Most kids look forward to the lazy days of summer. Most parents dread the never ending days of trying to find activities to keep the kids busy until September. For families looking for a happy medium, summer day camps may be just the thing. The kids get to have fun and learn at the same time, while mom and dad get them out of the house to enjoy a few hours of peace and quiet.
For Southern California residents, here’s a list of the 5 top educational summer camps in Los Angeles.
The Natural History Museum offers Adventures in Nature summer day camps for kids in grades K-6. Youngsters can learn about earth’s physical features, animals, and people and places all around the world. They get to see that the Natural History Museum is much more than a dinosaur warehouse.
The day camps runs from July-August from 9am -3pm. Each camp session is one week in length. The cost for NHM members is $250.
The California Science Center provides a variety of classes and summer camps for preschool up through 8th grade. For example, young third and fourth grade inventors can enroll in the Invention Convention session or Fantastic Physics in which they can design roller coasters and sailboats and learn about the relationship between energy and motion. If your son or daughter loves to design and learn how things work, the California Science Center may be just the place for him or her.
The summer day camp begins June 20th and runs until August 19th. The cost for science center members is $135 per session.
If your child loves the ocean and everything that lives in it, the Aquarium of the Pacific has a unique program for future marine biologists. Participants can go behind the scenes to meet animal care staff, explore Pacific marine life up-close, and make arts and crafts that teach them about animals that call the ocean home. The camp’s first session runs from July 11-15. The cost is $160 per week for non-members ans $140 for aquarium members. Parents can choose either a full day (8am-5pm) or half-day (8am-12pm or 1pm-5pm) program. The classes are arranged by grade level.
For kids interested in the wild kingdom, The Los Angeles Zoo has summer programs for toddlers through preteens. Zoo campers get to learn about different animals through activities, docent led tours, and other fun and safe activities. ZooCamp begins in July and runs through the end of August. The camp hours are 9 am-3 pm Monday through Friday. For zoo members the fee is $240 for each weekly session.
If you’re the parent of a preteen through college-bound teen, Education Unlimited offers a variety of programs designed for older campers. With a focus on kids in grades 4-12, Education Unlimited camps focus on areas like public speaking, college prep, science for girls, drama, creative writing, video and computer program design. Fees and costs vary depending on the location and type of camp your child is enrolled in ( day, overnight). In Los Angeles summer camps are scheduled to be held at UCLA and Caltech.
For more information about each camp and the application process, call or visit the site online.