Camps

Sport, activity and specialty camps. Camps are also listed throughout Kidsguide; check your area of interest for additional listings. For additional resources, see our current issue.

49er and Academic Enrichment Summer Camps

Two great summer camps make for one great day. Spend mornings at Academic Camp brushing up on skills in a fun atmosphere, then enjoy an afternoon of sports at 49er Camp, now celebrating their 50th anniversary. Click here for details.

Acting Out

Save your “drama” for camp! This week-long camp celebrates creativity through drama skills workhsops, ensemble building and a whole lot of fun.

Alley Kat Music Center

One-week summer session for piano students (grades 3-6) will include enrichment, games, prizes and a field trip to the Museum of Making Music.

Alpert JCC in Long Beach

Youth and Teen Spring-Break Camps, JCC Camp Komaroff Summer Camp and Teen Camp J Crew, plus basketball, dance, cooking, martial arts, science, soccer, theater arts, and academic camps.

American Camp Association

Referrals and recommendations for accredited camps. The ACA also provides information on how to choose a camp and prepare a child for the camp experience.

Anaheim Community Services

CampVenture Day Camp (6-13) for spring and summer, and O.A.K.S. Summer Day Camp (5-12).

Aquarium of the Pacific Summer Day Camp Adventures

Go behind the scenes at the Aquarium and prepare food for the animals, participate in games and crafts, and conduct marine biology experiments.

Aquatics and Specialty Camps in Long Beach

A variety of aquatics and specialty camps are offered all summer long, such as Belmont Junior Aquatics Camp, Bayshore Marine Biology Camp, Bay Club Teen Camp, Whaley Park Music and Arts Day Camp and lots more!

Art Steps

Fill your summer with art! Fine art day camps, offered in half-day and full-day options, with something for every young artist, from the young child, to growing artists and teens.

Arts and Learning Conservatory

Join their critically acclaimed performing arts program that provides dynamic instruction in the exciting world of theater, voice, instrumental music, and/or dance during spring- and summer-break camps.

Beach Activities Lifestyle Fun Beach Camp

Beach, Activities, Lifestyle, Fun Summer Beach Camp is a dynamic, extremely fun junior waterman experience in Long Beach that includes SUP paddling, bodysurfing, body boarding, Big Red Bus trips, unique beach excursions and beach games based out of the Granada Street launch ramp.

Bellflower Recreation and Parks

Day Camps (7-15) – Spring camp, April 14-18, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – noon. Summer camp, eight-week sessions, June – August, Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – noon.

Billie Jean King and El Dorado Park Tennis Center’s School-Break Camps

Youth Tennis Camps (4-17) are offered in one-week sessions during spring, summer and winter vacations.

Bommer Canyon Cattle Camps

Eco-explorers Day Camp (5-12): camp themes include Power of Plants, Wildlife Detectives, Geology Rocks, Crazy Critters, Water World, Animal Adaptations, Creatures of the Deep; and Spectacular and Wacky Science; June 30 – August 22; $105 per week.

Bowers Kidseum

Kidseum offers Summer Art Adventures and Archaeology Camps (ages 6-12) in weeklong sessions, June 23 – August 15.

Boys and Girls Club

Day camps (5-18) are offered at most branches during vacation breaks and school holidays, usually Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (hours vary).

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Summer Camps: Crab Shells and Native Tales (grades 3-4), July 7-11 and August 18-22; Ichthyology and Other Slimy Words (grades 5-6), July 21-25 and August 11-15; Wet Tech (grades 7-9), August 4-8; and Marine Sci Hi (grades 9-12), July 14-18. $85.

Camp Fire

Spring camp, April 1-5, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., $125-160; extended camp available, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., additional $30. Summer Camps: Backyard Bunch – Ten-week summer camps for kids, June 17 – August 23 (entering grades K-8).

Camp Pegasus

Camp Pegasus is open to the public and offers unique and exciting summer enrichment classes for students entering pre-K through eighth grade. Innovate! Create!

Camp Pinniped at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center

Day camp (8-12): one-week sessions, June – August. Campers learn about marine biology and animal rehabilitation, create ocean art and make fish smoothies to feed the pups (there is no direct contact with animals).

Center for Living Peace

Center for Living Peace is a non-profit organization that offers camps for those with an interest in arts, culture, the environment and kids’ exercise.

Costa Mesa Community Services

Spring Camp (grades K-6): April 7-11. Summer Teen Camp (entering grades 7-9): June 23 – August 15, Monday – Friday, $155 per week (additional $5 for non-residents).

CSULB Young Writers Camp

The Young Writers’ Camp teaches and supports writing in a fun, relaxed, non-threatening environment. With the slogan “Everyone Writes With Smiles,” the Writing Camp welcomes young writers entering grades 1-12.

Cub Scout Day Camp with Orange County Boy Scouts

Cub Scout Day Camp is the best week of a Cub Scout’s summer! Do not let your son miss all the fun and excitement that takes place at Day Camp.

Cypress College – Kids’ College

Summer camps include academics, arts, computers and digital media, sports, cooking and languages.

Cypress Recreation and Parks

Spring and summer day and specialty camps including basketball and baseball camps.

Dance and Theatre Summer Spectacular Camp!

This summer, Elevation Studios will offer four unique weeks of dance and theatre day camps. Beginning through intermediate levels, ages 5-12.

Discovery Science Center

Experience It. Learn It. Never Forget It. Have a curious young explorer, future veterinarian or aspiring zoologist who seeks out the wilder side of science?

Diving Camps at McCormick Divers

Day camps for the novice to the high school diver (5-18) is offered in one-week sessions, June 16 – August 22, at recently renovated Silverado Park Pool.

Downey Parks and Recreation

Summer day camps (6-14): one-week sessions, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., June – August. Extended hours available.

En Pointe Dance and Fitness

En Pointe Dance & Fitness offers fun and exciting summer camps. They introduce your child (4-8) to various forms of dance during one-week camps, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Fairmont Summer Programs

With locations throughout Orange County, Fairmont Summer Programs offer academic camp, school and enrichment workshops customizable to any family’s schedule.

Family Vacation Camps

Family Vacation Center, Montecito-Sequoia Family Vacation Camp and Skylake Yosemite Camp.

First Congregational Church

Day camp (7-15): six-week summer program, June 30 – August 8, includes swimming, excursions, crafts and one hour of study per day.

Fountain Valley Community Services Summer Park Program

Spring Break Basketball Camp (8-13), April 14-18, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – noon, $75. Summer day camps (5-12): Days, time, and locations vary, June – August. $60-180.

Fullerton Parks and Recreation

Camp Hillcrest (5-12): Spring day camp, March 24-28, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., $100; 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., $160. Summer day camp also offered.

Garden Grove Recreation

Looking for a great place to send your child this summer? Check out The City of Garden Grove’s Summer Day Camp for kids (5-12).

Grace First Presbyterian Church Summer Camps for Kids, Teens and Young Adults

Grace First Presbyterian Church has a full summer of camp offerings for children and youth. Summer Arts is a music, arts and drama camp designed for arts exploration (4 yrs – grade 5), July 7-11, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. VBS is Vacation Bible School (4 yrs – grade 5), July 21-25, 9 a.m. – noon.

Gryphon Fitness Studio

Go from Zero to Zorro! Vacation-break camps will teach your child the sport of fencing.

Huntington Beach Recreation

Spring Camps: MAD Science (5-12), April 14-18, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – noon, $135; and Skateboarding and Scootering Camp (5-13), April 14-18. Summer camps also offered.

iD Tech Camps & iD Tech Academies

Take interests further and gain a competitive edge for school, college and future careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Ages 7-17 create apps, video games, C++/Java programs, mods with Minecraft, movies, robots and more.

IncrediFlix Summer Camps

IncrediFlix brings new elements to summer camps. In stop-motion or filmmaking camps, imagination and creativity are expanded. Filmmakers learn story structure, storyboarding, and to work together as a crew, act in movies, and learn filmmaking techniques

International Water Polo Club

In their school-break camps, serving all communities, focus is on getting kids (4-14) used to the water in a non-competitive environment.

Irvine Recreation

Spring intersession camps: March 31 – April 18, include arts, tennis and iCamp. Spring break camps: April 14-18. Summer camps: June 30 – August 29, include more than 100 themes.

Jammin’ Music & Arts

Long Beach’s only multi-art center has an array of summer camps to choose from in music, art, theater and academics.

Kick It Up

Dance camps at Kick It Up are a blast and are a wonderful and magical way to spend your child’s summer!

Kidnastics

Are you looking for a fun-filled exciting program for your children to get into this summer? Well, look no further. Kidnastics offers exciting summer day camp programs for children ages 4 years and up.

Lake Forest Communty Services

Spring Breakout Camp (7-11) and Spring Into Fun Teen Camp (12+), April 14-18, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Lakewood Recreation and Community Services

A variety of camps are offered for all ages that include Monte Verde Park Summer Day Camp and Summer Sports Camp, plus Family Camp.

LangoKids Irvine

Camp Lango is a Spanish immersion camp offered during summer and winter breaks, designed to give children (5-10) a unique experience.

Lil’ Chef School

Lil’ Chef School offer’s hands-on cooking fun and culinary adventures in their spring and summer camps. Five Course Meals,” “Be a Food Network Star,” “Baking Boot Camp,” more!

Long Beach Ballet Academy Children’s Dance Camp 2014

The Long Beach Ballet offers an exciting two-week summer dance camp for ages 5-11 (no previous dance training required). The experienced faculty offers classes in ballet, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, yoga/stretch, pre-pointe and crafts.

Long Beach City College Sports Camps

Long Beach City College offers summer sports camps including swimming, diving, water polo, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, golf, soccer, track and field, volleyball, and weight training.

Long Beach Marine Institute – Ocean Adventure Camp 2014

The following oceanography and marine biology camp offers exciting programs aimed at various age groups. Day camps run from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday – Friday, beginning June 16 and ending August 15.

Long Beach Museum of Art

LBMA offers art programs and workshops all year, focusing on the current exhibits of contemporary art.

Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine

Camps are offered at various Long Beach parks. For additional camps, see Aquatics and Specialty Camps in this section and Nature Kids! Discovery Workshops at El Dorado Nature Center under “Science and Technology.”

Long Beach Playhouse Summer Theatre Conservatory

This unique three-week day camp invites each young actor, singer and dancer (ages 7-17) to develop his or her skills in daily classes.

Long Beach State Soccer Academy

Long Beach State Women’s Soccer invites you to participate in the 2014 Long Beach State Soccer Academy, June 23-27, July 7-11, July 14-18, and July 28-30. See “Soccer” for details.

Los Alamitos Recreation

Los Alamitos Summer Day Camp (5-12) – Games, swimming, excursions and a trip to a major amusement park; one-week sessions, June 16 – August 22, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; optional extended care, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Los Caballeros Racquet and Sports Club

Los Cab Summer Camp is held on 17 acres of beautifully landscaped gated property in Fountain Valley. Your child, ages 4-13, will participate in a variety of sports, such as tennis, racquetball, volleyball, basketball and swimming.

LVCC Musical Theatre Workshop

An arts immersion experience for kids (preschool – 10th grade) involving all aspects of musical theatre, including acting, stagecraft, music, dance and leadership training.

Lycee International de Los Angeles (LILA) – Orange County Campus

Lycée International de Los Angeles (LILA) is proud to present “Ecole du Soleil,” French summer camp in Los Feliz and Orange County.

Mad Science

No one does summer (and spring break) camps like Mad Science! From building bridges and digging dinosaurs to readying rockets and cracking codes, children in Mad Science camp participate in scientific explorations.

Mission Viejo Recreation

A variety of summer camps include academic, cooking and sewing.

MOLAA’s Summer Art Camp

Series of bilingual art and culture camps for children and teens ages 6-15. Campers explore Latin American culture through art workshops, martial arts, dancing, cooking and more!

Muckenthaler Cultural Center Multi-Arts Summer Camp

Arts Camp includes a sampler of diverse mediums: from visual (clay, drawing, painting, photography and animation) to performing (dance, theater, clowning, ukulele, singing and puppetry), with an infusion of science.

Musical Theatre Academy of Orange County

Fast-paced intensive workshops for kids and teens (7-19). Learn choreography and vocals for Broadway-style revues that culminate in two performances. Each session is a different revue. Students will learn 30-40 Broadway songs!

Musical Theatre West

Musical Theatre West is offering a two-week musical theatre conservatory for youth (8-18) taught by working theatre professionals. Students receive in-depth training in singing, dancing and acting.

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center offers one of the best camp programs in town. Children of all ages can enjoy a day of camp with hands-on arts and crafts, music, dance, games, and overall emphasis on learning solid skills and fundamentals in sports and gymnastics.

Newport Beach Recreation Services

Spring Break Camps (3-14): April 7-18. Summer Camps (3-16): More than 600 weeklong camps, June 23 – August 29.

Ocean Institute

Ocean-themed day camps in eight different age groups (5-17). Overnight camp (11-13) also offered.

Orange County Song and Dance Co. Performing Arts Camp

Ten full days of instruction with professionals from Hollywood and New York. Participants work with musical directors on audition songs and vocal techniques.

Pacific Conservatory, Music & Arts Education

Your child (ages 3-12) will experience music, art and theater each fun-filled day at DiscoveryARTS Camps available during spring, summer, winter and ski-week vacations.

PJ’s Place

Get ready for three weeks of fun, friendship and awesome activities! From sports to performing arts, cooking to science and nature, there is something for everyone.

Prentice School Summer Program

The Prentice School offers a four-week K-12 summer program composed of multi-sensory, academic, enrichment programs, as well as a fun-filled afternoon Summer Camp.

Rancho Rio Verde Horsemanship Camp

Small group instruction in riding and vaulting (gymnastics on horseback). Each camper has a horse to care for during the week.

Rossmoor Park Summer Camp

Summer day camp (5-12) includes arts and crafts, games, sports, field trips, cultural enrichment days and contests. Fees start at $25.

Sandie Mercer Ranch

Weekly extended lesson program at Shady Acres for ages 7-16. Learn all about horses; horseback riding two times daily.

Santa Fe Springs Christian School

Santa Fe Springs Christian School Summer Day Camp is jammed packed with weekly field trips, splasher pool twice a week, two free meals per week and daily arts and crafts!

Seal Beach Community Services

A variety of summer camps (6-15), June – August, include sports, art, surfing, skateboarding, photography, animation, filmmaking, magic, dance, cooking, sand-castle building, robots and academics.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Summer Camps

Film Camp – Weeklong camp runs August 11-15. Guided by leading industry professionals for campers (9-17). Six Days of Broadway Musical Theater Camp – One-week intensive musical theater camp.

Sewing with Jane Summer Camp

Kids (grades K-9) engineer fun through inventive and playful constructor and robotics camps. “Crazy Constructors” combines LEGO Ed with simple machines and physical science concepts that captivate K-5 brains.

Shared Science

Kids (grades K-9) engineer fun through inventive and playful constructor and robotics camps. “Crazy Constructors” combines LEGO Ed with simple machines and physical science concepts that captivate K-5 brains.

Signal Hill Community Services

Itty Bitty Day Camp (3-5): Weekly themed activities, four sessions, June 30 – July 25, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Skatedogs

Kids will make new friends, advance their skateboarding or scootering skills, and most importantly, have fun, at Skatedogs’ school-break skateboarding camps offered through city parks and recreation departments.

South Coast Fencing Center Fencing Camps

The South Coast Fencing Center will be hosting fencing camps this summer for all levels. Learn and develop the skills necessary to attack and defend yourself.

Southeast Japanese School’s Camp Hanabi

Camp Hanabi strives to expand awareness of Japanese American culture to new generations through language, art, music, dance, media, sports and fun!

SPCAla’s Friends for Life Camp

Spring Day Camp (9-12): Three sessions: April 7-11, 14-18 and 21-25. $325. Summer Day Camp (8-10): ten one-week sessions, June 16 – August 29; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. $325.

Spring and Summer Break Camps at Newport Sea Base

Spring Camps: Morning camps: Scrimshaw Art and Fish Dissection (7-10), and Ocean Engineering and Ocean Animation (11-17). Summer camps include Squids Camp (6-7), Aquatics Camp (8-10) and Teen Camp (11-17).

Spring and Summer Spanish Culinary Camps for Kids™ by Academic Learning and Languages

Here are your Spanish Language and Hispanic Culture camps for scholars (6-11)! Youngsters will play, sing and cook their way into learning frequently used phrases, songs, verb conjugations, Hispanic-oriented art projects and yummy Latin-based recipes.

Summer Adventures at Rancho Los Cerritos

Campers (6-11) learn about life in Old California through games, crafts, chores, stories and hands-on activities like churning butter, dipping candles, punching tin, tooling leather, washing clothes and stomping adobe.

Summer at Westerly School

Westerly continues its approach of engaging students through rich instruction and application throughout the summer months. Summer with Westerly is uniquely customized to meet the needs of your family by offering a variety of opportunities for students of all ages with dates and times that allow a smooth and productive summer for all families. Join them for the full nine weeks or pick and choose the dates that work for you.

Summer Camps at Valley Christian Schools

A variety of summer camp opportunities are offered, including academics, fine arts and sports, for both Valley Christian students as well as other students interested in attending.

Summer Dance Camp at VIP Dance Studio

Summer dance camp (ages 4-8) at VIP Dance Studio introduces your child to a variety of dance styles. Weekly sessions are available.

Team OC Gymnastics, Cheer, Dance, and Trampoline

Full- or half-day camps for kids (4-13). Activities include gymnastics, trampoline, dance, cheer, inflatable obstacle courses, arts and crafts, and much more!

Tem’s Amazing Tennis presens Summer Camp at Lakewood Country Club

Check out summer tennis camp at Lakewood Tennis Center, hosted by Tem’s Amazing Tennis! This camp is for kids (6+), from the introductory level to advanced.

The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center

Within the 210-acre center, kids explore, create, learn and discover life in the outdoors. Year-round camping opportunities include overnight and day use.

Titan Youth Sports Camp

Day camp (grades K-8) – Skills and strategies in basketball, flag football, soccer, swimming, rock wall climbing and bowling. June 17 – August 9.

Tom Hicks Baseball Camps, LLC

The 25th annual THBC prides itself on being the area’s best fundamental baseball camp. Camps, offered during Easter, Summer and Christmas vacations, focus on individual instruction and improvement.

Town and Country Day Camp

Each week has been carefully planned for your grade school child (grades K-6). Daily activities include Red Cross-certified swim lessons, horses and ponies, archery, sports, crafts, themed camp days and weekly field trips.

Vans Skatepark

Vans Skatepark in Orange offers skate camps and clinics yearly. Instruction is offered for beginner to advanced street skateboarders ages 6-16.

Wagonwheel Ranch Horseback Rides

Camps, offered daily, are four hours long, and include two hours of Western trail ride time. It’s the perfect place for your child to experience country values and horsemanship, where real riding experience is emphasized—there’s no baby sitting at this camp!

Westminster Community Services and Recreation

Summer camps (6-14): June – August, one-week sessions, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – noon, $110-163.

YMCA

Individual branches offer day camp (5-15) during traditional and year-round school vacations. Overnight camp (7-18) may be offered throughout the school year.

Young Readers, Writers, Mathematicians and Scientist Camps

Writers Camp (entering grades K-12) and Mathematicians/Scientists Camp (entering grades K-9): three-week sessions, June 30 – August 14.

Young Scientists Camp

Two exciting weeks of science investigations. Students (entering grades 2-8) do experiments and lab projects in college science laboratories.