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Making Family Life Better in OC & Long Beach Metro | | Fall/Winter 2019/20 | Hey, It’s Free!

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Liz Davis

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ArtsGuide 5 Drawing and painting, crafts, dance, music and theater arts.


CampGuide 8


Fall, winter, and spring camps to keep kids busy when school’s out.

EducationGuide 10 Schools, tutoring services, academic classes, etiquette and STEM programs.

FamilyGuide 17 Child care, parent education and support, health services and special needs.

OutingsGuide 22 Attractions, museums, aquariums, zoos, planetariums, playgrounds and more.

PartyGuide 32 Places to throw a party, plus services that come to you.

SportsGuide 35 25+ team and individual sports, from archery and aquatics to water polo.

Emergency Resources 43

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Join Us: From Liz: Holy cow...who knew there is such a thing as foot golf? It’s played on a golf course with a dinosaursized hole and soccer ball (easier, takes less time to play and way more fun than…golf!). This is what gets us going over here. We find something, like a curling club for kids, and nerd out over it. When an outside-the-box activity or resource comes across our desk, we can’t get enough of it—we blog, we post, we print, we gloat.

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Don’t get us wrong, we have nothing against baseball, basketball and (flag) football, but us Kidsguiders are all about opening up different parts of the world to kids….thus Offbeat Sports, our feature article (pages 3-4) filled with activities that are a little “different” to try. Who knows, your kids might get hooked on one of them. Best part about any sport (even for non-sporters): there’s a huge variety to choose from, they encourage teamwork and self-discipline, develop fitness, and offer a mental break from the books, a healthy dose of vitamin D and zero screen time. Score!

Heads Up: This is the second issue where we have moved our ridiculously extensive events calendar online (it’s what we are known for). On any given month, we have at least 500+ local events to choose from. You can save them to your personal calendar, share them with friends, and easily access them from your phone. We’re updating and adding activities daily. Take a look at While you’re there (if you haven’t already), sign up for The Buzzz. It’s a parenting game changer loaded with giveaways, tips, outing ideas and lots more. Now...take your little bulls by the horns, get out there...and start mooving :-)

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Looking for some cool, out-of-the-ordinary ways to get your kids involved in sports? If you’ve got a kid, we’ve got you covered. This issue is chock-full of fun, offbeat and occasionally kinda silly sports (we’re talking about you, broomball) to help your kids learn teamwork, find new friends and keep fit. And if somewhere in there, they end up getting a college scholarship, well, that’d be pretty great too. We’ll get you started here but check out the SportsGuide (pages 35-42) for even MORE ideas and info!

Let It Roll Sports on wheels seems to appeal to a certain kind of kid—one who is brave, of course, but also has a certain swagger. Here are some ways to get your cool kid up and rolling … Roller Derby “All you need to get started is curiosity and a mouth guard,” according to the Junior Derby Dolls. For some of us parents, an “entire body guard” would be nice as well but if your kid’s got that hardcore roller derby attitude (the entry level classes are called “fresh meat”), the fast-paced sport teaches teamwork, strategy and assertiveness. Plus, you get to adopt a cool derby pseudonym (Little Grrr Maid)! SharkBites Beach Cities Junior Derby has classes for Mini Bites (8-10) and Shark Bites (1117), The Los Angeles Junior Derby Dolls teaches girls (7-17); the first class is free and all skill levels are welcome, Skateboarding Give your kids instant playground cred with some solid skateboarding skillz. Skateboarding is great for teaching precision, balance and bravery as well as how to fall correctly (really!). The sport is also stellar for teaching persistence—you will never see a more determined kid than a skater learning a new trick. Before they brave it out on the wilds of a local skatepark, they might want to try the Skatedogs after-school program. Skatedogs tricks out SoCal school playgrounds (non-students are welcome) with rails, half pipe and launch ramps for an instant skatepark. They also offer private or

group lessons and birthday party packages. (714) 313-8787,

Just Add Water Here in SoCal, we rule the pool in producing champs. Of course, there are swim teams galore (see Water Sports on page 36), but there are plenty of other great choices for kids who like to get wet. Whatever you pick, you’re guaranteed some very tired (and extra clean!) kiddos. Synchronized Swimming How do synchronized swimmers get synced in the first place? They do not emerge out of the sea like a line of perfectly choreographed Ariels. A lot started out right here in local classes and teams. Synchro, as the pros call it, is great for a kid who can’t decide between swimming, dance and gymnastics—it’s very graceful and physical—plus there are fancy costumes and a group of friends right there in the water with you. Try The Meraquas of Irvine for classes,, or flip to page 36 for more info.

Water Polo Water polo players gain exceptional endurance and swimming skills (eggbeaters are hardcore, people!). Kids as young as five can hop on a noodle and start practicing those eggbeaters in the coed Mini-Polo program at United Water Polo in Los Alamitos. (www. “He’s so confident and sure about the water,” says Joy Baker whose 13 year-old son Kai, a mini-polo graduate and Huntington Beach Jr. Lifeguard, still plays, though now sans noodle. The Irvine-based USA Water Polo ( has spawned many Olympiads. Check out their site for information on clubs, clinics, camps and tournaments for boys and girls (7+) or see page 36. Diving Diving combines gymnastics, acrobatics and the sheer courage that is hurling oneself into the water below. Locally, we have training for beginners all the way up to Junior Olympiads. If your kid is not quite ready to take the full leap, they can try a minisession at McCormick Divers in Long Beach, (714) 642-0317, A regular diving practice is good discipline too—95% of divers at McCormick Divers make the transition to college. Jr. Crew Crew is about commitment, building strength, and working together to meet a common goal—that is, row, row, rowing that boat. The sport is not only great for fitness, it’s THE number one bet for a girl to score an athletic college scholarship. Newport Aquatic Center starts ‘em early with junior rowing and teams for middle and high schoolers. (949) 646-7725, Long Beach Junior Crew offers a winter-break camp for kids 12-18, along with a year-round program and teams. (562) 431-1644.

Chill Out We’ve got plenty in the way of skating, (see page 40), but hold your Zamboni, there’s more! We’re talking: Broomball Expect some bruises after a game of Broomball, a hockeyish game where you wear tennis shoes and play with a broom/mallety thing. Oh, and it’s super slippery and there are no rules, really. “It’s like the wild, wild west on ice,” says Miriam Bradley of East West Ice Palace. As is the way of Broomball, there aren’t youth leagues (yet....though it might not look bad on a college app if your kid was the local Broomball Czar...). So grab a few friends (like party guests), rent a rink, and East West Ice Palace will provide nets, balls and sticks. www.eastwesticepalace. com, (562) 809-6200. It’s also available at many local rinks, including The Rinks with various locations, See pages 40 and 41. Hockey Hockey is good for building teamwork, endurance and the kind of excellent balance that comes from a fast-paced game played entirely on a slab of ice. Here in SoCal, we are as rich as the Canadians (almost) in youth teams and leagues as well as gateway opportunities for newbies. The Anaheim Ducks 4-week Learn-to-Play Program offers firsttime hockey players the chance to get on the rink in full hockey equipment for free. Kids get instruction on the basics of hockey basics as well as the correct way to skate. Sessions at The Rinks, various locations, If you have already tried hockey, you might be eligible for the Little Ducks Hockey Program, a developmental hockey program for kids 4-12 that provides participants with a free set of hockey equipment, as well as on-ice instruction. DucksYouthHockey

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Curling Yes, curling (!), that Olympic sport with the big round stone and the frantic sweeping. Curling is a social sport that’s also good for agility and lack of sweatiness (all that ice!). “Our club offers Learnto-Curl classes and curling leagues throughout the year to youth ages 14 years and older,” says Kori Fisher, VP of the OC Curling Club, although they don’t yet have classes for the very young. Folks with physical limitations can play too. The classes are wheelchair accessible and kids with physical differences can use the alternate “stick” method of stone delivery., (714) 987-CURL. If it takes, you might find yourself at a bonspiel or two (psst, it’s a curling tournament), or renting your own curling setup (great for parties) through Emerald Events, page 40.

Badminton In the 1600s, upper-class folks played an early, netless form of the game called battledore and shuttlecock where players just hit a shuttlecock back and forth trying not to let it touch the ground. Nowadays, we play a modern version with a net and everything that originated in 19th century British India. Badminton’s benefits include: fun, cardiovascular health and inexpensive equipment, plus in some local schools being on the school’s badminton team allows a PE-averse kid to avoid high school gym class. To get in the swing of things, kids can start in with lessons at a local club, including Badminton Center Court, (562) 426-9299, and Orange County Badminton Club, (714) 639-6222,

Go Medieval

The Odd Balls

If a sport has been around since the olden days— as in Medieval times—it’s gotta have something going for it. (Alas ye olde pastimes like Shinty, Bear Baiting and Hot Cockle have fallen out of favor.)

They aren’t famous like footballs or baseballs, but these balls have their own thing going on. (Pro tip: Never say “balls” to a 5th grader.)

Archery With role models like Katniss Everdeen, Artemis and Robin Hood, archery is an equal-opportunity way to play hero. Archery gets kids outside and teaches them patience, strength, self-confidence and how to relax under pressure. Get them started in this ancient practice (the first archers lived in the Stone Age!) with Saturday instruction for kids 8 and up at El Dorado Regional Park Archery Range in Long Beach, Kids must take a safety class first and equipment is provided. For more information and options, see page 35. Fencing Fencing is an excellent bet for kids, including boys looking to score a college athletic scholarship (it’s second behind gymnastics for males) and it teaches coordination, strategy and quick thinking. Parents appreciate that it’s also a gentlemanly sport. “Even when people were killing each other, it was in a very nice manner,” says the jovial Eric Holmgren of Gryphon Fencing, where they offer fencing classes to kids 5 and up. (714) 519-1343, (page 38). That air of danger appeals to kids. “You get to poke somebody with a sword and not get it trouble for it,” says Holmgren. Locally we have lots of classes, competitions and camps. For more info, flip to page 38.

Lacrosse Lacrosse used to be more of a prep school thing, but now it’s accessible to everyone with an interest in catching, passing and scoring goals with a small, fast moving ball and a hand-held net (“the stick”). There’s lots of running around and it’s great for hockey, baseball and soccer players looking to enhance their skills. Many local schools have lacrosse teams, but you can get kids started as early as age 7 in a local club like Beach Cities Youth Lacrosse, Ping Pong Whether you call it Ping Pong or table tennis, this rec room staple is a fast-paced sport that helps develop quick reflexes, hand-eye coordination and fine motor control. It’s also a surprisingly physical game, and there’s that pleasingly hollow sound of racket clacking against the ball, er, round spherical object. “When the kids play the game and have fun, they don’t play the (video) games at home as much,” says Thuy Nguyen of Orange County Table Tennis Academy in Fountain Valley, which offers after-school programs, summer camps, and group lessons. (818) 468-9201. Bowling Bowling is naturally appealing to kids. There’s a bunch of cool machinery, super heavy balls and the fascinating way the pins re-stack themselves after a frame. Although bowling is known for being the rare sport where one can keep a plate of nachos at the ready—which ain’t nothin’—it’s also a stealth way to teach physics and biomechanics. Who knew? Get them started in a youth league like the one at Irvine Lanes for kids 5-20, www.irvinelanes. com. Be sure to ask about student scholarship programs (college money for bowling...yes, please!).

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ARTS GUIDE • CSArts Academy 1010 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 560-090, Ext. 4000 CSArts Academy was created to give students ages 8-15 the chance to experience Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA’s) robust arts curriculum in a fun, creative, and nurturing envi­ronment. In the fall and spring, the Saturday series offers eight-week courses in the mornings and afternoons. Children are invited to enjoy fun and rewarding classes within the School of Fine and Media Arts, including animation, creative writing, figure drawing, painting and drawing, special effects makeup, and production and design. Specialized vocal audition prep course for singers ages 10-15 is also offered, including song writing and music theory lessons; 3D design, cinematography and digital arts; culinary skills; beginner and intermediate ballroom dance; and more. For their theater arts and school programs, see pages 8 and 12. Also see ad on page 7 with 10% off coupon using code “KidsGuide10.” • Just Think Art Cypress Location (714) 747-7073, Weekly art classes for children, ages 5 and above, teenagers and adults covering various mediums (watercolors, acrylics, charcoal, oil pastels, pencils, mixed media, etc.) and subjects (sketching, calligraphy, cartooning, illustration, design, scrapbooking, etc.). Develop skills and enhance your creativity in an encouraging environment. To see what your child can create, visit and click on Art Gallery. • Rising TIDE Free After-School Program Marguerite Kiefer Education Center 607 E. 3rd St., Long Beach (562) 437-0958, Free, weekday program provides homework help and Art Clubs for 6-8 week periods, including Creative Cooking, Manners Talk and Money Counts. See complete listing and ad on page 14.


Get Crafty Ceramics, arts and crafts, sewing and knitting classes, and workshops for kids. Camps and birthday party packages are often available. Get Crafty With Clay Clay on First, Long Beach, (562) 495-4362, www. Color Me Mine, Brea, Costa Mesa, lots more fun at

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Timree Paint Studio 1651 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach (949) 723-1300, The Art Studio 6450 Westminster Blvd., Westminster (714) 458-2800,

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5531 Spring St., Long Beach • (562) 712-9798 • Long Beach, Mission Viejo, Pasadena, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Tustin, Whittier and more, www.colormemine. com. Hidden Talents Ceramic Studio, Huntington Beach, (714) 840-6833, www.hiddentalentsceramicstudio. com. Paint N’ Glaze, Long Beach, (562) 421-8000, Get Crafty with Recycled Materials Child Creativity Lab’s Depot for Creative Reuse, Santa Ana, (714) 352-4380, reDiscover Center, Los Angeles, (310) 393-3636, The Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse, Long Beach, (562) 437-9999, Get Crafty with a Retailer Home Depot, first Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. noon, projects are listed on their website, www.tinyurl. com/workshopforkids. Michaels, Kids Club every Saturday, 10 a.m. - noon, Get Crafty with Sewing & Fashion Design Angel Threads Sewing School, Newport Beach, (949) 548-6070, Fashion Camp, Tustin, (714) 259-0946, Sewing Lab, Los Alamitos, (657) 465-5499, www. (see page 26). Sew Vac Ltd., Long Beach, (562) 498-6684, www.sewvacltd. com. Stitches in Time, Bellflower, (562) 804-9341,


Have an Art Party The following studios offer private parties where your child can become a master on their special day. Professional artist-led classes are 1½-2½ hours long, letting participants create a take-home masterpiece in painting, pottery, crafts or mosaics. The studios provide the creative space, you provide the refreshments.

Art Steps 1525 Mesa Verde Drive E., #119, Costa Mesa, (714) 760-4042; 18212 Imperial Hwy., Yorba Linda, (714) 524-2248; and 24000 Alicia Pkwy., # 31, Mission Viejo, (949) 454-9555. Color My World Art Studio 11960 Artesia Blvd., #101, Artesia (562) 219-4566, Artime Studio 27001 La Paz Road, Ste. #390, Mission Viejo (949) 981-4988, Artology Studio 15455 Jeffrey Road, Ste. 318, Irvine (949) 932-0996, Averyboo Arts 3908 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach (562) 912-4800, Fibo Kids Art Academy Locations in Anaheim Hills, Brea, Cypress, Diamond Bar, Fountain Valley, and Tustin Marketplace. (714) 579-1929, Inspyr Arts 2535 E. Broadway, Long Beach (562) 342-6172, Little Planet Art Lab 17395 17th St., Ste. D, Tustin (657) 321-6776, Palette Station 540 E. 1st St., Tustin (714) 730-4979, • Sewing Lab 4215 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos (657) 465-5499, See ad on page 26. Sounds of Color Studio 2407 N. Tustin Ave., Santa Ana (714) 624-8686, Studio H Fine Art 2691 Richter Ave., Ste. 108, Irvine (949) 430-7020,

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Tap & Tango • Burgess Cotillion The Grand - Catalina Room, Long Beach (323) 874-7393, Bobby Burgess—original Walt Disney Mouseketeer, ballroom dancer on the Lawrence Welk Show, and instructor with the legendary Call’s Cotillion—leads each Burgess Cotillion class. Kids (8-18) learn social dancing and manners in eight monthly Monday classes, 90 minutes each. Foxtrot, waltz, swing, tango, rumba, cha cha, line dancing—you name it, Burgess Cotillion teaches it! Every class also includes refreshments, games, prizes, and manners every kid needs to know. Parents are always welcome, especially for the Mother/Son, Father/Daughter dances in April. Please contact for dates and tuition. Email: • Los Altos Dance Center 5531 Spring St., Long Beach (562) 712-9798, Los Altos Dance Center is a family-owned studio serving the Long Beach area since 1977. They offer classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop and lyrical for preschoolers, children, teens and adults. Their friendly teachers make classes fun and enjoyable while teaching proper dance technique. Los Altos Dance Center takes pride in their yearly dance recital where students and teachers perform beautifullyskilled and choreographed dance routines. Voted #1 in Kids Entertainment 2019 Press-Telegram Readers Choice Awards! See ad on this page.


Make Music • Applied Music 10900 Los Alamitos Blvd., Ste. 203, Los Alamitos (562) 596-1287, Enhance your child’s (3+) education by trying a free lesson at Applied Music Studio! They offer instruction in viola, violin, voice, piano, guitar, drums, woodwinds and theory, as well as a Keyboard for Kids program, all taught by degreed professionals. Applied Music Studio also offers lessons for jazz, orchestra and lots more fun at

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• Jazz Angels (562) 981-8410, Level-specific jazz bands comprised of young musicians ages 9-17. Musicians learn to play (or improve how they play) this great American music through a unique method of music mentoring. Three, ten-week sessions throughout the school year, plus a summer program. Email: • Kelly Summer Vocal Studio Long Beach (562) 833-6444, Voice lessons for kids and adults who want to improve their singing ability are offered by Kelly Summer Vocal Studio. Kelly Summer is a career singer and voice teacher with a Masters Degree in vocal performance from USC and over 20 years experience in the music business. Her specialization is in contemporary jazz, rock and hip hop/R&B. Students learn vocal technique, repertoire, audition/ performance skills and musicianship—all in a private studio setting. Also see Special Needs (page 20), and ad on page 5 for a free first lesson offer. • Music Together at the Beach (562) 264-5543 Celebrating over 20 years of family music-making in Long Beach and Huntington Beach! Music Together is the internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for children from birth through age 8 and the grown-ups who love them. Weekly 45-minute classes incorporate a fun-filled, research-based, developmentally appropriate music curriculum. Activities include songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play. Parent-child classes for children, newborn to age 8. For information about other Music Together locations, visit their website. See ad on page 5. Children’s Choruses & Choirs International Peace Choir, free singers program too, (562) 500-9106,

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10900 Los Alamitos Blvd, Ste. 203, Los Alamitos (corner of Florista & Pine) • Long Beach Youth Chorus, (562) 420-3393, www. Southern California Children’s Chorus, (949) 336-7115, www.sccchorus. org. Voices of Hope Children’s Choir, (714) 9714001, Music Teacher Referrals Free referral sites that connect you with qualified instructors in piano, guitar, strings, vocals and more: Music Teachers Association of California, (800) 834-3340, Suzuki Association of the Americas, (888) 378-9854, www. Youth Bands and Orchestras Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California Four different ensembles that are appropriate for all ages and skill levels, Cerritos College Community Education - Community Band and Community Orchestra (10-adult), (562) 467-5050, Musique Sur La Mer - Youth Symphony Orchestra (12-25), (562) 799-1060,


Steal the Show The following youth theater programs offer classes, workshops and productions. Acting Academy for Kids - Ages 4-17. Venues in Laguna Niguel, Irvine, and San Clemente. (949) 4270072. Arts & Learning - Grades K+. Winter and spring camps offered. 151 Kalmus Drive, G3, Costa Mesa. (714) 728-7100. Biola Youth Theatre - Ages 6-18; emphasis on spiritual principles. 14540 San Cristobal Drive, La Mirada. (562) 906-4574.

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choir preparation. They have new and used instruments for sale, and school-approved instruments for rent with an option to buy. Mention Kidsguide to book your free lesson today! Located at the corner of Florista and Pine. Email: appliedmusicstudio@gmail. com. See ad on this page.


Broadway on Tour Children’s Theatre - Ages 8-20. 625 French St., Santa Ana. (714) 542-6939. Buena Park Youth Theatre - Ages 8-18. 6888 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. (714) 449-3211. www. Creative Kids Playhouse Children’s Theatre of OC - Age 3 - grade 12. Mission Viejo. (949) 2976257. • CSArts Academy - During the fall and spring Saturday series, CSArts Academy provides a creative and nurturing environment for students ages 8-15 to delve into their passion for theatrical arts. Taught by Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA’s) renowned educators, the musical theatre exploration class engages students’ imaginations, teaches teamwork, builds confidence, and helps young actors find their creative voice. Students can also learn the fundamentals of special effects makeup; take a specialized class in musical theatre audition technique; and explore both film and televi­sion production skills. Also see pages 5 and 12 for additional programs. See ad on page 7 with 10% off coupon using code “KidsGuide10.” 1010 N. Main S., Santa Ana. (714) 560-0900, Ext. 4000. www. GO-FAME Youth Theatre Company - Ages 8-18. 3960 N. Studebaker Road, #106, Long Beach. (657) 845-0414. Laguna Playhouse - Ages 9-18. 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. (949) 497-2787. www. Musical Theatre Academy of OC - Ages 4-18. 3935 Birch St., Newport Beach. (949) 955-3737. MYART - Musical Youth Artists Repertory Theater. Grades K-5. After-school programs in Long Beach. (562) 216-3305. Mysterium Theater - Ages 6-17. 311 S. Euclid, La Habra. (562) 697-3311. Orange County Children’s Theatre (OCCT) Ages 5-19. (714) 502-2244. Phantom Projects Theatre Group - Ages 8-17. First class is free. La Mirada. (714) 690-2900. South Coast Repertory - Kids and teens acting classes for grades 3-12. 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 708-5510. The Kids Theatre Company - Grades K-8. Long Beach. (562) 209-1894. • Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts - The Wallis brings family programs to Los Angeles, performed by many of the world’s most talented and sought-after artists. The building features the restored, original 1933 Beverly Hills Post Office (on the National Register of Historic Places). The Wallis invests in the development of young artists through in-depth courses, including collaborations with The 8 kidsguide fall/winter 2019/20

Miracle Project, which provides theater programs for young people with autism and their typical peers, and Broadway Dreams, a summer intensive program with professional Broadway performers. On Sunday Fundays, dancers and families of all ages can enjoy free, outdoor dance lessons with three-time Emmy Awardwinner Debbie Allen and Friends, along with musical performances by Parker Bent (November 10, March 8 and June 14) and kid-friendly sketch comedy from the Story Pirates (October 13, December 8 and May 10). This season, enjoy family-friendly performances including Circa: Humans, November 1-2 (5+); Sonia de Los Santos La Golondrina: A Musical Journey, November 10 (4+); Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, December 4-8 (8+); Emil and the Detectives, March 27-29 (8+); Snow White, May 8-17 (5+); and From the Top, March 4 (7+). See ad on the back cover. YaYa’s Performance Academy - Ages 3-18. 4144 N. Viking Way, Long Beach. (562) 355-2004. www.

CAMP GUIDE Fall, winter and spring activity and specialty camps. Many places listed throughout Kidsguide also offer camps, be sure to inquire. KG Tip: Visit our CampGuide at for more options. • Acting Out Long Beach (562) 901-0111, Camp program celebrates creativity through a series of drama skills workshops. Ensemble building, song, movement, improv, scene study, stage combat, monologue and so much more. Acting Out is for kids (7-14) involved in other theater programs, as well as those new to theater. They challenge every camper according to their comfort level. Best part—you get to see what they have learned with a show at the end of the week! Visit website for schedule of school-break camps. Anaheim Community Services (714) 765-5219, CampVenture Day Camp (6-13) - Daily activities include crafts, movies, nature, science, cooking, sports, weekly excursion and more. Themed-weekly sessions on select days, November 25 - January 10, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., with extended hours, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. See website for details. • Bionerds Camp (949) 288-1486, Bionerds offers one-day or weekly camps from half-day to full-day, during school breaks, including summer. The camps are jam-packed with fun and hands-on biology activities for children (grades K-8) throughout Orange County. Their school-break camps

cover vast topics of biology, including insects, plants, humans, animals, microorganisms, genetics and many more. Your child will get up-close and personal with many living organisms throughout camp. Guest speakers may be invited to share their expertise in the biology or related fields. Lab coats, goggles, gloves, and many other lab gadgets are provided in the class. See Parties on page 32 and ad on page 16. Boys and Girls Club Day camps (5-18) are offered at most branches during vacation breaks and school holidays, usually Monday Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. (hours vary). Clubs may also offer overnight and leadership camps (13-18). Find your nearest location at Camp Fire Greater Long Beach - Thanksgiving, winter and spring-break camps may be offered; call for information, (562) 421-2725, LA, Inland and OC - Fall Family Camp, November 1-3, (909) 982-5400, • Camp Komaroff at the Alpert JCC 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, At Camp Komaroff, they provide a wide range of well-planned activities both on and off campus, facilitated by a highly trained, energetic staff. They offer just about everything “under the sun.” From arts and crafts, cooking, swim time, weekly field trips, sports and much more. Everyone is invited to be silly, laugh, have fun, and make new friends in a safe, nurturing environment while developing new skills, and becoming more independent. Camp is open to students going into grades K-9 and is held from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Extended care is available, 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. Thanksgiving Break Camp: Monday, November 25 Wednesday, November 27. Winter Break Camp: Monday, December 23 - Friday, January 3 (no program on Wednesday, December 25 and Wednesday, January 1). Spring Break Camp: Friday, April 10 - Friday, April 17. School Vacation Days Camp: Monday, November 11 (Veterans Day); Monday, January 20 (MLK Jr. Day); Monday, February 10 (Lincoln’s Birthday); and Monday, February 17 (Presidents Day). For more information, please contact Cecelia Danziger at cdanziger@ See ad on page 11. Costa Mesa Parks and Community Services (714) 754-5300, Winter Camps (grades K-6) - Excursions, games, skits, arts and crafts, and more. December 23 - January 3 and February 17-21, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (no camp December 25, January 1 and February 17). $165 per week. Downey Parks and Recreation (562) 904-7223, Camp Avalanche - December 23-27 and December 30 - January 3, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Includes a daily snack and a weekly excursion; sack lunch must be sent. $144 per week. Fullerton Parks and Recreation (714) 738-6575, Hillcrest Fall and Winter Day Camps - Kids (5-9 and 10-12) enjoy an action-packed camp with different weekly themes. Fall Camp: November 25-27. Winter Camp: December 23, 26 and 27 and December 30, January 2 and 3. $84-120. lots more fun at


• Girl Scout of Greater Los Angeles (213) 213-0123, Take part in amazing all-girl outdoor and highadventure experiences combining fun, learning and leadership at Girl Scout adventure camps in the fall and winter. One-day events and weekend overnight experiences are open to all girls in grades K-12 (including non-Girl Scouts)—some events also welcome parents and family members! Activities include archery, high-ropes, service projects (such as winterizing the camp in Frazier Park), and more. Also see Youth Groups (page 22) and ad on page 23. • Gryphon Fencing and Fitness Studio 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia (714) 519-1343, Go from Zero to Zorro! Vacation-break camps will teach your child the sport of fencing. In the popular Go Medieval camp, kids learn archery, fencing and build a working catapult. Camps offer the chance to have fun, meet new friends, learn new skills and build confidence. Email: See ad on page 38. Irvine Community Services (949) 724-6610, Fall, winter and spring camps available. Visit their website for details. Lake Forest Community Services 25550 Commercentre Drive, Lake Forest (949) 273-6960, Winter and spring camps are offered. Call for dates. • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (562) 570-3100, LBPRM will offer the following programs during vacation breaks: Fall Fun Days, November 25-27, and Winter Fun Days, December 23, 24, 26, 27, 30 and 31, and January 1 and 2. For locations and hours, visit See ad on the front inside cover. Los Alamitos Recreation (562) 430-1073 Day camps (5-12) include games, arts and crafts, outdoor activities, movies and more. Fall camp, November 25-27. Winter camp, December 23 - January 3. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; extended hours, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. $27-30 per day, $42-45 per extended day. • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns (562) 986-0066, My Gym Children’s Fitness Center offers one of the best camp programs in town! Camps are offered during spring, summer and winter vacations, plus Thanksgiving week; Tuesday - Friday. Children of all ages can enjoy a day of camp with hands-on arts and crafts, music, dance, games, and overall emphasis on learning solid skills and fundamentals in sports and gymnastics. Themed days and activities add to the fun

and atmosphere of the program. Sign up for one day or up to four days per week. See ad on page 33. Newport Beach Recreation (949) 644-3151, Newport Beach offers a selection of winter and spring camps, including a modified City Day Camp, camps during President’s Week (February 17-21) and spring-break (April 6-10). Call or visit the website for more information and pricing. • Rise Up Athletics Day Camps 10712 Reagan St., Ste. A, Los Alamitos (562) 280-2441, Are you looking for a fun-filled exciting program for your children to get into? Well, look no further, Rise Up Athletics offers exciting seasonal in-house day camps for children ages 4 years and up. With flexible options either for the day-to-day camper or the full week, your child will enjoy instructional gymnastics along with arts, crafts, games and much more. For enrollment information, visit them online, call or email, office@ See ad on page 9. • Sandie Mercer Ranch at Lakewood Equestrian Center 11369 Carson St., Lakewood (562) 425-1905 Summer and holiday weekly extended lesson program at Sandie Mercer Ranch for ages 7-17. Learn all about horses: leading, grooming, bathing, parts of saddle and bridle, breed types, colors and markings, plus horseback riding two times daily. Weekly sessions, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Enrollment is limited. Email: See Horseback Riding for year-round lessons, and ad on page 39. Signal Hill Community Services (562) 989-7330, Winter camp at Signal Hill Park (grades K-5), December 23, 26, 27, 30, and January 2-3. Hours: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Spring camp is also offered, call or visit website for details. • Skatedogs (714) 313-8787, Kids make new friends, advance their skateboarding skills, and most importantly, have fun at Skatedogs’ school-break skateboarding camps. Offered in conjunction with the recreation departments of Aliso Viejo, Arcadia, Beverly Hills, Brea, Cerritos, Cypress, Glendora, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Manhattan Beach, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Redondo Beach, Seal Beach and Tustin. They also offer after-school and weekend classes, private lessons and birthday parties (page 34). See ad and skateboarding listing on page 40. • Vans Skatepark Holiday Skate Clinics 20 City Blvd. West, Orange (714) 769-3800, December 14 and 21: Vans Skatepark in Orange, a 40,000-square-foot facility, offers two Holiday Clinics 10 kidsguide fall/winter 2019/20

on Saturday, December 14 and 21. Instruction is offered for beginner to advanced street skateboarders, ages 6-16. Pizza lunch is included. Clinic hours: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free clinics open to the public, see associate for details and registration start dates. Space is limited. See ad on back inside cover. YMCA Individual branches offer day camp (5-15) during traditional and year-round school vacations. Overnight camp (7-18) may be offered throughout the school year. Family Camp (all ages) is held Halloween and Thanksgiving weekends. Financial assistance is available. Find your nearest location at Youth Center Camp SHARK at Rossmoor Park 10909 Oak St., Los Alamitos (562) 493-4043, Camp SHARK (5-12) includes arts and crafts, games, sports, field trips, cultural enrichment days and contests. Weekly or daily options with extended hours. Fees start at $26. Teen Camp is also available for kids (12-16) with sports, outdoor activities and field trips. Available winter and spring break.

EDUCATION GUIDE California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools Preschools where each family shares in operating the school. Parents participate on a rotating basis, serving as assistants to a professional teacher and staff. Visit website for list of local schools. • Downey Unified School District Office 11627 Brookshire Ave., Downey 90241 (562) 469-6518 Downey Unified School District believes in engaging all students to excel and become self-motivated learners. Using exciting 21st century techniques and an academically rigorous curriculum, DUSD is committed to preparing students to be globally competitive and graduate college and career ready. The 97% graduation rate is a representation of DUSD’s dedicated staff, the importance placed on character education, and the exciting opportunities offered to students through extensive visual and performing arts, accelerated programs, 12 career pathways, and 14 CIF sports. DUSD is currently accepting applications. Schedule a tour today! #chooseDUSD. See ad on page 11. • Early Childhood Education at the Alpert JCC 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, At the Alpert JCC, they are dedicated to creating future leaders and building a love of learning and community that lasts a lifetime. From the youngest toddlers (2 years old) to the oldest Pre-K students (4 years old), they encourage independent thinking and lots more fun at


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and early exposure to mathematics. Art, music, geography and social science are also included. Conveniently located with large play areas. Montessori Children’s House has been serving the community for more than 45 years. See ad on this page. • Oakwood Academy Schools Oakwood Academy Schools offer an accelerated academic program with a hands-on approach to learning. Students learn computer skills and go on educational field trips. Enrichment activities such as karate, swimming, piano, dance and gymnastics are offered. See ad on page 15; coupon on page 42.

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decision-making that prepares graduates to be responsible leaders when they leave the doors. If you’re looking for a collaborative partner in your family’s early childhood educational journey, come and join them in creating the future. Find out more about their Jbaby program, where babies and mommies (and daddies) have an opportunity to meet new parents in the area, exchange baby stories and spend quality time together. Schedule a tour with Rachel Gordon at See ad on page 11. • EduCare 4300 Bellflower Blvd., Lakewood (562) 377-1300 5730 South St., Lakewood (562) 461-7311 EduCare Preschools of Lakewood are private preschools, and accept children ages 24 months through kindergarten. Each school is licensed for 70 children. Each facility leases space in a church, and both are

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attractive and well-maintained. There is a stable staff with very little turn-over. Parents and visitors at the school often comment on the relaxed atmosphere, and say that the children seem happy. EduCare has an open-door policy. Please feel free to just stop in, or you can call for information. See ad on page 14. • Montessori Children’s House Preschool & Elementary School 5550 Atherton St., Long Beach (562) 431-8880 5454 Atherton St., Long Beach (562) 494-3777 Year-round program for children (2-12) in preschool and kindergarten through grade 6. Students are in a multi-age group environment working individually and independently. Without a traditional grading system, classes help students to progress at their own pace. Curriculum emphasizes reading phonetically

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Oakwood Preschool & Academy (562) 426-6264 3850 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Age 2 through 5th grade. Lic. 198011608. Oaktree Preschool & Kindergarten (562) 597-8611 1710 Redondo Ave., Long Beach Age 2 through Kindergarten. Lic. 191601050. • Orange County School of the Arts 1010 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 560-0900, Ext. 4000, Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) embraces and encourages artistic creativity and academic excellence. This innova­tive public charter school provides a uniquely challenging and nurturing environment focused on individual growth, oppor­tunity, and diversity. Ranked as the number one Charter High School in California by Niche in 2019, OCSA has been recognized both regionally and nationally as a model arts education program. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). OCSA is a tuition-free, donation-dependent public charter school; no student is admitted or denied based on financial capacity. For information about OCSA’s CSArts Academy, a program for both OCSA and non-OCSA students, see their listings in the ArtsGuide. See ad on page 7. • Preschools - Long Beach and Orange County Belmont Shore (562) 439-3369 Cerritos (562) 865-0482 Cerritos/Artesia (562) 860-6302 Cypress, south (714) 828-9000 Cypress, north (714) 527-2744 Fullerton (714) 526-7855 Los Alamitos/Rossmoor (562) 431-6553 Westminster (714) 894-4036 Year-round preschools, for ages 2-5 years, offer an accelerated academic program that includes science, math and language development. Potty training, hot lunches and pre-kindergarten are available. Instruction is provided by skillful, creative teachers that offer part-day and full-day classes. See ad on page 13. lots more fun at

• Valley Christian Schools Cerritos and Bellflower (562) 860-0556, At Valley Christian Schools, you’ll find a clear link between excellence in education and a Christian Worldview. On each of their four campuses, learn about their vision for the whole child, expressed through curriculum and co-curricular activities at their Admissions Open Houses and Preview Tours; plus meet teachers and students, and learn more. Visit their website for dates and more details. See ad on page 44. • YMCA of Greater Long Beach Preschools Did you know that 90% of a human’s brain develops before the age of 5? 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


• St. Hedwig 3591 Orangewood Ave., Los Alamitos (562) 296-9060, Serving students from TK-8th grade, St. Hedwig School strives to develop the whole child, one who is academically competitive and who demonstrates good character grounded in Catholic values. They aim to provide an exceptional educational experience and to empower students to face the challenges of 21st-century learning and make a difference in their world. Open enrollment is year-round! Call today to schedule a private tour. See ad on page 12.

ENROLL IN PRESCHOOL TODAY With five (5) convenient locations in the greater Long Beach area. Call today! 562.279.1624 succeed in life. Their five locations in Greater Long Beach provide state-subsidized, year-round childcare for qualifying families. Their preschools reflect the communities that they serve and they work with families to provide kids with opportunities to learn, grow and thrive. 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 and Learn Preschool, 2179 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, (562) 218-4693. YMCA Creative Beginnings Preschool, 5600 Linden Ave., Long Beach, (562) 422-2616. See ad above.

Early Learning Preschool 4539 Cerritos Ave., Cypress (714) 828-9000

Belmont Shore Children’s Center 30 W. Termino Ave., Long Beach (562) 439-3369

Rossmoor Children’s Center 4161 Green Ave., Los Alamitos (562) 431-6553

Cypress Learning Tree 5417 Bishop St., Cypress (714) 527-2744

Cerritos Learning Tree Preschool 19023 Norwalk Blvd., Artesia (562) 860-6302

Town & County Preschool 14203 Willow Lane, Westminster (714) 894-4036

Acacia Tree Preschool 1701 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton (714) 526-7855

Cerritos Lane Preschool 20223 Cabrillo Lane, Cerritos (562) 865-0482

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Academic Help • Kumon of Long Beach-Stearns 5555 E. Stearns, #208, Long Beach (562) 493-4996 As the world’s largest after-school math and reading program, Kumon accelerates your child’s learning from as young as three years old all the way through high school. Kumon goes beyond tutoring, by actively developing critical thinking skills as children progress independently through a carefully crafted math and reading curriculum. Kumon’s time-tested, selflearning program uses engaging worksheets and guidance from an on-site instructor to present new concepts and materials, giving children an academic

advantage in the classroom and throughout life. See ad on page 12.

and enrichment classes also available. Check website for schedule.

• My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns (562) 986-0066, My Gym offers Preschool PREP Early Learning Program. In their commitment to educating the whole child, the program focuses on imparting to children the skills needed to excel in preschool and beyond. This 2.5 hour, drop-off program for 2.6 years - 5 years focuses on making learning fun and exciting in the familiar and nurturing atmosphere of My Gym. Tuesday, 12-2:30 p.m., and Wednesday, 12:30-3 p.m. See ad on page 33.

Anaheim Community Services Department - Tiny Tots Academy (3-5). East Anaheim Community Center, Peralta Recreation Center and Brookhurst Community Center. (714) 765-5191.

• Rising TIDE Free After-School Program – Marguerite Kiefer Education Center 607 E. 3rd St., Long Beach (562) 437-0958, Ext. 25, Free, weekday program provides homework help and includes a computer bank, comfortable work spaces, and a lending library with nearly 10,000 titles. The tutoring program matches students with a trained, one-on-one tutor for the school year—tutors not only help with homework, they also give guidance and often become a part of their tutee’s life. The need is great and they are always open to receive new tutors. Guided Learning, Life Skills and Art Clubs are just some of the programs that are offered for 6-8 week periods, e.g. Creative Cooking, Manners Talk and Money Counts. The STEM emphasis includes clubs and a Math and Science Center, made possible in part by Southern California Edison. Special events are held throughout the year, such as a back-to-school prep day with the distribution of school supplies, haircuts, flu shots and more. See ad on this page. • The Tutoring Center Long Beach 4215 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach (562) 653-4380, Are you happy with your child’s grades? Call The Tutoring Center Long Beach today to schedule your Free Diagnostic Assessment. The Tutoring Center Long Beach uses a unique system known as “The Rotational Approach to Learning.” Your child will receive intense one-to-one instruction in reading, math (all levels) and/or writing to rapidly increase academic skills while also improving concentration, focus and attention span. See ad with discount coupon on page 15. Recreation Department, College and Youth Group Academic Classes and Tutoring Aliso Viejo Parks and Recreation - STEM Labs (6-9) and Engineering and Robotics (9-12), September 9 - October 14 and October 28 - December 16. Language


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Boys and Girls Clubs - Branches provide homework tutoring. College Prep is offered at some locations. Find the location near you on their website. California State University Long Beach - The Community Clinic for Counseling and Educational Services offers assessment and tutoring for school-age kids (6-17) and developmental assessments (3-6). Services are provided by advanced graduate students. 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 985-4991. Cerritos College, Community Education - SAT Prep, grades 9-12. Chapman University - Reading and writing tutoring (grades 1-5) at the Kathleen Muth Reading Center, taught by students earning their teaching credential. (714) 997-6613. Cypress Recreation and Community Services - Tutoring Club (pre-K-12) arranged by individual appointment. $140 for four, one-hour sessions; continuous registration. (714) 229-6780. Fountain Valley Community Services - OC First Language Academy offers Trilingual Immersion (3-5 and 6-12), Youth Writing Enrichment (8-12), Youth English and Math Enrichment (6-12), Cooking Up Cultures (6-12 and 12-18), Teen Math (12-18), Teen Writing Enrichment (12-18), and Teen Trilingual Enrichment (12-18). Additional programs include: Preschool Phonics, OC Tiny Tots Preschool Academy (3½-5), and Academy Enrichment (3½-5). (714) 839-8611. Fullerton Parks and Recreation - Reading Development Sound-Start (grades K-1), Reading Development (grades 2-6) and Math Development (grades 2-6). $139, four-week session. (714) 738-6575. Irvine Community Services Department - A variety of academic courses are available, such as college prep, foreign language, math, public speaking, reading and STEM. (949) 724-6610. • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Free, after-school tutoring programs are available at some parks throughout the school year. Academic classes taught by Readwrite Educational Solutions include: Math Development and Reading Development (4½-12), $79; Readwrite en Español (4-7), $79; Parent and Me Pre-K Readiness (2 yrs, 4 mos - 3 yrs, 11 mos), $149; and Readwrite Kinder Prep (4-5½), $215. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Parents and Me Pre-K Readiness, Readwrite Kinder Prep, Reading, Math and More Preschool, ReadWrite en Español (4-6), Reading Development, Math Development, Spanish Language Immersion (10 mos - 6 lots more fun at

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yrs), Baby and Toddler Sign Language (2 mos - 4 yrs), Computer Coding (6-9), and a variety of STEM classes. (562) 570-3100. Long Beach Public Libraries - Family Learning Centers offer supervised homework assistance for students on a drop-in basis. Computers are available to help with assignments. Los Alamitos Recreation – Ready, Set, Go Preschool (35), Supersitters (11+), Kids Cooking Academy (5-12), UC Personal Insight Questions (16+), Experiential Writing Classes/Camps (8-12), Robotics Programs (5-12), and Los Alamitos Volunteer Program (11-17). (562) 430-1073. Los Alamitos Youth Center - Tutoring services (517) and R.A.S.C.A.L.S, an after-school club (4-11) in math, science, reading and more. Monday - Friday, 12:30-6 p.m. Plus a Teen Leadership Academy. (562) 493-4043. 10909 Oak St., Los Alamitos. www. Mission Viejo Recreation - Homework Help (grades 2-6), Middle School Math Homework Lab (grades 6-8), Homework Assistance Lab, and college prep workshops for teens. (949) 470-3000. North Orange Continuing Education (NOCE) - A variety of classes (2-17) are offered in the cities of Anaheim, Cypress and Fullerton. Reading classes focus on phonics, basic reading skills, reading comprehension, spelling, and writing enrichment. Math

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courses align with Common Core, as well as prealgebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, PSAT/ NMSQT math test prep, and SAT/ACT math test prep. Personal enrichment classes are also offered, such as public speaking, memory power, computer keyboarding, and techniques to improve studying, test taking, and organization skills. Cost range, $50-120. To learn more about course offerings and to register for classes, visit or call, (714) 808-4909.

Kids (6-10), and Reading and Writing (5-12). (714) 5733326.

Orange Community Services - After-school enrichment program for children (grades K-8). Group activities and homework help, with a focus on character development. Free. Monday - Friday, 2:45-6 p.m. El Camino Real, Grijalva, Killefer, and Handy parks. (714) 4500759.

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Santa Ana College - Early Reader (6-7), Reading and Comprehension (8-12), English Composition (9-12), Vocabulary and Spelling (9-12), Study Skills (12-17), Basic Math (8-2), Spanish For Fun (6-14), Online Driver’s Ed (15+), and more. (714) 5646594. Stanton Recreation - Math tutoring offered by the Young Leaders of Orange County (grades 2-6). Fridays, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Limited space available, pre-registration required by calling, (714) 379-0129. 11822 Santa Paula St., Stanton. Tustin Community Services - Reading Readiness (3-6), Reading and Math Development (6½-11½), Spanish for

YMCA - Youth and Government (10-12) and/or Model United Nations (grades 6-9) are offered at some YMCA branches. Find your nearest location at


The following locations offer STEM classes and programs that may include robotics, coding, game development, 3D printing, Minecraft, rocketry and more. Also see OutingsGuide for additional opportunities. • Bionerds 560 W. 1st St., Ste. 2, Tustin (949) 288-1486, Bionerds offers fun and hands-on biology workshops for kids (grades K-8) throughout Orange County. They have after-school, in-class, school-break (page 8), home school, Girl Scouts and party/private event programs (page 32). Their mission is to nurture curiosity and provide the right environment for younger generations to learn biology; participants will ulti-


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The Studios @ Long Beach Libraries The new Billie Jean King Main Library and the Michelle Obama Library in Long Beach offer learning labs/maker spaces, plus a Mobile Studio. Visit the website for details. Urban Workshop 365-A Clinton St., Costa Mesa (949) 296-2153, Winter camp also offered.


Learn Manners mately build appreciation for their human bodies and other living organisms surrounding them. They believe each individual is a bionerd! Living things are too amazing not to be wondered about. Email: hello@ See ad on this page. • Blue Submarine (888) 218-8085, 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 32. BrainStorm 5430 Trabuco Road, Ste. 150, Irvine (949) 607-8676, Game nights featuring mini-games, pizza, VR, and movies on Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $35

and mission management. Robotics badge/patch workshops for scouts are also offered. Also see Parties (page 32), and ad on page 29. • El Dorado Nature Center One-Day Parent and Me Workshops 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach (562) 570-1745, Bring your imagination and sense of adventure as you and your child celebrate the seasons with a special morning of crafts, stories, songs, and outdoor exploration. Parent participation and pre-registration are required in these one-day workshops that include: Magical Masquerade, October 9; Silly Spiders, October 30; Falling Leaves, November 13; and Owls are a Hoot, November 27. Additional workshops and classes are held throughout the year, check their website for schedule. See ad on the front inside cover. Makersville (562) 225-9589,

Build It Workspace 4388 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos (714) 947-0800, Celebrate a birthday at this venue and create a unique project to take home.

Moving Mindz 4000 Long Beach Blvd., Ste. 205, Long Beach (562) 318-9966, Provides after-school daycare with enrichment classes that focus on STEM and the Arts.

• 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. The 20,000-squarefoot visitor center hosts the only Challenger Learning Center in the greater Los Angeles area where you can: Return to the Moon, go on a Voyage to Mars, and experience the real-life excitement of working in Mission Control or in the Spacecraft; available for field trips, team-building exercises and parties of 16 or more. They also hold engaging classes and workshops. In their hands-on, public robotics lab, visitors can program a robot to run a mission to collect rock samples, just like the actual rovers that are currently running tests on Mars. Participants are taught the principles of robotic programming, engineering, failure analysis

• Rising TIDE Free Afterschool Program Marguerite Kiefer Education Center 607 E. 3rd St., Long Beach (562) 437-0958, Free, weekday program provides homework help; the STEM emphasis includes clubs and a Math and Science Center, made possible in part by Southern California Edison. See complete listing and ad on page 14.

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Rocketry Clubs in Southern California Rocketry Organization of Southern California - www. Southern California Rocket Association - Special classes can be organized at your location––perfect for youth/school groups, and parties, Friends of Amateur Rocketry - Shared Science Greater Long Beach Locations (562) 285-3942, Lego leagues, classes, camps, and competitive robots.

• Burgess Cotillion The Grand - Catalina Room 4101 E. Willow St., Long Beach (323) 874-7393, Burgess Cotillion, led by original Mouseketeer and Lawrence Welk Show dancer Bobby Burgess, stresses etiquette, social skills, and social dance at each of its monthly Monday classes from September to April. Students (grades 3-12) learn how to introduce themselves, go through a reception line, hold a conversation, sit properly, and ask a lady to dance. Table manners, cell phone, and computer manners are also covered. Respect for self and others is emphasized at each class. Kids are encouraged to make new friends, while the program provides fun in a structured environment. Email: Also see dance listing on page 6. • Etiquette and Tea Time at Dream Come True Party Room 3962 Studebaker Road, Ste. 204, Long Beach (562) 270-1400 Weekly tea time at this whimsical party room includes etiquette, tea or juice served in fancy teacups, mini muffins, storytelling, and dress-up play from the Castle Wardrobe. Offered most Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m., contact to confirm. $20 per child; reservations required. Now also offering Dream Come True Makeovers, with your choice of fairy, mermaid, unicorn, princess or Alice in Wonderland—costumes, sashes, hair styling, including make-up and nails too! Also see Parties. See ad on page 32. • Rising TIDE Free Afterschool Program Marguerite Kiefer Education Center 607 E. 3rd St., Long Beach (562) 437-0958, Free, weekday program provides homework help and Life Skills Clubs for 6-8 week periods, including Creative Cooking, Manners Talk and Money Counts. See complete listing and ad on page 14.

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Child care, health providers, family support and special needs services, plus youth groups.


Child Care Resources • Children’s Home Society of California Greater Long Beach (562) 256-7490 Orange County (714) 543-2273 A central coordinating link for child care and child development services. Parents can obtain free information on licensed child-care facilities that match their needs. Listings are maintained on licensed child-care centers, family child-care homes, before and after-school programs, public and private schools, and child-care assistance programs. 4900 Airport Plaza, Ste. 100, Long Beach; 333 South Anita Drive, Ste. 350, Orange. See ad on page 19.

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Babysitter Training Sitter training (10+) courses are available through the following organizations: American Red Cross, also offers online courses, Safe Sitter, also offers baby-sitting tips on their website, (317) 596-5001, Classes are often available through recreation departments, too.


Parenting Support Boot Camp for New Dads and New Moms New moms and dads hear insight, advice and share experiences from veteran parents. Visit the websites to find groups near you. www.bootcampfornewdads. org, Breastfeeding Clinics in Long Beach Lactation consultant assists with breatstfeeding and challenges you may be facing. Clinics are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. (562) 595-5479 or (562) 427-3782. Columbia Pediat-

• Children’s Home Society of California (CHS) Resource and Referral Greater Long Beach (562) 256-7490 Orange County (714) 543-2273 Resource and Referral offers a variety of child care resources to the community, such as child care referrals, resources for assessing the quality of child care services, workshops, and a lending library that offers ageappropriate activities, toys and parenting resources. 4900 Airport Plaza, Ste. 100, Long Beach; 333 South Anita Drive, Ste. 350, Orange. See ad on page 19. Doulas Doulas help women through pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum issues, and baby/child education. Find doulas in your area at or LGBTQ Support Support programs for gay fathers and lesbian mothers, as well as for LGBTQ youth and their families: Long Beach, 2017 E. 4th St., (562) 434-4455, www.; Los Angeles, seven locations and a youth center, (323) 993-7400,; and Orange County, 1605 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana, (714) 953-5428, Meetup Play Groups A web resource that offers links to local parent support groups. Enter your zip code along with a search

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rics, 3833 Worsham Ave., Ste. 301, Long Beach.



Special Needs Services

Infant, Children, and Adolescent Medicine Comprehensive General Practice Pediatric Care School Underachievement John Samson, M.D., F.A.A.P. • Michael L. Goodin, M.D., F.A.A.P. L. Philippe Theriot, M.D., F.A.A.P. • Lori A. Livingston, M.D., F.A.A.P. Brinda Singh, M.D., F.A.A.P • Nicolas Ripp, M.D., F.A.A.P. Erica A. Veeh, M.D., F.A.A.P.

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such as “Dad Support Group,” “Mom Support Group” or “Parent Support Group.” MOMS Club Play groups, Moms’ Night Out, cooking clubs, community service and field trips. Find a chapter near you at MOMS Orange County Become a healthier, more informed and confident new parent. MOMS Orange County offers inhome education, support, screening and resource referral beginning in pregnancy through the baby’s first year. Also available are support groups such as Mommy and Me, My Parents and Me, and New Dads Workshop. Services are no cost, provided in Spanish, English and Vietnamese, and are designed for low-to-moderate income families and individuals. (800) 787-5858. www. MOPS Mothers of Preschoolers support groups for those expecting, or with infants, toddlers and preschoolers. School-age groups also available. (888) 910-6677. Mothers of Multiples Provides information and resources, plus meet-up groups for mothers of multiples.,, New Mom School Postnatal education and support groups organized by your baby’s birth month so that you can meet other moms in the same phase. Visit website for class schedule and pricing. Newport Beach. (949) 6794872.

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• Orange County Department of Child Support Services 1055 N. Main St., Santa Ana (866) 901-3212, The Orange County Department of Child Support Services provides professional, cost-effective services to parents or caretakers of minor children. They offer a Solutions for Parents program, including the establishment and enforcement of child support orders through exclusive enforcement tools, establishment of legal paternity through genetic testing, complete account maintenance, and exceptional customer service to assist customers every step of the way. For more information, call their office or visit them online. See ad on page 17. Parents Without Partners Provides single parents and their children with an environment for support, friendship and the exchange of parenting techniques. • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900, Special monthly events provide parents with important resources to help them stay on track of their child’s healthy development. Parents with children (0-18 mos) are invited to Pretend City every second Monday and fourth Sunday for Baby Steps through the City. Way-toPlay Days on the second Friday of each month are also excellent opportunities for gathering information and resources. Good to Go parent workshops are offered the fourth Monday of each month. Also see Outings (page 27), Parties (page 34), and ad on page 27. Seriously Ill and Bereavement Support Groups Art and Creativity for Healing - (949) 367-1902, Kids Konnected - (949) 4849092, New Hope Grief Support - (562) 429-0075, www.newhopegrief. org. Pathways Volunteer Hospice - (562) 531-3031,

AD/HD Support Group and Resources Resources for support and professional services. Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), (800) 233-4050, Autism Programs Autism Behavior Services, (855) 581-0100, www. Autism Society of America, (800) 328-8476, www.autism-society. org. Autism Learning Partners, (855) 295-3276, Autism Speaks, (888) 288-4762, TACA, Talk About Curing Autism, (855) 726-7810, www. The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, (888) 962-5437, www. Family Resources and Support Family resources and support are available for parents of children with special needs through the following agencies: Regional Center of OC, (714) 7965100, Family Support Network, (714) 447-3301, Harbor Regional Center, (310) 540-1711, Help Me Grow, (866) 476-9025, www.helpmegrowoc. org. Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK), (714) 533-8275, UCP of Orange County, also offers a recreation program, Learning Disabilities Creative Solutions For Hope, (714) 881-0427, Dyslexia Foundation, (941) 807-0499, International Dyslexia Association, (410) 296-0232, www. Learning Disabilities Association, • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900, Special events are offered monthly for families with children on the autism spectrum or with physical disabilities. These events allow children and their parents/ caretakers to play in a sensitive-friendly environment along with other families. Also see Outings (page 27), Parties (page 34), and ad on page 27.


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• Kelly Summer Music Therapy Studio - Music therapy for children with developmental disabilities is offered with Kelly Summer Music Therapy Studio. Music therapy is the clinical and evidenced-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic environment. Music therapy can help your child to reach educational/ IEP goals, improve communication, improve gross/ fine motor skills, express feelings, and improve emotional and affective development. Also see music on page 7, and ad on page 5 for a free first lesson offer. Long Beach. (562) 833-6444. www. Segerstrom Center for the Arts Dance and Music School - Open to children with disabilities as well as those that are developmentally typical. (714) 5562787. Sports Programs Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball - Buddy Baseball for kids (5-20) with special needs. (800) 880-3142. Friendship Circle - Basketball and soccer leagues pair volunteer teens with special needs kids and adults. Chabad Center, Newport Beach. (949) 7219800. HoopStars - Basketball for children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. Leagues in Anaheim, Fullerton and Pomona Valley. www. Little League Baseball and Softball - Little League Challenger teams for boys and girls (4-22) with special needs. Miracle League - Baseball for boys and girls with special needs. Los Angeles, (213) 283-7047, www.; and Orange County, (714) 7132512, (770) 760-1933, Special Olympics - A variety of year-round sports for children, teens and adults (8+) with limited 20 kidsguide fall/winter 2019/20

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intellectual and physical abilities. Find program locations on their website. Spirit League - Basketball, baseball and soccer for ages 6-22 with special needs. (714) 417-9553. • Top Flight Street Hockey and Ice Hockey - The Rinks in Huntington Beach and Lakewood offer street hockey and ice hockey for participants with special needs; all ages and ability levels are welcome. Participants practice weekly, learn fundamentals and play games. No previous experience required and gear can be provided. Huntington Beach Inline, (714) 901-2629; and Lakewood ICE, (562) 429-1805. topflight. See ad on page 41. We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym - Indoor playground, respite care, classes and more. Locations in Long Beach and Laguna Hills. (818) 708-0860.


Health Services • Chang Orthodontics 4608 Katella Ave., Ste. 201, Los Alamitos (562) 430-0541 Their goal is to provide patients with the right combination of advanced orthodontic technology and a personal human touch. By placing an emphasis on communication, they strive to ensure every patient understands what it takes to make a

healthy, beautiful smile. They also want to provide you with the highest quality orthodontic care in a family-friendly, fun and cooperative environment. Drs. Russell Chang and Christine Chung use only proven techniques and technology and tailor treatment for each patient’s specific needs and concerns. See ad on page 21. • Los Alamitos Lice Removal and Torrance Lice Removal (800) 920-LICE (5423) Established in 2015, the Los Alamitos and Torrance clinics provide professional head screening and lice removal performed by certified head lice technicians. Treatments are provided in private treatment rooms, have a 99%+ success rate, and get you lice free in about one hour. Kid-friendly, no toxic chemicals, no pesticides, no follow-up appointments, no at-home combing, no hourly rates or extra charges. They offer a flat, per-person rate and an optional 30-day lice-free guarantee. Email: and Locations: Los Alamitos Lice Removal, 4012 Katella Ave., Ste. 104; and Torrance Lice Removal, 2050 Artesia Blvd., Ste. 103. See ad on page 21. • Mark A. Garlington D.D.S., Orthodontics for Children and Adults 5479 E. Abbeyfield, Ste. #1, Long Beach (562) 439-4553 At Garlington Orthodontics, you are always greeted with a smile and a warm welcome when you set foot in their office. They take pride in providing the best care in both a friendly and comfortable environment. Some of the latest technological advances, such as digital imaging, advanced computer graphics and iTero (Digital Impression System) have allowed them to become experts in a variety of treatments. Dr. Garlington is a top 1% provider of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. They believe that every patient should be treated like family with lots more fun at

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• MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach provides specialized pediatric care for children and young adults, with conditions ranging from common to complex—as well as maternity care for expectant mothers—all under one roof. Miller Children’s & Women’s treats more than 14,000 children each year, delivers 5,000 babies and has become a regional pediatric destination for more than 65,000 children, who need outpatient care. See ad on page 1.


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

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Youth Groups 4-H Youth Development Program (530) 750-1334, (949) 653-1803 Programs and camps (5-18) offer guidance in good citizenship, leadership and life skills through projects and community service. Big Brothers, Big Sisters Branches match adult mentors (volunteers) with boys and girls to provide friendship and guidance. Greater LA County, (213) 213-2400, www.bbbsla. org. Orange County, (714) 544-7773, www.ocbigs. org. Catholic Big Brothers, (213) 251-9800. www. Jewish Big Brothers, (323) 761-8675, Boy Scouts of America Scouting BSA is open to boys and girls and includes: Cub Scouts (grades K-5) and Scouts BSA (grades 6-12). Each offers a variety of outdoor and badge-related activities. Additional programs for teens and young adults include: Venturing (ages 14-21) Sea Scouts (14-21), and career-based

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Exploring programs (10-20). Summer camps are also offered. Long Beach Area Council, (562) 4270911, Orange County Council, (800) 20-SCOUT, Boys and Girls Club Activities (5-18) are offered after school and during school vacations which include crafts, field trips, homework help, career development, dance classes,

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clude arts and crafts, sports, computers, community service, homework help and field trips. YMCA Programs for the entire family include child-care, fitness, teen clubs, food programs, day and resident camps (page 10), youth sports, STEM programs, aquatics and gymnastics. Parent/child programs (grades K+) are also offered to promote companionship between parents and their children. Many YMCAs also offer off-site programs at schools and recreation facilities, and accept third-party funding such as GAIN or CAL Works. Visit the website to find a location near you.

sports, teen programs, clubs, community service, and before and after-school care. Some branches offer special-needs inclusion and/or preschool child development centers. Scholarships available for qualifying families. Visit their website to find the nearest location. Camp Fire Greater Long Beach (562) 421-2725 LA, Inland and OC (909) 982-5400, Traditional after-school clubs for girls and boys. Fall and winter camps are also offered, plus Long Beach offers a ropes challenge course. • Girl Scouts of Los Angeles (213) 213-0123, “Girl Scouts Unleash the Go-getter, Innovator, RiskTaker, and Leader in Every Girl.” In Girl Scouts, “Can I?” quickly turns into “I will!” as girls transform their ideas into action, turn their questions into adventure, and grow their confidence while making lifelong friends. By participating in Girl Scouts’ age-appropriate, girl-led activities, your girl will do more than she ever thought she could: from ziplining through pine forests and learning about world cultures to building business plans and developing apps for good. Guided by caring adult volunteers, girls work together to plan activities and outings that improve our communities, while developing grit, empathy, and determination. Through programs in STEM, entrepreneurship, and life skills, Girl Scouts unleashes the go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader in every girl. Today, girls are dreamers, makers, and innovators. #YesIAm is a message to the world that girls possess the power and the skills to make the world a better place. Join them at See ad on page 23. Girls Inc. of Orange County 1815 Anaheim Ave., Costa Mesa (714) 597-8600, After-school and vacation camp programs for girls (grades K-12) focusing on academic achievement, life skills, and personal development. Jewish Community Centers The following centers offer enrichment classes, preschools, vacation camps, sports and more. • Alpert Jewish Community Center (562) 426-7601 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach. For their vacation-break camps, early childhood 22 kidsguide fall/winter 2019/20

program, party rental, aquatics and martial arts programs, see pages 8, 10, 34, 36 and 42. Also see ad on page 11. Merage Jewish Center of OC (949) 435-3400 1 Federation Way, Irvine. • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services 5050 Clark Ave., Lakewood (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408 Programs include: academic classes (see page 14), basketball, dance (ballet, ballet/tap, Polynesian, hula, hip-hop, hip-hop for special needs and a variety of classes for toddlers and preschoolers), flag football, golf, gymnastics, horseback riding, karate, music (parent and me, drums, violin, pop/rock singers, ukulele, piano and song writing), musical theater, skateboarding, skating and hockey, soccer, swim lessons, tennis, track and field, volleyball and volleytennis. Visit their website for events and classes. See ad on this page. • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine 2760 Studebaker Road, Long Beach (562) 570-3100, Classes/programs include: academics (see page 14), archery (page 35), arts, baseball (T-ball), basketball (free coed leagues), boating and sailing classes, no-cost drop-in after-school programs, dance (Hip Hop, Petit Ballet, Pre-Ballet, Character, Folklorico, Musical Theater, Break Dancing, African Drum and Dance), disc golf, flag football, foot golf, gymnastics, horseback riding, martial arts, music (Kids Love Music for Babies and Toddlers, Melody Time, Music and Movement, Guitar, Rock Guitar, Exploring Instruments, Piano, Glee Club, Keyboard, Ukulele, Drums and Guitar/Bass), parties (page 34), skateboarding, ice skating and hockey, soccer, swimming (recreational, lessons, parent/me), teen centers, tennis and volleyball (including free girls’ leagues), plus workshops at the El Dorado Nature Center. Visit their website for events and classes. See ad on the front inside cover. Police Activities League (PAL) Year-round program for at-risk youth (5-17) that is sponsored by local police departments. Activities in-

OUTINGS GUIDE Also see Pretend City, Fillmore & Western Railway and Southern California Railway Museum listed in this section. • 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, 25-foot climbing wall, arcade, Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends play area, great food and much more. What a great place to have a company picnic, birthday party or team party! The price is right, too. All-day unlimited rides: adults or children, $21.95; seniors (55 and over), $17.95. AAA discount available for up to six regular-price admissions per card. Free parking. See ad on page 31. • Children’s Nature Retreat 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine (619) 320-4942, The Children’s Nature Retreat welcomes visitors of all ages to its magical 20-acres, which acts as a safe haven to over 130 domesticated livestock and exotic animals from around the world. The Retreat is specifically designed to help children develop a sense of wonder for nature and its inhabitants through unstructured exploration and learning. Fun and educational, interactive encounters and guided tours are available for everyone to learn and foster an appreciation for animals, nature, sustainable farming and the ecosystem. Closed Monday - Wednesday. Admission, $18-28; kids (under 2), free; optional upgrades can include an up-close and personal experience in an enclosure, and even “Be a Keeper for the Day.” See Parties on page 32; ad on page 31. • Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200, Hands-on learning center that is dedicated to bringlots more fun at

• El Dorado Nature Center 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach (562) 570-1745, 102-acre site, with more than two miles of trails, two lakes and a stream featuring California native plants. Family and kids’ workshops, art and science

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classes, family night walks (must pre-register), museum, gift shop and bird-watching. Closed Mondays. Vehicle entry fee, $5-8. KG Tip: While you’re there, visit nearby El Dorado Regional Park with a duck pond, public library, paddle boat rentals, playgrounds, skatepark, the El Dorado Frontier Railroad, and paved trails, perfect for biking and skating. See ad on the front inside cover. • Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk (562) 868-9956, Take a break and have fun at Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park! Offers challenging miniature golf and exciting rides, including go-karts, bumper boats, Disk O’ Thrill ride and kiddie train. While you’re there, check out the latest in arcade games, great prizes, snack bar, and party facilities for birthday or team parties (see Parties on page 32). Ask about their free school and doctors’ office incentive programs. Where the 5 and 605 freeways meet. See ad with coupons on page 26 and 35.


Sea Creatures Aquarium of the Pacific More than 12,000 ocean animals, including penguins, sea otters and shark touch pools. Educational programs, birthday parties, and camps are offered. Visit Pacific Visions, the Aquarium’s first major expansion, featuring a state-of-the-art theater, art gallery, and culmination gallery with game tables, interactive displays, and live animal exhibits. Family events are held throughout the year; check website for schedule. Adults, $34.95; kids (3-11), $31.95; seniors (62+), $24.95. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. (562) 590-3100.

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ing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages. It also serves as the national memorial for the Space Shuttle Columbia’s seven crew members, lost in 2003. The 20,000-squarefoot visitor center is equipped with not only amazing technology and visual teaching exhibits, it also holds engaging classes and workshops. The Space Center hosts the only Challenger Learning Center in the greater Los Angeles area, where groups can: Return to the Moon, or go on a Voyage to Mars, and experience the real-life excitement of working in Mission Control or in the Spacecraft. Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Sundays and Mondays. $5 per person (4+). Also see Parties (page 32), STEM (page 16), and ad on page 29.


Birch Aquarium Get hands-on with sea stars, hermit crabs and sea cucumbers in their living tide-pool exhibit. Watch feedings (including sharks) and shows. Toddler time weekly. Adults, $19; kids (3-17), $15; seniors (60+), $16.50. UCSD, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. (858) 534-3473. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium CMA includes thirty-five saltwater tanks and touch tanks. Tours, workshops and classes, camps, youth docents, family programs, and tide-pool walks. Suggested admission donation: $1-5. 3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pedro. (310) 548-7562. Legoland’s Sea Life Aquarium 16 interactive zones to explore, touch pools, and the exhibit Sea at Night, where you’ll experience bioluminescent tides and starry nights all day, and Shark Mission, where you learn cool shark facts by playing games on a giant touch screen. Dive shows and feedings daily. One Legoland Dr., Carlsbad. (760) 918-5346. www.visitsealife. com/california Marine Mammal Care Centers Marine Mammal Care Center - Visitors can see seal and sea lion patients from a safe distance. Group tours and volunteer opportunities offered. Open daily; animal viewing is free. 3601 S. Gaffey St., #8, San Pedro. (310) 548-5677.

Point, (949) 488-2828, Dana Wharf Whale Watching, Dana Point, (949) 496-5794, Harbor Breeze Cruise and LA Waterfront Cruises, Long Beach, (562) 432-4900,, and San Pedro, (310) 547-9916, Ocean Institute, (949) 496-227, www.oceaninstitute. org. Newport Landing Whale Watching, 309 Palm St., Ste. A, Newport Beach, (949) 675-0551, www.

Kidspace Children’s Museum Free admission on Family Night, first Tuesday, 4-8 p.m. (except September due to maintenance). 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-9144. www.


Museums for Free

Laguna Art Museum Free general admission on the first Thursday of the month, 5-9 p.m. Always free for visitors 17 and under. 307 Cliff Dr., Laguna Beach. (949) 494-8971.

Also see Historical Museums on page 25 as many offer free admission, too.

Long Beach Museum of Art Free admission after 3 p.m. on Thursday, and halfprice all day Friday. 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 439-2119.

Autry Museum of the American West Free admission on second Tuesdays. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. (323) 667-2000. www. California African American Museum Free admission. Parking, $12-15 cash only. Exposition Park, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles. (213) 7447432.

Pacific Marine Mammal Center - After-school and Girl Scouts programs available for kids and teens. Open daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free, donations encouraged. 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. (949) 494-3050.

California Science Center Free admission to all permanent exhibits, excluding IMAX and special paid exhibits. Parking, $12 cash only. 700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles. (323) 724-3623.

Ocean Institute Interactive exhibits, marine life, touch tanks, a variety of cruises (whale watching, bioluminescence night cruises), including sails on the tallship, The Spirit of Dana Point. Also, presentations and Sunday tours aboard the tallship Pilgrim, plus a new marine education center focusing on sharks, opening in 2020. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point. (949) 496-2274.

Getty Center and Villa Free admission, parking is $10-20. To obtain a coupon good for same-day complimentary parking at the other site, visit the Museum Information Desk at the Center or the Villa. Center: 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. Villa: 7985 PCH, Pacific Palisades. (310) 440-7300.

Roundhouse Aquarium Viewing and touch tanks each displaying a selection of marine fish and invertebrates. Birthday packages available. Suggested donations: $2 per person or $5 per family. Manhattan Beach Pier. (310) 379-8117. Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Over 100 local species on exhibit, plus daily educational programs, hands-on activities, party packages and special events. Adults and kids 13+, $5; kids 12 and under, free. 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica. (310) 3936149. Whale Watching Excursions Aquarium of the Pacific, (562) 590-3100, www. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, excursions aboard boats from Long Beach, Marina Del Rey and Redondo Beach, (310) 5487562, Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari, Dana 24 kidsguide fall/winter 2019/20

Hammer Museum Free admission. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 443-7000. Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University Free admission. 167 N. Atchison St., Orange. (714) 997-6815. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens Free admission on the first Thursday of the month with reserved ticket. 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. (626) 405-2100. Japanese American National Museum Free admission every Thursday, 5-8 p.m., and all day every third Thursday of the month. 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 625-0414.

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum Free admission on first Tuesday of the month, and every Tuesday in September. Reserve tickets in advance as they experience high attendance on these days. 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 763-3499.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Free admission on second Tuesday of the month, select federal holidays, weekdays after 3 p.m. for LA County residents, and Bank of America debit or credit card holders the first weekend of the month. Kids can join NexGen, a free youth membership program that offers free admission for anyone 17 and under as well as free general admission for one accompanying adult. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000. Museum of Latin American Art Free admission every Sunday and also on the fourth Thursday of every month, 5-9 p.m. 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach. (562) 437-1689. Museum of Tolerance Free admission every third Tuesday of the month after 2 p.m. (does not include the Anne Frank exhibit). 9786 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 553-8403. Natural History Museum Free admission on the first Tuesday of the month, and every Tuesday in September. Parking, $12. Exposition Park, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 763-3466, Ext. DINO. Norton Simon Museum Free admission on first Fridays, 5-8 p.m. 411 Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-6840. www. Skirball Cultural Center Free admission on Thursdays. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. The Paley Center for Media Admission is free, donations welcome. 465 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills. (310) 786-1000. Wells Fargo History Museum Free admission. 333 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 253-7166. museums/los-angeles lots more fun at

Historical Museums Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum Tours every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and on the first Thursday and Friday of the month. Free admission. 18127 South Alameda St., Rancho Dominguez. (310) 603-0088. Drum Barracks Civil War Museum Guided tours only. Closed Monday and Friday. $5, suggested donation. 1052 Banning Blvd., Wilmington. (310) 548-7509. Heritage Hill Historical Park Guided tours, Wednesday - Sunday. No fees for entrance or public tours for groups of seven or

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Heritage Museum of OC Visit or tour a working blacksmith shop, rancho home, gardens, and the Kellogg House. Open Friday - Sunday. $5-7 admission. 3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana. (714) 540-0404. Homestead Museum Free-guided tours of two historic houses, Wednesday to Sunday. 15415 E. Don Julian Road, City of Industry. (626) 968-8492. Mission San Juan Capistrano Guided tours, audio tours, and special tours just for 4th graders. On weekends, kids can pan for gold, make adobe bricks, and arrowhead necklaces. Visit the “Teachers and Kids” tab on their website for fun things to do while you’re there. Admission: $7-10. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano. (949) 234-1300.

Pio Pico Historic Park Adobe Open weekends. 6003 Pioneer Blvd., Whittier. (562) 695-1217. Point Fermin Lighthouse Guided tours every hour at 1, 2 and 3 p.m., Tuesday - Sunday. Free admission, donation requested. 807 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro. (310) 2410684. Presidential Libraries & Memorials Exhibits and artifacts from past presidents, plus traveling exhibits on aspects of U.S. history. Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum - Apollo 11 exhibit through January 12. 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, (714) 993-5075, www. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum - Egypt’s Lost Cities exhibit, October 5 - April 12. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, (805) 522-2977, www.reaganfoundation. org. The Lincoln Memorial Shrine - 125 W. Vine St., Redlands,

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



Rancho Los Alamitos Tour the ranch house, the lush gardens, and visit the farm animals (horses, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and rabbits) housed in the barns area. Open Wednesday - Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Guided tours start every 30 minutes. Free. 6400 E. Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach. (562) 431-3541. Rancho Los Cerritos Rancho Los Cerritos is a historic site that includes an 1844 adobe home, lush gardens, and rotating exhibits. RLC also hosts free and affordable special events for families such as story time, Creation Station, Mud Mania, summer camps and more. Public hours, Wednesday - Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Special Rancho Adventure tours for youth are available by appointment ($5 per person). Free admission, parking, and tours. 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach. (562) 206-2040. The Banning Museum Guided tours of the historic home and barn, Tuesday - Thursday and weekends. Free; suggested donation, $1-5. 401 East M St., Wilmington. (310) 548-7777.


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Theme Parks Disney Parks 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim (714) 781-4565, Disneyland - Halloween, September 6 - October 31, features costumed characters, Pumpkin Festival, and Haunted Mansion Holiday. Don your favorite family-friendly costume for the Oogie Boogie Bash—a Disney Halloween Party (separate ticketing required). During “A Season of Wonder,” November 8 - January 6, enjoy the Christmas Fantasy Parade, It’s a Small World and Haunted Mansion Holiday, Wintertime Enchantment at Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle and “Believe in Holiday Magic” fireworks. California Adventure Park - Halloween: September 6 - October 31, visit Cars Land and “Radiator Screams” to see costumed Cars crash the park, JamBOOree Graveyard Smash, and join Groot for Guardians of the Galaxy Monsters After Dark. Disney Festival of Holidays, November 8 - January 6, features Viva Navida celebration, holiday fare feasting, Buena Vista Street Holiday Tree Lighting, and Car’s Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl ride. Knott’s Berry Farm Scary Farm (13+), select nights, September 19 - November 2, a haunting experience featuring mazes, attractions, shows and more than 1,000 creatures lurking in the fog. Spooky Farm is a family-friendly Halloween celebration geared for kids (3-11). Participate in ghoulish fun with shows, activities, trick or treating, and interactive adventures throughout the park. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. (714) 2205200.

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Legoland Brick-or-Treat Festival features a costume contest, candy stations, and ghost cruise, October 5-6, 1213, 19-20 and 26-27. Holidays at Legoland, November 17 - December 31, feature holly jolly fun with Lego holiday character meet-and-greets and the new Holiday Village. One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad. (760) 918-5346. SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular includes not-too-spooky shows and sea-inspired trick-or-treat stations, weekends, September 21 - October 27. SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, select dates, November 23 - January 5, brings holiday attractions, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa’s Christmas village and holiday-themed animal shows. 500 Sea World Dr., San Diego. (619) 222-4SEA. Magic Mountain Halloween-themed “Fright Fest” (13+), select days, September 13 - November 3. During “Holidays in the Park,” November 23 - December 31, the park is transformed into a winter wonderland with lights, carolers and personalized meet-and-greets with Santa. 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia. (661) 255-4111. Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights (13+), September 13 November 3 (select nights). Celebrate the holidays with Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including regular snowfall, while Grinchmas takes over the park with daily performances and tree lighting. Check website for dates. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. (800) UNIVERSAL.


Children’s Museums Cayton Children’s Museum 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica (424) 416-8320, Formerly the Zimmer Museum, the Cayton, in its new location, offers five core wings where kids can explore playful exhibits. Check their website for special events and to purchase timed tickets. Children’s Museum at La Habra 301 S. Euclid St., La Habra (562) 383-4236, Play in the STEAM lab, ride a carousel, learn about conservation, and perform on a stage. New exhibit, October 1 - March 1: “Dinosaurs!” where you’ll explore a Jungle Maze, uncover fossils, examine teeth and claws trapped in amber, plus lots of dino facts and fun. Admission: $12 per person (2 years to adult); $11 for La Habra residents. Closed Mondays. Discovery Cube Los Angeles 11800 Foothill Blvd., Los Angeles Take in 71,000 square feet of interactive exhiblots more fun at

Discovery Cube Orange County 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana Hands-on exhibits include Discovery Theater, Inspector Training Course, Boeing Rocket Lab, Discovery Market, Science of Hockey, and more. Explore Spooky Science on October 5 for some Halloween science fun, followed by the Castle Builder exhibit, October 12 - January 27. Get into the holiday spirit and check out the Science of Gingerbread competition and exhibit, beginning November 29. For spring 2020, it’s the return of Bubblefest, March 26 - April 12. Field trips, birthdays, special events, sleepovers, and teacher workshops are also available. Kidspace Children’s Museum 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena (626) 449-9144, Hands-on exhibits, indoor and outdoor, plus classes, camps, family nights, workshops and special events. Admission: $14. Free on the first Tuesday, 4-8 p.m. Pennypickle’s Workshop Temecula Children’s Museum 42081 Main St., Temecula city ad 7.250 x 4.650.pdf 2 (951) 308-6367,


Hands-on inventions, gadgets and experiments that encourage children to discover science through play. Workshops, events, and party packages. Admission: adults, $5; ages 18 months and up, $10. • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900, Pretend City Children’s Museum is an interconnected city designed for children (infant-8). The city is comprised of a grocery store, farm, doctor’s office, art studio, amphitheater, beach, marina, construction site and many other exhibits. At Pretend City, children learn through role play based on real-world experiences as they dress up as a police officer, deliver the mail, create art, compose music or put out a fire. Designed to align with the California State Standards and Preschool Learning Foundation, Pretend City’s educational programs engage children (pre-school - 3rd grade) through school field trips, where the museum is the classroom and learning comes to life! Also see Parties (page 34) and Special Needs (page 18). See ad on this page.

Southern California Children’s Museum 459 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 657-0357, Pretend and dramatic play area, and weekly events, including bilingual story time, clay corner, Fun Foodie Friday, Saturday Sing-along, and open mic Mondays. A collaborative workspace for parents offering child care is available. Admission: $8; 2-for-1 admission on Tuesdays after 2 p.m. Discounted play passes 7:26:35 AM also offered.


See the Stars Griffith Observatory 2800 E. Observatory Road, Los Angeles (213) 473-0800, Admission is free to the grounds and building; planetarium shows, $3-7. One Saturday a month, the Observatory hosts a public star party, and a sunset hike. Jet Propulsion Laboratory 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena (818) 354-1234, Visitor Day Tours are offered for groups and individuals on an advance reservation basis. Free. Mount Wilson Observatory (626) 440-9016, Weekend public tours led by docents, March 30 - December 1. Self-guided and private tours, too. Mt. SAC - Randall Planetarium 1100 N. Grand Ave., Walnut (909) 274-5795, Family-friendly events and seasonal shows. Free telescope observing is available one night a month.

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its. Don’t miss the Lion Guard exhibit, September 28 - January 5, and Spooky Science on October 5 for some Halloween science fun. Get into the holiday spirit and check out the Science of Gingerbread competition and exhibit, beginning November 29. Field trips, birthdays, special events, sleepovers, and teacher workshops are also available.


Orange Coast College Planetarium 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa Public shows offered weekends in the state-of-theart dome theater. Tickets can be purchased at www. Palomar Observatory 35899 Canfield Road, Palomar Mountain (760) 742-2119, Operated by Caltech, they offer guided and self-guided tours, April - October. Virtual tour on their website. Tessmann Planetarium at Santa Ana College 1530 W. 17th St., Building M, Santa Ana (714) 564-6356 Shows are often followed by a guided orientation of the celestial objects. Schedule on their website. The John Drescher Planetarium Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica (310) 434-4000, This computerized planetarium theater is open every Friday night for family-friendly shows. UCLA Planetarium and Telescope Shows Planetarium shows are free, suitable for all ages, and are given by current astronomy graduate students. Show schedule is on the website.


Boats & Ships Also see boating (rowing and sailing) instruction on page 37. Aqua Bus and Aqua Link (562) 591-2301 Long Beach Transit operates two water buses, weekends year-round, and daily in summer: Aqua Bus ($1) and Aqua Link ($5). Boat rides between the Aquarium, Queen Mary and Alamitos Bay Landing. Schedule is on their website. Queen Mary (877) 342-0739 The Queen Mary’s history is full of action, adventure, romance and paranormal activity. Explore the ship from bow to stern on your own, or take one of their guided tours. Visit the website for a list of tours and attractions onboard. Open daily. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach. S.S. Lane Victory (310) 519-9188 Self-tours on the museum ship, that once was a cargo ship used in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War. Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 3600 Minor St., Berth 49, San Pedro. USS Iowa (877) 446-9261 Interactive tours, kid’s self-guided scavenger hunt, overnight program, and family events. 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro. 28 kidsguide fall/winter 2019/20

USS Midway Museum (619) 544-9600 Audio tours, exhibits, and flight simulators aboard this historic Navy aircraft carrier that served from 1945-1992. Overnights available for groups. 910 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego.


Play Indoors Indoor Activity Centers The following locations offer structured play indoors through a variety of classes for ages six weeks and up. Find locations near you on their websites. Gymboree Play and Music - www.gymboreeclasses. com. My Gym - Oodles - (562) 888-1496, The Little Gym Indoor Playgrounds All locations offer party packages. Many offer separate areas or play times for younger kids. AdventurePlex - Special drop-off program with additional fee. 1701 Marine Ave., Manhattan Beach. (310) 546-7708. Billy Beez - 400 West Disney Way, Anaheim. (657) 207-4841. BounceU - Parents’ night out offered twice a month with separate fee. Huntington Beach, (714) 892-4842; and Orange, (714) 744-5867. BubblePop - Bubble stations set up for interactive play. Classes and story times, too. 2475 Park Ave., Tustin. (949) 529.8078. Frogg’s Bounce House - 16121 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley. (714) 418-0442. GIGIL - Drop-in play, plus enrichment classes and a collaborative workspace allowing parents to get work done while they supervise your kids. 3430 N. Los Coyotes Diagonal, Long Beach. (562) 972-9867. Jump N’ Jammin - Parents drop-off program available. 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy., Mission Viejo. (949) 582-5890. Jumper’s Jungle - Locations in Gardena, (424) 2575867; La Habra, (562) 270-4179; Santa Fe Springs, (562) 758-0828; and South Gate, (562) 641-5867. Jumping Fun Kids - 7501 Commonwealth Ave., Buena Park. (714) 787-4994. Kidz Town - 5925 E. Carson St., Lakewood. (562) 420-7529. Luv 2 Play - Relax area for parents featuring free WiFi,

cafe´ with coffee, wine and beer. 13722 Jamboree Road, Irvine. (949) 203-2611. Playland Cafe - 800 Roosevelt, Irvine. (949) 8292789. Pump it Up - Locations in Anaheim Hills, (714) 4082585; Huntington Beach, (714) 847-9663; Irvine, (949) 261-7867; Lake Forest, (949) 951-9663; and Torrance, (310) 533-9377. Red Ball Fun Zone - New at Long Beach Towne Center. 7611 Carson St., Long Beach. (818) 5009800. Scooter’s Jungle - Locations in Placentia, (714) 223-5730; El Segundo, (310) 848-1380; Simi Valley, (805) 203-9200; and Valencia, (661) 877-4400. Seascape Kids Fun - 4771 E. Hunter Ave., Anaheim. (714) 970-7100. Silly Goose Playground - 25449 Narbonne Ave., Lomita. (310) 539-2792. Twinkle Twinkle Kids Cafe - 2065 Palos Verdes Drive, Lomita. (310) 530-4535. We Play Loud - Locations in Lake Forest and Huntington Beach. (949) 328-9616. Trampoline Parks Big Air - Cosmic Nights, Toddler Time, Laser Maze, and Airstrike Dodge Attack. Buena Park, (714) 8311092; and Laguna Hills, (949) 305-9788. www. CircusTrix Extreme Air Sports - Mission Viejo, (949) 445-1340. Rockin’ Jump - Parents’ Night Out, Rockin’ Tots, and Neon Jump Nights. 1411 S. Village Way, Santa Ana. (714) 249-7676. GetAir - 5142 Argosy Ave., Huntington Beach. (714) 294-0783. Sky Zone - Locations in Anaheim, (657) 205-1100; Torrance, (310) 323-4500; and Westminster, (714) 415-5867.


Wild Animals Exotic Animal Encounters Animal Tracks (805) 341-2515 Get hands-on with reptiles, ferrets, an armadillo, wolf hybrids, and more. The monkey experience allows visitors to interact with monkeys and baboons. Open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., daily by reservation only. Agua Dulce. lots more fun at


• Children’s Nature Retreat The Children’s Nature Retreat is home to over 130 domesticated livestock and exotic animals from around the world. Fun and educational, interactive encounters and guided tours are available for everyone to learn and foster an appreciation for animals, nature, sustainable farming and the ecosystem. Options include an up-close and personal experience in an enclosure, and even “Be a Keeper for the Day.” See full listing on page 22 and ad on page 31. Oasis Camel Dairy (760) 787-0983 Camel rides and private tours plus an animal show featuring talking parrots, gobbling turkeys, farm dogs, and camels. Open one weekend a month. Visit during Pomegranate Days where you can watch a circus show, feed the camels, play games, and watch the Turkey Stampede, November 29, 30 and December 1. 26757 Hwy. 78, Ramona. OstrichLand USA (805) 686-9696 A zoo of 100+ ostriches and emus. Guests are invited to feed and interact with these large birds. See the babies; emu chicks typically hatch in late-winter and early spring. Open daily, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission: $2-5. Ostrich feed, $1 per bowl. 610 E. Hwy. 246, Solvang. STAR Eco Station (310) 842-8060 Science museum and exotic wildlife rescue offers hands-on encounters with exotic birds, reptiles, mammals and ocean life in a tropical jungle setting. Open

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weekends, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., tours every hour. Admission: $6-8. 10101 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City. www. The Reptile Zoo (714) 500-0591 Over 100 exotic species of reptiles, amphibians,

and arachnids. Take a photo with a 12-foot Burmese Python, feed a giant tortoise, and visit Darthgator at the Gator Island exhibit. Jr. Zookeeper camps also available (4+, additional fee applies). Admission: $8-10. 18818 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley.

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Wild Wonders (760) 630-9230 A wildlife education organization with interactive experiences including: Meet and Feed a Bearcat, Wallaby Walkout, Fennec Foxes and Friends, and Greet a Cheetah. Brunch with the Beasts, and a Zookeeper Mentoring Program too. Bonsall. Petting Zoos and Farms Amy’s Farm (844) 426-9732 Guided farm tour includes garden walk, milking cows, petting farm animals, feeding pigs, visiting horses and more. Tours, $10+. Closed Sundays. 7698 Eucalyptus Ave., Ontario. Centennial Farm (714) 708-1619 Three-acre working farm where visitors can view pigs, chickens, oxen, goats, and fruit and vegetable gardens. Open daily (check website, as fairground events may alter schedule). Free. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. • Children’s Nature Retreat (619) 320-4942 Farm, animal sanctuary and nature reserve with over 130+ domesticated livestock and exotic animals from around the world. Guided tours and up-close animal encounters available. Closed Monday - Wednesday. Admission: $18-28. 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine. www. See ad on page 31. Pony Time (562) 916-7669 Petting zoo with goats, chickens, sheep, an alpaca, llamas, and a cow. Hand-led ponies around a trot track are also available, plus classes and trail rides. Admission: $2; pony rides, $6-9; trail rides, $25. 11369 Carson St., Lakewood. www. Zoomars Petting Zoo (949) 831-6550 Pet animals, ride a horse, hop on the Kiddy Train, jump in the corn box, and get lost in a hay maze. Plus, visit the Miner’s Gulch, where kids can mine for gold, gemstones, fossils and ancient relics. Open daily (unless it rains). Admission: $12-15. 31791 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano. Zoos Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens (323) 644-4200 Special activities and tours (additional fees apply) include Flamingo Mingle, Giraffe Feedings, Behindthe-Scenes Tour, and Keys to the Zoo Tour. Schoolbreak camps (December 23-24, 26-27, 30-31 and January 2-3) and Family Nature Club are also offered. Open daily. Admission: $16-21. 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles. Orange County Zoo (714) 973-6847 The zoo features a barnyard, toddler activities, scout group program, story times, special events, free cellphone audio tour, and train ride through the park ($3). Open daily. Admission: $2, free for ages 2 and under. Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. San Diego Zoo Safari Park (760) 747-8702 Zipline across the safari park, navigate a treetop trail using a harness, cables and ropes, or go on a safari overnight camping adventure. Plus you can celebrate a child’s birthday party (10 years and younger) with an Australian adventure (check website for fees). Ad30 kidsguide fall/winter 2019/20

mission: $46-56. 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido. San Diego Zoo (619) 231-1515 Upgrade your visit by starting with an early morning photo expedition (8-9:30 a.m. on select dates) or at the Cheetah Experience before the Zoo opens to the public (Thursdays and Saturdays). You can also get your own personal tour guide, be keeper for a day, or stay on the grounds for a wildlife sleep over. Open daily. Admission: $46-56. 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego. Santa Ana Zoo (714) 836-4000 Visit the family farm to feed goats and sheep, hop on the Zoofari Express train, and visit the new multispecies exhibit celebrating the habitats of the Pampas Grasslands of South Africa. Admission: $9-12. Seasonal events include Boo at the Zoo, October 19-20 and 26-27, and Snow Days with the Critters, December 14 and 15. Prentice Park, 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana.


Planes, Trains, & Cars • Fillmore & Western Railway 364 Main St., Fillmore (805) 524-2546, This legendary railroad is home to vintage passenger and dining cars that date back as far as 1914. It’s also home to a 1913 fully restored and operating #14 Baldwin Steam Engine. Fillmore & Western is known as the “Home of the Movie Trains” that have been used in film productions, such as Disney’s Lone Ranger, Water for Elephants, Sea Biscuit, Get Smart, Bedtime Stories, Race to Witch Mountain, Tall Tail, Inception, Anger Management, Fear Factor, X-Files, Bones, Westworld, American Horror Story, Criminal Minds, CSI and many more. An amazing part of this railroad is the opportunity to ride the movie trains! All year long they offer train tours such as weekend scenic adventures, murder mystery comedy lunch and dinner trains, holiday trains, special event trains, steam train rides, school trains and privately chartered group trains. Don’t miss: PumpkinLiners on select weekends, October 5-27; Zombie Hunter Paintball Train on select days, October 5-17; Polar Express Train on select dates, November 14 - December 29; Murder Mystery Lunch Train Viva Lost Vegas, November 9; Sugar Plum Express Holiday Village and Tree Train with Santa onboard, weekends, November 30 - December 22. See ad on page 29. • Southern California Railway Museum 2201 S. A St., Perris (951) 943-3020,

Explore the West’s largest collection of railway locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars, interurban electric cars, buildings and other artifacts dating from the 1870’s (many you can ride). Visit the Museum’s collection of more than 200 streetcars and railway vehicles to experience the early days of electric, steam, and diesel train transportation in and around Los Angeles. Visit the Fred Harvey Museum and learn about the Harvey Girls, the women who helped to “civilize the American Southwest.” Railway trains operate every weekend—visit to experience a day of family fun, exploring the large grounds, and riding the trains and trolleys that helped create the Southern California we know today. Special events include Pumpkin Patch Express and Terror in Train Town, select weekends in October; and Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine, select weekends in November. As these events are popular, purchase tickets in advance on their website. See ad on page 25. Flight Museums Flight Path Museum and Learning Center - View the LAX tarmac. The new display “Apollo at 50” is a part of the museum’s Space Exploration Gallery and highlights the achievements of America’s Apollo moonlanding program. Closed Sunday and Monday. Free admission. 6661 W. Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles. (424) 646-7284. Lyon Air Museum - Located on the west side of John Wayne Airport, the exhibit is comprised of authentic aircraft, rare vehicles and related memorabilia, with emphasis on World War II. Open daily. Admission: $6-12. 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana. (714) 2104585. March Field Air Museum - Over 80 aircraft and more than 30,000 artifacts, including flight gear and simulators, uniforms, and photos. Airshow, March 28-29. Closed Mondays. Admission: $5-10. 22550 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside. (951) 902-5949. www. Museum of Flying - Features a full-motion flight simulator (additional rates apply). Open Wednesday Sunday. Admission: $6-10. 3100 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 398-2500. Planes of Fame Air Museum - Aviation Discovery Center provides aviation-themed activities, air shows, and tours. Living-history event days feature speaker program and flight demonstrations, October 5, November 2 and December 7. Open daily. Admission: $6-15. 14998 Cal Aero Drive, Chino. (909) 597-3722. Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum - Features Sky Lab Computer Center, flight simulators, Tuskegee Airmen Learning Center and after-school programs. Open daily. 961 W. Alondra Blvd., Compton. (310) 618-1155. Western Museum of Flight - Educational programs allow children to see and touch airplanes. Closed Monday and major holidays. Admission, $5; children (12 and under), free. 3315 Airport Drive, Red Baron #3, Torrance. (310) 326-9544. Petersen Automotive Museum Youth workshops, craft activities (every weekend), lots more fun at

Train Museums and Rides Angels Flight Railway - One block ride up and down Bunker Hill in downtown LA. Open daily, 6:45 am 10 p.m. The fare is $1 each way. 351 South Hill St., Los Angeles. (213) 626-1901.

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Balboa Park Miniature Railroad - Half-mile trip through the park. 1800 Zoo Place, San Diego. (619) 2394748. El Dorado Frontier - Take a mile-and-a-half narrated train ride to learn about the California Gold Rush ($5). Pan for stones at Panning for Goldie’s Treasure ($7). Open weekends. 7550 East Spring St., Long Beach. (562) 249-8330. Fullerton Train Museum - Three cabooses and two Union Pacific lounge cars. Open the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. Free admission. 200 East Santa Fe Ave., Fullerton. (714) 278-0648. www. • Fillmore & Western Railway - See full listing in this section; ad on page 29. Griffith Park Southern Railroad - Travel over one mile of track, across a bridge, through a forest and the Old Western Town. Open daily at 10 a.m. 4400 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles. (800) 4381297.

Field Trips | Birthday Parties | Family Adventures 619.320.4942 | | 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine Open Thursday-Sunday: 10am-5pm

Heritage Park Railroad Exhibit - Restored steam locomotive as well as its tender, refrigerated boxcar, and caboose. 12100 Mora Drive, Santa Fe Springs. (562) 946-6476. Irvine Park Railroad at Irvine Regional Park - Ride the third-scale train. Seasonal events include the Pumpkin Patch, September 14 - October 31; and the Christmas Train to meet Santa Claus, November 29 - December 23. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. (714) 997-3968. Kids Ride Amtrak for 50% Off - Take day-trips to LA, San Diego, and San Juan Capistrano, from local stations in Anaheim, Fullerton, Irvine and Santa Ana. (800) 872-7245 (USA-RAIL). Lomita Railroad Museum - Locomotives, cabooses, oil tenders, and box cars on display. 2137 W. 250th St., Lomita. (310) 326-6255. Orange County Model Engineers at Fairview Park Free rides through the park every third Saturday and following Sunday of each month. 2480 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa. (949) 548-7246. • Southern California Railway Museum - See full listing in this section; ad on page 25. San Diego Model Railroad Museum - Featuring Living the Impossible, an exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the San Diego and Arizona railway, running through November 16. 1649 El Prado, San Diego, (619) 696-0199. lots more fun at

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and presentations. Open daily, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission: $11-16. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 964-6331


Southern California Live Steamers - Free rides the first Sunday and the third Saturday of each month. 2290 Washington Ave., Torrance. (310) 328-0236. Travel Town Museum and Railroad - Outdoor museum with a large collection of locomotives, plus ridable miniature train. 5200 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles. (800) 438-1297. Zoofari Express at the Santa Ana Zoo - The train travels throughout the Crean Family Farm and up into the northern part of the Zoo for a 6½-minute ride, pulling six cars: a tender, four passenger cars and a caboose. 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 836-4000.

PARTY GUIDE • 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. See page 22 for more information. See ad on page 31. • Bionerds 560 W. 1st St., Ste. 2, Tustin (949) 288-1486, Is your curious child having a birthday soon? Leave it to Bionerds to wow him or her and their friends with a fun and hands-on biology workshop party. Bionerds

has many party packages to choose from, from the butterfly, DNA or beetles to shark packages! The party package includes a one-hour workshop, jam-packed with biology activities and getting up-close and personal with living organisms (depending on the topic). The party package is for a minimum of 10 children, grades K-8. Your child and friends will dress and act as bionerds. Lab coats, goggles, gloves, and science badges will be provided for the party. Optional party add-ons and little “live friend” as party favors are wonderful to add and many to choose from. Bionerds rule! See Camps on page 8, STEM on page 15; ad on page 16. • Blue Submarine (888) 218-8085, 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 this page. • Children’s Nature Retreat 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine (619) 320-4942, If your child loves animals, The Children’s Nature Retreat is the perfect place to celebrate his birthday! Your child and guests will spend the day exploring the great outdoors, feeding and learning all about many animals. Explore over 20 acres of beautiful and serene ranch-land with animals at every stop. Includes all-day admission; one-hour guided tour with a dedicated animal keeper; animal feeding; snacks and drinks; and biodegradable party supplies. Provide the birthday cake and they will be happy to store it and serve it for you under their big and beautiful oak tree! Add-ons can include up-close and personal 30-minute tour inside one of the enclosures, art and craft, and retreat-themed goody bags. See Outings on page 22; ad on page 31. • Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200,

Adventures in Marine Biology

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

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Host your own out-of-this-world event at the Columbia Memorial Space Center. Use the entire 20,000-square-foot Space Center or select facilities for meetings, birthdays, reunions, weddings, banquets, and other special events. Birthday party packages are available. See page 22 for complete listing; ad on page 29. • Dream Come True Party Room 3962 Studebaker Road, Ste. 204, Long Beach (562) 270-1400 Step into a picture-perfect party at the Dream Come True Party Room. This is not your typical party place— it’s a whimsical setting that both adults and children will love! They also offer play dates, Kids Happy Hour, weekly tea time, camps and special events. Choose any theme you can dream up. Parties include use of the party room, magical decorations and props, tableware, dress-up outfits and face painting, plus crafts, storytelling, games and music. Food is provided. Add-ons can include colorful invitations, balloon art, glitter hair-dos, a crowning ceremony, party favors or fairytale character appearances. Also see listing on page 16, and ad on this page. • 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 and Hockey on page 40; ad on page 41. • Emerald Events and The Bubble Rollers (714) 508-3690 Emerald Events, creator of The Original Bubble Rollers, offers the best attractions for any event such as children’s parties, corporate events, carnivals, fundraisers, team building or any special occasion. They also offer Bubble Bumpers/Soccer, Land Zorb Bubble Rollers, Tube Rollers, Paddle Roller Boats, foam parties, synthetic mobile ice skating rink/curling (page 40), Mobile Bungee system, photo booth and huge inflatables, etc. The original Water Bubble Rollers allow you to run/walk/roll on water without getting wet! No pool? They can bring an inflatable pool, or have your party at a public pool or park, or a Bubble Rollers location. Approved by OC Parks, California PTA and Compliance Depot for schools, churches and public events. Don’t be fooled by imitators...they are the original and only Bubble Rollers. See ad on page 33. • Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk (562) 868-9956, Have your child’s next birthday party, team party or scouting event at Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park! Pizza Party packages can include easy or challenging miniature golf and exciting rides, including go-karts, bumper boats, Disk O’ Thrill ride and kiddie train. While there, guests also enjoy the latest in arcade games, great prizes, snack bar and party facilities. Where the 5 and 605 freeways meet. Also see Outings (page 23), and ad with coupons on page 26 and 35. lots more fun at







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• Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (562) 570-3100, A unique, fun celebration at the beach! The Leeway Sailing Center Birthday Party Package “A” includes one hour of beach games, one hour of barbecue and one hour of boating. Pricing ranges from $265-500 based on size of party, package and amenities. Birthday Party Package “B” includes one hour of beach games or barbecue and one hour of boating. Pricing ranges from $200-465 based on size of party, package and amenities. Non-refundable deposit due at time of reservation: $50.

Themed Parties Magicians & Characters Murder Mystery Parties Face Painting Balloon Twisting Games & Activities @partiesbyerinandco • (562) 901-0111

• Gryphon Fencing & Archery Parties 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia (714) 519-1343, Knights, pirates, Jedi, Zorro or Robin Hood? Fencing and archery are fun activities for all ages. Gryphon offers fencing or archery-themed birthday parties for kids and adults. The birthday person and guests will play games, learn basic fencing moves and cap the event with a fencing match using Olympic-style electric scoring equipment. For archery-themed events, participants will learn safe shooting skills, play games and shoot balloons. The typical birthday party is two hours with 90 minutes for the fencing or archery activities and the last 30 minutes set aside for cake or refreshments. Call for rates and availability. Email: info@ See ad on page 38. • Let’s Have a Cart Party (310) 578-2278 (CART) Since 1969, Let’s Have a Cart Party has been preparing fresh food at your party site in front of your guests. Kenny Baines, owner and head chef, hand-selects only the finest produce for your occasion. Meats are fresh and never frozen. Carts include: kosher hot dogs, gourmet pizza, chicken nuggets, french fries, baked potato bar, cotton candy, ice cream sundaes, fresh hot cookies, crepes, chocolate fountains and many more. Their antique-style carts add a unique character to any celebration. See ad on page 35; coupon on page 40.

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• My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns (562) 986-0066, Easy, fun, all-in-one parties! Exclusive use of the entire gym. Convenient and easy for parents. They take care of the set-up, entertainment, cake cutting, and clean-up. All you have to do is come in and have fun! Games, relays...and so much more. A celebration that is perfectly choreographed and customized especially for your child. They love to make dreams come true. Whether you choose to have a superhero or princess theme, or anything in between, My Gym will make it happen with a smile! The caring and energetic staff can take care of the details—so you can focus on the moments that matter most on this special day. See ad on page 33. • Parties By Erin & Co. (562) 901-0111 With more than 20 years experience, Erin and her team of talented performers can give your child the party of their dreams. They custom build 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 parties. No child is too young or too old and no event is too large or too small for these party planning experts! Have an idea or theme of your own? Give them a call and let them create the perfect party for you. See ad on this page. • Pool and Playground Rental at the Alpert JCC 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Want to have a pool party but you don’t have a pool? You can rent the pool at the Alpert JCC! Young guests can enjoy the waddle pool while confident swimmers can take a dip in the Jr. Olympic pool. Looking to stay dry and want a playground area for kids to run around? The Early Childhood Education Playground is the perfect place to host a large kids’ party. With lots of space and a built-in jungle gym, it’s every parent’s dream. For more information, contact Irene Velasquez at *Pool and playground rentals are only available for members. Just one of the perks of being a member! • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900, A birthday party at Pretend City Children’s Museum will create lasting memories that your little ones will be talking about for years to come. Their variety of party packages are sure to make a birthday wish come true! See complete listing and ad on page 27.

• Rise Up Athletics 10712 Reagan St., Ste. A., Los Alamitos (562) 280-2441, Rise Up Athletics is the best place for your child’s next birthday party. With over 20K square feet of gymnastics equipment, and a private party room for refreshments and celebrations, your child and their friends can enjoy over several hours of active-play in a fun and safe environment. With exciting attractions like astro-jumps, tumbling trampoline, castle playhouse, interactive games/ obstacle courses and so much more, your child will enjoy their best birthday party yet! Their birthday party sessions are very popular, so hurry and call to reserve your spot today! For information, visit them online, call or email office@riseupathletics. net. See ad on page 9. • 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. All parties include a T-shirt for the birthday boy or girl, with the option of including a T-shirt for all participants. Also see Camps (page 10), and skateboarding listing and ad on page 40. • Task Force Laser Tag and Airsoft Shooting Range - Emerald Events (714) 508-3690 Get your next event blasting with Task Force Laser Tag or Mobile Airsoft Shooting Range! Great for both kids and adults, they offer the most realistic Laser Tag experience in Southern California. Stateof-the-art equipment works both day and night, and paintball-style inflatable bunkers turn your playing field into a one-of-a-kind realistic battle zone. They can operate almost anywhere, including parks, schools, indoor halls, gyms, backyards and more. And, no one else in the Western U.S. offers their airsoft machine-gun style enclosed shooting range. Both are the ideal attractions for your one-of-a-kind birthday party, school or church carnival, corporate team building or fundraising event. For more information, see listing for Emerald Events in this section. See ad on page 33. • The Rinks Anaheim ICE (714) 535-RINK Huntington Beach Inline (714) 901-2629 Irvine Inline (949) 559-9949 Lakewood ICE (562) 429-1805 Westminster ICE (714) 248-9611 Yorba Linda ICE (714) 692-8776 Great Park ICE & FivePoint Arena (949) 774-1600 Put your party plans on ice at The Rinks! They offer packages with cake, refreshments, balloons and party decorations in their private party rooms. Then take to the ice for the coolest fun, including an exclusive group skating lesson for you and your birthday party guests. For party package prices and information, visit them online or call. See listing in Skating and Hockey on page 40; ad on page 41 lots more fun at


• Vans Skatepark Birthday Parties 20 City Blvd. West, Orange (714) 763-3800, Vans Skatepark is a great place to have a birthday party. The skatepark has a few different party packages to choose from, some even include private lessons. There is plenty of room for parents to watch as well as a video game area. Please contact the park for details. See ad on back inside cover.

SPORTS GUIDE Leagues, camps, instructional classes, and competition in a variety of sports. Also see the editorial on pages 3-4.


Learn Archery Archery Ranges The following private ranges offer instruction (equipment provided), tournaments, target practice, scout and party packages. Hi-Tech Archery - 1912 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 449-9744, Orange County Archery 25782 Obrero Dr., Mission Viejo, (949) 916-6855, • El Dorado Regional Park Archery Range 7500 E. Spring St., Long Beach Instruction on Saturdays to improve skills and consistent shooting technique (8+). Must take safety class before taking beginning class. Sign up begins at 9 a.m.; advanced, 9-10:20 a.m.; beginners, 10:3011:50 a.m.; and safety class, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Rental fee per person, $5. Park entry fee, $7. Garden Grove Archery Program 13641 Deodara Drive, Garden Grove (714) 741-5200 New program for tweens and teens (12-18) on Wednesday evenings. Equipment is provided, no prior experience required; space is limited. www. • Gryphon Fencing & Fitness Studio 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia (714) 519-1343, Archery teaches focus, concentration and coordination. Gryphon Fencing and Fitness Studio offers beginning archery classes for kids 7 and older. Students will learn about the history and equipment in archery and safe shooting skills. During the course, students will try several styles of archery tournaments and play fun games. Email: See ad on page 38. lots more fun at


Gourmet Food Prepared Fresh in Front of Your Guests on Antique Style Food Carts A Catering Company. Call for a Free Brochure.

(310) 578-2278 (CART)

• Kosher Hot Dogs • Hamburgers • Soft Chicken Tacos • Candy Apples • Salad Bar • Fresh, Hot Cookies • Crepes & Omelets • Chocolate Fountains • Glatt Kosher Menu • Gourmet Pizzas • Chicken Nuggets • French Fries • Cotton Candy • Ice Cream Sundae Bar • Hot & Ice Blended Cappuccinos • Plus Much, Much More!

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Age Group: 5-14 years old Where: Golden West College & Los Alamitos HS Pool When: 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday

877-H2O-POLO (877- 426 -7656)

grams for boys and girls (5-14). UWPC is all about fundamentals. Game play is focused on improving each player’s skill and game knowledge, with the goal of building life-long players. For those younger or brand-new to water polo, UWPC also offers a MiniPolo program. Jump in today! Monday - Thursday, 5:30 p.m. Golden West College Pool, 15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach; and Los Alamitos High School Pool, 3591 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos. See ad with introductory discount offer on this page. USA Water Polo Provides information on clubs, clinics, camps and tournaments for boys and girls,

WHERE TO PLAY Mile Square Park 16801 Euclid St., Fountain Valley (714) 973 - 6600, Free beginning archery course (10+) on select Saturdays. Equipment provided. Registration is required. U.S.A. Archery Governing body coordinates the Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program which offers youth (8-20) the opportunity to compete. Free referrals are available to clubs, tournaments and camps near you, plus Explore Archery, an innovative program to introduce beginners of all ages and abilities to the sport


Water Sports American Red Cross Referrals to Red Cross-certified swim programs and instructors. Enter your zip code on their website to find a location near you, Classes (5+) including first aid and CPR also available. • Deep Blue Swim School Belmont Shore (562) 434-1644 Bixby Knolls (562) 988-SWIM Deep Blue Swim School offers free infant classes (3-5 months), private swim lessons, parent-and-me group classes, pre-competitive swim team, stroke clinics, and scuba for kids year round in their 92-degree indoor and ozone-filtrated pools. Lessons are offered for all ages at their Belmont Shore and Bixby Knolls facilities and focus on fun and safety in and around the water. Deep Blue is passionate about the lifelong benefits that learning to swim offers. Call to arrange a free trial lesson and start your child’s aquatic journey today! See ad on page 37.

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Diving Instruction McCormick Divers - Two Long Beach facilities, (714) 642-0317, PDGA Sports Training Center - 15064 Shoemaker Ave., Sante Fe Springs, (562) 229-1927, USA Diving - Resources for finding diving teams, coaches and events, (317) 237-5252, Southern California Swim Teams (310) 684-1151, Southern California Swimming (SCS) oversees city and community club teams. Swimmers (4+) are grouped according to age and ability for yearround, weekday workouts and weekend competitions, culminating in the Junior Olympic Championships. Monthly club dues apply. Visit the website for local team information. • Swim For Life Aquatics Center at the Alpert JCC 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, At the AJCC’s Swim For Life Aquatics Center, trained and certified American Red Cross water safety instructors teach each student to swim with confidence, using a nine-step swim program created by the American Red Cross. Whether you are looking for a group environment or private lessons, swimmers will attain skills they need to be safe in and around the water. Want to be part of a year-round prep swim team? Join the BlueFin Swim Team! For kids ages 6-12, this year-round program is a perfect stepping stone to the more advanced competitive youth swim team. For more information, please contact Ignacio Berumen at U.S. Synchronized Swimming Provides information on SoCal clubs, plus additional resources. To find a club near you, click on the “Membership” tab on their website. • United Waterpolo Club (877) 426-7656 Take your kids’ swimming to the next level! Newbies can now join United Waterpolo Club (UWPC). Since it was founded in 2007, UWPC has garnered nine national championships. Dedicated to teaching and promoting water polo to youth throughout Southern California, the non-profit club offers competitive pro-

Baseball & Softball Babe Ruth - Cal Ripken Baseball and Softball League (800) 880-3142, Baseball and softball leagues in different divisions based on age (4-18) and skill level. They also offer Buddy Baseball for kids (5-20) with special needs. To find a local league, contact the commissioner in your area at Little League Baseball and Softball Boys and girls baseball in age divisions (4-16), softball for girls (4-16) and Little League Challenger teams for boys and girls (4-22) with special needs. Find local league information on their website. Pony Baseball and Softball Coed baseball and girls’ softball leagues (4-23). Champions League is available for those with special needs. Find a league in your area at www.tinyurl. com/FindPonyLeague. Softball Associations Referrals and information for local leagues and tournaments: American Fastpitch Association, USA Softball of Southern California, includes the Junior Olympic Program,


Shoot Hoops National Junior Basketball (888) 623-0124, Boys’ and girls’ leagues in age divisions (grades 1-12); winter and spring leagues. Find local teams on their website.

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Row & Sail Boy Scouts of America Long Beach Sea Base Sailing and paddle craft (canoeing, rowing, kayaking) instruction, plus camps (for members). (562) 3441589. • Leeway Sailing Center Classes are offered year round for beginner to intermediate, including bay kayaking (10+) and sailing using Sabot (8+), Keelboat and Capri 14 boats (13+). Group, private or semi-private lessons are available. Visit website to register. 5437 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 570-1719. Long Beach Junior Crew Coed rowing and teams. Winter Rowing Camp, December 23 - January 3; Spring Camp, April 13-17. Camps run Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (562) 431-1644. Newport Aquatic Center Junior rowing and teams for middle and high schoolers. Paddle Camp, Learn-to-Row Camp, Advanced Jr. Rowing and more. Kayak and SUP rentals too. 1 Whitecliffs Drive, Newport Beach. (949) 646-7725 Newport Sea Base Programs for boys and girls (5+) include sailing, canoeing, kayaking, rowing, and SUP. 1931 West Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. (949) 642-5031. OC Sailing and Events Center Basic boating, sailing, kayaking and marine safety education camps and programs. 34451 Ensenada Place, Dana Point Harbor. (949) 923-2215. www. OCC Junior Sailing After-school sailing classes (7-13), parent and child sailing (6-13), plus holiday and STEM camps, and powerboat training. 1801 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. (949) 645-9412. US Rowing Resources to find rowing instruction, club or crew. Visit Yacht Club Sailing Classes Alamitos Bay Yacht Club - 7201 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, (562) 434-9995, Balboa Yacht Club - 1801 Bayside Dr., Corona Del Mar, (949) 673-3515, Seal Beach Yacht Club - 255 N. Marina Drive, Long Beach, (562) 594-6337, Shoreline Yacht Club - 386 Shoreline Drive South, Long Beach. (562) 435-4093,

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

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

Gryphon Fitness Studio


Football & Cheer Pop Warner Flag and tackle football league (5-15); fall season. Cheer and dance programs also offered where members perform at games and participate in competitions. Challenger division is available for those with special needs. Pop Warner requires its participants to maintain academic standards in order to participate. Find local leagues on their website.

RIDING LESSONS • All Ages Beginner - Advanced • Horsemanship Camps • Sales & Leases • Vaulting including Special Needs Program • Special Discounts for Youth Groups

971 Via Rodeo Placentia, CA 92870

Where the 55 and 91 Freeways meet in Orange County

Friday Night Lights Flag football (grades K-8); fall and spring seasons. Cheer program also offered. Garden Grove, www.; Huntington Beach,; Los Alamitos/Seal Beach,; and Newport-Mesa, NFL Youth Flag Football Coed, boys and girls (5-17) teams. Join a league or start one in your area. • Rise Up Athletics All Star Cheerleading 10712 Reagan St., Ste. A., Los Alamitos (562) 280-2441, Rise Up Athletics All-Star cheer is a non-school affiliated program that competes locally and out-ofstate in the sport of competitive cheerleading. They offer semi and annual programs under the direction of Cheryl Vuong, coach for the nationally and worldranked Los Alamitos High School Cheer program. As a competitive cheerleading program for girls and boys (4+), RUA All Stars teaches all levels of cheer from their prep teams to senior-level advanced teams. They are preparing for another successful season so sign up today! For enrollment information, See ad on page 9.


Flip & Tumble

rancho rio verde riding club

Since 1981 1000 West Carson (East of Santa Fe) LONG BEACH, CA 90810

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• My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns (562) 986-0066, My Gym has helped thousands of children, ages 6 weeks - 13 years, gain confidence and self-esteem

in a loving and caring environment. The innovative, non-competitive tumbling and gymnastics program incorporates age-appropriate games, relays, fitness exercise, sports skills, group activities, and song and dance. Along with the constantly changing floor plans, excellent student-to-teacher ratio, and the experienced, highly trained, and caring staff, My Gym is the best place for your children! Call, text, email, or visit their website to sign up for a free guest class today. See ad on page 33. • Rise Up Athletics 10712 Reagan St., Ste. A., Los Alamitos (562) 280-2441, Rise Up Athletics, formerly known as Kidnastics Gymnastics, has been pleased to offer quality fitness programs for children ages 1-18 for over the last 42 years. They offer a variety of programs for all levels, from parent and me classes, gymnastics classes for boys and girls, recreational/cheer tumbling coed classes, gymnastics/acrobatics coed classes (under their NINja star program), private birthday parties (see Parties), All-Star competitive cheerleading (see Football and Cheer), and seasonal camps (see Camps) to name a few. The RUA staff strives to provide a positive experience by teaching the importance of staying fit while having fun in a safe and pressure-free environment. For enrollment information, visit them online, call or email, office@ See ad on page 9. USA Gymnastics (800) 345-4719, Website provides information on finding gymnastics centers in your area.


Learn Fencing • Gryphon Fencing & Fitness Studio 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia (714) 519-1343, Do your kids love to swordfight like a musketeer, Jedi or pirate? Then fencing is the sport for them! Fencing develops stamina, discipline and coordination. Gryphon Fencing Club has a beautiful facility with state-of-the-art electronic fencing equipment. They offer fun fencing classes for kids age 5 and older. They also offer youth, teen and adult fencing classes continuously during the year and vacation-break camps (page 10). Fencing- and archery-themed birthday parties (page 34) and special events are also available. Gryphon Fencers compete locally and nationally. Learn fencing at Gryphon Fencing—fun, safe and affordable! Email: See ad on this page. More Fencing Clubs Group and private lessons are also available at these fencing centers. Camps and family discounts may be offered. Anaheim Hills Fencers Club - 4372 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills, (714) 996-8880, Golubitsky Fencing Center - 1652 Edinger Ave., Tustin, (714) 676lots more fun at

USA Fencing (719) 866-4511, Resources for clubs, membership and events.


Horse Around • First Field Farm 18299 Dumont Ave., Cerritos (562) 924-2217, First Field Farm offers instruction in English horseback riding and jumping for beginning through advanced students. Beginner lessons include care of the horse as well as the basics of position and control. Private lessons are 30 minutes; group lessons, 45-60 minutes. Horses are provided. See ad on this page. • Rancho Rio Verde 1000 W. Carson St., Long Beach (310) 830-2060, (714) 624-5754 Rancho Rio Verde services include: riding lessons, equestrian training, hunters, boarding, horse transportation, horsemanship camps, clinics, and trail access. Leases are available. Lessons are scheduled Tuesday through Sunday. Vaulting Special Needs Program (gymnastics on horseback) is also available. Special programs and discounts for youth groups. See ad on page 38.


3758, Laguna Fencing Center - 26062 Merit Circle, Ste. 103, Laguna Hills, (949) 215-4112, Orange County Fencing Academy - 14522 Myford Road, Irvine, (949) 445-4321, South Coast Fencing - 3518 W. Lake Center Dr., Ste. C, Santa Ana, (714) 549-2946,

H orseback r iding


• 18299 dumont ave., cerritos • 562-924-2217

Country Trails (714) 538-5860 Trail rides (8+) and winter camp, check website for details. 1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange. Huntington Beach Central Park Equestrian Center (714) 848-6565 Therapeutic riding and guided trail rides. 18381 Golden West St., Huntington Beach. OC Fairgrounds Equestrian Center (714) 708-1652 905 Arlington Ave., Gate #9, Costa Mesa. www. Serrano Creek Ranch Equine-therapy program also offered. 25200 Tra-

Anaheim Equestrian Center (714) 535-3510 Therapeutic riding and scout programs also offered. 1370 Sanderson Ave., Anaheim. lots more fun at

buco Road, Lake Forest. (949) 768-5891. www. Trail Rides Country Trails, Orange, (714) 538-5860, www. Huntington Beach Central Park Equestrian Center, (714) 848-6565, www.hcpec. com. Susie Q Ranch, also offers pony rides and petting zoo, Murrieta, (951) 551-4585, www. Sunset Ranch Hollywood Stables, under the Hollywood sign, (323) 469-5450, www. Western Trails Horseback Riding, Norco, (951) 403-1290, www.ridenorco. com. Will Rogers Trail Rides, Pacific Palisades, (310) 662-3707,

Sandie Mercer Ranch @ Lakewood Equestrian Center

Summer Camps & Holiday Programs

• Sandie Mercer Ranch at Lakewood Equestrian Center 11369 Carson St., Lakewood (562) 425-1905 Private and group instruction (6+) for Western, English and Jumping. Beginner through advanced lessons can be arranged to fit your schedule. Lessons are available six days a week on your horse or theirs. The new “Introduction to Horses” class, by scheduled appointment, includes safety and basic in-hand ground work and care, as well as basic riding. Camps also available (page 10), plus programs for scout groups earning merit badges. Enjoy horses and horseback riding in a quiet country setting. Email: See ad on this page. More Equestrian Centers The following locations offer English and/or Western riding instruction. Monthly leases for students who do not own a horse may be available. Most locations offer parties and school-break camps.

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English Riding & Jumping Instruction Beginning through Advanced • Horses Provided

Ages 7-17 Learn about horses & their care, plus horseback riding two times daily. Weekly sessions 9am - 2pm.

Private & Group Instruction

11369 Carson St., Lakewood

(562) 425-1905

Beginners - Advanced Ages 6+ English • Western • Jumping Horsemanship & Fundamentals Open 6 Days

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The location also houses a full Vans retail store and skate pro shop. Birthday party packages (see Parties), private lessons and skate clinics (see Camps) are available. Open seven days a week, 10 a.m. 10 p.m. (9 p.m. on Sundays). Vans also offers Off the Wall Skatepark and Vans Store at 7471 Center Ave., Huntington Beach. This free park, open seven days a week, features a large street plaza, combi pool, and large Vans Park Series designed course. BMX allowed all day Wednesdays. (714) 379-6666. See ad on back inside cover.


Skate & Play Hockey

US Polo Association 27271 Silverado Canyon Road, Silverado (800) 232-8772, Resources for junior programs, clubs, competitions and clinics. Local club: Orange County Polo Club - No riding experience required. Kids compete in interscholastic tournaments. 27271 Silverado Canyon Road, Silverado. (714) 791-8369. U.S. Pony Club (859) 254-7669, English-riding instruction and competitions. Participants may lease a horse or use their own. Find a Pony Club near you on their website.


Learn Skateboarding California Amateur Skateboard League Regional association promotes the sport of skateboarding while helping communities provide athletes with

safe skateboarding environments and competitions. Website lists local skate events and contests. List of Skateparks in Southern California Comprehensive list for LA and OC includes descriptions, contact information and ratings. • Skatedogs (714) 313-8787, After-school and weekend classes in skateboarding, one of the world’s fastest growing sports. Offered in conjunction with the recreation departments of Aliso Viejo, Arcadia, Beverly Hills, Brea, Cerritos, Cypress, Glendora, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Manhattan Beach, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Redondo Beach, Seal Beach and Tustin. They offer classes for all ability levels. Kids (5-13) make new friends, advance their skateboarding skills, and most importantly, have fun—all in Skatedogs’ private skatepark. They also offer private lessons, birthday parties (page 34) and camps during school breaks (page 10). See ad on this page. • Vans Skatepark 20 City Blvd. West, Orange (714) 769-3800, 40,000-square-foot facility featuring a full skate and BMX course for all skill levels, ages 6 and older.

Let’s Have A Cart Party! Gourmet Food Prepared Fresh in Front of Your Guests on Antique Style Food Carts. See our ad & listing on pages 34 & 35.

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• 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. Also see Parties (page 32) and ad on page 41. • Emerald Events - Mobile Ice Skating Rink (714) 508-3690, Now you can ice skate year round! If you’re looking for a unique experience for your corporate, church, school event or home party, try Emerald Events’ synthetic mobile ice rink. It can be set up on almost any flat surface and they even provide the skates. Want to try ice curling? Contact them for that, too! Also see Parties and ad on page 33. Hockey Associations Southern California Amateur Hockey Association - Resources for youth hockey leagues. Visit their website to find local teams, USA Hockey and USA Hockey Inline, offer referrals to local programs, (719) 576-8724, Junior Roller Derby Los Angeles Junior Derby Dolls - For girls (7-17), first class is free, all skill levels welcome, www.derbydolls. com/junior-derby-dolls. Shark Bites Beach Cities Junior Derby - Mini Bites (8-10) and Shark Bites (11-17), • The Rinks Anaheim ICE (714) 535-RINK Huntington Beach Inline (714) 901-2629 Irvine Inline (949) 559-9949 Lakewood ICE (562) 429-1805 Westminster ICE (714) 248-9611 Yorba Linda ICE (714) 692-8776 Great Park ICE & FivePoint Arena (949) 774-1600 Guests of all ages enjoy skating at The Rinks. With several daily public skating sessions, skate rentals and full-service snack bars, they offer the coolest fun! If lots more fun at

parties and school-break camps are often offered. Arena Soccer - 13631 Deodara St., Garden Grove; and 2190 North Canal St., Orange, (888) 273-6248, www. Momentous Sports - 14522 Myford Road, Irvine, (714) 389-7900, www. LA Galaxy Soccer - 540 Maple Ave., Torrance, (888) 576-2237, Outbreak - 5555 McFadden Ave., (657) 227-7624, Huntington Beach, www. US 5 Center - 12000 Firestone Blvd., Norwalk, (844) 203-9841, www. Deft Touch Soccer Center - 3842 Catalina St., Los Alamitos, (562) 354-7592, www.

More Skating Rinks The following rinks offer roller or ice skating and hockey, including classes, competitive programs, camps, and leagues, plus public and specialty skating sessions. Broomball and party packages are usually available. Check websites for discounts. Also see East West Ice Palace, and The Rinks listed in this section.

Play Volleyball

Aliso Viejo Ice Palace (949) 643-9648 Ice only. 9 Journey, Aliso Viejo. Fountain Valley Skating Center (714) 847-0022 Roller skating only. 9105 Recreation Circle, Fountain Valley. Holiday Skate Center (714) 997-5283 Roller skating only. 175 N. Wayfield, Orange. KHS Ice Arena (714) 422-1236 Ice only. 1000 E. Cerritos Ave., Anaheim. Lake Forest Ice Palace (949) 305-9658 Ice only. 25821 Atlantic Ocean Dr., Lake Forest.


you are new to skating, The Rinks offer a variety of Learn-to-Skate classes. For kids looking to try hockey, check out the Anaheim Ducks Learn-to-Play Program, which is free to new participants, or the Little Ducks Hockey Program, a developmental hockey program that provides participants with a free set of hockey equipment, as well as on-ice instruction. No matter your age or ability, The Rinks has hockey programs and skating programs for you. For public skating session times and prices, and hockey and skating class information, visit them online or call. Locations: 300 W. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim; 5555 McFadden Ave., Huntington Beach; 3150 Barranca Pkwy., Irvine; 3975 Pixie Ave., Lakewood; 13071 Springdale, Westminster; 23641 La Palma Ave., Yorba Linda; and 888 Ridge Valley, Irvine. See ad (with free Learn-to-Play Hockey) on this page.


California Beach Volleyball Association Open to boys and girls (10-18) and offers beach volleyball leagues and tournaments. Email: info@cbva. com. Southern California Volleyball Association Indoor volleyball club teams for boys and girls (1018). Visit their website to find a club in your area. (714) 917-3595. US Youth Volleyball League Instructional volleyball league for boys and girls (715). Visit their website to find local leagues. (888) 988-7985.


Play Tennis

Paramount Iceland (562) 633-1171 Ice only. 8041 Jackson St. Promenade Ice Chalet (310) 541-6630 550 Deep Valley Drive, #107, Rolling Hills Estates.

Southern California Tennis Association Programs for players (10-18), including teams, clinics and tournaments. Also offers programs for young wheelchair players. Scholarships available.


Play Soccer Locations in Artesia & Ontario Soccer Associations The following associations offer boys’ and girls’ leagues (4-18), camps and special-needs programs. American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) - (800) 872-2976, California Youth Soccer Association - (714) 778-2972, Soccer Parks Youth leagues and instructional classes. Birthday lots more fun at

Public Sessions Figure Skating Skating School Private Lessons Fitness Center

Youth Hockey Adult Hockey Broomball Private Ice Rental Party Packages

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More Sports

Lessons for Kids Ages 3-17 All Levels (909) 625-2060

Visit their website to find programs and leagues, (310) 208-3838. Table Tennis Orange County Table Tennis Academy - Afterschool programs (6-17) and group lessons. 16035 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, (818) 468-9201, Find additional programs and clubs for juniors at www.teamusa. org/usa-table-tennis/clubs/kids. • Tennis Anyone (909) 625-2060, For the past 25 years, Tennis Anyone has offered amazingly dynamic year-round tennis classes and summer tennis camps for kids throughout Southern California. Their goal is simple: more fun, fitness, and friendships for a lifetime through the sport of tennis. Tennis Anyone offers year-round tennis classes and summer tennis camps for students of all ages and levels in these Southern California cities: Alhambra, Arcadia, Brea, Chino Hills, Claremont, Corona, Diamond Bar, Eastvale, Fontana, Huntington Beach, San Gabriel and Yorba Linda. “We’ll see you on the courts!” See ad on this page.

Badminton Badminton Center Court - 3699 Industry Ave., Lakewood, (562) 426-9299, www.badmintoncentercourt. com. Orange County Badminton Club - 1432-A N. Main St., Orange, (714) 639-6222, www.ocbadmintonclub. com. For additional clubs in Southern California, visit Badminton Connect, Curling USA Curling - Referrals to leagues, plus a junior merit program. Local club in Irvine, Orange County Curling Club, Dana Wharf Kids Fishing Kids Club, after-school program, party packages, free instruction and trips. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point. (949) 496-5794. Lacrosse Beach Cities Youth Lacrosse - Club for boys and girls (7-18) serving Cypress, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Seal Beach, Sunset Beach and surrounding areas. Find additional teams and leagues, plus information about the sport at US Lacrosse: (410) 235-6882, Disc Golf The following parks offer courses for disc golf. Most courses are open daily until sunset; some offer rentals. Cerritos, Liberty Park, 9-basket course, (562) 916-8565. Huntington Beach Central Park, 18-basket course, disc rental available, (714) 931-4559. Irvine, Deerfield Park, 8-basket course, (949) 724-6725. Long Beach, El Dorado Park West, 18-basket course, (562) 570-3225. La Mirada Regional Park, www. To find a disc courses in your area, visit Golf Associations and Leagues Long Beach Jr. Golf Association - Kids (7-17) meet at Heartwell Park on Friday afternoons for social and competitive play. (562) 570-1272.


Long Beach & Bellflower Locations (562) 426-6264 Limit 1 per student • Exp 9/30/19

$50 OFF Registration New Students Only

PGA Jr. League - Seasonal matches, August - December. Open to boys and girls, 13 and under, of all abilities. Find local teams at SCPGA Foundation Junior Golf Program - Competitive playing opportunities, instructional programs and vacation camps for SCPGA members (5-18). Call (951) 8454653 or check for a locations. Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) – Find golf courses that offer youth programs as well as club outings and scholarships. (818) 980-3630. • Martial Arts at My Gym Children’s Fitness Center 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns (562) 986-0066, With a Master Karate instructor on staff, students ages 4-13 strive for different belt levels, as they learn about goal setting and the discipline needed to reach them. Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 p.m., ages 4-6 years and 6:40-7:40 p.m., ages 7-13 years. My Gym also offers a Ninja Training class (ages 5-10) that focuses on developing strength, stamina, and agility in relays, conditioning exercises, games, team-building, and obstacle courses that change every week. Wednesdays, 4:15-5:15 p.m. See ad on page 33. • Martial Arts with Sensei Mac 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Sensei Mac offers a variety of martial arts programs for kids (2+) that focus on building confidence and self-esteem while learning self-defense, discipline, respect, and stranger awareness. Classes offered: Martial Arts, Jiu Jitsu, Sparing, and Private Martial Arts. Prices vary per month based on the number of weeks in the session. Join a session at any time! For more information, please contact Maureen Lawrence at Rock Climbing Indoor facilities that offer classes, camps and parties. Cal State Fullerton’s Rockwall - (657) 278-7529, www. Hangar 18 - Mission Viejo, (949) 454-8043; San Clemente, (949) 388-0480; and Signal Hill, (562) 981-3200, www.climbhangar18. com. Rockcity Climbing Center - Anaheim, (714) 7774884, Rockreation Sport Climbing Center - Costa Mesa, (714) 556-7625, www. Sender One Climbing and Sender City - Santa Ana, (714) 881-3456; and Los Angeles, (213) 279-2000, Thrill It Fun Center - Orange, (714) 937-1600, Rugby Southern California Youth Rugby - Boys and girls (grades K-12) in LA and Orange counties. www.

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Casa Youth Shelter in Los Alamitos (562) 594-6825 Counseling and classes for teens and parents.


Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-8255 211

Child Abuse Prevention Center (714) 543-4333 In-home visitations, crisis stabilization, and outreach programs. Based in OC.

California Youth Crisis Line (800) 843-5200 24-hour, call or text.

Community Family Guidance Center (562) 924-5526 Mental health services for underserved children (0-21) and their family. Serving Southeast LA County.

YOUTH/TEEN SHELTERS Casa Youth Shelter Children of the Night Mary’s Path (pregnant teens) Waymakers Huntington Beach Waymakers Laguna Beach Waymakers Tustin Laurel House for Teen Girls

(800) 914-2272 (800) 551-1300 (714) 730-0930 (949) 250-0488 (949) 494-4311 (714) 714-0780 (714) 832-0207

FAMILY SHELTERS 1736 Family Crisis Center Gilchrist House Human Options Interval House Laura’s House OC Gateway to Housing WomenShelter of Long Beach

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National Child Abuse Hotline (800) 422-4453 Text or call. Prevention, intervention and treatment programs. Children of the Night (800) 551-1300 Intervention for children affected by sexual exploitation, prostitution or pornography. 24-hour hotline. For The Child (562) 422-8472 Prevention of and treatment for child abuse victims and their families. Hoag Hospital Baby Line (949) 764-2229 Questions answered about baby care. LA County DCFS (800) 540-4000 Child Protection hotline. OC Social Services Agency (800) 207-4464 24-hour hotline. RAINN (800) 656-4673 Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network 24-hour hotline. Safely Surrendered Baby (877) 222-9723 Hotline for information and locations of safe surrender sites. Stand Up for Kids Orange County (714) 356-5437 Resources and support for homeless youth (12-24). Lifeline for LGBTQ Youth LGBTQ Youth Talkline Nat. Domestic Violence Hotline Nat. Eating Disorder Helpline Nat. Teen Dating Abuse Hotline Nat. Substance Abuse Helpline

(866) 488-7386 (800) 246-7743 (800) 799-7233 (800) 931-2237 (866) 331-9474 (800) 662-4357

First 5 Los Angeles and Orange County Resources and parenting tips for kids under age 5. LA: (213) 482-5902, OC: (714) 834-5310, Health Line Youth Counseling (562) 273-0722 Youth/family counseling. Sliding scale. Interval House (562) 594-4555, (714) 891-8121 Counseling and education for victims of domestic violence. JADE (949) 303-9016 Juvenile Alcohol and Drug Education. Plus Decisions Legal Awareness Program for adolescents (12-17) to help understand impact of criminal behavior and poor decisions. Jewish Federation and Family Services Support and emergency referrals for Jewish community. Long Beach: (562) 427-7916, OC: (949) 435-3484, Magnolia Park Family Resource Center (714) 530-7413 Counseling, case management, and parenting education. Mariposa Women and Family Center Counseling, mental health, drug/alcohol support, domestic violence, workshops and professional training for women. Orange: (714) 547-6494. San Juan Capistrano: (949) 429-6888. Straight Talk Clinic Affordable counseling for Santa Ana and La Mirada community. Santa Ana: (714) 828-2000. La Mirada: (562) 943-0195.


The Guidance Center Comprehensive mental health treatment for disadvantaged children (0-18). Long Beach: (562) 595-1159. Compton: (310) 669-9510. San Pedro: (310) 833-3135.

Al-Anon Family Groups (888) 425-2666 Support groups and referrals for families and children of alcoholics.

WomenShelter of Long Beach (562) 437-4663 Free supportive services to youth victims of domestic violence.

MISSING/RUNAWAY Help, information, referrals and message-relay services for runaways, abducted children and/or their parents. Also visit CA Missing Children Clearinghouse

(800) 222-3463

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (800) 843-5678 (THE LOST) National Runaway Safeline (800) 786-2929 (RUNAWAY)

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