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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Awesome San Francisco Bay Area Camps - 2013

If you're like me, you've thought a lot about summer plans and maybe have signed the kids up for some camp. But you're not done! I found some great camps that look interesting, educational and most importantly - are FUN. What are your favorite camps? Post in the comments section.

Gailileo Camps - this one is great because it has 38 Bay Area locations on the Peninsula, East Bay, South Bay, San Francisco and Marin, and it gets rave reviews by parents and kids. Activities includes art, science and outdoor activities. 5th-8th graders can choose photography, film making, cartooning, fashion, inventor camp, video game design, web design, go-karts, cooking, LEGO robotics and more. Spots are filling up quickly (and some have waiting lists), so look now if interested.
Where: 38 campus locations
When: Dates vary by location; full days, though Pre-K and K can by half day.
Age: Pre-K through 8th, broken up into appropriate age groups
Cost: $25 discount through May 31, using code 2013INNOVATE. One week starts around $399 but discounts for additional weeks

La Toque Cooking Camp - pick a theme (chocolate, pizza/pasta, chili) and that's what you'll do that week. Field trips and hands-on cooking lessons for young chefs.
Where: Palo Alto - private home
When: June 3-7, July 1-4, July 15-19; week-long sessions, half-day except for full day field trip
Age: tweens/teens
Cost: $200-250

Hiller Aviation Camp - hands-on experiments, testing robots, model aircraft and rockets, flight simulators and more.
Where: San Carlos
When: June 3 - August 28, week-long sessions; full and half-day options available (mostly full day)
Age: grades K-8
Cost: varies

Dragonfly Jewelry Making Camp -This camp combines an hour of morning yoga or dance moves, jewelry making and local eco-exploration.
Where: South San Francisco, San Francisco and Burlingame
When: June 12 - August 2 at various locations. They offer single days, half days and full days.
Age: 5+
Cost: varies based on option. Camp from 9-3 is $385/week

Chabot Space Center Science Camp - classes at this Galileo camp range include LEGO Robotics, video game design, rocket labs, music and technology, GPS treasure hunts, Mars Explorer and more.
Where: Oakland
When: June 24 - August 2; weekly; half and full day options.
Age: Grades 3-7
Cost: varies depending on option

The Retrodome Musical Theater Conservancy Camp (The Scene) - Lessons in acting, singing, dancing, improv, musical theater history, script analysis and then a full production of School House Rock Live.
Where: Santa Clara University campus
When: July 15 - August 9 from 9-3:30
Age: Grades 3-8
Cost: $1045

Jack London State Park - this one is more for my Marin/Sonoma readers. The park is offering a day camp for one week only, following in the footsteps of Jack London. Activities include creative writing, arts/crafts, hiking, and a Whole Foods lunch. For info call (707) 938-5216 or email
Where: Glen Ellen
When: June 10-14 from 9:30-3:30
Age: 6-8th grades - limited to 20 students only
Cost: $100

This post is sponsored by Gailileo.

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