Summer Arts Camps
The Cultural Arts Office offers children a variety of summer arts camp experiences including Creative Arts Camp and Club Pelican. All camps are staffed by professional artists and/or educators, a camp aide and many energetic and talented volunteers. These camps are offered to children ages 7 to 12 years old. Camp brochures with full descriptions and registration forms are usually available at the Cultural Arts Office, and other city locations by late March.
Please note the new registration process below...
At Club Pelican, science and art unite in one amazing camp! The Batiquitos Lagoon is the “natural” location for this unique camp in which campers learn first-hand the wonders of nature. Guided by an experienced Naturalist, campers will hike the lagoon’s trails to explore the animal habitats, native birds and plants, insects and geology that reside there. Next, finding inspiration in the natural wonders they observed, campers will paint, draw, construct, and create artworks of all kind. This fun-filled—and very popular—camp is held in partnership with the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation.
- Tami Noorzay, visual arts (ages 7 to 9)
- Nicole Nelson, visual arts (ages 9 to 12)
- Karen Hoyle, naturalist (all sessions)
Club Pelican is held at the Batiquitos Nature Center located off of Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad.
Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 30 students per session. Due to the popularity of our program, we only allow one camp session per camper.
Sessions for ages 7 to 9:
- June 24 to 28
- July 8 to 12
- July 29 to Aug. 2
Session for ages 9 to 12:
Camp session, one week from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, daily.
Fee: $100 per session
Mondays through Fridays, July 15 through 26
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ages 9 to 12
This two-week camp emphasizes a collaboration of the visual arts and theatre. Campers will work with a visual artist to experiment with a wide range of media, including painting, drawing, sculptural design, textiles and more! The theatre instructor will lead children through a series of performance activities and exercises. We’ll venture into theatre games and participate in improvisation, basic script writing and movement. All activities are designed to promote self-confidence and personal expression.
On Friday, July 26 the session will culminate in a performance with campers showcasing their completed works of art. Parents and family members are invited.
Instructors: Visual Arts, Tami Noorzay; Theatre, Heather Rushworth
Location: Creative Arts Camp is held at the Carlsbad City Library complex, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, 92011.
Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 36 students.
Camps fill quickly! Please add your name to the wait list if a camp is full so that we will be able to plan for future camps.
Please note the new registration process...
April 17 - Online registration begins at 7 a.m.
Camp registration for families that reside in Carlsbad. Please contact one of our community centers for information regarding your secure Family ID and PIN prior to the date for online registration.
April 24 - Online, walk-in, mail-in, phone-in registration
Online, walk-in, mail-in and phone-in registration for families who reside in Carlsbad or other cities.
How to register
Pre-registration is required for many city activities. Programs are filled on a first-come, first-served basis with waiting lists as necessary for each session period.
Browse activities, and register online. First-time online registrants will need to create a Client ID and family PIN. Contact Harding, Calavera Hills or Stagecoach community centers to establish an account. Proof of residency will be required. To report issues with online registration, call 760-434-2826.
Online registration will be offered prior to other methods of registration-first to residents, then to non-residents.
Medical release, photographic release and release from liability
Signed copies of these documents must be on file prior to participation in any and all activities.
Registration will remain open until camps are full, as long as minimum registration has been met up to one-week prior to the start date of camp. If camp minimum enrollments are not met by the Friday prior to the camp start date, the camp will be cancelled and a refund will be issued.
- If a class is cancelled by the city, a full refund will be given.
- Beginning one week prior to the start date of camp, no refunds or credits will be given.
- When a refund is requested prior to the second scheduled class deadline date and paid by check or cash, the refund will be granted minus a processing fee of $20. If Visa or MasterCard was used to pay the registration fee, the refund will be granted minus the prorated fee.
- If a registrant fails to attend a program after it begins, the registrant is not entitled to a refund.
- There are NO CASH REFUNDS. All refunds will be mailed approximately 2-3 weeks after a request for refund is received. If you must cancel your registration, please notify the Cultural Arts Office as soon as possible. Cancellation must be submitted in writing to the Cultural Arts Office. Notification of a cancellation may be emailed directly to our arts coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
A $35 service fee will be charged for all checks returned for insufficient funds