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Summer Camps!

We here at Central Valley Moms heard of a few summer camps, saw a few more being talked about on our Facebook page and decided to compile a completely non-comprehensive list of camps in and around the Fresno area. If you know of more camps – or are hosting a camp – just comment here and share the info. In each case, check the links provided to find out more registration information and costs. These camps will fill up quick, so plan now before you even have a chance to hear Bobby or Suzie mutter the words, “I’m bored!”

Learn something at Fresno Pacific


  • Athletic camps: FPU offers summer sports camps in girls volleyball, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls swimming, boys and girls basketball and baseball. http://fpuathletics.com/sports/2009/3/29/GEN_0329095432.aspx?
  • JuniorUniversity: FresnoPacificUniversityand AIMS Educational Foundation will host the 3rd annual week-long, science and technology summer camps for students going into grades second through eighth. The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 18 to 22. Cost: $250, which covers all materials, daily lunches and a camp T-shirt. http://www.fresno.edu/junior-university
  • Summer Music Camp: This camp intensive music-making and music education camp is for students entering grades six to 12. Woodwinds, brass, strings, voice, piano, musical theater, contemporary worship and other subjects will be offered June 24 – 29, 2012. An application and letter of recommendation is required. Get more details including resident camper, and day camper fees at: http://www.fresno.edu/department/music/music_camp
  • Cheer camp:  Basic tumbling, stunting, dance and sideline cheers will be taught to boys and girls ages 6 to 12. 9 a.m. to noon July 17-19. $60 fee includes t-shirt.  http://www.fresno.edu/cheer-camp





Mentally strong?

This camp combines moderate physical activity with fun learning games relating to the topics of mental skills training for students in sixth to eighth grades. When completed, members will have the focus and confidence to make the right decision in a peer pressure situation.  From 9 a.m. to noon, week of June 25, Selma Layne Park, Fresno


(559) 549-GYM1
$175 per camper

Horse around!

ShadyLakesRanch (5665 Chestnut Ave,Fresno) is offering to open its gates for 6 weeks this summer to children ages 7 through 12. Children will share in the daily activities of feeding horses, tending a garden and filling water troughs.Your child will learn to lead, groom, and tack the horse they will be riding, take wagon rides behind the tractor, have fun on hay stacks and rope swings, fly kites, skip rocks over the lake and go on nature hikes. An arts and crafts table will allow your child to customize their owncampTshirts.

Enrollment is limited to 24 campers per session. One week sessions start June 18 through July 27.  Each week long session is $200 per camper (ask about multiple family discounts). Camp is held from 8 a.m. to noon daily.


Science and Art

The Fresno Art Museum provides a unique experience for children ages 7 to 15 to explore the wonderful world of art. . .  and now, science & music too! Eight weeks of classes between June 18 and August 18, 2012 in visual art, science (Maker’s Workshops), and Music.For more information, please go to:




The Young Chef’s Academy has a big selections of summer cooking camps for your little chefs. CampCandyand Chocolate adventure will satisfy your sweet tooth, and have a day eating your restaurant favorites with Restaurant Replicas. Travel to Italywith That’s Amore, Italian with Italian favorites, and go back home Surfing USA all ready to beat the summer heat with cool treats. Have a favorite celebrity chef? Food Network Stars will let you cook with one celebrity chef a day and let you learn their signature recipes. A new camp is also being offered for teens.Visit the Young Chef’s Academy website or call (559) 433-6698 for more details. See the schedule here: http://youngchefsacademy.com/stores/content/250/files/Summer%202012/2012%20camp%20part%202.pdf


Wild times at the Zoo

All sessions of Zoo Camp foster appreciation 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. Extended care hours are available for an additional fee. Campers will be grouped by age. Campers receive a Zoo Camp T-shirt each week.

Member $195; Non-Member $215


Call the Educational Department at (559) 498-5920 for more info.

Summer Arts

CaliforniaArtsAcademyis making this summer fun with two summer camps that will both entertain and educate your children through the arts. Summer Talent Team is for ages 7-13. Participants will form a Talent Team that will go through different classes that will define their skills through art, stagecraft, dance, gym, acting, singing and

Music. Summer Talent Team Day Camp is a great way to develop and hone precious talent, make new friends, and most of all, have fun! Camp is held in two-week sessions from June 18 – August 3, 2012, Monday-Friday at 8:30am-12:00pm. Early drop-off and late pick-up available.


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  1. Equestrian Camp

    Cottonwood Farm’s beginning equestrian program is offering 2 weeks of summer camp this year. Kids will learn about general horse care, have one english riding lesson per day, be involved in horse-related games and activities, learn about veterinary work from a local vet, blacksmith work from a local horseshoer, and will be able to participate in a horse show at the end of the week.

    Equestrian camp is for children of all skill levels, beginner to advanced, ages 5-13. It is a great way to introduce children to english horseback riding, as well as to work on preexisting skills. The farm is located in the foothills of Clovis at 14548 E. Shepherd Clovis, CA.

    Week 1: June 19-23, 8:00 a.m.-1:00p.m.
    Week 2: July 31-August 4, 8:00 a.m.-1:00p.m.
    (with later pick-up options available)

    Please contact Casey McDonald, assistant trainer, for more information.
    (214) 708-9730


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