***2017 SUMMER CAMP INFO IS OUT NOW, RMT’ers!!! ARE YOU READY???***
Here is a list of nearly 80 Summer Camps (mostly Day and Weekly Programs) that operate in or near the city of Long Beach (CA). I decided to do this as a FREE public service for all RMT’ers as this is information that’s helpful for our own family and friends.
CAMP DIRECTORS/OWNERS: Did you just find this page and either want to update your posting or wish for your organization be listed in this year’s campy mix? If so I don’t blame you… just Google “Summer Camps Long Beach” and you’ll see how this page has become a top summer activity resource for Long Beach (CA) families for the past FIVE YEARS! Please drop me a line at email@example.com with the details for me to create your listing, which is FREE and has been since this list started in 2013. However, I do ask that if your campers discovered you because of this listing, or if you are a parent who enrolls your child(ren) in a camp because you found the info here, please spread the word about this page. I am also open to your creating a special RMT Coupon Code to post with your listing for free also! Thanks for your support!
PLEASE NOTE: The information listed herein is subject to change and is a work in progress (updates starting February 2017). I try to update each listing with new details as I find or receive them. Many of the camps below have registration criteria and/or age and other enrollment restrictions. Please read the information carefully from the host sites directly to verify all age, pricing, date, program, and any other enrollment-related details. Most if not all camps are on a first-come-first-served enrollment basis (deadlines and start-dates vary).
DISCLAIMER: A camp’s listing here is not indicative of any endorsement by myself and/or RMT; please do your own research and choose what works best for your kid(s) and family. This is for your information only.
City of Long Beach Parks-Rec-Marine Summer Camps
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!***
***REGISTRATION OPENED FOR MOST CAMPS ON FRIDAY APRIL 8***
General Day Camp Information updated by City of Long Beach at this link. City LB Summer Camps operate from June 19 through August 25, 2017 (dates vary depending on program). You also can read about our family’s wonderful class and camp experiences with parks and rec over the last several years here.
City of Long Beach Parks and Recreation Center Based Day Camps
(including but not limited to: Park Day Camps, High Five Sports Camps, Pee Wee Camp, Summer Adventures, Music and Arts Camp, and Aquatics Day Camps)
Details of camp programs, schedules, and costs all can be found at this link. Dates, times, ages, locations, and sessions vary greatly.
City of Long Beach Parks-Recreation-Marine Aquatic Day Camps
Please go here for dates, times, ages, pricing, and sessions as they vary greatly.
You can also follow them on Twitter at: Follow @BayshoreCampLB and Follow @BelmontCampLB .
For City of Long Beach Parks-Recreation-Marine Specialty Summer Camps, go here.
You can click ***Nature Kids Discovery Camps*** to see the wide variety of camps offered this summer at the El Dorado Nature Center. Registration is online at this link. If you have any questions or need assistance please call 562-570-1745.
***INFO ONLINE NOW FOR 2017!!!*** Per a staffer with LB Parks-Rec-Marine (2016), the PlaywellTek camps are Lego-based programs with an emphasis on science and engineering. For more info on PlaywellTek Camps, including a search for camps in your area and online registration, go here.
***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2017!!!*** MODEL BOAT SHOP From the Parks and Rec Website: “Recreation Leaders certified in First Aid and CPR will be on site to assist participants with the construction of model sailboats at the Model Boat Shop for seven weeks this summer. Races are held each Friday afternoon at the Colorado Lagoon. This is a drop-in program for children ages 7 years and up. The summer ends with the International Sea Festival Clyde W. Ellerman Memorial Model Boat Regatta on Friday, August 11.
One seven-week session, June 26 – August 11, 10am-3pm. Register online starting Monday, May 1, 2017.”
Unless otherwise stated above at the links provided, register as follows:
1. Visit the LB Rec Connect website or the LB Parks website and click “LB RecConnect Registration.”
2. Click “Request an Account” (or, if you have an existing account, you may login and proceed).
3. For new campers, fill in information, click “Submit” or “Submit & Add Family Member.”
Other Non-Profit and/or Privately Operated Camps in/near Long Beach, CA:
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Sports, arts, and a variety of other day camps are offered at the main CSULB campus, with the most popular being the 49er Camp. This locally renowned program is for boys and girls ages 5-to-13 years old and entering grades K-8 in the fall. There are two four-week sessions: The first session is from Monday June 19 through Friday July 14 (no camp July 4); the second session runs from Monday July 17 through Friday August 11. Both sessions are Monday-through-Friday, 12:30 p.m.-to 5 p.m., and tuition for either four-week session is $520 per camper. For questions and for more information please consult the camp directly. And register quickly as this one fills up fast!
Academic Enrichment Camps at CSULB
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA
562 985 2570 OR 562 985 2216
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Note that days and times for this camp compliment 49er Camp as it’s a morning program while the other is an afternoon one. Session One is June 19-through-July 14 (no camp July 4); Session Two is July 17-through-August 11. Days and times for each four-week session are Mondays-through-Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-to-12 Noon at $520 per session/camper. Various academic subjects covered across K-through-8th grade-level programs. Please see their camp website for more information and contact program directly with any questions.
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** From their website: “Our week long camp celebrates creativity through a series of drama skills workshops, ensemble building and a ton of fun. Our areas of focus include improvisation, scene study, monologue work, movement, song and dance, stage combat and so much more. Our campers get to take the stage at the end of the week and perform what they have learned and created in front of a live audience made up family and friends!” All camps are for ages 7-to-13 years old, and the weeklong program will run Monday July 31 – Friday August 4, 9 a.m.-to-1 p.m. (with optional extended hours of 1-3:30 p.m.). Cost is $200 ($300 with extended camp hours) before Memorial Day; siblings each $170 ($250 with extended session). There are a few mini-camp sessions this summer also: “Musical Theater Workshop” will run Thursday-Friday July 6-7, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at a cost of $100 ($80 if enrolled in the weeklong session; siblings 10 percent discount); “Putting on a Play” camp will run Tuesday-Thursday August 22-24, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at a cost of $150 ($120 if enrolled in the weeklong session; siblings 10 percent discount). Camps are all at En Pointe Dance Studio. For more details and other enrollment information, please contact the Acting Out Camp Team at the information above.
***UPDATED FOR 2017*** Camps for children ages Preschool-to-Teen run June through August. Please contact the center for program details, including themes, ages, dates, times, extended care arrangements, and pricing. Summer 2017 Camp Komaroff brochure for AJCC camps can be found here.
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Five, week-long programs offered June through August with full- and half-day options available the following sessions: June 26-30; July 10-14; July 24-28; August 7-11; and August 21-15. Please go to AGA’s website for schedules, themes, pricing, ages, and all other registration details or contact the gym directly for more information. You may also use this link to see the various themes, costs, and to register for Summer 2017 programs directly!
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Week-long camps run from June 19 through August 4 in a wide variety of themes. You can look over details at their website regarding programs, cost, ages, dates, and other registration details, and you may register online, in-person, or via phone.
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** The aquarium is one of our favorite spots in Long Beach! Week-long day-camps (half- and full-day) are offered on a variety of subjects for toddlers-through-teens throughout the summer months. It’s very easy to see all the programs offered at their website and register online! Please contact the aquarium for program and enrollment details.
***NEW TO LIST FOR 2017!!!*** Several creative opportunities await kids ages 7-13 at this Bixby Knolls art studio. Camps run June 26 through July 28 in one-week enrollment sessions (times per week vary) at a discounted cost of $145 per session through May 1; price goes up to regular pricing of $165 per week starting May 2 (excludes additional materials fees for some camps). For more information as for camp themes, schedules, and exact age requirements, please go to their website.
While not a summer camp per se, Bolsa Chica Conservancy offers Youth Leadership in Environmental Action Program (YLEAP). From their website (2015): “YLEAP is designed to engage students in middle school (13-14 years old) and high school (14-17 years old) to become active participants and stewards in the community and environment in which they live. The principal goal of YLEAP is to cultivate youth leaders by providing them with knowledge and skills that help motivate and inspire others to protect and preserve coastal resources like the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. It is also aimed at creating a network of young environmental advocates who will continue efforts to educate and restore urban ecological reserves like Bolsa Chica.” This is a 12-month commitment for students who want to be involved in Bolsa Chica’s education, restoration, and outreach programs. It starts with a 4-day training in August, after which the students sign up for events based on what they can fit into their schedule. The 2017 YLEAP training is TBA. To participate, students must complete an application form, write a one-page essay on a given prompt, and submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher, school administrator or community leader such as a church pastor, scout leader, etc. A $200 fee applies to participate in the program (2015 info). If you are interested in applying for YLEAP, please contact Rebecca Fent at 714.846.1114, firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the form on their website (link in header). (As of May 2017, Summer 2017 info not yet posted.)
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Camps typically operate June-through-August with a different theme every week! From their website: “Our popular drop-off Art Camp is back. Kids will enjoy a day of bouncing, games, snacks and daily arts/crafts. For kids ages 4-12, includes lunch. Reservations require a non-refundable payment as these camps fill up quickly.” Hours each week are daily Monday-through-Friday, 9 a.m.-to- 2 p.m. (early drop off & late pick up available) and cost is $35/first child & $25/siblings per day (inquire with facility about any discounts or multiple day or by-the-week rates). Check their calendar for more information on open bounce times and schedules any time of the year, including summertime! Please contact the facility for additional class and camp age, date, time, and program enrollment details. You can read about our family’s love of Bounce U here.
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Camp Kidseum’s Summer Camps are offered in nine different week-long sessions for children ages 6-to-11 from June 19 through August 18, Monday-through-Friday, 9 a.m.-to- 3 p.m. (holidays excepted). Weekly themes vary as does cost per week; there are two extended care options available from 7:00 am-9:00 am for an additional fee of $40 and 3:00 pm-6:00 pm for an additional fee of $50 (all weeks same cost for extended care). Please refer to Kidseum’s Summer Camp page on their website for all theme, pricing, date, registration, and other details. Do note that all camps are located at the Kidseum campus, not the Bowers Museum.
***BrainCreate Camps in Architecture and Industrial Design***
Camps are held at:
Department of Design, CSULB
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-5401
515 231 1910
***UPDATED FOR 2017: ON HIATUS*** Per the Camp Organizers in an email to RMT (April 2017), this camp program has been suspended for Summer 2017. Apologies for the late notice.
***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2017!!!*** Thanks to the 2017 Lowell Summer Camp Fair, welcome Build It Workspace Camps to this year’s list! From their website: “Unleash every child’s tech passion through the different creative spaces at Build It Workspace. From traditional woodworking and fiber art to computer coding and digital avatar creation, Build It Workspace makes the perfect blend for age appropriate activities and challenges between the physical and digital worlds from 3D printing through robotics.” Build It Tech Spaces Camps are for ages 5-9 and 10+, with week-long sessions available as follows: June 26-30; July 10-14; July 24-28; and August 7-11. Time for each session is 9 a.m.-12 Noon (EXTENDED HOURS are available), and cost is $250 per week. There also will be a Build It Competitive Robotics Camp the week of July 17-21 from 9 a.m.-12 Noon (EXTENDED HOURS are available) for ages 10+ for $250/camper. You may enroll online here or contact the studio for more details.
California Heights United Methodist Children’s Center
1160 E. Bixby Rd.
Long Beach, CA 90807
562 595 0056
Nine-week summer program options for kids ages 2-to-13 offered from June-through-August. Full-day schedule is 7 a.m.-to-6 p.m. Please contact the church for all program and enrollment details. (As of May 2017, Summer 2017 info not yet posted.)
*** UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** A wide variety of summer day and overnight camps for boys and girls ages entering 1st-through-8th grades, June-through-August. Yes: Camp Fire is for boys also! For information on all programs go here. Please contact Camp Fire of Greater Long Beach with questions and for other program and enrollment details.
***CAMS Computer Science Summer Enrichment (CCSE)***
Camp located at:
California Academy of Math and Science (CAMS)
1000 E Victoria Street, Room 3009
Carson, CA 90747
(on the Cal State Dominguez Hills college campus)
***NEW TO THE LIST IN 2016!!!*** Thanks to the CCSE Crew for dropping a line to RMT this year about this unique tech-centric opportunity for students entering 6th-through-9th grade next year (please contact the program with questions about potential campers who do not fall into this age range). From their website (2016): “The CAMS Computer Science Enrichment (CCSE) is a summer enrichment program run by the computer science team at the California Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS). The program aims to teach middle school students interested in the fields of Electrical Engineering, Cyber Security, or Computer Science about advanced and fascinating topics that are usually never covered in computer science classes. Topics in this session include: Programming, Forensics, Exploitation (Web & Binary), and Cryptography. After comprehensive lessons, we will allow the students to demonstrate their skills in challenges that we have set up. On the last day of the camp, students will compete in a full length Capture the Flag (CTF) hacking competition using the skills they’ve learned with prizes awarded to top placing teams.” The 2016 summer camp was held over one four-day session in July from 9 a.m.-to-3 p.m. Please note that lunch was provided on Friday only, the last day of the program, so students should prepare snacks and lunch for the other three days. Also note that if you cannot pick up your child at 3 p.m. that CCSE will continue to host your child for an extra hour or two until you can pick him/her up (bonus!). The program cost is $350 per student for the entire session. At the end, students will receive flash drives, t-shirts, and other awards for participating. Enrollment deadline is about 1-2 weeks before the start date, but spots will go fast (limited to 30); sign-up form is online here. (As of May 2017, Summer 2017 info not yet posted.)
***NEW TO THE LIST IN 2016!*** If you are looking for second-language enrichment for your child, then Camp Lango may be your summer camp answer! For three one-week sessions this summer in August, Camp Lango offered immersion programs in 3 different languages including French, Mandarin,and Spanish. Camps are for children entering Grades K-3, and each week enrollment is $120/camper (2016 info). Please note that a 10 percent discount was available when enrolling for more than one session (2016)! You may enroll online here. Please contact the camp directly for more details. Thank you, gracias, and merci to RMT reader Daniela for reaching out with this information last summer! (As of May 2017, Summer 2017 info not yet posted.)
Chef Tech Cooking Camps
3842 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach, CA
562 989 2467
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Nine weeks of half-day camps to choose from for children ages 6-to-16 from June 19 through August 25 (Note: Kitchen is closed July 1-9 to kids’ camps.)! Cost for either the morning or afternoon session is $299 wk/student. Camps run Monday-through-Friday (holidays excepted), and times are 10 a.m.-to-12:30 p.m. (morning) or 1:30-4 p.m. (afternoon). There are also individual and group classes ongoing year-round (you can check their calendar for more information on those and for future events and camps as it becomes available). Please contact the school for additional program and enrollment details.
***UPDATE FOR 2017: ON HIATUS*** NOTE: Camps for 2017 are on hiatus until further notice. However, the Center offers a FREE (donation suggested) weekly Saturday program, Drop In and Draw. From their website: “(Drop In and Draw is) held most Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon. It’s a great place to express yourself creatively. Good for children of all ages. No unaccompanied minors, please. Free, but a nominal donation is suggested to help cover the costs of materials. Always check our calendar if class will be held.”
***Clay on First***
406 E. 1st Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
562 495 4362
Note: Part of camp also located at East Village Arts Park (150 S. Elm Way)
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** From their website: “Your child will journey through various pottery making techniques from pinching pots and hand-building to working on a real potter’s wheel. In an era of e-summers, clay summer camps allow your child to interact with other children and express their creativity!” Week-long sessions for ages 6-13 will be offered the following dates this summer season: June 19 – June 23; July 3 – July 7; July 17 – July 21; July 31 – August 4; and August 14 – August 18. All camps operate Monday-through-Friday 9 a.m.-to-2 p.m. Each day will be split into three sections, with a 15 minute Snack Break (provided by Clay) and a 30 minute Lunch Break (kids must bring own lunch). Cost per camper is $195 early bird pricing (before May 15th), $245 regular price per session. Thanks to Eloise for reaching out to the RMT blog last year to be listed! You may find more information and register campers here.
CSULB Reading Programs
Several locations across Los Angeles and Orange Counties, including locations in Cypress, Lakewood, and on CSULB’s main campus!
800 965 0473 OR 800 964-8888
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** From their website: “For an enjoyable activity with lifelong benefits, we recommend one of our reading programs, which are designed and taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development. Programs have been offered as a community service by California State University, Long Beach, College of Continuing and Professional Education since 2009. ” The summer reading programs are available in Burbank, Lakewood Village, Long Beach, and other locations throughout the area (age-depending). To speak with a program coordinator, or enroll by phone, call 800 964-8888, 5 a.m.- 7 p.m. Mon.- Fri., 5 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sat., 7 a.m.- 3 p.m. Sun.” As of February 2017 when I landed on their page, an online priority list pop-up form appeared; it seems you may register for a limited time with priority at a $30 discount! Please inquire directly about additional family discounts offered and other partial scholarships available based on financial need. For specific program locations, rates, and schedules in your area, select a program level from the groupings listed here.
CSULB Young Scientists’ Camp
Dept. of Science Education
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840
(562) 985-4801 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
*** UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** CSULB will offer a two-week session for its Young Scientists’ Camps Mondays-through-Fridays July 24-to-August 4 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon (an optional parent orientation will be offered Thursday July 20 at 7:15 p.m.). Camp themes and age groupings as follows: 2nd Grade – It’s Not Magic, It’s Science!; 3rd and 4th Grades – Toying Around with Science; 5th and 6th Grades – Marine Biology; and 7th and 8th Grades – The STEAM Maker Challenge. Enroll child by grade they will be entering. Cost is $300 per student; $25 sibling discount; $25 discount for CSULB faculty & staff ($75 cancellation fee; No refunds after July 1st; financial aid is also available). For more details please go to the website for the Young Scientists’ Camps here and you can find registration information here.
Per the website, there will be no Young Writer’s Camp offered in 2017. Sad horn. 😦
***CSULB Camp Nugget***
Summer Program for Children with Disabilities
c/o 49er Camp
1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90840-7707
Email: Dr. Barry Lavay – Coordinator of Adapted Physical Education Program in the Department of KPE
Camps held at: CSU, Long Beach Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE)
***NEW TO LIST FOR 2017!!!*** As I learned that CSULB put one of their other summer camp programs on hold this season, I also learned about this new-to-me fantastic opportunity for special needs youth! From the website: “Camp Nugget is a low cost summer day camp programs for children with special needs and disabilities ages 5 through 12. The camp provides activities in swimming, sports & games, fitness, relaxation, and breathing exercises.” The program is for four weeks and begins at the end of June and meets Monday through Friday, from 9 A.M. to Noon. Please contact Dr. Barry Lavay above for more details and to register.
Please contact the studio directly for more details regarding their Summer Dance Intensive for Summer 2017. Thanks to a RMT reader/ commenter for suggesting this camp for the list! (As of May 2017, Summer 2017 info not yet posted.)
Dirtbags Baseball Camps at CSULB
Camp held at:
Campus Field-Long Beach State University
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840
(The baseball field is located next to Walter Pyramid)
Geno DeAngelis, Director of Baseball Operations
***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2017!!!*** Since my kid can’t seem to get enough baseball, that sent me in search of additional baseball opportunities in the LB area, and that led me straight to those Dirtbags… the Long Beach State Dirtbags, that is! Yes, our local college team, the CSU Long Beach Dirtbags, are proud to host a baseball camp for local youth each summer. From their website: “The Dirtbag Baseball Camps at Long Beach State University provide some of the finest college baseball camps, high school baseball camps and instructional skills clinics in Southern California. Whether its a weeklong summer camp, winter holiday camp or fall ball clinic they do it all. Our baseball camps are staffed by the Long Beach State coaches and players. We pride ourselves in playing the game the right way. The “Dirtbags” way. It is this philosophy and tradition that has led Long Beach State to be one of the top college baseball programs in the country.” Dirtbag Baseball Camps are open to any and all players but spaces are limited.” Camps are for ages 6-13 and are weeklong sessions Monday through Friday from June 19 through August 11 at a cost of $195, with the exception of the holiday week of July 4th, where camp is for ages 12-15 only and operates on a limited schedule from July 6-8 for a reduced rate of $150. If you have any questions you may find more details on their website or contact Geno DeAngelis at the information provided above.
Diving Camps at McCormick Divers
Contact Debby McCormick at:
16088 Fame Circle
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
714 846 5731
Long Beach Camp Location:
1540 W. 32nd St.
Long Beach, CA
Silverado Pool is where T took his weekly swim lessons! This is an indoor, heated pool facility with full locker rooms. In past summers, one-week sessions typically operated from June-through-August, and ages have been separated by Under-7 and 8-and-Up age groupings. Note: Camps are not affiliated with City of Long Beach Parks, Recreation, and Marine and require a separate registration process; please contact the organization directly (info above) for program and enrollment details. (As of May 2017, Summer 2017 info not yet posted.)
***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2017!!!*** Lowell Summer Camps Fair strikes again with a new addition to the list with Elevation Studios! Two camp sessions will be offered this summer: “Dance. Act. Sing.” is a summer performance camp that will run from July 17-21 for ages 3-5 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and for ages 5-12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; and “Lights. Camera. Action.” is a movie-making camp that will operate from July 31-August 4 for ages 5-12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost for ages 3-5 is $105 early bird rate before June 1 and $125 regular rate (or $30/day drop-in rate); cost for ages 5-12 for either session is $170 early bird before June 1 and $190 regular rate, or enroll in both camps early bird before June 1 for $285/$335 regular rate (or $45/day drop-in rate). Please contact the studio to register.
Three different week-long day camps were offered in past summers. Please call or email the studio for dates, times, age ranges, costs, and other enrollment details. (As of May 2017, Summer 2017 info not yet posted.)
18299 Dumont Ave.
Cerritos, CA 90701
***NEW TO THE LIST IN 2017!!!*** Thanks to Zara for contacting RMT with this farm-tastic opportunity for kids this summer! From her email: “Does your child love horses and ponies? At First Field Farm Summer Camp, your child will learn the basics about how to care for, ride and have fun with horses and ponies!” Camp includes: one-hour riding lesson per day, with a stress on safety, correct position and technique, and, of course, fun; learning about horses, from different breeds and colors, to identifying parts of horses and equipment, and more; hands-on horse time daily, which includes learning how to properly care for a horse or pony, getting them ready for lessons, putting them away properly, feeding, bathing, and caring for equipment; arts and crafts with take-home keepsakes; and Friday Camp Horse Show for family and friends, where campers will demonstrate their new skills. Upon completion, all campers will receive a Ribbon and Certificate! Camps are for ages 6-13, Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Two week-long sessions will operate July 17-21 and July 24-28, with one mini-camp session July 5-7. Cost is $425 for the regular 5-day session (additional siblings may enroll at $50 discounted rate of $375!); mini-camp session cost is $225 (no sibling discount for mini-camp). For more information please contact the camp directly (they also appear to have an active Facebook page here!).
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** T has participated in the FNL flag football program the past 2 Fall seasons (2015, 2016) and had a blast! The dates for Summer Camp 2017 are as follows: JULY 17-20, 10AM-12NOON ($145/PLAYER); JULY 24-27, 10AM-12NOON ($145/PLAYER); and QUARTERBACK/RECEIVER CAMP JULY 31- AUG. 2: 10AM-12NOON ($125). FNL works hard to ensure a 10:1 ratio for all its camps and clinics! For more information and to register, please go to their website.
Frogg’s Bounce House
16121 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA
714 418 0442
We loved Frogg’s when T was younger! While Frogg’s hasn’t offered a summer camp program the last few seasons, they do offer a Friday night date night, which might be just what us parents need after a long week with the kiddos at home! They also offer several different party and play date packages! Please contact Frogg’s at the information above for more details about their Date Night events or about the facility in general.
Galileo: Innovation Camps for Kids
Camps closest to Long Beach held at:
Rolling Hills Preparatory School
1 Rolling Hills Prep Way
San Pedro, CA 90732
800-854-3684 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.-to-6 p.m. PST)
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Another great STEAM-focused find thanks to the Lowell Summer Camps Fair in 2016! From their brochure (2016): “At Galileo, we believe that summer camp should be crazy fun and profoundly enriching at the same time. That’s why innovation is at the core of everything we do: Curriculum with Serious Substance sparks kids’ imaginations from pre-K all the way through 8th Grade; Experienced, Dynamic Staff provide campers with a steady stream of compassion and inspiration; and The Galileo Innovation Approach® teaches kids to embrace challenges, learn from mistakes, and create without fear.” Galileo offers a wide variety of themed programs for grades pre-K-through-8th Grades split into two camp tracks: Camp Galileo (entering Grades pre-K-through-5) and Galileo Summer Quest (entering Grades 6-through-8). Dates for 2017 at the Palos Verdes location are June 19-through-July 28, Monday-through-Friday (holidays excepted), 9 a.m.-to-3 p.m.; Extended Care options available at an additional cost from 8-to-9 a.m. and 3-to-6 p.m. For pricing (including early bird and other discounts offered), specific themes, and other details for the Palos Verdes Camp Galileo program, please go to this link; for Galileo Summer Quest (note Palos Verdes may not host this camp for 2017, other So Cal locations available), link here.
Get Pitted Summer Surf School
17101 Springdale 143
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
626 399 1960
Camps held at (NEW LOCATION FOR SUMMER 2017):
Magnolia Street, Huntington Beach, CA
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Another new addition thanks to my visit to the 2016 Lowell Summer Camps Fair! From their flier (2016): “Learn the sport that changes lives. Become an outdoor athlete. Bond with nature. All ages and levels are welcome. Led by an experienced and certified instructor.” Typically there are 10, one-week sessions to choose from throughout June-through-August, Mondays-through-Fridays, mornings either from 8:30-to-10 a.m. or 10-to-11:30 a.m. 2016 Pricing: Private one-student session costs $400/camper and semi-private (2-student) session is just $220/camper. For more information or to register, contact the surf school directly.
***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2017!!!*** Another addition to the list thanks to the Lowell Summer Camps Fair! From their Facebook Page: “Learn and/or improve your tennis from USPTA certified tennis professional, Richard Nguyen. Private, semi-private, and group lessons available by appointment. Specializing in building solid foundations in technique followed by emphasis on fitness/athleticism. A lifelong athlete who perpetually trains in multiple sports including running, cycling, weightlifting, and yoga in addition to tennis, I believe in a multi-faceted approach to improving one’s game on court.” This summer GRIT Summer Tennis Programs will run in week-long sessions Monday-through-Thursday June 19-August 24, with Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday mini-sessions also available. Times are either 8-10 a.m. or 10 a.m.-12 Noon. Class sizes and costs offered are: 4 students each pay $13/hr; 3 students each pay $17/hr; 2 students each pay $25/hr; or 1 student pays $50/hr. Please contact GRIT to register.
***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2017!!!*** Thanks to the Lowell Summer Camps Fair for another terrific tech option for the kids! From their website: “Welcome to our 2nd season hosting summer technology programs at Cal State Long Beach (home of Prospector Pete)! In 1999, our family company set out to reinvent ‘camp’ for the 21st century. Today, we’re #1 in summer tech education, with 150+ locations nationwide and an expansive lineup of courses in coding, game design, app development, web design, film, photography, and more. At our CSULB camps, not far from Alamitos Bay and countless sunny Southern California beaches, kids and teens build valuable STEM skills in an inspiring, collegiate setting. Students experience personalized learning with a maximum of 8 students per instructor and use the best brand name products from industry leaders like Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Google, and Microsoft. Kick-start your dream job and gain a competitive edge for college!” Camps are for ages 7-17 and are offered in week-long day camp or overnight sessions (options vary per site) with guaranteed ratios of 8 students per instructor. Themes and classes vary based on age ranges of 7-9, 10-12, and 13-17 (a full schedule for the CSULB location can be viewed here, which includes dates, times, and costs). Enroll early as classes will sell out! Register online here; use code “APR2017” at registration to save $75 off enrollment!
3910 E 4th St.
Long Beach, CA 90814
***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2017!!!*** Thanks to RMT reader Tina for the tip on this creative camp! Themes noted for 2017 include Fine Arts (Pre-K and Up), Animation (4th Grade and Up), Anime (4th Grade and Up), Digital Arts (4th Grade and Up), and All-Round Arts (3rd Grade and Up). Dates of sessions run from June 19 to August 11 (different themes over different weeks); times of sessions and costs vary depending on session of enrollment, please consult website for all details. To enroll please contact the camp directly (register and pay in full by May 1 for a $25 discount!).
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Wanna play guitar? Sing? Pound the drums? Come to Jammin’ Music for summer classes and lessons in a wide variety of instruments. While Jammin’ Music no longer offers week-long summer camps, their summer group class schedule is online now. They have have great group classes in the summer as well as private lessons. We did a few classes here years ago, and it remains a local Long Beach favorite, too! Please check out their calendar for more details as they become available or contact the studio directly for age, date, program, and enrollment information.
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** This season, day camps will be offered for ages 4-7 in two different week-long sessions with the following dates: June 26-30 (Once Upon a Dream Princess Camp) and July 10-14 (Super Dance Heros). Each camp features a performance on the Friday of the session at 11 a.m.! Camps operate Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12 Noon, for each session, and cost is $130 per camper for either session (Early Bird Special of $115 if registered by May 15). Please visit their website or contact the studio to register or for more information.
In the past, day camps have been offered for ages 3-13 years old (must be potty trained) with half-day weekly sessions available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-12 noon; cost $175 per weekly session ($10 discount per sibling per weekly rate offered); drop-in daily rate of $50 per camper ($5 discount per sibling per daily rate offered). Mostly a gymnastics-centered camp with additional arts, crafts, and games mixed in. Please contact the gym for program and enrollment details. (As of May 2017, Summer 2017 info not yet posted.)
For some great summer enrichment opportunities, check out this tutoring business in the Naples Island neighborhood of Long Beach! Camps and workshops have been offered in past summers in all areas of academic and extra-curricular interests for elementary and middle school students. Please call or write directly (information above) for more program and enrollment details, including dates, hours, and pricing. (As of May 2017, Summer 2017 info not yet posted.)
In past summers, park-based day camps have been available for ages 6-to-12 from June-through-August. Camps have been offered on a weekly schedule, Monday-through-Friday, 9 a.m.-to-4 p.m. (additional extended day care available). Weekly Sports Camps were offered also for ages 8-to-13 and also operated June-through-August. Other specialty day camps available as advertised. Please contact the parks and recreation offices or register online for camp pricing, program, and enrollment details. (As of May 2017, Summer 2017 info not yet posted.)
4515 Sunfield Ave.
***NEW TO THE LIST IN 2016!!!*** LVCC Musical Theatre Workshop was born of a passion for helping children discover confidence and learn life skills in the process of creating musical theatre. Three, week-long sessions of day camp were offered last summer (2016) in the following themes: “The Wildest Workshop in the West”; “The Happiest Workshop on Earth”; and “To Workshop and Beyond.” Camps were full-day for Grades 1st-through-10th from 9 a.m.-to-3 p.m. for $160 per session; half-day camps were offered for Preschool-through-Kinder in two session times of 9 a.m.-to-11:30 a.m. OR 12:30 p.m.-to-3 p.m. for $115 per session. For more information, enrollment forms, or details about multiple session and family discounts, please go to their website. (Per their website as of May 2017: “Summer 2017 Musical Theatre Workshop (MTW) dates are undecided at this time. We will update this page as information becomes available.”)
*** UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Summer 2017 registration is open now! From their website (2017): “Some weeks fill up quickly so register early. You can call 562-431-7156 to check for availability or email email@example.com . Ocean Adventure Camp runs for nine weeks from June 19th to August 18th. Tuition is $200 per week The day starts at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm. Extended care is offered for an extra charge of $5.00 per session (two sessions per day, morning from 7:30am-9:00am and afternoon from 3:15pm-5:00pm). This camp is open to kids ages 5-12. For teens, try the Volunteer Program. It is a great experience that teaches responsibility in a fun environment.” Campers can sign up for one week or for the entire summer! Please go to their website for listing of various themes for the 2017 weekly sessions. To enroll, download a registration form here, fill it out at your computer, save it with all the information, entered, and return it via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. NOTE: ALL ONLINE REGISTRATIONS MUST BE EMAILED NO LATER THAN 12:00 noon THE THURSDAY BEFORE THE CAMP START DATE.
Long Beach Playhouse Summer Youth Musical Theatre Conservatory
5021 E. Anaheim St.
Long Beach, CA
562 494 1014, Ext. 503
*** UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** From their website: “This unique three-week day camp invites each young actor, singer and dancer to develop his or her skills in daily classes. Every student will also make the journey through the rehearsal process guided by a team of arts educators. In the end, we add the final theatrical element, the audience, and share our talents through public performances of scenes and songs. The camp balances instruction and performance preparation as we travel from page to stage. These efforts are enriched by the dedicated theatre professionals at The Long Beach Playhouse, the oldest continually operating community theatre west of the Mississippi.” This year camp is for ages 7 – 17, and runs from July 17 – August 5, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuition $600 per camper; please note there is an early bird discount if you enroll before May 1, and there is a family discount of buy one tuition get $100 off of the second. Scholarships also available but on a very limited basis (please note not everyone who applies will receive funds). Please contact the theatre for program and click here for enrollment details.
Added to the list during Summer 2014 thanks to a RMT reader. Please check their website and contact the organization directly for more details about potential summer camp opportunities. (As of May 2017, Summer 2017 info not yet posted.)
Los Alamitos Recreation
3191 Katella Ave.
Los Alamitos, CA
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Los Alamitos Recreation offers 10 weekly summer camp sessions crammed with games, swimming, excursions, and a trip to a major amusement park (excursions for extra fee)! Camps operate in week-long sessions Mondays-through-Fridays, 9 a.m.-to-4 p.m. (holidays excepted), for ages 5-to-12 from June 19-through-August 25. And the best part… a full week costs just $99/child (extended day AM and PM also available for $50 additional/weekly rate; sibling discount rates also available, see website for details) – OR you can do one day at a time 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for just $25 (extended care $15 additional/daily rate)! There’s also a teen Counselor-in-Training program for ages 13-to-16! Please contact the parks and recreation offices for program and other enrollment details or register online here (go here for day camp medical form that is mandatory for enrollment).
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Thanks to the Lowell Summer Camps Fair in 2016 for introducing me to another creative and STEM-focused program for the kids (and nice to see you again at this season’s camp fair, too)! A variety of Makersville themes will be offered at two Long Beach locations. The first series of camps are week-long sessions from June 19-30 at the Bayshore Church, Monday-through-Friday, either AM or PM. The camp then moves to Colorado Lagoon Education Center for a handful of week-long sessions from July 11-through-August 10, AM or PM tracks. Times for all sessions vary, please check schedule for details. Cost for all sessions is just $85 per session per camper! Please refer to their website for additional class and camp details, including exact dates, costs, and discounts offered, and you can register and pay online here.
***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2017!!!*** Thanks to Alison for emailing the RMT Blog with a heads up about this awesomely artistic opportunity! From her email: “Ever wanted to be a potions master? Or a puppeteer? Or maybe just make some good old fashion camp crafts? Well, this summer you can when you come explore, create, and get a little bit messy at March Art Studios!” There will be eight (8) unique themed camps making use of materials such as wood, clay, cardboard, and cloth to build, sculpt, print, paint, and tinker. Camps are for ages 5-12 with weekly sessions running July 5 through August 20. Choose from an AM (9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) or full-day (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) session with extended hours available upon request. Prices for AM sessions are $180 before April 30 and $200 thereafter; full-day sessions are $300 before April 30 and $335 thereafter. Please contact the studio or visit their website for more details and for exact dates of operation.
Thanks to RMT reader Susan for the tap, er, I mean, tip about this camp! Please contact them directly for camp dates, age requirements, pricing, and other enrollment details. (As of May 2017, Summer 2017 info not yet posted.)
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** From their website: “MOLAA summer camps explore Latin American culture through a variety of activities. Campers enjoy gallery visits, participate in individual and collaborative art projects, and learn about the dance and martial arts traditions of Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. Lessons are presented in a bilingual format, appropriate for all levels. Sections with a focus on art, movement, and language give parents the flexibility to mix and match to create the most appropriate experience for their child.” Three, one-week-long sessions will run from July 10-28, Mondays-through-Fridays, for kids ages 6-to-12. There are also counselor-in-training programs offered for teens 14-to-17 years. Pricing for each program depends on track(s) and date(s)/time(s) (museum members also receive a 20 percent discount), and there are scholarships available. Please contact the museum for program themes, tracks, and pricing, and you may find a registration form here.
***NEW TO THE LIST IN 2016!!!*** Thanks to the staff at On Stage Music Academy for contacting me about their summer programs! From their email: “(Ours) is a pop and rock music lesson academy focused on helping aspiring musicians in the Long Beach community achieve their music goals, however ambitious they may be. (We will be) teaching them how to play in rhythm and harmonize with others while simply having fun. Our day camps offer music exploration for beginner musicians and music intensive camps for experienced musicians. We focus on voice, guitar, bass, drums, piano/keyboard, ukulele, and putting them all together to form a band.” Camps for 2016 were split into two age groups of 8-12 years and 13-17 years, and weekly sessions were scheduled throughout the months of June-through-August. Camps ran in 3-hour afternoon sessions from 12 Noon-to-3 p.m. and cost $200 per weekly session plus a $20 registration fee for each camper (Discounts: get $50 off for an additional family member, and do more than one session get 10 percent off all summer sessions!). Please note days and times of camps may change and/or additional sessions could be added to the schedule depending on interest and student availability. Click here to enroll in a camp session(s), or for more information about pricing or any other details, please contact On Stage Music Academy directly. (As of May 2017, Summer 2017 info not yet posted.)
***One on One Basketball, Inc.***
Contact: Ryan Axford – Regional Director
P.O. Box 91854
Long Beach, CA 90809
Basketball and Dual Sports Camps Located at:
McGaugh Elementary Gymnasium
1698 Bolsa Ave.
Seal Beach, CA 90740
End of the Summer Hoops Camp Located at:
Bethany Lutheran Gymnasium
5100 Arbor Dr.
Long Beach, CA 90808
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** One-on-One is back in the Long Beach area with a triple-double, slam-dunk offering of NEW camps for Summer 2017!
Join their highly-experienced adult staff for Basketball Camp that has proven fundamental training and an awesome time, which will focus on proper technique and athletic motor skills that will help kids develop as athletes and teammates. Throughout these lessons, kids will learn the importance of teamwork, perseverance, good sportsmanship, communication, and maintaining a positive attitude. Bring a snack for half-day camps and a bagged lunch for full-day camps. All campers receive a t-shirt as well as daily contests and prizes. Ages 5-13. Three weeks of Basketball Camps are offered for 2017, with sessions June 19-23, July 10-14, and July 31-August 4. Half-day camps from 9 a.m.-12 Noon for $137; full-day camps from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for $227. A fourth “End of the Summer Hoops Camp” additionally operates August 21-25 with same half- and full-day hours; cost $130 for half-day and $220 for full-day. (NOTE: End of the Summer Hoops located at the Bethany Lutheran location, see address above.). Register here for Basketball Camp and register here for End of the Summer Hoops.
One-on-One’s Dual Sports Camps offer the best of both worlds, with time spent each day working on basketball skills in the gym followed with competition in the summer sun playing an awesome outdoor sport. Dual Sport Camps are fun, fast-moving, and a great learning experience! Bring a bagged lunch, water, and sunscreen please. All campers receive a camp t-shirt as well as daily prizes. Ages 5-13. Two weeks of Dual Sports Camps are offered this summer, with sessions June 26-30 and July 17-21 for $227. Register here for Dual Sports Camp.
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** We know so many kids who’ve been involved in the futsal programs at Outbreak, and I learned about their summer camp program in 2016 thanks to the Lowell Summer Camps Fair! This season, camps will be for ages 7-13 and will operate at the Signal Hill location as one-week sessions either July 10-13 and August 7-10, Mondays-through-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-to-12 Noon, with a cost of $140/player per session. For more information please contact the center, or you can enroll online.
I ran into the Power of One crew at the Lowell Summer Camps Fair last Spring (2016) and got a sneak peek at their programs! From their website: “The Power of One Self-Defense Institute has been running Summer Sports Camps since 1999, and hundreds of students have enjoyed activities from martial arts training, swimming, hiking, bowling, surfing to theme parks, museums, water parks and science centers. If you are looking for a safe, fun environment for your child to work on strong positive attitudes, learning self-respect and self-discipline and opportunities for socialization then our camp is perfect for you.” In 2016, there were seven, week-long sessions available from June-through-August (no camp week of July 4 or July 25) at both locations listed above; camps are for students and non-students ages 5 years and older. Camps operated from 9 a.m.-to-3 p.m., Mondays-through-Fridays, with early drop off and late pick up available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost varied from $162-to-$200 depending on how many weeks campers attended, with family rates available (pre/post care is an additional $25/week or $10/day). Please contact the studio for more enrollment details. (As of May 2017, Summer 2017 info not yet posted.)
***UPDATED FOR 2017!*** Here each camper receives instruction on riding in a small-group environment and has a horse to care for during the entire week! In past summers, one-week sessions have been offered from 10 a.m.-to-1 p.m. during spring break and summer. Please contact the stable for program age, date, and enrollment details.
***NEW TO THE LIST IN 2016!!!*** Heading into its 9th year, Ron Palmer is back with his Summer Academic/Basketball Camp at CSULB! From their flier (2016): “The camp holds daily classes in math and language art taught by certified credentialed teachers and high school and college aged tutors. There are two daily sessions of basketball instructions and inter-mural play. Daily lunch is served in the University Dining Hall. Two original camp T-shirts will be issued to every boy and girl in the camp.” Camp is for ages 8-to-15 and this year will be held one week only, from August 2-through-5, 8 a.m.-to-5 p.m. For more information or to enroll please contact the camp directly. (NOTE: Per their Facebook page, it appears the 2016 camp was canceled; as of May 2017, Summer 2017 info not yet posted.)
***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2017!!!*** Thanks to Desiree for contacting RMT about this great outlet for our young writers-in-training! From their email: “In these not-like-school workshops, young writers will have fun exploring their creativity in a safe and encouraging environment. Workshop facilitators are experienced teachers and writers who are skilled at helping young writers overcome the anxiety and fear typically associated with writing.” There will be various sessions and themes offered in June and July for ages 7 to 18 (age range depends on theme-session enrolled). Dates, times, and cost all vary per session, so please check website for all details. All sessions limited to 10 campers each so enroll early to avoid being shut out! Register online here.
Rossmoor Park Summer Camp
The Youth Center
10909 Oak St.
Los Alamitos, CA
562 493 4043
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** From their website: “Camp S.H.A.R.K. at Rossmoor Park! Come to the camp that’s action-packed and affordable! Click HERE for camp calendar, snack bar menu, daily activities, photos, etc. Our camp keeps kids on-the-go and engaged in activities that are designed to entertain, educate, and exercise their minds and bodies. Choose from ten weeks of programming that includes on-site activities such as games, sports, contest, arts and crafts, entertainment, cultural events and more! Parents needing flexibility can craft a schedule allowing their child to attend on specific days only, or on a weekly basis, while optional field trips are offered for even more non-stop fun.” Choose from 10 week-long sessions Mondays-through-Fridays from June-through-August (holidays excepted), 9 a.m.-to-4 p.m., for ages 5-to-12 (extended care available from 7 a.m.-to-7 p.m. at an extra charge). Cost varies depending on week(s) enrolled, extended care, field trips added, etc. Please go here to see pricing and register online or contact the center directly for more information.
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** From the Kidsguide Magazine online: “Private and group instruction (6+) for Western, English and Jumping. Beginner through advanced lessons can be arranged to fit your schedule. Lessons are available six days a week on your horse or theirs. The new “Introduction to Horses” class, by scheduled appointment, includes safety and basic in-hand ground work and care, as well as basic riding. (Summer 2017) camps also available (starting the week of July 10) (see Camps), plus programs for scout groups earning merit badges. Enjoy horses and horseback riding in a quiet country setting.”
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** From their website: “spcaLA’s Friends for Life Summer Camp™ is a week long and is designed for 8-13 year olds. At camp, kids learn basic care and responsibility for pets, respect for animals, and the beginnings of dog training — all while having fun with friends! Younger kids (8–10) will participate in animal-related games, activities and crafts. They will also learn the basics of animal handling and dog training, plus much more. Older campers (11–13) will also participate in animal-related crafts and activities, see dog training demos, and do obedience and agility training with shelter dogs. Starting summer 2017, the Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program for 14-17 year olds will be expanding! Please check back for more details as the summer nears.” Eight, one-week sessions from June 19-through-August 25 (no camp week of July 4), Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-to-3 p.m. (drop-off begins at 8:45 a.m., pick-up is promptly at 3 p.m.). Prices are $350 for campers and$275 for CITs (to apply for a scholarship please click here). For more program details, please contact the shelter (information above), and to register online please click here.
Seal Beach Community Services
562-431-2527 Ext 1307 or 1344
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Weekly summer camps in sports, art, surfing, skateboarding, photography, animation, film-making, magic, dance, cooking, sand-castle building, robots, tech, academics, and more for ages 3-to-17 offered from June-through-August (program ages vary by theme, check online for all details). Please go to the city’s community services and recreation department website for all camp dates, program, cost, and enrollment details. Register online for classes here.
***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2017!!!*** Thanks to RMT reader Tina for the email about this not just “sew-sew” program! From their website: “Camps are for absolute beginners and more advanced sewers, boys and girls, ages 8-18 (minimum age requirement 2nd Grade and Up). Beginners will learn how to safely use a sewing machine and our 1st sewing project will be a beautiful bookmark. Other beginner projects are: pillowcase, PJs, skirt and a cool shirt. More advanced students (and students in their 2nd and 3rd camps) will sew beautiful summer dresses, beach bags and other fun summer projects!” Camps operate over 7 weeks from June 5 through August 18 (note camp is not in session each week, check website for exact date details), with three time sessions daily of 9-11 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. or 2-4 p.m. Cost is $185 per session, and all materials are included in the fee (campers choose from a selection of fun and fashionable fabrics!). Please contact the camp with any questions, or to register go online here .
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Weekly classes and summer camps offered Monday-through-Friday with morning or afternoon sessions available. Hand sewing for ages 6-and-up; machine sewing for ages 9-and-up (machines provided). Hand sewers complete craft projects; machine sewers complete simple clothing or crafts. Go here for the ages 6+ session offerings and here for the ages 9+ schedule. If you sign up before May 15 there is a discount available (see links for details or contact the studio). Please contact Jane for program availability and enrollment details (her Facebook Group page is linked above; no other website information available).
Signal Hill Community Services
Youth and Teen Services
Signal Hill Youth Center:
1780 E. Hill Street
Signal Hill, CA 90755
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Two summer camps will run this season. First, there’s Itty Bitty Day Camp for Ages 3 to 5, Monday through Friday, June 19-July 14, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Signal Hill Park Youth Center (1780 E. Hill Street). Weekly Fee: Residents $65 / Non-Residents $75. Resident registration begins May 15 and Non-Resident registration begins May 30. From their website: “Itty Bitty Day Camp is designed to provide children 3 to 5 with their first opportunity to enjoy the fun and friendships of day camp. Trained City staff are on hand to provide encouraging, supportive care for children in a safe and exciting environment. Children will spend time exploring and discovering. Children must be potty trained.”
The other program offered is the ARC Summer Day Camp for kids grades K-5. From their website: “Signal Hill Summer Day Camp is an exciting traditional day camp program for school age kids that keeps them safe, busy and active during the summer! Friendly staff members organize activities for kids including games, sports, arts and crafts, science,culinary experiences and more! Twice a week, youth excursions will be offered for an additional cost. Pre-registration is required and Signal Hill residents receive priority. Signal Hill Summer Day Camp is offered at two locations, Discovery Well Park (Monday-Friday from June 19-August 18; enrollment starts May 15 for Residents and May 30 for Non-Residents) and Signal Hill Park (Monday-Friday from July 31-August 18; enrollment starts June 6 for Residents, June 26 for Non-Residents). Children entering Kindergarten must have at least six months of experience in a formal preschool setting.” Times for both locations is 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and costs are Residents $40/Non-Residents $50 (field trip costs additional and vary per week).
There is also a Teen Summer Camp Program available for Grades 6-8 (see website for details).
Please contact the city offices for program availability and enrollment details.
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Programs for children ages 2-through-15 run for nine weeks from June 26-through-August 25, Mondays-through-Fridays from 9 a.m.-to-4 p.m. (extended care is available from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Pricing varies (a full schedule, including discount information, can be found here; scholarship application here). Please contact the Academy for more camp details or for registration information. Special thanks to RMT’er Nicole for sharing this camp with us!
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** T took skateboarding classes after school at school through this mobile skateboarding company, and now you too can get in on the shred-tastic fun! Whether your child is a beginner like T or a skilled skater, Skatedogs has a program just for them (ages 6-to-13). For more information on Long Beach-area Skatedogs camps (which includes most school holidays and breaks, not just summer!) or any of their other Southern California camps and classes (locations, dates, prices, and registration online links all vary), please visit their website or contact Adam at the above phone or email.
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Another new find thanks to the Lowell Summer Camps Fair last season! According to their email update this year, there will be two 2017 dance camps. The first dance camp is the Big & Spectacular Dance Variety Show, which runs from June 19–July 14 and is for dancers ages up to 12 years old. Each week, SCDT will create a mini musical theater with singing, dancing, costuming, and set creations. The camp is from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (before and after care is available at no charge for dancers older than 6 years of age). The second workshop is a Swan Lake Intensive, which runs from July 17–28. This is a workshop for intermediate to advanced dancers ages 10+ and features dances from the famous ballet Swan Lake. Both workshops present a dance in the SoCal Dance & Choreography Festival at the Downey Theatre on Saturday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. Costs vary depending on days, week(s), or whole session enrollment, please consult the studio directly for more details. For more information about any of the SCDT camps or classes, or to enroll, please contact the studio directly.
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Now entering its 11th year of summer camps, Rancho Los Cerritos offers programs for kids entering Grades 1-5 and – this is news to me anyway – camps for Grades 6-8, too! From their website: “Elementary-aged children learn about life in Old California through games, crafts, and hands-on activities (at Summer Adventures Day Camp). Middle schoolers will experience a camp unlike any other with Unplugged, our history-themed program related to 19th century science, technology, and art. Activities include: an archaeological dig, a pioneer obstacle course, spaghetti engineering, making pinhole cameras – and developing their pictures in a real darkroom!” There are three sessions offered for Summer Adventures Day Camp (grades 1-5): Vaquero Adventures (July 17-21) activities include leather tooling, making tortillas, and panning for gold. Old Time Adventures (July 24-28) activities include churning butter, trying to walking on stilts, and watching a Victorian magic show. Adobe Adventures (July 31-Aug 4) has kids building miniature adobe houses, making pancakes with acorn flour, and creating their own rain sticks. All Summer Adventure Day Camps times are 10 a.m.-to-2 p.m. with a cost of $130 per session per child (click theme link above to register). Unplugged Camp is one week only, Monday through Friday, August 7-11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with a cost of $160 per camper. Register here for Unplugged Camp. A few of T’s friends have attended this camp in summers past and they LOVED IT! Please contact the Rancho for enrollment details or sign up here for their camp information mailing list!
***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2017!!!*** Thanks to Monica for contacting me about this new artistic opportunity for local LB youth of all abilities! From their email and postcard: “The Summer ArtExperience provides inclusive classes for children ages 6–12 led by professional arts educators. Sessions include creative investigations in the ARTX Learning Center and exploration in the Gallery featuring the work of community artists. Extended care is available until 5:30 pm for a small additional cost. Following a creative day full of mindful and expressive experiences, students in extended care have the opportunity to participate in physical activities, connecting the mind and body – including yoga and drumming! (Each session) also features a final exhibition and reception for young artists, families and neighbors. This is an opportunity to show off creative achievements!” There will be four camp sessions offered this summer, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (extended care available until 5:30 p.m. for additional cost): June 19-30 (closing art exhibit June 30); July 10-21 (closing art exhibit July 21); July 24-August 4 (closing art exhibit August 4); and August 7-18 (closing art exhibit August 18). Cost $350 per session per camper. Enroll online here.
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Information for Summer 2017 is online now! Three sessions are being offered this summer for Grades K-8, and all camps are open to the public. From their website: “Summer with Westerly is a flexible summer program that continues to instill a love of learning in our students through a rich mix of academic instruction, art, recreation and FUN. Join us for the full six-week program or pick and choose sessions that work for you. We pride ourselves on tailoring a program that works best for your family. Our qualified teachers, experienced coaches, and decorated artists go to great lengths to help give your child a summer to remember.”
Grades K-5 sessions are: Session 1 June 26–July 7; Session 2 July 10–July 21; and Session 3 July 24–August 4. Grade K-5 camps operate: Full-Day 9 a.m.-to-3:30 p.m. ($425/session); Half-Day Enrichment Only Program 9 a.m.-to-12:15 p.m. ($325/session); or Half-Day Wildcat Program Only 12:15-3:30 p.m. ($125/session).
Grade 6-8 sessions are: Session 1 June 26-30; Session 2 July 3-7; Session 3 July 10-14; and Session 4 July 17-21. Grade 6-8 camps operate 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. ($180/session).
Early and extended care available. Please contact the school for more details on themes, pricing, and age requirements, and enrollment online is available here.
P.S. – Thanks to a special and very kind shout-out to the RMT Blog via email from Pedro, I also wanted to remind y’all again that Westerly also hosts many other camps at their campus, including The Daydreamer’s Academy, which will offer a class for 2/3 grade and 4/5 grade students along with a 1-week Music Production class for 6-8 graders, and The Young Americans singing, dancing, acting, and performance camp (more information on the latter camp also available in a dedicated entry down the list)! Great seeing you at the 2017 Lowell Summer Camp Fair also! 🙂
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Get permission to sail aboard the Tallship American Pride for Tallship Catalina Island Sea Adventure Camp! This Monday-Friday program offers six week-long sessions this season: June 19-23; July 17-21; July 24-28; July 31-August 4; August 7-11; and August 14-18 (Groups may book an entire camp week, call for availability). Activities include swimming, fish dissection, fishing, kayaking, Catalina Island discovery walks and education, and much more (see website for full listing of activities and other details). These overnight camps are age appropriate for 10-17 year olds, and they will be grouped in crews accordingly. Cost is $550/week, which includes all food and activities. 10% Discount for bringing a Sibling or a Friend on same camp. A 50% deposit is required at time of booking, with the balance due 10 days prior to arriving at camp; written notice is required to cancel. (May be Tax Deductible; Please check with your Tax Professional.) Find a registration form here and a gear packing list here. For more information please call the Institute’s office (number above). Thanks to a RMT commenter for the recommendation (this sounds like something I want to look at once T turns 10 for sure)!
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** T loved taking tennis lessons through Long Beach Parks and Rec a few summers ago, and he has a friend who takes lessons here regularly now, so we’ve considered this camp ourselves! From their website: “This is the opportunity for kids to have loads of fun while discovering and enjoying the game of tennis. Values gained by children through the VP Tennis Academy program are: Enhancement of social and behavioral skills; The learning of positive attitude and good sportsmanship; The realization of continual practice to bring greater success; Learning that “perfect practice” makes perfect; Constant participation develops agility, coordination and fitness; Understanding and proper use of rest time and food intake; Strong participation improves their tennis skills.” Camps begin Monday June 19 and operate weekly through Friday August 25, Monday-through-Friday full-day 9 a.m.-to-5 p.m.; half-day camps are offered in two sessions, either 9:00 a.m.-to-Noon or 2-to-5 p.m. (holidays excepted when noted); drop-ins accepted for one day at a time also. Cost varies depending on session enrollment (please go to this link for more information and for online registration). Please contact VPTA for more information.
***UPDATED FOR 2017: ON HIATUS*** Per the owner-operator, this camp is on hiatus for Summer 2017.
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** If you’ve been a reader of the RMT blog for any length of time, then you may recall that I have some personal experience with the Xtend Barre studio in Seal Beach, so I am more than happy to help promote their summer dance camp program for kids! This season, Xtend Barre Seal Beach will offer two week-long, half-day camp sessions for boys and girls ages 5-to-10 the following dates: July 17-21 and August 7-11, 1-3p.m. Cost for either session is $210 (includes snack, XB tank, and water bottle); sibling discount of $10 off enrollment. Themes vary daily, from hip-hop to lyrical. You may find more details and enroll online here.
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** The Young Americans are coming to Long Beach, CA this summer! From their website and flier: “Open to students grades 3rd-College in the surrounding area. This high-energy, comprehensive performing arts summer camp includes instruction, classes, and workshops in voice, dance, comedy improvisation, songwriting, performance techniques, sound, lighting, and master classes from industry professionals. Participants are divided into three age groups to learn age appropriate material. By learning a show in just 5 days, students are able to learn teamwork, discover their individual potential, and walk away with a huge sense of accomplishment at the end of the week, all in an encouraging and positive atmosphere that The Young Americans foster and provide.” Camp will be held at the above location for one week only from Tuesday June 20-through-Saturday June 24, 9 a.m.-to 5 p.m.; the show camp date is Saturday June 24 from 1 p.m.-to-8 p.m. Camp cost is only $210 for five days, which includes a camp T-shirt; see website for discounts and scholarship information (TIP: You can save $50 per camper when you house a few of their cast members during the week of camp; please email email@example.com to get more information. You can also sign up during the registration process.). Show tickets will be sold at various times throughout the week before and after camp. For more information and details, please visit their website, and go online to register here.
So… Want to know where T went attended camp last summer, RMT’ers? Then check out these next couple camps! (Please note: These are camps where T spent time during the past few summers (2013-16.)
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Shared Science offers several different week-long sessions of summer day camp all part-day in length (now at various locations throughout Long Beach!). Campers gain knowledge and experience in various engineering and robotics sciences through the construction of LEGOs and other materials. Scratch programming is also offered for older campers starting in Grade 3. From their Facebook page: “Hey now! This summer you can try out: Scratch coding at the TKTC Studio at the EXPO; Awesome Battleship Science on board the USS Iowa; (and) Creatively cool science and tinkering at Temple Israel’s Torah Center. Plus we are offering a unique chance for high schoolers to learn about drones and work towards licensing at Sato Academy!” I think if you follow the blog at all, it’s obvious why we enrolled in these camps year after year (that and it was by far the most reasonably priced camp involving LEGOs for when T was a younger age!). You can read about one of our previous camp experiences with Shared Science here. Register for 2017 camps online here. Thanks again to Miss Michelle and Mr. E for a great week filled with learning and fun times!
Tom Hicks Baseball Camps
P.O. Box 15963
Long Beach, CA 90815-0963
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Touted on its flier as “The best camp at the best price,” Tom Hicks Baseball Camps are back for their 28th year in 2017! I was reminded about this camp from a flier that Mr. Hicks personally handed to me at one of our Little League games in Spring 2015. Every Little League coach we’ve met to date has raved about Tom Hicks and his camps (my husband included – he heard him speak at a coaches clinic and was quite impressed). Sponsored by Diamond Sports, these camps are five separate 5-day/ week-long sessions 9 a.m.-to-3 p.m., and the 2017 dates are as follows: June 26-June 30; July 10-14; July 17-21; July 24-28; and July 31-August 4. Camps are operated by experienced, professional coaches with excellent student-teacher ratios. Multiple week discounts are available for these intensive, non-competitive camps for boys and girls ages 5-to-14 years at all skill levels beginner to advanced. 2017 rates are $125 for a five-day session, which included 30 hours of instruction time (early bird registration rate of $120 if you register before June 1); early drop-off and late pickup hours offered with hitting instruction for extended enrollment price of just $45 per camper for those 10 extra hours/week; multiple session discounts also offered (see all pricing breakdowns here). Long Beach camps are held at Heartwell Park (corner of Carson St. and Palo Verde Ave.). For more information, please contact Tom Hicks directly at the information above (email not known). PS – We enrolled T in this camp during Summers 2015 and 2016 and plan to again for multiple weeks in 2017, and you can read all about our awesome and amazing experience in 2015 here.
***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Offering 10 weeks of day camp from June 19-through-August 28 for ages 5-to-8-years-old. Cost is $105 per week; weeks are five-day blocks, Monday-through-Friday, 9 a.m.-to-4 p.m. Each week offers at least one different off-site excursion where kids are transported via bus (sometimes LB Transit is used); some excursions costs are included in weekly tuition, others TBD, and range anywhere from a trip to the municipal swimming pool to a day-trip to Knott’s Berry Farm! Early and late supervision offered at additional charge. Please contact the park office and ask for Rhiannon (Director of Pee Wee Camp Programs) with any questions about their program or for other enrollment details, or simply enroll online! What we liked most about this program (T attended Summers 2013-2016 – we have aged out and are still sad about it!) was the age range, day length (hard to find a full day, all-inclusive price for five-year-olds!), program and staff longevity, and cost ($105 for one week full-day M-F!). I also am happy to support our local parks and recreation department any way possible.
If you have a suggestion for this list, or your organization’s summer camp program would like to be included and/or updated in the list above, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s FREE! The camps with titles marked above with *** contacted me personally or other parents recommended them to be listed, and HEY! now they are! Special thanks to the free community publication KidsGuide Magazine for information on several of the listings above. I also thank myself for a few hours of internet research and am grateful to many other various friends, peers, and community members for the majority of the above recommendations (you know who you are)! DISCLAIMER: A camp’s listing here is not indicative of any endorsement by myself and/or RMT; please do your own research and choose what works best for your kid(s) and family and contact camp(s) directly to verify all details posted.