Bring the Kids to Camp Del Mar for a Fun Day at the Races

Camp Del Mar at the Del Mar Racetrack

Heading off for a day at the Del Mar racetrack? Don’t forget the kids!

The track’s best bet might just be its child care program: Camp Del Mar is a just-for-fun day camp designed to keep 5-to-12-year-old youngsters safe and entertained while their parents enjoy a day at the races.

The program is based in the track’s Mission Tower Building. Kids enjoy arts and crafts, movies and video games, tournaments and excursions. Thursday is miniature golf day. On Wednesdays, Fridays and weekends children compete in hippity hop races on the racetrack.

Children are supervised by trained counselors – one for every 12 kids. Staff includes teachers and recreation professionals.

The camp program will operate every day of the Del Mar racing season, from July 17 through September 2, (closed Mondays except Labor Day, Tuesdays and September 4). Camp will open at 11:30 AM on opening day, at 10:30 AM on Pacific Classic Day, at noon on other Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day. It’ll open at 2:00 PM on Fridays. Camp closes 30 minutes after the last race.

Tuition includes all activities, lunch, snacks and a way-cool t-shirt. No reservations are required. Parents must remain at the track while their youngsters are at camp.

Camp Del Mar Info

Where: Mission Tower Building at the Del Mar Racetrack
When: Through September 2 (closed Mondays, Tuesdays and September 4)
Time: 11:30 AM to 30 minutes after the last race (check website for specific dates)
$24 per child

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About Alison

I’m a junkie. Addicted to travel. Logged 15 years as Travel Editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune – a labor of love. But always appreciate coming home to my favorite city: San Diego. My newest labor of love is an app – San Diego Essential Guide – a tool that lets me share with other travelers what I love most about my hometown.

How would you describe your ideal San Diego Day?

I’d meet girlfriends at South Mission for a low-tide walk along the ocean front to Pacific Beach. Before heading back, we’d hit a boardwalk restaurant for an eggs Benedict breakfast.  We’d spend the afternoon at La Jolla Shores with our boogie boards – sun and fun in 72-degree-plus waves.  I’d meet my husband for a sunset picnic on a grassy oceanfront bluff at Coast Boulevard Park. We’d end up at Humphreys Backstage Live on Shelter Island, dancing the night away.

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Can’t think of anyplace I wouldn’t want to be seen in San Diego – except maybe Lindbergh Field, if it would help me speed through security and avoid the body scanner.

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Dad was a commercial fisherman, so I’m spoiled. Give me barely seared ahi, fresh crab or a fish taco.

What’s your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

Fishing – it’s in my blood. But I’m happy doing anything where I can smell saltwater: paragliding from Torrey Pines, kayaking the La Jolla Ecological Reserve, riding my boogie board, picnicking on the beach, chillin’ at a Summer Pops concert.

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I’m downloading more apps than music these days. My iPod is full of funky Old School stuff – the best of MJ, Gap Band, Gnarls Barkley, Cameo, Hammer and lots of old Motown sounds: Temptations, Four Tops, The Miracles.

2 thoughts on “Bring the Kids to Camp Del Mar for a Fun Day at the Races

  1. What a great program to offer to parents like myself. Too bad my child is too young to participate, but that hasn’t stopped be from checking out the horse races at the Del Mar racetrack.

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