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KIDSGUIDE

TABLE OF CONTENTS 05 Academics & Tutoring 06 Aquatics & Water Polo 08 Archery 08 Arts & Crafts 12 Attractions 15 Baseball & Softball 16 Basketball 16 Beauty & Etiquette 18 Biking 18 Bowling 68 Calendar 19 Camps 22 Child Care & Baby Sitting 23 Cooking 24 Dance 39 Dentists & Orthodontists 26 Emergency & Family Resources 28 Fencing 29 Fishing & Boating 30 Football & Cheerleading 31 Gymnastics 32 Health & Fitness 33 Horseback Riding 34 Languages 36 Magic 56 Martial Arts 36 Museums 40 Music 42 Parent Ed & Support Groups 44 Parties 49 Photography 49 Playgrounds 50 Play Groups 50 Recreation & Parks 52 Recreation Depts. & Colleges 53 Safety 54 Schools 57 Schools Directory 56 Skateboarding 58 Skating & Hockey 59 Soccer 60 Special Needs 60 Sports 61 STEM 63 Theater Arts 64 Trains 65 Volleyball 65 Youth & Family Groups 67 Zoos 2 • fall/winter 2015/16

PUBLISHER’S NOTE

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PUBLISHER LIZ DAVIS INFORMATION EDITOR PAM CHOTISWATDI

Don’t Sweat: I asked my adult daughter what were her most memorable birthday parties when she was growing up. And she said, “I really can’t remember!” What? All those years I fretted over creating the perfect party, with the perfect cake, and the perfect goody bag––and she didn’t remember one?

WEB/BUZZZ/FEATURE STORY AUDREY EFTYCHIOU COVER LISA WEBER

Parties have a way of bringing up panic, a feeling of being overwhelmed at the thought that it will be anything less than perfect.

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A Good Plan: Is obviously what you need, but so much easier with help from a friend...hello Kidsguide. The Perfect Party Caper on pages 3-4 walks you through how to choose a theme, where to host the party, who to invite, the food, the decor–– even ways to save. Most Importantly: Parties are supposed to be fun! Enjoy yourself. Make sure your little enjoys herself. You only get the chance to do a handful of these in your lifetime. Savor them. The bumps and blips won’t be remembered. Take Pictures: Turns out they are your only hope. My daughter’s memory was prompted, thankfully, by photos. Check out our pro tips on page 72. And for goodness sakes, take those photos off your phone, and onto a trusted source...like, paper! Get Out the Lampshade: Next year KG turns the big 3-0. To avoid looking our age, a facelift was in order. This new “younger looking” issue includes top spots in each category we hope you’ll enjoy (feedback please!). And, stay tuned...next year when we start to party, we’re going to party hard.

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The PERFECT Party Caper

How to Host a Party Your Kids–and You–Will Love

When our birthdays rolled around, Mom would whip up a box of Betty Crocker, holler to the neighbor kids and serve frosted slabs on paper napkins. Done!

If you have a wee one, look for clues. Does he love puppies? Elmo? Bubbles? Eureka, there’s your theme!

But over the past (ahem) two decades, the kids’ birthday party industry has exploded like a well stuffed piñata, and proper planning can be a total mystery. Limos? Snow machines? Gift registries? What’s a newbie to do?

And if you think you’re limited to the “Frozen” aisle at Michaels, let it go. Consider your kid’s favorite books, characters, celebrities, hobbies or vacation spots. With a little creativity, you can plan a great bash on any budget.

Here’s a clue: you can plan an extravaganza that’s as affordable, manageable and memorable as your own backyard birthdays, not to mention a total blast for both you and your kiddo.

Once you’ve pinned down a theme, Young recommends booking any performers, facilities or food right away. “If you have your vendors and entertainment set ahead of time,“ she said, “there is so much less stress leading up to the party.”

Stick with Kidsguide as we unlock the secrets to pulling off the Perfect Party Caper.

THE PLANNING. Any great quest starts with a mis-

sion, and here it is: to celebrate your little lovey. That’s it!

Planning a party, we’re not out to win our kids’ affection, impress the PTA crowd or fuel our Instagram feeds. There’s no need to get blown up by peer pressure, sucked into late-night Pinterest binges (oooh, apple donuts!) or tormented by your tab at Party City. “There were many years that parents were trying to do the most creative or original theme, or party ideas that had never been done before,” said Erin Young, who’s run her own party-planning company, Parties by Erin & Co., since 2007 (bestpartiesbyerin.com). “But I’ve noticed the ‘out-doing the last party’ thing has died down quite a bit. I always ask my clients, what can we do to make your party perfect, and now the response 95 percent of the time is, ‘I just want my child to be happy.’” So start with a little detective work. Four to six weeks out, schedule a friendly interrogation. What does the birthday kiddo really love? Who does she see at her party? What does she want to avoid? Birthday bliss could mean anything from a candy-fueled fourthgrade karaoke fest to a trip with a best bud to the Columbia Memorial Space Center. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

Count on an hour and a half to two hours on a weekend afternoon or early evening. And, for everyone’s sake, avoid nap time, advises Rachel Fernandez, Vice President of Operations for Let’s Have a Cart Party (letshaveacartparty.com). She remembers one sleepy toddler falling face-first into his frosting.

THE SCENE. You’ve got your theme, now it’s time to set the scene. HOME, SWEET HOME. For comfort, convenience and control, there’s no place like home. You know exactly where to find the ranch dressing and emergency baby wipes. You’re not worried about losing a little guest in the shark exhibit. Need to talk to the manager? It’s you! And at home, you can choose to keep things dollarstore-easy with DIY food and decorations, or go big with hired help. MAIN ATTRACTIONS. If you’re not up for a homegrown party, you’re expecting a rowdy bunch, or your invite list is overpowering your apartment, think about outsourcing. “When you add up the food and tables and chairs and bouncy houses and entertainers you might need to hire for home, a birthday party package at a venue

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can be very appealing,” said Ken Garcia, manager at Golf N’ Stuff in Norwalk (golfnstuff.com), which gives birthday groups full run of the park, a server and everything from pizza to party hats. “Best of all, there’s no mess to clean up.” Your crew can bounce off the walls at Big Air Trampoline Park ($50 off coupon on page 45!), direct a music video at IncrediFlix, take a spin at East West Ice Palace, “fly” a combat mission at Flightdeck (10% off on page 47), paint a masterpiece at Art Steps, cook up Pizoukie Sundaes at Lil’ Chef School and more. Basic party packages usually include a party room and activity, but you can often spring for invitations, decorations, food, favors and other perks. Sign on the dotted line and you’re done! THE BIRTHDAY EXPERIENCE. Some of the very best birthdays aren’t parties at all. Sift through nearly any section of Kidsguide to find the perfect birthday adventure. Climb aboard the trains at Travel Town. Go horseback riding. Have afternoon tea and then hunt for ghosts on the Queen Mary. Learn to fish in Dana Point. Peer into the La Brea Tar Pits. Take a surfing or fencing class. Find out who’s new at the aquarium or the zoo. Head to Griffith Observatory (it’s free!). Work on your swing at the batting cages. Check out the Kidsguide fall/winter 2015/16 • 3


Calendar (kidsguidemagazine.com) for an upcoming festival or concert. And don’t overlook your kiddo’s all-time favorite place. Even if it doesn’t offer traditional birthday party packages, most of the time the staff would be happy to make any birthday wishes come true. It doesn’t hurt to ask.

THE SUSPECTS. Who to invite? Here’s how to pull together your lineup: DO consider the classic rule of thumb—one guest for each year of the birthday bambino’s age. DON’T be afraid to adjust the number up or down, but be real: “Having a very large group can be stressful for the parent and keeps them from enjoying their child’s special day,” said Elisa Zamora of Blue Submarine. She recommends 20 or less. DON’T feel obligated to invite your offspring’s whole class. For a smaller group, pop the invites in the mail. DO consider your venue. A crowd of squirmy firstgraders might be pinched in your parlor, but they’ll have plenty of elbow room at a roller rink. DO recruit other grownups or a neighborhood teen to help run games, pass out cake or supervise, especially if you’ll be walking through an amusement park or other public venue. Plan on one adult for every four kids. DO be clear on your invites whether parents and siblings are welcome. If not, you can nicely say it’s a “drop-off” party (generally for kids ages 6+), with a set pick-up time.

THE TOOLS. Your scheme is coming together, now it’s time to get your hands on the goods. THE INVITATIONS. Who doesn’t like finding a neon-bright envelope in the mail? Pick up a pack of invitations at any discount store, or get creative. Smilebox (smilebox.com) lets you customize hundreds of templates, and you can email, print or post your creation to social media, all for free. Cruise through dozens of free printables at Greetings Island (greetingsisland.com). Or go fancy and order a set from tinyprints.com or minted.com. Plan on sending your invites at least two weeks in advance. Be sure to include the location and street address, a start and stop time, whether the party’s a drop-off and if you’ll be serving a meal or just cake. Should the guests tote a towel and swimsuit, dress for a mess, or bring a used-toy donation for a local shelter in lieu of a gift? Say so now. Juggler starting at 2 p.m. sharp? Clue in your guests so they don’t miss the show. 4 • fall/winter 2015/16

THE DECORATIONS. Sure, you can load up on paper décor at the party store, but there might be a better (cheaper! cuter!) way. To really deck out your digs, find some partners in crime. Grill your craftiest friends, put grandma on the case or send out a call on social media letting accomplices know what you’re looking for. Cardboard boxes for fortbuilding. Tents for a backyard “campout.” Firewood for your Paul Bunyan party, with a flapjacks “cake.” Empty suitcases for a trip around the world. Swim goggles for your mad scientists. Orange cones and caution tape for your construction zone. Old sheets for mural painting. Check Kidsguide’s “Parties” board on Pinterest. And don’t miss the awesome bloggers who devote themselves to all things party: karaspartyideas. com, catchmyparty.com, blog.birdsparty.com or party-wagon.com, with brilliantly low-cost ideas, free printables and how to’s. “My son wanted a LEGO piñata for his birthday party. I searched online and in stores and came up empty,” said Kidsguide reader Aurora Abt, who turned to the blogs for help. “Lo and behold, I found pictures and step-by-step instructions. It was easy to make and a fraction of the cost of a generic piñata.” THE EATS. What to serve? “Don’t overthink it,” advised Fernandez of Let’s Have a Cart Party, which has been serving treats from vintage carts at Southland events for more than 45 years. “Kids are pretty easy to please.” Choosing just one or two main dishes helps you plan quantities, avoid waste and save cash, she said. Their most popular kid items are…drumroll…hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken nuggets, French fries and handdipped ice cream bars, but she also fields loads of requests for pizza, tacos and quesadillas. Count on at least two pieces of the main dish for each grownup and one for each kid, she said. Include a few safe options, like fresh fruits and veggies, for vegetarians/vegans and kids with allergies. You can add in some entertainment by having guests make their own grub. Set out toppings for a makeyour-own hot dog, mini pizza or nachos bar. Sketch a menu on a chalkboard and let kids choose their bread and fillings for a schmancy grilled cheese. Create a caramel apple station, or spear banana chunks with straws and let guests dip them in chocolate and sprinkles. Fill hardwarestore paint buckets with pretzels, dried fruit, chocolate chips, cereal and marshmallows to make prehike trail mix. And don’t be surprised to find that a caterer is totally affordable.“We buy everything in bulk, so we can

pass those savings along to our customers,” said Fernandez, who can help you plan for any budget (see a coupon for a free cart on page 69). THE ENTERTAINMENT. For tiny revelers, Uncle Bob might make a great Batman, but savvy kids will appreciate a pro. There are plenty of performers, face painters, reptile wranglers—even ponies—who will come straight to you. Flip through the “Parties” section starting on page 44 and order up your choice of superheroes, fairies and other eye-popping visitors. Enlist a magician to stupefy your guests. Order a mini tidepool for your backyard, where guests can touch live sea creatures and get their pictures snapped with a shark jaw. Or schedule a science show full of explosions, bubbling potions, experiments with hardboiled eggs, and slime to take home. Have giant plastic orbs delivered and let your guests walk around on your pool for the afternoon. Whatever you do, Blue Submarine’s Elisa Zamora recommends starting the activity as soon as most guests have arrived (thebluesubmarine.com). “Kids of all ages will not be as interested if they’ve already found something else to do,” she said. Fill in the rest of your time with simple games and hands-on diversions. See ideas on page 72. But again, don’t go overboard. “I’ve entertained at parties where they’ve had a bounce house and a taco truck and a LEGO guy and a character and a pony and a magician,” Young said. “If you have too much going on, kids don’t know where to focus. Make it easy.”

MYSTERY SOLVED. And when the last guest leaves and your birthday kiddo’s sitting there grinning, the only mystery will be why you didn’t do this sooner. And whodunnit? You did!


ACADEMICS & TUTORING 3 Ways to Tutor Your Kids Without Them Knowing It Boost your kids’ grades with these sneaky lowcost tips. 1) Teach them chess. It sharpens their analytical skills. 2) Take them to the library. Most have friendly librarians and study space with (free!) homework help. 3) Go extracurricular. Sign up for a class or workshop. Tons of classes with super interesting (academic) topics disguised as fun are listed throughout Kidsguide!

Individual and group tutoring, including academic enrichment classes and workshops. Also see: “Languages” and “Schools.” Chess Palace 5246 Lampson Ave., Garden Grove (714) 899-3421 www.chesspalace.com Classes, tournaments and camps. • Foreign Languages Academy and Tutoring Services 116 West Santa Fe Ave., Ste. A-6, Placentia (714) 504-0235, (657) 444-2744 www.foreignlanguagestutoring.com Give your child the gift of success. Foreign Languages Academy and Tutoring Services offer tutoring for students (K-12) in all academic subjects. They also offer foreign language (see “Languages”), tutoring and classes for students (1 year - adult), test preparation, and ESL classes; and they specialize in working with students with special needs. Try a free demo class today! Also see “Special Needs.” See ad on page 35.

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• Makersville/Club Ten: A Learning for Life Program of the Long Beach BSA www.makersville.net Makersville offers workshops, events, camps and clubs in a variety of topics, including entrepreneurship, programming, math with art, an international club and more. Locations at Long Beach Sea Base and MADE in Long Beach. Also see “Arts and Crafts,” “Camps” and “STEM.”

• Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Sound Start Reading (4-7), Reading and Math Development (6-11); three-week sessions, $79. (562) 570-3100. www.longbeach.gov

Recreation Departments, Boys and Girls Clubs, Community Colleges and YMCAs Boys and Girls Club - All branches provide homework tutoring. See page 66 for contact information.

Los Alamitos Youth Center - Free tutoring services (717) in math, science, reading and more. Monday - Friday, 12:30-6 p.m. Participants can print their projects and are provided with supplies necessary to complete their homework. Leadership Academy teaches teens a variety of life skills such as budget, financial and life goals, resume building and interviewing skills, basic car maintenance, cooking and more. (562) 493-4043. 10909 Oak St., Los Alamitos. www.theyouthcenter.org

Cerritos College - Natural As (grades 4-11), Math Essentials Tutoring (grades 3-8), Multi-Level Math Tutoring: Algebra, Geometry, Trig and Calculus (grades 7-12), and SAT/PSAT Prep (grades 10-12). (562) 467-5050. www.cerritoscommunityed.com Chapman University - Reading and writing tutoring (grades 1-6), taught by students earning their teaching credentials. (714) 997-6613. www.chapman.edu California State University Long Beach - Educational Psychology Clinic offers assessment and tutoring for school-age kids (6-17), plus developmental assessments (3-6). Scholarships available. (562) 9854991. www.ced.csulb.edu/edpac/clinic Cypress Recreation and Community Services - Tutoring Club (grades pre-K-12) arranged by individual appointment. $140 for four, one-hour sessions; continuous registration. (714) 229-6780. www.ci.cypress.ca.us Fountain Valley Community Services - Reading and Math Development (6-11), Tiny Tots (3-5), Chinese and Spanish Immersion Program (3-12), English and Math Enrichment (4-12), Get Ready for Preschool (23) and Drivers Education (14-18). (714) 839-8611. www.fountainvalley.org Fullerton Parks and Recreation - Math and Reading Development (7-12), and Reading Development SoundStart (5-7). (714) 738-6575. www.ci.fullerton.ca.us Irvine Community Services Department - ABCs with Tiny Tots (3-5), Lego Alphabricks (2½-4), Shapes, Numbers and Colors (3-5), Reading Readiness (3-6), Reading, Math and More Preschool (3½-5), Math Development (grades 2-6), Reading Development (grades 2-6), Sound Start Reading (4½-6½), English Writing (9-10), Young Math Olympian (8-11), Reading, Math and More Preschool (3-5), Abacus Training (6-8), Readwrite Education Courses (2-6½), Chess Tactics and Strategy (6-12), College Campus Tours (14-18), Jump Start Biology (9-12) and SAT/ACT Test Prep Advantage (12-20). (949) 7246610. www.irvinequickreg.org • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Free after-school tutoring programs are available at some parks throughout the school year. Math Development (6-12), $79. Academic classes taught by Readwrite also offered. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org

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Los Alamitos Recreation - Narrative Writing, Experiential Writing (8-12), Reading Development and Math Development (6½-11). (562) 430-1073. www. cityoflosalamitos.org

• North Orange County Community Colleges (NOCCCD) Anaheim, Cypress, and Fullerton - Reading and Writing: Writing Better Reports, Research Techniques, Reading and Comprehension (9+), Phonics (5+), Spelling and Writing Enrichment (6+), Public Speaking (8-12), Career Exploration (9-12), Write Your Own Newspaper, Writing from A-Z (grades 4-6), Being the Leader (11-12), Improve Your Reading and Writing (grades 7-10), Intensive Writing Camp (grades 7+), Grammar for Successful Grades (grades 7+), Readiness for Kindergarten (4-5), Phonics and Printing, Basic Phonics (5-6), Fun with Phonics (grades 1-2), Basic Reading Skills (4-5), Creative Writing, Reading Comprehension Based on Common Core (grades 1-2), Grammar Rules! (grades 3-5), How to Study, Take Tests and Stay Organized (grades 3-6), Memory Power for Kids (grades 3-6), Intro to American Poetry (grades 7-12), and Reading and Writing: Famous Short Stories (grades 7-12). Math: Math Mania, Master Math (6+), Algebra and Geometry Tutoring, Algebra I and II (grades 7+), Pre-Calculus, Calculus (grades 10+), Comprehensive Mathematics, Pre-Algebra (grades 6+), Math Blast (grades 1-6), and Trigonometry Tutorial (grades 8+). (714) 808-4909. www.sce.edu/kids Orange Community Services - Math Development (612), Reading Solutions (5-12) and Tutor Time (5-18). (714) 744-7274. www.cityoforange.org Orange Coast College - Study Skills (9-15), Math Trix (915), Word Problems and SAT/ACT Test Prep Advantage. (714) 432-5154. www.orangecoastcollege.augusoft.net Saddleback Recreation - Sound Start Reading (grades K-1), Math and Reading Development (2-6), Speed Reading and Vocabulary Building (14-18), Study Skills and Test Taking (14-18), and College Workshops. (949) 768-0981, Ext. 1. www.saddlebackrecreation.com YMCA - Youth and Government (10-12) and/or Model United Nations (grades 6-9) are offered at some locations. See page 67 contact information. • Sylvan Learning Centers Downey  (562) 622-9210 Huntington Beach  (714) 848-6072 Long Beach  (562) 429-8320 www.sylvanlearning.com At Sylvan, results matter! Sylvan students typically see up to two to three times more growth in their

math and reading scores than if they hadn’t come to Sylvan. With Sylvan, you’ll get a personalized tutoring program tailored to the needs of your child. Their proven approach blends amazing credentialed teachers with Sylvan Sync technology on the iPad. Programs are designed to fit your family’s busy schedule and budget. Call today for more details! See ad on page 5 and 61. • The Tutoring Center Long Beach 4215 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach (562) 653-4380 www.tutoringcenter.com Are you happy with your child’s grades? Call The Tutoring Center today to schedule your Free Diagnostic Assessment. The Tutoring Center uses a unique system known as “The Rotational Approach to Learning.” Your child will receive intense oneto-one instruction in reading, math (all levels) and/ or writing to rapidly increase academic skills while also improving concentration, focus and attention span. See ad with discount coupon on page 5.

AQUATICS & WATERPOLO Take Your Lessons to the Next Level Southern California Swimming (SCS) runs yearround swim teams for kids and teens ages 4+, with weekday workouts and weekend meets. Find local teams (and new friends!) at www. socalswim.org or (800) 824-6206. Or branch out and try water polo, synchronized swimming or diving. Our area has produced some of the world’s best athletes; start now and your swimmer might compete in high school and beyond.

Swim and diving instruction, swim teams, camps and synchronized swimming; plus water polo classes, clubs and camps. Also see: “Fishing and Boating.” • Alpert JCC Swim Instruction and Water Polo 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Ext. 1020 www.alpertjcc.org Swim Instruction - Group and private lessons in a heated Junior Olympic-sized pool. Beginner and advanced swim teams are also offered. Water Polo - Enjoy the JCC’s Junior Olympic pool while learning the basics of ball-handling and shooting. Improve swim skills, work on treading water and strokes specific for water polo. For ages 5-7 and 8-12; all levels welcome. Call or visit their website for more information. See ad on page 17. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


American Red Cross www.redcross.org Classes (5+) include water and boat safety, first aid and CPR, plus referrals to Red Cross-certified swim programs and instructors. • Deep Blue Swim School Belmont Shore: 11-39th Place., Long Beach  (562) 434-1644 Bixby Knolls: 3640 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach  (562) 988-SWIM www.deepbluelongbeach.com Deep Blue Swim School offers private lessons, parent and me swim classes, pre-competitive swim team, snorkeling clinics, and scuba for kids year round in their 92 degree indoor and ozone-filtrated pools. Lessons are offered to all ages at their Belmont Shore and Bixby Knolls facilities and focus on fun and safety in and around the water. Deep Blue is passionate about the lifelong benefits that swimming lessons provide. Call to arrange a free trial lesson and start your aquatic journey today! See ad on this page.

Diving Instruction and Referrals McCormick Divers, Long Beach, (714) 846-5731, www.mccormickdivers.com. PDGA Sports Training Center, 15064 Shoemaker Ave., Sante Fe Springs, (562) 229-1927, www.pdausa.net. USA Diving, (317) 237-5252, www.usadiving.org. • International Water Polo Club (949) 428-7576 www.internationalwaterpoloclub.com www.interwpc.com Both competitive and non-competitive programs, serving all communities, offered for kids as young as 3, and youth in the following age divisions: 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U, 20U, as well as adults. Kids get used to the water, strengthen their swimming skills, and are taught the basic fundamentals of water polo in a fun, safe setting. For older kids and teens, there are gender- and age-grouped programs, from the swimming novice to the experienced water polo player. Camps, clinics and swimming lessons are also offered. Their newest programs, Splashball

(3-9) and Aquaball (10-14) are offered Monday - Friday, 6:15-7:30 p.m., and are lots of fun for just $100 per month. They will soon offer free weekend waterball leagues. Discounts and payment plans may be available; check their website for specials. Olympic facility of USA Water Polo, Joint Forces Training Base Pool, 11200 Lexington Drive, Los Alamitos. Mention Kidsguide and your first try-out is free! Also see “Camps” and ad on page 9. U.S. Synchronized Swimming www.teamusa.org/USA-synchronized-swimming Provides information on SoCal clubs (3+), plus additional resources. To find a club near you, download the Club Directory (under “Membership” on the website). USA Water Polo www.usawaterpolo.org Provides information on clubs, clinics, camps and tournaments for boys and girls (7+). Visit the website to find a team near you.

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YMCAs, Recreation Departments, Colleges, Boys and Girls Clubs Aquatics programs are offered by most city recreation departments, community colleges, Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCAs. See page 52 and 66 for contact information.

ARCHERY Hit the Bullseye! If you’re looking for an inexpensive, accessible sport that builds strength, concentration and patience, archery definitely hits the mark. Get started with USA Archery’s Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program, which offers free referrals to local archery clubs, tournaments and camps for kids ages 8-18. Check www.teamusa.org/USA-Archery.

play fun games. Email: info@GryphonFencing.com. See ad on page 29. More Archery Ranges The following private ranges offer instruction (5+), tournaments, league activities, target practice and private lessons. Camps may be offered. Party packages available. Archery Outpost, 12148 South St., Artesia, (562) 860-9292, www.archeryoutpost.net. Hi-Tech Archery, 1912 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 4499744, www.htarchery.com. HSS Sports Academy, 610 Roosevelt, Irvine, (949) 552-8486, www. hsssportsacademy.com. Orange County Archery, 18792 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, (714) 9651125; and 2112 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, (949) 548-0500, www.orangecountyarchery.com.

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Clubs, lessons and ranges.

Foster your kids’ creativity without the clean-up! 1) Go to drop-in studio time. Many places have • El Dorado Regional Park Archery Range a space stocked with all the supplies you need. 7500 E. Spring St., Long Beach Drop in during set hours at ceramics studios, art (657) 222-0269 centers, creative re-use depots and more. 2) Ask www.eldoradoarchers.com/contact.html about a free intro class and let your little artisté try Free instruction to improve skills and consistent out a new medium, from ceramics to 3D printing. shooting technique. Equipment provided. Saturday 3) Really, every place listed in this section offers classes include advanced, 9 a.m.; intermediate, 10 parties, workshops and camps to let your kids a.m.; and beginner, 11 a.m. Safety class required. get their mitts on all the gooey, sticky, squishy, Park entry fee, $5-8. smudgy art supplies they can imagine. 2014 SUMMER PROGRAM • Gryphon Fencing & Fitness Studio June - July 2014 2014 SUMMER (various classes, various grades) PROGRAM 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia Monday - Friday,June five and-four week programs andclasses, one week workshops, July 2014 (various various grades) mo (714) 519-1343 afternoon sessions on most classes) Monday - Friday, five and four week programs and one week www.GryphonFencing.com Online registration for summer program Arts andafternoon crafts instruction, workshops, classes mid-janu sessions on most classes) available Archery teaches focus, concentration and coordinaand camps. Alsoregistration see: “Museums” and “STEM.” Online for summer program availa tion. Gryphon Fencing and Fitness Studio offers beginning archery classes for kids 7 and older. Students • Art Steps will learn about the history and equipment in archery 18212 Imperial Hwy., Yorba Linda (714) 524-2248 and safe-shooting skills. During the course, students 24000 Alicia Pkwy., # 31, Mission Viejo (949) 454-9555 will try several styles of archery tournaments and www.artstepsclasses.com Art Steps teaches realistic, classical drawing and painting skills to kids (ages 4+), teens and adults. Students receive hands-on, step-by-step guidance as they walk through lessons in a variety of subject matter and media, from crayons through oil paint, gaining confidence through learning to skillfully render what they see, one step at a time. Also see “Camps” and “Parties.” See ad on this page for free introductory art class.

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• Bowers Kidseum 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 567-3694 www.bowers.org/kidseum Kidseum is high-tech and interactive with a focus on, “Igniting imagination through exploration,” stressing the excitement of art and archaeology. Be sure to check out the “Glow Cave” with its fun art-making lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


activities, ride the magical Wells Fargo stagecoach through time in the “Green Screen Time Machine,” and explore archaeology like never before in the “Archaeology Lab.” There is a lot of visual stimulation and engaging education with new smart tables, smart boards and art projects in the Art Studio. See ad on page 37.

Paint N’ Glaze - 3960 Studebaker Road, Ste. 102, Long Beach. (562) 421-8000. www.paintnglaze.com.

• Build It Workspace 4478 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos (714) 947-0800 www.buildit.ws Build It Workspace incorporates the “arts” in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). Their classes and camps guide participants through various approaches using traditional and advanced tools to create exciting projects like interactive monsters, hand-made light-up cards, and animated wooden toys. Now enrolling for fall classes and winter camps, ages 8+. Also see “Camps,” “Parties” and “STEM.” See ad on page 63.

Home Depot - Free workshops for kids (5-12). www.tinyurl.com/homedepotworkshops

Ceramics Studios Also see Studio Art Instruction. Clay on First - 406 E. 1st St., Long Beach. (562) 4954362. www.clayonfirst.com Color Me Mine - Locations in Brea, Costa Mesa, Long Beach, Mission Viejo, Tustin and Whittier. www.colormemine.com Hidden Talents Ceramics - 16917 Algonquin, Ste. E, Huntington Beach. (714) 840-6833. www.hiddentalentsceramicstudio.com

Craft Instruction Build-A-Bear - Locations in Anaheim, Mission Viejo, and Torrance. www.buildabear.com

Lowes - Free Build and Grow kids (5-12) clinics. www.lowesbuildandgrow.com Michael’s Arts and Crafts - Kids’ craft club on Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m., $2. Find locations on their website. www.michaels.com/kidsclub Piecemakers Country Store - 1720 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa. (714) 641-3112. www.piecemakers.com RideMakerz - Make a model car. Downtown Disney, 1540 S. Disneyland Drive, Ste. 103, Anaheim. (714) 776-0216. www.ridemakerz.com Creative Reuse Centers Creative reuse takes used or recycled materials and makes them into art. Child Creativity Lab Orange County - 1815 E. Wilshire Ave., Ste. 906, Santa Ana, (714) 580-8392, www.childcreativitylab.org. The Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse - Free kids (8+) recycled-materials craft time, Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 320 Elm Ave., Long Beach. www. thelongbeachdepot.org.

• Laguna Art Museum 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach (949) 494-8971, Ext. 221 www.lagunaartmuseum.org Laguna Art Museum offers a variety of programs to engage kids with the art on display. Their Kids’ Art Studio is a free, drop-in program where kids and their families create a piece of art, inspired by one of the current exhibitions. Third Sunday of every month, 2-4 p.m. Free. The museum also

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Makerspaces Also see Build It Workspace and Makersville in this section. • Shared Science - Kids (grades K-9) can dabble in programming and art when they attend onetwo-hour workshop featuring Arduino Gemma and other tech activities. (562) 522-0595. www. sharedsciencefun.org. See ad on page 61. The Studio at Long Beach Main Library - Programs for kids (grades 6+) include 3D printing and other maker crafts and projects. Free. 101 Pacific Ave., Long Beach. (562) 570-7500. www. lbpl.org/studio • Makersville/Club Ten: A Learning for Life Program of the Long Beach BSA www.makersville.net Makersville offers workshops, events, camps and clubs in sewing (including beginning as well as for entrepreneurs and gift-makers), game production, math with art, mask making, silkscreening, LEGO, cosplay, entrepreneurship club and more; also offers Open Make sessions. Locations at Long Beach Sea Base and MADE in Long Beach. Also see “Academics and Tutoring,” “Camps” and “STEM.”

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• Museum of Latin American Art 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach (562) 437-1689 www.molaa.org Target Free Sundays offer free admission to all visitors every Sunday. Free admission every fourth Friday evening (6-9 p.m.) of the month. See ad on page 13.

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• OCSA’s Foundation Arts Enrichment Program 1010 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 560-0900, Ext. 5630 or 3259 www.ocsarts.net/communityclasses “Best Arts Program in Orange County” for art enthusiasts! Offers two 12-week sessions (grades 4-8) on Saturdays during the school year in various areas, including painting and drawing. See ad on page 8.

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• Pacific Conservatory, Music and Arts Education Costa Mesa and Orange (714) 545-1217 www.pacificconservatory.com KinderARTS is a two-hour integrated visual and performing arts program for 3-5 year olds. Children are introduced to music, art and drama through musical instruments, singing, dancing, fairytale theater with costumes and props, poetry, storytelling, art history, appreciation and the creation of projects using techniques of the Masters. Five-year curriculum covers all the major artistic periods. Drop-off program with Parent Share Days. Call today to schedule your complimentary class. See “Camps” listing for art classes during school vacations. Locations: 151 Kalmus, G-1, 10 • fall/winter 2015/16

Costa Mesa, 92626; and 1311 E. Katella Ave., Orange, 92867. Formerly Pacific School of Music and the Arts. See ad on page 43. Sewing and Knitting Instruction Angel Threads Sewing School - Sewing classes and workshops (7+). Newport Beach. (949) 548-6070. www.ocsewingclass.com All Brands Sewing Center - Sewing classes (8-16). Locations in Buena Park, Garden Grove and Irvine. (714) 636-1322. www.ocsewing.com Fashion Camp - Classes (7+) include sewing, design and sketching. 2477 Park Ave, Tustin. (714) 259-0946. www.createdesignsew.com Sew Vac Ltd. - Classes and clubs. 1762 Clark Ave., Long Beach. (562) 498-6684. www.sewvacltd.com Stitches in Time - Mom and me knitting and crocheting classes/workshops for all ages. 16525 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower. (562) 804-9341. www.stitchesintimeyarn.com • Sewing Lab Los Alamitos 3831 Catalina St., Ste. B, Los Alamitos (562) 296-8021 www.sewinglablosalamitos.com Fun and friendly after-school and evening sewing classes for kids in grades 3 and up. They now also offer Saturday workshops for younger kids, boys and adults. Camps and birthday parties (see “Parties”) available, too. They provide top-of-the-line sewing machines, small class size and a very encouraging, safe and fun environment to learn a skill that will last a lifetime. See ad on this page. Studio Art Instruction Also see Ceramic Studios and Art Steps in this section. Artist Factory - Painting, sculpture and collage (4+). 352 E. 3rd St., Long Beach. (310) 420-0774. www.artistfactory.org Art House - Drawing and painting (5-18). 1380 S. Harbor Blvd., La Habra, (714) 870-7119. www.thearthousefullerton.com Art Smart Studio - Classes in painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and mosaics (5+), plus camps. 3823 E. 7th St., Long Beach. (562) 439-4777. www.artsmartstudioforkids.com Art Waves - Classes and occasional drop-in studio. Ceramics also offered. 18910 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley. (714) 965-0669. Averyboo Arts - Painting, drawing, mixed media and open studio (2-12). 3908 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach. (562) 912-4800. www.averyboo.com Chuck Jones Center for Creativity - Drop-In and Draw Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa. (949) 660-7793. www.chuckjonescenter.org Color My World Art Studio - Drawing, painting and mixed media. 11960 Artesia Blvd., #101, Artesia. (562) 219-4566. www.colormyworld.me lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


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Fibo Kids Art Academy - Drawing and painting classes (grades pre-K-12). Locations in Brea, Tustin and Yorba Linda. (714) 579-1929. www. fiboart.com Fullerton Museum Center - Art programs and workshops. (714) 738-6545. 301 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton. www.cityoffullerton.com/depts/museum Huntington Beach Art Center - Drawing, painting and dance (2+). (714) 374-1650. 538 Main St., Huntington Beach. www.huntingtonbeachartcenter.org Inspyr Arts - Drawing and painting classes (5+), plus camps. 3910 E. 4th St., Long Beach. (562) 342-6172. www.inspyrarts.com Irvine Art and Music - Young Artists Series (4-8) and fine art classes (6+). 15315 Culver Drive, #150, Irvine. (949) 559-3069. www.irvineartandmusic.com Irvine Fine Arts Center - Drawing, painting, ceramics, culinary and mixed-media classes (3½+), plus camps. 1432 Yale Ave., Irvine. (949) 724-6880. www.irvinefinearts.org Muckenthaler Cultural Center - Family art classes and workshops. 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton. (714) 738-6595. www.themuck.org Museums - Many offer art classes for kids and teens that may include drawing, painting, cartooning, sculpture and other mixed media. See “Museums” for details and contact information. Open House Creative - Drawing, painting, ceramics, architecture and printmaking (grades pre-K+). 1602 Babcock St., Costa Mesa. (949) 291-6910. www. openhouse-creative.com Palette Station - Multi-media art transferred to various keepsakes. 540 E. 1st St., Tustin. (714) 730-4979. www.palettestation.com Pacific Studio of Art - Drawing and painting (8+). 1122 Lake St., Huntington Beach. (714) 960-2856. The Art Studio - Painting, drawing, sculpting and mixed-media classes, plus camps (7+). 6450 Westminster Blvd., Westminster. (714) 458-2800. www. theartstudio.us Timree Paint Studio - Painting classes, workshops and camps (6+). Locations in Newport Beach and Tustin. (949) 723-1300. www.timree.com The Drawing Board - Drawing, painting and sculpting (2+), plus family workshops and ceramics. 22349 La Palma, Ste. 112, Yorba Linda. (714) 693-7156. www.thedrawingboard.info YMCAs, Recreation Departments, Colleges, and Boys and Girls Clubs Arts and crafts programs are offered by most city recreation departments, community colleges, Boys and Girls Clubs, and YMCAs. See pages 52 and 66 for contact information.

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ATTRACTIONS 3 Ways to Save at Amusement Parks 1) Get a season pass. Most theme parks offer special perks for passholders: discounts, parking passes and invites to special events. Monthly payments help make them affordable, but check for blackout dates. 2) Watch for deals. Don’t pay full-price at the gate! Most parks offer a break for guests who buy tickets online. Search the web for special promo codes, or try AAA or your credit union to score discount tickets. 3) Downsize. Smaller places like Adventure City, Boomers and Golf N’ Stuff offer nicely priced tickets, shorter lines, and plenty of rides, bells and whistles that will thrill your kids. Plus, it’s easy to keep an eye on your crew. Check this section for great choices!

Attractions and theme parks for all ages throughout Southern California, including aquariums, family fun centers and water parks. Also see: “Museums,” “STEM” and “Zoos.” • Adventure City 1238 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim (714) 236-9300 www.adventurecity.com Adventure City in North Orange County is guaranteed to entertain young families, with 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 live interactive children’s theater, a petting farm, a 25-foot climbing wall, an arcade, a Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends play area, great food and much more. What a great place to have a company picnic, birthday party or team party! The price is right, too. All-day unlimited rides: adults or children, $16.95; seniors (55 and over), $11.95. AAA discount available for up to six regular-price admissions per card. Free parking. See discount coupon on page 69. Aquariums Also see “STEM” for a listing of educational aquarium programs. • Aquarium of the Pacific (562) 590-3100 More than 11,000 ocean animals are featured in three main galleries with 19 major habitats and 32 focus exhibits, including over 500 different species. Exhibits include Shark Lagoon, with shark and ray touch pools; the Lorikeet Forest aviary; the “Whales: Voices in the Sea” kiosk; Ocean Science Center, featuring NOAA’s Science on a Sphere; the June Keyes Penguin Habitat; the Southern California Steelhead Story exhibit; and a new Jel-

lies exhibit. Educational programs also available (see “STEM”) as well as annual events (see “Calendar”). Admission: adults, $28.95; kids (3-11), $14.95; seniors (62+), $25.95. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. www.aquariumofthepacific.org. See ad with coupon on page 13. Birch Aquarium  (858) 534-3473 Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Daily animal feedings as well as educational, hands-on visitor activities. Adults, $17; teens, (13-17), $14; kids (3-12), $12.50. 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. www.aquarium.ucsd.edu Cabrillo Marine Aquarium  (310) 548-7562 Thirty-five saltwater tanks and touch tanks, plus discovery labs and an Aquatic Nursery with baby sea animals. Family and kids’ classes, workshops, walks, grunion runs, youth docents and other educational programs are available. Suggested admission donation: $1-5. 3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pedro. www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org Legoland’s Sea Life Aquarium  (760) 918-5346 An interactive aquarium geared for kids (2-12) features play zones, hands-on touch pools, fun facts and quiz trails, as well as sea horses, stingrays and sharks. $16-20. One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad. www.visitsealife.com Roundhouse Aquarium  (310) 379-8117 Touch tanks, sea horses, shark and eel tanks, and kids’ activities. Classes, camps and parties also offered. $2 per person; $5 per family. Manhattan Beach Pier. www.roundhouseaquarium.org Santa Monica Pier Aquarium  (310) 393-6149 Exhibits more than 100 species, featuring touch tanks with tide-pool animals, plus year-round field trip programs, kids’ classes, party packages and special-themed event days. Adults, $5; and kids (12 and under), free. 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica. www.healthebay.org/smpa The SEA Lab  (310) 318-7438 A hands-on coastal science education center that offers free and low-cost programs, touch-tank tours, public fish feeding, field trips and parties. Admission: $2 per person or $4 per family. 1021 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach. www.lacorps.org/sealab.php • Big Air Trampoline Park Buena Park  (844) 550-JUMP 8320 On The Mall Laguna Hills  (949) 305-9788 23251 Avenida de la Carlota Redlands  (909) 335-7275 1101 California St. www.BigAirUSA.com Big Air Trampoline Parks have become the area’s best indoor trampoline parks. Unique features include Climbing Wall, Battle Beam, Lil Air (for jumpers ages 6 and younger), Open Main Court, Dodgeball Courts, Foam Pit, Slam Dunk Basketball and The Bullpen. Great location for birthday and team parties, groups and corporate team building (see “Parties”). Seasonal park promotions and specials are listed on their website. Reservations for groups of 15+ are required and made online or by calling Event Sales. See ad on page 45. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


• Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200 www.columbiaspacescience.org Hands-on learning center that is dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages. It also serves as the national memorial for the Space Shuttle Columbia’s seven crew members, lost in 2003. The 20,000-squarefoot visitor center is equipped with not only amazing technology and visual teaching exhibits, but also constantly holds engaging classes and workshops. The Space Center also hosts the only Challenger Learning Center in the greater Los Angeles area, where you can: Return to the Moon, or go on a Voyage to Mars, and experience the real-life excitement of working in Mission Control or in the Spacecraft; available for field trips, team-building exercises and parties of 16 or more. Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. $5 per person (4+). Also see “Calendar,” ‘Camps,” “Museums,” “Parties” and “STEM.” See ad on page 15. Family Fun Centers Most centers feature arcades. Some offer airsoft, go-karts, mechanical bull, laser tag, miniature golf, RC raceways, paintball parks and more. Most offer party and group packages. Visit websites for coupons and discounts. Also see Golf N’ Stuff in this section. Bay Arcade  (949) 673-0324 706 E. Bay Ave., Newport Beach www.thebayarcade.com Boomers 3405 Michelson Drive, Irvine  (949) 559-8336 16800 Magnolia St., FV  (714) 842-1111 www.boomersparks.com Buena Park Raceway (714) 827-9979 Slot car racetrack. 6161 Lincoln Ave., Buena Park www.bpraceway.com Camelot Golfland  (714) 630-3340 3200 E. Carpenter Ave., Anaheim. www.golfland.com Chuck E. Cheese - Visit their website for locations. www.chuckecheese.com Dave and Busters of Orange  (714) 769-1515 Nighttime tends to a mature crowd. The Outlets at Orange, 20 City Blvd. West. www.daveandbusters.com Fuzion  (714) 377-7671 Nighttime tends to a mature crowd. 7227 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach. www.fuzionhb.com Go-Kart World  (310) 834-3800 Includes tracks for younger kids (3+). 21830 Recreation Road, Carson. www.gokartworld.com Hollywood Sports Park  (562) 867-9600 Rockwall, BMX course, paintball and airsoft. 9030 Somerset Blvd., Bellflower. www.hollywoodsports.com

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Sunday, November 1, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Enjoy a vibrant celebration of life and loved ones at MOLAA’s Annual Festival. Free sugar skull and mask workshops, face painting, live performances, community altars, and unique craft and food vendors. For more information, call (562) 437-1689 or visit www.molaa.org.

Howie’s Game Shack Socially interactive PC and Xbox gaming centers. Buena Park, (714) 676-7455; and Mission Viejo, (949) 367-0019. www.howies.com lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

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Irvine Lake RC Park  (949) 667-1141 Natural off-road track. 4621 Santiago Canyon Road, Silverado. www.irvinelakercpark.com John’s Incredible Pizza Company  (714) 236-0000 8601 On The Mall, Buena Park. www.johnspizza.com K1 Speed Indoor Go Kart Racing Open to everyone, four-foot tall and above. Anaheim, (714) 632-6999; Irvine, (949) 250-0242; and Torrance/Gardena, (310) 532-2478. www.k1speed.com Laser Quest Laser tag (5+). Fullerton, (714) 449-0555; and Mission Viejo, (949) 367-1421. www.laserquest.com Neon Retro Arcade 28 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena www.neonretroarcade.com Nickel! Nickel! Five Cent Games  (714) 847-2191 7454 Edinger, Huntington Beach www.nickelnickelhb.com OCRC Raceway  (714) 892-6699 15282 Jason Circle, Huntington Beach www.ocrcraceway.com Pacific Park  (310) 260-8744 Carnival-style games and rides. 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. www.pacpark.com Pelican Pier Pavilion Arcade  (562) 980-1415 Shoreline Village, Long Beach www.funfactorygames.com SC Village  (562) 867-9600 Paintball and airsoft (10+). 8900 McCarty Road, Corona. www.scvillage.com Tac City  (657) 888-6111 Airgun scrimmages (10+). 2430 Artesia Ave., Fullerton. www.taccityairsoft.com The Paintball Park  (866) 985-4932 Paintball Lite (8+), Splatmaster (6-10), Paintball and Airsoft (10+). 1700 Vandegrift Blvd., Oceanside. www.thepaintballpark.com Thrill It Fun Center  (714) 937-1600 Highropes challenge, rock climbing and mechanical bull. 20 City Blvd. West, Ste. 907-A, Orange. www. thrillit.com • Flightdeck 1650 S. Sinclair St., Anaheim (714) 937-1511 www.flightdeck.com Youth (11+) and adults can leave the civilian life behind and step into the world of the fighter pilot. Check in at the front desk, put on your flight suit and pay close attention in your 20-minute classroom briefing. After climbing into the cockpit, adjusting your aviation headset and responding with “copy that” to the radio check, you’ll be cleared for take off. Fly high, fly low, try everything to prevent an opponent from getting behind you. You’ll be wiping the beads of sweat from your brow and catching your breath before attempting your first of two airport landings. Once on terra firma, you’ll egress your cockpit and join the 14 • fall/winter 2015/16

others and the instructor for your debrief. Hope you have something to brag about, because the other pilots most certainly will. Also see “Parties.” See ad on page 47 for 10% off! • Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk (562) 868-9956 www.golfnstuff.com Take a break and have fun at Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park! Offers challenging miniature golf and exciting rides, including go-karts, bumper boats, bumper cars, Disk ‘O Thrill ride and kiddie train. While you’re there, check out the latest in arcade games, great prizes, snack bar, and party facilities for birthday or team parties (see “Parties”). Ask about their free school and doctors’ office incentive programs. Where the 5 and 605 freeways meet. See ad with discount coupons on page 10. Military Ship Tours and Exhibits S.S. Lane Victory  (310) 519-9545 Museum ship, once was a cargo ship used in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War. Friday - Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; closed Thursday. Adults, $5; kids, $2. Berth 49, San Pedro. www.lanevictory.org USS Iowa  (877) 446-9261 Tour the Battleship of Presidents for a journey through World War II, Korean War and Cold War. Kids’ scavenger hunt and youth overnight program are also offered. Adults, $18; kids (6-11), $10. 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro. www.pacificbattleship.com USS Midway Museum  (619) 544-9600 Tours and exhibits of the Naval aircraft carrier that served from 1945-1992. Plus, flight simulators. Adults, $18-20; kids (6-12), $8-10. 910 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego. www.midway.org Orange County Great Park Balloon and Carousel Sand Canyon and Marine Way, Irvine (866) 829-3829 www.ocgp.org A tethered, 118-foot-high, helium-filled balloon allows passengers to soar 400 feet in the air for a bird’seye view of the park. The carousel offers rides approximately three minutes long (riders under 42 must be accompanied by an adult). Fees apply; family and friends passes for larger groups are available. • Old World Huntington Beach 7561 Center Ave., #49, Huntington Beach (714) 895-8020 www.oldworld.ws Old World Huntington Beach is famous for Oktoberfest, Wiener-Dog Races, and German/European Specialties. Visit their restaurant bakery, deli and market, which serves traditional German food such as bratwurst, schnitzel, apple strudel and more. The Village features farmers’ and vintage markets, as well as other fun festivities throughout the year. Visit their website and see “Calendar” for events. See ad on page 23. Parks and Playgrounds For a list of indoor playgrounds, see “Playgrounds” and for arboretums, nature centers and parks, see “Recreation and Parks.”

• Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900 www.pretendcity.org Pretend City Children’s Museum is an interconnected city designed just for children (infant-8). The city is comprised of a grocery store, farm, doctor’s office, art studio, amphitheater, beach, marina, construction site and many other exhibits. At Pretend City, children learn through role play based on real-world experiences as they dress up as a police officer, deliver the mail, create art, compose music or put out a fire. See “Museums” for complete listing. See ad on page 36. • Queen Mary 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach (877) 342-0738 www.queenmary.com Transport yourself back in time aboard the legendary Queen Mary. Once the grandest ocean liner in the world, the Queen Mary is now a full-service hotel, historical landmark and entertainment venue. New this year is The Shipyard, where visitors can view the Queen Mary scaled down into a LEGO masterpiece; and, LEGO building stations where children and LEGO-enthusiasts can make their own version of the ship or anything else that comes to mind. Current family-friendly exhibits and tours also include Diana: Legacy of a Princess showcasing Princess Diana and the Royal Family; Ghosts and Legends; Her Finest Hour: a WWII Tour; Scorpion Tour, which includes a tour of the Scorpion submarine docked next door, giving the rare opportunity to get a first-hand glimpse of what life was like aboard a Russian submarine during the Cold War; a self-guided tour and more. Also see “Calendar.” See ad on page 11. Theme Parks: What’s New & Seasonal • Adventure City  (714) 236-9300 Ride the new Rewind Racers roller coaster. $16.95 general admission with unlimited rides. Kids (under 12 mos) free with paid adult; seniors (ages 55 and over), $11.95. AAA discount available for up to six regular-price admissions per card. Free parking. 1238 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim. www.adventurecity.com. See full listing in this section and discount coupon on page 69. Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure  (714) 781-4565 The Halloween season, September - October, offers Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, ghost encounters at The Twilight Zone’s Tower of Terror, Pumpkin Festival on Main Street, dancing at the Mad T Party and Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch. Happiest Haunt Tours also available during the Halloween season. Join trickor-treaters at Mickey’s Halloween Party on select days (special ticketing required, call (714) 781-4400). During the Christmas holiday, enjoy Tim Burton’s “Nightmare Before Christmas” at the Haunted Mansion, Christmas Fantasy Parade, Disney ¡Viva Navidad!, It’s a Small World Holiday and Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle. 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim. www.disneyland.com Knott’s Berry Farm  (714) 220-5200 New this year: 4-D attraction, Voyage to the Iron Reef. Spooky Farm runs weekends, October 3-31, for younger kids (3-11) to celebrate daytime cheer with Camp Spooky Theatre, Peanuts Costume Parade, Spooky Hallow Maze, Creepy Crawler Cabin and Pumpkin Painting. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


Scary Farm (13+), September 24 - October 31, features 11 horror-themed mazes, live shows, three scare zones, five skeleton key rooms and thousands of costumed monsters roaming the park. For the holiday season, Knott’s Merry Farm brings Christmas entertainment, ice shows, tree lightings and Santa. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. www.knotts.com Legoland  (760) 918-5346 Seasonal events include Brick-or-Treat Festival in October and Holiday Block Party Celebration with nightly fireworks in December, plus a New Year’s Eve Cele-bricktion. One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad. www.legoland.com Six Flags Magic Mountain  (661) 255-4111 New this year: Twisted Colossus. Halloweenthemed “Fright Fest” runs Friday - Sunday, September 26 - October 31, with low-scare areas for younger kids. During “Holidays in the Park,” November 27 - January 3, the park is transformed into a winter wonderland with lights, carolers and personalized meet-and-greets with Santa. 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia. www.sixflags.com SeaWorld  (800) 257-4268 Weekends, September 26 - November 1, Halloween Spooktacular includes silly and spooky shows and sea-inspired trick-or-treat stations. On select dates between November 21 - January 3, enjoy SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego. www.seaworldsandiego.com Universal Studios Hollywood (800) UNIVERSAL New this year: Springfield and Fast and Furious:

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Supercharged thrill ride. For the older kids (13+), Halloween Horror Nights, September 18 - November 1. During the Christmas holiday, Grinchmas takes over the park with celebrity story times, tree lightings and snow. Plus, get ready for the spring 2016 opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. www.universalstudioshollywood.com

BASEBALL & SOFTBALL Hit It Out of the Park Have a little slugger? Give your player a taste of the major leagues by taking a tour of Angels Stadium. Or join the Jr. Dodgers Fan Club and the Jr. Angels Kids Club for free game tickets, events and swag. Sign up on their websites.

Leagues, camps and clinics, plus batting cages.

Batting Cages All Star Park  (562) 925-7787 17911 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower. www.allstarpark.com Bellflower’s Caruthers Park (562) 866-5684 10500 Flora Vista St., Bellflower. www.bellflower.org Boomers 16800 Magnolia, Fountain Valley  (714) 842-1111 3405 Michelson Drive, Irvine  (949) 559-8341 www.boomersparks.com Central Park Batting Cages  (714) 375-3960 181000 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach www.huntingtonbeachca.gov Champion’s Quest  (562) 598-2600 Reservations required. 10714 Reagan, Bldg. B, Los Alamitos. www.championsquest.com Critical Baseball and Fitness  (714) 461-8260 Reservations required. 614 W. Katella Ave., Orange. www.criticalbaseball.com Home Run Park  (714) 229-8850 711 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim. www.homerunpark.com Kennedy Baseball  1351 N. Kraemer Blvd., Anaheim www.adamkennedybaseball.com

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Next Level Training Facility  (562) 630-6300 16460 Paramount Blvd., Paramount www.riossports.com On Deck Batting Cages  (562) 426-4487 2499 E. Willow St., Long Beach www.ondeckbattingcages.com Pitch N’ Hit Sports  (949) 813-3256 23200 Del Lago, Laguna Hills. www.pitchnhitsports.com Power Alley  (714) 525-8448 1430 E. Walnut Ave., Fullerton. www.poweralley.net Pure Fast Pitch (714) 842-9300 Softball only. 16662 Gothard St., Huntington Beach www.purefastpitch.com Quakes Baseball Academy  (949) 215-6693 25332 Jeronimo Road, Lake Forest www.quakesbaseball.com Surf City Batting Cages  (714) 274-5120 7572 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach www.surfcitybattingcages.com The Cage at Los Alamitos (562) 598-2243 10660 Humbolt St., Los Alamitos www.thecageatlosalamitos.com The Hitting Zone  (714) 773-4300 1020 S. Cypress St., Unit A, La Habra www.thehittingzone.net VIP Batting  (562) 425-7414 21726 Verne Ave., Hawaiian Gardens www.vipbatting.com Xcel Baseball and Softball (562) 795-9235 10714 Reagan St., Unit A, Los Alamitos www.xcel-baseball.com Leagues and Associations Bobby Sox Softball (714) 522-1234 Girls league (7-18) in age divisions. No tryouts. Register November to January for spring season; August for fall season. www.bobbysoxsoftball.org Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball  (800) 880-3142 League for ages 4-18. Offers Buddy Baseball for kids (8-14) with special needs. www.baberuthleague.org Little League Baseball and Softball Boys’ and girls’ baseball in age divisions (4-18), softball for girls (4-18) and Little League Challenger teams for boys and girls (4-21) with special needs. Register in August for fall/winter season and November for spring season. Use your zip code to find a local league on their website or find resources to start a league. www.littleleague.org Pony Baseball and Softball Coed leagues in age divisions (5-18). Registration begins in November for March - June season. The website offers a partial listing of local teams, to find additional options, web search your city plus “Pony Baseball.” www.pony.org

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Softball Associations - Referrals and information for local leagues and tournaments: American Fastpitch Association, (714) 952-9311, www.afasoftball.com; and Amateur Softball Association, www.socal-asa.org. The Miracle League  (770) 760-1933 Baseball for boys and girls with special needs. www. miracleleague.com • Tom Hicks Baseball Camps, LLC P.O. Box 15963, Long Beach 90815-0963 (562) 425-2446 www.tomhicksbaseballcamps.com The 26th annual THBC prides itself on being the area’s best fundamental baseball camp. Camps offered during Christmas break and summer focus on individual instruction and improvement. For only $115, campers receive 30 hours of fundamental teaching, drills, daily games, individualized evaluation, photos, daily prizes and lots of fun activities. Early Bird Discounts are available, as well as a multiple-week discount package. Over 14,300 campers in 2008-2015 alone! A low student-to-teacher ratio guarantees a wonderful experience. Camps are available in Long Beach and the surrounding areas. Check their website for further information. YMCAs, Recreation Departments, Colleges, Boys and Girls Clubs Baseball and softball programs are offered by most city recreation departments, community colleges, Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCAs. See pages 52 and 66 for contact information.

BASKETBALL Catch a College Game Tickets are totally affordable, you don’t have to face Staples Center traffic, and you’ll see some truly great male and female athletes before they hit the big time. Best of all, you’ll show your kids all the fun that awaits on a college campus (wink!). Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine and Cal Poly Pomona all represent the Big West League, while USC and UCLA play for the Pac-12. Long Beach State 49ers even play inside a giant blue pyramid. How fun is that?

Leagues, clinics and camps. • Alpert JCC Pete Davis Legends Basketball League 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Ext. 1714 www.alpertjcc.org AJCC/Pete Davis Youth Basketball League for boys and girls, ages 5-13. Sunday, October 11, 12:30-5:30 p.m. is League Registration/Evaluation Day for all new and returning players. One hour games are held Sundays,

12-6 p.m. Winter league begins January 10, 2016, Spring league begins April 10, 2016. For more information, email bball@alpertjcc.org. See ad on page 17. National Junior Basketball (714) 765-6567 www.njbl.org Boys’ and girls’ leagues in age divisions (grades 1-12). Registration begins in September for December to February season. Academy training is available year round (grades 3-12). Various locations. YMCAs, Recreation Departments, Colleges, Boys and Girls Clubs Basketball programs are offered by most city recreation departments, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs and some community colleges. See page 52 and 66 for contact information.

BEAUTY & ETIQUETTE Try a Kids’ Salon With tyke-friendly décor, kid-sized chairs and collections of video games, toys and books, kids-only salons specialize in serving nervous and squirmy guests, taking the edge off the sight of scissors. Most offer “baby’s first haircut” packages, sending your wee one home with a certificate and a keepsake lock. Older kids can get bang trims, braids and buns, or special event ‘dos with gloss and glitter. Find a salon near you by searching your city + kids’ haircuts.

Beauty and self-improvement classes. • Burgess Cotillion Golden Sails Hotel, 6285 E. PCH, Long Beach (323) 874-7393 www.bobbyburgesscotillion.com With Burgess Cotillion, manners and etiquette are emphasized throughout their program. Students (grades 3-12) are taught how to introduce themselves, how to go through a reception line, how to ask a lady to dance, and how to sit properly. A demonstration on table manners is also provided. They cover telephone, cell phone and computer manners. Kids are encouraged to make new friends while the program emphasizes fun in a structured environment. Email: burgesscotillion@aol.com. Also see “Calendar” and “Dance.” • Lice Removal by Magic Hands 1330 E. South St., #6, Long Beach (562) 423-5423, (888) 608- LICE www.liceremovalbymagichands.com Not sure if your child has lice? This salon offers head lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


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American Bicycle Association (480) 961-1903 www.ababmx.com ABA hosts district, state and national races and cruises. Their website offers information on the sport, including a rule book, plus referrals to local tracks and teams.

Cerritos Lanes (562) 924-9363 18811 Carmenita Road, Cerritos www.amf.com/cerritoslanes

BMX Tracks Bellflower BMX, Bellflower, (562) 716-0487, www. bellflowerbmx.com. Orange Y BMX, (714) 502-2269, www.orangeybmx.com. San Diego BMX Courses: Kearny Moto Park www.kearnybmx.com; and Cactus Park BMX, (619) 561-3824, www.cactusparkbmx. com. Whittier Narrows BMX, South El Monte, (562)Park 423-LICE(5423) (626) 692-6055, www.whittiernarrowsbmx.com.

CSULBHalf Student Union  (562)(Regular 985-5201 $20) Price Head Checks* On-campus games center offers bowling, billiards, off Treatments and Products* game10% consoles, table tennis and foosball. 1212 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach. www.tinyurl.com/ 1330 E. South St. #6, Long Beach csulbstudentunion

• Vans Skatepark 20 City Blvd. West, Orange (714) 769-3800 www.vans.com Large indoor/outdoor street courses, 80-foot-wide mini-ramp and beginners course. BMX sessions: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, 6-10 p.m. See ad on page 19.

Forest Lanes  (949) 770-0055 22771 Centre Drive, Lake Forest. www.forestlanes.com

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(562) 423-LICE(5423) 1330 E. South St. #6, Long Beach LiceRemovalByMagicHands.com checks for the entire family, as well as treatment and follow-up care. Their certified lice technicians by the Shepherd Institute will teach you what to do after your family’s treatment to remain lice free, and even make the process as fun as possible for your children. Their services allow your child to return to school the same day; no doctor visit is required. Follow-up rechecks are also provided. Let the expert, certified technicians at Lice Removal by Magic Hands help take this stressful process out of your life. Lice is their business. They will handle everything so you can get back to your normal day-today activities. See ad on this page; coupon on page 71. Recreation Departments and Colleges Beauty, etiquette and self-improvement classes are offered by some city recreation departments and community colleges. See page 52 for contact information.

BIKING

BOWLING Bowling for Dollars Want your kids to earn college scholarships before they’re even tweens? Youth bowlers can bag some serious cash, not to mention new friends, plenty of exercise and tournament trophies, through the United States Bowling Congress Youth Leagues. Find details, including local classes, leagues, tournaments and scholarships, at www.bowl.com/youth.

Whether your little biker’s up on two wheels or strapped into a seat, you’ll be shocked at how fun a family bike ride can be. Find kid-friendly paths in Los Angeles and Orange counties at www.bikesandhikesla.com, www.labikepaths. com, www.biketrails.com/orange.html, www. pedaling.com, www.bikelongbeach.org and www.mapmyride.com.

Biking paths, plus BMX courses and national associations. Check www.socalskateparks.com for skateparks that offer BMX sessions.

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Fountain Bowl  (714) 963-7888 17110 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley www.fountainbowl.com Irvine Lanes  (949) 786-9625 3415 Michaelson Ave., Irvine. www.irvinelanes.com Keystone Lanes  (562) 868-3261 11459 E. Imperial Hwy., Norwalk www.keystonelanes.com Linbrook Bowling Center  (714) 774-2253 201 South Brookhurst St., Anaheim www.linbrookbowl.com Lucky Strike Lanes  (714) 937-5263 Nighttime tends to a mature crowd. Outlets at Orange. 20 City Blvd. West, Orange. www.bowlluckystrike.com Round One  (562) 408-2937 401 Lakewood Center Mall. www.round1usa.com Saddleback Lanes  (949) 586-5300 25402 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo www.saddlebacklanes.net Tavern+Bowl  (949) 438-2320 Nighttime tends to a mature crowd. 1875 Newport Blvd., Ste. L1-111, Costa Mesa. www.tavernbowl.com

Leagues, classes, parties and recreational play, plus lawn bowling. Pedal a New Path

Concourse Bowling Center (714) 666-2695 3364 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim www.concoursebowling.com SO YOU HAVE HEAD LICE...DON’T PANIC!

Lawn Bowling Center Newport Beach Lawn Bowling (949) 640-1022 Year-round lessons for all ages. 1550 Crown Drive North, Corona Del Mar. www.newportharborlbc.com Bowling Centers The following locations may offer junior and parent/ child leagues, bumper and recreational bowling, and party packages. Bowlmor Nighttime tends to a mature crowd. 321 W. Katella, Anaheim, (714) 783-2810; and Tustin, 2405 Park Ave. (714) 258-2695. www.bowlmor.com

Titan Bowling  (657) 278-2144 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton www.tinyurl.com/titanbowl Tustin Lanes  (714) 731-5022 1091 Old Irvine Blvd., Tustin www.tustinlanesbowl.com Valley View Lanes  (714) 898-2507 12141 Valley View St., Garden Grove www.amf.com/valleyviewlanes Westminster Lanes  (714) 893-5005 6471 Westminster Ave., Westminster Recreation Departments and Colleges Bowling lessons may be offered at local bowling

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centers by city recreation departments and community colleges. See page 52 for contact information.

CAMPS One Day at a Time Don’t have the time or money to invest in a week-long camp for your kiddos? Or maybe you’d like to keep them for yourself for a few days of winter/spring break? The answer: a one-day or half-day camp! Plenty of actionpacked places offer the options—just ask.

Sport, activity and specialty camps held during winter and/or spring breaks. Camps are also listed throughout Kidsguide; check your area of interest for additional listings. • Acting Out (562) 901-0111 www.actingoutcamp.com Save your drama for camp! This weeklong,

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school-break camp (ages 7-12) celebrates creativity through drama skills workshops, ensemble building and a whole lot of fun. Activities include improv, scene study, stage combat, costumes, props, movement, voice over, monologue and dance. Check their website for dates. Email: actingoutcamp@yahoo.com. Also see “Theater Arts.” • Alpert JCC Camp Komaroff 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Ext. 1023 www.alpertjcc.org When school’s out, the JCC is the place to be. Kindergarten - 8th graders can spend Thanksgiving break, winter break, spring break and other school vacation days at camp! Program includes exciting daily themes, swimming, sports, arts and crafts and more. Covers LBUSD school vacation days, Thanksgiving break, winter break and spring break, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day; extended hours available. See website for more information and pricing. See ad on page 17. Anaheim Community Services (714) 765-5219 www.anaheim.net/ezrecconnect CampVenture Winter Day Camp (6-13) is a weeklong camp filled with special activities including crafts, games, movies, nature, science, cooking, sports and an excursion. November 23-25, November Gone Wild; December 21-23, Extreme Recess; December 28-30, Rockin’ New Year’s Eve; and January 4-8, Gameshow Mania.

• Aquarium of the Pacific Winter Camp Adventures 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach (562) 590-1630 www.aquariumofpacific.org Aquarium of the Pacific offers two winter camps: Sea Squirt Camp, where kids (ages 5-6) discover the underwater world of sea creatures, December 22-24; and Winter Day Camp (ages 7-9), a marine life exploration through behind-the-scenes tours, interaction with Aquarium husbandry staff members, games, crafts and hands-on time with various sea animals, all documented in a keepsake camp journal, December 29-31. See ad on page 13. • Art Steps 18212 Imperial Hwy., Yorba Linda  (714) 524-2248 24000 Alicia Pkwy., # 31, Mission Viejo (949) 454-9555 www.artstepsclasses.com Fill your school breaks with art! Fine art day camps, offered in half-day and full-day options, with something for every young artist. Young children explore in many media; growing artists love learning cartooning, clay, art history and beyond; while teens of all levels enjoy in-depth focus on figure drawing and portraiture, still-life study, Anime fine points and much more. Friendly teachers at Art Steps provide plenty of fun. Space is limited. Half- and full-day sessions available. Also see “Arts and Crafts” and “Parties.” See ad on page 8. Boys and Girls Club Day camps (5-18) are offered at most branches during vacation breaks and school holidays, usu-

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ally Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. (hours vary). Most clubs also offer overnight and leadership camps (13-18). See “Youth and Family Groups” for information on vacation drop-in programs and club locations. • Build It Workspace 4478 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos (714) 947-0800 www.buildit.ws Children (8+) gain the confidence to design and build their ideas through hands-on learning with traditional and advanced tools at Build It Workspace’s Winter Camps. Participants create their designs using 3D printers, 3D design software, laser cutters, and vacuum molding techniques. Traditional tools such as saws, drills, and sanders are also incorporated to finish their project. Morning and afternoon sessions are available, December 7-11 and 14-18. Full day sessions, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., are offered December 21-23 (Build Your Own 3D Printer Camp) and 28-30 (Build Your Own Rocket Camp). Visit the website for more information or call for details. Also see “Arts and Crafts,” “Parties” and “STEM.”See ad on page 63. Costa Mesa Community Services (714) 754-5161 www.ci.costa-mesa.ca.us Winter Camp Costa Mesa (grades K-6) - Sports, games, skits, arts and crafts, and excursions. December 21-24 and 28-31, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.. extended hours, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. $136-170 per week. • Columbia Memorial Space Center Winter Camps 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200 www.columbiaspacescience.org Kids (grades 3-5) join the center for winter workshops that are out of this world! December 21-23: Robotics; December 28-30: Rocketry. Monday - Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Also see “Museums” and ad on page 15. Cypress Recreation and Parks (714) 229-6780 www.cypressrec.com Camp Cypress Spring Camp (5-12): March 14-18, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. $21 per day with additional fees for excursions each day. • Elevation Studios Winter-Break Intensive 1900 E. 27th St., #101, Signal Hill (562) 424-2711 www.elevationstudios.com Intensive dance program during winter break, December 28-30. Intermediate to advance levels for ages 10 and up. For information about their dance program, see “Dance.” See ad on page 25. Fullerton Parks and Recreation 303 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton (714) 738-6575 www.ci.fullerton.ca.us Hillcrest Fall and Winter Day Camps: Kids (5-12) get active outdoors and explore, create and learn through various arts, crafts and enrichment projects. November 23-25, $77-113. December 21-23 and 28-30, $125185. Fall and winter camps run 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., with extended hours, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Lego engineering camps 20 • fall/winter 2015/16

also offered during fall and winter, $109-159. Spring camp also available, call for details. • Gryphon Fencing & Fitness Studio 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia (714) 519-1343 www.GryphonFencing.com Go from Zero to Zorro! Vacation-break camps will teach your child the sport of fencing. In the popular Go Medieval Camp, kids learn archery, fencing and build a working catapult. Camps offer the chance to have fun, meet new friends, learn new skills and build confidence. Email: info@gryphonfencing.com. See ad on page 29. • International Water Polo Club (949) 428-7576 www.internationalwaterpoloclub.com www.interwpc.com In their school-break camps, serving all communities, focus is on getting kids (3-14) used to the water in a non-competitive environment. In their youth program, kids strengthen swimming skills and are taught the basic fundamentals of water polo in a fun, safe setting. See listing in “Aquatics and Water Polo” for details. See ad on page 9. Irvine Recreation 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine (949) 724-6610 www.irvinequickreg.org Fall intersession camps, September 21 - October 9: Arts (6-12), iCamp (5-12) and Culinary (6-11), $175199. Winter camps, December 21 - January 1, Arts (6-12), ICamp (5-12), Soccer (5-12), Winter X-Cursion (10-12) and Winter Teen Camp (11-15), $21-135. Lake Forest Community Services 25550 Commercentre Drive, Lake Forest (949) 273-6960 www.lakeforestca.gov Holiday Hoopla Rockin’ Winter Camp and Winter Adventure Camp, December 21-24 and 28-31. • LangoKids Irvine 9070 Irvine Center Drive, Ste. 135, Irvine (714) 864-4680 www.langokidsirvine.com Camp Lango is a Spanish immersion camp offered during school breaks designed to give children (5-10) a unique experience. Kids get to spend time having fun, acquiring a second or third language, and taking pretend trips along with a passport to different destinations in Latin America or Europe. The best thing is they don’t have to fly! Without the hassle of lost luggage, they are able to visit these places and learn about their language, traditions, recreation and cuisine. Each week at Camp Lango is a new destination that ends with a celebration for parents, family and friends. Extended care in the morning and afternoon is available for free. Also see “Languages.” See ad on page 35. • Lil’ Chef School 15435 Jeffrey Road, #132, Irvine (949) 679-8390 www.lilchefschool.com Lil’ Chef School offers hands-on cooking fun and culinary adventures in their school-break camps. Two three-day Christmas camps will be offered where your lil’ chef will learn how to cook everything from winter desserts to traditional holiday dishes. Visit their website for menus,

and early bird- and multiple week-discounts. Offered December and January, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Also see “Calendar,” “Cooking” and “Parties.” See ad on page 22. • Mad Science (714) 668-9174 www.westorangecounty.madscience.org From building bridges and digging dinosaurs to readying rockets and cracking codes, children in Mad Science camp participate in scientific explorations that are so much fun, they forget they’re learning! Also see “Calendar,” “Parties” and “STEM.” See ad on page 48. • Makersville/Club Ten: A Learning for Life Program of the Long Beach BSA www.makersville.net Makersville offers camps during school break sessions that can include sewing, game production, math with art, mask making, silkscreening, LEGO, cosplay, robotics, entrepreneurship, 3-D printer, Oculus, sculpting, Game Jams and more. Locations at Long Beach Sea Base and MADE in Long Beach. Also see “Academics and Tutoring,” “Arts and Crafts” and “STEM.” • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, Signal Hill (562) 986-0066 www.mygym.com/longbeach My Gym Children’s Fitness Center offers one of the best camp programs in town. Children of all ages can enjoy a day of camp with hands-on arts and crafts, music, dance, games, and overall emphasis on learning solid skills and fundamentals in sports and gymnastics. Themed days and activities add to the fun and atmosphere of the program. Call for dates. See ad on page 21. Newport Beach Recreation and Senior Services (949) 644-3151 wwwcampnewport.com Winter camps (December 21-23) include Lego Robotics (5-12), Academic Chess (5-12), Holiday Art (5-14), Camp Broadway Star (7-12) and Stage Play (4-6). $90-165. • Pacific Conservatory, Music & Arts Education 151 Kalmus, G-1, Costa Mesa (714) 545-1217 www.pacificconservatory.com Your child (ages 3-12) will experience music, art and theater each fun-filled day at DiscoveryARTS Camps available during winter, ski-week, spring and summer vacations. These popular camps introduce children to the joys of artistic expression. Younger campers enjoy singing, dancing, related art projects and Fairytale Theatre with provided costumes. Older campers participate in music theater productions and art classes. Parent performances are held each Friday. Fast-Track Intensive musicianship camps and Musical Madness Instrumental Introduction camps are also available. See ad on page 43. • Rainbow Chefs (855) 485-2433 www.rainbowchefs.com From Food Science to Restaurant Challenge, aspiring young chefs (ages 5+) will enjoy these extraordinary culinary arts camps that combine fun, kid-friendly recipes with health education to inspire a love for cooking and healthy eating. All food and cooking utensils are provided. Also see “Cooking” and “Parties.” See ad on page 24. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


• Rancho Rio Verde Horsemanship Camp 1000 W. Carson St., Long Beach (714) 624-5754, (310) 830-2060 www.rrvridingclub.com Small group instruction in riding and vaulting (gymnastics on horseback). Each camper has a horse to care for during the week. Horsemanship skills are taught by qualified instructors. One-week sessions are offered during spring break and summer, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon. See ad on page 34. • Sandie Mercer Ranch at Lakewood Equestrian Center 11369 Carson St., Lakewood (562) 425-1905 Weekly extended lesson program at Shady Acres for ages 7-16. Learn all about horses; horseback riding two times daily. Weekly sessions, 9 a.m. 2:30 p.m.; summer and vacation breaks. Enrollment is limited. See “Horseback Riding” for yearround lessons. See ad on page 34. Signal Hill Community Services (562) 989-7330 www.cityofsignalhill.org Winter camps (grades K-5) - Games and arts and crafts, December 14-18 and 28-31, $32-40. • Skatedogs (714) 313-8787 www.skatedogs.com Kids will make new friends, advance their skateboarding skills, and most importantly, have fun at Skatedogs’ school-break skateboarding camps offered through city parks and recreation departments. They also offer afterschool and weekend classes, private lessons and birthday parties; see “Parties” and “Skateboarding.” • Sylvan Learning Centers Downey  (562) 622-9210 Huntington Beach  (714) 848-6072 Long Beach  (562) 429-8320 www.sylvanlearning.com At Sylvan Camps kids have fun! Campers learn robotics and game design while strengthening their math, reading and writing skills. Call today for details! See ads on pages 5 and 61. • Tom Hicks Baseball Camps, LLC P.O. Box 15963, Long Beach 90815-0963 (562) 425-2446 www.tomhicksbaseballcamps.com The 26th annual THBC prides itself on being the area’s best fundamental baseball camp. Camps, offered during summer and Christmas vacations, focus on individual instruction and improvement. Camps are available in Long Beach and the surrounding areas. For more information, see their listing in “Baseball and Softball,” or visit their website. • Vans Skatepark Clinics 20 City Blvd. West, Orange (714) 769-3800 www.vans.com Vans Skatepark in Orange offers skate camps and clinics yearly. Instruction is offered for beginner to advanced street skateboarders, ages 6-16. Space is limited and preregistration is required. All participants must have a waiver signed onsite by a parent or legal guardian. Please call the lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

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park for camp schedules and details; private lessons also available. Holiday Skate Clinic is offered December 12 and 19; see “Calendar” for details. Also see “Skateboarding.” See ad on page 19.

Parties • Scouts Workshops Parent & Me At-School Classes Field Trips

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• Wagonwheel Ranch Horseback Rides 4057 Via Opata, Palos Verdes (310) 567-3582 www.pvhorses.net Camps, offered daily, are four hours long, and include two hours of Western trail ride time. It’s the perfect place for your child to experience country values and horsemanship, where real riding experience is emphasized—there’s no baby sitting at this camp! Campers will enjoy the many sights to see along the Palos Verdes Peninsula with their guided horseback rides, including hillside views, meadows of wildflowers and wildlife. Riders learn to tack the horse; hoof care and the proper way to bridle the horse is also demonstrated with hands-on experience. Their horses are gentle and suited for the beginner to experienced riders. Class sizes are kept small so that your child receives quality guidance. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Camp can be scheduled by the day or week, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 1:30-4:30 p.m. For more information, call anytime. Also see “Horseback Riding” and “Parties.” YMCA www.ymcaoc.org,www.lbymca.org www.campoakes.org, www.camp.ymca.org Individual branches offer day camp (5-15) during traditional and year-round school vacations. Overnight camp (7-18) may be offered throughout the school year. Family Camp is held Halloween and Thanksgiving weekends. Financial assistance is available. See “Youth and Family Groups” for contact information.

CHILD CARE & BABYSITTING Your Kid Can Sit Like a Pro! Several agencies offer sitter training workshops for boys and girls 10+, covering basic first aid, child behavior, safety skills and even how to market their new business. Check out Safe Sitter at www.safesitter.org or (714) 532-8887. Or try the online and in-person classes offered through the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org. (562) 595-6341, Long Beach or (714) 481-5300, Orange County. Classes are also offered through city recreation departments, on page 52.

Child care resources, plus referrals. Also see: “Play Groups,” “Schools,” and “Youth and Family Groups.”

• Alpert JCC Kids’ University 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Ext. 1023 www.alpertjcc.org AJCC’s Kids’ University for kids in grades K-8! Just like a real university––kids choose from an assortment of classes and activities, including art, aquatics, martial arts, creative writing, digital movie-making and sports, like basketball, flag football, soccer and more! Includes transportation from Long Beach area schools. Homework assistance and snack provided. Monday - Friday, till 6 p.m. Fees vary with number of days. Call Eric Feldman at the number listed above, or e-mail kidsuniversity@alpertjcc.org to reserve one of the limited slots for your child. See ad on page 17. • Bowers Kidseum After-School Program 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 480-1520 www.bowers.org/kidseum Kidseum offers a free after-school program for Santa Ana children grades 3-8 (younger siblings K-2nd will be considered). Each day Kidseum educators spend one hour assisting students with their homework. Children also participate in visual and performing arts activities that help boost children’s confidence, creativity and communication skills. Students visit the Bowers Museum’s exhibitions and are lead on tours by docents. In addition, each week a professional artist or guest visits the afterschool program to lead a unique activity. See ad on page 37. • Children’s Home Society of California Greater Long Beach  (562) 256-7490 Orange County  (714) 543-2273 www.chs-ca.org A central coordinating link for child care and child development services. Parents can obtain free information on licensed child-care facilities that match their needs. Listings are maintained on licensed child-care centers, family child-care homes, before and after-school programs, public and private schools, and child-care assistance programs. 249 E. Ocean Blvd., Ste. 300, Long Beach; and 333 South Anita Drive, Ste. 350, Orange. See ad on page 23. Hourly Baby Sitting The following websites provide a search for sitters in your area: www.care.com, www.sittercity.com, www. socasittersunlimited.com and www.urbansitter.com. Information and Referrals The following organizations offer information about, and referrals to, child-care programs and providers. First 5 California - Resource line to locate child care in your area. (916) 263-1050. www.ccfc.ca.gov Greater Long Beach - Family Child Care Association provides free referrals to licensed family child care in the provider’s home (infants - school age), (562) 804-7474, www.lblakewoodchildcare.org. Orange County Child Care Association - A free referral service for parents seeking licensed in-home child care. Includes referrals to care providers for children with special needs. www.orangecountychildcareassociation.org lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


• Kid Works Children’s Center 3621 E. Broadway, Long Beach (562) 438-4904 www.kidworkscc.com Spanish Dual-Immersion Afterschool Kindergarten for children ages 5-6 who are attending the local kindergartens in the area. Held in its own special area, children have lunch then are immersed in activities to bring to life what they have learned that day in math, science, language and fine motor skills through gardening, cooking, digging, singing, painting and lots more—and all in Spanish. The program is held Monday - Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Space is limited and some transportation is available. See ad on page 57; listing on page 54. YMCAs, Recreation Departments and Boys and Girls Clubs City recreation departments, Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCAs offer before and/or after-school and schoolvacation programs. Many recreation department programs are operated on a drop-in basis and are free of charge. Some YMCAs and Boys and Girls Clubs offer transportation to and from selected school sites. See page 52 and 66 for contact information.

COOKING

The mission of Children’s Home Society of California (CHS) is to reach out to children and families at risk with a range of services to ensure that every child has the opportunity to develop within a safe, healthy and secure environment.

CHILDREN’S HOME SOCIETY OF CALIFORNIA

All Services are free of charge or low cost.

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

www.chs-ca.org

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

What’s Cookin’, Good Lookin’? Kids who love to tinker, taste and make a mess might love the art of cooking. Look for classes and camps at these local outposts: Chef Tech, Long Beach, (562) 989-2467, www.cheftechcookingschool.com; Sur La Table, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, (800) 243-0852, www.surlatable.com; and Prep Kitchen, Seal Beach, (562) 430-1217, www. prepkitchenessentials.com. Also see Lil’ Chef School and Rainbow Chefs in this section.

Instructional classes, camps and workshops. • Lil’ Chef School 15435 Jeffrey Road, #132, Irvine (949) 679-8390 www.lilchefschool.com Weekly classes with a different menu each week. Jr. Chefs (5-12) meet for 90 minutes of hands-on cooking full of learning and fun. Children learn cuisines of the world and enhance their experience with fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices while gaining confidence and experience in the kitchen that will last them a lifetime! Master Chefs (11+, or with instructor approval) have mastered the basics of cooking, kitchen etiquette and safety. They are ready to take their culinary skills to the next level. Lil’ Chef School’s program for teens allows for more independence in the kitchen with planning and organizing tasks and operating kitchen equipment/tools. They are encouraged to practice a creative approach while interpreting recipes. See ad on page 22. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

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• Rainbow Chefs (855) 485-2433 www.rainbowchefs.com Rainbow Chefs combines fun, kid-friendly recipes with health education to inspire a love for cooking and healthy eating! Kids (5+) sharpen their culinary skills and learn quick-and-easy, do-ityourself recipes in any of their themed enrichment programs available for schools, and camps. From Food Science to Restaurant Challenge, aspiring young chefs can enjoy Rainbow Chef’s extraordinary cooking camps (see “Camps”). Or, have Rainbow Chefs throw your next birthday party (see “Parties”). Either at your home, venue

or theirs, guests will leave with a memorable impression of the most unique, fun party participating in custom culinary arts activities, including customizable party themes like Cupcake Wars or Iron Chefs Challenge. See ad on this page. YMCAs, Recreation Departments, Colleges and Boys and Girls Clubs Cooking and nutrition classes may be offered by city recreation departments, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs and some community colleges. Occasional cooking camps are offered during school breaks. See page 52 and 66 for contact information.

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Just ask Derek Hough of “Dancing with the Stars,” boys like to dance, too! Most dance studios offer classes that appeal to both boys and girls, including hip-hop, acrobatic, tap, Latin dance and more—many taught by male instructors. A great stress-buster, dancing is also a perfect way to build strength, endurance, balance, concentration and agility. Encourage your son to try something new with a free first class, offered by many studios. Just ask!

Classes and camps. Also see: “Football and Cheerleading,” “Gymnastics” and “Theater Arts” for related activities. • Burgess Cotillion Golden Sails Hotel, 6285 E. PCH, Long Beach (323) 874-7393 www.bobbyburgesscotillion.com Monthly dances (grades 3-12) with instruction in popular and ballroom styles, and etiquette. The three basic ballroom dances, waltz, foxtrot and swing, are taught every season, along with a Latin dance, such as the samba or tango, as well as other forms of dance, such as the Charleston or polka. Mother-son or father-daughter dances and waltz contests are also offered. Runs monthly, Monday nights, September - April. Registration begins in May. Sign-up early, space is limited. Email: burgesscotillion@aol.com. Also see “Beauty and Etiquette” and “Calendar.” • Center Stage Dance Academy 3418 N. Los Coyotes Diagonal, Long Beach (562) 497-1181 www.csdalb.com Annual student recital is held at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center at CSULB. Look for their Children’s Performing Company at Knott’s Berry Farm, national competitions, and local community events. Many current students have careers in the performing arts. Classes are continuously forming. The first class is free! See ad on page 27. • Dance Company 4205 Montair Ave., Long Beach (562) 425-7231 www.thedancecolongbeach.com Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Pointe, Theatre Dance, Lyrical, Fit Ball and Pilates (3+); beginner to advanced levels with an emphasis on technique. Two annual studio productions and children’s performing company are available, plus lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


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a complete adult program. The Dance Company is a complete performing arts studio. A Mini-Dance Summer Camp is also offered for ages 5-10. See ad on this page. • Elevation Studios 1900 E. 27th St., #101, Signal Hill (562) 424-2711 www.elevationstudios.com Ages 3 through adult, beginning through professional. Full recreational program as well as a highly competitive competition team. Owners and professional dancers, Alex and Robert Lee are extremely connected and involved in the dance world, which allows the studio to bring in master instructors from around the country. Robert and Alex’s credits include: Britney Spears, Madonna, Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, and a BFA in dance. The innovation of this studio sets it apart from the rest, and the value of dance education they provide is priceless. Check out their website for more information and full details. For information about their winter-break intensive, see page 20. See ad on page 25. • Kick It Up 8125 & 8129 East Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 430-1812 www.kickitup.com Come dance, sing, act and perform at Kick It Up, a noncompetitive, friendly dance, music, fitness and party studio for all ages. Classes are offered for all ages and ability levels; no one is turned away. Tutu Cuties, Intro to Dance, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Hula, Lyrical, Contemporary and Acrobatics are some of the many dance classes offered. In addition, Kick It Up also offers music and voice lessons. As a parent, they offer many fitness and dance classes at the same time your children or teens are in class. All participants have the opportunity to perform in a family-oriented and affordable dance recital in December and June. Performing teams, Brownie/Girl Scout events, camps and birthday parties are offered

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throughout the year. Also see “Camps” and “Parties.” See ad on page 27. • Los Altos Dance Center 5531 Spring St., Long Beach (562) 429-7486 www.losaltosdance.com Los Altos Dance Center is a family-owned studio serving the Long Beach area since 1977. They offer classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop and lyrical for preschoolers, children, teens and adults. Their friendly teachers make classes fun and enjoyable while teaching proper dance technique. Los Altos Dance Center takes pride in their yearly dance recital where students and teachers perform beautifullyskilled and choreographed dance routines. Voted Best Dance Studio 2015 Press-Telegram Readers Choice Awards! See ad on page 24. • Melodie’s Dance Theatre 3381 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos (562) 431-8582 www.melodiesdance.com Performance opportunities are available for everyone at Melodie’s Dance Theatre. For over 38 years, the studio has offered dance classes for ages 2 to adult. Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Acrobatic, Contemporary and Combination are offered in a positive, friendly, family-oriented environment. Their studio offers award-winning choreography, plus reasonable rates including family and multiple class discount plans. Adult classes, such as Zumba, are also available. Mention this ad and receive two months tuition for the price of one month (new students only, excludes Zumba). See ad on page 25. • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns (562) 986-0066 www.mygym.com/longbeach Dance Fitness (ages 4½-11) in a fun, explosive, high-energy class where children learn the coolest moves set to today’s most popular music. In a safe, age-appropriate environment, students enhance endurance, agility and strength. Learn about dance, history and culture while having fun! See ad on page 21. National Dance Alliance (800) 533-8022 www.nda.varsity.com National organization hosts championships, special events and camps throughout Southern California. • OCSA’s Foundation Arts Enrichment Program 1010 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 560-0900, Ext. 5630 or 3259 www.ocsarts.net/communityclasses Offers two twelve-week sessions on Saturdays during the school year in ballroom dance (grades 4-8). See listings in “Arts and Crafts” and “Camps” for full program descriptions. See ad on page 8. • WeBreak Hip Hop Dance Company (562) 277-1385 wwww.webreakdance.com LA, OC and mobile breakdancing group and classes. Their beginning breakdance is created to help kids (2½+) understand the fundamental moves and concepts

of the art form of b-boying/b-girling. Students learn the building blocks of breaking so that they can begin to incorporate their own style into the dance. Students learn the importance of training, practice, strength training and stretching. They are taught the three core elements of breakdancing which are top rocking, footwork and freezes. They learn how to express their style through breaking and how to be comfortable dancing in front of others. All of We Break’s classes are taught by experienced and seasoned b-boys/b-girls that have put much time and effort in learning the dance. See ad on page 24. YMCAs, Recreation Departments, Colleges and Boys and Girls Clubs Dance classes are offered by most city recreation departments, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs and some community colleges. See page 52 and 66 for contact information.

EMERGENCY & FAMILY RESOURCES Be Prepared in an Emergency Let your kids in on the prep work by sharing the worksheets at www.ready.gov/kids and www. fema.gov/plan-prepare, or by signing them up for a Beginner Emergency Skills workshop for ages 3-6 at Cypress College. It’s just $15, offered year-round. Call (714) 808-4909. For fact sheets, classes and checklists for the whole family, visit the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org.

Also see: “Health and Fitness,” “Parent Education and Support Groups,” and “Safety.” Emergency Numbers Emergency, Fire, Police, Medical  911 Childhelp USA  (800) 422-4453 Poison Control Center  (800) 222-1222 Safely Surrendered Baby (877) 222-9723 Suicide Prevention Lifeline  (800) 273-8255 Suicide Hotlines (877) 727-4747, (800) 784-2433 Suicide Hotline for LGBTQ Teens (866) 488-7386 Child Abuse Call for help or to report abuse or suspected abuse. Information and referrals are available. Bilingual. Also see Help Lines and Hot Lines in this section. Children of the Night  (800) 551-1300 National, 24-hour hotline and shelter for youth (1117) affected by sexual abuse, exploitation, prostitution or pornography. www.childrenofthenight.org For The Child  (562) 427-7671, (562) 422-8472 Prevention of and treatment for child abuse for victims and their families. www.forthechild.org lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


Department of Children and Family Services of LA County  (800) 540-4000 dcfs.co.la.ca.us OC Child Abuse Prevention Center  (714) 543-4333 14 different programs designed for kids to live in violence-free homes. www.brightfutures4kids.org Social Services Agency of OC (800) 207-4464 24-hour child abuse hotline. www.ssa.ocgov.com Counseling Alateen/Al-Anon (888) 4AL-ANON (425-2666) Support groups and referrals for families and children of alcoholics. En español, (562) 948-2190. www.al-anon-alateen.org Boys and Girls Club Arches  (714) 532-7940 Counseling, family support, outreach and referrals. Garden Grove. www.bgcgg.org Casa Youth Shelter - Classes for parents of teenagers. Bilingual. 10911 Reagan St., Los Alamitos. (714) 995-8601. www.casayouthshelter.org Community Family Guidance Center  (562) 924-5526 Therapy for children (3-17). www.cfgcenter.com • Connie Wax, Individual, Couple Family and Child Counselor (714) 300-3163 www.CounselorForTheGiftedAndTalented.com See listing and ad on page 42. Exchange Club Family Support Center - Three and nine-week parenting sessions. Bilingual. $40 per person; $50 per couple. 8320 Iowa St., Downey. (562) 904-9590. www.downeyfamilysupport.com

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

Orange County  (949) 435-3484 Nonsectarian. Fees based on a sliding scale. www.jfcslongbeach.org, www.jewishorangecounty.org Magnolia Park Family Resource Center (714) 530-7413 Counseling, parenting classes and referrals. www. tinyurl.com/magnoliaparkfamily Mariposa Women and Family Center Parenting education classes. Adults only, child care is available. Orange, (714) 547-6494; and San Juan Capistrano, (949) 429-6888. www. mariposacenter.org OC Child Abuse Prevention Center - Crisis and prevention services, plus Parent-to-Parent and School Readiness programs. 2390 E. Orangewood, Ste. 300, Anaheim. (714) 543-4333. www.brightfutures4kids.org

CENTER STAGE DANCE ACADEMY 562.497.1181 • www.csdalb.com

Ballet • Tap • Jazz • Preschool Combo • Lyrical • Hip Hop • Vocal Family oriented, 6500 sq. ft. facility, air conditioned Over 145 classes each week, for ages 3-18

FIRST CLASS FREE Family and Multi-class Discounts

Nationally awarded choreographers and Grammy nominated vocal director Annual Student Recital at the Carpenter Center at CSULB

Families Anonymous  (800) 736-9805 Free weekly meetings for families and friends of an addict or alcoholic. www.familiesanonymous.org Help Line Youth Counseling  (562) 864-3722 Youth and family counseling. Fees based on a sliding scale. www.hycinc.org

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vices for runaways, abducted children and/or their parents. Also visit www.amberalert.gov. California Missing Children Hotline  (800) 222-3463 www.chp.ca.gov/amber/index.html Find the Children  (888) 477-6721 www.findthechildren.com National Center for Missing and Exploited Children www.missingkids.com Straight Talk Clinic  (714) 828-2000 Individual and peer counseling. Fees based on a sliding scale. www.straighttalkcounseling.org • The Guidance Center  (562) 485-3085 In Long Beach since 1946, the agency provides English/Spanish mental health assessment and treatment, including individual, group, and family counseling and psychotherapy, medication, and psychological testing for children, teens and their families for a wide range of behavioral, social, emotional, family and school problems. Clinic locations in Long Beach, San Pedro, Compton and school-based services in Avalon. www.tgclb.org. See ad on this page. Women’s Shelter of Long Beach  (562) 437-4663 Counseling for victims of domestic violence. www. womenshelterlb.org Emergency Shelters Temporary shelter for children and families in crisis. Residential care, counseling, referrals and bilingual assistance available. Youth Shelters: Casa Youth Shelter  (800) 914-CASA (2272) Children of the Night  (800) 551-1300 Community Service Programs (949) 250-0488 CSP Huntington Beach  (714) 842-6600 CSP Laguna Beach  (949) 494-4311 Boys Town  (800) 448-3000 Laurel House Teen Shelter  (714) 832-0207 Family Shelters: 1736 Family Crisis Center  (562) 388-7652, (310) 379-3620 Gilchrist House  (949) 492-8477 Human Options  (877) 854-3594 Interval House (562) 594-4555, (714) 891-8121 Laura’s House  (866) 498-1511 Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter  (949) 631-7213 Women’s Shelter of Long Beach  (562) 437-4663 Help Lines and Hot Lines Crisis intervention, information, listening/counseling and referrals for any need. Most hot lines operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 211 LA and Orange Counties  211 Referrals to health and human services agencies. www.211la.org, www.211oc.org Baby Line  (949) 764-2229 Baby-care and breast-feeding questions an-

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

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

(800) 566-5688

Year-Round Food Banks Long Beach Food Bank www.helpmehelpu.org Los Angeles Regional Food Bank www.lafoodbank.org Orange County Food Bank www.ocfoodbank.org/need-help Second Harvest Food Bank www.feedoc.org • Orange County Department of Child Support Services 1055 N. Main St., Santa Ana (866) 901-3212 www.css.ocgov.com Professional, cost-effective services to parents or caretakers of minor children, including the establishment and enforcement of child support orders, establishment of legal paternity through genetic testing, and account maintenance. For more information, see “Parent Education and Support Groups.” See ad on page 51.

(800) 454-8966

National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-7233 www.thehotline.org National Eating Disorders Assoc.  (800) 931-2237 www.nationaleatingdisorders.org National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline  (866) 331-9474 www.loveisrespect.org RAINN  (800) 656-HOPE (4673) The Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network’s hotline connects to a local rape crisis center. www.rainn.org Stand Up For Kids (800) 365-4KID (4543) Provides children in crisis with food and clothing. www.standupforkids.org

FENCING Touché! Don’t let those pointy weapons scare you: kids as young as five can learn this super-fun pursuit in the safety of a studio. Sign up for a beginners’ class at one of the facilities listed. (Gryphon offers a free first class.) Look for local clubs, learn the basics and peruse the rules at USA Fencing; click “New to Fencing” at www.usfencing.org.

Teen Lines  (310) 855-4673, (800) 852-8336 Peer counseling for teens. Daily, 6-10 p.m. www. teenlineonline.org Missing/Runaway Children Help, information, referrals and message-relay ser-

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• Gryphon Fencing & Fitness Studio 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia 92870 (714) 519-1343 www.GryphonFencing.com Do your kids love to swordfight like a musketeer, Jedi or pirate? Then fencing is the sport for them! Fencing develops stamina, discipline and coordination. Gryphon Fencing Club has a beautiful facility with state-of-the-art electronic fencing equipment. They offer fun fencing classes for kids ages 5 and older. They also offer youth, teen and adult fencing classes continuously during the year and vacation-break camps (see “Camps”). Fencing- and archery-themed birthday parties (see “Parties”) and special events are also available. Gryphon Fencers compete locally and nationally. Learn fencing at Gryphon Fencing—fun, safe and affordable! Email: info@gryphonfencing.com. See ad on this page. More Fencing Golubitsky Fencing Center, 1652 Edinger Ave., Ste. C, Tustin, (714) 678-3758, www.gfc-world.com. Laguna Fencing Center, 26062 Merit Circle, Ste. 103, Laguna Hills, (949) 215-4112, www.lagunafencing.com. M Team Fencing So Cal, 4372 La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills, (714) 996-8880, www.mteamfencingsocal.com. South Coast Fencing Center, 3518 Lake Center Drive, Ste. C, Santa Ana, (714) 549-2946, www. southcoastfencing.com.

FISHING & BOATING

aboard the specialized Harbor Breeze Cruises’ whale-watching boats to seek out whales, various dolphin species, sea lions and migratory seabirds. The ocean adventure will include educational interpretation by an Aquarium of the Pacific marine expert as well as a variety of bio-facts for all to explore. Two daily departures, noon and 3 p.m. Cost includes aquarium admission, $59.95 adult (12+), $39.95 child (3-11) and $55.95 senior (62+). Discounted prices available for members. Times and prices vary by season. RSVP: (562) 590-3100 or www.aquariumofpacific.org. See ad with coupon on page 13. Catalina - The following companies offer passenger service to Catalina Island: Catalina Express,

from Dana Point, Long Beach and San Pedro ports, also offers a free ride on birthdays, must register on their website before booking ride, (800) 4813470, www.catalinaexpress.com; and Catalina Flyer, from Newport Bay Harbor, (800) 830-7744, www.catalinainfo.com. Harbor Breeze Cruise - Open daily with multiple departures for tours of the harbor. 100 Aquarium Way, Dock #2, Long Beach. (562) 432-4900. www.2seewhales.com Spirit Cruises - Narrated one-hour harbor cruises year round, departing from Long Beach and Los Angeles harbors. (310) 548-8080. www.spiritmarine.com

Thar She Blows! Lucky for us, we live in one of the best whalewatching zones in the world. Look for year-round tours. Long Beach: Harbor Breeze Cruises, (562) 432-4900, www.2seewhales.com. Dana Point: Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari, (949) 488-2828, www.dolphinsafari.com; Dana Wharf Whale Watching, (949) 496-5794, www. danawharf.com; and Ocean Institute, (949) 4962274, www.ocean-institute.org. Newport Beach: Newport Landing Whale Watching, (949) 6750551, www.newportwhales.com. San Pedro: Shoreliner Cruises, (310) 832-8304, www. shorelinercruises.com.

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

Sailing, rowing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing classes, whale watching, cruises and fishing excursions. Plus, local fishing lakes, fishing information and referrals. Boat Cruises • Aquarium of the Pacific’s Whale and Sea Life Cruise - Adventurers will explore nearby seas lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

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

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Coast Guard Auxiliary www.cgaux.org Boating safety classes (4+). Nominal fee for materials; instruction is free. Visit their website for referrals to youth classes (8-18) offered by local flotillas. Dana Wharf Sportfishing Free Kids Fishing Day and Kids Club 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point (949) 496-5794 www.danawharf.com Free Kids Sportfishing Clinics (12 and under) are held on Sundays at noon. Kids Club offers a yearly membership that includes a half-day fishing trip for one child and one adult, two-hour whale watching trip, merchandise and discounts, $39 per year. Fishing Spots and Resources Camping/party packages are also available. Fishing license may be required for ages 16+. Most admissions: adults, $24-28; kids, $12-18. Parking fee may apply. Corona Lake - 12510 Temescal Road, Corona. (951) 277-4489. www.fishinglakes.com Department of Fish and Game - Free information includes maps to local lakes, events, stocking guides and regulations, plus publications geared for children. Find a California fishing location near you by visiting www.wildlife.ca.gov.

Irvine Lake (Santiago Reservoir) - Lake, plus kids’ (12 and under) lagoon. Free kayak and float tube rental. 4621 Santiago Canyon Road, Silverado. (714) 6499111. www.irvinelake.net Laguna Niguel Lake - Boat and float tube rentals are also available. 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel. (949) 362-9227. www.lagunaniguellake.com Mt. Baldy Trout Pools - Bring your own pole, $1; use their pole, $2; includes bait, cleaning and packaging on ice. Separate fee, $6-18, for caught fish. 6945 Mount Baldy Road, Mount Baldy. (909) 982-4246. www.mtbaldytroutpools.com Santa Ana River Lakes - Three stocked lakes. Huckleberry Fish Pond just for kids, admission, $3; and rod rental, $3. Gemstone and fossil panning are also offered. 4060 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim. (714) 632-7830. www.fishinglakes.com Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area - Year-round fishing. Vehicle entry fee $10; boat launching, nonmotorized, $7; boat launching, motorized, $10. 15501 E. Arrow Hwy., Irwindale. (626) 334-1065. www.tinyurl.com/santafedam Troutdale - $7 per person (2+) includes bamboo fishing pole, corn bait and bucket. Separate fee, $6-11 for fish caught. Cleaning is available for $1.50 per

Cheerleaders National Association (800) 533-8022 www.varsity.com Hosts championships and camps (10+). Football and Cheerleading at Games American Youth Football and Cheer - Tackle football (5-15) and cheerleading (5-15) at AYF games. www.americanyouthfootball.com Friday Night Lights - Flag football (grades K-8); spring and fall seasons. Cheer program also offered. Garden Grove, www.ggfnl.com; Huntington Beach, www.hbfnl.com; Los Alamitos/Seal Beach, www.losalfnl.com; and Newport-Mesa, www. newportmesafnl.com. King Conference Football - Tackle football league (7-14). Girls (3-15) perform at football games and participate in parades and competitions. Season runs August - December. (323) 295-2944. Pop Warner Little Scholars - Flag and tackle football league (5-15). Cheerleaders (5-15) perform at

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Pier fishing is available in Long Beach, Newport Beach, San Pedro and Seal Beach. Many regional parks also offer fishing. See “Recreation and Parks.” • Leeway Sailing Center Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine 5437 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach (562) 570-1719 www.longbeach.gov/park Classes are offered year round for beginner to intermediate sailors, including canoeing (9+), bay kayaking (10+) and sailing using Sabot (8+), Keelboat and Capri 14 boats (13+). Group, private or semi-private lessons are available. On-The-Water-Instruction Boy Scouts of America - Weekend activities include swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, rowing, motor boating and fishing. Programs are also available for teens (14-21) to learn boat handling under power and sail, piloting and navigation. Open to non-scouts. Long Beach Sea Base, 5875 Appian Way, Long Beach. (562) 427-0911. www. longbeachbsa.org Newport Aquatic Center - Junior Rowing (high school), September - May; and Outrigger Paddling (11+), year round. 1 Whitecliffs Drive, Newport Beach. (949) 6467725. www.newportaquaticcenter.com

FOOTBALL & CHEERLEADING Flag and tackle football leagues and clinics, plus cheer classes, camps and squads. Also see: “Dance” and “Gymnastics” for cheerrelated programs.

fish. 2468 Troutdale Road, Agoura. (818) 889-9993. www.allyoucanfish.com

games and participate in competitions. Registration starts in February for August - November season. www.popwarner.com • HSC All Stars Cheerleading Program Kidnastics, 10712 Reagan St., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102 www.kidnastics.net HSC All Stars made their all-star cheerleading debut in the season of 2007. Since then, they have won regional and national championships. As a competitive cheerleading program for girls and boys (4+), HSC All Stars teaches all skill levels of cheer and offers various commitment levels from full-year to half-year cheer teams. Now with more than five competitive teams from various ages and levels, including the newest addition to HSC, the Special Needs Team “SHINE.” Teams are forming and developing into another successful season. For enrollment information, please email: info@hscallstars.com. See ad on page 31. YMCAs, Recreation Departments and Boys and Girls Clubs Football and cheerleading classes are often offered by city recreation departments, Boys and Girls Clubs, and YMCAs. See page 52 and 66 for contact information

Newport Sea Base - Programs for boys and girls (7+) include sailing, canoeing, kayaking, rowing, fishing, motor-boat driving and stand-up paddle boarding. Additional land-based classes offered. 1931 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. (949) 642-5031. www.newportseabase.org OC Sailing and Events Center - Sailing, marine safety and kayaking classes and camps (8+), year round. 34451 Ensenada Place, Dana Point Harbor. (949) 923-2215. www.ocsail.com OCC Junior Sailing - After-school sailing classes (712) are offered in fall. Parent and child lessons (613) are also available. 1801 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. (949) 645-9412. www.occsailing.com Yacht Club Classes: Alamitos Bay Yacht Club - 7201 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, (562) 434-9955, www. abycjrprogram.com. Balboa Yacht Club - 1801 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar, (949) 673-3515, www. balboayachtclub.com. Seal Beach Yacht Club - 255 Marina Drive, Long Beach, (626) 807-6500, www. sealbeachyc.org. Shoreline Yacht Club - 386 Shoreline Drive South, Long Beach, (562) 435-4093, www.shorelineyachtclub.com. Recreation Departments Sailing instruction and fishing classes are offered by some city recreation departments. See page 52 for contact information. US Rowing www.tinyurl.com/usrowingfindaclub Resources to find rowing instruction or a club or crew. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


GYMNASTICS Amazing Acrobats Local gyms offer fun camps, parties and parents’ night out programs, letting your kids bounce off someone else’s walls for a change. Find a center near you; web search “gymnastics + your city.”

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• Kidnastics Quality Gymnastics and Cheerleading Training Center 10712 Reagan St., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102 www.kidnastics.net Kidnastics has been pleased to offer quality gymnastics instruction for over 38 years. As a recreational gymnastics and cheerleading facility with over 23,000 square feet of full-line gymnastics equipment and various levels of spring floors, they offer nothing but the best instructional classes for your children. Here, children learn all levels of gymnastics and cheer. Known for their quality and effective instructional classes, they strive to provide a positive and fun experience by teaching the importance of staying fit and having fun with gymnastics and cheer. They offer a variety of classes for children 12 months through the teen years. Programs include TotNastics, their early motor development classes designed for children 12-36 months, and gymnastics and tumbling classes for ages 3 years and up. In addition to their great gymnastics pro-

gram, they also offer competitive cheer programs: HSC All Stars for ages 3-18 years; for all skill levels, their newly developed special needs teams, and their exciting seasonal gymnastics camps throughout the year (see “Camps”). Visit the website or call the number listed for more program information. Also see “Football and Cheerleading” and “Parties.” See ad on this page. • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns (562) 986-0066 www.mygym.com/longbeach My Gym has helped thousands of children, ages 6 weeks through 13 years, gain confidence and selfesteem in a loving and caring environment. The innovative, non-competitive tumbling and gymnastics program incorporates age-appropriate games, relays, fitness exercise, sports skills, group activities, and song and dance. Along with the constantly changing equipment setups, excellent student to teacher ratio, and the experienced and caring staff,

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My Gym is the best place for your children! Call to sign up for a free guest class today. See ad on page 21. USA Gymnastics (800) 345-4719 www.usagym.org, www.usagymclub.com Website provides information and resources for all areas of gymnastics, including artistic/rhythmic, acrobatic, trampoline and tumbling. YMCAs, Recreation Departments, Colleges and Boys and Girls Clubs Gymnastics and tumbling classes are often offered by city recreation departments, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs and some community colleges. See page 52 and 66 for contact information.

HEALTH & FITNESS Drop and Give Me 20! Ever spotted a balance beam or chin-up bar at your local park? You might have walked right past a “vita course,” a super-fun (and free!) way for you and your kids to get in shape! Call your city recreation department to find a vita course near you. See page 52 for contact information.

Health service providers and referrals, plus a fitness center and nutrition classes and products. Also see: “Dentists and Orthodontists” and “Emergency and Family Services.” For additional fitness opportunities, see individual sports listed throughout kidsguide. • Chang Orthodontics 4608 Katella Ave., Ste. 201, Los Alamitos (562) 430-0541 www.changorthodontics.com Their goal is to provide patients with the right combination of advanced orthodontic technology and a personal human touch. By placing an emphasis on communication, they strive to ensure every patient understands what it takes to make a

healthy, beautiful smile. They also want to provide you with the highest quality orthodontic care in a family-friendly, fun and cooperative environment. Doctors 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 39.

iTero (Digital Impression System) have allowed them to become experts in a variety of treatments. They believe that every patient should be treated like family with the utmost attention and care. Whether you are a child, teen or adult, their knowledgeable doctor, and team are committed to helping you achieve your dream smile. See ad on page 39.

• Lice Clinics of America Los Alamitos 4012 Katella Ave., Ste. 104, Los Alamitos (562) 431-LICE (5423) www.lcalosalamitos.com Yikes, lice! No more need to spend frustrating and stressful hours trying to treat lice yourself with toxic over-the-counter lice shampoos. Lice have developed a resistance to these shampoos in 30 states, including California. The Lice Clinics of AmericaLos Alamitos clinic is the exclusive regional operator of the AirAllé®, the only FDA-cleared medical device clinically proven to kill both lice and their eggs. They provide your family with a safe, fast, effective, and stress-free lice treatment solution: no toxic chemicals, no pesticides, no follow-up appointment required, no at-home combing; one treatment, one flat rate, 100% guarantee, 100% kid-friendly. Email: ihatelice@lcalosalamitos.com. See ad on page 43.

• Pediatric Medical Center 2921 Redondo Ave., Long Beach (562) 426-5551 www.informedparent.com PMC provides comprehensive medical care for patients from birth through college with special expertise in: school underachievement and complex diagnostic and management problems. The team of physicians offer greater than one hundred twenty years of cumulative clinical pediatric experience and expertise. Each physician is active in the education and training of pediatric residents and medical students. This allows them to offer a unique combination of skills for the care of your child based on both academic and community pediatric medical experience. Their informative website offers a wide range of articles on parenting and health issues. See ad on this page.

• Lice Removal by Magic Hands 1330 E. South St., #6, Long Beach (562) 423-5423, (888) 608- LICE www.liceremovalbymagichands.com Not sure if your child has lice? This salon offers head checks for the entire family, as well as treatment and follow-up care. Their certified lice technicians by the Shepherd Institute will teach you what to do after your family’s treatment to remain lice free, and even make the process as fun as possible for your children. Their services allow your child to return to school the same day; no doctor visit is required. Follow-up rechecks are also provided. Let the expert, certified technicians at Lice Removal by Magic Hands help take this stressful process out of your life. Lice is their business. They will handle everything so you can get back to your normal day-to-day activities. See ad on page 18; coupon on page 71. • Mark A. Garlington D.D.S. Orthodontics for Children and Adults 5479 E. Abbeyfield, Ste. #1, Long Beach (562) 439-4553 www.drg4smiles.com At Garlington Orthodontics, you are always greeted with a smile and a warm welcome when you set foot in their office. They take pride in providing the best care in both a friendly and comfortable environment. Some of the latest technological advances, such as digital imaging, advanced computer graphics and

PEDIATRIC MEDICAL CENTE R INFANT, CHILDREN, AND ADOLESCENT MEDICINE F COMPREHENSIVE GENERAL PRACTICE PEDIATRIC CARE F SCHOOL UNDERACHIEVEMENT F John Samson, M.D., F.A.A.P. • Michael L. Goodin, M.D., F.A.A.P. • L. Philippe Theriot, M.D., F.A.A.P. , Peter W. Welty, M.D., F.A.A.P. Lori A. Livingston, M.D., F.A.A.P. • Brinda Singh, M.D., F.A.A.P. • Nicolas Ripp, M.D. (Board eligible) • Sandra Smith, Ph.D.

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• Stephen C. Kim, DDS, MSD, APC and Raymond M. Sugiyama, DDS MS 3551 Farquhar Ave., Ste. 202, Los Alamitos (562) 598-8543, (714) 750-3302 www.drkimortho.com For over thirty years, their practice has successfully helped residents of Orange and Los Angeles counties in achieving the smile of their dreams. Doctors Kim and Sugiyama, along with a friendly and caring staff, are committed to providing the highest quality orthodontic care in a professional and comfortable environment. Serving Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Long Beach, Cypress, Huntington Beach and surrounding areas, Dr. Stephen Kim and Dr. Ray Sugiyama are your orthodontic specialists providing complete orthodontic care for children, teens and adults. See ad on page 39. • Tribe Functional Fitness 10712-B Reagan St., Los Alamitos (562) 334-2348 www.tribefunctionalfitness.com The Sport of Fitness. Teaching kids and teens the correct way to move, how to press their limits, to do the impossible, to believe in themselves and how to have fun while doing it all. Tribe covers all 10 general physical skills: accuracy, agility, balance, cardiovascular endurance, coordination, flexibility, power, strength, stamina and speed. Learning in various environments, ranging from throwing, jumping, squatting, pulling, pressing, running, gymnastics and so much more. The program can be both a sport in itself or a perfect supplement to another sport. First three classes are free! See ad on page 33. • YummySnack® Bar™ www.yummyhealth.com YummySnack Bars are filled with natural ingredients with real nutrients, like cocoa, coconut, almond butter and flax seed. They are perfect for clean energy that won’t have kids bouncing off the walls and crashing moments later! And, it’s not just lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


what they put in, but what they have left out! You won’t find gluten, hydrogenated oils, trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, artificial flavors or preservatives in any of their YummySnack products. See ad on page 29. Low-Cost Health Services and Resources The following agencies provide low-cost medical/ dental referrals or services to families. Bilingual. Also additional resources can be found by calling 211 heath lines for LA and OC or visiting www.211LA.org or www.211OC.org. Boys and Girls Club Pediatric Vision Care  (714) 532-7940 www.bgcgg.org/programs/arches.html Children’s Clinic  (562) 933-0400 Medical, dental/orthodontic, optometric/ophthalmic and behavioral/mental health services. Call center open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Locations in Long Beach and Bellflower. www.thechildrensclinic.org Children’s Dental Health Clinic  (562) 933-3141 Dental services for economically disadvantaged children (infant-21). www.cdhc.org CHOC Children’s Clinics (714) 509-8887 Medical services, including specialties. Locations in Costa Mesa, Garden Grove, Newport Beach, Orange and Santa Ana. www.choc.org/community-education Cypress Community College Dental Clinic  (714) 484-7292 Low-cost teeth cleaning and oral disease exam performed by student hygienists. 9200 Valley View St., Cypress. www.tinyurl.com/cypresscollegedentalservices Immunization Referrals Free to low-cost immunizations for infants and kids. Long Beach only, (562) 570-SHOT, www.longbeach.gov/ health; Orange County, (800) 564-8448, www.tinyurl. com/OCfamilyhealth; Los Angeles County, (800) 4278700, www.tinyurl.com/LAcountyhealth. Smile Line OC  (714) 638-7637 Referrals for low-cost pediatric dentistry in Orange County. Also offers Smile Clinic, which caters to children with physical and developmental special needs. So Cal College of Optometry  (714) 449-7401 Low-cost exams. 2575 Yorba Linda Blvd., Fullerton. www.sccoeyecare.com  For free and low-cost clinics in Orange County, visit www.tinyurl.com/oclowcosthealth; and for Los Angeles County, visit www.tinyurl.com/LAlowcosthealth.

HORSEBACK RIDING Saddle Up! Hop on a horse and leave city life behind with an afternoon trail ride. Several outfitters offer guided rides for city folk of all ages, matching you up with just the right horse for your age and ability. (Young and spunky? Calm and poky?) See page 34 for a list of purveyors.

English and/or Western riding instruction, horse care, camps, parties and pony and polo clubs, plus trail rides. Also see: “Camps.” • Ann’s Lakewood Pony Rides and Petting Zoos - Ponies for Parties (626) 350-3049 www.flickr.com/photos/poniesforparties Clean, decorated ponies and petting zoos are delivered to your home, school, fair or company picnic. Birthday parties are their specialty! Studio rentals are also offered. Burbank party location available. Ann’s Lakewood Pony Rides was formerly located on Carson Street in Lakewood. Check them out on Yelp! See ad on page 46. • First Field Farm 18299 Dumont Ave., Cerritos (562) 924-2217 www.firstfieldfarm.com First Field Farm offers instruction in English horseback riding and jumping for beginning through advanced students. Beginner lessons include care of the horse as well as the basics of position and control. Private lessons are 30 minutes; group lessons, 45-50 minutes. Horses are provided. See ad on this page.

• Fun With Horses at Rancho del Rio Stable 1370 Sanderson Ave., Anaheim (949) 285-5286 www.havefunwithhorses.com A wide variety of programs for kids that love horses. Programs offered include private lessons, preschool classes, parties, scout badge programs, day camps, field trips, and even cow milking! Also, their large venue in San Diego is perfect for weddings and big parties (see “Parties”). See ad on page 35. • Pony Time Lessons and Hand-led Trail Rides 11369 Carson St., Lakewood (562) 916-7669, (951) 201-3928 www.ponytimeatlakewood.weebly.com Pony lessons are available daily by reservation for ages 6 and under. The class offers an opportunity to get up-close and personal with the ponies. Kids learn riding technique, mounting/dismounting, equipment, grooming, tack and saddle. Perfect for a child that loves ponies. Trail rides are also offered. The ride, lasting about 15-25 minutes, is hand led along Rynerson Park and back via the “Enchanted Forest.” Keep your eyes peeled for small wildlife, such as rabbits and hawks. Party packages are also available, see “Parties.”

Weight Watchers www.weightwatchers.com Offers weight-loss, nutrition program for kids ages 1016 with a doctor’s note identifying the weight goal. YMCA, Recreation Departments, Colleges and Boys and Girls Clubs Fitness and nutrition classes are often offered by city recreation departments, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs and some community colleges. See page 52 and 66 for contact information. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

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714/624-5754 • 310/830-2060 • Rancho Rio Verde 1000 W. Carson St., Long Beach (714) 624-5754, (310) 830-2060 www.rrvridingclub.com Group and private English and Western riding instruction (5+) includes basic horsemanship, jumping and ring time. Leases are available. Lessons are scheduled Tuesday through Sunday. Vaulting (gymnastics on horseback) and Horsemanship Camp (see “Camps”) available. Special programs and discounts for youth groups. Familyfriendly atmosphere. See ad on this page. • Sandie Mercer Ranch at Lakewood Equestrian Center 11369 Carson St., Lakewood (562) 425-1905 Private and group instruction (7+) for Western, English and jumping. Beginners through advanced lessons can be arranged to fit your schedule. Lessons are available seven days a week on your horse or theirs. The new Sunday Introduction to Horses class includes safety and basic in-hand care of the horse as well as riding all in a quiet, country setting. Camps are also available; see “Camps.” See ad on this page.

• Wagonwheel Ranch Horseback Rides 4057 Via Opata, Palos Verdes (310) 567-3582 www.pvhorses.net Offers one- and two-hour Western trail riding, party packages (see “Parties”) and year-round camps (see “Camps”). There are many sights to see along the Palos Verdes Peninsula with their guided horseback rides, including hillside views, meadows of wildflowers and wildlife. They help riders with tacking the horse; hoof care and the proper way to bridle the horse is also demonstrated with hands-on experience. Their horses are gentle and suited for the beginner to experienced riders, no matter the age, and special needs individuals as well (see “Special Needs”). They are community-minded and donate to local fundraisers. Open 365 days a year. So, saddle up and enjoy a scenic trail ride! For more information, call anytime. Gift certificates available. Equestrian Centers The following locations offer English and/or Western riding instruction (5+). Monthly leases for students who do not own a horse may be available. Most locations offer parties and school-break camps. For referrals to therapeutic riding programs, visit www.socalequine.com under the “Health Care” tab. Also see Huntington Beach Central Park Equestrian Center under “Trail Rides” in this section. Anaheim Equestrian Center Rancho del Rio Stable  (714) 535-3510 1370 Sanderson Ave., Anaheim www.anaheimequestriancenter.com Orange County Fairgrounds  (714) 708-1652 905 Arlington Ave., Costa Mesa www.ocfairequestrian.com Serrano Creek Ranch Equestrian  (949) 768-5891 Also offers an equine-therapy program. 25200 Trabuco Road, Lake Forest. www.serranocreekranch.com Polo Clubs Orange County Polo Club - Kids (10+) learn polo skills to eventually compete as polo players. No riding experience is required. Kids compete in US Polo Association Interscholastic tournaments. 23401 Via Pajaro, Coto de Caza. (714) 791-8369. www.ocpolo.com California Polo Club - Polo school for kids ages 7-13. 11035 Osborne St., Los Angeles, (818) 558-POLO. www.californiapoloclub.com/junior-polo-program

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Trail Rides Country Trails and Riding School in Orange, (714) 538-5860, www.ctriding.com; Huntington Beach Central Park Equestrian Center, (714) 848-6565, www.hcpec.com; Pony Time in Lakewood, see listing in this section; Sunset Ranch Hollywood Stables (under the Hollywood sign), (323) 469-5450, www. sunsetranchhollywood.com; Susie Q Ranch in Murrieta, (951) 551-4585, www.socalhorserentals.com; Wagonwheel Ranch in Palos Verdes, see listing in this section; Western Trails in Norco, (951) 403-1290, www. ridenorco.com; and Will Rogers Trail Rides in Pacific Palisades, (310) 662-3707, www.willrogerstrailrides.com. U.S. Pony Club (859) 254-7669 www.ponyclub.org English-riding instruction and competitions. Participants may lease a horse or use their own.

LANGUAGES Boost Your Language Lessons! Turn on Pandora and listen to music in the new language. (Colombian singer Shakira says that’s how she learned English!) Subscribe to colorful kids’ magazines, or check out library books in the new language. Watch movies and TV shows with English subtitles. Dip yourselves into the new culture by visiting a museum or watching the Kidsguide calendar for ethnic festivals.

Instructional classes and schools. Also see: “Academic and Tutoring.” • Foreign Languages Academy and Tutoring Services 116 West Santa Fe Ave, Ste. A-6, Placentia (714) 504-0235, (657) 444-2744 www.foreignlanguagestutoring.com An essential part of acquiring 21st century skills is speaking a foreign language. Foreign Languages Academy and Tutoring Services provides students (1 year - adult) the opportunity to take private and group classes in various languages, including Spanish, French, Mandarin, Arabic, Romanian, Japanese, English, Farsi, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Korean, German and many more. Classes are taught by native-speaking teachers through TPRS (Total Physical Response Storytelling) and full immersion in the target language. Ask about their free demo class. Also see “Academics and Tutoring” and “Special Needs.” See ad on page 35. • LangoKids Irvine 9070 Irvine Center Drive, Ste. 135, Irvine (714) 864-4680 www.langokidsirvine.com LangoKids Irvine offers dynamic, fun, and engaglots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


ing Spanish and French Immersion classes for ages 1-10 and camps for kids ages 5-10 (see “Camps”). With their native-speaking instructors, your child will acquire another language in a small group setting, gain exposure to new cultures, and have a blast in the process. Their classes incorporate original music, dance, games, storytelling and more to keep kids immersed and engaged in the target language. Open up windows of opportunity to your children with LangoKids Irvine. New classes available every 10 weeks. Call to join them for a free demo class. See ad on this page. • Pacific Conservatory, Music & Arts Education Costa Mesa and Orange (714) 545-1217 www.pacificconservatory.com In our fast-moving global society, speaking a foreign language is becoming essential. French and Spanish classes and private tutoring are adapted to students from age 3 to university level with individual, partner and group lessons available. A strong foundation (conversation, grammar, literature, phonics) will prepare students for college and career as well as opening their minds to discovering different cultures, foods, art and music. See ad on page 43. • Portal Languages.com Corp 1500 Adams Ave., Ste. 200, Costa Mesa 92626 www.portallanguages.com Portal Languages offer a language program for ages 3 and up for non-native speakers. Parents will find the program fun and entertaining as the language comes alive through music, puppets, books,

theater and games. Research shows that preschool and elementary school children are at an optimal age for a second language, and that children who speak a second language test higher, speak better and retain languages longer. Portal offers instruction in Spanish, German, Portuguese, French, Italian and Mandarin, plus 10 other languages. Call to find out about a free demo class. Orange County Branches: Costa Mesa, Fullerton and Mission Viejo. See ad on this page. More Private Language Instruction In addition to the listings in this section, the following schools offer instruction for kids, plus cultural activities. A Little Dynasty - Chinese school and play village (15 mos - high school). 9844 Research Drive, Irvine. (949) 509-0288. www.alittledynasty.com Berlitz Kids - Multiple language classes and camps in Costa Mesa and Torrance. (866) 423-7548. www.berlitz.us

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Fondazione Italia - Italian classes (pre-K-12), including Mommy and Me. (310) 739-9350. www. fondazione-italia.org Language Door - Multiple languages. 18103 Skypark Circle, Ste. D2, Irvine. (949) 833-0900. www. languagedoor.com Long Beach Japanese Language School - Classes (5+) year round. 1766 Seabright Ave., Long Beach. (562) 598-4539. www.lbjls.org Pandarin Academy - Chinese language (2+). Locations in Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Saddleback College. (949) 241-4650. www. smartpandas.com Southeast Japanese School - Classes for kids (grades K+). 14615 S. Gridley Road, Norwalk. (562) 863-5996. www.sejscc.org The Language Experts - Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and ESL. Call for a free trial. 4500 Campus Drive, Newport Beach. (949) 424-9714. www.languageclass.net

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Recreation Departments and Colleges Language classes for kids are often offered by city recreation departments and some community colleges. Classes may include Spanish, Sign Language and Chinese; other languages may be offered. See page 52 for contact information.

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Magic Clubs The following clubs offer activities and instruction (718). Monthly meetings and club offerings vary. Annual dues may apply. International Brotherhood of Magicians, (636) 724-2400, www.magician.org; Society of Young Magicians, www.tinyurl.com/SYMwebsite; and The Magic Castle, auditions held twice a year for kids (1319), www.magiccastle.com/juniors, (323) 851-3313.

MUSEUMS 3 Things Museums Want You to Know 1) They’re (often) free! Several top SoCal museums offer free admission every single day. See a list on page 69. 2) They want your kids. To attract a new generation of fans, today’s museums have smiling docents, hands-on exhibits and family art rooms, kid-friendly audio tours, treasure hunts, cozy story times, outdoor concerts, family festivals, even finger fare in the museum café. 3) There’s something for everyone! You’re sure to find a museum that tickles your kid’s interests, from Civil War memorabilia to ceramics, coins, airplanes, musical instruments, dinosaurs, classic cars, animals, and even a space shuttle. Start exploring below!

The Magic Touch Every kid needs one good magic trick in his back pocket to amaze family and friends. Find a treasure trove of inexpensive props, tricks and lessons at these magical stores: Best Magic, Gags & Costume, Anaheim, (714) 827-6442, www.bestmagic. com; Magic Galore and More, Westminster, (714) 891-6488, www.magicgaloreandmore.com; and Magicopolis, Santa Monica, (310) 451-2241, www.magicopolis.com.

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

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of experience. Call for a free consultation on how to make your party great! See ad on page 46.

• Life of the Party (562) 860-7797, (714) 903-7689 www.LifeOfThePartyONLINE.com Owned and operated by magician Dave Skale, this company features a network of LA’s best magicians. Performers offer a variety of specialities, including birthday parties, educational school shows (antidrug, nutrition, etc.), fairs and festivals, company picnics and events, and much more. Over 20 years

Museums in Southern California featuring kid-friendly exhibits. Most museums offer group tours for schools and scouts. Visit the Calendar section (in print and online at www.kidsguidemagazine.com) for museum special events. Also see: “Attractions,” “STEM” and “Trains” for additional museums. • Bowers Kidseum 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 480-1520 www.bowers.org/kidseum A unique, hands-on cultural arts museum experience for young children and families with interactive exhibits and programs that include: Jr. Archaeologist programs, Drumming Circles, merit badge sessions for Girl and Boy Scout groups, school tours for pre-K - grade 2, art classes and workshops, birthday party packages (see “Parties”), family events and camps (see “Camps”). Open Saturday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed Monday - Friday to accommodate scheduled school tours and art classes, extended hours may apply. To schedule your tour or art class, email kidseum@bowers.org or call (714) 567-3694. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


Admission: $6, children under 2, free. See ad on this page. • Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200 www.columbiaspacescience.org Hands-on learning center that is dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages. It also serves as the national memorial for the Space Shuttle Columbia’s seven crew members, lost in 2003. The 20,000-square-foot visitor center is equipped with not only amazing technology and visual teaching exhibits, but also constantly holds engaging classes and workshops (see “Calendar”). The Space Center also hosts the only Challenger Learning Center in the greater Los Angeles area, where you can: Return to the Moon, or go on a Voyage to Mars, and experience the real-life excitement of working in Mission Control or in the Spacecraft; available for field trips, team-building exercises and parties of 16 or more. Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Sundays and Mondays. $5 per person (4+). Also see “Attractions,” “Parties” and “STEM.” See ad on page 15. • Discovery Cube Los Angeles 11800 Foothill Blvd., Los Angeles (818) 890-1761 www.discoverycube.org Now open in Los Angeles, take in 71,000 square feet of interactive fun. Whether you want to take a simulated helicopter tour or experience our own Santa Ana winds, there’s something for everyone to explore. Cutting-edge exhibits and thrilling events will educate and entertain everyone from kids of all ages to the kid in all of us. This fall, don’t miss “Curious George – Let’s Get Curious” followed by “Storyland” in the spring. There’s always something new to explore at the Cube! • Discovery Cube Orange County 2500 North Main St., Santa Ana (714) 542-2823 www.discoverycube.org Discovery Cube Orange County is filled with interactive and hands-on exhibits in themed areas including: Discovery Theater, Planetary Research Station, Boeing Rocket Lab, Eco Challenge, Dino Quest and Science of Hockey. Visitors will explore science like never before with a virtual earthquake, hurricane simulator, a cloud maker and more! This fall check out “Hot Wheels— Race to Win” and “Dora and Diego—Let’s Explore” in the spring. There’s always something new to explore at the Cube! Field trips, outreach, special events, scout programs, sleepovers, home-school days and teacher workshops are also available. See ad on back inside cover.

a.m. - noon.; no reservations are required. Don’t miss their November 9th Family Art Festival, see “Calendar.” Also see “Arts and Crafts.” See ad on page 9. • Museum of Latin American Art 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach (562) 437-1689 www.molaa.org MOLAA is the only museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art. On the fourth Friday of each month, they offer free admission from 6-9 p.m. Target Free Sundays are held every Sunday and offer free admission and gallery tours. See ad on page 13. • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900 www.pretendcity.org Pretend City Children’s Museum is an interconnected city designed just for children (infant-8). The city is comprised of a grocery store, farm, doctor’s office, art studio, amphitheater, beach, marina, construction site and many other exhibits. At Pretend City, children learn through role play based on real-

world experiences as they dress up as a police officer, deliver the mail, create art, compose music or put out a fire. Designed to align with the California State Standards and Preschool Learning Foundation, Pretend City’s educational programs engage children (pre-school - 3rd grade) through school field trips, where the museum is the classroom and learning comes to life! Also see “Calendar,” “Parent Education and Support Groups,” “Parties” and “Special Needs.” See ad on page 36. Historical Sites Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum (310) 603-0088 Tours and workshops, plus yearly family events and living history programs. School and scout tours are available. Closed Sunday and Monday. Free admission. 18127 S. Alameda St., Rancho Dominguez. www.dominguezrancho.org Drum Barracks Civil War Museum  (310) 548-7509 Features include a library, a replicated parlor and bedroom, display and armory rooms and a museum shop. Guided tours only. Closed Friday and Monday. $5, suggested donation. 1052 Banning Blvd., Wilmington. www.drumbarracks.org

• Laguna Art Museum 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach (949) 494-8971 www.lagunaartmuseum.org Laguna Art Museum offers a variety of programs to engage kids with the art on display. Their Kids’ Art Studio is a free, drop-in program where kids and their families create a piece of art, inspired by one of the current exhibitions; third Sunday of every month, 2-4 p.m. The museum also offers free, docent-guided tours for visitors of all ages, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

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Heritage Museum of OC  (714) 540-0404 Visit a working blacksmith shop, a rancho home, the Kellogg House and gardens. Tours also offered. Closed Monday - Thursday. Admission: $4-5. 3101 West Harvard St., Santa Ana. www.heritagemuseumoc.org Homestead Museum  (626) 968-8493 A six-acre look at Southern California’s history from the 1840s-1920s. Free guided tours. Familyfriendly events throughout the year. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Free admission; donations welcome. 15415 E. Don Julian Road, City of Industry. www. homesteadmuseum.org Mission San Juan Capistrano  (949) 234-1300 Tours and ongoing family events. Admission: $6-9; includes audio tour. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano. www.missionsjc.com Pio Pico Historic Park Adobe (562) 695-1217 The El Ranchito adobe offers self-guided and rangerled tours, plus annual family-friendly events. Closed Monday - Friday. Free admission and parking. 6003 Pioneer Blvd., Whittier. www.piopico.org Point Fermin Lighthouse  (310) 241-0684 Guided tours of the historic 1874 lighthouse, oldfashioned toys and dress-up clothes. Closed Mondays. Free admission; donations requested. 807 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro. www.pointferminlighthouse.org Rancho Los Alamitos  (562) 431-3541 Yearly family events, workshops, and guided and self-guided tours. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Free admission. 6400 E. Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach. www.rancholosalamitos.com Rancho Los Cerritos  (562) 206-2040 Family events and tours are offered throughout the year. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Free admission. 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach. www.rancholoscerritos.org The Banning Museum  (310) 548-7777 Tours of the 1864 mansion and 20 acres of grounds. Closed Monday. Admission, $1-5. 401 East M St., Wilmington. www.thebanningmuseum.org Presidential Libraries and Shrine Lincoln Memorial Shrine  (909) 798-7632 Current exhibits include Civil War Surgery, Weapons from the Civil War, and Lincoln: Life and Legacy 1809-2009. Exhibits rotate every two years. Closed Monday. Free admission. 125 W. Vine St., Redlands. www.lincolnshrine.org The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum  (714) 993 5075 Explore the First Lady’s Garden, President Nixon’s restored 1910’s birthplace, and the flower-ringed memorial sites of President and Mrs. Nixon. Special exhibits, concerts, speakers and events throughout the year. Museum galleries, and movie and interactive video theaters are closed until fall 2016. Admission: $6.95-11.95. 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda. www.nixonfoundation.org The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library  (805) 410-8354 Visitors take a self-guided tour through the grounds, including Air Force One (inside too) and the Reagan 38 • fall/winter 2015/16

Museum with interactive exhibits, such as acting in a movie with Mr. Reagan, delivering a speech on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, playing six economic-based games and riding a horse alongside the president. Admission: $9-16. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. www.reaganlibrary.com More Museums Autry National Center  (323) 667-2000 Collections of the American West and Native Americans. Family activities include Family Days, gold panning, Autry Explorers, festivals and storytelling. Closed Monday. Admission: $4-10. Located in Griffith Park. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. www.theautry.org. Free admission day: second Tuesdays. Beall Center for Art and Technology  (949) 824-6206 Revolving exhibits that explore relationships between art, science and engineering. Special family events throughout the year. Closed Sunday and Monday. Free admission. 712 Arts Plaza, University of California, Irvine. www.beallcenter.uci.edu Buena Park Exhibition Center Titanic and Bodies Exhibits (657) 529-7224 Bodies explores the systems of the human body. Titanic The Artifact Exhibition features over 250 authentic artifacts that have been recovered from the wreck site. Admission: $18-35. 7711 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. www.titanicbuenapark.com, www.bodiesbuenapark.com Calif. African American Museum  (213) 744-7432 History and culture with a focus on the African American journey from the west coast of Africa to the Western United States. Special events and family days throughout the year. Closed Monday. Free admission; docent-led tours, $2-3. Exposition Park, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles. www.caamuseum.org Chapman University Permanent Exhibits Huell Howser Archive includes images, text and artifacts, which outline Howser’s career and legacy in California. Located in the basement level of Leatherby Libraries. Free. Sala and Aron Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library includes permanent and rotating exhibits of the individual lives affected by the Holocaust. Located on the 4th floor of the Leatherby Libraries. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Free admission. One University Drive, Orange. (714) 997-6815. www.chapman.edu Children’s Museum at La Habra  (562) 383-4236 Experience 10,000-square-feet of hands-on exhibits for the entire family. Plus, enjoy Target Free Sundays on the first Sunday of each month. New fall exhibit: “Construction Zone,” an immense exhibit for budding young architects and city planners, September 29 March 6. Closed Mondays. Admission: $7-8. 301 S. Euclid St., La Habra. www.lhcm.org Flight Path Learning Center and Museum  (424) 646-7284 View the tarmac to watch planes take-off and land, plus model airplanes, including a full-size DC-3. Closed Sunday and Monday. Free admission. 6661 West Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles. www. flightpathmuseum.com

Getty Center and Villa Getty Center offers seasonal family activities including Family Festivals. Plus, the Family Room is open daily to stimulate kids interest in art through projects. The Villa’s activities include the Family Forum and the TimeScape room. Both locations offer free GettyGuide family audio tours and Family Art Detective Cards. Getty Center: 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. Getty Villa: 7985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades. Getty Center is closed Mondays. Getty Villa is closed Tuesdays. Admission, free; parking, $15 (The Pay Once, Park Twice program provides a flat $15 parking fee for a same-day visit to both locations). An advance timed ticket is required for the Getty Villa; one ticket includes up to three kids (15 and under). (310) 440-7300. www.getty.edu Hammer Museum  (310) 443-7000 Family programs include Hammer Kids and art workshops, family days and family flicks. Plus, download a family or teen guide from their website for an interactive experience in the galleries. Closed Monday. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. www.hammer.ucla.edu. Free admission daily. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens  (626) 405-2100 Visit the interactive Children’s Garden (2-7) and the Conservatory for Botanical Science with hands-on science activities (8+). Closed Tuesday. Admission: $10-25. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. www.huntington.org. Free admission: first Thursday, with reserved tickets. Japanese American National Museum  (213) 625-0414 Japanese American culture and history. Closed Monday. Admission: $5-9. 100 North Central Ave., Los Angeles. www.janm.org. Free admission: Thursdays, 5-8 p.m. and all-day every third Thursday. Kidspace Children’s Museum  (626) 449-9144 Interactive activities in the arts, sciences and humanities, including water features, plus classes, camps, family nights, parenting workshops and special events. New this year: Kidspace Greenhouse with hands-on art and science activities. Closed Mondays. Admission: $11. 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. www.kidspacemuseum.org. Free admission, first Tuesday night, 4-8 p.m. Long Beach Museum of Art  (562) 439-2119 Free family art workshops. Closed Monday - Wednesday. Admission: $6-7. 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. www.lbma.org. Free admission days: Fridays. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (323) 857-6000 Family Guides for kids (6-12) available at the box office. NexGen LACMA is a free youth membership program that offers free general admission for kids 17 and under as well as one accompanying adult, including access to permanent collection galleries and selected special exhibitions. Also pick up an Art Tote and use the family-friendly activities to learn more about specific works of art in LACMA’s galleries, such as create your own poems, learn how Ganesha lost his head, and smell some chocolate all while learning about works of art from the permanent collection. Family Days and tours also available. Closed Wednesdays. Admission: free - $15. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. www.lacma.org. Kids (17 and under), free daily. Free general adlots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


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of flight, including a replica Wright Flyer, BD-5 micro jet and the FedEx 727 nose section. Plus, an interactive flight simulator, MaxFlight (48” height restriction). Closed Monday - Thursday. Admission: $6-10, flight simulator, $14-18. 3100 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. www.museumofflying.com

Lyon Air Museum  (714) 210-4585 Airplanes, automobiles, military planes, vehicles and motorcycles on display. Floor to ceiling view of John Wayne Airport runway. Admission: $6-12. 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana. www.lyonairmuseum.org

Museum of Music Making  (760) 438-5996 Explore how and why instruments develop and who makes them, how we gain access to them, and what they sound like in the hands of masters, covering 1890s to today. Closed Monday. Admission: $5-8. 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad. www.museumofmakingmusic.org

March Field Air Museum (951) 902-5949 Home to more than 70 historic air crafts and displays with more than 2,000 artifacts. Closed Monday. Admission: $5-10. 22550 Van Buren, Riverside. www.marchfield.org

Museum of Tolerance  (310) 553-8403 Interactive exhibits encourage visitors (recommended for 10+) to find solutions to social problems, learn about hate groups and experience the events leading up to

Museum of Flying (310) 398-2500 Features two dozen aircraft chronicling the beginning

the Holocaust and World War II. New exhibit: “Anne,” explores the legacy of Anne Frank, separate ticket required. Closed Saturday. $11.50-15.50. 9786 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. www.museumoftolerance.com Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County  (213) 763-3466 The Nature Gardens allow visitors to spot birds and butterflies and observe and track species and explore an edible garden. The Nature Lab features live animals, touchable specimens, citizen science projects and multi-media. Dino Lab allows visitors to watch the assemblage of real dinosaur fossils. Visit the seasonal Spider Pavilion, September 27 - November 8 (separate ticket required). Admission: $5-12. Exposition Park, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. www.nhm.org. Free admission day: first Tuesdays.

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www.AlleyKatMusicCenter.com • (714) 229-8528 Norton Simon Museum  (626) 449-6840 Free family programs focus on the permanent collection and exhibits. Kids are free. Closed Tuesday. Admission: free - $12. 411 Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. www. nortonsimon.org. Free admission: first Fridays, 5-8 p.m. Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits  (323) 934-7243 Interactive displays of the Tar Pits and Southern California during the Ice Age. Visitors can watch fossil excavation and assembly in the Fossil Lab. Admission: $5-19. Hancock Park, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. www. tarpits.org. Free admission: first Tuesdays except July and August. Pennypickle’s Workshop Temecula Children’s Museum  (951) 308-6376 7,500 square feet cluttered with hands-on inventions, gadgets and experiments. Workshops and special events offered. Closed most Mondays. Admission: $5 (price may differ for special events). 42081 Main St., Temecula. www.pennypickles.org Planes of Fame Air Museum  (909) 597-3722 Museum dedicated to historical aircraft with annual air shows, tours and monthly living-history events. Admission: $4-11. 7000 Merrill Ave., #17, Chino. www.planesoffame.org Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology  (909) 624-2798 A diverse collection of dinosaur fossils, footprints and trackways. Closed Sunday. Admission: $6. 1175 W. Baseline Road, Claremont. www.alfmuseum.org Skirball Cultural Center  (310) 440-4500 Exhibitions, music, theater, comedy, film, family and literary programs, Zeidler’s Cafe, and Audrey’s Museum Store, plus Noah’s Ark. Closed Monday. Admission: $5-12. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. www.skirball.org. Free admission day: Thursdays. Note: Advance tickets to Noah’s Ark are highly recommended on weekends and during school breaks; tickets on free Thursdays are first-come, first-served only (no advance tickets), subject to availability. Tankland American Military Museum (626) 442-1776 Tanks and military vehicles on display. Closed Monday - Thursday. Admission: $1-5. 1918 Rosemead Blvd., South El Monte. www.tankland.com The Paley Center for Media  (310) 786-100 Public accessible archives of television, radio and new media content, over 160,000 programs and advertisements spanning the history of media, including the U.S. Olympic Archive, a sports collection from ESPN, and an LGBT media collection chronicling LGBT history. Educational programs include entertainment, industry, impact 40 • fall/winter 2015/16

and education outreach. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission: free, donations welcome. 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. www.paleycenter.org Wells Fargo History Museum (213) 253-7166 Features an original Concord Coach, a historically re-created agent’s office, working telegraphs, Western artifacts and a 27-ounce gold nugget. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Free admission and audio guide. Metered parking. 333 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles. www.wellsfargohistory.com Western Museum of Flight  (310) 326-9544 Aircraft displays and exhibits. Family-friendly events and Take-and-Make model days throughout the year. Closed Monday. Admission: free - $5. 3315 Airport Drive, Red Baron #3, Torrance. www.wmof.com Zimmer Children’s Museum  (323) 761-8984 Kids can be a star at the Mann Theater, pilot the Zimmer Plane, explore music at Rhythms of the World, make a splash at Water Ways and more. Closed Saturday. Admission: $7. Located at the lobby level of the Goldsmith Jewish Federation Building at 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 100, Los Angeles. www.zimmermuseum.org

MUSIC Face the Music If your little maestro is mad about music, consider an audition with a local youth orchestra. These groups give budding musicians professional instruction, invaluable practice, exposure to worldclass music and the opportunity to perform for adoring fans at amazing venues—even on world tours! Find a list of regional youth orchestras at the Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California web site, www.cyosc.org.

Instrument instruction, bands, orchestras, choirs, camps and music-appreciation classes. Also see: “Theater Arts” for more vocal instruction and “Calendar” for live performances.

• Alley Kat Music Center 11642 Knott St., #19, Garden Grove (714) 229-8528 www.alleykatmusiccenter.com Private music lessons with experienced and highly recommended teachers, including MTAC certification if so desired. Offered for ages 4 through adult. Areas of expertise include: piano, flute, sax, clarinet, oboe, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola and guitar. All rentals are school-approved instruments and come with an option to buy. Receive a free accessory kit with rental! See ad on this page. • Applied Music Studio 10900 Los Alamitos Blvd., Ste. 203, Los Alamitos (562) 596-1287 www.appliedmusicstudio.com Enhance your child’s (3+) education by trying a free lesson at Applied Music Studio. They offer instruction in viola, violin, voice, piano, guitar, drums, woodwinds and theory, as well as a Keyboard for Kids program, all taught by degreed professionals. Applied Music Studio has new and used instruments for sale, and school-approved instruments for rent with an option to buy. Mention Kidsguide to book your free lesson today! Located at the corner of Florista and Pine. Email: appliedmusicstudio@gmail.com. See ad on page 41. • Jazz Angels (562) 981-8410 www.jazzangel.org Level specific jazz bands comprised of young musicians ages 9-17. Musicians learn to play (or improve how they play) this great American music through a unique method of music mentoring. Three, eightweek sessions throughout the school year. Email: barry@jazzangel.org. • Kelly Summer Vocal Studio Long Beach (562) 833-6444 www.kellysummermusic.com Voice lessons for kids and adults who want to improve their singing ability are offered by Kelly Summer Vocal Studio. Kelly Summer is a career singer and voice teacher with a Masters Degree in vocal performance from USC and over 20 years experience in the music business. Her specialization is in contemporary jazz, rock and hip hop/R&B. Students learn vocal technique, repertoire, audition/performance skills and musicianship—all in a private studio setting. Also see “Special Needs.” See ad on page 41. • Music Together at the Beach (310) 850-5453 www.MusicTogetherAtTheBeach.com Celebrating 17 years of family music-making in Long Beach and Huntington Beach. Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for children from birth through age 5, and the grownups who love them. Weekly 45-minute classes incorporate a fun-filled, researchbased, developmentally appropriate music curriculum based on the recognition that all children are musical. Activities include songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement and instrument play. Parent-child classes for children, newborn to age 5. For information about other Music Together locations, visit their website. See ad on page 41. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


• OCSA’s Foundation Arts Enrichment Program 1010 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 560-0900, Ext. 5630 or 3259 www.ocsarts.net/communityclasses Offers two twelve-week sessions (grades 3 and up) on Saturdays during the school year in guitar. See listing in “Arts and Crafts” for full program description. See ad on page 8. • Pacific Conservatory, Music & Arts Education Costa Mesa and Orange (714) 545-1217 www.pacificconservatory.com Group and private instruction is available for piano, guitar, drums, flute, recorder, singing and musical theater. Piano classes (ages 3-12) and Instrumental classes (ages 3-16) feature reading, theory, ear training, technique and performing opportunities. Classes and private lessons are available for beginning through advanced levels. Comprehensive musicianship programs provide pre-professional training, skill enhancement, OCSA, Certificate of Excellence and Certificate of Merit preparation. Call today to schedule a free introductory class! Locations: 151 Kalmus, G-1, Costa Mesa, 92626; and 1311 E. Katella Ave., Orange, 92867. See ad on page 43. Recreation Departments, Colleges and Boys and Girls Clubs Instrument and vocal instruction are often available through city recreation departments, Boys and Girls Clubs, and some community colleges. Choirs may also be offered. See page 52 and 66 for contact information. The Youth Center Music 10909 Oak St., Los Alamitos (562) 493-4043 www.theyouthcenter.org School-year program for kids (grades K-5) with classes and concerts. Instruments include violin, viola, cello, drums, trombone, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, tuba, piano, keyboard, guitar, electric bass and more; beginning to advanced. Auditions for Jazz Band and Learner’s Orchestra are ongoing. Financial assistance available for qualifying families. Youth Choirs For additional regional youth chorales, visit www. acdacal.org. International Children’s Choir - Dressed in costumes from around the world, members (5-18) perform song and dance, promoting peace and cultural unity. (562) 421-8776. www.icckidslb.org International Peace Choir - Peace Ambassadors (5-18) performing songs and dances from around the world. Community service hours given. Open auditions are ongoing. For more information, call Pam Aki at (562) 500-9106. Rehearsals at Hope Community, 1429 Clark Ave., Long Beach. www. internationalpeacechoir.com Southern California Children’s Chorus - Vocal and choral instruction (5-20); themes range from classics to folk and contemporary music. Weekly rehearsals, September to May. (949) 250-9114. www.sccchorus.org lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

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(714) 300-3163 • www.CounselorForTheGiftedAndTalented.com Young Singers of Orange County - Choir experience for kids (grades K-10), performing concerts at schools, hospitals, elderly-care facilities and community events. Rehearsals in Costa Mesa. (949) 9816691 or (714) 907-3836. www.youngsingersoc.org

PARENT EDUCATION & SUPPORT GROUPS Join the Club Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned parent, joining a moms/dads club is a great way to find friendship, support and parenting tips. Start with this list: Meetup Play Groups, enter your zip code and search for “parent support group,” www.meetup.com; MOMS, www.562moms.com; MOMS Club, www.momsclub.org; MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers, www.mops.org; Mothers and More, www.mothersandmore.org; Multiples of America, www.nomotc.org; Orange Coast Mothers of Multiples, www.ocmom.org; Lakewood/Long Beach Mother of Twins Club, www. llbmotc.org; Parents Without Partners, www. parentswithoutpartners.org; and The Mom-E Club, www.mom-eclub.com.

Parenting classes and workshops, and a resource library, plus support groups for parents and caregivers. Also see: “Emergency and Family Services” and “Play Groups.” • American Health and Wellness Institute 5580 E. 2nd St., Ste. 101, Long Beach (562) 439-3425 www.ahwinstitute.com/calendar The Planting Seeds Program is a parenting community for expectant and new families. Parents and children learn and grow together, providing support, 42 • fall/winter 2015/16

education, and activities that promote interaction and enrich the parent-child relationship. At the heart of the program is their infant, toddler and preschool play groups for parents and children that are designed to allow different types of play to overlap and interact as your child creates, learns and grows. Also see “ Calendar” and “Play Groups.” See ad on page 43. Breast-Feeding Support Breast Feeding Clinic - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.; preregistration required. Columbia Memorial Pediatrics, 2840 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 427-3782. Granola Babies - Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Free. 3315 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa. (714) 445-4948. www. granolababies.com La Leche League - Free support and information for women who are or want to learn more about breastfeeding. Bilingual. (800) 525-3243. www.llli.org • Children’s Home Society of California (CHS) Resource and Referral Greater Long Beach  (562) 256-7490 Orange County  (714) 543-2273 www.chs-ca.org Resource and Referral offers a variety of child care resources to the community, such as child-care referrals, resources for assessing the quality of child care services, workshops, and a lending library that offers age-appropriate activities, toys and parenting videos. 249 E. Ocean Blvd., Ste. 300, Long Beach; 333 South Anita Drive, Ste. 350, Orange. See ad on page 23. Child Support and Custody Services The following organizations offer assistance, information and referrals relating to child support and custody: Orange County Child Support Services, (866) 901-3212, www.css.ocgov.com (see listing in this section; ad on page 51); and Los Angeles County Child Support Services, (866) 901-3212, www.cssd.lacounty.gov. • Connie Wax, LCSW #27430 Individual, Couple, Family and Child Counselor 3351 Florista St., Ste. 1-D, Los Alamitos (714) 300-3163 www.CounselorForTheGiftedAndTalented.com Specializing in therapy for gifted and talented chil-

dren, adults and their families. Connie came to appreciate the unique needs of this group while raising her own gifted children. Her personal experience blossomed into a passion for helping parents of the gifted guide and support their children towards a fulfilling and meaningful life. Connie is committed to assisting parents in navigating the often rough waters of child rearing. Her own personal experiences, along with 15 years of clinical expertise, make her a unique resource for the community. Connie is certified to facilitate SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) parent groups. In addition to working with the gifted, she treats all life issues. See ad on this page. Doulas of North America (888) 788-3662, Ext. DONA www.dona.org Referrals to certified doulas, individuals providing support for women and their families during pregnancy, labor/delivery and post-partum. English and Spanish. Helping Kids Cope (with Divorce) Parent Workshop 2390 E. Orangewood, Ste. 300, Anaheim (714) 543-4333 www.brightfutures4kids.org A one-time four-hour workshop designed to teach parents how to minimize the negative effects of separation or divorce. Support group referrals are also available. • King of Kings Lutheran Church and School 13431 Newhope St., Garden Grove (714) 530-6584 www.kingofkingsgg.org King of Kings offers you some parent-and-me time in their Play and Grow With Me program. Meet other parents with children the same age as yours, and support each other. Come enjoy stories, music, art, and play with your child, ages 1-3. Dress for fun...plan to get messy! Fridays, 9-10:30 a.m. $40/family, six-week sessions: fall, winter and spring. Contact via web or call for more details on session dates. To reserve your space, please call (714) 530-6584. Also see “Schools.” See ad on page 49. LGBT Support Support programs for gay fathers and lesbian mothers as well as a support groups and programs for LGBTQ youth and their families: Long Beach, 2017 E. 4th St., (562) 434-4455, www.centerlb.org; Los Angeles, 1625 N. Schrader Blvd., (323) 993-7400, www.lagaycenter.org; and Orange County, 1605 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana, (714) 953-5428, www. thecenteroc.org. Parent and Baby Support Groups Boot Camp for New Dads - An interactive workshop for first-time dads-to-be that gives them a chance to get their questions answered and concerns addressed in an all-male setting. New dads and their babies provide their expertise and a coach leads the discussion. Offered at five Orange County locations. (949) 7549067. www.dadsadventure.com/OCbootcamp Hospitals - Hoag - Mom and baby support classes and hotline. (949) 764-BABY (2229). www.hoag.org. Memorial Medical Center - Ongoing, nurse-led support lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


group for new mothers; moms are encouraged to bring their baby. Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Long Beach. Free. (800) 636-6742. www.memorialcare.org MOMS Orange County - Provides access to prenatal care, health screenings, education and referral services to low-income pregnant women; services are offered at no cost to Orange County residents who qualify for the program. 1128 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana. (800) 787-5858. www.momsorangecounty.org OC Mommy and Me - Moms’ Circle support groups; eight-week sessions, $325. 200 Newport Center Drive, Ste. 308, Newport Beach. (949) 679-4872. www.ocmommyandme.com • Orange County Department of Child Support Services 1055 N. Main St., Santa Ana (866) 901-3212 www.css.ocgov.com The Orange County Department of Child Support Services provides professional, cost-effective services to parents or caretakers of minor children. They offer a Solutions for Parents program, including the establishment and enforcement of child support orders through exclusive enforcement tools, establishment of legal paternity through genetic testing, complete account maintenance, and exceptional customer service to assist customers every step of the way. For more information, call their office or visit them online. See ad on page 51.

School District Parent Education Classes - Most districts offer adult schools that provide parent education and/or resource centers that offer classes, programs and materials for parents and families. Call your local district for referrals. For families in Orange County, also visit Families and Communities Together at www.factoc.org. • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900 www.pretendcity.org Special monthly events provide parents with important resources to help them stay on track of their child’s healthy development. Parents with children (0-18 mos) are invited to Pretend City every second Monday for Baby Steps through the City. Way-to-Play Days on the second Friday of each month are also excellent opportunities for gathering information and resources. See “Museums” for complete listing; see ad on page 36. Seriously Ill and Bereavement Support Groups Support for children and families who have lost or are losing a loved one. Art and Creativity for Healing, (949) 367-1902, www.art4healing.org. Kids Konnected, (949) 582-5443, www.kidskonnected. org. New Hope Grief Support Community, (888) 490HOPE, (562) 429-0075, includes Kids’ Grief Sup-

port Groups (5-12), Teens’ Grief Support Groups (13+) and New Hope Family Camp, 3443 San Anseline, Long Beach, www.newhopegrief.org. Pathways Volunteer Hospice, (562) 531-3031, www.pathwayshospice.org.

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as long as you like; enjoy one-hour in the whimsical Party Station eating pizza and other treats served by your own party hostess; take a private train ride with your child as the engineer, and much more. Adventure City provides everything from invitations to wonderful memories. Parents can relax and enjoy the party. See “Attractions” for more information. See discount coupon on page 69.

PARTIES Oh, Goody! Are goody bags really necessary? Surprise! Manners guru Lizzie Post says no. But if you still want to give your guests a little somethin’ somethin’, consider wildflower or vegetable seeds, a favorite paperback, sidewalk chalk, fancy bubble wands, or a popcorn container stuffed with a theater gift card and Junior Mints. Or hand off a craft they made at the party, like a can of homemade “slime,” a tie-dyed shirt, a flowered headband, a decorated picture frame, or a craft-store bird feeder.

Party packages and entertainment at your home or party facility. Also see the editorial on pages 3 and 4, plus your area of interest. Party packages are listed throughout Kidsguide. • Adventure City 1238 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim (714) 236-9300 www.adventurecity.com What a day of excitement! Play in Adventure City

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• Ann’s Lakewood Pony Rides and Petting Zoos - Ponies for Parties (626) 350-3049 www.flickr.com/photos/poniesforparties Clean, decorated ponies and petting zoos are delivered to your home, school, fair or company picnic. Birthday parties are their specialty! Studio rentals are also offered. Burbank party location available. Ann’s Lakewood Pony Rides was formerly located on Carson St. in Lakewood. Serving LA and Orange counties since 1976. Check them out on Yelp! See ad on page 46. • Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach (562) 951-1630 www.aquariumofthepacific.org Let the Aquarium supply all the ingredients for an unforgettable party! Birthday parties include a onehour classroom program featuring animal touch time, bio-fact discovery and a souvenir craft project. The party concludes with an additional halfhour in the classroom for the birthday celebration. Guests are welcome to bring their own cake; juice and ice cream can be provided for an additional $5 per person. All you need to do is call at least two weeks prior to reserve a date (subject to availability) and then invite your guests. Cost: $39 per person (minimum 15 guests). Birthday sleepovers are also offered. Members discount available. See ad with coupon on page 13. • Arena Soccer Parties 13631 Deodara Drive, Garden Grove  (714) 890-0259 2190 N. Canal St., Orange (714) 974-1993 www.arenasoccerparks.org Rental times available for parties or team practice in both their large and small arenas. Open seven days a week. Also see “Soccer” and ad on page 59. • Art Steps 18212 Imperial Hwy., Yorba Linda (714) 524-2248 24000 Alicia Pkwy., # 31, Mission Viejo (949) 454-9555 www.artstepsclasses.com Birthday parties or scout classes at Art Steps are fun, mini art classes. Each child proudly brings home a beautiful, finished drawing in crayon, marker or pastel, as a party favor or as work toward an art badge. Contact for availability. Also see “Arts and Crafts” and “Camps.” See ad on page 8.

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• Big Air Trampoline Park Buena Park  (844) 550-JUMP 8320 On The Mall Laguna Hills  (949) 305-9788 23251 Avenida de la Carlota Redlands  (909) 335-7275 1101 California St. www.BigAirUSA.com Big Air Trampoline Parks have quickly become our

area’s premier birthday party locations. Basic party packages include one hour of jump time and 40 minutes of reserved table time with pizza and beverages served for ten guests. Additional guests may be added for an additional charge. Other options include extended jump time, private rooms, Big Air socks and apparel as well as gift cards for jump time, a great party favor idea! Reservations are required and may be made online or over the phone with Event Sales. Also see “Attractions.” See ad on page 45. • Blue Submarine (888) 218-8085 www.thebluesubmarine.com The Blue Submarine offers fun, educational adventures in marine biology. They bring live tidepool animals to you, adding an unforgettable experience to your birthday party or special event. The Blue Submarine allows your guests to visit the tidepool without getting wet! English/Spanish bilingual programs also available. Call today to book your party or special event! See ad on page 46. • Bowers Kidseum 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 480-1520 www.bowers.org/kidseum Bowers Kidseum offers an exciting and unique hands-on cultural arts environment for children to interact with objects from around the world (see “Museums”). You will have the best birthday party ever or a special festive celebration at Kidseum! Customize your party, hire storytellers and face painters, have unique art projects centered on your celebration theme! Enjoy Bowers Kidseum with its hands-on treasures, the Green Screen Time Machine, drums from around the world, Glow Cave, dress-up costumes and more! See ad on page 37. • Build It Workspace 4478 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos (714) 947-0800 www.buildit.ws Parties at Build It Workspace are an exciting and creative way to celebrate your child’s big day. Fun activities include robot races, sewing with electronics, soap/chocolate mold making, 3D printing and laser cutting. Guests learn something new and create a unique project to take home. Parties are two hours with exclusive use of the facility. Scouting events, meetings and fundraisers also available. Also see “Arts and Crafts,” “Camps” and “STEM.” See ad on page 63. • Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200 www.columbiaspacescience.org Have a birthday party that is out of this world! The only Challenger Learning Center in the greater Los Angeles area where you can: Return to the Moon or go on a Voyage to Mars, and experience the reallife excitement of working in Mission Control or in the Spacecraft. Packages include admission, private picnic area and more. Available for field trips, teambuilding exercises and parties of 16 or more. Visit their website for more information. Also see “Attractions,” “Calendar,” “Museums” and “STEM.” See ad on page 15. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


• East West Ice Palace 11446 Artesia Blvd., Artesia (562) 809-6200 www.eastwesticepalace.com Fun party package includes public skating admission, private party room, pizza, cake, soft drinks, party decor, plus skate time. Skating lessons available upon request. Also offers public skating and skating classes for kids (3+) and adults. See “Skating and Hockey.” See ad on page 59. • Flightdeck’s “Top Gun” Birthday Parties 1650 S. Sinclair St., Anaheim (714) 937-1511 www.flightdeck.com Looking for a really unique birthday party idea? Flightdeck’s Top Gun birthday parties are a perfect fit for all kids (6-10). Flightdeck replaces the same old, same old party with a completely unique pilot experience, dog-fighting each other in fighter jet flight simulators. Make this year’s birthday unforgettable with the thrill of air combat action and a solid focus on everyone having a great time together. You just book the party, invite the guests and Flightdeck will execute your birthday party mission with military precision! Packages include party room, mission briefing and 30 minutes of flight time for each pilot. Also see “Attractions.” See ad on page 47 for 10% off! • Frogg’s Bounce House 16121 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley (714) 418-0442 www.froggsbouncehouse.com Party guests will bounce, slide and leap at the newest 9,000-square-foot indoor inflatable play zone.

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craft; horse/farm games for appropriate ages; one hour in the picnic area for refreshments and opening of presents. Also, their large venue in San Diego is perfect for weddings and big parties. Also see “Horseback Riding.” See ad on page 35. • Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk (562) 868-9956 www.golfnstuff.com Have your child’s next birthday party, team party or scouting event at Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park! Pizza Party packages can include easy or challenging miniature golf and exciting rides, including go-karts, bumper boats, bumper cars, Disk-O Thrill ride and kiddie train. While there, guests also enjoy the latest in arcade games, great prizes, snack bar and party facilities. Where the 5 and 605 freeways meet. Also see “Attractions.” See ad with discount coupons on page 10. • Gryphon Fencing & Fitness Studio 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia 92870 (714) 519-1343 www.GryphonFencing.com Knights, pirates, Jedi, Zorro or Robin Hood? Fencing and archery are fun activities for all ages. Gryphon offers fencing or archery-themed birthday parties for kids and adults. The birthday person and guests will play games, learn basic fencing moves and cap the event with a fencing match using Olympic-style electric scoring equipment. For archery-themed events, participants will learn safe shooting skills, play games and shoot balloons. The typical birthday party is two hours with 90 minutes for the fencing or archery activities and the last 30 minutes set aside for cake or refreshments. Call for rates and availability. Email: info@gryphonfencing.com. See ad on page 29. • Holiday Skate Center 175 N. Wayfield St., Orange (714) 997-5515 www.holidayskate.com Have your next party at Holiday Skate Center, one of the premier family fun entertainment centers in the Orange County area. They pride themselves on providing a clean, safe, friendly and fun facility for your entire family. Skating for all ages is offered at their birthday parties, private parties and fundraiser options. Call today to book your event! See ad on page 59. • IncrediFlix Parties (949) 548-5424 www.incrediflix.com With IncrediFlix, your child will be center stage as the star of one of their unique parties. Choose the type of party (Music Video, Mini Movie, Minecraft, or Lego) and decide if you want the party at their studio or bring the film crew to you. Walking into their state-of-the-art studio, party-goers feel like they’re in a Hollywood production. They will rock out on stage and be transported anywhere on a giant green screen. If you’d rather host the party elsewhere, IncrediFlix will shoot “on location.” Either way, the top-notch crew will direct your party from “action” to “cut” to create an unforgettable celebration. Guests will get their own copy of the production. See ad on page 47.

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• Jessica Lake Photography 4549 Cerritos Ave., Ste. A, Cypress www.JessicaLakePhotography.com JLP makes enjoying—and preserving—your little one’s first birthday as easy as can be! Their First Birthday Cake Smash with a real cake is the perfect way to celebrate! Little ones’ personalities shine and it’s a fun event all around. They also have the JLP Calendar Club that includes monthly sessions with various payment plans which is great for new moms. Be sure to visit their website to see the variety of services and specialty sessions they have available. Also see “Photography” and ad on page 49. • Kick It Up 8129 East Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 430-1812 www.kickitup.com A variety of parties and options are offered, including the Enchanted Princess Ballerinas Ball, Fairy Dream Dance, Pineapple Princess Hula Party, Pop Princess Hip Hop Party, Go...Fight...Win Cheer Party and the Dancing Princess Party! All birthday parties include exclusive use of their decorated studio, glitz and glam session, fun dancing and games, and a personalized cookie cake! Great for your daughter’s birthday, scout troop or soccer team. Customized parties are also available for tweens, teens and adults. Also see “Camps” and “Dance.” See ads on page 27 and 63. • Kidnastics 10712 Reagan St., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102 www.kidnastics.net Kidnastics has always been the place to be for your child’s birthday party. With over 23,000 square feet of gymnastics equipment, your child and their friends can enjoy over several hours of active play in a fun and safe environment. With exciting attractions like astro jumps, tumbling trampoline, castle playhouse, interactive games and so much more, your child will enjoy their best birthday party yet! Come join them for a fun-filled and most memorable event of your child’s life. Their birthday party sessions are very popular so hurry and call to reserve your spot today! Please visit the website or call the number listed for more program information. See ad on page 31. • Let’s Have a Cart Party (310) 578-2278 (CART) www.letshaveacartparty.com Since 1969, Let’s Have a Cart Party has been preparing fresh food at your party site in front of your guests. Kenny Baines, owner and head chef, hand-selects only the finest produce for your occasion. Meats are fresh and never frozen. Carts include: kosher hot dogs, gourmet pizza, chicken nuggets, french fries, baked potato bar, cotton candy, ice cream sundaes, fresh hot cookies, crepes, chocolate fountains and many more. Their antique-style carts add a unique character to any celebration. See ad on page 47; coupon on page 69. • Life of the Party (562) 860-7797, (714) 903-7689 www.LifeOfThePartyONLINE.com The best children’s entertainers in Southern California! Their expert staff features top performers including magicians, clowns, super heroes, princesses and fairy tale and holiday characters. Plus they offer karate parlots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


ties, dress-up/glamour parties, karaoke sing-alongs, puppet shows, reptile shows, pony rides/petting zoos and much more. Over 20 years of experience. Call for a free consultation on how to make your party great! See ad on page 46. • Lil’ Chef School 15435 Jeffrey Road, #132, Irvine (949) 679-8390 www.lilchefschool.com Party themes include: Teddy Bear Pic-Nic for little ones (3-5) and their teddy bear; Pizza-Palooza allows kids (4-13) to make their own dough and add their own toppings. From Wok on the Wild Side to Pizoukie Sundae menu, their parties let parents relax and enjoy the show! Add-ons include cupcake decorating, sundae bar, goody bags and aprons. Also see “Camps” and “Cooking.” See ad on page 22. • Mad Science (714) 668-9174 www.westorangecounty.madscience.org Mad Science Birthday Parties entertain children of all ages with electrifying, high energy shows that come to you. Their no-mess, hassle-free parties typically last one hour, and will leave your guests breathless! Extra value add-ons are available, such as cotton candymaking, bubbling potions and rocket launches. Also see “Camps” and “STEM.” See ad on page 48. • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns (562) 986-0066 www.mygym.com/longbeach Easy, fun, all-in-one parties! Exclusive use of the entire gym. Convenient and easy for parents. Games, games, games...and so much more. With a birthday right around the corner, why not give your child the experience of a lifetime. Celebrate at My Gym with captivating games, rides and unique activities customized for your child. The caring and energetic staff will handle everything. See ad on page 21. • Oodles 17420 Carmenita Road, Cerritos (562) 888-1496 www.oodlescerritos.com Party packages include set-up and clean-up, and two full hours of fun. They provide full use of their state-ofthe-art facility for your party guests solely, plus two party hosts, who lead circle time, ball pit and games. You are welcome to provide your own party food. They guarantee Oodles of fun! See ad on page 36. • Parties By Erin & Co. (562) 901-0111 www.bestpartiesbyerin.com With more than 15 years of experience, Parties By Erin and her team of talented performers can make your child’s dream a reality. What sets them apart from the rest? They custom-build every party according to your theme and age group, so they grow with your child each year. From face painting and magic with Cinderella to combat training and relays with a super hero, or dancing and sports with a cool party host, they will make sure your party is exactly what your child had hoped for, while relieving your party-planning stress! There’s no character too unusual, no theme too extravagant! Send Parties by Erin and Co. your idea and let them create the party your child has always wanted. See ad on page 48. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

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• Sewing Lab Los Alamitos 3831 Catalina St., Ste. B, Los Alamitos (562) 296-8021 www.sewinglablosalamitos.com A fun three-hour sewing party! Party go-ers will not only learn how to safely use a sewing machine, but also sew their own party favor—a reversible tote bag or a stuffed animal. A birthday party they’ll never forget! Also see “Arts and Crafts” and ad on page 10.

• Pony Time Parties 11369 Carson St., Lakewood (562) 916-7669, (951) 201-3928 www.ponytimeatlakewood.weebly.com Visit the farm, enjoy the petting zoo, walk, trot or trail ponies available. Pony Time offers three party packages to choose from. With each package, you can bring your own food, cake and games and enjoy them in a special picnic area, then have fun on the farm! Parties can be booked any day of the week and can accommodate as many as 40 kids. They can even bring a party to your home! Call today to book your special day!

• Shared Science (562) 522-0595 www.sharedsciencefun.org Shared Science will help you design a physical science or robotics workshop to suit your event needs. Shared Science provides kids (grades K-9) with unique engineering fun that includes LEGO constructions, computer programming or even robotics. Workshop content can be tailored to group age, interests and take-away projects. Greater Long Beach locations. Also see “Calendar,” “Camps” and “STEM.” See ad on page 61.

• Rainbow Chefs (855) 485-2433 www.rainbowchefs.com Looking for a one-of-a-kind birthday party idea? Cook up a delicious event that goes way beyond cake and ice cream! Rainbow Chefs combines fun, kid-friendly recipes with health education to inspire a love for cooking and healthy eating. Your party guests (ages 5+) will have a great time sharpening their culinary skills while getting their hands on quick and easy do-it-yourself recipes that they get to eat! At your home, their venue, or at your favorite party location, you can sit back, relax and let Rainbow Chefs do all the work. They will provide a special menu of your choice. Full customizable party themes include Cupcake Wars, Iron Chef Challenge, Around the World and more! Also see “Camps” and “Cooking.” See ad on page 24.

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• Skateboarding Parties with Skatedogs (714) 313-8787 www.skatedogs.com Skatedogs comes to your home with portable ramps and rails to create a custom skatepark for a one-ofa-kind birthday party. Guests can ride ramps and get skateboarding tips from an experienced instructor. All parties include a T-shirt for the birthday boy or girl, with the option of including a T-shirt for all participants. Also see “Camps” and “Skateboarding.” • Task Force Laser Tag and Airsoft Shooting Range (714) 508-3690 www.taskforcelasertag.com Get your next event blasting with Task Force Laser Tag or Mobile Airsoft Shooting Range! Great for both kids and adults, they offer the most realistic Laser Tag experience in Southern California. Their stateof-the-art equipment works both day and night and their paintball-style inflatable bunkers turn your playing field into a one-of-a-kind realistic battle zone. They can operate almost anywhere, including parks, schools, indoor halls, gymnasiums, back yards and

• The Bubble Rollers™ (714) 508-3690 www.thebubblerollers.com Have you ever played inside a large, inflatable bubble? The original Bubble Rollers allow you to run, walk, roll or float on water without getting wet! Their Land Zorb Bubble Rollers are another exciting new way to play, and a great source of exercise! Or be the first to offer a Bubble Bumper or Bubble Bumper Soccer event, available exclusively from The Bubble Rollers. Ask about their Large Tube Rollers and Paddle Roller Boats, too! Available for your children’s parties, corporate events, carnivals, fundraisers, team building events or any special occasion. They are approved by Orange County Parks, California PTA and Compliance Depot for all schools, churches, corporations and public events. No pool? No problem. They can bring a pool or you can have your party at a swim school, public pool or park, or one of the many Bubble Rollers locations. And now, The Bubble Rollers has added something new and exciting to their inventory...a synthetic mobile ice skating rink, and curling (see “Skating and Hockey”). Don’t be fooled by imitators...they are the original and only Bubble Rollers. See ad on page 45. • The Rinks Anaheim ICE  (714) 535-RINK Huntington Beach Inline  (714) 901-2629 Irvine Inline  (949) 559-9949 Lakewood ICE  (562) 429-1805 Westminster ICE  (714) 248-9611 Yorba Linda ICE  (714) 692-8776 www.The-Rinks.com Put your party plans on ice at The Rinks! They offer packages with cake, refreshments, balloons and party decorations in their private party rooms. Then take to the ice for the coolest fun, including an exclusive group skating lesson for you and your birthday party guests! For party package prices and information, visit them online or call. See listing in “Skating and Hockey” for locations. See ad on page 58. • Vans Skatepark Birthday Parties 20 City Blvd. West, Orange (714) 763-3800 www.vans.com The Vans Skatepark is a great place to have a birthday party. The skatepark has a few different party packages to choose from. Some even include private lessons. There is plenty of room for parents to watch as well as a video game area. Please contact the park for details. See ad on page 19. • Wagonwheel Ranch Horseback Rides 4057 Via Opata, Palos Verdes (310) 567-3582 www.pvhorses.net Offers one- and two-hour Western trail riding as part lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


of their party packages. Guests will enjoy the many sights to see along the Palos Verdes Peninsula with their guided horseback rides, including hillside views, meadows of wildflowers and wildlife. Their horses are gentle and suited for the beginner to experienced riders, no matter the age. Open 365 days a year. For more information, call anytime. See “Horseback Riding” for complete listing.

PLAYGROUNDS 3 Great Playgrounds You’ll Want to Know About Make tracks to these playtime wonderlands that go way beyond swings and slides. 1) Coastkeeper Garden. Six native gardens, where your kids can scurry over rocks, hop along a tree-stump path and explore willow tree tunnels. (714) 850-1965. www.coastkeeper.org. 2) Pirate Park. Fully-enclosed playground, complete with a pirate ship, fort, skull cave, climbing bridge and—ahoy!—a treasure chest. (562) 804-1424, Ext. 2268. www. bellflower.org. 3) Heritage Park. New England “island” surrounded by a real moat, with secret passageways, ladders and rocks to climb, tunnel slides and a boat dock, with ducks and turtles cruising by. (562) 916-8570. www.cerritos.us.

Indoor playgrounds with unique facilities. A list of unique outdoor playgrounds are found at www.kidsguidemagazine.com. Also see: “Recreation and Parks.” • Big Air Trampoline Park www.BigAirUSA.com Locations in Buena Park, Laguna Hills and Redlands. See complete listing on pages 12 and 44; ad with discount coupon on page 45. • Frogg’s Bounce House 16121 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley (714) 418-0442 www.froggsbouncehouse.com Bounce, slide and leap at this 9,000-square-foot indoor inflatable play zone. Kids can also enjoy the playhouse, train table, disco karaoke tiki hut, frog-themed books, bean bags and toys. They even have a special toddler-only area. Check out their party packages online, complete with a large party room and dance area (see “Parties”). Comfortable seating and free WiFi for the grown-ups. Open Play is always all day, every day! See ad with coupon on page 44. Indoor Playgrounds Indoor playgrounds offering play equipment with unique features. Parties, family sessions, scout/group programs, open play, camps and parents’ night out may be offered. Check websites for discounts and special days. Also see Big Air and Frogg’s Bounce House listed in this section. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

PHOTOGRAPHY Photography studio specializing in children, families and maternity. Plus, classes and workshops. Also see: page 72 for a list of useful photo tips. • Jessica Lake Photography 4549 Cerritos Ave., Ste. A, Cypress www.JessicaLakePhotography.com JLP makes preserving the memories of your child’s early years stress-free. This studio specializes in maternity and newborn all the way through elementary-school age. They provide the digital images from the portrait session so that you can print and frame all of your favorites. First birthdays are perfect for their Cake Smash ses-

sion. Their 1,000-square-foot studio has multiple sets up at a time and their holiday sets are a favorite. Be sure to visit their website and sign up for the free newsletter to see the variety of services and specialty holiday sessions they have available. They also offer monthly sessions when you become a JLP Calendar Club member! Custom photography never got so affordable. Also see “Parties.” See ad above. Recreation Departments and Colleges Photography instruction is offered by some city recreation departments and community colleges. See page 52 and 66 for contact information.

AdventurePlex - 1701 Marine Ave., Manhattan Beach. (310) 546-7708. www.adventureplex.org

Jump ‘N’ Jammin - 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy., Mission Viejo. (949) 582-5890. www.jumpnjammin.com

Billy Beez - Anaheim Garden Walk, 400 W. Disney Way. (657) 207-4841. www.billybeez.com

Kid Concepts U.S.A. - 22844 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance. (310) 465-0075. www.kidconceptsusa.com

BounceU Huntington Beach - 5445 Oceanus Drive, #115. (714) 892-4842. www.bounceu.com/huntingtonbeach

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

BounceU Orange - 428-A W. Katella Ave. (714) 744JUMP. www.bounceu.com

Pump it Up - Anaheim Hills, (714) 693-9663; Huntington Beach, (714) 847-9663; Irvine, (949) 261-7867; and Lake Forest, (949) 951-9663. www.pumpitupparty.com

Fun City Bounce - 14545 Valley View Ave., Ste. F, Santa Fe Springs. (562) 926-7864. www.funcityparty.com

Pumper Jumpers - 160 E. Imperial Hwy., Fullerton. (714) 525-7529. www.pumperjumpers.com

Play & Grow With Me • Parent & Me Time Stories, music, art, and PLAY with your child. Ages 1-3 • Fridays, 9-10:30am

Sessions run throughout the year. KING OF KINGS LUTHERAN SCHOOL 13431 NEWHOPE STREET, GARDEN GROVE

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

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Scooter’s Jungle - 921 Via Rodeo, Placentia, (714) 223-5730; and 25 Journey, Aliso Viejo, (949) 349-9090. Location also in El Segundo. www.scootersjungle.com Seascape Kids Fun - 4771 E. Hunter Ave., Anaheim. (714) 970-7100. www.seascapekidsfun.com Jumping Fun Kids - 7501 Commonwealth Ave., Buena Park. (714) 787-4994. www.jumpingfunkids.com Trampoline Parks: See Big Air listed on this section. GetAir, 5142 Argosy Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 916-5815, www.getairsurfcity.com. Rockin’ Jump, 1411 S. Village Way, (714) 249-7676, Santa Ana, www.sna.rockinjump.com. Sky High Sports, 2970 Airway Ave., Costa Mesa, (714) 437-5867, www.ocy.jumpskyhigh.com. Sky Zone, 1301 N. Kellogg Drive, Anaheim, (714) 693-0250. www.skyzone.com. Twinkle Twinkle Kids Cafe - 2065 Palos Verdes Drive, Lomita. (310) 530-4535. www.kidscafetwinkle.com We Play Loud Kids’ Indoor Playground - 24350 Swartz Drive, Lake Forest. (949) 328-9616. www. weplayloud.com

PLAY GROUPS It’s a Date! Play dates give babies, toddlers and preschoolers a chance to build social skills, learning how to share, communicate and wait their turn. They’re also great for you, giving you a reason to get out of the house, meet other parents and share tips and advice. Start by joining a play group, listed in this section. Then try hosting a play date of your own.

Classes and groups for young children with varying parent participation. • American Health and Wellness Institute 5580 E. 2nd St., Ste. 101, Long Beach (562) 439-3425 www.ahwinstitute.com/calendar The Planting Seeds Program is a parenting community for expectant and new families. Parents and children learn and grow together. They provide support, education, and activities that promote the interaction between developmental domains and enrich the parent/child relationship. At the heart of their program are their infant, toddler and preschool play groups for parents and children that are designed to allow different types of play to overlap and interact as your child creates, learns and grows. Also see “Calendar,” “Parent Education and Support Groups.” See ad on page 43. 50 • fall/winter 2015/16

• King of Kings Lutheran Church and School 13431 Newhope St., Garden Grove (714) 530-6584 www.kingofkingsgg.org King of Kings offers you some parent-and-me time in their Play and Grow With Me program. Come enjoy stories, music, art, and play with your child, ages 1-3. Dress for fun...plan to get messy! Meet other parents with children the same age as yours, and support each other. Fridays, 9-10:30 a.m. $40/family, six-week sessions: fall, winter, spring. Contact via web or call for more details on session dates. To reserve your space, please call (714) 530-6584. Also see “Schools.” See ad on page 49. • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, Signal Hill (562) 986-0066 www.mygym.com/longbeach Join in the fun and attend one of their wonderful My Gym classes or call to set up a play date for your play group. Ask about their new Preschool Prep class, a great way to prepare your child for preschool success. Choose one, two or three days, depending on the age of your child; four-week sessions. See ad on page 21. • Oodles’ Kids Gym Academy 17420 Carmenita Road, Cerritos (562) 888-1496 www.oodlescerritos.com Parent-n-tot classes with weekly-themes that are based on body awareness, listening skills, motor development and physical fitness in a fun and safe environment. See ad on page 36. More Play-Group Gyms Gymboree Play and Music - Parent participation with age-appropriate play, music and arts classes (newborn - 5 yrs). Locations in Aliso Viejo, Anaheim Hills/Yorba Linda, Fullerton/La Habra, Lakewood/Long Beach, Irvine/Tustin, San Juan Capistrano and Torrance. www.gymboreeclasses.com My Gym - Huntington Beach, 5900 Warner Ave., (714) 842-2486; Newport Beach, 2040 Quail St., (949) 261-5252; Long Beach (see listing in this section and ad on page 21); Torrance, 3511 Pacific Coast Hwy., (310) 530-7200; Tustin, 3061 Edinger Ave., (949) 552-5446; and Yorba Linda, 18510 Yorba Linda Blvd., (714) 695-0440. www. mygym.com The Little Gym - Huntington Beach, (714) 3730700; Lakewood, (562) 239-4416; Torrance, (310) 543-2333; and Tustin, (714) 505-5855. www.thelittlegym.com Recreation Department and College Play Groups Many city recreation departments and community colleges offer parent/child classes that may include music, movement and play. See page 52 for contact information.

RECREATION & PARKS Branch Out at an Arboretum Find a waterfall to climb, peacocks to feed, storytelling and craft sessions, and school-break nature camps at Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia, (626) 821-3222, www.arboretum.org. Or try family yoga sessions, weekend nature walks and Bug Safaris at Fullerton Arboretum, (657) 278-3407, www.fullertonarboretum.org.

Arboretums, parks and nature centers, plus ongoing activities for kids and families. Also see: “Playgrounds.” Garden and Wetlands The following locations offer walking and self-guided tours, workshops, family and kids’ programs, and special events. Bolsa Chica Wetlands Free; donations welcome. Education programs and guided tours available. 3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach. www.amigosdebolsachica.org, www. bolsachicalandtrust.org, www.bolsachica.org South Coast Botanic Garden (310) 544-1948 Adults, $9; kids (5-12), $4. Free admission every third Tuesday. 26300 Crenshaw, Palos Verdes Peninsula. www.southcoastbotanicgarden.org Nature Centers Guided and self-guided tours, workshops and classes, family-friendly events throughout the year and interpretive centers. • El Dorado Nature Center  (562) 570-1745 Family and kids’ workshops, art and science classes, evening campfires, museum, gift shop and birdwatching on a 102-acre site, with more than two miles of trails, two lakes and a stream featuring California native plants. Vehicle entry fee, $5-8. 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach. www.longbeach.gov/naturecenter Environmental Nature Center  (949) 645-8489 Camps available during school vacations. 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. www.encenter.org Nix Nature Center  (949) 923-2235 Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. www.ocparks.com/parks/ lagunac Oak Canyon Nature Center  (714) 998-8380 6700 E. Walnut Canyon Road, Anaheim Hills. www.anaheim.net/ocnc lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary  (949) 261-7963 5 Riparian View, Irvine. www.seaandsageaudubon.org Shipley Nature Center  (714) 842-4772 Parent and Me Time on Wednesdays, 11 a.m. Donations welcome. Closed Sundays. 17851 Golden West St., Huntington Beach. www.shipleynature.org Turtle Rock Nature Center  (949) 724-6738 Labyrinth and school-break camps. 1 Sunnyhill Drive, Irvine. www.tinyurl.com/turtlerockirvine Upper Newport Bay Preserve  (949) 923-2290 2301 N. University Drive, Newport Beach. www. ocparks.com/parks/newport Parks in Long Beach Metro and Los Angeles Selected parks feature paved trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, sports fields and courts, plus the unique features listed. • El Dorado Regional Park East  (562) 570-1771 West  (562) 570-3225 El Dorado East includes the El Dorado Park Express Railroad, a duck pond, an archery range, public library, fishing lakes, paddle boat rentals and two playgrounds. El Dorado West offers a community center, disc golf, roller hockey, tennis center, a golf course and skatepark. Parking fees may apply, $5-8. www. longbeach.gov/park Grand Park LA  (213) 972-8080 Family-friendly events throughout the year, including

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music and dance performances, festivals, outdoor activities and holiday celebrations. 200 North Grand Ave., Los Angeles. www.grandparkla.org Griffith Park  (323) 913-4688 An antique carousel, golf courses, including a kids’ course with driving range, pony rides, an equestrian center, a bird sanctuary, the Batman bat cave in Bronson Canyon and train rides. The park is also home to the historic locomotive museum Travel Town, the Western-themed Autry National Center, the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the Griffith Observatory, and remnants of the Old Zoo. 4730 Crystal Springs Drive. www.tinyurl.com/griffithparkla Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area  (626) 334-1065 This 836-acre park features a 70-acre lake with year-round fishing and non-motorized watercraft, plus, nature center. 15501 E. Arrow Hwy., Irwindale. (626) 334-1065. Vehicle entry fee $10. www.tinyurl.com/santafedam Santa Fe Springs Heritage Park  (562) 946-6476 A historic site with buildings and ranch from the late 1800s. Exhibits include Tongva/Gabrielio Indian artifacts, trains, an adobe home, and the Carriage Barn, which houses a museum. 12100 Mora Drive, Santa Fe Springs. www.santafesprings.org/library/heritage Whittier Narrows Recreation Area  (626) 575-5526 Fishing lakes, BMX course, nature center, equestrian facility, a military museum, and archery, skeet, pistol, rifle and trap ranges. Boat, surrey and bike rentals are also available. Vehicle entry,

$6. 823 Lexington-Gallatin Road, South El Monte. www.tinyurl.com/WhittierNarrowsLA Parks in North Orange County Selected parks feature paved trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, sports fields and courts, plus the unique features listed. Carbon Canyon Regional Park  (714) 973-3160 Horseshoe pits, a four-acre lake with two fishing piers, plus a ten-acre grove of Coastal Redwoods. 4442 Carbon Canyon Road, Brea. www.ocparks. com/parks/carbon Craig Regional Park  (714) 973-3180 Handicapped-accessible playground, horseshoe pits, stocked lakes for fishing and a lake for model sail boating (electrical only). 3300 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton. www.ocparks.com/parks/ted Huntington Beach Central Park  (714) 536-5486 Disc-golf course, fishing, equestrian center, public library and the Shipley Nature Center. Golden West St. and Talbert Ave. www.huntingtonbeachca.gov Irvine Regional Park  (714) 973-6835 Features the Orange County Zoo, train rides, equestrian center and pony rides, nature center, and paddle boat and tandem bike rentals. Parking rates vary. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. www. ocparks.com/irvinepark Mason Regional Park  (949) 923-2220 Model sail boating, horseshoe pits, a physical fit-

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ness vita course, amphitheater and a nine-acre lake, plus a butterfly habitat. 18712 University Drive, Irvine. www.ocparks.com/parks/william

Mission. Historical programs and annual events also offered. 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest. www. ocparks.com/historic/heritage

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

Orange County Great Park  (866) 829-3829 Balloon and carousel rides, art gallery and special events, such as kids’ programs, music events, movie nights, and a farmers’ market. Visitors can also stroll the 2,600-foot Walkable Historical Timeline, play at Kids Rock Playground with tunnels and misters, view the reflecting ponds, and tour the Farm + Food Lab. Park entrance, Sand Canyon and Marine Way, Irvine. www.ocgp.org

Laguna Niguel Regional Park (949) 923-2240 Boating, fishing, horseshoe pits, radio-controlled glider area, plus guided walks and hikes. Boat rentals available. 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel. www. ocparks.com/parks/lagunan

Cerritos College Community Education 11110 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk (562) 467-5050 www.cerritoscommunityed.com

Ralph B. Clark Regional Park and Interpretive Center  (714) 973-3170 Horseshoe pits, a stocked lake for fishing and a lake for model sail boating, plus a paleontology museum. Free Family Fossil Day features a three-hour journey through fossil history conducted by the park’s on-site paleontologist (held four times a year). 8800 Rosecrans Ave., Buena Park. www.ocparks.com/parks/ralph Santiago Regional Park  (714) 973-6620 Amphitheater, horseshoe pits and interpretive center, plus orange groves. 2145 N. Windes Drive, Orange. www.ocparks.com/parks/santiago Talbert Regional Park  (949) 923-2250 The park is divided into six separate plant groups. The trail system allows linkage to other parks up and down a stream along the Santa Ana River. 1298 Victoria Ave., Costa Mesa. www.ocparks.com/parks/talbert Tri-City Regional Park  (714) 973-3180 Fishing and model sail boating (no motors). 2301 Kraemer Blvd., Placentia. www.ocparks.com/parks/ tri_city_park Parks in South Orange County Selected parks feature paved trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, sports fields and courts, plus the unique features listed. Aliso and Wood Canyons Park  (949) 923-2200 Ranger-led family programs. 28373 Alicia Pkwy., Laguna Niguel. www.ocparks.com/parks/aliso Caspers Wilderness Park  (949) 923-2210 Camping, showers and interpretive center, plus, ranger-led family programs year round. 33401 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano. www.ocparks. com/parks/ronald Crystal Cove State Park  (949) 494-3539 Tide pools, guided hikes and a wildlife gallery. Vehicle entry fee, $15 (annual pass $185). Camping is available at Moro and three miles inland, reservations required. After-school program offered September November. 8471 Pacific Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach. www.crystalcovestatepark.com Fossil Reef Park  (949) 707-2680 A preserved portion of fossil reef is 17 million years old and has 48 species of marine fossil vertebrates, including shark teeth and Desmostylus. 25555 Alicia Pkwy., Laguna Hills. www.tinyurl.com/FossilReefPark Heritage Hill Historical Park  (949) 923-2230 Historic interpretive center, Serrano Ranch Adobe, El Toro Grammar School from 1890 and St. George’s 52 • fall/winter 2015/16

O’Neill Regional Park  (949) 923-2260 Camping, horseshoe pits, interpretive center, and ranger-led family-friendly programs and walks. Camping reservations are required. 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon. www.ocparks.com/ parks/oneill Riley Wilderness Park  (949) 923-2265 Butterfly garden, interpretive center and guided walks. 30952 Oso Pkwy., Coto De Caza. www. ocparks.com/parks/thomas

RECREATION DEPTS. & COLLEGES Fun for “Foreigners” Pssst, here’s a secret: you don’t have to be a resident to register for almost any recreation class, camp or special event offered by almost any city in our area. Looking for hula lessons, Mandarin or babysitter training? You can easily set up an account, search for classes and register online through any city website. The only catch? You might have to wait a week or so after the class is opened to residents, and your fee may be a tiny bit higher, but rec classes are still a great deal!

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

(714) 900-7100

(714) 562-3860

Costa Mesa Recreation Services 77 Fair Drive (714) 754-5300 www.ci.costa-mesa.ca.us Cypress Recreation and Parks 5700 Orange Ave. (714) 229-6780 www.cypressrec.com Downey Parks and Recreation 7850 Quill Drive (562) 904-7238 www.downeyca.org Fountain Valley Community Services 16400 Brookhurst St. (714) 839-8611 www.fountainvalley.org Fullerton Parks and Recreation 303 W. Commonwealth Ave. (714) 738-6575 www.ci.fullerton.ca.us Garden Grove Community Services 11222 Acacia Parkway (714) 741-5200 www.ci.garden-grove.ca.us Huntington Beach Community Services 2000 Main St., 5th Floor (714) 536-5486 www.huntingtonbeachca.gov Irvine Community Services 1 Civic Center Plaza www.cityofirvine.org/cs

(949) 724-6600

La Habra Recreation 201 E. La Habra Blvd. www.lahabraca.gov

(562) 383-4000

Lake Forest Community Services 25550 Commercentre Drive (949) 461-3450 www.lakeforestca.gov • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services 5050 Clark Ave. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408 www.lakewoodcity.org/recreation Programs include academics, art (clay, knitting and crocheting), basketball, dance (ballet, tap, hip-hop, hula, Polynesian), football, golf, gymnastics, horseback riding, martial arts, music (drums, violin, piano and parent/ me), skateboarding, ice skating, soccer and tennis. Plus, track and field clinics. Tutoring is offered free during the school year at some parks. See ad on page 37. • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine 2760 Studebaker Road (562) 570-3100 www.longbeach.gov/park Programs include academics, archery, arts, baseball, basketball (free co-ed leagues), boating and sailing, drop-in after-school programs, dance (ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, cultural, ballroom, parent/me), horseback riding, gymnastics, martial arts, music (piano, guitar, drums, glee club, parent/me), parent education, skatelots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


boarding, ice skating, hockey, soccer, swimming (recreational, lessons, parent/me, diving), teen centers, tennis and volleyball, plus nature-centered programs at the Nature Center. See ad on the front inside cover.

Orange Coast College Community Education 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa  (888) 622-5376 www.orangecoastcollege.augusoft.net

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

(714) 744-7274

Mission Viejo Recreation 200 Civic Center (949) 470-3062 www.cityofmissionviejo.org/recreation • North Orange County Community Colleges Anaheim, Cypress and Fullerton NOCCCD  (714) 808-4909 www.sce.edu/kids Classes and/or clinics in art (drawing and painting, clay, origami, photography), baseball, basketball, cooking, dance (ballet, tap, jazz/hip-hop, teen ballroom, cultural), etiquette and self-improvement, parent and me, gymnastics, martial arts, music (instrument and vocal instruction), parenting education, soccer, tennis, musical theater, Spanish and STEM (chemistry, marine science, physics, biology, electronics, engineering, robotics, animation, computer programming, web and graphic design), plus an extensive variety of teen classes ranging from academics and fashion design to yoga and baking. See ad on page 21. Newport Beach Recreation Services 100 Civic Center Drive (949) 644-3151 www.newportbeachca.gov, www.campnewport.com

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

Saddleback Recreation (SVUSD Community Services) 25631 Peter A. Hartman, Mission Viejo (949) 768-0981 www.saddlebackrecreation.com Seal Beach Community Services 211 8th St. (562) 431-2527, Ext. 1344 www.sealbeachca.gov Signal Hill Community Services 2175 Cherry Ave. (562) 989-7330 www.cityofsignalhill.org Stanton Recreation 7800 Katella Ave.  www.ci.stanton.ca.us

(714) 379-9222

Tustin Parks and Recreation 300 Centennial Way www.tustinca.org

(714) 573-3326

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

SAFETY

Products and emergency preparedness. Also see: “Emergency & Family Resources.” Emergency Preparedness Beginner Emergency Skills workshop (3-6) at Cypress College. (714) 808-4909. For fact sheets, classes and checklists for the whole family, visit The American Red Cross (www.redcross.org). • WhoTats (310) 370-7850 www.whotats.com WhoTats are temporary tattoos that keep your children safe whenever they’re out and about: at camp, the beach, amusement park, museum, zoo, play date, etc. Like a mini emergency card that keeps your kids connected to whoever is in charge. Personalize them with a phone number or special need reminder for everyone’s peace of mind. WhoTats come in mom-friendly, kidapproved designs, and in several formats. They’re perfect for your active or special needs child. See ad below.

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SCHOOLS Study Up Homework can be a head-scratcher for parents, too! Help your kids with these free online tutorials. 1) Khan Academy. Kindergartners on up watch tutorials covering math, science and the humanities. www.khanacademy.com. 2) E-Learning for Kids. Students (5-12) build skills through fun games. www.e-learningforkids.org. 3) Sophia. 32,000 tutorials taught by 6,000 different teachers. www.sophia.org. Find even more help in the Academics & Tutoring Directory on page 5.

Child development centers, preschools, elementary and secondary schools. Also see: “Academics and Tutoring” and “Child Care and Baby Sitting.” • Educare 4300 Bellflower Blvd., Lakewood  (562) 377-1300 5730 South St., Lakewood  (562) 461-7311 EduCare Preschools of Lakewood are private, non-

profit preschools, and accept children ages 24 months through kindergarten. Each school is licensed for 70 children. Each facility leases space in a church, and both are attractive and well-maintained. There is a stable staff with very little turn-over. Parents and visitors at the school often comment on the relaxed atmosphere, and say that the children seem happy. EduCare has an open-door policy. Please feel free to just stop in, or you can call for information. See ad on page 56. • Intellectual Virtues Academy 3601 Linden Ave., Long Beach (562) 912-7017 www.ivalongbeach.org Learn and grow. Live well. Intellectual Virtues Academy is a free, public Long Beach Unified School District charter middle school, grades 6-8. As the name suggests, the focus of the school is on fostering intellectual virtues or what some education theorists call “habits of mind,” “thinking dispositions,” or “non-cognitive skills.” The Intellectual Virtues approach is deeply personal and is about nurturing qualities like curiosity, wonder, intellectual perseverance, intellectual courage and open-mindedness. Contact them for your free tour today. See ad on page 55. • Kid Works Children’s Center 3621 E. Broadway, Long Beach (562) 438-4904 www.kidworkscc.com Kid Works offers preschool, pre-k, pre-k enrichment and after-school kindergarten programs. Curriculum

Belmont Shore Children’s Center Belmontwww.BelmontShoreChildren.com Shore Children’s Center   BelmontShorePreschool.com 30 S. Termino Ave., Long Beach 30 W. Termino562-439-3369 Ave., Long Beach (562) 439-3369 Cerritos Lane Preschool and After-School Care Cerritos Learning Tree Preschool www.CerritosChild.com CerritosChild.com Cabrillo Lane,Artesia Cerritos 1902320223 Norwalk Blvd., (562) 562-865-0482 860-6302 Ages 2 to 12 years

and environment are designed to stimulate, challenge, and allow children time and space to work. Kid Works’ definition of the child’s day of work is “Play with a Purpose.” Everything they do or offer children has a purpose, which is key to the child’s development. Children learn through hands-on experiences, whether gardening, cooking or painting. The staff is dedicated to the idea that children develop and learn best in an atmosphere that is warm, safe, encouraging, understanding, motivating and fun! Visit their website for detailed information, including daily activity schedules. Email: kidworkscc@hotmail.com. See ad on page 57. • King of Kings Lutheran Church and School 13431 Newhope St., Garden Grove (714) 530-2152 www.kingofkingselementary.org The goal with the King of Kings preschool program is to assist parents in helping their child (3-5) make a smooth transition from home to kindergarten. They provide many kinds of spiritual, physical, mental and social experiences for the children, designed with Christ at the center. Offered in two-, three-, four- and five-day enrollment with half-day (8-11:45 a.m.) or full-day (8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) options. Their K-8 elementary program is organized in a unique multigrade format, enabling younger students to hear and absorb the content of the grade above while the older students’ knowledge is reinforced during the lessons of the grade below. Additionally, the older students have the opportunity to grow as leaders as they mentor and tutor the students in the grades below. Also see “Play Groups.” See ad on page 49.

Cypress Early Learning Center Early Learning Preschool www.CypressChild.com CypressChild.com 4539 Cerritos Ave., Cypress 4539 Cerritos Ave., Cypress 714-828-9000 (714) 828-9000 Cypress Learning Tree www.CypressLearningTree.com Cypress Learning Tree Rossmoor Children’s Center 5417 Bishop Street, Cypress Rossmoor Children’s Center CypressLearningTree.com RossmoorPreschool.com 714-527-2744 www.RossmoorPreschool.com 5417 Bishop St., Cypress 4161 Green Ave., Los Alamitos 18 months to 6 years 4161 Green Ave., Los Alamitos (714) 527-2744 (562) 431-6553 562-431-6553

Child Cerritos Lane Preschool   AcaciaFullerton Tree Preschool Development Preschool Cerritos Learning Tree Preschool CerritosChild.com AcaciaTreePreschool.com www.CerritosChild.com 20223 Cabrillo Lane, Cerritos 1701 E. www.FullertonChild.com Chapman Ave., Fullerton 1701 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton 19023 Norwalk Blvd., Artesia  (562) 865-0482 (714) 526-7855 562-860-6302

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Town & County Preschool Willow Lane Preschool TownCountryPreschool.com www.WillowLanePreschool.com 14203 Ln., Westminster Westminster 14203 Willow Willow Lane, (714) 894-4036 714-894-4036

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• Montessori Children’s House Preschool & Elementary School 5550 Atherton St., Long Beach  (562) 431-8880 5454 Atherton St., Long Beach  (562) 494-3777 www.montessorischoollb.com Year-round program for children (2-12) in preschool and kindergarten through grade 6. Students are in a multi-age group environment working individually and independently. Without a traditional grading system, classes help students to progress at their own pace. Curriculum emphasizes reading phonetically and early exposure to mathematics. Art, music, geography and social science are also included. Conveniently located with large play areas. Montessori Children’s House has been serving the community for more than 45 years. See ad on page 57. • Oakwood Academy Schools www.OASchools.com Oakwood Academy Schools offer an accelerated academic program with a hands-on approach to learning. Students learn computer skills and go on educational field trips. Enrichment activities such as karate, swimming, piano, dance and gymnastics are offered. See ad on this page; discount coupon on page 71. Creative Day Academy  (562) 634-7527 8740 Ramona Ave., Bellflower Ages 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.

OAKWOOD ACADEMY SCHOOLS OASchools.com

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

• Gymnastics • Dance • Karate • Field Trips • Hot Lunches • Summer Programs: Academics • Field Trips & Swimming

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8740 Ramona Ave., Bellflower • 634-7527

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FULL PRESCHOOL CURRICULUM

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

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

(562) 377-1300

Oaktree Preschool & Kindergarten  (562) 597-8611 1710 Redondo Ave., Long Beach Ages 2 through Kindergarten. Lic. 191601050. Parent-Participation Play Groups and Preschools www.ccppns.org Play groups and preschools (33 mos-5 yrs) are run independently by parents with a certified director at each session. Levels of parent commitment vary. Visit the website for a list of local schools. • Preschools - Long Beach and Orange County Belmont Shore  (562) 439-3369 www.BelmontShorePreschool.com Cerritos  (562) 865-0482 www.CerritosLanePreschool.com Cerritos/Artesia  (562) 860-6302 www.CerritosLearningTreePreschool.com Cypress, south  (714) 828-9000 www.CypressChild.com Cypress, north  (714) 527-2744 www.CypressLearningTree.com Fullerton  (714) 526-7855 www.AcaciaTreePreschool.com Los Alamitos/Rossmoor  (562) 431-6553 www.RossmoorPreschool.com Westminster  (714) 894-4036 www.TownCountryPreschool.com Year-round preschools, for ages 2-5 years, offer an accelerated academic program that includes science, math and language development. Potty training, hot lunches, pre-kindergarten and summer camp are available. Instruction is provided by skillful, creative teachers that offer part-day and full-day classes. See ad on page 54.

MARTIAL ARTS • Alpert JCC Martial Arts with Sensei Mac 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Ext. 1024, www.alpertjcc.org Classes and private lessons with Sensei Mac throughout the year, for pre-schoolers through adults. Mixed Martial Arts, Jiu Jitsu, Sparring, Parent and Me, Cardio Kickboxing and Self Defense. All levels, including beginners, welcome. See ad on page 17. • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, Signal Hill (562) 986-0066 www.mygym.com/longbeach As students, ages 4-13, strive for different belt

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

(562) 461-7311

• Valley Christian Schools Cerritos area (562) 860-0556 www.vcschools.org At Valley Christian you’ll find an inescapable link between excellence in education and a Biblical Worldview. Students enjoy outstanding training in fine arts, sports, honors and AP courses (with unparalleled pass rates), and STEM, including award-winning robotics. All courses are taught by highly engaged Christian teachers who consider their profession a calling. Valley Christian guides students to academic excellence, artistic accomplishment and athletic distinction, all grounded in a Biblical Worldview. Preschool through 12th grade operates on four separate campuses, and offers a wide variety of experience-based and progressive learning opportunities, including multiage classes at the elementary campus. 97% of VCHS graduates go on to colleges and universities. About 30% each year are accepted at the nation’s Top 100 Colleges and Universities. See ad on page 55. • Westerly School of Long Beach 2950 E. 29th St., Long Beach (562) 981-3151 www.westerlyschool.org Westerly School is the only independent, nonsectarian school serving kindergarten through grade eight in Long Beach. Westerly’s mission is to develop each child’s full potential intellectually, emotionally, morally, and physically through a balanced curriculum connecting the core academic courses to the arts, foreign language, and

levels, they learn about setting goals and the discipline needed to reach them. Their successes give them the confidence to take on new challenges. Their improved levels of concentration and selfcontrol help at home and school. With a Master Karate instructor on staff, students enjoy learning in a safe, caring and fun atmosphere. By learning the kicks, punches and blocks, karate classes improve your child’s strength, flexibility, stamina, balance and coordination. See ad on page 21. YMCAs, Recreation Departments, Colleges and Boys and Girls Clubs A variety of martial arts and related classes are offered by city recreation departments, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs and some community colleges. See page 52 and 66 for contact information.

physical education. The school engages students and illuminates the joy of learning through project-based instruction that focuses on hands-on experiences and real world connections, while cultivating self-esteem, self-awareness, respect, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking skills. Westerly is committed to nurturing students’ creativity, developing problem solvers and ideamakers prepared to make a difference today and in the future. See ad on page 57.

SKATEBOARDING Totally Rad! Southern California has loads of skateparks, giving your kids cool new venues to try skateboarding, inline skating and/or scootering. We counted 36 great spots in Kidsguide’s area alone, and most are free! Visit www.socalskateparks.com for addresses, open hours, photos and reviews for skateparks from the Inland Empire to San Diego.

Lessons, camps and party packages for skateboarding and scootering, plus skateparks. California Amateur Skateboard League (909) 883-6176 www.caslusf.com Regional association promotes skateboarding while helping communities provide skaters with safe skateboarding environments. Hosts ongoing competitions. • Skatedogs (714) 313-8787 www.skatedogs.com After-school and weekend classes in skateboarding, one of the world’s fastest growing sports. Offered in conjunction with the recreation departments of Arcadia, Beverly Hills, Brea, Cerritos, Cypress, Glendora, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Manhattan Beach, Newport Beach, Redondo Beach, Seal Beach and Tustin. They offer classes for all ability levels. Kids (6-13) will make new friends, advance their skateboarding skills, and most importantly, have fun—all in Skatedogs’ private skatepark. They also offer private lessons, birthday parties (see “Parties”) and camps during school breaks (see “Camps”). Also see “Calendar.” • Vans Skatepark 20 City Blvd. West, Orange (714) 769-3800 www.vans.com Vans Skatepark is a 40,000-square-foot facility featuring a full skate and BMX course for all skill levels, ages six and older. The location also houses a full Vans retail store and skate pro shop. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


SCHOOLS DIRECTORY Spanish Dual Immersion Afterschool Program

Children’s House Since 1967

PRESCHOOL PROGRAM

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

ELEMENTARY PROGRAM

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

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Long Beach Locations:

5550 Atherton St., (562) 431-8880 5454 Atherton St., (562) 494-3777

CHILDREN’S CENTER Pre-K Programs 7am-5:55pm or 8:00-Noon After School Kindergarten Program: 11:30 am-5:30 pm

Come visit Westerly School and learn more about the premiere K-8 independent school in Long Beach.

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SKATING & HOCKEY Cheap Skates Remember strapping on your roller skates and skidding your way through the neighborhood with a gang of friends? Time to dust off a few four-wheeled tricks with your own kids! You and your crew can loop around a pretty park or cruise down the coast with this handy list of paved paths throughout Los Angeles and North Orange County. Check it out at www.labikepaths.com.

Roller/ice skating and hockey classes, camps, leagues, skating rinks and paths, plus national referral agencies. Also see: “Skateboarding.” • East West Ice Palace 11446 Artesia Blvd., Artesia (562) 809-6200 www.eastwesticepalace.com Ice rink offers public skating, skating classes for kids (3+) and adults, freestyle sessions, in-house hockey, hockey classes, youth travel hockey league, adult hockey league, stick time and broomball. Competitive synchronized skating teams and classes also available. A collection of Michelle Kwan memorabilia is available in the gallery. Fitness center is open to the public and offers group exercise classes. Check their website for details on ice schedule and events. Also see “Calendar” and “Parties.” See ad on page 59. Hockey Associations Southern California Amateur Hockey Association - Organization oversees an ice hockey league (6-18), September - March. Tryouts are usually in June; there are occasionally in-season openings. www.scaha.com. USA Hockey and USA Hockey Inline - National governing body offers referrals to local programs. (719) 5768724. www.usahockey.com Birthday party packages (see “Parties”), private lessons and skate camps (see “Camps”) are available. Vans Skatepark is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (9 p.m. on Sundays). Please go to vans.com/skateparks for more information. See ad on page 19. Recreation Departments Some city recreation departments offer skateboarding/scootering classes and camps. See “Recreation Departments” for contact information on page 52.

• Holiday Skate Center 175 N. Wayfield St., Orange (714) 997-5515 www.holidayskate.com Holiday Skate Center is one of the premier family fun entertainment centers in the Orange County area. They pride themselves on providing a clean, safe, friendly, and fun facility for your entire family. They offer skating for all ages, as well as birthday parties, private parties and fundraiser options (see “Parties”). Call today to book your event! See ad on page 59. Roller Derby Junior Roller Derby of Long Beach - Girls ages 4-18. No skating experience necessary. www. longbeachjuniorrollerderby.com. Los Angeles Ju-

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nior Derby Dolls - Classes and scrimmages for girls ages 7-17. 1910 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. (805) 218-9807. www.juniors.derbydolls.com. OC Roller Girls - Girls ages 8-18 practice and compete. (714) 847-9097. www.ocjuniorrollergirls.com. Skating Associations USA Roller Skating Association - National association provides referrals to coaches and rinks. (317) 347-2626. www.rollerskating.org. USA Roller Sports Association - Provides information on competitions, including speed skating, hockey, figure skating, inline and roller derby. www.usarollersports.org • The Bubble Rollers’ Mobile Ice Skating Rink (714) 508-3690 www.thebubblerollers.com The Bubble Rollers has added something new and exciting to their inventory. First it was walking on water, then it was Bumper Soccer and Laser Tag, and now you can ice skate any time of year in Southern California. If you’re looking for a unique experience for your corporate, church, or school event or home party try their synthetic mobile ice rink! They will make any event or party memorable for years to come. It can be set up on almost any flat paved surface and they can even provide the skates. Want to try ice curling? Contact them for that, too! Also see “Parties.” See ad on page 45. • The Rinks Anaheim ICE  (714) 535-RINK Huntington Beach Inline  (714) 901-2629 Irvine Inline  (949) 559-9949 Lakewood ICE  (562) 429-1805 Westminster ICE  (714) 248-9611 Yorba Linda ICE  (714) 692-8776 www.The-Rinks.com Guests of all ages enjoy skating at The Rinks. With several daily public skating sessions, skate rentals and full-service snack bars, they offer the coolest fun for you and your friends! Plus, The Rinks offer a variety of learn-to-skate and hockey programs for all ages and skill levels, including summer camps. For skating session times, prices and class information, visit them online or call. Locations: 300 W. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim; 5555 McFadden Ave., Huntington Beach; 3150 Barranca Pkwy., Irvine; 3975 Pixie Ave., Lakewood; 13071 Springdale, Westminster; and 23641 La Palma Ave., Yorba Linda. See ad on this page. More Skating Rinks The following rinks offer roller/ice skating and hockey (3+), including classes, camps and leagues, plus public and specialty skating sessions. Pick-up play and party packages may be available. Also see East West Ice Palace, Holiday Skate Center and The Rinks in this section. Aliso Viejo Ice Palace  (949) 643-9648 Ice only. Skating and hockey (2½+). 9 Journey, Aliso Viejo. www.avicepalace.com Fountain Valley Skating Center (714) 847-0022 Roller only. Family Night Saturday, 6-8:30 p.m. 9105 Recreation Circle. www.fvsc.com KHS Ice Arena  (714) 422-1236 Ice only. Hockey clubs. Broomball also offered. 1000 E. Cerritos Ave., Anaheim. www.khsice.com lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


Lake Forest Ice Palace  (949) 305-9658 Ice only. Figure skating and hockey available. 25821 Atlantic Ocean Drive, Lake Forest. www.lficepalace.com Paramount Iceland  (562) 633-1171 Ice only. Skating school, freestyle, broomball and hockey. 8041 Jackson St. www.paramounticeland.com Recreation Departments & Boys and Girls Clubs Most city recreation departments offer ice/roller skating classes, and hockey classes and leagues. Boys and Girls Clubs will often offer indoor hockey pick up play. For contact information, see pages 52 and 66.

SOCCER Go with the Pros! Watching your six-year-old play soccer is a total blast, but just wait until you see the fancy footwork on the field at an LA Galaxy game! With an LA Galaxy Family Pack, you’ll get four tickets to a regular season home game, plus hot dogs, sodas and limited edition scarves for your crew. Prices start at $112 (a $200 value). StubHub Center, Carson. www.lagalaxy.com/tickets/familypack

Indoor and outdoor soccer leagues, clinics, classes and camps. Also see: “Camps.” • Alpert JCC Presents Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Ext. 1024 www.alpertjcc.org Mini Kickers is a developmental soccer program

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

for boys and girls ages 2-6 years old. The program is held on Thursdays from 2:40-3:20 p.m. and 3:20-4 p.m. Register at www.challengersports. com. Email kbrimacombe@challengersports.com for more information. See ad on page 17. • Arena Soccer Parks 13631 Deodara Drive, Garden Grove  (714) 890-0259 2190 N. Canal St., Orange  (714) 974-1993 (888) 273-6248 (ARENA-4-U) www.arenasoccerparks.org Arena soccer leagues and classes for kids (4-17) and adults of all skill levels, plus Arena Soccer Stars program for little ones (18 mos-9 yrs). Rental times are also available for parties (see “Parties”) or practicing in their large and small arenas. Open seven days a week. See ad on this page. Soccer Associations The following associations offer boys’ and girls’ leagues (4-19), camps and special-needs programs. American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), (800) 872-2976, www.ayso.org; and California Youth Soccer Association, (714) 778-2972, www. calsouth.com. More Soccer Parks Also see Arena Soccer Parks listed in this section. Deft Touch Soccer Center - 3842 Catalina St., Los Alamitos. (562) 354-7592. www.defttouchsc.com LA Galaxy Soccer Center - Youth leagues and Galaxy Juniors (18 mos-7 yrs). 540 Maple Ave., Torrance. (888) 576-2237. www.lagalaxysc.com

Misty-Mae Treanor Sports Center (MMTSC) - 21 indoor futsal courts. 14522 Myford Road, Irvine. (714) 389-7900. www.themmtsc.com Surf City Futsal - 16091 Gothard St., Huntington Beach. (714) 274-5120. www.surfcityfutsal.com YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, Recreation Departments and Colleges Most city recreation departments and some community colleges offer soccer leagues/clinics. Boys and

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Girls Clubs and YMCAs offer mostly pick-up play with some leagues and clinics. See pages 52 and 66 for contact information.

SPECIAL NEEDS Expert Help Virtually all of the programs and services listed throughout Kidsguide welcome kids with special needs, but the following groups are expert at providing comprehensive directories and/or referrals for families like yours: Family Support Network, (714) 447-3301, www.familysupportnetworkca.org; Family Resource Center at Miller Children’s Hospital, (800) 636-6742; Harbor Regional Center, (310) 540-1711, www.harborrc.org; Help Me Grow, (866) 476-9025, www.helpmegrowoc.org; Regional Center of OC, (714) 796-5100, www.rcocdd.com; Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK), (866) 8288275, www.taskca.org; and Life Without Limits, (949) 333-6400, www.ucp-oc.org.

Referral agencies, support groups and activities. Also see programs listed throughout Kidsguide. They are often open to those with special needs. AD/HD Support Group (800) 233-4050 www.chadd.org Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) offers resources to find support groups and professional services. • Foreign Languages Academy and Tutoring Services 116 West Santa Fe Ave., Ste. A-6, Placentia (714) 504-0235 www.foreignlanguagestutoring.com Foreign Languages Academy and Tutoring Services specializes in working with students (K-12 and college level) with special needs. They cover all academic subjects as well as foreign language tutoring. Try a demo class today! Also see “Academics and Tutoring” and “Languages.” See ad on page 35. • Kelly Summer Music Therapy Studio Long Beach (562) 833-6444 www.kellysummermusic.com Music therapy for children with developmental disabilities is offered with Kelly Summer Music Therapy Studio. Music therapy is the clinical and evidencedbased use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic environment. Music therapy can help your child to reach educational/IEP goals, improve communication, improve gross/fine motor skills, express feelings, and improve emotional and affective development. Also see “Music.” See ad on page 41. 60 • fall/winter 2015/16

Learning Disabilities and Autism Programs Information and resource organizations for autism, dyslexia and ADD/ADHD. Autism Behavior Services, (855) 581-0100, www.autismbehaviorservices. com; Autism Society of America, (800) 328-8476, www.autism-society.org; Autism Speaks, (888) 288-4762, www.autismspeaks.org; Creative Solutions For Hope, (714) 881-0427, www.cs4hope. com; Dyslexia Foundation, www.yesread.org; Dyslexia Resources, www.areyoudyslexic.com; International Dyslexia Association, (410) 296-0232, www.interdys.org; Learning Disabilities Association, (909) 621-1494, www.ldaca.org; National Resource Center on ADHD, (800) 233-4050, www. help4adhd.org; TACA, Talk About Curing Autism, (855) 726-7810, www.tacanow.com; and The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, (888) 962-5437, www.forockids.org. • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900 www.pretendcity.org Special events are offered monthly for families with children whose developmental abilities fall on the Autism Spectrum. These events allow children and their parents/caretakers to play in an autism-friendly environment along with other families. Also see “Calendar” and “Museums.” See ad on page 36. • Rancho Rio Verde 1000 W. Carson St., Long Beach (714) 624-5754, (310) 830-2060 www.rrvridingclub.com Special-need students of all ages can participate in a vaulting program (gymnastics on horseback); Mondays, 2-7 p.m. No experience necessary. See ad on page 34. Recreation Departments and Boys and Girls Clubs Most city recreation departments and some Boys and Girls Club offer special-needs programs and/or inclusion. See pages 52 and 66 for contact information. Special Olympics www.specialolympics.org Sports training and competition for children (8+) with intellectual disabilities. Competitive divisions based on age and performance; everyone may participate regardless of ability. Visit their website for locations. UP of Southern California 17802 Irvine Blvd., Ste. 123, Tustin (657) 200-8772 www.upofsocal.com Training, education advocacy and clinical services (therapeutic support groups, family therapy) to help parents, educators, therapists and caregivers who have individuals in their life with challenging behaviors or who are in Special Education. In-home services also offered. • Wagonwheel Ranch Horseback Rides 4057 Via Opata, Palos Verdes (310) 567-3582 www.pvhorses.net Guided trail rides along Palos Verdes Peninsula, camps and birthday parties for those with special needs, as well as therapeutic riding. See “Horseback Riding” for complete listing.

SPORTS Out of Left Field Looking to join a jump rope league, baton twirling club, diving or surfing group? Check out the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) at www.aausports. org or (407) 934-7200. They can help you find resources and local clubs for run-of-the-mill sports, and some pretty crazy ones, too.

Also see individual sports listed throughout Kidsguide. Badminton USA Badminton - Visit the website for local club contacts. www.usabadminton.org. Badminton Center Court - 3699 Industry Ave., Lakewood. (562) 4269299. www.badmintoncentercourt.com Boxing Boxing for Kids - Local boxing committee provides referrals to boxing programs for boys and girls (8+). (323) 921-6139. www.lbc33.com Disc Golf The following parks offer courses for disc golf. Most courses are open daily until sunset. Cerritos, Liberty Park, nine-basket course, (562) 916-8565; Huntington Beach Central Park, 18-basket course, disc rental available, (714) 425-9931; Irvine’s Deerfield Park, nine-basket course, free disk rental with ID, (949) 724-6725; La Mirada Regional Park, (562) 902-5645; and Long Beach, El Dorado Park West, 18-basket course, (562) 570-3225. Lacrosse Beach Cities Youth Lacrosse - Girls and boys (grades 3-8). Serves Los Alamitos, Cypress, Seal Beach, Long Beach and surrounding areas. www.bcylax.com US Lacrosse - Find local teams and leagues, plus information about the sport. (410) 235-6882. www. uslacrosse.org Golf Associations Long Beach Jr. Golf Association - Year-round program offers kids (7-17) instruction in techniques, rules, score keeping and course etiquette; Fridays, 3 p.m. $6, plus a $50 annual fee. Group instruction and vacation camps are also available at El Dorado, (562) 4305411; and Recreation Park Nine, (562) 494-5000. Southern California Golf Association (SCGA ) - Find golf courses that offer youth programs as well as opportunities for club outings and scholarships. (818) 980-3630. www.scga.org/youth-on-course

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SCPGA Foundation Junior Golf Program - Competitive playing opportunities, instructional programs and vacation camps for youth SCPGA members (5-18) at various golf courses. (951) 845-4653. www.scpgajrtour.com, www.pga.com/ pga-america/juniors Rock Climbing Indoor climbing facilities that offer classes, camps and party packages. Boys and Girls Club of Buena Park, (714) 5227259, www.theplaceforkids.org. California State University Fullerton’s Rockwall, (657) 278-7529, www.asi.fullerton.edu/src/rockwall.asp. ClimbX Indoor Rock Climbing, Huntington Beach, (714) 843-9919, www.climbxhb.com. Funtopia at Sender One, Santa Ana, (714) 881-3386, www. senderoneclimbing.com/funtopia. Hangar 18, Signal Hill, (562) 981-3200 and Mission Viejo, (949) 454-8043, www.climbhangar18.com. Rock City Climbing Center, Anaheim, (714) 777-4884, www. rockcityclimbing.com. Rockreation Sport Climbing, Costa Mesa, (714) 556-ROCK, www.rockreation. com. Thrill It Fun Center, Orange, (714) 937-1600, www.thrillit.com. The Factory Bouldering, Orange, (714) 639-7625, www.thefactorybouldering.com. Southern California Tennis Association (310) 208-3838 www.scta.usta.com Programs for players (10-18), including teams, clinics and tournaments. Scholarships available. Visit their website to find youth tennis programs and leagues. Southern California Youth Rugby www.socalyouthrugby.org Youth rugby for boys and girls (grades K-12) in LA and Orange counties. USA Cricket Association (561) 839-1888 www.usaca.org Referrals to regional coaches, youth leagues and teams. USA Curling www.tinyurl.com/usacurlingyouth Referrals to leagues, plus a junior merit program. Local OC Curling Club in Westminster, www.occurling.com. USA Field Hockey www.usfieldhockey.com Find local teams and leagues.

YMCAs, Recreation Departments, Colleges and Boys and Girls Clubs Most city recreation departments, community colleges, Boys and Girls Clubs, and YMCAs offer a variety of sports. See page 52 and 66 for contact information.

STEM Houston, We Have Lift-off! Anyone can become a rocket scientist (and get hooked on science)! Check these resources to find out where you can build a rocket, launch a rocket or join an amateur rocketry club: Rocketry Organization of Southern California, www. rocstock.org; Friends of Amateur Rocketry, www.friendsofamateurrocketry.org; Southern California Rocket Association, www.home. earthlink.net/~mebowitz; D.A.R.T. Rocketry, www.dartrocketry.org; and Tripoli-San Diego, www.tripolisandiego.org.

Science, technology, engineering and math classes, camps and related destinations. Also see: “Academics and Tutoring,” “Attractions,” “Camps,” “Museums” and “Zoos.” For naturerelated science camps and classes, see Nature Centers listed under “Recreation and Parks.” For Makerspaces, see “Arts and Crafts.”

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• Blue Submarine (888) 218-8085 www.thebluesubmarine.com The Blue Submarine is a marine biology outreach program offering classes and activities for students pre-K through 8th grade. Topics are presented in an interactive format and live tidepool animals are available for certain classes. Let The Blue Submarine take your students on a field trip to the beach without leaving school! English/Spanish bilingual programs available. For more information, call the number listed. See ad on page 46. • Build It Workspace 4478 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos (714) 947-0800 www.buildit.ws At Build It Workspace, children learn the latest tech-

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USA Table Tennis www.usatt.org USATT-affiliated table tennis clubs offer training, tournaments and camps. Visit the website for local club contact information. USA Track and Field Association (562) 941-2621 www.scausatf.org Referrals to youth track clubs and competitions.

• Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach (562) 590-3100 www.aquariumofthepacific.org The Aquarium offers numerous year-round programs: Aqua Tots (ages 2-3, with parent), $49; Saturday Family Fun (ages 4-6, with parent), $49; Junior Biologist (ages 7-12), $29; Job Shadow (grades 7-12), $39; Seals and Sea Lions/Sea Otter/ Penguin Encounter (ages 10+); and Shark Encounter (ages 13+), $109. Whale watching and family sleepovers are also offered. Hour-long, behind-thescenes tours (ages 7+) offer a look at running a world-class aquarium, $19 (plus admission). Preregistration is required for all programs. School groups are eligible for discounts on field trips, and hands-on educator-led programs are available for pre-K through 12th grade. Member discounts are offered. See “Attractions” for more information. See ad with coupon on page 13.

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nologies such as 3D printers, 3D design software, laser cutters, and 3D scanners. They combine both traditional design with modern making to create activities that excite our children’s minds and foster innovation and creativity. Classes and membership programs are also available for adults and educators. Also see “Arts and Crafts,” “Camps” and “Parties.” See ad on page 63. California Science Center 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles (323) 724-3623 www.californiasciencecenter.org Permanent exhibits include Ecosystems, Air and Space, World of Life and Creative World. Separate tickets needed for the Mission 26: The Big Endeavor (permanent). Free admission (excludes IMAX and special paid exhibits). Parking, $10. • Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200 www.columbiaspacescience.org Hands-on learning center that is dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages. It also serves as the national memorial for the Space Shuttle Columbia’s seven crew members, lost in 2003. The 20,000-square-foot visitor center is equipped with not only amazing technology and visual teaching exhibits, but also constantly holds engaging classes and workshops (see “Calendar”). The Space Center also hosts the only Challenger Learning Center in the greater Los Angeles area where you can: Return to the Moon, go on a Voyage to Mars, and experience the real-life excitement of working in Mission Control or in the Spacecraft; available for field trips, team-building exercises and parties of 16 or more. Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. $5 per person (4+). Also see “Attractions,” “Parties” and “Museums.” See ad on page 15. • Discovery Cube Orange County 2500 North Main St., Santa Ana (714) 542-2823 www.discoverycube.org Discovery Cube Orange County is filled with interactive and hands-on exhibits in themed areas including: Inspector Training Course, Helicopter Tours, Boeing Rocket Lab, Eco Challenge, Dino Quest and Science of Hockey. Visitors will explore science like never before with a virtual earthquake, hurricane simulator, a cloud maker and more! This fall check out “Hot Wheels – Race to Win” and “Dora and Diego – Let’s Explore” this spring. There’s always something new to explore at the Cube! Field trips, outreach, special events, sleepovers and teacher workshops are also available. See ad on the back inside cover. ExplorOcean 600 E. Bay Ave., Newport Beach (949) 675-8915 www.explorocean.org Enjoy hands-on activities from mapping the ocean floor to manning an ROV. Plus, visit the Ocean Liter-

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acy Center, Innovation Lab and Touch Tank. Camps and after-school programs also offered. Jet Propulsion Laboratory 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena (818) 354-1260 www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu Various science clubs, programs and competitions, plus web activities and resources for kids. Annual free open house is held October 10-11, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. • Mad Science (714) 668-9174 www.westorangecounty.madscience.org Mad Science is the world’s leading fun science provider, and they are on a mission to spark the imagination of children everywhere, with exciting, live, interactive programs that instill a clear understanding of what science is really all about. They are proud to offer a large selection of after-school, summer and preschool programs, as well as workshops, special events and birthday parties. All of their programs are led by highly qualified instructors using unique equipment, and are performed at the location of your choice. Also see “Camps” and “Parties.” See ad on page 48. • Makersville/Club Ten: A Learning for Life Program of the Long Beach BSA www.makersville.net Makersville offers workshops, events, camps and clubs in Minecraft (including Java, LEGO and Modders), programming, digital 3-D (3-D printer, Oculus and sculpting), cosplay, robotics, engineering, entrepreneurship, LEGO, sewing, game production, math with art, Game Jams and more. Locations at Long Beach Sea Base and MADE in Long Beach. Also see “Academics and Tutoring,” “Arts and Crafts” and “Camps.” • Nature Kids! Discovery Workshops and Classes at El Dorado Nature Center 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach (562) 570-1745 www.longbeach.gov/naturecenter Preschool in Nature (3-5, must be potty trained): Sessions encourage social skills, increase creativity and foster group cooperation, while exercising minds and bodies on the trails. Fall Frolic (two sessions: October 13 - November 6) and Cozy Critters (two sessions: November 17 - December 18). Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday, 10-11:30 a.m.; $100. Bubble, Fizz, Boom! (2-5, parent participation required): Experiment with gooey, drippy fun! Parents and children will have a “blast” with hands-on science play. Dress for a mess and be ready for fun! October 12 - November 2, Mondays, 9:3010:15 a.m. $55. Parent and Me Workshops (18 mos-5yrs, parent participation required): Bring your imagination and sense of adventure as you and your child celebrate the seasons with a special morning of crafts, stories, songs, and outdoor exploration. Spooky Spectacular, October 7 and Turkey Trottin’ Art, November 11. Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. $20.

Observatories and Planetariums Griffith Observatory - The observatory offers astronomy exhibits, a planetarium, a theater featuring shows and news programs, plus a high-powered refracting telescope and three solar telescopes. Free monthly Star Parties are offered throughout the year. 2800 E. Observatory Road, Los Angeles. (213) 473-0800. www.griffithobservatory.org Mount Wilson Observatory - Self and guided (April November) tours, plus online activities on their website, including a webcam and daily sunspot drawing. Special tours can be arranged for 1-60 persons, $120 for first 10 people and $12 each additional person. Closed December 1 - March 31. Red BoxMount Wilson Road, Mount Wilson. (626) 440-9016. www.mtwilson.edu Palomar Observatory - Self (daily) and guided tours (weekends, April - October) and special events. Website offers Hale Telescope webcam, producing images every few minutes. 35899 Canfield Road, Palomar Mountain. (760) 742-2119. www.tinyurl.com/palomarobs Randall Planetarium at Mt. San Antonio College Public programs about space and planets. Admission: $1-6. 1100 N. Grand Ave., Walnut. (909) 2745795. www.tinyurl.com/mtsacplanetarium Tessmann Planetarium at Santa Ana College - Tour the newly renovated planetarium and learn about the cosmos space program. $6-7. Visit their website for programs and show times. 1530 W. 17th, Building M, Santa Ana. (714) 564-6356. www. tinyurl.com/tessmannplanetarium UCLA Planetariums - Free, all-ages, public planetarium shows every Wednesday night followed by telescope viewing, plus special events and workshops. 8th floor of the math building, telescopes on 9th floor. UCLA, Mathematical Sciences Building, room number 8224. (310) 825-4434. www. astro.ucla.edu/planetarium Ocean Institute 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point (949) 496-2274 www.ocean-institute.org Interactive exhibits, marine life, touch tanks and ecology cruises, plus presentations and Sunday tours aboard the tallship Pilgrim. Odyssey of the Mind (856) 256-2797 www.odysseyofthemind.com Groups purchase a membership and form small teams (grades K-college) to solve competitive problems. Teams work on solutions throughout the school year and present them in spring competitions. Recreation Departments, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Colleges Most city recreation departments, Boys and Girls Clubs and some community colleges offer STEM-related classes. Some also offer computer use and instruction. See page 52 and 66 for contact information. Robotics Kids use robot kits and programming to study STEM lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


(science, technology, engineering and math). Also see Shared Science and Sylvan Learning Centers. BrainStorm Studios - Minecraft and Lego workshops also offered. Two locations: 31105 Rancho Viejo Road, Ste. C8, San Juan Capistrano; and 5430 Trabuco Road, Ste. 150, Irvine. www.brainstormkidsstudios.com • Columbia Memorial Space Center - Participants learn robotic programming, engineering, failure analysis and mission management as they program their robot to run a mission to collect rocks samples, just like the actual rovers that are currently running tests on Mars. A robotics badge workshops for scouts is also offered. 12400 Columbia Way, Downey. (562) 231-1200. www. columbiaspacescience.org. See ad on page 15. Digital Revolution - Lego Robotics classes and workshops for kids and teens. 4242 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach. (562) 595-9454. www.the-digitalrevolution.com Mathobotix - 1000 Roosevelt, Ste. 200, Irvine, (949) 857-1419; and 10900 Los Alamitos Blvd., Ste. 111, Los Alamitos, (562) 594-5000. www.mathobotix.com • Shared Science (562) 522-0595 www.sharedsciencefun.org Kids engineer fun through inventive and playful classes, camps and competitive robotics. Crazy Constructors classes combine LEGO Ed with the engineering design process and physical science concepts to captivate K-5 brains. Creative Coding kids use Scratch and other tools to learn computer programming concepts, create animations, and build games. For older youth, they offer robotics programming and design, putting mathematics to work. Kids can join one of their sponsored First Lego League robotics teams. Greater Long Beach locations. Also see “Calendar,” “Camps” and “Parties.” See ad on page 61. • Sylvan Learning Centers Downey  (562) 622-9210 Huntington Beach  (714) 848-6072 Long Beach  (562) 429-8320 www.sylvanlearning.com Sylvan’s innovative programs will light up your child’s mind and build a love for STEM. Check out their Robotics and Game Design programs. Or help your child master math skills and improve their speed and accuracy with Math Edge. Call today for more details! See ads on pages 5 and 61.

THEATER ARTS 3 Kid-Friendly Ways to Hit the Theater 1) See a show. Scan the Kidsguide calendar for performances, family series, pre-show activities and ticket deals. 2) Watch a kids’ production. See this section for a list children’s theater companies that regularly produce everything from classic fairy tales to Broadway blockbusters. 3) Sign up for a class or camp. Learn the basics of acting and musical theater—with the chance to perform for family and friends. Creative kids can also design and paint sets, run spotlights, help the director and serve as stage hands during live shows.

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Classes, camps and performing groups. Also see: “Calendar,” “Camps,” “Dance” and “Music” for related activities. • Acting Out Theater Group (562) 901-0111 www.actingoutcamp.com Save your drama for camp! This weeklong, schoolbreak camp (7-12) celebrates creativity through drama skills workshops, ensemble building and a whole lot of fun. Activities include improv, scene study, stage combat, costumes, props, movement, voice over, monologue and dance. Every child gets their chance to shine at the end of the week with a showcase in front of a live studio audience made up of family and friends. Email: actingoutcamp@yahoo.com. Also see “Camps.” • Emerging Artists Musical Theatre Academy Kick It Up, 8125 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 430-1812 www.emergingartistsmta.com EAMTA nurtures and develops each child’s personal talent. Highly educated instructors focus on the benefits theatre education offers the student

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Love to act and sing? Let your star shine with us! Weekly theatre classes, ongoing workshops and intensives, Summer camps, and two large scale productions per year! Classes include musical theater, acting, improvisation, voice and song, voice and movement, performance troupe and more!

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placed on the development of each child’s self esteem, and the feeling of belonging. Rehearsal locations vary. Also see “Calendar.” See ad on page 65. • Pacific Conservatory, Music & Arts Education Costa Mesa and Orange (714) 545-1217 www.pacificconservatory.com Students in musical theater vocal and/or performance classes experience the thrill of performing scenes from Broadway musicals. Students focus on scripts, acting and stage directions in addition to vocal technique, stage presence and choreography. Classes are year round with three to four showcases per year. Call today to schedule your complimentary class. See “Camps” for theater classes during school vacations. See ad on page 43. Recreation Departments, Boys and Girls Clubs and Colleges Some city recreation departments, Boys and Girls Clubs and community colleges offer theater arts classes. See page 52 and 66 for contact information.

who likes to be in the spotlight or the one who enjoys learning what goes on behind the scenes. The academy offers a wide variety of weekly theatre and voice classes for children of all ages 2 years and up, including but not limited to, Musical Theater, Acting/Improv, Voice and Song, A Capella Group, Costuming and Stage Makeup. In addition to classes, the academy also offers summer camps, workshops, private acting and voice lessons, and two large scale musical productions per year! For more information, please visit their website. See ad on page 63. • OCSA’s Foundation Arts Enrichment Program 1010 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 560-0900, Ext. 5630 or 3259 www.ocsarts.net/communityclasses Offers two twelve-week sessions (grades 4 and up) on Saturdays during the school year in musical theatre. See listing in “Arts and Crafts” for full program description. See ad on page 8. • Orange County Children’s Theatre (714) 502-2244 www.occt.org Founded in 1969, OCCT is the oldest, continuously running children’s theater in Orange County. They welcome youth (5-19) from all social and economic backgrounds, and are dedicated to training each child in the crafts and skills required for the theater. In their programs, importance is

• Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills (310) 746-4000 www.TheWallis.org Offers a range of courses and master classes in the performing arts for young people, with classrooms located in what used to house the historic Beverly Hills Post Office. A faculty of professional artists design and lead the courses. The Wallis also offers exciting, unique opportunities for students to learn from guest artists appearing on the main stage, as well as in the Lovelace Studio Theater, which is located in the original mail sorting room. Unique and engaging child-oriented performances occur throughout the year, ideal for a young person’s first theater experience (see “Calendar”). See ad on back outside cover. • YaYa’s Performance Academy (562) 355-2004 www.yayasacademy.com YaYa’s Performance Academy is a youth- and family-based program that provides the community with the opportunity to actively participate in and explore the art of musical theatre in a safe, positive and nurturing environment. They strive to keep the performing arts alive at the local level by producing high-quality productions and by training participants in singing, acting and dancing. They welcome participants of all backgrounds, abilities and levels of experience, and believe theatre is a way to bond families and unite our diverse community through this collaborative art form. All who enroll and complete the training are guaranteed a role in the show. Upcoming performance includes You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown in January (see “Calendar”), and spring show with rehearsals February - May. See ad on this page. Youth Theater Production Programs Also see additional theater arts programs listed in this section. Open auditions. Classes may include musical theater, acting, stage craft, voice and dance. Acting Academy for Kids - Ages 4 and up. Camino Real Playhouse, 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano. (714) 747-4915. www.actingacademyforkids.com

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Biola Youth Theater - Ages 6-18. 14540 San Cristobal Drive, La Mirada. (562) 906-4574. www. youth.biola.edu/theatre Broadway on Tour Children’s Theatre - Ages 1020. 625 French St., Santa Ana. (714) 542-6939. www.broadwayontour.org Buena Park Youth Theatre - Grades 4-12 with limited programs offered for kids ages 5-8. 8150 Knott Ave., Buena Park. (714) 562-3860. www.bpyouththeatre.com Creative Kids Playhouse Children’s Theatre of Orange County - Ages 3-14. Rancho Santa Margarita, Lake Forest and Laguna Hills. www.creativekidsplayhouse.com GO-FAME - Ages 8-18. 3960 N. Studebaker Road, Unit 106, Long Beach. (562) 884-7077. www.go-fame.org Laguna Playhouse Youth Theater - Ages 4-17, conservatory available for ages 10+. 606 Laguna Canyon Road. (949) 497-2787, Ext. 202. www. lagunaplayhouse.com Musical Theatre Academy of Orange County - Ages 4+. 3935 Birch St., Newport Beach. (949) 9553737. www.mtaoc.org Musical Theatre West - Ages 7-18. 4350 E. 7th St., Long Beach. (562) 856-1999, Ext. 232. www. musical.org MYART (Musical Youth Artists Repertory Theatre) - All ages. 4431 Corporate Center, Ste. 125, Los Alamitos. (800) 400-2985. www.myart.org Mysterium Theater - Ages 7 and up. 311 S Euclid, La Habra. (562) 697-3311. www.mysteriumtheater.com South Coast Repertory - Grades 3-12. 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 708-5577. www.scr.org The Kids Theater Company - All ages. Long Beach. (562) 209-1894. www.tktcbuzz.com

TRAINS All Aboard! Ditch the car and take Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner for day-trips to Los Angeles, San Diego, San Juan Capistrano and other coastal cities, from local stations in Anaheim, Fullerton, Irvine and Santa Ana. Two kids (2-15) ride half-price every day with each paying adult, and babies under 2 ride free on laps. Amtrak One-Day Train Rides, (800) 872-7245, www.amtrak.com.

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Metro-Railway (323) 466-3876 www.metro.net Trains run daily and frequently. The website features a trip planner to help plot routes to and from popular family destinations. Train Museums and Rides The following locations offer exhibits of working, model and replica locomotives, cabooses and trolleys, and/or rides and party packages. Angel’s Flight Railway - Ride the shortest railway in the world. Connects 351 South Hill St. and 350 Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Open daily, 6:45 a.m. - 10 p.m. 50¢, each way. (213) 626-1901. www.angelsflight.com El Dorado Park Express Railroad - El Dorado Regional Park, 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach. (562) 824-7725. www.caboosecorners.com Fillmore & Western Railway - Themed train rides including holiday rides and Mystery Murder Trains. 364 Main St., Fillmore. (805) 524-2546. www.fwry.com Griffith Park - Travel Town Museum, 5200 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, (800) 438-1297, Ext. 806; and Griffith Park and Southern Railroad, 4400 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, (800) 438-1297, Ext. 805. www. griffithparktrainrides.com Heritage Park Train Exhibit - Climbable engine, caboose and engineer equipment, plus a museum. 12100 Mora Drive, Santa Fe Springs. (562) 9466476. www.tinyurl.com/heritageparkrail Irvine Park Railroad at Irvine Regional Park - 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. (714) 997-3968. www. irvineparkrailroad.com Lomita Railroad Museum - 2137 W. 250th St., Lomita. (310) 326-6255. www.lomita-rr.org Orange County Model Engineers - Conducted on the third weekend of each month, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Rides are free, donations are welcome. Fairview Park, 2480 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa. (949) 54-TRAIN. www.ocmetrains.org Orange Empire Railway Museum - Demonstrations, tours, rides and special events. 2201 South A St., Perris. (951) 943-3020. www.oerm.org

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VOLLEYBALL Bump! Set! Spike! Living along the coast, we’re some of the lucky few who can actually play beach volleyball at the beach. Find a youth club at Beach Volleyball Clubs of America, www. beachvolleyballclubs.com or check in with the California Beach Volleyball Association, www.cbva.com.

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Instruction, indoor and outdoor leagues, camps and club teams. Volleyball Association and League So. California Volleyball Assoc.  (714) 917-3595 Club indoor volleyball teams for boys and girls (1018). www.scvavolleyball.org • United States Youth Volleyball League (888) 988-7985 www.USYVL.org USYVL provides an eight-week instructional youth volleyball league for boys and girls, ages 7-15. This is a great opportunity for children to learn and play volleyball in a fun and positive environment. Every site has a volleyball instructor (clinician) who guides the volunteer coaches and the players in a structured teaching method to ensure participants are developing proper volleyball skills. USVL offers many locations in Orange County, including: Aliso Viejo, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo and San Clemente. See ad on this page. YMCAs, Recreation Departments, Colleges and Boys and Girls Clubs Most city recreation departments, Boys and Girls Clubs, community colleges and YMCAs offer volleyball programs. See page 52 and 66 for contact information.

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YOUTH & FAMILY GROUPS All in the Family Craving some quality time with your crew? Look for fun family programs sponsored by local non-profits listed in this section––from YMCA Adventure Guides program to the Girl Scouts Family Fit Fair and 5K to family campouts and parent-and-me classes.

Groups offering activities, camps and/or child care. Also see: your area of interest, as youth group activities are listed throughout Kidsguide.

Ports O’ Call Village - Waterfront Red Car one-mile vintage trolley line connecting the World Cruise Center with attractions along the San Pedro waterfront. Friday - Sunday, noon - 9 p.m., $1 (unlimited rides for the day). San Pedro. (310) 7327678. www.tinyurl.com/waterfrontredcar San Diego - San Diego Model Railroad Museum, features a large model railroad display and train memorabilia, 1649 El Prado, (619) 696-0199, www. sdmrm.org. Balboa Park Miniature Railroad, a threeminute, half-mile trip on a model train, 1800 Zoo Place, (619) 239-4748, www.tinyurl.com/balboarr. Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park - Train is inside the zoo. 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana. (714) 8364000. www.santaanazoo.org lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

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4-H Youth Development Program (626) 586-1971, (949) 653-1803 www.ca4h.org Los Angeles and Orange County programs (5-19) offer guidance in good citizenship, leadership and life skills through projects and community service.

Fullerton Main Branch  (714) 871-1391 Commonwealth School  (714) 871-5428 Richman  (714) 992-2933 Valencia Park  (714) 888-5604 www.boysgirlsfullerton.com

Big Brothers, Big Sisters Local branches match boys and girls with adult mentors who provide friendship and guidance. Volunteers are extensively screened. Catholic Big Brothers offer bilingual, deaf and hearing-challenged programs. Free.

Garden Grove Garden Grove ARCHES  (714) 532-7940 Clinton Branch  (714) 537-8833 School IMPACT  (714) 530-5399 Edgar Branch  (714) 898-5254 Family Campus Preschool  (714) 741-0970 Family and Youth Outreach Program (714) 741-5890 Main Branch  (714) 537-1465 www.bgcgg.org

Greater LA County  (213) 481-3611 www.bbbsla.org Orange County  (714) 544-7773 www.bigbrooc.org Catholic Big Brothers  (213) 251-9800 www.cbbbs.org Jewish Big Brothers  (323) 456-1157 www.jbbbsla.org Boy Scouts Long Beach Area Council  (562) 427-0911 Orange County Council  (714) 546-4990 www.longbeachbsa.org, www.ocbsa.org Cub Scouts (grades 1-5) and Boy Scouts (grades 6-12) participate in a variety of activities and earn badges. Cub Scouts tie knots, set up a tent, cook at a campfire and more. Boy Scouts provide leadership and citizenship training through outdoor activities such as kayaking, fishing, competitive events, hiking and more. Career-based exploring programs are offered for young men and women (14-21), such as fire fighting, law enforcement and animal care services. Annual registration fees apply. Boys and Girls Club Supervised activities (5 or 6-18) after school and during school vacations (see “Camps”), including crafts, field trips, homework help, career development, dance classes, sports, teen programs, leadership groups, clubs, community service, and before- and after-school care. Some branches offer special-needs inclusion. Meals and/or snacks may be provided at some locations. Scholarships are available for qualifying families.

Huntington Valley Huntington Beach  (714) 374-2600 Fountain Valley  (714) 531-2582 ClubHouse Academy  (714) 593-0753 www.bgchv.com, www.clubhouseacademy.com Huntington Beach also offers two preschool child development centers: Robert Mayer Child Development Preschool at Goldenwest College, 15744 Goldenwest St., (714) 899-5900; and Learning Center Preschool, 17565 Los Alamos St., (714) 593-0753. Irvine  (949) 551-8214 www.harborareabgc.org Long Beach Admin. Office  (562) 595-5945 Barton Elementary  (562) 428-0555, Ext. 238 George Washington  (562) 591-2434 Eastman/Fairfield  (562) 428-9188 Fairfield/Westside  (562) 435-1621 Harte Elementary  (562) 428-0333 Holmes Elementary  (562) 633-4427 Jackie Robinson Academy  (562) 492-6003 Mann Elementary  (562) 439-6897 McKinley Elementary  (562) 630-6200, Ext. 235 Nelson Academy  (562) 591-6041 Wallace/Petrolane  (562) 599-2916 www.bgclublb.org Newport Beach  (949) 640-6650 www.harborareabgc.org

Anaheim C.V. Taormina  (714) 491-3617 J Mac Extension  (714) 350-2617 W. Anaheim Youth Center  (714) 761-2422 www.theboysandgirlsclub.org

Santa Ana  www.boysandgirlsclub.com

Buena Park  (714) 522-7259 www.theplaceforkids.org

Tustin  (714) 838-5223 www.bgctustin.org

Capistrano Valley San Juan Capistrano  (949) 240-7898 Aliso Viejo  (949) 699-2552 Rancho Santa Margarita  (949) 216-9700, Ext. 1280 www.bgccapo.com

Westminster  (714) 379-0097 www.club4kids.net

Costa Mesa/West Side  (949) 631-7724 Lou Yantorn (Upper Bay)  (949) 642-8372 www.harborareabgc.com

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Stanton  (714) 891-0740 www.boysandgirlsclubofstanton.com

Whittier Main Clubhouse  (562) 945-3787 www.bgcw.org

groups, camps, arts and service programs. 7070 E. Carson St., Long Beach, (562) 421-2725. Orange County Council - Kids and teens can participate in community service opportunities. After-school clubs and camps are available for participating school districts; some open enrollment may be offered. 1505 E. 17th St., #118, Santa Ana, (714) 547-5200. City Recreation Departments Most city recreation departments offer youth group activities and family programs. See page 52 for contact information. Girl Scouts Greater Los Angeles/Long Beach  (213) 213-0123 Orange County  (800) 979-9444 www.girlscoutsla.org, www.gscoc.org Girls (5-17) participate in a collection of activities and experiences in arts, STEM, community involvement, health, safety, the outdoors, leadership and career exploration. There are several ways to participate, including troops, independent Girl Scouts, camps, travel and events. Local adult volunteers are needed to form new troops. Girls Inc. of Orange County 1815 Anaheim Ave., Costa Mesa (949) 646-7181 www.girlsinc-oc.org Year-round programs for girls (4½-18). After-school, spring-break and summer camp programming includes educational enrichment, economic literacy, college prep, career and life planning, health and fitness, leadership and character development, personal safety, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and more. Jewish Community Centers The following centers offer enrichment classes, preschools, family events, support groups, vacation-break camps and teen-specific programming. Chabad Jewish Center  (949) 721-9800 2240 University Drive, Newport Beach www.jewishnewport.com • Alpert Jewish Community Center (562) 426-7601 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach. www.alpertjcc.org. See ad on page 17. Merage Jewish Center of OC  (949) 435-3400 1 Federation Way, Irvine. www.jccoc.org Police Activities League (PAL) www.calpal.org Year-round youth (5-17) program sponsored by police departments. Activities include arts and crafts, sports, computers, community service, homework help and field trips. Chapters in Anaheim, Lakewood, Norwalk and Temecula. Chapter contact information is found on their website under the “Membership” tab. Free. Power 4 Youth (562) 435-2352 www.power4youth.org Middle-school students are matched with a volunteer for one-on-one academic mentoring at supervised locations in Lakewood and Long Beach; year round. Regular field trips are offered, plus career guidance for teens. $10 registration fee. lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com


YMCA Programs for the entire family include child-care, fitness, teen clubs, day and resident camps (see “Camps”), youth sports, aquatics and gymnastics. Parent/child programs (grades K+) are also offered to promote companionship between parents and their children (father/mother and son/daughter). The Trailblazer program is available for older children (9-17) and their parents. Many YMCAs also offer off-site programs at schools and recreation facilities, and accept third-party funding such as GAIN or CAL Works. Anaheim 240 S. Euclid St.  (714) 635-9622 www.anaheimymca.org Bellflower-Los Cerritos: 15530 Woodruff Ave.  (562) 925-1292 Bellflower Aquatic Center: 14001 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower  (562) 925-1331 www.lbymca.org Downey 11531 Downey Ave.  (562) 862-4201 www.ymcala.org Lakewood (Weingart-Lakewood) 5835 E. Carson St.  (562) 425-7431 Gymnastics Center: 4118 E. South St.  (562) 272-4884 Kids Club (6 weeks+) while parents take a class, parents must remain in the facility. www.lbymca.org/lakewood Long Beach Camp Oakes (Big Bear)  (909) 585-2020 Fairfield: 4949 Atlantic Ave.  (562) 423-0491 Los Altos: 1720 Bellflower Blvd.  (562) 596-3394 Preschool - Early Education: 3605 Long Beach Blvd.  (562) 279-1624 www.lbymca.org and for camping services, www. campoakes.org Orange 2241 E. Palmyra  (714) 633-9622 www.ymcaoforange.org YMCA of Orange County: Fullerton Family YMCA 2000 Youth Way  www.ymcaoc.org/fn Huntington Beach Family YMCA 8875 Adams Ave.  www.ymcaoc.org/hb

(714) 879-9622

(714) 378-4784

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

(949) 859-9622

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

(949) 642-9990

Santa Ana Family YMCA 2100 W. Alton Ave.  www.ymcaoc.org/sa

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ZOOS Walk on the Wild Side Lions and tigers and bears? Not quite! These spots provide care to out-of-the-ordinary guests: Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro. Free, donations encouraged. (310) 548-5677. www. marinemammalcare.org; Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach. Free, donations encouraged. (949) 494-3050. www.pacificmmc.org; and Star Eco Station in Culver City. Adults, $8; kids, $6. (310) 842-8060. www.ecostation.org.

Zoos, habitats, farms, animal care centers and an exotic rescue. Also see: “Attractions” and “STEM.” Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Gardens 47-900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert (760) 346-5694 www.livingdesert.org Encounter over 500 wild animals, live shows, a children’s discovery center, an animal carousel, tranquil gardens, hiking trails and a G-scale model train. Adults, $19.95; kids (3-12), $9.95. Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles (323) 644-4200 www.lazoo.org Home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered. Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates and Reptiles), Elephants of Asia, Campo Gorilla Reserve, Conservation Carousel, Indian Rhino Encounter (with direct-contact opportunity), Red Ape Rain Forest where visitors can walk among orangutans, Children’s Zoo and much more. Admission: adults, $20; kids (2-12), $15. Orange County Zoo Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange (714) 973-6847 www.ocparks.com/zoo A variety of animals and a petting area. Visit their website for story times, special events and classes. School tours and scout programs available. Open daily, weekdays, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m; weekends, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. General admission: $2; free for ages 3 and under. Parking, $3-10. Petting Zoos and Farms Amy’s Farm  (909) 393-2936 Farm group tours of 10+, smaller groups (2+) can be added on to other tours. Call for availability. Includes: milking cows, feeding farm animals, grooming horses and picking fresh herbs. $8 per person. Families are welcome to tour the farm with a pur-

chase from the farm stand. Educational workshops and classes also available. 7698 Eucalyptus Ave., Ontario. www.amysfarm.com Centennial Farm  (714) 708-1500 A three-acre working farm at the OC Fair and Event Center. Visitors can view pigs, chickens, cattle, goats and more. Tours during general public hours. Free admission. The farm is closed on holidays and during property-wide events such as the OC Fair. OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. www.ocfair.com • Pony Time (562) 916-7669, (951) 201-3928 Enjoy the animals on the farm: goats, rabbits, chickens, sheep, an alpaca, a cow and a rare four-horned ram. Price of admission is only $1. Kids can also enjoy feeding the goats; $1 cups, $2 cups or $6 buckets of feed available. Handled ponies around a trot track are also available, plus lessons and trail rides (see “Horseback Riding) and parties (see “Parties”). 11369 Carson St., Lakewood. www.ponytimeatlakewood.weebly.com Zoomar’s Petting Zoo  (949) 831-6550 Kids can ride a pony, hop on board the miniature train and bounce between petting pens. Parties, camps and special events are also offered. Plus, “Miner’s Gulch,” where kids pan for gems, fossils and gold. Adults, $10; kids, $8. 31791 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano. www.zoomars.com San Diego Zoo 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego (619) 231-1515 www.sandiegozoo.org Home to more than 3,700 rare and endangered animals. Camps, sleepovers and family events are offered. Adults, $48; kids (3-11), $38. Multi-day tickets and memberships available. October is Kids Free admission month. San Diego Zoo Safari Park 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido (760) 747-8702 www.sdzsafaripark.org Like a safari, guests can see herds of African animals, such as rhino, giraffe, antelope and gazelle. Camps, sleepovers, Flightline zip line and a Jungle Ropes course are also offered. Adults, $48; kids (311), $38. Multi-day tickets and memberships available. October is Kids Free admission month. Santa Ana Zoo Prentice Park, 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana (714) 836-4000 www.santaanazoo.org Home of the 50 monkeys with over 150 animals (some endangered), plus a children’s farm, train and carousel. Family events throughout the year. Adults, $6-10; kids (3-12), $4-7. The Reptile Zoo 18818 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley (714) 500-0591 www.thereptilezoo.com More than 100 exotic species of reptiles, amphibians and arachnids. Plus interactive hands-on opportunities. Adults, $10; kids (3-11), $5. Six-month and yearly passports are also available. fall/winter 2015/16 • 67


CALENDAR • American Health and Wellness Institute 5580 E. 2nd St., Ste. 101, Long Beach. (562) 439-3425. www.ahwinstitute.com See ad on page 63. AHWI offers a wide variety of workshops for parents, as well as fun, engaging child-parent classes to help your little one grow. Expectant parents can connect with each other at free, monthly Healthy Pregnancy and Bringing Baby Home workshops. Once the baby arrives, AHWI offers a range of support, from meetings with a lactation consultant to help with sleeping strategies, picky eaters, food allergies, potty training, dealing with challenging behaviors, and a workshop geared specifically for grandparents and nannies. Parent-and-me play groups and events include Teddy Bear Pajama Party, Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt, Pirates and Princess Tea Party and many more. An On the Spectrum Social Skills Building Group is also offered. See Kidsguide’s online calendar for dates, times and fees for all of AHWI’s offerings. • Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. (562) 590-3100. www.aquariumofthepacific.org. See ad with coupon on page 13. October 9 - December 18: Free Shark Lagoon Nights invites guest to get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators. Touch bonnethead, bamboo and epaulette sharks, plus large sharks on display, including the sand tiger shark. Learn about sharks, shop, purchase drinks and snacks, and enjoy live music. Fridays, 6-9 p.m. Excludes November 20. Free. More events: October 3: Southeast Asia Day. October 10: Aquarium Kids Fun Run. October 24-25: Scarium of the Pacific. November 14: NOAA Day. November 11: Veteran’s Day. November 7-8: Autumn Festival. November 26: Thanksgiving Lunch. December 5-6: Holiday Treats. December 18: Homeschool Holiday. December 21: Desserts with Santa. January 9: Underwater Parks Day. January 30-31: Festival of Human Abilities. February 27-28: African Heritage Festival. March 12: Divers Day. March 13: Autism Family Night. • Big Air Trampoline Park Buena Park, 8320 On The Mall, (844) 550-JUMP. Laguna Hills, 23251 Avenida de la Carlota, (949) 3059788. Redlands, 1101 California St., (909) 3357275. www.BigAirUSA.com. See ad on page 45. Monday - Thursday: Big Air Toddler Time. A special morning just for little ones to jump around at their own pace without older kids. In addition to opening the attractions, they provide extra balls and toys for little kiddos. Call for admission prices, days and times.

Friday and Saturday: Big Air Cosmic Nights. They turn down the lights, turn up the music and fire up the lasers and strobes. Enjoy access to all of the attractions at the park. The price of admission covers the entire duration of Cosmic Nights. Buena Park and Redlands, 8-11 p.m., $15 per jumper.; and Laguna Hills, 8:3011 p.m., $17 per jumper.

Third Saturday: Astronomy Club meetings include a program about the night sky and a chance for members and guests to talk about all things astronomy. Plus, information on how to pick the proper telescope, how to use a telescope, how to build a telescope, and how to identify different celestial objects. 7-9 p.m. $2 fee required for all non-members.

Special Needs Day: Guests have a blast exploring trampolines and other attractions. Parents, siblings, aides, family and friends are all welcome. Big Air Laguna Hills, Tuesday, 3-9 p.m. Big Air Buena Park, specific Tuesdays: October 13, November 10 and December 8. $7 per jumper for up to two hours with one caregiver/therapist for free. Additional family members also jump for $7. This is a blend in during regular operating hours.

Fourth Saturday: Saturday Science offers science presentations and activities. Activities (4+), noon and 3 p.m.; presentations (all ages) begin at 1 p.m. Visit their website for topics and themes. $5 admission.

• Bowers Kidseum Children’s Museum 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana. (714) 567-3694. www. bowers.org. See ad on page 37. First Sunday: Family Festivals. Music, dance, and arts and crafts. 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Free. November 1, Day of the Dead Festival; and December 6, Celtic Winter Solstice Festival. Second Sunday: Jr. Archaeologist. Become an archaeologist for a day—think, learn, explore and get your hands dirty! Participate in an archaeological dig, learn how to record findings and create an artifact to take home. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Spots are limited and advance reservations are recommended at least three days prior to event date. Admission plus $10 for every participating child ages 4 and up. Museum members: free admission, plus $6 for every participating child. Third Sunday: Family Drumming Circle. Join professional drummers and make your own instrument to take home. Recommended for ages 2-8. 1:30-3:30 p.m. • Burgess Cotillion in Long Beach March 7: Try out Burgess Cotillion at the Rodeo RoundUp, with their free class for anyone new to cotillion. Participants enjoy dancing, refreshments, games, prizes and manners. Monday. Grades 2-5, 4:30-6 p.m.; grades 6-8, 6:15-7:45 p.m.; and grades 9-12, 8-9:30 p.m. Party dress code for the Rodeo RoundUp: jeans and Western duds; boys: hard-soled shoes, no athletic shoes; girls: no bare midriffs, or strapless. 6285 E. PCH, Long Beach. (323) 874-7393. www. bobbyburgesscotillion.com • Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey. (562) 231-1200. www.columbiaspacescience.org. See ad on page 15. First Saturday: Young Explorers Academy invites kids (3-6) and their guardian to explore, experiment and create during hands-on and participant-lead activities. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $12 per child/guardian pair; includes all day admission. Space is limited!

More events: September 19: International Observe the Moon Night. October 23-24: Spooky Science Night. • Discovery Cube Los Angeles Curious George Exhibit Through January 3: Experience the insatiable curiosity of Curious George in this interactive exhibit that will lead you on a fun and educational adventure. Climb a building, sort and weigh fruit and vegetables, explore the control station on a space ship and more. Included with admission. 11800 Foothill Blvd. (818) 890-1761. www.discoverycube.org/la • Discovery Cube Orange County 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana. (714) 542-2823. www. discoverycube.org/oc. See ad on back inside cover. Through January 3: Visit Hot Wheels: Race To Win™ and become part of a race team to build and test the fastest speed machines on the planet. Get a behind-the-scenes look at racing, including the scientific process for designing fast cars. Test theories, see and learn about real race car parts, and more. Included with admission. October 3 - November 1: Spooky Science. Spend this Halloween with the Mad Scientist at the Cube. Make your way through the Mad Scientist’s house to learn about bugs, bones, X-rays and holograms and enjoy live demonstrations with liquid nitrogen and dry ice. Plus, enjoy weekend costume parties and take home goodie-bags. November 27 - January 3: Science of Gingerbread. Inside the kitchen, much more is going on than pouring and mixing, it’s science at work. Featuring hands-on kitchen science activities, decorating demonstrations and award-winning gingerbread houses on display. More events: November 7: Pumpkin Launch 2015. December 30-31: Noon-Year’s Eve Celebration. February 6 - May 22: Dora and Diego—Let’s Explore. • East West Ice Palace 11446 Artesia Blvd., Artesia. (562) 809-6200. www. eastwesticepalace.com. See ad on page 59. December 20: Figure Skating Show features skaters from their Basic Skills Learn-to-Skate program. Sunday, 6:15-8 p.m. Contact for admission price; kids 5 and under, free.

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December 21 - January 1: Public hours extended for winter break to celebrate the holidays with festive decorations and music. Public session times vary by day, call or visit their website for details and schedules. January 15: Celebrate U.S. Figure Skating Association’s National Skating Month! Find discounts for all new skating school registrants, all public skating admission and gym memberships, plus pro-shop and snack bar specials. They will have raffles, giveaways and more. Discounts on select services will be offered throughout January and February in honor of the sport’s celebration; call for more details. Free Admission Days at Museums Ongoing: Free admission is offered on varying days at the following museums. See “Museums” for contact information and museum details.

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WIN a Whole Month of Art Classes! Register at: artime.studiomv@gmail.com (949) 981-4988 • Artime-Studio.com opens daily at 10 a.m.; they’re even open on Christmas Day at 2 p.m. • Holiday Skate Center 175 N. Wayfield St., Orange. (714) 997-5515. www. holidayskate.com. See ad on page 59.

Daily: Hammer Museum. Monday - Friday: Chapman University Permanent Exhibits, Wells Fargo History Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (for Los Angeles residents after 3 p.m.) Tuesday - Saturday: Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, Flight Path Learning Center and Museum. Tuesday - Sunday: California African American Museum, Getty Center. Wednesday Monday: Getty Villa. Wednesday - Sunday: Homestead Museum, Rancho Los Alamitos, Rancho Los Cerritos, The Paley Center for Media. Thursday - Tuesday: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (kids ages 17 and under are always free). Sunday: Museum of Latin American Art. First Tuesday: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. Kidspace, first Tuesday night from 4-8 p.m. Second Tuesday: Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Autry National Center. Thursdays: Skirball Cultural Center. First Thursday: Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens with reserved tickets. Third Thursday: Japanese American National Museum. Thursday nights: Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), 5-8 p.m., and Japanese American National Museum, 5-8 p.m. First Friday: Norton Simon Museum, 5-8 p.m. Friday: Long Beach Museum of Art.

Saturdays and Sundays: Family Skate Nights! A family up to five can skate, including skate rental, for this special deal! Saturdays, 7-9:30 p.m., $7.50 each; and Sundays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $6 each.

• Frogg’s Bounce House Fridays: Every Friday night is Date Night. Drop the kids off and enjoy a night out! 5-8 p.m. $10 per hour for first child, $8 per hour for additional children within same family; includes pizza dinner. 16121 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley. (714) 418-0442. www.froggsbouncehouse.com. See ad on page 44.

• Laguna Art Museum 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach. (949) 494-8971, Ext. 221. www.lagunaartmuseum.org. See ad on page 9.

Saturdays: Kids skate to kid’s music, and play games. Recommended for ages 10 years and under, with a parent or guardian. Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon. Admission, $6; skate rental, $3. Tuesdays: Flashback Skate Night! Skate and groove to music hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s. All ages are welcome. Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Admission, $6; skate rental, $3. • Kick It Up - Free Class Week January 11 - 16: Join them for a free week of classes at Kick It Up. They offer a wide variety of dance classes, starting at age 2 through adult, plus numerous adult fitness and dance classes that coincide with kids classes so that parents can work out too. Every class on the schedule is free this week. 8129 East Wardlow Road, Long Beach. (562) 430-1812. www. kickitup.com. See ad on page 27 and 63.

November 8: Family Festival. As part of its annual Art and Nature celebration, Laguna Art Museum opens its doors for free today. Families enjoy the exhibits on display and participate in a wide variety of art, science, and nature-based activities. Sunday, 2-5 p.m. Third Sunday: Kids Art Studio is a hands-on art-making program on a drop-in basis. Kids (all ages) and their families create a piece of art, inspired by one of the current exhibits on view. Materials are provided. 2-4 p.m. • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services 5720 Clark Ave. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www. lakewoodcity.org/recreation Family Nights: October 1: Bubble Extravaganza: Join a night of bubble tricks and sculptures. Hot dogs, mac and cheese, lemonade and a dessert will be served prior to the show. November 13: Animal Tracks: Take a walk on the wild side and meet some incredible animals. Teriyaki chicken, steamed rice, lemonade and a dessert will be served prior to the show. Fridays, doors open at 5:45 p.m. $8; kids under 3, $5. More events: October 13: College Fair. December 4: Holiday Tree Lighting. • Lango’s Winter Demo Week January 11-16: Tryout free Spanish and French classes at Lango’s Fall Demo Week. Join an entire week of free demo immersion classes and see how they make language acquisition possible and fun. Visit www.langokidsirvine.com to submit your RSVP. 9070 Irvine Center Drive, Ste. 135, Irvine. (714) 864-4680. www.langokidsirvine.com. See ad on page 35.

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• Golf N’ Stuff in Norwalk 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk. (562) 868-9956. www.golfnstuff.com. See ad with discount coupons on page 10.

Gourmet Food Prepared Fresh in Front of Your Guests on Antique Style Food Carts. See our ad & listing on pages 46 and 47.

October 3, 10, 17 and 24: Fall Festival Days. Kids (14 and under) will enjoy free face painting, free balloon art, and a visit from King Putt! Additional activity and food prices vary. Saturdays, 2-6 p.m. And, don’t miss the Halloween Fair on October 24, visit their website for details.

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December 1-31: North Pole Fun Pack. Kids enjoy two full hours unlimited use of: go-karts, bumper boats, bumper cars, Disk ‘O Thrill ride and kiddie train, plus, one round of miniature golf, a cookie and a 12 oz. soda—all for just $17 per person (prices subject to change without notice). Park lots more fun at kidsguidemagazine.com

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• Lil’ Chef School 15435 Jeffrey Road, #132, Irvine. (949) 6798390. www.lilchefschool.com. Call or visit their website to register. See ad on page 22.

Four Stars Cinemas (showing new movies), 12111 Valley View St., Garden Grove, (714) 934-6377, Tuesday and Thursday Family Discount Days, $5 ($2 extra for 3D movies). www.4starcinemas.com

More events: December 6, 13 and 20: German Christmas Market and Boutique. December 13: Live Nativity Play and International Celebration, call (714) 390-9493 for details.

Second Friday: Mommy and Me Cooking. An interactive workshop for Tiny Chefs (3-5) and their parent. Recipes vary from Cinnamon Sugar Buns to Wilton Cookies, all made from scratch. Fridays, noon - 1 p.m.

Pictures Show, 2800 Main St., Santa Ana Mall, (714) 836-7469, $2-3 daily; $4 for 3-D movies, plus, $1 hot dogs. www.pictureshowent.com

• Orange County Children’s Theatre Presents Les Miserables, School Edition January 8-17: Bring family and friends for a stage performance of Les Miserables, School Edition. Fridays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. $12-15. Historic Huntington Beach High School Theater, 1905 Main St. (714) 502-2244. www.occt.org. See ad on page 65.

Last Friday: Parents Night Out. Parents, drop kids off for a night of cooking. Kids join Lil’ Chef for a “Pizza Night.” Friday, 6:30-9 p.m. $45 per child with $20 for additional sibling. 30-minute early drop off is $10 per child. • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Saturdays: Free archery instruction at El Dorado Park. See “Archery.” Saturdays: Bike Saturdays. Ride your bike to participating local shops and eateries to receive a special discount or offer. Check the website for details, bike workshops and events. www.bikelongbeach.org/bike-saturdays • Mad Science Costume Chemistry and Halloween Date Night October 17: Calling all Jr. Mad Scientists (3-6)! Dress up in your favorite costume and join Mad Science in the lab. Parents can enjoy a night out, and kids will enjoy an evening with Mad Science, as they get wrapped up in experiments, see demonstrations and get to make and take a science activity home. Dinner and snack provided. Children must be potty trained. Saturday, 5-9 p.m. $35, plus $5 materials fee payable at the door. City Gym, Huntington Beach. (714) 668-9174. www.westorangecounty.madscience.org. See ad on page 48. Movie Deals Charter Centre Cinemas, 7822 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 596-3456, $3 daily, $2 extra for 3-D movies; 6 p.m.; Movie Special includes two admissions, two popcorns and two sodas for $10. Norwalk 8, 13917 Pioneer Blvd., (562) 804-5615, $2-3 daily; $2 extra for 3-D movies. San Juan Capistrano, 26762 Verdugo St., (949) 661-3456, Tuesday special, $5.50 all day. South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701, classic film Wednesdays, $8. Westminster 10, 6721 Westminster Blvd., (714) 893-4222, $5.50 all day Sunday. www.regencymovies.com Century Huntington Beach in Bella Terra, Cinemark Disney screens four favorite Disney films on the big screen daily (line-up changes weekly). Daily pass for all four movies, $5; weekly, $10; monthly, $20; and quarterly, $40. Discount Tuesday, $7 all movies, all day. 7777 Edinger Ave., #170, (714) 373-4573. www.cinemark.com/cinemark-disney-screen.aspx Starplex Cinemas, 4626 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, (949) 733-0980; and 15296 Rosecrans Ave., La Mirada, (714) 739-1010; $2-3 daily; $4 for 3-D movies. Plus, $1 hot dogs. www.starplexcinemas.com

• Museum of Latin American Art 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach. (562) 437-1689. www.molaa.org. See ad on page 13. October 18 - November 29: Festival de los Muertos. Join a string of community events and kidfriendly exhibits celebrating Día de los Muertos, including community altars and special tours. October 18: Target Free Sunday with Community Altar Decorating. October 23: Hands-on Art with Mini Day of the Dead Altars. October 28: Calavera Mask Decorating and Paper Flower Making. October 29: Calavera Puppet Making. November 1: Target Free Sunday with Dia de los Muertos. Sunday: Target Free Sundays offer visitors the opportunity to learn about Latin American culture through art workshops, live performances, and gallery tours. Programs vary. Admission is free, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tours at 2 p.m. More events: October 18, November 15, December 20: Target Free Artventure. • My Gym - Long Beach Days vary: Parents Night Out. Kids play games and enjoy pizza, juice and snacks. Discounts for members and siblings. Dates and times vary, call for details. 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns. (562) 986-0066. www.mygym.com/longbeach. See ad on page 21. • Old World in Huntington Beach 7561 Center Ave. Oktoberfest and Kinderfest, (714) 895-8020; Wiener Dog Races, (714) 402-7327. www.oldworld.ws. See ad on page 23. Weekly through October 25: Wiener-Dog Races. Witness short legged but swift wieners racing to the finish line. As part of Octoberfest, held weekly through November 1; and held monthly throughout the rest of the year, including December 13 (no races in January or February); March 27 (all short and small breed dogs). Starts at 3 p.m. Admission, $2; tickets sold at the Wiener Dog Store, unit #38. Through November 1: Octoberfest, Kinderfest and Dachshund Races. Featuring wiener dog (dachshunds) races, carnival games, live bands directly from Germany, bouncy house, street vendors, performers and family fun. The events kick off with the traditional parade through Bella Terra on September 27. Sundays are geared for families, with Kinderfest and Wiener Dog Races held through November 1, 2-7:30 p.m. Races start at 3 p.m. November 1, Doggy Dress Up and Kid Costume Party and contests, celebrating Hallowiener. Adults, $5; kids (6-12), $2. Every Sunday, free admission for up to four people with ad on page 23.

• Pretend City Children’s Museum Most events and activities are included with museum admission. 29 Hubble, Irvine. (949) 428-3900. www. pretendcity.org. See ad on page 36. Fall Season: Throughout October, November and December, music will fill the air, stories and hands-on activities will share histories and traditions, yummy snacks will delight your child’s taste buds, and significant art will be a wonderful sight for their eyes. Winter Season: Through exceptional classes and programs, your child will learn about holidays, cultural celebrations, and traditions that people around the world enjoy celebrating throughout the winter season. Third Friday: Home School Days offers home school students a special day with learning experiences through hands-on educational play. Last Monday: Family Autism Play Days. Spend a few hours enjoying family play, for families with children on the Autism Spectrum. Most last Mondays of the month except November and December. Call for times. Free admission. RSVP required. More events: October 5: Celebrate National Children’s Health Day. October 15: White Cane Safety Day. October 31: Trick-Or-Treat Through the City. October 22: Read for the Record Celebrates Not Norman: A Goldfish Story. November 1: Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos. November 11: Celebrate Veterans’ Day. November 25: Celebrate Thanksgiving. December 21: Winter Solstice Celebration. December 16-24: Hooray for Hanukkah. December 16: Las Posadas Fiesta. December 17: Sensory Sensitive Holidays. December 26-30: Festival of Kwanzaa. December 31: Annual Noon-Year’s Confetti Countdown. January 18: Celebrate MLK Day. February 8: Chinese New Year. February 14: Celebrate Valentine’s Day. February 9: Celebrate Mardi Gras. • Queen Mary 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach. (877) 3420738. www.QueenMary.com. See ad on page 11. November 20 - January 10: CHILL. SoCal’s favorite frozen family event is back and now, one ticket gets you unlimited access! So bring your gloves and parkas and head down to the Queen Mary for some chilly winter fun at SoCal’s only frozen winter holiday event. See The Ice Kingdom, hand carved from more than two million pounds of ice, and walk through magnificent ice sculptures and slides. Zip down CHILL’s ice

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tubing run and take a spin on the outdoor ice skating rink. And with one ticket unlimited-access, you can go as many times as you wish. Plus enjoy same-day visit to the majestic Queen Mary. Open daily excluding November 30, December 7, and January 4, 5 and 6. Online tickets, starting at $24.99. More events: December 2: Annual Queen Mary Tree LICE REMOVAL BY Lighting. February 13-14: Scottish Festival. • The Rinks Anaheim ICE www.The-Rinks.com. See ad on page 58.

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• Shared Science For more information, contact Michelle: (562) 522-0595 or info@sharedsciencefun.org. www. sharedsciencefun.org. See ad on page 61. Events: September 27: “Meet Us, Meet You” Open House. October 24: FIRST LEGO League Practice Tournament. April 9: LB RoboTech Innovation Celebration. • Skatedogs Skate Park Tour Ongoing: Join Skatedogs for a half-day skate park tour! Kids (6+) visit three local skateparks with Skatedogs instructors and then all grab a bite at Subway and discuss tips and tricks. Kids should bring water, a snack, skateboard, helmet, knee and elbow pads. Skatedogs’s boards and safety gear are available to borrow upon request. Contact for dates. $100 (cash or check at dropoff), includes prizes, lessons and lunch. RSVP required; seats are limited. Email: adam@skatedogs.com. (714) 313-8787. www.skatedogs.com • Valley Christian (562) 860-0556. www.vcschools.org. See ad on page 55. October 25: Harvest Festival is an annual tradition for your friends and family. It’s a great way to get to know this 80+ year old community. Kids of all ages will enjoy game booths, activities, vendor’s row and great food. Valley Christian High School campus, 17700 Dumont Ave., Cerritos. Begins at 3 p.m. October 31, January 23 or February 6: Visit the Valley Christian Schools campuses. Valley Christian Schools offer an extraordinary education where Christian students develop in a variety of areas: academics, including AP and Honors courses; fine arts, robotics and sports, missions and service—all with Christ at the center. Contact Diane at (562) 860-0556 for more information. Saturdays. High School, Cerritos campus,

October 31 or January 23, 2 p.m.: Middle School, Cerritos campus, January 23, noon. Elementary School, Bellflower campus, February 6, 10 a.m.

• Westerly School 2950 E. 29th St., Long Beach. (562) 981-3151. www.westerlyschool.org. See ad on page 57.

• Vans Skatepark Holiday Skate Clinics December 12 and 19: Vans Skatepark in Orange, a 40,000-square-foot facility, offers two different Holiday Clinics on Saturday, December 12 and 19. Instruction is offered for beginner to advanced street skateboarders, ages 6-16. Pizza lunch is included. Clinic hours: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. $40 for members; $50 for non-members. Space is limited so sign up today. 20 City Blvd., West, Orange. (714) 769-3800. www. vans.com. See ad on page 19.

October 20, November 10, January 12 and 26, February 16 and March 8: The community visit is an opportunity for visitors to tour the Westerly campus and experience classrooms during the school day. The visit also includes a brief presentation on Westerly’s history, curriculum and culture. The visit starts in the Westerly Library. When you arrive, enter through the office and will be directed where to go. 10.15 a.m. Reservation are recommended and can be scheduled online by clicking the desired date or by calling the Admission Office. www.westerlyschool.org/ admission/visitwesterly.cfm

• Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 746-4000. www.thewallis.org. See ad on back outside cover. December 1-20: Guys and Dolls is a delightful musical based on Damon Runyon’s fond stories of gamblers and showgirls. The bad guys aren’t really dangerous, the dolls have superhuman patience, and what everybody wants deep down inside is to reform and lead respectable lives. Classic songs and great comedy make Guys and Dolls an odds-on favorite to please the entire family. No show December 4, 7 or 14. Tickets start at $29. March 13: With his band, Dan Zanes and Friends, the Grammy Award-winner has toured the world sharing handmade 21st century social music with enthusiastic crowds of kids and kids at heart, and his widelyacclaimed music has been featured on Sesame Street, Playhouse Disney, Nickelodeon, HBO Family and Sprout. Recommended for all ages. Sunday, 3 p.m. $25-35. More performances: October 24 - November 8: Wiesenthal (appropriate for teens and adults). April 8-9: The Lightning Thief. April 30 - May 1, 7 and 8: The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly. June 4-5: Seedfolks.

October 22: High School Decision. This event is free and open to the public, features nearly 30 representatives from high schools in Southern California and beyond. Westerly School created “High School Decision” to provide middle school students and their families a unique opportunity to meet high school educators and learn about their programs. Thursday, October 22, 3-5 p.m. • YaYa’s Performance Academy (562) 355-2004. www.yayasacademy.com. See ad on page 64. September 26 and October 3: Audition for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. An ideal first show for those who would like to do a musical. No experience is required. Rehearsals are held at Lakewood Village Community Church through early January. $225. Enroll online. January 8-10, 15-17: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Join the Peanuts gang in this fast-paced, lighthearted musical, guaranteed to please audiences of all ages! From Valentine’s Day to baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, all are mixed in with the lives of Charlie Brown’s friends, including Snoopy, Lucy and more. Check their website for performance times and ticket prices.

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Mug Shots

8 Classic Party Games

Before the big bash, ask a talented friend or relative to serve as paparazzi for the day.

1. Chubby Bunnies: Sit kids 6 and older in a circle. Pass around a bowl of marshmallows. Have each kid stuff one in a cheek and say “I am a chubby bunny.” Keep going. Anyone who laughs or doesn’t speak clearly is OUT!

In addition to capturing priceless shots of newborns on up, including first-birthday cake-smash sessions, pro photographer Jessica Lake (jessicalakephotography.com) gave us her top three tips:

2. I Want My Mummy: give teams each a roll of toilet paper and see who can wrap up a teammate the fastest.

1. Focus on action, like the moment after the candles are blown out, or the reaction after presents are opened. 2. The best smiles are candid. Tell a joke or act silly, rather than using the old “say cheese.” 3. Angles matter, she says. Try an up-close shot, or a side profile. Take a step forward or away from the subject. “It makes the photo a lot more interesting.”

3. Musical Chairs: update this old standby. Watch your guests whip, now watch them Nae Nae. 4. The Laughing Game: who can keep a straight face the longest when everyone’s trying to make him bust a gut? 5. Dancing Chain: First kid wiggles his hips. Second kid wiggles his hips and adds jazz hands. Third kid wiggles his hips, waves his jazz hands and…what’s next? 6. The Oinking Game: Quick, get the blindfold! Can you recognize someone by their oink? 7. Skittles Race: Pour Skittles into a big bowl. Have each player (recommended for older kids) suck up a Skittle with a drinking straw and run to the other side of the room to drop it in a cup. How many can they move in three minutes? Go! 8. Memory Tray: Put 7-10 common objects on a tray (a little less for younger kids). Let the guests see them and then cover them with a scarf. Remove one item and see who can guess what it was. The stapler, of course!

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