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.

11 Academic Camps & Summer Camps

Your kids can build skills and confidence for the new school year with these academic summer camps.

Acting Out Summer Camp

Save your drama for camp! This weeklong, school-break camp (ages 7-12) celebrates creativity through drama skills workshops, ensemble building and a whole lot of fun. Activities include improv, scene study, stage combat, costumes, props, movement, voice over, monologue and dance.

Alley Kat Music Center

Summer Fun with Alley Kat Music Center! Learn ukulele and/or Kit Kat Khorus for children.

Allison Tutoring – Summer Boot Camps

Studies have shown that kids can lose six months of knowledge over summer break! Kids (preschool – 5th grade) will have fun with Common Core math and language arts boot camps. Summer programs for middle and high schoolers too.

Alpert JCC Camp Komaroff Spring-Break and Summer Day Camps

Spend your vacation with Camp Komaroff day camps at the JCC. Great counselors, fun activities, including swimming, field trips, sports, arts and crafts, cooking and lots more. Camp Komaroff Spring Break Camp – Spring Break camps for grade school through teens: swimming, sports, crafts and much more. Great counselors, fun activities, beautiful facilities! Covers LBUSD spring break, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day; extended hours available. Call or visit their website for more information.

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

Children as young as three can dive into ocean science through daily camp adventures that include hands-on activities, experiments, animal interactions, crafts and educational tours of the Aquarium.

Aquatics and Specialty Camps in Long Beach

A variety of aquatics and specialty camps are offered all summer long, such as Belmont Junior Beach Camp, Bayshore Beach Camp, Bay Club Teen Camp, Counselor in Training and other specialty camps.

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.

ArtExchange – Summer ArtExperience

At the Summer ArtExperience with ArtExchange, kids (6-12) will explore painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture.

Bowers Kidseum

Bowers Museum presents Camp Kidseum, offering new and unique opportunities for future explorers, archaeologists and artists in the making!

Brainstorm STEM Summer Camps

A variety of camps and classes are offered from beginner to advanced, for kids (6-17). Two- and four-day camps can include Minecraft Olympics, Minecraft University (Engineering, Civilizations, Python or Java Modding and more), 3D Printing, Lego Engineering, Robotics, Game Design, App Development, Filmaking and Animation. Also offers birthday parties.

Build It Workspace

Discover endless possibilities at Build It Workspace camps. Build a 3D Printer, Designing in 3D, Sew with Wearable Tech, and Programming for Life are some ways that inspire innovation and creativity in their spring and summer camps.

City of La Mirada Day Camps

La Mirada will once again offer two summer enrichment camps at Neff Park: Summer Day Camp for children ages -11, and Teen Camp for ages 11-14.

CSULB Young Writers Camp

The Young Writers Camp teaches and supports writing in a fun, relaxed, and non-threatening environment. With the slogan “Writing With Smiles,” the YWC welcomes young writers (entering grades 1-12) onto a college campus to shape their ideas and experiences into meaningful written communication. During camp, budding writers have the opportunity to learn new strategies to discover ideas and ways to perfect their writing.

Cub Scout Day Camp with Orange County Boy Scouts

Cub Scout Day Camp is the best week of a Cub Scouts’ summer! Do not let your son miss all the fun and excitement that takes place at Day Camp with activities that include archery, crafts, sports, games and more.

Cypress College – Kids’ College

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

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.

Dance Company Mini-Dance Camp

Come join the fun this summer! Mini-Dance Camp, for ages 5-10, will be held July 20-24 and July 27-31, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Digital Revolution

Digital Revolution offers tech camps for kids and teens that include Digital Filmmaking, Stop Motion Animation, Lego Robotics, Coding and much more.

Discovery Cube’s Camp Discovery

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 (6-18) is offered in one-week sessions, June 22 – August 14, at Martin Luther King Park Pool in Long Beach. This indoor, heated pool, maintained at a comfortable 85 degrees, is open year round. During Kiddie Diving Camp and Introduction to Diving Camp, new divers are taught basic skills, safety and body awareness. McCormick Divers provides a safe environment with safety-certified coaches. Visit their website to download registration forms and reserve your space in advance.

Early Einsteins Summer Camps

From Dr. Seuss-steins, where children come up with their own Seuss-like rhymes and writing… to Pete, the Groovy Blue Cat, that loves movin’, groovin’ and schoolin,’ preschoolers and kindgarteners enjoy a fun week of zany adventures with Early Einsteins.

En Pointe Dance and Fitness

Fun and exciting summer camps to introduce your child (4-8) to various forms of dance during one-week camps; weeklong dance intensives are offered (ages 9+) that include ballet, contemporary, hip hop and jazz.

Fairmont Summer Programs

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

Free Camp with Musique Sur La Mer Orchestra

This free instrumental music camp for experienced players includes daily orchestra rehearsals, rhythm workshops, picnic, friendships and a concert; August 3-7.

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). Camps include fun-filled games, creative crafts, field trips, cookouts, teamwork and lasting memories. This year it is an 11-week program! June 22 – September 4, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

GO-FAME Summer Theatre Camp

Participants work on all aspects of a theatrical production, from making costumes to building sets and performing in the show. This year’s summer camp will run August 3-7.

Golubitsky Fencing Center

GFC offers fencing camps that range from one-day to multi-day sessions headed by Coach Sergei Golubitsky, are open to members and non-members alike, and are also a great way for non-members to get a sample of the Golubitsky coaching and training.

Groundlings Summer Day Camp at Los Altos United Methodist Church

  Camp is a great time to play, learn and grow. At Groundlings Summer Day Camp, the dynamic and fun staff work to create a safe and enjoyable place for children to make friends, grow in their faith, and enjoy the summertime. Get excited for super-fun adventures at Groundlings Summer Day Camp for kids (entering [...]

Gryphon Fencing & Fitness Studio

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

iD Tech Camps, Alexa Café, iD Tech Mini & iD Tech Academies

Take interests further and gain a competitive edge for school, college and future careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). iD Tech offers the following summer camp programs for ages 6 and up. iD Tech Mini (ages 6-9). iD Tech Camps (ages 7-17). Alexa Café – (girls ages 10-15. iD Programming Academy (ages 13-18). iD Game Design and Development Academy (ages 13-18).

Immersion Spanish and/or Mandarin Summer Camp with Gate Languages

The Summer Immersion Spanish and/or Mandarin Program associated with cultural activity by Gate Languages is a language immersion program where learning will be facilitated through games, songs, arts, crafts and cultural activities.

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. Animation camps stimulate imagination by creating characters, background, film and voice-overs.

International Water Polo Club

In their school-break camps, serving all communities, focus is on getting kids (3-14) used to the water in a non-competitive environment.

Jr. Waterman’s Camp:  Beach Activities Lifestyle Fun Beach Camp

Jr. Waterman’s 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, unique beach excursions and beach games based out of the Granada Street launch ramp. Build confidence and competence in the bay and ocean through learning the safety and skills necessary to thrive in the salt water. Led by accomplished waterman Hank Wise (Catalina Channel swimmer), students learn and practice new skills in the ocean environment with excellent supervision and a qualified staff.

Kick It Up

Dance camps at Kick It Up are a blast and are a wonderful and magical way to spend your childs 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. With flexible day camps for either half day or full day your child will enjoy instructional gymnastics along with arts, crafts, games and much more.

La Habra Active Day Camp

Get “SUPERcharged” for summer at La Habra Active Day Camp, designed to give kids (4-12) an active and fun experience in a safe environment, while exploring, learning and enjoying new adventures.

LAEF Summer Enrichment Institute

Avoid summer learning loss by keeping your child engaged in rigorous and fun classes. Academic and enrichment classes for students (K-12) in math, language arts, science, art, Spanish and more; summer sports camps and for-credit high school classes.

Laguna Art Museum

Half-day Elements of Art summer camps at Laguna Art Museum allow kids (5-12) engaging opportunities to explore art by creating their unique works, while being inspired by the art on display in the museum.

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

Your budding chef can beat the heat in Lil Chef School’s cool kitchen, and heat up some hot new recipes! Hands-on cooking fun and culinary adventures in their school-break camps for Tiny Chefs (4-7), Lil Chefs (5-13) and Teen Chefs (12-17).

Little Owl Preschool

Kids, grades 1-5, will build, create, explore and taste their way through the cultures of Australia/New Zealand and Scandanavia, including Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.

Long Beach Ballet Academy Children’s Dance Camp 2015

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 Marine Institute – Ocean Adventure Camp 2015

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 Parks, Recreation and Marine

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

Long Beach State Basketball Camp

Registration now open online. Summer basketball camps for boys and girls, grades 1-10. Open to any and all. Camp sessions: June 29 – July 3, August 3-7 and August 10-14. Camp hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Early drop-off and late pick-up times available. Cost is $300 per session. Multi-session, alumni and faculty discounts available. Cool new format will give campers a glimpse into life as a college basketball player! Staffed by Long Beach State basketball coaches and enthusiastic, seasoned players.

Long Beach State Girls’ Volleyball Camps

Head Coach, Brian Gimmillaro, conducts a variety of summer volleyball camps for girls that include: Skills Camps, July 20-23 and July 26-29; Setters Camp, July 23-26; and Kids Camp (ages 7-10), July 23-26.

Long Beach State Soccer Academy

Long Beach State Womens 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 Summer Day Camp and Counselor in Training Summer Program

Los Alamitos Summer Day Camp (5-12) includes games, swimming, excursions and a trip to a major amusement park, in one-week sessions. Los Alamitos Counselor in Training Summer Program (13-16) also offered.

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. Students help to create their own costume, sets and scenes, and each of the three sessions is a new experience, built around a different theme. Each weekly camp culminates with a student performance showcase.

Mad Science

No one does spring (and summer 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 that are so much fun.

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 (6-12) includes ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, animation, dance, theater, clowning, music, puppetry, and the art of science.

Musical Theatre Academy of Orange County

Students learn Broadway-style choreography and vocals for ten days that culminate in two performances that showcase all they have learned. Students will learn 30-40 Broadway songs!

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach

My Gym Childrens 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 and Senior Services

More than 500 weeklong camps including surfing, sailing, skateboarding, BMX, lacrosse, golf, multi sport, beach camps, school prep, art, Zumba, cooking, science, technology, marine, chess and more.

OCSA’s Foundation Arts Enrichment Program

Five-week program in musical theatre, ballroom dancing, ceramics, dance, guitar, animation, graphic design, creative writing and dramatic writing; one-week workshops in film, TV, Jazz, Winds and much more.

Oodles Summer Camp

Academic and other fun activities sessions are scheduled in 45 minute blocks, with special emphasis on tutoring in Common Core. Also, fitness, art, dance, chess, field trips and parties. Flexible schedules and fees offered in three, four or five days.

Open House Creative

This summer, camps at Open House Creative include: Fashion Camp, Eco Artist, and number of Mixed Media weeks, and more. Programs start at age 3 1/2 and can be available in half- and full-day sessions.

Opportunities Matter to Everyone – Special Needs Day Camp

Opportunities Matter to Everyone camp for children with special needs (4-18) will focus on three themes each day: dance, taught by a professional choreographer; cooking, taught be a culinary chef; and art, taught be an art instructor.

Orange County Song and Dance Co. Performing Arts Camp 2015

Southern California’s premiere performing arts camp featuring 10 full days (60 hours) of intensive training staffed by the industry’s top professionals.

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 winter, ski-week, spring and summer vacations.

Palette Station

Budding artists will enjoy a fun-filled week of art activities with professional instructors in drawing, painting, sculpture and crafts. Each week’s unique curriculum teaches and develops skills while also encouraging individual student creativity. Two sessions to choose from, 9 a.m. – noon or 1-4 p.m. Weeklong camp runs June 22 – September 4. $199; $149 siblings.

Panthers Youth Baseball Camps

Panther Baseball Camps, at Hart Park in Orange, offer a safe and fun week of baseball in a highly supervised and organized environment, July 6-10, 13-17, 27-31. Camp instructors are Chapman University coaches and players who enjoy the camp as much as the campers. Campers will be divided in small playing groups according to age and ability, with a ratio of 9 campers to each coach.

PDGA Sports Training Center – Summer Camp

Fun-filled summer camp (5-13) that includes age-appropriate activities, arts and crafts, gymnastics, trampoline pit play, games, dance parties make up their themed weeks with outings.

Pillars Academy Summer Camp

Campers (3 1/2-10) will enjoy weekly feld trips, arts, science, water sports, robotics, karate and more, June 29 – July 30, for just $125 per week.

Prep Kitchen Kid’s Cooking Camp

For $50 off a week of camp, mention Kidsguide offer “PREPSKC15.” Add “budding chef” to your brilliant progeny’s repertoire with cooking camp at Prep Kitchen for kids (5+). Camps run 4 days, Monday – Thursday, 2 1/2 hours, and include full meal. 100% hands-on classes, the little chefs make everything from scratch, including pastas, sauces, salads and dressings, BBQs, stir frys, crepes, sushi and much more.

Project Ink at Bridges Reading and Writing Institute

Writing during the summer? When most kids would rather be at swim camp, cheer, soccer or art camp? Kids can -and do- get excited about writing, and a fun camp at Project Ink at Bridges Reading and Writing Institute is the perfect way to prevent the “summer slide.”

Rainbow Chefs

From Food Science to Restaurant Challege, aspiring young chefs (ages 5+) will enjoy these extraordinary cooking camps that combine fun, kid-friendly recipes with health education to inspire a love for cooking and healthy eating.

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.

Sandie Mercer Ranch

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

Sewing with Jane Summer Camp

Weekly summer camps are held Monday – Friday. Morning or afternoon sessions. Hand sewing, ages 6 and up, machine sewing for ages 9 and up.

Shared Science

Kids engineer fun through inventive and playful engineering and robotics camps; they investigate the way things work, explore computer programming, robotics programming, engineering and mission strategies, and more.

Skatedogs

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

Southern California Tennis Academy

Weekly Holiday Camps (ages 5-16) are offered during winter, spring and summer vacation. Instruction is provided by USPTA-certified teaching professionals with college playing experience.

Space Camp at Columbia Memorial Space Center

At Space Camp, youth (entering grades 4-5 or 6-8) will explore robotics, aerospace, and planetary science. Camps include fun field trips and lots of fun hands-on activities.

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.

Summer Camps at Kidworks Children’s Center

Join the summer fun with these unique camps for kids in grades K-5: Batik Art from Southeast Asia and Global Chef.

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 and other students interested in attending.

Summer Spanish & French Camps for Kids with Academic Learning and Languages

“Summer camp with Academic Learning and Languages is the best decision I’ve made for both my kids,” parent, Long Beach. “Learning Spanish with Miss Amy is like Christmas!,” nine year old student.

Sylvan Learning Centers

At Sylvan Camps kids have fun! Campers learn robotics and game design while strengthening their math, reading and writing skills. Call today for details!

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 (8+), from the introductory level to advanced.

The Children’s Theatre of Long Beach

This summer’s programs include an Aladdin Jr. musical theatre workshop for kids (6-19), August 10-30, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Little Gym

The Little Gym’s Super Kids Quest Camps are three hours of fun and activities for children (3-8) offered during school breaks. Skill Thrill Camps are for children (6-12) and focus on gymnastics skill growth and development.

The Steps of Gold Dance Studio/Paso de Oro Dance Academy

The Steps of Gold Dance Studio/Paso de Oro Dance Academy is offering a fun and unique summer dance camp for kids (6-12). The weeklong camp also includes a field trip to Olvera Street!

Theater Arts Camps

Kidsguide to summer theater arts camps in Orange County and Long Beach metro.

Tom Hicks Baseball Camps, LLC

The 25th annual THBC prides itself on being the areas 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.

UK International Soccer Camps

UK Internationals’ soccer camps offer individual attention to ball skills, as well as fun, developmental, games to put those skills into practice, led by coaches primarily from Great Britain.

Vans Skatepark Clinics

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

Wagonwheel Ranch Horseback Rides

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

Wild West Dance for Teens in Cypress

June 6: Kids in grades 7 and 8 can attend this fun Wild Wild West celebration sponsored by the cities of Cypress and La Palma.

YMCA Summer Camps

Summer Camp at the YMCA is a fun, action-packed adventure filled with sports and outdoor activities, field trips and specialty clubs, located right on campus!

Young Scientists Camp

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

Youth Science Center’s 2015 Summer Science Camp

“Wow” your kids this summer! Imagine a class where your child can see his own idea take solid form on a 3D printer… engineer Lego Robotics… build a model rocket. All with Youth Science Center’s 2015 Summer Science Camp.