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3 Great Programs at Hebrew Academy Preschool

Mommy and Me Program, Infant Toddler Center and Preschool –– all in one location!

4-H Youth Development Program

Los Angeles and Orange County programs (5-19) offer guidance in good citizenship, leadership and life skills through projects and community service.

A Charlie Brown Christmas in Cerritos

November 22: Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree, and uncover the true meaning of Christmas.

Acting Out

Save your drama for Acting Out! Their camps and classes (ages 7-13) celebrate creativity through drama skills workshops, ensemble building and a whole lot of fun.

AD/HD Support Group and Resources

Resources to find support groups and professional services.

Adventure City

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.

Adventure City

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.

Aliso Viejo Library

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, closed.

Aliso Viejo Parks and Recreation

www.cityofalisoviejo.com

Alpert JCC in Long Beach

AJCC/Pete Davis Youth Basketball League for boys and girls, ages 6-13 years. Sunday, September 24, 3 p.m. is League Registration Day for all new and returning players.

Alpert JCC in Long Beach

AJCC’s Kids’ University for kids in grades K-8! Just like a real university, kids choose from an assortment of classes and activities, including Spanish, music, art, aquatics, martial arts, creative writing, and more.

Alpert JCC Martial Arts with Sensei Mac

Build confidence and self-esteem while learning self-defense. Variety of classes for ages 3 and up. Prices vary per month based on the number of weeks in the session.

Alpert JCC Swim Instruction and Water Polo

Swim Instruction – Group and private lessons in a heated junior Olympic-sized pool. Beginner and advanced swim teams are also offered. Water Polo – Enjoy the JCC’s Junior Olympic pool while learning the basics of ball-handling and shooting. Improve swim skills, work on treading water and strokes specific for water polo. For ages 5-8 and 9-12; all levels welcome.

Amateur Athletic Union (AAU)

Resource to find clubs/teams for a variety of sports, from traditional leagues for basketball and bowling to clubs for jump roping, baton twirling, diving and surfing.

American Bicycle Association

ABA hosts district, state and national races and cruises. Their website offers information on the sport, including a rule book, plus referrals to local tracks and teams.

American Red Cross

Classes (5+) include first aid and CPR, plus referrals to Red Cross-certified swim programs and instructors.

Amtrak One-Day Train Rides

Short day-trips to Los Angeles, San Diego, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Barbara and other cities are available from local stations in Anaheim, Fullerton, Irvine and Santa Ana.

Anaheim Community Services

www.anaheim.net/play

Anaheim Libraries Canyon Hills Branch

Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and closed Sunday.

Anaheim Libraries Central Branch

Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday, 1 0a.m. – 6 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Anaheim Libraries East Anaheim Branch

Monday – Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Friday and Sunday.

Anaheim Libraries Haskett Branch

Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon – 6 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Anaheim Libraries Sunkist Branch

Monday – Thursday, noon – 8 p.m.; Friday, noon – 6 p.m.; closed, Saturday and Sunday.

Animal Care Centers and Exotic Rescue

Local animal care centers and exotic rescue such as the Marine Mammal Care Center, Pacific Marine Mammal Center and the Star Eco Station offer educational programs for kids on an ongoing basis.

Applied Music Studio

Enhance your child’s (3+) education by trying a free lesson at Applied Music Studio! They offer instruction in viola, violin, voice, piano, guitar, drums, woodwinds and theory, as well as a Keyboard for Kids program, all taught by degreed professionals.

Aquarium of the Pacific

The Aquarium offers numerous year-round programs: Parent and Me classes (ages 2-6 with parent), $49; Junior Biologist (ages 7-12), $29; Job Shadow (ages 13-17), $39; and Animal Encounters (ages 10+) starting at $109 per person.

Aquarium of the Pacific

Let the Aquarium supply all the ingredients for an unforgettable party! Birthday parties include a one-hour classroom program featuring animal touch time, bio-fact discovery and a souvenir craft project.

Aquariums

A list of aquariums that offer tours, family activities, classes, camps and special events.

Arboretums, Gardens and Wetlands

Nature-centered destinations that offer walking and self-guided tours, workshops, family and kids programs, and special events.

Archery Ranges

Private ranges that offer instruction (5+), tournaments, league activities, target practice and private lessons.

Art Steps

Art Steps teaches realistic, classical drawing and painting skills to kids (ages 4+), teens and adults.

Art Steps

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.

Artesia Library

Tuesday and Wednesday, noon – 8 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday, closed.

Ashwini

“Amazing work by Kidsguide. I would not have survived without you. You are my first go to for any kids activity.”

Autism Programs

A list of Autism organizations.

Back to Basics Learning Programs

Your child deserves the best education possible! Whether it’s mastering a subject in school, practicing for the SAT/ACTs, or learning ABCs and becoming kindergarten-ready, the instructors at Back to Basics are ready to help.

Badminton

The governing body for the sport of badminton. Visit the website for local club contact information. Plus, information on a local center.

Batting Cages

Web search “batting cages” plus your city.

Bellflower Library Clifton M. Brakensiek

Monday – Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Bellflower Parks and Recreation

www.bellflower.org

Big Air Trampoline Park

Big Air Trampoline Parks are the area’s best indoor trampoline parks. Unique features include Battle Beam, Climbing Wall, Lil Air (for jumpers ages 7 and younger), Open Main Court, Dodgeball Courts, Foam Pit, Slam Dunk Basketball and a brand new trampoline laser maze in Laguna Hills!

Big Air Trampoline Park

Big Air Trampoline Parks have quickly become our area’s premier birthday party locations, winning “Best Birthday Party Venue” multiple times. Party packages include at least one hour of jump time and 40 minutes of reserved table time with pizza and beverages.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Local branches match boys and girls with adult mentors who provide friendship and guidance. Volunteers are extensively screened. Catholic Big Brothers offer bilingual, deaf and hearing-challenged programs.

Bike Paths

Website resources that list paved trails and paths in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Blue Submarine

The Blue Submarine offers fun, educational adventures in marine biology. They bring live tide pool animals to you, adding an unforgettable experience to your birthday party or special event.

Blue Submarine

The Blue Submarine is a marine biology outreach program offering classes and activities for students pre-K through 8th grade. Topics are presented in an interactive format and live tide pool animals are available for certain classes.

BMX Tracks

BMX courses at various Southern California locations feature practices, clinics and competitions.

Boat Cruises and Whale Watching

Boating locations that offer boat cruises including whale watching for families. Schedules vary.

Bowling Centers

Web search “bowling” plus your city.

Boy Scouts of America

Cub Scouts (grades 1-5) and Boy Scouts (grades 6-12) participate in a variety of activities and earn badges. Cub Scouts tie knots, set up a tent, cook at a campfire and more.

Boys and Girls Club

Supervised activities (5 or 6-18) after school and during school vacations (see Camps), including crafts, field trips, homework help, career development, dance classes, sports, teen programs, leadership groups and more.

Brea Community Services

www.cityofbrea.net

Brea Library

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Breast-Feeding and Pregnancy Support

Support for breastfeeding women.

Buena Park Library

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Buena Park Recreation

www.buenapark.com

Build It Workspace

Build It Workspace, as an open workspace and skill-building center servicing Orange and Los Angeles counties, incorporates the “arts” in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).

Build It Workspace

Build It Workspace offers classes, camps, tutoring, and parties in STEM and the Arts, including 3D Printing & Scanning, Laser & Electronic Cutting, Vacuum Forming, CAD (Computer Aided Design), Graphic Design, Programming & Game Design, Robotics and more!

Build It Workspace

Parties at Build It Workspace are an exciting and creative way to celebrate your child’s big day. Fun activities include robot races, sewing with electronics, soap/chocolate-mold making, 3D printing and laser cutting.

Build It Workspace

Build It Workspace offers tutoring and enrichment classes in the STEAM subjects of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math for students (grades K-12).

Burgess Cotillion

Monthly dances (grades 3-12) with instruction in popular and ballroom styles, and etiquette. The three basic ballroom dances, waltz, foxtrot and swing, are taught every season, along with a Latin dance, such as the samba or tango, as well as other forms of dance, such as the Charleston or polka

Burgess Cotillion

With Burgess Cotillion, manners and etiquette are emphasized throughout their program. Students (grades 3-12) are taught how to: introduce themselves, go through a reception line, ask a lady to dance, and sit properly.

California Amateur Skateboard League

Regional association promotes skateboarding while helping communities provide skaters with safe skateboarding environments and competitions.

Camp Fire

Long Beach Area Council – Programs include small club/groups, camps, arts and service programs. Inland Southern California Council – Orange County kids and teens participate in community service opportunities.

Ceramics Studios

Organizations that offer ceramics for kids. Items such as plates, mugs and figurines are priced individually. Studios charge a sitting fee (costs vary) that typically includes painting, glazing, supplies and firing.

Cerritos College Community Education

www.cerritoscommunityed.com

Cerritos Library

Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Chang 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.

Chess Palace

Weekly classes for grades K-12 and adults. Plus, tournaments and camps.

Child Abuse

Call for help or to report abuse or suspected abuse. Information and referrals are available; most are bilingual.

Children’s Home Society of California

A central coordinating link for child care and child development services. Parents can obtain free information on licensed child-care facilities that match their needs.

Children’s Home Society of California (CHS) Resource and Referral

Resource and Referral offers a variety of child care resources to the community, such as child care referrals, resources for assessing the quality of child care services, workshops, and a lending library that offers age-appropriate activities, toys and parenting videos.

City Recreation Departments

Most city recreation departments offer youth group activities and family programs. See Recreation Departments for contact information.

Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services – Lakewood area

Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services, is the largest in-home tutoring program company in the nation with over 20 years of experience tutoring all subjects and all ages.

Coast Guard Auxiliary

Boating safety classes (4+). Nominal fee for materials; instruction is free. Visit their website for referrals to youth classes (8-18) offered by local flotillas.

Columbia Memorial Space Center

Hands-on learning center that is dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages. The 20,000-square-foot visitor center hosts the only Challenger Learning Center in the greater Los Angeles area.

Columbia Memorial Space Center

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.

Columbia Memorial Space Center

Host your own out-of-this-world event at the Columbia Memorial Space Center. Use the entire 20,000-square-foot Space Center or select facilities for meetings, birthdays, reunions, weddings, banquets, and other special events.

Columbia Memorial Space Center

The 20,000-square-foot, hands-on learning center is dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to all ages. It is also the national memorial for the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia’s seven crew members.

Comics Workshop at the Hammer Museum

May 6: Comics, or something like them, have been around since people lived in caves and have been used to tell every kind of story.

Connie Wax, LCSW #27430 Individual, Couple, Family & Child Counselor

Specializing in therapy for gifted and talented children, adults and their families, Connie is committed to assisting parents in navigating the often rough waters of child rearing.

Connie Wax, LCSW #27430 Individual, Couple, Family and Child Counselor

Specializing in therapy for gifted and talented children, adults and their families. Connie came to appreciate the unique needs of this group while raising her own gifted children.

Costa Mesa Dungan Branch

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Costa Mesa Parks and Community Services

www.ci.costa-mesa.ca.us

Costa Mesa Technology Branch

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Sunday and Friday.

Costa Mesa Verde Branch

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Counseling

Couseling for kids and families.

Craft Instruction

Organizations that offer craft classes, workshops or drop-in activities for kids (5+). Class and materials fee may be required.

Creative Reuse Centers

Creative reuse takes used or recycled materials and makes them into art.

Cricket

Referrals to regional coaches, youth leagues and teams.

Curling

Resources and referrals to camps and leagues, plus a junior merit program. Local OC Curling Club in Westminster.

Cypress Library

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Friday.

Cypress Recreation and Parks

www.cypressrec.com

Dana Point Library

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Dana Wharf Sportfishing Free Kids Fishing Day and Kids Club

Free Kids Sportfishing Clinics (12 and under) are held on Sundays, noon – 12:30 p.m.

Dance Company

Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Pointe, Theatre Dance, Lyrical, and Fit Ball (3+); beginner to advanced levels with an emphasis on technique.

Deep Blue Swim School

Deep Blue Swim School offers free infant classes (3-5 months), private lessons, parent and me swim classes, pre-competitive swim team, snorkeling clinics, and scuba for kids year round in their 92 degree indoor and ozone-filtrated pools.

Disc Golf

A list of local parks that offer disc golf courses, some also offer disc rentals.

Diving Instruction

Currently looking for talented kids (6+), from learn-to-dive beginners, to high school divers, to elite national competitors.

Downey Library

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Downey Parks and Recreation

www.downeyca.org

East West Ice Palace

Fun party package includes public skating admission, private party room, pizza, cake, soft drinks, party decor, plus skate time. Skating lessons available upon request.

East West Ice Palace

Ice rink offers public skating, skating classes for kids (3+) and adults, freestyle sessions, in-house hockey, hockey classes, youth travel hockey league, adult hockey league, stick time and broomball.

Educare

EduCare Preschools of Lakewood are private preschools, and accept children ages 24 months through Kindergarten. Each school is licensed for 70 children. Each facility leases space in a church, and both are attractive and well-maintained

El Dorado Regional Park Archery Range

Free instruction to improve skills and consistent shooting technique (8+).

Elevation Studios

Ages 3 through adult, beginning through professional. Full recreational program as well as a highly competitive competition team. Owners and professional dancers, Alex and Robert Lee are extremely connected and involved in the dance world, which allows the studio to bring in master instructors from around the country.

Emerald Events – The Bubble Rollers

The original Bubble Rollers (the premier product-line from Emerald Events) allows you to run, walk or roll on water without getting wet! No pool? They can bring an inflatable pool, or have your party at a public pool or park, or a Bubble Rollers location

Emerald Events Mobile Ice Skating Rink

Emerald Events has added something new and exciting to their inventory. First it was walking on water, then it was Bubble Bumper Soccer, Laser Tag, Quad Bungee, huge obstacle courses and photo boothsand now you can ice skate year round!

Emerald Events Mobile Ice Skating Rink

If you’re looking for a unique experience for your corporate, church, or school event or home party, try Emerald Events’ synthetic mobile ice skating rink, offered year round.

Emergency Numbers

Emergency Phone Numbers

Emergency Preparedness Resources

Checklists and classes for emergency preparedness.

Emergency Shelters

Temporary shelter for children and families in crisis. Residential care, counseling, referrals and bilingual assistance available.

Equestrian Centers

The following locations offer English and/or Western riding instruction (5+) and trail rides (7+).

Family Frisbee Golf at OC Great Park

June 16: Enjoy miniature golf or throwing a frisbee? Then this is the perfect game for you!

Family Fun Centers

Various locations that offer a variety of activities that may include miniature golf, arcades, batting cages, carnival rides, go-carts and bumper cars.

Family Resources and Referrals

A comprehensive list of directories and/or referrals that are available for parents of children with special needs.

Family-Friendly Escape Rooms

A list of family-friendly escape rooms and puzzle rooms.

Family-Friendly Movie Bargains

Daily: Movies at discounted prices.

Farmers Markets

Find a farmers’ market everyday of the week.

Field Hockey

Official organization of USA Field Hockey. Find local teams and local leagues.

First Field Farm

First Field Farm offers instruction in English horseback riding and jumping for beginning through advanced students. Beginner lessons include care of the horse as well as the basics of position and control.

Fishing Spots

Local fishing spots in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Flight Museums

A comprehensive list of flight museums in the area. Some offer flight simulations.

Football and Cheerleading at Games

Various local and national football leagues for kids.

FootGolf

Combining golf and soccer, FootGolf players kick a #5 soccer ball from a tee box into a 2 foot hole that generally follows the regular course layout, but does avoid bunkers and golf putting greens.

Foothill Ranch Library

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Friday and Sunday.

Fountain Valley Community Services

www.fountainvalley.org

Fountain Valley Library

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Free Admission Days at Southern California Museums

Ongoing: Free museum admission is offered on varying days.

Frogg’s Bounce House

Bounce, slide and leap at the 9,000-square-foot indoor inflatable play zone. Kids can also enjoy the playhouse, train table, disco karaoke tiki hut, frog-themed books, bean bags, toys and Home Theater Lounge.

Frogg’s Bounce House

Known for their family-style party packages, Frogg’s Bounce House is the perfect pad for those large parties when you want to invite everyone; they can accommodate parties with up to 100 guests.

Fullerton Library

Monday -Thursday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Fullerton Parks and Recreation

www.tinyurl.com/fullertonparksandrec

Garden Grove Community Services

www.ci.garden-grove.ca.us

Garden Grove Libraries Chapman Branch

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Sunday and Friday.

Garden Grove Libraries Regional Branch

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Garden Grove Libraries Tibor Rubin Branch

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Sunday and Friday.

Girl Scouts

Girls (5-17) participate in a collection of activities and experiences in arts, STEM, financial literacy, community involvement, healthy living, safety, the outdoors, leadership and career exploration.

Girls Inc. of Orange County

Year-round programs for girls (4-18). After-school and vacation camps programs.

Golf Associations

Long Beach Jr. Golf Association, Southern California Golf Association (SCGA ) and SCPGA Foundation Junior Golf Program.

Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park

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.

Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park

Take a break and have fun at Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park! Offers challenging miniature golf and exciting rides, including go-karts, bumper boats and kiddie train.

Gryphon Fencing & Fitness Studio

Do your kids love to swordfight like a musketeer, Jedi or pirate? Then fencing is the sport for them! Fencing develops stamina, discipline and coordination.

Gryphon Fencing & Fitness Studio

Knights, pirates, Jedi, Zorro or Robin Hood? Fencing and archery are fun activities for all ages. Gryphon offers fencing or archery-themed birthday parties for kids and adults.

Gryphon Fencing & Fitness Studio

Archery teaches focus, concentration and coordination. Gryphon Fencing and Fitness Studio offers beginning archery classes for kids 7 and older.

Hacienda Heights Library

Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Hawaiian Gardens Library

Tuesday – Wednesday, noon – 8 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Help Lines and Hot Lines

Crisis intervention, information, listening/counseling and referrals for any need. Most hotlines operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Historical Sites

Southern California historical locations offer museums, tours, crafts and family-friendly events.

Hockey Associations

Hockey associations that offer refferals and/or leagues.

Hourly Baby Sitting

A list of websites that provide a search for sitters in your area.

HSC All Stars Cheerleading Program

HSC All Stars made their all-star cheerleading debut in the season of 2007. Since then, they have won numerous regional and national championships. HSC All Stars is run and directed by Cheryl Vuong, coach for the nationally and world-ranked Los Alamitos Cheer program.

Huntington Beach Community Services

www.huntingtonbeachca.gov

Huntington Beach Libraries Banning Branch

Tuesday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday.

Huntington Beach Libraries Central Branch

Monday, 1-9 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Huntington Beach Libraries Helen Murphy Branch

Monday, 1-7 p.m.; Tuesday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday.

Huntington Beach Libraries Main Street Branch

Tuesday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday.

Huntington Beach Libraries Oakview Branch

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed, Saturday and Sunday.

Indoor Playgrounds

Indoor playgrounds that offer play equipment with unique features. Most offer parties, family sessions, scout/group programs and open play.

Information and Referrals

Organizations that offer information about, and referrals to, child-care programs and providers.

International Water Polo Club

Both competitive and non-competitive programs, serving all communities, for kids as young as 2, and youth in a variety of age divisions, as well as adults/masters. Kids get used to the water, strengthen their swimming skills, and are taught the basic fundamentals of water polo in a fun, safe setting.

Introducing Our First Ever…PartyGuide!

Invite dos and don’ts, DIY photo booth instructions, food hacks and lots more! 🙂

Irvine Community Services Department

www.cityofirvine.org

Irvine Lanes

Irvine Lanes bowling center offers fun, easy-to-plan, and affordable birthday parties for kids of all ages. With 40 lanes of bowling, they can accommodate parties of any size.

Irvine Lanes

Irvine Lanes is one of Southern California’s premiere bowling centers, with 40 lanes, complete with automatic scoring system, full arcade and snack bar.

Irvine Libraries Heritage Park Branch

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Irvine Libraries Katie Wheeler Branch

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Irvine Libraries University Park Branch

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Jazz Angels

Level specific jazz bands comprised of young musicians ages 9-17. Musicians learn to play (or improve how they play) this great American music through a unique method of music mentoring.

Jennifer Jacoby MacDonald

“My son likes to shop the guide, picking out summer camps!”

Jery Lee

“Congratulations, I have been using this magazine for more than 10 years to find activities for my kids to do. I love this magazine!”

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Various science projects and contests, plus web activities and resources for kids.

Jewish Community Centers

The following centers offer enrichment classes, preschools, family events, support groups, vacation-break camps and teen-specific programming.

Jolly Being Music

Jolly Being Music offers Music Together classes in Cypress and surrounding areas for children (0-5). They believe that all children are musical. Together, they sing, chant, dance, and play to experience music through the senses. Before you know it, your children are bouncing with the beat.

Jump Rope

Find camps, workshops and clinics and local national champion jump rope team,

Karla Aguilar

“I love your magazine and so do my kids. Thank you for your great work and tips on how to spend time with the family when you are on a budget.”

Kelly Summer Music Therapy Studio

Music therapy for children with developmental disabilities is offered with Kelly Summer Music Therapy Studio. Music therapy is the clinical and evidenced-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic environment.

Kelly Summer Vocal Studio

Voice lessons for kids and adults who want to improve their singing ability are offered by Kelly Summer Vocal Studio.

Kick It Up

Come dance, sing, act and perform at Kick It Up, a noncompetitive, friendly dance, visual arts, fitness and party studio. Classes are offered for all ages and ability levels; no one is turned away. Intro to Dance, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Hula, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Contemporary and Acrobatics are some of the many classes offered.

Kick It Up

A variety of parties and options are offered, including the Enchanted Princess Ballerinas’ Ball, Fairy Dream Dance, Pineapple Princess Hula Party, Pop Princess Hip Hop Party, Go…Fight…Win Cheer Party and the Dancing Princess Party!

Kidnastics

Kidnastics has always been the place to be for your child’s birthday party. With over 23,000 square feet of gymnastics equipment, your child and their friends can enjoy over several hours of active-play in a fun and safe environment.

Kidnastics Quality Gymnastics and Cheerleading Training Center

Kidnastics has been pleased to offer quality gymnastics instruction for over 40 years. As a recreational gymnastics and competitive cheerleading facility with over 23,000 square feet of full-line gymnastics equipment and two full-size gymnastics floors, they offer nothing but the best instructional classes for your children.

Kids Eat Free

Find local restaurants on websites below. Call ahead as participation varies by location.

Kids Night Out

The following city agencies and businesses provide an activity-filled, drop-off evening for kids.

Kidsguide CampGuide

Find the best camps for kids in Southern California. Click here.

Kidsguide Helps Cubberly’s Carnival

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La Habra Library

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Friday.

La Habra Recreation

www.lahabraca.gov

La Mirada Library

Tuesday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday.

La Palma Libraries

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Friday and Sunday.

Lacrosse

Beach Cities Youth Lacrosse for girls and boys (grades 3-8). Serves Los Alamitos, Cypress, Seal Beach, Long Beach and surrounding areas.

Ladera Ranch Library

Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Friday and Sunday.

Laguna Beach Library

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9-5 p.m. Closed Sundays.

Laguna Hills Technology Library

Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Laguna Niguel Library

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Lake Forest Community Services

www.lakeforestca.gov

Lake Forest Library

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Lakewood Libraries George Nye Jr. Branch

Tuesday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; closed Monday and Sunday.

Lakewood Library Angelo M. Iacoboni Branch

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Lakewood Recreation and Community Services

Basketball Registration dates, November 25 – December 2. League play runs January 6-March 3.

Lakewood Recreation and Community Services

Ballet Character Class (2.5-5), Ballet/Tap (2-6), Baby Doll Dance (2-4), Cutie Pies Dance (5-14), Polynesian Dance (5-17), Baby Hula (2-5), Hip Hop (6+) and Baby Hip Hop (3-5); three to ten-week sessions, $26-55.

Lakewood Recreation and Community Services

Golf instruction provided for all ability levels (4-17).

Lakewood Recreation and Community Services

Gymnastics classes are offered for kids (12 mos-16 yrs).

Lakewood Recreation and Community Services

Karate, beginning – intermediate (5-15), Karate Pee Wee Tiger (3-5).

Lakewood Recreation and Community Services

Babies Love Christmas Music (4-14 mos), Toddlers Love Christmas Music (1-2), Kids Love Music (1-4), Drums for Fun (6-12), Violin (7+), Pop/Rock Singers (8-11), Ukulele (7-12) and Piano, beginning and intermediate (6-14).

Lakewood Recreation and Community Services

Swim Lessons by Lakewood Aquatics (3+).

Lakewood Recreation and Community Services

Over 10 tennis classes available for all ability levels, ages 3-17.

Lakewood Recreation and Community Services

Shining Stars Musical Theatre (4-10).

Lakewood Recreation and Community Services

Youth clinics (6-15).

Lakewood Recreation and Community Services

Ice Skating: Parent & Me (3-6), Tot Beginning (4-6) and Beginning (7-14); four-week sessions, $45. Tot Ice Hockey (3-6) and Youth Ice Hockey (7-14); four-week sessions, $45

Lakewood Recreation and Community Services

Instruction by Kidz Love Soccer (3-10).

Lakewood Recreation and Community Services

Instruction at Lakewood Equestrian Center.

Lakewood Recreation and Community Services

Skateboarding (5-13), five-week sessions, $125.

Lakewood Recreation and Community Services

Programs include: basketball, dance (ballet, tap, hip-hop, hula, Polynesian), flag football, golf, gymnastics, horseback riding, martial arts, music (drums, violin, piano, Pop/Rock singers, musical theater, ukulele and parent/me), and more.

Lakewood Recreation and Community Services

Lakewood Recreation and Community Services – Free after-school tutoring programs are available at some parks throughout the school year. Academic classes taught by Readwrite Educational Solutions: Math Development and Reading Development (6-12), $79, Sound-Start Reading (4 1/2-7), $79 and Reading, Math & More Preschool (3 1/2-5), $79.

Lawn Bowling Center

Year-round free lessons for all ages.

League Baseball and Softball

Softball and Baseball Leagues.

Learning Disabilities

A comprehensive list of resource organizations for dyslexia and ADD/ADHD.

Leeway Sailing Center

Classes are offered year round for beginner to intermediate sailors, including bay kayaking (10+) and sailing using Sabot (8+), Keelboat and Capri 14 boats (13+).

Leeway Sailing Center Birthday Party Packages

A unique fun celebration at the beach! Birthday Party Package “A” includes one hour of beach games, one hour of barbecue and one hour of boating. Pricing ranges from $255-490 based on size of party, package and amenities.

Let’s Have a Cart Party

Since 1969, Let’s Have a Cart Party has been preparing fresh food at your party site in front of your guests. Kenny Baines, owner and head chef, hand-selects only the finest produce for your occasion.

LGBT Support

Offers support programs for gay fathers and lesbian mothers as well as a support group for LGBTQ teens (13-18).

Libraries

Many libraries offer homework help, including academic workshops and story times.

Library of the Canyons in Silverado

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Friday and Sunday.

Lice Clinics of America

Lice Clinics of America is the largest network of lice treatment centers in the world. The Los Alamitos and Torrance clinics are the exclusive regional providers of the AirAll, a revolutionary, FDA-cleared medical device that uses controlled, heated air to dehydrate both lice and their eggs in a single, one hour treatment.

Life of the Party

The best children’s entertainers in Southern California! Their expert staff features top performers including magicians, clowns, super heroes, princesses, and fairy tale and holiday characters.

Life of the Party

Owned and operated by magician Dave Skale, this company features a network of LA’s best magicians.

Lil’ Chef School

Weekly classes with a different menu each week. Lil’ Chefs (5+) meet for 90 minutes of hands-on cooking full of learning and fun. Junior Chefs (9+, or with instructor approval) have mastered the basics of cooking, kitchen etiquette and safety.

Lil’ Chef School

Party themes include Teddy Bear Pic-Nic, Pizza-Palooza., and more From Wok on the Wild Side to Pizookie Sundae menu, their parties let parents relax and enjoy the show!

Lil’ Chef School

In addition to a wide variety of cooking classes for kids and teens, they also teach participants in Lil’ Chef camps and classes how to set and clear a table, execute proper table manners and introduce various cooking utensils and appliances and their use.

Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Encounter over 450 wild animals, live shows, children’s discovery center, animal carousel, seasonal camel rides, twice daily giraffe feedings and a G-scale model train, and more.

Local Ships

Information about Queen Mary, S.S. Lane Victory, USS Iowa and USS Midway Museum.

Long Beach Libraries Alamitos Neighborhood Branch

Tuesday and Thursday, noon – 7 p.m.; Wednesday, noon – 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Monday and Sunday.

Long Beach Libraries Bayshore Neighborhood Branch

Tuesday and Thursday, noon – 7 p.m.; Wednesday, noon – 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Monday and Sunday.

Long Beach Libraries Bret Harte Neighborhood Branch

Tuesday and Thursday, noon – 7 p.m.; Wednesday, noon – 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Monday and Sunday.

Long Beach Libraries Brewitt Neighborhood Branch

Tuesday and Thursday, noon – 7 p.m.; Wednesday, noon – 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Monday and Sunday.

Long Beach Libraries Burnett Neighborhood Branch

Tuesday and Thursday, noon – 7 p.m.; Wednesday, noon – 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 4 p.m.; closed Monday.

Long Beach Libraries Dana Neighborhood Branch

Tuesday and Thursday, noon – 7 p.m.; Wednesday, noon – 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Monday and Sunday.

Long Beach Libraries El Dorado Neighborhood Branch

Tuesday and Thursday, noon – 7 p.m.; Wednesday, noon – 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. closed Monday.

Long Beach Libraries Los Altos Neighborhood Branch

Tuesday and Thursday, noon – 7 p.m.; Wednesday, noon – 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Monday and Sunday.

Long Beach Libraries Mark Twain Neighborhood Branch

Tuesday and Thursday, noon – 7 p.m.; Wednesday, noon – 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Monday and Sunday.

Long Beach Libraries Michelle Obama Neighborhood Branch

Tuesday and Thursday, noon – 7 p.m.; Wednesday, noon – 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 4 p.m.; closed Monday.

Long Beach Libraries Ruth Bach Neighborhood Branch

Tuesday and Thursday, noon – 7 p.m.; Wednesday, noon – 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Monday and Sunday.

Long Beach Main Library and Information Center

Tuesday and Thursday, noon – 8 p.m.; Wednesday, noon – 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Monday and Sunday.

Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine

Many Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine parks offer arts and crafts on a drop-in basis with supervised recreation programming during after-school hours.

Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine

Baby Dance (5 mos-1yr 5 mos), Ballet and Tap (3-5), Dance for Fun (1-6), Hip Hop Tots (2yrs, 6mo.-5yrs.) Musical Minis Theater Class (2 yrs., 6mo.-3 yrs.) and tons more!

Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine

Parent and Me Skating (3-6yrs), Beginning Ice Skating (7-14) and Ice Hockey (7-18).

Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine

Tiny Tigers Martial Arts (2 yrs., 6 mos. 6 yrs) Jujitsu (6-12), Mixed Martial Arts (6-17), Shotokan Karate (7-17), (Traditional Karate (5-15) and Homeland Cultural Center’s Bokator Martial Arts (Tae Kwon Do). Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7 p.m., free for all ages.

Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine

Kid’s Love Music (1-4), Kids Love Music (1-4), Kid’s Love Music: Toddlers! (1-2), Little Music Makers (30 mos-5 yrs), Little Music Makers (2 yrs., 6 mos.- 5 yrs.), and tons more!

Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine

Free Indoor Soccer leagues. Register at local parks beginning March 1 for April-May leagues for ages 5-12), and more!

Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine

Beginning to intermediate swim instruction (3+); year-round. Parent and child, (9 mos-3 yrs), recreational swimming and classes.

Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine

T-ball Skills (2-3), (3-5) and (5-7); six-week sessions, $89

Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine

Free Coed and Girls Volleyball Leagues September 30 through November.

Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine

No-cost, drop-in after-school programs A.S.A.P. (After-School Activity Program) are available at 26 local parks.

Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine

Lil’ Sprouts Pre-School Cooking Class (2-5 yrs.), Eight-Hour Core Cooking Class (healthy snacks and meals) (6-13), Baking Kids (6-13)

Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine

Tiny Tumblers (8 mos. 2 yrs. 6 mos.), Gymnastics Beginning (4-11) and (6-17), Gymnastics Intermediate (6-17), Gymnastics Advanced (6-17).

Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine

Classes for Tots (4-5), First Strokes (5-6) and Youth, (7-10 and 7-15). Billie Jean King Tennis Center, (562) 570-438-8509 and El Dorado Tennis Center, (562) 425-0553.

Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine

Musical Theater (5-12).

Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine

Academics, archery, arts, baseball (T-ball), basketball (free coed leagues), boating and sailing classes, cooking, no-cost drop-in after-school programs, dance (ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, cultural, parent/me), gymnastics, and more!

Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine

Free co-ed leagues (9-14). Register at park community centers beginning December 1. Leagues run from late January to early March.

Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine

Baby Sign Language (2 mo. I yrs, 6 mo.), Tot Sign Language (1yr., 6 mo. 3 yrs.), Bamboleo Bebe (10 mos. 1 yrs).

Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine

Eight, free drop-in skate parks are available at Bixby Park, Drake Park, El Dorado Park West, Fourteenth Street Park, Houghton Park, McBride, Orizaba Park and Silverado Parks.

Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine

Horse Fun (3-6) and (7-12). Classes held at El Rodeo Stables in Brea.

Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine

Baby Sign Language (2 mos I yrs, 6 mos), Tot Sign Language (1 – 3 yrs.), Reading, Math and More Preschool (3 1/2 – 5 yrs.), Sound Start Reading (4 yrs., 6 mos., -7 yrs.), and more!

Los Alamitos Recreation and Community Services

www.cityoflosalamitos.org

Los Alamitos Rossmoor Public Library

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Friday and Sunday.

Los Altos Dance Center

Los Altos Dance Center is a family-owned studio serving the Long Beach area since 1977. They offer classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop and lyrical for pre-schoolers, children, teens and adults.

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered.

Low-Cost Health Services and Resources

Various agencies that provide referrals or services for medical and/or dental care to low-income families. Bilingual.

Luv 2 Play – Indoor Playground

Luv 2 Play Lake Forest offers private party rooms that can be rented for birthday parties or special occasions. To take advantage of an exclusive party package deal, use code “KIDSGUIDE” when booking!

Magic Clubs

Magic clubs that offer actvities and instruction.

Magic Stores

Magic stores that offer supplies and lessons.

Makerspaces

See STEM.

Makerspaces

Makerspaces are locations where people create, invent, and learn, usually with technology such as 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more.

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Mark A. Garlington D.D.S. Othodontics for Children and Adults

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.

Mathobotix

Mathobotix offers classes, camps and workshops (K-12), conducted in a state-of-the-art, hands-on learning environment.

Mathobotix

Kids will build robots and play games! Three hours of fun and STEM education.

Metro-Railway

Trains run daily and frequently. The website features a trip planner to help plot routes to and from popular family destinations.

Missing/Runaway Children

Help, information, referrals and message-relay services for runaways, abducted children and/or their parents.

Mission Viejo Library

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday, 1-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon -5 p.m.

Mission Viejo Recreation

www.cityofmissionviejo.org/recreation

Montessori Children’s House Preschool & Elementary School

Year-round program for children (2-12) in preschool and kindergarten through grade 6. Students are in a multi-age group environment working individually and independently. Without a traditional grading system, classes help students to progress at their own pace.

Moorpark College Teaching Zoo

Animal shows and demonstrations twice a day. Plus, behind-the-scenes tours and other up-close opportunities.

More Fencing

Additional fencing studios.

More Museums

Museums that offer family-friendly exhibits and events.

More Skating Rinks

Skating rinks that offer roller and/or ice hockey programs (3+), including classes, clinics, camps and leagues, plus public and specialty skating sessions. Pick-up play and party packages may be available.

Museum Art Classes and Workshops

Many musuems offer art classes that may include drawing, painting, cartooning, sculpture, pastels, watercolor and other mixed media.

Museums

For science-focused destinations, see Museums for locations and contact information.

Music Associations

Music Teachers Association of California and Suzuki Association of the Americas

Music Together at the Beach

Celebrating 19 years of family music-making in Long Beach and Huntington Beach. Music Together is the internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for children from birth through age 5and the grown-ups who love them.

Muzeo Express, Holiday Model Trains at Muzeo

From the creators of the Nixon Library spectacular comes the annual exhibition, Muzeo Express. Celebrate the holiday season with model trains, miniature scenes and hands on activities. Complete with historical relics showcasing the history of trains in Southern California, Muzeo Express is sure to be a holiday favorite for children and enthusiasts alike.

Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center

Muzeo is a unique community center and museum for the arts, education and culture dedicated to serving youth and adults.

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach

My Gym has helped thousands of children, ages 6 weeks through 13 years, gain confidence and self-esteem in a loving and caring environment.

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach

Easy, fun, all-in-one parties! Exclusive use of the entire gym. Convenient and easy for parents. Games, games, games…and so much more.

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach

Join in the fun and attend one of their wonderful My Gym classes or call to set up a play date for your play group.

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach

As students, ages 4-13, strive for different belt levels, they learn about setting goals and the discipline needed to reach them.

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach

Hip Hop is the perfect class for children (4-8) who want to dance, stay active, and learn how to freestyle! Musicality, rhythm, and creative movement are key components of this fun, urban/street-style dance class that teaches boys and girls alike to step, stomp, and shake it out!

National Cheerleaders Association

Hosts and promotes championships and camps (10+).

National Dance Alliance

National organization hosts championships, special events and camps throughout the area.

National Junior Basketball

Boys’ and girls’ leagues in three age divisions (grades 1-12). Registration begins in August for winter season. Various chapter locations.

Nature Centers

Nature centers located throughout Orange County and Long Beach Metro offer guided walks, kid- and family-friendly classes and workshops, exhibits and special events.

Nature Centers

For nature-related science camps and classes, see Recreation and Parks.

Newport Beach Libraries Balboa Branch

Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Newport Beach Library Central Branch

Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday noon -5 p.m.

Newport Beach Library Corona Del Mar Branch

Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday.

Newport Beach Library Mariners Branch

Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.

Newport Beach Recreation Services

www.newportbeachca.gov

NFL / PICK6 Youth Flag Football (Co-ed)

Are you looking for a flag football league that offers excellent character building and fundamental flag-football training? What could be better than teaching your child to use their brain and not just their brawn to strategically excel in football?

Nights of a 1000 Lights at Sherman Library and Gardens

December 8-9: The 4th Annual Nights of 1000 Lights celebration will include all new light displays featuring more lights than ever including an expanded light tunnel, light orbs and light tubes. In the Central Garden a live-cut 20 foot Christmas tree will feature “natural bling.

North OC Community College District School of Continuing Education

Locations in Anaheim, Cypress and Fullerton.

Norwalk Libraries Alondra Branch

Tuesday – Wednesday, noon – 8 p.m.; Thursday – Friday, noon – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Monday and Sunday.

Norwalk Libraries Main Branch

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Norwalk Recreation Cultural Arts Center

www.norwalk.org

Oakwood Academy Schools

Oakwood Academy Schools offer an accelerated academic program with a hands-on approach to learning. Students learn computer skills and go on educational field trips.

Observatories and Planetariums

Locations that offer programs about the universe.

Observatories and Planetariums

For details and contact information, see STEM.

Odyssey of the Mind

Groups purchase a membership and form small teams (grades K-college) to solve competitive problems.

On-The-Water-Instruction

Various locations that offer boating classes and camps including sailing, rowing, SUP, kayaking and more.

Orange Community Services

www.cityoforange.org

Orange County Department of Child Support Services

The Orange County Department of Child Support Services provides professional, cost-effective services to parents or caretakers of minor children.

Orange County Department of Child Support Services

Professional, cost-effective services to parents or caretakers of minor children, including the establishment and enforcement of child support orders, establishment of legal paternity through genetic testing, and account maintenance.

Orange County Zoo

A variety of animals and a petting area. Visit their website for story times, special events and classes. School tours and scout programs available.

Orange Libraries El Modena Branch

Monday-Wednesday, 2-7 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Orange Libraries Main Library and History Center

Monday – Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Thursday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Orange Libraries Taft Branch

Monday – Wednesday, 2-7 p.m.; Thursday – Saturday, 1-6 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Orchestras

Find a list of regional youth orchestras at the Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California website.

Outdoor Playgrounds

Outdoor playgrounds that offer unique features around Orange County and Long Beach metro. Our list includes pirate-themed parks, parks with mud slides and ponds, beach playgrounds and lots more.

Paramount Library

Tuesday – Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Thursday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Monday and Sunday.

Parent and Baby Support Groups

Support groups specifically for mom and baby.

Parent-Participation Playgroups and Preschools

Parent-participation play groups and preschools (33 mos-5 yrs) are run independently by parents with a certified director at each session.

Parenting Classes Through Community Agencies

Community agencies that offer a variety of parenting classes such as parenting teenagers, parenting skills and family communication.

Parents Play Groups

Parents and kids meet for park play dates or field trips. Multiple play groups available to suit your schedule. Holiday parties for the whole family and moms or dads only social activities are typically included.

Parks and Playgrounds

For indoor playgrounds, see Playgrounds and for arboretums, nature centers and parks, see Recreation and Parks.

Parks in Long Beach Metro and Los Angeles

Regional, state and city parks in the Long Beach metro.

Parks in North Orange County

Regional, state and city parks in North OC.

Parks in South Orange County

Regional, state and city parks in South OC.

Parties By Erin & Co.

With more than 15 years experience, self-proclaimed Party Whisperer, Erin, and her team of talented performers can give your child the party of their dreams.

Pediatric Medical Center

PMC provides comprehensive medical care for patients from birth through college with special expertise in: school underachievement and complex diagnostic and management problems.

Petting Zoos and Farms

Opportunities for kids to interact with farm animals. Some also offer pony rides and special events.

Pickleball

Find clubs, pickleball courts, tournaments, rules and resources.

Placentia Community Services

www.placentia.org

Placentia Library

Library hours: Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Play-Group Gyms

A list of play-group gyms.

Police Activities League (PAL)

Year-round youth (5-17) program sponsored by police departments. Activities include arts and crafts, sports, computers, community service, homework help and field trips.

Power 4 Youth

Middle-school students are matched with a volunteer for one-on-one academic mentoring at supervised locations in Lakewood and Long Beach.

Preschools – Long Beach and Orange County

Year-round preschools, for ages 2-5 years, offer an accelerated academic program that includes science, math and language development.

Presidential Libraries

Explore The Nixon Library, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library and Lincoln Memorial Shrine.

Pretend City Children’s Museum

Special events are offered monthly for families with children whose developmental abilities fall on the Autism Spectrum.

Pretend City Children’s Museum

An interconnected city designed for children (infant-8). See Attractions for complete listing.

Pretend City Children’s Museum

Special monthly events provide parents with important resources to help them stay on track of their child’s healthy development. Parents with children (0-18 mos) are invited to Pretend City every second Monday for Baby Steps through the City.

Pretend City Children’s Museum

Pretend City Children’s Museum is an interconnected city designed for children (infant-8). The city is comprised of a grocery store, farm, doctor’s office, art studio, amphitheater, beach, marina, construction site and many other exhibits.

Pretend City Children’s Museum Parties

A birthday party at Pretend City Children’s Museum will create lasting memories that your little ones will be talking about for years to come.

Queen Mary

Transport yourself back in time aboard the legendary Queen Mary. Once the grandest ocean liner in the world, the Queen Mary is now a full-service hotel, historical landmark and entertainment venue.

Rancho Santa Margarita Library

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, closed.

Read to Bodey the Dog in La Palma

June 2, July 7, August 4 and September 1: Read and pet Bodey the gentle, child-friendly therapy dog.

Recreation Departments, Boys and Girls Clubs, Community Colleges and YMCA

Tutoring and academic classes through city recreation departments and colleges.

Robotics

Kids use robot kits and programming to study STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Also see Digital Revolution in this section.

Rock Climbing

Indoor climbing facilities that offer classes, camps and party packages.

Roller Derby

Los Angeles and Orange County junior roller derby leagues.

Rugby

Youth rugby for boys and girls (grades K-12) in Southern California.

San Clemente Library

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

San Diego Zoo

Home to more than 3,700 rare and endangered animals. Plus, camps, sleepovers and family events.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Like a safari, guests can see herds of African animals, such as rhino, giraffe, antelope and gazelle. Plus, safaris, camps, sleepovers, Flightline zip line and a Jungle Ropes course.

San Juan Capistrano Library

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Friday.

Sandie Mercer Ranch at Lakewood Equestrian Center

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.

Sandy Fru

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Santa Ana Libraries Main Branch

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m.

Santa Ana Libraries Newhope Learning Center

Monday – Thursday, 2 – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed, Sunday and Friday.

Santa Ana Zoo

Home of the 50 monkeys with over 150 animals (some endangered), plus a children’s farm, train and carousel. Family events throughout the year.

Santa Fe Springs Library

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. -5 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Seal Beach Community Services

www.ci.seal-beach.ca.us

Seal Beach Mary Wilson Public Library

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Sunday and Friday.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Dance School for Children with Disabilites

Dance and music school for children with disabilities like visual impairment, autism, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome as well as children that are developmentally typical to explore movement, music, and creativity.

Seriously Ill and Bereavement Support Groups

Support for children and families who have lost or are losing a loved one.

Sewing and Knitting Instruction

Locations that offer sewing and/or knitting classes.

Shared Science

Kids engineer fun through inventive and playful classes, camps and competitive robotics. Crazy Constructors classes combine LEGO Ed with the engineering design process and physical science concepts to captivate K-5 brains.

Shared Science

Shared Science will help you design a physical science or robotics workshop to suit your event needs. Shared Science provides kids (grades K-9) with unique engineering fun that includes LEGO constructions, computer programming or even robotics.

Shared Science

Kids (grades K-9) can dabble in programming and art when they attend one- to two-hour workshops featuring Arduino Gemma and other tech activities.

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Signal Hill Community Services

www.cityofsignalhill.org

Signal Hill Public Library

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, noon – 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10 a.m. -5 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Sitter Training

Training for boys and girls (10+). covering basic first aid, child behavior, safety skills and how to market their new business.

Skateboarding Parties with Skatedogs

Skatedogs comes to your home with portable ramps and rails to create a custom skatepark for a one-of-a-kind birthday party.

Skatedogs

After-school and weekend classes in skateboarding, one of the world’s fastest growing sports. They offer classes for all ability levels. Kids (5-13) make new friends, advance their skateboarding skills, and most importantly, have funall in Skatedogs’ private skatepark.

Skating Associations

Skating associatons that offer information and referrals to competitions and coaches.

Skating Paths

For paved trails/paths in Los Angeles and Orange counties, visit: www.bicyclela.org and www.tinyurl.com/ocbikepaths.

Snow Los Angeles at Elysian Park and San Diego

November 17 – December 30: Visit LA’s first snow tubing park, just five minutes from downtown. Snow Los Angeles is a stunning 9-acre winter wonderland, with over 10,000 square feet of downhill snow tubing lanes.

Soccer Associations

Associations that offer boys and girls leagues (4-19), summer camps and special-needs programs.

Soccer Parks

A list of soccer parks that offer youth teams and play.

Softball Associations

Associations that offer referrals for local leagues and tournaments.

Southern California Rocketry Clubs

A list of rocketry clubs in Southern California.

Southern California Swim Teams

Southern California Swimming (SCS) oversees city and community club teams. Swimmers (4+) are grouped according to age and ability for year-round, weekday workouts and weekend competitions.

Southern California Tennis Association

Programs for players (10-18), including teams, clinics and tournaments. Scholarships available. Visit their website to find youth tennis programs and leagues.

Special Olympics

Sports training and competition for children (8+) with limited intellectual and physical abilities.

St. Catherine’s Academy

St. Catherine’s Academy (SCA) is an all boys’ Catholic school with a military tradition serving students in transitional kindergarten to 8th grade. Founded in 1889 by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, SCA offers both day and boarding opportunities.

Stanton Library

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Friday and Sunday.

Stanton Recreation

www.ci.stanton.ca.us

Store-Based Classes and Workshops

See a list of retail stores that offer themed cooking classes and workshops for kids throughout the year. Camps are often available. Class schedules are available on their websites.

Stratford School

At Stratford, high expectations yield extraordinary results. They start early with an advanced and intentionally balanced curriculum that challenges students and accelerates achievement.

Studio Art Instruction

Locations that offer studio art instruction, many include drawing, painting and mixed media.

Summer Nights in the Garden at NHM

July 10, 24, August 7, 21: Awaken your senses in the Nature Gardens, with great music, garden-inspired cocktails, hands-on garden and science projects, botanical tours, food trucks and more.

Support Groups for Parents

A list of support groups for moms.

Susanne Hoglund

“You are a great magazine. I just used your magazine to find an assembly for my school in Anaheim.”

Sylvan Learning Centers

At Sylvan, results matter! Sylvan students typically see up to two to three times more growth in their math and reading scores than if they hadn’t come to Sylvan. With Sylvan, you’ll get a personalized tutoring program tailored to the needs of your child.

Sylvan Learning Centers

Sylvan’s innovative STEM programs will light up your child’s mind and build a love for STEM. Check out their awesome classes like Robotics with LEGO, Coding or Game Design and even Engineering with LEGO.

Table Tennis

USATT-affiliated table tennis clubs offer training, tournaments and camps. Visit the website for local club contact information.

Task Force Laser Tag and Airsoft Shooting Range Emerald Events

Get your next event blasting with Task Force Laser Tag or Mobile Airsoft Shooting Range! Great for both kids and adults, they offer the most realistic Laser Tag experience in Southern California.

The Prentice School

Founded in 1986, the school serves bright students in grade K-8 with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences and related learning challenges, such as ADHD and anxiety.

The Reptile Zoo

More than 100 exotic species of reptiles, amphibians and arachnids. Plus interactive hands-on opportunities.

The Rinks

Guests of all ages enjoy skating at The Rinks. With several daily public skating sessions, skate rentals and full-service snack bars, they offer the coolest fun! If you are new to skating, The Rinks offer a variety of Learn-to-Skate classes.

The Rinks

Put your party plans on ice at The Rinks! They offer packages with cake, refreshments, balloons and party decorations in their private party rooms. Then take to the ice for the coolest fun, including an exclusive group skating lesson for you and your birthday party guests!

The Tutoring Center

Are you happy with your child’s grades? Call The Tutoring Center today to schedule your Free Diagnostic Assessment. The Tutoring Center uses a unique system known as “The Rotational Approach to Learning.”

Theme Parks – What’s New This Season

Southern California parks that offer seasonal-themed rides, tours and entertainment, plus season passes and party packages. Picnic areas, lockers and stroller rentals may be available.

Tom Hicks Baseball Camps, LLC

The 28th annual THBC prides itself on being the area’s best fundamental baseball camp. Camps offered during Christmas break and summer focus on individual instruction and improvement.

Top Flight Street Hockey & Ice Hockey

The Rinks offer street hockey and ice hockey for all ages and skill levels with special needs. Participants practice weekly, learn fundamentals and play games.

Track and Field

Referrals to youth track clubs and competitions.

Trail Rides

A list of local trail rides, some are in a country environemnt.

Train Museums and Rides

The following locations offer exhibits of working, model and replica locomotives and cabooses, and/or rides and party packages.

Tustin Library

Temporary hours during construction: Tuesday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tustin Parks and Recreation Department

www.tustinca.org

U.S. Pony Club

Program offers English riding instruction and competitions. Participants may lease a horse or use their own.

U.S. Synchronized Swimming

Provides information on So Cal clubs (3+), plus additional resources.

U.S.A. Archery

The national governing body for archery coordinates the Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program which offers youth (8-18) the opportunity to compete in competitions.

United States Bowling Congress Youth Leagues

Leagues, tournaments, scholarships and instruction.

United States Youth Volleyball League

USYVL provides an eight-week instructional youth volleyball league for boys and girls, ages 7-15. This is a great opportunity for children to learn and play volleyball in a fun and positive environment.

United Waterpolo Club

Take your kids’ swimming to the next level! Newbies can now join United Waterpolo Club (UPWC). Since it was founded in 2007, UWPC has garnered eight national championships. Dedicated to teaching and promoting water polo to youth throughout Southern California, the non-profit club offers competitive programs for boys and girls (5-14).

US Polo Association  

Resources for junior polo programs, clubs and clinics.

US Rowing

Resources to find a rowing instruction class or a club or crew.

USA Fencing

Website features resources for clubs and membership.

USA Gymnastics

Website provides information and resources for all areas of gymnastics, including artistic/rhythmic, acrobatic, trampoline and tumbling.

USA Water Polo

Provides information on clubs, clinics, camps and tournaments for boys and girls (7+).

Valley Christian Schools

At Valley Christian, you’ll find an inescapable link between excellence in education and a Biblical World view. Students enjoy outstanding training in fine arts, sports, honors and AP courses (with unparalleled pass rates), and STEM, including award-winning robotics.

Vans Skatepark

40,000-square-foot facility featuring a full skate and BMX course for all skill levels, ages 6 and older. The location also houses a full Vans retail store and skate pro shop. Birthday party packages (see Parties), private lessons and skate camps (see Camps) are available.

Vans Skatepark

Large indoor/outdoor street courses, 80-foot-wide mini-ramp and beginners course. BMX sessions: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, 6-10 p.m.

Vans Skatepark Birthday Parties

Vans Skatepark is a great place to have a birthday party. The skatepark has a few different party packages to choose from, some even include private lessons.

Villa Park Library

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5p.m.; closed Friday and Sunday.

Volleyball Associations and Leagues

California Beach Volleyball Association and So. California Volleyball Association offer teams for boys and girls.

Westminster Community Services and Recreation

www.westminster-ca.gov

Westminster Public Library

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Whittier Libraries – Central

Monday – Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed, Sunday.

Whittier Libraries – Whittwood

Monday – Tuesday, noon – 9 p.m.; Wednesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed, Sunday.

Whittier Libraries Los Nietos

Monday – Tuesday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Wednesday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Closed Sunday.

Whittier Libraries Sorenson

Monday – Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Wednesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Closed Sunday.

Whittier Libraries South Whittier

Monday – Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Closed Sunday.

WhoTats

WhoTats are temporary tattoos that keep your children safe whenever they’re out and about: at camp, the beach, amusement park, museum, zoo, play date, etc.

Wrestling

California USA Wrestling statewide governing body provides information about and links to local clubs, camps and competitions.

Year-Round Food Banks

A list of local food bank for families in need of food supplies.

YMCA

Programs include child-care, fitness, teen clubs, day and resident camps, youth sports, aquatics and gymnastics. Parent/child programs are also offered to promote companionship between parents and their children.

YMCAs, Recreation Departments, Colleges and Boys and Girls Clubs

Cooking and nutrition classes may be offered by city recreation departments, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs and some community colleges.

Yorba Linda Library

Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Youth Choirs

List of local international youth choirs.

Youth Theater Production Programs

A list of theaters that offer youth productions. Many offer set design as well as open auditions.