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Guide to the Best Summer Camps in Los Angeles (2023)

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It’s almost summertime in Los Angeles, and that means one thing: it’s time to start planning for a fun-filled summer camp 2023 experience! Whether you’re looking for something educational, recreational, or just plain old fun, there are plenty of great camp options in Los Angeles. From the South Bay and the Westside to the San Gabriel and San Fernando Valley, we’ve compiled some of the best camps the city has to offer, so you can pick the perfect one for your kids ages and interests. 

Camps and More Summer Fun in Los Angeles

It’s time when kids unplug from technology, make new friends and have a blast! Camp provides an unforgettable experience of learning and adventure. After all, summer camp memories last a lifetime! So make sure your kids have the best ones. Have fun exploring all the awesome things to do with kids in Los Angeles! 

In addition to great summer camps, there’s tons of fun things to do with kids in Los Angeles! You can check out one of the many MuseumsZoos & Aquariums, explore the many theme parks or beaches in the area, or go on a family adventure to one of the many nearby hiking trails.  

Want to take a road trip? Check out our Guide to The Best Family Vacation Spots in California!

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South Bay Summer Camp Fair
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Free South Bay Summer Camp Fair

Join us for this fun free event and soak up all the summer camp knowledge. Get to know the local camps, their summer programs, and their staff – all in one place. You won’t want to miss it! Explore your choice of different camp options like music, sports, art and so much more.  Get your free tickets here.

If you are a local camp, we’ve saved a space for you at the fair, but spots are limited! Email us now – [email protected] 

Check out our Guide to the Best Summer Camps in Los Angeles

Best Traditional Summer Camps in LA

There is something for everyone at these traditional camps. Whether your child is into sports, arts and crafts, or nature exploration, these camps give them a little of everything to fit their interests.

Here’s some of our favorite camps to take a look at:

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Steve & Kate’s Camp

The activities available to campers vary from minute to minute and include sewing, stop-motion animation, music, sports and leisure, makers crafts, bread making, and more. They will select their activities and determine their time commitments. With us, our role is to let them do their thing, support whatever creative chances they take, and offer just enough direction to prevent anyone from doing anything not safe.

Locations in Culver City/Mar Vista, Manhattan Beach, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Torrance, Valley Village

Camp Galileo

Galileo runs an evolving series of imagination-sparking programs for rising K – 10th graders, drawing from the innovation process developed by the Stanford

  • Camp Galileo Anywhere (Online): K – 5th grade
  • Camp Galileo: K – 5th grade
  • Galileo Summer Quest: 5th – 8th grade
  • Counselor in Training: 7th – 10th grade
  • Summer Camps @ The Tech: 4th – 8th grade

Cali Camp

Cali Camp is a day camp that caters to all ages, from 4 to 15! All of the activities, from aerial arts camp to action and adventure activities, from outdoor sports and games to creative arts and an equestrian “Wrangler” camp, allow children to connect with nature.

Location: 1717 Old Topanga Canyon Rd. Topanga, CA 90290


These very fun and active day camps are jam-packed with big themes, big ideas, and big fun! The activities and enrichment for each week will be based on a different thematic. Your camper will have a blast at one of these amazing programs, which are designed in the YMCA manner and feature a variety of wacky activities every day.

Available in cities all over Los Angeles County


With the help of top-notch teachers, KidzToPros’ summer sports, STEM, and arts programs aim to provide the next generation the tools they need to make a difference in the world.

Summer Camps In San Gabriel Valley, Central And West Side, South Bay, Westside, Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles County Department of Parks

The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks runs some of the best and most affordable summer camps available within the Los Angeles area. Check out this list of Parks and Rec. day camps available near you. 

Related: Ultimate Guide to 2023 South Bay Summer Camps

Best Performing Arts Summer Camps in LA, Dance and Theater

Are you looking for the best performing arts summer camps in LA? If so, you’re in luck! We’ve put together a list of some of the best Performing Arts, Dance, & Theater Summer Camps in the area. Whether your child is a seasoned performer or just starting out, there’s bound to be a camp that’s perfect for them.

Click here for the Guide to Performing Arts Summer Camps

Related: Ultimate Guide to 2023 South Bay Summer Camps

Best STEM Camps in LA

From robotics to engineering to summer coding, there’s a camp for every kid interested in science, technology, engineering, and math.  

Click here for the Guide to STEM and STEAM Camps in Los Angeles

Related: Ultimate Guide to 2023 South Bay Summer Camps

Best Surf & Beach Summer Camps in LA

What’s better then hanging out at the beach all summer?! If your looking for new skills or maybe just some practice, surf camp can be a great option! These camps also offer all kinds of various activities with water sports like surfing, swimming, boogie boarding, body boarding, and sand castle building. You’ll find most beaches in the Greater Los Angeles are offer Beach summer Camps, like Santa Monica Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Malibu and the Will Rogers State Beach in the Pacific Palisades.

Click here for the Guide to Surf & Beach Summer Camps

Related: Ultimate Guide to 2023 South Bay Summer Camps

Best Art Camps in LA

If you are looking for a summer camp for young creatives, here’s a list to check out! Whether you’re looking for traditional art classes or specialized programs, there’s something that your child will love. From painting to sculpting to digital media, find the perfect camp that fits your child’s interests and skill level.

Click here for the Guide to Art Camps

Related: Ultimate Guide to 2023 South Bay Summer Camps

Best Sports Camps in LA

There are some really great sports summer camps for your child this summer that you’ll want to check out. Los Angeles has some of the best sports programs in the country, and there’s something for everyone. Whether your child is into soccer, baseball, basketball, martial arts, or another sport, there’s a camp that will fit their interests and skills.  

Click here for the Guide to Sports Camps

Related: Ultimate Guide to 2023 South Bay Summer Camps

Overnight Summer Camp in LA

If you’re looking for an adventure this summer, why not consider Sleepaway Camps? Los Angeles has some of the most amazing camps around, from traditional sleep-away experiences to wilderness adventures. You can find a program that will suit your child’s interests and needs — whether they’re more into nature or sports.

Click here for the Guide to Sleepaway Camps

Preschool Summer Camp

Many preschools offer year round school or as we like to call it, Preschool Summer Camp. Check out our list of Guide To South Bay Preschools to see if they offer Summer Camp.

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