It’s pretty good to be a kid in Santa Barbara. The weather’s perfect, the folks are friendly, and the after-school activities are plentiful. But read on to discover just how much more fun kids can have once school’s out for the summer. Whether a surfing devotee or a budding Jimi Hendrix, Broadway-bound or an aspiring architect, all children and teens can find a camp in The Santa Barbara Independent Summer Camp Guide that’s a short car or bike ride away. Interested in a more traditional camp experience? You’ll find ample day and overnight camps that not only provide supervision but encourage children to dabble in all manner of kid-friendly activities. You don’t have to travel far to give your kids an amazing summertime adventure.
* Resident Discount Program
City of Santa Barbara residents receive a 10 percent discount on classes. Reduced cost is marked with an *. Most, but not all, city programs are discounted for the week of July 2.
Exciting adventures await, including boogie-boarding, stand-up paddling, tide-pool and marine-life discovery, water games, water safety instruction, fishing, and arts and crafts. Weekly themes include Local Heroes, Pirates, and Parties.
Nine Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 11, 9am-4pm (extended care available). Casa Las Palmas, 323 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Ages 6-10. $150*/$165. Call 897-2680 or visit sbparksandrecreation.com/summerfun.
A variety of camps can make for a nicely varied summer: BMX, sports activities, nature and games, lacrosse, baseball, softball, science, tennis, arts, and theater.
Multiple Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 11, 9am-3pm (half-day camps and extended care also available). Elings Park, 1298 Las Positas Rd. Ages 5-12. $225/week. 569-5611” 569-5611 or email@example.com.
Introduce your child to a variety of radical and challenging activities aimed at maximizing fun, from kite boarding to indoor rock climbing.
Four Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 11, 9am-4pm (extended care available). Cabrillo Bathhouse, 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd. $285*/$314. Ages 8-12. Call 897-2680 or visit sbparksandrecreation.com/summerfun.
CATS Theater Camps
Drama camps designed to awaken the creative spirit and imagination through acting, music, and movement. Performances for family and friends on the last day of each camp.
Four Mon.-Fri. sessions, start July 9, full and half days. Carrillo Recreation Center, 100 E. Carrillo St. Ages 5-14. $150*-$248. Call 564-5495 or catssummercamps.com.
Ecology Explorers Summer Day Camp
Experience the environment in fun and creative ways! Activities include Art From Scrap projects, watershed models, beach exploration, cooking, group challenges, composting, experiments, hikes, and walking field trips to the Solstice Workshop and Sea Center. Sign up early; only 22 campers per session.
June 18-22 (grades K-2), July 9-13 (grades 1-6), and Aug. 6-10 (grades 1-6); 9am-3pm. Camp meets at the Watershed Resource Ctr. (Arroyo Burro Beach) and Art From Scrap (302 E. Cota St.). $220; sibling discount available. Call 884-0459 x12 or visit artfromscrap.org/afssummercamp.html.
An outdoor treasure-hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants will do lots of walking and hiking in and around the S.B. community.
Two four-day sessions, start July 2 and Aug. 20, 9am-4pm (extended care available). E. Beach Cabrillo Bathhouse, 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Ages 9-14. $140*/$154. Call 564-5422 or sbparksandrecreation.com/summerfun.
Montecito YMCA Summer Day Camps
American Camping Association-accredited outdoor day camps for children in elementary school include activities like arts and crafts, bike trips, and sports and games. Campers also take field trips to area beaches, parks, and kids’ attractions, in addition to day trips to amusement parks like Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor. Overnights are led by trained and qualified adult camp counselors.
Multiple two-week sessions start June 11 ($350), and a one-week session August 20 ($175); scholarships available. Mon.-Fri., 9am-4pm (extended care available). 591 Santa Rosa Ln. Call 969-3288 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn about nature and preservation of the environment. Campers enjoy a family night and sleepover, crafts, skits, camp songs, and many field trips.
Five two-week sessions, Mon.-Fri., start June 18, 9am-4pm(extended care available). Camp meets at Skofield Park, with other drop-off and pickup sites. $300*/$330. Ages 6-10. Call 564-5495 or register online at sbparksandrecreation.com/summerfun.
Rainbow School Summer Camp
Rainbow School’s summer camp offers a safe, secure, noncompetitive, stimulating environment. Activities include gardening, drama, creative writing, arts and crafts, games, cooking, and bowling. Daily field trips to area parks, beaches, and natural, cultural, and historical sites.
What better way to keep cool this summer than by being at the coolest place in town? Trips, activities, and projects are carefully selected and designed around weekly themes with the energetic camper in mind.
Eleven Mon-Fri. sessions, start June 11, 9am-5pm (half days and extended care available). S.B. Family YMCA, 36 Hitchcock Wy. Separate camps for grades 1-3 and 4-6. $130-$175 (financial assistance available). Call 687-7720 x256 or email@example.com.
S.B. Family YMCA’s Jr. High Camp
Activities include beach days, hiking, amusement parks, skating, sports, scavenger hunts, nature exploration, and campouts.
Eleven Mon-Fri. sessions, start June 11, 9am-5pm (half days and extended care available). S.B. Family YMCA, 36 Hitchcock Wy. Grades 7-9. $130-$175 (financial assistance available). Call 687-7720 x226 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
S.B. Family YMCA Sports Camps
YMCA sports camps offer a variety of activities that provide opportunities for children to stay happy and healthy.
Mon.-Fri., June 11-Aug. 17, 9am-4pm (extended care available). S.B. Family YMCA, 36 Hitchcock Wy. Campers entering grades 1-6, and 6-8 for Advanced Basketball Camp. $130-$150/week (financial assistance available). Call 687-7720 x261 or email@example.com.
Santa Ynez Family YMCA Specialty/Sports Camps
Numerous types of camps to keep your kids busy all summer.
Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 11, 9am-4pm (half days and extended care available). Camps meet at the YMCA Childcare & Camp Site, Santa Ynez Elementary School, Bldg. 27, and at the Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA, 900 N. Refugio Rd., Santa Ynez. Ages 5-12. $110-$200; financial assistance available. Contact Michelle Marland at 686-2037 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Santa Ynez Family YMCA Explorer Camps
Designed for the adventurous at heart, these camps explore various outdoor challenges and excursions to test mental and physical abilities.
Mon.-Fri. sessions, 9am-4pm (extended care available). Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA, 900 N. Refugio Rd., Santa Ynez. Grades 4-9. $175-$225; financial assistance available. Contact Michelle Marland at 686-2037 or email@example.com.
Y VS. WILD. Campers will travel over uneven terrain, kayak and swim in large bodies of water, and test their endurance and strength overcoming nature’s challenging environments. June 11-15, July 9-13, and Aug. 6-10.
BOOTCAMP. A specialized camp geared for those preparing for fall sports or those who simply want a more fit and healthy lifestyle. Personal training sessions, specialized workouts, and afternoon swimming and/or gym time will leave each camper with the means to a happier and healthier future. July 23-27.
BIKE&HIKE. Designed for the outdoor camper, each day of this camp will include either a hike or bike trip to explore nature’s scenic landscapes. Bike, helmet, water, sunscreen, and hat required daily. July 30-Aug. 3.
Summer Camp at Discoveries Learning Center
During the summer months, Discoveries transforms into two camps full of adventure. Our World Our Backyard explores the great outdoors, and fun, while continuing to build on children’s skills and individual development. Camp Explorations/X-treme Summer includes fitness and technology components, field trips, or special guests, and “Fantastic Fridays.”
Full- and part-time camps. Ages 3-5. Weekly and monthly rates. 4519 Hollister Ave. 805-683-3001 683-3001 or visit brighthorizons.com/discoveries for more information.
Summer Wilderness Adventure Day Camp
Boys and girls will experience an array of activities on this pristine 52-acre equestrian ranch, including horsemanship, archery, a ropes course, camp songs/praise and worship, field trips, and guest speakers. Sponsored by Church at the Crossroads in partnership with Bruce Griffin Equestrian Ranch.
Three Mon.-Fri. sessions; start June 25, and July 9 and 16; 9am-4pm (extended daycare available). Bruce Griffin Equestrian Ranch, off of highway 246 between Buellton and Lompoc. Ages 8-12. $275; limited scholarships available. Call Cliff Lambert 921-3005 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Turf and Surf
Campers try out a wide variety of sports including archery, beach volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, swimming, and fishing. Field trips included.
Four Mon.-Fri. sessions; start June 18, July 16 and 23, and Aug. 13; 9am-4pm (extended care available). Pershing Park. $155*/$170. Ages 8-12. Call 564-5422 or visit sbparksandrecreation.com/summerfun.
UCSB Summer Day Camp
Boys and girls enjoy activities like swimming, gymnastics, arts and crafts, a ropes adventure course, and field games.
Ten Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 18, 7:15am-5:30pm. UCSB. Ages 5-14. $140-$170 per week, depending on time of registration. Sibling discount available. 893-3913 or email@example.com.
Wilderness Youth Project Summer Camp
Wildly popular camps visit a different wild place (beaches, mountains, creeks) in S.B. each day. The focus is child-centered exploration of the natural world with knowledgeable mentors, ratio 4:1.
Visit wyp.org to view the camp descriptions or call 964-8096 to join the waitlist.
Campers explore the exciting world of wildlife through age-appropriate games, up-close animal encounters, and hands-on science activities in a safe and beautiful setting.
Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 18, 9am-2pm (extended hours available). S.B. Zoo, 500 Niños Dr. Ages 3-12. $185members/$225nonmembers. firstname.lastname@example.org or visit sbzoo.org.
Brady Tennis Camp
Spend morning, noon, and night playing, strategizing, and dreaming about tennis. Also, weekend and week-long adult camps.
Four one-week sessions, start June 24. UCSB. Ages 8-18; adult and family camps also available. $530-$820 per week. Call Kevin Brady at (310) 798-0333 or email email@example.com.
Make new friends while sleeping out under the stars, hiking, and learning about nature. Learn archery, create amazing handcrafts, hone outdoor skills, and sing lots of silly songs. Make memories to last a lifetime.
While camping in the S.B. mountains, across from Lake Cachuma, campers will enjoy nature and activities like rock climbing, music, drama, swimming, archery, arts and crafts, and campfires.
Three Mon.-Fri. sessions, start July 9. $500/week (scholarships available). Ages 6-13, as well as CITs ages 14-17. Call 962-6776 or visit campwhittier.org.
Circle V Ranch Camp
A residential summer camp operated by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of L.A. Offers activities such as archery, arts and crafts, nature hikes, swimming, photography, miniature golf, campfires, and singing. Air-conditioned cabins and nutritious meals are provided.
Eight weekly sessions, start June 27. 2550 Hwy. 154. $350 (scholarships available). Ages 7-13, CITs 15-17. Call Ray Lopez at 688-5252 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
River Way Ranch Camp
Located in the foothills of Sequoia National Park, the camp provides more than 70 activities, including wakeboarding and horseback riding. Accredited by the American Camping Assn.
Four two-week sessions and two one-week sessions. June 17-Aug. 11. 6450 Elwood Rd., Sanger. Ages 7-16. $1,595-$3,395. Specialty camps are also available. Call (800) 821-2801 or visit riverwayranchcamp.com.
Sequoia Lake Resident Camp
Campers will share cabins with friends and have the opportunity to swim in the private lake, learn archery, race canoes, hike in the Sequoia National Forest, challenge themselves on the ropes course, get creative at arts and crafts, and bask in the glow of a famous campfire.
July 15-21. Miramonte, at the foot of Sequoia National Park. Entering grades 4-10. $585-$600 (financial assistance available). Call 687-7720 x226 or email@example.com.
Art By the Sea
Art by the Sea gives children the chance to spend their time outdoors exploring a variety of arts media. Students will participate in trips to the beach and exhibit their art each week. Twelve campers per class ensure a small student-to-teacher ratio.
Five one-week sessions, start June 25, 9am to 12:30pm. The Arts Center, 855 Linden Ave., Carpinteria. $150/week. Grades 1-5. Call 220-6507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art from the Heart
Sessions focus on art, dance, drama, music, creativity, and imagination.
Two Mon.-Thu. sessions, start June 18 and July 30, 9:15am-12:15pm. Carrillo Recreation Center, 100 E. Carrillo St. Ages 3.5-10. $170*/$182. Call Karen at 966-9078 or visit sbparksandrecreation.com/summerfun.
Art Innovators Summer Camp
Ignite kids’ creativity as they draw, paint, sculpt, and construct 3-D projects. They can build a house on stilts, make clay sculptures, paint on canvas, explore wild colors and designs, and make their own comics. Two great themes run alternate weeks.
Six sessions, start June 18, 3-5 days a week, 9am-3pm. Foothill, Hollister, and Isla Vista Elementary Schools. $156-$245/week. Grades 1-6. Call 964-6435 or visit artinnovatorssb.com.
Arts at Laguna
Daily workshops in dance, music, theater, and art; an all-star faculty and guest artists; and a weekly musical revue for family and friends.
Four Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 25, 8:30am-2:30pm. Laguna Blanca School, 4125 Paloma Dr. Ages 5-12. $235; lunch and snack provided. Call 687-2461.
Big Stage Productions
Spend the summer singing, dancing, and acting for fun or a future career. Taught by professionals.
PERFORMINGANDVISUALARTSCAMP. Featuring a production of Footloose! July 12-Aug. 4. McKinley Elementary School, 350 Loma Alta Dr. Ages 8-14. Full days, $250/week; partial days, $125/week. Call 637-1191.
Boxtales Theatre Camp
Boxtales provides three weeks of training in acting, storytelling, acrobatics, mime, music, and collaboration. The session culminates in an original stage production of the Greek myth Cupid and Psyche.
June 18-July 6: Mon.-Thu., 9am-3:30pm; Fri., 9am-12:30pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $750. Ages 8-13. Call 962-1142 or email@example.com.
Carpinteria Valley Arts Council: Art By the Sea
Art by the Sea gives children the chance to spend their time outdoors exploring a variety of arts media. Students will participate in trips to the beach and exhibit their art each week. Twelve campers per class ensure a small student-to-teacher ratio.
Five one-week sessions, start June 25, 9am to 12:30pm. The Arts Center, 855 Linden Ave., Carpinteria. $150/week. Grades 1-5. Call 220-6507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn the latest moves and proper technique from a staff of Broadway veterans and professionals. Age-appropriate classes for beginning- to advanced-level dancers. Styles include jazz and hip-hop, as well as tumbling, break dancing, Pilates, ballet, and lyrical. Weekly performances. CPR-certified staff members teach up to ten campers, ensuring one-on-one attention. Presented by S.B. Dance Arts under the direction of Alana Tillim and Steven Lovelace.
Weekly camps, Mon.-Thu., start June 13. Morning, afternoon, or all-day sessions available. S.B. Dance Arts, 1 N. Calle César Chávez, #100. Ages 5-teen. Call 966-5299 or visit sbdancearts.com.
Dynamic Music Camps
Filled with crescendos of inspiration! Intimate weekly music classes combine songs and instruments with dancing and art instruction. Themes include intro to violin, rockin’ recorders and playful pianos, and Hawaiian ukulele and ‘hula’ hooping skills and movement.
Weekly half-day sessions, begin June 25. S.B. Dance Arts, 1 N. Calle César Chávez, Ste. 100, and the Women’s Club, 1059 Vallecito, Carpinteria. Ages 4-10. $155/week. Call 884-4009 or email@example.com.
Earthlight Pictures Animation and Live-Action Moviemaking
Animation and live-action moviemaking at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, with technical instruction, history, and one-on-one coaching in production of students’ own movies, plus a visit with a guest animator or a field trip to a major animation studio. Special group and private instruction options.
• Live-Action: July 7, 2:30-5:30pm and July 9-13, 4:15-6:15pm.
Fossemalle Dance Studio Camps
Small, intensive camps for beginning and experienced dancers. Enrollment is limited to 12.
All camps held at 3595 Numancia St., Santa Ynez. Call 688-8494.
• Nutcracker Camp: June 18-22, 9am-noon. Ages 7+. $140.
• Dancer’s Camp: June 25-29, 9am-noon. Ages 7+. $140.
• Intensive Workshop with guest artist Jimmy Hao: July 9-13, 9am-3pm. Ages 12 +. $275. Classical ballet experience required.
Goleta School of Ballet Dance Camp
Summer intensive classes offered in elements of ballet technique, pointe, stretching, musical theater, jazz, flamenco, dance history, and choreography. Previous ballet experience required.
Camps run Mon.-Fri.; Primary and Male Dancer camps also offered. 303 Magnolia Ave., Goleta. Ages 9-18. Call 328-3823 or visit goletaschoolofballet.com.
• Level 4-7: Three-week session, June 18-July 7, 9am-2:30pm. $600
• Intermediate/Advanced Level: Five-week session, July 9-Aug. 10, 9am-3pm. $1,175.
Jensen’s Summer Guitar RockCamp
RockCampers will have fun learning to play music and finding out what it takes to be a musical performer from someone who’s done it. All sessions end with a performance for parents and friends. Beginners get a free electric guitar.
Four Mon.-Fri. sessions, start July 26 (beginners) and Aug. 6 (advanced), 9am-3:30pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. Ages 9-14. $395. Call 687-4027 visit jensenguitar.com.
Mexican Popular Arts Camp
This bilingually led camp is hosted in the historic Botillier Adobe and features arts, crafts, cooking classes, and music. Only 12 participants per session ensure a small student-to-teacher ratio.
Six Tue.-Fri. sessions, start June 19, 9am-noon. Casa Dolores, 1023 Bath St. Ages 6-12. $80 members/$90 nonmembers. Call 963-1032 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This camp enhances self-esteem and encourages healthy life choices. Creative activities include journal writing, photography, collage, vision boards, and friendship quilts.
Six Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 18, 9am-noon. Carrillo Recreation Center, 100 E. Carrillo St. Ages 9-12. $170*/$185. Call 284-6762 or visit sbparksandrecreation.com/summerfun.
Photography Camp at the Beach
Use a digital camera to see the world and share stories. Small classes ensure personalized instruction with Branden Aroyan. Learn about exposure, composition and concept, and on-location camera techniques.
Classes all summer long, two two-hour sessions each: Mon./Wed., 9-11am; M/W, 1-3pm; Tue./Thu., 9-11am; and T/Th, 1-3pm. Miramar Beach. Grades 8-12. $120. Call 570-6997 or email email@example.com.
Learn to become a better writer with the use of technology and photography. Campers research topics and write articles that culminate in their own interactive blog.
Multiple Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 25, 8:30am-12:30pm. 4850 Hollister Ave., Ste. C. Ages 10-13. $169/$249. Call 895-1153 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rockshop Academy: Summer Youth Rock Music Camp
A performance-based crash course on what it takes to make it in the music industry.
TRIPLETHREAT. Led by local theater professionals, this camp is geared for the serious musical theater student. June 18-22, 2-6pm. Ages 12-18. $250 (early registration discount).
PRINCEANDPRINCESSCAMP. This fun-filled morning camp is geared for young children wishing to explore movement, music, and friendships. Two Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 23, 8:30-11:30am. Ages 3-6. $150 (early registration discount).
FAIRYTALEDREAMSDANCECAMP. This camp is geared for dancers interested in performances; focus will be on the preparation and production of a one-act ballet based on traditional fairy tales. One three-week session, starts June 18, 8:30-1:30pm. Ages 6-19. $550 (early registration discount).
SBMA Ceramics Camps
Campers grouped by age learn about sculptural and functional ceramics at these half-day camps sponsored by the S.B. Museum of Art. Techniques include hand building, wheel throwing, finishing, and glazing around age-appropriate and always new themes. Class size is limited to 10.
Multiple Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 11, 9am-noon (after-care to 3pm available). Camps meet at Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House, 1600 Santa Barbara St. Ages 6-14. $185/SBMA members, $220/nonmembers. Call 884-6441 or email@example.com to enroll.
SBMA Summer ArtVenture Camps
Children spend their day immersed in hands-on art making, cultural history, and creative problem solving. All camps include a visit to the S.B. Museum of Art to learn about and be inspired by original works of art.
All camps meet Mon.-Fri., 9am-3pm. SBMA’s Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House, 1600 Santa Barbara St. Ages 5-12. $215 members/$250 nonmembers. Call Rachael Krieps at 884-6441 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PORTRAITS: PEOPLEANDPETS. Capture the personalities of subjects through the artist’s eye, inspired by portraits in the photography exhibition Portrayal/Betrayal. Pose a favorite stuffed animal in a mock photo studio, translate photographs into drawings and sculptures, and explore the power of the portrait across time and place. June 11-15 and July 16-20.
INDIANART. Draw, paint, and sculpt under the influence of Indian art and culture, inspired by the Museum’s Indian installation in the newly renovated Asian Galleries. June 18-22 and July 23-27.
ARTTELLSSTORIES. Find out how artists tell stories by exploring the American collection in the Scenery, Story, Spirit exhibition, and then create sculptures, paintings, and drawings that explore setting, character, and mood. June 25-29 and July 30-Aug. 3.
THESECRETSOFART. Study the work of other artists to learn the tricks of the trade. Each day will be devoted to a different artist or technique represented in the Museum’s collection. By the end of the week, students will have both a sketchbook that records their impressions of the artists and a body of work that incorporates different media and themes. July 9-13 and Aug. 6-10.
UNPACKINGCULTURE: WORLDART. Explore the world and discover the art of the past by examining symbols and tracking cultural clues. Participants will travel visually through Mesoamerica, Egypt, Greece, and Asia to create sculpture, paintings, and more. Aug. 13-17.
S.B. Summer Stock Youth Theater
S.B. Summer Stock produces wildly creative showcases in theater, music, and dance. The program features technique training in stage acting, dance, and voice.
Rehearsals: 9am-1:30pm; S.B. Unitarian Society, 1535 Santa Barbara St. Lion King and Backstage performances at Alhecama Theatre, 914 Santa Barbara St. 450-9321” 450-9321 or email@example.com.
• The Lion King: Mon.-Thu., June 18-July 15. Ages 7-12. $575.
• Backstage Confessionals: Mon.-Fri., June 18-July 15. Ages 12-18. $625.
• Fairytale Workshop: Mon.-Fri., July 16-27. Ages 5-7. $300.
ShowStoppers’ Summer Theatre
ShowStoppers’ summer theater camps have been giving Santa Barbara children performing opportunities since 1993. This year, the company will produce three exciting evening shows serving several age groups.
Session 1: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Mon.-Fri., June 11-22, 9am-2pm. Performance June 23, 7pm. Ages 7-14. $495.
Session 2: A Star Spangled Vaudeville Show. Mon.-Fri., June 25-29, 9am-2pm. Performance June 29, 7pm. Ages 7-14. $225.
Session 3: Children’s Chorus for Joseph. Mon.-Fri., July 9-24, 2-6pm. Performances July 25-28. Ages 7-12. $250.
Santa Barbara Children’s Chorus Showtime Summer Camp
This camp is something to sing about! Join the choir camp where kids sing, dance, and perform each day. Camp will have a music instructor and a choreographer. Kids will learn songs and gain important skills as they learn how to properly use their voices. Session culminates with a performance.
Mon.-Fri., July 16-27, 9am-noon. Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, 1535 Santa Barbara St. Ages 8-14. $450 (scholarships available). Call 512-9840 or visit sbchildrenschorus.com for details.
Stage Left Productions
Intensive training for young performing artists. Taught by Shana Lynch Arthurs and Steven Lovelace. Camp includes audition technique, physical comedy, characterization, vocal technique, dance, and set and costume design/construction. Culminates with four performances of Footloose.
Mon.-Fri., June 25-July 23, 1-6:15pm. Goleta Valley Junior High, 6100 Stow Canyon Rd., Goleta. Ages 10-16. $650. Call 965-0880 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Ballet Camp
Young dancers learn basic ballet moves. Dance combinations allow for individual interpretation and expression with a live performance on the last day of camp.
Two Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 18 and July 30. 12:30-2:30pm. Carrillo Recreation Ctr., 100 E. Carrillo St. Ages 3-6. $125*/$138. Call 897-2519 or visit sbparksandrecreation.com/summerfun.
Summer Clay Camps
Learn basic throwing skills on the potter’s wheel, hand building, and underglaze techniques to finish wares.
Ten Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 18, 9am-noon (all sessions), also 1:30-4:30pm for June 25-29 and July 16-20 sessions. Chase Palm Park Crafts Ctr., 234 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Ages 7-15. $158*/$174. Call 897-2519 or visit sbparksandrecreation.com/summerfun.
Summer Sessions at 1235 MusicBox Studio
Be part of a special camp dedicated to learning how to create a professional-sounding recording! Sessions are organized by music genre (rock, hip-hop, electronic) and include songwriting, Protools, and beat-making tutorials from trained industry professionals.
Mon.-Fri., June-August, 1-4:30pm. Transportation is included. Visit notesfornotes.org for location details. Ages 10-18. Free with a $20 registration fee; register May 5-6. It is highly recommended that parents attend one, as the camps fill up quickly. Call 331-3095 or email@example.com.
Young Singers Club
High-energy, inclusive, creative performing arts camp with a focus on singing. Weekly themes include Glee, Mamma Mia, Annie, Disney, Taylor Swift, Beatles, Junior High Broadway, and more. Campers enjoy daily voice lessons, acting, skits, team-building games, and tons of fun.
Four Mon.-Fri. sessions with Saturday performances, start July 9. Mountain View School, 5465 Queen Anne Ln., Goleta. For ages 5-9, 9am-1:30pm (after-care available), $225; for ages 9-14, 9am-3pm, $245. 3pm. Call 681-7078 or visit youngsingersclub.com.
Young Writers Camp
A nurturing and stimulating environment where writing skills are maximized through creative activities taught by classroom teachers. Offered for the 20th year in a row through the South Coast Writing project.
Mon.-Fri., July 9-20, morning and afternoon sessions. UCSB. Grades 3-9. $285. Call 893-5899 or visit education.ucsb.edu/ywc.
Youth Aerial Charrette
Beginner through advanced aerialists will be guided through a curriculum of six aerial genres, including trapeze, fabrics, lyra, corde lisse, tightwire, and aerial sling, as well as physical theater, acrobatics, and modern dance. Students collectively share their strengths and abilities to create a colorful ensemble performance at the end of each session.
Learn about animals, and make animations on the computer about them! Activities include drawing Mayan glyphs, Mayan ballgame, saving endangered animals, touring the university’s Allosphere and the S.B. Zoo, and making your own virtual pet.
One two-week camp, Mon.-Fri., July 23-Aug. 3, approx. 8:30am-2:30pm. Harold Frank Hall 1152, UCSB. Entering grades 6-8. $200; scholarships available. Register by April 20. Email Diane Franklin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Design and Build with LEGO
Learn the real world of architecture and design taught by an engineer and architect. Students will build a city using green technology for sustainable homes. Competition and prizes!
Two Mon.-Fri. sessions, start July 9 and Aug. 6, 8:30am-12:30pm. Goleta Valley Community Ctr., 5679 Hollister Ave., Goleta. Ages 10-12. $239. Call 895-1153 or email email@example.com.
iD Tech Camps
iD Tech Camps teach kids and teens to create video games, iPhone and iPad apps, websites with Flash, movies, Maya 3D animations, ad designs, and robots, and to program in C++ and Java. Beginner- to advanced-level students are welcome.
Weeklong, day, and overnight sessions available. UCSB. Ages 7-17. Call (888) 709-8324 or visit internaldrive.com for details.
Fun, hands-on exploration of creative mathematics. Weekly themes include MatheMagics, The Art of Math and the Math of Art, Money Matters, Cryptography, Infinity and Beyond, Prime Time, and The Sport of Math and the Math of Sports. Run by an area math team coach with 14 years of experience.
Eleven Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 11, 8:45-11:45am. Goleta. Grades 4-9. $185; early registration discounts. Call 680-9950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teaching Engineering to Kids with LEGO
Seven LEGO camps, 100,000 pieces — imagine the possibilities. Themes range from junkyards to Jedis.
Six Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 18, 9am-noon (ages 5-6) and 1-4pm (ages 7-12). MacKenzie Park Adult Building, 3111 State St. $180/$199. Call 564-5495 or visit sbparksandrecreation.com/summerfun.
Wild Roots Summer Camp
Nature-based camp that includes outdoor exploration and awareness, tracking, plant identification, bird watching, games, songs, daily storytelling, and crafts. Children bring lunch, water, and sun protection.
Six Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 25, 8:45am-1pm. Ages 3-7. $215/week. Call 570-3087 or visit wildrootsschool.org.
Buff Platt Golf Camps
Designed for junior golfers with some playing experience and a desire to improve. Instructors create a fun and positive atmosphere for campers to develop the player skill-set including putting, short game, and ball striking. Campers play 9-holes every day, where they learn game management and golf etiquette.
Five Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 11, 8am-noon. Twin Lakes Golf Course, 6034 Hollister Ave., Goleta. Ages 8-14. $250 per session (discount for multiple sessions). Call Buff Platt at 570-9853 or visit buffplatt.com.
Carpinteria Kayaking/Stand-Up Paddle
Certified ocean lifeguards instruct students on stand-up paddling techniques in this City of Carp Parks & Rec program. Campers can secure their kayaks and snorkel, free dive, and explore the wonders of the nearby Carpinteria reef and kelp beds. Waterproof cameras are highly recommended.
Weekly Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 25, 1:30-4:30pm. Carpinteria city beach at Ash Ave. Ages 10+. $155 per week/$40 daily. Call Matt Simon at 684-5405 x431 or email@example.com.
Challenger British Soccer Camp
Young players get the rare opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international experts.
Campers will learn different aspects of climbing, including safety, movement skills, resting techniques, different types of holds, basic knots, and intermediate climbing skills. Campers will also learn team belaying as they experience the high wall and learn bouldering techniques.
Three Mon.-Fri. sessions, start Aug. 6, 4-5:30pm. UCSB. Ages 6+. $70. 893-3913 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Club West Youth Running Camp
Work on running skills, plyometrics, and core strengthening.
Two one-week sessions, start June 11 and July 9, 9am-noon. Cabrillo Bathhouse, 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Ages 10-15. $115*/$127. Call 564-5495 or visit sbparksandrecreation.com/summerfun.
Coast2Coast Soccer Camp
Learn key techniques for success in soccer from highly qualified coaches from Ireland.
Two Mon.-Fri. sessions, start July 16 and Aug. 6; 9am-2pm. Dwight Murphy Soccer Fields. Ages 4-14. $140*/$154. Call 564-5422 or c2csoccer.com.
Flag Football Camp
Come run routes, learn the fundamentals on both sides of the ball, and get fit. Campers will get a chance to swim and play scrimmages, too.
Aug. 13-17, 10am-3pm. Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Ln. Grades 1-6. $135 members/$190 nonmembers. Call 969-3288 x109 or email@example.com.
Guppy Golf at Muni
Sally Quinlan, LPGA, provides a safe and fun environment so the very young can experience the exercise and social skills that golf provides.
Four three-day camps: June 19-21, July 24-26, Aug. 7-9, and Aug. 14-16; 9am-noon. 3500 McCaw Ave. Ages 3-6. $100. Call (818) 389-4332 or visit guppygolf.com.
HEARTS Horse Riding Camp
Includes riding time, horse education, and grooming and tacking with the help of certified trainers. Groups are based on age.
This fun and educational program provides instruction in lifesaving, rescue techniques, water safety, first aid, CPR, marine ecology, the environment, and marine life. Activities include paddling, surfing, running, swimming, water sports, and beach games. This program will improve your child’s physical conditioning and emphasizes the importance of safety, respect, and teamwork.
Two three-week sessions, Mon.-Fri., start July 2 and July 23, 9:30am-2:30pm (early drop-off available). Ages 8-17. $270 (discounts for multiple enrollments and for early registration). Call 729-5028 or visit sbparks.org/jg.
Inline Skate Camp
Learn or improve inline skating abilities, plus enjoy playing small-group games, working on arts and crafts, and learning about the Y’s four-core values! This camp encourages the development of gross motor skills and having fun. Camp concludes with skaters watching themselves on video.
Two Mon.-Fri. sessions, start July 16 and July 30, 9am-2pm. Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Ln. Grades 1-8. $135 members/$190 nonmembers. Call 969-3288 x109 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Journey Adventure Camp
Surf, mountain bike, and explore the beaches and mountains of S.B. with a ministry of First Baptist Church.
Three four-day sessions, Tues.-Fri., 8am-2pm. July 10-13, grades 9-12; July 17-20, grades 7-9; July 24-27, grades 7-12. $175. 949 Veronica Springs Rd. Call 682-2485 or email@example.com.
All sessions meet 10:30am-2pm. Cabrillo Bathhouse, 1118 Cabrillo Blvd. Swim lessons ongoing. Mandatory swim test for all new participants May 12, 2pm, Los Baños Pool, 401 Shoreline Dr. Call 897-2680 or register online at sbparksandrecreation.com/summerfun.
JR. LIFEGUARDS. Includes strenuous daily workouts, water safety, first aid, surf lifesaving, marine education, and lifeguard competitions. Balances physical fitness with camaraderie. One seven-week program, Mon.-Fri., starts June 25. Ages 9-17. $330*/$396.
JR. LIFEGUARDNIPPERS. Modified lifeguard program based on lower swim and age requirements. One two-week program, Mon.-Fri., starts June 11. Ages 7-13. $160*/$176.
Ka Nai’a Outrigger & Kayaking Clinic
Enjoy the experience and challenges of kayaking, outrigger team paddling and stand-up paddle boarding.
Aikido: The martial art with class! Powerful and effective, but nonviolent. Children and teens develop confidence, coordination, and respect. Classes run for two hours, with half the time focused on aikido/ki, and the remaining hour spent on judo.
Two five-week sessions, Mon.-Fri., start June 11 and July 16, 4-6pm. 255 Magnolia Ave., Goleta. Ages 7-14. $395. Call 967-3103.
Kickin’ Kids Karate Kamp
Give your child a fun and action-packed summer they’ll never forget! Camp days are diverse, exciting, and challenging. In addition to great exercise and martial arts training, camp includes field trips, indoor and outdoor games, kids’ movies, arts and crafts, and character-building activities.
Six Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 18, 9am-4pm (half day options available). Martial Arts Family Fitness, 122 E. Gutierrez St. Ages 6-12. $225 (multiple week discounts). Call 963-6233 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kidz Love Soccer Camp
Learn basic and advanced techniques and compete in an age-appropriate “world cup” tournament.
Sk8 Skool director Steve Fancher and his staff help your little one develop a positive and safe ability to skateboard.
Three Mon.-Fri. sessions; start June 11, July 2, and Aug. 20; 8:30-9:45am and 10-11:15am. Skater’s Point. Ages 4-6. $68*/$75. Call 564-5495 or visit sbparksandrecreation.com/summerfun.
My Gym Summer Camp
Join us for gymnastics, sports, and music! Developed to enhance physical development and individual success, the camp provides nonstop activities, a healthy snack, and a craft.
Daily and multiple days, June 25-Aug. 31, 9am-noon and 1-4pm. 3888 State St. $35-$40/day (multiple-day and sibling discounts). Ages 3-9. Call 563-7336 or email@example.com.
Camp includes stand-up paddling and kayaking out to reefs, as well as boogie- and skim-boarding. On the beach, campers can play volleyball, dodgeball, and do arts and crafts. Counselors are CPR and lifeguard certified and some are local pro surfers. Snacks and hot lunch from the Padaro Beach Grill are included.
Various sessions run Mon.-Fri., June-Aug., 9am-3pm. Camp meets behind A-Frame Surf Shop, 3785 Santa Claus Lane in Carpinteria. $295 per week/$65 per day (multi-week and multi-camper discounts). Includes T-shirt and hat. Ages 5-14. Call 684-8803 or visit summerbeachcamp.com.
one. Soccer Schools Summer Camps
Known for its challenging curriculum and dedicated coaches, one. Soccer Schools offers day programs including Premier, for focused training; GK Premier, specific to the goalkeeper; and Juniors, teaching core skills. Residential camps train players with aspirations of playing at the highest club or collegiate level.
Camps meet at S.B. High School and Westmont College. Ages 6-18. Early registration discounts: $289-$349 for Premier and GK Premier sessions, $179-$199 for Juniors sessions. Residential camps also available. Call 845-6801 or visit onesoccerschools.com for more information.
•one. Premier: Aug. 6-10, 8am-4pm.
• one. GK Premier: Aug. 6-10, 8am-4pm.
• one. Juniors: June 25-29, July 16-20, and Aug. 6-10; 8am-noon.
Orca Summer Camp
The finest instruction in surfing, kayaking, and beach games, taught by friendly, enthusiastic counselors certified in first aid and CPR.
Multiple Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 11, 9am-3pm. Various locations. Ages 6-14. $300 per week; multiple discounts and financial aid available. Call 448-3308 or visit orcacamp.org.
Presidio Fencing Club
Day camps introducing the sport of swordplay, with a focus on movement and strategy games.
June 18-22, 9am-3pm. 216 E. Cota St. Ages 8-12. $275. Call 403-6895 or visit presidiofencing.com.
Refugio State Beach Junior Lifeguards
Learn about ocean safety and lifesaving skills, first aid and CPR, environmental awareness and marine life, recreation and physical fitness, and much more.
Two four-week sessions, Mon.-Fri., start June 18 and July 16, 10am-3pm. Refugio State Beach, Goleta. Ages 7-17. $345 (multiple session discount). Call 331-8018 or visit refugiojg.com for tryout, bus, and swim lesson information
Ridgewood Farm Summer Horse Camp
Specializing in teaching children the fundamentals of hunter/jumper riding and horsemanship along with arts and crafts.
Three one-week sessions; Tue.-Sat.; start June 26, July 10, and July 31; 10am-3pm. Rancho Asoleado, 250 Nogal Dr. Ages 6+. Call 284-3622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SBFitKidz Summer Half-Day Camps
This camp empowers children of all ability levels to embrace a variety of sports, exercise, and healthy habits while having fun and learning fundamental fitness components, athletic skills, and nutritional guidelines. “Where fun meets health and fitness.”
Three Mon.-Fri. sessions, start July 16 and 23 and Aug. 6, 9am-1pm. Hollister School, 4950 Anita Ln. (Aug. 6 location TBD). Ages 4-10. $125. Call 705-1661 or email email@example.com.
Santa Barbara Foresters Baseball Camp
Learn baseball and have fun at the weeklong camps taught by the Foresters players! The three-time national champs make sure that kids have a great time and learn baseball basics. Camp fees include free entry to Foresters games for campers.
Four Mon.-Fri. sessions; start June 18 and 25, July 9 and 23; 9am-2pm. Girsh Park. Ages 7-12. $230/week. Call 684-0657 or visit sbforesters.org.
S.B. Junior Golf Camp
Five days of fundamental instruction including range work, etiquette, and rules, and a morning playing several holes on the course with PGA pros Dave Thornton and Matt Easterbrook. No more than 20 students per session.
Multiple Mon.-Fri. sessions; start June 11, July 2 and 30, and Aug. 20; 9am-noon. 3500 McCaw Ave. Ages 8-15 (grouped by age and skill). $175. Call Matt Easterbrook at 687-7087.
S.B. Sailing Center Youth Sail and Kayak Camps
Sail camp is taught aboard stable keelboats, with a student/instructor ratio of no more than 5:1. With an emphasis on safety and fun, the camp teaches nautical terminology, knots, rules of the road, tacking, jibing, sail trim, and points of sail. Kayak camp is taught on Ocean Scramblers. Students will learn basic paddling techniques as well as how to maneuver a kayak in various situations in the harbor and along the coastline.
Ten Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 18. Kayak Camp: 8:30am-12:30pm. Sail Camp: 1pm-5pm. Supervised lunch break for those doing both camps. Ages 7-15. $155 members/$175 nonmembers. 805-962-2826 962-2826 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To improve each player’s confidence, creativity, and comfort level with the ball and on basic tactical movements with the more advanced players. Goalies will learn basic techniques in body mechanics, body shape, balance, footwork, handling, shot stopping, and distribution through feet and hands.
Three Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 11 and 18, and July 30. 9am-1pm. Hollister School, 4950 Anita Ln. (July 30 camp at Girsh Park). Ages 5-12. $130. Call 893-6044 or email email@example.com.
S.B. Surf Adventures
The long, rolling waves at Leadbetter Beach make this camp great for beginners. Best suited for kids with basic swimming skills. Each camper receives a camp T-shirt, hat, goodie bag, and lunch from the Shoreline Café in addition to an unforgettable surfing experience. CPR-certified surfing instructors.
The S.B. Youth Sailing Foundation’s program provides instruction in all levels on Optis, Laser, CFJ, and C420 sailboats. The camp focuses on sailing skills, responsibility, teamwork, and sportsmanship, with a constant awareness of the requirements of safety.
Five two-week sessions, Mon.-Fri., start June 11; Novice 9am-noon, Racing 1-4:30pm. 130 Harbor Wy. Ages 8-17. $350. More information at sbysf.org or call 965-4603.
Sino West Dance and Kung Fu Summer Camps
Designed to enhance children’s all-around experience and creativeness, these camps include activities such as ballet, acrobatics, hip-hop, jazz, kung fu, yoga, costume fun, creative choreography, games, drawing, and coloring.
Multiple one- and two-week sessions, start June 11, times vary. 5718 Hollister Ave., Ste. 105, Goleta. $195-$500; multiple week discounts. Ages 3-17. Call 967-2983 or visit sinowestsb.com/summercamps.
Get exclusive access to Skater’s Point during clinic time while learning and practicing proper techniques and skills.
Beginning and intermediate campers learn gymnastics on the floor, vault, bars, and beams. No experience necessary. In collaboration with Girls Inc.
Nine Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 11, 9am-4pm (half-days available). 531 E. Ortega St. Ages 5-12. $120*-$215. Call 564-5495 or visit sbparksandrecreation.com/summerfun.
Summer Junior Tennis Camp
Juniors of all levels and ages enjoy a fun and instructional week of tennis at a beautiful tennis facility. S.B. Tennis Club pro and USPTA Tennis Director of the Year Ferenc Hodosy heads this camp.
Eight Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 18, 10:30am-2:30pm. Ages 7-16. $275 club members/$295 nonmembers. Call 452-7516 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Tennis and Swim Camp
Novice through intermediate juniors enjoy a fun and instructional week of tennis and swimming. S.B. Tennis Club pro and USPTA Tennis Director of the Year Ferenc Hodosy heads this camp.
Eight Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 18, 10:30am-2:30pm. Ages 5-12. $275 club members/$295 nonmembers. Call 452-7516 or email@example.com.
Summer Jr. Tennis Clinic
USPTA instructors teach children the fundamentals of the game and develop their hand/eye coordination, stroke production, footwork, match play, and sportsmanship.
Two Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 18 and July 9, 9am-noon. Municipal Tennis Facility, 1414 Park Pl. Ages 8-14. $122*/$134. Call 564-5573 or visit sbparksandrecreation.com/summerfun.
Surf and Kayak Camp
Learn to surf, kayak, and stand-up paddle. All instructors are lifeguards.
Ten Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 18, 1-5pm. UCSB. For strong swimmers ages 9-15. $110. UCSB Campus Point. 893-3913 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Surf Happens Surf Camps
Brought to you by the same folks who organize the Rincon Classic each year, the camp’s goal is to build self-esteem while teaching the fundamentals of surfing and the history of the sport, as well as helping kids learn the rewards of self-discipline, commitment, and teamwork skills. Student to CPR-certified instructor ratio of 4:1.
Twelve Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 4, 9am-3pm. Ages 4-17.$350/$400 (includes use of board and wetsuit), early and multiple registration discounts, single-day and half-day rates. Call 451-7568 or visit surfhappens.com.
Swim and Tennis Clinic
Kids learn two lifetime sports, swimming and tennis, in this four-hour camp that includes lunch and group games.
Two Mon.-Fri. sessions, start July 23 and Aug. 6, 11am-3pm. Los Baños Pool (401 Shoreline Dr.) and Pershing Park (100 E. Castillo St.). Ages 8-14. $140*/$154. Call 564-5573 or visit sbparksandrecreation.com/summerfun.
Tennis and Swim Camp
Quickstart Tennis is a fun and easy transition into tennis for kids. Campers will share in character development time, enjoy arts and crafts, play in group games, and cool off in the pool.
Four Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 18, 9am-2pm. Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Ln. $135 members, $190 nonmembers. Grades 1-6. Call 969-3288 or visit ciymca.org/montecito.
UCSB Junior Lifeguards
Participate in a fun program that will improve self esteem, teamwork, physical fitness, first aid/ocean safety skills, and environmental awareness.
Two four-week sessions, Mon.-Fri., start June 25 and July 23, 8:30am-1:30pm. UCSB. Ages 8-17. $345; $565 for both sessions. See recreation.sa.ucsb.edu for tryout information or contact 893-7616 x3.
Valhalla Ninja Summer Camp
Kids can build skills and have fun with Parkour, obstacle courses, padded swords, and martial arts.
Three one-week sessions, start June 18, June 25, and July 9, 9am-2pm. 1722 State St. $179/199. Ages 6-12. Call 687-1514.
Christian-based surf camps for all ability levels. Your child will have a great time developing surfing and water-safety skills and hearing life-changing testimonies and Bible messages.
EASTBEACHVOLLEYBALLCLINIC. Join S.B. Masters Champion Jon Lee for a morning immersion in beach volleyball. Practice doubles and six-person team play as well as correct ball handling, passing, setting, and hitting. Eleven Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 11, 9am-noon. East Beach Volleyball Courts. Ages 9-17. $116*/$128.
AAABEACHVOLLEYBALLCLINIC. A beach volleyball clinic for players with advanced skills. Jon Lee and guest professional players focus on tournament-level doubles and competition strategy, skills, and training. Eleven Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 11, 9am-noon. East Beach Volleyball Courts. Ages 14-18. $136*/$150.
WESTBEACHVOLLEYBALLCLINIC. Learn the fundamentals and strategies of volleyball with pros Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos. Grouped by age and skill level. Ten Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 11, 9am-noon. West Beach Volleyball Courts. Ages 7-15. $136*/$150.
Westmont Warrior Sports Camps
Boys and girls of all skill levels get instruction in a variety of sports that range from archery to track and field from our professional staff. Work with collegiate coaches in a safe, fun, and healthy environment!
Twelve Mon.-Fri. sessions; start June 11; all begin at 9am, end by 1 or 3pm. Westmont College, 955 La Paz Rd. 5-14 (different ages for each camp). $225-$250. Call 565-6010 or register at westmont.edu/sports/camps.
Babysitter Training Camp
Your child will receive the training in leadership, professionalism, basic care, and safety that can help make him or her a responsible babysitter. Campers will also make new friends, enjoy a movie day, water games, and plan a party to celebrate their successes!
July 30-Aug. 3, 9am-4pm. S.B. Family YMCA, 36 Hitchcock Wy. Entering grades 6-10. $120-$135; financial assistance available. Call 687-7720 x226 or email@example.com.
California Learning Center Camps
Find out how your child can stay sharp by participating in fun and dynamic summer camps at California Learning Center. Camp offerings include Math Madness, art, music, Spanish, creative writing, drama, reading, and back-to-school basics.
Mon.-Fri., June 18-Aug. 17, 9am-5:30pm (half and full days available). California Learning Center, 350 S. Hope Ave., Ste. A104. All ages. Cost $110-$295. Call 563-1579 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camp Chit Chat
The Scottish Rite Language Center, a nonprofit organization, provides this speech and language therapy camp that helps children with articulation, stuttering, and early literacy skills.
Two five-week sessions, once or twice a week, start June 4. 16 E. Carrillo St., 4th floor. Ages 3-6. $50 per session (discount for multiple sessions). Fee includes therapy materials, camp T-shirt, and an end-of-camp BBQ. Call 962-8469 or visit sbspeech.com.
A nondenominational camp that offers activities designed to meet children’s diverse interests and encourage learning and growth, including art, music, drama, swimming, a full array of sports, and Jewish culture, values, and special events. Accredited by the American Camp Association.
Multiple sessions, start July 16, 9am-3pm. Camp meets at Cate School, 1960 Cate Mesa Rd., Carpinteria (bus available). Grades K-8. $300/week, $500/two weeks; discounts and scholarships available. Call 895-6593 or visit camphaverim.com.
Cotillionaires, Dance and Etiquette
Tweens and teens learn social dancing, etiquette, and that good manners are important.
Fridays, all summer; beginners 6:30pm, intermediates 7:35 pm, advanced 8:45pm. 255 Magnolia Ave. Ages 10+. For information, call 967-3103.
Dubin Learning Center
Celebrating over 30 years of summer sessions, this S.B. leader in education has helped thousands of students reach their potential. Educational therapy is available for students with learning differences, ADD, and dyslexia. Academic tutoring is offered for all subjects, as well as test preparation for SAT and GATE. Individual sessions are scheduled according to needs.
Sessions run June 3-22 and July 30-Aug. 31 Kindergarten through college. 112 W. Cota St. Call 962-7122 or visit dubinlearningcenter.com.
Handwriting Summer Camp
Play-based, multi-sensory approach for kids to learn and have fun! Activities will target fine motor skills, proper pencil grip, and letter formation, orientation, size, and spacing.
One four-week session, July 16-Aug. 10. Camp meets three times a week for an hour. Sponsored by AB Therapy, camp takes place at Trinity Lutheran Church, 909 N. La Cumbre Rd. Ages 4-10. $400-$450 (early-bird discount before May 1). Call Julie at 440-8304 or email email@example.com.
Leading Edge Tutors
Prevent summer learning loss. Leading Edge Tutors has a team of experienced and dedicated teachers and tutors to help prepare your child for school.
A camp designed to teach children about the Bible through singing, recreational games, crafts, and Bible stories.
Aug. 6-10, 8:45am-noon. Montecito Covenant Church, 671 Cold Spring Rd. $55 per child or $135 per family (early registration discounts). Grades 1-8. Contact at 969-0373 or visit mcchurch.org.
At this morning camp sponsored by Soroptimist International Santa Barbara, kids get introduced to safety awareness in a fun, interactive miniature town environment. Includes visits from the fire department and the police, driving pedal cars, and songs and crafts.
Multiple Mon.-Fri. sessions, start June 11, 8:30am-noon. Foothill, El Camino, and I.V. elementary schools. Ages 5-6. $125-$145 (early registration discount at Foothill). Call 252-7998 or visit sbsafetytown.org.
Santa Barbara Family YMCA’s Specialty Camps
Where else could you learn about science, baking, cooking, water sports and safety, and hip-hop over the course of one summer? Enjoy homemade tasty treats, silly science experiments, crafty creations, insane dance routines, and much more!
Multiple sessions, start June 11, 9am-3pm (early care available). Grades 2-8. Two locations: Hope Elementary School, 3970 La Colina Rd. and S.B. Family YMCA, 36 Hitchcock Wy. $112-$155 (financial assistance available). Visit ciymca/santabarbara for schedule, call 687-7720 x266, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
S.B. Public Library Summer Reading Program
Classic and brand-new picture books, readers, chapter books, biographies, how-to … they’re all at the library, all summer long. Don’t pass up the great opportunities for free programming at the eight county libraries; even the “shhh” rule gets suspended when they bring magicians, puppeteers, zoo animals, and jugglers into the kids’ zone. And for those who savor the Summer Reading Program, prizes await! To support your library and its programs, consider joining Friends of the Library at your closest branch.
June 9-July 31. Free. Ages 3-18. Call 564-5603 or visit sbplibrary.org.
A college-bound program focusing on science, adventure, and career development. Girls will learn about a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers, hone the leadership skills they will need to succeed, and develop a taste of college life.
One four-week session, June 18-July 13. UCSB (transportation provided). Incoming eighth-graders. Free for members. Call 684-6364 or email email@example.com.
Girls Inc. Summer Adventure Program
Offering fun, educational, and enriching programs with activities such as swimming, hiking, variety shows, drawing, cooking, soccer, and gardening.
Multiple Mon.-Fri. camp sessions, start June 11, 7:30am-6pm. $82-$165 per week (half and full days, early registration discount). Grades K-8/K-5. Camp meets at Girls Inc. in Goleta (4973 Hollister Ave., 967-0319), Santa Barbara (531 E. Ortega St., 963-4017), and Carpinteria (5315 Foothill Rd., 684-6364 x23). Visit girlsincsb.org.
Staffed by health-care professionals and knowledgeable volunteers from the community, Sansum Clinic’s Camp Wheez is a program for children with chronic asthma, giving them a camp experience designed for their special needs. Campers learn to manage their asthma while they participate in recreation, enjoy arts and crafts, and have old-fashioned camp fun.
Aug. 6-10, 8:30am-12:30pm. First Baptist Church, 949 Veronica Springs Rd. Ages 6-12. Camp Wheez is free of charge, but registration is required and space is limited. Extended hours available. Contact Wendy Raffetto at 681-7897 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Circle of Children
Self-esteem and social skills groups help children emotionally and socially in a fun and playful way.
Groups separated by age meet once per week for 10 weeks beginning in June. 16 W. Mission St. Ages 3-5 (boys and girls) and 7-13 (girls). $500 (sliding scale available). Call Dr. Corinne Curtis at 570-0288.
Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp
Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital’s camp is specifically designed for individuals who use a wheelchair to participate in sports. Campers have opportunities to learn and practice skills in basketball, rugby, tennis, swimming, racquetball, hand cycling, adventure climbing, kayaking, scuba diving, and a ropes course.
July 16-20, 9:30am-4:30pm. UCSB Recreation Center. Ages 6-19. Free; preregistration required. Transportation available. Call René Van Hoorn at 569-8999 x82102 or email@example.com.
5@9 High School Film/Video Workshop
Get a taste of the film industry. Learn lighting setup, cinematography, and editing, and then shoot on a real back lot. Kids work with industry standard equipment and create a film piece that they can call their own.
June 25-29, 9am-5pm. Brooks Institute, 5301 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. Grades 9-12. $1,195. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
5@9 High School Photography Workshop
Work like a professional, shoot on location and in the studio, and learn the latest technology in post-production.
June 11-15, 9am-5pm. Brooks Institute, 27 E. Cota St. Grades 9-12. $675. Email email@example.com.
International Adventures with Heart
Join area students on educational community service adventures of a lifetime! Choose from exciting itineraries departing in June, July, and August. Experience unique culture, arts, people, and natural environments while volunteering with local children affected by past wars. Earn college credit and community service hours.
Teen CITs will assist young campers at Safety Town Camp, which teaches kids about all aspects of safety through games and songs. A fun way to earn 25 volunteer hours in one week.
Multiple Mon.-Fri. sessions, June-Aug., 8am-12:30pm. Camp meets at Foothill, Franklin, El Camino, and Isla Vista Elementary Schools. Grades 7+. Call 252-7998 x619 or visit sbsoroptimist.org/safety_town.html.
Teen Adventure Caravan
An adventure on the go! Teens will learn to set up camp, cook meals, and trust the strength and abilities of their fellow campers. Destinations include Big Sur, Santa Cruz, and the American River, where campers will be treated to a private campground and white-water rafting.
June 25-29. Camp departs and returns to the S.B.YMCA, 36 Hitchcock Way. Entering grades 7-10 (CIT positions for grades 11 and 12). $465-$485 (financial assistance available). Call 687-7720 x 226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teen Dance Camp
Work out to Shakira’s song “Loca, Loca” while learning steps and isolations from award-winning teacher and performer Alexandra King.
Join YMCA campers this summer as they ride the rapids of the Kings River. Camp under the stars, eat great food, make new friends, and discover one adventure after another!
July 10-13. Camp departs from the Montecito YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Lane. Grades 7-12. $545 (limited scholarships available). Call 969-3288 or email@example.com.
Yep! Youth Educational Programs
Italian and Spanish high school students will be spending their summer in Santa Barbara to improve their English. Join the group for free events in Santa Barbara, day trips to L.A., and weekend trips to San Francisco and San Diego. Fulfill community service hours and enjoy a free summer camp with cool international teens.
Three sessions: July 9-30 (Spanish), July 22-Aug. 5 (Italian), and Aug. 5-19 (Italian). Events meet at SBCC Friendship Plaza. Ages 14-19. Free. Call Lauren LaForge at 421-6440 or visit yepcamps.com.