Child Educational Center

Child Educational CenterThe Child Educational Center’s Summer Exploration Series is located in La Canada Flintridge.  They serve  young children of families at nearby JPL, Cal Tech and the surrounding community – including children with special needs.

The summer program includes weekly themes, swimming and plenty of time spent outdoors, as well as creative and stimulating indoor activities and projects.

Their partnerships with Descanso Gardens and Altadena Stables offers  two unique camp experiences with extended care available to create a full day of fun. Horse Camp is now open to younger children.

If summer school is part of your summer agenda, they will also continue after-summer school programming for La Canada-Flintridge Assistance League’s Summer School and Pasadena Educational Foundation’s Summer School.

For their Summer Programs, your child, at a minimum, must be entering grade one this coming fall (if your child will not be entering the first grade, please call our office at 818-354-3418 for our preschool option).

Full-day, 10-week summer camp, grades K-6.

Website:  Child Educational Center


Phone: (818) 354-3418

Address: 140 Foothill Boulevard, La Canada, CA.  91011   (map)

City of Pasadena

PasadenaThe City of Pasadena offers recreational programs serving teens with disabilities, including 10-week Saturday sessions providing developmentally appropriate activities, social skills development and recreation. The program also includes field trips, art programs, dances. Volunteer opportunities are also available.


Website:  City of Pasadena – Human Services and Recreation

Contact: Jackie Scott

Phone:  (626) 744-7257 or  (626) 744-4386

Camp Location:  Jackie Robinson Center  100 N. Garfield Ave. Room 328  Pasadena, CA 91109  (map)

Danny’s Farm

Dannys Farm

Danny’s Farm offers a safe, structured, nurturing environment through the “farm & animal themed” program for children with autism spectrum disorders and other related developmental disabilities.

Providing a rich 1:3 (and often 1:1) staff:student ratio, the program is offered during after-school hours, in the afternoons, on holidays, and during the summer months.  The curriculum is specifically designed to serve children who may exhibit self-abusive behavior, excessively friendly advances toward others, or other behaviors that significantly affect their ability to be successful in traditional programs.

Danny’s Farm offers a unique setting for teaching and learning.  Student participation in the program can often be funded by the California Department of Developmental Services as Danny’s Farm is an approved vendor of Specialty Autism Program Services through the California Regional Center system.  Many families who may not qualify for State funding also pay privately to have their children participate in the program.   Community Partners include The Institute for the Redesign of Learning’s Almansor and Westmoreland Academies, site of the Children’s Programs, and Total Education Solutions, which provides specialized professional staff, including Board Certified Behavior Analysts.



Phone: (213) 607-4432

Office Location: 1317 Huntington Drive, South Pasadena, CA.  91030

Petting Zoo:  Cal Poly Pomona, 4102 S. University Dr., Pomona, CA.  91768 (map)



Destination Science

destination scienceDestination Science teaches kids that science is not just about Bunsen burners and formulas.  Destination Science camp has grown its stellar reputation because their passion for science and fun shows, and summer after summer, kids have awesome experiences.  Campers – including kids with special needs – develop superb skills while at camp, and bring that enthusiasm and knowledge home with them so the learning continues.

Destination Science recruits kid-friendly educators to guide these science leaders of tomorrow through the best summer of their lives. Their educators are top-notch teachers and university students with the highest aptitude for science and the ability to not just relate to kids, but to be kids at heart themselves!

Additionally, each staff member undergoes a series of reference and background checks, interviews, and comprehensive trainings before beginning their Destination Science journey.

Website:  Destination Science – Southern California


Phone: (888) 909-2822

Main Office Location:  953 North Elm Street  Orange, CA 92867

Campus Locations:  Several locations throughout Southern California  (map)


Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles

Down Syndrome Association Los AngelesThe Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles provides various services, information and referrals. including camp info, for children with Down Syndrome.

The primary mission of the DSALA is to enhance the welfare of people with Down syndrome and their families through the development and promotion of education, counseling, employment and recreational programs.  They strive to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of Down syndrome.

Website:  Down Syndrome Association | Los Angeles


Phone: (818) 786-0001

Office Location: 16461 Sherman Way, Suite 180  Van Nuys, CA 91406  (map)

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Drama Kings and Queens
A 6 week long summer program where students work on developing communication skills and acting abilities through creating a musical performance in a professional theatre at the end of camp.