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Start 2020 off right!

Send your kids to an awesome outdoor program during the last week of winter break.

Nurturing with Nature is running January 6 - 10th from 10 am - 12 pm Monday to Friday. Come everyday or just when you can make it! 

Children ages 5 - 10 years old recommended. 

Nurturing with Nature is a 2 hour drop-off program with music, stories, lessons, activities and games for children ages 5 - 10 years old.

The program is themed around gardening, nature and cooking.

Each session takes place outdoors in the garden and includes a snack that we prepare together.

January 6 - 10th 2020

 10 AM to 12 PM (Mon-Fri)

Must Register in advance

$20 per session or the full week for $90

family rates available for 2 or more children

scholarships available for eligible children 

The Learning Garden

at Venice High School

13000 Venice Blvd, 90292

Entrance located on Walgrove Ave just south of Venice Blvd

Daily Classes 

Monday - Starts with a Seeds 

Tuesday - Compost Stew

Wednesday - Wonders of Water

Thursday - Plants & Trees  

Friday - Creature Teachers

Daily Schedule

10:00  drop - off

10:10 - Welcome Song and Lesson

10:30 - Garden Activity and Games

11:15 - Cooking Activity

11:45 - Snack, Story, Song

12 noon - pick up

Call 310-658-1812 to register over the phone (that's the easiest way!) or buy tickets here.



MarLa Brennan specializes in creating and facilitating programs for children. She works as a guest in schools and communities teaching skills in music, gardening, puppetry, juggling, cooking and more! Do you have a special performance or project for your school? MarLa can bring it to a whole new level and leave your students wowed by their own creativity!

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Best for ages 8 and up

With her ukulele MarLa leads simple songs to get groups singing, then we play word association games to get the creativity flowing. Picking a theme and using simple rhymes and melodies we make a song and sing it in a short time! No musical experience necessary.



Best for ages 4 and up!

Create a unique character that you can take with you! Using simple craft materials, participants create their own puppet and get a chance to practice voices, create a story and perform! Sock-puppets, spoon puppets, sponge puppets and more! The world of puppets gives children a chance express in a truly playful and freeing way.



Great for ages 4 - 11.

Outdoor programs includes songs and stories about nature as well as games and activities that help us understand the important role of each element in the ecosystem. We  use materials found in nature to create art, we decorate walking sticks, make natural paints, build rafts out of sticks and reeds and puppets out of stones and leaves! This program is coming soon to The Learning Garden in Los Angeles!

Nurturing with Nature


Best for ages 3 and up!

In these classes we learn where food comes from, how it travels to us, how to mix it up and how it nourishing us! With songs, poetry, food juggling and fresh ingredients participants learn through interactive entertainment how to follow recipes and make snacks essential to healthy eating and satisfying hunger. With taste tests we discover new flavours, with food art we express our creativity, by eating cooking and  together we experience community...and then we even do the dishes!

Creative Cooking


Great for all ages!

Learn the basics of rhythm and music creation. Without any instruments we  create a musical soundscape and explore all the noise the body can make. Group work, simple rhythms and choreography allow participants to create and perform their own body percussion routines!

The Musical Body

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Ideal for ages 7 and up!

Learn the basics of juggling with 1, 2, and 3 balls. This hour long workshop involves group activites of catching and throwing to develop cooridnation and teamwork skills. Individual practice helps kids build confidence and understand the necessity of practice. Partnered juggling and mini-performances let each child shine in their own way!

Song Writing


Perfect for all ages!

Theatre games are a great way to build confidence in performance and public speaking. Playing as a group in storytelling and character-creating exercises, each participant has a chance to express their unique ideas and finesse their comedic skills. The only requirement is the willingness to play!

Playful Performance & Improv

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Great for all ages!

We re-purpose our recycling to make drums, shakers and noise makers to create our own band. Together we will invent ways of turning used materials into musical instruments, decorate them and play original rhythms. 

Recycled Rhythms

Kids in Art Class

MarLa specialise in creating programs that can satisfy any curriculum or interest you may have. She can create programs for children and adults in performance, music, writing, creative expression, cooking, nature-based themes and more. 

Custom Classes