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Galileo Innovation Summer Camp Giveaway!

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

This time of year something happens in the psyches of moms everywhere.

Once Spring Break is over we know what is coming. We brace ourselves and hold on to our hats and glasses because it is one wild ride to the end of the school year. I am convinced time actually speeds up.

For real.

Given summer will be here in the blink of an eye, the ubiquitous planning and strategizing to get the kids registered for summer camps goes into full effect about now. Are you there yet?

Now I am sure you have your same ‘ole favorite tried-and-true camps you do every summer, which is great. But this summer I urge you to consider sending your kids to a totally NEW, totally INSPIRING, totally EDUCATIONAL (but not boring educational) summer camp. It’s a camp that will inspire and expand their creativity and minds, Galileo Innovation Camps, where kids’ wildest ideas come to life.

For real.

Galileo Innovation Summer Camps are designed for Pre-K through 8th grade kids with the goal to create and nourish a love for innovation. At Galileo, they believe the world needs innovators, and in the imaginations of children is where ideas begin.

You in? Yes?

Then you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity…Galileo is
🎉 GIVING AWAY ONE FREE WEEK OF CAMP🎉
in Orange County or Carlsbad to one of my readers!!! Details below. Keep on readin’…

Galileo Innovation Camps

Galileo Camps can be found throughout Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and the Bay Area (for any of our readers up north). With over 20+ locations in SoCal, you are sure to find a location near you. For my friends with tiny and tween oranges, the Galileo Camps in Orange County and close-by in Carlsbad can be found in:

Costa Mesa @ Mariners Christian School
Irvine @ Northwood Elementary School
Ladera Ranch @ Oso Grande Elementary School
Newport Beach @ Andersen Elementary School
Carlsbad @ Aviara Oaks Elementary School

All camps officially run 9am – 3p, but extended summer camp care is offered from 8a – 9a and from 3p-6p for those who need it. I know finding quality Orange County summer camps with extended care can be a challenge. Look no further!

What is Galileo All About?

Powerful things happen at Galileo that don’t happen at other camps.

In the midst of having crazy fun, the kids are also learning. Through hands-on exploration and a revolutionary innovation process inspired by Stanford, kids learn how to dream, create, invent, and design giving them self-confidence and an internal boldness to try new things.

They also learn how to fail. Not in a dispiriting way. Rather, they are taught to embrace their mistakes, use them to learn and improve, try again, as a result build the skills it takes to be a risk-taker and problem solver.  You know, the things that take grit! Here’s a peek at what you could expect to find at Galileo this summer…

2018 Galileo Summer Camps Orange County

Camp Galileo (Pre-K – 5th Grade)

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 2018 summer themes include:

The Incredible Human Body: The Art and Science of Being Human

Space Explorers: Cosmic Art and Astronaut Science

Materials Challenge: Art and Engineering with a Single Supply

Road Trip Adventure: Art and Engineering Along Route 66

Galileo Summer Quest (5th – 8th Grade)

For older innovators entering 5th – 8th grade, Galileo Summer Quest gives campers the opportunity to dive deeper into specific topics by choosing different “majors” for the week. Galileo Summer Quest is offered at the Costa Mesa and Irvine Locations.

Costa Mesa Summer Quest themes include:

Chefology: Supreme Sweets or Breakfast Club

Mystery Room: The Great Escape

Robot Pet

Go-Kart Builders

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Irvine Summer Quest themes include:

Mystery Room: The Great Escape

Robot Pet

Go-Kart Builders

YouTube Producers

3-D Modeling & Printing

Catapult Builders

Register Now!

Registration is open now! But don’t wait. Spaces at each camp are limited, so if you see a camp that would be perfect for your kiddo, get them signed up today.

Have a friend that would like to go with your child? Make sure to look for any special referral bonuses at your location for bringing along a friend (or two, or three!) 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 4800 weeks of specially priced camp. For anyone seeking financial assistance to give their child the opportunity to attend a Galileo camp, visit www.galileo-camps.com to learn more. 

Enter to Win a Free Week!

Okay mamas, now we get down to the extra fun part! Galileo is giving away one free week of camp at one of the 4 Orange County locations OR the Carlsbad location. Good luck!

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CHOC Children’s Mental Health Inpatient Center

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CHOC Children’s is a partner of Tiny Oranges, but this is not a sponsored post.

As a proud CHOC Children’s partner, I was invited to tour their brand new Mental Health Inpatient Center before it opens its doors to patients this month. The desperately-needed facility will provide 18 beds to treat children ages 3 – 17 in a mental health crisis and allow them to receive care close to home.

An estimated one in five children has a diagnosable mental illness during childhood. That would be 150,000 children in Orange County alone. But until now, children under 12 that were a danger to themselves, others, or gravely disabled didn’t have any inpatient bed options in O.C.  The children would have to wait in Emergency Rooms until they stabilized enough to be moved to an inpatient bed outside of the county. That, to me is tragic!

This new facility will fill a big hole in the system and undoubtedly will make a big difference in the lives of local children and their families in the middle of mental health emergencies.


CHOC Children’s Inpatient Health Center, which will be a major component of the comprehensive system of mental health care CHOC is creating, was built to provide the highest level of patient safety in a relaxing environment that promotes healing.

All of the 18 patient rooms are private, and there is an option for parents to stay overnight with their children, both of which are unique for the state of California.

Every single detail has been considered with patient safety in mind. For example, the windows are made of shatterproof glass and every fixture is designed to not be a “tie-off” opportunity. You can see an example with one of the doorknobs in the photo collage below.

I can only imagine the peace of mind it would give parents knowing their child was in a safe place to get help during a crisis.

The average length of stay is typically 5 – 7 days and will include mental health screenings and access to care through CHOC’s mental health resources. In most centers, programming is not available on the weekends, but CHOC’s center will provide the full scope of programming seven days a week.

In addition to their medical care, patients will also have access to complementary therapies such as art and music therapy, mindfulness, exercise, nutrition, and two sensory rooms, high and low, for patients requiring sensory therapy.

When a child is discharged, care planning for the future has already been underway, including connections to outpatient therapy, schools, medical care, support groups, parent assistance. The goal is to provide support after a child leaves to reduce the risk of re-admittance.

Early Intervention is Key!

Mental health is just as important as physical health.

In childhood, many troublesome behaviors might be dismissed with the thoughts, “It’s just a phase.” or “He/She will grow out of it.”

However, as parents, we know our children best. We also have the gift of parental gut instinct. If you sense something might be wrong with your child, don’t wait to get seen by a professional.

There are a wide array of mental health services available to help children who are struggling to give them the tools they need to heal.

For more information visit: www.choc.org/mental-health

 

 

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Goat Yoga is a Thing. A Real Thing.

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I got a press release this week in my email box with the title, “Goat Yoga Experience at Centennial Farm,” and I thought, oh the poor person who sent it out with an obvious typo. GOAT YOGA?!  I started to giggle and opened it to come to find out that goat yoga is a THING. Like a REAL THING.

Did you guys know this??

And since it is a real thing, and brought me a huge giggle and smile, I wanted to share the info with you.

Goat Yoga at OC Fair & Event Center

Two goat yoga sessions offered by Spectrum Yoga in Costa Mesa will be held at Centennial Farm in front of the barn on April 21st, 2018 where adults and (human) kids 9+ accompanied by an adult can experience a traditional yoga class combined with pygmy goats that skip around and climb on class participants.

Again, this is for real.

The classes are limited to 50 participants, $40pp. Tickets are available here.

Free Farm Fun Day to Watch

On this day families can come out for FREE to watch the yoga, take photos and play with the goats, and take a tour of the Centennial Farm.

For more information visit www.ocfair.com.

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A Brunch and Spa Celebration at The Ranch

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Disclosure: Complimentary spa treatments provided to facilitate this review. 

One of the things I adored most about my mom was she loved to CELEBRATE life.

Birthdays, holidays, accomplishments, weddings, showers……events in life (big or small) did not pass her by. She made a point to make her family and friends feel special. Getting through my first birthday this year without my mom here to celebrate with was really rough.  So with my sister’s birthday on the horizon this past month I KNEW we had to do something awesome because it is what my mom would want.

I asked my sister what she would like to do to celebrate? She said she would love to go to brunch with girlfriends on her actual birthday (a Monday) and then a spa treatment after with whomever would be able to join.

As soon as she said that, I knew just the place to go for the best Orange County brunch and spa day, a place unlike any other, The Ranch at Laguna Beach. Invites were sent and a a reservation was made at their farm-to-table style restaurant, Harvest. The guests were going to be in for such a treat!

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Most of the women that attended were from Aliso Viejo, only a stone’s throw away from The Ranch, but the majority had not been to the property before. I watched their jaws drop upon arrival. The beauty of The Ranch truly does take your breath away. It is like being in another world.

We had a beautiful table inside overlooking the canyon and plenty of space to giggle a little too loud without disrupting guests :).

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Flowers are a passion of mine so I did little individual centerpieces for each friend to take home.

My favorite is to use the $1.00 mason jars from Michaels and as luck would have it, I also scored some cute white vases on clearance. I tied it with some cooking twine for a little farmhouse ranch flair and voila! instant party favors that double as centerpieces!

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Let me now talk about the food at Harvest. Because it was truly spectacular from start to finish with many of the Harvest ingredients garden grown right on the property.  Bright, fresh and delectable.To get your mouth watering, here is a glimpse of the breakfast menu….

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Our lovely server Sydney started the pretty birthday girl off with a little “appetizer” to share – one of the house specialities – the Applewood Smoked Bacon Cinnamon Roll.

If there is any reason to try Harvest for brunch, this is it.

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Every single item the women ordered was ooohhhhh’d and ahhhhhhh’d over to no end. From the gorgeous presentation to the unique flavor profiles, Harvest does Orange County brunch right.

orangecountybrunchfoodie Menu items top to bottom, left to right: Eggs Benedict, Shrimp and Grits, Applewood Smoked Bacon Cinnamon Roll, Avocado Toast

To spend a Monday morning laughing with good friends over mimosas and celebrating my sister was a true gift. These are the moments in life you cherish and The Ranch is the kind of place where memories like this are made.

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theranchbrunch Now unfortunately after brunch was over most of the women had to return to “real life.” Luckily my sister and I were able to continue the celebration with the help of our dad who agreed to watch the kids for the afternoon so we could visit the The Ranch’s Sycamore Spa.

When I called to make the appointments I was DELIGHTED to learn Sycamore Spa was running a 50% off spa services special Monday – Thursdays for locals!! 

Ladies, I believe this deal is running through the end of the month, so call and make an appointment if you can. It’s such an amazing deal for such a fabulous experience.

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Nestled down the hill from Harvest adjacent to the property pool, The Ranch’s Sycamore Spa awaits and paradise is calling. I love a quaint spa where you feel more like you are in someone’s home, which is exactly what you will find here with its comfy, coastal-chic decor.

There are both outside and inside relaxation areas where you can wait before or after your treatment.  It was such a gorgeous day we cozied into two plush lounge chairs and chatted to the sounds of the fountain while enjoying the gorgeous green canyon views.

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Now let me tell you about my treatment and Jake my massage therapist.

Wow.

Wow.

WOW.

Phenomenal.

Afterwards I asked him what sort of technique he used because it was really next level relaxation. He told me he has been practicing massage for over 10 years and recently has been studying a new technique called craniosacral therapy. He started to explain what it was in more detail, but it was too technical for my post-massage spa-brain. All I know is that I felt like a million bucks. I will be back.

If you go, take it from me – ask for Jake.

Overall, it was one of those “perfect” days you wish you could bottle. And I know we made my mom very happy because we felt her sparkling all over our celebration.

If you are looking for a special place to celebration a life event with an Orange County brunch and spa day, The Ranch is the perfect place. It doesn’t even have to call for a celebration, as going there is a celebration in itself.

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For more information or to make reservations visit:

www.theranchlb.com

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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

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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…

GIVEAWAY!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

www.galileo-camps.com

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