Monday, January 16 marks Martin Luther King, Jr. day, which means as the nation celebrates the iconic leader, the kids will be out of school and many of you will be scrambling to find childcare for the hours you’re required in the office. Instead of calling up the sitter at the last minute or wasting one of your few precious vacation days, send the kids to a fun class or camp for this national holiday. Los Angeles offers plenty of entertaining and parent-approved classes and camps that allow you to have a stress-free day (priceless!) and the kids to have fun.

Insider note: Once you know your MLK day schedule, we suggest calling to make a reservation asap. Many of the camps and classes will fill up fast because of the national holiday.

Art Works Studio
The friendly folks at Art Works (a Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards Finalist) is offering a special MLK day camp to kiddos in kindergarten up to age 12. Classes are supervised by artists who are all about inspiring creativity by teaching your kids drawing, painting and mixed media.

10:00am – 3:00pm (you can drop-off beginning at 9:00am but remember to call ahead)
Cost: $110

Two locations:
8688 West Washington Boulevard
Culver City, Ca 90232
310-202-1894

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660 N. Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca 90004
323-463-2562

Josephson Academy of Gymnastics       
JAG gym is the perfect spot for your little gymnast. JAG is all about providing a safe and fun environment for your kids to explore movement, body awareness and gymnastics. Their special camp on January 16 is targeted towards preschool and school age kids, though campers must be potty trained.

9:00am – 3:00pm
Full day $97; Half day $77

8640 Hayden Place
Culver City, Ca 90232
310-287-9886

Venice del Play
Surf’s up at Venice del Play where Carmen (a long-time yoga teacher and mom of two) and Coach Sydney (a swim champ and experts kids swim instructor) teach your little ones ages four to ten years old all about surfing, yoga, tai chi, dance, music and games. These fun-filled sessions will even exhaust the most active little ones. Plus, the counselor to camper ratio is 1:5 so you know your kid is getting the attention he or she deserves.

9:30am – 2:30pm
Full day $90; Extended care available

2600 Barnard Way
Santa Monica, Ca 90404
310-821-7377

The Awesome Playground
The Awesome Playground is simply put, really awesome, which is why it won Red Tricycle’s Totally Awesome Awards in the most awesome indoor play space category. Now, that’s a lot of awesome. The Awesome Playground offers kids up to 10 years of age a clean and safe indoor and outdoor space to run, jump, dance, and play. Their drop-in play even caters to the younger set with a designated area just for babies and toddlers. And, don’t forget to wear socks!

10:00am – 6:00pm
Call for specific pricing details.

The Awesome Playground
5158 York Boulevard
Los Angeles, Ca 90042

What’s your family’s favorite Martin Luther King, Jr. day class or camp spot for your little ones?

photo credit: The Awesome Playground