Willow Winter Trimester
Registration is OPEN!
(Registration For Winter Trimester Will Close On Monday, November 25)
CONFERENCE WEEK CAMP Registration is now Closed

Winter Trimester Exploratory descriptions are listed below!

  • Winter Trimester Exploratories will begin on Monday, December 2nd.
  • Exploratories will meet 7 – 9 times, depending on the day of the week and the grade level.
  • Exploratories take place right after school Monday through Friday each week.
  • Registration must be completed and submitted online.

Registration for the Winter Trimester will close on Monday, 11/25

*Please note that these are the exploratories being offered for the Winter Trimester (December 2 – February 14).

TK – Kindergarten Exploratories: Winter Trimester

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Spanish Language – 1:15pm – 2:10pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Learn the beauty of the Spanish language that is spoken widely throughout California and beyond! Teach your child to communicate and learn new vocabulary with this fun class emphasizing the Spanish culture, history, and architecture. You will be impressed with your child’s new Spanish prose and confidence in speaking the second most spoken language throughout the world – Spanish!
Cost: $165 (7 Classes) Class Dates: 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 1/6, 1/13, 2/3, 2/10 (No Class: 12/23, 12/30, 1/20, 1/27)

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Volleyball – 1:15pm – 2:10pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
TGA’s action-packed volleyball program is perfect for beginners and more experienced players alike to build their skills and have a blast learning about the game in a safe and supportive environment. We provide all equipment and bring professionally trained coaches to instruct each lesson! So come discover valuable life lessons, learn volleyball rules and etiquette, and explore academic concepts including STEM through volleyball!
Cost: $195 (7 Classes) Class Dates: 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 1/6, 1/13, 2/3, 2/10 (No Class: 12/23, 12/30, 1/20, 1/27)

Clay Creations! – 1:15pm – 2:10pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Everyone remembers Ceramics!  Create fun and functional objects of art in this unique class.  In this session of Ceramics, students will design a Nacho Platter, fabricate an Animal Planter, build a Treasure Box, and envision a Creation of Their Imagination. On the last day, students will paint a bisque coin bank.  Sculpting and painting techniques will be covered, and creativity is encouraged! Don’t miss out on the fun!
Cost: $255 (9 classes) Class Dates: 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11 (No Class: 12/24, 12/31)

Sky High Dance – 11:40am – 12:35pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Sky High Dance is devoted to motivating and inspiring children to live richer and fuller lives through dance. We use captivating stories, special dance games, and positive music to cultivate every child’s confidence. Our class is open to ALL LEVELS, both boys and girls! At the end of the session, parents, teachers, and friends are invited to watch our Sky High Dance showcase.  Students will perform what they’ve learned, and will take part in an awards ceremony to reward them for their hard-work and dedication.
Cost: $230 (9 Classes) Class Dates: 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 (No Class: 12/25, 1/1)
*Growing Outdoors provides a supervised snack time for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 11:40, and an optional supervised lunch period immediately after the exploratory ends at 12:35.

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Golf – 11:40am – 12:35pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Come play – we bring the golf course to you! Beginner and intermediate players will have a blast building their skills, learning about the rules and etiquette of the games, and exploring how academic concepts like gravity, spin, and force apply to golf through fun games and activities.
Cost: $245 (9 Classes) Class Dates: 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 (No Class: 12/25, 1/1)
*Growing Outdoors provides a supervised snack time for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 11:40, and an optional supervised lunch period immediately after the exploratory ends at 12:35.

Robotics – 1:15pm – 2:10pm
Students participate in a challenge based STEM course focused on teaching hands-on robotics through stimulating their problem solving skills and innovation. Every participant will leave our class with a deeper understanding of robotics and an eagerness to get involved in more STEM activities! Come join the fun in Robotics!
Cost: $265 (9 classes) Class Dates: 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 (No Class: 12/26, 1/2)

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Yoga – 1:15pm – 2:10pm
Mindfulness Yoga with Miss Julie, Creator of the award-winning Kids in Motion Videos, is a haven for children after-school. In addition to learning a wide variety of age appropriate individual, partner, and group yoga poses; children will learn centering, focusing, listening, and breathing techniques that build self-awareness, confidence, compassion, patience, and inner calm – tools that will last a lifetime. Mindfulness Yoga reduces stress and improves concentration, flexibility, balance, strength, and coordination.
Cost: $215 (9 classes) Class Dates: 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 (No Class: 12/26, 1/2)

Martial Arts – Tiger Session! – 1:15pm – 2:10pm
Learn how to become a Respectful Tiger: Known for its immense strength, the tiger is seen as a danger in the animal kingdom. However, to its kin, the tiger is revered for carrying an amazing amount of RESPECT. In order to earn your ORANGE headband, you must learn to show respect to your fellow friends, from sunrise to sunset. Young Ninjas is a high-energy program introducing children to fundamental martial arts elements, like blocks, kicks, strikes, and the all important KI-YAH! Through skill training, fun games, creative challenges, and Pad work on foam targets, children develop self-confidence and learn to enjoy being physically active in a non-contact setting. KI-YAH!
Cost: $215 (9 Classes) Class Dates: 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14 (No Class: 12/27, 1/3)

1st – 3rd Grade Exploratories: Winter Trimester

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Glass Art Fusion 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Growing Outdoors is proud to offer a unique art enrichment program for students! During the 7 week workshop, you’ll learn about the amazing world of fused glass art and get an opportunity to create beautiful projects such as holiday decorations, candle holders, wall art, pendants, and much more. Each workshop teaches students how to cut, shape, and form glass – skills which can be combined with other media such as wood, canvas, acrylic paint, and more!
Cost: $190 + $35 Supplies Fee (7 Classes) Class Dates: 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 1/6, 1/13, 2/3, 2/10 (No Class: 12/23, 12/30, 1/20, 1/27)

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LEGOs: Energy is Everywhere! – 2:30pm – 3:30pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Energy is essential to almost everything we do, from the lights in our homes and classrooms to the gasoline or electricity that fuels our cars. In this exploratory, y ou’ll pair up to discover the world of energy in all its amazing forms! This unit explores many sources of energy from wind and solar power to biofuel and fossil fuel. Students will define terms like renewable, landfill, greenhouse effect, and generator, and will build moving LEGO models of just some of the awesome ways we power our world.
Cost: $190 (7 Classes) Class Dates: 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 1/6, 1/13, 2/3, 2/10 (No Class: 12/23, 12/30, 1/20, 1/27)

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Volleyball – 2:30pm – 3:30pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
TGA’s action-packed volleyball program is perfect for beginners and more experienced players alike to build their skills and have a blast learning about the game in a safe and supportive environment. We provide all equipment and bring professionally trained coaches to instruct each lesson! So come discover valuable life lessons, learn volleyball rules and etiquette, and explore academic concepts including STEM through volleyball!
Cost: $190 (7 Classes) Class Dates: 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 1/6, 1/13, 2/3, 2/10 (No Class: 12/23, 12/30, 1/20, 1/27)

Woodworking – 2:30pm – 3:30pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Calling all Kings, Queens, Lords, and Ladies! Wood-shop is looking for it’s royal woodworkers to build a mighty castle. The great castles of the medieval world continue to fascinate us even today. They ranged from simple wooden enclosures to stone palaces. With it’s 2 towers, hidden floors, secret chambers, arrow loops, and high walls, you will use all of the cutting, sanding, gluing, and other wood-shop skills that we teach you to make your one of a kind project! Let your imagination run wild and picture unicorns and hobbits right outside of your enchanted castle’s sliding door, or you might look out and see some little wizards playing Quidditch outside your castle walls! Register today!
Cost: $250 + $25 Supplies Fee (9 classes) Class Dates: 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11 (No Class: 12/24, 12/31)

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Clay Creations! – 2:30pm – 3:30pm –  Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Everyone remembers Ceramics!  Create fun and functional objects of art in this unique class.  In this session of Ceramics, students will design a Nacho Platter, fabricate an Animal Planter, build a Treasure Box, and envision a Creation of Their Imagination. On the last day, students will paint a bisque coin bank.  Sculpting and painting techniques will be covered, and creativity is encouraged! Don’t miss out on the fun!
Cost: $250 (9 classes) Class Dates: 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11 (No Class: 12/24, 12/31)

Viridian Art – 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32 
Growing Outdoors is excited to offer Viridian Art classes at Willow Elementary this winter! Join us this session for “Winter Baby Animal” themed art.  Real fine art skills taught by experienced art instructors. Learn how to create beautiful finished artwork and sculptures, starting from basic shapes.  We will add color with acrylic and watercolor paint.For young artists who are just starting to learn the basics or for those who want to continue to develop and refine their artistic skills, this is the class for you!
Cost: $230 (9 Classes) Class Dates: 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 (No Class: 12/25, 1/1)
*Growing Outdoors provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:00.

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Sky High Dance – 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32 
Sky High Dance is devoted to motivating and inspiring children to live richer and fuller lives through dance. We use captivating stories, special dance games, and positive music to cultivate every child’s confidence. Our class is open to ALL LEVELS, both boys and girls! At the end of the session, parents, teachers, and friends are invited to watch our Sky High Dance showcase.  Students will perform what they’ve learned, and will take part in an awards ceremony to reward them for their hard-work and dedication.
Cost: $225 (9 Classes) Class Dates: 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 (No Class: 12/25, 1/1)
*Growing Outdoors provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:00.

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Golf – 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32 
Come play – we bring the golf course to you! Beginner and intermediate players will have a blast building their skills, learning about the rules and etiquette of the games, and exploring how academic concepts like gravity, spin, and force apply to golf through fun games and activities.
Cost: $240 (9 Classes) Class Dates: 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 (No Class: 12/25, 1/1)
*Growing Outdoors provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:00.

Robotics – 2:30pm – 3:30pm 
Students participate in a challenge based STEM course focused on teaching hands-on robotics through stimulating their problem solving skills and innovation. Every participant will leave our class with a deeper understanding of robotics and an eagerness to get involved in more STEM activities! Come join the fun in Robotics!
Cost: $260 (9 classes) Class Dates: 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 (No Class: 12/26, 1/2)

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Yoga – 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Mindfulness Yoga with Miss Julie, Creator of the award-winning Kids in Motion Videos, is a haven for children after-school. In addition to learning a wide variety of age appropriate individual, partner, and group yoga poses; children will learn centering, focusing, listening, and breathing techniques that build self-awareness, confidence, compassion, patience, and inner calm – tools that will last a lifetime. Mindfulness Yoga reduces stress and improves concentration, flexibility, balance, strength, and coordination.
Cost: $210 (9 classes) Class Dates: 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 (No Class: 12/26, 1/2)

Improv Spinoff! – 2:30pm – 3:30pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Improv Spinoff is a fun, exciting, on your feet, and energetic class for kids to learn a new and important life skill, improvisation! Improvisation (“improv” for short) is a form of live theatre in which plot, characters, and dialogue are made up in the moment. In this class, we’ll explore improv through fun workshops, games, character development, and mini shows. By practicing improv, kids can build their skills in public speaking, quick thinking, creativity, adaptability, and collaboration! Let’s have a great time after school with Improv Spinoff!
Cost: $170 (9 Classes) Class Dates: 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14 (No Class: 12/27, 1/3)

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Martial Arts – Tiger Session! – 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Learn how to become a Respectful Tiger: Known for its immense strength, the tiger is seen as a danger in the animal kingdom. However, to its kin, the tiger is revered for carrying an amazing amount of RESPECT. In order to earn your ORANGE headband, you must learn to show respect to your fellow friends, from sunrise to sunset. Young Ninjas is a high-energy program introducing children to fundamental martial arts elements, like blocks, kicks, strikes, and the all important KI-YAH! Through skill training, fun games, creative challenges, and Pad work on foam targets, children develop self-confidence and learn to enjoy being physically active in a non-contact setting. KI-YAH!
Cost: $210 (9 Classes) Class Dates: 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14 (No Class: 12/27, 1/3)

4th – 5th Grade Exploratories: Winter Trimester

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Glass Art Fusion – 2:55pm – 3:55pm
Growing Outdoors is proud to offer a unique art enrichment program for students! During the 7 week workshop, you’ll learn about the amazing world of fused glass art and get an opportunity to create beautiful projects such as holiday decorations, candle holders, wall art, pendants, and much more. Each workshop teaches students how to cut, shape, and form glass – skills which can be combined with other media such as wood, canvas, acrylic paint, and more!
Cost: $190 + $35 Supplies Fee (7 Classes) Class Dates: 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 1/6, 1/13, 2/3, 2/10 (No Class: 12/23, 12/30, 1/20, 1/27)

Woodworking – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Calling all Kings, Queens, Lords, and Ladies! Wood-shop is looking for it’s royal woodworkers to build a mighty castle. The great castles of the medieval world continue to fascinate us even today. They ranged from simple wooden enclosures to stone palaces. With it’s 2 towers, hidden floors, secret chambers, arrow loops, and high walls, you will use all of the cutting, sanding, gluing, and other wood-shop skills that we teach you to make your one of a kind project! Let your imagination run wild and picture unicorns and hobbits right outside of your enchanted castle’s sliding door, or you might look out and see some little wizards playing Quidditch outside your castle walls! Register today!
Cost: $250 + $25 Supplies Fee (9 classes) Class Dates: 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11 (No Class: 12/24, 12/31)

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Clay Creations! – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Everyone remembers Ceramics!  Create fun and functional objects of art in this unique class.  In this session of Ceramics, students will design a Nacho Platter, fabricate an Animal Planter, build a Treasure Box, and envision a Creation of Their Imagination. On the last day, students will paint a bisque coin bank.  Sculpting and painting techniques will be covered, and creativity is encouraged! Don’t miss out on the fun!
Cost: $250 (9 Classes) Class Dates: 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11 (No Class: 12/24, 12/31)

Viridian Art – 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32 
Growing Outdoors is excited to offer Viridian Art classes at Willow Elementary this winter! Join us this session for “Winter Baby Animal” themed art.  Real fine art skills taught by experienced art instructors. Learn how to create beautiful finished artwork and sculptures, starting from basic shapes.  We will add color with acrylic and watercolor paint.For young artists who are just starting to learn the basics or for those who want to continue to develop and refine their artistic skills, this is the class for you!
Cost: $230 (9 Classes) Class Dates: 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 (No Class: 12/25, 1/1)
*Growing Outdoors provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:00.

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Sky High Dance – 1:00pm – 2:00pm– Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32 
Sky High Dance is devoted to motivating and inspiring children to live richer and fuller lives through dance. We use captivating stories, special dance games, and positive music to cultivate every child’s confidence. Our class is open to ALL LEVELS, both boys and girls! At the end of the session, parents, teachers, and friends are invited to watch our Sky High Dance showcase.  Students will perform what they’ve learned, and will take part in an awards ceremony to reward them for their hard-work and dedication.
Cost: $225 (9 Classes) Class Dates: 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 (No Class: 12/25, 1/1)
*Growing Outdoors provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:00.

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Golf – 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32 
Come play – we bring the golf course to you! Beginner and intermediate players will have a blast building their skills, learning about the rules and etiquette of the games, and exploring how academic concepts like gravity, spin, and force apply to golf through fun games and activities.
Cost: $240 (9 Classes) Class Dates: 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 (No Class: 12/25, 1/1)
*Growing Outdoors provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:00.

Robotics – 2:55pm – 3:55pm
Students participate in a challenge based STEM course focused on teaching hands-on robotics through stimulating their problem solving skills and innovation. Every participant will leave our class with a deeper understanding of robotics and an eagerness to get involved in more STEM activities! Come join the fun in Robotics!
Cost: $260 (9 classes) Class Dates: 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 (No Class: 12/26, 1/2)

Digital Photography – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Come learn how to take digital photographs! Work on your imagination! Learn how to edit photographs and learn advanced camera tips! In this class, there will be opportunities for taking portraits, landscapes, and more while exploring how to use lighting, texture, and the different parts of the camera. Cameras will be provided!
Cost: $215 (9 classes) Class Dates: 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14 (No Class: 12/27, 1/3)

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Frequently Asked Questions
Why a new After-School Enrichment Program?

We’ve been brought on by Willow to bring a cohesiveness and centrality to the after-school exploratories. We hope to provide great service, purposeful programming, and a safe environment where your child can thrive.

A few features of the Growing Outdoors program:

  • We have a Site Coordinator on campus from before the first program begins until the last child is picked up! The Site Coordinator will be reachable by phone while program is running, have a health form for each child, a first aid kit, student lists, and release/emergency information.
  • There is a Growing Outdoors Exploratory Leader in each class! Our trained staff person is there to focus on the students’ well being, while the vendor or Program Specialist will handle the instruction of the activity. Our staff person can help with any individual or emotional problems that may arise, so the instructor can focus on the activity as a whole. They will also handle attendance and dismissal (don’t forget to bring your picture ID!) so you can be sure that your child is well cared for.
  • The Site Coordinator and each Exploratory Leader will have a walkie talkie so additional assistance is only a walkie talkie call away!
  • Registration and payment for all after-school exploratories happens online, making it easier for you!
What happens if my child participates in the YMCA after-care program?
At the end of each exploratory, Growing Outdoors staff will walk those children enrolled in YMCA program from their exploratory to the appropriate location.
What do I do if my child has to miss an exploratory day?

Please call us as early as possible (before 11 is preferable!) at (818) 889-8383. We will be preparing daily attendance sheets for each exploratory, so it would be helpful to have that information as early as possible. If a child that is expected does not show up for their exploratory, we will first check with the school to confirm that they were in attendance that day, and then we will call the parents to confirm their child’s safety.

Why are the exploratories divided into trimesters?

We feel that students will get the most out of each exploratory when they have consistent time to be with the same students and the same instructors to build a rapport. By making each trimester eight to ten calendar weeks in length, students will have three opportunities during the school year to try different exploratories. Each trimester will offer different class options for the various age groups!

Why does registration close before the first day of each exploratory?

Growing Outdoors wants to provide the best possible after school enrichment program. Therefore, we need time to schedule and prepare our staff, in addition to reviewing each child’s health form, prior to the first day of each exploratory.

Why are the exploratories priced differently?
The price of all of our exploratories is based on number of class meetings, supply costs, staffing needs, and specialized instructor costs. By basing it on these factors, you can rest assured that you are getting what you pay for!
Is it possible for an exploratory to be cancelled?

Occasionally, Growing Outdoors has to cancel an exploratory because low enrollment numbers make it logistically and financially nonviable. Should this happen to any exploratory for which you have signed up your child, we will contact you to discuss all alternative options (including the option of a full refund for the cancelled exploratory).

Could an individual class meeting be cancelled?

On very rare occasions, an exploratory does not happen quite as we planned! If there is ever an exploratory meeting that needs to be rescheduled, we will notify you in advance, and will still offer optional care for your child during their normal exploratory hour in the form of fun games and activities led by Growing Outdoors staff. Should an instructor be late or unable to make it to an exploratory meeting due to unforeseen circumstances, we will work with the school and vendor to reschedule the “missed” class. Never fear! Growing Outdoors staff will always be there to collect and care for your child and to make sure that they have a great time!

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