Summer Camps for Preschoolers & Rising Kindergartners - 510 Families

Summer Camps for Preschoolers & Rising Kindergartners

If your child is under age six, there are fewer camp options. This roundup of summer camps for younger campers who are on break from preschool or about to enter kindergarten is a sampling of the diverse offerings available in the East Bay. Learn more about these camps for two- to five-year-olds and other East Bay camps in our Annual Camp Guide. You may also want to check out the handful of online camps with programs for younger kids.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Avid4 Adventure, who offers Learn to Bike Camp for pre-K through first grade and Explorer Day Camp for young adventurers, ages 5 and 6 years old.

girl on stand up paddleboard
Campers as young as 5 can try paddlesports at camp | Photo: Avid4 Adventure

There are some really cool summer camp programs that care for young toddlers through not-yet-kindergartners. Parents can pick from a wide range of offerings from creative to sporty to social justice.

Summer camps for two- to five-year-olds:

Avid4 Adventure

It's time to get kids back outside this summer! Avid4 Adventure day and overnight camps teach kids of all skill levels to climb, paddle, bike, hike and thrive in the outdoors. Locations include Burlingame, Mill Valley, Oakland, Orinda, Palo Alto, Santa Rosa. Register to secure your summer adventures today.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm, | Overnight Camps Sunday through Friday
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Price: 1-week Programs: $629 | 2-week Programs: $1,193 | Early bird and multi-session discounts available.
Grades: ages 3+, preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Camp Season (2021): Week of June 7, Week of June 14, Week of June 21, Week of June 28, Week of July 5, Week of July 12, Week of July 19, Week of July 26, Week of Aug. 2, Week of Aug. 9

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 21 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): Week of June 14, Week of June 21, Week of June 28, Week of July 5, Week of July 12, Week of July 19, Week of July 26, Week of Aug. 2, Week of Aug. 9

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): Week of June 14, Week of June 21, Week of June 28, Week of July 5, Week of July 12, Week of July 19, Week of July 26, Week of Aug. 2, Week of Aug. 9

Discount for {510} Families readers:

Save $100 before until March 31 with code 510F-100

Camp Galileo

Rediscover summer fun at Camp Galileo, pre-K – rising 8th graders engage in hands-on art, science, and outdoor activities that build their creative confidence and deliver unforgettable fun—all in a worry-free, COVID-safe setting. 50+ locations. Optional extended care.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:00 pm
Price: $444 per week
Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Camp Season (2021): Week of June 7, Week of June 14, Week of June 21, Week of June 28, Week of July 5, Week of July 12, Week of July 19, Week of July 26, Week of Aug. 2, Week of Aug. 9, Week of Aug. 16, Week of Aug. 23

Aventura Summer Camp At EBI

Aventura Camp at EBI is full of fun with interest-based, engaging, innovative, and age-appropriate activities in Spanish: STEAM, athletics, and global arts in a COVID-safe environment led by outstanding faculty and renowned industry partners. No prior Spanish language required.

Camp Hours: 8:30 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Price: $400/week
Grades: ages 3+, preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Camp Season (2021): Week of June 21, Week of June 28, Week of July 5, Week of July 12, Week of July 19, Week of July 26, Week of Aug. 2, Week of Aug. 9

FireCracker Math Summer Camp

Firecracker Math In-person Day Camps are for curious and challenge-loving kids ages 6 - 16. Camps combines half-day math instruction followed by optional fun activities in the afternoon. Hybrid live-online Summer Math Boost Program also available.

Camp Hours: Half Day: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm, Full Day: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:30 pm
Price: Half-day: $300, Drop-in Fee (math only) is $75 per day. Full-Day $475. Drop-in fee is $110 per day. Pre-care: 8:30 am - 9:00 am, $40 per week. After-care is $115 per week. Payment Plan. Financial Aid Available. Multi-session Discount and Sibling Discounts.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Camp Season (2021): Week of June 7, Week of June 14, Week of June 21, Week of June 28, Week of July 5, Week of July 12, Week of July 19, Week of July 26, Week of Aug. 2, Week of Aug. 9, Week of Aug. 16

Discount for {510} Families readers:

Save 5% off camp fees with code 510FamiliesSum21 | expires 6/10

Summer Camps at The Lawrence

In-person camps are available for children from Pre-K through high school in topics ranging from dinosaurs to astronomy. Campers will be divided into grade-level pods that will experience three weeks of camp together from start to finish.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:00 pm
Price: $1995 per session
Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Camp Season (2021): Week of June 7, Week of June 14, Week of June 21, Week of June 28, Week of July 5, Week of July 12, Week of July 19, Week of July 26, Week of Aug. 2

Trackers Earth

Trackers Earth award-winning camps are action-packed, immersive guided quests for youth of all ages. Timeless skills, friends, and outdoor connection with over 20 themes like Archery, Wizards, Wilderness Survival, & Outdoor Sport. Creating one-of-a-kind youth adventures for over 15 years.

Camp Hours: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Earliest Drop off:
    Latest Pick-up:
Price: Varies
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Camp Season (2021): Week of June 7, Week of June 14, Week of June 21, Week of June 28, Week of July 5, Week of July 12, Week of July 19, Week of July 26, Week of Aug. 2, Week of Aug. 9, Week of Aug. 16, Week of Aug. 23

Summer Programs at Prospect Sierra

Rising K-5th grade day campers will enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities and education. Students will creatively explore literature, mathematics, writing, science, engineering, and history in the morning, and round out their afternoon with outdoor play, movement, physical education, and mindfulness.

Camp Hours: 8 am to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Price: $450/week. Save $20 from Monday, Feb 15 - Sunday, Feb 21
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Camp Season (2021): Week of June 21, Week of June 28, Week of July 5, Week of July 12

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): Week of June 7, Week of June 14, Week of June 21, Week of June 28, Week of July 5, Week of July 12, Week of July 19, Week of July 26, Week of Aug. 2

St. Paul's Summer Camp

St. Paul's Summer Camp is a traditional day camp running three 3-week cohorts. Experienced, enthusiastic teachers & counselors love working with children. Specialized themes include art, math, basketball, cycling. Offering optional lunches and extended care.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 07:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Price: $1200 per 3-week session
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Camp Season (2021): Week of June 14, Week of June 21, Week of June 28, Week of July 5, Week of July 12, Week of July 19, Week of July 26, Week of Aug. 2, Week of Aug. 9

Discount for {510} Families readers:

Save 10% with code camp2021. Expires April 28

One Generation Camp

One Generation Camp is an outdoor music and dance camp in Tilden Park featuring West African hand drumming and dance, Brazilian Capoeira, Cuban dance, body percussion, and exploration in nature. One Generation focuses on teaching kindness, community, and culture through the arts.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Price: $475/week ($950 for two-week session) | Earlybird pricing saves $50/week before March 15
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Camp Season (2021): Week of June 7, Week of June 14, Week of June 21, Week of June 28, Week of July 5, Week of July 12

Head Over Heels Gymnastics Camp

Gymnastics camp for all abilities and experience levels! Campers rotate around the gym on each event (beam, bars, floor, vault) with well-trained staff in the morning. Afternoons are spent doing protects, playing outdoor games & having free time in the gym.

Camp Hours: School-age: 8:30 am to 5 pm. Preschool full-day: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Preschool half-day: 8:30 am to 1:30 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:00 pm
Price: School-age camp: $450/wk, $120/day | Preschool (Full-day) $425/wk & Preschool (Half-day) $325 | Earlybird discounts
Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Camp Season (2021): Week of June 7, Week of June 14, Week of June 21, Week of June 28, Week of July 5, Week of July 12, Week of July 19, Week of July 26, Week of Aug. 2, Week of Aug. 9, Week of Aug. 16, Week of Aug. 23

Integem Holographic Augmented Reality Summer Camp

Integem Camp is a unique experience that focuses on teaching K-12 students holographic augmented reality technology with iCreator: coding, design, arts, animation, game design, 3D, storytelling, STEM, and more. Small classes with experienced instructors. Spaces are limited to keep it fun, educational, and healthy.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:00 pm
Price: $431 to $589 per week
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Camp Season (2021): Week of June 7, Week of June 14, Week of June 21, Week of June 28, Week of July 5, Week of July 12, Week of July 19, Week of July 26, Week of Aug. 2

Discount for {510} Families readers:

Use Code FM51028 Save 10% before Mar. 15, save 5% before 6/30

Su Yun's STEM + Mandarin Summer Camps

Offering three 3-week sessions and following all Covid protocols, Su Yun's provides fun and engaging hands-on summer camps that blend STEM topics, Mandarin language, and outdoor activities. Themes include LEGO, engineering, makerspace, arts & crafts, etc. No prior language experience required.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Price: 370
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Camp Season (2021): Week of June 14, Week of June 21, Week of June 28, Week of July 5, Week of July 12, Week of July 19, Week of July 26, Week of Aug. 2, Week of Aug. 9

Van Der Zwaan Dance Camp

Van Der Zwaan Dance Studio offers camps in styles like Hip Hop, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Fusion, Gymnastics, and Musical Theater. Students have fun while improving dance techniques. Most camps conclude with a performance for families. Younger campers enjoy art projects and games.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:00 pm
Price: Full day $425/ week, Half-day $250/week
Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Camp Season (2021): Week of June 14, Week of June 21, Week of June 28, Week of July 5, Week of July 12, Week of July 19, Week of July 26, Week of Aug. 2, Week of Aug. 9, Week of Aug. 16, Week of Aug. 23

Discount for {510} Families readers:

Save $50 on full-day program or $25 on half-day program before Mar. 15. | Save 10% for multiple weeks

Museum of Childrens Art Summer Art Camp

MOCHA campers work within a structured environment while being free to test the limits of their imagination while they investigate and examine various art materials. Play, creativity and expression, innovation, and exploration are validated through the process of making art.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:30 am
Price: $375 per week with 10% sibling discount available
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Camp Season (2021): Week of May 31, Week of June 7, Week of June 14, Week of June 21, Week of June 28, Week of July 5, Week of July 12, Week of July 19, Week of July 26, Week of Aug. 2, Week of Aug. 9, Week of Aug. 16, Week of Aug. 23, Week of Aug. 30

Discovery Camp at Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito

Discovery Camp at Sausalito's Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) is summer as it should be. Campers are invited back this summer to have a blast with robust programming that provides the perfect blend of BADM's exhibits and the surrounding National Park, Fort Baker.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:00 pm
Price: $1,710 for 3 Week Sessions, $1,140 for 2 Week Sessions, $1,200 for half day Preschool camp, $1,800 for full day Preschool camp
Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Camp Season (2021): Week of June 7, Week of June 14, Week of June 21, Week of June 28, Week of July 5, Week of July 12, Week of July 19, Week of July 26, Week of Aug. 2, Week of Aug. 9, Week of Aug. 16

Camp Urban Adamah

Urban Adamah campers play, plant, sing, work, and get to know life on an urban farm with dirty hands and bellies full of fresh organic produce. Kids explore community, teamwork, and interconnectedness while integrating Jewish traditions. Sprouts: ages 3-5 | Roots: grades 1-5.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3:30 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:30 pm
Price: For Sprouts Camp: $1,500 – until January 20 $1,5,75 – after January 20 | For Roots Camp: $1,500 – until January 20 $1,5,75 – after January 20
Grades: ages 3+, preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Camp Season (2021): Week of June 14, Week of June 21, Week of June 28, Week of July 5, Week of July 12, Week of July 19, Week of July 26, Week of Aug. 2, Week of Aug. 9

Legarza Sports (Basketball & All-Sports Camp)

Legarza is more than a sports camp; programs give children the knowledge and motivation they need to achieve their best in sports and life. It is tailored to help a young athlete succeed in a safe, professional, and encouraging environment.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:45 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:15 pm
Price: $495 per week for full-day session; $265 per week for half-day session
Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Camp Season (2021): Week of July 12, Week of July 19, Week of July 26, Week of Aug. 2, Week of Aug. 9

Discount for {510} Families readers:

Save $50 with code EBAY50

Camp @ JCC East Bay

An intimate, traditional camp experience with age-specific pods and activities, where campers discover new interests, test personal limits, and have fun with Jewish cultural traditions. Join this exciting and safe environment for 3-week sessions.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:30 pm
Price: $1,600 for a 3-week session
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Camp Season (2021): Week of June 14, Week of June 21, Week of June 28, Week of July 12, Week of July 19, Week of July 26

FAD PAD Camp

The FAD PAD is a magical outdoor camp for Fun, Art, Drama, Cooking, Gardening, Fairy Lore, Cooperative Games, Hand Sewing, and Starwitz with small groups of 4-8, following safety guidelines. Hammock, swings, trees to climb, gardens to explore, and more!

Camp Hours: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:30 pm
Price: $450 per week
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Camp Season (2021): Week of May 31, Week of June 7, Week of June 14, Week of June 21, Week of June 28, Week of July 12, Week of July 19, Week of July 26, Week of Aug. 2

Discount for {510} Families readers:

Save $50 off fees with code FADPAD2021 | Expiration date: 5/5/2021

Cal Youth Camps

Cal Youth Camps offers a variety of in-person camps and sport/outdoor activities, including swimming, soccer, skateboarding, rock climbing, gymnastics, martial arts, STEAM, sailing, and more for kids ages 4-17. 1- and 2-week sessions available on the UC Berkeley campus. No price increases for 2021 and payment plans available.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 4 pm | Morning care included at no charge beginning at 7:30 am
    Earliest Drop off: 07:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Price: $660/2-week session
Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Camp Season (2021): Week of June 7, Week of June 14, Week of June 21, Week of June 28, Week of July 5, Week of July 12, Week of July 19, Week of July 26, Week of Aug. 2, Week of Aug. 9

El Cerrito Martial Arts camp

Since 2008, these award-winning camps have been held in El Cerrito each Summer. Kids participate in daily martial arts and kid-friendly meditation, outside creative play, arts and crafts with free time to socialize or play. Camp runs from 8-6 pm daily with flexible drop-off and pick-up times.

Camp Hours: 8 am to 6 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:15 pm
Price: $350 per week
Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Camp Season (2021): Week of May 31, Week of June 7, Week of June 14, Week of June 21, Week of June 28, Week of July 5, Week of July 12, Week of July 19, Week of July 26, Week of Aug. 2, Week of Aug. 9, Week of Aug. 16, Week of Aug. 23, Week of Aug. 30

Nature & Its Enchantments Camp @ KLA Schools of Walnut Creek

Young campers explore nature and its enchantments in a Reggio-inspired preschool environment supporting children from 3-months of age to 6-years old.

Camp Hours: 7 am to 6 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 07:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Price: Price varies by age and program schedule: $1540-$2300 per month
Grades: ages 2+, ages 3+, preschool (ages 4+), K
Camp Season (2021): Week of July 5, Week of July 12, Week of July 19, Week of July 26

Browse our entire 2021 camp guide!

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