Westridge School in Pasadena will be holding its Summer Opportunities Fair on Saturday, Feb. 4, for parents and children to learn about diverse summer program opportunities.
“Parents and students are looking for a wide range of summer opportunities from theater camps, to sleepaway camps, to robotics. The great thing about the fair is that parents and students may end up finding a camp they had never considered,” Assistant Director of Family Engagement and Events at Westridge School, Anahit Turgman said.
The Fair presents a wide range of local, national, and international camp and summer study opportunities for kids of ages 5-18, and academic and cultural enrichment programs, outdoor adventure, sports, travel, day and board, community service and volunteer programs, as well as programs for children with special needs, Turgman added.
“Parents can speak with nearly 100 camp directors and representatives,” Turgman said. “After collecting all the information they need, families can take a break by grabbing some food or having fun participating in games and activities such as Connect4 Basketball and making glitter jars. It’s a fun-filled day for the entire family!”
SOF is open to everyone and is free to attend. No registration or tickets are required for the event.
In addition to the traditional summer camps, the Fair features many pre-college programs and community service opportunities for students and their families.
This event is volunteer-run and hosted by the Westridge Parents Association.
“Each year, we have many new and returning exhibitors so parents and kids are bound to find something different,” Turgman said. “Some of our exhibitors this year include Child Educational Center, PolySummer, Summer at Santa Catalina, ExplorNatura (an international camp in Costa Rica), Camp Woodcraft, and Catalina Island Camps.”
Some of the colleges that have indicated they’re participating in the Fair include Loyola Marymount University, UC Berkeley, Duke, Steven’s Institute, and the University of Rochester.
For kids looking for summer adventures overseas, the Fair will feature travel offerings and educational opportunities for kids to places like Galapagos Islands, Spain, Thailand and Australia, Turgman said.
“For families who are unable to attend the in-person fair, they can still see all of the summer camps/programs listed on our website starting the week of February 6,” she said.
First offered in the community in 1991, Westridge School’s Summer Opportunities Fair (SOF) has been drawing visitors from Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley, the Greater Los Angeles area, and the San Fernando Valley, attracting over 2,500 visitors each year, according to the school.
“As one of the largest and oldest camp fairs in the nation, Westridge School’s SOF is regarded as one of the best camp fairs by exhibitors who hail from all across the country and even international groups.”
For more information about Westridge School’s Summer Opportunities Fair, visit www.westridge.org.