Summer Camps in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Summer Camps with Last-minute Openings

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This post has been updated July 15th, 2017.

Los Angeles, Summer is here, and we suspect some of you still haven’t signed your kids up for Camp yet. How do we know? Because all these awesome Camps still have open spots. MomsLA is not immune to procrastination, so we aren’t judging you, but now is the time to book Summer Camps for your child. Take a look at this great list and have fun choosing from the best Summer Camps in Los Angeles.Summer Camp Guide pennant banner image

 

Kinder Ready

Held the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica, this Summer Camp is a mix of academic and engaging activities. Social and emotional awareness are emphasized, there is STEAM integration and Masters-level teachers – with a 3:1 student to teacher ratio.

Summer Sailing Camp

Los Angeles County Lifeguards will be instructing beginning, intermediate, and advanced sailing classes. All sessions will be held in Marina del Rey at 13640 Mindanao Way. Curriculum will include knot tying, basic sailing knowledge and terms, boat maintenance and rigging, tacking, docking and ocean sailing.  Sailing is open to boys and girls, ages 11-17, who successfully complete a 100-yard swim test in 2:20 minutes or less.

Young Producers Group

Young people ages 7-11 who love music will come together at a beautiful studio in Culver City to write original music, explore music technology, play music games, and have fun in a creative environment. And they will leave with an EP of original music at the end of the session!

Swift Nature Camp

Swift Nature Camp is an Overnight Children’s Summer Camp for boys and girls ages 6-15 located in Wisconsin. Our focus is to blend traditional summer camp activities while increasing a child’s appreciation for nature, science and the environment.

SeaWorld Summer Camp

SeaWorld Camps connect you with the natural world and inspire a lifelong appreciation for earth’s wildlife and wild places. In addition to bringing campers close to incredible animals, SeaWorld’s unique learning environment fosters exploration, inquiry and self-discovery.

Planet Bravo

Each day is balanced with a healthy mix of indoor and outdoor activities, including afternoon sports, snack break, and the ever popular computer games of Network Game Time. There are always multiple activity options during these times to ensure all students find something they enjoy. At the end of each week, we hold a closing award ceremony and open house where students can show off their work and are recognized for their accomplishments.

AQUA SURF Summer Camp

AQUA SURF School provides safe, fun and educational surf camps for kids and teens ages 5 to 17. Our students develop lifelong skills, lasting memories and treasured friendships. It’s especially important for young people to learn surfing and water safety skills in a protected environment.  Our camps are an experience they will cherish forever.

Bilingual Culture Camp

This summer at World City Center, children in ages Grades *TK-5 can embark on a bilingual summer camp journey that explores the rich environment and cultures of the globe! Using a 50:50 bilingual English/Spanish approach, campers gain valuable language skills through fun hands-on experiences. Daily activities at Culture Camp include exposure to foreign languages, technology, music, dramatic play, art, science, math, history, sports, literature, global cuisine and more!

Our Place Summer School

Biocitizen LA gets your child “off the screen and into the green”! Our Place Summer School is designed to “unplug” your child by bringing them into direct contact with “Our Place” , the natural and urban environment of the Los Angeles River Basin Biome. We provide experiential learning for ages 6-14.

CodeREV Kids

LA’s premier week-long summer tech camps for budding programmers, future video game designers, app developers, robotics engineers, 3D modelers & animators, and just plain technology fans! Our project-based learning model allows students to have a blast as they create their own unique projects using code, robotics, or digital art!

Neighborhood Day Camp (La Cañada Presbyterian Church)

Join us for 35 hours of recreation, Bible curriculum, worship experiences, high energy music and large groups facilitated by highly trained staff in partnership with you and your volunteers.  Recreation includes 3 inflatables with water play, a climbing wall, Euro-bungee and more. 

Kids Can Code

Taught by software industry  veterans, our courses provide an introduction to computer programming using real world examples and technologies that are designed to grow with your child. We believe that a basic understanding of computer science provides a set of fundamental skills that is vital: being able to think critically about problems is the first step to finding solutions.

Iceland Ice Summer Camp

Iceland Ice Skating Summer Camp in Van Nuys offers summer camp for skaters off all skill levels. Kids can take full or half-day camps for 2 to 5 days.

Groundlings Teen Improv Camp

Teens learn the fundamentals of improv in this fun and engaging workshop series which culminates in an improv performance on The Groundlings student stage.

Got Game Camp

Got Game Camp is the premier Los Angeles summer day camp designed for kids of all skills, interests, and experience levels, ages 4-14! Got Game Camp is an all encompassing camp with two program offerings. You have the choice of joining our all day camp with daily activities ranging from all sports and games to robotics, arts and crafts, science, dance, technology, and much more! In addition, we offer the Got Game Academy, which is a fun, hands-on way to further your child’s academic skills during the summer months.

Amplify Sleep Away Camp for Girls

Amplify Sleep Away Music and Creative Arts Camp is a 1-5 week overnight program offered to girls ages 10-17 years old. It is held at Ojai Valley Boarding High School in Ojai, CA. Here girls of all skill levels have the opportunity to learn guitar, bass, drums, vocals, keys or other instruments. Girls will also form a band, write an original song, and perform at the Final Showcase for friends, families, and fans!

Camp Zimmer

Each week highlights themes of social responsibility in a unique way (which parents dig), and each camp day features arts of all kinds, creative and scientific exploration and of course, plenty of play time (which kids love!).  With experienced educators and inventive curriculum, summer camp at the Zimmer engages kids in body, mind and heart.

Galileo Camps

Camp Galileo inspires a spirit of bold exploration in pre-K through 5th graders. Grouped by grade, campers explore engaging art, science and outdoor activities while learning lasting innovation skills like how to embrace challenges and create without fear. Wrapped in four fresh themes for 2017, every week is an imagination-sparking adventure.

iDTech

Whether you’re passionate about coding and engineering or video game design and development, go from “enthusiast” to “expert” this summer at an iD Tech Academy. At these intensive two-week programs for teens ages 13–18, you’ll have the opportunity to build real-world skills in an inspiring, prestigious university setting, learn from world-class faculty and network with peers, and gain priceless Industry insights with studio tours and guest speakers (varies by location).

The Writing Club

The Writing Club will offer 3 weeks of creative writing summer camp in the month of June, because writing stories is a fun way to while away long summer days and an excellent way to exercise the brain while in “summer mode.” We’ll write short or long pieces, share if we feel like it, read from great literature, play word games, and connect as storytellers.

Funky Divas and Dudes

Rock out this summer with the Funky Divas & Dudes in this Performing Arts Camp!  For Girls & Boys ages 4-10 years old, we offer one week sessions that run from 9am- 3pm. Campers will engage in unique specialized activities that encourage self-confidence, social skills, physical health and using their imagination.

Fitness By The Sea
Fitness by the Sea is Southern California’s premiere and largest beach camp for children ages 4-14 with locations in Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades Sign Up by the Day with Flexible Scheduling. Register your child for any days you wish, with no minimum days or weeks.

Tumbleweed

When you think of camp, you might imagine big green fields. You might smell fresh air and the faintest perfume of sunscreen. You would hear children laughing and camp songs filling the air. You might think of the touch of friendship bracelets or a horse’s mane. When you close your eyes and imagine the perfect summer camp, you see an ageless tradition of childhood summers. You don’t need to imagine such a place – Tumbleweed is that place.

Learn to Surf LA

Our surf camp has been running since 2004 – we have two locations, Venice/Santa Monica & Manhattan Beach/El Porto. It’s a great way for kids to spend the day playing and relaxing while learning how to handle themselves competently in the surf. Our surf program is for youths from ages 5 to 17 and of all skill levels; our more experienced students work with instructors on advanced material further out where waves are more suitable, while beginners and intermediate students spend their time working on more basic material on the inside, closer to shore.

Farm Camp

STEM based urban agriculture experience that offers a broad range of activities designed to support youth in their exploration of the natural world, their health and well being,  and a cultural connection to land and food. Hands on workshops expose youth to goat milking, equine science, soil science, farming, vermiculture, aquaponics, nutrition, cooking, foraging and art.

Ecole Claire Fontaine

Children from all over the world come together to meet on our two garden campuses, close enough to walk to the beach and jump in the waves, filling their lungs with restorative sea air while experiencing nature. In this children’s art and adventure camp emerging interests are gratified through the discovery of architecture, games, gardening, oceanography, painting, science, sewing, splashing in the water, sports, and playing with new friends, sharing cultures and languages.

Camp Wildfolk

Camp Wildfolk is a fun, modern twist on traditional Day Camp, with a growth-centered and project-based approach. We offer an experiential, explorative experience, where campers are given the autonomy to create their summer adventure by choosing between class options within each “Sphere of Fun” rotation, while still having the safety and accountability of a traditional camper group with Tribe Guides.

Camp Summertime

Established in 1965 as one of the best traditional day camps in Southern California. Now located on 120 private acres in the Malibu / Agoura Hills area at Calamigos Ranch. Calamigos Ranch was home for one of the earliest camps in California dating back to the 1940’s. This strong tradition continues with Camp Summertime. Camp Summertime is dedicated to providing a safe, loving, and enriching environment. We promote each child’s social, emotional, creative and physical development through individual and team activities.

Camp Kids Klub

Our summer camps offer something for everyone, including Science, Swimming, Paintball, Horseback Riding, and many other fun activities! Our staff is committed to providing every camper with the SAFEST and most amazing summer camp experience! Our Camp programs are all-inclusive providing breakfast, lunch, snacks, and regularly scheduled field trips at no additional cost.

Cali Camp

At Cali Camp, each camper will experience a variety of over 50 mini-adventure with activities and exciting special events to express their individual interests and curiosity. Whether visiting for the whole summer or just a week, every camper will reconnect with the environment’s wonder and reclaim the magic it offers.

Duff’s Cakemix

Dive into the magic of cake decorating, as we give you a first-hand look at how the pros do it.  Step-by-step instruction, tips & tricks, ultimate hands-on experience.

Mad Science LA

Mad Science offers a variety of camps for children between 6 and 12 years of age. Each camp is designed to engage active learning, promote inquiry based interaction with our scientists, and entertain the imagination. Our camps are comprised of structured curriculum and content, and incorporate various themes including: space, rocketry, robotics and robots, the environment, biology, kinesiology, and much more! We use simple, real world science techniques that allow campers to enjoy the Mad Science experience.

Mechatronics Mastermind – Engineering for Kids

Eureka! Kelvin has finally done it! He has created a perpetual motion machine. But what is this?! An evil genius has stolen Kelvin’s masterpiece – oh no! Kelvin is now looking for a trustworthy team to develop and test new gadgets that will help him find and safeguard his perpetual motion machine. Explore the basics of mechatronics engineering and logic based programming as students use littleBits® and work together to design gadgets, tools, and machines that will help Kelvin get out of any sticky situation he may encounter.

Camps at Zaniac

Zaniac Summer Camps are the perfect combination of STEAM (Science •Technology • Engineering • Art • Math) learning and fun. Each camp is tailored to your child’s needs. Enjoy small camp sizes w/Instructors who are fully-trained and thoroughly vetted high school and college honor students who love to work with kids. Camps are grouped and focused for your child’s age and grade.

Concordia University Irvine – Teen Entrepreneur Academy

Concordia University offers an entrepreneurship/business Day Camp for kids (grades 5-8) and an overnight program for high school-Teen Entrepreneur Academy, both at their Irvine campus. Your kids will enjoy an interactive one-week business program of learning the principles of entrepreneurship and starting and running their own real-work business.

Studio LOL

This popular improv comedy program has been named the “Best Kids Improv Classes in LA” by Los Angeles Magazine and LA Weekly.  Studio LOL campers study one week of improv comedy in an upbeat atmosphere, where the just-for-fun energy of camp creates a perfect space for beginners to jump right in.  A typical day at Studio LOL might include: acting out a silly news broadcast, creating an infomercial with crazy props, or creating a scene about potato farmers.

Gray Studios LA

Meet Ariel Winter from Modern Family or Kenton Duty from Shake it UP and make a real short film with IMDB credit in this acting camp for those who want to transition their theater training into real acting! Gray Studios offers one of the most all-encompassing youth camps for actors anywhere! Come join us for a full week of intense & FUN work & learn the secrets that make our students competitive in this industry.

Digital Dragon

Amazing week-long summer technology camp for kids aged 7-14 interested in designing video games, tinkering with electronics, advancing their computer programming skills, engineering/programming robots, producing and shooting web videos, taking their Minecraft expertise to the next level, and having fun at the same time! Our camp culture is central to who we are: we have team building activities and outdoor time at a nearby park for lunch and field games.

Glendale Center Theater Group

Does your child like performing on stage? Meeting new friends? Having fun and using his/her imagination? Check out Glendale Centre Theatre’s Summer Acting Camp! Students ages 5-14 spend the day involved in classes that stimulate their creativity in a fun and safe environment. Our experienced and dedicated teachers lead classes in acting, dancing, singing, improvisation, and stage combat.

Camp Lango

Camp Lango is a terrific way for kids ages 4 – 10 to acquire a new language, or improve their second language skills while having a summer time blast! Indoor and outdoor games, cooking, music and dance,  theater, and lots of cultural arts and crafts will make camp unforgettable. We offer Spanish, French, Italian, German or Mandarin in small groups, native speaking counselors, and tons of fun in a full immersion setting.

LA Clippers Youth Basketball Summer Camps

The LA Clippers Youth Basketball Summer Camps offer an exciting way for kids 6-14 years of age to take their game to the next level.  The camps, which are open to children of all different skill levels feature an All-Star group of coaches including former Clippers Players Lamond Murray and Cherokee Parks. Participants will receive top level instruction on shooting mechanics, footwork, ball-handling, defense, passing and mental approach to the sport.

 

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