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 sponsors:

  • Avid4 Adventure, which offers Learn to Bike Camp for pre-K through first grade and Explorer Day Camp for young adventurers, ages 5 and 6 years old.
  • Galileo, who offers innovation camps beginning in Pre-K.
Camp Galileo
Pre-Covid photo of Camp Galileo by Michel Edens

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:

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

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

Discount for {510} Families readers:

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

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

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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): {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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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): {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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Aurora School Summer Camps

Aurora School is offering 3 totally different small camps. In July, choose Theater Arts Camp with "The Belles and the Beasts" or a half-day Camp GreenSpace (all outdoors general camp). In August, Creators & Explorers includes science, coding, creative writing, sports, and arts.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm with half day option
    Earliest Drop off: 08:45 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Price: $465 or less per week
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Camp Season (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

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

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

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Camp Gan Israel

Outdoors at Oakland Hebrew Day School, June 21-July 16, Gan Izzy gives children from diverse Jewish backgrounds pride in their heritage and love for the outdoors with field trips, fishing, swimming, gardening, crafts, sports, science, challah baking, and overnights. Multiple East Bay bus pickups available.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3:30 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:30 pm
Price: Session 1: June 21- July 2 & Session 2: July 5 - July 16
Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Camp Season (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

Discount for {510} Families readers:

Jewish kids that have yet to experience a Jewish camp can receive one week free of Gan Izzy!

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Call of the Wild Camps

Inspire's Call of the Wild outdoor education camps are adventures in forests of the East Bay! Kids enjoy enrichment in biology and language arts; they hike, read, write, explore nature, journal, tell wilderness stories, create and play games, and more!

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Price: $465/ week. Sibling discount. First-time enrollment discount.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Camp Season (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

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Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes

Lindamood-Bell® Learning Centers offer live, online, or in-person one-to-one instruction based on the individual's learning needs. Specific strengths and weaknesses are identified and an instruction plan is developed. This instruction provides the foundation necessary to become an independent learner.

Camp Hours: 8 am to noon or 1 pm to 5 pm weekdays
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:00 pm
Price: Varies depending on child's needs, Early Bird and Family Discounts available
Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Camp Season (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

Discount for {510} Families readers:

Save 10% on 1st week of instruction, expires 5/31

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

Discount for {510} Families readers:

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Shu Ren Global Explorer Summer Camp

This camp is for both new & experienced learners of Mandarin who want to maintain or improve their language development through engaging, hands-on experiential learning activities. 3 sessions for 2 age groups. Optional extended care.

Camp Hours: 8:30 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:30 pm
Price: $430 per week | Sessions are 2 or 3 weeks long
Grades: ages 2+, ages 3+, preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Camp Season (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

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

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

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

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

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Liberi Explorers

Liberi Enrichment Care outdoor summer camp, on the historic Dunsmuir Estate in Oakland, has weekly themes in science, art, music, and sports that engage curious minds and bodies. Activities develop an understanding of what it means to be a global and community citizen.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 6 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Price: $375 per week
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Camp Season (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

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24-7 UK Soccer Academy Camps

First-timers and seasoned soccer players will love 24-7 soccer camps. Run by professional coaches, camps emphasize fun and skill development while building leadership, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Choose your level: Fun Camp, Technical Training Camp, or Goalkeeper Training Camp.

Camp Hours: 8:30 am to 3 pm (8 am early drop off available), Half Day Camps also available.
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Price: $409 per week
Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Camp Season (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

Discount for {510} Families readers:

Save 20% with code 510SUMMER2022. Expires 9/1/22

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Abundant Summers

WE READY WE COMIN! Get hyped for an unplugged summer of building community. At Abundant Summers, they sparkle for justice through dancing, climbing trees, learning chants, creating art, hiking, and getting silly in the forest together.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3:30 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:30 am
Price: $400-800 per week
Grades: ages 3+, preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Camp Season (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

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Avid 4 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, bike, hike, paddle, and thrive in the outdoors. Locations include Burlingame, Mill Valley, 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: from $629, 2 Week Programs from $1,193, Early bird, sibling, and multi session discounts available.
Grades: ages 3+, preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Camp Season (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

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Camp Bladium powered by Nike KIDS Camps

Camp Bladium powered by Nike KIDS Camps is a multi-sport camp designed for ages 5-12 to teach and develop campers in the basic fundamentals of various sports. Campers will also participate in fun non-sport activities, in a socially engaging environment.

Camp Hours: 8 am to 5 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:00 pm
Price: $495 per week. Group discounts & Early Bird discounts are available.
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Camp Season (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

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Camp Galileo

At Camp Galileo, pre-K – rising 10th graders engage in hands-on, STEAM-based learning that helps them create a bright future. Supported by the best staff around, kids get inspired to turn their big ideas into reality—and have the fun-filled summer of their lives. Optional extended care.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Price: $500 (1st week), $475 (2nd week), Early Bird Discount $50 off until Feb 28
Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Camp Season (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

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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 1-6.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3:30 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:30 pm
Price: $1,635 per 3-week session
Grades: ages 3+, preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Camp Season (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

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Discovery Camps at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito

Summer camp at the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) is summer as it should be. Campers will have a blast with two-week sessions filled with robust programming that provides the perfect blend of BADM's exhibits and the surrounding National Park, Fort Baker.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 04:00 pm
Price: $1,100 per 2-week session ($990 for Session 2 starting July 5)
Grades: preschool (ages 4+), K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Camp Season (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

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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:

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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, Body Percussion, and Cuban Dance. They focus on building community, teaching kindness and other cultures through the arts.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Price: $1100 per 2-week session
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Camp Season (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

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Prospect Sierra Rising K-8th Summer Programs

Prospect Sierra 2022 Summer Programs offer incredible options from socioemotional literacy and mindfulness to robotics, music, and STEM. Students will joyfully make friends and discover new interests.

Camp Hours: 8 am to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Price: $450-$500 per week for full day
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Camp Season (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

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Su Yun's STEM + Mandarin Summer Camps

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: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:00 pm
Price: $400 per week. Early bird, multi-session, and sibling/friend discounts available
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Camp Season (2021): {Weeks of camp being offered (2021):69}

Discount for {510} Families readers:

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Campers as young as 5 can try paddlesports at camp | Photo: Avid4 Adventure

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