The following list is a selection of summer programs for children; it is not a complete list of activities in Orange County. For many of the programs, class schedules, fees and other requirements are still taking shape. Interested parents should call to obtain definitive information.
RANCHO SANTIAGO COLLEGE 17th and Bristol streets, Santa Ana (714) 667-3097 College for Kids includes an array of classes for children ranging from ages 6 and older.
Wheelchair Tennis For Youth Beginners who want to the learn the basics of tennis. Must bring your own racquet. Fee: $20 Ages: 8-15 When: Thursdays, June 8-29 and July 27-Aug. 17, 1-3 p.m.
Prettier By The Minute Designed for girls to learn hair care, make-up skills, nail care, skin care, wardrobe planning, diet and exercise information. Fee: $35 When: Saturdays, June 24 and July 8, 9 a.m.-Noon
Shapedown Weight management program for adolescents developed by the Department of Pediatrics and Family and Community Medicine at University of California, San Francisco. Fee: $150 When: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, July 10-Aug. 4, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Memory Power and Study Skills This fast-moving course will show kids how to improve spelling, math and note-taking skills and how to remember what they read, see and hear. Fee: $30 Ages: 9-14 When: Mondays, June 26-July 10, 4-6 p.m.
Pee Wee Memory Power This class lays foundation for child's development of study and memory skills. Teaches kids how to learn, tools for school success and how to develop a favorite learning style. Fee: $30 Ages: 6-8 When: Mondays, June 26-July 10, 2-3 p.m.
Typing for Kids Students learn basic skills in order to build speed by continued practice for any type of keyboard. Fee: $25 Ages: Beginners When: Monday-Thursday, June 5-15 and July 10-20, 1-3 p.m.
Intermediate Typing for Kids Advanced work for those who already know basic keyboard skills. Fee: $25 When: Monday-Thursday, June 19-29 and July 24-Aug. 3, 1-3 p.m.
Social Savvy: Manners for the Modern Child Teaches simple rules of etiquette so children can overcome awkward, insecure moments and feel more self-confident in social settings. Fee: $18 Ages: 8-11 When: Wednesday, June 28, 9:30 a.m.-Noon.
Social Savvy: Manners for the Modern Child Topics to be covered are: dining etiquette, introduction rules, dating guidelines and dining out. Fee: $18 Ages: 12-17 When: Wednesday, June 28, 1-3:30 p.m.
Junior Zoo Camp Exploration of the animal world at the Santa Ana Zoo. Tuition includes daily round trip, chaperoned bus transportation from the college to the zoo, zoo T-shirt, notebook and daily nutritious snack. Fee: $60 Ages: 6 and 7 When: Monday-Friday, June 19-23, 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Junior Zoo Camp I A fun and educational summer experience with laboratory activities in the zoo's new education facility, zookeeping opportunities, field trip, games and other exotic events. Tuition includes daily round trip, chaperoned bus transportation from the college to the Santa Ana Zoo, T-shirt, zoology notebook, field trip and science lab materials. Fee: $115 Ages: 8-12 When: June 19-23; Monday-Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m.; Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-8:15 p.m., and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Animal Training in Zoos & Aquariums Designed for students who are interested in exotic animals. This course focuses on the principles of operant conditioning in which desired behaviors are followed by reward. Tuition includes daily, round trip chaperoned bus transportation from the college to the Santa Ana Zoo. Fee: $60 Ages: Junior high school When: Tuesday-Friday, June 20-23, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sea Adventure Camp Learn about ocean environment. Activities include tide pool explorations, two days of snorkeling and an afternoon voyage aboard the Orange County Marine Institute's floating laboratory. Lunch, swimsuit and towel are needed daily. Fee: $128 Ages: 9-12 When: Monday-Friday, June 26-30, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Traveling Sea Camp This is an advanced sea adventure camp. Camp is highlighted with a one-day trip to San Diego's Sea World and Hubb's Sea World Research Institute. Lunch, swimsuit and towel are needed daily. Fee: $143 Ages: 10-14 When: Monday-Friday, June 26-30, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Math Basics I Course is designed to help kids having problems with adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing whole numbers. Class is limited to 10 students, so each student has maximum time with the instructor. Students given diagnostic tests at the first meeting. Fee: $48 plus $8 materials fee at door Ages: entering 3rd grade and up When: Mondays and Wednesdays, June 26-Aug. 4, 4-5 p.m. (no class on July 4)
Math Basics II This course is designed to make fractions, decimals and percents understandable for the young student. Students must have a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of mathematics. Entrance test given the first day. Students must work at home as well as in class. Fee: $48 plus $8 materials fee at door When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 27-Aug. 3, 5-6 p.m. (no class July 4)
Geometry for Children Basic concepts of geometry will be covered. Basic formulas and how geometry affects our daily lives will be taught in conjunction with student project. Students must know their multiplication tables and how to divide. Fee: $56 plus $8 materials fee at door Ages: must be entering grades 4-7 When: Mondays and Wednesdays, June 26-Aug. 4, 4-5:30 p.m. (no class July 4)
Introduction to Algebra Algebra is made simple and understandable. Students must have a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of mathematics. Textbook required. Fee: $56 plus $25 book rental fee payable in cash at first class ($20 of this will be refunded upon return in good condition) Ages: all ages and grades When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 27-Aug. 4, 4-5:30 p.m. (no class July 4)
Universal Cheerleaders Association This is the most successful cheerleading training program in the nation. A top-rated staff will be instructing. One instructor for every 25 cheerleaders. Proven results in maximizing crowd participation. Call 800-238-0286 for free video tape. Fee: $75-$158 When: Wednesday-Saturday, July 5-8 Where: U.C. Irvine (714) 856-5011
OAK CANYON NATURE CENTER Anaheim Parks, Recreation and Community Services, 200 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, (714) 998-8380.
Indian Summer An outdoor educational experience for children. It includes nature hikes and crafts, Indian arts and crafts, ceremonial games and dances, live animal demonstrations and other aspects of American Indian life. Fee: $32 per week for Anaheim residents; $37 per week for non-residents Ages: 4-10 When: Session 1-June 19-23: Dawn of the Dragonfly (insects); Session 2-June 26-30: Moon of the Wandering Coyote (mammals); Session 3-July 10-14: Brave Hawk Returns (birds); Session 4-July 17-21: Voice of Thunder, Rush of Rain (weather/astronomy); Session 5-July 31-Aug. 4: Stalking Snake, Dancing Lizard (reptiles/amphibians); Session 6-Aug. 14-18: Sacred Willow, Mighty Oak (plants), all sessions from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Parent/Child Workshop Kids and bugs. Bugs are fascinating, numerous, easy to find and kids love them. Discover and uncover insects. Fee: $3 Ages: 5-8 When: Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m.-noon
THE FULLERTON ARBORETUM California State University, Community Achievement Services, Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton, (714) 895-3966 for information Science Adventures (programs taking place at five locations:
Wet and Wild Kids work with scientists and do hands-on investigation of plants and animals with respect to their adoption and use of water.
Space Camp Will focus on space exploration, astronomy, rocket- and model-building; making star charts; experimenting on gravity and astronaut training.
Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Times Take a journey back in time when saber-toothed cats prowled and dinosaurs ruled the earth. Learn how fossils were made and see real prehistoric skeletons. Fee: for all programs half day-$60 per week; full day-$95 per week. 10% discount for more than one week program or more than one child per family. Funding assistance available. Ages: entering grades 1-8 When: Five week-long sessions: June 26-30, July 10-14, 17-21 and 24-28 and July 31-Aug. 4. Call information number above for more information. Where: Fullerton Arboretum, Mile Square Regional Park, Laguna Niguel Regional Park, Mason Regional Park and Irvine Regional Park.
UCI READING AND NEUROLINGUISTIC CLINIC at Rancho San Joaquin Intermediate School, 4861 Michelson Dr., Irvine. Call (714) 786-6163 from 1-5 p.m. daily. This is a summer reading program including high-quality literature, daily reading for pleasure and information and integrated reading, writing and language. Fees and Ages: Grades K-4, $250; grades 5-6, $225. When: First class starts Wednesday, thereafter Monday-Friday, July 5-Aug. 4, 8:30-11:00 a.m.
DISCOVERY MUSEUM OF ORANGE COUNTY 3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana (714) 540-0404
Orange County Mother Crafts Victorian Dollhouse On display is an enchanting three-story dollhouse has been specially crafted with one-of-a-kind miniature furniture. The residence is the handiwork of Linda Schwartz of Huntington Beach. Fee: children 50; adults $1 When: Saturdays and Sundays, now to June 3, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY AND SCIENCE 2627 Vista del Oro, Newport Beach (714) 640-7120
Butterfly Mounting and Framing Instruction on the mounting and framing of butterflies by Dr. Norman Campbell, who "never travels without his net, just in case," and has collected specimens since 1965 from all over the world. All materials furnished. Class size is 10. Fee: Museum members $14; non-members $20 Ages: 8-12 When: Tuesday and Thursday, June 20 and June 22, 10 a.m.-noon
Dinosaurs Learn about the amazing dinosaurs and the world in which they lived. Parents are invited free to join their children for the fun. All materials furnished. Class size is 50. Fee: Museum members $7; non-members $10 Ages: Pre-school to 8 When: Thursday, June 29, 10-11 a.m.; Thursday, July 27, 3-4:30 p.m., and Thursday, Aug. 3, 10-11:30 a.m.
Basketry-California Hobby Basket Workshop The basket is plaited and twined from the dracaena Draco palm and the plain-type dracaena tree leaves. You may add a bird and dry flowers for ornamentation. Bring craft-type scissors, a sponge or old tooth brush, dish pan or plastic bucket--whatever you desire. Some materials furnished. Class size is 12. Fee: Museum members $32; non-members $40 Ages: 9-12 When: Friday, July 7, 10:30 a.m.-noon
"A Tisket a Tasket, I Can Make a Basket" These three classes will provide an overview of carding, spinning, twining and more. Completion of two baskets. Materials furnished. Class size is 20. Fee: Museum members $21; non-members $30 Ages: 8-12 When: Saturdays, July 8, 15 and 22, 10 a.m.-Noon.
Basketry-Children's Coiled Basket Using an American Indian technique students will coil a basket with a date stem of philodendron sheaths. Wear old clothes and bring old scissors, a Cool Whip-type carton, dish pan and old terry-cloth towel. Some materials furnished. Class size is 12. Fee: Museum members $7; non-members $10 Ages: 9-12 When: Thursday, July 13, 10:30-Noon
Basic Astronomy and Use of the Telescope This is an introduction to the final frontier. Learn about constellations, stars, planets, the Sun, nebulae, star clusters, galaxies and more. Series of four classes. All materials furnished. Class size is 20. Fee: Museum members $48; non-members $60 (for series) Ages: 12 years and up When: July 11, 18 and 25, and Aug. 1, 7-9:30 p.m.
ORANGE COUNTY MARINE INSTITUTE 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive Dana Point, (714) 496-2274
Parent-Child Ocean Interactions-Part I A guide through a series of ocean explorations. There are trips to tide pools, craft projects, sea songs and the opportunity to get acquainted with a sea hare, keyhole limpet, spiny lobster and local two-spot octopus. Fee: $42 per parent/child pair; $21 each additional child Ages: 4-7 When: June 24-July 15 and July 22-Aug. 12, 8:30-10 a.m.; June 24-July 15 and July 22-Aug. 12, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Parent-Child Ocean Interactions-Part II An extension of Part I bringing children and parents a completely different set of exciting poems, songs, and activities. Fee: $42 per parent/child pair; $21 each additional child Ages: 4-7 When: June 24-July 15 and July 22-Aug. 12, 12:30-2 p.m.; June 24-July 15, 2:30-4 p.m.
The Ocean for Preschoolers Students will spend 50 minutes in the lab and 30 minutes in the field as they develop a new understanding of the ocean. Fee: $28 Ages: 3-5 When: Thursdays, July 6-27, 10-11:30 a.m.
Junior Sea Camp Offers an opportunity to learn about tide pool animals, marine mammals and food from the sea. Children create a project around the day's activities to share at home. Fee: $70 (includes T-shirt) Ages: 6-8 When: Monday-Friday, June 26-30, July 10-14, July 17-21, July 24-28, July 31-Aug. 4, Aug. 7-11, Aug. 14-18, Aug. 21-25, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; June 26-30, July 10-14, July 17-21, July 24-28, July 31-Aug. 4, Aug. 7-11, Aug. 14-18, Aug. 21-25, 11:30-3:30 p.m.
Sea Adventure Camp Five days of fun and adventure while learning about the ocean environment. Activities include tide pool explorations, two days of snorkeling and an afternoon voyage aboard the Marine Institute's Floating Laboratory, as well as a role-playing experience aboard the tall ship Pilgrim. Limited to 40. Fee: $108 Ages: 9-12 When: Monday-Friday, June 26-30, July 10-14, July 17-21, July 24-28, July 31-Aug. 4, Aug. 7-11, Aug. 14-18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Traveling Sea Adventure Camp This camp is highlighted by a one-day trip to San Diego's Sea World and Hubb's Sea World Research Institute. Students spend three days at the beach learning safety, snorkeling and "riding the surf" on boogie boards. Fee: $124 Ages: 10-14 When: Monday-Friday, June 26-30, July 10-14, July 17-21, July 24-28, July 31-Aug. 4, Aug. 7-11, Aug. 14-18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Wind and Ocean Camp Students spend five days conducting a treasure hunt at the site where Orange County's only pirate landed, experimenting with model sailboats and sailing aboard the 65-foot schooner Kelpie. The program concludes aboard the tall ship Pilgrim where students enjoy the famous "18 Hours Before the Mast" living history overnight experience. Fee: $140 Ages: 10-14 When: July 10-14, 17-21, 24-28, July 31-Aug. 4 and 7-11. Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday, 9 a.m.- Friday, 4 p.m.
Floating Lab Dusk Cruise Participants are introduced to the techniques and instrumentation used in ocean research. Samples are taken from three distinct life zones, utilizing a plankton net to collect free-floating organisms, a Peterson Grab to sample invertebrates living in bottom sediments and an otter trawl net to bring to the surface animals that live on the ocean floor. Fee: $10 per child Ages: Children 12 and under When: Friday evenings, June 30, July 7, 14, 21 and 28; and Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25, 6-9 p.m.
ENVIRONMENTAL NATURE CENTER City of Newport Beach, Parks, Beach and Recreation Department, 3300 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, (714) 644-3151. This is a natural science program designed for school-age children. Emphasis on hands-on approach to studying the world around us. Fees and ages: Grades K-1, $145 per session; grades 2-6, $190 per session
When: Three sessions-June 26-July 6, July 10-20 and July 24-Aug. 3.
IRVINE COMMUNITY YMCA DAY CAMP Irvine Community YMCA 4748 Barranca Parkway, Irvine (714) 552-9323. Hiking, swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, field trip and other summer sports available. Fee: One week-$92.50/two weeks-$185 Ages: Grades K-6 When: June 26-Sept. 1 (week-long sessions)