We’ve put together lists of camps in the East Bay, concentrated in Oakland and Berkeley. Summer camps fill up quickly, but don’t panic. If you haven’t made your bookings yet, you can use Activity Hero EasyEnroll to register for dozens of camps near Oakland/Berkeley that still have openings.
We wish you a summer filled with fun and adventure!
Science/Tech camps | Arts , Crafts + Design camps | Gymnastics + Dance camps | Music + Performing Arts camps | Sports camps | Outdoor/Eco/Skills camps | Language + Culture
Science and Technology camps
Camp Edmo (Alameda, Oakland, Moraga)
Camp Edmo is for kids pre-K—entering 4th grade to explore, create, have fun and grow. Hands-on Arts & Science and Animation sessions are designed by Edventure More in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences, Children’s Creativity Museum and MOCHA. They test each activity for maximum “WOW!” factor so the curiosity and excitement last long after the camp day. Every week includes Costume Day, Wacky Water Day, Family Friday, and The Edmo Vibe Game. Our Summer 2013 themes include Aquatic Adventures, Cosmic Creations, Backyard Biology and Super Spy.
Hours: 9 am – 3 pm, plus before care and after care
Price: $304 – $454 a week
Sarah’s Science Camp (Tilden Park, Berkeley and Roberts Regional Park, Oakland)
Sarah’s Science weaves science curriculum through topical weeks with names like Sneaky Science and Fossil Hunters. Hands-on projects abound. Days are spent entirely outdoors with one day swimming. Ages: 5-10 campers and 11-15 for CIT (counselors in training)
Hours: Mon–Fri, 9:00am–3:00pm. Extended Care: 8:00–9:00am & 3:00–5:30pm.
Price: $355/week for core program; discounts for registering early;$20/wk for before-care; $60/wk for after-care. Discounts for multiple-weeks and siblings.
Camp Galileo (Chabot Elementary, Oakland; Cragmont Elementary, Berkeley; Gomes Elementary & Ardenwood Elementary, Fremont)
For kids ages 5-11, Camp Galileo builds on imaginative themes and whimsical narratives to draw campers into a week full of hands-on art, science and outdoor activities heavy on fun, fearlessness, and team-building. Extremely enthusiastic staff fills the day with jokes and learning. Four new weekly themes combine art, science and outdoor activities into a whimsical narrative that keeps kids giggling and engaged.
Hours: Mon–Fri, 9:00am–3:00pm. Extended Care: 8:00–9:00am & 3:00–6:00pm.
Price: $369/week for core program; Discounts for multiple-weeks and for early registration.
“Camp Galileo is exactly what summer camp should be, the perfect combination of authentic learning and great fun. It is an incredibly well designed program, run by creative and passionate staffers.”
- Diane Tavenner Mom and Founder of Summit Public Schools
Galileo Summer Quest (Holy Names High School in Oakland, Gomes Elementary in Fremont)
5th – 8th graders choose a major, then spend an entire week focused on realizing their own personal vision. Campers are surrounded by exceptional instructors, professional tools and materials and eager collaborators. 14 majors include Video Game Design, Chefology, and Fashion Design.
Hours: Mon–Fri, 9:00am–3:00pm. Extended Care: 8:00–9:00am & 3:00–6:00pm.
Price: $469/week for core program; Discounts for multiple-weeks and for early registration.
iD Tech Camps (UC Berkeley, St. Mary’s)
Ages 7-17 build iPhone/Android apps, video games, programs in C++/Java, movies, and more at weeklong, day and overnight programs held at UC Berkeley, St. Mary’s, Stanford, SFSU, Princeton, and others. Small classes in a fun, challenging, un-school environment. Also 2-week, teen-only Academies: iD Visual Arts Academy (at Cal), iD Gaming Academy (at Stanford), and iD Programming Academy (at Stanford).
Hours: Weeklong, day (full and extended) and overnight.
Price: Varies by course and location. Berkeley programs range from $870 – $930/week.
Lawrence Hall of Science Camp (LHS, Berkeley)
For kids ages 4 and up, LHS offers half-day camp on fun topics such as Legos, dinosaurs, and potions.
Hours: Camp is available half day (9am-12noon) or combine two camps for a full day (9am-4pm)
Price: Half day camp (in the $200s) and full day camp ($400+) — priced per week week — vary based on curriculum. Discounts available to members.
Oakland ZooCamp (Oakland Zoo)
Registration begins in March for Oakland ZooCamp which offers a different experience at the Zoo each day with live animals and behind-the-scenes experiments. Camp is available to kids Pre-K – 5th grade.
Hours: Full-day programs 9 am – 4 pm.
Price: (2012 price) $311/week for non-members. Discounts available to members.
Kids for the Bay Camp (different sites in Berkeley each day!)
This day camp for kids aged 5-11 boasts “aquatic science adventures” with hands-on exploration at several East Bay marine locations.
Hours: 9 am – 4 pm; aftercare available til 5 pm
Price: $340/wk for core program. After care from 4-5 ($35) or 4-6 ($60). Discounts available for multiple weeks and siblings. Register by April 1 for a discount.
SMART Academy Camp (Oakland – Lake Merritt)
Middle school-aged children (10-14 years) will receive classroom instruction in the morning by credentialed teachers and recreation/teamwork exercises in the afternoon in this Science, Mathematics, Art, Recreation, Technology camp based near Lake Merritt in Oakland. Campers will go on weekly field trips in the surrounding area.
Hours and Dates: 7/29/13-8/16/13 from 9 to 4 (extended 8-6)
Price: $200/week; early registration, sibling, and multi-session discounts available.
Arts, Crafts and Design
4Cats Arts Studio Summer Camps (Kensington)
4cats is a professional art studio for artists ages 2-15. Children learn about famous artists and use professional art materials to create masterpieces in the style and spirit of those artists. Basic program is half-day, but if you’re looking for an all day camp, 4Cats has partnered with The Fuse Fitness to bring you a fun-filled art and Kung Fu extravaganza! USE CODE ARTFU TO SAVE 10% on this camp!
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:30 AM-12:30 PM & 1:30 PM-4:30 PM, 2 camps running each day in the AM & PM
4 Cats Berkeley Hills is a treasure trove for aspiring artists. This art studio for kids exposes them to the great works of established artists, while helping them develop their own styles in different mediums, from painting to clay. The teachers are nurturing, patient and ever supportive. Our 6-year-old daughter is always eager to go to her 4 Cats classes or camps, and she’s so proud to decorate her room with her “masterpieces.”
– Katharine in Kensington
Sticky Art Days (Berkeley)
Sculpt with clay, bend wire, sew with style, build with cartons, hammer some nails, eat your house of crackers or make potions during our Sticky Art Days. Work with guest artists in the morning, play at the park in the afternoon.
Hours: 9 am to 4 pm, plus after care
Price: $285 wk/ $60 daily
CAMP 510 (Oakland)
From the producers of the East Bay Mini Maker Faire–comes an engaging, hands-on summer day camp for curious and creative kids ages 6-12. CAMPers will explore studio arts, tinkering, sewing, building, cooking, movement, music, welding, leather-working, river-building, mini-golf course designing, and more. Projects are led by professional artists, makers, performers, gardeners, teachers and chefs in the spirit of D-I-T (do it together).
Hours: 9-3 with am/pm extended day options
Price: $350/week; early bird discounts avail
Camp 510 is *the best* camp I can imagine. My 6-year-old had an amazing summer full of rich adventures…(She) attended every week and loved every minute of it. She’s already talking about how she can’t wait to go next summer! –from Alisa B. on Yelp
Camp EdTech (Alameda, Oakland, Moraga)
Digital Media Art camp for entering 5th – 8th graders who will create, direct, edit & star in their own short films and animations, develop 2-D and 3-D Video Games or express their unique perspective of the world in a digital photography program. Projects are designed by Edventure More in partnership with the Bay Area’s premier digital arts museum, the Children’s Creativity Museum, and are taught by industry professionals. Each week features camper challenges, outdoor recreation, life skills program and end-of-the-week movie premiers and gallery showings.
Hours: 9 am – 3 pm, before care and after care available
Set in a paint-your-own pottery studio, this art camp offers kids a chance to explore all sorts of materials in order to express their own visions and stories. Expect access to lots of clay and paint in addition to canvas, ink, and more. For kids 4-11. Afternoon program for teens and tweens.
Hours: 9 am – 1 pm for 4-11 year olds; Extended care $10/hr til 5:30
Price: $199/week plus $125 materials cost
Steve and Kate’s (Berkeley at The Berkeley School; Oakland at Park Day School)
This multi-disciplinary camp has a unique kid-driven agenda, and a parent-friendly schedule. Kids plan their own day at a Steve and Kate’s camp, attending whichever activities interest them, including sports, film-making, cooking, and more. Extra staff guide the youngest campers through their day. No sessions are required and you can switch locations as needed. (There are sites in San Francisco and Marin as well as the East Bay.)
Hours: Doors are open from 7:30 am to 6 pm but you can use any portion of the day within that window.
Price: Pay by the day for $80/day. 20-day passes are discounted at $1280. $2240 gives you unlimited access for the summer.
World Art Camp (Berkeley)
Each week, a different part of the world is explored as campers, age 6 to 11, immerse themselves in the folk tales, music, food, and artistic styles of Africa. Mexico, India, and Japan courtesy of Westside Studio and the team behind YAWS. Website >
Hours: 9 to 3 with extended care until 5pm.
Price: $375/week includes all supplies, snacks and trip fees. $90/week for extended care.
Graffiti Art Camp (Oakland)
Brought to you by Breakdance Academy, campers will paint on walls legally & safely, learn artistic techniques (can control), analyze Alphabet styles & color schemes, work as a team to create an exploding mural with effects, as well as honestly discussing issues (and consequences) such as art/vandalism, graffiti vs advertising, the various mediums graffiti moves thru, and why does graffiti exist. Breakdancing for P.E!! Lots of giveaways, prizes, fun, and friend-making. Parent BBQ & Culmination Party! Website >
Hours/Dates: One week only: June 17-21 from 9:30 to 4:30pm
Price: $280 + $30Lab
Arts in Nature Camp (Hayward)
Art is everywhere and so is nature. In this week at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, campers will combine the two to let creativity flow, using various media to express themselves. The week will include drawing, dancing, drums and drama as kids seek their inspiration from the natural world. Campers will create a nature’s notebook filled with poems, plays, sketches and other arts. 6-11 yr.
Hours: M-F Jul 8- Jul 12; 9:30am – 1:30pm
Price: $167 ($177 non-resident)
Studio G, building camp for girls (Berkeley)
Studio G is a design and building summer camp for girls ages 9-12 that sparks creativity and curiosity through hands-on building and problem-solving. Girls will use serious tools like jigsaws and welders. Instructors are female architects, designers, and creative educators.
Dates:July 8-12 (Wood) or July 15-19 (Metal)
Hours: 8:30 to 4:30 with no extended care option.
Price: $295/week includes materials.
Camp Reel Stories, Media camp for teens (Oakland School for The Arts)
Camp Reel Stories is a one week summer camp designed to give 13-18 year old women the skills to empower them to create their own media, to view current media critically and thoughtfully, and to aspire to leadership in their field. Working in small, collaborative groups and utilizing accessible technologies, the campers will be encouraged to actively participate in creating their own short film from leaders in the film industry!
Dates: July 22-26
Hours: 9 to 5:30
Price: $450/week Financial Aid Available
Summer art spectacular & Hands-on fun art (Richmond)
Campers will use their imaginations in the Richmond Art Center’s summer art camps with hands-on activities ranging from painting, drawing, clay, weaving and collage. Expect small classes with professional artist-instructors and a nurturing environment. Designed for ages 6-13.
Hours: Morning is 10am-1pm; Afternoon is 1:30pm-4:30pm; 1:00-1:30pm is supervised lunch
Price: $335-$385; 10% discount with code: 510RAC (expires: 7/15/2013)
Gymnastics and Dance
Luna Kids Dance Camp (Aquatic Park, Berkeley)
Luna offers a mini camp for 5-7 y/o, a full day camp for 8-11 y/o, and a teen choreography workshop intensive. Students discover, invent, perform & respond through the ART of dance.
Hours: 9am – 3pm
Price: Call 510-883-1118
Head Over Heels (Emeryville)
Day camp program for kids 4+ offers gymnastics and circus arts, plus playground games and arts + crafts. Each Friday ends with a performance for the parents and friends.
Hours: 9 AM to 4 PM for full-day camp; 9 AM to 12 PM for half-day camp, before care and after care available for $20/day
Price: Full-day camp: $300/week; Half-day camp: $245/week; day rate $70/day; discounts for mulitiple weeks, siblings, and early registration
Shawl Anderson Half-day Dance Camps (Berkeley)
Half-day dance camps are offered for different ages and dance specialties throughout the summer including middle school and high school age. Find more details on the website.
Weeks and Pricing:
Jul 22-26 mornings: Multiple styles for ages 7-9 ($198)
Jul 22-26 afternoons: Multiple styles for ages 8-10 ($198)
Aug 12-16 mornings: Hip Hop intensive for ages 9-11 mixed gender ($210)
Hours: Morning sessions are 9am-12:30pm; afternoons are 12:30-4pm
DanceVersity World Dance Camp (Berkeley)
Kids ages 7-17 will explore dance, music, folklore, and costuming from cultures around the world and perform in a show at the end of each week. Camp runs July 29- Aug 16. Classes taught include: capoeria, hip-hop, Bollywood, Middle-Eastern, bharata-natyam, contemporary, West African, and more.
Hours: 9 AM to 4 PM (after care available)
Price: $300 – $380 per week; partial scholarships available
Music and Performing Arts
BandWorks Summer Camp (Oakland)
For kids 8+, BandWorks Rock n’ Roll Camp is open to young beginners through advanced, older teen players. Professional musician-instructors create a fun and supportive environment while they teach kids the skills they need to play in a rock band-and make new friends in the process. Campers may enroll for a 1/2 day or full day. All instruments welcome! By the end of the week, students are rocking out in a live performance in the classroom. For beginners, Intro to Rock Band Instruments Camp offers kids get an opportunity to get their hands on a variety of instruments, while receiving rudimentary instruction of each of them. For kids with some musical experience, camps include Rock Band and the popular “Music of” series, in which students focus on one featured band such as Green Day or a genre like “Classic Rock.”
Hours: AM session: 9am-12noon; PM session: 1pm-4pm, (campers signing up for full day will be provided lunch supervision); before care and after care available
Price: $275 – $300 per week
Go Girls! Camp (Oakland, JCC of the East Bay; Berkeley, College Avenue Presbyterian Church)
Go Girls! Camp is not just a summer camp, it is a movement to ignite compassion by helping girls take center stage. Two-week sessions. Website >
Hours: 9am-4pm; Aftercare is only available at the JCC of the East Bay site.
Price: $670 per session
Berkeley Playhouse (Elmwood, Berkeley)
One – four week camps, with over 30 sections to choose from, Berkeley Playhouse’s Musical Theatre Summer Camps will have something for everyone. From Pre-School to 7th grade, and beginner to advanced, join us as we ease on down the road to the Summer of The Wiz, or enter “innerspace” and fight evil with the mighty Starmites. All teachers are working Artist Instructors and have performed or directed at a number of regional theatres, including Shotgun Players, Cal Shakes, Aurora Theatre, 42nd Street Moon, our own Mainstage, and many more.
My daughter just loved the class. She is very much the critic and only had great things to say. She really learned a lot!” – parent of Summer camper
Hours: 9-3 with am/pm extended day options
Price: $280 – $1740
Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s Summer Performers Camp: ALADDIN JR. (Alameda & Piedmont)
Campers learn acting, singing, and dancing skills as you rehearse this musical filled with magic and mayhem, Aladdin Jr. Whether you are a novice or seasoned performer, this fast-paced, two week musical theater production camp will prepare you for final performances in front of your family and friends. Skill building and stage confidence will be emphasized along with group participation. Little Performers option is a one week, half day camp that teaches basic theater skills and includes final performances in Aladdin Jr.
Alameda Website >
Piedmont Website >
Hours: Young Performers: Ages 7 – 14, 9 AM – 4 PM (PM extended care optional); Little Performers: Ages 5 – 6, 9 AM – 12 PM
Price: $525 Young Performers (2-week program); $180 Little Performers (1-week program)
“My daughter loved the entire experience and she can’t wait to do another show with you.” Parent, Alameda Summer 2012
Playland-not-at-the-Beach Magic Camp (El Cerrito)
Instructor Mike Della Penna teaches magic to campers age 8-98 in five half-day sessions! Students of any level or ability are welcome. Each participant will receive a magic book and all the materials necessary for the course. The workshop will help you learn to perform new magical effects, improve your performing skills and make friends as interested in magic as you are! Three sessions are offered (June 24-28; July 15-19; Aug 5-9).
Hours: 9am-1pm; Aftercare until 5:00pm is also available for an additional charge.
Price: $250 per session
Playland-not-at-the-Beach Magic Camp JR (El Cerrito)
New this year, a magic camp just for those 5-7 years old offered in two hour sessions on Tuesday and Thursday only (the same weeks of the main big kid magic camp). A blend of crafts and magic, campers will make props and be taught how to use them to perform magic effects. All materials needed for the class are provided. This class is great for campers with smaller hands and possibly shorter attention spans. Three sessions are offered (June 25 & 27; July 16 & 18; Aug 6 & 8).
Price: $30 for one session or $50 for both in the same week
Ha Ha This A-Way (Berkeley)
Best for ages 5 to 9 years old, this day camp offers dance, acting, circus arts, clowning, field trips with plenty of time for free play. The primary goals are to promote movement confidence, balance and performance skills in a low pressure environment. Each 4-week session concludes with a performance.
Dates: June 17 to July 12 and July 15 to August 9
Hours: 9 to 3 with no aftercare
Price: 4-week sessions are $1200
Dance, Acting, Circus Arts, Clowning, Free Play, Yoga & Aikido, Show Time, Yummy Organic Snacks, The Daily News, Arts & Crafts, Loads of Legos, Games, Friendship, Field Trips, and more…FUN!
Mr.D’s Music and Arts Summer Camp (Oakland)
Mr. D’s Music Club presents the 3rd annual movin’, groovin’,singing, dancin’, arts and crafts day camp for children ages 8 -13. Children explore their vocal abilities, listen to their favorite songs, learn and design their own dances, create original art, learn yoga, play games, go on field trips, and put on a performance in a safe and supportive environment. With special guest artists every day.
Hours: 9am-3pm. Extended Care hours are 8am-9, 3pm-5pm for $7 per hour.
Price: $295 per week. Early Bird discount before May 31. Multi-week discounts, sibling discounts, and referral discounts available.
Like Mr. D himself It is a one-of-a-kind camp… a place where magic happens. If you are looking for a place for your child to giggle, celebrate life, sing, giggle and sing some more… THEN THIS IS THE CAMP! ~ Bibi J. Oakland 2013
Fiddlekids (Berkeley) One week only
Fiddlekids is a summer day camp devoted to traditional fiddle music. Campers will explore bluegrass, Appalachian, Celtic, jazz, and other traditional styles through tunes and songs. In addition to fiddling, Fiddlekids offers art and dance classes in small groups. Camp culminates in a Saturday performance at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse. Fiddlekids is open to violin students ages 7 to 14 with at least one year’s playing experience.
Dates: June 24-June 28 (final concert on Saturday, June 29, from 9am–1pm)
Hours: 9am-3:30 at Berkwood Hedge School except final show
Price: $520 for full week, early bird and sibling discounts available.
Outdoors, Special Skills, and Eco
Camp Grow at Studio Grow Berkeley (Berkeley)
Camp Grow is a program at Studio Grow Berkeley for children ages 3-6 (must be potty-trained) to enjoy an extended experience of Studio Grow’s play spaces and programs. Each week-long session features fun, educational activities led by experienced counselors. Campers get T shirts, a snack, and make new friends during their special week at Studio Grow.
Price: $199/week ($50 off sibling discount)
Schedule: Weeks of June 17 and 24; weeks of July 8, 15, 22
Monkey Business (Berkeley, Oakland)
Monkey Business Camp focuses on fun and promoting connection between staff and campers. Kids will experience a variety of activities dictated by weekly themes like Amazing Animals and Science Rocks. Days are spent entirely outdoors with 1-2 days swimming each week. Ages: 4.5-10 campers, 11-15 for youth leaders. See also Papaya program for 3-4 year olds, just outside Tilden Park with 1 day in Tilden each week.
Hours: Mon–Fri, 8:30am–3:30pm. Extended Care: 8:00–8:30am & 3:30–6:00pm.
Price: $350/week;$25/wk for before-care; $65/wk for after-care. Discounts for multiple-weeks and siblings.
Urban Adamah Farm Camp (Berkeley)
Earthy Fun in the Summer is the theme of Camp Urban Adamah, where campers get a taste of organic farm life through fun and dynamic experiential programs at an urban farm. Whether they are planting, harvesting, building mud forts or preparing meals in solar ovens, campers have the opportunity to explore the wonders of the natural world right here in the city. Camp Urban Adamah also draws inspiration from Jewish wisdom and tradition.
Hours: 9 am to 3 pm, After care available
Price: $395 per week; Early Bird Discounts available
KIDS for the BAY Summer Camp (Berkeley)
KIDS for the BAY offers themed outdoor science and nature camps for 5-8 and 8-11 year olds in the East Bay Area. Daily activities take place at different sites, including: Tilden Park, Berkeley Marina, Blake Gardens, Strawberry Creek/UC Berkeley, Berkeley Rose Gardens. Transportation is also provided for special field trips to Marin, San Francisco, and Walnut Creek (drop-off and pick-up is at the Berkeley Marina)
Hours: 9am – 4pm, After care is available
Explorer Boating Camp (Oakland, Lake Merritt Boating Center)
Ages 7 to 10. Campers will explore Lake Merritt on a variety of vessels including pedal boats, dragonboats, kayaks, and canoes as well as visiting the local bird sanctuary, botanical gardens, and park. Children’s comfort level around water will be assessed in a pool on the first day of camp.
Hours: 9am to 3:30pm; before care and after care available
Price: $155/week; $186 non-Oakland resident
Youth Sailing Camps (Lake Merritt, Oakland and Jack London Aquatic Center, Oakland)
Ages 10 to 17. From Basic sailing on Lake Merritt to Advanced and Catamaran sailing on the Oakland Estuary these camps teach boat handling and water safety skills in a fun environment.
Hours: 9am to 3:30pm
Price: $155-222/week depending on level and residency
Camping & Kayaking Overnight Camp (Oakland, Lake Merritt Boating Center)
Ages 9 to 15. Brush up on your kayaking skills at LMBC and JLAC on Monday and Tuesday and then spend three days and two nights at Del Valle Regional Park. All of the swimming, boating, hiking, healthy camp cooking, and outdoor fun that you can dare to experience. Prerequisite: previous boating and swimming experience.
Hours/Dates: Details: August 12-16 9:30am to 3:30pm (+2 overnights); before care and after care available
Price: $250/week; $300 non-Oakland resident
East Bay SPCA Summer Animal Camp (Dublin)
East Bay SPCA Summer Animal Camp is a fun-filled learning adventure complete with daily animal interactions. Kids entering grades 1-8 are invited to learn about kindness and compassion, as well as basic animal care. Campers will be sure to make new friends, play with animals, and have a great time.
Hours: 9 am – 3 pm; half days also available.
Although we live almost 30 minutes away, the East Bay SPCA Summer Animal Camp seemed ideal for her likes and interests, and I was so impressed with a birthday party we attended there that I decided to sign her up. Each day of camp was packed full of fun, learning and adventure. The kids learned SO much and had SO much fun. My daughter can’t wait until next summer when she’s old enough to volunteer at the SPCA. Well worth the daily drive and the cost!!
~ M.M., San Lorenzo
Berkeley Day Camp (Berkeley)
This general day camp provides a chance for children ages 5-12 to explore our local parks. A typical week includes two days in Tilden Park and two days at the Berkeley Marina. Swim Day occurs every Friday and campers visit several beach locations, such as Lake Anza in Tilden Park, Crissy Fields in San Francisco or Crown Beach in Alameda (by bus, not your car).
Hours: 9 – 3:30pm for the core program; extended care available 7:30 – 6pm
Price: $147/week for core program to Berkeley residents and $176/week for non-residents; $37/($44 non-res)/wk for before-care; $58 ($70 non-res)/wk for after-care.
Camp Tzofim (Upper Rockridge, Oakland)
Description: Campers will experience traditional camp activities focusing on play while celebrating Jewish traditions. Expect outdoor play, songs and games and for your camper to come dirty. Groups for pre-K all the way up through CIT in 11th grade.
Hours: 9 to 4, before and after care available 8 to 6
Price: Begins at $665 for 2 week session for youngest campers; discounts for membership, siblings, and other affiliations.
Kee Tov (bus pick up in N. Berkeley and Oakland, camp at Beth El)
Camp Kee Tov is a traditional Jewish camp in which participants spend their days deep in the woods doing skits, singing, and having good, safe fun without realizing they’re learning leadership and social skills. Each age group has an age-appropriate overnight trip. Camp Kee Tov welcomes children of all religious and ethnic backgrounds.
Hours: 9 to 3, before and after-care are available from 7:30 to 6
Price: Choose 1 or 2 4-week sessions (1) Jun 24 – Jul 19 or (2) Jul 29 to Aug 23, $1000-$1500, discounts for Beth-El members
Urban Adventure Camps (Oakland/Bay Area)
Every day is different. This unique day camp takes campers, age 8 to 15, on fun, educational field trips using public transportation to build awareness and confidence when traveling within a city. Campers meet with their group to plot their day’s adventure each morning. Groups visit the Bay Area’s best museums, parks, galleries, science centers, and various other urban attractions. Seven different sessions focus on the following subjects: physics/technology, biology/natural science, history, active, and art. Camp runs weekly from June 10 – August 30.
Hours: 8am to 4pm, extended care available
Price: $400/week with early bird discount available
Urban Adventures is such a unique and wonderful camp that has found the right balance between summertime fun and learning! We will definitely be back again next year!! ~ Satisfied Parent
Adventure Day Camp (Walnut Creek)
Description: Campers, age 3 to 15, will experience traditional camp activities including arts, sports, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, tennis, horseback riding, archery, climbing, drama, music, hiking, and overnight camping. Children are assigned to small groups with one adult Group Leader and one assistant with an emphasis on confidence building and fun.
Hours: 8 to 6 including extended care
Price: $475-$1475 discounts available for siblings, early enrollment, etc. For additional fee, transportation available to/from Moraga, Orinda, Lafayette, Oakland, Piedmont, Berkeley, & the 680 Corridor from Martinez to San Ramon.
Shoreline Bay Camp (Hayward)
Campers will get up close and personal with the bayshore’s birds, plants, bugs, and crawly critters during five days of salt marsh madness at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center. Meet birds and bugs, search for life in the mud, play games, catch (and release) fish, go on a scientific voyage of discovery and learn why the shoreline is such an important place. Fee includes T-shirt and all activities. When registering online, sessions indicate the grade your child will begin in August/September.
Rates and dates vary by age.
Bay Shrimps (3-5 year olds): Jul 29-Aug 2; 9:30am – 12:30pm. $130 ($140 non-resident)
Shorecrabs (5-6 year olds): Jul 15-Jul 19 and Aug 5-Aug 9; 9:30am – 1:30pm. $167 ($177 non-resident)
Sandpipers (7-8 year olds): Jun 24-Jun 28 and Jul 22-Jul 26; 9:30am – 2:30pm. $177 ($187 non-resident)
Marsh Hawks (8-11 year olds): Jul 8-Jul 12 and Aug 12-Aug 16; 9:30am – 2:30pm. $177 ($187 non-resident)
Summer Fishing Camp (Hayward)
Calling all anglers! The Hayward shoreline is home to many unique fish; campers will catch (and release) some of them. Over five days at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, kids will learn about the basics of fishing (knot tying, casting, landing a catch, etc.). Campers will also learn about the diversity of life off our coast through crafts, hands-on exploration, and much more. Kids should bring a lunch and be prepared to get a little muddy. All fishing equipment provided. Space is limited!
6-9 yr: Jun 29-Aug 2; 9:30am- 1:30pm. $177 ($187 non-resident)
10-13 yr: Jul 15-Jul 19 and Aug 5-Aug9; 9:30am- 1:30pm. $177 ($187 non-resident)
LEAF Academy (Berkeley)
LEAF connects middle school age students to ecology through a 10-day summer experience. Each day consists of authentic fieldwork in both natural and urban settings, where students collaborate with and learn from scientists, engineers and other professionals whose work helps make the planet more sustainable. LEAF helps students develop a new eco-literacy rooted in scientific principals, a deeper understanding of the interconnections of human and natural systems and our own roles in a sustainable world. The Academy is based at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley near BART.
Dates: Single ten-day session from July 22-August 2, 2013 (weekdays only)
Hours: 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Price: $99 with financial aid, $599 for full price
El Cerrito Martial Arts Summer Camp (El Cerrito)
El Cerrito Martial Arts Sports Camps offers are full of activities like arts and crafts, soccer as well as field trips. Campers do two Martial Arts classes per day.
Hours: 7:45am to 6:15pm
Price: $170 , day rate $50
Cal Summer Youth Programs (Berkeley)
Cal offers camps for pre-K to high school students in a huge variety of sports camps, including some multi-sports program. Please visit their website to find options ranging from Martial Arts camp, Gymnastics camp, Outdoor Adventure camp and more. Hours and prices vary.
Recreation and Team Sports (RATS)(King School Playground, Berkeley)
Boys and girls in 3rd grade to 8th will enjoy outdoor sports and games all day long including swimming at King Pool. Kids of all ability levels are encouraged to enroll, all they need is a willingness to participate. Sports include basketball, baseball, touch football, soccer, ping pong, European handball, and more. Program Director and Co-founder Coach Don Arreola-Burl has over 30 years experience operating recreation programs, coaching, and teaching physical education.
Dates: Weekly, June 17- July 26, 2013 (closed July 4)
Price: $175 per week. Financial Aid Available.
First Touch Soccer (Berkeley)
First Touch Soccer Camp offers fun, instructional, and age-appropriate soccer coaching located at John Muir Elementary School in Berkeley. Campers will learn the basic skills that will help them succeed on the field along with lessons in sportsmanship and teamwork. Each session will have a 12 camper limit. All levels welcome! To register, contact Coach Eric, Eric@kidsinmo.com or 510-541-0268
Hours: Half days only | K – 2nd graders 9:00 am to 12 noon; 3rd – 5th graders 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | Before and aftercare available through Kids in Motion
ABSC Soccer (Berkeley at Gilman Turf Fields)
Conducted by Coach Phil, campers be actively engaged in learning and developing their skills to become a better player while having fun. A typical progression through the week involves dribbling – passing – defense – shooting – playing. The coaching staff has many years of experience working with young players. Website >
Hours: Half day 9 to 12 or Full day 9 to 3, aftercare available by special arrangement
Price: $145 for Half day; $185 for Full day
Intro to Foil Fencing (Berkeley)
The West Berkeley Fencing Club will host half day and full day fencing camps for kid’s ages 7-12. Campers will be introduced to the modern sport of fencing, the history of the weapons, footwork, games, and sportsmanship. All classes are led by experienced, competitive fencers and with a groundwork in coordination, agility, and fun.
Hours: Half day 9 to 12 in June. Full day 9a to 3:30pm in August.
Price: $175 for Half day; $350 for Full day
Tennis Camp (Oakland Hills)
Head Pro of the Oakland Hills Tennis Club, Jerry Conrad, has over 35 years of teaching experience and his teaching philosophy encourages both fundamentals and fun. The tennis camp focuses on stroke production, footwork and match play, through drills and games. Children age 6 and up are welcome.
Hours: 10:30 to 2pm weekdays June 17 – August 23
Price: $385 for two week session per child; $235 for one week session per child
Foreign Language and Culture
Escuela Bilingüe Internacional, Spanish summer camp (Oakland)
In Spanish campers will explore art, music, science, gardening, movement and dozens of other enriching and dynamic themes. Expect fun guest speakers and field trips. EBI’s teachers represent many Spanish-speaking countries so children can experience many rich cultures of the Spanish language.
Pre-K: 8:30 a.m – 12:00 p.m with am/pm extended day options
Primary School: Morning camp: 8:30 a.m – 12:00 p.m. Afternoon camp: 12:30 p.m – 4:00 p.m with am/pm extended day options
Price: $370 per session; payment plan available.
Dos Idiomas*Culturas Diversas*Un Mundo
Two Languages*Many Cultures*One World
Shu Ren Mandarin Immersion camp (Berkeley)
Children who are interested in learning Mandarin language skills and Chinese cultural knowledge through fun, immersion-based activities and hands-on field trips. No prior Mandarin skills needed. Pre-K Camp is for Ages 2 years and 6 months old to 4 years and 7 months (in June 2012). Must be potty trained. The school-age camp spans incoming kindergarteners to age 10. Camp is offered in four two-week session.
Hours: 8:30am – 3pm with extended care available
Price: $760 per session
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