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Building Kids Self-Esteem at Mon Reve Dance

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016 in Ballet, Camp, Family, Fitness, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

 Sponsored Is your child interested in learning about dance? Are you looking for a new way to help build their self-esteem? A chic new OC dance studio, Mon Reve, recently opened for children ages 2-12 years of age. The studio offers ballet, jazz, lyrical and hip-hop classes, and they’ve also recently started offering an adult hip hop hour that is a sassy and fun way for moms to relax from their daily stress. The owner of Mon Reve is amazing. She established the ballet program for children with Down Syndrome. It ultimately became one of the inspirations for Mon Reve because this program helped her to realize that dance is about so much more than just dance. Dance can help children build self-esteem, confidence, work ethic, and more. Her goal is the create a studio experience by combining a...

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chefschool Summer Camp at The Hood Kitchen

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Camp, Family, Summer | 0 comments

  Do your kids love to cook? Have they shown an interest in culinary arts? Then sign them up for a week at one chefschool’s interactive summer camps. The summer camp is led by a trained chef at the popular Hood Kitchen in Costa Mesa. The week-long, half-day camps offer aspiring young chefs the oppportunity to have fun, learn real-life cooking skills and techniques. All of the classes use fresh local and seasonal ingredients to make “real” food with no packaged or processed ingredients. Camps are filling up fast so hurry and sign-up today! International Each day in this exciting chefschool class, we’ll explore classic cooking from a different country, while learning basic cooking skills. This summer, the focus will be on the foods of France, Italy, Greece, Thailand, and Mexico. Recipes include onion soup gratinee, chocolate soufflé, spanakopita,...

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Camp Out Loud This Summer!

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Camp, Family, Summer | 0 comments

 Sponsored Has the summer boredom started to set in? Are you looking for something fun and exciting for your kids to do this summer? Your local YMCA is here to help! Summer Day Camp and Specialty Camps at the YMCA are fun, action-packed adventure filled with sports, outdoor activities, field trips, and specialty clubs that keep your children engaged in learning during their summer break. Summer Day Camps run through August 10th with engaging weekly themes and field trips like: Boomers, Planetarium, Zoo, Scooters Jungle, Knott’s Berry Farm, Pump It Up, and more. Weekly specialty camps are available at YMCA fitness facilities and provide instruction and education in sports like volleyball, soccer, basketball and swim, science, arts and crafts, and more! With 50+ locations to choose from across Orange County, YMCA Summer Camps are convenient and affordable. Find your...

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codeCampus summer workshops

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Camp, Family | 0 comments

  codeCampus’s summer workshops are fun, with revolutionary and tested curriculums taught by expert instructors. Learning to code: Improves children’s performance in math, logic, and reasoning Accelerates students several years ahead of their peers Sets kids up for success in whichever area they choose to pursue careers. Whether your child is experienced or just starting out, codeCampus has workshops for every skill level. Build creativity and cultivate coding skills Scratch Hackathon Intensive: Collaborate to design and build Scratch projects and games, and compete with other teams in the class! Designed for students who have prior coding experience. For students entering grades 3-5 codeCampus Headquarters – Costa Mesa Session 1: July 11 – 15, 9:00 – 11:00 am Session 2: August 1 – 5, 9:00 – 11:00 am Learn to code for the first time Mobile App development for Kids:...

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Avanti Dance Company Summer Camps

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Best of OC, Camp, Family, Fitness | 0 comments

 Sponsored Looking for a unique and fun summer camp? Do you kids love to act or dance? Avanti Dance Company is a premier dance studio in Costa Mesa where children can unleash their creativity and expand on their talents. They are offering some unique and fun summer camps that your children will love. Hurry, space is limited! CIRQUE KIDZ SUMMER CAMP AERIAL ARTS, TUMBLING & MORE! Cirque Kidz Camp provides a single day or week long session in a fun “cirque style” camp for ages 6-12 years old. Parents can be assured Cirque Kidz Summer Camp will be an unforgettable adventure! Camp is for all skill levels, no previous experience necessary. Don’t wait to sign-up! Space is very limited! Camp Activities Include: Fun Warm Up, Tumbling and Acrobatics (all levels), Flexibility & Stretching, Learn Aerial Silks Basics and Choreography &...

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Carden Hall Offers Fun and Educational Summer Camps

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Camp, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored Are you looking for a summer camp for your child that is fun, while helps keep those academic skills sharp? Carden Hall has the perfect summer camp line up with a wide range of subjects, including science, technology, math, reading, language arts, sports, arts and crafts. Summer camp programs are led by experienced instructors who have a passion for education, and offer innovative, hands-on activities for children grades pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. SESSION I June 20-July 1 Art Camp Join Mrs. Ward and Mrs. Farman for a fun and creative experience this summer. Students in grades JP-5 will enjoy making projects and crafts using a variety of materials. It is sure to be a great time; don’t miss out! Limited to 20 students. Music Camp Give My Regards to Broadway This camp is open to students in grades...

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Best OC Swim School: Evolution Swim Academy

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Camp, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored Evolution Swim Academy, founded by two-time olympian Felipe Delgado, is one of Orange County’s top learn to swim schools.  The program was developed to offer multiple learning levels where with each level a student gets closer to becoming a safer swimmer. In addition to swim lessons and parent and me swim lessons, they also offer stroke development and stroke technique lessons, introductory swim team, water polo and summer camps. Evolution Swim Academy serves many cities throughout Orange County, including Aliso Viejo, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo and Rancho Mission Viejo.My 18 month old took Mommy and Me lessons at the state of the art Mission Viejo location and loved it! The staff is welcoming, and the teachers are friendly and know how to work with kids. The Mommy and Me class was a small group class that incorporated a few songs...

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South OC School of Rock Summer Camp (Giveaway)

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Camp, Family, Giveaways | 6 comments

 Sponsored Summer is coming! Looking for something fun and unique for your kids to keep busy? School of Rock in Rancho Santa Margarita is offering interactive 5-day summer camps that will inspire your children to have a lifelong love for music. Students work in a hands-on atmosphere that includes: Learning the nuts and bolts of live performance, studio/band rehearsal time, instruction and clinics with music professionals, Rock & Roll music appreciation, interacting with other young musicians, a LIVE rock show performance for your friends and family…and lots of fun! What’s the difference between a Varsity & a Junior Varsity camp? Simply put, its age! Since the camps are accommodating for all levels of players, they know the most important way to keep things the most Fun, Educational, and Age-Appropriate is to ensure kids are in the right camps for...

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Getting Prepared for Summer Camping

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Camp, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Shopping, Staycation, Travel | 66 comments

 Sponsored We have tried camping a couple of times with our children but was never able to have a successful camping trip because of being unprepared. We never invested in a proper tent, camping stove or camping light. The result was a terrible camping experience that left us not wanting to camp ever again. Well, as our kids have been getting older, they continually ask us if we can go on a family camping trip, so we made the commitment to purchase the proper camping supplies at Kohl’s, and give it another try. Kohl’s has a great selection of camping supplies from tents to stoves making it an easy one-stop shopping destination to prepare for our weekend camping trip. We invested in a really nice (and pretty) Coleman eight-person tent, a Coleman 3-in-1 propane camping stove, and a Coleman...

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Irvine Public Schools Foundation Summer Program

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Camp, Family | 0 comments

  Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) is expected to attract more than 5,000 students to its 2016 Summer Programs, which provides children with an enriching and educational experience during the summer. Through IPSF’s Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) K-8, incoming elementary and middle school students will be able to experience a wide range of classes in subjects including STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), grade level prep, programming, language arts, performing arts and sports. The fee-based classes will be held at school sites throughout the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD). With classes such as Top Chef, Angels Science of Baseball, LEGO Engineering, Anime Creation and Video Game Essentials, children can have fun as they learn throughout the summer. A new addition to this year’s IPSF Summer Enrichment Academy is The Young Americans Camp from July 5 to July 9...

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Farm Lab Camp at The Ecology Center

Posted by on Mar 12, 2016 in Camp, Events, Featured | 0 comments

 Sponsored Farm Lab Camp at The Ecology Center was created to engage and inspire children along a journey of ecological sustainability. By becoming junior farmers for a week, campers develop the tools they need to live a conscious, healthy lifestyle.   Over the past 7 years, The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano has educated adults and children in simple, hands-on solutions that positively impact the health of our shared ecosystems. Farm Lab Camp takes place in The Ecology Center’s learning landscapes – designed to nurture the whole child. Campers will be immersed in an acre of interactive Eco Labs, nestled next to a 28-acre certified organic vegetable farm. Junior farmers will have an unparalleled view of the farm process and what it means to grow from seed-to-harvest. Our gardens are native, natural, and organic, allowing campers to fully...

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Five Tips for Camping with Kids

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Camp, Family, Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

  Taking the kids camping can be one of the most exciting, fun and exhilarating vacations you’ve ever had…or one of the most frustrating, annoying and miserable ones. It all depends on setting your expectations and putting in the time to properly plan it. The most important lesson can be lifted from the Boy Scouts motto, “be prepared.” Having interacted with families seeking a camping adventure at Newport Dunes for more than 20 years, I have witnessed, firsthand, the trials and tribulations they face and I’ve developed some basic tips that will ensure that your entire family will be “happy campers”: Get Involved Include you children in the planning process and try a test run in the backyard. Teach the children how to pitch a tent, help them become familiar with the sounds of the outdoors, point out constellations,...

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Summer Swimming and Safety at Evolution Swim Academy

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Camp, Family, Featured, Summer | 0 comments

 Sponsored Swimming is serious business to Felipe Delgado. As founder of Evolution Swim Academy in Mission Viejo, Delgado has not only dedicated his life to swimming as a two-time Olympian, but he is committed to drowning prevention and water safety for children and adults. “We currently have four seasonal locations where we operate our business. Our partnerships with the Ladera Ranch community, Nellie Gail Ranch community, Rancho Mission Viejo community and the Renaissance ClubSport are very important because through our partnerships, we promote drowning prevention,” explains Delgado. In 2003, he hung up his Olympic goggles to work in the corporate world for several years. As a husband and father of three children, he returned to his first love of swim to establish Evolution Swim Academy in 2005. Flagship Mission Viejo Facility Opens Most recently, Evolution Swim Academy christened its...

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Pali Adventures Summer Camp Family Day

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Camp, Family, Featured | 0 comments

 Sponsored It is the first year that we are sending one of our kids away to summer camp. I have been a little selfish and wanted to spend every minute of summer with my kids over the years. Now that my older son is thirteen, he is ready to “spread his wings” and leave home for summer camp. When making the decision to send my son to an overnight summer camp, I did a ton of research. After hours upon hours of research, everything kept leading me back to Pali Adventures. One of my biggest fears was his diet. My son has severe food allergies, and I have to be extra cautious when sending him somewhere where he’ll be eating without me or my husband present. Since he had attended a school trip to Pali, and they had handled...

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Pacific Coast Center for the Arts: Your One-Stop Neighborhood Arts Complex

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Camp, Family, Featured, Giveaways | 1 comment

  Where can you take ballet, Pilates, piano and voice lessons, a painting class, and record a song? The answer lies behind the doors of the largest Arts center in Orange County: the Pacific Coast Center for the Arts (PCCA). Originally founded as Pacific Coast Academy of Dance (PCAD) in 2002, PCAD moved its studio from San Clemente to a state-of-the art 20,000 square foot facility on a quiet cul-de-sac in Mission Viejo. “Our expansion allowed us to support dancers of all levels (pre-professional, commercial and recreational), and all genres (classical, commercial, musical theatre),” explains Sandra Ishida Russell, executive director, PCCA. However, Ishida had a vision that would far exceed her dreams of dance. “We want to give back quality time to families who find themselves on the road more than in the home,” said Ishida. “We provide one safe,...

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Bowers Museum Camp Kidseum Art and Archaeology

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Camp, Events, Summer | 0 comments

  Bowers Museum in Santa Ana presents Camp Kidseum Art and Archaeology this summer for children ages 6 to 11. Eight five-day camps will be offered at Bowers Kidseum (located at 1802 N. Main St. in Santa Ana), and will be led by professional museum staff archaeologists and art instructors. Each week will focus on a different ancient culture and introduce students to a variety of diverse art and traditions practiced all around the world, so students are encouraged to sign up for multiple camps. Sign up today Camps take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Extended daycare services are available 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. and 3:00-5:30 p.m. every day for a fee of $85/week. Sign-up today online or by calling 714.480.1520! Week 1: Junior Archaeology Monday, June 22–Friday, June 26 | 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. $160...

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Choosing a Great Summer Camp to Meet your Child’s Needs

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Camp, Summer | 0 comments

  There are many things to think about when selecting a summer camp or summer school program. First off, parents have to consider price, availability, location, and other logistical factors. However, the real difficulty arises when trying to find the right fit for your child’s individual needs and desires. Ideally, a summer camp or summer school program will serve as an educational and social supplement to school. Additionally, summer camp programs serve as a valuable social introduction to the structure and collaboration that will be required in preschool and kindergarten. 

 Sports and coordination

Sports and outdoor camps are a great way to get out the extra energy young children have. In addition, sports camps offer a good opportunity for children to increase their coordination skills. Activities such as soccer and dance will help kids improve their coordination and balance while...

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2015 Orange County Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Camp, Featured, Summer | 4 comments

   Summer is just weeks away, and it is the best time to start planning your kids Summer camps. Vacation Bible School is a great way to expose your kids to a Summer Camp experience while celebrating a love for the Lord. Vacation Bible Schools tend to fill-up quick, so we recommend 
signing your kids up today. ——————————————————— San Clemente ——————————————————— Pacific Coast Church
Theme: Bible Boot Camp – “Messy Mess Hall Snacks, Untamed Games, High Energy Surprises, Awesome Bible Stories” Date: July 13 – 17   Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Age: 2nd grade – 6th Grade (entering Fall 2014)
Early Registration Cost $70.00 (5/15 – 5/31) Late Registration Cost $85 (6/1 – 6/20) 
www.pacificcoastchurch.org ——————————————————— Pacific Coast Church
Theme: Everest Discovery Day Camp Date: August 10 -14  Time: 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.
Age: 4 years – 2nd grade (as of Sept. 2015)
Early...

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The Dragon Institute Kids Kung Fu Program Creates Well-Rounded Children

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Camp, Education, Family, Featured, Parenting, Summer | 0 comments

 Partnered Story The martial art of kung fu is not about showing off or winning trophies. It’s about learning how to protect yourself. It is a vital practice for children to learn, since the scourge of bullying is still an unfortunate reality from grade school to high school. Yet kung fu also goes beyond the realm of self-defense for kids. It serves as an interactive way to hone skills that will serve them well later in life – skills like discipline and focus, confidence and ambition. This belief is the cornerstone of the Kids Kung Fu classes at The Dragon Institute. It is a key reason why they have been recognized as the “Best Martial Arts in Orange County” by OC City Voter for four consecutive years, as well as the Dana Point Times 2014 Golden Lantern Award for...

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Unique ‘Oceans’ Summer Camp

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Camp, Events, Featured | 0 comments

  Looking for something different for your kids this Summer? A sixth grade teacher in the Irvine Unified School District is leading a unique Summer camp that your kids are not going to want to miss called ‘Oceans.’ Oceans is offered in two, two week sessions to fifth through eighth grade students. The class is similar to a junior lifeguard program but without the exercise and lifesaving skills that most junior lifeguard programs focus on. Oceans covers all aspects of the ocean including marine biology, ocean recreation, beach safety, and physical oceanography. Students are taught how to be safe in the ocean by understanding the science behind it. Five of the ten class meetings are at the beach. Two additional classes each session will include a visit to Pirate Coast Paddle Company for an introduction to stand-up paddling in...

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