Summer camp time is just around the corner. Have you signed your kids up yet? If not, check out these options for kids of all ages.
- Aloha Beach Camp, West Hills – Specializes in beach and aquatic programs and activities. Flexible day-by-day format. Offers three age-appropriate camps (Keiki Camp for boys and girls, preschool through age 7; Kahuna Camp for kids and tweens, ages 8 to 11; High Action Camp for older kids and teenagers, ages 12 to 15). Offers FREE transportation service from meeting points. American Camp Association (ACA) accredited. Early bird discount offered until May 1!
- Aquarium of the Pacific Summer Camp, Long Beach For ages 3 to 9. From 8 am to 5 pm (full- and half-day options available). Kids can explore the Pacific ocean and its inhabitants during three-day and week-long day camps. Campers participate in different class programs, with all getting behind-the-scenes opportunities to help care for and feed the marine life and learn about water quality. Kids ages 3 to 4 attend with a parent. The aquarium also offers a sleepover camp for teens in August.
- California Science Center, Los Angeles – For ages 3-13.
9 am to 3 pm (half-day and extended care options, too). The California Science Center offers more than 25 science courses available on topics that include robotics, wizardry, outer space, skate science, pirate science, 3-D animation, and movie special effects along with the classic biology, chemistry, and physics offerings.
- Camp Tech Revolution at UCLA, Los Angeles – For ages 7 to 14. From 9 am to 5 pm. Run by Lavner Camps on the UCLA campus, this summer tech camp allows kids to choose a different major and minor each week. Options include robotics, game design, model rocketry, computer programming, web design, 3-D printing, Minecraft, and cybersecurity.
- Kidspace Children’s Museum, Pasadena – For ages 6 – 9 (4 – 5 for the “Little Learners” session only). 9 am to 5 pm (half days and full days available). Each week of camp is packed with educational opportunities. Topics include Amazing Animals, Mystery Detectives, and
- Los Angeles Zoo Summer ZooCamp, Los Angeles -Ages 4 to 12. From 9 pm to 3 pm (extended care available). This annual summer camp intermingles classic summertime activities, crafts, and games with behind-the-scenes exploration about caring for animals and the environment.
- Mad Science, LA
andOrange County – For ages 5-12. From 9 pm to 3 pm (varies by location). Mad Science is a national company offering summer science camps in locations around Southern California. Individual camp weeks include Secret Agent Lab; Claws, Codes, & Constellations; Red Hot Robots; NASA Space Academy, and Crazy Chemworks.
- Monarch Camps, Valley Glen – Camps take place June 10 – Aug. 19 (Monday – Friday, 7:15 am – 5:45 pm). Offers classic day camp, specialty day camp (Fine Art, Nature Explorer, Dance, Theatre Arts, All Sports, Glee), over-nights, Adventure Camping Trips, and Counselor in Training. Offered in partnership with Los Angeles Valley College. American Camp Association (ACA) accredited.
- Ocean Institute, Dana Point – For ages 5 to 14. From 9 am to 4 pm. Ocean Institute camps that explore marine biology both in the lab and at sea. Older kids get a chance to build and operate underwater ROVs. The Institute’s camp programs include day, weekly, and overnight options. Older teens (14 to 17) can participate in the marine science careers internship program.
- Robotics and Things, Agoura Hills – Ages 7 to 14. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9
amto 3:30 pm. Kids take part in the ROBOTIX Experience, in which campers use California Science Standards to create robots, robotic creatures, and robotic vehicles. The curriculum was developed in cooperation with Caltech/JPL and lets kids who fantasize about building robots live out their fantasies, applying science, math, and engineering principles to intricate robotics kits.
- Rolling Robots, Glendale or Rolling Hill Estates – For ages 5-14. From 10 am to 1 pm or 2 pm to 5 pm. Offers different levels of technical challenge for different ages. Littlest kids get started experimenting with electronics, while older kids get to design robots and program them, finishing the week with the ability to build competition-level robots on their own.
- Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, Santa Monica – For ages 6 to 10. Camp times are 9 am to noon or 9 am to 2 pm. Heal the Bay runs a Science Adventure Camp at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium that offers a hands-on, science-based, environmentally conscious learning experience right at the beach. Kids spend part of the day observing,
handling,and learning about all sorts of marine life in the lab, and part of the day outside finding where science meets surf. Other activities include games, crafts, puppet shows, and kissing sea cucumbers. The first three weeks may be booked by the week only; the last week can be booked by the day.
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