A variety of summer camps, classes and other activities at Cal State Fullerton offer kids from kindergarten through 12th grade opportunities to have fun, learn new skills and make new friends during the summer. Choices include sports activities, a learn-to-swim program, plus camps for art and exploring nature, as well as academic classes to enhance math, writing and public speaking skills.
New this year is are two programs offered at the John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center, a partnership between Orange County Parks and Cal State Fullerton. Archaeologists from the Cooper Center will visit campus, sharing local artifacts and history, and leading hikes and activities.
COOPER CENTER PROGRAMS
Crystal Cove Native American Summer Camp
A program for children 5 to 11 years of age, the weeklong sessions are led by Native American Jacque Tahuka Nunez as an immersive experience in Native American culture, archaeology and native plants and animals. Sessions are offered 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 29-July 3 and July 6-10. More information is available online.
Zoomars Summer Camp
Children ages 5-12 years old who are interested in learning more about animals will get the chance through crafts, games, songs and storytelling, as well as working with zookeepers to feed and care for animals. Four weeklong sessions will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 20 through Aug. 14. More information is available online.
TITAN YOUTH SPORTS CAMP/LEARN TO SWIM
For children enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grade, Titan Youth Sports Camp offers sports, team building and leadership activities. Offered June 15 through Aug. 7: eight weeklong camp sessions that include basketball, flag football, soccer, swimming, rock wall-climbing and bowling. The camps are designed around a full-day schedule to include swimming, movies and alternate activities offered in the afternoon to complete the camp experience.
Participants can sign up for full-day or morning-only sessions at a cost of $125-225 per session, including lunch and snacks, with advance registration. Extended childcare options are available for an additional fee.
The Learn to Swim program provides a safe and fun environment where children feel comfortable learning water skills in a water safety/group swimming instruction program certified by the American Red Cross. Children 6 months and older of all abilities can participate, and adult classes also are available.
Ten-day sessions are held Monday through Friday, June 15 through Aug. 7. A Saturdays-only session is offered June 20 through Aug. 8. Fees are $57 for 10-day sessions.
A parent orientation session, offering opportunities to meet the counselors and instructors for the camps, tour the facilities and pick up a parking pass for use during the camp sessions, will be held 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at the Student Recreation Center. More information about Titan Youth Summer Programs is available online or by calling 657-278-5548.
ART CAMP FOR KIDS 7-14
Led by professional artists, Art Camp helps kids explore their creativity in art, drama, design and crafts. Campers rotate into four classes throughout the day: drawing and painting, ceramics, dramatic activities, and three-dimensional design and crafts. Older students, ages 12-14, can broaden their skills with more advanced projects.
The two-week-long camps are offered 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, July 6-17 and July 20-31 at a cost of $480 per child. Extended day options are available from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for an additional fee. For more information and registration forms, visit the website, email Amanda Lopez or call 657-278-5836.
CLASSES FOR KIDS AND TEENS
A variety of classes, ranging from drawing and painting, math skills, writer’s workshops and public speaking are offered in weeklong classes through University Extended Education:
- Early Writer’s Workshop for grades 2-3 is offered 9-11 a.m. July 6-10
- Middle School Writing Workshop for grades 6-9 is offered noon-2 p.m. July 6-10
- Pre-Algebra Basics for ages 11-13 is offered 9-11 a.m. July 6-10
- Algebra I Problem Solving for ages 12-14 is offered noon-2 p.m. July 6-10
- Algebra II for ages 14-18 is offered noon- 2 p.m. July 13-17
- Introduction to High School Geometry for ages 13-16 is offered 9-11 a.m. July 13-17
- Brush Up on Your Math Skills for grades 4-5 is offered noon-2 p.m. July 20-24
- Young Writer’s Workshop for grades 4-5 is offered noon-2 p.m. July 20-24
NATURE CAMP AT TUCKER WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Cal State Fullerton’s Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, a 12-acre nature preserve and education center in Modjeska Canyon, is offering a nature camp for children ages 7-10. The camp is offered in July 7-10, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Campers will explore nature with hands-on experiments, discover fun facts about wildlife and plants, and learn to protect themselves and the natural habitat while they are outdoors.
Cost for the four-session camp is $150 per student. Class size is limited and reservations are required. Additional information is available online or by calling 714-649-2760. The Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 29322 Modjeska Canyon Road, 92676.