Working with the notion that pretend play is a crucial aspect of how children learn, develop ideas about the world, and determine who they're voting for, Pint Size Kids equips its early learning and play center with developmentally appropriate toys for open play sessions. At curriculum-based classes, children up to aged 6 can boost their imaginations as they practice music, art, or learn basic Spanish skills. Baby sign-language classes help infants and toddlers express words and concepts—such as “mommy” and “hungry”—through American Sign Language.
At Hollywood Vibe, a staff of experienced dance instructors schools children in the fundamentals of light-tripping and toe-tapping within a positive and fun learning environment. Aspiring Astaires age 2 to teen will receive one month of weekly, one-hour dance classes offered in a variety of formats, ranging from tot-sized tap to beginner ballet and kindergarten krumping. Toddlers can toddle on into the mommy/daddy and me class (ages 2–3) where they will be introduced to the concept of dance and begin to develop important motor skills crucial to cultivating coordination. The pre-school dance class (ages 3–6) takes slightly older young’uns on a euphoric rhythm spree, teaching them dancing basics and how to count music with fun dances that encourage self-expression and provide a cognitive foundation for success in school subjects such as reading, writing, and rug-cutting. Offering jazz, tap, ballet, and hip-hop classes (ages 7+), Hollywood Vibe likewise bestows teens and tweens with the skills to perform leaps, turns, and combinations, preparing them for future forays into the world of dance.
In 1976, Joan Barnes—a Californian mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play & Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children’s’ cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beck to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.
After a silent winter and spring, the rock-climbing wall and go-kart track are waiting impatiently for summer to arrive, eager for the influx of laughter and ebullient burst of life that comes with it. The empty cabins and sports fields spread across Camp Cottontail’s 200-acre land share the sentiment, as they’ve been locked in this cycle of yearning for summer since the camp’s construction in 1958. The sprawling camp finally comes alive once flocks of young campers take over, orchestrating a symphony of sounds of kids splashing into the pool, giggling over arts and crafts, and singing around a crackling bonfire as night unfolds around them. Following in the footsteps of generations of campers before them, the kids spend each balmy summer day immersed in well-planned daily programs comprised of high-energy activities.
A past camper whose influence is felt throughout the camp is Lynn Pedroza, who assumed ownership of Cottontail in 2009. Having spent every summer since 1984 as a staff member, Lynn bought the camp with the sole intent of upholding the previous owners’ dedication to granting campers the best summer possible. Her commitment to the camp’s tradition of excellence is reflected in her meticulously selected staff of counselors and instructors, all of whom undergo extensive background checks and are certified in CPR and first aid. The staffers take campers under their wings, teaching them new skills such as how to shoot an arrow or how to save a friendship with a meaningful lanyard bracelet. Optional offsite activities and special trips bolster the camp experience. While daily schedules are determined by each camper, the camp comes together for beloved events including Skit Night, Counselor Dress-Up, and the camp dance.
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