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Arts and performance

Pachis Art Studio: introduced to artists in the classic, contemporary, urban, and performance genres
  • Pachis Art Studio: introduced to artists in the classic, contemporary, urban, and performance genres
  • Image by Matthew Suárez

School of Rock San Diego

  • 2850 Womble Road
  • Liberty Station

School of Rock: Playing in a band encourages practice.

School of Rock: Playing in a band encourages practice.

The School of Rock San Diego offers weeklong day camps throughout the summer to help children bring out their inner Dewey Finn (Jack Black’s character in the eponymous movie). Campers receive instruction in vocals, bass, drums, keys, and guitar, and end the week with a live performance. “We know from experience that playing in a band encourages practice and speeds learning which creates enthusiastic musicians,” states the online site.

The weeklong camps run from 9:30 am until 2:30 pm, starting the week of June 25 through the July 30 week. Each week has a different focus, from Classic Rock, to Songwriting/Recording, AC/DC to the 80’s — something for all little rock lovers. The camp is open to beginners and experienced musicians though it’s recommended that beginners have at least one to two months of music lessons before they attend the camp.

“God of Rock, thank you for this chance to kick ass.” — Dewey Finn

Christian Youth Musical Theater

  • Locations around San Diego

The Christian Youth Musical Theater day camps this summer are the perfect three-ring show for kids with a penchant for the circus. With this year’s theme of The Greatest Show, CYT San Diego will be offering camps throughout the city at locations such Southwestern College, Del Cerro Baptist Church, Horizon Prep Christian School, Lakeside Middle School, and other locations. CYT was founded in 1980 and is now the largest youth theater program in the United States. The Monday through Friday camps are for kids age 5-18 and are composed of workshops in voice, drama, dance, theatre games and with a half-hour show on Friday for the parents. The camps run from 8:30 am until 3 pm and cost $275.

Teen Summer Studios

  • San Diego Museum of Art
  • 1450 El Prado
  • Balboa Park

Artistic teens will be interested in the teen day camps offered at the San Diego Museum of Art for kids in grade 6 through 12. The Monday-through-Friday camp is headed up by artists and art educators and runs from 9 am until 4 pm. Themes include Expanding Your Portfolio; Portraits, Selfies and More; Passport to India: Epic Tales, and Passport to Europe: Secrets of the Old Masters. Campers will have access to view works of art in the museum and produce their own masterpieces. Parents are welcome to come to Exhibition Fridays at 3 pm to view the art show featuring the campers’ masterpieces. Bring your own lunch, and wear clothes that can get art messy. Registration is $275 for members, $315 for non-members.

Pachis Art Studio for Kids

  • 2820 Roosevelt Road
  • Point Loma

At Pachis Art Studio for Kids, each Pachis five-day camp will have a weekly theme which is age-appropriate. Kids age 4-10 can choose from themes such as sculpture and texture, both of which use mixed media — large and small — to help campers create their own masterpieces. In the Meet the Masters camp, students are introduced to artists in the classic, contemporary, urban, and performance genres, and taught how to incorporate those themes into their own art. Other themes include Fantasy Magic or Adventure in which kids use creations and costuming projects to create a magical world. Full-day camps run 9 am to 3 pm. Fee: $385. Big ‘n Little sessions are geared to children age 12 months to 3 years, while Little Art Camp is for kids age 3-5. They will discover art through sensory activities, and they will experiment with color, shape, and texture. These are half-day camps; the former runs 9 am to 11 am, the latter from 9 am to 12 noon. June 18th-August 25. Fee: $200.

Young Performers

  • La Jolla Playhouse
  • 2920 La Jolla Village Drive
  • La Jolla

The Young Performers’ Workshops at La Jolla Playhouse are offered to kids grades 3-12. Workshops run 9 am to 4:15 pm and are divided into age appropriate groups. Camps vary from one week to three weeks. (Each week is five days.) Fees vary from $275-$775. The students study acting, improvisation, musical theater, and stage movement. Kids in grades 5-12 can join the Young Performers Academy, which is an intensive program where they will develop an original performance or take on an established script. Two-week camp, fee: $525. The Young Performers Conservatory is designed for serious performers grades 10 - 12 who want to build skills for a career in professional theater. In this five-week intensive program, they focus on the acting process as well as scene study, voice, and speech. Fee: $1500. The Tech Theater workshop is for students grades 7-12, and delves into costumes, lighting, props, scene-building, and painting. One week. Fee: $300. June 18th-July 20th.

City Ballet

  • 941 Garnet Avenue

  • Pacific Beach

The City Ballet camp includes ballet instruction, choreography, stage make up, and dance-related crafts and demonstrations. Ballet sessions run 2½ hours. For pre-ballet (age 4 to 5), sessions are offered twice a week. Fee: $135. Ballet I (age 6 -10) is attended three times a week. Fee: $190. Ballet 2-3 (age 8-11) also runs three times a week. Fee: $195 (Times vary by class.) Older children (age 11 and up) can be in ballet 4 or 5. Their sessions run five days a week, and do not include any dance-related crafts, but instead focus more on ballet technique such as turns, allegro, en pointe, and jazz variations. June 25-August 30. Fee: $275.

Harvard Cooking Camp: their own three-course meal plus food etiquette

Harvard Cooking Camp: their own three-course meal plus food etiquette

Harvard Cooking Girl Kids Camp

7441 Girard Avenue

La Jolla

Harvard Cooking camp at Harvard Cookin' Girl takes your child on a cooking journey around the world as it teaches campers to make dishes from a variety of cultures. Camp days run from 9 am to 12:30 pm, and each day the children learn to make their own three-course meal. What’s more, they learn food etiquette, as well as how to clean up when the feasting is finished. They learn about the cultural context of the food they prepare, nutrition information, and the benefits of cooking meals from scratch using minimally processed ingredients. Children also create projects and enjoy a variety of different games and activities. Classes are geared for kids age 5 to 12 and have flexible two- and three-day options. Fee: $300 a week, which includes all food and materials. June 18th-September 1.

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