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From clowning to coding: Summer camps in San Diego County

Posted at 4:21 PM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-04 19:38:50-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Summer is right around the corner, San Diego.

For younger San Diegans, that means week of adventure and learning at summer camp!

And there's something for every interest around San Diego County. Whether it's a traditional day camp with fun activities or something specific (did someone say Circus Camp?)

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Here's a look at a variety of camps — specialty or traditional — around the county this summer:

Summer Critter Camp
Where: Helen Woodward Animal Center; When: June 10 - Aug. 30
Kids will get to experience animal encounters and summer camp activities, animal-themed games, crafts, songs, and get a free Critter Camp t-shirt.

YMCA Overnight and Day Camps
Where: Various locations; When: June - August
YMCA branches across San Diego County offer up a variety of day and overnight camps, from traditional to specialty, and camps just for sports, leadership, adventure, and more.

Mesa Rim Climbing Camp
Where: Mesa Rim locations; When: March - August
Kids can hit the ropes at Mesa Rim's two San Diego locations, learning yoga, top roping and bouldering skills, or enjoying non-climbing activities like a ninja obstacle course, scavenger hunts, and more.

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park Summer Camp
Where: San Diego Zoo and Safari Park; When: June - August
Campers will get to enjoy a wide variety of animal adventures at the San Diego Zoo or Safari Park, with options for various grade levels and featuring a variety of exhibits, tours, games, crafts, and more.

Girl Scout Camps
Where: Various locations; When: Various dates
Whether or not your child is a Girl Scout yet, they can jump into summer day camps, resident camps, weekend camp outs and more, all featuring educational activities and leadership building fun.

Circus Camp
Where: San Diego Circus Center; When: June 17 - Aug. 9
Kids will learn the fundamentals of circus arts at the San Diego Circus Center's summer camp. Everything from aerial tricks, tumbling, juggling, and clowning to help build strength, teamwork, and focus.

Wildlife Day Camp
Where: Living Coast Discovery Center; When: June 10 - July 26
Campers will experience animal encounters, games, arts and crafts, outdoor exploring, and more while learning about wildlife, conservation, and science.

Outside the Lens
Where: Liberty Station; When: June 21 - Aug. 23
Interested in photography? Kids can jump into a variety of digital media camps throughout San Diego County, designed to build photography and filmmaking skills, promote creativity, and encourage collaboration.

Science Summer Camp
Where: Fleet Science Center; When: June - August
A variety of science-themed activities await covering STEAM topics, wildlife, energy and physics, coding, space, and much more through experiments and hands-on learning.

Youth Programs at La Jolla Playhouse
Where: La Jolla Playhouse; When: June - July
Children will take part in a series of interactive theatre training programs that cover acting, musical theater, stage movement, improvisation, or behind-the-scenes tasks like costumes and props, set design, and technician support.