Spring Break Camps: 14 Kinds of Vacation Fun for LA Kids

Camps & Activities for Los Angeles Children on Spring Vacation

Spring Break around Los Angeles is a moving feast; some districts have one week, and some have two. Some take vacation in March, and some in April. Add to the mix the complications of Easter, Passover, and parent work schedules, and Spring Break camp can be a tough knot to untie. Whether your family needs two weeks full time or a day here and there, we've chosen a few of our favorites that run the gamut. From the Valley to the sea, surfing to soccer, we think you'll find something worthy of a few days away from school among the camps below.

And if you're so on the ball that spring is already covered and you've moved on to summer, check out some of our favorite art, cooking, horse, and classic outdoorsy camps in our Summer and Vacation Camp Guide!

Arts and Learning Conservatory
151 Kalmus Drive, Suite G3
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.728.7100
April 10-14, 2017
8:45am-2:30pm (early dropoff and late pickup available to 4pm)
Ages 6-13
$$
Campers act out favorite musical themes and learn about storytelling, movement, and theatrical narrative. The interactive experience ends with a theatrical presentation at on the last day of camp.

Blue Starz
14330 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
310.880.4553
March 27-30, 2017 (four-day camp), April 10-13, 2017 (four-day camp)
9:30am-12:30pm or 9:30am-2:30pm
Ages 3-8 
$$
This spring break, kiddos can perform at a camp revolving around movie themes, as they learn ballet, tap, hip-hop/jazz, acting, singing/musical theater, and crafts.

Broadway Gymnastic School
5433 Beethoven St.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
310.302.0035
March 27-April 14, 2017
9am-12:30pm and 9am-3pm (before and after care available)
Ages 3.5-12
$$
Broadway Gymnastics has been around a while, and its camps get great parent reviews on both fun factor and value for money. New students are invited to attend one free class before camp to help things feel familiar on the first day of camp. Also, be sure to ask about the Bring a Friend Day; one day of spring break camp is often designated as a day to bring a friend for free!

Camp Santa Monica
John Adams Middle School
2425 16th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
310.458.8540
April 3-14, 2017
8:30am-5pm (extended care available 7am-6pm)
Ages 8-14
$
Camp Santa Monica offers an affordable option for parents who work long hours (with financial aid available as well). Kids sign up for one of four themes: either science, arts, fitness, or water activities (water adventure camp is held at Lincoln Middle School). Discounts are available for Santa Monica residents.

Camp Zimmer
Zimmer Children's Museum
6505 Wilshire Blvd. #100
Los Angeles, CA 90048
323.761.8900
April 10, 13-14, and April 19-21, 2017
9am-3pm
Ages 3-8
$$
The camp features art projects of all kinds, creative and scientific exploration, and plenty of museum playtime. Children as young as age 3 are welcome, but they must be potty-trained. You can pay by the day or for all six sessions over the two-week period.

CodeRev
100 Spectrum Center Drive Suite 900
Irvine, CA 92618
949.936.2574
or
1639 16th St. 
Santa Monica, CA 90404
310.450.4984
March 27-April 7, 2017 (both locations); also April 10-14, 2017, Santa Monica only
9am-12:30pm or 9am-4pm
Ages 6-14
$$$
CodeRev's Spring Tech Camp is an opportunity for big or little kids to spend the break learning new skills through fun projects like Minecraft, robots, animation, and game development. There is even a fun approach to math that could make non-vacation time go more smoothly. Full and half days are available, by the day or the week.

Got Game Sports
Hancock Park Elementary
408 S. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
April 10-14, 2017
9am-3:30pm (extended care available)
$$
Most days Got Game campers are at Hancock Elementary, playing a variety of sports (they get to select their favorites) out on the field. Thursday, however, is field trip day (destination TBA). Families can either book three days of camp (without the field trip) or four.

Kids on Stage
1227 4th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
April 3-7 and April 10-14, 2017
9am-2pm
Ages 4-14
$$$
Little dramatists can spend a week or more over spring break creating a work of performance art in the company of Kids on Stage. Campers are divided by age and produce a show each week. One camp session is five days, and discounts are available for multiple sessions.


Making friends at Kidpace camp

Kidspace
480 N. Arroyo Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103
626.449.9144
March 20-24, 2017 and April 10-14, 2017
9am-5pm
Ages 5-9
$$
Pasadena's popular children's museum knows how to entertain kids for a day (or a half-day, if that's your preference). Most of the time is spent outdoors, in springtime nature exploration. Camp is booked by the week, in full or half-day sessions.

Paint Lab
1453 14th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
310.450.9200
April 3-14, 2017
9am-4pm
Ages 6-12
$$
Kids can roll up their sleeves, pull up an easel, and paint a day (or half day) full of masterpieces with instruction from Paint Lab's pro artists; be ready to make some room on the wall at home. We love the level of artistic instruction that goes on at Paint Lab—and we really love that we can be spontaneous and call the day before to book a day of art camp.  Half day can be morning (9am-noon) or afternoon (1pm-4pm). Discounts are offered for siblings or when booking a whole week. And Mommy Poppins readers get a 10% discount just for mentioning Mommy Poppins!

Prime Time Sports Camp
April 10-14, 2017
9am-3:30pm (extended care available)
Ages 4-14
310.288.4132
$
at
Emerson Middle School (West LA)
1650 Shelby Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
or
Ivanhoe Elementary School (Silver Lake)
2828 Herkimer St., Los Angeles, CA 90039
or
Taft Charter High School (Woodland Hills)
5461 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Prime Time is a great day camp for sports fanatics, offering a spring break camp that covers a variety of different sports run by a team of coaches, educators, and sports pros. Focus is on building self-esteem and confidence while training kids in more than 10 team sports. Art options are also available.

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium / Heal the Bay 
1600 Ocean Front Walk
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310.393.6149 x106
April 10-14, 2017
9am-2pm
​Ages 6-10
$$
The aquarium under the Pier aims to turn out a new group of planet protectors by the end of the week. Kids spend their days among the sharks and sea horses, learning the importance of protecting our oceans through games, crafts, animal interactions, beach investigation, and experiments. Be prepared to stop for an ice cream at the carousel at pick-up time, of course.

Studio LOL
12434 Moorpark St.
Studio City, CA 91604
818.660.3460
April 10-14, 2017
9am-2pm
Ages 8-12
$$
Spring break ought to be a laugh, right? The week-long camp at Studio LOL offers kids a chance to focus on building confidence, communication, and performance skills through improv, sketch comedy, and working to find the "funny" in their daily lives. The camp culminates in a performance for parents on Friday.

Venice del Play Beach Camp
2400 Barnard Way at Ocean Park
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310.821.7377
April 10 and April 12, 2017
Ages 3-12
$$
Venice del Play hosts a wholesome beach camp down by Ocean Park Beach Playground, building a day by the sea around yoga, boogie boarding, surfing, skating, and daily extra activities that range from gardening to Capoiera. Ocean safety and caring for the environment always get plenty of attention at this camp, and sunscreen is liberally slathered throughout the day. Camp can be booked by the day or the week.

Originally published March 6, 2013

Top photo: enjoying the beach with Venice del Play

location: 
Broadway Gymnastic School
5433 Beethoven St.
90066 Los Angeles , CA
Phone: 310.302.0035
33° 58' 36.0624" N, 118° 25' 19.5888" W
California
Prime Time Sports Camp/Emerson Middle School
1650 Shelby Ave.
90024 Los Angeles , CA
Phone: 310.288.4132
34° 3' 14.508" N, 118° 26' 8.484" W
California
Camp Santa Monica/John Adams Middle School
2425 16th St.
90403 Santa Monica , CA
Phone: 310.458.8540
34° 0' 47.8656" N, 118° 28' 10.416" W
California
Paint Lab
1453 14th Street
90404 Santa Monica , CA 34° 1' 23.3652" N, 118° 29' 3.48" W
California
Studio LOL
12434 Moorpark St.
91604 Studio City , CA 34° 9' 0.6012" N, 118° 24' 15.6636" W
California
Prime Time Sports Camp/Taft Charter High School
5461 Winnetka Ave.
91364 Woodland Hills , CA 34° 10' 10.7652" N, 118° 34' 16.7088" W
California
Kids on Stage/ St. Augustine's Pierson Hall Stage
1227 4th St.
90401 Santa Monica , CA 34° 1' 8.0364" N, 118° 29' 50.6364" W
California
Blue Starz
14330 Ventura Blvd.
91423 Sherman Oaks , CA 34° 8' 49.9416" N, 118° 25' 30.3564" W
California
Kidspace
480 N. Arroyo Blvd.
91103 Pasadena , CA 34° 9' 19.8144" N, 118° 9' 50.6304" W
California
CodeRev /Irvine
100 Irvine Spectrum Drive Suite 900
92618 Irvine , CA 33° 39' 2.0196" N, 117° 44' 51.468" W
California
Got Game Sports/Hancock Park Elementary
408 S. Fairfax Ave.
90036 Los Angeles , CA 34° 4' 10.2072" N, 118° 21' 36.7776" W
California
Prime Time Sports/Ivanhoe Elementary School (Silver Lake)
2828 Herkimer St.
90039 Los Angeles , CA 34° 6' 31.0788" N, 118° 16' 0.6132" W
California
CodeRev/Santa Monica
1639 16th St.
90404 Santa Monica , CA 34° 1' 19.8876" N, 118° 28' 47.2692" W
California
Venice del Play Beach Camp
2400 Barnard Way
90401 Santa Monica , CA 33° 59' 57.5376" N, 118° 29' 3.4512" W
California