An exciting, weeklong summer adventure for K-6th graders awaits with activities that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. A nonprofit program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame®, Camp Invention allows children to experience real-world problem solving, creative thinking, invention, and teamwork. Modules include challenges and achievements from the brightest thinkers around—the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame!
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
Acting Academy For Kids Summer Performing Arts Camps
Ages: 4 – 13 years
Location: Camino Real Playhouse, San Juan Capistrano
Seeking a fun venue in which your child can create lasting summer memories, become more confident, and grow their repertoire of skills at the same time? Look no further...Campers are guided through the production of a popular musical theme from start to finish via daily classes (music, acting, and dance) and the culminating event.
Ages:4 – 18 years
Location: Mission Viejo
At Art Steps, we teach realistic,classical drawing and painting
skills to kids ages 4 and up, teens and adults. Students receive hands-on, step-by-step guidance as they walk through lessons
in a variety of subject matter and media, from crayons through oil paint, gaining confidence through learning to skillfully render what they see, one step at a time.
Center Stage Studio
Ages: 7 – 12 years
Location: Aliso Viejo
CSS Musical Theater Camp! Act, sing & dance in popular musicals while reinforcing skills in teamwork & self confidence! No experience necessary, at CSS, everyone shines!
Creative Kids Playhouse Children’s Theatre of Orange County
Ages: 3 – 14 years
Location: Mission Viejo
Musical theater programs throughout South County. Be in a musical this summer! Coached by professionals, kids come away from our programs having a fun, rewarding, accomplishment –filled experience. Join the fun!
School of Rock
Ages: 8 – 18 years
School of Rock offers music camps for kids of all skill levels who play or want to play guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals.
Introducing one-of-a-kind Young Author Fiction Writing Summer Camp Classes offered at the Storymakery Factory, Irvine Spectrum Center this Summer. Storymakery’s Young Author Summer Camps are the first creative writing camps that not only teach the foundation of plot development but also allow kids to publish their own book series. The program extends your child's creativity, writing, self-expression & cognitive thinking with a unique approach.
For ages 5-6, we expand writing & creative thinking skills.
For ages 7-10, we explore writing in genres such as Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Spooky, & Adventure. Full & half day programs are available. Summer Camps are June 12th through August 18th. Camps are 5 days long.Bold Girlz
ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE
Ages: 3 – 13 years
A Bricks 4 Kidz® camp is a fresh and fun way for kids to spend their school break! With specially-designed Bricks 4 Kidz® models, LEGO® games galore, and plenty of time for free-play, the kids are always having fun. Camps are specially designed for kids ages 5-12 and are staffed by trained, screened Bricks 4 Kidz® teachers. Check out our Camps page for more details!
Ages: 6 – 12 years
Design and build different robot every week with a take home robot kit! Students will develop fine motor skills, creativity and self- motivation while learning STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
Location: Laguna Niguel
Serving Orange County since 2002, we offer the best classes in Engineering with LEGO® bricks and Chess Club.We also have many classes and camps, including our First LEGO® League teams held at our center in Laguna Niguel. Our classes are STEM based and we encourage students to apply the concepts they learn to create their own projects, not just building from a set of instructions.CULINARY
Culinary Kids Cooking
Our camps and classes are appetizing adventures, where children between the ages of 5 and 12 create theme-based meals to share with family and friends. Our camp leaders will stir their way into your hearts and stomachs.
FISHING AND MARINE LIFE EXPLORATION
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching
Ages: 9 – 14 years
Location: Dana Point
Newport Sea Base
Ages: 6 – 17 years
Open year round, we provide experiential learning programs that encourage solid values, promote effective teamwork, develop leadership skills, teach nautical safety skills on the waterfront.
Ages: 5 – 17 years
Location: Dana Point
Summer camps specializing in marine science and exciting tallship experiences. Camps include lab activities, cruise, off-site field trips, tidepool excursions and more!
Lake Forest Etnies Skate Park
Ages: Preschool - 18
Location: Lake Forest
The skatepark offers some of the best classes and private lessons for skateboarding in Orange County. Please follow this link to the City of Lake Forest website publications and click the latest issue of the Leisure Times for current schedules and available classes and lessons. Simply go to the skatepark section for the latest available classes. You can also sign up online here if its more convenient.
Racquet Club of Irvine
Ages:4 – 14 years
RCI Summer Tennis Camp where kids have fun! Beginners, Intermediate to Advanced play tennis, games, drills and swim afterwards. Camp t-shirt and BBQ lunch included.
NOVA Swim School
Ages: infants – adults
Locations: Irvine, Fountain Valley,Aliso Viejo
Offering learn-to-swim lessons from infants to adults.
Flexible scheduling and heated pools.Locations throughout Orange County.
Summer Sports & Specialty Camps at Renaissance ClubSport
Ages: 5 – 12 years
Location: Aliso Viejo
Dribble, pass, shoot, and score in our Summer Camps! Campers will participate in their favorite sports activities, play fun games, and more!
JP's Surf Camp
Location: San Clemente
JP's Surf Camp founded in 2001, is a camp where surfing is taken place in a safe, well-staffed, instructional environment. Wonderful friendships are created amongst surfers in appreciating and respecting our oceans. All instructors are CPR and first aid certified.
Located in beautiful San Clemente, California, JP’s Surf Camp offers children through adult the opportunity to learn how to surf or better their surfing ability in a small group environment. JP's Surf Camp maintains a 3 to 1 student to instructor ratio.
Small group instruction provides students with more individual attention and a safer environment in which to learn surfing.
Get wet everyday At Newport Dunes!
Campers will get the opportunity to everyday when they are at camp. The Newport Dunes offers a swimming pool and the ocean lagoon at our feet.
Camp James will have lifeguards present during swimming times. As an ACA Accreditated camp, we are required to conduct a brief swim test prior to campers swimming to ensure their ability in the water. Life jackets are available and required for all lagoon swimming, boating and waterpark play features.
Check out all the great things happening at the Newport Dunes from concerts, clam bakes, tasty food from the Back Bay Bistro Cafe, and much more.
EDUCATION AND GROUP CAMPS
Girls Incorporated of Orange County - Summer Camp for Girls
Ages: 4 1/2 – 12 years
Location: Costa Mesa
Girls Inc. offers a fun-filled, exciting, hands-on summer experience for girls entering grades K-6 including themed weeks, structured programming, field trips, and much more!
Temple Bat Yahm
Ages: 2 – 6 years
Location: Newport Beach
Camp Yahm Yahm, Temple Bat Yahm’s summer preschool camp, features a developmentally appropriate curriculum and exciting entertainment each week in OC’s only NAEYC Accredited Jewish preschool. License #300603987.
YMCA of Orange County
Spring Break & Summer Camp at the YMCA. Weekly field trips, sports and outdoor activities, specialty clubs, licensed, full day program and much more!
Girl Scouts of Orange County – Camp Sherman
Ages: 2 years – 12th
Girls come to Camp Scherman nestled in the San Jacinto Mountains for fun, friends and adventures, and return home with confidence, knowledge, and leadership skills.
The mission at Camp Izza is that children be proud of who they are -- from their faith and abilities to their ideas and unique qualities. We strive to provide an environment in which all children can thrive and be comfortable to express themselves and meet new friends along the way. Dr. Omar Ezzeldine has worked with children for over 20 years as a teacher, principal and administrator. His life-long dream was to create a camp based on his years of experience that was fun and engaging for children. Camp Izza, since 2008, has provided an excellent program that blends faith with summer fun for all kids.
Mad Science Orange County
Ages: Elementary ages
Mad Science of South Orange County camps offer a daily combination of in-class discovery and exploration, outdoor games and physical activities, and hands-on applications of the scientific principles presented.Your child will be able touch, see, hear, smell and taste what science is really all about. We use simple, real world science techniques that allow even the youngest of campers to enjoy our learning environment. Campers create, build and assemble a variety of take-home projects while exploring how science affects the world around us.
Children entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade next fall
Math Camp strives to take math out of the classroom and foster a love of learning that encourages unique and innovative thinking. MIND’s math education experts build activities that focus on the concepts behind the way math works. This conceptual learning will help your child not only succeed at math, but experience success in other academic subjects too. Open to children entering 5th- 8th grade next fall, Math Camp will take place at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center from August 17th to 21st, 2015.
You can find more information at http://www.mindresearch.org/
Ages: 4 to 11 years
Camp Lango is a terrific way for kids ages 4-11 (going into kindergarten - sixth grade) to learn Spanish while enjoying summertime fun. Lango campers spend each week immersed in an exciting part of the Latin American world. Lango's dynamic, experienced teachers serve as counselors, and are supported by a team of native-speaking and fluent assistant counselors. Campers spend each day moving from one activity to the next, including special "No English!" times, designed to provide an immersion experience while still allowing for a ton of fun. A week or more of Camp Lango is guaranteed to boost your child's new language ability!
Lazy W Ranch
Location: San Juan Capistrano
Adventure Camp, at Lazy W Ranch, is a small-group camping experience, with both the Jr. & Sr. High Adventure Camps limited to no more than 12 campers. This special experience gives campers and their counselors the opportunity to grow an incredibly close-knit Christian community: learning about God, about outdoor living, and adventure recreation in a safe, positive setting. Campers will spend time each day experiencing a different aspect of our theme, "Power Up," and will also adventure in the world around us. Campers will experience hands on practice in Christian community, relationship building and skill development.