Summer Kidsguide 2022

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Summer Youth Programs IN PER SON SUMMER DAY CAMPS June 20 – August 26 Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. - $100 Extended Care: 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. *Additional $25 Crafts, physical fitness, enrichment activities and more. Financial assistance is available. Register on line at Call 562.570.3150 for more information and camp availability at the following parks: • Bixby Park, 130 Cherry Ave, 562.570.1601 • Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Ave., 562.570.1640 • Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave., 562.570.4405 • Silverado Park, 1545 W. 31st St., 562.570.1675 • Veterans Park, 101 E. 28th St., 5623.570.1695

YOUTH RECRE ATION CL A SSES Classes include Mini-Hawk Camp (Soccer, Baseball & Basketball) for ages 4-6; Preschool Cooking Time for children ages 4 and up; and Little Music Maker (Introduction to Music) for children ages 3-5 and more. Youth Specialty Camps, including Minecraft Engineering Using Lego ® Materials and Top Junior Chef Cooking Camp, D-Up Ballers Basketball, Jujitsu and Soccer 1 Techniques and Teamwork will be offered. Teens can enroll in A Yummy Future Cooking and All Good Driving School interactive online course. Registration for all classes takes place online at lbparks. org, or by calling 562.570.3111.

AQUATICS – LE ARN TO S WIM CL A SSES Class Levels, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5-6, 6, Parent and Child, and Pre-K levels, at Belmont Plaza Pool, 4320 E. Olympic Plaza, King Park Pool, 1910 Lemon Ave.,Silverado Park Pool, 1540 W. 32nd St. Learn to Swim at Cabrillo High School Pool, 2001 Santa Fe Ave.; Jordan High School, 6500 Atlantic Ave., and Millikan High School Pool, 2800 Snowden Ave. Register at

MOBILE RECESS PROGR AM The free Mobile Recess program brings trucks loaded with supplies and equipment to designated neighborhood streets and provide recreational activities for youth ages 5 through 14 (Grades K-8) Monday through Fri day, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Streets are blocked off for safety and kids participate in physical fitness and arts and crafts activities. Visit https://bit. ly/3KVG8JJ for locations and to register on line.

FREE VIRTUAL RECRE ATION AC TIVITIES Free virtual programs feature enriching, fun activities such as arts and craftts, fitness, dance, cooking, cultural celebrations and more are available for ages 5-12 anytime, anywhere by visiting


MAKING FAMILY LIFE BETTER How to Choose the Right Summer Camp

Lauren & Liz


This issue is dedicated to

Lauren Davis




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Working closely with families and children over the years, I’ve come to learn a few things. I’ve met some amazing moms and dads, remarkable kids, and I'd pick up little life lessons and advice along the way in hopes that if I’m ever granted the experience of motherhood, I’d have a little help in my back pocket. By far, the most profound thing I hear from every parent is that when you become a mother, your whole world shifts, you’re no longer the center of your universe (for the best reason). That position goes to your kids — they become that bright light you endlessly revolve around. Kidsguide started 36 years ago (when the first issue published) but I’d say it really began 41 years ago when Liz first became a mother, when her world shifted to make room for Lauren Davis, who became this radiant, lion-hearted, amazing woman. A reflection of her incredible mom, for sure.


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Last month, just as it was starting to feel like the good ol’ pre-pandemic days, our little Kidsguide world was turned completely upside down. Lauren passed away unexpectedly — unimaginably. Liz may have started Kidsguide, but Lauren and her brother Charlie, are the heart and soul behind it (literally growing up in the background playing, crying, doing whatever kids do while mom is trying to publish a whole magazine out of her home). Lauren's handprint was even on the cover of the very first edition and featured in every issue since (look for it on this cover!). Of all the things I've learned from parents through the years, there’s not much about when a parent loses a child — maybe because there are just no words. But Lauren was such a force of nature, there's not a day that goes by where we don't talk about the impact she left behind. Lauren continues to be a gracing light over Kidsguide. We’ll continue to help Liz shoulder the burden of loss and Kidsguide will continue to advocate for the hearts of all mothers, especially on days when it’s just too much to face the world.


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As always, we are here as a reminder that there is nothing more important than spending time with the people you love. Lauren lived each day with a fierce passion and we hope the ideas you find in this issue ignite a passion in your kids and create joyful moments that live forever. To learn about Lauren's Legacy, see page 20.

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Adventure in Time Travel! This summer we are traveling through history and creating the future in a safe, healthy atmosphere— emphasizing achievement and a sense of belonging—that includes Sports • Outdoor Activities • STEAM Activities • Field Trips • Character Development • Community Service Projects & more! 5-day-a-week camps begin: June 6, 2022 Cost: Varies based on your selected schedule Location: On school campuses


YMCA specialty camps during seasonal school breaks allow kids to make new friends while learning new sports or having fun with arts, sciences, swimming and more. Camps begin: June 2022 Location: YMCA Fitness Centers Ages: 4 and up Cost: Varies based on your selected camp and schedule


Pack your bags for a week of excitement at YMCA Overnight Camps while making friends, exploring nature, experiencing adventures and engaging in activities (i.e., hiking, archery, canoeing, campfires). Two locations are available this year:

Camp E.L.K. Location: Wrightwood, CA Ages: 8-17 (Entering 3rd-12th grades) Session #1: June 26-July 1, 2022 Session #2: July 10-15, 2022 Session #3: July 24-29, 2022 Cost: $695. Includes 6 days/5 nights, 3 meals/day, transportation, camp t-shirt, photo yearbook & all activities

Camp Oakes Location: Big Bear, CA Ages: 8-17 (Entering 3rd-12th grades) Session: July 16-23, 2022 Cost: $745 – Cost includes: 8 days/7 nights 3 meals/day, transportation, camp t-shirt, photo yearbook & all activities


Does your child like to play video games? This engaging program offers curriculum-based learning that gives purpose to gaming time. Each session provides: • Gaming improvement strategies • Teamwork & communication skills • Physical & mental wellness exercises • Goal-setting techniques • Access to an experienced Esports coaches & the highest level of Esports equipment • Skills in Fortnite, Rocket League, League of Legends, Smash Bros. & more • Opportunities and strategies to “LEVEL UP” to advance to the Club Team Camps begin: Run year-round Location: Laguna Niguel YMCA Esports Facility Ages: 8-14 Cost: Varies based on your selected schedule KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.

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• 49er Youth Sports Camp at CSULB 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach (562) 985-4049, All-sports camp for boys and girls ages 5-13, includes instruction in a variety of sports, such as archery, basketball, gymnastics, bowling, soccer, softball, hockey, tennis, golf, volleyball, dance, physical fitness, track and field, and 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. 2022 sessions: June 20 - July 15 and July 18 August 12, Monday - Friday, 1-5 p.m. $625. Space is limited and confirmed for the first 450 campers with a completed application and payment. Online registration and credit card payment only. Morning programs are available for parents seeking all-day activities. See ad on page 15. • Acting Out Long Beach (562) 901-0111, Their camp program celebrates creativity through a series of drama skills workshops. Improvisation, musical theater, monologue work, scene study, theater games, stage combat, and so much more. Acting Out is for campers, ages 7-17, involved in other theater programs, as well as those new to acting. They challenge every camper according to their comfort level. At the end of each session they have an in-person showcase for family and friends. Three weeks offered, full or half day, sign up for one or all: June 2024, July 11-15, and August 8-12. Visit website for schedule of classes, ongoing workshops and private coaching. Inquire about camp safety measures and guidelines. See ad on page 6.

• Adventure Awaits! Find Your Child’s Best Summer Adventure at the Y! This summer, the YMCA is offering a large variety of camps and activities for children ages 4-14 across Orange County. Camps include summer day camp (on school campuses), sports camps, esports camps, overnight “sleepaway” camps, and more! Find your child’s best summer adventure at the Y! See ad on page 3. • Alamitos Bay Yacht Club Summer Sailing Camp 7201 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach (562) 434-9955, Summer sailing camp is offered for ages 8-18. Participants learn to rig their own sailboat, sail on their own, and eventually participate in a race. They also learn how weather, wind, and a sailboat work. On days with no wind, there will be beach activities like capture the flag and paddle boarding for the kids to socialize with their new friends. Sailors will learn to sail in Alamitos Bay in “Sail Cubes,” a plastic version of the Optimist. They will graduate to the ‘Optimist’ or the ‘Naples Sabot’ (both one-person boats for children under the age of 15). Classes will also be offered in the ‘Club Flying Junior’ (a two-person boat for teens), and the ‘Laser’ (a one-person boat for teens). Monday – Friday, June 20 – August 12 (no camp on June 24, July 4, July 8, or July 15). See ad on page 17. • Aliso Viejo Recreation & Community Services Summer Camps 100 Park Ave., Aliso Viejo (949) 425-2550, Wrangle Up Some Fun with the City of Aliso Viejo

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Summer Camps! Get ready for a wild ride because the City of Aliso Viejo has curated the perfect summer camp offerings for youth, ages 3-17. Your child will be moving, creating, performing, and discovering all summer long in over 180 camp options. A great option for summer fun is the City Day Camp which includes a full day of camp running from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Aliso Viejo Ranch. Each week includes an excursion, swimming at Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center, park visits, crafts, games, and so much fun! Saddle up for summer and visit CampAV. org to register today! See ad on page 11. Alpert JCC Camp Komaroff Summer Day Camp 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach (562) 426-7601, Camp Komaroff is your camp of choice for social, emotional and academic development, wrapped in programs and excursions that promote physical health and provide a safe, supportive environment for children. Campers enjoy weekly age-appropriate field trips, swimming every day with a lifeguardadministered swim safety test, as well as sports, arts and crafts, computers, cooking, and music throughout the day. This summer, campers can look forward to theme parks, dance workshops, science experiments, animal encounters, and dress-up days! Camp Komaroff runs from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mondays - Fridays, June 27 - August 22, and welcomes campers of all backgrounds. • Arts & Learning Conservatory Theatre & Music Summer Camps 151 Kalmus Drive, G3, Costa Mesa (714) 728-7100, Build confidence and creativity for life with Summer Theater and Music Camps. The program features songs from the newest musicals and innovative instrumental instruction! Camps include: Hamilton Camp - Theatre games, choreography, and songs from the musical, culminating in a finale performance. June 27 - July 1, 9 a.m. - noon, ages 9-12. Encanto Camp - Students explore their unique gifts like the characters in the movie, learn choreography to songs from the soundtrack, and create Colombian-inspired crafts. Final day of camp features a showcase for families. June 27 - July 1, 9 a.m. - noon, ages 4-8. Musical Theater Revue Camp I and II - Students focus on acting, choreography,

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singing, and stage presence in this high-energy musical theatre class featuring selections from popular Broadway musicals such as Matilda, Newsies, Elf, and more! Content changes for each session. July 11-15 and July 18-22, 9 a.m. - noon, ages 9-12. West Side Story and Annie camps are also available. Each is a three-week session that ends in a fully realized show. Additional programs include: Percussion for Kids, Rock Academy and more. Visit the website for a full list. See ad on page 15. • Art Steps 1525 Mesa Verde Drive E., #119, Costa Mesa 18212 Imperial Hwy., Yorba Linda 24741 Alicia Pkwy., Ste. G, Laguna Hills (714) 524-2248, Fill your school breaks with art! Fine art day camps, offered in half-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 indepth focus on figure drawing and portraiture, Anime fine points, and much more. Their friendly teachers provide plenty of fun. Now offering in-studio and online art workshops! See ad on page 14. Bay Shore Church Vacation Bible School 2022 5100 The Toledo, Long Beach (562) 433-0401 Calling all kids ages 4 and up! Join Bay Shore Church for a fun-filled week that will include vocal choir, handbells/chimes, dance, visual arts and crafts, games, special activities, Bible story time, learning and growing together, worship, service and more, as you learn more about our Creator who loves us and everyone in this Great Big Beautiful World. June 20-24, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. 4 p.m. Suggested $100 donation per child. Early drop off at 8-9 a.m., and late pick up, 4-5 p.m., are available for $5 per day. Visit the website to register. Bionerds (949) 288-1486, Bionerds offers one-day or weekly camps from half-day to full-day, during school breaks, including summer. Camps are jam-packed with fun and hands-on biology activities for children (grades K-6) throughout Orange County. They cover vast topics of biology, including insects, plants, humans, animals, microorganisms, genetics and many more. Your child will get up-close and personal with many specimens and/or living organisms. Teachers have college degrees in Biology or related sciences/ experiences, some even have graduate degrees. Bionerds is honored to be chosen Best Science Camps in Orange County by many organizations for several years in a row since 2015. They also offer after-school, in-class, homeschool, party, field trips, and Girl Scout programs. Camp Galileo (800) 854-3684, Camp Galileo inspires kids (Pre-K-10th grade) to envision and create a better world through handson, STEAM-based projects that empower campers to bring their ideas to life. Kids share big ideas and even bigger summer fun as they cultivate 6 kidsguide summer 2022

curiosity, practice collaboration and build creative confidence. Weekly themes are combined with traditional camp activities (like lanyards, water days, and camp songs). Camps are held at more than 20 Southern California locations. Visit the website for locations and details. Chef Tech Summer Cooking Camps 3842 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach (562) 989-2467, Ten weeks of hands-on cooking camps. Kids (ages 6-14) train with real chefs, learn to chop, slice, and dice, mise en place (setting up), clean as they go, and eat the fantastic dishes they have prepared. Sessions held Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4 p.m. Each camp offers unique themes that include Cupcake Championship, Great British Baking, Great American Baking, Cake Baking and Decorating for Tweens, and Pizzas, Pastas, Paninis, and Pastries. Campers make two to four exclusively formulated recipes each day. Full menus are found on their website, along with registration. Birthday parties and private events are also available, along with homeschool, scout, and teen programs. Added bonus: your kids can make delicious food for you. Don’t wait! Camps sell out quickly. Visit the website for more information. Climbing Camps at Sender One 1441 S. Village Way, Santa Ana 11220 Hindry Ave., Los Angeles Brave new heights and harness creativity at Sender One’s rock climbing camps! Perfect for kids ages 6-13, this interactive camp will help build confidence, improve focus, and increase coordination and strength. Through active instruction and supervised games, young climbers can learn how to problem solve, work in groups, and gain confidence in their ability to reach new heights. Five-day camps are held June 13 - August 19; morning, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., and afternoon sessions, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Register today at! Color Me Mine Metro Pointe 949 South Coast Drive, #103, Costa Mesa (714) 241-8072 Six weeks of fun, creative ceramic painting for kids (grades K-6). Paint a new ceramic piece everyday, along with treasure hunts, mystery eggs, scavenger hunts, and secret surprises! Weekly themes include Star Wars, Pirates, Candy Shop, African Safari, Myths & Legends, and Hawaiian Islands. July 11 - August 19, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. noon. $194 per week, per child. Limited availability, call the studio to sign up now. • Columbia Memorial Space Center Space Summer Camp 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200, Explore a variety of sciences with Space Summer Camp at Columbia Memorial Space Center. Weeklong camps include fun STEM activities for ages 8-9 and 10-12. In-person camps cost is $199 for non-members and $175 for members per week. Virtual camps are $40 for non-members and $35

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for members. Each week, campers focus on a particular theme: Astronaut Training, June 20-24; Engineering, June 27 - July 1; Coding and Robotics, July 11-15; and Virtual Maker Challenge and Sustainability, July 18-22. See ad on page 9. Corky Carroll’s Surf School Summer Surf Camp Bolsa Chica State Beach - Lifeguard Tower 18 (714) 969-3959, Family-owned business providing a fun surfing experience for over 25 years. Campers learn ocean safety and surfing fundamentals in a fun, group setting. Wetsuits and surfboards are provided, plus everyone receives a free T-shirt. Junior Camp (ages 4+) is designed to help kids gain confidence in the water with 1:1 surfing instruction, plus social activities and beach games. Surf Camp groms (ages 8+) learn to stand up and catch waves with step-by-step instructions and a 3:1 student-to-instructor ratio. Surf Class (ages 10+) is for experienced kids who know how to surf and want to practice with friends in a supervised setting. June 6 - August 26, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - noon / 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. / 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. $380-480 (discounted for July 4th week). • CSArts Academy Summer Classes at OCSA and CSArts-SGV 1010 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 560-0900, Aspiring artists are invited to enroll in exciting, enriching CSArts Academy classes hosted by Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) and California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley (CSArtsSGV). CSArts Academy allows students to explore their creativity and learn fundamental skills in visual arts, music, voice, dance, culinary arts, film and television, and much more! Under the guidance of OCSA and CSArts-SGV’s renowned educators, these summer classes are available for both advanced students and beginners. Classes begin in June. Visit to register and to view the brochure. See ad on page 8. • Discovery Cube Summer Camp 2500 North Main St., Santa Ana (714) 542-2823 Camp Discovery is Discovery Cube’s popular summer STEM camp designed for kids in grades K-5. Educators inspire campers with illuminating, hands-on science education including playful experiments, thought-provoking science challenges and group projects that foster confidence and leadership skills. Enroll your little scientist today! See ad on page 1.

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• Downey Parks and Recreation (562) 904-7223 Weekly summer camps for ages 6-14 are offered June 6 - August 12, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sessions include field trips, arts and crafts, games, special shows, and more! Specialty Camps are also available for ages 5-12, including Harry Potter, Lego Masters, Dinosaurs, Anime, and Cooking. For more information, visit their website or call (562) 904-7223. See ad on page 14. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Details are subject to change without notice. Confirm with organization.


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

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Exciting classes are available in a variety of arts disciplines. Dance, Music, Visual Arts, Theatre, and more!

Register for a class, today. Dreams for Schools - Virtual STEAM Camps Dreams for Schools offers online classes with live instruction for children to explore different elements of STEAM through hands-on engineering projects and coding. Programs include: Let’s Explore STEAM (grades 1-2), where students learn through activities such as a Paper Robot, Light Up Wand, and more. Engineering Inventors (grades 3-5), where students learn about engineering disciplines through projects involving electricity, physics, and more. Coding Games with Scratch (grades 3-5) introduces critical thinking and problem solving skills in a fun, interactive way. Web Development (grades 6-12) teens design and code a personal website using HTML and CSS. • El Dorado Nature Center Summer Workshops 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach (562) 570-1745, Join the Nature Center for fun and exploration this summer! Children will experience nature through investigation, hands-on activities, games and crafts. Sessions are held 10 a.m. - noon, $100 per week. Pre-registration is required. Preschool Sessions (ages 3-5) - Children must be potty-trained. This is not a parent participation class. Sessions include: Trouble with the Fuzzlies,

June 27 - July 1; Season Shifters, July 18-22; Shake, Rattle and Roll, August 1-5; and Who’s Clues?, August 15-19. Youth Sessions (ages 5-8) - Children must have completed Kindergarten. Sessions include: Celestial Summer, June 20-24; Plant Powers!, July 11-15; Strange Stories To Tell In The Summer, July 25-29; and Animal Artistry, August 8-12. Fairmont Summer Programs Locations in Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, North Tustin, and San Juan Capistrano (714) 234-2757 Keep your kids curious, challenged, and connected this summer. Fairmont’s award-winning summer programs offer a full line-up of educational programming—all within a safe environment which follows COVID protocols. Camp (preschool-8th grade): High energy ACA-accredited camp experience combining education, recreation, and field trips keeps kids engaged all summer long! Summer School (Kindergarten-8th grade): Reading, writing, and math taught by Fairmont teachers and individualized to meet students where they are so they can get ahead or stay ahead when school starts this fall. High School: Dozens of for-credit, UC-approved courses for high school students.


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• Grace First - 3 Great Summer Camps Musical Theater, Rock at the Point & VBS 3955 Studebaker Road, Long Beach (562) 420-3393, Three great camps are returning this summer: Vacation Bible School - Food Truck Party VBS invites children (age 4 - 6th grade) to get on a roll with God as a parade of food trucks rolls into their neighborhood! June 20-24, 9 a.m. – noon. $40 per child, sibling discounts. Musical Theater Camp - Campers (2nd12th grade) sing, dance, and act their way through a brand new musical comedy, written specifically for this camp! At the end of camp, a live performance will be held. July 11-15, 9 a.m. - noon. $40 per child, family discounts. Rock at the Point - Songwriting, recording, jamming, lessons, clinics, and performances by working professional musicians. Camp (7th-12th grade) ends with a dinner and final performance. July 18-22, noon - 4 p.m. $100 per person, family discounts. Scholarships available for all three camps. See ad on page 19. Kiddy Camp at The Hebrew Academy 14401 Willow Lane, Huntington Beach (714) 863-0757, At Summer Kiddy Camp, children (ages 2-4) are provided a rich program in summer fun and Jewish culture. There is swimming for ages 3-4 in their beautiful, in-ground, covered 20’x 40' pool, plus music, movement, art, water/sand play, cooking/baking, themed days, and much more. There is no screen time at camp. Teachers/counselors are both professional and loving, so that your child will be happy, stimulated, and safe while in their care. Air-conditioned classrooms and lots of shade outdoors provide a wonderful combination for a healthy, happy, active summer for your child. June 20 - August 12, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. KidzToPros STEM, Arts & Sports Summer Camps in Los Angeles, (877) 202-1554 KidzToPros Summer Camps for ages 4-14 provide the perfect opportunity for kids to develop valuable skills in a fun, creative and safe environment. Sports Camps teach the fundamentals, including techniques, skills, strategies and rules, while practicing important skills like teamwork and leadership. STEM Camps prepare kids for the future! Innovative, project-based camps teach how to program robots, design games, create websites, and develop 3D models. Art Camps encourage imaginative thinking and help kids look at the world from new perspectives. Arts skills, graphic design, music, and filmmaking allow kids to express themselves creatively. Save $50 with code KG-50, until June 1st. • Lakewood Christian Schools 5336 Arbor Road, Long Beach (562) 425-3358 Campers have fun each day with games, crafts, Bible, and learning activities. There’s also fun entertainment such as cooking, on-site special guests, walks to the parks, dress-up days, trips, water days, and more. June 27 - August 19, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., with extended-care options. A per day drop-in is available for families needing care only on certain

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days (drop-ins are accepted only if space allows and days must be selected prior to the start of camp). A 3-year-old through Kindergarten program is also offered through their preschool, call (562) 420-2833 for more details. See ad on page 19. LA Galaxy Soccer Camps LA & Orange County LA Galaxy Youth Development Camps provide a platform for players (boys and girls) of beginner levels to challenge themselves in an exciting environment consisting of stimulating camp games, ball mastery and tactical instruction. Campers receive coaching instruction from certified LA Galaxy Youth Coaches, two LA Galaxy Camp T-shirts, one complimentary LA Galaxy home game ticket (select matches), gift bag, certificate of completion and more. Camps are held at various fields across LA and Orange County, including Lake Forest Sports Park (June 27-30; ages 6-14) and World Cup Soccer Fields in Mission Viejo (July 18-21; ages 6-16). Camps are limited to 15:1 (camper to coach) ratio and registration is firstcome, first-serve. All Camps take place June 13 August 18, 9 a.m. - noon. Registration is $215-230 per camp. Visit website for specific dates and email for questions. • Lakewood Recreation & Community Services Monte Verde Park Summer Day Camp 4626 Shadeway Road, Lakewood (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408 Day Camp will be offered June 13 - August 19. The program for ages 6-12 will provide supervised activities Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. with a 1:12 staff-to-camper ratio, with extended morning care from 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. and afternoon care from 4-6 p.m. Activities will center on a different weekly theme and include a variety of arts and crafts, outdoor sports, indoor games and specialized activities congruent with the week’s theme, as well as a weekly excursion to a theme park or attraction. Weekly fees range from $150-190 for residents, with an additional $15 fee for non-residents. To register, visit and search with the keyword “camp.” See ad on this page. • Lango Irvine Summer Camps 9200 Irvine Center Dr., Ste. 100, Irvine (714) 864-4680, Join LangoKids Irvine for the ultimate Spanish immersion and recreational experience for your kids (ages 5-10) this summer. Campers will learn to understand the language, speak it, and ultimately love it and live it! Students spend their time having fun, being engaged, and taking pretend trips to different destinations in Latin America and Europe. Each week is a new destination. Without lost luggage and jet lag, campers are able to “visit” new places and learn about different traditions, recreation, and cuisine. Each week ends with water games for campers and a presentation for parents, family, and friends. Camps, June 20 - August 5, are offered in full and half-day sessions. Scholarships are available. Visit the website for weekly themes. See ad on page 14.

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learned to parents, siblings and other loved ones. Camp is designed for ages 6-15, and takes place July 11 - July 29, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Register today! Email: See ad on this page.

LILA Ecole du Soleil Summer Camp Los Feliz Main Campus 4155 Russell Ave., Los Angeles (323) 480-4147, The International School of Los Angeles’ Ecole du Soleil Summer Camp runs for five weeks, Monday, June 20 through Friday, July 22, on the school’s Los Feliz campus. The objective is to introduce preschool to 5th grade campers to the French language and culture at an early age while they still have a linguistic openness to learn a second language. Previous exposure to French is not required. LILA provides a unique learning context in which your children will learn at their own pace in a fun, genuine, French summer camp environment involving stimulating classes and engaging activities. Lil' Chef School 15435 Jeffery Road, #132, Irvine (949) 679-8390, Beat the Heat in their Cool Kitchen! Whether your child likes to bake, create, roast, sauté, fry, or just blend, they have a camp for all interests. Camps are organized into three age groups so all chefs team up with their peers: Tiny Chefs ages 4-6, Lil’ Chefs ages 7-9, and Teen Chefs ages 10 and older. All chefs get to taste everything that they cook and all recipes will be sent home for later preparation. Register online. Weeklong camps run June 6 - August 16; each has a unique theme, from French and Italian food to baking and chocolate. Morning (9 a.m. - noon) and afternoon (2-5 p.m.) sessions are offered. Visit their website for menus and registration. • Long Beach Ballet Academy Children’s Dance Camp 2022 1122 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 426-4112, 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 25 - August 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Register online, space is limited. Call the academy for more information. See ad on page 7.

• Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine (562) 570-3100, In-person camps will be offered at various Long Beach sites on weekdays from June 20 - August 26, where youth (ages 5-12) enjoy games, crafts, physical fitness, enrichment activities and more. Summer camps operate weekdays from 9 a.m. 4 p.m. and from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. for those enrolled in extended care. Financial assistance is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For locations, fees and to register, visit See ad on the front inside cover. Merage Jewish Community Center of Orange County 1 Federation Way, Irvine (949) 435-3400, Camp Haverim for grades TK-11 is all about fun and friendships. Through sports, arts, outdoor adventure and aquatics, your camper will build lifelong friendships, independence and self-esteem. Camp Yeladim for preschoolers makes summer magical. Your preschooler can enjoy the summer camp experience in the security of their nurturing Sheila and Eric Samson Family Early Childhood Learning Center. Weeklong sessions are offered June 6 August 19. ACA Accredited, state-of-the-art facility with pool and gym, flexible scheduling, swim lessons and recreational pool time, Judaic enrichment specialists from Israel, caring, professional, collegeeducated counselors and staff, open to everyone! • MOLAA Summer Art & Culture Camp Museum of Latin American Art 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach MOLAA’s Summer Art & Culture Camp is an extension of its art education programming that offers attendees a fun and creative outlet while learning about the elements and principles of Latin American art through hands-on art workshops, language arts, dance, and gallery discussions. Camp introduces the concepts of language and culture, visual arts (drawing, painting, collage), and performing arts (musical performances). At the end of each session, an open house is planned that allows campers to show off the skills they’ve

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• Multi-Arts Summer Camp 2022 at Muckenthaler Cultural Center 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton (714) 738-6595, The Muckenthaler Cultural Center hosts this very popular annual Multi-Arts Summer Camp (ages 6-12) which includes ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, animation, dance, theater, music, and more. Students will be fully engaged in hands-on projects with visual arts, performing arts, science, and outdoor fitness activities. You will find everything your child will need to fill those summer days with non-stop fun and activities—all aligned with state standards for Kindergarten through 8th grade. Mondays - Fridays: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Total price per child: $280/week. For more information, visit www. See ad page 13. • My Gym Children's Fitness Center Long Beach Summer Camps 3287 Industry Drive, Long Beach Text: (562) 986-0066, Save $100 when you book 10 days of camp! Offer ends soon. One of the best camp programs in town! At My Gym Long Beach's Summer Camp, they activate the fun every single day. Children participate in energizing games, exciting relays, arts and crafts, music and so much more. Each camp program is uniquely designed to keep your children moving and active. My Gym Long Beach makes it easy for parents with a drop-off program, pay-by-the-day options, and multi-day discounts. They are continuing their health and safety precautions to ensure everyone's safety. Masks are required for everyone age 3 and up, and proof of vaccination or negative test result is required for everyone age 14 and up. Visit their website to see more on their health and safety rules, Camp spaces are limited, book your spot today! See ad on page 11. Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Presents Camp Newport (949) 644-3151, Are you ready to see what your child can be in Newport Beach? With hundreds of camps to choose from, Camp Newport has just the activity to help your child discover what they want to be for the summer. They can be an adventurer, exploring life under the sea in an Ocean Adventure Program or be creative, finding their medium in a themed Lisa Albert art camp. Be curious in a Bionerds science camp or imaginative in a Strategic Kids camp that features unique topics like magic, chess, LEGO, and more. Be rhythmic in a new guitar and ukulele camp or entertained in a theater camp. Be active in one of many sports, dance and fitness camps like skateboarding, soccer, and beach volleyball. Finally, be one with the ocean and round out the summer with a week of surf camp or let the famous Marina Park lighthouse be your guide to a sailing camp hosted by their partners at OCC Sailing. Whatever your child wants to be, let them be in Newport Beach this summer. For more information, visit

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1. Figure out what type of camp is right for your family Day camps are the most popular and usually operate during working hours. Resident/Sleep Away camps are the classic summer camp experience where kids are away from home. They’re usually held at local mountains or other fun destinations.

2. Find out what your kid’s absolutely obsessed with Summer camps keep kids learning outside of school. And what’s the key to learning? Engagement! When your child’s interested in a topic, they’re more likely to engage with the activities and get the most out of their summer. Talk to your kid about their likes and dislikes. Together, make a list of programs that align with their interests.

3. Don’t forget to look into your favorite places Does your family love visiting the local aquarium, museum, or zoo? Chances are your favorite places and attractions offer a summer camp!

4. Let your child explore outside their comfort zone The best summer camps introduce kids to new experiences and topics. If your kid loves being inside on the computer, try a camp with activities like swimming, hiking, and being out in nature. Same goes for kids who love outdoor activities. Consider camps that develop their STEAM skills like coding, science, robotics, or filmmaking.

5. Ask about discounts, scholarships, and extra costs Looking to save some money? Ask about early-bird discounts, sibling discounts, member discounts, scholarships, camperships, and financial aid. On the flip side, ask about those extra fees and add-ons!

6. Don’t overlook your needs as a parent Your needs matter too. Consider your own work schedule, commute time, budget, and other family obligations.

7. Don’t stress about finding the ‘perfect’ camp There’s tons of awesome camps out there, but no camp will perfectly align with interests, schedules, budget, etc. And don’t panic if your first choice fills up, camps are a great way to explore different things. Find more tips and camps at!

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Project Ink Creative Writing Camp at Bridges Reading & Writing Institute 16470 Bake Pkwy., Ste. 100, Irvine (949) 651-1075, Ext. 102, Get excited about writing with Project Ink! Students (entering 3rd-8th grades) use their imagination to create their own fictional story, learning practical tips and useful techniques to become better writers. Over two weeks, students will practice the five-step writing process ending with a final print, complete with graphics and a creative cover. Professional teachers lead students with a ratio of 1:9. Spaces are limited, so register now. Session 1: June 20-30; Session 2: July 11-21; and Session 3: July 25 - August 4. Morning, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or afternoon, 1:304:30 p.m. $525 per session (plus $28.54 processing fee). If you have any questions, email Reboot Summer Day Camp at Scholars Collective 236 E. 3rd St., Long Beach (323) 413-7856, Summertime is the perfect time for a Reboot! Reboot Summer Day Camp at Scholars Collective is a one-of-a-kind tech experience where your scholar gets to learn everything from video game design to 3D printing. Camp runs all summer, June 13 August 31, with flexible drop-offs, open from 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Prices are $125 a week or a daily rate of $35, giving you the freedom to accommodate all of your summer plans. • Rise Up Athletics 10712 Reagan St., Ste. A., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102, Are you looking for a fun-filled exciting program for your children to get into? Well, look no further, Rise Up Athletics offers exciting seasonal in-house day camps for children ages 4 years and up. Full week or daily options are offered for your convenience. Either way your child will enjoy instructional gymnastics along with arts, crafts, games and much more. For enrollment information, visit their website, call or email See ad on page 5. • Sandie Mercer Ranch at Lakewood Equestrian Center 11369 Carson St., Lakewood (562) 425-1905 Summer and holiday weekly extended lesson program at Sandie Mercer Ranch for ages 7-17. Learn all about horses: leading, grooming, bathing, parts of saddle and bridle, breed types, colors and markings, plus horseback riding two times daily. Weekly sessions, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Enrollment is limited. Email: For their yearround lessons, see page 43; see ad on page 7. Sewing Lab Los Alamitos Summer Camps 4215 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos (657) 465-5499, Fun and friendly sewing camps for absolute beginners and more advanced sewists, ages 8-18 (must have finished 1st grade). Small class size with lots of space; maximum 8 students per class. Two hours of sewing per camp day! Three time slots to choose from, weekly sessions, June 13 - August 26. Be-

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ginners learn how to safely use a sewing machine and make projects such as bookmark, pillowcase, PJs, drawstring backpack, shirts and more. More advanced students (and students in their 2nd and 3rd camps) sew summer dresses, beach bags and other fun summer projects. $249, includes all materials and you can choose from a variety of cute and fashionable fabrics. 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 for 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 are also available. Email for summer schedule and more details. Email: or visit her Facebook page at • Shared Science Unique STEM Combo Camp Long Beach Unique STEM combo camp weeks for K-5 kids. Students meet at a designated learning site from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Classes are indoors, with some outdoor activities. Every hour, the STEM activity shifts one or two times, plus physical game play breaks (and hand washing). Camp activities include early engineering, LEGO WeDo, Kubo, or Root robotics, discovery LEGO builds, maker electronic and art projects, adventures in inventing, and more. Maximum class size is 16. Scholarships may be available. Visit their website for the summer schedule. All in-person activities follow safe COVID-19 response protocols. See ad on page 16. • 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 pages 42 and 43). See ad on page 17. • South Coast Repertory’s Summer Acting Workshop 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa (714) 708-5577, Award-winning! Kids and teens (grades 3-12) build confidence and self-esteem in a safe and welcoming setting. The fun-filled two-week camps are designed for students new to SCR and introduce them to solving creative problems through inspiration and innovation! Enthusiastic and experienced professional artists help students explore and deepen their understanding of the craft of acting and strengthen important life skills. Classes meet in the safe and creative environment of Tony Awardwinning South Coast Repertory, which has been at

Urban Workshop's STEM Youth Program is the only hands-on shop class that gets kids to put down their phones. The kids will learn how to solve difficult problems using their hands, experience real tools and learn new skills that will last a lifetime. These are no ordinary STEM classes, more like old school shop classes that combines new technology and traditional skills. Students will have fun, get dirty, use loud and obnoxious tools and make a lot of saw dust, metal chips, and wire scraps along the way!


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the forefront of theatre in America for more than 50 years. July 11-22 or July 25 - August 5, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. See ad on page 8. Summer@Stratford... It's Your Child's Time to Shine 24741 Chrisanta Drive, Mission Viejo (949) 458-1776, “Bring out their best this summer!” Stratford provides the perfect summer camp experience for your child, complete with all the fun, enriching activities they love, and the important safety measures you expect. With more options to explore, including Day Camps, Academic Camps, Specialty Camps, and Sports Camps, you can customize a one-of-a-kind experience that makes your child shine! Summer@Stratford offers preschool, elementary, and middle school children ample opportunities to explore, discover, make new friends, and learn new skills. Give your child the Summer@ Stratford experience they will remember. Find out more at! Summer with Westerly 2950 E. 29th St., Long Beach (562) 981-3151, Summer with Westerly engages students all summer long through a dynamic range of enrichment experiences that focus on the whole child. Summer with Westerly is dedicated to giving campers a well-rounded summer experience embracing their passions and encouraging the pursuit of new experiences. They believe in providing a space that fosters intellectual curiosity through hands-on classes in the sciences, engineering and arts, while promoting healthy movement and play with sports, team building games, water days and more! Programs vary by grade level. Full day camp is geared towards children going into grades Kindergarten through 8th grade, with a half day program option for Pre-Kindergarten ages. To learn more go to or for questions, email Team Nikos Long Beach Basketball Camp Newcomb Academy, 3351 Val Verde Ave., Long Beach Campers (entering grades K-8) learn the fundamental skills of basketball including passing, shooting, dribbling, footwork, defensive drills, strength and conditioning, plus sportsmanship training. Kids of all levels will gain confidence while developing skills that will help them excel on and off the basketball court. Campers receive a camp T-shirt, plus the opportunity to win prizes and awards. August 1-5, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Extended care and lunch options available for additional fees. Camp cost is $200 (by June 1), $250 (by July 1), or $300 (by August 1). Tennis Anyone's Famous Junior Summer Tennis Camps Southern California (909) 625-2060, Kids ages 7-17 of all ability levels will love their one-of-a-kind Junior Summer Tennis Camps! From the amazing on-court games and drills, to hit for prizes, training to music hour, and creative ball decorating contests, they have it all! Students are

grouped with players of their own ability and are taught level-appropriate skills to take their game to a new level. By the end of camp everyone learns how to play a set. Weeklong camps are held all summer long at locations in Arcadia, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar, Huntington Beach and Yorba Linda. All camps run Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon. Cost is $249 per week. USPTA Safe-play Protocols for Tennis during COVID-19 will be used to help keep students and coaches safe at all times. Don’t miss out on the fun, fitness and friendships you’ll make this summer. Space is limited! United States Youth Volleyball League Summer Camps 2022 (888) 988-7985, USYVL's mission is to provide boys and girls (ages 7-15) a chance to learn and play volleyball in a fun, safe, supervised environment. With an emphasis on positive reinforcement, the program seeks to build confidence and self-esteem in each child. Instructional camps are offered for all levels in three-day sessions, three hours per day. Players are grouped according to age and experience with a 8:1 player to coach ratio. With small groups and individual instruction, players improve overall game performance while developing meaningful friendships and teamwork skills. For additional information or questions, call or email • Urban Workshop Summer Camps 365-A Clinton St., Costa Mesa (949) 296-2153 The only hands-on shop STEM class that gets kids to put down their phones, solve difficult problems using their hands, experience real tools and solutions, and learn new skills that last a lifetime. These are the shop classes they used to teach in high school but using new technology alongside traditional skills. Kids will have fun, get dirty, use loud and obnoxious tools and make a lot of sawdust, metal chips, and wire scraps along the way! Students will have the pride and satisfaction of building real projects from scratch using real tools and gain the confidence that they can handle whatever comes their way! Levels 1 thru 4 are offered as one-week camps. Visit the website to see the schedule and enroll now! See ad on page 13. • Young Scientists Camp California State University, Long Beach (562) 985-4801, Spend two weeks doing hands-on science investigations. Students (entering grades 2-8 and HS girls) perform experiments and projects in CSULB college science laboratories, with an outstanding studentteacher ratio of 10:1. This year's themes include: Ecosystem Explorers, It's Not Magic, It's Science! (sold out), CSI Long Beach (sold out), Electrifying Science, and HS girls Fashion Physics. The camp will be held July 18-24, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. $350 ($25 sibling discount, $25 CSULB faculty/staff discount). This is two weeks of engaging science investigations which will help kids learn to think scientifically, communicate more effectively, and practice their science and engineering skills. Call for more information or visit their website. See ad on page 15.

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Adventures in Nature Day Camp Natural History Museum 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles (213) 763-3466, Campers (entering grades K-5) explore dinosaurs, critters, fossils, insects, and nature. Get hands-on experiences and up-close access to 4.5 billion years of life on Earth. June 27 - July 29, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Extended care available. $350/nonmembers, $315/non-members per week. Anaheim Community Services (714) 765-5191, Magic Camp (ages 8-12) - Students receive everything they need to become a magician, including their own personal magic video key card, highquality props, a “Top Secret” folder with games, jokes, puzzles, and more magic. Sessions: June 20-24, July 5-8 and 7-22, August 1-5. CampVenture (ages 6-13) - Weeklong day camps where campers enjoy activities including arts and crafts, games, movies, science experiments, special events, and sports. TeenVenture (ages 13-16) - Each three-week session provides teen counselors with valuable leadership training while leading campers in games, activities, and crafts. Teens will also learn interview skills, college prep, and basic first aid in preparation for becoming a camp counselor. Aquarium of the Pacific Summer Camp 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach (562) 590-1630, Children (ages 7-12) join aquarium educators to explore the habitats and animals of the Pacific Ocean. Campers feed animals, tour exhibits before opening, and participate in hands-on learning activities. Explorer Camp, June 20 - August 19, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - noon. $230-285. 16 kidsguide summer 2022

Aviation Summer Camps at Long Beach Airport 2601 E. Spring St., Long Beach (562) 252-6722, Airman campers (ages 9-15) design, build and fly model airplanes, fly simulators and R/C planes, and take field trips. Campers also hear from aviation experts and tour airport facilities. Flight Opportunity, a 45-minute flight over Long Beach can be added. Pilot Camp available for those interested in actual flight instruction. June 20 - August 18, Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Extended care available. Airman Camp, $379; Flight Opportunity, $99; Pilot Camp, $1250. Battleship IOWA STEM Adventure Camp 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro (877) 446-9261, Campers (1st-8th grade) get in-depth tours of ship compartments and participate in STEM activities centered around the scientific and engineering concepts needed to successfully construct, operate, and maintain a battleship. June 13 - August 12, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon. $110. Visit their website and search "STEM Adventure Camp" for more details. Bolsa Chica Wetlands 3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach (714) 846-1114, Young researchers participate in guided hikes, hands-on science labs, STEM-based activities and crafts. Junior Summer Wetland Explorers (grades K-3), June 27 - July 1. Senior Summer Wetland Explorers (4th-7th grade), July 11-15. Monday Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $300, suggested donation. Boys and Girls Clubs Youth programs offered, including day camps, in fullday or half-day sessions. Find a nearby club online. Brea Community Services 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea (714) 990-7179, Brea Summer Day Camp is located at the Brea Community Center and offers activities for elementary-aged kids. Camps are available weekly, June 7 - August 13, Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

BumoCare Summer Camp (650) 689-3043, Children (ages 2-11) engage in STEM and arts activities including science experiments, coding, art projects, creating their own musical instruments, and more. June 14 - August 12. Locations in Pasadena, Eagle Rock, Newport Beach, and Century City. Visit website for dates and pricing for each location. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Summer Program 3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pedro (310) 548-7562, Two-day classes for students to explore tides, sea animals, marine biology, and more. Tales Between Tides (ages 3-5) - Parents and young explorers discover the ocean at “see” level. Galloping Snails (1st-2nd grade) - Watch snails gallop and other fascinating seashore animal behavior. Crab Shells (3rd-4th grade) - Hold hermit crabs, go crab fishing, feed barnacles, and more. Icthyology (5th-6th grade) - Examine and dissect fish. Coastal Field Research (7th-9th grade) Conduct laboratory and field research. Registration and information on each session is found on the calendar of their website. California Science Center Summer Camp 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles (323) 724-3623, Campers (Pre-K-8th grade) can choose over 25 classes exploring chemistry, earth science, space science, and more. June 13 - August 12. Half-day, $200; full-day, $400. Camp Fire 7070 E. Carson St., Long Beach (562) 421-2725, Summer Day Camp - The program, for campers entering 1st-8th grade, is held at Carson Street and DeForest Park. June - August, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., extended care available. Camp Wintaka (Resident Camp) - July 18-23, for students entering 2nd-10th grade. Located in the San Bernardino Mountains. Camp James Summer Day Camp 101 N. Bayside Drive, Newport Beach (949) 729-1098, Campers (ages 4-14) enjoy aquatic adventures,

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arts and crafts, martial arts, rock climbing, ziplining, and more. June 6 - August 12, Monday Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. . $420-475.


Clay on First 406 E. 1st St., Unit B, Long Beach (562) 495-4362, From hand-building piggy banks and trinket boxes to wheel-throwing pottery planters, young artists (ages 6-12) will express their artistry skills with ceramics. June 20 - August 26, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. $385.

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Costa Mesa Parks and Community Services Camp Mini Explorers (ages 3-5) - Campers enjoy water play, games, indoor/outdoor experiences, art, dance, nature, and animals. June 13 - July 22, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Camp Costa Mesa (1st-6th grade) Campers enjoy excursions, sports, games, and art during weekly sessions. June 13 - August 12, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Teen Camp (7th-10th grade) - Teens experience excursions, beach/pool days, mall trips, sports, and art during weekly sessions. June 13 - August 12, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Culinary Kids Summer Camps (949) 292-4720, Young chefs cook in small groups to create a three-course meal. Aliso Viejo, June 13 - August 5; San Clemente, June 13 - July 29. $205 per week. Cypress Recreation and Parks (714) 229-6780, Campers enjoy themed weeks, crafts, games, and more. Camp Cypress (1st-7th grade), June 13 - August 12, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $143 per week. Summer Parks Program (ages 5-12), June 14 - August 11, Tuesday - Thursday, 1-4 p.m. $35 per week.

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Destination Science Curious kids (ages 5-11) participate in STEM learning through science-based activities, games, spirit days, and rallies. Programs include Robot Island Marine Science, Solar Engineers and Sci-Mystery, and Space Adventures. June 13 - August 22, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. $389-409 per week. Environmental Nature Center 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach (949) 645-8489, Kids use binoculars, magnifying lenses and microscopes, as well as play games and make crafts. Little Naturalist Camp (age 4), Nature Adventure Camp (ages 5-8) and Science Explorers Camp (ages 9-13). $300-350. Visit website for dates and themes. CSULB Summer Camps at The Beach 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach (562) 985-4111, California State University offers a variety of summer camps for boys and girls of all ages and ability levels. Camps include: 49er Camp and Young Scientists' Camp (see page 15), Academic Enrichment Camp, Young Artists' Camp, and Camp Nugget for those with special needs, ages 5-12.





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Fountain Valley Parks & Recreation (714) 839-8611, Summer Camps for ages 3-12 include Little Scientist Lab, Rollercoaster Robotics, Secret Agent Lab, NASA Space Academy, Robots 101, and more. Visit their website for dates, times, and locations.

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Free to Be Me Performing Arts Academy 6172 Garden Grove Blvd., Westminster (714) 331-2855, Young performers (ages 4 and up) sing, dance, and act to favorite songs and musicals with six, weekly themed performing arts camps. June - August. Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. $200 per week. Grow-Eat-Make Camp at The Ecology Center 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano (949) 443-4223, Campers (ages 6-12) explore a working farm, Farm Stand, and Children’s Garden. Each day teaches environmental stewardship, from real farm work and food discovery to collaborative games and naturebased crafts. June 13 - August 5, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. $1150 for two weeks. iD Tech Camps 1 (888) 709-8324, Campers (ages 7-9, 10-12, and 13-17) experience hands-on STEM activities including coding, game development, robotics, and design on a college campus. Some locations offer Alexa Cafe, a camp designed for girls (ages 10-15) that combines tech and social activism. Southern California locations include: CSULB, UCI, UCLA, Caltech, and UCSD.

Camps where the whole family attends! Typically all-inclusive with lodging, meals, and activities for grown ups and children of all ages.

Camp Big Bear - YMCA Santa Monica September 2-5 Camp Fox at Catalina Island YMCA Glendale September 3-5 Family Vacation Center UC Santa Barbara June 19 - August 18 Montecito Sequoia Family Camp Kings Canyon National Park June 12 - August 18 Skylake Family Camp, Wishon June 2-5, August 25-28, September 2-5 YMCA Sequoia Lake, Miramonte Tulequoia: June 17 - August 5 Sequoia: July 3 - August 6

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Irvine Community Services (949) 724-6600, Hundreds of summer camps for kids (ages 3-17) from cooking, crafts, dance, music, educational, sports, and recreation. June - August. Jr. Zookeeper Camp at The Reptile Zoo 18818 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley (714) 500-0591, Dig fossils, handle live snakes, and play games. Campers (ages 5-12) learn about the ecosystem, habitat, food chain, senses, and camouflage. Campers receive a T-shirt, workbook, certificate of graduation, plus a six-month zoo membership. June 20 - August 12, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. noon or 2-5 p.m. $350-400 per week. LA Clippers Youth Basketball Summer Camps (213) 204-2819, Kids (ages 6-14) of all levels learn from coaches and participate in skills training. June - August. $310+. La Habra Recreation Active Summer Day Camp 209 North Orange St., La Habra (562) 383-4000, Campers (ages 4-12) enjoy center activities, outdoor games, arts and crafts, guest speakers, and assemblies. June 6 - August 12, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. $150 per week, $35 registration. La Mirada Community Services 14300 Cristobal Drive, La Mirada (562) 943-7277,

Children (ages 6-12) enjoy outdoor games, activities, crafts, excursions, sports, and water play. June 6 - August 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. $95-105. Laguna Playhouse 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach (949) 497-2787, Explore the many different aspects of theatre, with a strong focus on acting. Kids (4th grade and up) dive into topics such as masks, puppetry, improv, stage combat, and more. Learn from industry professionals with guest speakers and instructors. Session 1: July 11-21 (4th-6th grade). Session 2: July 25 - August 4 (7th grade and up). Monday Thursday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $390 per session. Lakers Basketball Day Camp 12552 Western Ave., Garden Grove Campers (ages 8-17) hone their basketball skills and discover the importance of hard work, teamwork, dedication, and sportsmanship, on and off the court. Camp consists of offensive and defensive drills, games, league play, playoffs and awarded skill contests. Session 1: July 18 - July 22. Session 2: July 25 - July 29. Monday - Friday. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $650 per session. Mission Viejo Recreation (949) 470-3000, Offers art, theater, sports and specialty camps, including American Doll Fashion, Sew Cool Sewing, Jedi Engineering, Improvisation Comedy, and more. View website for dates, times, and fees. Musique Sur La Mer Orchestra Camp 423 Shoreline Village Drive, Ste. C, Long Beach Intermediate and advanced orchestra students (6th-12th grade) enjoy two weeks of music-making and instruction from master teachers. June 20 - July 1, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon. Free. Newport Sea Base 1931 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach (949) 642-5031, Campers (ages 5-17) enjoy a variety of water activities, including learning how to canoe and kayak, fishing, or snorkeling at the beach. June 13 - August 19, 8:30 a.m. - noon. $199-249. Oak Canyon Nature Center 6700 E. Walnut Canyon Road, Anaheim (714) 998-8380, O.A.K.S. Day Camp (ages 6-12) - Experience art, Native American traditions, and nature activities. June 13 - August 5. $88-110 a week. Wilderness Survival Camp (ages 12-14) - Teens build shelters and learn first-aid skills. June 13 - August 12. $90. Ocean Institute Summer Camps 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point (949) 496-2274, Dive into ocean science with six different camps for ages 5-13. Explore habitats, meet animals, learn about pirates, explore shipwrecks, sail on a historic tall ship, go aboard a research vessel, and lots more. June 13 - August 12. $285-495. Visit website for more information about each program.

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Oodles Summer Camp 19101 Bloomfield Ave., Cerritos (562) 888-1496, Academic camp for Pre-K-12th grade. Sports, gymnastics, art, chess, self defense and other activities are provided. Half, full day options available. Orange Community Services (714) 744-7293, Day camps for youth entering 1st-6th grade. Activities include sing-alongs, sports, games, and crafts. June 13 - August 12. Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Quest Therapeutic Summer Camp Fountain Valley Sports Park 16400 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley (714) 490-3428, Program for children (ages 6-18) with mild to moderate social, emotional and behavioral needs. Program offers fun activities, individualized goals, and services with a psychologist and occupational therapist. June 27 - July 22. $3915 for four weeks. Rancho Los Cerritos 4600 N. Virginia Road, Long Beach (562) 206-2040, Experience activities and crafts from churning butter, recognizing plants and insects, to making tortillas from scratch. Time-Travelers Camp (ages 6-10), July 18-22; Nature Camp (ages 6-10), July 25-29; Vaquero Camp (ages 6-10), August 1-5; Unplugged Camp (ages 11-13), August 8-12. Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. $175 for non-members. Roundhouse Aquarium Manhattan Beach Pier (310) 379-8117, Campers (ages 4-10) dig for sand crabs, play in the waves, dissect a squid, look at plankton under a microscope, touch live animals, build sand sculptures, and more. June 27 - August 5, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon. $295 per week. Seal Beach Community Services (562) 431-2527, Ext. 1344, Variety of summer camps from Hollywood Special Effects and Superhero Gymnastics to Star Wars Art and many more. Weekly sessions, June - August. Sherman Library & Gardens 2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar (949) 673-2261, Campers (ages 7-11) learn to care for plants and cover topics like carnivorous plants, growing food, worm composting, and creating a wildlife friendly garden. This STEAM-based camp develops skills of observation, design, and scientific exploration. Each session includes garden activities and a fun project. July 25-28 or August 8-11, Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - noon. $180/members, $200/non-members.


2022 Summer Day Camp JUNE 27 - AUGUST 19, 2022 • FOR STUDENTS ENTERING 1ST - 8TH GRADE 5336 Arbor Road Long Beach, CA 90808 (562) 425-3358


Southern California Dance Academy 4410 East Greenmeadow Road, Long Beach (562) 397-2137, Campers (ages 5+) learn a variety of dance styles including ballet, jazz, hip-hop, folk, swing, and lyrical. June 20 - July 8, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. 2 p.m.

The Youth Center - Camp S.H.A.R.K. 10909 Oak St., Los Alamitos (562) 493-4043, Campers (ages 5-12) participate in activities, crafts, sports, field trips, and more. June 13 - August 12, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $125 per week. Extended hours and daily rates available.

Southern California Tennis Academy El Dorado Park Tennis Center 2800 N. Studebaker Road, Long Beach (562) 386-8600, Kids (ages 5-14) learn the fundamentals of tennis, run drills, and compete in games. June 20 - August 12, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon. $225.

Topgolf Summer Academy 400 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., El Segundo (424) 567-6385, Kids (ages 6-12) learn everything they need to know to improve their game of golf from chipping, putting and full swing, to rules and etiquette. Camp includes lunch, special gifts, and certificate of completion. June 13 - August 5, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon. $250-300.

spcaLA’s Friends for Life Camp 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach (562) 216-2545, Weeklong day camp for ages 9-11 and 12-14. Kids learn basic care and responsibility for pets, respect for animals, and the beginnings of dog training. Six sessions offered, June 20 - August 5, Monday Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $360 per camper. STAR Eco Station 10101 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City Campers (grades K-5) focus on animal care, feeding and cleaning, creative art projects, hands-on lessons on conservation and adaptations, and games. June 13 - August 26, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. 3 p.m. $360-450 per week, plus registration fee. Teens Speak Up - Free Camp at Chance Theater 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Teens (7th-12th grade) learn about acting, writing, directing, designing, improv, and team-building. The six-week program culminates in an original show performed for a live audience. June 20 - July 31. The program has also expanded to Spectrum Speak Up (June 21 - August 6), a theater camp for teens on the spectrum. Visit website for more details. Free.

Tustin Parks and Recreation (714) 573-3326, One-week themed day camp sessions that include: Little Folks Camp (3-5), Camp Tustin (6-10), Tustin Teen Camp (11-14), Summer Drop-In Program (free), and Counselor in Training (14-17). Specialty camps include a variety of STEM-related Lego camps, tennis, baseball, dance, football, and more. May 31 - August 5. Call for details. UCI Sports Camps 4004 Mesa Road, Irvine (949) 824-6120, UC Irvine offers sports camps for kids and teens (elementary through college). Sports include baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, clinics, and team camps. Dates, hours, and fees vary by sport. YMCA Summer Camps Your local YMCA offers a variety of day, overnight, family, and specialty camps. Financial assistance is available. Visit their website to find your nearest YMCA branch.

Signal Hill Community Services (562) 989-7329, Itty Bitty Day Camp (ages 3-6), June 27 - July 22, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - noon. $80-90 per week. Day Camp (1st-5th grade), June 20 - August 19, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. $70-80 per week.

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Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (San Pedro)* California Science Center

(Los Angeles)*

(IMAX & special exhibits not included)

Cayton’s Children Museum (Santa Monica ) (pay-as-you-wish for LA County residents)

Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum (Rancho Dominquez)*




Autry Museum

Skirball Cultural Center


Fullerton Arboretum (Fullerton)

(Long Beach)

Fullerton Train Museum (Fullerton)

(Los Angeles)

Second Tuesday LACMA (Los Angeles)

Second Tuesday Descanso Gardens (La Canada Flintridge)**

Third Tuesday

LA Arboretum (Arcadia)

(Los Angeles)

Every Thursday

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden (CSULB)**

Every Sunday

Griffith Observatory (Los Angeles) (excludes planetarium shows)

Japanese American

Getty Center & Getty Villa (Los Angeles)**

National Museum

La Brea Tar Pits (Los Angeles)

(Los Angeles)

Every Thursday

(Free 3-5pm daily for LA County residents)

LACMA (Los Angeles)

The Huntington

(Free 3-5pm weekdays for LA County residents)

(San Marino)

First Thursdays

Mount Wilson Observatory (Mount Wilson)

Third Tuesday

Natural History Museum (Los Angeles) (Free 3-5pm daily for LA County residents)

South Coast Botanic Garden

Oak Canyon Nature Center (Anaheim)*

(Palos Verdes Estates)

Rancho Los Alamitos (Long Beach)

Third Tuesday

Rancho Los Cerritos (Long Beach) *donations appreciated **reservations required Note: All details subject to change without notice. Restrictions may apply. Confirm with organizer before attending.

Ask your favorite attractions about memberships, they usually offer members free admission and discounts!

Be a Foster, Be a Hero


Adding a pet to your family not only adds unconditional love, but also a great opportunity to teach kids the responsibility of caring for animals. If you’re interested in fostering or adopting, reach out to your local rescue or shelter. Lauren was dedicated to “providing care for senior dogs languishing in the shelter system who deserve to live their lives out in comfort and love...” - Emily, Live Love Animal Rescue

Learn more about Lauren’s Legacy & Live Love Animal Rescue

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Animal Encounters & Zoos America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark (805) 378-1440, Home of the Exotic Animal Training and Management Program at Moorpark College, The Teaching Zoo, is open to the public for live animal presentations and training demonstrations. Party packages, holiday events, and summer programs available. Children’s Nature Retreat 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine (619) 320-4942, A 20-acre sanctuary with 200+ domesticated and exotic animals. Day passes, guided tours, Keeper for the Day, Behind the Scenes tour, and birthday parties available. • Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary 8545 Buttemere Road, Phelan (760) 868-2755, Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary is dedicated to preserving the lives of abused, neglected and abandoned exotic animals through rescue, rehabilitation and education. By partnering with the community, they can change animals lives and inspire future generations. Come on by Forever Wild and visit their animal family. They offer group events, guided tours, barn and deer feedings, and Feasts with the Beasts! From school field trips to fun and festive events like “A Very Wild Christmas” and “Spooktacular Halloween,” there is always something lively happening at the sanctuary! See ad on page 23 for a free admission coupon.

Goods & Goat Market 29458 Trabuco Creek Road, San Juan Capistrano (949) 212-4357, Family goat farm that specializes in goat yoga and special events for kids and grown-ups. Some events include Date Nights, The Goat Walk, Baby Goat Yoga, Kids and Kids Playtime (petting zoo), private parties, field trips, classes and more. Kids enjoy story time, soar on a zipline, and play in the sandbox. Junior Farmer program also available. Lions, Tigers and Bears 24402 Martin Way, Alpine (619) 659-8078, Exotic animal sanctuary dedicated to providing a safe haven to abused and abandoned exotic animals. Home to more than 60 animals, including big cats, bears and farm animals. Visit and explore or even stay the night for Wild Oak Wild Nights. Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles (323) 644-4200, Home to 2,200+ animals representing 270+ different species. Popular exhibits include Rainforest of the Americas, Elephants of Asia, and Campo Gorilla Reserve. Special experiences, animal shows, camps and workshops also offered. Oasis Camel Dairy 26757 Highway 78, Ramona (760) 787-0983, Unique family farm offering camel rides, feedings, and private tours. Camel Camps are also available. Visit on Open Farm Tour days or by appointment. Orange County Zoo Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange (714) 973-6840, Located inside Irvine Regional Park and features a variety of animals and plants. Visit the all-new

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Large Mammal Exhibit with big cats, featuring an adult mountain lion, three orphaned mountain lion cubs and an adult jaguar. Animals on exhibit include black bear, bald eagle, kit fox, ocelot, beaver, great horned owl, porcupine, coyote, turkey vulture, and goats and sheep in the barnyard. OstrichLand USA 610 E. Highway 246, Solvang (805) 686-9696, Unique landmark with 100+ ostriches and emus, where guests are invited to feed and interact with the large birds. See ostrich chicks during summer months and emu chicks in late-winter and early spring. Groups and guided tours are also available. Pony Time Lakewood Equestrian Center 11369 Carson St., Lakewood (562) 916-7669, Enjoy pony rides, trot rides, and animal feeding. Trail rides, pony lessons, and birthday parties are offered by appointment. San Diego Zoo 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego (619) 231-1515, Discover over 12,000 animals representing more than 650 species. Explore the all-new Wildlife Explorers Basecamp, where kids can interact, climb, scramble, and jump in innovative nature play areas. Upgrade your visit with special experiences, such as Animals in Action, Early Morning Cheetah Experience, Crazy About Cats, Inside Look Tour, Discovery Tour, and the Exclusive VIP Experience. Summer camps and Zoo Corps for teens are offered. San Diego Zoo Safari Park 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido (760) 747-8702, Known for their expansive savanna, Safari Park is home to 3,600+ animals. Their newest habitat, Walkabout Australia, lets guests walk among the grasslands of Australia with kangaroos and wallabies. Meet the only two platypuses currently residing outside of Australia. Enhance your experience with safari add-ons. Zipline across the park, go behind the scenes, or go on a special overnight camping experience. Summer camps for kids and conservation corps for teens also available.

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


Santa Ana Zoo 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana (714) 836-4000, Features over 80 species of animals, including some of the smallest monkeys in the world, the Golden Headed Lion Tamarins. Hop on the Zoofari Express train, ride the carousel, and ferris wheel on Fridays - Sundays. Birthday parties and educational program are also offered. Free admission every third Sunday for Santa Ana residents. STAR Eco Station 10101 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City (310) 842-8060, Environmental science museum and exotic wildlife rescue facility that offers hands-on ecology lessons and encounters with exotic birds, reptiles, mammals and ocean life in a tropical jungle setting. Guided tours, special events, seasonal camps, field trips, and party packages are available. Mobile museums, workshops, and classes are offered too. The Reptile Zoo 18818 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley (714) 500-0591, See over 100 exotic species of reptiles, amphibians, crocodilians, fish, and arachnids. Upgrade your visit with animal encounters, photo opportunities, presentations, and feeding experiences. Meet DARTHgator at their Gator Island exhibit. Private experiences, birthday parties, and Jr. Zookeeper summer camp also available.



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8545 Buttemere Road, Phelan • 760.868.2755 •

Wallis Annenberg Petspace 12005 Bluff Creek Dr., Playa Vista (424) 384-1801, An interactive place for pet adoptions and pet education. Programs for children include the Critter Corner, where kids discover different types of small companion animals that make great pets. Other programs include dog training, camps, field trips, and birthday parties.

Wildlife Learning Center 16027 Yarnell St., Sylmar (818) 362-8711, Explore and see rescued animals such as squirrel monkeys, bald eagle, macaws, American alligators, pythons, and more. Special interactive tours and individual animal experiences are available. Summer camps, picnic safaris, and birthday parties also offered.

Wild Wonders 5712 Vía Montellano, Bonsall (760) 630-9230, Connect with over 120 animal ambassadors. Special animal experiences include behind-the-scene tours and meeting animals up close. Sunset Safari, Zoo Camps, Zookeeper Mentoring Program, birthday parties, wildlife photography sessions, and animals for special events are also available.

Zoomars at River Street Ranch 31791 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano (949) 831-6550, Family-owned ranch where kids can pet and feed farm animals, ride a pony, pan for "gold" and real gemstones, go on a kiddy train ride, jump on a mini excavator to scoop sand, and drive a mini tractor around a track. Party packages available.

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Aquariums & Marine Centers

1. Hype up the trip Research about the different animals you could see. Most whale watching companies have a daily log of sightings!

2. Don’t oversell it You might not even see a whale. It’ll be disappointing, but let the kids know that the whales are wild, and they’re free to swim wherever they want.

3. Prep for a long trip Cruises can be over four hours. The novelty of a boat ride could wear off quickly for kids, so bring activities!

4. Bring binoculars Whale watching boats have distancing guidelines to follow, so if you spot a whale, it might be pretty far away.

5. Prevent sea sickness Sea sickness can ruin everything! Take preventative measures, talk to the doctor, and chat with the crew for more tips!

Whale Watching Cruises Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari, (949) 415-5954, www.dolphinsafari. com. Dana Wharf Whale Watching, (888) 2240603, Davey’s Locker, (949) 415-5954, Kids (ages 0-12) are free, Harbor Breeze Cruise, (562) 432-4900, www.2seewhales. com. LA Waterfront Cruises, (310) 547-9916, Marina Del Rey Sportfishing, (310)822-3625, Newport Landing Whale Watching, (949) 6750551, Ocean Institute, (949) 496-2274, www.ocean-institute. org. Redondo Beach Whale Watching, (310) 372-2111,


Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach (562) 590-3100, Home to 12,000+ animals of the Pacific Ocean. Touch sharks, feed lorikeets, watch a coral reef dive show, and interact with over 50 engaging exhibits and behind-the-scenes areas. Popular exhibits include the Sea Otter and Penguin Habitats, Tropical Pacific Gallery, Sea Jellies, and more. Family events and festivals are held throughout the year. Birthday parties and camps offered. Animal encounters with sharks and rays, seals and sea lions, penguins, and feathered friends are also available. All-new exhibit, Babies!, opens May 27 and features baby animals. Learn about various ocean habitats that function as nurseries for baby animals, including mangroves, coral reefs, and seagrass beds. Birch Aquarium 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla (858) 534-3474, Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, explore 60+ habitats including a two-story Giant Kelp Forest, Hall of Fishes, Sharks Shores, and touch animals in their Tide Pool Plaza. Also offers summer camps, behind-the-scenes tours, and special events throughout the year. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro (310) 548-7562, Thirty-five saltwater tanks and touch tanks, plus discovery labs and an Aquatic Nursery with baby sea animals. Programs include tours, workshops, camps, youth docents, family programs, annual events, tide pool walks and grunion runs. Suggested admission donation: $3-7. Heal the Bay Aquarium 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica (310) 393-6149, Located under the Santa Monica Pier, the Aquarium features 100+ species of marine animals and plants found locally in the Santa Monica Bay. Hands-on activities include touch tanks and outdoor patio exhibits. Year-round classes, party packages, special events, live animal feedings, and summer camps are usually offered. Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles 3601 S. Gaffey St., #8, San Pedro (310) 548-5677, Hospital for seals and sea lions stranded along the LA County coast. Offers education programming like tours, field trips, classes, and social media live streams. Visitors can see seals and sea lion patients from a safe distance. Open to the public on weekends. Reservations are required and tours are free, however, a $5 donation per person is suggested.

Ocean Institute 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point (949) 496-2274, Open to the public on weekends, families can go on a guided tide pool hike, kayak around the Dana Point harbor, or go on a whale and marine life tour aboard a research vessel. Birthday parties, camps, and programs for toddlers also available. Pacific Marine Mammal Center 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach (949) 494-3050, PMMC rescues, rehabilitates, and releases marine mammals. The Visitor Yard features interactive displays, marine mammal artifacts, and gift shop. Summer camps, after-school programs, scout programs, scholarships, and small group experiences for older teens are available. Free admission, donations appreciated. Roundhouse Aquarium Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach (310) 379-8117, Located at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier and cares for more than 100 different species of marine life, mostly found in the Santa Monica Bay. Enjoy 12+ exhibits showcased within four aquarium galleries. Birthday parties, camps, school outreach programs, and volunteer opportunities available. Free admission, donations suggested. Sea Life Aquarium at Legoland One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad A 20,000 square-foot indoor aquarium with over 5,000 creatures. Enjoy hands-on activities that include educational talks and up-close encounters with sea creatures including sharks, octopi, and rays. Explore their newest exhibit, Sea at Night, where you can stroll in a gentle surf under a starry sky during the day. Walk, jump, and “splash” in a simulated bioluminescent tide. Any Legoland ticket can be upgraded to include the aquarium.

Boats & Ships

Aqua Link Long Beach (562) 591-2301, Affordable water taxi service operating between the Aquarium of the Pacific and Alamitos Bay. Check the website for schedule of departure times and fares. Boats to Catalina,, Visit Catalina Island with one of these ferry companies that offer passenger service. Catalina Express: Departs from Dana Point, Long Beach and San Pedro, (800) 613-1212, Catalina Flyer: Departs from Newport Bay Harbor, (949) 673-5245,

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Harbor Breeze Cruises 100 Aquarium Way, Dock # 2, Long Beach (562) 983-6880, Offers whale, dolphin and sea life sightseeing tours, as well as cruising around the Long Beach Harbor for a 45-minute daily tour.

The Little Theme Park That’s


• Model Boat Shop Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Colorado Lagoon, Long Beach (562) 570-1888, Recreation leaders will be on site to assist participants with the construction of model sailboats at the Model Boat Shop for seven weeks this summer. Races are held each Friday afternoon at the Colorado Lagoon. This is a drop-in program for ages 7 and up, June 20 - August 5, Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $65 for the summer session. For program information and costs for additional boat building supplies, call the Aquatics Camps Office at (562) 570-1888. Ocean Institute 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point (949) 496-2274, Go aboard Ocean Institute’s research vessel for a Whale and Marine Life Tour of Dana Point Harbor. Search for whales, dolphins, sunfish, seals, sea lions, sort through mud samples, and trawl for plankton. Bioluminescence Night Cruises and tallship sails are also offered throughout the year. SS Lane Victory 3011 Miner St., San Pedro (310) 519-9188, Self-guided tours are offered on the museum ship that was once used in World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War. Visitors get complete access to the ship to see how Merchant Marines lived and worked. USS Iowa 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro (877) 446-9261, Battleship USS Iowa served our country proudly in WWII, Korea, and the Cold War. General access pass offers exhibits on Surface Navy Heroes, Gunnery Hazards, HUP-2 Helicopter, and more. Kids and parents can participate in searching for Vicky the Victory Dog in a free online app and/or a scavenger hunt card. Private guided tours are also available.

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USS Midway 910 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego (619) 544-9600, Navy aircraft carrier featuring more than 30 restored aircraft and nearly 10 acres of exhibits. Climb aboard real cockpits, tour the bridge and captain’s cabins, walk through spaces where the crew lived, and explore the hangar deck and flight deck. Special events and overnight adventures offered throughout the year. Visit the Information Booth to participate in the Junior Pilot Program. Kids complete activity sheets, then earn their wings in a little ceremony.

Children's Museums Cayton Children’s Museum 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica (424) 416-8320, Explore 21,000 square feet of discovery-based exhibits and immersive play. Also offers a robust calendar of arts and cultural activities designed for



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children and their families, including public programs, festivals, camps, classes, workshops and more. Pay as you wish admission. Norwalk

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


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Children’s Museum at La Habra 301 S. Euclid St., La Habra (562) 383-4236, Construct an endless amount of structures in the STEAM Lab, play with miniature trains in the Train Station Gallery, ride an authentic and hand-carved Dentzel Carousel, and dress up as community heroes. Visit their newest exhibit, Rainforest Rangers, to become a ranger and start a mission to save the forest. Birthday parties, scout programs and special events are available. Kidspace Children’s Museum 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena (626) 449-9144, Enjoy over 40 hands-on exhibits designed for ages 1-10. Outdoor spaces invite children to climb into a giant hawk’s nest, splash in naturalistic water features, play with rockets and giant levers, and ride trikes on a twisty track. Inside indoor galleries, children can peek into an active beehive, create and invent in Imagination Workshop, explore a giant ant tunnel, and climb towers. Pennypickle’s Workshop Temecula Children’s Museum 42081 Main St., Temecula (951) 308-6367, Explore the fascinating home of Professor Phineas T. Pennypickle, filled with hands-on inventions, gadgets and experiments that encourage children to discover science through play. Workshops, Kids Only Club events, birthday party packages, and other special events are offered. • Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900, Pretend City Museum provides children with access to a city that’s all their own! Through hands-on experiences, children learn foundational concepts while pursuing curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, and team work. It’s here that they can run a UPS store and deliver packages, grocery shop at Trader Joes, play as a dentist and doctor in the medical center, fish and race boats in the marina, change spark plugs on a race car, run a restaurant, work on a farm, rescue a house on fire, and build structures of all shapes and sizes—all while being exposed to cultures, religions, and lifestyles different from their own. Additional programs include: Family Autism Night, Free Developmental Screenings, and birthday party packages. Visit the calendar on their website for upcoming special events and classes. NEW EXHIBIT: Venture to Pretend City this summer for Dinos in The City! A special dinosaur exhibit opens May 27 - September 5. Explore engaging interactives with life-like animatronic dinosaurs and exciting educational content. Learn how paleontologists unearth bones, dig in the dinosaur pit, take home an etching of a dinosaur, and a chance to collect several dinosaur trading cards. See ad on the back outside cover.

Southern California Children’s Museum 459 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 657-0357, Little ones can explore various exhibits, including Wild California (inspired by the Huntington Beach Pier), where kids can “surf” and “fish” off the pier. Also hosts birthday parties. Check out their calendar for updated weekly events. The New Children’s Museum 200 W. Island Ave., San Diego (619) 233-8792, Multi-level 50,000-square-foot building features transparent, flexible spaces which visibly expose the building’s construction and design. Explore interactive and hands-on art installations, such as The Wonder Sound, The Rain House, Teatro Piata, and much more. Innovators Lab, clay and paint studios, camps, special events and community programs also offered.

Family Fun Centers

• Adventure City 1238 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim (714) 236-9300, Adventure City in North Orange County is guaranteed to entertain young families, with 17 exciting rides and attractions, including the Drop Zone, a 50-foot free-fall tower, and the all-new Rewind Racers roller coaster. You’ll also find a petting farm, a 25-foot climbing wall, an arcade, a Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends play area, great food and much more. What a great place to have a company picnic, birthday party or team party! The price is right, too. All-day unlimited rides: adults or children, $24.95; seniors (55 and over), $19.95 (prices subject to change without notice). AAA discount available for up to six regular-price admissions per card. Free parking. See ad on page 27. Adventure Playground 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach (714) 842-7442 Reopening June 20, children (ages 5-12) can get dirty at this unique muddy playground. Raft on a small pond, go down a mudslide, navigate a rope bridge, and build a fort. Families or groups of less than 10 children do not need to make reservations. Balboa Fun Zone 600 East Bay Ave., Newport Beach Stroll and rent bicycles around the bayside boardwalk and enjoy the Ferris Wheel and arcade games. Narrated harbor and whale watching cruises are offered, in addition to plenty of shops and restaurants. Kidsguide Tip: While you’re there, don’t miss a ride on the nearby Balboa Ferry (going strong since 1919).

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Boomers 3405 Michelson Drive, Irvine (949) 559-8341, Offers miniature golf, bumper boats, Thunder Road Go Karts, Lil’ Thunder Rookie Go Karts, Lazer Tag, Flame Thrower thrill ride, rock wall, King Arthur’s Carnival, batting cages, Sidewinder ride, restaurant, and an arcade. Guests can now reserve a private cabana with their new feature, Boomer’s Backyard, to relax as they play the day away. Party and group packages available, along with all-day passes. Bowling Centers Bowlero, various locations, Cal Bowl, Lakewood, (562) 421-8448, www.calbowl. com. Fountain Valley Bowl, Fountain Valley, (714) 963-2897, Irvine Lanes, Irvine, (949) 786-9625, Off the Wall, Huntington Beach, (714) 316-0775, www. Linbrook Bowling, Anaheim, (714) 774-2253, www.linbrookbowl. net. Round 1, various locations, www.round1usa. com. Splitsville, Downtown Disney, (657) 2762440, Westminster Lanes, (714) 893-5005, Camelot Golfland 3200 E. Carpenter Ave., Anaheim (714) 630-3340, Miniature golf, waterslides, Fastcar Raceway, bumper boats and cars, arcade, laser tag, and a pizza parlor. Birthday party and group packages available. Chuck E. Cheese Arcade games, animatronic shows, plus pizza. Sensory Sensitive Sundays for children with autism and special needs available, plus party packages and group rates. Visit website to find a location near you. Dave & Buster’s Arcade games, billiards, bowling, virtual reality, and restaurant. Kids parties available. Locations in Ir-



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vine, Los Angeles, Orange, and Torrance. Coming soon to Long Beach Towne Center. Go Kart World 21830 Recreation Road, Carson (310) 834-3700, Outdoor, go-kart tracks with party rooms, snack bar, and arcade. Includes a kiddy track, bumper track, mini indy, slick track, turbo track, and a super track. Children’s party packages and teen packages offered. Visit their website for special discounts. • Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk (562) 868-9956, Take a break and have fun at Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park! Offers challenging miniature golf and exciting rides, including go-karts, bumper boats, Disk O’ Thrill ride and kiddie train. While you’re there, check out the latest in arcade games, great prizes, snack bar, and indoor and outdoor party facilities for birthday or team parties (see page 42). Ask about their free school and doctors’ office incentive programs. Where the 5 and 605 freeways meet. See ad with coupons on page 28 and party deals on page 21.


John’s Incredible Pizza Arcade games, rides, laser maze, a bowling alley, kiddie land, bumper cars, and more. Enjoy themed dining areas for families. Birthday party and group packages are available, plus an Accolades for Good Grades program. Locations in Buena Park, Carson, Westminster and more. K1 Speed Indoor go-kart racing open daily. Compete for the fastest lap against friends, family and other racers. Party and group packages available. Locations in Anaheim, Burbank, Irvine, Torrance and more. Visit their website special promotions. Laser Land (833) 312-3123, Laser arena with laser tag, laser maze, virtual reality games, and interactive trampolines. Birthday parties and group event packages available. Locations in West Covina and Mission Viejo.


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FARM ANIMAL PARTIES Bring the Farm to Your Party! Pet and feed sheep, goats, chickens, and mini cow safely in a pen, plus pony rides! (949) 285-5286 •

Lucky Art Crayonology 5135 Holt Blvd., Montclair (909) 447-1113, Unique do-it-yourself experiences where children can discover the exclusive formula of making crayons and markers. Find out the secrets of the automatic production machines, create your own markers, and press and shape multicolored crayons. Birthday parties also available. Medieval Times 7662 Beach Blvd., Buena Park (714) 523-1100, Set inside an 11th-century style castle with a two-hour jousting tournament, guests are offered to dine on a four-course feast and witness sword fighting and games of skill on majestic horses. Also offers birthday parties and other group packages. Neon Retro Arcade 28 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena (626) 568-2924, A lineup of vintage games restored to their original glory. Play 50+ classic arcade games from the 80s and 90s, all set to “free play” with paid admission. Includes games like Kung-Fu Master, Ms. Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter, and themed pinball machines. Modern consoles also available. Off the Wall Social 7227 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach (714) 316-0775, Bowling, bocce ball, corn hole, arcade games, ping pong, bumper pool, laser tag, and virtual reality. Kids parties also available. Pacific Park 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica (310) 260-8744, Boardwalk-style midway games and rides, including Seaside Swing, Sea Dragon, West Coaster, Pacific Plunge, Ferris wheel and more. A variety of food vendors are onsite. Paintball & Airsoft Parks Hollywood Sports Park, Bellflower, (562) 867-9600, SC Village Paintball and Airsoft Park, Chino, (949) 489-9000, www. Tac City Airsoft, Fullerton, (657) 8886111, Pirate’s Dinner Adventure 7600 Beach Blvd., Buena Park (714) 690-1497, Set aboard an 18th-century Spanish galleon adrift in a 250,000-gallon lagoon. Guests can enjoy a 30 kidsguide summer 2022

display of special effects, aerial artistry, swordplay and dynamic duels. Dinner show includes a threecourse meal (meal upgrades and add-ons are also available). Also offers special deals including a free birthday admission. Round 1 Bowling and Amusement Bowling, karaoke, arcade games, ping pong, darts, pool tables, cafe, and more. Also offers unique Japanese photo booths where you can decorate each photo you take. Group and party packages available. Locations in Lakewood, Santa Ana and lots more. Thrill It Fun Center Outlets at Orange, 20 City Blvd., West, Orange (714) 363-3858, An indoor playground that offers Ballocity, a multilevel play structure, plus high-rope challenges, rock climbing, Area 51 laser tag, arcade games, and a mechanical bull. Birthday party and group packages available. Wonder of Dinosaurs South Bay Galleria 1815 Hawthorne Blvd., Redondo Beach (424) 404-0845, Large prehistoric display with over 100 dinosaurs within the exhibits. Features static and robotic dinosaur-themed activities with scientific information. Activities include dino bouncers, maze, mini-golf, ride (including Ride-a-Trex) and more. Party packages are offered.

Farms & Barns

Amy’s Farm 7698 Eucalyptus Ave., Ontario (844) 426-9732, Tours include a garden walk, harvesting fresh produce to feed the animals, visiting the petting zoo, milking a cow, and visiting the horses. Workshops and classes are available for all grade levels, along with special events throughout the year.

Centennial Farm 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa (714) 708-1619, Created to educate youth about agriculture and its importance to our daily lives, Centennial Farm, a three-acre working farm, is home to fruit and vegetable gardens and an array of livestock, including cows, pigs, baby pigs and chicks. Gilchrist Farm 30116 Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita (661) 645-2517, Enjoy a farm visit and experience wagon rides, petting zoos, and goat-milking. Also offers goat yoga, horseback riding lessons, mounted archery program, field trips, and other classes. Open to the public on weekends. Sand N’ Straw Community Farm 629 Mar Vista Drive, Vista (760) 575-4758, Tour the six-acre farm that features ponds, seasonal creeks, growing area, food forest, and more. Spend time with the sheep, pig, goats, and chickens. Story Time and animal feeding also available. Young Pioneers Camp allows children to be immersed in outdoor experiential learning. Tanaka Farms 5380-3/4 University Drive, Irvine (949) 653-2100, Go on guided tours and u-pick wagon rides through their 30-acre farm all year long. Visit the barn to see animals and participate in special events and story time. Check out their Chicks & Sprouts Workshop, where kids (ages 4-10) learn about baby chicks, plant their own sunflower, harvest veggies, and visit the animals. Seasonal harvest festivals, pumpkin patch, farm-to-table cookouts, CSA program (farm produce boxes), group tours, and private parties also available. Kidsguide Tip: Tanaka Farms also operates Hana Field in Costa Mesa, where you can stroll through a field of sunflowers. The Ecology Center 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano (949) 443-4223, Educational farm with a variety of engaging programs, including camps, workshops, seasonal upick, parent-child gatherings, and field trips. The Gentle Barn 15825 Sierra Hwy., Santa Clarita (661) 252-2440, A sanctuary for rescued animals where you can hug cows, give tummy rubs to pigs, hold chickens, pet goats, and cuddle turkeys. Open to the public on Sundays. Tom’s Farms 23900 Temescal Canyon Road, Temescal Valley (971) 277-4422, Enjoy a variety of attractions for families, including rides, bounce house, live entertainment, petting zoo, and pony rides, and scavenging for real fossils and minerals.

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Underwood Family Farm 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark (805) 529-3690, Take a wagon ride through the fields and visit the Animal Center to see barnyard animals. Admission includes tractor-drawn wagon rides, animal viewing, play structures, slides, hay pyramid, and animal shows. Additional ticketed activities include gem/ fossil mining, trains, horse-drawn wagon rides, animal petting/feeding, and more. Fresh produce is available at the Farm Market, in addition to a PickYour-Own option. Find a complete list of what to pick and pricing on their website. Educational tours and summer camp are offered, as well as special events and holiday celebrations throughout the year. Additional farm location in Somis.

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Flight Museums

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2921 Redondo Ave., Long Beach, 90806 • Flight Path Museum & Walk of Fame 6661 W. Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles (424) 646-7284, Located on the airfield at LAX, the museum features exhibits about commercial aviation history, flight crew uniforms, DC-3 plane, space exploration, Flying Tigers, aircraft fire fighting truck, plus a flight simulation training program. Flight Path Walk of Fame, a pathway of plaques dedicated to aviation/aerospace pioneers, is displayed on Sepulveda Blvd. in Westchester. Lyon Air Museum 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana (714) 210-4585, See authentic aircraft, rare vehicles and artifacts from the World War II era. Special exhibits and events, such as Open Cockpit Day, are held

throughout the year. Located on the west side of John Wayne Airport. March Field Air Museum 22550 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside (951) 902-5949, Over 80 historic aircraft and more than 30,000 individual artifacts are on display. See attack, bomber, cargo, fighter aircraft and even a spy plane. Exhibits display collections ranging from covered bi-planes of the First World War, to the sleek jet fighters of today and futuristic unmanned aerial vehicles. Museum of Flying 3100 Airport Ave., Santa Monica (310) 398-2500, Located at Santa Monica airport, the museum ex-

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hibits over 50 vintage aircraft. See the California Aviation Hall of Fame, which displays images and artifacts of aviation visionaries. Hands-on interactive and education center for children is also onsite and includes a T-33 cockpit trainer, and a Convair 240 nose. MaxFlight simulator rides are also offered. Planes of Fame Air Museum 14998 Cal Aero Drive, Chino (909) 597-3722, Explore a collection of 160 aircraft, military vehicles, and artifacts from the earliest days of aviation, including the First World War, the 1920s and 1930s, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam War. Live demonstration flights are scheduled throughout the year, plus the annual Planes of Fame Air Show. Offers guided tours and field trips.

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San Diego Air & Space Museum Balboa Park, 2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego (619) 234-8291, One of the world’s premier air and space-themed science center and museum with more than 120 aircraft and space vehicles and two million artifacts on display. Camps, workshops, preschool programs, and Pilot Ground School are offered. Western Museum of Flight Zamperini Field, 3315 Airport Drive, Torrance (310) 326-9544, Learn about Southern California's aviation history. The museum collection includes Warbirds, aircraft and target drones, aircraft engines, ejection seats, World War II instruments, and an extensive model aircraft collection. Yanks Air Museum 15121 Stearman Drive, Chino (909) 597-1735, Home to legends like the P-20 Warhawk and the F-86 Sabre, Yanks Air Museum hosts one of the world’s largest aircraft collections. Special events are held throughout the year including open cockpits to explore, aircrafts to jump out of, photo ops, and flights.

Historical Sites

Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum 18127 South Alameda St., Rancho Dominguez (310) 603-0088, Learn about early California history, enjoy guided tours of the Adobe museum, and walk through or-

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Drum Barracks Civil War Museum 1052 N. Banning Blvd., Wilmington (310) 548-7509, Teaches the history of the Civil War, with an emphasis on California’s role in the conflict. It’s the last remaining wooden building of Drum Barracks and served as the main staging, training, and supply base for the Union Army and military operation. Visitors can tour the courtyard, parlor, armory, barracks room, and more. Open for tours by appointment. Heritage Hill Historical Park 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest (949) 923-2230, Explore four fully-restored and furnished historic buildings that span the early history of the Saddleback Valley and El Toro area: Serrano Adobe, El Toro Grammar School, St. George’s Episcopal Mission and Harvey Bennett Ranch House. Buildings are open for public access only during a tour. Heritage Museum of Orange County 3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana (714) 540-0404, A cultural and natural history center and home to the H. Clay Kellogg House and John Maag Farmhouse. The centerpiece of the museum is a historic plaza featuring several buildings from the 1890s set amid extensive floral gardens and citrus groves. Admission is free to walk around the grounds and a charge of $5-7 to tour the house. Blacksmith demos are held during public hours. Also offers field trips, programs, and special events. Heritage Square Museum 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles (323) 225-2700, Explore eight historic buildings including Victorian Era homes, mansion, church, carriage barn, and drugstore. Annual events include Vintage Fashion Show, Movie Nights, Spooky Swap Meet, and Museums of the Arroyo Day. Guided tours and educational programs are offered. Homestead Museum 15415 E. Don Julian Rd., City of Industry (626) 968-8492, Located in the heart of a former Mexican rancho, the site features two historic houses, cemetery, and gardens. Youth and school programs, book club, workshops, and special events are offered throughout the year. Lincoln Memorial Shrine 125 W. Vine St., Redlands (909) 798-7632, A museum and research facility dedicated to Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. The memorial commemorates the life of our 16th president with artwork and exhibits. Special events hosted throughout the year including Civil War reenactments.

Mission San Juan Capistrano 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano (949) 234-1300, Known as the birthplace of Orange County, the mission was founded more than two hundred years ago as the 7th of 21 missions in California. Guided and audio tours are available. Walk through ten acres of museum rooms, exhibits, gardens, fountains, and more. Visit their online calendar for special events, as well as the Teacher Resources section, loaded with educational materials to enhance your visit. Pio Pico Historic Park Adobe 6003 Pioneer Blvd., Whittier (562) 695-1217, The five-acre park features historic gardens and the restored adobe home of Pio Pico, the governor of California in 1832, and again in 1846. His adobe home has been completely restored to how it appeared in the 1880s letting visitors experience his life and times. Visitors can enjoy the park, the 15-room adobe with interpretive displays, an horno (bread oven), and a dovecote. Junior Ranger/Junior Rancher programs available. Point Fermin Lighthouse 807 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro (310) 241-0684, Built in 1874, the Point Fermin Lighthouse was the first navigational light into the San Pedro Bay. After Pearl Harbor in 1941, the coast was blacked out for fear of being a beacon to enemy ships and planes and the light was never to be lit again. Volunteers now serve as tour guides to keep the lighthouse open to the public for guided tours. General admission is free, donations are welcome. Rancho Los Alamitos 6400 E. Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach (562) 431-3541, Includes a ranch house, four acres of lush historic gardens, interpretive center, and a restored barnyard with livestock, including horses, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, and rabbits. Offers school tours for 3rd and 4th graders. Free admission. Rancho Los Cerritos 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach (562) 206-2040, Features an 1844 adobe home, lush gardens, research library, and rotating exhibits. The rancho offers house and garden docent-led tours, scavenger hunts, exhibits, and family activities, as well as a summer camp for kids. Educational programs also offered for elementary grades. Story time starts back in July. Special events are held throughout the year. Free admission. Richard Nixon Presidential Library 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda (714) 993-5075, Tour Richard Nixon’s original birthplace and childhood home, Marine One, the presidential helicopter that flew four Presidents, an exact replica of the White House East Room and President Nixon’s Oval Office, Pat Nixon Gardens, the final resting places of President and Mrs. Nixon and more. Visit their website for public and educational programs.

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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley (805) 522-2977, See hundreds of artifacts and dozens of interactive displays that pay tribute to America’s 40th president. Walk and explore through the actual Air Force One that flew seven presidents, see a full-size replica of President Reagan’s Oval Office, the Berlin Wall, F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter, and more. Special exhibits are also displayed for a limited time, such as The Secrets of WWII.

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Indoor Play Spaces

AdventurePlex 1701 Marine Ave., Manhattan Beach (310) 546-7708, Attractions include a five-level play structure, Toddler Town, sports court, reading corner, garden, plus outdoor rock wall, and ropes course. Classes, seasonal camps, drop-off programs, events and birthday party packages offered. Big Air Trampoline Park Trampoline dodgeball courts, slam dunk courts, ninja-warrior courses, launch pads, foam pits, freestyle court, climbing wall and more. Party packages are offered, plus Toddler Time, and Cosmic Nights. Locations in Buena Park, Corona and Laguna Hills. Billy Beez 20,000-square-foot indoor play park for kids of all ages, offering a variety of activities, from slides •

to sports courts, tunnels to towers, ball blasters to bouncy trampolines, plus designated areas for the little ones. Party packages available. Locations in Anaheim and Valencia. BounceU 428-A W. Katella Ave., Orange (714) 744-5867, Indoor playground with bounce houses, inflatable slides and obstacle courses. Check their website for open bounce hours, preschool play dates, Parent’s Night Out, camps and birthday party packages. BubblePOP 2475 Park Ave., Tustin (949) 529-8078, Experience interactive bubble stations including the bubble power, creating a bubble tower, getting inside a bubble, mad bubble party, and dry ice bubbles. Each station allows you to experience bubbles in a new and interactive way. Birthday party packages, and off-site special events available.

Candeeland (714) 852-3337, Indoor play space featuring Little Land for toddlers; and for older kids, ninja courses, slides, mini zipline, tunnels, swings, towers and jumpers. Party packages, snack shop, and parent lounge with WiFi, too. Locations in MainPlace Mall (Santa Ana) and Stonewood Center (Downey). DEFY Extreme Air Sports Trampoline park attractions include extreme basketball and dodgeball, foam pits, trapeze and aerial silks, parkour, zip line, air track, stunt fall, ninja obstacle course, Kid Jump and more. Birthday party packages available. Mission Viejo, 25222 El Paseo Road, (949) 445-1340; and Thousand Oaks, 193 N Moorpark Road, Ste. A, (805) 410-4690. GetAir Trampoline Park Wall-to-wall trampolines, foam pits, dodgeball,


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slamball, ninja activities, and party packages. Kiddie Court area is available for younger kids, along with Toddler Time and sessions for those with special needs. Locations include Huntington Beach, Ponoma, Temecula and more. Check website for weekly events and discounts. Hapik Climbing Center 8712 Garfield Ave., South Gate (562) 268-2100, Unique climbing center geared for kids (and adults) ages 4 and up. Fun climbing walls with three levels of difficulty (including a first-timer wall), ropes course, and vertical challenges. Snack bar onsite. Party packages available. Jump N’ Jammin Children’s entertainment center with ball pits and ball blasters, slides, climbing structures, obstacle courses, toddler area, and more. Party packages and drop-off care (ages 3-12) available. Locations in Arcadia, Mission Viejo, Moreno Valley, West Covina and Oxnard. Kidz Town Indoor Playground 5925 E. Carson St., Lakewood (562) 420-7529, Unique indoor obstacles with slides, ball pits, toddler areas, mini scooters, three rock climbing walls, and more. Party packages available. Check website for pricing and reservations. Little World Indoor Playground 9691 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove (714) 591-5446, Over 18,000 square feet of play space with a variety of slides, small and big kids areas, swings, mirror house, ninja warrior course and cannonball house, art area, arcade games and more. Party packages available. PlayPie Kids Indoor Playground 6924 Beach Blvd., K-131, Buena Park (714) 660-8280, Over 15,000 square feet of fun, including slides, equipment and activities. Party packages available. Pump it Up Indoor inflatable playground with slides, bounce houses and obstacle courses. Party packages, open jump time, and special events are listed on their website. Locations in Anaheim Hills, Chino Hills, Lake Forest, and more. Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park 1411 S. Village Way, Santa Ana (714) 249-7676, Offers an open jump arena, dodgeball, climbing wall and more. Also provides special programs, including Rockin’ Tots, Neon Jump Nights and party packages. Kidsguide Tip: On Monday and Tuesday, they offer an unlimited jump which includes X Beam, slam dunk zone, and more. Make sure to also look out for their updated promotions and coupons. Check website for additional locations, such as Brentwood and Van Nuys. 34 kidsguide summer 2022

Rockreation Climbing Center Climbing options include top roping, bouldering, lead climbing, and traversing. During Kids Climb sessions, an experienced belayer to belay and supervise kids is provided. Youth climbing team, climb camp, and sessions for groups also offered. Party packages available. Costa Mesa, 1300 Logan Ave., (714) 556-7625; and Los Angeles, 11866 La Grange Ave., (310) 207-7199. Scooter’s Jungle Inflatable slides, sports court, obstacle course and zipline. Offers birthday party packages and open play events. Check the website for Toddler Time, family fun events, and school-break camps. Locations in El Segundo, Placentia and Valencia. Seascape Kids Fun 4771 E. Hunter Ave, Anaheim (714) 970-7100, Three-story arena features slides, inflatables, foam ball shooting air guns and more. Party packages available. Check their website for Open Play calendar and updated coupons. Sender One Climbing Indoor climbing center that offers rope climbing, bouldering, youth programs, yoga, and fitness. Explore Sender City, where guests can climb themed buildings and towers. Themes include Spider Man, Trembling Towers, Fun Walls, and Mineshaft for climbing in the dark. Youth programs are offered and introduce kids (7-14) to the foundations of climbing. Visit their website for recreational climbing, scheduled classes, teams, camps, and party packages. Sky Zone Trampoline Parks An indoor wall-to-wall trampoline park with a variety of attractions, including Toddler Zone, Freeclimb, Warped Wall, Ninja Warrior Course, Drop Zone, and more. Special programs for are also available that include Little Leapers, Glow, Jumpapalooza, sensory hours, Sky Camp, and party packages. Attractions and programs may vary by location. Locations in Anaheim, Cerritos, Covina, Torrance, Van Nuys and Westminster. We Play Loud Two-level indoor play structure with wave slide, foam ball fountain, two foam ball dumping baskets, rainbow bridges, pyramid obstacles, web net bridges, fireman climb, spinning plates, play panels, two automatic foam ball loading machines, tube slide, and more. Provides a special gated toddler section with soft play rides specifically designed for them. Party packages available. Huntington Beach, 7470 Edinger Ave., (714) 587-9227; and Lake Forest, 24350 Swartz Drive, (949) 328-9616.


Balboa Island Museum 210 B Marine Ave., Balboa Island (949) 675-3952, Explore an array of exhibits related to the history of Newport Beach and Balboa Island. See exhibits highlighting community traditions of surfing, fishing, The Wedge, and more. Visit the interactive children’s zone and ask about their Kids Scavenger Hunt. Free admission daily. California African American Museum Exposition Park, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles (213) 744-7432, Highlights the art, history, and culture of African Americans within California and the western United States. The permanent collection features 4,000 objects including artwork and historical print materials. Special programs for families are offered throughout the year. Free admission daily. Donut Life Museum 2036A Westminster Mall, Westminster (714) 253-7901, An interactive pop-up experience where guests can have fun with one-of-a-kind donut installations and multi-sensory immersive rooms. DIY classes such as paint nights, balloon making, and donut decorating also offered. Getty Center & Getty Villa Museum Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles Getty Villa Museum, 17985 PCH, Pacific Palisades (310) 440-7300, Getty Center showcases medieval to modern art with a birds-eye view of Los Angeles. Enjoy the tram ride, galleries, gardens and outdoor spaces. Visit the Family Room, where guests can decorate a giant illuminated manuscript with their own designs, build a tube sculpture, or play with camera lenses and a wall of mirrors. Getty Villa Museum displays Greek and Roman antiquities in a recreated Roman country house. Visit the Family Forum, where visitors can draw, transform themselves into athletes, musicians, and mythological creatures in the shadow-pose area, and decorate life-sized replicas of ancient vases. Admission is free to both campuses, reservations required. • Grammy Museum 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles (213) 725-5700, Music has a home at the Grammy Museum! Explore this interactive space in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles where all aspects of music are discovered, experienced, and celebrated. At the Grammy Museum, families can experience music in a way like never-before while they break down the barrier between artist and audience, telling the stories of how music has shaped our collective identity and cultural understanding. See ad on page 29.

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International Printing Museum 315 W. Torrance Blvd., Carson (310) 515-7166, See the largest working collection of antique printing machines in the world and experience working tours, demonstrations, theater presentations, and family-friendly events throughout the year. Offers a variety of tours for the public, schools and groups, plus the special Franklin’s Gallery and Graphic Arts Tour (additional fee). Scout programs also offered. La Brea Tar Pits and Museum 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (213) 763-3499, The world’s only consistently-active, urban Ice Age excavation site. Visitors can watch scientists prepare specimens in the Fossil Lab, and then see fossils on display including ground sloths, mammoths, and saber-toothed cats. In the Mammoths and Mastodons exhibit, guests can get up close to real fossils, life-sized models and real specimens of Ice Age giants. LA County residents receive free museum admission 3-5 p.m. daily. Los Angeles County Fire Museum 16400 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower (562) 925-0234, See 40+ antique fire engines, steamers, and artifacts dating back to the 1860s. Their large collection of rigs include apparatus from the hand drawn, horse drawn, and early 20th century to the modern era. If guests are interested in hearing stories, docents will guide them through all collections that are displayed. Admission donation is $5. Free admission for members, active and retired LACoFD firefighters, active military, and children 12 and under. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 857-6000, Wide collection of more than 147,000 objects that span 6,000 years of artistic expression across the globe. Kids and teens can join NexGenLA, a free membership for kids under 17 years who live in LA County. As NexGenLA members, kids and teens can visit the museum for free anytime, as well as bring one guest for free admission. Workshops, classes, and summer camps for teenagers also available. Free admission on the second Tuesday of each month. Weekdays after 3 p.m. are free for LA County residents.

vivors, and experience an immersive exhibit on the life and legacy of Anne Frank. Other exhibits include Para Todos Los Niños, where visitors can learn about the struggles of Latino families during times of segregation in rural Orange County. The Holocaust Exhibit and Social Lab is recommended for ages 12 and up. Natural History Museum Exposition Park, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles (213) 763-3466, Roam around 20 skeletons of dinosaurs and sea creatures and examine over 300 fossils in the Dinosaur Hall. It’s the only place in the world where you can see a baby, juvenile, and sub-adult T.rex at the same time. Plus, feel a real Triceratops fossil that is over 65 million years old. Other exhibits include Age of Mammals, Nature Gardens, Hall of Birds, African and North American Diorama Halls, Gem and Mineral Hall, Nature Lab, Dino Lab, and Visible Vault. Special exhibits include the seasonal Butterfly Pavilion and The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall. LA County residents get free museum admission from 3-5 p.m. daily. Petersen Automotive Museum 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 964-6331, Rated as “the world’s greatest automotive museum” with a collection of over 400 vehicles. Visit the Cars Mechanical Institute (inspired by the animated film), where kids can design virtual cars, race toy cars around a racetrack, build LEGO creations, and even race against Lightning McQueen by using a Carspad to build a virtual car with help from all of the friends in Radiator Springs. Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology 1175 W. Baseline Road, Claremont (909) 624-2798, Learn about fossils in a functioning fossil preparation lab, meet with real paleontologists, and visit exhibits that showcase Earth’s 4.6 billion year old history. Skirball Cultural Center 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles (310) 440-4500, A cultural center guided by the Jewish tradition of welcoming the stranger. Explore the Noah's Ark exhibit, a floor-to-ceiling wooden ark that brings the


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classic story to life. Children are encouraged to help construct the Ark, conduct a storm, and see handcrafted animals. Other family programs include story time in the outdoor amphitheater, outdoor art making, movie screenings, and archaeology digs where kids can sift and sort to find replicas of ancient artifacts buried in the sand. Free admission on Thursdays. Advance reservations required. Tankland American Military Museum 1918 Rosemead Blvd., South El Monte (626) 442-1776, An outdoor museum, home to the largest collection of American and foreign military exhibits. See over 170 military vehicles and equipment on display. Museum is closed on rainy days. The Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum 610 Lairport St., El Segundo (310) 909-0950 See a collection of 130+ antique, vintage, and muscle cars, the Automobile Driving Museum presents educational opportunities and displays that illustrate the engineering and cultural evolution of vehicles. Kids can participate in a scavenger hunt,

Museum of Tolerance 9786 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles (310) 553-8403, A multimedia museum designed to examine racism and prejudice around the world with a strong focus on the history of the Holocaust. See artifacts from Auschwitz, hear stories from sur-

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following clues to discover hidden surprises and interesting facts throughout the museum. The Kids Area features cars and tracks, dress-up, and mechanic tent. Drop by their 1950s-themed Ice Cream Parlor for a scoop, shake or float. World of Illusions 6751 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles (800) 593-2902, An interactive museum filled with 3D illusions that produce eye-popping pics, inspired by cartoons, art, current events, movies, and more. Visit other unique rooms such as the Giant’s House, Upside Down House, and their new display called Smash It.

Nature & Gardens

Balboa Park 1549 El Prado, San Diego (619) 239-0512, A 1,200-acre historic urban cultural park boasts 17 museums and cultural institutions with a diversity of collections. The park also provides multiple performing arts venues, gardens, trails, and many other creative and recreational attractions. Kid-friendly locations at the park include the San Diego Model Railroad Museum, Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego Air & Space Museum, Children’s Peace Garden, carousel, miniature train, and more. Bolsa Chica Wetlands 3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach (714) 846-1114, At 1,449 acres, the Bolsa Chica Wetlands is the largest saltwater marsh between Monterey Bay and the Tijuana River Estuary. Approximately five miles


of trails can be explored from sunrise to sunset. Free public tours are available, along with public service days, learning programs, events, and Summer Wetlands Explorer Program (grades K-7). Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge (818) 949-4200, A 150-acre urban retreat of botanical collections and seasonal horticultural displays. Collections include Ancient Forest with plants from the days of dinosaurs, a Japanese Garden with a koi-filled stream and teahouse, and much more. Family events, workshops and educational programs are offered throughout the year. Experience their new art installation, Your (Un)natural Garden, to explore surprising rooms. Included in the price of admission, no reservations required. Exhibit is open now through January 8. Free Day is on the third Thursday of the month with advance tickets. Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach (562) 985-8885, A Japanese garden encompassing 1.3 acres on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. Feed koi fish, stroll pathways, view the Tea House, or reflect at the Zen Garden. Each season features exciting cultural celebrations and exhibits. Special family events held throughout the year. Free admission, but reservations are required online. El Dorado Nature Center 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach (562) 570-1745, Covering 105 acres with two miles of dirt trails and a 1/4-mile paved trail around two lakes, a stream and forested areas. Cross over the wooden bridge that spans the lake and find yourself on a small island that houses the Visitor Center, containing educational displays, art gallery and a small gift shop. Special events, workshops, camps, and educational programs are offered throughout the year.


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Environmental Nature Center 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach (949) 645-8489, Explore 15 native California ecosystems and enjoy workshops and programs for all ages. The center features a variety of educational programs for families and kids, such as Mini and Little Naturalist, Nature Preschool, Traveling Naturalist, scout and homeschool programs, and more. Also offers “Bearthday Parties” for ages 3 and up! Visit the calendar on their website for scheduled programs. Fullerton Arboretum 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton (657) 278-3407, Location on California State University, Fullerton campus, this 26-acre botanical garden provides a fun, free place for all to learn about wildlife conservation and research. The garden displays a collection of plants from around the world and also includes the Heritage House and O.C. Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum. Special events such as harvest sales are offered throughout the year. Suggested donation $5. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino (626) 405-2100, A 120-acre botanical collection that contains 16 garden areas including the Japanese Garden, Chinese Garden, Rose Garden, lily ponds, and a unique Children’s Garden featuring interactive sculptural elements. Youth and family programs include story time, classes and workshops, family events, tours and more. Free Day is held on the first Thursday of every month with advance tickets. Japanese Friendship Garden 2215 Pan American Road E., San Diego (619) 232-2721, An expression of friendship between San Diego and its sister city, Yokohama, and illustrating two cultures to create an immersive experience into Japanese culture. Offers a variety of educational programs, exhibits, and cultural festivals. Educational programs include Koi Feeding, Origami Sunday, docent tours, and much more. Los Angeles County Arboretum 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia (626) 821-3222, A 127-acre botanical garden and historical site. Offers fun activities for families and children, such as Family Adventure Night Hikes, Acorns and Oaks (a parent/child bonding program) and The Nature Club (onsite school-year program). Also provides scout programs and camps. Special events and displays are scheduled throughout the year. Free Day is every third Tuesday of the month, with advance reservation tickets. Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center 3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance (310) 782-3989, A 43-acre seasonal wetland with a mix of several micro-habitats that are home or migration

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stops for hundreds of species. The Nature Center houses live animal exhibits including snakes, turtles, toads, tortoises, and more. Educational programs, classes, and laboratories are offered. Families and children can enjoy Tyke Hikes, Nature Story Time, and Friday fun with hands-on activities. Check Kids’ Den on their website for more information. Niguel Botanical Preserve 29751 Crown Valley Pkwy., Laguna Niguel An 18-acre botanical garden situated above the amphitheater within Crown Valley Community Park, featuring 12 garden areas, 2,000 plant species, and four miles of walking trails. Plant collections are loosely organized according to region of origin: Australia, Africa, South America, Mediterranean and California/Mexico. Free admission. Oak Canyon Nature Center 6700 E. Walnut Canyon Road, Anaheim (714) 998-8380, A 58-acre park consisting of three adjoining canyons, year-round stream, and four miles of hiking trails. Register for the Nature Family Program, an hourlong, naturalist-led hike on Saturday mornings. Summer camp available. Free; $5 donation appreciated. San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary 5 Riparian View, Irvine Explore wetlands spanning 300 acres and see hundreds of species of birds, mammals, insects, reptiles, crustaceans, and other creatures native to the San Joaquin Valley. Visitors can walk along 12 miles of trails, and watch more than 200 bird species that visit the marsh. Free admission. Sherman Library & Gardens 2647 E. Coast Hwy, Corona del Mar (949) 673-2261, Two-acre botanical garden and living laboratory featuring a tropical conservatory with koi fish and turtles, carnivorous plants, and themed gardens. Special events for families, activities for kids, and summer camp also available. Shipley Nature Center 17851 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach (714) 842-4772, An 18-acre nature preserve with native plants and animals, plus self-guided trails through eight habitats. Special events and family programs are offered throughout the year. Free admission, donations appreciated. South Coast Botanic Garden 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula (424) 452-0920, This 87-acre Botanic Garden has more than 2,500 different species of plants. Kids will enjoy the Children’s Garden that is developed around nursery rhymes with a variety of plants to match the stories. Current exhibits: Hide and Seek, The Flamboyance, and through July 31, SOAR, a tropical butterfly habitat. Free admission the third Tuesday of each month.

Great Wolf Lodge An indoor water park resort with themed suites, bowling alley, arcade, glowing mini golf, and more. The water park is set at 84-degrees and includes attractions for all ages. Water park day passes are available online. Garden Grove Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags Opens May 28: A 25-acre water park with over 25 unique slides and attractions for the entire family, including a River Cruise, Forgotten Sea Wave Pool, Bonzai Pipelines, Bamboo Racer, and much more. Valencia Knott’s Soak City May 21 - September 18: A 15-acre water park next to Knott’s Berry Farm boasting 23 speed, tube and body slides. Gremmie Lagoon offers the smallest thrill seekers their own pint-sized playground. Kids will also enjoy the one-third-mile Sunset River and three-story Beach House, featuring 200 water guns, nozzles, sprayers, and other interactive surprises. Buena Park LEGOLAND Water Park Now - October 30: Attractions include Build-A-Raft River, Imagination Station, Orange Rush, Pirate Reef, Splash Zoo, and more. Carlsbad Newport Dunes’ Inflatable Waterpark Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day: A waterscape with a large fleet of inflatables and watercraft rentals, inside a secluded, tranquil bay. Home to more than 15 large inflatables, including a 17-foot slide, two trampolines, two climbable icebergs, monkey bars, bouncers, and teeter-totters. Pedal boats, stand-up paddleboards, Duffy boats, and kayak are also offered. Newport Beach.

more than 50 attractions, including Aqua Rocket, the state’s only hydromagnetic water coaster. Step up into their newest 300-foot slide, Bombs Away! Valencia Sesame Place Enjoy heated pools and water slides, including Bert’s Topsy Turvy Tunnels, Snuffy’s Spaghetti Slides, and Oscar’s Rotten Rafts, plus Big Bird’s Beach, a family-friendly, 500,000-gallon wave pool surrounded by a sandy beach. The park also features Big Bird’s Rambling River, a relaxing, inner-tube adventure with waterfalls. Chula Vista Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center May 28 - September 25: Small water park featuring lazy river, three water slides, children’s interactive play structure, zero-depth beach entry, and two spray pad areas. Offers birthday party packages, rentals, group rates, and swimming lessons. The Adventure Lagoon Large floating obstacle aqua park that stays around 78 degrees, year round. Other activities include water volleyball, paddleboarding, kayaking, and bumper boats. Open daily in the summer. Anaheim Wild Rivers Opens June 20: Southern California’s newest waterpark features attractions including a 25,000-square-foot wavepool, six-person rafting rides, lazy river, slides, inner-tube rides, and areas just for kids and families. Irvine

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Turtle Rock Nature Center 1 Sunnyhill Drive, Irvine (949) 724-6738, This five-acre nature preserve is both a home for wildlife and an outdoor classroom where visitors and program participants learn to protect our natural environment. Visitors can explore the nature center, take a self-guided trail tour, and follow the path in the labyrinth. Group tours, birthday parties and badge programs for scouts are available. Upper Newport Bay Preserve 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach (949) 923-2290 The 1350-acre preserve includes an interpretive center with exhibits and interactive displays. The Nature Preserve is part of coastal wetlands that are home to many rare or endangered species and plant life. Family events and programming are offered throughout the year.

Science & Space

• 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-squarefoot visitor center is equipped with not only amazing technology and visual teaching exhibits, but also features the only Challenger Learning Center in the greater Los Angeles area. Currently the Space Center is hosting virtual Challenger experiences and virtual field trip tours. Please visit the website for more information. The Space Center is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., closed Sundays and Mondays. $5 per person (4+). See ad on page 9. • Discovery Cube Orange County & Los Angeles Orange County - 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana Los Angeles - 1800 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar Discovery Cube is Southern California’s #1 children’s science museum. With locations in Los Angeles and Orange County, the Discovery Cube is filled with hands-on science exhibits and STEM activities in themed areas, such as Boeing Rocket Lab, Science of Hockey, Eco Challenge, Inspector Training Course, Healthy Kitchen, Aerial Helicopter Tours and lots more. Educational programs are offered throughout the year, such as virtual and inperson camps, onsite field trips, interactive STEM gameplay through Discovery Cube Connect, early childhood education and so much more. Visit the events page on their website for upcoming activities. See ad on page 1. 38 kidsguide summer 2022

California Science Center 700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles (323) 724-3623, Explore the wonders of science through interactive exhibits, live demonstrations, innovative programs and inspiring films. The newest special exhibit, Angkor: The Lost Empire of Cambodia, takes visitors back 900 years to discover the engineering and cultural marvels and daily life in the Khmer empire. Space Shuttle Endeavor is also on display for guests to see up close. Explore permanent exhibits, learn about fire science and safety, discover how all living creatures bring new life into the world, investigate eight ecosystem zones, and see a unique collection of air and space artifacts. Admission is free to all permanent exhibits (does not include the special exhibit or IMAX). Timed-entry reservations required. Griffith Observatory 2800 E. Observatory Road, Los Angeles (213) 473-0800, A unique hybrid of public observatory, planetarium, and exhibition space. Visitors can look through telescopes, explore exhibits, see live shows, and enjoy views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign. During the day, you can see the live image of the Sun on their solar telescope; each evening, there are free public telescopes on the roof and lawn for you to observe the night sky. The newest exhibit, Signs of Life, is an astronomical detective story that propels visitors on an investigation to discover what it takes to put life in the universe. Check their website for special events, such as Star Parties and Sunset Walk-and-Talks. Admission to the building and grounds is free. Mount Wilson Observatory Mount Wilson Road, Mount Wilson (626) 440-9016, Docent-led, two-hour tours of the observatory are available on weekends. Tour size is limited; tickets must be purchased in advance. Self-guided and private group tours are also offered, along with public ticket nights. Evening sessions are guided by professional telescope operators to enhance your viewing experience. Also offers STEM program for students. Find dates and tickets on their website. Mt. SAC - Randall Planetarium 1100 N. Grand Ave., Walnut (909) 274-5795, New planetarium shows are offered every month, tickets for these shows can be purchased online or at the door. Free telescope viewing is also available once a month. See their calendar for schedule. Also offers a variety of packages for birthdays, field trips, scouts, and other events. Orange Coast College Planetarium 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa (714) 714-7430 Learn about the origins of our universe with public planetarium shows, plus free telescope nights, and celestial events with astronomy experts. Access to the planetarium theater is lim-

ited to ticketed scheduled shows, but the lobby and exhibit hall are open to the public during normal hours for free. Visit their website for show schedule and to purchase tickets.

Theme Parks

Disneyland & Disney California Adventure Disneyland Forever fireworks and Main Street Electrical Parade has returned to the Disneyland Resort. World of Color, the nighttime spectacular, has also returned at the Disney California Adventure park. Mickey’s ToonTown makes a comeback early 2023. Anaheim. Knott’s Berry Farm Knott’s summertime fun will begin with the return of Ghost Town Alive. The interactive daytime family fun experience takes you throughout the streets of Ghost Town interacting with the many citizens that inhabit this bustling community. Events will extend through with Summer Nights bands and DJs. Guests can enjoy a variety of bands that rotate at the Calico Park stage nightly, or dance to beats from the Boardwalk DJ around Charleston Circle Fountain. May 20 - September 5. Buena Park. LEGOLAND Visit the all-new LEGO Ferrari Build & Race to learn Ferrari fun facts, sit in a life-size LEGO Ferrari F40 model, and build your own car to race at one of three racetracks. Each track offers different obstacles, challenges, and a chance to clock in the fastest time. Custom cars are then digitally scanned for further customization and are digitally projected on a racetrack. Carlsbad. Seaworld Visit the newly-enhanced and upgraded Turtle Reef, an environmental habitat for sea turtles including Bruce, a rescued and non-releasable green sea turtle. Take a ride on the all-new coaster, Emperor, a 90-degree, 150-foot dive plunge that soars up to 60 miles per hour. San Diego. Six Flags Magic Mountain Wonder Woman Flight of Courage is set to debut this summer as the park’s world-record 20th roller coaster and will be the tallest, longest single-rail coaster on the planet. Riders will fly over 3,300 feet of track, towering 13 stories and soaring at speeds up to 58 miles-per-hour. Valencia. Universal Studios Come face to face with the new Indominus Rex in

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an epic evolution of Jurassic World - The Ride. Discover the exciting world of pets when you meet your favorite characters on the newest ride, The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash. Super Nintendo World, the immersive and highly-anticipated themed land, is set to open in 2023. Hollywood.


Amtrak - 50% Off for Kids (800) 872-7245 Take short day-trips to Los Angeles, San Diego, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Barbara, and other cities from local stations in Anaheim, Fullerton, Irvine and Santa Ana. One child’s fare ticket (ages 2-12) is eligible for a 50% discount with each fare-paying adult. Infants ride free. Restrictions apply. Visit website for full details. Angels Flight Railway 351 South Hill St., Los Angeles (213) 626-1901, The world’s shortest railway and featured in several films throughout the years, Angels Flight takes passengers on a short ride between Hill Street and Grand Avenue on Bunker Hill. Open daily, including weekends and holidays. Balboa Park Miniature Train 1800 Zoo Place, San Diego (619) 239-4748 Operated by the San Diego Zoo, the train is a model G16, now a rare antique with as few as fifty currently remaining. Train ride is a three-minute, halfmile loop through four acres of Balboa Park. Located outside the Zoo’s exit. Tickets are $3 for all ages. El Dorado Frontier 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach (562) 249-8330, Located inside El Dorado Park, the El Dorado Express is a mile-and-a-half train ride on a vintage locomotive. The ride involves a narrated story along with an original music score that sets the tone, while telling an educational story about the history of the Gold Rush. The mini theme park also features carnival games, gold panning, hand-cranked mining buggy, and carousel. Only open on weekends. General admission includes unlimited train and carousel rides for the day. Party packages are available and special events are held throughout the year. Fullerton Train Museum 200 East Santa Fe Ave., Fullerton (714) 278-0648, See three historically significant cabooses and two Union Pacific Lounge cars. Guided tours are available. The museum is only open the first and third Saturdays of each month. Free admission.

Griffith Park & Southern Railroad 4400 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles (818) 881-2586, Griffith Park & Southern Railroad has operated trains since the 1940s. Travel over one mile of track, across a bridge, through a forest and the Old Western Town. The trains that are operating include the Colonel Griffith, Freedom Train, Stanley Diamond, and more. Heritage Park Railroad Exhibit 12100 Mora Drive, Santa Fe Springs (562) 946-6476, The Railroad Exhibit at Heritage Park tells the story of the city’s railroad history through the restoration of the Santa Fe Railway depot, tracks, and signals. Train Caboose is located at the entrance of a vintage steam locomotive. Guests can enjoy their special day inside a restored train. Party space available. Irvine Park Railroad at Irvine Regional Park 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange (714) 997-3968, The 1/3-scale train is located in the foothills of Orange and takes visitors around Irvine Regional Park. Offers special events and educational programs for children throughout the year. Bike and paddle boat rentals, OC Zoo, and pony rides are also in the park. Party packages available. Lomita Railroad Museum 2137 W. 250th St., Lomita (310) 326-6255, Dedicated to the era of the steam engine, the museum offers a collection of locomotives, cabooses, oil tenders, and box cars. Exhibits include 1902 Southern Pacific Steam Locomotive, 1949 Topeka and Sante Fe Caboose, and more. Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum 5202 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles (323) 661-8958, Located in Griffith Park, the Railroad Museum educates children and families in railroad history and shows live steam, gas-mechanical and electric railroad technology in actual operation. Offers public rides on Sundays (weather permitting). Public train rides are free, donations are encouraged.

of the park. Birthday parties are available. Located inside Fairview Park. San Diego Model Railroad Museum 1649 El Prado, San Diego (619) 696-0199, Learn about the heritage of American railroading through educational programs, displays, toy trains, and scale models of California railroads and communities. Newest exhibit, Out of the Vault, is on display now and includes decades-old locomotives made of pewter and brass. Offers school programs, scout programs, and summer camps. Visit their Educational Resources online for content and activities for kids. Southern California Live Steamers 2290 Washington Ave., Torrance Free trains rides on miniature 7.5” gauge trains on the first Sunday and the third Saturday of each month. Also offers birthday parties. Visit their website or Facebook page for updated information. Southern California Railway Museum 2201 South A St., Perris (951) 943-3020, Covers 100 acres and is the home to a vast collection of historical locomotives, railcars, trolleys, 3-foot gauge, model trains and much more. A variety of special events are held throughout the year, such as Railroadiana Swap Meets, Dino Train and STEAM Festival, Day Out with Thomas, The Polar Express and more. Railway trains and trolleys operate every weekend. Visit to experience a day of family fun, explore the large grounds, and ride the trains and trolleys. Travel Town Museum and Railroad 5200 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles (818) 881-2586, Located in Griffith Park, Travel Town is an outdoor museum with a large collection of locomotives and rolling stock from Southern California. Visitors can ride the miniature train that travels around the museum and explore dozens of old-time railroad locomotives and cars. Free admission daily, donations appreciated. Party and playday rentals available.

Metrolink - Kids Ride Free on Weekends (800) 371-5465 Kids Ride Free Weekends is a promotion that offers free train rides for children (ages 17 and under) on Saturdays and Sundays when accompanied by a fare-paying adult. Each fare-paying adult can be accompanied by up to three children at no additional charge. Additionally, on weekends, each adult pays just $10 for a Weekend Day Pass. Orange County Model Engineers 2480 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa (949) 548-7246, Free public rides on scale trains through the park every third Saturday and following Sunday of each month. A typical train ride takes about 12 minutes and covers two loops

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Arts • Arts & Learning Conservatory 151 Kalmus Drive, G-3, Costa Mesa (714) 728-7100, PERFORMING ARTS - Enroll your child now for classes in acting, singing, instrumental music, media and dance! Your child or teen will find inspiring teachers, new friends to collaborate with, performances to attend, and a place to call their musical home. Classes culminate with a presentation showcasing the participants' newly developed skills. Programs include: Exploratory Theater (grades K-3); Vocal Workshop (grades 4-6); Beginning Acting (grades 4-6); Teen Voice (grades 7-12); Intro to Tap (age 10+); and Intro to Improv (ages 9+). The award-winning Arts & Learning Conservatory has served the Orange County community since 2004, offering hugely successful after-school programs, musical camps (see page 4) and school productions. See ad on page 15. • Art Steps 1525 Mesa Verde Drive E., #119, Costa Mesa 18212 Imperial Hwy., Yorba Linda 24741 Alicia Pkwy., Ste. G, Laguna Hills (714) 524-2248, ART INSTRUCTION - Now offering in-studio and online art classes and workshops. At Art Steps, students work step-by-step on a variety of subject matter using a range of media, such as pastel, color pencils, marker, graphite, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, oil and more. Classes are relaxed and respectful, where students enjoy focusing on the quiet activity of learning to see, while inspirational teachers challenge each student to work toward his or her individual, artistic potential. Classes and workshops include Anime and Cartooning, Cartoon Clay, Faces and Figures, and more. Summer camps (see page 6) and birthday party packages (see page 42) are also available. Ask about a free introductory art class! See ad on page 14. • Applied Music Studio 10900 Los Alamitos Blvd., Ste. 203, Los Alamitos (562) 596-1287, MUSIC INSTRUCTION - Enhance your child’s (3+) 40 kidsguide summer 2022

education by trying a free lesson at Applied Music Studio! They offer instruction in strings, voice, piano, guitar, drums, brass, woodwinds and theory, as well as Rock Band, Jazz Band and Keyboard for Kids program. Virtual and in-person classes available. Applied Music Studio also offers lessons for jazz, orchestra and choir preparation. They have new and used instruments for sale, and school-approved instruments for rent with an option to buy. Mention Kidsguide to book your free lesson today! Located at the corner of Florista and Pine. Email: See ad on page 33. • Burgess Cotillion The Grand - Catalina Room 4101 E. Willow St., Long Beach (323) 874-7393, SOCIAL DANCING - Bobby Burgess, original Walt Disney Mouseketeer, ballroom dancer on the Lawrence Welk Show, and instructor with the legendary Call’s Cotillion, leads each Burgess Cotillion class. Kids (8-18) learn social dancing and manners in eight monthly Monday classes, 90-minutes each. Foxtrot, waltz, swing, tango, rumba, cha cha, line dancing—you name it, Burgess Cotillion teaches it! Every class also includes refreshments, games, prizes, and manners every kid needs to know. Parents are always welcome, especially for the Mother/Son, Father/Daughter dances in April. Please contact for dates and tuition. Email: • Long Beach Ballet Academy 1122 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach (562) 426-4112, DANCE - 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. Visit for a complete schedule of events and performances. Children’s Dance Camp 2022 is also available, see camps on page 10; ad on page 7.

• South Coast Repertory 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa (714) 708-5577, MUSICAL THEATRE - Award-winning! Kids and teens (grades 5-12) build confidence and self-esteem in a safe and welcoming setting. In this exciting class, students will start to explore the world of musical theatre, including audition, rehearsal and performance techniques. Above all, they will learn what it means to "act" a song with emphasis on healthy use of the voice, how to work with others, how to sing with confidence, and, of course, lots of fun! Classes meet in the safe and creative environment of Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, which has been at the forefront of theatre in America for more than 50 years. July 25 - August 5, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. See ad on page 8. • Urban Aerial Fitness 8780 Warner Ave., #14, Fountain Valley (714) 502-4983 FITNESS - Urban Aerial Fitness' Kids program offers a safe and nurturing environment to learn a circus-inspired workout that combines strength and flexibility training with dance. Your kid will get strong while their confidence and persistence grow during each class. Their teachers bring over 37 years of combined aerial experience. They will make sure that every class is fun and challenging. The curriculum is broken down into levels to ensure that participants will not feel intimidated by other, more experienced kids. Watch your kid create lifetime memories during one of the two performance showcases. Recommended for ages 7-13; classes for adults, too. See ad on page 23.

Education & Enrichment • Blue Submarine (562) 494-0242, STEM - The Blue Submarine is a marine biology outreach program offering classes and activities for students Pre-K through 8th grade. Topics are presented in an interactive format and live tide pool

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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 18. • EduCare 4300 Bellflower Blvd., Lakewood, (562) 377-1300 PRESCHOOL - EduCare Preschool of Lakewood is a private preschool and accepts children ages 24 months through Kindergarten. The school is licensed for 70 children. The facility leases space in a church and is attractive and well-maintained. There is a stable staff with very little turn-over. Parents and visitors at the school often comment on the relaxed atmosphere, and say that the children seem happy. EduCare has an open-door policy and affordable pricing––potty training too! See ad on page 36. • Montessori Children’s House Preschool & Elementary School 5550 Atherton St., Long Beach (562) 431-8880 5454 Atherton St., Long Beach (562) 494-3777 SCHOOL - Year-round program for children (2-12) in Preschool and Kindergarten through 6th grade. Students are in a multi-age group environment working individually and independently. Without a traditional grading system, classes help students to progress at their own pace. Curriculum emphasizes reading phonetically and early exposure to mathematics. Art, music, geography and social science are also included. Conveniently located with large play areas. Montessori Children’s House has been serving the community for more than 45 years. See ad on page 35. • Oakwood Academy Schools SCHOOL - Oakwood Academy Schools offer an accelerated academic program with a hands-on approach to learning. Students learn computer skills and go on educational field trips. Enrichment activities such as karate, swimming, piano, dance and gymnastics are offered. See ad on page 33; discount coupon on page 36. 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. • OC Public Libraries Annual Summer Reading Program ENRICHMENT - Join OC Public Libraries this summer for its annual summer reading program, Read Beyond the Beaten Path, June 13 - July 30. This

fun reading challenge includes in-person and virtual programming, Grab-and-Go Craft Kits, virtual author visits and lots more. Enjoy this and more with Summer at the Library! See ad on back inside cover. • Shared Science STEM - With Shared Science, kids engineer fun through inventive and playful classes, camps and competitive robotics. Crazy Constructors combine LEGO Ed with the engineering design process and physical science concepts to captivate K-12 brains. Rad-Robotics offers classes (grades 4-8) on the EV3 Mindstorms robotics platforms. First LEGO League Robotics Teams take engineering and design to the competitive level. Custom parties and workshops are also available with unique engineering fun that includes LEGO constructions, computer programming or even robotics. Camps are also offered (see page 13). Serving Greater Long Beach. See ad on page 16.

Health Providers • Chang Orthodontics 4608 Katella Ave., Ste. 201, Los Alamitos (562) 430-0541, ORTHODONTICS - Their goal is to provide patients with the right combination of advanced orthodontic technology and a personal human touch. By placing an emphasis on communication, they strive to ensure every patient understands what it takes to make a healthy, beautiful smile. They also want to provide you with the highest quality orthodontic care in a family-friendly, fun and cooperative environment. Drs. Russell Chang and Christine Chung use only proven techniques and technology and tailor treatment for each patient’s specific needs and concerns. See ad on page 32. • Garlington Orthodontics for Children and Adults 5479 E. Abbeyfield, Ste. #1, Long Beach (562) 439-4553,

• Pediatric Medical Center 2921 Redondo Ave., Long Beach (562) 426-5551, PEDIATRICS - 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 page 31.

Parenting Support • Children’s Home Society of California Greater Long Beach (562) 256-7490 Orange County (714) 543-2273 CHILD CARE RESOURCE - Children’s Home Society of California (CHS) can help families find child care and help income-eligible families pay for child care. CHS also serves as a central coordinating link for child care and child development services. Parents can obtain free information on child-care options that meet their needs. Listings are maintained on licensed child-care centers, family child-care homes, before and after-school programs, public and private schools, and child-care assistance programs. Additional services include resources for assessing the quality of child care services, workshops, and a lending library that offers age-appropriate activities, toys and parenting resources. 4900 Airport Plaza, Ste. 100, Long Beach; 333 South Anita Drive, Ste. 350, Orange. See ad on pages 24 and 25.

ORTHODONTICS - At Garlington Orthodontics, you are always greeted with a smile and a warm welcome when you set foot in their office. They take pride in providing the best care in both a friendly and comfortable environment. Some of the latest technological advances, such as digital imaging, advanced computer graphics and iTero (Digital Impression System), have allowed them to become experts in a variety of treatments. Dr. Garlington is a top 1% provider of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. They believe that every patient should be treated like family with the utmost attention and care. Whether you are a child, teen or adult, their knowledgeable doctor, and team are committed to helping you achieve your dream smile. See ad with discount coupon on page 31.

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Parties • Adventure City 1238 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim (714) 236-9300, What a day of excitement! Play in Adventure City as long as you like; enjoy one-hour in the whimsical Party Station eating pizza and other treats served by your own party hostess; take a private train ride with your child as the engineer, and much more. Adventure City provides everything from invitations to wonderful memories. Parents can relax and enjoy the party. Party for 12 includes park admission with unlimited ride pass and access to Thomas and Friends play area and the petting farm, two pizzas and drinks, T-shirt for the birthday child and special birthday train ride, plus a party hostess—all for only $31.95 per person (prices subject to change without notice). See ad on page 27. • Art Steps 1525 Mesa Verde Drive E, #119, Costa Mesa 18212 Imperial Hwy., Yorba Linda 24741 Alicia Pkwy., Ste. G, Laguna Hills (714) 524-2248, Art Steps teaches realistic classical drawing and painting skills for ages four to adult. Get hands-on guidance in their Costa Mesa, Yorba Linda or Laguna Hills art studios. Birthday parties or scout classes at Art Steps are fun, mini art classes. Each child proudly brings home a beautiful, finished drawing in crayon, marker or pastel, as a party favor or as work toward an art badge. See ad on page 14. • Best Parties By Erin & Co. (562) 901-0111, With more 20 years experience, party specialist Erin and her team of talented performers can give your child the best birthday in town. They customize every party and

event according to theme, age group and number of children, so you can sit back and relax, while they run the show. Face painting, balloons, characters, magicians, relays, obstacle courses, games and specialtythemed parties. No child is too young or too old and no event is too large or too small for these party experts! Have an idea or theme of your own? Give them a call and let them create the perfect entertainment for you. Zoom parties and virtual meet and greets available. Also see Acting Out summer camp on page 4; ad on page 6. • Blue Submarine (562) 494-0242, The Blue Submarine offers fun, educational adventures in marine biology. They bring live tidepool animals to you, adding an unforgettable experience to your birthday party or special event. The Blue Submarine allows your guests to visit the tidepool without getting wet! English/Spanish bilingual programs also available. Call today to book your party or special event! See ad on page 18. • Brettso The Great Los Angeles & Orange County Magician (714) 392-2270, Brettso the Great is a professional magician specializing in entertaining children and family audiences! If you’re hosting your kids’ birthday and need someone to keep your guests entertained, not only can he help you do that, but he can also make your kids' birthday the most fun and unforgettable event ever! Brettso performs over 100 magic shows a year for children’s birthday parties, preschools, daycare facilities and other familyfriendly events in the Orange County and Los Angeles area. To get started, please go to his website and click on “Birthday Party Packages and Pricing” and find the right birthday party package for your child’s party. You can also book online too. See ad on page 29. • Fun on the Farm - Animal Parties (949) 285-5286, Have a party your child and their friends will never forget! Fun critters––sheep, goat, chicken, a mini cow and pony––can come to your next event or birthday party. Animals are safely set up in a pen and guests can pet and feed the animals–– even ride the pony. Call to book your event today. Serving all of Southern California. See ad on page 30. • Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park 10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk (562) 864-7706, 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 indoor and outdoor party facilities. Where the 5 and 605 freeways meet. See ad with coupons on page 28 and party deals on page 21.

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• My Gym Children's Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns Birthday parties are My Gym Long Beach's specialty where every party is a perfectly planned celebration created especially for the birthday child with unique song and games. All their parties feature nonstop action-packed activities, games, songs, and more. Relax and enjoy! They're happy to handle it all! Beyond the fun, they can also manage every detail, such as paper goods, party favors, theme, and food. They want you to focus on the moments that matter most on this very special day. To see more about their amazing birthday parties, including packages, capacity, and upgrades, visit the website. See ad on page 11. • Rise Up Athletics 10712 Reagan St., Ste. A., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102, Rise Up Athletics is the best place for your child’s next birthday party. With over 20K square feet of gymnastics equipment and a private party room for refreshments and celebrations, your child and their friends can enjoy over several hours of active play in a fun and safe environment. With exciting attractions like astro-jumps, tumbling trampoline, castle playhouse, interactive games/obstacle courses and so much more, your child will enjoy their best birthday party yet! Party sessions are very popular, so hurry and call to reserve your spot today! See ad on page 5. • Shared Science Custom parties and workshops are available with unique engineering fun that includes LEGO constructions, computer programming or even robotics. See listing on page 41; ad on page 16. • Skatedogs - Skateboarding (714) 313-8787, Skatedogs comes to your home with portable ramps and rails to create a custom skatepark for a one-of-a-kind birthday party. Guests can ride ramps and get skateboarding tips from an experienced instructor. See ad on page 17.

Products • Baha Play Sand Calcean Minerals & Materials LLC (256) 776-7313, PLAY SAND - Why should you use Baha Play Sand? Oolitic Aragonite is the safe and environmentally responsible alternative to standard play sand. It is renewable and sustainable, naturally made in the ocean, nontoxic, silica-free and quartz-free. This unique sand cushions and cools for safety and comfort, is smooth and round in texture, dust-free and appropriate for indoor/outdoor use. Baha Play Sand is safe for the environment, pets and children, and comes in colorfast, nontoxic colors. It is great for sandcastles and

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perfect for sensory play! Add a splash of color to your sandbox! For more information, call (256) 776-7313 or email See ad on page 27.

Sports & Recreation • First Field Farm, Inc. 18299 Dumont Ave., Cerritos (562) 924-2217, HORSEBACK RIDING - First Field Farm offers instruction in English horseback riding and jumping for beginning through advanced students. They are a recognized Riding Academy by the USHJA, and have a trainer that is a USHJA Certified. Beginner lessons include care of the horse as well as the basics of position and control. Private lessons are 30 minutes; group lessons, 45-60 minutes. Horses are provided. See ad on page 35. • Lakewood Recreation and Community Services (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408 RECREATION - Programs include: Academic classes (math and reading development), art, baseball and softball, basketball, summer camp (see page 9), dance (ballet/tap, Polynesian, hip hop, jazz and tap and ballet club), flag football, horseback riding, martial arts (karate), music (drums, guitar, ukulele, piano, and musical theater), drama club, soccer, swim instruction, tennis, and volleyball. Visit their website for events and classes. See ad on page 9. • Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine 2760 Studebaker Road, Long Beach (562) 570-3100, See ad on front inside cover. RECREATION - Academics, archery, arts, baseball (T-ball), basketball (free coed leagues), boating and sailing classes, camps (see page 10), cooking, no-cost drop-in after-school programs, dance (Mexican Folklorico), martial arts, music (piano, guitar, keyboard), soccer, swimming (recreational, lessons, parent/me, diving), teen centers, tennis, and volleyball (free coed and girls’ leagues), plus vacation-break workshops at the El Dorado Nature Center (see page 8). Visit their website for events and classes. FREE SUMMER FUN DAYS - Great free and affordable programs for youth and teens are offered at over 20 local parks this summer. Kids can come out for games, crafts, sports, field trips, and more. June 20 - August 26, Monday - Friday, noon - 5 p.m. BE SAFE PROGRAMS - Summer Activities in a Friendly Environment offer free classes, sports, fitness, crafts and more at 11 city parks. June 20 August 26, Monday - Friday, 5-8 p.m.

MOBILE RECESS PROGRAM - The free Mobile Recess program brings trucks loaded with supplies and equipment to designated neighborhood streets and provides recreational activities for youth ages 5-14 (grades K-8), Monday - Friday, 2:30-5 p.m. Streets are blocked off for safety and kids participate in physical fitness, and arts and crafts activities. Visit for locations and to register. VIRTUAL RECREATION PROGRAM - Access a wide variety of free videos from arts and crafts to fitness, dance, cooking and more on the Parks, Recreation and Marine YouTube channel. Visit • My Gym Children's Fitness Center Long Beach 3287 Industry Drive, near Redondo and Stearns GYMNASTICS - Try unlimited classes and unlimited Practice and Plays for two weeks for just $29! Offer ends soon. From first steps to Ninja courses, kids thrive at My Gym through active play, socialization with their peers, and fun-filled games and activities. For maximum fun and safety, class sizes are exclusively limited, and vaccinations are required for age 14 and up, and masks are required for age 3 and up. Start today and create “moments that matter!” Summer Camps are also offered, see page 10. See ad on page 11. • Rise Up Athletics 10712 Reagan St., Ste. A., Los Alamitos (562) 431-1102, For enrollment information, visit them online, call or email See ad on page 5. For summer camp information, see page 12.

• Sandie Mercer Ranch at Lakewood Equestrian Center 11369 Carson St., Lakewood (562) 425-1905 HORSEBACK RIDING - Private and group instruction (6+) for Western, English and Jumping. Beginner through advanced lessons can be arranged to fit your schedule. Lessons are available six days a week on your horse or theirs. The new “Introduction to Horses” class, by scheduled appointment, includes safety and basic in-hand ground work and care, as well as basic riding. Summer camps also available (see page 12), plus programs for scout groups earning merit badges. Enjoy horses and horseback riding in a quiet country setting. Email: sandiejmercer@ See ad on page 7. • Skatedogs - Skateboarding (714) 313-8787, SKATEBOARDING - After-school and weekend classes in skateboarding, one of the world’s fastest growing sports. Offered in conjunction with the recreation departments of Aliso Viejo, Arcadia, Beverly Hills, Brea, Cerritos, Cypress, Glendora, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Manhattan Beach, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Redondo Beach, Seal Beach and Tustin. They offer classes for all ability levels. Kids (5-13) make new friends, advance their skateboarding skills, and most importantly, have fun—all in Skatedogs’ private skatepark. They also offer private lessons, birthday parties (see page 42) and camps during school breaks (see page 13). See ad on page 17.

CHEERLEADING - Non-school affiliated cheer programs in which they teach jumps, dance, tumbling, and non-building stunt basics to ages 5 and up. In combination with gymnastics or tumbling classes, RUA is able to provide overall cheerleading training once a week that combines many of the areas of cheerleading in one convenient class. GYMNASTICS - Quality fitness for children ages 1-18. They offer a variety of programs for all levels, from parent and me classes, gymnastics classes for boys and girls, recreational/cheer tumbling coed classes, and gymnastics/acrobatics coed classes (under their NINja star program). The RUA staff strives to provide a positive experience by teaching the importance of staying fit while having fun in a safe and pressure-free environment.

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