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Informational Events & Open House

Stratford School's Open House - Mission Viejo
Saturday, July 31, 2021
10:00am

By appointment only

Learn more about our preschool, elementary, and middle school programs at Stratford’s upcoming Open House event, now offered in-person by appointment or virtually. Meet our campus leadership, teachers, and staff, and explore our curriculum. If you are unable to attend an Open House event, we are always happy to accommodate a convenient time for a personal tour.

At Stratford School, we believe high expectations lead to extraordinary results. We begin early, applying our advanced and intentionally balanced curriculum in order to inspire and nurture the minds and hearts of every student. Our ever-evolving curriculum infuses science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics – or STEAM – to help students develop the diverse set of problem-solving skills and talents they’ll need in our changing world.

LOCATION:
Stratford School
24741 Chrisanta Dr.
Mission Viejo, CA

LePort Schools Open House Events
Campuses in Irvine & Huntington Beach - Infants - Middle

School Join us for one of LePort Montessori's upcoming open houses, parent talks, or school festivals. Take a tour, explore our classrooms, visit our playground, meet our wonderful teaching staff, and learn about LePort’s authentic Montessori pedagogy. This is a great opportunity to speak with teachers and have your questions answered. See how LePort Montessori differs from other schools in the area. Visit leport.com for a listing of all upcoming events.

LOCATIONS:
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

Ultimate Recycling Machine: Summer Exhibit @ Pretend City - Irvine
June 30 – August 15, 2021

Grab your hard hats and join us this summer for The Ultimate Recycling Machine, an immersive hands-on experience that combines engineering, collaboration, imagination, and creativity. Using a variety of recycled materials, work together to innovate solutions to prompted challenges. Or simply build a working fort! Work together as a family, as siblings, as a parent-child duo, or as a team. The Ultimate Recycling Machine is ideal for children of all ages and encourages intergenerational participation due to the limitless opportunities for creation. You will be amazed by how much creativity, tenacity, and teamwork emerge from this simple set-up!

And regardless of what you create, your child will leave with a newfound knowledge of S.T.E.M. including – pulleys, zip lines, pendulums, interlocks, slope, force, gravity, and kinetic energy.

COST: activities are included with museum admission

LOCATION:
Pretend City
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618

Sawdust Festival - Laguna Beach
July 2 - September 5, 2021
11am to 7pm, Sunday-Thursday
11am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday

Outdoor arts and crafts festival. Watch artists create their work and buy directly from the artists while enjoying the wonderful atmosphere.

LOCATION:
935 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach

INFORMATION:
949-494-3030

Pageant of the Masters
Laguna Beach
July 7 – September 3, 2021

This summer, the Pageant of the Masters celebrates 85 years of living pictures in Laguna Beach. This iconic, long-running Orange County tradition combines art-fully costumed people, extravagant sets and theatrical illusion to re-create famous works of art on stage. In the 2021 Pageant of the Masters, audiences will meet the artists – revolutionaries, innovators, dreamers – who not only made this country their home, but let their creativity be inspired by the freedoms upon which this nation was founded.

LOCATION:
650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

INFORMATION:
800-487-3378

South Coast Repertory presents: You're a Good Man Charlie Brown - San Juan Capistrano
July 16 - August 1, 2021
Performances at 7:30 p.m.

Presented outdoors at the Mission San Juan Capistrano

Good grief! The whole “Peanuts” gang is here—Lucy, Linus, Snoopy, and of course, that wishy-washy blockhead, Charlie Brown. He’s never pitched a winning baseball game and he can’t muster the courage to talk to the Little-Red Haired Girl. But all his best qualities—and those of his clever friends—get celebrated in this delightful musical filled with such gleeful tunes as "My Blanket and Me," "Suppertime" and "Happiness."

Recommendation: 4+

LOCATION:
Brought to you by South Coast Repertory
Mission San Juan Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA

TICKETS / INFORMATION:
Phone: (714) 708-5555

Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony @ Pretend City - Irvine
July 23, 2021

Calling all aspiring Olympians to join us for the torch lighting parade during Pretend City’s Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony! This exciting event only happens every four years, so you won’t want to miss out! Take this opportunity to give your little one a better understanding of the history and significance of the Olympics

Join in the celebration with fun-filled events such as Make an Olympic Medal or Olympic Flag in the Art Studio, Pass the Torch, Dance to Songs and more!

COST: activities are included with museum admission

LOCATION:
Pretend City
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618

Festival of the Butterflies - San Juan Capistrano
August 7, 2021
10 am - 4 pm

Come on over to this FREE street fair along the Los Rios Historic District in honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Los Rios Park and Garden Angels! Enjoy garden walking tours, plant sales, butterfly education, kids crafts, live music, food, a petting zoo and fun from the Los Rios participating merchants.

LOCATION:
Los Rios Park
San Juan Capistrano, CA

What to Play Day @ Pretend City - Irvine
Friday, August 13, 2021
10 AM – 3 PM

Join us for this month’s Way to Play Day as we focus on language and communication skills! Play your way through the museum and find out how you can make your play as educational as possible! We will be offering ASQ screenings and vision screenings for FREE! Purpose Behind the Play: Whole body development, communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, social emotion expression.

COST: Check-ups and activities are included with museum admission!

LOCATION:
Pretend City
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618

Pretend City Play@Home

Join Pretend City's Play@Home streaming. Videos programs listed by age groups

Brought to you by
Pretend City
Irvine, CA

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

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

Celebration Education’s Classes and Field Trips for Homeschoolers

Homeschoolers in grades K-12 take two days of classes each week in Santa Ana. New classes every six weeks, field trips every month, at-home support.

All school subjects are included into fun, personalized, interactive, UNcommon, learning experiences with less than 10 students in every class. Fun and educational online classes are also available.

LOCATION:
Celebration Education's Learning Bottega
2020 East First Street, Suite 103
Santa Ana, CA

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

(temporarily closed due to Covid 19)

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

(temporarily closed due to Covid 19)

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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