Kindergarten-age students participate in this program designed especially just for them at Turtle Rock. KinderCampers have their own classrooms and materials, playground, field trips, theme days, and activity program. Play is important to camp and children will be given many opportunities to develop curiosity and creativity through monitored play experiences. Familiar faces and secure surroundings help promote socialization skills and build confidence in our KinderCampers. We also focus on academic review to keep up those newly acquired and hard-earned Pre-Kindergarten skills! KinderCamp is held in five two-week sessions, and students may enroll for any number of sessions. Our core camp day session is from 8:30 AM – 4 PM, and an extended day option is available from 7 AM – 6 PM for those needing additional hours.
KinderCampers have their own special academic schedule designed to prepare them for entering kindergarten in the fall. Mornings are filled with academic readiness activities in language arts and math. Lessons are designed to include plenty of hands-on learning opportunities as the children explore math and language arts concepts. KinderCamp teachers give special care in introducing a classroom routine including listening skills, following directions, individual responsibility and more. Familiar faces and secure surroundings are high priorities in our efforts to promote socialization skills and to build self-esteem.
- Separate staff, space and program for soon-to-be-kindergartners
- Diverse learning opportunities including hands-on activities, art and technology-based instruction
- Language arts skills including letter and sound recognition, vocabulary and oral communication
- Math activities: teaching number recognition, shapes, patterns, addition, and subtraction
- Concepts and skills taught at a level appropriate for each camper
- Campers are mixed into balanced groups
Flexible Daily Schedule
7:00 – 8:15 am : Extended Morning Care
8:15 – 9:30 am : Outdoor Play & Snack
9:30 am – 12:30 pm : Academic Learning
12:30 – 1:15 pm : Lunch
1:15 – 2:30 pm : Rest Time
2:30 – 5:00 pm : Afternoon Activities
5:00 – 6:00 pm : Dismissal
We offer an option for your child to nap after lunch. Afternoons involve crafts, games, stories, music, and other special activities. Lunch can be brought from home or purchased from the camp for the session.
KinderCamper is for children entering Kindergarten this fall and are 5-years-old on 9/1/2023.
2023 Session Themes & Rates
12 - 23
Our first session is bound to be fun as we explore the beauty of Hawaiian culture. We will begin the first week with a fun presentation of Oceans Rock and a field trip to Tanaka Farms that will end with an outing to Mason Regional Park. KinderCampers will also be a part of a grand Luau with Polynesian dancers and Fire Knife Dances. Don’t forget to come dressed in Hawaiian attire for this celebration. At last, we will enjoy a trip to Wise Guys Pizzeria where we will go behind the scenes and into the kitchen. Campers will create their own pizzas with any topping they prefer. We will end this field trip at Irvine Regional Park where we will enjoy fun ball games!
June 26 -
Under the Sea
During this session, we will have fun learning about sea creatures and measuring how long a hundred-foot whale is. The children will learn about many sea animals and create an underwater habitat. Irvine Park will be a fun field trip to enjoy. Campers will take a train ride and a visit to the zoo! Miss Ana the Scientist will visit our camp and guide our campers as they explore the fun dry-ice presentation. Bubble Mania will be another presenter; campers will experience seeing the biggest bubbles ever made!
10 - 21
Campers will learn about various animals and create their own animal dioramas. We will have a presentation by Saving Wildlife International where we will learn fun facts and meet various mammals, an exotic bird, and even a monkey! Our first trip will be to Pump It Up! We will enjoy a fun glow-in-the-dark jump. Next, we will have a presentation by a Miss Erin the Balloon Artist that will teach us how she creates balloon art. Campers will have the opportunity to create balloon art as well. Our last trip for this session is to the Newport Dunes. We will have fun creating sandcastles and going on a seashell search!
Jul 24 -
The Great Outdoors
Let’s explore the great outdoors! Come prepared to have fun with water days and nature walks! We will let their imagination run wild as they explore the enchanted world and being adventurous out Where the Wild Things Are! We will also explore reptiles, from lizards to snakes and crocodiles. We will have a presentation and hands-on animal care from Jurassic Reptile Zoo. We will go on a Whale Watching tour and visit Marina Park Beach. We will end this session with a presentation by Dinosaurs Rock where they will bring the museum to us!
7 - 15
The last session for the summer is sure to be a blast! We will have a presentation by Insects Rock and take a trip to Marina Park and make it a beach day! Come prepared to enjoy a day in the sun in the shallow waters of Marina Bay. What better way to kick off the end of our summer than with a magic show by Arty the Magician and a social with Kona Shaved Ice! At last, we will have a pizza party to reminisce about all the fun we shared, friends we met along the way, and memories we created together!
KinderCamp is for children 5 years old on September 1st. Children this age will typically begin Kindergarten this fall.
Your child should dress in cool/comfortable summer clothes with closed-toed shoes. Please put sunscreen on your child before arriving in the morning. Complete a Sunscreen Application Authorization Form, available in the office or online, and send a labeled bottle of sunscreen to school for us to re-apply sunscreen later in the day. On field trip days, your child will be required to wear their special KinderCamp t-shirt.
Please notify the office at (949) 854-7611 by 8 AM if your child will be absent. Unfortunately, camp activities are booked in advance based on the registrations received, so we are unable to provide credits or refunds for days missed due to sickness or for any other reason.
On water activity (indicated on the calendar with a water drop icon) please send your child to school with a towel, water shoes, wearing his or her bathing suit, and with sunscreen already applied. Teachers will apply more sunscreen during the day. Include a change of clothes and shoes. All items must be clearly marked with your child’s name.
Typically, a special field trip is included once or twice during each KinderCamp session. These trips are included in the cost of camp. Campers will be transported on a traditional school bus, and we encourage parent chaperones.
You may enroll for as little as one session, or any number of sessions you choose, depending upon availability. Select the schedule that’s right for your family.
Cancellations with at least a 14-day notice will receive a camp credit of 50%. No refunds are provided, regardless of the reason.
A freshly prepared hot lunch is normally available for purchase when campers are on-site. Field trips occasionally include lunch, or we may ask you to send a sack lunch, or have your child bring cash to purchase lunch. Specific options and instructions are described under each excursion on our registration portal and parents will be reminded via email. If bringing a lunch from home, it must be brought each day in a disposable Ziploc or paper bag (not a lunch box) with your child’s name and the date clearly marked. Snacks are provided by Camp.
Our online registration portal offers easy payment by credit card. You may also choose to pay by check to the office. Check payments must be received within 5 days.
Cancellations with at least a 14-day notice will receive a camp credit of 50%. No refunds, regardless of reason.
Registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis via our online registration portal only. Online registration begins at 10 AM on Tuesday, March 3. Spaces are limited, and camp does sell out every year. Early registration is encouraged to avoid any disappointment. Enrollment is accepted only when you complete the online checkout process fully, and acknowledge and agree to our terms and conditions.
We do not offer discounts for our summer programs.
Each of our sessions include attendance every day from the hours of 9 AM to 4 PM. An extended day option is available, for an additional fee, from 7 AM – 6 PM for those needing additional hours.
Yes, each day is designed with hands-on activities that foster learning through math, science, art, and literacy.
Offsite field trips are included in each session and all teaching staff will be participating in order to keep low ratios. Should you decide not to have your child join the group on offsite field trips, you will need to make alternate arrangements for your child’s care, as there will be no care available on-site.
Our KinderCamp teaching staff work as a team. Campers are not assigned a permanent classroom or teacher during the summer. Instead, campers will have a rotating group schedule and will interact with all KinderCamp staff each day. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact Mayra, our KinderCamp Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (949) 854-7611.