Whether you want it to be or not, Summer is right around the corner! It’s time to start planning ahead for your kiddos and what they will be doing to keep themselves busy this Summer. We have so many awesome activities lined up in this guide, make sure to share it with your friends so you can sign up your kiddos for fun activities together!
A special thanks to our presenting sponsor Camp Jaycee at the Lawrence Family JCC and all of our partners for making this guide a true resource!
Many summer camps are still finalizing their programming. So keep checking back for updates and additional summer camp offerings.
Not ready for summer? Check out our Spring Break Camp Guide.
This guide has been broken down by category to help you navigate your summer camp search.
at the Lawrence Family JCC
Camp Jaycee at the Lawrence Family JCC is a place you can count on for a summer filled with adventure, friends, and memories! Their ACA-accredited camp features camp types covering a wide range of interests, including traditional, sports, theatre, and much more for toddlers to teenagers. Camp Jaycee’s facility includes the Friedenberg Olympic-sized pool, the David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre, the state-of-the-art Nierman Preschool, the Gotthelf Dance Studio, the Edgar Berner Family Ball Fields, the Albert A. Hutler Tennis Center, and much more.
Additionally, Camp Jaycee has one of the best staff-to-camper ratios in San Diego with a highly qualified staff trained with a focus on child development, group dynamics, age-appropriate programming, first aid, and more. Hands-on attention is guaranteed. Camp Jaycee offers a full-day schedule. Camp Jaycee is from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm with additional hours available through their extended care program.
Summer camp kicks off June 13th and runs through August 26th for ages 18 months to grade 11.
Use code SDMOMSto get $50 OFF For the first 15 families to redeem this offer! (Limit 1 per family and excludes Pre & Post Camps and may not be applied to any other promotion).
When school is out, camp is in! Keep your child’s mind active and engaged during school breaks this spring and summer and check out some of the technology-based camps available and enrolling now.
Included in our Technology category are camps focused around (but not limited to) coding, game developers, robotics engineers, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), video and media. Give your child the opportunity to enter the science and tech fields and gain hands-on experience with trained professionals.
Inspiration for STEM careers begins in the lab, the classroom, behind the camera, and behind the microscope. Has your child expressed an interest in topics including astrology and biology? This is the right place to begin your search for the perfect break activity.
Premier Sponsors - Technology
iD Tech Camps for Kids & Teens
Register today for Summer 2022! iD Tech Camp at UC San Diego can’t wait for your child to walk the halls of their dream campus, bond with new friends and mentors, and experience the magic that’s made us the world’s #1 tech camp for over two decades. Held at prestigious locations nationwide. Weeklong and two-week sessions for ages 7-18 in coding, game dev, robotics, creative arts, and more. Virtual Tech Camps and online courses also available. Check their website for weekly sessions!
Hands-On Technology Education
Gold Sponsors - Technology
Code Galaxy Summer Camp
Code Galaxy offers the most comprehensive online coding summer camps San Diego students can enroll in. At their camps, they offer courses on game development, design, web development, Python programming, and other STEM-related programs. All of their summer camps are 100% virtual with flexible times for both parents and students.
ThoughtSTEM has been operating summer camps in San Diego for the past 7 years. However, due to COVID–19, their camps will be held online this summer through their new non-profit: MetaCoders. Join the virtual coding club, which is a community of K-10th grade coders of all levels from around the world. A range of topics offered daily allows students to design their own education experience around their interest and experience level.
San Diego Air & Space Museum
Join the San Diego Air & Space Museum for safe, hands-on STEM summer camps! Half-day sessions are available June 20th – August 19th for students grades 1-12, with small class sizes, individual materials, and tons of fun.
Camps run 9am-11:30am or 1-4pm. $155 per week.
Whether you are raising an artist, a mathematician or an athlete, an arts-based camp may be just what your child needs to balance out, or further enrich, his or her developing brain.
Included in our Arts / Theater / Music category are all camps focused around (but not limited to) art-focused projects, theater, drama and music. Give your child the opportunity to take the stage and wow the crowd. Arts-based camps foster public speaking skills, inner confidence and a sense of self-worth, mastery of the written language, science, math, and so much more.
Art camps broaden horizons and invite new perspectives to come to play for growing young minds. Dance and music invigorate and inspire daily movement. Crafting and creating will give you plenty of new stuff to put up on your refrigerator; and make you proud.
Premier Sponsors - Arts / Theater / Music
The Studio Space
The Studio Space offers weeklong summer camps from 9am-12pm, M-F, during the month of July. Each week we’ll focus on a different theme, material, or process. Classes are capped at 8 which allows for individual, one-on-one attention. Students will complete 4 in-depth projects, with the last day devoted to putting final touches on work that needs it and setting up for our art show where we can share our hard work with families!
Open-studio time after collaborative warm ups, discussion, and demonstrations means students work at their own pace and each create their own personally meaningful, unique works of art. Classes held outdoors in my home garden-studio. Ages 7-12.
Paintbox Art Studio
Paint Box Art Studio Summer Camps offer sewing and art instruction for 6-18 year olds. We have different themes each week for 13 weeks of camp. Our most popular camps are Dollhouse camp, Entrepreneur Camp and Fashion Camp. During Dollhouse camp, each student leaves with their own decked out dollhouse. Entrepreneur Camp culminates in a big sale after a week of creating products to sell. Fashion Camp features an end of week fashion show featuring all of our campers/designers and their fabulous creations coming down the runway!
Bach To Rock
Keep the music alive this summer through Bach to Rock’s Online Music Camps! B2R is offering 11 diverse online music mini-camps for the summer season 2021. These camps are held for 60 – 90 minutes per day, five days a week, and explore the foundations of music! For all camps, students will need a device (mobile, tablet, or computer) compatible with Zoom. *Drum, Guitar, Piano, & Ukulele Mini-Camps require an instrument.*
San Diego Junior Theatre
THEATRE SKILLS ARE SKILLS FOR LIFE: San Diego Junior Theatre’s education programs have been inspiring young people to grow as confident communicators, creative problem solvers, community builders, AND ARTISTS for over seven decades!
Ages 3+. Camp starts June 13th.
San Diego Art Camp
San Diego Art Camp activities include Ceramics, Painting, Photography, Dance, and a walk around the park with a museum and Spanish Village Art Center visit. The instruction will be mostly at the outside tables covered by tents in front of the House of Czech and Slovak Republics. Grades 1st – 6th. Camp runs Monday Through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. July 11th – 29th.
School of Rock
Do you want to learn how to play in a band or learn to write songs? School of Rock San Diego offers a wide variety of music camps and workshops that cover topics such as these. Their local music camps are perfect for musicians of any skill level who want to play guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and vocals.
Camps starts June 20th.
San Diego Model Railroad Museum
The ever-popular model railroad camp introduces beginner modelers to the basics of creating a mock model railroad. Older campers will create a working model railroad. Campers paint, plaster, lay track and construct a mini-town, complete with buildings, trees, trains, and people!
All SDMRM camps are immersive, hands-on, and led by enthusiastic education professionals. Virtual & In-Person Camps available. Camp starts June 27th.
New Children’s Museum (Del Mar)
The New Children’s Museum offers camps at both its downtown and Del Mar (Art + Play Space) locations that are project-based and taught by artists and educators. All camps include classroom time to explore art projects and learn new skills as well as physical play in its spaces. Family and friends are invited each Friday to an exhibition to view artwork created during the week. NOTE: All Summer Camps at the downtown Museum have reached capacity and are sold out. Spots are available in our camps at the Art + Play Space in Del Mar.
Yoga Rascals’ La Mesa is held in and around Nan Couts Cottage at La Mesa Community Center and the Carlsbad camp is held at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park. Children ages 5 – 10 practice yoga on the lawn under mature trees, work on their arts and crafts projects and enjoy nature walks and games. Camps run 9:00am-12:30pm. Carlsbad Camps: June 20 – 24, 2022 & July 5 – 8, 2022. La Mesa Camps: June 27 – July 1, 2022 & July 11 – July 15, 2022
Cool Creations mixed media art camps include a variety of mediums such as pottery painting, acrylic canvas painting, clay hand building, oil pastels, and water colors! Your little artist will come home with amazing masterpieces.
Children ages 5 and up are welcome for most sessions. Camp hours are M-F 9am-12:30pm. $269/week. Located in Pacific Beach.
Ilanit Shalev Art Company
Your child will enjoy creating art in a safety environment while making new friends and lots of memories. Learning about different artists using verity of techniques. The kids will explore many materials like fused glass, shrinky dinks, acrylic paint, modge podge, wood, embroidery and more. You’ll be amazed by the art your child bring home.
Plus, every Friday they have a pool party!
After months spent inside the classroom, are your children yearning for a breath of fresh air? What do you see when you picture the “traditional” kids summer camp? A setting in sunny woods perhaps, with hiking, canoeing, and s’mores around campfires? The fact is that the definition of a traditional summer camp for kids is changing; with greater acceptance of newer types of summer camps that offer a wide variety of specialized activities.
Included in our Traditional Camps category are anything is focused around (but not limited to) animals, farming, nature, wildlife, and anything outdoors. Your child will blossom as they learn about nature with hands-on experiences. This brief interlude will leave them with a lifetime of memories.
Premier Sponsors - Traditional
Sugar Sweet Farm Camp
With a mission of connecting children to nature through farm-based education, Sugar Sweet Farm has served thousands of local children through farm tours, parties, and farm camps. Each day on the farm brings new topics for ever-changing exploration and fun. Campers grow, learn, and play through creative, hands-on projects, hikes with llamas, horseback rides, crafts, games, gardening, hanging out with and caring for the animals, gathering eggs, swimming, and much more. They offer camp sessions on a daily basis in order to create flexibility for your complex schedules. Ages 6 – 12.
KidWonder Camps are the only location for real American ninja warrior training in San Diego! They also have gymnastics, basketball, outdoor activities, and attend the beach weekly. Arts and crafts, team building, and more happen with some of the best trained staff around.
Daily and half day options available for kids ages 2 and up!
Mention San Diego Moms to receive Early Bird Pricing.
Birch Aquarium Summer Camp
Birch Aquarium is thrilled to be offering in-person camps this summer for children ages 5 to 13! Explore underwater worlds and meet ocean creatures in these fun and safe week-long camps. From the beach to the aquarium, our camps merge scientific exploration with hands-on fun! Full and half-day programs are available from June 21 through August 26, 2022.
Registration opens March 1 for Birch Aquarium members and March 8 for the general public. Scholarships are available.
G3Kids UTC La Jolla Summer Camps foster friendships, skill development, and happiness for your children. Our summer camps promote active bodies and growing minds by including various activities such as gymnastics/ninja skills and lessons, journaling and art, and of course outdoors fun!
Join them all summer long to explore the wonderful world of G3Kids UTC La Jolla Camp.
KidWings Nature School
Summer camps at KidWings Nature School follow a daily routine emphasizing active free play and child-initiated activities such as fort building, mud pie making, and pretend play. Nature is the ideal learning environment an endless source of stimuli, experiences, and fluid activities such as Yoga, breathing, playing, dancing, music and storytelling.
Ages 4 to 12. Camp starts July 8th – August 18th and runs Monday – Thursday, 9:30am-1:30pm from 9:30am-1:30pm. $280 per week.
Gold Sponsors - Traditional
Coastal Roots Farm
Teaching kids where food comes from, why it matters, and how they can help change the world. Coastal Roots Farm is thrilled to invite “Farmers-in-Training” entering grades K – 5 to for to balance screen time with green time through science-based learning, arts and crafts, songs, and fun in nature in our unique outdoor space. They are an inclusive community open to campers of all backgrounds and abilities.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego summer camp program provides kids ages 5 to 13 with safe and fun summer experiences that give them the confidence to learn, grow, and make new friends. Their program emphasizes academic development, healthy lifestyles, and character development. Each week, there is a new theme—from pirates to Animal Planet—which allows Club kids to dress up and get creative!
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
Little Explorers Camps at the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido combine hands-on science and art activities, guided exploration of the Museum, and playtime with new friends! Each session offers a unique theme with endless opportunities for fun.
Sign up now for Little Explorers Summer Camp!
The Whole Child Learning Company
The WOW Factory, is Built for Kids! They give children a safe and inspiring space to direct their energy, build confidence, make friends, and develop key life skills they take with them long after they leave our camp. Their amazing team of teachers LOVE TO TEACH and all have a special love for making STEAM lessons fun and engaging with hands-on challenges. They have the space, materials, and team to make sure your child has their best week of Summer camp that they’ll be talking about for years.
Critter Camp at Helen Woodward
Summer Critter Camp is San Diego’s best animal camp for kids Preschool through 8th grade! Children will experience daily animal interactions that will amaze them as they get up close and personal with a variety of species including birds, small mammals, reptiles, large mammals, and invertebrates. Our summer camp activities are different each day and include animal themed games, crafts, songs, and more! There’s something for everyone at Summer Critter Camp, and a great time for all!
Fleet Science Center
Do your kids love science? The Fleet Science Center offers full-day Summer Camps on selected weeks to accommodate the science enthusiasts in your family! Full-day camps at the Fleet are hands-on, engaging and are all being modified to ensure safety. Full-Day Camps are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pricing* Members $270 per week | Nonmembers $300 per week
San Diego Zoo
Explore the wonderful world of animals through Summer Camp adventures at the Zoo—including animal experiences, exclusive exhibit visits, bus tours, games, and crafts, or adventures in art! Extended Fun options let your camper spend even more time at the Zoo. Your camper will be spending the majority of the day outdoors.
They have options both at The San Diego Zoo or San Diego Zoo Safari Parks.
Campers will participate in a range of activities, all of which are age-appropriate games, hikes, and crafts determined by the counselors and what the group likes to do. Activities include Stem Activities, Archery, Hiking, Art and Crafts, Scavenger Hunts, and more.
At this time they have limited Camp programming for children between the ages of 5-12 years old.
Camp Kroc explores every area of The Salvation Army Kroc Center and offers a variety of age-appropriate recreational activities. Daily outings may include recreational field and gymnasium activities, swimming, traditional sports, arts and crafts, ice-skating, rock climbing and more. Each week is packed with fun games and activities! Our American Camp Association Accredited day camps offer athletic and cultural activities in our unique venues.
SD Coastal Kiddos’ goals are to encourage children in San Diego to form a bond with nature and to learn to love the world around them and be comfortable exploring and interacting with it. Through our outdoor education and adventure after school programs, the next “first time” exploration is just around the corner. Small camp groups run by highly educated and trained mentors. Camps will run from June 6th- August 26th. Each camp runs Monday- Friday.
The cost is $500 for the week, for ages are 4.5-11. (Private camps available for groups of 4 or more- please email to inquire). Locations vary by week.
Doyle Park Kidz Camp
Doyle Park Kidz Kamp provides high quality, active-based after school childcare for Doyle Elementary students during the school year and offers full day summer camps! Their quality of care is maintained through a highly qualified staff, communication and involvement within the community, consistent adherence to child safety protocols, and purposeful daily planning of activities. Camp starts June 15th – August 22nd and runs from 7:30am-5:30pm.
SEACAMP San Diego
SEACAMP San Diego is a marine science camp for kids and teens offering a range of programs to students throughout the school year and summer. Their programs combine hands-on labs and workshops with interactive field activities, such as snorkeling, boat trip, kayaking and boogie boarding. Marine science is a multidisciplinary field therefore SEACAMP San Diego covers a wide variety of subjects during our programs including marine ecology, physical oceanography and marine biology, ranging from the largest marine mammals to the smallest plankton.
The benefits of enrolling your child in a dance or gymnastics class are increased balance and grace, core strength, body control, rhythm, discipline, conditioning (athletic training), and increased athletic skills. (just to name a few!)
Dance and gymnastics aren’t just fun to watch; they are demanding disciplines which require focus. Letting your child experience one of these unique activities can bring them a newfound respect for the work that goes into something so beautiful. It may even inspire lifelong commitment! Or, at the very least, enthusiasm for a difficult art form.
Included in our Dance and Gymnastics category are camps focused on any form of dance or gymnastics.
Premier Sponsors - Dance & Gymnastics
Dynasty Dance Co.
At Dynasty Dance Co. believe in providing a nurturing and fun learning environment for dancers to grow. Join us for week-long summer camps loaded with big themes, big ideas and big fun!
Each week campers will have a blast with themed dances and tumbling sessions, games and crafts.
G3Kids Pacific Beach
G3Kids Pacific Beach Summer Camps foster friendships, skill development, and happiness for your children. Our summer camps promote active bodies and growing minds by including various activities such as gymnastics/ninja skills and lessons, journaling and art, and of course our famous beach days! We love taking our campers for beach activities and outdoor fun.
Join them all summer long to explore the wonderful world of G3Kids Pacific Beach Camp.
San Diego Civic Youth Ballet
San Diego Civic Youth Ballet Summer Camp begins with a daily ballet class in which students (ages 4-10) are introduced to the technical aspects of ballet as well as the concepts of musicality and performance. Supplemental activities like arts & crafts, jazz classes, performance rehearsals, and field trips to other cultural institutions in Balboa Park make every day of camp an adventure.
Each week of camp culminates in an in-studio performance during which family and friends are invited to see what students have learned at camp and celebrate the accomplishments of the dancers. Camp Location: Casa del Prado in Balboa Park.
Culture Shock San Diego
Culture Shock San Diego is a troupe of individuals who, through the power of music and dance, cultivate self-worth, dignity, and respect for all people throughout our global community. Camp is designed for ages 6-17 and it helps build physical strength, mental stability, and self-confidence. Their dancers gain a network of lifetime supporters. Camp starts June 21st – $180 per student.
San Diego Gymnastics
San Diego Gymnastics offers a variety of fun activities for kids and programs that expose children in our community to fun and fitness! With four locations to choose from in Point Loma (We Have Moved From Liberty Station!), Otay Ranch Town Center, Grossmont Center and La Costa. Summer Camps start on June 20th!
When school’s out, camp’s in! Keep your child active and engaged during school breaks in the spring, summer, fall, and winter. Sports camps provide fun ways for kids to strengthen their bodies and minds through physical activities, critical thinking exercises, and creative projects.
Give your child the gift of movement that entertains and keeps them occupied on long, hot summer days. Some of our camps welcome students of virtually all ages and preferences; others are tailored to a specific sport or a specific age group for more focused training. Whatever your child is ready for and whichever level they are currently at, you can find the right resource below.
Included in our Sports category is all traditional sports, indoor / outdoor fitness-focused venues and activities, water sports and swimming.
Premier Sponsors - Sports / Fitness
Mission Bay Sport Center Kids Camp
Mission Bay Sportcenter provides half-day and full-day camps for children ages 6-16. Classes introduce children to the world of watersports through sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, catamaran sailing and beach activities. Beach awareness and water safety are taught and stressed throughout the week.
With their low child to instructor ratio children will receive hands-on experience in a safe and fun environment.
Phoenix Sports Summer Camps
Phoenix Sports is a unique, non competitive sports programs for children ages 2-11. Our programs coach the fundamentals while promoting teamwork and confidence through fun kids sports activities and games. Our smaller camp sizes provide a higher quality instruction for your kids. Join Phoenix Sports in Carlsbad, Encinitas, and Oceanside! Owner and director Douglas Goldfein has over 9.5 years of classroom experience and is a Carlsbad Unified PE coach. Douglas has designed the Phoenix Sports curriculum to implement many classroom strategies that help children learn and grow. Use code SDMoms for $45 OFF all 5-day (M-F), Half-day and Full-day Spring and/or Summer Camps! (Expires 3/28).
KidzToPros is bringing the best in STEM, Arts and Sports Summer Camps to San Diego! Kids ages 4-14 can build new skills, friendships and interests as they engage in hands-on learning led by expert instructors. Choose from popular options like Play It All Sports, LEGO Robotics, digital or performing arts and more! Get ready for a summer of skill-building, problem-solving and memory making with KidzToPros. Save $50 with code SDM-50!
Camps run June – August and are available in three North County locations including Del Mar, Encinitas and Carlsbad (coming soon).
G3Kids Point Loma
G3Kids Point Loma Summer Camps in Liberty Station foster friendships, skill development, and happiness for your children. Their summer camps promote active bodies and growing minds by including various activities such as gymnastics/ninja skills and lessons, journaling and art, and of course outdoor play!
Join them all summer long to explore the wonderful world of G3Kids Point Loma Camp.
Plunge & Play at Plunge San Diego
Plunge and Play is San Diego’s premium day camp experience! Located in the beautiful Mission Beach area, they offer a specialized camp with a unique weekly curriculum designed for kids ages 5 to 12 years old. Experience and explore with Plunge and Play for memorable, one-of-a kind day camp experience!
Plunge and Play offers scheduling with HOURLY, DAILY AND WEEKLY drop-in options with ultimate flexibility to meet your busy schedule. Space in the classes is exclusive and extremely limited as their group size is based on established cohorts.
Gold Sponsors - Sports
YMCA of San Diego County
The YMCA of San Diego County has been serving families for the past 138 years. Together, we’ve all seen our share of challenges, and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be one we’re all facing together. The YMCA continues to work with federal, sate and local officials as well as the American Camp Association and Y-USA experts on protective measures to ensure a safe environment for all.
Soccer Shots Summer Camp
Soccer Shots Camps provide children with an opportunity to develop their soccer skills, their character, and their creativity. Children are provided with fun activities that include soccer games as well as a variety of other age appropriate options such as crafts, team building exercises, snack time, or even literature. Children will be encouraged to participate in daily themes, and each camp will conclude with a celebration of the children’s hard work.
Rising Stars San Diego
Rising Stars San Diego offers Sports Camps in FOUR locations (see below). Kids ages 5-13 will enjoy countless activities like Basketball, Flag Football, Kickball, Soccer, and Dodgeball.
SUMMER CAMP HOURS: San Diego: 8AM- 4PM, Santee: 9am-12pm, Carmel Valley: 9am-12pm and Chula Vista: 9am-12pm.
With over 3.5 million registrations in communities across the United States, i9 Sports®is the nation’s largest multi-sport provider focused solely on high-quality, community-based kids sports leagues. We offer recreational sports leagues, camps and clinics for kids in today’s most popular sports such as flag football, soccer, basketball, baseball, lacrosse and volleyball. With multiple locations across San Diego, i9 Sports Camps are a perfect option for your kids!
San Diego Strike Force
San Diego Strike Force selects premiere coaches and athletes to lead the next generation of athletes. Our football coaching staff and professional dance instructors are experienced in their fields as well as how to mentor youth. They will equip your children with tools for success in sport and in life. Real-time lessons will be explored addressing responsibility, respect, empathy, kindness and leadership. Each camper will have an opportunity to try new skills and grow in confidence. Ages 5+, camp starts June 13th and runs M-F 9am -3pm, at NTC Park.