Los Angeles and Orange County programs (5-19) offer guidance in good citizenship, leadership and life skills through projects and community service.
Youth and Family Groups
Groups offering activities, camps and/or child care. Also see: your area of interest, as youth group activities are listed throughout Kidsguide. For additional resources, see our current issue.
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.
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.
Supervised activities (5-18) after school and during school vacations (see Camps), including crafts, field trips, homework help, and more.
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.
Year-round classes in piano (6-14, 3 levels), guitar (8-13), Community Band and Community Orchestra (10+), plus math tutoring.
Most city recreation departments offer youth group activities and family programs. See Recreation Departments and Colleges for contact information.
Girls (grades K12) unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk Taker, Leader) through engaging, challenging, and fun activities.
Year-round programming for girls (grades K-12) focusing on academic achievement, life skills, and personal development.
The following centers offer enrichment classes, preschools, family events, support groups, vacation-break camps and teen-specific programming.
Check out the variety of programs offered by the City of Lakewood: sports, cooking, dance, musical theater, and lots more.
Hundreds of classes and programs for kids, teens and adults – many of which are free!
Locations in Anaheim, Cypress and Fullerton offer a variety of classes for kids and teens, ranging from academics and sports to the arts.
Year-round youth (5-17) program sponsored by police departments. Activities include arts and crafts, sports, computers, community service, homework help and field trips.
Middle-school students are matched with a volunteer for one-on-one academic mentoring at supervised locations in Lakewood and Long Beach.
Programs for the entire family include child-care, fitness, teen clubs, day and resident camps (see Camps), youth sports, aquatics and gymnastics.