Summer Camps and Programs
There's Still Time to Find a Summer Camp 2014
Summer’s here — there's still time to plan a summer of fun for your kids. Find the perfect summer camp for your artist, athlete or animal lover in our listing of traditional and specialty day and resident camps.
Indicates camps certified to care for children with special needs.
QUICKLINKS: Traditional Day Camp Experience | Science & Discovery | Technology & Filmmaking | Language | Painting, Drawing Ceramics | Animal Encounters | Drama/Theater | Dance/Music | Watersports | Sports | Academic Focus | Play Based | Overnight/Resident Camps | Schools Offering Summer Programs
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TRADITIONAL DAY CAMP EXPERIENCE
Camp Gulls’ action-packed program features a variety of activities: Lego engineering, cooking, volleyball, Math Madness, Jedi Martial Arts, golf, gardening, swimming, flag football, Super Science, hip hop, pedal boats, Improv, Photoshop, music production, bowling and more!
First United Methodist Church
Vacation Bible School: Wild Animals - Where Jesus' Love is One-of-a-Kind! July 14-18, 9 AM - 12 PM for children ages 4 through 5th finished grade at First United Methodist Church of San Diego. Kids will discover that Wild Animals is a habitat filled with Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch, and even taste: sciencey-fun, gizmos, team-building games, cool Bible songs and tasty treats. Preregistration cost per child for all 5 days is $30, walk-ins are $40/child. Extended Care available 8-9 AM and 12-5:30 PM by advance reservation. Afternoon extended care is $15/child, each day.
Mission Trails Regional Park
The Salvation Army Kroc Center Day Camp
The Salvation Army Kroc Center’s American Camp Association accredited summer day camps facilitate personal growth and safety, foster personal character development and respect for others, and help children develop skills in activity-specific areas. In addition to Kroc Adventures Camp, our unparalleled activities include Spiritual Discovery, Sport, and Specialty camps.
YMCA Day Camp
It is a time to discover! The Y offers day camps, overnight camps, swim lessons and sports leagues all summer long. Kids learn, grow and thrive. Our staff is committed to working with children and teens to help them develop the skills and relationships they will need to be confident, healthy and connected as they grow.
SCIENCE & DISCOVERY
Air & Space Museum Aerosummer Camps
The San Diego Air & Space Museum offers a variety of half-day, week-long summer programs. These classes teach air and space history and science through hands-on activities such as designing and building model airplanes, launching model rockets, and flying simulators.
Aztec Science Camp
This summer San Diego State University is hosting its first-ever science day camp for kids. Each Aztec Science Camp session is five days of science and discovery for children ages 6 to 11. The Camp is designed to expose kids to science and develop their curiosity about the world around them. Campers will have their science adventures on the SDSU campus. Topics will vary so that children can attend for up to three weeks and engage with new ideas about science each week. Camps include Bright Ideas, about light and optics in which kids may make telescopes or kaleidoscopes; Kooky Contraptions, where kids will be eco-engineers, turning “trash” into “treasures;” and Plug into Science, focused on magnets and electricity. The camp director is an experienced K-12 science teacher; the lead teachers are completing SDSU’s teacher credential program and are passionate about science; and camp counselors are science and engineering majors from SDSU. There will be three sessions offered — July 21 to 25, July 28 to August 1 and August 4 to 8. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended care available.
San Diego Botanic Garden
Experience Art in the San Diego Botanic Garden with Abrakadoodle Art. Spend a week outside! Create art and experience the beauty of nature at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Each day visit a different part of the Garden to explore rainforests, waterfalls, dragon trees, lily ponds and more. Paint, draw, sculpt and print what you see! For children ages 7-12. Camp hours are from 9 am - 3 pm. Session I runs July 14 - 18, Session II runs July 21-25 and Session III runs July 28-Aug 1. Just $189 for the week!
San Diego Natural History Museum
Summer camp at theNAT is where it’s at. Join the San Diego Natural History Museum for a summer of science, fun and friendship. Discover dinosaurs, set sail with pirates and explore nature’s wonders. Offering a half-day schedule for Pre K and K, a full-day schedule for grades 1-5 and a full-day camp for grades 6-8.
Science Camps at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center offers weekly, half-day science summer camps with topics ranging from Magic for Muggles to Gross & Gooey Science. Fleet science camps are fun, educational and hands-on.
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
Summer Learning Adventure Camp at Birch Aquarium at Scripps
From the aquarium to the seashore, our accredited Summer Learning Adventure Camps merge scientific exploration with hands-on fun and learning. Campers ages 4-15 investigate marine habitats, create ocean art projects, learn about careers in oceanography, and combine the science and sports of surfing and snorkeling, all while making new friends and memories.
The New Children’s Museum
TECHNOLOGY & FILMMAKING
Media Arts Center San Diego
During the weeklong camps, kids ages 7-14 get their creative juices flowing and collaborate to create amazing original movies. Skills learned include: how to operate a camera, how to navigate programs like iMovie, GarageBand, and iStop Motion, and how to create a movie from start to finish. Each Friday, family and friends are invited to watch a special screening of the camper's videos in the Digital Gym's 48-seat cinema!
Around the World/Le Tour du Monde
The SDFAS camp, “Around the World,” promotes language skills during the summer. Children do fun activities while getting an immersion experience in French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese or English.
Fun Chinese Summer Camp
Let’s speak Chinese during the summer! Chinese immersion class, Kongfu dance, Chinese cooking, visit Chinese cities inside the classroom—the All About Mandarin Academy(AAMA) Summer Camp is coming! This summer camp is a unique Chinese immersion educational program that builds competency in Mandarin Chinese language, and cultivates appreciation of the Chinese culture.
PAINTING, DRAWING, CERAMICS
Drawn2Art San Diego
Drawn2Art teaches a classical, realistic drawing & painting program to students ages 4 and up, using charcoal, pastels, watercolors, acrylics & more with subjects such as still-life, landscape, cartoons, figure/portraiture, etc. Students gain self-confidence and real skill. Call for a FREE introductory class.
UTC/Clairemont - 858-268-2255
Poway - 858-486-1555
Rancho Bernardo - 858-451-2055
San Carlos - 619-462-1955
Tierrasanta - 858-740-6055
Offering summer morning classes at most locations as well as summer morning Ceramics Camps either 2 or 3 hours long. Camper will learn pottery wheel, pinching, coiling, slab building and rock painting!
Little Fish Comic Book Studio
Little Fish Comic Book Studio offers exciting summer comic art classes for teens and pre-teens where cooperation, creativity and each student’s unique vision will help them to create an individual comic project and see it to completion! No advanced experience is needed and all materials are provided.
Circle T Ranch
The number one horse day camp. Serving San Diego from this location for 10 years.
Mega Arte Riding Camp
San Elijo Hills
Learn how to ride horses one-on-one with our certified instructors. Daily activities include riding, feeding, grooming, tacking-up, farm animal care & horse-related art projects. Also interact with tame farm animals, including our llama, bunnies, ducks & chicks. Limited to only 8 campers to accommodate each child’s individual needs.
Nature Day Camps at Living Coast Discovery Center
Animal lovers won’t want to miss the summer day camps programs at the Living Coast Discovery Center. This unique zoo and aquarium is located on San Diego Bay in Chula Vista. The camps encourage hands-on exploration of nature, animals, science and the great outdoors. Kids and teens (ages 4 to 18) are able to get up-close and learn more about a wide range of animals native to the Southern California coastal region, including endangered sea turtles, sharks, rays, jellies, eels, snakes, tortoises, octopuses, owls, hawks, eagles, falcons, shorebirds and more. Campers can watch the daily animal feedings and go behind the scenes to meet, feed, touch and ask questions about their favorite Discovery Center animals. Don't miss our newest seasonal exhibit, Splash of Color: Wildlife + Art, with more than 50 new, colorful birds, fish, reptiles, and other animals from around the world. Open through Labor Day, included with admission.
Safari Park Summer Camps
There may be many types of summer camp for kids, but few will have campers interacting with rhinos and giraffes, meeting meerkats, getting up close to cheetahs, feeding okapis and discovering African wonders the way the Safari Park’s will! There are day camps and overnight camps for a full week of in-depth activities.
San Diego Zoo Summer Camps
It’s not too early to start planning for summer. Explore the wonderful world of animals at the San Diego Zoo through five-day adventures that include animal encounters, behind-the-scenes visits, bus rides, games and edible food crafts!
Sweetwater Horse Camp
Spring, summer and fall day camps teach kids to ride and create memories that last a lifetime! Horse camp for ages 7-14: Mon-Fri, 9 am-4 pm. Campers ride (3 hours/day) and handle horses daily. Pony Time Camp for ages 5 & 6: Tues-Fri, 10 am-2 pm.
CYT Summer Camp
CYT Musical Theater Summer Camp is one of the most affordable quality musical theatre camps in California. In the morning, they rotate with their team to a variety of theater classes including dance, drama & voice taught by qualified instructors. After lunch, summer campers play exciting outdoor games before they come together with all the teams for showcase rehearsal. All campers perform in the musical theater showcase for family and friends at the end of the week, featuring a variety of songs, dances and drama.
Inclusive Theatre for Kids and Teens with Unique Needs
Children and teens enjoy improvisational theatre with their peers of all abilities. Programs are designed to improve life skills like self esteem, cooperation, fitness and creativity. Children’s Theatre: 1:30-2:30pm, Teen Theatre: 2:30-4:00, Teen Performing Arts (group singing and dance) 4:00-5:00. All programs are on Saturday afternoons.
Kids Theatre Network
San Diego Junior Theatre
Balboa Park, La Jolla
Share the magic of theatre arts at Junior Theatre! Spend the summer learning acting, music and dance at San Diego’s premier children’s theatre program.
Broadway Pop Stars Rock, Princesses and Pirates Musical Theater Dance Camps
Scripps Ranch, Torrey Hills
These musical theater based camps will include songs from Disney’s “Frozen”, classic Broadway tunes and children’s pop songs! Each camper will work on acting, singing and dancing to prepare for a performance at the end of each camp week! Come spend your summer with Scripps Performing Arts Academy!
California Ballet School
California Ballet School offers a complete Summer Dance Camp designed to complement a student’s year-round training and explore new techniques. Beginning dance camps available for ages 6-10 as well as intermediate & advanced workshops for older, more experienced dancers.
California Music Studios
We provide instruction in all instruments and styles of music, in your home or in a teacher’s studio. Our highly trained, friendly staff specializes in personally matching each student and teacher for the best experience.
Children’s Creative and Performing Arts Academy
CCPAA offers a complete summer program for ages prekindergarten through high school. The program features summer reading and math, science camp and experiments, cooking units, cultural studies, arts and crafts, drama production of "The Phantom Tollbooth", dance classes, daily physical education, Counselor-in-Training Programs, and High School credit classes.
Chula Vista Academy of Music & Dance
Summer Music & Dance Camps start June 9th. We will hold 4 week-long sessions, Mon. - Fri. 9:00a - 12:00p. Session 1 : 6/9 - 6/12, Session 2 : 6/16 - 6/20, Session 3 : 6/23 - 6/27, Session 4 : 6/30 - 7/4. Music Triple Play : 1 hr Rock Band, 1 hr Piano Lab, 1 hr Ukulele. Dance Multi-style : 1 hr Hip Hop, 1 hr Ballet, 1 hr Jazz. $15 Reg. fee & $110 Camp Tuition.
City Ballet’s Dance Camps
City Ballet offers two 2-week sessions of fun-filled activities that include ballet technique, dance related crafts and mini-performances. Camps are open to beginners through pre-professional students and offer seven different levels of instruction.
Danceology’s dance camps for girls ages 3-6 years provide variety for your summer schedule. Dancers will learn ballet, jazz, tap and musical theater. On each camp’s Thursday, Danceology invites families and friends to watch an in-studio showcase. Dancers must wear a leotard, tights, and bring ballet, tap and jazz shoes.
Del Mar Ballet
Advance/Pre-Professional Dance Intensive welcomes International Guest Artists teaching ballet, pointe, variations, modern, jazz, and choreography. Junior Summer Camp (ages 9-12) focuses on Ballet and Beginning Pointe with speciality classes in Creative Choreography, Jazz and Ballet History. Kids Camp (ages 5-8) includes Ballet, Creative Moment, Create your own Fairytale Ballet and Jazz.
San Diego Civic Youth Ballet
Camps consist of daily ballet class where students are introduced to the technical aspects of ballet as well as the concepts of musicality and performance. Other camp activities include arts & crafts, jazz classes, performance rehearsals and field trips to cultural institutions in Balboa Park.
Sing, Move, and Play Music Academy
Junior Music Camp provides an activity oriented musical experience for four to six year olds. Camps meet 2.0 hours daily for one week. Meet the composer camp is a week long 3 hour daily adventure for 7-11 yr. olds into the music of Mozart. Need basic piano and musical knowledge. own music on the keyboard.
Summer Chamber Music Camp
An intensive music experience for serious string, wind and brass players ages 12-23. For six days, students are engaged in a dynamic combination of classes, performances and social opportunities. Camp includes master classes led by Mainly Mozart’s Artist-Faculty, daily coachings from Mainly Mozart’s Quartet-in-Residence, the Hausmann Quartet and more!
Clairemont or Your Home
We are dedicated to provide a professional year-round learn-to-swim program for all ages. We strive for each individual to reach their full aquatic potential. We teach how to become competent in the water regardless of ability. We emphasize proper swimming techniques. Safety in the water is our #1 priority.
Bubbles Swim School
Family-owned and operated since 1976, Bubbles starts lessons as young as two months old. We emphasize comfort and safety, instead of just playing. Swimming provides freedom of movement in the water, helping children to develop motor skills and improves decision making. Our highly advanced program produces results.
Floaties Swim School Summer League
Camp is for swimmers who are comfortable enough in the water to swim full laps on their own and have an awareness of the four strokes. Younger and older swimmers are welcome as long as they meet the above criteria.
Noonan Family Swim School
Noonan Family Swim School, Inc. is offering its 2-week summer swim lesson programs. Get a jump start on swimming by participating in swim class Monday through Thursday. We offer summer sessions at all of our locations - San Diego, Del Mar, 4S Ranch, Carlsbad and Murrieta.
Swim & Tennis Camp at Rancho Arbolitos & Pacific Swim
Campers will have loads of fun learning basic strokes and technique in swim & tennis. They will play games, win prizes, enjoy smoothies, pizza and a have mini melt day. Mon - Fri 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Before & Aftercare can be provided. Ages 5 - 13. Come and enjoy fun times on the court and in the pool all summer long. Single days also available.
The Watersports Camp at Mission Bay Aquatic Center
An exciting day-camp offering wakeboarding, surfing, sailing, kayaking, stand up paddling, marine science, and more. Watersports fun on-the-water! Sponsored by the YMCA and operated by SDSU and UCSD.
Karate For Kids
Chula Vista - 619-427-5105
La Mesa - 619-265-2021
Otay Mesa - 619-428-2222
Point Loma - 619-224-9600
Looking for a camp that will help kids focus, develop confidence, learn self defense and more? Sign-up today for our camps and/or summer lessons.
Minnie’s Little Yogis
Kid’s yoga is a natural and healthy way to exercise, relax, focus and strengthen the mind/body/spirit connection. We introduce children and teens to yoga poses that can help them learn techniques for self-health, focus, balance, confidence, relaxation and inner fulfillment.
Poway Gymnastics Summer Camps
Weekly camps run from 9:00am-3:00pm. Campers will learn basic gymnastics with proper technique on all four events, do arts & crafts, play games, bounce on trampolines, enjoy our inflatable, and perform all the gymnastics they learned for their parents on Friday. All children will get a medal and a certificate.
San Diego Circus Center’s Summer Camp
Discover Your Inner Circus Star and Develop Core Skills at Circus Camp This Summer! Choose from 6 week long sessions this summer. 9am to 3pm! For ages 8 to 16. Classes are taught by Cirque du Soleil, Cirque de la Mer veterans and other trained Circus Center staff, many of whom can be seen performing throughout San Diego. Camps are perfect for both BEGINNERS who would like to explore the circus arts, as well as EXPERIENCED circus artists wishing to expand their skills and knowledge in a supportive and exciting environment! Each one week session focuses on core circus skills and aerial arts. In the mornings students will have the opportunity to explore the physical side of circus through aerial arts and ground acrobatics such as handstands, basic tumbling, aerial silks, trapeze, lyra, Chinese pole, tight wire and more! In the afternoon students will be exposed to the more creative side of circus. There they will work on object manipulation such as juggling, poi, diablo and spinning plates as well as theatrics and character development through creative play, mask making and makeup arts. Small class sizes provide lots of individual attention to students. 10 student maximum per session.
San Diego Ice Arena
Southwestern Yacht Club
Learn everything from the fundamentals of sailing to advanced racing tactics. We also offer an angling class.
Sword and Bow Camp
LionHeart Academy is offering beginning fencing and archery camps all summer at our new facility in El Cajon. Come learn these exciting sports in a format designed to explore them in a safe and dynamic way. We emphasize self-discipline and respect for others in all we do. All equipment is provided.
Balboa City School Summer Academic Program
Summer School Program June 23 - August 1, 2014 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 7th - 12th grade classes for credit including Math, English, Science and History! K - 6th grade enrichment classes including Math, English and Electives! WASC Accredited
Scripps Ranch, Carlsbad
Halstrom Academy offers 1:1 instruction and flexible scheduling options for student actors, athletes, unique learners and those who value personalized instruction. Halstrom offers these Summer School programs: Accelerated (4-5 wks), Traditional (6-8 wks) and Extended (10 wks). Student is actively engaged in the learning process; teaching is personalized to the strengths and weaknesses of the student.
Mission Bay Montessori Academy
Dreaming about summer? We are! Students have many things to choose from at MBMA, academic, fun, creative, challenging! Whether your child attends for 2 weeks or 2 months, 9 am-3 pm or you need extended care, we have it. Bring a friend!
Renaissance Village Academy
K-3rd grade: 6 one-week programs, sign up for AM, PM or whole day. Math, thinking skills, traditional folklore, games. Limit 10 students. Grades 4-12: 2 three-week programs, sign up for specific classes (writing, math, vocab, logic) or the whole day. Limit 15 students. Monday-Thursday. Priority/discount given to full-day students.
Kids Movement Camps coming soon to Get Air Poway! One-hour class focuses on whole brain learning, develop movement and coordination skills, and strengthen bond between parent and child. Sessions are every Wednesday at 11 am in our open jump area.
CYT Theater Arts Summer Camp
Safari Park Summer Camps
(see Animal Encounters)
SCHOOLS OFFERING SUMMER PROGRAMS
Extended School Services (ESS)
La Mesa & Spring Valley
Affordable, quality summer childcare including weekly field trips and/or assemblies. We offer a well-rounded enrichment program provided by qualified and caring staff members.
Mt. Helix Academy
Success at Mt. Helix Academy begins early as Kindergarteners read their own graduation speeches. Class sizes are small and reading, math and spelling are taught in even smaller groups. In these core subjects students are evaluated frequently and placed in groups that match their ability level with no ceiling for going higher. It is not unusual at Mt. Helix Academy to see a 2nd grader working with a 5th grade reading group or a 5th grader taking Algebra 1. We want our kids to soar!
Along with our strong core program we also offer:
• Robotics, where students work with coding and programming actual Humanoid Robots!
• Every Day P.E.
• After School Clubs
• The opportunity to perform annually in a Broadway Style Musical!
Mt. Helix Academy is a private, Trans K - 9th Grade preparatory school that is co-educational and nonsectarian. We offer a positive, safe and nurturing school environment. Our highly skilled teachers use evidence-based methods with the result that our graduates excel in high school and college.
At Mt. Helix Academy we are creating pathways to success for San Diego County kids. Call us to schedule a visit and come see how our kids fly!
Updated: June 2014