UPCC Parents – What to do Over Spring Break (Don’t Panic)

spring break 2013 (4)#1 Don’t Panic

Spring break for Culver City schools runs from end of school on Friday, March 21st to start of school Monday April 7th. No school for two weeks? Really? What are we going to do? Take a breath. Then consider . . .

#2 Day Camps

Check out Culver City’s Parks and Recreation Spring Day Camps, give them a call at 310-253-6650. You can reserve a space for a $20 per week deposit.

Your school site may also offer a day camp program through KIK or SACC. Call the District Office of Child Development for more information 310-842-4230.

For everything else in day camps, check out 21 Spring Break Camps for Every Kind of Kid, through the Red Tricycle website .

#3 Day Trips

Tide Pools Investigating

North an hour of us in Malibu is Leo Carillo State Park, right next to the Pacific Coast Highway. Easy tide pool viewing and excellent hikes up the hillside that gives panoramic views of the coast.

About an hour south of Culver City off the PCH in Rancho Palos Verdes is another tide pool gem, Abalone Cove. The hike to the tide pools is about ¾ of a mile downhill. Both parks charge for parking.

Hiking in the Mountains

A family-friendly trail includes the Temescal Canyon Loop. You can park west off Sunset, on Bienvenda Ave and Via Floresta. You’ll see a small entrance to the Leacock trail, which connects to the Temescal Ridge trail. Keep heading up the hill until you see the most spectacular views of the LA basin available anywhere.

A drive further into the mountains is an educational opportunity, the Satwiwa Native American Educational Center near Newbery Park. Guides and programs are on hand over the weekends.

Exploring LA

A good journey starts on the Expo light rail to Downtown. Hop on in Culver City.

At the Expo/Vermont stop is the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, where admission will be free on April 1st. The next stop is Expo Park/USC, closest to the California African American History Museum and the California Science Center. Both offer free admission. On the walk there, don’t forget to go through the Exposition Park Rose Garden.

At the end of the Expo line at 7th and Metro, walk north on Hope Street to the Los Angeles Central Public Library. Check out the children’s section for some amazing murals. Lunchtime at the Grand Central Market, offers just as much LA culture as food. Nearby make sure to take the landmark funicular railway, the Angels Flight for 50 cents.

Do you have Spring Break ideas you’d like to share with other parents? Email us with your favorite Spring Break suggestions: mailto:[email protected]

The Parents’ Place is a column by the United Parents of Culver City. Visit us on the web at UnitedParentsCulverCity.com.

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