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CampGuide & Tons of Resources

Slay the Boredom


Find Your Own Adventure





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We get harebrained ideas over here on a regular basis (case in point: we turned the office into a Kidsguide Reader Art Gallery and invited all 60,000 of you to come visit). These ideas—flashes of brilliance—come from our single-minded purpose: To have you (parents/kid-lovers) discover new activities, events, services and destinations that can (and will) enrich the lives of your children and family. That’s been our mission for 32+ years.

Calendar  � ���������������������������� 63-67 Camps� �������������������������������� 10-25 Emergency Resources���������������� 62 Enrichment� �������������������������� 25-32 55 Cooking 66 Etiquette 25 STEM 67 Magic 28 Tutoring & Academics 30 Youth & Family Programs Family Resources����������������� 32-36 32 Child Care & Baby Sitting 32 Health Services 56 Play Groups 34 Special Needs 34 Support Groups & Parent Ed Outings ���������������������������� 36-46 36 Attractions 40 Museums 50 Playgrounds 44 Trains 45 Zoos & Animal Care Centers Parties ������������������������������ 46-49 Schools����������������������������� 49-51 Sports ������������������������������� 52-61 52 Aquatics & Water Polo 54 Archery 54 Baseball & Softball 55 Basketball 55 Bowling 56 Fencing 56 Fishing & Boating 57 Football & Cheerleading 57 Gymnastics 58 Horseback Riding 58 Miscellaneous Sports 60 Skateboarding 60 Skating & Hockey 61 Soccer 61 Surfing & SUP 61 Volleyball 2 kidsguide spring/summer 2018

This year, we’ve come up with a doozy. A story for you to read with your kids, inspired by a children’s book series we loved as kids. Our story begins on page 3 and is scattered throughout the pages of KG—extra bonus: it has six different ways to read it with six different endings. We hope you’ll find the story entertaining … and, of course we have an ulterior motive. When you read it—all six versions—you’ll engage with the content in each section of Kidsguide…thus fulfilling “our purpose.” I know that sounds cultish—but I promise you and your kids, in the process, will find cool things to do (scavenger hunts onboard big ships, camps with real seals, free hockey lessons). Plus—an even bigger payoff for you is more one-on-one snuggle reading time. Per usual, there’s a prize—for everyone! When your kids enter, we’ll send them a surprise in the mail (kids love mail) and they’ll be entered to win an even bigger grand prize. KG Tip: You can enter for each different version of the story you read—that gives you SIX chances to win. Woot Woot. Details and entry form are on page 68. To keep the goodness going, be sure to sign up for The Buzzz on our website. This free e-letter gives you a weekly round-up of the best events coming up for you and your kids. Enjoy! xoxoxo


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Secret message for the grown-ups This issue of Kidsguide has an extra surprise for you and your kids. It’s the first-ever Kidsguide Find Your Own Adventure Story. How it works: As you read the story, you’ll hit points that allow your child to choose one path or another. Whatever they pick will take the story in a whole new direction. You can read it one time or many—there are six different adventures in all. Along the way, your child will find some great ideas for summer fun and banishing the Boredom Dragon. Oh, and guess what? There’s even prizes. Have your child send in their entry form (page 68) when they’ve completed the story. We’ll send them a prize and enter them in a drawing for an even bigger prize. They can enter as many times as they’d like—each entry is one more chance to win.

Secret message for the kids We need YOU! The Boredom Dragon has come from Olden Times to wreak havoc on the fun and the happy kids of Kidsguide. The Boredom Dragon is pretty old school and wants kids to spend their time working out in the fields, growing his favorite herb, Anise (Pimpinella anisum), a licorice-scented plant he likes to chew after a long day of eating knights and townspeople. (It’s good for gas. As you can imagine: nothing is worse than a gassy dragon.)



his summer, the Boredom Dragon looked into the Enchantress’ crystal ball and saw all the plans for fun and adventure in Kidsguide and, man, did he get mad. He saw kids doing handsprings at Kidnastics (page 57), kids rocking out at Applied Music Studio (page 7), kids floating down the lazy river and riding the blue slide (the scariest one! at Splash! page 40), and kids playing in rooms filled with just trampolines! “SRTEWREAG!!!!” screeched the Boredom Dragon, which roughly translated from Dragonese means “Kids having too much fun. No time to plant dragon herb. Stomach hurt. BAD!” He negotiated a deal with the Enchantress (negotiated = threatening to eat her) to send him to 2018 to put a stop to this fun and get the kids back to the planting. And his fiendish plan is working! He’s eaten some of this Kidsguide—the entire section on jousting lessons AND how to stay clean when you don’t have indoor plumbing are totally gone. It’s up to YOU to chase him down and stop him before he eats the whole thing.

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In this story, you make choices to decide how to slay this unruly beast. Along the way, you will pick up skills and find some ideas to slay your own Boredom Dragon. (Extra special very secret secret: fill out the entry form on page 68, send it to us and you’ll get a prize and be entered to win an even bigger prize! Even more secret secret: read the story more than once for a different ending—each entry = one more chance to win. ) Are you up for the challenge? You have: A giant empty Contest Entry Bag (on page 68), your faithful dog Daisy and your semi-faithful cat Teddy. Ready? Let’s go find some dragon! Where do you think that stinky old dragon is hiding, anyway? If you think it’s the Capital of Arts, turn to page 4. If you think it’s the Calendar Labyrinth, turn to page 63.

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arts ARTS & CRAFTS • Bowers Kidseum 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 567-3694 Kidseum is an interactive, educational, children’s extension of the Bowers Museum with a focus on its mission, “Igniting imagination through exploration,” stressing the excitement of art, archaeology and world cultures. Check out the “Glow Cave” with its fun art-making activities, and lots more. See full listing on page 12; ad on page 11. • Build It Workspace 4388 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos (714) 947-0800 Build It Workspace, as an open workspace and skillbuilding center, incorporates the “arts” in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). Access to tools include: sewing machines, 3D printers, 3D scanners, laser and electronic cutters, CNC Router, vacuum former, and heat press. Classes and memberships are open to youth and adults. See STEM for complete listing. See ad on page 27. Ceramics Studios Art Waves, Fountain Valley, (714) 965-0669. Clay on First, Long Beach, (562) 495-4362, www.clayonfirst.

Capital of Arts You, Daisy and Teddy enter the Capital of Arts carefully. Everything looks okay at first. Some kids are in costume practicing for a play, others are working on their hip hop moves and there are some kids working on a huge mural. Look around and find a class that looks fun to you and put it in your contest entry bag (page 68, line #1). All’s well until you walk by the booth for Lute Lessons. It’s completely mushed! A little kid playing a drum walks up to you and points to the east. “Dwagon,” she says, with wide eyes. Is she pointing to the Wizard Camps? Turn to page 10. Is she pointing to the Train Station? Turn to page 44. 4 kidsguide spring/summer 2018

com. Color Me Mine, Brea, Costa Mesa, Long Beach, Mission Viejo, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Tustin and Whittier, Hidden Talents Ceramic Studio, Huntington Beach, (714) 840-6833, Studio H Fine Art, Irvine, (949) 403-7020, www.studiohfineart. com. Paint N’ Glaze, Long Beach, (562) 421-8000, Craft Instruction Build-A-Bear - Locations in Cerritos, Mission Viejo, Orange, Temecula, Torrance, and West Covina. Home Depot - Free workshops for kids (5-12) offered at all locations every first Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. - noon. Find type of project on their website. (800) 466-3337. Michaels - Kids club offered at all locations every Saturday, 10 a.m. - noon. Projects vary by age group. Younger kids (3-8), $2. Older kids (6+), $5. Register online or drop-in. Piecemakers Country Store - Kids’ sewing classes throughout the year, plus an extensive summer program for various crafts. Summer camp schedule online. 1720 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa. (714) 6413112. Creative Reuse Centers Creative reuse takes used or recycled materials and makes them into art. Child Creativity Lab - 1815 E. Wilshire Ave., Ste. 906, Santa Ana, (714) 352-4380, The Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse - 320 Elm Ave., Long Beach, (562) 437-9999, • Gymboree Play & Music Aliso Viejo  (949) 680-7187 Anaheim Hills  (714) 283-4386 Fullerton (714) 449-2000 Long Beach (562) 429-4886 Inspire your child’s imagination and self-expression with a world of hands-on art activities. Through painting, sculpture, drawing, collage, dramatic plays and more, their art classes for children (18 mos 5 years) encourage confidence and support artistic potential. See ad on page 57; coupon on page 65.

Museum Art Classes and Workshops Many museums offer art classes that may include drawing, painting, cartooning, sculpture, pastels, watercolor and other mixed media. See LACMA, Laguna Art Museum and Norton Simon in Museums for details and contact information. Sewing and Knitting Instruction Angel Threads Sewing School, Newport Beach, (949) 548-6070, Fashion Camp, Tustin, (714) 259-0946, OC Sewing and Vacuum, Irvine, (800) 543-0434, www. Sew Vac Ltd., Long Beach, (562) 4986684, Stitches in Time, Bellflower, (562) 804-9341, • Sewing Lab Los Alamitos 4215 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos (657) 465-5499 Fun and friendly after-school and evening sewing classes, plus camps and parties, for kids in grades 2 and up. They provide top-of-the-line sewing machines, and a very encouraging, safe and fun environment to learn a skill that will last a lifetime. Also see Camps and Parties. See ad on page 16. • Sewing with Jane 6243 E. 5th St., Long Beach (562) 260-5888 Hand sewing for ages 6 and up. Machine sewing for ages 9 and up (machines provided). Small, project-based group classes for beginning through intermediate sewers. Hand sewers complete craft projects. Machine sewers create simple clothing or crafts. Weekly 1½-hour classes are held in fiveweek sessions. Sewing camps are also available (see Camps); email for summer schedule or Facebook: “Sewing with Jane Loper” for up-to-date flyers. Email: • Shared Science (562) 285-3942 Kids (grades K-9) can dabble in art and programming and art when they attend a MAKE-It Fun! tinker session which combines art, electronics, and other engineering builds. Also, pop-up maker spaces at Long Beach locations. Also see STEM under Enrichment.

• IncrediFlix Summer Camps IncrediFlix brings an exciting element to summer camps; see Camps for details.

Studio Art Instruction Most offer painting, drawing, ceramics/sculpting and mixed media. Some offer camps and parties.

Makerspaces See STEM on page 25.

Art Exchange Long Beach - 356 E. 3rd St., Long Beach. (562) 567-7278.

• Model Boat Shop Colorado Lagoon, Long Beach (562) 570-1888 Kids (7+) can learn how to build and race model sailboats, and participate in a closing regatta as part of the city’s International Sea Festival; June 25 - August 10, Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $60 for the seven-week program, with an additional cost for boat-building supplies based on the size of the model. For more information, call beginning June 25.

Art House - 1380 S. Harbor Blvd., La Habra, (714) 870-7119. ARTime Studio - 27001 La Paz Road, Ste. #390, Mission Viejo. (949) 981-4988. Art Steps - 18212 Imperial Hwy., Yorba Linda, (714) 524-2248; and 24000 Alicia Pkwy., #31, Mission Viejo, (949) 454-9555. Art Waves - 18910 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley. (714) 965-0669. lots more fun at

Averyboo Arts - 3908 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach. (562) 912-4800.

Color My World Art Studio - 11960 Artesia Blvd., #101, Artesia. (562) 219-4566. Fibo Kids Art Academy - Locations in Anaheim Hills, Brea, Cypress, Fountain Valley and Tustin. (714) 5791929. Fullerton Museum Center - 301 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton. (714) 738-6545. www. Huntington Beach Art Center - 538 Main St. (714) 374-1650. Inspyr Arts - 3910 E. 4th St., Long Beach. (562) 3426172. Irvine Art and Music - 15315 Culver Drive, #150, Irvine. (949) 559-3069. Irvine Fine Arts Center - 1432 Yale Ave., Irvine. (949) 724-6880. Muckenthaler Cultural Center - Summer camp available. 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton. (714) 7386595. Palette Station - Summer camps available, June August. 540 E. 1st St., Tustin. (714) 730-4979.

• Dance Company 4205 Montair Ave., Long Beach (562) 425-7231 Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Pointe, Acro, Musical Theater and Lyrical (3+); beginner to advanced levels with an emphasis on technique. Two annual studio productions and children’s performing company are available, plus a complete adult program. The Dance Company is a complete performing arts studio. A Mini-Dance Summer Camp is also offered for ages 5-10 (see Camps). See ad on this page. • Elevation Studios 1900 E. 27th St., #101, Signal Hill (562) 424-2711 Ages 3 through adult, beginning through professional. Full recreational program as well as a highly competitive competition team. Owners and professional dancers, Alex and Robert Lee are extremely connected and involved in the dance world, which allows the studio to bring in master instructors from around the country. Robert and Alex’s credits include: Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Madonna, Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, and a BFA in dance. The innovation of this studio sets it apart from the rest, and the value of dance education they provide is priceless. Check out


562.425.7231 (562) 425-7231 4205 MONTAIR AVEBeach 90808 4205 Montair Ave., Long LONG BEACH, CA 90808 WWW.THEDANCECOLONGBEACH.COM

Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Acro, Lyrical, Hip-Hop & Musical Theater Preschool - Adult Programs Professional Faculty • Performing Company Large Dance Rooms

FREE CLASS New Students Only

their website for more information and full details. See ad on page 7. • Kick It Up 8125 and 8129 East Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 430-1812 Come dance, sing, act and perform at Kick It Up, a noncompetitive, friendly dance, visual arts, fitness

Studio H Fine Art - (949) 403-7020. 2691 Richter Ave., Ste. 108, Irvine. The Art Studio - 6450 Westminster Blvd., Westminster. (714) 458-2800. Timree Paint Studio - 1651 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach. (949) 723-1300. The Drawing Board - 18032 E. Lemon Dr., Yorba Linda. (714) 693-7156.

DANCE Also see: Theater Arts on page 8 for related activities. • Burgess Cotillion The Grand - 4101 E. Willow St., Long Beach (323) 874-7393 Monthly dances (grades 3-12) with instruction in popular and ballroom styles, and etiquette. The three basic ballroom dances, waltz, foxtrot and swing, are taught every season, along with a Latin dance, such as the samba or tango, as well as other forms of dance, such as the Charleston or polka. Mother-son or father-daughter dances and waltz lots more fun at

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Chuck Jones Center for Creativity - Drop-in and Draw Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon. 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa. (949) 274-4834.

contests are also offered. Runs monthly, on a weeknight, September - April; contact for dates. Sign-up early, space is limited. Email: burgesscotillion@aol. com. Also see Etiquette.


and party studio. Classes are offered for all ages and ability levels; no one is turned away. Intro to Dance, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Hula, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Contemporary and Acrobatics are some of the many classes offered. In addition, Kick It Up also offers ukulele and voice lessons. As a parent, they offer many fitness and dance classes at the same time your children or teens are in class. All participants have the opportunity to perform in a family-oriented and affordable dance recital in June and December. Competition Teams, Performing Teams, Brownie/Girl Scout events, camps and birthday parties are offered throughout the year. Specialty classes, such as Twisty Tuesdays, special-needs classes and classes for homeschool students are also offered. Also see Parties. See ad on pages 5. • Long Beach Ballet Academy 1122 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 426-4112 The Long Beach Ballet classical ballet academy offers year-round training for ages 4 to adult. Under the artistic direction of David Wilcox, the nationally-recognized academy has graduated students into many major companies around the world, including the San Francisco Ballet, the Hamburg Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada. The most advanced students make up the performing company, which is best known for Southern California’s most spectacular production of “The Nutcracker” at the Long Beach Terrace Theater. The Long Beach Ballet also takes many of their students to China each summer. Visit for a complete schedule of events and performances. Children’s Dance Camp 2018 is also available; see Camps. See ad on this page. • 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 pre-schoolers, 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 beautifully-skilled and choreographed dance routines. Voted Best Dance Studio 2017 Press-Telegram Readers Choice Awards! See ad on this page.

Los Altos Dance Center Voted Best Dance Studio 2017 Press-Telegram Readers Choice Award

Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop & Lyrical Pre-schoolers • Children • Teens • Adults

Afternoon, Evening & Saturday Classes One Free Dance Class

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• My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns (562) 986-0066 Hip Hop is the perfect class for children (4-8) who want to dance, stay active, and learn how to freestyle! Musicality, rhythm, and creative movement are key components of this fun, urban/street-style dance class that teaches boys and girls alike to step, stomp, and shake it out! See ad on page 39. National Dance Alliance (877) 632-2946 National organization hosts championships, special events and camps throughout the area. lots more fun at


MUSIC • Applied Music Studio 10900 Los Alamitos Blvd., Ste. 203, Los Alamitos (562) 596-1287 Enhance your child’s (3+) education by trying a free lesson at Applied Music Studio! They offer instruction in 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 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 page 8 with coupon. • Grace First Music Camps 3955 Studebaker Road, Long Beach (562) 425-3393 Grace First Presbyterian Church has a full summer of camp offerings for children and youth, including music-oriented camps. Summer Choir Camp is a new camp for singers, July 16-20; grades K-5, 9 a.m. noon; grades 6-12, 1-4 p.m. For senior high schoolers there is School of Rock, June 25-29, noon - 4 p.m. Family-friendly rates, including sibling discounts are offered. Register online or in person. Also see Camps and Schools. See ad on page 18. • Gymboree Play & Music Aliso Viejo  (949) 680-7187 Anaheim Hills  (714) 283-4386 Fullerton  (714) 449-2000 Long Beach  (562) 429-4886 Enhance your child’s development and love of music through song, dance, movement games and instruments. The classes help children (6 mos - 5 years) explore rhythm, melody, tonality and beat while nurturing key physical, social and intellectual skills. See ad on page 57; coupon on page 65. • 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 experilots more fun at

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Orchestras Find a list of regional youth orchestras at the Community Youth Orchestra of SoCal website, www. Youth Choirs International Children’s Choir, International Peace Choir, www.internationalpeacechoir. com. Southern California Children’s Chorus, www. Long Beach Youth Chorus, www.

THEATER ARTS Also see: Dance and Music for related activities.

ence 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 under Family Resources. See ad on page 7. Music Associations Music Teachers Association of California - Free referrals to qualified instructors in keyboard, winds, guitar, strings and vocals, Suzuki Association of the Americas - The method emphasizes teaching by sound and repetition before learning to read music. Free instructor referral, (888) 378-9854,

• Music Together at the Beach (310) 850-5453 Celebrating 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 5 and the grown-ups who love them. Weekly 45-minute classes incorporate a fun-filled, researchbased, developmentally appropriate music curriculum. Activities include songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play. Parent-child classes for children, newborn to age 5. For information about other Music Together locations, visit their website. See ad on this page.

• Arts & Learning Conservatory 151 Kalmus Drive, G3, Costa Mesa (714) 728-7100 Founded in 2004, the award-winning Arts & Learning Conservatory has served the Orange County community offering high quality instruction in acting, voice, dance, instrumental instruction and live theater productions. They have developed hugely successful after-school programs, musical camps and school productions. Arts & Learning seeks to keep a love of theatre, music, and the arts alive while instilling valuable life skills that promote teamwork, articulation, confidence, and refined social skills while having a whole lot of fun. Also see Camps. • IncrediFlix Summer Camps IncrediFlix brings an exciting element to summer camps; see Camps for details. Youth Theater Production Programs Acting Academy for Kids - 29292 Crown Valley Pkwy., Laguna Niguel. (949) 427-0072. Biola Youth Theater - Ages 6-18. 14540 San Cristobal Drive, La Mirada. (562) 906-4574. Broadway on Tour Children’s Theatre - Ages 8-20. 625 French St., Santa Ana. (714) 542-6939. Buena Park Youth Theatre - Open auditions for main cast (8-18) and junior cast (5-8). 8150 Knott Ave., Buena Park. (714) 449-3211. Children’s Theatre of Long Beach - Ages 6-19. Also offers a drama club. 3759 Orange Ave., Long Beach. (562) 999-4691. www.childrenstheatreoflongbeach. org Creative Kids Playhouse Children’s Theatre of Orange County - Ages 3-16. Mission Viejo area. (949) 2976257. GO-FAME - Ages 8-18. 3960 N. Studebaker Road, Unit 106, Long Beach. (714) 227-5115.

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International City Theatre - Summer Youth Conservatory, July 9 - August 2. 67 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 495-4595, Ext. 10. Laguna Playhouse Youth Theater - Ages 7-18 and conservatory (10-18). Summer camps offered. 606 Laguna Canyon Road. (949) 497-2787. www. Musical Theatre Academy of Orange County - Ages 4+. 3935 Birch St., Newport Beach. (949) 9553737. Musical Theatre West - Year-round classes and summer conservatory (7-18). 4350 E. 7th St., Long Beach. (562) 856-1999, Ext. 232. MYART (Musical Youth Artists Repertory Theatre) - All ages. Rehearsals in Cypress. (800) 400-2985. Mysterium Theater - Ages 6-17. 311 S. Euclid, La Habra. (562) 697-3311. South Coast Repertory - Grades 3-12. 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 708-5577. The Kids’ Theater Company - All ages. Locations in Long Beach. (562) 209-1894. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Offers a range of courses and master classes for young people. 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 746-4000. YaYa’s Performance Academy - Kids’ theater arts program culminating in a performance. (562) 3552004. Long Beach.

Wizard Camps The kids here look strong and safe. There are some kids headed off to sailing camp and some learning to ride at horse camp. What looks fun to you? Find a camp and put it in your contest entry bag (page 68, line #2). Daisy is whining for food and something smells good. Hand her a little treat and stop by the Lil’ Chef School and learn to cook something for yourself. You reach down to give Teddy a little treat too but he is gone! Do you think he went to the Isle of Outings? Turn to page 36. Do you think he went to the Tower of Schools? Turn to page 48.

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camps Summer sport, activity and specialty camps. Many places listed throughout Kidsguide offer camps, be sure to inquire. KG Tip: Visit the CampGuide at for more options, it’s updated daily! • 49er Youth Sports Camp at CSULB 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach (562) 985-4049 Celebrating their 55th year! All-sports camp for boys and girls ages 5-12, includes instruction in tumbling, archery, tennis, track, bowling, soccer, volleyball, softball, baseball, basketball, kickball, lacrosse, elementary games and daily swim lessons. Each student will be assigned to one of four age groups. Assignment will be based upon the chronological age of each camper. Each activity will be selected for its contribution to the needs and abilities of the group. 2018 sessions: June 18 - July 13 and July 16 - August 10, Monday - Friday, 12:30-5 p.m. $540. Space is limited and confirmed for the first 450 campers with a completed application and full payment. Online registration and credit card payment only. Morning programs are available for parents seeking all-day activities. See ad on page 15. • Academic Enrichment Camp at CSULB 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach (562) 985-2570, (562) 985-2216 Various academic subjects covered. Kindergarten Preparedness Program, and 1st through 5th grade-level academic curriculum, as well as art and computers. 6th-8th grade math, engineering/technology, language arts, writing and art. Children will be divided by grade level with a low student/teacher ratio. 2018 sessions: June 18 - July 13 and July 16 - August 10, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - noon, $540. Morning supervision is available, 7:15-8:30 a.m. (additional fee). Free supervision is provided during lunch for those children attending the 49er Youth Sports Camp. Enrollment is confirmed with a completed application and full payment. Online registration and credit card payment only. See ad on page 15. • Acting Out (562) 901-0111 Celebrate creativity with ensemble building, song, movement, improv, scene study, stage combat, monologue and so much more. Acting Out is for kids involved in other theater programs, as well as those new to theater. They challenge every camper according to their comfort level. You get to see what they have learned with a show at the end of the week! Two, weeklong camps: June 18-22 and July 30 - August 3; both half- and full-day options. Also, two, two-day workshops: Puppetry and Performance, July 2-3; Improv & Theater Skills, August 23-24; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Aliso Viejo Parks and Recreation (949) 425-2500 Summer camps (3-13): Arts and crafts, sports, STEM, fashion, cooking, and more. June 11 - August 17. Varying times and prices. Visit website for details. Anaheim Community Services (714) 765-5191 CampVenture Day Camp (6-13) - Daily activities include crafts, movies, nature, science, cooking, sports, weekly excursion and more. Themed-weekly sessions, June 18 - August 24. 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., extended hours, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Visit website for fees. Additional camps for kids (5-14) are available and include nature, art, cooking, sports, and STEM. Visit website for details. • Art Steps Yorba Linda (714) 524-2248 Mission Viejo (949) 454-9555 Fill your school breaks with art! Fine art day camps, offered in half-day and full-day options, with something for every young artist. At Art Steps, young children explore in many media, such as cartooning, clay, 3D perspective and beyond; while teens of all levels enjoy in-depth focus on figure drawing and portraiture, painting, Anime fine points and much more. Their friendly teachers provide plenty of fun. Space is limited. Free introductory class available. New location opening soon in Costa Mesa—contact for details! • Arts & Learning Conservatory 151 Kalmus Drive, G3, Costa Mesa (714) 728-7100 Arts & Learning offers an exciting camp program with comprehensive theater and music training that is engaging, challenging, fun and inspiring. Arts & Learning recognizes each child’s talent and gives them the necessary building blocks to grow as a performer. Sessions include classes in voice, acting, and dance, or instrumental music with cutting-edge workshops that culminate in a final performance for family and friends. From their youngest campers who explore an introduction into the theatrical arts, to high school students seeking to build upon and improve their musical theater talent, they prepare students of all levels and ages to hit the stage! Camps available for ages 4-18. Featured camps include: Willy Wonka, Broadway Camp, Last Jedi, Greatest Showman, James and the Giant Peach, Pops Orchestra, Cinderella and Acting Academy. Also see Theater Arts. Bellflower Recreation and Parks (562) 866-5684 Summer programs (7-15), various drop-in summer activities, eight-week sessions, June - August, Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. • Bounce Sports Camp 17272 Newhope St., Fountain Valley (949) 287-2878 Multi-sport weekly camp designed to promote overall youth fitness to kids, ages 4-13. They teach sportslots more fun at

campguide manship through teamwork, instill confidence, refine motor skills, and teach appreciation of sports and fitness while promoting a fun environment. Students will gain some education in fitness and health while participating in a variety of sports, including tennis, basketball and volleyball. Email: • Bowers Kidseum 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 567-3694 Bowers Museum presents Camp Kidseum, offering new and unique opportunities for future explorers, archaeologists and artists in the making! An unforgettable summer with a lifetime of memories for ages 6-11. Camp Kidseum offers six customized weekly adventures exploring museum collections, on display at the Bowers Museum and Kidseum, from the Pacific Islands to Africa, from China to Native America. Camp highlights include visits to the Bowers museum, archaeology digs, cultural art projects, interaction with real artifacts, music-making special guests and more! Sessions take place from June 25 - August 10, (no camp week of July 4), 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., daily with extended care options available, 7-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. See ad on page 11. 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). Most clubs also offer overnight and leadership camps (13-18). Find your nearest location at Brea Community Services Summer Camps 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea (714) 990-7100 A variety of camps available. Call for dates, fees and ages. Buena Park Recreation 6931 Orangethorpe Ave., Buena Park (714) 562-3858 Youth Summer Sports Camp - Keep kids (7-14) active this summer with kickball, basketball, dodge ball, swimming, and more. One-week sessions, Monday Friday, beginning in June. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., $74. Half days, morning or afternoon, $37. Optional field trips for an additional $13. 12 kidsguide spring/summer 2018

• Build It Workspace 4388 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos (714) 947-0800 Unleash every child’s tech passion through the different creative spaces at Build It Workspace. From traditional woodworking and fiber art to computer coding and digital avatar creation, Build It Workspace camps are the perfect blend for age appropriate activities and challenges between the physical and digital worlds, from 3D printing through robotics. Weekly school-break camps for ages 5-9 and 10+. Also see STEM under Enrichment and Parties. See ad on page 27. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pedro (310) 548-7562 Summer Camps: Galloping Snail and Other Fishy Tales (grades 1-2), June 25-29 and July 30 - August 3. Crab Shells and Native Tales (grades 3-4), July 9-13 and August 6-10. Ichthyology and Other Slimy Words (grades 5-6), July 23-27 and August 13-17. Coastal Field Research (grades 7-9), July 30 - August 3. $85. California State University Fullerton 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton Titan Youth Sports Camp - Day camp (ages 4-12). Skills and strategies in basketball, volleyball, rockwall climbing, bowling, and more. $145-245. Please note all 4 year olds must be potty trained. Counselor-inTraining (13-18) also offered, $75. Half and full days available. June 11 - August 10. (657) 278-5583. Camp Fire 7070 E. Carson St., Long Beach (562) 421-2725 Summer Camps: Backyard Bunch, weeklong summer camps for kids (entering grades K-9), June 18 - August 17. Includes archery, rock climbing/ ropes course, cooking over the campfire, arts/ crafts, sports, outdoor education and optional field trips. 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; extended hours,

7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Shiwaka Day Camp and Wintaka Resident Camp are also offered during summer. • Camp Invention (800) 968-4332 Wild and crazy ideas become reality in this year’s all-new Camp Invention program, Fast Forward! Campers in grades K-6 explore the technology behind self-driving cars and create vehicles of the future, build their very own “smart” homes, design a mechanical robot dog and take home an Optibot, a robot that senses dark and light surfaces. Local educators lead the week of fun, hands-on, STEM activities that allow children to think big, explore their curiosity, and never give up! Early registration discounts are available, so don’t delay. Visit or call (800) 968-4332 to register. Use promo code RegCamp15 to save $15 (expires May 4). Local locations include Aliso Viejo, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita and San Clemente. See ad on page 17. Camp Pinniped at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach (949) 494-3050 Campers (8-13) learn how the animal care team rehabilitates seal and sea lion (pinniped) patients through a series of mock activities including weighing fish, preparing fish smoothies, cleaning pens and learning the art of marine mammal rescue. Different theme each day with games and crafts. One-week sessions, June 4 - August 13. $350. Cerritos College Community Education Summer Camps (562) 467-5050 Join a summer camp where kids’ and parents build their schedule of classes. All summer classes run for two weeks, Monday - Friday. Four sessions available. Classes include swimming, arts (cartooning, drawing and painting, ceramics), basketball, cooking, science, writing, math (all levels), martial arts, music (guitar, singing), robotics, as well as video game design and many other computer-type classes. lots more fun at


• Costa Mesa Parks and Community Services Camp Mini Explorers (714) 754-5175 City of Costa Mesa Park and Community Services presents Camp Mini Explorers, a youth camp for children ages 3-5 years. Gear up your little camper to learn, explore and have some enriching summer fun in their six-week camp program. Campers must be completely potty trained. June 25 - August, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Registration starts April 25. 3-4 year olds, Tuesday/Thursdays, $187 total for the six-weeks; 4-5 year olds, Monday/ Wednesday/Fridays, $303 total for the six-weeks. For more information, call (714) 754-5175. Crystal Cove State Park Summer Camps (949) 494-3539 Camp Coastal Wild for kids (7-14) includes nature and beach-based activities. Junior Ranger program for kids (7-12) includes an introduction to the ecology of Crystal Cove State Park. For dates and fees, email

Chapman University Camps One University Drive, Orange Choral Music Camp - Summer camp for high school students includes mixed choir, women’s choir and men’s choir, plus various elective classes and end-ofweek performance. June 18-22, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Commuter camper, $415. Overnight camper, $775. (714) 997-6871. Basketball Camp - Camp for boys and girls (714) includes player development, including post play, point guards and overall guard play, forward/ wing players and shooting for all positions, plus 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 games daily. Five sessions, June 18 - August 10, $290-310. Days vary, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; free extended hours, 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. (714) 532-6083. www. • City of La Mirada Day Camps (562) 943-7277 La Mirada offers two summer enrichment camps at Neff Park: Summer Day Camp for children ages 5-11, and Teen Camp for ages 11-14. Camp leaders are committed to offering every participant an enjoyable and enriching summer experience in a safe, fun-filled environment. Campers will have fun exploring nature, discovering new talents, trying new activities, gaining independence, and making lasting friendships and memories. Summer camps begin June 11. Weekly registration includes one fun excursion and a camp T-shirt. Call to register, or for more information. • Columbia Memorial Space Center - Space Camp 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200 Explore a variety of sciences with Space Camp. Camps include lots of fun hands-on activities for students entering grades 4-5 and 6-8. This summer’s camp themes include robotics, 3D printing, 14 kidsguide spring/summer 2018

and engineering. $150 per week of camp or $135 for CMSC members. Monday - Friday, July 9 - August 3. Space is limited. See Museums for complete listing. See ad on page 43. • Concordia University Irvine Entrepreneurship/ Business Start-Up Camp for Kids and Teens 1530 Concordia West, Irvine 92612 (949) 214-3198, Kids (grades 5-8) enjoy a fun, interactive one-week business program to learn the principles of entrepreneurship and starting and running their own real-work business, and take part in a business plan competition for a $350 prize; July 23-27; 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The teen program is a one-week residential summer academy, July 22-28, for high school students interested in learning real-world business principles from successful entrepreneurs. This fun, activity-packed experience allows participants to work in small groups and write actual business plans—with the best one winning a $1,500 prize! Email: See ad on page 12. • Corky Carroll’s Surf School (714) 969-3959 Three camps, in weeklong sessions, are offered for kids all summer long. Surf Camp in Huntington Beach, includes professional instruction focusing on safety, team building and fundamentals in a fun and educational group setting, June 18 - August 31. Beach Adventure Camp expands to also include games, boogie boarding and social activities, July 2 - August 31. Crystal Cove Adventure Camp, includes all the activities above, plus tide pool exploration and marine science, July 2 - August 24. For details and registration, visit their website. For year-round surfing lessons, see Surfing & Sup.

• CSArts Academy Summer Program 1010 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 560-0900 Unleash your inner artist! A program of Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), CSArts Academy lets students (8-15) experience OCSA’s robust arts curriculum in a fun, creative, and nurturing environment. Under the guidance of renowned educators and master guest artists, young artists develop important fundamental skills and pursue advanced training. Five-Week Arts Camps and One-Week Arts Intensives run Monday - Friday, June 18 - July 20. Beginning and advanced classes include acting, animation, creative writing, culinary arts, dance, digital media, fashion, filmmaking, guitar, instrumental music, musical theatre, production and design, study skills and visual arts. Email: Cypress Recreation and Parks (714) 229-6780 Camp Cypress (grades 1-6) - One-week sessions, June 4 - August 3, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $105 per week, plus cost of excursions. Extended hours available, $25 per week. Youth Sports Camps (8-12) - Basketball, June 1115, and June 25-29; Volleyball, June 4-8 and June 18-22. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. $65 per session. Pee Wee Sports Camps (3-7) - Soccer, June 11-15, June 18-22, and July 11 - August 15; Baseball, June 25-29; Basketball, July 9-13, and July 1620. $35-65. One-week specialty camps (5-12) include: Minecraft Engineering Using Legos, Zombie Survival, Top Chef Healthy Kitchen, Robotics, Write On! Harry Potter and Hogwarts, and more. 9 a.m. - noon. Call for fees. Summer Parks Program (5-12) - Themed weeks, crafts, games, and more. Tuesday - Thursday, June lots more fun at


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Young Scientists Camp @ CSULB Come to CSULB and do science in university labs, meet scientists and tour facilities. THIS YEAR’S TOPICS: Amazing Animals in Action, Cool Chemistry, CSI: Long Beach, The STEAM Maker Challenge (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics) & a High School Girls Physics Program Lunch supervision &

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5 - August 2, 1-4 p.m. $20. Cypress Parks: Evergreen, Oak Knoll, Veterans, and Mackay. • Dance Company Children’s Dance Camp 4205 Montair Ave., Long Beach (562) 425-7231 Come join the fun this summer! Mini-Dance Summer Camp, for ages 5-10, includes jazz, lyrical, musical theater and acro. Call the studio for details and registration. See ad on page 5. • Day Camps at Power of One (562) 997-2987 Enroll now for fun and exciting Martial Arts Summer Camp at Power of One. Non-stop summer camp action includes sports, excursions, leadership training, character development, martial arts fitness, focus and discipline classes. Themed weeks include Ninja Warrior, Super Hero and more! June 18 - August 17, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., or Monday/Wednesday/ Friday, 9 a.m. - noon. Register by May 1 to qualify for early-bird specials: no registration fee and free camp shirt! Locations in: Long Beach North, Long Beach South, Lakewood, Carson and Upland. See ad on page 67. • Discovery Cube’s Camp Discovery 2500 North Main St., Santa Ana (714) 542-2823 Exciting coding challenges, wild dinosaur discoveries and science wonders await your kids this summer at Discovery Cube’s hands-on camps! They offer several different programs that give kids of all ages the chance to investigate science through fun and oneof-a-kind experiences. Discovery Cube camp staff consists of education professionals who will help ignite the spark of curiosity in your child through the wonders of science. See ad on page 13. Downey Parks and Recreation (562) 904-7223 Summer day camps are offered in one-week sessions, June 11 - August 4, targeting three different age groups and interests: Wilderness Camp, a traditional day camp for ages 6-10; Sports Camp, an active camp targeting fitness and fun for ages 9-14; and Performing Arts Camp, a theatre camp for ages 8-15, which culminates in a production. Visit their website to register for classes and camps and to view their events. Camps, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., include a daily snack, weekly pool trip when the city pool is open, as well as a weekly excursion. A sack lunch must be sent daily. Call or visit their website for more information on dates, themes and trips included in this year’s camp planning. • Elevation Studios Summer Performance Camps! 1900 E. 27th St., #101, Signal Hill (562) 424-2711 This summer, Elevation Studios will offer two unique weeks of performance day camps. All levels, beginners welcome, ages 3-12. Each week will include 16 kidsguide spring/summer 2018

classes in jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, conditioning, fitness, musical theater, character, singing, acting and more. Campers will design their own costumes, make props, star in a movie or musical theatre production and have time for free play and crafts. Camp dates: June 25-29: Dance, Act, Sing (Musical Theatre Production. July 16-20: Lights, Camera, Action (Mini Movie), Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., with options for early drop-off and late pick-up (day rates available). Come join the Elevation family for a fantastically fun summer full of creativity, exploration and dance! See ad on page 7. • Fairmont Summer Programs Four OC Locations: Anaheim, Anaheim Hills and North Tustin (714) 765-6300 With locations throughout Orange County, Fairmont Summer Programs offer academic camp, school and enrichment workshops customizable to any family’s schedule. In summer school, students benefit from individualized instruction with teachers who love to make learning fun. In summer camp, campers enjoy a blend of academic adventure that will spark student’s love for learning and keep their mind engaged all summer long. Fairmont provides a balance of academic preparation for the upcoming grade level with the summertime fun kids love! Experience a summer to remember at Fairmont! See ad on page 19. Family Vacation Camps Family Vacation Center - On UC Santa Barbara campus, (805) 893-3123, Idyllwild Arts - (951) 468-7265, www.idyllwildarts. org. Montecito-Sequoia Family Vacation Camp - (800) 227-9900, Skylake Yosemite Camp - (559) 642-3720, • First Field Farm Summer Pony Camp 18299 Dumont Ave., Cerritos (562) 924-2217 Your child will learn the basics about how to care for, ride and have fun with horses and ponies! Camps run Monday - Friday. Call for session dates and times. See ad on page 58. Fountain Valley Community Services Summer Park Program (714) 839-8611 Summer day camps (3-12) include science, creativity, robots, STEM, beauty, cooking, baking, survival skills and more. June - August. Days, times, fees and locations vary. Fullerton Parks and Recreation (714) 738-6575 Hillcrest Summer Day Camps: Kids (5-12) get active outdoors and explore, create and learn through various arts, crafts and enrichment projects. Call for dates and fees. • Garden Grove Parks and Recreation (714) 741-5200 Looking for a great place to send your child this summer? Check out the City of Garden Grove’s Summer lots more fun at


Day Camp for kids (5-12). Camps include fun-filled games, creative crafts, field trips, cookouts, teamwork and lasting memories. 10-week program, June 18 - August 24, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Early Bird Discount: $95 per week when you register before April 30! ($100 weekly fee after April 30.) Also, ask about their Counselor-In-Training program for youth ages 13-17. See ad on page 23. • Girl Scout All-Girl Day and Overnight Summer Camps (213) 213-0123 Girls interested in an all-girl camp experience combining fun, learning and leadership are invited to enroll in the Girl Scout Summer Camp Program. Open to all girls in grades K-12, (including non-Girl Scout members). Day camps and overnight camps activities include archery, kayaking, hiking, nature exploration, arts and crafts, zip lining, hands-on STEM projects, rock-wall climbing, theater and dance, cultural events, and more. See ad on page 21. • Grace First Presbyterian Church Summer Camps for Kids and Teens 3955 Studebaker Road, Long Beach (562) 420-3393 Grace First Presbyterian Church has a full summer of camp offerings for children and youth. Summer Choir Camp is for singers of all ages, July 16-20: grades K-5, 9 a.m. - noon; grades 6-12, 1-4 p.m. VBS is Vacation Bible School (4 yrs - grade 5), July 23-27, 9 a.m. - noon. QUEST is an opportunity for middle schoolers (grades 6-9) to participate in a weeklong day camp filled with fellowship, games and outings, July 2-6, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. For senior high schoolers there is School of Rock, June 2529, noon - 4 p.m. Family-friendly rates, including sibling discounts are offered. Also see Music and Schools. See ad on page 18. • 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 57. Huntington Beach Recreation (714) 536-5486 Summer Day Camps (6-12) include cooking, dance, musical theater, science, film, arts, sports (basketball, football, golf, multi-sports, soccer, tennis, surfing), zombie survival, and Camp HB (traditional camp). One-week sessions, July - August; call for dates, times and fees. • iD Tech Camps, Alexa Café, & iD Tech Academies (844) 788-1858 iD Tech offers the following summer tech programs for ages 7-18. See ad on page 19. lots more fun at

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iD Tech Camps - Kids and teens ages 7-17 learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, build laptops, learn about cybersecurity, and more! Weeklong, day and overnight programs held at UC Irvine, Cal Poly Pomona, Loyola Marymount, Caltech, UCLA, UCSD, Stanford, MIT, and more. Alexa Cafe - An all-girls program for ages 10-15. Alexa Cafe offers a unique blend of tech, entrepreneurship, and social activism—all set in a stylish setting! Code an app for charity, design a mobile game, engineer wearable electronics, and more. Weeklong camps with day and overnight sessions. Programs are held at UC Irvine, Caltech, UCSD, UCLA, Stanford, and select campuses nationwide. iD Coding & Engineering Academy - For ages 13-18, iD Coding & Engineering Academy is an immersive, teen-only experience. Students choose from intensive courses in machine learning, cryptography, game programming with C++, robotics engineering, and more. Two-week, overnight sessions. Held at UCLA, Stanford, and select universities nationwide. iD Game Design & Development Academy - For ages 13-18, iD Game Design & Development Academy offers an immersive, teen-only experience. Students take on the role of a 3D modeler, gameplay programmer, or level designer, learn the full cycle of game production, and discover how to turn a love of gam-

• Idyllwild Arts Summer Program 52500 Temecula Road, Idyllwild (951) 468-7265 The summer program provides children (age 5+), teens, adults and professional artists a nurturing environment to explore creativity and performance opportunities. Intensive, practical instruction in all of the visual arts and performing arts includes sculpture, painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, Native American arts, film and digital media, fashion design, dance, music, theatre, creative writing and much more. The low student-to-teacher ratio ensures that students receive individual attention. During Family Week, offered June 16-22 this summer, children, teens and adults can enjoy together the campus’ indoor and outdoor theaters, art and dance studios, and two dozen practice rooms. • IncrediFlix Summer Camps (949) 548-5424 IncrediFlix offers the following fun, creative filmmaking camps. Check website for dates and locations. Lego Flix - Time to bring your Lego creations to life! They provide the Legos and you provide your imagination. Students create a Lego set with Lego characters for a movie they storyboard, write, shoot, and add voice-over in age-appropriate groups. Minecraft Flix - Let your imagination be your guide as you turn the popular video game into an exciting Minecraft movie. Using stop-motion animation you bring Steve, the creepers, animals and more to life. Students write, storyboard, shoot and add voice-over in age-appropriate groups. Animation Flix - Create up to five stop-motion animated flix! Each day you’ll use a new style of stopmotion, combining the favorites of past years with some exciting new styles, making this camp new each year for everyone to enjoy! It’s the ultimate arts and crafts camp where you create, direct, and film. Imagination Flix - Take your characters underwater, to a volcano or even to outer space! In this exciting stop-motion animation movie camp, there are no limits to where your imagination can take you. You’ll brainstorm, create clay characters, choose the backgrounds, film your movies, and add voice-overs. Live-Action Flix - Do you want to have a blast making a movie? Incrediflix guides you through “Action” to

“That’s a wrap” as you brainstorm, location scout, bring in props and costumes, act and direct in a collaborative movie that will be fun for the entire audience. Action Movie Flix - Use green screen, camera tricks and special FX to create an action-packed, liveaction adventure movie! Collaborate with your group as you write, act and direct in this incredibly exciting camp where you’ll be taught Hollywood stunts to thrill the entire audience. Irvine Community Services (949) 724-6610 Summer camps June - August. Camp choices include arts, sports, culinary, and more. Visit their website or call for details. • Itty Bitty Day Camp, City of Signal Hill (562) 989-7329 Itty Bitty Day Camp is for the littles, ages 3-6, and includes weekly themed activities. It is designed to provide young children with an opportunity to enjoy the fun and friendships of day camp. Four sessions, June 18 - July 13, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - noon. $65-85 per week. Discovery Well Park. See ad on page 22. • Jr. Waterman’s Camp: Beach Activities Lifestyle Fun Beach Camp Jr. Waterman’s Camp: Beach, Activities, Lifestyle, Fun Summer Beach Camp is a dynamic, extremely fun junior waterman experience in Long Beach that includes paddle-boarding, bodysurfing, body boarding, unique beach excursions and beach games based out of Belmont Shore. Build confidence and competence in the bay and ocean through learning the safety and skills necessary to thrive in the salt water. Led by accomplished waterman Hank Wise (6x Catalina Channel swimmer), students learn and practice new skills in the ocean environment with excellent supervision and a qualified staff. Campers, ages 6-10 can choose from the four two-week sessions or do all eight weeks of BALF activities that will leave your child with a love of the beach and ocean. Sessions begin on June 18 and finish August 8. To register, visit the website or contact for camp information. See ad on page 21. • Kick It Up Dance Camps 8129 East Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 430-1812 Kick It Up this summer at two awesome dance camps. Each week of camp, dancers (ages 4-8) learn different forms of dance, choreography, make crafts, and have an in-house performance on the last day of camp. Cost: $130 per week ($115 if registered before May 15). See ad on page 5. June 25-29 - Once Upon A Dream Princess Camp Dancers focus on ballet, lyrical and contemporary, and love learning to dance like their favorite fairytale princess. 8:30 a.m. - noon. July 16-20 - Super Dance Heroes Camp - Dancers focus on jazz, hip hop and acrobatics, and get mov-

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August 10. Call the academy for more information. See Dance under Arts for their year-round program. See ad on page 6.

ing to the beat as they find their own super dance powers. 8:30 a.m. - noon. • Kidnastics 10712 Reagan St., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102 Are you looking for a fun-filled exciting program for your children to get into? Well, look no further. Kidnastics Gymnastics offers exciting summer day camp programs for children ages 4 years and up. With flexible day camp programs either for the dayto-day camper or the full week, your child will enjoy instructional gymnastics along with arts, crafts, games and much more. Visit the website or call the number listed for more program information. See ad on page 9. • LA Clippers Youth Basketball Summer Camps (213) 204-2819 An exciting way for kids (6-14) to take their game to the next level, the camps, open to kids of all skill levels, feature an All-Star group of coaches, including former Clippers players! Participants receive top-level instruction on shooting mechanics, footwork, ball-handling, defense, passing and mental approach to the sport in a fun environment. Camps held throughout LA, OC, the IE and San Diego, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., June 11 - August 10. $395/week; Kidsguide exclusive: receive $50 with code “KidsGuide”—register today…camps sell out! La Habra Active Day Camp 101 W. La Habra Blvd., La Habra (562) 383-4205 La Habra Active Day Camp (4-12), excursions, beach, water, and movie days, assemblies, guest speakers, art lessons, fun fitness, enrichment packets, games and more. June 4 - August 17, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., $180 per week; plus registration fee, $25. Lake Forest Community Services 25550 Commercentre Drive, Lake Forest (949) 273-6960 Little Pioneers Summer Camp (3-6) - Music, arts and crafts, games, circle time, and outside exploring. Themed one-week sessions, June 18 - August 10, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon, $85-90. Lake Forest Sports Academy (3-7) - Soccer, baseball, basketball and flag-football. One-week sessions, June 18 - August 24, Monday - Friday, times vary by age group. 20 kidsguide spring/summer 2018

Lake Forest Rocks Camp (7-10) - Crafts, goodies, games, skits, one mini excursion and one big excursion. One-week sessions, June 25 - August 17, Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., $140-145. Lake Forest Unplugged Camp (11-14) - One-week sessions include games, skits, team competitions, and two excursions. Includes excursion transportation, crafts, camp T-shirt, and Friday BBQ or pizza parties. June 25 - August 17, Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. $140-145. • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408 Family Camp - Parents and kids (3-11) camp overnight at Monte Verde Park, May 19-20 and July 1415. Games and campfire. $10 per person. MVP Summer Day Camp (6-12) and Summer Sports Camp (8-13) offered in weekly sessions, Monday Friday; extended care available. Call for dates, times, fees and details. See ad on page 41. • Lil’ Chef School 15435 Jeffery Road, #132, Irvine (949) 679-8390 Beat the heat in the Lil’ Chefs cool kitchen! Whether your child likes to bake, create, roast, saute’, fry or just blend, your child will enjoy this hands-on cooking camp. Chefs team up with their age-grouped peers: Tiny Chefs, ages 4-6; Lil’ Chefs, ages 7-9; and Teen Chefs, ages 10 and older. They receive a Lil’ Chef School apron for the first camp enrolled, and can taste everything they cook. The recipes are available so that they can be made at home too. Please note: their recipes include gluten, dairy, eggs, fresh herbs and spices as well as protein dishes; however, they are a nut-free facility. June 11 - August 24, check website for time. • Long Beach Ballet Academy Children’s Dance Camp 2018 1122 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 426-4112 The Long Beach Ballet offers an exciting two-week summer dance camp for ages 5-11 (no previous dance training required). The experienced faculty offers classes in ballet, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, hip hop, pre-pointe and crafts. The program runs Monday - Friday, July 30 - August 10, 9 a.m. 3 p.m., and concludes with a final performance on

Long Beach Little Linksters Heartwell Golf Course 6700 E. Carson St., Long Beach (562) 570-1272, (562) 421-8855 As a summer program (8-12), PGA and LPGA professionals introduce kids to golf during a one-week program, July 9-13 and July 16-20. Participants receive a set of starter golf clubs and shirt. $100, scholarships are available. To be eligible, players may not have played golf or own golf equipment and must submit a one-paragraph paper on why they would like to participate. • Long Beach Marine Institute Ocean Adventure Camp 2018 6475 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., #281, Long Beach (562) 431-7156 Weekly sessions introduce campers, ages 5-7, 8-9 and 10-12, to marine life and the ocean with handson projects, crafts and field trips. Themes include Squirmy, Slimy Spineless!, Whales Tales and Mammal Friends, Mysteries of the Deep, Liquid Jungles of the Sea, and Shark Days. June 18 - August 17. Visit website for details. • Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine (562) 570-1888 The following camps are offered at various Long Beach locations. For additional camps, see Nature Kids! Discovery Workshops at El Dorado Nature Center in STEM on page 27. See ad on the front inside cover. Bayshore Beach Camp (9-12, must have completed 3rd grade): 10 one-week sessions, June 19 - August 24, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $158 per week; extended care for an additional fee. Aquatic sports and activities, excursions, arts and crafts, environmental activities, canoeing, sailing and kayaking. Located on Alamitos Bay at Bayshore Beach. Bay Club Teen Camp (13-17, must have completed 7th grade): one-week sessions, June 19 - August 10, noon - 5 p.m. $123 per week. Sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, sports, excursions and games. Leeway Sailing Center. Belmont Junior Beach Camp (5-7, must have completed kindergarten): 10 one-week sessions, June 18 - August 24, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $158 per week; extended care for an additional fee. Beach fun, swimming lessons, arts and crafts, games, sports and excursions. Belmont Outdoor Pool. Counselor-in-Training (13-17): three-week session, June 25 - July 20, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Teens learn teambuilding activities, child development and boating skills. Sailing, kayaking and canoeing also included. $310. Leeway Sailing Center. Summer Hi-Five Sports Camp (5-12) - Different sports each week, recreational swimming, excursions and crafts. Pan American Park. (562) 570-1660. lots more fun at


Summer Music and Arts Day Camp (5-12) - Art, drama, music theory, vocal, theater, dance, fitness and games. Registration begins April 14 at 8 a.m. Deposit due at time of registration. Whaley Park. (562) 570-1710. Summer Park Day Camps (5-12) - Arts and crafts, sports, recreational activities and field trips. Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in oneweek sessions, June 18 - August 24. Extended hours available, morning (7-9 a.m.) and afternoon (4-6 p.m.). Call the individual park for registration details. El Dorado Park West, (562) 570-3225; Silverado Park, (562) 570-1675; Stearns Champions Park, (562) 570-1685; and Veterans Park, (562) 570-1695. Summer Pee Wee Camp (5-8) - Arts and crafts, sports, recreational activities and field trips. Wardlow Park. (562) 570-1705. Other specialty camps include: British Soccer Camp (7-16), STEM + Jedi Engineering Using Lego Materials (5-6 and 7-11), Mini Hawk Multi-Sports Camp (4-7), Minecraft Movies (7-14), and Top Chef Junior (6-12). Long Beach State University 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach In addition to the camps listed, also see 49er Camp, Academic Enrichment, and Young Scientists Camp in this section. Basketball Camp - Summer camps for boys and girls

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7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Call for weekly camp rates and excursion fees. Los Alamitos Counselor in Training Summer Program (13-16) - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; optional extended care also available, call for fees. • Makersville - International Diversity in Education Summer Program (562) 225-9589 Join Makersville as they prepare local elementary and middle school aged youth for international competition in Long Beach! Choose from two options, Inventing and Robotics. Learn the inventing process and/or robotics platforms, mentor others and create your team entry for the Leading Edge Inventing Contest and the World Robot Olympiad Southern California Qualifier and International Invitational. International Diversity in Education Summer Program runs June 25 - August 11. Email: info@makersville. net. Also see STEM. See ad on page 20. (grades 1-8), June 25-28 and July 30 - August 2. (562) 985-1610. Camp Nugget - Low-cost day camp for children with special needs and disabilities, ages 5-12. (562) 985-7969. Dirtbag Youth Baseball Camp - For boys and girls. Weekly camp sessions (6-13). Discounts available. June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30 - August 3, and August 6-10. $195. (562) 225-3956. www.collegebaseballcamps. com/dirtbags • Girls’ Volleyball Camps - Twelve-time Big West Conference Champions, Joy McKienzie Fuerbringer is offering her 1st annual summer volleyball camps at The Pyramid for ages 7-11 and 12-18, July 16-22. For session dates and details, see Volleyball under Sports. (562) 985-7352. Softball Camp - Girls (7-13): July 9-12 and July 23-26, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., $200. One-day, showcase camps (high school girls), June 18, July 27 and August 5, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., $150. (562) 9852100. Email: Tennis Camp - Weekly summer camps (5-15), June 18 - August 10. (562) 985-4336. Young Artists Camp - July 30 - August 17, 1-5 p.m. Grades 3-8. Los Alamitos Recreation (562) 430-1073 Los Alamitos Summer Day Camp (5-12) - Games, swimming, excursions and a trip to a major amusement park. One-week sessions, June 18 August 3, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; optional extended care,

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Mission Viejo Recreation (949) 470-3000 Summer camps include cooking, STEM, sewing, team sports, arts and crafts, group games and excursions. Call for dates and fees. • Moving Mindz 4000 Long Beach Blvd., Ste. 205, Long Beach (562) 318-9966 Moving Mindz offers spring, summer, and winter camps designed to provide students with fun and engaging activities in robotics, engineering, coding, game design, animation, 3D printing, and more. Each class focuses on one of these topics for an entire week, exploring key concepts and developing practical skills. Students will have to work hard and think critically as they move towards meeting each challenge, and ultimately becoming a STEM Superstar! Also see Tutoring and STEM. See ad on page 18. • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, Signal Hill (562) 986-0066 My Gym Children’s Fitness Center offers one of the best camp programs in town. 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. April, June, July and August; call for dates. See ad on page 39. • Newport Beach Recreation (949) 644-3151 With a kaleidoscope of over 400 camps to choose from, Camp Newport has just the camp to keep your child busy all summer long! This year, your little scientist can experiment in a BioNerds Science Lab or explore life under the sea in an Ocean Adventure Program. They can discover their creative side in a Lisa Albert Art Camp or make

wearable art in a Fashion Sewing Camp. Snag a spot in the City’s Day Camp where they’ll enjoy the beach, take a different field trip each week, and stay engaged with a variety of activities, all while making new friends. Have an imaginative child eager for a challenge or chance to learn new skills? Sign them up for one of the many unique Edutainment Arts or Culinary Kids camps! If you want to have your child run off energy and stay active, make sure to take a look at their list of sports, dance and fitness classes. Finally, with the ocean always hugging our horizons, summer wouldn’t be complete without a week of sailing or surf camps. For more information and to register, please visit • North Orange Continuing Education STEAM Summer Camp (714) 808-4909 Kids (grades K-6) will participate in hands-on experiential learning that explores science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics in project-based activities in weekly, themed STEAM camps. June 11 - August 10, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; complimentary extended hours include early drop-off at 7:30 a.m. and after hours until 5:30 p.m. NOCE Cypress Center is located at Cypress College. $165/week. • OC French Summer Camp @ International School of Orange County 1838 N. Shaffer St., Orange (714) 771-4710 “Fun & Smart! The perfect vacation for your kids!” The OC French Summer Camp (OC-FSC) runs for six-weeks, Monday, June 18 - Friday, July 27, at the International School of Orange County. OCFSC offers a bustling daily schedule and a watchful counseling staff with the objective to introduce children to the French language and culture at an early age while they still have a linguistic openness to easily learn a second language. At OCFSC, they provide a unique learning context in which your children will learn at their own pace in a fun, genuine, French summer camp environment. French classes are taught by a group of highly-experienced teachers accredited by the French ministry of education in the morning, and exciting and stimulating activities in the afternoon. Previous exposure to French is not required. For more information, visit • Ocean Institute Summer Camps 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point (949) 496-2274 The Ocean Institute’s summer camps include immersive, weeklong day camps and overnight adventures for students, ages 5-17. Camps offer hands-on science and history education in a fun environment. From late June through mid-August, camps in the scenic Dana Point Harbor give participants the chance to be scientists, time travelers, explorers, and adventurers while creating memories that will last a lifetime. Activities include whale watching and research cruises, kayaking, tallship sailing, underwater remote operated vehicle challenges, beach time, crafts and games, and much more! See ad on page 16. lots more fun at

• Portal Languages Spanish Immersion Camp (714) 662-5696 Spanish language camp for ages 5-10 at Pretend City. The language learning program will come alive through le.puppets, books, theater, felt fun and entertaining music, board and games, plus time to play in the museum. Full- and half-day options. Sibling discount available. • Rancho Rio Verde Horsemanship Camp 1000 W. Carson St., Long Beach (714) 624-5754, (310) 830-2060 Small group instruction in riding and vaulting (gymnastics on horseback). Each camper has a horse to care for during the week. Horsemanship skills are taught by qualified instructors. Ask about their twoday beginner camps for moms and dads. Call to sign up today! See ad on page 59. • 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. See Horseback Riding for year-round lessons. Email: See ad on page 59.

Town & Country Day Camp 2-Acre Camp with Swimming Pool, Pony and Farm Animals Red Cross Swim Instruction and Field Trips included with Enrollment $195 Per Week, M-F, 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. • Daily Rates Available • Ages 5-12

Activities Include:

• Swimming • Archery • Sports • Crafts • Themed Camp Days • Pony & Farm Animals • Field trips include trips to the

beach, museums, zoos, Chuck E. Cheese, bowling, roller skating, mud park, aquarium, miniature golf & more! Preschool also available

14203 Willow Lane Westminster / Huntington Beach Off 405 Fwy near Springdale & Westminster Blvd.


Santa Ana College Camps (714) 564-6594 Summer camps include Aquatics (5-14), Basketball (8-12), Science, Space and Forensics (8-12). Seal Beach Community Services (562) 431-2527, Ext. 1344 Summer camps (6-15) include art, surf, Lego, science, sports, tennis, dance, gymnastics, Star Wars, cooking, theater arts and skateboarding. Visit website for dates and fees. • Sewing Lab Los Alamitos 4215 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos (657) 465-5499 Fun and friendly sewing camp for boys and girls (2nd grade and up). Never sewn before? No problem! They’ll start you off with basic machine safety and do some practice sewing together. All materials are included. Also see Arts and Crafts, and Parties. See ad on page 16. • Sewing with Jane Summer Camp 6243 E. 5th St., Long Beach (562) 260-5888 Weekly summer camps are held Monday - Friday, morning or afternoon sessions. Hand sewing lots more fun at

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Orange Community Services (714) 744-7293 Summer camps, June 18 - August 17, include youth and teen day camps (grades 1-8). Visit their website or call for fees.


ages 6 and up, machine sewing for ages 9 and up (machines provided). Hand sewers complete craft projects. Machine sewers create simple clothing or crafts. Weekly classes also available (see Arts and Crafts on page 4). Email for summer schedule or Facebook: “Sewing with Jane Loper” for up-to-date flyers. Email: • Shared Science (562) 285-3942 Kids (grades K-9) engineer fun through inventive and playful engineering and robotics camps. Crazy Constructor campers investigate the way things work, identifying simple machines with LEGO Ed and physical science concepts that captivate K-5 brains. LEGO WeDo Robotics campers (grades 2-5) build and animate models using iPads and a drag and drop interface. Creative Coding kids use Scratch and other tools to learn computer programming. Rad-Robotics campers (grades 4-9) explore robotics programming, engineering and mission strategies. Greater Long Beach locations. Also see Parties and STEM. • Skatedogs (714) 313-8787 Kids make new friends, advance their skateboarding skills, and most importantly, have fun at Skatedogs’ school-break skateboarding camps offered in conjunction with the recreation departments of Aliso Viejo, Arcadia, Beverly Hills, Brea, Cerritos, Cypress, Glendora, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Manhattan Beach, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Redondo Beach, Seal Beach and Tustin. They also offer after-school and weekend classes, private lessons and birthday parties; see Parties and Skateboarding under Sports. See ad on page 14. • South Coast Repertory - Summer Theater Production Programs for Youth and Teens 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa (714) 708-5577 Summer Acting Workshop is a fun-filled, two-week theatre camp for kids and teens (grades 3-12) to build confidence and self-esteem. For students new to SCR, enthusiastic and experienced, professional artists help participants explore and deepen their understanding of acting. Interactive instruction in voice, movement, character development and more is led by SCR’s staff of theatre professionals and special guests bring design, improvisation, combat, singing and play-writing to life. Summer Musical Theatre Workshop, open to grades 7-12, from beginners to young pros, teaches how to audition for a musical role and then prepares them to perform that role. They’ll learn what it means to “act” a song and “sing” a scene. Both programs offered July 16-28 and July 30 - August 11. SCR’s Teen Improv Class is offered July 30 - August 11, 1-4 p.m. Summer Camps at Newport Sea Base 1931 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach (949) 642-5031 Squids Camp (6-7) includes water and boating safety, knot tying, boat terminology, introduction to rowing, fishing, and Harbor 20 sailing. Junior Aquatics Camp (8-10) offers rowing, canoeing, kayaking, 24 kidsguide spring/summer 2018

SUP, touch tanks and more. Paddle Sport Aquatics Camp (11-17) includes rowing, canoeing, kayaking and SUP. $175 for half day; $350 for full day. • Summer@Stratford 24741 Chrisanta Drive, Mission Viejo (949) 458-1776 Stratford infuses its STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) curriculum into an innovative and enriching summer camp experience. Younger campers learn, explore, and engage in hands-on learning projects, while elementary-age students collaborate to tackle real-world problems by utilizing academic principles and concepts in a fun and engaging way. Middle-school camp sessions span a variety of exciting themes: Artificial Intelligence (AI), CSI, and Visual Effects Filmmaking. Find out more at Also see Schools. See ad on page 51. • Sylvan Learning Centers Downey  (562) 622-9210 Huntington Beach  (714) 848-6072 Laguna Niguel (949) 349-1835 Long Beach (562) 429-8320 At Sylvan camp, kids not only learn something new every day, they have a blast doing it! With full-day and halfday options, Sylvan is sure to have the perfect fit for your family’s summer schedule. Sylvan has options ranging from STEM camps featuring Robotics with LEGO, Game Design, and more as well as engaging academic camps featuring writing, reading and math. Parents leave happy knowing their student prepped for the upcoming school year, and students leave happy knowing they had an awesome time! See ad on page 25. The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center 2 Irvine Park Road, Orange (714) 923-3191 Year-round camp opportunities include outdoor science, overnight, academic and recreational day-use. Plus, STEM Day Camps and Activity Days. • The Rinks Summer Camps Anaheim ICE  (714) 535-RINK Lakewood ICE (562) 429-1805 Westminster ICE  (714) 248-9611 Yorba Linda ICE  (714) 692-8776 Summer Camps - June 19 - August 24. The AllWorld Hockey Institute is proud to announce the 23rd annual season of summer hockey camps, featuring challenging programs with professional instruction for all ages and ability levels (beginner - advanced specialty camps). The All-World Hockey Institute has set the standard in Southern California for the education and development of the complete hockey player. Anaheim Ducks Youth Hockey Camp - June 25-28. Spend an unforgettable four days with professional coaches, learning all aspects of the game of ice hockey at The Rinks - Anaheim ICE (the official practice facility of the Anaheim Ducks). Both on and off the ice, staff will develop your youth hockey player

using comprehensive instruction in a controlled and friendly environment, making learning fun. Each day will consist of on- and off-ice drills, scrimmages, fun and games. See ad on page 61. • Tom Hicks Baseball Camps, LLC (562) 425-2446 The 29th annual THBC prides itself on being the area’s best fundamental baseball camp. Camps, offered during summer and Christmas vacations, focus on individual instruction and improvement. Camps are available in Long Beach and the surrounding areas. For more information, see their listing in Baseball and Softball on page 55, or visit their website. • Town and Country Day Camp 14203 Willow Lane, Westminster/Huntington Beach (714) 894-4036 Town and Country Day Camp, celebrating over 60 years of summer fun! The facility covers two acres with its own campgrounds, swimming pool, pony and farm animals. Each week has been carefully planned for your grade-school child. Activities include Red Cross-certified swim lessons, archery, sports, crafts and themed camp days. Weekly field trips, three per week, are included to places such as the beach, miniature golf, museums, zoos, bowling, roller skating, mud park, aquarium and arcades. Site directors have 25 years teaching experience; camp staff has been trained in child development. Camp hours: Monday Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. $195 per week. Swim lessons and field trips are included at no extra charge. See ad on page 23. Tustin Parks and Recreation Camps (714) 573-3326 One-week themed sessions. Little Folks Camp (3-5), June 11 - August 3, 9 a.m. - noon, $63-74. Camp Tustin (6-10), June 11 - August 10, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., $118-144 (extended day for additional $50). Tustin Teen Camp (11-14), June 11 - August 10, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., $126-154. Counselor-in-Training program also offered for teens (14-17). UCI Sports Camps (949) 824-6120 Jr. Anteater All-Star Sports Camps for boys and girls: baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, water polo, and more. Visit their website for dates, fees and registration. • Vans Skatepark Girls’ Skate Clinics 20 City Blvd. West, Orange (714) 769-3800 Vans Skatepark in Orange, a 40,000-square-foot facility, offers two different Girls’ Clinics on Saturday, May 19. Instruction is offered for beginner to advanced street skateboarders, ages 6-16. Pizza lunch is included. Clinic hours: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Space is limited so sign up today. See ad on back inside cover. Westminster Community Services and Recreation (714) 895-2860 Summer camps (9-12): One-week sessions. $140lots more fun at

170. Camps include Science in Action, Robots 101, Crazy Chemworks, NASA Jr. Astronauts, YouTuber, Beauty Spa, Top Junior Chef, Beginning Coding and Video Game Design. Call for details. 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 Mothers Day, Memorial Day, Halloween and Thanksgiving weekends. Financial assistance is available. Find your nearest location at • Young Scientists Camp California State University, Long Beach (562) 985-4801 Spend two exciting weeks doing hands-on science investigations. Students (entering grades 2-8 and HS girls) do experiments and projects in college science

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laboratories. This year’s topics include: Amazing Animals in Action, Cool Chemistry, CSI: Long Beach, The STEAM Maker Challenge (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) and a high school girls physics program. The camp will be held July 23 - August 3, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 12:10. $315 ($30 sibling discount, $30 CSULB faculty/staff discount). This is two weeks of engaging science investigations which will help kids learn to think scientifically, communicate more effectively, and improve their science process skills. Outstanding studentteacher ratio of 10:1. See ad on page 15. Youth Center Camp at Rossmoor Park 10909 Oak St., Los Alamitos (562) 493-4043 Summer day camp (5-12) includes arts and crafts, games, sports, and more. Fees start at $27. Weekly or daily options with extended hours available. Teen Camp is also available for kids (12-16) with sports, outdoor activities and field trips.

enrichment STEM For STEM-related attractions (including aquariums), museums and zoos, see Outings. • Academic Enrichment Camp 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach (562) 985-2570, (562) 985-2216

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Enrichment Bazaar Both you and Daisy are a little out of breath from all that trampoline jumping when you arrive at the Enrichment Bazaar. This is a busy place! There’s a planetarium show, a rocketry club and a science project at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Pick something that looks fun to you and put it in your bag (page 68, line #2). Daisy’s over at Build It Workplace and trying to make 3D printed bones. (She’s no good at it.) A horrible roar comes over the mountain tops, Daisy grabs a mouthful of her bad-looking bones and you all bravely rush toward the sound. Is the sound coming from Sports Forest? Turn to page 52. Is the sound coming from the Valley of the Zoos? Turn to page 45. 2018 sessions: June 18 - July 13 and July 16 August 10. Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - noon. Morning supervision is available, 7:15-8:30 a.m. (additional fee). See complete listing in Camps. See ad on page 15. • Blue Submarine (888) 218-8085 The Blue Submarine is a marine biology outreach program offering classes and activities for students pre-K through 8th grade. Topics are presented in an interactive format and live tide pool animals are available for certain classes. Let The Blue Submarine take your students on a field trip to the beach without leaving school! English/Spanish bilingual programs available. For more information, call the number listed. See ad on page 48. • Build It Workspace 4388 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos (714) 947-0800 Build It Workspace offers classes, camps, tutoring, and parties in the subjects of STEM and the Arts. New and experienced makers of all ages will discover the latest technologies by combining traditional design with modern making to create projects that excite their minds and foster innovation. Programs include: 3D Printing and Scanning, Laser and Electronic Cutting, Vacuum Forming, CAD (Computer Aided Design), Graphic Design, Programming and Game Design, Robotics and more! After-school and in-school programs are also available. Also see Arts and Crafts under Arts, Camps and Parties. See ad on page 27. • Camp Invention (800) 968-4332 Wild and crazy ideas become reality in this year’s 26 kidsguide spring/summer 2018

all-new Camp Invention program, Fast Forward! Campers in grades K-6 explore with fun, handson, STEM activities that allow them to think big, explore their curiosity, and never give up! Early registration discounts are available, so don’t delay. Visit or call (800) 9684332 to register. Use promo code RegCamp15 to save $15 (expires May 4). Local locations include Aliso Viejo, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita and San Clemente. Also see Camps. See ad on page 17. • 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 (see Calendar). 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 and mission management. Robotics badge/patch workshops for scouts are also offered. Also see Camps, Calendar and Parties. See ad on page 43. • Discovery Cube Orange County and Los Angeles Santa Ana (714) 542-2823 Los Angeles (818) 686-2823 Discovery Cube Orange County and Los Angeles are filled with interactive and hands-on exhibits in themed areas, including: Discovery Theater, Inspector Training Course, Boeing Rocket Lab, Eco Challenge, Science of Hockey, and more. See Museums for complete listing. See ad on page 13. • iD Tech (844) 788-1858 Kids and teens ages 7-18 learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, build laptops, learn about cybersecurity, and more! Held at UC Irvine, Cal Poly Pomona, Loyola Marymount, Caltech, UCLA, UCSD, Stanford, MIT, and 150+ locations nationwide. This summer, your child can explore a prestigious campus, make new friends as they master new tech skills, and join a community of 350,000 alumni. iD Tech Camps (weeklong, coed, 7-17), Alexa Café (weeklong, all-girls, 10-15), and iD Tech Academies (2-week, teen-only, 13-18). See camp descriptions on page 17; ad on page 19.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena Various workshops, events, science projects and contests, plus science resources for kids. • Long Beach Marine Institute Camps Weekly sessions introduce campers, ages 5-7, 8-9 and 10-12, to marine life and the ocean with handson projects, crafts and field trips. June 18 - August 17. See Camps for themes; visit their website at www. for details and registration. Makerspaces Also see Build It Workspace and Shared Science in this section. The Studio at Long Beach Main Library - Programs for kids (grades 6+) include 3D printing and other maker crafts and projects. Summer camps offered. 101 Pacific Ave., Long Beach. (562) 570-5756. Urban Workshop - Levels 1-4 (10-15) offers handson STEM classes, including instruction on a variety of tools and software. 365-A Clinton St., Costa Mesa. (949) 296-2153. • Makersville/Club Ten: A Learning for Life Program of the Long Beach BSA Long Beach (562) 225-9589 Makersville offers unique hands-on classes, parties, and curriculum-based activities that include Minecraft modding, game design, creative and technical LEGO, robotics, programming, engineering, digital 3D, cosplay and props, video making, youth inventing and entrepreneurship. Makersville International includes Chinese and Spanish game and math activities. Check for their schedule online or email: Private, custom-designed and semi-private classes can be scheduled. Also see Camps. • Moving Mindz 4000 Long Beach Blvd., Ste. 205, Long Beach (562) 318-9966 Moving Mindz offers fun and engaging classes and camps in robotics, engineering, coding, game design, animation, 3D printing and more. Their homeschool math and science classes are aligned with the most current Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards; they are designed to accommodate the learning needs of the students enrolled and are taught using a variety of teaching strategies, including project-based, experiential, and discovery learning. The Moving Mindz goal is to help each student develop a unique curiosity about each of these subjects while learning how to critically analyze and creatively explore each concept. Also see Camps and Tutoring. See ad on page 18. Museums For science-focused destinations, see Attractions and Museums under Outings for locations and contact information. lots more fun at • 714.863.0757

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Robotics Also see Build It Workspace, Makersville, Moving Mindz, Shared Science and Sylvan Learning Centers in this section. • Columbia Memorial Space Center - At LA’s only public robotics lab, program a robot to collect rocks samples, just like the actual rovers that are currently running tests on Mars. In this hands-on exhibit, learn the principles of programming, engineering, failure analysis and mission management. Robotics scout badge/ patch workshops are also offered. See Museums for complete listing. 12400 Columbia Way, Downey. (562) 231-1200. See ad on page 43.

BrainStorm Studios Irvine. • Shared Science (562) 285-3942 Kids engineer fun through inventive and playful classes, camps and competitive robotics. Crazy Constructors classes combine LEGO Ed with the engineering design process and physical science concepts to captivate K-5 brains. Creative Coding kids use Scratch and other tools to learn computer programming concepts, create animations, and build games. For older youth, they offer robotics programming and design, putting mathematics to work. Kids

Randall Planetarium at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) - Admission: $1-6. 1100 N. Grand Ave., Walnut. (909) 274-5795. Tessmann Planetarium at Santa Ana College - Admission: $3-7. 1530 W. 17th, Building M, Santa Ana. (714) 564-6356. UCLA Planetariums - Free planetarium shows every Wednesday night followed by telescope viewing (not offered during summer). UCLA, Mathematical Sciences Building, Room 8224. Plus, check out the UCLA Meteorite Collection in the geology building, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. www.astro.ucla. edu/planetarium Odyssey of the Mind Groups purchase a membership and form small teams (grades K-college) to solve competitive problems. Teams work on solutions throughout the school year and present them in spring competitions. lots more fun at

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• Nature Kids! Discovery Camp at El Dorado Nature Center 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach (562) 570-1745 Join El Dorado Nature Center for fun and exploration this summer! Children will experience nature through investigation, hands-on activities, games and crafts. A healthy snack will be provided. Pre-registration is required for all classes. Visit or come in to register. See schedule below. See ad on front inside cover.


can join one of their sponsored First Lego League robotics teams. Greater Long Beach locations. Also see Camps and Parties. Southern California Rocketry Clubs Rocketry Organization of Southern California, www.; Southern California Rocket Association,; Tripoli-San Diego,; D.A.R.T. Rocketry, www.; and Friends of Amateur Rocketry, • Summer@Stratford Camp Experience 24741 Chrisanta Drive, Mission Viejo (949) 458-1776 Stratford infuses its STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) curriculum into an innovative and enriching summer camp experience. Younger campers learn, explore, and engage in hands-on learning projects, while elementary-age students collaborate to tackle real-world problems by utilizing academic principles and concepts in a fun and engaging way. Middle school camp sessions span a variety of exciting themes: Artificial Intelligence (AI), CSI, and Visual Effects Filmmaking. Find out more at See ad on page 51. • Sylvan Learning Centers Downey  (562) 622-9210 Huntington Beach  (714) 848-6072 Laguna Niguel  (949) 349-1835 Long Beach  (562) 429-8320 Sylvan’s innovative STEM programs will light up your child’s mind and build a love for STEM. Check out their awesome classes like Robotics with LEGO, Coding or Game Design and even Engineering with LEGO. Or, help your child master math skills in a fun and hands-on way while improving their speed and accuracy with Math Edge. Call today for more details! See ad on page 25. • Young Scientists Camp at CSULB California State University, Long Beach (562) 985-4801 Students (entering grades 2-8 and HS girls) do experiments and projects in college science laboratories. This year’s topics include: Amazing Animals in Action, Cool Chemistry, CSI: Long Beach, The STEAM Maker Challenge (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) and a high school girls physics program. The camp will be held July 23 - August 3, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. See complete listing in Camps; ad on page 15. Youth Science Center Bixby Elementary School 16446 Wedgeworth Drive, Hacienda Heights (626) 588-7818 Summer science program (grades K-8) runs June 4 - July 6. Call the program director for information.

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TUTORING & ACADEMICS • Academic Enrichment Camp at CSULB 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach (562) 985-2570, (562) 985-2216 Various academic subjects are covered. Kindergarten Preparedness Program and 1st-5th grade-level academic curriculum as well as art and computers. 6th-8th grade math, engineering/ technology, language arts, writing and art. 2018 sessions: June 18 - July 13 and July 16 - August 10. See complete listing in Camps. See ad on page 15. • Build It Workspace 4388 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos (714) 947-0800 Build It Workspace offers private and group tutoring and enrichment classes in the STEAM subjects of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math for students (grades K-12). Their enthusiastic instructors use practices from engineering, programming, and the sciences to excite creativity in curious young learners. See ad on page 27. Chess Programs for Kids Chess Palace - Weekly classes for grades K-12 and adults. Plus, tournaments and camps. 5246 Lampson Ave., Garden Grove. (310) 594-3475. www. Downey Chess Club - Monthly classes for grades K-8. Plus, tournaments and lectures. 9813 Paramount Blvd., Downey. (562) 209-6049. www. • Concordia University Irvine Entrepreneurship/ Business Start-Up Camp for Kids and Teens 1530 Concordia West, Irvine 92612 (949) 214-3198, Summer Business Day Camp for kids (grades 5-8) is an interactive one-week learning experience about entrepreneurship and starting and running their own real-work business. Teen Entrepreneur Academy is a one-week residential summer academy, open to high school students to learn real-world business principles from successful entrepreneurs. Also see Camps. See ad on page 12. Libraries Many libraries offer homework help, including academic workshops and story times. To find library locations, hours and story times, visit www. and search Libraries.

• Moving Mindz 4000 Long Beach Blvd., Ste. 205, Long Beach (562) 318-9966 Moving Mindz provides individual and group tutoring in mathematics and science for kindergarten - grade 12, including SAT/ACT Math, AP Calculus AB/BC and AP Physics. They accommodate every learning style and customize each student’s experience to meet their academic goals. Whether your child needs some extra support with their homework or to prepare for an upcoming exam, Moving Mindz is here to help them succeed! Also see Camps. See ad on page 18. • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns Signal Hill (562) 986-0066 My Gym offers Preschool Prep Early Learning Program. In their commitment to educate the whole child, the program focuses on imparting to children the skills needed to excel in preschool and beyond. This 2-3 hour, drop-off program for 23 months - 5 years focuses on making learning fun and exciting in the familiar and nurturing atmosphere of My Gym. Tuesday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., and Wednesday, 12:30-3 p.m. See ad on page 39. Recreation Departments, Boys and Girls Clubs, Community Colleges and YMCA Aliso Viejo Parks and Recreation - Enrichment, STEM, language, and technology classes are available. For a full schedule of classes and to register, visit www. Anaheim Community Services Department - Tiny Tots Academy provides an educational environment to foster a lifelong love of learning. 2-day, 3-day, or 5-day classes available. New location, West Anaheim Youth Center, 320 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim. (714) 765-4980. Bellflower Recreation and Parks Department - LEAD program: Provides young teens (13-17) with proper guidance, level of expectation, and tools to learn life skills that are crucial for leadership development. Six-week summer program (volunteer). Application deadline, May 4. Boys and Girls Clubs - All branches provide homework tutoring. College Prep is offered at some locations. See Youth and Family Groups on page 30. California State University Long Beach - The Community Clinic for Counseling and Educational Services offers assessment and tutoring for school-age kids (6-17), plus transitional planning for disabled youth (16-22) and developmental assessments (36). Scholarships available. (562) 985-4991. www. Cerritos College, Community Education - Year-round after-school math tutoring (grades 7-12). Summer academic courses offered in a variety of levels of math, reading, writing, science and computers. Summer classes, Monday - Friday, two-week sessions. (562) 467-5050. lots more fun at


Chapman University - Reading and writing tutoring (grades 1-5), taught by students earning their teaching credentials. Open to middle and high school students in the summer. (714) 997-6613. www. Cypress Recreation and Community Services - Tutoring Club (grades pre-K-12) arranged by individual appointment. $140 for four, one-hour sessions; continuous registration. (714) 229-6780. www. Fountain Valley Community Services - Trilingual Immersion Programs (3-5 and 6-12), Getting Ready For Preschool (2½-3½), Writing Enrichment (8-12), English and Math Enrichment (6-12), Speech and Debate (8-18), Teen Math Enrichment (12-18), Teen Writing Enrichment (12-18), and Teen Trilingual Enrichment (12-18). (714) 839-8611.

• Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - Parents and Me Pre-K Readiness (2-3), Readwrite Kinder Prep (4-5), Analyze This! Response to Literature Essays (8-12), Math Development (6½-11), Reading Development (6½-11), and Sound Start Reading (4½-7). (562) 570-3100.

ing (grades 2-3 and 4-6), $75. (714) 808-4909.

Fullerton Parks and Recreation - Math and Reading Development (grades 2-6), and Reading Development Sound-Start (grades K-1). (714) 738-6575.

Los Alamitos Recreation - Learn and Grow Playgroup (1½-3), Shaping it Up with ABC’s (2½-5), Art Innovators (5-11), Analyze This (8-12), and College Application Essay Workshop (17+). (562) 430-1073. www.

Santa Ana College - Early Reader (6-7), Reading and Comprehension (8-12), Study Skills (12-17), Research Writing and English Composition (9-12), Writing Workshops (6-17), and Math: Basics, Fractions, Pre-Algebra and Algebra (8-15). (714) 564-6594.

• Lakewood Recreation and Community Services - Free after-school tutoring programs are available at some parks throughout the school year. Parent and Me Infant/ Toddler Language Stimulation (15 mos - 3 years), four to five week sessions, $72-90. Academic classes taught by Readwrite Educational Solutions: Math Development and Reading Development (6½-12), Sound-Start Reading (4½-7), Parent and Me Pre-K Readiness (2-3), and Readwrite Kinder Prep (4-5½); $79. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408.

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. 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. www.

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Tustin Community Services - Reading Readiness (36), Abacus Class and Abacus Creative Writing (5-12), Spanish for Kids (6-10), Reading and Writing (5-12), Speed Reading and Vocabulary Building (11-16), and Study Skills and Test Taking Techniques (11-16). (714) 573-3326.

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YMCAs - Youth and Government (10-12) and/or Model United Nations (grades 6-9) are offered at some YMCA branches. Find your nearest location at • Sylvan Learning Centers Downey  (562) 622-9210 Huntington Beach  (714) 848-6072 Laguna Niguel  (949) 349-1835 Long Beach  (562) 429-8320 At Sylvan, results matter! Sylvan students typically see up to two to three times more growth in

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Irvine Community Services Department - ABCs with Tiny Tots (3-5), Mornings with Miss Tammy Tots (2-4), Mornings with Miss Tammy (ages 3-6), Afternoons with Miss Tammy (3-6), Mandarin Immersion Preschool (3-5), My Fun Time and Lator Gators (3-5), OC First Chinese Preschool and Kinder Class (3-5), On Your Mark. Get Set. Grow! (3-6), Reading Readiness Program (3-6), Reading, Math and More Preschool (3-5), Readwrite Kinder Prep (3-5), Tiny Trekkers Play School (3-5), Toddle Into Learning (2-3½), Oui! Learn French for Fun (5-13), Readwrite: Math Development (grades 2-6), Readwrite: Reading Development (grades 2-6), and Readwrite: Sound Start Reading (4½-6½). (949) 724-6610.

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their math and reading scores than if they hadn’t come to Sylvan. With Sylvan, you’ll get a personalized tutoring program tailored to the needs of your child. Their proven approach blends amazing credentialed teachers with Sylvan Sync technology on the iPad. Programs are designed to fit your family’s busy schedule and budget. Call today for more details! See ad on page 25.

opment, dance classes, sports, teen programs, leadership groups, clubs, community service, and before- and after-school care. Some branches offer special-needs inclusion and/or preschool child development centers. Meals and/or snacks may be provided at some locations. Scholarships are available for qualifying families. Find your nearest location at

• The Tutoring Center 4215 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach (562) 653-4380 Are you happy with your child’s grades? Call The Tutoring Center today to schedule your Free Diagnostic Assessment. The Tutoring Center uses a unique system known as “The Rotational Approach to Learning.” Your child will receive intense 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 29.

Camp Fire Camp Fire Angeles  (562) 421-2725 Inland and OC Council (909) 982-5400, Camp Fire Angeles - Programs include small club/ groups, camps, arts and service programs. Inland and OC Council - Kids and teens participate in community service opportunities. After-school clubs and camps are available on some school sites; open enrollment may be offered.

YOUTH & FAMILY PROGRAMS 4-H Youth Development Program (626) 586-1972, (949) 653-1803 Programs (5-19) offer guidance in good citizenship, leadership and life skills through projects and community service. Big Brothers, Big Sisters Greater LA County  (213) 213-2400 Orange County  (714) 544-7773 Catholic Big Brothers (213) 251-9800 Jewish Big Brothers (323) 761-8675 Local branches match boys and girls with adult mentors who provide friendship and guidance. Catholic Big Brothers offer bilingual, deaf and hearing-challenged programs. Free. Boy Scouts of America Long Beach Area Council (562) 427-0911 Orange County Council (714) 546-4990, Cub Scouts (grades 1-5) and Boy Scouts (grades 6-12) participate in a variety of activities. Careerbased exploring programs are offered for young men and women (14-21), such as fire fighting, law enforcement and animal-care services. Annual registration fees apply. Boys and Girls Clubs Supervised activities (5-18) after school and during school vacations (see Camps), including crafts, field trips, homework help, career devel30 kidsguide spring/summer 2018

City Recreation Departments Most city recreation departments offer youth group activities and family programs. • Costa Mesa Parks and Community Services (714) 754-5175 Programs and activities for youth and teens are offered throughout the year. During the school year, programs include: L.E.A.P. Program - Learn, Explore, and Play (ages 3-5), Recreation on Campus for Kids program (ROCKS, grades K-6), teen centers, volunteer Recreation Leader in Training (ages 13-16), and youth open gym. During school-year breaks, youth can participate in Camp Costa Mesa Day Camp. During the summer, they offer: Summer Teen Camp, Summer Recreation on Campus for Kids (ROCKS), Camp Mini Explorers (see Camps) and teen events. Girl Scouts - Orange County (800) 979-9444 Girl Scouts offers leadership development experiences for girls ages 5-17. There are several ways to participate, including troops, independent Girl Scouts, camps, travel and events. Local adult volunteers are needed to form new troops. • Girl Scouts - Greater Los Angeles (213) 213-0123 Girls (grades K–12) unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Gogetter, Innovator, Risk Taker, Leader) through engaging, challenging, and fun activities like earning badges, going on awesome trips, selling cookies, exploring science, getting outdoors, and doing community service projects. There are several ways to participate, including troops, independent Girl Scouts, camps, travel, and events. Local adult volunteers are needed to form new troops. See ad on page 21. Girls Inc. of Orange County 1815 Anaheim Ave., Costa Mesa (714) 597-8600 Year-round programming for girls (grades K-12)

focusing on academic achievement, life skills, and personal development. After-school and vacation camps programs available. This summer, YESS Entrepreneurship Academy at Chapman University for girls (3rd-5th grade) and Eureka! Camp at Orange Coast College for girls (6th-9th grade). Jewish Community Centers The following centers offer enrichment classes, preschools, family events, support groups, vacationbreak camps and teen-specific programming. Alpert Jewish Community Center  (562) 426-7601 3801 East Willow St., Long Beach. Chabad Jewish Center  (949) 721-9800 2240 University Drive, Newport Beach. Merage Jewish Center of OC (949) 435-3400 1 Federation Way, Irvine. • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services 5050 Clark Ave. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408 Programs include: baseball, basketball, dance (ballet, tap, hip-hop, hula, Polynesian, adaptive), flag football, golf, gymnastics, horseback riding, martial arts, music (drums, violin, piano, Pop/Rock singers, musical theater, ukulele and parent/me), skateboarding, softball, ice skating, ice hockey, soccer, swim instruction, tennis, tutoring (see Tutoring and Academics under Enrichment), track and field, and volleyball. Plus, adaptive recreation programming for people with special needs. Visit their website for events and classes. See ad on page 41. • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine 2760 Studebaker Road (562) 570-3100 Academics, archery, arts, baseball (T-ball), basketball (free coed leagues), boating and sailing classes, camps (see Camps), cooking, no-cost drop-in afterschool programs, dance (ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, cultural, parent/me), coed flag football, gymnastics, horseback riding, martial arts, music (piano, guitar, drums, glee, parent/me), parties (see Leeway Sailing Center in Parties), skateboarding, ice skating, hockey, soccer, swimming (recreational, lessons, parent/me, diving), teen centers, tennis, theater arts, and volleyball (free coed and girls’ leagues), plus workshops at the El Dorado Nature Center. Visit for events and classes. See ad on front inside cover. North OC Community College District School of Continuing Education Locations in Anaheim, Cypress and Fullerton. A variety of arts and crafts, dance, music, theater, cooking, language, STEM, play groups, and sports classes are available. Enjoy classes such as Drawing and Sketching (5-7 and 8+), Cartoon Drawing (8+), Jazz Hip Hop (5-6 and 7+), Playing the Cello Beginner I and II (7+), Vocal for Kids (7-10 and 11+), You and Me Cooking Class (5-7), Fun with Baking (12+), Rock N’ Learn Spanish (5-7), Math Common Core (grades 1-6), PSAT and SAT Math Prep, Developmental Movement (1-4), Joyful Parenting: Creative Art, Music and Movement (1-5), Beginning Water Polo (9-14), Pee Wee Baseball (4-6 and 6+), Baslots more fun at


ketball Clinics (4-6, 7-9 and 10+), Tiny Tot Tumbling (18 mos - 3 years), Judo/Ju-jitsu (6-13), Pee Wee Soccer (4-8), Beginning and Advanced Tennis (6+), and Indoor Court Volleyball (13-17). Police Activities League (PAL) Year-round youth (5-17) program sponsored by police departments. Activities include arts and crafts, sports, computers, community service, homework help and field trips. Chapters in Anaheim, Santa Ana, and South Gate. Chapter contact information is found on their website under the “Membership” tab. Free. Power 4 Youth (562) 386-2428 Middle-school students are matched with a volunteer for one-on-one academic mentoring at supervised locations in Long Beach and surrounding areas. Field trips are offered, plus career guidance. $10 registration fee. • Signal Hill Recreation Services (562) 989-7329 Programs include: ARC after-school program, tween after school program, youth sports (basketball, hockey, volleyball, football and indoor soccer), specialty day summer camp, Itty Bitty day camp (see Camps), tween day camp, and Signal Hill day camp. Visit website for more information regarding all programs. See ad on page 22. YMCA Programs for the entire family include child-care, fitness, teen clubs, day and resident camps (see Camps), youth sports, aquatics and gymnastics. Parent/child programs (grades K+) are also offered to promote companionship between parents and their children (father/mother and son/daughter). The Trailblazer program is available for older children (9-17) and their parents. Many YMCAs also offer off-site programs at schools and recreation facilities, and accept third-party funding such as GAIN or CAL Works. Find your nearest location at

Resource Jungle Still laughing from the trampolines, the three of you stumble into the Resource Jungle. Yikes—a bunch of baby sitters! They’re nice and all, but they want you to brush your teeth and get ready for bed. Plenty of time for that later-—now you’re dragon hunting. Do you think he went to The Isle Of Outings? Turn to page 36. Do you think he went to the Tower of Schools? Turn to page 48.

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family resources CHILD CARE & BABYSITTING Also see: Play Groups on page 56, and Youth and Family Groups on page 30. • 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 31. Hourly Baby Sitting The following websites provide a search for sitters in your area:,, www. and Information and Referrals The following organizations offer information about, and referrals to, child-care programs and providers. First 5 California - Resource line to locate child care in your area. (916) 263-1050. Greater Long Beach - Family Child Care Association provides free referrals to licensed family child care in the provider’s home (infants - school age). www. Orange County Child Care Association - A free referral service for parents seeking licensed, in-home child care. Includes referrals to providers for children with special needs. • Long Beach City College Child Development Centers Liberal Arts Campus  (562) 938-4253 Pacific Coast Campus  (562) 938-3079/3082 Child-care services are provided for a fee at PCC and LAC (some subsidized funding is available). Highquality preschool education for children between 2-5 years of age is available for students, staff and community on either campus. The centers have semiflexible schedules and are open Monday - Friday, 7

a.m. - 5:30 p.m. For further information on rates, hours, registration and space availability, call either campus. See ad on page 29. Sitter Training Training for boys and girls (10+) covering basic first aid, child behavior, safety skills and how to market their new services,; and American Red Cross, Classes are also offered through city recreation departments.

HEALTH SERVICES Also see: Emergency Resources on page 62. • 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 33. • Connie Wax, LCSW #27430 Individual, Couple, Family & Child Counselor 5182 Katella, Ste. 206, Los Alamitos (714) 300-3163 Specializing in therapy for gifted and talented children, adults and their families, Connie is committed to assisting parents in navigating the often rough waters of child rearing. See complete listing under Support Groups and Parent Education. See ad on page 35. • Mark A. Garlington D.D.S. Orthodontics for Children and Adults 5479 E. Abbeyfield, Ste. #1, Long Beach (562) 439-4553 At Garlington Orthodontics, you are always greeted with a smile and a warm welcome when you set foot in their office. They take pride in providing the best care in both a friendly and comfortable environment. Some of the latest technological advances, such as digital imaging, advanced computer graphics and iTero (Digital Impression System) have allowed them to become experts in a variety of treatments. Dr. Garlington is a top 1% provider of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. They believe that every patient should be treated like family with the utmost attention and care. Whether you are a child, teen or adult, their knowledgeable doctor, and team are committed to helping you achieve your dream smile. See ad on page 33. lots more fun at


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. • Peter W. Welty, M.D., F.A.A.P. Lori A. Livingston, M.D., F.A.A.P. • Brinda Singh, M.D., F.A.A.P Nicolas Ripp, M.D., F.A.A.P.

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2921 Redondo Ave., Long Beach, 90806 • • Pediatric Medical Center 2921 Redondo Ave., Long Beach (562) 426-5551 PMC provides comprehensive medical care for patients from birth through college with special expertise in: school underachievement and complex diagnostic and management problems. The team of physicians offer greater than one hundred twenty years of cumulative clinical pediatric experience and expertise. Each physician is active in the education and training of pediatric residents and medical students. This allows them to offer a unique combination of skills for the care of your child based on both academic and community pediatric medical experience. Their informative website offers a wide range of articles on parenting and health issues. See ad on this page.

Food Banks Children can receive free nutritious meals during school vacation and off-track periods through the following programs.

Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks  (818) 546-2383 Free lunches to kids and teens (1-18) at over 100 parks, June - August.

United States Department of Agriculture

Los Angeles Unified School District Summer Food Services Program

California Department of Education Long Beach Unified School District (562) 427-7923 Summer lunches are provided at select Long Beach schools and parks. The programs are open to all children 18 years of age and under at no cost. www. Summer Harvest

Lunch at the Library Program All library meal sites provide free summer lunches and engage families with library programs and services, including arts, literacy, and STEM programming for participating children and teens. www. Orange County Summer Meals for Children

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California Summer Meal Coalition Year-Round Food Banks - Long Beach Food Bank, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Orange County Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank, Low-Cost Health Services and Resources The following agencies provide low-cost medical/ dental referrals or services to families. Bilingual. Additional resources can be found by calling 211 health lines for LA and OC, or visiting or Boys and Girls Club ARCHES  (714) 532-7940 Variety of health and family services. The Children’s Clinic (844) 822-4646 Medical, dental/orthodontic, optometric/ophthalmic and behavioral/mental health services. Call center open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Seven locations in Long Beach and Bellflower. Children’s Dental Health Clinic  (562) 933-3141 Dental services for economically disadvantaged children (infant-21). CHOC Children’s Clinics (714) 509-8887 Medical services, including a variety of specialties. Five locations: Costa Mesa, Garden Grove, Newport Beach, Orange and Santa Ana. community-education Cypress Community College Dental Clinic  (714) 484-7299 Low-cost teeth cleaning and oral disease exam performed by student hygienists. 9200 Valley View St., Cypress. Immunization Referrals Long Beach Orange County

(562) 570-SHOT (800) 564-8448

Los Angeles County  211 Locate free to low-cost immunizations for infants and kids. Smile Line OC  (714) 537-0700 Referrals for low-cost pediatric dentistry in Orange County. Also offers Smile Clinic, which caters to children with physical and developmental special needs. University Eye Center at Ketchum Health  (714) 463-7500 Low-cost exams. 5460 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim. For free and low-cost medical clinics in Orange County, visit; and for Los Angeles County, visit www.tinyurl. com/LAhealthservices. 34 kidsguide spring/summer 2018

SPECIAL NEEDS KG Tip: Also see programs listed throughout Kidsguide, they are often open to specialneeds families. AD/HD Support Group and Resources Resources for support groups and professional services. Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), (800) 233-4050, www. Autism Programs Autism Behavior Services, (855) 581-0100, www. Autism Learning Partners, Autism Society of America, (800) 328-8476, www. Autism Speaks, (888) 2884762, TACA, Talk About Curing Autism, (855) 726-7810, www.tacanow. org. The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, (888) 962-5437, www.thecenter4autism. org. We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym, (818) 7080860, Family Resources and Referrals Comprehensive directories and/or referrals are available for parents of children with special needs through the following agencies: Comfort Connection, (714) 796-5100, Family Support Network, (714) 447-3301, www. Harbor Regional Center, (310) 540-1711, Help Me Grow, (866) 476-9025, www.helpmegrowoc. org. Life Without Limits, (949) 333-6400, www. Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK), (866) 828-8275, • Kelly Summer Music Therapy Studio Long Beach (562) 833-6444 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. See ad on page 7. Learning Disabilities Creative Solutions For Hope, (714) 881-0427, www. Dyslexia Foundation, (941) 8070499, International Dyslexia Association, (410) 296-0232, Learning Disabilities Association, (909) 621-1494,

• 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 Calendar, Parties, and Attractions under Outings. See ad on page 41. • Rancho Rio Verde 1000 W. Carson St., Long Beach (714) 624-5754, (310) 830-2060 Special-need students of all ages can participate in a vaulting program (gymnastics on horseback); Mondays, 2-7 p.m. No experience necessary. See ad on page 59. Segerstrom Center for the Arts Dance School for Children with Disabilities 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa (714) 556-2787 Dance and music school for children with disabilities, such as visual impairment, autism, cerebral palsy, and Down Syndrome, as well as children that are developmentally typical, to explore movement, music and creativity. Special Olympics Sports training and competition for children (8+) with limited intellectual and physical abilities. Divisions based on age and performance; everyone may participate regardless of ability. Visit their website for locations. • Top Flight Street Hockey & Ice Hockey Huntington Beach Inline  (714) 901-2629 Lakewood ICE  (562) 429-1805 The Rinks 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 is required and gear can be provided. Top Flight Street Hockey is offered at The Rinks Huntington Beach Inline and at The Rinks - Lakewood ICE. See ad on page 61.

SUPPORT GROUPS & PARENT EDUCATION Also see: Play Groups on page 56, and Emergency Resources on page 62. Breast-Feeding and Pregnancy Support Breast Feeding Clinic - Long Beach, (562) 5955479. Doulas of North America (bilingual) - (888) 788-3662, lots more fun at

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

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Expertise in working with gifted children and adults. (714) 300-3163 • LGBT 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, • 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 this page. Parent and Baby Support Groups Hoag Hospital - Mom and baby support classes and hotline. (949) 764-BABY (2229). babylinehoag

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• 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 age-appropriate activities, toys and parenting videos. 4900 Airport Plaza, Ste. 100, Long Beach; 333 South Anita Drive, Ste. 350, Orange. See ad on page 31.


The New Mom School - Postnatal education and support groups; ten-week sessions, $550. 200 Newport Center Drive, Ste. 306, Newport Beach. (949) 679-4872. Parenting Classes Through Community Agencies Children’s Learning Connection - Kids’ behavior classes, plus special needs classes. Laguna Hills, Fountain Valley and Orange. Parenting Information and Classes at Hospitals Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), www.; MemorialCare Hospitals,; UC Irvine Healthcare, events; and Hoag Hospital, School District Parent Education Classes - Most districts offer adult schools that provide parent education and/or resource centers that offer classes, programs and materials for parents and families. Call your local district for referrals. For those in Orange County, also visit Families and Communities Together at Memorial Medical Center - Support group for new mothers (18+); moms are encouraged to bring their baby. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - noon. Registration encouraged. (800) 636-6742. MOMS Orange County - Delivers home visits and group classes to families; services are offered at no cost to Orange County residents who qualify for the program. 1128 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana. (800) 787-5858.

Isle of Outings If Teddy is here it’s going to be hard to find him because there’s so much going on. Is he riding on a roller coaster at Adventure City? Playing firefighter at Pretend City? Riding bumper boats at Golf n’ Stuff? Do you see something you’d like to try? Put it in your sack (line #3). You hear a little meow. Teddy’s at the top of the zip line at The Paintball Park at Camp Pendleton Playland, but the Boredom Dragon is right behind him! Daisy barks and Teddy leaps onto the zip line, zooming away from the dragon just in time! But the dragon is charging! What to do? Use your best stern momma dragon voice and shout, “Junior! What are you doing to that poor kitten? Get your tail back home this very instant!” The Boredom Dragon tilts his head quizzically, then looks worried. And—poof!—he’s gone! Fantastic job. Fill out your entry form on page 68 and send it in or start over for a new adventure and another chance to win.

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• 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 for Baby Steps through the City. Way-to-Play Days on the second Friday of each month are also excellent opportunities for gathering information and resources. Good to Go parent workshops are offered the fourth Monday of each month. Also see Attractions, Parties and Calendar. See ad on page 41. Seriously Ill and Bereavement Support Groups Art and Creativity for Healing - (949) 367-1902, www. Kids Konnected - (949) 582-5443, New Hope Grief Support Community - (562) 429-0075, New Hope Family Camp and parent workshops, 3443 San Anseline, Long Beach, Pathways Volunteer Hospice, (562) 531-3031, Support Groups for Parents Boot Camp for New Dads and Moms - Offered at five Orange County locations for dads. www. Offered in Anaheim, Irvine, and Laguna Hills for moms. www. Meetup Play Groups - Offers links to local parent support groups. Enter your zip code along with a search 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. www. Mothers of Multiples - Information and resources, plus meet-up groups.,,

Parents Without Partners - Provides single parents and their children with an environment for support, friendship and the exchange of parenting techniques.

outings ATTRACTIONS Also see: Museums, Trains and Zoos in this section, and Bowling and Skating and Hockey under Sports. • 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 live interactive children’s theater, a petting farm, a 25-foot climbing wall, an arcade, a Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends play area, great food and much more. What a great place to have a company picnic, birthday party or team party! The price is right, too. All-day unlimited rides: adults or children, $19.95; seniors (55 and over), $15.95. AAA discount available for up to six regular-price admissions per card. Free parking. See ad on page 39. Aquariums and Marine-Science Destinations Aquarium of the Pacific  (562) 590-3100 More than 11,000 ocean animals are featured in three main galleries with 19 major habitats and 32 focus exhibits, including over 500 different species. Educational programs also available as well as annual events and camps. Admission: adults, $29.95; kids (3-11), $17.95; seniors (62+), $26.95. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. www. Birch Aquarium  (858) 534-3474 Daily animal feedings as well as educational, handson visitor activities. Adults, $18.50; kids (3-17), $14. UC San Diego, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. www. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium  (310) 548-7562 Thirty-five saltwater tanks and touch tanks, plus discovery labs and an Aquatic Nursery with baby sea animals. Ongoing science programs include tours, workshops and classes, camps, youth docents, family programs, annual events, tide-pool walks and grunion runs. Suggested admission dolots more fun at


nation: $1-5. 3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pedro.

(562) 432-4900, San Pedro: (310) 547-9916,

Legoland’s Sea Life Aquarium (760) 918-5346 Features play zones, touch pools, fun facts and quiz trails, as well as jellyfish, sea horses, stingrays and sharks. New this year: Sea at Night, an exhibit where you can walk a simulated coastline under the stars, and splash in waves projected on the ground, giving the effect of a crashing tide. $18-22. One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad.

Long Beach - Long Beach Transit operates two water buses in the summer: Aqua Bus ($1) in Queensway Bay, includes stops at the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Queen Mary; Aqua Link ($5) running from the Queen Mary and the Aquarium of the Pacific to Alamitos Bay Landing. (562) 591-2301.

• Ocean Institute  (949) 496-2274 Interactive exhibits, marine life, touch tanks and ecology cruises, plus presentations and Sunday tours aboard the tallship Pilgrim. Summer camps are also offered, see Camps. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point. See ad on page 16. Roundhouse Aquarium  (310) 379-8117 Classes, camps and parties also offered. Donations: $2 per person; $5 per family. Manhattan Beach Pier. Santa Monica Pier Aquarium  (310) 393-6149 Year-round field-trip programs, kids’ classes, party packages and special-themed event days. Adults, $5; and kids (12 and under), free. 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica. The SEA Lab  (310) 318-7438 Free and low-cost programs, touch-tank tours, public fish feedings, field trips and parties. Admission: $5. 1021 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach. • Big Air Trampoline Park Laguna Hills  (949) 305-9788 Buena Park  (844) 550-JUMP Big Air Trampoline Parks are the area’s best indoor trampoline parks. Unique features include Battle Beam, The X Wall, Lil Air (for jumpers ages 7 and younger), Open Main Court, Dodgeball Courts, Foam Pit, Slam Dunk Basketball and a brand new trampoline laser maze in Laguna Hills! Big Air is the perfect location for birthday and team parties, group trips, and corporate team building (see Parties). Seasonal park promotions and specials are listed at www. Reservations for groups of 15+ are required and made online or by calling Event Sales. See ad on page 36. Boat Cruises and Whale Watching Aquarium of the Pacific’s Blue Whale Watch and Sea Life Cruise - Conducted by an aquarium marine expert. Two daily departures. (562) 590-3100. Camps added daily! 38 kidsguide spring/summer 2018

Catalina - The following companies offer passenger service to Catalina Island: Catalina Express, from Dana Point, Long Beach and San Pedro ports, also offers a free ride on birthdays, must register on their website before booking ride, (800) 6131212,; and Catalina Flyer, from Newport Bay Harbor, (949) 673-5245. Harbor Breeze Cruise and LA Waterfront Cruises 45-minute narrated tours of the harbor. Long Beach:

• Ocean Institute - Join the Ocean Institute’s marine educators in exploring the ocean from top to bottom, while searching for some of the world’s largest and smallest creatures during a 2½-hour-long whale watching program. Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. Various specialty cruises are offered during the year, such as Bioluminescence Night Cruises, 4th of July Cruise, Mother’s/Father’s Day adventures and more. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point. (949) 496-2274. See ad on page 16. Spirit Cruises - Long Beach and Los Angeles harbors, Whale Watching: Aquarium of the Pacific, see listing in this section. Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari, Dana Point, (949) 4882828, Dana Wharf Whale Watching, Dana Point, (949) 496-5794, www. Harbor Breeze Cruise and LA Waterfront Cruises, Long Beach, (562) 432-4900,, and San Pedro, (310) 547-9916, Ocean Institute, see listing in this section. Newport Landing Whale Watching, 309 Palm St., Ste. A, Newport Beach, (949) 675-0551, • Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200 The 20,000-square-foot, hands-on learning center is dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to all ages. It is also the national memorial for the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia’s seven crew members. See Museums for complete listing. See ad on page 43. Family Fun Centers For a listing of family fun centers in Long Beach metro, and Los Angeles and Orange counties, search “Family Fun Centers” on www.kidsguidemagazine. com. Also see Golf N’ Stuff in this section. Family-Friendly Escape Rooms Most places offer birthday party packages. Check sites like Goldstar or Groupon for discount tickets. Square Room Escape - Irvine, (949) 250-4161, Escape Room LA Kid-friendly rooms for children ages 8-13 (the entire room must be purchased, 10-12 tickets), Los Angeles, (213) 689-3229, www.escaperoomla. com/parties. Brainy Actz - Irvine, (949)-6470184, Cross Roads Escape Games - Kid-friendly version of The Fun House for children under age 13, Anaheim, (714) 572-1004, lots more fun at

• 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 and kiddie train. While you’re there, check out the latest in arcade games, great prizes, snack bar, and party facilities for birthday or team parties (see Parties). Ask about their free school and doctors’ office incentive programs. Where the 5 and 605 freeways meet. Also see Calendar and Parties. See ad with coupons on page 38. Local Ships For the tallship Pilgrim, see Ocean Institute under Aquariums and Marine-Science Destinations in this section. S.S. Lane Victory  (310) 519-9545 Self-tours offered on the museum ship, that once was a cargo ship used in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War. Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission: $3-7. Berth 49, San Pedro.


• Fillmore and 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 many film productions. All year long they offer a variety of train tours (see Calendar). For complete listing, see page 44; ad on page 45.

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USS Iowa  (877) 446-9261 Interactive tour offers an experience of living and serving on the ship. Kid’s scavenger hunt and youth overnight program are also offered. Adults, $19.95; kids (6-11), $11.95. 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro. USS Midway Museum  (619) 544-9600 Audio tours, exhibits, and flight simulators aboard a historic Navy aircraft carrier that served from 19451992. Admission: $10-23. 910 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego. Observatories and Planetariums For details and contact information, see STEM under Enrichment. Playgrounds See Indoor Playgrounds on page 50. • 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 lots more fun at

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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, Special Needs and Calendar. See ad on page 41. • Queen Mary 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach (877) 342-0738 Go back in time aboard the legendary Queen Mary. Once the grandest ocean liner in the world, now a full-service hotel and historical landmark with tours and exhibitions. Explore the ship from stem to stern with an up-close look at the Queen Mary on one of her exciting and informative guided tours. Visit their unique exhibits: sets from the film Darkest Hour; see personal items from the royal family in Diana Legacy of a Princess; or Titanic: Artifacts and Images from a Legendary Time. Enjoy their 4-D theater with sensory surprises built into the seats and theater environment as onscreen images are brought to life with coordinated 4-D effects such as bubbles, wind and scents. Paranormal enthusiasts can choose from tours that focus on her haunted past. The Queen Mary has something for everyone with tours departing daily! See ad on page 37 for 25% off with code “KIDSGUIDE18!” Theme Parks - What’s New This Season • Adventure City  (714) 236-9300 $19.95 general admission with unlimited rides. Kids (under 12 mos) free with paid adult; seniors (ages 55 and over), $15.95. AAA discount available for up to six regular-price admissions per card. Free parking. 1238 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim. www.adventurecity. com. See ad on page 39. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure (714) 781-4565 New this year: Pixar Pier premieres June 23, featuring the new Incredicoaster, four new imaginative neighborhoods (inspired by “The Incredibles,” “Toy Story,” “Inside Out,” and a collection of Pixar stories), newly themed attractions, entertainment, Pixar characters, and more. Plus, a new float adds superhero fun to the parade, featuring characters from “The Incredibles.” 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim. www.

ame Street Parade in the spring, weekends in May and June. 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego. www. Six Flags Magic Mountain  (661) 255-4111 New this summer: CraZanity will reach speeds up to 75-miles-per-hour, as it whips back and forth, higher and higher giving riders a staggering view of the world below them. 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia. Universal Studios Hollywood (800) UNIVERSAL New this summer: Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest takes guests on an all-new multi-sensory adventure. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. Water Parks - What’s New and Seasonal Dates Party packages, season passes, tube and board rentals, picnic areas and lockers may be available. Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark  (619) 222-4SEA Daily, May 25 - September 3; weekends, September 8 - October 7. 2052 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista. Boomers  (949) 559-8341 Buccaneer Cove. Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. 3405 Michelson Drive, Irvine. Drop Zone Waterpark  (951) 366-0525 Open May - September. Visit their website for admission and season passes. 2165 Trumble Road, Perris. Knott’s Soak City  (714) 220-5200 Open daily, May - September. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. Legoland Water Park and Chima Water Park  (760) 918-5346 Open daily, through April 15 and May 26 - September 3; and weekends, April 21 - May 20 and September 8 - October 28. One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad. Newport Dunes Aquatic Fun Park (949) 729-1150 Calm waves and fun toys for younger kids, and water trampolines, a mountain with a slide and other water features for older kids. Open year round, weather permitting, visit their website for seasonal times and admission. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.

Knott’s Berry Farm  (714) 220-5200 New this year: Opening Summer of 2018, HangTime, the first dive coaster on the West Coast. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park.

Raging Waters  (909) 802-2200 Open daily, June 1 - August 24. Weekends only, May 19-28 and August 25 - September 23. 111 Raging Waters Drive, San Dimas.

Legoland  (760) 918-5346 New this year: Dive underwater on Lego City: Deep Sea Adventure submarine ride. You’ll see real sea creatures mixed with LEGO fish, divers and a shipwreck. One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor (661) 255-4111 Open: May - September. 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia.

SeaWorld  (619) 222-4SEA Electric Ocean, bioluminescent lighting, music and entertainment, select dates, June 16 - September 3. New this summer, Elmo starring in an all-new Ses40 kidsguide spring/summer 2018

• Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark (562) 902-3191 Guaranteed to entertain; choose to spend the day in

the lazy river, dare to plunge down two-story water slides or swim in the heated 25-yard pool. Adults can spend time with the little ones in the zero-depth play areas, spray pads and smaller slides. Free use of life jackets and tubes are always included with admission. Splash! offers the best value, with free parking, picnic areas, all-day park access, lockers and tasty food. The 18-acre park is beautifully landscaped with palm trees, lush green grassy areas, lounge chairs and umbrellas. Season passes on sale now at the pre-season price of just three payments of $19.66, now through May 31. 13806 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Check the website for 2018 schedule: www. See ad on back outside cover; coupon on page 64. Splash Kingdom in Redlands  (909) 335-7275 May - September. 1101 California St., Redlands. The Cove Waterpark  (951) 360-1974 Offers day camp. Daily, May 26 - August 6; weekends only, August 11 - September 30. 4310 Camino Real, Riverside. Wading and Spray Pools For a list of parks and shopping centers with wading pools and spray features, see Wading and Spray Pools under Aquatics and Water Polo on page 53.

MUSEUMS KG Tip: See full descriptions of the Museums listed on Also see: Attractions on page 36 and Trains on page 44. • Bowers Kidseum 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 480-1520 Kidseum is an interactive, educational, children’s extension of the Bowers Museum with a focus on its mission, “Igniting imagination through exploration,” stressing the excitement of art, archaeology and world cultures. Check out the “Glow Cave” with its fun art-making activities, ride the magical Wells Fargo stagecoach through time in the “Green Screen Time Machine,” and explore archaeology like never before in the Archaeology Lab. Open Saturdays and Sundays: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Extended summer hours: June 5 August 10, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (closed Mondays and July 4th). Admission is $8 for everyone over age 2 (subject to change, please check website). Summer camps also available, see Camps. See ad on page 11. • Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200 Hands-on learning center that is dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages. It also serves as the national memorial for the Space Shuttle Columbia’s seven crew members, lost in 2003. The 20,000-squarelots more fun at


foot visitor center is equipped with not only amazing technology and visual teaching exhibits, it also holds engaging classes and workshops (see Calendar). The Space Center hosts the only Challenger Learning Center in the greater Los Angeles area, where you can: Return to the Moon, or go on a Voyage to Mars, and experience the real-life excitement of working in Mission Control or in the Spacecraft; available for field trips, team-building exercises and parties of 16 or more. Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Sundays and Mondays. $5 per person (4+). Also see Camps, Parties and STEM. See ad on page 43. • Discovery Cube Los Angeles 11800 Foothill Blvd., Los Angeles (818) 686-2823 Take in 71,000 square feet of interactive fun. Whether you want to take a simulated helicopter tour or experience their own Santa Ana winds, there’s something for everyone to explore. Cutting-edge exhibits and thrilling events will educate and entertain everyone from kids of all ages to the kid in all of us. This spring, don’t miss the new Very Eric Carle exhibit, followed by a Dino Summer with Dinosaurs Around the World. There’s always something new to explore at the Cube! • Discovery Cube Orange County 2500 North Main St., Santa Ana (714) 542-2823 Discovery Cube Orange County is filled with interactive and hands-on exhibits in themed areas including: Discovery Theater, Inspector Training Course, Boeing Rocket Lab, Eco Challenge, Science of Hockey, and more. This spring, check out the new Rainforest Adventure exhibit, along with the return of OC’s most popular spring-break event, Bubblefest! Then, it’s a Dino Summer, beginning May 26 as Dinosaurs Around the World opens. There’s always something new to explore at the Cube! Field trips, birthdays, summer camps (see Camps), outreach, special events, sleepovers, and teacher workshops are also available. See ad on page 13. Flight Museums Flight Path Learning Center and Museum  (424) 646-7284 View the LAX tarmac. Closed Sunday and Monday. Free admission. 6661 W. Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles. Lyon Air Museum  (714) 210-4585 View the John Wayne Airport tarmac. Admission: $6-12. 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana. March Field Air Museum  (951) 902-5949 Interactive play area and tours offered. Closed Monday. Admission: $5-10. 22550 Van Buren, Riverside. Museum of Flying  (310) 398-2500 Also features an interactive flight simulator (48” height restriction). Admission: $6-10, extra fee for flight simulator. 3100 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. lots more fun at

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Planes of Fame Air Museum  (909) 597-3722 Monthly living-history events, plus hands-on Aviation Discovery Center; open on Saturdays only. Admission: $4-11. 14998 Cal Aero Drive, Chino. www. Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum  (310) 618-1155 Tuskegee Airmen Learning Center, and Sky Lab Computer Center, plus after-school programs. 961 W. Alondra Blvd., Compton. Western Museum of Flight  (310) 326-9544 Make-and-Take model days throughout the year. Closed Monday. Admission: free - $5. 3315 Airport Drive, Red Baron, #3, Torrance. Historical Sites Tours (guided and self-guided) and workshops, plus yearly family events and living history programs. School and scout tours are available. Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum (310) 603-0088 Tours every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday and on the first Thursday and Friday of the month. Free admission. 18127 S. Alameda St., Rancho Dominguez. Drum Barracks Civil War Museum (310) 548-7509 Guided tours only. Closed Monday and Friday. $5, suggested donation. 1052 Banning Blvd., Wilmington. Heritage Hill Historical Park  (949) 923-2230 Historic interpretive center, Serrano Ranch Adobe, El Toro Grammar School from 1890 and St. George’s Mission. 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest. www. Heritage Museum of OC (714) 540-0404 Blacksmith shop, a rancho home, the Kellogg House and gardens. Closed Monday - Thursday. Admission: $5-7. 3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana. Homestead Museum  (626) 968-8492 Guided tours only. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Free admission; donations welcome. 15415 E. Don Julian Road, City of Industry. Mission San Juan Capistrano  (949) 234-1300 Admission: $7-10; includes audio tour. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano. Pio Pico Historic Park Adobe  (562) 695-1217 Closed Monday - Friday. Free admission and parking. 6003 Pioneer Blvd., Whittier. piopicohistoricpark Point Fermin Lighthouse  (310) 241-0684 Guided tours. Closed Mondays. Free admission; donations requested. 807 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro. Rancho Los Alamitos  (562) 431-3541 Closed Monday and Tuesday. Free admission. 6400 E. Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach. Rancho Los Cerritos  (562) 206-2040 Closed Monday and Tuesday. Free admission and 42 kidsguide spring/summer 2018

tours. Summer camps are also offered for ages 6-10 and 11-13. 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach. www.

traffic and ride the Metro Expo Line, exit at the USC/ Expo Park station. 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles.

The Banning Museum  (310) 548-7777 1864 mansion and 20 acres of grounds. Closed Monday and Friday. Admission, $1-5. 401 East M St., Wilmington.

Chapman University Exhibits  (714) 997-6815 Huell Howser Archive located in the basement level, Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free. Sala and Aron Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library located on the 4th floor, closed Saturday and Sunday. Free. One University Drive, Orange. The Hilbert Museum of California Art, Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free. 167 N. Atchison St., Orange, (714) 516-5880., holocaustmemoriallibrary,

Presidential Libraries Lincoln Memorial Shrine (909) 798-7632 Current exhibits include And the War Came and the Sultana Disaster. Closed Monday. Free admission. 125 W. Vine St., Redlands. The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum  (714) 993 5075 Special concerts, speakers and events throughout the year. Admission: $10-16. 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (805) 522-2977 Visitors take a self-guided tour through the grounds, including Air Force One (inside too) and the Reagan Museum with interactive exhibits. Admission: $10-29. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900 An interconnected city designed for children (infant-8). See Attractions for complete listing. See ad on page 41. More Museums Autry Museum of the American West  (323) 667-2000 Guided tours, gold panning, dress-up stations, and family-friendly programs. Closed Mondays. Admission: Free - $14. Located in Griffith Park. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. www. Free admission day: second Tuesdays. Beall Center for Art and Technology (949) 824-6206 Special family events throughout the year. Closed Sunday. Free admission. 712 Arts Plaza, University of California, Irvine. Calif. African American Museum  (213) 744-2084 Special events for children and family programs throughout the year. Closed Monday. Free admission; parking, $12-15. Exposition Park, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles. California Science Center  (323) 724-3623 This year’s temporary exhibit includes King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, on display through January 2019. The new immersive exhibition will display more than 150 real artifacts from Tutankhamun’s (also known as King Tut) tomb. Separate reservations needed for Space Shuttle Endeavor. Free general admission to all permanent exhibits (excludes IMAX and special paid exhibits). Parking, $12 cash only. Avoid

Children’s Museum at La Habra  (562) 383-4236 Temporary exhibit, Children of Hangzhou, features a close-up experience of China today. Explore school, home, theater, and a farm, open through May 27. Closed Mondays. Museum closed for renovation August 27 - September 24. Admission: $10. 301 S. Euclid St., La Habra. Getty Center and Villa (310) 440-7300 Getty Center: 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. Getty Villa: 7985 PCH, Pacific Palisades. Getty Center is closed Mondays. Getty Villa is closed Tuesdays. Admission, free; parking, $15 (the Pay Once, Park Twice program provides a flat $15 parking fee for a sameday visit to both locations). An advance timed ticket is required for the Getty Villa; one ticket includes up to three kids (15 and under). Hammer Museum (310) 443-7000 Download a family or teen guide from their website for an interactive experience in the galleries. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Closed Monday. Free admission daily. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens  (626) 405-2100 Visit the interactive Children’s Garden (2-7) and the Conservatory for Botanical Science with hands-on science activities (8+). Explorers Summer Camp also offered. Closed Tuesday. Admission: $13-29. Free for children under 4. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Free admission: first Thursday, with reserved tickets. Japanese American National Museum (213) 625-0414 Closed Mondays. Admission: $6-12. 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles. Free admission: Thursdays, 5-8 p.m. and all-day on the third Thursday of the month. Kidspace Children’s Museum  (626) 449-9144 Classes, camps, family nights, workshops and special events offered. Recommended for ages 1-10. Admission: $14. 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. Free admission on Family Night, first Tuesday night 4-8 p.m. (except for September). La Brea Tar Pits and Museum (213) 763-3499 Visitors can watch fossil excavation and assembly in the Fossil Lab. Plus, Titans of the Ice Age 3D and Ice Age Encounters (separate tickets required). Admission: $5-19. Hancock Park, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Free admission: first Tuesdays. lots more fun at


Laguna Art Museum (949) 494-8971 Docent-led tours at 11 a.m. every day (other than Wednesdays and holidays). Admission: $7. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach. Free admission: first Thursday of each month, 5-9 p.m. Long Beach Museum of Art  (562) 439-2119 Free family art workshops 3rd Sunday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Closed Monday - Wednesday. Admission: $6-7. 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. Free admission days: Thursday night, 3-8 p.m.; and all day Friday. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (323) 857-6000 Kids can join NexGen, a free youth membership program that offers free admission for kids (17 and under) and one accompanying adult. Family activities include painting in the Boone Children’s Gallery, Family Days with tours and artmaking on Sundays. Family Guides for kids (6-12) are available at the ticket office. Also, pick up an Art Tote for familyfriendly activities. Closed Wednesdays. Admission: free - $20. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. www. Kids (17 and under), free daily. Free general admission day: second Tuesday of the month, select federal holidays and Monday - Friday, after 3 p.m. to Los Angeles County residents. Museum of Latin American Art  (562) 437-1689 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach. Free admission: fourth Friday of each month, from 5-9 p.m., plus every Sunday. Museum of Music Making  (760) 438-5996 Explore and try out a large selection of instruments.

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Closed Monday. Admission: $7-10. 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad.

day. $11.50-15.50. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles.

Museum of Tolerance  (310) 553-8403 The exhibit, “Anne,” explores the legacy of Anne Frank, separate paid ticket required. Closed Satur-

Muzeo (714) 956-8936 Temporary and often changing exhibits on heritage, culture and arts. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

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Train Station “‘Dwagon’ is right, you think, as you run over to the Train Station. It’s a little smoky but it’s not because of the steam engine—that’s dragon smoke! Daisy barks to alert you but Teddy lies on his back and starts calmly licking his paw because he’s a cat. Find a train you’d like to ride and put it in your sack (page 68, line #2). Hop aboard the Fillmore & Western Railway and shout “Follow that dwagon, I mean dragon!” Are you headed toward Party Land? Turn to page 46. Are you going to the Playground Castle? Turn to page 50.

Admission: $6-10. 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (213) 763-3466 Encounter dinosaurs, experience nature gardens and lab, marvel at gem and mineral collections, and discover how Los Angeles came to be. Plus, enjoy seasonal exhibitions such as the Butterfly Pavilion through September 3. Check their website for tours, special events and visitor tips. Admission: $7-15. Exposition Park, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. Free admission day: first Tuesdays. Norton Simon Museum  (626) 449-6840 Free family programs focus on the permanent collection and exhibits. Kids are free. Closed Tuesday. Admission: free - $15. 411 Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Free admission: first Fridays, 5-8 p.m. Pennypickle’s Workshop Temecula Children’s Museum  (951) 308-6376 Hands-on inventions, gadgets and experiments. Workshops and special events offered. Closed most Mondays. Admission: $5 (price may differ for special events). 42081 Main St., Temecula. www. Petersen Automotive Museum  (323) 930-2277 Collection includes Hollywood cars, race cars, and vintage cars. Admission: $8-16. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology  (909) 624-2798 Discovery days select Saturdays throughout the year. Closed Sunday. Admission: adults, $9. Kids (4 and

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under), free. 1175 W. Baseline Road, Claremont. Skirball Cultural Center  (310) 440-4500 Exhibitions, music, theater, comedy, film, family and literary programs, plus Noah’s Ark (advance tickets recommended). Closed Monday. Admission: $7-12. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. www.skirball. org. Free admission day: Thursdays. Southern California Children’s Museum  (626) 657-0357 Pretend and dramatic play areas, imagination and Tegu block areas, sensory stations, clay corner, and more. Admission: $8. “Twosdays” Special: 2-for-1 admission on Tuesdays after 2 p.m. 459 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Tankland American Military Museum  (626) 442-1776 Download tour guide book online for more information on the military vehicles. Closed Monday - Thursday. Admission: $1-5. 1918 Rosemead Blvd., South El Monte. The Paley Center for Media  (310) 786-1000 Public accessible archives of television, radio, and new media content, over 160,000 programs and advertisements spanning the history of media. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission: free, donations welcome. 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. www. Wells Fargo History Museum  (213) 253-7166 Features interactive exhibits, an original Concord Coach, a historically re-created agent’s office, a working telegraph, and samples of gold. Closed Sunday and most Saturdays. Free admission and cell-phone tour. Metered parking. 333 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. museums/los-angeles Zimmer Children’s Museum  (323) 761-8984 The Zimmer Children’s Museum is moving to a new location at Santa Monica Place in November. Closed Saturday. Admission: $7.50. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 100, Los Angeles.

TRAINS Amtrak One-Day Train Rides (800) 872-7245, Ext. (USA-RAIL) Short day-trips to Southern California destinations are available from local stations in Anaheim, Fullerton, Irvine and Santa Ana. Kids (2-12) ride half-price every day; two discounts per paying adult. Infants under 2 ride free on laps. • Fillmore & Western Railway 364 Main St., Fillmore, CA 93015 (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 Bald-

win 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 Which 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 (see Calendar). See ad on page 45. Metro-Railway (323) 466-3876 The website features a trip planner to help plot routes to and from popular family destinations. Train Museums and Rides The following locations offer exhibits of working, model and replica locomotives, cabooses and trolleys, and/or rides and party packages. Angels Flight Railway - The shortest railway in the world. Connects 351 South Hill St. and 350 Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 626-1901. www. Fillmore & Western Railway - See listing in this section. Griffith Park - Travel Town Museum, (323) 662-5874, and Griffith Park and Southern Railroad, (800) 4381297, Heritage Park Train Exhibit - Santa Fe Springs. (562) 946-6476. Irvine Park Railroad at Irvine Regional Park - Orange. (714) 997-3968. Lomita Railroad Museum - (310) 326-6255. www. Orange County Model Engineers - Third weekends, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Rides are free, donations are welcome. Fairview Park, Costa Mesa. (949) 54-TRAIN. Orange Empire Railway Museum - Perris. (951) 9433020. San Diego - San Diego Model Railroad Museum, model railroad display and train memorabilia, 1649 El Prado, (619) 696-0199, Balboa Park Miniature Railroad, a three-minute, half-mile trip on a model train, weekends and holidays only, 1800 Zoo Place, (619) 239-4748, balboaminitrain. Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park - Train is inside the zoo. (714) 836-4000. Southern California Live Steamers - Public run days on the first Sunday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., and third Saturday, noon - 3 p.m., of each month. Rides are free, donations are welcome. Wilson lots more fun at

Park, 2290 Washington Ave., Torrance. www.

Also see aquariums with marine animals in Attractions on page 36. Animal Care Centers and Exotic Rescue Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles - Outreach and educational programs. Open daily. Free, donations encouraged. 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro. (310) 548-5677. Pacific Marine Mammal Center - Outreach and educational programs. Summer camp offered, see Camps. Open daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free, donations encouraged. 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. (949) 494-3050. Star Eco Station - Rescue facility offers hands-on ecology lessons and encounters with tropical birds, exotic reptiles, wildcats and ocean life. Annual events and school-break camps are also offered. Weekends, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., tours begin every hour (last tour at 3 p.m.). Visit their website for closures before going. Adults, $8; kids, $6. 10101 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City. (310) 842-8060. Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles (323) 644-4200 Children’s Zoo and camps also offered. Open daily. Admission: adults, $21; kids (2-12), $16.

Pony Time  (562) 916-7669, (951) 201-3928 Goats, rabbits, chickens, sheep, an alpaca, and a cow. Admission is $1. Goat feeding for additional fee. Hand-led ponies around a trot track are also available, plus lessons and trail rides. 11369 Carson St., Lakewood. www.ponytimeatlakewood. Susie Q Ranch (951) 551-4585 Pony rides, petting zoo and trail rides. 28330 Mary Place, Murrieta. Zoomars Petting Zoo  (949) 831-6550 Parties, camps and special events are also offered. Plus, “Miner’s Gulch,” where kids pan for gems, fossils and gold. Adults, $10; kids, $8. 31791 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano. www. San Diego Zoo 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego (619) 231-1515 Camps, sleepovers and family events offered. Open daily. Adults, $54; kids (3-11), $44 San Diego Zoo Safari Park 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido (760) 747-8702 Safaris, camps, sleepovers, zip line and a Jungle Ropes course. Adults, $54; kids (3-11), $44.

Valley of Zoos As you enter the Valley of the Zoos, Teddy arches his back and hisses. He walks around the whole place making sure to hiss at every single animal, just to show that he doesn’t like them. It takes a long time because there are tons of animals, including goats, rabbits, chickens, moneys and pigs. Is there a zoo you’d like to visit this summer? Put it in your sack (line #3). Teddy stops hissing when he sees the fierce Boredom Dragon and lets out a deafening “MEOW!!” This sets off a loud chorus of clucks, oinks, moos, growls and roars. The dragon looks worried and starts backing away. You toss a box of LEGOS from the Calendar Labyrinth to the monkeys who throw them at the dragon to scare it. It works! The dragon spreads his wide wings and lifts off in the air, flying back back back to the past and is never heard from again. Great job! Fill out your entry form on page 68 and send it in or start over for a new adventure and another chance to win.

Santa Ana Zoo Prentice Park, 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana (714) 836-4000 Offers a children’s farm, train and carousel rides. Family events throughout the year. Open daily. Call for pricing.

Moorpark College Teaching Zoo 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark (805) 378-1441 Animal shows and demonstrations twice a day. Plus, behind-the-scenes tours and other up-close opportunities. Weekends, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Adults, $8; kids (3-12), $6. Orange County Zoo Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange (714) 973-6847 A petting area, story times, special events and classes. Plus, school tours and scout programs available. Open daily. General admission: $2; free for ages 3 and under. Parking, $3-10. Petting Zoos and Farms Amy’s Farm (844) 426-9732 Farm group tours of 10+, smaller groups (2+) can be added on to other tours as bookings allow. Call for availability. Includes: milking cows, feeding farm animals, grooming horses and picking herbs. $8-10 per person. Educational workshops and classes also available. 7698 Eucalyptus Ave., Ontario. lots more fun at

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Centennial Farm  (714) 708-1500 Visitors can view pigs, chickens, cattle, goats and more. Tours during general public hours. Monday - Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission. The farm is closed on holidays and during property-wide events. OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


Party Land With a great squeal and billowing steam, you screech into Parties Land but barely anyone pays attention to the clamor because they’re having so much fun. There are kids exploring tide-pool animals, kids sailing in boats, and some kids racing robots. What would you be interested in? Put it in your bag! (line #3). Suddenly there’s a puff of smoke and the dragon appears. Just in time you grab a bubble roller (XXXXXL) from Emerald Events and toss it toward the dragon’s head. Success! It slides over his head and the Boredom Dragon is encased in his plastic ball. The robot kids quickly program their robots to push what is now a dragon ball. They roll the dragon so far and so fast he ends up right back in Olden Times. Good work! Fill out your entry form on page 68 and send it in or start over for a new adventure and another chance to win.

The Reptile Zoo 18822 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley (714) 500-0591 Offers parties, educational events, and junior zookeeper camps. Open daily. Adults, $10; kids (4-12), $8.

parties KG Tip: Also see listings throughout Kidsguide as many offer party packages. • 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 Attractions for more information. See ad on page 39. • Big Air Trampoline Park Laguna Hills (949) 305-9788 Buena Park  (844) 550-JUMP Big Air Trampoline Parks have quickly become our area’s premier birthday party locations, winning “Best Birthday Party Venue” multiple times. Party packages include at 46 kidsguide spring/summer 2018

least one hour of jump time and 40 minutes of reserved table time with pizza and beverages. Party packages include a minimum of eleven jumpers, but can be catered to groups of any size! Other options include extended jump time, private rooms, as well as gift cards for jump time and other fun party favors! Reservations are required and may be made online or over the phone with Event Sales. Also see Attractions. See ad on page 36. • Blue Submarine (888) 218-8085 The Blue Submarine offers fun, educational adventures in marine biology. They bring live tide pool animals to you, adding an unforgettable experience to your birthday party or special event. The Blue Submarine allows your guests to visit the tide pool without getting wet! English/ Spanish bilingual programs also available. Call today to book your party or special event! See ad on page 48. • Bowers Kidseum 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 480-1520 Invite your friends to a fun-filled, unique birthday party experience! Customized packages may include a face painter, storyteller, and art projects. There’s something for everyone to enjoy at Kidseum. Party packages start as low as $285. See ad on page 11. • Build It Workspace 4388 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos (714) 947-0800 Parties at Build It Workspace are an exciting and creative way to celebrate your child’s big day. Fun activities include robot races, sewing with electronics, soap/chocolate-mold making, 3D printing and laser cutting. Girls and boys learn something new and create a unique project to take home. Parties are two hours with exclusive use of the facility. Scouting events, meetings and fundraisers also available. Also see Camps and STEM. See ad on page 27. • Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200 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 Museums for complete listing. See ad on page 43. • Discovery Cube Orange County 2500 North Main St., Santa Ana (714) 542-2823 Have an unforgettable birthday full of discovery, learning and play at Discovery Cube! Your party guests will spend the day exploring two floors of interactive exhibits, watch a live science demonstration, and celebrate your special day with pizza and refreshments catered by Bean Sprouts in the Birthday Party Zone! To learn

more or book a party, visit or call (714) 913-5030. See ad on page 13. • 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 under Sports. See ad on page 61. • Emerald Events - The Bubble Rollers (714) 508-3690, The original Bubble Rollers allows you to run, walk or 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 all schools, churches and public events. Also try their: Bubble Bumpers/soccer, Land Zorb Bubble Rollers, Tube Rollers, Paddle Roller Boats, foam parties, synthetic mobile ice skating rink/ curling (see Skating and Hockey), Mobile Bungee Trampoline system, photo booth and Huge Obstacle Courses. Perfect for children’s parties, corporate events, carnivals, fundraisers, team building or any special occasion. Don’t be fooled by imitators... they are the original and only Bubble Rollers. Also see Task Force Laser Tag in this section. See ad on page 47. • Emerald Events Mobile Ice Skating Rink (714) 508-3690 If you’re looking for a unique experience for your corporate, church, or school event or home party, try Emerald Events’ synthetic mobile ice skating rink, offered year round. 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! See ad on page 47. • 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 and kiddie train. While there, guests also enjoy the latest in arcade games, great prizes, snack bar and party facilities. Where the 5 and 605 freeways meet. Also see Attractions and Calendar. See ad with coupons on page 38. • Gryphon Fencing & Fitness Studio 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia 92870 (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 lots more fun at

• Gymboree Play & Music Aliso Viejo (949) 680-7187 Anaheim Hills (714) 283-4386 Fullerton (714) 449-2000 Long Beach (562) 429-4886 Gymboree Play & Music will create a private, personalized party experience filled with kid-friendly activities that are guaranteed to be 100% fun—with zero clean up for the parents! They specialize in birthday parties for boys and girls (ages 1-5). See ad on page 57. • IncrediFlix Parties (949) 548-5424 With IncrediFlix, your child will be center stage as the star of one of their unique parties. Choose the type of party (Music Video, Mini Movie, Minecraft or Lego) and decide if you want the party at their studio or bring the film crew to you. Walking into their state-ofthe-art studio, party-goers feel like they’re in a Hollywood production. They will rock out on stage and be transported anywhere on a giant green screen. If you’d rather host the party elsewhere, IncrediFlix will shoot “on location.” Either way, the top-notch crew

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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) will direct your party from “action” to “cut” to create an unforgettable celebration. Guests will get their own copy of the production. • Irvine Lanes 3415 Michaelson Ave., Irvine (949) 786-9625 Irvine Lanes bowling center offers fun, easy-to-plan, and affordable birthday parties for kids of all ages. With 40 lanes of bowling, they can accommodate parties of any size. Their catering kitchen offers many items that can be added to your birthday party, including fruit and veggie platters. Also see Bowling. See ad on page 55.

Since 1969

• 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!

• Kick It Up 8129 East Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 430-1812 A variety of parties and options are offered, including the Enchanted Princess Ballerinas’ Ball, Fairy Dream Dance, Pineapple Princess Hula Party, Pop Princess Hip Hop Party, Go...Fight...Win Cheer Party and the Dancing Princess Party! All birthday parties include exclusive use of their decorated studio, glitz and glam session, fun dancing and games, and a personalized cookie cake! Great for your daughter’s birthday, scout troop or soccer team. Customized parties are also available for tweens, teens and adults. Also see Dance under Arts. See ad on page 5.

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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: See ad on page 57.


child’s life. Their birthday party sessions are very popular so hurry and call to reserve your spot today! Please visit the website or call the number listed for more program information. See ad on page 9.

Adventures in Marine Biology

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

We Come To You!

888-218-8085 • Kidnastics 10712 Reagan St., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102 Kidnastics has always been the place to be for your child’s birthday party. With over 23,000 square feet of gymnastics equipment, your child and their friends can enjoy over several hours of active-play in a fun and safe environment. With exciting attractions like astro-jumps, tumbling trampoline, castle playhouse, interactive games and so much more, your child will enjoy their best birthday party yet! Come join them for a fun-filled and most memorable event of your

Tower of Schools Good thing you and Daisy had something to eat because this tower is tall! As you climb the stairs you see kids of all ages learning geography, karate or heading off to a field trip. Is there a school that sounds cool to you? Put it in your sack (line #3). You see Teddy about to walk all over the finger paintings that the preschoolers are working on. But that’s not your biggest problem. That would be the giant Boredom Dragon who has just finished eating the preschoolers’ snacks and is now looking hungrily at the 3 year olds! Get all the juice in the classroom and pour it out to make a roaring river of apple juice. Toss a giant ball of graham crackers and watch the dragon leap for it, crashing into the river and floating far far away. Nice work! Fill out your entry form on page 68 and send it in or start over for a new adventure and another chance to win.

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• Leeway Sailing Center Birthday Party Packages 5437 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach (562) 570-1719 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. Nonrefundable deposit due at time of reservation: $50. • Let’s Have a Cart Party (310) 578-2278 (CART) Since 1969, Lets Have a Cart Party has been preparing fresh food at your party site in front of your guests. Kenny Baines, owner and head chef, handselects only the finest produce for your occasion. Meats are fresh and never frozen. Carts include: kosher hot dogs, gourmet pizza, chicken nuggets, french fries, baked potato bar, cotton candy, ice cream sundaes, fresh hot cookies, crepes, chocolate fountains and many more. Their antique-style carts add a unique character to any celebration. See ad on page 47; coupon on page 54. • 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. Games, games, games...and so much more. With a birthday right around the corner, why not give your child the experience of a lifetime. Celebrate at My Gym with captivating games, rides and unique activities customized for your child. The caring and energetic staff will handle everything. See ad on page 39. • Pretend City Children’s Museum Parties 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 birthday party packages are sure to make a birthday wish come true! See Attractions for complete listing. See ad on page 41. • Robotics Party at Sylvan Looking for a fun and creative way to celebrate your child’s birthday? Sylvan Learning has the hottest activity around...a robotics birthday party using LEGOs! Select from different themes available and watch your child and their friends enjoy a day of building, programming, and friendly competition. This is the perfect choice for your LEGO-lover while amazing their friends and family with a unique birthday activity. Students not only leave with pizza and goodies but they will also leave with some new STEM words

in their vocabulary! Your child’s party is sure to be memorable and unique. See ad on page 25. • Sewing Lab Los Alamitos 4215 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos (657) 465-5499 A fun, three-hour sewing party! Party go-ers (grades 2+) will not only learn how to safely use a sewing machine, but also sew their own party favor—a reversible tote bag or a stuffed animal. A birthday party they’ll never forget! Also see Arts and Crafts and Camps. See ad on page 16. • Shared Science (562) 285-3942 Shared Science will help you design a physical science or robotics workshop to suit your event needs. Shared Science provides kids (grades K-9) with unique engineering fun that includes LEGO constructions, computer programming or even robotics. Workshop content can be tailored to group age, interests and take-away projects. Greater Long Beach locations. Also see STEM and Camps. • 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 and Skateboarding. See ad on page 14. • Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark 13806 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada  90638 (562) 902-3191 Celebrate your birthday or any special event and have a splashing good time at La Mirada’s premiere fun destination, Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark. From end-ofschool-year celebrations, to company picnics, birthday parties and team events, celebrations are easy to plan and fun to attend. From an All-American Picnic, to upscale dining, their catering services can accommodate your needs. All-inclusive waterpark birthdays, full park rentals, and picnic areas are available. Splash! offers the best value, with free parking, picnic areas, all-day park access, lockers and tasty food. The 18-acre park is beautifully landscaped with palm trees, lush green grassy areas, lounge chairs and umbrellas. See ad on back outside cover; coupon on page 64. • 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. State-of-theart 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 lots more fun at



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

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




1710 Redondo Ave., Long Beach • 597-8611

8740 Ramona Ave., Bellflower • 634-7527

3850 Long Beach Bl., Long Beach • 426-6264

Age 2 thru Kindergarten

else in the Western U.S. offers their airsoft machinegun 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. Approved by The California PTA and Compliance Depot. Also see listing for Emerald Events - The Bubble Rollers in this section. See ad on page 47. • 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 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 60. See ad on page 61. • 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 les-

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Age 2 thru 1st Grade

sons. 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.

schools Also see: Child Care and Baby Sitting under Family Resources on page 32, and Enrichment for Tutoring and Academics on page 28. • Educare 4300 Bellflower Blvd., Lakewood  (562) 377-1300 5730 South St., Lakewood  (562) 461-7311 EduCare Preschools of Lakewood are private preschools, and accept children ages 24 months through kindergarten. Each school is licensed for 70 children. Each facility leases space in a church, and both are attractive and well-maintained. There is a stable staff with very little turn-over. Parents and visitors at the school often comment on the relaxed atmosphere, and say that the children seem happy. EduCare has an open-door policy. Please feel free to just stop in, or you can call for information. See ad on page 50.

Age 2 thru 5th Grade

• Fairmont Private Schools Four OC Locations: Anaheim, Anaheim Hills & North Tustin (714) 765-6300 Since 1953, Fairmont Private Schools has partnered with parents who seek the best opportunities for their children. With four OC campus locations, Fairmont is the oldest, largest, nonsectarian private school in Orange County. Known for exceptional academic student outcomes, Fairmont serves preschool through high school students and provides an individualized educational experience for each student to help them reach their full potential. Their students benefit from passionate educators, an accelerated curriculum, competitive sports, award-winning arts programs, and character development training. Fairmont also offers extended day care, academic assistance, transportation and summer programs (see Camps). See ad on page 19. • Grace First Presbyterian Church and Preschool 3955 Studebaker Road, Long Beach (562) 425-0080 Grace First Presbyterian Church Preschool was established in 1957 as an outreach to serve the children (2-5) and families of the community. They provide developmentally appropriate curriculum by providing a balance of activities that meets the cognitive, social, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of children. At Grace First Preschool, they recognize each child as a unique gift, and emphasize the devel-

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Children’s House Since 1967


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


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

Long Beach Locations:

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

opment of the whole child. Their curriculum provides the opportunity to discover, explore and to express their curiosity through a balance of child discovery and teacher-guided activities; children make discoveries that build knowledge, awareness and selfconfidence. Flexible schedules available, in both full and half-day programs; Monday - Friday, Monday/ Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday; open year round. Stop by for a visit and join in the fun! Also see Camps and Music. See ad on page 18.

“A High Quality Preschool” by the Orange County Department of Education and accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Their teachers are experienced and caring professionals, who provide a happy and stimulating program in a safe and secure setting. Freeway close and conveniently located. Core preschool hours are from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., with a choice of half day or partial week, and extended care from 7 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. Please call for more information. See ad on page 27.

• Hebrew Academy Preschool and Little Gan Infant Center 14401 Willow Lane, Huntington Beach (714) 863-0757 Preschoolers experience a rich program in a loving Judaic environment where developmentally appropriate academics are taught together with the skills and knowledge that will become their foundation for all future education. They are the #1 Jewish preschool in Long Beach and Orange County rated as

• Montessori Children’s House Preschool and 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 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.


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

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

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

5730 South St., Lakewood, 90713 Lic#198008598 • Trinity Church

(562) 377-1300

(562) 461-7311

Indoor Playgrounds AdventurePlex  (310) 546-7708 Manhattan Beach. Billy Beez  (657) 207-4841 Anaheim. BounceU Huntington Beach, (714) 892-4842; and Orange, (714) 744-5867. Frogg’s Bounce House (714) 418-0442 Fountain Valley. Jump N’ Jammin  (949) 582-5890 Mission Viejo. Jumping Fun Kids  (714) 787-4994 Buena Park. Jumper’s Jungle Gardena, Riverside, Santa Fe Springs, and South Gate. Luv 2 Play  (949) 916-0877 Lake Forest. Playland Cafe  Irvine. 50 kidsguide spring/summer 2018

(949) 829-2789

Pump it Up Anaheim Hills, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Lake Forest, and Torrance. Pumper Jumpers  (714) 265-7121 Fullerton. Scooter’s Jungle Aliso Viejo, Placentia and El Segundo. Seascape Kids Fun  (714) 970-7100 Anaheim. Silly Goose Playground (310) 539-2792 Lomita. Twinkle Twinkle Kids Cafe  (310) 530-4535 Lomita. We Play Loud Lake Forest and Huntington Beach. Trampoline Park See Calendar for locations.

• 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,

Playground Castle Your train slams into the station at Indoor Playground Castle just in time. Behind the kids jumping in bounce houses and trampolines, the dragon has just arrived and is looking hungry! You crouch behind the train. “Ooooh dragon,” you holler, using your best acting skills to sounds just like a friendly dragon, “Come in and bounce with me!” You signal the train conductor to release a big puff of dragon-looking smoke. Ol’ BD, who is not particularly smart, leaps into the bounce house. You quickly tie it up tight, trapping the dragon inside and fasten it to the back of the train. “All aboard!” you shout as the train pulls out of the station. Next stop, Olden Times! Your work done, find an indoor playground you’d like to go to and put it in your sack (line #3). Thanks, kid! Fill out your entry form on page 68 and send it in or start over for a new adventure and another chance to win. lots more fun at

swimming, piano, dance and gymnastics are offered. See ad on page 49; discount coupon on page 66.


Creative Day Academy  (562) 634-7527 8740 Ramona Ave., Bellflower Age 2 through 1st grade. Lic. 191598510. Oakwood Preschool & Academy (562) 426-6264 3850 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Ages 2 through 5th grade. Lic. 198011608. Oaktree Preschool & Kindergarten  (562) 597-8611 1710 Redondo Ave., Long Beach Age 2 through Kindergarten. Lic. 191601050. Parent-Participation Playgroups/Preschools Play groups and preschools (33 mos - 5 yrs) are run independently by parents with a certified director at each session. Levels of parent commitment vary. Visit the website for a list of local schools. • Preschools - Long Beach and Orange County Belmont Shore (562) 439-3369 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 this page. • St. Catherine’s Academy 215 N. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim 92805 (714) 772-1363 St. Catherine’s Academy (SCA) is an all boys’ Catholic school with a military tradition serving students in transitional kindergarten to 8th grade. Founded in 1889 by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, SCA offers both day and boarding opportunities. SCAs military tradition provides a structured environment that helps boys grow into responsible, self-motivated young men. For more information, visit www. or call (714) 772-1363. See ad on page 49. • Stratford School 24741 Chrisanta Drive, Mission Viejo (949) 458-1776 At Stratford, high expectations yield extraordinary results. They start early with an advanced and intentionally balanced curriculum that challenges students and accelerates achievement. Their ever-evolving, lots more fun at

STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) curriculum and teaching methods ensure students develop the diverse set of problem-solving skills and creative talents they’ll need in today’s world. This carefully designed approach prepares students to excel at the next level and be-

come tomorrow’s creative-problem solvers, innovators, and confident leaders. Additional locations in Altadena, Los Angeles Melrose, Northern California, and opening fall 2018 in West Los Angeles. For more information, visit Also see Camps. See ad on this page.

Preschool Belmont Shore Children’s Center Belmont Shore 30 S. Termino Ave., Long Beach Children’s Center   562-439-3369

Cypress Early Learning Center 4539 Cerritos Ave., Cypress 714-828-9000

Cypress Learning Tree Cypress Learning Tree Cerritos LaneLong Preschool 30 W. Termino Ave., Beach 5417 Bishop St., Cypress and After-School (562) 439-3369 Care 5417 Bishop Street, Cypress Rossmoor Chil (714) 527-2744 20223Learning Cabrillo Lane,Tree Cerritos Cerritos 562-865-0482 Preschool


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Ages 2 to 12 years Fullerton ChildFullerton 1701 E. Chapman Ave., 19023 Norwalk Blvd., Artesia Development Preschool Cerritos Learning Tree Preschool (714) 526-7855 (562) 860-6302 19023 Norwalk Blvd., Artesia

562-860-6302 Cerritos Lane Preschool 20223 Cabrillo Lane, Cerritos (562) 865-0482

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Rossmoor Children’s 714-526-7855 Center 4161 Green Ave., Los Alamitos (562) 431-6553

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sports AQUATICS & WATER POLO Also see: Fishing and Boating on page 56 and Youth and Family Programs on page 30. 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

Sports Forest Still gnawing on her bones, Daisy trails you and Teddy and you jog into Sports Forest. (Jogging seems to be big around here.) There are kids fencing, bowling, fishing and riding skateboards. What looks good to you? Pop it in your bag (line #3). You toss it into your bag from an impressive 10 feet away and you think you hear the roar of a crowd, then you realize it sounds more like “AWTWTREWGQE!” Which is exactly how the Boredom Dragon says, “I’m hungry!” You grab one of the weird-looking bones Daisy had tried to 3D print. Up close they don’t look like bones, but far away, they just might pass for a yummy dragon snack. “Yoo hoo,” you call to the dragon, showing him a bone. As he charges toward you, you grab a bow and arrows from the archery range and shoot the bone far away over the hills. The Boredom Dragon chases after it, never to be seen again.

Fill out your entry form on page 68 and send it in or start over for a new adventure and another chance to win.

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(3-5 months), private lessons, parent-and-me swim classes, pre-competitive swim team, snorkeling clinics, and scuba for kids year round in their 92 degree indoor and ozone-filtrated pools. Lessons are offered 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 swimming lessons provide. Call to arrange a free trial lesson and start your child’s aquatic journey today! See ad on page 53. Diving Instruction McCormick Divers, 1910 Lemon Ave., Long Beach, (714) 846-5731, PDGA Sports Training Center, 15064 Shoemaker Ave., Santa Fe Springs, (562) 229-1927. USA Diving, resources for finding diving teams, coaches and events, (317) 237-5252, • Golden West Swim Lessons 15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach (714) 895-8228 Group and private swim lessons are offered June August at Golden West College’s Aquatic Facility. Class offerings include: Parent and Me, Preschool (ages 3-5), Level 1-5 (ages 6+) and Water Polo. All classes are 30 minutes in length. Online registration begins May 1st. See ad on page 54. Junior Lifeguards The following cities and state park offer summer Junior Lifeguard programs for boys and girls (7-17). for more information and registration forms. • Rocket Fish Swimming, Jr. Lifeguard Prep and Swim Lessons Rocket Fish is a high-quality swim experience with an emphasis on two main goals: 1) character development and 2) stroke development for swimmers ages 5-14. As the swimmers progress, speed swimming is balanced with sportsmanship, team concept and self-awareness. Family events and intermediate level swim meets are fun, inclusive, and spread the joy of swimming to all members of the family. In spring and fall, Rocket Fish practices in the afternoons. In summer, Rocket Fish is a fresh energy, day-starting, morning swim team experience. The summer session starts on June 18. To register, visit the website or contact Show up ready to swim! See ad on page 21. Southern California Swim Teams (800) 824-6206 Southern California Swimming (SCS) oversees city and community club teams. Swimmers (4+) are grouped according to age and ability for year-round, weekday workouts and weekend competitions, culminating in the Junior Olympic Championships. Monthly club dues apply. Visit the website for local team information

Huntington Beach - Swim tests held at Cabana Club, April 14, 28 and May 20, 8 a.m. - noon; May 9 and June 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Program (917), June 25 - August 16. (714) 374-1501. www.

• Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center and Buccaneer Bay Waterpark 13806 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada (562) 902-3191 The following programs are offered at Splash! in their heated 25-yard pool. Special rates are available for schools and camps. For more information or to register for a class, call Splash!, or check out their website. See ad on back outside cover; coupon on page 64.

Long Beach - Swim tests: Belmont Pool, April 28, 8 a.m. - noon; Silverado Pool, April 15, 8-11 a.m. and May 5, 8 a.m. - noon. Program (9-17), June 25 August 3. (562) 536-7807.

Lessons - Swim lessons from Parent and Me through pre-competitive levels. Group or private instruction. Parents can get in shape while kids are taking their lesson by lap swimming in another lane.

Newport Beach - Swim tests held in March. Program (9-15), June 26 - August 9. (949) 644-3170. www.

Board Diving - The class is designed to teach kids (ages 6+) the basics of one-meter and three-meter spring-board diving.

Seal Beach - Swim tests held at McGaugh Elementary School, April 18 and 25, 5-7 p.m. April 21, 28, and May 5, 7-9 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Program (9-17), June - August. (562) 431- 2527, Ext. 1206. www.

Synchronized Swimming - Classes (ages 6+) cover basic skills culminating in a routine set to music. This class can prepare you to join the La Mirada Aquabelles Synchronized Swim Team (7-18), which is also held at Splash! Aquabelles (7-18) provide athletes with a fun and safe environment to learn the beauty of this growing sport. Adult Master’s program is also offered.

Crystal Cove State Park - Swim tests in April. Program (7-15), June 25 - August 16. $370. www.

McCormick Divers 1910 Lemon Ave., Long Beach (714) 846-5731 Learn to dive with champion, safety-certified coaches! Boys and girls (ages 6-18) practice on dry land trampolines as well as on one- and three-meter boards. Training offered for beginners, novice and Junior Olympic competitors, high school divers, and elite national divers. Visit

La Mirada Armada Swim Team - Year-round team for beginning to advanced swimmers. Armada swimmers have competed in USA Olympic Trials and other national and state competitions. Whether you are a beginning or advanced swimmer, the Armada has a year-round program for you. lots more fun at


Water Polo at Splash! - Come join the fun and learn the basic skills and strategies of the game (ages 6-16). This class will help prepare you to play on an organized team or with your school. U.S. Synchronized Swimming Provides information on So Cal clubs (3+), plus additional resources. To find a program near you, download the Club Directory (under “Membership” on the website). • United Waterpolo Club 15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach (877) 426-7656 Take your kids’ swimming to the next level! Newbies can now join United Waterpolo Club (UPWC). Since it was founded in 2007, UWPC has garnered eight national championships. Dedicated to teaching and promoting water polo to youth throughout Southern California, the non-profit club offers competitive programs for boys and girls (5-14). UPWC 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, UPWC also offers a MiniPolo program. Jump in today! Monday - Thursday, 5:30 p.m. Golden West College Pool, 15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach. See ad for introductory discount offer on page 54. USA Water Polo Provides information on clubs, clinics, camps and tournaments for boys and girls (7+). Wading and Spray Pools Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center - Splash pad and wading pool. Open Memorial day. $3-7. 29 Santa Barbara Drive. (949) 425-2559. aliso-viejo-aquatic-center Bellflower - Ruth R. Caruthers Park (wading pool). (562) 804-1424, Ext. 2261. Buena Park - Carl Brenner Park (wading) and Larwin Park (spray). (714) 236-3860. Laguna Niguel - Crown Valley Community Park features a splash pad with pelican and dragon sprayers. Open daily, May 28 - September 3, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; weekends through October weather permitting, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (949) 425-5100. crownvalleysplashpad Fullerton - Lemon (spray), and Adlena parks (spray), and Downtown Plaza (spray pool). (714) 738-6575. Garden Grove - Atlantis Play Center’s Splash Pad is open mid-June to mid-September. Adults are not admitted without a child and the park is staffed during open hours. Closed Mondays. Admission: $2 per person, ages 2 and up. 13630 Atlantis Way, Garden Grove. (714) 892-6015. Grand Park Los Angeles - Offers a splash pad and fountains. 200 N. Grand Ave., LA. (213) 972-8080. lots more fun at

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Towne Center, 7575 Carson Blvd. (562) 938-1722. Stanton - Harry Dotson Park features a playground with spray features, (714) 379-9270, www. Tustin - District Shopping Center features shooting water fountains outside the theater. 2437 Park Ave. (714) 259-9090. Pioneer Road Park - Pioneer-themed play equipment with water features. 10250 Pioneer Road. (714) 5733326. Westminster - Sigler Park Splash Pad water features include ten-foot-tall pelicans, palm trees and sea horses. 7200 Plaza St. (714) 895-2860. www.

Irvine - Heritage Park features a playground with a splash pad. 14301 Yale Ave. (949) 724-6750. www. Irvine Spectrum - Tortoise water fountain by the food court and a smaller fountain by the Vitamin Shoppe. Plus, a Ferris wheel and carousel. 670 Spectrum Center Drive. (949) 7535180. • Lakewood - Bloomfield, Boyar, Del Valle, Mayfair, Palms and San Martin parks (wading). Wading Pool Wednesdays offers evening sessions, June August, 5-7:30 p.m. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. Long Beach - Towne Center offers a spray pad and fountain in front of the movie theater. Long Beach

ARCHERY Archery Ranges The following private ranges offer instruction (5+), tournaments, league activities, target practice and private lessons. Camps may be offered. Party packages available. Hi-Tech Archery, 1912 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 449-9744, www. Orange County Archery, 25782 Obrero Drive, Mission Viejo, (949) 916-6855, www. • El Dorado Regional Park Archery Range 7500 E. Spring St., Long Beach Free instruction to improve skills and consistent shooting technique (8+). Must take safety class be-

fore taking beginning class; sign up begins at 9 a.m. Advanced, 9-10:20 a.m.; beginners, 10:30-11:50 a.m.; and safety class, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Equipment provided. Park entry fee, $5-8. • 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 57. U.S.A. Archery The national governing body for archery coordinates the Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program which offers youth (8-20) the opportunity to compete in competitions. Free referrals to clubs, tournaments and camps near you. Find Junior Olympic Archery Development link under the “Archers” tab on their website.

BASEBALL & SOFTBALL Batting Cages Most facilities offer training and lessons; some offer parties. Web search “batting cages” plus your city. League Baseball and Softball Bobby Sox Softball  (714) 522-1234 Girls league (9-19) in age divisions, plus Mini Sox (4-8). No tryouts. Register in August for fall season; November - January for spring season. Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball  (800) 880-3142 League for ages 4-18. Offers Buddy Baseball for kids (5-20) with special needs.

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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. Register in August for fall/winter season and November for spring season. Use your zip code to find a local league on their website or find resources to start a league. Pony Baseball and Softball Coed baseball leagues in age divisions (5-18), plus girls’ softball (4-23). Registration begins in November for March - June season. The website offers a partial listing of local teams, to find additional options, web search your city plus “Pony Baseball.”

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Softball Associations Referrals and information for local leagues and tournaments: American Fastpitch Association, www.; and Amateur Softball Association, • Tom Hicks Baseball Camps, LLC P.O. Box 15963, Long Beach (562) 425-2446 The 29th annual THBC prides itself on being the area’s best fundamental baseball camp. Camps offered during summer and Christmas break focus on individual instruction and improvement. For only $130, campers receive 30 hours of fundamental teaching, drills, daily games, individualized evaluation, photos, daily prizes and lots of fun activities. Early Bird Discounts are available, as well as a multiple-week discount package. Over 14,300 campers in 2010-2017 alone! A low student-to-teacher ratio guarantees a wonderful experience. Camps are available in Long Beach and the surrounding areas. Check their website for further information.

Cooking Classes for Kids ... Store-Based Classes and Workshops The following retail stores offer themed cooking classes and workshops throughout the year. Camps are often available: Chef Tech, Long Beach, (562) 989-CHOP (2467), Le Gourmet Culinary Center, Orange, (714) 888-5029, Lil’ Chef School, Irvine, (949) 679-8390, www. Prep Kitchen, Seal Beach, (562) 430-1217, www.prepkitchenessentials. com. Rainbow Chefs, (855) 485-2433, www. Sur La Table, locations in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, (800) 2430852, Sweet Pete’s, Buena Park, (714) 484-2674, sweetpetes.

and get $50 off. See Camps for complete listing.

BASKETBALL College Basketball Camps Chapman University - Boys and girls (7-14). (714) 532-6083, Long Beach State University - Boys and girls, June 2528 and July 30 - August 2, (562) 985-1610, www. See Camps for complete listings. National Junior Basketball (888) 623-0124 Boys’ and girls’ leagues in four age divisions (grades 1-8). Registration begins in August for winter season. Various chapter locations. Professional Teams/Players Camps • Clippers - Summer camps, June 11 - August 10, $395, locations vary. Use discount code “Kidsguide”

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Lakers Basketball Camp - Boys and girls (8-18), June 18-22 and June 25-29, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $400. Next Level Sports Complex, 12821 Knott St., Garden Grove. (310) 341-1086. lakercamp.

BOWLING Bowling Centers Many locations offer junior and parent/child leagues, bumper bowling, scholarships, tournaments and party packages. Web search “bowling” plus your city. Free Summer Bowling Kids whose age does not exceed a limit by participat-

YMCAs, Recreation Departments, Colleges and Boys and Girls Clubs Cooking and nutrition classes may be offered by city recreation departments, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs and some community colleges. Occasional cooking camps are offered during school breaks.

ing bowling centers are eligible to register for two free games a day. Visit their website to sign-up at your local participating center. Each bowling center posts their dates and times on their registration page of the “Kids Bowl Free” website. Most programs run Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. • Irvine Lanes 3415 Michelson Drive, Irvine (949) 786-9625 Irvine Lanes is one of Southern California’s premiere bowling centers, with 40 lanes, complete with automatic scoring system, full arcade and snack bar. The second floor introduces a unique concept in bowling centers featuring a number of quiet, private rooms for elegant meetings and catered special events. They offer fun, easy-to-plan, and affordable birthday parties for kids (see Parties). Kids Bowl Free (register at allows your child to play two free games of bowling for free per day, all summer long. Add the family pass for $29.95, which includes two games per person per day for the adults in the family. Add on an unlimited shoe pass for just

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The Miracle League  (770) 760-1933 Baseball for boys and girls with special needs. www.


$13 (normal shoe rental is $4 per visit). See ad on page 55.

Play Groups

Classes and groups for young children with varying parent participation. • Gymboree Play & Music Aliso Viejo (949) 680-7187 Anaheim Hills (714) 283-4386 Fullerton  (714) 449-2000 Long Beach  (562) 429-4886 Encourage development through play and learning with the Gymboree Play & Music program, designed to support your child’s growth at his own individual pace. From sensory stimulation to problem-solving games and storytelling, their play classes encourage children (newborn - 5 years) to stretch the body and mind with play-based activities. See ad on page 57; coupon on page 65. Parents Play Groups American Health and Wellness Institute Planting Seeds Program offers families a place to play and grow together and experience the joys of learning, all in one place. Visit website for locations. (888) 582-2974. www. My Village - Family play space for infants and children up to 6 years old. Play groups, workshops, support groups, and more. Find classes on their website, www.myvillageoc. com. (657) 859-1719. 719 N. Poinsettia St., Santa Ana. Parent-participation play groups and preschools (33 mos-5 yrs) are run independently by parents with a certified director at each session. Levels of parent commitment vary. Visit the website for a list of local schools. Play-Group Gyms Gymboree Play and Music - Aliso Viejo, Anaheim Hills/Yorba Linda, Fullerton, Long Beach, Irvine, and Torrance, www.gymboreeclasses. com. My Gym - Buena Park, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Niguel, Long Beach (see ad on page 39), Rancho Santa Margarita, Redondo Beach, Tustin/Irvine, Torrance and Yorba Linda, Oodles - Cerritos, The Little Gym - Lakewood, Torrance and Tustin, We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym - Long Beach, Redondo Beach, Woodland Hills, Whittier, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Laguna Hills, and Agoura Hills,

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Lawn Bowling Center Newport Beach Lawn Bowling  (949) 640-1022 Year-round lessons for all ages. 1550 Crown Drive North, Corona Del Mar. United States Bowling Congress Youth Leagues Leagues, tournaments, scholarships and instruction. Visit their website for the current season and how to sign up.

FENCING • Gryphon Fencing & Fitness Studio 971 Via Rodeo, Placentia 92870 (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 (see Camps). Fencing- and archery-themed birthday parties (see Parties) and special events are also available. Gryphon Fencers compete locally and nationally. Learn fencing at Gryphon Fencing—fun, safe and affordable! Email: info@gryphonfencing. com. See ad on page 57. More Fencing Anaheim Hills Fencers Club, Anaheim Hills, (714) 996-8880, Golubitsky Fencing Center, Tustin, (714) 676-3758, www. Laguna Fencing Center, Laguna Hills, (949) 215-4112, Orange County Fencing Academy, Irvine, (949) 445-4321, South Coast Fencing Center, Santa Ana, (714) 549-2946, USA Fencing Website features resources for clubs and membership.

FISHING & BOATING Also see: Boat Cruises and Whale Watching under Attractions on page 36. Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating safety classes (4+). Nominal fee for materials; instruction is free. Visit their website for referrals to youth classes (8-18) offered by local flotillas.

Dana Wharf Sportfishing Free Kids Fishing Day and Kids Club 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point (949) 496-5794 Free Kids’ Sportfishing Clinics (12 and under) are held on Sundays, noon - 12:30 p.m. After the clinic, join a fishing trip from 12:45-5:45 p.m.; kids 12 and under fish for free with the purchase of one adult ticket at $46 per free child. Kids’ Club offers a yearly membership that includes a half-day fishing trip for one child and one adult, two-hour whale watching trip, merchandise and discounts, $39 per year. Fishing Spots Some offer camping, parties and equipment rental. A fishing license may be required for ages 16 and up. Mt. Baldy Trout Pools - (909) 982-4246, www. Santa Ana River Lakes Anaheim, (714) 694-7210, Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area - Irwindale, (626) 334-1065, Troutdale Agoura, (818) 889-9993, Department of Fish and Game - Information includes maps to local lakes, events, stocking guides and regulations, plus publications geared for children. Free fishing days are July 7 and September 1. Find a California fishing location near you by visiting www. Pier fishing is available in Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Newport Beach, San Pedro and Seal Beach. Plus, most regional parks offer lake fishing. • Leeway Sailing Center Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine 5437 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach (562) 570-1719 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. On-The-Water-Instruction Boy Scouts of America - Programs for teens (1421) to learn boat handling under power and sail, piloting and navigation. (562) 344-1589. www. Huntington Beach Sailing Foundation - Sailing camps for kids (6+), June 25 - August 2. 3821 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach. (562) 592-2186. Long Beach Junior Crew - Competitive teams for boys and girls (14-18), junior high team for grades 7-8, September - May. Summer camp, June 18 - August 24 (12-18). Spring and winter camps also available. Marine Stadium, Long Beach. (562) 431-1644., Newport Aquatic Center - Junior Rowing (high school), September - May; and Outrigger Paddling (11+), year round. Summer camps also offered. 1 Whitecliffs Drive, Newport Beach. (949) 646-7725. Newport Sea Base - Programs for boys and girls (7+) lots more fun at

OC Sailing and Events Center - Sailing, marine safety and kayaking/SUP classes, plus summer camps. 34451 Ensenada Place, Dana Point Harbor. (949) 923-2215. OCC Junior Sailing - After-school sailing classes (713) are offered in spring and fall, plus spring and summer camps, and parent and child lessons (6-13). 1801 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. (949) 6459412. United States Sailing Center - Weekly summer sailing camps (8-14). Scholarships available. 5489 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 433-7939. Yacht Club Sailing Classes - Alamitos Bay Yacht Club - 7201 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, (562) 3438030, Balboa Yacht Club - 1801 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar, (949) 673-3515, Ext. 133, Seal Beach Yacht Club - 255 Marina Drive, Long Beach, (562) 594-6337, Shoreline Yacht Club - 386 Shoreline Drive South, Long Beach, (562) 435-4093, US Rowing Resources to find a rowing instruction class or a club or crew.


NFL/PICK6 Youth Flag Football - Coed, boys and girls (grades PreK-8). Registration starts in October for the March - June season. • HSC All Stars Cheerleading Program Kidnastics, 10712 Reagan St., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102 HSC All Stars made their all-star cheerleading debut in the season of 2007. Since then, they have won numerous regional and national championships. HSC All Stars is run and directed by Cheryl Vuong, coach for the nationally and world-ranked Los Alamitos Cheer program. As a competitive cheerleading program for girls and boys (4+), HSC All Stars teaches all levels of cheer from their prep teams to senior-level advanced teams. Now with more than five competitive teams from various ages and levels, they are preparing for another successful season. For enrollment information, email: info@ See ad on page 9. National Cheerleaders Association Hosts and promotes championships and camps (10+).

GYMNASTICS Also see: Football and Cheerleading for related activities. • Kidnastics Gymnastics and HSC All Star Cheerleading 10712 Reagan St., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102 Kidnastics has been pleased to offer quality gymnas-

Also see: Gymnastics for cheer-related activities.

Pop Warner Little Scholars - Flag and tackle football league (5-15). League registration begins as early as January for the fall season. Cheerleaders (5-15) perform at games and participate in cheerleading competitions. Registration starts in February for August - November season. Visit their website for your city’s contact information. NFL Youth Flag Football - Co-ed, boys and girls (517) teams. Join a league or start one in your area. lots more fun at

tics instruction for over 40 years. As a recreational gymnastics and competitive cheerleading facility with over 23,000 square feet of full-line gymnastics equipment and two full-size gymnastics floors, they offer nothing but the best instructional classes for your children. Here, children learn all levels of gymnastics and cheerleading. Known for their quality and effective instructional classes and the lowest student-to-teacher ratio, students learn to train and stay fit in a safe and fun environment. The staff here strive to provide a positive experience by teaching the importance of staying fit and having fun. They offer a variety of classes for children 12 months through the teen years. Programs include Totnastics, their early motor development and coordination classes designed for children 12-36 months, and gymnastics and tumbling classes for ages 3 years and up. In addition to their great gymnastics program, they also


Football and Cheerleading at Games American Youth Football and Cheer - Tackle football (5-16) and cheerleading (5-18) at AYF games. www. Friday Night Lights - Flag football (grades K-8); spring and fall seasons. Cheer program also offered. Garden Grove,; Huntington Beach, www.hbfnl. com; Los Alamitos/Seal Beach,; and Newport-Mesa,


include sailing, canoeing, kayaking, rowing, fishing, motor-boat driving and stand-up paddle boarding (SUP). Ocean-themed field trips also offered. 1931 West Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. (949) 642-5031.

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

971 Via Rodeo Placentia, CA 92870

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Huntington Beach Central Park Equestrian Center  (714) 848-6565 Therapeutic riding, guided trail rides and horse-care clinics. 18381 Golden West St., Huntington Beach. Orange County Fairgrounds  (714) 708-1652 For lesson information, see Trainer list online. 905 Arlington Ave., Gate #9, Costa Mesa.

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

offer competitive cheer programs: HSC All Stars for ages 4 years and up (see Football and Cheerleading), plus their seasonal summer day camps (see Camps) and party packages (see Parties). Visit the website or call the number listed for more program information. See ad on page 9. • 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 through 13 years, gain confidence and selfesteem in a loving and caring environment. The innovative, non-competitive tumbling and gymnastics program incorporates age-appropriate games, relays, fitness exercise, sports skills, group activities, and song and dance. Along with the constantly changing equipment setups, excellent student-toteacher ratio, and the experienced and caring staff, My Gym is the best place for your children! Call to sign up for a free guest class today. See ad on page 39. USA Gymnastics (800) 345-4719 (317) 237-5050, Website provides information and resources for all areas of gymnastics, including artistic/rhythmic, acrobatic, trampoline and tumbling.

HORSEBACK RIDING • 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. Summer Camp also available (see Camps). See ad on this page.

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• Rancho Rio Verde 1000 W. Carson St., Long Beach (714) 624-5754, (310) 830-2060 Group and private English and Western riding instruction (5+) includes basic horsemanship, jumping and ring time. Leases are available. Lessons are scheduled Tuesday through Sunday. Vaulting (gymnastics on horseback) and Horsemanship Camp (see Camps) available. Special programs and discounts for youth groups. Family-friendly atmosphere. See ad on page 59. • 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. Summer camps also available (see Camps), plus programs for scout groups earning merit badges. Enjoy horses and horseback riding in a quiet country setting. Email: See ad on page 59. More Equestrian Centers The following locations offer English and/or Western riding instruction (5+). Monthly leases for students who do not own a horse may be available. Most locations also offer parties and school-break camps. For referrals to therapeutic riding programs, visit www. under the “Health Care” tab.

Serrano Creek Ranch Equestrian Center  (949) 768-5891 Also offers an equine-therapy program. 25200 Trabuco Road, Lake Forest. Trail Rides Country Trails, Orange, (714) 538-5860, www.ctriding. com. Huntington Beach Central Park Equestrian Center, (714) 848-6565, Sunset Ranch Hollywood Stables, under the Hollywood sign, (323) 469-5450, www.sunsetranchhollywood. com. Susie Q Ranch, Murrieta, (951) 551-4585, Mommy/Daddy and Me (3-5) rides also offered, plus pony rides and petting zoo, Western Trails Horseback Riding, Norco, (951) 4031290, breakfast rides also offered, www.ridenorco. com. Will Rogers Trail Rides, Pacific Palisades, (310) 662-3707, U.S. Pony Club (859) 254-7669 English-riding instruction and competitions. Participants may lease a horse or use their own. US Polo Association (800) 232-8772 Resources for junior polo programs, clubs, competitions and clinics. Local club includes: Orange County Polo Club (10+). No riding experience is required. Kids compete in US Polo Association Interscholastic tournaments. 27271 Silverado Canyon Road, Silverado. (714) 791-8369. www.


Anaheim Equestrian Center Rancho del Rio Stable  (714) 535-3510 1370 Sanderson Ave., Anaheim

For additional sports such as boxing, cricket, field hockey, pickleball, track and field, and wrestling, visit and search the sport you’re interested in.

Country Trails and Riding School  (714) 538-5860 Trail rides available. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange

Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) (800) 228-4872 Resource to find clubs/teams for a variety of sports, from traditional leagues for basketball and gymnastics to clubs for taekwondo, diving and feats of strength.

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Lakewood Equestrian Center @ Sandie Mercer Ranch

Summer Camps & Holiday Programs

Curling USA Curling - Referrals to leagues, plus a junior merit program, Local Orange County Curling Club in Westminster, www.

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

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, (949) 837-3618. Irvine’s Deerfield Park, 8-basket course, dawn to dusk, (949) 724-6725. Long Beach’s El Dorado Park West, 18-basket course, (562) 570-3225. La Mirada Regional Park, FootGolf Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine - FootGolf games may be reserved or by “walk up” after 12 noon. Little Rec Golf Shop, (562) 438-4012, Web search “footgolf” and your city to find additional locations. Golf Associations and Leagues Long Beach Jr. Golf Association - Kids (7-17) learn techniques, rules, score keeping and course etiquette; Fridays, 3 p.m. $6, plus a $50 annual fee, Heartwell Golf Course, (562) 570-1272. Group instruction and vacation camps are also available at Recreation Park Nine, (562) 494-5000. www. Southern California Golf Association (SCGA ) - Find golf courses that offer youth programs as well as opportunities for club outings and scholarships. (818) 980-3630. SCPGA Foundation Junior Golf Program - Competitive playing opportunities, instructional programs and vacation camps for youth SCPGA members (518) at various golf courses. (951) 845-4653. www. United States Golf Little League (USGLL) - Find a league or start a league, (562) 496-4653, www. Jump Rope USA Jump Rope - Find camps, workshops and clinics, Jumping Coyotes - a local national champion jump rope team (7-16) meets Tuesday, 6:15-7:15 p.m. in La Palma. (562) 4448413. Email: Jumping Coyotes classes available through Buena Park, Fountain Valley and La Palma city recreation departments. Lacrosse Beach Cities Youth Lacrosse - Girls and boys (7-18). Serves Los Alamitos, Cypress, Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, Lakewood, Long Beach and surrounding areas. lots more fun at

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Badminton USA Badminton - Visit the website for local club contacts, Badminton Center Court - 3699 Industry Ave., Lakewood. (562) 4269299.


mosphere. Ninja Training - Classes develop strength, stamina, and agility in relays, conditioning exercises, games, team-building and, of course, obstacle courses that change every week. Obstacle courses are intended to challenge kids mentally and physically while instilling a mindset of overcoming adversity both inside and outside of the gym. Wednesdays, 4:15-5:15 p.m., ages 5-10 years. See ad on page 39. Rock Climbing Indoor climbing facilities that offer classes, camps and parties. Boys and Girls Club - Buena Park, (714) 522-7259, 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. Rockcity Climbing Center, Anaheim, (714) 777-4884, Rockreation Sport Climbing Center, Costa Mesa, (714) 556-7625, Sender One Climbing and Sender City, Santa Ana, (714) 8813456; and Los Angeles, (213) 279-2000, www. Thrill It Fun Center, Orange, (714) 9371600, Rugby Southern California Youth Rugby - Boys and girls (grades K-12) in LA and Orange counties. www. Table Tennis USA Table Tennis - USATT-affiliated table tennis clubs offer training, tournaments, camps and club information, Local club at OC Table Tennis Academy in Fountain Valley, www. Tennis Southern California Tennis Association - Programs for players (10-18), including teams, clinics and tournaments. Scholarships available. Visit their website to find youth tennis programs and leagues. (310) 208-3838.

SKATEBOARDING KG Tip: To find local skate parks, visit www. California Amateur Skateboard League Regional association promotes the sport of skateboarding while helping communities provide athletes with safe skateboarding environments and competitions. For pro-skate events, visit www. • 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, 60 kidsguide spring/summer 2018

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 (513) make new friends, advance their skateboarding skills, and most importantly, have fun—all in Skatedogs’ private skatepark. They also offer private lessons, birthday parties (see Parties) and camps during school breaks (see Camps). Also see Calendar. See ad on page 14. • 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. The location also houses a full Vans retail store and skate pro shop. Birthday party packages (see Parties), private lessons and skate camps (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 and transition area with clover bowl, backyard flow bowl, and palm tree planter with rock extension. BMX allowed all day Wednesdays. (714) 379-6666. See ad on back inside cover.

SKATING & HOCKEY • 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. See ad on page 61. • Emerald Events Mobile Ice Skating Rink (714) 508-3690 Emerald Events has added something very exciting to their inventory - 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 their 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. See ad on page 47. Hockey Associations Southern California Amateur Hockey Association Organization oversees an ice hockey league (6-18),

September - March. Tryouts are usually in June; there are occasionally in-season openings, www. USA Hockey and USA Hockey Inline Offers referrals to local programs, (719) 576-8724, Roller Derby Los Angeles Junior Derby Dolls - For girls (7-17), Shark Bites Beach Cities Junior Derby - Mini Bites (8-10) and Shark Bites (11-17), Skating Associations USA Roller Skating Association - National association provides referrals to coaches and rinks, (317) 347-2626, USA Roller Sports Association - Provides information on competitions, including speed skating, hockey, figure skating, inline and roller derby, Skating Paths For paved trails/paths in LA and OC, visit: www.tinyurl. com/BikingLA, • 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 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 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; and 23641 La Palma Ave., Yorba Linda. See ad (with free Learn-to-Play Hockey on page 61). More Skating Rinks The following rinks offer roller or ice skating and hockey (3+), including classes, clinics, camps and leagues, plus public and specialty skating sessions. Pick-up play and party packages may be available. Check websites for discounts. Also see East West Ice Palace, and The Rinks in this section. Aliso Viejo Ice Palace - Ice only. Skating and hockey (2+). 9 Journey, Aliso Viejo. (949) 643-9648. www. Fountain Valley Skating Center - Roller only. Family Night Saturday, 6-8:30 p.m, and Sunday 5-7:30 p.m. 9105 Recreation Circle. (714) 847-0022. lots more fun at

KHS Ice Arena - Ice only. 1000 E. Cerritos Ave., Anaheim. (714) 422-1236. Lake Forest Ice Palace - Ice only. Figure skating and hockey available. 25821 Atlantic Ocean Drive, Lake Forest. (949) 305-9658. Paramount Iceland - Ice only. Skating school, freestyle and hockey. 8041 Jackson St. (562) 633-1171.

SOCCER Soccer Associations The following associations offer boys’ and girls’ leagues (4-19), camps and special-needs programs. American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), (800) 872-2976,; and California Youth Soccer Association, (714) 7782972, Soccer Parks Arena Soccer Parks - Garden Grove and Orange, (888) 273-6248 (ARENA-4-U), Deft Touch Soccer Center - Los Alamitos, (562) 3547592, LA Galaxy Soccer Center - Youth leagues (8-18), 540 Maple Ave., Torrance, (888) 576-2237, www.lagalaxysc. com, Momentous Sports Center (MMTSC) - Irvine, (714) 389-7900, www. Outbreak Soccer Centers - Huntington Beach and Signal Hill, www.outbreaksoccercenters. com. US 5 Center - Norwalk, (844) 203-9841, www.

surf culture. Summer concerts offered. Closed Monday. $2 admission per person.


Holiday Skate Center - Roller only. 175 N. Wayfield St., Orange. (714) 997-5283. www.holidayskate. com

Surfing America (949) 391-1010 Competitions and events for amateur surfers. The website features surfing resources including schools.

VOLLEYBALL • Long Beach State Girls’ Volleyball Camps 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach (562) 985-7352 Long Beach State has asserted itself as one of the premiere volleyball programs in the country. Twelve-time Big West Conference Champions, Joy McKienzie Fuerbringer is offering her 1st annual summer volleyball camps at The Pyramid. 2018 Camps include: Beach Skills Camp: July 6-8. Indoor Skills/Team Camps: July 16-18. Setters Camp: July 18-19. Kids Camp: July 1618. Hitters Day Camp: July 20 and 22. Libero/ Defense Camp: July 21. Camps are open to anyone interested in attending. Indoor/Beach Skills and Team/Setters camps are open to ages 1218. Kids Camp is open to ages 7-11. Register at For questions, email: or call the number listed. Volleyball Associations and Leagues Calif. Beach Volleyball Association Boys’ and girls’ beach volleyball tournaments; five age divisions (10-18), all levels. Email: info@cbva. com. So. California Volleyball Assoc. (714) 917-3595 Club indoor volleyball teams for boys and girls (1018).

SURFING & SUP Beach Closure Hotline Up-to-date information on water quality and beach closures in Los Angeles County, (800) 525-5662; and Orange County, (714) 433-6400. For weekly and annual beach reports, visit www. • Corky Carroll’s Surf School (714) 969-3959 Private and semi-private surf lessons are offered year round for all levels and ages. Summer camps are also offered, see Camps. Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum 411 Olive Ave., Huntington Beach (714) 300-8836 Changing exhibits celebrate the history of surfing and lots more fun at

US Youth Volleyball League  (888) 988-7985 Instructional volleyball league for boys and girls (715). Summer camp may be available. Visit their website to find a local league.

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Also see: Health Services, and Support Groups and Parent Education under Family Resources. Emergency Numbers Childhelp USA  (800) 422-4453 Poison Control Center  (800) 222-1222 Safely Surrendered Baby  (877) 222-9723 Suicide Prevention Lifeline  (800) 273-8255 Suicide Hotlines  (877) 727-4747, (800) 784-2433 Suicide Hotline for LGBTQ Teens (866) 488-7386

emergency resources

CHOC’s Parent Advice Line  (714) 509-8887 Domestic Violence Hotline  (562) 437-4663 Referrals to counseling and legal aid for low-income individuals and families. Drug Rehab  (844) 722-7196 A help line and online substance abuse guide for parents.

JADE (949) 303-9016, en Español (949) 303-9018 The Juvenile Alcohol and Drug Education and Decisions program.

Drug Use Is Life Abuse  (714) 647-4593 Free referral program through the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

For The Child  (562) 427-7671, (562) 422-8472

Jewish Federation and Family Services Long Beach  (562) 427-7916 Orange County  (949) 435-3484,

First 5 LA Connect  (213) 482-5902 Resources for nutrition, school readiness and parenting tips for kids under age 5.

Department of Children and Family Services of LA County  (800) 540-4000

Long Beach Child and Adolescent Program (LBCAP)  (562) 599-9271

Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Center  (562) 904-9590 Downey.

Magnolia Park Family Resource Ctr. (714) 530-7413

Child Abuse Children of the Night  (800) 551-1300 Provides intervention for children who are sexually exploited and vulnerable to or involved in prostitution and pornography.

OC Child Abuse Prevention Center  (714) 543-4333 Social Services Agency of OC (800) 207-4464 24-hour child abuse hotline. Counseling Alateen/Al-Anon  (888) 4AL-ANON (425-2666) Support groups and referrals for families and children of alcoholics. Boys and Girls Club Arches  (714) 532-7940 Counseling, family support, outreach and referrals. Casa Youth Shelter  (714) 995-8601 (CASA) Bilingual. Los Alamitos. Community Family Guidance Center (562) 924-5526 Therapy for children (3-17). • Connie Wax, Individuals, Couples Family and Child Counselor  (714) 300-3163 Families Anonymous  (800) 736-9805 Free weekly meetings for families and friends of an addict or alcoholic. Help Line Youth Counseling  (562) 273-0722 Youth/family counseling. Sliding scale. Hoag Community Benefit Mental Health Programs  (949) 764-6542 Low-sliding scale. No is one turned away due to lack of funding. Interval House  (562) 594-4555, (714) 891-8121 Counseling for youth victims of domestic violence. Programs include teen dating- and domestic-violence education and legal assistance. 62 kidsguide spring/summer 2018

Mariposa Women and Family Center Counseling Orange, (714) 547-6494; and San Juan Capistrano, (949) 429-6888. Straight Talk Clinic  (714) 828-2000 Individual and peer counseling. Fees based on a sliding scale. The Guidance Center (562) 595-1159 Bilingual mental health assessment and treatment for low-income families on Medi-Cal. Women’s Shelter of Long Beach  (562) 437-4663 Counseling. Emergency Shelters Youth Shelters: Casa Youth Shelter  (800) 914-CASA (2272) Children of the Night  (800) 551-1300 Community Service Programs (949) 250-0488 CSP Huntington Beach  (714) 842-6600 Laurel House Teen Shelter  (714) 832-0207 Family Shelters: 1736 Family Crisis Center  (562) 388-7652 Gilchrist House  (949) 492-8477 Human Options  (877) 854-3594 Interval House  (562) 594-4555, (714) 891-8121 Laura’s House  (866) 498-1511 Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter  (949) 631-7213 Women’s Shelter of Long Beach  (562) 437-4663 Help Lines and Hot Lines 211 LA and Orange Counties,


Baby Line  (949) 764-2229 Questions answered by on-duty nurses at Hoag Hospital. Free. California Youth Crisis Line

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LGBTQ Youth Talkline  (800) 246-7743 (PRIDE) Telephone/internet peer counseling. Hotline of So. Cal.  (562) 596-5548, (714) 894-4242 Mental Health America (800) 273-TALK (8255) National Alcohol and Drug Abuse Referral Line 

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National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-7233 National Eating Disorders Assoc.  (800) 931-2237 National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline (866) 331-9474 RAINN  (800) 656-HOPE (4673) The Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network’s hotline connects to a local rape crisis center. Stand Up For Kids (800) 365-4KID (4543) Provides children in crisis with food and clothing. • Orange County Department of Child Support Services Professional, cost-effective services to parents or caretakers of minor children, including the establishment and enforcement of child support orders, establishment of legal paternity through genetic testing, and account maintenance. For more information, see Parent Education and Support Groups. 1055 N. Main St., Santa Ana. (866) 901-3212. See ad on page 35. Missing/Runaway Children Help, information, referrals and message-relay services for runaways, abducted children and/or their parents. Also visit California Missing Children Hotline, (800) 222-3463 (FIND), Find the Children, (888) 477-6721, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, (800) 8435678 (THE LOST), National Runaway Safeline, (800) 786-2929 (RUNAWAY), support and intervention, lots more fun at

July 5 - September 1: For over 80 years, this famous festival has featured multimedia art exhibits, demonstrations, workshops for adults and kids, art tours, live music and food for sale. Monday Friday, noon - 11:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. Weekday adult admission, $10; weekend adult admission, $15; kids, $5. Laguna Beach residents, free. July 9 - August 27: Art and Story Time - A weekly series for kids 5 and under, featuring a different book read aloud and a hands-on art project. There may even be special surprise visits from illustrators, story characters and more. Fun for children and their parents! Mondays, 11 a.m. - noon. Find titles on their website. Free with admission. Children 12 and under free everyday. July 7 - September 1: Pageant Of the Masters Where art comes to life, the pageant features 90 minutes of “living pictures”—incredibly faithful art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. The show is complete with a professional orchestra, original score, live narration and intricate sets. This year’s theme: “Under the Sun.” Nightly, 8:30 p.m. $15-60. Autry Museum of the American West 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. (323) 667-2000. Thursdays, July 5 - August 16: Sizzling Summer Nights - This all-ages outdoor dance party features the best salsa and Latin fusion bands in Los Angeles, plus free dance lessons, hot-off-the-grill food, ice-cold drinks, access to the museum galleries, a separate children’s dance floor and more. Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. $6-12. Weekends and second Tuesdays: Pan for Gold - Eureka! Learn how to pan for gold, just like the 49ers did during the California Gold Rush, at an outdoor re-creation of a miner’s panning station. Weekends, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Second Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - noon. Free with admission. Beach and Park Clean-Ups First Saturdays: 1st Saturday Stewards in Long Beach - Volunteers are welcome to help in cleaning the stream, clearing the trails, pulling weeds or painting benches. First Saturdays, 10 a.m. noon. Call to sign-up in advance. Wear sturdy shoes and a hat, and bring water. El Dorado Nature Center, 7550 E. Spring St. (562) 570-1745. First Saturdays: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium - Families can clear the shore of beach debris and help collect and categorize what is found on Cabrillo Beach. 8-10 a.m. (310) 548-7562. Second Saturday: Downtown Long Beach Clean-up -

at their own pace without older kids. In addition to opening the attractions, extra balls and toys are provided for the kiddos. So whether your kids are bobbing around the dodgeball court or hopping into the foam pit, they will have a blast! Call for admission prices and times. Laguna Hills: Wednesday and Thursday. Buena Park: Tuesday and Sunday.

calendar Join a beach clean. They have clean-up supplies, but encourage participants to bring their own water bottle and plastic bags to cut down on added trash. Saturday, 10-11 a.m. Beachfront parking lot at Junipero and Alamitos/Shoreline Drive, Long Beach. www.facebook. com/cleanLB/events Third Saturdays: 30-Minute Beach Clean-up in Long Beach - Free parking, bags, gloves, door prizes and refreshments provided. Bring hat, sunscreen and comfy shoes. 10-10:30 a.m. End of Granada Avenue in Belmont Shore. www. Third Saturdays: Beach Clean-up in Seal Beach - Rain or shine monthly beach clean-up. Bring a reusable water bottle, sunscreen and closed-toed shoes; there is free parking, bags, gloves, community service certificates and hand sanitizer. 9 a.m. - noon. 1st Street beach lot at the corner of Ocean and 1st. (562) 8846764. Third Saturdays: Wetland Warrior Clean-up in Long Beach - Only 5% of California’s once vast coastal wetlands remain today. Join the Weekend Wetland Warrior team and help protect the critical habitat at Golden Shore Marine Biological Reserve. Two hours of time can save wildlife. Wear sturdy shoes. Rain cancels. Saturday, 10 a.m. - noon. 101 Golden Shore Ave, Long Beach. • Big Air Trampoline Park Laguna Hills  (949) 305-9788 23251 Avenida de la Carlota Buena Park  (844) 550-JUMP 8320 On The Mall See ad on page 36. Tuesday and Wednesday: Special Needs Day - Join Big Air for Special Needs Day! Guests will have a blast exploring trampolines and other attractions. Parents, siblings, aides, family and friends are all welcome to join the fun! $8 per jumper for up to two hours with one caregiver/therapist for free. Additional family members also jump for $8. This is a blend-in during regular operating hours. Tuesday, 3 p.m. - close. Wednesday, 1 p.m. - close. Laguna Hills location. Wednesday - Thursday: Big Air Toddler Time - A special time just for little ones (7 and under, but gentle jumping siblings are invited) to jump around

Friday and Saturday: Big Air Cosmic Nights - The lights go down, the music is pumped up, and out come the lasers and glow lights. The full park is open to jump, climb, dance, and dodge after dark. Laguna Hills, 8:30-11 p.m., $20 per jumper. • Bowers Kidseum Children’s Museum 2002 Main St., Santa Ana. (714) 567-3694. See ad on page 11. May 26 - August 19: Tet Festival - Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival showcases traditions, customs, and values exemplified by the annual celebration of Tet. Through interactive exhibits, families will immerse themselves in Vietnamese culture, gain appreciation for traditions, values, and daily experiences of people who live in Vietnam, and discover similarities and differences between their lives in the U.S. and the lives of children in Vietnam. Daily. Included in admission. Free for Santa Ana residents on Sundays. More events: May 6, International Spring Festival; June 3, Summer Solstice Festival; July 1, Old Fashioned 4th of July Festival; August 5, International Festival of Drums; August 18, Outdoor Movie Screening, Moana Double Feature; September 2, International Rock ‘n Jazz Festival; and September 29 - February 18, Kings, Queens, and Castles.

Calendar Labyrinth You, Daisy and Teddy walk warily into the Calendar Labyrinth. Everything seems great, actually. Find something you’d like to do and put it in your contest entry bag (page 68, line #1). Daisy runs over to Big Air Trampoline Park and starts running around like a maniac. You’re so busy laughing and chasing her around over the bouncy trampolines that you kind of forget your mission until one of the very polite kids from Burgess Cotillion comes over and says, “Excuse me, but the dragon went that way.” “Thank you!” you shout as politely as it’s possible to shout, running off to “that way.” Are you going to run to the Enrichment Bazaar? Turn to page 26. Are you going to run to Resource Jungle? Turn to page 32.

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Annual Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts 650 Laguna Canyon Road. (949) 494-1145.


Tuesday - Sunday: California African American Museum and Getty Center. Wednesday - Monday: Getty Villa. Wednesday - Sunday: Homestead Museum, Rancho Los Alamitos, Rancho Los Cerritos, the Paley Center for Media. Thursday - Tuesday: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (kids ages 17 and under are always free). Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Saturdays: Drop in and Draw Saturdays - A great place for kids to express themselves creatively. Good for children of all ages (must be accompanied by an adult). Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon. Free, but a nominal donation is suggested to help cover the costs of materials. 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa. (949) 6607793. • Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey. (562) 231-1200. See ad on page 43. Every Saturday: Saturday Science - Visit the CMSC during Saturday Science for fun and educational science activities and demonstrations. Contact for details. $5 Third Saturdays: All Ages Astronomy Club - Aspiring astronomers of all ages are invited to the monthly astronomy club meetings, which include a fascinating program about the night sky and a chance to talk about all things astronomy! Plus, use a telescope, build one and learn how to pick the proper telescope and identify different celestial objects. 7-9 p.m. $2 fee required for all non-members. More events: Through April 28, City of STEM Science Festival; April 28, Big Science Fest; and August 18, Rocket Fever. • Discovery Cube See ad on page 13. Through May 13: Very Eric Carle at Discovery Cube Los Angeles - The Very Eric Carle Exhibit invites early learners on a journey of discovery! Kids can become a butterfly, weave a web or roll in the grass. The exhibit will help children grow a love for nature along with promoting Carle’s frequent themes involving friendship, creativity, and the power of imagination. Included with admission. 11800 Foothill Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 686-2823. Through September 9: Rainforest Adventure at Discovery Cube OC - Gear up for the ultimate rainforest adventure to explore and learn about these tropical environments. Dress up as a research scientist and explore a gorilla nest, identify endangered species, and learn about products that come from the rainforest. Plus, “visit” children around the world and learn how you can help protect rainforests! Daily. Included with admission. 2500 North Main St., Santa Ana. (714) 542-2823. More events: May 12, Rocket Launch 2018.

• Fillmore & Western Railway 364 Main St., Fillmore. (805) 524-2546. www.fwry. com. See ad on page 45. Select Saturdays: Murder Express Lunch and Dinner Trains - Embark on a day or evening Murder Mystery train adventure, complete with a delicious lunch or dinner, hearty laughs and some less-than-serious sleuthing. Help solve a murder! Or simply sit back and be entertained. Kids (7+) are welcome on all Murder Mystery Lunch trains. Adults (18+) are welcome on all Murder Mystery Dinner Trains. *Beer and wine available for purchase. Reservations required. Adults, $70; and kids (7-12), $40, not including tip. Select Saturday and Sundays: Weekend Scenic Train Excursions - Enjoy a beautiful family friendly 3 or 4 hour train trip adventure through the Heritage Valley on scheduled Saturdays and Sundays during the year. Ride on historic train cars used in several well known movies, TV shows and commercials. Each weekend scenic adventure includes two fun stops to explore along the route. Board at 11:30 a.m.; depart at noon; return at 3 p.m. Adults, $26; kids (412), $16; toddlers (2-3), $12. Visit their website for schedule and to reserve tickets. More events: April 28, Mexican Sunset Steam Dinner Train; April 28-29, STEAM Railfest 2018 in Fillmore; May 13, Mother’s Day Lunch Train; June 17, Father’s Day Lunch Train; and July 4, Firecracker Train. Fire Station Tours Saturdays: Old Fire Station 27 in Hollywood. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 1355 N. Caheunga Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 464-2727. Old Station 36 in San Pedro. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 639 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro. (323) 464-2727. Free. Free Admission Days at Southern California Museums Ongoing: Free admission is offered on varying days at the following museums. See Museums for contact information and museum details.

Sundays: Museum of Latin American Art. First Tuesday: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, La Brea Tar Pits, and Kidspace from 4-8 p.m. (except September) Second Tuesday: Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Autry Museum. Thursdays: Skirball Cultural Center. First Thursday: Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens with reserved tickets. Laguna Art Museum, 5-9 p.m. Third Thursday: Japanese American National Museum. Thursday nights: Long Beach Museum of Art, 3-8 p.m.; Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), 5-8 p.m. and Japanese American National Museum from 5-8 p.m. First Friday: Norton Simon Museum, 5-8 p.m. Fourth Friday: Museum of Latin American Art, 5-9 p.m Friday: Long Beach Museum of Art. • Golf N’ Stuff 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk. (562) 8689956. See ad with coupons on page 38. May 5, 12, 19 and 26: May Daze - Enjoy even more fun at Golf N’ Stuff on these fun days with a balloon artist (free balloon sculpture) and free face painting. Golf N’ Stuff attractions are an additional cost. Saturdays throughout May, 2-6 p.m.

Monday - Friday: Chapman University Permanent Exhibits, Wells Fargo History Museum, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (for Los Angeles residents after 3 p.m.).

July 7, 14, 21 and 28: Throughout the month of July, head to Golf N’ Stuff Norwalk for an incredible wristband deal as well as free Saturday entertainment starting at 5 p.m. Buy a two-hour Ultimate Wristband, which includes two-hour use of go-karts, bumper boats, kiddie train and one game of miniature golf! Call (562) 868-9956 for pricing. Plus, offers free face painting and balloon art, 5-7 p.m. and listen to The Hat Factory perform Americana music, 7-9 p.m. Entertainment subject to change without notice.

Tuesday - Saturday: Chapman University Exhibits. Flight Path Learning Center and Museum.

More events: May 13, Moms Golf Free; and June 17, Dads Golf Free (with purchase of paid round).

Daily: Hammer Museum and California Science Center.

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Kids Night Out The following agencies and businesses provide an activity-filled, drop-off evening for kids: BounceU Huntington Beach and BounceU Orange, www.bounceu. com. Buena Park Recreation, Costa Mesa Recreation, Cypress Parks and Recreation, John’s Incredible Pizza Company, www.johnspizza. com. Lake Forest Recreation, La Habra Recreation, Lil’ Chef School (Irvine), Los Alamitos Youth Center, www.theyouthcenter. org. My Gym (Buena Park, Huntington Beach, Laguna Niguel, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita, Tustin, Yorba Linda), www.mygym. com. Pennypickle’s Workshop (Temecula), www. YMCA OC, • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. recreation. See ad on page 41. Wednesdays, June - August: Wading Pool Wednesdays - Bloomfield, Boyar, Del Valle, Mayfair, Palms and San Martin parks (wading). Offers evening sessions, 5-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 21- August 9: Concert in the Park Bring the entire family to enjoy the sounds of summer. Dinner and refreshments will be sold, so bring your picnic blanket and have dinner while listening to fantastic live entertainment. Please remember that dogs, alcohol and barbecues are not allowed at Lakewood parks. Visit website for schedule. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Del Valle Park. Fridays, June 22, July 20 and August 3: Movie Night Under the Stars - Bring your picnic dinner, blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy kids’ movies under the stars, with activities and contests before the show. Visit website for movie titles. Activities at 7 p.m., movie at 8:15 p.m. Free. Monte Verde Park, Nixon St. and Shadeway Road. April 27, June 8 and August 17: FUN-tastic Family Night - Every day is a wonderful day to spend with your family! Go to The Centre at Sycamore Plaza in Lakewood and join your neighbors and friends at FUN-Tastic Family Nights. Each event includes a light meal and fabulous entertainment for the entire family. Friday nights. $8; Kids (3 and under), $5. Preregistration required. More events: April 22, Mother and Daughter Tea; May 10-13, Pan-American Fiesta; May 19-20, Family Camp; June 16, Public Safety Expo; June 30, Civic


Kids Bowl Free All Summer Long Daily: Kids Bowl Free returns for its 11th summer! Kids across North America can bowl for free all summer long at one of 1,300+ participating bowling centers. Register online now for your nearest participating center and receive vouchers via email every Sunday, good for two free games per child per day. Parent passes are available for a nominal fee. Dates and times vary by location.

Center Block Party; July 6, Lakewood’s Summer Fair; and July 12, Shakespeare by the Sea. • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (562) 570-3100. See ad on front inside cover. Saturdays: Free Archery Instruction - Get pointers to improve skills, and consistent shooting technique. Equipment provided. Saturday classes include, advanced, 9 a.m. and beginner 10:30 a.m. Safety class required. Vehicle entry fees, $78. Email: 7500 E. Spring St. Saturdays: Bike Saturdays - Ride your bike to participating local shops and eateries in Long Beach on Saturdays to receive a special discount or offer. Just stop by at any time on Saturday and ask about their special Bike Saturdays deals for bicyclists, as part of the largest citywide discount program for cyclists in the nation. Check the website for details. www. May - August: May 25, Summer Kick-Off Concert; June - July, free Long Beach Municipal Band Summer Concert Series; and June - August, Movies in the Park, Monday, and Wednesday - Friday, 7:30 p.m. Visit their website for titles and locations. More events: July 14, Noah Calama Outrigger Races; July 28-29, Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival; July 29, Dance Fest 2018; July 29-30, Love Long Beach Festival ; and August 4-5, Copa Cabana Soccer Tournament. Mission San Juan Capistrano 26801 Ortega Hwy. (949) 234-1322. Saturday and Sunday: Panning for Gold, Adobe Brick Making and Arrowhead Necklace Craft - Try your luck at finding the gold in the custom-designed Mission trough. They’ll supply the pan and the “gold;” kids roll up their sleeves and pan their way to riches. Or kids make their own arrowhead necklaces and adobe brick while learning about the lifestyle of Mission Native Americans. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. $5 per activity, plus admission. Bundle all three activities for $10. Tuesday and Thursday: Curiosity Carts - Each educational cart offers learning for students and visitors interested in seeing items up close. Items include branding irons, spurs, horseshoes, hides, candles,

pottery shards and objects used by the Acjachemen Native Americans. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. - noon. Free with admission. June 25 - August 17: Summer Crafts for Kids - Kids (6-12) can drop in weekdays for a variety of crafts, including gold panning on Monday and Friday, mini-coiled clay pot making on Tuesday, cornhusk dolls/action figures on Wednesday, whirly-gig toy on Thursday, and arrowhead necklace and adobe bricks, Monday - Friday. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. $5 per craft, plus admission. Bundle three crafts for $10. Movie Deals and Theater Child Care Find family-friendly bargains on favorite movies in theaters now or great deals on old classics. Norwalk 8 - 13917 Pioneer Blvd., (562) 804-5615, $2-3 daily; Tuesdays, $1.50. San Juan Capistrano, 26762 Verdugo St., (949) 661-3456, Tuesday special, $6.50 all day (excludes 3-D films). South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701, classic film Wednesday and daily matinee, $8.50. Westminster 10, 6721 Westminster Blvd., (714) 8934222, $6.50 all day Sunday (3-D surcharge applies). Four Stars Cinemas (new movies) - 12111 Valley View St., Garden Grove, (714) 934-6377, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday (before 6 p.m.) Family Discount Days, $6 (3-D surcharge applies). Pictures Show - 2800 Main St., Santa Ana Mall, (714) 836-7469, $2-5 daily; $2 extra for 3-D movies. www. Harkin Cerritos 16 - 600 Los Cerritos Center, (562) 865-4140, offers in-lobby Child PlayCenter where kids (3-8) play games, read books, enjoy toys, and of course, watch movies, just steps from mom and dad’s auditorium. Walk-ups are welcome and reservations are recommended. Call for fee and times. Additional location in Chino Hills. www.harkinstheatres. com/playcenter.aspx Cinema City Theatres - 5635 East LaPalma Ave., Anaheim, (714) 970-6700, Super Value Days, Sunday before 6 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, $6. www. • Ocean Institute 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point. (949) 496-2274. See ad on page 16.

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See our ad on page 49; listing on page 50. Sundays: Tour a Tallship - Tour the Tallship Brig Pilgrim, an authentic replica of the two-masted brig that Richard Henry Dana Jr. sailed into Dana Point Harbor in 1834. Staff members, dressed in period costume, lead ongoing tours and a variety of hands-on activities. Sundays, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. During the week by private reservation. Included with admission. Admission: $10. Ocean Institute. If you’re feeling adventurous, set sail on the Spirit of Dana Point during “Pirates, Patriots, and Privateers Adventure Sails” offered on select weekends throughout the year. Tuesdays, June 19 - July 31: Tiny Tots Parent and Me Program - Join this six-week parent and child (2-3) adventure exploring shapes, colors, textures, and more with everyone’s favorite tide-pool animal, the sea star! Each Tuesday session includes exploration, an animal encounter, and an activity. Tuesday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Call or visit the website to register. June 7-9, 28-30, and August 9-11: Bioluminescence Night Cruise - Explore the nightlife of the Dana Point Headlands on this interactive night cruise on the R/V Sea Explorer. A meter net is deployed to capture thousands of bioluminescent plankton that form the basis of our ocean’s food chain, while a squid light attracts fish, squid, and possibly even sea lions and dolphins who feed on them. Friday and Saturdays monthly. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Adults, $45; kids (4-17), $25. June 21, July 26, and August 23: Family Science Nights - Spend a summer evening in the Samueli Conference Center getting “up close and personal” with local scientists. Each experience will include a presentation by a guest speaker with

activities for kids. A different topic will be covered each week. Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. $10 per person; $35 per family. More events: April 21-22, Earth Day and Ornithology Expedition Cruise; April 22, Naturalist Sail; May 12, Mother’s Day Whale Watching Cruises; June 16, Father’s Day Adventures at Sea; and July 4, 4th of July Cruise. Orange County Fair 2018 July 13 - August 12: The OC Fair offers 23 days and nights of food, rides, exhibits, animals, music, action sports, concerts and fun! Kids (5-11) can read two books and receive three free carnival rides by turning in a book report form at the Information Booth (available online). OC Fair and Event Center. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 708-1500. • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine. (949) 428-3900. There’s an adventure every day at Pretend City. Don’t miss all the action-packed activities, performances, appearances and extraordinary events throughout this spring and summer. Visit today! See ad on page 41. Last Mondays: Family Autism Play Days - Spend a few hours enjoying family play, for families with children on the Autism Spectrum. Call for times. Free admission. RSVP required. Third Fridays: Home School Days - Pretend City offers home-school students a special day on the third Friday of every month. A field trip to Pretend City offers students a learning experience through hands-on educational play. These activities sur-

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More events: From Earth Day to Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s and Father’s Day and more, Pretend City is the place for families to bring the meaning of holidays to life; check their online calendar for details. Other special celebrations include: May 1, The Return of the Ultimate Recycling Machine; June 2, Family Fun and Wellness Fair; June 9, When I Grow Up Day; June 10, International Children’s Day. Celebrate Pretend City’s 9th birthday with them in August too! • Queen Mary 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach. (877) 342-0738. See ad on page 37. Daily: Transport yourself back in time aboard the legendary Queen Mary. Once the grandest ocean liner in the world, the Queen Mary is now a full-service hotel, historical landmark and entertainment venue. Get an up-close and personal look at the Queen Mary with one of their exciting and informative guided tours, offered most days. Get 25% off their First-Class Passport with code “KIDSGUIDE18;” see ad on page 37 for details. Most Days: Free Admission After 6 p.m. - For a limited time, experience the rich history and one-ofa-kind nighttime views, with free admission after 6 p.m.! See website for blackout dates and restrictions. May 13: Mother’s Day Brunch - Enjoy Mother’s Day aboard! Take your mum to Sunday Champagne Brunch, Sir Winston’s, Promenade Cafe, or Chelsea Chowder House. Making mothers happy since 1934. May 31 - June 3: Memorial Day Weekend - Throughout the weekend, Queen Mary is proud to offer free admission to active service members of the armed forces, retired military personnel, veterans and special discounts for their family members. Take advantage of their USS Iowa/Queen Mary Combo ($36), you can tour two great ships—the USS Iowa, nicknamed “The Big Stick,” and The Queen Mary. June 18: Father’s Day - Families can enjoy the Queen Mary Champagne Sunday Brunch that features over 50 unique dishes from around the globe, plus live entertainment. one of the

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• Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark 13806 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. (562) 902-3191. See ad on back outside cover; coupon on page 64. Through May 31: Purchase a Buccaneer Bay season pass at the special pre-season price of $59 or three payments of $19.66. Season passes come with exclusive bonuses such as food deals, friend discounts, and gifts from local merchants and a limited edition lanyard. Season Passes are available at Splash! the Resource Center, or on their website. June 22 - August 10: Family Friday Nights - Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark welcomes you to Family Friday Nights, 3-8 p.m. for just $16.95 per person, or free to season pass holders.

Magic Programs for Kids ... Magic Clubs The following clubs offer activities and instruction for kids and teens (718). Monthly meetings and club offerings vary. Annual dues may apply. International Brotherhood of Magicians, (636) 724-2400, www. The Magic Castle, membership to the Junior Magicians Group (13-

20) is by audition only, (323) 851-3313, www. Society of Young Magicians, Magic Stores Locations offer supplies and lessons for young magicians: Best Magic, Gags and Costume, 625 S. Magnolia Ave., Anaheim, (714) 8276442, Magic Galore and More, 6471 Westminster Ave. (inside Westminster Lanes), Westminster, (714) 891-6488, Magicopolis, 1418 Fourth St., Santa Monica, (310) 4512241,

More events: May 12, Mother and Daughter Tea; and June 21, World’s Largest Swim Lesson. Trampoline Parks Big Air - Locations in Laguna Hills and Buena Park, (see listing on page 38; ad on page 36). CircusTrix - Mission Viejo and Thousand Oaks, GetAir - Huntington Beach, (714) 916-5815, Sky Zone - locations in Anaheim, Torrance andWestminster, Rockin’ Jump Santa Ana, (714) 249-7676, www.orangecounty.

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