UCLA Recreation Youth Programs offers a wide variety of summer camps for children in grades K–12. Located at UCLA, the camps emphasize each child's needs and personal development within a group setting.

Activities for younger children feature cooperative play and include indoor/outdoor games, arts and crafts, swimming, and field trips. For elementary children, camps focus on areas of interest: science, sports, acting, creative thinking, performance, and arts and crafts. Secondary school students can enjoy week-long programs in surfing, sailing, and rock climbing, as well as educational exploration in our adventure camps.


Summer Camps


Little Bruins Clubhouse

Dear Parenting Students,

On behalf of UCLA Recreation we would like to welcome you and your family to campus. Parenting while pursuing higher education is challenging and Campus Recreation (UREC) is thrilled to help support your academic journey. UREC offers several services and programs designed to help your entire family engage in healthy activity within the campus community. In addition to spring and summer camps we offer child and family classes/programs in our recreation facilities and some campus family housing locations.  This Fall we are especially thrilled to introduce new and returning student families to our Little Bruin’s Clubhouse.  The LBC, funded in large part by the social justice referendum, provides free and reduced cost evening youth programming for student dependents at the John Wooden Center for children diaper graduate- age 14. This program provides student dependents with a supervised, kid friendly environment for group and independent play or study with trained youth counselors who engage children in age appropriate activities while student parents attend class or participate in evening programs or study groups on campus. Welcome to the Bruin Family.

Please note: Should a situation or emergency arise, the staff will alert the parent and parent must be available by phone or text to respond immediately and if asked, parent must show up within 15 minutes.

Little Bruins Clubhouse Form

Frequently asked questions:

  • Is food/snack provided?
    • We do not provide food/snacks. Participants may bring their own snack or meal to be eaten, we regret we are unable to provide refrigeration nor are we able to heat food.
  • Can I leave the campus while my child is in LBC?
    • This service is provided while parents are engaging in classes, activities, or study groups on campus. In the event of an emergency, parents must be available to retrieve their child within 15 minutes.
  • What activities do you provide for children?
    • We have a variety of activities for participants, including but not limited to board games, a reading corner, a homework station, puppets, imaginative play and dress up opportunities, and art projects.
  • Who is the staff?
    • The staff are UCLA youth counselors who engage children in age appropriate activities.
    • They are trained and certified in CPR, First Aid, and AED.
    • Staff are continuously trained to work with youth and child development.
  • Is this available for staff and faculty?
    • This program is available for Rec Card members for a fee:
      • $35 Quarter Pass per child
      • $10 Daily Entry per child
    • Service is provided on first come first serve and is currently limited to 15 participants at a time.
  • Who is eligible?
    • Enrolled UCLA students and graduate students with children are currently eligible to take advantage of this program.
  • How do I sign up?
  • What does diaper graduate mean?
    • A diaper graduate is a child who can successfully use a standard sized toilet without assistance from an adult.
  • How long can my child stay?
    • Participants can stay as long as the LBCH is open. 
    • Currently:
      • Monday - Thursday
        • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Saturday
        • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Parent/guardians will be asked to pick up if participants who:
      • are significantly non-compliant or flight risks.
      • show aggressive behaviors.
      • become a danger to themselves or others.
  • How is the participant expected to behave?
    • All of our community members and their children (on a age appropriate basis) are held to our philosophy of inclusivity, this applies to participants and their families regardless of physical or cognitive ability, sexual orientation, gender identification, race, or religion. It is essential that all members of our community are aware that they are choosing to participate in an organization that holds this value and understand that our participant expectations of participants and their families is reflective of this philosophy.


Late Night Date Night

Spring Break Camps

We have two weeks of great Spring Break camps at the Marina Aquatic Center with camps ranging in age of  5-7, 8-10, and 11-15 year old camps.

9:00 am - 9:30 am

9:30 am - 12:00 pm
AM Programming

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
PM Programming

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Kindergarten - Second Grade (Ages 5 - 7 years)
The Pacific Ocean is the backdrop for a week of fun and creativity
by the sea. This land based camp is centered on a weekly theme
and includes science activities, arts & crafts and rides on sailboats
and kayaks with our knowledgeable and experienced staff.

Third - Fifth Grade (Ages 8 - 10 years)
Step on board for a week of fun where imagination meets the sea
at the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center. Campers will be introduced
to the wonders of the Pacific Ocean through interactive science
experiments, art projects, and on-the-water aquatic activities.
Campers will sail, paddle board and kayak under the supervision
of our knowledgeable and experienced staff.

Sixth - Tenth Grade (Ages 11 - 15 years)
The horizon’s the limit as campers cast off and learn to sail with our
experienced instructors. We combine land and water exercises to
make a fun and challenging program with an emphasis on hands-on
skills in seamanship, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Beginning
campers will start in our fleet of RS Quest sailboats, while returning
campers who have mastered the basic skills have the opportunity
to progress to more challenging performance boats.

 Tier 1  Tier 2  Tier 3  Tier 4  Tier 5
and Staff
Rec Card
and Staff
Rec Card

All camps are offered each week and are held at the
Marina Aquatic Center (14001 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey)
Transportation to and from campus with extended care
8:30AM - 5:00 PM additional $85 per week.

University Apartment South

UAS Classes offer University Apartment South residents the opportunity to register for a variety of fitness and art related courses. These classes are brought to UAS Residents at an affordable cost by subsidies from UASRA. Instructed by well versed professionals, the UAS Classes are structured to appeal to men, women, and children of various age and interest levels.  We offer classes for children (0-11 years old) as well as for adults.  Please see our current schedule for more information.  

UAS Classes_Winter19.pdf

Residents can register online or by visiting Sales & Services at the John Wooden Center (1st Floor). All classes are held in the Community Room unless otherwise noted. UAS Residents not living within University Village are encouraged to attend these classes but cannot be guaranteed access.

UAS Recreation Programs Enrollment Form

For any additional questions or more information, please feel free to contact us at (310) 206-1787 or jheyl@recreation.ucla.edu


Youth Sports

Swimming Lessons

Family Resources

Smartphones and Digital Media

Victoria Dunckley - Grey Matter

Kids And Screen Time: What Does The Research Say? : NPR Ed

Is Pokémon GO a healthy game?  UCLA

Gray Matters: Too Much Screen Time Damages the Brain Psychology Today

Kids’ Screen Time May Affect Their Well-Being (STUDY) Huffington Post

The Rise of Fame: An Historical Content Analysis UCLA

Screen-free Time Can Improve Kids’ Recognition of Nonverbal Emotion Cues, UCLA Study Indicates UCLA    

In our digital world, are young people losing the ability to read emotions? UCLA    

Where We Stand: Screen Time healthychildren.org    

More Screen Time Linked to Lower Psychological Ability AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics)    

Children's Screen Viewing is Related to Psychological Difficulties Irrespective of Physical Activity    AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics)    

Cultivating Camp’s Tech-free Traditions in the Digital Age acacamps.org    

Camp Letter - addresses cell phones and social networking

Smart Phone Contracts 

(We suggest tailoring smartphone contracts to your families ideals)

Family Internet Safety Contract  DOJ

To My 13-Year-Old, An iPhone Contract From Your Mom, With Love  Janell Burley Hoffman’s Huffington Post piece



(Included driving and texting)

Tips for Parents with Teens and Tweens and Smart Phones

Links from our friends

Cell Phone Deception - Bob Ditter

Camper-Counselor Contact—After Camp - Bob Ditter