Kidsguide Fall/Winter 2021-22

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Ultimate Family Guide for Greater Long Beach & OC | | Fall/Winter 21-22 | Free

‘ Tearable’ Parenting Advice

What to Tell Yourself When Things Get Tough Loving Words Every Kid Needs to Hear Homework Tips & Tricks


Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine

Fall/Winter Classes For Pre-school, Youth And Teens

Art, Sports, Music, Cooking, Dance, Enrichment classes and more will be offered in Long Beach Parks this fall/winter. Visit for class descriptions, locations, dates, times and fees, and to register. PRE SCHOOL Preschool Cooking Thyme! Petit Ballet Bamboleo Spanish Language Immersion Parent & Me Pre-K Readiness Reading, Math & More Preschool Readwrite en Español Pre-Kinder Readwrite Kinder Prep Little Music Makers Melody Time D-Up Tiny Ballers Basketball Mommy/Daddy & Me Soccer Pre Soccer TinyTykes Youth Soccer Tot Soccer YOUTH Basic Cooking for Kids Cake Design Ballet/Tap Children's Dance Workshop Mexican Folklorico – (Int. -Adv. Levels)

YOUTH (continued) Musical Theatre Starz of Jazz Math Development 2-6 Reading Development (K-1 and 2-6) Readwrite en Español 1st- 2nd Grade Exploring Instruments Group Piano Keyboard Kids Rockin' Guitar D-Up Ballers Basketball Jujitsu Karate Shotokan Karate Soccer 1 Techniques and Teamwork Soccer 2 Skillz and Scrimmages Traditional Karate - Beginning TEENS Basic Cooking for Teens Children’s Dance Workshop Online Drivers Education

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Tips to Tear Out & Keep Handy

Loving Words Every Kid Needs to Hear



Liz Davis


Family Happiness Builder

What to Tell Yourself When Things Get Tough


Make Reading Fun



Ace Homework Time


Simple Ways to Speak Your Child’s Love Language


Get Help When You Need It


After publishing KG for 35 years, we have come across a lot of good resources. The best are always ones we know will enrich the lives of your kids, and most importantly help and support you in doing the most important job of all—parenting.

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161 Places to Go with Kids in SoCal Animal Encounters & Zoos Aquariums & Marine Centers Boats & Ships Family Fun Centers Farms Museums Children’s Museums Flight Museums Historical Landmarks Indoor Play Centers Trampoline Parks Rock Climbing Nature & Gardens Trains Science & Space Centers


Arts Camps Education & Enrichment Health Services Parties Sports & Recreation

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That's why we’re dedicating this issue of Kidsguide to you. It’s our big warm hug to say you have got this, you are awesome, you are our heroes! This issue contains the top goodies we’ve found that make parenting easier, kids (and parents) happier, life better. Plus, we’re backing it up with 161 fun outing ideas to have in your pocket, along with a list of people and organizations that can help when you need it. Best part: most of these tips can be torn out and kept handy on your fridge, bathroom mirror, or wallpapered in that quiet space only you know about.

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Loving Wor Loving Words ds Every Kid Kid Need Needss to Hear They're easy to speak and their effect lasts a lifetime.

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It was brave of you to ___. Your friends are lucky to have you. You are so loved. I believe you. You are worth it. You can try again tomorrow. I love being your parent. Being around you makes me happy. I can’t wait to hear about it. I admire the way you ___. I’m listening. Don’t be afraid to be you. You are important. I accept who you are. I learn new things from you everyday. That was a good choice. You were right. I understand you. I know I can trust you because ___. It’s your decision. Let’s try it your way. I will always be there for you. Thank you for being you. You handled that situation very well. You will learn how to do this.

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You’re on the right track. I appreciate how helpful you were when you ___. What you create matters. I believe that you can do it. You never gave up, even when it was hard. You have such a positive attitude. I’m so proud you made that choice. Your practice is paying off. Wow! How did you do that? You have really improved on ___. How can I help you? It’s ok to feel ___. I’m here for you. Thank you for helping me. I’m glad we worked together on that. I can tell you did your best because ___. I forgive you. You are safe. I love spending time with you. That’s a great question. Good thinking. You make my heart full. Our family wouldn’t be the same without you. Thanks for doing that before I could even ask. I care about you.

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161 Places to Go! Animal Encounters Encounters & Zoos America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark (805) 378-1440, Home of the Exotic Animal Training and Management Program at Moorpark College. Visit the zoo for live animal presentations and training demonstrations. Special events, including party packages, holiday events, and summer programs available. Advanced ticket purchase required. Children’s Nature Retreat 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine (619) 320-4942, This 20-acre farm, animal sanctuary, and nature reserve has over 130+ domesticated livestock and exotic animals from around the world. Singleday pass includes animal interaction from outside the enclosures. Guided tours, Keeper for the Day, Behind-the-Scenes Tour, and birthday parties available. Purchase tickets online. • Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary 8545 Buttemere Road, Phelan (760) 868-2755, Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary is dedicated to preserving the lives of abused, neglected and abandoned exotic animals through rescue, rehabilitation

and education. By partnering with the community, they can change animals lives and inspire future generations. Come on by Forever Wild and visit their animal family. They offer group events, field trips, guided tours, and by popular demand, “Extreme Feed” for adults and children! From school field trips to fun and festive events like “A Very Wild Christmas” and “Spooktacular Halloween,” there is always something lively happening at the sanctuary! See ad on page 17 for a free admission coupon. Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles (323) 644-4200, Home to more than 2,200 mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles representing more than 270 different species, many of which are endangered. Popular exhibits include Rainforest of the Americas, Elephants of Asia, Campo Gorilla Reserve, The Lair and more. Oasis Camel Dairy 26757 Highway 78, Ramona (760) 787-0983, A unique family farm offering camel rides, feedings, and public and private tours. Camel Camps are also available. Purchase tickets online. Orange County Zoo Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange (714) 973-6840, The zoo features a variety of animals and plants native to the southwestern United States. Animals on exhibit include black bear, mountain lion, bald

eagle, kit fox, ocelot, beaver, great horned owl, porcupine, coyote, turkey vulture, and more. Audio tours available. OstrichLand USA 610 E. Highway 246, Solvang (805) 686-9696, A zoo of 100+ ostriches and emus, where guests are invited to feed and interact with the large birds. See ostrich chicks during summer months and emu chicks in late-winter and early spring. Pony Time Lakewood Equestrian Center 11369 Carson St., Lakewood (562) 916-7669, Enjoy walking pony rides, trot rides, unicorn rides, and animal feeding. Trail rides and pony lessons offered by appointment. Special events throughout the year. Visit their Facebook page to stay updated. San Diego Zoo 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego (619) 231-1515, Discover over 12,000 animals that call the zoo their home. Upgrade your visit with special tours and experiences found on their website. San Diego Zoo Safari Park 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido (619) 231-1515, Known for their expansive savanna habitats, the park is home to more than 3,600 animals. Visitors enjoy


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Fly with us in our butterfly pavilion featuring Monarchs October 1 - November 30, 2021

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See the Garden in a new way at our annual light show November 20, 2021 - January 17, 2022

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Remind Yourself You're Doing Doing an Awesome Job

Parenting is not easy — here's a few reminders to tell yourself on those extra tough days.

My home is a safe place. I am exactly who my kid needs. My home is full of love and joy. I am my children's rock. I am a good leader and role model for my children. My kids trust me and look up to me. I am making happy memories with my child. My little family is the best team I could ever have.

I am grateful for the time I have with my kids today. My greatest contribution to the world may not be something I do, but someone I raise. Everything I do serves a purpose for my family. Taking care of myself is part of taking care of my family. I am leaving a legacy of love. If at the end of the day, everyone feels loved and safe, I have done enough.

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shows, play areas, tram, animal encounters and a carousel. A variety of safari experiences are available, including Behind-the-Scenes, Sun Up Cheetah, Soar and Snore Sleepover, Flightline and more. Norwalk

Santa Ana Zoo Prentice Park, 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana (714) 836-4000, Over 80 species of animals, including some of the smallest monkeys in the world, the Golden Headed Lion Tamarins. Hop on the Zoofari Express train, walk through the Amazon Aviary, feed goats and sheep at the Crean Family Farm, ride the carousel, Ferris wheel, and more.

Please call (562) 868-9956 before coming to the Park.


Buy 1 Round of Miniature Golf, Get a 2nd Round Free Buy 1 Ride, Get 2nd Ride Free Must present coupon(s) before purchase. Limit 1 coupon per visit. Groups of 10 or more, reservations required. Not valid with other discounts. No cash value. Expires 06/30/22. Promo Code: KG2021-1

Please call (562) 868-9956 before coming to the Park.


*Attractions subject to close without notice. Must present coupon(s) before purchase. Limit 4 per coupon. Groups of 10 or more, reservations required. Not valid with other discounts. No cash value. Expires 06/30/22. Promo Code: KG2021-2

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The Reptile Zoo 18818 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley (714) 500-0591, Over 100 exotic species of reptiles, amphibians, and arachnids. Upgrade your visit with animal encounters, photo opportunities, presentations, and feeding experiences. Jr. Zookeeper for the Day and educational party packages available. Whale Watching Cruises Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari, (949) 577-8403, Dana Wharf Whale Watching, (888) 224-0603, www. Harbor Breeze Cruise, (562) 4324900, LA Water Front Cruises, (310) 547-9916, www.laharborsportfishing. com. Marina Del Rey Sportfishing, (310) 822-3625, Newport Landing Whale Watching, (949) 675-0551, Ocean Institute, (949) 496-2274, Redondo Beach Whale Watching, (310) 372-2111, Wild Wonders Bonsall (760) 630-9230, Connect with over 120 animal ambassadors. Special animal experiences include behind-the-scene tours and meeting animals up close. Zoo Camp, Family Zoo Camp, and a Zookeeper Mentoring Program are offered. Wild Wonders also hosts parties, wildlife photography sessions, and provides animals for events. Zoomars at River Street Ranch 31791 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano (949) 831-6550, Visit over 100 farm animals, ride a pony or a train, mine for gemstones, jump on a mini excavator, and drive a mini tractor around the track.

Aquariums & Marine Centers Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach (562) 590-3100,

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Home to more than 12,000 animals of the Pacific Ocean. Touch sharks, feed lorikeets, and interact with over 50 engaging exhibits and behind-thescenes areas. Special animal encounters, educational programs, birthday parties, and camps are offered. Family events are held throughout the year. Birch Aquarium 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla (858) 534-3474, Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, explore 60+ habitats including a two-story Giant Kelp Forest, Hall of Fishes, Sharks Shores, and touch animals in their Tide Pool Plaza. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro (310) 548-7562, Thirty-five saltwater tanks and touch tanks, plus discovery labs and an Aquatic Nursery with baby sea animals. Ongoing programs include tours, workshops and classes, camps, youth docents, family programs, annual events, tide pool walks and grunion runs. Suggested admission donation: $3-7. Heal the Bay Aquarium 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica (310) 393-6149, Located under the Santa Monica Pier, the Aquarium features 100+ species of marine animals and plants found locally in the Santa Monica Bay. Hands-on activities include touch tanks and outdoor patio exhibits. Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles 3601 S. Gaffey St., #8, San Pedro (310) 548-5677, A non-profit hospital for seals and sea lions stranded along the LA County coast. Open to the public on weekends for 15-minute, docent-led tours. Visitors can see seal and sea lion patients from a safe distance. $5 donation suggested, make reservations online. Ocean Institute 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point (949) 496-2274, Open to the public on weekends, families can go on a guided tide pool hike, kayak around the Dana Point harbor, or go on a whale and marine life tour aboard a research vessel. Birthday parties, camps, and programs for toddlers also available. Pacific Marine Mammal Center 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach (949) 494-3050, PMMC rescues, rehabilitates, and releases marine mammals. The Visitor Yard features interactive displays, marine mammal artifacts, and gift shop. Summer camps, after-school programs, scout programs, and small group experiences for older teens available. Open daily. Free admission, donations appreciated. Roundhouse Aquarium Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach (310) 379-8117, Located at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier,

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the Roundhouse Aquarium cares for 100 different species of marine life, mostly found in the Santa Monica Bay. Enjoy 12+ exhibits showcased within four aquarium galleries. Birthday parties, camps, school outreach programs, and volunteer opportunities available. Free admission.

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Sea Life Aquarium at Legoland One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad A 20,000-square-foot indoor aquarium with over 5,000 creatures. Explore the exhibit, Sea at Night, where you can stroll in a gentle surf under a starry sky during the day! Walk, jump, and “splash” in a simulated bioluminescent tide. Any Legoland ticket can be upgraded to include Sea Life Aquarium admission.

Perfect for Pint-Size Thrill Seekers!

Boats & Ships Celebrating Over 25 Years of Family Thrills & Entertainment! AquaLink Long Beach Inexpensive water taxi service operating between the Aquarium of the Pacific and Alamitos Bay. Check the website for departure times and fares. Boats to Catalina Visit Catalina with one of these boating companies offering passenger service. Catalina Express: Departs from Dana Point, Long Beach and San Pedro, (800) 613-1212, www.catalinaexpress. com. Catalina Flyer: Departs from Newport Bay Harbor, (949) 673-5245, Purchase tickets online.

Rides & Attractions for All Ages Live Special Events & Shows Great for Birthday Parties & Groups! • 1238 S Beach Blvd, Anaheim • (714) 236-9300


Harbor Breeze Cruises 100 Aquarium Way, Dock # 2, Long Beach (562) 983-6880, Whale, dolphin and marine life sightseeing tours, as well as harbor cruises around the Long Beach Harbor. Holiday-themed cruises, too. Purchase tickets online. Ocean Institute (949) 496-2274, Weekends offer kayak tours, whale and marine life cruises, and sails on the Spirit of Dana Point. SS Lane Victory 3600 Miner St., Berth 49, San Pedro (310) 519-9188, Self-guided tours are offered on the museum ship that once was a cargo ship used in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War. Guests are afforded complete access to the ship via a selfpaced walking tour that encompasses the vast majority of the ship. See how the Merchant Marines of the World War II era lived and worked, and visit two complete museums packed with videos, history, and artifacts.



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USS Iowa 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro (877) 446-9261, Battleship USS Iowa served our country proudly in WWII, Korea, and the Cold War. Virtual or inperson tours are offered that are self-guided or guided.

PRESCHOOL PROGRAM Ages 2-6 • Year-Round Program Individualized Instruction

USS Midway 910 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego (619) 544-9600, Enjoy audio tours, exhibits, and flight simulators aboard this Navy aircraft carrier that served from 1945-1992. Choose between docent and self-guided tours, that include a Junior Pilot Program where kids can earn their wings. The USS Midway Museum offers over 60 exhibits, including 30 restored aircrafts for you to inspect. Overnight Adventures and special events are offered throughout the year.

ELEMENTARY PROGRAM Grades K-5 • Full-Day Kindergarten Various Learning Methods Expanded Curriculum Montessori Students Grow to Become Successful Throughout Their Entire Educational Journey LONG BEACH LOCATIONS:

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

Hands-On Cooking Classes for Kids! Monthly Cook & Bake Series Summer Camps Workshops Birthday Parties Homeschool

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from a select group of charter/homeschools. 3842 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach (562) 989-CHOP (2467) 8 kidsguide fall/winter 2021-22

Family Fun Centers • Adventure City 1238 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim (714) 236-9300, Adventure City in North Orange County is guaranteed to entertain young families, with 17 exciting rides and attractions, including the Drop Zone, a 50-foot free-fall tower and the all new Rewind Racers roller coaster. You’ll also find a petting farm, a 25-foot climbing wall, an arcade, a Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends play area, great food and much more. What a great place to have a company picnic, birthday party or team party! The price is right, too. All-day unlimited rides: adults or children, $24.95; seniors (55 and over), $19.95. AAA discount available for up to six regular-price admissions per card. Free parking. See ad on page 7. Balboa Fun Zone 600 East Bay Ave., Newport Beach With no admission costs, you can stroll the bayside boardwalk and enjoy the Ferris wheel, arcade and game room. Narrated harbor and whale watching cruises are offered, in addition to plenty of shops and restaurants. Kidsguide Parenting Tip: While you’re there, don’t miss a ride on the nearby Balboa Ferry (going strong since 1919). Boomers 3405 Michelson Drive, Irvine (949) 559-8341, Miniature golf, bumper boats, Thunder Road Go Karts, Lil’ Thunder Rookie Go Karts, Lazer Tag, Flame Thrower thrill ride, rock wall, King Arthur’s Carnival, batting cages, restaurant, and an arcade. Party and group packages available, along with allday passes.

Camelot Golfland 3200 E. Carpenter Ave., Anaheim (714) 630-3340, Miniature golf, FastCar Raceway, bumper boats and cars, arcade, Lazer Tag, and a pizza parlor. Chuck E. Cheese Wide selection of arcade games, plus pizza, along with party packages and group rates. Visit their website to find a location near you. Go Kart World 21830 Recreation Road, Carson (310) 834-3700, This center includes a kiddy track, bumper track, mini Indy, slick track, turbo track, and super track. Party packages offered for all ages. Visit their website for special discounts. • Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk (562) 868-9956, Take a break and have fun at Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park! Offers challenging miniature golf and exciting rides, including go-karts, bumper boats, Disk O’ Thrill ride and kiddie train. While you’re there, check out the latest in arcade games, great prizes, snack bar, and party facilities for birthday or team parties (see page 27). Ask about their free school and doctors’ office incentive programs. Where the 5 and 605 freeways meet. See ad with coupons on page 6 and party deals on the inside back cover. John’s Incredible Pizza Over 100 games, amusement park rides, food and more. Birthday party and group packages available, plus a good grades reward program. Locations in Buena Park, Carson, Riverside, Westminster and more. K1 Speed Indoor Go-Kart Racing Indoor, all electric go-kart racing. Adults and kids (48” and up) can arrive and drive, no reservations required. Party and group packages available. Locations in Anaheim, Burbank, Irvine, Torrance and more. Visit their website for special promotions. Neon Retro Arcade 28 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena (626) 568-2924, 40+ classic video games and pinball machines from the 80s and 90s, all set to “free play” with paid admission. Pacific Park 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica (310) 260-8744, The park offers boardwalk-style midway games and rides, including Seaside Swing, Sea Dragon, Shark Frenzy, West Coaster, Pacific Plunge, Scrambler, Ferris wheel and more. A variety of food and shopping vendors are onsite.

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Make Reading Fun

Ace Homework Time

Reading's one of the best down time activities — here's 24 ways to make it fun and exciting!

1. Use a Flashlight (classic!)

13. Listen to an Audiobook

2. Try Using a Finger Light, Head Lamp, or Glow Stick

14. Record Your Own Audiobook

3. Turn the Story into a Song

15. Make Yummy Treats Inspired by the Book

4. Illustrate/Draw a Scene 5. Read Closed-Captioning on TV or Videos 6. Find a Little Free Library in Your Neighborhood 7. Start a Family Book Club 8. Turn a Scene into a Broadway Musical 9. Take Turns Reading with a Friend or Sibling

16. Read in a Different Accent

Burn Off the Energy

Start off with a physical activity (neighborhood walk, a fun workout video, etc.). Burning off energy helps improve focus for more academic or mental tasks.

17. Type the Words Out on the Computer

Play Video Game Soundtracks or Instrumental Music

18. Turn it into a Play Script

Video game soundtracks are specially designed to help gamers focus. Instrumental versions of pop songs are also a big hit with older kids.

19. Make a Craft Inspired by the Book 20. Create a Reading Nook 21. Use a Voice Changing App

10. Read Past Your Bedtime

22. Subscribe to Magazines Made Just for Kids

11. Read then Watch the Movie

23. Read Things That Aren't Books (like cereal boxes)

12. Record a Video to Send to a Relative or Friend

Try these strategies to help kids focus during homework time.

24. Read to the Family Pet

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Take a Brain Break

After a hard assignment, take a minute to reset the brain and get the wiggles out. Do a little dancing, jog in place, etc.! It also helps with transitioning to the next task.

Be Flexible with Seating

Try using a yoga ball, floor pillows, tall stools, beach chair, bean bag, or even standing while working.

Use a Visual Timer

Get kids excited to beat the clock! Check out the creative timers on or find cool video timers on Youtube.


• 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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Age 2 thru 1st Grade

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Age 2 thru 5th Grade

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Adventures in Marine Biology

Educational & Fun Live Tidepool Animals Camps • Field Trips • Birthday Parties Special Events English/Spanish Bilingual Programs

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Paintball and Airsoft Parks Hollywood Sports Park - Different courses and activities for families of all ages, including paintball, paintball soft, paintball soft 4 kids, miniball, airsoft, kids parties and special events. Rockwall, BMX course and beach volleyball areas are also on site. 9030 Somerset Blvd., Bellflower. (562) 867-9600. Tac City Airsoft - Over 30,000 square feet of indoor playing area. Private group options include Nerf Wars, Archery Attack and Bootcamp for Kids. Birthday packages available. 2430 Artesia Ave., Fullerton. (657) 888-6111. Round One Bowling and Amusement Bowling, karaoke, arcade games, ping pong, darts, pool tables, cafe, and more. Group and party packages available. Visit the website for a location near you. Thrill It Fun Center Outlets at Orange, 20 City Blvd. West, Orange (714) 363-3858, The center offers Ballocity, a multi-level play structure, high-ropes challenge, rock climbing, laser tag, arcade games and cranes, and a mechanical bull. Party packages available.

Farms HOMEWORK HELP & TUTORING Kindergarten - 6th Grade Assistance with Daily Homework Reading • Writing • Math 5550 Atherton St. (562) 431-8880 Call after 2:30pm - (562) 537-4767



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Amy’s Farm 7698 Eucalyptus Ave., Ontario (844) 426-9732, Guided farm tours are available; reservations are required. Enjoy a garden walk, smell fresh herbs, feed the pigs, visit the petting zoo, milk a cow, and visit horses. Tours are age-appropriate for all visitors. The Farmstand is open to the public to drop in and shop. Educational classes and workshop are offered along with special events throughout the year. Centennial Farm 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa (714) 708-1619, Created to educate youth about agriculture and its importance to our daily lives. Centennial Farm, a three-acre working farm, is home to fruit and vegetable gardens and an array of livestock. Discovery Days return in November 2021 and Junior Farmer Tours will begin in January 2022. Tanaka Farms 5380-3/4 University Drive, Irvine (949) 653-2100, Family owned and operated 30-acre farm in the heart of Irvine. The farm offers a produce market stand, barnyard animals, seasonal U-Pick Tours, pumpkin patch in October, and the Hikari Festival of Lights and Christmas Trees in December. Also available: produce boxes, field trips and a new farm

at Hana Field in Costa Mesa growing sunflowers, zinnias, herbs and more. The Gentle Barn 15825 Sierra Hwy., Santa Clarita (661) 252-2440, Hug the cows, give tummy rubs to the pigs, cuddle the turkeys, and enjoy a beautiful day. Private tours, party packages, and cow hug therapy available. Open to the public on Sundays. Underwood Family Farm 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark (805) 529-3690, Fresh produce is available at the Farm Market, in addition to a Pick-Your-Own option. Find a complete list of what to pick and pricing on their website. Take a wagon ride through the fields and visit the Animal Center to see barnyard animals. Play structures, slides, tunnels, feeding/petting, and many more attractions are available. Educational tours are offered as well as special events throughout the year, including Fall Harvest on the Farm and Christmas on the Farm. Additional location in Somis.

Musseums Mu Automobile Driving Museum 610 Lairport St., El Segundo (310) 909-0950, See a collection of 130+ vintage, antique and muscle cars. Kids can participate in a scavenger hunt to discover hidden surprises and interesting facts throughout the museum. Kids Area features cars and tracks, dress-up, and mechanic tent. Drop in for a scoop, shake or float at their 1950s-themed ice cream parlor. Family-friendly events throughout the year including classic car rides and cruise-ins. Autry Museum of the American West 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles (323) 667-2000, Located in Griffith Park, the Autry offers an array of exhibits sharing the diverse stories of the American West. Self-guided tours and scavenger hunts for families available. Kidsguide Parenting Tip: Admission is free every second Tuesday of the month. Bank of America cardholders also receive free admission the first full weekend of each month. • Bowers Museum 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 567-3600, Premiering December 12, 2021, the entirely new exhibition All That Glitters: The Crown Jewels of the Walt Disney Archives will let visitors see the jewelry and accessories from Titanic, The Princess Diaries and some of their favorite Disney and 20th Century Studios films in a way that

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they have never been able to before. All That Glitters looks at crowns, tiaras, watches, rings, bracelets, and more that were designed by some of the biggest names in fashion to create our favorite moments in entertainment throughout The Walt Disney Company. Visit for tickets and a full schedule of exhibition-related events. See ad on the back cover. California African American Museum Exposition Park, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles (213) 744-7432, Highlights the art, history, and culture of African Americans, with a focus on California and the western United States. The permanent collection features 4,000 objects including artwork and historical print materials. Special programs for families are offered throughout the year. Admission is free. Donut Life Museum 2036A Westminster Mall, Westminster (714) 253-7901, An interactive pop-up experience where guests can have fun with donut installations and multi-sensory immersive rooms. DIY classes such as paint nights, balloon making, and donut decorating also offered. Getty Center & Getty Villa Museum Getty Center - 1200 Getty Center Drive, LA Getty Villa Museum - 17985 PCH, Pacific Palisades (310) 440-7300, Getty Center showcases medieval to modern art with a birds-eye view of Los Angeles. Enjoy the tram ride, galleries, gardens and outdoor spaces. Getty Villa Museum displays Greek and Roman antiquities in a recreated Roman country house. Visit the Family Forum, where visitors can draw, transform themselves into athletes, musicians, and mythological creatures in the shadow-pose area, and decorate life-sized replicas of ancient vases. Admission is free to both campuses, reservations required. • Grammy Museum 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles (213) 725-5700,


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(714) 300-3163 • Music has a home at the Grammy Museum! Explore this interactive space in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles where all aspects of music are discovered, experienced, and celebrated. At the Grammy Museum, families can experience music in a way like never-before while we break down the barrier between artist and audience, telling the stories of how music has shaped our collective identity and cultural understanding. See ad on page 4. Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (310) 443-7000, Experience exhibitions of contemporary and historical art. Hammer kids and family programs offer hands-on art workshops, drop-in programs, annual family festival, and more. Admission is free. International Printing Museum 315 W. Torrance Blvd., Carson (310) 515-7166, See the largest working collection of antique printing machines in the world. Visitors can experience the history of the printed word and letterpress through working tours, demonstrations, theatre presentations and family-friendly events throughout the year. Scout programs also offered.

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum 5801 Wilshire Blvd. (213) 763-3499, The world’s only consistently-active, urban Ice Age excavation site. Visitors can watch excavators unearth remains of plants and animals. Inside the museum, staff clean and sort fossils in the seethrough Fossil Lab. The results, including sabertoothed cats, giant sloths, and dire wolves, are on display. Get up close to real fossils, specimens, and life-sized models of Ice Age giants. Kidsguide Parenting Tip: LA County residents receive free museum admission 3-5 p.m., daily. Los Angeles County Fire Museum 16400 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower (562) 925-0234, See 40+ antique fire engines, steamers, and artifacts dating back to the 1860s. Their large collection of rigs include apparatus from the hand drawn, horse drawn, and early 20th century to the modern era. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 857-6000, LACMA features artwork from ancient to contemVo ong B ted #1 Or th each Press odontist b y Teleg ram 2020

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Los Angeles Fire Department Museum Hollywood - 1355 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood Harbor - 639 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro See firefighting equipment dating back to the early 1900s and artifacts from some of the most famous fires in the area. Museum of Latin American Art 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach (562) 437-1689, Dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino art exhibits, the Museum of Latin American Art offers self-guided tours and special events for all generations. Kidsguide Parenting Tip: Free admission on Sundays. Museum of Tolerance 9786 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles Visitors are challenged to understand the Holocaust and confront all forms of prejudice and discrimination in our world today. See artifacts from Auschwitz, hear stories from survivors, and experience an immersive exhibit on the life and legacy of Anne Frank. Also, learn about the struggles of Latino families during times of school segregation in rural Orange County. The Holocaust Exhibit and Social Lab is recommended for ages 12 and up. Natural History Museum Exposition Park, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles (213) 763-3466, Roam around 20 skeletons of dinosaurs and sea creatures and examine over 300 fossils in the Dinosaur Hall. It’s the only place in the world where you can see a baby, juvenile, and sub-adult T.rex at the same time. Ongoing exhibitions include Age of Mammals, Nature Gardens, Hall of Birds, African and North American Diorama Halls, Gem and Mineral Hall, Nature Lab, Dino Lab, and Visible Vault. See close-ups of local insects in a special exhibition: Spiky, Hairy, Shiny: Insects of L.A. and stroll through an open air pavilion of hundreds of spiders and webs in the seasonal Spider Pavilion, open now until December 5.

Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology 1175 W. Baseline Road, Claremont (909) 624-2798, The Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology features two circular exhibit areas totaling 4,000 square feet and monthly opportunities to meet and talk with real paleontologists. Visit their Hall of Footprints and learn about fossils in a functioning fossil preparation lab, then visit the Hall of Life showcasing Earth’s 4.6 billion year old history. Skirball Cultural Center 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles (310) 440-4500, A place of meeting guided by the Jewish tradition of welcoming the stranger. People of all communities and generations are welcome to participate in cultural experiences and exhibitions. Family-friendly activities include the art studio, archaeology digs, sing-alongs, story times, and more. Kidsguide Parenting Tip: Free admission on Thursdays. Advance timed-entry reservation required. Tankland American Military Museum 1918 Rosemead Blvd., South El Monte (626) 442-1776, An outdoor museum home to the largest collection of American and foreign military exhibits. See over 170 military vehicles and military equipment on display. Museum is closed on rainy days. World of Illusions 6751 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles (800) 593-2902, Step into Hollywood’s famous World of Illusions with four unique experiences. Experience 3D artworks and exhibitions in 3D Illusions, walk on walls in the Upside Down House, see the world in a big way in the Giant’s House, and blow off some steam in Smash It!

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Cayton Children’s Museum 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica (424) 416-8320, Ignite imagination and creativity through play with 21,000 square feet of discovery-based exhibits, art studios, a theater, private rooms for celebrations, and a calendar of arts and cultural programs all year-long. Check website for upcoming events.

Petersen Automotive Museum 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 964-6331, The Petersen Automotive Museum features a collection of over 400 vehicles. Plus, visit the Cars Mechanical Institute gallery, where kids can design virtual cars, race toy cars around a racetrack, build LEGO creations, and even race against Lightning McQueen.

Children’s Museum at La Habra 301 S. Euclid St., La Habra (562) 383-4236, Construct an endless amount of structures in the STEAM Lab, play with miniature trains in the Train Station Gallery, ride an authentic, handcarved Dentzel Carousel, uncover dinosaur fossils at the Dig Site, and dress up as community heroes. Visit their newest exhibits: American Na-

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tive: First Nations Tales, through January 2022, to explore the stories of fifteen tribes in a fun, immersive, interactive environment. Then enjoy Rainforest Rangers, opening February 15, 2022, and become a rain forest ranger and start a mission to save the forest. Kidspace Children’s Museum 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena (626) 449-9144, Kids can enjoy hands-on exhibits designed for ages 1-10. Outdoor spaces invite children to splash in naturalistic water features, explore the Physics Forest, walk the wobbly rope bridge, ride trikes on a twisty mini-highway track, and more. Inside indoor galleries, children can enjoy their new Mighty Build Guild, daily Imagination Workshops, and celebrate snakes in the Nature Exchange. Visit their online calendar for special events.


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Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900, Pretend City Museum provides children with access to a city that’s all their own! It’s here that they can run a UPS Store and deliver packages, grocery shop at Trader Joes, play dentist and doctor in the medical center, fish and race boats in the marina, change spark plugs on a race car, run a restaurant, work on a farm, rescue a house on fire, and build structures of all shapes and sizes. Additional programs include: Family Autism Night, Free Developmental Screenings, child development programs, and birthday party packages. Visit the calendar on their website for upcoming special events and classes. Southern California Children’s Museum 459 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 657-0357, An indoor play space that emphasizes gross motor development through high-energy physical activities and learning in imaginative role-play spaces. Visit the Weekly Events section on the website for special daily programs, such as crafts, stories, sing-alongs and more.

Flight Path Museum & Walk of Fame 6661 W. Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles (424) 646-7284, Educational museum on the airfield at LAX. Exhibits include commercial aviation history, flight crew uniforms, DC-3 plane, space exploration, Flying Tigers, aircraft fire fighting truck, plus a flight simulation training program. Also check out the Flight Path Walk of Fame, a pathway of 50+ plaques dedicated


give your full, undivided attention • put away screens • run errands together • go on walks • play a game • let them help with special tasks • share stories and feelings • stop what you're doing and make eye contact • one-on-one outings • do projects together give small, inexpensive rewards for a job well done • leave a gift before bedtime or when they wake up • go on treasure hunts • give smaller 'countdown' gifts leading to a special occasion • keep a treasure chest of trinkets to give at unexpected times

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to aviation/aerospace pioneers located on Sepulveda Blvd. in Westchester. Lyon Air Museum 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana (714) 210-4585, Located on the west side of John Wayne Airport. Exhibits feature authentic aircraft, rare vehicles and related memorabilia from the World War II era. Special exhibits and events, such as Open Cockpit Day, are held throughout the year. March Field Air Museum 22550 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside (951) 902-5949, Over 80 historic aircraft and more than 30,000 individual artifacts are on display. See attack, bomber, cargo, fighter aircraft and even a spy plane. Special events are held throughout the year, including Up-Close Aircraft Days and their annual air show (scheduled for May 14-15, 2022). Museum of Flying 3100 Airport Ave., Santa Monica (310) 398-2500, Located at Santa Monica airport, the museum exhibits over 50 vintage aircraft. See the California Aviation Hall of Fame, which displays images and artifacts of aviation visionaries. MaxFlight simulator rides are also offered.

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Planes of Fame Air Museum 14998 Cal Aero Drive, Chino (909) 597-3722, Home to nearly 100 aircraft, military vehicles, and artifacts spanning the earliest days of aviation. Live demonstration flights are scheduled throughout the year, plus the annual Planes of Fame Air Show. San Diego Air and Space Museum Balboa Park, 2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego (619) 234-8291, One of the world’s premier air and space-themed science centers and museum with more than 120 aircraft and space vehicles and two million artifacts on display. Camps, workshops, preschool programs, and Pilot Ground School are offered. Western Museum of Flight Zamperini Field, 3315 Airport Drive, Torrance (310) 326-9544, Educational programs allow children to see and touch airplanes that made aviation history. The collection includes Warbirds, aircraft and target drones, aircraft engines, ejection seats, World War II instruments and an extensive model aircraft collection. Yanks Air Museum 15121 Stearman Drive, Chino (909) 597-1735, The museum hosts one of the world’s largest aircraft collections. Home to legends like the P-20 Warhawk and the F-86 Sabre. Special events held throughout the year, including open cockpits to explore, aircraft to jump out of, photo ops, food and flights.

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Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum 18127 South Alameda St., Rancho Dominguez (310) 603-0088, Learn about early California history, enjoy guided tours of the Adobe museum, and walk through orchards, rose and cactus gardens. Special events are held throughout the year, including historical reenactments. Admission is free, but reservations are required to take a tour. Drum Barracks Civil War Museum 1052 N. Banning Blvd., Wilmington (310) 548-7509, The Drum Barracks Civil War Museum teaches the history of the Civil War, with an emphasis on California’s role in the conflict. It’s the last remaining wooden building of Drum Barracks (named after Adjutant General Richard C. Drum) and served as the main staging, training, and supply base for the Union Army and military operation in the Southwest. Visitors can tour the courtyard, parlor, armory, barracks room and more. Open for tours only, by appointment. Special events are held throughout the year, including Civil War Technology Fair, Civil War Christmas, and more. Heritage Hill Historical Park 25151 Serrano Rd., Lake Forest (949) 923-2230, The park’s 4.1 acres includes four fully-restored and furnished historic buildings that span the early history of the Saddleback Valley and El Toro area: 1863 Serrano Adobe, 1890 El Toro Grammar School, 1891 St. George’s Episcopal Mission and the 1908 Harvey Bennett Ranch House. Buildings are open for public access only during a tour. Visit website for availability. Heritage Museum of Orange County 3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana (714) 540-0404, Home to the H. Clay Kellogg House and John Maag Farmhouse. The centerpiece of the museum is a

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historic plaza featuring several buildings from the 1890s set amid extensive floral gardens and citrus groves. Blacksmith demos usually held during public hours. Heritage Square Museum 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles Explore eight historic buildings including Victorian Era homes, mansion, church, carriage barn, and drugstore. Guided tours of the museum are offered, plus exhibitions and special events throughout the year. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy the grounds.

Mission San Juan Capistrano 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano (949) 234-1300, Known as the “Jewel of the Missions” and the birthplace of Orange County, Mission San Juan Capistrano is a historic landmark and museum. It was founded more than two hundred years ago as the 7th of 21 missions in California. Guided and audio tours (free with paid admission) are available. Walk through ten acres of museum rooms, exhibits, gardens, fountains, and more. Check out their online calendar for special events, as well as the Teacher Resources section, loaded with educational materials to enhance your visit.

Homestead Museum 15415 E. Don Julian Rd., City of Industry (626) 968-8492, Located in the heart of a former Mexican rancho, the site offers two historic houses, cemetery and gardens. The cemetery, El Campo Santo, is one of the oldest private cemeteries in Southern California and contains the remains of the original families that lived in the house and Pio Pico, the last governor of Mexican California. Call or visit their website for special events and tour information.

Pio Pico Historic Park Adobe 6003 Pioneer Blvd., Whittier (562) 695-1217, The five-acre park encompasses historic gardens and the restored adobe home of Pio Pico, the governor of California in 1832, and again in 1846. His adobe home has been completely restored to how it appeared in the 1880s letting visitors experience his life and times. Visitors can enjoy the park, the fifteen room adobe with interpretive displays, a horno (bread oven), and dovecote. Call for tour availability.

Lincoln Memorial Shrine 125 W. Vine St., Redlands (909) 798-7632, The Lincoln Memorial Shrine is a museum and research facility dedicated to Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. The memorial commemorates the life of our 16th president with artwork and exhibits. Special events hosted throughout the year including Civil War reenactments.

Point Fermin Lighthouse 807 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro (310) 241-0684, Built in 1874, the Point Fermin Lighthouse was the first navigational light into the San Pedro Bay. After Pearl Harbor in 1941, the coast was blacked out for fear of being a beacon to enemy ships and planes and the light was never to be lit again. Volunteers now serve as tour guides to keep the lighthouse open to the public.

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Rancho Los Alamitos 6400 E. Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach (562) 431-3541, The site includes a ranch house, four acres of historic gardens, an interpretive center, and a restored barnyard with livestock, including horses, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, and rabbits. Free admission. Rancho Los Cerritos 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach (562) 206-2040, Rancho Los Cerritos is a historic site that includes an 1844 adobe home, lush gardens, research library, and rotating exhibits. Special events are held throughout the year. Admission and parking are free during public hours. Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda (714) 993-5075, Tour Richard Nixon’s original birthplace and boyhood home, Marine One, the presidential helicopter that flew four Presidents, an exact replica of the White House East Room and President Nixon’s Oval Office, Pat Nixon Gardens, the final resting places of President and Mrs. Nixon, and more. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley (805) 522-2977, The museum experience integrates hundreds of artifacts and dozens of interactive displays for visitors of all ages to explore. The 18 galleries pay tribute to America’s 40th president.

Walk onboard the actual Air Force One that flew seven presidents, see a full-size replica of President Reagan’s Oval Office, the Berlin Wall, F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter plane, and the exhibit, FBI: From Al Capone to Al Qaeda. This 11,000-square-foot exhibition covers the history of the agency, the making of an agent, and showcases the stories and evidence from the FBI’s top cases. The Banning Museum 401 East M St., Wilmington (310) 548-7777, Learn how families lived, worked, and entertained in the 19th century. Visit the Phineas Banning residence (built in 1864) and surrounding 20 acres of parkland.

Indoor Play Centers AdventurePlex 1701 Marine Ave., Manhattan Beach (310) 546-7708, Attractions include a five-level play structure, Toddler Town, rock wall, ropes course, sports court, reading corner, garden, multipurpose room and beach house. A variety of classes are offered, plus seasonal camps, Parents’ Day or Night Outs and birthday party packages.

Billy Beez Billy Beez is a 25,000-square-foot indoor play park for kids, offering a variety of activities, including slides, sports courts, tunnels, swings, toddler area, and ball blasters arena. Party packages are available. Anaheim and Valencia locations. BounceU Indoor playground featuring bounce houses, inflatable slides and obstacle courses. Check their website for Preschool Playdates, Cosmic Glow Mania Bounce, Open Bounce, Parent Night Out events and birthday party packages. BubblePOP 2475 Park Ave., Tustin (949) 529-8078, BubblePOP is an indoor interactive bubble experience for everyone! Experience interactive bubble stations, including creating a bubble tower, getting inside a bubble, mad bubble party, and dry ice bubbles. Each station allows you to experience bubbles in a new and interactive way. Birthday party packages, and off-site special events available. Candeeland 2800 N. Main St., #504, Santa Ana (714) 852-3337, Indoor play space featuring Little Land for toddlers; and for older kids, ninja courses, slides, mini zipline, tunnels, swings, towers and jumpers. Birthday parties packages, snack shop, and parent lounge with WiFi, too. Jump N’ Jammin Children’s entertainment center with ball pits and ball blasters, slides, climbing structures, obstacle courses, toddler area, and more. Party packages available. Locations in Arcadia, Mission Viejo, Moreno Valley, West Covina and Oxnard. Kidz Town Indoor Playground 5925 E Carson St., Lakewood (562) 420-7529, Indoor obstacles, slides, ball pits, toddler areas, mini scooters, a rock climbing wall, and more. Party packages available. Little World Indoor Playground 9691 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove (714) 591-5446, Over 18,000 square feet of slides, discovery areas, arcade games, and creative activities for kids. Party and event packages available. Play & Parties 1500 E. Village Way, #2131, Orange (949) 903-5618, Interactive experiences for children, many of which are lead by costumed characters and include classes, such as ballet, craft time, superhero training, princess story time and more. Parties available. PlayPie Kids Indoor Playground 6924 Beach Blvd., K-131, Buena Park

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Red Ball Fun Zone 7611 Carson Blvd., Long Beach (818) 500-9800, Family center located in Long Beach Towne Center that focuses on fitness. The facility features attractions like The Raceway, The Zoom Room, The Pit, The Sports Court, and a Free Play Room. Parties and drop-and-shop are offered. Scooter’s Jungle Indoor inflatable slides, sports court, obstacle course and zipline. Check the website for Toddler Time, Open Play hours, family fun events—even camps! Locations in El Segundo, Placentia and Valencia. Seascape Kids Fun 4771 E. Hunter Ave, Anaheim (714) 970-7100, Seascape Kids Fun is designed to fit all parties and open play for all ages. The three story arena features slides, foam ball shooting air guns and more. Party packages available. Check their online calender for Open Play. The Bounce Place 1 Lakewood Center Mall, Lakewood (562) 543-0312, Indoor playground with bounce houses, obstacle courses, play areas, and special attractions geared for children under age 10. Party packages available.

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Breastfeeding Education and Support Lactation consultant at Columbia Pediatrics assists with breastfeeding challenges. Weekly clinics are offered. (562) 595-5479. www. • Connie Wax, LCSW #27430 Individual, Couple, Family & Child Counselor 5182 Katella, Ste. 206, Los Alamitos (714) 300-3163 Counselor specializing in therapy for gifted and talented children, adults and their families. Connie came to appreciate the unique needs of this group while raising her own gifted children. Her personal experience blossomed into a passion for helping families of the gifted to guide and support their children towards a fulfilling and meaningful life. Connie is committed to assisting parents in navigating the often rough waters of child rearing. Her own personal experiences, along with 15 years of clinical expertise, make her a unique resource for the community. Connie is certified to facilitate SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) parent groups. In addition to working with the gifted, she treats all life issues. See ad on page 11. • Children’s Home Society of California Greater Long Beach (562) 256-7490 Orange County (714) 543-2273 Children’s Home Society of California (CHS) can help families find child care and help incomeeligible families pay for child care. CHS also serves as a central coordinating link for child care and child development services. Parents can obtain free information on licensed childcare facilities that match their needs. Listings are maintained on licensed child-care centers, family child-care homes, before and afterschool programs, public and private schools, and child-care assistance programs. Additional services include resources for assessing the quality of child care services, workshops, and a lending library that offers age-appropriate activities, toys and parenting resources. 4900 Airport Plaza, Ste. 100, Long Beach; 333 South Anita Drive, Ste. 350, Orange. See ad on pages 14-15. Doulas and Postpartum Support Support through pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, sleep training, and child education. Labor of Love: Birth and Postpartum, www.laboroflovebirthservices. com. Doulas of OC, www.

Dream Team Doulas, www.dreamteamdoulas. com. Dona International, LGBTQ+ Support Support for LGBTQ+ youth and families: Long Beach, (562) 434-4455,; Los Angeles, seven locations and a youth center, (323) 993-7400,; and Orange County, (714) 953-5428, Moms/Parents Clubs Boot Camp for New Dads and New Moms - Workshops for rookie dads to talk to veteran dads, and rookie moms to veteran moms. Find groups at and MOMS Club - Find a chapter near you, or learn how to start one of your own. MOMS Orange County - Home visits, classes, support groups, screening and resource-referral, beginning in pregnancy through the baby’s first year. Services are free to qualified OC residents. MOPS - Faith-based Mothers of Preschoolers support groups for those expecting, or with infants, toddlers/preschoolers or school-age children. (888) 910-667. Mothers/Fathers of Multiples - Orange Coast Mothers of Multiples,; Multiples of America,; and Lakewood/Long Beach Mothers of Twins, www. New Mom School Postnatal education (newborn - 12 mos) and support. Locations in Long Beach and Newport Beach. OC Department of Child Support Services Services include the establishment and enforcement of child support orders, legal paternity through genetic testing, and account maintenance. (866) 901-321. Parents Without Partners Support program for parents who are raising their children alone. Seriously Ill and Bereavement Groups Support for families who are losing or have lost a loved one. Art and Creativity for Healing, (949) 367-1902, New Hope Grief Support Community, (562) 429-0075, www. Pathways Volunteer Hospice, (562) 531-3031,

Trampoline Parks Parks Big Air Trampoline Park - Birthday party packages are offered, plus Toddler Time, Cosmic Nights, and camps at some locations. Locations in Buena Park, Corona and Laguna Hills. DEFY Extreme Air Sports - Dodgeball, foam pits, trapeze and aerial silks, air track, stunt fall, ninja obstacle course, and more. Birthday party packages, too. Locations in Mission Viejo and Thousand Oaks. GetAir Trampoline Park - Kiddie Court area for younger kids, along with Toddler Time and sessions for those with special needs. Check website for weekly events and discounts. 5142 Argosy Ave., Huntington Beach. (714) 294-0783. Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park - Special programs include Rockin’ Tots, Neon Jump Nights and party packages. Check website for additional locations. 1411 S. Village Way, Santa Ana. (714) 249-7676. Sky Zone Trampoline Parks - Special programs include Little Leapers, Glow, sensory hours, camps and party packages. Locations in Anaheim, Cerritos, Covina, Torrance, Van Nuys and Westminster. www.

Rock Climbing Centers Hangar 18 Rock Climbing Gym - Climbing and bouldering, plus party packages. Locations in Long Beach, Mission Viejo, Orange, San Clemente and more.

Hapik - Unique climbing center geared for kids ages 3 and up. Auto Belay system allows everyone to climb independently regardless of skill level. Party packages available. 8712 Garfield Ave, South Gate (562) 268-2100. Rockreation Climbing Center - Kids climb time, youth climbing teams, and birthday party packages. 1300 Logan Ave., Costa Mesa. (714) 556-7625. Sender One Climbing - Recreational climbing for kids ages 7-14. Classes, teams, camps and party packages available. Locations in Santa Ana, Playa Vista and Los Angeles.

Nature & Gardens Balboa Park 1549 El Prado, San Diego This 1,200-acre historic urban cultural park is home to more than 16 museums, a zoo, multiple performing arts venues, lovely gardens, trails, and many other creative and recreational attractions. Kid-friendly locations at the park include the San Diego Model Railroad Museum, Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego Air and Space Museum, Children’s Peace Garden, carousel, miniature train, and more. Bolsa Chica Wetlands 3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach (714) 846-1114, At 1,449 acres, the Wetlands is the largest saltwater marsh between Monterey Bay and the Tijuana River Estuary. Approximately five miles of trails can be explored from sunrise to sunset. Feed and learn about wetland wildlife at their interpretive center. Free public tours are available, along with public service days, educational programs, and special events. Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge (818) 949-4200, A 150-acre urban retreat of botanical collections and seasonal horticultural displays. Collections include California native plants, a five-acre Rose Garden, Japanese Garden with a koi-filled stream and teahouse, camellia collection, Oak Forest, an Ancient Forest with plants from the days of dinosaurs and much more. The Enchanted Railroad, Sturt Haaga Gallery (contemporary art), the historic Boddy House, and Descanso Cafe are also on site. Don’t miss their seasonal Carved event in October, featuring hundreds of carved pumpkins through the forest, and Enchanted Forest of Light during the holidays, an interactive nighttime lighting experience. • El Dorado Nature Center 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach (562) 570-1745, Family and kids’ workshops, art and science classes, family night walks (must pre-register), museum, gift shop and bird-watching on a 102acre site, with more than two miles of trails, two lakes and a stream featuring California native plants. Closed Mondays. Vehicle entry fee, $5-8.


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Fullerton Arboretum 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton (657) 278-3407, A 26-acre botanical garden with a collection of plants from around the world, located on the northeast corner of California State University, Fullerton. The site includes the Heritage House and O.C. Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum. Special events and classes are offered throughout the year. Suggested donation, $5. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino (626) 405-2100, This 120-acre botanical collection contains 16 garden areas, including the Japanese garden, Chinese garden, rose garden, botanical conservatory, plus a unique Children’s Garden featuring interactive sculptural elements. Paintings, sculpture, and works of art are also on display in the galleries. Family programs include story time, classes and workshops, events, tours and more. Kidsguide Parenting Tip: Free Day is held on the first Thursday of every month with advance tickets. Due to high demand, tickets are usually gone fast. Visit their website to find out the exact day/time tickets are released. Los Angeles County Arboretum 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia (626) 821-3222,

Environmental Nature Center 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach (949) 645-8489, The center features 15 native California ecosystems, a Nature Museum packed with things to touch and investigate, naturalist programs, and after-school and school-break camps, plus a Nature Preschool, Traveling Naturalist Program, Scout and homeschool programs, “bearthday” parties, and more.

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A 127-acre botanical garden and historical site. Numerous education programs for children and families include parent/child classes, family yoga, school-break camps, after-school programs, tours, and more. Special events and displays are also scheduled throughout the year. Kidsguide Parenting Tip: Free Day is every third Tuesday of the month, with advance reservation tickets. Visit the website to find out the exact day/ time tickets are released. Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center 3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance (310) 782-3989, A 43-acre seasonal wetland thought to be one of the last remaining vernal freshwater marshes in LA County. The preserve is a mix of several micro-habitats that are home or migration stops for hundreds of species. The 8,000-square-foot Nature Center houses live animal exhibits including snakes, turtles, toads, tortoises, and more. Educational programs, classes, and laboratories are offered. Enjoy monthly nature hikes, Tyke Hikes, Nature Story Time, and Friday Fun. Niguel Botanical Preserve 29751 Crown Valley Pkwy., Laguna Niguel An 18-acre botanical garden situated above the amphitheater within Crown Valley Community Park. The preserve features 12 garden areas, 2,000 plant species, and four miles of walking trails.

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Oak Canyon Nature Center 6700 E. Walnut Canyon Road, Anaheim (714) 998-8380, A 58-acre natural park consisting of three adjoining canyons, year-round stream and four miles of hiking trails. The site also includes a small museum with live animal and regional natural history exhibits. Register for the Discover Nature Family Program, an hourlong, naturalist-led hike on Saturday mornings. Special events, monthly night hikes, archery classes, parentand-me programs, and camps are also offered. San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary 5 Riparian View, Irvine Wetlands cover 300 acres at this tranquil preserve. Visitors can walk along 12 miles of trails and watch the more than 200 bird species that visit the marsh. The Marsh also serves as a living laboratory for students, teachers and the public. In cooperation with Discovery Cube Orange County and the local chapter of the National Audubon Society, people can enjoy a variety of wildlife educational programs and tours. Sherman Library & Gardens 2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar (949) 673-2261, This two-acre botanical garden is a living laboratory featuring a tropical conservatory with koi fish and turtles, carnivorous plants, a succulent garden, Mediterranean Climate Garden and Sun Garden. Bring the family for Little Seedlings Story Time on Friday mornings. Art and garden classes, and special events are scheduled throughout the year. Kidsguide Parenting Tip: Seasonal events sell out every year. Buy tickets early.


Shipley Nature Center 17851 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach (714) 842-4772, This 18-acre nature preserve features native plants and animals, plus self-guided trails. An Interpretive Center is on site with a diorama of animals and exhibit panels. Special events and family programs are offered throughout the year. Open Fridays and Saturdays. • South Coast Botanic Garden 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula (424) 452-0920, This 87-acre Botanic Garden has more than 2,500 different species of plants. Popular features include the Bohannon Rose Garden, Living Wall, Desert Garden, Japanese Garden and koi pond, 10 meadows, and more. Kids will enjoy a visit to their Children’s Garden, developed around nursery rhymes with plants to match the stories. Plus, the Garden has back-to-back exhibits for families this season. SOAR - Monarch Migration takes over the butterfly pavilion October 1 - November 30, showcasing the species’ important conservation and migration story. You’ll be surrounded by hundreds of butterflies and learn to tell the difference between a monarch and a mimic (a butterfly that looks like a monarch but isn’t). Then, GLOW is being reimagined for its sophomore year. Food, drinks, music and a transformative Garden featuring thousands of lights will have you partying on the beach, drinking cocktails on the bayou and chasing waterfalls from November 20 through January 17, 2022. Call or visit the website for ticketing information on either event. See ad on page 5.



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Turtle Rock Nature Center 1 Sunnyhill Drive, Irvine (949) 724-6738, The five-acre nature preserve where visitors can explore at their leisure, take a self-guided trail tour, enjoy the native plant garden, and walk the labyrinth. Group tours, birthday parties and badge programs for scouts are available. Upper Newport Bay Preserve 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach (949) 923-2290 Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve totals approximately 135 acres and includes an 10,000-squarefoot interpretive center with exhibits and interactive displays. The Preserve is part of the 752-acre coastal wetland that is home to many rare or endangered species and plant life. Enjoy hiking trails, bike trails, and family-friendly events.

Trains Amtrak - 50% Off for Kids (800) 872-7245, Ext. (USA-RAIL) Take short day-trips to Los Angeles, San Diego, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Barbara or other cities from local stations in Anaheim, Fullerton, Irvine and Santa Ana. One child’s fare ticket (ages 2-12) is eligible for a 50% discount with each fare-paying adult. Infants ride free. Restrictions apply. See website for full details. Angels Flight Railway 351 South Hill St., Los Angeles (213) 626-1901, Originally opened in 1901, Angels Flight, the world’s shortest railway has given more than 100 million rides on its hillside track. The 118-year-old funicular takes passengers on a short ride between Hill Street and Grand Avenue on Bunker Hill. Open daily, fare is $1 each way, and you can purchase a souvenir round-trip ticket for $2 to take a piece of history home with you. El Dorado Frontier 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach (562) 249-8330, Take a mile-and-a-half narrated train ride to learn about the California Gold Rush. Enjoy panning for treasure, riding a hand car mining buggy, or taking a spin on the Crystal Corral Carousel. Special and seasonal events held throughout the year. Located inside El Dorado Park. Fullerton Train Museum 200 East Santa Fe Ave., Fullerton (714) 278-0648, Railcar collection includes three historically significant cabooses and two Union Pacific lounge cars,

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Keep the Convers Conver sation Going Going Long gone are the days of one-word answers and shoulder shrugs to that age-old question, "How was your day?" Kids tend to be more descriptive and eager to share when asked specific, engaging questions. Happy chatting!



1. What was the funniest thing that happened in your class today? 2. What was the hardest thing you did today? 3. If you had $1,000 to buy something for your school, what would you buy? 4. What did you do that was creative? 5. Tell me something you know today that you didn’t know yesterday. 6. What was the hardest rule to follow today? 7. When were you bored today? How would you make the topic more interesting? 8. What school supplies did you use today? 9. Tell me your least favorite part of the day. 10. How did you show kindness today? 11. Did you raise your hand in class today? What did you ask? 12. Did you get frustrated with anything today? 13. What was the hardest problem to solve today? 14. What mistake did you make today that taught you something? 15. Tell me the 5 best things that happened. 16. What made you the most proud today? 17. Was there anything you were disappointed about today? 18. If you could do your day over again, would you change anything?

26. What questions were on your test? 27. What was the most difficult/easiest question on the test? 28. What would have made your test easier? 29. How can I help you study for your test? 30. Are you proud of your grade? 31. What could we study more next time?

LEARNING & SUBJECTS 19. Teach me one thing you learned in (subject) today. 20. What new fact did you learn today? 21. Did you learn any new words today? 22. Why do you think your teacher wants you to learn (a specific topic or subject)? 23. Are you reading anything interesting in class right now? 24. What’s the most difficult thing you’re learning in (subject) right now? 25. Of everything you learned today, what do you think will be the most useful when you’re a grown up?

RECESS & PLAY 32. Who did you play with at recess? 33. What games did you play at recess? 34. What’s the most popular game at recess? 35. Was anyone playing alone today? How can you help? 36. Who do you want to play with that you’ve never played with before? 37. What do you wish your playground had?

LUNCHTIME 38. Did you like your lunch? 39. Who did you sit next to at lunch? 40. What do you wish the school would serve for lunch? 41. If you could have traded lunches with anyone today, who would it have been? What did they have?

CLASSMATES, FRIENDS, & TEACHERS 42. Who did you help today at school? 43. Who did you sit next to in class? 44. If you could switch seats with anyone in class, who would it be and why? 45. Who are three people that you talked to today? 46. Who was nicest to you today? 47. Who did something funny in class today? 48. Who in your class is most like you? Why? 49. Who in your class is your complete opposite? 50. Who inspired you today?

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51. Who showed kindness today? 52. What made your teacher happy or sad? 53. Were there any conflicts or difficult situations today? How did/would you handle it? 54. What is one thing you wish your teacher did differently? 55. Was anyone unkind to you today? How did you respond? 56. What did you share with your friends today? 57. Did anyone have a birthday today? How was it celebrated? 58. Who asked a great question today? 59. How were your friends today? 60. If someone else could be the teacher for a day, who would you want it to be? 61. Who had the best idea today? 62. What’s one thing your teacher said today that stuck with you? 63. What other job do you think your teacher would be really good at? 64. Who in your class would you like to get to know better? 65. What rule do you think the teacher needs to add or take away?

TOMORROW 66. If you could be the teacher tomorrow, what would you teach the class? 67. What are you most excited about for tomorrow? 68. Will you be learning/doing anything interesting tomorrow? 69. Is there anything making you nervous about tomorrow? 70. Tell me something you are going to do tomorrow that will make someone’s day. 71. What school events are you excited about? 72. How can I help you feel prepared for tomorrow?

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available to the public. Guided tours are available. Open first and third Saturdays, 9 a.m. - noon. Admission is free. Griffith Park & Southern Railroad 4400 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles (818) 881-2586, Griffith Park & Southern Railroad has operated trains since the 1940s. Travel over one mile of track, across a bridge, through a forest and the Old Western Town. You can also try the T-6 simulator ride. Heritage Park Railroad Exhibit 12100 Mora Drive, Santa Fe Springs (562) 946-6476, Restored steam locomotive as well as its tender, refrigerated boxcar, and caboose. The exhibit offers a picnic area, rose garden, and other historical park buildings, including a carriage barn, a windmill, adobe foundation, bird aviary, and Tongva Exhibit. Irvine Park Railroad at Irvine Regional Park 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange (714) 997-3968, Irvine Park Railroad takes children and adults through historic Irvine Regional Park. The 1/3-scale train is located in the foothills of Orange. Visit website for special events and train rides that are offered throughout the year. Lomita Railroad Museum 2137 W. 250th St., Lomita (310) 326-6255, Dedicated to the era of the steam engine, the Museum offers a collection of locomotives, cabooses, oil tenders, and box cars. Orange County Model Engineers 2480 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa (949) 548-7246, Free public rides on scale trains through the park every third Saturday and following Sunday of each month. Birthday parties are available. Located inside Fairview Park.

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Southern California Live Steamers 2290 Washington Ave., Torrance Free trains rides on miniature 7.5” gauge trains on the first Sunday and the third Saturday of each month. Southern California Railway Museum 2201 South A St., Perris (951) 943-3020, Covering 100 acres, the museum is home to a vast collection of historical locomotives, railcars, trolleys, 3-foot gauge, model trains and more. Railway trains and trolleys operate every weekend. Special events throughout the year, including Day Out with Thomas and The Polar Express. Travel Town Museum and Railroad 5200 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles (818) 881-2586, Outdoor museum with a large collection of locomotives and rolling stock from Southern California. Ride the miniature train that travels around the museum and explore dozens of old-time railroad locomotives and cars. Located inside Griffith Park

Science & Space Centers Centers California Science Center 700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles (323) 724-3623, Explore the wonders of science through interactive exhibits, live demonstrations, innovative programs and awe-inspiring films. Special exhibit, The Art of the Brick, is the world’s largest display of LEGO art. Enjoy permanent displays of the Space Shuttle Endeavor, different ecosystems,


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Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200, Hands-on, 20,000-square-foot, learning center dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages. Educational programs include: Girls in STEM Club, Columbia Astronomers Club and Early Childhood Program (ages 2-4, with parent participation). Camps and birthday party packages are also offered. Discovery Cube Orange County - 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana Los Angeles - 1800 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar With locations in Los Angeles and Orange County, the Discovery Cube is filled with hands-on science exhibits and STEM activities in themed areas, such as Boeing Rocket Lab, Science of Hockey, Eco Challenge, Inspector Training Course, Healthy Kitchen, Aerial Helicopter Tours and lots more. Educational programs are offered throughout the year, onsite field trips, interactive STEM activities through Discovery Cube Connect, early childhood education and so much more. Visit the events page on their website for upcoming activities. Griffith Observatory 2800 E. Observatory Road, Los Angeles (213) 473-0800, Griffith Observatory is a unique hybrid of public observatory, planetarium, and exhibition space. Visitors can look through telescopes, explore exhibits, see live shows, and enjoy spectacular views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign. During the day, you can see the live image of the Sun on their solar telescope; each evening, there are free public telescopes on the roof and lawn for you to observe the night sky. Check their website for special events, such as Star Parties and Sunset Walk-and-Talks. Admission to the building and grounds is free. Mount Wilson Observatory Mount Wilson Road, Mount Wilson (626) 440-9016, Docent-led, two-hour tours of the Observatory are available on weekends. Tour size is limited; tickets must be purchased in advance. Self-guided and private group tours are also offered, along with public ticket nights. These evening sessions are guided by experienced telescope operators to enhance your viewing experience; find dates and tickets on their website.

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Arts • Acting Out (562) 901-0111, Save your drama for Acting Out’s classes, workshops and camps. Their program, for ages 7-17, celebrates creativity through acting and performance skill workshops. They work with all levels from beginners building confidence, to seasoned performers looking to supplement their other programs and hone their skills. They will be offering monthly Improv in the Park, various weekend workshops, and winter-break mini camps. For their upcoming fall and winter schedule, visit their website. Email: See ad on page 12. • Applied Music Studio 10900 Los Alamitos Blvd., Ste. 203, Los Alamitos (562) 596-1287, Enhance your child’s (3+) education by trying a free lesson at Applied Music Studio! They offer instruction in strings, voice, piano, guitar, drums, brass, woodwinds and theory, as well as Rock Band, Jazz Band and a Keyboard for Kids program. Virtual and inperson classes available. Applied Music Studio also offers lessons for jazz, orchestra and choir preparation. They have new and used instruments for sale, and school-approved instruments for rent with an option to buy. Mention Kidsguide to book your free lesson today! Located at the corner of Florista and Pine. Email: See ad on page 19 with free music lesson. • Burgess Cotillion The Grand - Catalina Room 4101 E. Willow St., Long Beach (323) 874-7393, Bobby Burgess, original Walt Disney Mouseketeer, ballroom dancer on the Lawrence Welk Show, and instructor with the Legendary Call’s Cotillion, leads each Burgess Cotillion class. Kids (8-18) learn social dancing and manners in eight monthly Monday classes, 90-minutes each. Foxtrot, waltz, swing, tango, rumba, cha cha, line dancing—you name it, Burgess Cotillion teaches it! Every class also includes refreshments, games, prizes, and manners every kid needs to know. Parents are always welcome, especially for the Mother/Son, Father/Daughter dances in April. Please contact for dates and tuition. Email:


• Kelly Summer Vocal Studio & Music Therapy (562) 833-6444, See ad on page 19. VOICE LESSONS - 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. Virtual music lessons available! MUSIC THERAPY - Music therapy for children with developmental disabilities is offered with Kelly Summer Music Therapy Studio. Music therapy is the clinical and evidenced-based 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. SOUND BIRTHING™ PRACTITIONER - Learn how music can support your physical, and emotional needs throughout your labor and delivery. Visit her website for a complete explanation of Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth. Virtual services available. • Painting with a Twist 4008 Hardwick St., Lakewood (562) 232-3352 If you are looking for something creative and fun to do with your kids, or a group of moms, look no further! Check out Painting with a Twist! They offer an atmosphere in which you can relax and create, and reconnect with friends and loved ones––all while you work on your masterpiece. They offer fun classes for kids where you can drop them off or join the fun. Give your kids much needed “screenfree” time while they work on fun art. And if you are planning a birthday party or team-building event, they offer your best option. Select your art project and you are welcome to bring in your own food and cake to celebrate. Be sure to check their calendar for upcoming events. See ad on page 22. • The Rok Music Academy 5465 Carson St., Long Beach (562) 429-7682, Owned and operated by professional musicians for more than 8 years. They invite you to compare their

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instructors experience with other music schools to see why they are the preeminent place for artists of all ages to play and perform with industry professionals. Music instruction includes guitar, bass, drums, vocal, piano, violin, ukulele, recording, audio engineering, performance and band coaching, ear training, artist development and more. Past students have gone on to be accepted at Orange County High School of the Arts, USC School of Music, and Berklee College of Music. See ad on page 21.

Camps • Rise Up Athletics 10712 Reagan St., Ste. A., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102, Rise Up Athletics offers exciting seasonal in-house day camps for children ages 4 years and up. With flexible options either for the day-to-day camper or the full week, your child will enjoy instructional gymnastics along with arts, crafts, games and much more. See ad on page 1. • Sandie Mercer Ranch at Lakewood Equestrian Center 11369 Carson St., Lakewood, (562) 425-1905 Summer and holiday weekly extended lesson program at Sandie Mercer Ranch for ages 7-17. Learn all about horses: leading, grooming, bathing, parts of saddle and bridle, breed types, colors and markings, plus horseback riding two times daily. Weekly sessions, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Enrollment is limited. Call or email: for more information. See ad on page 22. • Sewing Lab Los Alamitos 4215 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos Fun sewing camps for beginners and more advanced sewists, ages 8-18. Camps are open to boys and girls, maximum of 8 students per class. Beginners will learn how to safely use a sewing machine and make projects such as bookmark, pillowcase, PJs, skirt and a cool shirt. More advanced students will sew dresses, bags and other fun seasonal projects. See ad on page 18. • Skatedogs (714) 313-8787, Kids make new friends, advance their skateboarding skills, and most importantly, have fun at Skatedogs’ kidsguide fall/winter 2021-22 25

school-break skateboarding camps, offered in conjunction with the recreation departments of Aliso Viejo, Arcadia, Beverly Hills, Brea, Cerritos, Cypress, Glendora, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Manhattan Beach, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Redondo Beach, Seal Beach and Tustin. See ad on page 7.

Education & Enrichment • Blue Submarine (562) 494-0242, 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 tide pool 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 10. • Chef Tech Cooking School 3842 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach (5620 989-2467, Chef Tech Kids Monthly Cook and Bake Series are the perfect match for your child with a flair for food! Classes meet for 1.5 hours, once a week throughout the month. Children will learn a variety of cooking and baking skills. They offer a Sunday afternoon session or a Thursday evening session to meet your schedule and also have a Thursday early afternoon session for home-schooled students. Find the class that’s right for you and your child and register today! See ad on page 8. • EduCare 4300 Bellflower Blvd., Lakewood (562) 377-1300 5730 South St., Lakewood 562) 461-7311 EduCare Preschools of Lakewood are private preschools, and accept children ages 24 months through Kindergarten. Each school is licensed for 70 children. Each facility leases space in a church, and both are attractive and well-maintained. There is a stable staff with very little turn-over. Parents and visitors at the school often comment on the relaxed atmosphere, and say that the children seem happy. EduCare has an open-door policy and affordable pricing. See ad on page 24. • Merage Jewish Community Center of OC Club J After-School Program 1 Federation Way, Irvine (949) 435-3400, When the school day is done, Club J begins! Their after-school program is designed for families that need the support and convenience of a

daily high-quality schedule for their children. Club J offers quality after-school care for children in Kindergarten through fifth grade. They also offer a sixth through eighth grade Leader in Training (LIT) program. Club J’s monthly tuition includes transportation, snack, and two enrichment classes per day (no enrichment classes on Friday/Shabbat). For information, please call Hilary Duran at the number listed. See ad on page 21. • The Lab Learning Space 317 Termino Ave., Long Beach (562) 435-7879, The Lab Learning Space is a new-aged enrichment center. They are currently enrolling students and families that need a change of scenery from traditional education. They aim to fit the needs of students on an academic level, as well as on a soci-emotional level with indoor and outdoor classes. Sign up for a tour on their website. See ad on page 16. • Oakwood Academy Schools Oakwood Academy Schools offer an accelerated academic program with a hands-on approach to learning. Students learn computer skills and go on educational field trips. Enrichment activities such as karate, swimming, piano, dance and gymnastics are offered. See ad on page 9; discount coupon on page 24. Creative Day Academy (562) 634-7527 8740 Ramona Ave., Bellflower Age 2 through 1st grade. Lic. 191598510. Oakwood Preschool & Academy (562) 426-6264 3850 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Ages 2 through 5th grade. Lic. 198011608. Oaktree Preschool & Kindergarten (562) 597-8611 1710 Redondo Ave., Long Beach Age 2 through Kindergarten. Lic. 191601050. • Montessori Children’s House Preschool & Elementary School & Tutoring 5550 Atherton St., Long Beach (562) 431-8880 5454 Atherton St., Long Beach (562) 494-3777 SCHOOLS - Year-round program for children (212) in preschool and kindergarten through grade 5. 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 8.

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HOMEWORK HELP & TUTORING - Let Montessori Children’s House help with your child’s homework, so you can enjoy more quality time with your kids. Tutoring and homework help are available for grades K-6. Daily sessions cover math, reading and writing. Professional and skilled teachers provide individual help and supervision on assignments, making your children feel more confident in school. Call for more information or to sign up for your first session. See ad on page 10. • Sewing Lab Los Alamitos 4215 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos Sewing classes and camps for kids, grades 2 and up, and adults. Beginners start off with the basics and advanced students move on to more challenging projects. One-day workshops and summer camps available. Email info@sewinglablosalamitos. com for more details and see ad on page 18. • Westerly School of Long Beach 2950 E. 29th St., Long Beach (562) 981-3151, FB: @WesterlySchool / IG: @WesterlyWildcats Westerly School is the only independent, co-educational elementary/middle school in the Long Beach area, serving students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade. They develop the whole child through a challenging and stimulating program in an inclusive and diverse community. Westerly ignites within each child a lifelong love of learning by encouraging them to discover their full and unique potential every single day. Students develop a true sense of self through meaningful opportunities for self-expression, service, and character development. Westerly graduates are leaders, helpers, and creators today and in the future. See ad on page 16. • YMCA of Greater Long Beach Preschools (562) 279-1624, Did you know that 90% of a human’s brain develops in the first five years of life? What many parents don’t realize is that a strong investment in our children at this critical time will pay off for the rest of their lives. Simply participating in preschool, even with safety modifications, is the most impactful way to give your children the skills they need to succeed in life. With five locations in Greater Long Beach, the YMCA provides state subsidized, year-round childcare for qualifying families. Their preschools reflect the communities that they serve and they work with families to tailor opportunities for children to learn, grow and thrive. NOTE: Through the duration of COVID-19, safety modifications remain in place, including physical distancing, masks and additional safety measures. Preschool locations: YMCA Mayne Preschool, 9630 Mayne St., Bellflower, (562) 804-1976. YMCA 70th Street Preschool, 700 70th St., Long Beach, (562) 634-4924. YMCA First Friendships Preschool, 6650 Orange Ave., Long Beach. (562) 984-2358. YMCA Play & Learn Preschool, 2179 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, (562) 218-4693. YMCA Creative Beginnings Preschool, 5600 Linden Ave.,

Long Beach, (562) 422-2616. Coming Soon: New preschool will open in early 2022 on 820 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach. For more information, call (562) 279-1630. See ad on page 17.

Health Services • Chang Orthodontics 4608 Katella Ave., Ste. 201, Los Alamitos (562) 430-0541, Their goal is to provide patients with the right combination of advanced orthodontic technology and a personal human touch. By placing an emphasis on communication, they strive to ensure every patient understands what it takes to make a healthy, beautiful smile. They also want to provide you with the highest quality orthodontic care in a family-friendly, fun and cooperative environment. Drs. Russell Chang and Christine Chung use only proven techniques and technology and tailor treatment for each patient’s specific needs and concerns. See ad on page 10. • Mark A. Garlington D.D.S. Orthodontics for Children and Adults 5479 E. Abbeyfield, Ste. #1, Long Beach (562) 439-4553, At Garlington Orthodontics, you are always greeted with a smile and a warm welcome when you set foot in their office. They take pride in providing the best care in both a friendly and comfortable environment. Some of the latest technological advances, such as digital imaging, advanced computer graphics and iTero (Digital Impression System) have allowed them to become experts in a variety of treatments. Dr. Garlington is a top 1% provider of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. They believe that every patient should be treated like family with the utmost attention and care. Whether you are a child, teen or adult, their knowledgeable doctor, and team are committed to helping you achieve your dream smile. See ad with discount coupon on page 11. • Pediatric Medical Center 2921 Redondo Ave., Long Beach (562) 426-5551, PMC provides comprehensive medical care for patients from birth through college with special expertise in: school underachievement and complex diagnostic and management problems. The team of physicians offer greater than one hundred twenty years of cumulative clinical pediatric experience and expertise. Each physician is active in the education and training of pediatric residents and medical students. This allows them to offer a unique combination of skills for the care of your child based on both academic and community pediatric medical experience. Their informative website offers wide range of articles on parenting and health issues. See ad on page 19.

Parties • Adventure City 1238 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim (714) 236-9300, What a day of excitement! Play in Adventure City as long as you like; enjoy one-hour in the whimsical Party Station eating pizza and other treats served by your own party hostess; take a private train ride with your child as the engineer, and much more. Adventure City provides everything from invitations to wonderful memories. Parents can relax and enjoy the party. Party for 12 includes park admission with unlimited ride pass and access to Thomas and Friends play area and the petting farm, two pizzas and drinks, T-shirt for the birthday child and special birthday train ride, plus a party hostess—all for only $31.95 per person. See ad on page 7. • Best Parties By Erin & Co. (562) 901-0111, With more 20 years experience, party specialist Erin and her team of talented performers can give your child the best birthday in town. They customize every party and event according to theme, age group and number of children, so you can sit back and relax, while they run the show. Face painting, balloons, characters and magicians. Relays, obstacle courses, games and specialty-themed parties. No child is too young or too old and no event is too large or too small for these party experts! Have an idea or theme of your own? Give them a call and let them create the perfect entertainment for you. Zoom parties and virtual meet and greets available. See ad on page 12. • Blue Submarine (562) 494-0242, 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 10. • Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk (562) 868-9956, Have your child’s next birthday party, team party or scouting event at Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park! Pizza Party packages can include easy or challenging miniature golf and exciting rides, including go-karts, bumper boats, Disk O’ Thrill ride and kiddie train. While there, guests also enjoy the latest in arcade games, great prizes, snack bar and party facilities. Where the 5 and 605 freeways meet. See ad with coupons on page 6 and party deals on the back inside cover. • Painting with a Twist See listing on page 25; ad on page 22.

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• Rise Up Athletics 10712 Reagan St., Ste. A., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102, Rise Up Athletics is the best place for your child’s next birthday party. With over 20K square feet of gymnastics equipment and a private party room for refreshments and celebrations, your child and their friends can enjoy over several hours of active-play in a fun and safe environment. With exciting attractions like astro-jumps, tumbling trampoline, castle playhouse, interactive games/ obstacle courses and so much more, your child will enjoy their best birthday party yet! Party sessions are very popular, so hurry and call to reserve your spot today! See ad on page 1. • Skatedogs (714) 313-8787, Skatedogs comes to your home with portable ramps and rails to create a custom skatepark for a one-of-a-kind birthday party. Guests can ride ramps and get skateboarding tips from an experienced instructor. See ad on page 7.

sports & Rec • First Field Farm 18299 Dumont Ave., Cerritos (562) 924-2217, HORSEBACK RIDING - First Field Farm offers instruction in English horseback riding and jumping for beginning through advanced students. They are a recognized Riding Academy by the USHJA, and have a trainer that is a USHJA Certified. Beginner lessons include care of the horse as well as the basics of position and control. Private lessons are 30 minutes; group lessons, 45-60 minutes. Horses are provided. See ad on page 16.

• Lakewood Recreation and Community Services 5050 Clark Ave., Lakewood (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408 RECREATION - Programs include: art, basketball, dance (ballet/tap, Polynesian, Hip-Hop, Special Needs Hip-Hop and Baby Doll), flag football, gymnastics, horseback riding, martial arts, music (guitar, piano, ukulele), musical theater, soccer, seasonal swim instruction, tennis, academics (math and reading development, preschool, Spanish), and volleyball/volleytennis. Visit their website for events and additional classes. See ad on page 18. • Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine 2760 Studebaker Road, Long Beach (562) 570-3100, RECREATION - Youth classes and programs include: cooking for ages 2-18, dance for ages 2+ (ballet/tap, Dance Workshop, Mexican Folklorico, Musical Theatre and Stars of Jazz), music (piano, rock guitar, keyboard, exploring instruments, parent/me), academics (Spanish language immersion for ages 10 months+, pre-K readiness, Math and More Preschool, reading and math development), no-cost after-school programs, Fall and Winter Fun Days during school breaks, and sports, (aquatics, archery, basketball, martial arts, golf, skateboarding, soccer and tennis). Visit the website for events and classes. See ad on front inside cover. • Rise Up Athletics 10712 Reagan St., Ste. A., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102, For enrollment information, visit them online, call or email See ad on page 1. CHEERLEADING - Non-school affiliated cheer programs in which they teach jumps, dance, tumbling, and non-building stunt basics to ages 5 and up. In combination with gymnastics or tumbling classes, RUA is able to provide overall cheerleading training

once a week that combines many of the areas of cheerleading in one convenient class. GYMNASTICS - Quality fitness for children ages 1-18. They offer a variety of programs for all levels, from parent and me classes, gymnastics classes for boys and girls, recreational/cheer tumbling coed classes, and gymnastics/acrobatics coed classes (under their NINja star program). The RUA staff strives to provide a positive experience by teaching the importance of staying fit while having fun in a safe and pressure-free environment. • Sandie Mercer Ranch at Lakewood Equestrian Center 11369 Carson St., Lakewood, (562) 425-1905 HORSEBACK RIDING - Private and group instruction (6+) for Western, English and Jumping. Beginner through advanced lessons can be arranged to fit your schedule. Lessons are available six days a week on your horse or theirs. The new “Introduction to Horses” class, by scheduled appointment, includes safety and basic in-hand ground work and care, as well as basic riding. Seasonal camps also available, plus programs for scout groups earning merit badges. Enjoy horses and horseback riding in a quiet country setting. Call or email: for more information. See ad on page 22. • Skatedogs (714) 313-8787, SKATEBOARDING - After-school and weekend classes in skateboarding, one of the world’s fastest growing sports. Offered in conjunction with the recreation departments of Aliso Viejo, Arcadia, Beverly Hills, Brea, Cerritos, Cypress, Glendora, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Manhattan Beach, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Redondo Beach, Seal Beach and Tustin. They offer classes for all ability levels. Kids (5-13) make new friends, advance their skateboarding skills, and most importantly, have fun––all in Skatedogs’ private skatepark. See ad on page 7.


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