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15+ Terrific Orange County Summer Camps – [Updated for 2020]

Parents in the OC, it’s time to look for a great Summer Camp for your kids.

Updated for 2020 – check out the Online Summer Camps – you can access from anywhere.

There are so many benefits to sending your kid to Camp, including all the outdoor activities, and making new friends, not to mention keeping them away from screens. There are dozens of Orange County Camps to choose from, with many specializing in a subject your child may love, like: performing arts, sports, academics, coding, engineering play, STEM, and much more.

No matter which one you choose, your child will get a lot from the camp experience, and you’ll watch their skills develop – even during Summer Break. Take a look at our list of Summer Camps in Orange County and get ready to plan your kids’ Summer fun!

If you’re looking for the Best Summer Camps in Los Angeles, check out the 2020 MomsLA Guide.

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Featured Orange County Summer Camps

BioNerds

Type: Academic, Animal Camp, Art & Nature, Day Camp, Nature, Open 2020, Orange County Camp, Science, STEM, Virtual Camps & Classes

Description:

Bionerds offers fun, hands-on biology workshops for kids K-8th grades in many cities throughout Orange County. We have after-school, in-class, homeschool, camps, party, field trips, and Girl Scouts programs. Our curriculum covers vast biology topics from insects, plants, human, genetics, microorganisms, forensic, and more. Your child will have up-close experiences with live/preserved organisms, perform dissections and biology experiments/activities using lab tools. We have been offering our programs to many school districts, cities, home associations, and homeschool facilities throughout Orange County.

Our teachers have college degrees in Biology or related sciences/experiences, some even have graduate degrees. We are honored to be chosen the Best Science/Tech Camp for multiple years by the Parenting OC Magazine families from 2016-2019. We are also chosen as one of the Coolest After-Class programs in the Country by the Red Tricycle website. We are featured in many family websites as one of the great programs for kids in Orange County.

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Camp CodeREV Kids

Type: Academic, Day Camp, Maker, Open 2020, Orange County Camp, Robotics, STEM, Tech, Virtual Camps & Classes

Description:

LA’s premier week-long summer tech camps for budding programmers, future video game designers, VR lovers, app developers, robotics engineers, 3D modelers & animators, and just plain technology fans!

Our curriculum is incredibly fun AND educational, focusing on strengthening STEAM. It is even supported by educational specialists out of the Harvard and Stanford Graduate Schools of Education and MIT Media Lab. We take great pride in hearing from others that we are the most educational tech camp out there. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that we don’t allow fun at our camps. Our project-based learning model allows students to have a blast and build confidence as they create their own unique projects using code, robotics, digital art, and more!

Roblox Game Design and VR, Minecraft Level Design, MathCraft (Math + Minecraft), Adventures in Programming, 3D Game Design with VR, Modding in Minecraft, REV Robots, REV Engineers, Coding Drones, 3D Modeling & Animation, App Creators.

Locations: Pasadena, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Westwood, Encino

2020: ALL SUMMER LONG!

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Camp Pinniped at Home

Type: Animal Camp, Beach, Day Camp, Orange County Camp, Science, STEM, Virtual Camps & Classes

Description:

Camp Pinniped at Home is a week-long, online program, offered by Pacific Marine Mammal Center, for kids, ages 8 – 12.

Camp Pinniped investigates marine science through the world of marine mammals and is full of fun, interactive activities and STEM oriented topics to keep kids learning.

Through a series of live chats, videos, presentations and activities, children will discover how we rescue and rehabilitate our seal and sea lion patients. They will also dive in and explore different careers in marine science, hearing from and talking with professionals, such as our animal rescuers, veterinarians and biologists, about what their job is like. Each day has a different marine mammal theme in order to provide a well-rounded study of our ocean environment.

The program is hosted by enthusiastic and engaging instructors who will lead your child through interactive activities and projects. No parent assistance is needed during the program!

This program is a science and conservation based program designed to educate, build awareness and interest about the environment, marine life and protecting it! This program is aligned with a variety of Next Generation Science Standards. As an added bonus, online campers will be invited to a future sea lion release at the beach!

If COVID19 restrictions are lifted and we can open to the public, we will be offering an onsite version for kids and teens full of hands on and observational activities around the animals!

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Chef Tech Cooking School

Type: Cooking, Day Camp, Orange County Camp, Virtual Camps & Classes

Description:

Kids Weekly Summer Camp
Ages – 6-14 years old

In-Person Classes are Monday – Friday – 10 AM – 12:30 PM – $320

Virtual Classes are Monday – Thursday – 1:30 PM – 12:30 PM – $185

*Recipe Kit Pick Up on Sunday’s 4pm-6pm

* Contactless Recipe Kit Delivery Service is available, contact [email protected] or call 562-989-2467 for more information

Dates and Themes:
June 15th – 19th – In Person – Culinary Boot Camp – 10 AM-12:30 PM
June 15th – 18th – Virtual – Culinary Boot Camp 1:30 PM – 3PM
June 22nd – 26th – In Person – Great Summer Bake Off – 10 AM-12:30 PM
June 22nd – 25th – Virtual – Great Summer Bake Off – 1:30PM – 3PM
July 6th – 10th – In Person – Sweet Treats – 10AM – 12:30 PM
July 6th – 9th – Virtual – Sweet Treats – 1:30PM – 3PM
July 13th – 17th – In Person – Kids Culinary Throwdown – 10AM – 12:30 PM
July 13th – 16th – Virtual – Kids Culinary Throwdown – 1:30 PM – 3PM
July 20th – 24th – In Person – International Bake Off – 10AM – 12:30PM
July 20th – 23rd – Virtual – International Bake Off – 1:30 PM – 3 PM
July 27th – 31st – In Person – Great Summer Bake Off – 10AM – 12:30PM
July 27th – 30th – Virtual – Great Summer Bake Off – 10 AM – 12:30 PM
August 3rd – 7th – In-Person – International Bake Off – 10 AM – 12:30 PM
August 3rd – 6th – Virtual – International Bake Off – 1:30 PM – 3PM
August 10th – 14th – Kids Culinary Throwdown – 10 AM – 12:30 PM
August 10th – 13th – Virtual – Kids Culinary Throwdown – 1:30PM – 3PM
August 17th – 21st – In Person – Culinary Bootcamp – 10AM – 12:30 PM
August 17th – 20th – Virtual – Culinary Bootcamp – 10AM – 12:30 PM

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Designer Camp

Type: Arts & Crafts, Arts Education, Creative, Day Camp, Design, Fashion, Orange County Camp, Photography, Virtual Camps & Classes

Description:

A hands-on, creative digital summer camp for students passionate about design. Designer Camp is a curated boutique style camp that allows campers (ages 11 – 17) to be immersed in the design industry exploring the exciting worlds of Branding, Design, Fashion, Interior Design, Photography, Styling, Trend Forecasting, and much more!

The Leica Akademie Photography Camp allows students to dive deeper into the fields of photography, exploring areas such as: Photo 101, Lighting, Portrait Photography, Product Photography and Fashion Photography.

Designer Camp partners with top experts in the design industry, giving students a rare opportunity to engage and learn through hands-on workshops, design talks from keynote speakers, and behind-the-scenes experiences.

Throughout both weeks, students will work on creating their own digital portfolio that they can continue updating throughout the summer and beyond!

2020 Designer Camp Digital:
Designer Camp 101: July 20 – 24, 2020
Leica Photography Camp: July 27 – July 31, 2020

For more information, visit Designercamp.com or email [email protected]

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Destination Science

Type: Academic, After Care, Arts & Crafts, Before Care, Creative, Day Camp, Maker, Open 2020, Orange County Camp, Science, South Bay Camp, STEM, Virtual Camps & Classes

Description:

Destination Science is excited to offer 4 all new online STEM topics each week starting July 6, 2020 through August & beyond to help engage your kids. Join your Destination Science teacher LIVE online Monday- Friday for 2 full hours of hands-on STEM fun.  Each camper will receive:

KIT: Science supply kit designed for your topic of choice with accompanying Google slide deck walking kids through each day of learning.

TEACHER: Connect LIVE with your Destination Science teacher with our Zoom link.

LEARNING: Kids explore STEM science through games, challenges, building, and fun.

SCHEDULE: LIVE for 2 hours per day starting at either 9:30am or 1:30pm or both (PT & CT). Each theme offered each week: 7/6,  7/13,  7/20,  7/27,  8/3,  8/10 (more to be added)

VIDEOS: The fun continues with pre-recorded step by step video guides designed to assist your child with an additional 30 minutes/day of project building at their pace.

CONNECTIONS: Kids keep the same staff and campmates all week to build true connections with old and new friends.

Registration Starts: June 1, 2020

Fees: $200/wk, Enroll by 6/30/20 & Save $50! (vouchers accepted)

ROBOT ISLAND CAMP

Offered Both AM & PM – Join other BOT Builders & create your own Rolling Robot with DS Live Online! Welcome to Robot Island where curious minds transform the island into a science fun park for Robotic adventures! Build motorized Bots and use the engineering design process to create your own fun.

PLAYSPACE ENGINEERING CAMP

Offered Both AM & PM – Missing your playground?! Build one with DS Live online! Warning: Engineers at Play! Design & build your own eco-friendly solar play-space, complete with a pendulum swing set, a moving merry-go-round and a vibrating sled ride.  By the end of camp, you will have created your own play circuit to show off fun physics facts.

STEAM INVENTORS CAMP

Offered Both AM & PM – Time on your hands? Let’s invent your own Ooniverse with DS Live online! Join the STEAM Dream Team! Harness the power of STEAM with science, technology, engineering, art and math–combine it all to master your own amazing Oonie Maker Machine. Spark curiosity with the force of air-power, stretchy polymer technology, structural engineering, and get creative with color theories.

GALACTIC SPACE TRAINING CAMP

Part 1 (Offered AM Only): Shelter in Outerspace – Build your own Millennium Starship with DS Live online! It is time to build your own Millennium Starship ready to complete galactic challenges and earn a light-powered science saber. Compare Jedi mind tricks to real physics forces we use every day, like magnetism, infrared light, and sound waves!

Continue the space adventure all day by adding PM Camp…

Part 2 (Offered PM Only): Staycation on Mars – Build your own Mars Rover with DS Live online! BIY-Build it Yourself! You’ve been assigned by the Jedi Academy to construct your own motorized Rover Droid. Customize your rover to adapt to different planets. Will it use solar energy or electrical energy to search for  martian life? Challenge Accepted!

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Fit First Bootcamp

Type: Day Camp, Open 2020, Orange County Camp, Outdoors, Sports, Virtual Camps & Classes

Description:

Come join us at Fit First, OC’s first youth-focused fitness program, for one of our action packed week-long summer bootcamps! Our camps are hosted around Orange County’s scenic local parks so our athletes can get outdoors for some fresh air and have some fun in the sun, while also staying safe with distance & ventilation. We offer general fitness camps as well as sports focused camps, and they are packed with games, sports, and all sorts of fun to get our athletes excited about starting their fitness journey!  Our camps are available for all ages ( 4 – 16 ) and readiness levels, and run from 9AM – 12PM (AM Camp) or 12:30PM – 3:30PM (PM Camp), with option to attend both. Come join us for a memorable summer of fun and fitness, build confidence & teamwork skills, and make some new friends!

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Futures Academy Virtual Summer Camps

Type: Academic, Arts Education, Creative Writing, Open 2020, Orange County Camp, Photography, Science, STEM, Tech, Teen, Virtual Camps & Classes

Description:

With virtual summer camps at Futures Academy, learn skills that support academic growth in all subjects while having fun, connecting with others, and discovering a possible career path. Futures Academy offers a variety of virtual summer camps for 5th grade, middle school and high school students this summer including: Middle School Writing Camp, Middle School Math Camp, Digital Photography Camp, Game Design Camp, Forensic Science Camp, Creative Writing Camp, College Compass & Art Camp.

Enroll in 1-week, 2-week, 3-week  or all summer camps. Camp sessions include two sessions per day Monday – Thursday.  The first session is engaging instructional content and the next session is fun group practice and activities.

Futures Academy is a fully accredited school that pulls all camp curriculum from UC approved course curriculum.  The content is the best of the best to teach skills for our campers.

Locations all over Orange County, Los Angeles County and San Diego County

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Alphabetical List of Orange County Summer Camps

All About Horses OC
18851 Goldenwest St., Huntington beach, CA 92648
949-228-2183
[email protected]

The camps will run 9am-1pm, Monday through Friday. Eight to Ten students will be able to participate in each camp. Throughout the week the students will learn/participate in the following: Proper Grooming Care, Tacking both English and Western, Bareback Riding Lessons, Hunt Seat Riding Lessons, Western Pleasure Riding Lessons, Take a Trail Ride throughout Huntington Beach (learning about trail safety), Vaulting Lessons on the Vaulting Barrel and on Horse (importance of strength building) – plus Game Day or Horse Show on last day of camp.

 

Artology Studio
15455 Jeffrey Rd., Ste 318, Irvine, CA 92618
(949)-932-0996
[email protected]

Artology Studio is offering art camp for kids painting and handcrafting ! Now Spring camp 2019 open for enrollment, limited spots available! Each week kids will create several art pieces by different materials. Ages: 6-12. Drawing, Ceramic painting, Button Painting, Clay making, Sewing & Knitting, 3D paper folding, fashion design, paper/wood crafting and more!

BioNerds
PO BOX 81004, Rancho Santa Margarita, California 92688
(949) 288-1486
[email protected]

Bionerds offers a-week long camps throughout the Winter, Spring and Summer Breaks.  Field trips and guest speakers (related to nature wildlife, marine life, and research/medical fields) are also offered for some sessions.  Every registration comes with a FREE child Bionerds T-shirt, little “live friends” (upon your permission) or toys, a Bionerds Certificate at the end of the session, and, of course, fun times with the Bionerds staffs.  We offer half-day camps in the morning or afternoon on all sites, and full-day camps on some sites.

Camp CodeREV Kids
Newport Christian School, 1000 Bison Ave., Newport Beach, Ca 92660
(844) 490-TECH (8324)
[email protected]

OC’s premier week-long summer tech camps for budding programmers, future video game designers, VR lovers, app developers, robotics engineers, 3D modelers & animators, and just plain technology fans! Our curriculum is incredibly fun AND educational, focusing on strengthening STEAM. It is even supported by educational specialists out of the Harvard and Stanford Graduate Schools of Education and MIT Media Lab. We take great pride in hearing from others that we are the most educational tech camp out there. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that we don’t allow fun at our camps. Our project-based learning model allows students to have a blast and build confidence as they create their own unique projects using code, robotics, digital art, and more!

Camp Izza
New Horizon School, One Truman Street, Irvine, CA 92620
949-422-8123
[email protected]

We strive to provide an environment in which all children can thrive and be comfortable expressing themselves and meet new friends along the way. The founder, Dr. Omar Ezzeldine, has worked with children for over 25 years as a teacher, principal and administrator. His life-long dream was to create a camp based on his years of experience that would be fun and engaging for children. Since 2008, Camp Izza has provided an excellent program of summer fun for all kids.

Camp James
101 N. Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
949.729.1098
[email protected]

For over 30 years we have been the most popular and trusted summer day camp in Orange County.  A great reputation takes time to build and concentrated effort to keep. We continue to work and play well so your camper can have the best summer ever.   Our directors are educated professionals, seasoned supervisors, and dedicated individuals.   Directors are on site and daily at camp and we encourage parent communication.

Center Stage Studio
The Center Stage Studio, 27101 Aliso Creek Rd. #136, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
949-305-9758
[email protected]

CSS was the very first musical Theater weekly camp in the area. 
All Camps adapted to child friendly content & fun for the whole family Fridays are special because it’s SHOWTIME! This is how it works: The campers normally have their dress rehearsals in the day. At 3pm we have a pizza cast party! We also do hair and make up from 3 – 5 (call time for show)!

Chef Tech Cooking School
3842 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90803
562-989-2467
[email protected]

Kids Weekly Summer Camp
Ages – 6-14 Years Old
Morning Session: 10:00AM – 12:30PM + Afternoon Session: 1:00PM – 3:30PM. Our mission is to teach kids how to cook – to show them how to select quality ingredients, use the proper equipment and master the best techniques. We offer Culinary Knowledge and Kitchen Experience with a side of Palate Pleasure!

Culinary Kids
26895 Aliso Creek Rd Suite B – 56, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
(949) 292-4720
[email protected]

Culinary Kids Summer Camp is where young chefs come to cook, learn and make new friends in the process! Our camp leaders stir their way into your hearts and stomachs by creating theme-based snacks and meals to share with family and friends. Young chefs are served full meals complete with a: main dish, a side dish and a dessert.

 

Designer Camp
SoCo & The OC Mix
3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626
[email protected]
July 15-19, 2019
Ages 11-17

Designer Camp is returning to Orange County for its third year! This unique program partners with nationally-recognized brands. Past partnerships have included The Giving Keys, Design Within Reach, Farrow & Ball, and more. Located within The South Coast  Collection and The OC Mix and partnering with Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, Designer Camp gives students a rare opportunity to engage and learn through hands-on workshops, informative talks from working designers and behind-the-scenes tours of studios and galleries. Designer Camp also partners with non-profit organizations, allowing students to design for social good.

Discovery Cube OC
2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705
714-542-2823
[email protected]

Thrilling animal adventures, exciting coding challenges, wild dinosaur discoveries and science wonders await your kids this summer at Discovery Cube’s hands-on summer camps! We offer several different programs that give kids of all ages the chance to investigate science through fun and one-of-a-kind experiences. Discovery Cube camp staff consist of education professionals who will help ignite the spark of curiosity in your child through the wonders of science.

Environmental Nature Center
1601 East 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663
949-645-8489
[email protected]

Etnies Skate Park
20028 Lake Forest Drive, Lake Forest, CA 92630
949-916-5870
[email protected]

We have been running camps since 2003 and have worked hard to make it an experience to remember. Lunch, drinks and snacks are provided daily. Specific clinics covered during camp include: the basics of ollies, how to kick flip, how to grind, bowl riding, and skating transitions. All camp activities will be supervised by experienced Skatepark staff that have a proven, successful track record in improving skateboard skills.

Karate Summer Camp
1027 North Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92832
714-361-9314

Our Karate Summer Camp has a limited number of openings and they fill-up fast! Tired of sending your kids to the same old boring summer camps? You and your kids can kick boredom to the curb by signing-up for our Summer Martial Arts Camp. American Martial Arts Academy Karate Summer Camp is anything but boring!

Lil’ Chef School
15435 Jeffrey Road, #132 Irvine, CA 92618
949-679-8390
[email protected]

Beat the heat in our cool kitchen! Whether your child likes to bake, create, roast, sauté, fry or just blend, we have a camp for all interests. Our camps are organized into 3 age groups so all chefs team up with their peers. Ages are: Tiny Chefs 4-6, Lil’ Chefs 7-9 and Teen Chefs 10 and older. All chefs will receive a Lil’ Chef School apron for the first camp enrolled to keep for their very own and will get to taste everything that they cook. All recipes are located on our website for the preparation at home.  

Ruby Karen Project
3001RedHill St. Bldg. 1 Ste 107, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 846-6143
[email protected]

Elevate your Aerial and Circus Arts skills by taking our specialized workshops in the following: Trapeze (dance & Static), Lyra/Hoop, Silks/Tissu, Hammock, and so much more. Geared towards all levels, these workshops will enhance your skills with additional coaching and tips from masters of the trade.  and you would have speed up your training by 3-6 months. Coaches and Instructors are certified teachers as well as established teachers in their respective fields.

 

School of Rock Tustin
530 E First Street, Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 975-9116
[email protected]

Do you want to learn how to play in a band or learn to write songs? School of Rock Tustin offers a wide variety of music camps and workshops that cover topics such as these. Our local music camps are perfect for musicians of any skill level who want to play guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and vocals.

Tim O’Donoghue’s OC Baseball Camp
11191 Brunswick Way, North Tustin, CA 92705
(714) 832-5961
[email protected]

OC Baseball Camp is a positive atmosphere where kids can learn and have a great time, and where kids can learn more about the game of baseball and have a great time doing it. We hire fun, knowledgeable coaches with a love for the game of baseball. More importantly, they have a great time working with and teaching the campers.

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