See a list of the best summer camps, classes, workshops & kids’ nights out for parents and family members to research, find and book the very best activities this summer. Find kids’ summer activities in Orange County and surrounding areas that fit your schedule. Choosing the right summer camp is an individual family choice and the best camp for your friends or neighbors may not be the best camp choice for your children. Find what’s best for your kids.
Full Disclosure: This list is comprised of camps Villa Park parents actually send their kids to, NOT a paid advertising list.
Note: Many summer camp programs have been modified in response to corona virus. Please check the websites of the programs you are interested in for the latest updates.
Where: Yorba Linda, CA
When: Week long camps all summer
Weekly summer camps offered at the Yorba Linda location for children ages 4-18. Focus is on fun for all artists, beginner to advanced, ages 4-18. Additional locations in Costa Mesa and Laguna Hills.
ArtSteps has added a selection of online classes for ages 8 and up including online cartooning, anime, portraiture, and monster clay creations.
Where: Orange County, CA
When: Summer 2021
Ages: See camps
There are several summer baseball camps in Orange County. Camp schedules vary by camp.
- Cal State Fullerton Titans Baseball
- OC Baseball Camp
- Chapman University Panther’s Baseball Camp
- SoCal FCA Baseball
Where: Grijalva Park and Olive Park, Orange, CA
When: Week long camps June to August
All Bricks 4 Kidz camps have changed to virtual programs.
Bricks 4 Kidz camps keep the pace fast and the action going with LEGO® Bricks, games and more to ensure kids will have plenty of LEGO® fun. The camp offers a STEM-enriched experience in a safe and structured environment. Using specialized LEGO® Technic pieces such as gears, axles, and electric motors, children work in pairs to construct a variety of Bricks 4 Kidz models, as well as build creations of their own during free-play periods.
Where: Newport Beach Back Bay & Salt Creek Beach
When: Week long camps June 7 to August 20, 2021
California Junior Lifeguards offers The Back Bay Summer Camp program, a one week long day camp 9-3pm for children ages 6-12. Its central location, near Jamboree Road and Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach, is convenient to all of Orange County. This camp offers a safe aquatic environment with instructors well skilled in the training of participants of all ages. This camp offers a combination of aquatic and dry land activities and is designed to help build physical endurance and coordination, as well as improve the participants overall confidence. There is an additional Junior Guards camp at Salt Creek Beach.
Where: 444 W Katella Ave, Orange, CA 92867
When: Week long camps June – August
Check Website for Updates
Each camp offers gymnastics events, crafts, games, and activities that coincide with the weekly theme. On Friday’s they have an indoor slip n’ slide so don’t forget a bathing suit.
Where: Newport Dunes
When: Week long camps June 7th – August 13th
Camp James is a traditional day camp offered in a natural, outdoor environment. This camp is for ages 4-13 and offers a variety of traditional or theme camp weeks. Camp James strives to expose children to a variety of activities and provide opportunities for campers to increase skill development. All activities take place on campgrounds in the Newport Dunes. Groups are co-ed and according to age. Online registration allows you to select the same group as friends and family.
Where: Discovery Science Center, Santa Ana, CA
Discovery Cube is closed until further notice. Check back later for camp options. Visit Discoverycubeconnect.org for free hands-on educational resources.
Kids travel beyond the classroom to explore during week-long, immersive, hands-on day camps. little scientists ages 5-12 will find themselves engaged in experiments, science challenges and outdoor activities that make them laugh, think and discover new concepts. This year’s camps are being held at the Santa Ana Zoo, Discovery Cube, and San Joaquin Marsh.
Where: Villa Park High School
Ages: 5 – 16
A non-contact football camp where athletes will receive football instruction from varsity coaches and players, and participate in non-contact drills and scrimmages.
Where: Anaheim Hills, Historic Anaheim, North Tustin and Preparatory Academy, San Juan Capistrano
When: Weekly and multi-week programs June to August
Ages: Preschool to High School
Fairmont offers summer camps, summer school, enrichment workshops and summer classes for children preschool to high school. They offer programs at all 5 local campuses (Anaheim Hills, Historic Anaheim, North Tustin and Preparatory Academy, San Juan Capistrano).
Where: The District, Tustin, CA
When: June 1 – August 28
Ages: 7 – Adult (varies by camp)
Fashion Camps include sewing camps, sketching and fashionable fundays. These camps strive for skill building, creativity, confidence, responsibility, pride and thought-provoking work. Register before April 30th and save $20 on camps.
Where: U.C. Irvine, Irvine, CA
When: All summer long
All idTech camps have transitioned to online programming. There will be no on-site instruction.
Learn AI. Build a laptop. Code video games. iD Tech teaches the in-demand skills you just can’t get in school. Camp Specialists will provide personalized recommendations based on your child’s interests.
2021 Camps are expected to continue as planned but please check the website for updates.
Where: Multiple Sites (OC Great Park, Huntington Beach- Edison High School, JSerra High School, San Juan Hills High School, Costa Mesa – Lindbergh Park, Ladera Ranch, and Fullerton)
When: June through early August (multiple camps)
Each day will include football fundamental drills covering different positions, followed by flag football games where players can put those new skills to use. Players will receive instruction from experienced, professional coaches, with age appropriate drills in an approximate 10-1 player to coach ratio.
Camp Haverim and Camp Yeladim will be open for the summer season with modifications to meet CDC recommendations.
Where: Merage JCC, Irvine, CA
When: Week long and multi-week camps from June 7 to August 20
JCamps @ the Merage JCC (1 Federation Way in Irvine) offer Jewish experiences and friendships with a wide variety of options for children age 2-18. Yeladim is for children age 2-4 and Camp Haverim is offered for students TK-11. Camps offer sports, art, outdoor adventure and aquatics as well as building friendship, independence and self esteem.
When: Check site for details
Ages: 6 and up
Sign up for one of Microsoft’s free virtual summer camp programs for kids as young as six years old. Choose from a variety of themes including STEM and coding missions, game on!, digital tools to explore your creative side, bettering the community, a week at the museum and around the world in five days.
Many camps will be scheduled for 2021 – check site to find a camp near you. Details TBA.
Where: Camps throughout Orange County
When: June – August
Ages: 9 – 17
The Nike Basketball Camp includes strength and conditioning workouts, creative drills and real-game situational play to make this one of California’s best day camps.
Soccer camp 2021 Details TBA
Where: Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA
When: Week long July camps available
The Nike Soccer Camp is a week of intensive soccer training combining training methods from the U.S. and Europe to form a full daily schedule, applying challenging drills and new training techniques.
Although the Day Camp is still scheduled, this program is subject to change. Please check in for the latest updates.
Where: Oak Canyon Nature Center, Anaheim Hills, CA
When: Week long camps from July to August
Summer Day Camp for 5-12 year old and runs in week long sessions from 9-1pm. This is the perfect camp for children that love to explore the outdoors and discover nature. At this camp your child will do crafts, play games, take nature walks and learn Native American songs.
There is also a Wilderness Survival camp for 12-14 year olds. Learn teamwork and wilderness skills such as outdoor cooking, first aid, orienteering and archery.
2021 Summer Camps TBA
Where: Shaffer Park, Handy Park, Killefer Park and El Camino Real Park
When: June through August
Ages: Youth Day Camps: 5-12; T4TO: 7th grade through 15 years-old
Youth Day Camps: Kids entering the 1st-6th grade can take part in 9 weeks of summer day camp. Day camps include weekly themed-activities such as sing-alongs, fun sports, group games, creative crafts, site events, optional excursions, and much more.
Teens for Team Orange: T4TO is designed to provide our future leaders with opportunities to build self confidence, enhance leadership skills, explore exciting career paths, and make a difference in the community, all while earning required school service hours.
Where: 30778 Hwy 18, Running Springs, California
When: June – Aug
Pali Adventures offers week-long summer camps with a variety of themes, programs, and activities, including water sports, rock wall climbing, ropes courses, art and design, culinary activities, performing arts and more.
The Rinks camp details coming soon. Please check back for updates.
Where: Anaheim ICE, Yorba Linda ICE, Westminster ICE, Lakewood ICE, Poway ICE
When: Summer 2021
Ages: Youth Day Camps: Novice to AAA Ages 5-14
The Anaheim Ducks Ice programs include professional instruction, on and off the ice sessions and a camp jersey. Hours are approx 8:30-3:30.
Where: Santiago Canyon College, Orange, CA
Hawks Softball Camps are designed to help each participant learn the fundamentals, improve their skills, gain a better understanding of the game, and reach their full potential in a positive, safe and relaxed learning environment. Campers will be divided into small playing groups according to age and ability.
Where: Cerro Villa Middle School, Villa Park, CA
When: Week long camps from June to July
This summer camp is for ages 4-13 and runs in week long sessions all summer. It’s also, conveniently located in Villa Park at Cerro Villa Middle school and offers general, specialty and combination camps as well as extended care. Camp themes include Fashion Design, Junior Chefs, Art, Soccer and baseball just to name a few. Full and half day camps available.
Where: 154 South Shaffer Street, Orange
When: June 3 – August 6, 2021
Ages: K-8th Grade
Attend summer camp with St. John’s Summer in the Son and enjoy weekly water play, games, STEM activities, pizza lunch and waterslides on Wednesdays, movie days, and five field trips scheduled for the summer. Choose to attend one day or all five each week with 10 weeks of camp on the calendar.
Summer programs will be virtual
Where: Segerstrom Center
When: July 13th – August 7th
Ages: 3 and up
Segerstrom Center’s Summer Dance is being offered through the Center for Dance and Innovation. Class camp options include dance, ballet, school of dance and music for children with disabilities. There are a variety of packages to choose from.
Vacation Bible School
VBS Programs and participation may vary by location.
VBS is a specialized form of religious education which focuses on children ages 5-13. Churches usually hold the week-long events during the summer, though the lengths of such programs may vary, and they are sometimes held during other times of the year. Here is a short list of the many churches that hold VBS in the Villa Park area: Salem Lutheran, St. John’s Lutheran, San Antonio Church, St. Norbet’s, St. Paul’s, Hephatha, Calvary Christian School, The Rock Community Church.
The 2020 VBS theme TBA. Featured themes for 2019 included “Roar! Life is Wild * God is Good”, “Athens – Paul’s Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth” and “To Mars and Beyond Cokesbury’s VBS”.
Vans Skate Park is closed until further notice. Check back for updates.
Where: Vans Skate Park, Orange, CA
When: 6 weekly summer sessions (TBA)
Beginner to advanced street skateboarders ages 6-16 will receive tips from Vans instructors.