Here is a list of around 100 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 family and friends.

CAMP DIRECTORS/OWNERS: Did you just find this pagesi 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 SIX YEARS! Please drop me a line at 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 March 2018). 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

General Day Camp Information updated by City of Long Beach at this link. City LB Summer Camps 2018 will operate from June 18 through August 24 (exact program dates vary depending on camp or class offered). 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)
etails 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: and .

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 online here. If you have any questions or need assistance please call 562-570-1745.

PlaywellTek Camps
***INFO ONLINE NOW FOR 2018!!!***
Per a staffer with LB Parks-Rec-Marine (2016), PlaywellTek camps are Lego-based programs with an emphasis on science and engineering. For more info on PlaywellTek Camps for kids Grades K-8, including a search for camps in your area and online registration, go here.

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 and up. The summer ends with the International Sea Festival Clyde W. Ellerman Memorial Model Boat Regatta on Friday, August 10.” One seven-week session, June 25 through August 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register online here.

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 >> Online Registration.”
2. Click “Create an Account”; or, if you have an existing account, you may login and proceed following directions on-screen.

Other Non-Profit and/or Privately Operated Camps in/near Long Beach, CA:

49er Camp at CSULB
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA
562 985 4049

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Registration is OPEN as of March 26! 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 5-13 and entering grades K-8 in the fall. There are two four-week sessions: The first session is from Monday June 18 through Friday July 13 (no camp July 4); the second session runs from Monday July 16 through Friday August 10 . Both sessions operate Monday-Friday, 12:30 p.m.-to 5 p.m., and tuition for either four-week session is $540/camper. For questions and for more information please consult the camp directly. Register quickly – this one fills up fast!

Academic Enrichment Camps at CSULB
CSULB Research Foundation
Club Sports and Recreation Dept.
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-4702
(562) 985-2570

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Registration is OPEN as of March 26! Note that days and times for this camp compliment 49er Camp Sessions 1 and 2 as it’s a morning program while the other is an afternoon one. Session One is Monday June 18 through Friday July 13 (no camp July 4); Session Two is Monday July 16 through Friday August 10. Days and times for each four-week session are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12 Noon, and tuition for either four-week session is $540/camper. Various academic subjects covered across K-8th grade-level programs. Please see their camp website for more information and contact program directly with any questions.

Acting Out Theater Camps
Camps held at:
En Pointe Dance Studio
713 Termino Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90804
562 901 0111

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** From their website: “Why us?? Our camp focuses on all aspects of theatrical performance. We have students who are regular performers and this program works as a great supplement to other theatrical or performance based programs kids are in. It is also a perfect platform for someone who is newer to the theatrical arts, as we are all about ensemble building and supporting one another. We love what we do and teach, and year after year our campers have and incredible time!” All camps are for ages 7-13, and the two week-long sessions offered this season will run June 18 through 22 and July 30 through August 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (with optional extended hours of 1-3:30 p.m.). Also please note that the Friday of each session will have a performance for the adults at 12:15 p.m. and camp will end at 1pm. Cost for either session is $225/camper ($335 with extended camp hours); siblings each $175 ($260 with extended session); enroll before April 15 for 10 percent off (week-long camps only); additional discounts offered if enrolling in both sessions, see website for details. There are also some two-day summer workshops being offered in addition to the camps noted above, go here for those dates/costs/details. Camps in past summers have operated out of En Pointe Dance Studio. For more details and other enrollment information, please contact the Acting Out Camp directly.

AIM Sports Group
1718 Apollo Ct.
Seal Beach, CA 90740
903.517.7868 or 562.344.3130 (ask for Billy)

***ON HIATUS FOR 2018*** Per the organization (notice received 5/2/18), this camp is not operating during Summer 2018.

Alpert JCC in Long Beach
3801 E. Willow St.
Long Beach, CA
562 426 7601, Ext. 1205

***UPDATED FOR 2018*** Camp Komaroff provides a variety of programs for children ages Preschool through Teen and operate June through August. Please contact the center for program details, including themes, ages, dates, times, extended care arrangements, and pricing. Get a 10% Early Bird Discount through April 13, 2018 by using the promo code: EARLY10. Summer 2018 online registration here; if on a mobile device go here; for printable forms go here (information on how to complete-return also provided).

American Gymnastics Academy
2401 E. Willow St.
Signal Hill, CA
562 494-0087

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Four week-long programs will be offered this season in various themes: June 25-29, July 9-13, July 23-27, and August 6-10. Full-day camps will operate Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at a cost of $275/camper per session; half-day camps will operate Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 Noon, at a cost of $175/camper per session. There will also be a shorter session operating August 20-22 (full-day cost $175/camper or half-day cost $115/camper). Day rates also available upon request. Please go to AGA’s Facebook page for schedules, themes, pricing, ages, and all other registration details or contact the gym directly for more information.

Arrowbear Music Camp
33500 Music Camp Rd.
Running Springs, CA 92382
(909) 867-2782

***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2018!!!*** As my kid has hit double-digits, overnight camp talk has entered the mix. Thanks to T’s music teacher for singing the praises of Arrowbear Music Camp. This camp has been in operation since 1942 (what is that, 75+ years now – !) and is a local Long Beach favorite due to the fact that a local LBUSD Middle School Music Teacher – the infamous and insanely popular Mr. Hamilton – teaches here regularly… and from the looks of this year’s flier, rest assured he’s making another encore appearance this Summer! Overnight camps are offered from June 18 through August 18 over multiple sessions and are broken into groups by age from Elementary School to College, Beginner to Advanced (pricing varies by session). For more information please contact the camp. To enroll go here.

ART SMART studio for kids (and adults)
Art Smart Moved (no longer on 7th Street)! Now located in the Carroll Park area at:
2325 E 3rd St.
Long Beach, CA 90814
562 439 4777

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Week-long summer camps will operate weekly from June 18 through August 24 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. Also note that Spring Break 2018 Camp details are online now here!

Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA
562 590 3100 x 0

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** CAMP REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 15! The aquarium is one of our favorite spots in Long Beach! Week-long day-camps (half- and full-day) are offered Monday through Friday on a variety of subjects for toddlers through teens from June 11 through August 24. 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.

Averyboo Arts
3908 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90807

(562) 912-4800

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Several creative opportunities await kids ages 7-13 at this Bixby Knolls art studio. Camps run June 25 through July 27 (no camp July 4 week) in one-week, half-day enrollment sessions either 9 a.m.-12 Noon or 1-4 p.m. at a cost of $175 per week (+$30 cash material fee due first day of session). Per website, discounts are also available: Sign up for 2+ camps (for one single child), material fee will be reduced to $15 per camp ($15 discount); sign up for 2+ camps on the same day, also get free supervised lunch hour ($60 value), BYO lunch. For more information as for camp themes, schedules, and exact age requirements per camp session, or to enroll, please go to their website.

Bolsa Chica Conservancy: YLEAP Program for Teens
3842 Warner Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
(714) 846-1114

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** While not a summer camp per se, Bolsa Chica Conservancy offers Youth Leadership in Environmental Action Program (YLEAP). From their website: “YLEAP is designed to engage students in middle school (ages 13-14) and high school (ages 14-17) 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 entering Grades 8-12 who want to be involved in Bolsa Chica’s education, restoration, and outreach programs. It starts with a four-day training in August 2018 and the program goes one full year through July 2019; students sign up for events based on what they can fit into their schedule. The 2018 YLEAP training will be held Monday through Thursday, August 6-9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To participate, students must complete an application form by Sunday July 23, which is comprised of a one-page essay on a given prompt and a letter of recommendation from a teacher, school administrator or community leader such as a church pastor, scout leader, etc. A $250 donation is requested per participant. If you are interested in applying for YLEAP, please contact Abbey Messmer (info above in header).

Bolsa Chica ConservancySummer Wetlands Explorers Program
3842 Warner Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Contact Whitney Thompson:

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** From their website: “Exciting discoveries await your budding, young scientist this summer at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Join the Bolsa Chica Conservancy on a journey of science and adventure as we travel beyond the classroom to delight in the local, native wilderness during this week-long day program. Young scientists will find themselves in immersive outdoor activities, experiments, science-based crafts, and science exploration that stimulate wonder and critical thinking at the same time!” Camps offered for students entering Grades K-7 in two different week-long sessions (M-F): Camp for Grades K-3 runs June 18-22 and camp for Grades 4-7 operates June 25-29. Fee for either program is $280 per participant. Use this form and follow registration instructions posted on website to enroll.

Bounce U of Huntington Beach
5445 Oceanus Drive, #115
Huntington Beach, CA
714 892 4842

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** 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-Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (early drop off & late pick up available) and cost is $40/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 longtime love of Bounce U here.

Bowers Kidseum
1802 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA
714 480 1520

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Bowers Museum presents Camp Kidseum, offering new and unique opportunities for future explorers, archaeologists and artists in the making! An unforgettable summer with a lifetime of memories for ages 6-11. Camp Kidseum offers six customized weekly adventures exploring museum collections, on display at the Bowers Museum and Kidseum, from the Pacific Islands to Africa, from China to Native America. Camp highlights include visits to the Bowers museum, archaeology digs, cultural art projects, interaction with real artifacts, music-making special guests and more! Session take place from June 25 through August 10, 2018 (No camp week of July 4), 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with daily with extended care options available (7 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.). Cost per camp: $175/camper per session for Members; $200/camper per session for General Public; $50/child/week for extended care. Please refer to for more information!

***BrainCreate Camps in Architecture and Industrial Design***
Camps located at:
Department of Design, CSULB
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-5401
515 231 1910

***ON HIATUS FOR 2018*** Per the Camp Organizer (notice received April 2018), there will be no camp for 2018, but there are plans to reorganize / reopen in future seasons.

British Soccer Camp, Challenger Sports
Camp Located at:
Wardlow Park
3459 Stanbridge Ave.
Long Beach, CA
Contact: Chris Hinton
866 757 9561;
562 570 3100 (City of Long Beach Parks and Rec)

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** From their website: “Challenger’s British Soccer Summer Camp is the most popular camp in the USA and Canada. With an innovative curriculum that develops skills, speed and confidence in players of all ages and abilities, British Soccer Camps provide boys and girls with the rare opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international expert’s right in the heart of their own community. In addition to teaching new skills and improving game performance, each British Soccer Camp provides lessons in character development, cultural education and is the most fun your child can have learning the sport they love!” Camp is for ages 3-16 and will be held in Long Beach’s Wardlow Park for two different one-week sessions, June 25 through 29 and August 13 through 17 (register for Long Beach camps directly at Long Beach Rec Connect here). Costs and times vary depending on age group enrolled and full- or half-day programs.

Build It Workspace Camps
4388 Cerritos Ave.
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
714 947 0800

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Thanks to the 2017 Lowell Summer Camp Fair, welcome Build It Workspace Camps to the RMT list! From their website: “Explore how science, tech, engineering, art, and mathematics are used to create a world of possibility. Youth will learn hands-on through playful projects, from building drones and self-watering plants, to game design and robotics. Build It uses 3D printing, Lego robotics, laser cutting, coding, wood and fiber crafts to challenge the left and right brain. Every challenge develops the curiosity and thirst for knowledge that complements traditional education. Each camp is engineered to be fun, inventive, and rewarding through achievement.” Build It Tech Spaces Camps are for ages 5-9 and 10+, with week-long sessions available from June 18 through August 3 (no camp July 4 week), Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m.-12 Noon (EXTENDED HOURS are available), and cost varies from $250-450 per week theme-depending. 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

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Three sessions of camp for two-year-olds, preschoolers, and school-aged children will operate this season from June 18 through August 16: Session I is June 18-29 (two weeks); Session 2 is July 2-27 (four weeks); and Session III is July 30 through August 16 (three weeks). Campers may enroll for Tu-Th, M-W-F, or Monday-Friday schedule, and day length is same for all days enrolled ( 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Costs vary depending on age, registration schedule, and additional field trips (available for additional fees on top of tuition); please refer to brochure here for all specifics. Please contact the Children’s Center for program and enrollment details.

Camp Fire
7070 E. Carson St.
Long Beach, CA
562 421 2725

*** UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** A wide variety of summer day and overnight camps for boys and girls ages Preschool through 10th Grade, June through August. Yes: Camp Fire is for boys also! For information on all programs, from weekly day camps to overnight camps click 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
Carson, CA 90747
(on the Cal State Dominguez Hills college campus)
310 243 2025

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** From their website: “CAMS students mentor local middle school VEX teams as part of our active outreach program. We have expanded this outreach to include hosting students from China. Each summer, CAMS holds a summer enrichment program to introduce the joys of VEX robotics to middle and elementary school students.” In past seasons, summer camps were held as 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. The program cost has been around $350 per student for the entire session. At the end, students typically received flash drives, t-shirts, and other awards for participating. Enrollment deadline is about 1-2 weeks before the start date, but spots do go fast (limited to 30); please contact the school for more information and a sign-up form is online here.

***Camp Lango***
Long Beach, CA

***CAMP CLOSED as of 2018*** While the Long Beach location of Camp Lango has closed down, there is a location in Irvine should your family be close to this location at all this summer.

Chef Tech Cooking Camps
3842 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90807
562 989 CHOP (2467)

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Eight weeks of half-day camps to choose from for children ages 6-16 from June 18 through August 24 (Note: Kitchen is closed Weeks of July 2-6 and July 23-27 to kids’ camps.)! Cost for either the morning or afternoon session is $299/week per camper. Camps run Monday-Friday (holidays excepted), and times are 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (morning) or 1-3:30 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.

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
3321 Hyland Ave., Ste. A
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
949 660 7793 x107 (ask for Cyndi Burgess, Programs Manager)

***UPDATE FOR 2018!!!*** While the Center isn’t scheduling any formal camps this season, they do offer 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 2018!!!*** 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!” Six week-long sessions for ages 6-13 will be offered the following dates this summer season: June 18 – June 22; July 2 – July 6; July 16 – July 20; July 30 – August 3; August 13 – August 17; and August 21-24. All camps operate Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each day will offer a 15 minute Snack Break (provided by Clay) and a 30 minute Lunch Break (kids must bring own lunch). Cost per camper is $245 per session. To register click here; click the button that says “Online Registration”; and search for “Clay Camp.” Thanks to Eloise for reaching out to the RMT blog to be listed!

CSULB 2018 Chinese Language Summer Camp
Camp Located at:
SPA-212 (Social Sciences/Public Affairs), CSULB Main Campus
Mail Completed Applications to:
Ms. Bing Cao
Confucius Institute at CSULB
6300 State University Dr., Ste. 250
Long Beach, CA 90815
562 985 1062

***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2018!!!*** Another discovery inside of the school backpack (don’t forget to check those fliers sent home, LBUSD families!). From their website/flier: “The Confucius Institute at CSULB offfers an exciting four-week Chinese Summer Camp program for students Grades 4-12. The program consists of a Chinese language course and related activities including art projects, games, and songs. The camp is designed to provide interactive opportunities for children to enhance social skills, practice the Chinese language, and develop a good understanding of Chinese culture – all without leaving the country!” More details about the camp at this link. Camp will operate as one four-week session from June 18 through July 13, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $240/camper for the entire session! Go here for application to enroll (follow instructions online – including completion of a waiver form – for how to submit application with fees, online enrollment here) or contact the camp directly for more details (campers may enroll through the first day of camp!).

***CSULB Camp Nugget***
Summer Program for Children with Disabilities
c/o Dr. Barry Lavay
KIN Department
1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90840-7707
(562) 985-7969
Email: Dr. Barry Lavay – Coordinator of Adapted Physical Education Program in the Dept. of KPE
Camps held at: CSU, Long Beach Dept. of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE)

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Last year I 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 yoga.” The program is for four weeks June 18 through July 13, Monday through Friday, from 9 A.M. to Noon. Please go to website or contact Dr. Barry Lavay for more details and to register.

CSULB Reading Programs
Several locations across LA/OC, including locations on CSULB’s main campus!
800 965 0473 OR 800 964-8888

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** From their website: “For an enjoyable activity with lifelong benefits, we recommend our summer reading programs, designed and taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development. Since 2009, California State University, Long Beach, College of Continuing and Professional Education, has offered programs designed and taught by Institute of Reading Development as a community service.” Please inquire directly about additional family discounts offered and other partial scholarships available based on financial need. For specific programs by age/grade, rates, and schedules in your area, select a program level from the groupings listed here.

CSULB Young Artists’ Camp
Camps Held at:
Fine Arts Building 2 (FA2)
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840
MaryAnna PomonisProgram Director, or Sophia Dao, Program Coordinator

***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2018!!!*** Registration is now OPEN! Camps are for students Ages 9-15/entering Grades 3-8 (no exceptions for younger students due to materials used) and they are held over a three-week session from July 30 through August 17, Monday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. and cost $350/camper. For more information and to register go here. There is also Young Adult Art Studio Camp for ages 15+, Grades 9-12, same days and times as the younger camps, at a cost of $400/camper; to register or for more information about those camps, please go here.

CSULB Young Scientists’ Camp
Camps Located at:
Science Laboratories
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840
(562) 985-4801

*** UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** CSULB will offer a variety of camps for Grades 2-12 during a two-week session for its Young Scientists’ Camp Monday-Friday, July 23 to August 3 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Camp themes and age groupings vary, check website for details. Cost is $315 per student per session; $30 sibling discount; $30 discount for CSULB faculty & staff ($75 cancellation fee; No refunds after July 1st). For more information, please go here and you can find registration information here.

CSULB Young Writers’ Camp
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA
562 985 1696
(note phone and email have been disconnected as of April 2018)

***ON HIATUS FOR 2018*** Per the website (last I checked March 9, 2018), there will be no Young Writer’s Camp offered this season.

***The Dance Company***
4205 Montair Ave.
Long Beach, CA
562 425 7231

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Thanks to a RMT reader for writing in with this suggestion for the list! There are two events being offered this summer season at The Dance Company! The first is a week-long camp for ages 5-8, Monday through Friday, July 16-20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., which will feature a variety of dance styles and crafts. The second week-long session is for ages 8+, Monday through Friday, August 13-17, 9 a.m. to 12 Noon, and is geared toward an intermediate/advanced dancer. Please contact the studio for more details for or to enroll in either of these camps; please also reach out to them directly regarding their Summer Dance Intensive for this season.

Diving Camps at McCormick Divers
Contact Debby McCormick at:
McCormick Divers
16088 Fame Circle
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
714 846 5731
Long Beach Camp/Lesson Location:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Pool
1910 Lemon Ave.
Long Beach, CA

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** In past summers, one-week sessions typically operated from June through August, two mornings a week and three afternoons, and ages have been separated by Under-7 and 8-and-Up age groupings. Until there’s a finalized summer camp schedule for 2018, the organization has informed the RMT blog that they are more than happy to set up diving lessons at a camp rate! Please contact the organization directly for lessons or program and enrollment details. Note: Camps are not affiliated with City of Long Beach Parks, Recreation, and Marine and require a separate registration process.

Elevation Studios
1900 E. 27th St. #101
Signal Hill, CA 90755
562 424 2711

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Lowell Summer Camps Fair strikes again with a new addition to the list last season with Elevation Studios! Three camp sessions are being offered this season: “Dance. Act. Sing.” is a summer performance camp that will run in two week-long sessions June 25-29, one for ages 3-5 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and the other for ages 5-12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; “Lights. Camera. Action.” is a movie-making camp that will operate July 16-20 for ages 5-12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Please contact the studio for pricing details, including possible discounts for early bird and multi-session sign-ups, or to register.

En Pointe Dance & Fitness
713 Termino Ave.
Long Beach, CA
562 438 DANCE (3262)

***2018 INFO COMING SOON!!!*** 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. (2018 details pending as of 5/1/18, but we have been in touch with this camp and they are finalizing their summer season plans now!)

***First Field Farm Summer Pony Camp***
18299 Dumont Ave.
Cerritos, CA 90701
(562) 924-2217


***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Thanks to Zara for contacting RMT last season with this farm-tastic opportunity for kids over the 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! There are two levels of camp: Full Day Camp is for ages 6-13, Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Mini-Camp is a part-day camp schedule for ages 5-10, Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information please contact the camp directly (they also appear to have an active Facebook page here!).

Friday Night Lights (FNL) – Los Alamitos

PO Box 92
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
Summer Camps held at:
Rush Park
3021 Blume Dr.
Rossmoor, CA 90720

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** T has participated in the FNL flag football program the past 3 Fall seasons (2015-2017) and had a blast! This year’s camps will operate over three different sessions, 10 a.m.-Noon, the following dates: July 16-19 (general session); July 23-26 (general session); and July 30 through August 1 (QB/WR session). Cost is $150/player per session for general camp, $125/player for QB/WR camp session. 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

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** We loved Frogg’s when T was younger! While Frogg’s hasn’t offered a summer camp program the last few years, they do offer a Friday night date night 4-8 p.m. (call ahead to reserve), which might be just what 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 in Long Beach held at:
St. Joseph Elementary School
6200 East Willow St.
Long Beach, CA 90815
800-854-3684 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST)

***UPDATED FOR 2018 – NEW LONG BEACH LOCATION!!!*** Another great STEAM-focused find thanks to the Lowell Summer Camps Fair! 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 2018 at the Long Beach location are June 25 through August 3, Monday-Friday (holidays excepted), 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Extended Care options available at an additional cost from 8-9 a.m. and/or 3-6 p.m. For pricing (including early bird and other multiple type of discounts offered), specific themes, and other details, please go to this link; for Galileo Summer Quest (note Long Beach may not host this camp for 2018, 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

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 were 10, one-week sessions to choose from throughout June through August, Mondays-Fridays, mornings either from 8:30-10 a.m. or 10-11:30 a.m. 2016 Pricing: Private one-student session cost $400/camper and semi-private (2-student) session was just $220/camper. For more information or to register, contact the surf school directly or go to their Facebook page (no website active as of May 2018). (2018 details pending as of 3/12/18 – FYI this Camp may no longer be operating, both phone number and official website non-operational as of May 2018.)

GRIT (Generate Results in Tennis)
1040 Park Ave.
Long Beach, CA
562 314 4664

Another addition to the list thanks to the Lowell Summer Camps Fair! From their Facebook Page (2017): “Learn and/or improve your tennis from USPTA certified tennis professional, Richard Nguyen. Private, semi-private, and group lessons available by appointment. (Program) 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.” Last summer (2017) GRIT Summer Tennis Programs operated several week-long sessions Monday-Thursday, June through August, with Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday mini-sessions also available. Times were either 8-10 a.m. or 10 a.m.-12 Noon. Season class sizes and costs offered in 2017 were: 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. (2018 details pending as of 3/12/18)

***Groundlings Summer Day Camp***
Camps Held at:
Los Altos United Methodist Church and St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church
Long Beach, CA

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Thanks to the folks at Groundlings for reaching out to the RMT Blog about this unique opportunity for local youth, which involves “caring for God’s People, Planet, and Pets”! Camps for those entering Grades 1–5 will operate in four, week-long, thematic sessions from June through August (see website for themes and dates), Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Extended care is available for each session 7 a.m.–9 a.m. and 3 p.m.–5 p.m ($60/week, $30/sibling or $15/day drop-in). Cost is $119 (“Spring Fever Registration” March 1 – May 31); $149 (Regular Registration June 1 – end of camp); $30 per child (daily drop-in rate); 10% Sibling Discount applicable to Spring Fever and Regular price only.
This summer, in Middle School Crew (MSC), middle school campers (Grades 6-8) will have fun in a special program designed just for them! The MSC will have fun by participating as a camper throughout the day AND learn valuable skills by choosing 1-2 areas of speciality each week in which they will be given special leadership responsibility and ownership of their specialty. Each week will also include an off site service project for MSC. Please contact organization for cost for MSC. Counselor programs for Grades 9-11 and other opportunities for Grade 12+ also offered. For more information and to register please contact the camp directly or go to their website.

ICT’s Summer Youth Conservatory 2018
Camp Located at:
The Marketplace
PCH/2nd Street
Long Beach, CA
End-of-Camp Performance Located at:
International City Theatre (ICT) – Long Beach Performing Arts Center
330 E. Seaside Way
Long Beach CA 90802
Contact: Jordan Gohara, 562.495.4595, x100;;

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** From their website: “Our Summer Youth Conservatory is a great way for kids to learn more about theatre! This 4-week-long conservatory features instruction in acting, music, dance and movement taught by industry professionals, culminating in a special presentation for parents and friends.” Camps are for kids ages 7 to 15 and the four-week session runs Monday through Thursday, July 9 through August 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $425 per camper (*Early Bird Special!* Register before 4/15 for $25 off the price!). The 2018 Summer Youth Conservatory participants will be presenting a free performance on August 2, 2018. All are welcome to attend this free performance but reservations are necessary. To enroll, download the 2018 Conservatory Application here (scholarships also available, inquire for details).

iD Tech Camps
Long Beach Camps Located at:
California State University, Long Beach
Long Beach, CA
408 871 3739
Email iD Tech Camps here

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Thanks to the Lowell Summer Camps Fair for another terrific tech option for the kids, which offers courses in coding, game design, app development, web design, film, photography, and more! 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 and classes and camps will run from June 18 through July 27 (a full schedule for the CSULB location can be viewed here, which includes dates, times, and costs). Enroll early as classes will sell out fast! Register online here.

3910 E 4th St.
Long Beach, CA 90814

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Thanks to RMT reader Tina for the tip on this creative camp! Themes noted for 2018 include Fine Arts (K-3rd Grade, $175/camper per session), Anime (3rd Grade and Up, $210/camper per session), and Digital Arts and Animation (4th Grade and Up, $250/camper per session). Week-long sessions will operate Monday through Friday from June 18 to August 3 (different themes over different weeks), and times of sessions 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 31 for a $25 discount!).

Jammin’ Music
4228 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach, CA
562 490 0222

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** 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 traditional week-long summer camps, their summer group class schedule is online here. They offer great group classes in the summer as well as private lessons. T 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.

Kick It Up
8129 E. Wardlow Rd.
Long Beach, CA
562 430 1812

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Day camps will be offered for ages 4-8 in two different week-long sessions, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12 Noon, in two themes (Once Upon a Dream Princess Camp June 25-29 and Super Dance Heroes July 16-20). Each camp features a performance on the Friday of the session at 11 a.m.! Cost is $130/camper for either session (Early Bird Special $115/camper if registered by May 15!). Please visit their website or contact the studio to register or for more information.

10712 Reagan St.
Los Alamitos, CA
562 431 1102

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Day camps for ages 3-13 (must be potty trained) with half-day weekly sessions available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 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 directly to enroll and for all other program dates and details (multi-week discounts offered in person at gym office).

Kids Under Construction, Inc.
5520 E. 2nd Street, Suite K
Long Beach, CA
562 999 2KUC (2582)

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** For some great summer enrichment opportunities, check out this tutoring business in the Naples Island neighborhood of Long Beach! From their website: “Enrichment workshops are 3 hours each day Monday-Thursday and feature a variety of themed activities that are sure to keep your child’s mind actively engaged and their curiosity peaked. Academic workshops are 2 hours each day Monday-Thursday and focus on one subject area. Students will enjoy a mid-workshop snack and bring home something to share with all workshops.” Camps and workshops will be offered on schedules as described above from June 18 through August 23 for students from Grades K-9 week-depending and with times, themes, and subject offerings also varying depending on the week (please check website for full details regarding Grade levels, times, and topics). Cost per session is $165/camper. To enroll go here; please contact organization directly for more program details.

Lakewood Recreation and Community Services
562 866 9771, Ext. 2408

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** The City of Lakewood offers a weekly summer camp at Monte Verde Park available for ages 6-12, from June 18 through August 24, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (additional extended day care available). Costs vary depending on week and whether camper is a resident or non-resident of Lakewood (CA), see website for all pricing details. Other specialty day camps are available as advertised (paper fliers are available at Lakewood City Hall), or please see website or contact Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Department for more information and/or to register

***Lakewood Village Community Church (LVCC) Musical Theatre Workshop***
Camps located at:
4515 Sunfield Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90808
562 425 7411

***ON HIATUS FOR 2018!!!*** Per the Camp Organizer (notice received May 2018), there will be no camp for 2018, but there are plans to reorganize / reopen in future seasons.
In the meantime, for anyone looking for an evening VBS, this site will host one week-long VBS session “Game On!” July 23-28 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Please contact the church for more information or sign up here. Thanks to them also for featuring the blog on their Facebook Page!

LB Nation 2018 All Skills Volleyball Camp
Camps held at :
Walter Pyramid
Long Beach State University
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840

***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2018!!!*** From their flier: “Learn and train the Long Beach way from All-Americans, Olympians, AVP Stars, professional athletes, current players, and staff! Sessions include: Speed and agility work, technical training, fundamental packages, and video feedback.” Camps are for boys ages 8+ with no experience needed and will operate over one three-day session July 27-29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost per camper is $295; multi-camp or sibling discount price is $245. Enroll here.

LBCC Summer Rec
4901 E Carson St.
Rm. Q Courtyard, Q113 (pick-up and drop-off point)
Long Beach, CA 90808
562 938 4249

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Thanks to a RMT reader for sending me an email heads-up about this camp last season, which sounds like a winner! “Viking Quest” Sports Camp is for ages 5-13 and will operate over six week-long sessions from June 18 through July 26, Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (no camp July 4). Cost is $125/camper per session. Additional swim camps will operate for various ages and levels at LBCC, too; please go here for more information. Register for camps at LBCC online here.

Long Beach Marine Institute
Box 281, 6475 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Long Beach, CA
562 431 7156

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** From their website (2018): “SUMMER 2018 REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Looking for a fun, exciting AND educational camp for summer 2018? Sign up for Ocean Adventure Camp this summer and experience a unique hands-on approach to marine science. Each week has a different ocean related theme and is filled with projects, crafts and aquatic fun designed to promote ocean sciences and conservation (more on themes and details here). Campers will enjoy weekly field trips, kayaking, an expedition on our research vessel Challenger and much, much more!” Camp this season will operate for nine week-long sessions Monday through Friday from June 18 to August 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $210/week per camper (extended care for an extra charge of $5/camper per session available with two sessions offered per day, morning from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and afternoon from 3:15-5 p.m.). Teens ages 14+ may wish to look into their Volunteer Program and those 13+ may wish to explore their Counselor in Training program (call for more info/cost details). 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: 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 2018!!!*** 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 season, camp will be offered for ages 7 – 17 and operates in one session July 9-28, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $600/camper; please note there is an early bird discount if you enroll by May 1, and there was 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 more details and click here to enroll.

Los Alamitos High School Basketball Camps
Return registration forms to:
Eddie Courtmarche
PO Box 534
Los Alamitos, CA
Camps held at:
Los Alamitos HS Gym
3591 W Cerritos Ave.
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
(562) 972-2333

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** From their website: “The Los Alamitos Summer Basketball Camp is designed to provide players with the opportunity to learn and compete at the high school level. Los Alamitos H.S. Head Coach and staff will coach teams that will play in competitive Freshman Summer Leagues and Tournaments. Camp fees include summer league games, tournament games and a jersey.” Camp for Incoming Freshman (HS) will be from June 20 through July 11, Monday through Friday, for a cost of $300/camper. More details and registration form online here.
For younger boys and girls, Griffins Basketball Camp is offered for Grades 1-8 and will be held in two different week-long sessions, June 18-22 (Incoming Grades 5-8) and June 25-29 (Incoming Grades 1-4), Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 12 Noon, at a cost of $155/camper for either session. More details and instructions on how to register may be found here.

Los Alamitos Recreation
3191 Katella Ave.
Los Alamitos, CA
(562) 431-3538

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Los Alamitos Recreation offers weekly summer camp sessions crammed with games, swimming, excursions, and a trip to a major amusement park (excursions for extra fee)! Camps are for ages 5-12 and will operate in week-long sessions June through August, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (holidays excepted). Residents may refer to this schedule and registration form and non-residents may refer to this schedule and registration form. Extended day AM and PM also available for hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for additional fee; sibling discount rates also available, see website for details. Daily drop-in rates also available. There is also a teen Counselor-in-Training program for ages 13-16 (medical form for this program here)! 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).

Long Beach, CA

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** A variety of tech-based Makersville themes will be offered in Long Beach this summer. Campers are encouraged to pick your program and schedule. Times and costs for all sessions vary, please check schedule for details. 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.

***March Art Studios***
16917 Algonquin St. Ste. E
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
(Located inside Hidden Talents Ceramic Studio, next to Rita’s Ice)

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Thanks to Lisa 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 game designer? Or maybe just make some good old fashion camp crafts? Well, this summer you can! When you come explore, create and get a little messy at March Art Studios!” There are nine (9) unique themed camps offered this summer, 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 operating June 25 through August 20. Choose from an AM (9 a.m.-12 p.m.) or full-day (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) session with extended hours available upon request. Cost for AM sessions are $180/camper per session before May 15 and $200 thereafter; full-day sessions are $300/camper per session before May 15 and $340 thereafter. Please contact the studio or visit their website for more details and for exact dates of the camps.

***Michele Bloomquist Training Stables***
Summer Horsemanship Camp
Camps held at:
Rancho Rio Verde Riding Club

1000 W. Carson St.
Long Beach, CA
562 505 8455 (Trainer Hayley Bloomquist, text or call)

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Thanks to a mom friend at school for saddling RMT up with the latest camp details over at RRV Riding Club this coming season! From the camp’s flier and Facebook Page: “Learn to ride, handle, and care for horses; leadership and teamwork building; daily activities with barn critters; and much more!” Camps will operate Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. all summer long! Please contact the trainer directly (phone and email above) for program age, date, and enrollment details.

***MMS Dance Studio***
324 Redondo Ave.
Long Beach, CA
562 433 5753

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Thanks to RMT reader Susan for the tap, er, I mean, tip about this camp! There is a wide variety of options for all ages available at Summer at MMS Dance! Go here for camp and class schedule offered from July 10 through August 18. Please contact the studio directly for camp dates, age requirements, pricing, and other enrollment details. Early bird registration for a 20 percent discount offered through May 31 so enroll early!

MOLAA’s Summer Art & Culture Camps
Gabriela Martinez
628 Alamitos Ave.
Long Beach, CA
562 437 1689

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** From their website: “MOLAA’s 2018 Summer Camp explores invention, problem-solving and imagination! Inspired by the Latin American and Latino/a artists featured in El Exploratorio, campers will investigate the intersection of art and innovation. Our bilingual camp is appropriate for campers ages 6–12 and highlights cultural traditions and art-making skills.” Three, one-week sessions will be offered this season: July 9-13; July 16-20; and July 23-27. There are also counselor-in-training programs and volunteer programs for teens ages 14-17. Pricing for each program depends on track(s) and date(s)/time(s) (museum members also in seasons’ past have received a 20 percent discount), and scholarships may also be available. Please contact the museum directly to register or for more information on program themes, tracks, and pricing (including scholarship information).

***Moonwater Farm Camp***
Farm/camp located at:
544 W. Raymond Street
Compton, CA 90220
(310) 678-6186

***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2018!!!*** Thanks to Kathleen for reaching out this season with this farm-fresh opportunity for local youth! From their website: “Youth learn urban agriculture and art in a hands-on setting with activities that explore: goats, cooking, equine science, art, farming, and drumming. The week culminates in an exploration of LA’s best nature parks. Youth explore the natural world around them, question where their food comes from and consider what they put in their bodies. Working with animals is a unique learning experience and leads to new confidence and new friends. Professional artists and chefs guide them to acquire new skills that spark imagination and creativity.” Day camp is offered for ages 8-14 in five week-long sessions June 25 through August 3 (check website for weeks in operation), Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $295/session per camper (additional registration fees or discounts may apply; need-based scholarships also available, see this form for more details). Go here to register.

Musical Theatre West
Summer Youth Conservatory 2018
Ted Watts, MTW Education and Outreach Director
562/856 1999 x232

***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2018!!!*** Start checking those backpacks, RMT’ers… the first summer camp flier has come home already (early March!)! From their flier: “Top-notch training from nationally recognized musical theatre professionals. Classes and workshops with focus on rehearsal and audition techniques, musical theatre song interpretation, and training in musical theatre vocal and dance techniques. Camp will culminate in a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Musical Theatre West Summer Youth Conservatory 2018 will run for a three-week session from July 9-29, 9 a.m.-12 Noon (ages 8-12) and 1-5 p.m. (ages 13-18), at a cost of $425 per camper. For more details or to register, please contact Ted Watts (info above in header) or register here.

***On Stage Music Academy***
2221 Palo Verde Ave., 2nd Flr., Ste. H
Long Beach, CA 90815

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Thanks to the staff at On Stage Music Academy for contacting me about their summer programs! Camps for 2018 will be offered in three themes: Musical Theatre (for ages 7-14, held in week-long sessions the weeks of June 18, July 9, July 23, and August 13); Pop & Rock (for ages 7-14, held in week-long sessions the weeks of June 25 and July 30); and Kids Music Tour (for ages 5-10, held in week-long sessions the weeks of July 16 and August 20). Please see website for more details on themes. Schedule for all camps will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 Noon. Cost for all camps is $200/camper per week (discount notice – the first 4 students to enroll only pays $150 per week plus a one-time $30 registration fee for each camper!). Go here to enroll or for more information please contact the camp directly.

***One on One Basketball, Inc.***
Contact: Ryan Axford – Regional Director
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 91854
Long Beach, CA 90809
760-802-0807; 562 822 7525;

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** One-on-One is back in the Long Beach area with a slam-dunk offering of basketball camps for Summer 2018! All campers receive a t-shirt as well as daily contests, awards, and prizes, including an “All-Star Weekend” Skill Competition on the Friday of camp. Six week-long sessions of Basketball Camps run from June 18 through August 10 (no camp session week of July 4 holiday) at McGaugh Elementary in Seal Beach (address and map available on website). Camps are for boys and girls ages 5-13, and hours of each session are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a cost per session of $227/camper (half-day hours 9 a.m. to Noon also available, please contact camp for more info and pricing). An “End of the Summer Hoops Camp” additionally operates August 20-24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a cost of $220/camper. (NOTE: End of the Summer Hoops located at the Bethany Lutheran School, address on website). To register for either of these camps along with other camps offered in other LA-OC areas, please go here.

Outbreak Soccer Centers
2953 Obispo Ave.
Signal Hill, CA 90755
562 595 1999

***2018 INFO COMING SOON!!!*** 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! In 2017, camps were offered for ages 7-13 at the Signal Hill location as one-week sessions in July and August, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12 Noon, at a cost of $140/player per session. For more information please contact the center, or you can enroll online. (2018 details pending as of 3/26/18, but we have been in touch with this camp recently and they plan to post details for the coming summer soon!)

Power of One
3821 Long Beach Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90807
562 997 2987
Ask for Mrs. Tara Van Deusen when calling, or email:
4732 E PCH
Long Beach, CA 90804
562 494 7500

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Remember how I always say check those backpacks? Well today (March 19) the Power of One flier came home for Summer 2018 (as of this date, website does not appear to be updated for 2018 season)! There will be seven, week-long sessions available for students and non-students ages 5+ at this martial arts studio from June 18 through August 17 (no camp week of July 2 or July 30) at both locations listed above, with each week boasting its own special theme (contact camp for more information). Camps run Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or Mon.-Weds.-Fri., 9 a.m. to Noon. Cost varies depending on how many weeks campers attended, with family rates available (pre/post care also available for additional fees). Early Bird Price: Register before April 1 and pay NO registration fees and receive FREE camp T-shirt; Early Bird Price is $169/week/camper (regular $200/week/camper)! Please contact the studio for all other enrollment details.

Ronald Palmer Summer Academic / Basketball Camp
Camp in 2018 Located at:
Long Beach Poly HS
1600 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach
562 477 2976

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** The Ron Palmer Summer Basketball and Academic Camp is back this season for one week only from Tuesday July 31 through Friday August 3 for boys and girls ages 8 to 15. The cost of the Camp is $125/child. Daily math and language arts tutoring along with daily lunch and snacks are included. Also official camp T-shirts and school supplies will be given to all enrolled campers! Call the camp directly for more information.

***Rose Writers Youth Writers Camp***
Camps in 2018 Located at:
4915 N. Viking Way
Long Beach, CA 90808
562 882-2183

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Thanks to Desiree for contacting RMT last season about this great outlet for young writers-in-training! This season, they are offering two different Summer Writers’ Camps for Grades 7 and up, where kids will have fun creating new stories and learning about craft in not-like-school workshops. “Creative Writing” will be offered June 25 to 28, 10-11:45 a.m. or July 9 to 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; either session costs $140/camper. “Write Your Novel” will be offered over one eight-day session July 9 to 19, Monday through Thursday, from 2-3:45 p.m. at a cost of $240/camper. All sessions are limited to 10 writers maximum. Registration is open now. Please contact the camp for more details and to register.

Rossmoor Park Summer Camp
The Youth Center
10909 Oak St.
Los Alamitos, CA
562 493 4043

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** From their website: “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!” Ten (10) week-long sessions operate Monday through Friday from June 18 through August 7 (holidays excepted; also note final week of camp only Monday August 6 and Tuesday August 7), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., for ages 5-12 (extended care available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at an extra charge). Cost can vary depending on week(s) enrolled, extended care, field trips added, etc. Please go here to see pricing by session including special field trip options available and to register online or you may contact the center directly for more information. Additionally there will be a Parent Orientation Night on Tues. June 12 from 6-7 p.m. at The Youth Center (address above) before camps begins for Summer 2018.

Rugby Challenger Sports
For More Information, Please Contact: Kieron Brimacombe
866 757 9561 or

***ON HIATUS FOR 2018*** Unfortunately per the camp contact above, there will not be a Rugby Camp in the Long Beach (CA) area in 2018.

Sand and Sea Beach Camps
310 940 7166

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** From this year’s flier and their website: “Sand & Sea Camps combine volleyball and other team-based beach games with fun water activities like bodyboarding and surfing. Activities are customized for three distinct age groups (5-8, 9-12, 13-16) and are conducted by our thoroughly trained and highly experienced staff. It’s a fantastic way to get outside for a fun, active and healthy day while making a few new friends in the process.” Camps are for boys and girls ages 5-16 and operated at various locations throughout Southern California (including a Long Beach location) June through August, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–12 Noon and/or Noon–3 p.m. Cost varies by location, see website for details and to register. (NOTE: Some links still not active for 2018, please contact the camp to register or with questions if needed.)

Sandie Mercer Ranch
Camps and Classes Held at:
Lakewood Equestrian Center
11369 E. Carson St.
Lakewood, CA 90715
562 425 1905

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** From their Facebook page: “Summer camps starting July thru Sept Mon-Fri 9-2 Riding lessons 2 times a day and learning all there is to know to get started or continue with horses. $400 per session. Discounts available.” Please contact the stable for more details or to enroll.

spcaLA’s Friends for Life Camp – Long Beach
Camp located at:
PD Pitchford Companion Animal Village and Education Center
7700 E Spring St.
Long Beach, CA
(562) 216 2545

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Registration opens April 16 at 10 a.m.! From their website: “spcaLA’s Friends for Life Summer Camp™ is a week-long day camp designed for 8-17 year olds (kids must be age 8 prior the start of their session, no exceptions). 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) participate in animal-related games, activities and crafts. They also learn the basics of animal handling and dog training, plus much more. Older campers (11–13) also participate in animal-related crafts and activities, see dog training demos, and learn obedience and agility training with shelter dogs. Counselors-in-Training (CITs), for 14-17 year olds, explore animal-related careers, participate in more advanced dog training, assist with the care of our shelter pets, and develop leadership skills as they guide younger campers through various camp activities.” There will be eight (8) week-long sessions from June 18 through August 24 (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$250 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 2018!!!*** 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 3-17 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.

Sewing Lab Los Alamitos
4215 Katella Avenue (by Noel Street)
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
657 465 5499

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Thanks to RMT reader Tina for the email about this not just “sew-sew” program! There will be two camps operating this season for boys and girls ages 8-18 (minimum age requirement 2nd Grade and Up). At “Sewing Camp”, beginners will learn how to safely use a sewing machine and create projects such as PJs, skirt, and a shirt; more advanced students (and students in their 2nd and 3rd camps) will sew summer dresses, beach bags, and other fun summer projects. These part-day camps will operate over nine week-long sessions (weeks of June 11-15, 18-22, & 25-29; July 16-20; July 30-Aug. 3; August 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, & 27-31; camp not in session during week of July 4) with two part-time sessions available daily 9 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; cost for each session is just $212/camper per session (includes all materials).
A new full-day camp, “Full-Day Design Camp,” will operate in two week-long sessions offered July 9-13 and 23-27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Design Camp will focus on crafts such as mood boards and creating a collection for a fashion show; cost for full-day session is $550/camper per session (includes all materials).
To register for any of these camps, please go here or see website for full schedule and camp offerings.

Sewing with Jane Summer Camp
6243 E. 5th St.
Long Beach, CA
562 260 5888

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Weekly classes and summer camps will be offered this season, Monday through Friday, June 18 through July 20 (no camp week of July 4 holiday) with morning (10 a.m. to Noon) or afternoon (1 to 3 p.m.) sessions available. Hand sewing for ages 6-and-up offered the weeks of June 18, July 9, and July 23; machine sewing for ages 9-and-up or “Ms. Jane’s OK” (machines provided) offered weeks of June 25 and July 16. Hand sewers complete craft projects such as a purse, mobile, or chick plush depending on session; machine sewers complete simple clothing or crafts, including a beach bag/towel combo or up-cycling used clothing session-depending. All class sessions $110/camper per session if registered and paid by May 1; price increases to $120/camper per session after May 1. Please contact Ms. Jane directly for program availability and enrollment details (Facebook Group page linked above includes flier images with all session dates and theme details; no other website information available).

Shakespeare by the Sea’s Summer Shakespeare
Little Fish Theatre
777 Centre St.
San Pedro, CA 90731
Contact: Whitney Cicero, 415 298 5282;

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Shakespeare by the Sea hath returned this season and this time they shalt bring forth not just one but TWO camps! Both camps this summer are for kids ages 8 – 18. The first session is a two-week camp July 16 through July 27, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; cost for this session is $800/camper. Students take part in scene study, monologues, and Shakespeare history, and the session ends with a free performance Sun. July 29 at 11 a.m. The second session is a one-week camp July 30 through August 3, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; cost for this session is $400/camper. For this session, students will put on a short version of Merry Wives of Windsor with a final free performance the final day of the camp session Fri. Aug. 3 at 4 p.m. All rehearsals held at Little Fish Theatre (address above). For more information, including camp requirements for the week and registration links, please go here.

Signal Hill Community Services
Youth and Teen Services
Signal Hill Youth Center:
1780 E. Hill Street
Signal Hill, CA 90755
(562) 989-7329

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Two summer camps will run this season. First, there’s Itty Bitty Day Camp for Ages 3-6, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to Noon, at the Discovery Well Park Community Center (2200 Temple Ave). The other program offered is the ARC Summer Day Camp for kids ages 6-11, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Signal Hill Park Youth Center (1780 E. Hill Street). There will also be two Tween Summer Camp Programs available for Grades 6-8 (see website for details). Please contact the city offices directly for program questions, pricing, availability, and enrollment details.

***Silver Gan Israel Day Camp***
Located at: Hebrew Academy
14401 Willow Lane
Huntington Beach, CA
949 381 5610

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Find out what’s new in 2018 at Silver Gan Israel Day Camps! Programs for this summer will be for children ages 2-15 and will operate for nine weeks from June 25 through August 24, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (extended care was available from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Pricing varies; schedule, including discount information, can be found here; scholarship application here. Please contact the camp directly (phone number or email above) for more details; register online here. Special thanks to RMT’er Nicole for sharing this camp with us!

Sinjin Smith’s Beach Volleyball Camps
310 940 7166

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Another new camp find last year from a Friday flier from school! From their website: “Legendary beach volleyball players Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos started Beach Volleyball Camps in 2003 to help boys and girls of all ability levels learn to play their favorite sport in a fun and safe environment. Today, the concept is flourishing with camps taking place all summer long in 13 beach communities dotting the beautiful Southern California coastline. Our flexible programming makes it easy to sign up whether you’re looking for a month, week or just a day of fun and instruction.” Camps are for boys and girls ages 7-15 and operate at various locations throughout Southern California (including a Long Beach location) June 11 through August 31, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost varies by location and enrollment length, see website for details and to register.

Contact Adam Cohen at:
562.343.1095 or 714.313.8787

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** 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 6-13). 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.

Southern California Dance Theatre
4410 Greenmeadow Rd.
Long Beach, CA 90808
562 496 1766 (studio)
562 397 2137 (Paula Vreulink, Director)

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Another new find thanks to the Lowell Summer Camps Fair last season! According to their email update this year, there will be two 2018 dance camps. The first dance camp is the Big & Spectacular Dance Variety Show, which runs from June 18 to July 13 and is for dancers ages up to age 14. Each week, SCDA will create a mini musical theater with singing, dancing, costuming, and set creations. The camp is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (before and after care is available at no charge for dancers older than age 6). The second workshop is a Paquita Intensive, which runs from July 16-27. This is a workshop for intermediate to advanced dancers ages 10+ and features dances from the famous ballet Paquita. 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. DISCOUNT ALERT: New dancers receive a $10 discount on camp when mentioning the “Real Mom Time” blog! For more information about any of the SCDT camps or classes, or to enroll, please contact the studio directly.

Southern California Tennis Academy
Camps held at:
Eldorado Park Tennis Center
2800 N. Studebaker Road
Long Beach, CA 90815
562 704 2241 or

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Thanks again to the flood of Friday Fliers coming home from school (and who says that?!), because that is where I learned about this camp for the first time last summer (2017). From their website: “Learn the proper stroke fundamentals and footwork patterns; practice with a purpose using SC Academy teaching methods; preparation for eventual tournament and competitive play; highest quality of instructors; daily points to earn free prizes and weekly tournament match play!” Camps are for Beginners to Intermediate juniors ages 5-14, and dates of operation will be held in week-long sessions from June 18 through August 24, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to Noon. Cost is $190/camper per week or $50/camper per day; 10 sessions bundle available for $350 and 20 sessions bundle available for $600 (bundles must be used summer 2018); other discounts available include three weeks or more for 15 percent off and family discounts of 10 percent off second child and 15 percent off third child. For more details please go to their website; click here to register.

***Summer Adventures at Rancho Los Cerritos***
4600 Virginia Rd.
Long Beach, CA

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Now entering its 12th year of summer camps, Rancho Los Cerritos offers programs for kids entering Grades 1-8! There are three week-long sessions offered for Summer Adventures Day Camp (ages 6 to 10): Vaquero Adventures (July 16-20), Old Time Adventures (July 23-27), and Adobe Adventures (July 30-Aug 3). All Summer Adventure Day Camps times are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at a cost of $130 per session per camper (click theme link above to register).
For kids ages 11-13 there’s Unplugged Camp, a STEAM-focused day camp for pre-teens. Unplugged Camp is one week only, Monday through Friday, August 6 to 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at a cost of $160 per camper; register here for Unplugged Camp. Save 10 percent on any camp when you register by April 30 with code SAVE10! A few of T’s friends have attended this camp in summers past and they LOVED IT! Please contact the Rancho for other enrollment details or sign up here for their email list!

***Summer ArtExperience***
Camps Located at:
The Art Exchange
356 E. 3rd Street
Long Beach, CA 90802

***ON HIATUS FOR 2018*** Per an email (notice received 4/3/2018), the Able ARTS Work Camps will not be operating Summer 2018.

***Summer with Westerly School***
2950 E. 29th St.
Long Beach, CA
562 981 3151 (ask for Pedro Jimenez, Summer Program Director)

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Information for Summer 2018 is online now! Three sessions are being offered this summer for Grades K-5 and four sessions for Grades 6-8 for a complete Six Weeks of summer fun – 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 25–July 6; Session 2 July 9–July 20; and Session 3 July 23–August 3. Grade K-5 camps operate: Full-Day 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ($450/camper per session); Half-Day Enrichment Only Program 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. ($350/camper per session); or Half-Day Afternoon Wildcat Program Only 12:15-3:30 p.m. ($125/camper per session).
Grade 6-8 sessions are: Session 1 June 25-29 (one week, $200/camper); Session 2 July 2-13 (two weeks, $400/camper); Session 3 July 16-20 (one week, $200/camper); and Session 4 July 23-August 3 (two weeks, $400/camper). Grade 6-8 camps operate 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (afternoons optional, ask camp for details).
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 Young Americans singing, dancing, acting, and performance camp (more information on this camp also available in a dedicated entry down the list)! Great seeing you at the 2017 Lowell Summer Camp Fair also!

Tallship American Pride
Operated by: Children’s Maritime Foundation
Berth 73, Suite 2
San Pedro, CA 90731
(562) 758-7525

***CAMP NO LONGER IN OPERATION AS OF 2018*** Unfortunately it appears Tallship American Pride and their summer camp program has gone out of business. I have an inquiry into someone that may know more about other on-the-water camps for local youth; if I learn more I will add those to the list soon.

TetraBrazil Soccer Camps, Challenger Sports
Camps Located at:
Wardlow Park (Baseball Field)
3457 Stanbridge Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90808
Contact: Kieron Brimacombe
866 757 9561 or
562 570 3100 (City of Long Beach Parks and Rec)

***ON HIATUS FOR 2018*** Per the Camp Organizer (notice received April 2018), this camp will not be operating in the Long Beach area for Summer 2018.

***The Art Studio***
6450 Westminster Blvd
Westminster, California 92683
714-899-6001 or 714-458-2800

***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2018!!!*** Thanks to a RMT’er for leaving a comment on the blog about this art camp located just a few miles from Long Beach! From their post: “Television, computer games, or ‘I’m bored’ is not an option at The Art Studio Summer Art Camp. Instead, enrich your child’s summer break with creativity, fun, and friends. Each student works on his or her individual oil painting or sculpture for a Friday art show.” There are 10 week-long sessions from June 18 through August 24, each Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Camps are all for ages 7-17 and each session costs $275/week per camper (supplies included). There are also camp opportunities for adults as well, see website for details. To enroll in a specific session or for more details, please contact the camp directly or enroll here.

The Daydreamers Academy
Camps held at:
The Art Expo
4321 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach, CA
562 58-GO ART

***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2018!!!*** As I’ve mentioned before, I like to support those who support my child’s school, and that means promoting the org’s that offer after school programs on campus! The Daydreamers Academy started offering programs for the first time last school year, and it has been an instantly popular program with families and students! There will be two different camps offered this season at Expo Arts Center in Long Beach by The Daydreamers Academy. The first is “The KABOOM! Animation Workshop,” a program where campers will use various mediums to design their own cartoon characters and bring them to life using their voices and Motion Capture Animation, the end-result being their own animated short film! Two sessions of KABOOM! will run this season, July 23-27 and August 6-10; each session runs from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at a cost of $250/camper per session. The second camp is “YouTube Production Academy,” where campers will produce their own unique YouTube show from concept to upload! There will be three week-long sessions of this camp, July 9-13, July 23-27, and August 13-17; each session runs from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at a cost of $250/camper per session. The Daydreamers Academy will also run a third week-long camp out of TKTC called “The One-Stop Movie Production Workshop” from June 25-29, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at a cost of $250/camper. For more information and to register for any of the three camps mentioned above, please go here.

TopSail Youth Program
Berth 73, Suite 2
San Pedro, CA 90731
Ships docked at: Berth 78, San Pedro, CA

***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2018!!!*** Thanks to my never being afraid to ask questions (even of perfect strangers on the interwebs), I just found out about this camp as I was investigating another that is no longer in operation. From their website: “The TopSail Youth Program is an education and adventure experience aboard a tall ship consisting of day sails, voyages, or both. Skills gained include team-building, problem-solving, decision-making, planning, self-reliance and leadership.  The program is offered aboard our twin brigantines, the Exy Johnson and Irving Johnson, traditionally rigged 110-foot vessels and the Official Tall Ships of the City of Los Angeles.” Read more about the TopSail Youth Program here; for more information on summer-specific programs contact Noah Kalb.

Wise Art Studio
Long Beach, CA (Park Estates neighborhood)
Contact: Kristin Moro Wise (Owner/Artist)
714 553 2240

***ON HIATUS FOR 2018*** Per the owner-operator (notice received 5/2/18), this camp is not operating during Summer 2018. However, Wise Art continues to offer programming and classes for adults; please contact the organization directly for more information.

Xtend Barre Seal Beach (Dance Camp)
308 Main Street
Seal Beach, CA 90740

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** 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, the studio will host a week-long session of Princesses and Pirates Camp as a positive introduction to dance in a non-competitive environment. The classes will explore the joy of movement while improving balance and gross motor skills. Children will participate in developmentally appropriate Dance and Art classes each day, all while gaining confidence and making new friends. Camp is for boys and girls ages 3-5 and will be held July 9-13, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a cost of $160/camper, plus a $20 material fee payable on the first day of the camp. On the Friday of the camp, family and friends are invited to an informal performance at 12:30 p.m. to round out the week! As an added bonus, parents of campers will receive a FREE week of fitness classes at the studio! For more information about the studio, other classes, or to enroll your child in summer camp, go here.

The Young Americans Summer Camp
Camp located at:
Westerly School
2950 E. 29th St.
Long Beach, CA
562 981 3151 (Westerly Office)

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** The Young Americans are coming to Long Beach, CA this summer! From their website: “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, and lighting. Participants are divided into three age groups to learn age-specific 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 Tuesday June 19 through Saturday June 23, 9 a.m.-to 5 p.m.; the show camp date is Saturday June 23, 12:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Camp cost is only $219/camper for the five-day session, which includes a camp T-shirt; see website for discounts and scholarship information. 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 during past summers (2013-17), RMT’ers? Then check out these next few camps!

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

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** 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, the 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 it’s 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.” Camps are for ages 6-13 and are held as seven week-long sessions Monday through Friday from June 18 through August 10 (no camp week of July 4 holiday) at a cost of $195. If you have any questions or to register please go to their website or contact Geno DeAngelis (info above).

Shared Science
Address inquiries, enrollment, and payments to:
5318 E. 2nd Street, #602
Long Beach, CA 90803
562 522 0595

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Shared Science will offer several different week-long sessions of summer day camp all part-day in length (locations TBD in Long Beach!). Campers gain knowledge and experience in various engineering and robotics sciences through the construction of LEGOs and other materials. Engineering and Robotics programs are offered for kids starting First Grade and up, and Maker Programming camps are available for older kids entering 4th Grade and up (age minimums are as of Fall 2018). I think if you follow the blog at all, it’s obvious why we’ve enrolled in these camps year after year (that and it was by far the most reasonably priced camp involving LEGO for when T was a younger age!). You can read about one of our previous camp experiences with Shared Science here. Review the Shared Science 2018 summer camp offerings and register online here. Thanks again to Miss Michelle and Mr. E for a great week filled with learning and fun times! (Location for most camps still pending as of 4-23-18).

Tom Hicks Baseball Camps
Camps Located at:
Heartwell Park
(Corner of Palo Verde and Carson)
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 15963
Long Beach, CA 90815-0963

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Touted on its flier as “The best camp at the best price,” Tom Hicks Baseball Camps are back for their 29th year in 2018! 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. We enrolled that summer and have each season since! 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 for all skill levels are for boys and girls ages 5-14 are five separate 5-day/ week-long sessions 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the 2018 dates are as follows: June 25-June 29; July 9-13; July 16-20; July 23-27; and July 30-August 3. Camps are operated by experienced, professional coaches with excellent student-teacher ratios. Costs are: $130 for a five-day session, which includes 30 hours of instruction time (early bird registration rate of $125 if you register and is postmarked 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. PS – Read all about our awesome and amazing experience at Tom Hicks Baseball Camps 2015 here.

VPTA Summer Camp
Billie Jean King Tennis Center
1040 Park Ave.
Long Beach, CA
(562) 266-8882

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** T loved taking tennis lessons through Long Beach Parks and Rec a few summers ago, and he last summer he tried this camp for the first time and “LOVE”d it! From their website: “The most important highlight of Valter Paiva Spring Break Tennis Camp is that the kids HAVE LOTS OF FUN while DISCOVERING AND ENJOYING THE GAME OF TENNIS. THE SPORT OF A LIFE TIME!” Camps will operate in 10 week-long sessions for all levels, beginner to advanced, ages 5-18 this season from June 18 through Friday August 24, Monday through Friday. Full-day camp day length is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; half-day camps are offered as AM or PM options, either 9:00 a.m. to Noon or 1-4 p.m.; daily drop-ins accepted also (check website for how to drop-in). Cost varies depending on session enrollment; discounts up to 20 percent also available (see website for details). To register please go here.

Wardlow Park “Pee Wee” Day Camp
(via Long Beach Parks, Recreation, and Marine)
3457 Stanbridge Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90808
562 570 1705

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Go here for 10 weeks of day camp from June 18 through August 24 for ages 5-8. Cost is $105 per week (DEAL ALERT – RMT’ers, this price has not changed for FIVE YEARS!), and sessions are weekly, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-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 mid-day trip to the municipal swimming pool to an all-day trip to a local amusement park! 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, again, price hasn’t increased in YEARS!). 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: 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.



19 responses to “LB AREA SUMMER CAMPS ’18!

    • Hmm… my guess is one has to do with appreciation of the types of music, and the other has to do with the different approaches to how certain types of music comes to be made, instruments used, etc. However, it’s probably best to phone Jammin’ Music (if that’s the location of these two courses) and ask to speak with Mr. Geoffrey. He should be able to better answer your question than I can (he’s the owner and instructor of most of the courses there). Good luck and let me know the answer, too! Thanks for reading and have fun picking your summer camps!

  1. This is a fantastic post, thank you so much. I was in a pinch to find a camp for my daughter next week and found one using your site. I thought I knew most of them but there are some new ones here I hadn’t heard of.
    Some other additions that my two kids have done:
    Long Beach Shakespeare Company summer camp-in Bixby Knolls
    American Gymnastics Academy-Signal Hill
    The Dance Company-Lakewood Village

    • Thanks for your kind feedback (and the follow)! If you don’t mind sharing and giving a shout-out to the organization, what camp worked out for you guys? I will be sure to add your other recommendations to the list next year as well (and to think we are at AGA for weekly classes – oops for overlooking that one!). Have a wonderful rest of the summer!

  2. Thank you for this post. We spent last summer in Long Beach and I couldn’t get into most camps because we got there too late. This summer I’ll be prepared!

  3. This is a great website!!! Thank you!! I am looking through my phone so you may already have this but one suggestion would be to categorize camps by age groups. (Pre-k, grade school, middle). Again thank you!

  4. Thanks so much for the list! One group of camps you might want to add to the list are the YMCA day camps. There’s a few locations close to LB

    Not sure if it’d be easy to do, but one thing that might be useful to myself and others is if the camps are separated by partial day and full day. A lot of camps are only 3 hours, but if you’re a parent looking for childcare while you’re at work, full day is usually neededd. Just a thought 🙂

    Thanks again!

    • Thanks for your recommendation and additional suggestions! Definitely will consider all for next year for sure if I have some more time. 🙂 Good luck choosing camps for your kiddo(s) this season!

  5. This was the best list I have yet to find thank you. Is there such a thing as free summer camp for an eleven year old girl?

    • YES! Believe it or not, Long Beach Parks Rec and Marine offers “Summer Fun Days” camps at many parks around Long Beach. We have participated at Wardlow Park in the past, and their program is for ages 5-12 and the hours have been 10a-4p (no early-late care; camps usually are non-custodial also). For more information at Wardow Park you may call their rec center directly at 562 570 1706 and ask for Rhiannon – let them know Kristen referred you! 🙂 Happy Summer!

  6. Thank you for this list! Discovered it last spring when we began searching for “fun things for the kiddos to do over Summer while the parents have to work.” We ended up trying the Los Alamitos Youth Center last Summer and my girls, now 9 and 10, loved it and asked to go back this year. Great Camp and cannot beat the price! This year we are also adding the Groundlings recommended here as well. We have also tried the Girl Scout Camps with some of their friends and found them to be very good as well. Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles at El Ranchito near Lakewood and also Marine Landing which has swimming every day! Thanks again!

    • I am glad the list helped you 🙂 There are a handful of local camps I don’t generally advertise for due to their already immense popularity and tendency to sell out very early on in the season (Scouts falls into that category). I am still working on my list and doing one final pass in the next few weeks so please pass along any other suggestions you might think of!

  7. A Journey to Brazil Summer Camp 2018 for ages 5-10, in Torrance/Lomita, CA.

    Session I: JULY 30 – AUG 3 &/or
    Session II: AUG 3 – AUG 7

    Our unique cultural summer camp will immerse campers into the arts, culture, language, music and national sports of Brazil!

    Each day, kids will create new works of arts, learn about and play Brazilian percussion instruments and rhythms, enjoy interactive Portuguese language lessons, and get moving with soccer and capoeira — a Brazilian martial-art. On the last day of camp, kids showcase all they have created at a culminating performance for family and friends.

    Fill out your camp registration here:



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