Students and teachers can order appetizers with a side of arithmetic at Ruby’s Diner, which recently launched its study break happy hour promotion. The beloved diner – with locations throughout Orange County – is offering students and teachers half price appetizers and shakes Monday to Friday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Guests must present valid ID to participate on the offer, which also applies to Ruby’s beer and wine menu.
Ruby’s says it launched the promotion to help students get off to a “smart start”. Participating Orange County locations include Laguna Hills, Irvine Spectrum, South Coast Plaza, Yorba Linda, Huntington Beach and Irvine.
The Coder School
Silicon Valley’s top coding school for kids has expanded with a second location in Orange County. The Coder School opened last fall in Irvine, and hails itself as a place that teach students computer science in ways that “inspire and excite each student”. It serves students aged seven through 18 with a program that tailors its lessons to suit the interests and experience of participants.
The school was founded by Will Tungpagasit, who opened his first school in Pleasanton, California. “I moved down here from San Francisco to share our philosophy with the young innovators down here,” he explains. “Unlike the existing programs in the Irvine area, our core program has two students to one coach… The individualized projects are centered around their passions because we know students work longer, harder and persist in the face of challenges when they are working on projects they really care about.”
The Children’s Museum at La Habra
Kids can take an educational journey to Asia at this children’s museum, which is launching a “Children of Hangzhou, Connecting with China” exhibit in late January. Museumgoers can plant rice, write in Chinese, or even perform in a traditional Chinese opera. They can also take in information about Chinese schools, homes and farms at the museum, which presents China from the viewpoint of four young people. The exhibit is a combination of old and new, and contrasts Hangzhou’s rustic countryside with its modern urban center. It all happens under the “beautiful backdrop” of traditional Chinese paintings. The exhibit, which was created by The Boston Children’s Museum, runs until May 27.
A new, “groundbreaking” after-school enrichment center in Tustin is touting itself as a one-stop shop for students needing extra help with curriculum, athletics and art. Lyceum Village, which serves students aged five to 14, offers across-the-board instructions to suit students aged five to 14. Services within its 20,000 square-foot facility include math, music and art instruction, homework help, athletic programs and more. It also houses a regulation-size basketball court, performance and study halls, presentation rooms, and a lunch room.
“This is the perfect solution for parents who are looking for exceptional after-school instruction and supervision without needing to research different opportunities or ferry their children to multiple locations,” says Lyceum Village’s chief executive Darlene Mizumoto. “Transportation services are also an option.”