Summer camp newswire: March 2012

As much as I hate to propogate anxiety about summer camps selling out and make parents feel like they need to be signing up for camp in February, I have now personally experienced what I thought before was an urban myth, a spot in a camp I was interested in for my first grader disappeared while I procrastinated my committment.

As a service to other East Bay parents, I will run this series to help keep “Sign up for summer camp” on your to-do list.

  • Pre-K Zoo Camp – Looking for a camp for your rising Kindergartner? The Oakland Zoo starts registration mid-March. Bookmark the camp details page and put a note on your calendar. (From last year, a round-up of camps for 4- and 5- year olds.)
  • Bay Area Children’s Theatre – Offering camps that will put on the show Annie in Piedmont, Alameda, and San Ramon, registration is now open. 5-6 year olds can enroll in half-day camp while 7-14 year olds go all day. (From last year, a round-up of camps for dramatic kids.)
  • New Sprouts Chinese School – offers two sessions of day camp near Lake Merritt for K-5 kids. Kids do indoor and outdoor activities, cook, craft, play sports, and more. More details here.
  • Camp 510 – Brought to us by the folks who organized the East Bay Mini-Maker Faire, this camp debuts in Oakland this year and focuses on giving kids opportunities to “do-it-themselves” from crafts to technology. Learn more.
  • Kids For The Bay – Environmental science themed programs: “Animals, Animals, Everywhere!”, “The Wonderful World of Plants!”, “Aquatic Science Adventure Camp” are the three choices for kids ages 5-10. Camp meets at various locations in Berkeley, from Tilden Park to the Berkeley Marina. More info.

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  1. says

    KIDS for the BAY’s Summer Camp is awesome! Our camp size is small, 20 campers maximum per week, and our camp leaders are professional environmental educators and permanent, year-round KIDS for the BAY staff. Campers get to spend the whole day outside, enjoying nature and exploring the beautiful and varied habitats of the East Bay.

    We would love to have your child join our camp this summer! Visit or call us at 510-985-1602.

    Happy camping!