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CSArts Academy Now Enrolling for Summer In-Person and Virtual Arts Classes

April 9, 2021

CSArts Academy is back in-person and online this summer! Aspiring artists are invited to enroll in exciting, enriching CSArts Academy classes hosted by Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA). 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! 

YMCA of Orange County Igniting Passion, Purpose and Potential All Summer!

April 5, 2021

This summer, the Y is igniting the best in every camper. Through exciting educational and recreational activities, field trips, challenges, art, and more, campers will learn some of life’s most necessary skills, like resiliency, positivity, adaptability, relationship-building, and caring for others.

Orange Tier: What’s Open or Opening Soon for Kids in Southern California?

April 6, 2021

Now that LA and Orange Counties are officially in Red Tier, many of your favorite family-friendly places have been given the green light (or, red light?) to reopen at limited capacities. But, just because these places can open, doesn’t mean they will right away.  Here’s the latest reopening updates from your favorite SoCal family destinations.

Fairmont Students THRIVE in the Midst of COVID!

March 4, 2021

If you are part of the 89% of California parents who are concerned that your child has fallen behind during the pandemic, perhaps it’s time to consider Fairmont Schools. Join Fairmont Schools for their preschool – 8th grade virtual Open House events to learn about their academic program, and the social and emotional support their nurturing community provides.

Top 10 Tips Before Going to a Drive-In Movie

March 4, 2021

Drive-in theaters may be a thing of the past, but they’re the modern-day solution to help us maintain social distancing while still enjoying a night out to the movies! Here’s out top 10 tips you need to know before visiting a drive-in.

Save This List of Southern California Nature Centers & Botanical Gardens

March 2, 2021

Looking to get outside in this beautiful SoCal weather? Here’s a list of local botanical gardens that are blooming this spring! Most of these places are open with advance reservations and safety guidelines. Be sure to check each location’s website or social media for updated information.

5 Ways to Make Family Movie Night Extra Special

January 5, 2023

The movie theaters may still be closed, but that doesn’t mean your family still can’t have an amazing movie night! Keep reading for seating ideas, popcorn recipes, and a movie ticket printable!

Drive-Thru Events Ending Soon & New Ones Coming Up

March 2, 2021

Looking to (safely) get out of the house for a bit? Enjoy lights, music, interactive sets, life-size dinosaurs, and even play carnival games from the comfort of your own car. But hurry—some are ending soon! 

10 Indoor Snow Day Activities for Kids

March 2, 2021

Tis’ the season to be freezin’ and during this time of the year… there’s snow place like home. Bring the snow and icy fun indoors with these brrr-illiant activities!

Get Your Picture Taken with Santa at Mt. High

March 2, 2021

Tis the season for winter cheer and there is no better place to find it than the Yeti’s Snow Play at Mountain High. Have your picture taken with Santa and the Yeti FREE from 12pm-2pm with the purchase of any tubing or snow play activity. Now open WEEKENDS from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

City of Long Beach Offers Winter Camps at Local Parks

March 2, 2021

The City of Long Beach will offer programs to safely engage youth during the upcoming winter break. The programs will adhere to lower staff-to-camper ratios and other enhanced safety protocols. Programs include Winter Camps (ages 5-12), Teen Programs, and Winter Break Workshops at El Dorado Nature Center (ages 5-8).

Win a Ticket to Hikari: A Festival of Lights at Tanaka Farms

March 2, 2021

Win a ticket to Hikari: A Festival of Lights at Tanaka Farms! Literally translated, Hikari means shine in Japanese, and this holiday season Tanaka Farms shines with over a mile of twinkling lights! Drive through the 30-acre farm and be dazzled by farm-themed lighting.

Pretend City Children’s Museum Now Open!

March 2, 2021

Where imagination and education come to play! Kids can create in the art studio, rescue citizens in emergency services, shop in the grocery store, and so much more. It’s the city where little pretenders have the biggest dreams.

Fire Safety Activities for Kids

March 2, 2021

These fire-themed activities are great for teaching fire safety, pretend play, and learning how firefighters help our community. 

23 Genius Ways to Make Reading Fun for Kids!

March 2, 2021

Looking for ways to motivate your kids to read more? You could try using the traditional flashlight under the covers, but take it up a notch and use finger lights or a head lamp! Start a family book club, or have the kids record their own audiobook. Lots of ideas here!

These Cool Places Offer Supervised Distance Learning

March 2, 2021

With some school campuses remaining closed, these family-friendly places are offering supervised distance learning support to help students focus and keep up with their classwork/homework while offering an awesome place to play too.

Arcades & Family Fun Centers That Are Open Now

March 2, 2021

Go for a round of mini golf, take a spin on the go-kart, travel back in time at a retro arcade, or duck and dive at a paintball park! These fun centers are open for your family to (safely) enjoy!

Horseback Trail Rides That Are Open Now

March 2, 2021

Looking to get outside? A trail ride on horseback is a great, outdoor outing for families. Of course, there’s plenty of social distancing happening (the horses will take care of that for you)!

Animal Encounters & Zoos That Are Open Now

March 2, 2021

Foxes, camels, ostriches, cheetahs, oh my! Check out this list of animal sanctuaries, ranches, and zoos that are outdoors and open. Many offer private tours for an extra special way to connect with animals you don’t get to see everyday.

Ice Cream Themed Activities for Kids

March 2, 2021

Seems like the summer heat is here to stay, so let’s cool off with ice cream themed activities! Make ice cream in a bag, edible ice cream playdough, bake yummy ice cream cone cupcakes and more!

Kindness & Compassion Conversation Starters for Kids

January 19, 2023

Promote meaningful conversations with your kids about showing kindness and compassion towards others. Use these printable cards as a starting point to teach and explain why our world needs kindness, especially right now.

SoCal Stops for Kids Who Love Trains!

May 12, 2022

All aboard the Kidsguide Express! We’re taking your train-lovin’ family on an adventure across SoCal, chugging along to must-see train stops. Let’s go!

7 Thoughtful Ways to Thank a Teacher Virtually

March 2, 2021

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8! And while it looks and feels a little different this year, teachers definitely deserve our appreciation. Here’s some ways to celebrate and thank your teacher!

How to Make a Post-Quarantine Idea Jar

March 2, 2021

Are the kids feelin’ a lil antsy? Thinking about what to do when the quarantine is over might help them a bit. Make this Post-Quarantine Idea Jar, plus lots of ideas to get your family started!

How to Throw the Ultimate Art Party!

March 2, 2021

Throw your mini Picasso the ultimate art party! There’s lots of local art studios that’ll do all the work for you or you can take on the creative challenge of throwing a party at home. Whatever the case, Kidsguide’s got you covered! 

5 Easy Ways to Incorporate STEM at Home

January 24, 2022

National STEM Day is on November 8! The day inspires kids to explore their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. And guess what parents, STEM education can happen right at home! Check out these 5 easy ways to include STEM learning on a daily basis.

Have a Blast at These SoCal Family Fun Centers!

March 2, 2021

Looking for a fun, family outing? Strike up a little friendly competition between parents vs. kids with a round of mini golf or a few laps of go karts! Check out these family fun centers that’ll make for an awesome family day.

Celebrate National Bowling Day at these Local Bowling Spots!

March 2, 2021

National Bowling Day is this Saturday, August 10th! Looking for places to celebrate this fun, family pastime? Kidsguide’s got you covered! Check out these local bowling spots… some offer special deals for National Bowling Day and some let kids bowl for free!

5 Must-Do Activities for Kids Who Love Dogs

January 28, 2021

Take your kids to see the all-new “Dogs! A Science Tail” exhibition, earn a pet care patch, read to therapy dogs, and visit a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to kids and dogs.

Where Kids & Teens Can Star in a Show!

June 9, 2020

If you’ve got singin’, dancin’, actin’ kiddo (or teen), you’re in luck! Our area is full of musical theater opportunities. Check out 22 of the best theater arts programs for kids!

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