USYVL provides eight-week instructional youth volleyball leagues for boys and girls, coed for ages 7-15. This is a great opportunity for children to learn and play volleyball in a fun and positive environment. USVL offers over 20 locations in Los Angeles and Orange County. Register by January 1st and get the early-bird rate.
Fun and inspiring week for young musical theater fans! Learn from leading professional artists and educators and build a strong foundation in music, acting and dance – as well as an introduction to some of the backstage aspects of professional theater. Classes include both performance opportunities and hands-on workshops that are intended for all experience levels …
February 14 – March 1: This delightful, wildly theatrical adaptation brings Madeleine L’Engle’s acclaimed story magically to life. Plus, enjoy photos and autographs after each performance. Great for the entire family (recommended for age 8+; babes in arms and children under 4 are not permitted except at the Relaxed Performance on February 22, 11 a.m.).
Adventure City in North Orange County 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.
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.
AFreeMind Academy works with national leaders in the STEM and Visual Arts curriculum to offer programs that develop students’ critical-thinking skills, creative confidence, hands-on skills, self-esteem, and an appreciation of other cultures.
Kids University at Alpert JCC is open to grades K-8 and provides transportation to the center from Long Beach area schools. Homework assistance, access to the computer lab and swimming pool, and classes in sports, visual arts, Judaic studies, science and more are offered.
Through Easter: Enjoy tubing and snow play, plus take a chairlift ride to the top of the Alpine Slide where riders navigate their own individually controlled sleds. Go-Karts, mini-golf and new Soaring Eagle attraction, too.
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.
Arts & Learning Conservatory programs include theater for youth as young as kindergarten; vocal workshop; beginning acting; teen voice; intro to tap; and improv. After-school programs, musical camps and school productions.
November through Easter: Day and Night “Glow” Tubing at Big Bear Snow Play. Plus, try the brand new Ropes Course — a two-level arial adventure, 12-35 feet in the air, that will have you balancing on ropes, crossing bridges and climbing through and over 30 obstacles: all from the safety of a climbing harness.
Bionerds offers one-day or weekly camps from half-day to full-day, during school breaks, including summer. The camps are jam-packed with fun and hands-on biology activities for children (grades K-8) throughout Orange County.
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.
The Blue Submarine is a marine biology outreach program offering classes and activities for students pre-K through 8th grade. Topics are presented in an interactive format and live tidepool animals are available for certain classes. Birthday party packages are available.
The Blue Submarine is a marine biology outreach program offering classes and activities for students pre-K through 8th grade. Topics are presented in an interactive format and live tide pool animals are available for certain classes. They can also bring live tidepool animals to you, adding an unforgettable experience to a birthday party or special event.
Bobby Burgess––original Walt Disney Mouseketeer, ballroom dancer on the Lawrence Welk Show, and instructor with the Legendary Call’s Cotillion––leads each Burgess Cotillion class. Kids (8-18) learn social dancing and manners in eight monthly classes.
Campers in grades K-6 will spark their creativity and build collaboration skills while controlling their very own flight simulation robot, protecting Earth’s ecosystems, designing the ultimate sports complex and learning the value of their ideas! Use promo code LOCAL25 to save $25 (expires 3/31/20) or LOCAL15 to save $15 (expires 5/12/20). 6 So Cal locations to choose from!
The highest quality orthodontic care in a family-friendly, fun and cooperative environment. Drs. Russell Chang and Christine Chung use only proven techniques and technology and tailor treatment for each patient’s specific needs and concerns.
Parents can obtain free information on licensed child-care facilities that match their needs. Listings are maintained on licensed child-care centers, family child-care homes, before and after-school programs, public and private schools, and child-care assistance programs.
Resource and Referral offers a variety of child care resources to the community, such as child care referrals, resources for assessing the quality of child care services, workshops, and a lending library that offers age-appropriate activities, toys and parenting resources.
The Children’s Nature Retreat is located on 20-acres. The farm, animal sanctuary and nature reserve has over 130+ domesticated livestock and exotic animals from around the world. Visitors can even “Be a Keeper for the Day.”
If your children love animals, The Children’s Nature Retreat is the perfect place to celebrate their birthday! Your child and guests will spend the day exploring the great outdoors, feeding and learning all about many animals. Includes all-day admission; one-hour guided tour with a dedicated animal keeper; animal feeding; more!
Summer in Tustin is a crazy fun time with ten whole weeks of camps for kids. At just $144-154 per week, which includes the weekly excursion (Disneyland, LA Zoo, and Whale Watching, just to name a few) it is no wonder that Camp Tustin and Teen Camp fill up, and they fill up fast.
Color My World is the most fun art studio in town, where each child’s creativity and imagination expands to their highest potential. Teachers help you develop skills and explore different mediums. Art classes for kids offered year round. Art party packages and open canvas art sessions are also available.
Hands-on learning center that is dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages. The 20,000-square-foot visitor center is equipped with not only amazing technology and visual teaching exhibits, it also holds engaging classes and workshops, plus camps and birthday parties.
Hands-on learning center that is dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages. Classes and workshops are held regularly, plus a robotics lab, where participants are taught the principles of robotic programming, engineering, failure analysis and mission management. Robotics badge/patch workshops for scouts are also offered.
Host your own out-of-this-world event! Use the entire 20,000-square-foot Space Center or select facilities for meetings, birthdays, reunions, weddings, banquets, and other special events. A variety of birthday party packages are available.
Explore a variety of sciences with Space Camp at the Columbia Memorial Space Center. This year’s summer camp themes are Robotics and Makerspace, and include lots of fun, hands-on activities for ages 8-9 and 10-12. Registration opens April 4.
Counselor specializing in therapy for gifted and talented children, adults and their families. Connie’s experience with her own gifted children lends itself as a resource in helping families overcome the challenges of raising a gifted child.
March 8: Kids are encouraged to come in costume to Wizard Academy! The bumbling Professor Hackensneeze makes a visit from Hogwarts Academy to teach kids and their Muggles magic potion recipes, wand etiquette and more. This family-friendly show is recommended for ages 4+.
During the fall and spring Saturday series, CSArts Academy provides a creative and nurturing environment for ages 8-15 to delve into their passion for theatrical arts. The program engages students’ imaginations, teaches teamwork, builds confidence, and helps young actors find their creative voice. Also, special effects makeup; audition technique; and film and television production skills. Use code “KidsGuide10” to receive 10% off when you register!
Intensives, workshops and camps for beginning and advanced students in: acting, animation, writing, culinary arts, dance, digital media, fashion, filmmaking, special effects makeup, instrumental music, musical theatre, production and design, song writing, ballroom dance, visual arts and more. Use code “KidsGuide10” to receive 10% off when you register!
Camps, intensives, and workshops for beginning and advanced students in: acting, animation, character design, creative writing, culinary arts, dance, digital media, filmmaking, musical theatre, visual arts, and more. Use “KidsGuide10” and receive 10% off when you register by May 24!
During CSArts Academy’s Summer Classes, beginning and advanced classes for aspiring culinary artists (ages 8-15) are taught by Orange County School of the Arts’ renowned educators, including: baking, introduction to a commercial kitchen, pastry and more.
Deep Blue Swim School offers free infant classes (3-5 months), private swim lessons, parent-and-me group classes, pre-competitive swim team, stroke clinics, and scuba for kids year round in their 92 degree indoor and ozone-filtrated pools.
Take in 71,000 square feet of interactive and hands-on, cutting-edge exhibits and thrilling events! Field trips, birthdays, summer camps, outreach, special events, sleepovers, and teacher workshops are also available.
Discovery Cube Orange County is filled with interactive and hands-on exhibits in themed areas including: Discovery Theater, Inspector Training Course, Boeing Rocket Lab, Discovery Market, Science of Hockey, and more.
Downey Unified School District believes in engaging all students to excel and become self-motivated learners. Using exciting 21st Century techniques and an academically rigorous curriculum, DUSD is committed to preparing students to be globally competitive and graduate college and career ready.
Step into a picture-perfect party at the Dream Come True Party Room. This is not your typical party place – it’s a whimsical setting that both adults and children will love! They also offer play dates, Kids Happy Hour, weekly tea time, camps and special events.
Jedi Academy! captivates kids and nostalgic adults alike. Learn the ways of the Jedi with mind tricks, light saber lessons, physical challenges, magical mayhem, and fun …to defeat the Dark Side. Kids (and kids at heart) are encouraged to dress as their favorite Star Wars character.
At the Alpert JCC, they are dedicated to creating future leaders and building a love of learning and community that lasts a lifetime. From the youngest toddlers to the oldest Pre-K students, they encourage independent thinking and decision-making that prepares graduates to be responsible leaders when they leave the doors. Plus: Their Jbaby program, where babies and mommies/daddies have an opportunity to meet new parents in the area, exchange baby stories and spend quality time together.
Ice rink offers public skating, skating classes for kids (3+) and adults, freestyle sessions, in-house hockey, hockey classes, youth travel hockey league, adult hockey league, stick time and broomball. Competitive synchronized skating teams and classes also available.
EduCare Preschools of Lakewood are private preschools, and accept children ages 24 months through kindergarten. Each school is licensed for 70 children. Each facility leases space in a church, and both are attractive and well-maintained. They also offer potty training!
Trails wind around two lakes, a stream, and forested areas. Family and kids’ workshops, art and science classes, family night walks (must pre-register), special events, bird-watching, and educational programs offered throughout the year.
Free instruction to improve skills and consistent shooting technique (8+). Must take safety class before taking beginning class; sign up begins at 9 a.m. Advanced, 9-10:20 a.m.; beginners, 10:30-11:50 a.m.; and safety class, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Equipment provided.
The best attractions for any event, from children’s parties and corporate events to carnivals and fund-raisers! Bubble Bumpers/soccer, Land Zorb Bubble Rollers, Tube Rollers, Paddle Roller Boats, foam parties, synthetic mobile ice skating rink/curling, Mobile Bungee system, photo booth and huge inflatables, etc.
If you’re looking for a unique experience for your corporate, church, school event or home party, try Emerald Events’ synthetic mobile ice rink. It can be set up on almost any flat surface and they even provide the skates.
March 27-29: Never underestimate the determination of a child! Can a bunch of kids work together to uncover and outsmart a criminal? In Slingsby’s award-winning signature style, recommended for adults and kids ages 8+, Emil and The Detectives is told by two skilled actors immersed in smoke and mirrors, miniature worlds, and a cinematic score.
This legendary railroad is home to vintage passenger and dining cars that date back as far as 1914. It’s also the “Home of the Movie Trains” and a 1913 fully restored and operating #14 Baldwin Steam Engine. All year long they offer train tours, such as weekend scenic adventures, murder mystery comedy lunch and dinner trains, holiday trains, special event trains, steam train rides, school trains and privately chartered group trains.
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. Beginner lessons include care of the horse as well as the basics of position and control. Private and group lessons. Horses are provided.
March 4: NPR’s From the Top comes to The Wallis to amplify and celebrate the amazing talents and voices of virtuosic young musicians from California and beyond. Recommended for adults and children ages 7+, enjoy this behind-the-scenes look combining serious music and informal interviews in a delightful and entertaining concert experience.
Take part in amazing all-girl outdoor and high-adventure experiences combining fun, learning and leadership at Girl Scout adventure camps in the fall and winter. One-day events and weekend overnight experiences are open to all girls in grades K-12 (including non-Girl Scouts) – some events also welcome parents and family members!
By participating in Girl Scouts’ age-appropriate, girl-led activities, your girl will do more than she ever thought she could: from zip-lining through pine forests to developing apps for good. Today, girls are dreamers, makers, and innovators… girls possess the power and the skills to make the world a better place.
Group and private swim lessons are offered June 15 – August 14 at Golden West College’s Aquatic Facility. Class offerings include: Parent and Me, Transitional Parent and Me, Preschool (ages 3-5), Level 1-5 (ages 6+) and Water Polo.
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.
Take a break and have fun at Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park! Offers challenging miniature golf and exciting rides, including go-karts, bumper boats and kiddie train. See the latest issue of Kidsguide for the Golf N’ Stuff ad with coupons!
Gryphon offers fencing or archery-themed birthday parties for kids and adults. The birthday person and guests will play games, learn basic fencing moves and cap the event with a fencing match using Olympic-style electric scoring equipment. For archery-themed events, participants will learn safe shooting skills, play games and shoot balloons.
Do your kids love to swordfight like a musketeer, Jedi or pirate? Then fencing is the sport for them! Fencing develops stamina, discipline and coordination. They offer fun fencing classes for kids age 5 and older, plus vacation-break camps and fencing and archery-themed birthday parties.
Archery teaches focus, concentration and coordination. Gryphon Fencing and Fitness Studio offers beginning archery classes for kids 7 and older. Students will learn about the history and equipment in archery and safe shooting skills. During the course, students will try several styles of archery tournaments and play fun games.
Vacation-break camps will teach your child the sport of fencing. In the popular Go Medieval camp, kids learn archery, fencing and build a working catapult. Camps offer the chance to have fun, meet new friends, learn new skills and build confidence.
The Hebrew Academy offers the best in infant and preschool (including Pre-K) education and care, offering a safe, healthy, and happy environment where small children can grow and develop emotionally, cognitively, and physically.
Irvine Lanes is one of So Cal’s premiere bowling centers, with 40 lanes, recently remodeled concourse area, and touch screen scoring system. Their second floor has a unique concept in bowling centers featuring a number of private rooms for catered special events. Plus, Kids Play Free Rewards program running spring through summer, and fun, affordable, easy-to-plan birthday parties, for kids of all ages.
Located on the hills overlooking Irvine Regional Park, the IROEC offers summer camp, STEM camp, and recreational activities for individuals, schools, youth organizations and families. Activities include zip line, shooting sports, challenge courses, climbing wall, hiking and swimming. ACA Accredited.
March 29: With a cast of award-winning performers from around the world, including Hollywood’s Magic Castle and Las Vegas, the It’s Magic! extravaganza leaves audiences speechless and spellbound with sleight-of-hand illusions, stage tricks, and comedy and variety acts.
Level specific jazz bands comprised of young musicians ages 9-17. Musicians learn to play (or improve how they play) this great American music through a unique method of music mentoring. Three ten-week sessions throughout the school year, plus a summer program.
Music therapy for children with developmental disabilities. It can help your child to reach educational/IEP goals, improve communication, improve gross/fine motor skills, express feelings, and improve emotional and affective development. Mention Kidsguide for a free first lesson offer.
Voice lessons for kids and adults who want to improve their singing ability. Kelly is a career singer and voice teacher with a Masters Degree in vocal performance. Mention Kidsguide for a free first lesson offer.
As the world’s largest after-school math and reading program, Kumon accelerates your child’s learning from as young as three years old all the way through high school. Kumon goes beyond tutoring, by actively developing critical thinking skills as children progress independently through a carefully crafted math and reading curriculum. Kumon’s time-tested self-learning program uses engaging… View Article
April 17 – May 10: The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with favorites including My Favorite Things and Do-Re-Mi. Children (3+) and adults will re-discover the inspiring story of family, faith, joy and courage in turbulent times – all to songs you know and love.
Classes include: Babies Love Music, Toddlers Love Music, Kids Love Music, Babies Love Christmas Music, Toddlers Love Christmas Music), Kids Love Christmas Music, Drums for Fun, Violin, Pop/Rock Singers, Ukulele and Piano, beginning and intermediate.
Youth 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 and family events.
Since 1969, Let’s Have a Cart Party has been preparing fresh food at your party site in front of your guests. Kenny Baines, owner and head chef, hand-selects only the finest produce for your occasion. Meats are fresh and never frozen. Carts include: kosher hot dogs, gourmet pizza, chicken nuggets, french fries, baked potato bar, cotton candy, ice cream sundaes, fresh hot cookies, crepes, chocolate fountains and many more. Click for discount coupon.
Beat the heat in the Lil’ Chefs cool kitchen! Whether your child likes to bake, create, roast, sauté, fry or just blend, they have a camp for all interests. Monthly early bird discount deadlines offered, check their website for details.
From Wok on the Wild Side to Cupcake Wars, the Lil’ Chefs parties let parents relax and enjoy the show! Boy Scout Merit Badge, Girl Scouts (all levels, from Daisy to Senior Scouts), Adventure Guides and programs for other groups are also offered.
The Long Beach Ballet classical ballet academy offers year-round training for ages 4 to adult. Under the artistic direction of David Wilcox, the nationally-recognized academy has graduated students into many major companies around the world, including the San Francisco Ballet, the Hamburg Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada.
Exciting two-week summer dance camp for ages 5-11 (no previous dance training required). The experienced faculty offers classes in ballet, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, hip hop, pre-pointe and crafts. The program runs Monday – Friday, July 27 – August 7, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., and concludes with a final performance on August 7.
A variety of music classes for ages 4 months and up. Classes include Kids (Babies, Toddlers) Love Music, Little Music Makers, Melody Time, Music and Movement, Audition Prep for Solo Pop and Musical Theater, Guitar, Group Piano, Glee Club, Keyboard, Ukulele, Drums and Bass.
Parents and Me Pre-K Readiness, Readwrite Kinder Prep, Reading, Math and More Preschool, ReadWrite en Español (4-6), Reading Development, Math Development, Spanish Language Immersion (10 mos – 6 yrs), Baby and Toddler Sign Language (2 mos – 4 yrs), Computer Coding (6-9), and a variety of STEM classes.