Every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market is packed with over 60 local farmers and nonagricultural vendors showcasing the finest and freshest produce, juices, baked goods, specialty items and more. The market, which is located along the 9300 block of Civic Center Drive, is home to the annual Pie Bake in June, educational workshops, pony rides, and a petting zoo in the kid’s zone. However, on the third Sunday in February, the market resembles something of a playground.
On Feb. 23, the City of Beverly Hills Community Services department is unveiling their annual summer camp lineup and upcoming Spring classes for kids between the ages of five and 15. This year marks the 10th Summer camp showcase at the farmers’ market, which is always held on the third Sunday in February. The City’s Community Services Department publicist, Dana Beesen, told the Courier, “Summer camps are a big thing for parents who are looking for things to keep their kids active and engaged, so we are meeting the needs of the community by offering these summer camps.” The City introduces a plethora of activities for kids
early on in the Spring semester and there will be two booths dedicated to registration. “People are trying to figure out their summer vacations and lining up their schedules with camps,” said Beesen. “So, it’s important to unveil it early so that people can start planning for their summers. We also encourage early enrollment by offering a discount so that they can enroll and be set, because once it’s full, people won’t be able to enroll in specific camps.”
Parents who sign their kids up for camp on Feb. 23 either in person at the farmers’ market or online from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. receive a one day only $20 discount per camp. Early enrollment closes at 1 p.m. on Feb. 23 and does not re-open until March 7th for residents and March 9th for non-residents.
Last year, 735 kids registered for summer camp on the day of the showcase. Of those, 657 were residents and 77 were non-residents. The most popular camps last year included the Beverly Hills Jr. swim camp, the teen camp, a yoga retreat, science camp, and basketball camp. The camp costs range from $109 for a half-day soccer camp to $1,444 for a four-week Catskill camp.