Free  Summer Camps in and around Los Angeles 2018/2019 - Kid 101

Free  Summer Camps in and around Los Angeles 2018/2019

Summer camps can be expensive, but if the budget doesn’t stretch to a full summer camp – don’t despair – there are a number of organizations that provide top quality camps free of charge, or for a nominal fee.  The only catch is that they fill up fast and there may be a few criteria to meet – so it is best to plan early for summer 2019 as registration opens as early as September 2018 for the next year, but there may be a few spaces still left for 2018 camps. Kids will be making new friends, learning new skills, have lots of fun under the supervision of camp counselors, and come home filled with inspiration.

LA Kids’ Program

About:  Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine provides Summer Day camps and Aquatic Camps for kids from as young as 3 to 17. There is a fee attached to some of the camps but financial assistance may be available. The fees however are nominal in comparison with privately run summer camps. Find all the camps and fees here

At camp they can do gymnastics, learn music, learn skateboarding skills, arts and crafts, indulge in drama activities, learn self defense, martial arts, parkour, sewing, be introduced to new science concepts, play sport and have creative playtime. Each year around 125, 000 young people participate in the program. The highly skilled and specialized LA Kids Instructors also support other city programs: Universal Play, GPLA, and center fee based classes.

When: June 11 to August 10 2018. Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Extended care available from 7:30 until 6:30 pm.

Where: The list of centers is a long one – each with a telephone number, as set out below:


Algin Sutton Recreation Center8800 S. Hoover Street Los Angeles, CA 90044

(323) 753-5808

Central Recreation Center1357 East 22nd Street Los Angeles, CA 90011

(213) 485-4435

Denker Recreation Center1550 West 35th PlaceLos Angeles, CA 90018

(323) 733-8367


Green Meadows Recreation Center 431 East 89th Street Los Angeles, CA 90003

(323) 565-4242


Harbor City Recreation Center 24901 Frampton Avenue Harbor City, CA 90710

(310) 548-7729

Jim Gilliam Recreation Center 4000 South La Brea Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90008

(323) 291-5928


Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center  3916 South Western Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90062

(213) 847-0878


Mt. Carmel Recreation Center 830 West 70th StreetLos Angeles, CA 90044

(323) 789-2756


Normandale Recreation Center 22400 S. Halldale Avenue Torrance, CA 90501

(310) 328-3689


Chevy Chase Recreation Center 4165 Chevy Chase Drive Los Angeles, CA 90039

(818) 550-1453


Elysian Valley Recreation Center 1811 Ripple Street  Los Angeles, CA 90039

(323) 666-5058


Hazard Recreation Center 2230 Norfolk Street Los Angeles, CA 90033

(213) 485-6839


Hollenbeck Park Recreation Center 415 South Saint Louis Street Los Angeles, CA 90033

(323) 261-0113


Lake Street Park 227 North Lake Street Los Angeles, CA 90026

(213) 207-2196


Cardenas Recreation Center 14740 Blythe Street Panorama City, CA 91402

(818) 781-3952


Delano Recreation Center 15100 Erwin Street Van Nuys, CA 91411

(818) 756-8529


Panorama Recreation Center 8600 Hazeltine Avenue Panorama City, CA 91402

(818) 893-3401


Penmar Recreation Center 1341 Lake Street Venice, CA 90291

(310) 396-8735


Sepulveda Recreation Center 8801 Kester Avenue Panorama City, CA 91402

(818) 893-3700


Van Nuys Recreation Center 14301 Vanowen Street Van Nuys, CA 91405

(818) 756-8131


Lincoln Heights Recreation Center 2303 Workman Street Los Angeles, CA 90033

(323) 225-2838


Lincoln Park Recreation Center 3501 Valley Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90031

(213) 847-1726


Normandie Recreation Center 1550 South Normandie Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90006

(323) 737-1181


Ramon Garcia Recreation Center 1016 Fresno Street Los Angeles, CA 90023

(323) 265-4755


Rose Hill Recreation Center 4530 Mercury Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90032

(323) 225-0450


South Seas House 2301 West 24th Street Los Angeles, CA 90018

(323) 373-9483


Slauson Recreation Center 5306 South Compton Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90011

(323) 233-1174


Trinity Recreation Center 517 East 25th Street Los Angeles, CA 90011

(213) 485-4195


Wilmington Recreation Center 325 N. Neptune Avenue Wilmington, CA 90744

(310) 548-7645


Contact: 323-226-1402 or email for general inquiries.

Cost: Cost varies from around $50 per week to $125 per week.

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