Art, Design, and Maker Summer Camps - 510 Families

Art, Design, and Maker Summer Camps

Let’s design and make amazing things this summer! This roundup of art and maker camps is a sampling of the many inspiring hands-on camp offerings available in the East Bay. Learn more about these camps that specialize in being creative along with other East Bay camps in our 2024 Camp Guide.

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So many art, design, crafts, building, maker camps for East Bay Kids

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Camp Galileo

At Camp Galileo, every week is a unique adventure full of engaging STEAM projects, collaborative design challenges and classic camp fun like silly skits and face painting for K-10th graders. Extended care 8am–6pm.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Price: $540 per week. Multi-week discounts apply.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Camp Season: Week of June 3, Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22

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Monkey Business Camp

100% unplugged and outdoors. Kids enjoy nature exploration, arts & crafts, food projects, games, songs and special surprises in Tilden Park! 3-week sessions with same kids and staff, with some 3 day to 2-week options. Campers ages 5.25-10. Youth Leaders 11+.

Camp Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:30 pm
Price: $648+ per week with financial aid available
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Camp Season: Week of June 3, Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5, Week of Aug. 12

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Go Girls! Oakland

Go Girls! empowers girls & gender-expansive youth to take center stage. With the Go Girls! Culture Code; theater, expressive art, music, dance, and media, campers practice brave and bold choices in their lives and communities. Performances are driven by their voice and creativity.

Camp Hours: 8:30 am to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:45 pm
Price: $1199 per 2 week session. Earlybird discount available. 50% non-refundable deposit required at registration.
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Camp Season: Week of June 3, Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 8, Week of July 15

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Summer Discovery Camps at BADM

Set at the picturesque Bay Area Discovery Museum, educators are dedicated to sparking curiosity. Your child will be the creator of their own magical stories, with endless possibilities for fun and discovery. Camp is a treasure trove of imaginative play and epic adventures.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm | 3 year olds have 2-week sessions of half days from 9 am to 1 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:00 pm
Price: $600 per week; $125 for extended care | For 3YO, $900 per 2-week session of half days
Grades: ages 3+, preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Camp Season: Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5, Week of Aug. 12

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Brains & Motion Education Summer Camps

Let your students dive into an amazing summer adventure at Brains & Motion Summer Camps in the Bay Area. Explore a range of STEM, Arts & Sports camps for grades K-8. Learning is fun and possibilities are boundless.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Price: Starting at $432 per week
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Camp Season: Week of June 3, Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5, Week of Aug. 12

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Lindsay Wildlife Experience

Spend summer days learning about nature and having fun at the unique day camps at Lindsay Wildlife Experience! Engage in a blend of indoor and outdoor adventures, encompassing nature hikes, music, games, crafts, and live animal encounters throughout camp.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3:30 pm or 9 am to 12:30 pm for half day
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:30 pm
Price: $675 per week for non-members ($600 for LWE members) | Half day is $350 per week ($300 for LWE members)
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Camp Season: Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29

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Mr. D's Music Club

Mr. D's Music Club's multi-award-winning summer camps offer high-energy days of singing, dancing, acting, art, fun, and friends. Camp includes picnic lunches, games, talent shows, pizza lunch, and a Friday performance for friends & family. Discover one of Oakland's "best-kept secrets".

Camp Hours: 9 am - 3:30 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:45 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:00 pm
Price: $525 per week. Sibling and Multi-Camp Discounts Available
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Camp Season: Week of June 3, Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5

Discount for {510} Families readers:

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Camp JCAS at Junior Center of Art & Science

Camp JCAS cultivates curiosity and inspires creative expression through hands-on making, tinkering, and designing with small, weekly, thematic camps including carpentry, painting, comics, stop-motion animation, and ecology. Campers work in a supportive environment with professional artists and makers.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:00 pm
Price: $425 - $625 per week on a sliding scale | $1100 to $1300 for 2-week carpentry camp
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Camp Season: Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5, Week of Aug. 12

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California College of the Arts (CCA) Youth Programs

3 distinct CCA studio programs for middle & high school students include animation, architecture, ceramics, comics, drawing, graphic design, fashion, film, illustration, industrial design, interior design, jewelry-making, metal arts, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, screenprinting, and sculpture.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:45 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:15 pm
Price: $650 per week (middle school program). $2100 per 2-week, or $4200 per 4-week session (high school program)
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Camp Season: Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29

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Kids' Club Summer Camp at Claremont Club & Spa

Adventure day campers will return home happy and fulfilled from a day full of creativity, excitement, and discovery. A day in camp will consist of arts & crafts, swimming in the Claremont pools, field games, and recreational activities. Youth leadership 11+

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:00 pm
Price: $750 per week for non-members | $650 for members | Discounts apply for multi-week enrollments
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Camp Season: Week of May 27, Week of June 3, Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5, Week of Aug. 12, Week of Aug. 19

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The Village Kids' Club Camps

Kids LOVE these mash-up camps - making your own squishies, playing music together, doing science, cooking, and dancing. With a low teacher to student ratio, engaging themes, small camp size, and lots of physical activity, try something new.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:30 pm
Price: $595 per week. Sibling discount of 10%
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Camp Season: Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5, Week of Aug. 12

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CAMP 510

CAMP 510 is a multi-media art day camp for grades K-8. Fabulous teaching artists strive to cultivate confident & creative young makers. Youth leadership program available for ages 12+

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Price: $480 per week
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Camp Season: Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5

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MOCHA Summer Art Camp

MOCHA Art Camps are innovative hands-on arts activities for children and youth, ages 5-12. Campers are immersed in thematic artistic mediums within a structured environment while being free to test the limits of their imagination.

Camp Hours: 8 am to 3:30 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:30 pm
Price: $450 per week or $360 for 4-Day Camps
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Camp Season: Week of May 27, Week of June 3, Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5, Week of Aug. 12

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Camp Reel Stories

Camp Reel Stories is a filmmaking camp for teen girls and gender-expansive youth. Campers work together in teams to write, film, and edit their own films using industry standard technology with support from professional filmmakers. TWO WEEKS ONLY

Camp Hours: 9:30 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Price: $1,200 for 2-week session. Save $100 before 3/31/24
Grades: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Camp Season: Week of June 17, Week of June 24

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Cara Goldstein Art Camps

Cartooning and Creativity Camps combine imagination with skill building. All skills levels are welcome. Cara has over 15 years of experience teaching. She encourages students to create their own stories, explore materials, and find their unique voice and artistic talent. Student testimonial “Comics Camp is the definition of fun!”

Camp Hours: 10 am to noon
    Earliest Drop off: 10:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Price:
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Camp Season: Week of June 10, Week of June 24, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29

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Reel Stories Boot Camp

Reel Stories Boot Camp is a beginner filmmaking camp for girls and gender expansive youth. Campers will write, film, and edit their own movies using easy to access technology and screen their final films at a local Bay Area theater! ONE WEEK ONLY

Camp Hours: 9 am to 2 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Price: $600 tuition per week. Save $50 before 3/31/24
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Camp Season: Week of June 3

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3DMAKERCAMP

STEM-focused 3DMAKERCAMP allows kids 5-14 to design and create with 3D printers and laser cutters, build LEGO robots, and enjoy sports. Professional instructors lead a perfect blend of learning, adventure, and fun. Enroll now for a memorable summer.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Price: $600 per week for 1- and 2-week sessions
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Camp Season: Week of June 3, Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15

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Camp Doodles

Camp Doodles is a project-based, hands-on STEAM camp. The philosophy emphasizes fun in maker and art labs to encourage creativity, coupled with plenty of outdoor time. Spark Program for 1st - 5th graders + Primo Program for PreK - Kindergarten. Youth leadership 6th grade+

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3:45 pm | half day from 9 am to 1 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:30 pm
Price: $489 per week or $449 for half-day week.
Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Camp Season: Week of June 3, Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5

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Legarza Kids

Join Legarza Camp for an unbeatable summer of fun and fundamentals. With a diverse offering of sports and STEAM programs, there is something for every kid. Enjoy theme days, level up with the best coaches, and make new forever friends.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3:30 pm | half-days from 9 am to noon or 12:45 to 3:30 pm (extended care until 5pm)
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:00 pm
Price: $425 per week | $225-$235 per week of half-days
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Camp Season: Week of June 3, Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29

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Dancing Paintbrush Studio

An award-winning art camp, Dancing Paintbrush demonstrates a variety of techniques and hosts special guests to nurture artistic development; provides lessons to spark the creative process; and encourages individual exploration of personal interests, working together, and sharing ideas. CITs are 14+

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:00 am
Price: $650/week. Early bird before 4/1/24, Discount for siblings, referrals, CIT's
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Camp Season: Week of June 3, Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5, Week of Aug. 12, Week of Aug. 19, Week of Aug. 26

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Su Yun's Chinese Learning Center + STEM Camps

Fun and engaging hands-on K-5 summer camps that blend STEM topics, Mandarin language, and outdoor activities. Themes include LEGO, engineering, and makerspace. No prior language experience required.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:00 pm
Price: $450 per week. Early bird, multi-session, and sibling/friend discounts available.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Camp Season: Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5

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Color Me Mine - Summer Art Camp

Color Me Mine offers 9 weeks of Art Camps (4 hour days) focused on Ceramics and Clay. Each week a different theme. Campers are instructed, step-by-step, art techniques that will up their art game. Pizza provided on Fridays.

Camp Hours: 10 am to 2 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:50 am
    Latest Pick-up: 02:10 pm
Price: $399 per week
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Camp Season: Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5

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The STEM Collective

The STEM Collective is NOT your average camp. This is a truly hands-on, applied knowledge camp that offers virtual reality programming, chemistry, catapult carpentry, electronics with arduino, and elementary economics. Skills will be learned and knowledge will be applied.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:00 pm
Price: $499 per week. Early bird, multi-session, and sibling/friend discounts available.
Grades: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Camp Season: Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5

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Steve & Kate's Camp

Campers choose from a variety of activities including sewing, coding, maker crafts, sports & more! Buy any number of days to use at any time. Unused days are automatically refunded at summer’s end. Est. 1980. Lunch, snacks & all hours (8am–6pm) included.

Camp Hours: 8 am to 6 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Price: From $120 for a day pass / $3,600 for an entire summer pass.
Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Camp Season: Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5, Week of Aug. 12

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UC Berkeley Design + Build Camp

Take your maker skills to the next level at UC Berkeley. Campers work with each other to imagine, design, and build a mini golf course using professional-grade equipment in Berkeley’s CED wood and metal shop and digital fabrication lab. 2 WEEKS ONLY.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:50 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:10 pm
Price: $2900 (total for the 2 week camp)
Grades: 9th, 10th
Camp Season: Week of June 17, Week of June 24

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PERSPECTIVES Youth Photography Summer Camp

PERSPECTIVES Programs are 5-day courses where students learn manual settings in a practice-based environment with close 1:1 instruction from a professional photographer, how to create impactful images that tell stories by photographing throughout the Bay Area, and how to edit finished work.

Camp Hours: 10 am to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:45 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:15 pm
Price: $625 - $775 per week
Grades: 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Camp Season: Week of June 3, Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29

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Corner House Studio Art Camp

Corner House Studio Art Camp is a fun way to boost creative confidence through the visual arts! Working in diverse mediums like paint, collage, and sculpture, young artists will unleash their imaginations while building lifelong creative skills.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Price: $650 for full day, 10% sibling discount, 10% off early bird registration before April 1
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Camp Season: Week of June 3, Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5

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Wild Ones Art Camp

Wild Ones Art Camp is excited to provide kids (ages 5-10) an outdoor experience where they can connect with art and nature in local East Bay parks. Campers will explore the Redwoods, build forts, go on hikes, and create fun art projects as they learn about insects, birds, & plants.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:45 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:15 pm
Price: $585 per week | $125 per day
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Camp Season: Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22

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The Great Leap Academy Summer Camp

An extraordinary summer adventure with station choices from STEAM, cooking, art, mindfulness w/ sound bath, sewing, sensory play, fitness, LEGO, Roblox, and Minecraft! Children gather together for team building, music, and movement.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 5 pm or half-day from 1 pm to 5 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Price: Full Day $685/week | Drop In $180/day | Half Day $450/week | | 40% Early Bird Discount before 4/15 | 10% Sibling Rate
Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Camp Season: Week of June 3, Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5

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Liv & Chiu Art Studio Art Camp

Summer Art Camps for a creative adventure: explore painting, drawing, sculpture, comics, digital art, and more. Spark the imagination, make friends, and create unforgettable memories while delving into 2D animation, anime drawing, graphic novel, digital drawing/painting, and clothed figure drawing.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 4 pm or half days 9 am to noon and noon/1 pm to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:00 pm
Price: $300-$400 per week for half-day camp. Early bird discounts before 4/1/24. BYO iPad+stylus for digital art classes.
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Camp Season: Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15

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Sticky Art Lab

An exciting array of art-based maker camps with different themes and lead artists each week including clay, fantasy play, mixed media sculptures, painting, printmaking, sewing, and woodworking. Camp offers a balance of structured teaching and free-build exploration with a focus on reuse. Youth leaders age 14+

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:45 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Price: $510 per week. $485 per week for siblings. $105 per day drop-in when space available.
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Camp Season: Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5

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Creativity Camp by Art with Susan

At Creativity Camp, the child is the artist! Children create what they want, explore materials that interest them, and work at their own pace. Campers also enjoy outside time, games, and sensory materials.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Price: $550-$600 per week depending on location
Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Camp Season: Week of June 3, Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29

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Aflo Health Body Sovereignty Camp

Empowerment camp honors Black girls’ transition to womanhood, fostering healthy living in a joyful atmosphere. Activities draw from African traditions, nurturing self-love and mind-body harmony. A supportive environment encourages questions and connection among participants. July 1-3 ONLY.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:45 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:15 pm
Price: $444 for 3 days, July 1-3 | Siblings save $111
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Camp Season: Week of July 1

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Cole Arts Camp

Cole Arts Camp offers fun, relaxed and joyful activities in drama, storytelling, comedy and improv, puppetry, hip hop and creative dance, drumming, music, and crafts. Each session ends with a variety show for family and friends.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:30 pm
Price: $500 per week. $100 per day. $450 per week for siblings
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Camp Season: Week of June 3, Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22

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FAD PAD Summer Camps

The FAD PAD is a wonderful, creative, safe, magical outdoor space for fun, art, drama, cooking, storytelling, cooperative games, fabric crafts, Fairylore and Starwitz (Harry Potter). 4-8 students, K-5th. Hammock, swings, tree to climb, and gardens to explore!

Camp Hours: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:30 pm
Price: $500 per week
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Camp Season: Week of May 27, Week of June 3, Week of June 10, Week of June 24, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5

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WoodWorks Camp from East Bay School for Boys (EBSB)

EBSB’s WoodWorks for all rising 4th to 9th graders encourages campers to unplug from screens and engage with tools, tinkering, and design. Campers will play games, engage with hands-on design and building challenges in woodworking and forge connections. Need not be a student at EBSB.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:00 pm
Price: $500 per week
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Camp Season: Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5

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ATDP, Academic Talent Development Program at UC Berkeley

Challenging courses for motivated scholars. Explore academic passions through in-person or remote learning. Elementary Division (3 weeks, grades K-6) is held at Michelle Obama School in Richmond & Secondary Division (6 weeks, grades 7-11) at the UC Berkeley campus. Apply early!

Camp Hours: 8:30am - noon (morning sessions) and 1:00pm - 4:30pm (afternoon sessions)
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:30 pm
Price: Each course ranges $710-1080 for 3-6 weeks in total. Sibling discounts and Financial Aid is available. Check our website for deadlines.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Camp Season: Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22

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Camp Gan Israel Berkeley

Gan Izzy is a fun Jewish camp with activities including swimming, sports, arts and crafts, gymnastics and field trips. Lunch included. Space is limited.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:00 pm
Price: $500 per week. $1400 for 3 weeks or $2700 for 6 weeks. Discounts and financial assistance available.
Grades: ages 2+, ages 3+, preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Camp Season: Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29

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Brick Tech LEGO Camps

At Brick Tech, they want to inspire and captivate the imagination of every child using LEGO® to explain STEM and robotics concepts. Camp is a combination of guided LEGO® projects and structured play time in a safe and fun learning environment. At Brick Tech, the best way to learn is by doing.

Camp Hours: 9 a to 4 pm or half days 9 am to noon, 1 pm to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:45 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:15 pm
Price: $525 per week of full day, $249 per week of half day
Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Camp Season: Week of June 3, Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5, Week of Aug. 12, Week of Aug. 19

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Wildcat Canyon Community School Summer Camp (WCCS)

Embark on a summer adventure with Wildcat Canyon Community School! From enchanting forest hikes to artistic escapades, plus cooking delights and fascinating science experiments, this 91-acre campus is the ultimate playground for curious minds. Need not be a student to attend.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:30 am
Price: $450 per week. Save $50 before March 31.
Grades: ages 3+, preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Camp Season: Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of Aug. 5, Week of Aug. 12

ACE Camp

FREE 3-week program activates young brains and bodies with Arts, nature, and community.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 2 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 02:00 pm
Price: 3-week sessions are free of charge for families that qualify for reduced and free lunch, but all income levels are welcomed
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Camp Season: Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22

9th Street Lab Summer Workshops

woodworking, carpentry

Camp Hours: 9 am to 12:30 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 12:30 pm
Price: $450 per week
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Camp Season: Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of July 15, Week of July 22

Aran's Art Studio Summer Camp

Camp Hours: 10 am - 2 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Price: $565 per week
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Camp Season: Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29

Berkeley Fun Camp

James Kenney Discovery Camp, Live Oak Adventurers Camp, or Frances Albrier Arts Camp.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm with before and after care available
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Price: $150 per week (Berkeley resident) | $180 per week (non-resident)
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Camp Season:

Camp Brushstrokes

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm or 9 am to noon for ages 5-6
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Price: $599 per week
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Camp Season: Week of May 27, Week of June 3, Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5, Week of Aug. 12, Week of Aug. 19, Week of Aug. 26

Camp Kala Summer Youth Arts Program

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Price: $450 per week
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Camp Season:

Cass Ceramics Summer Camps

Camp Hours: 1 pm to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 12:45 pm
    Latest Pick-up: 04:15 pm
Price: $425 per week includes materials
Grades: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Camp Season: Week of June 3, Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5

Center For Community Arts Summer Camps

Camp Hours: 9 am to 4 pm or half days 9 am to 12:15 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:45 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:15 pm
Price: $656 per 2-week full-day program | $369 per 2-week half-day program
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Camp Season: Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5

Creations Berkeley

media production.

Camp Hours: 10 am to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Price: $1095 per 2-week session
Grades: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Camp Season:

El Cerrito Summer Camp

Camp Hours: 9 am to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Price: Fees vary by age and program | Resident discount available
Grades: ages 3+, preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Camp Season: Week of June 10, Week of June 17, Week of June 24, Week of July 1, Week of July 8, Week of July 15, Week of July 22, Week of July 29, Week of Aug. 5, Week of Aug. 12

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Perspectives Photo School by Tara Layman Photography

Find the perfect camp for your child in our Best East Bay Camps Guide. This year, take a look at sleepaway camps if you think that might be a fit!

Sponsors are indicated by their logos. If you know of other camps that are good for the tinkering sort of day campers, please add them in the comments!

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