This year, there are traditional summer camps available like swimming/tennis/baseball and crafts as well as more contemporary camps focusing on cooking, Minecraft, Mad Science, Robotics and more.
Campers can spend part of a day, all day, or complete weeks with choices that also include academic enrichment or learning from theater professions at International City Theatre and the Long Beach Playhouse.
LONG BEACH DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, RECREATION AND MARINE
Here are some highlights of the parks department’s offerings. A complete list is available at www.lbparks.org.
Registration is now open for the parks camps. Call 562-570-3111, visit the registration office at 2760 Studebaker Rd. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays or go online to www.lbpaprks.org.
At some locations, extended day care is available in the mornings and in the afternoons.
Aquatics Camps run June 17-Aug. 23. The offerings include Belmont Junior Beach Camp, ages 5-7; Bay Shore Beach Camp, ages 8-12; Bay Club Teen Camp, ages 13-15; and Counselor-in-Training, ages 14-17. To register for aquatic camps, call 562-570-3111.
Park Day Camps (June 17-Aug. 23) include sports, group games and more, with field trips and addition activities available at additional cost.
Park Day Camps (ages 5-12) are offered at El Dorado Park West, Pan American Hi-Five Sports Camp, Silverado Park Camp, Stearns Champions Creative Arts Camp, Veterans Park Camp, Wardlow Park Pee Wee Camp and Wardlow Park Music and Arts Camp.
All the day camps cost $115 per week except for the music and arts camp, which is $120.
SUMMER SPECIALITY CAMPS
New this year are Life Enrichment Camps, featuring celebrity chefs (July 15-19) and Five Ingredient Feast (Aug. 12-16). Both are for ages 6-10. Children will develop cooking skills and learn about nutrition and dining etiquette. Each course is $197 plus a $59 materials fee.
Also new this year are Lacrosse Camp, Frisbee Camp and Volleyball Camp.
Edutainment Arts Camps include Escape Room, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Minecraft Movie Flix, Green Screen Lego Flix, Learn to Row, Mad Science (Crayola Design, Crazy Chemworks), Introduction to Robotics, Secret Agent Lab, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and more.
SUMMER FUN DAYS
Summer Fun Days is a drop-in program for ages 5-12 that runs weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 17-Aug. 23 (closed July 4) at Admiral Kidd, Bixby, Chavez, Coolidge, DeForest, Drake, El Dorado West, King, MacArthur, McBride, Orizaba, Pan American, Ramon, Scherer, Seaside, Silverado, Somerset, Stearns Champions, Wardlow, Veterans and Whaley parks.
Parks and Rec also offers a late afternoon (5-8 p.m.) Be Safe program with sports crafts and more for families to enjoy together. The program is offered June 17-Aug. 23 at the following parks: Admiral Kid, Bixby, Drake, Houghton, Martin Luther King Jr., Orizaba, Pan American, Ramona, Scherer, Seaside and Silverado. For details, go to www.LongBeach.gov/park.
LONG BEACH STATE UNIVERSITY
LBSU offers a wide variety of camps for all ages. Registration for most camps is at http://web.csulb.edu/programs/summer-camps/. Some activities have different phone numbers or web addresses, which are listed below.
49er Camps are designed to offer instruction to ages 5 to 13 in a wide variety of activities including archery, basketball, gymnastics, soccer, softball, golf, volleyball, dance, daily swim lessons and more. Four-week sessions take place afternoons starting June 17 and July 15. The price is $560 per child/per session. Call 562-985-4049.
ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT CAMPS
Academic Enrichment Camps provide classroom activities such as math, computers, reading etc. mornings for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Four-week sessions start June 17 and July 15. The price is $560 per child/per session and children have the opportunity take part in the 49er camps in the afternoon for an additional fee. Call 562-985-2570.
Camp Nugget is a low-cost morning day camp program for children with special needs and disabilities ages 5 through 12. The camp provides traditional camp activities and work on relaxation and breathing. There’s one four-week session starting at the end of June. For details, call 562-985-7969.
SUMMER ACADEMIC INTERVENTIONS (READING OR MATH)
The Summer Academic Intervention is designed to give individualized instruction on reading/ math skill to help students (ages 6-17) get a head start for the fall. One-hour sessions meet afternoons May 28 through June 7. Parents also receive a final report covering the student’s progress. $150 per child. Call (562) 985-4991.
YOUNG ARTISTS CAMP
The Young Artists’ Camp (grades three through eight) meets afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m. for three weeks starting July 29. Children study art fundamentals in a variety of media. The fee is $350. Go to www.summerartscamp.com.
YOUNG ADULT ART STUDIO
The Young Adult Art Studio is for grades nine through 12. It’s a three-week program that meets afternoons beginning July 30. It offers an in-depth approach to painting/drawing, digital art and printmaking/mixed-media. It’s $400, which includes supplies. Go to hptt://csulbsummerartscamp.com.
YOUNG SCIENTISTS CAMP
Young Scientists’ Camp is a two-week program for second through eighth graders and girls entering grades 9-12. This year’s subjects include marine biology, the STEM Maker Challenge, star scientists and more. This camp meets mornings 8:30 a.m.-noon for two weeks starting July 15. It’s $315. Call (562) 985-4801.
OTHER LBSU CAMPS
For details on other camps, go to http://web.csulb.edu/programs/summer-camps/.
INTERNATIONAL CITY THEATRE
The ICT Summer Youth Conservatory returns for children ages 7-15. The four-week-long conservatory features instruction in acting, music, dance and movement taught by industry professionals, culminating in a special presentation for parents and friends. It meets 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday July 8 through Aug. 1. It’s $425 per child. Go to https://ictlongbeach.org.
LONG BEACH PLAYHOUSE
The Summer Youth Musical Theater Conservatory is a three-week day camp for ages 7-17. Each student develops their skills in daily classes. The conservatory meets 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays starting July 15. The fee is $600 and scholarships are available. Call 562-494-104 or visit www.lbplayhouse.org.
At Makersville, campers can prepare for the World Robot Olympiad WeDo Regular or Inventing Competition. Camps run July 1-26 for varying lengths at Shoreline Village. Prices and start at $75 and early bird prices are available until June 15. Camps also are available for the World Robot Olympiad July 29-Aug.3 at Long Beach State University. That camp starts at $750. Go to https://squareup.com/store/makersvillesummer/items/july-shoreine-village.
POWER OF ONE
Power of One Self Defense has summer programs that include martial arts and other more traditional activities like swimming, hiking, bowling, surfing, theme parks, museums, waterparks and a science center.
This year’s theme is “Life Skills for Success.”
Call 562-997-2987 or go to https://powerofonekarate.com.
spcaLA calls its camp “Friends for Life Camp.” Five-day sessions begin June 17 and the last one starts Aug. 19. Ages 8-10 participate in animal-related games, activities and crafts and learn basic animal care. Older campers (11-13) also participate in animal-related crafts and activities and learn obedience and agility raining with shelter dogs. Counselor in Training participants (ages 8-14) explore animal-related careers, more advanced dog training and assist with shelter care and younger campers.
Campers pay $360 and the CIT fee is $250.
Camp is at the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village and Education Center, 7700 E. Spring St. Call (562) 216-2545 or go to https://spcala.com/camp.
The Parks Department offers numerous classes for all ages starting as young as 4 and going through seniors. Classes begin June 15 and continue through the summer. For details, go to www.lbparks.org or call 562-438-8509. Fees start as low as $80, although the majority are $100 plus.
Classes are available at Billie Jean King Tennis Center, El Dorado West, Marina Vista, Los Cerritos, Naples Scherer courts.
VALTER PAIVA TENNIS ACADEMY
They offer week-long sessions, mornings, afternoons or all day starting June 17. Half days are $202.50 and full days are $331.50. Fees go up after June 1. They have several area locations. Visit www.valtertennis.com.
Camp Invention is for ages kindergarten through sixth grade. It challenges children to find their “inner inventor.” The camp relies of STEM (Science, technology, Electronics, and Mathematics) principles taught with hands-on techniques. Westerly School will host sessions from June 24 to Aug. 4. Cost is $230 per session. For more information, go to www.campinvention.org.