As we traversed the aisles of the camp fair, we stopped and spoke to many parents who were there looking researching camps for their kids. It clear they found value in attending the camp fair because they could learn about so many different programs in one place and meet all the counselors and staff from the various camps.
But as we spoke with more and more parents, an interesting theme keep coming up.
It seems that one of the very reasons the parents enjoyed the camp fair so much -- that is, the opportunity to gather information about so many potential summer camp choices all in one place -- was also causing some of them to feel overwhelmed with so many possible summer camp choices.
With so many great programs to pick from, how were they supposed to narrow it down to the right one?
One of the moms was looking for a beach camp for her 13 year old son. But there were three or four different beach camp programs at the Bel Air Camp fair, she was a little confused. "There sure are lots of beach camps," she said. "How do we pick the right one?"
Here's what we told her. Sometimes when you're comparing camps and it's just too hard to decide which to choose, why not go with the one run by the people you like the most? Here's what we mean.
You're going to meet a LOT of camp directors and counselors at the camp fair. But the folks who seem the most genuine -- the ones you give you the best "first impression" and you "connect with" right off the bat -- is often a great way to decide how to pick a program.
In other words, go with your gut. If for some reason you just don't feel comfortable with the people, this is a good sign to move on to the next camp.
Meet Representatives from Canyon Creek Summer Camp and Over 50 More Amazing L.A. Sleepaway Camps at L.A. Camp Fair 2018
We're pleased to announce another awesome L.A. overnight camp, Canyon Creek Summer Camp, has joined the growing list of exhibiting programs at L.A. Camp Fair 2018.
Families in search of a fantastic L.A. sleepaway camp experience for their kids this year won't want to miss learning about this camp.
Representatives from Canyon Creek will be available to meet you and share and discuss their exciting summer camp opportunity with you at the UCLA Camp Fair location and Calabasas Camp Fair, too.
As wonderful a program as Canyon Creek is, there will be many other overnight summer camps just as amazing on display at the L.A. Camp Fair.
Grab your free tickets today to the Camp Fair so you don't miss all the fun!
Sending your kids to camp over the Spring Break recess isn't a new concept. L.A. families have being doing it for years. Not only does gong to spring camp give your child something to do while school's out and you might be working, spring camp gives kid the opportunity to make new friends, participate in lots of fun activities, and "test drive" some of the camps and programs you might be considering on a longer-term basis for your kids this summer. Here are some Los Angeles spring break camps available to you this year.
Got Game Camp
Got Game Camp's spring break program takes place at Hancock Park Elementary School located at 408 S. Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90036. The camp takes place from March 26 to March 30. According to its website, this program claims to have been voted among the Top 10 camps in Los Angeles. Science, robotics, arts and crafts, and water play are all part of the fun.
Kids Space Museum L.A. Spring Break Camps
This looks like a pretty fun camp for kids ages 5 to 9. We also like the fact this program takes place for two weeks instead of just one since many schools operate on different spring break schedules. The weeks the camp operates are March 19 through March 23 and March 26 to March 30. For art, science and nature loving kids, this could be the ideal spring camp for you!
Learn to Surf L.A. Spring Break Camp 2018
Taking place March 26 through April 6 at local L.A. beaches including Santa Monica, Venice and Manhattan, this camp is for those beach and surf-loving kids who can't get enough of the ocean. Surf camp in the springtime sounds like fun to us!
Los Angeles Zoo Spring Camp
At $65 a day, the L.A. Zoo offers a fun, educational and affordable spring camp program for children ages pre-K to 4th grade. Extended care is available each day for an addition $5 in the morning and $10 in the afternoon. Campers attending the L.A. Zoo spring camp program will make many new friends and learn about the animals. The camp runs March 26 though March 30. This is an L.A. spring camp that can't be beat!
Camp Sharwell at Zimmer Children's Museum
Music, movement, arts and crafts and lots of games and playtime are the hallmarks of this Los Angeles area spring camp for kids. We know this is a quality program because we've spoken to several families who've attended it and given high marks. This program is for kids 3 to 8, with the one requirement being campers must be potty-trained. The camp runs March 26-30 and April 2 through 5th. The camp boasts a staff to camper supervision ratio of 1 to 6.
Funky Divas and Dudes Spring Camp
This performing arts rock star camp is where it's at! The camp is operating for 2 weeks this spring during the weeks of March 26-30 and April 2-6. From making music videos to dancing to Fairytail and Pop Star theme days, your child won't be able to get enough of this camp!
Code Rev Kids Spring Camps
Referred to by CBS as one of the "best unique day camps in L.A.," this spring camp operates March 26 through April 20. That's quite a long period of time compared to other programs, so even if your child decides to attend another L.A. spring camp, or you have siblings on different spring break schedules, all of them will be able to enjoy this camp, too. The program runs from 9:00am to 4:00 pm and has both daily and weekly pricing. This is a specialty tech camp offering game design, robotics, programming and more.
Camp Super Duper Spring Break Camps
Operating March 26-30, this camp takes place in the heart of Los Angeles and offers yoga, theater, sports, dance, cooking and so many other fun camp activities. Many of the camp's counselors and campers from the previous summer will be there, so if you're a returning camper, attending this spring camp is a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make lots of new ones..
One of the things that bums us out the most is seeing budget cut after budget cut among so many important school programs. One of the subjects that seems to get slashed all the time is music. When we were in school, music was one of everyone's favorite classes. These days it's barely offered anymore.
Thankfully there's many summer camp opportunities in L.A. to fill the void. Here's a list of some of our favorite L.A. Music Summer Camps for kids who are interested in this kind of experience this summer. If you're aware of any L.A. music camps we inadvertently left off the list, please feel free to add them in the comments section.
3. Silverlake Conservatory Music Summer Camp. Located in the heart of L.A. in Hollywood, this program accommodates camp participants of all ages and music skill levels. Voice and songwriting workshops, recitals, and music education for kids are just part of this incredible program. They even offer scholarships for those who qualify. Hint: Sometimes you can get a real good feel about a camp's quality just by viewing its website. If this program's website is any indication, its music summer program is top-notch!
4. Join the Band Summer Music Camp. Now here's a fun-looking camp! This program offers a wide variety of introductory music programs and even a "try an instrument" camp so they can see what appeals to them most. Campers have an opportunity to work together in teams and private music lessons are also available. This camp serves music-loving campers starting as young as 6 years old though 12 and even teens. Rock band camps, signing, and songwriting are part of the fun.
5. Pacific Blue Music Camp. One thing we DON'T like about this program is it only lasts one week! What we LOVE about this camp is they seem to know exactly what they're doing, who they are and who they serve. Their program is geared specifically for middle school kids of all musical talent and experience levels. The camp is based in Santa Monica so it's central and easy to access from everywhere in greater L.A. Campers study the fundamentals and dynamics of music in a fun environment.
The wide impression most families have about the Camp Fair is that its primary purpose is to help parents find the best summer camp fit for their kids this year.
That's completely true -- families looking for a camp are going to find a wide variety of options at the Camp Fair.
But what about college kids and others who might be looking for a great summer job as a camp counselor this year? The Camp Fair is for you, too!
College Students Make Great Camp Counselors!
If there's one thing we've noticed through the years involved in the camp business, it's that college students often make the best camp counselors!
Meet Over 60 Summer Camp Employers on Sunday, March 11 at the UCLA L.A. Summer Camp Fair
On Sunday, March 11 at UCLA there will be a summer camp expo taking place where over 60 camp representatives will be taking to families about their available summer camp options for kids.
It's important to note this isn't a formal job fair, but at the same time, if you're looking for a summer job, it's an opportunity you won't want to miss because you can introduce yourself to the various camp directors and to learn about possible job opportunities.
Now, just a quick-heads up.
Camp folks are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet, But while visiting the various camp booths, please be considerate and cognizant of the fact the camp's main priority for attending the camp fair is to recruit new campers. As long as they have little extra time and aren't talking with parents, they should certainly be happy to speak with you about available job opportunities this summer.
The Camp Fair takes place Sunday, March 11 at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center on the campus of UCLA. The address is 111 Easton Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Admission is free, but you might want to grab a free ticket ahead of time just in case.
See you at the Camp Fair!
Blog posts by Cora Carter of L.A. Summer Camps.com