School’s out—but you may not be. So if you’re looking for a fun place to drop your kids off while you’re at work (or if you just want to give your little ones something to do besides loads of marathon screen-time sessions), there are plenty of spring break camps still enrolling. Whether your tot wants to try the trapeze or learn to horseback ride, here are some of our picks:

If You're Looking for a Sports Camp

Got Game Camp

Two locations (Short Avenue Elementary School - 12814 Maxella Avenue; and Hancock Park Elementary School, 408 S. Fairfax Ave.)
Los Angeles

If your child can't choose whether to do sports or art, how about a little of both? Got Game camp lets kids customize each day based on their interests. Choose from competitive sports like basketball, soccer, hockey, flag football and baseball — or arts including dance, theatre, and arts & crafts. There is also robotics, chess, water play and more.

Dates: April 6-10, 2020
Hours: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $295 for the week. Extended care options available

Online: Gotgamecamp.com

AdventurePlex Camp

1701 Marine Ave.
Manhattan Beach

Kids will enjoy climbing the walls (of the rock and play structure) at AdventurePlex’s Spring Adventure Camp—as well as playing ball court games in the indoor gym. Little guys (4 & 5 year-olds) have specially structured activities just for them.

Ages: 4-12

Dates: April 18-22
Hours: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Cost: $60 per day, $225 per week

Online: adventureplex.org

Prime Time Sports Camp

1650 Selby Ave.
Los Angeles

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.

Online: primetimesportscamp.com

 

Junior Clippers Basketball Camp 

Verdugo Recreation Center - 3201 W Verdugo Ave.
Burbank

Sharpen your A-game at this Clippers-sponsored youth basketball camp designed to help dribblers hone their skills on the court. Kids will build fundamentals and improve ball handling and game skills with the help of special "celebrity" guests and trained coaches.

Ages: 6-14

Dates:  March 23-27.
Hours:  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $395 for full session

Online: Laclippersyouthbasketball.com

 

Iverbe Sports Camp

8509 Higuera St.
Culver City

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. 30 - April 3; April 6-9 (no camp on Good Friday).
Hours: 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Cost: $375 per week

Online: iverbe.com

Broadway Gym

5433 Beethoven St.
Los Angeles

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: April 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

Online: broadwaygym.com

Learn to Surf LA 

300 Ocean Front Walk
Venice Beach

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 (as well as snacks and drinks) in the daily rate. When they're not surfing or playing, kids can hang 10 under canopies set up to prevent sunburns.

Ages: 6-16

Dates:  March 23 through April 17.
Hours:  Full-day (9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) or half-day (9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., or 12:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.). Free extended care including drop-off as early as 8 a.m.
Cost: $65 per half day; $85 per day (based on booking 2-9 days).

Online: learntosurfla.com

 

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For Little Gymnasts

Broadway Gym

5433 Beethoven St.
Los Angeles

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: March 30 - April 17
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

Online: broadwaygym.com

JAG Gym

8640 Hayden Pl
Culver City

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 23– April 10
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: $119-$199 per day

Online: jaggym.com

 

Golden State Gymnastics

1828 N. Keystone St.
Burbank

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

Online: goldenstategym.com

MyGym Spring Break Camp

Multiple locations throughout LA

If you've got restless little ones who need a place to tumble and roll, Mygym is the perfect place to safely get out those wiggles. Perfect for kids under 7 (as young as 3!), these camps let kids run, jump and play as well as play organized games and crafts. Your kids will be exhausted and ready for a good night sleep at the end of the day.

Ages: 3-8

Dates: April 13-17
Hours: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. (varies by location)
Cost: members, $35 per day; nonmembers, $40 per day (may vary by location)

Online: mygym.com

photo: Annenberg Pet Space

If You've Got an Animal-Lover

Annenberg PetSpace Kids Camp

12005 Bluff Creek Dr.
Playa Vista

The perfect camp for kids who keep begging for a pet, this critter-centric camp is ideal for aspiring veterinarians and little animal lovers alike. Kids learn about the human-animal bond, pet adoption, veterinary care, animal behavior and more. Campers will spend time with trainers, groomers and, of course, cute critters.

Ages: 9-12 

Dates: Two, one week sessions: Mar. 23-27, April 6-10
Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $400

Online: annenbergpetspace.org/camp

Traditional Equitation School

480 Riverside Dr.
Burbank

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: One-week sessions from Mar. 23 through April 24
Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $125 per day, $495 per week

Online: traditionaleq.com

Star Eco Station

10101 Jefferson Blvd.
Culver City

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: April 6-10
Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (extended care available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
Cost: $450 for the week

Online: ecostation.org

Aquarium Science Camp

1600 Ocean Front Walk
Santa Monica

The Spring Break Camp at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium lets little scientists become "Marine Crime Scene Investigators," complete with badges and science investigation kits. Campers will get to see and interact with hundreds of local marine species while engaging in various science experiments, playing games, digging for sand crabs, and doing arts and crafts.

Ages: Grades K-5

Dates: Apr. 5-10
Hours: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: $75 per day, $350 per week

Online: healthebay.org

LA Zoo Camp

5333 Zoo Dr.
Los Angeles

L.A. ZooCamp allows animal lovers a chance to go behind the scenes and explore life cycles of animals up close—with daily lessons on various facets of animal care and behavior.

Ages: Kindergarten through fourth grade

Dates:  April 6-10
Hours: 9 a.m-4 p.m. (extended care available 8 a.m. through 5 p.m.)
Cost: $75 per day/ $325 per week

Online: lazoo.org

photo: Melissa Heckscher

If Your Kid Is into Extreme Sports

Sender One Climbing Camp

11220 Hindry Ave.
Los Angeles
The kids no longer have to climb the walls at home, they can do it here, all day long! Kids will learn basic climbing techniques, terminology, and safety. If the kids are there for more than three days, they’ll officially complete Climbing Academy and be able to join one of the recreational teams. On the last day of camp, kids get to try their skills inside Sender City, a veritable climbing playground that lets kids climb up various challenges including rope webs, ascending towers, and vertical tire walls.

Ages: 6-14

Dates: 5-day camp sessions run Mar. 23 –  Apr.17
Hours: morning session: 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., afternoon session: 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $92 per day, $355 per week for a four-hour session

Online: senderoneclimbing.com

Kids Circus Experience

370 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica

Send your little clown to the circus! Kids ages 7-14 will learn things like aerial arts, acrobatics, juggling, flying trapeze, and more. Each day runs from 1:30pm - 6pm, with Friday afternoon reserved for a show where kids can show off everything they learned. Get read for some serious camera-worthy moments.

Dates: 5-day camp sessions run Mar. 16 –  Apr.10
Hours: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. the campers will put on a show for friends and family
Cost: $365 (or $325 if you sign up before March 1)

Online: https://losangeles.trapezeschool.com

Ninja Warrior Camp

Vault PK - 1275 Sartori Ave.
Torrance

If your off-the-wall kids are always setting up obstacle courses all over your home, it might be time to sign them up for Ninja Warrior camp, where they can learn to scale walls, vault over obstacles and swing from high bars, all while having a blast with their friends. Vault PK's daily camp activities include a mix of parkour, trampoline skills, Ninja warrior-inspired obstacles (warped wall, quintuple step), rope climbing, and tumbling skills.

Ages: 4-14

Dates: April 6-10
Hours: AM half-day, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. for kids ages 4-14; PM half-day, 12-3 p.m. for ages 5-14.
Cost of the a.m. program for a single day is $45; or $200 per week. Cost of the p.m. program for a single day is $30 or $125 per week.

Online: https://www.vaultpk.com/camps

Science and Nature Camps

Spring Nature Camp at the Arboretum 

301 North Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia

Kids can explore art and science through topics ranging 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: 5-10

Dates: Mar. 30-April 3; April 3-10
Hours: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Cost: Members, $360 per week; non-members $400 per week

Online: arboretum.org

Kidspace

480 N. Arroyo Blvd.
Pasadena

This year's Kidspace camp is themed around astronauts and space travel: Kids will learn what space shuttles need to launch and what astronauts go through in order to go into space. Activities are developed in collaboration with NASA's  Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Ages: 5-9

Dates: April 6-10 (Week 1, which runs March 30-April 3, is already sold out)
Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (aftercare is available until 5:45 p.m.)
Cost: $450 per week (members, $405)

Online: kidspacemuseum.org

Adventures In Nature at the La Brea Tar Pits

5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles

Sponsored and developed by the Natural History Museum, this camp 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 and taught by the Natural History Museum's stellar female scientists.

For girls in grades 3-6:

Dates: April 8-10
Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.(with extended care until 5 p.m.)
Cost: $180

Online: nhm.org

photo: Felix Koutchinski on Unsplash

For Kids who Want to Be On Stage (or On Screen)

ABC’s of Dance

8505 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood

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. This year's theme is "Pop Stars," which means kids will be learning dance routines to songs by some of their favorite artists. 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 6-10
Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $325

Online: abcsofdanceweho.com

 

Make-A-Movie Camp

Gray Studios
5250 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood,

Kids will spend a week making a real film—and they'll be invited to walk the red carpet and screen their film at the studio's student film festival later in the year! Taught by working industry professionals, the camp will teach aspiring actors, producers and directors the basics of making—and acting in—a movie.  Upon completion of the camp, each student will be provided with a copy of the film for their own personal use and receive IMDB credit.

Ages: 5-16

Dates:  March 30 - April 3; April 6 - April 10
Rates: Not listed (e-mail info@graystudiosla.com for information)

Online: Graystudiosla.com

Studio LOL

12434 Moorpark St.
Studio City

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

Online: studiolol.com

Spring Break Theatre Camp at the Santa Monica Playhouse

1211 4th St.
Santa Monica

Kids will work with a director and playwright-in residence to help create and perform an original play with music. Young thesbians will learn about acting, dance, voice, original costumes, make-up, lighting, sound, props, set and more—as well as learning about teamwork, communication and friendship.

Age: 6-14

Dates: April 6-10; April 13-17 
Hours: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (performance Fridays at 4 p.m.)
Cost: $395 plus $35 supplies

Online: santamonicaplayhouse.com

photo: reDiscover Center

If Your Kids Like to Build

Tinkering School LA

reDiscover Center, 12958 W Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles

Let your kids go wild with repurposed materials! Tinkering School LA teaches kids to build whatever they dream up with wood, plastic, and metal. With a 4:1 camper to facilitator ratio, the center provides a safe and supportive environment—even with power tools.

Ages: 5-12
Dates: March 30th – April 17th, 2020
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $525

Online: Rediscovercenter.org

If You're Looking for Variety

Tom Sawyer Camp

Pasadena Area Schools

It’s the Spring Break you wish you had time to do with your kids, with visits to bowling alleys, laser tag arenas and museums on a variety of field trips. Destinations include Pacific Park in Santa Monica, the Petersen Automotive Museum, the Aquarium of the Pacific, and Scooter's Jungle. Each jam-packed day also incorporates active games to build sportsmanship and encourage new friendships.

Ages: Kindergarten through 6th grade

Dates: Mar. 30 - April 10
Hours: 8 a.m . -6 p.m.
Cost: $87.50 per day

Online: tomsawyercamps.com

–Kim Orchen Cooper, Andie Huber & Melissa Heckscher

featured photo: Michelle E. via Yelp

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