The Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine is offering a series of classes for children during the winter season.
The “Misfit Toys Workshop” on Saturday, Dec. 21 from 10am to noon at Averyboo Arts Studio, 3908 Atlantic Ave. is available for children age 7 to 12 to invent a new toy or create an artistic sculpture using pieces and parts from discarded misfit toys. Students will learn about abstract art and proper use of adhesives and paints.
For children looking to do better in school as a New Year’s resolution, the “Persuasive Paragraphs” enrichment course encourages children to have fun with creative writing and discover the persuasive power of the written word. Students are encouraged to arrive 10 minutes early for exercises. Classes start on Jan. 9 and Feb. 6 at the Cypress Community Center, 5700 Orange Ave. in Cypress.
The “Wellness and Changing Health Behaviors” course offers a chance for participants to examine their health behaviors, motivations and limitations. Participants will also set “realistic health goals and achieve them through stress reduction, exercise and nutrition.” Sessions start on Jan. 15 at College Estates Park.
For an extra push, “Tabata Bootcamp” engages participants in high intensity interval training to lose weight and build muscle. Classes begin on Jan. 13 at Wardlow Park.
To register for all classes, call (562) 570-3111 to get a password and be set up for the regular registration service or online registration, mail to 2760 Studebaker Rd, Long Beach, CA 90815, fax to (562) 570-3113 or walk in at the El Dorado Park Administration Building, 2760 Studebaker Rd. Office hours are Monday to Friday from 9am to 5:30pm.