Professional tutors help students make quick progress at Tutoring Club, where the staff relies on individualized instruction and a confidence-building structure. A low student-to-teacher ratio helps tutors track the progress of each student during classes that focus on math, writing, study skills, test prep, and more.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. Camps and after-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
Founded in 1985, Epicurean gives choppers with any level of chops a hands-on—or a knives-on-and-hands-away— lesson, lead by trained instructors. During Cupcakes Couture III, students create stylish cupcakes, such as chocolate cherry cordial and strawberry with brown sugar crème fraiche icing. For clock-watchers or those trained in the fast-paced world of cup stacking competitions or speed chess, the menu of Jiffy Meals can all be prepared in less than 30 minutes. During the Sauces course, gravy un-clumps and au jus is finally translated (spoiler alert: it means "oh, you!"). Jesse Brune of Food Network's Private Chefs of Beverly Hills leads salad formations during Salad Daze and combines healthy edibles in Fit to Eat. Check out the full schedule of classes here.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build tots' creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for every age from the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, imagination-expanding art classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month-long membership allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class. This deal also includes unlimited attendance at Gymboree's open gym sessions (contact location for schedule).
Held on the Anaheim Hilton Hotel's lanai and sunset decks, Kids Help Children is a fundraiser that will benefit the CHOC Children's Hospital. Celebrities such as Vanessa Hudgens from High School Musical, Chelsea Staub of Disney's Jonas, Chyler Leigh from Grey's Anatomy and many others are scheduled to make red carpet appearances, giving kids photo and autograph ops with the young stars who will be within reach of a very long arm. They'll even see performances by Ariana Grande of Nickelodeon's Victorious, as well as Savvy & Mandy from Radio Disney and others. During the event, kids can win prizes for themselves and CHOC patients, chat with Sea World reps, conquer obstacle courses filled with wild animals, and eat their fill of refreshments.
Stroller Strides puts an athletic twist on quality time, as baby-filled strollers serve as resistance during one-hour cardio and toning classes. Certified instructors corral gaggles of moms after they wheel buggies to a designated outdoor meeting spot, assembling at least 15 minutes prior to a class's start time for a short warm-up. From there, teachers lead students and their precious cargo across parks as they power-walk their way to cardiovascular health and wield provided exercise tubing, the stroller itself, or diaper bags filled with bronzed booties for body toning. Stroller Strides suggests toting babies that are at least 6 weeks old, but welcomes kids of any age that enjoy carriage riding to accompany their moms.