four young students running July 13, 2017

Summer Fun: Upcoming Educational Opportunities at Excel and in the Community

Summer is an especially great time to be an Excel Academy student or parent. In addition to our 1,800+ approved educational and extracurricular vendors and the Summer Jumpstart Program, we also sponsor all sorts of summer field trips so that students can get out and see the world around them. Here’s what’s coming up this summer: 

Excel Sponsored Field Trips

We take students on field trips throughout the school year, but with more free time and less schoolwork, we make a point to provide extra options during summer. Our upcoming field trips include:

Jet Propulsion Lab Tour (July 27, 9:30 a.m.)

An educational space and science tour at NASA’s field center in La Cañada Flintridge.

Nongshim Ramen Plant Tour (August 1, 10 a.m.)

See how world-famous ramen noodles are made!

Handel Ice Cream Tour (August 9, 9:30 a.m.)

Students will learn the ice cream making process before receiving a free scoop of ice cream. Cost for the tour is $2 per person, paid at the end. 

Yakult Yogurt Drink Facility Tour (August 10, 1:30 p.m.)

A behind-the-scenes look at the unique production process for the popular Yakult health drink.

Community Events

There are also many family-friendly events happening in our communities, a few of which we’ve curated for you below. From music to science nights and star parties, a Southern California summer is packed with fun happenings.

Free Morning Rehearsals at The Hollywood Bowl (Various Dates)

Listen to the beautiful music at the morning rehearsal of the L.A. Phil and others at the Hollywood Bowl during the season. This free event is usually available Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and ending at noon or later. Call (323) 850-2000 on Monday mornings to see what the lineup is for the week. 

The Department of Defense and Wildlife Management: A Tale of Two Missions—Presentation at the Aquarium of the Pacific (July 18, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.)

Robert Schallmann, the conservation manager at the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, is responsible for the conservation program and managing endangered species. His presentation will show how the military's natural resources program works. If you can't attend in person, you can watch it streamed live online. 

Family Science Night at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point (July 20, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.)

The theme for this event is The Scoop on Poop: The Science of What is Left Behind with Ocean Institute's Outdoor Education Team. Come and learn from scientists all about poop, droppings, and "scat.” 

Free Star Party at the Griffith Park Observatory (Jul 29, 2017, 2:00 p.m.-9:45 p.m.)

Volunteers from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers, and the Planetary Society will be available to assist with the viewing. Everyone will have a chance to see the moon, sun, and other planets, depending on sky conditions. There are plenty of telescopes and astronomers on hand to answer questions and share knowledge. Admission to the Observatory grounds is free. 

Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL) College Fair in Los Angeles (July 30, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

This is a great college fair for students and parents to talk directly with admissions departments for colleges that are part of the CTCL list. These colleges have a strong liberal arts focus, which includes STEM. There will be a 30-minute presentation followed by 1.5-hour college fair. The fair is free and no registration is required. 

There’s Much More

This list is just a taste of what’s coming up in early summer. With many other Excel field trips and community events lined up all the way to the start of the school year, it’s easy to keep your student engaged and active during the break. To learn more about summer educational opportunities, contact us. We are happy to answer any questions you might have, offer our recommendations, and assist you with registering your student for field trips.