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 2017 Camp Guide.
Special thanks to our sponsors who make this guide possible:
Maker and Art summer camps (sponsors):
Cara Goldstein Art Camps (Berkeley, Piedmont)
Cara's Art Camps include Cartooning, Mixed Media, Creativity and Imagination, and Developing Your Art Portfolio. Students will learn new art techniques and create their own comic books, study life drawing techniques, and learn about renowned artists. All skill levels welcome, for ages 8 to 18.
Hours: Mini camps are offered 11am-1pm
Price: $275/week Piedmont and $195/week Berkeley per session of two-hour day camps
“What I liked most about Cara's Camp was having her custom-made workbook to create my own stories and characters. It was an inspiring week! M. 9th grade
Galileo Innovation Camps (Berkeley, Alameda, Oakland, other Bay Area locations)
Galileo believes that kids can change the world (and have a blast doing it). Combining a mindset-shaping, innovation-based approach with crazy, summertime fun for camps kids love: Camp Galileo (pre-K—5th grades), Galileo Summer Quest (5th—8th grades).
Hours: Mon–Fri, 9am–3pm. Extended care from 8am – 6pm.
Price: $429/week for core program; Discounts for multiple-weeks or signing up early.
Deal: Save $30 with code: FAMILY510
Kalen Meyer Art Camp (Berkeley)
Camp emphasizes fine art instruction in small groups. Projects are varied so students can take more than one session and be engaged in a variety of interesting projects and serious fun! For ages 6 to 12, must have completed first grade.
Hours: 9am to 3pm with aftercare available
Price: $360/week includes all materials.
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 5 and over. CIT program begins at age 11.
Hours: 9am – 3pm, plus before care and after care
Price: $425-$470/week or $105/day with early registration, sibling, and multi-week discounts available
“We love, love, love Sarah’s Science and attend for several weeks every summer. My kids love the projects, the outdoor time and the traditional camp fun (games, hikes and songs).” ~ Mom of 7 & 10 year-old campers.
More creative camps that you can find described in our Summer Camp Guide >
Creative Camps that focus on Art, Design, and Making Cool Stuff:
- CAMP 510 (Oakland) Website >
- Brushstrokes Studio Art Camp (Berkeley) Website >
- The Crucible (Oakland) Website >
- Dancing Paintbrush Studio (Berkeley) Website >
- Doodle (Berkeley, Orinda & other Bay Area locations) Website >
- Junior Center of Art & Science Camp (Oakland) Website >
- Kala Art Institute (Berkeley) Website >
- MOCHA! (Oakland) Website >
- Monart Camp (Berkeley) Website >
- Project Ember (Berkeley) Website >
- Richmond Art Center Camp (Richmond) Website >
- Sticky Art Camp (Berkeley) Website >
- Summer Ceramics Camp with Dianne Stockler (Berkeley) Website >
- Thingamakids Summer Camp (Oakland) Website >
- Twirl Creative Camp (Alameda) Website >
- YAWS Westside Studio (Berkeley) Website >
Find the perfect camp for your child in our 2017 East Bay camp guide.
All decisions were made by Heather and Whitney with lots of research support by our team. Any omissions were accidental, we assure you. If you know of other camps that are good for the littlest day campers, please add them in the comments!
Sponsors are indicated by their logos on the top of the guide. The remaining listings are camps we know of that serve academic and educational camps.
[Photo provided by Sarah's Science]