Best After-School Program
Lyceum Village is offering help for parents of kids in kindergarten through eighth grade with their individualized academic management plans. The kids not only do their homework, but can take part in exciting extracurricular activities, including music, sports, fitness and more — all in one place. And, if they have classes outside, the staff can arrange transportation.
lyceumvillage.org | Tustin
Best Competitive Gymnastics Class
Family-owned and -operated Olympica Gymnastics provides a 16,000-square-foot facility for toddlers to teens to excel and learn the joys of gymnastics. The instructors emphasize a positive learning experience based on each child’s goal and keep a low student-to-coach ratio. With more than 120 classes and programs, aspiring gymnasts have a good chance of finding the right fit.
olympicagymnastics.com | Laguna Hills
Best Dance Studio for Children
Storeybook Creative Dance
Storeybook Dance is on a mission to encourage children to discover how they can move in different ways. Each dance style class involves proper steps and technique, but storytelling props and puppets make the experience extra fun in the nurturing and non-competitive environment.
storeybookdance.com | Orange
Best Horseback Riding Facility
Serrano Creek Ranch Equestrian
Serrano Creek Ranch Equestrian Center offers riding lessons as well as horse boarding, and fans are raving about both. The classes also include options for mental and physical development. The ranch staff is taking extra protection measures during the pandemic so visits are by appointment only.
serranocreekranch.com | Lake Forest
Best Kids Yoga Studio
Fit First Youth Fitness Training
Fit First Youth Fitness Training came out on top once again. The founder, Coach Adam Krell, is a NASM-certified trainer who is also a certified teacher with years of experience in child development. His goal is to get kids away from screens and get moving. His program focuses on beneficial ways for kids ages 1 to 15 to learn to manage their stress and emotions, develop perseverance, set goals and become responsible for their health.
fitfirstfamily.com | Irvine and Newport Beach
Best Language Program
The team at LangoKids believes that each child can and should learn a foreign language, and our readers still think it’s the best language program around. It’s the only After School Spanish Immersion program in Irvine that offers Spanish classes as well as summer and winter camps for kids ages 2 to 9 years old. Children over 10 are assessed for more advanced classes.
langokidsirvine.com | Irvine
Best Martial Arts Class
Team Kwon Tae Kwon Do
Team Kwon Tae Kwon Do claimed the title for Best Martial Arts Class for the past three years, and the winning streak continues with the fourth recognition this year. The programs, led by World Tae Kwon Do Federation-certified instructors, teach kids starting as young as 3 years old about setting goals, gaining strength and building character. They also offer Olympic sparring classes.
teamkwon.com | Brea and Orange
Best Swim Class
Aqua-Tots Swim Schools
Aqua-Tots Swim Schools is still a favorite with our readers. The staff is committed to the swimmers’ safety, especially in light of COVID-19. The classes are offered year-round in comfortable 90-degree pools, and instructors pride themselves on the attention they pay to each young swimmer.
aqua-tots.com | Multiple Locations
Best Theater Class
Creative Kids Playhouse Children’s Theatre of Orange County
Creative Kids Playhouse is taking top honors again. The programs (online and in theater) set out to create an exciting and encouraging environment for young kids to experience the joys of performing with a group of young actors. Kids get the chance to perform in two-act productions, one-act musicals, workshops and summer camps and classes.
creativekidsplayhouse.com | Mission Viejo
By Magda Hernandez, Jessica Peralta and Shawn Price