Mom and Dad's guide to Summer camp

With summer quickly approaching now is the time to start thinking, and planning, camp options. Don't panic because here are a couple of questions to keep in mind when looking for the right camp for your child.

First of all, what are you child's interests? Sports? Drama? There are a plethora of different camps that focus on specific activities or themes.

Just to list a few: Circle T Ranch for the equestrian child, or Lion Heart San Diego where children can learn Roman solider culture, which includes archery and fencing. For a full list on types of camps available click here. 

Also consider your child's specific developmental needs. Are they ready for an all-day program? Would they be more comfortable in an intimate versus large group setting?

Not sure what you're looking for? San Diego Family also has some tips on how to find the right day camp. Click here for more info. 



Sweetwater Horse Camp
Bonita - 619-252-5544
Ages 5-12; Spring, Summer and Fall 
Teaching San Diego’s kids to ride since 1985. Various camp sessions available throughout the spring and summer. Horse Day Camp, Pony Time Camp and Advanced Horse Camp offered depending on level of experience.

YMCA Overnight Camps
Marston, Julian, Imperial Beach - 760-765-0642
Ages 7-17; June 17-August 17 
Three fantastic properties in San Diego County, Camp Marston in the mountains for summer adventures, Raintree Ranch exclusively for horseback riding near Julian, and Camp Surf on the Pacific Ocean.


Women Scientists in Action
Balboa Park - 619-238-1233 x806
5th-8th grade; July 23-27 
Girl power! Join us for an all new “science sampler” just for girls. Each day we’ll explore a new field of science. You’ll interact with local women scientists, participate in incredible hands-on experiments and investigate careers in science.


Neisha’s Dance & Music Academy
Eastlake - 619-585-1133
Point Loma - 619-732-6238
Ages 18 mos.-18 yrs.; Ongoing
From your child’s first class to their graduation performance, ND&MA has a class for everyone! We specialize in beginners of all ages and offer training through pre-professional levels


North Coast Rep Summer Camp
Solana Beach - 858-481-1055
Ages 4-19; June-August 
One-week, half-day performance camps for Broadway Babies & Two-Week, full-day performance camps for elementary through high school actors. We heard your request for more two-week production based camps with more focused age groups! We’re excited to offer more performance-based intensives that will give your child a fun and playful summer. 


San Diego Junior Theatre
Balboa Park - 619-239-1311 
Pre K-12th grade; June 11-August 24
In addition to traditional camp, San Diego Junior Theater offers acting and musical theater camps for those interested in theater performance. Every session of camp is unique. 


Young Performers at La Jolla Playhouse 
La Jolla - 858-550-1070 x101
3rd-12th grade; June-July 
YP@LJP is a series of fun and interactive theatre training programs for children! Choose the perfect fit from our Young Performers’ Workshop (grades 3-12), Young Performers’ Academy (grades 5-12), or Young Performers’ Conservatory (grades 10-12). Want more? Dive into technical theater with our Tech Theatre class (grades 7-12).


Summer Learning Adventure Camp 
at Birch Aquarium
La Jolla - 858-534-7336
Ages 4-15; June 25-July 24 
From the classroom to the seashore, our accredited camps merge scientific exploration with hands-on fun and learning. Campers ages 4-15 investigate marine habitats, create ocean art projects, learn about careers in oceanography, and combine the science and sports of surfing and snorkeling, all while making new friends and memories.


Media Arts Center/ Digital Gym
North Park - 619-230-1938
Ages 6-14; June 18-August 24
During our weeklong summer camps, kids create an original movie from start to finish. Campers learn how to operate a camera, edit in Final Cut Pro, create storyboards and use our Green Screen Studio! A matinee screening of the camper’s film projects will be premiered on the last day of camp in our independent movie theater. No experience necessary. 


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