Find Last-Minute Summer Camps for August!

Posted Thursday, August 9th, 2018


Summer’s almost coming to an end and for some kiddos… school is already starting! But if you’ve still got a few weeks before the kids start school,  an awesome camp might be the perfect way to top off the summer!


Tip #1: If you’re interested in any of these camps, make sure to give them a call to confirm they haven’t sold out.


Tip #2: Specific camp information can be hard to find the on the web links below (it was challenging for us).  Our suggestion: just call em!


Tip #3: Don’t forget to check your city’s recreation department… they always have tons of camps!


Free to Be Me – Performing Arts Academy

August 13-17: Free to Be Me / Future Leaders Camp
A week of self-esteem workshops, team building games and exercises, and leadership skills training. A fun week for kids to learn about themselves and others in a supportive and encouraging environment. Students of all ages will have the opportunity to lead some fun brain buster activities. The focus will also be on SERVICE and together, they will explore ways that kids of all ages can contribute to their community. End the week practicing new skills to break into a “breakout box.” (This is a huge crowd-pleaser for the kids). Ages 5 and up.

Phone: (714) 331-2855




Fairmont Summer Program – Enrichment Workshops

August 13-17: Amusement Park Science Camp
Build your own kid-powered roller coaster – The Great Gravity Dropper! Design a crazy fun backyard carnival using centripetal force, simple machines & catapulting games. Create your own floating Ocean Explorer to touch a real shark & other marine specimens. Anaheim Hills Campus.

August 13-17: Science Makers & Inventors Camp
Sports meets science with the Soccer-Robots & more! Invent your own science fun with moving motors, circuits & zip lines. Build your own Rube Goldberg inspired chain reactions using Newton’s Laws, crazy chemistry, & electrical circuits. Historic Anaheim Campus.

Phone: 714-765-6300




iD Tech Summer Programs

Through August 24: Various Camps and Programs

Check their website for locations, dates, and times.

  • iD Tech Camps: One-of-a-kind blend of STEM learning and summer fun
  • Alexa Cafe: Tech meets social activism in a stylish, empowering setting for girls
  • iD Coding & Engineering Academy: Push boundaries in software with their intensive, pre-collegiate dev shop experience
  • iD Game Design & Development Academy: Become a driving force in the gaming industry with this intensive, pre-collegiate game studio experience

Phone: 844-788-1858




The Dance Co. Summer Workshop

August 13-17: Summer Workshop

  • Monday: Dance pilates, nutrition and body positivity
  • Tuesday: Contemporary, improv workshop, and anatomy
  • Wednesday: Dance pilates, contemporary hip-hop, and setting goals as dancers
  • Thursday: Stretch, strength, ballet, and contemporary
  • Friday: Modern dance, barre technique, and theatre dance

Phone: 562-425-7231





August 13-17: Animation & Minecraft Flix

Minecraft Flix: You love Minecraft! Let your imagination be your guide as you turn the popular video game into an exciting Minecraft world. Using stop-motion animation you will bring Steve, the creepers, animals and more to life. Students will write, storyboard, shoot and add voice-over in age-appropriate groups. *Flix downloadable within a month after camp ends.

Animation Flix: In this fast paced camp, students will create up to 5 stop-motion animated flix! Each day you’ll use a new style of stop-motion, combining the favorites of past years with some completely new styles, making this camp new each year for everyone to enjoy! It’s the ultimate arts and crafts camp where campers create, direct, and film their movies in age-appropriate groups. *All flix downloadable within a month after camp ends.

Location: Mission Viejo Recreation Potocki Center

Phone: 949-548-5424




ArtSteps Costa Mesa

August 20-24: Cartoon Clay (ages 7+)
In this hands-on studio workshop, students are taught using a step-by-step process from inception to the finished piece. Students learn to sculpt and paint some of their favorite cartoon characters, as well as learn how to make the 3-dimensional houses they live in together. Students will get excited to see their characters come to life while learning basic sculpting methods. Multiple materials and techniques are introduced in this workshop to inspire interest and creativity.

August 27-31: Storybook (ages 4-6)
Calling all little artists! This multimedia workshop is especially designed to meet you child’s early developmental needs. Students will use various media to draw, paint and sculpt their favorite characters from books, while singing songs, playing games, and having oodles of fun every step of the way!

Phone: 714-760-4042




Acting Out Theater Camp

August 23-24: Improv & Theater Skills Workshop
Join Acting Out Theater Camp
for a special Improv and Theater Skills Workshop! Play around with improvisation, props, auditioning, readers’ theater, and more! If you’re interested in introducing the fun of improv to your child (ages 7-13), give Acting Out Theater Camp a call! Children do not have to be strong readers to participate. There will be parts in the play that will be improvised, of course!

Phone: 562-901-0111




Lil’ Chef School

August 20-24: Summer Camp Favorites
Each day, one of the Chefs will provide their favorite go-to recipes. Chef Lorrie, Chef Piper and Chef Zach cannot wait to cook with you all!

Phone: (949) 679-8390




Bounce Sports Camp

August 20-24 / August 27-31

Bounce Sports Camp is a multi-sport weekly camp designed to promote overall youth fitness to kids ages 4-13. They teach sportsmanship through teamwork, instill confidence, refine motor skills and teach appreciation of sports and fitness while promoting a fun environment. Students will gain some education in fitness and health while participating in a variety of sports, including tennis, basketball and volleyball.

Phone: 949-287-2878




Town & Country Summer Day Camp

August 13-17
Go to Nickel Nickel Arcade, see, touch, and hold reptiles like snakes, geckos, and turtle, go roller skating, then participate in the Camp Variety Show and go bowling!

August 20-24
Take a trip to GlowZone for mini golf, ninja course, bumper cars, and more! Make sponge armor and toys for a Nerf War then zip-line across the field in a bouncer!

August 27-31
Campers take over and vote for the trips and activities happening this week!

Phone: 714-894-4036




YMCA of Orange County Summer Day Camps

Through August 30

The YMCA of Orange County is proud to offer several amazing camps where any and every child can build confidence and make new friends in a safe and nurturing environment.

Summer Day Camps are available during the school break and offered at more than 40 schools across Orange County. Specialty Camps at their Health & Fitness Centers offer sports, arts, science fun and more on a weekly basis.

Phone: 714-549-9622




Corky Carroll’s Surf & Beach Adventure Camps

Through August 24: Surf Camp in Huntington Beach
There’s no better time to introduce youngsters to the sport of surfing. Their program offers professional instruction utilizing a combination of verbal, visual, and hands-on training methods. Lessons focus on safely maneuvering through the ocean, rip currents, proper standing and paddling techniques, timing, catching, and ultimately surfing the waves. Students learn ocean safety, team building, and the real fundamentals of surfing in a fun, educational, group setting.

Through August 31: Adventure Camp in Huntington Beach
With an emphasis on surfing, Corky Carroll’s Huntington Beach Adventure Camp is the perfect program for kids that want to surf but are still getting their feet wet! It’s crucial for children to feel comfortable and safe when learning to surf. They apply the same teaching system used in their Surf Camp but modify it as a fun learning experience geared towards younger kids.

Through August 24: Adventure Camp in Crystal Cove
This is a fantastic outdoor program that teaches youngsters about marine conservation, ocean safety, and preparation for the Junior Lifeguards. Instructors will help kids build their confidence and comfort level in and around the ocean through a combination of fun educational beach and water activities.

Phone: 714-969-3959




Grip N’ Rip Junior Tennis at Newport Beach Tennis Club

Through August 23
The Swing & Splash junior camp is designed for beginners to intermediate level students who want an educational learning experience in an enjoyable environment. The tennis camp introduces the fundamentals of the game and incorporate these skills into fun and exciting games, drills, and contests. It is a tennis camp but also allows for the Swing & Splashers to jump in the pool for “free swim” the last hour of each day (full day campers only). 

Phone: 949-644-0050




Camp Komaroff at Alpert Jewish Community Center

Through August 17
The mission at the Alpert Jewish Community Center is to provide all children with a safe, nurturing place to discover dreams, find hidden talents, develop new skills, and become more independent. In order to help children attain these goals, they provide a wide range of well-planned activities both on and off campus, facilitated by their highly trained, energetic staff.

Phone: 562-426-7601




Girl Scouts LA Summer Camp Program

Various Dates, Times, and Locations
Girls interested in an all-girl camp experience combining fun, learning and leadership are invited to enroll in the Girl Scout Summer Camp Program. Open to all girls in grades K-12, (including non-Girl Scout members). Day camps and overnight camps activities include archery, kayaking, hiking, nature exploration, arts and crafts, zip lining, hands-on STEM projects, rock-wall climbing, theater and dance, cultural events and more.

Phone: 213-213-0123




Power of One Self-Defense

August 13-17: Samurai Strength
Extreme weapons training, black belt training, ninja kicks n’ flips, warrior training at the park, demo training, video and photography making.

Phone: 562-997-2987




Nature Kids Discovery Summer Camps at El Dorado Nature Center

August 13-17: Jr. Naturalist Program (ages 9-12)
Join the Nature Center Research team as you go behind the scenes for a week-long adventure.  From wildlife surveys and animal care to trail navigation and habitat restoration – you’ll do it all.  Get ready to tackle exciting projects as we take an in-depth look at the diverse habitats that make the Nature Center unique.

August 20-24: Youth Sessions (ages 5-8)
Simply Science. Experiment, explore, discover and investigate in this fun, hands-on class.

Phone: 562-570-1745




Aquatics and Specialty Camps in Long Beach

Through August 24: Belmont Junior Beach Camp (ages 5-7)
Campers enjoy games, crafts, beach play, songs, American Red Cross swimming lessons and excursions.  Canoeing and sailing is conducted once each week at Leeway Sailing Center.

Through August 24: Bayshore Beach Camp (ages 8-12)
The camp includes sailing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, crafts, excursions and features environmental activities.  A 45-minute Marine Biology lesson is conducted twice each week. 

Phone: 562-570-1888




Skatedogs Summer Camp

Through August 31
Whether you are just learning or ready to learn advanced tricks, this camp is right for you! Kids (5-13) make new friends, advance their skateboarding skills, and most importantly, have fun at Skatedogs’ school-break skateboarding camps offered in conjunction with recreation departments. Check out their website for locations, dates, and times.

Phone: 714-313-8787




New Hope Gymnastics

Through August 24
Get ready for a “Gymcredible Summer” at New Hope Gymnastics! Their summer camps are ideal for: beginner gymnasts, current students wanting to level up and athletes interested in competing – all gymnasts who want gold-medal skills! Participants will be taught gymnastics essentials taught by USAG-Professional New Hope TEAM Coaches who will help the gymnasts (5-16) focus on improving fundamentals; gaining strength, balance and flexibility; improve existing abilities and learning new skills.

Phone: 714-556-8050




Gryphon Fencing & Archery Camps

Through August 17
Go from Zero to Zorro! Vacation-break camps will teach your child the sport of fencing. In the popular Go Medieval camp, kids learn archery, fencing and build a working catapult. Camps offer the chance to have fun, meet new friends, learn new skills and build confidence.

Phone: 714-519-1343



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