Summer Adventure Guide 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Illustrations by Ben Ciccati
We all know summer camp is just another way to say “play date” — just think of an all-summer-long calendar of play dates and you’ve got The Independent’s annual Summer Camp Guide. From the seashore to the tennis courts, summer camps in Santa Barbara spring up from Carpinteria to Los Olivos, from multitasking all-day camps to one-hour musical tootin’ and strummin’ camps. Web sites full of themes, activities, days, hours, and places have all been painstakingly gathered here to help you help your kids ward off the summertime blues. So get those kids out there to go have some fun!
Arts for All Ages
81st Annual Children’s Fiesta Parade
Participate in this S.B. tradition and make memories for your family. On Sat., Aug. 6, young people of Santa Barbara, along with their parents and other parade participants, will don traditional costumes and parade down State Street for the eighth decade in a row. Applications to enroll in this year’s event will be available starting May 9; deadline to submit an application this year is July 8.
For an application, contact the Children’s Parade Headquarters at 564-5495, or stop by the Carrillo Recreation Ctr., 100 E. Carrillo St., Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm. Registration and participation are free.
Art by the Sea Summer Camp
The Carpinteria Valley Arts Ctr. (CVAC) presents Art by the Sea Summer Camp, a program that gives children with a passion for fine art the chance to spend their time outdoors, exploring a variety of media. Students will participate in trips to the beach and exhibit their art each week. Classes are capped at a maximum of 12 participants for a small student-to-teacher ratio.
Six one-week sessions, Mon.-Fri., June 27 - Aug. 5., 9am-1pm. CVAC, 855 Linden Ave., Carpinteria. Ages 5-10. $160/session; scholarships available. Call 220-6507 or email email@example.com.
Art from the Heart Summer Art Camps
Camps focus on visual art, dance, drama, music, creativity and imagination.
Two four-day sessions, Mon.-Thu.; “Jungle Dance and Art” June 20-23 and “Princes and Knights” July 25-28; 9:15am-12:15pm. Carrillo Recreation Ctr. (100 E. Carrillo St.) and MacKenzie Park (Las Positas Rd. and State St.), respectively. $182/$170 RDC. Ages 3½-10. Call 966-9078 or visit sbparksandrecreation.com/summerfun.
Art From Scrap’s Green Kids Summer Day Camp
Experience the environment in fun and creative ways! Art From Scrap’s unique activities for summer campers range from modeling a watershed to healthy cooking, art projects, and lots more. Sign up early; only 22 campers per session.
Multiple one-week sessions, Mon.-Fri.; June 13-17 (grades 1-6), June 27 - July 1 (grades k-2), and July 11-15 (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.
Art Innovators Summer Camps
Fun-filled art camp features themed projects for both the Young Artists (grades 1-6) and Mini-Masters series (grades K-1).
Foothill Elementary School, 711 Ribera Dr. Call 964-6435 or visit artinnovatorssb.com.
• Young Artists: Mon.-Fri. ($245) or three-day option ($150), June 13 - Aug. 5 (single- or multiple-week options available), 9am-3pm.
• Mini-Masters: Mon.-Fri., June 13 - Aug. 5 (single- or multiple-week options available), noon-3pm. $125.
Arts at Laguna Summer Program
Now in its 24th year, this unique camp features daily workshops in dance, music, theater and art; an all-star faculty and guest artists; and a weekly musical revue for family and friends. Lunch, snack, and a camp T-shirt are provided for all enrollees. Optional extended day care available for an additional charge.
Weekly camps, Mon.-Fri., June 27 - July 22, 8:30am-2:30pm. Camp meets at Laguna Blanca School’s Hope Ranch campus, 4125 Paloma Dr. $225/week ($190 week of July 5-8). Ages 5-12. Call 687-2461 or visit lagunablanca.org/artsatlaguna.
Brooks Institute High School Photography Workshop
Through lecture and hands-on instruction with Brooks professor Chris Broughton, campers will learn how factors like f/stops, shutter speeds, depth of field, ISO standards, control of motion, and lighting affect photo quality. Students will learn to reduce their dependence on a camera’s “automatic” features and will take part in both on-location and in-studio photo shoots.
Mon.-Fri., June 20-24. Brooks Institute downtown campus, 27 E. Cota St. $675; includes daily catered lunch and digital prints of campers’ work. Grades 9-12. Call (888) 304-3056 or visit workshops.brooks.edu.
Boxtales Theatre Company Summer Theatre Camp
This fun camp will provide three weeks of training in acting, storytelling, acrobatics, mime, music, and collaboration. This year’s campers will create and perform an original play based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen.
June 13 - July 1; Mon.-Thu., 9am-3:30pm, and Fri., 9am-12:30pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $750. Ages 9-13. Call 962-1142 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chase Palm Park Craft Center boasts a terrific waterfront studio location offering a full range of low-fire materials in an inspiring, fun, and educational atmosphere. Learn basic throwing skills on the potter’s wheel and underglaze techniques to finish wares, and make hand-built projects. Flexible studio time for throwing and hand-building.
Nine one-week sessions, Mon.-Fri., June 13 - Aug. 5, 9am-noon. Chase Palm Park Crafts Ctr., 234 E. Cabrillo Blvd. $174/$158 RDC. Ages 7-15. Call 897-2519 or visit sbparksandrecreation.com/summerfun.
Children’s Summer Ballet Camp
Young dancers learn basic moves with balances, turns, and jumps. Dancers will show off their skills in a live performance on the last day of camp.
Mon.-Fri., June 13-17, 12:30-2:30pm. Carrillo Recreation Ctr., 100 E. Carrillo St. $138/$125 RDC. Ages 3-6. Call 897-2519 or visit sbparksandrecreation.com/summerfun.
Creative Camp of the Arts
Dance Unlimited Studio hosts a summer program with a focus on fun, creative dance, acting, and set-making activities while preparing for a full-stage production that will be presented at the end of each session. Quality instruction and creative projects promise creativity at its very best — all in a fun, safe, and positive environment.
Two four-week sessions, Mon.-Fri., 9am-2pm. Session 1, The Lion King, July 5-29. Session 2, The Wiz, Aug. 1-19. Dance Unlimited, 5370 Hollister Ave., #1. $525-$700/session or $195/week. Ages 3-14. Call 681-0684 or visit sbdanceunlimited.com.
Presented by S.B. Dance Arts under the direction of Alana Tillim and Steven Lovelace. Learn the latest moves and proper technique from the amazing staff, consisting of Broadway veterans and internationally trained professionals. Age-appropriate classes for beginning- to advanced-level dancers that all work toward weekly performances. Daily classes include jazz and hip-hop, plus each week brings a different blend of styles: tumbling, break dancing, Pilates, ballet, lyrical, and more. Staff is CPR and first-aid certified, and there is one staffer for every 10 dancers.
Weekly camps, Mon.-Thu., June 13 - Aug. 28; morning, afternoon, or daylong sessions available. S.B. Dance Arts, 1 N. Calle César Chávez, #100. Ages 5-teen. Call 966-5299 or visit sbdancearts.com.
Earthlight Pictures Moviemaking and Animation Training and Teletraining
Animation and live-action moviemaking classes for campers at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Classes feature technical instruction, history, and one-on-one coaching in production of students’ own movies, plus a visit to a major animation studio. Guest speakers and special group/private instruction options available.
July 19-29 (Animation) and July 23-29 (Live Action). The Anacapa School, 814 Santa Barbara St. Ages 9+. Call (503) 697-7914 or email email@example.com.
Goleta School of Ballet
Summer intensive classes offered in elements of ballet technique, pointe, stretch, musical theater, jazz, flamenco, dance history, choreography, and more. Recital, with themes from Peter and the Wolf and selections from classical repertory. Previous ballet experience required. Register by May 1.
Camp runs Mon.-Fri., 9am-2:30pm. Performance on July 29. Primary and Dance Camps also offered. Goleta Valley Community Ctr., 5679 Hollister Ave. $390-$1,140. Ages 9-19. Call 252-1610 or visit goletaschoolofballet.com for more information.
• Beginning level: Two- and four-week sessions, July 5-29.
• Intermediate/advanced level: Six-week session, June 20 - July 29.
Gustafson Dance Camps
Gustafson Dance offers several summer programs for all age groups, complete with a variety of dance forms, art, and more. The full-day Dance Camps (ages 6-12) and half-day Mini-Dance Camps (ages 3-6) culminate in a fully staged musical performance at the Marjorie Luke Theatre. The Junior Intensive Camp (ages 9-14) is a serious ballet program, including jazz, pointe, character, and variations, and also concludes with a performance at the Marjorie Luke.
One- and two-week sessions during June - Aug. 2285 Las Positas Rd. Call 563-3262 or visit gustafsondance.com for more detailed information.
International Arts Camp
Kids travel the world of visual and performing arts, exploring and creating cultural artwork crafts, music, and dance. Hosted by the Marymount School of S.B.
Tue.-Fri., July 5-8, 9am-3pm. Camp meets at Marymount’s campus, 2130 Mission Ridge Rd. $190/session, with extended day care and lunch options available. Grades K-6. Contact Elizabeth Hansen at 569-1811 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
JazZScool Summer Vocal Jazz Camp
JazZScool is a two-week musical experience open to junior high/middle school students (including those who will be entering 6th grade or have just completed 8th grade). This vocal jazz camp includes countless opportunities for self-expression and creativity within group and solo singing, rhythm games, vocal improvisation, scene staging, and visual arts. Hosted by the S.B. Vocal Jazz Foundation.
Mon.-Fri., June 6-17, 9am-noon. Camp meets at instructor Kimberly Ford’s music studio in Goleta. $225. Contact Melissa Brooks at 729-2627 or email@example.com.
Jensen’s Summer Rock Camp
Jensen’s Rock Camp is a full-day, week-long music camp that teaches kids the basics of playing the electric guitar. Your child will have fun learning to play music and the fee includes an electric guitar (or a $50 gift certificate). All sessions end with a Mainstage performance for parents and friends. Instructed by a qualified teacher who has toured across the U.S., your child will learn what it takes to be a musical performer from someone who’s done it.
Mon.-Fri., 9:30am-3pm. $395. Call 687-4027 or register online at jensenguitar.com.
• Beginners: July 11-15 and July 18-22.
• Advanced: July 25-29 and Aug. 8-12.
Music, Rhythm, Song, and Dance Camp
Inspire your child’s musical talents at Kindermusik with Kathy’s summer program in music, movement, instrument, art, cooking, and dance. Explore all aspects of creative art in an intimate setting, with no more than 10-12 campers in a group.
Weekly half- and full-day camps beginning July 11. Locations in S.B. and Carpinteria. $160. Ages 4-9. Call 884-4009 or visit kindermusikwithkathy.com.
Students become better writers and photographers while learning to use the technology they will need in the near future. This Gateway Educational Services camp integrates photojournalism with photo assignments and teaches the use of Photoshop and Word Press. By the end of the camp, students will create an interactive online blog with articles and photography.
Mon.-Fri., 8:30am-12:30pm. Three one-week sessions for ages 10-11: June 20-24, July 11-15, and July 18-22, $170. For ages 12-13: June 27 - July 1, $200. Camp meets 4850 Hollister Ave., Ste. C. Call 895-1153 or visit gatewaycamps.com.
S.B. Festival Ballet Dance Camps
These summer camps are geared for dancers with ability levels from beginning through advanced, and designed for students interested in performances. Focus ranges from fairy tales for very young dancers to upper-level intensives. More class information in development at press time.
Fairy Tale Dreams workshop, June 13 - July 1. Preregistration requested by May 15. S.B. Festival Ballet, 1019-B Chapala St. Ages 7+. Contact Denise Rinaldi at 966-0711 or see santabarbarafestivalballet.com for more summer information.
SBMA ArtVenture Camps
ArtVenture Camps are unique week-long art experiences for kids sponsored by the S.B. Museum of Art. Campers learn a variety of art techniques, cultural history, and creative problem-solving in an inspiring atmosphere. Each camp offers children new and exciting opportunities to express themselves through drawing, painting, collage, sculpting, fiber arts, printmaking, mixed-media, and more.
Mon.-Fri., 9am-3pm. Ridley-Tree Education Ctr. at McCormick House, 1600 Santa Barbara St. $215/SBMA members, $250/nonmembers. Ages 5-12. Call 884-6441 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Matisse, Picasso, and Degas: Inspired by Modern Masters. Campers draw, paint, collage, and sculpt like a master as they learn the secrets of celebrated modern artists in the museum’s exhibition Drawn to Modernism. Matisse’s lyrical lines, Picasso’s layered shapes, and Degas’ dancers are the inspiration for imaginative artwork. June 6-10 and July 11-15.
Let’s Paint: Making the Ordinary Extraordinary. Find out how painters and photographers select, rearrange, and highlight simple objects to create still lifes, as seen in the exhibition diSTILLed Moments. Explore the beauty of everyday things when reimagined with camera, paintbrush, or pencil while experimenting with various materials, techniques, and styles. June 13-17 and July 18-22.
Awe-Inspiring Architecture: Dream Builders Today. Egyptian pyramids, Greek temples, Asian shrines, European castles, and so much more! In this architecture camp, each group builds an imaginative community of their dreams, complete with buildings, vehicles, and inhabitants, each inspired by one of the museum’s collections. June 20-24 and July 25-29.
Dragons, Cranes, and Butterflies: Animals in Asian Art. Real and imaginary animals from China, Japan, India, and Tibet spark creativity in a celebration of the wonders of Asian art. From monkeys to monsters, campers make their own masterpieces from ink, paint, and clay, inspired by creatures on view in the museum’s newly renovated Asian galleries. June 27 - July 1 and Aug. 1-5.
Magic Myths: From Here to Antiquity. Hear the stories, meet the heroes, and create the magic! Artifacts from the museum’s antiquities collections are the starting point for an artistic journey into cultures long lost as campers draw, paint, and sculpt contemporary visions of the past. Aug. 8-12.
SBMA Ceramics Camps
These week-long half-day camps introduce sculptural and functional ceramics and include hand-building, wheel throwing, finishing, and glazing techniques around age-appropriate and always-new themes. Class size is limited to 10.
Weekly sessions, Mon.-Fri., June 6 - Aug. 12, noon-3pm. See session information online for age levels. Camps meet at Ridley-Tree Education Ctr. at McCormick House, 1600 Santa Barbara St. $125/SBMA members, $150/nonmembers. Call 884-6441 or email email@example.com to enroll.
S.B. Summer Band
Children interested in music will love learning band pieces and performing in the Summer Solstice and Fiesta Parades. Campers in the Pre-Band (grades 1-3) division will learn to play the recorder and percussion instruments. Campers in the main Band Camp (grades 4-7) will learn new pieces for reed and brass instruments. Instructor Oscar Carmona has 25 years of experience teaching band at area elementary schools.
Camp meets at location near San Marcos High School. Pre-Band, 3:30-4:30pm; Band, 4:30-5:30pm. Call 689-3044 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Session 1, Summer Solstice Parade: Tue. and Thu.; June 7-23 and July 25. $100; includes parade entry fees.
• Session 2, Children’s Fiesta Parade: Tue. and Thu.; June 28 - July 21 and Aug. 6. $150; includes parade entry fees.
SBYMA Summer of Rock
The S.B. Youth Music Academy, host of the 2010 Youth Battle of the Bands, presents a summer rock camp for kids and teens, featuring live weekly gigs. Includes band arrangement and instruction for five songs, an audio recording, and live weekend performances at La Cumbre Mall. Instruments are provided as needed, and campers will have a chance to play live onstage at Fiesta. Each musician receives DVD of their live performance, a CD, and YouTube notoriety!
Multiple one-week camps, June 6 - Aug 8. SBYMA Music Studios, 3892 State St. $295/week; multi-week discounts available. Ages 7-18. Call 895-4327 or visit sbyma.org.
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.
Camp meets at La Colina Junior High, 4025 Foothill Rd. Call 314-1221 or enroll online at showstopperstheatreproductions.com.
• Session 1, Beauty and the Beast: Mon.-Fri., June 13-24, Start time of 9am or 9:30am depending on age, ends at 2pm. Performances June 24-25. $495/$450. Ages 6-14.
• Session 2, Hurray for the Red, White, and Blue: Mon.-Fri., June 27 - July 8, same times as Beauty. Performance Sat., July 8-9. $495/$450. Ages 6-14.
• Session 3, Hurray for the Red, White, and Blue: Mon.-Fri., June 20 - July 1, 2:30-4:30pm. Performance July 2 and 4th of July Parade. $85 one week/$150 two weeks. Ages 6-14.
• Session 4, Fiddler on the Roof: Mon.-Fri., June 15 - July 23, 2-6pm. Performances July 21-24. Please call for price. Ages 13-19.
Stage Left Productions Performing Arts Camps
Intensive training for young performing artists taught by Shana Lynch Arthurs and Steven Lovelace, with a focus on audition technique, physical comedy, characterization, vocal technique, dance, and set and costume design/construction. Students interested in the technical aspects of stage productions will not only participate in camp activities but also learn about technical elements like lights, sound, and backstage training. Camp will culminate with four performances of Grease.
Mon.-Fri., June 27 - July 25, 1-6:15pm. Goleta Valley Junior High, 6100 Stow Cyn. Rd., Goleta. $650. Ages 10-16. Call 965-0880 or email email@example.com.
Summer Stock Youth Theater Camps for Kids and Teens
S.B. Summer Stock produces wildly creative showcases in theater, music, and dance. Productions are adapted to allow the creativity and individuality of the camp’s young actors to shine. Casts are kept small, allowing for an “ensemble feel”; all stage roles are important and every actor has lines, sings, and dances. Each of the three camps produces an original show.
Camps meet at the S.B. Unitarian Society, 1535 Santa Barbara St. Call 450-9321 or visit sbsummerstock.com.
• Alice in Wonderland: Mon.-Thu., June 20 - July 17, 9am-1:30pm. Ages 7-12.
• The Fame Project: Mon.-Fri., June 20 - July 17, 9am-1:30pm. Ages 12-15.
• Fairytale Workshop: Mon.-Fri., July 18-29, 9am-1:30pm. Ages 5-7.
Theater at Camp Elings
Two age-specific camps with different themes.
9am-3pm, extended care offered. Elings Park, 1298 Las Positas Rd. $225. Call 569-5611 or visit elingspark.org.
Princess in Training Theater Camp. Kids will learn a variety of classic Disney princess songs, learn about character development, get real princess training from a “real” princess, and also learn a short play to perform for their families at the end of the week. Aug. 1-5. Ages 5-8.
M³: Modern Musical Mash-Up. Older children who want to learn more about musical theater will go through auditions, learn performance techniques, do creative drama exercises, perform songs, act from a script, and dance a set choreography. Aug. 8-12. Ages 9-14.
Triple Threat Musical Theater Camp
S.B. Ballet Festival Ballet’s musical theater camp will focus on building campers’ confidence in acting, singing, and dancing. Led by area professionals Kit Steinkellner, Sharlae Jenkins, Denise Rinaldi, and Keely Moore, this camp is geared for the serious musical theater student, currently in junior high or high school. The week ends with an informal showcase on June 17 at the Festival Ballet studio.
June 13-17, 2-6pm. S.B. Festival Ballet, 1019-B Chapala St. Ages 12-18. $250. Contact Denise Rinaldi at 966-0711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
UpStage Left Productions Performing Arts for Teens
Stage Left’s intensive performing arts workshop for teens, culminating in three full performances of a Broadway show. (Previous year’s camps productions include Rent, A Chorus Line, and others). The students’ production will feature theatrical direction by Cheri Steinkellner, musical direction by Carolyn Ross and John Douglas, and production by Shana Lynch Arthurs and Steven Lovelace. Audition required; call for details.
June 4-26. Camp held at S.B. Dance Arts (1 N. Calle César Chávez, #100) and Goleta Valley Junior High (6100 Stow Cyn. Rd., Goleta). Ages 16-college. Call 570-5102 or email email@example.com.
Westmont Think Camps
Creative worlds await campers at Westmont College this summer.
Mon.-Fri. Scholarships and aftercare available for most camps. 955 La Paz Rd. Call 565-7247 or visit
www.thinkcamps.org for more information.
Somos Amigos. Spanish-language immersion camp at Westmont College, featuring art, music, games, and swimming, all in Spanish! Taught by an accredited bilingual instructor. Three one-week sessions, June 13 - July 1. 8:30am-12:30pm. $215/session.
Bravissimo! ThinkCamps presents its sixth annual music and theater camp. Instruction in acting, singing, choreography, set design, and lighting, culminating in a full stage production of The Sound of Music June 30 - July 1. Saturday audition and two-week session: June 18 - July 1, 9am-3:30pm. $490. Grades 7-12.
Creative YOUth Project. Visual arts camp where students learn professional fine art technique from Santa Barbara High’s Visual Arts and Design Academy director Daniel Barnett in a fun and inspiring environment. Painting, drawing, sculpture, and more! June 27 - July 1, 9am-3pm. $295, plus a $50 materials fee. Grades 7-12.
Living Like Writers. Campers create a world with words and learn to craft their own stories, poems, and plays at Westmont’s fifth annual creative writing camp. July 25-29, 8:30am-2:30pm. $295. Grades 6-8.
Young Singers’ Club Performing Arts Camps
Rock and Roll Forever, Mamma Mia, Annie, Wicked, Taylor Swift, the Beatles, and more … a different theme each week! These fun camps are for children and preteens who like to sing and include daily voice lessons, acting, skits, and team-building games. Saturday brings a vocal performance of solos and choreographed group numbers. All ability levels welcome.
Weekly camps, July 11 - Aug. 13; time varies by age: 8:45am ’til 1:30 or 3pm. Mountain View School, 5645 Queen Anne Ln. Ages 5-14+. Call 681-7078 or visit youngsingersclub.com for more information.
Young Writers Camp 2011
A nurturing and stimulating environment where writing skills are maximized through creative activities taught by classroom teachers. Offered for the 19th year in a row through the South Coast Writing project at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, UCSB.
July 12-23. Camp held at UCSB. $245. For grades 3-9. Call 893-5899 or visit education.ucsb.edu/ywc.
Science, Nature, & Computers
Animal Tlatoque at UCSB
A unique camp combining education about Mayan culture, animal conservation, and computer science. Campers learn about animals in nature and in Mayan culture, and make animations on the computer about how they envision the creatures. Other activities include drawing Mayan glyphs, Mayan ballgame, education about endangered animal conservation, touring UCSB’s unique Allosphere, and S.B. Zoo, making virtual pets, and more.
Mon.-Fri., July 11-22, 8:45am-2:30pm. Meets at Trailer 932, UCSB campus. $200; scholarships available. Grades 6-8. Contact Diana Franklin at 665-3630 or visit discover.cs.ucsb.edu/animaltlatoque.
The S.B. Botanic Garden hosts a week of fun activities for kids, designed to build connections to the natural world. Activities include hikes, games, hands-on science experiments, and arts and crafts. Children learn about bees, butterflies, reptiles, birds, and stream insects from the garden’s ponds and creek. Children should bring a sack lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, hat, and study shoes.
Mon.-Fri., July 11-15, 9am-3pm. S.B. Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Cyn. Rd. Ages 7-11. $190/SBBG members, $225/week nonmembers; scholarships available. Call 682-4726 x102 or visit sbbg.org.
Fairview Gardens Summer Farm Days
Fairview Gardens has natural places to explore that most people miss on just one visit. Campers will climb the mulberry tree to spot a bird nest, track animals in the wash, and play “predator/prey” in the avocado forest.
Nine one-week sessions, June 6 - Aug. 12; from 9am ’til 2 or 3pm, depending on age. Fairview Gardens, 598 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta. $300/session. Ages 3-11. Call 967-7369 or visit fairviewgardens.org.
iD Tech Camps
iD Tech Camps have taught over 120,000 kids and teens to create video games, iPhone and iPad apps, C++ and Java programs, websites with Flash, movies, Maya 3D animations, ad designs, robots, and more. Beginner- to advanced-level students are welcome. Camps are held at 60 universities nationwide, including UC Santa Barbara.
Weeklong, day, and overnight sessions available. Ages 7-17. Call (888) 709-3824 or visit internaldrive.com for details.
Nature Adventures Summer Camp
The Natural History Museum’s Nature Adventures camp is hands-on, minds-on, and hearts-on. Whether it’s dinosaurs, space ships, butterflies, or magical creatures, counselors weave together science, art, and literature into fun learning activities in a safe and caring environment where children will see the world in an exciting new way. Plus, campers get individual attention, as this camp boasts one of the lowest children-to-adult ratios in town — 6:1. Campers are grouped by age (4-6, 6-8, 8-10, 8-12, and 10-14), and each week of camp has a different theme.
Multiple one-week sessions, Mon.-Fri., June 13 - Aug. 19, 9am-3pm (extended day schedule: 8:30am-5pm). S.B. Museum of Natural History (2559 Puesta del Sol Rd.) and Ty Warner Sea Ctr. (211 Stearns Wharf). Museum members: $235/session or $280/extended day session; nonmembers: $250/session or $310/extended day. Ages 4-14. Call 682-4711 x171 or visit sbnature.org.
Nature and Games Camp at Elings Park
This camp includes nature hikes, outdoor games, plant germination, arts and crafts, and education about native plants and animals. Guest speakers include staff from the S.B. City Fire Department, Public Works Department, and the Humane Society, who instruct the children in a variety of areas, including fire safety, water conservancy, and animal appreciation and safety. New this year are special emphases on recycling, healthy eating, and difference making. Instructor: Alycia Rhodes.
Ten one-week sessions, June 6 - Aug. 12. Elings Park, 1298 Las Positas Rd. $225. Ages 5-12. Call 569-5611 or visit elingspark.org.
Nature Camp was cool long before it was Green! Campers learn to appreciate nature and preserve the environment, and also enjoy family night and a sleepover, plus crafts, skits, camp songs, and field trips. Extended day program available; please note camp ends at 9am the Friday following the sleepover.
Five two-week sessions, Mon.-Fri., June 13 - Aug. 19, 9am-4pm. Camp meets at Skofield Park, with other drop-off and pickup sites. $326/$296 RDC. Ages 6-10. Call 564-5495 or register online at sbparksandrecreation.com/summerfun.
Science at Camp Elings
Science Camp offers campers an educational and playful environment in which to use their imagination. Campers will conduct fun experiments and broaden their interest and knowledge in science.
Multiple one-week sessions, June 20 - July 22. Elings Park, 1298 Las Positas Rd. Ages 5-14. $215 half-day/$300 full-day. Call 569-5611 or visit elingspark.org.
Westmont Think Camps
Offer hands-on fun and exploration of science and computers.
Westmont College, 955 La Paz Rd. Call 565-7247 or visit thinkcamps.org.
Discovery Camp. Discover the world of science in a fun environment. Campers make water rockets, slime, speakers, and more. Mon.-Fri., July 25-29, 8:30am-2:30pm. $295; scholarships and aftercare available. Grades 5-8.
Computer Quest. For newbs, video-game creators, and graphic designers alike. Become a computer wiz at computer camp! Five one-week sessions for different levels and themes. Mon.-Fri., 9am-3pm. Three one-week sessions, Mon.-Fri., June 27 - July15. $330; scholarships available. Grades 1-8.
Wilderness Youth Project Summer Camp
This incredibly popular camp held a lottery in February for its summer slots and is placing campers on a waiting list. Visiting a different wild place in S.B. every day, (with transportation provided from area parks), the children love it, and the high counselor-to-child ratio, and the wait list prove it. Prices run from $255-$860, depending on age and length of excursion (some are overnight backpacking trips). Visit wyp.org/programs/summer.htm to join the wait list.
Youth Adventure Camp
Channel Islands Outfitters’ summer camp provides a unique outdoor environment where kids can learn valuable skills and make new friends through programs that are challenging, educational, and fun. Experiences include kayaking, surfing, hiking, stand-up paddle boarding, biking, camping, and lessons in wilderness survival basics, Chumash culture, organic agriculture, and “leave no trace” principles. Field trips include a visit to Channel Islands National Park; transportation is provided to all mainland, coastal, and island locations.
Mon.-Fri., 8:45am-3pm. Meets at Shoreline Café at Leadbetter Beach. Call 899-4925.
Session 1: June 20 - July 1. $990. Ages 9-12.
Session 2: July 11-15. $495. Ages 9-12.
Session 3: Aug. 1-12. $1,200. Ages 13-16.
Enrichment & Academics
Dubin Learning Center
Celebrating its 32nd summer, the Dubin Learning Ctr. has helped thousands of students, ranging from the underachiever to the gifted, reach their potential. Educational therapy is available for students with learning differences, ADD, dyslexia, and Asperger’s. Academic tutoring is offered for all subjects, as well as test preparation for SAT, SSAT, and ISEE. Instruction is individual.
Programs start Monday, July 18, and run until the start of the school year. 112 W. Cota St. Call 962-7122 or visit dubinlearningcenter.com.
Campers participate in hands-on enrichment activities and awesome adventures in science, art, computers, cooking, music, swimming, as well as summer kids’ summer games. Hosted by the Marymount School of S.B.
Two-week session, June 20 - July 2, 9am-3pm. Camp meets at Marymount’s campus, 2130 Mission Ridge Rd. $460/session, with extended day care and lunch options available. Grades K-6. Contact Elizabeth Hansen at 569-1811 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Math Camp at S.B. Family School
Kids who like to “play with numbers” will enjoy fun, hands-on exploration of creative mathematics themes. The camp is run by an area math-team coach with more than 12 years of experience and has a student-to-instructor ratio of no more than 6:1. Each camp session has a different theme, including “MatheMagics,” “The Art of Math and the Math of Art,” “Game Design,” “Cryptography,” “Infinity and Beyond,” “Prime Time,” and “The Sport of Math and the Math of Sports.”
Multiple one-week sessions, June 6 - Aug. 19. Camp meets in Goleta. $165/session. Grades 4-9. Contact Skona Brittain at 680-9950 or visit sbfamilyschool.com/camps.
A vacation Bible school camp designed to teach children about the Bible through singing, recreational games, crafts, and Bible stories.
Mon.-Fri., Aug. 1-5, 8:45am-noon. Montecito Covenant Church, 671 Cold Spring Rd. $45/$55 per child or $120/$135 per family depending on registration date. Grades 1-8. Contact Ashley Miller at 969-0373 or visit mcchurch.org.
The S.B. chapter of Soroptimist International group’s summer program for Kindergarten-aged children teaches campers about safety at home and away through songs, experience, and other activities. Kids drive miniature cars to learn street and pedestrian safety, and visits from police officers, firefighters, and EMTs will help campers learn about other areas of safety crucial to this age group.
Multiple one-week sessions, June-Aug. Mon.-Fri., 8:30am-noon. Camp meets at Foothill, Franklin, El Camino, and Isla Vista Elementary Schools. Ages 5-6. $125-$145/session; scholarships available. Call 252-7998 x619 or visit sbsoroptimist.org/safety_town.html.
S.B.’s Jewish day camp returns for its seventh summer! Accredited by the American Camp Assn., Camp Haverim uses a nondenominational approach to its activities — including art, music, newspaper, drama, talent shows, daily swimming (or an alternative water activity, such as slip-n-slide), and a full array of sports to campers in grades K-6. (A separate program with more challenging activities is available for kids in grades 7-8.)
Multiple two-week sessions: July 18-29 or Aug. 1-12, 9am-3pm. Camp meets at The Cate School, 1960 Cate Mesa Rd., Carpinteria. Call 895-6593 or visit camphaverim.com.
Maximum fun is the motto of this camp. Campers are introduced to a variety of radical, challenging activities, including kiteboarding and a visit to an indoor rock-climbing wall.
Four one-week sessions, extended care available; Mon.-Fri., 9am-4pm. Camps meet June 13-17, June 27 - July 1, July 11-15, and Aug. 1-5. Cabrillo Bathhouse, 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd. $303/$275 RDC. Ages 8-12. Call 897-2680 or visit sbparksandrecreation.com/summerfun.
Operating for more than 20 years, the Dunn School’s day camp programs for children are led by teachers, college and high school counselors, and counselors-in-training. Busy and engaging activities are designed for specific age groups, with half- and full-day camps for kids ages 2-3; and three and five full-day options for ages 4-5 and grades K-5. Camps with special interests and themes are also offered; see website for details.
Multiple sessions, June 13 - Aug. 5, 9am-2pm. Camps meet at the Dunn School in Los Olivos. Contact Ilise Garvin at 686-0619 or visit dunnschool.org.
Where else can you learn about barbecue sauce, rescue knots, and capybaras in the same month? Transform ordinary summer days into whimsical adventures through games, learning activities, and field trips at the Lompoc YMCA’s summer day camp.
Weekly sessions, Mon.-Fri., June 6 - Aug. 19. Camp meets at Buena Vista Elementary, 100 Aldebaran Ave. #P-3, Lompoc. $130; financial assistance available. Contact Stephanie Silva at 763-3483 or email email@example.com.
Two age-specific American Camping Association-accredited outdoor day camps for children in elementary school: Camp Adventure (grades K-3), and Camp Challenge (grades 4-6). Activities include arts and crafts, bike trips, and sports and games. Campers also embark on field trips to area beaches, parks, and kids’ attractions, in addition to day trips to Southern California-area amusement parks like Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor, and overnights are led by trained and qualified adult camp counselors.
Mon.-Fri., 9am-4pm. Multiple two-week sessions, June 13 - Aug. 19 ($340); and one-week session, August 22-25 ($170). 591 Santa Rosa Ln. Call 969-3288 or visit ciymca.org.
Safe, secure, noncompetitive, stimulating, and fun environment for children in 1st grade and up. Daily activities include drama, gardening, creative writing, arts and crafts, games, cooking, and music. Campers enjoy daily trips to area parks, beaches, historical sites, and more.
Mon.-Fri., June 6 - Aug. 19, 7:30am-5:30pm. All-day and half-day schedules available for single or multiple weeks. Rainbow School, 5689 Hollister Ave., Goleta. Call 964-4511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nine weekly sessions, June 6 - Aug., 5, with flexible scheduling. Camp meets at Goleta Valley Junior High, 6100 Stow Cyn. Rd., Goleta. $160/week or $35/day or $25/half-day. Ages 7-15. Contact Ginnie or Becky at 729-2152.