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Southern California Pumpkin Patch Guide 2022

September 23, 2022

The ultimate list of pumpkin patches in Long Beach, Orange County, Los Angeles County, and beyond! Get lost in a corn maze, feed the farm animals, play games, go on rides, and hunt down the perfect pumpkin.

Back-to-School Tips & Tricks!

August 25, 2022

Learn how to get your kids talking about their school day, find ideas for after school activities, homework station inspiration, focus strategies for schoolwork, ways to make reading fun, and what you can say to help kids feel their best.

The Last Few Outdoor Movies & Concerts Before Summer Ends

August 18, 2022

End of Summer Movies   Anaheim Pearson Park Amphitheatre Symphony & Cinema, seating starts at 6pm Thursday, September 1: A Star is Born (1954)   Fountain Valley Fountain Valley Sports Park Activities at 6pm, movie starts at dusk Friday, August 26: Luca – Fountain Valley   Irvine William J. Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center: Splash-In Movie… View Article

Top Mini Golf Courses in LA & Orange County

August 16, 2022

The best mini golf courses in LA and Orange County. Looking for a little competitive family fun? Try mini golf! Great for kids of all ages (yes, even teens), and it’s a great way for entertain everybody for the day.

Pirate Fun in Southern California

July 14, 2022

Ahoy, Kidsguiders! You’ve found it, an entire treasure trove of pirate adventures in Southern California. Everything from spectacular events to piratey places that aarrgh sure to be a great time!

8 Things to Do at the OC Fair

July 12, 2022

There’s lots of fun things planned for every day with activities ranging from getting up close and personal with animals to checking out exhibits, shopping, and enjoying live performances.

Your Cheat Sheet to Free Days for SoCal Attractions

July 5, 2022

Family fun doesn’t have to break the bank! Check out this list of local Southern California museums, gardens, and attractions that offer free admission days. Plus, keep scrolling for a list of places that are always free.

Where Kids Eat Free in Long Beach & Orange County

July 1, 2022

With everything going up in price this summer, going out to dinner with the whole family might just blow that budget right out the water! We rounded up a list of local Southern California restaurants offering free meals and deals for kids!

Summer Movie Deals for $2 or Less!

June 23, 2022

Summer heat gettin to ya? Grab the family to spend a couple of hours at the movies! Watch your family’s favorite film for just a few bucks, enjoy the air conditioning, and discounted popcorn too!

4th of July Scavenger Hunt

June 22, 2022

Take a stroll around the neighborhood and see how many patriotic things your kids can find! Going out of town? Take this scavenger hunt on the road to keep kids busy during the car ride.

2022 4th of July Events in LA & Orange County

June 24, 2022

4th of July events in Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Cerritos, Cypress, Dana Point, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, La Mirada, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Los Angeles, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Pasadena, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Tustin, Yorba Linda, and more!

2022 Greater Long Beach & OC Summer Concert Guide

August 1, 2022

Outdoor summer concerts in Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Bellflower, Brea, Buena Park, Cerritos, Cypress, Dana Point, Downey, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Irvine, La Habra, La Palma, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, OC Parks, Placentia, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rossmoor, San Clemente, Santa Ana, Signal Hill, Tustin, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.

2022 Outdoor Summer Movies in LA & Orange County

July 29, 2022

Enjoy summer movies in Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Bellflower, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Irvine, La Habra, La Palma, Lake Forest, Lakewood, Laguna Niguel, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, OC Parks, Placentia, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rossmoor, San Clemente, Santa Ana, Stanton, Tustin, Westminster, Whittier, Yorba Linda, and more!

For Lauren Davis

June 22, 2022

This is a tough one, bear with me. Working closely with families and children over the years, I’ve come to learn a few things. I’ve met some amazing moms and dads, remarkable kids, and I’d pick up little life lessons and advice along the way in hopes that if I’m ever granted the experience of… View Article

Don’t Miss the California Poppy Festival!

June 22, 2022

The California Poppy Festival is the City of Lancaster’s annual celebration of California’s state flower. This 3-day event honors the beauty of the poppy with live entertainment, amusement park rides, displays, festival food, live animal exhibits, and countless activities for all ages.

Upcoming Live Shows Your Family Will Love!

June 22, 2022

Check out these fun performances coming up around LA & Orange County for families and kids. From basketball trick shots and princesses to high-flying bugs and circus science — there’s something out there for every family!

Super Bowl Activities for Kids

June 22, 2022

Keep the kids entertained during your Super Bowl watch party with these fun games and activities! Plus, check out the official Rams Kids website for even more activities including coloring pages for SoFi Stadium and Rams quarterback, Matthew Stafford.

Simple Ways to Speak Your Child’s Love Language

September 21, 2022

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.

Best Mountains for Snow Play Near LA & OC

January 18, 2022

UPDATED FOR WINTER 2022What’s one of the best things about living in Southern California? We can go from the beach to the mountains in just a couple of hours! If you’re looking to for a snowy winter in sunny SoCal, look no further. We’ve rounded up the best mountains for snow play near Los Angeles… View Article

Must-See Family Holiday Performances

June 22, 2022

There’s something about being in the audience of a live performance that makes the holiday season extra special. Here’s a round up of holiday shows, musicals, and plays showing all around Southern California. We’re also including all-time favorites, A Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker.

Christmas Boat Parades in LA & Orange County

June 22, 2022

Southern California loves to celebrate the holidays with one the best ways we know how — on the water! See hundreds of festively decorated boats and ships and they light up the harbors of LA & Orange County.

8 Cool Places To Go Ice Skating in LA & OC

June 22, 2022

Public Skating at The RinksLocations: Anaheim Ice, Great Park Ice, Lakewood Ice, Poway Ice, Westminster Ice, and Yorba Linda IceEnjoy ice skating on NHL and Olympic-sized rinks. They have over 1,000 pairs of professionally maintained hockey and figure skates for rental, plus skate mates for new skaters. Must register online. Visit their website for public… View Article

15 Questions to Encourage Gratitude in Kids

November 9, 2021

Sometimes, kids (and grown ups) forget all the amazing things and people we have in our lives. Here’s a list of conversation starters to get little minds thinking about all they have to be thankful for.

23 Fun Thanksgiving Traditions to Start This Year!

November 10, 2021

Turkey and feasting are go-to Thanksgiving traditions, but why not try something new or even non-traditional this year? Go on a Turkey Egg Hunt, play a family game, or watch old family videos. Here’s some ideas to get you started!

5 Ways to Prepare Kids for Daylight Saving Time

June 22, 2022

Fall back, spring forward, get an hour, lose an hour — no matter what time of the year it is, a Daylight Saving Time Sunday is bound to feel “off.” Here’s some tips to help ease the transition and avoid sleep-deprived meltdowns (from kids or parents), long school days, and routine changes.

Halloween Neighborhood Home Haunts in LA & Orange County

October 19, 2021

Looking for something fun and free to do for Halloween? Check out a local Halloween home haunt put on by neighbors who absolutely LOVE Halloween! Celebrate the house that goes completely over the top to make this holiday special.

Kidsguide Fall/Winter 2021

June 22, 2022

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.

Things To Do With Kids This Labor Day Weekend 2021

June 22, 2022

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

June 22, 2022

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

June 22, 2022

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

June 22, 2022

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!

June 22, 2022

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

June 22, 2022

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 7, 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 7, 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 14, 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

July 3, 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

July 3, 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!

May 7, 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

May 7, 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

May 7, 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!

May 8, 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

July 7, 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

May 7, 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 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.

City of Long Beach Offers Low-Cost, Afterschool Program

April 5, 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?

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.

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