2016 Fresno-Area Summer Camps Guide
Fresno Chaffee Zoo Adventure Camp. Photo courtesy of the Fresno Chaffee Zoo.
Have a kiddo that eagerly wishes to be an outdoorsman? We've got you covered. What if they want to be the next sports star? We've got that covered, too. Is the stage calling their name? Have no fear, there are plenty of those, too.
Get OutdoorsIs the great outdoors calling your child's name? Or maybe it's time to take a much needed break from technology? Either way, there are some great local Summer Camps that help children reconnect with nature, and even have some fun along the way.
7775 N. Friant
Fresno, CA, 93720
The Original Adventure Camp is a new adventure every day with theme based activities of sports, games, crafts, nature, science and lots more. Enter your imaginary world and join in on each themed day such as: Pirate Day, Wild Wild West Day, Outer Space Adventures Day, Harry Potter Day, and Sports Day. They provide a safe, fun and educational opportunity for all who will attend Adventure Camp. Adventure Camp is 07/11/2016-07/15/2016 for Ages 5 to 10.
11605 Old Friant Road
Fresno, CA 93730
River Camp, hosted by the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust, provides a fun and safe place for campers of all ages to spend time at the river exploring, playing, making friends and learning about nature. The San Joaquin River is one of the most beautiful and important natural resources in our area-our water source, home to fish and wildlife, and some of our last undeveloped open space. At River Camp, children have the opportunity to experience this treasure right in their own backyard.
Please note the drop off and pick up location for River Camps is at the River Center.
For over 20 years, the River Parkway Trust has been offering an exciting, fun, and safe experience for the Valley’s children at River Camp. River Camp at Scout Island ensure campers enjoy swimming and splashing in cool water, learning to canoe, exploring wildlife habitat, playing games, creating arts and crafts, and building new friendships during their week-long day-camp experience.
Ages: Entering 1st through 8th grade
Time: Meet the River Camp bus at the River Center between 8:30am and 8:45am. The bus leaves by 9:00am. Campers will return at 4:15pm. Click here for a map.
Cost: $230 or $210 for members ($5 discount if paid in full at time of registration)
The Young Explorer's program will take place at the River Center, where we'll spend time looking for signs of wildlife, exploring the Hidden Homes trail, and learning about the plants and animals that make this area their home. Each day they'll focus on a theme and the camper will participate in singing, arts and crafts, dramatic play, and other hands on activities led by our experienced staff of Young Explorers counselors. There will be time for water play and nature walks each day.
Parents and grandparents are welcome to stay and join in the fun. Young Explorers camp is held Tuesday through Thursday mornings.
Ages: 3 1/2 through entering Kindergarten
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $100 or $90 for members ($5 discount for paying in full at time of registration).
River Camp Firebaugh
River Camp Firebaugh is a 4-week River Camp program that takes place in the community of Firebaugh. Each year, over 150 local children have the opportunity to take part in this program, which offers many of the same experiences as River Camp Scout Island in Fresno. Campers learn about the river and their local ecosystems while engaging in water play, arts and crafts, games and other activities. River Camp Firebaugh promotes respect for the environment and for one another by offering a unique experIence for participants.
Location: Andrew Firebaugh Community Center & Park
Cost: $45 per child, per week
All sessions foster an appreciation and understanding of wildlife and nature through animal interactions and observations, games, arts and crafts, and other exciting activities.
Enjoy learning with games, art, projects, and fun. Children will engage in a hands-on learning atmosphere and should bring a change of clothes. Each class will include an educational animal visit. A snack will be provided during the morning. Cubby Camp hours are from 9:00am to 12:00pm only. Must be potty trained.Ages: 3-5
Times: 9am – 12pm
Cost: Members: $120 per week; Non-members: $130 per week
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All sessions of Adventure Camp foster an appreciation for and understanding of animals and nature through live animal interactions, animal observations, games, arts & crafts, and many other exciting activities. Each session will include a morning and afternoon snack. Please bring your own lunch. Adventure Camp hours are from 9:00am to 4:00pm with extended care available for an additional fee. Campers will be grouped by age.Ages: 5-11
Times: 9am – 4pm
Cost: Members: $200 per week; Non-members: $220 per week
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Older students will enjoy an opportunity for more in-depth explorations with our Young Naturalist program. Scientific zoo-related topics offer hands-on nature study and investigation. Each class will include a behind-the-scenes experience with a zoo keeper or a visit with an education animal. Each daily course includes a morning and afternoon snack, and campers are asked to bring their own lunch.Ages: 11-17
JR. MARINE BIOLOGIST
- Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Cost: Members $275 per week; Non-members $295 per week
- Time: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
- Cost: Members $250 per week; Non-members $275 per week
Get ActiveFor the more sports-minded children out there, here is a list of some great local Summer Camps where sports is the name of the game.
KYJO in association with Fresno State Club Red and Athletic Performance will host the largest free football clinic in Central California at the Bulldog Stadium. Hundreds of students around the Valley will have the chance to experience pro level training skills strategically designed to build character and lay a strong athletic foundation.
On Saturday, July 16th will be KYJO's Big B.A.N.G. Weekend "Believe & Achieve" FREE Football Clinic for students in 4th-8th grades. The day provides an opportunity for children who may not be able to afford to participate in a football camp. This special day allows children to not only meet, but be mentored by top NFL and Division I football players and learn skills they can use on and off the field. All football participants will be provided a free lunch and t-shirt.
When: July 16th, 2016
Event Begins: 9:00am – 1:00pm: Football Clinic
Walk-up Registrations: 8:00am – 8:30am (If capacity has not been reached)
Prerequisite: Athlete should be proficient in the freestyle stroke. Must have a bike in good operating condition.
Junior Elite: Ages 16-19: This higher and usually more experienced level of goal oriented triathletes has usually developed from the Youth Elite and has been training and racing for a number of years. They are furthering their mastery of swim, bike, and run techniques and are training specifically for future opportunities within the highly competitive ranks of national and international competition.
Gymnastics Beat Inc
5620 W. Barstow #103
Fresno, CA 93722
Gymnastics for older children is available in a variety of formats including recreational classes and competitive team participation. This allows all children to participate in the sport regardless of their size and/or ability. Each child can advance at his/her own speed as he/she learns new skills. Gymnastics not only increases strength, grace and flexibility, but also encourages hard work, discipline and determination.
For kids ages 6 and up. In our recreational classes, your child will explore the basics of gymnastics on every apparatus as they progress and become proficient in basic core gymnastics skills. Our recreational classes are non-competitive and are designed to build strength, flexibility and self-esteem. Students will be evaluated every three months to check their progress and see if they pass to the next level.
For more information please see their schedule.
- Skills learned through level 2 Gymnastics per USA Gymnastics regulations
- Students will practice and learn skills on all Olympic Events
Times: See their camp & classes schedule
Cost: Visit their website
River Park Golf Center
41445 Avenue 9
Fresno, CA 93720
US Sports Camps is proud to once again host junior golf camps in Fresno, CA this summer! River Park Golf Center, a top-50 practice facility in the United States, offers half-day camps to junior golfers of all ability levels. Enroll in camp today and get better this summer!
HALF DAY CAMPS 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Our half-day programs are available for golfers ages 7 to 15 of all ability levels. Enjoy three hours of instruction each day under the direction of our staff, led by Director of Golf Gary Green, which incorporates focus on all aspects of the game including putting, chipping, pitching, and full swing.
On the final day of each camp session, Nike campers participate in nine holes of course play followed by a pizza party a graduation ceremony. During course play, campers have the opportunity to implement what they've learned throughout the week in scoring environment. Staff members will supervise campers during course play and help with shot selection, course management and rules.
- Instruction with low student to teacher ratio from experienced golf professionals
- Three hours of morning instruction covering putting, chipping, pitching and full swing
- Course play under staff supervision on the final day of camp
- Nike amenity package including hat, dozen golf balls, camp workbook, water bottle, and bag tag
- A healthy and positive learning environment designed to help every camper get better
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Dates: JUN. 27 - JUN. 30, 2016, JUL. 11 - JUL. 14, 2016, JUL. 25 - JUL. 28, 2016, AUG. 8 - AUG. 11, 2016
1800 Tulare St
Fresno, CA 93721
Want to learn from the pros? The Grizzlies Baseball Camp is the best place in the Central San Joaquin Valley to improve your skills in a fun environment with professional baseball players as instructors!
Boys and girls, ages 5 to 14, will have the opportunity to work with and meet Fresno Grizzlies players (Houston Astros prospects) and coaches during the two-day Fresno Grizzlies Baseball Camp on June 24th-25th, 2016 at Chukchansi Park. Day one will include a stretch-run-throw, offense and defense fundamentals, and hitting, while day two will include pitching and catching instruction, baseball games, autographs and an awards ceremony. Instructors include Grizzlies manager Tony DeFrancesco, Grizzlies coaches, and a group of Grizzlies players.
To register, please download the registration form and email it to Whitney Campbell at email@example.com with the payment information filled out. The form and payment can also be mailed to ATTN: Whitney Campbell 1800 Tulare Street Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to 559.264.0795 ATTN: Whitney Campbell.
Ages: 5 to 14
Cost: $100 per camper
Get On StageIf your child has been waiting to get in the limelight, here are a list of Summer Camps sure to please!
1085 E Herndon Ave, # 108
The best age group to participate is 6 years old and up. At 6 years old, they have good hand and eye coordination and can pay attention in a school like setting for two hours with step by step instructions.
See videos of their previous camps: VIDEO
Ages: 6 and up
Times: 9:00am to 12:00pm; See Schedule
Cost: $125.00 per seat
4750 N. Blackstone Ave.
Fresno, CA 93726
Toddler Arts Camp
Our Toddler Arts Camp is a gentle introduction to the summer camp experience. Classes are smaller and the students experience fewer teacher changes. Quiet activity time is incorporated into the camp to reserve energy and focus for the learning sessions. Classes include Gymnastics, Art, Music, Dance, Acting, and Crafts.
Joyful, fun classes teach movement and expression. We stress good manners, polite behavior, and we always teach our campers to be "cool, kind kids!" Campers will enjoy a morning of activities that include Creative Dance, Art, Crafts, Gymnastics, Music, Singing, Drama, & Etiquette.
Our Talent Team is one of the most ambitious summer camps in Fresno. Students enjoy classes in Acting, Dance, Singing, Stagecraft, Music, & Etiquette. Their skills are immediately put to use in creating a staged drama complete with sets, props, and costumes. Each 2 week camp will culminate in a performance for family and friends. Each student will gain valuable skills and have a great time!
For more information on other Summer Camp classes they offer, visit their website.
559-441-4221 x 101
2233 North First Street
Fresno, CA 93703
Their workshops are taught by working professional artists who bring their special talents and knowledge to every session they teach. All of their teaching artists have had training and experience in working with children or are paired with an artist with teaching experience. All strive to transfer their own love of the arts to each of their students in a lively, engaging, and exciting way.
Workshop themes include:
- Printmaking/Bookmaking with artist and printmaker Linda Zupcic
- Exploring Fiber Art - be inspired by Fiber Art Master Works exhibition
- Drawing From Your Head & Comic Book Design with concept artist/illustrator Andrea Ruiz, formerly with LucasFilm Animation (ages 10 to 16 only)
- Mural Making Workshop with Eric Gonzalez, muralist, graffiti artist, educator, and founder of the Urbanists Collective - help create a mural that will be shown in a main gallery at FAM during the Fall 2016 exhibition season
- Drawing & Painting with FAM teaching artist staff
- Costume Creation - in the Trashique tradition - create your own unique Halloween costume
Ages: 8 to 16
Times: July 11th to August 5th
Fresno Pacific University
1717 S. Chestnut Ave.
Fresno, CA 93702
For students entering grades 6 -12, ages 11 - 19 FPU summer music camp students study with outstanding university music faculty, students and other Central Valley professionals for a week of intensive music making and learning about music. We seek the development of personal responsibility, including effective practice habits, mutual respect and conceptual education, as opposed to mere rote learning.
Ages: 11 - 19
Cost: Resident camper (tuition, room, board, insurance): $515
Resident camper, early bird: $490
Day camper, early bird: $295
Siblings: First camper pays the full fee; subsequent siblings attending together receive a 10% discount.
Visit their website for a full list of programs offered.