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No doubt, summer in the City of Angels promises to be hot, at least as far as the weather is concerned. But this particular season can also turn out to be fruitful as kids and their parents pursue pastimes put off until this less hectic time of the year. Indeed, camp has never been so good as it is in Los Angeles, where the disciplines to pursue for yourself or your children (or both) run from learning to rock and roll to becoming proficient in a language to being taught how to deliver an impromptu line. And that’s just a few topics covered in day camps around the Southland. Consider the following five summer camps to approach new topics of interest or to hone in on old ones.
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Improv Camp
Second City Hollywood
6560 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 464-8542
www.secondcity.com

Both professionals and regular citizens will enjoy summer camp with Second City Hollywood. Those who partake will soon realize that once in sync, even the most unlikely entertainer will come forth with some really good lines. That said, along the way participants also make lifelong friends as they work together to put on a show that will prove that anyone who really wants to can hit the stage with his or her head held high. Some will even thrill to a standing ovation never thought possible until it happens.

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Rock and Roll Camp
Neighborhood Rock School
2805 N. Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91504
(818) 557-7723
www.NeighborhoodRockSchool.com

Even if you think you don’t have a musical bone in your body, try and tap into your inner entertainer during this special summer program that lets you cut loose and catch the groove of a real rock star. Don’t worry, you don’t need to play an instrument to take part in this program, nor do you need to read music. However, both talents should emerge as you join one of the weekly offerings the Burbank’s Neighborhood Rock School rock and roll camp has to offer. Rock on!

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Tech Camp
Code REV Kids
1639 16th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 450-4984
www.coderevkids.com

Robotics of interest? How about 3D game design? Animation or Mathcraft, perhaps? This summer camp gives a rare chance to really get up close and personal with new technology in the form of games, apps, sites and, of course, robots. During their time devouring this new knowledge, your kids may later on take what they’ve learned to create a gateway to a new profession as programmers, designers or developers. Now how’s that for making the most of a summer vacation? 

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Mandarin Chinese Language Camp
ELA Chinese Language Academy
11150 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 1120
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(424) 281-0125
www.chineseacademykids.com

Sign up for one of three sessions that lasts from two to four weeks and you’ll get a huge dose of understanding about speaking and writing in Mandarin. Chinese culture will also be explored as taught by enthusiastic teachers, with everyone in the class interacting while the collective lot learn a new language some probably never thought possible to learn until now. This program is geared toward kids in kindergarten to sixth grades.

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Surf Camp
Learn To Surf LA
641 Westminster Ave. Suite 5
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 663-2479
www.LearnToSurfLA.com

You’ll only need to shell out 40 bucks a week to learn the tricks of hanging ten at this highly touted surf camp. In fact, the enterprise promises that “you’ll be up and surfing on your first lesson.” Whether you believe that or not, don’t shy away just because you don’t have a skill set yet. Simply join the others and take advantage of Los Angeles’ location on the edge of the Pacific where you’ll be on the edge of the waves before you know it. Now staying up, well that’s takes time so stick with it. You’ll be glad you did.

Related: Nature Education For Kids In Los Angeles

Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist and always travels with her pillow. Check out her articles on Examiner.com.

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