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Pasadena - Summer Camp

Walden School, 74 South San Gabriel BLVD Pasadena, CA, 91107

PASADENA, CA

Pasadena Summer Day Camp

All year long, kids find themselves encased in rigid structure.

When summer comes, we give them what they desperately need — freedom to expand and evolve. At Steve & Kate’s, campers choose which activities they do, whom they do it with and for how long. For kids, this experience is pure joy. It’s also a kind of training ground for life, where they’ll need to be empowered and independent and resilient and responsible for their own decisions. Happy human-ing starts here.

Grown-ups adore freedom, too.

We’ve described the magical gift you give your kids when you empower them to make their own decisions. Now let’s talk hardcore convenience for you:

  • Buy a Summer Pass and send your kid to camp any day you want? Check.
  • Drop them off and pick them up whenever you want? Yup.
  • Long camp hours, all included in your camp fee? Totally.
  • Tasty meals and snacks, also included? You bet.
  • Get an automatic refund for unused days at summer’s end? For sure.
  • Do you desire this kind of freedom? Yes, you do.
Activities

The camper’s dilemma.

Coding. Sewing. Baking. Making. Sporting. Lounging. Every day, campers face the excruciating task of choosing from these and many more engrossing activities. Some select a mix of many. Others burrow deep into one or two. Every morning, they face a brand new day bristling with terrible trade-offs and tantalizing possibilities.

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STOP-MOTION ANIMATION

Create animated art in our bustling Media Lab, as you breathe life into your stories via stop-motion “shorts” filmed on our purpose-built animation stages.
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SEWING SALON

Use customized patterns and challenges—and a mix of hand and machine sewing—to manufacture bags, clothing and other fashionable, funky creations. This year campers can even use stencils to design their own fabric.
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CODING

Absorb hands-on coding concepts using curated iPad apps with drag-and-drop platforms that cater to both early and advanced readers. Our approach gamifies the learning process to put power in the hands of new coders.
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THE STAGE

Move and groove with motion-based games like Just Dance, or film your own music videos with friends. New this year campers can also make puppets for our custom theater. Want to burst out in song and dance, or act out a gripping dramatic scene? This is your big moment.
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ROBOTICS

Leverage leading-edge robotic technology to empower your learning and problem-solving. Choose from guided activities and self-directed games, plus tools like robot landscapes and custom mazes.
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BAKERY

Bake up a storm in our wildly popular test kitchen. Choose fillings, spices, and add-ons, explore new flavors, and customize confections to satisfy your discerning palate.
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TINKER LAB

Release your inner innovator with crafts, inventor kits, 3D pens, and giant foam blocks. Construct take-home projects or collaborate on large-scale builds such as forts or thrones. Our hand-selected STEAM-based materials fuel your curiosity and inspire exploration.
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S&K TRADITIONS

Participate in decades-old Steve & Kate’s traditions like Find Chuckie—our beloved, elusive, rubber chicken—and Friday Pie-Day—where you can cap off a productive week by treating friends and camp staffers to a refreshing pie in the face.
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SPORTS & REC

Run, jump, throw, kick, play. Each site is equipped with go-karts and additional athletic gear optimized for the available fields and play spaces. Team up with peers and staffers to play sports, design games, concoct obstacle courses and more.
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WEEKLY SPECIALS

Every day, experience a special, show- stopping activity. A giant inflatable, a musical performance or guest speaker, a movement class, obstacle course—anything’s possible. We’ll announce our official 2024 specials lineup this spring.
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WATER PLAY

On a sweltering summer afternoon, nothing keeps you cooler than games and activities like water tag, inflatable slip n’ slides and giant sprinklers. Wherever space, weather, and local water restrictions allow ‘em, we provide ‘em.
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LOUNGE

Enter a pulsating paradise of foosball, marble mazes and other indoor diversions. Retreat to a quiet corner with sensory objects, puzzles and fidget toys. Or immerse yourself in a selection from our library of books curated for all ages and interests.

Extra action.

At Steve & Kate’s, enough is never enough. So every week we supplement our main offering of awesome activities with thrill-inducing weekly specials. Here’s what’s coming this summer to your location:

JUNE 24 - JUNE 28

Large 4in1 Malibu Bounce and Slide Combo
Monday 6/24 – Wednesday 6/26
We’re kicking off the summer with this awesome 4in1 Malibu Bounce and Slide Combo! It features a basketball hoop where campers can show off their skills and an internal climber that leads to a safely enclosed slide.

GoKarts
Tuesday 6/25
Campers get to zoom, play, and challenge their friends to test their skills on motorized and pedal GoKarts!

Glow-in-the-Dark Dance Party
Wednesday 6/26, 2pm-3pm
Get ready for a Glow-in-the-Dark Dance Party! Bust your best dances moves surrounded by glow sticks and glow balloons!

FOAM PARTY!
Thursday 6/27, 2pm-3pm
Super awesome Foam Cannons shoot hypo-allergenic, all natural foam high in the air, sending it floating down around our campers creating an out of this world foam party wonderland!
Bring a bathing suit/water shoes, change of clothes, and a towel.

Water Play
Thursday 6/27 – Friday 6/28, 10am-11:30am and 2pm-3:30pm
Campers get to participate in games and activities like water tag, inflatable slip n’ slides, & giant sprinklers make for unforgettable water-adventures on hot summer days!
Bring a bathing suit/water shoes, change of clothes, and a towel.

Friday Pie-Day
Friday 6/28 1:30pm
Campers will participate in a decades-old Steve & Kate’s tradition, Friday Pie-Day—where they can cap off a productive week by treating friends and camp staffers to a refreshing pie in the face!

JULY 1 - JULY 5

Large 5in1 Blazin Combo Waterslide Dual Lane
Monday 7/1 – Wednesday 7/3
Campers will have a bouncing good time in this Large 5in1 Blazin Combo Dual Lane Waterslide that features a bouncing area, basketball hoop, climber, Dual slide, and an inflated splash pad. Includes a dual-lane waterslide for double the FUN!
Bring a bathing suit/water shoes, change of clothes, and a towel.

Special Staff-led Workshop
Wednesday 7/3
Details TBA

GoKarts
Friday 7/5
Campers get to zoom, play, and challenge their friends to test their skills on motorized and pedal GoKarts!

Friday Pie-Day
Friday 7/5 1:30pm
Campers will participate in a decades-old Steve & Kate’s tradition, Friday Pie-Day—where they can cap off a productive week by treating friends and camp staffers to a refreshing pie in the face!

Steve & Kate’s Talent Show!
Friday 7/5, 2pm-4pm
Our campers will have the opportunity to show off their talents.

JULY 8 - JULY 12

Lite Tropical Combo
Monday 7/8 – Wednesday 7/10
This inflatable combo will transport campers to a sunny and vibrant island setting with a bouncing area, climber, and slide for endless fun!

GoKarts
Tuesday 7/9
Campers get to zoom, play, and challenge their friends to test their skills on motorized and pedal GoKarts!

Special Staff-led Workshop
Wednesday 7/10
Details TBA

Mad Science – Gas Works Show
Thursday 7/11, 10:30am-11:30am
This outdoor event explores the mysterious world of gasses. Start off with a wacky flying balloon, a bottle of club soda, and a surprising “carbon dioxide geyser”! Things get exciting when balloons are filled with different gasses and held over a flame! Film canisters are launched into the air using Alka-Seltzer tablets and water. Ends with “water bottle rockets”, and “fire-powered rockets”!

Water Play
Thursday 7/11 – Friday 7/12, 10am-11:30am and 2pm-3:30pm
Campers get to participate in games and activities like water tag, inflatable slip n’ slides, & giant sprinklers make for unforgettable water-adventures on hot summer days!
Bring a bathing suit/water shoes, change of clothes, and a towel.

Friday Pie-Day
Friday 7/12 1:30pm
Campers will participate in a decades-old Steve & Kate’s tradition, Friday Pie-Day—where they can cap off a productive week by treating friends and camp staffers to a refreshing pie in the face!

JULY 15 - JULY 19

Large Despicable Me Minions 4in1 Combo
Monday 7/15 – Wednesday 7/17
Join the Minions on their new Hawaiian adventure! This Large Despicable Me Minions 4in1 Combo features a bouncing area, small climber/slide, and an obstacle course.

GoKarts
Tuesday 7/16
Campers get to zoom, play, and challenge their friends to test their skills on motorized and pedal GoKarts!

Birds of Prey Show
Wednesday 7/17, 2pm-3pm
Come join us for our bird show! Watch birds of prey in flight. Learn about natural behaviors and adaptations about these amazing animals. We focus on conservation and how we can protect these special birds. Meet a falcon, hawks, and owl!

Tie Dye Worskshop
Thursday 7/18
All Tie-Dyers get ready for our Steve & Kate workshop!
Bring an extra white shirt so we can create our Tie-Dye masterpieces!

Water Play
Thursday 7/18 – Friday 7/19, 10am-11:30am and 2pm-3:30pm
Campers get to participate in games and activities like water tag, inflatable slip n’ slides, & giant sprinklers make for unforgettable water-adventures on hot summer days!
Bring a bathing suit/water shoes, change of clothes, and a towel.

Friday Pie-Day
Friday 7/19 1:30pm
Campers will participate in a decades-old Steve & Kate’s tradition, Friday Pie-Day—where they can cap off a productive week by treating friends and camp staffers to a refreshing pie in the face!

JULY 22 - JULY 26

6in1 Princess Castle Combo Waterslide
Monday 7/22 – Wednesday 7/24
Campers will have a bouncing good time in this 6in1 Princess Castle Combo Waterslide that features a bouncing area, obstacle popups, basketball hoop, climber, slide and pool.
Bring a bathing suit/water shoes, change of clothes, and a towel.

GoKarts
Tuesday 7/23
Campers get to zoom, play, and challenge their friends to test their skills on motorized and pedal GoKarts!

Squishy, Sticky, Slime Making!
Wednesday 7/24
Campers will make ooey gooey slime at this fun workshop.

FOAM PARTY!
Thursday 7/25, 2pm-3pm
Super awesome Foam Cannons shoot hypo-allergenic, all natural foam high in the air, sending it floating down around our campers creating an out of this world foam party wonderland!
Bring a bathing suit/water shoes, change of clothes, and a towel.

Water Play
Thursday 7/24 – Friday 7/25, 10am-11:30am and 2pm-3:30pm
Campers get to participate in games and activities like water tag, inflatable slip n’ slides, & giant sprinklers make for unforgettable water-adventures on hot summer days!
Bring a bathing suit/water shoes, change of clothes, and a towel.

Summerween Camp-made Costume Contest
Friday 7/25, 10am-11am
We can’t celebrate Summerween without a Costume Contest! Campers can get creative and put together awesome costumes to show off at camp! Campers who can MAKE their costumes using materials at camp will be able to enter a contest to win a prize!

Friday Pie-Day
Friday 7/26 1:30pm
Campers will participate in a decades-old Steve & Kate’s tradition, Friday Pie-Day—where they can cap off a productive week by treating friends and camp staffers to a refreshing pie in the face!

JULY 29 - AUGUST 2

40′ Obstacle Course | Large 4in1 Fun House Bounce and Slide Combo
Monday 7/29 – Wednesday 7/31
Campers can jump through the hoops, push through the obstacles, crawl through the hurdles, go up the climber, and make their way down the slide as they race to victory in our 40′ Obstacle Course. Campers will also get to enjoy an additional Bounce and Slide Combo this week!

GoKarts
Tuesday 7/30
Campers get to zoom, play, and challenge their friends to test their skills on motorized and pedal GoKarts!

Special Staff-led Workshop
Wednesday 7/31
Details TBA

California Joe’s Adventure Magic Show
Thursday 8/1, 10:30am-11:30am
This highly interactive Adventure Magic Show features magic tricks from around the world, from the Pyramids of Egypt to the Moores of Ireland!

Water Play
Thursday 8/1 – Friday 8/2, 10am-11:30am and 2pm-3:30pm
Campers get to participate in games and activities like water tag, inflatable slip n’ slides, & giant sprinklers make for unforgettable water-adventures on hot summer days!
Bring a bathing suit/water shoes, change of clothes, and a towel.

Friday Pie-Day
Friday 8/2 1:30pm
Campers will participate in a decades-old Steve & Kate’s tradition, Friday Pie-Day—where they can cap off a productive week by treating friends and camp staffers to a refreshing pie in the face!

Steve & Kate’s Talent Show!
Friday 8/2, 2pm-4pm
Our campers will have the opportunity to show off their talents.

AUGUST 5 - AUGUST 9

45′ Ninja Warrior Course | 5in1 Sports Combo
Monday 8/5 – Wednesday 8/9
Campers can race one another and see who has the fastest agility and speed in this 45′ Obstacle Course that features unique popups, push throughs, and a climber with 2 lane slide. Campers will also get to enjoy an additional Bounce and Slide Combo this week!

GoKarts
Tuesday 8/6
Campers get to zoom, play, and challenge their friends to test their skills on motorized and pedal GoKarts!

Special Staff-led Workshop
Wednesday 8/7
Details TBA

Reptile Show
Thursday 8/8, 2pm-3pm
Campers get to meet several different reptiles including various snakes and lizards as well as a tortoise, also featuring a Madagascar hissing cockroach. This interactive experience allows everyone to pet the animals and learn all about their adaptations and natural behaviors.

Water Play
Thursday 8/8 – Friday 8/9, 10am-11:30am and 2pm-3:30pm
Campers get to participate in games and activities like water tag, inflatable slip n’ slides, & giant sprinklers make for unforgettable water-adventures on hot summer days!
Bring a bathing suit/water shoes, change of clothes, and a towel.

Friday Pie-Day
Friday 8/9 1:30pm
Campers will participate in a decades-old Steve & Kate’s tradition, Friday Pie-Day—where they can cap off a productive week by treating friends and camp staffers to a refreshing pie in the face!

FOAM PARTY!
Friday 8/9, 2pm-3pm
Super awesome Foam Cannons shoot hypo-allergenic, all natural foam high in the air, sending it floating down around our campers creating an out of this world foam party wonderland!
Bring a bathing suit/water shoes, change of clothes, and a towel.

AUGUST 12 - AUGUST 16

Enchanted Castle Combo
Monday 8/12 – Friday 8/16
Campers can explore the Enchanted Castle Combo and see what glorious adventures they can find with this bounce and slide combo!

GoKarts
Tuesday 8/13
Campers get to zoom, play, and challenge their friends to test their skills on motorized and pedal GoKarts!

Steve & Kate’s Olympics!
Wednesday 8/14
Be ready to be put through various fun sports challenges!

Jungle Drum Circle
Thursday 8/15, 2pm-3pm
Campers will venture on a colorful safari with African djembe drummers. The will create jungle sounds, play simple rhythms, and sing together all while learning the history and benefits of drumming.

CARNIVAL DAY AUGUST 16

On the last day of camp we’ll trade in our traditional activities for a giant end-of-summer celebration! Get excited for carnival games, extra treats, and plenty of chances to win prizes!

Friday 8/16, 9am-5pm
Campers will celebrate the last day of camp with a fun-filled carnival! They will enjoy lots of carnival games, win prizes, bounce on inflatables, and have yummy treats, including shaved ice sponsored by Kona Ice!

Friday Pie-Day
Friday 8/16 1:30pm
Campers will participate in a decades-old Steve & Kate’s tradition, Friday Pie-Day—where they can cap off a productive week by treating friends and camp staffers to a refreshing pie in the face!

Youngest campers fly solo, but there’s a net.

Most kids take to life at Steve & Kate’s like the naturally hardy individuals they are. For some, especially our younger campers, it can take a little longer to get their wings. That’s why each camp has staff dedicated specifically to supporting our youngest campers. Helping these campers discover their camp magic is the whole point of our Youngest Camper Support Staff, and every time it’s exhilarating to behold.

Food

Eat your heart out.

Life without delicious food sucks. That’s why our cuisine de camp features a mouth-watering array of tasty, nourishing grub. In partnership with fan favorite restaurants, we keep kids fired up with food they love — from piping hot pizza to salubrious Caesar salads to tangy tomato soup, and much more. Our menus include rotating specials as well as healthy snacks and sides kids can grab whenever their fuel gauge dips into the red. Chomp, chomp. Munch, munch.

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Fees

What camp costs.

Perhaps you are a grown-up who loves to plan. Or maybe you’re an expert of the fine art of logistical improvisation. Miraculously, our camp fees are designed to scratch both of your respective itches. Buy any number of Day Passes or a Summer Pass, and use them whenever you want during the summer. Don’t even bother to let us know when you’re coming — just roll up. If your plans change, don’t sweat it. We’ll automatically refund your unused Passes in full at summer’s end. How many other camps can offer you that level of flexibility?*

*Not one that we know of.

Day Pass and Summer Pass fees cover the entire Steve & Kate’s experience, including lunch, snacks, activities and the entire day from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Includes: Lunch, snacks, activities, and all hours, 8am–6pm

  • Buy any number of Day Passes and use them anytime
  • Upgrade to a Summer Pass at any time by purchasing 30 Day Passes per a given child
  • Unused Day Passes are automatically refunded in mid September

Includes: Lunch, snacks, activities, and all hours, 8am–6pm

  • One fee covers the entire summer –That’s up to 39 days of camp in Pasadena!
  • If you purchase a Summer Pass and use less than 30 days of camp, we’ll calculate what you would have paid at the Day Pass rate and refund you the difference automatically in mid September
Camp details

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DATES

Jun 24 - Aug 16

NOTES

Closed 7/4

HOURS

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

AGES

4-12 | We also offer a Mentorship Program for ages 14-15

ADDRESS

Walden School
74 South San Gabriel BLVD
Pasadena, CA, 91107

DIRECTOR

Anne

CALL/TEXT

323-244-2531

Additional info for denizens of Pasadena

Mentorship Program


We’re excited to offer our Mentorship Program at this camp location for Summer 2024!

Intended exclusively for children ages 14-15, our Mentorship Program is an experience where participants can get a taste of what it’s like to be a counselor and develop leadership skills, while upholding our self-directed philosophy.

With the supervision of Steve & Kate’s staff, Mentees (our program participants) will help facilitate camp activities, engage with campers, and help encourage camper connection and participation. The program utilizes self-directed learning to support Mentees in their development into young adults ready to take on more responsibilities.

Mentorship Rates:

Mentorship Day Pass Rate: $90
Mentorship Summer Pass Rate: $2,700
Returning Mentees: $0

Per usual, any unused Mentorship Day Passes will be automatically refunded in full at summer’s end. If you purchase a Mentorship Summer Pass and end up using less than 30 days of camp, then we’ll calculate what you would have paid at the daily rate and refund you the difference automatically.

Mentorship Application

To participate in the Mentorship Program, please submit an application here. Please note that Mentees must attend the camp location they apply for. Once approved, your local director will email you with instructions for completing registration. If you have any questions, please reach out to your local director.

Virtual Camp Orientation & Drop-off/Pick-Up Procedures

Check out our virtual camp orientation for everything you need to know before your first day of camp, coming this spring. Once we get closer to summer, we’ll email registered families a link to our virtual, camp orientation. This will provide important information such as camp drop-off & pick-up procedures, how to check-in and check-out of camp each day, what to bring (and not bring), and a few more camp details.

Campus & Accessibility Details

The Walden School is not ADA Accessible

Testimonials

These people are very smart. You should listen to them.

I could not have asked for a better camp for my son. The staff was attentive and enthusiastic. There were tons of activities for him to choose from and I literally had to tear him away at pick up!
Kathryn O.

(S&K parent)

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We feel really fortunate that we found the perfect place for [our son], and the best solution for us as parents!
Jacqueline R.

(S&K parent)

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Meals and snacks were healthy, drop off was super easy and the counselors were engaged, and got to know my son well. We look forward to returning this summer!
Marchelle S.

(S&K parent)

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Staff

So much more than
a job.

For our team members, giving kids the space to liberate their true potential becomes a kind of calling. Think of them as a high-energy, warm-hearted crew of child advocates who deftly balance two invaluable skills — that of providing structure and guidance, and that of staying the heck out of campers’ ways. If that’s not enough, they’re all background-checked and trained in CPR and first-aid. Say “hi” to them at camp — they’d love to meet you.

Mentorship Program

This camp location also participates in a Mentorship Program (or junior counselor program) for teens who might want to work at camp some day or who just aren’t quite ready to give up that sweet camper life. This program guides children ages 14-15 through camp experiences aimed to develop their leadership skills, all while honoring our approach to self-directed learning. Learn more, here.

Events

Steve & Kate's Events

Join us at an upcoming virtual Information Session to learn all the camp basics. We’ll give a quick presentation and overview on our program, and then answer any questions you have. Please note that Information Sessions are open to all Steve & Kate’s Camps, and are not specific to any given location. All Information Sessions are listed in ET.

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Your camp director

Meet your illustrious camp director.

Our camp directors are year-round employees. That means you are free to contact them anytime with your questions about life at Steve & Kate’s, or questions about life in general.

Anne

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Anne’s joined the Steve & Kate’s team in 2022! Anne’s favorite hobbies include dancing, playing instruments, and playing video games. When not at camp you can usually find Anne traveling or spending time with friends and family.

This summer Anne is most excited to get to know and bond with the campers!

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