East Bay Summer Camp Guide (2014)

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.

East Bay summer camp listings

Arts, Crafts + Design camps | Science/Tech camps | Music + Performing Arts camps | Gymnastics + Dance camps | General day camps | Eco & Outdoor skills camps | Sports camps | Language + Culture

Arts, Crafts and Design

Berkeley summer camp

4Cats Arts Studio Summer Camps (Kensington)
4cats is a professional art studio for artists ages 2-15. Clay, potter’s wheel, painting, papier mâché & more are just some of the things we might explore! Campers create lots of cool stuff using professional art materials. Please contact the studio for pricing details. Basic program ($190/week)  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!
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Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:30am – 12:30pm & 1:30pm – 4:30pm, 2 camps running each day in the AM & PM; Extended morning and afternoon options available.

Our daughter has attended summer camp, classes and had her birthdays at 4cats class in Kensington. She looks forward to every session and comes home with stories about artists and she talks with excitement about the projects she is making. Our house is looking like quite the art gallery with her paintings. It has been a wonderful experience for her. We would highly recommend 4cats to all the budding artists out there. ~ Rachel from Berkeley

Crucible youth summer camp

The Crucible (Oakland)
The Crucible offers morning and afternoon camps in a non-competitive, project-based open environment in a variety of arts such as blacksmithing; welding; glass flameworking; clay figurines; textiles & sewing; extreme gizmos; woodworking and much more. Camps offered for ages 8 to 17 but not all disciplines offered to all ages.
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Hours: Sessions are 9-noon and 1pm-4pm with aftercare available until 6pm
Price: $300/week/session approximately; prices vary by material

Crucible camps are fun, exciting places for youth to explore art, creativity, and real-world applications of science, technology, engineering and math.

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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 6-13. 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).
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Hours: 9-3 with am/pm extended day options
Price: $350/week; early bird discounts available

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! ~ Alisa B. on Yelp

Richmond Art Center daycamp

Richmond Art Center Camp (Richmond)
Campers, ages 6 to 13, 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. Teen camps, ages 12+, feature metals, jewelry, screen-printing, and glass work.
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Hours: Morning is 10am-1pm; Afternoon is 1:30pm-4:30pm; supervised lunch available
Price: $324-$385 for 3 weeks of kids camp; teen camp is priced differently

 

MOCHA art camp for kids

MOCHA (Oakland)
Camp from the Museum of Children’s Art provide innovative, hands-on arts activities for children and youth, ages 6-12. Weekly art topics provide a variety of enriching and creative projects led by professional teaching artists.
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Hours: 9 am – 3.30 pm; extended available from 8 to 5:30pm
Price:
$325/week for the base program with some discounts available

Brushstrokes (Berkeley)
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.
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Hours: 9 am – 1 pm for 4-11 year olds
Price: $325/week for half-day camp; $350/week includes camp until 3pm

COOK! Culinary Camp (Emeryville)
Morning program builds to a balanced lunch each day where all students cook and clean. Campers will learn knife skills and knife safety, basic cooking techniques set in commercial kitchen with ample workspace and ovens. Weekly themes include Italian, French, Vegetarian, and Desserts. The last day of class includes a meal celebration for parents. For kids 9-16.
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Hours: 9 am – 2 pm for basic program
Price: $540/week

Dancing Paintbrush Studio (Berkeley)
Children ages 5-17 will be exposed to a variety of materials and techniques to nurture artistic development. This small camp (15-20 kids per session) provides lessons on color theory, introduces famous artists in history, takes field trips, and hosts special guests to spark the creative process.
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Hours: 9am-3pm (Before and after care are available from 8am-6pm for an additional fee).
Price: $360/week with all fine art materials included

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.
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Hours: 9am – 3pm, before care and after care available
Price: $469-$479/week depending on location

Kids in Clay (Berkeley)
Campers age 7+ can explore their creativity while learning the art of ceramics. This summer, register for either Raku or Color In Clay for a different artistic experience.
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Hours: 9am – 3pm
Price: $385/week

Kala Art Institute (Berkeley)
Campers age 6-17 have the opportunity to explore a new medium, learn how to think visually, or simply have fun being creative. Camp Kala includes hands-on art making, gallery tours, and outdoor activities based in West Berkeley.
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Hours: 9am – 3pm
Price: $375/week with some discounts available (Tell ‘em 510families sent ya!)

Nusku Arts Comic Camp (Oakland)
Comic Camp is a one-week hands-on art camp for kids (ages 7-11) to learn about and practice all stages of comic book creation. Musical camp is four-day (no camp on 7/4) celebration of all instruments taught by master musicians. No prior experience required.
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Dates: Comics 6/23-27; Music 6/30-7/3.
Hours: 9am – 3pm
Price: $459; sibling and earlybird discounts apply.

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!
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Dates: June 16-21; July 14-19
Hours: 9 to 5:30
Price: $475/week Financial Aid Available

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.)
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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 $89/day. 5-day packs are $79/day. 20-day packs are $69/day. $2415 gives you unlimited access for the summer.

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. Ages 6 to 12. Work with guest artists in the morning, play at the park in the afternoon.
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Hours: 9 am to 4 pm, plus after care 4 to 5:30 pm for $10/day
Price: $285 wk/ $60 daily

Camp H, building camp for girls (Berkeley)
The camp formerly known as Studio G is a design and building camp for girls ages 9-12 designed to spark 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.
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Dates:July 7-11 (Wood) or July 14-18 (Metal)
Hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Price: $325/week includes materials.

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.
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Hours: 9 to 3 with extended care until 5pm.
Price: $395/week includes all supplies, snacks and trip fees. $90/week for extended care.

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Science and Technology camps

Camp Galileo is for innovators

Galileo Innovation Camps (Oakland, Berkeley, Fremont)
Drawing from processes developed by the Stanford d.school, these imagination-sparking programs are for kids from pre-K through 8th grade: Camp Galileo (pre-K – 5th graders), Galileo Summer Quest (5th – 8th graders), The Tech Summer Camps (4th – 8th graders) and Chabot Space & Science Camp (3rd – 7th graders). Over 40 Bay Area locations.
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Hours: Mon–Fri, 9am–3pm. Extended Care: 8am–9am & 3–6pm.
Price: $379/week for core program; Discounts for multiple-weeks.

Camp TechKnowHow for Computer and LEGO engineers

TechKnowHow LEGO and Technology (El Cerrito, Berkeley, Oakland, Fremont, and other Bay Area locations)
Teacher-led instruction followed by hands-on learning build camper’s confidence in problem solving. TechKnowHow Summer Camp classes include LEGO projects with motors, K’NEX, NXT Robotics, Arduino, iPad Movie Making and Game Design, and each class features high-interest, age-appropriate projects which teach technology and science skills for children ages 5 to 16.
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Hours: Half Day (9am to noon or 12:30 to 3:30) or Full (9am – 3:30) with extended care 8:30 to 5pm.
Price: $385 to $485/week for full day; Discounts for multiple-weeks and for early registration.

“My kids both really enjoyed the camps this year, as well as last year. My daughter was always excited to show me what she had learned. My son learned how to make his own computer games. He was thrilled to learn these new concepts, and I was very impressed with the new knowledge that he came home with.” – Parent of a 4th and 5th Grader

Oakland Zoo Summer Camp

Oakland ZooCamp (Oakland Zoo)
Expect an exciting week of outdoor nature discovery, animal adventures, and fun! Summer Camp activities include zoo tours, interactive stories, puppet play, games, craft projects, science activities and of course, animals up close. Oakland Zoo takes great pride in creating age-appropriate programs for campers in PreK – High School. Registration begins in March.
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Hours: Full-day programs 9am – 4pm. Half day also available.
Price: $311/week for non-members. Discounts available to members.

Sarahs Science outdoor day camp
Sarah’s Science Camp (Tilden Park, Berkeley and Roberts Park, Oakland)
Each day at camp, kids make and take home a fun science project while exploring complex science topics ranging from physics to chemistry and beyond. Camp also includes hiking, music, art, games, and swimming. For children over age 5. CIT program begins at age 11.
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Hours: 9am – 3pm, plus before care and after care
Price: $370/week or $90/day with sibling and multi-week discounts available

“My daughter attended Sarah Science for three weeks last summer and loved it! Seems like she’s learned more at Sarah’s Science in a few weeks than she did all year in Kindergarten!” ~ Emily from Berkeley

Camp Edmo (Alameda TBD, Oakland Lake Temescal)
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.
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Hours: 9am – 3pm, plus before care and after care
Price: $379 a week with many discounts available

iD Tech Camps (Berkeley, Moraga)
Ages 7-17 build go deep into coding and technology through weeklong, day and overnight programs held at UC Berkeley, St. Mary’s, and other area campuses.
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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 camps on fun topics such as Legos, dinosaurs, and potions.
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Hours: Half day from 9am to noon or 1pm to 4pm. Full days for middle and high school students.
Price: $240 per week; discounts for members or multiple weeks. Need-based scholarships available by application.

S.M.A.R.T Academy (Oakland)
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. Weekly field trips. Expect artistic projects and athletic competitions with a technology twist.
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Hours: 9am – 4pm, plus before care and after care from 8am – 6pm
Price: $300 a week for basic session with price breaks for 3 week commitment, siblings, and early registration. Scholarships also available.

Music and Performing Arts

 

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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.
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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

East Bay performing arts camps
Go Girls! Camp (Oakland, JCC of the East Bay; Berkeley, College Avenue Presbyterian Church; Alameda, Lincoln Middle School)
Go Girls! Camp is not just a summer camp, it is a movement to ignite compassion by helping girls take center stage. During two-week sessions, rising 1st-6th graders make and perform their very own peaceful and powerful plays that we believe will change the world.
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Hours: 9am-4pm; Aftercare is only available at the JCC of the East Bay site.
Price: $670 per 2-week session

Aurora Theater Arts Camp in Oakland

Aurora Theater Arts Camp (Oakland)
Campers grades K through 6 will work together to present this year’s musical The Little Mermaids, adapted from the Hans Christen Anderson fairy tale. This unique theater camp focused on community building runs for 4 weeks in July. Additionally, they offer 3 week-long general camps at the beginning and end of summer.
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Dates: Theater Arts camp runs from July 7 to Aug 1. Full Day Camp is June 23 – July 3 and August 4-8.
Hours: 9am-3pm with am/pm extended day options from 8am to 6pm
Price: $305 – $350 per week with discounts available for multiple weeks and earlybirds.

“My son LOVES Aurora Camps! He has been coming for years and every year there are new art, music and sport camp offerings for him to choose from. The camp instructors are experienced adults who know their craft very well and provide an engaging and diverse camp experience for my son. And Aurora’s camps are run by loving people whom I can trust to take great care of my son.”
~ Happy mom of a 5-year Aurora Camps participant

3 O’Clock Rock (Oakland)
For kids 8+, materials and instruments will be provided to learn basic rock band instruments or hone their skills on the Ramones greatest hits. Teachers are well qualified professionals who like to talk about rock history during breaks. All instruments welcome! Camp programs will perform at the end.
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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
Hours: 9am to noon or 1pm to 4pm
Price: $275 – $300 per week of half-day sessions

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 performing.
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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

Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s Summer Performers Camp (Alameda & Piedmont)
Campers learn acting, singing, and dancing skills as they rehearse Peter Pan. Whether novice or seasoned performers, 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 Peter Pan Jr.
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Hours: Young Performers: Ages 7 – 14, 9am – 4pm (PM extended care optional); Little Performers: Ages 5 – 6, 9am – 12pm
Price: $525 Young Performers (2-week program); $180 Little Performers (1-week program)

Berkeley Playhouse (Elmwood, Berkeley)
One- to four-week camps, with over 30 sections to choose from, Berkeley Playhouse’s Musical Theatre Summer Camps will have something for beginner to advanced and from Pre-School to 7th grade. All teachers are working Artist Instructors and have performed or directed at a number of regional theaters, including Shotgun Players, Cal Shakes, Aurora Theatre, 42nd Street Moon, and our own Mainstage.
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Hours: 9am – 3pm with am/pm extended day options
Price: $300 – $1400 depending on length of session

Bobcat Music Camp (Rockridge, Oakland)
Campers, ages 7-16, will learn and perform selections from World Beat, Latin, Jazz, and Rock genres from professional musicians and educators. All skill levels welcome. They will also sing, play games, learn to keep a beat including African and Latin rhythms, chant rhymes, learn body percussion, and dance. Each session culminates in a concert for family and friends.
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Hours: 9am – 3pm, aftercare available
Price: $300 per week

Children’s Fairyland (Oakland)
Children aged 5 (entering kindergarten) through 10 can explore the Fairyland theme park –- animals, plants, puppets, rides! -– develop social, emotional and conflict resolution skills, and use their imaginations and teamwork to create original end of the week plays (themes change each week and range from princesses to outer space) in a nurturing camp environment.
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Hours: 9am – 5pm with am/pm extended day options
Price: $300 with discounts for members

Doug’s Drama (Oakland Hills)
Full day theater camps in two-week sessions for students entering grades K-8 culminating in a full-length evening performance at the end of the session. In addition to creative drama and storytelling, camp includes lots of outdoor playtime. First two sessions are K-4 and third session is for grades 3-8.
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Hours: 9am – 4pm, aftercare available
Price: $510 or $550 per two-week session

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.
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Dates: June 23-June 278 (final concert on Saturday, June 28, from 9am–11:30am)
Hours: 9am-3:30 at Berkwood Hedge School except final show
Price: $520 for full week, early bird and sibling discounts available.

Glee Youth Camp (Oakland)
A lively performing arts youth camp in the Grand Lake District of Oakland for ages 9-14. Campers will practice different performance skills each day of summer session including singing, acting, dancing, and songwriting. Camp rehearsals culminate in a final showcase performance for friends and family!
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Dates: July 14-25 only.
Hours: 9am – 3pm
Price: $700 for a two-week session.

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.
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Dates: July 14 to August 8
Hours: 9am to 3pm with no aftercare
Price: 4-week sessions /$1250

Kids ‘N Dance (Oakland-Redwood Heights/Laurel District)
Kids ‘N Dance ‘N Theater Arts offers dance, musical theater, gymnastic/circus arts and general day camps for pre-school through middle school students.  Full day, part day, and puzzle-piecing two camps in one week are all available options, with and without field trips. Visit the website to discover all that Kids ‘N Dance Theater Arts has to offer this summer.
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Hours: 9am – 4pm
Price: Call for details

Magic Flute Puppetry (Albany)
Music and art camp in Albany for 8-12 year olds, not only for musicians.
Students will be making their own puppets and set designs and will perform some scenes from the opera. In addition to that, we will also be developing our Magic Flute board game.
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Dates: June 30-July 11 in German, July 14-25 in English,
no class on July 4th.
Hours: 9am – 3pm, aftercare by arrangement
Price: $599 for the German session; $640 for the English session, earlybird discount applies before 4/1.

Stage Door Conservatory (North Berkeley)
Offers four popular summer camp programs in musical theater and the performing arts to children entering the 2nd through just graduating 12th grade. Acclaimed artistically, day camps provide an enriched, supportive and often profoundly memorable experience for children interested in developing and expressing themselves as young actors and theater artists.
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Hours: 9am – 3:30pm
Price: $700 for a 2-week session for kids entering 2nd – 6th; $1420 for a 4-week session for kids entering 5th-10th

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Gymnastics and Dance

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 28- Aug 15. Classes taught include: capoeria, hip-hop, Bollywood, Middle-Eastern, bharata-natyam, contemporary, West African, and more.
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Hours: 9am to 4pm (after care available)
Price: Info to come

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.
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Hours: 9am to 4pm for full-day camp; 9am to 12pm 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

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.
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Hours: 9am – 3pm
Price: Call 510-883-1118

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. Dance Camp for ages 7-10 will offer all styles of dance and take place in both morning and afternoon sessions (choose one). Hip Hop Camp for ages 9-11 will take place in the morning only. Find more details on the website.
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Hours: Morning sessions are 9am-12:30pm; afternoons are 12:30-4pm
Price: $210/week

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General Day camps

St Pauls Day camp for kids

St Paul’s Day Camp (Oakland)
St. Paul’s Summer Camp, located just a few steps away from Lake Merritt in Oakland, hosts a variety of thematic one-week camps such as Art, Basketball, Fun In the Sun, and Medley camps (lots of fun stuff in one busy day). Two academic camps offered for students entering kindergarten and sixth grade. Programs offered for grades K through 6.
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Hours: 9am – 3pm for the core program; extended care available 7:30 – 6pm 9:00am–3:00pm.
Price: $350 – $375/week; $35/wk for before-care; $105/wk for after-care. Discounts for siblings and if you mention 510families.

Sarahs Science outdoor day camp
Sarah’s Science Camp (Tilden Park, Berkeley and Roberts Park, Oakland)
Each day at camp, kids make and take home a fun science project while exploring complex science topics ranging from physics to chemistry and beyond. Camp also includes hiking, music, art, games, and swimming. For children over age 5. CIT program begins at age 11.
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Hours: 9am – 3pm, plus before care and after care
Price: $370/week or $90/day with sibling and multi-week discounts available

“My daughter attended Sarah Science for three weeks last summer and loved it! Seems like she’s learned more at Sarah’s Science in a few weeks than she did all year in Kindergarten!” ~ Emily from Berkeley

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 various beach locations, such as Lake Anza in Tilden Park (by bus, not your car).
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Hours: 9am – 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 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. Sessions are four weeks long. As of February, some age groups are already full, waitlist is open.
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Hours: 9am to 3pm with extended from 7:30am to 6pm
Price: Choose 1 or 2 four-week sessions (1) Jun 23 – Jul 18 or (2) Jul 28 to Aug 22, $1075-$1525, discounts for Beth-El members.

Monkey Business (Berkeley, Oakland)
Tilden Park Programs for Ages 4½ -15. Campers will experience silly games and outdoor activities dictated by weekly themes. 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. Registration information not yet available.
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Camp Tzofim (Oakland with drop off in N. Berkeley available)
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 home dirty. Occasional late night or overnight depending on age group. For pre-K through CIT in 11th grade.
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Hours: 9am to 4pm, Extended care available 8am to 6pm at either N. Berkeley or Oakland JCC locations.
Price: Find prices on this page; rates vary by age and JCC membership status; early bird and sibling discounts also available.

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Eco and Outdoor Skills

Urban Adventures daycamp in Oakland

Urban Adventure (Rockridge BART)
Urban Adventure Camps is unique week-long day camp that takes campers on exciting fields trips every day of the week for campers ages 8 to 15. Groups visit the Bay Area’s best museums, parks, galleries, science centers, and various other urban attractions and city centers. Public transportation is used to travel between locations, thereby developing the campers’ knowledge and confidence when traveling within a city. No two days are the same. Girls only and Boys only camps available.
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Hours: 8am to 4pm, After care available
Price: Explorer camp week $425; Active camp week $625; need-based scholarships available; discounts for bringing friends. Fees include transportation + museum admission.

Camp Roughing It for East Bay kids

Roughing It (Lafayette Reservoir, pickup from many {510} locations)
Roughing It Day Camp is an all-outdoor summer day camp for children age 4-16. Activities include instruction in horseback riding, swimming, fishing, boating and more! Free transportation from 36 central Bay Area locations.
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Hours: 9am-3pm Extended care available
Price: $350-$1000 per week. Discounts for siblings and friend referrals.

Kids for the Bay nature camp

Kids for the Bay (locations vary daily)
KIDS for the BAY Summer Camps take advantage of the amazing natural spaces in our own backyard. Campers will explore bay and ocean shorelines, visit botanical gardens, hike along beautiful creeks, collect insects from ponds, kayak on the bay and swim in a lake! Hands-on outdoor science and nature programs facilitated by professional environmental educators. Camp sessions for 5-8, 5-9, and 8-12 year olds include local nature field trips (transportation provided).
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Hours: 9am – 4pm; extended care to 5 pm
Price: $340/wk for core program. Multiple discounts available.

“KIDS for the BAY is an excellent camp with mature and educated counselors who provided a fun and educational experience for my child.” ~ Cathy, Camp Mom

“My favorite part of camp was finding the newts!” ~ Kiki, Camper 2013

Adventure camp in the East Bay

Avid4 Adventure (Berkeley, Oakland, Marin)
Fun and empowering, Avid4 Adventure camps combine outdoor multi-sport and adventure skills with building self-confidence for pre-k through 7th graders. Activities include kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, stand-up paddleboarding, and much more.
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Hours: 8:45am-2:30pm Extended care: 8:00am-5:30pm
Price: $435/week. Enter code “510families” and save $15.

Trackers (Berkeley)
Day and overnight camps feature a range of themes: wilderness survival, homesteading crafts, role-playing adventure, archery, and much more for children entering first grade through ninth. The youngest campers learn the beginnings of these new and fun skills.
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Hours: 8:30am to 4pm, Extended care available 7:30am to 6pm
Price: $390 per week; Early Bird and other discounts available

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 draws inspiration from Jewish tradition. Open to children entering 1st–5th grades.
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Hours: 9am to 3pm, After care available
Price: $395 per week; Early Bird Discounts available

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Sports Camps

At the time of this publishing, some of our local sports camps do not have information available for this summer: W. Berkeley Fencing, Jerry Conrad Tennis Camp, and others.

Cal Youth Camps

Cal Summer Youth Programs (Berkeley)
Cal offers camps for pre-K to high school students in a huge variety of sports camps, including some full-day 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.
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Sonny Dykes Youth Football camp

Sonny Dykes Youth Football (Berkeley, Cal Memorial Stadium)
The SD youth program is run by the Cal Football coaching staff, as well as current Cal players. This non-contact camp is designed to improve a child’s beginning, intermediate or advanced skill level. Fundamentals of all positions on offense and defense are taught in addition to life skills such as respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, teamwork and the importance of education. Participants are grouped based on age and skill level. Boys and girls ages 5-13 are welcome.
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Hours: 9am to 3pm; aftercare available for $25/day
Price: $400/week

Camp Bladium summer program

Camp Bladium (Alameda)
Children, ages 4-14, can experience a wide variety of active games and activities: rock climbing, basketball, dodgeball, kickball, arts and crafts, laser tag, jumpers, LEGO, and water world. Healthy snacks and lunches provided. Campers also receive a free t-shirt. Specialized single-sport camps are also available.
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Hours: 9am to 5pm with free extended care 7:30am to 6pm; half day: 9am to 1pm with free extended drop-off
Price: $350 per week for full day; $225 for half day. Discounts available for multiple weeks and to members.

Albany Berkeley Soccer Club (field locations vary)
Children, ages 5-13, perform drills on dribbling, passing, defense, and shooting while having lots of fun. Experienced coaching staff.
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Hours: 9am to noon for half-day; 9am to 3pm for full day
Price: $185/week for half-day; $225/week for full-day

El Cerrito Martial Arts (El Cerrito)
Children age 5-13 learn functional martial arts through an age-appropriate curriculum. Days are rounded out with local field trips and fun indoor activities.
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Hours: 7:30am to 6pm
Price: $225 per week with earlybird, sibling, and multi-week discounts

RATS, Recreation & Team Sports (Berkeley)
This multi-sport camp is for 3rd through 8th graders of all abilities. Moderately competitive, highly instructional, and fun for kids who want to play and learn basketball, football, soccer. During downtime, expect board games and talent shows.
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Hours: 8am to 5:30pm
Price: $175 per week

Sailing & Boating (Oakland at Lake Merritt and Jack London Square)
Youth ages 7-17 come to Lake Merritt for boating adventures. Younger children use various boats and learn about the animals and ecology of the lake and older kids learn to sail. Advanced sailors go to the Oakland Estuary to advance their skills.
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Hours: 9am to 3:30pm, after care available
Price: $165 per week

West Berkeley Fencing Club (Berkeley)
Campers age 7-12 can try their hands at youth foil camp; all equipment is provided for.
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Hours: 9am to 4pm
Price: $450 per week (camp only held twice this summer)

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Foreign Language and Culture

EBI Spanish summer camps

Escuela Bilingüe Internacional (Oakland)
Campers will explore art, music, science, gardening, movement and dozens of other enriching activities in Spanish. For children ages 3 to 12. No prior Spanish speaking experience required for the first two sessions. New this year: EBI has teamed up with SoccerShots, Peak Athletes, Cooking Round the World and a Multimedia/ Photography professional to offer specialized camps for 3rd – 7th graders in addition to the regular options. Choose themes during registration. Sessions are part-day and two-weeks long.
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Hours: 8:30am – 12pm (AM) or 12:30pm – 4pm (PM) with extended care available
Price: $365-$400 for each AM or PM camp

Edah Summer Camp

Edah Summer Camp (Berkeley)
Edah offers high quality, Hebrew immersion, Jewish experiential learning camps for children grades K through 5. In June, campers work the land at Urban Adamah for a taste of kibbutz life. In August make a journey to (local) Israel with Hebrew immersion camp; campers will explore far away places and travel through time.
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Dates: Kibbutz Edah: June 16-20th and Local Israel: August 18-22nd
Hours: Mon-Thur 9am-5:15pm & Fri 9am-4:15pm; early drop-off available
Price: $395 / Edah Members $350

BAKS+/Kinderstube German Immersion Camp (Berkeley)
Campers age 4 to 14 will be immersed in hands-on German activities such as singing, acting, history, music, cooking, crafts, and occasional field trips. Each age group is led by a native German teacher with experience in instructing.
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Hours: 9am – 1pm with after care available until 5pm
Price: $250 per week

Bay Language Academy (Alameda)
Bay Language Academy offers instruction in French, Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Activities will include art projects and conversation that teach language and culture.
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Hours: 9am – 3pm with extended care available from 7:30am to 6pm
Price: $390 per base session; 2 week minimum required. Discounts begin at the third week. Discounts for siblings.

Cooking Around the World (Alameda, Oakland)
Campers age 6 to 13 learn about the flavors and cultures around the world with occasional foodie field trips. From soups to entrees and desserts, children will learn culinary skills alongside international games and language acquisition.
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Hours: Half day camp is 9am – 1pm; full day camp is 9am to 4pm
Price: $200/week for half-day; $350/week for full-day

EFBA French Immersion (N. Berkeley)
EFBA summer camp offers week-long immersion in French for grades K-6 with a 1 adult to 5 student ratio, exploring French-speaking cultures through sports, cooking, games, music, art, and more.
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Hours: 9am – 3pm with extended care available until 6pm
Price: $320 per week; earlybird discounts available

Hip Wah Summer Program (Redwood Day School, Oakland)
Discover Chinese culture through arts and crafts, Mandarin language, martial arts activities, brush painting, music, cooking, field trips and more. Space available for incoming 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders.
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Hours: 9am – 2pm; extended care available
Price: $740 for four weeks

New Sprouts Mandarin (Oakland)
Camp is infused with fun cultural activities taught by experienced bilingual Chinese teachers. No prior knowledge of Chinese is necessary for this camp though communication will be conducted primarily in Mandarin. This camp is appropriate for children entering grade K-4 in the coming fall. Expect immersion-based arts & crafts, dance & movements, stories, sports & games, brush painting, cooking and a special Chinese cultural theme each week. Field trips also. Camp is offered in four week-long sessions.
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Hours: 9am – 3pm; extended care available from 8am to 6pm
Price: $300 per 1 week session; discount for all 4

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. Must be potty trained. The school-age camp spans ages 5 to 13. Camp is offered in five two-week session.
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Hours: 8:30am – 3pm with extended care available from 7:30am to 6pm
Price: $800 per 2 week session

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