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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!

6 Places to Pet Farm Animals Near LA & Orange County

April 8, 2021

National Farm Animals Day is April 10th! Discover how farmers care for their animals and learn where our food comes from. Springtime is one of the best times to visit a farm and find out about the animals that live there—you might even get to see baby farm animals!

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! 

Let the Summer Ed-venture Begin at Fairmont!

April 5, 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.

2021 Summer CampGuide: 50+ Fun-Filled Camps

April 1, 2021

Looking for summer camps? We’ve got ’em! Camps for preschoolers to high schoolers—full-days, half-days, art, sports, theater, music, dance, STEM, cooking, boating, surfing, horseback riding, rock climbing—you name it.

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.

90+ Southern California Halloween Events 2020

October 1, 2020

Halloween is happening! Check out all of the fun and creative events including Halloween-themed classes, public displays, walkthrough and drive-thru events, pumpkin patches, trunk-or-treats, and lots more.

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.

Arcades & Family Fun Centers That Are Open Now

August 10, 2020

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

August 6, 2020

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

July 22, 2020

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

July 7, 2020

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!

4th of July Scavenger Hunt

June 29, 2020

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.

The Help Group Offers Virtual Summer Camps for Neurodiverse Kids

June 10, 2020

In this upside down world, The Help Group’s summer camps will be virtual! Camps begin June 15th and siblings are welcome. 2020 Virtual Summer Camps   Camp Sunshine | June 15 – July 2, August 3-21 Focus on life skills building while having fun. This creative and fun camp program is designed to help young… View Article

Kindness & Compassion Conversation Starters for Kids

June 3, 2020

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.

7 Thoughtful Ways to Thank a Teacher Virtually

April 30, 2020

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

April 28, 2020

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!

5 Hygiene Tips & Tricks for Kids!

March 10, 2020

Teaching healthy habits and proper hygiene is always super important – so let’s make it fun! We’ll teach the kiddos how to cough like a vampire, blow things away, and avoid the T-Zone!