New Experiences: Reason #2 Why Afterschool Activities Are Important

Check out this afterschool program  in Compton, CA. Hundreds of kids – from ages 5 and up – learn to fly…and for free at Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum.

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The Rising Costs of Sports for Generation Z

In a recent TIME article, Doug Glanville of ESPN (and former MLB player) explained the epidemic confronting parents when paying for their children’s athletic activities. Relying on Mark Hyman’s research in “The Most Expensive Game in Town,” Glanville highlights the dilemmas faced by moms and dads, the misconceptions of families that a child may become a professional athlete and the outlandish costs for premier instruction.  A parent, for example, may spend $55,000 a year at IMG Golf Academy or $700 an hour for a private quarterback coach.  While reading the article, a parent cannot help but wish there was a resource to discover more affordable opportunities for the next generation…

Soon, there will be: Afterschool.me

The World’s Best Science Fair for Generation Z: Google Science Fair 2012

Google is hosting a world-class science fair.  The competition is calling for the “brightest young scientists from around the world to submit interesting, creative projects that are relevant to the world today.” Prizes offered are a scientific trip to the Galapagos Islands, scholarships and real-life work opportunities in science centers around the globe. Sponsors include CERN, LEGO, National Geographic and Scientific American.

Learn more @ http://www.google.com/events/sciencefair/

Best of luck from Afterschool.me!

MLK Day in LA: Arts, Parks and Community

Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 16, 2012 by helping the community! Join fellow Angelenos at the Los Angeles Academy Middle School and assist an underserved school become a more engaging, educational, and colorful place for children to learn and play. Volunteers will paint educational murals, create engaging blacktops game and activities, build benches and plant green benches.

Date: Monday, January 16, 2012

Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm; Registration opens at 8:30am

Location: Los Angeles Academy Middle School, 644 East 56th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90011

Website: http://www.cityyear.org/losangeles_ektid2015.aspx

Sponsors: CityYear and Disney

RSVP: Please contact Unique Harston at uharston11@cityyear.org or 213.327.9580

Hikes in Los Angeles: The Great Outdoors

Contrary to popular belief, foliage in Los Angeles does exist. Stretching from Los Feliz to Malibu, the Santa Monica Mountains offer more than 20 (yes, twenty) individual parks. There are hundreds of trails, nature preserves and views of the Pacific Ocean from mountain cliffs. Right along La Cienega, Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area offers picnic sites, tot lots, fishing lake, lotus pond, a community center and five miles of trails. As students leave the classroom for the holidays, encourage them to explore their city, see waterfalls and embrace the great outdoors!

Websites

Want to explore the Santa Monica Mountain Parks? Click here.

Want to visit Kenneth Hahn SRA? Click here.

Want to search other LA Parks? Click here.

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