Activities for Kids in Orange County

At the Russian School of Mathematics, RSM-Mission Viejo branch, we believe that a quality mathematics education is one of the most powerful tools you can provide a child. We view the widespread aversion to math in our culture and schools as a major problem. Our mission (especially at the elementary level) is to create a counter culture that embraces math as both exciting and useful. RSM's Mission Viejo math programs are not only designed for students who intend to study math in college. They are made to help widen opportunities in all fields by enhancing logic and critical thinking skills, developing math-specific abilities, and fostering a deep appreciation for the subject.

RSM-Mission Viejo serves Mission Viejo and the surrounding areas of:Aliso Viejo, Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, Foothill Ranch, Rancho Santa Margarita, Ladera Ranch, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Dana Point, and Laguna Niguel. The best way to see if RSM is right for you and your child is to come in for a personalized evaluation where your child's math knowledge will be assessed and discussed with you. You can schedule a free math evaluation here.


Give your child the bilingual edge!

Our Primi Passi and Piccoli Amici are perfectly designed for children to have a great time while learning Italian. Each class is organized around fun theme-based units that combine singing, movement, interactive exercises and arts & crafts. Our Parlo Italiano classes for older children, emphasize communication and vocabulary building as well as pronunciation and basic grammar skills.

The format of our kids classes combined with the passion and drive of our native-speaking teachers encourages a love for Italian from a young age! Studies have shown that learning a foreign language enriches a child's cognitive development which can enhance a child’s overall school performance.

NEW CLASS! Italian & Art - Join us for a fun series of Italian language and art classes for kids ages 4+. This four-week course is led by an expert artist and language teacher from Italy that will guide students each week through the creation of an art project inspired by a famous artist while learning and speaking Italian. Students will also learn basic notions of Art History as well as interesting stories about famous artists. This course combines painting, drawing and Italian language together so kids can be creative while learning! All proficiency levels welcome. Class is presented in Italian and English. A small material fee will be payable directly to the teacher on the first day of class and is not included in the course fee.

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Waterworks is an Orange County based swimming school that provides swimming lessons at their Irvine facility for a client base who come from the surrounding areas of Tustin, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and Costa Mesa.

What separates Waterworks Aquatics from other programs is that they emphasize “muscle memory” and technique refinement using a structured yet sensitive approach. Grouped by age and ability, students benefit from small classes and personalized attention.

Private, Semi Private and Parent and Me Lessons are available.

To enroll your child now for swim lessons, or if you have any questions

please visit or give

Waterworks Aquatics-Irvine a call at 949-450-0777.

There are twenty Waterworks locations throughout California and Colorado.

Kids Love Music

Kids Love Music enjoys the interactive learning and play between parents and children during each parent and me music class. You may recognize it as a mommy and me music class, but we include either parent (daddy and me music class), or even Grandma, Grandpa, or another loving adult! Kids Love Music offers 5-week long parent-participation music classes that are held at various cities’ parks and recreation centers throughout Orange County, and surrounding areas.

Ages 4 months - Preschool 

Nova Swim School offers a full range of swimming programs. 

Our private lessons offer a one-on-one opportunity with emphasis on water safety, while students are introduced to the basic levels of swimming.

Our group lessons are designed to provide a safe, fun, and friendly learning experience for all our young swimmers ages 3 and up.  Our students learn the skills to remain safe in water environments, while advancing to the four recognized swimming strokes.

After advancing from our Learn-to-Swim Program, swimmers are moved up to our Pre-Competitive Program.  This program is focused on stroke development focusing on the technique of each stroke.


At CodeREV, kids don't just use technology. They create the future of their digital world as they learn skills for tomorrow's classrooms and careers. With the power of code, kids get to make their own apps, games, websites, and more! 

They're also using today's top tech to learning tools: bring your digital creations to life using our 3D printer, or take a math class inside of the popular game, Minecraft!  Sound fun?

They will be hosting classes after school and on the weekends all semester!

Sign up at, or give them a call at (949) 936 - 2574 and get coding!


Heart of Connecting

Heart of connecting is a family focused parenting and relationship private practice centered on helping you build secure, emotionally connected family bonds.

My parent coaching work is confidential, practical and judgment free. Our work together will help you understand parenting from a new and positive perspective and provide you with tools and direction to parent calmly, confidently, and with a greater connection to your children.

I offer a range classes, coaching and counseling services all specifically designed to meet the unique needs of your family.

Hayley Goldberg, LMFT

Marriage Family Therapist

Certified Parent Educator and Parenting Coach

Phone: (949) 233-0609



Your child’s potential is limitless. Success begins with you. Your parenting counts!

Jon Jon's Soccer Academy

Jon Jon’s Academy is a program offered to families, with children from ages 2-8, that meet once a week at daycare centers, preschools, and parks throughout South Orange County. Through our activities and games, we focus on challenging/modeling character & attitude in a positive way. The key elements are teamwork, sharing, communication and mutual respect. We believe in creating a culture that allows your child to bring out their true inner spirit by receiving the mutual care, respect, and empowerment they deserve.

Ages: 3 – 13 years
A Bricks 4 Kidz® camp is a fresh and fun way for kids to spend their school break! With specially-designed Bricks 4 Kidz® models, LEGO® games galore, and plenty of time for free-play, the kids are always having fun.

Costa Mesa

Centennial Farm

Centennial Farm is a three-acre working farm at the OC Fair & Event Center created to educate youth about agriculture and its importance to daily life. The Farm is home to fruit and vegetable gardens, livestock, and the Millennium Barn. Children and adults can view pigs, chickens, cattle, goats and more while strolling though gardens of lush vegetation. We do ask that you please do not pick our crops as they are used for educational purposes. Centennial Farm offers tours as well as general public hours see hours below.

*Centennial Farm is closed weekday mornings to accommodate scheduled school tours. Additionally, Centennial Farm is closed to the public on state holidays and during property-wide events such as the annual OC Fair

Dana Point

The Ocean Institute

The Ocean Institute has become nationally known for its hands-on marine science, environmental and ocean education and maritime history programs. More than 110,000 K-12 students and 8,000 teachers annually participate in the Institute's 61 award-winning, immersion style programs. To learn about ocean facts, sea creatures, oceanography, science, and California history, students voyage onto the ocean, study in labs and live aboard tall ships or in the chaparral, where they can feel and taste the salty sea spray, sort through live specimens, observe migrating whales, collect scientific data and investigate the culture and world around them. On weekends, we open our doors to the public for a sneak peek into how ocean science, history, and literature are used to inspire life-long learners! We welcome you to come explore our world and plan your next visit to the Institute.


Fullerton Arboretum

Established in 1979, the Fullerton Arboretum serves the community as a premier resource for ecological, horticultural and historical education. The Fullerton Arboretum is the largest botanical garden in Orange County. Encompassing 26 lush acres, The Fullerton Arboretum has a permanent collection of over 4,000 unique and unusual plant species from around the world. With its ponds, streams and wildlife, the Fullerton Arboretum offers a tranquil retreat from a fast-paced urban life.

Fountain Valley


When it comes to fun, Boomers! is a blast! Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, having a party, doing corporate parties, events and team building, or spending quality time with family and friends, Boomers makes everything easier and hassle free. With attractions like Batting Cages, Thrill Rides, Miniature Golf, Go Karts, Bumper Boats, Laser Tag, Rock Wall, Arcade, King Arthur’s Carnival and Lil’ Thunder Road, Boomers is the perfect place for fun!



When it comes to fun, Boomers! is a blast! Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, having a party, doing corporate parties, events and team building, or spending quality time with family and friends, Boomers makes everything easier and hassle free. With attractions like Batting Cages, Thrill Rides, Miniature Golf, Go Karts, Bumper Boats, Laser Tag, Rock Wall, Arcade, King Arthur’s Carnival and Lil’ Thunder Road, Boomers is the perfect place for fun!



Laguna Koi Ponds

Laguna Koi Ponds specialize in proper koi pond filtration and design. They have 35,000 gallons of display ponds with koi. Fun for the kids to look at these colorful fish. In order to protect the fish, please refrain from touching the water.


Mission Viejo

Color Me Mine

Color Me Mine is a friendly place where you can create your own artwork on the pottery piece of your choice. We have over 400 different pieces to paint. We have dolphins, frogs, mermaids and other aquatic life. We have plates, platters and bowls in lots of useful sizes and shapes. We have cookie jars, cupboard knobs, and even a miniature claw foot bathtub. From small knobs to huge vases, we have it all. The average price of a piece is $12-$15. We also have items in the $45-$60 range and everything else in between! The studio fee includes use of all the stamps, stencils, paints, Design Computer, our staff's help, and we'll even glaze it and fire it!


Newport Beach Balboa Fun Zone

The Balboa Fun Zone is one of Southern California's oldest and last great coastal amusement areas. Located on the Balboa Peninsula of Newport Beach, the Fun Zone continues to compete with Orange County entertainment giants such as, Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm, as the fun place to go.


For a fun date at the beach or a night out on the town, Balboa Peninsula has had something for everyone for over 75 years. Many remember when the beat of the big bands was broadcast live over national radio from Balboa's famous Rendezvous Ballroom.


Orange- Orange County Zoo

The Orange County Zoo is nestled inside beautiful Irvine Regional Park. Tucked among coastal live oak and giant sycamore groves, this eight acre zoo displays flora and fauna native to the southwestern United States.

The Orange County Zoo exhibits its animals in naturalistic habitats for the comfort of the animals, to encourage natural behaviors and to enhance the education of visitors. The Zoo's focus is on animals and plants native to the southwestern United States. Animals on exhibit include black bears, mountain lions, bald eagle, island foxes, ocelot, red-tailed hawk, great horned owls, porcupine, coyotes, turkey vultures, coati and more. The zoo also features a barnyard with domestic goats, chevoit sheep, jacob sheep, pot-bellied pigs, doves and pheasants. In front of each animal exhibit are beautifully painted tiles of the animals, along with interesting facts about the animals.

San Juan Capistrano Brain Storm Studios

BrainStorm Studios is staffed by innovative industry professionals with nearly 20 years of experience working in the technology and motion picture industries. In fact, we have worked on over 35 major motion pictures, including: Disney's® The Parent Trap® and the Star Wars® and The Lord of the Rings® trilogies. They offer birthday parties, workshops, summer camps, computer classes, film classes and even a Lego League.

Santa Ana - Discovery Science Center

Discovery Science Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating young minds, assisting teachers and increasing public understanding and appreciation of science, math and technology through interactive exhibits and programs. Taco Bell Corp. has provided major funding to Discovery Science Center. Individuals, foundations, corporations, and the local, state and federal government have also made contributions.

Elite Kids, Rancho Santa Margarita

Elite Kids is an amazing and dynamic place for kids! We are a multi discipline center offering activities and educational programs for children 6 months – 18 years old. We provide professional athletic instruction in gymnastics, tumbling, swimming, soccer, dance, and cheerleading. We also have a highly acclaimed musical theater department with our own specialized athletic theater. Our fully licensed Preschool Academy integrates our award winning educational curriculum with the athletic programs that parents love and provides the most comprehensive preschool program available. We also have fantastic ancillary programs including summer and holiday camps, preschool and academy Open Gym, parties, field trips, school fundraisers, and Parents’ Night Out

Appropriate for kids ages 6 months-18 years

Kid Cooks

Learn how to work in the kitchen safely, use tools the proper way, make pizza, soft pretzels and many other items from scratch. Parent participation required: Appropriate for kids ages 3-6.


Little Naturalists at the Environmental Nature Center, Newport Beach

Little Naturalist programs are outdoor experiential education classes designed for 3 – 5 year olds.
Activities are designed to encourage exploration and discovery and to enrich a child’s emerging physicaland cognitive skills. Programs are appropriate for pre-school groups, childcare groups, parent clubs,birthday parties, etc. Chose from our themes or we will work with you to create your own. MOST programs are 1 hour and cost $5 per child. Call 949-645-8489 to make a reservation for your group (minimum 8 children), or watch our calendar for an upcoming program

Appropriate for kids ages 3-5


Lakeshore Learning, Laguna Hills and Fountain Valley

Free crafts for kids every Saturday!


Pretend City, Irvine

Pretend City Children’s Museum provides children with unlimited opportunities to develop creativity and learn through purposeful play. Through 17 interactive exhibits and activities guided by a highly trained professional staff, children learn foundational math, reading and science skills, while fostering curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, organization, teamwork, self-confidence and socialization. But did you know that we are also a 501©3 community funded, non-profit organization? We rely on community support in order to provide educational programs and events, offer free admissions for underserved schools and families and operate and expand the museum. Watch our video to learn more!



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