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LA Parent’s Guide to Spring Break Camps

Spring break is right around the corner, and for most of us, taking two weeks off from work is not an option. Don’t worry! We’ve researched and scoured the area for the coolest spring break camps in Los Angeles to send the kids—whether it’s for the day or a full week. So no matter where you are in SoCal, we have a spring break camp for kids of every age and interest that will keep you, and them, happy.

photo: Andie Huber

Sport Camps

Sender City: The kids no longer have to climb the walls at home, they can do it here, all day long! Expect the kids to learn the Climbing Academy Curriculum that provides knowledge of basic climbing techniques, terminology, and safety. If the kids are there for more than three days, they’ll complete Climbing Academy and be able to join one of the recreational teams.

Ages: 6-13

Dates: 5-day camp sessions starting Mar. 25  –  Apr.19
Hours: morning session: 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., afternoon session: 12:30-4:30 p.m.

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Cost: $89 per day, $339 per week for a four-hour session

11220 Hindry Ave.
Los Angeles
Online: senderoneclimbing.com

Traditional Equestrian School: Designed for every level of rider (including “never been on a horse”), TES kids’ horse camp will feed their love of animals while learning proper techniques through games and activities with trained instructors. Regular hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m., with an extra hour before or after camp at an additional cost. No previous riding experience is necessary but proper attire is required, including boots.

Ages: 6-12

Dates: Mar. 18-22; Apr. 15-19
Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: $125 per day, $495 per week

480 Riverside Dr.
Burbank
Online: traditionaleq.com

photo: Learn to Surf LA

Learn to Surf LA: Water worshipers will love the opportunity to catch a wave at this specialty beach camp. Safe surfing instruction is emphasized, with foam surfboards, body boards and wetsuits included in the daily rate. Groups meet from 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m., with half day options available for either morning or afternoon.

Ages: 5-17

Dates: Apr.8–Apr. 19
Hours: Half day and full day options available

Cost: $65 per half day; $85 per day (based on booking 2-9 days).

300 Ocean Front Walk
Venice Beach
Online: learntosurfla.com

photo: Makers Mess

Art & Creative Play Camps

Makers Mess: There’s so much on offer at this creative space designed for artists to learn, collaborate and inspire, that even your kids that you think can’t possibly be inside all day and not be stir crazy at the end will amaze you. When you pick them up you’ll find that they spent a full day exploring art, being creative and playing and that they’re not ready to go home. Camp runs from 9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Ages: 4-12

Dates: Apr. 15-19
Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: $85 per day or $375 per week

602 North Hoover
Silverlake
Online: makersmess.com

Art Zone: A great, half-day option for parents looking for an artistic spot on the westside. Kids will be given the chance to create everything from clay figures to finger paintings with an instructor’s guidance. And getting a little messy is okay too (just bring a change of clothes). Each day will have a different topic, so every day will be exciting and different.

Age: 3 & up (potty training optional)

Dates: Mar. 25-29; Apr. 15-19
Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cost: $70 per day (receive a 10% discount if you book before Feb. 28)

10944 W Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles
Online: artzone4kids.com

photo: The Unincorporated Life

The Unincorporated Life: Your little fashionista will flip for this week of Fashion Design Camp. It’s pricey, but it’s also a week they’ll remember forever and may just get their career started. Kids create vision boards and work with a professional design team to learn the process behind bringing a fashion label to life. Designing, creating, sewing… then the week culminates in a fashion show for friends and family. And you’ll have someone who can not only help you pick out cool clothes but actually design them!

Age:
6-18

Dates: Mar 25-29; Apr. 1-19
Hours: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Cost: $850 per week

1150 N Western Ave
Los Angeles
Online: theunincorporatedlife.com

Purple Twig: This camp gets kids to be creative and focus on collaboration. Expect to explore bugs, make large paintings and small sculptures as well as treasure hunts, playing games and more.

Age: 5-9

Dates: Apr. 15-19
Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: $350 for the week

2038 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles
Online: purpletwig.com

Science & Nature Camps

Star Eco Station: Take a walk on the wild side and get up close and personal with the world’s most unusual creatures.  Kids join the fight to save the planet at this internationally recognized environmental science museum and exotic wildlife rescue center. Party with parrots, live it up with alligators and get down and dirty with the dragons (that’s right, dragons!), all while discovering new and exciting ways to protect our planet’s delicate ecosystem. (Note: because of the close contact with animals and their foods, this camp is not recommended for kids with severe animal or nut allergies.)

Ages: 5-12

Dates: Mar. 27-Apr. 14
Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: $77 per day, minimum of 3 days a week

10101 Jefferson Blvd.
Culver City
Online: ecostation.org

photo: Heal the Bay

Heal the Bay: The Spring Break Camp at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium will focus on science experiments, playing games, digging for sand crabs, making arts and crafts, and of course, having fun.

Ages:
Grades 1-5

Dates:
Apr. 15-19
Hours: 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Cost: $75 per day, $350 per week

1600 Ocean Front Walk
Santa Monica
Online: healthebay.org

Arboretum Spring Nature Camp: Here, kids can explore art and science throughout the Arboretum. Topics range from bird watching and bug hunts to learning about plant parts and different types of animals. Physics-based activities and chemistry experiments like making slime are some of the camper’s favorites while art classes are nature-themed and are as simple as going into the Arboretum to draw with pencils, crayons, or pastels or more complex like sculpting or papier-mâché.

Ages: 5-11

Dates:
Mar. 18-22; Apr. 1-5
Hours: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Cost: $75 per day, $360 per week

301 North Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia
Online: arboretum.org

Kidspace: This week kiddos get the chance to take an up-close look at some of the crazy, cool creatures we share our world with. Explore the arthropod family, find similarities and differences in insect and arachnids, go on a hunt for a local isopod and discover some amazing facts about gastropods.

Ages: 5-9

Dates: Mar. 18-22; Apr. 15-19
Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: $450 per week

480 N. Arroyo Blvd.
Pasadena
Online: kidspacemuseum.org

Natural History Museum: This spring, NHM is celebrating the achievements of women in paleontology by hosting a special “girls in science” version of Adventures in Nature camp called, “How Girls Museum.” This two-day camp is for girls in grades 3–6 and is held at La Brea Tar Pits. The Tar Pits hold a treasure troves of fossils and a great place for girls to pursue their interest in paleontology by learning from stellar female scientists.

Grades: 3-6

Dates: April 17 & 18
Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: $130 per day

Online: nhm.org

LA Zoo: L.A. ZooCamp allows animal lovers a chance to go behind the scenes and explore life cycles of animals up close.

Ages: 4 years old through fourth grade

Dates:
Mar. 18-22; Apr. 15-19
Hours: 9 a.m-3 p.m.

Cost: $65/day

5333 Zoo Dr.
Los Angeles
Online: lazoo.org

abcdancephoto: ABC’s of Dance

Theater and Dance Camps

ABC’s of Dance: Fairy tales and pop stars take over spring break at this dance studio. It’s a whole week of not only dancing fun but also great crafts, play and tumbling time. But for kids, the highlight is the performance on Fri. For you, it might be that healthy, kid-friendly lunches, water, and snacks are all provided so you can drop them off without anything (except ballet and tap shoes, which they have for sale at the store).

Ages: 4-8

Dates: April 15-19
Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: $325

8505 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood

Online: abcsofdanceweho.com

Funny Movie & Improv Night for Kidsphoto: Studio LOL

Studio LOL: There’s one rule at comedy camp: laugh and have fun. Building self-confidence, developing social skills and getting a constant brain workout are just some of the side benefits. Kids play high-energy improv warm-up exercises, learn to build improv scenes with an audience suggestion, play short-form improv games, create sketches and learn how to improvise music, too. The week ends in a performance on Fri. Bravo!

Age: 6-11

Dates:
April 15-19
Hours: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cost:
$300 per week

12434 Moorpark St.
Studio City
Online: studiolol.com

Santa Monica Playhouse: Kids will spend the week learning theatre skills as well as personal expression and communication skills. This intense week brings kids together as a theatre team that will use text, music, movement, costumes, and make-up to have fun making new friends and building and performing an awesome original play.

Age: 6-14

Dates:
Apr. 8-12; Apr. 15-18
Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: $425 for week one, $325 for week two

1211 4th St.
Santa Monica
Online: santamonicaplayhouse.com

 

adventureplex zip linephoto: AdventurePlex

Gym & Sports Camps

AdventurePlex: Kids will enjoy climbing the walls (of the rock and play structure) at AdventurePlex’s Spring Adventure Camp. Little guys (4 & 5 year-olds) have specially structured activities just for them.

Ages: 4-12

Dates: Apr. 18-22
Hours: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Cost: $60 per day, $225 per week

1701 Marine Ave.
Manhattan Beach
Online: adventureplex.org

Broadway Gym: This recreational gymnastics facility near the Marina boasts Olympics-themed camp fun for little Gumbies. Broadway also hosts a program for special-ed kids aged 5 and older. School-aged campers have the option of weekly field trips, which include STAR Eco Station, Underwood Family Farms and whale watching in Newport Beach. You can check out daily themes and field trip schedule online.

Ages: Kinder camp: 3.5-5 years old; otherwise 5-12

Dates: Apr. 1-19
Hours: Kinder camp: 9am-12:30pm; otherwise 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Cost: Kinder camp: $75/day or $317 per week for tots, $95 per day or $399 per week for school-age kids

5433 Beethoven St.
Los Angeles
Online: broadwaygym.com

Got Game: For kids that can’t sit still, this is the perfect week of non-stop activity. A sporty week of games and fun that ends with an exciting field trip on the last day; this year the field trip is to see a movie at the El Capitan! Kids can participate in field games, court games, arts and crafts, and theater arts.

Ages: 4-14

Dates: Apr. 15-19
Hours: 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Cost: $75 per day, $285 per week

408 S. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles
Online: gotgamecamp.com

jag-gymphoto: JAG Gym

JAG Gym: One of the most flexible choices in town, JAG camp lets you customize your experience. Ages 3 & up are welcome and grouped by age and ability. Drop-in is A-OK, provided space availability. Campers take part in structured activities and games but also get plenty of free time to pounce on the professional equipment as well as jump in a giant bounce house and build crafty creations.

Ages: 3 & Up

Dates: March 25–Apr. 5; Apr. 15-26
Hours: 8:30 a.m.–noon or 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. or all day 8:30-5:00 p.m.

Cost: $97-$187 per day

8640 Hayden Pl
Culver City
Online: jaggym.com

Iverbe Sports Camp: Iverbe offers a full day camp with an old-fashioned schedule of group sports, arts and crafts and games at state-of-the-art facilities at Willows School, near downtown Culver City. The price includes a hot lunch and snack, too.

Ages: 4-13

Dates: Mar. 25-29; Apr. 1-5
Hours: 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Cost: $375 per week

8509 Higuera St.
Culver City
Online: iverbe.com

Golden State Gymnastics: Flip, jump, tumble and play this spring break away. No experience required, so it’s perfect for even your bigger kids who have never really taken a gymnastics class. In addition to gymnastics instruction at all levels, kids take part in arts and crafts, games and other fun.

Ages: 4-14

Dates: March 18-22
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Cost: $395 per week

1828 N. Keystone St.
Burbank
Online: goldenstategym.com

Prime Time Sports Camp: This well-established sports program is holding their spring camp at two different locations (Westside LA and Silverlake). You may be familiar with them as an after-school care provider at your own local school, so you know these guys really know how to entertain kids. Kids develop sporty skills and enjoy friendly competition. Hot lunches can be purchased each day. Same-day registrations accepted. Yes!

Ages: 4-14

Dates: April 10-14
Hours: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Cost: $60-70 per day. Rates vary by location and activities.

1650 Selby Ave.
Los Angeles
Online: primetimesportscamp.com

 

tomsawyercampphoto: Tom Sawyer Camp via Facebook

Adventure Camp

Tom Sawyer Camp: It’s the Spring Break you wish you had time to do with your kids, with visits to amusement parks and museums on a variety of field trips, including the Cabrillo Marine Museum, Knott’s Berry Farm and the California Science Center. Each jam-packed day also incorporates active games to build sportsmanship and encourage new friendships.

Ages: 5 & up

Dates: Mar. 18-22; Apr. 1-26
Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Cost: $87.50 per day

Pasadena Area Schools
Online: tomsawyercamps.com

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—Kim Orchen Cooper & Andie Huber

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