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St. Mary’s School Admission events - Aliso Viejo

An Independent Preschool Through Grade 8 International Baccalaureate Programme, Day School In Orange County. St. Mary’s will be holding Admission Information Sessions on the following days:

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
11:30 – Lunch and Presentation
12:00 – Optional Campus Tour
Thursday, November 8, 2018
11:30 – Lunch and Presentation
12:00 – Optional Campus Tour

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
11:30 – Lunch and Presentation
12:00 – Optional Campus Tour

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
11:30 – Lunch and Presentation
12:00 – Optional Campus Tour

Thursday, March 14, 2019
11:30 – Lunch and Presentation
12:00 – Optional Campus Tour

New parents and prospective students are invited to attend.

LOCATION:
7 Pursuit
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

INFORMATION:
To join us for an event, please rsvp the Admission Office at admissions@smaa.org or (949) 448-9027, extension 319.

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

Discovery Cube's Rainforest Adventure - Santa Ana
January 20 - September 9, 2018
10 am - 5 pm

Gear up for the ultimate rainforest adventure to explore and learn about these tropical environments! Dress up as a research assistant to learn about the different plants and animals living in these environments, identify endangered species, and learn about products that come from the rainforest. Plus, “visit” children around the world to learn about life in the rainforest and how you can help protect rainforests!

LOCATION:
Discovery Cube Orange County
2500 N Main St
Santa Ana, CA

Pageant of the Masters - Laguna Beach
July 7 – September 1, 2018

The Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. Audiences are amazed and enchanted by ninety minutes of tableaux vivants ("living pictures"), incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. A live narrator serves as a guide through the story of each living picture accompanied by the music of a professional orchestra.

LOCATION:
650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach

INFORMATION:
949-494-1145

Festival of Art Youth Education Workshops
Located in Laguna Beach Festival Grounds
Art Workshops and Classes July through August

Bring out that creative spark in your young artist at t he Youth Arts Education Days this summer at the Festival of Arts. Kids will enjoy art classes taught by professional Festival artists in mixed-media, jewelry making, collage and more. Meanwhile, parents will have free time to view the artwork on display throughout the Festival grounds. Festival artists will also share some of their creative techniques in a fun and friendly environment! For children ages 5 - 12.

Classes run July-Aug, 2018 daily during the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts. Youth Arts Education

Tall Ships Festival - Dana Point
September 7-9, 2018

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

Irvine Global Village Festival - Irvine
September 22, 2018
10 am - 6 pm

Featuring more than 100 performances representing cultures from around the world; international cuisine; kids' crafts and activities; cultural and religious exhibits; and an international marketplace.

Immerse yourself in cultural displays, indulge in international cuisine, explore the International 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:
Orange County Great Park
6000 Great Park Blvd.
Irvine, CA

INFORMATION:
949-724-6606

Orange County Children's Book Festival - Costa Mesa
Sunday, September 30, 2018
9:30 am to 4:00 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

QD Learning offering CAASPP Readiness Courses - Anaheim
Courses begin March

Unpack Common Core State Standards for Math and Achieve Success in CAASPP

Discover how to get your child ready for CAASPP Math in 6 weeks for grade 3, 4 and 5. Course starts in March and ends in early April before CAASPP test starts.

LOCATION:
QD Learning
1086 N Tustin Ave
Anaheim CA 92807

INFORMATION:Visit online or call 866-669-9228 to get more information and reserve your spot.

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Mommy and Me

• Muffins & Crafts with Mom - Anaheim
May 2 & 9, 2018
9:30 am to 10:30 am

Join us for an exciting morning at Fairmont for moms to enjoy some craft time with their kids and create recipe holders together! We will also have some delicious muffins provided!

This is a free event!

LOCATIONS/RSVP:
Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 9:30 am to 10:30 am
Anaheim Hills Campus
5300 East La Palma Avenue, Anaheim, California
Please RSVP to May 2nd event here

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 9:30 am to 10:30 am
Historic Anaheim Campus
1557 West Mable Street, Anaheim, California
Please RSVP to May 9th event here

American Sign Language (ASL) for New Parents and Parents to Be

Starting in the fall 2017 LangoKids Irvine will be offering ASL for new parents and parents to be. This is a class specially designed for parents who are interested in experiencing the awesome feeling of communication before words. Reduce stress for your baby and yourself by learning how to ask what the baby is feeling/needing/wanting by using the incredible tool of signing! The class teaches songs, words, simple sentences and useful vocabulary applicable to everyday activities with your little one. Join Mrs Pamela and Mrs Cristina as they teach you how to communicate with your baby the way they do with their very own...the rewards and results are simply priceless!

LOCATION:
LangoKids Irvine
9090 Irvine Center Drive Suite # 100
Irvine, CA 92618

Spanish or French Immersion Parent and Toddler Classes

Accompanied by parents or caregivers, these young "students" (ages 1 to 3 years) start learning Spanish through a variety of activities designed to engage their minds and bodies. Music and movement form the foundation for the classes, as the children sing simple, rhythmic songs and dance, run, spin and jump around the room! Our teachers work with the accompanying adults so that they can reinforce learning at home. We speak in Spanish the entire class but have no fear...it's super easy! These "play-classes" are great for parents and caregivers who want to learn Spanish alongside their children!

Class length: 45 minutes.

LOCATION:
LangoKids Irvine
9090 Irvine Center Drive Suite # 100
Irvine, CA 92618

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.

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Ongoing Educational Events & Programs

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!

Davey’s Locker Enhanced Whale Watching Cruises - Newport Beach

These NEW Enhanced Whale Watching Cruises are a perfect fit for 3rd-6th grade students, allowing them to be immersed in science. Students engage in a free range learning experience, identifying marine mammals, coastal birds and tiny plankton during the 2 hour whale watching cruise. There are marine mammal artifacts, bones and narration provided by our experienced captains and a marine biologist.

LOCATION:
Davey’s Locker, 400 Main St., Newport Beach CA 92661
Weekdays from 10am-12pm

INFORMATION:
(949) 675-0551x118 or email

Davey’s Locker Whale Watching Cruises - Balboa

With over 30 years of experience, Davey’s Locker provides one of the best opportunities to see whales and dolphins in Southern California offering year-round, daily departures. The thrill of seeing large marine mammals swim alongside our boat is an experience that you will never forget, and a great way to integrate marine science into your curriculum if you are a school or scout field trip. Our Captains and crew are extremely knowledgeable, but your group can also request an onboard Marine Mammal Naturalist to accompany your group on the water, and answer any questions they may have.

Click link above to view lesson plans and curriculum available on our website to get the most out of your experience on the water.

LOCATION:
Davey’s Locker, 400 Main St., Newport Beach CA 92661
Multiple departure times, daily

INFORMATION:
(949) 675-0551x118 or email

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.

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

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

Newport Whales STEM Citizen Science Cruises - Balboa

Sign up for the most affordable, on-the-water STEM program available for Middle-High School students. Newport Landing has partnered with Crystal Cove Alliance to run Marine Protected Area Citizen Science Cruises out of Newport Beach! During the three hour cruise, 7th - 12th grade students use GoPro cameras to assess fish biodiversity, microscopes to identify plankton, and water quality equipment to help assess the health of the Marine Protected Area in Crystal Cove State Park. In addition to the hands on science, there will also be a 45 min. scheduled whale watching trip during these STEM cruises, which are facilitated by a marine scientist. Through generous donations, there are opportunities for partial and full funding for Title 1 and underserved schools.

LOCATION:
Davey’s Locker 400 Main St., Newport Beach CA 92661
9am-12pm Weekdays from Sept-June

INFORMATION:
(949) 675-0551x118 or email

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.

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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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