East Bay Summer Camp Guide (2014)

East Bay summer camp listings

We’ve put together lists of camps in the East Bay, concentrated in Oakland and Berkeley. We wish you a summer filled with fun and adventure! Arts , Crafts + Design camps | Science/Tech camps | Music + Performing Arts camps | Gymnastics + Dance camps | Outdoor/Eco/Skills camps | Sports camps | Language + Culture […]

Get to know Color Me Mine of Alameda

Color Me Mine, Alameda

We welcome a new sponsor today, Color Me Mine of Alameda. It’s been a lot of fun to get to know Color Me Mine, a paint-your-own pottery studio in Alameda (with locations in Lafayette, Walnut Creek, and Fremont). Not only can families drop in to paint unglazed ceramics and have them fired in a kiln, […]

It’s that time of year: Winter Camps for East Bay kids


Call it childcare or call it camp: sometimes we need to give kids a fun place to go during school vacation days. Here are some options, along with pricing for a la carte days. 4cats art studio offers half-day programs of one or two-day long projects in which kids create paintings and sculptures Location: 379 […]

Reader tip: Ready for campground reservations?


November 1st marks the beginning of the camping reservation period for both: East Bay Regional Parks for all 2014 (Tilden, Chabot, DelValle, Briones, etc) California State Parks thru May 31st (which includes Memorial Day Weekend) Related post: Bay Area camping with little kids

Camp Galileo Berkeley Review

Instructors from Camp G Berkeley

I was thrilled when we were offered the chance to experience a week at Camp Galileo Berkeley (at Cragmont Elementary).  I have heard so many good things about Camp Galileo and knew that the combination of art and science would be perfect for my four year old daughter. In short, I was not disappointed.  Our […]

Q+A with Lair of the Bear

Lair of the Bear family camp at Oski

Years ago, I did some work with the Cal Alumni Association and heard mumblings of this mysterious summer thing called Lair of the Golden Bear. I was thrilled when David Smith reached out to us at {510} Families and offered to answer my silly questions. I heard one has to be a Cal Alumni to […]

Activity Hero offers “EasyEnroll” option for camps


This post contains affiliate links. Activity Hero is a website that allows parents to find classes and camps in a handful of cities around the country, including San Francisco and Berkeley/Oakland. Users can discover camps, read reviews from other parents, and even enroll. My first reaction about the opportunity to enroll right from the Activity […]

Plan ahead for Summer Fun

You can sleep at the Oakland Zoo

What’s great about Summer is that some days, you can just roll out of bed slip on a swim suit and play til your mom calls you for dinner without a care in the world. Then have a popsicle. But that’s if you’re a kid. If you’re the parent, you probably need to stock up […]

Sponsor Spotlight: BandWorks Camp


Thanks to BandWorks for being a sponsor of 510Families.com this year. BandWorks School of Rock is a year-round program that offers group music classes to grade school aged kids in a handful of Bay Area locations, including Jack London Square. During the summer, half-day camps extend the program, allowing kids to really jam, freed from […]

What was summer like when you were a kid?

How did you spend your childhood summers?

This memoir of my childhood summers was sponsored by Camp Galileo. I was just talking with Whitney this morning about what sorts of activities filled our summer vacations. I don’t remember any of the cool daycamp options that we have in the Bay Area today. I’m not sure if they didn’t exist or were too […]

Half-day summer camps

Kids drawing in the hidden shade of the Edible Schoolyard's Persian Mulberry tree.

If your summer childcare situation is something in between all or nothing, perhaps your family would like to explore half-day camps. I’ve wrangled and rounded up a few top picks for part-day camps! Habitot (Berkeley) For young campers (age 2 years, 9 months through 5 year olds), Habitot offers ten weeks of fun. Themes include […]

Thank you to our sponsor, Cal Youth Camps

cal youth sports

We are so lucky to live just minutes away from UC Berkeley and have its many resources available to the community. During the summer, the Cal Youth Camps program invites Bay Area children to explore the university’s academic and athletic facilities as campers. Children ages 5 to 17 can swim in the campus pools and […]

Good old-fashioned day camps


Upon organizing our East Bay summer camp guide, we realized that trends have swung so far in the direction of specialty camps that it’s a challenge to identify day camps that are simply good old-fashioned fun. You know, the kind of fun that results in dirty fingernails, mysterious holes in clothes, chlorine-smelling hair, and incessant […]

Thank you to our sponsor, Camp 510

Go Green week at Camp 510

We are grateful to Camp 510 for their current sponsorship of 510Families. What is Camp 510? Established last year by the founders of the East Bay Mini Maker Faire (which we also love), Camp 510 is an engaging, hands-on summer day camp in Oakland at the Park Day School campus for curious kids age 6 […]

15 camps for rising Kindergartners


Though many preschools go through the summer, some do not. Unfortunately not all camps are open to the pre-K set. I’ve compiled a list of 15 camps that take younger children — and you should feel free to add your own experience in the comments. Camp Edmo (Alameda, Oakland, Moraga) Camp Edmo is for kids […]

Having fun with science


Neither my husband nor I enjoyed science very much as kids. Our four year old daughter on the other hand has long loved it, and we are doing all we can to keep that interest going.  This means our kitchen counter and/or living room floor often contain a big metal bowl that contains her latest […]

Cool for big kids: Mars astronaut training @ Chabot


File this under “very cool and expensive ideas” for when my children get older: Mars astronaut training workshops right here in Oakland. If you have a science- or space-loving middle schooler, read on. [photo from chabotspace.org] RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. As of this writing “space” available in the workshop sessions from Aug 27-31 9am – 4pm Everyday. […]