Exploration, inspiration, fun, and friends await you at our Summer Exploration Camps.
Summer at the Child Educational Center is where the fun is! Whether you choose our ten-week Exploration Day Camp series, Descanso Discoveries specialty camp, or one of our After-Summer School Camps, your child(ren) will have a stimulating, adventure-filled experience as they play, discover, and explore at our locations in
La Cañada or Pasadena.
Check out this year’s great camp options:
Exploration Day Camp (June 5 to August 9)
For children entering grades 1-7
Our ten-week Exploration Day Camp series offers weekly themed activities, swimming, field trips, arts and crafts, science, and sports. Each week includes at least one field trip and a visit by a special guest. Children have the opportunity to go swimming, spend time playing and exploring with friends outdoors, and participate in creative and stimulating indoor activities and clubs. Older children entering grades 4-7 can also participate in the ZONE – special experiences and field trips designed for older children every Friday! See the ZONE activity schedule. In La Cañada, with some weeks available in Pasadena. Hours: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm daily
Field Trip & Special Guest List for Oak Grove Site
Field Trip & Special Guest List for Pasadena Site
Descanso Discoveries (weeks of June 19 and June 26)
For children entering grades 1-7
Join us for discovery and adventure in Descanso Gardens’ beautiful outdoor settings. Children will tend to their own garden plot, prepare healthy snacks in the outdoor kitchen, and investigate the wonders of our natural world through art and science-based activities.
Hours: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm daily, with Descanso from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
"The CEC’s camps are the perfect balance of peer interaction, educational and stimulating activities, field trips, and just plain summer-time fun. My seven-year-old had a blast last year!"
After Summer-School Camps:
Assistance League of Flintridge (ALF)
For children entering grades 1-6, enrolled in ALF Summer School
This program complements the ALF Summer School with before- and after-summer school camp. Children have the opportunity to go swimming and enjoy weekly themes and specialized clubs, indoor and outdoor play, arts and crafts, sports, and science activities.
Hours: 7:00 - 8:00 am & 12:15 - 6:00 pm
Pasadena Education Foundation (PEF)
For children entering grades K-7, enrolled in PEF Summer School
For children enrolled in the PEF Summer School program, we offer an afternoon program Monday through Thursday at our Caltech site, with a full-day option on Fridays. Our teachers meet children at school dismissals and transport them to the CEC site. After lunch, children can choose to go swimming and enjoy weekly themes and specialized clubs, indoor and outdoor play, arts and crafts, sports, and science activities.
Hours: 12:15 - 6:00 pm
And more….School doesn’t start until later? Then join our Extended Summer Fun!
For children entering grades K-7
The CEC offers three weeks of extended summer fun to accommodate different school start dates. As an extension of the Exploration Day Camp series, we offer themed activities, arts and crafts, science, and sports at our Oak Grove site. Incoming Kindergartners welcome!
Hours: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
When you apply, a 50% tuition deposit is needed to secure enrollment. This partial tuition amount will be applied to your total tuition, which will be auto-charged on May 5. Full tuition policies can be found when you apply online. Please note: As of June 5 (start of camp), no deposits or tuition will be credited or refunded; no days and weeks can be exchanged.