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Galileo Innovation Summer Camps for Kids (Giveaway!)

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This post is brought to you by Galileo Innovation summer camps for kids


When the calendar turns to March every year without fail the texts and emails begin to filter in from my mom friends asking each other the same question…“What summer camps are you signing your kids up for this year??” And behold, the summer camp conversations begin.

For all you mamas starting your summer camp planning and research on the best OC summer camps for kids, I am thrilled to share with you a fabulous innovation summer camp which might not be on your radar since it is fairly new to So Cal called Galileo. But it should be! You can thank me later.

Because Galileo is not your typical summer camp. Yes, it’s super fun, and the kids will have a blast. But it is something more, something special. It’s a camp that is profoundly enriching because Galileo seeks to teach children they have the power to change the world. They want to teach them their ideas matter and anyone can take an idea and make it come to life.

Take a moment to watch this quick video to give you a taste of what Galileo summer innovation camps are all about…


Before I go on any further, I don’t want you to miss the opportunity to enter to win $200 off one week of 2017 summer camp to one family at any of the Galileo locations. All you have to do is click here to visit their website, and then come back comment on this post about what you would be most excited for your child to learn at camp. Giveaway runs through March 19, 2017 at 11:59pm PST. Winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email. Good luck!

Galileo Innovation Summer Camps for Kids

I had the opportunity to speak with Hope Adams, the Galileo Orange County Area Director last week to gather info for this post.

Her first grade daughter has attended the Galileo camps and she was SO passionate about the program and the magic that occurs when kids attend a Galileo camp, she actually called me back about a half an hour after we hung up because she kept thinking of more amazing things to tell me.

She shared with me the amazing growth she saw in her daughter and how the camp sparked her creativity, stretched her imagination and inspired her to innovate in her imaginative play. The passion in her voice was contagious.  You know when you are talking to a mom who LOVES something and wants EVERY mom to know about it? It was like that.


What is Galileo?

Galileo summer camps are innovation summer camps for kids ages Pre-K through 8th grade to create and nourish a love for innovation.

The program was launched in the Bay Area back in 2002 and came to Southern California just a little over two years ago where it has been growing like wildfire. With multiple locations in Los Angeles and three Orange County locations in Irvine, Newport Beach, and Rancho Santa Margarita, you can visit the Galileo website to find a 2017 Southern California Galileo summer camp near you.

Camp Galileo

For younger innovators ages pre-K through 5th grade, Camp Galileo offers unique immersion experiences in art, science and the outdoors through different weekly themes. The 2017 summer themes include Galileo Amusement Park, Galileo Makers: Move It, Medieval Adventure and African Safari.


Galileo Summer Quest

For older innovators entering 5th – 8th grade, Galileo Summer Quest  gives them the opportunity to dive deeper into specific topics by choosing different “majors” for the week in areas like Go Karts, 3-D printing, Chefology, Web Design, and Inventor’s Workshop.


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You might be wondering how Galileo does it? How can you teach kids to be innovators and change makers? The Galileo Innovation Approach taught at Galileo consists of three main areas to enhance learning and confidence in all campers.

First, the young Visionaries are taught The Innovator’s Mindset.

Which consists of the following 5 pillars:

I AM VISIONARY: I envision a better world. I imagine things that don’t yet exist. I believe it’s my place to turn ideas into reality.

 I AM COURAGEOUS: I freely share my creative thoughts. I stretch myself to try new things. I embrace challenges.

I AM COLLABORATIVE: I value the unique perspective of others. I build on the ideas of others. I use my strengths to support the work of others.

 I AM DETERMINED: I persevere until I achieve my goal. I recognize setbacks as opportunities to learn. I know that innovation and mastery require effort.

I AM REFLECTIVE: I take time to think about what is and isn’t working in my design. I think about how my work impacts other people and the world. I seek feedback to improve myself and my work.

Next, children are taught The Innovator’s Knowledge.

Before any innovator embarks on a new project, they must have an understanding of key fundamentals.

Working within the theme for the week for the littles, and the major area of study for the bigs, the talented and camp counselors work to present the key concepts, facts, skills and techniques to enhance their knowledge.

And finally, the campers learn The Innovator’s Process.

Once the kids  have an understanding on the knowledge, background and qualities it takes to be a visionary and designer, they are now encouraged to bring their ideas to life through The Innovators Process which looks like this.


One of the key components of the process is in the testing, where kids are encouraged to see mistakes as building blocks, or opportunities to improve and refine.  In fact, they are called MARVELOUS MISTAKES at Galileo and high fives are encouraged when something doesn’t work just right because it means that a better, more improved creation will be on the way.


I feel like all of these concepts are extraordinary life lessons for our children. So, plug this camp into your summer camp planning spreadsheets mamas, but don’t wait too long to register because spots are limited!

Galileo Registration Details

Who: Change Makers ages Pre-K through 8th Grade

What: Galileo innovation summer camps

When: Summer 2017. Dates vary by location.

Where: Over 70 locations throughout Los AngelesOrange County and the Bay Area for any of our friends up north. Click here to find the location nearest you.

Time: All camps officially run 9am – 3p, but extended care is offered from 8a – 9a and from 3p-6p for those who need it.

Why: To give your child the opportunity to experience a summer camp that is crazy fun but also profoundly enriching with life lessons that will carry on long after summer camp ends.

How: Registration open now! Click here to register. Make sure to look for any special referral bonuses at your location if you are able to recruit friends to join. And, if you refer a new family, both you and your friend will receive a referral discount of up to $100 (varies by location, check website for details)!

Camp For All! 

Galileo has a robust financial assistance program, and last year, they awarded over 3600 weeks of specially priced camp. For anyone seeking financial assistance to give their child the opportunity to attend a Galileo camp, applications will be accepted through March 31st, 2017.  Families can complete the application here

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Local Love: Fun For You and Your Little Ones!

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Today, I’m excited to share all about Toddler Camp OC with you – a weekly outing designed specifically for toddlers that provides a themed “adventure” for parents (or caregivers) and their child to experience all the best local spots, entertainment and kid programs.

Toddler Camp OC is a fantastic way to get out with your little ones and enjoy your local community, while meeting new friends (both parents and kids!).

Because as we moms know, it takes a village (right?!), and there is nothing better than meeting other moms who are going through the same stages and phases you are, while letting your kiddos meet other kiddos their own age.  Plus, at Toddler Camp OC, you’ll probably learn about places and programs you didn’t even realize existed.

How It Works

The SoCalMoms Education Director creates developmentally appropriate projects, curriculum, and play opportunities specifically for toddlers.  This is a great way to introduce your toddler to many of the skills they are expected to learn during their first year of preschool.

Arts and crafts or sensory projects are included in each outing, as well as a healthy snack for both parents and children.

Plus, new toddler products, brands and parenting experts and topics will be introduced throughout the session.

Each camp is approximately 8 to 10 weeks long, and meets once a week in the morning from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Toddler Camp OC is now registering for spring and summer sessions.

The “ABCDs” of The Toddler Camp OC Program

Toddler Camp OC believes in these core values and incorporates them into their toddler curriculum and programs:

A.  Positive Early Learning

Toddler Camp provides a positive comprehensive program featuring multiple themed activities, sensory play, and outdoor adventures.

B. Social Development

They offer toddlers a chance to interact, share, and play with other children of similar ages in a variety.

C. Explore & Discover

They motivate families to explore and discover local and regional places, programs, and entertainment designed to stimulate toddler.

 Parenting Resources 

They offer families the opportunity to socialize, and to access the best local parenting experts who host mini-talks.

Here are some great FAQs for further information.

Upcoming Spring Toddler Camp OC 

The Toddler Camp OC spring session will be held from Wednesday, March 18th to Wednesday, May 20th, and is enrollment based.

Their cute spring themes include: music, fitness, nature, colors, spring, cooking, imagination, messy art, family, create & build and carnival and will be held from

You will be asked to register for a specific local group (convenient for you), which meets one day a week for the term of the session (10 weeks).  Or you can choose a six-week package, which can allow you more flexibility.

Once you have registered, you will receive weekly emails with the schedule for the following week – or you can view the weekly Toddler Camp schedule HERE.


The cost of a 10-week session is $250.00 and a six-week session is $150.

You can also purchase series packages with discounted rates.  Occasionally, a weekly drop in rate is available.

Join Toddler Camp OC For An Open House

Join Toddler Camp OC on Wednesday, March 18th at 10 a.m. for their “Open House Creative” kick-off event.   This is your opportunity to get to know the program, plus meet other moms in your local community.  This first day event includes a welcome brunch, interactive arts and crafts, bubbles, balloons, goody bags and more!

This “Open House Creative” will be held at 1602 Babcock St. Costa Mesa, CA 92627.  Join the fun!

A Tiny Oranges Deal!

Toddler Camp OC is offering a discount to all Tiny Oranges readers (yay!).  Use the code “TinyOranges” for 10% off your registration fee!

Contact Us

Toddler Camp OC is based out of central OC.  Click here for more information and to register for their spring session.

Hotline for parents:  1-323-487-CAMP
Email:  info @

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Tiny Dancers

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This article on the Early Childhood Benefits of Dance is brought to you by Team OC, a Tiny Oranges Sponsor. 

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Little girls and dance. It can almost be too cute to handle.

The tights, the tutus, the ballet pink leotards, the little ballet shoes. Heaven.  Admittedly, I might have been known to sign up my little girls for a dance class just to see them in the outfit!!! And the enjoyment and entertainment you get out of watching them in class is priceless.

But cute outfits and mommy entertainment aside, did you know there are many early childhood benefits of dance you might not have even thought of?  Here’s how little ones can benefit from the joy of dance.

Early Childhood Benefits of Dance 

Young children primarily learn through physical and sensory experiences.

When children are provided with creative movement that involves the selection of movement choices, they develop knowledge, skill, and understanding.

Dance is a powerful ally for developing many of the attributes of a growing child. Children are naturally active and dance offers an avenue to expand movement possibilities and skills helping mature physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively.

Dance is an excellent form of exercise for total body fitness. The physical benefits are a greater range of motion, coordination, strength and endurance. This is accomplished through movement patterns that teach coordination and kinesthetic memory.

In addition to the physical benefits, dance enhances a child’s psychological health, emotional maturity and cognitive development.



Children of all ages enjoy the opportunity to express their emotions and become aware of themselves and others through creative movement.

Preschool age children will create movement spontaneously when presented with movement ideas. A class setting offers a structured outlet for physical release while gaining awareness and appreciation of oneself and others fostering social encounter, interaction, and cooperation while learning to work within a group dynamic.

Physical activity also promotes school readiness and literacy. To the young child, verbal language and movement are entwined.

The road to literacy involves the translation of movement expression and communication into words. Learning language and learning dance are not separate threads, but are woven together and incorporated into a fabric of communication and understanding leading to a greater development of literacy.


Team OC Dance Program 

Team OC offers a wide array of dance instruction for children ages 2 and older. Preschool age children are introduced to ballet and tap in classes while school age children have an array of dance genre options to choose from including ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop.

The program implements age appropriate progressive curriculum in a positive learning environment designed to teach dance fundamentals and further enhance the overall development of growing children. Classes offered Monday-Saturday.

logo2 “My daughter has been a part of the Team OC dance program since she was 3 years old. Every teacher we’ve had is amazing and positive every step of the way. 

Now that she is a part of the OCAD Dance Company, we see even more improvement on her technique. Her love of performing in front of crowds is amazing to watch, especially since she is so quiet outside of dance.  

This program not only teaches the kids technique, but also has a very strong focus on the love of dance and performing.” ~ Gina, Costa Mesa 

For more information visit or call 714.444.1144.

Article information adapted from the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)

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Want to be an All-Star Cheerleader?

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Do you have a child who wants to be an all-star cheerleader? Stealth All-Stars at Team OC, home of national and world champion cheerleading teams, is holding tryouts next week for the 2014-2015 season.

Stealth All-Star’s professional USASF-certified cheer staff is dedicated to giving each cheerleader the ultimate cheer experience.   Their mission is to provide quality instruction to children that will help them excel in sports and in life, emphasizing the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship.

Their beautiful 45,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Costa Mesa features the most comprehensive cheer equipment in the country.

About Stealth All-Stars

Stealth All-Stars made its debut in the season of 2007-2008, offering four competitive teams. As of 2012, they were up to 10 competitive teams, including two Worlds teams, one of which was a 2012 Worlds bronze medalist, and a 2013 Worlds gold medalist.

Their program focuses on providing a positive environment where your kids can grow and achieve their goals.

My favorite part of their philosophy? (especially since I am a mama of a six-year-old little girl) They believe that “drama” belongs in the theater, not on the cheerleading mat.  Love it.

Tryout Details

Join them next week for their official tryouts from May 19 to 22, 2014. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

You can also schedule private tryouts by appointment, if you prefer.

Dress code for tryouts include:

– Athletic T-shirt and shorts/pants with no buttons, zippers or snaps.

– Hair must be in a ponytail.

– Shoes are optional (as they take them off to jump on the trampoline).

– Food and gum are not allowed in the cheer area – only bottled water is permitted.

For more information, or to schedule a private tryout, you can contact their cheer program coordinator, Nora Wiederspahn, at or call (714) 444-1144.

Mark Your Calendar!

Ages 8 and under (4-year-old age minimum)
Monday May 19 & Wednesday May 21
3:30-5 p.m.

Ages 12 and over
Monday May 19 & Wednesday May 21

5-6:30 p.m.

Ages 9 to 11
Tuesday, May 20 & Thursday, May 22
5-6:30 p.m. 

You can download their cheer tryout application here.

Let us know how it goes! Goooooo Team OC Stealth All-Stars!

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Summer Opportunities Jamboree!

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The Parenting OC Magazine eighth annual Summer Opportunities Jamboree will take place this Sunday, March 9, 2014, at the Tarbut V’Torah Community Day School from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., in Irvine.

Up to 75 exhibitors are expected, representing summer camps, family-friendly classes and health services, preschools, private schools and birthday parties – providing parents the opportunity to plan ahead and learn more about OC-wide activities and programs that their children can be a part of.

On the Kidpalooza Stage you will also find performances by youth talent and performers, contests and the popular Jamboree Spelling Bee where the county’s top spellers compete in an exciting multi-round competition.

Entertainment will include family fun attractions, gymnastics and fitness demos.

This event is a great way to start thinking about summer planning and the incredible experiences available for your kids this 2014 summer season!

Click here for more information on the Summer Opportunities Jamboree 2014.

Have a great weekend! Remember to SPRING FORWARD!

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