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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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Affordable and Fun OC Spring Break Camp

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Camp, Family, Featured | 0 comments

  Are you still wondering how to keep the kids entertained over Spring Break? Don’t want to break the bank on an expensive camp? The Newport Aquatic Center is offering a fun and affordable Spring Break camp to keep your kids active and happy during the week long break. Your kids will get out on the water and doing Olympic water sports such as rowing, kayaking, canoeing and even outrigger canoeing and Stand Up Paddle Boarding! Kids will also learn about boat safety, introductory stroke technique and the importance of rowing as a team. The best part is that there is no experience necessary! Ages: 7th grade to 12th grade Cost: $50 per session Lunch and camp shirt are included! Bring: Shorts, T-shirt, running shoes, windbreaker, sunglasses and a sweatshirt Choice of 9am – Noon Camp: Session 1: Tuesday,...

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Top 10 Spring Break Camps in Orange County

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Camp, Easter, Holiday | 0 comments

  Wondering how you’ll keep the kid’s busy during Spring Break? Keep your kid’s active and happy by joining in on the fun at one of these top Orange County Spring Break Camps. The Center Stage Studio thecenterstagestudio.com 27101 Aliso Creek Rd, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 (949) 305-9758 April 6th-10th 9am to 3pm $200 “Maleficent” Song & Dance Camp Fashion Camp OC fashioncampoc.com The Shops at Mission Viejo 555 Shops at Mission Viejo Road Mission Viejo, CA 92691 949.364.1856 The District at Tustin Legacy 2477 Park Avenue Tustin, CA 92782 Get Directions 714.259.0946 March 30th – April 10th. (Prices vary) Mini Camps (for ages 7 and up) are 2 hours and materials are included. March 30th – Sketching & Draping, March 31st – Sunglasses Case, April 1st – Hair Accessories, April 2nd – Jewelry Design, April 3rd – Embellishing...

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Keeping kids active this summer at Pirate Coast Paddle Summer Camp

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Camp, Family, Featured, Newport Beach | 6 comments

  Many parents struggle with keeping their kids active during the summer. With the distractions of video games and television shows, many children don’t get the physical exercise that their growing bodies need during the long hot summer days. With the extreme summer heat that we are having in Orange County, sending kids to summer camp that keeps them active and cool is the perfect way to get kids excited about going outside and ….playing! My kids have been attending Pirate Coast Paddle Summer Camp for the past couple of years, and it has always ended up being their favorite summer memories. The camp is set-up as the traditional summer camps that I attended in the 80’s with cool counselors, and good old fashioned fun. When the kids first arrive in the morning, they help get set-up for the...

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Beachcities KidsGames Camp Offers Individualized Fun in 2014

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Camp, Featured | 0 comments

 We attended camp as a guest Beachcities KidsGames Camp is sponsored by Beachcities Community Church – but don’t get fooled into thinking this is some run-of-the-mill bible camp. You almost forget that there is a religious message lurking behind all the fun that is offered by this camp. What really sets KidsGames Camp apart is the offer of electives for each camper – making this a very personalized experience, particularly if your child does not fit into the one size fits all mold. KidsGames is geared towards children in grades 1-5 but there is a program for younger children. Electives include Art, Basketball, Boot Camp, Cheer, Cooking, Cupcake, Wars, Flag Football, Gymnastics, Volleyball, Dance, Soccer, Karate, Lego Engineering, Musical Theater, Photography & Science. The groups are not co-ed and electives are open to boys or girls only; no mixed electives. The theme...

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Five Tips for Planning an Ultimate Backyard Campout

Posted by on May 31, 2014 in Activities, Camp, Family, Featured, Summer | 0 comments

  One of our favorite summer activities is to have backyard campout with the kids. They are always so much easier than traditional camping, and the kids are always asking to do it again. Want to plan a backyard campout with your kids? Don’t know where to start? These are a few fun tips to help get you started with planning a campout in your backyard this summer. First you are going to need a tent. Don’t have a tent? Don’t worry! Before we purchased a tent, we would create our own backyard tent. Head over to the Home Depot or Costco, and load up the car with cardboard boxes. Spend the afternoon building your own backyard tent out of the cardboard boxes. Once it is done being created, cover all the cracks with towels and blankets for insulation....

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Get Safe Summer Camp

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Camp, Family, Featured | 0 comments

 Sponsored Are your kids being bullied? Do you want to encourage them to respect others? Then the Get Safe Summer Camp is perfect for you. During the past 30 years, GET SAFE™ has positively impacted the lives of more than 100,000 people of all ages and abilities by providing the violence prevention education and self-defense training that is critical to protecting the well-being of its students and to building safer, more inclusive communities. By approaching the often-sensitive subject in an entertaining, highly interactive manner, the GET SAFE Team breaks down communication barriers usually associated with the topics of violence prevention, crisis intervention, and recovery. The camp will run June 23rd-August 29th for children ages 7-10 & 11-14. There is a full-day camp from 8:30-3pm for $250 a week, and a half-day camp from 8:30-11:30 or 12pm-3pm for $175 per...

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Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo Summer Camp

Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Camp | 0 comments

 OC Mom Blog supports RCSAV The best thing for kids is keeping them fit this summer, and the Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo is the perfect place to take them! The premiere Orange County athletic club has currently announced open enrollment for their 2014 summer camp series! The summer camps are open to members and non-members who are elementary school age. There will be three different camps from June 30th until August 29th. The camp themes will be Camp ClubSport, Mad Science Rocketry Lab Camp and Mad Science Physics Lab Camp. Camp ClubSport includes instruction in basketball, soccer, racquetball, swimming (weather permitting) and more. Also included are group fitness classes, lessons from sports professionals and projects. This camp will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Rates for the half-day camps are $35...

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Guide to Vacation Bible Schools (VBS) in Orange County

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Camp, Family, Featured | 3 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 14-18   Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Age: 2nd grade – 6th Grade (entering Fall 2014) Cost $70.00 (camp shirt included) www.pacificcoastchurch.org Pacific Coast Church Theme: Weird Animals (Wacky Games, Critter Café, Imagination Station, Bible Adventure) Date: August 11 -15  Time: 9:00 – 12:00 p.m. Age: 4 years – 2nd grade (as of Sept. 2014) Cost $70.00 (camp shirt...

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Free Vacation Bible School Summer Camp in Orange County

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Camp, Events, Family, Featured | 0 comments

  Wondering what to do with the kids this summer? Summer camp budget a little tight? We are thrilled to learn that Kingsfield Church in Aliso Viejo is hosting a free four day Vacation Bible School Summer Camp for kids in Orange County! That’s right – free!! Summer Blast 2014 “Miracle Grow” is open for children ages 4-11 (must be 4 by June 1, 2014). The camp will be from June 30th through July 3rd with two sessions. Families can register their kids for either the morning session (9am-noon) or the evening session (6:30-8:30am). There will be music, inflatable, crafts, skits, special guests, prayer and more during the camp.  Hurry! Registration is expected to fill-up quickly, but there is still room to register your kids today. We look forward to seeing you this summer at this fun summer event...

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Spring Break Camps for Kids in Orange County

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Camp, Events, Featured | 0 comments

  It’s almost time for Spring Break in Orange County, and there are a wide variety of Spring Break camps available in Orange County. From horseback riding to Disney fun, there is something for everyone. Renaissance Club Sport Aliso Viejo 50 Enterprise Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 Keep your kids active over Spring Break at the Renaissance Club Sport Spring Break Camps. The camps will be held from April 7th through the 11th. Families can do 1/2 day week morning, afternoon, and individual day camps. 1/2 day morning camp is from 9am to 1pm, afternoon camp is from 12:30-4pm, and is $135 for members ($160 for non-members). Individual daily camp rates are $35 for members ($40 for non-members). Lunch is available for an additional $5 per day per child, and there is a late registration fee of $5. Families with...

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Winter Camp at The Aquarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Camp, Christmas, Holiday, Theme Parks | 0 comments

  Do your children love the ocean? Curious about sea life? Then the Aquarium of the Pacific winter camp is the perfect place for your children to enjoy spending their winter break. Children attending the camp will get to explore animals that are all tailored to different age ranges. The winter camp is recommended for children in grades 2-4, and campers must be at least seven years of age. Children will learn through hands-on activities, crafts and games. The best part – children will get to experience a behind the scenes look into the Aquarium of the Pacific! While, behind the scenes, children will see and learn about the animal care happening at the Aquarium. For younger children ages, five and six, they are hosting a Sea Squirt Day Camp that offers an introductory course to the animals living...

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Environmental Nature Center Winter Camp

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in Camp, Events | 0 comments

  Time to start planning for your kids Winter Break activities, and the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach is offering an interactive camp for children in grades K-6th. The Winter Camp will have two sessions, on December 23,24,26 & 27 and December 30, 31, January 2, 3. Camp is from 9am to 1pm, and After Camp is from 1pm to 3pm. Campers will participate in educational, age appropriate, hands-on activities each day while broadening their knowledge and appreciation for the natural world. More information about Winter Camp can be found at the ENC website. “Playing outside is very important because children see first hand how things are connected in the world,” said Education Coordinator Meghan Womack. “Exposure to natural environments also improves children’s cognitive development by improving their awareness, reasoning and observational skills.” During the first week campers...

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Building Confidence Paddle Boarding with Pirate Coast Paddle

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in Camp | 0 comments

  Summer is full of beautiful weather that offers families a chance to live life to the fullest.  Here in Orange County, we are blessed with so many beautiful beaches and parks…it is just up to us to take advantage of them.  Our children are learning how to feel confident in the ocean; at nine and six, they are on the swim team and confident in competitive swimming.  We are working to build that confidence in the ocean and took a huge leap toward that goal yesterday with Pirate Coast Paddle. Our children took part in the day camp offered from 9am to noon and while they had paddle boarded with me last summer in Hawaii, this was their first independent experience.  I truly was not sure what to expect when I dropped them off; I found the cove...

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