Monday, January 26, 2015

Parenting OC Summer Activities and Camps Expo in Irvine **ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCED**

Are you looking ahead to summer already and well.. trying to figure out how to keep older kiddos entertained and doing something meaningful ?!

Parenting OC Summer Activities and Camps Expo in Irvine Announces Top Entertainment
Parenting OC Cover 12-2014

Parents will meet summer camps and activity directors one-on-one; Fifth-grade Spelling Bee, Cute Kid Contest and YouTube sensation, Irvine’s Skylar Stecker, set to perform.

ANAHEIM, CA – The entertainment lineup for Parenting OC Magazine’s ninth annual Summer Opportunities Jamboree has been announced, with performances by some of OC’s most talented kids rounding out a full day of summer activities planning and family fun in Irvine. 
The free event will take place Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 at the TVT Community Day School in Irvine, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A variety of exhibitors are expected, representing summer camps, sports programs, family travel destinations, activities and school summer programs.

The Kidpalooza Stage at the event will feature a variety of artists from different cultures showcasing their unique skills. This year’s featured artist—and the January cover story in Parenting OC—is YouTube sensation Skylar Stecker. At 12 years old, Stecker has already made a name for herself in the music industry by writing her own songs and performing at major league stadiums and local venues like the Roxy Theater. With over 10 million views on her YouTube channel and her EP “Firecracker” scheduled to come out Jan. 27, she is not stopping any time soon. Following her performance, Stecker will be hosting a Q&A with the audience.

Also scheduled to appear is 12-year-old Sean Le of MasterChef Junior fame. The cooking wunderkind, of Santa Ana, will be giving a cooking demonstration on stage. Le started cooking five years ago after watching his mom cook Vietnamese food in their home.

Twins brothers Kyle and Benjamin Sharp make up SharpTurnAhead, a duo that moved to Laguna Beach from Texas in 2009. The brothers, set to perform at Jamboree, have since performed at Laguna’s Sawdust Festival, the Orange County Fair, Laguna Hills Mall, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Knott’s Berry Farm, exposing them to local teens and growing their fan base. Their EP “Just for You” was released last April and their latest single “Back to Summer” came out in October.

Other entertainers include dancers from the Thistle Academy of Irish Dance, which teaches children an art deeply rooted in Irish cultural traditions; UC Irvine’s Jodaiko Japanese Drumming Ensemble, a group that passionately performs the art of Taiko; and hosting venue Tarbut V’Torah Community Day School’s own TVT Garage Band. El Rancho Charter School’s Concert Band and Orchestra will perform modern pop songs and Lost in Atlantis will play a set of rock music with the message that goals are unstoppable when you believe in yourself.

The Jamboree Spelling Bee will begin at 10 a.m., with some of the best spellers in OC representing their schools in the hopes of winning the grand prize. Students in third through fifth grades will compete in a multi-round competition. Sandra Cabouat, TVT’s Dean of Lower School, will judge the competition once again.

“While the audience sits quietly in anticipation over each round, it is truly amazing to see these 4th and 5th grade students from all different schools cheer each other on and rise to the occasion of the competition. Students practice all year for this and often compete at the school beforehand in order to attend the Jamboree, so it is a grand accomplishment to just take part,” said Cabouat.

Parents will also have the opportunity to enter their children in the Cutest Kid Cover Contest with the chance to appear on the cover of an upcoming issue of Parenting OC Magazine. Categories will include Cutest Baby, Cutest Kid and Cutest Tween. Children will be photographed at the event then winners will be chosen by an online voting process beginning in March.

Exhibitors already scheduled to appear include Academy at the Sea, Adam Kennedy Baseball, Biola Youth Academics, Brain Balance, Camp James, Camp Med-O-Lark, Camp Wekeela, Catalina Island Camps, Child Development Inc., Crazzy’s Wasewagon, Discovery Cube, Farm Fresh, ID Tech, Irvine Soccer Academy, K12, Lazy W Ranch, Mariners Church Preschool, Mountain Meadow Ranch, OC Children’s Book Festival, Once Upon a Storybook, Professional Face Painter, Santa Catalina, Scholar Share, Smile Wide, Super Camp, Tarbut V’Torah and West Wind Sailing.

For more information on the Summer Opportunities Jamboree, visit or just click HERE to be taken to the Jamboree page directly.
It's always a good idea to be proactive in all we do - this is one kids Jamboree close to home to make sure you check out ! 
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