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· Applied Music Studio

May 2, 2019

Los Alamitos – Enhance your child’s (3+) education by trying a FREE lesson at Applied Music Studio! They offer instruction in viola, violin, voice, piano, guitar, drums, woodwinds and theory, as well as a Keyboard for Kids program, all taught by degreed professionals; also, lessons for jazz, orchestra and choir preparation. Read More

· Art Steps

December 4, 2018

Costa Mesa, Laguna Hills and Yorba Linda – Classes, using a range of media, such as pastel, color pencils, marker, graphite, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, oil and more, include Anime and Cartooning, Cartoon Clay, Faces and Figures, and more. Camps and birthday party packages also available. Read More

· Burgess Cotillion

January 31, 2019

Long Beach – Kids (8-18) learn social dancing and manners in eight monthly Monday classes. Foxtrot, waltz, swing, tango, rumba, cha cha, line dancing – you name it, Burgess Cotillion teaches it! Every class also includes refreshments, games, prizes, and manners every kid needs to know. Read More

· EduCare Preschools of Lakewood

March 3, 2020

Lakewood – EduCare Preschools are private preschools, and accept children ages 24 months through Kindergarten. Open 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Friday.  They offer an open-door policy and affordable pricing––potty training too! Read More

· First Field Farm Horseback Riding

February 24, 2020

Cerritos – Instruction in English horseback riding and jumping for beginning through advanced students. They are a recognized Riding Academy by the USHJA, and have a trainer that is a USHJA Certified. Private and group lessons. Horses are provided. Read More

· Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary

May 1, 2021

Phelan – Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary is dedicated to preserving the lives of abused, neglected and abandoned exotic animals through rescue, rehabilitation and education. Come on by Forever Wild and visit their animal family. They offer group events, field trips, guided tours, and by popular demand, “Exteme Feed” for adults and children! Read More

· Grown-Up-And-Me & Early Learning: My Gym Children’s Fitness Center

March 7, 2019

Signal Hill – My Gym Long Beach is the safest place for fun and play! They are open for in-person classes and have greatly enhanced their health and safety protocols. They offer Early Learning PREP classes (for children 2-5 years old), a supplemental educational and physical activity classes designed to impart children with the skills needed to excel in preschool, kindergarten, and beyond. Read More

· Lab Learning Space

October 5, 2021

Long Beach – Year-round program for children (2-12) in preschool and kindergarten through grade 6. Students are in a multi-age group environment working individually and independently. Without a traditional grading system, classes help students to progress at their own pace. Read More

· Lakewood Recreation and Community Services

October 9, 2019

Lakweood – Programs include baseball, basketball, dance, flag football, golf, gymnastics, horseback riding, martial arts, music, skateboarding, softball, ice skating, ice hockey, soccer, swim instruction, tennis, tutoring, track and field, and volleyball. Plus, adaptive recreation programming for people with special needs. Read More

· My Gym Children’s Fitness Center

March 7, 2019

Signal Hill – My Gym Long Beach is the safest place for fun and play! They are open for in-person classes and have greatly enhanced their health and safety protocols. They offer structured, age-appropriate, weekly in-person classes that incorporate relays, games, gymnastics, sports, and more –– plus in-gym karate classes. Read More

· Oakwood Academy Schools

February 9, 2020

Various Locations – Oakwood Academy Schools offer an accelerated academic program with a hands-on approach to learning. Enrichment activities such as karate, swimming, piano, dance and gymnastics are offered. Get $50 off registration fee for new students. Read More

· Painting with a Twist

October 6, 2021

Lakewood – Art classes for kids where you can drop them off or join the fun. Give your kids much needed “screen-free” time while they work on a fun art project. Birthday party or team-building events also available. Read More

· Rise Up Athletics Gymnastics & Cheer

February 13, 2020

Los Alamitos – Rise Up Athletics offers a variety of programs for all levels, from parent and me classes, gymnastics classes for boys and girls, recreational/cheer tumbling coed classes, gymnastics and acrobatics coed classes, party packages and seasonal camps. Read More

· Sandie Mercer Ranch at Lakewood Equestrian Center

February 24, 2020

Lakewood – Private and group instruction (6+) for Western, English and Jumping. Beginner – advanced lessons can be arranged to fit your schedule. Lessons are available six days a week on your horse or theirs. Summer camps are also offered, plus scout groups earning merit badges. Read More

· Skatedogs Skateboarding Classes & Camps

December 27, 2018

Various Locations – After-school and weekend classes in skateboarding, plus seasonal camps. Kids (5-13) make new friends, advance their skateboarding skills, and most importantly, have fun – all in Skatedogs’ private skatepark. They also offer private lessons and birthday parties.  Read More

· South Coast Botanic Garden

September 21, 2021

Palos Verdes Peninsula – This 87-acres garden features a small lake, Children’s Garden and Children’s Discovery Garden. Plus, don’t miss their special events: SOAR, where Monarch Migration takes over the butterfly pavilion, October 1 – November 30. And GLOW, November 20 – January 17, featuring thousands of festive lights. Read More

· The Rok Music Academy

October 4, 2021

Long Beach – Owned and operated by professional musicians for more than 8 years. Music instruction includes guitar, bass, drums, vocal, piano, violin, ukulele, recording, audio engineering, performance and band coaching, ear training, artist development and more. Read More

· Westerly School of Long Beach

March 9, 2020

Long Beach – Westerly School is the only independent, co-educational elementary/middle school in the Long Beach area, serving students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade. They develop the whole child through a challenging and stimulating program in an inclusive and diverse community. Read More

6 PLACES TO PET FARM ANIMALS NEAR LA & ORANGE COUNTY

August 5, 2021

Introduce your toddler to farm animals in the most child-friendly way.  Visit one of the eight great opportunities in LA and Orange County, where your young animal lover will get a chance to view, pet, feed – maybe even ride (ponies) – some of the barnyard bunch.

Adventure City

January 21, 2019

Anaheim – Adventure City is guaranteed to entertain young families, with 17 exciting rides and attractions, including the Drop Zone, a 50-foot free-fall tower and the all new Rewind Racers roller coaster. Great for birthday parties, too! Read More

Adventure City

January 21, 2020

Anaheim – Play in Adventure City as long as you like; enjoy one-hour in the whimsical Party Station eating pizza and other treats served by your own party hostess; take a private train ride with your child as the engineer, and much more. Read More

Amy’s Farm

September 12, 2021

Ontario – Guided farm tours are available. You’ll enjoy a garden walk, smell fresh herbs, feed the pigs, visit the petting zoo and horses – even milk a cow! Educational classes and workshop are offered, along with special events throughout the year. Read More

Art Steps

March 12, 2019

Costa Mesa, Laguna Hills and Yorba Linda – Fine art camps, offered in half-day options. Children explore media, such as cartooning, clay, 3D perspective and beyond; while teens of all levels enjoy in-depth focus on figure drawing and portraiture, painting, Anime fine points and much more. Read More

Art Steps

March 12, 2019

Costa Mesa, Laguna Hills and Yorba Linda – Birthday parties or scout classes at Art Steps are fun, mini art classes. Each child proudly brings home a beautiful, finished drawing in crayon, marker or pastel, as a party favor or as work toward an art badge. Read More

Best Parties By Erin & Co.

March 20, 2020

Face Painting, balloons, characters and magicians. Relays, obstacle courses, games and specialty parties. No child is too young or too old and no event is too large or too small for these party planning experts! Read More

Best. Party. Ever. My Gym Children’s Fitness Center

March 7, 2019

Signal Hill – Every party is a perfectly planned celebration created especially for the birthday child with unique song and game requests made prior to the occasion. Their party specialists will design an unforgettable birthday bash your whole family will treasure. And all their parties feature nonstop action-packed activities, games, puppets, songs, and more! Perfect for kids ages 1-13 years! Read More

Blackbird Airpark

August 18, 2021

Palmdale – Established to preserve the heritage of the Blackbird family of military aircraft. See the world’s only display of a Lockheed SR-71A together with its predecessor A-12, along with the once ultra-secret D-21 drone and the only remaining U-2 “D” model in the world. Read More

Blue Submarine

January 30, 2020

Various Locations – The Blue Submarine is a marine biology outreach program offering classes and activities for students pre-K through 8th grade. They can also bring live tidepool animals to you, adding an unforgettable experience to a birthday party, school program or special event. Read More

Blue Submarine

January 19, 2020

The Blue Submarine offers fun, educational adventures in marine biology. They bring live tidepool animals to you, adding an unforgettable experience to your birthday party or special event. English/Spanish bilingual programs also available. Read More

Centennial Farm

September 14, 2021

Costa Mesa – Created to educate youth about agriculture and its importance to our daily lives, Centennial Farm, a three-acre working farm, is home to fruit and vegetable gardens and an array of livestock. Read More

Chang Orthodontics

March 2, 2020

Los Alamitos – Drs. Russell Chang and Christine Chung use only proven techniques and technology and tailor treatment for each patient’s specific needs and concerns. They want to provide you with the highest quality orthodontic care in a family-friendly, fun and cooperative environment, using the right combination of advanced orthodontic technology and a personal touch. Read More

Chef Tech Cooking School – Fall & Winter Series

August 20, 2021

Long Beach – Chef Tech Cooking School is now enrolling for their hands-on series of cooking classes! Kids (ages 6-14) train with real chefs, learn to chop, slice, dice, mise en place, clean as they go, and eat the fantastic dishes they have prepared. Register early as classes fill up fast! Read More

Children’s Home Society of California

February 12, 2020

CHS can help families find child care and help income-eligible families pay for child care. Parents can obtain free information on licensed child-care facilities that match their needs. Additional services include resources for assessing the quality of child care services, workshops, and a lending library that offers age-appropriate activities, toys and parenting resources.  Read More

Children’s Home Society of California (CHS) Resource and Referral

February 12, 2020

CHS can help families find child care and help income-eligible families pay for child care. Parents can obtain free information on licensed child-care facilities that match their needs. Additional services include resources for assessing the quality of child care services, workshops, and a lending library that offers age-appropriate activities, toys and parenting resources.  Read More

Connie Wax, LCSW #27430 Individual, Couple, Family and Child Counselor

January 28, 2020

Counselor specializing in therapy for gifted and talented children, adults and their families. Connie is committed to assisting parents in navigating the often rough waters of child rearing. Her own personal experiences, along with 15 years of clinical expertise, make her a unique resource for the community. Connie is certified to facilitate SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) parent groups, too. Read More

El Dorado Nature Center

March 8, 2019

Long Beach – Family and kids’ workshops, art and science classes, family night walks, museum, gift shop and bird-watching on a 102-acre site, with more than two miles of trails, two lakes and a stream featuring California native plants.Read More

Flight Path Museum & Flight Path Walk of Fame

August 17, 2021

Los Angeles – Educational museum on the airfield at LAX. Exhibits include commercial aviation history, flight crew uniforms, DC-3 plane, space exploration, Flying Tigers, aircraft fire fighting truck, plus a flight simulation training program. Also check out the Flight Path Walk of Fame, a pathway of 50+ plaques dedicated to aviation/aerospace pioneers located on Sepulveda Blvd. in Westchester. Read More

Gilchrist Farm

September 15, 2021

Santa Clarita – Open to the public on weekends. Ride ponies, snuggle goats, make a craft, and ride the train. See farm animals including cows, horses, ducks, chickens, tortoise, and more. Visitors can also try archery and axe throwing. Read More

Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park

February 28, 2019

Norwalk – Have your child’s next birthday party, team party or scouting event at Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park! Packages can include easy or challenging mini golf and exciting rides, including go-karts, bumper boats, Disk O’ Thrill ride and kiddie train. Read More

Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park

April 8, 2019

Norwalk – Take a break and have fun at Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park! Enjoy challenging miniature golf and exciting rides, including go-karts, bumper boats, Disk O’ Thrill ride and kiddie train, plus arcade games, great prizes, snack bar, and party facilities for birthday or team parties. Read More

Ideas on How to Throw the Ultimate Art Party!

July 16, 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! 

Joe Davies Heritage Airpark

August 18, 2021

Palmdale – See 21 retired military aircraft on static display, plus a 1/8 scale model of the B-2 Spirit, an AGM-28 Hound Dog Missile, a B-52, a C-46, and various aircraft components. Admission to the park is free. Read More

Lil’ Chef School

March 13, 2019

Irvine – From Wok on the Wild Side to Cupcake Wars, the Lil’ Chefs parties let parents relax and enjoy the show! You will have the space all to yourself in their customized parties that include everything from invitations to chef hats! Boy Scout Merit Badge, Girl Scouts (Daisy to Senior Scouts), Adventure Guides and programs for other groups are also offered. Read More

Lyon Air Museum

August 17, 2021

Santa Ana – Located on the west side of John Wayne Airport. Exhibits feature authentic aircraft, rare vehicles and related memorabilia from the World War II era. Special exhibits and events, such as Open Cockpit Day, are held throughout the year. Read More

March Field Air Museum

August 17, 2021

Riverside – Over 80 historic aircraft and more than 30,000 individual artifacts are on display. See attack, bomber, cargo, fighter aircraft and even a spy plane. Special events are held throughout the year, including Up-Close Aircraft Days and their annual air show (scheduled for May 14-15, 2022). Read More

Museum of Flying

August 17, 2021

Santa Monica – Located at Santa Monica airport, the museum exhibits over 50 vintage aircraft. See the California Aviation Hall of Fame, which displays images and artifacts of aviation visionaries. MaxFlight simulator rides are also offered. Read More

Music Has a Home at the Grammy Museum

October 4, 2021

Los Angeles – At the GRAMMY Museum, families can experience music in a way like never-before while we break down the barrier between artist and audience, telling the stories of how music has shaped our collective identity and cultural understanding. Read More

Pediatric Medical Center

February 25, 2020

Long Beach – Comprehensive medical care for patients from birth through college with special expertise in: school underachievement and complex diagnostic and management problems. Each physician is active in the education and training of pediatric residents and medical students. Read More

Planes of Fame Air Museum

August 17, 2021

Chino – Home to nearly 100 aircraft, military vehicles, and artifacts spanning the earliest days of aviation. Live demonstration flights are scheduled throughout the year, plus the annual Planes of Fame Air Show (scheduled for October 30-31, 2021). Read More

Pretend City Children’s Museum

March 5, 2019

Irvine – Special events are offered monthly for families with children on the autism spectrum or with physical disabilities. These events allow children and their parents/caretakers to play in a sensitive-friendly environment along with other families. Read More

Pretend City Children’s Museum

February 13, 2019

Irvine – Pretend City Museum provides children with access to a city that’s all their own! They can run a UPS Store, grocery shop at Trader Joes, play dentist and doctor at a medical center, fish and race boats, change spark plugs on a race car, run a restaurant, work on a farm, rescue a house on fire and lots more. Read More

Rise Up Athletics

February 13, 2020

Los Alamitos – With over 20K square feet of gymnastics equipment and a private party room for refreshments, your child and their friends can enjoy over several hours of active-play in a fun and safe environment. With exciting attractions like astro-jumps, tumbling trampoline, castle playhouse, interactive games/obstacle courses and so much more, your child will enjoy their best birthday party yet! Read More

Sand N’ Straw Community Farm

September 16, 2021

Vista – Visit the community farm stand, coffee bar, and enjoy animal experiences and story time. Book an Animal Experience to spend time with the sheep, pig, goats, and chickens. Story Time and Animal Feeding is offered on Thursdays. Read More

Sewing Lab Los Alamitos

January 24, 2019

Los Alamitos – Sewing classes for kids, grades 2 and up, and adults. Fun sewing camps are also offered for beginners and more advanced sewists, ages 8-18. Sewing Lab is now also a sewing machine store! Read More

Sewing Lab Los Alamitos

March 13, 2019

Los Alamitos – A fun, three-hour sewing party, where party go-ers learn how to safely use a sewing machine, and sew their own party favor – a reversible tote bag or a stuffed animal. Read More

Shared Science

January 29, 2019

Greater Long Beach – STEM programs include Early Engineers, Rad Robotics, Team-Based Coding, Custom Parties and After-School Programs for Learning Pods and Micro Learning Sites. Programs are offered in-person, online or in a hybrid style. Read More

Shared Science Unique STEM Combo Camp

February 22, 2019

Long Beach – Unique STEM combo camp weeks for K-5 kids. Every hour the STEM activity shifts one or two times, plus physical game play breaks (and hand washing). Camp activities include virus science and safety, LEGO and Root robotics, discovery LEGO builds, maker electronic and art projects, Ozobots with OzoBlockly, coding, adventures in inventing, and more. Read More