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SANTA MONICA, CA

Santa Monica Winter Break Camp

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Here, we put kids in charge.

Preposterous? Possibly. Effective? You betcha.

When you trust kids, they trust themselves. For 42 years, we’ve put kids in charge of their own learning experience. As they try, fail, and learn on their own, they learn to trust their own judgment, and tackle the challenges of an ever changing world with creativity and confidence.

Campers choose activities minute to minute–deciding what they want to do, and for how long. Our job is to get out of their way, cheerlead creative risks, and provide just enough guidance to make sure nobody does anything totally* senseless.

*Totally senseless: By our definition, mistakes aren’t senseless. They’re how you learn.

Buy any number of days. Use them any time. Get refunds for unused days.

Buy any number of Day Passes to use any day we’re open this winter session. You don’t even need to tell us when you’re coming–just show up! And if for any reason your plans change, we’ll refund your unused Passes automatically in full at spring’s end.

Lunch, snacks, and all hours, 8am–6pm, included.

Camp Details

DATES

Dec 19 - Dec 30

NOTES

*Closed 12/26

HOURS

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

AGES

4-12

ADDRESS

Sycamore Community School
1229 4th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

DIRECTOR

Christian

CALL/TEXT

323-272-2141

Activities for Every Interest

Campers will design their day in real-time by choosing from a variety of activities offered at once. In the early morning and late afternoon, campers ramp up and wind down with recreational choices. For the bulk of the day, children will choose from the activities listed below. While we can’t say exactly what the day will look like, one thing is for sure: The campers are in control.

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Media Lab

Campers play with a variety of coding and digital gaming apps as well as other digital media and art based activities.
Animation

Stop-Motion Animation

Kids will create, direct, and produce stop-motion animation movies & shorts with our custom animation stations.
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Makery

Imagination is the limit when you mix campers with basic maker kits, digital drawing, and Rexlace.
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Performing Arts

Children can jump into the spotlight with dancing and karaoke.
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Arts, Crafts, & Lounging

Table games, cards, and other crafts are available to kiddos all day.
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Sports & Recreation

Campers & staff join together to play indoor playground games, sports, or whatever kids are interested in that day. And to spice things up we'll have a surprise activity or performance this camp session!

Testimonials From Our Camps in Southern California

I have an 8 year old daughter who has been attending Steve and Kate’s for the past four summers. From the moment you check in until the moment you check out it’s such a smooth operation. The flexibility that this camp offers is amazing, but we keep returning for the innovative studios, the energetic counselors, and the one of a kind model. When I describe Steve and Kate’s to others I often use the term "free range kids”. My daughter loves that she can go where she wants, when she wants, and for how long she wants. Whether it’s the sewing room or bread making or robotics the kids have the freedom to decide. I really can't say enough good things about this camp!!
Maya

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)

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)

Fees

Buy any number of Day Passes, and use them any day we’re open this winter camp session. There’s no need to reserve your days ahead of time, or even let us know when you plan to join–just show up! If for any reason your plans change, we’ll refund your unused Day Passes automatically in-full after the camp session comes to an end.

Fees include lunch, snacks and all hours 8:00am to 6:00pm. 

Fee includes lunch, snacks, activities, and all hours 8:00am to 6:00pm.

  • Buy any number of Day Passes and use them any day we’re open this camp session
  • Unused Day Passes are automatically refunded at the end of the camp session

Staff

Tireless child advocates, who balance structure and guidance with staying out of campers’ ways. All staff members are background checked and trained in CPR & first-aid.

Food

We provide daily lunch options from a rotating variety of local restaurants and caterers. We’ll also offer an array of snacks for kids to nosh on throughout the day. Check out the daily menu below.

Important Info for Camp in Santa Monica

Mandatory Wellness Survey

Staff and campers will complete a wellness survey and/or other screening to identify any potential health concerns upon arrival to camp each day.

Virtual Camp Orientation

Virtual camp orientation coming soon!! We’ll email registered families before the start of camp with everything you need to know before your first day. Once we get closer to camp, we’ll email you 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.

Daily Menu

VG= Vegetarian , VV= Vegan , GF = Gluten Free , DF = Dairy Free , SF = Soy Free , EF = Egg Free

*No items contain nuts or nut products. However, some may have been prepared in areas that also produce items with nuts.

Daily Menu
Snacks

Contact Us

We would love to help you learn more about our program and at the same time learn more about you and your camper.

Christian

CHRISTIAN

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This will be Christian’s second year directing with Steve & Kate’s! Christian is a self-taught skier who also enjoys road trips and spending time with his dog.

This summer Christian is most excited to meet all the amazing campers and provide a super fun camp experience for everyone!

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