If you are looking for summer camp for your child this year but having trouble deciding where to start, the L.A. Summer Camp Fair series of camp expo events is the first place to turn.
L.A. Camp Fair 2020 is the ideal way to find the best summer camp for your kids this year. Attending the L.A. Camp Fair makes choosing a summer camp easy! The reason why is because you'll be able to meet dozens of camp representatives all in one place and learn about their programs. We always suggest bringing your kids to the Camp Fairs too, in order for them to give their input and share their impressions with you of all the different camps and programs on display at the Camp Fairs.
Research shows time and again kids are much more apt to enjoy camp when they feel like they've been part of their own camp selection process versus being "sent" to a camp or program their parents choose for them instead.
Four Camp Fairs in the L.A. area to Choose From
L.A. Camp Fair is comprised of a series of four summer camp expo events taking place at four different locations and convenient locations in March and April. You're more than welcome (and encouraged!) to attend more than one Camp Fair, but if you only have time for one or two, we advise choosing one close in close proximity to where you live. The Camp Fairs take place in centrally convenient locations as follows:
Don't Forget the Kids!
You can ask questions, get free brochures and learn about all the various camp opportunities here in L.A. under one roof.
This year the L.A. Camp Fairs take place:
You can expect to see at least 40 or 50 camps exhibiting at each Camp Fair.
Camp Wildcraft is a Program You Won't Want to Miss
Campers who enjoy art and nature will want to make a point of attending the Calabasas Camp Fair April 4. That's because one particular program that specializes in this type of thing will be on display. The camp is called Camp Wildcraft and it's definitely a camp for kids who crave a summer camp experience involving learning, friendship and fun.
At Camp Wildcraft, campers develop into creative, curious, confident & caring kids who feel at home in nature. The have two different sites -- one at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas and another at The Sycamore School in Malibu. Every day at camp your child will make friends, take hikes, create big, mixed-media art projects, paint and draw, sculpt in wood and clay, sketch in their handmade nature journals, do theatre, build forts, play together with wild freedom and much more.
So, please make a point of stopping by Camp Wildcraft's booth at the Camp Fair. You can get free tickets to the event here. But there is just one more thing to be aware of if you're considering Camp Wildcraft for your child this summer. The camp is small by design, so space is limited. If you like what you see about Camp Wildcraft at the Camp Fair, sign up as soon as you can to ensure your child's spot.
For kids who live in L.A., going to the beach each summer is a natural part of growing up. It's just something kids around here do! There's nothing better than spending time at the beach on those hot summer days. Kids can boogie board, swim in the ocean, play games on the sand with their families and friends and so much more.
Los Angeles Summer Surf Camp Listings
1. Aloha Beach Camp, located at Zuma Beach in Malibu, is widely regarding as one of L.A.'s top surf camps for beginning campers ages 4 to 15 who are new to surfing and want to learn the sport at their own pace. This program is also accredited by the American Camp Association and offers free transportation on buses with seat belts so you don't have to drive your child to camp yourself. If your child is a "hard core surfer," this may not be the ideal program for you. But if your son or daughter wants to learn the basics of surfing while enjoying any number of other fun camp activities every day they're at the beach, consider Aloha Beach Camp this summer.
2. CampSurf, located in Manhattan Beach, offers not just summer surf camps for kids but surf parties, lessons and corporate surf events, too. In fact CampSurf is the official surf school of the Manhattan Beach and other nearby L.A. cities. CampSurf teaches kids how to navigate the ocean and study the waves from the point of view enabling surf campers to enjoy the ins and outs of surfing safely all their lives. The camp even provides wetsuits so campers stay warm in the water.
3. Malibu Makos, located at the northern most part of Zuma Beach, is another Malibu based surf camp for kids offering special events and private surfing lessons, too. Campers ages 5 to 17 can enjoy weekday and even Saturday surf camps and classes. Surfboards, wetsuits and all equipment is provided for all participants. Even campers living further away from Malibu can enjoy the Malibu Makos surf camp program as the camp offers transportation service for an additional fee.
4. Perfect Day Camp Surf offers surf camps for kids at several locations including Santa Monica and Redondo Beach. Campers are encouraged to surf but can also enjoy boogie boarding, beach camps, and a more typical beach camp activities. Kids as young as 5 years old up to 17 are eligible to participate in the program. Sibling discounts and early bird discounts are available. This is a popular L.A. surf camp, so sign up for the program soon.
5. Summer of Surf is a beach and surf camp serving campers in the Pasadena area. In fact it's the only surf camp for kids in the area. If your child can tolerate what might be a longer-than-usual bus ride to the beach, this is definitely a camp to consider if you live in the Sierra Madre, Pasadena, or La Canada Flintridge areas and surrounding communities. Summer of Surf is offering early bird discount specials going on now, so if you sign up for camp today your child can learn to surf this summer and you'll save a few bucks at the same time. Summer of Surf is in partnership with Perfect Surf Day Camp, another surf camp program on our list.
Parents use any number of strategies to find the best camps for their kids. If you're looking for the best L.A. summer camp, you might ask your friends for a reference, or perhaps attend the L.A. Camp Fairs where you can meet in person camp directors from 100's of different programs under one roof.
But what if you're in a time crunch or have a scheduling conflict and can't make the camp fairs? Or what if you're just browsing the internet and have some time to kill? In that case, you're in the right place!
We've spent a lot of time researching the best Los Angeles Summer Camps and compiling them in our 2020 Los Angeles Summer Camp Guide. The Guide is easy to use. You can read all about the various camps and click or tap right through to their respective websites. You're bound to find the perfect camp!
We spend a lot of our time here on lasummercamps.com introducing parents to all the many wonderful summer camp opportunities available for kids in Los Angeles. But we know families from other nearby cities also visit our site, too, in hopes of finding a fantastic camps for their kids, also.
Looking for a Summer Camp in Santa Barbara? Don't miss the Santa Barbara Camp Fair!
On Saturday, April 18 there is a Camp Fair taking place at Santa Barbara City College where parents and kids can meet camp representatives from all kinds of different programs, ask questions, pick up free brochures and participate in sample camp activities. Day Camps, Sleepaway Camps, Sports Camps, Academic Camps and more will be on display. The Santa Barbara Camp Fair will feature over 40 different programs for you to discover as potential summer camp options for your kids this year. The Camp Fair is totally free, so if you want to meet lots of camp directors in person and see what kinds of programs they have available for your kids this summer, make sure you don't miss the Santa Barbara Camp Fair!
Get Free Tickets to the Santa Barbara Summer Camp Fair
The Santa Barbara Summer Camp Fair is free. Free parking's available, too! But you will need to get free tickets to get in to the Camp Fair due to an expected big crowd. You can get your free tickets here. When you arrive at the Camp Fair, just show your ticket to one of our helpful Camp Fair concierges who will direct your to the event.
We'll see you at the Santa Barbara Camp Fair Saturday, April 18 at Santa Barbara City College!
As sponsors of the 2020 Los Angeles Summer Camp Fairs, we always enjoy learning about and sharing with L.A. families some of the most popular camps around. Steve & Kate’s Camp is one such program.
We are big fans of Steve & Kate's philosophy. They believe that when you trust kids, they develop the confidence to trust themselves, and learn to use their own judgment. So Steve & Kate created a summer camp that puts kids in charge. Because unlike traditional schools, summer gives us the freedom to reinvent learning in a way that allows kids to make their own choices – and, of course, a few mistakes along the way.
Driven by this belief, Steve and Kate's Camp puts kids in the driver’s seat of a world of possibilities. So whether your child is a natural-born storyteller with a love for animation, or a budding chef, or a hacker-in-training, or a future fashion designer, they can dive into their passions in a world free from adult judgments and expectations at Steve and Kate's summer camp.
No matter where you live in L.A. County, Steve and Kate's Camp has a location near you. The program operates in Manhattan Beach, Pasadena, Valley Village and Beverly Hills. You can also meet the Camp Director, Jessica, in person at the upcoming L.A. Camp Fair in Los Feliz on Saturday, March 14. Jessica will be at the Camp Fair to answer your questions and provide any other information you want or need about Steve & Kate's 2020 summer day camp program.
Should your child attend Steve & Kate's Camp this summer, please let us a message in the comments below to share your impressions of your experience with other families who are considering the camp for their kids as well.
Ready to find a great summer camp for your kids in 2020? Don't miss the L.A. Camp Fairs! Make your plans to join us at one or more of these fun and informative Camp Fair events now:
L.A. Camp Fair in Los Feliz
Los Angeles Friendship Auditorium
Saturday, March 14, 2020
12:00pm to 3:00pm
L.A. Camp Fair at UCLA
Sunday, March 15, 2020
12:00pm to 3:00 pm
L.A. Camp Fair at Cal State Northridge
Redwood Activity Center
Sunday, March 29, 2020
12:00pm to 3:00pm
L.A. Camp Fair at Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center
Saturday, April 4, 2020
12:00pm to 3:00pm
We're looking forward to seeing you at the Camp Fairs!
We're excited to announce we've added another camp fair date and location to our family of L.A. Camp Fair events. In addition to our UCLA, Calabasas, and Los Feliz 2020 L.A. Camp Fair events, we have added a 4th summer camp expo at Cal State Northridge taking place Sunday, March 29. We'll post more info about this soon, but for now, if you live in Northridge or anywhere near the northern San Fernado Valley, there's an L.A. Camp Fair for you!
Many folks have requested from us a printable and definitive guide to the best Los Angeles summer camps. You asked and we listened! Starting January 1, 2020 we will make available to you an Official Guide of the Best Los Angeles summer camps. You can get it right here with a click of your mouse or tap of your finger. You can also join our mailing list below and we'll email you the free guide the moment it's available. It's the easiest way to find the 2020 summer camp for your child!
We're still in the planning stages for some of the upcoming 2020 L.A. Camp Fair events. We'll post details here once everything's set. Meanwhile, please mark your calendars for the following events which are scheduled for March and April:
The L.A. Camp Fair in Los Feliz will take place Saturday, March 14 at the Friendship Auditorium in Los Angeles, directly adjacent to Griffith Park. Over 35 different summer camps and programs locally and from out of state will be exhibiting their camps. If you live near the Friendship Auditorium and you're looking for a convenient "one-stop-shop" where you can learn about dozens of summer camps and and programs under one roof, don't miss this free event. Get your free tickets to the Camp Fair in Los Feliz today!
Families living in Calabasas and surrounding communities, including the West San Fernando and Conejo Valleys, won't want to miss this free event where over 50 different sleepaway camps and day camps will be showcasing their programs and activities for families like yours. This free summer camp expo event is free for the whole family! You'll be able to meet camp directors and counselors from all the different camps, get all your questions answered, participate in sample camp activities and make finding a camp for summer 2020 easy. This L.A. Camp Fair event takes place Saturday, April 4 at the Agoura/Calabasas Community Center. Free tickets are available now. Grab yours before they sell out!
Additional L.A. Camp Fairs
If the Calabasas or Los Feliz Camp Fairs aren't convenient for you, don't worry! Additional Camp Fairs are coming, too ... we just haven't nailed down the specific dates yet. But rest assured, there will be a L.A. Camp Fair near you for summer 2020 including one at UCLA in March.
Additional potential Camp Fairs include:
Additional events announced soon!
We hope to see you at one or more of the upcoming L.A. Camp Fair events. It's the easiest way to find a great summer camp for your child!
It's always easier to find a great camp when you're able to compare lots of them together all at once. And the best way to learn about many different camps all in one place is by attending a summer camp fair.
You're probably familiar with a wedding expos or food show where you can visit individual booths to learn about all the different vendors' products and services. The wedding expo might have lots of different D.J's and florists displaying their wares, for example, while the food expo might have different cupcakes, breads, and other various items you can sample by visiting all the various booths.
Camp Fairs are similar events, except instead of food or wedding vendors, summer camps are on display instead. That means you can go booth-to-booth meeting various camp directors in person and learning about their programs. You can get free brochures and ask questions, and your kids can sample different activities camps might be offering at their respective booths. It's kind of like a Farmer's Market, but for summer camps instead!
Join us Saturday, April 4 for L.A. Camp Fair's Agoura Hills/Calabasas Summer Camp Expo
If your family lives in Agoura Hills or the surrounding community and you want to find the best camp program for your child this summer, don't miss L.A. Camp Fair's Saturday, April 4 summer camp fair at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center.
This event is completely free and you'll be able to meet -- up close and in person -- representatives from more than 50 day camps and overnight camps and learn about the programs. There will be games, activities and free food for the kids, plus lots of free parking to make getting in and out of the Camp Fair a breeze.
We hope to see you at the L.A. Camp Fair for Agoura Hills families on April 4. While the event is free, we anticipate selling out, so we suggest getting your free tickets right now if you want to come.
See you at the Camp Fair!
L.A. Camp Fair 2020 is hosting three summer camp expo events so you can find a great camp for your child this summer, including our popular UCLA Camp Fair event location.
Though our Camp Fair at UCLA is currently in the planning stages, we expect it to take place in late February or early March. We'll have firm details for you shortly, so please check back here often for specific dates and times. You can expect to meet camp representatives from over 60 different programs at the L.A. Camp Fair at UCLA, so be sure not to miss it.
Meanwhile, you can view information about last year's L.A. Camp Fair at UCLA here in order to get an idea of what you can expect at this year's camp fair...although this year's event will be even bigger and better!
Los Angeles families looking for the ideal summer program for their kids in 2020 will find what they're looking for at the L.A. Camp Fair in Los Feliz.
L.A. Camp Fair offers several summer camp expo events in and around Los Angeles. If you live in the Los Feliz/Griffith Park area, you can't afford to miss the LA. Camp Fair's Los Feliz event taking place Sunday, March 14 from noon to 3pm at the Los Angeles Friendship Auditorium.
With tons of free parking and over 50 summer camps on display, this will be a fun and exciting day for the whole family. We'll have games, activities and prizes for the kids, not to mention an opportunity for you to win free camp sessions from participating camps. You'll be able to meet camp directors in person, ask questions and learn about their programs. With so many camps and programs coming together under one roof for your benefit, you are guaranteed to find a perfect summer camp match for your child in 2020.
The Camp Fair is Free, but You'll Need Tickets to Get In
The San Diego Camp Fair summer camp expo event will take place Saturday, March 7 from noon to 3pm in room 101 of the Casa del Prado building in Balboa Park. Just one ticket will admit your whole family to the San Diego Camp Fair on March 7. Get your free tickets today.
We are currently arranging all of the various L.A. Camp Fair dates and locations for the 2020 summer camp season. The L.A. Camp Fair in Calabasas will take place Saturday, April 4 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center in Calabasas.
Why Should You Attend the Camp Fair?
There's many ways to find and research summer camps, but attending a camp fair is the easiest and most efficient way for to find a program your child will love and you can trust. That's because going to a camp fair provides you the opportunity to meet camp representatives from dozens of different camps, all in one place, and learn about their programs. There's nothing like a face-to-face meeting where you can ask questions and really get to know the people who your child will be spending the summer with!
Attending the Camp Fair is free, but we're expecting a full crowd and want to make sure we have room for you. Get your free tickets to the L.A. Camp Fair in Calabasas today.
Most of the time we focus on summer camp opportunities for kids and teens in Los Angeles. But we are also involved with helping San Diego families find fantastic day and overnight camp experiences for their kids, too.
To that end, this coming March we're sponsoring the second annual San Diego Summer Camp Fair at the Casa del Prado in Balboa Park where over 50 summer camps will be showcasing their programs for the summer 2020 camp season.
Attending this free event with your kids is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn about all the local (and even some from out of state) camps your child can enjoy during the summer.
Here are the details you need:
What: San Diego Summer Camp Fair and Expo, 2020
Where: Casa del Prado, Room 101, Balboa Park, San Diego
When: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Times: 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Cost: FREE! (Get your FREE tickets here)
If you live in Calabasas or nearby areas and want to find a camp in immediate proximity to you, here's an online Calabasas summer camp directory with several program listings you might find interesting. The directory is published by Calabasas Mommy.
We have the solution!
We just put together a list of some of the top L.A. summer camps with transportation options. Some of the camps offer transportation for free, while other charge extra if you want to take advantage of this convenient service.
In any case, now you can sit back, relax and leaving the driving to the camp!
Looking for a summer camp in Cheviot Hills? We've got a number of great ones listed on our site. Bea in mind, a program does not need to be specifically located in Cheviot Hills be make our Top 10 Cheviot Hills summer camps list. It just needs to be located nearby and/or serve Cheviot Hills kids. Either way, you're bound to find a great program..there's many to choose from!
April is here! That means your kids might be on spring break or will be soon.
You know what else it means?
Summer is just around the corner, it's time to start looking for camps.
Finding a great summer camp -- one that suits your child perfectly -- is an annual challenge for Calabasas parents. With so many options to consider, it's often overwhelming to find the best program.
What kind of camp should your choose? Who do you talk to? When should you sign up? Where do you even start?
While many parents start their camp search online -- which, by the way, is a perfectly fine strategy -- finding the your child's ideal program in this way also has its potential drawbacks.
For one thing, it can get awfully time-consuming (not to mention confusing) jumping from one website to another while trying to learn everything you can from each individual one. One mom we spoke to the other day told us she spent 6 hours (SIX HOURS!) viewing individual summer camp websites, and all she ended up with was a lot more confusion (and exhaustion!) than when she started.
There is a solution though.
Why not attend a summer Camp Fair -- an expo, if you will -- featuring all the most popular summer camps and programs under one roof?
If you're unfamiliar with Camp Fairs, they're pretty much just like a wedding expo, boat show, or other types of live expos or exhibits you're familiar with.
Attending a camp fair is a phenomenal opportunity to meet camp representatives in person from dozens of different programs all under one roof at the same time. It's like visiting a "one-stop-shop" to learn about all the best summer camps for you.
Even though you can find different Camp Fairs all over L.A. this time of year, the most convenient one you'll find is right here in your own backyard.
There's a Camp Fair in Calabasas this Sunday, April 7 from noon to 3:00 PM at A.C. Stelle Middle School in Calabasas. And it's free!
Attending this Sunday's Calabasas Camp Fair affords you an opportunity to interview camp counselors and directors from dozens of different programs, pick up free brochures, and learn about all the amazing day summer camps available to your kids this summer.
In fact, at the Calabasas Camp Fair on Sunday, over 35 different camps and programs will be on display.
You'll discover day camps, sleepaway camps, beach camps, robotics camps, music camps, sports camps, cooking camps, dance camps, acting camps, STEM and STEAM camps, academic camps, religious camps, and just about any other type of camp or program you could ever imagine. Yes, all of these and more will be at the Calabasas Camp Fair this Sunday.
Now there's just one more thing to note.
Many camp fairs take place inside school gyms, Multi-Purpose rooms, or other indoor locations with strict capacity limits. This Sunday's Camp Fair in Calabasas is no different. So even though it's free, you'll be wise to get advance tickets just in case the event sells out.
You can get more information about this Sunday's Calabasas Camp Fair and free event tickets here.
The thing you'll love the most about the April 7 L.A. Camp Fair in Calabasas is the wide variety of programs you can learn about and choose for your kids this summer. From horseback riding camps to sports camps and everything in between, you'll find a fantastic program that fits your child's interest without a doubt.
Speaking of sports camps, Royal Basketball School is a program any child interested in basketball should consider.
Every Summer, Royal Basketball School hosts a Summer Camp at De Toledo High School in West Hills. The Royal Basketball School has put together a curriculum that emphasizes learning the ins and outs of the game. Each day of the camp packs a full load of basketball, swimming, outdoor games, special prizes, and fun! You can register for up to 5 days/week.
Best thing about this program? Your child does not need to be the next Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant or LeBron James to participate. All they need is a willingness to learn, make new friends and have fun.
How to Get More Information About Royal Basketball School
If you're interested in learning more about this program, don't miss the L.A. Camp Fair in Calabasas on April 7. The Camp Fair takes place at A.C. Stelle Middle School from noon to 3pm. Admission is free, but advance tickets are required since we're expecting large crowd.
Representatives from Royal Basketball School, along with camp staff from over 50 other camps and programs in L.A. will be exhibiting their camps and ready to meet you to share and discuss all their summer program opportunities for your kids this summer.
It's a "one-stop-shop" to find the best camp for you!
Of course, the big problem arises when several campers are losing things right and left, and all the backpacks look the same, and your child can't seem to identify her own hoodie from another camper who lost his hoodie, too. What's the solution? Label everything!
There's lots of clothing label companies out there, but one of our favorites is Label Daddy because the have peel and stick waterproof name label solutions and they have specific lost and found name label solution for camps.
So when the camp director holds up all the lost and found items in front of all the campers at the end of the day, your child won't be able to say, "that's not mine" anymore...because their name will be right on the label stuck to your camper's shirt or backpack or whatever else they might have lost at camp that day.
Just remember, label everything and all your summer camp lost and found problems will be solved! :)
We want summer 2019 to be your child's best camp experience ever. L.A.'s got a extraordinarily large number of camps to choose from, but just spending a little time on our website will help you find the perfect camp fit for your child.
1. What Kind of Camp are You Looking For? (Figure this out first.)
The first step in your summer camp search should be to identify a list of camps with a program and activity focus that matches the sorts of things your child likes to do.
Just last week, we spoke with a parent who signed her child up for a Los Angeles area sleepaway camp, but her daughter wanted a day camp instead.
Our advice? We strongly suggested the mother follow her daughter's wishes. Ignoring her daughter's preference for a day camp versus a sleepaway program would not only lesson her chances for a good camp experience, it would probably create resistance the very idea of attending camp in the first place.
So the important lesson here is, start by finding the type of camp your child wants, then begin your camp search there.
2. Visit the Camp's Website, then Visit the Camp Itself
Summer camp websites these days are so full of great information and colorful pictures, videos, and virtual tours, it almost seems like you're standing right in the middle of the camp site itself. But you're not!
Gathering online information from camps that interest you is a great idea, but remember, these are only first impressions and the websites are designed to "sell" you on their programs.
If you find a camp you like online, your next step is to reach out to the camp director in person to ask whatever questions you might have -- but don't stop there!
We highly advise visiting the camp in person so you can meet the camp director and his or her staff face to face while taking a live tour of the camp site. (If the camp does not offer personal tours -- which would be unusual, since most typically do -- then attending an Open House is the next best thing. Check out our listings for some upcoming Los Angeles summer camp open house dates and times.
3. Still Impressed After Seeing the Camp in Person? Check References!
After you've met the camp director and camp counselors and visited the camp in person, you might feel somewhat differently (positively or negatively) compared to your initial impressions upon finding the camp online.
Maybe you don't like the camp as much now as you thought you did before. On the other hand, maybe your visit confirmed your initial feelings and now you love it even more. In any case, your trip to the camp was worthwhile because now you're either sure you want to sign up or ready to move on to the next step in your camp search -- something you wouldn't have been able to do with as much confidence had you made your decision site unseen.
Assuming you love it and your child does too, the final step in the process before signing up should be to check references. Ask the camp director for names or two or three past or current camp families who wouldn't mind sharing their impressions of the camp program with you.
If you are impressed by what you hear, now is the time to sign up!
If not, you can either ask to speak with a few more references, or move on to another camp.
There are so many different summer camps in Los Angeles to choose from, even if you don't find one you love right away, keep looking! You are bound to find your child's perfect L.A. summer camp sooner rather than later.
Blog posts by Cora Carter of L.A. Summer Camps.com