Has you child ever wanted to make their own movie? If so, they'll love Movies By Kids Summer Camp!
MOVIES BY KIDS is a creative program designed for teaching young students the exciting process of movie making and animation. This unique “Hand’s On” program offers children the opportunity to conceive, write, produce and direct their own, animated movies, live action shorts and special effects segments in our summer camp programs.
Want more information about this program? How about meeting the camp directors in person? You can do all that and more at the upcoming L.A. Camp Fair at AC Stelle Middle School in Calabasas on Sunday, April 23. Make your plans to be with us!
Looking for a science camp this summer? Mad Science Summer Camp will be at the April 23 L.A. Camp Fair in Calabasas where you can meet representatives from their program and learn about the camp.
Mad Science Summer Camp offers full and half-day camps that deliver a fun-filled week consisting of: in-class discovery and exploration, outdoor games with physical activities, and hands-on application exploring the scientific principles being presented. Campers will be able to touch, see, hear, smell and taste what science is really all about as they play various games, perform crazy experiments, and participate in various demonstrations. Additionally, continue the fun at home, as all camps provide an interactive take-home project, on either a daily or weekly basis.
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Cheer Mania Camp is hosted by former Laker Girl, Michelle Boehle who wil be exhibiting at the L.A. Calabasas Camp Fair.
By the way, Cheer Mania seems like quite a fun camp! Professional cheerleaders will give top notch instruction as campers learn jumps, cheers, dance, tumbling and stunting. Campers will perform a complete cheer/dance routine on the last day, create their very own cheers, work on teamwork, make new friends and have a BLAST! Ages 4-12. Beginner and Intermediate.
The Arterie is the latest camp to sign up as an exhibitor for the April 23 L.A. Camp Fair at A.C. Stelle Middle School in Calabasas.
If your child is interested in an art summer camp, here's a program you'll want to check out.
The Arterie art camps are offered when schools are on break and sell out every year! Students create a variety of 2D and sculptural pieces and work with materials including paper mache, clay, wire, and paint. Camps are grouped by age and run Tuesday through Friday from 10a-2p. Each camp includes all materials to make incredible projects, snacks, inspiration, and fun!
Please make a note to visit The Arterie's booth at the L.A. Camp Fair!
Now here's a camp that's really cool! At Sandbox Summer Camps Computers and Mathematics program, kids can develop new interests, build new skills and explore new possibilities!!!
Visit the Sandbox 4 Kids website to check out their schedule for a fun-filled summer, where the kids get to design video games and mobile apps, mod play Minecraft, and built program Robots. Sandbox offers a choice of popular programs in 3 major areas of computer science: - Robotics &Electronics - Video Game Design & Programming - Multimedia & Productivity.
And be sure to visit their booth at the upcoming L.A. Calabasas Camp Fair!
Here's a cool concept ... a Jewish summer camp offering both a day camp and sleepaway camp program to choose from. Or you could even attend both!
Camp Alonim, located in Simi Valley, strives to spark a love for Jewish culture and tradition in our campers by exposing them to a multitude of ways to be Jewish. We offer a variety of activities such as art, mountain biking, swimming, ropes courses, horseback riding, dance, performing arts, sports, and more! We offer both overnight and day camps, with many scholarships available.
Camp Alonim is one of the premier Jewish summer camps in the L.A. area. Be sure to stop by their booth and meet to meet their camp directors and learn about their programs at the April 23 L.A. Calabasas Camp Fair.
Meet Camp Representatives the Conejo Valley Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy and Learn About their Martial Arts Summer Program at the L.A. Camp Fair Sunday, April 23 at AC Stelle Middle School
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy will be attending the L.A. Calabasas Camp Fair on April 23, 2017 at AC Stelle Middle School.
For kids and teens interested in a martial arts summer camp, this is a program you don't want to miss!
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy offers a Self-Defense, and Bully Prevention training program. You will learn real life self-defense techniques and be able to practice them in a safe and friendly environment. You will gain the knowledge to be able to protect yourself and your loved ones in any real self-defense situation. You will gain confidence, strength, endurance, flexibility, discipline, and at the same time have a great time at this summer camp program.
Camp Helping Hands (CHH) is Southern California’s premier service-learning summer camp. CHH gets young children involved in their community by way of service-learning. Through service projects and field trips, participants work together to make a difference in their community where it is needed most. Campers grow confident and compassionate.
Camp Helping Has has six locations to serve you including Encino, Northridge, Santa Clarita, Thousand Oaks, and West Hills.
Camp Helping Hands will be exhibiting at the April 23 Camp Fair in Calabasas. Be sure to stop by their booth to meet their camp staff and learn about their program.
Lindero Kids' Summer Sports Camp provides a memorable day-camp experience for children ages 4-12.The camp offers a low camper to counselor ratio which is a key factor to the success of each camp session.
With professional tennis and golf instruction, campers enjoy a well rounded experience. Serious golfers can participate in the Golf Academy program which focuses on the finer points of the game. At the end of each week, campers participate in tournaments followed by an awards ceremony.
Afternoon activities include the choice of golf, tennis, swimming, arts and crafts, basketball and more. Camper’s days are balanced with the perfect blend between a learning experience and free recreational time.
Camp hours are from 9 am to 3 pm and also provides pre-care and post-care. Lindero Kids' Summer Sports Camp is excited for the summer as we welcome new and returning campers for another great season in 2017. For more information visit our website or call the club at 818-889-1158 x107.
Meet camp counselors, staff and learn about the Monarchs Gym gymnastics program at the April 23 L.A. Camp Fair in Calabasas.
Monarchs Gym has something for everyone! Stations, obstacle courses, open gym, games, relays, trampoline & foam pit + snack, lunch & popsicle's in between all the running jumping & playing. Our super packed summer camp curriculum has your kids moving non-stop through either a 6 or 3hr day. We switch up activities every 15-20 minutes, which keep kids motivated and inspired. Stop by our Camp Fair booth and say hello!
Ojai Valley Summer (OVS) offers an ideal setting for day and overnight campers (age 8-16) to engage in enriching academic adventures, participate in fun-filled traditional camp activities, develop life long skills and make great summer memories! Separate morning programs for Equestrian, Robotics, ESL and Jr. Campers (age 3-7) are also available! Come meet us at the L.A. Calabasas Camp Fair and spend your summer with us Ojai this year!!
Saken Sports Camp, one of the most popular summer sports camps for L.A. area kids, has signed up for the L.A. Camp Fair in Calabasas on April 23.
Saken Sports Camp is built on the philosophy that all children should have a phenomenal camp experience regardless of their gender, age or athletic ability. Their goal is to ensure each camper has an unforgettable experience participating in various sports, games and activities in a safe and supportive environment. When a camper leaves Saken, they will possess an enhanced value of sportsmanship, character and self- confidence.
Please be sure to visit Saken's Sport Camp's booth at the upcoming Camp Fair.
Parents learn about summer camp opportunities for their kids in many different ways. Maybe the get a referral from a friend, discover a program via online search, or some other way.
But did you know attending a Camp Fair is one of the best ways to learn about many different programs and meet their representatives all in once place?
Camp Fairs are live events where many camps are on display, usually in booths or tables, which are staffed by the camp representatives themselves.
Parents and kids go booth to booth meeting the camp representatives and learning about the various programs.
Camp Fairs are generally free to the public (the camps pay the Camp Fair promoter to attend the event) and usually take place on weekends.
L.A. Summer Camps.com will be putting on a Camp Fair in Calabasas on Sunday, April 23 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. Dozens upon dozens of camps will be there, from day camps to overnight camps to specialty camps and more.
More information is coming soon, including how camps and programs can register for this event and families can get free tickets. So be sure to follow our blog and check back often to learn more about this fantastic summer camp event!
Los Angeles is rife with girls-only schools. Two that come immediately to mind are Archer School for girls and Marlborough School.
There are many, many more. The sheer number of them is a testament to the popularity and value single-sex learning environments provide L.A. area girls.
What About L.A. Girls-Only Summer Camps?
Some parents who send their daughters to girls-only schools may want to break away from that dynamic during the summertime and choose a co-ed summer camp.
Conversely, other parents who send their girls to traditional co-ed schools may feel like summer is the perfect time to choose a single-sex camp.
In any case, if you're looking for a girls-only summer camp in Los Angeles, we have several options for you to consider.
Please keep in mind L.A. Summer Camps.com does not endorse any of the camps or programs listed above. We only provide this information as a resource to help you get started on your search for a girls-only summer camp in Los Angeles. Please let us know if we can be of further help.
As you may recall, earlier this week we mentioned how sports camps are gaining popularity in and around Los Angeles. Just this week we've heard from families wanting our opinion on the best football camps, hockey camps and tennis camps in the city. And even though we're about to head into the coldest time of year, three other moms emailed us about their kids' surf camp interest for the upcoming 2017 summer season.
One of the things we learned long ago through our involvement with camps is when children express interest in learning a new skill or trying a new activity, it’s best to help them pursue those interests as much as possible to the extent that you can.
In this manner, you will be helping your son or daughter learn more about themselves as a person by discovering their likes and dislikes, interests and non-interests, while simultaneously helping them increase their self confidence and esteem as they grow into happy, healthy adults.
If your son or daughter has expressed interest in learning to surf, why not sign them up for surf camp this summer?
Surfing and Summer Camp Were Made for Each Other
If you live in L.A., you probably already know we're blessed with some of the best beaches, weather, and waves in the world. After all, our local beaches are here and available for your child's enjoyment, and if you're like most L.A. parents, you'll probably be sending your child to camp this year.
Why not combine the two and sign your child up for surf camp? Surfing and summertime go hand in hand.
No Prior Surfing Experience? No Problem
What if My Child Doesn't Know How to Swim? Can They Still Go to Surf Camp?
Great question. The answer depends on what "kind" of surf camp you're looking for.
It's important to distinguish between a pure surf camp -- where surfing's the primary (if not the only) activity offered -- from other camps which may offer surfing as a smaller component to a more comprehensive summer program that might also boogie boarding, water play, sand games, and other beach-related activities in addition to surfing.
If you want a pure, dedicated surf camp program -- where surfing's the primary focus -- we highly advise learning to swim before signing up for the program. Sending your child to surf camp if they don't know how to swim could potentially be a very unsafe (and not very fun) proposition.
Now there's just one more thing to note.
Despite our personal thoughts on this subject, individual camps may have their own guilelines regarding previous swimming experience required of their campers. Check with the camp director for their particular policies before signing up for any program.
How to Choose a Surf Camp
Given the sheer number of surf camps available, it's tempting to type "Surf Camps Los Angeles" into Google, then sign up for the first one you find.
While that's not a bad way to find a surf camp, keep in mind ANYONE can make ANYTHING look good online! This means you must be absolutely certain you're not choosing some fly-by-night program that just started teaching kids to surf yesterday.
This isn't to say newer surf camps aren't qualified to deliver an outstanding camp experiences to your child. All we're saying is, it's pretty darn easy to put up a website, head down to the beach, set up a tent or canopy and call yourself a surf camp.
Fortunately, there's a number of reputable, established surf camp programs in L.A. and Malibu you can choose from. One consideration is to contact the American Camp Association for a referral to qualified surf camps in your area. Asking your friends if they can recommend a program is always a good strategy, too.
Once you find some surf camps that interest you, talk to each camp director to narrow down your choice. Eventually you'll find one or two you consider to be the best match for your child.
How Will My Child Get to Surf Camp?
This is an important question and one often overlooked by families when choosing a summer surfing program. If you don't live near the beach, or your work schedule prevents you from driving your child to camp yourself, consider a surf camp that provides transportation. Some of the surf camps providing transportation do so for free, while others charge extra for the convenience.
Other programs require you to pick-up and and drop-off your kids yourself, so you'll need to find a way to get your child to camp yourself while braving the beach traffic. One popular arrangement we've seen used at many surf camps is a carpool arrangement with other camper families. Ask the camp director to help you facilitate a carpool for your program if this idea would benefit you.
The main point to remember is you have numerous transportation options when it comes to getting your child back and forth to camp.
When Should We Sign Up for Surf Camp?
Many camps in the L.A. area, notably the more popular ones, tend to fill up quickly. Camps register children on a space-available basis, so when the last spot's gone, it's generally gone for good. The only option you may have at that point is to join the waiting list and hope for the best.
All in all, when you find a program that appeals to you, it's best to register sooner rather than later. This way you can sidestep the frustration and disappointment of finding a surf camp your child's eager to try, only to find out later they don't have room for you.
The Holidays are almost here, so your kids will be home from school for several weeks. Why not sign up for a winter break camp here in L.A.?
For the most part we generally stick to the topic of summer camps around here. But Thanksgiving's only two days away, and that means the kids will be home from school for winter break in just a few weeks. If you're looking for something for them to do, why not consider a winter break camp?
In general, you may need to stick with a day camp type of program rather than a resident camp experience as we are unaware of any sleepaway camps serving kids on winter break here in L.A. But assuming a day camp suits you (and why wouldn't it, because you're probably just looking for something to keep your kids occupied for a brief period of time), here's a few options to consider.
LA Zoo Camp
Campers enjoy games, crafts and activities at the LA Zoo. Camp runs from 9am to 3pm with extended care available. Prices range from $60 to $65 per day depending on if you're a member or non-member. Dates of the camp are from December 26-30.
Tumbleweed Day Camp has an outstanding winter camp program. We know this for a fact because we used to work there :) The price for the camp is just $135 per day. This price includes free transportation. The camp is available to campers from PK through 8th grade. Activities offered include sports and games, Gaga, horseback riding, arts and crafts and many more of the very same activities offered at Tumbleweed's popular winter camp program.
Got Game Camp is another L.A. winter camp program you might consider. This one caught our interest because campers get to choose their own activities while deciding for themselves what they want to do all day. Sounds fun to us! The program takes place at Hancock Park Elementary School. The camp runs from December 19, 2016 to Jan 6, 2017. Prices vary depending on when you sign up (Early Bird discount ends Dec. 4) and how many days you attend the program.
These aren't the only L.A. Winter Camps Available!
We've only listed three L.A. winter camp opportunities as a means to help you get started on your winter camp program search. There are many more opportunities available. Here's a few final links you can visit with listings to various local programs.
10 Boredom Busting Winter Break Camp for Kids
L.A. Winter Break Camp for Kids
Los Angeles Winter Camp Guide
We are here to help
Hopefully we have provided some helpful information to get your started in terms of finding a suitable winter break camp. We are here to help, so please leave a comment if you have any questions or concerns and we will respond right away. Happy Holidays!
Since we started this blog over a year ago we've gotten various calls and emails from parents who've asked various camp-related questions. We get it -- you can never have too much information when you're looking for the right camp for your kids!
While the types of questions vary, one that comes up time and again is from parents of younger kids who are considering sending their kids to camp for the first time. In general, these are parents of preschoolers who want to know which camps are better than others in terms of serving first-time campers, and when is the right age to start sending their kids to camp?
We always want to give helpful advice. We checked online to see if we could find any camps that specialize in serving first-time campers plus any other resources that might be helpful to you.
Accordingly, here's an article that seems to offer some very good advice concerning How to Choose a Preschool Summer Camp. In addition, here's a website that lists various summer camps in L.A. for preschoolers. And if your preschool-age child loves the beach, you might look into Keiki Camp which takes place at Paradise Cove in Malibu. Beach camp specializing in preschool age boys and girls who are going to summer camp for the first time.
We are pleased to say another local summer camp has joined L.ASummerCamps.com. Please join us in welcoming STAR Summer Camps to the website. One thing we really like about STAR -- and something we think you'll like, too -- is there wide variety of convenient program locations.
The STAR program is based in L.A. area schools, so it will be very easy for you to find a STAR camp close by. The have locations just about everywhere from Sherman Oaks to Pacific Palisades and many places in between.
We have listed the STAR summer program in both our day camp and specialty camp categories.
We are very pleased to have Planet Bravo summer computer camp join the L.A. Summer Camps website. Planet Bravo joined yesterday. It looks like a very fun camp ! If your child or anyone you know has attended Planet Bravo in the past or does so this summer, please post a comment to share your opinions of the program with others who might be considering summer computer camps in L.A.
Blog posts by Cora Carter of L.A. Summer Camps.com