Art, Design, and Maker Summer Camps - 510 Families

Art, Design, and Maker Summer Camps

Thank you to our sponsor: The Crucible.
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 2021 Camp Guide.

Thank you to our sponsoring camp

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The Crucible offers half-day industrial arts camps in Oakland for ages 8 to 18. Give your child a creative experience like pouring molten metal, forging a steel hook, or bending glass into an illuminated neon sign at The Crucible. Younger campers can do ceramics, Mexican tin art, and printmaking. Fire arts becomes an option at age 12.

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Siblings, Rylan and David, share their unique cars in Youth Gravity Cars (campers age 8 to 11) before racing them on a track outside | Photo: The Crucible

Lots more art, design, crafts, building, maker camps for East Bay Kids

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Monkey Business Camp

Offering three 3-week sessions of unplugged time with art, group games, nature connection, and special surprises. Small, stable groups of campers with dedicated youth leaders and staff. Serving families 23 years, including in-person camps this past year.

Camp Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:30 pm
Price: $1908-$2388 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
Camp Season (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

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KidzToPros STEM, Arts & Sports Summer Camps

Explore, learn, socialize and thrive at KidzToPros STEM, Sports and Arts Camps. From coding and robotics to filmmaking, digital arts, soccer, and tennis, Pre-K to 8th graders will develop new skills and learn sportsmanship in a fun, creative and safe environment.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Price: $359 to $595 per week
Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Camp Season (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

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Junior Center of Art and Science (CAMP JCAS)

Make friends and art! Camp JCAS cultivates curiosity and inspires creative expression through making, tinkering, and visual arts with small, weekly, thematic camps from carpentry to game design. Campers design and create both independently and collaboratively through fun and engaging group projects.

Camp Hours: 10 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 10:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:00 pm
Price: $450-$650 sliding scale per week of in-person camp or $75-$125 for virtual 2hr JCAS CAMP
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Camp Season (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

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Camp EDMO

Camp EDMO® is back in person with all the excitement your kids love - but in smaller, safer stable groups! For kids entering Pre-K to 8th grade. 30 plus Bay Area & Greater Sacramento locations.

Camp Hours: 8:30 am to 5 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:00 pm
Price: $529-$1737 per session
Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Camp Season (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

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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 (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

Discount for {510} Families readers:

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

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EBSB Camps: Woodworks & The Nature of STE(A)M

Nature of STEAM: Rising 4-5th grade boys. Camp combines climate science, technology, engineering, arts, & math with the great outdoors through engaging ‘maker’ education.

WoodWorks: Rising 6-9th graders of all genders. Camp combines shop class and executive functioning development. Campers plan, design, and build projects together from wood, metal, and other materials.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:00 pm
Price: Woodworks: $650/1 week, $1200/2 weeks | STE(A)M: $500/1 week, $850/2 weeks
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Camp Season (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

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Camp Brushstrokes (Ages 6-9) & Fine Arts Workshop (Ages 10-14)

Unleash your creativity! Kids develop drawing, painting, and ceramics skills while learning about historical and cultural art techniques and harnessing inspiration from nature and their personal interests. Incredible teachers lead small groups in 3-week sessions.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:45 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Price: $1500 per three-week session
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Camp Season (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

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The Crucible

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 5 pm; most camps are in half-day sessions
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:00 pm
Price: $325-$900 per week depending on materials with need-based scholarships available
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Camp Season (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

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And Sew We Grow

And Sew We Grow offers sewing camps in a small environment that values slowing down and working mindfully. Young people learn the magical skills of transforming fabric and thread into beautiful things.

Camp Hours: 10 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 10:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Price: $495 per week
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Camp Season (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

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One Big Love Art Camp

OneBigLoveStudio invites kids ages 7-11 to think and feel like an artist. These small, safe and fun classes are designed to explore and support the creative voices of young artists through drawing, painting, sculpting, with a variety of materials.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:45 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Price: $450/week | $110/day
Grades: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Camp Season (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

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Photo Camp with Tara Layman Photography

Youth take a 5-day deep dive into Portraiture, Landscapes, Documentary Photography, and Photo Editing in both real-world environments and a photography studio. Students build skills in capturing interesting images, using a DSLR camera, and developing their artistic voices.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:30 pm
Price: Photo Camp fee starts at $650 for a full week, $175 day rate and a discount of $25 for referrals/siblings
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Camp Season (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

Discount for {510} Families readers:

Save 5% when you mention 510families | No expiration

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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 (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

Discount for {510} Families readers:

$25 off 510familes until 3/18/2022

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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; save $30 with early bird pricing before 3/1/22; multiple session discount ($20)
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Camp Season (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

Discount for {510} Families readers:

Save $20 with discount code 20FUN22. This promotion may not be combined with other offers.

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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, 7th, 8th
Camp Season (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

Discount for {510} Families readers:

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


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

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Youth MIG Welding student Lana, age 15, poses with her octopus sculpture during Youth Summer Camps, July 2020 | Photo: The Crucible

Thank again you to our sponsor: The Crucible.

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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