Summer is finally here, and that means the neighborhoods are swarming with children who have three school-free months. If that doesn't sound like your idea of a perfect summer season, Redondo Beach offers plenty of programs and camps for kids of all ages that promise to keep them busy all summer long.
Perfect Day Surf Camp, which boasts sponsorships from Roxy and Quiksilver offers 1-day sessions that consit of surf instruction, volleyball, boogie boarding and stand-up paddle boarding. Ages eight through 17 are welcome and the costs vary based on if you sign up for half day sessions or full days.
If your child is less interesting in the boards but wants to stay in the water, they can sign up for a Junior Lifeguard Program. After passing a swim test, participants are trained in beach and ocean safety, swimming, surfing and body boarding, and also study marine life. Ages eight through 14 are invited and costs range depending on how long of a course you take (courses range from one week to six weeks).
For those who want to gain a competitive edge this summer, Velocity Sports Camps offers 4-day programs for ages seven through 18 for a multitude of sports. Football, volleyball, soccer, baseball and softball players can all take part in the sessions, which promise to improve athletic abilities and speed while reducing the likelihood of an injury.
Children who've caught the acting bug can attend Musical Theater Camp, $480 for a 2-week session. Ages five through 13 are taught about speech, dance and stage presence as well as a variety of other performing arts. The camp culminates in a musical that showcases what the students have learned.
If you are looking for the music without the theater, Summer Music Day Camp is available. With participants ranging in age from grades K-8, campers make instruments and learn to play them, performing in an end-of-camp concert. The 2-week camp runs $599 through Music Rhapsody.
With everything from Lego camps to robotics and video game creation, campers at the Tencho-tainment Summer Camp are introduced to every sort of today's technology. For grades 2-9, prices vary based on the tech topic.
If your child wants to add another language to their repertoire this summer, check out the Summer Language Camps. Students are immersed in one of five language courses, including Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese or Japanese. Campers do hands on activities and learn about the culture of the language through games and music. Ages 4-10 are welcome, with teen and pre-school levels available as well. Cook and Learn camps are also open, with children learning foreign vocabulary while preparing food.
For the future football stars ages 6-14, South Bay Youth Sports offers a summer football camp. The camp pledges a fundamentals course with speed conditioning and instruction by coaches, guests from USC and UCLA and former NFL players. They also offer registration for a flag football tournament held Aug. 14.
With four different camp themes (magic, myth busters, outer space and robots), Destination Science camps promise to "make science fun." Using interactive projects, the camp teaches basic scientific concepts for grades K-6. The 1-week sessions cost $299, with discounts available for multi-sessions and siblings.
For information on the classes offered by the City of Redondo Beach, go to the city's web site at http://www.redondo.org/depts/recreation/