Your Local Summer Camp Guide | Newport Mesa Moms

It’s a simple goal really – GIVING YOU THE GIFT OF TIME – and it’s the driving force behind Newport Mesa Moms and The Local Moms Network.  So instead of stashing away mailers and going to hundreds of websites searching for summer camps, check in with us.  We’ve gathered details on some of the local favs and put it all in one place (with links)!


NAME:  Camp Lila Art Camp

DATES | TIME:  M/W/F – Choose by week or day (Begins July 18th and Ends August 15th), 9am – 1pm

DESCRIPTION:  Camp Lila is a mindful environment where children have the freedom to express themselves creatively, indulge their imaginations, and nurture friendships. Our playscapes are thoughtfully created and ever evolving in order to evoke curiosity, playful imaginations, and artistic souls. Through art, music, yoga, games, and good old fashioned play… we are a blend of all the children who join us. Each child brings a piece of themselves to the Camp Lila experience and there is no way that a day could ever be repeated twice. We are artists, we create our world together…and Play Dirty. Pack a lunch and wear a swim suit and play clothes. $150/week or $50/day ($600 for full session).


NAME:  Lisa Albert Art Studio & Clay House

DATES | TIME:  Monday – Friday from 9am – 12pm

AGES:  5 – 13

DESCRIPTION:  Various Art Classes w/ Weekly Themes:  America the Beautiful, Wild Wild West, Jungle & Rainforest Mania, Jazzy Instruments, Chilly in Antarctica, Fun In the Sun & Deep Blue Sea, $299/week + Material Fee


NAME:  Timree Paint Camps

DATES | TIME:  Monday – Thursday, 9:30am – 12:30pm or 1:30pm – 4:30pm

AGES: 6 – 12

DESCRIPTION:  Each 4-day camp includes paintings, adorable crafts – t-shirts, jewelry, tote bags, garlands, and more! Morning campers must bring their own lunch & SNACK, and water bottle. Afternoon campers must bring snack and water bottle. $249/camp ($458 for 2 camps / $657 for 3 camps w/ code)


NAME:  Mini Explorers Summer Camp (City of Costa Mesa)

DATES | TIME:  6-week session June 25th – August 3rd, T/TH or M/W/F from 9am – 1pm

AGES:  3 – 5

DESCRIPTION:  Gear up your mini camper to explore and learn in a 6-week summer session. Mini campers will explore through water play, games, indoor/outdoor experiences, art, dance, nature, and animals. All children must be potty trained. $187 or $303 + Material fee


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NAME:  Camp Costa Mesa (City of Costa Mesa)

DATES | TIME:  9-week session June 25th – August 24th from 8am – 5pm (extended care available)

AGES:  1st Grade – 6th Grade

DESCRIPTION:  Campers will enjoy a fun, interactive and memorable experience alongside their friends and the best camp counselors around. Join the adventure and travel on unforgettable excursions (in and out of Orange County). Participants will also enjoy various sports, games, and arts & crafts. $205/week + Material fee


NAME:  Camp Newport (City of Newport Beach)

DESCRIPTION:  Various Camps Offered thru the City Including: Day Camp, Pint-Sized Campers, Lunch Bunch, Aquatics, Adventure, Robotics, Science, Technology, Beach, Sailing, Surf, Arts, Culinary, Fashion, Music, Performing Arts, Enrichment, Cheer, Dance, Fitness, Gymnastics, Court, Equestrian, Field


NAME:  OC Dance Productions

DATES | TIME:  Monday – Friday, either 9am – 12pm or 9am – 3pm

AGES:  4 – 10 depending on class

DESCRIPTION:  Our dance camp selection includes the following:  All-in-One: Combination camp of jazz, ballet, hip hop and sometimes other variations of dance; Pop Star: Campers learn jazz/hip hop-based choreography and lyrics to currently clean, pop songs; Princess Ballet:  A little bit of games, a little bit of ballet, and a lot of princess imagery, crafts and fun; Jedi Hip Hop: Beginning Hip Hop choreography infused with a lot of galactic moves and grooves.  Cost ranges from $179 – $289 + material fee.  Dates vary depending on class choice.


NAME:  Team OC

DATES | TIME:  Monday – Friday, Full Day (9am – 3pm) & Half Day (10am – 2pm) Options Depending on Age, 2-Day Half Day Camps Available for Children Ages 3 – 5 years

AGES:  3 – 10

DESCRIPTION:  CAMP OC offers a wide variety of activities to keep children moving and having fun! Our experienced camp counselors provide instruction for gymnastics, cheer, dance and trampoline. In addition, campers will be guided through an exciting array of fun-filled activities, including an inflatable obstacle course, zip-line, rock wall, games, and arts & crafts! Activities are offered throughout the course of a camp week and vary by day. Our professionally trained staff enforces safety in every aspect of each activity to ensure each camper’s well-being. Campers are grouped according to age and skill level with specifically designed curriculum for each age group. Prices vary depending on class.


NAME:  Tutu School CDM

DATES | TIME:  July 2, 3, 5, 6 from 9am – 12pm (single day options)

AGES:  3 – 8

DESCRIPTION:  Imagine spending fun-filled camp days exploring the enchanted and enriching world of ballet! On any given day at Tutu Camp, a child might take a ballet class, decorate costumes, learn the story of a famous ballet, or even take part in a production of their own creation. Each of our camp sessions focuses on a different ballet story (Cinderella, Coppelia, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty). Campers do not need to have prior ballet experience to participate, but they should be prepared for a lot of leaping, twirling, and imaginative adventures! $65/day ($60/day when enrolled in more than one day, or when siblings are also enrolled).


NAME:  Moonstone Riding Academy

DATES | TIME:  Tuesday – Friday from 9am – 2pm; Sessions: July 10th – 13th, July 24th – 27th, August 21st – 24th

DESCRIPTION:  Camp sessions include fun crafts as well as hands-on horse time. During camp, students will learn: equine safety and basic horsemanship, basic riding skills, grooming techniques, identification and use of equipment, basic anatomy, horse hygiene and health care, nutrition and basic care, farrier work and farrier importance. We only hold five (5) riders per camp session; please reserve your space early! Camp fee is $450, with half ($225) up-front as a deposit to hold your space. *Deposit of $225 is non-refundable.


NAME:  Sabo Eventing: Newport Mesa Riding Center

DATES | TIME:  Monday – Friday from 9am – 2pm (extended hours available)

AGES:  6 – 17

DESCRIPTION:  Our camps are a wonderful way to allow your child to become familiar with horses and horseback riding. Working with horses will build your child’s self confidence, self esteem, relationship skills and more. Students will learn about riding, grooming, feeding, horse anatomy, safety and more. Lots of horseback riding and hands on experience. $450/session.


NAME:  Camp James

DATES | TIME:  Monday – Friday (w/ options for T/TH or M/W/F schedule); 9am – 4pm (w/ extended hours option)

AGES:  4 – 13

DESCRIPTION:  Camp James is a traditional style day camp offered in a natural, outdoor environment. Our goal is to expose children to a wide variety of activities as well as provide abundant opportunities for campers to increase their skill development each year they return for another summer session. All of our activities take place on our camp grounds so we are not wasting time on buses. Groups are co-ed and according to age. Online registration allows you to select the same group as your friends and or family if desired. Activity classes are scheduled typically for 45 minutes each, and rotate daily between the groups. $79/day


NAME:  Environmental Nature Center

DATES | TIME:  Monday – Thursday, Full Day (9am – 3pm) and Half Day (9am – 1pm) Options (**Week of July 4th includes a Friday)

AGES:  Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

DESCRIPTION:  The ENC has offered Summer Nature Camps since 1977! Nature Camp provides quality science education in an outdoor, hands-on setting.  ENC Nature Camp emphasizes experiential learning. Campers spend most of their time outside, having a great time observing nature up close using tools like binoculars, magnifying lenses and microscopes. Science concepts are introduced in a fun environment, with crafts, games and hands-on activities. 8 sessions with different themes. Full Day $265/student, Half Day $180/student (cheaper for members).


NAME:  Newport Sea Base

DATES | TIME:  Monday – Friday, Full Day and Half Day Options

AGES:  6 – 17

DESCRIPTION:  From sailing, kayaking, marine science, fishing and more, the Newport Sea Base has you covered for endless summer fun. Choose half-day or full-day sessions, one class or five, so you can customize your schedule to fit your needs. The natural environment of the Newport Sea Base offers unlimited opportunities for adventures on and off the water. Cost varies depending on class.


NAME:  Burn Boot Camp for Kids

DATES | TIME:  Tuesday & Thursdays from July 10th thru August 16th (10:30am – 11:15 am)

AGES:  5 – 12

DESCRIPTION:  Join Burn Boot Camp for their Summer Kids Camp.  45 minutes of exercise, fun, team building and nutritional guidance.  $15 drop-in rate.  $80 for 6 camp pass.  $160 for all sessions.


NAME:  Gracie Barra Costa Mesa

DATES | TIME:  Week 1:  July 16th – July 20th and/or Week 2:  July 30th – August 3rd, 8am – 12 pm

DESCRIPTION:  Four hours of fun, safe, jiu jitsu and self defense techniques with guest instructors.  $150/week of you sign up before June 1st.  $175/week if you sign up after June 1st.  Multi-week, sibling/friend referral discounts too!


NAME:  Grip N’ Rip Junior Tennis @ Newport Beach Tennis Club

DATES | TIME:  Swing N Splash Program: Monday – Thursday, Full Day (9:30am – 2:30pm) or Half Day (9:30am – 12:15pm) Options

AGES:  5 – 12

DESCRIPTION:  Swing & Splash Junior Camp is designed for beginners to intermediate level students who want an educational learning experience in an enjoyable environment. The tennis camp introduces the fundamentals of the game and incorporates these skills into fun and exciting games, drills, and contests. It is a tennis camp but also allows for the Swing & Splashers to jump in the pool for “free swim” the last hour of each day (full day campers only).  Parents have the option of enrolling their child(ren) for half day which includes an NBTC provided lunch (9:30-12:15) or full day (9:30-2:30) which includes additional tennis and swim time. $355.50 (Full Day) & $243 (Half Day) (cheaper for members + some discounts available) ** Other Programs Offered: Summer Sessions Gripper Developmental Program & Summer Gripper Performance


NAME:  Tiny Tees Golf @ the Newport Beach Hyatt

DATES | TIME:  Monday-Friday from 8am – 12pm (2018 exact dates not posted yet)

AGES:  3 – 11 (w/ possible exceptions for older kids)

DESCRIPTION:  Summer camp is open to players of all skill levels from beginner to advanced, ages 3 – 11. Children will work on individual golf skills: full swing, putting, pitching, chipping, bunker play, golf course etiquette, and course play.  Equipment, snacks, and drinks will be provided.  Cost to enroll is $300 (2017 rates).


NAME:  South Coast Repertory Summer Acting Workshop

DATES | TIME:  July 16th – 28th (2 weeks) or July 30th – August 11th (2 weeks); 9am – 12pm or 1pm – 4pm

AGES:  3rd Grade – 12th Grade

DESCRIPTION:  Each day begins with an invigorating all-camp warm-up. Class time follows, as students join their age groups for two lively hours of interactive instruction in voice, movement, character development and more—led by SCR’s staff of theatre professionals. The final hour is spent with special guests who bring to life various aspects of theatre, such as design, improvisation, combat, singing and playwriting—it’s something different every day. The two-week ​camp concludes with students sharing their work onstage in a demonstration for invited family and friends. $365/two-week session. Sibling discount offered.


NAME:  Ruby Karen Project (Circus Aerial Summer Camp)

DATES | TIME:  Monday – Friday from 9:15am – 3:00pm

AGES:  5 – 15

DESCRIPTION:  Circus Arts: Acrobatics, Hand Balancing Contortion, Stilts, Juggling, Hula Hoop, Tight Rope Plate Spinning, Stage Combat/ Sword Fighting and other similar activities; Aerial & Ground Classes:  Tissu/Silk/Fabric, Hoop/Lyra, Trapeze, Triangle, Hammock, Cube & Birdcage; Others:  Arts and Crafts, Face Painting, Prop Designing.  $95 for single day / $450 for one week (Promo Code Available on Website for 20%-40% off)

***PERFORMANCE SHOWCASE FRIDAY 2PM Costumes provided & are available for rent.  Showtime may change depending on the number of participants and shall be open for your family and friends to watch for free.  For Groupon purchasers, you may sign up to participate in the showcase with an additional $100.


NAME:  Spectra Yoga

DATES | TIME:  Monday – Friday from 9am – 1pm

AGES:  5 – 12

DESCRIPTION:  Instructors will teach children about yoga, breathing, mindfulness, and body awareness through daily classes and fun activities (including a walk to the park) all week long. Each child must bring a lunch, yoga mat and water each day to camp. $189/week. Siblings get 25% off.


NAME:  Newport – Mesa Family YMCA

DATES | TIME:  Monday – Friday, Morning Camp (9:30am – 11:30am) & Afternoon Camp (12pm – 2:30 pm) w/ optional Lunch Bunch b/t camps from 11:30am – 12pm

AGES:  3 – 10

DESCRIPTION:  Summer Specialty Camps – Explorers Camp, Swim & Sport Camp, Swim Lesson Camp. Ranges in price from $84 – $99 for non-members (cheaper for members) ** Summer Day Camp Also Offered


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