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Your Summer List
By Sentinel Staff Report
Published July 17, 2014

If you need some ideas of what to do with the family during the next couple of months, this list will present you with a few gems you can do this summer.

Summertime and can sometimes sizzle out with nothing to do or nowhere to go. Never fear! Here is a list of fun, engaging and educational FREE or low cost activities the kids or whole family can do together.

California Science Center

The California Science Center is great way to engage the kids and the whole family in a variety of interactive and visual exhibits. The science center combines exhibits with an on-site Science Center School and Amgen Center for Science Learning as well as a teacher professional development program. The Science Center is open to the public seven days a week, 362 days per year, with free general admission to its permanent exhibit galleries. The facility, which opened in February 1998, spans more than 400,000 sq. feet and includes four major exhibit areas. Please visit

 BHCP Free Workouts

The Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza has hosted a number of free workouts on the Macy’s Bridge for few years now. These free workouts could be a great way to stay or get in shape this summer. The BHCP workouts include Zumba, Cardio-Kickboxing and Yoga. For more information, please

 Oran Z’s Pan African Black Facts and Wax Museum

You can catch a dose of Black History at Oran Z’s massive collection of African-American artifacts, which includes everything from slave shackles, “Mamie” cookie jars, and a flag signed by Barack Obama. You can also catch the president in the form of a wax figure standing alongside the First Lady. Other significant black political figures (Malcolm X, Frederick Douglas), entertainers (Scott Joplin, Dorothy Dandridge) and inventors (George Washington Carver) are rendered in wax—constituting a slightly bizarre looking honor guard—and placed in dioramas throughout the building.


Registration is now open for CITYstage Summer Camp at Art Share LA!

There will be FREE performing arts instruction for LA teens. Students will spend the summer learning dance, music and theatre skills in a fun, friendly community from LA’s hottest instructor. Daily classes in dance, music, theatre and production with Session 1 starting Jul.14 until Jul. 25 and Session 2 starting Jul. 28 until Aug. 8. Classes are from 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday (Each session is 2 weeks). The Summer Camp ArtShare LA will be located at 801 E 4th Place, LA 90013 (Downtown Los Angeles). For more information, please call Emili at (323) 491-4730 or email at

Classes at Watts Towers Arts Center

Come and take classes onsite of the famous Watts Towers, the Center offers (often free) classes in music, dance and visual arts. There is also art on display and instruments. For more information, please call (213) 847-4646 or email for class info.


Table Manner Etiquette for Kids

We are in a day and age when most meals are consumed using fingers, forks and watching television. Kids do not want to hear that the television should be off while they are eating. Which makes teaching proper table manners and etiquette difficult for some parents. However, kids need to learn proper table manners to avoid embarrassing themselves and possibly their parents too.

In this class your kids will learn:

Why elbows are not allowed on the table      

How to properly set a table

How to properly eat and use their utensils

How to properly eat and cut meat

Which water glass belongs to them

and much much more!

Class starts Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM (PDT). For questions and additional information please contact, Michelle Shannon at (800) 781.5266 or visit

The African American Firefighter Museum

Why take the kids to visit a historical museum like the African American Firefighter museum. The AAFFM opened its doors as a Museum on December 13, 1997. The dedication of the Museum also served as the acknowledgement of what was believed to be the city’s first 100 years of service by African American Firefighters (1897-1997). The African American Firefighter Museum is open to the public, with free admission, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:0 p.m.” The museum is completely run by volunteers and also completely driven by donations.


Swim Classes

Learn how to swim this summer and be able to enjoy any and every pool party to the fullest. There are a number of swim classes available at multiple facilities in the South L.A. area. Please visit

Be safe and enjoy the summer!

Categories: Crenshaw & Around

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