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UCLA: A Weekend of Fun in the Sun and the July 23rd Daily

Another weekend has come and gone at Summer Discovery UCLA. With our 5 and 2 week program approaching its conclusion, it was the final weekend in Los Angeles for many of our students. Fortunately, it was a blast!

On Friday, our 2 and 3 week students spent the morning and early afternoon in class, while our 5 and 6 week students went on tours of Cal Tech, Pomona and Pepperdine. Following afternoon excursions to Santa Monica Beach and the Americana, Summer Discovery spent the evening in the John Wooden Center for our annual “Night at the Wooden”. For two hours, UCLA’s premiere training facility was our exclusive playground. Our hotly contested 3v3 basketball tournament ended with team “Pharaohs” (the RCs) reigning supreme. Elsewhere in the building, students received henna tattoos, had their fortunes told, participated in a game show, took photos in our photobooth and were treated to an up-close magic show.

Summer Discovery was spread out across Southern California on Saturday, from hanging out at Manhattan Beach, to catching an Angels game, to the pure happiness at Disneyland. Students at Disney visited some of the world’s most legendary rides, including Pirates of The Caribbean and It’s A Small World. In the evening, we witnessed the spectacle of Disneyland’s parades, fireworks, and legendary Fantasmic show. Our beach goers came back to Hedrick for a quick meal and change of clothes before heading of to the movies. Side note, Mama Mia was excellent... go see it if you haven’t.

Closing out our weekend, Sunday featured trips to Camarillo Outlets and the LACMA. Other students spent the morning hiking to the Hollywood sign or hanging by the Sunset Rec Pool. In the afternoon, our thrill-seekers spent time putting the petal-to-the-metal at Speed Zone Go Karting. Our final activity of the weekend was a good old fashioned bowling trip.

As we look ahead, we are quickly approaching the conclusion of our 2 and 5 week programs. As our departing students wrap up their classes, we will send them off on fantastic trips, with Glowzone LA, Santa Monica Beach, Rodeo Drive and the Griffith Observatory at night. For information on these activities and more, stay tuned to the Summer Discovery UCLA blog!

The UCLA Daily: July 23