It's time to Fire Up for Camp season! Browse through San Diego's Camp Guide to find awesome spring and summer camps where kids will learn new skills and make lifelong memories. Do you have a future game designer or artist, scientist, engineer or animal lover? Now's the time to check out everything San Diego offers and plan an epic summer.
C2 Education Summer Boot Camps
Multiple locations - 858-283-4787
2019 intensive Summer Boot camps are available in 50-hour and 80-hour programs tailored to meet each student’s needs. All programs include two-hour sessions with individual attention for each student and interim testing to measure progress and build confidence. See ad in San Diego Family's March issue for 15% off SAT, ACT and Book Boot Camps with March enrollment.
MBMA Summer Camp
University City - 858-457-5895
Kindergarten-6th grade; June 24-August 16
Summer camp at MBMA is a great way for your child to spend the summer! See our website for our exciting new weekly format, featuring STEM/STEAM, Drama, Academics, and more. We have paired with some incredible specialty camps to make a wonderful experience for your child.
Spring Break Critter Camp at Helen Woodward
Rancho Santa Fe - 858-756-4117
Preschool-6th grade; March 25-April 26
Spend Spring Break with animals! Your child’s appreciation for all critters will flourish as they interact with animals, create crafts and play games. Each day has a unique theme and a variety of species for kids to meet. Sign up for multiple days or come to just one.
San Diego Zoo and Safari Park Summer Camp
Balboa Park and Escondido - 619-718-3000
www.sandiegozoo.org and www.sdzsafaripark.orgsdzsafaripark.org
Pre K-12th grade; June-August
Explore the wonderful world of animals through summer camp adventures at the San Diego Zoo or the San Diego Zoo Safari Park! Includes animal experiences, exclusive tours, games, crafts and more. These five-day programs offer different themes per grade level and are offered on different weeks throughout the summer.
California Ballet School
Kearny Mesa - 858-560-5676
Ages 5-14; June-July
The summer programs at San Diego’s California Ballet School are designed to complement students’ training received during the regular school year.
City Ballet’s Dance Camps
Pacific Beach - 858-274-6058
Ages 4+; July 1-26
The perfect summer camp for children and young adults with a passion for dance. City Ballet offers two separate sessions so Dance Camp can fit into every family’s busy summer schedule.
San Diego Civic Youth Ballet Camps
Balboa Park - 619-233-3060
Ages 4-10; July-August
Join other aspiring dancers for daily ballet classes and other camp activities like: arts & crafts, jazz classes, performance rehearsals and field trips to other cultural institutions in Balboa Park. All camp sessions culminate in an in-studio performance for family and friends. Camps enjoy small classes, professional instructors, and beautiful Balboa Park studios. Enrollment begins Mar. 4.
Vernetta’s Dance Studio
North Park - 619-260-1707
Ages 2 & up; All summer
Tap, ballet and tumbling classes. Fun classes, family oriented, moms and dads can have coffee and cookies while they watch. Performing opportunities at fairs and festivals. First lesson free.
CYT San Diego
Multiple Locations - 619-588-0206
Ages 5-12; June 17-August 9
Kids bring their favorite Hollywood musicals to life on stage through the magic of CYT musical theater. It will be a high-energy week of singing, dancing and lots of fun. Week-long day camps throughout San Diego County run from June 17 to August 9.
North Coast Rep Summer Theatre Camp
Solana Beach - 858-481-1055
Ages 4-19; July-August
The Theatre School at North Coast Rep offers an exciting summer of Theatre day camps. Broadway Babies ages 4-8 choose from six one-week, half-day camps. Campers ages 8-12 choose from three two-week, full-day production camps. Students put together a short version of Annie, Magic Tree House and The Music Man. For a more intensive skill-building experience, teens can sign up for three different two-week, full-day performance camps for ages 12-19. Students progress from the audition process to performance in a fast-paced, fun and creative environment. All camps focus on actor training and culminate in a showcase for family and friends.
San Diego Junior Theatre
Balboa Park - 619-239-1311
Pre K-12th grade; June 10-August 23
Spend this summer at San Diego's premier children's theatre program. Call or visit website to enroll today.
Scripps Performing Arts Academy
Scripps Ranch - 858-586-7834
Carmel Valley - 858-509-2624
Ages 3.5-16; June 18-August 24
Summer camp at Scripps Performing Arts Academy provides a fun and creative getaway for every student! All camps conclude with a performance in our Black Box Theatre. Present ad from San Diego Family's March issue for $50 off any summer program. Not to be combined with any other offer or discount.
Bilingual Kids Spanish and Mandarin
Balboa Park - 619-366-3098
Ages 4-14; March 25-29 and June 17-August 16
Bilingual Kids is offering its 10th year of full-immersion Spanish and Mandarin Spring and Summer Camps. Educational, fun and safe. All camps are conducted by qualified, native-speaking teachers through a fun and engaging approach. Students enjoy daily field trips to Balboa Park museums and The San Diego Zoo. Campers will be separated by age group as well as proficiency in target language (all activities are conducted in target language). Weekly sessions vary in themes and build over time.
Little Language Ambassadors Summer Camp
San Marcos - 760-510-9639
Ages 18 mos.-7 yrs; June 24-August 22
The 100% Spanish immersion summer program offers a variety of fun, interactive and engaging activities. Sample activities include music, arts & crafts, show performances, traditional foods, water fun, dress-up days, outdoor activities, soccer, yoga and more. Call for more information and to schedule a tour. Enroll today!
YMCA Overnight Camps
Marston, Julian, Imperial Beach - 760-765-0642
Ages 7-17; June 17-August 17
Three fantastic properties in San Diego County, Camp Marston in the mountains for summer adventures, Raintree Ranch exclusively for horseback riding near Julian, and Camp Surf on the Pacific Ocean.
PAINTING, DRAWING, CERAMICS
Little Artists Summer Morning Classes
Clairemont/UTC - 858-268-2255
Poway - 858-486-1555
Rancho Bernardo - 858-451-2055
San Carlos - 619-462-1955
Chula Vista - 619-455-3755
Ages 4-18; June-August
Offering great programs with convenient morning classes for all ages. Drawing, painting and cartooning available. Call for summer specials.
Little Fish Comic Art Camps
College Area/ SDSU/ La Mesa - 619-356-1103
Ages 7+; June-August
Little Fish Comic Book Studio’s summer camps are an exciting opportunity for kids to immerse themselves in the art and culture of comics and anime! By the end of camp, your child will come away with a greater understanding of the comic arts and its creation.
Lakeside - 619-456-2474
Action packed, multi-activity camp to keep children happy, healthy and entertained. Children enjoy adventure play, arts and crafts, group games and more.
SCHOOLS OFFERING SUMMER PROGRAMS
Escondido - 760-294-4490
1st-12th grade; June 3-July 28
Blend academics with engaging activities to reinforce skills and develop new ones. Students continue to make progress at a time when they might otherwise slip behind. The warm, personal environment assures success and fosters mastery for future achievement.
Multiple Locations – 877-959-3741
Summer camp is a place for exploring, discovering, making new friends and learning new skills. It all starts with outstanding counselors whose talent, creativity and leadership set the tone for a great experience. Every summer, Discovery Isle's counselors and specialists are doing what they enjoy most: inspiring campers to explore, reach for new heights, and expand their horizons.
Summer Smarts at The Children's School
La Jolla - 858-454-0184
Ages 5-13; June 24-August 2
The Children’s School offers a variety of summer camps for students entering Kindergarten - 8th grade. From dance and sculpture to movie making, video game programming and science, there's a camp for everyone. Join us for a summer of fun and learning!
Urban Discovery Academy Camp Urban Sol
Downtown San Diego; 619-269-2855
July 8-August 2
Choose from STEAM Design, Culinary Experience, Yoga and Mindfulness, Edible Artwork, intramural sports and more.
Summer Learning Adventure Camp at Birch Aquarium
La Jolla - 858-534-3474
Ages 4-15; June 24-August 23
From the classroom 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 diverse careers in oceanography, and combine the science and sports of surfing and snorkeling, all while making new friends and memories. There’s always something new to inspire and explore with Summer Learning Adventure Camp!
Hands-On Science Camps at the Fleet
Balboa Park - 619-238-1233 x806
Pre K-8th grade; March 25-29
Join Spring Camps at the Fleet, where new adventures await each day! Science–themed spring camps provide exciting experiments, intriguing investigations and fantastic fun.
Aerial Revolution Cirque Camp
Morena/Linda Vista and Miramar - 619-220-4909
Ages 6-15; June 17-August 16
Explore deeper possibilities and develop character with Cirque Camp by Aerial Revolution! Day camp includes ground and aerial acrobatics classes. Kids love aerial silks, trapeze, lyra, pole, tumbling, handstands, flexibility and acrobatics. This camp is for kids with all levels of experience. Low student-teacher ratio, adult professional staff. Two convenient locations: Morena and Miramar.
APEX Summer Parkour Camp
Kearny Mesa - 858-260-3887
Ages 5-14; June 12-August 23
Summer Parkour camps include activities like vaulting, front and back flipping, swinging, free-running, obstacle courses, perseverance training, self-discipline, character development, cooperative games and more!
Design Institute of San Diego Young Designers Camp
Sorrento Valley - 858-566-1200
9th-12th grade; July 15-19
Camp DI is a creative week-long summer camp for high school students who want to learn more about making a difference through interior design. Students explore design elements and principles, learn about sustainable practices, explore human-centered design, discover San Diego spaces, and engage in a hands-on team design project that they will present to parents and the local design community.
Model Railroad Summer Camp
Balboa Park - 619-696-0199
Ages 7-14; June 17- August 2
Explore the disciplines required to build a model railroad. Campers will construct an operational, themed scale model. From track-laying to scenery construction, campers will investigate and apply design principles and learn why engineers use arches in the construction of railroad bridges. Scaffolded activities accommodate students of different ages.
Archery, Fencing, Medieval Warrior and Lightsaber Camps
East County - 619-462-2027
Ages 10 and up; June 17-
Archers shoot real recurve bows at a variety of targets and learn the proper shot cycle and safety rules. Fencers learn Foil and Epee sword techniques: how to advance, retreat, lunge and parry on official fencing strips. Medieval Warriors learn the history and culture of Roman soldiers, Medieval knights and Mongol Nomads. Light Saber campers learn offesnsive and defensive moves using powered lightsabers. Half-day or full-day option available.
Camp Flips Elite Gymnastics Academy
El Cajon - 619-441-5900
Ages 4+; April 22-26
Camp Flips is a high energy experience designed to excite, motivate and stimulate kids. Each of the gymnastics events introduces a different world of challenges for a child’s mind and body. Fully supervised by our trained and accredited staff.
Poway - 858-748-1716
Ages 5+; April 15-19 and June 17-August 16.
With over 25 years of experience, Poway Gymnastics offers a safe learning environment for boys and girls of all levels. Gymnastics instills self confidence, discipline, strength, flexibility, and body awareness.
San Diego Ice Arena
Mira Mesa - 858-530-1825
Ages 3+; June-August
We have a learn-to-skate program for figure skating and hockey. Learn-to-skate programs run year round. Days and times will vary. If your child is interested in summer camp (day and week camps) you can sign up through your local YMCA. For more information visit www.sdice.com.
TECHNOLOGY & FILMAKING
Multiple Locations - 415-658-5915
Ages 6-16; June-August
Week-long summer tech camps for budding programmers, future video game designers, app developers, robotics engineers, 3D modelers, animators and technology fans.
Digital Media Academy Tech Camps
Multiple locations - 866-656-3342
Learn 3D modeling, coding, artificial intelligence, robotics, game design, filmmaking and more at prestigious universities including UC San Diego, UCLA and Stanford.
Tech KnowHow Summer Camps
Multiple locations - 877-432-0970
Week-long summer camps are the perfect way for students to learn valuable, real-world technology skills through fun and engaging projects.
Youth Media & Tech Camp
North Park - 619-230-1938
Campers will learn cinematography, editing, stop motion, and how to use the Green Screen studio. A matinee of their completed films are screened on the last day of camp to a full house in our independent movie theater, the Digital Gym Cinema. No experience necessary!
TRADITIONAL DAY CAMP EXPERIENCE
Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito Summer Adventure Camps
San Dieguito - 858-720-2180
Ages 5-15; June 17-August 22
Summer Adventure Camps offer a fun-filled, active summer. Skilled staff and amazing programs and activities ensure a rewarding camp experience. Choose from five convenient locations throughout north coastal San Diego. Flexible and affordable camp options available. Sign up for Specialty Camps, Sports Camps, Day Camps or Leaders-In-Training program. Registration opens March 1. Financial Assistance available on a first-come, first-served basis for those who qualify. Military discount available for families that qualify.
Aqua Pros Swim School SN
Clairemont or Your Home - 619-209-2990
Infants-adults; Year-round lessons
Dedicated to providing a professional year-round learn-to-swim program, Aqua Pros strives for each individual to reach their full aquatic potential. Swimmers learn proper swim techniques and how to become competent in the water. Water safety is the #1 priority. Aqua Pros has staff to care for kids with special needs.
Published February 2019