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 Science Camps

Crazy Chem Works  ▷ Grades K-2 (Week 9) 

Shake up a flask of fun in the lab as a junior chemist! Campers learn to swirl, pour and mix like a scientist! Chill down and heat up the atomic label as you change liquid to solid and back again. Learn how to handle laboratory tools, build and break molecules, and pick up some tricks on chemical changes with solids, liquids, and gases. Hop on board the chemistry express this summer for a high-speed science experience! 

NASA Space Camp  ▷ Grades K-2 (Week 7) 

Join our Academy of Future Space Explorers and take to the Moon, Mars, Stars…and Beyond! We’ll study stunning Space Phenomena while we unlock the mysteries of meteors. Learn about Living in Space by working on a model space station just like a real astronaut! And how could we study space without learning the secrets of Space Travel and Rocket Science? This program is literally out of this world! 

Secret Agent Lab  ▷ Grades K-2 (Week 5)

James Bond? Sherlock Holmes? Austin Powers? Do you think you have what it takes to discover “Who done it?” If so, this camp is for you. Use the Secret Code Breaker to communicate in code like your favorite spy. Connect the dots to help solve a crime in a hands-on investigation. Learn how to decode messages and check out spy equipment and even create your own edible message! You’ll be an expert crime stopper by the time the week is through!

Eureka! Inventor's Camp  Grades 3-7 (Week 3)

This is a camp designed to inspire the inventor and scientist within! Each day campers will be given challenges, which must be overcome by using basic materials, tips from world famous inventors, newly acquired science knowledge, and, most importantly, your mind! Thomas Edison said, “Invention is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration,” and we say this camp is sure to be 100% fun! 

FUN-GINEERING, MIX UPS & MORE!  ▷ Grades K-2 (Week 1)

Put on your engineer's hat to see how science is used to build skyscrapers, bridges, and tunnels. Use simple machines to help lift weights and even launch marshmallows. Spend a day being a true Mad Scientist as you learn about chemical reactions that you might encounter in your daily life. See how film captures light to store images and how filmmakers make images move during "Shutterbugs" day. Walk on the wild side and explore the nature of birds, beasts and bugs.

Introduction to Robotics!  ▷ Grades 3-7 (Week 8)

This Join us for a week of fun with a variety of robotics and automatons. Learn about the uses of robotics in our world. Spend time playing, building, and experimenting with different robot designs, as you learn what makes a robot work. Use your skills to build your very own working robot (automaton) to take home with you at the end of camp. 




Brought to you by Mad Science LA - for more information visit http://losangeles.madscience.org/ 


Chess: Welcome to the Game of Kings and Queens  ▷ Grades K-2 (Week 8) ▷  Grades 3-7 (Week 9)

The old saying goes, “Chess is the game of Kings (and Queens)” and in this camp we’ll find out why. Campers will learn to live by the qualities of a noble king or queen: Perseverance, Nobility, Kindness, Benevolence, responsibility, problem solving, confidence, sportsmanship, planning, patience, social skills, critical thinking, imagination, and more. We’ll start at the beginning and discover all the different characters (pieces) of chess and background information about who they are and where they come from. Then it’s onto how they move on the board and the rest of the dynamic rules of this ancient game of kings. Chess isn’t just a game, it’s a way of life!

*Chess 2.0 (Advanced Chess)  ▷ Grades 3-7 (Week 5)

Th In this class for more experienced players we will be taking Chess education to a higher level. We'll begin with a lightening fast review of the rules of the game but quickly move beyond that to dive into Chess strategy, technique and style! And there will be something challenging for all involved. The class will be fun and upbeat and will include gameplay, puzzles, technology and group activities. *All students should be confident in the basic rules of Chess. This is a perfect follow up class for any children who previously attended Beginners Chess*.

Ancient Board Games  Grades 3-7 (Week 3)

Do you love board games? Perhaps you didn't know that some of the games people still play today are ancient. Not ancient like the early 1900s. We're talking ancient like the early 900s! In this class Chess Instructor Brian will expand beyond The Game of Kings and introduce a different ancient board game to the students each week. Games will include:

Chess, Checkers, Chinese Checkers, Backgammon, Go, Chutes (Snakes) and Ladders, Mah Jong, Mancala










Engineering FUNdamentals with LEGO ▷ Grades K-2 (Week 2)

Power up your engineering skills with tens of thousands of LEGO®!  Apply real-world concepts in engineering and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as arch bridges, skyscrapers, motorized cars, and the Battletrack! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to engineer at the next level. 

LEGO Ninjago Grades K-2 (Week 6)

Enter the world of Ninjago and become an apprentice Ninjaneer! Learn the way of Spinjitzu, build the Fire Temple, race Skull Trucks, and encounter the mighty Dragon! Imagine and build unique and fun LEGO projects with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor while exploring the fantasy world of Ninjago.

LEGO Star Wars with LEGO ▷ Grades K-2 (Week 8)

The Force Awakens in this introductory engineering course for young Jedi! Explore engineering principles by designing and building projects using LEGO® materials such as X-Wings, R2 Units, Energy Catapults, Defense Turrets, and Settlements from a galaxy far, far away. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to defeat the Empire!


Brought to you by Play Well - for more information visit www.play-well.org

Sports Camps


Sports Mania! ▷ Grades K-2 (Week 2, Week 4) ▷ Grades 3-8 

Sports, sports and more sports! Sports Mania is the best opportunity for any camper to have a great time while building skills that are relevant to all sports!  Play games, build flexibility and grow as an athlete while you move through all of your usual sports like soccer, basketball, football and some new ones like Nine Square, GaGa and more!

Basketball ▷ Grades K-2 (Week 6) ▷ Grades 3-8 (Week 5)

Join us as we learn the fundamentals, while also mastering skills such as dribbling, balance, footwork, passing, shooting, and overall endurance! Play games, makes teams and have an overall blast while you strengthen your skills and grow as an athlete.

Ninja Warrior ▷ Grades K-2 (Week 8) ▷ Grades 3-8 (Week 7) 

Do you like to jump, climb, run and tackle every obstacle that tries to block your path? If you answered yes then you must be a Ninja Warrior!  Learn to control your body, build strength and master balance.  Building on a base of movement fundamentals we learn to jump higher, run faster and maneuver more easily through any challenge that we enters our path!

Soccer ▷ Grades K-2 (Week 3)  ▷ Grades 3-8 (Week 9)

Seeking future World Cup players!  Soccer is not just a fun game, but one of the most popular in the world!  Spend time running drills, playing games and learning skills while having a blast!  We will all get a chance to focus on skill development while challenging ourselves and hopefull discover the next big soccer star!

Dance ▷ Grades K-2 (Week 5, Week 9) ▷  Grades 3-8 (Week 1, Week 7) 

Dance your heart out with us while we learn basic movement, creativity, choreography and performance skills. Stretch, play fun dance games and learn routines that incorporate new moves, the basic skills of musicality and creativity.  Have a blast dancing to upbeat music with a focus on hip hop and jazz that will include skills such as turns, jumps, kicks and more! Don’t forget the amazing final performance for the whole community at the end of the week!


Aqua Explorers: Beginner ▷ Grades K-2  (Week 1, Week 4, Week 7)

Swimming is a lifelong skill that offers countless benefits. The Aqua Explorer Mission is to stimulate children’s love for water… while having a ton of fun! The Beginner level is designed to empower children to be watersafe and practice the fundamentals of life in water. Swimmers in this level will take daily swim lessons, play fun skill-appropriate water games and learn the basics of what it means to be a confident Aqua Explorer. Prerequisites: For LKSA “Floaters” to” Rollers (level 2/ Orange Caps to level 4/Blue caps) and above. Swimmers in this level must be comfortable in the water and have a basic ability to listen in a group setting. *

Aqua Explorers: Intermediate ▷ Grades K-2  (Week 5, Week 6, Week 9) 

The Intermediate Aqua Explorer level is designed for those wanting more advanced lessons and water activities. Children in this level will take daily swim lessons geared more towards stroke development, play fun skill-appropriate water games and practice intermediate level water safety skills. Intermediate Aqua Explorers will learn the basics of what it means to be a confident Aqua Explorer.  Prerequisites: For LKSA “Rollers” (level 4/ Blue Caps) and above. Swimmers in this level must be close to being water-safe/ independent swimmers.*

Aqua Explorers: Advanced  Grades 3-8 (Week 3, Week 8)

Does your child love the water!? The Advanced level will hone their skills and practice more advanced stroke development and water skills. The goal in this level (besides fun) is to truly explore what it means to be a Waterman or Waterwoman. These Aqua Explorers will practice our fundamental Pillars of Safety, Support and Strength in water. Daily activities include more advanced water games, sports and activities.

Prerequisites: For LKSA “Freestylers” (level 6/ Bronze Caps) and above. Swimmers in this level must be water-safe and able to swim independent of adults.*

Aqua Explorers: Jr. Guard Prep ▷ Grades 6-8 (Week 2)

Jr. Guard Prep is designed for those looking to explore the life of an advanced Aqua Explorer. This level will work hard and play even harder. As our most advanced level of the program, these swimmers will train to perform more advanced water skills, techniques and water activities. Jr. Guard Prep is perfect for those interested in (or want to practice for) a full Jr. Lifeguard program, or for those wishing to try additional water activities such as surfing, paddling, diving, stand-up-paddling, snorkeling and more. Prerequisites: For LKSA “Freestylers” (level 6/ Bronze Caps) and above. Swimmers in this level must be able to swim 50 yards (2 lengths of our 25 yard lap pool) using any stroke, without assistance.*


*Note: all LKSA instructors are American Red Cross Certified Life Guards.




Performing Arts Camps


Rock Band ▷ Grades K-2 (Week 1, Week 7)  ▷ Grades 3-8 (Week 2, Week 9) 

Join the Band! All campers will have a chance to learn the basics of music and experience the opportunity to play various instruments including Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Vocals, Drums, Percussion, and Ukulele. Campers will come together to form a band and put on a rocking performance at the end of the week that we are sure will lead to some rock stars of the future!

Rock Band Master Class ▷ Grades 6-8 (Week 3)

Older campers will have a chance to off their musical talents and experience the opportunity to play various instruments including Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Vocals, Drums, Percussion, and Ukulele. Campers will come together to form a band and put on a rocking performance at the end of the week that we are sure will lead to some rock stars of the future!

Theatre: Willy Wonka Jr. ▷ Grades K-2 (Week 5, Week 6)  ▷ Grades 3-8  (Week 5, Week 6)

Roald Dahl's Timeless story of the world famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The show follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his delicious candy bars. This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth and take audiences on a fantasy ride into a land of pure imagination. (The Theatre program is a two week committment).

Theatre: Larry Potter and the School of Magic ▷ Grades K-2 (Week 7, Week 8)  ▷ Grades 3-8 (Week 7, Week 8)

Larry Potter is in his first year of wizardry at Hoggle Warts School of Magic when he discovers he is no ordinary student. Larry is at the center of a twisted plot to take over the school by Mort Volden and his three headed dragon. Will Larry and his brave friends save the day or will the Dark Arts prevail? (The Theatre program is a two week committment.)

Live Action Flix ▷ Grades 3-8 (Week 6)

Do you want to have a blast making a movie? You don't have to be an actor to star in these movies that you make from "Action" to "That's a wrap." We'll guide you through the Hollywood process as you brainstorm, location scout, bring in props and costumes, act and direct in a collaborative movie that will be fun for the entire audience. *(Finished movie arrive approximately a month after Camp.).

LEGO Flix ▷ Grades 3-8 (Week 7)

Bring LEGO Worlds to life! We provide the LEGO's and you provide the imagination. Work in groups as you create a LEGO set with LEGO characters for a stop motion movie you'll storyboard, shoot and voice over.
*(Finished movie arrive approximately a month after Camp.)

Circus Camp ▷ Grades K-2 (Week 2) ▷ Grades 3-8  (Week 3)

You don't have to run away to join the circus! Learn how to juggle, spin a plate, and balance a feather. Walk on stilts, play a variety of games and try something new. Working together is a fantastic way to build confidence, be creative and learn teamwork skills, Come join the circus!



Visual Arts Camps


Puppet Making ▷  Grades K-2 (Week 7)

Learn to make puppets in a variety of ways! From hand puppets, to marionettes, to large two hand professional style puppets. In this camp we will use wood, fabric, glue, scissors, paint, cardboard, foam, wire, and much more to create unique characters. Campers will also learn and practice some exciting puppeteering techniques. Have fun and create puppets you will play with and treasure forever.

Mixed Media Art  ▷ Grades K-2  (Week 2, Week 4, Week 8) ▷ Grades 3-8 (Week 1, Week 6, Week 9)

Campers will experience the disciplines of Mixed Media art which includes drawing, painting and collage! This program will expand the imagination, as well as enhance campers awareness in the environment. We’ll explore color, design and textures during the course. Each individual will have freedom to express themselves in the realm of their own creativity. The experience will include musical motivation, and encouragement of personal storytelling through art.

Jewelry and Fashion Design ▷ Grades K-2  (Week 3,) ▷ Grades 3-8 (Week 5) 

Calling all with a creative eye for fashion and jewelry! Are you ready to kickstart your portfolio for your future design company? Then this specialty is for you! Through engaging hands on activities, these trendsetter campers will learn the basics of jewelry and fashion design. Campers will learn about proportion, color, and texture all while creating original pieces!


Cooking Camps


Cooking ▷ Grades K-2 (Week 6, Week 9) ▷ Grades 3-8  (Week 2, Week 4)

Whether you are an amateur or master chef, campers with a taste of cuisine will thrive in our cooking specialty. Campers will learn about the essentials of cooking while incorporating the five senses. On a culinary journey around the world, our junior chefs will learn the importance of ingredients in addition to becoming adventurous and healthy eaters (and chefs)!