Summer Camps for Kids, Part 1


What did your kids do this spring break? (Or, if they are on spring break this week, how is it going?) Would you describe it as “restful and relaxing” or were they itching to get out of the house by Day 2? If the answer is the latter, you might want to start exploring what’s out there in terms of summer day camps for kids. To help pique your interest, we’re presenting a roundup of local summer camps here. Take note, some places have already started accepting applicants. So if you see a camp that looks interesting, sign up!

• Day camp at the Sacramento Zoo. So many options over at the zoo! There’s a day camp for “Little Ducklings” (pre-kindergarten), ninth graders and ages in between. Activities vary depending on the age of the camper, but they all involve animals, of course! A little birdie over at the zoo told me camps are popular and are already filling up for summer, so make sure you make like a bunny and hop on the registration for this one. Costs vary widely and range from $25 for a half-day Little Duckling Camp to $259 for a weeklong, full-day camp for children entering fifth or sixth grades. For more information, click here or call (916) 808-8814.

• Old Sacramento History Camp. Instill a love of history in your child with these fun, weeklong camps put on by the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation. Sessions take place in July and run $155 per week. Each week offers a different theme with different activities, such as traveling by covered wagon, panning for gold and going on an underground tour. Camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are open to children ages 8–12. For more information, click here or call (916) 808-7059.

• Camp Kindness at the Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. I came across a fun-looking camp geared toward the Spring Break crowd in the SSPCA newsletter earlier this year, but when I went to blog about it for y’all, it had already sold out. So, word to the wise: If your child loves animals, sign up today for Camp Kindness. The weeklong camps take place June through early August and include games, crafts, tours, guest speakers, animal-related education and more. Camps are broken up according to age groups and cost $155 per weeklong session. For more information, click here or call (916) 383-7387.

• Little Feet Summer Kids Camp at Fleet Feet Sports Sacramento. Keep your little ones active and fit (and teach them teamwork and sportsmanship at the same time) through these camps put on by Fleet Feet Sacramento, the go-to place for local runners and walkers. Two, weeklong summer camps (three hours per day) include team water relays (great for cooling down on a hot day), the “Little Feet” Olympics and more. Camps are open to kids entering second grade through sixth grades and are geared toward all fitness levels. Camps take place in June in William Land Park and cost $125 per child. For more information, click here or call (916) 442-3338.

• Summer FunCamps at Fairytale Town. Theater arts, animals, gardening. Whatever your child’s fancy, there’s a camp for them this summer at Fairytale Town. Camps run mid-June through mid-August, Monday through Friday for three-hour sessions. Each camp runs $130 per week and are broken down by age group.  For more information, click here or call (916) 808-7462.

• Science Camp 2013 at Explorit Science Center. If science, conducting experiments and problem-solving are in your child’s wheelhouse, check out Science Camp 2013. Camps take place mid-June through mid-August and are open to children ages 4 to those about to enter fifth grade. Camps are weeklong and take place during the morning, with the option of full-day camps for grades 1 through 5. Fees range from $82 for the three-day-a-week option (for 3 ½ hours) for preschoolers to $259 for a full-week, full day camp. For more information, click here or call (530) 756-0191.

Stay tuned for next week. More summer camps to come!