Summer picnics are a truly fabulous way to get our kids involved in the kitchen. It is almost too easy if you stick with a simple, traditional picnic menu with trail mix, crudités and dip, sandwiches, salad and a simple dessert. The advantages of staying with a cold menu is that you can really get the kids involved, regardless of age, and mom or dad will have more time to relax, play and socialize at the actual picnic. Plus, you don’t have to think about grilling, starting a fire or transporting raw food. [Read more...]
As a parent, I definitely enjoy the slower pace of summer; especially not having to get everyone out the door early in the morning. But the days of summer can feel long, and kids can suffer from a case of “too much togetherness”. This is the time of year that parents constantly ask me for new activity ideas that will be fun for kids of all ages. Here are some fresh summer activity ideas for you and your kids to enjoy:
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It’s summer and the kids are home! Great! Not so great? Well, maybe because it seems you are constantly after them to pick up their stuff and clean their room. Right? During the school year, they were busy with after school activities, homework, etc. Now they are home all day…..need I say more? There is hope!
With school out, parents either feel two things:
- “Wow, I can’t wait to spend more time with my kids!” or
- “Oh, boy, here we go. How will we fill their time?”
Parents who work outside the home have no choice but to send their kids to camps or daycares during the day, but stay-at-home moms or work-at-home moms need to get creative. If you need some ideas on how best to occupy your kids this summer then what follows will be just what you need.
In order for children to be happy and content four things need to be present in their day:
- Free Play/Alone time
New York City Ballet soloist, Antonio Carmena, returns to Palos Verdes to teach at a local ballet summer intensive at Peninsula School of Performing Arts (PSPA) in Lunada Bay.
This two week summer intensive for intermediate and advanced students has been coordinated with Dance Peninsula Ballet and boasts an impressive lineup of instructors. In addition to Mr. Carmena, classes will also be taught by Dance Peninsula Ballet’s Artistic Director, Roberto Almaguer. Mr. Almaguer is a former Ballet Nacional de Cuba principal dancer and a well know Master Ballet Instructor throughout the United States and Internationally. Other ballet faculty will include Julia Ortega a former Ballet Nacional de Cuba principal dancer and a member of the faculty at the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute at The Colburn School, Vera Ninkovic who completed her training at the Royal Ballet School in London and Marina Kalinina who attended the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy and has performed as a soloist in over 60 countries with ballet and character dance companies including Moiseyev & Berioska. Rounding out the dance experience will be the opportunity to take classes with Broadway dancer Michael Pereira. This is truly a unique program for Palos Verdes and South Bay dancers and is conveniently located on the Peninsula.
Auditions will be held on June 2nd at 10:30am at 2325 Palos Verdes Drive West, Ste. 106, Palos Verdes Estates.
Program dates are June 18-29th and classes take place from 9:30am to 3:30pm. For additional information go to www.pspadance.com or call (310) 375-1398.
Summer is the time for fun and frolic. School bells aren’t ringing and your kids get time out from the boring syllabus. However, fun doesn’t mean that your kids should not be learning. Away from the curriculum of school there is lots your kids can learn while having fun. This article offers you some amazing summer fun learning ideas that will help your kids indulge in stimulating activities and get their basics right. These activities are designed to give a solid foundation to your kids so that they develop into sharper and smarter individuals and are full of confidence.
Catalina Island Camps develops lifelong skills through fun and unique outdoor experiences in a community that cultivates respect for self, others and the environment.
Catalina Island Camps is one of a kind – the beach, island, ocean and beauty of the cove. CIC gives a feeling of acceptance, respect and courage to try something new. It is the friendships that grow the feeling that campers take home at the end of every summer.
The City of Santa Monica offers youth, ages 8-14, Camp Santa Monica, Rosie’s Girls Spring Challenge and Santa Monica Sports Experience day camps during the upcoming spring break from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended care from 7-8:30 a.m. and 5-6 p.m. available for an additional $35 per week. Each camp also features exciting, weekly field trips that reinforce program curriculum and objectives. Sign up today – space is limited! Register online at www.recenroll.smgov.net.