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Summer Camps 2016: Los Angeles Guide

The 2016 Club Momme best of Los Angeles Summer Camps Guide:

1. Camp: City Seedlings Summer Camp

Ages: 5 to 13 years old

Location: Two acres of organic, edible gardens on the campus of 24th Street Elementary, 2055 W 24th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90018

City Seedlings is a cooking and gardening camp that uses the Garden School Foundation's Seed-to-Table philosophies to encourage exploration, learning and fun. Kids leave the camp with cooking and gardening skills, an appreciation for nature and an understanding of where their food comes from.

2. Camp: Tocaloma Summer Day Camp

Ages: Campers 4 to 14 years old

Location: Mulholland Drive, 1/4 mile west of the 405 freeway

Since 1945, Tocaloma Summer Day Camp has been fostering the adventure of childhood for its campers. Conveniently located to both West L.A. and the Valley, the 66-acre site allows for sports, swimming lessons and games, while the modern indoor space offers a relaxed environment for creativity. Low staff-to-camper ratios and child-centered, group-focused programming, designed to make all children feel included and confident to try new things.

3. Camp: Fitness by the Sea

Locations: Santa Monica State Beach (Santa Monica) and Will Rogers State Beach (Pacific Palisades)

Ages: 4 to 14

With four beachside locations in Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica, an experienced staff (average age 28) and low camper-to-staff ratios (6:1), Fitness by the Sea offers a full range of dynamic and creative activities in an encouraging and nurturing environment.

Founded in 2000, Fitness By the Sea is the oldest and largest beach day camp in Southern California and has been called the "safest beach camp" by the chief of the Los Angeles County lifeguards. Fitness by the Sea also offers bus transportation and the opportunity to sign up by the day.

4. Camp: KostaLA Summer Surf Camp

Ages: 7 to 17 years old

Location: New beach location announced soon

KostaLA Beach Camp is dedicated to keeping kids safe, teaching them vital water safety and surf skills, and having fun. Each camper is placed in a small group with others in their age range. Each day starts with a stretch and warm-up before surfing for a couple of hours. Following is lunch in the shade and beach games. Each day ends with another session in the water. KostaLA campers will also enjoy time in parties, games, camper awards, scavenger hunts and hikes.

5. Camp: Coach Derek's Sports Camp & Club Camp

Ages: 2 to 14 years old

Location: Playa Vista Sports Park

Coach Derek's Sports & Club Camp offers an active camp experience through fun and games, where campers make new friends, learn to work as a team, express creativity, build character and enjoy the outdoors. Activities include team-building games, obstacle courses, nature walks, scavenger hunts, picnic games (like sack racing and jump rope), and arts and crafts.

6. Camp: Code Rev

Ages: 6 to 14 years old

Locations: Santa Monica, Del Mar, Encino, Beverly Hills, Irvine, Fountain Valley and Mailbu

Code Rev is a great option for learning coding skills during the summer. Kids learn coding and tech skills through Minecraft, robots and digital art, with breaks for physical activity through outdoor games. Camps run June through September, with options like mathcraft and robotics to 3-D game design and 3-D modeling and animation.

7. Got Game Sports Camp

Ages: 4 to 14 years old

Location: 408 South Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Got Game creates personalized schedules for campers based on their interests in arts, dance, theatre, pottery, science, technology, robotics and more.

8. Camp: The Children's Art Institute

Ages: Children entering Kindergarten to 6th grade

Location: Children's Community School, 14702 Sylvan Street, Van Nuys, CA 91411; Westland School, 16200 Mulholland Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

The Children's Art Institute is a summer camp celebrating all things art. Campers are encouraged to schedule their own workshops based on their interests.

9. Camp: Super Soccer Stars

Ages: 1 - 12 years old

Location: Calabasas, Hermosa Beach, Malibu, Pasadena, Playa Vista, Sherman Oaks, Thousand Oaks, Venice, West Hollywood, West Los Angeles, Greater Los Angeles Area.

Super Soccer Stars Camp offers a unique summer experience for children who want to build soccer skills in a fun atmosphere. Each day's camp theme guides campers through engaging games that teach soccer skills, build self-confidence and promote sportsmanship. The camp features time for a snack and a talent showcase where campers and coaches have the opportunity to show off their skills!

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