Pin It

Everything for Kids 

Special Events

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS are in Grover and Oceano. Info:, 474-3800, or 481-7339

SLO YMCA has several programs, camps, and much more happening throughout the summer. There’s too much, in fact, to list in this summer guide. Check out or call 543-8235 for all of the summer activities kids could ever hope for.

SAN LUIS OBISPO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 1010 Nipomo St. inspires learning through play with interactive exhibits and programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. May: Early Childhood Adventures Tues.-Fri. from 11-11:30am. Ages 2-4 interact with their parents or caregiver in a meaningful and fun way. Tues.: Shake, Rattle and Roll Aerobics. Wed.: Music and Movement. Thurs.: Messy Art. Fri.: Story Time. Moonlight Hours program, which offers free admission to the public on the third Thursday of every month from 5-8pm. Info: 545-5874 or

SLO SYMPHONY PETTING ZOO appears in Grover Beach on June 25, 9:30-11:30am at 1230 Trouville Ave. All ages are welcome. Free. Info: or 473-4580.

Traditional and Day Camps

CLUB 58 DAY CAMP IN SLO for grades 5-8. Campers will participate in activities and travel throughout the county while building skills, making friends, and challenging themselves daily. Character development is incorporated daily, along with leadership and teamwork and civic responsibility to connect young people with their community. Highlights include trips to Hearst Castle, kayaking in Morro Bay and the Oasis at Star Farms. Laguna Middle School, SLO starting June 16. $105 and up. Info: 781-3518, Ext. 120 or

CLUB 58 DAY CAMP IN PASO ROBLES for grades 5-8. Activities and travel throughout the county, building skills, making friends, leadership development, teamwork and civic responsibility to connect young people with their community. Field trips to submarine rides, Star Farms, Culinary Arts, Cayucos Beach, and Atascadero Zoo. Centennial Park, 600 Nickerson Drive, Paso Robles. June 15-Aug. 21. Starts June 16 in South County. 7am. $105 and up. Info: 237-0845 or

at Sinsheimer Elementary School, Monday-Friday, June 22- Aug. 7, 7am-6pm. One-time registration fee $35 and $150 weekly price includes: activities, weekly field trips, special events and swimming. Info: 781-7300 or

AVILA BEACH COMMUNITY CENTER 191 San Miguel St. in Avila. Info: 627-1997.

, in half or full sessions, are chock full of fun stuff to do: bowling, excursions, sports, games, and more at 780 Bello in Pismo. June 15-Aug. 14, ages 6-12. Info: or 481-7339.

CAL POLY TREKKERS offers day trips, hikes, field games, arts and crafts, cooking, swimming, meals, and more for kids all summer. Info: 756-1267 or

CAMP OCEAN PINES invites kids to kayak in Morro Bay, check out the tide pools in Cambria, body board in Cayucos, connect to nature, the sea, and the arts. Sessions start on June 21 for ages 8-15. 1473 Randall Drive in Cambria. Info: 927-0254 or .

CHARACTER CAMP FOR GRADES K-4 IN SOUTH COUNTY Swimming, hiking, cooking, field trips, service-learning, crafts and more. June 16-Aug. 21, 7am-6pm. $100 and up. Info: 543-8235 Ext. 108 or

CHARACTER CAMP IN PASO ROBLES for grades K-4. Swimming, cooking, field trips, service-learning, arts, field trips include Paso Park Cinemas, bowling, Atascadero Zoo, Children’s Museum, and more. Centennial Park, 600 Nickerson Drive, Paso Robles. June 15-Aug. 21, 7am. $100 and up. Info: 237-0845 or

CHARACTER DAY CAMP WITH THE SLO YMCA for grades K-4 at Laguna Middle School in SLO. Swimming, hiking, cooking, field trips, service-learning, crafts and more starts June 16. $100 and up. Info: 781-3518, Ext. 120,

COYOTE ROAD SCHOOL ADVENTURE CAMPS throughout SLO County starting June 24. Ages 5-12 can learn about marine life, nature, wilderness skills and more. Info: or 466-4550.

KIDS’ CAMP FOR 1-6 GRADES is a day camp experience with activities including science and nature, sports and cooperative games, creative expression and crafts, drama and music, special interests, group times and more. Weekly excursions to local parks and beaches, swimming at Hardie Pool in Cayucos, and more. June 22-Aug. 14, Mon.-Fri., 7am-6pm. Info: 772-6278 or

DAY CAMPS IN AVILA BEACH invite kids to choose from three different sports camps—tennis, swimming, or Kempo—or combine all three into one Super Camp. Ages 6-12, noon-3pm; ages 9-16, 1-4pm. June 15-Aug. 14. Off San Luis Bay Drive, in the Avila Village. $50 and up. Info: or 595-7600, Ext. 106.

SUMMER FUN DAY CAMP AT PACHECO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Mon.-Thurs., June 22-Aug. 13, 7am-6pm. One-time registration fee of $35 per child. Info: 781-7300 or

ROYAL OAKS SUMMER CAMP offers arts, computers, sports, cooking, and trips to water slides, the beach, museums, restaurants, and more for grades K-6 starting June 16 in Arroyo Grande. Must attend all weeks happening through Aug. 13. $875. Info: 489-9200.

WEIGHT LOSS CAMP Imagine spending a summer at the beach learning how to surf or hike the mountains. Wellspring California offers campers the opportunity to enjoy these activities while learning how to live healthier lifestyles. June 21 (through August) at Cal Poly in SLO. Designed exclusively for boys and girls ages 11-18. Info: or 866-364-0808.

Arts, theater, music

CHILDREN’S ART IN SHELL BEACH May 29 for ages 5-12. Japanese art. Info and reservations: 773-2263.

AMERICAN DANCE OF SLO CAMPS for ages 5-12. Info: 543-4409.

ART AT THE SLO ART CENTER offers after-school art camps for artsy kids ages 5-12 June 15-Aug. 14. Drawing, printmaking, sculpture, metals, watercolors, 3-D, cloth art, and more. 1010 Broad St. $95 and up. Info: 543-8562, Ext. #1 or

ART EXPLORATION CAMPS IN NORTH COUNTY June 30 (collage), July 7 (mixed media), July 21 (clay), and July 28 (watercolor) Tues., 3-5pm, for ages 11 and older. Learn about the different techniques and mediums—and create your own works of art. $15/day plus $5 supply fee or $50/4 days plus $15 supply fee. Info: 441-5021, 237-3988 or

ART EXPLORATION IN SLO Learn important visual techniques and drawing “tricks” while exploring painting, various art materials, shading, color, and perspective. Ages 5-9, Mon.-Thurs., June 15-July 1 and July 6-23 at 1pm and 2pm at Cuesta College in SLO. $75. Info: 546-3132 or

ART CAMP IN PISMO BEACH Fuse beads, clay, and paint—get your hands dirty exploring the world of art. Will have an exhibit at the end of the week. July 7-10, 9:30-noon. For ages 4-7 years old. Beach House, 340 Pomeroy, Pismo Beach. $80. Info: 440-0348,, 543-8235 or

ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS FOR KIDS IN NORTH COUNTY Collage, watercolor and clay, Tues. and Thurs., June 30-July 23, 10-11:30am, ages 7-11. $42 plus $10 supply fee. Comic Book Summer starts July 28. Info: 238-2137, 237-3988 or

CALLING ALL ROCK STARS! Jam, perform, and record a CD with guitar and bass intensives in SLO. Info: or 542-9528.

GREAT AMERICAN MELODRAMA CAMPS for ages 7-17. July 20-Aug. 17. 8:30am–12:30pm, Monday-Friday. Students will learn creative dramatics, stage movement, improvisation, singing, musical interpretation, and dance. Info: 489-2499.

for grades 3-9 July 13-24 with a performance on July 25 at 7pm. $450. UNITY, 1490 Southwood Drive, San Luis Obispo. Info: or 543-7529.

INTRODUCTION TO COLOR DESIGN AND PAINTING provides an introduction to composition color and acrylic painting. Explore basic design concepts, color theory, and painting techniques through a variety of subjects. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of artists and ideas from different time periods. Ages 5-9, Mon.-Thurs., June 15-July 1 and July 6-July 23 at 11:30am and 1pm at Cuesta College in SLO. $75. Info: 546-3132 or

JOURNEY OF PEN AND INK Explore the many styles of pen and ink. The changing creation of line, style, and composition. Look at formal and unique perspectives, through realism and modern art. Grades 5-9, June 15-July 1 and July 6-23 Mon.-Thurs. at 8:30am 9:30am at Cuesta College. $75. Info: 546-3132 or

for ages 4-7. Learn magic tricks and study famous magicians - complete with a magic show on our last day. Aug. 5-7, 9:30-11:30am. 1020 Southwood Drive, San Luis Obispo. $50 and up. Info: 781-3518, Ext. 120 or

MAKING FACES—PORTRAIT DRAWING Learn the proportions of the face and all kinds of portraits. 5-9 grades, June 15-July 1 and July 6-23, Mon.-Thurs., 10:30am at Cuesta College. $75. Info: 546-3132 or

MONART SCHOOL OF THE ARTS CAMPS June 15-Aug. 14. 4211 Broad in SLO. $110. Info: 544-4243 or

MUSIC CLASSES IN SLO Learn about different ways to enjoy and understand music, exploring styles from the symphony orchestra to American folk music and rock n’ roll. Sing songs by Bob Marley, the Beatles, Woody Guthrie and more. Learn basics of rhythm with classroom drumming. Grades 5-9. June 15-July 1 and July 6-23. Mon.-Thurs., $75. Info: 546-3132 or

MUSICAL THEATER—THE LITTLE MERMAID Thursdays, June 22-July 31, 6-9pm. From auditioning for a musical, through rehearsals, to a final public performance, children, teens, and adults will experience the magic and wonder of musical theater. For ages 7 and older. $250. Info: 466-3538, 237-3988 or

OPERA DAY CAMP is presented by the Pacific Repertory Opera July 13-24, 9am-3pm. 8-15 year olds will learn about correct vocal technique, drama and stage movement, ear-training and musicianship, use of props, costumes, stage make-up, creating sets and more. Camp is held at 1515 Fredericks St. in SLO. $345. Info and registration forms: 541-5369 or

PCPA YOUTH THEATRE CAMPS for ages 13-18 July 11-18. Taught by PCPA Theaterfest summer company professionals, students build a foundation for dramatic creativity. At the end of the weeklong project, students will share a performance they created themselves for invited family and friends. Camps for ages 7-13 from July 26-Aug. 1.Info: or 922-6966, Ext. 3156.

PISMO BEACH YOUTH THEATRE offers classes, stage combat workshops, and musical theater camps for grades 1-12 in Pismo and Santa Maria. June 15-19, 9-3pm in Pismo Beach. June 22-26 in Santa Maria. Ages 6-12. $150. Info: 471-4976 or

SLO LITTLE THEATRE THEATER CAMPS offer hands-on experience for students who want to take stories from the page to the stage through music, movement, and storytelling, leading to a performance on the last day. Acting Conservatory: July 13-17 for grades 7-12. Musical Theatre Showcase: July 20-Aug. 9 for grades 3-12. Acting Out camp is June 15-19 for grades K-6. $150 and up. Info: or 781-3889, Ext. 14.

SLO YMCA THEATER CAMPS for ages 1-3 and 4-7. Calling all future actors - learn theater games, make costume and play make-believe with a large array of dress-up clothes, masks, script memorization, and a performance on the last day of camp. June 25-26, 10am. Ages 4-7, July 27-31, 9:30-noon. 1020 Southwood Drive, San Luis Obispo. Info: 543-8235, Ext. 120, or

THE SOPA SUMMER STOCK PROGRAM held June 23-July 16. 116 W Branch St. in Arroyo Grande. Info: 473-0377 or

TINY TUNES IN PISMO June 20-July 27. Wed. at 10am for 1.5-3 years - parents and kids will have fun singing and dancing. $45. Tiny Tunes II, Mon. at 1pm and Wed. at 11am, ages 3-5 years—singing and dancing and learning the fundamentals of musical theater. Tiny Toes I, Wed. at 9am—ballet and tap for ages 3-5 years and ages 5-7 at Mon. at 2pm. At the Pismo Beach Veterans Hall. Info: 773-7049 or 773-7063.

WOODWORKING, BEGINNING Presents the application of power and hand tools to the mills and cabinet trade. Examines types of woods, both hard and soft. Deals with methods of fastening and types of joints. Emphasizes general power tools such as table saw, sander, chop saw and planer. Grades 5-9. June 15-July 1 and July 6-23. Mon.-Thurs. Info: 546-3132 or

YMCA ART CAMP for ages 4-7. Calling all future Picassos. Artists will work with color, painting, clay and textiles, recycled materials and watercolors to create their masterpieces. There will be an art show at the end of camp. June 29-July 2, 9:30-noon. 1020 Southwood Drive, San Luis Obispo. $50 and up. Info: 781-3518, Ext. 120 or



All over the Central Coast

BASKETBALL CAMPS OFFERED BY BOB CANTU in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo for boys and girls ages 4-17. June 22-July 2. $150. Info: 546-1448 for SLO and 461-4919 for North County or

CATALYST SOCCER CLUB SOCCER CAMPS for ages 4-14. From SLO to Santa Maria June 15-Aug. 21. $85-$135. Scholarships available. Info: 541-3031 or

GOLF CAMPS AND SKILLS CHALLENGE Camps include professional golf instruction: the rules of golf, etiquette, putting, pitching, chipping and full swing. Ages: 7-16, coed, happens weekly June 22-Aug. 7 at various golf courses throughout SLO County. $100-125. Info: 546-3132 or

Five Cities (South County)

BASKETBALL CAMP IN PISMO BEACH July 6-9 for boys ages 7-14 only, takes place at Judkins Middle School in Pismo. $85. Info: 704-2503 or

FIVE CITIES SWIM offers lessons for ages three months and up in an indoor, 90-degree pool. Info: 481-6399.

HORSE CAMP is located in Arroyo Grande. June 22-Aug. 13. Info: 489-5435, or

SKATE CAMP IN GROVER BEACH calls all sidewalk surfers ages 6-12, June 15-Aug. 14, to the radical South County Skate Park, 1750 Ramona Ave. The camp aims to develop performance and safety skills, sportsmanship, and park etiquette and welcomes beginners to intermediate level skaters. Info: 473-4580.

SURF CAMP IN GROVER BEACH invites grommets of all ages (6 and up) to the beach for one-day, three-day, or five-day courses every day all summer. Info: 473-4580.

SURF CAMP WITH MOONDOGGIES SURF SHOP in Pismo starts June 16 for ages 5-17. $65 and up. Info: 773-7063 or 773-1995.

SURF CAMP IN PISMO BEACH for ages 6 and up starts June 1. $135 and up. Info: or 781-7070.

Learn about basketball, obstacle courses, 4 square, and more. Sport fundamentals, good sportsmanship and fun. July 14-16, 9:30-11:30am. Ages 4-7 years. Beach House, 340 Pomeroy, Pismo Beach. $50 and up. Info: 440-0348,, 543-8235 or

in June-Aug. for ages 6 and up. Students will learn the fundamentals of water safety, surfing technique and terminology. $200-$250. Info: 543-8235 or

at Yoga Village, 132 W. Branch St. in Arroyo Grande. Little Saplings, ages 4-8, July 13-17 and Sequoias, preteen yoga camp, ages 9-12, Aug. 17- 21. Info: 474-9884 or

North Coast

THE SOUTH BAY SOCCER ASSOCIATION SOCCER PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS at Monarch Elementary in Los Osos on Saturdays May 30 and June 6 from 9-2pm. Volunteers also needed. Info: 528-5490 or 528-5567.

SAIL AWAY CAMP in Baywood Park. Instruction includes basics of boating safety, technique, and terminology. 8-13 years old. July 28-31 and Aug. 4-7. $160. Info: 543-8235 or

SUMMER U.K. INTERNATIONAL SOCCER CAMP is June 15-19 and Aug.17-21. Coaches are primarily from Great Britain and have been selected for their expertise in teaching children soccer. Camps are at Lila Keiser Park in Morro Bay. 4-16 years. Kidz Love Soccer and Estero Bay Soccer League are also options for little soccer fans. Info: 772-6278.

SURF CAMP IN SAN SIMEON offers private lessons and spontaneous kids camps on any given day. Scheduled camps are June 26-28, July 10-12, and Aug. 1-3. All ages and all levels welcome. Info: 1-800-717-5225 or

North County

GYMNASTICS IN PASO ROBLES for ages 18 months to 18 years at Centennial Park Gymnastics Center, Paso Robles. Classes are month to month, and fees vary. Info and registration:, 237-0845 or

for all ages at the Lillian Larsen Elementary. Open Mon., Wed., Fri. from 6pm-9pm. Free. Weight and cardio equipment, indoor, air-conditioned gymnasium for basketball, volleyball and badminton. Info: 237-0845 or

throughout the summer at Centennial Pool and at Municipal Pool in Paso Robles. All levels, group, private, and semi-private lessons are available. Call for placement testing and registration information. Info: 237-3988 or 239-3013.

MULTI SPORTS CAMPS IN ATASCADERO take place July 6-10 with more than 15 different sports and group building activities in a relaxed and enjoyable environment. Find softball, volleyball, soccer, cricket, street hockey, lacrosse, badminton, netball, basketball, waffle ball, kickball, tennis, Frisbee, pilo-polo, parachute games, rugby, flag football, bocce world cup, and mini Olympics for ages 4-16. $105-$155. Camp will take place at Paloma Creek Soccer Fields. Info: 461-5000.

U.K. INTERNATIONAL SOCCER CAMP takes place July 16-20. Kids will work on specific technical skills and tactical situations. Coaches work with the same group of children for the whole week and establish rapport that supports the development of the individual player. Combining education with fun in a safe environment ensures a fabulous soccer experience. 4-16 years. $105 and up. Info: 461-5000.

San Luis Obispo

ADVENTURE DAY CAMP SWIM LESSONS at the SLO Swim Center . June 29-July 10 and July 13-July 24. Child must be enrolled in ADC. $49 per child per session. Info: 781-7300 or

BASKETBALL WITH HORACE GRANT June 29-July 9 for ages 10-17. $300. Info: 709-7567 or

CAL POLY SPORTS CAMPS and clinics in baseball, basketball, soccer, distance running, volleyball, and more happen all summer. Info: 756-7070, 756-2590, or

COED TENNIS CAMP for beginning to intermediate players. Learn and improve proper tennis techniques, run drills that cover footwork, forehands, backhands, volleys, overheads, serves and court awareness. Ages 9-14, June 22-25 and July 20-23, 10am-1pm at Cuesta College. Info: 546-3132 or

CENTRAL COAST GYMNASTICS offers camps with various themes for kids 4-12 years June 22-August. $30 and up. Info: 549-8408 or

CHEERLEADING AND GYMNASTICS CLASSES teach basic skills in movement, rhythm, and style. June 1-Aug. 28. Info: 781-7300 or

CUESTA COLLEGE VARIOUS SPORTS CAMPS/CLASSES FOR KIDS Nontraditional field sports class focusing on cooperative games that provide an alternative from traditional sports. Also offered: basketball, diving, golf, soccer, softball, swim fitness, tennis, and karate. For upcoming 5th-9th graders. June 15-July 1 and July 6-23 at Cuesta College in SLO. Info: 546-3132 or

DIVING beginning and intermediate concentrates on the front, back and inward dive, forward somersault, hurdle and diving entry fundamentals. Ages 7-17, June 15- 25, June 29-July 9, July 13-July 23, July 27-Aug 6 at Cuesta College. $55 and up. Info: 546-3132 or

ENGLISH HORSE RIDING LESSONS AND CAMPS learn basic horsemanship, riding skills, games on horses, stable management, and tacking lessons for ages 7-16 June 15-July 29. Ages 3-7 starts June 19. Info: 781-7300 or

FIT KIDS CAMPS June 1-Aug. 27 for ages 3-5. Info: or 781-7300.

FIRST TEE golf for ages 5-17, designed to advance educational and character development through golf Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 23-Aug. 23. Info: 781-7300 or

FLAG FOOTBALL AT DAMON-GARCIA SPORTS FIELD for K-8th grades. Learn basic football skills while participating in non-contact, continuous action. Sept. 14-Nov. 13. Info: or 781-7300.

GYMNASTICS SUMMER CAMPS June 22-26 (Sea to Stars), July 13-17 (Sports), July 27-31 (Outdoors), and Aug. 10-14 (Animals) for ages 3 and up, 9:30am-2:30pm. Students work at their level to improve skills and have a great time. All levels welcome. Info: 547-1496 or

JUNIOR GIANTS BASEBALL at Santa Rosa Park Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 30-Aug. 6, 11-1pm for kids ages of 8-12. Volunteer coaches needed. Info: 781-7300 or

offer practices that include skill-building games and soccer scrimmages, culminating in a World Cup-like experience on the final day of class for ages 2-12, June-August in SLO. Info: or 781-7070.

MARTIAL ARTS June-August in SLO for ages 4 and up. Info: or 781-7300.

ROLLER HOCKEY LEAGUE for ages 5-17. Targeted to all skill levels, offers children an alternative sport that provides great body conditioning without the “down time”. Will learn the fundamentals of the sport, including how to skate and how to improve skating. July-August at Santa Rosa Park. $75 and up. Info: 543-8235 x 109 or

SWIM LESSONS for ages 6 months-and up, Mon.-Thurs, June 15-Aug. 6 at various times at Cuesta College. Cost: $50 Baby & Me, Levels 1-6; $55 Tiny Tot. $100 for private; $70 for semi-private. Info: 546-3132 or

TENNIS AT SINSHEIMER invites locals to live well and play better tennis with the help of David Mascia. Ages 5 and up. June-August. Info: 781-7300 or

VOLLEYBALL CAMP for girls and boys ages 10-16 to learn and/or improve on their volleyball fundamentals. Instruction, video analysis, daily lunch, lap swimming and a camp T-shirt. July 27-30 at Cuesta College. $175. Info: 546-3132 or

WATER POLO CAMP IN SLO for ages 6 and up July 6-17. Info: 781-7300 or

YMCA TOT TUMBLE CAMP for ages 1-3. This interactive camp is designed get you and your child moving together with yoga, gymnastics, a bounce house, and crafts. Aug. 10-11, 10-11:30am. Info: 781-3518, Ext. 120 or

YMCA BITTY SPORTS CAMP for ages 4-7. Learn to play basketball, soccer and T-ball and learn healthy fundamentals. Bounce house party on the last day. Aug. 12-14, 9:30-11:30am. 1020 Southwood Drive, San Luis Obispo. $50 and up. Info: 781-3518, Ext. 120 or


Books, Writing and Film


ACTING FOR FILM, TELEVISION AND COMMERCIALS Tuesdays, June 16-July 21, 3-5pm. This six-week workshop introduces children to commercials, television, and film with two weeks devoted to each medium. Taught by Gailee Walker Wells. $102. 466-3538, 237-3988 or

ALL ABOUT HARRY POTTER is an advanced class that goes below the surface of the series to discover and discuss the buried treasures provided by J.K. Rowling. Must have read all seven books. For upcoming 7th-9th graders. June 15-July 1 and July 6-23 at Cuesta College in SLO. Monday-Thursday, 1pm. $75. Classical Clues class is also available for grades 5-9. Info: 546-3132 or

BARNES AND NOBLE presents free story times, book groups, and other events for kids throughout the summer in its SLO store at 894 Marsh St. Story time is every Wednesday and Saturday at 11:15am. Give your children the gift of reading. Info: 781-8334.

IT’S SHOWTIME! Students will learn what makes a story work, how contrasts keep an audience interested, and about the world around them through films. For upcoming 5th-9th graders. June 15-July 1 and July 6-23 at Cuesta College in SLO. Monday-Thursday. $75. Info: 546-3132 or

: Children’s Summer Reading Program starts June 18 at 10am with Shawn McMaster, ages 3 and up. A unique combination of magic and comedy. June 25 at 2pm: Banana Slug String Band, June 26 at 10am: Tom Knight (puppeteer/singer/songwriter), July 17 at 10am: Craig Newton, (singer/songwriter), July 23: Jim Wilson (juggler/performer), July 30: Don Norton (singer/songwriter), Aug. 13: Karen Garman (dancer/actress/instructor). Free. Info: 772-6394.

READING ROCKS! LIBRARY INFO It’s all about reading all over SLO County. Every library has various “story times” and special events. Arroyo Grande: 473-7161, 800 W. Branch St. Story time: Wed. and Thurs. at 10:30am. Atascadero: 461-6161, story time: Wed., 10:30am, for ages 3-6. Cambria: 927-4336, 900 Main St. Cayucos: 995-3312. Creston: 237-3010. Grover Beach: 481-4131. Open 1-5pm Mon.-Tues, Thurs.-Fri. and Sat. from 10am-2pm. Children’s story time is 10:30am on Wed. 230 N. 9th St. Los Osos: 528-1862 or Thurs. and Fri. at 10:30am. Morro Bay: 772-6394, 625 Harbor St. Thurs. 10am and 2:30pm are story times. Nipomo: 929-3994. Oceano: 474-7478. Paso Robles: 237-3870. San Miguel: 467-3224. Santa Margarita: 781-5775. Shell Beach: 773-2263. SLO: 781-5775. Story time on Tues. and Thurs. 10am. 995 Palm St. General library info:

SLO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL offers filmmaking workshop in San Luis Obispo July 20-Aug. 14 for grades 3-12. Learn basic filmmaking skills while leading the production of a short film to be screened for parents. Films will also be entered into SLOIFF’s 2010 Youth Filmmaking Competition taking place in March. $250. Info: or 546-3456.

STORYTELLING IN SLO Each session will include a live storytelling performance, learn story evaluation via the Storytelling Response Guide, story blocking, story types and techniques for learning and performing a story. Students will create journals and a final storytelling performance recording. 5-9 graders. Mon.-Thurs., June 15-July 1 and July 6- 23 at Cuesta College, SLO. $75. Info: 546-3132 or

SUMMER READING PROGRAM at your local San Luis Obispo County Library takes place June 13-Aug. 22. Children and teens are all welcome to sign up to earn fabulous rewards for reading library books. Be Creative at Your Library is the theme for children from toddlers up to fifth grade. Express Yourself at Your Library is for teens. Ten books will get you fabulous rewards. Live performances throughout the county geared toward children ages 4 and up. These are professional performers with a fun and educational slant. Info:

TURTLE TALES: CREATIVE WRITING CLASS Mon., July 6-27, for ages 8-10. Designed to improve writing skills and experience non-fiction, poetry, and journal writing with turtle inspiration—a live turtle will be present during camp. $62. Info: 748-4121, 237-3988 or

WRITING INSIDE OUT Learn ways to pull out writing ideas and create characters, stories poems, postcards, lists and see how fun writing can be. Grades 5-9. Mon.-Thurs., June 15-July 1 and July 6-23 at Cuesta College, SLO. $75. Creative Writing also available. Info: 546-3132 or

HANDWRITING GROUP INSTRUCTION focuses on improving handwriting and hand development while children have fun in a stress-free environment. Contact Pediatric Therapy Solutions: 545-8699 or

YOUNG WRITERS CAMP IN SANTA MARIA July 13-24. Grades 3-9. $245, scholarships available. Info: 893-5899.




COASTAL DANCE AND MUSIC ACADEMY CAMPS starting July 13 (through Aug. 14) for ages 3 and up in Arroyo Grande. Each week focuses on various types of dance, fitness, and more. Info: 489-5678 or coastaldanceandmusic

CREATIVE DANCE CAMP WITH KAREN GARMAN Aug. 3-7 for ages 3-13 at the SLO Library. $75. Info: 781-7300 or

DANCE CAMP IN PASO ROBLES Tues. and Thurs. July 21-Aug. 13, 9:30-2:30pm. Learn and improve skills in Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary Dance while increasing flexibility and range of motion in a stretch class. Create their own masterpieces in a choreography class. Ages 8-13. $160. Info: 423-0018, 237-3988 or

DANCE CAMPS IN SHELL BEACH June-August for ages 5 and up. Info:

DANCE AND MORE CAMP IN GROVER BEACH offers tumbling, crafts, cooking and a live performance. July 13-Aug 17. Info: 473-4580.

EVERYBODY CAN DANCE offers camps for ballet, jazz, modern and more June 15-Aug. 28 for ages 8-14 at 800 South Broadway, Santa Maria. Info: 937-6753.

for ages 1-3 and 4-7. Introduces the world of dance and ballet fundamentals and includes: age appropriate dance class, art projects, group games, and story time. July 23-24, 10 -11:30am. Ages 4-7 takes place July 6-10, 9:30am. $50 and up. 1020 Southwood Drive, San Luis Obispo. Info: 781-3518, Ext. 120 or


Enrichment and Academics

ARGUMENT 101: The foundations of effective arguing are rooted in the lives and beliefs of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Join them while you practice new thinking techniques that could help with debates with friends and family, and practice speaking and debate skills. For upcoming 6th-9th graders. June 15-July 1 and July 6-23 at Cuesta College in SLO. Info: 546-3132 or

COOKING FUNDAMENTALS AND NUTRITION CLASSES Calling all future Evan Treadwells for an introduction to baking and basic preparation skills for tweens. Discover delicious after-school snack and dessert ideas. For upcoming 5th-9th graders. June 15-July 1 and July 6-23 at Cuesta College in SLO. Mon.-Thurs. Info: 546-3132 or

ENGINEERING POSSIBILITIES IN COLLEGE (EPIC) takes place July 6-10 for grades 9-12. Info:, 756-5476, 756-2350, or

INTERIOR DESIGN CAMPS AND CLASSES Learn to draw furniture and accessories for your own “fantasy bedroom.” Use materials from designer fabrics, wallpaper, and paint books to express yourself. Create a matching bulletin board. 5-9 graders starting June 15. Create a fabulous throw pillow with fabrics, trims, and paints. Design a fun, fabric covered frame to hold all you favorite pictures. Bring one yard of fabric. $75-$145 at Cuesta College in SLO. Info: 546-3132 or

JEWELRY ARTS Learn metal-smithing techniques to make hand forged earrings and bracelets, wire wrap instructive for necklaces and earrings. Acid etching project for pendants or earrings. Grades 5-9, Mon.-Thurs., June 15-July 1 from 8:30-9:20am at Cuesta College in SLO. $90. Info: 546-3132 or

LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE Japanese, Italian, Spanish, and Chinese classes are available. For upcoming 5th-9th graders. June 15-July 1 and July 6-23 Mon.-Thurs. at Cuesta College in SLO. $75. Info: 546-3132 or

MISS ETIQUETTE PRESENTS: It’s never too early to teach someone proper manners, as well as style and class. For 6 to 12 years. $25 and up. Info and dates: 473-4580 or

PLAY WITH PURPOSE is for ages 4-12 who need a boost with learning, socialization, or sensory processing skills. In Arroyo Grande happening throughout the summer. Info: 541-7628.

YMCA PIRATE CAMP for ages 4-7. Sail away on a pirate adventure while captains create pirate flags, and find buried treasure. Enjoy a pirate party and a visit from a legendary pirate and his crew. Aug. 17-19, 9:30-11:30am. 1020 Southwood Drive, San Luis Obispo. $50 and up. Info: 781-3518, Ext. 120 or

YMCA PIRATE CAMP IN PISMO BEACH Dig for treasure, do pirate crafts, and eat pirate snacks. Come in your favorite pirate attire. July 28-30, 9:30-11:30am. Ages 4-7 years. Beach House, 340 Pomeroy, Pismo Beach. $50 and up. Info: 440-0348, 543-8235 or

Girls Rule!

CENTRAL COAST HOOPS is a girls-only basketball program taking place June 15-19 at the Morro Bay High School gym for ages 6-15. Info: 772-6278.


Sponsored by Coast Girls Softball League June 19-21 at Lila Keiser Park and Morro Bay High School. Info: 772-6278 or

GIRL SCOUTS CAMPS HAPPEN ALL SUMMER filled with outdoor activities - cooking, fire building, games, crafts and more. Info: or 596-0280.

PRINCESS CAMP IN PISMO BEACH Games, dress-up, and crafts. June 30-July 2, 9:30-11:30am. For ages 4-7 years old. Beach House, 340 Pomeroy, Pismo Beach. $50 and up. Info: 440-0348,, 543-8235 or

YMCA PRINCESS I AND II CAMPS for ages 4-7. Princesses will spend three magical days learning princess etiquette, playing in a Princess Castle and making princess treats and accessories. A royal tea party on the last day of camp. Participants are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite princess attire. June 22-24, 9:30-11:30am and 1-3pm. Princess II takes place July 27-29, 1-3pm. Learn about princesses from different countries. 1020 Southwood, San Luis Obispo. $50 and up. Info: 781-3518, Ext. 120 or

Keep out, girls!

YMCA KNIGHTS IN SHINING ARMOR for ages 4-7. Royal knights will explore the fantastic world of Knights in Shining Armor, valor and castles, participate in royal challenges, make knight armor and dine a la round table. Come dressed in your best Knight costumes. June 17-19, 9:30 -11:30 am. SLO County YMCA, 1020 Southwood Drive, San Luis Obispo. $50 and up. Info: 781-3518, Ext. 120 or

Camps for the Whole Family

SLO BOTANICAL PLANT FAMILY CAMP Create an outdoor kitchen complete with a vegetable garden and fruit trees, learn about the origins of the food we eat, and make meals with the help of guest chefs. Aug. 10-14. Info: or 541-1400.

Outdoors and Nature

JR. RANGER ACTIVITY CAMP Taught by City of SLO Park Rangers and focuses on environmental education experience designed to teach children about San Luis Obispo’s natural environment. June 15-19 and Aug. 17-21, 9-2pm for ages 7-10. $75. Info: 781-7300 or

OUTSIDE NOW takes teens on the backpacking adventure of a lifetime to the foot of Palisades Glacier in the Sierra Nevada. Week of July 27. $525-$725.  Info: 541-9900 or

Science and the Digital Age

CAMP ZOOFARI IN PASO ROBLES June 22-25, July 6-9, July 13-16, and Aug. 3-6 for ages 7-12. Camp day includes crafts, games, live animal interaction with birds, mammals and reptiles, and instruction emphasizes safety, compassion, and care for all life. $125. Info: 238-9015, 237-3988 or

DIGITAL IMAGING covers digital cameras scanners and camcorders. Students will learn how to manipulate and edit photos using PhotoShop Word and Microsoft Publisher. Bring in photos from home to enlarge or make smaller using the scanner. Make a personal photo album upon completion of class. Grades 5-9. June 15-July 1 and July 6-23. Mon.-Thurs., $80. Info: 546-3132 or

DINO CAMP IN PISMO BEACH Search for dinosaur bones, play games and learn more about the prehistoric animals. June 23-25, 9:30-11:30am. For ages 4-7 years old. Beach House, 340 Pomeroy, Pismo Beach. $50 and up. Info: 440-0348 or

EXPLORING LIFE ON PLANET EARTH invites upcoming 5th-9th graders to take a trip around the world in three weeks and learn about marine mammals, fish, animals native to the Central Coast, soil exploration, and astronomy. June 15-July 1 and July 6-23 at C.uesta College in SLO. Mon.-Thurs., 1 and 2pm. $75. Info: 546-3132 or

MICROSOFT OFFICE Students will learn different aspects of the Office Professional package using Word PowerPoint and MS Publisher. This fun class will give students the preparative edge through the creation of graphs brochures greeting cards calendars and documents. Grades 5-9. June 15-July 1 and July 6-23. Mon.-Thurs., $80. Info: 546-3132 or

June 15-19, 8-noon. Hands-on science exploration class using rocketry as a platform. For ages 9-15. Build, launch, and take home a model rocket and more.  $72. Info: 237-3988 or

SCIENCE CAMP For ages 7-12. Info: or 391-1911.

Students will learn about six time periods of California history and participate in activities that the people of that time period practiced in their daily lives. For upcoming 5th-9th graders. June 15-July 1 and July 6-23 at Cuesta College in SLO. $75. Info: 546-3132 or

SPACE PROGRAM AT THE ATASCADERO LIBRARY If you are interested in space exploration, astronomy or just want to know more about our cosmos, then come to the Atascadero Library’s Martin Polin Community Room on June 24 from 6:30pm-8pm.  Walter Reil, the Solar System Ambassador volunteer from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will present an adult multimedia space show taking the audience from NASA space centers on Earth, including the famous Kennedy Space Center and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, into the deepest recesses of the grand universe.  The audience will experience planetary space missions including visits to Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, and witness some of the most famous ground-based and space-based observatories. The program is designed for ages 11 to adult. The Atascadero Library is located at 6850 Morro Road. Info: 461-6162.

WEB PAGE DESIGN: Students will design their own Web page using MS Word and Dream Weaver MX and will learn how to make graphics, create banners, and more. 5-9 grades, Mon.-Thurs., June 15-July 1 and July 6-23, at Cuesta College in SLO. $155. Info: 546-3132 or

YMCA DINOSAUR CAMP for ages 4-7. Learn about the creatures of the past while  participating in dino-crafts, games and learning activities. July 13-15, 9:30-11:30am. 1020 Southwood Drive, San Luis Obispo. $50 and up. Info: 781-3518, Ext. 120 or

YMCA MINI-MAD SCIENTIST CAMP for ages 4-7. Participate in hands-on experimental fun and exploration while learning. The last day of camp there will be a science show. June 29-July 1, 1-3pm. 1020 Southwood Drive, San Luis Obispo. $50 and up. Info: 781-3518, Ext. 120 or


YMCA LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT Experience Y Camp from a leadership position. The focus of the Leader in Training (LIT) program is to develop general leadership skills and interpersonal interaction with an introduction to problem solving, communication, camp mission/goals, and camp work projects. 9-12th grades. $70 and up. Info: 543-8235 or

at the SLO Swim Center on June 19 from 8-10pm for ages 12-15. DJ and concessions. $3. Info: 781-7300 or

COUNSELOR IN TRAINING program is a free volunteer work experience program designed for 14-16-year-old students interested in gaining skills and experience working with children. Starts June 22. Info: or 781-7070.

for ages 16 and up June 16-July 28. $55. At SLO Library. Info: or 781-7300.

TEEN IDOL COMPETITION takes place June 26 at 7pm at Ludwick Community Center. $5. Info: 781-7300 or

INTERNET DRIVING SCHOOL includes parental involvement and is fun, educational, and interactive. For ages 14-18. $76. Get your permit on! Info and to register: 473-4580.

ROCKIES: MORRO BAY TEEN CENTER 231 Atascadero Road in front of Morro Bay High School. Come hang out, surf the Internet, play ping-pong or video games. Info: 772-6279.

at Santa Margarita Lake. Teaches the basic fundamentals of rowing. June 27-Aug. 22 for ages 12 and up. Info: or 781-7300.

: The YMCA offers a drop-in after-school program for any Coast Union Unified School District student. The focus is on ages 12-18, but all are welcome. The program consists of Teen Center activities, homework tutoring, character development, asset development, library use, community projects, and more. Teen center activities include ping-pong, pool, air hockey, video games, computer access, local field trips, and lawn bowling. Weekdays, and occasional after-hours events. Free. 870 Main St. Info:, 543-8235 or 927-7776.

QUEST (FORMERLY CITY CORPS) AT THE LUDWICK COMMUNITY CENTER teaches teens, 13-16 years old, job ethics and responsibility and gives them the opportunity to gain valuable work experience through teamwork and volunteerism June 15-18 from 9-3pm. Info: 781-7300 or

SLO TRIATHLON CAMPS AT SINSHEIMER PARK uses the Annual SLO Triathlon as an optional goal and a model for application of training starting July 6. Ages 15 and up. Info: 781-7300, or 781-7070.

TEEN DAYZ AT MEADOW PARK July 6-Aug. 21 from 2-5:30pm. Activities, games and concessions. Info: 781-7300 or

ELITE COED VOLLEYBALL CAMP Prerequisite: Must have played at least 1 season of competitive high school volleyball. Ages 14-16, coed, July 27-30 at Cuesta College. $185. Info: 546-3132 or

MASTERS WATER POLO Experienced players are invited to join the drop-in water polo games. Men and women, ages 16 and above are welcome. June 1-Aug. 12, Mon-Thurs. at Cuesta College in SLO. $3 per visit. Info: 546-3132 or

YMCA TEEN FITNESS FRIDAYS Throughout the summer, teens (age 12-17) are welcome at the Y’s San Luis Obispo Fitness Facility from noon-5pm to work out, play racquetball, basketball and more. Free. Info: 543-8235 or

YMCA TEEN FITNESS CLASSES AND WEIGHT CERTIFICATION Special teen weight-training and classes are offered at the San Luis Obispo Fitness Facility for YMCA Fitness Members. Info: 543-8235 or

When you grow up …

CAYUCOS AND MORRO BAY JR. LIFEGUARD BEACH AND POOL PROGRAMS teach skills early for lifeguarding June 22-July 10 and July 20-Aug. 7, Mon.-Fri., 9-2pm for ages 10-16. In Cayucos for ages 9-16, June 15-19. Info: 772-6278 OR

FASHION DESIGN CAMPS AND CLASSES invites upcoming 5th-9th graders to enter the creative world of fashion design and experience the entire design process from sketching ideas to creating a finished product. Students will learn how to use fabrics, trims, appliqués, and fabric paint June 15-July 1 and July 6-23 at Cuesta College in SLO. Mon.-Thurs. $75 and up. Info: 546-3132 or

FINANCE FOR KIDS Learn how to budget, recognize bogus advertising claims, and more. 5-9th grades, Mon.-Thurs: June 15-July 1 and July 6-23 at Cuesta College in SLO. $75. Info: 546-3132 or

YMCA JR. ASTRONAUT ACADEMY for ages 4-7. Learn about famous astronauts, planets and space ships. There will be astronaut games, crafts and snacks. July 20-22, 9:30-11:30am. 1020 Southwood Drive, San Luis Obispo. $50 and up. Info: 781-3518, Ext. 120 or

YMCA FUN WITH FOOD for ages 4-7. Learn about healthy and fun eating, make tasty treats and make a cookbook. Aug. 17-19, 1-3pm. 1020 Southwood Drive, San Luis Obispo. $50 and up.  Info: 781-3518, Ext. 120 or

YMCA FIREFIGHTER/POLICE CAMP Learn about these very important jobs by learning basic  911 safety and taking a walking field trip to both the fire and police departments. Aug. 4-6, 9:30-11:30am. Ages 4-7 years. Beach House, 340 Pomeroy, Pismo Beach. $50 and up. Info: 440-0348, 543-8235 or

YMCA JR. PILOT ACADEMY for ages 4-7. Learn about the world of aeronautics, build and paint a mini airplane, and learn about airplanes made throughout history and famous pilots. Aug. 5-7, 1-3pm. 1020 Southwood Drive, San Luis Obispo. $50 and up.  Info: 781-3518, Ext. 120 or

WELDING AND ADVANCED WELDING teach upcoming 7th-9th graders how to weld steel with a 10,000-degree electric arc. Students will practice and develop skills in short arc welding sheet steels. Topics include safety, physics of welding, and metalworking happening June 15-July 1 and July 6-July 23 at Cuesta College in SLO. Advanced takes place July 6-July 23. Info: 546-3132 or

WHAT WERE YOU BORN TO DO? You were born to make a unique contribution to humanity. Progressing toward this purpose brings joy and abundance. $30 materials fee will be collected in class for assessment testing and comprehensive manual. For ages 16 and up on July 6, 6-9:30pm at Cuesta College, SLO. $45. Info: 546-3132 or

More Cool Stuff for Kids

4TH GRADE CAMP is a four-day camp designed for students entering the 4th grade. Supervised campers will rotate three subjects each day: hands-on art activities, active keyboard and computer operations, science, and more. July 27-July 30 at Cuesta College in SLO. Mon.-Thurs., 9am-noon. $80. Info: 546-3132 or

THE DUNES CENTER in Guadalupe promotes the conservation of the Guadalupe-Nipomo dunes ecosystem through education, research, and the support of cooperative stewardship. The center offers interactive events, exhibits, and classes. EDEN, XanaDune, and Sand Bandits are just a few of their interactive programs. Info: 343-2455 or

EXPLORATION STATION at the Old Fire Station in Grover Beach is a nonprofit public benefit facility where local families can enjoy revolving exhibits, interactive displays, and weekly activities designed to meet the specific needs of youth in the community. Art, knitting, career guidance, airplanes, woodworking, science, and pet care are just some of the activities offered. Info: 473-1421 or

EXPLORERS CLUB CAMP, SLONAZ children’s outreach program, takes place June 16-Aug. 22 for kids going into grades K-6. Info: or 543-3192.

– An American Red Cross class to develop safety and rescues skills to prepare students for entry in the Lifeguard Training course meets Monday, Wednesday, Friday, June 15-July 17. Info: 781-7300 or

NATURAL A’S—STUDENTS CAN SIGNIFICANTLY ENHANCE GRADES, self-confidence and chances for scholarships and college admissions—by performing academic skills in alignment with the brain’s natural patterns. Discover simple methods for understanding math and other subjects, optimizing focus and concentration, and preventing test anxiety. Ages 10-17 on July 6 from 1-4pm at  Cuesta College. $70. Info: 546-3132 or

SUMMER BAKING IN PISMO BEACH workshop for ages 7-13 July 20-24. Info: 773-7063 or

YMCA INCLUSIVE RECREATION PROGRAM GEARED FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS in K-8th grade. Learn social skills and provide developmentally appropriate activities. All over SLO County, June 16-Aug. 2. Info: or 543-8235 Ext. 118. ∆


Pin It


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Search, Find, Enjoy

Submit an event

Trending Now

© 2022 New Times San Luis Obispo
Powered by Foundation