Big Fun Therapy & Recreational Services

Big Fun Therapy and RecreationBIG FUN is the ultimate playground for special needs individuals of all ages. They offer families throughout southern California occupational therapy services, gymnastics, swimming, after-school enrichment programs, social skills, camps, art classes, parent and me, activities for autistic children, social skills training for autism, and more. First-class individual sessions as well as group classes are conducted on a daily basis.

Ten locations throughout Southern California.

Website:  Big Fun Gymnastics


Phone:  310-837-7849

Main Office: 3710 S. Robertson Blvd, Ste 225   Culver City, CA 90232  (map)

Broadway Gymnastics School

Broadway Gymnastics Special Education CampBroadway Gymnastics offers two Special Education Day Camps for individuals with special needs.

1st Step Camp, for children ages 5-10, offers activities that include gymnastics, sensory integration activities, trampolines, obstacle courses, climbing wall, interactive games, arts & crafts, gross & fine motor activities, story time and more.  The student teacher ratio is 3:1

Jr/Sr Camp is for children 11 and older.  Activities include gymnastics, trampolines, sports, golf, hiking, arts & crafts, games, and great field trips into the community.  Student teacher ratio is 6:1

Please call Ose at (310) 450-0035 x32 to sign up and discuss your child’s

Website:  Broadway Gymnastics School

Contact:  Ose Dalldorf, M.A.

Phone:  (310) 302-0035

Location: 5433 Beethoven Street  Los Angeles, California 90066  (map)

Cali Camp

Cali CampLocated on a 21-acre campus in the heart of Topanaga in the Santa Monica Mountains – just minutes from the west side of Los Angeles, Cali Camp offers summer camp and year-round day camps for boys and girls, ages 3 to 14.

Activities include Aerial Arts, Academics, Equestrian, Leadership, Mountain Biking Camp, Skateboard Camp, and Sports Camp – including Basketball Camp, Soccer Camp, Tennis Camp, and more.   Over 30 fun-filled activities designed to fill a single day camp, a whole week, or an entire summer camp season in Los Angeles. Transportation included!

They always try to fulfill great summers for all kids, which includes kids who have challenges physically, different learning rates and more complex emotional needs. While we can’t guarantee enrollment, their Inclusion Coordinator is available to discuss if there are specific questions and to help coordinate.


Phone:   (310) 455-0404

Camp Location: 1717 Old Topanga Canyon Road  Topanga, CA 90290  (map)

Camp Be Social

Camp Be Social

Being social and developing friendships is what most parents wish for their kids. Some of our social learners with ADHD, HF Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Social Anxiety, Giftedness, and other observed social learning and organization challenges need teaching, coaching, and specialized structure with positive supports and plans to BE SUCCESSFUL!

This summer, Sunshine Speech Services is providing 3.5 hours per day, twice a week, of fun, focused, and friendly, social skill building!  Groups (ages 5-8, 7-9, 10-15) are small with a 4:1 student to specialist ratio and are specifically designed based on age and social learning skill level. All of their speech specialists are experts in social learning and speech/pragmatic language.

The cost of CAMP “BE SOCIAL” is $299* per week. A $99 registration fee is due by June 1st to reserve your space. This will be applied to your balance, due before the 1st day of each camp week. Enroll in 3 or more weeks and get 10% OFF!  (*Advanced Social Learners (ages 10-15) will go into the community to a restaurant, movie or shopping. The cost for this 1-day weekly social learning experience is $150.)


Website:  Camp Be Social

Contact: Maria Johnson, MA CCC/SLP – Director of Services

Phone:  (818) 509-9802

Location: 6350 Laurel Canyon Blvd. Ste 257  North Hollywood, CA 91606  (map)

Camp Funtasia

LA Parks and RecreationThe Mason Park Recreation Center in Chatsworth operates Camp Funtasia, which is a traditional day camp program for summer and school vacations. Run by the city Department of Parks and Recreation, they serve children ages 6-11.

They will work with children with special needs with aides.

Website:  Camp Funtasia


Phone: (818) 998-6377

Location:  10500 Mason Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311   (map)

Camp Max Straus

Camp_Max_StrausEstablished in 1938 by Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles, Camp Max Straus has been providing memorable experiences to youth-in-need for over 75 years.

Camp Max Straus is a non-sectarian, summer residential camp located on 112 acres in the spectacular Verdugo Mountains of Glendale, California.  From June to August, Camp Max Straus offers seven sessions, each session is five days long. Camp Max Straus features sports, art and recreation activities that include: archery, swimming, dance, music, drama, arts & crafts, photography, hikes, horseback riding, animal care, nature, games, cooking and gardening – to name a few.

Throughout the year, Team Max Strausgenerously funded by the Amy Phillips Foundation, is an opportunity for youth, ages 7-12 to experience in-depth sports and arts activities during one weekend in the fall and one weekend in the spring. Additionally, campers ages 13-15 come to camp on the weekend and participate in a program designed just for teens!

And during Spring, Summer and Winter, Kibbutz Max Straus weave Jewish values, culture, and traditions into the fabric of camp, helping campers to connect to their own identity and the larger Jewish community. Spirited and dynamic staff members will use experiential learning to reveal what makes Jewish religion and culture so unique in today’s world. At camp, Jewish and Israeli culture is celebrated through song, food, art, and dance.

Website:  Camp Max Straus


Phone: (323) 456-1152

Location: 1041 Shirlyjean St, Glendale, CA  (map)

Camp Nugget

Camp Nugget

Camp Nugget is a low cost summer day camp program for children with special needs and disablities ages 5 through 12. The camp provides activities in swimming, sports & games, fitness, relaxation, and breathing exercises.

The camp is operated by California State University, Long Beach and held each year in their Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

The program is for four weeks and begins at the end of June and meets Monday through Friday, from 9 A.M. to Noon.

Website:  Camp Nugget at CSULB

Contact:  Dr. Barry Lavay  Coordinator of Adapted Physical Education Program in the Department of KPE at CSU, Long Beach

Phone:  (562) 985-7969

Office: 49er Camp  1250 Bellflower Blvd  Long Beach, CA 90840-7707

Camp Location: CSULB – Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education  (map)

Camp Oakes

Camp OakesFor over 50 years, Long Beach YMCA’s Camp Oakes, located in Big Bear, CA., has taken generations of children, groups, and families to new heights with new friends at their sides.  Oakes is the ultimate camp experience, providing high quality programs including fishing, rifles, archery, canoeing and more!  Our attentive and supportive camp staff is available to provide a truley unique and enriched camp experience!

Every summer, YMCA Camp Oakes provides the experience of a lifetime for nearly 3,300 campers and, year-in-total, will serve about 11,000 people.

YMCA Camp Oakes makes it a priority to make sure that no camper ever feels left out. All activities are led with respect for all individual beliefs and faiths in mind. Participation is open to everyone without regard to sex, age, race, religion, handicap or national origin.

Website:  Long Beach YMCA – Camp Oakes


Phone: Camp Oakes: (909) 585-2020

Camp Location:  Big Bear City, CA.  (map)

Office Location:  YMCA Long Beach 3605 Long Beach Blvd, Suite 210  Long Beach, CA 90807

Camp Ohr Lanu


Camp Ohr LanuCamp Ohr Lanu is designed to bring Jewish families together for a retreat of study, prayer, respite, support and fun in the beautiful hills of the Ojai Valley.

Children with special needs ages 4 to 14, along with their parents and siblings, will enjoy specialized, therapeutic programming in a supportive environment. Ohr Lanu’s warm, caring staff includes trained special educators, behavior and family education specialist, and individual counselors paired with each family.

Each special needs child will choose a focus – dance, music, art or drama-facilitated by a trained therapist in that area. Siblings will participate in their own group activities, helping create bonds in a supportive environment. Parents will engage in texts, networking and relaxation.

Together families will enjoy everything Camp Ramah offers: an Olympic size swimming pool, ropes course, hiking trails and more.

Website:  Camp Ohr Lanu

Contact: Elana Naftalin-Kelman, Director of the Tikvah Program

Phone:  (310) 476-8571 or (888) Camp-Ramah

Office Location:  17525 Ventura Blvd, #201 · Encino, CA 91316

Camp Location:  Ojai, CA.  (map)

Camp Ramah / Tikvah

Camp Ohr LanuThe Tikvah program at Camp Ramah is designed for Jewish adolescents, ages 11 to 18, with learning, emotional, and developmental disabilities. The Tikvah campers, known as the Amitzim group at camp, are included in all the programs at Camp Ramah. All of the campers come to camp for the same reasons: to have fun, make friends, and learn about Jewish things. They are included with their non-disabled peers throughout the day. During the academic hour, a teacher with special education training is able to provide self contained education to those campers for whom it is more appropriate.

Along with the regular Ramah programming, Tikvah campers are fortunate to have the opportunity to be involved in many special programs in camp. A buddy program pairs Tikvah campers with campers from our oldest group. Buddies learn about each other and work on special projects while making new friends. In addition, time is spent with the Madors (counselors in training) and the Lishma adult studies program. Our programming is designed to increase independent living and self-help skills.

The counselor/camper ratio is greater in the Amitzim tents, to provide increased individual attention. Counselors in the Tikvah program have prior experiences as Ramah counselors, and receive an intensive special training during staff week. An advisor with experience in working with children with special needs is available at all times.

Website:  Camp Ramah / Tikvah

Contact: Elana Naftalin-Kelman, Director of the Tikvah Program

Phone:  (310) 476-8571 or (888) Camp-Ramah

Office: 4311 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 530  Los Angeles, CA 90010  (map)

Office Location:  17525 Ventura Blvd, #201 · Encino, CA 91316  (map)

Camp Location:  Ojai, CA.  (map)