SOLD OUT – Long Beach – The Long Beach Ballet offers an exciting two-week summer dance camp for ages 5-11 (no previous dance training required). Young dancers will enjoy this fun summer program created just for them! Activities include ballet, jazz, musical theatre, hip-hop, crafts and visits to the local park. July 31 – August 11. Read More
Long Beach – Long Beach Boot Camp is offering a fitness-focused camp for kids (ages 4-10) with lots of activities including obstacle courses, soccer, yoga, arts and crafts, plus singing and dancing. June – August. Read More
Fullerton – Each week of summer arts camp has a different theme! Campers, ages 6-12, will explore ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, animation, dance, theater and more through hands-on projects! June 5 – August 11, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Read More
Long Beach – My Gym activates the fun every single day. Children participate in energizing games, exciting relays, arts and crafts, music and so much more. Each camp program is uniquely designed to keep your children moving and active. Drop-off program, pay-by-the-day options, and multi-day discounts offered. Read More
Newport Beach – With hundreds of camps to choose from, Camp Newport invites you to make the most of your summer. Enjoy surf, beach, and bodyboarding camps, active camps like skateboarding, soccer, pickleball, sailing and paddleboard camps, or science, theater, music, technology, and art camps. Register by May 4 and receive a 10% or more discount on most camps. Read More
Southern California – Parent participation nursery schools and preschools are founded on the principle that the best education will result from an active partnership among parents, teachers, and children. Each family shares in operating the school. Read More
Check out these play centers that have a particular focus on movement classes for the very young. They offer a great opportunity to work on basic motor skills, bond with your “little” and meet other parents too.
Irvine – Pretend City Museum provides children with access to a city that’s all their own! They can run a UPS store and deliver packages, grocery shop at Trader Joe’s, play as a dentist and doctor in the medical center, fish and race boats in the marina, change spark plugs on a race car, run a restaurant, work on a farm, rescue a house on fire, build structures of all shapes and sizes, and so much more. Read More
Yorba Linda – Tour Richard Nixon’s original birthplace and boyhood home, the presidential helicopter that flew four Presidents, an exact replica of President Nixon’s Oval Office, Pat Nixon Gardens, the final resting places of President and Mrs. Nixon, special exhibits and more. Read More
LA & Orange County – Join Rolling Robots on the path to becoming a tech genius! Students will engage in real-world, hands-on project based learning with tangible engineering adventures. Experience ranges from exploring Lego and VEX robotics, coding in Python and C++ and getting prepared for FLL and VEX Robotics competition teams. Read More
Lakewood – Learn all about horses: leading, grooming, bathing, parts of saddle and bridle, breed types, colors and markings, plus horseback riding daily. Summer camps run Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Read More
Los Alamitos – Fun & friendly sewing camps for absolute beginners and more advanced sewists, ages 8-18. Beginners learn how to safely use a sewing machine and make projects such as bookmark, pillowcase, PJs, drawstring backpack, shirts and more. More advanced students sew summer dresses, beach bags and other fun summer projects! Weekly sessions, June 12 – August 11, three time slots to choose from. Read More
Long Beach – Hand sewing for ages 6 and up. Machine sewing for ages 9 and up (machines provided). Small, projected-based group classes for beginning through intermediate sewers. Hand sewers complete craft projects. Machine sewers create simple clothing or crafts. Read More
Long Beach – Unique STEM combo camp weeks for K-5 kids. Camps include Early Engineers, Rad Robotics, Tech Girls and a series of Fab Fridays. Camps are held Monday – Thursday, June 19 – August 4. Read More
Kidsguide has your chance to win tickets to see everyone’s favorite ogre in the hilarious stage spectacle! Based on the Oscar-winning, smash hit film, coming to Cerritos, August 9-25, the unlikely hero Shrek fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess, and learns that real friendship and true love aren’t found only in fairy tales.
Various SoCal Locations – Make new friends, advance your skills, play games, and most importantly, have fun in their private skatepark. From games, competitions and prizes to quarter pipes, launch ramps, fun boxes, rails, and other fun obstacles, they work with your individual skill level to ensure you have fun and help you be the best skateboarder you can be! Camp is for boys and girls of all ability levels, ages 5-13 . June 19 – September 1. Read More
If your child’s more interested in a sport that doesn’t involve so many players, we’ve got you covered! Find out where to sign up for sports like archery, fencing, golf, gymnastics, equestrian, rock climbing, and more!
Los Angeles County – With a dozen locations across Los Angeles, STAR Summer Camps feature a one-of-a-kind variety camp, plus over 15 specialty camps covering topics ranging from Digital Art and Chess to Woden Toy Design and Musical Theatre. Read More
Long Beach – At Summer with Westerly, they believe hands-on experiences are key to fostering intellectual curiosity and love of leaning. Summer enrichment programs reflect the school’s philosophy of inquiry-based learning, placing students at the center of the educational experience. Sessions, July 10 – August 18, include Beginning Paths for grades Pre-K – 1 and Discovery: Kinetic Vehicles for grades 2-8. Read More
Mission Viejo – Stratford has designed the perfect camp for your child, complete with all the fun, enriching activities they love, and the important safety measures and flexible hours you expect. And with many options to choose from, campers will have endless, AWESOME experiences to keep them engaged and excited all summer long. Academic Camps • Speciality Camps • Day Camps • Sports Camps. Read More
Various Locations – Kids ages 7-17 of all ability levels will absolutely love their one-of-a-kind Junior Summer Tennis Camps! From the amazing on-court games and drills, to hit for prizes, training to music hour, and creative ball decorating contests, they have it all! Week-long camps are held all summer long at locations in Arcadia, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar, Huntington Beach and Yorba Linda. Read More
Presenting science, circus-style! Using juggling, balancing, magic and more to illustrate concepts of science, this interactive, educational show entertains and amazes audiences of all ages (recommended for ages 4+).
Does your child love to sing? Have them try singing in a choir or chorus! Stan DeWitt, Executive Director of the Long Beach Youth Chorus, talks to us about the positive impact choral singing has on kids and teens. He also answers your most frequently asked questions.
Various Locations – Each summer, USYVL hosts instructional volleyball camps for beginner, intermediate and advanced players, ages 7-15. Three-day camp schedule, three hours each day with individual instruction and a 8:1 player to coach ratio. Campers will improve overall game performance while developing meaningful friendships and teamwork skills. Read More
Costa Mesa – One-week summer camps where kids are introduced to professional tools and technology applicable to a wide range of vocations such as engineering, medicine, science, law, and advanced manufacturing trades. These are no ordinary STEM classes, more like old-school shop classes. The kids will have fun, get dirty, use loud and obnoxious tools and make a lot sawdust, metal chips, and wire scraps along the way! Read More
Southern California – ACS WASC accredits over 5,200 public, independent, church-related, and proprietary pre-K-12 and adult schools. The directory provides information about the schools currently accredited.
Santa Monica – Westside School of Ballet is offering summer ballet programs for dancers of all levels including Children’s Themed Day Camps (ages 4-8) featuring exciting themes like Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin & Jasmine, and more. Teen Workshop (ages 11-18), Summer Intensives (ages 9-19), and Advanced Workshops (ages 13-19) are also offered. Read More
Find out where and how to sign kids up for sports like baseball, basketball, football, soccer, diving, badminton, water polo, hockey, roller derby, and more! All websites listed will lead you to a team or league in your area.
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.
Lakewood – Eight weeks of summer tennis camps are offered for ages 5-18. All campers, beginning to advanced, are welcome to attend. Campers will be split into different groups and courts so everyone can have a good experience. Multiple courts are available and the instructors are experienced tennis players. June 19 – August 17. Read More
Orange County – Discover a Summer of Fun at the YMCA! Day Camps offer expeditions including: sports, outdoor activities, STEAM, field trips, character development, community service projects & more! YMCA Overnight Camps are offered at Camp Elk or Camp Oakes. Or try a Speciality Camps and learn new sports, swimming, or have fun with arts and sciences! For the gamer in the family, check out Esport Camps. Join the Y where summer never ends! Read More
Long Beach – Spend two weeks doing hands-on science investigations. Students (entering grades 2-8 and HS girls) do experiments and projects in CSULB college science laboratories. This year’s themes include: Toying Around with Science, Cool Chemistry, Biomimicry: From Nature to Invention, STEM Challenge, and Phenomenal Physics. July 17-28. Read More
The two heavyweights when it come to youth centers are the Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCA. Both serve ages 5 and up and offer a wide range of programs at dedicated centers or off-site on school campuses.
Long Beach – Sports camp for youth (ages 5-13), includes instruction in a variety of sports, such as archery, basketball, gymnastics, bowling, soccer, softball, hockey, tennis, golf, volleyball, dance, physical fitness, track & field, and swim lessons. June 20 – August 11. Read More
Lake Forest – Girls and boys (entering 1st-8th grades) will learn the basics of volleyball and foundations of functional movement along with a variety of fun games. June 5-9, June 26-30, and July 10-14. Read More
Manhattan Beach – Attractions include a five-level play structure, Toddler Town, reading corner, Beach House Studio, multipurpose room, plus outdoor rock wall, ropes course, and garden. Classes, drop-in play, birthday parties and camps also offered. Read More
Moorpark – Home of the Exotic Animal Training and Management Program at Moorpark College, visit for live animal presentations and training demonstrations. Special events, party packages, holiday events, and summer camps available. Read More
Santa Ana – Inspired by the popular TV show, this adventure park experience includes truss obstacles, inflatable obstacles, dedicated session times for kids ages 5 and under, and party and group packages. Read More
Various Locations – Take short day-trips to Los Angeles, San Diego, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Barbara or other cities from local stations throughout Southern California. All children (ages 2-12) may travel at 50% off the adult fare. Read More
Los Angeles – Originally opened in 1901, Angels Flight, the world’s shortest railway, takes passengers on a short ride between Hill Street and Grand Avenue on Bunker Hill. Open daily, $1 each way. Read More
Long Beach- Water taxi offers a scenic ride on the water and a way to get around Long Beach’s coastline. Guests are transported to and from Alamitos Bay and Rainbow Harbor at Aquarium Dock 4, $5 each way. Read More
Long Beach – Southern California’s largest aquarium and home to more than 12,000 animals of the Pacific Ocean. Touch sharks, feed Australian lorikeets and moon jellies, and interact with more than 100 other exhibits. Read More
Long Beach – Children (ages 3-12) will join aquarium educators to explore the habitats and animals of the Pacific Ocean. Campers can feed animals, tour exhibits, and participate in hands-on learning activities. Read More
Los Angeles – Located in Griffith Park, the Autry offers an array of exhibits sharing the stories of the American West. Films on the lawn, weekend museum tours, and special events offered all year. Read More
Newport Beach – With no admission costs, you can stroll the bayside boardwalk, arcade and game room, restaurants, and shops. The ferris wheel and harbor and whale watching cruises are available. Read More
San Diego – This 1,200-acre historic urban cultural park offers 16 museums, various gardens, and the San Diego Zoo. The park also features multiple performing arts venues, trails, and many other creative and recreational attractions. Read More
San Pedro – Campers (1st – 8th grade) will get in-depth tours of various ship compartments and participate in fun STEM activities centered around the scientific and engineering concepts needed to successfully construct, operate, and maintain a battleship. June 26 – August 4. Read More
San Pedro – General access pass offers exhibits on the Battleship of Presidents, Gunnery Hazards, HUP-2 Helicopter, and more. Private guided tours are offered, plus parties, overnight programs and summer camps. Read More
Long Beach – Kids (4th-6th grade) can join Bay Shore Church for a fun week of music (vocal and handbell choirs), movement, drama, Bible story time, games, arts and crafts, special activities, and more. June 19-23. Read More
Anaheim – Indoor play park for all ages, offering slides, sports courts, tunnels, towers, ball blasters, and bouncy trampolines. Designated areas for the little ones. Party packages available. Read More
La Jolla – Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Birch Aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fishes and invertebrates, including the world’s smallest penguins! Explore their two-story Giant Kelp Forest, Hall of Fishes, Sharks Shores, and touch animals in their Tide Pool Plaza. Read More
San Pedro – Thirty-five saltwater tanks and touch tanks, plus discovery labs and an Aquatic Nursery with baby sea animals. Kids can crawl into an aquarium, walk through a squishy mud tunnel, identify animals using microscopes, view a working laboratory, create artwork, and more. Read More
San Pedro – Ocean science summer classes are held onsite at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. Sessions for 1st-6th grades include Tales Between Tides, Galloping Snails, Crab Shells, and Ichthyology. June 15 – August 18. Read More
Long Beach – Campers (ages 4-14) participate in weekly musical camp themes including Aloha Ukulele Camp, Songwriting Camp, Indie Band Camp, Rhythm Rangers Cmap, Beats n’ Synths Camps, Musical Globetrotters Camp, and more. June 19 – August 18. Read More
Los Angeles – Explore the wonders of science through interactive exhibits, live demonstrations, innovative programs and awe-inspiring films. Free admission to all permanent exhibits (excludes IMAX and special ticketed exhibitions). Read More
Orange County – Campers participate in hands-on science education including playful experiments, thought-provoking science challenges, and group projects that foster confidence and leadership skills. Weeklong sessions, June and July. Read More
Long Beach & San Bernardino Mountains – Camp Fire offers two camps: Backyard Bunch (day camp), June 19 – August 18, for 1st-8th grade and Camp Wintaka (resident camp), July 17-22, for 2nd-10th grade students. Read More