Families in Orange County have a wide variety of Summer Camps to choose from for their active youngsters. Whether you’re looking for a camp about horses or robotics, Legos or gymnastics, Orange County has something to suit all interests and abilities with camps for all ages from pre-k through 12th grade. Here is a list of some of the summer camps available in OC.
Note: Many programs have been modified with many cancelling their in-person summer camps and some still undecided. Please use the links to check with each program to find the latest updates.
Location: Yorba Linda, Laguna Hills, and Costa Mesa, CA
Online Options: YES
Dates: Summer & School Year Programs
ArtSteps has added online options for ages 8 and up including online cartooning, anime, portraiture, and monster clay creations.
Weekly summer camps are offered at the Yorba Linda location for children ages 4-18. Focus is on fun for all artists, beginner to advanced.
Baseball Camps in OC
Teaching & Techniques For Hitting, Pitching, Catching And Defensive Training. 3 differentcamps offered this Summer. Register today!
Location: Orange County, CA
Ages: Varies by camp
Dates: See camp pages
There are several summer baseball camps in Orange County.
- Cal State Fullerton Titans Baseball
- Chapman University Panther’s Baseball Camp
- OC Baseball Camp
- Sabertooth Baseball Camp – Orange, CA
- SoCal FCA Baseball
Bionerds classes are currently offered in person and online and are subject to change based on guidelines.
Location: Rancho Santa Margarita
Ages: Kindergarten – 8th grade
Dates: Open year-round
Time: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-3pm
Highlights: Voted as best science camp for two years in a row, Bionerds is proud to be serving Orange County since 2015. Their summer season offers week-long summer camps, filled with hands-on biology activities. They offer Girl Scout programs that allow girl scouts to receive patches from them. Bionerds even offer after-school activities that encourage fun-learning even when their school day is over!
Location: Laguna Niguel and Tustin
Dates & Time: Varies depending on the program
Highlights: This learning center enhances your child’s mind by incorporating excitement while learning. Their classes range from Forensics, Chemistry, Engineering, Robotics, Wood Shop, Digital Arts, Virtual Reality, Tutoring and more! Brainbuilders wants your child to keep the FUN in functional learning! The fun learning doesn’t have to stop when summer is over. Brainbuilders also offers after school and weekend enrichment classes.
All Bricks 4 Kidz programs are scheduled to be conducted virtually until further notice.
Location: Anaheim, Villa Park, Orange, Irvine, Huntington Beach
Ages: 5 – 13+
Dates & Time: Check your nearest location for more information
Highlights: Bricks 4 Kidz is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) learning program. They encourage children to use their creativity, design, construct and apply educational content that will help and develop skills for lifelong success. Their activities are designed to trigger your children’s imagination and build self confidence. They provide different levels of builds based off skill level and incorporate high-interest themes including Comic Creators, Space Adventures, Mining & Crafting, and more.
2021 camps scheduled to continue as planned.
Location: Newport Beach Back Bay & Salt Creek Beach
Dates: Week long camps June 7 to August 20
Highlights: California Junior Lifeguards offer programs at the Newport Back Bay and Salt Creek Beach. One week day camps run from 9 -1 or 9-3pm for children ages 6-12. This safe aquatic camp environment offers skilled instructors and a combination of aquatic and dry land activities designed to build physical endurance and coordination and improve overall confidence.
Location: Cypress Community Center – 5700 Orange Ave, Cypress
Ages: 1st – 7th Grade
Dates & Times: Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Highlights: Camp Cypress runs June 15 – August 13 for $138 per week per child. Each week has a fun theme with games, activities, arts and crafts, and special events. A part time summer camp program is offered for ages 5 – 12 on Tuesdays and Thursdays only from 1PM – 4PM for only $34 per week per child with a weekly visit from the Kona Ice Truck. Additional limited-time specialty and sports-themed camps are offered as well. Virtual summer camp programs are offered for those seeking online options.
Location: Murdy Park – 7000 Norma Drive, Huntington Beach
Dates & Times: July 5 – August 13, 2021 from 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Highlights: Camp HB campers will enjoy six fun-filled weeks at the newly renovated Murdy Park Community Center. Each week-long session incorporates a theme: Aloha week, Splash week, Adventure week, Safari week, Olympics week, and Under the Sea week. Cost is $175 per week, per camper.
Location: Yorba Linda
Ages: Preschool – 8th grade
Dates & Time: June 21-August 27, 2021; 9:00 – 4:00
Highlights: Let your kids let loose, explore and connect at Camp Heritage Oak. Every day at Camp Heritage will be something different, giving your kids the opportunity to learn new things in a fun and interactive way. Activities include Friday water play at the campus splash pad. The camp program features themed weeks around kid favorites like dinosaurs, science, jungle animals, the wild west, marine life, and more.
Dates & Time: June 28 – July 30, 2021
Highlights: Camp Izza provides an environment where children can thrive and express themselves. They encourage the children to make new friends along the way, making their time at Camp Izza more memorable and enjoyable. Some of the past activities include creating sidewalk art, going on treasure hunts, enjoying super sundaes, brain teaser challenges and so much more!
Location: Newport Dunes
Dates: June 7 – August 13, 2021
Highlights: Camp James is a traditional outdoor day camp for children ages 4-13. Camp James offers a variety of activities and opportunities for skill development. All activities take place on the Newport Dunes campgrounds. Groups are co-ed and according to age.
Location: Various parks, beaches and community centers in Newport Beach
Ages: Preschool – 17
Dates & Times: Week-long camps
Highlights: Camp Newport is run by the City of Newport’s Parks & Recreation department and there are a variety of themed and special interest camps. From science and sports to art and music, there is something every child will enjoy. Techies can expand their engineering and coding skills in a Brainstorm camp and animal lovers can explore life under the sea in the Ocean Adventure Program.
Location: Pacific Marine Mammal Center – 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Dates & Times: Week-long camps run from July 5 – August 16. Camp runs Monday – Thursday 9:00 – 3:00, and Friday from 8:30 – 11:00 at an offsite location.
Highlights: Campers at Camp Pinniped will go behind the scenes at the rehabilitation center and learn about the importance of care and conservation for marine mammals like seals and sea lions. They’ll get the opportunity to care for the animals by making fish smoothies, weighing fish, and cleaning pens. Campers’ learning will be reinforced through arts and crafts, games, science labs, and more. Daily themes offer a well-rounded exploration and education of the ocean environment.
Location: Peralta Park – 115 N. Pinney Ave., Anaheim & Downtown Anaheim Youth Center – 225 S. Philadelphia St., Anaheim
Dates & Times: Monday – Friday, June 14 – August 20
Highlights: Weeklong summer camp programs with multiple weekly themes. Camp program includes crafts, games, science exploration, and sports. There is also a Teen Venture program available in three 3-week sessions for ages 13-16 available at Peralta Park.
Program is currently on hold. Please check back for updates.
Location: San Juan Capistrano
Dates & Time: June – August / 9:00 – 2:00
Highlights: At Capistrano Acting Academy, they want their students to achieve all levels of artistry and performance. They want to make every child’s dream of becoming a performer possible. They offer high quality courses that include workshops for acting, comedy, improv and also summer theatre camps with performances and showcase events.
Location: Howlands Landing, Catalina Island
Ages: 1st Grade – 10th Grade
Dates & Times: June 21 – August 16, 2021
Highlights: Catalina Island Camps offer overnight camp experiences for campers in 1st through 10th grade. Sessions range from one week for the youngest campers to four weeks when you combine sessions. There is a Campers In Leadership Training Session for 10th graders. All campers will get the opportunity to learn and participate in many activities including diving, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, sailing, archery, ropes courses, gardening, and more.
Programs are on hold until restrictions are lifted.
Location: Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Newport Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente
Dates & Time: TBA
Highlights: Culinary Kids inspires children to cook, create and collaborate in the kitchen. Your little chef will be given the essential cooking skills that will guide them to make mouthwatering and sensational kitchen masterpieces!
Location: Environmental Nature Center – 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA
Ages: Pre-K – 8th Grade
Dates & Times: Weekly sessions from June 21-August 13; Camp is Monday through Thursday.
Highlights: The Environmental Nature Center hosts a variety of summer camps for kids. Little Naturalists Summer Camp and Summer Adventure Nature Camp will be held on site at the nature center with campers engaged in outdoor activities and learning scientific concepts with hands on activities, arts and crafts, games, stories and more.
Location: Newport Beach
Ages: All ages
Dates & Times: Check website for details and to schedule your lessons
Highlights: Endless Sun Surf was established in 1963 and is Newport Beach’s original surf school. Thousands of people of all ages have learned to surf at Newport Pier. Instructors are CPR-certified and are professional surfers that are excited to share their passion with their students. They encourage future students to book their lessons at least one day in advance.
Location: Etnies skate Park – 20028 Lake Forest Drive, Lake Forest
Dates & Times: Monday – Friday 10AM – 2PM, June 7 – August 13
Highlights: Weeklong summer skate camps available! Campers will get first hand instruction on the course plus design a custom t-shirt. $249 per camper.
Location: Anaheim Hills, Historic Anaheim, North Tustin, Preparatory Academy, San Juan Capistrano
Ages: Age 2-4 / Grades K-12th
Dates & Time: TBA
Highlights: Fairmont Summer Programs inspire young minds with adventures while learning at the same time. Their environment encourages kids to make friends, try new things and create memories that will last a lifetime. Fairmont wants to empower their students to become the best versions of themselves. They have a ACA-accredited camp and a line-up of enrichment courses that is catered to your child’s needs and family’s schedule.
Camp updates are not available. Check back for details.
Location: Shipley Nature Center – 17851 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Ages: 6 – 11
Dates & Times: TBA
Highlights: The week-long summer camps are offered by the Orange County Department of Education in a partnership with Inside the Outdoors. Four weeks will be held at Shipley nature Center in Huntington Beach. There will be a one week session will be held at Rancho Sonado from June 22-26 and a one week session at Irvine Regional Park from August 3-7 Weekly themes for the outdoor, science-focused day camps are Biggest, Brightest, Best Week Ever, Outdoor Superstars, Get Your Scientist On, Water Week, and Scales, Feathers, and Fur.
Location: San Clemente
Ages: 6 and above
Dates & Times: June 7 – July 30, 2021 Monday-Friday, 9:00 – 12:00 & 1:00 – 4:00
JP’s Surf Camp has been proudly serving their community since 2001. This camp offers children and adults the opportunity to learn how to properly surf. Having a smaller class provides the students with more instructor to student attention, ensuring a safer environment to learn to surf.
Location: Veterans Hall – 209 N. Orange St.
Dates & Times: June 7 – August 13, Monday – Friday 7 AM – 6 PM
Highlights: There are 10 weeks of summer fun with weekly themes, off-site excursions, movie days, and lots of activities to keep campers moving and having fun. Fee is $130 per week per camper and includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
Location: Lake Forest Sports Park & Recreation Center – 28000 Rancho Parkway
Dates & Times: June 14 – August 14 Monday – Friday (Program times vary)
Highlights: Weeklong summer camps available with full day schedules for ages 6-11 and half day schedules for ages 3-5. Includes traditional summer camp activities, games, crafts, and more. Additional specialty camps available for all ages.
Dates & Times: Visit website for updates
Highlights: Spark a new interest or build a new skill with free Microsoft summer camps. Choose from options such as Cuisine from Around the World or how to start your own business. Themes include STEM, Coding, Gaming, exploring creativity with digital tools, bettering the community, a week at the museum, and around the world in five days.
Location: Oak Canyon Nature Center – 6700 E. Walnut Canyon Rd., Anaheim
Dates & Times: Monday – Friday 9am – 12pm
Highlights: Campers will be immersed in nature play and science exploration and lots of outdoor fun. Choose from nine week-long sessions each with a different science-focused theme.
Location: Ocean Institute – 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point, CA
Ages: 5 – 17
Dates & Times: June 7 – August 13, 2021; Monday through Friday 9:00 – 4:00
Highlights: The Ocean Institute in Dana Point offers engaging, hands-on learning all summer long. Campers will experience the learning labs, tidepools, and unique maritime vessels in the week-long sessions. Camps are organized by age groups and activities are geared to each age group. Activities include meeting live animals, learning new songs and games, arts and crafts, using scientific tools, solving mysteries, taking a boat ride, kayaking, and much more. Virtual and in-class opportunities available.
Reptile Zoo Summer Camp
Location: Prehistoric Pets – 18818 Brookhurst Street, Fountain Valley
Ages: 5 – 12
Dates & Times: Monday – Friday 9AM – 12PM
Highlights: Animal-loving kids can sign up for summer camp and learn to be a junior zookeeper. The Reptile Zoo camps include hands-on behind the scenes experiences including handling live snakes and digging for fossils. Campers will learn about habitats and ecosystems, food chains and other animal facts. Sign up for full week summer camp or choose the Monday, Wednesday, Friday option. There are three week-long sessions to choose from. Campers will receive a camp shirt, workbook, jr. zookeeper certificate, and a six month membership to the Reptile Zoo.
Location: Rise Up Athletics – 10712 Reagan St, Los Alamitos, CA 90720
Dates & Times: Monday through Friday 8:00 – 12:00
Highlights: Campers are grouped by age and skill level and participate in an engaging selection of activities including cheer and gymnastics instruction, games, arts and crafts, interactive play, obstacle courses, and more. Rise Up Athletics camps are perfect for improving motor skills and encouraging strong, active bodies.
Location: Location varies by program
Ages: 3 – 17
Dates & Times: Varies by program
Highlights: San Clemente offers an extensive collection of summer camp options for all ages. View their summer camp guide to find the perfect choice for your camper.
Check back for updates
Location: San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary – 5 Riparian View Road, Irvine
Ages: 7 and up
Dates & Times: TBA
Highlights: Sea & Sage Audubon Nature Day camps give campers the opportunity to get hands-on in nature and enjoy outdoor activities. Campers will enjoy bird walks and observations, journaling, games, songs, arts and crafts, dissections, presentations, learning about bugs, plants, and animals, scavenger hunts, and more.
Location: 154 South Shaffer Street, Orange
Ages: K – 8th Grade
Dates & Times: June 3 – Aug 6, 2021; Monday – Friday 7:00am – 5:30pm
Highlights: Choose from one day per week to 5 full days per week, with 10 weeks of summer camp planned at St. John’s Lutheran School. Each week is based on a fun summer theme withSTEM activities, pizza lunch and waterslides on Wednesdays, and five off-site field trips scheduled. Prices vary based on camp attendance.
Location: 24741 Chrisanta Drive, Mission Viejo
Ages: Pre-school – 8th Grade
Dates & Times: TBA
Highlights: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) based summer camps provide engaging hands-on learning opportunities for campers. Younger campers learn and explore with engaging hands-on educational activities, and elementary-aged campers work together to learn how to solve real-world problems through academic principles and concepts in a fun and encouraging setting. Middle School aged campers will participate in subject-based enrichment, receive test prep for high school entrance exams and more.
Check back for summer camp updates.
Location: Yorba Linda – 4965 Yorba Ranch Road
Ages: All ages
Dates & Time: TBA
Highlights: Yorba Linda has been serving the North Orange County community for over 25 years. Throughout the years, they have built the reputation for building their student’s martial arts skills along with building their character. Their classes combine discipline, hard work, and fun to creative a conductive learning environment for their young minds. Their goal is to help their students to become the best versions of themselves in all aspects of their lives.
YMCA 2021 Summer programming begins in June.
Location: Locations throughout Orange County
Ages: All ages
Dates & Times: Full and Half Day Options, June Through August
Highlights: Summer camps at the YMCA are packed full of activities and exciting adventures. Camps include educational STEAM curriculum, special clubs like cooking, coding, and art, service learning projects, games, crafts, and more. Weekly themes set the pace for the week such as Splish Splash, Globe Trekkers, Team Player, and Foodielicious. Campers will have the #BestSummerEver with field trips to fun destinations such as Soak City, Aquarium of the Pacific, Medieval Times, bowling, the beach, and more.
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