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California Family Camps – Affordable Summer Vacation Fun. California Family Vacation Center Santa BarbaraWhy not be selfish? This summer go to camp with your kids.  At family camp the whole family gets in on the fun - ideal for creating memories. The lodgings are basic, meals and many activities are included and the experience is easy on the family vacation budget.

Here’s the scoop. The family camp concept is the perfect example of a high value, low cost family vacation experience. While no two camp programs are the same, all guarantee family fun. Expect plenty of outdoor shared activities during the daytime, with sing-a-longs and campfires at night. Family camps sometimes dubbed "multigenerational camps", offer simple lodgings, with meals included. In many cases traditional kids’ summer camp locations designate "family camp" weeks. We have selected a few of the best for your review.
  
Santa Barbara, Family Vacation Center. It’s like taking a cruise on land. The Family Vacation Center is located on the beautiful campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara, which is along the American Riviera.  This ocean side, family friendly resort is one of the top-rated destinations in the world. The resort provides everything for a complete family vacation – all meals, lodging with daily housekeeping service, and most activities are included in one low price.  During July and August full week vacations include activities and entertainment for all ages. The daily programs conducted by counselors, most of whom are UCSB students, provide an added bonus for parents because they are innovative and inspiring. Bonus Points: Kids meet role models that make the idea of learning and having fun the same. You can hike amongst ancient Chumash Indian artifacts, kayak with dolphins, take part in our enhanced golfing program or relax on the beach. (UCSB Alumni Association, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-1120. (805) 893-3123 or  www.familyvacationcenter.com)Montecito Sequoia Family Camp

Los Altos, Montecito Sequoia Lodge. As a resort-camp, they provide hands-on fun and learning for everyone, not just the kids. The activities from which to select are vacation tested and suit all ages with a little modification. They host casino nights, country square dancing, camp fires, guided hikes with local naturalists, an astronomy program, seven different summer horse riding programs, coffee house, sing-a-longs, win lose or draw, bingo, game night, and slide show presentations of the area’s national parks. They create an environment where families can enjoy doing one-of-a-kind activities like fort-building and the climbing-wall family challenge. Bonus Points: No phones or TVs. The Resort has a 24-hour hospitality bar loaded with snacks, fruit, and beverages. Guests may help themselves to coffee, a variety of teas, or hot chocolate, and make a sandwich or have a bowl of cereal at anytime. (Montecito Sequoia Lodge 225 Grant Rd. Ste.1, Los Altos 94024. Near Kings Canyon National Park. Toll-free 1-800-227-9900 or www.mslodge.com)

Berkeley, Cazadero Performing Arts Camps. This fun family camps offers great activities for all ages. Daily free time activities include open mic, crafts, swimming, basketball, games, ping-pong, softball, and badminton. You can always practice or rehearse (but not during quiet time!). Many campers enjoy exploring Austin Creek, which runs through camp. For the more adventurous, a short drive can lead you to beautiful Pacific coast beaches, bike scenic state parks, canoe down the Russian River, visit wineries, golf, or visit historic Fort Ross, Guerneville, or other delightful, historic hamlets nearby. Bonus Points: For little ones, there are childcare professionals with plenty of experience helping kids have fun. In addition to providing a rich, high quality program, Family Camp offers a diverse, inclusive environment where everyone can learn to play and perform with support and encouragement. (Cazadero Performing Arts Camps, Berkeley CA 94707. (510) 527-7500 or www.cazfamilycamp.org) 

Los Angeles, Camp Get Away. The name says it all. Join a scenic hike, try your hand at arts & crafts, and enjoy surprise evening activities that will have you laughing ‘til you cry. Activities include a wild dice game, scrapbooking marathon and fun around the campfire. On the flip side, a calming body massage, cleansing facial or a chance for a manicure or pedicure without the rush to race home.  Partake in as many activities as you wish or lounge, read a book, and take pleasure in Mother Nature’s bounty. The idea of this family camp is simple. Each experience matches your family’s personality. It is understood that it your time to get away from schedules, commitments or obligations. (Camp Get Away 304 Tilden Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90049.(310)471-3138 x103 or www.campgetaway.com) 
Content researched and written by FTF staff. Images provided by Family Vacation Center and Montecito Lodge. Copyright 20154.
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