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So not that tutoring over break is a bad idea, especially with finals around the corner, but in case you want to take advantage of some fun and relaxation, here are some great ideas for fun things to do with your family in LA.
1. Go ice skating. There are various outdoor rinks for the holidays in Santa Monica and Downtown LA.
2. Stay warm and cozy indoors at one of these music classes for kids.
3. Visit the LA zoo!
4. Indoor rock climbing at Hanger 18 on Rosecrans or Adventureplex in Manhattan Beach on Marine Ave.
5. Find out where food comes from! Take a tour of one of these food factories to get the scoop.
6. Visit an engaging kid’s museum such as Zimmer’s Children’s Museum in Miracle Mile, La Brea Tarpits, California Science Center in Exposition Park, or Peterson Automotive Museum in Miracle Mile.
7. Listen to some family music at the Grammy Museum downtown.
8. Check out the Magic Castle Weekend Brunch.
9. Do some hiking in Malibu, Griffith Observatory, or Palos Verdes
10. Take some art classes galore if you want to get creative and stay indoors.
Although volunteering is not exactly related to tutoring or academic success, I strongly believe that volunteering with your children or teens can provide some very important life lessons and lessons about appreciation. There is no better time than the holiday time to check out some great volunteer opportunities in our community. One website that I have consistently used and is very easy to use is called http://www.laworks.com.
You can search by zip code and also by dates of the opportunities. You do not have to volunteer on a consistent basis but can sign up for events that interest you. Hope this site is helpful and that you have a wonderful holiday season.
Produced by Sketchers and the Friendship Circle, this annual event is one in which I have participated in for the last 5 years as a South Bay resident. It is sponsored by MBEF, RBEF, and ED as well as other organizations/businesses in the South Bay community.
Participants begin the walk at the Manhattan Beach pier and walk to the Hermosa pier and back in an effort to unite and support children and young adults with special needs. The walk encourages compassion and acceptance among children, teens, and adults as well as promotes community awareness, sensitivity and unity. You can register at:
There are opportunities to walk or to volunteer at the event. As a special educator, I look forward to this event every year! Hope you will be a part of it.
Just because summer is here doesn’t mean learning needs to stop. Check out these resources to keep your children/teens learning over the summer.
http://www.rand.org/topics/summer-learning.html Includes a variety of articles about summer learning
http://www.adlit.org/article/24234/ Adolescent Literacy resources for parents and educators in grades 4-12, including virtual field trips, museum tours, writing blogs, educational activities and programs for the summer
http://www.healthebay.org/santa-monica-pier-aquarium/education/summer-programsHeal the Bay Volunteer Summer Program
http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Everyday_Adventures_Science/ Great article on how to get your kids interested in Science
1. Got Friends.com- This website offers a summer camp sponsored by the Friendship Circle for children with disabilities.
2. Federation for Children with Special Needs-This website is a camp directory focuses on children with special needs and allows you to search by disability category.
3. National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities- This site has many links that contain summer camp or other summer opportunities for children with disabliites.
4. LD Online- This site does not offer specific camp recommendations; however it provides articles that will give parents the right questions and and guidance of how to select the perfect camp for their child.
5. Mommy Poppins- This is a great site that has many activities ranging from camps, classes, parties, and weekend activities for children with special needs. You can search by area: Valleys, Westside, Hollywood, and Downtown LA
Summer has just begun in Manhattan Beach and its time to take advantage. Of course squeezing some time for learning and tutoring is important but I hope you will also take time to enjoy the awesome local events that we are so lucky to have here in Manhattan Beach and the rest of the South Bay.
http://www.southbayevents.com/ -This site is great for all those of you tht want to make the most of your summer in the South Bay. It has a detailed list of weekly events, ranging from art exhibitions, summer festivals, midnight fishing, outdoor concerts, and volleyball tournaments.
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week Includes some great restaurants in the South Bay. Save the dates of July 14-27th, 2014.
Here is the summer schedule and more information about Weekly summer concerts held at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach. So much fun for the whole family!
http://www.northmb.info/ For those of you that live in North Manhattan Beach, check out these events and businesses
http://www.mbgp.com/ Manhattan Beach Grand Prix will be held on July 6, 2014. This was founded in 1962 by local racing legend Ted Ernst. It is one of the counry’s longest running bike races. Contestants from all over the world compete in this.
http://www.surffestival.org/ This annual festival will be held from July 30-August 3rd. It includes bodysurfing, 6 man Volleyball Tournament, Lifeguard championships, surfing competitions, and swim/paddle competitions. This website includes a list of events for each day.
http://www.avp.com/event/mbo-14/ The Manhattan Beach Open held from August 14-17th features many players that have won the Olympics. This website gives more details about the players, ticket sales, location, and stats.
Hope you will find these links helpful to stay up to date on local school news!
Mira Costa Mustang Morning News- http://mustangmorningnews.com/
Latest Mira Costa News: http://www.miracostahigh.org/apps/news/
MBMS News: http://www.mbmswaves.com/
Redondo Beach City news: http://www.topix.com/city/redondo-beach-ca
Hermosa Beach City news: http://www.topix.com/city/hermosa-beach-ca
Redondo Beach School News: http://redondobeach.patch.com/news/schools?content_subdomain=redondobeach
Manhattan Beach School News: http://manhattanbeach.patch.com/news
South Bay Breaking News: http://southbaybreakingnews.com/
The Beach Reporter News: http://tbrnews.com/
Although tutoring is important during the summer to maintain and improve skills. It’s important for children to enjoy some fun and relaxation. Hope these links below will make your summer camp/program search easier.
Perfect Day Surf Camp
What: Offer Full Day and Half Day camps where children will learn to surf and boogie board. Camps group children by age and gender.
Where: Santa Monica, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Torrance Beach
Who: Children 3 to 17 years old
When: June 9 to Sept 12th
Please visit their website for more detailed information.
REC Summer Camp
What: Summer Camp that provides educational and fun activiites including beach days on Tuesdays and optional field trips on Thursdays.
Where: Marine Ave. Park
Who: This camp serves children ages 5½ to 12. It includes educational and fun activities.All programs are supervised by trained CPR certified recreation leaders.
When: The REC Summer Camp is an eight-week program held June through August.
For more information, please visit their website at :
Kitchen Kids Camp
What: This camp provides fun cooking lessons for kids in a camp atmosphere. They also feature weekly trips to the Manhattan Beach Farmers Market and picnic
Where: Manhattan Beach — Live Oak Park Hall, 1601 Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach 90266. In home camps are also available for groups of 4-6 kids.
When: Camp Dates vary from June 23rd to August 15th. Camps are 4 days.
For More Information please visit their website at
PCH Skateboard Camps
What: Camps provide beginner to intermediate skateboarding instruction. They provide a variety of ramps, fun boxes and rails, which are positioned differently each day to offer a variety of trick options. Camp activities include team games, S.K.A.T.E. and obstacle courses.
Where: American Martyrs Church
Who: Boys and Girls 5 to 14 years old
When: Varying summer dates. Camps are Tuesday through Thursday.
Adventure Plex Camps
What: Camp provides rock climbing, arts and crafts and sport court games. They focus on building self esteem and teaching social skills.
Who: Children 4-12 years old
Where: AdventurePlex located at 1701 Marine Ave. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
When: Monday to Fridays from June 16th to August 26th 9:00am to 4:00pm
Please check out their website for more information.
Fitness by the Sea
What: Camp that provides team sports, individual sports, creative activites, theme days, and water activities
Who: Children ages 5-14
Where: Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades locations
When: 9:15am to 3:15pm June 23rd to August 22/23rd
Please visit their website for more information.