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132+ Halloween Events in Southern California

October 14, 2021

A spooktacular Halloween is creeping up, and we’ve got the ultimate list of Halloween happenings in SoCal! From pumpkin patches to haunted mazes to trick-or-treating, this year’s Halloween is better than ever! Friendly Reminder: We’re working really hard to make sure all event information is accurate, but please confirm all details with the event organizer… View Article

Kidsguide Fall/Winter 2021

October 11, 2021

This issue contains the top goodies we’ve found that make parenting easier, kids (and parents) happier, life better. Plus, we’re backing it up with 161 fun outing ideas to have in your pocket, along with a list of people and organizations that can help when you need it.

Southern California Pumpkin Patch Guide 2021

October 8, 2021

It’s not officially Fall until you’ve walked around a pumpkin patch! Get lost in a corn maze, feed the farm animals, play games, go on rides, and hunt down the perfect pumpkin. Here’s a list of nearby pumpkin patches and pumpkin displays.

Things To Do With Kids This Labor Day Weekend 2021

August 31, 2021

What’s there to do this Labor Day weekend? Besides firing up the grill, you could join the circus, taste food from around the world, go sunflower picking, or watch a super cool plane take to the skies!

35 After School Activities

August 19, 2021

Looking for ways to keep your kids engaged after school? We’ve got you covered! And we’re not just talkin sports—here’s a whole list of ideas you can do at home or within your neighborhood.

Top 10 Reasons for Kids to Join a Chorus

August 4, 2021

Does your child love to sing? Have them try singing in a choir or chorus! Stan DeWitt, Executive Director of the Long Beach Youth Chorus, talks to us about the positive impact choral singing has on kids and teens. He also answers your most frequently asked questions.

Where Kids Can Try a Summer Olympic Sport

July 27, 2021

If your kids are inspired to try out a new Olympic sport, we’ve got you covered! Here’s how to find a team/league in your area, plus a few of our favorite local organizations.

Build-Your-Own Toddler Summer Camp at Home!

July 20, 2021

Summer is here and school is out! Camps are booked for the older kids, but wait…what am I going to do with my little ones that are not old enough to attend summer camp? Good news is, there are plenty of easy and fun things you can do to give your toddlers and preschoolers a summer camp-like experience at home. Here are 3 of our top summer activities that will encourage your child to play, learn, and get messy!

Live Theatrical Shows for Kids & Families Playing This Summer

July 15, 2021

CLUE! Live – A Walking Experience Westfield Century City in Los Angeles Now – August 8 www.cluewalkingexperience.com In this all-new immersive experience, guests become detectives to solve the mystery of who murdered the elusive Mr. Boddy. The newly minted detectives will be led by Mr. or Ms. Butler through the game board come to life…. View Article

Giveaway: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

July 6, 2021

South Coast Repertory is excited to partner with Mission San Juan Capistrano to present a family-friendly, world-class theatre production under the stars. Win a Family 4-Pack of premium tickets to see You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown on Saturday, July 24 at 7:30pm.

10 Events Were Excited About Happening the Rest Summer

July 6, 2021

Now that 4th of July festivities are done, here’s a list of events we’re excited about happening the rest of the summer! Live theatre performances, county and state fairs, festivals and more—summer fun is in full swing!

A “Cardboard City” Art Center is Popping Up in LA This Summer

July 1, 2021

Cardboard City is a 10,000 square foot pop-up art center with free exhibitions of cardboard sculptures and architectural models, free family crafting activities, a schedule of classes, and a shop selling tools and materials so families can make cardboard art at home. Free and open to all visitors!

Summer Reading Programs for Kids to Get Free Stuff

June 17, 2021

Reading is one of the most important things kids can do during the summer. We rounded up some of the coolest summer reading programs from Barnes & Noble, LA Dodgers, Chuck E. Cheese, and your public library! They’re giving away awesome things to motivate your kids to read—did we mention free pizza?

The Coolest New Things at SoCal Theme Parks

June 10, 2021

Avengers Campus at Disneyland California Adventure Team up with the Avengers and explore a campus created for the next generation of super heroes! Help wrangle Spider-Bots in the new ride WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure, explore the ruins of the Ancient Sanctum, watch Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Avengers Headquarters, eat size-defying foods at Pym Test… View Article

Let the Summer Ed-venture Begin at Fairmont!

May 10, 2021

Looking to keep your kids curious, challenged, and connected this summer? Then look no further than Fairmont’s award-winning summer programs, which offer a full line-up of educational programming for every age group—all within a safe environment which follows rigorous COVID protocols.

The District at Tustin Legacy is Going Gold!

April 30, 2021

Throughout the month of May, The District at Tustin Legacy is “Going Gold for Pediatric Cancer Research!” Stop by The Warrior Wall in The Promenade, then follow the yellow ribbons to the Fountain of Hope, lit up gold at night to spread awareness. Don’t forget to stop by Nothing Bundt Cakes for Sparkle Hats & Poms Bundtinis—20% of sales goes directly to pediatric cancer research.

Family-Friendly Events We’re Excited About This Month

April 29, 2021

May 2021 TASTE: Strawberry at The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS, NOW – MAY 23: This is designed for families to enjoy an immersive experience of art, music, flavor, and fun. Follow the strawberry’s journey as you learn, play and taste your way through three multi-sensory stations. After visiting each station,… View Article

The Education They Deserve Without the Price Tag

April 28, 2021

At Downey Unified, students are thriving and highly motivated to reach their goals thanks to 21st-century learning principles, high-tech programs, and a positive but challenging learning environment. Discover all the educational opportunities Downey Unifiedhas to offer. Now accepting applications for children who live outside the Downey Unified boundaries.

Unique Summer Camps You Should Know About!

April 27, 2021

Looking for a unique summer camp? We’ve got you covered! From rockstar camp to rock climbing camp to STEM camp aboard a real battleship—there’s something awesome out there for every kid.

Every Major SoCal Attraction That’s Open Now

April 20, 2021

Movie theaters, theme parks, zoos, museums—more and more places are opening up and we’re here to keep you updated! Every place on this list is open in some capacity unless otherwise stated.

101 Family Activity Ideas

April 15, 2021

Looking for something to do with the family? Here’s 101 ideas to get you started! Most ideas are even free.

Alpert JCC Now Booking Private Swim Lessons!

April 9, 2021

Alpert JCC teaches each student to swim with confidence using a 9-step swim program created by the American Red Cross that will keep them safe in and around the water. All instructors are Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructors. Mention KIDSGUIDE for free registration!

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

April 7, 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!

March 31, 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.

City of Long Beach Offers Low-Cost, Afterschool Program

March 18, 2021

City of Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine’s Afterschool Program is dedicated to providing youth ages 5-12 a safe, fun, healthy and positive atmosphere. Participants will enjoy recreational activities and homework help while practicing social distancing and other guidelines set forth by the CDC.

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

March 16, 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

February 24, 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

February 18, 2021

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!

2021 Valentine’s Day Events for Kids in SoCal

February 11, 2021

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with dinosaurs, piggies, ponies, princesses and more! Roar and snore at an overnight safari, cruise in a classic car, or join Alice for a tea party. Lots of sweet things happening this Valentine’s Day!

Simple Ways to Speak Your Child’s Love Language

February 9, 2021

What’s your child’s love language—words of affirmation, acts of service, quality time, gifts, or physical touch? We’ve got the sweetest list of simple ideas to show your love in a way your child understands.

Drive-Thru Events Ending Soon & New Ones Coming Up

January 6, 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

January 5, 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

December 11, 2020

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

December 2, 2020

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

November 24, 2020

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!

October 19, 2020

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

September 15, 2020

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!

September 1, 2020

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

August 26, 2020

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.