Check out our list of some of the coolest camps in the city that we wish had an adult version so we could go too! From your LEGO lover and mad scientist to your adventurer and swell swimmer there’s a camp for you, I mean your kid. Check out the below and get ready to book your kid’s most amazing summer yet. No need to thank us when they come home and tell you that you’re the best parent ever.
photo: ATAM via Facebook
The Acadamy of Technology and Art and Music (ATAM) is a camp busting with technology, robotics, a MakerSpace, music, art, sports and more. From 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., depending on the week, your kids will explore everything from Minecraft and 3D Printing, mobile app builds, Roblox, to superhero animation to name a few.
Dates: Jun. 11–Aug. 24
Cost: $520/week with single day and half day options
Location: Palisades, Westside
photo: Fitness by the Sea via Facebook
Fitness by the Sea
Fitness by the Sea Day Camp will teach kids with even no prior swimming experience all about swimming, surfing, and boogie boarding. But that’s not all they offer, with over 80 other activities that range from team sports in the sand to individual sports as varied as fencing, gymnastics, boxing, and martial arts, and other activities like crafts, face painting, and music. There is no minimum enrollment, add as many days as you like, and change your schedule as often as you need to, with only 24 hours notice (a parent’s dream!). Camp is from 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., and extended care is available.
Dates: Jun. 11–Aug. 24
Cost: $81 per day before May 1, $90 per day after May 1.
Location: Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades
photo: Mad Science Camp
Mad Science Camp
Send your budding scientists on a journey of at a camp that strikes the perfect balance between entertainment and education. From robotics to space to engineering, kids can pick from themes that let them delve deeper into niche topics while spending an intensive, yet fun-filled week with fellow science enthusiasts. Campers will have the opportunity to take part in in-class discovery and exploration, outdoor games with physical activities, and hands-on application exploring the scientific principles being presented. Little ones learn when they can touch, see, hear, smell and taste what science is really all about. There are half (9 a.m.-noon) or full (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) day options.
Dates: Jun. 11–Aug. 24
Cost: From $225 & up/week for half day to $350/week for full day
Location: Valencia, Ventura, Moorpark & Northridge
photo: Center for Early Education
Summer Institute for Kids
This summer camp takes place at the prestigious Center for Early Education, and they offer one-week at a time sessions for four weeks that can be taken all day or half day. They offer hands-on fun and enrichment for children throughout the community, who will be entering first through sixth grades. The program provides a great opportunity for children to delve into new or favorite areas of exploration, innovation and learning, including science, technology, engineering, design, math, the arts, music, and much more. Options range from Creative Drama & Dance with the Funky Divas and Amusement Park Engineering, to Debate Skills and Tech-cessories to just name a few that jumped out at us.
Dates: Jun. 18–Jul. 13
Cost: Call for prices
Location: West Hollywood
photo: Bricks4Kidz via Facebook
So, you’ve got a LEGO maniac. And they’d love to spend their days building and playing with and talking about LEGO. So frankly, this camp is a no-brainer. But it get better, because there are options and combinations your little builder never thought of. Like Extreme Ninjas and LEGO. Or Superheros and LEGO. LEGO Space Camp. Camps run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Dates: Jun. 11–Aug. 10
Location: Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Playa Vista & more
photo credit: Natural History Museum
Adventures in Nature Camp
The Natural History Museum has fun camp themes all summer: From a Bug’s Life and Dinosaurs (of course) to Treasures of the Tar Pits, each theme has a special camp geared at kids of different ages, so kinder kids may study Gardening 101 and get the basics on how plants grow, while 6th graders learn about the evolution of food and history of taste. Camp is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily, with extended care options available.
Dates: Jun. 18-Jul. 30
Cost: $300/week, with discounts available for members
Location: Exposition Park
photo: Kallpachay via Facebook
Spanish Immersion Camp
Kallpachay means “to inspire” in the ancient Incan language and this summer camp inspires a sense of playfulness and ease while learning a new language. Kallpachay’s summer camps are full immersion taught by all native Spanish speakers who hold play in the highest regard. Kids open their day with a group circle, “ice-breaker” activities and chants and move onto group activities. Kids learn through practice, play and culture. Campers will also be introduced to variety of cultural connections to the Spanish language and participate in group activities and celebrations. And nope, they don’t have to speak Spanish already to come to camp! Camp is from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with extended care available at some locations.
Dates: Varies by location, check website for details
Cost: $427/week (varies by location); sibling discounts available
Locations: Valley Village, Santa Monica, Pasadena & Tarzana
photo: Steve and Kate’s Camp
Steve and Kate’s Camp
If you still don’t know when or what time you can get your troops to camp, but you know you’re going to need at least a few days covered, this is the perfect camp. The policy is super flexible. You can buy a whole summer membership or you can purchase as many day passes as you want and use the passes whenever. Don’t use them? No sweat. They’ll give you a full refund for unused passes. And they’re not just flexible for parents, they give kids choices, too. They can sew, make custom web apps, or a fully choreographed music video or they can play games, sports, and get wet when it’s hot. They’ll beg you to sign them up for more days then you planned… Lunch is included and they’re open from 7:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Ages: 4 & Up
Dates: Jun. 11–Aug. 24
Location: Northridge, Valley Village, West LA, Redondo Beach & Hancock Park
photo: Pali Adventures Camp
Ready to make the jump to sleep away camp but don’t want the kids to go too far? Then Pali Adventures is for you. Located on 274 acres of forested land near Running Springs in the San Bernardino Moutains (around 90 miles from LA), this camp provides campers with state-of-the-art facilities, over 21 specialites and over 70 electives activities that will make you green with envy. Some of the offerings include: Hollywood stunts, flying trapeze, culinary arts, fashion, performances, archery, skateboarding and so much more.
Dates: Jun. 17-Aug. 18
Location: Running Springs, CA
What is the best camp your kids have ever been to? Let us know in the comment section!
—Meghan Rose & Andie Huber