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!
Many Camps and Programs Serving the Teenage Market Exhibiting at the L.A. Calabasas Summer Camp Fair
Parents of older kids, especially those with pre-teens and teenagers, often find themselves in a dilemma when trying to find suitable summer camp opportunities for their kids.
Typical 12, 13, or 14 years old kids often think they're "too cool" for camp, and they usually'd just rather stay home and play video games all day instead of participating in safe, fun and organized outdoor summer camp activities.
As a responsible parent, though, you'd rather your kids be outside participating in healthy and worthwhile activities with lots of other kids their age, and maybe you just don't feel comfortable letting your child stay home unsupervised all day while you and your spouse are at work.
Come to the L.A. Camp Fair on Sunday, April 7 at A.C. Stelle Middle School in Calabasas. If you are looking for a great summer program your child will love, this is the solution for you!
Attending the L.A. Camp Fair in Calabasas is like a visiting a "one stop shop" with all the best L.A. summer camps and programs all in one place.
Over 50 camp exhibitors will be on display at the Camp Fair, many of whom specialize in serving the teenage camper market. You'll be able to meet all the camp directors in person, ask questions, and learn about their programs. We encourage you to bring your kids along with you so they can see for themselves all the different programs available to them this summer, and even participate in sample activities at the various Camp Fair booths.
Please note attending the Camp Fair is entirely free, and there's absolutely no obligation to sign up for any camps. It's just a fun, informational event to help you discover the many different programs opportunites out there for your kids this summer.
You can get your free tickets to the Camp Fair here. We hope to see you Sunday, April 7 in Calabasas!
But what if you missed the UCLA and Los Feliz L.A. Camp Fairs? No worries! There's still one more in Calabasas on April 7.
The Calabasas Camp Fair will feature over 50 different summer camp exhibitors, so be sure to attend this free event to meet camp staff, grab free brochures, play games, enjoy free food and activities, and find a great camp for your kids this summer.
Get your free tickets to the L.A. Camp Fair at Calabasas today!
Capitol Debate offers summer camps and yearlong online debate programs focused on building students’ communication and critical thinking skills, thus leading to better academic performance at school and opening up career opportunities in their future.
Their summer camp programs include Business Communication Camps, STEM Communication Camps, and Public Speaking and Debate Camps. Through Capitol Debate’s Communication and Debate programs, participants become prepared to give outstanding speeches in classes, excel in interviews, and express themselves confidently in their daily lives.
Not only will Capitol Debate campers and students learn communications skills; they will feel an increase in self-worth, work on critical thinking skills, and improve communication with their peers. Many of Capitol Debate’s former campers have gone on to participate in national debate tournaments and enroll in prestigious universities (UCLA, Stanford, USC, and Harvard to name a few).
Capitol Debate offers various camp dates at more than 35 locations for the 2019 Summer Season, with international camps in Singapore.
Camp representatives from Capitol Debate will be in attendance at the March 9 Camp Fair at UCLA to meet you and answer your questions about their program. Attending the Camp Fair is a great way to discuss and learn about all the various summer program opportunities for your kids this summer. Free tickets are available here. Capitol Debate has a camp program located on the campus of UCLA, so their attendance at the Camp Fair is a perfect match.
Many families we speak with are looking for a religious-based summer camp. Camp Wise is a fun and active Jewish summer day camp at Stephen Wise Temple in Bel Air where preschool through 7th grade campers enjoy swimming in the camp's on-site pool, sports in their gym, and specialty activities such as art, science, cooking, music, and more.
Campers in 1st through 7th grades have weekly field trips, and everyone enjoys special programs such as carnivals, weekly themes and dress-up days, not to mention Rockin' Shabbats!
If a Jewish summer camp interests you, contact Camp Wise for more information for meet their representatives in person at upcoming L.A. Summer Camp Fairs in March and April
The Camp is located at 540 South Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020. If you'd like more information, you can meet Camp Super Duper staff and learn about the program at the upcoming March 10 L.A. Camp Fair in Los Feliz where Camp Super Duper and many more camps will be exhibiting their programs.
We're big fans of the YMCA. The "Y" does such great things for kids, and their summer camp programs are no exceptions.
The Culver Palms Family YMCA runs a summer day camp families in the Culver City part of L.A. should check out.
This looks like a pretty fun program! Campers exercise their sense of play through improv games and exercises that are the foundation of The Second City’s unique brand of comedy. (I remember watching Second City Comedy on TV as a kid...so cool!)
While your child's at camp, the Second City camp counselors and teachers will work with your young "improviser "to help enhance their ability to communicate with others and develop confidence in their own creativity. Campers work as part of an ensemble which improves their teamwork skills. Camps end with a show where the students show off what they’ve learned. Parent will love seeing the result of their campers' experience!
If you're interested in this program, one thing we noticed from their website is that they appear to fill up pretty quickly because their camps attract campers and students from all over the world to learn improv, make friends, and perform on stage. No previous experience is needed. But check them out as soon as you can so you can lock in space for this summer. Let us know how it goes!
Blog posts by Cora Carter of L.A. Summer Camps.com