Learning about science used to involve dusty textbooks, the dissection of frogs and chalkboard benzene ring renderings. Judging by the experiments OC kids are up to at extracurricular school clubs and educational camps, science has become considerably cooler. These days, kids are learning about physics through bungee-diving Barbies, engineering through flying Legos and trigonometry through […]
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A Month of Weekday Fun Heading into month two of summer, you might have emptied your bag of tricks and fear the impending “I’m boooooored”s to come. Here’s a handy guide with a month worth of activities to help you fill those long empty weekdays with fun. (We suggest pooling resources with another three or […]
A Spectrum of Possibilities The world of the arts might not at first glance seem like a natural fit for those on the spectrum. Teaching art to children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) can be a challenge, given that ASD’s typically impair social and communication skills, behavior regulation, and coordination and motor function. But many […]
Sending a child to summer camp for the first time can make any parent nervous. But worries are often magnified for parents of kids with special needs. Images of sunlit lakes and carefree campers are often trumped by concerns about behavior, communication, and physical safety. Stacy De La O, whose daughter has high functioning autism, […]
If Your Child is a Brainiac At Chess Palace in Garden Grove, children can take classes, play for fun, and participate in tournaments. Chess Palace has been owned by the Ong family since 2003; some of its students have won national championships. www.chesspalace.com Bionerds. Budding scientists from kindergarten through sixth grade can enroll in a […]
Must-Visit Missions Three landmarks that will bring history to life By Danilae Smith If you ever had a fourth grader living in California, then you know about Junipero Serra and the California Missions. If your Cali children are younger than fourth grade, then you’ll know about the topic soon. A part of California curriculum, and […]
Oceanside’s Fun Side Celebrating big on the Fourth, this bucolic big city’s downtown is the beach. By Noë Gold Back in the day, Oceanside was a well-kept secret of Hollywood’s elite, a favorite escape for Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford in the 1920s, where they retreated to a Cape Cod beach house with a private […]