This month’s Larchmont Chronicle features a camp guide (pages 13 to 22) as well as the camps recommended this month by our Mommy Beat columnist, Danielle Avazian-Reyes. Click on the current issue in the side bar to read the guide. And come back in May, when we’ll add even more camps to our directory.
My older daughter was around six-years old when she asked, “Mom, if kids get summer vacation from school, why don’t grown-ups get summer vacation from work?” I wish I had a better answer than the one I gave her: “Because grown-ups have lots of responsibilities.”
Wouldn’t it be amazing if we got to have summers to travel, take art classes, learn to make homemade pasta, write a book, learn to surf?
Lucky for our kids, summer will be here quickly! In our house we like to mix downtime and activities during the summer—some time to relax and some time for structured activities. Living in Los Angeles we have so much to choose from.
Here is a list of some day camp favorites:
- Aloha Beach Camp – Classic beach camp in Malibu.
- Barnsdall Art Center – This local favorite in Los Feliz offers all kinds of unique classes for kids at reasonable prices.
- California Science Center – The museum near downtown has a wonderful summer program.
- Camp Keystone – A long time camp favorite in the Santa Monica Mountains where kids enjoy all types of outdoor fun including boating, swimming, along with arts and crafts.
- Children’s Arts Institute – West L.A. and Studio City locations with terrific art program.
- Children’s Civic Light Opera – Children train and rehearse a full scale Broadway musical.
- Campbell Hall Sports Camp – Studio City campus has a wide range of sports activities.
- Fitness By The Sea – Santa Monica beach camp is filled with adventures and activities.
- Got Game Camp – A day camp filled with athletic and recreational activities located at Hancock Park Elementary.
- Immaculate Heart School Summer Program – Fun activities for junior and senior high girls including art, dance, computer science, drama and academic courses.
- Jonathan Club Beach Camp – Fun all day camp right on the beach in Santa Monica, run by Fitness By The Sea. Open to non-members of the club.
- Super Duper Art Camp – L.A. based super creative art camp on the St. James School campus.
- L.A. County High School for the Arts Summer Arts Conservatory – Wonderful four week intensive arts program for kids fifth grade and up.
- LACMA – The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has popular summer classes that fill up quickly.
- Learn To Surf – A surfing intensive camp in Venice Beach.
- Los Angeles Zoo Camp – The zoo has wonderful day programs for animal lovers.
- Natural History Museum – Classic science camp with many fun classes
- Tom Sawyer Camp – This long-running camp in Pasadena offers horseback riding, swimming, archery, hiking, tennis and more.
When your kids are not in camp, try to find some time to have summer adventures with them. We only have a total of 17 summers with our kids before they are off to college. Enjoy each and every one with them while you can!