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Educational Summer Activities For Kids In Los Angeles

June 13, 2014 5:00 AM

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Summer fun days can’t come soon enough for the Southland’s energetic kids who are sure to do a lot of swimming, hiking and other sporting and sunning activities during June, July and August. But what about urging the family’s younger set to spend some of that free time reading, writing or doing arithmetic, among a variety of other scholarly topics? After all, you don’t want your kids to get too rusty regarding academics for when school resumes in the fall. So, with that in mind, the following are five different places offering different subjects for kids to study this summer in the City of Angels.
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(credit: Pasadena Language Center)


Pasadena Language Center
46 Smith Alley, Suite 240
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 844-5003
www.pasadenalanguage.com

From Arabic and Chinese to French and Spanish, a vast variety of languages are taught at Pasadena Language Center by qualified teachers who lend a voice while instructing kids of all ages and of all aptitudes. Six-week programs are on offer in the summer at this esteemed outpost that is based on the principle that a second language is best learned through imitation as well as through repetition. Right? Right? Right?

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California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037
(323) 724-3623
www.californiasciencecenter.org

Kids three and up are invited to join others their age as all groom their science knowledge to take that knowledge to a new level. Of particular interest in this program through the California Science Center is the Super Science Saturdays which take place in the Big Lab situated in the Wallis Annenberg Building. Half-hour lab classes are taught with the age of your kid in mind while hands-on experiments of all kinds are on tap and sure to stimulate a sense of scientific challenge in your offspring. Physics, engineering and chemistry are involved in summer weekend challenges where kids are instructed on such assignments like how to build roller-coasters on the Great Wall of China.

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Mad Science
15815 Monte St., Suite101
Sylmar, CA 91342
(818) 909-6777
www.losangeles.madscience.com

Kids about to enter kindergarden on up to sixth grade will get a grip on science through this foxy outfit. Their method? Being introduced to a wide variety of disciplines through fun exercises such as energetic games and hands-on examinations that put the science in the kid through the five senses. This is an inspirational way to instill some sound ideas for career choices children will face in the future.

Related: Best Summer Day Camps In Los Angeles

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Writopia Lab
First Presbyterian Church
1220 2nd St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(323) 761-0453
www.writopialab.org

Making the art of creative writing fun is a positive step for all kids, even those who don’t (yet) see themselves as future JK Rowlings or Ernest Hemingways. This skill will be used throughout life in so many ways and in so many jobs that any summer class that encourages a better understanding of how to scribe in English will further your kids’ educational and lifetime advantages in any number of ways. With that said, Writopia Lab, located all over the city in Santa Monica, Silver Lake and Encino, gives kids instruction on how to write better by writing in all kinds of ways, from short stories to memoirs and beyond.

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(credit: The Art Grist)


The Art Grist
5319 York Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 255-4200
www.artgrist.com

Kids will learn a lot about the arts by joining The Art Grist in a number of different camps offered throughout the summer in a number of locations around LA. The camps offer a variety of learning opportunities including printmaking, figure drawing, architecture, audubon watercolors and stop motion art. The session dates vary so visit the website for details on each individual camp.

Related: Best Summer Day Camps in LA for Teens

TEST Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on Examiner.com.

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