Alpert JCC in Long Beach
3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach
(562) 426-7601, Ext. 1023
When schools out, the AJCC is the place to be. TK – 8th graders can spend winter break at camp! Program includes daily themes, swimming, sports, arts and crafts, and more. Covers LBUSD school vacation days. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; extended hours available. Visit website for more information and pricing.
American Camp Association
Referrals and recommendations for accredited camps.
Anaheim Community Services
CampVenture Day Camp (6-13) – Daily activities include crafts, movies, nature, science, cooking, sports, weekly excursion and more. Themed-weekly sessions, November – January. 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Extended hours, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Call for dates and fees.
Aquarium of the Pacific Winter-Camp Adventures
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach
Aquarium of the Pacific offers three winter camps: Sea Squirt Camp, where kids (ages 5-6) discover the underwater world of sea creatures, January 2-4; Winter Day Camp (ages 7-12), a marine life exploration through behind-the-scenes tours, interaction with Aquarium staff members, games, crafts and hands-on time with various sea animals—all documented in a keepsake camp journal, December 27-29; and Winter Teen Overnight, which offers teens (ages 13-15) the chance to learn about the deep sea and ocean exploration before spending the night at the Aquarium, December 27-28.
Art Steps – Awaken the Force 3-Day Winter Clay Workshop
Mission Viejo (949) 454-9555
24000 Alicia Pkwy., # 31
Yorba Linda (714) 524-2248
18212 Imperial Hwy.
This three-day workshop for kids (7+) features both clay and drawing projects. Students will learn 2-D and 3-D art skills while they build and draw their favorite friends from a galaxy far, far away. January 3-5, Wednesday – Friday. 9 a.m. – noon. $170 (includes materials). Offered at Yorba Linda and Mission Viejo Art Steps Studios.
Bellflower Recreation and Parks
Youth Volleyball Winter Camp (8-18), beginning December 16 or January 2. Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $75 per week or $125 for both weeks. Thompson Park.
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). Most clubs also offer overnight and leadership camps (13-18).
Build It Workspace
4388 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos
Unleash every child’s tech passion through the different creative spaces at Build It Workspace. From traditional woodworking and fiber art to computer coding and digital avatar creation, Build It Workspace makes the perfect blend for age-appropriate activities and challenges between the physical and digital worlds, from 3D printing through robotics.
Costa Mesa Parks and Community Services
Winter Camp Costa Mesa (grades K-6) – Excursions, games, skits, arts and crafts, and more. December 26 – January 5. $165 per week. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Downey Parks and Recreation
A variety of sports camps available, November – January. Visit website or call for details.
Fullerton Parks and Recreation
Hillcrest Winter Day Camps – Kids (5-12) get active outdoors and explore, create and learn through various arts, crafts and enrichment projects. December 26 – January 5, $112-160. Winter camps run 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., with extended hours, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
International Water Polo Club
School-break camps focus on getting kids used to the water in a non-competitive environment. (949) 533-5216. www.internationalwaterpoloclub.com
Winter camps available. Camp choices include arts, sports, culinary, and more. Visit their website or call for details.
10712 Reagan St., Los Alamitos
Are you looking for a fun-filled exciting program for your children to get into? Well, look no further. Kidnastics Gymnastics offers exciting winter and day camp programs for children ages 4 years and up. With flexible day camps programs either for the day-to-day camper or the full week, your child will enjoy instructional gymnastics along with arts, crafts, games and much more. Visit the website or call the number listed above for more program information.
Lake Forest Community Services
25550 Commercentre Drive, Lake Forest
Holiday Hoopla Rockin’ Winter Camp and Winter Break Teen Adventure Camp, December 26-29 and January 2-5. Etnies Fall Skate Camp also offered. Call for details, ages, and fees.
Lil’ Chef School
15435 Jeffrey Road, #132, Irvine
Two weeks of Lil’ Chef winter-camp workshops to choose from! During this year’s winter camps’ theme, “Holiday World Tour,” Lil Chefs will “visit:” Italy on Tuesday, Latin America on Wednesday, the Mediterranean on Thursday and will explore American regional foods on Friday. Throughout the camp, participants will learn how to make everything from scratch, properly measure wet and dry ingredients, learn knife skills and learn to bake some amazing sweet treats and savory favorites. All chefs wear an apron while they are at camp and will get to taste everything that they cook. Recipes will be available for the young chefs. December 26-29 and January 2-5. Both camps run Tuesday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sibling discount available.
Los Alamitos Recreation
Winter camp (5-12): Games, arts and crafts, outdoor activities, and more. December 26 – January 5. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; optional extended care, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. $25 per day/$40 per extended day.
Mathobotix Bytes and Bots STEM winter-break camps include coding, app development, IoT, game development, and educational robotics.
4000 Long Beach Blvd., Ste. 205, Long Beach
Moving Mindz offers winter, spring, and summer camps to engage students in learning and exploring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This winter, their camps will focus on modding in Minecraft, building and coding LEGO robots, engineering structures with K’NEX, and coding your own illustrations with Python. For more information and to register your child, visit them at www.movingmindz.com.
My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach
3287 Industry Drive, Signal Hill
December 27 – January 5: 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, relays, games, and overall emphasis on learning solid skills and fundamentals in sports and gymnastics. Themed days and activities add to the fun and atmosphere of their winter camps. Sign up for one day or up to four days per week.
Gripper’s Holiday Hits Junior Tennis Camps
Newport Beach Tennis Club, 2601 Eastbluff Drive
Gripper’s Holiday Hits Junior Tennis Camp aims to get kids (5-14) excited about playing tennis. They help build the confidence and skills of players, whether they are first-timers or intermediate. With the use of softer balls and reduced-sized courts, children of all levels can learn the joy of tennis and increase their abilities from the coaches at Grip N’ Rip. The fun includes games, contests and prizes. Camp runs Tuesday – Friday, December 26-29 or January 2-5, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Sign-up for both sessions, one session, or by-the-day. Get 10% off registration when you mention Kidsguide!
Newport Beach Recreation
This winter, your little Minecrafters will be able to navigate their solving and tactical thinking skills in a Minecraft Creation Camp. Your child can explore their creative side in a Lisa Albert Mixed Media Art Camp. If you’re looking to build your child’s confidence, check out the City’s Day Camp where they’ll enjoy structured activities while making new friends. Little adventurers will explore the great outdoors while learning new skills in one of their Edutainment Arts camps. More camps include BMX, cooking, STEM, Jedi Engineering and more!
Sandie Mercer Ranch at Lakewood Equestrian Center
11369 Carson St., Lakewood
Holiday weekly extended lesson program at Sandie Mercer Ranch for ages 7-17. Learn all about horses: leading, grooming, bathing, parts of saddle and bridle, breed types, colors and markings, plus horseback riding two times daily. Weekly sessions, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Enrollment is limited. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Signal Hill Community Services
Winter camps offered. Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. $32-40 per week. Visit website for details. Signal Hill Park.
Skatedogs’ Winter-Break Camps
Whether you are just learning or ready to learn advanced tricks, this camp is right for you! Participants (5-13) make new friends, advance skills, play games, and most importantly, have fun in the Skatedogs’ private skatepark. Requirements: signed Skatedogs waiver form, skateboard, knee pads, elbow pads and helmet. For Skatedogs’ winter-break camps, visit www.skatedogs.com to find the locations nearest you!
Sylvan Learning Centers
Downey (562) 622-9210
Huntington Beach (714) 848-6072
Laguna Niguel (949) 349-1835
Long Beach (562) 429-8320
Winter Camp registration at Sylvan has begun! With full-day and half-day options during winter break, Sylvan is sure to have the perfect fit for your family’s schedule. Sylvan has options ranging from STEM camps featuring Robotics with LEGO, Game Design, and more as well as engaging academic camps featuring writing, reading and math. Parents leave happy knowing their student used their winter break in the best way, and students leave happy knowing they had an awesome time!
The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center
2 Irvine Park Road, Orange
Year-round camp opportunities include outdoor science camp, overnight, academic and recreational day-use. Plus, STEM Day Camps and Activity Days. Operated by the Orange County Boy Scouts of America.
Tom Hicks Baseball Camps, LLC
The 28th annual THBC prides itself on being the area’s best fundamental baseball camp. Camps, offered during Christmas vacation, focus on individual instruction and improvement. Camps are available in Long Beach and the surrounding areas. For more information, visit their website.
Vans Skatepark Holiday Skate Clinics
20 City Blvd., West, Orange
December 9 and 16: Vans Skatepark in Orange, a 40,000-square-foot facility, offers two different Holiday Clinics on Saturday, December 9 and 16. Instruction is offered for beginner to advanced street skateboarders, ages 6-16. Pizza lunch is included. Clinic hours: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. $40 for members; $50 for non-members. Space is limited so sign up today.
Westminster Community Services and Recreation
After-school parks program winter-break schedule, December 26 – January 5, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Bolsa Chica, Liberty, and Sigler parks. Call for details.
Winter Hockey Camp at The Rinks – Anaheim ICE
300 West Lincoln Ave., Anaheim
(714) 535-7465, Ext. “0”
December 18-21: The Rinks – Anaheim ICE proudly hosts the All-World Hockey Institute Winter Hockey Camp from Monday, December 18 – Thursday, December 21, each day,10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The camp is open to players ages 7-13 and will consist of on and off ice drills, scrimmages, fun and games. $375 per player.
YMCA of Orange County Winter-Break Camps
Winter Overnight Camp – Winter Camp is a great way for kids, ages 8-14, to see a whole new side of YMCA’s Camp E.L.K. Camp is likely to have snow which will allow for additional activities like sledding, snow science, archery, winter survival skills, outdoor cooking, a New Year’s Eve Party and more. December 27 – January 1. $525. Financial assistance available; sibling discounts, too. Enrollment is limited to 50 campers.
Winter Day Camp – A great way for children to have fun in a safe and supportive environment during holiday break, December 22 – January 5––right on your school campus. Join them for a “snow ordinary” winter and enjoy participating in fun STEAM-related activities, plus video making, arts and crafts, frozen frenzy games, scavenger hunts, melting math fun, and on-site special events. Find a location near you at ymcs.org/wdc.
Individual branches offer day camp (5-15) during traditional and year-round school vacations. Financial assistance is available.