Summer camp is the perfect place for children to explore their interests, make new friends, and have tons of fun!

Enjoy watching your children become more confident, independent, and responsible while they develop important social and emotional skills.

No matter the age and interests of your little one, there is sure to be a program that meets your needs. Check out our roundup of summer camps in the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas for this upcoming summer 2017.

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San Francisco

Children’s Creativity Museum: Creativity Camps
221 Fourth St., San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 820-3320

Creativity Camp: Art Lab
June 12-16, 2017
3-5 years
Nurture your child’s creativity through songs, stories, games, and sensory-based art, all while building creative confidence and encouraging exploration of new sensory experiences.

Creativity Camp: Dinosaurs
August 7-11, 2017
3-5 years
Stoke your child’s curiosity and imagination with fun stories, songs, and activities surrounding the prehistoric reptiles that once ruled the Earth.

San Francisco Recreation & Parks

Kindergarten Readiness
June 5-July 31, 2017
Cayuga Playground, 301 Naglee St., San Francisco, CA 94112
(415) 337-4714
4-5 years

Help ease your preschooler’s transition into kindergarten with exploration through games, songs, science, nature, and art, all while developing important social and academic skills.

Look What I Can Do!
June 5-July 31, 2017
Potrero Hill Rec Center, 801 Arkansas St., San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 695-5009
4-5 years

Your toddler will love building their physical skills as they hop, skip, and jump for joy during a variety of fun activities!

Look What I Explored
June 5-July 31, 2017
Julius Kahn Playground, West Pacific Ave & Spruce St, San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 292-2004
4-5 years

Children will get up and personal with nature as they explore the environment through science activities, crafts, hikes, and stories.

Look What I Made
June 5-July 31, 2017
Midtown Terrace Playground, Clarendon & Olympia Way, San Francisco, CA 94131
(415) 753-7036
4-5 years

Engage children’s imagination and broaden their exposure to various art forms and projects through recycled materials, different art mediums, and the performing arts.

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco Preschool Summer Camps

June 5-August 4, 2017
Merced Park and Laurel Heights Locations
(415) 292-1200
2-5 years

Young campers will enjoy a summer of fun and exploration at one of two beautiful locations. Each two-week session is structured around a captivating theme to engage campers in new activities and unleash their imaginations.

JCCSF Brotherwood Way Preschool, 655 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco, CA 94132
June 5-16: Insect Explorations
June 19-30: Adventures in Outer Space
July 3-7 (no camp July 4): Celebrate America
July 10-21: Building San Francisco
July 24-August 4: Puppetry & Folklore

JCCSF Helen Diller Family Preschool, 3200 California St, San Francisco, CA 94118
June 12-23: Folklore from Around the World
June 26-July 7 (no camp July 4): Puppetry & Folklore
July 10-21: The Natural World
July 24-August 4: Little Chefs

Other camps

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SF Topspin Tennis Camp
June 12-August 4, 2017
Lowell High School, 1101 Eucalyptus Drive, San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 806-0695
4 years and up

SF Topspin Tennis Camp uses skilled instruction combined with mindful awareness to help students realize their full potential as tennis players while emphasizing teamwork, leadership, competitiveness, and sportsmanship.

Caring Creatives Art and Nature Camp
June 5-September 1, 2017
3450 Sacramento Street #502, San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 796-2336
3-13 years

Your child will cultivate a lifelong relationship with nature at this 100 percent outdoors (rain or shine!) summer camp. With an emergent and child-directed learning philosophy, this camp will inspire endless curiosity in young explorers.

Nature Nurture Summer Camp
June 12-August 18, 2017
93 Moraga Ave, San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 751-4000
3-6 years

Nature walks, explorations, and adventures characterize this small-group camp that emphasizes learning and practicing the art of being kind to nature, others, and themselves through games, stories, and teamwork.

San Francisco Zoo Camp
June 5 – August 18, 2017
Sloat Boulevard at the Great Highway, San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 753-7080
4-17 years

Summer Zoo Camp is the perfect place for your animal-loving child to enjoy summer adventures! It’s also one of the most educational and entertaining day camps in the Bay Area.

Moving Arts Studio Summer Dance and Movement Camps
June 19-August 11, 2017
915 Cayuga Ave., San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 408-5500
4-11 years

Get moving with full days of dance, acrobatics, choreography, and/or theater, plus crafts and a visit to nearby Balboa Park (weather permitting) for lunch and play time. Each week of camp will focus on a different theme, such as ballet, theater, or contemporary dance.

Los Angeles

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Fitness By The Sea Day Camp
June 12-September 1
Four locations in the Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica
(310) 459-2425
4-14 years

These beachside camps offer more than 80 activities, including surfing, dance, team sports, gymnastics, and crafts! Located in Santa Monica and Palisades with transportation from LA and the San Fernando Valley.

Sandy Days Kids Camps
June 12-September 2
Tower 10 at Will Rogers State Beach, Just South of PCH & Temescal Canyon
(310) 569-1274
5-14 years

Kids will love swimming, boogie boarding, paddling, gymnastics, team and individual sports, dance, arts and crafts, cabana games, creative performances, and sand activities—all on the beach!

Camp Wildfolk
June 19-August 25, 2017
1265 N. Fairfax Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90046
(424) 341-5522
4-12 years

A project-based learning camp that puts campers’ ideas and expression first. Camp activities are hands-on, camper-centered, and encourage camper voice and choice, whenever possible.

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Aerial Warehouse Summer Camp
June 12-August 25, 2017
3961 Sepulveda Blvd. 100, Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 397-2200
5 years and up

Featuring aerial and action arts parkour, aerial silks, hoop, trapeze, trampoline, tumbling, dance games, and more!

Steve & Kate’s Camp
June 12-August 25
Altadena, LA- Hancock Park, LA-Westside, LA-Westwood/Beverly Hills, Manhattan Beach, Valley Village
Tarzana: (818) 345-3002 and Santa Clarita: (661) 257-0266
4-12 years

This summer camp trusts kids with the freedom to select whatever activity they want—choose from film, fashion, breadmaking, coding, music, sports, and more!

Leo Baeck Temple ECC Summer Camp: Camp Kayitz!
June 12-August 11, 2017
1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA, 90049
(310) 476-2274
2-5 years

With one-, three-, and nine-week options, camp offers weekly theme-based activities, including sports, art, music, Israeli dancing, water play, movement, drama, Shabbat celebrations, and more. Open to non members.

Sinai Temple Summer Camp
June 26-August 4, 2017
10400 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90024
(310) 859-1758
3-5 years

Preschoolers and rising kindergarteners will thrive in a safe, enriching environment with teachers who promote each child’s happiness, well-being, and self-esteem.

Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue: ECC Summer Camp!
June 26-August 3, 2017
24855 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA
(310) 456-2296
2-5 years

Have fun this summer with water play, theater, bubbles, outdoor adventures, mad science, and more!

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Westside JCC Presents: JCAMPjr Preschool Camp
June 27-August 19
5870 W. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, CA
(323) 556-5251
2-5 years

Activities at this arts and adventure summer camp program will focus on a different monthly theme, all under the umbrella of enriching Jewish early childhood education curriculum, including music and movement, stories and plays, light, art, science, cooking, group games, and play. For more information or to register, contact Deborah Kaplan at 323.556.5251 or dkaplan@westsidejcc.org

Temple Akiba ECC: Summer Camp
June 12-August 11, 2017
5249 Sepulveda Blvd. Culver City, CA, 90230
(310) 398-1637
2-5 years

Since 1967, Akiba Day Camp has provided fun-filled summers for children. Campers can choose from nine weeks of summer fun including swimming, sports, art, field trips, and much more. Camp is open to the public; no temple membership or preschool enrollment required.

Temple Isiah Preschool Summer Camp
June 26-August 18, 2017
10345 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 277-2772
3-5 years
Each week of camp will highlight an aspect of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) with activities including coding, robotics, physics, light and electricity, as well as tried-and-true favorites such as animal shows, magic, songs, snow, arts and crafts, and much more!

University Synagogue Early Childhood Learning Center: ECLC Mini Camp
June 26-August 18, 2017
11960 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA
2-5 years
(310) 472-0603

Join us for creative art, weekly themes, music, Shabbat, and water play; half- or full-day options are available. Camp is open to synagogue members and non-members.


Know of any other summer programs in your area? Share them in the comments!