Here is a list of around 100 Summer Camps (mostly Day and Weekly Programs) that typically 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 been helpful over the years for family and friends. I leave it here as a permanent resource, but no longer actively maintain the list’s details (but will add new listings if you email below and follow existing formatting!). Prospective campers, please contact all businesses directly for seasonal operational details. Thanks for all of your support over the years! – KP/RMT

Summer is coming - search here for camps offered in and around Long Beach, CA for 2019!CAMP DIRECTORS/OWNERS: Did you just find this page and either want to update your posting or wish for your organization be listed in this year’s campy mix? If so I don’t blame you… just Google “Summer Camps Long Beach” and you’ll see how this page has become a top summer activity resource for Long Beach (CA) families for the past EIGHT YEARS! Please drop me a line at with the details for me to create your listing, following existing format of the list below. Listing 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. Thanks for your support!

DISCLAIMER: The information listed herein is subject to change. Please contact camps/businesses directly for all seasonal dates and details. 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 website is provided as an informational resource 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 typically operate from mid-June 18 through late-August (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 CampsLong Beach Parks, Recreation, and Marine (CA) offer a number of summer camp programs and camps for all ages - kids, tweens, and teens!
(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
Per a staffer with LB Parks-Rec-Marine, PlaywellTek camps are Lego-based programs with an emphasis on science and engineering. For more info on PlaywellTek Camps for kids/tweens/teens 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 (2018): “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 (kids/tweens) 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 typically operates from late-June through mid-August, 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 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

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, including tweens and teens, ages 5-13 and entering grades K-8 in the fall. There are typically wo four-week sessions: The first session is mid-June through mid-July (no camp July 4); the second session typically operates from mid-July through mid-August. Both sessions run Monday-Friday, 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m. For questions and for more information, including pricing, please consult the camp directly at link above. 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

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 mid-June through mid-July (no camp July 4); Session Two is mid-July through mid-August. Days and times for each four-week session are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12 Noon. Various academic subjects covered across K-8th grade-level programs. Please note: Enrollment for Academic Enrichment Camp does not guarantee a spot in 49er Camp (or vice-versa). Please consult link above for more information, including pricing, 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

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 7-14 (kids, tweens, teens), and the two week-long sessions offered typically operate mid-June and mid-July, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (with optional extended hours of 1-3:30 p.m.). Also please note that the Friday of each session usually offers a performance for the adults at 12:15 p.m. and camp will end at 1pm. Cost for either session is $235/camper ($345 with extended camp hours); siblings each $180 ($265 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 exact pricing and other details (prices posted here are 2019 rates). 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 enrollment, please consult link above for more information or 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)

Per the organization (notice received 5/2/18), this camp did not operate during Summer 2018 and no info offered in 2019.

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

Camp Komaroff provides a variety of programs for children, tweens, and teens from Grades 1-9 and programs offered from mid-June through mid-August. Please contact the center for program details, including themes, ages, dates, times, extended care arrangements, and pricing (all varies depending on Grade level). Register NOW!

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

Five week-long programs typically offered for toddlers, kids, tweens, and teens ages 3-16 in various themes. Full-day camps operate Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; half-day camps operate Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 Noon. According to their website, “Each camp includes games, themed crafts and activities, daily snack, and LOTS of GYMNASTICS!” Please contact the gym directly for more information; register here.

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

Thanks to T’s music teachers 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! Overnight camps are offered for tweens and teens from mid-June through mid-August 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.

A very clear photo taken by my friend's six-year-old daughter at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA
562 590 3100 x 0

The aquarium has always been 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 mid-June through late-August. 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.

ART SMART studio for kids (and adults)
As of 2018, located in the Carroll Park area at:
2325 E 3rd St.
Long Beach, CA 90814
562 439 4777

***FYI BUSINESS MAY BE CLOSED*** Week-long summer camps typically have operated past summers from mid-June through late-August in a wide variety of themes. Please contact the camp directly for this summer’s programs, cost, ages, dates, and other registration details. (No 2019 info as of 4-28-2019; in fact, I am having some trouble verifying if they are still in business at this time).

***ArteLuta Capoeira Academy***
24100 Narbonne Ave., #107
Lomita, CA 90717
310 947-4015

Welcome to ArteLuta’s “A Journey to Brazil” Summer Camp for 2019! From their email: “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.” There were two week-long sessions of camp offered in past summers for kids and tweens ages 5-10; one session ran late-June and the other mid-July, and each operated 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For cost and other details about this camp, please check out their website. Go here to register today!

Averyboo Arts
3908 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90807

(562) 912-4800

Several creative opportunities await kids/tweens/teens ages 7-13 at this Bixby Knolls art studio. Camps typically operate from early July through early August in one-week, half-day enrollment sessions either 9 a.m.-12 Noon or 1-4 p.m. Discounts also available. BYO lunch. For more information as for camp themes, schedules, pricing, and exact age requirements per camp session – or to enroll – please go to their website.

Bolsa Chica Conservancy
3842 Warner Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
(714) 846-1114

While not a summer camp per se, Bolsa Chica Conservancy typically offers internships for teens. From their website: “Bolsa Chica offers two types of internship sessions: (1) a long-term fall and spring session and (2) an intensive summer session. Both sessions require a minimum of hours of commitment. Session 1, long-term internships require 480 hours. Session 2, summer internships require 240 hours. Internships are not paid but exceptional interns will be offered letters of recommendation upon completion of the hour commitment. Long-term internships run from September 1st to June 30th. Intensive summer internships run from May 1st to September 30th.” To inquire, complete the online form here. To apply send a copy of your résumé along with the completed internship application here. Resumes and applications should be sent to Abbey Messmer (email in header above).

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

From their website: “Junior Wetland Explorers will learn about habitats, wetlands, watersheds, ecosystem components, food webs, and recycling through guided hikes of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, hands-on science labs, STEM-based activities and crafts, and supplemental education videos. Every day brings new discoveries on the trail, and Junior Wetland Explorers will record all their findings in their wetland science journal.” Camp typically offered for students (kids and tweens) entering Grades K-7 in two different week-long sessions (M-F): Camp for Grades K-3 one week late June and camp for Grades 4-7 mid-July. Go here for more info; registration forms here.

The "first bounce room" at Bounce U in Huntington Beach, CA.Bounce U of Huntington Beach
5445 Oceanus Drive, #115
Huntington Beach, CA
714 892 4842

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. Call today to sign up your aspiring artist!” Hours each week usually Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (early drop off & late pick up available); inquire with facility about cost, including 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

Per an email update received April 2019, Kidseum/Bowers Museum is suspending Summer Camps for 2019. However, they are continuing the school tours program at Bowers with an art project at Kidseum, as well as the important After School Learning Center. 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

Per the Camp Organizer (notice received April 2019), there was no camp for 2019, but there are plans to reorganize / reopen in future summers. Please reach out to Debra (info above) with questions or other info regarding her programming.

***Broadway Camps for Kids***
Camp Located at:
Emerging Artists Musical Theatre Academy
8125 & 8129 E. Wardlow Rd.
Long Beach, CA 90808
Contact Sonya Henning: 562-546-3119;

Emerging Artists made their “Broadway debut” here on the RMT Camps list in 2019 – big thanks to Sonya for reaching out via email to be listed! From their Summer Camp website: “This week-long camp is all about the stage! Your child will enjoy learning musical theatre skills with a chance to showcase them at the end of the week in a mini-musical performance for family and friends.” Camps typically offered in separate week-long sessions from mid-June through early August (camps not operating all weeks). Camps open to kids and tweens ages 3-12 (session depending), and costs and times vary depending on age group enrolled and week of camp. Extended care also available. Please go online to see all details, including musicals being featured, at this link and register online here.

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

Thanks to the Lowell Summer Camps Fair in seasons past, RMT presents Build It Workspace Camps! From their website: “Explore how science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics are used to create a world of possibility. Learn through hands-on, playful projects from building rockets and drones to game design and robotics. Build It Workspace uses 3D printing, Lego robotics, laser cutting, coding, wood and fiber crafts to challenge the imagination.” Build It Tech Spaces Camps are typically separated into different sessions for kids/tweens ages 5-9 and tweens/teens age 10+, with week-long sessions available from early June through early August (no camp July 4), Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m.-12 Noon (EXTENDED HOURS are available), and cost varies 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

Three sessions of camp typically offered for two-year-olds, preschoolers, and school-aged children from mid-June through mid-August. Campers may enroll for Tu-Th, M-W-F, or Monday-Friday schedule, and day length 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 contact the Children’s Center to enroll or for more information.

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

A wide variety of summer day and overnight camps for boys and girls kids/tweens/teens 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 go to their catalog here. Register 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

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. 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 pricing and other information; a sign-up form is online here.

***Catalina Sea Camp Adventure***
Camp operates under:
Los Angeles Maritime Institute
Berth 73, Suite 2
San Pedro, CA 90731
Tel: 310.833.6055

Welcome to Catalina Sea Camp Adventure – thanks for reaching out to RMT to ask for permission to come aboard the summer camp list in 2019! From their website: “Youth (tweens and teens) 11-17, get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s summer camp aboard Tall Ships is an exciting 5-day, 4-night voyage to Catalina Island. Discover the beautiful Southern California coast in a way that most people never experience. While at sea and on the island, we will explore topics in marine biology, maritime history, island ecology and have some fun with traditional Maritime arts! This is one of the most memorable summer camps in Southern California!” There will be several 5-day, 4-night sessions this summer from late June through late August aboard The American Pride, the Irving Johnson, and Exy Johnson (see website for exact session dates of operation). Bring a sibling or a friend for 10 percent off – check website for all other costs and details, including release, medical, and application forms.

Challenger International Camps, Challenger Sports
Camp Located at:
Wardlow Park
3459 Stanbridge Ave.
Long Beach, CA
Contact: Sean Lines
310-601-8003; 760-442-9315;

Some of you may recognize this organization for having hosted British and TetraBrazil Soccer Camps in past seasons. Now they have combined their playbooks and formed a new approach! From their website: “Challenger Sports, the leading soccer camp company in North America is excited to announce the launch of a brand new, innovative fully integrated soccer camp that will accelerate the learning process of young players! Challenger is combining the most popular elements of their two existing industry-leading camp programs, British Soccer and TetraBrazil, and will integrate them with a collection of the most effective soccer practices used by youth teams around the world.” Camps typically offered for kids/tweens/teens ages 3-16 at Long Beach’s Wardlow Park for two different week-long sessions, Monday through Friday, sometime from June through August. Costs and times vary depending on age group enrolled and full- or half-day programs. Check for exact camp dates and register here.

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

Seven weeks of half-day camps to choose from for children/tweens/teens typically operate from mid June through early August (Note: Camp Kitchen may be closed Week of July 4)! Camps run Monday-Friday (holidays excepted), and times are either 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 all cost, registration, 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)

While the Center hasn’t typically scheduled any formal summer camps in recent summers, they do offer drop-in type events and activities from time to time that are free and open to the public on weekends (suggested donation encouraged). Please check their website for calendar and programming updates.

***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)

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!” Seven (7) week-long sessions for kids/tweens/teens ages 6-13 typically operate from mid-June through late August. All camps Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each day has a 15 minute Snack Break (provided by Clay) and a 30 minute Lunch Break (kids must bring own lunch). To register click here; click the button that says “Online Registration”; and search for “Pottery Summer Camp.” Please contact the camp directly for exact session dates, costs, and other details. Thanks to Eloise for reaching out to the RMT blog to be listed!

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

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 offers an exciting four-week Chinese Language Summer Camp for students from 4th grade through 12th grade. The program consists of Chinese language instruction and related cultural activities. The camp is designed to provide interactive opportunities for children to practice Chinese, develop a good understanding of Chinese culture, and enhance their social skills—all without leaving the country!” Camp typically operates as one four-week session from mid-June through mid-July, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Flat rate cost for entire four-week session. Go here for application to enroll (follow instructions online – including completion of both waiver form and image release form) 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)

In 2017 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 (and tweens) with special needs and disabilities ages 5-12. The camp provides activities in swimming, sports & games, fitness, relaxation, and breathing exercises.” The program typically operates for four weeks mid-June through mid-July, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m.-Noon. Please go to website or contact Dr. Barry Lavay for more details and to register.

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

From their website: “California State University Long Beach, College of Continuing and Professional Education is proud to offer the Summer Reading Skills Program as a community service to families throughout Burbank, Lakewood Village, and on campus. Since 2009, this program has helped students in our community build strong reading skills and develop a deep love of books and reading. The program is designed and taught by the Institute of Reading Development, a nationwide leader in reading skills instruction.” 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

Young Artists’ Camp is for kids, tweens, and teens Ages 9-15/entering Grades 3-8 (no exceptions for younger students due to materials used) and typically is held over one three-week session from late July through mid-August, Monday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. For more information and to register go here. There is also Young Adult Art Studio Camp for teens ages 15+, Grades 9-12, same days and times as the younger camps; 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

From their website: “Young Scientists’ Camp provides an exciting program that brings students, experienced teachers, future teachers and science specialists together for two weeks of hands-on exploration, discovery and fun! This is an academically focused, hands-on science camp program hosted on the California State University Long Beach campus.” CSULB typically offers a variety of camps for kids/tweens/teens Grades 2-12 during a two-week session for its Young Scientists’ Camp Monday-Friday sometime in July, from 8:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Camp themes and age groupings vary, including a special Teen Girls STEM session for Grades 9-12 – check website for those and all other camp details. For more information, including pricing, discounts, and themes, please go here ; 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)

Per the website (last I checked April 7. 2019), this camp may be on a hiatus (no Young Writer’s Camp offered in 2018 or 2019).

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

Thanks to a RMT reader for writing in with this suggestion for the list! There are three programs offered this summer at The Dance Company! The first is a week-long camp for kids and tweens ages 5-10, typically offered in August, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., which features a variety of dance styles and crafts. Another second week-long session is a summer workshop for kids, tweens, and teens ages 8-11, also typically offered in August, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and is geared toward an intermediate/advanced dancer. Finally, there is an advanced workshop for tweens and teens ages 12-18, typically offered late July through early August, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-12 Noon.  Please contact the studio for costs for any of these sessions and for more details or to register.

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

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. In 2018, the organization 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.

***Drama Kids North Orange County***
1198 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste. D-372
Seal Beach, CA 90740

***NEW TO THE LIST IN 2020!*** Express yourself!! Here’s a chance to participate in fun activities that help you think more creatively and learn new acting and confidence-building skills. Campers will be part of plays, improvisations, silent scenes, mini-scripts, hilarious theater games and more. Each week there’s a special theme, and it all culminates in a dramatic presentation for family and friends. Everyone’s getting into the act this summer. Don’t miss out! Opportunities available for 5-11 year olds. For questions regarding camps, including location (camps held at various locations throughout Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Cypress and Huntington Beach, check website for exact details) please call the number above.


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

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!*** Lowell Summer Camps Fair strikes again with an addition to the list in 2017 with Elevation Studios! Two camp sessions are being offered this season: “Dance. Act. Sing.” is a summer performance camp that will run in two week-long sessions, June 17-21 and July 15-19, with one track for kids ages 3-5 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and another for kids and tweens ages 5-12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Extended care available. They also offer a Summer Dance Intensive program (details available on this link). 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)

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!*** Weekly field trips, dance, water fun, and more await campers according to their website! Camps are for kids, tweens, and teens ages 5-14 and will operate Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. First camp starts June 24th! Three different week-long day camps were offered last summer. Please call or email the studio for dates, times, age ranges, costs, and other enrollment details – early bird discounted registration through May 31st! Register online here.

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


***ON HIATUS*** Please note that as of April 2019 RMT has been notified that this camp is on hiatus for Summer 2019. Please contact the Farm for other activities or event info as it may apply.

Game on! T's first flag football game gets off to a crashing-good start!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 2019!!!*** T has participated in the FNL flag football program the past 4 Fall seasons (2015-2018) and had a blast! Camps will operate for three sessions in 2019 Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m.-12 noon: July 16-19; July 23-26; and a special QB/Receivers Camp July 30-August 1. FNL works hard to ensure a 10:1 ratio for all its camps and clinics! For cost and other information and to register, please go to their website.

Frogg’s Bounce House
16121 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA
714 418 0442

We loved Frogg’s when T was younger! While Frogg’s hasn’t offered a summer camp program the last several years, they have offered 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 for more details about their Date Night events or about the facility in general. (No 2019 info as of 4-28-2019)

Galileo Camps: 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 2019!!!*** Another great STEAM-focused find thanks to the Lowell Summer Camps Fair! Galileo offers a wide variety of themed programs for kidsm and tweens Grades pre-K through 8th Grades split into two camp types: Camp Galileo (entering Grades pre-K through 5) and Galileo Summer Quest (entering Grades 6 through 8). Dates for 2019 for Camp Galileo Long Beach location are week-long sessions from June 24 through August 2, 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. Refer a new family to Camp Galileo Long Beach and they save $100, you get $100* to spend. Offer expires 3/15/19. For general camp session pricing (including early bird and other multiple type of discounts offered), specific themes, and other details, or for more information about Galileo Summer Quest for tweens and teens, please go to this link.

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 (2019): “Learn and/or improve your tennis from USPTA certified tennis professional, Richard Nguyen. Private, semi-private, and group lessons available by appointment. Specializing in building solid foundations in technique followed by emphasis on fitness/athleticism. A lifelong athlete who perpetually trains in multiple sports including running, cycling, weightlifting, and yoga in addition to tennis, I believe in a multi-faceted approach to improving one’s game on court.” In past summers 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. Classes can be from 1-4 players; cost depends on number students per class and type of session enrollment. Please contact GRIT to register. (No 2019 info as of 4-28-2019)

***Groundlings Summer Day Camp***
Camps Held at:
St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church
6201 E. Willow St.
Long Beach, CA 90815

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!*** Thanks to the folks at Groundlings for reaching out to the RMT Blog in 2018 about this unique opportunity for local youth, which involves “caring for God’s People, Planet, and Pets”! Camps for kids entering Grades 1–5 will operate in four, week-long, thematic sessions from July 1 through August 2 (see website for specific themes and dates; no camp week of July 8-12), Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Extended care available at extra cost. Please contact the camp directly for all pricing and discount, early bird, or scholarship eligibility.
This summer, in Middle School Crew (MSC), middle school tween- and teenaged campers (Grades 6-8) will have fun in a special program designed just for them! From their website: “The MSC will have fun by participating as a camper throughout the day AND learn valuable skills by choosing 1-2 areas of specialty each week (recreation, crafts, performing arts, or The Grunion Gazette) 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.
To register for any of these camps go here; pay for a camp once registered here.

ICT’s Summer Youth Conservatory 2019
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 2019!!!*** From their website: “Our Summer Youth Conservatory is a great way for kids (tweens, and teens) from 7 to 15 to learn more about theatre! This 4-week-long conservatory features instruction in acting, music, dance and play-writing 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 8 through August 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. *Early Bird Special!* Register before 4/19 for $25 off registration (CODE: SYCBIRDIE)! The 2019 Summer Youth Conservatory participants will be presenting a free performance on August 1, 2019. All are welcome to attend this free performance but reservations are necessary. To enroll, register online here or download the 2019 Conservatory Application here. Please inquire directly with camp for pricing and other special offers (scholarships also available).

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 2019!!!*** 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 kids, tweens, and teens 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 17 through August 2 (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 2019!!!*** Thanks to RMT reader Tina for the tip on this creative camp! Themes offered this summer include Fine Arts and Anime for kids K-3rd Grade, and Anime, Digital Arts, and Animation for tweens and teens 4th Grade and Up. Week-long sessions operate from June 17 to August 9, Monday through Friday (different themes over different weeks); times of sessions and pricing all varies depending on session of enrollment (please consult website for all details). Enroll online now.

Mr. Geoffrey of Jammin' Music drummed up a great a St. Patrick's-themed music class for Coastal Cuties Family Cooperative Wednesday (2012).Jammin’ Music
4228 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach, CA
562 490 0222

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!*** 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, cost, and enrollment information.

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

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!***  From their website: “Come dance, sing, act, craft and perform at Kick It Up’s Summer Camps. Kick It Up’s camps are educational and fun, in a noncompetitive, friendly environment. Once Upon A Dream and Super Dance Heroes Summer Camps are for ages 4 – 8 and Broadway’s Greatest Hits Camp are for ages 7-11.” Day camps for kids ages 4-8 offered in two different week-long sessions, June 24-28 (Prince and Princess Party) and July 8-12 (Superhero Spectaculat), both Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12 Noon. Each camp features a performance on the Friday of the session at 11 a.m. Please visit their website or contact the studio for more details (including costs, early bird pricing has existed in past seasons also) or to register.

Kids Under Construction, Inc.
5520 E. 2nd Street, Suite K
Long Beach, CA 90803
562 999 2KUC (2582)

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!*** 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 2 hours each day Monday-Thursday from 11:30a-1:30p and feature a variety of themed activities that are sure to keep your child’s mind actively engaged and their curiosity peaked. Our afternoon workshops are 2 hours each day Monday-Thursday and include both academic and enrichment workshops. Students will enjoy a mid-workshop snack and bring home something to share with all workshops. The workshops are designed for students enrolling in designated grade levels in the fall, but if you feel that a workshop interests your child, feel free to enroll in a workshop outside of their grade level.” Camps and workshops typically offered on schedules as described above from June through August for kids, tweens, and teens from Grades K-9 week-depending and with times, themes, and subject offerings also varying depending on the week (please check this PDF and their website for full details regarding Grade levels, times, and topics). For more details including costs or to enroll go here; please contact organization directly for more program details or other tutoring offered at the site.

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

***2019 SUMMER INFO COMING SOON!!!*** The City of Lakewood typically offers a weekly summer camp at Monte Verde Park available for kids and tweens ages 6-12, from June through August, 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.
There is also a weekend family camp coming up on May 18-19 – learn more here!

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

***ON HIATUS FOR 2019!!!*** Per the Camp Organizer (notice received April 8, 2019), this camp/workshop is on hiatus for 2019, but there are plans to reorganize / reopen in future seasons. Please contact the church for more information. Thanks to them also for featuring the blog on their Facebook Page!

***Lango Kids Irvine (formerly Camp Lango)***
Bacchus Office Park
9090 Irvine Center Drive, Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92618
(714) 864-4680

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!*** While the Long Beach location of Camp Lango closed down a few summers ago, there is a location in Irvine should your family be close to this location at all this summer. From their website: “We are excited to announce our Camp Lango 2019! Camp Lango began in 2010 (See all years of camp here) and continues growing in relevance, quality, and popularity today. This year we have 2 separate sections and locations: Full days of “Spanish Only” Camp at Irvine Valley College and Full and Half Days of “Spanish Only” Camp at our school in Irvine. With us, campers understand the language, speak it, and ultimately… love it and live it! Students get to spend their summertime having fun, being engaged, and taking pretend trips to different destinations of Latin America and Europe. At Camp Lango each week is a new destination. Without lost luggage and jet lag, we are able to “visit” these places and learn about their traditions, recreation, and cuisine. Each week ends with water games for campers and a presentation for parents, family, and friends.” Camps for 2019 will operate June 24th through August 9th, and there are two age breakouts, kids ages 5-7 and kids/tweens ages 5-10 – all depending on beginner, intermediate, or advance levels (see website for breakdowns). Session lengths vary, as does pricing, discounts, etc. Apply for Scholarships and Save 10 percent by registering before or on April 1st! Enroll here.

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 2018 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 typically for youth, tween, and teen boys ages 8+ with no experience needed and operate over one three-day session in July from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (No 2019 info as of 4-28-2019)

LBCC Summer Rec – Viking Quest Sports Camps (& more!)
4901 E Carson St.
Rm. Q Courtyard, Q113 (pick-up and drop-off point)
Long Beach, CA
562 938 4249

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!*** Thanks to a RMT reader for sending me an email heads-up about this camp, which sounds like a winner! “Viking Quest” Sports Camp is geared toward kids, tweens, and teens ages 5-13 and operates over six week-long sessions from June 17 through July 25, Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (no camp July 4). Additional swim camps also operate for various ages and levels at LBCC, too; please go here for more information as details become available. 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 2019!!!*** From their website: “SUMMER 2019 REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Looking for a fun, exciting AND educational camp for summer 2019? Sign up for our 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. Campers will enjoy weekly field trips, kayaking, an expedition on our research vessel Challenger and much, much more!” Camp is for kids and tweens ages 5-12 and this season will operate for nine, week-long sessions Monday through Friday from June 17 to August 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (extended care AM and PM available for extra charge). Teens ages 14+ may wish to look into their Volunteer Program and teens 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 2019!!!*** Enrollment for this summer program opens mid-April! 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 kids, tweens, and teens ages 7 – 17 and operates in one session July 15-August 3 (includes Saturday August 3, 2 p.m. performance), Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Inquire directly for costs; do note there is an early bird discount if you enroll by May 1, and there is a family discount. Scholarships also available – more information to post soon – 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 (enrollment opens mid-April per website).

Los Alamitos High School Basketball Camps
Return registration forms to:
Eddie Courtmarche
5841 Iroquois Rd.
Westminster, CA 92683
Camps held at:
Los Alamitos HS Gym
3591 W Cerritos Ave.
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
(562) 972-2333

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!*** 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 for Incoming Freshman (HS) typically held from June 5 through July 3. More details and registration form online here.
For younger youth and tween boys and girls, Griffins Basketball Camp is offered for Grades 1-8 and held in two different week-long sessions in June (incoming Grades 5-8 from June 10-14; incoming Grades 1-4 from June 17-21). 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 2019!!!*** 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 kids and tweens 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). Register here. Extended day AM and PM also available for hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for additional fee; sibling discount rates and daily drop-in rates also available (see website for info). There is also a teen Counselor-in-Training program for ages 13-16! Please contact the parks and recreation offices for program and other enrollment details or register online here (go here for day camp medical form that is mandatory for enrollment).

Long Beach, CA

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!*** Compete in the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) with Makersville this summer! Put together your own team or join up for the summer and be placed on a team! Two locations this summer in Long Beach date-depending: July 1 through August 10 meets at Shoreline Village (429 Shoreline Village Drive #423 CD Long Beach, CA) and July 28 through August 3 meets at California State University, Long Beach. 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 2019!!!*** Thanks to Lisa for emailing the RMT Blog with a heads up about this awesomely artistic opportunity last season! 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 kids and tweens ages 5-12 with weekly sessions operating June 24 through August 23 (no camp 7/4). 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. Costs vary depending on half- and full-day enrollment; enroll by April 30th for early bird discounts! Please contact the studio for pricing details or visit their website for more information and for exact dates and themes of all 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 2019!!!*** Thanks to a mom friend at school for saddling RMT up with the latest camp details over at RRV Riding Club! From the camp’s email to us for this season: “Campers will have a well rounded experience at horsemanship camp, learning to handle and care for horses on the ground, saddle and unsaddle, and or course, ride! On top of their daily riding and care of their horses, campers will have a miniature goat, sheep, and pig to love on and play with, arts and crafts, and games to end their camp day. All skill levels accepted.” Week-long camps will operate June 17 to August 16 (no camp week of July 4th), Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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 2019!!!*** Thanks to RMT reader Susan for the tap, er, I mean, tip about this camp! There is a wide variety of options during their six-week summer session in 2019 for kids, tweens, and teens of all ages at Summer at MMS Dance! Go here for camp and class schedule offered from July 8 through August 17 (camp classes operate on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday schedule; note Toddler classes remain the same per website). Please contact the studio directly for camp dates, age requirements, pricing, and other enrollment details.

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

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!*** From their website: “MOLAA’s 2019 Summer Camp explores collaboration, experimentation and visual communication! Our bilingual camp is appropriate for campers (children and tweens) ages 6–12 and highlights cultural traditions and art-making skills featured in our current exhibition Gráfica América.” Three, one-week sessions will be offered this season: July 8-12; July 15-19; and July 22-26. 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

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!*** Thanks to Kathleen for reaching out last season with this farm-fresh opportunity for local youth! From their website: “We offer themed weeks this year that offer campers the chance to explore projects in farming, art, music and culinary skills in a garden sanctuary that promotes the connections between the earth, our soil and our health. Field trips to LA’s best nature parks let youth work with naturalists and learn about native plants, wildlife and outdoor skills. Fees include field trip, snack, drinks and a plant based lunch.” Day camp is offered for kids, tweens, and teens ages 8-14 in five week-long sessions June 11 through July 26 (check website for weeks in operation), Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost varies depending on variable registration fees or discounts that may apply per session; need-based scholarships also available, see this form for more details. Go here to register.

Musical Theatre West
Summer Youth Conservatory 2019
Ted Watts, MTW Education and Outreach Director
562/856 1999 x232

***2019 INFO COMING SOON!!!*** From their flier (2018): “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.” Musical Theatre West Summer Youth Conservatory 2019 typically runs as a three-week session in July 9 a.m.-12 Noon (kids-tweens ages 8-12) and 1-5 p.m. (teens ages 13-18). For cost information or to register, please contact Ted Watts (info above in header) or once active you may register here. Until registration opens sign up here for advance information about MTW summer camps! (No 2019 info as of 4-28-2019)

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

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!*** Thanks to the staff at On Stage Music Academy for contacting me about their summer programs! Camps for 2019 will be offered in three themes: Musical Theatre (two three-week sessions of July 8-26 and August 5-23 10 a.m.-1 p.m.); Rock & Pop (two one-week sessions June 24-28 and July 29-Aug. 2 from 9 a.m.-12 Noon); and Kids Music Tour (kids and tweens ages 5-10, one week only Aug. 26-30 from 9 a.m.-12 Noon). Please see website for more details on themes. Go to website for all camp pricing as varies depending on camp session. 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 2019!!!*** One-on-One is back in the Long Beach area with a slam-dunk offering of basketball camps for Summer 2019! 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. Seven week-long sessions of Basketball Camps run from June 10 through August 2 (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, kids, tweens, and teens ages 5-13, and hours of each session vary between half- and full-day offerings Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (check website for day length and costs week-depending). The 4th Annual “End of the Summer Hoops Camp” additionally operates August19-23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  (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
5555 McFadden Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92649-1317

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!*** 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! Camps close to Long Beach this season will be offered one week only, Monday through Friday June 17-21, kids ages 3-5 8-9 a.m.; kids and tweens 9 a.m. to 12 Noon; costs vary depending on session. For more information including costs, please contact the center, or you can enroll online.

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 2019!!!*** From their website: “The Power of One Self-Defense Institute has been running Summer Sports Camps since 1999, and hundreds of students have enjoyed activities from martial arts training, swimming, hiking, bowling, surfing to theme parks, museums, water parks and science centers. If you are looking for a safe, fun environment for your child to work on strong positive attitudes, learning self-respect and self-discipline and opportunities for socialization then our camp is perfect for you. This year we will be focusing on Life Skills for Success. Our curriculum includes activities to enhance leadership skills, goal setting and follow through, responsibilities, courtesy, teamwork and much more.” There will be seven, week-long sessions available for students and non-students for kids, tweens, and teens ages 5+ at this martial arts studio from June 17 through August 16 (no camp week of July 1 or July 29) at both locations listed above, with each week boasting its own special theme (check this link for details). Camps run Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (extended care available at additional cost; cost varies depending on how many weeks campers attended, with family rates available). Please contact the studio for all other enrollment details.

*** Rancho Los Cerritos***
4600 Virginia Rd.
Long Beach, CA 90807

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!*** REGISTRATION OPEN NOW FOR ALL RLC CAMPS! Now entering its 13th year of summer camps AND just recently voted Best Summer Camp in Long Beach Post’s Best of Long Beach for 2019, Rancho Los Cerritos offers programs for kids, tweens, and teens entering Grades 1-8! There are three NEW week-long themed sessions offered for ages 6 to 10: Time-Travelers Camp (July 22-26), Nature Camp (July 29-Aug. 2), and Vaquero Camp (August 5-9). All Summer Day Camps times are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (NOTE NEW HOURS FOR 2019: One extra hour per day this season!). Please visit website for costs and more details per camp theme – DISCOUNT THROUGH APRIL 30 FOR EARLY BIRDS, and RLC members save even more (click theme links above to register per session).
For tweens and teens ages 11-13 there’s Unplugged Camp, a STEAM-focused day camp. Unplugged Camp is one week only, Monday through Friday, August 12-16, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; go to theme website to register or get more details about Unplugged Camp. A few of T’s friends have attended this camp in the past and they LOVED IT! And I love RLC so much I work there now (full disclosure!). Please contact RLC for other enrollment details or sign up here for their email list!

Rise Up Athletics (formerly Kidnastics)
10712 Reagan St.
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
562 280 2441

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!*** Day camps for kids, tweens, and teens ages 3-13 with half-day weekly sessions available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 Noon. From their website: “Campers are grouped according to age and skill ability with specifically designed curriculum for each age group. *Must be potty trained. Online registration and payment is required in advance for all camps.” Costs vary, including sibling discounts and drop-in rates. Mostly a gymnastics-centered camp with additional arts, crafts, and games mixed in. Please register here or contact the gym directly for all specific program dates and details.

Ronald Palmer Summer Basketball and Academic Camp
Camp in 2019 Located at:
Ernest McBride HS
7025 E. Parkcrest
Long Beach 90808
562 477 2976

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!*** The Ron Palmer Summer Basketball and Academic Camp is back in 2019 for one week only, Tuesday through Friday, August 6-9, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at McBride High School for kids, tweens, and teens, boys and girls, ages 8 to 13. From their website: “Students will receive Math tutoring as well as daily lunch and snacks. This year camp will have an entrepreneurial component.  Cost for the camp is $100 until July 15th. The cost rises to $125 on July 16th, 2019, so get your application in by July 15th for a $25 reduction in costs.” Applications are available online and must be hand delivered to 3711 Lemon Ave. Call the camp directly for more information.

***Rose Writers Youth Writers Camp***
Camps in 2019 Located in Torrance and Seal Beach
(see website for specifics)
562 882-2183

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!*** Thanks to Desiree for contacting RMT in 2017 about this great outlet for young writers-in-training! From their website: “In these not-like-school workshops, young writers will have fun exploring their creativity in a safe and encouraging environment. Desiree Kannel (Ms. Dez) is an experienced teacher and published author and is skilled at helping young writers overcome the anxiety and fear typically associated with writing.” Four different workshops will be offered in two locations (Torrance and Seal Beach) this summer: Fantasy & World Building (kids-tweens Grades 3-5); Poetry (tweens and teens MS and HS); Comics, Art & Storytelling (tweens and teens MS and HS); and Teen Creative Writing Workshop (HS). Camps offered in four Sessions of varying date ranges June 24 through July 25 (see website for exact session dates and locations). All sessions limited to 10 writers maximum. 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
Camp located at:
3200 Hedwig St.
Rossmoor, CA

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!*** Camp S.H.A.R.K. is back! 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 3 through August 2 (holidays exceptedl; teen camps begin June 17th), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for kids and tweens 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. May 28 from 6-7 p.m. at The Youth Center (Los Alamitos address above) before camps begins for Summer 2019.

Sand and Sea Beach Camps
Camps held at:
Belmont Shore (Granada Street, East of Olympic Pool Site)
Long Beach, CA
310 940 7166

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!*** From their website: “Sand & Sea Camps combine team-based beach games with fun water activities. Activities are customized for different age groups (5-8, 9-12, 13+) 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 new friends along the way.” Camps are operating this summer June 11 through August 31, Monday through Friday, either 9 a.m.-12 Noon or 12 Noon to 3 p.m. for half-day or there are full-day options available. Check their website for schedule details including pricing. Register here.

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

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!*** Summer camps will be in July and August Mon-Fri 9-2 with riding lessons two times/day and learning all there is to know to get started or continue with horses. 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 2019!!!*** Registration opens April 15 at 10 a.m. online on a first come-first served basis! From their website: “spcaLA’s Friends for Life Summer Camp™ is a week-long day camp designed for (kids, tweens, and teens) 8-17 years old. 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. The CIT program is a great opportunity for past campers who want to continue building on their camp experience, as well as 14-17 year old animal lovers joining us for the first time!” There will be eight (8) week-long sessions from June 17 through August 23 (no camp week of July 4 or July 29), 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.). Campers may apply for a scholarship (more information on registration website on-after April 15th). For more program details, please click here or contact the shelter (information above), and to register online please click here.

Seal Beach Community Services
Camp Locations Vary Program Depending
562-431-2527 Ext 1307 or 1344

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!*** Weekly summer camps in sports, art, surfing, skateboarding, photography, animation, film-making, magic, dance, cooking, sand-castle building, robots, tech, academics, and more for kids, tweens, teens ages 3-17 typically all 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 (search “camp”) 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 2019!!!*** Thanks to RMT reader Tina for the email about this not just “sew-sew” program! There will be two camps operating this season for kids, tweens, and teens, 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, a 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. MORE SESSIONS THIS SEASON! These part-day camps will operate over ten week-long sessions from June 3 through August 23 (camp not in session during week of July 4 or July 8-12) with four different part-time sessions available daily and cost includes all materials (check website for pricing and time session details). 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 2019!!!*** Weekly classes and summer camps will be offered, Monday through Friday, June 24th through August 9th (check with Jane for exact session dates) with morning (10 a.m. to Noon) or afternoon (1 to 3 p.m.) sessions available. Hand sewing for kids and tweens ages 6-and-up; machine sewing for tweens and teens ages 9-and-up or “Ms. Jane’s OK” (machines provided). Hand sewers complete craft projects such as a mermaid, socktopus, or mama-baby bear plush depending on session; machine sewers complete simple clothing or crafts like a stitched checkerboard, all session-depending. Please contact Ms. Jane directly for program availability and enrollment details (Facebook Group page linked above from 4-16-19 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: Jessica Winward
801 686 1956

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!*** Shakespeare by the Sea Acting Camp hath returned this season! The camp this summer are for kids, tweens, and teens ages 8 – 18. The camp is happening the week of August 12th through August 16th! Students take part in scene study, monologues, and Shakespeare history, and the session ends with a free performance August 12th at 4:00 PM. The camp runs 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. For this session, students will put on a short version of Henry V!  All rehearsals held at Little Fish Theatre (address above). For more information, including camp requirements for the week and registration links, please email

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 2019!!!*** Two summer camps will run this season. First, there’s Itty Bitty Day Camp for kids ages 3-6, Monday through Friday, June 17 through July 12 (no camp July 4), from 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 and tweens ages 6-11 (currently enrolled Grades 1-5), Monday through Friday, June 17 through August 16, from 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 Camps available for Grades 6-8 along with another special Sports themed camp for Grades 1-5 (see website for all specific program 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 2019!!!*** Find out what’s new in 2019 at Silver Gan Israel Day Camps! Programs for this summer will be for toddlers, kids, tweens, and teens ages 2-15 and will operate for nine weeks from June 24 through August 23, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (extended care 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 2019!!!*** Another new camp find in 2017 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 kids, tweens, and teens, boys and girls, ages 7-15 and operate at various locations throughout Southern California (including a Long Beach location) for beginners and intermediate level players June through August, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–12 Noon or full-day 9 a.m.–3 p.m. (single date registration also available). Cost varies by location, see website for details and to register.

Camp Locations all over Long Beach for Summer 2019
Contact Adam Cohen at:
562.343.1095 or 714.313.8787

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!*** 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 young beginner like T was or a skilled skater, Skatedogs has a program just for them (for kids, tweens, and teens 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 2019!!!*** Another new find thanks to the Lowell Summer Camps Fair a couple seasons ago! There are two programs offered this summer. The first dance camp is the Big & Spectacular Dance Variety Show, which runs from June 17 to July 3 and is for kid, tween, and teen 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). Costs vary depending on days, week(s), or whole session enrollment; please go to this link to register or for more details. The second workshop is a La Bayadere Summer Intensive, which runs from July 8-26. This is a workshop for intermediate to advanced dancers ages 10+ and features dances from the famous ballet La Bayadere. Both programs are tentatively planning to present a piece in the SoCal Dance & Choreography Festival at the Downey Theatre on Saturday, July 27 at 7 p.m. Costs for this workshop vary depending on days, week(s), or whole session enrollment; please go to this link to register or for more details. DISCOUNT ALERT: New dancers receive a $10 discount on camp when mentioning the “Real Mom Time” blog!

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 2019!!!*** 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 in 2017. This season, High Performance Tennis Camps are operating June 17 through August 2, Monday through Friday, with half- and full-day options available. Full Day times are 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Half Day is 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Prices vary. For age minimum and maximum and pricing details, including whether they will be offering their “Summer FUNdamentals” camp option this season, please visit their website; click here to register.

***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. (No info for 2019 as of 4-6-2019)

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

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!*** Information for Summer 2019 is online now! From their website: “Westerly aims to ignite a lifelong love of learning through innovative instruction, collaborative projects, community involvement and student leadership. And for us, that doesn’t stop during the summer months! 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 for kids and tweens are: Session 1 June 24–July 5; Session 2 July 8–July 19; and Session 3 July 22–August 2. Grade K-5 camps operate: Full-Day 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Half-Day Enrichment Only Program 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; or Half-Day Afternoon (Recreation) Wildcat Program Only 12:15-3:30 p.m.
Grade 6-8 tween and teen sessions are: Session 1 June 24-28 (one week); Session 2 July 1-12 (two weeks, no camp 7/4); Session 3 July 15-19 (one week); and Session 4 July 2-August 2 (two weeks. Grade 6-8 camps operate 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (afternoons optional, ask camp for details).
Early and extended care available for all camps. 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 back in the day!

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

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!*** Thanks to a RMT’er for leaving a comment on the blog last year 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 3 through August 23 (no camp week August 5-9), each Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Camps are all for kids, tweens, and teens ages 7-17. There are also camp opportunities for adults as well, see website for pricing and all other 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 TDA Studios
4313 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90807
562 58-GO ART

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!*** 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 first started offering programs on campus in 2017, and it was instantly popular 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, June 24-28 and July 15-19. 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, June 17-21, July 8-12, July 22-26. For more information and to register, please go here.

The Studio at Seal Beach (Dance Camp)
308 Main Street
Seal Beach, CA 90740
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***ON HIATUS*** Please note that as of April 2019 the camps at The Studio Seal Beach will be on hiatus for the 2019 season.
(2018 info) 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 this workout studio in Seal Beach, so I am more than happy to help promote their summer dance camp program for kids! In 2018, the studio hosted a
week-long session of Princesses and Pirates Camp as a positive introduction to dance in a non-competitive environment. The classes explored the joy of movement while improving balance and gross motor skills. Children participated in developmentally appropriate Dance and Art classes each day, all while gaining confidence and making new friends. Camp for boys and girls, kids ages 3-5, and will were held in July for one week only from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. On the Friday of the camp, family and friends were invited to an informal performance at 12:30 p.m. to round out the week! As an added bonus, parents of campers received a FREE week of fitness classes at the studio!

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, as of May 2018, this camp is not operating during the Summer 2018 season. However, Wise Art continues to offer programming and classes for adults; please contact the organization directly for more information. (No 2019 info as of 4-28-2019)

VBS – “To Mars and Beyond!”
Camp Held at:
Bay Shore Church (UCC)
5100 E The Toledo
Long Beach, CA 90803
562 433 0401

***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2019!!!*** Pastor Susie herself reached out this season to have her Vacation Bible School (VBS) added to the list! “To Mars and Beyond!” VBS will operate for one week only June 17-21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours available. Camp is held at the church (address above). Please go online for more info; register online 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 2019!!!*** 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 Long Beach location listed above location for one week only Tuesday June 18 through Saturday June 22, 9 a.m.-to 5 p.m.; the show camp date is Saturday June 22, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (option for second showtime if ticket sales exceed capacity for first showtime, see website for more info). Enrollment includes a camp T-shirt; see website for pricing, 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)
Zack Domingues, Director

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!*** 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 its a weeklong summer camp, winter holiday camp or fall ball clinic they do it all. Our baseball camps are staffed by the Long Beach State coaches and players. We pride ourselves in playing the game the right way. The ‘Dirtbags’ way. It is this philosophy and tradition that has led Long Beach State to be one of the top college baseball programs in the country.” Camps are for kids, tweens, and teens ages 6-13 and are held as seven week-long sessions Monday through Friday from June 24 through August 16 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (extended hours available; abbreviated camp week of July 4 holiday at a reduced rate; and Summer Skills week offered August 19-21). If you have any questions or to register please go to their website or contact Zack Domingues (info above).

Shared Science
Address inquiries, enrollment, and payments to:
5318 E. 2nd Street, #602
Long Beach, CA 90803
562 285 3942

Shared Science Summer Camps are out now! See flier and website for details.

Shared Science Summer Camp Programs Flier for 2019. Inquire directly with Shared Science for more information!

***UPDATED FOR 2019!!!*** Shared Science will offer several different week-long sessions of summer day camp all part-day in length around Long Beach, including Temple Israel and Sato Academy – inquire with organization for more details. 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. I think if you follow the blog at all, it’s obvious why we enrolled in these camps year after year (that and it was by far the most reasonably priced camp involving 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 2019 summer camp offerings in the photo to the right – register online now. Thanks again to Miss Michelle and Mr. E for so many great weeks filled with learning and fun times!

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 2019!!!*** Touted on its flier as “The best camp at the best price,” Tom Hicks Baseball Camps are back for their 30th year in 2019! 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, tweens, and teens ages 5-14 are five separate 5-day/ week-long sessions 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the 2019 dates are as follows: June 24-June 28; July 8-12; July 15-19; July 22-26; and July 29-August 2. Camps are operated by experienced, professional coaches with excellent student-teacher ratios. All camps include 30 hours of instruction time; early drop-off and late pickup hours offered with hitting instruction for additional cost per camper for those 10 extra hours/week. Early bird discount applies when registration postmarked by June 1, and 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. Registration form available here. 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 2019!!!*** 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: “Tennis is a sport with lifelong benefits. Our Summer Tennis Camps teach kids how to play tennis while having lots of fun. Kids are placed in groups appropriate for their age and skill level to maximize learning and fun. Small groups with skilled instructors. We teach the basics and have fun doing it. Beginners to elite players welcome. FREE trial session available.” Camps will operate in week-long sessions open to all levels, beginner to advanced, for kids, tweens, and teens ages 5-18 from June 17th through August 23rd, Monday-Friday. Full-day camp day length is 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; half-day camps are offered as AM or PM options, either 9:00 a.m.-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

***2019 REGISTRATION is OPEN ONLINE NOW!!!*** Ten fun-filled weeks of day camp will be offered from June 17 through August 23 for kids ages 5-8. Cost is $115 per week (DEAL ALERT – RMT’ers, I know I said I stopped advertising prices for camps this year, but I have to tell you… this price has only gone up a total of $10 in FIVE YEARS); extended care at an additional cost also available. All 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 aged out years ago 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!), and program and staff longevity. I am also always eager 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.


20 responses to “LB AREA SUMMER CAMPS

    • 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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