Thank you!!

Thanks for all the nice feedback about our special camps edition, and a special thanks to everyone who sent in info on other really fun summer activities, or who added it to the
Los Angeles Family Activities and Family Places lists. We’ve listed a whole bunch of fun summer activities below, and we have added about 50 playhouses, dozens of dance, art, music and other enrichment schools, 85+ museums, and so much more to the activities calendar. There’s a lot more to uncover, so please, keep sending them in, and we’ll keep spreading the word!


Thanks again!! ~Jen


P.S. We had a couple of last minute additions to the camps list, which I’ve added to the bottom of this list.



Little Acorns Grow Fun Summer Enrichment Activities

Little Acorns Grow offers so many fun summer activities for your toddler or pre-schooler this summer, including:

- music

- art

- sports

- cooking

- dance

- karate

- nature and gardening

- Spanish

- yoga and more.

They also offer sibling and referral discounts, and ask them about their Jen’s List discount!

Visit them at www.littleacornsgrow.net to learn more.



Guitar, Piano, Drums, Voice and Bass lessons in your home

All Play Music teaches life skills to children…Music just happens to be the vehicle. Their certified instructors make each lesson fun and engaging while the students learn their favorite songs. Their program provides goal setting, achievement levels and performances. Go to www.allplaymusic.com to learn more and find out what parents are saying about All Play. Prices range from $280-$550 per month and enrollment is limited to ensure the highest quality of service. Call 310)745-4007 for more info and to reserve your slot, or visit www.AllPlayMusic.com.



Check out the Play Destination in Agoura Hills

The Play Destination is an indoor playground and birthday party space for children with comfortable seating and modern decor for parents. The space offers children a clean, safe environment to play and is equipped with indoor play structures, bounce house, interactive floor games, and other mentally and physically stimulating activities. The Play Destination also offers Rockin’ Tots music classes, story times, and other fun activities for kids.




Playsource – the ULTIMATE indoor playspace 
 Playsource has open play hours:

Monday 9 am – 7 pm

Tuesday 9 am – 7 pm

Wednesday 9 am – 8 pm

Thursday 9 am – 8 pm

Friday 9 am – 5 pm
If you are looking to throw a great birthday party on Friday evening thru Sunday, have a few holes for July that they would like to fill! Book any totally private weekend birthday for the month of July and receive 10% off any package PLUS free face painting and tattoos with a space rental!

21921 Ventura Blvd. inWoodland Hills, 91364




Ladybug Music: Awesome Family Music Classes! Try a FREE demo this July

Join this 6 week workshop with Ladybug’s greatest hits CD this summer! They’ll be lots of funky dancing, silly singing and songs you won’t be able to get out of your head!

Ladybug Music offers mixed age (infant – 4 years) classes & original CDs that introduce you and your child to a wide range of music from Brazilian Beats to Mountain Lullabies.

Sign up for FREE demo classes in:

Studio City, Santa Monica, Hollywood & NEW location Westlake Village!


Ladybug Music voted “Best Music Class in LA” by Red Tricycle!

“Best kids dance classes in L.A.” – Los Angeles Magazine

Dance Sing & Act at Center Stage Dance LA

If you have a child interested in the performing arts, Dance Camp at Center Stage is the perfect program. By limiting their camps to 12 students, they provide a nurturing environment for your “star” with lots of individual attention.

The children study ballet, jazz and hip hop with singing and acting. All of this culminates at the end of the week in an informal presentation at the dance studio for family & friends. All levels of dance experience are welcome for ages 7-11 years. Register now!!



Heart4ART teaches ages 4-15 how to express themselves as artists in a real art studio.

Heart4ART offers one to three hour time slots in a fun nurturing environment. No monthly tuition or registration fees! Summertime Fun is now available! 3 hour time slots Mon-Fri, 9am-12p and 1p-4p. OR choose a time slot at your convenience. Your child will have fun learning how to create imaginative scenes in various mediums. Our unique flexible scheduling works with YOUR busy, hectic life. Call 818-203-5031 or email sharonsheart4art@aol.com for a free introductory one hour time slot! Hours: Monday-Friday, from 10am-7pm and Sat 9am-4pm

5200 Kanan Rd-214 in Agoura Hills. Visit them on Facebook at Heart4ART.



Yoga Classes, Parties & Private Sessions for Kids, Adults & Families For Balance, For Focus, For Fun

Ga Ga for Yoga is a fun way to introduce kids to the basics of yoga. Children learn to get comfortable at trying new things, practicing poses, and sharing it all. Families can build a practice together, or Mom & Dad can work on their own practice so they are better prepared to take care of their little Yoginis. Yoga for all ages helps with concentration, focus, self-esteem and awareness. It builds a sense of self and community that gets us ready for the day and a lifetime of balance and peace.




Free 3 day leadership program for 8th-9th grade students

July 23rd-25th at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Email Alissa Whiteley for application at awhiteley@reaganfoundation.org.




Mathletes Team for children who love math and want to be challenged and enriched mathematically

There will be summer opportunities as well as classes during the school year. There may be elementary and middle school age classes. Located in Encino. Contact 818-344-7838 or Doc@Perpend.org for more information. 




Girls Guitar School Summer Session

Beginner classes abound this July with Guitar 101 for ages 8-teen. Session runs July 14th-August 25th (no class 7/21). Girls will learn chords, strumming and simple melody using songs they know and songs they create together. Please see website for more information. Tuition due in full by 7/14. Private and Semi-private lessons on guitar and ukulele also available all summer, Mondays – Wednesdays and Saturdays. 




Pressman Academy Early Childhood Center Parent & Me Summer Classes

We are gearing up for lots of fun this summer with an exciting summer session of Parent and Me classes that runs from June 24 – August 2! Check out our NEW class – Yoga and Drumming! (Tues. 9:00)- for kids and parents or just parents. We also offer wonderful Toddler Music (Wed. 9:00) and Baby Music (Wed. 11:30) classes, and an amazing Shabbat (Fri. 9:00) class. For more information, visit http://www.pressmanacademy.org/parentandme or contact Betsy at 310-652-7354, ext. 237 or bkrut@tbala.org.



My Gym Summer Camp & Classes in Woodland Hills/Thousand Oaks

Sign up by July 1st for summer camp & get 20% off plus an additional 10% for siblings. Summer Camp is $35 for members/$40 non members. Call for more info! My Gym classes were created 30 years ago to enhance physical development & individual success for ages 3 mths -13 yrs. old! They also have fantastic birthday parties & a MOBILE PROGRAM that can bring fun & fitness to YOU!

Woodland Hills-(818) 702-6946


Thousand Oaks-(805) 494-4154 (Martial Arts Program starting soon!)




Gotta Sing: Vocal Workshop for Kids! taught by professional singer/actress/mom Betsy Abramsohn

Starts July 14th

Have fun and develop confidence! 9-week session focusing on solos and group songs with a “singing party” on the 10th week. 1st class is a private consultation with Betsy. Each class includes vocalizing, proper breathing, voice projection, circle singing, acting a song exercises and ear training. Ages 5-12. Two Classes offered on Sundays. Morning class is from 10am-12pm and afternoon class is from 4-6pm. Session fee is $230. Contact Betsy Abramsohn at (818) 554-3266 or betsyabramsohn@gmail.com.



Froggy’s Mobile is having an Art In The Park 2013!

FRIDAYS, 9:00-10:30am

Art Technique Classes

7/12 – Decoupage

7/26 – Clay Day

8/9 -   Print Making

8/23 – Wash Art

Art Technique Table will include an Instructed Art Lesson with Ashlee Rose!


Toddler Table with art supplies to create, paint and explore with stamps, stencils, recycled art and more!

Technique Table: $10/Child – Ages 4 & Up

Toddler Table: $5/Child

Valley Village Park – Look for Froggy’s under the tent!

200 Westpark Dr, North Hollywood, CA 91601 (Where Addison Ends at the 170 fwy)

Please email us and let us know you are coming, how many children and their ages.

phone -818-980-3764, email info@froggysartsandcrafts.com



Pamper & Play on the Westside Offers a Ton of Fun this Summer

Whether you are looking for camp while your child is on break or informative classes for you or your child, Pamper & Play has an array of great options for every age. Our unique programs serve children ages 2 -12 and are focused around an array of themes and activities including art, music, yoga and imaginative play. We are pleased to offer weekly options or more flexible day camps.

To register, email carole@pamperplay.com, or call 310-441-0797.




Summer Sounds Music Workshops at the Hollywood Bowl

The 2010 winner of Los Angeles magazines “Best of LA” for “concerts for tots”, the SummerSounds program returns to the Hollywood Bowl for 2013. Program 1 is “Gypsy Music with Fishtank Ensemble”, and it runs July 8-12 and July 15-19. Programs 2 and 3 run for 2 weeks each.




 Try a Rock Stars in Training Music Class for ages 0-4 for $5

Rock Stars in Training, named by Red Tricycle as one of the best places for kids to learn to rock is offering new classes and locations for kids 0-4! Classes in Woodland Hills at Outside the Box – Mondays at 11:15am. Sherman Oaks classes at the Playroom, Sundays at 9:45am, 10:40am and Wednesdays at 10:30am and 12pm. Try a class for only $5! Also available for home private classes! Email info@rockstaintraing.com to enroll. Also, available for birthday parties and preschool programs!




Veg Kids: The Best Programs Especially for Vegan Kids
Weekend Programs

Vegan Kids often have to explain and defend their choices, and they may be one of the only vegans in their schools and other activities. Veg Kids offers these children programs on weekends during the school year and during the summer to be able to get together with other vegan kids and share delicious vegan foods in a supportive environment. There are potlucks, restaurant outings, field trips, cooking classes, discussion groups, and more.




Bnai Tov Summer Programs

Bnai Tov is an enjoyable and engaging little independent synagogue in Encino focused particularly on children and families. The children learn and retain more in the small Ph.D. in Education led classes. This intimate synagogue community is a hidden little gem. Families with elementary school children should contact Rav@BnaiTov.org to find out more. There are learning and service opportunities during the summer and then when the school year begins again.



S.P.A.C.E. – (Summer Program for Advancement, Challenge, & Enrichment)

July 15 – Aug 2

An amazing three week opportunity for a small classroom of six students to learn what they are ready for, at the pace they are ready for, and with the style they are best ready to learn – only a couple of spaces may remain – located in Encino – www.MarsSPACE.org – parents who might be interested and want to meet with the teacher and principal should email Doc@MarsSPACE.org.


Institute for Educational Advancement

Summer and Year Round Programs in South Pasadena

Second Session is July 15 – Aug 1

They run year-round advanced enrichment classes for gifted 2nd through 8th graders (a class for Kindergarten and 1st graders is available during the school year) through a program called Academy. Classes are held in South Pasadena. During the school year, the classes are held once a week after school and on weekends, and during the summer the classes meet Monday-Thursday during the day for three weeks. Classes are taught by content area specialists and include Egyptian mythology, ecology, chemistry and art history. More information, including schedules and applications, is available at http://www.educationaladvancement.org/programs/programs-academy.


Quick Academic Management Middle School Readiness Program

They are a small tutoring company that is running a Middle School Readiness Program Monday through Friday, July 29-August 9 from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm. This is a two-week intensive seminar geared toward preparing children for the rigors of the middle school environment. This condensed readiness course is designed to get the students into the middle school mindset before the first day of class. Areas of focus include: math, language arts, organizational skills, test taking, note and test preparation, social skills, and leadership. Please contact Jennifer at (858)999-6983 to reserve your space today. www.quickacademicmanagement.com


Really Fun Clay And Ceramics, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture And Mixed Media Fine Art Classes!

There’s still time to join our SUMMER ART CLASSES at THE ART CLUB in Encino! This is the special FINE ART WORKSHOP for Children, Teens & Adults that you have been looking for. All you need is a SMILE and some IMAGINATION! Classes are offered all year long in a cozy and supportive atmosphere. One-to-One art workshops are also available for all ages. JOIN US! Email ARTCLUBbyjanet@aol.com or give us a call at 818-783-6566. For summer class schedules and further information check us out at www.ARTCLUBbyjanet.com



Summer Activities at the Autry Museum

Wednesdays Are West Days at the Autry

Now-July 31st from 1-4pm

Families can learn more about the history of the American West through hands-on carts, crafts, and games.

Free Tuesdays – the second Tuesday of the month




Sport/Fitness Classes for Children

VGaines coaching is a sports enrichment company that teaches life skills through sports! They dedicate 5 weeks for each sport and the class ages start at 3 years old. Currently offering basketball, football, baseball, soccer, and track and field, the coaches teach the fundamentals of each sport in a exciting stress free environment completely relatable to the children. They also have coaches for private 1-on-1 sessions and Birthday Parties! Call (808)778-3929 for more information!




Looking for a fun class for your kid or teen to take this summer?

Tracy Esposito, professional comic with numerous tv and film credits is teaching a kids and teen standup comedy class. Studying comedy with Tracy is a fun way for them to network with new people and expand their skills. They will learn to develop their unique comedy voice. Class topics include: where to start, joke development, performance style, overcoming  stage fright, microphone techniques, and the basics of performing stand-up! Visit www.standupkidsLA.com for Class Schedule, Cost, and more info.



Free Saturday morning Kids Horse Intro’ at Silver Horse Healing Ranch in Topanga Canyon

Parents, you are welcome to bring your kids to these upcoming free Horse Intros’ on Saturday mornings, starting 6/15. You will meet Sara Fancy and the herd of seven horses at Silver Horse Healing Ranch in Topanga Canyon. Learn about horse whispering and how to connect with horses in a gentle and honorable way. Children will have supervised interaction with Silver (no riding). RSVP by registering online at http://silverhorse.org/childrenshorseprograms/registration.html.



Improv & Sketch Comedy Summer Camps for Ages 4-16

Studio LOL is now enrolling for all 2013 summer camps and classes. Students will spend the summer studying improv and sketch comedy at Studio LOL’s brand new location in Studio City. Ages 4-16, all levels welcome, especially beginners! Classes meet once a week for an 8-week session, while camps meet for an entire week (M-F) from 9am to 2pm. Schedules are available on the school’s website. Studio LOL was recently named “Best Improv Classes for Kids” by Los Angeles Magazine.




Developmental Milestones Summer Social

Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30-11am starting July 8th-Aug 2nd

A fun summer social where your child will be able to engage in activities that promote social awareness, engagement and skills that will help support your child in meeting new friends and having opportunities to socialize during the summer break! Activities will be based around therapeutic support that encourage effective communication, interpersonal/social and coping skills. For more information, email eileen@cdmtherapy.com or call to RSVP your spot at (818) 203-5063.




Milan Soccer Academy Tryouts & Summer Camp

Looking for highly athletic boys who love playing Soccer and are passionate in Developing/Training their soccer skills through the Techniques developed from the historic club AC Milan. They are looking for Boys in the age groups for Under-9 (Born between Aug 1, 2004-July 31, 2005) and Under-11 (Born between Aug 1, 2002-July 31, 2003). They also have a summer camp coming up soon. Visit http://milansocal.com for details.



Malibu Canyon Camp (from the Owners of Canyon Creek Sports Camp)

A creative, fun-filled summer day camp for boys and girls age 6-15 held on the campus of MUSE School. Located in beautiful Malibu Canyon between Malibu and Calabasas, California, Malibu Canyon Camp is located on the MUSE School CA campus, 22 breathtaking acres abutting the Santa Monica Mountain conservation land. The recently redesigned grounds are one of the greenest campuses in the US and are filled with creative, natural playscapes intended for campers to uncover their passions. Malibu Canyon Camp is focused on living in a sustainable way and inspiring our campers to become future leaders in preserving and caring for the environment all while having fun in a safe, non-competitive environment. Everything we do at Malibu Canyon Camp is geared towards inspiring creativity, building confidence and independence, developing problem-solving skills and minimizing our carbon footprint. Specialties include Vet Camp, CSI Malibu, Top Chef, Surf’s Up Beach Camp, Film Camp, Greening Your World, Green Art and Adventure Camp. Plus, Friday nights will be optional sleepovers! There is no better place to spend your summer than with us at Malibu Canyon Camp!




Creative Art Camp in MALIBU

The Malibu Art Barn is hosting a children’s art day-camp designed to keep kids sharp over summer break. Kids will be totally engaged while creating paintings and sculptures alongside other friends and an energetic staff.

We meet Monday – Friday from 10am-3pm. Ages: 4-12 are welcome.

For more information, and a list of our great projects please visit: www.MalibuArtBarn.com or call 310 576 3403


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