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2019 Summer Camp Guide

What Are YOUR Kids Doing This Summer?


Kern County is home to a huge array of camps for all interests and budgets, whether your kids love the great outdoors, prefer indoor crafting, are budding scientists, or want to hone their sports skills. Let the summer adventure planning begin!

American Kids Sports Center

NW: 3622 Allen Rd. SW: 4401 Ride St.

Bakersfield, CA

(661) 589-2100


American Kids Sports Center (AKSC) has been a staple of children's sports and fitness for 35 years in Bakersfield. Local owners Mike and Sheri Williams developed AKSC with Kern County families in mind. Growing up and raising their own families in Bakersfield, shaped their mission of Building Healthy Kids.

Our programs are diverse and for all ages (we start them as young as 6 weeks old). AKSC offers all levels of sports from competitive to recreational and just plain old fun! Our facilities are state of the art, indoor pool, in-ground trampolines and tumbling pits, spring floors, air conditioned facilities and spacious parent viewing areas.

We offer a multitude of camps with different flexible scheduling options. Our EPIC! Sports Day camp is all summer long, and allows children to try all the different activities we offer at AKSC. Campers participate in team building, arts and crafts, games, science, engineering and don't forget the sports Your camper will be ready to hit the hay when they get home! This camp is our most popular and so enroll early.

Our Ninja Camp is built around our fun and exciting Ninja Zone program! With constant motion and ninja skills we guarantee that your camper will love it. Students will learn the art of movement using gymnastic, parkour and martial arts technique. Its an all day obstacle course! Maybe your student is the next American Ninja Warrior!

Next is our Tumbling Camp, one of our most sought after skill building camps for cheerleaders, gymnasts and tumblers alike! Camps are organized according to your tumbling skills to create the best learning environment for all athletes.

Use this summer to build your skills and impress your coaches this fall with everything you learned here at AKSC! Visit us at www.AKSC.com.


Kids & Critters Day Camp

3000 Gibson Street, Bakersfield, CA 93308

(661) 323-8353


We provide kids the opportunity to learn about pet responsibility. Children get to "adopt" one of our animals for the week and are taught the importance of spay/neutering, microchipping, grooming and basic training. Plus, children work on fun animal-related projects such as making cat toys, dog quilts, animal treats, etc.


Fab Lab Day Camp

9001 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93311

(661) 654-4240


Fab Lab provides the opportunity to learn about digital fabrication and rapid prototyping. Depending on the activity, participants learn how to use computer software to design and program projects, and use 3D printers, laser cutters, and soldering irons. At camp's end, they will have a finished product to take home!


Bakersfield Swim Academy

3311 Allen Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93314

(661) 637-1403


BSA is a trusted local Swim School and Swimwear Store founded by Bakersfield native Olympian Gabe Woodward & his family. We set out to lower drowning rates, but our passion far exceeds ordinary water safety. BSA is a place where children learn to swim and families make lasting memories! We're about building character through hard work & commitment, challenging swimmers daily, and encouraging local families to live healthy and active lifestyles.

Learning to swim is important for all ages. We offer a range of levels, from infants to adults, with group lessons available for varying swimming abilities. Starting with basic familiarization and water safety, then learning new skills and techniques, gradually building on confidence to progress until our swimmers are competent at all strokes. Our goal is to provide a platform for swimmers to follow their path 'from infants to Olympians,' offering a bright & happy future. Visit BSA today!

Bricks4Kidz 2019 Spring/Summer Camps

Greenacres Community Center

2014 Calloway Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93312

(661) 364-4608



Bricks4Kidz® camps are a fresh, fun way for kids to spend their school or holiday break! Children will use motorized LEGO®Bricks to build uniquely designed models, play games, and explore engineering, architecture, programming, and movie-making. Activities are differentiated to the age and skill level of each child and every camp offers a different theme and experience. Camp ages range from 5-12 years. Bricks4Kidz is directed by Alex Soriano, with 20+ years of educational experience.


Cimulated Summer Program

4100 Easton Dr., Suite 10 Bakersfield, CA 93309

(661) 843-7226


Cimulated is Bakersfield's first local gateway into the realm of Virtual Reality! Our goal is to provide our community an opportunity to learn and use the tools of the future in a way that is both informative and fun! We aim to build character through learning new skill sets, increasing curiosity about the ever-evolving world, and equipping learners with the knowledge and confidence to adapt to VR wherever they go in life.

VR is a rapidly evolving tool with far-reaching implications. It is already being used in fields such as space exploration, the medical field, automotive industry, and ground-breaking mathematics! Through our program, we teach students not only how to navigate this new space, but how to make the most of it by giving them an opportunity to explore an open-world, experience face-to-face virtual communication, and learn different controls through the medium of gaming! Call (661)-843-7226 for more information!

Crazzy's Wasewagan Camp & Retreat

(805) 498-5572



Come beat the heat at Wasewagan On The River…Enjoy the cool mountain air while being surrounded by loads of fun and adventure! We offer many different activities such as Archery, Riflery, Fencing, Paintball, High Ropes Course and many more. Each camper gets to choose their own special fieldtrips which includes Stand-up Paddle boarding, Alpine Waterslides, Roller skating to name a few.

Contact us today for more information and a FREE brochure! 805-498-5572

North of the River Recreation & Park District

3825 Riverlakes Dr., Bakersfield CA 93312

(661) 392-2059


NOR offers a wide variety of camps for summer fun. One of our most popular and longest running is with Coach Brendt Crews, who has been coaching NOR Summer Sports Camps for 25 years. With two sessions each of basketball and volleyball, there is plenty of opportunity for your kids ages 6-15 to build their skills in a fun environment. Visit norfun.org for session dates and info.

$149/$139 resident (includes T-shirt). Registration opens May 8th.


Harmony Road Music School

5381 Truxtun Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93309

(661) 665-8228


Want a fun musical activity for your child this summer? Check out what we'll offer for toddlers to teens!

 'Toddler Classes' feature singing, moving to music, finger games, playing with rhythm instruments, activities with balls, scarves and hoops, and piano introduction. Ages 16m-3 years, with parents participating.

'Junior Music Camp' is our creative arts/crafts musical morning camp for 4-6 year olds. Each day features a different theme: Dinosaurs, Teddy Bears, The Nutcracker, Peter & the Wolf, and Carnival of the Animals. Kids learn about famous musical works and make an instrument!

'Intro to Piano' lets kids try our piano program with 4 lessons before starting regular piano class in the fall. Book included. Parents & children 4 ½-12 years.

'Summer Piano' 8-10 week beginning piano course for those who want to fill their summer making music.  Ages 5 – 12, plus a class for teens/adults.

Check website for schedules and enrollment!


Lil' Explorers Preschool

8800 Harris Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93311

(661) 665-1200


Lil' Explorers Preschool and Summer Explorer Camp! Where every day is an adventure! Lil' Explorers is no longer lil'! We have grown so much that we expanded to accommodate more explorers! The new center on our property will continue the interactive, hands-on, theme driven curriculum that so many families have come to love!

Our Center cares for and teaches children 6 weeks through 6 years. BUT, during the summer we will be having Summer Explorer Camp for children 6 - 9 years of age. We will be exploring our world through geography. Each week we will have an emphasis on a different continent, with an extra week for North America– right around the time of Independence Day! We will highlight each continent, their culture, music, art, dance, languages and landscapes!

We offer a large outdoor play area with a lot of different things to do. We will have weekly field trips to the park where we will have organized activities that will relate to the continent we are studying. We believe that our Super Summer Explorer Program will be fun, enjoyable and educational! We are preparing a curriculum that will encourage and promote language, cognition, math and literacy skills. We are looking forward to an awesome summer with lots of great activities and memories! We even plan to skype other children in other countries!

Our hours are Monday through Friday 6am to 6pm. We supply breakfast, lunch and two snacks. All of our teachers are highly qualified & CPR and First-aid Certified. Please check us out on Facebook, Yelp, or our website! Or come by for a tour!

LPK Equestrian Riding School

301 Sycamore Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93308

(661) 384-3867

LPK Equestrian Riding School camp provides children the opportunity to learn about horsemanship. Children are taught the foundations of riding and caring for horses. Camp includes lunch and fun horse-themed arts and crafts projects.

LPK also offers horsemanship classes in three disciplines: English, western and driving. Call to learn more.

Richie Grant Soccer & All Sports Camp

9001 Stockdale Hwy, 8 Gym

Bakersfield, CA 93311

(661) 654-2598


We aim for every child to have a fantastic time at CSUB. Campers have great fun meeting new friends and working with excellent role models. CSUB camps have a tradition of success and excellent standards designed for kids to experience a variety of activities supervised by expert players and coaches.

Stars School of the Performing Arts

Bakersfield Music Theatre Summer Workshop 2019

Stars Theatre Restaurant

1931 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301

(661) 325-6100



Bakersfield Music Theatre (aka Stars) summer workshop allows children to experience the production of a Broadway-style musical. This year, children 6-18 yrs. will "let it go" in Disney's Frozen Jr. and roll the dice in Broadway's Guys and Dolls Jr. Our highly qualified staff includes enthusiastic, well-trained and experienced educators and performers! Rehearsals and performances will be held at Stars Theatre Restaurant in Downtown Bakersfield. Call or visit us online for more information!

Mini-Murrays Summer Day Camp

Murray Family Farms

6700 General Beale Rd., Bakersfield, CA 93307

(661) 330-0100


Mini-Murray's Summer Day Camp at Murray Family Farms is a day camp focused on Farm Fun! Campers will experience a week on a real farm with fresh-made meals and fresh-picked snacks. They'll learn about farming from the place where it happens, and use our farm as the world's best classroom while having tons of fun! This year's day camp will allow our Mini-Murray campers to have a hands-on, immersive experience that will show campers what it takes to grow their own food and what life on the farm is all about. Campers will have the opportunity to plant their own seeds, pick their own fruits and veggies (these will be used in their freshly made lunches), and learn about sustainable farming and why it's so important here in Kern County. They will also learn all about the critters that are native to this area, plus our usual farm fun activities such as the Bounce Pillow and Big Boo-Boo Slides. Campers will have the opportunity to express themselves creatively through Arts and Crafts and team building activities.

Mini-Murray's Day Camp will run June 4th - 8th from 9am to 3pm daily. Saturday the 8th will be our Family Day when campers will invite their family members to come see what the campers have been learning and working on, and get a chance to participate together in some of their own Farm Fun. If you have any questions, please contact our Camp Director, DeNae Brown, at d.brown@murrayfamilyfarms.com. To enroll, please visit our website and click on the Summer Day Camp link. We hope to see you this summer!

Sharon Kinney


(661) 871-8155



Food Funtastic: Educational school or library assemblies incorporate puppets and special effects to teach nutrition and healthy eating choices.

Puppetry Classes: Students create their own puppets. Learn how to perform with puppets. All supplies are included. Minimum of 15 students.

All shows take place at your church, business or school. 

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