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.
Some of the coolest camps around (in our opinion, anyway! :) are robotics camps for kids. The provide some of the most engaging and educational (not to mention fun!) experiences around.
Rolling Robots, right here in L.A., is one such program for kids ages 5 to 14. It's a Robotics and STEM Summer Camp that offers a wide range of camps, such as Rolling Robots Classic - Robots Rock, Lego Mindstorms (All-time Favorite), VEX IQ and VEX Building & Coding (Getting competition ready), Battle Robots Building, Minecraft 1.0, Digital Design and MOD (Java Coding) - for all Minecraft kids, APP Development, Scratch Coding and Junior Robot Coders.
When we look at summer camps, we always consider the supervision ratio as part of our review. Rolling Robots' 6:1 camper-to-staff ratio sounds pretty good to us!
Rolling Robots' first day of camp for the 2019 season is June 10. They operate 9am to 4pm with half-day, full-day, after-care options. Learn more about this program at RollingRobots.com.
While this blog and website predominantly feature summer camps in Los Angeles, we know families from all over southern California and elsewhere visit our site every day. So we'd be remiss if we didn't share other summer camp resources and information we come across that we feel might be useful to you.
Accordingly, we wanted to let you know about the San Diego Camp Fair and Expo taking Saturday, February 23 at Balboa Park near downtown San Diego.
We felt San Diego's close enough to L.A. where some of our readers might be interested in making the quick drive down south to see what the Camp Fair offers. You can get your free tickets here
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!
Many of the top summer camps in Los Angeles -- and other phenomenal programs from throughout the state, other states, and even from other and countries -- will come together to exhibit their programs for L.A. area families at three summer Camp Fair expo events on Saturday, March 9 at UCLA, Sunday, March 10 in Los Feliz, and Sunday, April 7 in Calabasas, respectively.
These three events -- collectively known as "L.A. Camp Fair 2019"-- is organized by Eric Naftulin and Megan Cassidy, two Los Angeles residents with years of background experience in the summer camp field.
Los Angeles families, parents, children, and grandparents are invited to attend one, two, or all three Camp Fairs to meet representatives from the participating programs and learn about their camps.
"Attending the L.A. Camp Fair is like finding a "one-stop shop" to learn about all the best summer camp opportunities in L.A. this summer," Cassidy said. "Over 120 camps are exhibiting at the Camp Fairs. There will be some crossover among participating camps, with some of the programs exhibiting at all three of the Camp Fairs, but others might be showcasing their programs at only one or two events. In order to become familiar with all the available summer camp options, we recommended families attend all three Camp Fairs so you don't miss anything."
According to Cassidy, the Camp Fairs are free, but you'll need tickets to get in because the Camp Fairs typically draw large crowds.
Families Can Learn About Many Different Kinds of Camps at the L.A. Camp Fair
L.A. Camp Fair 2019 features an impressive lineup of many different kinds of summer programs from all over Los Angeles and elsewhere. "Families are guaranteed to find the perfect camp for their child at the Camp Fair, no matter what kind of camp they might be looking for," Naftulin said. "There will be programs exhibiting at the L.A. Camp Fair to match every child's interests. You'll find day camps to sleepaway camps and beach camps to dance camps and every kind of camp in between."
According to Naftulin, families won't only be impressed with the various kinds of camps at L.A. Camp Fair, but also where the various programs are based. "Local families will discover dozens of summer camps in L.A. that interest them," Naftulin said. "But there will also be many summer camp exhibitors from San Diego, northern California, Maine, New Hampshire, and even Canada. So if you're thinking of sending your child to a sleepaway camp a little further away, attending the Camp Fair will be extremely worthwhile for you," Naftulin said.
L.A. Camp Fair Provides Unique Opportunity to Meet Camp Representatives Face-to-Face
If you're really looking for the number one reason to attend the L.A. Camp Fair, Megan Cassidy says it's the benefit of meeting the people who will be caring for your kids this summer face-to-face.
"Dozens of camps will be represented at the Camp Fair," Cassidy said, "So you'll be able to learn about all these spectacular summer programs for your kids. You can pick up free brochures and your kids can do sample activities at all the Camp Fair booths and all that. But let's face it, nothing beats the opportunity to have a real, face-to-face comprehensive conversation with all the prospective Camp Directors who could very well be supervising your kids this summer. That's the primary purpose of the L.A. Camp Fair -- to give you an opportunity to spend as much time as you need with all the various camp representatives and get all your questions answered so you can make an informed decision about where to send your kids to camp."
Over 1,000 Families Expected to Attend L.A. Camp Fair
We're big fans of American Camp Association (ACA) accredited programs.
While camps that have not achieved accreditation are not necessarily any worse than those that have, we generally recommend choosing an accredited camp because this is your best guarantee you're picking a program that meets the highest safety and operational standards in the entire summer camp industry. You can learn more about camp accreditation here.
Families who live in Calabasas and nearby communities can lean about many accredited camp opportunities at the upcoming L.A. Camp Fair at AC Stelle Middle School on April 7.
One of the programs exhibiting at the Calabasas Camp Fair is Phoenix Ranch Day Camp, is an accredited camp with the ACA.
Located in Simi Valley, Phoenix Ranch Day Camp is preparing an incredible experience for Summer 2019 for campers kindergarten through 8th grade. They offer a wide variety of programs including drama, archery, go-karts, sports, arts & crafts, nature study, dress-ups, theme days, workshops, game room, swimming and much more. Even though it's a day camp program, Phoenix Ranch also offers 5 day / 4 night sleepover adventures during the summer, too.
Seem like a great time all around! So if you would like to learn more about this program or other camp opportunities available for your child this summer, head on out to the Camp Fair on April 7. You can meet staff representatives from Phoenix Ranch Day Camp and many other accredited (and non-accredited) summer camp programs.
It's been a rainy few days here in L.A., with more rain predicted for this coming weekend. But that hasn't stopped anyone from searching for summer camps. The number of visitors to our website is increasing by hundreds each day, which means families are starting to think about camp.
Kids have so many different options when it comes to choosing a summer camp in Los Angeles. It's not just the quantity of available programs (there's a LOT of them) that makes a summer camp search so exciting, but also the kinds of camps available makes us old folk wish we were kids again so we could go back in time to experience all the amazing opportunities available to campers each summer.
Take Science Camps, for instance. We sure don't remember those when we were growing up, but low and behold, these days science camps are among the most popular types of camps among today's kids.
And if you want to really see some of the incredible science camp options your child can enjoy, don't miss the L.A. Camp Fair events this March and April.
The Camp Fair is kind of like a boat show, wedding expo or tattoo expo, except it's just for camps! In fact over 100 different Los Angeles area camps and programs will be on display at the the L.A. Camp Fair. And the Camp Fair is taking place at three different locations for your convenience this year as follows:
When you come to the Camp Fair, you'll find all kinds of summer camp options for your child, including many science summer camps for your family to consider.
Discover Mad Science Summer Camp
Now just getting back to the science camp opportunities available to your child this summer, one of the ones that intrigues us is called Mad Science. We've heard from a number of parents, kids and families that Mad Science Summer Camp is one of the best science camps in L.A. around. Here's what we know about the program.
Mad Science offers a variety of camps for children between 6 and 12 years of age. Each camp is designed to engage active learning, promote inquiry-based interaction with the camps's "scientists" (camp counselors!) while entertaining campers' imaginations.
Mad Science camps are comprised of structured curriculum and content, and they incorporate various themes including: space, rocketry, robotics and robots, the environment, biology, kinesiology, and much more!
When your child attends this program, they will enjoy simple, real world science techniques that allow them to enjoy the entire Mad Science experience. Full and half-day camp options are available and deliver a fun-filled week consisting of: in-class discovery and exploration, outdoor games with physical activities, and hands-on exploration of the scientific principles being presented. Campers are 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. To continue the fun at home, Mad Science provides an interactive take-home project, on either a daily or weekly basis.
How to Get More Information on Local Science Summer Camps
If a science program interests your child, be sure to attend the L.A. Camp Fair. You'll be able to meet all the "scientists" from the Mad Science program plus learn about many other science programs here in L.A. Not only that, your child will be able to do all kinds of fun science experiments at all the different camp fair booths, so be sure not to miss this exciting event. Grab your free tickets now!
But it's not just the sheer number of camps exhibiting at the L.A. Camp Fair that will impress you. You'll also enjoy learning about all the various kinds of camps. For example, your mind might already be made up that you're sending your child to a traditional overnight camp this summer. In that case, you'll want to come to the Camp Fair to discover all the various overnight camp opportunities for your kids. But, you know what? Once you get to the Camp Fair and see all the other amazing camp opportunities out there, you might quickly change your mind!
Here's a case in point. A parent (mom) called us on the phone today asking if we could share some insight about any potential music camps in L.A. this summer because her daughter wanted to improve her panio She was looking for a music camp for her daughter.
As we got deeper into the conversation, this mom told us her daughter also liked to dance, so we told her she should come to the camp fair because there will be a number of dance camps exhibiting their programs at the Camp Fair.
Two of the dance camps we told her about -- and we thought you might be interested in hearing about, too -- are Dance Studio No. 1 and Stellar Dance Studio. Both of these programs sound quite intriguing for any boy or girl who might be interested in a dancing summer camp this year.
Here's a little more info about the two programs.
Dance Studio No. 1
Dance Studio No. 1, located in West Los Angeles, offers several camps and weekly dance classes throughout the summer. The camp's ever-popular Disney Dance Camp gives students the opportunity to perform at the most magical place on Earth: Disneyland! Our weekly dance classes include ballet, modern, hip hop, show jazz, and acro. Summer is a great time to get in shape, learn new skills, or try something new. And you sure can't beat performing at Disneyland...what a treat!
If you are interested in learning more about Dance Studio No. 1's programs, you can meet their staff at the Saturday, March 9 L.A. Camp Fair at UCLA.
Stellar Dance Studio
Stellar Dance Studio offers two different kinds of dance camps. The first is a themed dance camp, the other a Dance Intensive Camp.
Their themed dance camps are designed for younger dancers who have already taken or are interested in enrolling in recreational classes throughout the year. Each week of camp has a different theme relating to popular movies or characters, and campers perform a show for parents and friends at the end of each week. In addition to dance instruction, our camps include arts & crafts, games, and other theme-related activities that are sure to engage and excite every young dancer throughout the summer.
Their dance intensive summer camps are designed for experience dancers or who may be interested in getting involved with our competitive dance program. These camps consist of instructional classes in a variety of different styles including jazz, hip-hop, and ballet. The intensive’s curriculum includes multiple dance classes a day, which requires focus and dedication, but dancers typically see the benefit of their hard work when they notice significant improvement in their dance technique over a short period of time. While the program includes structured and challenging classes throughout the entire week of camp, Stellar Dance Studio maintains a fun and supportive environment for your child’s passion for dance to flourish.
Stellar Dance Studio will be exhibiting its programs at the L.A. Camp Fair in Los Feliz on Sunday, March 10. Get your free tickets to the Los Feliz Camp Fair today.
Attending a summer camp open house is one of the best ways for families to meet and greet the camp staff, participate in sample activities, see the camp facilities, and learn about potential programs you might be considering for your kids this summer before making any commitments.
We want you to be able to "test drive" as many programs as possible so you can see all the opportunities available to your child this summer, so we are providing the following Open House listings as a resource for you. The links will take you directly to each individual camp's open house or site tour page where you will be able to get the specific information you need in order to attend the respective events this year.
If you operate a summer camp, school or program and would like us to list your open house here, please let us know and we'll be happy to add it. Please email your information to lasummercamps(at)gmail.com and we'll try to add it below as soon as possible.
Open House #2 – Sunday, April 28th from 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Open House #2 - April 14
Open House #3 - May 5
Open House #4 - May 19
Meet Representatives From Learn to Surf LA and Other Top Programs at the UCLA Camp Fair on Saturday, March 9, 2019
There will be many different types of summer camp vendors exhibiting at the UCLA Camp Fair on Saturday, March 9 at Pauley Pavilion. If your child is interested in trying a surf camp this summer. Learn to Surf LA is worth your consideration.
Regarded by many families as one of the top surf camps in Los Angeles, Learn to Surf L.A.'s mission is to get your kids stoked on surfing! The camp has been teaching new surfers since 2002. Classes are small, with no more than five students per instructor, ensuring personal attention. Small class sizes give campers an easy way to make new friends while building new skills. As students progress, they are introduced to intermediate and advanced surfing techniques. The camps's instructors are experienced and CPR/First Aid trained. Safety is the camp's primary concern. Camp is well structured, reasonably priced, and scheduling is flexible – come try a one day class before committing to a full week. Sibling and multi-week discounts available. Extended care is also available before/after camp.
Meet Camp Representatives From Over 75 Summer Programs at the UCLA Camp Fair
Learn to Surf LA won't be the only surf camp vendor at the UCLA summer camp fair. In fact, there will be many others, too. -- at least 5 or 6 surf camp vendors in all. And there will be more kinds of camps other than surf camps, too, just in case your child is not the surfer type but you still want to find an amazing camp experience for them this summer.
What other kinds of camps and programs are exhibiting at the L.A. Camp Fair at UCLA?
We're talking cooking camps, day camps, overnight sleepaway camps, robotics camps, horseback riding camps, family camps, sports camps, beach camps, adventure camps, and just about every other type of camp you can imagine.
So make your plans to join us at the UCLA Camp Fair and learn about all the various summer camp opportunities for your child this summer. There will be at least 75 different camps and programs at this event and you will have the chance to meet all of them. Get your free tickets to the Camp Fair today! Hope to see you at the camp fair!
The San Diego Camp Fair -- a virtual "one stop shop" for finding a great program for your kids this summer -- takes place Saturday, February 23 at the Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park.
One of the most attractive features of attending the Camp Fair is that you will be able to meet, in person, camp directors and representatives from over 50 different local programs (and others from out of state) to learn about their programs. (It's kind of like the standard wedding or bridal show concept you're familiar with, where you go booth-to-booth meeting to the various wedding vendors. Except here we're about a for summer camp show/expo, not weddings!)
So if you are looking for an amazing summer camp or program opportunity for your child in 2019, don't miss the San Diego Camp Fair. It's a free event (although free tickets are required due to a large expected turnout) and, if you're like us, what you see on the internet doesn't always turn out to be the same type of product or service you signed up for when you eventually experience or see it in person. That's another reason why getting to know so many camp representatives in person -- all in one place -- is so beneficial before you sign up for any programs. Nothing beats a face-to-face interaction so you can really get a good feel for the people running the camps ahead of time.
[GET YOUR FREE TICKETS TO THE SAN DIEGO CAMP FAIR]
There's another benefit to attending the San Diego Camp Fair, apart from simply meeting and learning about all the summer camp opportunities. You might also win a free camp session or two for your child!
Here's how it works. Many of the participating camps will be offering games, prizes, activities, raffles and drawings at their respective booths. Many of the prizes are free camp sessions! So be sure to inquire about this when you speak to each of the camps when visiting their booths.
Hope to see you at the San Diego Camp Fair!
Is December too Soon to Think About Summer Camps? No Way!
It's just early December as we write this, but it's never too soon to start your summer camp search. Families looking for a summer camp or program in San Diego for their kids should attend the February 23 San Diego Summer Camp Fair at Balboa Park. It's greater San Diego's best free camp expo and a super opportunity for you to meet and speak with camp directors locally in San Diego and others from further away, including other states, just in case you might be interested in sending your child to a sleepaway camp this year.
Day Camps, Overnight Camps, and Every Other Kind of Camp You Can Imagine Will Be on Display at the San Diego Summer Camp Fair
No matter what kind of summer camp you're looking for, attending the San Diego Camp Fair is where you'll find it. There will be day camps, overnight camps, and all kinds of other camps exhibiting at the camp fair. Attending the San Diego Camp Fair is a very easy and convenient way to find the best camp for your child since so many camps and programs are coming together under one roof. You'll meet camp directors counselors and staff from more than 50 different camps, ask questions, and learn about their programs while seeing how feel about each camp in person.
San Diego Camp Fair Details
What: San Diego Summer Camp Fair and Expo
Where: Casa Del Prado, Room 101, Balboa Park
Address: 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Saturday, February 23, 2019
Times: 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Price: FREE! Get your FREE TICKETS TO THE SAN DIEGO CAMP FAIR HERE!
Apart from the opportunity to meet friendly camp representatives from all kinds of local summer day and overnight camps at the UCLA Camp Fair in Los Angeles, you'll also discover a number of amazing programs from further away, too.
When we say "further away," we really mean it! We're talking camps from out of state and even other countries including Hawaii, Maine, Illinois, and Montreal, Canada!
So if you're looking for an overnight camp for your kids this summer, attending the UCLA Camp Fair is an opportunity you can't afford to miss.
Introducing from MWS Student Camps from Montreal, Canada
As mentioned above, you'll meet camp directors from many local programs and others from out of state (and the country) at the L.A. Camp Fair at UCLA. We'll share more info about all of these wonderful programs with you as the Camp Fair draws closer. Today we wanted to let you know about MWS Student Camps from Montreal, Canada, who is exhibiting its at the upcoming L.A. Camp Fair.
MSW Student Camps offers French Immersion Language Camps for Canadian and international students. The program is located at McGill University. Residential and day camp options are available for kids ages 7 to 10), "tweens" and early teens from 11 to 13 years, and teenagers age 14 to 17.
Programs include language study, age specific excursions (daily) and camp activities. Full day trips to Quebec City and Ottawa are available too.
The Summer of a Lifetime Awaits Your Child at MWS Student Camps this Year!
The local L.A. summer camps you'll find at the UCLA Camp Fair will certainly be enough to offer your child an incredibly fun camp experience this summer. But just imagine how excited they'll be traveling to another country for camp! Some of us here at L.A. Summer Camps.com have camp-age kids of our own, and we are definitely considering this program for them because it seems like the experience a lifetime where they would make many happy memories for sure.
So when you come to the Camp Fair, be sure to stop by the MSW Student Camps booth to introduce yourself and learn more about the program. Vanessa Quellos, the camp director, is looking forward to meeting you!
Meet Camp Representatives from Army and Navy Academy Summer Programs and From Many Other Camps at Programs at the Upcoming L.A. Camp Fair
Most parents are 100% certain they want to send their kids to summer camp, but in many cases they aren't sure exactly which program to choose. That's where the 2019 L.A. Camp Fair on Saturday, March 9 at UCLA is for.
Attending the March 9 UCLA Camp Fair is the easiest way for you to find the best camp for your child this year. Rather than searching website after website finding and compare various camps that may or may not interest you, instead you can come to the L.A. Camp Fair and meet representatives from over 60 local and out-of-state camps and learn about their programs, all under one roof.
About Army and Navy Academy Summer Programs
There will be a wide variety of camps for your consideration at the L.A. Camp Fair. One such program you might be interested in is Army and Navy Academy (ANA) Summer Programs.
Army and Navy Summer Programs offers your youngster a co-ed motivational summer leadership, adventure, and recreation camp experience that encourages active involvement, accountability, skill development, and personal growth.
Overseen by dedicated staff focused on mentoring campers in a supportive environment, ANA classes and activities concentrate on developing good character, leadership skills, and responsibility while enhancing confidence in all campers.
ANA Summer Programs provide pathways and opportunities for all summer campers to:
• Acquire honor and pride in themselves and their community
• Build positive self-esteem through goal accomplishment
• Develop self-discipline, leadership, and respect for others
• Strive for realization of individual potential
• So Much More
If you are interested in the Army and Navy Academy Summer Camp Program, be sure to stop by their booth at the Camp Fair and speak with either Michael Basista or David Johnson, who will be staffing the ANA Camp Fair booth.
But even if this program doesn't suit your fancy, don't worry! There will be many other programs and camps to see and consider at the Camp Fair!
Free Tickets to the L.A. Camp Fair
We're expecting lots of kids and families at the upcoming Camp Fairs. We hope you'll join us, too, but we only have room for a limited number of guests because the Camp Fair venue (Pauley Pavilion at UCLA) is capacity-controlled.
That means you'll need tickets to get in, but remember, the tickets are free and just one single ticket will admit your whole family to the Camp Fair. If you're interested in finding a great camp for your kids this summer, don't miss the L.A. Camp Fair at UCLA and grab your free tickets today.
Many people have been waiting for L.A. Camp Fair's Calabasas event details. We are pleased to announce we finally have them for you. Thank you for your patience!
What: Calabasas Camp Fair
When: Sunday, April 7, 2019
Where: A.C. Stelle Middle School, Calabasas
Times: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Free Tickets: Available here!
Join us at the the L.A. Calabasas Summer Camp Fair! It's the easiest way to find the best camp for your child for summer 2019 because over 50 different kinds of summer camps and programs will all be under one roof. You can meet all the camp representatives, get all your questions answered, and compare all the camps in person. The whole event is totally free and will be fun for your whole family so bring your kids, family and friends and join us Sunday, April 7 in Calabasas for L.A's best summer camp expo of 2019!
If you live in Los Feliz or the surrounding community and have kids, there's a lot to get excited for! The L.A. Camp Fair Los Feliz Event is coming to the Friendship Auditorium in March!
If you're like most parents, you'll want to send your child to an amazing summer camp but sometimes it gets hard to find the right one, not to mention time-consuming sorting through all the various options one-by-one. Don't worry, we've done all the hard work for you by bringing together over 50 amazing camps and programs all in one place on Sunday, March 10, 2019 to meet you!
This is a FREE event where you can meet camp representatives from so many local and out-of-state programs, collect brochures and ask questions. Of course you could spend time online trying to learn about all the camps, but if you join us for the Los Feliz Camp Fair, you can meet them all in person instead. It's a no-brainer!
Los Feliz Camp Fair Information
Join us Saturday, March 9 at Pauley Pavilion for L.A. Camp Fair 2019
LASummerCamps.com is sponsoring several camp fairs in 2019. We've had a slight delay finalizing the locations and dates. (Since so many events are involved, choosing which ones to affiliate with has presented a scheduling challenge.) We are certainly going to sponsor the UCLA Camp Fair and a few others including one in Los Feliz. We'll post again in a few days with finalized details about the Los Feliz Camp Fair, UCLA Camp Fair and more.
Just wanted to keep you apprised of the latest developments for the 2019 L.A. Summer Camp Fairs.
By the end of this month, we'll have all the dates and locations set in stone so you can mark your calendar.
We can say with confidence we're presenting between 3 and 5 camp fairs in February, March and April.
In addition to our annual camp fair events in Calabasas, Thousand Oaks and at UCLA, we are considering adding additional camp fairs in Irvine and San Diego so families in these areas can learn about all the amazing day and overnight summer camp programs in their areas for 2019.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Meanwhile, stay tuned for our next blog post update when we will announce the 2019 summer camp fair dates and locations.
Just a quick update on the 2019 L.A. summer camp fairs. We anticipate knowing the firm dates and locations for all these events by October at the latest.
Last year the folks at L.A. Camp Fair organized three amazing camp fair events at UCLA, in Calabasas, and in Thousand Oaks, respectively. We understand they will be doing the same thing again (and perhaps adding one or two additional events) in late winter/early spring of 2019.
To stay apprised of the latest L.A. Camp Fair announcements and developments, keep reading this blog and follow us on twitter. We'll announce the new information as soon as we get it!
Where are your kids going to camp this summer?
As summer camp website publishers, we speak with many parents looking for outstanding camp programs for their kids.
Some families want a traditional sleepaway camp experience. Others are hunting for that perfect day camp , while still others have no perceived notion about which kind of camp would be best for their kids. They'll know it when they find it.
Yet despite so many different approaches to finding a camp, there also seems to be one common thread among every parent we talk to: Nobody can believe the school year's almost over and the summer camp sign up season is upon us!
Have you already signed up your child for camp?
Many parents have already arranged summer camp programming for their kids. Savvy moms and dads know many camps fill up early and didn't want to run the risk of their child missing out. If you're one of the early birds who already registered your child in the program of your choice, pat yourself on the back and accept hearty congratulations from us!
But what if you haven't signed up for camp yet?
Will your child miss out on your number one camp because you waited too long to sign up?
Please don't worry! Even though a few camp directors we spoke to last week said they're close to selling out, this is probably an exception, not the rule. Many of the most popular Los Angeles summer camps still have ample space available for anyone who want to go. It's not too late!
What Kinds of Camps Are Available?
If you're looking for a specific type of program or already know which camp your child wants to attend this summer, we suggest contacting them right away. Every minute that goes buy without signing up for the camp of your choice means another potential camper grabbed your child's spot.
If you don't have any specific requirements as to which camp -- which type of camp -- you choose for your child this summer, then you probably don't have as much to worry about regarding available space. Los Angeles is filled with hundreds of amazing programs to consider, so even if one or two that catch your eye are already full, you can simply move down to the next camp on your list and your child will still have a great time.
We suggest looking into a program the offers the kinds of activities your child will enjoy. We also advise including your child in the decision-making process, as research shows kids enjoy camp more when they plays a role in choosing their own camp. Here's just a partial a list of many types of camps and programs in Los Angeles you can consider:
Your Summer Camp Takeaway
Whether you've been meaning to sign up for camp and just haven't gotten around to it -- or you've been sitting on your hands and just plain unmotivated about doing so -- take heart knowing there's still time to register, for L.A.'s most sought-after programs.
But you need to act fast.
Camps will eventually sell out, so start your camp search now to beat everyone else to the punch.
It's important to note the ten programs listed aren't the only Los Angeles summer camps offering swimming activities this summer. There's many more! The camps listed are just a starting point to help you in your search for finding the best Los Angeles swim camp for your child.
If you end up trying any of the programs above, leave us a comment to let us know how much your child enjoyed camp! Other parents just like you who are considering swimming camps for their kids this summer will be eager to hear your review!
With the school year winding down, one of the common questions parents are asking themselves this time of year is what to do with their kids this summer.
We assume you -- like most L.A. area families -- will put your kids in camp this summer.
But deciding which camp isn't easy, especially when finances may be a factor -- and which generally are for almost every family. The reality is, many programs can seem financially out of reach for many families.
Are More Expensive Camps "Better" than Cheaper Ones?
"Pricier" camp programs often cost more for a reason. Perhaps they're able to hire more staff than a camp charging less, thereby increasing the level of supervision for your child while they're at camp.
Or maybe by charging a little more, the camp can purchase more modern equipment so your child can enjoy the latest toys, games and activities while at camp.
Like all parents, you certainly want to consider the best camps. And sometimes when picking camps, you do "get what you pay for."
But we suggest thinking twice before breaking the family budget just to send your child to a more expensive program just because you may have the impression paying $100 per day for camp means you've found "better" program than the one charging $50.
Only you can decide what's best for your particular family situation. But if you pressed us, we'd say the best camp for you isn't necessarily the most expensive -- it's the one that fits your family budget and gives you the most peace of mind knowing the people running the program will deliver a safe and fun experience for your child.
No matter how much or little you're able to pay, you can definitely find a suitable program for your child. There is always always a camp for every budget.
As Calabasas kids return to school from spring break, their parents are making plans for camp. But where can you find a great summer program for your child this year? At the L.A. Camp Fair in Calabasas, of course!
The Calabasas Camp Fair is like a "one-stop-shop" for finding an amazing summer camp for your kids. The biggest and best summer camp expo in the entire San Fernando Valley, the Calabasas Camp Fair will feature over 50 summer day camps and sleepaway camps from all over Los Angeles.
But that's not all.
Even though the camp fair takes place in Calabasas, there will be many amazing programs exhibiting from out of state, too. One of these programs is Camp Wekeela in the beautiful state of Maine.
About Camp Wekeela
Camp Wekeela offers a safe, fun, nurturing environment in a bucolic mountain lake setting. Core components include water skiing, tennis, outdoor adventure, land and water sports, creative, performing and culinary arts. An Outdoor Adventure tripping program also offered. Campers may climb Mt. Katahdin, navigate the rapids of the Kennebec River or camp out under the infinite Maine starlit sky.
Teen campers discover places such Montreal, Cape Cod, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor or Boston! Wekeela offers gluten-free as well as vegetarian meals. Find out more about Camp Wekeela on their website, and don't miss the L.A. Camp Fair in Calabasas on Sunday, April 22.
It's gonna be fun!
Blog posts by Cora Carter of L.A. Summer Camps.com