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 Blood Brothers and Sisters

Hemophilia camp

Camp Blood Brothers and Sisters gives boys and girls with bleeding disorders the chance to spend a week having fun with other campers who have their condition.

Any boy or girl between the ages 7-16 with a bleeding disorder can attend Camp Blood Brothers and Sisters. This includes carriers of hemophilia.

Hemophilia camp is held at The Painted Turtle, one of Paul Newman’s camps for children with cancer and other serious illnesses and conditions.

There is no cost to attend Camp Blood Brothers and Sisters. Camp is sponsored by the Hemophilia Foundation of Southern California.



Phone:  The Painted Turtle (800) 371-4123 or (323) 525-0440

Location: Painted Turtle: 17000 Elizabeth Lake Rd, Lake Hughes, CA 93532   (map)

Hemophilia Foundation Office: 6720 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA.  90038  (map)

Camp Bloomfield

blind camp

Junior Blind’s Camp Bloomfield in Los Angeles, offers a natural and safe environment to children and youth who are blind, visually impaired or multi-disabled   develop self-esteem.  Camp Bloomfield campers build independence and fully experience the joys of the great outdoors.

Located on 40+ acres in Malibu, in the Santa Monica Mountains, Junior Blind offers various week-long camp sessions for children of all ages and disabilities.

The largest of its kind in the Western United States, Camp Bloomfield serves hundreds of campers free of charge each summer and is accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA).


Contact: Joan Marason, Director of Wellness & Enrichment Programs

Phone:  (323) 295-4555 ext. 245

Office:  5300 Angeles Vista Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90043   (map)

Camp Conrad-Chinnock

diabetes campCamp Conrad-Chinnock offers recreational, social, and educational opportunities for youth and families with diabetes. Campers from 7-17 are taught how to manage their medication, eat properly, and integrate physical activity into their lifestyle in a fun, interactive, and safe environment.

Located in the San Bernardino Mountains of California, Camp Conrad-Chinnock provides residential camping experiences for youth with Type 1, insulin-dependent diabetes and their families.

Financial aid is available.


Phone:  310-751-3057

Office: Diabetes Camping and Educational Services, 12045 E Waterfront Dr, Playa Vista CA 90094

Camp Location: 4700 Jenks Lake Road East, Angelus Oaks, CA 92305   (map)

Camp Crescent Moon

sickle cell camp Camp Crescent Moon is the nation’s first & oldest summer camp for children with sickle cell disease between the ages of 7-14 years.  It is the only sickle cell camp in Southern California – specifically for children with sickle cell diseases.

Since 1967, campers have learned more about sickle cell disease, coping strategies, and standing up for themselves when they are misunderstood because of their disease.  Camp Crescent Moon maintains a camper to staff ratio of 2:1


Contact:  Deborah Green

Phone:  (310) 693-0247

Location: Temescal Canyon Conference and Retreat Center.  Santa Monica Mountains.  Pacific Palisades  (map)

Camp del Corazon

Heart disease camp

Camp del Corazon provides a residential summer camp for children ages 7-17, in addition to other year-round programs that offer opportunities for growth, education and support for children, young adults and the families who are living with heart disease.

Summer camp is free of charge to for children with heart disease.

Camp del Corazon is  held at Catalina Island Camps located at Howland’s Landing, a private cove on the leeward side of beautiful Catalina Island.  Just 22 miles off the coast of Southern California, Howland’s Landing is surrounded by magnificent ocean views and breezes. They are approximately 20 miles west of Avalon, the main “city” on the Island.


Contact:   Lisa Knight, Executive Director.  lisa.knight@campdelcorazon or

Phone:  (888) 621-4800

Camp Location: Howland’s Landing, Avalon, CA.  (map)

Camp Offices: 11615 Hesby St, North Hollywood, CA.  91601  (map)

Camp Esperanza

Arthritis Foundation Camp Los Angeles

A residential camp serving children ages 8-17 with arthritis, rheumatic and related diseases since 1986.

Camp Esperanza is sponsored by the Pacific Region of the Arthritis Foundation, and is held at 2 different locations. The original location: YMCA Camp Harold F. Whittle, near Big Bear Lake, hosts our Teen Leadership session for campers between the ages of 15-17. The Painted Turtle Camp location has hosted our main session for campers 7-16 since 2009. Today, over 150 children and teens with arthritis or a related disease attend Camp Esperanza each year.

Both camps are staffed with Arthritis Foundation staff, and medical professionals and volunteers.  Medical staff consists of rheumatologists, rheumatology nurses and other healthcare professionals who are available on-site, twenty-four hours a day.

Website:  Camp Esperanza

Contact: Jennifer Ziegler

Phone:  800-954-2873

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

Camp Location: Camp Whittle
31701 Rim of the World Drive, Fawnskin, CA 92333   (map)