Guide to kids’ Summer Camps

Summer’s just around the corner and this guide to summer day camps is here just in the nick of time. Our region offers a bounty of options, so browse the dozens of choices and get those summer plans in gear–before it’s too late!


Camp Keystone
Boating, inflatables, waterslide, horseback riding, archery, go-karts and a zip line. They also offer a sports camp.
Ages 3 to 13
Agoura Hills
(818) 889-2224

Camp Summertime
Go-karts, boating, fishing, rock climbing, swimming, crafts, soccer, theme weeks and inflatable obstacle course.
Ages 4 to 15
(818) 706-7335

Phoenix Ranch Summer Camp
Aquatics, drama, go-karts, nature lore, kids’ night out, sports, dress- up days.
Grades K through 8
Simi Valley
(805) 526-0136

Camp Kinneret
Swimming, arts, nature, field games, gymnastics, mini golf and ropes course.
Grades pre-K through 9
Agoura Hills
(818) 706-8255

Camp Turtle Rock
Sports, archery, climbing wall, swimming, crafts, nature program, inflatables and theme days.
Ages 5 to 14
Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks
(805) 375-2267

Young Set Club Summer Camp
Leadership and team building, hiking, aquatics, cooking, technology, design, sports and archery.
Grades K through 8
Newbury Park
(805) 263-5597


Kingsmen Shakespeare Summer Theatre Camps
Campers can choose from acting workshops on beginning and advanced Shakespeare, musical theater or puppet manipulation.
Ages 8 to 16
Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks
(805) 493-3452

Thrive Dance Center Summer Workshops and Intensives
Workshops geared for all skill levels teach technique and choreography in several dance types.
Ages 3 and up
Newbury Park
(805) 375-9988

Pam Rossi’s Dance Ten
Summer Camp
Ballet, tap, jazz, choreography and costume design plus crafts.
Ages 4 to 10
(805) 529-1958

Youth Musical Theatre
Workshop explores techniques of musical theater performances with focus on acting methods for song interpretation, scene study, voice and song selection, dance and movement, character study, audition techniques, monologue selection and preparation.
Grades 6 through 12
Thousand Oaks
(818) 884-9909


Monarchs Gym Summer Camp
Circuit set-ups on each apparatus combined with games promote participation and skill development.
Ages 4 to 14
Agoura Hills (818) 889-3634
Newbury Park (805) 375-4663

Junior Golf Camp
Fundamentals of golf including full swing, chipping, pitching, sand play, putting, rules and etiquette in a fun learning environment.
Ages 6 to 16
Camarillo Springs and
Sterling Hills Golf Courses
(805) 484-1075

Skatelab Summer Camp
Famed skatepark’s summer camp includes instruction on skateboard or scooter in the indoor air-conditioned facility.
Ages 6 to 16
Simi Valley
(805) 578-9928

Los Angeles Rams Camps
Teaching the x’s and o’s of football while creating an unforgettable experience for all participants.
Grades 2 through 12
Various locations throughout L.A.
(805) 540-4875

Nike Malibu Tennis Camp
Instruction by Pepperdine University coaches, drills, match play and court games, plus beach trips and a talent show.
Ages 6 to 11
Pepperdine University, Malibu
(800) 645-3226


Sports Academy features Nike camps, Pro Series camps and Showcase camps.

All Sports: A combination of several sports to develop campers entry-level skills in a positive and encouraging training environment.
Grades 1 through 5

Beach Volleyball: Multiple camps for middle school and high school skill levels, including two college showcase camps.
Grades 6 through 1

Volleyball: Multiple camps identified by skill level and age, so every camper is challenged appropriately. Includes a college prep camp.
Grades 1 through 12

Basketball: Multiple camps that are identified by skill level and grouped by age, so every camper is challenged appropriately. Grades 3 through 12

Futsal: Two camps to help younger kids identify and develop their individual abilities, and older campers will learn to improve speed of play and tactical decision-making skills.
Grades 1 through 8

Football: Multiple non-contact camps, identified by age and/or position, and coached by a well-rounded group of former and current NFL players and coaches, and elite high school coaches.
Grades 1 through 12

Baseball/Softball: Video analysis hitting camps utilizing HitTrax, the first and only baseball simulator.
Grades 5 through 12

Lacrosse: A progressive curriculum of specific skill training sessions.
Grades 3 through 5

Track & Cross-Country: Camps and clubs for middle school and high school runners interested in improving their mechanics, form, speed and endurance.
Grades 6 through 12

Thousand Oaks  |  (844) 518-7246  |


Movie Making Camps
   Hollywood Special Effects: Create green screen and CGI using your iPods.
Ages 6 to 13
   Lego Star Wars: Your mini figures will star in your stop-motion animated movie.
Ages 6 to 12
   Minecraft Movie Making: Use Lego blocks and iPods to create a Minecraft movie.
Ages 6 to 12
   Star Wars–Claymation Galaxy: Build Jedi Knights and Sith lords and use stop-motion animation to bring them to life.
Ages 6 to 12
   Lights, Camera, Action: Learn all the steps needed to film your own movie.
Ages 7 to 13
Calabasas, Agoura, Westlake Village
(818) 702-6000

Camp Helping Hands
Hands-on experiences include field trips that help make the community a better place.
Ages 6 and up
Cal Lutheran University
Thousand Oaks
(805) 244-5071

Jr. Safari
Science-based learning experiences with the zoo’s animals.
Grades 1 through 6
America’s Teaching Zoo
Moorpark College, Moorpark
(805) 378-1441

Bizzy Girls Camp
Entrepreneurship skills. Campers develop a product line, write business plan, learn branding, marketing and sell products at a pop-up store.
Ages 6 to 12
Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks
(844) 310-0190

Cali Camp
Offers a classic day camp plus a variety of specialty camps.

   Classic Day Camp: Go-karting, crafts, theater, music, archery, horseback riding and swimming.
Ages 3 to 15
   Equestrian Wrangler Camp: Western, English and bareback riding in arenas and on trails.
Ages 6 to 14
   Adventure Camp: Explore ancient Indian caves, learn animal tracking, zip-line and beach adventures.
Ages 9 and up
   Aerial Arts Camp: Trapeze lessons, silks and lycra instruction, poi, juggling, acrobatics and hula hooping.
Ages 6 and up
(310) 455-0404

Pacific Camps
Spiritual atmosphere with Christian worship, character development, games, climbing wall and field trips.
Grades K through 8
Newbury Park (805) 499-8676
Camarillo (805) 482-5250

Camp Gan Alonim
Jewish life experienced through singing and Israeli dance plus horseback riding, a climbing wall and hiking through 2,800 picturesque acres.
Grades K through 6
Simi Valley
(877) 225-6646

Elvenstar Riding Academy
All aspects of horsemanship including riding skills and horse care, plus games and crafts.
Ages 7 and up
(805) 529-2800

Underwood Family Farms
Interact with farm animals, bring home fruits and veggies picked from the field and put on an animal show.
Ages 4 to 15
(805) 529-3690


Destination Science offers several camps, each with its own theme.
Ages 5 to 11
   Robotic Mystery Camp: Design and build a robot.
   Crazy Contraption Demolition Camp: Design forts and contraptions.
   Journey into Space & Movie- Making Camp: Build a Mars rover and produce a movie.
   Coaster Science and Mad Chemistry Camp: Construct roller coasters and create lab experiments.
Oak Park and Woodland Hills
(888) 909-2822

iD Tech Camps
Learn coding, robotics, video game design and video production.
Ages 7 to 17
California Lutheran University
Thousand Oaks
(888) 709-8324


Camp Al Paca
Field trips to the beach, the zoo, and a local farm as well as busy days at the ranch cooking, playing sports, music and games, doing art projects, caring for the ranch animals and hiking.
Ages 14 and up
Golden Heart Ranch
(310) 798-9933

We Rock the Spectrum Summer Camp
Arts and crafts, cooking and music for kids with special needs as well as any interested kids.
Any age special needs
Agoura Hills
(818) 991-5437

Ride On Horse Therapy
Mounted lessons and horse care plus crafts for both special needs and able-bodied riders in a combined setting.
Ages 7 and up
(volunteers 14 and up)
Newbury Park
(805) 375-9078

The Friendship Circle
Special-needs campers enjoy field trips, music, arts and crafts and special performances in a spirited camp environment with one-on-one interaction with teen volunteers.
Ages 6 and up
Agoura Hills
(818) 865-2233


Don’t forget to check out your local YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs, parks and rec district and community centers, which typically offer full-day camps featuring weekly themes, arts and crafts, songs, sports, group games, nature walks and field trips. Enrichment camps for preschoolers and field trip-based camps for teens are also often available. We’ve listed just a few of the many in our region.

Conejo Recreation and Park District
Ages 4 to 12
Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park
(805) 495-2163

Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District
Grades JK through 9
Simi Valley, Oak Park
(805) 584-4400

Southeast Ventura County YMCA
Grades K through 10
Conejo Valley, Simi Valley
(805) 497-3081

Boys & Girls Clubs
Grades K through 12
Conejo Valley, Calabasas, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Camarillo

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