Rage offers training, from beginner to professional, as well as dance, artist development, vocals, acting coaching, recording studio training and performance. Located in Granada Hills. ragecomplex.com
Summer Cooking Camp
Roll up your sleeves, feel the dough between your fingers and get ready to slice and dice. Located in Tarzana and North Hollywood.
The Second City Hollywood Phone: 323-464-8542
This studio has a wonderful selection of summer art camps. A different theme every week; cartooning, fashion, green art, multi-media, and graffiti. Located in Sherman Oaks. www.artrebel.net
Camp Spin Off
Live, eat and breathe DJ culture with the world’s best DJs, instructors, speakers, performers and counselors. Located in Ojai. http://campspinoff.com
US Performing Arts Camps
Acting, Musical Theater, Dance and Digital Media Summer Camp Workshops designed with you in mind. Locations at Studio School Los Angeles at the LA Center Studios and Pepperdine University.
Primetime Sports Camp
Prime Time Sports Camp specializes in sports like basketball, soccer, baseball, flag football, kickball, tennis, golf, volleyball, track, lacrosse, and hockey. There are also camps on art and cheerleading.
JUKE Soccer Camp
Play all summer long! Soccer clinics and one-on-one training. Located in Chatsworth. www.jukesoccercamps.com
Taught by professional cheerleaders, including Laker Girl Michelle Boehle. Learn jumps, cheers, dance, & intro to stunting. Learn how to make pom poms, create banners, work on teamwork! Located in Agoura Hills.
Dodgers Youth Baseball Camps
Campers will have four days of camp at Dodger Stadium featuring instruction by Dodgers coaching staff and Dodger alumni with special appearances by current players. Located in Los Angeles.
Camp Kinneret focuses on providing children with opportunities to learn, grow and discover themselves. Located in Agoura Hills. www.campkinneret.com
The ultimate summer day camp experience. Arts and crafts, innovative inflatables and a water slide. Located in Agoura Hills.
Sierra Canyon Day Camp
Magic, arts and crafts, music, go-karts, rock wall, bungie jumping, pools, food, architecture, storytime! Located in Chatsworth.
Morning academic study and afternoon workshops like cooking, woodshop, and art. Located in Lake View Terrace.
Camp Agoura Hills
The City of Agoura Hills is offering Camp programs for grades Kindergarten to 5th grade. Participants will take fun trips to Scooters Jungle and Kids World. www.agourahillsrec.org
SCIENCE AND TECH CAMPS
CodeREV Kids Tech Camps
Fun for budding video game designers, app developers, robotics engineers, 3D modelers and animators. Robotics and engineering, app creation, web design and development, game design, indoor/outdoor activities. Use Code VSM18 and save $30. Locations in Chatsworth and Encino. www.coderevkids.com
Robotics & Things
Two unique programs brings together "Robotics Hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math)" and "Learn to Code" programming instruction from KidsCanCode. Located in Agoura Hills.
Exciting coding challenges, wild dinosaur discoveries and science wonders await your kids this summer at Discovery Cube’s hands-on camps! Located in Los Angeles.la.discoverycube.org/summer-camps/
Destination Science uses science to prepare your child for life! Camps include: Science Makers & Inventors Camp, Transforming Robots Camp, Minecraft 101, Amusement Park Science Camp, Rovers Rocketing to Space Camp. Locations in Thousand Oaks, Oak Park, Canoga Park, Encino, Northridge, Studio City, Torrance, Woodland Hills. destinationscience.org
STEM Makerspace Camp
Hands-on learning programs on electronics. Located in Chatsworth. www.HexLabMakerspace.com
Aviation Summer Camp
Gain an understanding of aviation. Designing paper and balsa planes, flying simulators and R/C planes. Located in Long Beach.
ANIMAL AND NATURE BASED CAMPS
Aquarium of the Pacific Summer Day Camps
Learn about marine life with hands-on exploration and Aquarium tours. Located in Long Beach. www.aquariumofpacific.org
Kids Horse Camp
Through horse-related games and activities, campers learn about the care of horses, their characteristics, breeds, colors, and safe handling – both on the ground and while mounted. Located in Burbank.
Summer Nature Camp
Pack your backpack for a week of exploring plants and history throughout the Arboretum. Bring your creativity to paint, draw, and sculpt crafts of the environment. Located in Arcadia. www.arboretum.org/learncamp-for-kids
Summer Zoo Camp
Participate in animal close-ups, games, crafts, and activities that will help them discover more about our animal friends. Located in Los Angeles.
Aloha Beach Summer Camp
Learn to surf, boogie board, swim in the ocean. Locations in Zuma Beach, Paradise Cove, Castaic Lake. www.alohabeachcamp.com
Learn to Surf Camp
For those who want to learn how to surf or become a better surfer. Located in Manhattan Beach. www.campsurf.com
Camp JCA Shalom
Adventures that last a lifetime. Olympic-size swimming pool, amphitheaters, conference center, retreat house, archery and sports fields, ropes, climbing wall, nature center, garden, organic Farm, horse center, and hiking trails. Located in Malibu. www.campjcashalom.com
Camp Bob Waldorf
A Jewish program that weaves values, culture and traditions into the fabric of camp. In addition to typical camp activities such as swimming, archery, ropes course, and arts and crafts, campers participate in a special Shabbat t’filah on Friday nights, a unique, experiential Shabbat experience Saturday mornings, Havdallah, Israel education and so much more! (323) 456-1162
3D Printing, Designs &
More in Tarzana
By Brianne Nemeroff
Have you ever had an interest in robotics? Maybe jewelry-making or 3-D printing? With all of the technologies available, a lot of us are becoming more curious about how to use them but none of us can actually afford the machinery. So how do we learn? At HexLab Makerspace, you can have access to all of the machinery you want as well as classes to teach you how to use them! Better yet, for the kids almost out on summer vacation, they have summer camps as well! No need to worry about your kids wasting their vacation playing video games. For a fraction of the cost of sleep-away camp, they can learn incredible and useful skills right in your own neighborhood. For more information about class schedules, go to www.HexlabMakerspace.com.
Q&A with Jonathan Schwartz
How did the business of HexLab Makerspace come to be?
HexLab started from HexCorp, a product design and business consulting company founded in 2001 by Mike Hexter while he was still attending U.C.S.B. In 2013, we decided that the public should have access to all of these awesome tools, so we began to seek out the best and brightest to start a Makerspace and HexLab was born!
HexLab Makerspace offers classes and workshops about 3-D printing, robotics, laser cutting, etc.
Why do you think it's important, especially for kids, to learn how to use these technologies?
Starting the learning process at a young age opens up children’s minds to the idea that they can make anything! Tools like 3-D printers, 3-D scanners and laser cutters are the future. Getting kids to learn these amazing technologies gives them an advantage over their peers and builds a solid foundation as a jump-off point to peruse any interests they have and develop them.
What are your most popular classes for kids?
The Intro’s to 3-D printing and laser cutting are very popular. Every Wednesday night and Saturday morning, we hold free intro classes for both 3-D printing and laser cutting, alternating every other week.
If kids were to take classes at HexLab Makerspace, what career paths could they potentially be heading towards?
There are endless opportunities: robotics, engineering, product design, fashion,
architecture, software development, digital arts, etc. These tools provide the community an opportunity to build whatever they can imagine.
For those who do not know what the equipment is used for, what types of things can you create with your equipment?
Robots, toys, art, jewelry, leatherwork, woodwork, metalwork, etc. We have tools that allow the community to build almost anything. Between the 3-D printers, laser cutters, and CNC metal milling machines, you can make almost anything, not to mention all of the other tools, equipment, and education we have to offer.
For the adults who use the equipment, what is the benefit of using your Makerspace?
A great sense of community and motivation. Each day we see a wide variety of people with varied interests and projects coming in to use our Makerspace. Our Makers collaborate and motivate one another through their creativity, sharing, knowledge and ideas. We also provide access to tools, equipment, and software that people just can't afford by themselves [as well as the] help they need to learn how to use these tools.
Jonathan Schartz is the C.O.O. of HexLab Makerspace in Tarzana, California. HexLab Makerspace offers individuals the opportunity to have access to technologies such as 3-D printing, laser cutting, and hot stamping and embossing. Day passes start at $20 a day and monthly passes start at $55 a month, $40 for students, with an additional 30% off classes. The kids classes are available for ages 10 and above. Children 16 and under must have a parent sign a waiver. 18740 Oxnard Street, Tarzana, CA #303.
Paying It Forward
Simple Money Lessons for Kids
Good parenting should include teaching our kids how to best manage their finances. Contrary to general perception, this can be taught at an early age - that is, children as young as three years old, when they are just starting to acquire basic concepts about money.We can help mold our children into financially responsible individuals through these fundamental and simple money lessons for kids:BudgetingWe might be surprised how easily kids learn to budget their money – whether it's their allowance, gifts from relatives or money they earned from doing chores. A simple lesson in budgeting is to have our kids divide their money into three parts: (1) for saving, (2) for spending and (3) for charity. For example, we may teach them to put aside 30% in a piggy bank or better yet in a savings account, spend only up to 60% and donate 10% to the church or a charitable institution.SpendingKids would first have to learn the difference between necessities (needs) and non-essentials (wants). In very simple terms, let us try to explain to them how to spend their money wisely. If ever they do make an unwise purchasing decision, we should not get upset nor bail them out. Let us help them learn from it so that they won't commit the same mistakes later in life when it really counts.SavingOne of the most important money lessons for kids is the lesson of saving. Children should be taught the concept of saving for the future, such as for a long-term goal that we and our kids should set together. It is also important to have them maintain a certain level of savings; an emergency or contingency fund, a money cushion or whatever we may want to call it. The idea is to teach them not to deplete their savings. Aside from putting aside cash as savings, we may also want to involve them later in saving household expenses.EarningAs soon as our kids are old enough, we may introduce them to the rule of working for money. We should note however that children should earn money from doing extra or non-routine chores. Their usual responsibilities such as tidying up their room should not be included in this pay-for-work arrangement. What we want them to understand from this is that "money is earned". Also, this would reinforce the lesson about spending as we can be quite certain that our kids would be wise and careful in spending their hard-earned money.InvestingEducating our kids about investing, even just the basics, is vital for them to grasp the idea of growing their money over time. We may start off with a simple explanation of risks and rewards and then tell them about the investments that we have. For older kids, instead of having all their money in a savings account, we could have them put a part of it into a time deposit, a mutual fund account or even in stocks and bonds as we teach them about diversification.Of course, these simple money lessons for kids are best taught through the examples that we, their parents, put into practice. If done successfully, we would have instilled in our kids the money-management skills and attitude that would greatly help them later in life.