Best After-School Program
The nonprofit helps parents of children in kindergarten through eighth grade, and the parents continue appreciating their efforts. Lyceum Village staff picks up kids from school and helps them with homework. The kids can also participate in a variety of extracurricular classes, such as music, fitness, sports and more before their parents pick them up after work.
lyceumvillage.org | Tustin
Best Competitive Gymnastics Class
Family-owned and -operated Olympica Gymnastics has been around since 1992, and parents continue voting for it as their favorite. The instructors in a 16,000-square-foot facility inspire toddlers through teens to discover the joy of gymnastics. The program has more than 120 classes to accommodate a variety of ages and skill levels in a friendly environment and each student gets individual attention and care.
olympicagymnastics.com | Laguna Hills
Best Dance Studio for Children
OC Dance Productions
OC Dance Productions is back on the Readers’ Choice Awards list. From Parent & Me, adult classes, camps and recitals to dance parties and performance groups, there’s something for everyone up for getting creative with their movements. The dance studio also promotes kindness and philanthropy and partners with The Infinite Smile Project.
ocdanceproductions.com | Multiple Locations
Best Horseback Riding Facility
Irvine Regional Park
Irvine Regional Park has a three-mile equestrian trail on the outskirts of the park where riders get views of the surrounding natural scenery. There is also a lookout trail with a covered shelter, watering trough and a water fountain. A nearby riding school, not officially associated with Irvine Regional Park, offers horse rentals.
ocparks.com/irvinepark | Orange
Best Kids Yoga Studio
Sprouting Yogis brings benefits of yoga to kids in a playful and fun way with interactive games, animated postures and more. Aside from mastering their poses, kids practice concentration, awareness and self-control. Sprouting Yogis offers a wide range of classes in and outside the studio, including in your own home. Parents need a night out? They can sign up for babysitting and yoga for the kids in their own home.
sproutingyogis.com | Mission Viejo
Best Language Program
LangoKids wins the title for the third year in a row. LangoKids’ team strongly believes in children learning foreign languages and their ability to do so. The Spanish-immersion program offers classes and camps for kids ages 2 to 16 years old. Children over 10 are assessed for more advanced classes.
langokidsirvine.com | Irvine
Best Martial Arts Class
Jimmy Kim’s Taekwondo Center
Olympic gold medalist Jimmy Kim developed the martial arts programs at the Taekwondo Center where members of all ages and skill levels can work on improving their form. The specialized competition program helps these athletes become state, national and international champions.
jktc.com | Laguna Niguel
Best Swim Class
Goldfish Swim School — Aliso Viejo
The state-of-the-art swimming facility has classes for children ages 4 months and up. The kids learn to swim and build life skills in a safe, play-based environment in a warm pool. In a hurry? Jump Start Clinics get children water-ready at an accelerated pace. Goldfish also hosts indoor pool parties.
goldfishswimschool.com/aliso-viejo/ | Laguna Woods
Best Theater Class
Free to Be Me Studio of Performing Arts
The team at Free to Be Me Performance Academy celebrates each student’s abilities and talents on their way to becoming performers. The programs, which include acting, dancing, performance troupes, workshops and a competition team, are designed to give students courage, self-confidence, self-respect and self-discipline. Professionally trained instructors are also available for private coaching.
ftbeme.com | Westminster
Best Coding Class
Coding Ninjas Irvine
Positivity and fun are at the core of Coding Ninjas programs. But, while the kids build their own video games, they’re also learning how to code, gaining critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The programs start for children as young as 5 and there are activities to do at home.
codeninjas.com/ca-irvine | Irvine
Best Music Lessons
Irvine School of Music
Irvine School of Music tailors its lessons to each student’s unique goals and will work with the students until they find a perfect instructor match. The school offers classes in piano, guitar, violin as well as voice lessons. They also have enrichment programs and camps.
irvineschoolofmusic.com | Irvine
Best Kids’ Fitness
My Gym Children’s Fitness Center
Whether your little one is working on milestones — first steps, tumbles, balance — or improving the skills later in life, My Gym offers them a fun, physically-engaging environment. The soft mats throughout let children take chances without the fear of hurting themselves. My Gym has classes for kids ages 6 months through 10 years, as well as camps and parties.
mygym.com | Multiple Locations
Best Kids’ Art Class
Art Therapy OC
The spacious, colorful and inspirational studio welcomes kids for some creative and mindful time during workshops led by psychologist and certified art therapist Diana Shabtai, known as “Miss Dee.” Children will be able to experiment with a variety of mediums and techniques to unleash their inner artists.
arttherapyoc.com | Newport Beach
By Magda Hernandez, Jessica Peralta and Nathan Davis