School's Out for Summer...
And what’s a kid to do? How about study Chinese or act with theater professionals or work on his or her golf swing? Here’s a selective guide to area offerings.
By Noela Hueso 06/01/2010
There’s a moment at the beginning of Disney Channel’s High School Musical 2 when the kids are sitting in class on the last day of school, counting down the seconds until the bell rings. It’s a moment that never seems to come — but when it does, there’s unbridled jubilation and the kids burst into song.
If you’ve got kids at home and they’re not quite out of school yet, they’re probably going through that countdown phase right about now, getting ready to explode into their own version of a Broadway tune. But if you’re like many busy working parents, beyond a family vacation, you may not have planned what you’re doing with them this summer.
If that’s the case, have no fear — it’s not too late! Our handy what-to-do-with-your-kids-this-summer guide has suggestions for the fledgling art lover, athlete and musician, not to mention the kid who needs to bone up on math or science. So when that bell rings, you’ll both be ready. And if all else fails, don't forget to check out area museums and libraries for volunteer and educational opportunities.
Chandler School — Summer @ Chandler
chandlerschool.org | 1005 Armada Dr., Pasadena | (626) 795-9314
Construction of Chandler’s new middle school campus is limiting space this summer, but activities promise to be varied and plentiful with a roster of enrichment classes in journalism, cooking, math, public speaking, sewing, digital photography and comic book design, just to name a few. Off-campus swimming and outdoors sports activities are also offered. Both a lunch program and extended afternoon care are available.
AGES: Kindergarten–6th grade
DATES: June 14–July 23
COST: $120–$230 per week
Pasadena Educational Foundation 2010 Summer Enrichment Program
pasedfoundation.org/summer/summer | 351 S. Hudson Ave., Room 214, Pasadena
(626) 396-3600, ext. 88350
More than 40 classes are offered through the nonprofit PEF, which was founded in 1971 to enhance the PUSD’s educational programs. The Summer Enrichment Program includes art, chess, creative writing, drama, foreign languages, math, music and yoga. Classes are held at Hamilton Elementary and Norma Coombs Alternative School.
AGES: Kindergarten–8th grade
DATES: July 6–Aug. 5
COST: $350 for PUSD students/$425 non-PUSD students
renaissanceacademy.com | 4490 Cornishon Ave., La Cañada Flintridge | (818) 952-3055
Renaissance Academy offers a program that blends mornings of academic studies with afternoons of summer activities, including art, beach trips, camping, drama, hiking, sewing and sports. Program individualized after testing..
AGES: Kindergarten–12th grade
DATES: June 28–August 20
COST: Four-week minumum: $1,220, $305 each additional week; application and testing fees are extra.
Armory Center for the Arts
armoryarts.org | 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena | (626) 792-5101
With titles like “Aviary Adventures,” “Fake Food Feast,” “Secret Hideaway,” Make it Monumental” and “Hilarious Pictures,” the Armory’s classes in art, architecture and photography are sure to pique the interest of kids from pre-school through high school.
AGES: 3–11, middle school, high school
DATES: July 5–Sept. 3
COST: Varies per class; summer high school programs are free.
Art Center for Kids
artcenter.edu/kids | Hillside campus: 1700 Lida St., Pasadena | (626) 396-2246
Art Center College of Design teaches kids year-round, including a seven-week summer program starting in July. Warm-weather offerings include animation, illustration, photography, architecture and still-life drawing.
AGES: Grades 4–8
DATES: July 5–Aug. 13
COST: $260; $275 for the photography class
paintboxkids.com | 1383 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena | (626) 808-0330
Located in a vintage building in Pasadena’s quaint Washington Village district, the studio offers classes in claymation movie making, collage, painting and many other forms of art.
DATES: June 14–Aug. 28
Cookin’ Kids Culinary Camp
cookinkidscamp.com | La Cañada High School, 4463 Oak Grove Dr., Room 105, La Cañada Flintrigde (818) 952-3452
Cooking skills are taught in a series of weekly classes ranging from “Cooking Across America,” which explores regional recipes, to “Backyard BBQ,” which teaches the basics of grilling poultry, beef, pork and salmon.
AGES: 7–11, 12–16
DATES: June 21–Aug. 20
COST: $375 per week (includes all supplies)
Summer Art Academy/Cooking Camp
summerartacademy.com | 1201 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena | (866) 507-COOK
Kids learn to cook in weekly sessions with themes such as
“Chocolate Extravaganza,” “Fabulous Finger Foods,” “International Family Dinner Table” and “TV Chefs Cook Off.” Classes are offered on the campus
of Blair Magnet School.
AGES: 7–11, 12–16
DATES: June 28–Sept. 3
COST: $295 per week, plus $75 supplies fee
Le Studio Dance
lestudiodance.com | 57 Palmetto Dr., Pasadena | (626) 792-4616
Four dance camp sessions — Ballet Intensive, Summer Dance Intensive, Teen Dance Camp and Little Ballerina Boot Camp — offer lessons in ballet, yoga, jazz, hip-hop and lyrical dance.
COST: $100–$175 per two-week session
Pasadena Civic Ballet
pcballet.com | 253 N. Vinedo Ave., Pasadena | (626) 792-0873
PCB offers a six-week summer dance program as part of its year-round curriculum.
DATES: July 5–Aug. 14
COST: One 30-minute class per week for four weeks is $30.
Pasadena Dance Theatre — Summer Intensive
pasadenadance.org | 1985 Locust St., Pasadena | (626) 683-3459
PDT offers a four-week summer program that provides a challenging but nurturing experience for the serious dance student. Curriculum includes ballet technique, pointe, pas de deux, hip-hop and African dance. Call for the most recent schedule.
DATES: 15–17 years, June 21–July 3; 8–14 years, July 5–30
COST: Four classes, $52; eight classes, $102; 12 classes, $150
♦ Foreign Language
smartpandapresents.com | Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church,
301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena | (818) 542-9896
Children are taught the vocabulary, pronunciation and character recognition of Mandarin Chinese. Hands-on activities include character writing with pencil, marker and ink brush as well as arts and crafts.
DATES: July 12–August 6
LILA Summer Camp/French
lilaschool.com | 30 N. Marion Ave., Pasadena | (626) 793-0943
The camp, part of the Lycée International de Los Angeles, immerses children in French so that they can speak, listen, read and write in the language.
AGES: Preschool–5th grade
DATES: June 21–July 30
COST: $250 per week
Boys & Girls Club
bgcpasadena.org | 3230 E. Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena (offices) | (626) 449-9100
Five facilities within the Pasadena area provide programs for youth all year long. Recreational, educational and after-school activities include swim lessons and swim team, computer classes, arts and crafts, performing arts and team competition in basketball and baseball.
COST: $75 annually; teens are free
Camp Kids Klub
kidsklubcdc.com | 380 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena | (626) 795-2501
Nine specialty camps, including Paintball, Go-Kart, Extreme Sports, Performing Arts and Destination Science, await kids attending Camp Kids Klub. Extensive optional overnight field trips are available to Sea World, Disneyland and Lake Arrowhead; there are also weeklong excursions to Catalina Island and the Kern River, and day trips to places like Knott’s Soak City. Kids Klub Academic Enrichment offers classes on everything from architecture to zoology.
AGES: Children entering 1st through 9th grades
DATES: June 21–Aug. 27
COST: $335–$400 per week includes meals and transportation; specialty camps and overnight excursions are extra.
Camp Med Summer Camp
ci.south-pasadena.ca.us/parks/summercampmed.html | 815 Mission St., South Pasadena
The City of South Pasadena hosts 10 themed weeks, including “Critter Encounter,” “Sky’s the Limit,” “Summer Sounds” and “Wild, Wild West” at Orange Grove Park. Swim days take place twice a week at South Pasadena High and field trips happen every Wednesday.
DATES: June 21–Aug. 27
COST: 1–3 days per week: $88; 4 or 5 days, $120
campshi-ini.com | Arroyo Park, 600 Stoney Drive, South Pasadena | (626) 922-0945
Old-fashioned summer fun is the specialty of Camp Shi’ini, celebrating its 63rd year. Native American folklore is taught through treasure hunting, horseback riding, fishing, archery, crafts, “bear” hunting, swimming, hiking, elephant
soccer, beach trips and camp Olympics.
DATES: June 28–July 30
COST: For the five-week session: Monday–Friday: $2,245;
Mon., Wed. & Fri., $1,395; Tues. & Thurs., $895
Girl Empowerment Summer Camp
— YWCA Pasadena/Foothill Valley
ywca-pasadena.org | 1200 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Ste. B, Pasadena | (626) 296-8433
Serving economically disadvantaged young women, the Girl
Empowerment Camp offers a supportive environment where girls can gain self-confidence and leadership skills.
AGES: Girls 7–18
COST: $60 per week
summerkids.net | 3687 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Altadena | (626) 577-9979
Summerkids and Summer Challenge activities take place at the Angelus Mountain Center, on 57 acres at the edge of the Angeles National Forest. Kids enjoy an extensive landscape that includes a sports field, garden, meadow, streams, trails, pool, cabins and lodge. Activities include arts and crafts, nature projects, swimming, sports, dancing, cooking and gardening. Pick one week,
12 weeks or anything in between.
AGES: K–6th grade, 7th–9th grades
DATES: June 4–Sept. 3
Tom Sawyer Camp
tomsawyercamps.com | 707 W. Woodbury Rd., Altadena (headquarters) | (626) 794-1156
Mix and match the amount of time you want your camper to stay at the veteran Tom Sawyer Camp, operating in the Pasadena area since 1944. Varied offerings include a ropes course, horseback riding, swimming, windsurfing and academic enrichment.
AGES: 3 years–9th grade
DATES: Hahamonga/Oak Grove Park: June 21–Aug. 7; Arcadia County Park: June 21–Aug. 13
ymcala.org/pasadena/daycamp | 155 N. Lake Ave., Ste. 230A, Pasadena (offices) | (626) 432-5880
The Y’s Explorers & Discovery Day Camp offers field trips twice a week, a variety of sports including swimming, arts and crafts and enrichment programs. AGES: 5–11
DATES: Ongoing, Mon.–Fri.
COST: $195 per week
Fore Kids Junior Golf Camp
forekidsjrgolf.com | (213) 291-7364
The fundamentals of golf are taught to campers at Brookside Golf Course in the mornings, and at South Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco Park in the afternoons. Each location has a driving range, putting green and short game areas. Clubs are provided for those without.
DATES: Weekly sessions, June 7–Aug. 30
COST: $195 per week, $170 for siblings, $145 for each additional week
♦ Ice Skating/Ice Hockey
Pasadena Ice Skating Center
skatepasadena.com | 310 E. Green St., Pasadena | (626) 578-0800 x114
Kids learn the fundamental techniques of good skating and ice hockey during four weeklong summer camp sessions at Pasadena Ice Skating Center, home base to Winter Olympian skater Mirai Nagasu.
DATES: Skating Camp: July 12–Aug. 20; Hockey Camp: June 21–Aug. 13
COST: Skating, $250 per week; Hockey, $300 per week (extended care available for both)
Pasadena Jazz Institute/Jazz Camp
pasjazz.org | Pasadena Waldorf School, 209 E. Mariposa St., Altadena | (626) 398-3344
The eighth edition of Summer Jazz Camp takes place at Waldorf School, guiding students in jazz improvisation and, for the first time, vocal performance instruction. Also new this year is “Percussion Discussion,” an introduction of musical concepts and technique for younger children. There are six full-day sessions throughout the summer.
DATES: July 5–Aug. 13
COST: $465 per week
Camp Kaleidoscope — Kidspace Children’s Museum
kidspacemuseum.org | 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena | (626) 449-2742
Two weeklong camps, each with morning and afternoon sessions, engage children in science experiments and hands-on art activities that foster critical thinking, problem-solving and team-building. In conjunction with JPL, one of the sessions, “Imagine Mars,” has children creating a “community on Mars” as they learn about the red planet’s environment and weather.
DATES: July 26–30, Aug. 2–6
COST: $185 per class or $315 for the week; extended care is available for full-time campers.
Descanso Gardens/Descanso Discoveries Day Camp
descansogardens.org | 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge | (818) 354-3418
Gardening, cooking, orienteering and science labs are among the offerings at Descanso Discoveries Day Camp, which partners with the Child Educational Center to provide a well-rounded summer program. Three weeklong sessions are on tap, beginning June 21.
AGES: Grades 2–6
DATES: June 21–25, July 12–16, Aug. 2–6
COST: $400 per week
Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens/Huntington Explorers Summer Day Camp
huntington.org | 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino | (626) 405-2100
Huntington Explorers gives kids the opportunity to learn about plant life through garden explorations, hands-on activities, gallery investigations and educational instruction. Full- and half-day options are available.
DATES: July 26–Aug. 13
LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden/Arboretum Summer Nature Camp
arboretum.org/index.php/kids-and-schools | 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia | (626) 821-4623
Kids get up-close, hands-on experience with nature at the 127-acre Arboretum in a series of weeklong sessions. They learn the science of gardening, cook with organic vegetables from the children’s gardens and create nature-themed crafts. Extended day care is available.
DATES: June 14–July 30
COST: $300 per week for members/$335 for non-members
Discover Champions — Science Summer Camp 2010
discoverchampions.com | 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena | (888) 458-1812
Discover Champions is a nationwide program designed to inspire the love of learning. This year’s summer camp topics include “Mystery of the Pharaoh’s Treasure,” “Go Wild!,” “Space and Rocketry” and “Gizmo’s Robot Factory.”
Pasadena’s weeklong programs are housed in the Neighborhood Church.
DATES: July 12–Aug. 6
COST: Per week: $199 half-days, $309 full day
Sally Ride Summer Camp for Girls/CalTech
sallyridecamps.com | 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena | (800) 548-6612
Sally Ride Science Camps give girls the opportunity to explore science, technology and engineering. Morning courses include marine science, engineering and astronomy. Science-themed enrichment activities in the afternoons offer more casual instruction through workshops, experiments and recreational activities.
DATES: July 12–16
AGES: Girls grades 4–9
Girl Scouts/Camp Mariposa
The Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles have day, overnight and specialty camps throughout the county. Camp Mariposa in Altadena offers a weeklong day camp that explores art, music, science and more.
AGES: Kindergarten–12th grade
DATES: June 28–Aug. 27
COST: $140 per week
Camp H2O Anderson Adventure Camp
andersonadventurecamp.com | 360 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena | (626) 564-0330, ext. 422
Attend for a day or the entire summer. Camp H20 offers swimming and diving lessons, water polo, arts and crafts and age-appropriate daily activities. Trips to various Southland attractions (Knott’s Berry Farm, Laser Tag, Ringling Bros. Circus, Angels baseball game, etc.) are also available at
no extra cost.
AGES: 1st–7th grades
DATES: June 14–Sept. 3
COST: $55 per day, extended care available
♦ Team Sports
All-Sport Performance Camp — Catz Sports Performance Center
catzsports.com | 801 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena | (626) 793-3867
This weeklong, half-day camp at Sierra Madre’s Sierra Vista Park is designed to build kids’ strength, mobility, coordination and speed.
DATES: Aug. 16–20
Summer Speed School/Parisi
speedschoolpasadena.com/speedschool | 345 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena | (626) 396-1700
Kids learn to move fast in this three-week camp that promotes winning attitudes and leadership skills with team games, speed games and character-
AGES: 7 and up
DATES: June 14–July 1
Theater 360 Summer Day Camp
pasadenajuniortheatre.org | 75 N. Marengo Ave., Pasadena | (626) 577-5922
The 11-year-old Theater 360 (formerly Pasadena Junior Theatre) offers two-week summer sessions in acting, dancing, singing and stage production, taught by theater professionals. Enrolled kids 6 and older are eligible to audition for the company’s mainstage productions.
DATES: June 14–Aug. 27
COST: $200–$450 per two-week session