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LePort Schools Open House Events
Fountain Valley & Huntington Beach & Irvine

Montessori (Infant - 3rd Grade) & Private School (4th - 8th Grade)

Visit LePort, meet our teachers and learn about our top-notch educational programs. Explore our Montessori classrooms and see how each child can thrive to his or her personal best at LePort. Discover our Private School's unique Knowledge for Life curriculum, which equips our students with the essential knowledge, thinking skills, and strength of character necessary to flourish as joyous children today and successful adults tomorrow. Curious? Invest two hours. Come to an Open House event and see for yourself how different, and better, education can be.

Visit our website for the current month's Open House schedule.

LOCATIONS:

Fountain Valley Campus, 9790 Finch Ave, Fountain Valley
Huntington Harbor Campus, 16081 Waikiki Lane, HB
Irvine Lake Campus, 26 Lake Road, Irvine
Irvine Orchard Hills Campus, 3983 Portola Parkway, Irvine
Irvine San Marino Campus, 1055 San Marino, Irvine
Irvine Spectrum Campus, 1 Technology Drive, Bldg. A, Irvine

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Upcoming Educational Events

Celebrate Raksha Bandhan! - Irvine
August 29, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Raksha Bandhan’ or ‘Rakhi’ is a special Hindu occasion to celebrate the special bond and love between brother and sister. Today’s activities are all centered around building the bond between children and their siblings, family, or peers.

Price: Included with museum admission, To celebrate this special day siblings will get in Free for every general child's admission ticket purchased!

LOCATION:
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618

Pageant of the Masters - Laguna Beach
July 8 – August 31, 2015

Presented in July and August since the early 1930's, these colorful events have won worldwide recognition. The Pageant consists of ninety minutes of “living pictures” – incredibly faithful art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces.

LOCATION:
650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach

INFORMATION:
949-494-1145

Family Autism Event - Irvine
August 31, 2015
5:00 - 7:30 pm

This special evening is an opportunity for children and their parents / siblings / caretakers to have some fun in an autism-friendly environment along with other families.

Many of our community partners, who specialize in supporting children on the autism spectrum, will be on-hand to enrich your family’s play experience with welcoming smiles and practical support.

Price: Free - Registration required by Friday, August 28, 2015

LOCATION:
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618

Tall Ships Festival - Dana Point
September 12-13, 2015

The festival features a spectacular array of family-fun activities including live music, art shows and a variety of tasty food. Interactive living-history encampments including blacksmiths, scrimshaw artists, and the infamous Port Royal Privateers are sure to entertain and amaze guests of all ages and are not to be missed. Additionally, you can explore the historic tallships and listen to the crew share tails of adventure and life at sea.

LOCATION:
Dana Point Harbor / Ocean Institute
Shuttle service from Salt Creek Beach Park at Pacific Coast Highway and Selva Road & from Dana Hills High School)

INFORMATION:
949-496-2274

Discovery Cube Presents: Hot Wheels: Race to Win - Santa Ana
September 19 - January 3, 2015
10AM – 5PM

This new family exhibit will get you revved up with immersive activities for three generations of Hot Wheels® fans. There’s something for mom, dad, grandparents, and children! Visit this exhibit to become part of a race team working together to build and test the fastest speed machines on the planet!

Visitors can take a behind-the-scenes look at the thrilling world of racing, compete in the Pit Stop Challenge, see and learn about real race car parts, authentic artifices, and captivating memorabilia.

LOCATION:
Discovery Cube
2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705

INFORMATION:
714-542-2823

Irvine Global Village Festival - Irvine
September 26, 2015
10 am - 6 pm

Boasting artistic cultural performances on five stages, the Festival's live entertainment is a mosaic of music and dance representing more than 50 cultures from Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America. Immerse yourself in cultural displays, world religion and demonstrations, indulge in international cuisine, explore the world marketplace and keep the little ones in motion with hands-on art projects, games and activities in a giant, interactive Kids Village. Festival admission and parking are free.

LOCATION:
Bill Barber Park
4 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92618

INFORMATION:
949-724-6606

Orange County Children's Book Festival - Costa Mesa
Sunday, October 4, 2015
9:30 am to 4:30 pm

The Orange County Children’s Book Festival is designed specifically for children of all ages. This family-fun festival attracts more than 30,000 visitors who will be entertained and delighted by authors, illustrators, booksellers, animals, storytellers, costumed characters, train rides, crafts, food and entertainment and much, much more.

Admission and parking are free.

LOCATION:
Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa

INFORMATION:
(714) 838-4528

Pumpkin Patch School Field Trip and Tours
Ongoing

Irvine Park Railroad – located inside of beautiful and historic Irvine Regional Park - offers Pumpkin Patch school and group tours. You can choose a package that’s best suited for your class or group. Activities vary by package and can include a train ride, hay ride and moon bounce. Free activities include a hay maze, picture stands and child-friendly haunted house. All children who participate in this school field trip / tour will receive a free pumpkin and bottle of water. A minimum of 25 paid children per group is required for group pricing. Teachers are FREE. Schedule your school or group ahead of time and you can have access to a Party Pavilion in this great park at no additional cost to enjoy a sack lunch and other activities. Irvine Park Railroad is centrally-located in Orange County.

LOCATION:
Irvine Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869

INFORMATION:
For complete Pumpkin Patch activities, or to make a class or group reservation, call Irvine Park Railroad at (714) 997-3968.

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Mommy and Me

LePort Schools Mommy & Me Montessori Program - Fountain Valley & Huntington Beach & Irvine
Sessions begin every quarter. See website for full schedule

Mommy & Me (also known as Parent & Child) Montessori is your chance to experience "Montessori in a nutshell." See your child grow as she joyfully explores the Montessori environment, experiments with the Montessori materials, and discovers the children around her. Classes for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers. Our Mommy & Me (Parent & Child) Montessori groups meet for 8 weeks for 1.5 hours per week. Enroll today for a class near you and meet other parents with similar age children.

LOCATIONS:
Fountain Valley Campus, 9790 Finch Ave, Fountain Valley
Huntington Harbor Campus, 16081 Waikiki Lane, HB
Irvine Lake Campus, 26 Lake Road, Irvine
Irvine Orchard Hills Campus, 3983 Portola Parkway, Irvine
Irvine San Marino Campus, 1055 San Marino, Irvine
Irvine Spectrum Campus, 1 Technology Drive, Bldg. A, Irvine

MOPs

Run by Coast Hills Community Church.

Coast Hills' traditional MOPS group is a special place where you can meet other mothers also passing through this unique stage of life.

 

 

Ongoing Educational Events & Programs

Homeschool Day at Pretend City - Irvine

Once a month Pretend City offers Homeschool students unlimited access to our interactive exhibits offering learning through fun experiences. A trip to Pretend City offers your students a learning experience through hands-on “real life” educational play. These activities surround your students with challenging problems and absorbing questions. Additionally we offer two facilitated lessons per day for Homeschool students to participate in.

LOCATION:
Pretend City
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618

ExploreOcean Science Saturdays & Science Sundays - Balboa

Science Saturdays & Science Sundays ExplorOcean offers families a fun, interactive hands-on experience to connect to the 7 essential principles of ocean literacy through Science Saturdays at ExplorOcean and Science Sundays at the Back Bay. Quick and engaging activities bring parents and children together as they make predictions, ask questions, problem-solve and think like scientists. Each month we will introduce a new theme based on one of the Ocean Literacy Principles. Science Saturdays and Sundays are FREE and offered to children of all ages. Join us and prepare to see your world in a whole new way! Program is ongoing, weather permitting.

Science Saturdays Location:
ExplorOcean Galleries and Science Courtyard
600 East Bay Avenue, Newport Beach
Time: Noon-3pm

Science Sundays Location: Back Bay Science Center
600 Shellmaker Rd, Newport Beach
Time: 10am-2pm

INFORMATION:
(949) 675-8915

Eco-Adventure Center
Laguna Niguel

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel presents eco-adventures that inspire you with Southern California's unique ecosystems and connect your spirit to their larger global systems. Led by expert naturalists, the Eco-Adventure Center is dedicated to showcasing Southern California's natural wonders. Throughout these unique excursions, the local surroundings become a natural classroom and living laboratory. Adults, families and kids learn through experience, which instills them with deep appreciation and respect for nature. As well, they will understand how to live more environmentally responsible back home.

Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari

Your guide, Coast Guard licensed Captain Dave Anderson, is a marine naturalist. He'll teach you about Dana Point, the whales who visit and the many dolphin who live here, as well as introduce you to a few of our other local marine friends like our California Sea Lions, brown pelicans and the flock of seagulls that come when Captain Dave whistles!

Cool Critters & Animal Presentations

A professional performance that is both fun and educational for children of all ages, Cool Critters is a traveling reptile and exotic insect zoo for birthday parties, corporate events and classrooms. Your guests will have an opportunity to touch or hold most of the twenty exotic animals that are showcased. Book a show today and create memories for your children that will last a lifetime!

Heritage Museum of Orange County

Heritage Museum offers an exciting line-up of educational field trip programs. Programs offered include a hands-on tour of the historic 1898 Kellogg house where students learn what life was like in the 1890s by playing with vintage toys, doing laundry, making butter, dressing up in Victorian costumes, and participating in other activities. Other programs included are 'Great Grandpa's House' for the youngest students, 'First Californians' & 'Gold Rush'.

Lil Chef School

Lil Chef School offers a variety of fun from field trips for schools, scout groups and Mom groups, to seasonal workshops & Open Houses and so much more! Our field trips are a great opportunity for "young chefs" to explore their culinary curiosities in a fun, safe environment. Call us today to schedule your private group visit to our cool kitchens! 949.679.8390

Pacific Marine Mammal Center

A non-profit, volunteer organization and education center. They rescue, rehabilitate, and release sick and injured seals and sea lions. Programs include a guided tour of the animal care facility and exhibit room, a slide presentation and observation of the animals. The also offer a range of educational programs for groups of all ages.

Sea Life Storytelling
Newport Beach
1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month
9:45 am - 11 am

Join us for story-time, songs and play as we discover the wonders of the sea! Our interactive early childhood program (ages 3-5) includes crafts, a touch tank tour, hands-on activities and much more! Each story time has a unique marine theme for children to discover.

Members: $2 per person | Non-Members:$4 per person
siblings under 18 months are free
Registration and advance payment are required. Space is limited to 20 participants. A minimum of 5 children must be registered 24 hours before the start time.

LOCATION:
ExplorOcean
600 East Bay Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92661

INFORMATION/RESERVATIONS:
RSVP at 949-675-8915 or online

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Parents - Workshops & Lectures

Guided by Baby - Infant Parenting Talks
Fountain Valley & Huntington Beach & Irvine

Free admission for expecting and new parents.

Join us for free infant parenting talks. Go beyond the basics, and understand your baby and this beautiful yet challenging time at a different level. Each month, we'll cover a different topic: how to set up your home for baby, how to support natural language development and movement, how dads can be optimally involved during pregnancy and the bonding period. Leave empowered to truly savor the first critical months with your baby, and to help her truly flourish.

LOCATIONS & TIMES:
Each talk is on a Tuesday evening from 6:30PM - 8:00PM. See website for each month's topic and to RSVP for a talk.

Fountain Valley (opening July 2014) . 1st Tuesdays
9790 Finch Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Irvine . 2nd Tuesdays
1 Technology Drive, Building A, Irvine, CA 92618

Huntington Beach . 3rd Tuesdays
16081 Waikiki Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

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