After careful consideration, Central California Parent is now hosting a Remote Camp Fair instead of the live Camp Fair that was scheduled to take place on March 31st. Our staff and participating camps have been hard at work to be sure to provide you with the tools to plan your kids’ best summer ever despite this year’s circumstances.

Camp Fair is your opportunity to learn all about sleep-away camps, day camps, local sports, and enrichment programs to plan the best summer for your child! It’s the perfect opportunity to reach out to camp representatives, ask questions, see pictures or videos, and collect information to plan the best summer for your kids.

CCP staff will hand-out promotional bags with the CCP April issue and freebies, and collect books for the Book Drive benefiting the Porterville City Library. Time and date TBD.

As many of you are aware, the Porterville City Library was consumed by a fire in February and two brave firefighters, Captain Ray C. Figueroa and Firefighter Patrick L. Jones, were lost during the battle. Central California Parent will be hosting a Book Drive to donate to the Porterville City Library. New or gently used books are greatly appreciated!

Camp Fair ’20 is brought to you by Central California Parent, your trusted resource for over 26 years!

RSVP on Facebook to stay in the loop for announcements regarding Camp Fair Raffle Prizes, Promotional Bag Distribution, and Book Drive Drop-Off! Call (559) 435-1409 or email if you have any questions!

Enjoy the one-stop camp extravaganza!

Learn more about each camp below or by clicking on the camp’s name:

Art Camp at Children’s Art Studio

• Art Camp
• Fresno
• (559) 226-4791 or (559) 799-5860
• 6–13 Year Olds
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Art Camp by Children’s Art Studio is a five day session outside with trees and umbrellas. Four hours each day.  Art projects include:  Drawing, Cartooning, and Painting.  Sculpture – ceramic clay (hand built) sculptures are a favorite.  Make art with other 3D materials too.

• Costume/character development serves as a motivation for an activity.
• All lessons are based on the works of artists throughout history.  Techniques are explained and explored using a variety of materials.
• Children develop and respect their own style and enjoy individual differences, like a family.
• Some activities are together and some are small group divided by age or if they prefer, with a friend.
• Arrive wearing a swimsuit with a coverup and shoes.  Bring a towel and lunch.  There is a water fountain on site.  We like to eliminate single use packaging.
• Both breaks offer swimming or getting wet from the steps to stay cool.  Other options for break are: jungle gym, legos, play dough, games…
• All creations go home on Friday.

ArtAcademy at the Fresno Art Museum

• Visual Art Camp
• Fresno
• (559) 441-4221 x101
• 8-17 Year Olds
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Be inspired by our art exhibitions and fabulous teaching artists! While camps are cancelled for 2020, Fresno Art Museum will still be hosting camps for 2021. Kids can join for eight exciting full-week, half-day art workshops for 8 to 17 year-olds that include comic book design, stop-motion animation, painting, drawing, mixed media, book-making, and 3-D art-making. Classes run from 9 to 4:30 for full days, 9 to 12:30 or 1 to 4:30 for half days. Register for one or all! Please go to next year for more info and a registration form for ArtAcademy.

Aspire Speech & Learning Center

• Education and Speech/Language
• Fresno
• (559) 228-9100
• 3-18 Year Olds
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Do you want a learning bridge for your child over the summer?  Aspire offers camps in writing, handwriting, reading, comprehension, math, language, and speech! Our specialized programs address underlying learning difficulties, while at the same time speeding up your child’s learning process.  We use renowned programs such as Fast ForWord, Handwriting Without Tears, and Math-U-See.  See our Facebook page or our website to learn about camp details. Call or email us to reserve a spot. 

Your child’s summer can be all the fun you hoped for AND get your child ready for a step up in school. Visit us at

Camp Ocean Pines

• Traditional, Residential Summer Camp
• Cambria
• (805) 927-0254
• 7–17 Year Olds
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Give your child a life changing experience at Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria, California. We’re a small nature-based resident camp, in a pine forest overlooking the Pacific Ocean serving kids ages 7-15. We focus on helping kids connect with each other and step out of their comfort zones. Campers have the opportunity to try over fifty different activities including kayaking, tomahawks and tie-dye. Your camper will build friendships, experience amazing nature, and just get to be a kid! All while having fun, safety is our #1 priority. Our staff strive to create an environment where everyone is physically and emotionally safe. We accept kids for who they are and help them grow into the human they want to be.

Our Teen Adventure Trips, ages 14-17, are specifically designed trips with Teens in mind. These trips are full of adventure, connection and growth. Teens will explore new destinations while making memories that will last a lifetime. Excursions this summer include California Roadtrips, a Hawaiian adventure and a Pacific Northwest tour! Wherever we go, we take the magic of camp with us.

We know you’ll agree, there is no place like Camp Ocean Pines.

Carden School of Fresno

• Theater, Art, Coding, Science, & More!
• Fresno
• (559) 323-0126
• Grades K–Freshmen
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Welcome to the Carden School is Fresno’s premier non-sectarian private school. Carden School of Fresno is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a superior classical education to children in Jr. Kindergarten through eighth grade. Our school is unique in that we are the only school in Fresno County offering the Carden® Method: a proven teaching system that emphasizes understanding, comprehension, independent thinking skills, and mastery of the fundamentals of education. Carden School of Fresno appeals to families seeking academic excellence, civility, appropriate dress, sportsmanship, and individuality. We offer 14 different summer actives for our 2020 Carden Summer Camp. The camps we will be offing include the following:

• Improv and Theater for K-3rd students
• Carden Lions Theater Company presentation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest (incoming 4th graders–freshmen)
• Summer Craft Camp (incoming Kindergarteners and 1st graders)
• Summer Fine Arts Camp (Open to students grades 2-8)
• Computers and Coding Camp
• Science Camp (Grades 1-6)
• Young Reader’s Camp (Incoming 1st and 2nd grade students)
• Carden Volleyball Camp (boys and girls, grades 4-8)
• Fitness Camp (Grades 2-8)
• Olympics Camp (Grades 2-8)
• Madame Vang’s Camp (French, Hmong, Activities (chess, origami, arts and crafts)

Children’s Musical Theaterworks

• Theater Camp
• Clovis (Rehearsals) & Fresno (Shows)
• 6-18 Year Olds
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Children’s Musical Theaterworks is the Valley’s premier non-profit children’s theater company, committed to providing excellent musical theater training and performances for youth, families, educational institutions and the community. Guiding principles include casting all who audition, placing priority on the highest professional standards, and providing a positive environment in which youth can learn teamwork, communication skills and the pride of accomplishment.

Our summer program is Aladdin Jr, for ages 6-13, and Les Miserables, for ages 13-18. Students rehearse for six weeks, and perform for two weekends. In addition to productions, we also offer all day care for children ages 6-13. The program runs daily from 9 am – 5 pm and is extremely affordable. Students learn the art of theater through production, from audition to performance. Skills learned include vocals, dance, and acting. Costumes are provided. Attendance is required, however, some conflicts will be accepted (see registration form for details).

Rehearsals are at the Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis, Monday-Friday. Aladdin (9 am -12 pm), and Les Miserables (6 pm – 9 pm). 

Children’s Musical Theaterworks is the most comprehensive musical theater training program in the Valley, and a great place to spend the summer! Schedule, registration forms and FAQs can be found at

Fairmont Summer Camp

• Education Camp
• Fresno
• (559) 226-2347
• 18 Months to Kindergarten
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S.T.E.A.M. Summer Camp at Fairmont Private School! Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math are part of daily life. This summer we will explore these subjects through play, literature, discussions, experiments, creative arts and more play! Our summer campers, ages Toddler to Kindergarten, will participate in age appropriate activities in the following curriculum areas:

• Science:We’ll investigate, explore and answer questions through hands-on experiments and “oogey gooey” sensory activities.
• Technology: We’ll use simple tools like crayons and rulers, as well as more complex ones like microscopes and computers.
• Engineering: We’ll solve problems and test solutions through blocks, legos, physical activities and play experiences.
• Arts: We will develop our creativity through dance, art and creative movement.
• Mathematics: We’ll explore numbers, patterns and shapes through building, playing, art, dance and more.

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Fresno Chaffee Zoo Camp

• Animal and Education Camp
• Fresno
• (559) 498-5920
• 3-17 Year Olds
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Fresno Chaffee Zoo Camp is an exciting adventure for ages 3-17. All sessions foster an appreciation and understanding of animals and nature through live animal interactions, animal observations, games, arts and crafts, and other exciting activities. Campers will be grouped by age. See the full list of weekly topics like camp-a-saurus, mysteries of nature, junior zookeeper, and colorful creatures at or call 559-498-5920. Weekly fees start at $135 based on age group. Fresno Chaffee Zoo members get discounted rates.

Kennolyn Camps Huntington Lake

• Family-Owned, Traditional, Coed Overnight Camp
• Lakeshore
• (831) 479-6714
• 10-17 Year Olds
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Kennolyn Camps have been family owned and operated since 1946. Our overnight camp on Huntington Lake is a small, 60 camper, close-knit community for grades 5-11. Our staff know every camper by name and what makes them tick to facilitate relationships and independence. The cozy lodge, quiet alpine lake, and miles of trails accessible from our back door give campers the option to set their own pace and take advantage of what suits them. Campers choose activities daily based off of their interest, mood, and developing friendships. A wide range of activities is offered including waterskiing, sailing, flying trapeze, art, horseback riding, climbing, backpacking, sailing, and much more. Chartered bus transportation from LA, Fresno, and the SF Bay Area make camp accessible from all over California. Our counselors and staff come from across the United States and the globe to share their culture, favorite activities, and enthusiasm. Our Registered Nurses and on-call doctors provide campers an extra layer of support physically and emotionally. Kids deserve a time and place where fun is the main objective. We hope you will join us to unplug from technology, plug into to community, and embrace the power of fun, play and adventure this summer!

Learning Rx Fresno

• Remote, Interactive Brain Training
• Fresno
• (559) 275-3276
• Kids of All Ages!
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Brain training is perfect for anytime of the year! If your child can’t afford to miss time out from school, call us for more information on our Remote Training—the perfect way to keep your kids engaged and learning while they are home! Close achievement gaps today with Learning Rx!

Learning Rx is a one-on-one brain training center that focuses on the underlying skills that are critical for learning and performance. Our cognitive enhancement center puts clients with their own brain trainers for mental workouts that are challenging, enjoyable, and consist of game-like exercises. We help turn mental weaknesses into strengths.

Metal Mark Climbing & Fitness

• Climbing & Fitness Camp
• Fresno
• (559) 229-7900
• 8–14 Years Old
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Weekly classes start in June and run through August for children ages 8 to 14. They can look forward to five days of climbing including climbing instruction, team building activities and fun games. Your child is welcome regardless of skill level. This camp is fun for beginners and advanced climbers! Parents can attend the camp any day of the week to watch the skills their child has honed throughout the week. The camp begins at 8:30 am. We will warm up with some stretching and fun games. Then we will work out some technique and strength building in the bouldering section. We will provide a light snack each day for the climbers but they are more than welcome to bring their own. After snack time we will head to the ropes and the climbers will get to practice their new skills on the tall walls until camp is over. Child pick-up is in between 12 and 12:30 pm.

Patty’s ART Party

• Art Camp
• Fresno
• (559) 779-0344
• 6–12 Year Olds
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Morning, afternoon, and full day art classes taught by a credentialed art teacher. Classes are for children 6-12 years old. Each class will use different mediums which might include clay, watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil, or oil pastels. $100/half day and $200/full day each week. Extended hours available. Email; Call or text (559) 779-0344

• June 8–12: Explore Different ART Supplies
• June 15–19: Sculpture and 3-D ART
• June 22–26: ART Inspired By Artists
• June 29–July 3: Made From Small Pieces – Mosaic   (8–12 year olds)
• July 6–10: All About Color
• July 13–17: Fabric, Fiber, and Felt (8–12 year olds) 
• July 20–24: One of Each!
• July 27–31: American Folk ART
• August 3–7: ART Around the World
• August 10–14: Fur and Feathers – Animals as ART

Pawsitive Adventures Animal Camp

• Animal Camp
• Fresno
• (559) 233-0115
• 8–13 Year Olds
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Pawsitive Adventures Animal Camp is the Central California SPCA’s Summer Day Camp for children 8-13 years old. For five days campers interact with friendly shelter animals, create animal related crafts, and learn all about pets. Two sessions are offered accommodating up to 20 kids each. Choose Session #1 on June 22-26, or Session #2 on July 20-24. Both sessions run from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at $130 per child. Camp is held at the CCSPCA Education Hall located at 103 S Hughes Ave Fresno, CA 93706. An expert Humane Education Coordinator and staff present exciting activities and new adventures daily. Highlighted topics change daily and there are even presentations from guest speakers. Monday’s focus is dogs, Tuesday’s veterinary science, Wednesday’s wildlife and small pets, Thursday’s cats, and on Friday they’ll learn all about horses and other barn animals! Please send your child with lunch. A camp shirt and all supplies used are included in the camp fee. Extended care hours are offered; parents can drop off or pick up campers one hour earlier or later at $15 per day/per child. Book early to save your spot! To register visit: or contact us at or (559) 233-0115.

Rich Oliver’s Mystery School

• Sports, Education, & Mechanical Camp
• Prather
• (559) 855-3089
• 8-14 Year Olds
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A Summer camp to teach your child the value of working with tools and riding a motorcycle! Open to youth ages 8 – 14, this three-day Summer camp will introduce them to how to ride a motorcycle and the valuable trade of learning how to use tools to maintain a motorcycle. With the focus of motorcycling and mechanics, students will experience a variety of activities including:

• How to safely ride a Yamaha TT-R dirt bike on our 13-acre off-road facility.
• They will learn about proper torque settings and use all the metric tools required to install parts on the sample bike.
• They will have a hands-on experience as they assemble a Yamaha motorcycle.
• How to clean and lubricate a motorcycle so it will be ready to ride again the following day.
• How to load and unload their motorcycle in the back of a pick-up truck.
• How to use tools to build a fort.

The class size is a maximum of 8 students. The course hours are 9:00 am – 5:00 pm each day. Tuition includes the Yamaha TT-R training motorcycles, complete gear rental, lunch, drinks, snacks, and photos. Visit to watch a video of the course. Email or call (559) 855-3089 with any questions.

River Camp

• Nature-Based Camps, Traditional Summer Camp Activities, Environmental Education
• Fresno & Firebaugh
• (559) 248-8480 ext. 104
• Pre-K (3.5 years old and potty- trained)–12th grade
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River Camp summer day camp programs, hosted by San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust, provide a fun and safe place for campers of all ages to spend time outdoors playing, making friends, and learning about nature.  The mission of River Camp is to foster memorable experiences that connect youth to the San Joaquin River through fun and engaging educational activities.  Campers enjoy swimming and splashing in cool water, learning to canoe, creating arts and crafts, exploring wildlife habitat, and much more!  Programs include:

• River Camp at Scout Island (Fresno): Our flagship program serving Fresno-area 1st through  8th youth.
• River Camp at Owl Hollow (Fresno): Leadership, teambuilding, and science camp for middle-school aged campers.
• Young Explorers Camp (Fresno): Pre-K and Kindergarten mini-camp offering Tu-Th half-day sessions.
• Junior Leaders (Fresno): Our high school volunteer program for Fresno-based camps.
• River Camp at Firebaugh (Firebaugh): Our rural camp held in Firebaugh, serving local 1st through 8th grader youth.

Summer at Santa Catalina

• All-Girls Day and Resident Summer Camp
• Monterey
• (831) 655-9386
• 8-14 Year Olds; Grades 3-9
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Summer at Santa Catalina invites girls, ages 8-14, to join us for a summer of serious fun! Resident campers from all over the world and day campers from our local community make our camp a place filled with fun, joy, and learning. Our teachers and counselors are committed to the growth of every camper and dedicated to the values of honesty, respect, and kindness. From arts and athletics to yoga and marine biology, we offer attention-grabbing classes that spark curiosity and build confidence and independence. Come see why families have been a part of this tradition for 67 years!

Talent Team for California Arts Academy

• Musical Theater
• Fresno
• (559) 222-6539
• 5-13 Year Olds
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Talent Team is one of the most ambitious camps in Fresno!  In just two weeks campers will explore and experience all aspects of musical theater including dancing, acting, singing, costuming, stage craft, and an introduction to stage lights, sound, and backstage management.  At the end of two weeks campers will perform a 30-40 minute show for the general public showcasing the production they built from the ground up.

YMCA Camp Sequoia Lake

• Traditional Summer Camp & Skate Camp
• Miramonte
• (559) 624-1110
• 8-15 Year Olds
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YMCA Camp Sequoia Lake Youth Camp is a summer overnight camp dedicated to ensure that your camper gets an experience like no other! At camp, Campers learn to thrive in an environment designed to help campers be successful in a safe, fun, and screen free environment. Campers get to trade technology with the great outdoors: Weather that is doing arts and crafts by the lake, flying through the air on our adventure courses, going fishing, taking a hike, trying out our archery range, singing songs and doing skits at Campfire, or simply hanging out by the waterfront. Your Camper will get to experience it all in this action packed week! For information find us online: or call to speak with Gus (559) 624-1110