Art, Design, and Maker Summer Camps - 510 Families

Art, Design, and Maker Summer Camps

Thank you to our sponsors: Junior Center of Art and Science (JCAS), MOCHA (Museum of Children’s Art), Liv & Chiu Art Studio, KidzToPros STEM, Arts & Sports Summer Camps, Cara Goldstein Art Camps, and Tara Layman Photography.

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 2022 Camp Guide.

Our sponsors in a nutshell:

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This young artist learns to paint with watercolors | Photo: Liv & Chiu

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

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KidzToPros STEM, Arts & Sports Summer Camps

Summer is for exploration, adventure and discovery. From sports to coding, robotics, and creative arts - find options to inspire every Pre-K to 8th-grade learner with KidztoPros. Sports tracks include multi-sport, tennis, soccer, or basketball. Not all weeks are available at all locations.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 4 pm with extended care 8:30 am to 5 pm | Half-day option 8:30 am to noon.
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:00 pm
Price: Starting at $423 per week
Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Camp Season (2022):

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Save $50 with code 510FAM-50. Expires 6/1/2022.

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Monkey Business Camp

Classic day camp, 100% unplugged and outdoors. Join the 24th summer full of nature exploration, arts & crafts, field games, songs, hikes, board games, and more! Three-week session offerings, for building connections between staff and campers and the land in Tilden Park. Campers ages 5-10. Youth Leaders 11+.

Camp Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:30 pm
Price: $1,908-$2,388 sliding scale per 3-week session ($15.90-$19.90/hour)
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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Junior Center of Art and Science (JCAS)

Create and explore this summer! Camp JCAS cultivates curiosity and inspires creative expression through making, tinkering, and visual arts with small, weekly, thematic camps from ceramics to stop-motion animation. Campers design and create both independently and collaboratively through fun and engaging group projects.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm some camps 9 to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:00 pm
Price: $300 to $600 per week on a sliding scale based on need
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
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Liv & Chiu Art Studio Art Camp

Liv & Chiu has lots of exciting art activities to keep your young artists engaged. Professional teaching artists create a supportive environment where campers are encouraged to explore and hone their skills. From papier-mâché to acrylic paint, from art around the globe to their imagined world, they've got it all!

Camp Hours: 9 am to noon & 1 pm to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:15 pm
Price: $530 per week; multiple session discount ($20); need-based scholarships available to El Cerrito residents.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Camp Season (2022):

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Camp Doodles

Campers age 3+ grow their creative intelligence through making and art. Engage in weekly themes about basic engineering, renewable fuels, propulsion and others. There is something to inspire every child including building, woodworking, sculpting, cooking, and sports & games.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:30 pm
Price: $459 per week. Early bird and multiweek discounts available
Grades: ages 3+, preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
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Nature of STE(A)M & WoodWorks from East Bay School for Boys (EBSB)

Nature of STE(A)M: Rising 4-5th grade boys. Campers engage with climate science, technology, engineering, arts, & math in the great outdoors through engaging ‘maker’ education.

WoodWorks: Rising 6-9th grade boys. Camp combines industrial arts shop class and executive functioning development. Campers plan, design, & build projects together from wood, metal, and other materials.

Camp Hours: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:30 pm
Price: $550-$720 per week
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
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Photo Camp with Tara Layman Photography

Teen Photo Camp is an active, adventurous, and educational dive into the world of photography! Campers travel to beautiful locations throughout the Bay Area to learn how to see the world through a camera lens and capture incredible photographs.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:45 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:15 pm
Price: $625 for a full week including camera rental, $150 day rate, early bird pricing and referral discounts!
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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CAMP 510

CAMP 510 is a values-driven summer day-camp with the mission to cultivate confident and creative young makers. CAMPers learn cooking, welding, sewing, art, music, and more in the spirit D-I-T (do it together); guided through unique projects by professional artists and makers. Ages 6-14.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Price: $460-$495 per week
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Camp Season (2022):

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Use code 510SUMMER to save $25 per week of camp.

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The Crucible Youth Summer Camp

Hands-on STEM concepts through the industrial arts. Campers experiment with different media and techniques to create unique works of art. Choose from blacksmithing, welding, woodworking, jewelry. Students develop creative problem solving, scientific principles, and teamwork. Ages 8 to 18.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 4 pm, also half days
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Price: Half-day camps start at $350 per week | Full-day $850 per week | Crucible members can get 10% off tuition
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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3DMAKERCAMP

Make and take 3D printed toys, laser-cut clocks, vinyl cut stickers, and more at this high-tech STEAM makerspace. Campers learn 2D/3D software and how to use 3D printers, laser cutters, and vinyl cutters. Extra fun includes outdoor sports and activities.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Price: $435 per week
Grades: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
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Camp EDMO

EDMO is back with incredible summer programming to help kids learn something new, all while having fun. Join a summer filled with science, technology, maker projects, and art with a social-emotional learning twist. You choose online or in-person.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Price: $320 to $345 per week with discounts for early registration and siblings. 4-day sessions also cost less.
Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Camp Season (2022):

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Su Yun's STEM + Mandarin Summer Camps

Su Yun's provides fun and engaging hands-on K-5 summer camps that blend STEM topics, Mandarin language, and outdoor activities. Themes include LEGO, engineering, makerspace, etc. No prior language experience required.

For grades 5-8, they'll have VR programming, woodworking, chemistry experiments conducted entirely in English.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:00 pm
Price: $400 per week. Early bird, multi-session, and sibling/friend discounts available. Morning care from 8-9 am is $25/week
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Camp Season (2022):

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Save $20/wk when you email info@suyunschinese.com and mention 510families

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Cara Goldstein Art Camps

Choose Cartooning, Creativity, or Portfolio Development. Cara, an experienced art teacher with SFUSD offering, loves to help students create their own stories through art. Creativity class is a media exploration with projects inspired by illustrators and painters. Ages 7-17.

Camp Hours: Varies
    Earliest Drop off: 10:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:00 pm
Price: $325-$550 per week (Piedmont camp is shorter and costs less). Some need-based scholarships are available.
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Camp Season (2022):

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MOCHA Art Camp

Join MOCHA for innovative, hands-on, COVID-conscious arts activities for ages 5.5-13. Campers test the limits of their imaginations while investigating weekly themes. Play, creativity and expression, innovation, and exploration is validated through the process of making art.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3:30 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:30 pm
Price: $385 per week (unless noted otherwise) | 10% sibling discount | Add-ons: before-care: $10 per day & after-care: $25 per day
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Camp Season (2022):

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OSA Summer Arts Academy

4 offerings: Visual Art: Ages 9-14 study and engage in daily arts practice culminating in a small art show. Photography: Ages 11-14 learn DSLR fundamentals and use professional equipment to create a portfolio. Film: Ages 11-14 create a short film from scratch. Dance Academy offers serious dance training for grades 7 to 12.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:00 pm
Price: $750 to $1500 for 2- or 3-week sessions | Visual Arts, Film, Photography are 2-week sessions. Dance Academy is 3-week session
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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FAD PAD Summer Camps

The FAD PAD is a magical outdoor space for fun, art, drama, cooking, gardening, storytelling, games, sewing, fairy lore, and Starwitz (Harry Potter). 4-8 students, K-5th, following all safety guidelines. Hammock, swings, trees 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 (2022):

Discount for {510} Families readers:

$25 off 510familes until 3/18/2022

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Sticky Art Lab

Sticky Art Lab hosts an array of art-based maker camps with different lead artists each week. Expect a focus on reuse and a balance of structured teaching and free-building. Themes include clay, sewing, mixed media sculptures, gadgets & games, painting, and stop-motion animation.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:45 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:15 pm
Price: $500 per week
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Camp Season (2022):

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Montessori Family School Summer Program

Elementary-age kids will have two one-week sessions and two two-week sessions between June and July with a choice of Making Music Videos, STEAM Experiments, Film-making, and Gardening & Plants.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:00 pm
Price: $450 per week, $850 per two-week session
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Camp Season (2022):

Discount for {510} Families readers:

Use code 510Fam to save 10%. Expires 3/24/2022

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Wild Ones Art Camp

Wild Ones Art Camp offers kids, ages 6 to 10, an outdoor environment where they can connect with art and nature in the East Bay. Easy day hikes, epic wildflowers and fun art projects from up cycled materials. Don't miss out.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:45 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:15 pm
Price: $425 weekly or $95 per day
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Camp Season (2022):

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Cass Ceramics Summer Camps

Cass Ceramics Campers explore clay through basic hand-building techniques and other sculptural mediums. Some projects will be ready for your artist to bring home right away while others must be glazed and fired first. Let’s get creative!

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
Camp Season (2022):

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Golestan Summer Camp

Golestan's Summer Camp will be a bilingual Persian/English program that includes challenging physical, creative, and hands-on activities like tiles and mosaics, woodwork and carpentry, textiles and felting, and cooking. No prior Persian language experience is needed.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:30 pm
Price: $490/week (includes lunch and 2 snacks). Each 2-week session is $980
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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Redwood Day Summer Camp

Redwood Day Summer Camp campers can expect to partake in Arts & Crafts, Sports, STEAM activities with dedicated time in the Art Studio, Science Lab, and Innovation and Design Studio creating and engaging in fun activities. Two 3-week sessions (6/27-7/15 & 7/18-8/5).

Camp Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:30 pm
Price: $1550 per 3-week session
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
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Swings and Wings Summer Camp

8 weekly sessions of exciting, fun-filled camp themes for young ones include activities and projects for sensory-based gross and fine motor skills, science, crafts, and social skills.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 1 pm with extended care option available
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Price: $275 per week plus $100 per week for extended care option. Sibling and multiple camp discount available.
Grades: ages 3+, preschool (ages 4+), K
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And Sew We Grow

Camp Hours: 10 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 10:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Price: $575 per week
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
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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: $465 per week | $20 extra for before/after care
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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Camp Brushstrokes

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:45 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Price: $590 per week
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
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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: $435 per week plus a processing fee
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
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Center For Community Arts Summer Camps

Camp Hours: 9 am to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:45 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:15 pm
Price: Half Day $387 | Full Day $772 per week
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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City of San Pablo Summer Camps

Camp Hours: 9:30 am to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 07:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Price: $65 per week resident | $75 per week for non-residents
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
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Color Me Mine Half-Day Camp

Camp Hours: 10 am to 1 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 10:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 01:00 pm
Price: $269 per week
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
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Creativity Camp - Art with Susan

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Price: $450 per week or $100 per day
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
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El Cerrito Summer Camp

Camp Hours: 9 am to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Price: $200+ Half Day | $400+ Full Day | Resident discount available
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
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Girls Leading Girls

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3:30 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:30 pm
Price: $395 per week
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
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Julia Morgan School Girls Summer Camp

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3:30 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:45 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:00 pm
Price: $400 per week
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
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Kids CLARITY Camp Summer Camp

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Price: $520 per week
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
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One Big Love Art Camp

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:45 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Price: $510 per week ~ $460 for siblings
Grades: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
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Twirl Summer Camp

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Price: $425 per week
Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
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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!

Thank you again to our sponsors: Cara Goldstein Art Camps, Junior Center of Art and Science (JCAS), MOCHA (Museum of Children’s Art), Liv & Chiu Art Studio, KidzToPros, and Tara Layman Photography.

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Pre-K campers create global art or join tiny techies | Photo: Camp EDMO

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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