2021 San Diego Summer Camp Guide

Summer camp guide

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. 

This guide has been broken down by category to help you navigate your summer camp search.

Presenting Sponsor

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Camp Jaycee
at the Lawrence Family JCC

Camp Jaycee at the Lawrence Family JCC offers a safe and happy place that you can count on. Their ACA-accredited camp features camp types covering a wide range of interests, including traditional, sports, theatre, and much more for toddlers to teenagers. Nobody knows for sure what this coming summer will look like, but you can rest assured that Camp Jaycee will be the place you can count on for a summer filled with adventure, friends, and memories!

Last summer was proof we can deliver on this promise. Camp Jaycee follows CDC, state, and local COVID-19 health and safety guidelines and protocols. Summer camp kicks off June 14th – August 27th for ages 18 months to grade 11. 

Use code SDMOMS and register by March 31st to receive last year’s summer camp pricing. 

Technology Camps

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

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TechKnowHow teacher-led Zoom STEM sessions for students ages 5-17 offers an enjoyable online experience in LEGO® engineering, Minecraft adventures, and Coding with Python or Scratch. Features TechKnowHow’s Award-winning curriculum, they have received 7 San Francisco Bay Area Parent Magazine awards in 2020, including Best Tech Camp!

TechKnowHow is trusted as a leader in tech enrichment and summer camps. Now in their 27th year of providing innovative classes for students!

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Hands On Technology Education

Your adventure awaits and 2021 in-person and virtual camp registration is open! Technology Adventure Camps are a great opportunity for students to gain extended exposure to innovative, technology trends while also building core fundamentals in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering. Hands-On Technology is offering camps on STEAM Adventures, Video Games, Earth and Life Science, Virtual Reality, Robotics, and so much more! 

Camp dates: July – August 

Click here to choose your adventure this summer!

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Virtual Tech Camps from iD Tech

Virtual Tech Camps are the perfect way for kids and teens to sharpen STEM skills and bond with new friends, all from the comfort of home. With the highest quality remote instruction on the planet, your child can unlock tech brilliance and create an exciting project.

Structured, weeklong sessions available now in multiple time zones (5 consecutive days, Monday-Friday) with the hottest curriculum in Python, Java, Minecraft, Roblox, Unity, Adobe, 3D modeling, and more. Average of 5 students per instructor, blending personalized learning and time to socialize with new friends, with all of the magic of camp including games, challenges, and legendary iD traditions you can’t find anywhere else.

Camp dates: Now through August

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Challenge Island – San Diego Coastal

Now, kids can experience the magic of Challenge Island®, the world’s #1 STEAM program, from the safety and comfort of home. All virtual classes are taught live by certified Challenge Island® teachers. The health, safety & well-being of Challenge Island customers, students, teachers, and communities continue to be our foremost concern.


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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. 

Outside the Lens

Outside the Lens

The mission of Outside the Lens is to empower youth to use digital media to create change within themselves, their community, and their world. Their innovative program engages youth, encourages them to tell their stories, and teaches them that participation in their community’s future makes a difference. 

Summer is going to be BOTH Virtual & Hybrid at Outside the Lens! Coming Soon – 2021 Virtual & Hybrid Summer Offerings

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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.

Special Offer for San Diego Moms!

Enroll today or sign-up for a free trial and learn why Code Galaxy is the coding school San Diego families love the most!

Arts / Museums / Theater / Music Camps

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 / Museums / Theater / Music category are all camps focused around (but not limited to) art-focused projects, museum-based camps, 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.

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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.*

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Encore Creative Arts & Enrichment Summer Camp

After months at home, its time for your kids to experience the best summer program in San Diego. Our gated 25,000 sq.ft. campus includes indoor and outdoor facilities, with many hands on experiences, educational opportunities, arts and much more. Operated out of the XETV 6 studios in Kearny Mesa kids 7-13 enjoy programs such as Space Camp, Hip Hop Dance, Survivor, Culinary, Walking with Dinosaurs, Filmmaking, Musical Theater, DJ School, Guitar, Photography, Athletics and more. Sessions times are weekly, 3-weeks or full summer run.

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KidzToPros STEM, Sports & Arts Summer Camps

KidzToPros STEM, Arts and Sports Summer Camps provide the perfect opportunity for kids to discover new interests and meet friends in a fun, creative and safe environment. From makerspace and robotics to game design, digital arts, film studio, basketball, tennis and more, KidzToPros offers camps for every interest and age. Led by top-tier instructors who are enthusiastic about your child’s development, KidzToPros camps inspire creativity, ignite innovation and keep kids active! Register by May 16th and save $100 with code SDM-100.
Locations: The Winston School 215 9th St, Del Mar 92014, The Grauer School 1500 S El Camino Real, Encinitas CA 92024, Valley High School 410 Hidden Trails Rd, Escondido CA 92027, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School 525 W Vista Way, Vista CA 92083 and Additional locations in Poway and Oceanside.
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Birch Aquarium Summer Camp
at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

This summer Birch Aquarium is offering both in-person and virtual summer camps for children entering grades K-5. Explore underwater worlds and meet amazing ocean creatures in these week-longcamps where campers will play games, create fun crafts, engage in science activities, and of course, get up close with our aquarium animals, live or virtually. Camps run June 21-August 27.

Registration begins April 12.


Traditional Camps

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.

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Coastal Roots Farm Camp

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.

Farm Camp activities may include: Farm “chores” – digging, weeding, transplanting, composting, and harvesting, farm cooking and crafts – pressing flowers, drying herbs, painting, and making salad, learning about how food is grown, learning about Jewish agricultural tradition, science experiments with seeds and soil , singing farm songs, hearing stories, and mindful practice of listening to nature, and snack time including healthy, colorful treats.

KidWonder summer camp


KidWonder Summer Camp caters to grades Kindergarten-5th. They engage students in ninja warrior and gymnastic exercises, arts and crafts, nature exploration, and fun outdoor activities. From dancing across the mats to practicing yoga, perfecting their ninja skills to bouncing on the trampoline, there is plenty for your child to do and learn, at KidWonder.

With trained staff and incredible facilities, KidWonder is prepared to entertain your kiddos! They offer both full and half day (weekly, 3-day and 4-day) packages.

Mention San Diego Moms to receive Early Bird Pricing.


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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!

Club membership is required to participate in the summer camp program. COVID safety precautions will be in place. Learn more about their safety policies here.

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G3Kids UTC

UTC Summer Camps give students an opportunity to grow and develop new gymnastics skills, introduce the world of ninja training, and give a well-rounded social environment for all types of learning styles. Their dedicated team works with individuals while organizing games, preparing for weekly themes, and creating long-lasting memories for children to cherish forever!

Join them all summer long as we motivate your child to achieve new goals and reach new heights!

Gold Sponsors - Traditional


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.  Their age options are Pre-K all the way through grade 12.  2021 Summer Camp reservations available soon!


Camp CaHiTo

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. Summer Camp Season: May 31st – August 27th.



Camp Kroc

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. Summer camp information coming soon, CLICK HERE to sign up for summer camp updates. 


Dance & Gymnastics Camps

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.

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Dynasty Dance Co

Dynasty Dance Co. is committed to providing a nurturing and fun learning environment for dancers to grow. Their week-long camps provide ages 5 and up with action-packed fun! Campers will explore a variety of dance styles while participating in our structured playtime, allowing them to explore other camp activities, such as games and art that promote healthy lifestyles.


spring break at g3kids

G3Kids Pacific Beach Summer Camps foster friendship, skills development, and happiness for your children. Their summer camps promote active bodies 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.

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San Diego Danceworks

Spend your summer at San Diego Danceworks! Their Combination Dance Camp styles include: Ballet, Tap, Creative Dance, Jazz, Hip Hop & Gymnastics. Camp hours are from 9 AM – 3 PM. Half day options available.

Summer Camp at San Diego Danceworks also includes a performance for friends and family on Friday, July 16th. Register before May 1st for an early bird discount.


Sports & Fitness Camps

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

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Mission Bay Sport Center Youth Camp

Mission Bay Sport Center Youth Camp introduces children to the world of water sports through sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, catamaran sailing and beach activities. Above all, beach awareness and water safety are taught and stressed throughout the week.

Because their summer camp maintains a low child to instructor ratio, children will receive hands on experience in a safe and fun environment.


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.

YMCA SUmmer Camp

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. These include but are not limited to: Daily temperature checks for all campers and staff |  Social distancing |  Frequent hand washing | Enhanced sanitizing practices | Stable camp groups | Limited to zero interactions with other camp groups.

While camp may look different this year, the fun, educational and energetic experience you’ve come to expect from the Y’s camps will remain the same.

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G3Kids Point Loma
(Coming Soon)

G3Kids new location’s Summer Camp is offering the same fundamental structures as our Pacific Beach and UTC locations but with a twist! Point Loma’s location will have an emphasis on outdoor activities and ninja warrior training. During their summer camps at G3Kids Point Loma, kids will enjoy games, arts and crafts, instructed lessons and sunshine!

Join them all summer long as we take our campers on adventures through a safe and exciting environment! 


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Phoenix Sports

Phoenix Sports Summer Camps

Located at Holiday Park and Cannon Park, Carlsbad. Phoenix Sports youth summer sports camps coach soccer, baseball, softball, flag football, basketball, frisbee, & field games for children ages 3-10. They are a non-competitive program that focuses on the fundamentals while promoting teamwork and confidence. Their smaller camp sizes provide a higher quality instruction for your kids.

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Does your family have 2 children? Use code GROUP2 at checkout for $25 off!  

Does your family have 3 children? Use code GROUP3 at checkout for $50 off!

Does your family have 4 children? Use code GROUP4 at checkout for $75 off! 

Soccer Shots

Soccer Shots Summer Camp

Soccer Shots Camps provide children with an opportunity to develop their soccer skills, their character, and their creativity. Centered around a theme, 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.

Save with San Diego Moms! Get 10% off Soccer Shots Summer Camp for your child when you enter code SDMOMS10 at checkout!


Interested in adding your summer camp program in this guide? Email Tiffany at [email protected] or fill out the form below and someone will be in touch within 24 hours!

A portion of the content in this post has been sponsored by multiple summer camp guide partners.



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