Kidsguide Fall/Winter 2023-24

Page 1

The Ultimate Guide for Families in Greater Long Beach & OC | | Fall/Winter 23-24 | Free

City of Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine

After School Programs

Free, drop in after-school programs for children ages 5-12 take place at varying times per park, on weekdays from Aug. 28 through Dec. 22. Participants will receive homework assistance and enjoy enrichment activities and games. Pre-registration is required. To register, participants can visit the park of their choice.

Scan code for locations and times of After School Programs.

Community Learning Hubs for Youth

Free Community Learning Hubs are a safe space with high-speed internet for Long Beach Unified School District students ages 5-14 to participate in academic support, fitness and more.

The hubs operate weekdays from 3-6 p.m., Aug. 28, 2023 through June 14, 2024, at Houghton, McBride, Orizaba and Veterans Parks. Scan code for location details.

To enroll, visit your desired location for a registration packet. Registration is available on a first come, first serve basis. The Hubs are made possible by the Long Beach Recovery Act (Recovery Act).

Mobile Recess Program

Free Mobile Recess Programs for ages 5-14 will be held at the following locations this fall:

Monday and Thursday, 2-4:30 p.m.

Grace Park, 361 E. Plymouth St.

Tuesday and Friday, 3-5:30 p.m.

Rose Park, Orizaba Ave. & 8th St.

Wednesday, 3-5:30 p.m.

Hudson Park, 2335 Webster Ave.

For more information, call 562.570.3153

Swimming Year Round

Belmont Pool

4320 East Olympic Plaza, 562.570.1806

King Park Pool

1910 Lemon Ave., 562.570.1718

Silverado Park Pool

1540 West 32nd St., 562.570.1721

Youth Sports

Coed & Boys Flag Football for Ages 5-14

Practices Begin: September 11

Games Begin: September 30

Coed Ball Hockey for Ages 9-14

Registration: November 1-22

Season: November 29 - December 16

Basketball for Ages 5-14

Registration: November 27 - December 31

Season: January 27 - March 2

$10 uniform fee upon registration. Scholarships available. For more information, call 562.570.1707 or visit our website:

For more information, visit or call 562.570.3150

∙ Full-Day TK/K at Each Elementary Site

∙ International Baccalaureate® Programmes

∙ Extensive AP Course Offerings

∙ WASC-Accredited Middle & High Schools

∙ Early College/Dual Enrollment

∙ CIF Championship Athletic Teams

∙ 25 Career Technical Education Pathways

∙ Spyder Labs, Robotics, eSports & Drone League

Dual Immersion Programs: Mandarin & Spanish

Award-Winning Programs & Sites Districtwide

∙ TK-6 Expanded Learning Opportunities

Golden Bell Awards

National Forum Schools to Watch

California Civic Learning Awards

25 Gold Ribbon Awards

23 Distinguished School Awards

ParentingOC Editor’s Choice and More!


Hold on to your hats, because we’re about to venture into a world of wild, wacky, and wonderfully interesting careers!

This issue, we’ve rounded up some awesome outing ideas— places that inspire kids to dream big about who they want to be when they grow up.

Explore these fun Outings (pages 3-29) and discover which ones pique your kids' interest. Future pilot? Take a spin in a flight simulator. Aspiring zookeeper? Seek out those hands-on junior keeper programs. History buff? Time travel awaits at countless museums. Each section is a goldmine of opportunities to explore and “test drive” different careers!

Curious about what it's really like in your dream job? Flip to Career Curiosity (page 4) for questions your kids can fire at their dream job professionals.

Don’t skip learning about Crazy Cool Careers (page 12) and Gross Careers (page 32). Maggot Farmer, anyone? And guess what? We’re spilling the beans with some Trade Secrets (page 35)! Discover fun facts you may not know about various jobs.

Keep the fun going with Career Crossroads, a “would you rather” game (page 36) that’ll definitely spark some interesting conversation. There’s also a Guess Who game, plus an opportunity for your kids to tell us all about their dream job!

2 kidsguide fall/winter 2023-2024 KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization. “Kidsguide® Copyright 2023. Liz Davis. All rights reserved. No portion of this magazine may be used for a derivative work, reproduced or copied—mechanically, electronically, or by any other means, including photocopying—distributed, or displayed without prior written permission of the publisher. The materials herein are provided on an “as is” basis and the publisher of this magazine, KIDSGUIDE, Inc., expressly disclaims all warranties, including without limitation the warranties of currentness, correctness, completeness, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, noninfringement of intellectual property, and freedom from errors. KIDSGUIDE, Inc. assumes no liability or responsibility for any loss or injury arising out of errors, omissions, uses, or participation as a result of publication of all magazine editions to the fullest extent permitted by law. KIDSGUIDE, Inc. is not in any way recommending or endorsing any program, business, activity, or advertiser listed within this magazine. Names, addresses, fees, descriptions, and services listed in KIDSGUIDE are subject to change. We sincerely request that any errors be brought to the publisher’s attention so that they may be corrected in future editions.” Places to Go & Dream Big! Career Day Mind-Opening Museums Spotlight Featuring Kidsguide Partners Animal Encounters & Zoos Aquariums & Marine Centers Boats & Ships Family Fun Centers Farms & Barns Indoor Play Spaces Nature & Gardens Space & Science Centers Skating Rinks Trains Winter Camps Career Curiosity Crazy Cool Careers Gross But Fascinating Careers Trade Secrets Career Games Questions or Comments? 10552 Humbolt St., Los Alamitos Advertise With Us: If you would like information and rates for digital or print advertising, email Liz Davis Alina Na Christina Escobedo Andy Smith Publisher & Founder Editor-in-Chief Content Editor Cover Artist 4 12 32 35 36 3 6 7 8 11 12 14 16 18 19 30 Art Museums Auto Museums Aviation Museums Children’s Museums Fire & Police Museums Historical Museums & Landmarks Specialty Museums 23 24 24 25 26 26 29 31
More family fun! @kidsguide


Animal Encounters & Zoos

African lion, Clarence the 100-year-old Galapagos tortoise, and more. Party packages are available.

Don’t miss Boo at the Zoo in October and Wild Lights & Jungle Nights during the holiday season.

Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary

8545 Buttemere Road, Phelan (760) 868-2755,

See tigers and other exotic animals that have been rescued from abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Party packages, and guided tours offered. Upgrade your visit with a barnyard feeding, feast with beasts, or extreme feed.

Gibbon Conservation Center

19100 Esguerra Road, Santa Clarita (661) 296-2737,

See the rarest group of apes in the Western Hemisphere. Public and private tours offered. Reservations required.

Goods & Goats Market

29458 Trabuco Creek Road, San Juan Capistrano (949) 212-4357,

Play with baby goats, dig in the worm garden, watch and feed chickens, play in the sandbox, and ride an old-fashioned seesaw. Goat walks also available for kids ages 3 and up. Other programs include Jr. Farmers, Story Time, and Kids Farm Party.

America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College

7075 Campus Road, Moorpark

(805) 378-1441,

Five-acre living classroom for the students of the Exotic Animal Training and Management Program. Open to the public on weekends for animal presentations, demos, events, and more. See Ira the

Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary

2132 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar (858) 481-3148,

Interact with and feed exotic birds. Handling the birds is restricted. Scout programs, camps, junior docent program, and memberships offered. Party packages available. Reservations only.

JAB Canid Education & Conservation Center

Santa Ysabel (760) 224-9392,

Home to foxes, primitive dogs, wolf dogs, and coyotes. Animal encounters include the Fox Experience for all ages where visitors feed, pet, and watch the

kidsguide fall/winter 2023-2024 3
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.
Zookeeper Veterinarian Herpetologist
WE’VE A PLACE (714) 702-1439 | FAIRMONTSCHOOLS.COM Whether you’re relocating, or perhaps your current school just isn’t the right fit, we have a place for you at Fairmont Schools. Contact one of our Admissions Directors and we will show you how your child will fit right in at one of our five locations across Orange County. For You! KID-FRIENDLY

3. How many years of school did you have to complete?

4. What subjects in school were the most helpful for your career?

5. Can you describe a typical day at work?

6. Do you use any special tools or equipment in your work?

7. What's your favorite part of your job?

8. What's the hardest part of your job?

9. Do you meet interesting people?

10. Do you get to travel to different places for work? Where?

11. Any advice for someone who wants to do what you do?

12. If you didn't choose this job, what other career would you love to do?

foxes play. Foxes and other animal ambassadors are also available to travel to parties and special events.

Lions Tigers and Bears

24402 Martin Way, Alpine (619) 659-8078,

A 142-acre big cat, bear, and exotic animal sanctuary, home to 60+ rescued animals. Explore as a Member for a Day to enjoy a two-hour guided visit, or book the Exclusive Behind the Scenes or Feed with a Keeper experience. All visits are by reservation only.

Plan to visit during special holiday events, such as Spooky Campover, Pumpkin Bash, Turkey Bash, and Christmas with the Animals.

Living Coast Discovery Center

1000 Gunpowder Point Drive, Chula Vista (619) 409-5900,

A small aquarium and zoo located on the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Encounter local wildlife, including sea turtles, sharks, rays, raptors, reptiles, and marine animals. Enjoy animal presentations, safari hikes, workshops, bird walks, and wildlife tours. Private tours available. Camps, special events, party packages, and scout programs also offered.

The center is surrounded by easy walking trails. Bring a picnic and binoculars and walk out to the shoreline to see wild birds and the Coronado Bridge.

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. Popular exhibits include Rainforest of the Americas, Elephants of Asia, and Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains. Special experiences are offered throughout the year including camps, classes, and guided tours. Los Angeles Public Library cardholders can go to the Discover & Go website ( explorela) to reserve a pass valid for free admission for up to four people. Restrictions apply.

Visit during the month of October for Boo at the LA Zoo with special activities and entertainment; and during the holidays for LA Zoo Lights.

Oasis Camel Dairy

26757 Highway 78, Ramona (760) 787-0983,

Unique family farm that offers public tours on Open Farm Days or private tours by reservation. The farm also features cockatoos, mini sheep, and goldfish. Tours include treats to feed the camels and sheep, plus camel rides can be added.

Orange County Zoo

Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange (714) 973-6840,

See animals including a black bear, mountain lion, bald eagle, large cats, great horned owl, porcupine, and more. Preschool programs and classes are offered every week. Audio tour available on your phone. Zoo admission is only $2, entry fee for Irvine Regional Park applies. The park also offers bike rentals, paddle boat rentals, pony rides, and train ride.

Join the fun at the Halloween Zoo-Tacular on

October 28 with a scavenger hunt, trick-or-treating, and spooky crafts. Christmas at the Zoo will also be offered in December.

OstrichLand USA

610 E. Highway 246, Solvang (805) 686-9696,

See 100+ ostriches and emus. Guests are invited to feed and interact with the large birds and browse the gift shop full of unique gifts and fresh ostrich eggs. Ostrich feed is available for $1 per bowl. See ostrich chicks during the summer months and emu chicks in late-winter and early-spring.

OstrichLand is a great stop when you’re headed to the quaint Danish-themed town of Solvang.

San Diego Animal Sanctuary & Farm

5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine (619) 320-4942

Home to 200+ domesticated livestock and exotic animals from around the world, representing 29 species and 70 breeds. There are six separate areas where the animals reside, each reflecting a different world in the animal kingdom. Single-day passes include animal interaction from outside the enclosures. Guided tours, Keeper-for-the-Day, Behind-the-Scenes Tours, and birthday parties available.

San Diego Zoo

2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego (619) 231-1515,

A 100-acre wildlife park and home to over 12,000 rare and endangered animals. Popular areas include Elephant Odyssey, Northern Frontier featuring polar bears, and Lost Forest featuring tigers and gorillas. Visit the zoo’s newest interactive area, Wildlife Explorers Basecamp. Learn even more with wildlife care specialist talks and wildlife presentations throughout the zoo. Upgrade your visit with special experiences like the Inside Look Tour or Early Morning Cheetah Experience. The 35-minute Guided Bus Tour provides an overall view of the zoo.

Kids (ages 11 and younger) are free for the entire month of October (restrictions apply). Enjoy HalGLOWeen on weekends in October, the colorful and glowing extravaganza with fun seasonal activities and Halloween-themed entertainment. From December 8-31, familiar holiday traditions take on a wild twist at the Zoo’s Jungle Bells celebration.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido (760) 747-8702,

This 1,800-acre wildlife park is home to 3,600+ animals. Walk among the grasslands with kangaroos and wallabies, plus meet the only two platypuses currently residing outside of Australia. The Africa Tram is a 25-minute expedition with safari tour vehicles and diverse wildlife. Kids will love the park’s play areas, including the Mawazo Woods Discovery Area and the Savanna Cool Zone, a water play area. Upgrade your experience with special safaris: zipline across the park, go behind the scenes, or go on a special overnight tent-camping experience.

Kids (ages 11 and younger) are free for the entire month of October (restrictions apply). During

4 kidsguide fall/winter
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.

Autumn Festival from October 8-30, guests are invited to celebrate the fall season with live music, entertainment, and fun educational experiences. The Indigenous Peoples’ Celebration on October 9 includes a blessing ceremony, artisan’s exhibition, guided hiking adventures, Kumeyaay storytelling, and more. Enjoy Wild Holidays on select dates, November 24 - December 31, with seasonal decorations, light displays, and holiday entertainment.

Santa Ana Zoo

1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana (714) 836-4000,

Santa Ana Zoo features over 80 species of animals, including some of the smallest monkeys in the world, the Golden Headed Lion Tamarins. Explore their newest, multi-species exhibit, Tierra de las Pampas, to see anteaters, guanacos, and rheas. Walk through the Aviary to see exotic birds, explore the Safari Playground, and feed goats and sheep at the Crean Family Farm. Ticketed attractions include the Zoofari Express Train Ride, Conservation Carousel, and 50 Monkey Ferris Wheel. Picnic areas for parties are

STAR Eco Station

10101 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City (310) 842-8060,

An environmental science museum and rescue facility that offers guided tours to see 200+ rescued exotic wildlife from tropical fish to tortoises, parrots to pythons. Each tour features fun animal facts, handson animal encounters, rescue stories, environmental exhibits, and more. Eco Station is only open to the public on weekends. Tours start every hour on the hour. Private group tours are available to book any day. Annual events, seasonal camps, memberships, and party packages are available.

The Reptile Zoo

18818 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley (714) 500-0591,

Home to over 100 exotic species of reptiles, amphibians, and arachnids from around the world. See venomous snakes, crocodilians and fish, pythons and boas, monitors and tegus, and visit DARTHgator at the Gator Island Exhibit. Upgrade your visit with animal encounters, photo opportunities, hands-on pre

such as Paws and Pages, featuring a pet-themed book reading, opportunity to meet an adoptable pet or critter, and a fun craft. Families can visit Critter Corner to see different animals that would make great pets. Birthday parties, camps, and scout programs are also available.

Whale Watching Excursions

Whale watching cruises are available from these locations. Visit their website or call for schedules, deals and other information. Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari, (949) 415-5954, www. Dana Wharf Whale Watching, (888) 224-0603, special half-price Tuesdays, www. Davey’s Locker, (949) 673-1434, Harbor Breeze Cruise, (562) 457-3520, LA Waterfront Cruises, (310) 547-9916, www.lawaterfrontcruises. com. Newport Landing Whale Watching, (949) 6750551, Ocean Institute, (949) 496-2274, some memberships offer complimentary whale watching tickets, www.ocean-institute. org. Redondo Beach Whale Watching, (310) 372-

to perform various animal husbandry duties, learn about conservation efforts, and get a full, private tour of the facility. Birthday parties and seasonal events are also offered.

Celebrate Halloween with their Bearcat BOO! Tours on October 22-23 and 30-31. Enjoy candy stations, apple cider, and get flashlights for the tour. Also don’t miss their Winter Wonders and Holiday Lights tours in December.

Wildlife Learning Center

16027 Yarnell St., Sylmar (818) 362-8711,

Small, local wildlife center dedicated to providing lifelong care to more than 100 displaced, rescued, and zoo-born wild animals, such as foxes, sloths, bald eagles, monkeys, and more. Private Interactive Tours and individual animal experiences can be added to see your favorite animals up close. Private tours require advanced reservations. Birthday parties and camps are also offered.

Zoomars at River Street Ranch

31791 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano (949) 831-6550,

Visitors can pet and feed guinea pigs, goats, sheep, and see other farm animals. Kids can also explore the playground, ride ponies, pan for gemstones, ride the train, drive a mini tractor, or jump on an electric mini excavator to scoop, dig, and pile up sand. Party packages and memberships available.

While you're there, visit Mission San Juan Capistrano, it's just a seven-minute walk away!

Aquariums & Marine Centers

Marine Biologist Conservationist Ichthyologist

Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach (562) 590-3100,

Southern California’s largest aquarium and home to more than 12,000 animals of the Pacific Ocean. This year, the aquarium celebrates its 25th Anniversary with events and a daily scavenger hunt. Be the first to find Sterling the octopus figurine hidden in a different exhibit each day and win a limited-edition commemorative pin. Plus, touch sharks, feed Australian lorikeets and moon jellies, and interact with more than 100 other exhibits. Animal Encounters are also offered to get a close-up view. The aquarium’s newest exhibit, Babies!, features baby sea otters, sea jellies, sharks, and a jelly lab. Art exhibits, performances, fes-

tivals, plus camps, classes, and scout programs offered throughout the year. Timed tickets or advanced reservations required. Memberships for families and grandparents available.

Don't miss Halloween Family Night on October 20, Scarium of the Pacific on October 28-29, Autumn Festival on November 11-12, and Aquarium Holidays on Saturdays in December.

Birch Aquarium

2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla (858) 534-3474,

Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Birch Aquarium features 60+ habitats that showcase the research discoveries of oceanography scientists at UC San Diego. Touch animals at the Tide Pool Plaza, meet La Jolla’s leopard sharks, get immersed in a two-story kelp forest, and visit seadragons and seahorses. Check out their newest habitat featuring little blue penguins. Behind-the-scenes tours, camps, and seasonal events are also offered throughout the year.

Visit their Discounts and Offers page for current admission deals. The Tide Pool Plaza, located outdoors, has some of the most spectacular ocean views in San Diego.

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. The Exploration Center lets kids crawl into an aquarium, walk through a squishy mud tunnel, identify animals using microscopes, view a working laboratory, create artwork, and more. After-school programs, workshops, camps, family programs, annual events, tide pool walks, and grunion runs are offered throughout the year. Suggested admission donation: $7 for adults and $3 for children and seniors.

It’s a small aquarium, but perfect for an interesting and educational outing without the crowds. Make it a full day of ocean fun by going to the beach across the parking lot or visiting the Marine Mammal Care Center just five minutes away.

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, educational programs, and feeding demonstrations. Beach cleanups, special events, and camps are held throughout the year. Party packages available.

It may be a little hard to find! The aquarium is located on the beach level of Santa Monica Pier, directly beneath the carousel building, underneath the bridge.

Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles

3601 S. Gaffey St., #8, San Pedro (310) 548-5677,

A hospital for seals and sea lions that become stranded along the beaches from Malibu to Seal Beach due to illness, injury and malnutrition. Visitors

can walk around the facilities, see the animals, and learn from volunteer docents. Tickets are free (a $5 donation per person is appreciated) but must be reserved online in advance. Walk-ins are limited and are dependent on capacity.

Round out your ocean-themed day with a trip to Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, just five minutes away!

Ocean Institute

24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point (949) 496-2274,

Education center that offers 60+ marine science and maritime history programs. Family activities include weekend tours, tide pool hikes, and kayak harbor tours. Special programs for children under 4 are also offered. Whale and marine life tours, plus bioluminescence night cruises aboard a research vessel are scheduled throughout the year. Birthday parties, camps, volunteer and internship opportunities for teens, and special events are also offered. Memberships include admission, party discounts, and gifts. Typically open weekends and some holiday breaks.

Orange Coast College Dennis Kelly Aquarium

2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa

Student-run training and community education facility with a diverse collection of aquatic animals, from leopard sharks to jellies. Public hours and private tours are offered during fall and spring semesters (September through mid-December, and mid-February through May). Tours highlight different habitats and may include short feeding demos.

The aquarium is located in the Lewis Center for Applied Science near the library and the OCC Planetarium, which also features public shows and activities.

Pacific Marine Mammal Center

20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach (949) 494-3050,

PMMC rescues, rehabilitates and releases marine mammals. Meet sea lions, elephant seals, harbor seals, and fur seals. Call ahead for animal feeding times. The visitor yard features interactive displays, marine mammal artifacts, and a gift shop. Camps, after-school programs, memberships, and scout programs available. The center is open daily for docentled tours. Admission is free, donations appreciated.

Roundhouse Aquarium

Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach (310) 379-8117,

Located at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier, the aquarium cares for 100+ different species of marine life. Enjoy 12+ exhibits including Rocky Reef, Kid’s Kelp Corner, Discovery Corner, and more. Birthday parties, camps, school outreach programs, and volunteer opportunities available. Admission is free, donations appreciated.

The aquarium and pier are lit up beautifully during the holidays! It's a great time to visit.

Sea Life Aquarium at Legoland

One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad

Home to more than 6,000 animals and features in-

kidsguide fall/winter 2023-2024

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.

teractive touch pools, dive shows, and feeding demonstrations. Highlights include a walk-through shark tunnel to see sharks and rays up close, and seeing various LEGO models throughout the aquarium and inside tanks. Tickets to the aquarium and multi-park tickets that include admission to the aquarium and Legoland available.

Boats & Ships Ship Captain Navy


Alamitos Bay & Rainbow Harbor, Long Beach (562) 591-2301,

Water taxi that offers a scenic ride and a way to get around Long Beach’s coastline. Guests are transported to and from Alamitos Bay and Rainbow Harbor. The fare is $5 each way and takes approximately 40 minutes. September through Memorial Day, AquaLink operates on a reduced schedule, weekends only. Check the website for details. AquaBus may also be available.

Battleship USS Iowa

250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro (877) 446-9261,

Explore the battleship that served our country proudly in WWII, Korea, and the Cold War. General access pass lets visitors explore exhibits on the Battleship of Presidents, Gunnery Hazards, HUP-2 Helicopter, and more. Private guided tours are offered, plus parties, overnight programs and summer camps. Participate in searching for Vicky the Victory Dog in a free online app and/or a scavenger hunt card.

Don't miss their Halloween STEMebration on October 28.

Boats to Catalina

Catalina Express: Departs from Dana Point, Long Beach and San Pedro, to Avalon and Two Harbors, (800) 613-1212, Catalina Flyer: Departs from Newport Beach to Avalon, (949) 673-5245,

Harbor Breeze Cruises

100 Aquarium Way, Dock #2, Long Beach (562) 432-4900,

Go on whale, dolphin, and sea life sightseeing tours, as well as 45-minute Long Beach Harbor tours. Special event cruises are available for holidays.

Ocean Institute

24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point (949) 496-2274,

Kayak around Dana Point harbor or go on a whale and marine life tour aboard a research vessel. Bioluminescence Night Cruises and tallship sails are also offered throughout the year. Open to the public on weekends and some holiday breaks.

kidsguide fall/winter 2023-2024 7
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization. Sailor Marine Engineer

SS Lane Victory

2400 Miner St., San Pedro (310) 519-9188,

Guided and self-guided tours are offered on the museum ship that was once used in World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War. Visitors get complete access to the ship to see how Merchant Marines lived and worked.

The Queen Mary

1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach (562) 435-3511,

Explore the Queen Mary with informative guided tours highlighting her golden days of the 1950s, how she earned the “haunted ship” nickname, and learn about the engineering of the most technologically advanced ocean liner of her time.

Shaqtoberfest Halloween Festival is taking place at The Queen Mary from September 28 - October 31. Attractions include carnival rides and games, pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating, and more.

USS Midway

910 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego (619) 544-9600,

Navy aircraft carrier featuring more than 30 restored aircraft and nearly 10 acres of exhibits. Climb aboard real cockpits, tour the bridge and captain’s cabins, walk through spaces where the crew lived, and explore the hangar and flight deck. Special events and activities are scheduled throughout the year. Visit the Information Booth to participate in the Junior Pilot Program, where kids complete activity sheets and earn their wings in a little ceremony. Freedom Annual Passes and memberships available.

Sign up early for Snooze Crews, overnight adventure opportunities for youth groups and families! Don't miss the Haunted Hangar Halloween Bash on October 21, featuring family activities, contests, treats, costume contest, and more.

Whale Watching Excursions

See Animal Encounters section on page 5.


Game Developers

Show Performers

Ride Engineers

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, $28.95; seniors (55 and over), $23.95 (prices subject to change without notice). AAA discount available for up to six regular-price admissions per card. Free parking. See ad on page 9.

Boo-tastic Halloween Party is happening select nights from September 29 - October 31. Enjoy trick-or-treating, scavenger hunt, and dance party.

Balboa Fun Zone

600 East Bay Ave., Newport Beach (949) 903-2825,

Enjoy a ride on the Ferris wheel, stroll around the bayside boardwalk, rent bicycles, and play games in the arcade and game room. Narrated harbor and whale watching cruises are offered, in addition to plenty of shops and restaurants.

While you’re there, don’t miss a ride on the nearby Balboa Ferry (going strong since 1919).


3405 Michelson Dr., Irvine 17871 Castleton St., City of Industry

Enjoy miniature golf, bumper boats, Thunder Road Go Karts, Lil’ Thunder Rookie Go Karts, Lazer Tag, Flame Thrower and Starship thrill rides, batting cages, a restaurant, an arcade, and Boomers Backyard, now with VIP Cabanas. Boomers Los Angeles offers Slick Track, Turbo Track, Lil’ Thunder Rookie Go Karts, miniature golf, a restaurant, an arcade, and Boomers Backyard outdoor space. Both locations offer party and group packages, along with all-day passes.

Bowling Centers

The following centers offer public and league bowling. Online lane reservations, cosmic bowling, arcades, snack bars, and party packages are typically offered.

AMF and Bowlero, various locations, www.bowlero. com. Cal Bowl, Lakewood, (562) 421-8448, www. Concourse Bowling, Anaheim, (714) 666-2695, CSULB Games Center, Long Beach, (562) 985-5201, www. Fountain Bowl, Fountain Valley, (714) 963-2897, Gardena Bowl, Gardena, (310) 324-1244, Irvine Lanes, Irvine, (949) 786-9625, www.irvinelanes. com. Keystone Lanes, Norwalk, (562) 868-3261, www. Linbrook Bowling, Anaheim, (714) 774-2253, Round 1, various locations, Saddleback Lanes, Mission Viejo, (949) 586-5300, www.saddlebacklanes. com. Splitsville, Downtown Disney, (657) 276-2440, Westminster Lanes, Westminster, (714) 893-5005,

• 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,

Camelot Golfland

3200 E. Carpenter Ave., Anaheim (714) 630-3340,

Attractions include miniature golf, Fast Car Raceway, bumper boats and cars, arcade, laser tag, and a pizza parlor. Birthday party and group packages available. Memberships are also offered.

8 kidsguide fall/winter
2023-2024 KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.
Norwalk Norwalk 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 12/31/24. Promo Code: KG2024-1 Norwalk 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 12/31/24. Promo Code: KG2024-2 *Attractions subject to close without notice. Please call (562) 868-9956 before coming to the Park. Please call (562) 868-9956 before coming to the Park. Follow Kidsguide for More Fun! @kidsguide /kidsguidemagazine /kidsguidemag

Chuck E. Cheese

Features an animatronic show and a wide selection of games and rides, including bowling, air hockey, basketball, console games, and prize games. A variety of food and beverages available, including their famous pizza. Sensory Sensitive Sundays for children with special needs are offered, along with party packages and group rates. Visit their website to find a location near you or to check out their weekly deals.

Visit their Activities and Downloads page to print awards and charts for kids to earn free play points!

Dave & Buster’s

Arcade games, billiards, bowling, virtual real ity games, and a full restaurant. Party packages available. Locations in Irvine, Long Beach, Los An geles, Orange, and Torrance.

Go Kart World

21830 Recreation Road, Carson (310) 834-3700,

A popular outdoor, six-track driving skills center with party rooms, a snack bar, and arcade. Includes a kiddy track, bumper track, mini indy, slick track, turbo track, and super track. Height and age requirements to drive vary. Children and teen party packages available. 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! Enjoy challenging miniature golf and exciting rides, including go-karts, bumper boats, and kiddie train. While you're there, check out the latest in arcade games, great prizes, snack bar, and indoor and outdoor party facilities for birthday or team parties (see page 34). Where the 5 and 605 freeways meet. See ad with coupons on page 8 and party deals on the back inside cover. Ask about their free school and doctors' office incentive programs.

John’s Incredible Pizza

Arcade games, rides, laser maze, bowling alley, kiddie land, bumper cars, and more. There are different themed dining areas for families to enjoy, including Cabin Fever, Hall of Fame, Toon Time, and more. Birthday parties and group and sports packages are available. Locations in Buena Park, Carson, Riverside and more.

K1 Speed

K1 has several indoor go-kart racing locations open to the general public seven days a week featuring all-electric go-karts. Adults and kids (48-inches and up) can arrive and drive, no reservations required. First time drivers will receive a mandatory briefing session on rules and safety. Party and group packages are available. Locations in Anaheim, Burbank, Irvine, Torrance, and more. Visit their website for hours and special weekly promotions.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.

kidsguide fall/winter 2023-2024 9
& Attractions for All Ages Live Special Events & Shows Great for Birthday Parties & Groups! BIG ON FAMILY FUN! The Little Theme Park That’s • 1238 S Beach Blvd, Anaheim • (714) 236-9300 Celebrating Over 25 Years of Family rills & Entertainment! Perfect for Pint-Size Thrill Seekers! ALAMITOS BAY YACHT CLUB ELEMENTARY - HIGH SCHOOL New Friends • Teamwork • Competitions Strategic Thinking • Sunset Practices No Experience Required! (562) 434-9955

Hands-On Cooking Classes for Kids!

Monthly Cook & Bake Series

Summer Camps


Birthday Parties


*We accept charter funds from a select group of charter/homeschools.

3842 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach (562) 989-CHOP (2467)

Laser Land

2340 S. Azusa Ave., West Covina (800) 807-7494,

Laser arena with attractions that include laser tag, a laser maze, virtual reality games, and interactive trampolines. Birthday parties and group event packages are available.

Lucky Art Crayonology

5135 Holt Blvd., Montclair (909) 447-1113,

Hands-on experience where kids can create their own multicolored crayons and markers. Activities include: Crayon Press ‘n Shape, Paint On Me, Marker Creation, and Draw A Way. Birthday parties are also available.

MB2 Entertainment

21516 Golden Triangle Road, Santa Clarita (661) 753-3413,

Entertainment park with seven acres of indoor and outdoor space with attractions, including duck pin bowling, virtual reality gaming experience, arcade games, laser tag, axe throwing, mini golf, bumper boats, and go karts. A full-service restaurant and a walk-up, grab-and-go counter, plus private party rooms for group celebrations are available. Check their website for promotions and events.

Medieval Times

7662 Beach Blvd., Buena Park (714) 523-1100,

Go back in time to the 11th century and watch a jousting tournament inside a castle. Guests dine on a four-course feast and witness almost two hours of jousting, swordsmanship, and displays of extraordinary horsemanship and falconry, as part of a riveting story set in Medieval Spain. Check their website for coupons. Birthday party and group packages available.

Neon Retro Arcade

28 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena (626) 568-2924,

An old-school arcade with your favorite retro games from back in the day. All games are set to “free play” with paid admission. Walk-ins are welcome, reservations are available.

Nickel! Nickel!

12827 Harbor Blvd., G2, Garden Grove (714) 847-2191,

Over 120 games! Guests pay $2 each to enter the facility and then choose to play free-play games or pay an average of one to six nickels per game to play arcade games, pinball, or one of many prize redemption games. Check their website for promotions and party availability.

Off the Wall Social

7227 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach (714) 316-0775, Bowling, bocce ball, corn hole, arcade games, ping pong, bumper pool, laser tag, and virtual reality attractions. Kids parties also available.

Pacific Park

380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica (310) 260-8744,

Admission-free amusement park with rides, boardwalk-style midway games, specialty food, and seaside shopping. Rides and attractions are priced individually.

Heal the Bay Aquarium is also located at the Santa Monica Pier!

Paintball & Airsoft Parks

Paintball and airsoft parks are usually geared for older kids and teens. Check websites for age requirements and to sign waivers.

Hollywood Sports Park - Outdoor facility offers PaintballSOFT (ages 7 and up), GellyAttack (ages 10 and up), and paintball. Party packages are available, plus rock climbing and speedball. 9030 Somerset Blvd., Bellflower. (562) 867-9600. www.

Tac City Airsoft - Indoor airsoft play, plus private groups for Nerf Wars (ages 5 and up) and Gel Blaster. Bootcamp for Kids (ages 10-16) on select days that include rentals, pizza, drinks, training, and guest appearances. 2430 Artesia Ave., Fullerton. (657) 8886111.

SC Village Paintball & Airsoft Park - Fields themed after various places around the globe. Paintball and airsoft players must be ages 10 and up. PaintballSOFT, GellyAttack, and paintball parties available. 8900 McCarty Road, Chino. (949) 4899000.

Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

7600 Beach Blvd., Buena Park (714) 690-1497,

Cheer on your favorite pirates as they put on a swashbuckling show set aboard an 18th-century Spanish galleon in a 250,000-gallon lagoon. Enjoy special effects, aerial artistry, swordplay, and dynamic duels. Dinner show includes a three-course meal. Group tickets for parties available.

Look for special offers on their website. Don't miss their seasonal show, Pirates Take Christmas during the holiday season.

Play & Parties

1500 E. Village Way, Ste. 2131, Orange (714) 941-9889,

Play & Parties offers playtime and birthday events. Many classes are led by costumed characters. Memberships available. Special events are offered throughout the year.

Round1 Bowling and Amusement

Bowling, billiards, arcade games, ping pong, karaoke, and more. Party packages available. Visit their website for the location near you and special deals. Locations in Burbank, City of Industry, Lakewood, Santa Ana, and more.

Skull Canyon Ziplines

13540 Temescal Canyon Road, Corona (951) 471-0999,

Four zipline courses and three levels of the Sky Gym on 160 acres of undisturbed, mountainous terrain. The Original Zipline is the most kid-friendly course. The Monster, Extreme, and Speed Run courses are also available. The Sky Gym is for adventurers ages 8+ and over 60 pounds and features more than 58 different elements and three different levels of challenge. Advanced reservations required.

Skypark at Santa’s Village

28950 California 18, Skyforest

(909) 744-9373,

Tickets to Santa’s Village include access to Skypark and Skypark Bike Park. Skypark activities, rides, and entertainment include shows, character performances, seasonal parades, live music, climbing walls, skating arena, archery, train ride, and more. Skypark Bike Park features trails for new and experienced mountain bikers. Bring your own bike or rent one on site. Bike lessons available. Skypark Camp + RV is a full service recreational camping experience located across the highway from Santa’s Village. Vehicle and tent camping, and Airstream trailer rentals available.

10 kidsguide fall/winter
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.
The Ultimate SoCal Event Calendar for Families

Don't miss Pumpkins in the Pines on weekends from October 7-29 and Santa's Village Christmas activities from November 16 - January 7, 2024.

Thrill It Fun Center

Outlets at Orange, 20 City Blvd., West, Orange (714) 363-3858,

Indoor center that offers Ballocity, a multi-level play structure, plus a high ropes challenge, rock climbing, laser tag, arcade games and cranes, and a mechanical bull. Party packages available.

Tom’s Farms

23900 Temescal Canyon Road, Temescal Valley (971) 277-4422,

Enjoy the farmer’s market, candy shop, craft fair, and more. The Family Fun Zone is open weekends with attractions that include live entertainment, pony rides, petting zoo, magic show, peacock farm, and mining for real fossils and minerals at Tom’s Mining Company. Kids can go on different rides, including a Ferris wheel, carousel, drop tower, bounce house, and a steam-propelled train.

Wonder of Dinosaurs

South Bay Galleria

1815 Hawthorne Blvd., Redondo Beach (424) 404-0845,

The largest display of dinosaurs on the West Coast, with over 100 robotic and static dinosaurs. The center features a museum and dinosaur-themed activities, including bouncers, mazes, dino minigolf, and rides (such as Ride-a-T.rex and Triassic train). Party packages available.

Farms & Barns Farmer/Farmhand Crop Scientist Animal Caretaker

Barnyard Buddies

11369 Carson St., Lakewood (562) 405-1010,

A rural farming and equestrian experience with a petting zoo, pony rides, riding lessons, and trail rides. While visiting the petting zoo, you may be able to feed and brush the goats and sheep, and pay a visit to the alpaca, pigs, rabbits, chickens, and ponies. Field trips, goat yoga (adults), and party packages available.

Centennial Farm

88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa (714) 708-1619,

A three-acre working farm at OC Fair & Event Center created to educate youth about agriculture and its importance to daily life. Centennial Farm is home to fruit and vegetable gardens, livestock (including chickens, rabbits, goats, sheep, pigs and cattle), and the Millennium Barn. Group tours are available as well as year-round daily hours so the public can visit the farm. Admission is free.

Their website offers a live Pig Cam, plus educational materials that include activity sheets and games for kids.

Farm + Food Lab

Great Park, 8000 Great Park Blvd., Irvine (949) 724-6247

A unique and interactive outdoor classroom for visitors of all ages, filled with themed gardens and interesting plants. Educational spaces within the garden include an outdoor solar powered teaching kitchen, aquaponics demonstration area, free range chickens, seed exchange library, food forest, vermicomposting systems, Monarch Waystation, pollinator garden, and many more! Classes and workshops are held throughout the year. Educational tours, field trips, and volunteer opportunities are also available. Parking and admission are free.

Gilchrist Farm

30116 Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita (661) 733-5938,

Open year round for weekend farm visits, including pony and horse rides, wagon and train rides, archery and axe throwing, farm crafts, slide, maze, animal visits, and more. Holiday camps and events, goat yoga, plus a variety of kids' classes are also offered. Birthday parties and private events available.

From September 30 - October 31, the pumpkin patch is open daily and Harvest Festival activities are available on weekends, and include pumpkin decorating. Holidays on the Farm returns weekends

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! YMCAOC.ORG The Y offers everything your family needs to have an active and healthy year for ALL ages and levels! Scan the Code to Learn More! BUILDING CONFIDENCE &

Fight Choreographer

Captains of action scenes! They make fights look real without anyone getting hurt.


These wizards of the night sky use science and art to create dazzling firework shows.

Volcano Explorers

Travel to exciting places, gather rocks and ash, wear a fireproof suit, and learn all the secrets of these big, fiery mountains.

Smoke Jumper

Firefighters in the sky! Smoke jumpers parachute into the heart of wildfires to save the day.

Underwater Welder

These builders under the sea use a special torch to melt metal and fix things like ships, pipelines, and bridges—all under water!

Professional Gamer

Level up for a living! Gamers compete in eSports, livestream their gameplay, and entertain fans all over the world!

Venom Milker

Venom milkers extract nature's most powerful potions from creatures like snakes and spiders to make life-saving medicine.

Professional Sleeper

Get paid to sleep! Test comfy mattresses and pillows or help scientists understand what happens when we sleep.

from December 2-17. Enjoy breakfast with Santa, caroling wagon rides, crafts from Santa's workshop, and more.

Sand N’ Straw Community Farm

629 Mar Vista Drive, Vista (760) 575-4758,

Book a farm tour and explore the six-acre family farm; animal visits and feeding can be added to your tour. Young Pioneers program is offered where children are immersed in outdoor experiential learning, as they explore ponds, gardens, trails, and caring for animals.

Kids Day on the Farm is held on Thursdays, featuring a special story time and animal feeding.

Tanaka Farms

5380-3/4 University Drive, Irvine (949) 653-2100,

Go on guided tours and u-pick wagon rides through their 30-acre farm all year long. Visit the barn to see animals and participate in special events and story time. Check out their Chicks & Sprouts Workshop, where kids (ages 4-10) learn about baby chicks, plant their own sunflower, harvest veggies, and visit the animals. Seasonal harvest festivals, pumpkin patch, farm-to-table cookouts, CSA program (farm produce boxes), group tours, and private parties also available. Reservations are required for tours and activities.

Pumpkin Patch season opens on September

16. Tanaka Farms also operates Hana Field in Costa Mesa, where you can stroll through a pumpkin patch starting September 30. Hikari opens Black Friday, featuring holiday lights, games, arts and crafts, photos with Santa, and more.

The Ecology Center

32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano (949) 443-4223,

A 28-acre organic farm offering a variety of programs for all ages, including Rad Traditions, an after-school program for ages 7-14; Microgreens, a parent-child gathering with games, music, and activities for little ones; and Eco-Tots Playspace, where children ages 1-5 (and parents) help care for the gardens, enjoy a taste from the farm, build shelters and fairy houses, and make crafts from nature’s bounty. Summer camp, workshops, field trips, community table events with guest chefs, and harvest boxes also offered.

The Gentle Barn

15825 Sierra Hwy., Santa Clarita (661) 252-2440,

Hug cows, give tummy rubs to pigs, hold chickens, pet goats, and cuddle turkeys. Private tours, field trips, party packages, horse therapy, and cow hug therapy also offered. Open to the public on Sundays; tickets must be reserved in advance.

Underwood Family Farms

3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark 5696 E. Los Angeles Ave., Somis (805) 529-3690,

Both locations offer farm markets, animal care centers, and pick-your-own fruits or vegetables. Animal Centers are open for viewing, feeding and petting, farm animals, such as sheep, alpacas, chickens, and goats. Moorpark also offers farm tours, wagon rides, play equipment, weekend animal shows, birthday par-

ty packages, plus ride-on trains and gem/fossil mining.

The Fall Harvest Festival runs September 30 - October 3, with five themed weekends of live entertainment, gigantic pumpkin patch, and family fun. Christmas on the Farm runs December 2-24, and includes reindeer and visits from Santa!


Playground Designer Play Therapist Safety Inspector


1701 Marine Ave., Manhattan Beach (310) 546-7708,

Attractions include a five-level play structure, Toddler Town, reading corner, Beach House Studio, multipurpose room, plus outdoor rock wall, ropes course, and garden. A variety of classes are offered, plus seasonal camps, drop-off programs, special events and birthday party packages.

Ask about Weekend AdventureCamp on select Sundays where kids can get dropped off to play.

Billy Beez

400 W. Disney Way, Ste. 189, Anaheim (657) 207-4841,

A 25,000-square-foot indoor play park for all ages, offering slides, sports courts, tunnels, towers, ball blasters, and bouncy trampolines. Designated areas for the little ones. Snack bar and party packages are available.


428A W. Katella Ave., Orange (714) 744-5867,

Indoor playground featuring inflatables, slides and obstacle courses. Open bounce hours, preschool playdates, Parents’ Night Out events, and private birthday party packages available.


2475 Park Ave, Tustin 555 The Shops at Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo

Interactive bubble stations include bubble power, creating a bubble tower, getting inside a bubble, mad bubble party, and dry ice bubbles. Party packages and in-store private events are available. Off-site event packages bring the bubble party to you!


2800 N. Main St., #504, Santa Ana 462 Stonewood St., #G33A, Downey

A 10,000-square-foot play space featuring play structures, climbing walls, ninja course, toddler area, cafe, and candy store. Party rooms also available.

12 kidsguide fall/winter
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.
There are so many awesome jobs out there!

Dig It

3525 W. Carson St., #173, Torrance (310) 943-7391,

Construction-themed play space where activities include mini tractors, build-your-own cars, brick chutes, mega building blocks, brick conveyors, driving track, soft play, and more. Toddler Time, Drop-Off Time, Kids’ Night Out, camp, party packages, and memberships also offered.

Jumper’s Jungle

5120 Tweedy Blvd., South Gate

12319 Telegraph Road, Santa Fe Springs (562) 758-0828,

Inflatable obstacles, slides, bouncers, sports games, and more. Open play available, plus birthday parties.


7460 Carson Blvd., Long Beach

3949 Portola Pkwy., Irvine,

Inflatable obstacle courses, bounce houses, foam blocks, and more. Party packages available.

Kids Empire

2078 E. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim (714) 587-5500,

Explore floor-to-ceiling climbing walls, giant blockbuilding arena, slides, soccer arena, and obstacle courses. Tots area includes a ball pit, bicycles, trampolines, and age-appropriate structures. Ticket includes two adults free per child and all-day access with re-entry. Party packages also available.

Kidz Town Indoor Playground

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

Unique indoor obstacles with slides, ball pits, toddler areas, three rock climbing walls, and interactive activities. Party packages available.

Little World Indoor Playground

9691 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove (714) 591-5446,

Over 18,000 square feet of play space with small and big kids’ areas, slides, swings, mirror house, ninja warrior course, art area, and arcade games. Admission includes all-day play access with re-entry. Party packages available.

PlayPie Kids Indoor Playground

6924 Beach Blvd., K-131, Buena Park (714) 660-8280,

Enjoy 15,000 square feet of fun, including a threestory play structure, library, sand play, slides, and their “dark room” for drawing activities. Little ones can play in a designated area with a ball pit, soft play, and toys. Party packages available.

Pump it Up

26242 Dimension Drive, Ste. 100, Lake Forest (949) 951-9663,

Indoor inflatable playground with slides, bounce houses and obstacle courses. Party packages, private open jump time, and special events offered.

Scooter’s Jungle

921 S. Vía Rodeo, Placentia

Play structures, inflatables, slides, sports court, ob-

stacle course, and a zipline. Check their calendar for public open play times for toddlers and all ages. Private parties (entire venue) available. Additional locations in El Segundo and Valencia.

Seascape Kids Fun

4771 E. Hunter Ave., Anaheim (714) 970-7100,

With three stories of fun, this play arena features slides, inflatables, 13 foam ball shooting air guns, and much more. Visit their calendar for open play hours. Party packages also available.

We Play Loud

7460 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach 24350 Swartz Drive, Lake Forest

Two-level indoor play structure with a wave slide, foam ball fountain, two foam ball dumping baskets, rainbow bridges, pyramid obstacles, web net bridges, fireman climb, two automatic foam ball loading machines, tube slide, and more. Toddlers can play in a special gated section with soft-play rides. Birthday party packages and facility rentals are available.

We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym

12212 Paramount Blvd., Downey (562) 622-7272

Activities for children across the spectrum. Gym includes an indoor play structure, swings, crash mats, trampolines, art area, and more. Open play, special events, and birthday parties are available.

Special care services include Respite and Break Time Care, and One-to-One Attendant Care.

Climbing Centers

Search & Rescue Mountain Guide

Hapik Climbing Center

8712 Garfield Ave, South Gate (562) 268-2100,

A 5,000-square-foot climbing center featuring more than 100 routes across 30 themed climbing walls. Attractions include walls with three levels of difficulty (plus first-timer climbing wall), vertical challenges, and snack bar. Party packages available.

Long Beach Rising

205 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach (562) 612-3008,

A bouldering climbing gym and fitness facility. All ages and levels welcome. Free intro to bouldering classes and free instruction for first time climbers. Youth training, competition, and recreation teams available. Birthday party packages and special events offered.

Rockreation Climbing Center

1300 Logan Ave., Costa Mesa (714) 556-7625,

An indoor rock climbing center with classes for all levels, from learning basic rope and belay skills

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.


needed to safely climb to learning techniques for optimal movement. Enjoy climb time, kids/parent climb time, birthday party packages, and climb camp. Warriors, a weekly rock climbing team for ages 6-18, is also offered. Additional location in Los Angeles.

Sender One Climbing

1441 S. Village Way, Santa Ana (714) 881-3456,

Indoor climbing center that offers 50-foot walls for climbing, bouldering, youth programs, and Sender City, a unique and interactive climbing area for every age. Themes include Spider Man, Trembling Towers, Fun Walls, and Mineshaft for climbing in the dark. Youth programs include drop-in classes and camps, Climbing Academy, and aerial silks. Party packages also available. Additional locations in Los Angeles and Playa Vista.

Obstacle Parks

Stunt Performer Gymnast

American Ninja Warrior Adventure Park

2800 N. Main St., #603, Santa Ana (714) 760-4374

Inspired by the TV show, this adventure park includes Monkey Swings, Spider Walls, Tilting Logs, Floating Bridges, and the famous Warped Wall. The space also features a 10,000-square-foot inflatable obstacle course. Dedicated session times for kids ages 5 and under. Party and group packages available.

Big Air Trampoline Park

Jumping surfaces include trampoline dodgeball courts, slam dunk courts, ninja-warrior courses, launch pads, foam pits, freestyle court, climbing wall, and more. Toddler Time and Cosmic Nights are offered. Party packages available. Locations in Buena Park, Corona, and Laguna Hills.

Get Air Trampoline Park

5142 Argosy Ave., Huntington Beach

2735 S. Towne Ave., Pomona

Wall-to-wall trampolines, foam pits, dodgeball, slamball, ninja activities, and Kiddie Court area for younger kids. Special sessions include Club Air with lights and music, Toddler Time, and a dedicated time for jumpers with special needs. Party packages also available.

Visit their website for weekly events and discounts for families and students.

Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park

1411 Village Way, Santa Ana

An 18,000-square-foot indoor play space offering an open jump arena, dodgeball, slam dunk zone, arcade, and all-new drop zone. Special programs include tot hours, homeschool hours, neon jump nights, plus unlimited jump and BOGO deals. Party packages also available. Additional location in San Dimas.

Sky Zone Trampoline Parks

Sky Zone is an indoor wall-to-wall trampoline park with a variety of attractions for all ages, such as Freestyle Jump, Toddler Zone, Skyslam, Foam Zone, Ninja Warrior Course, Drop Zone, and more. Special programs available, including Little Leapers for younger kids, sensory hours, and party packages. Attractions and programs vary by location. Nearby locations include Anaheim, Cerritos, Torrance, and Westminster.

Ultimate Ninjas

5462 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim (714) 795-1970,

Play on obstacle and agility courses including a fourlevel warped wall, salmon ladder, fly wheels, flying squirrel, jumping spider, quintuple steps, and more. Classes for preschoolers and kids, open play, camps, and an Elite Team for kids who want to train and compete. Party packages also available.

Urban Air Adventure Park

1515 S. Harbor Blvd., Unit 10, Fullerton (714) 584-5753, Indoor adventure park with attractions for all ages, including a climbing hill, laser tag, virtual reality games, multi-level tubes playground, ropes course, warrior course, and trampolines. Cafe, memberships, and birthday party packages available.

Nature & Gardens Botanist

Landscape Architect Horticulturist

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach (714) 846-1114,

At 1,449 acres, the reserve 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. The Interpretive Center features salt water aquariums, herpetology exhibits with live reptiles, taxidermy displays, and more. School and scout visits are offered, plus a Junior Wetlands Explorer Program.

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge (818) 949-4200,

A 150-acre urban retreat featuring nine different garden areas, including a five-acre Rose Garden, Japanese Garden with koi-filled stream, an Ancient Forest with plants from the days of dinosaurs, and more. Take a ride on the Enchanted Railroad, a 1/8-scale replica of a diesel train, explore the historical Boddy House, and see exhibits at the Sturt Haaga Gallery. Family events and workshops are scheduled throughout the year. Admission is free every third Tuesday of each month. Advanced tickets are required and are released on the first day of each month.

Carved from October 6-29, features hundreds of carved pumpkins, luminous jack-o’-lanterns, fall foliage, and whimsical displays lining the Camellia Forest. Enchanted Forest of Light returns November 19 - January 7, 2024, featuring a one-mile walk through unique lighting experiences.

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach

(562) 985-8420,

A 1.3-acre Japanese garden on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. Feed koi fishes, stroll winding pathways, view the Tea House, or reflect at the Zen Garden. Family-friendly events are scheduled throughout the year, follow their social media to stay updated. Reservations are free and required for admission and to feed the koi.

El Dorado Nature Center

7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach

(562) 570-1745,

kidsguide fall/winter 2023-2024

Balboa Park

1549 El Prado, San Diego (619) 239-0512,

This 1,200-acre cultural park offers 16 museums, various gardens, and the San Diego Zoo. The park also features multiple performing arts venues, 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, puppet theater, carousel, miniature train, and more. Visit their “Recommendations” links to create a personalized adventure based on your specific preferences. Admittance to the park grounds is free, but museums and attractions have their own admission fee.

Located inside El Dorado Regional Park, the Nature Center covers 105 acres with two miles of dirt trails and a 1/4-mile paved trail that winds around two lakes, a stream, and forested areas. Cross the wooden bridge and check out the Visitor Center, containing educational displays, art gallery, and a small gift shop offering environmentally-themed books and gifts. Special events, workshops, and educational programs offered throughout the year. Admission to the Nature Center is free, but a parking fee is required to enter the park.

The park also features the El Dorado Frontier theme park, plus bike rentals, archery range, fishing lakes, skatepark, playgrounds, library, model aircraft flying area, model sailboat area, and more.

ENC Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary

29322 Modjeska Canyon Road, Silverado

(949) 645-8489,

A 12-acre wildlife sanctuary with a natural history

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.
Find even more family outing ideas at!

museum, trails, and a bird observation deck. Birthday party packages, school field trips, and scout programs are available. Open to the public on weekends. Donations are appreciated.

Environmental Nature Center

1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach (949) 645-8489,

The five-acre center features walking trails that showcase plants from 15 of California’s plant com munities, including a desert oasis, mixed evergreen forest, redwood forest trail, waterfall, and ponds. The center has play areas, a butterfly house, na ture museum, plus a state-of-the-art Nature Pre school. Community programs include Tiny Natural ists (parent-and-me class), Mini Naturalists (ages 1-3) and Little Naturalists (ages 3-5). Field trips, after-school and vacation-break camps, scout pro grams, “bearthday” parties, and memberships are also offered.

Join the fun at the 48th Annual Fall Faire and Pumpkin Patch on October 15. Go on a “Craft Crawl,” play nature games, watch performances, and pick up a pumpkin or two!

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road, Fullerton (657) 278-3407,

A 26-acre botanical garden located on the campus of California State University, Fullerton. The arboretum features plants from around the world, as well as a waterfall, streams, a lake and pond, plus a Children’s Garden. Classes and special

1151 Oxford Road, San Marino (626) 405-2100,

The 207-acre grounds has a library of rare books, an art museum, and 130 acres of botanical gardens. There are 16 themed gardens with more than 83,000 living plants, including rare and endangered species, and a laboratory for botanical conservation and research. Highlights include a Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden, Jungle Garden, lily ponds, and a unique Children’s Garden with interactive sculptures. Youth and family

programs include classes and workshops, family events, tours and more.

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 exactly what day/time tickets are released.

Japanese Friendship Garden

2215 Pan American Road E., San Diego (619) 232-2721,

Located in Balboa Park, the Japanese Friendship Garden is an expression of friendship between San Diego and its sister city, Yokohama. The 12-acre garden is inspired from centuries-old Japanese design and techniques that showcase plants and

kidsguide fall/winter 2023-2024 15
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.
(714) 300-3163 • CONNIE
Are You Feeling? Is Your Child Feeling?
WAX, LCSW Counselor for the Gifted and Talented LCSW# 27430

florae native to Japan and San Diego. Educational programs include Koi Feeding, Origami Sunday, and much more. Cultural festivals and special events are scheduled throughout the year.

Los Angeles County Arboretum

301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia (626) 821-3222,

A 127-acre botanical garden and historical site featuring natural landscapes, wildlife, and historic buildings. There have been 251 different species of birds sighted at the Arboretum, in addition to their famous peacocks. Kids and family programs include the Nature Club school-year program, Acorns and Oaks parent/child program, and monthly Family Adventure Night Hikes. School-break nature camps, scout programs, and memberships are also offered. Visit their website for tram tour and docent-led tour availability. Free Day is every third Tuesday of the month, with advance reservation tickets. Tickets are released the first of the month.

Lightscape returns November 17 - January 2, 2024. Let your imagination soar with new sights and sounds along the Serpent Trail and Forest Path. Santa is coming to Lightscape on select nights.

Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center

3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance (310) 782-3989,

A 43-acre seasonal wetland that is home or a migration stop for hundreds of species. The Nature Center houses live animal exhibits and laboratories, books, and other aids to understanding this unique habitat. Enjoy nature walks, docent tours, bird watching, and more. Educational programs and workshops include Tyke Hike (ages 0-6), Nature Story Time (ages 3-5), and Friday Fun (ages 3-6). Admission is free.

Niguel Botanical Preserve

29751 Crown Valley Pkwy., Laguna Niguel (949) 425-5100,

An 18-acre botanical garden situated above Crown Valley Community Park, it features 12 garden areas, 2,000 plant species, and four miles of walking trails. Plant collections are organized according to region of origin: Australia, Africa, South America, Mediterranean, and California/Mexico. Admission is free.

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 Interpretive Center houses live animals and regional natural history exhibits. Families can enjoy the Discover Nature Family Program, an hour-long, naturalist-led hike held on Saturday mornings. Tales and Trails, a parent-and-me program for ages 2-5 is offered on Thursdays. Monthly Night Hikes are offered the third Saturday of the month. Register for programs online. Camps and birthday parties, that include a naturalist-led hike and live animal encounter, available. Admission is free, donations are appreciated.

San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

5 Riparian View, Irvine (949) 261-7963,

A 300-acre freshwater wetland with 12 miles of trails, home to hundreds of species of birds, insects, reptiles, crustaceans, and other creatures native to the area. The visitor center is located at the Audubon House and offers a wide selection of materials, including a reference library, a fully equipped nature bookstore, and bird displays. Educational programs include private group tours, and Junior Naturalists program for teens.

Sherman Library & Gardens

2647 East Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar (949) 673-2261,

This two-acre botanical garden features 20 garden and interactive areas, including the Tropical Conservatory with koi fish and turtles, historical Adobe house, Fern Grotto, and more. Bring the family for Little Seedlings Story Time, family classes and workshops, and special events scheduled throughout the year. Memberships, group tours, scout visits, and Junior Gardeners Camp also offered.

Stroll through the gardens this holiday season and experience a dazzling display of lights at the annual Nights of 1000 Lights happening select nights, December 8-22. This year is themed after the Candyland board game with the Candy Cane Forest, Gumdrop Mountain, Molasses Swamp, Lollipop Woods, Candy Heart Carnival, plus the Candy Land Express that takes kids to visit Santa. Heads up, tickets usually sell out.

Shipley Nature Center

17851 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach (714) 842-4772,

This 18-acre nature preserve features native plants and animals and two miles of walking trails. The Interpretive Center houses a diorama of animals and exhibits. The trails lead you by a stream, a Coast Live Oak grove, a meadow with orange California poppies in the spring, a pond, and Coast Redwoods. Shipley’s tallest trees, the Coast Redwoods, are some of the southernmost instances of the species on the continent. Special events, docent-led tours, and memberships are also offered. Suggested $3 per person donation.

South Coast Botanic Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula (424) 452-0920,

This 87-acre 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. The Children’s Garden is developed around nursery rhymes with a variety of plants to match the stories. The new exhibit, Thomas Dambo TROLLS: Save the Humans opens October 1. It features six larger-thanlife troll sculptures throughout the garden. Classes, memberships, and dog walking hours offered. Admission is free every third Tuesday of the month.

Astra Lumina, an illuminating cosmic night walk amongst the stars, opens November 9. Projections, lighting, and music transforms the garden into a one-mile celestial pathway.

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad

(760) 431-0352,

See one of the most spectacular and coordinated displays of blooms anywhere in the world. Nearly fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers are in bloom for approximately six to eight weeks each year from early March through early May. Special events and days are scheduled throughout the season. The fields also offers picnic areas, wagon rides, sweet pea maze, and several other garden areas.

Turtle Rock Nature Center

1 Sunnyhill Drive, Irvine (949) 724-6738,

A five-acre nature preserve where visitors can explore at their leisure, take a self-guided trail tour, enjoy native plants, and walk the labyrinth. Group tours and badge programs for scouts offered. Patio area and fire pit available for reservation.

Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve

2301 University Drive, Newport Beach (949) 923-2290,

Explore 135 acres and a 10,000-square-foot interpretive center with exhibits and interactive displays. The Nature Preserve is part of the 752-acre coastal wetland that is home to many rare or endangered species and plant life. Programs offered include stargazing, canoe and kayak tours, sunset strolls, storytelling, crafts, and much more.

Boo at the Bay: Family Halloween Party will take place October 28 at the Interpretive Center, featuring spooky stories, creepy crafts, weird science experiments, bizarre animals, and hair-raising games.

Science & Space Centers

Astronaut Astrophysicist


California Science Center

700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles (323) 724-3623,

Explore the wonders of science through interactive exhibitions, live demonstrations, innovative programs, and awe-inspiring films. Space Shuttle Endeavour is on display for guests to see up close through December 31. Explore permanent exhibitions, learn about fire science and safety, discover how life begins, investigate eight ecosystem zones, and see a unique collection of air and space artifacts. Admission is free to the center to see all permanent exhibits (excludes IMAX and special ticketed exhibitions).

Now open, Maya: The Exhibition, features over 250 artifacts, many on tour outside of Guatemala for the first time, highlighting the ancient Maya civilization of Mexico and Central America. This specialticketed exhibition runs through January 15, 2024.

kidsguide fall/winter 2023-2024

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.

• Columbia Memorial Space Center

12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200,

Hands-on learning center that is dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages. It also serves as the national memorial for the Space Shuttle Columbia's seven crew members, lost in 2003. The 20,000-square-foot visitor center is equipped with not only amazing technology and visual teaching exhibits, but also features the only Challenger Learning Center in the greater Los Angeles area. Early Childhood Program for ages 2-5 with parent participation, Girls in STEM Club for ages 8-18, camps, party packages (see page 34), and STEM-related special events are offered. Please visit the website for more information. The Space Center is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., closed Sundays and Mondays. $5 per person (4+). See ad on this page.

Don't miss Spooky Science Night on October 21, and Holiday Apollo Capsule Lighting on December 9.

Discovery Cube Orange County & Los Angeles Orange County - 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana Los Angeles - 1800 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar

Explore 100+ 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, and Aerial Helicopter Tours. The all-new Sea Lab at Discovery Cube Orange County features a coastal tidepool

RidingUSHJARecognized Academy

H orseback r iding at F irst F ield F arm

English Riding & Jumping Instruction

touch tank. Discovery Cube LA's newest exhibit, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer, is open through February 19, 2024. The exhibit features the Turtle lair with games, hands-on and fullbody activities, back-alley rope maze, pizza thrower, and more. Camps, field trips, early childhood education, and party packages offered.

Griffith Observatory

2800 E. Observatory Road, Los Angeles (213) 473-0800,

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. Telescopes are free to the public every day and night the building is open and the sky is clear. Now playing: Signs of Life, an astronomical detective story that propels visitors on an investigation to discover what it took to put life in the universe in the one place where we know it exists.

Admission to the building and grounds is free.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

4800 Oak Grove Drive, La Cañada Flintridge (818) 354-4321,

JPL is a research and development lab federally

kidsguide fall/winter 2023-2024 17
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.
Beginning through Advanced • Horses Provided www.FirstFieldFarm com • 18299 dumont ave., cerritos • 562-924-2217

Skating Rinks

Ice Rinks

The following rinks typically offer public and specialty sessions, classes, camps, hockey, broomball, and party packages.

• East West Ice Palace

11446 Artesia Blvd., Artesia (562) 809-6200,

Ice rink offers public skating, skating classes for kids (3+) and adults, freestyle sessions, in-house hockey, hockey classes, youth travel hockey league, adult hockey league, stick time and broomball. Competitive synchronized skating teams and classes also available. A collection of Michelle Kwan memorabilia is available in the gallery. Fitness center is open to the public. Check website for details on ice schedule and events. Birthday parties are also offered, see page 34. See ad below.

Aliso Viejo Ice Palace

9 Journey, Aliso Viejo (949) 643-9648,

The Rinks

Locations in Anaheim, Lakewood, Westminster, Yorba Linda, Poway, and Great Park Irvine. Inline rinks in Irvine and Corona.

Lake Forest Ice Palace

25821 Atlantic Ocean Drive, Lake Forest (949) 305-9658,

LA Kings Ice at Promenade on the Peninsula

550 Deep Valley Drive #107, Rolling Hills Estates (424) 903-0300,

LA Kings Iceland

8041 Jackson St., Paramount (562) 633-1171,

The Skating Edge Ice Arena

23770 S. Western Ave., Harbor City (310) 325-4474,

Roller Rinks

Fountain Valley Skating Center

9105 Recreation Cir., Fountain Valley (714) 847-0022,

Holiday Skate Center

175 N. Wayfield, Orange (714) 997-5283,

Pigeon’s Roller Rink

6400 Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach (562) 527-6899,

Holiday Ice Rinks

Pershing Square Holiday Ice Rink

532 S. Olive St., Los Angeles

Open daily, November 16 - January 7, 2024 Outdoor ice rink, private parties available.

Winter Fest OC

88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa

November 24 - January 7, 2024

A winter wonderland with oversized holiday decor, over a million lights, ice skating, snow play, tubing, carnival rides, holiday market, and more.

Skypark at Santa's Village 28950 California 18, Skyforest

November 16 - January 7, 2024

Activities during the holiday season include the Silver Bells Arena ice rink, train ride, Village of Lights, Fantasy Forest, special experiences with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Santa's workshop and house, plus live entertainment.

funded by NASA and managed by Caltech. Visitor Day Tours are offered for individuals and families of 10 people or fewer. All tours commonly include a multimedia presentation on JPL entitled “Journey to the Planets and Beyond,” which provides an overview of the Laboratory’s activities and accomplishments. Guests may also visit the von Karman Visitor Center, the Space Flight Operations Facility, and the Spacecraft Assembly Facility. Visit their website to see when tour dates and reservations are released. Virtual Tours are also offered.

Mount Wilson Observatory

Mount Wilson Road, Mount Wilson (626) 692-7274,

Home to two of the world’s largest telescopes available for public use. Public tours are available on weekends where visitors are able to enter the area directly beneath the 100-inch telescope and entrance into the 60-inch dome. On most tours, the 150-foot solar tower telescope will be open too, providing an opportunity for visitors to safely observe the sun. Special events like Concerts in the Dome and Public Ticket Nights are scheduled throughout the year.

Mt. SAC - Randall Planetarium

1100 N. Grand Ave., Walnut (909) 274-5795,

New planetarium shows are offered every month. Some of the shows geared towards families include One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure, Larry Cat in Space, and Earth, Moon, and Sun. Tickets for these shows can be purchased online or at the door. Free telescope viewing is also available once a month at the Mt. SAC Observatory (weather permitting). See their calendar for a schedule of events and shows. A variety of packages for birthdays, field trips, scouts, and other events are offered.

On October 14, witness a partial solar eclipse, along with free telescope viewing and planetarium shows. Halloween Happening events will take place October 27, with spooky planetarium shows featuring ghostly nebulas and scary supernovas.

Orange Coast College Planetarium

2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa (714) 714-7430

OCC Planetarium exhibits include a Foucault Pendulum providing a visual demonstration of the rotation of the earth, Science on a Sphere, Space Rocks! Meteorites, and the Dome Theatre. Access to the planetarium theater is limited to scheduled shows. The lobby and exhibit hall are open to the public during normal hours, free of charge. Special events are scheduled throughout the year.

Locations in Artesia & Ontario Public

Palomar Observatory

35899 Canfield Road, Palomar Mountain (760) 742-2119,

Located atop Palomar Mountain at an elevation of 5,598 feet in north San Diego County, this center of astronomical research, owned and operated by Caltech, is home to three active research telescopes. Guided tour tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are sold in the Observatory Gift Shop the day of the tour. Children under 5 years of age are not admitted on guided tours. Guided tours (562) 809-6200

18 kidsguide fall/winter
2023-2024 KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.
Skating Skating School
Hockey Broomball
Ice Rental Party Packages
Looking for more skating rinks? Visit to stay updated on holiday fun!

of the 200-inch (5.1-meter) Hale Telescope will be offered weekends through October 29. There is no viewing through the telescope on guided tours. In the winter months, the Observatory is occasionally closed to the public due to severe weather and/or dangerous conditions. Visitors are encouraged to check the website or call the information number before departing to Palomar.

UCLA Planetarium

Mathematical Sciences Building, UCLA

Public shows are hosted on Wednesday evenings. The shows are free, suitable for all ages, and are given by current astronomy graduate students. Shows include discussion about the night sky, constellations, astronomical phenomena, and more. On clear nights, visitors are invited to look through one of the department telescopes after the planetarium show. Private shows for educational groups are also available.

Trains Conductor

Amtrak - 50% Off for Kids

(800) 872-7245

Take short day-trips to Los Angeles, San Diego, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Barbara or other cities from local stations throughout Southern California. All children (ages 2-12) may travel at 50% off the adult fare. Infants under age 2 ride free on the lap of the adult. See website for full discount details and restrictions.

Go to the Kids Activity Center on their website for a variety of fun activities and games.

Angels Flight Railway

351 South Hill St., Los Angeles

(213) 626-1901,

Originally opened in 1901, Angels Flight is the world’s shortest railway. The funicular takes passengers between Hill Street and Grand Avenue on Bunker Hill. The fare is $1 each way. Purchase a souvenir ticket for $2 to take a piece of history home with you.

Balboa Park Miniature Train

1800 Zoo Place, San Diego

(619) 239-4748,

Operated by the San Diego Zoo, the Balboa Park Miniature Train takes riders on a three-minute, halfmile trip through four acres of Balboa Park. This rare, antique train is one of only 50 remaining G16 models. Located outside of the zoo’s exit.

El Dorado Frontier

7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach

(562) 249-8330,

A mini theme park inside El Dorado Park features a historic train that goes through a mine shaft escape and loops around the park. The ride includes a story about California Gold Rush history. Admission includes unlimited train rides, carousel rides, and mine buggy rides. Panning for gold is an additional fee. Birthday party packages are available and special events are scheduled throughout the year. Fee to enter El Dorado Park applies.

Explore the rest of El Dorado Park, which offers a nature center with trails, model sailboat area, model aircraft area, two fishing lakes, archery classes, bike rentals, frisbee golf, skatepark, and more.

Fullerton Train Museum

200 East Santa Fe Ave., Fullerton (714) 278-0648,

See three preserved cabooses, representing the three transcontinental railroads that served Southern California from the 1920s through 1989. There are two Union Pacific lounge cars and a fully-restored Santa Fe streamlined sleeping car. Watch as members restore obsolete railroad equipment to operating condition. Guided tours available. Open the first and third Saturdays of each month. Admission is free.

Griffith Park Train Rides

4400 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles (818) 881-2586,

Travel over a one mile track, across a bridge, through a forest and the Old Western Town. Five different

Ages 2 - Grade 5

Year-Round Program

Advanced Curriuculum

Small Class Sizes

Students Excel at Their Own Pace

LONG BEACH LOCATIONS: 5550 Atherton St. (562) 431-8880 5454 Atherton St. (562) 494-3777

trains are operating. You can also try a T-6 simulator ride, a fun adventure for all ages. Party and picnic area reservations available. Plus, head over to Travel Town Museum to explore dozens of old-time railroad locomotives and cars.

Don't miss their Holiday Lights Train rides from November 24 - January 5, 2024, where the track is transformed into festive scenes with thousands of lights. Tickets sell out fast!

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.

kidsguide fall/winter 2023-2024 19
Railway Architect Station Manager
for an Alternative to Public School?

Kelly Summer Vocal Studio

Exhibit, featuring dome-shaped homes made of willow and tule reeds.

Irvine Park Railroad

1 Irvine Park Road, Orange (714) 997-3968,

Step aboard a 1/3-scale train that takes visitors on a ride through the historic Irvine Regional Park. The park is also home to the OC Zoo and offers party sites, bike and paddle boat rentals, pony and horse rides, hiking, and more.

Special events are scheduled throughout the year, including the Pumpkin Patch from September 16 - October 31, Santa’s Village from November 24 - December 30, and Christmas Train from November 24 - December 23.

Lomita Railroad Museum

2137 W. 250th St., Lomita (310) 326-6255,

Learn about the era of the steam engine. Exhibits on display include the Southern Pacific Locomotive and Tender, Union Pacific Caboose, Santa Fe Caboose, Union Oil Tank Car, Union Pacific Boxcar, Velocipede hand car, and water tower. Facility rentals available. Check their website for special Family Fun Days. Admission is free.

Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum

5202 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles

back and relax to the rugged back-country scenery of San Diego County aboard the Golden State, or enjoy a sunset ride with the Sunset Special. Memberships and scout programs available.

Special holiday trains include the Pumpkin Express and North Pole Limited.

Poway-Midland Railroad

14134 Midland Road, Poway (858) 486-4063,

Hop aboard a full-size, narrow-gauge railroad in Old Poway Park on a vintage steam locomotive, speeder, or cable car. Fares are $1 for children and up to $3.50 for adults.

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

1649 El Prado, San Diego (619) 696-0199,

Located inside the Casa de Balboa Building, the museum features over 27,000 square feet of trains, trestles, and tracks. Their newest rotating exhibit (through November 2023), Step Right Up: Circus Trains, explores the history of circus trains and their ability to transport animals, equipment, and performers. The museum also offers school and scout programs, camps, party rentals, and special events throughout the year. Visit Educational Resources on their website for kid-friendly content and activities. Kids 12 and under get in free.

Southern California Live Steamers

Heritage Park Railroad Exhibit

12100 Mora Drive, Santa Fe Springs (562) 946-6476

Learn about Santa Fe Spring’s railroad history through restoration of the Santa Fe Railway depot, tracks, signals, and a restored steam locomotive with its tender, refrigerated boxcar, and caboose. The exhibit also includes two meeting rooms, picnic area, and rose garden.

Explore other historical attractions at the park, including a carriage barn, windmill, plant conservatory, bird aviary, adobe foundation, and the Tongva

Sensory Inclusive Locations

KultureCity is all about making experiences inclusive for everyone. Certified locations ensure staff training and offer sensory bags with headphones and fidgets. Learn more at

Certified Locations:

Aquarium of the Pacific, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Cayton Children’s Museum, Los Angeles Zoo, San Diego Zoo, Arena, Dodger Stadium, El Capitan Theatre, Pomona Fairplex, Honda Center, and SoFi Stadium. Find more locations on their app.

The museum offers model train rides on Sundays. Explore 13 acres along a one-mile track going through miniature towns and steel and concrete bridges. See other historical exhibits, including Walt Disney’s Barn (open the third Sunday of each month), a stationary steam plant, and full-size vintage train cars.

Metrolink - Kids Ride Free on Weekends

The promotion offers free train rides for children on Saturdays and Sundays when accompanied by a fare-paying adult. Each fare-paying adult can be accompanied by up to three children, 17 years old and younger, at no additional charge. Plus, on weekends, each adult pays just $10 for a Weekend Day Pass.

Visit the “Explore” tab on their website for a list of over 200 destination ideas for family outings!

Orange County Model Engineers

2480 Placentia Ave, Costa Mesa (949) 548-7246,

OCME operates the Goathill Junction Railroad Train Station inside Fairview Park. Free model train rides are offered on the third weekend of every month (weather permitting). Rides are 12-15 minutes long and travel over bridges and different terrains with views of surrounding mountains and wildlife. Birthday party reservations also available. Donations are welcome to keep the trains running.

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

750 Depot St., Campo (619) 478-9937,

See over 120 pieces of equipment and artifacts on display and enjoy train rides on a vintage locomotive. Experience what railroading is like from the engineer’s point of view with a Locomotive Cab Ride. Sit

2290 Washington Ave., Torrance

Located in Charles H. Wilson Park, free public train rides on miniature 7.5-inch gauge trains are offered on the first Sunday and the third Saturday of every month. Birthday and group trains are also available on public train ride days. Donations appreciated. Visit their website or Facebook page for information on scout projects, special events, and holiday trains. Children must be able to walk on their own and be at least 32” tall to ride the trains.

Southern California Railway Museum

2201 S. A St., Perris (951) 943-3020,

Ride trains and trolleys on weekends and visit the museum’s expansive collection of 200+ locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars, interurban electric cars, and more. A variety of special events, such as car shows and swap meets, plus special trains are scheduled throughout the year. Check out the “Run One” program, where kids (ages 5 and up, with a parent) can get behind the controls with a qualified engineer.

Day Out with Thomas is coming select dates, November 4-12; and The Polar Express will be returning November 19 - December 30.

Travel Town Museum and Railroad

5200 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles

(323) 668-0104,

An outdoor museum located in Griffith Park with over 40 historic railroad locomotives and cars. Visitors can also take a ride on the 16” gauge miniature train (small fee). Admission is free, donations appreciated. Birthday party rentals in a refurbished train car available.

22 kidsguide fall/winter
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.
Students Will Learn: • Increased Vocal Strength and Flexibility • Expanded Vocal Range • Mixed Voice and Belt Coordinations • How to Reach High Notes with Ease • A Variety of Musical and Vocal Styles Students Will Experience: (562) 294-1704 • Changing Lives, One Singer at a Time All Levels Ages 5 & Up Studio Located in Long Beach!
learning environment that is supportive of their vocal journey A safe space for their artistic, emotional, and creative spirit
lessons designed specifically for their individual sound The knowledge that they CAN and WILL learn to sing well
opportunity to
express themselves through the art of singing


Explore museums that ignite young imaginations and spark dreams of amazing careers!

Art Museums

Artist Photographer

Art Historian

Getty Center & Getty Villa

Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles

Getty Villa, 17985 PCH, Pacific Palisades (310) 440-7300,

Getty Center showcases art from the Middle Ages to today and offers birds-eye views of Los Angeles. Families can enjoy the tram rides, art galleries, gardens and outdoor spaces. Pick up Art Detective

Cards in the museum entrance hall to hunt for clues and uncover answers to trivia questions while exploring the Getty Center.

Getty Villa displays ancient Greek and Roman art in a recreated Roman country home. The Family Forum offers hands-on activities to exploring ancient Greek vases. Listen to the immersive audio tour, The Demigods, inspired by the popular Percy Jackson book series.

Guided tours, family workshops, family-friendly events and courses are scheduled throughout the year. Admission to both Getty campuses are free, but a timedentry reservation is required, parking fees apply.

Laguna Art Museum

307 Cliff Dr., Laguna Beach (949) 494-8971,

The museum collects, cares for, and exhibits works of art that were created by California artists or rep-

resent the life and history of the state. LAM+LAB for children is a drop-in space for exploration and play and is supplied with art-making materials and DIY instructions. Open during regular museum hours.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 857-6000,

LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection of nearly 149,000 objects. See the iconic Urban Light display, a forest of city street lights open 24 hours right outside the museum. The lights are switched on from dusk until 10 p.m. Kids can participate in drop-in painting workshops at the Boone Children’s Gallery, open on select Saturdays. Visit their calendar to sign up for workshops, kids classes, and in-person Andell Family Sundays, where families can create artwork led by artists.

Admission is free for all LA County residents on weekdays after 3 p.m. Admission is free

kidsguide fall/winter 2023-2024 23
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.

to everyone on the second Tuesday of each month. Plus, sign up your kids (under 17) for NexGenLA, a free membership for LA County kids and teens. Members can visit for free anytime and bring in one guest for free too!

Museum of Latin American Art

628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach (562) 437-1689,

The only museum in the United States fully dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino art. Visitors have access to the exhibition galleries, the Sculpture and Events Garden (when available), and the MOLAA store. Docent-led tours are offered on weekends. Special events, cultural activities, and family art workshops are scheduled throughout the year.

Admission is free during MOLAA Free Sundays. Their annual Dia de los Muertos event will be held October 29, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Auto Museums Auto Mechanic Race Car Driver Car Designer

Petersen Automotive Museum

6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 930-2277,

The Museum features a collection of over 400 vehicles. Visit the Cars Mechanical Institute (inspired by the animated film) to enjoy a variety of activities and displays. Kids can paint and personalize virtual cars, trace and color their own Cars character to take home, race toy cars around a racetrack, or build LEGO creations to race against friends. Visitors can even race Lightning McQueen by checking out a Carspad and building a virtual car with help from all of the friends in Radiator Springs. Workshops and special events for kids are scheduled throughout the year—many are included with admission, sign up online.

Using the museum collection and various crafts and experiments, monthly Little Sparks Youth Workshops (ages 3-6) explore the history, science, and art behind the car. The workshop on December 16, involves building a gingerbread garage to protect your favorite toy car.

The Zimmerman 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, following clues to discover hidden surprises and interesting facts throughout the museum. The

Kids Area features cars and tracks, dress-up, and a mechanic tent. Sunday Car Rides are offered in a wide variety of cars. Children must be at least 55 inches tall to ride. High School Shop classes are offered for 13-18 year olds to learn the ins and outs of auto maintenance and repair. Drop in for a scoop, shake or float at their 1950’s-themed ice cream parlor. Family-friendly events are scheduled throughout the year.

Aviation Museums Pilot Aircraft Mechanic Airline Crew

Blackbird Airpark

2503 E. Avenue P, Palmdale

See the world’s only display of a Lockheed A-12, along with the once ultra-secret D-21 drone and the only remaining U-2D model in the world. Admission and parking are free. Adjacent to Joe Davies Heritage Airpark.

Flight Path Museum

6661 W. Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles (424) 646-7284,

Located adjacent to the airfield at Los Angeles Airport, Flight Path Museum LAX features exhibits that honor Southern California’s aviation history. See an extensive collection of airline artifacts, flight crew uniforms from around the world, learn about space exploration history, Flying Tigers airline, and fire fighting vehicles used at LAX.

Joe Davies Heritage Airpark

2001 E. Avenue P, Palmdale (661) 267-5611,

Explore a collection of aircraft from the United States Air Force Plant 42. The airpark features 21 retired military aircraft on display. Check their website for guided tour availability. Admission to the park is free.

Adjacent to Blackbird Airpark, Joe Davies park also has picnic tables, some even under the wings of a plane!

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 Days, are held throughout the year. Memberships, group tours, and facility rental available.

Kids will love watching planes take off from the airport.

March Field Air Museum

22550 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside (951) 902-5949,

See over 100 historic aircraft and more than 30,000 artifacts on display spanning over 100 years of aviation history. The collection includes historic biplanes, jet fighters, helicopters, and futuristic unmanned aerial drones. The museum also features a children’s activity area where kids can dress up in aviation clothing and climb into a cockpit. Activities and worksheets for kids can be found under Teacher Resources on their website. Memberships, group tours, and facility rental available.

For a small additional fee, guided tours of the flightline are offered several times each day aboard an electric tram, narrated by a trained docent.

Museum of Flying

3100 Airport Ave., Santa Monica (310) 398-2500,

Located by the Santa Monica airport, the museum exhibits nearly two dozen aircraft, the California Aviation Hall of Fame, and an interactive area for children. The MaxFlight simulator puts visitors in the pilot’s seat and lets them take control. Visitors can also monitor the local control tower radio communications and enjoy a direct view to the runway of the Santa Monica Airport. Facility rental available.

Planes of Fame Air Museum

14998 Cal Aero Drive, Chino (909) 597-3722,

Explore a collection of 160+ aircraft, military vehicles, and artifacts spanning the earliest days of aviation, including World War I, the 1920s and 1930s, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam War. Check the Aircraft Flight Schedule on the website to see the live demonstration calendar of specific aircraft throughout the year. Guided tours, memberships, and facility rentals available.

San Diego Air & 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 with more than 120 aircraft and space vehicles and two million artifacts on display. The exhibits include rare and unique aircraft engines, instruments, models and equipment, as well as aviation-related medals, trophies, art, uniforms and spacesuits. Special exhibits include American Women of Flight, honoring the contributions of women to the world of aviation, and SPACE: Our Greatest Adventure, featuring selfie stations on the Moon, Mars and International Space Station, plus hands-on learning experiences. Interactive areas include the MaxFlight simulator ride, Aerial Combat simulator, and the 3D/4D Zable Theater that plays immersive films with unique effects for all ages. Summer camp, workshops, preschool programs, Little Engineers, and Pilot Ground School are offered. Birthday party packages and memberships also available.

The museum is located inside Balboa Park, one of the nation’s largest cultural parks. Spend the day exploring gardens, visiting the San Diego Zoo, going on a mini train ride, or enjoying a variety of events.

The Proud Bird 11022 Aviation Blvd., Los Angeles

kidsguide fall/winter 2023-2024

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.

(310) 670-3093,

The Proud Bird sits along the runway of LAX, offering guests a front-row view of planes approaching for landing. It is a food hall with interactive aviation exhibits, renovated events center, and a children’s playground. Exhibits include Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh memorabilia, X-1 Experimental Rocket Plane, Douglas DC-3 plane, P-51 Mustang, A-4 Skyhawk, and more aircraft. Free aviation tours offered.

Western Museum of Flight

Zamperini Field, 3315 Airport Drive, Torrance (310) 326-9544,

See an extensive collection of numerous Warbirds, aircraft and target drones, piston and jet aircraft engines, aircraft components, aircraft ejection seats, World War II instruments, aircrew accessories, and a model aircraft collection. Educational programs let children see and touch the airplanes that made aviation history. Kids under 12 are free.

Yanks Air Museum

15121 Stearman Drive, Chino (909) 597-1735,

A collection of 200+ aircraft at different stages in the restoration process. The collection ranges from early aviation to modern jets, plus drones, helicopters, missiles, uniforms, and aircraft in the boneyard currently being restored. Highlights include the P-40E Warhawk and the F-86 Sabre. All aircraft are listed on their website with individual pictures and descriptions. Special events are held throughout the year. Guided tours, kids rides, annual passes, and facility rental available.

Children’s Museums

These Museums Explore All Sorts of Cool Careers!

Cayton Children’s Museum

395 Santa Monica Place #374, Santa Monica (424) 416-8320,

Explore 21,000 square feet of discovery-based exhibits and reactive VR. There are art studios, community spaces, and a state-of-the-art theatre. Kid-size exhibits include a fire station, help-o-copter, animal hospital, community market, and cafe. The museum offers weekly art and cultural activities, including free drop-in activities, camps, classes, and community programs. Sensory Sunday events are offered on select dates. Party packages and memberships available. Visitors must register online for available timed entry.

Children’s Museum at La Habra

301 S. Euclid St., La Habra (562) 383-4236,

Discover seven galleries, dozens of hands-on and changing exhibits, plus an outdoor dinosaur garden and historic 1942 caboose. Galleries include STEAM Lab, Train Station, Carousel Room, Science Station,

Kids on Stage, Centennial Farm, and Family Art Center. Birthday parties, scout programs, and memberships are available. Special events and weekly events offered, such as Nature Walk Story Time, Music and Movement, and Sensory Sensitive Sundays.

The new exhibit, Empire on the Nile, opens September 26.

Kidspace Children’s Museum

480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena (626) 449-9144,

A 3.5-acre campus with more than 40 hands-on exhibits, live animal collection, and variety of creative play spaces and water features designed for ages 1-10. Indoor galleries allow children to peek into an active beehive, create and invent in the Imagination Workshop, explore a giant ant tunnel, and climb towers. Outdoor spaces invite children to splash and dance in water fountains, cross rope bridges, get messy playing in a water stream, ride trikes on a mini-highway track, and explore physics in a forest of levers and pulleys. Muddy Boot Farm invites children to pick crops, sell their harvest at the farm stand, explore a chicken coop, and learn about plant growth cycles and decomposers. Camps, classes, scout programs, and memberships are available. Special events are scheduled throughout the year.

Bring a change of clothes, kids will get wet!

Pennypickle’s Workshop

Temecula Children’s Museum 42081 Main St., Temecula










kidsguide fall/winter 2023-2024 25
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.

(951) 308-6367,

Explore the home of Professor Phineas T. Pennypickle, cluttered with hands-on inventions, wacky gadgets, and electrifying experiments. Visit the Time Machine, go through the secret passage in the fireplace, become a human kaleidoscope with the Illusionator, play many instruments at the same time, check out the Electrolight-o-later chandelier, and try out the peanut butter and jelly sandwich-making machine. Kids Only Club offers drop-off events, plus special events scheduled throughout the year. Two-hour visiting sessions help with crowds. Check their Busyness Schedule to see which days will be busy with large groups. Party packages, field trips, and special programs are available.

Ask about scavenger hunt papers for all ages to make your visit even more engaging. There are over 20 different scavenger hunts, each one more difficult than the last.

• Pretend City Children’s Museum

29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900,

Looking for a fun and educational way to spend time with your little ones? Look no further than Pretend City Children’s Museum. And now, they’re looking for little workers ages 0-10 for a variety of "Pretend" roles—including dentists, doctors, drivers, cashiers, police officers, and more—so your child can immerse themselves in a world of imagination and exploration. At Pretend City, your child can play and learn in an interactive environment designed to inspire creativity and curiosity. So why wait? Apply today to start your child on a path of discovery and imagination. (Please note this is not a real ad and all roles are pretend.) See ad on page 25.

Don't miss Costume Week from October 2529, celebrate Halloween on October 29, Thanksgiving Celebration on November 22, and Christmas Countdown from December 20-23.

Southern California Children’s Museum

459 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 657-0357,

Museum features permanent and rotating exhibits, such as Wild California and an Art Studio. Kids can interact with a fire engine, play in the construction zone, or experience what it’s like to perform at the Hollywood Bowl. Weekly programming includes stories, crafts, language development, sing-alongs, sensory awareness and more—all included with admission. Party packages available.

The New Children’s Museum

200 W. Island Ave., San Diego (619) 233-8792,

A multi-level 50,000-square-foot facility filled with inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art. This arts-based museum features roomsized art installations, including Cash Machine, Wobbleland, and The Wonder Sound, a labyrinth of rooms, nooks, and ropes. A variety of art studios are also available for kids to create with clay and paint, plus the Innovators Lab makerspace. Camps, community programs, birthday parties, and memberships are available. Accessibility mornings, workshops, and special events are scheduled throughout the year.

Fire & Police Museums

Firefighter/Inspector Officer/Detective

K9 Handler

Long Beach Firefighter’s Museum

1445 Peterson Ave., Long Beach

(562) 599-3985,

View a collection of 100+ items, including vintage LBFD tools, equipment, and vehicles. Open the second Saturday of every month and every Wednesday morning.

Los Angeles County Fire Museum

16400 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower (562) 325-3069,

Explore 40+ antique fire engines, steamers, and artifacts dating back to the 1800s. Their large collection of rigs include apparatus from the hand drawn, horse drawn, and early 20th century to the modern era. Free for kids (ages 12 and under).

Los Angeles Fire Department Museum

1355 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood 639 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro

See firefighting equipment dating back to the early 1900s and items from some of the most famous fires in the area. Admission is free to both museums.

Los Angeles Police Museum

6045 York Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 344-9445,

Explore the history of LAPD, with armored cars, radios, uniforms, badges, plus interactive programs.

Historical Museums & Landmarks


American Military History Museum

1918 Rosemead Blvd., South El Monte (626) 442-1776,

Also known as Tankland, this outdoor museum is dedicated to preserving our nation’s military history. See over 170 military vehicles and outdoor exhibits dating from 1933 to the present. Digital tour guide books are available to download. Closed on rainy days.

26 kidsguide fall/winter
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.
Paleontologist Reenactor
562-494-0242 Adventures in Marine Biology Educational & Fun Live Tidepool Animals Camps • Field Trips • Birthday Parties Special Events English/Spanish Bilingual Programs We Come To You! 714.524.2248 Kelsey: Skill Development Over 18 Months WORKSHOPS IN-STUDIO & ONLINE CLASSES RUSSELL E.K. CHANG DDS, MS, FACD, INC. CHRISTINE J. CHUNG DMD, MS

Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum

2040 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista (760) 941-1791,

Living history museum featuring many large stationary gas engines, steam engines, tractors, blacksmith shop, model railroad, textile museum, mill museum, sawmill and more. Special events and festivals are held throughout the year.

Check out the Antique Engine and Tractor Show on October 21-22 and 28-29, plus Holiday Lights on weekends, November 24 - December 16.

Autry Museum of the American West

4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles (323) 667-2000,

Located in Griffith Park, the Autry features worldclass galleries filled with Native American art and cultural materials, film memorabilia, historic firearms, paintings, interactive areas, a garden, and more. Social Stories are online guides with photos and descriptions to help people on the autism spectrum prepare for their visit. Family Play Space is available on select days with rotating family-friendly activities. Films on the lawn, weekend museum tours, and special events offered all year.

Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum

18127 South Alameda St., Rancho Dominguez (310) 603-0088,

Learn about early California history as it relates to the Dominguez family, homestead adobe, and Rancho San Pedro, the first Spanish land grant in California. Enjoy guided tours of the Adobe museum and 17 acres of lush gardens and green space. Special events are held throughout the year, including historical reenactments. Admission is donationbased. Reservations are required to visit the museum. Facility rental available.

Drum Barracks Civil War Museum

1052 N. Banning Blvd., Wilmington (310) 548-7509,

The museum teaches the history of the Civil War, with an emphasis on California’s role in the conflict. It is housed in the last remaining wooden building of the original Drum Barracks, which 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. Public

tours are offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. All visitors must accompany a guided tour.

Visit for a Civil War Christmas on December 2 and enjoy self-guided tours of the museum, a Civil War brass band, Victorian parlor singers, children’s crafts, special exhibitions and displays, and horsedrawn trolley rides.

Heritage Hill Historical Park

25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest (949) 923-2230,

The park’s four acres include four fully-restored and furnished historic buildings that span the early history of the Saddleback Valley and El Toro area: Serrano Adobe, El Toro Grammar School, St. George’s Episcopal Mission, and Harvey Bennett Ranch House. The buildings are open for public access only during guided tours provided Wednesday through Saturday. Three free “walk-in” tours are offered weekly for individuals and groups of seven or less on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Call or visit the website for tour availability.

Don’t miss Fall-o-Ween in October and the annual Candlelight Walk in December.

Heritage Museum of Orange County

3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana (714) 540-0404,

A cultural center and home to the H. Clay Kellogg House and John Maag Farmhouse. The centerpiece of the museum is a historic plaza featuring several buildings from the 1890s set amid extensive floral gardens and citrus groves. They are open to the public on certain days each month. Check the event calendar on their website for hours and events.

A museum-themed Kids Activities page is offered on their website (under Public Events and Info).

Heritage Square Museum

3800 Homer St., Los Angeles (323) 225-2700,

A living history museum that explores the settlement and development of Southern California from the Civil War to early 20th century. On weekends, guided tours take visitors on an exploration of the history, architecture and culture of the eight historic structures on site, including Victorian Era homes, a church, carriage barn, and drugstore. Guests must be part of a guided tour to view the interior of the buildings. Tickets are pre-sale only. A variety of educational programs and tours available. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy the grounds.

Check their Events Calendar to visit during one of their special events.

Homestead Museum

15415 E. Don Julian Road, City of Industry (626) 968-8492,

Located in the heart of a former Mexican rancho, the site features two historic houses, cemetery, and gardens. Throughout the year, the museum offers a variety of special events and programs for youth and school groups. Free guided tours of the homes are offered Friday to Sunday at 12, 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Guests must be part of a guided tour to visit the interior of the houses. They are closed the fourth weekend of every month.

Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center 7621 Granite Hill Drive, Jurupa Valley (951) 685-5818,

Paleontology and geology take center stage at Ju-

kidsguide fall/winter 2023-2024 27
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.
OAKWOOD ACADEMY SCHOOLS • Reading • Phonics • Computer • Math • Science • Music • Piano & Keyboard • Foreign Languages • Gymnastics • Dance • Karate • Field Trips • Hot Lunches • Summer Programs: Academics • Field Trips & Swimming OAK TREE Age 2 thru Kindergarten 1710 Redondo Ave., Long Beach • 597-8611 CREATIVE DAY ACADEMY Age 2 thru 1st Grade 8740 Ramona Ave., Bellflower • 634-7527 OAKWOOD ACADEMY Age 2 thru 5th Grade 3850 Long Beach Bl., Long Beach • 426-6264


4300 Bellflower Blvd., Lakewood, 90713

Located in Methodist Church Lakewood (562) 377-1300 • Lic#198006164

rupa Mountains Discovery Center with the Museum of Discoveries and nine acres of developed gardens with over 20 dinosaur sculptures, turtle pond, and tortoise paddock. Learning Expeditions include: Rock Collecting at the Dinosaurs, California Rockhound, Dinosaur Dig, Fossils through Time, and more. Birthday party packages and picnic areas are available. Open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays.

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (213) 763-3499,

Discover the world’s only consistently-active, urban Ice Age excavation site. Visitors can watch excavators unearth remains right outside the park then watch fossils be prepared, researched, and put on display. See the live stage show, Ice Age Encounters, featuring a life-size adult saber-toothed cat puppet, live performance, and film projections.

LA County residents receive free museum admission 3-5 p.m. on weekdays. California teachers with ID also receive free admission. Free tickets are available on-site only.

Lincoln Memorial Shrine

125 W. Vine St., Redlands (909) 798-7636,

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 are hosted throughout the year. Check their website for upcoming news and events. Weekend tours are available for groups of 12 or more. Admission is free.

Mendez Historic Freedom Trail and Monument

7371 Westminster Blvd., Westminster

Monument telling the story of the landmark Mendez vs. Westminster case, which led to the desegregation of schools in California. The freedom trail is two miles along Hoover Street, and features a series of interactive panels using augmented reality along the route, paying homage to the case and the Mendez family.

Mission San Juan Capistrano

26801 Old Mission Road, San Juan Capistrano (949) 234-1300,

Historic landmark and museum known as the “Jewel of the Missions” and the birthplace of Orange County. 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.


Ages 2-6 7am-6pm Mon-Fri POTTY TRAINING


Walk through ten acres of museum rooms, exhibits, gardens, fountains, and more. Check out their online calendar for special events, as well as a Learn and Explore section, loaded with fun and educational activities for kids to enhance their visit. The Mission also offers a variety of school programs. Purchase admission tickets online.

Capistrano Lights returns December 2-30, featuring carolers, full-scale nativity, and visits from Santa. Also, don’t miss Zoomars nearby.

Museum of Tolerance

9786 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles (310) 553-8403,

See artifacts from Auschwitz, hear stories from survivors, and experience an immersive exhibit on the life and legacy of Anne Frank. There are multimedia exhibits, ongoing events, and programs that bring history to life and draw parallels to current events. Para Todos Los Niños is an exhibit where visitors learn about the struggles of Latino families in Orange County, highlighted by the Mendez v. Westminster case that ended school segregation in California. The Holocaust Exhibit and Social Lab are recommended for ages 12 and up.

Natural History Museum

Exposition Park, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles (213) 763-3466,

Explore exhibits including Age of Mammals, Nature Gardens, Hall of Birds, African and North American Diorama Halls, Gem and Mineral Hall, Nature Lab, Dino Lab, and the Visible Vault. The Dinosaur Hall features more than 300 fossils and 20 skeletons on display. It’s the only place in the world where you can see a baby, juvenile, and sub-adult T.rex at the same time. Don’t miss out on Dinosaur Encounters, a live performance with life-size dinosaur puppets. Check their website for guided tours and nature walks. Special family-friendly festivals and fairs are offered throughout the year. LA County residents receive free museum admission 3-5 p.m. on weekdays. California teachers with ID also receive free admission. Free tickets are available on-site only.

Spider Pavilion runs September 17 - November 26, walk among spiders and their webs in this unique, open-air experience. On select dates from September 28 - October 31, the Nature Gardens will transform into Boney Island, a hauntingly whimsical interactive light-up experience for all ages, featuring skeletons performing rope tricks, levitating through hoops, shadow puppetry, and more.

Pío Pico State Historic Park

6003 Pioneer Blvd., Whittier (562) 695-1217,

The five-acre park encompasses historic gardens and the restored adobe home of Pío Pico, the governor of Alta California in 1832 and again in 1846. Visitors can enjoy picnics in the park, bird watching, and exploring the park’s features, including the 15-room adobe with interpretive displays, horno (bread oven), and dovecote. Guided tours of the adobe are offered by appointment only except on weekends. Tours for K-12 school groups are also available.

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. Volunteers serve as tour guides to keep the lighthouse open to the public. Guided tours are offered by reservation only. Visitors must call ahead for a tour reservation. General admission is free, donations are welcome.

Rancho Los Alamitos

6400 E. Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach (562) 431-3541,

Over seven-acre site includes a ranch house, four acres of lush historic gardens, interpretive center, and a restored barnyard with livestock, including horses, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, and rabbits. Tours of the Rancho House are available Wednesday - Sunday; call or email to make a reservation. Walk-in tours are available as space permits. Visit the website for special events held throughout the year. School programs offered. Free admission and parking.

Rancho Los Cerritos

4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach (562) 206-2040,

The five-acre rancho contains preserved gardens, a circa 1844 adobe home, visitor center, rotating exhibits, and research library, showcasing the rich history of indigenous, Spanish, Mexican, and American California. House and garden docent-led tours, selfpaced tours, scavenger hunts, school programs, and weekly story times are offered, plus family events. Free admission and parking.

Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology

1175 W. Baseline Road, Claremont (909) 624-2798.

Exhibits include the Hall of Footprints and the Hall of Life. Visitors can see the inner workings of a paleontology museum, the fossil preparation lab, and a collections storage room through windows cut into the walls.

• Richard Nixon

Presidential Library and Museum

18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda (714) 993-5075,

With a visit to the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, guests can experience one of the most modern presidential museums in the country to learn about Richard Nixon the man, his life, and his presidency. Tour Richard Nixon’s original birthplace and boyhood home, sit behind the President’s desk in an exact replica of the Oval Office, walk through the presidential helicopter that flew four Presidents, take in the splendor of the White House East Room, participate in over thirty interactive experiences and pay

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.
“The Best in Education & Care for Your Child”

respects at the final resting places of President and Mrs. Nixon. See ad on page 27.

Don't miss their Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 28. Visitors can meet Santa in the Oval Office and kick off the holidays with live music and festivities. Then, enjoy a Candlelight Evening on December 19, where visitors receive electric candles and embark on a tour that goes indoors and outdoors, featuring lights, live music, plus Santa and his reindeer.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley (805) 522-2977,

See hundreds of artifacts and dozens of interactive displays for visitors of all ages to explore. Permanent exhibits include: a full-size replica of President Reagan’s Oval Office, the actual Air Force One that flew seven presidents, a piece of the Berlin Wall, the F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter and F-14 Tomcat, Marine One Helicopter, M-1 Abrams Tank, and more. Special events and exhibitions available throughout the year.

Check out the Christmas Around the World exhibit, November 1 - January 8, 2024. The exhibit features 26 trees representing 26 countries.

The Banning Museum

401 East M St., Wilmington (310) 548-7777,

Engage in a living-history experience, learn how the family lived, worked, and entertained in the 19th century. Take an introductory tour of the 23-room residence, Stagecoach Barn, and Improbable Gateway Exhibition. Advance reservations are no longer required. Special events and educational programs available.

Specialty Museums

Movie Star Printmaker Musician

Academy Museum

6067 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 930-3000,

Explore exhibitions about moviemaking and the history and future of the arts and sciences of film. Highlights include Inventing Worlds and Characters: Animation, exploring nearly a century of animated filmmaking, and the Oscar Experience, where you are transported to Oscar night and hear your name called, accept your award, and receive a video capturing your classic Hollywood moment. Drop-in Workshops are free with admission. Calm Mornings allow visitors to enjoy less sensory-stimulating spaces with moderated sound and lighting displays. Family matinees, film programs, and special events are offered throughout the year.


after school program

Drop-in workshops are scheduled throughout the year. Visit on October 7 and 21 for Ghostly Prop Making and November 4, 11, and 18 for alebrije activities inspired by the film Coco and Día de los Muertos.

International Printing Museum

315 W. Torrance Blvd., Carson (310) 515-7166,

Home to one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive collections of antique printing machinery and graphic arts equipment. Enjoy demonstrations of working machinery, historic re-enactments, and hands-on workshops. Scout badge and patch days, and other special events offered throughout the year. Guided tours are available.

Holiday Krazy Kraft Day will be held December 16. Activities throughout the day include letterpress printing cards, bookmarks and keepsakes.

Museum of Making Music

5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad (760) 438-5996,

Instruments take center stage at the Museum of Making Music. The core exhibits explore how and why these instruments develop, who makes them, how we gain access to them, what they sound like in the hands of masters, and how they feel in your own hands. Group tours and special events are offered.

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles (310) 440-4500,

People of all communities and generations are welcome to participate in cultural experiences and exhibitions. On permanent display, Noah’s Ark is a floor-to-ceiling wooden ark, filled to the rafters with whimsical animals handcrafted from recycled materials. Children are encouraged to play, climb, and explore the 8,000-square-foot wooden ark. Download their mobile app, An Ark for All, to preview your visit and plan your activities. The app is helpful for families with developmental disabilities and young children. Family-friendly activities include art making, archaeology digs, story time, and more.

Admission is free every Thursday.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.

kidsguide fall/winter 2023-2024 29

• Acting Out Winter Workshops

Long Beach

(562) 901-0111,

Acting Out offers improv, theater games, costume play, props, and skill-building fun. Actors bring their special talents, creativity, and comedy chops to enjoy these fast-paced holiday workshops. Thanksgiving Week - Improv, theater games and discovering characters. November 20 and/ or 21, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Join them one or both days (discount offered if enrolling in both). Winter Break - This is a two-and-a-half-day mini version of their summer program. Students work on short scenes, play theater games, and perform fun variety numbers. No in-person showcase, but they will film what students have created and send a link to watch from home. January 3-5, half (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.) and full (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) day options. Every actor is half-day on Friday. See ad on page 13.

• Merage Jewish Community Center of OC Winter Camp

1 Federation Way, Irvine (949) 435-3400,

Two weeks of camps will be held during the winter school-break holiday. Your child will be baking, crafting, singing, learning, dancing and playing during these JCamp days. Choose just a few days or all of them! Pre- and post-care will be offered for an additional fee. See ad on page 29.

• My Gym Children's Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns

Experience the ultimate camp adventure right in your town! My Gym Long Beach’s Camp is a nonstop thrill where fun knows no limits. Kids dive into electrifying games, heart-racing relays, creative arts and crafts, music that sets their spirits soaring, and a whole universe of excitement. Every camp program

is meticulously crafted to keep your little ones on the move and ignited with energy. With a hasslefree drop-off, flexible pay-by-the-day choices, and unbeatable multi-day discounts, My Gym Long Beach ensures unforgettable action for both kids and parents! Upcoming camps: Thanksgiving Camp, November 21-22; Winter Camp, December 27-29 and January 2-5; Spring Camp, April 2-5. See ad on page 15.

• Skatedogs

(714) 313-8787,

Kids make new friends, advance their skateboarding skills, and most importantly, have fun at Skatedogs’ school-break skateboarding camps offered in conjunction with the recreation departments of Aliso Viejo, Arcadia, Beverly Hills, Brea, Cerritos, Cypress, Glendora, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Manhattan Beach, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Redondo Beach, Seal Beach and Tustin. They also offer afterschool and weekend classes, private lessons and birthday parties. See ad on page 19.

• YMCA of Orange County

Winter-break camps are available. For dates, locations and registration, visit their website. See ad on page 11.

kidsguide fall/winter 2023-2024

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.
YOUR GO-TO GUIDE FOR FAMILY FUN! SIGN UP FOR KIDSGUIDE'S NEWSLETTER! Weekly Kid-Friendly Events Halloween Happenings Christmas & Holiday Fun Family Outing Ideas Parenting Resources Giveaways & Prizes and Lots More! Sign Up Here



Elementary Schools, Preschools & Enrichment

• Applied Music Studio

10900 Los Alamitos Blvd., Ste. 203, Los Alamitos (562) 596-1287,

MUSIC INSTRUCTION  - Enhance your child’s (3+) education by trying a free lesson at Applied Music Studio! They offer instruction in strings, voice, piano, guitar, drums, brass, woodwinds and theory, as well as Rock Band, Jazz Band and Keyboard for Kids program. Virtual and in-person classes available. Applied Music Studio also offers lessons for jazz, orchestra and choir preparation. All instructors have been Live Scan fingerprinted and See ad on page 29 with coupon.

• Arts & Learning Conservatory

151 Kalmus Drive, G3, Costa Mesa (714) 728-7100,

PERFORMING ARTS - Arts & Learning Conservatory presents a variety of seasonal programs for ages 5-19 of all skill levels. Your child or teen will find inspiring teachers, new friends to collaborate with, performances to attend, and a place to call their musical home. Upcoming main stage productions include Christmas in Neverland, Hairspray Jr., Finding Nemo Jr., and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. You'll also find after-school/home-school programs, conservatory classes for young actors, music lessons, show choir, band, Storybook Scenes for younger kids, and lots more. Visit their website for the upcoming schedule. See ad on page 23.

• Art Steps 1525 Mesa Verde Drive E, #119, Costa Mesa 18212 Imperial Hwy., Yorba Linda 24741 Alicia Pkwy., Ste. G, Laguna Hills (714) 524-2248,

ART INSTRUCTION - At Art Steps, students work stepby-step on a variety of subject matter, using a range of media, such as pastel, color pencils, marker, graphite, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, oil, and more. Classes are relaxed and respectful, where students enjoy focusing on the quiet activity of learning to see, while inspirational teachers challenge each student to work toward his or her individual, artistic potential. Classes and workshops are available both in-studio and online, and include Anime and Cartooning, Monster Clay, Faces and Figures, and more. For online classes, visit www., or call (714) 465-5292. Summer camps and birthday party packages (see page 34) are also available. See ad on page 26.

• Blue Submarine (562) 494-0242,

STEM - 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 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 26.

Baha Play Sand

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.

NATURE’S RENEWABLE SAND FROM THE OCEAN TAINABLE OCEAN SAND Silica-Free / Quartz-Free • Cushions & Cools • Indoor & Outdoor Use AVAILABLE IN THESE COLORS: 256-776-7313 • inqu i r The Safe Play Sand For Kids! PerfectforGifting, BackyardPlay,Schools&More!


The clean-up hero that keeps our neighborhoods clean and safe.


The hygiene helper that performs magical bathroom makeovers so everyone can use them comfortably.


This worm whisperer digs in the mud for

• Burgess Cotillion

The Grand - Catalina Room

4101 E. Willow St., Long Beach (323) 874-7393,

SOCIAL DANCING - 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:

• Chef Tech Cooking School

3842 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach (562) 989-2467,

COOKING INSTRUCTION - 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 10.

4300 Bellflower Blvd., (562) 377-1300

- EduCare

Preschool of Lakewood is a private preschool, located in the Methodist Church, and accepts children ages 24 months through Kindergarten. The school, licensed for 70 children, leases space in the church, that is attractive and well-maintained. There is a stable staff with very little turnover. 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––potty training, too! See ad on (714) 702-1439,

- Your child is unique and full of potential. As a parent, you want to give them the very best opportunity to learn and grow— academically, socially, and emotionally. So imagine a school where students achieve well over national

averages and graduates go on to attend the nation’s top colleges. Imagine a place that meets children where they are—from the highest achiever to the “late bloomer.” Imagine an education that provides a learning environment where individualized instruction and an accelerated curriculum are combined with sports, activities, and clubs for the development of the whole child. Imagine your child at Fairmont Schools! See ad on page 3.

• Kelly Summer Vocal Studio

Long Beach (562) 294-1704,

MUSIC - Voice lessons for kids and adults who want to improve their singing abilities are offered by Kelly Summer Vocal Studio. Kelly Summer is a career singer and voice teacher with a Masters Degree in vocal performance, and over 25 years experience as a voice teacher, and performer. She is dedicated to staying on the cutting edge of vocal science, vocal pedagogy, and current industry trends. “Singing is my gift—teaching others to sing is my passion.” —Kelly Summer. See ad on page 22.

• Merage Jewish Community Center of OC 1 Federation Way, Irvine (949) 435-3400,

AFTER-SCHOOL CARE - 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-inTraining (LIT) program, plus fall and winter camps. 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 29.

• Montessori Children’s House Preschool & Elementary School 5550 Atherton St., Long Beach (562) 431-8880 5454 Atherton St., Long Beach (562) 494-3777

SCHOOLS - Looking for an alternative to public school? Montessori Children’s House offers a yearround, advanced program for children in preschool and kindergarten through grade 5. Students work and excel at their own pace, in a class environment with fewer students. 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 50 years. See ad on page 19.

• Oakwood Academy Schools

PRESCHOOL & ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - Oakwood Academy Schools offer an accelerated academic program with a hands-on approach to learning. Students learn computer skills and go on educa-

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.

These jobs are gross, but often require special training and a fearless attitude!

tional field trips. Enrichment activities such as karate, swimming, piano, dance and gymnastics are offered. See ad on page 27; discount coupon on page 34.

Creative Day Academy (562) 634-7527

8740 Ramona Ave., Bellflower Age 2 through 1st grade. Lic. 191598510.

Oakwood Preschool & Academy (562) 426-6264 3850 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Ages 2 through 5th grade. Lic. 198011608.

Oaktree Preschool & Kindergarten (562) 597-8611

1710 Redondo Ave., Long Beach Age 2 through Kindergarten. Lic. 191601050.

• Orange Unified School District (714) 628-4350,

SCHOOL - Orange Unified School District offers parents a range of educational options for children of all ages. Dual-language programs in Spanish/ English and Mandarin/English are also offered. The district has received many awards, including Golden Bell Awards from the California School Board Association, National Forum Schools to Watch, California Civic Learning Awards, 25 Gold Ribbon and 23 Distinguished School Awards from the California Department of Education. In addition, three of their high schools have been designated as U.S. News & World Report’s “Best” for four consecutive years. For more information, visit or book your personal tour at See ad on page 1.

• Urban Workshop

365 Clinton St., Costa Mesa (949) 296-2153,

STEM - Open up a world of hands-on problem solving that helps kids gain confidence, work as a team, solve difficult problems, and discover how the fun they are having now can be part of a career in engineering, science, technology, or any other career they can dream of. The Urban Workshop Level 1 program runs for 12 weeks and introduces students to a wide selection of hand tools with a variety of materials. The goal of this program is to learn how to use basic hand tools, and help develop the “feel” needed to successfully work with different materials and mechanical systems. This understanding of the hand tools will provide a solid foundation for the level 2-4 programs, where increasingly more powerful tools will be introduced along with more complicated projects. Participants learn to use: mechanics hand tools, wood working hand tools, laser etcher, 3D printer, vacuum former, silk screener, basic sewing, silicone molding, basic electronics, Corel Draw, and OnShape CAD software. Visit their website for a schedule. See ad on back outside cover.

• YMCA of Greater Long Beach Preschools (562) 279-1624,

PRESCHOOL - Accepting new enrollments now!  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 is the most impactful way to give your children the skills they need to succeed in life. With six 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. Se habla Español.

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. YMCA Downtown Preschool, 820 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, (562) 283-3454. See ad on page 5.

• YMCA of Orange County www.

RECREATION & CHILD CARE - Register today for youth sports, swim, and enrichment at the YMCA! They offer everything your family needs to have an active and healthy school year for all ages and levels!  Programs include child care throughout Orange County, Adventure Guides providing fun family activities, special needs programs, homeschool services, league sports, special events, adult fitness, and so much more.  Registration and information is found on their website. Schoolbreak camps are also offered, visit www.ymcaoc. org/orange-county-camps for dates and locations. See ad on page 11.

FAMILY health providers:

Pediatrics, Orthodontics, Counseling & Resources

• American Pediatrics 22 Odyssey, Ste. 230, Irvine (949) 336-1112,

PEDIATRICS - American Pediatrics offers holistic care to newborns, adolescents, and teenagers. Under the care of highly-skilled and compassionate pediatricians, the practice focuses on providing personalized care that addresses not only your child’s physical health, but also their emotional, behavioral, and social wellbeing. Services include vaccinations and immunizations, free consultation for expecting parents, ADHD and ADD diagnosis and treatment, same day appointments, and walk-ins. American Pediatrics accepts most insurance plans (including Medi-Cal) and offers affordable cash-pay options for their services. Call today to schedule your child’s visit. Your child’s health is their top priority, satisfaction guaranteed. See ad on page 7.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.

• Chang Orthodontics

4608 Katella Ave., Ste. 201, Los Alamitos (562) 430-0541,

ORTHODONTICS - Their goal is to provide patients with the right combination of advanced orthodontic technology and a personal human touch. By placing an emphasis on communication, they strive to ensure every patient understands what it takes to make a healthy, beautiful smile. They also want to provide you with the highest quality orthodontic care in a family-friendly, fun and cooperative environment. Drs. Russell Chang and Christine Chung use only proven techniques and technology and tailor treatment for each patient’s specific needs and concerns. See ad on page 26.


• Children’s Home Society of California

Greater Long Beach (562) 256-7490 Orange County (714) 543-2273

CHILD CARE RESOURCE  - Children’s Home Society of California (CHS) can help families find child care and help income-eligible families pay for child care. CHS also serves as a central coordinating link for child care and child development services. Parents can obtain free information on child-care options that meet their needs. Listings are maintained on licensed child-care centers, family child-care homes, before and after-school programs, public and private schools, and childcare 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, Suite 100, Long Beach; 333 South Anita Drive, Suite 350, Orange. See ad on pages 20 and 21.

• Connie Wax, LCSW #27430

Individual, Couple, Family and Child Counselor

5182 Katella, Ste. 206, Los Alamitos (714) 300-3163

COUNSELING - Counselor specializing in therapy for gifted and talented children, adults and their families. Connie came to appreciate the unique needs of this group while raising her own gifted children. Her personal experience blossomed into a passion for helping families of the gifted to guide and support their children towards a fulfilling and meaningful life. Connie is committed to assisting parents in navigating the often rough waters of child rearing. Her own personal experiences, along with 15 years of clinical expertise, make her a unique resource for the community. Connie is certified to facilitate SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) parent groups. In addition to working with the gifted, she treats all life issues. See ad on page 15.

kidsguide fall/winter 2023-2024 33


Fun Party Places, Entertainers & Vendors

• 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 $36.95 per person (prices subject to change without notice). See ad on page 9.

• Art Steps

1525 Mesa Verde Drive E., #119, Costa Mesa

18212 Imperial Hwy., Yorba Linda 24741 Alicia Pkwy., Ste. G, Laguna Hills (714) 524-2248,

Art Steps teaches realistic classical drawing and painting skills for ages four to adult. Get hands-on guidance in their Costa Mesa, Yorba Linda or Laguna Hills art studios. Birthday parties or scout classes at Art Steps are fun, mini art classes. Each child proudly brings home a beautiful, finished drawing in crayon, marker or pastel, as a party favor or as work toward an art badge. See ad on page 26.

• Best Parties By Erin & Co. LA, OC and Ventura Counties (562) 901-0111,

With more than 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. Virtual meet and greets available upon request. Also see Acting Out in Camps on page 30. See ad on page 13.

• 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 26.

• Brettso the Great Los Angeles & Orange County Magician (714) 392-2270,

Brettso the Great is a professional magician specializing in entertaining children and family audiences! If you’re hosting your kids’ birthday and need someone to keep your guests entertained, not only can he help you do that, but he can also make your kids birthday the most fun and unforgettable event ever! Brettso performs over 200 magic shows a year for children’s birthday parties, preschools, daycare facilities and other family-friendly events in the Orange County and Los Angeles area. To get started, please go to his website and click on “Birthday Party Packages and Pricing” and find the right birthday party package for your child’s party. You can book online, too.

• Columbia Memorial Space Center

12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200,

Host your own out-of-this-world event at this handson learning center dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages! Use the entire 20,000-square-foot center, or select facilities for meetings, birthdays, reunions, weddings, banquets, and other special events. Three different birthday party packages are available––each offers a private robotics lab class, a fun science activity, and space kits for all the children in your party!  Party applications are available on their website. Booking early is recommended.  See ad on page 17.

• East West Ice Palace

11446 Artesia Blvd., Artesia (562) 809-6200,

Fun party package includes public skating admission, private party room, pizza, cake, soft drinks, party decor, plus skate time. Skating lessons available upon request. Also offers public skating and skating classes for kids (3+) and adults. See Skating Rinks and ad on page 18.

• 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 gokarts, bumper boats, and kiddie train. While there, guests also enjoy the latest in arcade games, great prizes, snack bar, and indoor and outdoor party facilities. Where the 5 and 605 freeways meet. See party deals on the back inside cover, and ad with coupons on page 8.

• My Gym Children's Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns Text: (562) 986-0066

Birthday bashes are where My Gym Long Beach truly shines—each celebration is meticulously crafted to make the birthday child feel like the star of the show! Brace yourself for an unstoppable whirlwind of thrilling activities, one-of-a-kind games, and catchy tunes. Sit back, relax, and soak in the joy—they've got everything covered! But wait, there's more—beyond the excitement, they're the masters of detail, handling everything from decorations and party favors to themes and delicious bites. Your focus? Cherishing those priceless moments on this exceptional day. For a sneak peek into their sensational birthday parties, including packages, capacity, and delightful enhancements, hop over to the website. See ad on page 15.

• Skateboarding Parties with Skatedogs (714) 313-8787,

Skatedogs comes to your home with portable ramps and rails to create a custom skatepark for a one-ofa-kind birthday party. Guests can ride ramps and get skateboarding tips from an experienced instructor. Also see Winter Camps on page 30, Sports on page 35, and ad on page 19.


Kid-Friendly Goods

• Baha Play Sand

Calcean Minerals & Materials LLC (256) 776-7313,

PLAY SAND - Why should you use Baha Play Sand?

Sustainable Ocean Sand is the safe and environmentally responsible alternative to standard play sand. It is renewable and sustainable, naturally made in the ocean, nontoxic, silica-free and quartzfree. This unique sand cushions and cools for safety and comfort, is smooth and round in texture, dustfree and appropriate for indoor/outdoor use. Baha Play Sand is safe for the environment, pets, and children, and comes in colorfast, nontoxic colors. It is great for backyards and indoor sensory play, and perfect for gift-giving and schools! Add a splash of color to your sandbox! For more information, call

34 kidsguide fall/winter
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.
Long Beach & Bellflower Locations (562) 426-6264 Limit 1 per student • Exp 12/31/24 See our ad on page 27; listing on page 32. OAKWOOD ACADEMY SCHOOLS $50 OFF Registration New Students Only

(256) 776-7313 or email See ad on page 31.


City Programs & Sports

• Lakewood Recreation and Community Services

5050 Clark Ave., Lakewood (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408

RECREATION - Programs include: Academics (math, reading, Spanish, Pre-K Readiness, drivers education), Art for Fun, baseball/softball, basketball, Family Camps (May and October), dance (ballet, tap, Polynesian, hip-hop, musical theatre), football, gymnastics, horseback riding, martial arts, music (drums, piano), multi-sports, ice skating, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. Plus, adaptive recreation programming for people with special needs. Visit their website for events and classes. See ad on page 7.

• Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine

2760 Studebaker Road, Long Beach (562) 570-3100,

RECREATION - Classes and programs for preschoolers, youth and teens include: art, cooking, dance, music (piano, rock guitar, keyboard, exploring instruments, parent/me), enrichment (Spanish language immersion for ages 10 months+, pre-K readiness, Math and More Preschool, reading and math development), no-cost after-school programs, Winter Fun Days during school break, and sports, (aquatics, archery, basketball, golf, gymnastics, martial arts, skateboarding, soccer and tennis). Visit the website for events and classes. See ad on front inside cover.


• Alamitos Bay Yacht Club

After-School Sailing Program

7201 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach (562) 434-9955,

SAILING - Embark on an adventure at sea with Alamitos Bay Yacht Club's After-school Sailing Program. With no experience needed, students ranging from elementary (ages 8+) to high school levels are welcome to join in a program that encourages teamwork, strategic thinking, and sportsmanship. Participants also engage in friendly competitions and sunset practices. Guided by experienced instructors, young sailors not only foster a love for the water but also develop valuable life skills. Students will learn how to rig their own boat, tie basic knots, and by the end of class will be able to sail on their own! Visit their website for registration. See ad on page 9.

• First Field Farm, Inc.

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 17.

• My Gym Children's Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns Text: (562) 986-0066

GYMNASTICS - Unlock two weeks of boundless classes and endless Practice and Play sessions with their Introductory Offer for your first two weeks for only $29! Don't miss out, this offer won't last long. From those tentative first steps to conquering Ninja courses, children flourish at My Gym by diving into dynamic play, engaging with their friends, and immersing themselves in joyous games and activities. To ensure the utmost enjoyment and safety, class sizes are deliberately restricted. Book your Guest Experience today at See ad on page 15.

• 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 Alami tos, 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 skate boarding skills, and most impor tantly, have fun––all in Skatedogs’ private skatepark. They also offer private lessons, birthday parties (see page 34) and camps dur ing school breaks (see page 30).

See ad on page 19.

• YMCA of Orange County

YOUTH SPORTS - Register today for youth sports, swim, and enrich ment at the YMCA! See listing on page 33; see ad on page 11.


sometimes use VR headsets to test their design and spot ways to make the ride better.


train underwater to mimic the weightlessness of space. NASA requires astronauts to be between 4'10" and 6'3" so they fit inside a space suit.


can learn to fly a plane long before they're legally allowed to drive a car! Flight lessons can start at any age, but you have to be 16 to fly solo.


practice cat leaps, a move that involves leaping from one wall to another with just their fingertips.


use scanners, lasers, x-rays and microscopes to see what lies beneath a painting. Sometimes they find first drafts, sketches, or a completely different painting.


use a chemical called Luminol to detect traces of blood even it if has been cleaned or wiped away.


use ground-penetrating radar to discover buried artifacts without digging.

FUN FACT: The fastest coaster in the world, Formula Rossa in Abu Dhabi, goes 149.1 miles per hour!

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.


Drive an 18-wheeler or fly a plane?

Care for animals or care for people?

Explore outer space or explore the deep blue sea?

Save lives from a fire or save lives in a hospital?

Dig for fossils and artifacts or dig for precious stones and gems?

Work for a well-known company or a brand new company?

Decorate a house or build a house?

Own a restaurant or own a store?

Create delicious meals or create beautiful art? Design clothes or design video games?

Be a famous actor or a renowned scientist?

Work with a team or on your own?

Be president of the United States or the owner of a sports team?

Work in a busy, bustling city or calm, quiet country setting?

Write the story or illustrate it?

Deliver packages to people or deliver presentations in front of people?


Tell us about your dream job and be entered to win a prize!

Learn More

In uniform with badges shining bright, They protect and serve both day and night.

In a room full of gadgets and wires galore, They decode messages and secrets,that's for sure.

With an apron and pots, stirring with delight, They cook up flavors that taste just right.

In a white lab coat, they mix and measure, Finding cures for illness is their ultimate treasure.

With a Geiger counter and a careful hand, They explore the Earth for treasures in the sand.

In a library, they help you find, Books of all sorts for your curious mind.

Blood splatter, hair, or DNA, it's all in their range, They decode crime scenes that are mysterious and strange.

In the workshop, with tools in hand, They shape and mold metal, strong and grand.

At the bottom of the sea, they dive so deep, Studying creatures that most of us can't keep.

2 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Answers: 1-Police Officer 2-Cryptographer 3-Chef 4-Scientist 5-Geologist 6-Librarian 7-Forensic Scientist 8-Blacksmith 9-Marine Biologist
kidsguide fall/winter 2023-2024 37
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.


These are no ordinary STEM classes! Urban Workshop's Youth Program is the only hands-on stem program that keeps kids off their phone and in the action. Students experience real tools and learn skills that last a lifetime.

This program offers an exciting opportunity for kids to have fun, get dirty, make a lot of saw dust, metal chips and wire scraps along the way!


Ages 10-16 | Levels 1-4

Meets once a week for 12 weeks

Call to use Charter Funds

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.
365 Clinton Street, Costa Mesa CA 92626 949.296.2153 Info@UrbanWorkshop net
Issuu converts static files into: digital portfolios, online yearbooks, online catalogs, digital photo albums and more. Sign up and create your flipbook.