STEM

Science, technology, engineering and math classes, camps and related destinations. Also see: “Camps,” and “Tutoring and Academics.” For STEM-related activities, see: “Attractions,” “Museums,” and “Zoos.” For Makerspaces, see “Arts and Crafts.” For additional resources, see our current issue.

Aquarium of the Pacific

The Aquarium offers numerous year-round programs: Aqua Tots (ages 2-3, with parent), $49; Saturday Family Fun (ages 4-6, with parent), $49; Junior Biologist (ages 10-12), Weeklong: $300; Job Shadow (ages 13-17), $39; Seals and Sea Lions, Sea Otter/Penguin Encounter (ages 10+), and Shark Encounter (ages 13+)$109 per person. Whale watching and family sleepovers are also offered.

Bionerds

Bionerds offers fun and hands-on biology workshops for kids (grades K-8) in cities throughout Orange County. They offer after school, in-class, home school, Girl Scouts, summer and party programs.

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 tidepool animals are available for certain classes.

Build It Workspace

At Build It Workspace in Los Alamitos, children learn the latest technologies such as 3D printers, 3D design software, laser cutters and 3D scanners. Build It combines both traditional design with modern making to create activities that excite our children’s minds and foster innovation and creativity.

CodeREV Winter Camps

Through CodeREV tech summer camps, students (grades 1-9) learn skills that are not only useful and fun for creating incredible school projects; they are marketable skills such as coding, higher order thinking, math, game development and robotics that are in demand for the knowledge workers of tomorrow.

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.

DINOSAURS ROCK Fossil, Mineral & Ocean Events & Supplies

“We Bring the Museum to You!” Select from DINOSAURS ROCK, GEMS ROCK and OCEANS ROCK interactive, fun, educational parties or school shows.

Discovery Cube Orange County and Los Angeles

Discovery Cube Orange County and Los Angeles is filled with interactive and hands-on exhibits in themed areas, including: Discovery Theater, Inspector Training Course, Boeing Rocket Lab, Eco Challenge, Science of Hockey, and more.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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

Kidsguide SchoolGuide Winter 2017

Check out some of the best schools and tutoring services in Long Beach Metro and Orange County.

Mad Science

Mad Science is the world’s leading fun science provider, and they are on a mission to spark the imagination of children everywhere with exciting, live, interactive programs that instill a clear understanding of what science is really all about.

Makersville/Club Ten: A Learning for Life Program of the Long Beach BSA

Stocked with a computer lab, a sewing lab, a Thermofax silk screen maker, a 3D printer, an Oculus DK2, a MindWave headset, SparkFun inventor’s kits with Arduino, EV3 robots, and a generous supply of LEGO bricks.

North OC Community College District, School of Continuing Education

Science workshops and computer use and program instruction.

Observatiories and Planetariums

Locations that offer programs about the universe.

Odyssey of the Mind

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

Robotics

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

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. Creative Coding kids use Scratch and other tools to learn computer programming concepts, create animations, and build games.

Southern California Rocketry Clubs

A list of rocketry clubs in Southern California.

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.