3 summer camps for dramatic kids in Oakland & Berkeley

Would your child love nothing more than to perform, be theatrical and get up on a stage? That’s what my son is all about.

Here are three camps that give your child the opportunity to explore drama and clown around with their bodies and voices.

Glitter and Razz offers themed sessions throughout the summer with topics like Active Imagination for Boys and What’s Goin’ On with a focus on drumming and singing. Daily outings to Frog Park for running around.
Location: Rockridge, Berkeley JCC and San Francisco, dates vary
Hours: 9 am – 4 pm with aftercare available until 5:30 pm; Itty Bitty Art Camp is 9 am to 2 pm
Price: A 2-week session for ages 6+ is $625 ; Itty Bitty Art Camps for Pre-K and K are $285 per week and offered each week in August.
Ages: Rising K to rising 6th grade, depending on session.

Kids ‘N Dance has three locations, including Macarthur Blvd in Oakland. Little Theater camp is for kids 4-8 and Musical Theater for older kids.  Some sessions combine dance, gymnastics and theater. See summer camp schedule page on their website for details.
Hours vary by offering, but generally are half-day for younger kids and 9-4 pm for older kids with an extended care option.
Ages: 3-14 years old, divided by program

Steve and Kate’s is a multidisciplinary camp with a unique kid-driven agenda. We’ve heard mixed results from parents who’ve let their kids plan their own day at a Steve and Kate’s camp, but the facilities are impressive. With a film studio, recording studio, and performing arts studio, kids can experiment with being in front of and behind the camera.
Locations: There are 18 Bay Area locations of Steve and Kate’s, but the ones in the 510 are in central Berkeley and the El Cerrito hills.
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 $75/day. 20-day passes are discounted at $1200. $2100 gives you unlimited access for the summer.

photo courtesy Steve and Kate’s website

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  1. says

    We’ve used Steve & Kate’s in Berkeley for the last two years.
    We love it. The fee’s also include food, which make this camp the most economical around if you pay for the summer membership. I love that I don’t have to drop my daughter off at an exact time or pick her up at an exact time before I start accruing day care fees. There were even some days last summer that my kid wanted to go to S&K after going to her other camp that ended at 3! It’s a great camp.

  2. Anonymous says

    So glad you wrote about Steve and Kate’s. My daughter desperately wants to go there and I wondered how it would be just letting her plan her own days. She normally does the summer camps at Julia Morgan/Berkeley Playhouse and loves them but we thought we’d try something different this year.