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Informational Events & Open House

LePort Schools Open House Events
Campuses in Irvine & Huntington Beach - Infants - Middle

School Join us for one of LePort Montessori's upcoming open houses, parent talks, or school festivals. Take a tour, explore our classrooms, visit our playground, meet our wonderful teaching staff, and learn about LePort’s authentic Montessori pedagogy. This is a great opportunity to speak with teachers and have your questions answered. See how LePort Montessori differs from other schools in the area. Visit leport.com for a listing of all upcoming events.

LOCATIONS:
Huntington Harbor Campus, 16081 Waikiki Lane, HB
Irvine Lake Campus, 26 Lake Road, Irvine
Irvine Orchard Hills Campus, 3983 Portola Parkway, Irvine
Irvine San Marino Campus, 1055 San Marino, Irvine
Irvine Spectrum Campus, 1 Technology Drive, Bldg. A, Irvine

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Upcoming Educational Events

Orange County Children's Book Festival - Costa Mesa
Special reading challenge will begin October 22, 2021. The Festival will return in 2022.

For 2021 - Announcing an out-of-this-world event presented by the Orange County Children’s Book Festival Launching on October 22, 2021 is the first S.T.E.A.M. Race to Space Reading Challenge! Rocket over to ReadSteam.org to learn more!

The Orange County Children’s Book Festival is designed specifically for children of all ages. This family-fun festival attracts more than 30,000 visitors who will be entertained and delighted by authors, illustrators, booksellers, animals, storytellers, costumed characters, train rides, crafts, food and entertainment and much, much more.

Admission and parking are free.

LOCATION:
Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa

INFORMATION:
(714) 838-4528

Dia de los Muertos at Pretend City
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Hola Amigos! Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Hispanic tradition that celebrates loved ones who have passed. At Pretend City, we are celebrating Dia de los Muertos with vibrant, educational activities for little ones. Bring a photo of your loved one to add to our special Altar and partake in the celebration!

• Smart Art (Times Vary): Colorful skulls are a symbol of Dia de los Muertos. Stop by the Art Studio to explore sugar cubes and watercolor, along with sugar skull molds and sensory materials!

• Sensational Storytime: Dia de los Muertos is a time to remember loved ones who have passed on from this life. Join us for this short story that introduces the traditions of this celebration and how we can honor our deceased loved ones. After the story, children will make their very own marigold to take home.

COST: Included with Museum Admission.

LOCATION:
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA

World Kindness Day at Pretend City
Saturday, November 13, 2021

We strive to teach little ones how to develop their moral compass and character traits. For World Kindness Day, we are focusing on activities that promote the importance of kindness!

• Smart Art (Times Vary): Kindness Rocks > We think being kind is cool! Stop by the Art Studio to create a kindness rock that will remind your little gem to be kind every day.

• Sensational Storytime: Please join us for this beautifully presented book, “Whoever You Are,” that teaches children the basics of good manners and gracious behavior. We’ll also learn how to express some basic phrases in sign language.

COST: Included with Museum Admission.

LOCATION:
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA

Pretend City Play@Home

Join Pretend City's Play@Home streaming. Videos programs listed by age groups

Brought to you by
Pretend City
Irvine, CA

QD Learning offering CAASPP Readiness Courses - Anaheim
Courses begin March

Unpack Common Core State Standards for Math and Achieve Success in CAASPP

Discover how to get your child ready for CAASPP Math in 6 weeks for grade 3, 4 and 5. Course starts in March and ends in early April before CAASPP test starts.

LOCATION:
QD Learning
1086 N Tustin Ave
Anaheim CA 92807

INFORMATION:Visit online or call 866-669-9228 to get more information and reserve your spot.

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Mommy and Me

Baby Steps @ Pretend City - Irvine
Monthly
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

A special time in the museum for parents and their babies 18 months and younger WHAT: Join us this Sunday, August 8th for our monthly Baby Steps through the city event! Enjoy exploring the city with our littlest learners in mind. Parents and their children ages 0-18 months are welcome, no older siblings please! Plus, enjoy a special visit from the Orange County Fire Authority to help us learn how to play safe this summer.

Specifically, for: Infant (0-18 months), grownups. For the comfort of our infant guests, no older siblings please.

COST: When you register online: $10 per adult, infants and Pretend City Members are FREE!  $12 at the door

Upcoming Dates:
Sunday, August 8, 2021

LOCATION:
Pretend City
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618

Spanish or French Immersion Parent and Toddler Classes

Accompanied by parents or caregivers, these young "students" (ages 1 to 3 years) start learning Spanish through a variety of activities designed to engage their minds and bodies. Music and movement form the foundation for the classes, as the children sing simple, rhythmic songs and dance, run, spin and jump around the room! Our teachers work with the accompanying adults so that they can reinforce learning at home. We speak in Spanish the entire class but have no fear...it's super easy! These "play-classes" are great for parents and caregivers who want to learn Spanish alongside their children!

Class length: 45 minutes.

LOCATION:
LangoKids Irvine
9090 Irvine Center Drive Suite # 100
Irvine, CA 92618

LePort Schools Mommy & Me Montessori Program - Fountain Valley & Huntington Beach & Irvine
Sessions begin every quarter. See website for full schedule

Mommy & Me (also known as Parent & Child) Montessori is your chance to experience "Montessori in a nutshell." See your child grow as she joyfully explores the Montessori environment, experiments with the Montessori materials, and discovers the children around her. Classes for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers. Our Mommy & Me (Parent & Child) Montessori groups meet for 8 weeks for 1.5 hours per week. Enroll today for a class near you and meet other parents with similar age children.

LOCATIONS:
Fountain Valley Campus, 9790 Finch Ave, Fountain Valley
Huntington Harbor Campus, 16081 Waikiki Lane, HB
Irvine Lake Campus, 26 Lake Road, Irvine
Irvine Orchard Hills Campus, 3983 Portola Parkway, Irvine
Irvine San Marino Campus, 1055 San Marino, Irvine
Irvine Spectrum Campus, 1 Technology Drive, Bldg. A, Irvine

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Ongoing Educational Events & Programs

Celebration Education’s Classes and Field Trips for Homeschoolers

Homeschoolers in grades K-12 take two days of classes each week in Santa Ana. New classes every six weeks, field trips every month, at-home support.

All school subjects are included into fun, personalized, interactive, UNcommon, learning experiences with less than 10 students in every class. Fun and educational online classes are also available.

LOCATION:
Celebration Education's Learning Bottega
2020 East First Street, Suite 103
Santa Ana, CA

Davey’s Locker Enhanced Whale Watching Cruises - Newport Beach

These NEW Enhanced Whale Watching Cruises are a perfect fit for 3rd-6th grade students, allowing them to be immersed in science. Students engage in a free range learning experience, identifying marine mammals, coastal birds and tiny plankton during the 2 hour whale watching cruise. There are marine mammal artifacts, bones and narration provided by our experienced captains and a marine biologist.

LOCATION:
Davey’s Locker, 400 Main St., Newport Beach CA 92661
Weekdays from 10am-12pm

INFORMATION:
(949) 675-0551x118 or email

Davey’s Locker Whale Watching Cruises - Balboa

With over 30 years of experience, Davey’s Locker provides one of the best opportunities to see whales and dolphins in Southern California offering year-round, daily departures. The thrill of seeing large marine mammals swim alongside our boat is an experience that you will never forget, and a great way to integrate marine science into your curriculum if you are a school or scout field trip. Our Captains and crew are extremely knowledgeable, but your group can also request an onboard Marine Mammal Naturalist to accompany your group on the water, and answer any questions they may have.

Click link above to view lesson plans and curriculum available on our website to get the most out of your experience on the water.

LOCATION:
Davey’s Locker, 400 Main St., Newport Beach CA 92661
Multiple departure times, daily

INFORMATION:
(949) 675-0551x118 or email

Eco-Adventure Center
Laguna Niguel

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel presents eco-adventures that inspire you with Southern California's unique ecosystems and connect your spirit to their larger global systems. Led by expert naturalists, the Eco-Adventure Center is dedicated to showcasing Southern California's natural wonders. Throughout these unique excursions, the local surroundings become a natural classroom and living laboratory. Adults, families and kids learn through experience, which instills them with deep appreciation and respect for nature. As well, they will understand how to live more environmentally responsible back home.

Homeschool Day at Pretend City - Irvine

(temporarily closed due to Covid 19)

Once a month Pretend City offers Homeschool students unlimited access to our interactive exhibits offering learning through fun experiences. A trip to Pretend City offers your students a learning experience through hands-on “real life” educational play. These activities surround your students with challenging problems and absorbing questions. Additionally we offer two facilitated lessons per day for Homeschool students to participate in.

LOCATION:
Pretend City
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618

Heritage Museum of Orange County

(temporarily closed due to Covid 19)

Heritage Museum offers an exciting line-up of educational field trip programs. Programs offered include a hands-on tour of the historic 1898 Kellogg house where students learn what life was like in the 1890s by playing with vintage toys, doing laundry, making butter, dressing up in Victorian costumes, and participating in other activities. Other programs included are 'Great Grandpa's House' for the youngest students, 'First Californians' & 'Gold Rush'.

Lil Chef School

Lil Chef School offers a variety of fun from field trips for schools, scout groups and Mom groups, to seasonal workshops & Open Houses and so much more! Our field trips are a great opportunity for "young chefs" to explore their culinary curiosities in a fun, safe environment. Call us today to schedule your private group visit to our cool kitchens! 949.679.8390

Newport Whales STEM Citizen Science Cruises - Balboa

Sign up for the most affordable, on-the-water STEM program available for Middle-High School students. Newport Landing has partnered with Crystal Cove Alliance to run Marine Protected Area Citizen Science Cruises out of Newport Beach! During the three hour cruise, 7th - 12th grade students use GoPro cameras to assess fish biodiversity, microscopes to identify plankton, and water quality equipment to help assess the health of the Marine Protected Area in Crystal Cove State Park. In addition to the hands on science, there will also be a 45 min. scheduled whale watching trip during these STEM cruises, which are facilitated by a marine scientist. Through generous donations, there are opportunities for partial and full funding for Title 1 and underserved schools.

LOCATION:
Davey’s Locker 400 Main St., Newport Beach CA 92661
9am-12pm Weekdays from Sept-June

INFORMATION:
(949) 675-0551x118 or email

Pacific Marine Mammal Center

A non-profit, volunteer organization and education center. They rescue, rehabilitate, and release sick and injured seals and sea lions. Programs include a guided tour of the animal care facility and exhibit room, a slide presentation and observation of the animals. The also offer a range of educational programs for groups of all ages.

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Parents - Workshops & Lectures

Guided by Baby - Infant Parenting Talks
Fountain Valley & Huntington Beach & Irvine

Free admission for expecting and new parents.

Join us for free infant parenting talks. Go beyond the basics, and understand your baby and this beautiful yet challenging time at a different level. Each month, we'll cover a different topic: how to set up your home for baby, how to support natural language development and movement, how dads can be optimally involved during pregnancy and the bonding period. Leave empowered to truly savor the first critical months with your baby, and to help her truly flourish.

LOCATIONS & TIMES:
Each talk is on a Tuesday evening from 6:30PM - 8:00PM. See website for each month's topic and to RSVP for a talk.

Fountain Valley (opening July 2014) . 1st Tuesdays
9790 Finch Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Irvine . 2nd Tuesdays
1 Technology Drive, Building A, Irvine, CA 92618

Huntington Beach . 3rd Tuesdays
16081 Waikiki Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

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