Kidsguide Summer Issue 2021

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Making Family Life Better in Greater Long Beach & Orange County | | Summer 2021 | Hey, It’s Free!


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Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine

2021 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS In-Person Summer Day Camps June 21– August 27

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $30 for campers attending 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $50 for those attending 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Crafts, physical fitness, enrichment activities and more following COVID-19 safety guidelines. Financial assistance is available. Register online at Call 562.570.3150 for more information. The camp openings are available at the following parks: • Admiral Kidd Park, 2125 Santa Fe Ave. • Cesar E. Chavez Park, 401 Golden Ave. • Coolidge Park, 352 E. Neece St. • Drake Park, 951 Maine Ave. • Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Ave. • MacArthur Park, 1321 E. Anaheim St. • Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave. • McBride Park, 1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. • Ramona Park, 3301 E. 65th St. • Scherer Park, 4600 Long Beach Blvd. • Silverado Park, 1545 W. 31st St. • Veterans Park, 101 E. 28th St.

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Hybrid Virtual / In-Person Day Camps June 21 – August 27

Virtual and Outdoor Classes include Preschool Spanish language immersion (Bamboleo Amiguitos), Fun on the Farm, and Skyhawks Sports Academy (baseball, basketball and soccer basics). Youth D-Up Basketball, Mad Science and Play Well Teknologies Specialty Camps and Read Write Education Solutions for math and reading will be offered. Teens can enroll in A Yummy Future Cooking and All Good Driving School interactive online course. All classes will adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols. Registration for all classes takes place online at, or by calling 562.570.3111.

June 21 – August 27 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Campers ages 5 to 14 will enjoy enrichment activities, crafts, fitness and games from the comfort of home Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and in-person Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Heartwell Park, 5801 E. Parkcrest Street. Register for one or multiple weeks at Campers must enroll in the Virtual Camp to participate in the In-Person recreation and must provide their own computer for virtual portion.

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Learn to Swim Classes Class Levels, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5-6, 6, Parent and Child, and Pre-K levels, at Belmont Plaza Pool, 4320 E. Olympic Plaza, King Park Pool, 1910 Lemon Ave., Silverado Park Pool, 1540 W. 32nd St. Register at

Staff will drive trucks with supplies and equipment to closed neighborhood streets and provide physical fitness, and arts and crafts activities for ages 5 through 14 (Grades K-8). Register at or in person at Mobile Recess program sites. Advance sign-ups required. Visit for times, days and locations.






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Liz Davis Family Happiness Builder



Liz Davis

PUBLISHER Kidsguide’s Fearless Founder & Mastermind

FROM LIZ: Pages 4-14: Find the perfect summer camp. There are 75+ to choose from—cooking, skateboarding, STEM, performing arts—there’s something for every age, toddlers to teens.

Pages 15-27: Find the best attractions in Southern California: water parks, museums, family fun centers, farms and animal encounters, historical sites, nature and gardens, train rides, and lots more.

Pages 28-31: Find resources for education and enrichment, health providers, parenting support, party providers, performing arts programs, and sports and recreation.

Summer is back! Camps are back! Family outings are back! Kidsguide is back! This is the first print issue we’ve published in a year and we are dedicating it––from the bottom of our hearts––to you… the parents, family members, teachers, and friends that stepped up this past year to not only raise the kids you love (which is no easy task), but to become an amazing teacher, energetic entertainer, backyard coach, counselor/referee, you name it…you have taken it on. You have dug deep to fill those hours at home with meaning and love, and for that, you are our hero. We wanted to give you our “Parent of the Year” award in person, but instead thought we’d put together a list of summer goodies that will make your family happy and hopefully give you a little break. Consider these 32 pages a thank you note from Kidsguide for the hard work, long hours, and basically, making it through one tough year. As for us, you can see that we have pared down to COVID survival mode, but there is a lot of (summer) light at the end of the tunnel and we are excited about the year ahead. Please visit our website regularly and sign up for Kidsguide’s event-newsy e-letter, The Buzzz (at We’ll be posting 4th of July activities, movies and concerts in the park, and tons of other summer activities you love. We’ve all learned a lot over this past year–– mostly about gratitude, for our families, for our health, and for the simplicity and sheer magic of a good long hug. That’s what we’re sending your way… a big hug (and lots of resources) for the amazing job you did, and do, every day. Let’s keep all that good stuff going.

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• Acting Out Long Beach (562) 901-0111, Their camp program celebrates creativity through a series of drama skills workshops. Improvisation, Musical Theater, Monologue Work, Scene Study, Theater Games, Stage Combat, and so much more. Acting Out is for campers, ages 7-16, involved in other theater programs, as well as those new to acting. They challenge every camper according to their comfort level. At the end of each session they record a showcase and send it to the parents to watch safely from home! Three weeks offered, full or half day, sign up for one or all: June 21-25, July 12-16, and August 9-13. Visit website for schedule of classes, ongoing workshops and private coaching. Inquire about camp safety measures and guidelines. See ad on page 6. • Aliso Viejo Recreation & Community Services 12 Journey, Ste. 200, Aliso Viejo (949) 425-2550, Get ready to soak up the fun at Camp Aliso Viejo! With over 140 camps and activities to choose from, they’ve got something for everyone to enjoy. Choose from a diverse collection of camps that promise to keep kids moving, creating, performing, and discovering. The new City Day Camp offers a full day of fun that includes a weekly trip to the Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center and a weekly excursion. Start your adventure at CAMPAV.ORG. See you out there this summer! See ad on page 5. • Alpert JCC Camp Komaroff Summer Day Camp 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Camp K was designed to support social, emotional, cognitive, and academic development, promote physical health, and provide a safe and supportive environment for children and youth. The average day starts with Boker Tov (Morning Circle) followed by two or three 45-minute blocks of programming that range from sports in the gym, to arts and crafts, nature projects, STEM activities, cooking, and much more! Lunch is followed by one to two programming blocks. The day is finished off with swimming in the pool where a swim test is performed every day to check for swimming ability. Camp runs June 28 August 27. Jump into a fun summer together with the J! See ad on page 13. • Arts & Learning Conservatory Theatre & Music Summer Camp 151 Kalmus Drive, G3, Costa Mesa (714) 728-7100, Build confidence and creativity for life with the Arts & 4 kidsguide summer 2021

Learning Conservatory’s Summer Theater and Music Camp, June 16 - September 2. The program features songs from the newest musicals and innovative instrumental instruction! Kids, tweens, and teens can learn and grow to the tunes of Ratatousical, Among Us, In the Heights and more! Campers follow their dreams, have fun, and learn life-long skills in a supportive environment of encouragement. If your child loves to perform, wants to learn about the arts, or could simply use a bit more self-confidence, this is the place to be! See ad on page 10. • Art Steps 1525 Mesa Verde Drive E, #119, Costa Mesa 18212 Imperial Hwy., Yorba Linda 24741 Alicia Pkwy., Suite G, Laguna Hills (714) 524-2248, Fill your school breaks with art! Fine art day camps, offered in half-day options, with something for every young artist. At Art Steps, young children explore in many media, such as cartooning, clay, 3D perspective and beyond; while teens of all levels enjoy indepth focus on figure drawing and portraiture, painting, Anime fine points and much more. Their friendly teachers provide plenty of fun. Now offering in-studio and online art workshops! See ad on page 18. Bionerds (949) 288-1486, Bionerds offers one-day or weekly camps, from half-day to full-day, during school breaks, including summer. The camps are jam-packed with fun and hands-on biology activities for children (grades K-8) throughout Orange County. Camps cover vast topics of biology, including insects, plants, humans, animals, microorganisms, genetics and many more. Your child will get up-close and personal with many specimens and/or living organisms throughout camp. Teachers have college degrees in Biology or related sciences/experiences, some even have graduate degrees. Bionerds is honored to be chosen Best Science Camps in Orange County by many organizations for years in a row, since 2015. Camp Ignite! Summer Day Camp 2021 YMCA of Orange County Igniting passion, purpose, and potential all summer! This summer, the Y is igniting the best in every camper. Through exciting educational and recreational activities, field trips, challenges, art, and more, campers will learn some of life’s most necessary skills, like resiliency, positivity, adaptability, relationship-building,

and caring for others. YMCA camps run Monday Friday all summer long on over 50 school campuses in Orange County. All kids K-8th are welcome and they have full-time and part-time options. Set up your summer now online at Chef Tech Summer Cooking Camps 3842 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach (562) 989-2467, Chef Tech offers 10 weeks of hands-on cooking camps. Kids (ages 6-14) train with real chefs, learn to chop, slice, and dice, mise en place (setting up), clean as they go, and eat the fantastic dishes they have prepared. Sessions are held Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Each camp offers unique themes that include Cupcake Wars, American Sweet Treats, Great British Baking, Pizzas and Cookies, and Eatalian. Campers make two to four exclusively formulated recipes each day. Full menus are found on their website, along with registration. Birthday parties and private events are also available, along with homeschool, scout and teen programs. Added bonus: your kids can make delicious food for you. Don’t wait! Camps sell out quickly. Visit the website for more information. CSArts Academy Summer Program 2021 1010 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 560-0900, In-person and online this summer! Aspiring artists are invited to enroll in exciting, enriching classes hosted by Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA). Students explore their creativity and learn fundamental skills in visual arts, music, voice, dance, culinary arts, film and television, and much more! Summer classes are available for beginner and advanced students in five-week Arts Camps, one-week arts intensives, and online classes, June 21 - July 23. Visit the website to register and to view the brochure. • Discovery Cube Summer Camps: In-Person and Virtual 2500 North Main St., Santa Ana (714) 542-2823, Discovery Cube brings you a range of virtual and in-person science camps for summer 2021. Participate in one of their interactive half-day Zoom camps through Camp Discovery at Home, or join them for a full day of science and STEM fun at the Discovery Cube Orange County. In both cases, your kids will have fun learning about animals, dinosaurs, space, or all things STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). Sessions offered include: Creature Features (grades K-2), Dino Days of Summer (grades K-2), Space Camp (grades 3-5), STEAM Camp (grades 3-5), and the popular learn-to-code

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Code Constructors (grades 4-8). Virtual camps are held 9 a.m. - noon; in-person camps, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Visit for dates, daily schedules and registration. Camps fill up fast, register early! See ad on page 1. Dreams for Schools Virtual STEM Camps Dreams for Schools will be offering online classes with live instruction this summer for children in grades 1-8. Participants will have a chance to explore STEM and technology through hands-on engineering projects, website development, mobile app creation, and more! DFS programs inspire and educate students to be STEM and computer science literate with the hard and soft skills needed to become the critical thinkers, creative leaders, and technologists of tomorrow. Classes include: Let’s Explore STEM, grades 1-2; Engineering Inventors, grades 3-5; Coding Games with Scratch, grades 3-5; and Web Development, grades 6-12. Visit the website to sign up. Emerging Artists Musical Theatre Academy 8125 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 546-3119, Your child will get movin’ and groovin’ in this fun musical theatre camp! Each student gets a role in the show. They spend camp days learning their lines, blocking and choreography, singing, playing improv games and crafting, helping to design the show, and prepare for the end of camp performance that is put on virtually for family and friends. All experience levels are welcome. Sessions include: Shrek the Musical, June 21-25 and June 28 - July 2; The Little Mermaid, July 5-9; Alice in Wonderland, July 12-16 and 19-23; Honk, July 26-30; Matilda, August 2-6 and 9-13; and Oliver, August 16-20. Get ready to shine on stage! Fairmont Summer Programs Locations in Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, North Tustin, and San Juan Capistrano (714) 234-2757, Keep your kids curious, challenged, and connected this summer. Fairmont’s award-winning summer programs offer a full line-up of educational programming—all within a safe environment which follows rigorous COVID protocols. Camp (preschool - 8th grade): High energy ACA-accredited camp experience combining education and recreation keeps kids engaged all summer long! Summer School (kindergarten - 8th grade): Reading, writing, and math taught by Fairmont teachers and individualized to meet students where they are so students can get ahead or stay ahead when they start school in the fall. High School: Dozens of for-credit UC-approved courses for high school students. Fun with Horses - Summertime at the Ranch 4449 Carbon Canyon Road, Brea (949) 285-5286, Enjoy an overall “Horse Experience” learning basic riding, horsemanship, and safety, plus how to halter, groom, and saddle. This recreational and educational riding program for ages 4-13 introduces the horse world through basic hand-on fun. Ten sessions are held on Wednesday and Thursday, June 16 - August 24. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. $150 per session; sibling discount, $20. All riding is held in a fenced-in arena. Email, call or text, (949) 285-5286 or Additional location in San Diego County is available. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Check with organizer for updated information.

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Galileo Camps (800) 854-3684, At Camp Galileo, pre-K – 8th graders tackle handson art and science challenges that ignite their inner innovator and boost their creative confidence—all in COVID-safe cohorts that spend 75% of the day outdoors (and 100% of it having unforgettable fun). Save 15% with code CAMPG15! 50+ locations. Optional extended care available.

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• Gate Languages - Immersion Spanish and/or Mandarin Summer Camp 18700 Beach Blvd., Ste. 250, Huntington Beach (714) 679-6624, The Summer Immersion Spanish and/or Mandarin Program associated with cultural activity by Gate Languages is a language immersion program where learning will be facilitated through games, songs, arts, crafts and cultural activities. Curriculum includes conversation, listening, reading and writing. Instructors are trained in child development and their classes emphasize oral communication from the start. This experience will last for a lifetime. Level/ age-based groups for kids (5-15), June 28 - August 27. Enroll now! Email: for details. See ad on page 8. Hebrew Academy Kiddy Camp 14401 Willow Lane, Huntington Beach (714) 863-0757, At Summer Kiddy Camp, children ages 2-4 are provided a rich program in summer fun and Jewish culture. Swimming is offered for ages 3-4 in their beautiful, in-ground, covered pool, plus music activities, movement, art, water/sand play, cooking/baking, theme days and lots more. There is no screen time at camp. Teachers/counselors are both professional and loving, so that your child will be happy, stimulated and safe while in their care. Airconditioned classrooms and lots of shade outdoors provide a wonderful combination for a healthy, happy, active summer for your child. June 21 - August 13, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please call for more information. Kick It Up Dance Camps 2021 8129 East Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 430-1812, Dance, craft and perform your way into a fantastic summer! Dancers, ages 4-8,will have fun with each week’s theme, making memories with new friends in these exciting one-week camps! All camps run Monday - Friday, 9-11:30 a.m.; $125. Sessions include: Mary Poppins, July 12-16; Super Heroes, July 1923; and Frozen, July 26-30. KidzToPros Summer Camps, (877) 202-1554 KidzToPros Summer Camps for kids ages 4-14! KidzToPros provides the perfect opportunity for kids to develop valuable skills in a fun, creative and safe environment. Sports Camps teach the fundamentals of various sports, including techniques, skills, strategies and rules, while understanding the importance of teamwork and leadership. STEM Camps prepare kids for the future! Innovative, project-based camps teach how to program robots, design games, create websites and develop 3D models. Art Camps encourage imaginative thinking and looking at the world from new perspectives. Arts skills, graphic design, mu-

sic, filmmaking and more allow kids to creatively express themselves. • Lakewood Recreation & Community Services Camp Circle Summer Day Camp (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408 Camp Circle will be offered at Mayfair and Palms Parks, and the Lakewood Youth Center, June 14 August 20. The program for ages 6-12 will provide supervised activities Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. 6 p.m. on a 1:12 staff-to-camper ratio. Activities will center on a different weekly theme and include a variety of arts and crafts, outdoor sports, indoor games and specialized activities congruent with the week’s theme. County health protocols will be followed and include staff and campers wearing face coverings, exercising physical distancing and confirming good health before and during participation. Registration is open; non-residents may register beginning June 20. $130 per week for residents, and $145 per week for non-residents. There is also a one-time materials fee of $15 per camper for a personal supply kit of basic arts and crafts materials. To register, visit ecatalog and search with the keyword “camp.” See ad on page 5. LA Opera Connects - Opera Camp Are you between the ages of 9-17 years old and looking to sing, create and challenge yourself in a virtual experience this summer? Join Opera Camp and find your voice. Everyone is welcome, no matter how much experience you have (or don’t have). Opera Camp is an enriching two-week virtual program where you will rehearse and perform opera. It’s an intense, fun-filled experience, running from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Campers work each day with LA OperaConnects teaching artists on music, dramatic expression, and utilizing technology to deliver artistic experiences virtually. Session One: July 6 - July 17 (Tuesday - Saturday, both weeks). Students rehearse, perform, and record real-life stories and a musical medley, forming a bridge between communities and generations. Session Two: July 26 - August 6 (Monday - Friday, both weeks). Students learn, craft, and produce an innovative, 21st-century digital opera and graphic novel. Application deadline: June 10. For questions, email: Lil’ Chef School Summer Cooking Camps 15435 Jeffery Road, #132, Irvine (949) 679-8390, Beat the Heat at Lil’ Chef School’s Cool Kitchen! Whether your child likes to bake, create, roast, saute, fry or just blend, they have a camp for all interests. Camps are organized into three age groups so all chefs team up with their peers: Tiny Chefs (46), Lil’ Chefs (7-9), and Teen Chefs (10 and older). All chefs get to taste everything that they cook in these hands-on cooking camps. Recipes will be sent home for later preparation. Uneaten tastings may also be packed up to share at home as well. Weeklong camps run June 7 - August 13; each has a unique theme, from French and Italian food to baking and chocolate. Morning (9 a.m. - noon) and afternoon (2-5 p.m.) sessions are offered. Visit their website for menus and registration.

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• Long Beach Ballet Academy Children’s Dance Camp 2021 1122 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 426-4112, Long Beach Ballet offers an exciting two-week summer dance camp for ages 5-11 (no previous dance training required). Experienced faculty offers classes in ballet, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, hip hop, pre-pointe and crafts. The program runs Monday - Friday, July 26 - August 6, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., and concludes with a final performance on August 6. Call the academy for more information. See ad on page 9. • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine In-Person Day Camps (562) 570-3150, In-person summer day camps, June 21 - August 27. Youth (5-12) will enjoy crafts, physical fitness, enrichment activities and more that follow COVID-19 safety guidelines. Camps operate Monday - Friday; $30 for campers attending from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., and $50 for those attending from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Camp openings are available at the following parks: Admiral Kidd, Cesar E. Chavez, Coolidge, Drake, Houghton, MacArthur, Martin Luther King Jr., McBride, Ramona, Scherer, Silverado, and Veterans. Financial assistance is available on a first-come, firstserved basis, and may only be processed through in-person registration. To register in person, call to schedule an appointment: Parks, Recreation and Marine Administrative Office, (562) 570-3111; Pan American Park, (562) 570-3297; King Park Pool, (562) 570-1718; Belmont Plaza Pool, (562) 570-1888; and Silverado Park Pool, (562) 570.1721. See ad on front inside cover. • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Hybrid Virtual / In-Person Day Camps Free hybrid (virtual and in-person) summer camp, June 21 - August 27 for youth ages 5-12. Campers will enjoy fun from the comfort of their home three days a week and in-person two days a week at Heartwell Park. Participants can register online for one or multiple weeks. Hybrid (Virtual and In-Person) Camp will take place Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and will include enrichment activities, arts and crafts, fitness and games. In-Person Recreation will take place Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., at Heartwell Park and include arts and crafts, games and physical fitness fun. Campers must enroll in the Virtual Camp to participate in the In-Person Recreation and will be required to provide their own computer for the virtual portion. See ad on front inside cover. Merage Jewish Community Center of Orange County 1 Federation Way, Irvine (949) 435-3400, Camp Haverim for grades TK-11 is all about fun and friendships. Through sports, arts, outdoor adventure and aquatics, your camper will build lifelong friendships, independence and self-esteem. Camp Yeladim for Preschoolers makes summer magical. Your preschooler can enjoy the summer camp experience in

the security of their nurturing Sheila and Eric Samson Family Early Childhood Learning Center. Weeklong sessions are offered June 7 - August 20. ACA Accredited, state-of-the-art facility with pool and gym, flexible scheduling, swim lessons and recreational pool time, Judaic enrichment specialists from Israel, caring professional, college-educated counselors and staff, open to everyone! My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, Signal Hill (562) 986-0066, My Gym Children’s Fitness Center offers one of the best camp programs in town! At My Gym Long Beach’s Summer Camp, they activate the fun every single day! Children participate in energizing fitness games, noncompetitive gymnastics, arts and crafts, music and so much more. Each camp program is uniquely designed to keep your children moving and active, as My Gym emphasizes physical development and personal success. They make it easy for parents with a drop-off program, pay-by-the-day options, and multi-day discounts. They are taking every precaution and following all CDC and governmental mandates to keep you and your family healthy and safe from COVID-19. Visit their website to read more about their health and safety rules and policies. Due to governmental restrictions, space is very limited and is going fast! Register online today. My Gym Long Beach’s Summer Camp is the place to be! Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Presents Camp Newport 2021 (949) 644-3151, Are you looking forward to the fun your child can have in Newport Beach this summer? With hundreds of virtual and in-person camps to choose from, Camp Newport has just the activity to keep your child engaged all summer long! This summer your little adventurer can explore life under the sea in an Ocean Adventure Program or discover their creative side in a themed Lisa Albert art camp. Sign up your imaginative child for one of Bionerds science camps or a virtual Strategic Kids camp that features unique topics like magic, chess, origami and more. If you want to keep your child active, make sure to look at their long list of sports, dance and fitness camps, including skateboarding, soccer, and beach volleyball. They’re also bringing back Friendship Circle’s Day Camp, specifically geared towards campers with special needs. Finally, heed the call of the ocean and round out your summer with a week of surf camp or let the famous Marina Park lighthouse guide you to a sailing camp hosted by our new partners at OCC Sailing. For more information, visit • Oodles Summer Camp 19101 Bloomfield Ave., Cerritos (562) 888-1496, Oodles team has prepared an exciting academic and fun-filled summer camp program for grades pre-K-12. The camp is designed by experts to “avoid learning loss,” along with sports, gymnastics, art, chess, self defense and other fun-filled activities––all provided in a safe, sanitized and clean environment. Common Core subjects and other fun activities are scheduled in blocks of 60 minutes everyday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Half, full and extended day programs, two to five days per week are offered. Visit their website for camp schedule by grade level. E-mail See ad on page 27.

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• Rancho Los Cerritos Summer Day Camps & Camp in a Box 4600 N. Virginia Road, Long Beach (562) 206-2040, In-person Camps: Nature Camp, July 12-16 or July 19-23; Vaquero Camp, July 26-30 or August 2-6; and Unplugged Camp (middle school), August 9-13. Camp hours: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. $125 member, $150 nonmember. Camper capacity for each session will be reduced significantly to allow for social distancing and any other protocols that may be in place during summer. For more information and to register, visit Camp in a Box: For those who are unable or not yet ready to come on site for camp, they are also offering “Time Travelers Camp in a Box.” Choose either the elementary or middle school level, and receive a box of materials to make a variety of crafts and activities inspired by the various eras of Rancho Los Cerritos’ history. You will also receive written directions and video tutorials for the activities. Camp in a Box: $25 per camper with kit pick up (optional shipping for $16). See ad on page 8. • Rise Up Athletics Day Camps 10712 Reagan S., Ste. A., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102, Are you looking for a fun-filled exciting program for your children to get into? Well, look no further, Rise Up Athletics offers exciting seasonal in-house day camps for children ages 4 years and up. With flexible options either for the day-to-day camper or the full week, your child will enjoy instructional gymnastics along with arts, crafts, games and much more. For enrollment information, visit them online, call or email, See ad on back inside cover. • Sandie Mercer Ranch at Lakewood Equestrian Center 11369 Carson St., Lakewood (562) 425-1905 Summer and holiday weekly extended lesson program at Sandie Mercer Ranch for ages 7-17. Learn all about horses: leading, grooming, bathing, parts of saddle and bridle, breed types, colors and markings, plus horseback riding two times daily. Weekly sessions, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Enrollment is limited. Email: For their year-round lessons, see page 31; see ad on this page. Sewing Lab Los Alamitos 4215 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos Fun sewing camps for beginners and more advanced sewists, ages 8-18. Weekly sessions, June 14 - August 6, are open to boys and girls, maximum of 8 students per class. Three hours of sewing per camp day! Two time slots to choose from: mornings, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; and afternoons, 2-5 p.m. Beginners will learn how to safely use a sewing machine and make projects such as bookmark, pillowcase, PJs, skirt and a cool shirt. More advanced students (and students in their 2nd and 3rd camps) will sew summer dresses, beach bags and other fun summer projects. $350, includes all materials and you can choose from cute and fashionable fabrics. Email:

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Sewing with Jane Summer Camp 6243 E. 5th St., Long Beach (562) 260-5888 Weekly summer camps are held Monday - Friday, morning or afternoon sessions. Hand sewing for ages 6 and up, machine sewing for ages 9 and up (machines provided). Hand sewers complete craft projects. Machine sewers create simple clothing or crafts. Weekly classes also available (see page 29). Email for summer schedule or Facebook: “Sewing with Jane Loper” for up-to-date flyers. Email: School of Rock Santa Ana Summer Camps 2021 2620 S Bristol St., Santa Ana (949) 774-7625 Do you want to play in a band, write songs, or record your own music? School of Rock Santa Ana is offering summer music camps covering these topics: Rock 101 Camp (ages 7-12) - Learn to play an instrument through musical games and activities: two sessions, June 14-18 and August 2-6. Songwriting Camp (ages 7-18, previous experience required) Improve your songwriting by analyzing some of the greatest compositions from the last 60 years: June 28 - July 2. Pop Punk Camp (ages 8-18, experience preferred but not required) - Learn to perform music by bands like Green Day, Blink 182, and Sum 41: July 5-9. Music of the Millennium Camp (ages 8-18, experience preferred but not required) - Celebrate a variety of music from the turn of the 21st century: July 12-16. Recording Camp (ages 12-18, experience preferred but not required) - Learn the fundamentals of setting up, capturing, and producing great recordings: July 12-16. • South Coast Repertory Summer Acting Workshop 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa (714) 708-5577, Kids and teens (grades 4-12) build confidence and self-esteem in a safe and welcoming setting. The fun-filled two-week camps are designed for students new to SCR and introduce them to solving creative problems through inspiration and innovation! Enthusiastic and experienced professional artists help students explore and deepen their understanding of the craft of acting and strengthen important life skills. Each day begins with an invigorating warm-up. Class time follows, two lively hours of interactive instruction in voice, movement, character development and more—led by SCR’s staff of theatre professionals. The final hour is spent with special guests who bring to life various aspects of theatre, such as design, improvisation, combat, singing and playwriting—it’s something different every day. The two-week camp concludes with students sharing their work onstage in a demonstration for invited family and friends. Sessions July 12-23 and July 26 - August 6. See ad on page 8. • Shared Science Unique STEM Combo Camp Greater Long Beach Locations (562) 285-3942, Unique STEM combo camp weeks for K-5 kids. Students meet at a designated learning site from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sites are open-air and/or well-ventilated class spaces. Every hour the STEM activity shifts one KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Check with organizer for updated information.


or two times, plus physical game play breaks (and hand washing). Camp activities include virus science and safety, LEGO and Root robotics, discovery LEGO builds, maker electronic and art projects, Ozobots with OzoBlockly, coding, adventures in inventing, and more. Maximum class size is 12. Scholarships may be available. Visit their website for summer schedule. Online classes available too. All in-person activities follow safe COVID-19 response protocols. See ad on page 12. Sherman Gardens Mini Gardeners Summer Camp 2647 East Coast Hwy., Corona Del Mar (949) 673-2261 Get ready to get your hands dirty! Learn to grow your own food in the beautiful Sherman Gardens. Garden Educators will introduce you to the tasty plants in the gardens, help you to plant your own delicious mini-garden and teach you the basics of plant care. The camp, for ages 7-10, includes a variety of fun and creative planting projects to take home, including a mini-veg planter and recycled paper pots project. Mini gardeners will go behind the scenes and learn in the garden before the public arrives. This STEAM-based camp will develop skills of observation, design, and practical plant care. July 6-9, July 12-15, July 19-22 and July 26-29. Register early as space is limited.


Join us for a week of singing, acting and dancing! Learn some of the most popular songs and dances from your favorite shows. All camps also offered on Zoom.

JUNE 28 - JULY 2 Frozen

JULY 5-9 Theatre on the Edge

JULY 12-16 Zombies

JULY 19-23 Solo Performance

JULY 26-30 Little Mermaid

AUGUST 2-6 Descendants

AUGUST 9-13 Trolls

AUGUST 16-20 Moana

AUGUST 23-27 Lion King

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• Skatedogs (714) 313-8787, Kids make new friends, advance their skateboarding skills, and most importantly, have fun at Skatedogs’ school-break skateboarding camps offered in conjunction with the recreation departments of Aliso Viejo, Arcadia, Beverly Hills, Brea, Cerritos, Cypress, Glendora, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Manhattan Beach, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Redondo Beach, Seal Beach and Tustin. They also offer after-school and weekend classes, private lessons and birthday parties; see pages 30 and 31. See ad on page 10.

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• Summer with Westerly 2021 2950 E. 29th St., Long Beach (562) 981-3151, Summer with Westerly engages students through rich instruction and application during its morning courses and further compliments that day with a healthy afternoon of arts and recreation. Flexible scheduling and fair prices are all added bonuses to the high quality program, June 28 - August 6. Activities include a mix of academics, arts, recreation, and fun—with programs for children in grades K-5 and middle school, they have something for everyone! To sign up, visit campus-life/summer.cfm. See ad on page 14.


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campguide set. Weeklong camps are held all summer long at locations in Arcadia, Brea, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar, Huntington Beach and Yorba Linda. All camps run Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon. Cost is $249 per week. USPTA Safe-play Protocols for Tennis during COVID-19 will be used to help keep students and coaches safe at all times. Don’t miss out on the fun, fitness and friendships you’ll make this summer. Space is limited! Urban Workshop Summer Camps 365-A Clinton St., Costa Mesa (949) 296-2153, The only summer camp that will get kids to put down their phones, solve difficult problems using their hands, experience real tools and solutions, and learn new skills that last a lifetime. These are the shop classes they used to teach in high school but using new technology alongside traditional skills. Students will have the pride and satisfaction of building real projects from scratch using real tools and gain the confidence that they can handle whatever comes their way! • YaYa’s Performance Academy Lakewood Village Community Church 4515 Sunfield Ave., Long Beach (562) 355-2004, Summer camps are back, June, July and August! Join them for a week of singing, acting and dancing. Come together to learn some of the most popular songs, and dances from your favorite shows. There will be a filmed presentation for parents emailed out following the final class. Camps are held Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon. $135. Sessions include: Frozen, ages 7-17, June 28 - July 2; Theater on the Edge, ages 11-17, July 5-9; Zombies, ages 7-17, July 12-16; Solo Performance, ages 11-17, July 19-23; Little Mermaid, ages 7-17, July 26-30; Descendants, ages 7-17, August 2-6; Trolls, ages 7-17, August 9-13; Moana, ages 7-17, August 16-20; and Lion King, ages 7-17, August 23-27. Monthly classes are available too, see page 31; and ad on page 11.

more camps Aquarium of the Pacific Summer Camp 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach (562) 590-1630, Through weeklong day camps participants (ages 12 kidsguide summer 2021

7-12) explore the Aquarium an hour before it opens to the public and participate in activities to learn more about marine life and habitats. Themes of the camp alternate weekly; both are held Mondays - Fridays, 8 a.m. - noon. Ocean Habitats: June 21-25, July 5-9, July 19-23, August 2-6 and August 16-20. Critter Spotlight: June 14-18, June 28 - July 2, July 12-16, July 26-30, August 9-13, and August 23-27. $275 per participant (discount for members). Advance reservations are required. Bolsa Chica Wetlands Summer Programs 2021 3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach (714) 846-1114 Young scientists participate in guided hikes, handson science labs, STEM-based activities and crafts, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Junior Summer Wetland Explorers Program - Grades K-3 learn about habitats, wetlands, watersheds, ecosystem components, food webs, and recycling, July 5-9. Senior Summer Wetland Explorers Program - Grades 4-7 unearth the secrets of wetlands, watersheds, coastal ecology, food webs, geology, and pollution solutions, July 12-16. Boys and Girls Club Youth programs are offered during vacation breaks. Some branches offer day camps, usually Monday Friday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. (hours vary) with full day/half day options. Visit the website to find a club near you. Brea Community Services Summer Camps 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea (714) 990-7179 Brea Summer Day Camp is located at the Brea Community Center and offers a variety of activities for elementary-school-aged kids. Campers enjoy fun activities onsite daily. Weekly sessions, June 7 - August 13, Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Summer Program 3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pedro (310) 548-7562, Classes will be held onsite, outdoors. Students are required to wear a mask. Sessions include: Galloping

Snails for grades 1-2, June 29-30 and July 1-2; Crab Shells for grades 3-4, July 6-7 and July 8-9; Ichthyology for grades 5-6, July 13-14 and July 15-16; and Coastal Field Research for grades 7-9, July 20-21 and July 22-23. Space is limited—early sign up is recommended. Registration and information on each session is found on the calendar of their website. Camp Fire 7070 E. Carson St., Long Beach (562) 421-2725, Backyard Bunch Day Camp - Weekly sessions, June 21 - August 18, for grades K-8. Three-day and fiveday options. Located on the five-acre Long Beach facility. Camp Wintaka Resident Camp - July 19 July 24, for students entering grades 2-10. Located in the San Bernardino Mountains. Call or visit their website for fees and registration. Space is limited, register now. Camp Heritage Oak 16971 Imperial Highway, Yorba Linda (714) 524-1350, Each week campers will enjoy themed activities, the on-campus pool and waterpark, spending time in their arcade, and fantastic Friday virtual field trips! Various academic and enrichment camps are also available to round out the summer. Camp is open to students preschool - grade 8 and, as always, extended daycare for Main Camp is free! Camp James Summer Day Camp 101 N. Bayside Drive, Newport Beach (949) 729-1098, ACA Accredited: aquatic activities, archery, drama, climbing wall, gocarts, laser tag, mini golf, STEM. Ages 4-16. June 7 - August 13, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Clay on First - Pottery Camp 406 East 1st St., Unit B, Long Beach (562) 495-4362, Learn various pottery making techniques from pinching pots and hand-building to working on a real potter’s wheel. Weeklong sessions, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Anaheim CampVenture & TeenVenture Day Camp (714) 765-5219, CampVenture Day Camp is a week-long day camp for children (ages 6-13). Activities include arts and crafts, games, movies, science experiments, special events, and sports. June 14 - August 20, 9:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m., extended hours, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. $110-

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Corky Carroll’s Surf School (714) 969-3959, Camps for ages 4+, offer a 3:1 student-to-instructor ratio. Weekly sessions, June 7 - September 3. Hours: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., and 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Rates: $360-480. Discounts are available. Culinary Kids Summer Camps (949) 292-4720, Campers cook, create and collaborate in the kitchen. With healthy dishes, expert chefs and teachers, and a fun-filled atmosphere, young chefs will develop cooking skills in small groups creating 15 recipes each week. Aliso Viejo, June 14 - July 30; San Clemente, June 14 - July 30. Cypress Recreation and Parks (714) 229-6780, Weekly summer camps include: Camp Cypress (ages 5-12) - Sessions with themed weeks, crafts, games, and more. Monday - Friday, June 15 - August 20, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., with extended care. Sports Camps (ages 8-14) - Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer and All Sorts of Sports. Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - noon, June 15 August 13. Summer Parks Program (5-12) - Themed weeks with crafts, games and more. Tuesday - Thursday, June 15 - August 19, 1-4 p.m. Environmental Nature Center - Summer Camps 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach (949) 645-8489, Campers observe nature up close using tools like binoculars, magnifying lenses and microscopes. Science concepts are introduced in a fun environment, with crafts, games and hands-on activities. Little Naturalist Camp (age 4), Nature Adventure Camp (ages 5-8) and Science Explorers Camp (ages 9-13) are available. Visit the website for dates and themes. Family Vacation Camps Camps where the whole family attends together to enjoy a variety of activities. Camps range from 3-7 days and include lodging, meals and more. Visit each website for dates and pricing. Montecito-Sequoia Family Camp, (800) 227-9900,




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TeenVenture is a 3-week session providing teen counselors (ages 13-16, must have completed 7th grade) with leadership training while leading campers in games, activities, and crafts. Teens will also learn interview skills, college prep, and basic first aid. June 14 - August 13, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. $110 per week. Peralta Canyon Park.


American traditions, games, and more! Wilderness Survival Camp for ages 12-14 is also offered, June 21 - August 9. Teams work together to build shelters, hone their archery skills, and learn basic first aid in these weeks of survival fun. Ocean Institute Summer Camps 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point (949) 496-2274, Camps, June 7 - August 13, focus on ocean education and experiences for campers ages 5-17. Members receive discounted camp. Piecemakers Country Store Kids’ Camps 2021 Kids’ Craft-tastic Art Camp (8+) - July 12, 14 and 15, 1:30-3 p.m., $155, includes all supplies. Kids’ Summer Sewing Camps (7+), July 5-8, July 12-15, July 19-22, or July 26-29, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1:30-5 p.m. $142 includes pattern and snacks. Seal Beach Community Services (562) 431-2527, Ext. 1344, A variety of weeklong summer camps are offered June - August. Over 30 specialty camps include art, dance and acting, edutainment, STEM and sports.

Fullerton Parks and Recreation (714) 738-6575, Camp Hillcrest activities include a weekly theme, special on-site activities, and excursions. Children get active outdoors and explore, create, and learn through various arts, crafts, and enrichment activities. For kids 5-8 and 9-12, camp begins on June 1 and runs weekly, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Extended care is offered for an additional fee. Huntington Beach Recreation (714) 536-5486, Camp HB, a six-week day camp hosted at Murdy Community Center for ages 6-12. Each week follows a unique theme, and if allowed by COVID guidelines, will include field trips. Offered weekly, July 5 - August 13, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. $175 for one week (with adjusted pricing for the week of July 5). Additional camps will also be offered, including musical theater, arts, STEM, and sports (surfing, tennis, golf, basketball, soccer, multi-sports and more). Visit for an updated listing of camps and classes.

Los Alamitos Recreation (562) 430-1073, Summer Day Camp (ages 5-12), June 14 - August 13, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m, extended care available, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Multi-Arts Summer Camp 2021 at Muckenthaler Cultural Center 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton (714) 738-6595, Ext. 105, Students ages 6-12 will be fully engaged in handson projects with visual arts, performing arts, science, and outdoor activities. May 31 - August 5, Monday Friday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $280/week. Register online. Musique Sur La Mer Orchestra Camp 423 Shoreline Village Drive, Suites C-D, Long Beach (562) 480-1344, Student violinists, violists, cellists, bassists can join two weeks of making music, receiving instruction by master teachers, master classes, and fun surprises. June 7-18 and June 21 - July 2, 8:30-11:30 a.m., grades 4-7 and 6-12. $199 per two week session.

Irvine Community Services (949) 724-6600, The City of Irvine offers hundreds of summer camps for kids (ages 3-17). From cooking, crafts, dance, music, educational, sports, recreational—there’s something for everyone. Programs run from June - August. Prices, dates, and times vary. View their website for a full list of summer camps.

Newport Sea Base 1931 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach (949) 642-5031, Summer camp is offered weekly, June 14 - August 20 for ages 5-17. Sessions include half-day and fullday camps, sailing, boating and aquatics, art, robotics, woodworking, and more. Visit their website for pricing and times.

Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center 2 Irvine Park Road, Orange (714) 923-3191, Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center offers summer camp for ages 6-17. Adventures in STEM Day Camp allows campers a hands-on opportunity to explore a variety of activities that include nature hikes, zip line rides, STEM activities, archery, tie dye, and much more! Weekly sessions start June 14 - August 2. ACA Accredited.

Oak Canyon Nature Center Day Camp & Wilderness Survival Camp 6700 E. Walnut Canyon Road, Anaheim (714) 998-8380 O.A.K.S. Day Camp for ages 6-12, June 14 - August 13. Campers experience themed art, nature, Native

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Sender One - Climbing Day Camps 1441 S, Village Way, Santa Ana (714) 881-3456, Looking for something fun and exciting for your kids to do during the next school break? Sender One’s Rock Climbing Camp is the perfect place! With active instruction and supervised games, climbers, ages 7-14, learn how to problem solve, work in groups, and gain confidence in their ability to reach new heights through activities like bouldering, zip-lining, slack-lining, king swinging, rope climbing, and more! Camps are offered June 14 - August 20; morning session, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or afternoon session, 1:30-5:30 p.m. Sibling discounts are available when siblings sign up for the same session! Signal Hill Summer Day Camps 2021 (562) 989-7329, Three camp sessions for grades 1-5. Session 1, July 6 - July 23; Session 2, July 26 - August 13; and Session 3, August 17 - August 21. Southern California Dance Academy 4410 East Greenmeadow Road, Long Beach (562) 397-2137, Big Variety Summer Dance Camp, June 21 - July 9, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Featured dance classes include ballet, jazz, hip-hop, musical theatre, folk dance, belly dance, swing, and lyrical. Strategic Kids Summer Camp 2021 26941 Cabot Road, #109, Laguna Hills In-person summer camps meet weekly, June 7 August 13; morning and afternoon sessions. Available programs include chess, Lego, magic and origami; virtual sessions too. YMCA Individual branches offer day camp during traditional and year-round school vacations. Overnight camp may be offered as well as Family Camp. Financial assistance is available.

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animal encounters exotic animals & zoos America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark (805) 378-1440, Home of the Exotic Animal Training and Management Program at Moorpark College. Visit the zoo for live animal presentations, training demonstrations, and opportunities to meet animals up close. Special events, including animal birthday celebrations, party packages, and summer programs available. Advanced ticket purchase required. Children’s Nature Retreat 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine (619) 320-4942, This 20-acre farm, animal sanctuary, and nature reserve has over 130+ domesticated livestock and exotic animals from around the world. Single-day pass includes animal interaction from outside the enclosures. Guided tours, Keeper for the Day, Behind-theScenes Tour, and birthday parties available.

• Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary 8545 Buttemere Road, Phelan, CA 92371 (760) 868-2755, Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary is dedicated to preserving the lives of abused, neglected and abandoned exotic animals through rescue, rehabilitation and education. By partnering with the community, they can change animals lives and inspire future generations. Come on by Forever Wild and visit their animal family. They offer group events, field trips, guided tours, and by popular demand, “Extreme Feed” for adults and children! From school field trips to fun and festive events like “A Very Wild Christmas” and “Spooktacular Halloween,” there is always something lively happening at the sanctuary! See ad with free admission deal on page 21. Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles (323) 644-4200, Home to more than 2,200 mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles representing more than 270 different species, many of which are endangered. Popular exhibits include Rainforest of the Americas, Elephants of Asia, Campo Gorilla Reserve, The Lair and more. Oasis Camel Dairy 26757 Highway 78, Ramona (760) 787-0983, A unique family farm offering camel rides, feedings, private tours and events. Visit on Open Farm Days

or arrange a private experience. Your tour includes treats to feed camels and grain for sheep. Camel rides can be added to your experience. Orange County Zoo Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange (714) 973-6840, Located inside Irvine Regional Park and features a variety of animals and plants native to the southwestern United States. Animals on exhibit include black bear, mountain lion, bald eagle, kit fox, ocelot, beaver, great horned owl, porcupine, coyote, turkey vulture, and goats and sheep in the barnyard. OstrichLand USA 610 E. Highway 246, Solvang (805) 686-9696, A zoo of 100+ ostriches and emus, where guests are invited to feed and interact with the large birds. See ostrich chicks during summer months and emu chicks in late-winter and early spring. Pony Time Lakewood Equestrian Center 11369 Carson St., Lakewood (562) 916-7669, Enjoy walking pony rides, trot rides, unicorn rides, and animal feeding. Trail rides and pony lessons offered by appointment. Special events including Picture Pony and Mommy & Me Yoga classes throughout the year. Visit their Facebook page to stay updated.

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San Diego Zoo 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego (619) 231-1515, Discover over 12,000 animals and upgrade your visit with special experiences. From June 11 - September 6, enjoy Nighttime Zoo, a special summertime experience with later hours and live performances. Kinderzoo, Summer Camps, Kids’ Wild Night Out, and Zoo Corps for teens also available. San Diego Zoo Safari Park 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido (760) 747-8702, Known for their expansive savanna habitats, Safari Park is home to more than 3,600 animals. Their newest habitat, Walkabout Australia, lets guests walk among the grasslands of Australia with kangaroos and wallabies. Meet the only two platypuses currently residing outside of Australia. From June 1 - August 17, enjoy Summer Safari, a festival with unique entertainment and activities. Kenya Days, August 1315, celebrates the people, wildlife and landscapes of Kenya. Special safari add-ons available.

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Santa Ana Zoo Prentice Park, 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana (714) 836-4000, The zoo features over 80 species of animals, including some of the smallest monkeys in the world, the Golden Headed Lion Tamarins. Hop on the Zoofari Express train, walk through the Amazon Aviary, ride the carousel, Ferris wheel, and more.

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The Reptile Zoo 18818 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley (714) 500-0591, Over 100 exotic species of reptiles, amphibians, and arachnids. Upgrade your visit with animal encounters, photo opportunities, presentations, and feeding experiences. Meet DARTHgator at their Gator Island Exhibit. Jr. Zookeeper camps also available (ages 5+).


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Whale Watching Cruises Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari, (949) 415-5954, Dana Wharf Whale Watching, (888) 224-0603, www. Harbor Breeze Cruise, (562) 432-4900, LA Water Front Cruises, (310) 547-9916, Marina Del Rey Sportfishing, (310) 822-3625, www. Newport Landing Whale Watching, (949) 675-0551, Ocean Institute, (949) 496-2274, Redondo Beach Whale Watching, (310) 372-2111,

stones, jump on a mini excavator, and drive a mini tractor around the track. 31791 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano. (949) 831-6550.

aquariums & marine centers Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach (562) 590-3100, Home to more than 12,000 animals of the Pacific Ocean. Touch sharks, feed lorikeets, and interact with over 50 engaging exhibits and behind-thescenes areas. Special animal encounters, educational programs, birthday parties, and camps are offered. Family events are held throughout the year. Birch Aquarium 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla (858) 534-3474, Over sixty habitats featuring fish and invertebrate. Explore their two-story Giant Kelp Forest, Hall of Fishes, Shark Shores, and touch animals in their Tide Pool Plaza. Summer camps offered. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro (310) 548-7562, Thirty-five saltwater tanks and touch tanks, plus discovery labs and an Aquatic Nursery with baby sea animals. Ongoing programs include tours, workshops and classes, camps, youth docents, family programs, annual events, tide pool walks and grunion runs. Suggested admission donation: $3-7. Check website for reopening date. Heal the Bay Aquarium 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica (310) 393-6149, Located under the Santa Monica Pier, the Aquarium features 100+ species of marine animals and plants found locally in the Santa Monica Bay. Hands-on activities include touch tanks and outdoor patio exhibits. Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles 3601 S. Gaffey St., #8, San Pedro (310) 548-5677, A non-profit hospital for seals and sea lions stranded along the LA County coast. Open to the public on weekends for 15-minute, docent-led tours. Visitors can see seal and sea lion patients from a safe distance. $5 donation suggested, make reservations online.

Wild Wonders Bonsall (760) 630-9230, Connect with over 120 animal ambassadors. Special animal experiences include behind-the-scene tours and meeting animals up close. Zoo Camp, Family Zoo Camp and a Zookeeper Mentoring Program is also offered. Wild Wonders also hosts parties, wildlife photography sessions, and provide animals for events.

Ocean Institute 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point (949) 496-2274, Weekends offer kayak tours, whale and marine life cruises, tide pool hikes, tours (plant and harbor), and sails on the Spirit of Dana Point. Virtual field trips, shopping at their ocean-themed gift shop, and venue rentals also available. Open on the weekends, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Zoomars at River Street Ranch 31791 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano (949) 831-6550, Visit over 100 farm animals, ride a pony, mine for gem-

Pacific Marine Mammal Center 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach (949) 494-3050, PMMC rescues, rehabilitates, and releases marine

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Roundhouse Aquarium Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach (310) 379-8117, Located at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier, the Roundhouse Aquarium cares for 100 different species of marine life, mostly found in the Santa Monica Bay. Enjoy 12+ exhibits showcased within four aquarium galleries. Birthday parties, Summer Science Beach Camp, on-site and off-site school outreach programs, and volunteer opportunities available. Advanced reservations highly recommended. Sea Life Aquarium at Legoland One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad (760) 918-5346, A 20,000 square-foot indoor aquarium with over 5,000 creatures. Explore the all-new exhibit, Sea at Night, where you can stroll in a gentle surf under a starry sky during the day. Walk, jump, and “splash” in a simulated bioluminescent tide. Any Legoland ticket can be upgraded to include Sea Life Aquarium admission.

boats & ships AquaLink Long Beach Water taxi service operates between the Aquarium of the Pacific and Alamitos Bay, Friday - Sunday, 11:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Check the website for schedule of departure times and fares (free through July 4). Boats to Catalina, Visit Catalina with one of these boating companies offering passenger service. Catalina Express: Departs from Dana Point, Long Beach and San Pedro, (800) 613-1212, Catalina Flyer: Departs from Newport Bay Harbor, (949) 673-5245, Purchase tickets online. Harbor Breeze Cruises 100 Aquarium Way, Dock # 2, Long Beach (562) 983-6880, Whale, dolphin and marine life sightseeing tours, as well as harbor cruises around the Long Beach Harbor and holiday-themed cruises. Purchase tickets online. Ocean Institute (949) 496-2274, Weekends offer kayak tours, whale and marine life cruises, and sails on the Spirit of Dana Point. SS Lane Victory 3600 Miner St., Berth 49, San Pedro (310) 519-9188, Reopens June 17. Self-guided tours are offered on

the museum ship that once was a cargo ship used in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War. Guests are afforded complete access to the ship via a self-paced walking tour that encompasses the vast majority of the ship. See how the Merchant Marines of the World War II era lived and worked, and visit two complete museums packed with videos, history, and artifacts.


USS Iowa 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro (877) 446-9261, Battleship USS Iowa served our country proudly in WWII, Korea, and the Cold War. Virtual or in-person tours are offered that are self-guided or guided. A youth overnight program for groups is also offered, plus STEM Adventure Camp, June 14 - August 15; see Camps. USS Midway 910 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego (619) 544-9600, Enjoy audio tours, exhibits, and flight simulators aboard this historic Navy aircraft carrier that served from 1945-1992. Choose between docent and self-guided tours, that include a Junior Pilot Program where kids can earn their wings. The USS Midway Museum offers over 60 exhibits, including 30 restored aircrafts for you to inspect. Family Overnight Adventures and special events are offered throughout the year.

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• Adventure City 1238 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim (714) 236-9300, Adventure City in North Orange County is guaranteed to entertain young families, with 17 exciting rides and attractions, including the Drop Zone, a 50-foot free-fall tower and the all new Rewind Racers roller coaster. You’ll also find a petting farm, a 25-foot climbing wall, an arcade, a Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends play area, great food and much more. What a great place to have a company picnic, birthday party or team party! The price is right, too. All-day unlimited rides: adults or children, $21.95; seniors (55 and over), $17.95. AAA discount available for up to six regular-price admissions per card. Free parking. See ad on page 21.


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Balboa Fun Zone 600 East Bay Ave., Newport Beach With no admission costs, you can stroll the bayside boardwalk and enjoy the Ferris Wheel, arcade and game room. Narrated harbor and whale watching cruises are offered, in addition to plenty of shops and restaurants. Kidsguide Tip: While you’re there, don’t miss a ride on the nearby Balboa Ferry (going strong since 1919). Boomers 3405 Michelson Drive, Irvine (949) 559-8341,

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mammals. The Visitor Yard features interactive displays, marine mammal artifacts, and gift shop. Make reservations online for a free, 20-minute, docent-led tour. Summer camps, after-school programs, Scout programs, and small group experiences for older teens available. Free admission, donations welcomed.


FARMS Amy’s Farm 7698 Eucalyptus Ave., Ontario (844) 426-9732, Guided farm tours are available; reservations are required. They are happy to add on small groups and families to existing booked tours. Enjoy a garden walk, smell fresh herbs, feed the pigs, visit the petting zoo, milk a cow, and visit horses. Tours are age-appropriate for all visitors. The Farmstand is open to the public. Educational classes and workshop are offered along with special events throughout the year. Centennial Farm 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa (714) 708-1619 Open in mid-July with paid admission to the OC Fair; fully reopens to the public in the fall. The three-acre working farm is home to fruit and vegetable gardens and an array of livestock. It was created to educate youth about agriculture and its importance to our daily lives. Educational materials, tours and activities are offered. Tanaka Farms 5380-3/4 University Drive, Irvine (949) 653-2100, Family owned and operated 30-acre farm featuring a produce market stand, and seasonal U-Pick Tours that include strawberries, February - June: watermelons, July - August; U-Pick Tours, year-round; pumpkins, October; and the Hikari Festival of Lights and Christmas Trees in December. Check out their new farm at Hana Field in Costa Mesa growing sunflowers, zinnias, herbs and more. Underwood Family Farm 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark (805) 529-3690 Fresh produce is available at the Farm Market, in addition to a Pick-Your-Own option. The Animal Center is open for viewing farm animals, including baby goats, chicks, baby poults, Pete the baby pig, Sassy the mini cow, ponies, alpacas, emus, chickens, ducks, baby turkeys, sheep, bunnies, birds, Chocolate the donkey, Percherons and Scottish Highland cattle. Educational tours are offered as well as special events throughout the year. Visit the website for a list of additional attractions at the farm.

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Miniature golf, bumper boats, Thunder Road Go Karts, Lil’ Thunder Rookie Go Karts, Lazer Tag, Flame Thrower thrill ride, rock wall, King Arthur’s Carnival, batting cages, Sidewinder ride, restaurant, and an arcade. Party and group packages available, along with all-day passes. Camelot Golfland 3200 E. Carpenter Ave., Anaheim (714) 630-3340, Miniature golf, FastCar Raceway, bumper boats and cars, arcade, Lazer Tag, and a pizza parlor. Chuck E. Cheese Wide selection of arcade games, plus pizza. Sensory Sensitive Sundays for children with Autism and special needs are available, along with party packages and group rates. Visit their website to find a location near you. Escape Rooms - Family Friendly Designed specifically for kids and families. The goal is to find your way out of the escape room by solving puzzles and using clues to unlock the answers. Most locations offer birthday party packages. Brainy Actz 17981 Sky Park Circle, Building 39, Suite N, Irvine. (949)-647-0184. Cross Roads Escape Game 4245 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim. (714) 572-1004. Escape Room LA 120 E. 8th St., Los Angeles, (213) 689-3229. Wild Goose Escape Rooms Fullerton - 123 W. Amerige Ave., Fullerton. Huntington Beach - 7700 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 879-3369. Go Kart World 21830 Recreation Road, Carson (310) 834-3700, This center includes a kiddy track, a bumper track, mini Indy, a slick track, a turbo track, and a super track. Children’s party packages and teen packages offered. Visit their website for special discounts. • Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk (562) 868-9956, Take a break and have fun at Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park! Offers challenging miniature golf and exciting rides, including go-karts, bumper boats, 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 page 30). Ask about their free school and doctors’ office incentive programs. Where the 5 and 605 freeways meet. See ad with coupons on pages 7 and 19. John’s Incredible Pizza Arcade games, rides, laser maze, a bowling alley, kiddie land, bumper cars, and more. There are dif-

ferent themed dining areas for families to enjoy. Birthday party and group packages are available, plus an Accolades for Good Grades program. Locations in Buena Park, Carson, Riverside, Westminster and more. K1 Speed Indoor Go-Kart Racing Indoor, all electric go-kart racing seven days a week. Adults and kids (48” and up) can arrive and drive, no reservations required. Party and group packages available. Locations in Anaheim, Burbank, Irvine, Torrance and more. Visit their website for hours, and special promotions. Neon Retro Arcade 8 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena (626) 568-2924, 50+ classic arcade games from the 80s and 90s all set to “free play” with paid admission, including pinball, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, modern consoles and more. Pacific Park 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica (310) 260-8744, Located on the Santa Monica Pier, the park offers boardwalk-style midway games and rides, including Seaside Swing, Sea Dragon, West Coaster, Pacific Plunge, Ferris wheel and more. A variety of food vendors are onsite. Paintball and Airsoft Parks Hollywood Sports Park - Different courses and activities for families of all ages, including paintball, paintball soft, paintball soft 4 kids, airsoft, kids parties and special events. Rockwall, BMX course and beach volleyball areas are also on site. 9030 Somerset Blvd., Bellflower. (562) 867-9600. Tac City Airsoft - Over 30,000 square feet of indoor playing area. Private group options include Nerf Wars, Archery Attack and Bootcamp for Kids. Birthday packages available. 2430 Artesia Ave., Fullerton. (657) 888-6111. Round One Bowling and Amusement Bowling, karaoke, arcade games, ping pong, darts, pool tables, cafe, and more. Group and party packages available. Locations in Lakewood, Santa Ana and lots more. Thrill It Fun Center Outlets at Orange, 20 City Blvd. West, Orange (714) 363-3858, The center offers Ballocity, a huge, multi-level play structure, high-ropes challenge, rock climbing, laser tag, arcade games and cranes, and a mechanical bull. Wonder of Dinosaurs 1815 Hawthorne Blvd., Redondo Beach (951) 543-6011, Largest display of dinosaurs on the West Coast! Dino-themed activities include dino bouncers, maze, mini-golf, rides and more. Party packages, field trips and fund-raisers are offered.

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• Discovery Cube Orange County & Los Angeles Orange County - 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana Los Angeles - 1800 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar Discovery Cube is Southern California’s #1 children’s science museum. With locations in Los Angeles and Orange County, the Discovery Cube is filled with hands-on science exhibits and STEM activities in themed areas, such as Boeing Rocket Lab, Science of Hockey, Eco Challenge, Inspector Training Course, Healthy Kitchen, Aerial Helicopter Tours and lots more. Educational programs are offered throughout the year, such as virtual and inperson camps, onsite field trips, interactive STEM gameplay through Discovery Cube Connect, early childhood education and so much more. Visit the events page on their website for upcoming activities. See ad on page 1. • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900, Pretend City Museum provides children with access to a city that’s all their own! Through handson experiences children learn foundational concepts while pursuing curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, and team work. It’s here that they can run a UPS Store and deliver packages, grocery shop at Trader Joes, play dentist and doctor in the medical center, fish and race boats in the marina, change spark plugs on a race car, run a restaurant, work on a farm, rescue a house on fire, and build structures of all shapes and sizes; all while being exposed to cultures, religions, and lifestyles different from their own. Additional programs include: Family Autism Night, Free Developmental Screenings, birthday party packages. Visit the calendar on their website for upcoming special events and classes. See ad on the back outside cover.


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Balboa Island Museum 210 B Marine Ave., Balboa Island (949) 675-3952, Explore an array of exhibits related to the history of Newport Beach and Balboa Island. Visit the interactive children’s zone and ask about their Kids Scavenger Hunt. Free admission daily. California African American Museum Exposition Park, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles (213) 744-7432, The California African American Museum highlights art, history, and culture of African Americans, with a focus on California and the western United States. The Museum’s permanent collection features 4,000 objects, including artwork and historical print materials as well as artwork from the African diaspora and important works by African American artists. California Science Center 700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles

(323) 724-3623, Explore the wonders of science through interactive exhibits, live demonstrations, innovative programs and awe-inspiring films. Experience The Art of the Brick, the world’s largest display of LEGO art. A new special exhibition, All in This Together, shows how individual actions affect the community, and how science is used to understand and combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Enjoy permanent displays such as the Space Shuttle Endeavor, Kelp Forest, special aircraft, and interactive Discovery Rooms designed for early learners (ages 7 and under). Virtual summer camp also offered. Free general admission to all permanent exhibits (excludes IMAX and special exhibits). Small service fee applies for advance timedentry reservations made online or by phone. Cayton Children’s Museum 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica (424) 416-8320, Ignite imagination and creativity through play with

Automobile Driving Museum 610 Lairport St., El Segundo (310) 909-0950 See a collection 130+ vintage, antique and muscle cars. Kids can participate in a scavenger hunt to discover hidden surprises and interesting facts throughout the museum. Kids Area features cars and tracks, dress-up, and mechanic tent. Drop in for a scoop, shake or float at their 1950s-themed ice cream parlor. Family-friendly events throughout the year including Classic Car Rides, Summer Swing Nights, Hot Wheels Garages, and more. Autry Museum of the American West 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles (323) 667-2000, Located in Griffith Park, the Autry offers an array of exhibits sharing stories of the American West. Go to the Visitors Services Desk to checkout an Autry Detective Kit, where gumshoes (ages 10+) are sent on a pursuit throughout the museum to solve a case and receive a prize. Kids can also act out and film their own cinematic visions using props on a themed set. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Check with organizer for updated information.

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21,000 square feet of discovery-based exhibits, art studios, a theater, private rooms for celebrations, and a calendar of arts and cultural programming all year-long. Check website for reopening date. Children’s Museum at La Habra 301 S. Euclid St., La Habra (562) 383-4236, Construct an endless amount of structures in the STEAM Lab, play with miniature trains in the Train Station Gallery, ride an authentic, hand-carved Dentzel Carousel, uncover dinosaur fossils at the Dig Site, and dress up as community heroes. Visit their newest exhibit, American Native: First Nations Tales, to explore the stories of fifteen tribes in a fun, immersive, interactive environment. Visitors can put on a pair of moccasins, enter a Plains teepee, sit in a Makahstyle canoe, touch a totem pole, play Tongva games, musical instruments, and lots more. Donut Life Museum 2036A Westminster Mall, Westminster (714) 253-7901, An interactive pop-up experience where guests can have fun with one-of-a-kind donut installations and multi-sensory immersive rooms. DIY classes such as paint nights, balloon classes, donut-making classes, and more also offered. Getty Center & Getty Villa Museum Getty Center - 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles Getty Villa Museum - 17985 PCH, Pacific Palisades (310) 440-7300, Getty Center showcases medieval to modern art with a birds-eye view of Los Angeles. Enjoy the tram ride, galleries, gardens and outdoor spaces. Getty Villa Museum displays Greek and Roman antiquities in a recreated Roman country house. Visit the Family Forum, where kids can draw, transform themselves into athletes, musicians, and mythological creatures in the shadow-pose area, and decorate life-sized replicas of ancient vases. Admission is free to both campuses. Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (310) 443-7000, Experience exhibitions of contemporary and historical art. Hammer kids and family programs offer hands-on art workshops, drop-in programs, annual family festival, and more. Visit their website for upcoming events.

International Printing Museum 315 W. Torrance Blvd., Carson (310) 515-7166, See the largest working collection of antique printing machines in the world. Visitors can experience the history of the printed word and letterpress through working tours, demonstrations, theatre presentations and family-friendly events throughout the year. Scout programs also offered. Kidspace Children’s Museum 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena (626) 449-9144, Kids can enjoy over 40 hands-on exhibits designed for ages 1-10. Outdoor spaces invite children to climb into a giant hawk’s nest, splash in naturalistic water features, bring out their inner musician, get physical with rockets and giant levers, and ride trikes on a twisty mini-highway track. Inside indoor galleries, children can peek into an active beehive, create and invent in Imagination Workshop, explore a giant ant tunnel, and climb towers. La Brea Tar Pits and Museum 5801 Wilshire Blvd. (213) 763-3499, The world’s only consistently-active, urban Ice Age excavation site. Visitors can watch excavators unearth remains of plants and animals. Inside the museum, staff clean and sort fossils in the see-through Fossil Lab. The results, including saber-toothed cats, giant sloths, and dire wolves, are on display. Get up close to real fossils and life-sized models and specimens of Ice Age giants. Free admission for LA County residents from 3-5 p.m. LAFD Hollywood Museum 1355 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood (323)464-2727, See firefighting equipment dating back to the early 1900s and artifacts from some of the most famous fires in the area. Los Angeles County Fire Museum 16400 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower (562) 925-0234, Home of the world famous Engines 51 and Squad 51 from the 1970s television series, Emergency! See 40+ antique fire engines, steamers, and artifacts dating back to the 1860s. Their large collection of rigs include apparatus from the hand

drawn, horse drawn, and early 20th century to the modern era. Los Angeles County Museum of Art 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 857-6000, LACMA features artwork from ancient to contemporary across the globe. Kids and teens can join NexGenLA, a free membership for kids under 17 years who live in L.A. County. As NexGenLA members, kids and teens can visit the museum for free anytime and bring one guest for free admission. Museum of Illusions 6751 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles (800) 593-2902, Step into Hollywood’s famous World of Illusions with Four unique experiences. Experience 3D artworks and exhibitions in 3D Illusions, walk on walls in the Upside Down House, see the world in a big way in the Giant’s House, and blow off some steam in Smash It! Natural History Museum Exposition Park, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles (213) 763-3466, Roam around 20 skeletons of dinosaurs and sea creatures and examine over 300 fossils in the Dinosaur Hall. It’s the only place in the world where you can see a baby, juvenile, and sub-adult T.rex at the same time. Ongoing exhibitions include Age of Mammals, Nature Gardens, Hall of Birds, African and North American Diorama Halls, Gem and Mineral Hall, Nature Lab, Dino Lab, and Visible Vault. See close-ups of local insects in special exhibition: Spiky, Hairy, Shiny: Insects of L.A., and watch butterflies take flight in the seasonal Butterfly Pavilion, open now until September 6. The Spider Pavilion is scheduled for fall season dates of September 19 through November 28, 2021. LA County residents get free museum admission from 3-5 p.m. Petersen Automotive Museum 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 964-6331, The Petersen Automotive Museum is rated as “the world’s greatest automotive museum” and features a collection of over 400 vehicles. Visitors can get behind the wheel and experience the feeling of racing a car in the Forza Motorsport Racing Experience. Educational programming for kids available. Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology 1175 W. Baseline Rd., Claremont (909) 624-2798, The Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology features two circular exhibit areas totaling 4,000 square feet and monthly opportunities to meet and talk with real paleontologists. Visit the Hall of Footprints and learn about fossils in a functioning fossil preparation lab, then visit the Hall of Life showcasing Earth’s 4.6-billion-year-old history. Skirball Cultural Center 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles (310) 440-4500, A place of meeting guided by the Jewish tradition of welcoming the stranger. People of all communities and generations are welcome to partici-

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pate in cultural experiences and exhibitions. Visit their website for family programs and to find out when Noah’s Ark, Archaeology Dig, and Family Art Studio reopen. Free admission on Thursdays. Advance timed-entry reservations required.

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Southern California Children’s Museum 459 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 657-0357, An indoor play space that emphasizes gross motor development through high-energy physical activities and sociodramatic learning in imaginative role-play spaces. Little ones can explore various exhibits, including Wild California (inspired by the Huntington Beach Pier), where kids can “surf” and “fish” off the pier.

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Tankland American Military Museum 1918 Rosemead Blvd., South El Monte (626) 442-1776, An outdoor museum home to a large collection of American and foreign military exhibits. See over 170 military vehicles and military equipment on display. Museum is closed on rainy days.

flight museums Flight Path Museum & Learning Center 6661 W. Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles (424) 646-7284. Educational facility and museum on the airfield at LAX features exhibits documenting Southern California’s aviation history. Exhibits include commercial aviation history, flight crew uniforms, DC-3 Plane, space exploration, Flying Tigers, fire fighting vehicles, research library and historical photos. A flight simulation training program is also offered. School and group tours available. Lyon Air Museum 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana (714) 210-4585, Located on the west side of John Wayne Airport. Exhibits comprised of authentic aircraft, rare vehicles and related memorabilia, with emphasis from the 20th century to World War II. See airplanes, automobiles, military motorcycles and military vehicles. Special events are held throughout the year. Group tours can be scheduled.

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2921 Redondo Ave., Long Beach, 90806 • March Field Air Museum 22550 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside (951) 902-5949, With over 30 acres of outdoor exhibit space, and two large indoor exhibit hangars, it has one of the largest displays of military aircraft and artifacts in Southern California, including nearly 80 historic aircraft spanning 100 years of aviation history. Special events are held throughout the year; school and group tours available. Museum of Flying 3100 Airport Ave., Santa Monica (310) 398-2500, Features a full-motion flight simulator (additional rates apply). Open Wednesday - Sunday. Planes of Fame Air Museum 14998 Cal Aero Drive, Chino (909) 597-3722, Planes of Fame Air Museum has maintained a fleet of flyable historic aircraft for over 60 years. The collection includes flying and static aircraft, military vehicles and artifacts. Aviation Discovery Center

provides hand-on, aviation-themed activities that complement STEAM-based curriculum. Special living-history events, air shows and educational tours offered throughout the year. Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum 961 W. Alondra Blvd., Compton (310) 618-1155, Historical display of the Tuskegee Airmen, helicopter and military vehicles, and historical aircraft (including a replica of the Spirit of St. Louis and Di Vince Ornithopter). The museum also features Top Gun Flight Simulators, after-school programs and flight training. Western Museum of Flight Zamperini Field, 3315 Airport Drive, Torrance (310) 326-9544, Educational programs allow children to see and touch airplanes that made aviation history. The museum collection includes numerous Warbirds, aircraft and target drones, aircraft engines, ejection seats, World War II instruments and an extensive model aircraft collection. Weekend tours available.


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historical sites Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum 18127 South Alameda St. , Rancho Dominguez (310) 603-0088, The museum offers a variety of weekend family programming, as well as historical reenactments. Public and private tours of the Adobe, scout trips and camps are offered. Tours are also available of the gardens that include rose and cactus gardens and orchards. Visit their calendar for information about upcoming events. Admission is free. Drum Barracks Civil War Museum 1052 Banning Blvd., Wilmington (310) 548-7509, The mission of the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum is to display and teach the history of the Civil War, with an emphasis on California’s role in the conflict. The Barracks served as the Union Army headquarters for Southern California and the Arizona Territory from 1861-1871. Visitors can tour the courtyard, parlor, armory, barracks room and more. Open for tours only, by appointment. Check their website for special events held throughout the year. Heritage Hill Historical Park 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest (949) 923-2230, The 4.1-acre park includes four fully-restored and furnished historic buildings that span the early history of the Saddleback Valley and El Toro area from the Mexican Rancho era (Serrano Adobe, circa 1863), to the founding of the town of El Toro (El Toro Grammar School, 1890; St. George’s Episcopal Mission, 1891), through the citrus farming days of the early twentieth century (Harvey Ben-

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nett Ranch House, 1908). The buildings are open for public access only during a tour. Call or visit the website for tour availability.

and the Fort MacArthur Museum. Check the website for guided tour information. General admission is free, however a donation is requested.

Heritage Museum of Orange County 3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana (714) 540-0404, Home to the H. Clay Kellogg House and John Maag Farmhouse. It is free to walk the beautiful grounds and a charge of $5-7 to tour the house. Open on Sundays, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Blacksmith demonstrations are usually held. Check their calendar for upcoming events and to confirm open hours.

Rancho Los Alamitos 6400 E. Bixby Hill Rd., Long Beach (562) 431-3541, The site includes a ranch house (ca. 1790-1933), four acres of lush historic gardens, an interpretive center, and a restored barnyard with livestock, including horses, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, and rabbits. Guided tours of the ranch house and barns area are offered; garden and barnyard tours are self-guided or docent-guided at the visitors’ preference. Special events are held throughout the year. Admission is free.

Homestead Museum 15415 E. Don Julian Rd., City of Industry (626) 968-8492, Located in the heart of a former Mexican rancho, the site offers two historic houses, cemetery and gardens. The cemetery, El Campo Santo, is one of the oldest private cemeteries in Southern California and contains the remains of the original families that lived in the house and Pio Pico, the last governor of Mexican California. Call or visit their website for special events and tour information. Lincoln Memorial Shrine 125 W. Vine St., Redlands (909) 798-7632, The Lincoln Memorial Shrine is a museum and research facility dedicated to Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. The memorial commemorates the life of our 16th president with artwork and exhibits. Check website for open hours and tour information. Mission San Juan Capistrano 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano (949) 234-1300, The mission was founded as the seventh of nine missions established by Saint Serra on November 1, 1776. Guided and audio tours (free with paid admission) are available. Guides walk you through ten acres of museum rooms, exhibits, gardens, fountains and more, providing details of California’s early history. Check out their online calendar for special events, as well as the “Teachers and Kids” section, loaded with educational materials to enhance your visit. Pio Pico Historic Park Adobe 6003 Pioneer Blvd., Whittier (562) 695-1217 The five-acre park encompasses historic gardens and the restored adobe home of Pio Pico, the governor of California in 1832, and again in 1846. His adobe home has been completely restored to how it appeared in the 1880’s letting visitors experience his life and times. Visitors can enjoy the park, the fifteen room adobe with interpretive displays, an horno (bread oven), and a dovecote. Call for tour availability. Point Fermin Lighthouse 807 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro (310) 241-0684, Built in 1874, the Point Fermin Lighthouse was the first navigational light into the San Pedro Bay. It is near many local attractions, such as the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium,

• Rancho Los Cerritos 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach (562) 206-2040, Rancho Los Cerritos is a historic site that includes an 1844 adobe home, lush gardens, a research library, and rotating exhibits. Special events are held throughout the year, as well as a summer camp for both elementary- and middle school-aged kids (see Camps). Admission and parking are free during public hours. Open Wednesday - Sunday, 1-5 p.m. with extended hours on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Summer camps are offered, see page 9; see ad on page 8. Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda (714) 993-5075, From his boyhood in Orange County to life in the White House, the presidential museum details the life and times of Richard Nixon. The grounds feature Richard Nixon’s original birthplace and boyhood home; Marine One, the presidential helicopter that flew four Presidents; the White House East Room and an exact replica of President Nixon’s Oval Office; Pat Nixon Gardens; the final resting places of President and Mrs. Nixon and more. Visit the new outdoor exhibit: The President and the Planet, Nixon’s Environmental Legacy. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley (805) 522-2977, The Museum experience integrates hundreds of artifacts and dozens of interactive displays for visitors of all ages to explore. The 18 galleries pay tribute to America’s 40th president. On display: the actual Air Force One that flew seven presidents, a full-size replica of President Reagan’s Oval Office, the Berlin Wall, F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter plane, and a new exhibit, FBI from Al Capone to Al-Qaeda. This brandnew, 11,000-square-foot exhibition covers the history of the agency from inception to its modern day efforts to fight domestic terrorism in the United States. The Banning Museum 401 East M St., Wilmington (310) 548-7777, The Banning Museum engages visitors in a livinghistory experience, showing how the family lived, worked, and entertained in the 19th century. Visit the Phineas Banning residence (built in 1864) and surrounding 20 acres of parkland. Plus, explore the Improbable Gateway Exhibition, which takes visitors

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Bolsa Chica Wetlands 3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach (714) 846-1114, At 1,449 acres, the Bolsa Chica Wetlands is the largest saltwater marsh between Monterey Bay and the Tijuana River Estuary. Approximately five miles of trails can be explored from sunrise to sunset. Feed and learn about wetland wildlife at their interpretive center. Free tours (public and private) are available, along with public service days, Scout visits, educational programs, special events, and Summer Wetlands Explorer Program (grades K-7). Visit their website for more information. Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge (818) 949-4200, A 150-acre urban retreat of botanical collections and seasonal horticultural displays. Collections include California native plants, a five-acre Rose Garden, Japanese Garden with a koi-filled stream and teahouse, camellia collection, Oak Forest, an Ancient Forest with plants from the days of dinosaurs and much more. The Enchanted Railroad, Sturt Haaga Gallery (contemporary art), the historic Boddy House, and Descanso Cafe are also on site. Family events and workshops are held throughout the year; see the Calendar section of their website. El Dorado Nature Center 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach (562) 570-1745, Covering 105 acres with two miles of dirt trails and a 1/4-mile paved trail wind around two lakes, a stream and forested areas. At the entrance, cross over the wooden bridge that spans the lake and you’ll find yourself on a small island that houses the Visitor Center, containing educational displays, art gallery and a small gift shop offering environmentally-themed books and gifts. Special events, workshops, Nature Kids Discovery Camps (see Camps), and educational programs offered throughout the year. Environmental Nature Center 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach (949) 645-8489, The center features 15 native California ecosystems, a Nature Museum packed with things to touch and investigate, seasonal butterfly habitat, Mini and Little Naturalist programs, and after-school and vacationbreak camps, plus a Nature Preschool, Scout and homeschool programs and “bearthday” parties. Visit the calendar on their website for scheduled programs. Fullerton Arboretum 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton (657) 278-3407,

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10900 Los Alamitos Blvd, Ste. 203, Los Alamitos • (562) 596-1287 • A 26-acre botanical garden with a collection of plants from around the world, located on the northeast corner of California State University, Fullerton. The site includes the Heritage House and O.C. Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum. Visit their website for tour availability. Special events and classes are offered throughout the year. Suggested donation, $5. Los Angeles County Arboretum 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia (626) 821-3222, A 127-acre botanical garden and historical site. Numerous education programs for children and families include parent/child classes, family yoga, schoolbreak camps, Scout programs, tours, and more.

Before your visit, download the free Agents of Discovery app. The app is designed to encourage outdoor exploration and learning, giving kids access to challenges all around the arboretum. Special events and displays are also scheduled throughout the year; check the calendar on their website. Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center 3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance (310) 782-3989, A 43-acre seasonal wetland thought to be one of the last remaining vernal freshwater marshes in LA County. The preserve is a mix of several micro-habitats that are home or migration stops for hundreds of species. The 8,000-square-foot Madrona Marsh

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on a journey to learn how a shallow muddy harbor became the world-class Port of Los Angeles; what it was like to travel by stagecoach; and how the first railroad in Southern California came to be.


Nature Center is located across from the marsh. Join their Tyke Hike for kids (ages 3 mos - 6 years) to hike the marsh and listen for birds, look for frogs and learn about nature. Visit their website for hike and tour availability. Nix Nature Center 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach (949) 923-2235, Located in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, the Nix Nature Center offers a location to explore the meaning of parkland through exhibits and wildlife viewing area portals. Visit their website for information about family activities (that include a scavenger hunt) and tours. Oak Canyon Nature Center 6700 E. Walnut Canyon Road, Anaheim (714) 998-8380, A 58-acre natural park consisting of three adjoining canyons, year-round stream and four miles of hiking trails is located in the Anaheim Hills. The site also includes the John J. Collier Interpretive Center, and a small museum with live animal and regional natural history exhibits. Visit their website for self-guided and group tour availability, family nature program, and birthday party packages. O.A.K.S. Summer Day Camp (ages 6-12) and Wilderness Survival Camp (ages 1214) are also offered, see Camps. San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary 5 Riparian View, Irvine (949) 261-7963 Wetlands cover 300 acres at this tranquil preserve. Visitors can walk along 12 miles of trails and watch more than 200 bird species that visit the marsh. The Marsh also serves as a living laboratory for students, teachers and the public. In cooperation with Discovery Cube Orange County and the local chapter of the National Audubon Society, people can enjoy a variety of wildlife educational programs and tours. Free. Sherman Library & Gardens 2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar (949) 673-2261, Sherman Library and Gardens is a place for families to come and have fun! The two-acre botanical garden is a living laboratory of exploration and discovery featuring a tropical conservatory with koi fish and turtles, carnivorous plants, a Succulent Garden, Mediterranean Climate Garden and Sun Garden. Bring the family for Little Seedlings Story Time on Friday mornings. Sign up for art and garden classes and Mini Gardeners Summer Camp (see Camps). Ask for a Scavenger Hunt at the entrance gate. Open daily, 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Consider purchasing a Family Membership ($75) and enjoy free garden admission and reduced fees for classes and events; and it’s tax deductible too. Shipley Nature Center 17851 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach (714) 842-4772, This 18-acre nature preserve features native plants and animals, plus self-guided trails. An Interpretive Center is on site with diorama of animals and exhibit panels. Special events and family programs are offered throughout the year. 26 kidsguide summer 2021

South Coast Botanic Garden 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula (424) 452-0920, This 87-acre Botanic Garden has more than 2,500 different species of plants. Popular features include the Bohannon Rose Garden, Living Wall, Desert Garden, Japanese Garden and koi pond, 10 meadows, and more. Kids will enjoy a visit to their Children’s Garden, developed around nursery rhymes with plants to match the stories. Plus, now through the end of July you can visit their all-new immersive butterfly experience, SOAR: Tropical Butterflies. The exhibit features a brand new pavilion where guests can have up-close encounters with more than 40 tropical butterfly species, an emergence chamber with pupae, and a newly-planted garden area where you can see every stage of a butterfly’s life cycle. The Garden will also be providing educational opportunities on select dates. Timed-ticket reservations are required.

ticket. One child under the age of two rides for free. Only one discounted child’s fare per paying adult. Restrictions apply.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino (626) 405-2100, This 120-acre botanical collection contains 16 garden areas including the Japanese garden, Chinese garden, rose garden, botanical conservatory, plus a unique Children’s Garden featuring interactive sculptural elements. Paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, and prints/drawings are on display in the Huntington Art Gallery and Scott Galleries. Youth and family programs include Story Time, Creativity Lab, classes and workshops, drop-in activities, Discovery Carts, family events, tours and more. Visit the website for availability. Free admission is held on the first Thursday of every month with advance tickets.

Fillmore & Western Railway 364 Main St., Fillmore (805) 524-2546, Train tours are offered, such as weekend scenic adventures, murder mystery trains, holiday trains, special event trains, steam train rides, school trains and privately chartered group trains. Visit their website for schedule of tours and to purchase tickets.

Upper Newport Bay Preserve 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach (949) 923-2290 Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve totals approximately 135 acres and includes the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. The Preserve is home to many rare or endangered species and plant life, and considered as one of the top sites for bird watching and a mecca for joggers, bicyclists, hikers, horseback riders, educators and more.

trains Amtrak - 50% Off for Kids (800) 872-7245, Ext. (USA-RAIL) Take short day-trips to Los Angeles, San Diego, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Barbara or other cities from local stations in Anaheim, Fullerton, Irvine and Santa Ana. One child’s fare ticket (ages 2-12) is eligible for a 50% discount when purchased with an adult fare

Angels Flight Railway 351 South Hill St., Los Angeles (213) 626-1901, A historic one-block ride up and down Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles. For double the train fun, ride the Metro to reach this historic LA railway. Open daily. 351 South Hill St., Los Angeles (across from Grand Central Market). El Dorado Frontier El Dorado Park, 7550 East Spring St., Long Beach (562) 249-8330, Take a mile-and-a-half narrated train ride to learn about the California Gold Rush. Enjoy Panning for Goldie’s Treasure, riding a hand car mining buggy, or taking a spin on the Crystal Corral Carousel.

Fullerton Train Museum 200 East Santa Fe Ave., Fullerton (714) 278-0648, Railcar collection includes three historically significant cabooses and two Union Pacific Lounge cars available to the public. Guided tours are available. Open first and third Saturdays, 9 a.m. - noon; admission is free. Griffith Park Southern Railroad 4400 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles (800) 438-1297, Trains are scale models that have the same look and feel as full-sized trains in a smaller, more usable package. Travel over one mile of track, across a bridge, through a forest and the Old Western Town. You can also try the updated simulator ride. Heritage Park Railroad Exhibit 12100 Mora Drive, Santa Fe Springs (562) 946-6476, Restored steam locomotive as well as its tender, refrigerated boxcar, and caboose. The exhibit includes a picnic area, rose garden, and other historical park buildings, including a carriage barn, windmill, and a plant conservatory. Irvine Park Railroad at Irvine Regional Park 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange (714) 997-3968, Irvine Park Railroad takes children and adults through historic Irvine Regional Park. The 1/3-scale train is located in the foothills of Orange. Visit website for special train rides that are offered throughout the year. Orange County Model Engineers Fairview Park, 2480 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa (949) 548-7246, Free rides through the park every third Saturday and following Sunday of each month.

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Southern California Live Steamers in Torrance 2290 Washington Ave., Torrance Free rides the first Sunday and the third Saturday of each month. Southern California Railway Museum 2201 South A St., Perris (951) 943-3020, The Museum, covering 100 acres, is home to a vast collection of historical locomotives, railcars, trolleys, three-foot gauge, model trains and much more. Railway trains and trolleys operate every weekend. Travel Town Museum and Railroad 5200 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles (323) 662-5874, Outdoor museum with a large collection of locomotives, plus ridable miniature train, docent tours, events, scout projects and party rentals.

water parks Aquatica San Diego 2052 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista (619) 222-4732, May 29 - September 6: Aquatica is SeaWorld’s waterpark and offers something for everyone. Relax in one of their rivers or pools and take a ride on one of their high thrill rides or slides. Upgrade your experience with private cabanas and loungers, pre-paid parking, or quick queue (frontof-the-line passes). Great Wolf Lodge 12681 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove (888) 960-9653 An indoor water park resort with themed suites, bowling alley, arcade, glowing mini golf, laser maze, Build-a-Bear Workshop, and MagiQuest, a liveaction game where kids embark on magical quests throughout the lodge. The indoor water park is set at 84-degrees and includes attractions for all thrill levels. Visit their website to see when Water Park Day Passes become available. Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia (661) 255-4100 May 22 - October 3: A 25-acre water park located next to Six Flags Magic Mountain. Attractions include Splash Island and Castaway Cove, designed especially for kids with water slides, rain curtains, and squirting effects.

Knott’s Soak City 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park (714) 220-5200, May 29 - September 12: A 15-acre water adventure park next to Knott’s Berry Farm boasting 23 speed, tube and body slides. Gremmie Lagoon offers the smallest thrill seekers their own pint-sized playground. Kids will also enjoy the one-third-mile Sunset River and three-story Beach House, featuring 200 water guns, nozzles, sprayers, and other interactive surprises. LEGOLAND Water Park One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad (888) 690-5346 June 4 - September 6: Located inside the park, it features three lands: LEGOLAND Water Park, where you can build a Lego raft while floating down the not-so-lazy river; CHIMA Water Park, based on the Legend of Chima animated series; and Surfer’s Cove, with slides, water jets, and new Lego models. Newport Dunes’ Inflatable Waterpark 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach (949) 729-3863 May 28 - October 10: A one-of-a-kind waterscape with the largest fleet of inflatables and watercraft rentals, inside a secluded, tranquil bay. Home to more than 15 large inflatables including a 17-foot slide, two trampolines, two climbable icebergs, monkey bars, bouncers, and teeter-totters. Radiant Rides (illuminated stand-up paddleboards) also offered. Raging Waters 111 Raging Waters Drive, San Dimas (909) 802-2200, May 29 - September 19: This 60-acre waterpark is home to more than 50 world-class attractions for all ages to enjoy, including Aqua Rocket, the state’s only hydromagnetic water coaster. The Park also features a wide-variety of tube and body slides ranging from wild to mild, the FlowRider surf simulator, a million gallon wave pool and a lazy river.

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Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark 13806 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada (562) 902-3191, May 29 - September 26: Located inside La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center, Buccaneer Bay is a familyoriented water park. It features a flowing river channel, three water slides, children’s interactive play structure, zero-depth beach entry, and two spray pad areas.


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San Diego Model Railroad Museum 1649 El Prado, San Diego (619) 696-0199, Learn about the heritage of American railroading through educational programs, displays, toy trains, and scale models of California railroads. SDMRM also offers school and scout programs.

education & enrichment • Applied Music Studio 10900 Los Alamitos Blvd., Ste. 203 (562) 596-1287, MUSIC INSTRUCTION - Enhance your child’s (3+) education by trying a free lesson at Applied Music Studio! They offer instruction in strings, voice, piano, guitar, drums, brass, woodwinds and theory, as well as a Keyboard for Kids program––all taught by degreed professionals. Virtual and in-person classes available. Applied Music Studio also offers lessons for jazz, orchestra and choir preparation. They have new and used instruments for sale, and school-approved instruments for rent with an option to buy. Mention Kidsguide to book your free lesson today! Located at the corner of Florista and Pine. Email: See ad on page 25 with coupon. • Art Steps 1525 Mesa Verde Drive E, #119, Costa Mesa 18212 Imperial Hwy., Yorba Linda 24741 Alicia Pkwy., Suite G, Laguna Hills (714) 524-2248, ART INSTRUCTION - Now offering in-studio and online art classes and workshops. At Art Steps, students work step-by-step on a variety of subject matter, using a range of media, such as pastel, color pencils, marker, graphite, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, oil and more. Classes are relaxed and respectful, where students enjoy focusing on the quiet activity of learning to see, while inspirational teachers challenge each student to work toward his or her individual, artistic potential. Classes and workshops include Anime and Cartooning, Cartoon Clay, Faces and Figures, and more. Summer camps (see page 4) and birthday party packages (see page 30) are also available. Ask about a free introductory art class! See ad on page 18. • Blue Submarine (562) 494-0242, STEM - The Blue Submarine is a marine biology outreach program offering classes and activities for students pre-K - 8th grade. Topics are presented in an interactive format and live tide pool animals are avail28 kidsguide summer 2021

able 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. Birthday parties are also offered (see page 30). For more information, call the number listed. See ad on page 18. • Burgess Cotillion The Grand - Catalina Room 4101 E. Willow St., Long Beach (323) 874-7393, SOCIAL DANCING & ETIQUETTE - Returning September 27! Bobby Burgess—original Walt Disney Mouseketeer, ballroom dancer on the Lawrence Welk Show, and instructor with the Legendary Call’s Cotillion—leads each Burgess Cotillion class. Kids (8-18) learn social dancing and manners in eight monthly Monday classes, 90-minutes each. Foxtrot, waltz, swing, tango, rumba, cha cha, line dancing—you name it, Burgess Cotillion teaches it! Every class also includes refreshments, games, prizes, and manners every kid needs to know. Parents are always welcome, especially for the Mother/Son, Father/ Daughter dances in April. Please contact for dates and tuition. Email: • EduCare 4300 Bellflower Blvd., Lakewood (562) 377-1300 5730 South St., Lakewood (562) 461-7311 SCHOOLS - EduCare Preschools of Lakewood are private preschools, and accept children ages 24 months through kindergarten. Each school is licensed for 70 children. Each facility leases space in a church, and both are attractive and well-maintained. There is a stable staff with very little turn-over. Parents and visitors at the school often comment on the relaxed atmosphere, and say that the children seem happy. EduCare has an open-door policy and affordable pricing. See ad on page 27. • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine 2760 Studebaker Road, Long Beach (562) 570-3100, VIRTUAL ENRICHMENT CLASSES - Students can participate from the comfort of their home. Homework Help, grades 1-6, teachers will create an individualized homework program to assist students with schoolwork. Reading Development, grades 1-6, and Math Develop-

ment, grades 2-6. Days and times to be arranged. See ad on inside front cover. • Montessori Children’s House Preschool & Elementary School 5550 Atherton St., Long Beach (562) 431-8880 5454 Atherton St., Long Beach (562) 494-3777 SCHOOLS - 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 18. Oakwood Academy Schools SCHOOLS - Oakwood Academy Schools offer an accelerated academic program with a hands-on approach to learning. Students learn computer skills and go on educational field trips. Enrichment activities such as karate, swimming, piano, dance and gymnastics are offered. See ad on page 23; discount coupon on page 27. Creative Day Academy (562) 634-7527 8740 Ramona Ave., Bellflower Age 2 through 1st grade. Lic. 191598510. Oakwood Preschool & Academy (562) 426-6264 3850 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Ages 2 through 5th grade. Lic. 198011608. Oaktree Preschool & Kindergarten (562) 597-8611 1710 Redondo Ave., Long Beach Age 2 through Kindergarten. Lic. 191601050. • OC Public Libraries Annual Summer Reading Program ENRICHMENT - Join OC Public Libraries this summer for its annual summer reading program: Read-

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• Shared Science Greater Long Beach Locations (562) 285-3942, STEM & PARTIES - With Shared Science, kids engineer fun through inventive and playful classes, camps and competitive robotics. Crazy Constructors combine LEGO Ed with the engineering design process and physical science concepts to captivate K-12 brains. Rad-Robotics offers classes (grades 4-8) on the EV3 Mindstorms robotics platforms. First LEGO League Robotics Teams take engineering and design to the competitive level! Custom parties and workshops are also available with unique engineering fun that includes LEGO constructions, computer programming or even robotics. Camps are offered too, see page 10; see ad on page 12.

off for the rest of their lives. Simply participating in preschool, even remotely, is the most impactful way to give your children the skills they need to succeed in life. With five locations in Greater Long Beach, the YMCA provides state subsidized, year-round childcare for qualifying families. Their preschools reflect the communities that they serve and they work with families to tailor opportunities for children to learn, grow and thrive. NOTE: Through the duration of COVID-19, safety modifications remain in place, including physical distancing, masks and additional safety measures. Preschool locations: YMCA Mayne Preschool, 9630 Mayne St., Bellflower, (562) 804-1976. YMCA 70th Street Preschool, 700 70th St., Long Beach, (562) 634-4924. YMCA First Friendships Preschool, 6650 Orange Ave., Long Beach. (562) 984-2358. YMCA Play & Learn Preschool, 2179 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, (562) 218-4693. YMCA Creative Beginnings Preschool, 5600 Linden Ave., Long Beach, (562) 422-2616. See ad on page 25.

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• Sewing with Jane 6243 E. 5th St., Long Beach (562) 260-5888

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SEWING - Hand sewing for ages 6 and up. Machine sewing for ages 9 and up (machines provided). Small, projected-based group classes for beginning through intermediate sewers. Hand sewers complete craft projects. Machine sewers create simple clothing or crafts. Weekly 1.5-hour classes are held in five-week sessions. Sewing camps are also available, see listing on page 10. Email for summer schedule or Facebook: “Sewing with Jane Loper” for up-to-date flyers. Email:

ORTHODONTICS - 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 24.

• Westerly School of Long Beach 2950 E. 29th St., Long Beach (562) 981-3151, SCHOOLS - Westerly School is the only independent, co-educational elementary/middle school in the Long Beach area, serving students in kindergarten to 8th grade. They develop the whole child through a challenging and stimulating program in an inclusive and diverse community. Westerly ignites within each child a lifelong love of learning by encouraging them to discover their full and unique potential every single day. Students develop a true sense of self through meaningful opportunities for selfexpression, service, and character development. Westerly graduates are leaders, helpers, and creators today and in the future. Check out Summer with Westerly program on page 11; ad on page 14. • YMCA of Greater Long Beach Preschools (562) 279-1624, SCHOOLS - Did you know that 90% of a human’s brain develops in the first five years of life? What many parents don’t realize is that a strong investment in our children at this critical time will pay

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• Mark A. Garlington D.D.S. Orthodontics for Children and Adults 5479 E. Abbeyfield, Ste. #1, Long Beach (562) 439-4553, ORTHODONTICS - At Garlington Orthodontics, you are always greeted with a smile and a warm welcome when you set foot in their office. They take pride in providing the best care in both a friendly and comfortable environment. Some of the latest technological advances, such as digital imaging, advanced computer graphics and iTero (Digital Impression System) have allowed them to become experts in a variety of treatments. Dr. Garlington is a top 1% provider of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. They believe that every patient should be treated like family with the utmost attention and care. Whether you are a child, teen or adult, their knowledgeable doctor, and team are committed to helping you achieve your dream smile. Mention Kidsguide for $250 off treatment. See ad with discount coupon on page 15. • Pediatric Medical Center 2921 Redondo Ave., Long Beach (562) 426-5551, HEALTH SERVICES - PMC provides comprehensive medical care for patients from birth through college with special expertise in school underachievement and complex diagnostic and management problems. The team of physicians offer greater than one hundred twenty years of cumulative clinical pediatric experience and expertise. Each physician is active in the education and training of pediatric residents and medical students. This allows them to offer a unique combination of skills for the care of your child based on both academic and community pediatric medical experience. Their informative website offers a wide range of articles on parenting and health issues. See ad on page 23.

parenting support • Children’s Home Society of California Greater Long Beach (562) 256-7490 Orange County (714) 543-2273 CHILD CARE RESOURCE - Children’s Home Society of California (CHS) can help families find child care and help income-eligible families pay for child care. CHS also serves as a central coordinating link for child care and child development services. Parents can obtain free information on licensed child-care facilities that match their needs. Listings are maintained on licensed child-care centers, family child-care homes, before and after-school programs, public and private schools, and child-care assistance programs. Additional services include resources for assessing the quality of child care services, workshops, and a lending library that offers age-appropriate activities, toys and parenting resources. 4900 Airport Plaza, Ste. 100, Long Beach; 333 South Anita Drive, Ste. 350, Orange. See ad on pages 16-17.

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ing Colors Your World. This fun program has reading opportunities for all ages! Track your reading for 50 days, complete library challenges from home, and earn virtual badges! Color your world and READ with OC Public Libraries! Sign-up at See ad on page 3.


• Connie Wax, LCSW #27430 Individual, Couple, Family and Child Counselor 5182 Katella, Ste. 206, Los Alamitos (714) 300-3163 COUNSELING - Counselor 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 families of the gifted to guide and support their children towards a fulfilling and meaningful life. Connie is committed to assisting parents in navigating the often rough waters of child rearing. Her own personal experiences, along with 15 years of clinical expertise, make her a unique resource for the community. Connie is certified to facilitate SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) parent groups. In addition to working with the gifted, she treats all life issues. See ad on page 13.

parties • Adventure City 1238 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim (714) 236-9300, PARTIES - 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. Party for 12 includes park admission with unlimited ride pass and access to Thomas and Friends play area and the petting farm, two pizzas and drinks, T-shirt for the birthday child and special birthday train ride, plus a party hostess––all for only $31.95 per person. See ad on page 21. • Art Steps 1525 Mesa Verde Drive E, #119, Costa Mesa 18212 Imperial Hwy., Yorba Linda 24741 Alicia Pkwy., Suite G, Laguna Hills (714) 524-2248, PARTIES - Art Steps teaches realistic classical drawing and painting skills for ages four to adult. Get hands-on guidance in their Costa Mesa, Yorba Linda or Laguna Hills art studios. Birthday parties or scout classes at Art Steps are fun, mini art classes. Each child proudly brings home a beautiful, finished drawing in crayon, marker or pastel, as a party favor or as work toward an art badge. See ad on page 18. • Best Parties By Erin & Co. (562) 901-0111, PARTIES - With more 20 years experience, party specialist Erin and her team of talented performers can give your child the best birthday in town. They customize every party and event according to theme, age group and number of children, so you can sit back and relax, while they run the show. Face Painting, balloons, characters and magicians. Relays, obstacle courses, games and specialty30 kidsguide summer 2021

themed parties. No child is too young or too old and no event is too large or too small for these party experts! Have an idea or theme of your own? Give them a call and let them create the perfect entertainment for you. Zoom parties and virtual meet and greets available. Also see Acting Out summer camp on page 4; ad on page 6.

castle playhouse, interactive games/obstacle courses and so much more, your child will enjoy their best birthday party yet! Their birthday party sessions are very popular, so hurry and call to reserve your spot today! For enrollment information, visit them online, call or email See camp listing on page 9; ad on back inside cover.

• Blue Submarine (562) 494-0242,

• Skatedogs - Skateboarding (714) 313-8787,

PARTIES - The Blue Submarine offers fun, educational adventures in marine biology. They bring live tide pool animals to you, adding an unforgettable experience to your birthday party or special event. The Blue Submarine allows your guests to visit the tide pool without getting wet! English/Spanish bilingual programs also available. Call today to book your party or special event! See ad on page 18.

PARTIES - Skatedogs comes to your home with portable ramps and rails to create a custom skatepark for a one-of-a-kind birthday party. Guests can ride ramps and get skateboarding tips from an experienced instructor. See camp listing on page 11; skateboarding listing on page 31; ad on page 10.

• Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk (562) 868-9956, PARTIES - Have your child’s next birthday party, team party or scouting event at Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park! Pizza Party packages can include easy or challenging miniature golf and exciting rides, including go-karts, bumper boats, Disk O’ Thrill ride and kiddie train. While there, guests also enjoy the latest in arcade games, great prizes, snack bar and party facilities. Where the 5 and 605 freeways meet. See group fun ad on page 7; ad with coupons on page 19. • Rise Up Athletics 10712 Reagan St., Ste. A., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102, PARTIES - Rise Up Athletics is the best place for your child’s next birthday party. With over 20K square feet of gymnastics equipment and a private party room for refreshments and celebrations your child and their friends can enjoy over several hours of active-play in a fun and safe environment. With exciting attractions like astro-jumps, tumbling trampoline,

performing arts • Long Beach Ballet Academy 1122 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 426-4112, DANCE - The Long Beach Ballet classical ballet academy offers year-round training for ages 4 to adult. Under the artistic direction of David Wilcox, the nationally-recognized academy has graduated students into many major companies around the world, including the San Francisco Ballet, the Hamburg Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada. The most advanced students make up the performing company, which is best known for Southern California’s most spectacular production of “The Nutcracker” at the Long Beach Terrace Theater. Visit for a complete schedule of events and performances. Children’s Dance Camp 2021 is also available, see camps on page 8; ad on page 9. • South Coast Repertory Kids and Teens Acting Classes 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa (714) 708-5577, MUSICAL THEATRE - What makes SCR’s acting classes for kids and teens so special? The skills developed and explored in their classes give students the ability become creative problemsolvers, inspired communicators and innovative thinkers. Learning at SCR is progressive—each class is divided into three, 10-week sessions. Students study with their grade-level peers (grades 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12) in a safe and welcoming environment and, in these ensembles, they discover the joy of acting, make new friends and have fun! SCR students learn from the best—their faculty is comprised of theatre professionals. Sibling discounts available. Enroll your child now for the Youth Conservatory at South Coast Repertory! See ad on page 8, Summer Acting Workshop on page 10. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Check with organizer for updated information.

• YaYa’s Performance Academy Lakewood Village Community Church 4515 Sunfield Ave., Long Beach (562) 355-2004, MUSICAL THEATRE - Join them for monthly musical theatre classes and train in singing, acting and dancing. Age-appropriate classes for kids and teens ages 2-17, are four weeks and held Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays; 30-60 minutes. A presentation will be filmed for parents and emailed out following the final class. Most classes will be offered on Zoom. Minimum eight performers; maximum 15 in-person performers. Summer camp is also available, see page 12; ad on page 11.

sports & recreation • First Field Farm 18299 Dumont Ave., Cerritos (562) 924-2217, HORSEBACK RIDING - First Field Farm offers instruction in English horseback riding and jumping for beginning through advanced students. They are a recognized Riding Academy by the USHJA, and have a trainer that is a USHJA Certified. Beginner lessons include care of the horse as well as the basics of position and control. Private lessons are 30 minutes; group lessons, 45-60 minutes. Horses are provided. See ad on page 11. • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408 RECREATION - Programs include: Academic classes (math and reading development), art, baseball and softball, basketball, summer camp (see page 6), dance (ballet/tap, Polynesian, hip hop, jazz and tap and ballet club), flag football, horseback riding, martial arts (karate), music (drums, guitar, ukulele, piano, musical theater, and drama club), soccer, swim instruction, tennis, and volleyball. Visit their website for events and classes. See ad on page 5. • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine 2760 Studebaker Road, Long Beach (562) 570-3100, LBPR offers the following programs for youth during the summer; all adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols. See ad on the inside front cover. AQUATICS - Summer Learn to Swim programs, including Levels, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5-6, 6, Parent and Child, Pre-K, and Preschool. Register at CAMPS - In-person Summer Day Camps and Hybrid Virtual/In-Person Day Camps for ages 5-12 will be held June 21 - August 27. See CampGuide on page 8 for more information. MOBILE RECESS - June 21 - August 27. Free Mobile Recess Program, Monday - Friday, 1:30-4:30 p.m. PRM staff will drive trucks loaded with supplies and equipment to designated neighborhood streets and provide recreation activities for ages

5-14 (grades K-8). Streets are blocked off for safety and kids participate in physical fitness and arts and crafts activities. Register at or in person at any of the participating locations. Advance sign-ups required. Visit their website for locations. • Rise Up Athletics 10712 Reagan St., Ste. A., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102, See ad on inside back cover. CHEERLEADING - Non-school affiliated cheer programs in which they teach jumps, dance, tumbling, and non-building stunt basics to ages 5 and up. In combination with gymnastics or tumbling classes, RUA is able to provide an overall cheerleading training once a week that combines many of the areas of cheerleading in one convenient class. GYMNASTICS - Rise Up Athletics has been pleased to offer quality fitness programs for children ages 1-18 for over the last 42 years. They offer a variety of programs for all levels, from parent and me classes, gymnastics classes for boys and girls, recreational/cheer tumbling coed classes, gymnastics/ acrobatics coed classes (under their NINja star program), private birthday parties (see page 30), AllStar competitive cheerleading (above), and seasonal camps (see page 9) to name a few. The RUA staff strives to provide a positive experience by teaching the importance of staying fit while having fun in a safe and pressure-free environment. • Sandie Mercer Ranch at Lakewood Equestrian Center 11369 Carson St., Lakewood (562) 425-1905 HORSEBACK RIDING - Private and group instruction (6+) for Western, English and Jumping. Beginner through advanced lessons can be arranged to fit your schedule. Lessons are available six days a week on your horse or theirs. The new “Introduction to Horses” class, by scheduled appointment, includes safety and basic in-hand ground work and care, as well as basic riding. Summer camps also available (see page 9), plus programs for scout groups earning merit badges. Enjoy horses and horseback riding in a quiet country setting. Email: See ad on page 9. • Skatedogs - Skateboarding (714) 313-8787, SKATEBOARDING - After-school and weekend classes in skateboarding, one of the world’s fastest growing sports. Offered in conjunction with the recreation departments of Aliso Viejo, Arcadia, Beverly Hills, Brea, Cerritos, Cypress, Glendora, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Manhattan Beach, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Redondo Beach, Seal Beach and Tustin. They offer classes for all ability levels. Kids (5-13) make new friends, advance their skateboarding skills, and most importantly, have fun—all in Skatedogs’ private skatepark. They also offer private lessons, birthday parties (see page 30) and camps during school breaks (see page 11). See ad on page 10.

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Disney California Adventure, Anaheim Avengers Campus now open. Wrangle SpiderBots in new ride WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure, explore the ruins of the Ancient Sanctum, watch Earth’s Mightiest Heroes at Avengers Headquarters, eat size-defying foods at Pym Test Kitchen, and discover toys at The Collector’s Warehouse. Don’t forget to look up! A flying animatronic Spider-Man will be swinging into action above Avengers Campus. Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park Celebrate Knott’s 100th Anniversary with all-new 4-D interactive dark ride, Knott’s Bear-y Tales. Recover the stolen boysenberry pies with jelly blasters while competing for the highest score. Also, enjoy live bands, DJ’s, and food tasting card during Knott’s Summer Nights. LEGOLAND, Carlsbad THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD now open. Fly through a world of LEGO in Emmet’s Flying Adventure Ride, spin around in Queen Watevera’s Carousel, and discover the new drop tower, Unikitty’s Disco Drop. Create LEGO models in the building zone, play on a space-themed playground, and meet your favorite characters. Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia West Coast Racers, the world’s first single track quadruple launch racing coaster, features two sideby-side tracks and an immersive real-time pit stop. Universal Studios, Hollywood Meet your favorite characters on the all-new ride, The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash. Go on a journey through the streets of New York City as you get ready to be welcomed into your new home. Prepare yourself for the evolution of Jurassic World–The Ride. Enter an immersive land and come face-to-face with the new Indominus rex as she stalks you through the jungle.


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