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Art for Children Day Camp

Art for Children Day Camp

Art for Children’s North County Day Camp will hold two sessions at Vineyard Elementary School in Templeton this summer. This will be the sixth year of the camp. The camp is open to children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. Camp prices include all supplies and a camp t-shirt. Two sessions will be held June 26 – 29 and July 31 – Aug 3 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and include include art, drama, music, cooking, Lego engineering, GoPro Fun, marine biology, and more. For more information, click here.

AYSO Soccer Camp

American Youth Soccer Organization will host a summer camp in Paso Robles at Barney Schwartz Soccer Field on June 12 – 16. Four sessions are available: a half day camp for age 6-16; full day camp for ages 8-16; and two mini camps for ages 4-5. Hours vary depending on the session. For more information click here.

Bob Cantu’s Basketball Camp

Former University of Southern California basketball coach Bob Cantu is offering four basketball camps at Paso Robles High School for June 19-22 and at Mission Prep High School in San Luis Obispo June 26-29. There are two sessions for each camp. Session 1 for boys and girls 4 – 8 years is from 9 a.m. – noon at each location. Session 2 for boys and girls 9 – 12 years is from 2 – 5 p.m. at each location. For more information click here.

Boys and Girls Club

The Boys and Girls Club of North San Luis Obispo County offers a comprehensive summer camp in Paso Robles and Atascadero for children K through 8 grades. The program runs June 22 to Aug. 18 every weekday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and includes all meals. The club’s Summer Brain Gain program can prevent summer learning loss by extending learning throughout the summer. Young people work together in groups to explore ideas, learn through fun projects, express themselves with a variety of art activities all while building their academic skills. For more information, click here for the Atascadero program or here for the Paso Robles program or call (805) 239-3659.

Camp Natoma

This is a popular week-long overnight summer camp in the hills outside of Paso Robles with six sessions available from June 25 to Aug 12 for students leaving first grade through leaving ninth grade. Each session runs Sunday to Saturday and offers a week of sleeping under the stars. Campers gain self-confidence, become positive team-players, expand their imagination, and develop a relationship with the natural world. It will also offer one family camp from June 23 to 25. For more information, click here or call (805) 709-2569.

City of Paso Robles summer activities

The City of Paso Robles is offering multiple options for kids this summer through both Recreation Services and the City Library. Camps and classes for all ages include aquatics, soccer,art, summer reading, and a variety of other activities. For more information about camps and activities click here for  Recreation Services or here for library activities or call Recreation Services or (805) 237-3988 or the library at  (805) 237-3870. The Summer Activity Guide, featuring a complete listing of recreation and library classes and activities will be mailed to homes in Paso Robles mid-may.

City of Atascadero summer activities

City of Atascadero Recreation Department offers a variety of summer activities. Click here to download the 2017 Atascadero Recreation Guide.

College for Kids Summer at Cuesta College

Students entering fifth through ninth grades can take advantage of two sessions of College for Kids at Cuesta College’s campus in San Luis Obispo. Classes run Monday through Thursday. Sessions will be held June 19 to July 6 and July 10 through July 26. They include a wide variety of courses in science, computers, sports and hands-on activities. For more details click here or call (805) 546-3132.

Miss Matisse Dance Camp

Miss Matisse Dance will offer 11 summer sessions between June 17 and Aug 12. Most days include a morning and afternoon session. The younger dancers will dance ballet and do crafts and the older dancers will dance jazz, contemporary, lyrical and ballet. Click here for more information and to register, or call/text (805) 305-5151.

Playtime Discoveries Summer Camp

Playtime Discoveries is offering a summer camp for children at 7600 Morro Road in Atascadero. The eight different themed camps start June 19 and end August 17 for children 4 to 11. The each week features a different theme and includes art, singing, dancing and games. For more details, click here or call (805) 462-0303.

SLO High School Sports Camps

San Luis Obispo High School offers a Sports Summer Camp for boys and girls 4 through 13 years old. A variety of classes in soccer, basketball, tennis, baseball and cheer are available. Camps run a week at a time from June 12 to Aug. 4. They are designed with an emphasis on fun and skill development. Coaches will work on teamwork, self-confidence, learning rules, and exposure to multiple sports. For more information, click here, call (805) 596-4040 ext. 2955 or email

Youth Horse Camps

  • Hanging Heart Ranch in Templeton offers both children and adults the opportunity to learn how to care for and ride horses through lessons and camp programs. Camps start on June 19 and run through August 16 covering a variety of riding and horse care topics.
    June 14th – June 16th: is a special Complimentary to children impacted by cancer in their family. Click here to learn more about Hanging Heart Horse Camps
  • Harris Stage Lines offers horse camps for ages 6 and up by private arrangement. Click here or call (805) 237-1860

YMCA Paso Robles Pioneer Day Camp

The YMCA at Centennial Park in Paso Robles offers a comprehensive summer camp program that runs from June 19 to Aug. 17  from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. every weekday for children from K through sixth grade. The camp is designed and staffed to be age-appropriate and gives children the opportunity to learn new skills and meet new friends. The campers will learn and practice social responsible, leadership skills and develop positive character. For more information, click here, call (805) 239-3047.

Zoo to You Summer Safari Camp

Zoo to You offers four sessions for children 7 to 12 years old. Sessions start June 26 and run to August 10, 8 a.m. to noon. Children will meet different animal ambassadors and learn facts about their species, why they are important to our planet, and how they came to Conservation Ambassadors. They will make animal crafts from recycled materials, draw the animals, play interactive games, and tour the grounds. Bring a snack, water, closed-toe shoes, and sunscreen. For more information and to register, click here.

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About the author: Reporter Jackie Iddings

Jackie Iddings is a contributing reporter and photographer for the Paso Robles Daily News.