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Pacific Marine Mammal Center Ocean Heroes After School Program

Posted by on Sep 6, 2022 in Camp, Family | 0 comments

Do you have a child that is fascinated with the ocean and marine life? Look no further than Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) to foster their interest in marine science! PMMC is a marine mammal rescue, rehabilitation, research and education hub in Laguna Beach, California that offers a large amount of educational programming for all ages.   Ocean Heroes is an after school science program designed to  engage kids, ages 8-12 years of age, in marine science and conservation topics, animal observations, hands-on activities, games, crafts, and experiments. Over the course of the program your kiddo will learn about a diversity of marine mammals, the ecosystems in which they reside, and threats these animals currently face in the wild. Enthusiastic instructors engage students  in innovative STEAM projects, help them explore solutions to environmental issues, and guide them to become...

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Breakthrough Sports Summer Camp

Posted by on Jun 29, 2022 in Camp, Family, Featured | 0 comments

With more than twenty years of experience developing youth sports programming for professional sports teams (LA Clippers, Kansas City Chiefs, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks), Breakthrough Sports brings its award-winning camp series to Orange County families! Breakthrough Sports camps are inclusive, high-energy camps used to focus on the fundamentals and to help boys and girls of ALL skill levels improve their game. Their coaches, including former pro players, will help improve mechanics, develop sports IQ and most importantly boost confidence in a fund environment! Register your children online...

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Pacific Marine Mammal Center Camp

Posted by on Feb 3, 2022 in Camp, Family, Featured | 0 comments

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach is hosting Spring Break and Summer Camps for children. Camp Pinniped Pacific Marine Mammal Center offers a unique experience for kids to witness a marine mammal hospital in action! Campers learn how our animal care team rescues and rehabilitates our seal and sea lion patients through a series of mock activities including weighing fish, preparing fish smoothies, cleaning pens, learning the art of marine mammal rescue, as well as live animal observations. Campers investigate different marine mammals and ocean stewardship through games, crafts, activities and talks led by experts! On the last day, campers join us at the beach to explore the local tide pools and all the creatures that call it home. Camp Hours: Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at PMMC Friday 8:30 to 11:00 am...

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Flower Duet’s Online Living Art Camp

Posted by on Jun 20, 2020 in Camp, Events | 0 comments

For the summer of 2020, Flower Duet wants kids (and their parents) to learn how to make fabulous floral designs, botanical crafts and gain a few entrepreneurship skills, too! Flower Duet’s online Living Art Camp weeks will enable anyone to fill the void many summer camps left behind after being cancelled due to social-distancing guidelines. To align with many parents’ desire to keep kids occupied over the summer with activities that are fun and educational, Flower Duet designed 12 weeks of “Living Art Camp” themes ranging from American Flowers Week to coincide with annual celebration of American flower farmers, to Wizard Week for fans of Harry Potter. Flower Duet will be showcasing STEAM topics in every weekly camp theme. STEAM & Floral Design Flower Duet’s Digital Summer Camp Activities for 2020 includes the themes of Classic Art, Garden...

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PlanetBravo Technology Summer Camp + Giveaway

Posted by on Feb 25, 2020 in Camp, Family, Featured, Giveaways | 14 comments

Partnership Since 2003, PlanetBravo’s Techno-tainment camp has inspired tens of thousands of tech-hungry students in Grades 2-9 to develop their creative and curious minds through project-based learning. At a fraction of the cost of other technology camps, PlanetBravo offers a perfect balance of indoor and outdoor activities in addition to the tech course in which the child enrolls. Children choose from a wide variety of courses to explore including Coding 101, Esports, Minecraft Modding, YouTube Gamer & Vlogger, Roblox 3D Game Design, and more. Camp runs in one-week sessions Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm or 8:30am-3pm, depending on location. See why PlanetBravo has been the Go To tech summer camp for thousands of children each summer. Register your kids online today. Best prices, best hours, best overall experience for your child. Location Irvine 4947 Alton Pkwy Irvine, Ca 92604 There are also...

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Pacific Marine Mammal Center Summer Camp

Posted by on Feb 24, 2020 in Camp, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Partnership The Pacific Marine Mammal Center offers a unique experience for children to witness a marine mammal hospital in action! Campers learn how their animal care team rehabilitates our seal and sea lion patients through a series of mock activities including weighing fish, preparing fish smoothies, cleaning pens and learning the art of marine mammal rescue. Each day has a different theme in order to provide a well-rounded study of our ocean environment. Each theme is creatively reinforced through hands on activities, science labs, arts and crafts.Each year we add new content so campers who return keep on learning! Spots are limited!! Register your children today online. Details Camp is held Monday through Thursday at PMMC from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and Friday at an offsite location TBD. Monday – Thursday drop off will be at 9:00 am...

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Ocean Heroes After School Science Program

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in Camp, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Ocean Heroes is an after school science program for children ages 8-12 at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Monthly activities correspond with different and intriguing marine science and conservation themes designed to educate, build awareness, and interest about our ocean planet. Kids engage in hands-on labs, interact with STEM professionals and enjoy offsite excursions! Monthly speakers will include PMMC marine mammal care personnel, scientists from the National Marine Mammal Foundation, wetlands and salt marsh experts, youth conservationists and more! 2019-2020 Ocean Heroes Curriculum Throughout the program, newly appointed ocean stewards will learn an incredible array of information, including: PMMC to the rescue! They will learn about the common marine mammal patients they care for at the hospital. Ocean Heroes take a tour of their critical care area with PMMC’s own Animal Care Coordinator. Learning about Animal Care They will...

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Laguna Playhouse Hamilton Themed Summer Camps

Posted by on May 29, 2019 in Camp | 0 comments

The Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre will have an exceptionally creative two week experience this July at the Laguna Playhouse for kids 3- 10! Join us for two fun and educational two-week Musical Theatre Day Camps. HAMILTON AND FRIENDS Grades 3 – 5 (July 8 – 19th – Monday through Friday 9:30am – 12:30pm) will take campers on a time travel adventure with Alexander Hamilton and explore songs, scenes and choreography from history- based musicals. Final Showcase performed on the Laguna Playhouse mainstage, July 19 at 11:00am. Early-Bird Discount Rate $270 if you Register before May 15th. Enrollment is limited to 20 students. Final Showcase on the Laguna Playhouse Stage on July 19. HAMILTON AND HANSEN IN LA LA LAND Grades 6 – 10 (July 8 – 20th – Monday through Friday 12:30pm to 3:30pm) will be singing and dancing...

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FREE Football Summer Camp

Posted by on May 23, 2019 in Camp, Events | 0 comments

NFL DE and member of 2003 and 2004 USC National Championship teams, Frostee Rucker will host The Camp of Champions, his second annual free youth football camp June 29 in his hometown of Tustin at Tustin High School. Frostee will be joined by his NFL friends and fellow USC alumni for this half-day camp open to football players, ages 9-14. All participants will receive a t-shirt, lunch and hands-on instruction. Official camp sponsors that align with giving back to the community include: Dick’s Sporting Goods, Subway, Dave & Buster’s, Stance, Aquarium of the Pacific, Access Wealth Management, and A-1 Quality Logistical Solutions. Registration for the free camp can be done online at When: Saturday, June 29, 2019 Registration: 8:00AM 9:00AM-12PM Where: Tustin High School 1171 El Camino Real Tustin, CA 92780 Who: Frostee Rucker, will be joined by...

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Girls Inc. Summer Program

Posted by on Apr 13, 2019 in Camp | 0 comments

Girls Inc. is excited to bring back Smart-Ups – a summer program for young girls currently in grades 3rd through 5th (who will be entering 4th – 6th grades in Summer 2019) that is sure to be a memorable and impactful summer for all participants.  Smart-Ups is a place for young girls to learn leadership, economic literacy and business skills by creating their own mini-society and opening up their own business.  Participants will learn about marketing, advertising, budgeting, confidence building, body positivity and more and will enjoy presentations by a variety of influential female entrepreneurs!  The program is 4 weeks long, 5 days per week with hands-on field trips held every Friday.  The girls will gain exposure to a university setting as the program is hosted by Chapman University’s Argyros School of Business and Economics.  The program concludes with...

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Pacific Marine Mammal Center: Camp Pinniped

Posted by on Feb 5, 2019 in Camp, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Pacific Marine Mammal Center offers a unique experience for children, ages 8 – 13, to witness a marine mammal hospital in action! A perfect experience for budding veterinarians, scientists and animal lovers! Campers learn how their animal care team rehabilitates their seal and sea lion patients through a series of mock activities including weighing fish, preparing fish smoothies, cleaning pens and learning the art of marine mammal rescue. Each day has a different theme in order to provide a well-rounded study of our ocean environment. Each theme is creatively reinforced through hands on activities, science labs and crafts. Campers leave empowered with ways they can help protect and preserve our oceans. Every summer has new content so campers who return keep on learning! Pacific Marine Mammal Center Camp Hours Camp is held Monday through Thursday at PMMC from 9:00...

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OC Rescue Mission Gives Homeless Children Summer Camp Experience

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Camp, Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

The Orange County Rescue Mission is once again helping children to grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally through its eighth annual “Summer to Remember” program. This year’s camp is already underway – Summer to Remember began on June 11 and will continue through August 10 The program – which is offered to children living at the Village of Hope, a transitional living facility for homeless individuals and families – is designed for children ages 5 to 12. Summer to Remember provides kids with STEM-based learning activities, as well as a curriculum that focuses on building solid foundations in science, technology, engineering and math. “Summer programs for homeless children are extremely important,” notes Jim Palmer, Orange County Rescue Mission President. “As a result of their chaotic life experiences, they are the innocent victims of homelessness. These children often face many disadvantages...

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LA Clippers Basketball Summer Camp + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in Camp, Family, Featured | 7 comments

Sponsored The LA Clippers Youth Basketball Summer Camps offer an exciting way for kids 6-14 years of age to take their game to the next level. The camps, which are open to children of all different skill levels feature an All-Star group of coaches including former Clippers Players Olden Polynice and Yari Korolev. Participants will receive top level instruction on shooting mechanics, footwork, ball-handling, defense, passing and mental approach to the sport in a fun environment. Camps will take place Monday-Friday from 8am-3pm and will be held throughout LA, Orange County, the I.E. and San Diego. Register today before the camps sell out. Camp Location(s): JUNE 2018 Monday, June 11 – Friday, June 15 – CAMP – L.A.C.E.S. (5931 W 18th St, Los Angeles, CA 90035) – 8:00am-3:00pm Monday, June 18 – Friday, June 22 – CAMP – Agoura...

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Young Americans Performing Arts Summer Camp

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in Camp, Giveaways | 0 comments

Sponsored The performing arts experience of a lifetime. Campers spend the week learning a one-hour show from a cast of 35+ Young Americans. On top of learning a one-hour variety show, campers will take classes in voice, dance, improv, performance techniques, and songwriting, just to name a few. The Young Americans summer camp is such a unique and fun experience because of the high-energy, fast-paced style the cast provides while providing a positive and safe environment for campers to step outside of their comfort zones while growing as people and performers. Master teacher is Diana Morris. Diana is a YA alumni. She has performed on Broadway national tours, like the first national tour of Chorus line. She currently resides in Southern California and performs every week in Frozen – Live at the Hyperion in Disneyland. She will be teaching...

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Starting Summer Designer Camp at SOCO

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Camp | 0 comments

I attended camp as a guest of the venue A few weeks ago my mom told me that I would be participating Designer Camp that was going to be held for the first time in Orange County at the SOCO Collection. I was super excited not because it was my first summer camp this summer, but because it was DESIGNER summer camp. When I first arrived at SOCO at 8:45 am, some friendly team members greeted me, and they directed me to Drifter to where the camp was meeting. Once I was inside, I checked myself in, and all of the team members introduced themselves and gave me and name tag. Once I got to the studio, I sat down in a chair and then was given a bag that I was to decorate and a clipboard with my...

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SOCO Teen Designer Summer Camp

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Camp, Family | 0 comments

Designer Summer Camp, Southern California’s only comprehensive and collaborative design-based summer camp for young adults ages 11-17 is coming to Orange County partnering with ​SOCO and The OC Mix​! This unique week-long program is in partnership with nationally-recognized brands in the design industry such as D​esign Within Reach​, ​Drifter​, ​Farrow & Ball​, ​31 Bits​ and more. Located in Drifter at SOCO, Designer Camp gives students a rare opportunity to engage and learn through hands-on workshops, informative talks from working designers and behind-the-scenes tours of showrooms and galleries. Designer Camp also partners with organizations allowing students to design for social good. This year the students will create a ​B Corporation​, using their creativity combined with the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. This boutique camp (capacity is set at 25 students) allows students to explore the exciting...

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Ecology Center 2017 Summer Farm Lab Camp

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Camp, Green Living, Summer | 0 comments

Farm Lab Campers will dig deep into food and farm life in the season when the garden really comes alive. Activities include seasonal planting, chicken care, compost exploration, fort building, eco-crafts, and harvesting and cooking from the garden. All activities at The Ecology Center Farm Lab Camp revolve around our core initiatives of GROW, WATER, EAT, and MAKE. Taking place on a 1-acre teaching facility nestled next to a 28-acre organic farm, campers will have an unparalleled view of the farm process and what it means to grow from seed-to- harvest. Summer Farm Lab Camp Session 1 Ages 5-6 June 27-30 // Tue – Fri, 9 am – 1 pm Eco Farm Lab Camp Session 2 Ages 7-9 July 18 – 21 // Tue – Fri, 9 am – 1 pm Eco Farm Lab Camp Session 3 Ages 7-9...

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Bowers Kidseum Summer Camp + Giveaway

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Camp, Giveaways | 10 comments

Sponsored Looking for a Summer Camp that your kids will remember forever? Kidseum is hosting some of the best Summer Camps in Orange County for children ages 6-11. There are nine weeks of themed camps from June 19th through August 18th. All Summer Camps are from 9:00 am-3:00 pm daily with pick up and drop off taking place at Kidseum (not the Bowers Museum). There are two extended care options available from 7:00 am-9:00 am for an additional fee of $40 and 3:00 pm-6:00 pm for an additional fee of $40. Each day Kidseum will provide a light healthy snack for each camper from 10:15 am-10:30 am. Kidseum will not provide lunch and ask that parents send their child with a non-microwavable lunch each day and a water bottle. If you register online, you will also need to download...

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Bodyboarding Adventures Summer Camp

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Camp, Family, Featured | 5 comments

Sponsored This summer, get ready to send your kids on an epic adventure exploring the ocean with Southern California’s only bodyboarding school, Bodyboarding Adventures! The best summer camp for children is one that will keep the kids active, exploring, and having fun. Children will experience all of this and more at the Bodyboarding Adventures Summer Camp! Bodyboarding (or “boogie” boarding) is one of the best ways to get your children comfortable riding waves in our beautiful ocean and is much safer than surfing. Water safety is the biggest concern of parents when looking into a summer camp at our local beaches, but with Bodyboarding Adventures, parents can have the ease of knowing their children are safe in the hands of the most professional bodyboarders in the industry. Every instructor is CPR and First Aid-certified, and they have a maximum...

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LA Clippers Youth Basketball Summer Camp

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Camp, Family, Featured | 2 comments

Sponsored The LA Clippers Youth Basketball Summer Camps offer an exciting way for kids 6-14 years of age to take their game to the next level. The camps, which are open to children of all different skill levels feature an All-Star group of coaches including former Clippers Players Lamond Murray and Cherokee Parks. Participants will receive top level instruction on shooting mechanics, footwork, ball-handling, defense, passing and mental approach to the sport. Camps will take place Monday-Friday from 8am-3pm and will be held throughout LA, Orange County, the I.E. and San Diego. The Map, Garden Grove CA – June 12-16 Westwood Recreation Center, Los Angeles CA – June 12-16, June 24-28 Agoura Community Center, Calabasas CA – June 19-23 MMTSC, Irvine CA – June 19-23 Champions Sports Facility, Carson CA – June 26-30 CSUN, Northridge CA – July 10-14...

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Galileo Summer Camp: Inspiring Young Innovators

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in Camp, Family, Featured | 0 comments

Sponsored There are many choices when it comes to selecting a summer camp for your children, but there are few that can inspire your children to dream big and become an innovator. Galileo summer camp is a place where your children will be inspired, motivated, and encourage to explore without the fear of failing. The camp combines art, science and outdoor experiences in four different weekly themes so that children will experience something different during each week of summer camp at Galileo. It is unlike anything else. With Galileo’s innovative approach to project-based learning, your children will be learning while having fun. It is an excellent way to keep your kids thinking, learning, and growing during summer so that they can return to school in the fall ready to excel. There are programs for children from pre-k through 8th...

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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, Greek...

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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: Learn...

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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 at...

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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, etc....

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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, educational...

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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 museum...

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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 learning...

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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) ——————————————————— 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 Registration...

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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 | 6 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. Townsville Martial Arts 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...

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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 Newport’s...

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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, April...

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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 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 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 Fedora...

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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 day...

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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. Make...

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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) 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 included)...

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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 in...

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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 multiple...

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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 in...

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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 will...

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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 comforting...

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Five Fun Facts about Pirate Coast Paddle Summer Camp

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in Camp | 0 comments

Media Rates were received for Pirate Coast Paddle Summer Camp, but did not influence our opinions. The kids are almost done with their first week of summer camp at Pirate Coast Paddle. They have had the time of their lives at this entertaining Orange County summer camp. The summer camp is a dream come true for OC Kids, with fun for boys and girls of all ages. During the week, the kids have not stopped talking about their camp experience, and these are their five fun facts about Pirate Coast Paddle summer camp. Paddleboarding! The kids have told me that one of their favorite activities at the camp is the “free time” paddleboarding. The kids get to explore the waters of Newport Dunes while laughing together with all the new friends they have made at the camp. Hiking to...

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Introducing Young Kids to Stand Up Paddleboarding

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Camp | 0 comments

Media Rates were received for Pirate Coast Paddle Summer Camp, but did not influence our opinions. We first started introducing our kids to standup paddleboarding back in May of 2012 after learning about Pirate Coast Paddle opening at Newport Dunes. We met with a group of friends for a fun day of paddling together. The dads and kids all gave paddleboarding their first try together followed by a picnic lunch on the beach. It was a relaxed day of family fun with friends. On the first visit to Pirate Coast Paddle, we attempted to get our youngest son Tyler out on the water without any luck. Since that first time paddleboarding with the kids, we have tried many times to get Tyler to go out on the boards. We were never able to introduce Tyler properly to standup paddleboarding...

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First Summer Camp at Pirate Coast Paddle

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Camp, Featured | 0 comments

Media Rates were received for Pirate Coast Paddle Summer Camp, but did not influence our opinions. I had told myself at the beginning of summer that I would not sign my kids up for any summer camp this year. The kids are growing up so fast, that I just want to spend every moment with them before I *blink* and they are running out the door to College. While my intentions were good, after two months without any breaks, it was clear that a week of summer camp would be not only good for the kids, but for me as a mom too. This was going to be my youngest first summer camp, and I wanted to send him somewhere where he was in smaller groups, and would be cared for like family, so I signed all of them...

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Summer Cooking Camps for Kids

Posted by on Jul 4, 2013 in Camp, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Your kids can learn how to cook this summer at one of the summer cooking camps for kids at Surfas Culinary District. Children will get a chance to learn how to cook in a real test kitchen, and become America’s next top chef. Registration is currently open for the following camps. Cooking Camp for Future Pastry Chef Ages 12 to 17 Wednesday, July 10th and Thursday, July 11th 12:30 – 3:30 pm $125.00 Bring in your future pastry chefs for two fun-filled days of baking! In this hands-on class we will teach your bakers how to turn versatile Pâte â Choux into Éclairs, Profiteroles, and Gougeres. We will make puff pastry from scratch to enjoy Palmiers and a delicious Seasonal Berry Pie. Our instructor will also teach your teens the fundamental of piping, creating pastry cream, and glazing pastries....

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Laguna Art Museum Announces Summer Camp for Kids in Orange County

Posted by on Jun 30, 2013 in Camp | 0 comments

Laguna Art Museum recently announced its first Elements of Art Summer Camp for kids in Orange County, which will take place in July and August of 2013. Students will explore the six elements of art: line, shape, form, space, color, and texture as they receive inspiration from the art on display in the museum. Children will learn about each element by creating their own unique art works and project will vary in complexity according to the student’s age. Sessions for the Elements of Art Summer Camp are as follows: Session 1: Line and Shape Students will create geometric drawings and explore organic shapes in nature. Session 2: Form and Space Students will create papier-mâché sculptures. Session 3: Color Students will learn about color theory and create paintings using primary colors. Session 4: Texture Students will create pieces with texture...

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Five Tips for Picking the Best Summer Camp

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Camp, Family, Featured, Hot Topics, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The weather is heating up, and it is time to start thinking about planning your kids summer camps for the year. Thinking about summer camp for my kids has always been a challenge for me. The only summer camp that I attended as a child was Camp Sherman with the Girl Scouts. Since my mom was a troop leader, it ended up being more like a small mother/daughter vacation with my friends. Although, I want for my kids to experience something that I never did as a child, I cannot help but want them to spend as much time with me while they are off for summer break. Every year, I set-out to plan great summer camps for my kids, and every year I end up keeping them home with me for the entire summer. Whether looking for a...

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