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50 Awesome Los Angeles Summer Camps with Last-minute Openings

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This post has been updated June 8, 2018.

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 50 awesome Summer 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 (alphabetical) list and have fun choosing from the best Summer Camps in Los Angeles that have availability.

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Academic Achievers
KinderPrep Camp has a few spaces open the week of Aug. 6-10 and Aug 13-17. Give your child a head start this summer at Academic Achievers’ award-winning KinderPrep & Early Elementary Camp. This whole child approach to learning is both academically and developmentally appropriate, preparing your child for the academic rigor of school along with age appropriate social and emotional skills.

Aloha Beach Camp
Step your child’s summer up a notch with an epic day camp experience they won’t find anywhere else. Learn to surf, jet ski, boogie board and more at Aloha Beach Camp in Los Angeles! Aloha Beach Camp is L.A.’s most comprehensive aquatic sports day camp program with over 200 safe and fun beach, lake, and ocean activities for kids and teens ages 4 to 15. Limited availability here and there on select days especially for new families and first-time campers.

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!

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.

Brentwood Art Center
Brentwood Art Center Summer Day Camps are for 5-12 year olds interested in participating in a rich, fun and creative experience. Our specialized program gives children the opportunity to explore their creativity under the direction of our exceptional and enthusiastic faculty. Projects will vary in subject and explore a number of different media such as drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, and sculpture.

Camp New Heights
Camp New Heights is a two, four or six week summer program for campers aged 9 through 17, located in Santa Barbara, California. Programs are personalized to fit individual needs with the focus of helping each camper build a better version of themselves and reach new heights. While at camp, they can enjoy the independence of a college-style living experience and world-class counselors and staff. We believe that regardless of your skill level (beginner or an advanced athlete), everyone can reach new heights. MomsLA coupon of 15%

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. Limited spots for our sessions June 18 – August 17.

Camp Super Duper
A 21st century day camp for 21st century kids. A kaleidoscope of activities, a whole-child heart-centered philosophy, the BEST staff of fun, quirky, cool, mature, experienced ADULTS, and more fun than you may be able to handle. We do everything from Art, Sports & Cooking to DJing, Podcasting, Parkour & mini-golf. Maker’s Lab. Water Play. Field Trips. Theme Days…. Come Discover, Create, Connect, Laugh, Play, Grow, and be the YOUiest YOU you can be! Ages 4-16. Organic Lunch, Extended Care & Transportation available! Come find your Tribe and let yourself shine!

Camp Tech Revolution
Welcome to Award-Winning Camp Tech R3volution at UCLA… Your Next Generation Tech Camp for ages 7-14! You Can Be An Innovator – You Can Change The Game! 35+ Majors/Minors in Robotics with EV3, AI & Vex, Game & App Design, Python, Java, Virtual Reality, Web Design, Minecraft™, Spy Tech, Sports Analytics, Super Sports, 3D Printing, Movie Production for YouTube, Encryption/Decryption, Rocketry and So Much More! Openings during the weeks of July 9th through August 24th for campers ages 7-14.

Camp Wildcraft
At Camp Wildcraft we grow creative, curious, confident & caring kids who feel at home in nature. At our two sites at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas and The Sycamore School in Malibu, our adventurous art and nature camp empowers kids to discover the hidden natural world—and their hidden strengths. Campers make new friends, take daily hikes along the trails and creeks, create big art projects, paint and draw, sculpt in wood and clay, sketch in their handmade nature journals, do theatre, build forts, play together with wild freedom and much more! Open slots at both our Malibu and Calabasas sites.

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.

Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences – Summer Programs
Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences is a leader in innovative academic, arts, and enrichment curricula for students in Kindergarten through 12th grades. Summer at Crossroads offers you the opportunity to experience a full variety of courses as unique as the school’s regular year programs. Students are challenged to develop skills, to enjoy learning, and to grow in areas of special interest while experiencing their “Summer at Crossroads.”

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

Diavolo Dance
DIAVOLO is a unique dance company that uses larger-than-life structures to accomplish the impossible! Learn to Dance, Fly, and Catch on DIAVOLO’S unique sets and structures! Each day focuses on different set pieces as well as different styles of movement, including dance, gymnastics, parkour, acrobatics, theatrics, and martial arts. Recommended for Ages 8-14 years – all levels of experience are welcome!

Digital Dragon
Amazing week-long summer technology camp for kids aged 7-14 interested in designing video games, advancing their computer programming skills, engineering/programming robots, producing and shooting YouTube videos and short films, 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. Our teachers are trained professionals in the field and teach our after-school and in-school enrichment classes year round…technology isn’t only their passion, it’s their life!

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.

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.

Genesis Lab
Genesis Lab Camp is a five-day, fully immersive adventure into math and science, enveloped in rich historical contexts. Your child will engage with a host of innovative tools spanning 3D printing, virtual reality, and everything in between. Students will be challenged in an active learning, design-centered environment created by professional educators and college-level professors. Camp sessions are geared towards middle schoolers and run 5 days, Monday through Friday, from 9 AM to 2 PM.

Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code Campus is a nationally-recognized organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in tech. Girls Who Code Campus is a NEW series of two-week summer courses for girls in 6th-12th grade. Each course dives deep on exciting new material, like iPhone App Development or Wearable Tech & Fashion Design. Your daughter will enjoy challenging hands-on activities, collaborative projects, and access to a sisterhood of other creative, ambitious girls.

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.

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.

Havaya Arts
Havaya Arts is a Jewish overnight arts camp, specializing in theater, art, dance, and music. Whether campers go deeply into a chosen art form or try something for the first time, they’ll grow as intentional artists and amazing human beings.

iD Tech
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).

Idyllwild Arts
At Idyllwild Arts, summer is serious fun! Since 1950, the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program has offered intensive workshops in dance, film, music, songwriting, theatre, visual arts and writing to students of all ages and abilities, including Family Week. Located in the beautiful mountains of Southern California. Art Workshops are available for Kids and Teens (ages 5-18), Adults, and Families.

Kidspace Museum
Kidspace Museum Summer Camp offers multiple ways for kids to have fun and learn this Summer! Tiny Trekkers is all about art & science and is designed for 4-5 year olds. For the 5-9 year olds, they can choose between Art Adventures, Nature Detectives, Space Explorers, or puppetry with the Bob Baker Marionettes.

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.

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.

Margie Haber Kids Camp
Our Kids professional acting camp is focused on the Haber Philosophy of “living the life” in an audition context. Through a series of step-by-step exercises and scenes, students will learn to bring their most imaginative, intuitive and present selves to their auditions. That is why agents and managers love us! Work is done on-camera and the scenes are taken from television shows and films. In addition we cover all the major genres in both cold-read and callback scenarios.

Money Munchkids
Money Munchkids is dedicated to teaching kids K-3rd grade financial education and money management through our retail products and financial education camp. The Money Munchkids Financial Education Kids Camp takes children on an interactive educational adventure to understanding financial literacy and money management.

Mountain Meadow Ranch Summer Camp
Give your kids the experience of a lifetime this summer on a spacious, 900 acre working ranch in the Sierras of Northern California. Mountain Meadow is a unique, classic traditional, co-ed summer camp offering many activities campers can choose from daily. Enrollment is limited to 120 campers to ensure a more personalized camp experience for each child and a family-like environment. Friendships flourish and life-skills are acquired as campers take on challenges and new experiences with the encouragement of our college-age staff. Two and four week sessions are offered, and kids ages 7 to 16 are welcome to enroll.

Musicians Institute Summer Shot
Let your child ages 6-17 get a taste of what their life could be like playing music—all day long! Spend a whirlwind week in Hollywood on MI’s state-of-the-art college campus, where you can get deeper into the music industry and have an unforgettable summer experience.

My French Summer Camp – Alliance Francaise
Create your own camp, on a weekly session basis. You can register your kids and teenagers for academic French classes on a half day basis and/or enroll them for fun outdoors and indoors creative activities on a full day basis, including two hours of French a day.

Outdoor Journeys – Camp Nawakna
Outdoor Journeys is a non-profit youth development organization, which operates a residential camp program, Camp Nawakwa, near Angelus Oaks, California and a day camp program, Camp Blue Sky, near Upland, California.
It is our mission to inspire individuals to connect with the natural world.

Oxbridge at UCLA Prep Program
Are you in 7th or 8th grade? Join us in Los Angeles this summer for the Oxbridge at UCLA Prep program! Oxbridge has been welcoming intellectually adventurous students for over 30 years on our academic summer programs. In Los Angeles, students reside on the campus of UCLA and select a Major and a Workshop course from Creative Writing, Photography, Design, & New Media, Speech & Debate, and Augmented Reality & Game Design. Each day, students take part in chaperoned activities on and off campus. All meals are provided and our team is on-site 24/7 to provide for the well-being of our students.

Play 2 Progress
Play 2 Progress builds skills for the journey through childhood. Our camps are designed to allow your children to keep learning and exploring after school ends, while having a blast. We get messy in every camp – whether we’re creating works of art, doing science experiments, building obstacle courses, or just swinging, climbing, and building in our state-of-the-art sensory gym.

Production Conservatory – Young Actors Space
This 5 day program includes on-camera & audition technique as well as truth based improvisation and scene study. An original scene will be written specifically for each actor. They will be coached, rehearse and shoot the original scene in our professionally lit On-Camera Room. Actors will receive a personality slate and edited scene ready to send to agents, managers, and casting directors. (Limit: 20 students)

Project Scientist Academy
At Project Scientist, we’re fostering today’s scientists who will lead the world in solving tomorrow’s greatest challenges! Our promise is to educate, coach, and advocate for girls and women with an aptitude, talent, and passion for STEM. Through engagement of top STEM companies, universities, teachers and hands on curriculum, our girls discover the endless opportunities available to them in STEM.

Sandy Days Kids Camp
Sandy Days Kids Camp is a beach camp located in Pacific Palisades for kids ages 4.5 to 14.  Swimming, Boogie Boarding, Paddling, Flag Football, Capture the Flag, Arts and Crafts, Dance, Team and Individual Sports, Creative Performances and Sand Activities are encouraged by our mature and experienced staff.  We maintain a 6:1 camper to counselor ratio.  Our flexible schedule allows you to arrange days at the beach that will fit in with your summer plans.

Sender One
Looking for something fun and exciting for your kids to do during the next school break? Look no further than Sender One’s Rock Climbing Camp! Rock climbing has been shown to help build confidence, improve focus, and increase coordination and strength in children. Through active instruction and supervised games, climbers ages 6 to 13 years old, will learn how to problem solve, work in groups and gain confidence in their ability to reach new heights! Sign up for morning camp, afternoon camp, or both for a full day of fun.

Shield Self Defense – Teen Empowerment Camp
The camp includes daily women’s self defense training, water sports lessons by UCLA (kayaking, sailing, stand up paddle boarding), dance classes, meditation classes, nutrient classes, safe dating workshops, kickboxing classes, core strengthening workouts, stretching classes, and other fun activities geared to increase: agility, balance, coordination, speed, focus, strength, and confidence. It a high energy, fun, safe, and empowering program that your daughter will LOVE!

SOCAPA
Come join the next generation of visual and performing artists at SOCAPA – The School of Creative & Performing Arts! SOCAPA offers 1-3 week Summer Program intensives in Filmmaking, Acting, Music, Dance, Photography and Screenwriting. Campers of all experience levels are challenged to advance their craft through hands-on learning with teachers who are leaders in their fields. With these Intensives comes the best of summer – a time for friendship and fun with activities every night and weekend.

Sparkle Girls Empowerment Camps
Sparkle Girl Empowerment Camps are created to serve girls ages 8-14. Campers will enjoy fun and exciting, interactive activities that are designed to ignite creativity and innovation. Our mission is to enrich and empower girls in developing their self-esteem, confidence, talents, imagination, social responsibility, a healthy, positive, mental mindset, leadership, individual expression and life skills. From DIY arts and crafts to learning how to create their own business, our campers are sure to have a blast and gain lasting friendships.

STAR Camps
With over 30 years of educational programs, STAR Education’s SUMMER CAMPS are the premier camp choice for the Los Angeles area. With over 30 camps to choose from in 15 locations STAR has something for everyone.

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.

Summer at Brentwood
Summer at Brentwood is a day camp program that provides a safe and nurturing environment where students entering Grades K – 12 can engage in a broad range of classes, sports, and activities within the vibrant and diverse community of Brentwood School.

Summer at Stratford
Stratford infuses its STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) curriculum into an innovative and fun summer camp experience featuring themed, project-based learning and enriched academic challenges. There are openings open at both our Altadena and Los Angeles campus. At Altadena we have Preschool through 2nd Grade, and at Los Angeles (Hollywood) we have Preschool – 4th Grade.

Summer Institute for Kids – Center for Early Education
The Summer Institute for kids offers hands-on fun and enrichment for children who will be entering first through sixth grades. The program provides a great opportunity for children to delve into new or favorite areas of exploration, innovation and learning, including science, technology, sports, engineering, design, math, the arts, music, and much more.

Summer of Surf
Summer of Surf is a surf and beach camp that provides daily transportation to the beach and has been serving Pasadena and neighboring cities for 6 years. We run from the Beginning of June to the end of August for ages 7 and up. We offer an array of beach activities including boogie-boarding, surfing, swimming and games. Our focus is on providing a safe and supportive atmosphere for your child to grow and develop their skills in the ocean, whether they are brand new to the ocean or they are an experienced surfer.

Tinkering School at reDiscover Center
Come build amazing things with us! Tinkering School LA teaches children the skills they need to work confidently in wood, plastic, and metal to build robust structures as wild as their imaginations. With a 4:1 camper to facilitator ratio, our fully stocked workshop provides a safe and supportive environment for personal growth through skills development and creative construction. Openings in their Los Feliz, Manhattan Beach, and Beverly Hills locations.

Upstander Anti-bullying Camp
An Upstander stands up for others whenever bullying occurs. We empower kids 6-12 years old from a Child Development perspective with group activities centered around martial arts, movement, mindfulness & meditation. Camp is designed to help kids build self-esteem, to find an activity for them to be passionate about, and empower them with tools to keep them safe.

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