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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Frisco Kids' Summer Camp Guide

I can't believe it's already time to start signing up for summer camps. We've got my kids signed up and paid for at two, and are scoping out the remaining weeks to keep them busy and engaged. I've seen a lot of camp emails coming though and I thought I'd share some of what I'm seeing.

There are SO many amazing camps to choose from, depending on your location. I cannot possibly even start to come up with a comprehensive listing (though several organizations below do, so please visit them). I'm going to just highlight a few that look good. Please feel free to post in the comments section about the camps your kids love!

Edventure - with Bay Area locations ranging from San Francisco (several neighborhoods), Palo Alto, Cupertino, Burlingame, Los Altos, Oakland, Alameda, Moraga, Larkspur and Alamore, this camp offers summer camps featuring science, technology and recreation. Some of the activities are designed by local museums like the California Academy of Science and the Children's Creativity Museum. Some camps are outdoors in the park, some are digitally oriented, and some are regular camps.

The Retro Dome Musical Theater Camp - If your child is into theater, check out San Jose's The Scene, a musical theater summer conservatory. It's for kids going into 2nd-12th grade next fall.

Bay Area Discovery Museum - this Sausalito museum has camps for kids entering preschool through third grade, with morning and afternoon sessions. They'll study bugs, fort buildings, imaginary worlds, art, and more.  

Bay Area Shakespeare Camp - if your little 4-13 year old Bard wants to perform some Shakespeare, this organization can help. With different locations around the Bay Area, this is educational AND fun.

The 7th annual Summer Resource Fair in San Francisco is on March 9, from 10-2 at Everett Middle School in SF. this free resource fair includes representatives from 200 day and overnight camps, resource centers and educational support services. Teen activities included. Plus workshops on summer learning loss.

The fair is organized by the Department of Children Youth and Families, and cosponsored by GoKid.or/, SFUSD and SF Rec and Park. For more information email


Where can you find listings of camps? A website I've used in the past, SignUpForCamp, merged with Activity Hero, which has a great list, based on location and other factors. has a list of camps searchable by several catagories, but it's SF specific.


Interested in taking in a kid this summer who could use your help? Here's an opportunity.

The organization Kidsave is looking for volunteers in Northern California to support their hosting program for kids ages 8-13 from Colombia. These kids are growing up in orphanages and foster homes and don't have committed loving parents. Volunteers help organize bringing kids to their communities and advocate for them, with the goal of helping find these kids adoptive parents in the U.S. I don't know much about this particular organization but have heard of programs like this and the positive difference they can make in both the kids' lives and the families' lives. For more information, email

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