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100+ Summer Camps in San Diego (2018 Guide)

100+ Summer Camps in San Diego (2018 Guide)

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When kids are out of school, camps step in to fill the gap. Children can focus on what they love, or explore something new. San Diego has a variety of camps for kids of all ages and with all interests.

This guide covers camps in ALL of San Diego County, so please utilize the filters to sort by Camp Location, Camp Type, Camp Length or Duration, Camp Age Group and more. As a bonus, we have included camps that take place throughout the year, which you can also locate/sort within the filters (i.e. Fall Camps, Winter Camps, Spring Camps, & Holiday Camps)

Happy Camping everyone!

iD Tech Camp

iD Tech Camp brings STEM learning to San Diego, La Jolla, and San Marcos. Over week-long sessions, kids ages 7-17 will learn coding, robotics, design, game development, and more. If you have kids interested in any of those fields, iD Tech will give them the skills needed to advance their pursuits. iD Tech is partnered with leading technologies so campers have access to the latest hardware and software. Camp sizes are limited and kids get individualized attention from highly qualified instructors. iD tech is more than your average summer camp, it’s an investment in your child’s future.

iD Tech Camp Held at University of San Diego

UC San Diego offers over 15 different iD Tech Camps during the summer. Camps include week-long day camps for campers ages 7-9,  as well as overnight camps for campers ages 10-17. Overnight camps include all meals.

iD Tech Camp Held at UC La Jolla

UC San Diego offers over 35 different iD Tech Camps during the summer. Camps include week-long day camps for campers ages 7-9,  as well as overnight camps for campers ages 10-17. Overnight camps include all meals.

iD Tech at UCSD La Jolla also offers Alexa Cafe. Alexa Cafe is an all-girls overnight camp that has all female instruction and helps girls thrive in tech areas. The camp not only focuses on STEM concepts but also entrepreneurship and social activism.

iD Tech Camp Held at CSU San Marcos

iD Tech held at California State University San Marcos offers over 15 week-long day camps throughout the summer. Camps even include a Fortnight Camp with Unreal Engine Level Design.

CodeRev

Tech Camps are some of the most sought-after summer experiences. Code Rev teaches campers coding, design, robotics and video game development. Not only do they offer week-long STEM sessions in the San Diego and the Solana Beach/Del Mar areas, they do it at affordable prices. CodeRev also boasts small student-to-teacher ratios, outdoor time and has extended care available. At the end of each session, campers will showcase their final projects to friends and family.

CodeRev San Diego

CodeRev San Diego has sessions available for campers ages 6-14. Campers choose which path to explore. Paths include Minecraft, Roblox, App Creation and Web Design.

Solana Beach/Del Mar Tech Camp

CodeRev San Diego has sessions available for campers ages 6-14. Campers choose which path to explore. Paths include Minecraft, Roblox, Programming, Game Design and App Creation.

The Army and Navy Academy

Established in 1910, the Army and Navy Academy (ANA) is a private military boarding school for boys in 7th-12th grade. Located right on the coast, the grounds are beautiful and filled with history. During the summer, the Academy opens its doors for co-ed leadership academies and summers camps.

Camp Challenge

Camp Challenge is a Leadership Course that teaches kids how to make valuable contributions to their family, peers, and community. Lessons include conflict resolution, study skills, teamwork and the importance of community service.

Leadership Development Program

The Leadership Development Program is divided into sessions for middle school and high school students. The middle school program introduces kids to the ideals of leadership, the high school sessions enhance existing leadership skills. Both age groups participate in outdoor activities, team challenges, and group leadership training. The goal of the program is to reinforce accountability, self-discipline, respect and develop traits that set the foundations for success.

Leadership Education and Training

The ANA Leadership Education and Training Program gives JROTC participants 180 hours of learning credit. The two-part program is the only one of its kind on the west coast. The first week of training encourages teamwork and self-confidence and helps campers overcome physical and mental challenges. The second week builds on those skills while practicing first aid, nutrition, physical fitness and substance abuse prevention.

Camp Pacific

ANA has been hosting Camp Pacific for 75 years. Camp Pacific has overnight and day sessions that offer a variety of fun indoor and beach activities.

Overnight Programs

ANA has two overnight camps for kids ages 8-16, a Classic Co-Ed session and an ESOL program. These traditional camps focus on teamwork, sportsmanship, and self-improvement. Camp days include classroom time, outdoor activities and weekend field trips. The ESOL program features educational content about United States culture and language skills.

Summer Days

Summer days lets local kids in on the fun. Camper ages 8-16 will attend educational classes, fun activities, and time on the beach. The traditional camp has planned activities and also gives campers free time to focus on their own interests. Activities include air riflery, surfing, arts; drama; sports and more.

Bach to Rock

Bach to Rock believes that learning to play music should be fun — it’s called “play” for a reason! B2R offers camps throughout the year that cover a wide range of interests and skill levels, instilling the joy of music in kids of all ages by teaching through popular music. Younger campers learn the basics of music through story-time, movement exercises and exposure to real instruments. Older campers can join a Rock Band, sing with a Glee Club or learn to be a DJ. Kids are grouped together according to age and skill level. No experience required!

    • Rock City Camp (ages 3-6): Half-Day, 9:30am-12:30pm, $229/week
    • Rock Band Camp (ages 7+): Half-Day, 9:00am-12:30pm or 12:30pm-4:00pm, $329/week or Full-Day, 9:00am-4:00pm, $399/week
    • Glee Club Camp (ages 7+): Half-Day, 9:00am-12:30pm or 12:30pm-4:00pm, $329/week
    • DJ Camp (ages 10+): Half-Day, 9:00am-12:30pm, $329/week

Robolink sparks an interest in STEM learning through Robotic Kits and Drones. Science, technology, engineering, and math are prominent fields today are only going to grow in the future. A child with a base of knowledge in any of the STEM fields is bound to have a leg-up. Robolink offers after-school elementary programs and has summer camps at their two learning centers (Sorrento Valley and 4S Ranch). Students that enroll in more than one camp will build a different robot each session. Early drop-off and late pick-up are available for an additional $10/hour. Register by April 15, 2018 and receive 20% Off all sessions ($236/half-day or $396/full-day) use code: SCEB20.

Robotics Camps

1st Grade +

Robolink has designed a week-long Robotics Camp for kids in First Grade and Up. Students will be divided into age groups (grades 1-3, 4-6, 7-12). Students will build robots and learn first-hand how they use sensors to respond to the world around them. Through trial and error, campers will solve simple problems and learn the potential of artificial intelligence. Robotics Camps are a great way for kids to learn while having a great time. Rokit Smart Kits can be purchased for an additional $119.78.

Drone Programming Camps

4th Grade +

Drone Block Coding Camp

Over the week, campers in 4th Grade and above will learn how to program and control a drone with block coding. Kids will be introduced to block-based program language through Snap! For Robolink. Campers will start with the basics and by the end of the week, they’ll have the drones completing various missions. Laptops are required for this camp. A CoDrone Lite can be purchased for an additional $119.99.

Advanced Drone Programming Camp

Advanced Drone Programming Camp expands the campers knowledge of computer programming and teaches them how to define variables, apply loops and write and call procedures. Campers will also learn about the various sensors that Drones use and how to control those as well. At the end of the week, students will be able to make the Drones fly by themselves, or program the remote so they have full control. Laptops are required for this camp. A CoDrone Pro can be purchased for an additional $179.99.

Intro to the VEX IQ Competition

Grades: 4-8

The Vex IQ Competition is comprised of teams who design and build robots, to cooperate with other teams robots, in a game-based engineering challenge. Tournaments are held year-round at regional, state and national levels. Robolink utilizes the summer to give campers the first look at the competition. Participants will work individually or as teams to build and modify their robots to fulfill this year’s requirements. Campers may select more than one session if they want to progress further into the build.

  • Robolink  Summer Camps
  • Grades: 1-12
  • Hours: 9am-12pm, 12:30pm-3:30pm, 9am-3:30pm, Extended Care available.
  • Dates: June 4-August 27
  • Price: Half-Day: $236/week; Full Day: $495/week (20% Off until 4/15/18 Code: SCEB20)
  • Sorrento Valley, 5677 Oberlin Dr #100, San Diego, CA 92121
  • 4S Ranch, 10710 Thornmint Rd #201, San Diego, CA 92127

Oceanside Museum of Art

With a view of the Pacific Ocean, Oceanside Museum of Art celebrates art through engagement, education, and innovation. Exposing children to art has many positive effects and promotes self-expression and logical thinking. During the spring and summer, the museum hosts week-long art camps with various themes. During the week campers will explore different art mediums such as paint, clay, printmaking, and collage. At the end of the summer, all campers are invited to participate in a group art show.

ThoughtSTEM Summer Camps

ThoughtSTEM teaches kids the skills that will keep them relevant in this fast-growing technological world. The program is designed in a way that opens the door to STEM learning for the newest students and challenges experts. ThoughtSTEM combines project-based curriculum with programs such as Scratch, Arduino, and Minecraft to keep learning fun. ThoughtSTEM Summer Camps not only teach, but they also surround children with peers that have similar interests, creating friendships and memories.

ThoughtSTEM has Summer Camps available throughout San Diego County. The programs are affordable and flexible. ThoughtSTEM even offers a “Bulk Discount” for campers that choose multiple camps. The camps have a low student to instructor ratio and programs are year-round for those who want to expand their knowledge.

UC San Diego

ThoughtSTEM at UC San Diego offers courses for kids in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Campers can choose between half-day or full-day sessions, morning half-day sessions include lunch on-site. Course subjects include coding, web design, game design, robotics, Minecraft modding, and app development.

San Diego State University

ThoughtSTEM at San Diego State University offers courses for kids in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Campers can choose between half-day or full-day sessions, morning half-day sessions include lunch on-site. Course subjects include coding, web design, game design, robotics, Minecraft modding, and app development.

Fleet Science Center

ThoughtSTEM at the Fleet Science Center offers courses for kids in Grades 3-8. Campers can choose between half-day morning or afternoon sessions. Course subjects include coding, 2D game design, robotics, minecraft modding, and app development.

Del Mar

ThoughtSTEM in Del Mar offers courses for kids in Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Campers can choose between two, 2-hour morning sessions. Course subjects include coding, 2D game design, and Minecraft modding.

La Jolla Country Day School

ThoughtSTEM at La Jolla Country Day School offers courses for kids in Grades 3-9. Campers can choose between half-day morning or afternoon sessions. Course subjects include coding, app development, and web design.

  • ThoughtSTEM La Jolla Country Day School
  • Grades: 3-9
  • Dates: July 9-July 16
  • Hours: 9am-12pm, 12:30pm-3:30pm
  • Price: $255 (Bulk Discount does not apply at this location)
  • 9490 Genesee Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

Castle Park High School – Chula Vista

ThoughtSTEM at Castle Park High School offers courses for kids in Kindergarten through 12th Grade. Campers can choose between half-day or full-day sessions. Course subjects include coding, robotics, 2D game design, Minecraft modding, and web design. Morning and full-day campers should bring their own lunch.

Poway High School

ThoughtSTEM at Poway High School offers courses for kids in Kindergarten through 12th Grade. Campers can choose between half-day or full-day sessions. Course subjects include coding, robotics, Minecraft modding, and web design. Morning and full-day campers should bring their own lunch.

Westview High School – Poway

ThoughtSTEM at Westview High School offers courses for kids in Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Campers can choose between half-day or full-day sessions. Course subjects include coding, robotics, and 2D game design. Morning and full-day campers should bring their own lunch.

Cal State San Marcos

ThoughtSTEM at Cal State San Marcos offers courses for kids in Kindergarten through 12th Grade. Campers can choose between half-day or full-day sessions. Course subjects include coding, robotics, Minecraft modding, 2D game design, app development, and web design. Morning and full-day camps include lunch.

  • ThoughtSTEM Cal State San Marcos
  • Grades: K-12
  • Dates: June 18-August 13
  • Hours: 9am-1pm, 1pm-4pm, 9am-4pm
  • Price: Morning: $360; Afternoon: $280; Full-Day: $578 (after Bulk Discount is applied)
  • 333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92096

Studio West and The Recording Arts Center

Studio West is a working music studio that introduces kids to the audio industry and gives insight into music production. Over the summer professional audio engineers work with students to produce and record their own music. Musicians of any genre can play their instrument in bands and ensembles. Non-musicians will learn behind-the-scenes roles in music production and electronic music production techniques.

The New Children’s Museum

The New Children’s Museum downtown has three levels dedicated to playing and art. The museum uses hands-on and interactive exhibits to engage children and encourage creativity, confidence, socialization, and collaboration. From playhouses to giant food sculptures, there is always something to run and jump on. Throughout the year the museum offers project-based camps that are led by professional artists and educators.

Fall/Winter Camp

The New Children’s Museum’s Fall and Winter Camps are for campers ages 4-12. Camps include art-making sessions and playtime inside and outside the museum. Groups are divided by age and campers can participate for a single day, or up to a week.  Camps are held during Thanksgiving and Winter breaks – check website for dates, posted at end of summer.

  • NCM Fall/Winter Camps
  • Ages: 4-12 years old
  • Hours: 9am-4pm
  • Price: $63/Day, $280/week (Member and sibling discounts available)

Spring Camp

During Spring Break the New Children’s Museum offers two week-long, full-day sessions for campers ages 4-12. Camps include art-making sessions and indoor and outdoor play. Groups are divided by age and campers can participate for a single day, up to a week. Camps are held each year for  2 weeks during Spring Break. Check website for dates early in the year.

  • NCM Spring Camps
  • Ages: 4-12 years old
  • Dates: March 26-30, April 9-13
  • Hours: 9am-4pm
  • Price: $70/Day, $300/week (Member and sibling discounts available)

Summer Camps

Over the Summer the New Children’s Museum has camps available for ages 2 years old up to 6th Grade. All camps focus on art and play, with dedicated studio time and time exploring museum indoor and outdoor spaces. Summer camps this year will be held June 25 – August 18. Check the website for themes, dates and availability.

Parent & Child Camps: Children ages 2-3 can enjoy the camp experience with their caregivers. Camps are from 9:30am-11:30am, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. 90 minutes of camp is class time and the other 30 is spent in the Museum. (An adult must be present). $125/Session

Pre-K and Kindergarten: Art camps for 4-6-year-olds encourage creativity, imagination and promote self-confidence. Themes include healthy cooking, gardening, fort-engineering, dance, dress-up play, and more. Sessions are offered in 3 hour Half-Day Morning or Afternoon Camps and 7-hour, Full-Day Camps. Half-Day: $165, Full-Day: $315. Extended Care available.

Grades 1-3: Camps for Grades 1-3 explore fun art-making activities and play in the museum. Week-long, full-day camps Themes include Art labs, filmmaking, mural-making and more. Sessions are offered in 3 hour Half-Day Morning or Afternoon Camps and 7-hour, Full-Day Camps. Half-Day: $165, Full-Day: $315. Extended Care available.

The Japanese Friendship Garden at Balboa Park

The Japanese Friendship Garden is visited by over 100,000 people annually. The gardens feature Japanese culture through landscaping, koi ponds, water features, and Sukiya-style architecture. Summer Camp at the Japanese Friendship Garden immerses kids in that culture.

Campers will learn about garden aesthetics, flower arrangement, dance, music, language, sushi, taiko drumming, painting and more.

Youth Taiko

Serious students of any skill level can learn the beautiful art of Taiko. Kids will not only learn the art of Taiko, but will also learn Japanese etiquette, vocabulary, focus, and camaraderie. There is a tentative Taiko Summer Camp that would take place August 6-10, 9am-12pm. For More information email Frederic at [email protected].

The San Diego Air and Space Museum

An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute, the San Diego Air and Space Museum houses a collection of aircraft and spacecraft from all over the world. The museum celebrates the history of flight from the first hot air balloon through space exploration. Just for kids, the Aviation Action Hanger features interactive exhibits for kids of all ages. Younger kids can enjoy magnetic toys and pedal planes. Older children can explore a simulated moon surface or try flying in a real wind tunnel. The area even has two flight simulators and a large F-104 Starfighter cockpit. In the summer the Air and Space Museum has week-long summer camps that inspire and educate.

Air and Space Summer Camps

For kids in grades 1-12, the Air and Space Museum has half-day camps available that focus on air and space history. Campers will learn science, engineering, and robotics through fun hands-on activities such as designing flying cars, launching model rockets and learning to fly in simulators. Each session has a different focus so campers may attend multiple sessions and explore different fields. The Museum welcomes children with all ability levels to join in the fun.

The San Diego Natural History Museum

The San Diego Natural History Museum has 5 stories of interactive exhibitions that focus on the evolution of the natural world. Kids will love the dinosaur fossils, the skull exhibit, and a giant screen theater. The Nat offers camps for kids during the winter and summer.

Winter Camp

Winter Camp at the Nat is flexible and offers single-day programs for kids in Grades 1-5. During the session, kids will learn about dinosaurs, animal behaviors and explore nature.

Summer Camps

The Nat offers Summer Camps for kids in Pre-K through 10th Grade. Each program is tailored for the age group, teaching Science through age-appropriate activities.

Pre-K and Kindergarten Camps

Pre-K and Kindergarten Camps are week-long, half-day programs. Campers will learn about dinosaurs and the ocean through hands-on activities, crafts, and exploration of the museum.

  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Dates: June 18-July 23
  • Hours: Half-Day, 9am-12pm
  • Price: $175/members, $200/non-members

Grades 1-2 Camps

Grades 1-2 Camps are week-long, full-day programs. Campers will learn about dinosaurs, animals, and the ocean through hands-on activities, crafts, and exploration of the museum. These camps will also explore Balboa Park outside of the museum and may use live animals for education.

Grades 3-5

Grades 3-5 Camps are week-long, full-day programs. Campers will learn the different disciplines of science the Nat utilizes. This includes paleontology, botany, herpetology; entomology and ornithology. Camper will explore arts, crafts, take field trips and perform experiments.

Grades 6-8

Grades 6-8 Camps are week-long, full-day programs. Campers will learn about nature and technology by exploring Balboa Park’s plants and animals. At the end of the week, campers will share their findings with friends and family.

Grades 9-10

Grades 9-10 Camps are week-long, full-day programs. Campers will learn valuable interpersonal skills as they become Nat Ambassadors. Campers will interact will peers, museum staff, and guests while developing their own programs to share with the community.

San Diego Automotive Museum

For kids interested in cars, the San Diego Automotive Museum has a week-long camp that will educate and entertain. Kids in Grades 4-6 will learn about car culture, design, and engineering. Over the week they will get to explore the cars on site, design their own car and make models. Each session is limited to 10 campers.

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum at Balboa Park

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum is the largest operating railroad museum in the world. The SDMRM is home to four large scale model layouts that celebrate the history of railroads in the Southwest and display many California railroad models. For kids the Museum has an interactive Lionel layout, a kids corner that features many train-themed books, and storytime.

At the SDMRM summer camp program kids in 2nd through 8th grades will learn the different skills needed to build a model railroad. Campers will research design principles, plan a track layout, and construct an operational themed model by building scenery and constructing bridges. Half-day camps are from 9am-12pm and full-day camps are from 9am-3pm. Early drop-off is available at 8:30am for an additional $25 (per week).

San Diego Museum of Art

The San Diego Museum of Art has been dedicated to preserving fine art and sculpture since 1926. Over the years the museum has grown its collection through generous donations.  During the Summer, the Museum’s Youth Art Program teaches students about art-making and appreciation. The Program includes Summer Camps and Teen Studios. Artist-educators will provide art instruction, studio activities and lead students through the current exhibitions at the Museum.

Teen Summer Studios

Teen Summer Studios is designed for kids in Grades 6-12. Each week-long session has a different focus based on exhibits in the Museum. Students will be inspired by the past and use new techniques to create their own masterpieces. The Summer Studio also has sessions dedicated to expanding portfolios. Teens can meet other artists and receive expert guidance.

  • Teen Summer Studios
  • Grades 6-12
  • Dates: July 16-August 3
  • Hours: 9am-4pm
  • Price: $275/Members; $315/non-members (Scholarships available)

Summer Camps

Designed for younger kids, Grades 1-5, Summer Camps are led by artists-instructors. During the week, kids will explore museums and sculpture gardens to find inspiration. Activities include sculpture, multimedia, musical performance, and more.

San Diego Zoo

Located in Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo is home to over 3,700 animals and has more than 700,000 exotic plants. The 100-Acre zoo is known around the world and is often the number one destination for visitors. Rainforests, African savannahs, and the Arctic, kids will love discovering something new around every corner. During the summer, the Zoo offers Camps for kids in Pre-K all the way through high school. An Extended Day Program is also offered for an additional $100 (7:30am-5pm)

Pre-K Cub Camps

Pre-K Cub Camps are week-long, from 9am-12pm. The youngest camper will explore the zoo, animals, make crafts, and dance the summer away.

Kindergarten Camps

Kindergarten Camps are week-long, from 9am-3pm. Campers will learn about about birds, mammals and reptiles through age appropriate and fun activities.

Grades 1-8 Camps

Grades 1-8 Camps are week-long, from 9am-3pm. Campers choose between Classic Camps with a focus on animal exploration or can join an Arts Camp that explores art and uses animals as models.

Grades 9-12 Camps

High School Students can choose between 1-Day Adventures or Full-Week Camp experiences.

Teen camps focus on photography, art or animal caretaking.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is an unexpected wonder in North County San Diego. Acres of habitats and savannahs are hidden amongst the hills. The Safari Park is massive, which means that even on busy days the park doesn’t feel crowded. The Safari Park has half day and full day camps available for kids ages 2 years up to Seniors in High School. The camps are educational, interactive and are held in the unique setting of the park. Extended Care is available for campers ages 4-17. Extended Care hours begin at 8am and extend until 5:30pm, and cost an additional $50.

Growin’ Up: Ages 2-3

For Toddlers, the Safari Park offers a half-day, week-long camp. Little ones (and their grown-ups) will explore the park, have animal encounters, play and participate in fun hands-on activities.

  • Monday-Friday: 9am-11am
  • July 9- July 27
  • Price: $175/member; $205/non-member; $105/2nd Child

Family Camp: Ages 2-5

The Safari Park offers a half-day, week-long camp, designed for families with multiple children. Little ones (and their grown-ups) will explore the park, have animal encounters, play and participate in fun hands-on activities.

  • Monday-Friday: 9am-12pm
  • August 6-10
  • Price (adult and child pair): $175/member; $205/non-member

Story Safari: Pre-K-Kindergarten

Pre-K and Kindergarten aged children can participate in 4-Day or 5-Day, half-day camps. The themes revolve around favorite animal stories. Children will have animal encounters, explore the Park, make crafts, and enjoy songs and games. AM Extended Day Program available for an additional $50.

  • Week Camp: June 25-29; July 30-August 3
  • Price: $175/member; $205/non-member
  • 4-Day Camp: July 2- July 6 (no camp on the 4th of July)
  • Price: $145/member; $175/non-member

Grades 1-7: 4-Day Full-Day Camp

The week of 4th of July, Safari Park has a 4-Day Camp available. Kids in grades 1-4 can enjoy an art camp, and kids in Grades 5-7 will explore music, storytelling, and acting. Camps also include animal encounters and Park exploration.

  • July 2- July 6 (no camp on the 4th of July)
  • 9am-4pm
  • Price: $245/member; $275/non-member

Grades 1-8: Week-long, Full-Day Camps

The Safari Park hosts several camps for school-age children. Camps are week-long, full-day sessions. Themes include science, animal encounters, balloon safaris, veterinary care, and more.

  • June 25-August 10
  • Monday-Friday: 9am-4pm
  • Price: $295/member; $325/non-member

Ending Extinction: Grades 9-12

For high school aged kids, the Safari Park has a session dedicated to teaching the kids about conservation and preservation. Campers will take a behind-the-scenes look at the park, meet animal ambassadors, take a private Caravan Safari and explore hands-on activities.

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet has been teaching dance to children for over 70 years. Located at the Casa del Prado in Balboa Park, the school has three full-length stage productions throughout the year and also performs during special events. During the summer the SDCYB offers camps for younger dancers and Intensive Workshops for Intermediate and Advanced dancers.

Summer Camps

SDCYB Camps are week-long, half-day programs, with sessions in the morning and afternoon. Class starts with ballet class but the day also includes, crafts, jazz dance and field trips within Balboa Park. Each week ends in an in-studio performance for the campers friends and family.

  • Summer Camps
  • Ages: 4-10 years old
  • Dates: July 2-August 24
  • Hours: Ages 4-6: 9am-12pm; Ages 7-10: 1pm-4pm
  • Tuition: $135/5-day session, $110/4-day session

Intensives

SDCYB Intensives are challenging and educational, students not currently enrolled at SDCYB will have to audition. The programs begin daily with ballet technique, and also explore jazz, modern, musical theater and pilates. The Intermediate program is two weeks long and the Advanced program is three weeks long. The Advanced program and includes classes in pointe and injury prevention. In-between dancing students will discuss ballet videos, music and get to explore Balboa Park. At the end of the session dancers perform in-studio for friends and family.

San Diego Junior Theater

The San Diego Junior Theater is the longest running youth theater company in the United States. Established in 1948, the theater offers a variety of classes including drama, voice, dance, and theater for kids ages 3-18. The theater also hosts a variety of youth productions throughout the year. In Spring and Summer, the Youth Theater has a variety of camps available.

Spring Camps

During Spring Camp Sessions students will attend 4 classes per day: Voice, Acting, Dance (movement), and a Specialty class. At the end of the week, the campers will give an informal presentation for friends and family. In the mornings, campers can be dropped off 45 minutes before the day starts, free of charge. In the afternoon there is an Extended Day program available for an additional $15. From 3pm-5pm Campers will play games, watch movies and make arts and crafts.

  • Ages: Kindergarten-6th Grade
  • Dates: March 26-April 13, 2018
  • Hours: 9am-3pm
  • Price: $225/5-Day Session, $180/4-Day Session

Summer Camps

San Diego Junior Theater offers a variety of Summer Camps for kids of all ages. Week-long camps focus on acting, dance and voice lessons, and each session has a different theme. At the end of each week there is an informal performance to showcase what the campers have learned. Each session is a Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm with before and after care available. Half-Day Camps are available for Pre-K and K.

Express Yo Self: Expressive Arts Summer Camp

The San Diego Youth Symphony, David’s Harp Foundation, and the National Theater form a partnership to provide the Express Yo Self Arts Summer Camp. The 5-day camp lets high school aged kids choose between four areas of interest: string instruments, music production, comedy improv, and photography. During the week campers get to connect with other kids their age with similar interests. Professional Teaching Artists from each of the contributing partners will give the students hands-on experience that will further their artistic pursuits.

Digital Media Academy

Computer programming code skills are highly sought after in this modern world. The Digital Media Academy offers one and two-week programming camps that use the latest technologies. In San Diego, campers can learn as well as experience college life on the UCSD campus. Elementary, Middle School, and High School kids will meet kids with similar interests and learn how to develop apps, code websites, and finish film projects. The Digital Media Academy also has sessions in robotics, Animation, Minecraft and Video Game Design.

Campers can also add to their experience through several Add-On options. Campers can get the full college experience by choosing to stay overnight on campus. Campers will attend sessions during the day, eat at campus dining facilities and spend the evenings doing fun activities with the counselors. Weekends can also be added. Campers will explore the area, including visiting amusement parks and going to movies.

The Fleet Science Center

The Fleet Science Center has over 100 interactive science exhibits and an IMAX theater. For kids 5 and under, the center has a special exhibit called Kid City. Fleet Science Center hosts various programs for the community that instill a love of science at an early age. Fleet offers full-day camps in the winter and spring, and half-day camps in summer.

Winter Camps

During Winter break the Fleet Science Center offers full-day camps for Grades 1-8. Science Camp, for kids in grades 1-3 is hands-on and teaches through experimentation. Themes change yearly bust the focus is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. For older kids, grades 4-8, Fleet offers a variety of coding classes. Campers will explore electronics and learn to build video games.

Spring Camps

Spring camps at Fleet focus on STEM activities and let campers explore the Center. Campers in grades 1-3 will learn about molecular science, forensic science, gravity and more. Campers in Grades 4-8 focus on computer science and coding. Sessions are based on Minecraft with Marvel themes.

  • Spring Camps
  • Grades 1-8
  • March 26-30, 2018; 9am-4pm
  • Cost: Grades 1-3: $60; Grades 4-8: $70 (member discounts available)

Summer Camps

The Fleet Science Centers summer camp program disguises learning with fun. The Center has science-themed camps available for kids in Pre-K all the way through 8th Grade. The youngest campers (Pre-K, ages 3-5), will enjoy interactive camps that explore simple machines, bubbles, and squishy sensory fun. Pre-K Camps are 2-hours long and run for a week (an adult must be present). Kindergarten kids can enjoy a week of space exploration. For two hours a day, they will become astronauts and investigate our moon, the planets and stars.

For kids in Grades 1-8, Fleet fills the summer with half-day and full day camps based on STEM learning. Camps focus on science through different approaches, including art, investigation, experimentation, superheroes and more. There is enough variety that there is something for everyone. Kids in Grades 3-8 can participate in the ThoughtSTEM Computer Science Program and learn coding, robotics, engineering, and even learn to build their own apps. For science enthusiasts, Fleet offers full-day camps during selected weeks of the summer.

  • Summer Camps
  • Pre-Kindergarten: Week; 9am-11am (adult must be present)
  • Kindergarten: Week; 1pm-3pm
  • Half-Day: Week; 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm; $145/member, $160/non-member
  • ThoughtSTEM Half-Day: Week; 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm; $200/members, $215/non-member
  • Full-Day: 9am-4pm; $260/member, $290/non-member
  • Fleet Science Center
  • 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Spanish Village Art Center

The Spanish Village Art Center features the work of over 200 local artisans and craftsmen. Multi-colored cobblestones connect over 30 working art studios and galleries. The Spanish Village offers art camps in the Spring and Summer.

Spring Camp

Spanish Village Art provides a one-week, half-day art camp for children ages 7 and up. Over the week the campers will make ceramics projects and learn how to use a wheel. In two parts, the second half of camp kids will forage for natural objects in Balboa Park. The campers will then create Mandalas using the found natural objects and clay creations.

  • Spring Break Camp
  • Ages: 7 and Up
  • Dates: March 26-30, 2018
  • Hours: 9am-12pm
  • Price: $175

Summer Camp

Spanish Village Art provides a one-week, half-day art camp for children in Grades 2-6. Each day the kids will explore a different medium, including clay, ceramics, and painting. By the end of the week, each child will have 5 different creations to take home.

San Diego Art Camp

The San Diego Art Camp exposes children in Grades K-8 to a variety of artistic expression. Over the session, campers will learn about photography, ceramic and international music and dance. San Diego Art Camp is held in Balboa Park at the House of Czech and Slovak Republics.

Museum of Photographic Arts

The Museum of Photographic Arts is a vibrant center for visual learning. The museum educates and engages visitors through photography, film, and video. During the Spring and Summer, the museum hosts interactive camps for children ages 6-17.

Spring Camp

Over Spring Break the Museum of Photographic Arts offers daily, full-day camps. Kids will learn everything from the art of selfies, color, collage, and ways to play and manipulate photographs to make them more interesting. The daily camps sell out fast, so register as soon as possible.

  • Ages: 7-12
  • Dates: March 26-30, 2018
  • Hours: 9am-4pm
  • Price: $55/Members; $60/non-members

Summer Camp

The MOPA Summer Camp Program explores photography, video, animation and more. The week-long camp is for ages 6-17. During the week professional visual artists share their knowledge in different visual art techniques. Camps are cool, interactive and fun.

San Diego Art Institute

The San Diego Art Institute is an experimental contemporary art center.  SDAI focuses on artists in Southern California and Baja California. For their summer program, SDAI hires practicing artists that are vested in teaching art to empower the next generation. Over the summer they have week-long programs for kids 5-18 in Graffiti Arts, Printmaking, Stop Motion and more. SDAI even has a special program called Camp Parkeology.  Parkeology is dedicated to exploring the hidden and overlooked areas of Balboa and using those areas as inspiration for multimedia projects. SDAI also has aftercare available until 4pm at an additional $10 per day.

Birch Aquarium

The Birch Aquarium in La Jolla is home to more than 5,000 types of sea life and features research done at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. The Birch Aquarium has something for every age. The habitats are beautiful to look at, there is a giant kelp forest and a bioluminescent Infinity Cube. Younger visitors will not only enjoy the colorful fish but get to touch starfish in the Tide Pools and explore energy in an outdoor interactive play area. During the Summer, Birch runs summer camp programs for the ages 4-15. The week-long sessions are full or half day based on age and activity.

Birch Camps: Ages 4-7

Campers ages 4-7 will stay at the Aquarium and learn about Marine Life through hands-on activities, arts, crafts, stories and aquarium exploration. Camps are week-long, half-day sessions in the morning or afternoons.

Birch Camps: Ages 7-8

Campers ages 7-8 will spend the week-long, full-day sessions exploring the aquarium as well as the coast. Field trips will be taken for hands-on interactive experiences. At the end of each session friends and family are invited to a showcase of the art and science projects that were inspired by the experience.

Birch Camps: Ages 9-15

The oldest campers have many different Birch experiences to choose from. Campers can go behind the scenes of Marine Biology and Oceanography and learn next to scientists. For campers who’d rather see things up close, there are Snorkeling and Surfing Sessions offered. Camps are Half-Day or Full-Day based on the session.

Living Coast Discovery Center

The Living Coast Discovery Center educates children about local wildlife, environmental protection, and coastal conservation. The center is quaint and has sea turtles, rays, and spiny lobsters. There are also feathered friends such as owls and falcons. Living Coast is great for an afternoon picnic and also has hiking trails that lead to the beach. Living Coast offers several day camps and a Keeper Program for teens throughout the year.

Spring Camp

During Spring Break the Living Coast Discovery Center has camp sessions available for kids 4 years old-6th Grade. Kids will learn about wildlife through animal encounters, crafts, and games.

Pre-K-Kindergarten:

Choose between two-day or three-day, half-day camps.

  • Hours: 9:30am-12:30am
  • Price: $52/2-Day Session; $78/3-Day Session

Grades 1-3

Week-long, half-day camps.

  • Hours: 9:30am-12:30am, 1pm-4:30pm
  • Price: $52/2-Day Session; $78/3-Day Session

Grades 4-6

Week-long, full-day camps. 4th and 6th graders will choose between sessions that also feature Stand-Up Paddle Boarding or Kayaking on San Diego Bay.

  • Hours: 9am-4:40pm
  • Price: $260/week (Member discounts available)

Keeper 101

Keeper 101 gives teens a two-day behind-the-scenes look at animal care. Campers will shadow Staff and learn how to feed the birds, clean enclosures, and get to handle some of the animal ambassadors. Offered various times of the year, Living Coast limits the class to 5 students for a personalized experience.

SeaWorld

SeaWorld is an aquarium, a theme park, a marine mammal park and more. In recent years SeaWorld has become a polarizing topic. To combat that, they have switched their themes to conservation. They have also added rides and attractions without animals to cater to families. Over the Summer SeaWorld has several week-long camps available for children in Grades 1-6.

Summer Camps

During the summer months, SeaWorld offers campers a unique view of the park. Children will learn about marine life while exploring the attractions and having animal encounters. Throughout the week campers will also play games, make crafts, and participate in several educational hands-on activities.

Little Fish Comic Book Studio

Little Fish Comic Book Studio provides art instruction and an insight into the comic book industry. Little Fish not only teaches children how to improve their drawing skills, the ultimate goal is to publish the material. Little Fish offers instruction year-round but also hosts Spring and Summer Camps for children ages 7-16.

San Diego Derby Dolls

Roller Derby teaches players how to stay focused and be calm while under pressure while promoting athleticism and community. The San Diego Derby Dolls were established in 2005 and represent San Diego with integrity. For kids 7-17, the Derby Dolls offers a Junior Training Camp over the Summer. The camp includes two days of training and an actual bout. The camp is for beginners through advanced skaters, however, campers must be able to skate one lap unassisted. Full Gear is required.

San Diego Circus Camps

The San Diego Circus Center provides world-class circus training in San Diego. The faculty is made up of people who have worked with Cirque de Soleil, Cirque de la Mer and the San Diego Zoo. Camps will include Aerial Arts (Trapeze, Silks, and Lyra),  as well as floor work (tumbling, juggling and clowning). Circus Camp provides a safe and fun environment that encourages kids to try new things, build confidence and make great friends. At the end of each session, campers will display their new skills for friends and family.

Surfside Ranch

Kids that love horses will love Surfside Ranch. The 5-day Summer Horse Course teaches children 7 and above everything they need to know about horses. The Horse Course includes daily horseback riding in the arena, on trails, and along the beach. Kids will learn the difference between Western and English riding styles, grooming, and how to saddle. Between horses, campers can also play with goats, pigs llamas and the other animals that live on the ranch. At the end of each session friends and family are invited to see what the kids have learned. Half-Day Sessions are available for younger campers. Extended Care is available from 7am to 6pm for an additional $15/hour.

Del Mar Golf Center

Right next to the Fairgrounds Del Mar Golf Center has a driving range, putting green and short-game practice area. The Golf Center also has a great teaching staff on hand to help improve technique and lower scores. The Golf Center offers two summer camps for kids that teach as well as entertain.

FUNdamentals Summer Camp

The FUNdamentals Summer Camp helps new golfers (ages 4+) develop a love for the game through fun and age-appropriate methods. The Golf Center teaches safety, etiquette, and golf skills. The teaching methods also include fun exercises like skipping and hopping to teach coordination and control. Equipment will provided and each camper will receive a water bottle, shirt and daily snack.

SMASH Camp

SMASH Camp uses advanced training and exercise techniques to help golfers of all levels. The first two days of camp are held at the Del Mar Golf Center and are spent teaching campers methods that will help lower their scores and improve their athletic abilities. The second two days are spent on a golf course and incorporate newly learned skills with game play. Equipment and healthy snacks are provided. Campers will receive a hat, shirt and water bottle.

Camp Del Mar

Horse racing Season has been part of San Diego culture since 1937. From mid-July through September fans gather at the Del Mar Fairgrounds to cheer and bet on the ponies. The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has made the races family-friendly.

Camp Del Mar

Every race day the Thoroughbred Club offers Camp Del Mar. Kids aged 5-12 can enjoy miniature golf, crafts, activities, and more while their parents are at the races. Camp also includes lunch, a snack and a t-shirt. For only $24/day, kids can have as much fun as mom and dad. (Parent or guardian must remain on-grounds)

Nike Junior Golf Camp at Torrey Pines Golf Course

Located on top of the cliffs in La Jolla, the Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course has one of the most breathtaking views in Southern California. Two 18-hole courses hug the edge of the cliff and overlook the Pacific below. Open in 1957, the course has even been selected to host the 2021 United States Open Championship. During the summer Torrey Pines offers full-day Nike Junior Golf Camps. Campers check-in at 12:30 pm and spend the day receiving instruction and playing golf with PGA and LPGA staff until sunset.

Solana Beach Summer Day Camp

The Solana Beach Summer Day Camp is one of the most popular camps in the area. Week-long sessions include beach games, swimming, arts, crafts and Wednesday Field Trips to places like the Wave Waterpark, Balboa Park, and the Zoo. Camper ages 12-16 can participate in the “Leader in Training” program for only $30/week. Campers meet at the Fletcher Cove Community Center Mondays-Wednesdays and Friday and meet at La Colonia Park on Thursdays. Aftercare is also available for $35/week.

Padres Baseball Camp

During the Summer the San Diego Padres offer several Baseball Camps throughout San Diego County. Kids will get to meet players and coaches from the current Padres team, and get two tickets for a Padres game in August. Campers will spend the week training and compete in groups based on age. The format keeps the campers engaged and encourages a love for the game. All campers will receive a San Diego Baseball Camp uniform (jersey, pants, belt, and socks), an official camper pin, 2 tickets to a Padres game and more.

Padres Baseball Camp Dates and Locations

June 18-22: La Jolla Cliffridge Park, 8311 Cliffridge Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

June 25-29: 4S Ranch, 4S Ranch Sports Park, 16118 4S Ranch Pkwy, San Diego, CA 92127

July 9-13: Chula Vista, Mount San Miguel Park, 2335 Paseo Veracruz, Chula Vista, CA 91914

July 16-20: Poway, Sportsplex USA, 12349 McIvers Ct, Poway, CA 92064

July 23-27: Point Loma, Bill Cleator Community Park, Nimitz Blvd & Famosa Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92107

July 30-August 3: Carlsbad, Stagecoach Community Park, 3420 Camino De Los Coches, Carlsbad, CA 92009

August 6 – August 10: Del Mar, Ashley Falls Park, 13030 Ashley Falls Dr, San Diego, CA 92130

Concept Surf Camps

Based out of Moonlight Beach, Concept Surf Shop hosts surf camps for kids of all skill levels and ages. The youngest kids can enjoy Little Groms Surf Camp which focuses on beach safety as well as ocean fun. For older kids, the Spring and Summer Camps are kept very small at one instructor per 3 campers to allow individualized instruction. During the school year Concepts holds after-school sessions.

Little Groms Surf Camp

Little Groms Surf Camp teaches kids ages 5-8 about beach safety and surfing. Camp activities begin with stretching and talking about water conditions. Kids will learn about Riptides and how to calmly navigate their way out of them. Campers will also learn about Stingrays and how to do the “Stingray Shuffle”, to keep the marine life at bay. Campers will get to explore surfing, boogie boarding and body surfing. Little Groms keeps kids in their comfort zone and allows campers to gradually build confidence. Campers also get snack breaks and play beach games.

Moonlight Beach Surf Camps

Spring Camps

Surf Camps provide a fun and safe environment for kids to learn how to surf, or to improve their skills. Campers will learn technique, etiquette, safety and develop their skill set. Spring Break Camps are offered the first two weeks in April, from 9am-12pm, Monday-Friday. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Summer Camps

Surf Camps provide a fun and safe environment for kids to learn how to surf, or to improve their skills. Campers will learn technique, etiquette, safety and develop their skill set. At the end of each session campers are treated to a pizza party and parents are invited to watch them show off their new surf skills. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Encinitas Beach Kids

Encinitas Beach Kids is a half-day, 2-week program that’s perfect for SoCal kids. Located at Moonlight Beach, Encinitas Beach Kids teaches kids beach safety while having fun. Kids will learn about the ocean awareness, marine animal awareness, water etiquette, teamwork and more. The day will also include games and water play. Encinitas Beach Kids is a great way to boost self-esteem, learn beach confidence and have fun.

Lux Art Institute

More than a museum, the Lux Art Institute features local and international artists that work at the museum and engage the community.  In the Summer, Lux has full-day, week-long camps for students 4-17. Teaching artists will assist with arts and crafts projects based on different art movements each week. Campers will learn art history and explore several mediums including drawing, painting, and sculpture. The Summer Art camp is based on expression and technical skill will not be covered.

Sugar Sweet Farm

The Sugar Sweet Farm is a family-run, organic hobby-farm in Encinitas. The Sugarman family grows organic fruits and raises livestock. For years the family has been opening its doors to school groups and has offered kids camps. A day on the farm includes animal encounters, crafts, games, swimming, gardening and more. The camp follows the daily rhythm of the farm, so no two days are the same, but every day includes horseback riding! Extended care available.

  • Sugar Sweet Farm Camp
  • Ages: 6-12
  • Dates: June 26-August 15
  • Hours: 9am-2pm or 10am-3pm (Extended care available)
  • Price: $100/day
  • Elizabeth Sugarman: 760-815-6616

AK Martial Arts and Fitness

AK Martial Arts and Fitness is a family owned business that offers fun martial arts and agility training for kids of all ages. Ak specializes in teaching the Korean art of Tang Soo Do. The curriculum includes learning stances and moves, but also self-control, kindness, and respect. The Do Jang hosts camps throughout the year. During summer camp themes vary but include fun activities like laser tag, nerf battles, trips to the park, legos and more. AK Martial Arts give discounts for attending multiple camps, and for siblings. Extended Care available.

Rancho Coastal Humane Society

Rancho Coastal Humane Society uses camps to educate kids about animal ownership, care, and wildlife. The camps focus on animal interaction interspersed with fun crafts and games. Campers will also get a behind-the-scenes look at the facility and the daily animal tasks. The Rancho Coastal Summer Program is very popular and sells out every year.

Poway Trail Company

The Poway Trail Company believes that every horse experience should be memorable and enjoyable. The Company’s Spring and Summer Camp go beyond horse riding and aims to give kids an experience they will remember forever. Camps days will include horseback riding and horsemanship skills, but will also have scavenger hunts, crafts, games archery and time in the petting zoo. The end of a camp week will even include a cookout with an awards ceremony and farewell party. Campers can choose to spend a day or an entire week with the Poway Trail Riding Company.

Lake Poway

One of the best lakes in North County, Lake Poway is the go-to place for many locals. Not only does the lake offer boat rentals and fishing, the park itself is green and shaded, with loads of trails, picnic areas, an archery range, and playgrounds. During the Summer the City of Poway offers a week-long day camp for kids 6-12. Campers will swim, play games and enjoy lake activities. One day each session campers will go on a field trip to a local attraction. Field trips include the Zoo, Birch Aquarium, and Aquatica Water Park.

DeLeon Dynamics

DeLeon Dynamics is a specialized gym that focuses on Aerial, Parkour, Cirque, and Movement. Spring and Summer Camps feature the child’s choice of instruction mixed in with games, crafts and open gym times. Aerial arts include trapeze, aerial silks, lyra, and hammock. Cirque options are juggling, tumbling, rolla-bolla and gymnastics. DeLeon also trains in Parkour and Ninja Warrior Course. Summer Camps are offered at both locations. The Carmel Valley location also has Spring Camps available.

Momentum Training Center

Located in San Elijo Hills, Momentum Training Center has an indoor turf room for soccer training, a yoga studio and multimedia-equipped classroom. Momentum offers indoor Soccer Camps during the Spring and Summer. The 4-day camps will focus on speed, agility, technique, conditioning, and strategy. The Center also uses state-of-the-art equipment and software to improve each players game. Camp sizes are limited to 10 students per coach, the sessions fill quickly, register early to ensure a spot.

Leo Carrillo Historic Ranch

If you don’t live in the neighborhood, the Leo-Carrillo Historic Ranch is not very well known. The Ranch sits on 27 acres and has adobe buildings, beautiful landscape, and peacocks! The former working ranch was owned by Leo Carrillo, who is known for playing Pancho, the sidekick to the Cisco Kid.

Over Spring Break and  Summer, the City of Carlsbad uses the location as the site for several camps. Kids ages 5-12 can enjoy half-day camps with themes that include art, cooking, sewing, animal encounters, and archaeology. More Information.

Agua Hedionda Lagoon

The Agua Hedionda Lagoon is a 400-acre estuary and wetland in Carlsbad. The Lagoon’s Discovery Center has several exhibits which include the history of the area, the history of the Luiseno Tribe, a Native Plant Garden, and an interactive Reptile Room. The Discovery Center Has Summer camp available for kids in Pre-K through 6th Grade. During camp, kids are split into groups by age. Campers learn about the environment surrounding the lagoon, make crafts and interact with the animals located at the center.

IceTown

Ice skating is a fun way to get exercise, improve balance and coordination. IceTown has open skate available to the public every day and also offers lessons for first-time skaters. In the Spring and Summer, IceTown has a Beginning SK8 Camp and a Beginning Hockey Camp. The camps are geared towards children ages 5-12 at beginning levels (up to Basic 6 level). The last day of camp includes a pizza party and performance for friends and family.

Carlsbad Lagoon

The Carlsbad Lagoon is a great place to spend the day with family. Filled with many water sports options, the lagoon has something for everyone. Motorized rentals include Yamaha WaveRunners, boat rentals, and Wakeboarding and Waterskiing (includes a boat with driver). If you want a little slower speed the lagoon rents kayaks, stand up paddle boards, canoes, paddle boats and aqua cycles.

Camp H20 Extreme

During the summer kids can explore all the fun things to do at the Lagoon. Camp H20 Extreme is a week-long, full-day camp. Campers will ride waverunners, stand up paddle board, canoe, kayak, play beach games, and more!

San Diego Children’s Museum

The San Diego Children’s Museum is a North County must for kids under 10. The exhibits focus on science, culture, and art, and inspire children to learn through hands-on exploration, imagination, and experimentation. The museum’s colorful and inviting space is split into several different areas. An Experimentation section has hands-on activities based on science, math, and engineering. The Exploration area uses a local market, dress up area and books to feature various cultures (rotating). Imagination is encouraged on the stage which has musical instruments, puppet shows and dresses up areas. Outside, the Discovery zone has a garden, lego fountains, chickens, sandboxes and bubbles!

Discovery Camps

When school is out, the San Diego Children’s Museum has week-long camps for kids in Kindergarten-3rd Grade. Each session has a different theme based on Art, Science and World Culture. Winter Camps are one-day sessions, and Spring has a one-week, half-day camp.  In the Summer, campers can enjoy half-day morning and afternoon sessions, or full days of camp.

Tempest Freerunning Academy

Tempest Freerunning Academy celebrates freedom of movement, at their world-renowned Freerunning and Parkour Training Facility. While Parkour and Freerunning may seem similar, Parkour is about getting from Point A to Point B in the most efficient way, while Freerunning is moving between points with style. What really sets Tempest apart from other indoor gyms is their themed environments. Kids will feel like they’re in a video game as they run and jump through the course.

Summer Training

Girls and boys of all levels can hone their freerunning skills with Tempest’s Summer Training. During the week coaches will teach campers new skills and improve overall ability.

The Wave Waterpark

The Wave Waterpark is open during the months of May-September. Popular with North County residents, the waterpark has lots of amenities for kids during the summer months. The waterpark has several attractions including slides, a lazy river and a simulated wave that gives riders the perfect beach break every time. The Wave also hosts several camps and programs throughout the season.

Camps

The Wave offers several themed splash camps throughout the summer. Themes include pirates, surf, Olympics, superhero, and more. The camps are a great way to keep children ages 7-15 years old entertained in the summer months. For working parents, camp hours can be extended until 4pm, free of charge! Older campers, ages 12-15 years old, can join the Counselor-In-Training program. This program teaches leadership skills by working directly with the counselors and helping run themed camp activities. This program is limited to 10 participants per session.

Jr. Lifeguards

Junior Lifeguards learn invaluable skills while having fun. Participants ages 10-15 will learn water rescues, CPR, First Aid and Spinal Management. Jr. Lifeguards also shadow the real wave lifeguards and learn hand signals, whistle signals, and how to handle emergency situations confidently. The week-long program is educational, engaging and entertaining. Also, parents can sign up for extended free play (until 4pm) for free! (Kids must be able to swim 50 yards in order to qualify for the Junior Lifeguard program.)

 

Carlsbad Art Farm

The Carlsbad Art Farm teaches traditional art skills through interaction with animals and the natural world. Beginners and experienced artists are welcome to the beautiful woodland hobby-farm located in the heart of Carlsbad. In the summer, kids in 2nd-8th grade can attend a week-long, full-day camp. Campers will explore different art mediums, spend time outdoors, and have animal encounters.  On Friday, kids will enjoy an all-camp pizza party. Parents are invited to join so they can meet the staff, see all projects, explore the grounds and meet the animals.

Monart School of Art

The Monart School of Art teaches kids how to draw while also developing skills such as concentration, problem-solving, coordination, and self-control.The Monart Drawing Method brakes art down into basic shapes and lines, giving children an easy guide to begin from. Teaching children to see shapes and lines first is similar to teaching letters of the alphabet before reading a whole book. Monart has summer camps available at Liberty Station. They also offer camps and enrichment classes during the year in North County.

Studio Camps at Liberty Station

Studio Camps at Liberty Station are half-day, week-long camps that are separated by age group. Campers ages 8-14 have morning sessions available and campers ages 4-7 can attend in the afternoon. The camp day will focus on improving each child’s drawing level while introducing new techniques. Each camper will complete several projects over the week.

Sew Inspired

Sew Inspired offers unique classes and camps to teach sewing skills to the next generation. Sewing is a lifelong skill that is practical and brings joy. With a focus on kids 7 and above, Sew Inspired aims to instill a love of sewing in all of its clients. Sew Inspired Camps are very popular and often sell-out. The camps combine trendy and classic projects and use high-quality materials. Sew Inspired also offers seasonal camps and Saturday mini-camps ($45-$99).

Lil Fashionista’s 3-Day Camp

  • Ages: 7.5-9 years old (must have completed 2nd Grade)
  • June 19-August 14
  • Tuesday-Thursday: 10:30am-2pm
  • $299/session

Tweeners 3-Day Camp

Intrepid Theater Company

Intrepid Theater Company is an award-winning group that performs and educates. This summer, Intrepid hosts week-long theater camps for kids in Encinitas. Each week provides a different show as a theme. Themes include Beauty and the Beast, Harry Potter, A Wrinkle in Time, Into the Woods and more. Throughout the week, students will take classes in acting, dancing, singing and more. Intrepid Camps have a fun and creative atmosphere that develops acting and social skills as well as builds self-confidence. At the end of the week, campers will showcase what they’ve learned in front of friends and family.

The Rockademy

More than a music school, the Rockademy not only teaches kids how to play musical instruments, but how to play music as a band. Professional musicians guide the students through the steps of making music. From learning to read notes to live performance and recording, the Rockademy encourages students to fulfill their musical aspirations. Rockademy’s Summer camps are designed for musician ages 7-17 (Campers must be proficient in their instrument to attend). Campers will join together to create a set list of favorite songs. At the end of each week, campers will perform for friends and family. Early drop-off is available for $10/day. Lunch is provided.

Camp Zovargo

Zovargo teaches the importance of animal conservation through fun hands-on activities and animal interactions. Throughout the year Zovargo brings animal ambassadors into schools and classrooms to teach a respect for animals and the environment. Once a year, Camp Zovargo hosts an animal super camp for 20 kids. During camp, kids will be introduced to over 20 animal ambassadors, including a Bengal cat, a chameleon, parrots, and more. Campers will learn about habitats and explore nature around the Buena Vista Lagoon. In between these activities, campers will also conduct science experiments, and participate in several hands-on activities. All campers will receive a camp shirt with registration. Extended Care is available for an additional fee.

North County Martial Arts

North County Martial Arts has been teaching a combination of Tang Soo Do, karate and kung-fu for over 15 years. Classes teach children and adults self-defense and help individuals Build self-confidence, strength and coordination. NCMA has week-long camps all summer, that integrate fun themes such as: Super Heros, Legos, Star Wars, Minecraft and more. Each camp will focus on specific life skills, have themed training, go on field trips, make crafts and do community service. Campers can attend NCMA for morning or afternoon half-day sessions or play all day. Extended Care is available for an additional fee.

A Colorful Universe

A Colorful Universe is a great art resource and offers many options for kids to explore their artistic side. The studio is open daily and there is a great selection of pottery, paints, and projects to choose from. You can also walk-in to work with Warm-Fused Glass or Clay Impression, but the studio suggests you call ahead to ensure that the staff on hand can help you. A Colorful Universe also has a weekly Parents Night Out and offers various day and week-long camps throughout the year.

Camps

A Colorful Universe offers weekly camps that let kids explore different artistic mediums every day. Projects include painting pottery, working with glass, clay sculpting, painting and more. Every day includes a lunch break at the nearby park and Fridays include an afternoon at a  Splash Pad, where campers will tye-dye t-shirts, make slime, and have fun in the water. Extended Care is available for an additional $5/hour.

Keystone South Summer Camp

Keystone South Summer Camp takes the aspects of a traditional sleepaway camp and brings them to you. Campers spend the day doing sports, arts, swimming, crafts and more. Keystone also brings in specialty equipment that changes weekly, like rock climbing walls, a giant slide and obstacle courses. The camp also has special themed days when campers can have crazy hair or wear their pajamas. Camps are in two-week sessions and campers can choose a 5-Day, 3-Day or 2-Day program. Keystone also has a transportation system for kids located in Solana Beach and Carmel Valley. Busses will pick-up and drop-off kids to make the camp experience more accessible for everyone.

Day Camp

Day Camp is for children in 1 through 7th grade, and sessions are separated by gender. Campers can follow their own interests and choose what activities they want to do for the day. In between activities, there are lunchtimes, snacks, swimming and other group events.

Junior Camp

The junior camp program is a great way to introduce boys and girls to the camp experience. The day is filled with play-based activities that focus on educational, social and emotional development. Campers will also swim and have water adventures.

CIT Program

The Counselor In Training Program is a co-ed program that lets older kids enjoy camp activities while developing their leadership skills. CITs will spend their mornings with a mentor who will show them how to lead the other campers in activities and tasks. In the afternoon, CITs get to plan their own camp activities and enjoy the rest of the day.

Oceanside Theater Company

The Oceanside Theater Company is passionate about enriching North County San Diego with education, culture and performing arts. In the summer months, the OTC Youth Academy holds a camp for kids ages 8-17. The camp is split by interest, campers can perform, or learn the technical side of the theater. The camp runs daily for almost a month. At the end of the session, campers come together and perform a staged production for friends and family. 2018’s production is The Wizard of OZ.

Performers

Campers ages 8-17 will spend the day in singing, acting and dancing workshops. Weekly showcases will feature the performing students before they perform the full production.

Technical Theater

Campers ages 10-17 will learn all the behind-the-scenes aspects of theater productions. Lighting, costume, set building, prop design and more will be covered. During the performance, campers will run the technical elements and work as the stage crew.

  • OTCYA Summer Camp
  • Ages: 8-17
  • Dates: June 18-July 13 (one session)
  • Hours: Monday-Friday: 9am-3pm (No camp on July 4th)
  • Performances: July 13: 7pm; July 14: 2pm and 7pm; July 15: 2pm
  • $600/Child (sibling and military discounts available)
  • 217 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

Surf and Turf Tennis Club

The Surf and Turf Tennis Club offers half and full day summer camps for Pee-Wees (5 and under) through Elite Tennis players. STTC training begins with fun games to introduce the basics of tennis, then moves on to the fundamentals, continues through skill development and advances to specific training for Satellite and Open level players. The camp keeps groups small and leads campers through conditioning, drills, and strategy while incorporating fun and games.

 

Outpost Summer Camp

Outpost Summer Camp has a traditional program that is 100% outdoors. Groups are kept small and campers enjoy a full day without devices. Inclusion is important to Outpost and is part of what makes their camp special. To make sure that everyone is included, campers work as a group and decide what activities they will do for the day. Outpost also provides transportation to and from camp (for the Day Camp and Senior Outpost Programs). Available for North County residents, the drive to and from camp becomes part of the experience and lets kids get closer to other campers in their neighborhood. Outpost also has after-school camps and a Winter session.

Pre-Camp

Located at North City Presbyterian Church, Pre-Camp in for kids 3-5 years old. The location helps introduce camp to young kids in a fun and safe environment. Pre-Camper will still enjoy a day of group-oriented, outdoor Outpost activities. Pre-Camp is held in two and three-week sessions which campers can attend two, three or five days out of the week.

  • Pre-Camp
  • Ages: 3-5
  • Three-Week Camp: 2 days/week: 300+; 3 days/week: $440+; 5-days/week: $700+
  • Two-Week Camp: 2 days/week: 200; 3 days/week: $330; 5-days/week: $500
  • 11717 Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064

Day Camp

Campers in 1-5th Grades can enjoy the 3-week Day Camp program at Outpost (campers choose between two, three or five-day sessions). Campers are picked up by van and transported to Canyonside Community Park for an outdoor, device-free day of play. Campers start the day together singing songs, they are divided into small groups by age and collectively decide what their day will bring. At the end of each session, campers gather together for a “Campfire” where they sing songs and perform skits.

  • Junior Camp
  • Grades: 1-5
  • Three-Week Camp: 2 days/week: $485; 3 days/week: $785; 5-days/week: $1270

Senior Outpost

Senior Outpost is a 3-week session for campers in 6-9th Grades. Campers are picked up by van and transported to Canyonside Community Park for an outdoor, device-free day of play. Senior Outpost concentrates on exploring new activities and positive risk-taking experiences in a small group setting. Senior Outpost is a 3-week session, five days a week.

Junior Counselors

Junior Counselors is a 3-week session for campers in the 10th grade-first year of college. The 3-week program is free of charge and must be applied for. Junior COunselors will shadow senior counselors and develop leadership skills.

SoCal Volleyball Club

SoCal Volleyball Club is family-oriented and offers fitness and volleyball programs to the community. They work on the physical, mental and emotional growth of their athletes in a fun and caring environment. SoCal Volleyball Club has 4-Day school break camps for Beginner and intermediate players. Players will learn new skills, improve existing skills and practice Volleyball strategies.

Junior Sticks Golf Academy

Junior Sticks Golf Academy has 5-day junior golf camps for kids 4-12 years old. Located out of the Hodges Golf Learning Center in Escondido, Junior Sticks is taught by PGA teaching professional Jey Bacani. The program focuses on the fundamentals of golf including gameplay, rules, technique and course management. Campers learn through instruction and daily contests that promote friendly competition. On Fridays, campers move on to the Welk Resort Golf Course to practice the skills they learned over the week. Golf clubs are provided if needed.

Hope Horse Ranch

When school is out Hope Horse Ranch offers day and week-long camps. Campers will not only get o go horseback riding, but they will learn horsemanship and grooming. Hope Horse Ranch even has a petting zoo on site. Other activities include arts, crafts, and games. Extended Care is available before and after camp for an additional $10/hour.

  • Hope Horse Ranch Summer Camp
  • April 9-13; June 18-August 5
  • Monday-Friday: 9am-2pm; Extended Care available.
  • $295/session; $80/day; $40 one-time registration fee

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club offer Summer Camps at both of its locations for members and non-members. The SRSRC is accredited by the American Camp Association and offers traditional camps for kids in Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Aviary Summer Camps

Mini-Camps/Zone Daily Camps

Mini-Camps and Zone Camps are single-day camps that include swimming, arts, games, and fun hands-on activities. Camps are from 8:30am-4pm, however Extended Care is available from 6:30am-6:30 pm ($9/members; $12/non-members).

  • K-8th Grades
  • $55/members; $65 non-members
  • 8:30am-4pm; Extended Care available.

Specialty Camps

The Aviary location offers several full-day, week-long, specialty camps during the summer. Campers enjoy a traditional camp experience that will focus on a specific theme for a few hours each day. Themes include archery, art, cheerleading, dance; science, and more. Some camps feature field trips throughout the county. Extended Care is available from 6:30am-6:30 pm ($35/members; $45/non-members).

Children’s Center Summer Camps

Themed Weekly Camps

Themed camps at the Children’s Center are themed full-day, week-long sessions. On Fridays, there is an optional field-trip for an additional fee. Among the themes are sports, camping, and art. Besides the chosen theme campers will also swim, play games, cook, and more. Extended Care is from 6:45am-6:15pm and in already included in the session price.

InGenious Summer Camps

InGenious offers camps for kids in Kindergarten-Twelfth Grades that specialize in, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.

Programming Camp

Campers spend week-long, half-day camps learning Java Programming or 3D game development.

  • Programming Camp
  • Grades: 8-12
  • June 18-August 6
  • Monday-Friday: 9-12pm or 1-4pm
  • $285/session

Theme Camp

InGenious offers week-long theme camps in full-day, short-day and half-day sessions. Themes include STEM classes, sports, chess, gymnastics, musical theater, 3D animation and more. Between camp-theme times, campers will also play games, read, play chess and make crafts.

Helen Woodward Animal Center

For over 40 years Helen Woodward Animal Center has been committed to the philosophy that people help animals, and animals help people. The no-kill facility provides a variety of services to the community which includes many programs geared towards children. The center offers many kids camps throughout the year.

You Can Be A Veterinarian Camp

Helen Woodward gives kids ages 9-16 a hands-on Veterinarian experience. Campers will meet the Chief of Staff at Helen Woodward, perform ultrasounds, dissect owl pellets, and perform health checks on live animals. Campers will also learn blood draw technique as well as splinting and bandaging. The You Can Be A Vet Camp is a must for any child interested in Veterinary Medicine.

Critter Camp

Helen Woodward offers Critter Camps for kids in Preschool through 6th Grade throughout the year. There are sessions over Spring, Summer, Winter Breaks and Holidays. During Critter Camp kids will experience hands-on animal interactions. Animal themes change daily and include crafts, games and more. Half-Day Camps are available for Preschool aged children (early drop-off available). Kids in Kindergarten and above can enjoy a full-day camp with aftercare available until 5pm.

Super Spanish

Super Spanish offers a 100% Spanish Immersion Summer Program for kids as young as 18 months old up to 7 years old. The program is great for kids who’ve never heard the language as well as kids that need to stay proficient during the summer break. Super Spanish keeps the day fun by incorporating, music, art, crafts, sports, water-fun and more.

Bebés Camp

Ages: 18 months-2.5 years old

Days: 3-days/week (Tuesday-Thursday)

Price: $225/week

Niños Camp

Ages: 2.5 years old-7 years old

Days: Monday-Friday

Price: $330/week

Sol Surf Camp

Sol Surf Camps introduce kids ages 6 and up to surfing and teaches them about ocean and beach safety. Locally owned, Sol Surf keeps a small instructor to child ratio so everybody gets individualized training. Each camper gets a t-shirt and the sessions end with a pizza party.

  • Sol Surf Camp
  • Ages: 6+
  • Dates: June 18-August 20
  • Hours: 8:30am-12:30pm or 12:30pm-4:30pm
  • $300/week
  • Del Mar @ 22nd Street

Mr. PE Track Camp

For kids with boundless energy, Mr. PE’s Track Camp is a half-day, week-long camp of track and field events. Campers 7-13 will sprint, jump hurdles, long jump, throw Javelin and Discus and more. At the end of the session, campers will compete in an Olympic contest, complete with a medal ceremony. All campers will end the session with a pizza party.

YMCA Clubs

The YMCA of San Diego County is the second largest association in the country and has 17 locations. The YMCA has several programs dedicated to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Y offers a multitude of camps in San Diego County including Day Camps, Specialty Camps, and Sleep-Away Camps.  Unique to each neighborhood, the Y is a benefit to the community.

Day Camps

YMCA Day Camps are accredited by the American Camp Association. The goal is to introduce youth to new and fun things in a safe environment. The staff is highly trained and passionate.

Traditional Day Camps

Traditional Day Camps are full of high-energy fun. The staff follow different themes each week and lead the campers in fun and crazy activities. Day Camp also includes field-trips to theme parks, beaches, and more. Day Camps are offered during holiday breaks and summer. A more affordable option than a full-day camp is the half-day program.

Specialty Day Camps

Specialty Day Camps have the same high-energy activities as traditional camp, but offer specialized skills and learning in specific fields. Specialty Camps can include sports, art, science, dance, swim, gymnastics and more.  

Sports Day Camps

Sports Day Camps are generalized sports camps that focus on skill building and teamwork. Great for super high energy kids, camps will play a different sport each day and even take pool trips.

Aquatic Day Camps

For those campers that love to be wet, aquatic day camps focus on water activities. From the pool to the beach, the sessions enhance skills and promote water safety.

Teen Day Camps and Teen Leadership Day Camps

Teen camps offer more challenging activities for older kids. Themes include lifeguard training, babysitting training, gaming, cooking and SoCal exploration. For teens that wanna work with the younger campers, the Teen Leadership Program will train them and build confidence. The Teen Leadership Program is a great way to see if teens want to continue and share the camp experience with the next generation.

Special Needs Camps

The YMCA provides low-ratio camps for youth that may need extra help or attention. Camps are designed to provide a fun, safe and comfortable experience for all.  

Adventure Guides

Adventure Guides allow parents and kids to share the adventure. The program strengthens the family bond and improves communication while camping and hiking.

Overnight Camps

The YMCA in San Diego also offers three overnight camps. Week-long experiences immerse the camper into the experience. Camper will make life-long memories and great friends.

Boys and Girls Clubs of America

The Boys and Girls Clubs have been giving the youth of America a safe place to learn, play and grow since the 1800’s. The Clubs offer various camps in San Diego County for kids ages 5-13 years old. Campers will enjoy arts, crafts, sports, outdoor activities and optional field trips. The Boys and Girls Clubs Camps are highly flexible and affordable.

Nike US Sports Camps San Diego

Nike US Sports Camps have programs available all over San Diego County for almost every sport imaginable. Football, baseball, basketball, golf, water polo; tennis, the list goes on. Founded over 40 years ago, US Sports Camps connects passionate coaches with young athletes to inspire personal growth and development.

Playball

Focused on kids ages 3-8, Playball teaches the basics of sports. During the half-day, week-long camp, kids will learn skills that help with soccer, tennis, hockey, basketball, baseball and more. Skills like patience, persistence, cooperation, respect, and communication. Playball offers half-day camps throughout San Diego County to introduce young kids to the fundamentals of sports.