2021 Summer CampGuide: 50+ Fun-Filled Camps
Welcome to the 2021 Summer CampGuide!
Looking for summer camps? We’ve got ’em!
Camps for preschoolers to high schoolers—full-days, half-days, art, sports, theater, music, dance, STEM, cooking, boating, surfing, horseback riding, rock climbing—you name it.
It’s a jam-packed list of summer fun!
Each organization below has COVID safety precautions in place. Be sure to check their website for more details, changes, or cancelations!
Kidsguide Tip: Register early! Enrollment is going to be super limited this year.
The CampGuide will be updated regularly. Check back often to see new camps your kids might be interested in. Or, if you find a camp that other parents would love, share it with us in the comments!
Acting Out is for campers, ages 7-16. They challenge every camper according to their comfort level. At the end of each session they record a showcase and send it to the parents to watch safely from home! Full or half days, June 21-25, July 12-16, and August 9-13. Learn More
Aquarium of the Pacific
Long Beach – Through weeklong day camps, participants (ages 7-12) will explore the Aquarium an hour before it opens to the public and participate in activities to learn more about marine life and habitats. Camp alternate weekly, starting with Critter Spotlight on June 14 followed by Ocean Habitats on June 21. Both are held Mondays – Fridays, 8 a.m. to noon. Learn More
Costa Mesa, Laguna Hills and Yorba Linda – Fine art day camps, offered in half-day options. Young children explore in many media, such as cartooning, clay, 3D perspective and beyond; while teens of all levels enjoy in-depth focus on figure drawing and portraiture, painting, Anime fine points and much more. Learn More
Arts & Learning Conservatory
Costa Mesa – The award winning Arts & Learning Conservatory is offering its first-ever Virtual Music/Theatre Summer Camp (some in-person) this June 15 – August 17 for kids, tweens and teens. Learn More
Award-Winning South Coast Repertory Summer Acting Workshop
Costa Mesa – Kids and teens (grades 4-12) build confidence and self-esteem in a safe and welcoming setting. The fun-filled two-week camps are designed for students new to SCR and introduce them to solving creative problems through inspiration and innovation! July 12-24 or July 26-August 7. Learn More
Orange County – Fun, hands-on biology workshops for kids in grades K-8 in many cities throughout Orange County. They offer after-school, in-class, homeschool, camps, party, field trips, and Girl Scouts programs. Learn More
Camp Haverin & Camp Yeladim at Merage JCC
Irvine – Camp at the Merage JCC is all about fun and friendships. Through sports, arts, outdoor adventure, cooking and aquatics, your camper will build lifelong friendships, independence, and self-esteem. Sessions for preschoolers – grade 11 are held June – August. Learn More
Camp Circle – City of Lakewood
Lakewood – Camp Circle (6-12) is offered in weekly sessions, Monday – Friday. Call (562) 866-9771, ext. 2408 for dates, times, fees and details.
Camp Ignite! – YMCA of Orange County
Orange County – Igniting Passion, Purpose, and Potential all summer! YMCA Camps, for grades K-8, run Monday – Friday all summer long on over 50 school campuses in Orange County. Learn More
Camp Komaroff – Alpert Jewish Community Center
Long Beach – Since 1960, Camp Komaroff at Alpert JCC has helped children foster meaningful relationships, uncover hidden talents, and develop independence and new skills. Activities include sports in the gym, swimming, arts and crafts, nature projects, STEM activities, cooking, and much more! Learn More
Chef Tech Cooking School
Long Beach – Chef Tech offers 10 weeks of hands-on and virtual kids cooking camps (Monday-Friday). Kids (ages 6-14) train with real chefs, learn to chop, slice, and dice, mise en place (setting up), clean as they go, and eat the fantastic dishes they have prepared. Learn More
City of Aliso Viejo Recreation & Community Services
Aliso Viejo – With over 140 camps and activities to choose from, they’ve got something for everyone to enjoy. Choose from a diverse collection of camps that promise to keep kids moving, creating, performing, and discovering. The new City Day Camp offers a full-day of fun that includes a weekly trip to the Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center and a weekly excursions. Learn More
Dreams for Schools – Virtual STEM Camps
Virtual – Dreams for Schools will be offering online classes with live instruction this summer for children in 1st to 8th grade that give them a chance to explore STEM and technology through hands-on engineering projects, website development, mobile app creation, and more! Learn More
Emerging Arts Musical Theatre Academy
Los Alamitos – In-person, socially distanced, one-week and two-week long musical theatre camps for kids where your child will enjoy learning singing, dancing, and learn their own lines. The camp culminates with a virtual performance for family and friends. Learn More
Fairmont Schools – Summer Programs 2021
Orange County – Looking to keep your kids curious, challenged, and connected this summer? Then look no further than Fairmont’s award-winning summer programs, which offer a full line-up of educational programming for every age group –– all within a safe environment which follows rigorous COVID protocols. Learn More
Gate Languages – Immersion Spanish and/or Mandarin Summer Camp
Huntington Beach – A language immersion camp where learning will be facilitated through games, songs, arts, crafts and cultural activities. Level/age-based groups for kids (5-15). An experience that will last a lifetime. Read More
Jr. Lifeguard Programs
Southern California – The Junior Lifeguard program is a treasured summer tradition for many who live near the coast. Year after year, this popular program teaches valuable life lessons and skills to thousands of Southern California kids and teens. Find Local Programs
Kick It Up Dance Camp
Long Beach – Mary Poppins, Super Hero and Frozen summer-themed camps for ages 4-7. Weeklong morning sessions are held 9-11:30 a.m. Campers will dance, craft and perform their way into fantastic summer fun! Learn More
Kiddy Camp – Hebrew Academy Preschool
Huntington Beach – At Kiddy Camp, children are provided a rich program in summer fun and Jewish culture. There is swimming for ages 3-4 in their in-ground, covered 20 x 40 pool, plus music, movement, art, water/sand play, cooking/baking, and theme days. Learn More
LA Opera Camp
Virtual – Get ready to sing and create and challenge yourself. Opera Camp is an enriching two-week virtual program where you will rehearse and perform opera. It’s an intense, fun-filled experience for ages 9-17. Read More
Lil’ Chef School Summer Cooking Camps
Irvine – Whether your child likes to bake, create, roast, sauté, fry or just blend, they have a camp for all interests. Camps are organized into three age groups so all chefs team up with their peers: Tiny Chefs (4-6), Lil’ Chefs (7-9), and Teen Chefs (10 and older). Learn More
Long Beach Ballet Academy
Long Beach – The Long Beach Ballet offers an exciting two-week summer dance camp for ages 5-11 (no previous dance training required). The program runs Monday – Friday, July 26 – August 6, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., and concludes with a final performance on August 6. Learn More
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine
Long Beach – In-person summer day camps at 23 local parks! Ages 5-12 will enjoy crafts, physical fitness, enrichment activities and more that follow COVID-19 safety guidelines. Camps operate Monday – Friday, June 21 – August 27. $30 for campers attending from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., and $50 for those attending from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Learn More
My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Long Beach
Long Beach – Children of all ages can enjoy a day of camp with hands-on arts and crafts, music, dance, games, and an overall emphasis on learning solid skills and fundamentals in sports and gymnastics. Learn More
Newport Beach – Recreation & Senior Services Department
Long Beach – Camp Newport has just the activity to keep your child engaged all summer long! Hundreds of virtual and in-person camps to choose from, including arts, dance, STEM, sailing, surfing, beach volleyball and lots more! Learn More
Sandie Mercer Ranch – Lakewood Equestrian Center
Learn all about horses: leading, grooming, bathing, parts of saddle and bridle, breed types, colors and markings, plus horseback riding 2x daily. Learn More
School of Rock – Santa Ana
Santa Ana – Do you want to learn how to play in a band or learn to write songs? School of Rock Santa Ana offers a wide variety of music camps and workshops that cover these topics. Weeklong camps for ages 5+ June – August. Learn More
Sender One Climbing Camps
Santa Ana & Los Angeles – With active instruction and supervised games, climbers, ages 7-14, learn how to problem solve, work in groups, and gain confidence in their ability to reach new heights through bouldering, zip-lining, slack-lining, king swinging, rope climbing, and more! Camp Dates: June 14 – August 20. Morning Session: 8:30am – 12:30pm. Afternoon Session: 1:30-5:30pm. Learn More
Sewing Lab Los Alamitos
Los Alamitos – Fun and friendly sewing camp for boys and girls (2nd grade and up). Never sewn before? No problem! They’ll start your child off with basic machine safety and do some practice sewing together. Learn More
Shared Science STEM Combo Camp Days
Long Beach – Camp activities include virus science and safety, LEGO and Root robotics, discovery LEGO builds, maker electronic and art projects, Ozobots with OzoBlockly, coding, adventures in inventing, and more. Learn More
Long Beach – Summer with Westerly is a flexible summer program that continues to instill a love of learning in students through a rich mix of academic instruction, art, recreation and fun. Learn More
Skatedogs Skateboarding Camp
Various Locations – Kids make new friends, advance their skateboarding skills, and most importantly, have fun at Skatedogs’ school-break skateboarding camps offered in conjunction with local recreation departments. Cities include: Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, Tustin, Newport Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Glendora, Irvine, Arcadia, and Aliso Viejo. Learn More
More Summer Camps
Boys and Girls Club | Various Locations – Youth programs are offered during vacation breaks. Some branches offer day camps, in full-day or half-day sessions.
Brea Community Services | Brea – Camps are available weekly, June 7 – August 13, Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. for elementary-age kids.
Camp Fire Long Beach | Long Beach – Camp Fire offers Backyard Brunch, Day Camp & Weekly Sessions, for grades K-8, and Camp Wintaka Resident Camp, July 19 – July 24, for students entering grades 2–10.
Camp Heritage Oak | Yorba Linda – Each week, campers (preschool to grade 8), will enjoy themed activities. Various academic and enrichment camps are also available.
Camp James | Newport Beach – Aquatic activities, archery, drama, climbing wall, go-carts, laser tag, mini golf, STEM. June 7 – August 13, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Camp Pinniped – Pacific Marine Mammal Care Center | Laguna Beach – Campers learn how the animal care team rehabilitates their seal and sea lion patients.
City of Anaheim – CampVenture & TeenVenture | Anaheim – Week-long day camps filled with activities including arts and crafts, games, movies, science experiments, special events, and sports. TeenVenture provides teen counselors with leadership training, college prep, job prep, and first aid.
City of Irvine | Irvine – Hundreds of summer camps for kids (ages 3-17). From cooking, crafts, dance, music, educational, sports, recreational—there’s something for everyone. Programs run from June-August.
Corky Carroll’s Surf School | Huntington Beach – Beginners and pros alike can ride waves and have fun. Weekly camps, June 7 – September 3, for ages 4 and up.
City of Cypress | Cypress – Weekly camps for ages 5-14 include Camp Cypress, Sports Camps and Summer Parks.
Culinary Kids | Aliso Viejo & San Clemente – Campers will cook, create and collaborate in the kitchen. With flavorful, healthy dishes, expert chefs and teachers, and fun-filled atmosphere, your young chef will develop lifelong essential cooking skills while sautéing their way around tasty menu masterpieces!
Family Vacation Camps | Various Locations – Camps where the whole family attends together to enjoy a variety of activities. Camps range from 3-7 days and include lodging.
Fountain Valley Community Services | Fountain Valley – Summer Camps for ages 3+ include Little Scientist Lab, Rocketry, Robots, Chemworks, Jr. Astronauts, Engineering, Harry Potter Wizardry, Slime Time, Kid Olympics, Escape Room and more.
Fullerton Parks & Recreation | Fullerton – Weekly themes, special on-site activities, and excursions. Camp, for ages 5-8 and 9-12, begins on June 1.
Huntington Beach Recreation | Huntington Beach – Camp HB, a six-week day camp for children ages 6-12, July 5 – August 13. Additional camps will also be offered, including musical theater, arts, STEM, and sports.
Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center | Irvine – Summer camp for ages 6-17. Activities include nature hikes, zip line rides, STEM activities, archery, tie dye, and much more!
Los Alamitos Summer Day Camp | Los Alamitos – The Los Alamitos Summer Day Camp for youth (ages 5-12), June 14 – August 13.
Musique Sur La Mer Orchestra Camp | Long Beach – Student violinists, violists, cellists, bassists can join two weeks of making music, receiving instruction by master teachers, masterclasses, and fun surprises.
Newport Sea Base | Newport Beach – Summer camp is offered weekly, June 14 – August 20 for ages 5-17. Half-day and full-day camps with sailing, boating and aquatics, art, robotics, woodworking, and more.
Ocean Institute | Dana Point – Dive into summer camp fun with small groups and big experiences, June 7 – August 13. Camps focus on ocean education and experiences for ages 5-17.
Piecemakers Country Store | Costa Mesa – Kids’ Craft-tastic Art Camp and Kids’ Summer Sewing Camps.
Seal Beach Community Services | Seal Beach – Wide variety of weeklong summer camps, June – August. Over 30 specialty camps include art, dance and acting, edutainment, STEM, and sports.
Southern California Dance Academy | Long Beach – Summer Dance Camp, June 21 – July 9; and Swan Lake Dance Intensive, July 12 – July 31
SPCALA Friends for Life | Long Beach – Week-long day camp designed for 9-14 year olds, June and July. Kids learn basic care and responsibility for pets, respect for animals, and the beginnings of dog training––all while having fun with friends!
Strategic Kids | Virtual – Camp for students entering grades 1-8 includes chess, LEGO, magic and origami
Tustin Parks & Recreation | Tustin – One-week themed session, June – August, that include: Little Folks Camp (3-5), Camp Tustin (6-10), Tustin Teen Camp (11-14), Summer Drop-In Program (free), and Counselor in Training (14-17).
Urban Workshop | Costa Mesa – Urban Workshop’s Summer Camp is designed to create a pressure-free environment in which students (ages 10 to 16), learn to use a wide selection of hand and power tools with a variety of materials.
YMCA | Various Locations – Programs for the entire family including child care, fitness, teen clubs, food programs, day and resident camps, youth sports, STEM programs, aquatics and gymnastics.
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