 E. 3rd St., Long Beach.(562) 567-7278. www.artexchangelb.org Artist Factory - Painting, sculpture, collage and more (4+). 352 E. 3rd St., Long Beach. (310) 420-0774. www.artistfactory.org Art House - Classes in drawing and painting (5-18). 1380 S. Harbor Blvd., La Habra, (714) 870-7119; and 34085 PCH, Ste. 104, Dana Point. www. thearthousefullerton.com Art Smart Studio - Monthly classes (5+) in painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, watercolors and mosaics. Plus, school-break camps. 3823 E. 7th St., Long Beach. (562) 439-4777. www.artsmartstudioforkids.com Art Waves - Weekly classes and occasional dropin studio. 18910 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley. (714) 965-0669. Averyboo Arts - Painting, drawing, mixed media, watercolor and open studio (2-12). 3908 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach. (562) 912-4800. www.averyboo.com Chuck Jones Center for Creativity - Drop-In and Draw Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa. (949) 660-7793. www.chuckjonescenter.org Fibo Kids Art Academy - Drawing and painting classes (grades pre-K-12). Locations in Brea, Tustin and Yorba Linda. (714) 579-1929. www.fiboart.com Fullerton Museum Center - Art programs and workshops, year round. Summer camps also offered. (714) 738-6545. 301 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton. www.cityoffullerton.com/depts/museum Huntington Beach Art Center - Classes and workshops (2+) in drawing, painting, dance and more; one-day to eight-week sessions. (714) 374-1650. 538 Main St., Huntington Beach. www.huntingtonbeachartcenter.org Inspyr Arts - Fine arts drawing and painting studio (5+). School-break camps also offered. 3910 E. 4th St., Long Beach. (562) 342-6172. www.inspyrarts.com Irvine Art and Music - Young Artists Series (4-8) and Fine Art classes (6+). 15315 Culver Drive, #150, Irvine. (949) 559-3069. www.irvineartandmusic.com Irvine Fine Arts Center - Classes and workshops (3½ +) include drawing, painting, ceramics, culinary and mixed lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


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media. School-vacation camps are also offered. 1432 Yale Ave., Irvine. (949) 724-6880. www.irvinefinearts.org

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Museums - Many offer art classes for kids and teens that may include drawing, painting, cartooning, sculpture and other mixed media. See “Museums” for details and contact information. Open House Creative - Drawing, painting, ceramics, architecture and printmaking (grades pre-K+). 1602 Babcock St., Costa Mesa. 949-291-6910. www. openhouse-creative.com

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Muckenthaler Cultural Center - A variety of kids and family art classes and workshops are offered year round, plus summer camp (see “Camps”). 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton. (714) 738-6595. www.TheMuck.org

• OCSA’s Foundation Arts Enrichment Program - see listing in this section; ad on page 10. Palette Station - Multi-media art transferred to various keepsakes. 540 E. 1st St., Tustin. (714) 730-4979. www.palettestation.com Pacific Studio of Art - Drawing and painting (8+), Saturdays only. 1122 Lake St., Huntington Beach. (714) 960-2856. The Art Studio - Classes in painting, drawing, sculpting and mixed media. Spring, summer and winter camps also offered. (7+). 6450 Westminster Blvd., Westminster. (714) 458-2800. www.theartstudio.us Timree Paint Studio - Painting classes, workshops and camps for kids (6+). Locations in Newport Beach and Tustin. (949) 723-1300. www.timree.com The Drawing Board - Drawing, painting and sculpting (2+), plus family workshops and ceramics. 22349 La Palma, Ste. 112, Yorba Linda. (714) 693-7156. www.thedrawingboard.info YMCA Laguna Niguel and Newport Mesa (3-15) offer art classes. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.

attractions Attractions and theme parks for all ages throughout Southern California, including aquariums, family fun centers and water parks. Also see: “Museums,” “STEM” and “Zoos.” • Adventure City 1238 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim (714) 236-9300 www.adventurecity.com Adventure City in North Orange County is guaranteed to entertain young families, with 16 exciting rides and attractions, including the Drop Zone, a 50-foot freefall tower. You’ll also find a live interactive children’s theater, a petting farm, a 25-foot climbing wall, an arcade, a Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends play

area, great food and much more. What a great place to have a company picnic, birthday party or team party! The price is right too. All-day unlimited rides: adults or children, $16.95; seniors (55 and over), $11.95. AAA discount available for up to six regular-price admissions per card. Free parking. See discount coupon on page 73. Aquariums Also see “STEM” for a listing of educational aquarium programs. • Aquarium of the Pacific  (562) 590-3100 More than 11,000 ocean animals are featured in three main galleries with 19 major habitats and 32 focus exhibits, including over 500 different species. Exhibits include Shark Lagoon, with sharks and ray touch pools; the Lorikeet Forest aviary; the “Whales: Voices in the Sea” kiosk; Ocean Science Center, featuring NOAA’s Science on a Sphere; the June Keyes Penguin Habitat; the Southern California Steelhead Story exhibit; and a new Jellies exhibit opening May 22, 2015. Educational programs also available (see “STEM”) as well as annual events (see “Calendar”). Admission: adults, $28.95; kids (3-11), $14.95; seniors (62+), $25.95. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. www.aquariumofthepacific.org. See ad on page 15; coupon on page 85. Birch Aquarium  (858) 534-3473 Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Daily animal feedings as well as educational, hands-on visitor activities. Adults, $17; teens, (13-17), $14; kids (3-12), $12.50. 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. aquarium.ucsd.edu Cabrillo Marine Aquarium  (310) 548-7562 Thirty-five saltwater tanks and touch tanks, plus discovery labs and an Aquatic Nursery with baby sea animals. Family and kids’ classes, workshops, walks, grunion runs, youth docents and other educational programs are available. Suggested admission donation: $1-5. 3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pedro. www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org Legoland’s Sea Life Aquarium  (760) 918-5346 An interactive aquarium geared for kids (2-12) features play zones, hands-on touch pools, fun facts and quiz trails, as well as sea horses, stingrays and sharks. One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad. www.visitsealife.com Roundhouse Aquarium  (310) 379-8117 Touch tanks, sea horses, shark and eel tanks, and kids’ activities. Classes, camps and parties also offered. $2 per person; $5 per family. Manhattan Beach Pier. www.roundhouseaquarium.org Santa Monica Pier Aquarium  (310) 393-6149 Exhibits more than 100 species, featuring touch tanks with tide-pool animals, plus year-round field trip programs, kids’ classes, party packages and special-themed event days. Adults, $5; and kids (12 and under), free. 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica. www.healthebay.org/smpa The SEA Lab  (310) 318-7438 A hands-on coastal science education center that offers free and low-cost programs, touch-tank tours, public fish feeding, field trips and parties. Admission: $2 per person or $4 per family. 1021 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach. www.lacorps.org/sealab.php lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


• Big Air Trampoline Park Buena Park  (844) 550-JUMP Laguna Hills  (949) 305-9788 Redlands  (909) 335-7275 www.BigAirUSA.com Big Air Trampoline Parks have become the area’s best indoor trampoline parks. Unique features include Climbing Wall, Battle Beam, Lil Air (for jumpers ages 6 and younger), Open Main Court, Dodgeball Courts, Foam Pit, Slam Dunk Basketball and The Bullpen. Great location for birthday and team parties, groups and corporate team building (see “Parties”). Seasonal park promotions and specials are listed on their website. Reservations for groups of 15+ are required and made online or by calling Event Sales. Locations: Laguna Hills, 23251 Avenida de la Carlota; Redlands, 1101 California St.; and the newest location opening in Buena Park this spring, 8320 On The Mall. See ad on page 67. • Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200 www.columbiaspacescience.org Hands-on learning center that is dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages. It also serves as the national memorial for the Space Shuttle Columbia’s seven crew members, lost in 2003. The 20,000-square-foot visitor center is equipped with not only amazing technology and visual teaching exhibits, it is constantly holding engaging classes and workshops. The Space Center also hosts the only Challenger Learning Center in the greater Los Angeles area, where you can: Return to the Moon, or go on a Voyage to Mars, and experience the real-life excitement of working in Mission Control or in the Spacecraft; available for field trips, team-building exercises and parties of 16 or more. Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. $5 per person (3+). Also see “Calendar,” “Museums,” “Parties” and “STEM.” See ad on page 17. Family Fun Centers Arcades, airsoft, go-karts, mechanical bull, laser tag, miniature golf, RC raceways, paintball parks and more. Most offer party and group packages. Check websites for coupons and discounts. Also see Golf N’ Stuff in this section. Bay Arcade  (949) 673-0324 Video and redemption games. 706 E. Bay Ave., Newport Beach. www.thebayarcade.com Boomers 3405 Michelson Drive, Irvine  (949) 559-8336 16800 Magnolia St., FV  (714) 842-1111 Arcade, batting cages, bumper boats, mini golf, rock wall, go karts and kiddie rides; laser tag, Flame Thrower ride and Buccaneer Cove at Irvine only. www.boomersparks.com Buena Park Raceway (714) 827-9979 Slot car racetrack. Rent a car or bring your own. 6161 Lincoln Ave., Buena Park. www.bpraceway.com Camelot Golfland  (714) 630-3340 Arcade, miniature golf, miniature bowling, laser tag, bumper boats, go-karts and water slide. 3200 E. Carpenter Ave., Anaheim. www.golfland.com lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

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Chuck E. Cheese - Arcade and redemption games, rides and ball pit, food and entertainment. Visit their website for locations. www.chuckecheese.com Dave and Busters of Orange  (714) 769-1515 Arcade and restaurant. Nighttime tends to a mature crowd. The Outlets at Orange, 20 City Blvd. West, Orange. www.daveandbusters.com Fuzion  (714) 377-7671 Arcade, bowling, laser tag and dining. Nighttime tends to a mature crowd. 7227 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach. www.fuzionhb.com Go-Kart World  (310) 834-3800 Six racing tracks, including tracks for younger kids (3+), bumper cars and arcade. 21830 Recreation Road, Carson. www.gokartworld.com Hollywood Sports Park  (562) 867-9600 Laser tag, rockwall, BMX course, futsal and volleyball, plus paintball and airsoft (10+). 9030 Somerset Blvd., Bellflower. www.hollywoodsports.com Howies Game Shack Socially interactive PC and Xbox gaming centers. 8308 On the Mall, Buena Park, (714) 676-7455; and 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy., Mission Viejo, (949) 3670019. www.howies.com Irvine Lake RC Park  (714) 649-9111, Ext. 305 Natural off-road track. 1/5, 1/8 and 1/10 scales welcome. Sundays only, visit website for times. $10-15; spectators, free. 4621 Santiago Canyon Road, Silverado. www.irvinelake.net John’s Incredible Pizza Company  (714) 236-0000 Bowling, bumper cars, Twister ride, laser tag and over 100 video and redemption games. 8601 On The Mall, Buena Park. www.johnspizza.com K1 Speed Indoor Go Kart Racing Go-kart racing, league and party packages. Open to everyone, four-foot tall and above. Anaheim, 1000 N. Edward Court, (714) 632-6999; Irvine, 17221 Von Karman Ave., (949) 250-0242; and Torrance/ Gardena, 19038 S. Vermont Ave., (310) 532-2478. www.k1speed.com Laser Quest Laser tag (5+). Fullerton, 229 E. Orangethorpe Ave., (714) 449-0555; and Mission Viejo, 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy., #315. www.laserquest.com Neon Retro Arcade Retro arcade with video and pinball games from yesteryear. Visit their website for current line up. 28 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. www.neonretroarcade.com Nickel! Nickel! Five Cent Games  (714) 847-2191 Video and redemption games. 7454 Edinger, Huntington Beach. www.nickelnickelhb.com OCRC Raceway  (714) 892-6699 Rent a RC or bring your own. Practice and race times available. 15282 Jason Circle, Huntington Beach. www.ocrcraceway.com

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Pacific Park - Rides include a Ferris wheel, roller coasters and pirate ship, plus carnival games, Gyro Loops, Beach Bounce and food. 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. (310) 260-8744. www.pacpark.com Pelican Pier Pavilion  (562) 980-1415 Over 40 video and prize-redemption games. Shoreline Village, Long Beach. www.funfactorygames.com SC Village  (562) 867-9600 Paintball and airsoft (10+). 8900 McCarty Road, Corona. www.scvillage.com Tac City  (657) 888-6111 Airgun scrimmages (10+). 2430 Artesia Ave., Fullerton. www.taccityairsoft.com The Paintball Park  (866) 985-4932 Paintball Lite (8+), Paintball (10+), Airsoft (10+) and Splatmaster (6-10). 1700 Vandegrift Blvd., Oceanside. www.thepaintballpark.com Thrill It Fun Center  (714) 937-1600 High ropes challenge, rock climbing, mechanical bull, interactive Ballocity, laser tag and arcade. 20 City Blvd. West, Ste. 907-A, Orange. www.thrillit.com • Flightdeck 1650 S. Sinclair St., Anaheim (714) 937-1511 www.flightdeck.com Youth (11+) and adults can leave the civilian life behind and step into the world of the fighter pilot. Check in at the front desk, put on your flight suit and pay close attention in your 20-minute classroom briefing. After climbing into the cockpit, adjusting your aviation headset and responding with “copy that” to the radio check, you’ll be cleared for take off. Fly high, fly low, try everything to prevent an opponent from getting behind you. You’ll be wiping the beads of sweat from your brow and catching your breath before attempting your first of two airport landings. Once on terra firma, you’ll egress your cockpit and join the others and the instructor for your debrief. Hope you have something to brag about, because the other pilots most certainly will. See ad on page 67. • Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk (562) 868-9956 www.golfnstuff.com Take a break and have fun at Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park! Offers challenging miniature golf and exciting rides, including go-karts, bumper boats, bumper cars, Disk ‘O Thrill ride and kiddie train. While you’re there, check out the latest in arcade games, great prizes, snack bar, and party facilities for birthday or team parties (see “Parties”). Ask about their free school and doctors’ office incentive programs. Where the 5 and 605 freeways meet. See ad with discount coupons on page 14. Military Ships S.S. Lane Victory  (310) 519-9545 Built in 1945, in Los Angeles, the victory-class cargo ship was used in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War. The ship was preserved in 1998 to serve as a museum ship. Friday - Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; closed Thursday. Adults, $5; kids, $2. Berth 49, San Pedro. www.lanevictory.org

USS Iowa  (877) 446-9261 Tour Battleship Iowa, the Battleship of Presidents, and the West Coast’s only battleship museum, including a captain’s cabin with a battleship bathtub installed for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. A unique experience on board takes you on a memorable family journey through World War II, Korean War and Cold War. A kid’s scavenger hunt and youth overnight program are offered on board. 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro. www.pacificbattleship.com USS Midway Museum  (619) 544-9600 Exhibits include crew’s sleeping quarters, galley, engine room, the ship’s jail, officer’s country, post office, machine shops, pilot’s ready rooms, primary flight control and the bridge high in the island over the flight deck. Plus, an aircraft gallery and flight simulators. Tours and special events also available. 910 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego. www.midway.org Orange County Great Park Balloon and Carousel Sand Canyon and Marine Way, Irvine (866) 829-3829 www.ocgp.org A tethered, 118-foot-high, helium-filled balloon allows passengers to soar 400 feet in the air for a bird’s-eye view of the Orange County Great Park and surrounding areas. The carousel offers rides approximately three minutes long (riders under 42 must be accompanied by an adult). The Great Park Balloon and carousel are both wheelchair-accessible. Check in is required at the Visitor’s Center Pavilion. Fees apply; family and friends passes for larger groups available. Parks and Playgrounds For indoor and outdoor playgrounds, see “Playgrounds” and for arboretums, nature centers and parks, see “Recreation and Parks.” • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900 pretendcity.org Pretend City Children’s Museum is an interconnected city designed just for children (infant-8). The city is comprised of a grocery store, farm, doctor’s office, art studio, amphitheater, beach, marina, construction site and many other exhibits. At Pretend City, children learn through role play based on real-world experiences as they dress up as a police officer, deliver the mail, create art, compose music or put out a fire. See “Museums” for complete listing. See ad on page 59. • Queen Mary 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach (877) 342-0738 www.queenmary.com Transport yourself back in time aboard the legendary Queen Mary. Once the grandest ocean liner in the world, the Queen Mary is now a full-service hotel, historical landmark and entertainment venue. Current family-friendly exhibits and tours include Diana: Legacy of a Princess showcasing Princess Diana and the Royal Family; Ghosts and Legends; Her Finest Hour: a WWII Tour; Scorpion Tour, which includes a tour of the Scorpion submarine docked next door, giving the rare opportunity to get a first-hand glimpse of what life was like aboard a Russian submarine during the Cold War; a self-guided tour and more. Also see “Calendar;” and ad with free kids’ admission on page 13. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


Theme Parks • Adventure City  (714) 236-9300 $16.95 general admission with unlimited rides. Kids (under 12 mos) free with paid adult; seniors (ages 55 and over), $11.95. AAA discount available for up to six regular-price admissions per card. Free parking. 1238 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim. www.adventurecity.com. See discount coupon on page 73. Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure  (714) 781-4565 The 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration begins May 22 with a new “Paint the Night” parade, and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks show and light projections throughout the park. 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim. www.disneyland.com Knotts Berry Farm  (714) 220-5200 Opening in May 15: Voyage to the Iron Reef 4D attraction. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. www. knotts.com Legoland  (760) 918-5346 New in 2015: Lego Star Wars Mini-Land Death Star and Lego Friends Heartlake City. One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad. www.legoland.com Six Flags Magic Mountain  (661) 255-4111 New in summer 2015: Twisted Colossus, a worldrecord-breaking hybrid coaster. 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia. www.sixflags.com SeaWorld  (800) 257-4268 Summer Nights include fireworks and special

nighttime shows, weekends, May 23 - June 6, then nightly, June 13 - August 9, 15, 22, 29 and September 5-7. SeaWorld’s 50th celebration with the Surprise Squad’s daily prize giveaways through September 7. 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego. www.seaworldsandiego.com

Legoland Water Park and Chima Water Park  (760) 918-5346 Open daily, March 7 - April 27 and May 22 - September 7; Friday - Monday, May 1-18; and weekends September 12 - November 1. One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad. www.legoland.com

Universal Studios Hollywood (800) UNIVERSAL New in spring: the expansion of The Simpson ride with the new area of Springfield. 0pening in summer, Fast and Furious: Supercharged thrill ride. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. www. universalstudioshollywood.com

Newport Dunes Aquatic Fun Park  (949) 729-1150 New play equipment. Calm waves and fun toys for younger kids; bigger kids can romp on water trampolines, a mountain with a slide and other water features. May - September. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. www.tinyurl.com/newportdunes

Water Parks Boomers  (949) 559-8341 Buccaneer Cove. 3405 Michelson Drive, Irvine www.boomersparks.com

Raging Waters  (909) 802-2200 Open daily, May 23 - September 7. Weekends only, May 9-17 and September 12-27. 111 Raging Waters Drive, San Dimas. www.ragingwaters.com

Camelot Golfland  (714) 630-3340 Twisting tube slides open Memorial weekend to Labor Day, noon - 5 p.m. 3200 E. Carpenter Ave., Anaheim. www.golfland.com

SeaWorld’s Aquatica  (800) 257-4268 Daily, May 30 - September 7; and weekends, May 23-25 and September 12-27. 2052 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista. www.aquaticasandiego.com

Drop Zone Waterpark  (951) 210-1600 Attractions include slides, geysers, a FlowRider and more. Open May 23 - September 27. Visit their website for admission and season passes. 2165 Trumble Road, Perris. www.dropzonewaterpark.com

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor  (661) 255-4111 Open May 23 - September 27. 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia. www.sixflags.com

Knotts Soak City  (714) 220-5200 Open daily, May 16 - September 13; weekends, May 23 - September 1. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. www.soakcityoc.com

• Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark (562) 902-3191 Guaranteed to entertain everyone; choose to spend the day in the lazy river, dare to plunge down the two-story water slides or swim in the heated 25-yard pool. Adults can spend time with the little ones in the zero-depth play structures, spray pads

City of Downey Columbia Memorial Space Center OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Please visit our website to learn about our upcoming events, how to book your next birthday party, meeting, field trip, and/or group visit, and much more. Our center also hosts the only Challenger Learning Center in the greater Los Angeles area—real life excitement of working in Mission Control and in Spacecraft during simulated missions “Return to the Moon” or “Voyage to Mars.”

Tuesday-Saturday 10am -5pm Admission Fee: $5 (3 years & younger are FREE)

@ColumbiaSpace

12400 Columbia Way, Downey, CA 90242 (562) 231-1200 www.columbiaspacescience.org info@downeyspacecenter.org

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Surf City Futsal  (714) 274-5120 16091 Gothard St., Huntington Beach www.surfcityfutsal.com

baseball & softball Leagues, camps and clinics, plus batting cages. Also see: “Camps.” Batting Cages All Star Park  (562) 925-7787 17911 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower www.allstarpark.com Bellflower’s Caruthers Park 10500 Flora Vista St., Bellflower www.bellflower.org

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Boomers 16800 Magnolia, Fountain Valley  (714) 842-1111 3405 Michelson Drive, Irvine  (949) 559-8341 www.boomersparks.com and smaller slides. Free use of life jackets and tubes are always included with admission. Splash! is the best value, with free parking, picnic areas, all-day park access, lockers and tasty food. The 18-acre park is beautifully landscaped with palm trees, lush green grassy areas, lounge chairs and umbrellas. Season passes on sale now (at the pre-season price of just three payments of $18, now through May 31. After May 31, prices go up slightly). 13806 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada, 90638. (562) 902-3191. www.splashlamirada. com. See ad on the back outside cover; coupon on page 73. • Splash Kingdom in Redlands  (909) 335-7275 The Inland Empire’s greatest family fun destination! Splash Kingdom Waterpark is open May 16 - September 7. Twenty acres of aquatic fun, including Castaway Cove Wavepool, Surfrider, Lazy River, Pharaoh’s Falls and so much more! Splash Kingdom also offers full food concessions, cabanas, season passes, group rates, birthday and team party packages. Conveniently located off the 10 freeway at California Street exit in Redlands. 1101 California St., Redlands. www.SplashKingdom.net Splash Zone  (626) 569-2270 May - September. Water slides, water play and picnicking. Admission, $1-2; season passes are available. Garvey Park, 3233 Kelburn Ave., Rosemead. www.tinyurl.com/RMsplashzone The Cove Waterpark  (951) 360-1974 Three water slides, body-boarding, splash playground for younger kids and continuous river. Also offers day camp. Concessions are available. May 23 - September. 4310 Camino Real, Riverside. www. covewaterpark.com Wading and Spray Pools For a list of parks and shopping centers with wading pools and spray features, see Wading and Spray Pools under “Aquatics and Water Polo.”

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Central Park Batting Cages  (714) 375-3960 181000 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach www.huntingtonbeachca.gov Champion’s Quest  (562) 598-2600 Reservations required. 10714 Reagan, Bldg. B, Los Alamitos. www.championsquest.com Critical Baseball and Fitness  (714) 461-8260 Reservations required. 614 W. Katella Ave., Orange. www.criticalbaseball.com Home Run Park  (714) 229-8850 711 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim. www.homerunpark.com Kennedy Baseball  1351 N Kraemer Blvd., Anaheim www.adamkennedybaseball.com

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Lifeletics  (714) 843-1989 16702 Burke Lane, Huntington Beach www.lifeletics.com Next Level Training Facility  (562) 630-6300 16460 Paramount Blvd., Paramount www.riossports.com On Deck Batting Cages  (562) 426-4487 2499 E. Willow St., Long Beach www.ondeckbattingcages.com Pitch N’ Hit Sports  (949) 813-3256 23200 Del Lago, Laguna Hills www.pitchnhitsports.com Power Alley  (714) 525-8448 1430 E. Walnut Ave., Fullerton. www.poweralley.net Pure Fast Pitch (714) 842-9300 16662 Gothard St., Huntington Beach www.purefastpitch.com Quakes Baseball Academy  (949) 215-6693 25332 Jeronimo Road, Lake Forest www.quakesbaseball.com

The Cage at Los Alamitos (562) 598-2243 10660 Humbolt St., Los Alamitos www.thecageatlosalamitos.com The Hitting Zone  (714) 773-4300 1020 S. Cypress St., Unit A, La Habra www.thehittingzone.net Xcel Baseball and Softball (562) 795-9235 10714 Reagan St., Unit A, Los Alamitos www.xcel-baseball.com Boys and Girls Club Baseball: Capistrano Valley, Long Beach and Santa Ana. Softball: Long Beach and Stanton. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. League Baseball and Softball Bobby Sox Softball (714) 522-1234 Girls league (7-18) in age divisions. No tryouts. Register November to January for spring season; August for fall season. www.bobbysoxsoftball.org Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball  (800) 880-3142 League for ages 4-18. Offers Buddy Baseball for kids (8-14) with special needs. www.baberuthleague.org Little League Baseball and Softball Boys’ and girls’ baseball in age divisions (4-18), softball for girls (4-18) and Little League Challenger teams for boys and girls (4-21) with special needs. Register in August for fall/winter season and November for spring season. Use your zip code to find a local league on their website or find resources to start a league. www.littleleague.org Pony Baseball and Softball Coed leagues in age divisions (5-18). Registration begins in November for March - June season. The website offers a partial listing of local teams, to find additional options, web search your city plus “Pony Baseball.” www.pony.org The Miracle League  (770) 760-1933 Baseball for boys and girls with special needs. www. miracleleague.com Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services Department - T-ball (26). Visit their website for summer camps and classes. (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect Chapman University - Baseball camps, one-week sessions (6-12) at Hart Park in Orange: July 6-10, 13-17, 27-31. $90-190. (714) 390-0899. www. panthersbaseballcamps.com • Cypress College, Kids College - Pee Wee Baseball (4+) offered year round; six-week sessions, $50. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Baseball league and T-ball, summer only with registration in May. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www. lakewoodcity.org lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


Long Beach City College Baseball Camp - Boys and girls (8+), one-week sessions, $60. Boys and girls T-ball Camp (4-6), one-week, $45. Call for dates. (562) 938-4249. Email: summerrec@lbcc.edu. • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - T-ball Skills (3-5); six-week sessions, $75. (562) 5703100. www.longbeach.gov/park Santa Ana College - Summer baseball camp. (813) 564-6594. www.sac.edu/cms Most city recreation departments offer baseball and softball. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. Softball Associations The following associations offer referrals and information for local leagues and tournaments: American Fastpitch Association, (714) 952-9311, www. afasoftball.com; and Amateur Softball Association, www.socal-asa.org. • Tom Hicks Baseball Camps, LLC P.O. Box 15963, Long Beach 90815-0963 (562) 425-2446 www.tomhicksbaseballcamps.com The 25th annual THBC prides itself on being the area’s best fundamental baseball camp. Camps offered during summer and Christmas break focus on individual instruction and improvement. For only $115, campers receive 30 hours of fundamental teaching, drills, daily games, individualized evaluation, photos, daily prizes and lots of

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fun activities. Early Bird Discounts are available, as well as a multiple-week discount package. Over 14,300 campers in 2006-2013 alone! A low student-to-teacher ratio guarantees a wonderful experience. Camps are available in Long Beach and the surrounding areas. Check their website for further information. YMCA Laguna Niguel and Santa Ana (3-5) offer T-ball. Fullerton offers batting cages. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.

basketball Leagues, clinics and camps. Also see “Camps.” • Alpert JCC Pete Davis Legends Basketball League 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Ext. 1205 www.alpertjcc.org AJCC/Pete Davis Youth Basketball League for boys and girls, ages 6-13 years. Led by former Michigan State and NBA player Pete Davis. Learn basketball skills through individual and group instruction, scrimmages and lectures. Spring Season: April 12 - June 14. Summer Season: July 12 - August 30. Games are held on Sundays, between 1-6 p.m. Call or visit their website for more information. See ad on page 25.

Boys and Girls Club Basketball pick-up play (5+) is available at most branches. Some locations offer league play. See “Youth and Family Groups” for locations. • Long Beach State University Summer Basketball Camps (562) 985-1610 www.beachbasketballcamps.com Registration now open online. Summer basketball camps for boys and girls, grades 1-10. Open to any and all. Camp sessions: June 29 - July 3, August 3-7 and August 10-14. Camp hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Early drop-off and late pick-up times available. Cost is $300 per session. Multi-session, alumni and faculty discounts available. Cool new format will give campers a glimpse into life as a college basketball player. Staffed by Long Beach State basketball coaches and enthusiastic, seasoned players. Camp highlights include instruction in fundamentals, guest speakers, tours of campus facilities, plus fun games and tournaments. See ad on page 18. National Junior Basketball www.njbl.org Boys’ and girls’ leagues in age divisions (grades 1-12). Registration begins in September for December to February season. Academy training is available year round (grades 3-12). Various locations. Professional Team/Player Camps Michael Jordan Flight School - Overnight and day camps (8-18), July 31 - August 4 (boys) and August 5-9 (boys and girls), $645-1,685. UC Santa Barbara. (503) 803-0208. www.michaeljordanbasketballcamp.

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com. Lakers Basketball Camp - Boys and girls (9-18), June 29 - July 2 and July 6-9, $350. Next Level Sports Complex, 12821 Knott St., Garden Grove. (310) 4266055. www.lakers.com Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services Department - Basketball Skillz and TriFytt Basketball Camp (3-12), (714) 765-5191. East Anaheim Gymnasium Youth Basketball Clinic (4-7) and Camp (4-10). (714) 7653960. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect Cerritos College - Summer basketball class (grades 2-12), runs everyday for two weeks. (562) 4675050. www.cerritoscommunityed.com Chapman University - Summer camp for boys and girls (7-14), six sessions, June 15 - August 7, $190-290; all-you-can-eat lunch in the college dorm eatery included. Days vary, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; free extended hours, 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. (714) 532-6983. www.panthersbasketballcamp.webs.com • Cypress College, Kids College - Basketball Clinics (4+) are offered year round in three age divisions; six-week sessions, $50. Summer Basketball Camp (9-11), one-week session, 9 a.m. - noon, $125. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Summer camps (7-13) are available. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org

demonstration on table manners is also provided. They cover telephone, cell phone and computer manners. Kids are encouraged to make new friends while the program emphasizes fun in a structured environment. Email: burgesscotillion@aol.com. Also see “Calendar” and “Dance.” College Kids’ Classes • Cypress College, Kids College - Clutter Buster (grades 3-12), Be Bigger than a Bully (8-12), Please Pass the Manners (5-7), How to Be a Best Friend (58), Dining and Party Etiquette (8-12), Positive Living Skills for Youth (8-11), Teen Ballroom Dancing (grades 7-12), Fashion Illustration (12+) and Teen Etiquette (13-17). $30-50. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids Santa Ana College - Tween Makeup and Skin Care (12+), (714) 564-6594, www.sac.edu/cms • Etiquette and Tea Time at Dream Come True Party Room 3962 Studebaker Road, Ste. 204, Long Beach (562) 270-1400 www.DreamComeTruePartyRoom.com Weekly tea time at this whimsical party room includes etiquette, tea or juice served in fancy teacups, mini muffins, storytelling, and dress-up play from the Castle Wardrobe. Offered most Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m., contact to confirm. $12 per child; reservations required. Also see “Calendar” and “Parties.” See ad on page 67.

Long Beach City College Basketball Camps - Boys and girls (8+), one-week sessions, $60. Pee Wee camp for boys and girls (5-7), $45. (562) 938-4249. Email: summerrec@lbcc.edu.

Hair Salons The following salons cater to children, generally offering a selection of video games, toys and books, kid-size chairs and baby’s first haircut packages.

Santa Ana College - Youth Basketball Camp (10-15). (714) 564-6594. www.sac.edu/cms

Coco’s Fantasy Studio Kids Salon  (562) 408-2733 8807 Alondra Blvd., Paramount. www.cocoscuts.com

Many recreation departments offer basketball programs. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information.

Cool Cuts 4 Kids Locations in Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Laguna Niguel and Mission Viejo. www. coolcuts4kids.com

YMCA Bellflower, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Laguna Niguel, Newport-Mesa and Weingart-Lakewood (3-13) offer basketball classes and/or leagues. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.

beauty & etiquette Beauty and self-improvement classes, plus kids’ hair salons and pageant. • Burgess Cotillion Golden Sails Hotel, 6285 E. PCH, Long Beach (323) 874-7393 www.bobbyburgesscotillion.com With Burgess Cotillion, manners and etiquette are emphasized throughout their program. Students (grades 3-12) are taught how to introduce themselves, how to go through a reception line, how to ask a lady to dance, and how to sit properly. A 20 • spring/summer 2015

First Cut 2700 E. Coast Hwy., Corona Del Mar, (949) 6400956; and 720 The Shops At Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo, (949) 364-7006. www.firstcut4kids.com Hair Bears Salon  (714) 731-5057 14161 Newport Ave., Ste. G, Tustin Kiddy Kastle  (714) 527-0527 4460 Lincoln Ave., Cypress. www.kiddykastle.com Rainbow Kids Hair Fullerton, (714) 441-1016, www.rainbowkidsfullerton. com; Irvine, (949) 551-6691; Huntington Beach, (714) 842-4440, www.rainbowkidshairhb.com; and Yorba Linda, (714) 693-1520. Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids  (714) 665-4297 Tustin Courtyard, 635 E. First St., Tustin www.sharkeyscutsforkids.com

• Mr. California and Miss Southern California Pageants (310) 720-1681 www.capageantproductions.com A community- and service-focused program that is devoted to helping kids (3+), teens, and young men and women develop character. The program culminates in a spring pageant, where participants compete to be named Mr. California and Miss Southern California in five age divisions: 3-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-17 or 18-25. Participants are taught skills in etiquette, grooming, communication and developing interview experience; they are heavily involved in community service and charitable events throughout the region, including Juvenile Diabetes, Special Olympics, CHOC, Relay for Life, OC Food Bank and more. See ad on page 21.

biking Biking paths, plus BMX courses and national associations. Also see: Skateparks under “Skateboarding” for parks that offer BMX sessions. American Bicycle Association (480) 961-1903 www.ababmx.com ABA hosts district, state and national races and cruises. Website offers information on the sport, including a rule book, plus referrals to local tracks and teams. Bike Paths For paved trails and paths in Los Angeles and Orange counties, visit www.bikesandhikesla.com, www.labikepaths.com, www.biketrails.com/orange. html and www.mapmyride.com. BMX Tracks Bellflower BMX  (562) 716-0487 Hollywood Sports Park, 9030 Somerset Blvd., Bellflower. www.bellflowerbmx.com Orange Y BMX  (714) 502-2269 2241 E. Palmyra, Orange. www.orangeybmx.com San Diego BMX Courses  (619) 561-3824 Kearny Moto Park BMX Course, 3170 Armstrong St., San Diego, www.kearnybmx.com; and Cactus Park BMX, 10610 Ashwood St., Lakeside, www. cactusparkbmx.com Whittier Narrows Park BMX (626) 692-6055 1601 N. Rosemead Blvd., South El Monte www.whittiernarrowsbmx.com • Vans Skatepark 20 City Blvd. West, Orange (714) 769-3800 www.vans.com Large indoor/outdoor street courses, 80-foot-wide miniramp and beginners course. BMX sessions: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, 6-10 p.m. See ad on page 19. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


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Westminster Lanes  (714) 893-5005 6471 Westminster Ave., Westminster Saddleback Lanes  (949) 586-5300 25402 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo www.saddlebacklanes.net Recreation Departments and College • Cypress College, Kids College - Bowling for Teens, $75. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids Some city recreation departments offer bowling instruction for kids (4+) that may include bumper bowling. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information.

game consoles, table tennis and foosball. Lanes are subject to closure for special events and classes. 1212 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach. www. tinyurl.com/csulbstudentunion

bowling Leagues, classes, parties and recreational play, plus lawn bowling. Free Summer Bowling (888) 342-2594 www.kidsbowlfree.com From May 23 to September 7, kids whose age does not exceed a limit by participating bowling centers are eligible to register for two free games a day. Visit their website to sign-up at your local participating center. Each bowling center posts their dates and times on their registration page of the “Kids Bowl Free” website. Lawn Bowling Center Newport Beach Lawn Bowling (949) 640-1022 Year-round lessons for all ages. 1550 Crown Drive North, Corona Del Mar. www.newportharborlbc.com More Bowling Centers The following locations may offer junior and parent/ child leagues, bumper and recreational bowling, and party packages. Bowlmor Nighttime tends to a mature crowd. Anaheim, 321 W. Katella, Anaheim, (714) 783-2810; and Tustin, 2405 Park Ave. (714) 258-2695. www.bowlmor.com Cal Bowl  (562) 421-8448 2500 E. Carson St., Lakewood. www.calbowl.com Cerritos Lanes (562) 924-9363 18811 Carmenita Road, Cerritos www.amf.com/cerritoslanes Concourse Bowling Center 3364 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim www.concoursebowling.com

(714) 666-2695

CSULB Student Union (562) 985-5201 On-campus games center offers bowling, billiards,

Del Rio Lanes  (562) 927-3351 7502 E. Florence Ave., Downey www.delriolanes.com Forest Lanes  22771 Centre Drive, Lake Forest www.forestlanes.com

(949) 770-0055

Fountain Bowl  (714) 963-7888 17110 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley www.fountainbowl.com Irvine Lanes  3415 Michaelson Ave., Irvine www.irvinelanes.com

(949) 786-9625

Keystone Lanes  (562) 868-3261 11459 E. Imperial Hwy., Norwalk www.keystonelanes.com Linbrook Bowling Center  (714) 774-2253 201 South Brookhurst St., Anaheim www.linbrookbowl.com Lucky Strike Lanes  (714) 937-5263 Nighttime tends to a mature crowd. Outlets at Orange. 20 City Blvd. West, Orange. www.bowlluckystrike.com Round One  (562) 408-2937 401 Lakewood Center Mall, Lakewood www.round1usa.com Tavern+Bowl  (949) 438-2320 Nighttime tends to a mature crowd. 1875 Newport Blvd., Ste. L1-111, Costa Mesa. www.tavernbowl.com Titan Bowling  (657) 278-2144 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton www.tinyurl.com/TitanBowl Tustin Lanes  (714) 731-5022 1091 Old Irvine Blvd., Tustin www.tustinlanesbowl.com Valley View Lanes  (714) 898-2507 12141 Valley View St., Garden Grove www.amf.com/valleyviewlanes

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United States Bowling Congress Youth Leagues www.bowl.com/youth Leagues, tournaments, scholarships and instruction. Check out the site for more information on the current season and how to sign up.

camps Sport, activity and specialty camps. Camps are also listed throughout Kidsguide; check your area of interest for additional listings. • 49er Camp at CSULB 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach (562) 985-4049 www.csulb.edu/summer-camps www.longbeachstate.com Celebrating their 52nd 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, badminton, pickleball, 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. 2015 sessions: June 22 - July 17 and July 20 - August 14, Monday - Friday, 12:30-5 p.m. Online registration begins March 15th. $500. Space is limited to the first 500 campers with a completed application and deposit. Morning programs are available for parents seeking all day activities. See ad on page 27. • Academic Enrichment Camp 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach (562) 985-2570, (562) 985-2216 www.csulb.edu/summer-camps www.longbeachstate.com Various academic subjects covered. Kindergarten Preparedness Program and 1st through 5th gradelevel academic curriculum as well as art and computers. 6th-8th grade math, computers, language arts, writing and art. Children will be divided by grade level with a low student/teacher ratio. Camp runs June 22 - July 17, with a second session, July 20 - August 14. Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - noon, $500. Morning supervision is available, 7:15-8:30 a.m. (additional fee). Free supervision is also provided during lunch for those children attending lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


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Trips • Cookouts • Learning Activities • Creative Crafts

11-Week Program • June 22-September 4 • 7am-6pm $95 weekly fee with optional excursions

Register at City Hall, located at 11222 Acacia Pkwy or call (714) 741-5200. 49er Sports Camp. Enrollment is confirmed with a completed application and deposit. Online registration begins March 15th. Credit card payment available. See ad on page 27. • Acting Out (562) 901-0111 www.actingoutcamp.com Save your drama for camp! This weeklong, schoolbreak camp (ages 7-12) celebrates creativity through drama skills workshops, ensemble building and a whole lot of fun. Activities include improv, scene study, stage combat, costumes, props, movement, voice over, monologue and dance. Check their website for dates. Email: actingoutcamp@yahoo.com. Also see “Theater Arts.” See ad on page 69. • Alley Kat Music Center 11642 Knott St., #19, Garden Grove (714) 229-8528 www.alleykatmusiccenter.com Summer Fun with Alley Kat Music Center! Learn ukulele and/or Kit Kat Khorus for children. For information and to register online, go to: www.ggparksandrec.com. Also see “Music.” See ad on page 60.

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60 Days of Summer Fun with Garden Grove Day Camp!

• Alpert JCC Camp Komaroff Spring-Break and Summer Day Camps 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Ext. 1205 www.alpertjcc.org Camp Komaroff Spring Break Camp - Spring Break camps for grade school through teens: swimming, sports, crafts and much more. Great counselors, fun activities, beautiful facilities! Covers LBUSD spring break, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day; extended hours available. Call or visit their website for more information. Camp Komaroff Summer Day Camp - Spend your summer with Camp Komaroff at the AJCC from June 22 - August 21. For kids entering grades 1-12 in fall 2015. Activities include swimming, field trips, overnights, sports, arts and crafts, cooking, team building, Judaic/Israeli experiences, science and more. ACA accredited for over 20 years! Call or visit their website for more information. See ad on page 25. American Camp Association (800) 428-2267 www.acacamps.org, www.acasocal.org www.campparents.com

Referrals and recommendations for accredited camps. The ACA also provides information on how to choose a camp and prepare a child for the camp experience. • Anaheim Community Services (714) 765-5219 www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect Spring camps, March 30 - April 10: Spring Into ART-Art Camp (6-12), 10-11:30 a.m., $95. Morning/Afternoon Junior Tennis Camp (6-16), half day, $139. Full Day Junior Tennis Camp (6-16), $295. Two-hour per day weekly camps: Multi Sport Camp (8-13), 1:30-3:30 p.m.; Youth Basketball Camp (6-10), morning; and Youth Volleyball Camp (8-14), 11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.; $35 each camp. Animal Grossology with Lego Spring Break (5-12), 1-4 p.m., $129. Techworkz Engineering Camp (8-15), 1-4 p.m., $139. Media Arts Camp (8-15), 9 a.m. - noon, $139. All camps are held for one week. CampVenture Day Camp (6-13) - Daily activities include movies, nature, science, cooking, sports, songs/skits, a weekly excursion and more. Spring camps, March 30 - April 10, Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., $90 per week. Extended hours, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., $110 per week. Summer camps held weekly, Monday - Friday, June 16 - August 22. Types of camps range from sports to art to movie making and everything in between. Camps are held an hour or two, half day or full day. O.A.K.S. Summer Day Camp (5-12) - Campers explore and discover nature. Each of the fun and challenging camp sessions develop outdoor awareness, knowledge and skills. Weekly camps, June 15 - August 14, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., $110. • Aquarium of the Pacific Summer Day Camp Adventures 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach (562) 590-1630 www.aquariumofthepacific.org Children as young as three can dive into ocean science through daily camp adventures that include hands-on activities, experiments, animal interactions, crafts and educational tours of the Aquarium. Fish Fry (ages 3-4, with a parent) and Sea Squirt (ages 5-6) campers enjoy activities, games, tours and crafts. Ocean Adventure (ages 7-9) and Junior Biologists (ages 10-12) campers have opportunities to go behind the scenes and interact with Aquarium animals and animal care staff. Marine Science Sleepover Camp (ages 13-15) includes a whale watch and sleepover. With programs offered from June 15 - August 21, the Aquarium has the right camp for every young explorer. Member discounts available. See ad on page 15; coupon on page 85. • Aquatics and Specialty Camps in Long Beach Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (562) 570-1888 www.longbeach.gov/park For additional camps, see Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine in this section and Nature Kids! Discovery Workshops at El Dorado Nature Center under “STEM.” See ad on front inside cover. Belmont Junior Beach Camp (5-8, must have completed kindergarten): one-week sessions, June - August, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $155 per week; extended care for an additional fee. Beach fun,

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Going Buggy, Naturally Native, Grossology, Poisonous Plants, Excellent Experiments, Science Wizards, Ocean Observers, Operation Oceans, Prehistoric Pals, Trail Blazers, Animal Superheroes, Simply Symbiotic, American Treasures, Navigating Bommer, California Gold and Earth Defenders. June 22 - August 14; $105 per week. • Bowers Kidseum 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 567-3694 www.bowers.org/kidseum Bowers Museum presents Camp Kidseum, offering new and unique opportunities for future explorers, archaeologists and artists in the making! An unforgettable summer with a lifetime of memories for ages 6-11. Weeklong sessions from June 22 August 11. Camp Kidseum offers eight customized weekly adventures focusing on different ancient cultures from around the world. Enroll in all camps and travel around the world in eight weeks! The final two weeks of Camp Kidseum shift gears entirely with week seven devoted to stop-motion animation and week eight is an incredible opportunity to explore behind the scenes of the Bowers with “Mysteries of the Museum” week. See ad on page 23.

swimming lessons, arts and crafts, games, sports and excursions. Bayshore Beach Camp (9-12, must have completed 3rd grade): one-week sessions, June - August, 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 - August, noon 5 p.m. $118 per week. Sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, sports, excursions and games. Counselor-in-Training (completed grade 8+): three-week session, July 7-25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Teens learn teambuilding activities, child development and boating skills. Sailing, kayaking and canoeing also included. $310. Other specialty camps include: Pre-engineering (5-6), British Soccer Camp (7-16), Engineering Fundamentals (7-10), Top Chef Camp (6-12), Filmmaking (7-13),

Harry Potter (6-12), Star Wars (6-12), Flag Football (6-12), and Mini Hawk - Multi Sport Camp (4-7); oneweek sessions, June - August. (562) 570-3100. • Art Steps 18212 Imperial Hwy., Yorba Linda  (714) 524-2248 24000 Alicia Pkwy., # 31, Mission Viejo (949) 454-9555 www.artstepsclasses.com Fill your summer with art! Fine art day camps, offered in half-day and full-day options, with something for every young artist. Young children explore in many media; growing artists love learning cartooning, clay, art history and beyond; while teens of all levels enjoy in-depth focus on figure drawing and portraiture, still-life study, Anime fine points and much more. Their friendly teachers provide plenty of fun. Space is limited. 8:30-11:30 a.m., noon - 3 p.m., or 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Also see “Arts and Crafts” and “Parties.” See ad on page 11. Bommer Canyon Cattle Camps (949) 724-6738 www.irvinecamps.org Eco-explorers Day Camp (5-12): camp themes include

Boys and Girls Club Day camps (5-18) are offered at most branches during vacation breaks and school holidays, usually Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. (hours vary). Most clubs also offer overnight and leadership camps (13-18) during school breaks. See “Youth and Family Groups” for information on vacation drop-in programs and club locations. • Build It Workspace 4478 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos (714) 947-0800 www.buildit.ws Discover endless possibilities at Build It Workspace camps. Build a 3D Printer, Designing in 3D, Sew with Wearable Tech, and Programming for Life are some ways that inspire innovation and creativity. Spring and summer camps engage kids (8+) to explore the tools and technologies. Camps and after-camp open sessions available. See more activities on their website or call for details. Also see “Arts and Crafts,” “Parties” and “STEM.” See ad on page 87. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pedro (310) 548-7562 www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org Summer Camps: Galloping Snail and Other Fishy Tales (grades 1-2), July 13-17 and August 3-7; Crab Shells and Native Tales (grades 3-4), July 6-10 and August 17-21; Ichthyology and Other Slimy Words (grades 5-6), July 20-24 and August 10-14; Wet Tech (grades 7-9), August 3-7; and Marine Science High (grades 10-12), July 13-17. $85. Camp Fire 7070 E. Carson St., Long Beach (562) 421-2725 www.campfirelb.org Spring Camp (5-13): April 6-10, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., $135-170; extended care available, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Summer Camps: Backyard Bunch - Ten-week summer camps for kids, June 22 - August 21. Camp

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Musical Theatre Workshop 2015 An Arts Immersion Experience for ages 3-16

June 22-26, July 20-24, Aug 17-21 • 9am-3pm

In each 5-day session, campers create & perform their own production! Three Unique Sessions enroll in 1, 2 or all 3! Preschool & Kindergarten Half day: am or pm

Lakewood Village Community Church

4515 Sunfield Ave., Long Beach

(562) 912-5675 www.lvccmtw.com

for kids entering grades K-9 includes archery, rock climbing/ropes course, cooking over the campfire, arts/crafts, sports, outdoor education and optional field trips. Shiwaka Day Camp and Wintaka Resident Camp are also offered during summer. Camp Pinniped at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach (949) 494-3050 www.pacificmmc.org Day camp (8-12): one-week sessions, June - August. Campers learn about marine biology and animal rehabilitation, create ocean art and make fish smoothies to feed the pups (there is no direct contact with animals). • City of La Mirada Day Camps (562) 943-7277 www.cityoflamirada.org La Mirada will once again offer two summer enrichment camps at Neff Park: Summer Day Camp for children ages 5-11, and Teen Camp for ages 11-14. Camp leaders are committed to offering every participant an enjoyable and enriching summer experience in a safe, fun-filled environment. Campers will have fun exploring nature, discovering new talents, trying new activities, gaining independence and making lasting friendships and memories. Summer camps begin June 22. Weekly registration includes one fun excursion and a camp T-shirt. To register, or for more information, please call (562) 943-7277. Costa Mesa Community Services (714) 754-5161, (714) 754-5083 www.ci.costa-mesa.ca.us Spring and summer camps (grades K-6). Spring camp, four excursions, sports, games and arts, April 6-10, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., $169; extended hours, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., $205, (additional $5 for non-residents). Summer camp, call for dates, times, fees and registration.

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Crystal Cove State Park Summer Camps (949) 494-3539 www.crystalcovejg.com/summer_camps.html Crystal Cove Summer Beach Camp (6-14): June 16 August 28, Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon. Daily and weekly options include surfing, body surfing, boogie boarding, kayaking and more beach activities. Camp Aquatic Wild (7-11): June 22-26, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. with nature and water-based activities, $160. Endless Summer Beach Camp (6-14): August 17 - September 4, a beach camp with aquatic activities, but not as rigorous as the Junior Lifeguard program. • CSULB Young Writers Camp 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach (562) 985-1696 www.youngwriterscamp.com The Young Writers Camp teaches and supports writing in a fun, relaxed, and non-threatening environment. With the slogan “Writing With Smiles,” the YWC welcomes young writers (entering grades 1-12) onto a college campus to shape their ideas and experiences into meaningful written communication. During camp, budding writers have the opportunity to learn new strategies to discover ideas and ways to perfect their writing. Lessons and mini-lessons from the area’s very best K-12 teachers and university instructors will cover all aspects of writing instruction from developing and organizing ideas to editing and making the writing correct. The area’s most exceptional teachers, along with outstanding teacher candidates from the university, conduct classes of approximately 20 students in fun, dynamic ways. It is a place that welcomes enthusiastic and accomplished writers as well as those who need to improve their skills to excel academically. All sections of the camp are modeled on the Writing Workshop approach with lots of small group and oneon-one instruction. Campers will publish at least one piece of their writing in a YWC anthology. Two threeweek sessions are offered this summer: June 22 - July 10, 8:45 a.m. - noon; and July 13-31, 9 a.m. - noon. Cost is $350 for the first student and $325 for each additional sibling. Note that the upper grades of The Young Writers Camp are designated as the South Basin Writing Academy at CSULB. See ad on page 29. • Cub Scout Day Camp with Orange County Boy Scouts 1-800-20-Scout www.daycamps.ocbsa.org Cub Scout Day Camp is the best week of a Cub Scouts’ summer! Do not let your son miss all the fun and excitement that takes place at day camp with activities that include archery, crafts, sports, games and more. Each camp takes place at a different location so there will be a camp near you. If you are a registered Scout, the cost is $150. Scouts have the opportunity to receive $20 off if they register by May 9th. For more information on OCBSA Day Camps, please visit daycamps.ocbsa.org. To join Scouting, visit www.beascout.org or call 1-800-20-SCOUT. • Cypress College - Kids’ College Anaheim, Cypress and Fullerton Campuses (714) 808-4904 www.sce.edu/kids Academics - Celebrate a Book a Day (grades K-3), Reading, Writing and Math Review Camp (grades 1-3), Intensive Writing Camp (grades 7+) and Writers’ Camp (grades 1-6). Math Camp, Jammin Chemistry,

Earth Science Exploration, Magnets and Electricity, Physics, and Kindergarten Readiness and Review. Arts - Theatre Camp (7-17), Anime Drawing (8+), Fashion Illustration (12+), Fun with Clay (7+), Create Art from Around the World (8+), Directive Drawing of Animals for the Beginning Artist (4-10), Musical Theatre (9+) and Discovering Science through Art. Computers/Digital Media - Powerpoint, Word, Excel (9+), Computer Keyboarding (8+), Web Design, Photoshop (grades 4+), Computer Animation and Games (grades 5-8), 3D Design (grades 5-8) and IncrediFlix Claymation Filmmaking (8+). Additional camps include: Fun with Baking (8+), Jr. Chef (8-12), Discovering Disney Magic Camp (grades 2-6), Foreign Language, Tennis, Gymnastics, Basketball, Skills and Drills Football, Indoor Court Volleyball and Outdoor Sand Volleyball. See ad on page 35. Cypress Recreation and Parks (714) 229-6780 www.cypressrec.com Spring camps: Camp Cypress (grades 1-6), March 30 - April 3, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $21 per day, plus cost of mini excursions. DBA Basketball Camp (8-14), March 30 - April 3, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., $150. Mad Science Rockin’ Rockets Spring Camp (5-12), March 30 April 3, 9 a.m. - noon, $145. Summer camps: Camp Cypress (grades 1-6), oneweek sessions, June 15 - August 14, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $105 per week, plus cost of excursions. Extended hours available, $25 per week. Youth Sport Camps (8-12): Basketball, June 22-26 and July 6-10; and Baseball, July 13-17. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. $65 per session. Specialty camps (5-12): One-week camps include: Lego, Photography Camp, Magic Camp, Fort Building, Zombie Survival Camp, Top Chef Cooking, Minecraft Movies, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, Crazy Chemworks, Nasa Jr. and Robots 101; 9 a.m. - noon. Call for fees. Summer Parks Program (5-12): Themed weeks, crafts, games, mini-excursions, special guests and more. Tuesday - Thursday, June 16 - August 13, 1-4 p.m. $20. Parks include Darrell Essex, Evergreen, Oak Knoll, Veterans and Willow. • Dance and Theatre Summer Spectacular Camp at Elevation Studios! 1900 E. 27th St., #101, Signal Hill (562) 424-2711 www.elevationstudios.com This summer, Elevation Studios will offer three unique weeks of dance and theatre day camps. Beginning through intermediate levels, ages 5-12. Each week will be themed differently and will focus on, jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, conditioning, fitness, musical theater, character, singing and acting. Campers will design their own costumes, make props, star in a movie, have time for free play and crafts. Camp dates: July 13-31, Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., with options for early drop-off and late pick-up. Come join them for a fantastically fun summer full of creativity, exploration and dance! See ad on page 41. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


Young Writers’ Camp & High School Writing Academy for SUMMER 2015 on the beautiful campus of Cal State Long Beach Session 1 June 22 - July 10 8:45 am - Noon

Session 2 July 13 - 31 9 am - Noon

Fees: $350 1st Student / $325 each additional sibling “Writing with Smiles” has always been the motto of YWC activity. It is time for young writers to extend what they can already do in writing, and a time to risk, to create breakthroughs, and to become full fledged members of the “The Literacy Club.” For more information, or a brochure and application, please call 562-985-1696 or go to our website at www.youngwriterscamp.com.

About 75% of first time campers return for additional summers. See our listing on page 28.

Cutting edge writing instruction for over 20 years

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summer camps. They introduce your child (4-8) to various forms of dance during one-week camps, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Also, weeklong dance intensives will be offered (ages 9+) that include ballet, contemporary, hip hop and jazz, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Inclass performances will take place at the end of each session. Please contact the studio for dates. Also see “Dance” and “Parties.” See coupon on page 97.

SUMMER CULINARY CAMPS

WEEKLY THEMES 9AM-4PM | MON-FRI

AT DRAGONFLY GARDENS 260 N GLASSEL, ORANGE www.rainbowchefs.com • Discovery Cube’s Camp Discovery 2500 North Main St., Santa Ana (714) 542-2823 www.discoverycube.org Experience it. Learn it. Never Forget it. Have a curious young explorer, future veterinarian or aspiring zoologist who seeks out the wilder side of science? Discovery Cube offers a variety of hands-on, highly interactive summer science camps at the San Joaquin Marsh and Santa Ana Zoo for ages 5-10. See ad on back inside cover. • Diving Camps at McCormick Divers Martin Luther King Park Pool 1105 E. 19th St. (714) 846-5731 www.McCormickDivers.com Day camps for the novice to the high school diver (6-18) are offered in one-week sessions, June 22 - August 14, at Martin Luther King Park Pool. This indoor, heated pool, maintained at a comfortable 85 degrees, is open year round. During Kiddie Diving Camp and Introduction to Diving Camp, new divers are taught basic skills, safety and body awareness. McCormick Divers provides a safe environment with safety-certified coaches. Visit their website to download registration forms and reserve your space in advance. Year-round diving programs are also offered; see “Aquatics and Water Polo.” See ad on page 8. Downey Parks and Recreation (562) 904-7238 www.downeyca.org Summer day camps (6-14): one-week sessions, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., June - August. Extended hours available. Call for dates, themes and fees. • En Pointe Dance & Fitness 713 Termino Ave., Long Beach (562) 438-3262 www.enpointedanceandfitness.com En Pointe Dance & Fitness offers fun and exciting

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• Fairmont Summer Programs Locations: Anaheim, Anaheim Hills and North Tustin (714) 451-2090 www.fairmontlearningadventure.com With locations throughout Orange County, Fairmont Summer Programs offer academic camp, school and enrichment workshops customizable to any family’s schedule. In summer school, students benefit from individualized instruction with teachers who love to make learning fun. In summer camp, campers enjoy a blend of academic adventure that will spark students love for learning and keep their mind engaged all summer long. Fairmont provides a balance of academic preparation for the upcoming grade level with the summertime fun kids love! Experience a summer to remember at Fairmont! See ad on page 31. Family Vacation Camps Family Vacation Center - A family camp on the UC Santa Barbara campus. Weekly sessions, June 20 - August 22. Adults, $995; kids, $439-899. Mini-week rates also available. (805) 893-3123. www.familyvacationcenter.com Idyllwild Arts - Family camp that combines the outdoors and art; June 20-26, $2,610-5,500 (2-6 persons). Kids camps also offered. 52500 Temecula Road, Idyllwild. (951) 468-7265. www.idyllwildarts.org Montecito-Sequoia Family Vacation Camp - Weeklong family camps, June 14 - August 15. Camps include lodging, meals and activities. Two to six people, $2295-5995. (800) 227-9900. www.mslodge.com Skylake Yosemite Camp - Wishon, Bass Lake in the Sierra National Forest. Weekend family camps: adults, $265, kids (6-12), $180. One-week family camps, May - September: adults, $640, kids (6-12), $425, kids under 5 are free. Weekly kids-only summer camps are also offered, June 21 - August 15. (559) 642-3720. www.skylake.com First Congregational Church 241 Cedar Ave., Long Beach (562) 436-2256 www.firstchurchlb.org Day camp (7-15): six-week summer program, June August, includes swimming, excursions, crafts and one hour of study per day. $5 per child. Call to preregister. Fountain Valley Community Services (714) 839-8611 www.fountainvalley.org Summer day camps (5-12) include: Little Scientist, Rockin’ Rockets, Mad Science: NASA Jr. Astronaut, Robots 101, Science in Motion, Pre-Engineering using LEGO, Jedi Engineering using LEGO, Chess, Star Wars, Minecraft Modding, Top Junior Chef, Top Healthy Chef, Top Dessert Chef, Fort Building, Wilderness Survival, Hunger Games, Beginning Golf, Basketball, Flag Football, Soccer, Lacrosse, Baseball, Broadway Star, Stage

Play, Artables Creativity, Hollywood Star, Improvisation Comedy and Singers Solo. Days, time and locations vary, June - August. $60-180. Fullerton Parks and Recreation 303 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton (714) 738-6575 www.ci.fullerton.ca.us Camp Hillcrest (5-12): Spring session, March 23-27, $180. Summer weekly camp starts June 1, Monday Friday. Camps run 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., $120 per week; extended day, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., $180 per week. • Garden Grove Recreation (714) 741-5200 www.ggparksandrec.com Looking for a great place to send your child this summer? Check out The City of Garden Grove’s Summer Day Camp for kids (5-12). Camps include fun-filled games, creative crafts, field trips, cookouts, teamwork and lasting memories. This year it is an 11-week program! June 22 - September 4, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. See ad on page 24. • Golubitsky Fencing Center 1652 Edinger Ave., Ste. C, Tustin (714) 678-3758 www.gfc-world.com GFC offers fencing camps for intense, focused training and conditioning. Camps range from one-day to multiday sessions headed by Coach Sergei Golubitsky. Camps open to members and non-members alike are also a great way for non-members to get a sample of the Golubitsky coaching and training. Also see “Fencing.” See ad on page 45. • Gryphon Fencing & Fitness Studio 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia (714) 519-1343 www.GryphonFencing.com Go from Zero to Zorro! Vacation-break camps will teach your child the sport of fencing. 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: info@gryphonfencing.com. See ad on page 47. • Hockey Camps at The Rinks See ad on page 82. • iD Tech Camps, Alexa Café, iD Tech Mini & iD Tech Academies 1-888-709-8324 www.iDTech.com iD Tech offers the following summer camp programs for ages 6 and up. See ad on page 29. iD Tech Mini - Kids ages 6-9 will have a blast at iD Tech Mini, where half-day summer camp options and mini prices let aspiring innovators try multiple courses and discover a love for tech! We’re talking Minecraft, coding, Photoshop, robotics...the hot, hands-on STEM topics that are so vital in the new economy. Held at University High School, Caltech and select campuses nationwide. www.iDTechMini.com iD Tech Camps - Inspired by hip, tech-savvy instructors, students ages 7-17 code apps, design video games, mod with Minecraft, engineer robots, build websites, produce movies and more. These weeklong, day and overnight programs are held at UC Irvine, Cal Poly lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


June 22 - August 14 l summer long... Engaging students al

Pre-K - 8th Grade Programs www.westerlyschool.org Pomona, Loyola Marymount, UCLA, UCSD, Stanford, Princeton, Caltech, Yale and others. www.iDTech.com

UCLA, Stanford and select universities nationwide. www.iDProgrammingAcademy.com

Alexa Café - At this unique all-girls program, ages 1015 develop a passion for technology, design and innovation. Girls design a webpage, produce a film, learn to code creatively, and develop wearable electronics with lights and sensors. Programs are held at Marymount High School, Georgia Tech, Bryn Mawr College, the Girls’ School of Austin and others. www.AlexaCafe.com

iD Game Design and Development Academy - At this two-week, immersive, pre-college summer program, students ages 13-18 design video games, develop app games, model 3D characters, and mod with Minecraft. Held at Stanford and select universities nationwide. www.iDGameDevAcademy.com

iD Programming Academy - This two-week, pre-college summer academy offers ages 13-18 immersive, hands-on experience in coding, app development, programming, modding with Minecraft, electrical engineering, robotics and web programming. Held at

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• IncrediFlix Summer Camps (949) 548-5424 www.incrediflix.com IncrediFlix offers the following fun, creative filmmaking camps. Check website for dates and locations. See ad on page 26.

Lego Flix - Bring incredible Lego worlds to life! IncrediFlix provides the Legos; campers provide the imagination. Students create a Lego set with Lego characters for a movie they storyboard, write, shoot and record voice-overs. Animation Flix - A fast-paced camp where students create stop-motion animated flix. Every day brings new excitement with a different style of stop-motion action. It’s the ultimate arts and crafts camp where campers create, direct and film movies. Minecraft Flix - Campers turn the popular video game into an exciting Minecraft world. Using stopmotion animation they will bring Steve, animals and

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April 6-10, include art, chess, culinary, dance, skateboarding, sports, tennis, iCamps and teen. Summer camps: June 22 - August 25, include more than 100 themes such as arts, science, dance, eco-explorers, aquatics, sports, tennis, tweens, teens and more. For fees, times and to register, www.irvinecamps.org.

mobs to life. Students will write, storyboard, shoot and add voice-over in age-appropriate groups. Live Action Flix - Campers go through the Hollywood process to create a movie from action to “that’s a wrap.” Students brainstorm, scout locations, bring in props and costumes, act and direct in a collaborative movie that will be fun for everyone. Imagination Flix - Characters can be underwater, in a volcano, or even outer space! In this exciting stopmotion animation camp, there are no limits to where a child’s imagination can take them. Campers brainstorm, create clay characters, film movies using a green screen background and add voice-overs, while working in age-appropriate groups. Action Flix - POW! BANG! BOOM! In this live-action camp, students use a green screen, camera tricks and special effects. They collaborate to write, act and direct in this action-packed camp where they will be taught fake punches and kicks to thrill the entire audience. • International Water Polo Club (949) 428-7576 www.internationalwaterpoloclub.com www.interwpc.com In their school-break camps, serving all communities, focus is on getting kids (3-14) used to the water in a non-competitive environment. In their youth program, kids strengthen swimming skills and are taught the basic fundamentals of water polo in a fun, safe setting. See listing in “Aquatics and Water Polo” for details. See ad on page 9. Irvine Recreation 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine (949) 724-6610 www.Irvinequickreg.org Spring intersession camps: March 25 - April 10, include art, tennis and iCamps. Spring-break camps:

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• Jr. Waterman’s Camp: Beach Activities Lifestyle Fun Beach Camp www.SWIMlongbeach.com Jr. Waterman’s Camp: Beach, Activities, Lifestyle, Fun Summer Beach Camp is a dynamic, extremely fun junior waterman experience in Long Beach that includes SUP paddling, bodysurfing, body boarding, unique beach excursions and beach games based out of the Granada Street launch ramp. Build confidence and competence in the bay and ocean through learning the safety and skills necessary to thrive in the salt water. Led by accomplished waterman Hank Wise (Catalina Channel swimmer), students learn and practice new skills in the ocean environment with excellent supervision and a qualified staff. Campers ages 6-10 can choose from the four two-week sessions or do all eight weeks of BALF activities that will leave your child with a love of the beach and ocean. This is an excellent leadup program for all future junior lifeguards. Session begins June 22 - August 14. To register, visit the website or contact balf@swimlongbeach.com for camp information. See ad on page 9. • Kick It Up 8129 East Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 430-1812 www.kickitup.com The following summer camps are offered. See ad on page 33. Once Upon A Dream (ages 4-7) - All varieties of dance, acting and tumbling lessons, craft time and snacks. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in July and August, 9 a.m. - noon. Broadway Camps - Let your little star shine in this weeklong camp that is all about the stage! This camp covers all the basic elements of musical theatre while encouraging self-expression and discovery. Your child will enjoy learning such skills as speaking in front of an audience, improvisation, performance technique, character development, musicality and movement. Also included in each day is the opportunity to create a theatrical-themed craft as well as fun theatre and improvisational games. The week is concluded with a mini-musical performance for family and friends! Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. for ages 3-7 and 12:30-4:30 p.m. for ages 8-13. Camps run in June, July and August. • Kidnastics 10712 Reagan St., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102 www.kidnastics.net Are you looking for a fun-filled exciting program for your children to get into this summer? Well, look no further. Kidnastics offers exciting summer day camp programs for children ages 4 years and up. With flexible day camps for either half day or full day your child will enjoy instructional gymnastics along

with arts, crafts, games and much more. Please visit the website (www.kidnastics.net) or call the number listed above for more program information. See ad on page 49. • LAEF’s Summer Enrichment Institute (562) 277-6876 www.laef4kids.org Avoid summer learning loss by keeping your child engaged in rigorous and fun classes taught by highly-qualified instructors with no more than 17 students. The Los Alamitos Education Foundation (LAEF) provides academic and enrichment classes to students (K-12). Get a jump-start on learning for the upcoming school year in subjects including math, language arts, science, art, Spanish and more! Summer sports camps and for-credit high school classes are also available. Also see “Arts and Crafts,” “Dance,” “Languages,” “Martial Arts,” “Schools,” “STEM,” “Teens” and “Tutoring and Academics;” see ad on page 24. • Laguna Art Museum 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach (949) 494-8971, Ext. 221 www.lagunaartmuseum.org Half-day Elements of Art summer camps at Laguna Art Museum allow kids (5-12) engaging opportunities to explore art by creating unique works, while being inspired by the art on display in the museum. Projects vary in complexity according to participants age (for example, older students can concentrate on foundation skills in drawing and painting). The curriculum is different every week, so students can sign up for more than one session. July 27-31 and August 10-14, ages 5-8. August 3-7 and August 17-21, ages 9-12. 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $175 includes five days of camp, plus art supplies; discounted rate for members. Email: kgephart@lagunaartmuseum. org. Also see “Arts and Crafts” and “Museums.” See ad on page 11. Lake Forest Community Services 25550 Commercentre Drive, Lake Forest (949) 273-6960 www.lakeforestca.gov Spring Breakout Camp (7-10), April 6-10, 7:30 a.m. 6 p.m. Summer camps also offered, including Etnies Skate camps; call for dates, times and fees. • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408 www.lakewoodcity.org/services/recreation/default.asp MVP Summer Day Camp (6-12) and Summer Sports Camp (8-13) offered in weekly sessions, Monday Friday; extended care available. Call for dates, times, fees and details. Family Camp - Parents and kids (3-11) camp overnight at Monte Verde Park, May 16-17 and July 1819. Games and campfire. $17 per pair, $8 for third person. • LangoKids Irvine 9070 Irvine Center Drive, Ste. 135, Irvine (714) 864-4680 www.langokidsirvine.com Camp Lango is a Spanish immersion camp offered during summer and winter breaks designed to give children (5-10) a unique experience. Kids get to lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


spend time having fun, acquiring a second or third language, and taking pretend trips along with a passport to different destinations in Latin America or Europe. The best thing is they don’t have to fly! Without the hassle of lost luggage, they are able to visit these places and learn about their language, traditions, recreation and cuisine. Each week at Camp Lango is a new destination that ends with a celebration for parents, family and friends. Extended care in the morning and afternoon is available for free. Also see “Languages.” See ad on page 55. • Lil’ Chef School 15435 Jeffery Road, #132, Irvine (949) 679-8390 www.lilchefschool.com Your budding chef can beat the heat in Lil’ Chef School’s cool kitchen, and heat up some hot new recipes! Hands-on cooking fun and culinary adventures in their school-break camps for Tiny Chefs (47), Lil’ Chefs (5-13) and Teen Chefs (12-17). Each day campers make four to five recipes, from carnival food to French Bistro, and Old Italian Cooking to Baking Extravaganza. Visit their website for menus, and early bird- and multiple-week discounts. Camp begins June 22. 9 a.m. - noon; some weeks offer a 1-4 p.m. option. Also see “Calendar,” “Cooking” and “Parties.” See ad on page 37. • Long Beach Ballet Academy Children’s Dance Camp 2015 1122 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 426-4112 www.LongBeachBallet.com 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, June 22 - July 3, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., and concludes with a final performance on July 3rd. Call the academy for more information. See “Dance” for the year-round program. See ad on page 40. Long Beach City College Sports Camps 4901 E. Carson St., Long Beach (562) 938-4249 www.lbcc.edu/summerrec Long Beach City College offers summer sports camps including swimming, diving, water polo, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, golf, soccer, track and field, volleyball and weight training. Extended supervision available. Email: summerrec@lbcc.edu. • Long Beach Marine Institute Ocean Adventure Camp 2015 6475 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., #281, Long Beach (562) 431-7156 www.longbeachmarine.org Ocean Adventure Camp is offered for ages 5-7, 8-9 and 10-12. These weekly camps include activity-driven programs that will amaze your child, introducing them to marine life and the ocean with hands-on projects, crafts and field trips. Themes include: Squirmy, Slimy and Spineless; Whale Tales and Mammal Friends; Mysteries of the Deep; Liquid Jungles of the Sea; and Shark Days. Camp sessions June 15 - August 14, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., extended care is available. Register for a single lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

OCEAN ADVENTURE CAMP Marine Science Programs

Join us this summer for an exciting, hands-on camp for ages 5-12! Dive into the fascinating world of sharks, explore the mysteries of the deep, journey with a gray whale as it travels 10,000 miles, spend a day in the life of an octopus and swim through the liquid jungles of the Pacific Ocean! This unique experience allows campers to explore Southern California’s amazing marine habitats, through projects, weekly field trips and expeditions aboard our research vessel.

Summer Camp Sessions: June 15 - August 14 Register Today! Ask about our Teen Programs too!

Long Beach Marine Institute

6475 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. #281, Long Beach • (562) 431-7156 www.LongBeachMarine.org

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week, or up to nine weeks, $200/week or $760 for four weeks. Call for information about their Teen Volunteer and Counselor-in-Training programs. See ad on page 33. • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (562) 570-1888 www.longbeach.gov/park The following camps are offered at various Long Beach parks. For additional camps, see Aquatics and Specialty Camps in Long Beach in this section and Nature Kids! Discovery Workshops at El Dorado Nature Center under “STEM.” See ad on the front inside cover. Summer General Day Camps (5-12) - Arts and crafts, sports, recreational activities and field trips. Monday Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in one-week sessions, June September, $105. Extended hours available, morning (7-9 a.m.) and afternoon (4-6 p.m.), $25 per session or $5 per hour on a day-to-day basis. Call the individual park for registration details. El Dorado Park West, (562) 570-3225; Silverado Park, (562) 570-1675; Stearns Champions Park, (562) 570-1685; and Veterans Park, (562) 570-1695. Summer Pee Wee Camp (5-8) - Arts and crafts, sports, recreational activities and field trips. $105 per week. Wardlow Park. (562) 570-1705. Summer Music and Arts Day Camp (5-12) - Art, drama, music theory, vocal, theater, dance, fitness and games. Applications available in April. Preregistration in early May. $110 per week due at time of registration and $20 deposit on additional weeks. Whaley Park. (562) 570-1710. Summer Hi-Five Sports Camp (5-12) - Different sports each week, recreational swimming, excursions and crafts. $105 per week. Pan American Park. (562) 570-1660. • Long Beach State University Summer Basketball Camps (562) 985-1610 www.beachbasketballcamps.com Registration now open online. Summer basketball camps for boys and girls, grades 1-10. Open to any and all. Camp sessions: June 29 - July 3, August 3-7 and August 10-14. Camp hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Early drop-off and late pick-up times available. Cost is $300 per session. Multi-session, alumni and faculty discounts available. Cool new format will give campers a glimpse into life as a college basketball player! Staffed by Long Beach State basketball coaches and enthusiastic, seasoned players. Camp highlights include instruction in fundamentals, guest speakers, tours of campus facilities, plus fun games and tournaments. See ad on page 18. • Long Beach State Girls’ Volleyball Camps 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach (562) 299-3260 www.longbeachstate.com Head Coach, Brian Gimmillaro, conducts a variety of summer volleyball camps for girls that include: Skills/ Team Camp 1: July 18-21. Skills/Team Camp 2: July

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24-27. Setters Camp: July 21-24. Kids Camp: July 21-24. Sand Camp 1: July 18-21 and Sand Camp 2: July 24-27. See “Volleyball” for a complete listing.

family plans and scholarships may be available. Meets at Lakewood Village Community Church in Long Beach. See ad on page 28.

• Long Beach State Soccer Academy (562) 985-2528 www.longbeachstate.com Long Beach State Women’s Soccer invites you to participate in the 2015 Long Beach State Soccer Academy, June 29 - July 1 (overnight), July 6-10 (day camp), and July 13-17 (day camp). See “Soccer” for details. See ad on page 27. Long Beach State University Long Beach State offers a variety of summer camps listed in this section, including 49er Camp, Academic Enrichment, Basketball, CSULB Young Writers Camp, Soccer, Volleyball and Young Scientists Camp.

• Mad Science (714) 668-9174 www.westorangecounty.madscience.org No one does spring and summer-break camps like Mad Science! From building bridges and digging dinosaurs to readying rockets and cracking codes, children in Mad Science camp participate in scientific explorations that are so much fun, they forget they’re learning! Join them in summer 2015 for: Rockin’ Rockets, Crazy Chemworks, Secret Agent Lab, Robots 101, Science in Motion, NASA Jr. Astronauts and more. Call to find a camp near you! Also see “Parties” and “STEM.” See ad on page 32.

Los Alamitos Recreation (562) 430-1073 www.cityoflosalamitos.org Spring camp (5-15): Movies, crafts and outside games. April 6-10, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; optional extended care, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. $25 per day/$40 per extended day.

Mission Viejo Recreation 200 Civic Center, Mission Viejo (949) 470-3000 www.cityofmissionviejo.org/recreation Summer camps include sports, sewing and American Doll fashion.

Los Alamitos Summer Day Camp (5-12): Games, swimming, excursions and a trip to a major amusement park. One-week sessions, June 15 - August 28, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; optional extended care, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Day rates: $25 per day/$40 per extended day; Weekly rates: $99; $149 for extended. Sibling discounts available.

• MOLAA’s Summer Art Camp 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach (562) 437-1689 www.molaa.org Series of bilingual art and culture camps for children and teens ages 6-15. Campers explore Latin American culture through art workshops, martial arts, dancing, cooking and more! Camp hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. for 6-12 year olds; and Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. for 12-15 year olds. Afternoon workshops are available Monday - Friday for 6-12 year olds, 3-5 p.m. at additional cost. Sessions: ages 13-15, July 20-24; ages 6-12, July 27-31; ages 6-12, August 3-7; and ages 6-12, August 10-14. Cost: members, $160 per child per week; non-members, $200 per child per week. Partial and full need-based scholarships are available. Contact Gabriela Martnez at the number listed or email:education@molaa.org. See ad on page 22; coupon on page 101.

Los Alamitos Counselor in Training Summer Program (13-16) - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; optional extended care also available, call for fees. • Los Caballeros Racquet and Sports Club 17272 Newhope St., Fountain Valley 92708 (714) 546-8560, Ext. 200 www.loscab.com Los Cab Summer Camp is held on 17 acres of beautifully landscaped gated property in Fountain Valley. Your child, ages 4-13, will participate in a variety of sports, such as tennis, racquetball, volleyball, basketball and swimming. All sports are played in a non-competitive atmosphere. Two-week sessions, June 22 - August 28. Campers are placed in fully supervised groups according to age; half- and full-day programs available. All sessions include a last-day themed party. Enrollment options include extended care and catered lunch. See ad on page 35. • LVCC Musical Theatre Workshop 4515 Sunfield Ave., Long Beach (562) 912-5675 www.lvccmtw.com An arts immersion experience for kids (preschool 10th grade) involving all aspects of musical theatre, including acting, stagecraft, music, dance and leadership. Students help to create their own costume, sets and scenes, and each of the three sessions is a new experience, built around a different theme. Each weekly camp culminates with a student performance showcase on Friday, 7 p.m., free for friends and family. Session 1, June 22-26; Session 2, July 20-24; Session 3, August 17-21. 1st-10th grades, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Preschool and kindergarten, 9-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3 p.m. $125-200;

Muckenthaler Cultural Center Multi-Arts Summer Camp 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton (714) 738-6595 www.themuck.org Arts Camp (6-12) includes ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, animation, dance, theater, clowning, music, puppetry, and the art of science. Weekly camps starting Mondays, June 8 - August 14, 9 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. $190 per student ($157 for members). • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, Signal Hill (562) 986-0066 www.mygym.com/longbeach My Gym Children’s Fitness Center offers one of the best camp programs in town. Children of all ages can enjoy a day of camp with hands-on arts and crafts, music, dance, games, and overall emphasis on learning solid skills and fundamentals in sports and gymnastics. Themed days and activities add to the fun and atmosphere of the program. Call for dates. See ad on page 71. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


Newport Beach Recreation and Senior Services (949) 644-3151 www.newportbeachca.gov/recreation www.campnewport.com Spring-Break Camps (3-16): April 4-10, include art, marine, LEGO, sports, surf and gymnastics. Monday Friday, times vary per camp, $150-600. Summer Camps (3-16): More than 500 weeklong camps, including surfing, sailing, skateboarding, BMX, basketball, football, lacrosse, golf, baseball, tennis, volleyball, soccer, multi sport, beach camps, school preparation, art, Zumba, cooking, science, filmmaking, photography, technology, marine, stand-up paddle board, engineering with Legos, a variety of dance camps, gymnastics, hula and chess. June 22 - September 3. Monday - Friday, times vary per camp. Visit their website for fees. The early-bird special ends on May 4th. Ocean Institute 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point (949) 496-2274 www.ocean-institute.org Day Camps: Ocean-themed weeklong camps include: Sea Squirts (5-6); Neptunes Nautiloids (6-7), using children’s literature to teach students about the ocean; Buccaneer Adventure (7-8); Ocean Discovery (8-9); Seafarer’s Odyssey (9-10), featuring helmsmanship and treasure hunts; Coastal Explorer (10-12); Sea Tech (12-14); and Marine Sciences Careers/Internship Academy (14-17), where successful graduates may qualify to become Ocean Institute interns. Overnight camps include Island Bound Camp (11-13). • OCSA’s Foundation Arts Enrichment Program 1010 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 560-0900, Ext. 5630 or 3259 www.ocsarts.net/communityclasses Outstanding Summer Arts and Academic Enrichment Program returns this year beginning June 29 (grade 4 and up). Five-week program in musical theatre, ballroom dancing, ceramics, dance, guitar, animation, graphic design, creative writing and dramatic writing. Also, one-week workshops in film, TV, Jazz, Winds and much more. All classes taught by OCSA artist teachers and held on the

Orange County School of the Arts campus. Limited space. For classes offered during the school year, see additional listings in “Arts and Crafts,” “Music,” “STEM” and “Theater Arts.” See ad on page 10. Orange Community Services (714) 744-7293 www.cityoforange.org Spring camps include Lego (5-12), art (8-16) and tennis (6-16), March 30 - April 3. Call for summer camps.

• Pacific Conservatory, Music & Arts Education 151 Kalmus, G-1, Costa Mesa (714) 545-1217 www.pacificconservatory.com Your child (ages 3-12) will experience music, art and theater each fun-filled day at DiscoveryARTS Camps available during spring, summer, winter and ski-week vacations. These popular camps introduce children to the joys of artistic expression. Younger campers enjoy singing, dancing, related art projects and Fairytale The-

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atre with provided costumes. Older campers participate in music theater productions and art classes. Parent performances are held each Friday. Fast-track musicianship camps and Musical Madness Instrumental Introduction camps are also available. See ad on page 40. • Pillars Academy www.pillarsacademy.org Field trips, arts, science, water sports, robotics and more for kids (3½-10). June 29 - July 30. Also see “Schools.” See ad on page 80. • Rainbow Chefs Dragonfly Shops, 260 N. Glassell St., Orange (855) 485-2433 www.rainbowchefs.com From Food Science to Restaurant Challenge, aspiring young chefs (ages 5+) will enjoy these extraordinary cooking camps that combine fun, kid-friendly recipes with health education to inspire a love for cooking and healthy eating. All food and cooking utensils are provided. Also see “Cooking” and “Parties.” See ad on page 30. • Rancho Rio Verde Horsemanship Camp 1000 W. Carson St., Long Beach (714) 624-5754, (310) 830-2060 www.rrvridingclub.com Small group instruction in riding and vaulting (gymnastics on horseback). Each camper has a horse to care for during the week. Horsemanship skills are taught by qualified instructors. One-week sessions are offered during spring break and summer, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon. See ad on page 51. • Sandie Mercer Ranch at Lakewood Equestrian Center 11369 Carson St., Lakewood (562) 425-1905 Weekly extended lesson program at Shady Acres for ages 7-16. Learn all about horses; horseback riding two times daily. Weekly sessions, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Enrollment is limited. See “Horseback Riding” for year-round lessons. See ad on page 51. Seal Beach Community Services (562) 431-2527, Ext. 1344 www.ci.seal-beach.ca.us Summer camps (6-15), June - August, include basketball, dance, Enchanted Princess, Fashion Friends, gymnastics, Hunger Games, music, science, Star Wars, surfing, tennis, theater arts and more. Segerstrom Center for the Arts Summer Camp 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa (714) 556-2122, Ext. 4333, option 4 www.SCFTA.org/summercamp Segerstrom Center for the Arts offers Six Days of Broadway Musical Theater Camp - One-week intensive musical theater camp; June 22-27 for ages 1113 and June 29 - July 4 for ages 14-19. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day. • Sewing with Jane Summer Camp 6243 E. 5th St., Long Beach (562) 260-5888 Weekly summer camps are held Monday - Friday. Morn-

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ing or afternoon sessions. Hand sewing, ages 6 and up, machine sewing for ages 9 and up. Machines are provided. Hand sewers complete craft projects. Machine sewers complete simple clothing or crafts. Please email for a summer schedule. Weekly classes are also available (see “Arts and Crafts”). Email: jane.loper@verizon.net. • Shared Science (562) 522-0595 www.sharedsciencefun.org Kids (grades K-9) engineer fun through inventive and playful engineering and robotics camps. Crazy Constructor campers investigate the way things work, identifying simple machines with LEGO Ed and physical science concepts that captivate K-5 brains. Creative Coding kids use Scratch and other tools to learn computer programming. Radical Robotics campers (grades 4-9) explore robotics programming, engineering and mission strategies. Greater Long Beach locations. Also see “Parties” and “STEM.” See ad on page 87. • Skatedogs (714) 313-8787 www.skatedogs.com Kids will make new friends, advance their skateboarding skills, and most importantly, have fun at Skatedogs’ school-break skateboarding camps offered through city parks and recreation departments. They also offer afterschool and weekend classes, private lessons and birthday parties; see “Parties” and “Skateboarding.” • Southern California Tennis Academy 2800 Studebaker Road, Long Beach (562) 704-2241 www.longbeachtennis.com Weekly Holiday Camps (ages 5-16) are offered during spring, summer and winter vacation. Instruction is provided by USPTA-certified teaching professionals with college-playing experience. All kids are taught competitive technical and mental skills while training in a fun and challenging environment. For their year-round program, see “Tennis.” See ad on page 90. SPCAla’s Friends for Life Camp 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach (323) 730-5300, Ext. 320 www.spcaLA.com Summer Day Camp (8-10): ten one-week sessions, June 15 - August 28; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. $325. Kids learn basic care and responsibility for pets, respect for animals and the beginnings of dog training. Camp Counselor-in-Training (14-17) also available, $162. Early reservations recommended; registration starts April 13. Spring & Summer Camps at Newport Sea Base 1931 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach (949) 642-5031 www.newportseabase.org Spring Break Camps - Week 1: Morning camps include Weird Science (7-10) and Blast Off 201 (1117); afternoon camps include kayaking, canoeing, SUP, fishing and sailing (7-17); Monday - Thursday, March 30 - April 2, $140 per morning or afternoon. Week 2: Morning camps include Blast Off 101 (7-10) and Homegrown Science (11-17); afternoon camps include same activities as week 1; Monday - Friday, April 6-10, $170 per morning or afternoon. Extended hours are available for additional fee.

Summer Camps: Squids (6-7) include knot tying, boat anatomy, introduction to rowing, water and boating safety. Junior Aquatics Camp (8-10) offers rowing, canoeing, kayaking, SUP and more. Aquatics Camp (11-17) includes rowing, canoeing, kayaking and log roll. Summer sailing classes (7-17), experienced high school rowing camp (14+) and elite summer rowing camp also offered. • Summer Adventures and Middle School Adventure Camps at Rancho Los Cerritos 4600 N. Virginia Road, Long Beach (562) 206-2040 www.rancholoscerritos.org Summer Adventures - Campers (6-10) learn about life in Old California through games, crafts, chores, stories and hands-on activities like churning butter, dipping candles, punching tin, tooling leather, washing clothes and stomping adobe. There will also be a special guest each week, plus tons of good old-fashioned fun! Vaquero Adventures, July 13-17; Old Time Adventures, July 20-24; and Adobe Adventures, July 27-31, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. $100 per week. Call for registration. Middle School Adventure Camp - Middle school students, grades 5-8, will enjoy the challenges of this activity-based, history-themed program. Youth will work together to meet obstacles related to 19th century science/technology such as communication methods—Morse code, Pony express—transportation, photography, survival skills, and household chores. One weeklong session, August 3-7, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. $100. Call now for information and to register. See ad on page 26. • Summer at Westerly School 2950 E. 29th St., Long Beach (562) 981-3151 www.westerlyschool.org Westerly continues its approach of engaging students through rich instruction and application throughout the summer months. Summer with Westerly is uniquely customized to meet the needs of your family by offering a variety of opportunities for students of all ages with dates and times that allow a smooth and productive summer for all families. Join them for the full eight weeks or pick and choose the dates that work for you. They pride themselves on tailoring a program that works best for your family. Qualified teachers, experienced coaches and decorated artists go to great lengths to help enhance your child’s summer. See ad on page 31. • Summer Camps at Valley Christian Schools 10818 Artesia Blvd., Cerritos (562) 860-0556 www.vcschools.org A variety of summer camp opportunities are offered, including academics, fine arts and sports, for both Valley Christian students and other students interested in attending. Day Camp for students (grades K-8) includes field trips, fun on-campus days, and a Captain’s Academy to reinforce math and reading skills. Specialty camps may include athletic camps, like soccer, basketball and volleyball; photography, ceramics, science, robotics and jazz band. They have everyone covered, from Preschool Day Camp, to drumline and band camps for high schoolers. There are fun, creative summer programs for everyone at VCS. Also see “Schools.” See ad on page 76. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


• Summer Spanish & French Camps for Kids with Academic Learning and Languages Lakewood and Long Beach (562) 833-3115 www.academicLandL.com “Summer camp with Academic Learning and Languages is the best decision I’ve made for both my kids,” parent, Long Beach. “Learning Spanish with Miss Amy is like Christmas!,” nine year old student. Grammar, literacy, conversation, music, art, cooking and more! Super Spanish for Kids Culinary Camp, late June and July or Fantastic French for Kids Culinary Camp, July; $169 for five mornings plus $25 materials fee. Spanish Refresher Course for Teens, August, $199 for five mornings plus $20 materials fee. Classes and camps are located in the Lakewood/Long Beach area. Also see “Cooking,” “Teens” “Languages” and “Tutoring and Academics.” ¡Aprende con Nosotros! Bienvenue les petites chefs! Reserve your spot today. Email: Amyberger@ca.rr.com. • Sylvan Learning Centers Downey  (562) 622-9210 Huntington Beach  (714) 848-6072 Long Beach  (562) 429-8320 www.sylvanlearning.com At Sylvan Camps kids have fun! Campers learn robotics and game design while strengthening their math, reading and writing skills. Call today for details! See ads with discount coupons on this page and 95. The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center 2 Irvine Park Road, Orange (714) 923-3191 www.outdooreducationcenter.org Within the 210-acre center, kids explore, create, learn and discover life in the outdoors. Year-round camping opportunities include overnight and day use. Features include mining, ranch and astronomy camp as well as a nature center, archery and BB gun ranges, aquatic center and a challenge course with dual zip lines. Operated by the Orange County Boy Scouts of America. Titan Youth Sports Camp CSUF, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton (657) 278-5548 www.asi.fullerton.edu/tysp Day camp (grades K-8) - Skills and strategies in basketball, flag football, soccer, swimming, rock wall climbing and bowling. Counselor-in-Training (15-17) also offered. June 15 - August 7. Mornings only and full days available, $125-225. • Tom Hicks Baseball Camps, LLC P.O. Box 15963, Long Beach, 90815-0963 (562) 425-2446 www.tomhicksbaseballcamps.com The 25th annual THBC prides itself on being the area’s best fundamental baseball camp. Camps, offered during summer and Christmas vacations, focus on individual instruction and improvement. Camps are available in Long Beach and the surrounding areas. For more information, see their listing in “Baseball and Softball,” or visit their website. • Town and Country Day Camp 14203 Willow Lane, Westminster/Huntington Beach (714) 894-4036 www.TCDayCamp.com www.SummerCampOrangeCounty.com Town and Country Day Camp, celebrating over 60 lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

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years of summer fun! The facility covers two acres with its own campgrounds, swimming pool, pony and farm animals. Each week has been carefully planned for your grade school child (grades K-6). Activities include Red Cross-certified swim lessons, horses and ponies, archery, sports, crafts and themed camp days. Weekly field trips, three per week, are included to places such as the beach, miniature golf, museums, zoos, ice skating, bowling, roller skating, mud park, aquarium and arcades. Site directors have 25 years teaching experience; camp staff has been trained in child development. Camp hours: Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. $185 per week. Swim lessons and field trips are included at no extra charge. See ad on page 37. • Vans Skatepark Clinics 20 City Blvd. West, Orange (714) 769-3800 www.vans.com Vans Skatepark in Orange offers skate camps and clinics yearly. Instruction is offered for beginner to advanced street skateboarders, ages 6-16. Space is limited and preregistration is required. All participants must have a waiver signed on-site by a parent or legal guardian. Please call the park for camp schedules and details; private lessons also available. Also see “Skateboarding.” See ad on page 19. • Wagonwheel Ranch Horseback Rides 4057 Via Opata, Palos Verdes (310) 567-3582 www.pvhorses.net Camps, offered daily, are four hours long, and include two hours of Western trail ride time. It’s the perfect place for your child to experience country values and horsemanship, where real riding experience is emphasized—there’s no baby sitting at this camp! Campers will enjoy the many sights to see along the Palos Verdes Peninsula with their guided horseback rides, including hillside views, meadows of wildflowers and wildlife. Riders learn to tack the horse; hoof care and the proper way to bridle the horse is also demonstrated with hands-on experience. Their horses are gentle and suited for the beginner to experienced riders. Class sizes are kept small so that your child receives quality guidance. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Camp can be scheduled by the day or week, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 1:30-4:30 p.m. For more information, call anytime. Also see “Horseback Riding” and “Parties.” Westminster Community Services and Recreation (714) 895-2860 www.westminster-ca.gov Summer camps (6-14): June - August, one-week sessions, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon, $120153. Camps include: Fantasy Ice Skating for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth, Mad Science: Science in Action, Mad Science: MSI Forensics Lab, Hunger Games Camp, Star Wars Camp, Top Junior Chef, Wilderness Survival Camp, Top Healthy Chef, Fort and Team Building, Top Dessert Chef, Ninjaneering, Legos and Minecraft. YMCA www.ymcaoc.org,www.lbymca.org www.campoakes.org, www.camp.ymca.org Individual branches offer day camp (5-15) during traditional and year-round school vacations. Overnight 38 • spring/summer 2015

camp (7-18) may be offered throughout the school year. Family Camp (all ages) is held Mothers Day, Memorial Day, Halloween and Thanksgiving weekends. Financial assistance is available. Call individual branches for camp dates and details. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. Young Readers, Writers, Mathematicians and Scientist Camps UCI, 2003 Berkeley Place, Irvine (949) 824-5922 www.tinyurl.com/UCIAcademicCamps Writers Camp (entering grades K-12) and Mathematicians/Scientists Camp (entering grades K-9): June 29 - August 6. Locations in Aliso Viejo, Huntington Beach and Irvine. • Young Scientists Camp California State University, Long Beach (562) 985-4801 www.youngscientistscamp.com Two exciting weeks of science investigations. Students (entering grades 2-8) do experiments and lab projects in college science laboratories. This year’s topics include Kitchen Chemistry, Science Behind Your Game Apps and Forensic Science Investigations (CSI). The camp will be held July 27 - August 7, weekday mornings, 8:30 a.m. - noon, $300 ($25 sibling discount, $25 CSULB faculty/staff discount). Early morning supervision (7:30-8:30 a.m.) is available at an additional cost. This is two weeks of engaging science investigations which will help kids learn to think scientifically, communicate more effectively, and improve their science process skills. Outstanding student-teacher ratio of less than 10:1. Call for more information or visit their website. See ad on page 27.

childcare & babysitting Child care resources, plus referrals. Also see: “Play Groups,” “Schools,” and “Youth and Family Groups.” • Alpert JCC Kids’ University 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Ext. 1205 www.alpertjcc.org AJCC’s Kids’ University for kids in grades K-8! Just like a real university, kids choose from an assortment of classes and activities, including Spanish, music, art, aquatics, martial arts, creative writing and sports, like basketball, flag football, soccer and more. Transportation from Long Beach area schools. Homework assistance and snack provided. Monday - Friday, till 6 p.m. Fees vary with number of days and transportation. Call or visit their website for more information. See ads on page 25 and 78. Child Care, School Age Boys and Girls Clubs - All branches offer before and/ or after-school care (5/6-18). Most branches offer full days with supervised activities during school breaks. Transportation is provided to and from select school sites. Scholarships are available for qualifying families. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.

Youth Center Camp at Rossmoor Park 10909 Oak St., Los Alamitos (562) 493-4043 www.theyouthcenter.org Summer day camp (5-12) includes arts and crafts, games, sports, field trips, cultural enrichment days and contests. Fees start at $25. Weekly or daily options with extended hours available. Teen Camp is also available for kids (12-16) with sports, outdoor activities and field trips.

• Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Nocost, drop-in after-school programs are available at seven local elementary and middle schools. A.S.A.P. (After-School Activity Program) is available at 26 local parks. After-school programs run Monday - Friday, 3-6 p.m.; features games, crafts, homework help, movies and holiday celebrations. (562) 5703100. www.longbeach.gov/park

• Youth Science Center’s 2015 Summer Science Camp Bixby Elementary School 16446 Wedgeworth Drive, Hacienda Heights (626) 854-9825 www.youthsciencecenter.org “Wow” your kids this summer at Youth Science Center’s 2015 Summer Science Camp. Imagine a class where your child can dream, design and see his own idea take solid form on a 3D printer. Or become a robotics engineer and see his creation move in Lego Robotics. How about building, decorating, launching and getting back his own model rocket. Or choosing from a variety of hands on and fun physical and science classes while learning about the world he lives in. Don’t make it a hohum summer for your child. Sign him up for YSC’s Summer Camp and make it an exciting season of learning. See ad on page 87.

YMCA - Before and after-school programs (grades K-6 or 12) are available at all branches and selected school sites. Hours and ages vary. Transportation may be available to and from schools at selected sites. Expanded program hours are offered during school vacations. Financial assistance is available for qualifying families. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.

Recreation Departments - Most city recreation departments offer before and/or after-school and school vacation programs at local parks or school campuses. Many programs are operated on a drop-in basis and are free of charge. Extended hours may be offered. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information.

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child-care centers, family child-care homes, before and after-school programs, public and private schools, and child-care assistance programs. 249 E. Ocean Blvd., Ste. 300, Long Beach; 333 South Anita Drive, Ste. 350, Orange. See ad on this page. • Comprehensive Child Development (562) 427-8834 www.ccdlb.org Celebrating more than 30 years of service! CCD has provided child care and support services in Long Beach, San Pedro and Wilmington since 1984. Children, ages six months to kindergarten, are cared for and educated in centers, and four months and up in a network of licensed family child care homes. CCD also reimburses licensed providers for nutritious meals served to children in care. Five locations to serve you: 2565 Pacific Ave., Long Beach; 622 E. Hill St., Long Beach; 2205 San Gabriel Ave., Long Beach; 769 W. 3rd St., San Pedro; and 909 W. D St., Wilmington. All programs offer free and reduced cost to eligible families. See ad on this page. Hourly Baby Sitting The following websites provide a search for sitters in your area: www.care.com, www.sittercity.com, www. socasittersunlimited.com and www.urbansitter.com. Information and Referrals The following organizations offer information about, and referrals to, child-care programs and providers. First 5 California - Resource line to locate child care in your area. (916) 263-1050. www.ccfc.ca.gov Greater Long Beach - Family Child Care Association provides free referrals to licensed family child care in the provider’s home (infants - school age), (562) 804-7474, www.lblakewoodchildcare.org; and Long Beach Childcare Network, shares child-care experiences and education through training sessions and promoting community resources to families, (562) 423-1086, www.childcarelb.com. Orange County Child Care Association - A free referral service for parents seeking licensed in-home child care. Includes referrals to care providers for children with special needs. www.orangecountychildcareassociation.org • Kid Works Children’s Center 3621 E. Broadway, Long Beach (562) 438-4904 www.kidworkscc.com After-school kindergarten for children (5-6) who are attending the local kindergartens in the area. Held in its own special area, children have lunch then are immersed in activities to bring to life what they have learned that day in math, science, language and fine motor skills through gardening, cooking, digging, singing, painting and lots more. The program is held Monday - Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Space is limited and some transportation is available. See ad on page 78. Sitter Training Training for boys and girls (10+). Most classes offer instruction in basic first aid, child behavior and hazard awareness. American Red Cross - Long Beach, (562) 595-6341 and Orange County, (714) 481-5300. www.redcross.org. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

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• Resource and Referral (R&R) – Provides a central coordinating link for child care and child development services. R&R offers a wide range of services to parents, existing and potential licensed child care providers and other community groups who are concerned with child care issues. • R&R Hotline – Parents can obtain information about available child care providers matched to their needs and preference. The general community can call the R&R Hotline to access child care resources. • Health and Safety Reimbursement – Reimburses child care providers for the cost of the Health and Safety training required by Community Care Licensing. • Educational Resource Lending Library – Toys, materials, as well as books and videos are available to the community. • Child Care Assistance Program – CHS helps pay for child care services for eligible parents who need child care while they work, seek work, or attend school or job training programs. Families are enrolled in order of greatest need.

www.chs-ca.org

Greater Long Beach: 249 E. Ocean Blvd., Ste. 300, Long Beach • (562) 256-7490 Orange County: 333 South Anita Drive, Ste. 350, Orange • (714) 543-2273

• Anaheim Community Services Department - Oneday workshops offered year round. Participants receive a training binder with information about child care issues and creative ways to market their babysitting business. $49, plus $48 material fee. (714) 765-5191 www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect Recreation Departments - For ages 10-11+. Fullerton Parks and Recreation, (714) 7386575; Irvine Recreation, (949) 724-6600, www. irvinequickreg.org; Lake Forest Community Services, (949) 461-3450; Newport Beach Recreation, (949) 644-3151; and Orange Community Services, (714) 744-7274. Safe Sitter offers a standard one-day course (11-13) at CHOC in Orange. Summer only. (714) 532-8887. Additional locations at www.safesitter.org. Santa Ana College - Awesome Sitters including CPR and First Aid (11+). (714) 564-6594, www.sac.edu/cms.

cooking Instructional classes, camps and workshops. Boys and Girls Club Cypress, Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach offer Cooking and Nutrition. Tustin and Whittier offer Healthy Habits. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. • Lil’ Chef School 15435 Jeffrey Road, #132, Irvine (949) 679-8390 www.lilchefschool.com Weekly classes with a different menu each week. Jr.

Comprehensive Child Development, Inc. Child Care and Education for Children Age 4 Mos to Kindergarten Infant, Toddler & Preschool Child Care • Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Family Child Care Home Education Network Child care spaces on a sliding fee basis through CA Dept. of Education funding

30+ Years of Service • 5 Locations • Call 562-427-8834 2565 Pacific Ave., Long Beach • 622 E. Hill St., Long Beach • 769 W. 3rd St., San Pedro 2205 San Gabriel Ave., Long Beach • 909 W. “D” St., Wilmington • www.ccdlb.org spring/summer 2015 • 39


Chefs (5-12) meet for 90 minutes of hands-on cooking full of learning and fun. Children learn cuisines of the world and enhance their experience with fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices while gaining confidence and experience in the kitchen that will last them a lifetime! Master Chefs (11+, or with instructor approval) have mastered the basics of cooking, kitchen etiquette and safety. They are ready to take their culinary skills to the next level. Lil’ Chef School’s program for teens allows for more independence in the kitchen with planning and organizing tasks and operating kitchen equipment/tools. They are encouraged to practice a creative approach while interpreting recipes. See ad on page 37. • Rainbow Chefs Dragonfly Shops, 260 N. Glassell St., Orange (855) 485-2433 www.rainbowchefs.com Rainbow Chefs combines fun, kid-friendly recipes with health education to inspire a love for cooking and healthy eating! Kids (5+) sharpen their culinary skills and learn quick-and-easy do-it-yourself recipes in any of their themed enrichment programs and camps. From Food Science to Restaurant Challenge, aspiring young chefs can enjoy Rainbow Chef’s extraordinary cooking camps (see “Camps”). Or, have Rainbow Chefs throw your next birthday party (see “Parties”). Either at your place or theirs, guests will leave with a memorable impression of the most unique, fun party participating in custom cooking activities, including customizable party themes like Cupcake Wars or Iron Chefs Challenge. See ad on page 30. • Summer Spanish Culinary Camps for Kids with Academic Learning and Languages Lakewood and Long Beach (562) 833-3115 www.academicLandL.com “Summer camp with Academic Learning and Languages is the best decision I’ve made for both my kids,” parent, Long Beach. “Learning Spanish with Miss Amy is like Christmas!,” nine-year-old student. Grammar, literacy, conversation, music, art, cooking and more! Super Spanish for Kids Culinary Camp, late June and July or Fantastic French for Kids Culinary Camp, July. $169 for five mornings plus $25 materials fee. Classes and camps are located in the Lakewood/Long Beach area. Also see “Camps” for complete listings. ¡Aprende con Nosotros! Bienvenue les petites chefs! Reserve your spot today. Email: Amyberger@ca.rr.com.

Pacific Conservatory Music & Arts Education • Since 1990

Piano • Vocals • Guitar • Drums Musical Theatre • Spanish • French • Rock & Blues Band Classes & Camps • Ages 3 years to adult • Register online

www.pacificconservatory.com Costa Mesa & Orange Locations: 714.545.1217 40 • spring/summer 2015

Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services Department Cooking with Ms. Debbie (3-12). (714) 765-5191. www. anaheim.net/ezrecconnect Cerritos College - Jr. Chef (6-10) offered in the summer, everyday for two weeks. (562) 467-5050. www. cerritoscommunityed.com • Cypress College, Kids College - Mommy and Me Cooking (5-7), and My First Cooking Class (6-8). Summer cooking camps offered. Classes held in Cypress or Fullerton. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids Santa Ana College - Mini Chefs and Baking (8-13). (714) 564-6594. www.sac.edu/cms lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


Many city recreation departments offer cooking classes and camps. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. Store-Based Classes and Workshops The following retail stores offer themed cooking classes and workshops throughout the year. Camps are often available. Also see Lil’ Chef School and Rainbow Chefs listed in this section. Chef Tech - Kids’ cooking programs (ages 3+) birthday parties, classes and camps. 3842 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach. (562) 989-CHOP (2467). www. cheftechcookingschool.com Prep Kitchen - 12207 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach. (562) 430-1217. www.prepkitchenessentials.com Sur La Table - Locations in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. (800) 243-0852. www.surlatable.com

dance Classes and camps. Also see: “Football and Cheerleading,” “Gymnastics” and “Theater Arts” for related activities. • Ballroom Dancing and Summer Camps at OCSA’s Foundation Arts Enrichment Program 1010 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 560-0900, Ext. 5630 or 3259 www.ocsarts.net/communityclasses Ballroom dancing for kids (grades 3 and up), two twelve-week sessions on Saturday afternoons. Summer camps in dance include jazz, tap, lyrical, Broadway (grades 4 and up) and ballroom dancing (grades 3 and up). Also see listings in “Arts and Crafts” and “Camps.” See ad on page 10. Boys and Girls Club Fountain Valley offers classes (3-18). Whittier offers Dance Central. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. • Burgess Cotillion Golden Sails Hotel, 6285 E. PCH, Long Beach (323) 874-7393 www.bobbyburgesscotillion.com Monthly dances (grades 3-12) with instruction in popular and ballroom styles, and etiquette. The three basic ballroom dances, waltz, foxtrot and swing, are taught every season, along with a Latin dance, such as the samba or tango, as well as other forms of dance, such as the Charleston or polka. Mother-son or father-daughter dances and waltz contests are also offered. Runs monthly, Monday nights, September - April. Registration begins in May. Sign-up early, space is limited. Email: burgesscotillion@aol.com. Also see “Beauty and Etiquette” and “Calendar.” • Center Stage Dance Academy 3418 N. Los Coyotes Diagonal, Long Beach (562) 497-1181 www.csdalb.com Annual student recital is held at the Richard and Karlots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

Los Altos Dance Center Ballet, Jazz & Hip-Hop Pre-schoolers • Children • Teens • Adults

Afternoon, Evening & Saturday Classes One Free Dance Class

5531 Spring St., Long Beach • (562) 429-7486 • www.losaltosdance.com spring/summer 2015 • 41


www.csdalb.com

3418 N. Los Coyotes Diagonal, Long Beach

en Carpenter Performing Arts Center at CSULB. Look for their Children’s Performing Company at Knotts Berry Farm, national competitions, and local community events. Many current students have careers in the performing arts. Classes are continuously forming. The first class is free! See ad on this page. • Elevation Studios 1900 E. 27th St., #101, Signal Hill (562) 424-2711 www.elevationstudios.com Ages 3 through adult, beginning through professional. Full recreational program as well as a highly competitive competition team. Owners and professional dancers, Alex and Robert Lee are extremely connected and involved in the dance world, which allows the studio to bring in master instructors from around the country. Robert and Alex’s credits include: Britney Spears, Madonna, Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, and a BFA in dance. The innovation of this studio sets it apart from the rest, and the value of dance education they provide is priceless. Check out their website for more information and full details. For information about their summer camp, see page 28. See ad on page 41. • En Pointe Dance & Fitness 713 Termino Ave., Long Beach (562) 438-3262 www.enpointedanceandfitness.com En Pointe Dance & Fitness provides the surrounding community the opportunity to share in the art of dance, while maintaining a healthy lifestyle through fitness. They offer both children and adults: ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, pointe and tap. They also offer Burn at the Barre, Belly Dance, Pilates, Yoga and Zumba for adults. Child care is provided for an additional fee during the adult classes, so parents can get their class time in, while the kids are entertained in the children’s room. En Pointe Dance & Fitness also hosts birthday parties (see “Parties”), kids night out (see “Calendar”) and offers an after-school program for your children. They offer pickup from lo42 • spring/summer 2015

cal elementary and middle schools. Children are then able to take a dance class and work on homework— all before being picked up for the day by parents. Also see “Camps” See coupon on page 97. • Kick It Up 8129 East Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 430-1812 www.kickitup.com Come dance, sing, act and perform at Kick It Up, a noncompetitive, friendly dance, music, fitness and party studio for all ages. Classes are offered for all ages and ability levels; no one is turned away. Intro to Dance, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Salsa, Bellydance, Cheerleading and Hula are some of the many dance classes offered. In addition, Kick It Up also offers music and voice lessons. As a parent, they offer many fitness and dance classes at the same time your children or teens are in class. All participants have the opportunity to perform in a family-oriented and affordable dance recital in June and December. Performing Teams, Brownie/Girl Scout events, camps and birthday parties are offered throughout the year. Also see “Camps,” “Music,” and “Parties.” See ads on pages 33, 43 and 91. • Long Beach Ballet Academy 1122 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 426-4112 www.LongBeachBallet.com 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 spectacu-

lar production of The Nutcracker at the Long Beach Terrace Theater. Last year they made their first international performing tour to mainland China. Visit www.LongBeachBallet.com for a complete schedule of events and performances, including this year’s 35th annual school performance, “Swan Lake” on June 6th and 7th. Children’s Dance Camp 2015 is also available (see “Camps”). See ad on page 40. • LAEF’s Summer Enrichment Institute (562) 277-6876 www.laef4kids.org Los Alamitos Education Foundation (LAEF) offers dance workshops for elementary and middle school students, and show choir camps for late elementary to high school students. See “Camps” and “Tutoring and Academics” for complete listings; see ad on page 24. • Los Altos Dance Center 5531 Spring St., Long Beach (562) 429-7486 www.losaltosdance.com For the past 30 years, the studio has offered Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop classes for pre-schoolers, children, teens and adults. Afternoon and evening classes are available during the week and morning classes on Saturday. The studio emphasizes proper dance technique in a fun environment. See ad on page 41. • Melodie’s Dance Theatre 3381 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos (562) 431-8582 www.melodiesdance.com Performance opportunities are available for everyone at Melodie’s Dance Theatre. For over 38 years, the studio has offered dance classes for ages 2 to adult. Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Acrobatic, Contemporary and Combination are offered in a positive, friendly, family-oriented environment. Their studio offers award-winning choreography, plus reasonable rates including family and multiple class discount plans. Adult classes, such as Zumba, are also available. Mention this ad and receive two months tuition for the price of one month (new students only, excludes Zumba). See ad on page 43. • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns (562) 986-0066 www.mygym.com/longbeach Dance Fitness (ages 4½-11) in a fun, explosive, highenergy class where children learn the coolest moves set to today’s most popular music. In a safe, age-appropriate environment, students enhance endurance, agility and strength. Learn about dance, history and culture while having fun! See ad on page 71. National Dance Alliance (800) 533-8022 www.nda.varsity.com National organization hosts championships, special events and camps throughout Southern California. Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services Department - Introduction to Dance (6-12), Parent and Me Dance and Tumble (1½-3), Tap, Ballet and Tumble (3-6), Princess Ballet (3-5), Fairytale Ballet (4-6), Ballet and Tap (3+), Tiny Tot Creative Ballet (2-4), Parent and Me lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


Dance (2-4), Tiny Tot Hip-Hop (3-5), Folklore (4-14), Flamenco Dance (4-12) and Hip-Hop Dance (5+). (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect Cerritos College - Jazz/Hip Hop (ages 6-10) offered in the summer, everyday for two weeks. (562) 4675050. www.cerritoscommunityed.com • Cypress College, Kids College - Introduction to Dance (3-4), Ballet (3+), Ballet and Tap (5+), Multi-

Cultural Dance and Music (2-4), Musical Theater (7+) and Jazz/Hip Hop (4+); six-week sessions, $55. Zumba for Kids, six-week sessions, $50. Teen Ballroom Dancing (grades 7-12) is also offered. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Ballet (3-10), Ballet/Tap (2-6), Cutie Pies Dance (514), Polynesian Dance (5-17), Teeny Wahine Hula (23), Baby Hula (3-4), Hip Hop (6+) and Baby Hip Hop

(3-5); three to eight-week sessions, $24-56. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Baby Dance (5 mos-1yr 5 mos), Ballet and Tap (3-5), Dance for Fun (1-6), Mini Movers (2-6), Pre-Ballet and Character Class (2-5), Webby Dance (2-5), Webby Dance - Mommy and Me (1-3), Ballet, Tap and Jazz (6-13), Ballroom Social Dance (5-8), Dance Workshop (4-14), Hip Hop (5-12), Mexican Folk Dance

Tap • Jazz • Ballet • Acrobatics • Lyrical • Hip Hop • Contemporary • Combination

Celebrating 38 Years of Dancing ! Ages 2 to Adult • Since 1977 Beginning through Advanced Levels Performance Opportunities for Everyone Family & Multi-Class Discounts Family-Oriented & Positive Environment

Try a Class for FREE Sign up for the first month and get the second month FREE New Students Only

3381 Cerritos Avenue, Los Alamitos • (562) 431-8582 • www.melodiesdance.com lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

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Mental Health Services for Children and Families Case Management, Crisis Intervention, Intensive Mental Health Treatment, Individual, Group & Family Therapy, Field Capable Clinical Services, Full Service Partnership, School-Based Services, Psychological Testing & Psychiatric Medication

562/485-3085

English/Spanish • Medi-Cal Accepted

www.tgclb.org

(5-11), Rockstar Popstar (5-8) and Musical Theater Stars (5-12). Free weekly classes at the Homeland Cultural Center: Kids Break Dance with Iceman (5+), Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m.; Cambodian Dance, Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon; and African Drum and Dance, Saturdays, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. (562) 570-3111. www.longbeach.gov Santa Ana College - Dance For Kids (812). (714) 564-6594. www.sac.edu/cms Most city recreation departments offer dance classes that include ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and parent and me. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. YMCA Laguna Niguel (8-12) and Long Beach - Fairfield (412) offer ballet. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.

Department of Children and Family Services of LA County  (800) 540-4000 dcfs.co.la.ca.us OC Child Abuse Prevention Center  (714) 543-4333 14 different programs designed for kids to live in violence-free homes. www.brightfutures4kids.org Social Services Agency of OC (800) 207-4464 24-hour child abuse hotline. www.ssa.ocgov.com Counseling Alateen/Al-Anon (888) 4AL-ANON (425-2666) Support groups and referrals for families and children of alcoholics. En español, (562) 948-2190. www.al-anon-alateen.org Boys and Girls Club Arches  (714) 532-7940 Counseling, family support, outreach and referrals. Garden Grove. www.bgcgg.org

emergency & family services Also see: “Health and Fitness,” “Parent Education and Support Groups,” and “Safety.”

Families Anonymous  (800) 736-9805 Free weekly meetings for families and friends of an addict or alcoholic. www.familiesanonymous.org

Child Abuse Call for help or to report abuse or suspected abuse. Information and referrals are available. Bilingual. Also see Help Lines and Hot Lines in this section. Children of the Night  (800) 551-1300 National, 24-hour hotline and shelter for youth (1117) affected by sexual abuse, exploitation, prostitution or pornography. www.childrenofthenight.org For The Child  (562) 427-7671, (562) 422-8472 Prevention of and treatment for child abuse for victims and their families. www.forthechild.org

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Mariposa Women and Family Center Parenting classes. Adults only, child care available. Orange, (714) 547-6494; and San Juan Capistrano, (949) 429-6888. www.mariposacenter.org Straight Talk Clinic  (714) 828-2000 Individual and peer counseling. Fees based on a sliding scale. www.straighttalkcounseling.org

Community Family Guidance Center  (562) 924-5526 Therapy for children (3-17). www.cfgcenter.com

Emergency Numbers Emergency, Fire, Police, Medical  911 Childhelp USA  (800) 422-4453 Poison Control Center  (800) 222-1222 Safely Surrendered Baby (877) 222-9723 Suicide Prevention Lifeline  (800) 273-8255 Suicide Hotlines  (877) 727-4747, (800) 784-2433 Suicide Hotline for LGBTQ Teens (866) 488-7386

Magnolia Park Family Resource Center (714) 530-7413 Counseling, parenting classes and referrals. www.tinyurl. com/magnoliaparkfamily

• Connie Wax, Individual, Couple Family and Child Counselor (714) 300-3163 www.CounselorForTheGiftedAndTalented.com See listing and ad on page 63.

Help Line Youth Counseling  (562) 864-3722 Youth and family counseling. Fees based on a sliding scale. www.hycinc.org Hoag Community Medicine Department Mental Health Programs  (949) 764-6542 Individual, family and couples counseling; fees are based on a low-sliding scale. No one turned away due to lack of funding. www.hoag.org/communitybenefit Interval House  (562) 594-4555, (714) 891-8121 Group and individual counseling for youth victims of domestic violence. Programs include teen dating violence education, legal assistance, and domestic violence education classes. www.intervalhouse.org JADE  (949) 303-9016 The Juvenile Alcohol and Drug Education and Decisions program. www.calyouthservices.org/jade Jewish Federation and Family Services Long Beach  (562) 427-7916 Orange County  (949) 435-3484 Nonsectarian. Fees based on a sliding scale. www.jfcslongbeach.org, www.jewishorangecounty.org

• The Guidance Center  (562) 485-3085 In Long Beach since 1946, the agency provides English/Spanish mental health assessment and treatment, including individual, group, and family counseling and psychotherapy, medication, and psychological testing for children, teens and their families for a wide range of behavioral, social, emotional, family and school problems. Clinic locations in Long Beach, San Pedro, Compton and school-based services in Avalon. www.tgclb.org. See ad on this page. Women’s Shelter of Long Beach  (562) 437-4663 Counseling for victims of domestic violence. www. womenshelterlb.org Emergency Preparedness Resources American Redcross offers checklists and classes. www.redcross.org; and CPR and First Aid University Training Center offers classes. www.cprutc.com. • Cypress College, Kids College - Beginner Emergency Skills (3-6); one-day workshop, year round, $15. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids Emergency Shelters Temporary shelter for children and families in crisis. Residential care, counseling, referrals and bilingual assistance available. Youth Shelters: Casa Youth Shelter  (800) 914-CASA (2272) Children of the Night  (800) 551-1300 Community Service Programs (949) 250-0488 CSP Huntington Beach  (714) 842-6600 CSP Laguna Beach  (949) 494-4311 Boys Town  (800) 448-3000 Laurel House Teen Shelter  (714) 832-0207 Family Shelters: 1736 Family Crisis Center  (562) 388-7652, (310) 379-3620 Gilchrist House  (949) 492-8477 Human Options  (877) 854-3594 Interval House (562) 594-4555, (714) 891-8121 Laura’s House  (866) 498-1511 Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter  (949) 631-7213 Women’s Shelter of Long Beach  (562) 437-4663 Help Lines and Hot Lines Crisis intervention, information, listening/counseling and referrals for any need. Most hot lines operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 211 LA and Orange Counties  211 Referrals to health and human services agencies. www.211la.org, www.211oc.org lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


Baby Line  (949) 764-2229 Baby-care and breast-feeding questions answered by on-duty nurses at Hoag Hospital. Free. www.tinyurl.com/HoagBabyline California Youth Crisis Line  (800) 843-5200 www.youthcrisisline.org CHOC’s Parent Advice Line  (714) 509-8887 Information on health topics including sickness, nutrition and behavior. Find the list on their website under the “Community” tab. www.choc.org/community-education Domestic Violence Hotline  (562) 437-4663 Referrals to counseling and legal aid for low-income individuals and families. www.womenshelterlb.org Drug Use Is Life Abuse  (714) 647-4593 Free referral program through the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. www.duila.org First 5 LA Connect  (213) 482-5902 Referrals for parents of kids under 5. www.first5la.org GLBTQ Youth Talkline  (800) 246-7743 Telephone/internet peer counseling. www.glnh.org Hotline of So. Cal. (562) 596-5548, (714) 894-4242 Help, intervention and referrals for any crisis. www.hotlineofsocal.org Mental Health America  (800) 273-TALK (8255) www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

National Alcohol and Drug Abuse Referral Line 

(800) 454-8966

National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-7233 www.thehotline.org National Eating Disorders Assoc.  (800) 931-2237 www.nationaleatingdisorders.org National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline  (866) 331-9474 www.loveisrespect.org RAINN  (800) 656-HOPE (4673) The Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network’s hotline connects to a local rape crisis center. www.rainn.org Stand Up For Kids (800) 365-4KID (4543) Provides children in crisis with food and clothing. www.standupforkids.org Teen Lines  (310) 855-4673, (800) 852-8336 Peer counseling for teens. Daily, 6-10 p.m. www. teenlineonline.org Missing/Runaway Children Help, information, referrals and message-relay services for runaways, abducted children and/or their parents. Also visit www.amberalert.gov. California Missing Children Hotline  (800) 222-3463 www.chp.ca.gov/amber/index.html Find the Children  (888) 477-6721 www.findthechildren.com

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children www.missingkids.com

(800) 843-5678

National Runaway Safeline (800) 786-2929 (RUNAWAY) Support and intervention. www.1800runaway.org Faces of the Lost  www.facesofthelost.org

(800) 566-5688

fencing Youth fencing instruction, competition, camps and parties. • Golubitsky Fencing Center 1652 Edinger Ave., Ste. C, Tustin (714) 678-3758 www.gfc-world.com Kids (6+) and adults can explore the sport of fencing, from beginner to competitive, at Golubitsky Fencing Center in group classes, private lessons or camps. Lead by head coach, Sergei Golubitsky, three consecutive individual World Championships and one of the best foil fencers of the 20th century. Gear is provided for students in introductory classes. Lounge area with a view of the fencing floor for parents to observe the classes. Also see “Camps.” See ad on this page.

GOLUBITSKY

F e n c i n g C e n t e r (714) 678-3758 • 1652 Edinger Ave., Ste. C, Tustin • www.GFC-World.com

Kids (age 6+) & Adults

Beginner • Intermediate Competitive

Sergei • Fencing Master, Italian National Academy of Fencing. Golubitsky • Holds Diploma of Teacher of Fencing & Fencing Coach. • Only foilist in fencing history to win 3 consecutive individual

Train with the best!

World Championships & 5 Overall World Cup Championships. • Considered one of the best foil fencers of the 20th century.

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• 3-Time Fencing Olympian (1992, 1996, 2000). • 2-Time Olympian Coach (2008, 2012). • Olympians on Staff.

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• Gryphon Fencing & Fitness Studio 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia 92870 (714) 519-1343 www.GryphonFencing.com Do your kids love to swordfight like a musketeer, Jedi or pirate? Then fencing is the sport for them! Fencing develops stamina, discipline and coordination. Gryphon Fencing Club has a beautiful facility with state-of-theart electronic fencing equipment. They offer fun fencing classes for kids ages 5 and older. They also offer youth, teen and adult fencing classes continuously during the year and vacation-break camps (see “Camps”). Fencing- and archery-themed birthday parties (see “Parties”) and special events are also available. Gryphon Fencers compete locally and nationally. Learn fencing at Gryphon Fencing fun, safe and affordable! Email: info@gryphonfencing.com. See ad on page 47.

on their website before booking ride, (800) 4813470, www.catalinaexpress.com; and Catalina Flyer, from Newport Bay Harbor, (800) 830-7744, www.catalinainfo.com.

More Fencing Laguna Fencing Center, 26062 Merit Circle, Ste. 103, Laguna Hills, (949) 215-4112, www.lagunafencing.com. M Team Fencing So Cal, 4372 La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills, (714) 996-8880, www.mteamfencingsocal.com.

Ocean Institute - Various cruises explore different aspects of marine life, including whales, dolphins and sea lions (year round); bioluminescent ocean plants and animals (spring and summer); and blue whales (June - August). Specialty cruises, such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and 4th of July Fireworks cruises are also offered. Reservations required. Dana Point. (949) 496-2274. www.ocean-institute.org

Recreation Departments • Anaheim Community Services Department - Little Jedi (5-7) and Youth Fencing (8-12). (714) 7655191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect USA Fencing www.usfencing.org Website features resources for local clubs and membership opportunities.

fishing & boating Sailing, rowing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing classes, watercraft rentals, whale watching, cruises and fishing excursions. Plus, local fishing lakes, fishing information and referrals. Also see: “Camps.” Boat Cruises and Whale Watching • Aquarium of the Pacific’s Whale and Sea Life Cruise - Adventurers will explore nearby seas aboard the specialized Harbor Breeze Cruises’ whale-watching boats to seek out whales, various dolphin species, sea lions and migratory seabirds. The ocean adventure will include educational interpretation by an Aquarium of the Pacific marine expert as well as a variety of bio-facts for all to explore. Two daily departures, noon and 3 p.m. Cost includes aquarium admission, $48.95 adult (12+), $30.95 child (3-11) and $44.95 senior (62+). Discounted prices available for members. Times and prices vary by season. RSVP: (562) 590-3100 or www.aquariumofpacific.org. See ad on page 15; coupon on 85. Catalina - The following companies offer passenger service to Catalina Island: Catalina Express, from Dana Point, Long Beach and San Pedro ports, also offers a free ride on birthdays, must register

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Harbor Breeze Cruise - Open daily with multiple departures for tours of the harbor. 100 Aquarium Way, Dock #2, Long Beach. (562) 432-4900. www.2seewhales.com Long Beach - Long Beach Transit operates two water buses in the summer: Aqua Bus ($1) in Queensway Bay, which includes stops at the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Queen Mary; Aqua Link and Aqua Link Express ($5) which run from the Queen Mary and the Aquarium of the Pacific to Alamitos Bay Landing. (562) 591-2301. www.lbtransit.com

Spirit Cruises - Narrated one-hour harbor cruises year round, departing from Long Beach and Los Angeles harbors. (310) 548-8080. www.spiritmarine.com Whale Watching: Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, (949) 488-2828, www.dolphinsafari.com. Dana Wharf Whale Watching, 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, (949) 496-5794, www.danawharf.com. Newport Landing Whale Watching, 309 Palm St., Ste. A, Newport Beach, (949) 675-0551, www. newportwhales.com. Harbor Breeze Cruise, 100 Aquarium Way, Dock #2, Long Beach, (562) 4324900, www.2seewhales.com, www.longbeachwhales. com. Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, (949) 496-2274, www.ocean-institute. org. Shoreliner Cruises, 141 West 22nd St., San Pedro, (310) 832-8304, www.shorelinercruises.com.

Kids’ Fishing Club, school-break camps and parties are also offered. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point. (949) 496-5794. www.danawharf.com Davey’s Locker and Newport Landing Sportfishing Full- and half-day deep sea fishing trips. Departs from Newport Beach. (949) 673-1435, (949) 675-0551. www.daveyslocker.com, www.newportlanding.com Fishing Spots Camping and party packages are also available. A fishing license may be required for ages 16 and up. Corona Lake - Admission: adults, $23-50; kids (412), $11-25. 12510 Temescal Road, Corona. (951) 277-4489. www.fishinglakes.com Irvine Lake (Santiago Reservoir) - Lake, plus kids’ (12 and under) lagoon. Free kayak and float tube rental. Admission: adults, $24; kids (4-11), $11. Rod rental, $10. 4621 Santiago Canyon Road, Silverado. (714) 649-9111. www.irvinelake.net Laguna Niguel Lake - Admission: Adults, $28; kids (4-11), $18; parking, $3-10. Boat and float tube rentals are also available. Check website for daily specials. 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel. (949) 362-9227. www.lagunaniguellake.com Mt. Baldy Trout Pools - Bring your own pole, $1; use their pole, $2; includes bait, cleaning and packaging on ice. Separate fee, $6-18, for caught fish. 6945 Mount Baldy Road, Mount Baldy. (909) 982-4246. www.mtbaldytroutpools.com Santa Ana River Lakes - Three stocked lakes. Admission: $23-50; kids (4-12), $11-25. Huckleberry Fish Pond just for kids, admission, $3; and rod rental, $3. Gemstone and fossil panning are also offered. 4060 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim. (714) 632-7830. www.fishinglakes.com Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area - Year-round fishing. Vehicle entry fee $10; boat launching, non-motorized, $7; boat launching, motorized, $10. 15501 E. Arrow Hwy., Irwindale. (626) 334-1065. www. tinyurl.com/santafedam

Coast Guard Auxiliary www.cgaux.org Boating safety classes (4+). Nominal fee for materials; instruction is free. Visit their website for referrals to youth classes (8-18) offered by local flotillas.

Troutdale - $7 per person (2+) includes bamboo fishing pole, corn bait and bucket. Separate fee, $6-11 for fish caught. Cleaning is available for $1.50 per fish. 2468 Troutdale Road, Agoura. (818) 889-9993. www.allyoucanfish.com

Department of Fish and Game Free information includes maps to local lakes, events, stocking guides and regulations, plus publications geared for children. Free fishing days for 2015 are July 4 and September 5. Find a California fishing location near you by visiting www.wildlife.ca.gov.

Pier fishing is available in Long Beach, Newport Beach, San Pedro and Seal Beach.

Fishing Charter Boats The following businesses offer fishing charters for half, three-quarter and full days. A fishing license, sold on site, is required (16+). Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Whatching - Every Tuesday, whale watching and day fishing trips are half-off the regular price. Free Kids’ Sportfishing Clinics (12 and under) are held on Sundays at noon.

Many regional parks also offer fishing. See “Recreation and Parks.” • Leeway Sailing Center Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine 5437 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach (562) 570-1719 www.longbeach.gov/park Classes are offered year round for beginner to intermediate sailors, including canoeing (9+), bay kayaking (10+) and sailing using Sabot (8+), Keelboat and Capri 14 boats (13+). Party packages, plus group, private or semi-private lessons are available. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


On-The-Water-Instruction Boy Scouts of America - Weekend activities include swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, rowing, motor boating and fishing. Programs are also available for teens (14-21) to learn boat handling under power and sail, piloting and navigation. Long Beach Sea Base, 5875 Appian Way, Long Beach. (562) 4270911. www.longbeachbsa.org Fullerton Parks and Recreation - Kids Fishing Basics (6+) and Family Twilight Fishing (5+). (714) 7386575. www.ci.fullerton.ca.us Huntington Beach Sailing Foundation - Sailing camps for kids (6+), June 22 - July 30. 3821 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach. (562) 592-2186. www.sailhb.org

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

Newport Aquatic Center - Junior Rowing (high school), September - May; and Outrigger Paddling (11+), year round. Summer camps also offered. 1 Whitecliffs Drive, Newport Beach. (949) 646-7725. www.newportaquaticcenter.com

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Newport Beach Recreation and Senior Services Department - Sailing and boating classes for youth, teens and families (6+). (949) 644-3151. www. newportbeachca.gov/recreation

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Newport Sea Base - Programs for boys and girls (7+) include sailing, canoeing, kayaking, rowing, fishing, motor-boat driving and stand-up paddle boarding. Additional land-based classes offered. 1931 West Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. (949) 642-5031. www. newportseabase.org

Dana Point - Capo Beach: Jet ski, Sea-doo and kayak rentals, 34512 Embarcadero Place, (949) 6611690, www.danapointwatersports.com. Dana Point Jet Ski and Kayak Center: kayaks, jet skis, SUP and surfboard rentals, 34671 Puerto Place, (949) 6614947, Dana Point, www.danapointjetski.com.

OC Sailing and Events Center - Sailing, marine safety and kayaking classes and camps (8+), year round. 34451 Ensenada Place, Dana Point Harbor. (949) 923-2215. www.ocsail.com

Long Beach - Alfredo’s Beach Club: kayaks and SUP boards (Belmont Shore) and pedal boats, bikes and surreys (Rainbow Lagoon and the Pike), (562) 434-1542, www.alfredosbeachclub.com. Long Beach Hydrobikes - half and one-hour rentals. Sunset and holiday light tours also offered, 110 North Marina Drive, Long Beach, (562) 5462493, www.lbhydrobikes.com

OCC Junior Sailing - After-school sailing classes (712) are offered in spring and fall. Parent and child lessons (6-13) and spring and summer camps (714) are also offered. 1801 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. (949) 645-9412. www.occsailing.com

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Newport Beach - Newport Aquatic Center: kayaks and SUP boards (Upper Newport Bay), (949) 6467725, www.newportaquaticcenter.com. Newport Dunes: kayaks, SUP boards, boats, (949) 729-3863, www.newportdunes.com. Paddle Power: kayaks and SUP boards (Newport Harbor), (949) 675-1215, www.paddlepowerkayaks.com. Sunset Beach/Huntington Harbor - Sunset Beach Yacht Sales: kayaks and SUP boards, (562) 592-5537. Other Orange County locations: Anaheim at Yorba Regional Park, Fountain Valley at Mile Square Park and Orange at Irvine Regional Park: pedal boats. www. wheelfunrentals.com

United States Sailing Center - Weekly summer sailing camps (8-15). Scholarships available. 5489 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 433-7939. www.ussclb.org Yacht Club Classes: Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, 7201 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, (562) 434-9955, www. abycjrprogram.com. Balboa Yacht Club - 1801 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar, (949) 673-3515, www. balboayachtclub.com. Seal Beach Yacht Club - 255 Marina Drive, Long Beach, (626) 807-6500, www. sealbeachyc.org. Shoreline Yacht Club - 386 Shoreline Drive South, Long Beach, (562) 435-4093, www.shorelineyachtclub.com. US Rowing www.tinyurl.com/usrowingfindaclub Resources to find rowing instruction or a club or crew. Watercraft Rentals Most vendors are open daily during school vacations and weekends only during the school year. Also see Surfboard and SUP Rentals under “Surfing and SUP.” lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

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football & cheerleading Flag and tackle football leagues, camps and clinics. Cheer classes, camps and squads. Also see: “Dance” and “Gymnastics” for cheer-related programs. Boys and Girls Club Coed flag football (6-17) at the following branches: Long Beach and Whittier. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. Football Leagues and Cheerleading at Games American Youth Football and Cheer - Tackle football (5-15) and cheerleading (5-15) at AYF games. www. americanyouthfootball.com Friday Night Lights - Flag football (grades K-8); spring and fall seasons. Cheer program also offered. Garden Grove, www.ggfnl.com; Huntington Beach, www.hbfnl. com; Los Alamitos/Seal Beach, www.losalfnl.com; and Newport-Mesa, www.newportmesafnl.com. King Conference Football - Tackle football league (7-14) in four divisions. Sign ups for football begin in January. Girls (3-15) perform at King Conference football games and participate in parades and competitions. Registration for cheer begins in July. Season runs August - December. (323) 295-2944. Pop Warner Little Scholars - Flag and tackle football league (5-15). League registration begins as early as January for the fall season. Cheerleaders (5-15) perform at games and participate in cheerleading competitions. Registration starts in February for August - November season. Visit their website for your city’s contact information. www. popwarner.com • HSC All Stars Cheerleading Program Kidnastics, 10712 Reagan St., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102 www.kidnastics.net HSC All Stars made their all-star cheerleading debut in the season of 2007. Since then, they have won numerous regional and national championships. As a competitive cheerleading program for girls and boys (4 years and up), HSC All Stars teaches all levels of cheer from their prep teams to senior-level advanced teams. Now with more than five competitive teams from various ages and levels, they are preparing for another successful season. For enrollment information, please email: info@hscallstars.com. See ad on page 49. National Cheerleaders Association (800) 533-8022 www.varsity.com Hosts and promotes championships and camps (10+). 48 • spring/summer 2015

Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services Department - TriFytt Flag Football (4-12); Football camp (6-12) held August 3-7. (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect

Long Beach City College - Instruction in basic golf fundamentals and skills for boys and girls (8+); twoweek summer sessions, Monday - Thursday, $40. (562) 938-4249. Email: summerrec@lbcc.edu.

• Cypress College, Kids College - Football Skills and Drills summer camp (13-17). (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids

Many city recreation departments offer golf programs. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information.

• Lakewood Recreation and Community Services August registration for fall football league. Cheerleading (12-18). (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org Long Beach City College - Flag Football Day Camp for boys and girls (7-13); one-week sessions, $60. Boys and girls (5+) cheerleading camp; one-week summer session, $45. (562) 938-4249. Email: summerrec@lbcc.edu. Most recreation departments offer football and cheer programs. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. YMCA Newport-Mesa offers football classes and clinics (4-9). Anaheim and Laguna Niguel (6-12) offer cheer classes. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.

golf Junior golf classes, camps and referrals. For miniature golf, see Family Fun Centers under “Attractions.” For disc golf, see “Sports, Miscellaneous.” Long Beach Jr. Golf Association The following programs offer golf instruction at Heartwell Golf Course, 6700 E. Carson St., Long Beach. (562) 570-1272, (562) 421-8855. Long Beach Little Linksters - As a summer program, PGA and LPGA professionals introduce kids (8-12) to golf during a one-week program, July 6-10 and July 1317. Participants receive a set of starter golf clubs and shirt. $100, scholarships are available. To be eligible, players may not have played golf or own golf equipment and must submit a one-paragraph paper on why they would like to participate. Sign-ups begin April 1. Year-round Program - Kids (7-17) receive instruction in techniques, rules, score keeping and course etiquette; Fridays, 3 p.m. $6, plus a $50 annual fee. Group instruction and vacation camps are also available at El Dorado, (562) 430-5411; and Recreation Park Nine, (562) 494-5000. Recreation Departments and Colleges • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Golf instruction provided for all ability levels (4-17). (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org

SCPGA Foundation Junior Golf Program (951) 845-4653 www.scpgajrtour.com Competitive playing opportunities, instructional programs and vacation camps for youth SCPGA members (5-18) at various golf courses.

gymnastics Classes, camps, competitive teams and referrals. Also see: “Dance” and “Football and Cheerleading.” Boys and Girls Club Fountain Valley offers beginning to intermediate gymnastics for girls and boys (3-18). See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. • Kidnastics Quality Gymnastics and Cheerleading Training Center 10712 Reagan St., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102 www.kidnastics.net Kidnastics has been pleased to offer quality gymnastics instruction for over 37 years. As a recreational gymnastics and cheerleading facility with over 23,000 square feet of full-line gymnastics equipment and various levels of spring floors, they offer nothing but the best instructional classes for your children. Here, children learn all levels of gymnastics and cheer. Known for their quality and effective instructional classes, they strive to provide a positive and fun experience by teaching the importance of staying fit and having fun with gymnastics and cheer. They offer a variety of classes for children 12 months through the teen years. Programs include ToTnastics, their early motor development and coordination classes designed for children 12-36 months, and gymnastics and tumbling classes for ages 3 years and up. In addition to their great gymnastics program, they also offer competitive cheer programs: HSC All Stars for ages 4 years and up, plus their seasonal summer day camps (see “Camps”). Visit the website or call the number listed for more program information. Also see “Football and Cheerleading” and “Parties.” See ad on page 49. • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns (562) 986-0066 www.mygym.com/longbeach My Gym has helped thousands of children, ages 6 weeks through 13 years, gain confidence and selfesteem in a loving and caring environment. The innovative, non-competitive tumbling and gymnastics program incorporates age-appropriate games, lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


relays, fitness exercise, sports skills, group activities, and song and dance. Along with the constantly changing equipment setups, excellent student to teacher ratio, and the experienced and caring staff, My Gym is the best place for your children! Call to sign up for a free guest class today. See ad on page 71. More Gymnastics Centers Most centers offer tumbling, cheerleading, camps, parties and parents’ night out. Open gym may be available. Also see Kidnastics and My Gym listed in this section. American Gymnastics Academy - 2401 Willow, Signal Hill. (562) 494-0087. www.american-gymnastics.com

National Gymnastics Training Center - 4 Journey, Aliso Viejo. (949) 831-7300. www.ngtc.com

ing end of April); Torrance, (310) 543-2333; and Tustin, (714) 505-5855. www.thelittlegym.com

New Hope Academy - 17270 Newhope, Fountain Valley, (714) 556-8050. www.newhopegymnastics.com

Wild Fire Gymnastics - (714) 832-1315. 14761 Bentley Circle, Tustin. www.wildfiregymnastics.com

PDA USA Academy - 15064 Shoemaker Ave., Santa Fe Springs. (562) 229-1927. www.pdausa.net

Us Too Gymnastics - Classes for kids with developmental disabilities. 25 Spectrum Pointe Drive, #405, Lake Forest. (949) 716-1970. www.ustoogymnastics.org

SCATS Gymnastics - 5742 McFadden Ave., Huntington Beach. (714) 895-2909. www.scatsgymnastics.com So. Coast Gymnastics Training Center - 17850 Sky Park Circle, Irvine. (949) 833-0077. www. southcoastgymnastics.com

Azarian US Gymnastic Training Center - 1 Argonaut, Aliso Viejo. (949) 455-1020. www.azariangymnastics.com

Team OC Gymnastics, Cheer, Dance and Trampoline 385-B Clinton St., Costa Mesa. (714) 444-1144. www. teamocfun.com

Kips Gymnastics - 4622 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim. (714) 779-1888. www.kipsgymnastics.com

The Little Gym - Parent and me classes and play groups. Huntington Beach, (714) 373-0700; Lakewood (open-

Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services Department - Rhythmic Gymnastics (3-11), Parent and Tot Gymnastics (1½-3), Tot Gymnastics (3-4), Super Tot Gymnastics (5-6), Parent and Me Tumble for Toddlers (1-3), and Girls Academy Gymnastics (7-16). (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect Cerritos College - Year-round gymnastics on Saturdays: Tootsie Rollers (1-3), Tumble Stars (3-5) and Jammin’ Gymnasts (6-8). (562) 467-5050. www. cerritoscommunityed.com

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health & fitness Health service providers and referrals, plus a fitness center and nutrition classes. Also see “Dentists and Orthodontists” on page 57. Boys and Girls Clubs Buena Park, Capistrano Valley, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Santa Ana, Westminster and Whittier offer a variety of health and fitness programs. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.

• Cypress College, Kids College - Beginning to Intermediate Gymnastics (5+), Tiny Tots Tumbling (18 mos-3 yrs), and Moms, Pops and Tots Tumbling (35); year-round, six-week sessions, $55. (714) 8084909. www.sce.edu/kids • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services More than 14 different gymnastics classes are offered for kids (12 mos-18 yrs), $34-100. (562) 8669771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Tiny Tumblers (25-48 mos and walkers-2 yrs), Jama’s Gymnastics Beginning I (4-10), Beginning II and Intermediate (6+). (562) 570-3100. www.longbeach.gov/park Most city recreation departments offer gymnastics. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. USA Gymnastics (800) 345-4719 usagym.org, usagymclub.com Website provides information and resources for all areas of gymnastics, including artistic/rhythmic, acrobatic, trampoline and tumbling. YMCA Beginning to advanced gymnastics, tumbling and teams at Anaheim (1+), Downey (no teams), Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Lakewood and Laguna Niguel. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.

• Chang Orthodontics 4608 Katella Ave., Ste. 201, Los Alamitos (562) 430-0541 www.changorthodontics.com Their goal is to provide patients with the right combination of advanced orthodontic technology and a personal human touch. By placing an emphasis on communication, they strive to ensure every patient understands what it takes to make a healthy, beautiful smile. They also want to provide you with the highest quality orthodontic care in a family-friendly, fun and cooperative environment. Drs. Russell Chang and Christine Chung use only proven techniques and technology and tailor treatment for each patient’s specific needs and concerns. See ad on page 57. • Mark A. Garlington D.D.S. Orthodontics for Children and Adults 5479 E. Abbeyfield, Ste. #1, Long Beach (562) 439-4553 www.drg4smiles.com At Garlington Orthodontics, you are always greeted with a smile and a warm welcome when you set foot in their office. They take pride in providing the best care in both a friendly and comfortable environment. Some of the latest technological advances, such as digital imaging, advanced computer graphics and iTero (Digital Impression System) have allowed them to become experts in a variety of treatments. They believe that every patient should be treated like family with the utmost attention and care. Whether you are a child, teen or adult, their knowledgeable doctor, and team are committed to helping you achieve your dream smile. See ad on page 57. • Pediatric Medical Center 2921 Redondo Ave., Long Beach (562) 426-5551 www.informedparent.com PMC provides comprehensive medical care for pa-

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tients from birth through college with special expertise in: school underachievement and complex diagnostic and management problems. The team of physicians offer greater than one hundred twenty years of cumulative clinical pediatric experience and expertise. Each physician is active in the education and training of pediatric residents and medical students. This allows them to offer a unique combination of skills for the care of your child based on both academic and community pediatric medical experience. Their informative website offers a wide range of articles on parenting and health issues. See ad on this page. • Stephen C. Kim, DDS, MSD, APC and Raymond M. Sugiyama, DDS MS 3551 Farquhar Ave. Ste. 202, Los Alamitos (562) 598-8543, (714) 750-3302 www.drkimortho.com For over thirty years, their practice has successfully helped residents of Orange and Los Angeles counties in achieving the smile of their dreams. Doctors Kim and Sugiyama, along with a friendly and caring staff, are committed to providing the highest quality orthodontic care in a professional and comfortable environment. Serving Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Long Beach, Cypress, Huntington Beach and surrounding areas, Dr. Stephen Kim and Dr. Ray Sugiyama are your orthodontic specialists providing complete orthodontic care for children, teens and adults. See ad on page 57. • Tribe Functional Fitness 10712-B Reagan St., Los Alamitos (562) 334-2348 www.tribefunctionalfitness.com The Sport of Fitness. Teaching kids and teens the correct way to move, how to press their limits, to do the impossible, to believe in themselves and how to have fun while doing it all. Tribe covers all 10 general physical skills: accuracy, agility, balance, cardiovascular endurance, coordination, flexibility, power, strength, stamina and speed. Learning in various environments, ranging from throwing, jumping, squatting, pulling, pressing, running, gymnastics and so much more. The program can be both a sport in itself or a perfect supplement to another sport. First three classes are free; please see coupon on page 89 for $29 for the first month! See ad on this page. Low-Cost Health Services and Resources The following agencies provide low-cost medical/ dental referrals or services to families. Bilingual. Boys and Girls Club Pediatric Vision Care  (714) 532-7940 www.bgcgg.org/programs/arches.html Children’s Clinic  (562) 933-0400 Medical, dental/orthodontic, optometric/ophthalmic and behavioral/mental health services available. Call center open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Locations in Long Beach and Bellflower. www.thechildrensclinic.org CHOC Children’s Clinics (714) 509-8887 Medical services, including specialties. Locations in Costa Mesa, Garden Grove, Newport Beach, Orange and Santa Ana. www.choc.org/community-education Cypress Community College Dental Clinic  (714) 484-7292 lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


Low-cost teeth cleaning and oral disease exam performed by student hygienists. 9200 Valley View St., Cypress. www.tinyurl.com/cypresscollegedentalservices IImmunization Referrals Free to low-cost immunizations for infants and kids. Long Beach only, (562) 570-SHOT, www. longbeach.gov/health; Orange County, (800) 5648448, www.tinyurl.com/OCFamilyHealth; Los Angeles County, (800) 427-8700, www.tinyurl.com/ LACountyHealth. Orange County Dental Society www.ocds.org

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So Cal College of Optometry  (714) 449-7401 Low-cost exams. 2575 Yorba Linda Blvd., Fullerton. www.sccoeyecare.com  For free and low-cost clinics in Orange County, visit www.tinyurl.com/oclowcosthealth; and for Los Angeles County, visit www.tinyurl.com/LAlowcosthealth. Recreation Departments Many city recreation departments offer family health and fitness programs. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. Weight Watchers www.weightwatchers.com Offers weight-loss, nutrition program for kids ages 10-16 with a doctors note identifying the weight goal. YMCA Newport-Mesa offers yoga (5-12). See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.

sons, 45-50 minutes. Horses are provided. See ad on this page. • Rancho Rio Verde 1000 W. Carson St., Long Beach (714) 624-5754, (310) 830-2060 www.rrvridingclub.com Group and private English and Western riding instruction (5+) includes basic horsemanship, jumping and ring time. Leases are available. Lessons are scheduled Tuesday through Sunday. Vaulting (gymnastics on horseback) and Horsemanship Camp (see “Camps”) available. Special programs and discounts for youth groups. Familyfriendly atmosphere. See ad on this page.

• Sandie Mercer Ranch at Lakewood Equestrian Center 11369 Carson St., Lakewood (562) 425-1905 Private and group instruction (7+) for Western, English and jumping. Beginners through advanced lessons can be arranged to fit your schedule. Lessons are available seven days a week on your horse or theirs. The new Sunday Introduction to Horses class includes safety and basic in-hand care of the horse as well as riding—all in a quiet, country setting. See ad on this page.

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Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services Department - Fun on the Farm (1½-6) and Horse Fun for Preschoolers (36). (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect

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• Lakewood Recreation and Community Services - Instruction at Lakewood Equestrian Center. (562) 4251905. www.lakewoodcity.org • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Horse Fun (3-12). Classes held in Anaheim. (562) 5703100. www.longbeach.gov/park

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horseback riding English and/or Western riding instruction, horse care, camps, parties, pony club and polo association, plus trail rides. Also see: “Camps.” • Ann’s Lakewood Pony Rides and Petting Zoos - Ponies for Parties (626) 350-3049 www.flickr.com/photos/poniesforparties Clean, decorated ponies and petting zoos are delivered to your home, school, fair or company picnic. Birthday parties are their specialty! Studio rentals are also offered. Burbank party location available. Ann’s Lakewood Pony Rides was formerly located on Carson Street in Lakewood. Check them out on Yelp! See ad on page 66. • First Field Farm 18299 Dumont Ave., Cerritos (562) 924-2217 www.firstfieldfarm.com First Field Farm offers instruction in English horseback riding and jumping for beginning through advanced students. Beginner lessons include care of the horse as well as the basics of position and control. Private lessons are 30 minutes; group leslots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

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WWW.PORTALLANGUAGES.COM • Wagonwheel Ranch Horseback Rides 4057 Via Opata, Palos Verdes (310) 567-3582 www.pvhorses.net Offers one- and two-hour Western trail riding, party packages (see “Parties”) and year-round camps (see “Camps”). There are many sights to see along the Palos Verdes Peninsula with their guided horseback rides, including hillside views, meadows of wildflowers and wildlife. They help riders with tacking the horse; hoof care and the proper way to bridle the horse is also demonstrated with hands-on experience. Their horses are gentle and suited for the beginner to experienced riders, no matter the age, and special needs individuals as well. They are community-minded and donate to local fundraisers. Open 365 days a year. So, saddle up and enjoy a scenic trail ride! For more information, call anytime. Gift certificates available. Also see “Special Needs.” Equestrian Centers and Trail Rides The following locations offer English and/or Western riding instruction (5+) and trail rides (7+). Monthly leases for students who do not own a horse may be available. Most locations also offer parties and school-break camps. For referrals to therapeutic riding programs, visit www.socalequine.com under the “Health Care” tab. Anaheim Equestrian Center Rancho del Rio Stable  (714) 535-3510 1370 Sanderson Ave., Anaheim www.anaheimequestriancenter.com Country Trails and Riding School  (714) 538-5860 Trail rides available. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange www.ctriding.com Huntington Beach Central Park Equestrian Center  (714) 848-6565 Therapeutic riding, guided trail rides and horse-care clinics. 18381 Golden West St., Huntington Beach. www.hcpec.com

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Serrano Creek Ranch Equestrian Center  (949) 768-5891 Also offers an equine-therapy program. 25200 Trabuco Road, Lake Forest. www.serranocreekranch.com Sunset Ranch Hollywood Stables  (323) 469-5450 Located under the Hollywood sign. Visit their website for coupons and specials. 3400 N. Beachwood Drive, Los Angeles. www.sunsetranchhollywood.com • Wagonwheel Ranch Horseback Rides  (310) 567-3582 Guided trail rides along Palos Verdes Peninsula. Also offers camps during school breaks and therapeutic riding. www.pvhorses.net. See complete listing in this section. U.S. Pony Club (859) 254-7669 www.ponyclub.org English-riding instruction and competitions. Participants may lease a horse or use their own. US Polo Association (800) 232-8772 www.uspolo.org Resources for junior polo programs, clubs and clinics.

languages Instructional classes and schools. Also see: “Tutoring and Academics.” • Academic Learning and Languages’ Summer Language Camps for Kids and Teens Lakewood and Long Beach (562) 833-3115 www.AcademicLandL.com “Summer camp with Academic Learning and Languages is the best decision I’ve made for both my kids,” parent, Long Beach. “Learning Spanish with Miss Amy is like Christmas!,” nine-year-old student. Grammar, literacy, conversation, music, art, cooking and more! Spanish Refresher Course for Teens, August, $199 for five mornings plus $20 materials fee. Super Spanish for Kids Culinary Camp, late June and July or Fantastic French for Kids Culinary Camp, July; $169 for five mornings plus $25 materials fee. Classes and camps are located in the Lakewood/Long Beach area. Also see “Camps” for complete listing. ¡Aprende con Nosotros! Bienvenue les petites chefs! Reserve your spot today. Email: Amyberger@ca.rr.com. • Foreign Languages Academy and Tutoring Services Placentia (714) 504-0235 www.foreignlanguagestutoring.com An essential part of acquiring 21st century skills is speaking a foreign language. Foreign Languages Academy and Tutoring Services provides students

(1 year - adult) the opportunity to take private and group classes in various languages, including Spanish, French, Mandarin, Arabic, Romanian, Japanese, English, Farsi, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Korean, German and many more. Classes are taught by native-speaking teachers through TPRS (Total Physical Response Storytelling) and full immersion in the target language. Ask about their free demo class. Also see “Special Needs” and “Tutoring and Academics.” See ad on page 55. • LangoKids Irvine 9070 Irvine Center Drive, Ste. 135, Irvine (714) 864-4680 www.langokidsirvine.com LangoKids Irvine offers dynamic, fun, and engaging Spanish and French Immersion classes ages 1-10 and camps for kids ages 5-10 (see “Camps”). With their native speaking instructors, your child will acquire another language in a small group setting, gain exposure to new cultures, and have a blast in the process. Their classes incorporate original music, dance, games, storytelling and more to keep kids immersed and engaged in the target language. Open up windows of opportunity to your children with LangoKids Irvine. New classes available every 10 weeks. Call to join them for a free demo class. See ad on page 55. • LAEF’s Summer Enrichment Institute (562) 277-6876 www.laef4kids.org Learn Spanish this summer at Los Alamitos Education Foundation’s (LAEF) Summer Enrichment Institute! Beginning and intermediate offerings are available to elementary students. See “Camps” and “Tutoring and Academics” for complete listings; see ad on page 24. • Lycee International de Los Angeles (LILA) Orange County Campus 2625 North Tustin Ave., Santa Ana (626) 695-5159 www.lilaschool.com LILA is an international French immersion school with five campuses: Orange County (preschool6th), Los Feliz (preK-5th), Pasadena (preschool5th), West Valley (preschool-5th) and Burbank (6th-12th). LILA teaches a bilingual immersion program where students study all subjects in both English and French. The curriculum adapts the French Ministry of Education’s official program to the bicultural context and holds triple accreditation from the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) in Geneva, Switzerland; the French Ministry of Education; and the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC). LILA is also part of the AEFE (Agence pour l’enseignement français à l’étranger), a network of 470 schools worldwide over which the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs assures the quality of instruction. See ad on page 76. • Pacific Conservatory, Music & Arts Education Costa Mesa and Orange (714) 545-1217 www.pacificconservatory.com In our fast-moving global society, speaking a foreign language is becoming essential. French and Spanish classes and private tutoring are adapted to students from age 3 to university level with individual, partner and group lessons available. A strong foundalots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


tion (conversation, grammar, literature, phonics) will prepare students for college and career as well as opening their minds to discovering different cultures, foods, art and music. See ad on page 40. • Portal Languages.com Corp Costa Mesa, Fullerton and Mission Viejo Locations (714) 662-5696 www.portallanguages.com Portal Languages offer a language program for ages 3 and up for non-native speakers. Parents will find the program fun and entertaining as the language comes alive through music, puppets, books, theater and games. Research shows that preschool and elementary school children are at an optimal age for a second language, and that children who speak a second language test higher, speak better and retain languages longer. Portal offers instruction in Spanish, German, Portuguese, French, Italian and Mandarin, plus 10 other languages. Call to find out about a free demo class. Orange County Branches: Costa Mesa, Fullerton and Mission Viejo. See ad on page 54.

eryday for two weeks. (562) 467-5050. www. cerritoscommunityed.com • Cypress College, Kids College - Rock ‘N’ Learn Spanish (5-7), A Touch of Spanish (8-12), Sing and Learn Chinese (infant-6 yrs), and English Rules (English as a Second Language, 8+); year-round, sixweek sessions. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Baby Sign Language (1 mos - 2 yrs), parent and child can learn to communicate before baby can speak. (562) 570-3100. www.longbeach.gov/park Santa Ana College - Spanish (8-12). (714) 5646594. www.sac.edu/cms Many city recreation departments offer language instruction. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information.

Private Language Instruction In addition to the listings in this section, the following schools offer instruction for kids, plus cultural activities.

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A Little Dynasty - Chinese school and play village (15 mos - high school). 9844 Research Drive, Irvine. (949) 509-0288. www.alittledynasty.com

Instruction, clubs, stores and magicians for hire. Also see: “Parties.”

Berlitz Kids - Multiple language classes and camps in Costa Mesa and Torrance. (866) 423-7548. www.berlitz.us

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Fondazione Italia - Italian classes (pre-K-12), including Mommy and Me, plus summer camps. (310) 739-9350. www.fondazione-italia.org Language Door - Multiple languages. Summer camp available. 18103 Skypark Circle, Ste. D2, Irvine. (949) 833-0900. www.languagedoor.com

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Long Beach Japanese Language School - Classes (5+) year round, plus cultural summer program, July 11 - August 22. 1766 Seabright Ave., Long Beach. (562) 598-4539. www.lbjls.org Pandarin Academy - Chinese language (2+). Locations in Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Saddleback College. Southeast Japanese School - Classes for kids (grades K+). 14615 S. Gridley Road, Norwalk. (562) 863-5996. www.sejscc.org The Language Experts - Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and ESL. Call for free trial. Summer program also available. 4500 Campus Drive, Newport Beach. (949) 424-9714. www.languageclass.net Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services Department - Introduction to Mandarin Chinese (5-14) and Conversational Spanish for Beginners (8+). (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect Cerritos College - Intro to Spanish and Spanish Intermediate (6-17), offered in the summer, evlots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

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this company features a network of LA’s best magicians. Performers offer a variety of specialities, including birthday parties, educational school shows (anti-drug, nutrition, etc.), fairs and festivals, company picnics and events, and much more. Over 20 years of experience. Call for a free consultation on how to make your party great! See ad on page 66. Magic Clubs The following clubs offer activities and instruction (718). Monthly meetings and club offerings vary. Annual dues may apply. International Brotherhood of Magicians, (636) 724-2400, www.magician.org; Society of Young Magicians, www.tinyurl.com/SYMwebsite; and The Magic Castle, auditions held twice a year for kids (1319), www.magiccastle.com/juniors, (323) 851-3313. Magic Stores The following locations offer supplies and lessons for young magicians: Best Magic, Gags and Costume, 625 S. Magnolia Ave., Anaheim, (714) 827-6442, www.bestmagic.com; Magic Galore and More, 6471 Westminster Ave. (inside Westminster Lanes), Westminster, (714) 891-6488, www.magicgaloreandmore. com; and Magicopolis, theater and party packages, 1418 Fourth St., Santa Monica, (310) 451-2241, www.magicopolis.com.

martial arts Karate, judo, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling and self-defense classes. Also see “Fencing.” • Alpert JCC Martial Arts with Sensei Mac 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Ext. 1051 www.alpertjcc.org Build confidence and self-esteem while learning selfdefense. Variety of classes for ages 3 and up. Prices vary per month based on the number of weeks in the session. Join a session at any time! Call or visit their website for more information on all of the martial arts classes. See ads on pages 25 and 78. Boxing for Kids Local boxing committee provides referrals to boxing programs for boys and girls (8+). (323) 921-6139. www.lbc33.com Boys and Girls Club Fountain Valley offers Karate (3½+) and Tae Kwon Do (5+). Stanton offers the Young Olympians Saturday Program. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. • LAEF’s Summer Enrichment Institute Los Alamitos (562) 277-6876 www.laef4kids.org Learn Kenpo Karate this summer with an instructor with a fifth degree black belt at LAEF’s Summer Enrichment Institute! See “Camps” and “Tutoring and Academics” for complete listings; see ad on page 24. 56 • spring/summer 2015

• My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, Signal Hill (562) 986-0066 www.mygym.com/longbeach As students, ages 4-13, strive for different belt levels, they learn about setting goals and the discipline needed to reach them. Their successes give them the confidence to take on new challenges. Their improved levels of concentration and self-control help at home and school. With a Master Karate instructor on staff, students enjoy learning in a safe, caring and fun atmosphere. By learning the kicks, punches and blocks, karate classes improve your child’s strength, flexibility, stamina, balance and coordination. See ad on page 71. Recreation Department And College Classes • Anaheim Community Services Department - KungFu for Children (6-11), Parent/Child Karate (5+), MAI Little Karate Kids/Kung Fu Pandas (4-5), Kids’ JiuJitsu (3-13), Kids’ Martial Arts (8+), ATA Taekwondo (4+), Teen Jiu Jitsu (12+) and Karate for Kids (6-12). (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect Cerritos College - Kung Fu for Kids (5-12), year-round. (562) 467-5050. www.cerritoscommunityed.com • Cypress College, Kids College - Intro to Martial Arts/ Parent and Me (4-6), Kung Fu (7-17), Karate as Self Defense (7-17) and Judo/Ju-jitsu (6-18); year-round, six-week sessions. $50-60. Classes also in Anaheim and Fullerton. (714) 484-7038. www.sce.edu/kids • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Karate, beginning - intermediate (5-15), Karate Pee Wee Tiger (3-5) and Kenpo Karate (5+). (562) 8669771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Mixed Martial Arts/Chung Hap Musul I and II (3-5 and 4-12), DG Boxing for Kids (10-13), Jujitsu (7-12), Karate Traditional (5-15) and Homeland Cultural Center’s Ancient Khmer Martial Arts (Tae Kwon Do), Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7 p.m., free for all ages. (562) 570-1655. www.longbeach.gov/park YMCA Huntington Beach and Newport-Mesa (5-15) offer mixed martial arts. Long Beach - Fairfield offers karate. Yorba Linda offers Judo (5-12). See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.

museums Museums in Southern California featuring kid-friendly exhibits. Most museums offer group tours for schools and scouts. Visit the Calendar section (in print and online at www.kidsguidemagazine.com) for museum special events. Also see: “Attractions,” “STEM,” “Surfing and SUP” and “Trains” for additional museums.

• Bowers Kidseum 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 480-1520 www.bowers.org/kidseum A unique, hands-on cultural arts museum experience for young children and families with interactive exhibits and programs that include: Jr. Archaeologist programs, Drumming Circles, merit badge sessions for girl and boy scout groups, school tours for pre-K - grade 2, art classes and workshops, birthday party packages (see “Parties”), family events and camps (see “Camps”). Open Saturday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed Monday - Friday to accommodate scheduled school tours and art classes, extended hours may apply. To schedule your tour or art class, email kidseum@bowers.org or call (714) 567-3694. Admission: $6, children under 2, free. See ad on page 23. • Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200 www.columbiaspacescience.org Hands-on learning center that is dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages. It also serves as the national memorial for the Space Shuttle Columbia’s seven crew members, lost in 2003. The 20,000-square-foot visitor center is equipped with not only amazing technology and visual teaching exhibits, it is constantly holding engaging classes and workshops (see “Calendar”). The Space Center also hosts the only Challenger Learning Center in the greater Los Angeles area, where you can: Return to the Moon, or go on a Voyage to Mars, and experience the real-life excitement of working in Mission Control or in the Spacecraft; available for field trips, team-building exercises and parties of 16 or more. Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Sundays and Mondays. $5 per person (3+). Also see “Attractions,” “Parties” and “STEM.” See ad on page 17. • Discovery Cube Los Angeles 11800 Foothill Blvd., Los Angeles (818) 890-1761 www.discoverycube.org Now open in Los Angeles, take in 71,000 square feet of interactive fun. Whether you want to take a simulated helicopter tour or experience our own Santa Ana winds, there’s something for everyone to explore. Cutting-edge exhibits and thrilling events will educate and entertain everyone from kids of all ages to the kid in all of us. This spring, don’t miss “Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails,” and coming this summer, “Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog.” There’s always something new to explore at the Cube! • Discovery Cube Orange County 2500 North Main St., Santa Ana (714) 542-2823 www.discoverycube.org Discovery Cube Orange County is filled with interactive and hands-on exhibits in themed areas including: Discovery Theater, Planetary Research Station, Boeing Rocket Lab, Eco Challenge, Dino Quest and Science of Hockey. Visitors will explore science like never before with a virtual earthquake, hurricane simulator, a cloud lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


maker and more! This spring, check out “LEGO Travel Adventure” and “National Geographic Earth Explorers,” and visit this summer for the opening of new exhibits inside the Cube’s expansion. There’s always something new to explore at the Cube! Field trips, outreach, special events, scout programs, sleepovers, homeschool days and teacher workshops are also available. See ad on back inside cover.

ate a piece of art from start to finish, inspired by one of the current exhibitions. Their Half-day Elements of Art summer camps allow kids (5-12) opportunities to explore art by creating their own unique works, while being inspired by the art on view. Also see “Arts and Crafts” and “Camps.” See ad on page 11. • Museum of Latin American Art 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach (562) 437-1689 www.molaa.org MOLAA is the only museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art. On the fourth Friday of each month, they offer free admission from 6-9 p.m. Target Free Sundays are held every Sunday and offer free admission and gallery tours. See ad on page 22; coupon on page 101.

• Laguna Art Museum 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach (949) 494-8971 www.lagunaartmuseum.org Laguna Art Museum offers a variety of programs to engage kids with the art on display. Their Kids Art Studio is a free hands-on art-making program offered on a drop-in basis when kids and their families cre-

• Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900 www.pretendcity.org Pretend City Children’s Museum is an interconnected city designed just for children (infant-8). The city is comprised of a grocery store, farm, doctor’s office, art studio, amphitheater, beach, marina, construction site and many other exhibits. At Pretend City, children learn through role play based on real-world experiences as they dress up as a police officer, deliver the mail, create art, compose music or put out a fire. Designed to align with the California State Standards and Preschool Learning Foundation, Pretend City’s educational programs engage children (pre-school - 3rd grade) through school field trips, where the museum is the classroom and learning comes to life! Also see

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“Parent Education and Support Groups,” “Parties” and “Special Needs.” See ad on page 59. Historical Sites Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum (310) 603-0088 Tours and workshops, plus yearly family events and living history programs. School and scout tours are available. Free admission. 18127 S. Alameda St., Rancho Dominguez. www.dominguezrancho.org Drum Barracks Civil War Museum  (310) 548-7509 The last remaining Civil War era military facility building in the Los Angeles area. Features include a library, a replicated parlor and bedroom, display and armory rooms and a museum shop. Guided tours only; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; 10 and 11:30 a.m.; and Saturday and Sunday; 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. $5, suggested donation. 1052 Banning Blvd., Wilmington. www.drumbarracks.org Heritage Museum of OC  (714) 540-0404 Visit a working blacksmith shop, a rancho home, the Kellogg House and gardens. Tours also offered. Adults, $5; kids, $4. 3101 West Harvard St., Santa Ana. www.heritagemuseumoc.org Homestead Museum  (626) 968-8493 A six-acre look at Southern California’s history from the 1840s-1920s. Free guided tours. Family-friendly events throughout the year. Free admission; donations accepted. 15415 E. Don Julian Road, City of Industry. www.homesteadmuseum.org Mission San Juan Capistrano  (949) 234-1300 Tours, summer camps and ongoing family events. Adults, $9; kids, $6; includes audio tour. 26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano. www.missionsjc.com Pio Pico Historic Park Adobe (562) 695-1217 The El Ranchito adobe offers self-guided and rangerled tours, plus annual family-friendly events. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Free admission and parking. 6003 Pioneer Blvd., Whittier. www.piopico.org Point Fermin Lighthouse  (310) 241-0684 Guided tours of the historic 1874 lighthouse, oldfashioned toys and dress-up clothes. Tuesday - Sunday, 1-4 p.m.; tours at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Donations requested. 807 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro. www. pointferminlighthouse.org Rancho Los Alamitos  (562) 431-3541 Yearly family events, workshops, and guided and self-guided tours. Free admission. 6400 E. Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach. www.rancholosalamitos.com • Rancho Los Cerritos  (562) 206-2040 Built in 1844, the adobe and grounds echo with California’s Spanish, Mexican and American history. Family events are offered throughout the year, such as Mud Mania on August 16 as well as Summer Adventures (see “Camps” and ad on page 26). Open year-round, Wednesday - Sunday, 1-5 p.m., for free guided tours; garden tours on weekends at 2:30 p.m. 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach. www. rancholoscerritos.org

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The Banning Museum  (310) 548-7777 Tours of the 1864 mansion and 20 acres of grounds. Adults, $5; kids, $1. 401 East M St., Wilmington. www.thebanningmuseum.org Presidential Libraries The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum  (714) 993 5075 Explore nine acres encompassing over 20 high-tech presidential museum galleries, movie and interactive video theaters, the First Lady’s Garden, President Nixon’s restored 1910’s birthplace, and the flowerringed memorial sites of President and Mrs. Nixon. Special exhibits, concerts, speakers and events throughout the year. 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda. www.nixonfoundation.org The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library  (805) 410-8354 Visitors take a self-guided tour through the grounds, including Air Force One (inside too) and the Reagan Museum with interactive exhibits, such as acting in a movie with Mr. Reagan, delivering a speech on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, playing six economic-based games and riding a horse alongside the president. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. www.reaganlibrary.com More Museums Autry National Center  (323) 667-2000 Collections of the American West and Native Americans. Family activities include Family Days, gold panning, Autry Explorers, festivals and storytelling. Located in Griffith Park. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. www.theautry.org. Free admission day: second Tuesdays. Beall Center for Art and Technology  (949) 824-6206 Revolving exhibits that explore relationships between art, science and engineering. Special family events throughout the year. 712 Arts Plaza, University of California, Irvine. www.beallcenter.uci.edu Buena Park Exhibition Center Titanic and Bodies Exhibits (657) 529-7224 Bodies explores the systems of the human body. Titanic The Artifact Exhibition features over 250 authentic artifacts that have been recovered from the wreck site. 7711 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. www. titanicbuenapark.com, www.bodiesbuenapark.com Calif. African American Museum  (213) 744-7432 History and culture with a focus on the African American journey from the west coast of Africa to the Western United States. Special events and family days throughout the year. Free admission. Exposition Park, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles. www.caamuseum.org Chapman University Permanent Exhibits Huell Howser Archive includes images, text and artifacts, which outline Howser’s career and legacy in California. Located in the basement level of Leatherby Libraries. Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free. Sala and Aron Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library includes permanent and rotating exhibits of the individual lives affected by the Holocaust. Located on the 4th floor of the Leatherby Libraries. Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free. One University Drive, Orange. (714) 9976815. www.chapman.edu

Children’s Museum at La Habra  (562) 383-4236 Experience 10,000-square-feet of hands-on exhibits for the entire family. Plus, enjoy Target Free Sundays on the first Sunday of each month. New spring exhibit: “California Full of Life,” an adventure through the state’s natural beauty, focusing on four of the many eco-systems within California. Kids are introduced to different environments and the types of animals within each; March 31- August 24. Mondays, closed; Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Closed major holidays. 301 S. Euclid St., La Habra. www.lhcm.org Flight Path Learning Center and Museum  (424) 646-7284 View the tarmac to watch planes take-off and land, plus model airplanes, including a full-size DC-3. Closed Sunday and Monday. Free admission. 6661 West Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles. www. flightpathmuseum.com Getty Center and Villa Getty Center offers seasonal family activities including Family Festivals. Plus, the Family Room is open daily to stimulate kids interest in art through projects. The Villas activities include the Family Forum and the TimeScape room. Both locations offer free GettyGuide family audio tours and Family Art Detective Cards. Getty Center: 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. Getty Villa: 7985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. Admission is free; parking is $15. The Pay Once, Park Twice program provides a flat $15 parking fee for a same-day visit to both locations. An advance timed ticket is required for the Getty Villa; one ticket includes up to three kids (15 and under). (310) 440-7300. www.getty.edu Hammer Museum  (310) 443-7000 Family programs include Hammer Kids and art workshops, family days and family flicks. Plus, download a family or teen guide from their website for an interactive experience in the galleries. Closed Monday. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. www.hammer.ucla.edu. Free admission daily. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens  (626) 405-2100 Visit the interactive Children’s Garden (2-7) and the Conservatory for Botanical Science with handson science activities (8+). 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. www.huntington.org. Free admission: first Thursday, with reserved tickets. Japanese American National Museum  (213) 625-0414 Japanese American culture and history. 100 North Central Ave., Los Angeles. www.janm.org. Free admission: Thursdays, 5-8 p.m. and all-day every third Thursday. Kidspace Children’s Museum  (626) 449-9144 Interactive activities in the arts, sciences and humanities, including water features, plus classes, camps, family nights, parenting workshops and special events. New this year: Kidspace Greenhouse with hands-on art and science activities. 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. www.kidspacemuseum.org Long Beach Museum of Art  (562) 439-2119 Free family art workshops. 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


Long Beach. www.lbma.org. Free admission days: Thursdays, 3-8 p.m.; and Fridays, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Pasadena. www.nortonsimon.org. Free admission: first Fridays, 5-8 p.m.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (323) 857-6000 Family Guides for kids (6-12) available at the box office. NexGen LACMA is a free youth membership program that offers free general admission for kids 17 and under as well as one accompanying adult, including access to permanent collection galleries and selected special exhibitions. Family Days and tours also available. Closed Wednesdays. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. www.lacma.org. Free general admission day: second Tuesday of the month, select federal holidays and Monday - Friday, after 3 p.m. to Los Angeles County residents.

Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits  (323) 934-7243 Interactive displays of the Tar Pits and Southern California during the Ice Age. Visitors can watch fossil excavation and assembly in the Fossil Lab. Hancock Park, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. www.tarpits.org. Free admission: first Tuesdays except July and August.

Lyon Air Museum  (714) 210-4585 Airplanes, automobiles, military planes, vehicles and motorcycles on display. Floor to ceiling view of John Wayne Airport runway. 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana. www.lyonairmuseum.org March Field Air Museum (951) 902-5949 Home to more than 70 historic air crafts and displays with more than 2,000 artifacts. 22550 Van Buren, Riverside. www.marchfield.org Museum of Flying  (310) 398-2500 Features two dozen aircraft chronicling the beginning of flight, including a replica Wright Flyer, BD-5 micro jet and the FedEx 727 nose section. Plus, an interactive flight simulator, MaxFlight (48” height restriction). Wednesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Adults, $10; kids (6-12), $6. 3100 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. www.museumofflying.com Museum of Music Making  (760) 438-5996 Explore how and why instruments develop and who makes them, how we gain access to them, and what they sound like in the hands of masters, covering 1890s to today. 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad. www. museumofmakingmusic.org Museum of Tolerance  (310) 553-8403 Interactive exhibits encourage visitors (recommended for 10+) to find solutions to social problems, learn about hate groups and experience the events leading up to the Holocaust and World War II. New exhibit: “Anne,” explores the legacy of Anne Frank, separate ticket required. 9786 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. www.museumoftolerance.com Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County  (213) 763-3466 The Nature Gardens allow visitors to spot birds and butterflies and observe and track species and explore an edible garden. The Nature Lab features live animals, touchable specimens, citizen science projects and multi-media. Dino Lab allows visitors to watch the assemblage of real dinosaur fossils. Visit the seasonal Butterfly Pavilion, April - September and Spider Pavilion, September - November (separate ticket required). Exposition Park, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. www.nhm.org. Free admission day: first Tuesdays. Norton Simon Museum  (626) 449-6840 Free family programs focus on the permanent collection and exhibits. Kids are free. 411 Colorado Blvd., lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

Pennypickle’s Workshop Temecula Children’s Museum  (951) 308-6376 7,500 square feet cluttered with hands-on inventions, gadgets and experiments. Workshops, events and parties available. Closed Mondays. 42081 Main St., Temecula. www.pennypickles.org Planes of Fame Air Museum  (909) 597-3722 Museum dedicated to historical aircraft with annual air shows, tours and monthly living-history events. 7000 Merrill Ave., #17, Chino. www. planesoffame.org Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology  (909) 624-2798 A diverse collection of dinosaur fossils, footprints and trackways. Closed Sundays. Closed Saturdays, May - November. 1175 W. Baseline Road, Claremont. www.alfmuseum.org Skirball Cultural Center  (310) 440-4500 Features a museum, changing exhibitions, music, theater, comedy, film, family and literary programs, Zeidler’s Café, and Audrey’s Museum Store, plus Noah’s Ark, where kids can play, climb and problemsolve. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. www. skirball.org. Free admission day: Thursdays. Note: Advance tickets to Noah’s Ark are highly recommended on weekends and during school breaks; tickets on free Thursdays are first-come, first-served only (no advance tickets), subject to availability. Tankland American Military Museum (626) 442-1776 Tanks and military vehicles on display. 1918 Rosemead Blvd., South El Monte. www.tankland.com The Paley Center for Media  (310) 786-100 Home to publicly accessible archives of television, radio, and new media content, over 160,000 programs and advertisements spanning the history of media, including the U.S. Olympic Archive, a sports collection from ESPN, and an LGBT media collection chronicling LGBT history. Educational programs include entertainment, industry, impact and education outreach. Current exhibit is the “Survivor Anniversary Photo Exhibit.” Wednesday - Sunday, 12-5 p.m. Free admission, donations accepted. 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. www.paleycenter.org Wells Fargo History Museum (213) 253-7166 Features an original Concord Coach, a historically re-created agent’s office, working telegraphs, Western artifacts and a 27-ounce gold nugget. Free admission and audio guide. Metered parking. 333 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles. www. wellsfargohistory.com Western Museum of Flight  (310) 326-9544 Aircraft displays and exhibits. Family-friendly events spring/summer 2015 • 59


ALLEY KAT MUSIC CENTER Music Lessons & Instrument Rentals 11642 Knott Street, #19, Garden Grove

www.AlleyKatMusicCenter.com • (714) 229-8528 throughout the year. 3315 Airport Drive, Red Baron #3, Torrance. www.wmof.com Zimmer Children’s Museum  (323) 761-8984 Kids can be a star at the Mann Theater, pilot the Zimmer Plane, explore music at Rhythms of the World, make a splash at Water Ways and more. Located at the lobby level of the Goldsmith Jewish Federation Building at 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 100, Los Angeles. www.zimmermuseum.org

music Instrument instruction, bands, orchestras, choirs, camps and music-appreciation classes. Also see: “Theater Arts” for more vocal instruction and “Calendar” for live performances. • Alley Kat Music Center 11642 Knott St. #19, Garden Grove (714) 229-8528 www.alleykatmusiccenter.com Private music lessons with experienced and highly recommended teachers including MTAC certification if so desired. Offered for ages 4 through adult. Areas of expertise include: piano, flute, sax, clarinet, oboe, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, guitar and bass. All rentals are school-approved instruments and come with an option to buy. Receive a free accessory kit with rental! Also see “Camps.” See ad on this page. • Applied Music Studio 10900 Los Alamitos Blvd., Ste. 203, Los Alamitos (562) 596-1287 www.appliedmusicstudio.com Enhance your child’s (3+) education by trying a free lesson at Applied Music Studio. They offer instruction in viola, violin, voice, piano, guitar, drums, woodwinds, theory, as well as a Keyboard for Kids program, all taught by degreed professionals. Applied Music Studio has new and used instruments for sale, and school-approved instruments for rent with an option to buy. Mention Kidsguide to book your free lesson today! Located at the corner of Florista and Pine. Email: appliedmusicstudio@gmail.com. See ad on page 61. Bands and Orchestras Also see Cerritos College, Los Alamitos Youth Center and Musique Sur La Mer listed in this section. For more regional youth orchestras, visit www.cyosc.org.

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Bellagio Strings Youth Orchestra with Arts and Learning Conservatory - Opportunity for young musicians (9-14) to develop orchestral and musical skills. Rehearsals are in South Orange County, Mondays, 6-7:15 p.m., with performances held throughout Orange County, including Disneyland. Students are welcome to audition by appointment. Scholarships available. (714) 728-7100. www.artsandlearning.org Four Seasons Youth Orchestra - Three orchestras for kids (6-25). Rehearsals at Saddleback College; performances throughout Orange County, including the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Still accepting auditions for 2014-2015 season by appointment. Students are welcome to audition and try one rehearsal for free. Scholarships available. Auditions for 2015-2016 season will be held in mid-September. (714) 374-3766. www.fourseasonsyouthorchestra.org. Boys and Girls Club Capistrano Valley offers Music Mentors. Fountain Valley: guitar (8+) and piano (6+). Long Beach: guitar, drums, bass, keyboard and digital recording (6-18). Stanton: youth choir, school year only. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. • California Music Studios Jennifer Paterson, President (800) 227-6222 www.CaliforniaMusicStudios.com Did you know that music students have better math and science skills, score 61% higher on the SATs, and are 52% more likely to attend college than the average student? California Music Studios invites your family to enjoy all the benefits that learning music has to offer through private instruction in the comfort of your home or in one of over 300 locations. CMS offers lessons in all instruments and styles of music, and will find you the highly trained, university graduate teacher that best suits your needs. Their friendly staff is available to assist students seven days a week, and their teachers are happy to set a lesson schedule that is convenient for you. California Music Studios free recital program keeps students motivated, and with over 65 performances a year, students are able to perform regularly. Please call or visit their website today to see what makes them different. See ad on page 62. • Jazz Angels (310) 850-5453 www.jazzangel.org 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, eightweek sessions throughout the school year. Email: barry@jazzangel.org.

• Kelly Summer Vocal Studio Long Beach (562) 833-6444 www.kellysummermusic.com Voice lessons for kids and adults who want to improve their singing ability are offered by Kelly Summer Vocal Studio. Kelly Summer is a career singer and voice teacher with a Masters Degree in vocal performance from USC and over 20 years experience in the music business. Her specialization is in contemporary jazz, rock and hip hop/R&B. Students learn vocal technique, repertoire, audition/performance skills and musicianship—all in a private studio setting. Also see “Special Needs.” See ad on page 62. • Kick It Up 8129 East Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 430-1812 www.kickitup.com Learn to play the piano, guitar, or sing at Kick It Up. Their noncompetitive environment allows students to achieve and excel in music. Beginning at age 5 and through adults, their students enjoy practicing, become involved in school orchestra and bands, participate in the OCSHA program and perform with the CSULB madrigal choir. Classes are affordable, family-priced based, offered seven days a week, and offer the opportunity to perform in a spring recital. Also see “Camps,” “Dance” and “Parties.” See ads on pages 33, 43 and 91. • Long Beach Community Youth Choir (310) 850-5453 www.jazzangel.org Do you love to sing? The Long Beach Community Youth Choir offers an opportunity for young people (ages 8-13) to explore their love of music and singing in a group setting. Under the direction of Kendra Wayker Cogert, singers learn a variety of musical styles and perform with live bands. Your first rehearsal is free! • Music Together at the Beach (310) 850-5453 www.MusicTogetherAtTheBeach.com Celebrating 16 years of family music-making in Long Beach and Huntington Beach. Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for children from birth through age 5, and the grownups who love them. Weekly 45-minute classes incorporate a fun-filled, research-based, developmentally appropriate music curriculum based on the recognition that all children are musical. Activities include songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement and instrument play. Parent-child classes for children, newborn to age 5. For information about other Music Together locations, visit their website. See ad on page 63. • Musique Sur La Mer Youth Orchestras (562) 799-1060 www.mslmorchestra.com Musique Sur La Mer Youth Orchestras offers five instrumental programs based on age and ability. La Petite Musique String Orchestra is for musicians (7-16) with at least two years of music lessons and are proficient in reading music in first position; membership is open to all string players—violin, viola, cello, bass, who want a fun, educational first orchestral experience. Musique Sur La Mer Youth Symphony Orchestra (MSLMYSO) is for intermediate to advanced musicians (12-24) by audition for all strings, woodwinds, brass, lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


percussion, piano and harp; great music, make friends, college resume building, community service and travel opportunities. Musique Sur La Mer Honors Jazz Orchestra, by invitation from MSLMYSO, is a lively ensemble that plays pop and jazz. Musique Sur La Mer Honors Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles, open to advanced members of MSLMYSO by invitation, enables members to learn how to play chamber music with friends. Rehearsals take place at Community Congregational Church, UCC - 4111 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos. Email: info@mslmorchestra.com. See ad on this page. • OCSA’s Foundation Arts Enrichment Program 1010 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 560-0900, Ext. 5630 or 3259 www.ocsarts.net/communityclasses Saturday program in musical theatre training and guitar (grade 4 and up), offers two twelve-week sessions on Saturday afternoons during the school year. No prior training necessary. See listings in “Arts and Crafts” and “Camps” for full program description. See ad on page 10. • Pacific Conservatory, Music & Arts Education Costa Mesa and Orange (714) 545-1217 www.pacificconservatory.com Group and private instruction is available for piano, guitar, drums, flute, recorder, singing and musical theater. Piano classes (ages 3-12) and Instrumental classes (ages 3-16) feature reading, theory, ear training, technique and performing opportunities. Private lessons are available for all instruments. Classes and private lessons are available for beginning through advanced levels. Comprehensive Musicianship programs provide pre-professional training, skill enhancement, OCSA and Certificate of Excellence, Certificate of Merit. Call today to schedule a free introductory class! Locations: 151 Kalmus, G-1, Costa Mesa, 92626; and 1311 E. Katella Ave., Orange, 92867. See ad on page 40. Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services Department - Parent and Me classes, Kids Love Music, Broadway Baby, Music Maker Munchkins and Tunes for Tykes (3 mos 16 yrs). Other music classes are offered, such as singing, guitar, piano, drums and musical theater. (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect Cerritos College - Year-round Piano (6-14, intro, beginning and intermediate levels), Beginning Guitar (8-18), Community Band and Community Orchestra (10+). (562) 467-5050. www.cerritoscommunityed.com • Cypress College, Kids College - Bass Guitar for Kids (10+), Beginning Band Instruments (grades 5-8), Summer Band (grades 5-8), Jazz Improvisation (grades 5-8), Playing the Cello (7+), Keyboard-Piano, beginning to intermediate (7+), Guitar, beginning to advanced (6+), Violin (4+), Vocal for Kids (7+), Musical Theatre (7+), Sing What’s on Your IPod (13-17), and Songs of Guitar Hero (7+); six-week sessions. $60-75. Also offered at Anaheim and Fullerton Centers. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services - Babies Love Music (4-14 mos), Kids Love Music (3-7), Drums for Fun (6-12), Violin (7+) and Piano, beginlots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

Musique Sur La Mer Youth Symphony Orchestra

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La Petite Musique String Orchestra

Ages 7-15 • Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm No audition required Rehearsal Location: Community Congregational Church, UCC 4111 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos

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ning and intermediate (6-14). (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Little Music Makers (30 mos-5 yrs), Music and Movement (1-4), Piano (4-5), Melody Time (1-2) and Keyboard Kids (5-6); (562) 570-3111. Homeland

Cultural Center: Drums, Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m.; Guitar, Thursdays, 4-6 p.m.; Music Improvisation Jam, Saturdays, 4-6 p.m.; free for all ages. (562) 5701655. www.longbeach.gov/park Orange Coast College - Piano I and II (7+). (714) 4325880, Press 1. www.orangecoastcollege.augusoft.net

Applied Music Studio Violin • Voice • Guitar Piano • Drums • Woodwinds “Keyboard for Kids” Ages 3+ • Private, Semi-private & Group Lessons • School Approved Instrument Rentals • Rent with an Option to Buy • New & Used Instrument Sales • Music Professionals with Degrees

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schools, hospitals, elderly-care facilities and community events. Rehearsals in Costa Mesa. (949) 9816691. www.youngsingersoc.org

parent education & support groups Parenting classes and workshops, and a resource library, plus support groups for parents and caregivers. Also see: “Emergency and Family Services” and “Play Groups.” AD/HD Support Group (800) 233-4050 www.chadd.org Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) offers resources to find support groups and professional services. Santa Ana College - Guitar (10-15). (714) 564-6594. www.sac.edu/cms • Southern California Children’s Chorus (949) 250-9114 www.sccchorus.org The SCCC is dedicated to meeting the musical education and performance needs of children. Currently 300 singers are enrolled, ranging from 5-20 years of age and encompassing seven levels of sequential vocal and choral instruction. Directed by a highly skilled staff of directors, the choristers are immersed in compositions in multiple languages from many cultures, with themes ranging from the classics to folk and contemporary music. Weekly rehearsals are held September to May. $405-860 per year. See ad on page 63. The Youth Center Music 10909 Oak St., Los Alamitos (562) 493-4043 www.theyouthcenter.org School-year program for kids (grades K-5) with classes and concerts. Instruments include violin, viola, cello, drums, trombone, trumpet, saxophone,

clarinet, tuba, piano, keyboard, guitar, electric bass and more; beginning to advanced. Auditions for Jazz Band and Learner’s Orchestra are ongoing. Financial assistance available for qualifying families. Youth Choirs Also see Long Beach Community Youth Choir and Southern California Children’s Chorus in this section. For more regional youth chorales, visit www.acdacal.org. International Children’s Choir - Dressed in costumes from around the world, members (5-18) delight audiences through song and dance, promoting peace and cultural unity. (562) 421-8776. www.icckidslb.org International Peace Choir - Peace Ambassadors (5-18) performing songs and dances from around the world. Community service hours given. Open auditions are ongoing. For more information, call Pam Aki at (562) 500-9106. Rehearsals at Hope Community, 1429 Clark Ave., Long Beach. www. internationalpeacechoir.com Young Singers of Orange County - Choir experience for kids (grades K-10), performing concerts at

Voice Lessons & Music Therapy

Voice lessons for people who want to SING!

Breast-Feeding Support Breast Feeding Clinic - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.; preregistration required. Columbia Memorial Pediatrics, 2840 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 427-3782.

La Leche League - Free support and information for women who are or want to learn more about breastfeeding. Bilingual. (800) 525-3243. www.llli.org

• Rock, Jazz, Blues, Contemporary • Learn technique, stage presence, audition skills • Sky Mountain Charter School Vendor (voice only)

Music therapy for kids with special needs.

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Boot Camp for New Dads (949) 754-9067 www.dadsadventure.com/OCbootcamp An interactive workshop for first-time dads-to-be that gives them a chance to get their questions answered and concerns addressed in an all-male setting. New dads and their babies provide their expertise and a coach leads the discussion. Offered at five Orange County locations.

Granola Babies - Costa Mesa, Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Free. 3315 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa. (714) 4454948. www.granolababies.com

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

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

• American Health and Wellness Institute 5580 E. 2nd St., Ste. 101, Long Beach (562) 439-3425 www.ahwinstitute.com/calendar The Planting Seeds Program is a parenting community for expectant and new families. Parents and children learn and grow together, providing support, education, and activities that promote interaction and enrich the parent-child relationship. At the heart of the program is their infant, toddler and preschool play groups for parents and children that are designed to allow different types of play to overlap and interact as your child creates, learns and grows. Also see “Play Groups.” See ad on page 71.

Music for everyone (562) 833-6444

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• Children’s Home Society of California (CHS) Resource and Referral (562) 256-7490, Greater Long Beach (714) 543-2273, Orange County www.chs-ca.org Resource and Referral offers a variety of child care lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


KIDSGUIDE ADVERTISING resources to the community, such as child-care referrals, resources for assessing the quality of child care services, workshops, and a lending library that offers age-appropriate activities, toys and parenting videos. 249 E. Ocean Blvd., Ste. 300, Long Beach; 333 South Anita Drive, Ste. 350, Orange. See ad on page 39.

www.lagaycenter.org; and Orange County, 1605 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana, (714) 953-5428, www. thecenteroc.org.

• Connie Wax, LCSW #27430 Individual, Couple, Family and Child Counselor 3351 Florista St., Ste. 1-D, Los Alamitos (714) 300-3163 www.CounselorForTheGiftedAndTalented.com Specializing in therapy for gifted and talented children, adults and their families. Connie came to appreciate the unique needs of this group while raising her own gifted children. Her personal experience blossomed into a passion for helping parents of the gifted guide and support their children towards a fulfilling and meaningful life. Connie is committed to assisting parents in navigating the often rough waters of child rearing. Her own personal experiences, along with 13 years of clinical expertise, make her a unique resource for the community. Connie is certified to facilitate SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) parent groups. In addition to working with the gifted, she treats all life issues. See ad on this page.

Memorial Medical Center - Ongoing, nurse-led support group for new mothers; moms are encouraged to bring their baby. Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Long Beach. Free. (800) 636-6742. www.memorialcare.org

• Creative Solutions For Hope 3152 Redhill Ave., Ste. 100, Costa Mesa (714) 881-0427 www.CS4Hope.com Creative Solutions For Hope (CSH) uses applied behavior analysis (ABA) to benefit children with developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, behavior problems, ADHD and Autism Spectrum disorders. They offer a variety of supervision and therapy services, including behavior assessments, IEP support, school staff trainings, parent training, 1:1 therapy, and school shadowing. Additionally, they offer social skills groups, camp, a vocational skills program, and annual community events. CSH is in-network with many insurances and vendored through Regional Centers. See ad on page 84. Doulas of North America (888) 788-3662, Ext. DONA www.dona.org Referrals to certified doulas, individuals providing support for women and their families during pregnancy, labor/delivery and post-partum. English and Spanish. Helping Kids Cope (with Divorce) Parent Workshop 2390 E. Orangewood, Ste. 300, Anaheim (714) 543-4333 www.brightfutures4kids.org A one-time four-hour workshop designed to teach parents how to minimize the negative effects of separation or divorce. Support group referrals are also available. LGBT Support Support programs for gay fathers and lesbian mothers as well as a support groups and programs for LGBTQ youth and their families: Long Beach, 2017 E. 4th St., (562) 434-4455, www.centerlb.org; Los Angeles, 1625 N. Schrader Blvd., (323) 993-7400, lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

Mom and Baby Support Groups Hoag Hospital - Mom and baby support classes and hotline. (949) 764-BABY (2229). www.hoag.org

MOMS Orange County - Provides access to prenatal care, health screenings, education and referral services to low-income pregnant women; services are offered at no cost to Orange County residents who qualify for the program. 1128 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana. (800) 787-5858. www.momsorangecounty.org OC Mommy and Me - Moms’ Circle support groups; eight-week sessions, $325. 200 Newport Center Drive, Ste. 308, Newport Beach.(949) 679-4872. www.ocmommyandme.com

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Boys and Girls Clubs - Garden Grove offers classes in parenting skills. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. Casa Youth Shelter - Classes for parents of teenagers. Bilingual. 10911 Reagan St., Los Alamitos. (714) 995-8601. CASA. www.casayouthshelter.org • Cypress College School of Continuing Education Joyful Parenting (parents and kids, 1-5). Free. Offered at Anaheim, Cypress, Fullerton and Yorba Linda locations. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu Exchange Club Family Support Center - Three and nine-week parenting sessions. Bilingual. $40 per person; $50 per couple. 8320 Iowa St., Downey. (562) 904-9590. www.downeyfamilysupport.com • Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine - Parents and Preschoolers Learning Together (2-4); six-week sessions, $66 or 12-weeks, $132. (562) 570-3100. www.longbeach.gov Parenting Information and Classes at Hospitals Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), www. choc.org/content/health-topics; MemorialCare Hospitals, www.memorialcare.com/events-education; and UC Irvine Healthcare, (714) 456-7890, www. ucirvinehealth.org/events. OC Child Abuse Prevention Center - Parentto-Parent Program offers a network with other parents (in their own neighborhood) in ten-class sessions. Open to parents with children ages newborn through 12. Offered in English or Spanish. Free; registration required. Child care offered at no cost at select locations, (855) 955-5900. School Readiness offers in-home developmental assessments for children ages 0-6 in South Orange County and helps kids achieve social and emotional health to prepare for school success. 2390 E. Orangewood, Ste. 300, Anaheim. (714) 559-0803. www.brightfutures4kids.org. School District Parent Education Classes - Most districts offer adult schools that provide parent education and/or resource centers that offer classes, programs and materials for parents and families. Call your local district for referrals. For those in Orange County, also visit Families and Communities Together at www.factoc.org.

• Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900 www.pretendcity.org Special monthly events provide parents with important resources to help them stay on track of their child’s healthy development. Parents with children (0-18 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. See “Museums” for complete listing; see ad on page 59. Seriously Ill and Bereavement Support Groups Support for children and families who have lost or are losing a loved one. Art and Creativity for Healing, (949) 367-1902, www.art4healing.org. Kids Konnected, (949) 582-5443, www.kidskonnected.org. New Hope Grief Support Community, (888) 490-HOPE, (562) 429-0075, includes Kids’ Grief Support Groups (512), Teens’ Grief Support Groups (13+) and New Hope Family Camp, 3443 San Anseline, Long Beach, www. newhopegrief.org. Pathways Volunteer Hospice, (562) 531-3031, www.pathwayshospice.org. Single Parenting Support Parents Without Partners - Provides single parents and their children with an environment for support, friendship and the exchange of parenting techniques. www.parentswithoutpartners.org Support Groups for Moms MOMS - Making Our Mothering Significant meets Thursday mornings at 9:30 a.m.; school year only. Coop, alternated child care provided. Bethany Church, Long Beach. (562) 597-2411. www.562moms.com MOMS Club - Moms Offering Moms Support is an international support group with more than 70 Southern California chapters. Activities include play groups, Moms’ Night Out, cooking clubs, community service and field trips. www.momsclub.org MOPS - Mothers of Preschoolers support groups. (800) 910-6677. www.mops.org Mothers and More - Also provides advocacy for fair parenting policies and practices in the workplace. www.mothersandmore.org Mothers of Multiples - Provides information and resources, plus meet-up groups for mothers of multiples. www.nomotc.org, www.ocmom.org, www.llbmotc.org The Mom-E Club - Meets once a month to network, support each other, share business and marketing tips, and learn from experts to grow their businesses and balance their lives. www.mom-eclub.com UP of Southern California 17802 Irvine Blvd., Ste. 123, Tustin (657) 200-8772 www.upofsocal.com Training, education advocacy, consultation, clinical services (therapeutic support groups, family therapy) and certification on Collaborative Problem Solving to help parents, educators, therapists and other caregivers who have individuals in their life with challenging behaviors or who are in Special Education. In-home services also offered. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


parties Party packages and entertainment at your home or party facility. Also see: your area of interest. Party packages are listed throughout Kidsguide. • Adventure City 1238 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim (714) 236-9300 www.adventurecity.com What a day of excitement! Play in Adventure City as long as you like; enjoy one-hour in the whimsical Party Station eating pizza and other treats served by your own party hostess; take a private train ride with your child as the engineer, and much more. Adventure City provides everything from invitations to wonderful memories. Parents can relax and enjoy the party. See “Attractions” for more information. See discount coupon on page 73. • Anaheim Community Services Department (714) 765-5219 www.anaheim.net Party packages with Anaheim Community Services Department can take your party to the next level! Perfect for birthday parties, and can also be custom tailored for your special occasion. Each package is

designed for kids (5+). Packages accommodate up to 12 participants and may include crafts, face painting, goodie bags, balloons and pictures. Available Saturdays and Sundays, and must be in Anaheim. $95 per hour, with options to accommodate your party. Choose from The Champions Party, for the sports enthusiast; Fit for a Knight, Pretty as a Princess, a fairytale come true; or Bubble, Bubble, a fun-filled time with bubbles! Call to make your reservation. • Ann’s Lakewood Pony Rides and Petting Zoos - Ponies for Parties (626) 350-3049 www.flickr.com/photos/poniesforparties Clean, decorated ponies and/or petting zoos are delivered to your home, school, fair or company picnic. Birthday parties are their specialty! Studio rentals are also offered. Burbank party location available. Ann’s Lakewood Pony Rides was formerly located on Carson St. in Lakewood. Serving LA and Orange counties since 1976. Check them out on Yelp! See ad on page 66. • Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach (562) 951-1630 www.aquariumofthepacific.org Let the Aquarium supply all the ingredients for an unforgettable party! Birthday parties include a onehour classroom program featuring animal touch time, bio-fact discovery and a souvenir craft project. The party concludes with an additional halfhour in the classroom for the birthday celebration. Guests are welcome to bring their own cake; juice

and ice cream can be provided for an additional $5 per person. All you need to do is call at least two weeks prior to reserve a date (subject to availability) and then invite your guests. Cost: $39 per person (minimum 15 guests). Birthday sleepovers are also offered. Members discount available. See ad on page 15; coupon on page 85. • Arena Soccer Parties 13631 Deodara Drive, GG  (714) 890-0259 2190 N. Canal St., Orange (714) 974-1993 www.arenasoccerparks.org Rental times available for parties or team practice in both their large and small arenas. Open seven days a week. See ad on page 83. • Art Steps 18212 Imperial Hwy., Yorba Linda (714) 524-2248 24000 Alicia Pkwy., # 31, Mission Viejo (949) 454-9555 www.artstepsclasses.com Birthday parties or Scout classes at Art Steps are fun, mini art classes. Each child proudly brings home a beautiful, finished drawing in crayon, marker or pastel, as a party favor or as work toward an art badge. Contact for availability. Also see “Arts and Crafts” and “Camps.” See ad on page 11. • Badminton Center Court 3699 Industry Ave., Lakewood (562) 426-9299 www.badmintoncentercourt.com Looking for a unique party venue? This 10,000-squarefoot facility boasts six professional badminton courts,

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• Color My World Art Studio 11960 Artesia Blvd., #101, Artesia (562) 219-4566, (562) 879-5972 www.ColorMyWorld.me Want to host a party with fun, excitement and lasting memories? Celebrate with the Paint Your Own Canvas Art Party! Each party guest creates their own unique masterpiece to take home and brag about! Inquire about art parties available for all occasions (10-24 people). Email: info@ColorMyWorld.me or ColorMyWorldArtStudio@gmail.com. Also see “Arts and Crafts.” See ad on page 11; coupon on page 101. • Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200 www.columbiaspacescience.org The only Challenger Learning Center in the greater Los Angeles area where you can: Return to the Moon or go on a Voyage to Mars, and experience the reallife excitement of working in Mission Control or in the Spacecraft. Available for field trips, team-building exercises and parties of 16 or more. Also see “Attractions,” “Calendar,” “Museums” and “STEM.” See ad on page 17. • Dream Come True Party Room 3962 Studebaker Road, Ste. 204, Long Beach (562) 270-1400 www.DreamComeTruePartyRoom.com Step into a picture-perfect party at the Dream Come True Party Room. This is not your typical party place—it’s a whimsical setting that both adults and children will love! They also offer play dates, Kids Happy Hour, weekly tea time, family music programs and special events (see “Calendar”). Choose from more than a dozen unique and magical themes for your party, including Tower Princess, Woodland, Mermaids, Pretty in Pink, Pirates, Bollywood/Arabian Nights, Ice Princess and many more. Parties include use of the party room, magical decorations and props, tableware, dressup outfits and face painting, plus crafts, storytelling, games and music. Food is provided. Add-ons can include colorful invitations, balloon art, glitter hair-dos, a crowning ceremony, party favors or fairytale character appearances. Also see “Beauty and Etiquette.” See ad on page 67. • East West Ice Palace 11446 Artesia Blvd., Artesia (562) 809-6200 www.eastwesticepalace.com Fun party package includes public skating admission, private party room, pizza, cake, soft drinks, party decor, plus skate time. Skating lessons available upon request. Also offers public skating and skating classes for kids (3+) and adults. See “Skating and Hockey.” See ad on page 83. • En Pointe Dance & Fitness 713 Termino Ave., Long Beach (562) 438-3262 www.enpointedanceandfitness.com Party packages include one hour of dance class and one hour in the party room. A party coordinator, decorations, pizza, drink and paper goods are provided. En Pointe Dance & Fitness water bottles and bracelets are presented to each guest, and a custom party CD can be purchased at an adlots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


ditional charge. Parties are offered on Saturdays and Sundays after 1 p.m. Call the studio today to book your party! Also see “Camps” and “Dance.” See coupon on page 97. • Flightdeck’s “Top Gun” Birthday Parties 1650 S. Sinclair St., Anaheim (714) 937-1511 www.flightdeck.com Looking for a really unique birthday party idea? Flightdeck’s Top Gun birthday parties are a perfect fit for all kids (7-14). Flightdeck replaces the same old, same old party with a completely unique pilot experience, dog-fighting each other in fighter jet flight simulators. Make this year’s birthday unforgettable with the thrill of air combat action and a solid focus on everyone having a great time together. You just book the party, invite the guests and Flightdeck will execute your birthday party mission with military precision! Packages include party room, mission briefing and 30 minutes of flight time for each pilot. Also see “Attractions.” See ad on this page. • Frogg’s Bounce House 16121 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley (714) 418-0442 www.froggsbouncehouse.com Party guests will bounce, slide and leap at the newest 9,000-square-foot indoor inflatable play zone. They’ll also enjoy the playhouse, train table and disco karaoke tiki hut. There’s even a special toddler-only area for younger guests. Have your next birthday party or special event in Frogg’s Bounce House’s large party room, complete with dance area. Comfortable seating and free WiFi for the grown-ups. Also see “Calendar” for Date Nights and “Playgrounds.” See ad on page 64. • Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk (562) 868-9956 www.golfnstuff.com Have your child’s next birthday party, team party or scouting event at Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park! Pizza Party packages can include easy or challenging miniature golf and exciting rides, including go-karts, bumper boats, bumper cars, Disk-O Thrill ride and kiddie train. While there, guests also enjoy the latest in arcade games, great prizes, snack bar and party facilities. Where the 5 and 605 freeways meet. Also see “Attractions.” See ad with discount coupons on page 14. • Gryphon Fencing & Fitness Studio 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia 92870 (714) 519-1343 www.GryphonFencing.com Knights, pirates, Jedi, Zorro or Robin Hood? Fencing and archery are fun activities for all ages. Gryphon offers fencing or archery-themed birthday parties for kids and adults. The birthday person and guests will play games, learn basic fencing moves and cap the event with a fencing match using Olympic-style electric scoring equipment. For archery-themed events, participants will learn safe shooting skills, play games and shoot balloons. The typical birthday party is two hours with 90 minutes for the fencing or archery activities and the last 30 minutes set aside for cake or refreshments. Call for rates and availability. Email: info@gryphonfencing.com. See ad on page 47. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

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• Holiday Skate Center 175 N. Wayfield St., Orange (714) 997-5515 www.holidayskate.com Have your next party at Holiday Skate Center, one of the premier family fun entertainment centers in the Orange County area. They pride themselves on providing a clean, safe, friendly and fun facility for your entire family. Skating for all ages is offered at their birthday parties, private parties and fundraiser options. Call today to book your event! See ad on page 83. • IncrediFlix Parties (949) 548-5424 www.incrediflix.com 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, or Lego) and decide if you want the party at their studio or bring the film crew to you. Walking into their state-of-theart 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 DVD of the production. See ad on page 26. • Jessica Lake Photography 4549 Cerritos Ave., Ste. A, Cypress www.JessicaLakePhotography.com JLP makes enjoying—and preserving—your little one’s first birthday as easy as can be! Their First Birthday Cake Smash with a real cake is the perfect way to celebrate! Little ones’ personalities shine and it’s a fun event all around. They also have the JLP Calendar Club that includes monthly sessions with various payment plans which is great for new moms. Be sure to visit their website to see the variety of services and specialty sessions they have available. Also see “Photography.” See ad on page 71. • Keen Ramps (562) 715-8643 www.keenramps.com Take your child’s birthday party to the next level with a mobile skatepark delivered to your home! Keen Ramps is a skateboard and action sports ramp manufacturer based out of Long Beach, CA. One of their many services includes providing ramp rental services for birthday parties and events throughout LA and Orange counties. Rental packages starting at $199! Keen Ramps has the expertise, equipment, and crew to exceed your, and your party guests’ expectations. Let the good times roll! Email: info@keenramps.com. See ad on page 81. • Kick It Up 8129 East Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 430-1812 www.kickitup.com A variety of parties and options are offered, including the Enchanted Princess 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

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menu, their parties let parents relax and enjoy the show! Add-ons include cupcake decorating, sundae bar, goody bags and aprons. Also see “Camps” and “Cooking.” See ad on page 37. • Mad Science (714) 668-9174 www.westorangecounty.madscience.org Mad Science Birthday Parties entertain children of all ages with electrifying, high energy shows that come to you. Their no-mess, hassle-free parties typically last one hour, and will leave your guests breathless! Extra value add-ons are available, such as cotton candymaking, bubbling potions and rocket launches. Also see “Camps” and “STEM.” See ad on page 32. • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns (562) 986-0066 www.mygym.com/longbeach Easy, fun, all-in-one parties! Exclusive use of the entire gym. Convenient and easy for parents. Games, games, games...and so much more. With a birthday right around the corner, why not give your child the 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 71. • Parties By Erin & Co. (562) 901-0111 www.bestpartiesbyerin.com With more than 15 years of experience, Parties By Erin and her team of talented performers can make your child’s dream a reality. What sets them apart from the rest? They custom-build every party according to your theme and age group, so they grow with your child each year. From face painting and magic with Cinderella to combat training and relays with a super hero, or dancing and sports with a cool party host, they will make sure your party is exactly what your child had hoped for, while relieving your party-planning stress! There’s no character too unusual, no theme too extravagant! Send Parties by Erin and Co. your idea and let them create the party your child has always wanted. See ad on page 69. • Pretend City Children’s Museum Parties 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900 www.pretendcity.org Exciting and engaging parties for children (infant-8). With a variety of packages and customized offerings, your child’s party is sure to be memorable and unique. See “Museums” for complete listing. See ad on page 59. • Rainbow Chefs Dragonfly Shops, 260 N. Glassell St., Orange (855) 485-2433 www.rainbowchefs.com Looking for a one-of-a-kind birthday party idea? Cook up a delicious event that goes way beyond cake and ice cream! Rainbow Chefs combines fun, kid-friendly recipes with health education to inspire a love for cooking and healthy eating. Your party guests (ages 5+) will have a great time sharpening their culinary skills while getting their hands on quick and easy doit-yourself recipes—that they get to eat! At your place, their place, or at your favorite party venue, you can sit back, relax and let Rainbow Chefs do all the work. They will provide a special menu of your choice. Full cuslots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


tomizable party themes include Cupcake Wars, Iron Chef Challenge, Around the World and more! Also see “Camps” and “Cooking.” See ad on page 30. • Shared Science (562) 522-0595 www.sharedsciencefun.org Shared Science will help you design a physical science or robotics workshop to suit your event needs. Shared Science provides kids (grades K-9) with unique engineering fun that includes LEGO constructions, computer programming or even robotics. Workshop content can be tailored to group age, interests and take-away projects. Greater Long Beach locations. Also see “Camps” and “STEM.” See ad on page 87. • Skateboarding Parties with Skatedogs (714) 313-8787 www.skatedogs.com Skatedogs comes to your home with portable ramps and rails to create a custom skatepark for a one-ofa-kind birthday party. Guests can ride ramps and get skateboarding tips from an experienced instructor. All parties include a T-shirt for the birthday boy or girl, with the option of including a T-shirt for all participants. Also see “Camps” and “Skateboarding.” • Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark 13806 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada  90638 (562) 902-3191 www.splashlamirada.com Celebrate your birthday or any special event and have a splashing good time at La Mirada’s premiere fun destination, Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark. From end-ofschool-year celebrations, to company picnics, birthday parties and team events, celebrations are easy to plan and fun to attend. From an All-American Picnic, to upscale dining, their catering services can accommodate your needs. All-inclusive waterpark birthdays, full park rentals, and picnic areas are available. Splash! offers the best value, with free parking, picnic areas, all-day park access, lockers and tasty food. The 18-acre park is beautifully landscaped with palm trees, lush green grassy areas, lounge chairs and umbrellas. See ad on the back outside cover, and coupon on page 73. Season passes on sale now! • Task Force Laser Tag and Airsoft Shooting Range (714) 508-3690 www.taskforcelasertag.com Get your next event blasting with Task Force Laser Tag or Mobile Airsoft Shooting Range! Great for both kids and adults, they offer the most realistic Laser Tag experience in Southern California. Their state-of-the-art equipment works both day and night and their paintball-style inflatable bunkers turn your playing field into a one-of-a-kind realistic battle zone. They can operate almost anywhere, including parks, schools, indoor halls, gymnasiums, back yards and more. And, no one else in the Western U.S. offers their airsoft machine gun-style enclosed shooting range. Both are the ideal attractions for your one-of-akind birthday party, school or church carnival, corporate team building or fundraising event. Approved by The California PTA and Compliance Depot. See ad on page 65. • The Bubble Rollers™ (714) 508-3690 www.thebubblerollers.com Have you ever played inside a large, inflatable lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

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Lakewood ICE  (562) 429-1805 Westminster ICE  (714) 248-9611 Yorba Linda ICE  (714) 692-8776 www.The-Rinks.com Put your party plans on ice at The Rinks! They offer packages with cake, refreshments, balloons and party decorations in their private party rooms. Then take to the ice for the coolest fun, including an exclusive group skating lesson for you and your birthday party guests! For party package prices and information, visit them online or call. See listing in “Skating and Hockey” for locations. See ad on page 82. • Vans Skatepark Birthday Parties 20 City Blvd. West, Orange (714) 763-3800 www.vans.com The Vans Skatepark is a great place to have a birthday party. The skatepark has a few different party packages to choose from. Some even include private lessons. There is plenty of room for parents to watch as well as a video game area. Please contact the park for details. See ad on page 19.

Parties by Erin & Co. Birthdays • Special Events Boys & Girls • Themed Parties Corporate Picnics • All Ages 562-901-0111 bestpartiesbyerin.com

(562) 901-0111 actingoutcamp.com Ask about our Tween Intensive!

Ages 7-12

Improv Scene Study Song Stage Combat Costumes

Props Movement Voice Over Monologue Dance

Week-long summer camp that celebrates creativity through drama skills workshops, ensemble building and a whole lot of fun! Every child gets their chance to shine at the end of the week with a showcase in front of a live studio audience (that’s you). spring/summer 2015 • 69


• Wagonwheel Ranch Horseback Rides 4057 Via Opata, Palos Verdes (310) 567-3582 www.pvhorses.net Offers one- and two-hour Western trail riding as part of their party packages. Guests will enjoy the many sights to see along the Palos Verdes Peninsula with their guided horseback rides, including hillside views, meadows of wildflowers and wildlife. Their horses are gentle and suited for the beginner to experienced riders, no matter the age. Open 365 days a year. For more information, call anytime. See “Horseback Riding” for complete listing. • Watersafe Swim School - Los Alamitos Additional locations in Huntington Beach, Santa Ana and Seal Beach 1-(855)-WSS-SWIM www.watersafe.com Celebrate your next birthday or special event at Watersafe Swim School. Choose from a list of packages and enjoy either an outdoor or indoor (heated) pool. In addition to a swim party, they also offer a number of possible activities, including bubble rollers, paddle boats, laser tag and much more. Let them help you plan your next event! See ad on page 7.

photography Photography studio specializing in children, families and maternity. Plus, classes and workshops. Also see “Camps.” • Jessica Lake Photography 4549 Cerritos Ave., Ste. A, Cypress www.JessicaLakePhotography.com JLP makes preserving the memories of your child’s early years stress-free. This studio specializes in maternity and newborn all the way through elementaryschool age. They provide the digital images from the portrait session so that you can print and frame all of your favorites. First birthdays are perfect for their Cake Smash session. Their 1,000-square-foot studio has multiple sets up at a time and their holiday sets are a favorite. Be sure to visit their website and sign up for the free newsletter to see the variety of services and specialty holiday sessions they have available. They also offer monthly sessions when you become a JLP Calendar Club member! Custom photography never got so affordable. Also see “Parties.” See ad on page 71. • LAEF’s Summer Enrichment Institute (562) 277-6876 www.laef4kids.org Middle school students are invited to develop their digital photography skills through LAEF’s Summer Enrichment Institute! Learn how to capture amazing shots using your camera or mobile device. See “Camps” and “Tutoring and Academics” for complete listings; ad on page 24.

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Recreation Departments and College Classes • Cypress College, Kids College - Photography (7+), Photoshop Magic (grades 4-8) and Photoshop for Teens (grades 9-12). Centers in Anaheim, Cypress and Fullerton. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids Santa Ana College - Photoshop and Digital Photography (9+). (714) 564-6594. www.sac.edu/cms Some city recreation departments offer classes and camps. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information.

play groups Classes and groups for young children with varying parent participation. • American Health and Wellness Institute 5580 E. 2nd St., Ste. 101, Long Beach (562) 439-3425 www.ahwinstitute.com/calendar The Planting Seeds Program is a parenting community for expectant and new families. Parents and children learn and grow together. They provide support, education, and activities that promote the interaction between developmental domains and enrich the parent/child relationship. At the heart of their program are their infant, toddler and preschool play groups for parents and children that are designed to allow different types of play to overlap and interact as your child creates, learns and grows. Also see “Parent Education and Support Groups.” See ad on page 71. • King of Kings Lutheran School 13431 Newhope St., Garden Grove (714) 530-6584 www.kingofkingsgg.org King of Kings is offering you some parent-and-me time in their Play and Grow With Me program. Come enjoy stories, music, art, and play with your child, ages 0-3. Dress for fun...plan to get messy! Meet other parents with children the same age as yours, and support each other. Fridays, 9-10:30 a.m. $30/ family, six-week spring session: April 17 and 24, May 1, 8, 15 and 22. Contact for summer session, dates and details. To reserve your space, please call (714) 530-6584. Also see “Schools.” See ad on page 73. Mom and Dad (Parents) Play Groups Meetup Play Groups - A web resource that offers links to local specialized play and parent groups, such as “South Orange County Playdates,” “The Real Working Moms of Orange County,” “Long Beach Yoga Playdates,” “2012 Babies” and “Gen X Moms of North OC.” www.playgroup.meetup.com Parent-participation play groups and preschools (33 mos-5 yrs) - Run independently by parents with a certified director at each session. Levels of parent commitment vary. Visit the website for a list of local schools. www.ccppns.org

• My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, Signal Hill (562) 986-0066 www.mygym.com/longbeach Join in the fun and attend one of their wonderful My Gym classes or call to set up a play date for your play group. Ask about their new Preschool Prep class, a great way to prepare your child for preschool success. Choose one, two or three days, depending on the age of your child; four-week sessions. See ad on page 71. Play-Group Gyms Gymboree Play and Music - Parent participation with age-appropriate play, music and arts classes (newborn - 5 yrs). Party packages available. Locations in Aliso Viejo, Anaheim Hills/Yorba Linda, Fullerton/La Habra, Lakewood/Long Beach, Irvine/Tustin, San Juan Capistrano and Torrance. www.gymboreeclasses.com My Gym - Huntington Beach, 5900 Warner Ave., (714) 842-2486; Newport Beach, 2040 Quail St., (949) 261-5252; Long Beach (see listing in this section and ad on page 71); Torrance, 3511 Pacific Coast Hwy., (310) 530-7200; Tustin/Irvine, 3061 Edinger Ave., (949) 552-5446; and Yorba Linda, 18510 Yorba Linda Blvd., (714) 695-0440. www.mygym.com Oodles - 17420 Carmenita Road, Cerritos. (562) 888-1496. www.oodlescerritos.com The Little Gym - Parent and me classes and play groups. Huntington Beach, (714) 373-0700; Lakewood, (opening end of April); Torrance, (310) 543-2333; and Tustin, (714) 505-5855. www. thelittlegym.com • Play’s The Way Pretend City Play Groups 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900 www.pretendcity.org Early learning play program focused on healthy development, early learning and social skills building. Age-specific classes are formed monthly. See “Museums” for complete listing. See ad on page 59. Recreation Departments and Colleges Play groups • Anaheim Community Services Department - Tiny Tots Academy Program for children (3-5) is a program designed to help children develop the skills needed for kindergarten and beyond. Stories, games, crafts, motor-skill development, music and art are used to create an environment that fosters individual growth. Locations in West Anaheim and Anaheim Hills. Seven-week sessions, $210-525. Sessions begin in April, June and August. (714) 765-5191. www. anaheim.net/ezrecconnect • Cypress College - Kinder Gym (1-4) and Joyful Parenting: Creative Art, Music and Movement (1-5); ten-week sessions, year round. Free. Anaheim and Fullerton centers. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu Many city recreation departments offer parent/child classes for infants, toddlers and preschoolers that may include music, movement and play. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


Planting Seeds Program Activites, education and support for families. Come play, learn and grow with us!

Family Education & Enrichment Center 5580 E. 2nd St., Ste. 101, Long Beach 562.439.3425

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kids eat free Acapulco Restaurants: Tuesdays www.acapulcorestaurants.com

Applebees: Tuesdays. www.applebees.com Baja Fresh: Saturdays. www.bajafresh.com Chick-fil-a: Tuesdays (some locations charge 99¢). www.chick-fil-a.com Denny’s: Tuesdays or Saturdays Some restrictions may apply. www.dennys.com Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour and Restaurants: Wednesdays. www.farrellsusa.com IHOP: Days vary by location. www.ihop.com Ikea: Tuesdays. www.ikea.com Marie Callender’s: Tuesdays and Saturdays www.mariecallenders.com Me and Ed’s Pizza: Tuesdays. www.meneds.com Norm’s Restaurants: Days vary by location. www.normsrestaurants.com Original Roadhouse Grill: Mondays and Tuesday www.originalroadhousegrill.com Ruby’s: Tuesdays. www.rubys.com

indoor inflatable play zone. Kids can also enjoy the playhouse, train table, disco karaoke tiki hut, frogthemed books, bean bags and toys. They even have a special toddler-only area. Check out their party packages online, complete with a large party room and dance area (see “Parties”). Comfortable seating and free WiFi for the grown-ups. Walk-ins always welcome. See ad on page 64. Playgrounds - Indoor Indoor playgrounds offering play equipment with unique features. Parties, family sessions, scout/group programs, open play, camps and parents’ night out may be offered. Check websites for discounts and special days. Also see Big Air and Frogg’s Bounce House listed in this section. AdventurePlex - 1701 Marine Ave., Manhattan Beach. (310) 546-7708. www.adventureplex.org BounceU Huntington Beach - 5445 Oceanus Drive, #115. (714) 892-4842. www.bounceu. com/huntingtonbeach BounceU Orange - 428-A W. Katella Ave. (714) 744JUMP. www.bounceu.com Fun City Bounce - 14545 Valley View Ave., Ste. F, Santa Fe Springs. (562) 926-7864. Jump ‘N’ Jammin - 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy., Mission Viejo. (949) 582-5890. www.jumpnjammin.com Kid Concepts U.S.A. - 22844 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance. (310) 465-0075. www.kidconceptsusa.com

TGI Friday’s: Mondays and Tuesdays www.tgifridays.com

Playland Cafe - 880 Roosevelt, Irvine. (949) 8292789. www.playlandcafe.com

Call ahead as participation and age restrictions vary by location.

Pump it Up - Anaheim Hills, (714) 693-9663; Huntington Beach, (714) 847-9663; Irvine, (949) 2617867; and Lake Forest, (949) 951-9663. www. pumpitupparty.com Pumper Jumpers - 160 E. Imperial Hwy., Fullerton. (714) 525-7529. www.pumperjumpers.com

playgrounds Indoor and outdoor playgrounds with unique facilities. Also see Wading and Spray Pools in “Aquatics and Water Polo” and “Recreation and Parks.” • Big Air Trampoline Park www.BigAirUSA.com Locations in Laguna Hills, Redlands, and the newest park opening in Buena Park this spring. See complete listing on page 15; ad with discount coupon on page 67. • Frogg’s Bounce House 16121 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley (714) 418-0442 www.froggsbouncehouse.com Bounce, slide and leap at this 9,000-square-foot

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Scooter’s Jungle - 921 Via Rodeo, Placentia, (714) 2235730 and 25 Journey, Aliso Viejo, (949) 349-9090. Locations also in El Segundo. www.scootersjungle.com Seascape Kids Fun - 4771 E. Hunter Ave., Anaheim. (714) 970-7100. www.seascapekidsfun.com Jumping Fun Kids - 7501 Commonwealth Ave., Buena Park. (714) 787-4994. www.jumpingfunkids.com Trampoline Parks: See Big Air listed on this section. GetAir, 5142 Argosy Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 916-5815, www.getairsurfcity.com. Sky High Sports, 2970 Airway Ave., Costa Mesa, (714) 4375867, www.ocy.jumpskyhigh.com. Sky Zone, 1301 N. Kellogg Drive, Anaheim, (714) 693-0250. www. skyzone.com.

Playgrounds - Outdoor Bellflower Pirate Park - Pirate-themed playground features a fort and pirate-ship play equipment. Friendship Square, Bellflower Blvd. at Belmont St. (562) 804-1424, Ext. 2268. www.bellflower.org Cerritos Heritage Park - An island surrounded by a moat, with a kid-sized New England town. Plenty of ducks, plus a large playground area. 18600 Bloomfield Ave. (562) 916-8570. www.cerritos.us Cerritos Liberty Park - A pirate ship playground featuring swings, slides, ladders, a small climbing wall and a water fountain. South St. and Studebaker Road. (562) 916-8565. www.cerritos.us Costa Mesa’s Angels Playground - Universally accessible playground created for kids with special needs. TeWinkle Park, 885 Junipero. (714) 754-5300. www.angelsplayground.org • Garden Grove Atlantis Play Center - A fully enclosed and gated four-acre playground themed after the lost city of Atlantis. Adults are not admitted without a child and the park is staffed during open hours. The splash pad is open mid-June to midSeptember. Special events throughout the year; park is also available for rental. Closed Mondays. Admission: $2 per person, ages 2 and up. 13630 Atlantis Way, Garden Grove. (714) 892-6015. www. ci.garden-grove.ca.us. See ad on page 24. Huntington Beach Adventure Playground - Supervised playground features a pond with rafts and play structures, including a rope bridge, a mud slide and a fort-building area. Open June 22 - August 21, Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $3 per child. Enter from the Central Library parking lot at 7111 Talbert Ave. (714) 842-7442. www. huntingtonbeachca.gov Huntington Beach Gibbs Park - Green fields, picnic tables, playground and a butterfly park that includes eucalyptus groves and a butterfly mural. 16641 Graham St., Huntington Beach. (714) 536-5486. www.huntingtonbeachca.gov • Long Beach Marina Park - Waveless beach, known as Mother’s Beach, plus a playground, grassy areas with shade trees and watercraft rentals. 5839 Appian Way. (562) 570-3111. www.longbeach.gov/park • Long Beach Bayshore Playground - Fenced playground on the sand near waveless beach, plus play equipment and roller hockey rink. 54th Place/Ocean Blvd. (562) 570-1715. www.longbeach.gov/park • Long Beach Colorado Lagoon - Waveless beach, playground and picnic area. 5119 E. Colorado St., Long Beach. (562) 570-3100. www.longbeach.gov/park

Twinkle Twinkle Kids Cafe - 2065 Palos Verdes Drive, Lomita. (310) 530-4535. www.kidscafetwinkle.com

Newport Beach Peninsula Park - Playground and swings on the sand, plus a spider-web climber. 100 Main St. at Oceanfront. (949) 644-3151. www. newportbeachca.gov

We Play Loud Kids’ Indoor Playground - 24350 Swartz Drive, Lake Forest. (949) 328-9616. www. weplayloud.com

Newport Beach Sunset Ridge - Playground, picnic area, memorial butterfly garden and overlook area. 4850 W. Coast Hwy. (949) 644-3151. www.newportbeachca.gov lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


The Coastkeeper Natural Garden - A children’s natural play area with an interactive trail in a 2.5 acre droughttolerant demonstration garden. Open: Tuesday - Saturday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Santiago Canyon College, Orange. www.coastkeeper.org/coastkeeper-garden Tustin Pioneer Road Park - Pioneer-themed play equipment, trail and water features. 10250 Pioneer Road. (714) 573-3327. www.tustinca.org Start Your Own Playground - KABOOM is an organization that will assist individuals in planning, financing and building safe playgrounds (skate parks too) in child-rich, playground-poor neighborhoods. www.kaboom.org

recreation & parks Arboretums, parks and nature centers, plus ongoing activities for kids and families. Also see “Playgrounds.” Arboretums, Garden and Wetlands The following locations offer walking and self-guided tours, workshops, family and kids’ programs, and special events. Fullerton Arboretum (657) 278-3407 $5 suggested donation for entry. 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton. www.fullertonarboretum.org Los Angeles County Arboretum (626) 821-3222 Adults, $9; kids (5-12), $4. 301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. www.arboretum.org South Coast Botanic Garden (310) 544-1948 Adults, $9; kids (5-12), $4. 26300 Crenshaw, Palos Verdes Peninsula. www.southcoastbotanicgarden.org

Play & Grow With Me • Parent & Me Time Stories, music, art, and PLAY with your child.

Ages 0-3 • Fridays, 9-10:30am Sessions run throughout the year. KING OF KINGS LUTHERAN SCHOOL 13431 NEWHOPE STREET, GARDEN GROVE

www.kingofkingsgg.org • (714) 530-6584

Environmental Nature Center  (949) 645-8489 Workshops, classes and guided tours. Camps available during school vacations. 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. www.encenter.org Nix Nature Center  (949) 923-2235 Workshops, family days and ranger-led hikes. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. www.ocparks.com/parks/lagunac • Oak Canyon Nature Center  (714) 998-8380 Hiking and walking trails are open daily. Family events, programs and tours throughout the year. 6700 E. Walnut Canyon Road, Anaheim Hills. www.anaheim.net/ocnc San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary  (949) 261-7963 Guided walks, classes and special events. 5 Riparian View, Irvine. www.seaandsageaudubon.org Shipley Nature Center  (714) 842-4772 Walking trails, wildlife exhibits and special events. Parent and Me Time on Wednesdays, 11 a.m. Donations welcome. 17851 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach. www.shipleynature.org Turtle Rock Nature Center  (949) 724-6738 Self-guided trails, workshops, family programs, group tours and school-break camps. 1 Sunnyhill Drive, Irvine. www.irvineopenspace.org Upper Newport Bay Preserve  (949) 923-2290 Trails, workshops and guided tours. Plus, an interpretive center with wildlife exhibits. 2301 N. University Drive, Newport Beach. ocparks.com/parks/newport

Parks in Long Beach Metro and Los Angeles El Dorado Regional Park East  (562) 570-1771 West  (562) 570-3225 El Dorado East’s 870 acres include the El Dorado Park Express Railroad, a duck pond, trails for biking, skating and walking, an archery range, public library, fishing lakes, paddle boat rentals and two playgrounds. El Dorado West offers a community center, disc golf, ball fields, roller hockey, tennis center, a golf course and skatepark. Parking fees may apply. www.longbeach.gov/park Grand Park LA  (213) 972-8080 Playgrounds, splash pad and picnicking. Also offers family-friendly events throughout the year including music and dance performances, festivals, outdoor activities and holiday celebrations. 200 North Grand Ave., Los Angeles. www.grandparkla.org Griffith Park  (323) 913-4688 An antique carousel, playgrounds, picnic areas, golf courses, including a kids’ course with driving range, tennis courts, pony rides, an equestrian center, hiking trails, a bird sanctuary, the Batman bat cave in Bronson Canyon and train rides. The park is also home to the historic locomotive museum Travel Town, the Western-themed Autry National Center, the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the Griffith Observatory, and remnants of the Old Zoo. 4730 Crystal Springs Drive. www.tinyurl.com/GriffithParkLA Santa Fe Springs Heritage Park  (562) 946-6476 A historic site with buildings and ranch from the late

Bolsa Chica Wetlands Free; donations welcome. Education programs and guided tours available. 3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach. www.amigosdebolsachica.org, www. bolsachicalandtrust.org Cleveland National Forest Spans from Orange County to San Diego County (858) 673-6180 www.fs.usda.gov/cleveland Wilderness areas, water falls, observatory, camping, hiking, fishing, interpretive areas, ranger-led programs and scenic drives. Passes and permits are required; visit their website for more information. Nature Centers • El Dorado Nature Center  (562) 570-1745 Family and kids’ workshops, art and science classes, evening campfires, museum, gift shop and birdwatching on a 102-acre site, with more than two miles of trails, two lakes and a stream featuring California native plants. Vehicle entry fee, $5-8. 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach. www.longbeach.gov/naturecenter lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

$2 OFF ADMISSION Coupon must be surrendered at ticket window. Good for up to six general admissions — the more the merrier!

1238 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim • (714) 236-9300 Admission includes unlimited use of all 17 rides, shows & attractions (except climbing wall & arcade). Discount applies to full price admission of $16.95. Cannot be combined with any other discounts, offers, or used in combination with our birthday party program. #KG01. Expires 9/31/15. spring/summer 2015 • 73


1800s. Exhibits include the Tongva/Gabrielio Indians, trains, an adobe home, and the Carriage Barn, which houses a museum. 12100 Mora Drive, Santa Fe Springs. www.santafesprings.org/library/heritage Whittier Narrows Recreation Area  (626) 575-5526 Fishing lakes, playgrounds, BMX course, nature center, equestrian facility, trails, a military museum, sport fields and courts, and archery, skeet, pistol, rifle and trap ranges. Boats, surreys, bikes and picnic areas are also available. Vehicle entry, $6. 823 Lexington-Gallatin Road, South El Monte. www. tinyurl.com/WhittierNarrowsLA Parks in North Orange County Carbon Canyon Regional Park  (714) 973-3160 Sport fields and courts, five playgrounds, bike and walking trails, horseshoe pits, picnic areas, a fouracre lake with two fishing piers, plus a ten-acre grove of Coastal Redwoods. 4442 Carbon Canyon Road, Brea. www.ocparks.com/parks/carbon Craig Regional Park  (714) 973-3180 Three playgrounds, including a handicapped-accessible playground, sports fields and courts, hiking trails, horseshoe pits, stocked lakes for fishing and a lake for model sail boating (electrical only). 3300 North State College Blvd., Fullerton. www.ocparks.com/parks/ted Huntington Beach Central Park  (714) 536-5486 Disc-golf course, fishing, equestrian center, playgrounds (including Adventure Playground, see “Playgrounds”), picnic tables and barbecues, trails, public library and the Shipley Nature Center. Golden West St. and Talbert Ave. www.huntingtonbeachca.gov Irvine Regional Park  (714) 973-6835 Features the Orange County Zoo, train rides, equestrian center and pony rides, nature center, and paddle boat and tandem bike rentals. Parking rates vary. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. www. ocparks.com/irvinepark Mason Regional Park  (949) 923-2220 Picnic areas, model sail boating, horseshoe pits, hiking and bicycling trails, sport field and courts, a physical fitness vita course, three tot-lot playgrounds, amphitheater and a nine-acre lake, plus a butterfly habitat. 18712 University Drive, Irvine. www.ocparks.com/parks/william Orange County Great Park  (866) 829-3829 Great Park Balloon and carousel rides, art gallery and special events, such as kids’ programs, music events, movie nights, and a farmers market. Visitors can also stroll the 2,600-foot Walkable Historical Timeline, play at Kids Rock Playground with tunnels and misters, view the reflecting ponds, and tour the Farm + Food Lab. Park entrance, Sand Canyon and Marine Way, Irvine. www.ocgp.org • Pearson Park  (714) 765-5274 Cactus and water gardens, an amphitheater, sports fields and courts, playgrounds, swimming pool, lagoons, barbecues and picnic areas. 400 N. Harbor Blvd. www.anaheim.net Ralph B. Clark Regional Park and Interpretive Center  (714) 973-3170 Playgrounds, sport fields and courts, horseshoe pits, 74 • spring/summer 2015

a stocked lake for fishing and a lake for model sail boating, plus a paleontology museum. Free Family Fossil Day features a three-hour journey through fossil history conducted by the park’s on-site paleontologist (held four times a year). 8800 Rosecrans Ave., Buena Park. www.ocparks.com/parks/ralph Santiago Regional Park  (714) 973-6620 Hiking and walking trails with views of surroundings, plus orange groves. 2145 N. Windes Drive, Orange. www.ocparks.com/parks/santiago Talbert Regional Park  (949) 923-2250 North Talbert offers 91 acres and South Talbert, 88 acres. The park is divided into six separate plant groups, identified as zones and based upon the progression of plant groups and changing conditions found along the Santa Ana River. The trail system allows linkage to other parks up and down a stream along the Santa Ana River. 1298 Victoria Ave., Costa Mesa. www.ocparks.com/parks/talbert Tri-City Regional Park  (714) 973-3180 Fishing, model sail boating (no motors), playground and trails. 2301 Kraemer Blvd., Placentia. www. ocparks.com/parks/tri_city_park Parks in South Orange County Aliso and Wood Canyons Park (949) 923-2200 Trails and ranger-led family programs. 28373 Alicia Pkwy., Laguna Niguel. www.ocparks.com/parks/aliso Caspers Wilderness Park  (949) 923-2210 Camping, hiking, tot lot, showers and interpretive center. Plus, ranger-led family programs year round. 33401 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano. www.ocparks.com/parks/ronald Crystal Cove State Park  (949) 494-3539 Hiking trails, plus tide pools, guided hikes and a wildlife gallery. Vehicle entry fee, $15 (annual pass $185). Camping is available at Moro and three miles inland, reservations required. Jr. Rangers, Jr. Lifeguards and camps available in summer. After-school program offered April - June and September - November. 8471 Pacific Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach. www.crystalcovestatepark.com Fossil Reef Park  (949) 707-2680 A preserved portion of fossil reef in Orange County is 17 million years old and has 48 species of marine fossil vertebrates, including shark teeth and Desmostylus. Plus, kids’ playground and picnic areas. 25555 Alicia Pkwy., Laguna Hills. www. tinyurl.com/FossilReefPark Heritage Hill Historical Park  (949) 923-2230 Historic interpretive center, Serrano Ranch Adobe, El Toro Grammar School from 1890 and St. George’s Mission. Historical programs and annual events also offered. 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest. www. ocparks.com/historic/heritage Laguna Niguel Regional Park (949) 923-2240 Boating, fishing, hiking, horseshoe pits, playground, radio-controlled glider area, tennis and volleyball

courts, plus guided walks and hikes. Boat rentals available. 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel. www. ocparks.com/parks/lagunan O’Neill Regional Park  (949) 923-2260 Camping, horseshoe pits, playground, interpretive center, hiking trails and ranger-led family-friendly programs and walks. Camping reservations are required. 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon. www.ocparks.com/parks/oneill Riley Wilderness Park  (949) 923-2265 Butterfly garden, interpretive center, hiking trails and guided walks. Parking, $3. 30952 Oso Pkwy., Coto De Caza. www.ocparks.com/parks/thomas Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area  (626) 334-1065 This 836-acre park features a 70-acre lake with year-round fishing and non-motorized watercraft, plus a five-acre chlorinated swim beach and water play area open in summer. The Nature Center offers walking tours year-round. 15501 E. Arrow Hwy., Irwindale. (626) 334-1065. Vehicle entry fee $10. www.tinyurl.com/santafedam

recreation departments Local city recreation departments. Visit their website or call to inquire about classes and events. Aliso Viejo Parks and Recreation 12 Journey, Ste. 100 (949) 425-2550 www.cityofalisoviejo.com • Anaheim Community Services 200 S. Anaheim Blvd., 4th Floor (714) 765-5191 www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect Bellflower Parks and Recreation 16600 Civic Center Drive (562) 804-1424, Ext. 2268 www.bellflower.org Brea Community Services 1 Civic Center Circle www.cityofbrea.net

(714) 900-7100

Buena Park Recreation 6688 Beach Blvd. www.buenapark.com

(714) 562-3860

Costa Mesa Recreation Services 77 Fair Drive (714) 754-5300 www.ci.costa-mesa.ca.us Cypress Recreation and Parks 5700 Orange Ave. (714) 229-6780 www.cypressrec.com Downey Parks and Recreation 7850 Quill Drive (562) 904-7238 www.downeyca.org lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


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

Los Alamitos Recreation and Community Services 10911 Oak St. (562) 430-1073 www.cityoflosalamitos.org

Fullerton Parks and Recreation 303 W. Commonwealth Ave. (714) 738-6575 www.ci.fullerton.ca.us

Mission Viejo Recreation 200 Civic Center (949) 470-3062 www.cityofmissionviejo.org/recreation

• Garden Grove Community Services 11222 Acacia Parkway (714) 741-5200 www.ci.garden-grove.ca.us

Newport Beach Recreation Services 100 Civic Center Drive (949) 644-3151 www.newportbeachca.gov www.campnewport.com

Huntington Beach Community Services 2000 Main St., 5th Floor (714) 536-5486 www.huntingtonbeachca.gov Irvine Community Services Department 1 Civic Center Plaza (949) 724-6600 www.cityofirvine.org/cs Lake Forest Community Services 25550 Commercentre Drive (949) 461-3450 www.lakeforestca.gov • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services 5050 Clark Ave. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408 www.lakewoodcity.org/recreation • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine 2760 Studebaker Road www.longbeach.gov/park

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Orange Community Services 230 E. Chapman Ave. www.cityoforange.org

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Saddleback Recreation (SVUSD Community Services) 25631 Peter A. Hartman, Mission Viejo (949) 768-0981 www.saddlebackrecreation.com Seal Beach Community Services 211 8th St. (562) 431-2527, Ext. 1344 www.ci.seal-beach.ca.us Signal Hill Community Services 2175 Cherry Ave. (562) 989-7330 www.cityofsignalhill.org Tustin Parks and Recreation Department 300 Centennial Way, Tustin (714) 573-3326 www.tustinca.org

Westminster Community Services and Recreation 8200 Westminster Blvd. (714) 895-2860 www.westminster-ca.gov

safety Safety products, plus classes and workshops. Also see “Emergency and Family Services.” Emergency Preparedness See listings for American Redcross and Cypress College in “Emergency and Family Resources.” • WhoTats (310) 370-7850 www.whotats.com WhoTats are temporary tattoos that keep your children safe whenever they’re out and about: at camp, the beach, amusement park, museum, zoo, play date, etc. Like a mini emergency card that keeps your kids connected to whoever is in charge. Personalize them with a phone number or special need reminder for everyone’s peace of mind. WhoTats come in mom-friendly, kid-approved designs, and in several formats. They’re perfect for your active or special needs child. See ad on this page.

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schools Child development centers, preschools, elementary and secondary schools. Also see: “Child Care and Baby Sitting” and “Tutoring and Academics.

We’re Valley Christian Schools. An Uncompromising Education with Christ at the Center Valley Christian Schools offers an unparalleled educational experience. On four campuses from Preschool to 12th grade, Valley Christian equips and inspires students to grow in every aspect of their education: academically, spiritually, emotionally and socially. Students have a range of opportunities in the fine arts, the sciences and athletics. Valley Christian students are prepared to make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ. For more information or a personal tour, call 562.860.0556 or find us @ vcschools.org

• Educare 4300 Bellflower Blvd., Lakewood  (562) 377-1300 5730 South St., Lakewood  (562) 461-7311 EduCare Preschools of Lakewood are private, nonprofit preschools, and accept children ages 24 months through kindergarten. Each school is licensed for 70 children. Each facility leases space in a church, and both are attractive and well-maintained. There is a stable staff with very little turn-over. Parents and visitors at the school often comment on the relaxed atmosphere, and say that the children seem happy. EduCare has an open-door policy. Please feel free to just stop in, or you can call for information. See ad on page 79. • Fairmont Private Schools Locations: Anaheim, Anaheim Hills and North Tustin (714) 451-2090 www.fairmontlearningadventure.com Since 1953, Fairmont Private Schools has partnered with parents who seek the best opportunities for their children. With four OC campus locations, Fairmont is the oldest, largest, nonsectarian private school in Orange County. Known for exceptional academic student outcomes, Fairmont serves preschool through high school students and provides an individualized educational experience for each student to help them reach their full potential. Their students benefit from passionate educators, an accelerated curriculum, competitive sports, award-winning arts programs, and character development training. Fairmont also offers extended daycare, academic assistance, transportation and summer programs (see “Camps”). See ad on page 31. • Intellectual Virtues Academy 3601 Linden Ave., Long Beach (562) 912-7017 www.ivalongbeach.org Learn and grow. Live well. Intellectual Virtues Academy is a free, public Long Beach Unified School District charter middle school, grades 6-8. As the name suggests, the focus of the school is on fostering intellectual virtues or what some education theorists call “habits of mind,” “thinking dispositions,” or “noncognitive skills.” The focus of the Intellectual Virtues approach is deeply personal and is about nurturing qualities like curiosity, wonder, intellectual perseverance, intellectual courage and open-mindedness. Contact for your free tour today. See ad on page 79. • Kid Works Children’s Center 3621 E. Broadway, Long Beach (562) 438-4904 www.kidworkscc.com Kid Works offers preschool, pre-K, pre-K enrichment and after-school kindergarten programs. Curriculum and environment are designed to stimulate, challenge, and allow children time and space to work. Kid Works defini-

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tion of the child’s day of work is “Play with a Purpose.” Everything they do or offer children has a purpose, which is key to the child’s development. The staff is dedicated to the idea that children develop and learn best in an atmosphere that is warm, safe, encouraging, understanding, motivating and fun! Visit their website for detailed information, including daily activity schedules. Email: kidworkscc@hotmail.com. See ad on page 78. • King of Kings Lutheran School 13431 Newhope St., Garden Grove (714) 530-6584 www.kingofkingsgg.org The goal with the King of Kings preschool program is to assist parents in helping their child (3-5) make a smooth transition from home to kindergarten. They provide many kinds of spiritual, physical, mental and social experiences for the children, designed with Christ at the center. Offered in two-, three-, four- and five-day enrollment with half-day (8-11:45 a.m.) or full-day (8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) options. Their K-8 elementary program is organized in a unique multigrade format, enabling younger students to hear and absorb the content of the grade above while the older students’ knowledge is reinforced during the lessons of the grade below. Additionally, the older students have the opportunity to grow as leaders as they mentor and tutor the students in the grades below. Also see “Play Groups.” See ad on page 73.

• LAEF’s Summer Enrichment Institute (562) 277-6876 www.laef4kids.org Los Alamitos Education Foundation (LAEF) is an accredited supplemental education program where students (K-12)—including those outside of Los Alamitos schools, as well as homeschoolers—can avoid summer learning loss through engaging in a small group setting while being taught by credentialed teachers or highly qualified instructors. High school credit courses also offered. See “Camps” and “Tutoring and Academics” for complete listings; ad on page 24. • Lakewood Christian Schools 5336 E. Arbor Road, Long Beach (562) 425-3358 www.lakewoodchristianschools.org With over 35 years of excellence in Christian education, Lakewood Christian Schools uniquely lights the path to excellence in academics, faith and service for preschoolers through eighth graders. In a nurturing and loving environment, they assist parents in the maturing of their students spiritually, socially and academically. Lakewood Christian Schools is accredited by ASCI and WASC. Quality instruction is led by their credentialed teachers who focus on challenging students to reach their highest potential. Finding and expanding each student’s God-given talents is realized through their

award-winning fine arts, athletic and elective programs. Contact LCS to schedule a personal tour of the campus at (562) 425-3358. See ad on page 78. • Las Flores Home Education Independent Study Academy 10039 E. Palm St., Bellflower 90706 (562) 804-6565 Bellflower Unified School District’s Home Education Independent Study Academy offers a unique learning experience for K-8 students. With assistance from credentialed teachers, technology, and access to standards-based curriculum, two distinct learning options are offered: Classic Model students receive parent-guided instruction at home, while Core Model students attend school Tuesday through Thursday and are homeschooled Monday and Friday. Additional hands-on learning is offered on Enrichment Fridays. The program enhances student academic abilities through strong parent/teacher partnerships. See ad on page 79. • Lycée International de Los Angeles (LILA) Orange County Campus 2625 North Tustin Ave., Santa Ana (626) 695-5159 www.lilaschool.com LILA is an international French immersion school with five campuses: Orange County (preschool-6th),

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Los Feliz (preK-5th), Pasadena (preschool-5th), West Valley (preschool-5th) and Burbank (6th-12th). LILA is dedicated to academic excellence in a nurturing and intimate environment that encourages personal initiative, creativity and curiosity, and to prepare students of all backgrounds to excel and contribute in a global world. LILA is an institution of learning that cannot merely be defined by its students studying in two languages. It provides a constructivist education, engaging students in their own learning. It is the only school in the Los Angeles area to offer both the rigorous International and French Baccalaureate diploma programs, and the Washington Post listed it in the top 35 of the nation’s most challenging high schools in 2014. With fifty nationalities represented by the school’s teachers, staff and students, LILA students study and live in a world community every day. See ad on page 76.

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• Montessori Children’s House Preschool & Elementary School 5550 Atherton St., Long Beach  (562) 431-8880 5454 Atherton St., Long Beach  (562) 494-3777 www.montessorischoollb.com Year-round program for children (2-12) in preschool and kindergarten through grade 6. Students are in a multi-age group environment working individually and independently. Without a traditional grading system, classes help students to progress at their own pace. Curriculum emphasizes reading phonetically and early exposure to mathematics. Art, music, geography and social science are also included. Conveniently located with large play areas. Montessori Children’s House has been serving the community for more than 45 years. See ad on page 79. • Oakwood Academy Schools www.OASchools.com Oakwood Academy Schools offer an accelerated academic program with a hands-on approach to learning. Students learn computer skills and go on educational field trips. Enrichment activities such as karate, swimming, piano, dance and gymnastics are offered. See ad on page 79; discount coupon on page 80. Creative Day Academy  (562) 634-7527 8740 Ramona Ave., Bellflower Age 2 through 1st grade. Lic. 191598510.

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Oakwood Preschool & Academy  (562) 426-6264 3850 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Ages 2 through 5th grade. Lic. 198011608. Oaktree Preschool & Kindergarten  (562) 597-8611 1710 Redondo Ave., Long Beach Age 2 through Kindergarten. Lic. 191601050. Parent-Participation Play Groups and Preschools www.ccppns.org Play groups and preschools (33 mos-5 yrs) are run independently by parents with a certified director at each session. Levels of parent commitment vary. Visit the website for a list of local schools. • Pillars Academy 23581 Madero, Ste. #104, Mission Viejo (949) 951-0442 Pillars Academy is a NAEYC and WASC accredited preschool to 6th grade private school originally founded by OCIF in 2000. Pillars provides your child lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


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Los Alamitos/Rossmoor  (562) 431-6553 www.RossmoorPreschool.com Westminster  (714) 894-4036 www.TownCountryPreschool.com Year-round preschools, for ages 2-5 years, offer an accelerated academic program that includes science, math and language development. Potty training, hot lunches, pre-kindergarten and summer camp program are available. Instruction is provided by skillful, creative teachers that offer part-day and full-day classes.

with a nurturing Islamic environment; where they learn at individualized levels and through differentiated approaches, yet achieving the same results— excellence. Families will find a diverse and welcoming niche of bright, inquisitive, and compassionate students discovering themselves as they discover Islam and realize their responsibility to each other, the community, and the world. See ad on this page. • Preschools - Long Beach and Orange County Belmont Shore  (562) 439-3369 www.BelmontShorePreschool.com Cerritos  (562) 865-0482 www.CerritosLanePreschool.com Cerritos/Artesia  (562) 860-6302 www.CerritosLearningTreePreschool.com Cypress, south  (714) 828-9000 www.CypressChild.com Cypress, north  (714) 527-2744 www.CypressLearningTree.com Fullerton  (714) 526-7855 www.AcaciaTreePreschool.com

• Valley Christian Schools Cerritos area (562) 860-0556 www.vcschools.org Valley Christian Schools offers outstanding educational outcomes through a well-rounded approach to learning. Preschoolers benefit from research-based developmental education. Kindergarten - 12th grade, on three separate campuses, have a wide variety of opportunities experiencing training in music, art, sports and technology. 98% of Valley Christian High School students go on to universities and colleges. 30% of the Class of 2014 was accepted at the nation’s Top 100 Colleges and Universities. Four campuses include preschool, elementary, middle school (grades 7 and 8) and high school, and are located near the Los Angeles and Orange County border. Bus service is offered in a five-mile radius including Gardena, La Mirada, Downey, Naples and Westminster. The school-wide average student-to-faculty ratio is 14-to-1 and the student body and faculty are ethnically diverse. See ad on page 76. • Westerly School of Long Beach 2950 E. 29th St., Long Beach (562) 981-3151 www.westerlyschool.org What makes Westerly School the right choice for an inspiriting and engaging K-8 education? For starters, its mission statement, which addresses the schools belief in a whole child approach to education. Consider the school’s progressive and balanced program with a focus on the arts, physical education, technology integration, and foreign language. Imagine the benefit to

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skateboarding Lessons, camps and party packages for skateboarding and scootering, plus skateparks. • Build It Workspace 4478 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos (714) 947-0800 www.buildit.ws So you know how to skate, but have you ever thought about making the skateboard? At Build It Workspace, you’ll be able to use both traditional tools and the latest technology, including airbrushing and vacuum bagging, to create your ride. At Build It Workspace, they combine both traditional know-how and modern developments to create classes, camps and events that excite children’s minds and foster innovation and creativity. Also see “Arts and Crafts,” “Camps” and “Parties.” See ad on page 87. California Amateur Skateboard League (909) 883-2576 www.caslusf.com Regional association promotes skateboarding while helping communities provide skaters with safe skateboarding environments. Hosts ongoing competitions. • Keen Ramps (562) 715-8643 www.keenramps.com Keen Ramps manufactures premium quality skateboarding and action sports ramps. They’re committed to offering affordable obstacles ideal for all ages and skill levels. Whether you want a small kicker ramp for your little one to launch off of, or you’re looking to deck out your entire backyard with a custom mini-half pipe, nobody will get you rolling better than Keen Ramps. Email: info@keenramps.com. Also see “Parties.” See ad on page 81. Recreation Departments • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Skateboarding (6+), five-week sessions, $125. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Skateboarding and Scootering class (6-13) in four-week sessions; $125. Heartwell Park. (562) 570-3100. www.longbeach.gov/park Some city recreation departments offer skateboarding classes and camps. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


• Skatedogs (714) 313-8787 www.skatedogs.com After-school and weekend classes in skateboarding, one of the world’s fastest growing sports. Offered in conjunction with the recreation departments of Arcadia, Beverly Hills, Brea, Cerritos, Cypress, Glendora, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Manhattan Beach, Newport Beach, Redondo Beach, Seal Beach and Tustin. They offer classes for all ability levels. Kids (6-13) will make new friends, advance their skateboarding skills, and most importantly, have fun—all in Skatedogs’ private skatepark. They also offer private lessons, birthday parties (see “Parties”) and camps during school breaks (see “Camps”). • Vans Skatepark 20 City Blvd. West, Orange (714) 769-3800 www.vans.com Vans Skatepark is a 40,000-square-foot facility featuring a full skate and BMX course for all skill levels, ages six and older. The location also houses a full Vans retail store and skate pro shop. Birthday party packages (see “Parties”), private lessons and skate camps (see “Camps”) are available. Vans Skatepark is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (9 p.m. on Sundays). Please go to vans.com/skateparks for more information. Also see Vans Off The Wall Skatepark and Jack’s Garage listed under “Skateparks” in this section. See ad on page 19. Skateparks The following locations offer skateboarding, inline skating and/or scootering facilities, some offer BMX sessions. Most parks are open during daylight hours, free and unsupervised. Helmets, knee and elbow pads are required. For additional parks and park information, visit www.socalskateparks.com. • Anaheim - Downtown Skate Zone, 6,000 squarefeet of ramps, pipes and ledges, Broadway Ave., between Olive and Philadelphia streets. Anaheim West (Brookhurst Park), 10,000 square-feet of street skating with planters and pool, 2271 W. Crescent Ave. (714) 765-4501. www.anaheim.net Bellflower Skatepark  (562) 866-5684 Caruthers Park, 10500 E. Flora Vista. www.bellflower.org Brea Arovista Skatepark  (714) 990-7100 Elm St. and Sievers Ave. www.ci.brea.ca.us Buena Park Peak Park  (714) 236-3860 7225 El Dorado Drive. www.buenapark.com Carson’s Veterans Sports Complex (310) 830-9997 22400 Moneta Ave. www.ci.carson.ca.us Cerritos Skatepark  (562) 916-8590 19900 Bloomfield Ave. www.cerritos.us Costa Mesa Volcom Skatepark  (714) 754-5326 900 Arlington Drive. www.tinyurl.com/cmskatepark Cypress Veteran’s Park Skatepark  (714) 229-6780 4554 Avenida Grenada. www.ci.cypress.ca.us lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

Downey Independence Skatepark  (562) 803-0402 12334 Bellflower Blvd., www.downeyca.org Fullerton’s Independence Park  (714) 738-5369 801 West Valencia Drive. www.ci.fullerton.ca.us • Garden Grove Skate Spot  (714) 741-5200 9301 Westminster Blvd. www.ci.garden-grove.ca.us Huntington Beach - Murdy Community Center, 7000 Norma Drive. (714) 960-8895. www.huntingtonbeachca.gov • Huntington Beach - Vans Off The Wall Skatepark and Jack’s Garage. Free and open to the public, seven days a week from 9 a.m. - dusk (weather permitting). Large street plaza and transition area with clover bowl, backyard flow bowl and palm tree planter with rock extension. BMX allowed all day Wednesdays. 7471 Center Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 3796666. www.vans.com/skateparks-hb.html

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Irvine Harvard Skatepark  (949) 337-6577 14701 Harvard Ave. www.cityofirvine.org La Habra Skatepark  (562) 905-9700 La Bonita Park, 1208 Fahringer Way www.lahabracity.com Laguna Hills Skate Park  (949) 707-2600 25555 Alicia Pkwy., Laguna Hills www.ci.laguna-hills.ca.us Laguna Niguel Skatepark  (949) 916-7755 Fees apply, $10-80. 27745 Alicia Pkwy. www.cityoflagunaniguel.org Lake Forest Etnies Skatepark  (949) 916-5870 Skateboard lessons, classes, parties, band nights, year-round camps and an after-school skate club. $15 ID card to use park required. 20028 Lake Forest Drive. www.etniesskatepark.com Long Beach - Bixby Park, 130 Cherry Ave., (562) 5701601; Michael Green Skatepark,14th St. Playground, (562) 570-1600; Silverado Park Skate Plaza, 1545 W. Santa Fe Ave., (562) 570-1675; Drake Park Skate Plaza, 951 Maine Ave., (562) 570-1625; El Dorado Skatepark, 2800 Studebaker Road, (562) 570-3225; McBride Skatepark, 1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., (562) 570-1608; Houghton BMX Bike/Skatepark, skate and BMX bike park with ramps, rails and other obstacles, 6301 Myrtle Ave.; and Orizaba Skatepark, Orizaba and Spaulding, (562) 570-1640. www.longbeach.gov/park Mission Viejo Skatepark  (949) 470-3061 Beebe Park, 24190 Olympiad Road www.cityofmissionviejo.org/recreation Norwalk Skate Park  (562) 929-5566 13000 Clarkdale Ave. www.ci.norwalk.ca.us • Orange - Vans Skate Park  (714) 769-3800 See listing in this section; see ad on page 19. Paramount Village Skatepark  (562) 220-2121 7718 Somerset Blvd. www.paramountcity.com Santa Ana Skatepark  (714) 571-4254 Centennial Regional Park, 3000 W. Edinger Ave. www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/parks

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Simi Valley Skate Lab  (805) 578-9928 Air-conditioned, indoor skatepark. On-site skate school, skateboard museum and hall of fame. Summer camps offered. 4226 Valley Fair St. www.skatelab.com Westminster Liberty Park  (714) 895-2860 13900 Monroe St. www.westminster-ca.gov Whittier Skatepark  (562) 567-9420 7630 Washington Ave. www.cityofwhittier.org Start Your Own Skatepark KABOOM is an organization that will assist individuals in planning and building skateparks and playgrounds in child-rich, playground-poor neighborhoods. www.kaboom.org

skating & hockey Roller/ice skating and hockey classes, camps and leagues, plus skating rinks, skating paths and national referral agencies. Also see: “Skateboarding.” Boys and Girls Club Buena Park offers floor hockey. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. • East West Ice Palace 11446 Artesia Blvd., Artesia (562) 809-6200 www.eastwesticepalace.com Ice rink offers public skating, skating classes for kids (3+) and adults, freestyle sessions, in-house hockey, hockey classes, youth travel hockey league, adult hockey league, stick time and broomball. Competitive synchronized skating teams and classes also available. A collection of Michelle Kwan memorabilia is available in the gallery. Fitness center is open to the public and offers group exercise classes. Check website for details on ice schedule and events. Also see “Parties.” See ad on page 83. Hockey Associations Southern California Amateur Hockey Association - Organization oversees an ice hockey league (6-18), September - March. Tryouts are usually in June; there are occasionally in-season openings. www.scaha.com

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USA Hockey and USA Hockey Inline - National governing body offers referrals to local programs. (719) 576-8724. www.usahockey.com • Holiday Skate Center 175 N. Wayfield St., Orange (714) 997-5515 www.holidayskate.com Holiday Skate Center is one of the premier family fun entertainment centers in the Orange County area. They pride themselves on providing a clean, safe, friendly, and fun facility for your entire family. They offer skating for all ages, as well as birthday parties, private parties and fundraiser options (see “Parties”). Call today to book your event! See ad on page 83.

Recreation Departments • Anaheim Community Services Department - Parent and Me Skating (3-5), ice-skating classes (3-16) and Ice Hockey Skating Skills (6-16). Classes held at Anaheim Ice. (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Ice Skating: Tot Beginning (4-6) and Beginning (714); four-week sessions, $41. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org/recreation • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Skating clinics and Pee Wee, Mommy and Me Skating (ice), and hockey (ice only). (562) 5703100. www.longbeach.gov/park Most city recreation departments offer ice/roller skating classes, and hockey classes and leagues. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. Roller Derby Los Angeles Junior Derby Dolls - Classes and scrimmages for girls (7-17). Summer camp offered. 1910 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. (805) 218-9807. www.juniors.derbydolls.com. OC Roller Girls - Girls (8-18) practice and compete. (714) 847-9097. www.ocjuniorrollergirls.com. Skating Associations USA Roller Skating Association - National association provides referrals to coaches and rinks. (317) 3472626. www.rollerskating.org USA Roller Sports Association - Provides information on competitions, including speed skating, hockey, figure skating, inline and roller derby. www.usarollersports.org Skating Paths For paved trails/paths in Los Angeles and Orange counties, visit: www.labikepaths.com. • The Rinks Anaheim ICE  (714) 535-RINK Huntington Beach Inline  (714) 901-2629 Irvine Inline  (949) 559-9949 Lakewood ICE  (562) 429-1805 Westminster ICE  (714) 248-9611 Yorba Linda ICE  (714) 692-8776 www.The-Rinks.com Guests of all ages enjoy skating at The Rinks. With several daily public skating sessions, skate rentals and full-service snack bars, they offer the coolest fun for you and your friends! Plus, The Rinks offer a variety of learn-to-skate and hockey programs for all ages and skill levels, including summer camps. For skating session times, prices and class information, visit them online or call. Locations: 300 W. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim; 5555 McFadden Ave., Huntington Beach; 3150 Barranca Parkway, Irvine; 3975 Pixie Ave., Lakewood; 13071 Springdale, Westminster; and 23641 La Palma Ave., Yorba Linda. See ad on this page. More Skating Rinks The following rinks offer roller or ice skating and hockey (3+), including classes, clinics, camps and leagues, plus public and specialty skating sessions. Pick-up play and party packages may be available. Check websites for discounts. Also see East West Ice Palace, Holiday Skate Center and The Rinks in this section. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


Aliso Viejo Ice Palace  (949) 643-9648 Ice only. Skating and hockey (2½+). 9 Journey, Aliso Viejo. www.avicepalace.com Fountain Valley Skating Center (714) 847-0022 Roller only. Family Night Saturday, 6-8:30 p.m. 9105 Recreation Circle. www.fvsc.com KHS Ice Arena  (714) 422-1236 Ice only. Hockey clubs, plus learn-to-skate and introductory programs. Broomball also offered. 1000 E. Cerritos Ave., Anaheim. www.khsice.com Lake Forest Ice Palace  (949) 305-9658 Ice only. Figure skating and hockey available. 25821 Atlantic Ocean Drive, Lake Forest. www.lficepalace.com Paramount Iceland  (562) 633-1171 Ice only. Skating school, freestyle, broomball and hockey. 8041 Jackson St. www.paramounticeland.com

soccer Indoor and outdoor soccer leagues, clinics, classes and camps. Also see: “Camps.” • Alpert JCC Presents Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp Stearns Park, 4520 23rd St., Long Beach 90815 (562) 426-7601, Ext. 1205 www.alpertjcc.org The Alpert JCC and Challenger Sports partner to offer an array of soccer camps for ages 3-16. In this unique cross-cultural experience, the British coaching staff helps kids experience soccer as never before, with an emphasis on individual skill development, a daily World Cup-style tournament, and much more. Call Ext. 1205 and find out how to register online to get a free Challenger Sports Soccer jersey, a $40 value! Week of August 17. Call or visit their website for more information. See ads on pages 25 and 78.

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• Arena Soccer Parks 13631 Deodara Drive, GG  (714) 890-0259 2190 N. Canal St., Orange  (714) 974-1993 (888) 273-6248 (ARENA-4-U) www.arenasoccerparks.org Arena soccer leagues and classes for kids (4-17) and adults of all skill levels, plus Arena Soccer Stars program for little ones (18 mos-9 yrs). Rental times are also available for parties (see “Parties”) or practicing in their large and small arenas. Open seven days a week. See ad on this page.

school year. June 29 - July 1 (overnight), July 6-10 (day camp) and July 13-17 (day camp). Long Beach State coaches will direct the camps along with staff and players on the Long Beach State campus at George Allen Field. See you at The Beach! See ad on page 27. Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services Department - Parent and Me Soccer (2-3½), Tot Soccer (3½-5), Youth Soccer (5-6), Skillz and Scrimmages (7-10), Challenger

Boys and Girls Club Indoor soccer pick-up play (3-14) is available at most branches. Some locations offer leagues. Outdoor soccer is offered at some Anaheim locations. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. • Long Beach State Soccer Academy (562) 985-2528 www.longbeachstate.com The Long Beach State Women’s Soccer coaching staff cordially invites you to participate in the 2015 Long Beach State Soccer Academy during the summer months. You can choose from a variety of camps depending on your child’s age and ability level. The coed youth day academy is designed for the beginning or intermediate soccer player looking to develop a basic technical and tactical understanding of the game. In the residential academies, players who are already technically proficient will train in sessions that emphasize tactical awareness and decision making. Residential campers will live, eat and train on campus just like the Long Beach State Women’s soccer players do throughout the

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for children with developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, behavior problems, ADHD and Autism Spectrum disorders. Behavior Assessments • IEP Support • Parent & School Training 1:1 Therapy • Social Skills Groups • Camp • Community Events

(714) 881-0427 • www.CS4Hope.com Sports British Soccer Camp (3-16), one-week camp. (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect • Cypress College, Kids College - Pee Wee Soccer (4-8) offered year round; six-week sessions, $50. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Instruction by Kidz Love Soccer (3-10). (562) 8669771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org Long Beach City College Soccer Sports Camps - Coed day camps (7+); one-week summer sessions, $60. Pee Wee Camp (4-7), $45. (562) 938-4249. Email: summerrec@lbcc.edu. • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Indoor Soccer, Mommy and Me (2-3), Tot (3-4), Pre-Soccer (4-5) and Soccer 1,2,3 (5-11); eight-week sessions, $96. (562) 570-3100. www.longbeach.gov/park Most city recreation departments offer leagues/clinics. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. Soccer Associations The following associations offer boys’ and girls’ leagues (4-19), camps and special-needs programs. American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), (800) 872-2976, www.ayso.org; and California Youth Soccer Association, (714) 778-2972, www.calsouth.com. Soccer Parks • Arena Soccer Parks - See listing in this section; ad on page 83. Deft Touch Soccer Center - 3842 Catalina St., Los Alamitos. (562) 354-7592. www.defttouchsc.com LA Galaxy Soccer Center - Youth leagues and Galaxy Juniors (18 mos-7 yrs). 540 Maple Ave., Torrance. (888) 576-2237. www.lagalaxysc.com Misty-Mae Treanor Sports Center (MMTSC) - 21 indoor futsal courts. 14522 Myford Road, Irvine. (714) 389-7900. www.themmtsc.com Surf City Futsal - 16091 Gothard St., Huntington Beach. (714) 274-5120. www.surfcityfutsal.com YMCA Fullerton (3-5), Laguna Niguel (3-9), Santa Ana and Weingart-Lakewood offer classes and/or leagues. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.

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special needs Referral agencies, support groups and activities. Programs listed throughout Kidsguide are often open to those with special needs. • Badminton Center Court 3699 Industry Ave., Lakewood (562) 426-9299 Badminton Center Court offers a program specially tailored for the development, use and application of diverse badminton skills by autistic children. Children on the autism spectrum benefit from participation in a sport requiring hand-eye coordination, quick reaction times and communication between teammates. And, the participants can express their happiness through badminton play. This modified program is adapted from BCC’s highly successful existing badminton training program, and enlists some of their top adult students as instructors. Free. Alternate Saturdays, 9-10 a.m. Also see “Parties” and “Sports, Miscellaneous.” See ad on page 85. • Creative Solutions For Hope 3152 Redhill Ave., Ste. 100, Costa Mesa (714) 881-0427 www.CS4Hope.com Creative Solutions For Hope (CSH) uses applied behavior analysis (ABA) to benefit children with developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, behavior problems, ADHD and Autism Spectrum disorders. They offer a variety of supervision and therapy services, including: behavior assessments, IEP support, school staff trainings, parent training, 1:1 therapy, and school shadowing. Additionally, they offer social skills groups, camp, a vocational skills program, and annual community events. CSH is in-network with many insurance companies and vendored through Regional Centers. See ad on this page. Family Resources and Referrals Comprehensive directories and/or referrals are available for parents of children with special needs through the following agencies: Family Support Network, (714) 447-3301, www.familysupportnetworkca.org; Family Resource Center at Miller Children’s Hospital, (562) 933-8048, (562) 933-8048; Harbor Regional Center, (310) 540-1711, www.harborrc.org; Help Me Grow, (866) 476-9025, www.helpmegrowoc.org; Regional Center of OC, (714) 796-5100, www.rcocdd.com; Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK), (866) 828-

8275, www.taskca.org; and Life Without Limits, (949) 333-6400, www.ucp-oc.org. • Foreign Languages Academy and Tutoring Services Placentia (714) 504-0235 www.foreignlanguagestutoring.com Foreign Languages Academy and Tutoring Services specializes in working with students (K-12 and college level) with special needs. They cover all academic subjects as well as foreign language tutoring. Try a demo class today! Also see “Languages” and “Tutoring and Academics.” See ad on page 55. • Kelly Summer Music Therapy Studio Long Beach (562) 833-6444 www.kellysummermusic.com Music therapy for children with developmental disabilities is offered with Kelly Summer Music Therapy Studio. Music therapy is the clinical and evidencedbased use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic environment. Music therapy can help your child to reach educational/IEP goals, improve communication, improve gross/fine motor skills, express feelings, and improve emotional and affective development. Also see “Music.” See ad on page 62. Learning Disabilities and Autism Programs Information and resource organizations for autism, dyslexia and ADD/ADHD. Autism Behavior Services, (855) 581-0100, www.autismbehaviorservices. com; Autism Society of America, (800) 328-8476, www.autism-society.org; Autism Speaks, (888) 288-4762, www.autismspeaks.org; Dyslexia Foundation, www.yesread.org; Dyslexia Resources, www.areyoudyslexic.com; International Dyslexia Association, (410) 296-0232, www.interdys.org; Learning Disabilities Association, (909) 6211494, www.ldaca.org; National Resource Center on ADHD, (800) 233-4050, www.help4adhd.org; TACA, Talk About Curing Autism, (855) 726-7810, www.tacanow.com; and The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, (888) 962-5437, www.forockids.org • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900 www.pretendcity.org Special events are offered monthly for families with children whose developmental abilities fall on the Autism Spectrum. These events allow children and their parents/caretakers to play in an autism-friendly environment along with other families. Also see “Calendar” and “Museums.” See ad on page 59. • Rancho Rio Verde 1000 W. Carson St., Long Beach (714) 624-5754, (310) 830-2060 www.rrvridingclub.com Special-need students of all ages can participate in a vaulting program (gymnastics on horseback); Mondays, 2-7 p.m. No experience necessary. See ad on page 51. Recreation Departments Most cities offer special-needs programs. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


We carry major brands such as Yon Special Olympics www.specialolympics.org Sports training and competition for children (8+) with intellectual disabilities. Competitive divisions based on age and performance; everyone may participate regardless of ability. Visit their website for locations. • Wagonwheel Ranch Horseback Rides 4057 Via Opata, Palos Verdes (310) 567-3582 www.pvhorses.net Guided trail rides along Palos Verdes Peninsula, camps and birthday parties for those with special needs, as well as therapeutic riding. See “Horseback Riding” for complete listing.

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Come by to test out the rackets or check out 3-8). Serves Los Alamitos, Cypress, Seal Beach, Long Beach and surrounding areas. www.bcylax.com

Rockreation Sport Climbing Center  (714) 556-ROCK 1300 Logan Ave., Costa Mesa. www.rockreation.com

US Lacrosse - Find local teams and leagues, plus information about the sport. (410) 235-6882. www. uslacrosse.org

Thrill It Fun Center  (714) 937-1600 Also offers a high ropes challenge. 20 City Blvd. West, Ste. 907-A, Orange. www.thrillit.com

Rock Climbing Indoor climbing facilities that offer classes, camps and party packages. Also see Boys and Girls Club listed in this section.

The Factory Bouldering  (714) 639-7625 1547 West Struck Ave., Ste. A, Orange www.thefactorybouldering.com

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• Badminton Center Court 3699 Industry Ave., Lakewood (562) 426-9299 www.badmintoncentercourt.com This 10,000-square-foot facility strives to give youth (4+) to adults the best badminton experience available. The Badminton Center Court team can help players, beginning to experienced, elevate their game with their signature training program, offered one-on-one or in a group. The site boasts six professional badminton courts, a full-service onsite pro shop, showers, affordable memberships as well as walk-in options, and private party rental. Also offers a program specially tailored for the development, use and application of diverse badminton skills by youth on the autistic spectrum, enabling them to benefit from participation in a sport requiring hand-eye coordination, quick reaction times and communication between teammates (see “Special Needs”). Also see “Parties.” See ad on this page. Boys and Girls Club Buena Park offers a rock wall climbing and instruction program (6-18). Buena Park and Cypress offer dodge ball pick-up play. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. Disc Golf The following parks offer courses for disc golf. Most courses are open daily until sunset. Cerritos, Liberty Park, nine-basket course, (562) 916-8565; Huntington Beach Central Park, 18-basket course, disc rental available, (714) 425-9931; Irvine’s Deerfield Park, nine-basket course, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., free disk rental with ID, (949) 724-6725; La Mirada Regional Park, (562) 902-5645; and Long Beach, 18-basket course, El Dorado Park West, (562) 570-3225.

Cal State Fullerton’s Rockwall  (657) 278-7529 Family Climbs, call for days and times. www.asi.fullerton.edu/src/rockwall.asp

Southern California Youth Rugby www.socalyouthrugby.org Youth rugby for boys and girls (grades K-12) in LA and Orange counties.

Lakewood, CA 90712 USA Badminton www.usabadminton.org Visit the website for local club contacts. Contact Info: Funtopia at Sender One (714) 881-3386 USA Cricket Association 426chal-- 9299 Interactive center filled(562) with climbing-themed (561) 839-1888 lenges for kids and adults. 1441 S. Village Way, www.usaca.org Santa Ana. www.senderoneclimbing.com/funtopia Referrals to regional coaches, youth leagues and teams. Email: andytran1011@yahoo.com ClimbX Indoor Rock Climbing  (714) 843-9919 Kids climbing club also offered. 18411 Gothard St. Unit 1, Huntington Beach. www.climbxhb.com

Hangar 18 2599 E. Willow St., Signal Hill, (562) 981-3200; and 23812 Via Fabricante, Ste. A4, Mission Viejo, (949) 454-8043. www.climbhangar18.com

USA Curling www.tinyurl.com/usacurlingyouth Referrals to leagues, plus a junior merit program. Local OC Curling Club in Westminster, www.occurling.com.

Rockcity Climbing Center  (714) 777-4884 Ropes course and zip line also available. 5100 E. La Palma St., Ste. 108, Anaheim. www.rockcityclimbing.com

USA Field Hockey www.usfieldhockey.com Find local teams and leagues.

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USA Table Tennis www.usatt.org USATT-affiliated table tennis clubs offer training, tournaments and camps. Visit the website for local club contact information.

STEM Science, technology, engineering and math classes, camps and related destinations. Also see: “Attractions,” “Camps,” “Museums,” “Tutoring and Academics,” and “Zoos.” For nature-related science camps and classes, see Nature Centers listed under “Recreation and Parks.” • Academic Enrichment Camp Camp runs June 22 - July 17 with a second session, July 20 - August 14. Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. noon. Morning supervision is available, 7:15-8:30 a.m. (additional fee). See complete listing on page 22; ad on page 27. • Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach (562) 590-3100 www.aquariumofthepacific.org The Aquarium offers numerous year-round programs: Aqua Tots (ages 2-3, with parent), $49; Saturday Family Fun (ages 4-6, with parent), $49; Junior Biologist (ages 7-12), $29; Job Shadow (grades 7-12), $39; Seals and Sea Lions/Sea Otter/ Penguin Encounter (ages 10+), and Shark Encounter (ages 13+), $109. Whale watching (in season) and family sleepovers are also offered. Hour-long, behind-the-scenes tours (ages 7+) offer a look at running a world-class aquarium, $19 (plus admission). Pre-registration is required for all programs. School groups are eligible for discounts on field trips, and hands-on educator-led programs are available for pre-K through twelfth grade. Member discounts are offered. See “Attractions” for more information. See ad on page 15; coupon on page 85. • Blue Submarine (888) 218-8085 www.thebluesubmarine.com The Blue Submarine is a marine biology outreach program offering classes and activities for students pre-K through 8th grade. Topics are presented in an interactive format and live tidepool animals are available for certain classes. Let The Blue Submarine take your students on a field trip to the beach without leaving school! English/Spanish bilingual programs available. For more information, call the number listed above. See ad on page 66. Boys and Girls Club Capistrano Valley offers SeaTech and Ultimate Oceans. Buena Park offers Ultimate Journey (environmental education), gardening (agriculture), Club Recycle and Woodshop. Tustin features a variety of

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environmental education and STEM programs. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. • Build It Workspace 4478 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos (714) 947-0800 www.buildit.ws At Build It Workspace, children and even adults learn the latest technologies such as 3D printers, including how to build 3D printers. They combine both traditional design with modern making to create classes, camps and events that excite children’s minds and foster innovation and creativity. Classes and membership programs are also available for adults and educators. Also see “Arts and Crafts,” “Camps” and “Parties.” See ad on page 87. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro (310) 548-7562 www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org Ongoing science programs include tours, marine science workshops, ocean outreach classes and annual events. Programs also include youth docents (grades 7-12), Sea Rangers (grades 5+) and Sea Clubs (grades K-6). Summer camps also offered. California Science Center 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles (323) 724-3623 www.californiasciencecenter.org Permanent exhibits include Ecosystems, Air and Space, World of Life and Creative World. Separate tickets needed for the Mission 26: The Big Endeavor (permanent) and Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit (temporary). Free admission (excludes IMAX and special paid exhibits). Parking, $10. • Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200 www.columbiaspacescience.org 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 is constantly holding engaging classes and workshops (see “Calendar”). The Space Center also hosts the only Challenger Learning Center in the greater Los Angeles area where you can: Return to the Moon, go on a Voyage to Mars, and experience the reallife excitement of working in Mission Control or in the Spacecraft; available for field trips, team-building exercises and parties of 16 or more. Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. $5 per person (3+). Also see “Attractions,” “Calendar,” “Parties” and “Museums.” See ad on page 17. • Discovery Cube 2500 North Main St., Santa Ana (714) 542-2823 www.discoverycube.org Discovery Cube Orange County is filled with interactive and hands-on exhibits in themed areas including: Discovery Theater, Planetary Research Station, Boeing Rocket Lab, Eco Challenge, Dino Quest and Science of Hockey. Visitors will explore science like never before

with a virtual earthquake, hurricane simulator, a cloud maker and more! This spring, check out “LEGO Travel Adventure” and “National Geographic Explorers” and visit this summer for the opening of new exhibits inside the Cube’s expansion. There’s always something new to explore at the Cube! Field trips, outreach, special events, scout programs, sleepovers, home-school days and teacher workshops are also available. See ad on the back inside cover. ExplorOcean 600 E. Bay Ave., Newport Beach (949) 675-8915 www.explorocean.org Enjoy hands-on activities from mapping the ocean floor to manning an ROV. Plus, visit the Ocean Literacy Center, Innovation Lab and Touch Tank. Camps and after-school programs also offered. Griffith Observatory 2800 E. Observatory Road, Los Angeles (213) 473-0800 www.griffithobservatory.org The observatory offers astronomy exhibits, a planetarium, a theater featuring shows and news programs, plus a high-powered refracting telescope and three solar telescopes. Free monthly Star Parties are offered throughout the year. • iD Tech Programs 1-888-709-8324 www.iDTech.com iD Tech is the leader in summer STEM education programs for students ages 6-18. At weeklong, day and overnight programs, kids and teens mod with Minecraft, design video games, code apps, engineer robots, produce films, develop wearable electronics and more. Diverse courses are inclusive of every gender, background, skill level and learning style. Students meet new friends and gain a competitive advantage for school and future STEM careers. More than 200,000 students have attended iD Tech programs since 1999. Camps are held at over 100 prestigious campuses nationwide, including Stanford, UC Irvine, University High School, LMU, Caltech, Yale and others. Summer programs include iD Tech Camps for ages 7-17, Alexa Cafe all-girls programs for ages 10-15, iD Tech Mini half-day camps for aspiring innovators ages 6-9, and two-week, pre-college academies for teens ages 13-18, iD Programming Academy and iD Game Design and Development. See listing on page 30; ad on page 29. Jet Propulsion Laboratory (818) 354-1260 www.jpl.nasa.gov/education Various science clubs, tours, programs and competitions, plus web activities and resources for kids. • Long Beach Marine Institute Camps 6475 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., #281, Long Beach (562) 431-7156 www.longbeachmarine.org Ocean Adventure Camp is offered for a variety of age groups, ages 5-12. These weekly camps include activity-driven programs that will amaze your child, introducing them to marine life and the ocean with hands-on projects, crafts and field trips. Teen programs are available, too. Camp seslots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


sions: June 15 - August 14. For details see their listing and ad on page 33. • LAEF’s Summer Enrichment Institute (562) 277-6876 www.laef4kids.org Los Alamitos Education Foundation (LAEF) offers STEM classes for elementary and middle school students; classes include computer coding, robotics, electricity and more! See “Camps” and “Tutoring and Academics” for complete listings; see ad on page 24. • Mad Science (714) 668-9174 www.westorangecounty.madscience.org Mad Science is the world’s leading fun science provider, and they are on a mission to spark the imagination of children everywhere, with exciting, live, interactive programs that instill a clear understanding of what science is really all about. They are proud to offer a large selection of after-school, summer and preschool programs, as well as workshops, special events and birthday parties. All of their programs are led by highly qualified instructors using unique equipment, and are performed at the location of your choice. Also see “Camps” and “Parties.” See ad on page 32. • Nature Kids! Discovery Workshops and Classes at El Dorado Nature Center 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach (562) 570-1745 www.longbeach.gov/naturecenter Preregistration is required. Parent participation is required for all classes except Preschool Sessions and Youth Sessions. Preschool Sessions (3-5, must be potty trained): Sessions encourage social skills, increase creativity and foster group cooperation, while exercising minds and bodies on the trails. Sensational Science, June 22-26; The Mighty Minions, July 6-10; Silly Summer Stories, July 20-24; Budding Artists, August 3-7; and Seussical Silliness, August 17-21. Monday - Friday, 9-11 a.m.; $65 per week.

sense of adventure as you and your child celebrate the seasons with a special morning of crafts, stories, songs, and outdoor exploration. Nature Detectives, April 15; Flower Frolic, April 29; Butterfly Ball, May 13; and Dinosaur Dig Day, May 27. Wednesdays, 1011:30 a.m. $20. Ocean Institute 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point (949) 496-2274 www.ocean-institute.org Interactive exhibits, marine life, touch tanks and ecology cruises, plus presentations and Sunday tours aboard the tallship Pilgrim. • OCSA’s Foundation Arts Enrichment Program 1010 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 560-0900, Ext. 5630 www.ocsarts.net/communityclasses Offers five-week programs during the summer for students (grades 4-8) in animation, computer graphics, film and television production skills and video gaming. See listings in “Arts and Crafts” and “Camps” for full program descriptions. See ad on page 10. Odyssey of the Mind (856) 256-2797 www.odysseyofthemind.com Groups purchase a membership and form small teams (grades K-college) to solve competitive problems. Teams work on solutions throughout the school year and present them in spring competitions. Computer Classes and Use • Anaheim Community Services - Video Game Design (7-16), and Media Arts Camp (8-15). Summer camps include Stop Motion Animation and Animation (8-15). Camps begin June 6 and run throughout the summer. (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect Apple Computer Classes and Camps - Apple stores offer free computer workshops (5+) teaching the basics of Macs and their software. Classes fill quickly. Some stores also offer camps and field trips for schools and groups. Brea, (714) 255-5610; Cerritos, (562) 356-1555; Costa Mesa, (714) 424-6331;

Newport Beach, (949) 729-4433; Irvine, (949) 2551500; and Mission Viejo, (949) 325-6426. www. apple.com/retail/storelist Boys and Girls Club - Computer instruction and use (5+) is available at most branches. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. Cerritos College - Summer classes include: Robotics (11-15), Video Game Design (8-16), Digital Filmmaking (8-16), Computer Comic Book Creations (8-16) and iMovie Maker Madness (10-17). (562) 4675050. www.cerritoscommunityed.com • Cypress College, Kids College - Computer Keyboarding (8+), Microsoft Word, Power Point and Excel (9+), Photoshop Magic (grades 4-8), Adventures in Web Page Creations (grades 4-6), Computer Game Design (grades 5-8), Digital Camera Magic (grades 4-9), and Intro to Computer Animation and Games (grades 5-8). (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids

Youth Sessions (5-9, must have completed kindergarten): Seeds, Snails, Sun and Fun, June 29 - July 3; Splash, July 13-17; Magical Merlin Mission, July 27-31; World Wide Web, August 24-28; and Nature’s Kaleidoscope, August 24-28. Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon; $75. Bubble, Fizz, Boom! (2-5, parent participation required): Experiment with gooey, drippy fun! Parents and children will have a “blast” with hands-on science play. Dress for a mess and be ready for fun! April 13 - May 4, Mondays, 9:30-10:15 a.m. $55. Tales and Trails (18 mos-5yrs, parent participation required): Investigate the incredible changing natural world with your child, while discovering creatures large and small. Puppets, songs and parachute play are all a part of this fun-filled class. May 8-29, Fridays, 9:30-10:15 a.m. or 10:30-11:15 a.m. $40. Parent and Me Workshops (18 mos-5yrs, parent participation required): Bring your imagination and lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

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Santa Ana College - Keyboarding, Computers, Photoshop, Digital Photography and Graphic Design, Web Design, Animation and Video Game Design (9+). (714) 564-6594. www.sac.edu/cms Most city recreation departments offer computerrelated classes. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services - Introduction to Robotics (7-13) and Techworkz Engineering Camp (8-15). Summer camps include: Creative Brain Scienceworkz, Jr. Robotics and Spyworkz Science (8-15). Call for dates. (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect Cerritos College - Summer classes include Kitchen Chemistry (5-10), Science You Can Do! (5-10), Little Hands Big Experiments (8-12), CSI (10-15), Adventures in Physics (10-15), and Is There a Doctor in the House? (11-15). (562) 467-5050. www. cerritoscommunityed.com • Cypress College, Kids College - Workshops include: Chemistry for Young Scientists (grades 1-3), Sea Animal Adventures (grades 1-2), Jammin Chemistry (grades 3-5), Designing with Science (grades 4-6), Science Explorers (grades 2-4), Fun with Magnets (grades 2-4), Popping, Colliding and Flashy Physics (grades 3-6), Awesome Air and Water Pressure (grades 3-6), Fun with Light and Optics (grades 4-6), Rocks and Minerals (grades 3-6), Sound Funtastic (grades 2-4), Shockingly Fun Electronics (grades 4-6), Hands-on Biology (grades 7-10), Funtastic Flowers!, LEGO Robotics (8-12 and 13-17), Engineering of Aerospace (13-17), Engineering of Cities (13-17), Animation Flix (7-13), and Discovering Science Through Art Experiences (4-10). (714) 8084909. www.sce.edu/kids Orange Coast College - Learn to Code Computer Games (9-15). (714) 432-5880, Press 1. www. orangecoastcollege.augusoft.net Santa Ana College - Science Camps, Robotics and Engineering. (714) 564-6594. www.sac.edu/cms Many city recreation departments offer STEM classes, workshops and camps. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. Robotics Kids use robot kits and programming to study STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Also see Shared Science, Sylvan Learning Centers and Youth Science Center in this section. BrainStorm Studios - Minecraft and Lego workshops also offered. Two locations: 31105 Rancho Viejo Road, Ste. C8, San Juan Capistrano; and 5430 Trabuco Road, Ste. 150, Irvine. www.brainstormkidsstudios.com Digital Revolution - Lego Robotics classes and workshops for kids and teens. 4242 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach. (562) 595-9454. www.the-digitalrevolution.com Mathobotix - 1000 Roosevelt, Ste. 200, Irvine, (949) 857-1419; and 10900 Los Alamitos Blvd., Ste. 111, Los Alamitos, (562) 594-5000. www.mathobotix.com 88 • spring/summer 2015

• Shared Science (562) 522-0595 www.sharedsciencefun.org Kids engineer fun through inventive and playful classes, camps and competitive robotics. Crazy Constructors classes combine LEGO Ed with the engineering design process and physical science concepts to captivate K-5 brains. Creative Coding kids use Scratch and other tools to learn computer programming concepts, create animations, and build games. For older youth, they offer robotics programming and design, putting mathematics to work. Kids can join one of their sponsored FIRST LEGO League robotics teams. Greater Long Beach locations. Also see “Camps” and “Parties.” See ad on page 87. Southern California Rocketry Clubs Rocketry Organization of Southern California, www. rocstock.org; Southern California Rocket Association, home.earthlink.net/~mebowitz; D.A.R.T. Rocketry, www.dartrocketry.org; Tripoli-San Diego, www. tripolisandiego.org; and Friends of Amateur Rocketry, www.friendsofamateurrocketry.org • Sylvan Learning Centers Downey (562) 622-9210 Huntington Beach  (714) 848-6072 Long Beach  (562) 429-8320 www.sylvanlearning.com Sylvan’s innovative programs will light up your child’s mind and build a love for STEM. Check out their Robotics and Game Design programs. Or help your child master math skills and improve their speed and accuracy with Math Edge. Call today for more details! See ads with discount coupons on pages 37 and 95. Tessmann Planetarium at Santa Ana College 1530 W. 17th, Building M, Santa Ana (714) 564-6356 www.tinyurl.com/TessmannPlanetarium Tour the newly renovated planetarium and learn about the cosmos space program. $6-7. Visit their website for programs and show times. • Young Scientists Camp at CSULB California State University, Long Beach (562) 985-4801 www.youngscientistscamp.com Two exciting weeks of science investigations. Students (entering grades 2-8) do experiments and lab projects in college science laboratories. This year’s topics include Kitchen Chemistry, Science Behind Your Game Apps and Forensic Science Investigations (CSI). Camp will be held July 27 - August 7. For a full listing, see page 38; see ad on page 27. • Youth Science Center’s 2015 Summer Science Camp Bixby Elementary School 16446 Wedgeworth Drive, Hacienda Heights (626) 854-9825 www.youthsciencecenter.org “Wow” your kids this summer at Youth Science Center’s 2015 Summer Science Camp. Imagine a class where your child can dream, design and see his own idea take solid form on a 3D printer. Or become a robotics engineer and see his creation move in Lego

Robotics. How about building, decorating, launching and getting back his own model rocket. Or choosing from a variety of hands-on and fun physical and science classes while learning about the world he lives in. Don’t make it a ho-hum summer for your child. Sign him up for YSC’s Summer Camp and make it an exciting season of learning. See ad on page 87.

surfing & SUP Surfing and stand-up paddling instruction, camps and rentals, plus a surfing museum. Also see: “Aquatics and Water Polo” and “Fishing and Boating.” Beach Closure Hotline Up-to-date information on water quality and beach closures in Los Angeles County, (800) 525-5662; and Orange County, (714) 433-6400. For weekly and annual beach reports, visit www.healthebay.org/brc and www.surfline.com. Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum 411 Olive Ave., Huntington Beach (714) 960-3483 www.surfingmuseum.org Changing exhibits celebrate the history of surfing and surf culture. Tours by reservation. Summer concerts offered. $2 admission per person. Recreation Department Classes The following city recreation departments offer surfing and SUP classes and camps: Huntington Beach, spring and summer classes and camps, (714) 536-5486, www.huntingtonbeachca.gov; Newport Beach Recreation and Senior Services, instruction and camps, surfing and SUP, (949) 644-3151, www.newportbeachca.gov; and Seal Beach, spring and summer classes as well as summer camp, (562) 431-2527, Ext. 344, www. sealbeachca.gov. Surfboard and SUP Rentals The following businesses offer surfboards, bodyboards, SUPs and wetsuit rentals: Huntington Surf and Sport - Surf and bodyboard, no wetsuit rental. Four Huntington Beach locations: 300 Pacific Coast Hwy., (714) 841-4000; 3801 Warner Ave., (714) 846-0181; 7777 Edinger Ave., #156, (714) 890-0800; and 126 Main St., (714) 374-6266. www.hsssurf.com • Stand Up Rentals - Also offers lessons. 5411 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 434-0999. www. standuprentals.net. The Frog House - Board and wetsuit rentals. 6908 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. (949) 642-5690. www. froghouse.com Wheel Fun Rentals - SUP, surfboard, boogie board, sand toys, beach umbrellas and chairs. Dana Point and Huntington Beach locations. www.wheelfunrentals.com Zach’s Beach Food Fun - Also rents umbrellas, chairs, bicycles, tandems, rollerblades and volleyballs. Surf lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


lessons available. Two Huntington Beach locations on the beach walkway: PCH at Main St. and PCH at Beach Blvd. (714) 536-0215. www.zackshb.com Surfing America (949) 391-1010 www.surfingamerica.org Competitions and events for amateur surfers. The website features surfing resources including schools.

teens Resources and activities geared specifically for teens. Also see your area of interest as teen activities are listed throughout Kidsguide. Boys and Girls Clubs Most branches offer teen centers and/or programs that typically include games, movies, field trips, community service activities and tutoring. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. Camp Fire 1505 E. Seventeenth St., Ste. 118, Santa Ana (714) 547-5200 www.campfireusaoc.org Sharing Healthy Adolescent and Parent Experiences (S.H.A.P.E.) classes are designed to educate preteens and teens (9-12 and 13-16) and their parents about issues such as puberty, personal hygiene, self-esteem and peer pressure. Smart Choices is a life-skills program for middle schoolers that focuses on personal values, self-esteem, peer pressure, decision-making, goal setting, friendship, communication and healthy relationships. A Gift of Giving is a community-based, servicelearning program. Camp Money $mart is an education program which focuses on teaching teens the importance of financial responsibility. Classes are fee-based. • iD Programming Academy and iD Game Design and Development Academy 1-888-709-8324 www.iDTech.com iD Programming Academy - Two-week, pre-college summer academy offers ages 13-18 immersive, hands-on experience in coding, app development, programming, modding with Minecraft, electrical engineering, robotics and web programming. Held at UCLA, Stanford and select universities nationwide. www.iDProgrammingAcademy.com iD Game Design and Development Academy - Twoweek, immersive, pre-college summer program. Students, ages 13-18, design video games, develop app games, model 3D characters and mod with Minecraft. Held at Stanford and select universities nationwide. www.iDGameDevAcademy.com

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11 - 39th Place, Long Beach (562) 434-1644 • www.deepbluelongbeach.com • LAEF’s Summer Enrichment Institute (562) 277-6876 www.laef4kids.org Teens are invited to take drivers education, prepare for your college essay, participate in sports and music camps and more with Los Alamitos Education Foundation (LAEF) this summer! See “Camps” and “Tutoring and Academics” for complete listings; see ad on page 24. Recreation Departments and Colleges Cerritos College - Year-round SAT/PSAT preparation weekend courses (grades 9-12). (562) 467-5050. www.cerritoscommunityed.com Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UCI - Saturday academies for middle and high schoolers include art, dance, drama, music and robotics. (949) 824-8976. outreach.arts.uci.edu/saturday-academies • Cypress College, Kids College - Teen Ballroom Dancing, Clothing Construction (grades 7-12), Fashion Illustration (12+), Algebra and Geometry Tutoring (grades 7+), Pre-Calculus (grades 10+), Calculus (grades 10+), Improve Your Reading and Writing (grades 7-10), Intensive Writing Camp (grades 7+), Grammar for Successful Grades (grades 7+), Introduction to American Poetry (grades 7-12), Famous Short Stories (grades 7-12), Photoshop for Teens (grades 9-12), Teen Baking Camp (13+), Learn to Sew for Fun (grades 8-12), Dance Performance Camp (grades 9-12), Yoga (12+), Animation Flix (7-13), Jazz Hip-Hop Dance, Intro to Design Arts, How to Get into College and Stay There!, Bowling for Teens, Sand Volleyball, Football Skills and Drills, LEGO Robotics, Engineering of Aerospace and Engineering of Cities (13-17). Classes offered at Anaheim, Cypress and Fullerton centers. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Teen Centers - The following parks offer teen centers featuring a variety of activities on a drop-in basis, free of charge. Centers are open weekdays, 3-7 p.m. Call parks for a schedule. California Recreation Center, (562) 570-1606; Chavez Park, (562) 570-8890;

Houghton Park, (562) 570-1640; and Silverado Park, (562) 570-1675. www.longbeach.gov Orange Coast College - SAT Test Prep Advantage and Drivers Education. (714) 432-5154. www. orangecoastcollege.augusoft.net Santa Ana College - Online Drivers Education, College App Workshop, SAT Preparation (15+) and Awesome Sitters, including CPR and First Aid (11+). (714) 564-6594. www.sac.edu/cms Most recreation departments offer teen classes, events and centers. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. • Spanish Refresher Course for Teens Lakewood/Long Beach (562) 833-3115 www.AcademicLandL.com “Summer camp with Academic Learning and Languages is the best decision I’ve made for both my kids,” parent, Long Beach. Designed to help refresh your teen’s language knowledge prior to returning to school with grammar, literacy, conversation, music, art, cooking and more! August, $199 for five mornings; $20 materials fee. Lakewood/Long Beach. Also see “Camps” for complete listings. ¡Aprende con Nosotros! Reserve your spot today! Email: Amyberger@ca.rr.com. Teen Volunteer • Rancho Los Cerritos (562) 206-2040 The Rancho is seeking enthusiastic and reliable high school volunteers to help with our Rancho Adventures summer camps (July 13-31), Mud Mania, and the gardens. Teens who are looking for a great place to gain volunteer experience, explore career options and make new friends must attend one session. Teen Volunteer Opportunities Meeting, Tuesday, June 23, two sessions, 10-11:30 a.m. or 2-3:30 p.m. Please call for reservations. www.rancholoscerritos.org The following organizations also offer volunteer programs for teens: Assisteens (grades 7-12), www.

Additional summer programs: iD Tech Camps for ages 7-17, Alexa Cafe all-girls programs for ages 10-15, iD Tech Mini half-day camps for aspiring innovators ages 6-9, and two-week, pre-college academies for teens ages 13-18, iD Programming Academy and iD Game Design and Development. See listing on page 30; ad on page 29. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

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theater arts Classes, camps and performing groups. Also see: “Calendar,” “Camps,” “Dance” and “Music” for related activities. • Acting Out Theater Group (562) 901-0111 www.actingoutcamp.com Save your drama for camp! This weeklong, schoolbreak camp (7-12) celebrates creativity through drama skills workshops, ensemble building and a whole lot of fun. Activities include improv, scene study, stage combat, costumes, props, movement, voice over, monologue and dance. Every child gets their chance to shine at the end of the week with a showcase in front of a live studio audience made up of family and friends. Email: actingoutcamp@yahoo. com. Also see “Camps.” See ad on page 69.

assistanceleague.org; and Casa Youth Shelter Youth Development Program, peer-support program, (800) 914-2272, www.casayouthshelter.org. For a variety of volunteer opportunities, visit www.volunteer.gov. Inquire at programs listed throughout Kidsguide as many often offer teen opportunities. Toastmasters International Youth Leadership (949) 858-8255 www.toastmasters.org Chairmanship, public speaking, listening and vocabulary development for teens (11-18).

tennis Lessons, camps, leagues and teams. For table tennis, see “Sports, Miscellaneous.” Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services Department - Beginning and intermediate classes and summer camps (5-17). Anaheim Tennis Center, Anaheim Hill Racquet Club, Pearson Park Tennis Courts, and Tuffree Park. (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect Cerritos College - Summer tennis classes for kids (6-17), runs daily for two weeks. (562) 467-5050. www.cerritoscommunityed.com • Cypress College, Kids College - Beginning to advanced tennis (6+) and Quick Start Tennis (5-8 and 9-12); six-week sessions, year round, $55. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids

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• Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Over 10 tennis classes available for all ability levels, ages 3-17. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. Long Beach City College - Beginning to advanced summer instruction (5+); two-week sessions, Monday - Thursday, $45. (562) 938-4249. Email: summerrec@lbcc.edu. • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Clinics and classes. (562) 570-3100. www.longbeach.gov Most recreation departments offer tennis programs. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information • Southern California Tennis Academy 2800 Studebaker Road, Long Beach (562) 704-2241 www.longbeachtennis.com Academy Director Mitch Bridge and USC Men’s Head Coach Peter Smith, both LBSU alums, run the world-class SC Tennis Academy, complete with an elite-level junior academy! They offer a weekly high performance after-school program for the advanced tournament-level players (ages 11-22), and a developmental after-school program for the beginner to intermediate players (ages 5-16). Youth Tennis Camps (4-17) are offered in one-week sessions spring, summer and winter vacations (see “Camps”); daily drop-in rates are available. Instruction is provided by USPTA-certified teaching professionals in a fun group setting where good sportsmanship and a positive attitudes are encouraged. Participants, beginner to advanced, are arranged by ability. See ad on this page. Southern California Tennis Association (310) 208-3838 www.scta.usta.com Programs for players (10-18), including teams, clinics and tournaments. Scholarships available. Visit their website to find youth tennis programs and leagues.

• Alpert JCC Stuhlbarg Summer Stock 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Ext. 1205 www.alpertjcc.org From June 29 - August 2, teens entering grades 7-12 can join the AJCC’s Stuhlbarg Summer Stock production of “Once on This Island.” Explore your theatrical side while hanging at the J with friends! This year’s Summer Stock production provides opportunities for teens to participate in singing, dancing, acting, prop and costume prep, set design and more. Five weeks of preparation lead up to performances on Wednesday, July 29, Thursday, July 30, Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2. Auditions will take place during the first week; teens must be registered for Summer Stock in order to audition. Call or visit their website for more information. See ad on page 25. Boys and Girls Club Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach offer acting classes as well as ClubHouse Theatre (8-18). See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information. • Emerging Artists Musical Theatre Academy Kick It Up, 8125 W. Wardlow Rd., Long Beach (562) 430-1812 www.emergingartistsmta.com The academy offers a variety of weekly theatre and voice classes for children of all ages, starting at 3 years and up, as well as summer camps, workshops, private acting and voice lessons, and two large scale musical productions per year! For more information, please visit their website. See ad on page 91. • Fullerton Children’s Repertory Theater 2500 E. Nutwood Ave., Fullerton (714) 671-1084 www.fcrtcompany.com Offers two shows per year that are led by a professional, paid staff. Children (grades 5-8) play all roles; former members, now teenagers, act as technical crew. Membership in the company is by audition, with permanent status obtained after one show. A unique aspect of FCRT’s productions is that all students are assigned lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


lines and parts rather than being part of just a chorus. Additionally, every third summer, the troupe has traveled to perform a musical revue of American Broadway song and dance to Japan, parts of Europe and Australia. For over 25 years, Fullerton Children’s Repertory Theater has truly been a family experience. See ad on this page; coupon on 85. • IncrediFlix Summer Camps IncrediFlix brings an exciting element to summer camps; see “Camps” for details. See ad on page 26. • LVCC Musical Theatre Workshop 4515 Sunfield Ave., Long Beach (562) 912-5675 www.lvccmtw.com The LVCC Musical Theatre Workshop is an arts immersion experience for kids (preschool - 10th grade) involving all aspects of musical theatre. Activities include acting, stagecraft, music, dance and leadership. Students help to create their own costume, sets and scenes, and each of the three sessions is a new experience, built around a different theme. Each weekly camp culminates with a student performance showcase on Friday, 7 p.m., free for friends and family. See “Camps” for more details. Meets at Lakewood Village Community Church in Long Beach. See ad on page 28.

• YaYa’s Performance Academy (562) 355-2004 www.yayasacademy.com YaYa’s Performance Academy is a youth- and family-based program that provides the community with the opportunity to actively participate in and explore the art of musical theatre in a safe, positive and nurturing environment. They strive to keep the performing arts alive at the local level by producing high-quality productions and by training participants in singing, acting and dancing. They welcome participants of all backgrounds, abilities and levels of experience, and believe theatre is a way to bond families and unite our diverse community through this collaborative art form. All who enroll and complete the training are guaranteed a role in the show. Upcoming performance includes Seussical the Musical, June 2015 (see “Calendar”), and summer musical theater classes in July and August. See ad on this page. Youth Theater Production Programs Also see additional theater arts programs listed in this section.

house, 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano. (714) 747-4915. www.actingacademyforkids.com • Anaheim Community Services - String Ensemble (12-18), Musical Theater (7-13) and Glee Club (7-14). (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect Biola Youth Theater - Open auditions for all productions (6-18). 14540 San Cristobal Drive, La Mirada. (562) 906-4574. www.youth.biola.edu/theatre Broadway on Tour Children’s Theatre - Open auditions for all productions for boys and girls (1020). 625 French St., Santa Ana. (714) 542-6939. www.broadwayontour.org

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Buena Park Youth Theatre - Productions for kids in grades 4-12 (limited programs offered for kids ages 5-8). 8150 Knott Ave., Buena Park. (714) 562-3860. www.bpyouththeatre.com Children’s Theatre of Long Beach - Open auditions for productions, plus a drama club. (562) 999-4691. www.childrenstheatreoflongbeach.org Creative Kids Playhouse Children’s Theatre of Orange County - Musical theater programs for kids (3-14). www.CreativeKidsPlayhouse.com

Some city recreation departments offer theater arts programs. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information.

track & field Instructional clinics, clubs, meets and camps.

Metro-Railway (323) 466-3876 www.metro.net Trains run daily and frequently. The website features a trip planner to help plot routes to and from popular family destinations. Train Museums and Rides The following locations offer exhibits of working, model and replica locomotives, cabooses and trolleys, and/or rides and party packages.

• Cypress College, Kids College - Musical Theater (7+); year-round, six-week sessions, $50. Summer camps offered. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids

Boys and Girls Clubs Buena Park offers a running club (5+). See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.

Angel’s Flight Railway - The shortest railway in the world. Connects 351 South Hill St. and 350 Grand Ave. Open daily, 6:45 a.m. - 10 p.m. 50¢. (213) 6261901. www.angelsflight.com

GO-FAME - Acting, musical theater, show choir and stage craft (8-18). Family-friendly productions throughout the year. 3960 N. Studebaker Road, Unit 106, Long Beach. (562) 884-7077. www.GO-FAME.org

Recreation Department and College Classes • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Youth clinics (6-15). (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org

El Dorado Park Express Railroad - El Dorado Regional Park, Long Beach. (562) 824-7725. www. caboosecorners.com

International City Theater - Summer youth conservatory, July - August. 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 495-4595, Ext. 10. www.ictlongbeach.org

Long Beach City College - One-week summer session, coed (10+), $45. (562) 938-4249. Email: summerrec@lbcc.edu.

Fillmore & Western Railway - Themed train rides including holiday rides and Mystery Murder Trains. 364 Main St., Fillmore. (805) 524-2546. www.fwry.com

Laguna Playhouse Youth Theater - Kids classes (417), acting, musical theatre and conservatory (10+). 606 Laguna Canyon Road. (949) 497-2787, Ext. 202. www.lagunaplayhouse.com

Los Alamitos Recreation - Pee Wee track and field clinics (5-10), spring only. (562) 430-1073. www. cityoflosalamitos.org

Long Beach Playhouse Summer Theatre Conservatory - July 13 - August 1. Scholarships available. Call to confirm dates. (562) 494-1014. 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. www.longbeachplayhouse.org Musical Theatre Academy of Orange County - Programs for kids (4+). Also offers summer camp. 3935 Birch St., Newport Beach. (949) 955-3737. www.mtaoc.org Musical Theatre West - Year-round classes and summer conservatory (7-18). 4350 E. 7th St., Long Beach. (562) 856-1999, Ext. 232. www.musical.org MYART (Musical Youth Artists Repertory Theatre) Classes culminating in productions. 4431 Corporate Center, Ste. 125, Los Alamitos. (800) 400-2985. www.myart.org Mysterium Theater - Youth programs including summer camp (7+). Plus, theater for young audiences. 311 S Euclid, La Habra. (562) 697-3311. www.mysteriumtheater.com Orange County Children’s Theatre - Auditions open to kids. Rehearsal locations vary. (714) 502-2244. www.occt.org South Coast Repertory - Kids (grades 3-12) acting classes and Summer Acting Workshops, July 13-25 or July 27 - August 8. 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 708-5577. www.scr.org The Kids Theater Company - Productions and workshops for kids. (562) 209-1894. www.tktcbuzz.com

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Orange Coast College - Track clinics and camps. (714) 432-5154. www.orangecoastcollege.augusoft.net Triathlon and Running Clubs Resources for kids’ fun runs, and running and triathlon clubs: Girls on the Run, www.girlsontherun.org; Road Runners Club of America, www.rrca.org; and Running in the USA, www.runningintheusa.com. For a calendar of kids’ fun runs go to www.raceplace.com. USA Track and Field Association (562) 941-2621 www.scausatf.org Referrals to youth track clubs and competitions. YMCA (714) 847-9622 Newport-Mesa and Fullerton (6-12) offer clinics. Santa Ana offers a Youth Tri Club (6-14). See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.

trains Train rides and travel, plus train museums. Amtrak One-Day Train Rides (800) 872-7245, Ext. (USA-RAIL) www.amtrak.com Short day-trips to Los Angeles, San Diego, San Juan Capistrano and other cities are available from local stations in Anaheim, Fullerton, Irvine and Santa Ana. Kids (2-15) ride half-price every day; two discounts per paying adult. Infants under 2 ride free on laps.

San Diego - San Diego Model Railroad Museum, features a large model railroad display and train memorabilia, (619) 696-0199, www.sdmrm.org. Balboa Park Miniature Railroad, a three-minute, half-mile trip on a model train, (619) 239-4748, www.tinyurl.com/balboarr. Griffith Park - Travel Town Museum, (800) 438-1297, Ext. 806, and Griffith Park and Southern Railroad, (800) 438-1297, Ext. 805. www.griffithparktrainrides.com Heritage Park Train Exhibit - Climbable engine, caboose and engineer equipment, plus a museum. 12100 Mora Drive, Santa Fe Springs. (562) 9466476. www.tinyurl.com/heritageparkrail Irvine Park Railroad at Irvine Regional Park - 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. (714) 997-3968. www. irvineparkrailroad.com Lomita Railroad Museum - 2137 W. 250th St., Lomita. (310) 326-6255. www.lomita-rr.org Orange County Model Engineers - Conducted on the third weekend of each month, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Rides are free, donations are welcome. Fairview Park, 2480 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa. (949) 54-TRAIN. www.ocmetrains.org Orange Empire Railway Museum - Demonstrations, tours and rides. Special events throughout the year. 2201 South A St., Perris. (951) 9433020. www.oerm.org Ports O’ Call Village - Waterfront Red Car one-mile vintage trolley line connecting the World Cruise Center with attractions along the San Pedro waterfront. Friday - Sunday, noon - 9 p.m., $1 (unlimited rides for the day). San Pedro. (310) 7327678. www.tinyurl.com/WaterfrontRedCar Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park - Train is inside the zoo. 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana. (714) 8364000. www.santaanazoo.org lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


tutoring & academics Individual and group tutoring, including academic enrichment classes and workshops. Also see “Languages” and “Schools.” • Academic Enrichment Camp at CSULB 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach Camp runs June 22 - July 17 with a second session, July 20 - August 14. Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - noon. Morning supervision, 7:15-8:30 a.m. (additional fee). See complete listing on page 22; ad on page 27. • Academic Learning and Languages (562) 833-3115 www.academicLandL.com General subjects tutoring (K-12), foreign language tutoring and classes for children (2-12), collegebound teens and adults in Spanish, Mandarin, French, German and others. Specializes in AP test preparation. See “Camps” for complete listing. • Allison Tutoring 4102 South St., Lakewood (562) 822-6488

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to Schedule a Free Diagnostic Assessment. June 22 - July 10 and July 13-31. For detailed information, see listing in “Camps.” See ad on page 29. • Foreign Languages Academy and Tutoring Services Placentia (714) 504-0235 www.foreignlanguagestutoring.com Give your child the gift of success. Foreign Languages Academy and Tutoring Services offer tutoring for students (K-12 and college level) in all academic subjects. They also offer foreign language tutoring (see “Languages”) and classes for students (1 year - adult), test preparation, and ESL classes; and they specialize in working with students with special needs. Try a free demo class today! Also see “Special Needs.” See ad on page 55. • Kumon Math & Reading Center of Lakewood East 4324 South St., Lakewood (562) 412-6802 www.kumon.com/lakewood-east For more than 50 years, Kumon’s after-school academic enrichment program has instilled in children the desire to achieve, and the motivation to learn on their own. Whether your child is seeking enrichment, needs help catching up, or is just beginning his academic career, Kumon is designed to help him develop a love of learning. Students advance through the program at their own pace, and their emphasis on individualized learning helps your child become focused, motivated and self-reliant. The Kumon Math Program is a comprehensive curriculum that develops the necessary skills to help students progress from counting through calculus, and the Kumon reading program begins with basic phonics and progresses all the way through advanced reading comprehension. With a strong academic foundation, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, your child will have the potential to achieve whatever he desires. See ad with discount coupon on page 95. • LAEF’s Summer Enrichment Institute (562) 277-6876 www.LAEF4kids.org The Los Alamitos Education Foundation (LAEF) provides academic and enrichment classes to students (K-12). Avoid summer learning loss by keeping your child engaged in rigorous and fun classes taught by highly-qualified instructors with no more than 17 students. Get a jump-start on learning for the 94 • spring/summer 2015

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Fullerton Parks and Recreation - Math and Reading Development (grades 2-6), Reading Development SoundStart (grades K-1) and Tiny Tots Imagination Station (35). (714) 738-6575. www.ci.fullerton.ca.us Irvine Community Services Department - English Writing (8-10), Leadership and Public Speaking (7-14), Lego Alphabricks (2-4), Math Development (grades 2-6), Reading Development (grades 2-6), Robotis KidsLab (7-10), Shapes, Numbers and Colors (3-5), Sound Start Reading (4-6), Young Math Olympiad (8-10), Reading Readiness (3-6), and Parent and Me Learning Chinese Together (25). (949) 724-6610. www.irvinequickreg.org • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Free after-school tutoring programs are available at some parks throughout the school year. Academic classes taught by Readwrite, Inc. also offered. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Sound Start Reading (4½-7), Reading Development and Math Development (6½-11); three-week sessions, $59. (562) 570-3100. www.longbeach.gov Los Alamitos Recreation - Reading Development (6½-11) and Sound Start Reading (4½-7). (562) 430-1073. www.cityoflosalamitos.org Los Alamitos Youth Center - Free tutoring services (717) in math, science, reading and more. Monday - Friday, 12:30 - 6 p.m. Participants can print their projects and are provided with supplies necessary to complete their homework. Leadership Academy teaches teens a variety of life skills such as budget, financial and life goals, master resume building and interviewing skills, learn basic car maintenance, cooking and more. (562) 493-4043. 10909 Oak St., Los Alamitos. www.theyouthcenter.org Mission Viejo Recreation - Geometry and Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Physics, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II and Middle School Science (grades 7-12). (949) 470-3000. www.cityofmissionviejo.org Orange Coast College - Word Problems - Unlocking the Secrets (9-16), Study Skills (9-15), Math Trix (9-15), Natural A’s (10-17) and SAT Test Prep Advantage. (714) 432-5154. www.orangecoastcollege.augusoft.net Saddleback Recreation - Sound Start Reading (grades K-1), Math and Reading Development (2-

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6), Academic Chess (grades 16), Academic Origami (grades K-6) and Math Olympiad (grades 4-6). (949) 768-0981, Ext. 1. www.saddlebackrecreation.com Santa Ana College - Early Reader (6-7), Reading and Comprehension, Writing Academy, Speed Reading and Vocabulary, Study Skills, English Composition and Creative Writing. Math: Basic, Fractions, PreAlgebra, Algebra and Geometry (8-15). (714) 5646594. www.sac.edu/cms

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Boys and Girls Club Most locations offer pick-up play (6+). See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.

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• Long Beach State Girls’ Volleyball 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach (562) 299-3260 www.longbeachstate.com Long Beach State has asserted itself as one of the premiere volleyball programs in the country. Twelve-time Big West Conference Champions, Brian Gimmillaro is offering his 31st annual summer volleyball camps at The Pyramid. 2015 Camps include: Skills/Team Camp 1: July 18-21. Skills/Team Camp 2: July 24-27. Setters Camp: July 21-24. Kids Camp: July 21-24. Sand Camp 1: July 18-21 and Sand Camp 2: July 24-27. Email: longbeachvbcamp@gmail.com.

• Sylvan Learning Centers Downey  (562) 622-9210 Huntington Beach  (714) 848-6072 Long Beach  (562) 429-8320 www.sylvanlearning.com At Sylvan, results matter! Sylvan students typically see up to two to three times more growth in their math and reading scores than if they hadn’t come to Sylvan. With Sylvan, you’ll get a personalized tutoring program tailored to the needs of your child. Their proven approach blends amazing credentialed teachers with Sylvan Sync technology on the iPad. Programs are designed to fit your family’s busy schedule and budget. Call today for more details! Summer camps also available, see “Camps.” See ads with discount coupons on pages 37 and 95. • The Tutoring Center Long Beach 4215 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach (562) 653-4380 www.tutoringcenter.com Are you happy with your child’s grades? Call The Tutoring Center today to schedule your Free Diagnostic Assessment. The Tutoring Center uses a unique system known as “The Rotational Approach to Learning.” Your child will receive intense one-to-one instruction in reading, math (all levels) and/or writing to rapidly increase academic skills while also improving concentration, focus and attention span. See ad with discount coupon on page 94. YMCA - Youth and Government and Model United Nations Youth and Government (10-12) and/or Model United Nations (grades 6-9) are offered at Anaheim, Downey, Long Beach-Fairfield and Los Altos. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.

Recreation Departments and Colleges • Anaheim Community Services Department - Volleyball programs at East Anaheim Gymnasium; youth volleyball clinic, camp and league (8-17). (714) 7653960. www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect • Cypress College, Kids College - Indoor Court Volleyball and Sand Volleyball (13-17) summer camps. (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Summer camp. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www. lakewoodcity.org Long Beach City College - Girls’ and coed (10+) summer camps; one-week sessions, $60. Plus, Pee Wee Camp for boys and girls (8-10). (562) 938-4249. Email: summerrec@lbcc.edu. • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Volleyball class (10-17), $40. (562) 570-3100. www.lbparks.org Many city recreation departments offer leagues/ clinics. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. Volleyball Associations and Leagues Calif. Beach Volleyball Association  (800) 350-2282

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YMCA Fullerton (9-14) and Laguna Niguel (8-16) offer clinics and leagues. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.

youth & family groups Groups offering activities, camps and/or child care. Also see: your area of interest, as youth group activities are listed throughout Kidsguide. 4-H Youth Development Program (626) 586-1971, (949) 653-1803 www.ca4h.org Los Angeles and Orange County programs (5-19) offer guidance in good citizenship, leadership and life skills through projects and community service. Big Brothers, Big Sisters Local branches of the national organization match boys and girls with adult mentors who provide friendship and guidance. Volunteers are extensively screened. Catholic Big Brothers offer bilingual, deaf and hearing-challenged programs. Free. Greater LA County  (213) 481-3611 www.bbbsla.org Orange County  (714) 544-7773 www.bigbrooc.org Catholic Big Brothers  (213) 251-9800 www.cbbbs.org Jewish Big Brothers  (323) 456-1157 www.jbbbsla.org Boy Scouts Long Beach Area Council  (562) 427-0911 Orange County Council  (714) 546-4990 www.longbeachbsa.org, www.ocbsa.org Cub Scouts (grades 1-5) and Boy Scouts (grades 6-12) participate in a variety of activities and earn badges. Cub Scouts tie knots, set up a tent, cook at a campfire, build a birdhouse, visit the fire station, build a pinewood derby car and more. Boy Scouts provide leadership and citizenship training through outdoor activities such as kayaking, flying, fishing, snowshoeing, competitive events, hiking and more. Career-based lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


exploring programs are offered for young men and women (14-21), such as fire fighting, law enforcement and animal care services. Summer camps are also available. Annual registration fees apply. Boys and Girls Club Supervised activities (5 or 6-18) after school and during school vacations (see “Camps”), including crafts, field trips, homework help, career development, dance classes, sports, teen programs, leadership groups, clubs, community service, and before- and after-school care. Some branches offer meals and/or snacks. Continuous enrollment; scholarships are available for qualifying families. Anaheim C.V. Taormina  (714) 491-3617 J Mac Extension  (714) 815-6779 W. Anaheim Youth Center  (714) 761-2422 Langhorst  (714) 204-9309 www.theboysandgirlsclub.org

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Fullerton Commonwealth School  (714) 871-5428 Richman  (714) 992-2933 Valencia Park  (714) 992-1912 www.boysgirlsfullerton.com

Camp Fire Long Beach Council  (562) 421-2725 Orange County Council  (714) 547-5200 www.campfirelb.org, www.campfireusaoc.org Long Beach Area Council - Programs include small club/groups, camping, arts and service programs. Orange County Council - Kids and teens can participate in community service opportunities. Afterschool clubs and camps are available for participating school districts; some open enrollment may be offered. Two locations: 7070 E. Carson St., Long Beach; and 1505 E. 17th St., #118, Santa Ana.

Garden Grove Garden Grove ARCHES  (714) 532-7940 Clinton Branch  (714) 537-8833 School IMPACT  (714) 530-5399 Edgar Branch  (714) 898-5254 Family Campus Preschool  (714) 741-0970 Family and Youth Outreach Program (714) 741-5895 Main Branch  (714) 537-1465 Patton Branch  (714) 893-0649 Stanford Branch  (714) 539-8380 www.bgcgg.org Huntington Valley Huntington Beach  (714) 374-2600 Fountain Valley  (714) 531-2582 ClubHouse Academy  (714) 593-0753 www.bgchv.com, www.clubhouseacademy.com Huntington Beach also offers two preschool child development centers: Robert Mayer Child Development Preschool at Goldenwest College, 15744 Goldenwest St., (714) 899-5900; and Learning Center Preschool, 17565 Los Alamos St., (714) 593-0753. Irvine  (949) 551-8214 www.harborareabgc.org lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

City Recreation Departments Most city recreation departments offer youth group activities and family programs. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information. Girl Scouts Greater Los Angeles/Long Beach  (213) 213-0123 Orange County  (800) 979-9444 www.girlscoutsla.org, www.gscoc.org Girls (5-17) participate in projects in arts, science, community awareness, health, safety, nature study, leadership and career exploration. Choose from many flexible ways to participate, including troops, camps, travel and events. Continuous registration; $12 annual fee. Local adult volunteers are needed to form new troops.

Girls Inc. of Orange County 1815 Anaheim Ave., Costa Mesa (949) 646-7181 www.girlsinc-oc.org Year-round programs for girls (4½-18). After-school, spring-break and summer camp programming includes educational enrichment, economic literacy, college prep, career and life planning, health and fitness, leadership and character development, personal safety, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and more. Jewish Community Centers The following centers offer enrichment classes, preschools, family events, support groups, vacationbreak camps and teen-specific programming. Chabad Jewish Center  (949) 721-9800 2240 University Drive, Newport Beach. www.jewishnewport.com • Alpert Jewish Community Center (562) 426-7601 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach. www.alpertjcc.org. See ads on pages 25 and 78. Merage Jewish Center of OC  (949) 435-3400 1 Federation Way, Irvine. www.jccoc.org Police Activities League (PAL) www.calpal.org Year-round youth (5-17) program sponsored by police departments. Activities include arts and crafts, sports, computers, community service, homework help and field trips. Chapters in Anaheim, Lakewood, Norwalk and Temecula. Chapter contact information is found on their website under the “Membership” tab. Free. Power 4 Youth (562) 435-2352 www.power4youth.org Middle-school students are matched with a volunteer for one-on-one academic mentoring at supervised locations in Lakewood and Long Beach; year round. Regular field trips are offered, plus career guidance for teens. $10 registration fee. YMCA Programs for the entire family include child-care, fitness, teen clubs, day and resident camps (see “Camps”), youth sports, aquatics and gymnastics. Parent/child programs (grades K+) are also offered to promote companionship between parents and their children (father/mother and son/daughter). The Trailblazer program is available for older children (9-17) and their parents. Many YMCAs also offer off-site programs at schools and recreation facilities, and accept third-party funding such as GAIN or CAL Works. spring/summer 2015 • 97


Anaheim 240 S. Euclid St.  (714) 635-9622 2000 W. Ball Road  (714) 393-7308 100 S. Atchison  (714) 774-5437 Teen Center with ping-pong, book club and Wii. Also serves Buena Park, Cypress, La Palma and Stanton. www.anaheimymca.org Bellflower-Los Cerritos: 15530 Woodruff Ave.  (562) 925-1292 Bellflower Aquatic Center: 14001 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower  (562) 925-1331 Also serves Paramount, Cerritos and Artesia. www.lbymca.org Downey 11531 Downey Ave.  (562) 862-4201 Also serves South Gate, Norwalk and Pico Rivera. www.ymcala.org Lakewood (Weingart-Lakewood) 5835 E. Carson St.  (562) 425-7431 Gymnastics Center: 4118 E. South St.  (562) 272-4884 Offers a Kids Club (6 weeks+), parents must remain in the facility. Free for members, $2 per hour for nonmembers. Call for hours. www.lbymca.org/lakewood Long Beach Camp Oakes (Big Bear)  (909) 585-2020 Fairfield: 4949 Atlantic Ave.  (562) 423-0491 Los Altos*: 1720 Bellflower Blvd.  (562) 596-3394 Preschool - Early Education: 3605 Long Beach Blvd.  (562) 279-1624 *Also serves Belmont Shore, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor and Seal Beach. www.lbymca.org and for camping services, www.campoakes.org Orange 2241 E. Palmyra  (714) 633-9622 www.ymcaoforange.org YMCA of Orange County: Fullerton Family YMCA 2000 Youth Way  www.ymcaoc.org/fn Huntington Beach Family YMCA 8875 Adams Ave.  www.ymcaoc.org/hb

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Laguna Niguel Family YMCA 29831 Crown Valley Pkwy.  (949) 495-9622 www.ymcaoc.org/lnMission Viejo Mission Viejo Family YMCA 27341 Trabuco Circle  www.ymcaoc.org/mv

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Newport-Mesa Family YMCA 2300 University Drive www.ymcaoc.org/nm

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zoos Zoos, habitats, farms, animal care centers and an exotic rescue. Also see: “Attractions” and “STEM.” Animal Care Centers and Exotic Rescue Marine Mammal Care Center - Outreach and educational programs. Open daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free, donations encouraged. 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro. (310) 548-5677. www.marinemammalcare.org Pacific Marine Mammal Center - Programs include Mommy and Me, Kids Club and summer camps. School and scout programs also offered. Open daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free, donations encouraged. 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. (949) 4943050. www.pacificmmc.org Star Eco Station - An environmental science museum and exotic rescue facility. Hands-on ecology lessons and encounters with tropical birds, exotic reptiles, wildcats and ocean life in a tropical jungle setting. Annual events and school-break camps are also offered. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., tours begin every hour. Adults, $8; kids, $6. 10101 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City. (310) 842-8060. www.ecostation.org Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Gardens 47-900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert (760) 346-5694 www.livingdesert.org Encounter over 500 wild animals, live shows, a children’s discovery center, an animal carousel, tranquil gardens, hiking trails and a G-scale model train. Seasonal hours: June 1 - September 30, 8 a.m. 1:30 p.m.; then October 1 - May 31, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Adults, $17.25; kids (3-12), $8.75. Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles (323) 644-4200 www.lazoo.org Home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered. Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates and Reptiles), Elephants of Asia, Campo Gorilla Reserve, Conservation Carousel, Indian Rhino Encounter (with direct-contact opportunity), Red Ape Rain Forest where visitors can walk among orangutans, Children’s Zoo and much more. Open daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; last admission at 4 p.m. Admission: adults, $19; kids (2-12), $14. Orange County Zoo Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange (714) 973-6847 www.ocparks.com/zoo A variety of animals and a petting area. Visit website for story times, special events and classes. School tours and scout programs available. Open daily,

Petting Zoos and Farms Amy’s Farm  (909) 393-2936 Farm group tours of 10+, smaller groups (2+) can be added on to other tours. Call for availability. Includes: milking cows, feeding farm animals, grooming horses and picking fresh herbs. $8 per person. Families are welcome to tour the farm with a purchase from the farm stand. Educational workshops and classes also available. 7698 Eucalyptus Ave., Ontario. www.amysfarm.com Centennial Farm  (714) 708-1500 A three-acre working farm at the OC Fair and Event Center. Visitors can view pigs, chickens, cattle, goats and more. Tours during general public hours. Monday - Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission. The farm is closed on holidays and during property-wide events such as the OC Fair. OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. www.ocfair.com Zoomar’s Petting Zoo  (949) 831-6550 Kids can ride a pony, hop on board the miniature train and bounce between petting pens. Parties, camps and special events are also offered. New this year, “Miner’s Gulch,” where kids pan for gems, fossils and gold. Open daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Adults, $10; kids, $8. 31791 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano. www.zoomars.com San Diego Zoo 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego (619) 231-1515 www.sandiegozoo.org Home to more than 3,700 rare and endangered animals. Camps, sleepovers and family events are offered. Open daily. Adults, $48; kids (3-11), $38. Multi-day tickets and memberships available. San Diego Zoo Safari Park 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido (760) 747-8702 www.sdzsafaripark.org Like a safari, guests can see herds of African animals, such as rhino, giraffe, antelope and gazelle. Camps, sleepovers, zip line and a ropes course are also offered. Open daily. Adults, $48; kids (3-11), $38. Multi-day tickets and memberships available. Santa Ana Zoo Prentice Park, 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana (714) 836-4000 www.santaanazoo.org Home of the 50 monkeys with over 150 animals (some endangered), plus a children’s farm, train and carousel. Family events throughout the year. Open daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Adults, $6-10; kids (3-12), $4-7. The Reptile Zoo 18818 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley (714) 500-0591 www.thereptilezoo.com More than 100 exotic species of reptiles, amphibians and arachnids, including a two-headed snake (from Disney Channel’s Jessie), alligators and a 200-year-old snapping turtle. Plus interactive hands-on opportunities. Monday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Adults, $10; kids (3-11), $5. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


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• Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. (562) 590-3100. www.aquariumofpacific.org. See ad on page 15; coupon on page 85.

• American Health and Wellness Institute 5580 E. 2nd St., Ste., 101, Long Beach. (562) 4393425. www.ahwinstitute.com/calendar. See ad on page 71.

Fridays, through June 12 and September 4 - December 18: Free Shark Lagoon Nights. Get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators. Touch bonnethead, bamboo and epaulette sharks and see large sharks on display, including the sand tiger shark. Guests can touch and learn about sharks, shop, purchase drinks and snacks, and enjoy live music. 6-9 p.m. Free.

April 10 and 24, May 4 and 18, June 5 and 19, July 10 and 24, August 7 and 21, and September 14 and 28: Music and Movement. Children may have the opportunity to sing, play instruments, practice sharing, be part of a group, and experience music through tactile, visual, kinesthetic, and aural stimulation. While dancing with scarves and building lasting relationships. Most days, 10-11 a.m. May 4, 18, September 14 and 18, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Sundays, June 21 - August 30: Summer Sunday Late Nights. Enjoy the aquarium after hours while taking advantage of special savings. Journey through the Pacific Ocean to meet over 11,000 animals, including more than 150 sharks you can touch. Short films will be shown in the Honda Theater throughout the evening. Please note: the Lorikeet Forest aviary closes at 4:30 p.m. 5-8:30 p.m. $14.95 per person; free for kids ages 3 and under and aquarium members.

May 7 and 21, July 9 and 23, August 13 and 27, and September 9 and 23: Spanish Immersion Program. Kids are immersed in the Spanish language via a unique style of storytelling (Hora de Cuentos), music and movement, games and role play, and art. The seasons provide the context for relevant and practical learning experiences. 10-11 a.m.

More events: April 5, Easter Breakfast; April 25-26, Earth Day; May 2-3, Urban Ocean Festival; May 10, Mother’s Day Brunch; May 22, New Jellies Exhibit Opens; June 6-7, Pacific Islander Festival; June 21, Father’s Day BBQ; July 4, July 4th BBQ; September 19-20, Moompetam: Native American Festival; September 19, Coastal Clean-Up Day; and September 26-27, Baja Splash Cultural Festival.

April 15 and June 10: Nutrition Learning Lab. Unsure about toddler-led weaning? Have a picky eater? Join a play-based nutritional play date. Learn how to make mealtimes fun, increase the nutritional density of meals and snacks, and have all your nutritional questions answered. 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. More play dates: April 29, Let’s Go Fishing; May 27, A Day on the Farm; June 24, Sea Creature Sensory Fun; July 29, Where’s the Butterfly?; August 26, Where is California?; and September 16, In the Forest. • Anaheim Community Services 200 S. Anaheim Blvd., 4th Floor. (714) 765-5191. www.anaheim.net. See ad on page 52-53. Wednesdays, June - August: Nature Nights at Oak Canyon. Family twilight walk and presentation. 7 p.m. Free. Visit website in May for dates. www.anaheim.net/ocnc City-wide events: April 30 - May 3, Cinco de Mayo Fiesta; April 4, Spring Fling in the Canyon; and May 18, Anaheim Children’s Art Festival. Pearson Park Amphitheatre: June 19, Fairy Tale Circus; June 26, Spellman Magic; July 10, Polynesian Spectacular; July 17, Silk And Thunder; July 24, Anaheim Ballet Stars of Tomorrow; August 8, Elton John Tribute; August 14, movie screening of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; August 15, Santana Tribute; August 21, movie screening of Big Hero 6; and September 26, The Fab Four. www.anaheim.net/pearsontheatre

• Bowers Kidseum Children’s Museum 802 N. Main St., Santa Ana. (714) 567-3694. www. bowers.org/kidseum. See ad on page 23. First Sundays: Target Free First Sunday. Gather family and friends for music, dance, and arts and crafts. Sunday, 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Admission to the permanent exhibitions is sponsored by Target. Festivals are sponsored by The Nicholas Endowment. Themes: April 5, Japanese Cherry Blossoms; May 3, May Day; June 7, International Masks; July 5, Celebrating the 60s; and August 2, Pacific Island Arts. April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12 and August 9: Jr. Archaeologist. Become an archaeologist for a day— think, learn, explore and get your hands dirty! Participate in an archaeological dig, learn how to record your findings and create an artifact to take home. Sunday, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Spots are limited and advance reservations are recommended at least three days prior to event date. Fee: museum admission, plus $10 for every participating child ages 4 and up. Members: free admission; $6 for every participating child. April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19 and August 16: Family Drumming Circle. Join in the fun at Kidseum with professional Mexican drummer, Martin Espino and participate in a Family Drumming Circle. You can even make your own instrument to take home! Recommended for ages 2-8. Grandparents and parents welcome. Sunday, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

• Color My World Art Studio Wednesdays - Saturdays: Open Canvas Art. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned artist, relax and have fun experimenting using different media on canvas or any other base of your choice at Color My World Art Studio. Ideal for both kids and adults, mommy and me, father and me, family time, and more. Their art instructor will guide you initially if needed and then you may use your own creativity and imagination to create a unique masterpiece to take home and brag about! Starting at $25, includes supplies. Call ahead to schedule. 11960 Artesia Blvd., #101, Artesia. (562) 879-5972. www. ColorMyWorld.me. See ad on page 11. • Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey. (562) 231-1200. www.columbiaspacescience.org. See ad on page 17. April 11: City of STEM. Learn and play with your family and discover the exciting world of science, technology, engineering and math. CMSC will have their normal exhibits as well as special activities, presentations, food trucks and entertainment. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free. First Saturdays: Young Explorers Academy. Kids (36) and their guardian explore, experiment and create during hands-on and participant-lead activities based on various early childhood topics. Held most first Saturdays of the month, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $12 per child/guardian pair. Space is limited! Third Saturdays: All Ages Astronomy Club in Downey. The center welcomes aspiring astronomers of all ages to join the monthly Astronomy Club meetings. Meetings include a fascinating program about the night sky and a chance for members and guests to get together and talk about all things astronomy, plus information on how to pick the proper telescope, how to use a telescope, how to build a telescope, and how to identify different celestial objects. 7-9 p.m. $2 fee required for all non-members. Fourth Saturdays: Saturday Science. The CMSC offers fun and educational science presentations and activities. Activities (7+) are scheduled at noon and 3 p.m. Presentations begin at 1 p.m. and are designed for all ages to enjoy. Themes: June, Stars, Stars, Stars!; July, Living in Space; August, Catch a Wave of Color; and September, Geological Features of the Moon and Earth. Included with the regular $5 admission fee. • Discovery Cube Los Angeles May 23 - September 7: Clifford the Big Red Dog. Board the Birdwell Island ferry and journey to the world of Clifford, America’s beloved big red dog with a heart to match. Inspired by the top-rated PBS KIDS show, the exhibition offers immersive adventures that reinforce Clifford’s Big Ideas, ten simple life lessons designed to help young children navigate their world, including Share, Play Fair, Believe in Yourself, and

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Help Others. 11800 Foothill Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 890-1761. www.discoverycube.org • Discovery Cube Orange County June 13 - September 7: The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes. An interactive experience will delight audiences of all ages as it showcases areas of forensic science that enabled Sherlock Holmes to solve crimes, and brings to life the historic underpinnings of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s rich and vibrant stories. 2500 North Main St. Santa Ana. (714) 542-2823. www. discoverycube.org. See ad on back inside cover. • Dream Come True Party Room 3962 Studebaker Road, Ste. 204, Long Beach. (562) 270-1400. www.DreamComeTruePartyRoom.com. See ad on page 67. Wednesdays - Thursdays: Happy Hour. Time for kids unwind from a long day. Stop by for happy hour and play dress-up from the Castle Wardrobe, face painting, snacks and crafts. Offered most Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3-4 p.m., contact to confirm. $8. Wednesdays: Tea Time. Includes dress-up play from the Castle Wardrobe, mini muffins, tea or juice in fancy teacups, etiquette and storytelling. 4-5 p.m. $12, per child; reservations required. Offered most Wednesdays, contact to confirm. Fridays: Tiny Tots Sign Language Classes. Tiny tots are introduced to sign language in this unique class! Crawlers, 10:45-11:45 a.m. Walking toddlers, 1-1:45 p.m. $15 per class includes materials; ask for the three-sessions special. To register, call or text Alika: (562) 6164924 or email tinytotslovesignlanguage@gmail.com. More events: April 4, Spring Easter Festival at Mother’s Beach; May 2, Mermaid School; May 20, Princess Dinner; June 13, Pirate School; July 11, Wonderland Tea Party. • En Pointe Dance & Fitness Need an evening without the kids to check out that restaurant you’ve heard so much about...catch a movie...enjoy a romantic evening...hang out with friends... attend a formal social occasion, or just have a quiet night in? Bring your kids to En Pointe Dance & Fitness on select Saturdays, 5-9 p.m. They will do crafts, play games and eat dinner! Contact the studio for upcoming dates. 713 Termino Ave., Long Beach. (562) 438-3262. www.enpointedanceandfitness.com. See coupon on page 97. Free Admission Days at Southern California Museums Ongoing: Free admission is offered on varying days at the following museums. See “Museums” for contact information and details. Daily: California African American Museum, Chapman University Permanent Exhibits, Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, Flight Path Learning Center and Museum, Getty Center and Villa, Homestead Museum, Hammer Museum, The Paley Center for Media and Wells Fargo History Museum. Sundays: Museum of Latin American Art. First Tuesday: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and Page

Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. Second Tuesday: Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Autry National Center. Thursdays: Skirball Cultural Center. First Thursday: Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens with reserved tickets. Third Thursday: Japanese American National Museum, plus every Thursday night, 5-8 p.m. Thursday nights: Long Beach Museum of Art, 3-8 p.m., and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), 5-8 p.m. First Friday: Norton Simon Museum, 5-8 p.m. Friday: Long Beach Museum of Art. Fourth Fridays, 5-9 p.m.: Museum of Latin American Art. • Frogg’s Bounce House Date Night Fridays: Every Friday night is Date Night with Frogg’s Bounce House. Drop the kids off and enjoy a night out! 5-8 p.m. $10 per hour for first child, $8 per hour for additional children within the same family; includes pizza dinner. 16121 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley. (714) 418-0442. www.froggsbouncehouse.com. See ad on page 64. • The Fullerton Children’s Repertory Theater Presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast June 18-27: You are invited to “be our guest” as children (grades 5-8) play all roles in this classic rendition of a “tale as old as time,” Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Thursday and Friday, 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Hope International University, 2500 E. Nutwood Ave., Fullerton. (714) 6711084. www.fcrtcompany.com. See ad on page 91; coupon on page 85. • Garden Grove Recreation (714) 741-5200. www.ci.garden-grove.ca.us. See ad on page 24. April 4: Eggs-Cavation at Atlantis Play Center. Kids enjoy an egg hunt, face painting, carnival games, a moonbounce, arts and crafts, and food available for purchase. Saturday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Kids (310), $7; spectators, $2; tickets available at Garden Grove City Hall. Atlantis Play Center, 13630 Atlantis Way. July - August: Free Summer Concert Series. Gather the family and enjoy summer music under the stars. Bring chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner. Food will be available for purchase. Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Eastgate Park. Visit their website in June for dates and band line up. • Golf N’ Stuff 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk. (562) 868-9956. www.golfnstuff.com. See ad on page 14. May 10: Moms Golf for Free. Wish mom a Happy Mother’s Day with a free game of mini-golf for her (with purchase of one paid round) at Golf N’ Stuff. Sunday, call for times. May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30: Saturdays in May. Enjoy even more fun at Golf N’ Stuff on these days with a bounce house ($1 per person), balloon artist (from $1 per balloon sculpture) and face painting (from $2 per design). Prices subject to change without notice. Saturdays, 2-6 p.m.

• Golubitsky Open Fencing Saturdays: Open Fencing sessions for Foil. Perfect for fencers who want to develop their skills further outside of class and polish their techniques under the pressure of a bout. Free for GFC members, $20 floor fee for non-members. 10:30 a.m. - noon. Equipment available for small fee. 1652 Edinger Ave., Ste. C, Tustin. (714) 678-3758. www.gfc-world.com. See ad on page 45. • Gryphon Fencing & Fitness Studio 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia. (714) 519-1343. www. GryphonFencing.com. See ad on page 47. June 14: Celebrating the Spirit of the Olympics. This free event features demonstrations of the Olympic sports of archery and fencing. Guests learn about these fun and challenging sports and have an opportunity to try archery and fencing under the guidance of the Gryphon coaches. Fun for the entire family! Sunday, 2:30-5 p.m. Free. August 23: Back-to-School Fitness Showcase. This free event features demonstrations of archery, fencing, karate, yoga and Zumba. Expert instructors will be available to discuss fitness options for children and adults. Guests will have an opportunity to try the activities and gather information about classes. Fun for the entire family! Sunday, 3-5 p.m. Free. • Holiday Skating Center 175 Wayfield St., Orange. (714) 997-5515. www. holidayskate.com. See ad on page 83. Saturdays and Sundays: Family Skate Days. A family of up to five can skate, including skate rental, for this special deal. Saturdays, 7-9:30 p.m., $7.50 each; and Sundays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $6 each. Saturdays: Kids’ Saturday Skate Time. Kids can skate to kid-friendly music and play games. Recommended for kids 10 years and under, with a parent. Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon. Admission, $6; skate rental, $3. Tuesdays: Skate and groove to music hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s. All ages are welcome! Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Admission, $6; skate rental, $3. Kids’ Night Out Programs The following city agencies and businesses provide an activity-filled, drop-off evening for kids: BounceU Orange, (714) 744-5867; Buena Park Recreation, (714) 236-3860; Cypress Parks and Recreation, (714) 229-6780; En Pointe Dance & Fitness, Long Beach, (562) 438-3262; Frogg’s Bounce House, Fountain Valley, (714) 418-0442; Irvine Recreation, (949) 724-6600; La Mirada Parks and Recreation, (562) 902-3191; Lil’ Chef School, Irvine, (949) 679-8390; Little Gym, Huntington Beach, Lakewood, Torrance and Tustin, www.thelittlegym.com; Los Alamitos Youth Center, (562) 493-4043; My Gym, Long Beach, (562) 986-0066; Pennypickle’s Workshop, Temecula, (951) 308-6376; PDA USA Academy, Santa Fe Springs, (562) 229-1927; SCATS, Huntington Beach, (714) 895-2909; and Wild Fire Gymnastics, Tustin, (714) 832-1315.

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• Laguna Beach Art Museum’s Kids Art Studio Third Sundays: Kids Art Studio is a hands-on artmaking program offered by Laguna Art Museum on a drop-in basis on the third Sunday of every month. Kids and their families create a piece of art from start to finish, inspired by one of the exhibitions on view in the museum. Art projects are designed for all ages. All materials are provided. Sundays, 2-4 p.m. Free. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach. (949) 494-8971. www.lagunaartmuseum.org. See ad on page 11. • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org. See ad on page 15. April 17 and May 29: FUN-Tastic Family Nights. Every day is a wonderful day to spend with your family! Come to The Centre at Sycamore Plaza in Lakewood and join your neighbors and friends at FUN-Tastic Family Nights. Each event includes a light meal and fabulous entertainment for the entire family. Friday and Saturday nights. $8 per person, $5 for children 3 and under. Pre-registration required. Events: May 8-10, 70th Annual Pan-American Fiesta; May 3, Mother and Daughter Tea; May 16-17 and July 18-19, Family Camp; June 27, Civic Center; and August 7, Movie Under the Stars-Frozen. • Lango’s Spring & Fall Open House and Demo Weeks March 30 - April 4 and September 7-12: Free Spanish and French classes for all are offered at Lango’s spring open house. LangoKids Irvine offers dynamic, fun and engaging Spanish and French immersion classes and camps for kids (1-10 years old). With their native speaking instructors, your child will acquire another language in a small group setting, gain exposure to new cultures, and have a blast in the process. Their classes incorporate original music, dance, games, storytelling and more to keep kids immersed and engaged in their target language. Open up windows of opportunity in your children’s lives with LangoKids Irvine. New classes available every 10 weeks. Call to RSVP. LangoKids Irvine, Bachus Office Park, 9070 Irvine Center Drive, Ste. 135. (714) 864-4680. www.langokidsirvine.com. See ad on page 55; coupon on page 80. • Lil’ Chef School’s Parents’ Night Out March 27, April 24, May 29, June 26, July 31, August 28 and September 24: Parents drop kids off for a night of cooking. Kids join Lil’ Chef for a “Pizza Night,” where they’ll make their own dough from scratch and add their own toppings. Kids will also make the cookie of the month from scratch—from ice cream cake pops to waffle-maker cookies—and indulge in their warm fresh homemade cookies to top off their culinary night. Friday, 6:30-9 p.m. $45 per child with $20 for additional sibling. 30-minute early drop off is $10 per child. Call or visit their website to register. 15435 Jeffery Road, #132, Irvine. (949) 679-8390. www.lilchefschool.com. See ad on page 37.

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when you register for summer art class before June 1, 2015! 562.879.5972 • ColorMyWorld.me 11960 Artesia Blvd. #101, Artesia • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (562) 570-1888. www.longbeach.gov/park. See ad on front inside cover. Saturdays: Free Archery Instruction. Get pointers to improve skills, and consistent shooting technique. Equipment provided. Saturday classes include, advanced, 9 a.m. and beginner 10:30 a.m. Safety class required. Groups of five or more, call (562) 688-9666. Vehicle entry fees, Monday Friday, $5; weekends, $7; and holiday, $8. www. eldoradoarchers.com Saturdays: Bike Saturdays. Ride your bike to participating local shops and eateries in Long Beach on Saturdays to receive a special discount or offer. Just stop by at any time on Saturday and ask about their special Bike Saturdays deals for bicyclists, as part of the largest citywide discount program for cyclists in the nation. Check for details, bike workshops and events at www.bikelongbeach.org/bike-saturdays. Fridays, June 5 - August 28: Family Night Walk. What do the animals do at night? Find out on a naturalist-led exploration of the darkened trails of the nature center. Fridays, 7-9 p.m. $5. El Dorado Nature Center. Nature Center Parent & Me Workshops: April 15, Nature Detectives; April 29, Flower Frolic Parent and Me workshop; May 13, Butterfly Wall; and May 27, Dinosaur Dig Day. (562) 570-1745. www. longbeach.gov/naturecenter Movie Deals and Baby-Friendly Theater Daily: Movies at discounted prices. Charter Centre Cinemas, 7822 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 596-3456, $3 daily, $2 extra for 3-D movies; 6 p.m. Movie Special includes, two admissions, two popcorns and two sodas for $10. Norwalk 8, 13917 Pioneer Blvd., (562) 804-5615, $2-3 daily; $2 extra for 3-D movies, www.regencymovies.com. Starplex Cinemas, 4626 Barranca Pkwy., Irvine, (949) 733-0980; and

15296 Rosecrans Ave., La Mirada, (714) 739-1010; $2-3 daily, $4 for 3-D movies, plus $1 hot dogs. www.starplexcinemas.com. Four Stars Cinemas (showing new movies), 12111 Valley View St., Garden Grove, (714) 934-6377, Tuesday and Thursday Family Discount Days, $5. www.4starcinemas.com. Pictures Show, 2800 Main St., Santa Ana Mall, (714) 836-7469; $2-3 daily, $4 for 3-D movies, plus $1 hot dogs. www.pictureshowent.com. Ultra Star, baby-friendly movies, Thursdays, 7 p.m. 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, (714) 399-0300, Ext. 0305., www. ultrastarmovies.com • Museum of Latin American Art 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach. (562) 437-1689. www.molaa.org. See ad on page 22; coupon on this page. Sundays: MOLAA’s Target Free Sundays offer visitors the opportunity to learn about Latin American culture through art workshops, live performances, and gallery tours. Programs vary. Admission is free from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tours at 2 p.m. April 19, May 17 and June 20: Target Free Artventure Sundays. Interactive tours, art workshops, children’s story time, and roundtable discussion with collaborators from the “Transformations” exhibition. Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tours at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Workshop from 1-4 p.m. Children’s Story Time at noon and 12:30 p.m. Roundtable from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free admission. More events: April 24, Hands-On Art; April 26, Children’s Day Festival; and May 3, Cinco de Mayo Festival. • Musique Sur La Mer Youth Orchestras June 17: Musique Sur La Mer Youth Symphony Orchestra performs at the prestigious Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles as part of the Los Angeles International Youth Music Festival. For information and tickets: www.mslmorchestra.com. (562) 799-1060. See ad on page 61.

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bonus freebies Take a hike - alltrails.com Learn-to-Fish Sundays at Dana Wharf danawharf.com Train for a Kids’ Fun Run or 5K - activekids.com Tour a factory - factorytoursusa.com Learn to DJ at Sam Ash Technology Saturdays samashmusic.com Explore the California African-American Museum caamuseum.org Snag free studio audience tickets tvtickets.com/ages.htm Be a movie extra - kidsmanagement.com Find a bike path - mapmyride.com Join a LEGO mini model build - stores.lego.com Climb to the 27th floor Observation Deck at LA City Hall - lacity.org Tour California Science Center californiasciencecenter.org Spot stars in Hollywood - seeing-stars.com Check out the Kids’ Club at your local mall mallkidsclub.com Make daisy chains and macaroni necklaces Camp out in the backyard Plan a scavenger hunt Build a fort Treat yourselves to oatmeal honey facials Check out a book of science experiments Fly a kite Build an obstacle course Make musical instruments Plant seeds Bake cookies and smoosh them into ice cream sandwiches Start a scrapbook Learn origami Hold a bike wash Perfect a milkshake recipe Surprise your neighbor with dinner Unearth a jigsaw puzzle or board game

• Mr. California and Miss Southern California Pageant May 9 and 23: Kids (3+), teens, and young men and women can compete in five age divisions in this pageant program which places a strong emphasis on community service. Learn what it takes to be named “Mr. California” or “Miss Southern California” at the May 9 orientation; Saturday, 2 p.m., Ayres Hotel, 12850 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach. At the May 23 pageant, participants will compete for the crown and scholarship award. An after party with dancing and refreshments is open to ticket holders and contestants, held immediately following the pageant. Pageant will be held Saturday, 4 p.m., at the Rose Center Theater, 14140 All American Way, Westminster. (310) 720-1681. www.capageantproductions.com. See ad on page 21. • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns, (562) 986-0066. www.mygym.com/longbeach. See ad on page 71. Wednesdays: Bunch-a-Lunch. Parents drop off their kids with a lunch. Kids eat first then play. $25. Open to all ages, but best suited for ages 2-6 years. Wednesdays, 1:45-4:15 p.m. Days vary: Parents Night Out. Kids play games and enjoy pizza, juice and snacks. Discounts for members and siblings. Dates and times vary, call for details. • Pretend City 29 Hubble, Irvine. (949) 428-3900. www.pretendcity. org. See ad on page 59. June 1 - September 7: Heart and Seoul: Growing Up in Korea Exhibit. “Hallyu” (the Korean Wave) debuts a new exhibit that digs into the heart and soul of the culture. The travelling exhibit aims to bring modern-day South Korea to Orange County. In it, five modern-day Korean kids invite you to hang out and text them questions about what life is like in Seoul. Visit historical and famous sites on an interactive multi-user touch table. Take the stage of the K-Pop TV studio and watch yourself perform. Check out stop-motion animation and draw an animated story. Kick, punch and block as you match your moves to Korean children who are experts in taekwondo. Try on a hanbok and learn to do the traditional bow, put on a traditional dress, taste New Year’s foods, or play Yut Nori by throwing sticks and moving tokens around a game board. Learn how to speak and write Hangul. Listen to folktales and play traditional drums. August 28: Pretend City celebrates its 6th birthday with special stories, art and activities. Guests who are 6 years, 60 or 66 years old receive free admission. Friday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Included with museum admission. Last Mondays: Family Autism Play Days. Spend a few hours enjoying family play, for families with children on the Autism Spectrum. Call for times. Free admission. RSVP required. Third Fridays: Home School Days. Pretend City offers home school students a special day on the third Friday of every month. A field trip to Pretend City offers

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students a learning experience through hands-on educational play. These activities surround your students with challenging problems and absorbing questions. Spring theme: From children chasing butterflies to ants burrowing, from flowers blooming to early spring planting, everything about this season is vibrant and full of life. Spring your way into Pretend City Children’s Museum as they celebrate the many changes of the spring season. During April, May and June, they will focus on nature study projects and hands-on activities that will support your child’s curiosity, interest and love of the great outdoors. Summer theme: Looking for ways to keep cool this summer? Visit Pretend City Children’s Museum for some fun activities that will help your family beat the heat, while they bring outdoor fun indoors. From engineering a personal playground with their Imagination Playground blocks to racing boats in the Marina, Pretend City is the cool place to be this summer. Fall theme: Fall into the autumn and winter seasons with Pretend City Children’s Museum. This season is not only full of changes from colors to harvests, but it also boasts a wide-array of holidays! Each holiday will be honored at Pretend City through a celebratory experience that will indulge all of the senses. Throughout October, November and December, music will fill the air, stories and hands-on activities will share histories and traditions, yummy snacks will delight your child’s taste buds, and significant art will be a wonderful sight for their eyes. So fall into fun during the holidays at Pretend City Children’s Museum! • Queen Mary Visit their website to purchase tickets. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach. (562) 499-1606. www. queenmary.com. See ad on page 13. May 9: West Coast BBQ Classic. Let your taste buds rage over which barbecue style is king. Prefer Memphis to Texas or savory to sweet? You be the judge! Stay for live music, backyard games, a kids’ country, merchant market and the awards ceremony for top chefs. June 21: Father’s Day. Families join the Queen Mary Champagne Sunday Brunch that features over 50 unique dishes from around the globe. Plus, live entertainment, free flowing champagne, music and a signature menu. Sunday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. July 4: Celebrate Independence Day. Arrive early to explore the ship, listen to live music, enjoy familyfriendly entertainment and get front and center to the giant fireworks extravaganza. Friday, noon - 11 p.m. • Rancho Los Cerritos 4600 Virginia Road Long Beach. (562) 206-2040. www.rancholoscerritos.org. See ad on page 26. April 5, May 3 and June 7: Creation Station. Kids (6-10) drop in for an afternoon of good oldfashioned fun! Create unique seasonal crafts and participate in engaging Rancho-themed activities. Choose your art supplies and weave a basket, create a doll out of yarn or embellish a blue felt bird. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Free. Themes: April 5: Cool Blues; May 3, Sunny Yellow; and June 7, Rainbow Surprise. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


May 12: Mothers Day Tea And Fashion Show. Enjoy a scrumptious tea at the Rancho, followed by a historic fashion show featuring costumes from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. $35; call for reservations. May 24, June 28, July 26 and August 23: Summer Concerts: Pack a picnic dinner and head over to the Rancho with friends and family to enjoy live music in the historic gardens. Sunday, 5:30-7 p.m.; gates open 4:30 p.m. for pre-concert picnicking. May 24, Band of the California Battalion; June 28, Smokin’ Cobras; July 26, Chet Getz Cool; and August 23, Walking Phoenixes. June 14: Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. Head over to the rancho with friends and family to enjoy live music from the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra performing music by a diverse cast of American composers. Sunday, 7 p.m. Free. August 16: Mud Mania. Squish a little history between your toes at this delightfully muddy festival where you’re not supposed to stay clean! Mud-tastic activities include adobe brick-making, mud relay races, plus clay sculpting, archaeology adventures and more! De-mudding stations available; bring old shoes (required), a change of clothes and a towel. Sunday, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Adults, $7; kids (4-12), $5.

• Shared Science Annual Open House in Long Beach August 30: Join Shared Science’s “Meet Us, Meet You” event. Bring the family for fun activities and light refreshments and check out the 2015 FLL Robotics teams, find out how to join the Jr. FLL teams, help build a crazy Lego model and learn about what Shared Science has to offer. Sunday, 2-4 p.m. For more information, contact Michelle: (562) 522-0595 or info@sharedsciencefun.org. St. Bart’s Youth Center, 4545 E. 4th St., Long Beach. www.sharedsciencefun.org. See ad on page 87. • Skate Park Tour with Skatedogs Ongoing: Join Skatedogs for a half-day skate park tour! Kids (6+) visit three local skateparks with Skatedog’s instructors and then all grab a bite at Subway and discuss tips and tricks. Kids should bring water, a snack, skateboard, helmet, knee and elbow pads. Skatedogs’s boards and safety gear are available to borrow upon request. Contact for dates. $100 (cash or check at dropoff), includes prizes, lessons and lunch. RSVP required; seats are limited. Email: adam@skatedogs.com. (714) 313-8787. www.skatedogs.com • Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center & Buccaneer Bay Waterpark 13806 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. (562) 902-3191. www.splashlamirada.com. See ad on back outside cover; coupon on page 73.

Through May 31: Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark Season Pass Sale. Season passes are on sale now at the low price of just three payments of $18. Sale ends May 31. Season passes allow you to visit the Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark as much as you want during the 2015 season which begins May 17 and concludes October 31. Pass holders receive a free bring-a-friend admission ticket, free food offers, and other discounts. Get your pass today online. June 26 - August 21: Family Friday Nights. Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark welcomes you to Family Friday Nights, 3-8 p.m. for just $13.95 per person, or free to season pass holders. More events: May 9, Mother and Daughter Tea; and June 18, World’s Largest Swim Lesson. • YaYa’s Performance Academy Presents Seussical the Musical June 25-28: In this production of Seussical, The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, and a Who-child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community emerge triumphant. Seussical, put on by performers, ages 4 to adult, is fun for the whole family! CSULB’s Link Theater, Long Beach. (562) 355-2004. www.yayasacademy.com. See ad on page 91.

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