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Monday, March 5, 2012

Some Interesting Summer Camps in the Bay Area

This is part of a Frisco Kids series about summer camp. I thought I'd highlight a few interesting camps. Please add your own to the list in the comments section:

A Little Yumminess Cooking Class - Teaming up with 18 Reasons in San Francisco, these food bloggers (and mommies) are doing a week-long camp of half-day cooking classes for 6-8 year olds. Each day focuses on a different country.

I recently posted on how to pick a drama camp. Here's one that looks good:
There are lots
The Drama School at TheatreWorks in Silicon Valley, is offering a variety of vacation and summer classes for kids grades K-6. Expect theatre games and activities, creative storytelling, playwriting, and improvisation. Activities are designed to develop creative thinking skills while discovering how theater works. Each program ends with a student-created performance.

Laurel Street Arts - craft camp! Mosaics, glass fusing, soap making, glass painting, polymer clay, weaving, and much more. Half day camps.
For grades 2-7

Aviation Camp - Learn about aviation and aerospace at this San Carlos camp. For grades K-8, with high school age volunteer counselors. Full or half days.

Rock & Roll Camp - this Oakland BandWorks camp offers morning and afternoon sessions to kids and teens.

Quest Therapeutics Camps - treatment camps for kids who have emotional and social problems. Alamo and Atherton locations.

Bay Area summer camp fairs




  1. Make sure you include Camp Edmo on your list of interesting summer camps. My twins started going when they were 5 and it's first on their list every summer. Camp Edmo is an Art, Science, Animation and Recreation camp for pre-K - entering 4th grade. Their hands-on activities are developed by the parent organization, Edventure More, in partnership with the Cal Academy, Children's Creativity Museum and MOCHA. There is also a digital media camp for entering 5th - 9th graders. Check out their websites at campedmo.org and campedtech.org

  2. Family Vacation Center
    If you willing to travel, Santa Barbara has a very unique Family Summer Camp. This all-inclusive, weeklong family summer camp has been dubbed, “The best vacation since becoming parents.” With world-class activities and an outstanding staff of college-aged counselors, every member of your family is sure to enjoy a week in the sun at the Family Vacation Center. Kids will enjoy a variety of age-appropriate activities focused on fun and friendship, while adults can dabble in tennis, yoga and kayaking or unwind during wine tours, casino night, karaoke, and pub trivia. From our littlest guests in the nursery to our young-at-heart grandparents, families of all ages return year after year to experience lifelong memories amidst the beauty of Santa Barbara. Camp sessions are offered throughout July and August. 805-893-3123 familyvacationcenter.com

  3. Another great camp for kids who love to read is The Great Books Summer Program (www.greatbookssummer.com). This multi-week program for kids in 6-12 grades reads fantastic books, has famous writers guest speak, and take them on fun field trips. Housed at Stanford University.

  4. A new camp in the city is Sf City Kids, which has one week sessions - a great way to fit a camp into a busy schedule. The themes are pretty cool - art, history, ecology, and it's all hands-on learning. The camp is for older kids though. They accept kids going into second grade and up. Check it out: sfcitykids.org

  5. If you sign up for the newsletter at www.SignUpForCamp.com by April 30th, you can win a free week of camp at Camp Galileo, Monkey Business, ESF Summer Camp and a couple more. It's also a GREAT website for researching camps since it provides so many details and lets you search by camp type, locations, dates, ages, etc. Love the calendar function since it helps with my summer planning, too. Fingers crossed to win one of those camps for free!