Here is a list of around 100 Summer Camps (mostly Day and Weekly Programs) that operate in or near the city of Long Beach (CA). I decided to do this as a FREE public service for all RMT’ers as this is information that’s helpful for our own family and friends.

CAMP DIRECTORS/OWNERS: Did you just find this page and either want to update your posting or wish for your organization be listed in this year’s campy mix? If so I don’t blame you… just Google “Summer Camps Long Beach” and you’ll see how this page has become a top summer activity resource for Long Beach (CA) families for the past SIX YEARS! Please drop me a line at with the details for me to create your listing, which is FREE and has been since this list started in 2013. However, I do ask that if your campers discovered you because of this listing, or if you are a parent who enrolls your child(ren) in a camp because you found the info here, please spread the word about this page. I am also open to your creating a special RMT Coupon Code to post with your listing for free also! Thanks for your support!

PLEASE NOTE: The information listed herein is subject to change and is a work in progress (updates starting March 2018). I try to update each listing with new details as I find or receive them. Many of the camps below have registration criteria and/or age and other enrollment restrictions. Please read the information carefully from the host sites directly to verify all age, pricing, date, program, and any other enrollment-related details. Most if not all camps are on a first-come-first-served enrollment basis (deadlines and start-dates vary).
DISCLAIMER: A camp’s listing here is not indicative of any endorsement by myself and/or RMT; please do your own research and choose what works best for your kid(s) and family. This is for your information only.

City of Long Beach Parks-Rec-Marine Summer Camps

General Day Camp Information updated by City of Long Beach at this link. City LB Summer Camps operate from June through August (dates vary depending on program). You also can read about our family’s wonderful class and camp experiences with parks and rec over the last several years here.

City of Long Beach Parks and Recreation Center Based Day Camps
(including but not limited to: Park Day Camps, High Five Sports Camps, Pee Wee Camp, Summer Adventures, Music and Arts Camp, and Aquatics Day Camps)
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 is online at this link. If you have any questions or need assistance please call 562-570-1745.

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

MODEL BOAT SHOP From the Parks and Rec Website: “Recreation Leaders certified in First Aid and CPR will be on site to assist participants with the construction of model sailboats at the Model Boat Shop for seven weeks this summer. Races are held each Friday afternoon at the Colorado Lagoon. This is a drop-in program for children ages 7 years and up. The summer ends with the International Sea Festival Clyde W. Ellerman Memorial Model Boat Regatta.”
One seven-week session, June – August (dates TBA for 2018), 10am-3pm. Register online (date TBA for 2018).

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 ages 5-to-13 years old and entering grades K-8 in the fall. There are two four-week sessions: The first session is from mid-June through mid-July (no camp July 4); the second session runs from mid-July through mid-August . Both sessions operate Monday-through-Friday, 12:30 p.m.-to 5 p.m., and tuition for either four-week session is TBD per camper. For questions and for more information please consult the camp directly. And register quickly when the dates release as this one fills up fast! (2018 details pending as of 3/7/18)

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 Mondays-through-Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-to-12 Noon at $COST per session/camper. Various academic subjects covered across K-through-8th grade-level programs. Please see their camp website for more information and contact program directly with any questions. (2018 details pending as of 3/7/18)

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-to-13 years old, and the weeklong program typically operates one week, July and/or August,  9 a.m.-to-1 p.m. (with optional extended hours of 1-3:30 p.m.). Cost in 2017 was $200 ($300 with extended camp hours) before Memorial Day; siblings each $170 ($250 with extended session). There were a few mini-camp sessions in 2017 also. Camps in past summers have operated out of En Pointe Dance Studio. For more details and other enrollment information, please contact the Acting Out Camp Team at the information above. (2018 details pending as of 3/7/18)

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

Thanks to Billy at AIM for reaching out to RMT to list this camp! AIM Sports Group runs a multi-sport session day camp featuring a mix of sports including but not limited to basketball, volleyball, futsal/soccer, pickleball, kickball, and dodgeball! Camps are for ages 5–12 and have typically operated in week-long sessions from June through August (no camp July 4 holiday), Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (early drop-off and late pick-up and drop-in day enrollment is available, please inquire directly). Cost for 2017 was $250/week per camper (multi-week discounts available, please inquire directly). For more information and to register, please go online for all forms; you can even pay now online here (please note that campers MUST have submitted completed forms and payment completed by the Thursday before their designated camp week). (2018 details pending as of 3/7/18)

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

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

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

Five, week-long programs typically offered June through August with full- and half-day options available. Please go to AGA’s website for schedules, themes, pricing, ages, and all other registration details or contact the gym directly for more information. You may also use this link to see the various themes, costs, and to register for summer programs directly! (2018 details pending as of 3/7/18)

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

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Week-long summer camps will operate weekly from June 18 through August 24 in a wide variety of themes. You can look over details at their website regarding programs, cost, ages, dates, and other registration details, and you may register online, in-person, or via phone. Also note that Spring Break 2018 Camp details are online now here!

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

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** CAMP REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 15! The aquarium is one of our favorite spots in Long Beach! Week-long day-camps (half- and full-day) are offered on a variety of subjects for toddlers-through-teens throughout the summer months. It’s very easy to see all the programs offered at their website and register online! Please contact the aquarium for program and enrollment details.

Averyboo Arts
3908 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90807

(562) 912-4800

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

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

While not a summer camp per se, Bolsa Chica Conservancy offers Youth Leadership in Environmental Action Program (YLEAP). From their website (2017): “YLEAP is designed to engage students in middle school (13-14 years old) and high school (14-17 years old) to become active participants and stewards in the community and environment in which they live.  The principal goal of YLEAP is to cultivate youth leaders by providing them with knowledge and skills that help motivate and inspire others to protect and preserve coastal resources like the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. It is also aimed at creating a network of young environmental advocates who will continue efforts to educate and restore urban ecological reserves like Bolsa Chica.” This is a 12-month commitment for students who want to be involved in Bolsa Chica’s education, restoration, and outreach programs. It starts with a four-day training in August, after which the students sign up for events based on what they can fit into their schedule. The 2017 YLEAP training was held August 7-10. To participate, students must complete an application form, write a one-page essay on a given prompt, and submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher, school administrator or community leader such as a church pastor, scout leader, etc.  A $250 fee applied to participate in the 2017 program. If you are interested in applying for YLEAP, please contact Abbey Messmer at 714-846-1114,, or use the form on their website.  (2018 details pending as of 3/7/18)

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

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

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

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Camps typically operate June-through-August with a different theme every week! From their website: “Our popular drop-off Art Camp is back. Kids will enjoy a day of bouncing, games, snacks and daily arts/crafts. For kids ages 4-12, includes lunch. Reservations require a non-refundable payment as these camps fill up quickly.” Hours each week are daily Monday-through-Friday, 9 a.m.-to- 2 p.m. (early drop off & late pick up available) and cost is $40/first child & $25/siblings per day (inquire with facility about any discounts or multiple day or by-the-week rates). Check their calendar for more information on open bounce times and schedules any time of the year, including summertime! Please contact the facility for additional class and camp age, date, time, and program enrollment details. You can read about our family’s longtime love of Bounce U here.

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

Camp Kidseum’s Summer Camps typically are offered in nine different week-long sessions for children ages 6-to-11 from June through August, Monday-through-Friday, 9 a.m.-to- 3 p.m. (holidays excepted). Weekly themes vary as does cost per week; there are two extended care options available from 7:00 am-9:00 am for an additional fee of $40 and 3:00 pm-6:00 pm for an additional fee of $50 (2017 pricing listed, all weeks same cost for extended care).  Please refer to Kidseum’s Summer Camp page on their website for all theme, pricing, date, registration, and other details. Do note that all camps are located at the Kidseum campus, not the Bowers Museum. (2018 details pending as of 3/7/18)

***BrainCreate Camps in Architecture and Industrial Design***
Camps in 2017 scheduled to be held at:
Department of Design, CSULB
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-5401
515 231 1910

Per the Camp Organizers in an email to RMT (April 2017), this camp program was suspended for Summer 2017. (2018 details pending as of 3/7/18)

British Soccer Camp, Challenger Sports
Camp Locations in Long Beach and Neighboring Areas
Contact: Kieron Brimacombe
866 757 9561 or
562 570 3100 (City of Long Beach Parks and Rec)

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

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

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

California Heights United Methodist Children’s Center
1160 E. Bixby Rd.
Long Beach, CA 90807
562 595 0056

Nine-week summer program options for kids ages 2-to-13 offered from June through August. Full-day schedule is 7 a.m.-to-6 p.m. Please contact the church for all program and enrollment details. (2018 details pending as of 3/8/18)

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

*** UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** A wide variety of summer day and overnight camps for boys and girls ages Preschool-10th Grade, June through August. Yes: Camp Fire is for boys also! For information on all programs, from weekly day camps to overnight camps click here. Please contact Camp Fire of Greater Long Beach with questions and for other program and enrollment details.

***CAMS Computer Science Summer Enrichment (CCSE)***
Camp located at:
California Academy of Math and Science (CAMS)
1000 E Victoria Street, Room 3009
Carson, CA 90747
(on the Cal State Dominguez Hills college campus)
(310) 661-0828

Thanks to the CCSE Crew for dropping a line to RMT about this unique tech-centric opportunity for students entering 6th-through-9th grade next year (please contact the program with questions about potential campers who do not fall into this age range). From their website (2016): “The CAMS Computer Science Enrichment (CCSE) is a summer enrichment program run by the computer science team at the California Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS). The program aims to teach middle school students interested in the fields of Electrical Engineering, Cyber Security, or Computer Science about advanced and fascinating topics that are usually never covered in computer science classes. Topics in this session include: Programming, Forensics, Exploitation (Web & Binary), and Cryptography. After comprehensive lessons, we will allow the students to demonstrate their skills in challenges that we have set up. On the last day of the camp, students will compete in a full length Capture the Flag (CTF) hacking competition using the skills they’ve learned with prizes awarded to top placing teams.” The 2016 summer camp was held over one four-day session in July from 9 a.m.-to-3 p.m. Please note that lunch was provided on Friday only, the last day of the program, so students should prepare snacks and lunch for the other three days. Also note that if you cannot pick up your child at 3 p.m. that CCSE will continue to host your child for an extra hour or two until you can pick him/her up (bonus!). The program cost is $350 per student for the entire session. At the end, students will receive flash drives, t-shirts, and other awards for participating. Enrollment deadline is about 1-2 weeks before the start date, but spots will go fast (limited to 30); sign-up form is online here. (2018 details pending as of 3/8/18)

***Camp Lango***
Camps are located for Long Beach at:
Christ Lutheran Church
6500 Stearns St.
Long Beach, CA

If you are looking for second-language enrichment for your child, then Camp Lango may be your summer camp answer! For three one-week sessions this summer in August, Camp Lango offered immersion programs in 3 different languages including French, Mandarin,and Spanish. Camps are for children entering Grades K-3, and each week enrollment is $120/camper (2016 info). Please note that a 10 percent discount was available when enrolling for more than one session (2016)! You may enroll online here. Please contact the camp directly for more details. Thank you, gracias, and merci to RMT reader Daniela for reaching out with this information last summer! (2018 details pending as of 3/8/18)

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

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Eight weeks of half-day camps Monday-through-Friday to choose from for children ages 6-to-16 from June 18 through August 24 (Note: Kitchen is closed Weeks of July 2-6 and July 23-27 to kids’ camps.)! Cost for either the morning or afternoon session is $299 wk/student. Camps run Monday-through-Friday (holidays excepted), and times are 10 a.m.-to-12:30 p.m. (morning) or 1-3:30 p.m. (afternoon). There are also individual and group classes ongoing year-round (you can check their calendar for more information on those and for future events and camps as it becomes available). Please contact the school for additional program and enrollment details.

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

***UPDATE FOR 2018!!!*** While the Center isn’t scheduling any formal camps this season, they do offer a FREE (donation suggested) weekly Saturday program, Drop In and Draw. From their website: “(Drop In and Draw is) held most Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon. It’s a great place to express yourself creatively. Good for children of all ages. No unaccompanied minors, please. Free, but a nominal donation is suggested to help cover the costs of materials. Always check our calendar if class will be held.” (2018 details pending as of 3/8/18)

***Clay on First***
406 E. 1st Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
562 495 4362
Note: Part of camp also located at East Village Arts Park (150 S. Elm Way)

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** From their website: “Your child will journey through various pottery making techniques from pinching pots and hand-building to working on a real potter’s wheel. In an era of e-summers, clay summer camps allow your child to interact with other children and express their creativity!” Six week-long sessions for ages 6-13 will be offered the following dates this summer season: June 18 – June 22; July 2 – July 6; July 16 – July 20; July 30 – August 3; August 13 – August 17; and August 21-24. All camps operate Monday-through-Friday 9 a.m.-to-2 p.m. Each day will offer a 15 minute Snack Break (provided by Clay) and a 30 minute Lunch Break (kids must bring own lunch). Cost per camper is $245 per session. To register click here; click the button that says “Online Registration”; and search for “Clay Camp.” Thanks to Eloise for reaching out to the RMT blog to be listed!

***CSULB 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 Department of KPE
Camps held at: CSU, Long Beach Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE)

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Last year I learned about this new-to-me fantastic opportunity for special needs youth! From the website: “Camp Nugget is a low cost summer day camp programs for children with special needs and disabilities ages 5 through 12. The camp provides activities in swimming, sports & games, fitness, relaxation, and yoga.” The program is for four weeks June 18 through July 13, Monday through Friday, from 9 A.M. to Noon. Please go to website or contact Dr. Barry Lavay for more details and to register.

CSULB Reading Programs
Several locations across Los Angeles and Orange Counties, including locations on CSULB’s main campus!
800 965 0473 OR 800 964-8888

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

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

***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2018!!!*** Camps are for students Ages 9-15/entering Grades 3-8 (no exceptions for younger students due to materials used) and camp is held over a three-week session. Camps in 2018 will be July 30 through August 17, Monday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. and cost $350/camper. Registration should open sometime in May. For more information and to register go here.

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

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

CSULB Young Writers’ Camp
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA
562 985 1696

Per the website (last checked March 9, 2018), there will be no Young Writer’s Camp offered this season. (Note – it is unclear if these are 2018 details, please check back soon.)

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

Please contact the studio directly for more details regarding their Summer Dance Intensive for Summer 2017. Thanks to a RMT reader/ commenter for suggesting this camp for the list! (2018 details pending as of 3/9/18)

Diving Camps at McCormick Divers
Contact Debby McCormick at:
McCormick Divers
16088 Fame Circle
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
714 846 5731
Long Beach Camp Location:
Silverado Pool
1540 W. 32nd St.
Long Beach, CA

Silverado Pool is where T took his weekly swim lessons! This is an indoor, heated pool facility with full locker rooms. In past summers, one-week sessions typically operated from June-through-August, and ages have been separated by Under-7 and 8-and-Up age groupings. Note: Camps are not affiliated with City of Long Beach Parks, Recreation, and Marine and require a separate registration process; please contact the organization directly for program and enrollment details. (2018 details pending as of 3/9/18)

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

Lowell Summer Camps Fair strikes again with a new addition to the list last season with Elevation Studios! Two camp sessions were offered in 2017: “Dance. Act. Sing.” is a summer performance camp that ran one week in July for ages 3-5 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and for ages 5-12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; and “Lights. Camera. Action.” is a movie-making camp that operated one week late July-early August for ages 5-12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost for ages 3-5 was $105 early bird rate before June 1 and $125 regular rate (or $30/day drop-in rate); cost for ages 5-12 for either session was $170 early bird before June 1 and $190 regular rate, or enroll in both camps early bird before June 1 for $285/$335 regular rate (or $45/day drop-in rate) (NOTE: All 2017 pricing listed.) Please contact the studio to register. (2018 details pending as of 3/9/18)

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

Three different week-long day camps were offered in past summers. Please call or email the studio for dates, times, age ranges, costs, and other enrollment details. (2018 details pending as of 3/9/18)

***First Field Farm Summer Pony Camp 2017***

18299 Dumont Ave.

Cerritos, CA 90701

(562) 924-2217


Thanks to Zara for contacting RMT in 2017 with this farm-tastic opportunity for kids this summer! From her email: “Does your child love horses and ponies? At First Field Farm Summer Camp, your child will learn the basics about how to care for, ride and have fun with horses and ponies!” Camp includes: one-hour riding lesson per day, with a stress on safety, correct position and technique, and, of course, fun; learning about horses, from different breeds and colors, to identifying parts of horses and equipment, and more; hands-on horse time daily, which includes learning how to properly care for a horse or pony, getting them ready for lessons, putting them away properly, feeding, bathing, and caring for equipment; arts and crafts with take-home keepsakes; and Friday Camp Horse Show for family and friends, where campers will demonstrate their new skills. Upon completion, all campers will receive a Ribbon and Certificate! Camps are for ages 6-13, Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Two week-long sessions ran last season in July, with one mini-camp session added (also July). Cost was $425 for the regular 5-day session (additional siblings could enroll at $50 discounted rate of $375!); mini-camp session cost was $225 (no sibling discount for mini-camp) (NOTE: This is 2017 pricing). For more information please contact the camp directly (they also appear to have an active Facebook page here!).  (2018 details pending as of 3/9/18)

Friday Night Lights (FNL) – Los Alamitos

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

T has participated in the FNL flag football program the past 3 Fall seasons (2015-2017) and had a blast! The dates for Summer Camp 2017 were mid-July through early-August in three one-week sessions, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-Noon (two general camps, one specialized position camp for QB/WR); cost was $145/player for general camps, $125/player for QB/WR camp. FNL works hard to ensure a 10:1 ratio for all its camps and clinics! For more information and to register, please go to their website. (2018 details pending as of 3/12/18)

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

We loved Frogg’s when T was younger! While Frogg’s hasn’t offered a summer camp program the last few seasons, they do offer a Friday night date night, which might be just what us parents need after a long week with the kiddos at home! They also offer several different party and play date packages! Please contact Frogg’s at the information above for more details about their Date Night events or about the facility in general. (2018 details pending as of 3/12/18)

Galileo: Innovation Camps for Kids
Camps in Long Beach held at:
St. Joseph Elementary School
6200 East Willow St.
Long Beach, CA 90815
800-854-3684 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.-to-6 p.m. PST)

***UPDATED FOR 2018 – NEW LONG BEACH LOCATION!!!*** Another great STEAM-focused find thanks to the Lowell Summer Camps Fair! Galileo offers a wide variety of themed programs for grades pre-K-through-8th Grades split into two camp tracks: Camp Galileo (entering Grades pre-K-through-5) and Galileo Summer Quest (entering Grades 6-through-8). Dates for 2018 at the Long Beach location are June 25 through August 3, Monday-through-Friday (holidays excepted), 9 a.m.-to-3 p.m.; Extended Care options available at an additional cost from 8-to-9 a.m. and/or 3-to-6 p.m. For pricing (including early bird and other multiple type of discounts offered), specific themes, and other details, please go to this link; for Galileo Summer Quest (note Long Beach may not host this camp for 2018, other So Cal locations available), link here.

Get Pitted Summer Surf School
17101 Springdale 143
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
626 399 1960
Camps held at (NEW LOCATION FOR SUMMER 2017):
Magnolia Street, Huntington Beach, CA

Another new addition thanks to my visit to the 2016 Lowell Summer Camps Fair! From their flier (2016): “Learn the sport that changes lives. Become an outdoor athlete. Bond with nature. All ages and levels are welcome. Led by an experienced and certified instructor.” Typically there are 10, one-week sessions to choose from throughout June-through-August, Mondays-through-Fridays, mornings either from 8:30-to-10 a.m. or 10-to-11:30 a.m. 2016 Pricing: Private one-student session costs $400/camper and semi-private (2-student) session is just $220/camper. For more information or to register, contact the surf school directly. (2018 details pending as of 3/12/18)

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

Another addition to the list thanks to the Lowell Summer Camps Fair! From their Facebook Page (2017): “Learn and/or improve your tennis from USPTA certified tennis professional, Richard Nguyen. Private, semi-private, and group lessons available by appointment. Specializing in building solid foundations in technique followed by emphasis on fitness/athleticism. A lifelong athlete who perpetually trains in multiple sports including running, cycling, weightlifting, and yoga in addition to tennis, I believe in a multi-faceted approach to improving one’s game on court.” Last summer (2017) GRIT Summer Tennis Programs operated several week-long sessions Monday-through-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. 2017 Season class sizes and costs offered were: 4 students each pay $13/hr; 3 students each pay $17/hr; 2 students each pay $25/hr; or 1 student pays $50/hr. Please contact GRIT to register. (2018 details pending as of 3/12/18)

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

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

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

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

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

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Thanks to the Lowell Summer Camps Fair for another terrific tech option for the kids, which offers courses in coding, game design, app development, web design, film, photography, and more! Camps are for ages 7-17 and are offered in week-long day camp or overnight sessions (options vary per site) with guaranteed ratios of 8 students per instructor. Themes and classes vary based on age ranges of 7-9, 10-12, and 13-17 and classes and camps will run from June 18 through July 27 (a full schedule for the CSULB location can be viewed here, which includes dates, times, and costs). Enroll early as classes will sell out fast! Register online here.

3910 E 4th St.
Long Beach, CA 90814

Thanks to RMT reader Tina for the tip on this creative camp! Themes noted for 2017 include Fine Arts (Pre-K and Up), Animation (4th Grade and Up), Anime (4th Grade and Up), Digital Arts (4th Grade and Up), and All-Round Arts (3rd Grade and Up). Dates of sessions run from June 19 to August 11 (different themes over different weeks); times of sessions and costs vary depending on session of enrollment, please consult website for all details. To enroll please contact the camp directly (register and pay in full by May 1 for a $25 discount!). (2018 details pending as of 3/16/18)

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

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Wanna play guitar? Sing? Pound the drums? Come to Jammin’ Music for summer classes and lessons in a wide variety of instruments. While Jammin’ Music no longer offers traditional week-long summer camps, their summer group class schedule is online here. They have have great group classes in the summer as well as private lessons. We did a few classes here years ago, and it remains a local Long Beach favorite, too! Please check out their calendar for more details as they become available or contact the studio directly for age, date, program, and enrollment information.

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

Last season (2017), day camps were offered for ages 4-7 in two different week-long sessions, with two themes (Once Upon a Dream Princess Camp and Super Dance Heroes). Each camp featured a performance on the Friday of the session at 11 a.m.! Camps operated each session Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12 Noon, and cost was $130 per camper for either session (Early Bird Special was also offered, no dates yet for 2018). Please visit their website or contact the studio to register or for more information.  (2018 details pending as of 3/16/18)

10712 Reagan St.
Los Alamitos, CA
562 431 1102

In the past, day camps have been offered for ages 3-13 years old (must be potty trained) with half-day weekly sessions available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-12 noon; cost $175 per weekly session ($10 discount per sibling per weekly rate offered); drop-in daily rate of $50 per camper ($5 discount per sibling per daily rate offered). Mostly a gymnastics-centered camp with additional arts, crafts, and games mixed in. Please contact the gym for program and enrollment details. (2018 details pending as of 3/16/18)

Kids Under Construction, Inc.
5520 E. 2nd Street, Suite 8
Long Beach, CA
562 999 2KUC (2582)

For some great summer enrichment opportunities, check out this tutoring business in the Naples Island neighborhood of Long Beach! Camps and workshops have been offered in past summers in all areas of academic and extra-curricular interests for elementary and middle school students. Please call or write directly (information above) for more program and enrollment details, including dates, hours, and pricing. (2018 details pending as of 3/16/18)

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

In past summers, park-based day camps have been available for ages 6-to-12 from June-through-August. Camps have been offered on a weekly schedule, Monday-through-Friday, 9 a.m.-to-4 p.m. (additional extended day care available). Weekly Sports Camps were offered also for ages 8-to-13 and also operated June-through-August. Other specialty day camps available as advertised. Please contact the parks and recreation offices or register online for camp pricing, program, and enrollment details. (2018 details pending as of 3/16/18)

Camps located at:
4515 Sunfield Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90808
562 912 5675

LVCC Musical Theatre Workshop was born of a passion for helping children discover confidence and learn life skills in the process of creating musical theatre. Three, week-long sessions of day camp were offered last summer (2016) in the following themes: “The Wildest Workshop in the West”; “The Happiest Workshop on Earth”; and “To Workshop and Beyond.” Camps were full-day for Grades 1st-through-10th from 9 a.m.-to-3 p.m. for $160 per session; half-day camps were offered for Preschool-through-Kinder in two session times of 9 a.m.-to-11:30 a.m. OR 12:30 p.m.-to-3 p.m. for $115 per session. For more information, enrollment forms, or details about multiple session and family discounts, please go to their website.


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

***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2017!!!*** Thanks to a RMT reader for sending me an email heads-up about this camp, which sounds like a winner! From their website: “The Long Beach City College Summer Fun Youth Recreation Program returns for its 47th year in 2017 with a full schedule of fun and exciting sports camps and aquatics sessions and a whole new look!” “Viking Quest” Sports Camps are for ages 5-13 and will operate over six weekly sessions, Mondays through Thursdays, from June 19 through July 27, from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Cost is $120 per camper per week. Additional swim camps operate for various ages and levels at LBCC, too; please see website for more information. Register for camps at LBCC online here.

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

*** UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Summer 2017 registration is open now! From their website (2017): “Some weeks fill up quickly so register early. You can call 562-431-7156 to check for availability or email . Ocean Adventure Camp runs for nine weeks from June 19th to August 18th. Tuition is $200 per week The day starts at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm. Extended care is offered for an extra charge of $5.00 per session (two sessions per day, morning from 7:30am-9:00am and afternoon from 3:15pm-5:00pm). This camp is open to kids ages 5-12. For teens, try the Volunteer Program. It is a great experience that teaches responsibility in a fun environment.” Campers can sign up for one week or for the entire summer! Please go to their website for listing of various themes for the 2017 weekly sessions. To enroll, download a registration form here, fill it out at your computer, save it with all the information, entered, and return it via email to: NOTE: ALL ONLINE REGISTRATIONS MUST BE EMAILED NO LATER THAN 12:00 noon THE THURSDAY BEFORE THE CAMP START DATE.

Long Beach Playhouse Summer Youth Musical Theatre Conservatory
5021 E. Anaheim St.
Long Beach, CA
562 494 1014, Ext. 503

*** UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** From their website: “This unique three-week day camp invites each young actor, singer and dancer to develop his or her skills in daily classes. Every student will also make the journey through the rehearsal process guided by a team of arts educators. In the end, we add the final theatrical element, the audience, and share our talents through public performances of scenes and songs. The camp balances instruction and performance preparation as we travel from page to stage. These efforts are enriched by the dedicated theatre professionals at The Long Beach Playhouse, the oldest continually operating community theatre west of the Mississippi.” This year camp is for ages 7 – 17, and runs from  July 17 – August 5, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuition $600 per camper; please note there is an early bird discount if you enroll before May 1, and there is a family discount of buy one tuition get $100 off of the second. Scholarships also available but on a very limited basis (please note not everyone who applies will receive funds). Please contact the theatre for program and click here for enrollment details.

Long Beach Shakespeare Company
4250 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach, CA
562 997 1494

Added to the list during Summer 2014 thanks to a RMT reader. Please check their website and contact the organization directly for more details about potential summer camp opportunities. (As of May 2017, Summer 2017 info not yet posted.)

Los Alamitos High School Basketball Camps
Los Alamitos HS Gym
3591 W Cerritos Ave.
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
(562) 972-2333

***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2017!!!*** As the saying goes, better late than never? I found this buried in my email (thanks to baseball season up in here, I am doing some catch-up there also)! From their email: “Los Alamitos High School Head Coach Eddie Courtemarche, as well as members of his Varsity team, will work with campers to develop their shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding and defensive skills. Griffins Basketball Camp is designed to provide campers with a fun and competitive opportunity to learn fundamental basketball skills. All campers will receive a camp T-shirt and daily snack/refreshment.” Camps will be held for two different weekly sessions, Mondays through Fridays, June 19-23 (incoming 3rd-8th Graders) and June 26-30 (incoming 1st-2nd Graders), from 10 a.m. to Noon. Cost is $155 per camper. More details and registration online here.

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

***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Los Alamitos Recreation offers 10 weekly summer camp sessions crammed with games, swimming, excursions, and a trip to a major amusement park (excursions for extra fee)! Camps operate in week-long sessions Mondays-through-Fridays, 9 a.m.-to-4 p.m. (holidays excepted), for ages 5-to-12 from June 19-through-August 25. And the best part… a full week costs just $99/child (extended day AM and PM also available for $50 additional/weekly rate; sibling discount rates also available, see website for details) – OR you can do one day at a time 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for just $25 (extended care $15 additional/daily rate)! There’s also a teen Counselor-in-Training program for ages 13-to-16! Please contact the parks and recreation offices for program and other enrollment details or register online here (go here for day camp medical form that is mandatory for enrollment).

Classes held at:
Bayshore Church
5100 The Toledo
Long Beach, CA 90803
Colorado Lagoon Education Center
5119 E. Colorado St.
Long Beach, CA

***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Thanks to the Lowell Summer Camps Fair in 2016 for introducing me to another creative and STEM-focused program for the kids (and nice to see you again at this season’s camp fair, too)! A variety of Makersville themes will be offered at two Long Beach locations. The first series of camps are week-long sessions from June 19-30 at the Bayshore Church, Monday-through-Friday, either AM or PM. The camp then moves to Colorado Lagoon Education Center for a handful of week-long sessions from July 11-through-August 10, AM or PM tracks. Times for all sessions vary, please check schedule for details. Cost for all sessions is just $85 per session per camper! Please refer to their website for additional class and camp details, including exact dates, costs, and discounts offered, and you can register and pay online here.

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

***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2017!!!*** Thanks to Alison for emailing the RMT Blog with a heads up about this awesomely artistic opportunity! From her email: “Ever wanted to be a potions master? Or a puppeteer? Or maybe just make some good old fashion camp crafts? Well, this summer you can when you come explore, create, and get a little bit messy at March Art Studios!” There will be eight (8) unique themed camps making use of materials such as wood, clay, cardboard, and cloth to build, sculpt, print, paint, and tinker. Camps are for ages 5-12 with weekly sessions running July 5 through August 20. Choose from an AM (9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) or full-day (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) session with extended hours available upon request. Prices for AM sessions are $180 before April 30 and $200 thereafter; full-day sessions are $300 before April 30 and $335 thereafter. Please contact the studio or visit their website for more details and for exact dates of operation.

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

Thanks to RMT reader Susan for the tap, er, I mean, tip about this camp! Please contact them directly for camp dates, age requirements, pricing, and other enrollment details. (As of May 2017, Summer 2017 info not yet posted.)

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

***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** From their website: “MOLAA summer camps explore Latin American culture through a variety of activities. Campers enjoy gallery visits, participate in individual and collaborative art projects, and learn about the dance and martial arts traditions of Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. Lessons are presented in a bilingual format, appropriate for all levels. Sections with a focus on art, movement, and language give parents the flexibility to mix and match to create the most appropriate experience for their child.” Three, one-week-long sessions will run from July 10-28, Mondays-through-Fridays, for kids ages 6-to-12. There are also counselor-in-training programs offered for teens 14-to-17 years. Pricing for each program depends on track(s) and date(s)/time(s) (museum members also receive a 20 percent discount), and there are scholarships available. Please contact the museum for program themes, tracks, and pricing, and you may find a registration form here.

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

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

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

***NEW TO THE LIST IN 2016!!!*** Thanks to the staff at On Stage Music Academy for contacting me about their summer programs! From their email: “(Ours) is a pop and rock music lesson academy focused on helping aspiring musicians in the Long Beach community achieve their music goals, however ambitious they may be. (We will be) teaching them how to play in rhythm and harmonize with others while simply having fun. Our day camps offer music exploration for beginner musicians and music intensive camps for experienced musicians. We focus on voice, guitar, bass, drums, piano/keyboard, ukulele, and putting them all together to form a band.” Camps for 2016 were split into two age groups of 8-12 years and 13-17 years, and weekly sessions were scheduled throughout the months of June-through-August. Camps ran in 3-hour afternoon sessions from 12 Noon-to-3 p.m. and cost $200 per weekly session plus a $20 registration fee for each camper (Discounts: get $50 off for an additional family member, and do more than one session get 10 percent off all summer sessions!). Please note days and times of camps may change and/or additional sessions could be added to the schedule depending on interest and student availability. Click here to enroll in a camp session(s), or for more information about pricing or any other details, please contact On Stage Music Academy directly. (As of May 2017, Summer 2017 info not yet posted.)

***One on One Basketball, Inc.***
Contact: Ryan Axford – Regional Director
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 91854
Long Beach, CA 90809
Basketball and Dual Sports Camps Located at
McGaugh Elementary Gymnasium
1698 Bolsa Ave.
Seal Beach, CA 90740
End of the Summer Hoops Camp Located at:
Bethany Lutheran Gymnasium
5100 Arbor Dr.
Long Beach, CA 90808

***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** One-on-One is back in the Long Beach area with a triple-double, slam-dunk offering of NEW camps for Summer 2017!
Join their highly-experienced adult staff for Basketball Camp that has proven fundamental training and an awesome time, which will focus on proper technique and athletic motor skills that will help kids develop as athletes and teammates. Throughout these lessons, kids will learn the importance of teamwork, perseverance, good sportsmanship, communication, and maintaining a positive attitude. Bring a snack for half-day camps and a bagged lunch for full-day camps. All campers receive a t-shirt as well as daily contests and prizes. Ages 5-13. Three weeks of Basketball Camps are offered for 2017, with sessions June 19-23, July 10-14, and July 31-August 4. Half-day camps from 9 a.m.-12 Noon for $137; full-day camps from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for $227. A fourth “End of the Summer Hoops Camp” additionally operates August 21-25 with same half- and full-day hours; cost $130 for half-day and $220 for full-day. (NOTE: End of the Summer Hoops located at the Bethany Lutheran location, see address above.). Register here for Basketball Camp and register here for End of the Summer Hoops.
One-on-One’s Dual Sports Camps offer the best of both worlds, with time spent each day working on basketball skills in the gym followed with competition in the summer sun playing an awesome outdoor sport. Dual Sport Camps are fun, fast-moving, and a great learning experience! Bring a bagged lunch, water, and sunscreen please. All campers receive a camp t-shirt as well as daily prizes. Ages 5-13. Two weeks of Dual Sports Camps are offered this summer, with sessions June 26-30 and July 17-21 for $227. Register here for Dual Sports Camp.

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

***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** We know so many kids who’ve been involved in the futsal programs at Outbreak, and I learned about their summer camp program in 2016 thanks to the Lowell Summer Camps Fair! This season, camps will be for ages 7-13 and will operate at the Signal Hill location as one-week sessions either July 10-13 and August 7-10, Mondays-through-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-to-12 Noon, with a cost of $140/player per session. For more information please contact the center, or you can enroll online.

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

I ran into the Power of One crew at the Lowell Summer Camps Fair last Spring (2016) and got a sneak peek at their programs! From their website: “The Power of One Self-Defense Institute has been running Summer Sports Camps since 1999, and hundreds of students have enjoyed activities from martial arts training, swimming, hiking, bowling, surfing to theme parks, museums, water parks and science centers. If you are looking for a safe, fun environment for your child to work on strong positive attitudes, learning self-respect and self-discipline and opportunities for socialization then our camp is perfect for you.” In 2016, there were seven, week-long sessions available from June-through-August (no camp week of July 4 or July 25) at both locations listed above; camps are for students and non-students ages 5 years and older. Camps operated from 9 a.m.-to-3 p.m., Mondays-through-Fridays, with early drop off and late pick up available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost varied from $162-to-$200 depending on how many weeks campers attended, with family rates available (pre/post care is an additional $25/week or $10/day). Please contact the studio for more enrollment details. (As of May 2017, Summer 2017 info not yet posted.)

Rancho Rio Verde Horsemanship Camp
1000 W. Carson St.
Long Beach, CA
310 830 2060 (Stables Offices) or 714 624 5754 (Lisa Wall)

***UPDATED FOR 2017!*** Here each camper receives instruction on riding in a small-group environment and has a horse to care for during the entire week! In past summers, one-week sessions have been offered from 10 a.m.-to-1 p.m. during spring break and summer. Please contact the stable for program age, date, and enrollment details.

Ronald Palmer Summer Academic / Basketball Camp
Camp located at: CSULB, West Gymnasium (near Kinesiology)
562 477 2976

***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Ron Palmer is back with his Summer Academic/Basketball Camp at CSULB! Camp is for ages 8-to-15 and this year will be held one week only, from August 1-through-4, 8 a.m.-to-5 p.m. Morning session will focus on math and language arts with certified teachers; after lunch, which is served in the university dining hall daily, campers will shift to skills and drills with legendary Poly HS coach Ron Palmer himself! Cost is $100 (scholarships available). For more information or to enroll please contact the camp directly (details above).

***Rose Writers Youth Writers Camp***
Camps Held at:
Namaste Center
129 w. 5th Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
562 882-2183

***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2017!!!*** Thanks to Desiree for contacting RMT about this great outlet for our young writers-in-training! From their email: “In these not-like-school workshops, young writers will have fun exploring their creativity in a safe and encouraging environment. Workshop facilitators are experienced teachers and writers who are skilled at helping young writers overcome the anxiety and fear typically associated with writing.” There will be various sessions and themes offered in June and July for ages 7 to 18 (age range depends on theme-session enrolled). Dates, times, and cost all vary per session, so please check website for all details. All sessions limited to 10 campers each so enroll early to avoid being shut out! Register online here.

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

***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** From their website: “Camp S.H.A.R.K. at Rossmoor Park! Come to the camp that’s action-packed and affordable! Click HERE for camp calendar, snack bar menu, daily activities, photos, etc. Our camp keeps kids on-the-go and engaged in activities that are designed to entertain, educate, and exercise their minds and bodies. Choose from ten weeks of programming that includes on-site activities such as games, sports, contest, arts and crafts, entertainment, cultural events and more! Parents needing flexibility can craft a schedule allowing their child to attend on specific days only, or on a weekly basis, while optional field trips are offered for even more non-stop fun.” Choose from 10 week-long sessions Mondays-through-Fridays from June-through-August (holidays excepted), 9 a.m.-to-4 p.m., for ages 5-to-12 (extended care available from 7 a.m.-to-7 p.m. at an extra charge). Cost varies depending on week(s) enrolled, extended care, field trips added, etc. Please go here to see pricing and register online or contact the center directly for more information.

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

***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2017!!!*** Gotta check those school backpacks, RMT’ers, because I discovered this camp during the end-of-the-year clean-out last week! From the Long Beach Parks and Recreation website: “Challenger Sports is now proud to present Rugby camps to the City of Long Beach. We provide an age appropriate week-long training program combining the right blend of technical, tactical and physical training, coached by our hand-picked rugby coaches from the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Each player will receive a rugby ball, t-shirt and written evaluation from our Challenger coaches outlining those areas which the player can develop to improve their game over the coming seasons. Players also learn about our core values of respect, responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship, and leadership.” Camps are advertised as non-contact for ages 6-14 and campers will be split into two age groups (6-9 and 10-14). The Long Beach Location will operate for one week, Monday July 24 to Friday July 28, from 9 a.m. to Noon. Cost is $160 per camper. For more information, please go online to Challenger Sports directly, or you may go here to register online now!

Sand and Sea Beach Camps
310 940 7166

***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2017!!!*** A new camp on the list all thanks to T cleaning out his backpack of his school’s Friday Fliers, which are ripe with Summer Camp opportunities right now, folks! From their website: “Sand & Sea Camps combine volleyball and other team-based beach games with fun water activities like bodyboarding and surfing. Activities are customized for three distinct age groups (5-8, 9-12, 13-17) and are conducted by our thoroughly trained and highly experienced staff. It’s a fantastic way to get outside for a fun, active and healthy day while making a few new friends in the process.” Camps are for boys and girls ages 5-16 and operate at various locations throughout Southern California (including a Long Beach location) June through August, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–12 Noon and/or Noon–3 p.m. Cost varies by location, see website for details and to register.

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

***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** From the Kidsguide Magazine online: “Private and group instruction (6+) for Western, English and Jumping. Beginner through advanced lessons can be arranged to fit your schedule. Lessons are available six days a week on your horse or theirs. The new “Introduction to Horses” class, by scheduled appointment, includes safety and basic in-hand ground work and care, as well as basic riding. (Summer 2017) camps also available (starting the week of July 10) (see Camps), plus programs for scout groups earning merit badges. Enjoy horses and horseback riding in a quiet country setting.”

scpaLA’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) 570-4909

***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** From their website: “spcaLA’s Friends for Life Summer Camp™ is a week long and is designed for 8-13 year olds. At camp, kids learn basic care and responsibility for pets, respect for animals, and the beginnings of dog training — all while having fun with friends! Younger kids (8–10) will participate in animal-related games, activities and crafts. They will also learn the basics of animal handling and dog training, plus much more. Older campers (11–13) will also participate in animal-related crafts and activities, see dog training demos, and do obedience and agility training with shelter dogs. Starting summer 2017, the Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program for 14-17 year olds will be expanding! Please check back for more details as the summer nears.” Eight, one-week sessions from June 19-through-August 25 (no camp week of July 4), Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-to-3 p.m. (drop-off begins at 8:45 a.m., pick-up is promptly at 3 p.m.). Prices are $350 for campers and$275 for CITs (to apply for a scholarship please click here). For more program details, please contact the shelter (information above), and to register online please click here.

Seal Beach Community Services
562-431-2527 Ext 1307 or 1344

***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Weekly summer camps in sports, art, surfing, skateboarding, photography, animation, film-making, magic, dance, cooking, sand-castle building, robots, tech, academics, and more for ages 3-to-17 offered from June-through-August (program ages vary by theme, check online for all details). Please go to the city’s community services and recreation department website for all camp dates, program, cost, and enrollment details. Register online for classes here.

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

***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2017!!!*** Thanks to RMT reader Tina for the email about this not just “sew-sew” program! From their website: “Camps are for absolute beginners and more advanced sewers, boys and girls, ages 8-18 (minimum age requirement 2nd Grade and Up). Beginners will learn how to safely use a sewing machine and our 1st sewing project will be a beautiful bookmark. Other beginner projects are: pillowcase, PJs, skirt and a cool shirt. More advanced students (and students in their 2nd and 3rd camps) will sew beautiful summer dresses, beach bags and other fun summer projects!” Camps operate over 7 weeks from June 5 through August 18 (note camp is not in session each week, check website for exact date details), with three time sessions daily of 9-11 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. or 2-4 p.m. Cost is $185 per session, and all materials are included in the fee (campers choose from a selection of fun and fashionable fabrics!). Please contact the camp with any questions, or to register go online here .

Sewing with Jane Summer Camp
6243 E. 5th St.
Long Beach, CA
Land: 562 431 1943
Cell: 562 260 5888

***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Weekly classes and summer camps offered Monday-through-Friday with morning or afternoon sessions available. Hand sewing for ages 6-and-up; machine sewing for ages 9-and-up (machines provided). Hand sewers complete craft projects; machine sewers complete simple clothing or crafts. Go here for the ages 6+ session offerings and here for the ages 9+ schedule. If you sign up before May 15 there is a discount available (see links for details or contact the studio). Please contact Jane for program availability and enrollment details (her Facebook Group page is linked above; no other website information available).

Shakespeare by the Sea’s Summer Shakespeare
Camp Monday-Thursday Located at:
Little Fish Theatre
777 Centre St
San Pedro, CA 90731
Camp Friday Located at:
Point Fermin Park Bandshell
807 Paseo del Mar
San Pedro, CA 90731
Contact: Stacy Collins Johnson, 415.680.0178

***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2017!!!*** Another later-add to the list as I was just alerted to this dramatic opportunity today! From their email: “Calling young Actors and Actresses! Students will join SBTS teaching artists for a daytime camp of theatre games and rehearsals for an abbreviated version of Shakespeare’s best loved play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The week’s camp will culminate in a public performance* by the students of their (15 minute) A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Shakespeare by the Sea’s Summer Shakespeare stage at Point Fermin Park, before the SBTS actors take the stage for The Taming of the Shrew. *Parents and friends are invited to attend the student show on Friday July 7 at 5:30pm at Point Fermin Park and stay for Shakespeare by the Sea’s production of The Taming of the Shrew at 8. No tickets necessary!” Camp is for ages 7–14 and will operate for one week only, Monday through Friday (holiday included), July 3–7; July 3–6 will be located at the Little Fish Theatre location from 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., and Friday will be at the Point Fermin Park Bandshell from 1:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. (includes 5:30 p.m. performance). Cost is $280 per camper. For more information, including camp requirements for the week and registration, please go to their website.

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 2017!!!*** Two summer camps will run this season. First, there’s Itty Bitty Day Camp for Ages 3 to 5, Monday through Friday, June 19-July 14, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Signal Hill Park Youth Center (1780 E. Hill Street). Weekly Fee:  Residents $65 / Non-Residents $75. Resident registration begins May 15 and Non-Resident registration begins May 30. From their website: “Itty Bitty Day Camp is designed to provide children 3 to 5 with their first opportunity to enjoy the fun and friendships of day camp. Trained City staff are on hand to provide encouraging, supportive care for children in a safe and exciting environment. Children will spend time exploring and discovering. Children must be potty trained.”
The other program offered is the ARC Summer Day Camp for kids grades K-5. From their website: “Signal Hill Summer Day Camp is an exciting traditional day camp program for school age kids that keeps them safe, busy and active during the summer! Friendly staff members organize activities for kids including games, sports, arts and crafts, science,culinary experiences and more! Twice a week, youth excursions will be offered for an additional cost. Pre-registration is required and Signal Hill residents receive priority. Signal Hill Summer Day Camp is offered at two locations, Discovery Well Park (Monday-Friday from June 19-August 18; enrollment starts May 15 for Residents and May 30 for Non-Residents) and Signal Hill Park (Monday-Friday from July 31-August 18; enrollment starts June 6 for Residents, June 26 for Non-Residents).  Children entering Kindergarten must have at least six months of experience in a formal preschool setting.” Times for both locations is 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and costs are Residents $40/Non-Residents $50 (field trip costs additional and vary per week).
There is also a Teen Summer Camp Program available for Grades 6-8 (see website for details).
Please contact the city offices for program availability and enrollment details.

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

***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Programs for children ages 2-through-15 run for nine weeks from June 26-through-August 25, Mondays-through-Fridays from 9 a.m.-to-4 p.m. (extended care is available from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Pricing varies (a full schedule, including discount information, can be found here; scholarship application here). Please contact the Academy for more camp details or for registration information. Special thanks to RMT’er Nicole for sharing this camp with us!

Sinjin Smith’s Beach Volleyball Camps
310 940 7166

***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2017!!!*** Another new camp find this year from a Friday flier from school! From their website: “Legendary beach volleyball players Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos started Beach Volleyball Camps in 2003 to help boys and girls of all ability levels learn to play their favorite sport in a fun and safe environment. Today, the concept is flourishing with camps taking place all summer long in 13 beach communities dotting the beautiful Southern California coastline. Our flexible programming makes it easy to sign up whether you’re looking for a month, week or just a day of fun and instruction.” Camps are for boys and girls ages 7-15 and operate at various locations throughout Southern California (including a Long Beach location) June through August, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–Noon. Cost varies by location, see website for details and to register.

Contact Adam Cohen at:
562.343.1095 or 714.313.8787

***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** T took skateboarding classes after school at school through this mobile skateboarding company, and now you too can get in on the shred-tastic fun! Whether your child is a beginner like T or a skilled skater, Skatedogs has a program just for them (ages 6-to-13). For more information on Long Beach-area Skatedogs camps (which includes most school holidays and breaks, not just summer!) or any of their other Southern California camps and classes (locations, dates, prices, and registration online links all vary), please visit their website or contact Adam at the above phone or email.

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

***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Another new find thanks to the Lowell Summer Camps Fair last season! According to their email update this year, there will be two 2017 dance camps. The first dance camp is the Big & Spectacular Dance Variety Show, which runs from June 19–July 14 and is for dancers ages up to 12 years old. Each week, SCDT will create a mini musical theater with singing, dancing, costuming, and set creations. The camp is from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (before and after care is available at no charge for dancers older than 6 years of age). The second workshop is a Swan Lake Intensive, which runs from July 17–28. This is a workshop for intermediate to advanced dancers ages 10+ and features dances from the famous ballet Swan Lake. Both workshops present a dance in the SoCal Dance & Choreography Festival at the Downey Theatre on Saturday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. Costs vary depending on days, week(s), or whole session enrollment, please consult the studio directly for more details. For more information about any of the SCDT camps or classes, or to enroll, please contact the studio directly.

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

***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2017!!!*** 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. From their website: “Learn the proper stroke fundamentals and footwork patterns; practice with a purpose using SC Academy teaching methods; preparation for eventual tournament and competitive play; highest quality of instructors; daily points to earn free prizes and weekly tournament match play!” Camps are for Beginners to Intermediate juniors ages 5-14, and dates of operation are held in week-long sessions from June 19 to August 25, Mondays – Fridays, 9 a.m.–Noon. Cost is $190 per week or $50 per day; 20 sessions bundle available for $600 (must be used this summer 2017); other discounts available include 3 weeks or more for 15 percent off and family discounts of 10 percent off second child and 15 percent off third child. For more details please go to their website; click here to register.

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

***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Now entering its 11th year of summer camps, Rancho Los Cerritos offers programs for kids entering Grades 1-5 and – this is news to me anyway – camps for Grades 6-8, too! From their website: “Elementary-aged children learn about life in Old California through games, crafts, and hands-on activities (at Summer Adventures Day Camp). Middle schoolers will experience a camp unlike any other with Unplugged, our history-themed program related to 19th century science, technology, and art. Activities include: an archaeological dig, a pioneer obstacle course, spaghetti engineering, making pinhole cameras – and developing their pictures in a real darkroom!” There are three sessions offered for Summer Adventures Day Camp (grades 1-5): Vaquero Adventures (July 17-21) activities include leather tooling, making tortillas, and panning for gold. Old Time Adventures (July 24-28) activities include churning butter, trying to walking on stilts, and watching a Victorian magic show. Adobe Adventures (July 31-Aug 4) has kids building miniature adobe houses, making pancakes with acorn flour, and creating their own rain sticks. All Summer Adventure Day Camps times are 10 a.m.-to-2 p.m. with a cost of $130 per session per child (click theme link above to register). Unplugged Camp is one week only, Monday through Friday, August 7-11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with a cost of $160 per camper. Register here for Unplugged Camp. A few of T’s friends have attended this camp in summers past and they LOVED IT! Please contact the Rancho for enrollment details or sign up here for their camp information mailing list!

***Summer ArtExperience 2017***
Camps Located at:
The Art Exchange
356 E. 3rd Street
Long Beach, CA 90802

***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2017!!!*** Thanks to Monica for contacting me about this new artistic opportunity for local LB youth of all abilities! From their email and postcard: “The Summer ArtExperience provides inclusive classes for children ages 6–12 led by professional arts educators. Sessions include creative investigations in the ARTX Learning Center and exploration in the Gallery featuring the work of community artists. Extended care is available until 5:30 pm for a small additional cost. Following a creative day full of mindful and expressive experiences, students in extended care have the opportunity to participate in physical activities, connecting the mind and body – including yoga and drumming! (Each session) also features a final exhibition and reception for young artists, families and neighbors. This is an opportunity to show off creative achievements!” There will be four camp sessions offered this summer, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (extended care available until 5:30 p.m. for additional cost): June 19-30 (closing art exhibit June 30); July 10-21 (closing art exhibit July 21); July 24-August 4 (closing art exhibit August 4); and August 7-18 (closing art exhibit August 18). Cost $350 per session per camper. Enroll online here.

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

***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Information for Summer 2017 is online now! Three sessions are being offered this summer for Grades K-8, and all camps are open to the public. From their website: “Summer with Westerly is a flexible summer program that continues to instill a love of learning in our students through a rich mix of academic instruction, art, recreation and FUN. Join us for the full six-week program or pick and choose sessions that work for you. We pride ourselves on tailoring a program that works best for your family. Our qualified teachers, experienced coaches, and decorated artists go to great lengths to help give your child a summer to remember.”
Grades K-5 sessions are: Session 1 June 26–July 7; Session 2 July 10–July 21; and Session 3 July 24–August 4. Grade K-5 camps operate: Full-Day 9 a.m.-to-3:30 p.m. ($425/session); Half-Day Enrichment Only Program 9 a.m.-to-12:15 p.m. ($325/session); or Half-Day Wildcat Program Only 12:15-3:30 p.m. ($125/session).
Grade 6-8 sessions are: Session 1 June 26-30; Session 2 July 3-7; Session 3 July 10-14; and Session 4 July 17-21. Grade 6-8 camps operate 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. ($180/session).
Early and extended care available. Please contact the school for more details on themes, pricing, and age requirements, and enrollment online is available here.
P.S. – Thanks to a special and very kind shout-out to the RMT Blog via email from Pedro, I also wanted to remind y’all again that Westerly also hosts many other camps at their campus, including The Daydreamer’s Academy, which will offer a class for 2/3 grade and 4/5 grade students along with a 1-week Music Production class for 6-8 graders, and The Young Americans singing, dancing, acting, and performance camp (more information on the latter camp also available in a dedicated entry down the list)! Great seeing you at the 2017 Lowell Summer Camp Fair also! 🙂

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

***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Get permission to sail aboard the Tallship American Pride for Tallship Catalina Island Sea Adventure Camp! This Monday-Friday program offers six week-long sessions this season: June 19-23; July 17-21; July 24-28; July 31-August 4; August 7-11; and August 14-18 (Groups may book an entire camp week, call for availability). Activities include swimming, fish dissection, fishing, kayaking, Catalina Island discovery walks and education, and much more (see website for full listing of activities and other details). These overnight camps are age appropriate for 10-17 year olds, and they will be grouped in crews accordingly. Cost is $550/week, which includes all food and activities. 10% Discount for bringing a Sibling or a Friend on same camp. A 50% deposit is required at time of booking, with the balance due 10 days prior to arriving at camp; written notice is required to cancel. (May be Tax Deductible; Please check with your Tax Professional.) Find a registration form here and a gear packing list here. For more information please call the Institute’s office (number above). Thanks to a RMT commenter for the recommendation (this sounds like something I want to look at once T turns 10 for sure)!

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

***NEW TO THE LIST FOR 2017!!!*** Thank you again overflowing backpack and all your fliers. From their website: “Tetra Brazil Soccer Academy offers unique programs of technical development that challenge each player to raise their game to new heights. The Tetra Brazil curriculum has been designed by our professional coaches to provide teams, coaches and players with the same expert level of training received by the top youth players in Brazil. The Tetra Brazil Soccer Academy will teach your child more than just techniques and tactics. Each member of the Tetra Brazil coaching staff will bring an authentic taste of flair, passion, and creativity of Brazilian soccer to our camps.” Camp is for ages 8-16 and will be offered in one weekly session, Monday through Friday, August 7-11. Cost is $175 for half-day 9 a.m.-Noon and $250 for full-day 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information and to enroll, go online here.

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

***UPDATED FOR 2017: ON HIATUS*** Per the owner-operator, this camp is on hiatus for Summer 2017.

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

***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** If you’ve been a reader of the RMT blog for any length of time, then you may recall that I have some personal experience with the Xtend Barre studio in Seal Beach, so I am more than happy to help promote their summer dance camp program for kids! This season, Xtend Barre Seal Beach will offer two week-long, half-day camp sessions for boys and girls ages 5-to-10 the following dates: July 17-21 and August 7-11,  1-3p.m. Cost for either session is $210 (includes snack, XB tank, and water bottle); sibling discount of $10 off enrollment. Themes vary daily, from hip-hop to lyrical. You may find more details and enroll online here.

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

***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** The Young Americans are coming to Long Beach, CA this summer! From their website and flier: “Open to students grades 3rd-College in the surrounding area. This high-energy, comprehensive performing arts summer camp includes instruction, classes, and workshops in voice, dance, comedy improvisation, songwriting, performance techniques, sound, lighting, and master classes from industry professionals. Participants are divided into three age groups to learn age appropriate material. By learning a show in just 5 days, students are able to learn teamwork, discover their individual potential, and walk away with a huge sense of accomplishment at the end of the week, all in an encouraging and positive atmosphere that The Young Americans foster and provide.” Camp will be held at the above location for one week only from Tuesday June 20-through-Saturday June 24, 9 a.m.-to 5 p.m.; the show camp date is Saturday June 24 from 1 p.m.-to-8 p.m. Camp cost is only $210 for five days, which includes a camp T-shirt; see website for discounts and scholarship information (TIP: You can save $50 per camper when you house a few of their cast members during the week of camp; please email to get more information. You can also sign up during the registration process.). Show tickets will be sold at various times throughout the week before and after camp. For more information and details, please visit their website, and go online to register here.

So… Want to know where T went attended camp these past summers (2013-17), RMT’ers? Then check out these next few camps!

Dirtbags Baseball Camps at CSULB
Camp held at:
Campus Field-Long Beach State University
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840
(The baseball field is located next to Walter Pyramid)
Geno DeAngelis, Director of Baseball Operations

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Since my kid can’t seem to get enough baseball, that sent me in search of additional baseball opportunities in the LB area, and that led me straight to those Dirtbags… the Long Beach State Dirtbags, that is! Yes, our local college team, the CSU Long Beach Dirtbags, are proud to host a baseball camp for local youth each summer. From their website: “The Dirtbag Baseball Camps at Long Beach State University provide some of the finest college baseball camps, high school baseball camps and instructional skills clinics in Southern California. Whether its a weeklong summer camp, winter holiday camp or fall ball clinic they do it all. Our baseball camps are staffed by the Long Beach State coaches and players. We pride ourselves in playing the game the right way. The “Dirtbags” way. It is this philosophy and tradition that has led Long Beach State to be one of the top college baseball programs in the country.” Camps are for ages 6-13 and are held as seven week-long sessions Monday through Friday from June 18 through August 10 (no camp week of July 4 holiday) at a cost of $195. If you have any questions or to register please go to their website or contact Geno DeAngelis (info above).

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

***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Shared Science offers several different week-long sessions of summer day camp all part-day in length (now at various locations throughout Long Beach!). Campers gain knowledge and experience in various engineering and robotics sciences through the construction of LEGOs and other materials. Scratch programming is also offered for older campers starting in Grade 3. From their Facebook page: “Hey now! This summer you can try out: Scratch coding at the TKTC Studio at the EXPO; Awesome Battleship Science on board the USS Iowa; (and) Creatively cool science and tinkering at Temple Israel’s Torah Center. Plus we are offering a unique chance for high schoolers to learn about drones and work towards licensing at Sato Academy!I think if you follow the blog at all, it’s obvious why we enrolled in these camps year after year (that and it was by far the most reasonably priced camp involving LEGOs for when T was a younger age!). You can read about one of our previous camp experiences with Shared Science here. Register for 2017 camps online here. Thanks again to Miss Michelle and Mr. E for a great week filled with learning and fun times!

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

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** Touted on its flier as “The best camp at the best price,” Tom Hicks Baseball Camps are back for their 29th year in 2018! I was reminded about this camp from a flier that Mr. Hicks personally handed to me at one of our Little League games in Spring 2015. We enrolled that summer and have each season since! Every Little League coach we’ve met to date has raved about Tom Hicks and his camps (my husband included – he heard him speak at a coaches clinic and was quite impressed). Sponsored by Diamond Sports, these camps for all skill levels are for boys and girls ages 5-14 years are five separate 5-day/ week-long sessions 9 a.m.-to-3 p.m., and the 2018 dates are as follows: June 25-June 29; July 9-13; July 16-20; July 23-27; and July 30-August 3. Camps are operated by experienced, professional coaches with excellent student-teacher ratios.  Costs are: $130 for a five-day session, which includes 30 hours of instruction time (early bird registration rate of $125 if you register and is postmarked before June 1); early drop-off and late pickup hours offered with hitting instruction for extended enrollment price of just $45 per camper for those 10 extra hours/week; multiple session discounts also offered (see all pricing breakdowns here). Long Beach camps are held at Heartwell Park (corner of Carson St. and Palo Verde Ave.). For more information, please contact Tom Hicks directly. PS – Read all about our awesome and amazing experience at Tom Hicks Baseball Camps 2015 here.

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

***UPDATED FOR 2018!!!*** T loved taking tennis lessons through Long Beach Parks and Rec a few summers ago, and he last summer he tried this camp for the first time and “LOVE”d it! From their website: “The most important highlight of Valter Paiva Spring Break Tennis Camp is that the kids HAVE LOTS OF FUN while DISCOVERING AND ENJOYING THE GAME OF TENNIS. THE SPORT OF A LIFE TIME!” Camps will run June 18 through Friday August 24, Monday through Friday full-day 9 a.m.-to-5 p.m.; half-day camps are offered in two sessions, either 9:00 a.m.-to-Noon or 1-to-4 p.m.; drop-ins accepted for one day at a time also (check website for how to drop-in). Cost varies depending on session enrollment. To register please go here.

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

***UPDATED FOR 2017!!!*** Offering 10 weeks of day camp from June 19-through-August 28 for ages 5-to-8-years-old. Cost is $105 per week; weeks are five-day blocks, Monday-through-Friday, 9 a.m.-to-4 p.m. Each week offers at least one different off-site excursion where kids are transported via bus (sometimes LB Transit is used); some excursions costs are included in weekly tuition, others TBD, and range anywhere from a trip to the municipal swimming pool to a day-trip to Knott’s Berry Farm! Early and late supervision offered at additional charge. Please contact the park office and ask for Rhiannon (Director of Pee Wee Camp Programs) with any questions about their program or for other enrollment details, or simply enroll online! What we liked most about this program (T attended Summers 2013-2016 – we have aged out and are still sad about it!) was the age range, day length (hard to find a full day, all-inclusive price for five-year-olds!), program and staff longevity, and cost ($105 for one week full-day M-F!). I also am happy to support our local parks and recreation department any way possible.

If you have a suggestion for this list, or your organization’s summer camp program would like to be included and/or updated in the list above, please email me at: 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.



14 responses to “LB AREA SUMMER CAMPS ’18!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thanks again!

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

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

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

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