Summer Camps

NOTICE: Due to the COVID-19 virus, the nonprofit venues in Balboa Park are revising Summer Camp programs for 2021 to most closely abide with current Federal, State, and local guidelines. For the latest updates on each camp program, click on the links below to connect directly with your organization(s) of interest. This page is being updated as information is received.

San Diego's Best Summer Camp Destination is Balboa Park!

  • Choose from a variety of venues with topics ranging from arts, science, culture, and more

  • Full-day and half-day camp options are available, for kids pre-K through 12th grade

  • Mix and match half-day camps to create a full-day experience

 

2021 Balboa Park Summer Camp Options


Half-Day Camps


Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego

2215 Pan American Road E., San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 232-2721 ext. 1505 • https://www.niwa.org/summer-camp

JFG is excited to announce onsite programming for children in grades 1 through 8 for summer camp! Sign your child up for a variety of different programs such as yoga, composting, survival camp, and more! JFG summer camp is onsite from June 23rd- July 9th, Tuesday - Friday 9 am -12 pm. Registration for each grade level group is first come first serve and we ask that all registrants complete the form before completing payment.


Lux Art Institute

760-436-6611 https://classes.luxartinstitute.org/kids-classes-new

https://classes.luxartinstitute.org/teens-classes-new

Lux is excited for the return of our Summer Art Camps. Space is limited for these week-long onsite programs so sign up today! Summer Art Camps for kids ages 5-10 and teens ages 11-17 from June 21st to August 6th.


Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA)

1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

619.238.7559 • https://mopa.org/educate/summer-camps/ 

Half-day photo Summer camps in San Diego for grades 4 thru 6 and 7 thru 10. Learn about photography, video, animation, and much more with creative professional artists at MOPA. Hosted in Balboa Park, MOPA's camps are great for all levels of experience, exploring visual storytelling, image-making, and idea-sharing! Our 2021 camps run from June 21st through August 13th.


San Diego Air & Space Museum

2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101

[email protected]  https://sandiegoairandspace.org//education/summer-camps/summer-camps

Rockets, rovers, and roller coasters: join the San Diego Air & Space Museum for safe, hands-on STEM summer camps! Half-day sessions are available June 21st - August 20th for students grades 1-12, with small class sizes, individual materials, and tons of fun.


San Diego Civic Youth Ballet

1650 El Prado, Suite 209, Casa del Prado Building, San Diego, CA 92101

619-917-1393 • https://www.sdcyb.org/summerprograms

In-person summer camps for ages 4 - 10 begin with a daily ballet class in which students are introduced to the technical aspects of ballet as well as the concepts of musicality and performance. Supplemental activities like arts & crafts, jazz classes, and performance rehearsals make every day of camp extra fun. In-person camps are running from July 6th to August 27th.


San Diego Model Railroad Museum

1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

[email protected] https://www.sdmrm.org/summer-camps

This summer the SDMRM offers an in-person camp for TK - 8th Grade. The ever-popular model train railroad camp introduces younger campers to the basics of creating a model railroad. Older campers will create a working model railroad. Campers will paint, plaster, lay track and construct a mini-town, complete with buildings, trees, trains, and people. For more information please visit our website. In-person camps for grades K-3 are SOLD OUT, but slots in K-4 Virtual Camp, and in-person camps for grades 4-8, are still available.


Full-Day Camps


Fleet Science Center (SOLD OUT)

1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 238-1233 x806 • https://www.fleetscience.org/events/summer-camps

The Fleet turns curious kids into happy campers! Our science-themed summer camps provide exciting experiments, intriguing investigations, and fantastic fun. (Oh—and don’t tell the kids, but they’ll be learning a lot, too!) We have something for all ages, Grades 1-8, with both in-person and virtual camp options. Full-day camps are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. running from June 21 through August 20th.


San Diego Air & Space Museum

2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101

[email protected]  https://sandiegoairandspace.org//education/summer-camps/summer-camps

Rockets, rovers, and roller coasters: join the San Diego Air & Space Museum for safe, hands-on STEM summer camps! Full-day sessions are available June 21st - August 20th for students grades 1-12, with small class sizes, individual materials, and tons of fun.


House of Czech and Slovak Republics

2170 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101

[email protected]  https://www.sandiegoartcamp.com/

From July 19-23, 2021, July 26-30, 2021, and August 2-6, 2021, 1st through 6th grade campers will be exposed to a wide variety of different art forms including photography, digital media, ceramics, painting/drawing, music and dance.


Virtual Camps


San Diego Air & Space Museum

2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101

[email protected]  https://sandiegoairandspace.org/calendar/event/air-space-at-your-place

Designed for students entering grades 2-5, Air & Space at Your Place is a hands-on remote learning experience that combines behind-the-scenes Museum exploration with hands-on engineering fun! Classes meet on Zoom from 10-11 AM PDT to build rockets, rovers, and more, and include a kit of all necessary materials for the program. Not in San Diego? Shipping options throughout the United States are available for an additional fee.


San Diego Junior Theatre

1650 El Prado, Ste 208 Casa del Prado Bldg. San Diego, CA 92101
619-239-1311   https://juniortheatre.com/

One-week virtual day camps for children in grades K–12 are offered June-August. Students take classes in music, dance, acting, and specialty topics daily, and are grouped by grade. Stay tuned. Depending on guidance from local health officials, in-person day camps are likely coming in July.


San Diego Model Railroad Museum

1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

[email protected] https://www.sdmrm.org/summer-camps

This summer the SDMRM offers a virtual camp for TK - 8th Grade. The ever-popular model train railroad camp introduces younger campers to the basics of creating a model railroad. Older campers will create a working model railroad. Campers will paint, plaster, lay track and construct a mini-town, complete with buildings, trees, trains, and people. For more information please visit our website.


San Diego Museum of Art

1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA

(619) 696-1935 • https://www.sdmart.org/summer-youth-programs/

Designed for elementary, middle, and high school students, Virtual Summer Youth Art Programs give students the opportunity to learn from artist-educators while enjoying the Museum virtually. Virtual Summer Camps and Teen Studios include live art instruction with lesson plans, studio activities, and online tours of the Museum accessed through your computer! Virtual camps are running from July 19th through July 31st for Grades 1-5 and August 2nd through August 13th for Grades 6-12.