That final school bell heralding the start of summer will be ringing soon––so it’s time to plan your little happy camper’s next adventure. We’ve rounded-up a list of 11 camps that offer fantastic experiences for kids with various interests. From becoming a circus performer or mad scientist to drawing comic books, cooking up Harry Potter inspired meals and walking and talking with the animals… click through our slideshow to create summer memories your kiddos will never forget.

For the Animal Lover: Summer Critter Camp at Helen Woodward Animal Center

At these fun animal-centric themed camps, children in preschool – 8th grade can explore the amazing world of animals through hands-on interactions. They'll also strengthen their social skills as they meet new friends, express their creativity during craft time, develop compassion towards animals and make meaningful memories that will last forever. The two alternating weekly themes for the Preschool – 6th graders are Adventure with Animals and The Magical World of Animals. Campers will discover multiple animals’ amazing adaptations, diverse diets, baffling behaviors and much more. The 7th – 8th graders not only get to interact with animals, but will also develop leadership skills as they help feed and walk the animals, meet professionals in the animal industry and more. The goal of these camps is to provide a fun and educational environment through interactive games and activities that incorporate STEM education.

Summer Critter Camp runs from June 12 – September 1. There are eight weeks of weekly sessions and four weeks of daily signups. The preschool rate is $220/week and $55 per day (only available during daily weeks) and the K-8th rate is $280/week and $70 per day (only available during daily weeks). Additional options such as extended care, lunch and photos are available as well.

Helen Woodward Animal Center
6461 El Apajo Rd.
Rancho Santa Fe, Ca 92067
858-756-4117 x 318
Online: animalcenter.org/education

Photo: Helen Woodward Animal Center

Where are you sending your kids to summer camp? Share in the comments.

–– Marissa Mullen